Server error thwarts filling of online loan waiver forms

first_imgPoor internet connectivity and server problems at government e-service centres have made it difficult for farmers to register for the loan waiver scheme. The government had earlier claimed that over 38.90 lakh farmers had filled farm loan waiver forms. Around 89 lakh farmers are eligible for the loan waiver scheme and September 15 is the deadline to submit the forms.Ajit Nawale, convener of the farmers’ steering committee, said, “Farmers are being forced to stand in queue for hours to just fill the form. In many e-service centres, the online registration facility is in tatters. Thumb impressions are not matching with the Aadhaar card data. Server malfunction has also made the process time-consuming.”Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh said the errors at e-centers would be tackled and farmers would start receiving money in their accounts from October 1. Kalidas Aapet of Shetkari Sanghatana said, “The government has all the details of farmers who require the loan. This whole exercise of filling forms is unnecessary. It is possible to transfer the amount directly. Only 500 of the 1,400 e-service centres in Beed district are functional.” Mr. Aapet also questioned the need for a ‘caste’ column in the forms.Farmers’ leaders said the procedure could only be completed if the farmer’s wife provided her thumb impression. Mr. Nawale said, “Widows whose husbands have committed suicide are helpless since they have no loan in their name. There is no clarity on this issue.”Uttam Yamgar, a farmer from Mhasurne village in Khatav tehsil, said he has been visiting the e-service centre for eight days but the server has failed recognise his thumb impression.last_img read more

How NASA Tried to Save Its Prime Planet Spotter

first_img NASA Kepler deputy project manager Charles Sobeck. NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has been a workhorse for planet hunters since its launch in 2009. Sifting through Kepler data, astronomers have discovered 130 new extrasolar planets and identified hundreds of planetary candidates, showing that the universe is teeming with planets.On Thursday, NASA announced that the Kepler spacecraft would no longer be able to continue doing science as before. That’s because engineers have been unable to revive the functionality of two of the spacecraft’s four reaction wheels, which are necessary to keep it precisely pointed at target stars. Science caught up with Charles Sobeck, deputy project manager for Kepler at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, to learn more about what happened to the spacecraft and what lies in store for it. The interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.When did you first realize there was a problem?Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The first time was a year ago when wheel 2 failed. The spacecraft wasn’t holding fine point on its science target [staying precisely pointed at the target] because that wheel had stopped spinning.Reaction wheels are notorious for breaking, aren’t they?Reaction wheels do fail all the time, some fail quite early, some go on for decades without any problem.What was the status of Kepler after wheel 2 broke?It was still pointing well, but not precisely. Within a few days, we were able to take the failed wheel offline, reset some parameters on the spacecraft; that essentially told the spacecraft that you only have three wheels, use those wheels. It snapped right back into fine point, but now our concern was, we couldn’t afford to lose another one. We had to ask ourselves, what were we doing wrong, what could we be doing differently.When did you find out that another wheel could be at risk as well?We had had no indications that wheel 2 had been in distress, but once it had failed, we went back and looked at all our data and put it through different algorithms. We were able to find advance indications saying that here’s what would indicate that a wheel is having problems. Had we known what to look for, we could have seen that 6 months before wheel 2 failed. Armed with that knowledge, we could now look back at all the wheels and ask: Are any other wheels showing early signs of stress? And indeed, what we found is that wheel 4 was showing intermittent signs of stress.Did you do things differently to protect the wheel?We came up with a list of eight or 10 things we did differently. We increased the operating temperature of the wheel; we raised the speed of the wheel to keep it out of the region below 300 revolutions per minute, where the nature of the friction and the internal lubrication changes state. We also operated the wheel bidirectionally: We spent some of the time going clockwise, and some of the time going counterclockwise.And yet the wheel gave out?In early January, we saw the wheel exhibit some elevated friction that didn’t come down. We knew we only had a few months left, so we began quickly developing a thruster control mode so that we could use the thrusters on the spacecraft to stabilize it and point it. In May, wheel 4 seized up and stopped turning.What happened next?In July, we tested the broken wheels to see if they could still function. We spun them up only for a few minutes, and only to 300 revolutions per minute, to see if they would move. The short answer is that even though they spun, the friction was higher than we had seen before. We knew that these are clearly damaged wheels.Did you have a plan for repairing the wheels?We looked at the internal structure of these wheels’ bearings. There is a plastic separator between the balls that the wheel rolls on. There was a reservoir of lubricant within this plastic cage, and we thought if we raised the temperature, we could force some of that internal lubricant from the reservoir to the surface of the cage, and then we could run the wheels, spread the lubricant around, and that would enable the wheels to run at a lower friction. So that’s what we did. We turned the heaters up to a higher temperature than it had seen in flight before to get the lubricant out. But the friction did not go down, which suggested that the lubricant wasn’t forced to the surface or that wasn’t the problem to begin with.Was there anything left to do?Functionally, the wheels were still working, and we wanted to find out how well they could point the spacecraft. We did that test last week.How did that go?We returned the spacecraft to wheel control, and it held control pretty good. We still had this super-elevated friction level, but we have relatively large motors on these wheels, and the thought was, we could overcome the friction with the motor force we have available. For the next 2 hours, we watched how the wheels were performing. Things were working pretty good. Normally, we would like to see the wheels hold the spacecraft to within 1 or 2 arc seconds of the target; it was holding at within 10 arc seconds.Did that allow you to do something useful?We pointed Kepler’s high-gain antennae at Earth and downlinked the data that has been on its solid state recorder for the past 3 months. There were two aspects of the data that we were most interested in. There were 4 or 5 days of science data that we had collected for 4 or 5 days prior to the wheel failure. We had also been storing high-rate engineering data that would describe exactly how the wheel failed, what the timeline was. We had only very low-resolution insight into the wheel failure, but downlinking that data, we have high-resolution insight. That may not be important to Kepler, but it’ll be important to other missions who want to be able to know how a wheel fails and what to look for.Why couldn’t you just keep going?As we were pointing the antennae to Earth, wheel number 2 started experiencing very high friction. A good wheel should have something like 2 or 3 milli-Newton meters. In July, it went up to 30. Now, the friction jumped up to over 100. During the 4 hours, we saw the friction stay in that very high regime, it was getting closer and closer to the 200 milli-Newton meter limit that our motors have on them.That’s like watching an emergency room patient’s pulse rate going up.Yes, and there’s nothing you can do about it, other than hoping that it comes to some sort of stable state. We had several of us in one office at Ames looking at the data in real time. At first, when it jumped from 30 to 100, we thought ‘it’s going to die almost immediately.’ But then it didn’t. It started to rise slowly. We thought, ‘well, it’s going to die in an hour or two.’ Then it peaked out and started coming down again, and it just sort of teased us. Then the friction exceeded the limit, we could no longer spin the wheels with our motor, the spacecraft autonomously put itself in safe mode. We commanded the spacecraft back to its point and rest state, our holding pattern.Are you still hoping that the Kepler spacecraft will be able to do some science?We will now try to define what kind of pointing can we get with two good wheels and thrusters. We are going to look at what we can do, and we’re going to look at the cost of that. And we’re going to see what kind of science can we do with it. We’ve issued a call for white papers, inviting the scientific community to submit ideas. We’re not limiting it to extrasolar planets. Some ideas would be to do microlensing and to look for near-Earth asteroids. We’re not throwing in the towel.*Correction, 19 August, 11:06 a.m.: The friction forces specified in this story are in milli-Newton meters, not million Newton meters, as erroneously reported before. Thanks to the reader who brought it to our attention.last_img read more

Aus MP questions Gillard over award to Sachin

first_imgAn Australian politician has questioned Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s decision to award an Order of Australia to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for his contribution to sport.Federal Independent MP Rob Oakshott, who expressed his love for Little Master, said the special award should not be used for diplomatic gain, the ABC news reported.”I love Sachin Tendulkar, I love cricket. But I just have a problem with soft diplomacy as you call it,” he said, adding “Getting in on the act of the Australian honours.” Oakeshott said the Order should be focused on recognising Australians doing community work instead.”I’m not going to die in a ditch over it…but it’s about the integrity of the honours list which should be for Australians,” he said.He said that Tendulkar was an “obvious diplomatic touch point”, and further suggested setting up an inter-nation gong, such as an “Australia-India award”.last_img read more

West Indies fined for slow-over rate vs New Zealand in second Test

first_imgWest Indies have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the second Test against New Zealand, which ended in Hamilton on Tuesday. New Zealand defeated the Windies by 240 runs to sweep the two-match series.West Indies stand-in skipper Kraigg Brathwaite was fined 40 per cent of his match fee for over rate after his side was ruled to be two overs short of its target.”Brathwaite has been fined 40 per cent of his match fee, while his players have received 20 per cent fines. If the Windies commit another minor over-rate breach in a Test within 12 months of this offence with Brathwaite as captain, it will be deemed a second offence by Brathwaite and he will face a suspension. Brathwaite pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing,” the ICC said in a statement.Brathwaite was standing in for Jason Holder, who was suspended for similar offence after the first Test against New Zealand.The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Rod Tucker, third umpire Ian Gould, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, and fourth umpire Chris Brown.In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.last_img read more

Aussie Cricketer Killed By Pitch

first_imgPhillip Hughes won admirers across the cricket spectrum, from the most elite players to the everyday fan for an unorthodox batting style honed on the family banana plantation and a never-give-in attitude despite being dropped a handful of times from Australia’s test team.Hughes died Nov. 27, two days after undergoing emergency surgery for a bleeding of the brain that occurred after he was struck on the head by a cricket ball in a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He was 25, just three days short of his next birthday.Hughes often said he loved nothing more than being at the wicket and scoring runs. He died doing just that, when he was fatally struck behind the left ear after mis-timing a shot to a short-pitch ball.He was batting for South Australia, against his old teammates from New South Wales, and was unbeaten on 63 when he was hit by a sharply-rising delivery from Sean Abbott.It was highly likely he’d have earned a recall to the test lineup for the series-opener against India on Dec. 4, with his close friend and mentor Michael Clarke at that stage struggling with a recurring hamstring strain and unlikely to play.His death cast a doubt over the first test in Brisbane, with many thinking it should be delayed due to the emotional turmoil for his teammates.It cast a longer shadow over the game. Deaths in cricket are rare, particularly among players with experience at the highest level. It sparked debate over the protection offered by batting helmets, and the need to bowl “bouncers” — fast deliveries which land halfway down the pitch and steeple sharply to the batsman’s chest or head height.But the ball wasn’t particularly menacing, at least in terms of first-class cricket, and the area where he was hit was one of the only parts of the head that are unprotected by modern helmets. It was described as a freak accident.Cricket New South Wales Chief Executive Andrew Jones said Hughes had a quiet determination and a rural-reared humbleness that endeared him to people.“Despite being in and out of the Australian team during his emerging years Phillip never complained when he was dropped or overlooked,” Jones said. “It was typical of Phillip that he was fighting his way back into the national team again with a fine innings for South Australia before suffering a freak accident.”Hughes grew up on the family farm at Macksville on the mid-north coast of New South Wales state, where he started playing against men when he was 12.He moved to Sydney to pursue his cricket career when he was 17, and spent time working with batting coach Neil D’Costa — who had previously worked with Clarke. D’Costa predicted big things for the future, quoted as telling people “the kid will go all the way.”Dozens of current and former Australia players spent time at the hospital to support Hughes and his family. Clarke spent most of the 48 hours after Hughes was admitted at the hospital.Australia coach Darren Lehmann summed up the feelings with a post on Twitter: “RIP you little champ, we are all going to miss you! Love, prayers to all the Hughes family.”Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Hughes’s death had touched millions of Australians. “For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration,” he said.Hughes is survived by his parents, Greg and Virginia, his sister Megan and his brother Jason. His mother and sister were at the SCG when he was hurt, and held vigil at the hospital.“In these darkest of hours cricket puts its collective arms around the Hughes family,” Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland said. “Without doubt he was a rising star whose best cricket was still ahead of him.“But it was Phillip as a person that we will miss most. When the chips were down or he had a setback he simply got on with the job and worked harder. He set a wonderful example to any young person seeking to make their way in life.”Hughes played 26 tests for Australia, making 75 in his debut against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2009. But it was his second test, when he scored centuries in each innings against the South Africans in Durban, that will be most widely remembered as his career highlight.“We all vividly remember his explosive entrance to test cricket,” Sutherland said. “In only his second test and at the tender age of 20, Phillip blasted back-to-back centuries against South Africa and only last year showed his class again when he became the first Australian batsman in the history of ODI cricket to score a century on debut.”He averaged 32.66 in test cricket, scoring 1,535 runs including three centuries and seven half centuries. A sturdy lefthander who liked to score square of the wicket, he was a natural opener but played up and down the order for Australia, filling gaps where needed.After his stunning test debut, opposing bowlers worked out minor flaws in his homegrown style that surfaced during the subsequent tour of England, leading to his in-again out-again status with the test team.In 25 limited-overs internationals, he scored 826 runs at an average of 35.91 and a highest score of 138 not out. He shattered the perception that he was a long-format specialist earlier this year with a double-century for Australia “A” in a one-day match.In 2009, he was presented with the 408th baggy green cap — the recognizable symbol for players who have reached the ultimate level of Australian cricket — and was the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year in that season. In 2013, he was voted Australia’s domestic player of the year.Hughes made his first-class debut for New South Wales at 18, and later moved to South Australia in a bid to improve his game and regain the backing of national selectors.In between, he played for Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire in England and the Mumbai Indians in the Twenty20 Indian Premier League.As a mark of respect, and after all Sheffield Shield matches this week were canceled, the tour game between India and a Cricket Australia XI was canceled and the third test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, was suspended for the day.(JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ADLINK demonstrates Fog Computing at embedded world

first_img Continue Reading Previous Optical bypass technology enhances security in road traffic managementNext ADI: 42V quad output, triple monolithic synchronous buck converter & boost controller ADLINK will demonstrate Fog Computing at Embedded World 2018. ADLINK believes this will be the first demonstration of true Fog Computing, i.e. including not only device monitoring, but also the management of the orchestration of embedded device…all at the Edge. This demonstration is based on ADLINK’s prototype (and open source) Fog Computing platform that provides the end-to-end virtualization of compute, storage and communication resources from Cloud services to connected embedded devices. ADLINK will also demonstrate its implementation of SGeT’s Universal IoT Connector (UIC) specification as a plug-in to the fog05 platform. Together, fog05 and SGeT/UIC go well beyond providing standard device connectivity to bring true Fog Computing to embedded computing. These initiatives are just one more example of ADLINK ‘Leading EDGE COMPUTING’.           Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Manika Batra’s Arjuna award glee dampened by Dronacharya award snub for coach

first_imgManika Batra is all set to receive Arjuna award for her historic achievements at the Commonwealth Games 2018 and Asian Games 2018 but her happiness has somewhat dampened because her coach Sandeep Gupta will not receive the Dronacharya award.Earlier this year, Manika Batra became the first female player to win the singles gold medal at CWG 2018 and then went on to grab a historic bronze medal along with Achanta Sharath Kamal in mixed doubles at Asian Games.Manika also inspired India to a gold medal finish in the women’s team event at CWG 2018 with a historic victory over Singapore, who had won the gold medal in all the previous editions.Manika’s celebrations of receiving the Arjuna award were not as gleeful as one would expect with her childhood coach Sandeep Gupta missing out on the Dronacharya award for the second time.Also read – My life changed after Commonwealth Games: Manika Batra at Mind Rocks 2018″Yes I wanted him to get the award. But it is the government’s decision and we have to respect that. I will work harder so he gets it next time,” Manika told PTI after being named as a sponsored athlete of Herbalife Nutrition in New Delhi on Thursday.”It’s a case of being partially happy for her,” Manika’s mother Sushma said.23-year-old Manika, who was also in the running for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, said he will continue to strive for the country’s highest honour for a sportperson.”I was expecting that (Khel Ratna) but there were other deserving athletes. It is fine. I will continue to strive for it,” said Manika.advertisementWhile her coach was overlooked for Dronacharya, another deserving candidate, Srinivasa Rao, father of Indian table tennis’s poster boy Sharath Kamal, got the selection committee’s nod.Also read – Asian Games 2018: Manika Batra, Sharath Kamal get bronze in mixed doubles table tennisRao is among the eight coaches who will be bestowed with Dronacharya on September 25. Manika’s coach Gupta was also disappointed with the snub.”I have no issues as long as any deserving coach gets the award. My problem is with the number of Dronacharya awardees every year. It should be at par with Arjuna winners. Behind every Arjuna winner, there is years of hard work put in by a coach. It must be acknowledged,” lamented Gupta.He, however, was happy for Manika. The Delhi-based paddler has reached 56th in the latest ITTF rankings and aims to break into the top 30 by December end.”I have four tournaments to go on the Pro Tour. The target is to be in top 30, for that I need to beat some top players. The men’s team is doing well and that is also motivating.”Also read – Manika Batra 1st Indian woman to win CWG Gold in women’s singles table tennisHaving conquered the Japanese and Koreans at the Asian Games, the Indians have also been able to instill doubts in the minds of the mighty Chinese.”Even the Chinese are scared of us. Earlier, the mindset was that they were unbeatable but not anymore. We can beat them,” said Manika.Talking about her surprise mixed doubles bronze alongside Sharath in Jakarta, she added: “We hardly practiced before the Asian Games. We barely had five sessions before the competition. It all just clicked for us on that one day.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Arsenal team news & likely line-up vs Bournemouth

first_imgArsenal Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Bournemouth Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 16:30 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal AFC Bournemouth Premier League Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Vitality Stadium on Sunday Arsenal travel to face Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, hoping to record their first victory of 2018. The Gunners were knocked out of the FA Cup third round to Nottingham Forest last week and now face the prospect of Alexis Sanchez leaving the club this month, with Manchester City and Manchester United circling.Wenger’s side won comfortably in the reverse fixture at Emirates Stadium in September and the Frenchman will be fully aware of the task at hand following last season’s 3-3 draw on the south coast.”There’s a massive importance for these kinds of games, of course. We have been distracted a little bit by the cups, but now we have to come back to the Premier League. It’s a very, very big game,” Wenger said.Wenger will serve the final match of his three-match touchline ban on Sunday.ARSENAL INJURIES Jack Wilshere’s ankle injury sustained during the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea isn’t as bad as first feared, but Mesut Ozil faces a late fitness test on a troublesome knee injury.Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal are all ruled out but should be fit by next week, while Olivier Giroud is two weeks from a return to fitness.”From Wednesday night, we had of course Jack, who was injured,” said Wenger. 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 “We had very good news yesterday morning. I saw him walking normally and his scan was good. He’s not out of the game on Sunday yet, so that is positive news. We’ll have Ramsey back in the squad. We have an uncertainty over Ozil, who will have a test earliest tomorrow. That at the moment is a bit 50-50. All the other players will still be out for Bournemouth.”Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury.Mesut Ozil ArsenalARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWenger is missing several first-team players for Sunday’s game and will almost certainly continue with Ainsley Maitland-Niles at left-back.Jack Wilshere faces a late fitness test over an ankle injury sustained at Stamford Bridge, and if he’s passed fit then his central midfield partnership with Granit Xhaka will continue.Wantaway forward Alexis Sanchez was named on the substitutes bench against Chelsea but Wenger may decide to bring him back for this one, while either Alex Iwobi or Danny Welbeck will support Alexandre Lacazette in attack.Arsenal XIBOURNEMOUTH TEAM NEWS Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is without Jermain Defoe for the game against Arsenal after the forward fractured his right ankle in the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Chelsea last month.Joshua King is out with a hamstring injury while winger Ryan Fraser also looks set to miss the game with the same issue.The Cherries are unbeaten in their last three top-flight games and will surely take confidence from last season’s enthralling 3-3 draw between the two sides.Callum Wilson is the club’s top scorer with six goals to his name so far this season.Eddie Howe BournemouthBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Bournemouth haven’t won any of their six games in all competitions against Arsenal (D1 L5), conceding at least twice in every match. Arsenal fought from 3-0 down to earn a point in this exact fixture last season, the only time they’ve ever come back from such a deficit in the Premier League. The Cherries have conceded in each of their last nine Premier League games – only Stoke (12) are on a longer current run coming into this matchday. Bournemouth won their last home league match, against Everton. They’ve not won back-to-back Premier League games at the Vitality Stadium since March 2017. Arsenal have conceded four penalty goals in their last three games in all competitions – the two conceded in the Premier League have cost them a total of four points, while they also conceded two against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup to help see them eliminated from the competition. The last time Arsenal drew three consecutive Premier League games was in September 2014; while they’ve not drawn three in a row when scoring the first goal since December 2008. Alexandre Lacazette hasn’t scored in any of his last seven Premier League games; it’s his longest run without a goal in league competition since a run of 10 between February and May 2013. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is being televised on Sky Sports in the UK, while in the United States, Bournemouth vs. Arsenal can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .last_img read more

Arsenal January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Arsenal January transfer news LIVE: Injury could stop Evans move Last updated 1 year ago 22:00 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Arsenal Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Gunners as the January transfer window heats up Pardew: Injury could stop Evans moveWest Brom boss Alan Pardew has suggested a hamstring injury suffered by Jonny Evans in Saturday’s FA Cup win over Liverpool could scupper a January move for the Northern Ireland defender.Pardew revealed on Friday that the club have received approaches for the 30-year-old but that none had met the Baggies’ valuation of the player, who has 18 months left on his contract.Read his full comments on Goal. 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 Pellegri explains Monaco movePietro Pellegri MonacoItalian wonderkid Pietro Pellegri has explained that Monaco’s famous talent for youth development persuaded him to choose the club over a host of top European sides.Monaco completed the signing of 16-year-old Pellegri from Genoa for a reported fee of €25 million on Saturday.The forward, who was linked with Serie A champions Juventus as well as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, has agreed a long-term deal at Stade Louis II.Read the full story on Goal right here! Arsenal & Chelsea scout Rochdale teenagerRochdale manager Keith HillArsenal and Chelsea have both made enquiries about signing Rochdale’s teenage midfielder Daniel Adshead, reports ESPN .The 16-year-old has made seven appearances for Dale this season after making his first-team debut for the League One club back in September.He has been scouted regularly by Arsenal and Chelsea, who are now preparing to step up their interest as Rochdale manager Keith Hill attempts to hold on to Adshead.Gibbs-White agrees Wolves dealMorgan Gibbs-White, WolvesWolves teenager Morgan Gibbs-White has agreed a professional contract with the Championship leaders, reports The Sun .Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all showed interest in Gibbs-White, who impressed for England at the Under 17 World Cup last year.However, the midfielder has decided to commit his future to Wolves and stay at Molineux, rather than push for a move to the Premier League.Juve move for Arsenal target CarrascoYannick Carrasco, Atletico Madrid, 17/18Juventus have opened talks for Arsenal target Ferreira Carrasco according to Sky Sports Italia (via  CalcioMercato ). The Belgian has a €100 million release clause in his contract with Atletico Madrid, and the Serie A side are desperate to replace the recently injured Juan Cuadrado. Burnley eye Holding loanRob Holding ArsenalBurnley are keen on signing Arsenal defender Rob Holding on a loan deal until the end of the season, according to  The Sun on Sunday .Clarets boss Sean Dyche wants to add more competition for first-choice centre-backs Ben Mee and James Tarkowski, and sees Holding as the ideal alternative.The Gunners will only consider letting Holding leave, though, if they can secure a move for West Brom’s Jonny Evans.Arsenal told to pay up for AubameyangPierre-Emerick AubameyangBorussia Dortmund have told Arsenal to pay up for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month, according to the Daily Star .The Gunners are interested in signing the Gabon international but have thus far refused to meet Dortmund’s £55m valuation.A £45m bid was rejected by the German club, who are determined to play hardball as they attempt to retain their key man.Mourinho: Alexis was cheap!Alexis Sanchez Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho has insisted that Alexis Sanchez was a “cheap” signing for Manchester United, despite his astronomical wages.”He was cheap, wasn’t he?” said Mourinho. “A free transfer! He was free. For that price, he is fantastic. I think everyone thinks the same in this country.”You can read his full comments here. Dortmund issue Aubameyang warningPierre-Emerick AubameyangDortmund have told Arsenal that they will not easily be parted with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Speaking to Sky Sports, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said: “We have our position, just as last summer when Barcelona tried to sign him. We are willing to work on a transfer if certain criteria are met.”Arsenal have tried several times but we have refused everything up until now. Either our demands will be fulfilled and there will be a transfer, or they won’t be and Auba plays for Dortmund until the summer.Read the full story on Goal Arsenal agree terms with BenzemaKarim Benzema, Real Madrid Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has agreed personal terms with Arsenal for a summer move, reports Diario Gol .  The France striker’s transfer to London is still up in the air, however, with Madrid demanding €60m for the 30-year-old and Arsenal only prepared to pay €40m.last_img read more

Stars Gather For Chrysalis Butterfly Ball

first_imgThe 13th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball was held at a private estate in Brentwood, CA, on June 7.Chrysalis co-chair Rebecca Gayheart-Dane arrives at the 13th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly BallCredit/Copyright: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for ChrysalisIt was an unforgettable night where 650 invitees honored remarkable leaders in the film, television and music industries. The event featured a live music performance by Gavin Rossdale and Karmin and celebrity guests included: Al Gore, Rebecca Gayheart-Dane, Eric Dane, Diane Kruger, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, and Balthazar Getty. The 2014 recipients of the Spirit of Chrysalis Award included Jeff Skoll (Founder) & Jim Berk (CEO), Participant Media and Jay Sures, Managing Director, United Talent Agency.Vin Diesel and Paloma Jimene arrive at the 13th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly BallCredit/Copyright: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for ChrysalisJim Berk, CEO of Participant Media, a Beverly Hills-based company, emphasized that “we have a responsibility as a community to take care of our own. Chrysalis proves that you can invest money in positive social change and you can make a difference.”Jeff Skoll spoke about how Chrysalis was their main partner when they produced the film The Soloist which was about a gifted musician played by Jamie Foxx who ends up homeless in Skid Row. During that time, “we saw first hand how effective [Chrysalis] can be. [The people they help] become a provider not a victim; a stalwart for their community and the impact on society is huge. So we’re proud to be supporting them and we think the real heroes are the people that come through Chrysalis and move ahead with their lives.”Amy Renee Heidemann and Nick Noonan of Karmin at the 13th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball Credit/Copyright: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for ChrysalisOne of these real heroes was Darius Coffey, who successfully went through the Chrysalis program. He was honored with the John Dillon Award. Coffey was a former foster child who by age nine was already placed in five different homes. By his teenage years, he was involved with drugs, robberies, and gangs and ended up in and out of jail for 20 years.Though he didn’t know it at the time, when he ended up in downtown Skid Row, he found the courage to walk through the doors of Chrysalis where his new life began. At first, he felt intimidated because he didn’t even know how to use email or apply for jobs online. But with the help of employment specialists like Debora Johnson and other staff members, he eventually gained the career and life skills he needed to land a job on his very first interview.Coffey now works in the food service program where he helps provide 1,000 meals to seniors each week. “Chrysalis believed in me before I could even believe in myself.”“Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.”For more information, click here.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

Haitians seek water food as businesses reopen after protest

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Businesses and government offices are slowly reopening in Haiti after more than a week of violent demonstrations.People began lining up to buy food, water and gas and public transportation resumed on Monday in the capital of Port-au-Prince. Crews were clearing barricaded streets where tens of thousands of Haitians had protested to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise amid anger over rising prices and and allegations of government corruption.Moise has refused to step down, though his Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant said over the weekend some government budgets would be cut by 30 per cent, and he vowed to investigate alleged misspending tied to a Venezuelan program that provided Haiti with subsidized oil.However, schools remained closed on Monday amid concerns of more violence.The Associated Press read more

Climate change to accelerate displacement in Africa top UN official warns

“Too often, the humanitarian implications of climate change and the need for adaptation to the new, more dangerous reality of more frequent and intense natural disasters are forgotten as the world focuses on the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said at the African Union (AU) Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kampala, Uganda.Addressing a panel on “Natural Disasters, Climate Change and Food Security,” he noted that displacement is prompted by natural disasters and climate change, with the resulting food and water shortages promising to be “one of the greatest – if not the greatest – challenge many countries will face in the years ahead.”Many African countries, Mr. Holmes pointed out, have already experienced the effects of more frequent and intense natural hazard events, including floods and storms, brought on by climate change.Last year, there were 104 globally reported natural disaster, 99 per cent of them climate related, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The number of people impacted in Africa has doubled in the past two decades, up from 9 million in 1989 to nearly 17 million in 2008.Those most vulnerable to climate change will be hardest hit, Mr. Holmes pointed out, calling for intensive water retention measures in drought-prone areas and other actions to be taken.The AU gathering, which began today, is expected to adopt the Convention on Protection and Assistance for Internally Displaced Persons in Africa, which would be the first legally-binding regional treaty recognizing the multiple causes of internal displacement and that natural disasters and conflict are drivers of this phenomenon.During his five-day visit to Uganda, Mr. Holmes will also tour areas of the north of the Great Lakes nation where nearly 2 million people have been driven from their homes by over two decades of fighting between the Government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). 22 October 2009Climate change will lead to ever greater numbers of people being uprooted in Africa, the top United Nations humanitarian official said today, calling for enhanced and swift actions to reduce disaster risk and step up mitigation. read more

Army undergoes training to face a chemical attack

The final Exercise of the CBRN Course No-2 ‘Ex-Sahayogaya’ was conducted in the presence of a large gathering. The Sri Lanka Army has been trained in the Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) course to respond as early as possible in the event of a chemical attack or any accident since CBRN incidents across the world are posing a threat to the human existence. The Sri Lanka Army has undergone training to face a chemical attack.Troops belonging to different ranks have been trained in this regard, the Army said. The Sri Lanka School of Military Engineering at Embilipitiya as a supportive follow-up of the 7th Army to Army Staff Talks (AAST) concluded its second Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Course recently, the Army said. read more

June stats put Canada on track for best year of auto sales

June stats put Canada on track for best year of auto sales since 2002: economist by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2013 11:37 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadians are poised to buy more vehicles this year than they have since 2002, an economist said Wednesday, after data from June showed sales inched 1.3 per cent higher.“We’re basically on pace to have a record year,” said Carlos Gomes, an economist at the Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS).He predicts 1.72 million light vehicles will be sold in Canada by year’s end, with pickup trucks and crossover vehicles, such as small SUVs, continuing to drive sales due to their practicality and good fuel efficiency.“On the pickup truck side, it’s really more of a business product,” said Gomes. “You’re seeing contractors and businesses renewing their fleet, which they haven’t done for a long time.”On Wednesday, DesRosiers Automotive Consultants reported that strong demand for trucks have driven auto sales higher in June, even as sales of passenger cars hit the brakes compared with a year ago.Sales of light vehicles totalled 171,608 last month, compared to 169,459 vehicles sold in June 2012.While light truck sales climbed 6.7 per cent to 96,587 and passenger car sales fell by 4.9 per cent to 75,021.It said that last month was the “best June yet seen in Canada” for auto sales.“The Canadian vehicle market inched upwards from last year’s chart-topping June sales to set another monthly record in June 2013,” DesRosiers said in a statement.However, DesRosiers also noted that sales results were “inconsistent” as Ford Motor Co. of Canada came in as the top seller in June, even though the automaker saw its sales decline by six per cent compared to a year ago.Ford said it sold 28,713 vehicles last month, down from the 30,543 it sold in June 2012. Truck sales climbed 1.1 per cent to 21,284, while sales of passenger cars slid by 21.7 per cent to 7,429.Ford said year-to-date, sales were up by 3.2 per cent to 146,700 total vehicles.The Canadian auto sales data followed a similar trend in the U.S., which recently reported the highest level of sales since the recession, bolstered by growing consumer confidence.Sales in the U.S. from January to June topped 7.8 million, while June sales were 1.4 million, up nine per cent compared to last year, according to figures released Tuesday.The upswing in the U.S. is much more dramatic because sales north of the border are already at record highs, said Gomes.“The increase that you’re seeing is not as large as the gains in the United States, and that’s because they’re still way below what was normal over the past decade,” he said.Chrysler Canada and GM Canada both saw improved sales last month compared to June 2012.Chrysler sold 26,222 vehicles last month, helped by strong demand for its passenger cars and Jeeps.That’s 11 per cent higher than the 23,705 vehicles it sold in June 2012.Chrysler said passenger car sales rose 46 per cent to 5,458, while sales of trucks, which typically have higher profit margins for automakers, edged up four per cent to 20,764.Year-to-date sales were up 6.9 per cent to 139,234 vehicles.“2013 marks the best half-way point in the year for Chrysler Canada since 2000,” said chief operating officer Dave Buckingham.“With the record growth we are experiencing on the car side of our business, we’ve really rounded out our portfolio and established ourselves nicely in all vehicle segments.”GM Canada’s sales for June totalled 24,707 vehicles, an eight per cent increase from the 22,869 it sold a year ago.GM has sold 121,398 vehicles year to date, up 3.6 per cent compared to a year ago.Meanwhile, Kia Canada Inc. said it sold 7,775 vehicles last month, down from 7,782 in June 2012.Toyota Canada Inc. also reported a decline in sales compared to a year ago. The automaker said it sold 18,338 vehicles in June, down four per cent from June 2012.But the company said truck sales increased by 12.6 per cent to 8,716 in June.Honda Canada Inc. saw its June sales climb 10 per cent to 14,971 vehicles, while Nissan’s sales slid 10 per cent lower to 8,889 vehicles. read more

Atlantic City casino revenue down almost 13 per cent in Sept all

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Thousands of people came to Atlantic City to see Miss America last month, but not enough of them ventured into a casino to boost the gambling halls’ monthly revenue.Atlantic City’s casinos saw their revenue fall by nearly 13 per cent in September compared with the same month last year.The city’s 12 casinos won $240.2 million from gamblers, a decline of 12.9 per cent from September 2012.Table games revenue was $62.9 million, down nearly 19 per cent from a year ago, and slots revenue was $177.3 million, down 10.6 per cent from a year ago.State regulators said the slot decline was partly due to gamblers betting nearly $4 million less in promotional credits last month.The return of the Miss America pageant was seen as a catalyst for increased tourism in the resort; 20,593 people attended the four nights of competition at Boardwalk Hall. But those visitors did not translate into increased gambling revenue.Eleven of the 12 casinos posted monthly declines. Only the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel showed an increase, up nearly 4 per cent for the month to $12.3 million.The biggest decline was at Caesars Atlantic City, down 28.5 per cent to $23.8 million. Close behind was Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, down 28 per cent to $6.4 million, and the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, down 18.9 per cent to $22.6 million.Bally’s Atlantic City was down 18.1 per cent to just over $20 million; the Showboat Casino Hotel was down 16.8 per cent to $16.1 million; and Revel Casino Hotel, which announced a new president on Thursday, was down 11.9 per cent to $14.8 million.Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City was down 9.8 per cent to $29.5 million; the Golden Nugget Atlantic City was down 6.8 per cent to $10.7 million; and the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa was down 6.5 per cent to $51.7 million.The Tropicana Casino and Resort was down 6.1 per cent to $20.2 million, and Resorts Casino Hotel was down 2.7 per cent to $11.5 million, a figure Resorts president Mark Giannantonio said was due largely to a very lucky month at table games for gamblers. He said the newly opened Margaritaville complex, as well as other new offerings rolled out in recent months, have driven new revenue to a casino that was on the verge of having to close three years ago. Resorts saw its slot machine winnings increase by more than 10 per cent last month, to just over $10 million.“We are very happy with our volume overall and customer response to our product,” he said.For the first nine months of the year, the casinos won $2.2 billion, down 9.3 per cent from a year ago.Atlantic City’s casinos reached a high of $5.2 billion in revenue in 2006, just before casinos started popping up all around it in Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland. Last year, revenue had fallen to just over $3 billion, and it could fall below that mark without a strong showing in the final three months of this year.October and November are likely to show increases this year, mainly because Superstorm Sandy forced the casinos to shut down for up to a week last year.___Wayne Parry can be reached at Atlantic City casino revenue down almost 13 per cent in Sept.; all but 1 casino saw declines by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Oct 10, 2013 12:55 pm MDT read more

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 20 September 2013

DOWNLOAD1. Liberal Democrats pass policy motion on green transport2. SMMT hosts Liberal Democrat breakfast roundtable event3. UK car manufacturing grows 16.2% in August4. EEF publishes analysis of industrial strategy5. Visiting Fellowship scheme launched by EPSRC6. CBI: Manufacturing recovery continues to strengthen7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Brock preparing for planned power disruptions this weekend

Brock’s Department of Facilities Management is preparing for planned power disruptions this weekend.Brock’s annual substation maintenance is slated for May 9-10. Starting May 9 at 9 p.m. and ending May 10 at 10 a.m., the following areas of Brock will be affected:• All of Mackenzie Chown, including Inniskillin• Earp Residence• Student Centre• Taro Hall• PlazaFor more information, contact Dave Corbett, Electrical Services manager.

A Win Probability Guide To US vs Australia

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.The U.S. women’s national team begins World Cup play Monday, opening their set of group-stage matches against Australia. Despite having drawn the “Group of Death,” the U.S. team is still heavily favored in each of its three Group D matches, and its odds of surviving to the knockout rounds look promising.According to FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, the USWNT has a 68 percent chance of beating Australia (19 percent chance of a draw). But what if the U.S. goes down by a goal early? When should you start to panic?Consider the following your in-game cheat sheet for the U.S. game against Australia — a guide to when to start worrying and when it’s safe to start looking ahead to the next match. Using play-by-play data compiled from recent seasons of top league play,1Data comes from matches from the following women’s soccer leagues: Germany’s Bundesliga, Spain’s Primera Division, Sweden’s Damallsvenskan, and the U.S. National Women’s Soccer League. we built an in-game win probability model for women’s soccer. The model calculates win/draw/loss probabilities as a function of game time, score and, most importantly, the pre-match odds.When it comes to the availability of data in women’s sports, inequality reigns. When building a similar model for men’s soccer, I collected play-by-play results for 3,000+ matches while hardly breaking a sweat. The win probability model for women’s soccer is built from a much smaller sample, about 950 matches, and that data required significantly more effort to compile. As a result of this smaller sample size, the modeling shared here may be more prone to noise, and may be less precise than one built from a more robust data set.Data issues aside, what can we do with such a model? For one, it can tell U.S. fans how safe an early lead is if a heavy underdog like Nigeria starts strong. Or, when the score is tied, the crucial point in a match when a draw becomes more likely than victory for the USWNT.One of the nice things about being a heavy favorite is that victory is rarely out of reach, even if you’ve fallen behind early, or remain deadlocked in a draw late in the match. Let’s take Monday’s game against Australia. For a tie game, the USWNT’s chances of defeat hold relatively steady for most of the match. With loss probability largely fixed, the U.S. is effectively trading win probability for draw probability the longer the match remains tied. At about 62 minutes in, a U.S. win and a draw are equally likely, and after that a draw increasingly becomes the most likely outcome.What if the U.S. falls behind? When trailing by a goal, the match probabilities develop in a much different fashion. The draw and loss probabilities practically move in lockstep until about 75 minutes in, when they shoot off in opposite directions. It seems that the 75th minute marks a crucial turning point for many matches, at least according to our 950-match dataset. Bonus Hot Takedown Podcast: FiveThirtyEight’s Allison McCann talks with ESPN’s Julie Foudy and USWNT players Kelley O’Hara and Christen Press. Subscribe on iTunes.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

Fourth mining fatality recorded for 2019

Illegal mining has been cited as the cause for most, if not all, of the recent mining fatalities that occurred during the first quarter of 2019.Commander of “F” Division (Interior locations), Kevin Adonis, told <<>> this morning that the latest mining incident that has claimed a life is that which took place in Region Eight yesterday afternoon.Dead is Edward Daniels, who met his demise after the mining pit in which he was working caved in.According to Commander Adonis, one man remains hopsitalised but is said to be in a stable condition while his co-workers have been treated and sent away from the Mahdia District Hospital.Commander Kevin AdonisHowever, this is the fourth incident since 2019 began, where a miner died following the collapse of a mining pit.The Police Commander explained that in those cases, the individuals who had been trapped, and eventually lost their lives were “recklessly” operating there.He stated that those men, along with their colleagues, ventured to mining pits which were either abandoned by large mining companies or had been left unattended to for some period and commenced working there without proper advice, guidance or clearance.While the option of mining at those locations would have been to earn an income, the now dead men put themselves at risk, Commander Adonis said.In March, last, 18-year-old Emanuel Narine of La Grange, West Bank Demerara (WBD), was working along with others in a mining pit at Oko Baramally, Sand Hill Backdam, Region 10, when the pit caved in, completely covering him. The impact of the rubble falling on the teen broke his neck and caused his demise.In February, last, 17-year-old Mazaruni miner Romeo Ruben lost his life when the walls of a mining pit in which he was working caved in at Gold Hill Backdam, Upper Mazaruni.Then in January, last, another miner, 54-year-old Timothy Hunter of Jawalla Reservation, Upper Mazaruni, lost his life.Based on information received, Hunter along with others were working in the pit when a wall suddenly collapsed, covering him in the process.The other workers reportedly attempted to get him from under the debris, but by the time they did, he had already succumbed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice Constable shot during raid on mining campMay 26, 2019In “Crime”Police probing report of armed robbery at mining camp in Region 7April 6, 2018In “Crime”Several others arrested for illegal shotgun, cartridges found at Kupang BackdamMarch 24, 2019In “Crime” read more

Man who escaped prison twice nabbed in Black Bush

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: 2 other bandits confirmed dead in Police shootout at Black Bush PolderMay 19, 2019In “Crime”3 bandits shot by Police in Black Bush Polder, 1 confirmed deadMay 19, 2019In “Crime”Corentyne triple murder: 4th suspect likely to be charged soonSeptember 19, 2016In “Court” Police in Berbice have apprehended a man who is believed to have been a part of the notorious gang that has been terrorising residents on the Corentyne.Vinod GopaulThe intelligence-led operation which started on Wednesday evening and ended on Thursday morning, led to the arrest of two-time prison escapee Vinod Gopaul, 29, who was found hiding in an abandoned house at Yakusari, Black Bush Polder.Gopaul was wanted by the police following the fatal shooting of three bandits on May 19, 2019, at Black Bush Polder.Thursday’s operation also involved members of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.Gopaul was charged for several counts of armed robberies. Most of the robberies were allegedly committed in the Black Bush Polder area and on the Corentyne Coast.In June 2011, he escaped from custody. At the time he was serving a sentence for the 2004 murder of his father whom he shot and killed.He was also among 18 prisoners who escaped from the Camp Street Prison in 2007 and was recaptured shortly after and charged while some of the other prisoners were shot dead.Further, he escaped again in June 2011 along with notorious high seas pirate, Kevin “Long Hair” Narine, Rickford Le Fleur, and Vijay Seenarine of Skeldon.However, following several robberies on the Corentyne, police ranks raided the backlands of Johanna in the Black Bush Polder with the aim of capturing the wanted bandits. read more