Lionel Messi gears up for 600th Barcelona appearance against Sevilla

first_imgLionel Messi will make his 600th official appearance for FC Barcelona when they host Sevilla at the Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday.Only Xavi Hernandez (767) and Andres Iniesta (642) have played more games for Barcelona than the 30-year-old who made his debut on October 16, 2004.And nobody has got close to the 523 goals he has scored for the club, who currently lead the Liga Santander with a four point gap over Valencia, reports Xinhua news agency.As many as 23 of those goals have come against Sevilla in 21 league games against the side from the south of Spain. With the form Messi is in, it would almost be a surprise if he didn’t add to that total on Saturday night.It is fair to say that Barcelona have not been at their best at times this season, as shown by their 0-0 draw away to Olympiakos in the Champions League on Tuesday or the slightly fortunate 2-0 win away to Athletic Club Bilbao last weekend.Messi and goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen were the architects of last weekend’s win with Messi opening the scoring and Ter Stegen frustrating all of their rival’s efforts.Reuters Photo Meanwhile, Barca are still without the injured Dembele while Luis Suarez is struggling for form in front of goal, limiting Barca coach Ernesto Valverde’s options in attack, given that he appears to have little faith in former Valencia forward Paco Alcacer.Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic will play in midfield. Valverde has injury issues and Rafinha is still sidelined along with Andre Gomes, Arda Turan and Sergi Roberto and Inesta doubtful until the last minute.advertisementSergi Roberto’s injury means Nelson Semedo will play at right back while Denis Suarez could also appear against his former club.Sevilla have won their last three games to end a mini-crisis, but the last of those was only on Wednesday night in the Champions League, meaning they have had little time to recover before visiting a ground where they have lost on nine of their last 10 visits.last_img

Touch Wine Event A Success

first_imgSunday saw South Australia’s Touch Wine tournament run with 40 corporate teams from the South Australian Wine community and over 1000 spectators bracing the Adelaide heat, all with the aim of raising funds for South Australia’s homeless community. The hot weather did not reduce participants’ spirits with teams playing a morning full of Touch Football before indulging in the plentiful South Australian food and wine on offer, with plenty of entertainment and action to enjoy. For the more serious competitors, the Coopers at the Lane side were crowned Touch Wine champions for 2012. Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire said that the event was a great success. “The event is a wonderful initiative which demonstrated the way our sport can bring people together for a common purpose. The event itself is one of the best on our calendar which engages the entire South Australian community from the Premier (South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill) to the park player and locals looking to enjoy a day in the park,” Maguire said.  The day also featured the ever popular celebrity match with the Premier showing his Touch Football prowess along with three-time Olympian Rachel Sporn, Port Adelaide Power player Justin Westhoff, Dual Premiership Adelaide Crows player Kym Koster and Channel 7 Newsreader Mark Soderstrom.The day was again a roaring success for both the Touch Football community as well as the Hutt St Centre, who received crucial funds to support the employment of a recreation officer at the centre. “The team deliver an absolutely amazing event and one we are very proud of for various reasons. It engages the community, increases the profile of our sport and ultimately raises money for the homeless,” Maguire said. To view photos of Touch Wine please visit and like Touch Football South Australia’s Facebook page:!/pages/Touch-Football-South-Australia/162946213729398Related LinksTouch Wine A Successlast_img

a month agoMan Utd to scout Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali tonight

first_imgMan Utd to scout Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali tonightby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will have scouts posted for Brescia’s Seria A clash with Juventus on Tuesday night.United will have Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali watched, says Gazzetta dello Sport.The 19-year-old, who has been compared to Andrea Pirlo due to his playing style and long sweeping hair, is enjoying his first season in Serie A after earning promotion with Lombardy outfit last season. United have sent scouts to this evening’s clash at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti to take a closer look at the Italy Under-21 international.Opponents Juventus are also believed to be keen on Tonali. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Special Back to School Visit for Mount Olivet Boys’ Home

first_imgStory Highlights The JIS team is scheduled to make another visit to the home during the Christmas season The JIS team on August 25 fellowshiped with the boys at the Mount Olivet United Church The boys received packages of shoes, books, uniforms, bags and stationery from sponsors The back-to-school period saw the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) making its second visit of the year to the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Walderston Manchester.In celebration of the agency’s 50th Anniversary, the JIS team on August 25 fellowshiped with the boys at the Mount Olivet United Church.“I think it was a good move and the boys and staff enjoyed it…it was a good experience sharing with them in the worship service and they think it enhanced it,” said Senior Duty Officer and Staff Representative at the Home, Jeffect Watson.He added that, “I think the JIS should put this into practice some more. The church service was a wise move for the JIS as it shows you’re willing to share with the boys holistically, and not just about have fun with them. It was a blessing to have the team.”Members of the JIS team also expressed their views on the Sunday visit, which saw the boys taking part in the service by reading the scripture, singing and ushering.Telephone Operator at the JIS, Hazel Christie told JIS News that, “Going on a Sunday for a change was good. It was good to fellowship with the boys.”After the church service, the boys were refreshed with snacks as well as packages of shoes, books, uniforms, bags and stationery from sponsors that have supported the home over the three years since it was adopted by the JIS. Sponsors include: Juici Patties, Novelty Trading Company Limited, Sammy’s, Mega Mart, and YB Afraid who have also adopted the Home and collaborates with the JIS.Corporate Services Officer at the JIS, Njrie Brown is happy about the JIS’ involvement at the home. “It is a good idea to give back to the society. I think the boys need some love especially at this time of year, and some of them don’t really have any family, so it’s good that we’re there giving them support.”Staff members also expressed the fulfilment they get from seeing the smiles on the faces of the boys.“I keep going to the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home because of the joy I see on the boys’ faces whenever we go. Whenever they see the bus coming you can see them waving and just greeting us on our way in and on our way out, and I’m happy for that. I’m happy that we can bring joy to the faces of the young boys. I feel good about that,” Human Resource Officer, Diane Dawkins said.The JIS team is scheduled to make another visit to the home during the Christmas season.last_img

Work Advanced on National Identification System

first_img NIDS, which is scheduled for implementation in 2019, will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans. The civil and identification database being established under the National Identification System (NIDS) is now 90 per cent complete. Story Highlights The civil and identification database being established under the National Identification System (NIDS) is now 90 per cent complete.This was disclosed by Project Director for NIDS, Warren Vernon, who noted that work is advanced “in terms of defining all of the features and the requirements in order to deliver the system”.He was speaking at a town hall meeting at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on Tuesday (December 5).NIDS, which is scheduled for implementation in 2019, will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans.Under the system, each citizen will be provided with a randomised nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN), which they will have for life.Mr. Vernon said the NIDS team is also in the process of developing the cybersecurity strategy to deal with all of the threats and risks related to the system.“We are also in the process of developing a plan to generate awareness, because how we use technology now, it’s very clear that there are so many persons that are not aware of the various threats and risks that are out there,” he noted.Mr. Vernon gave a presentation regarding the security of the system. Presentations were also made by Acting Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jacqueline Lynch Stewart, who spoke on the legal and institutional framework of the system; and Chief Executive Officer, e-Gov Jamaica Ltd, Maurice Barnes, who focused on the information and communications technology (ICT) aspect.State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, in his address sought to dispel some of the misconceptions on the NIDS. He also joined the NIDS team in a panel discussion to answer some questions from the audience.The town hall meeting was the first to be held across the island as part of the Government’s public education campaign on the NIDS.Implementation of the NIDS is supported by the National Identification and Registration Bill, which was passed in both Houses of Parliament last month.With anticipated funding of US$68 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government intends to put the NIDS infrastructure and systems in place over the next 12 months, beginning with a pilot project.This is expected to be followed by the national roll-out in September 2019, over a three- to four-year period.The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and provide more enhanced services.For more information, persons can visit the website:; follow @NIDSfacts on Twitter and Instagram, NIDS Facts on Facebook; or call: 927-9941-3. This was disclosed by Project Director for NIDS, Warren Vernon, who noted that work is advanced “in terms of defining all of the features and the requirements in order to deliver the system”.last_img

Alicia Silverstone joins The BabySitters Club

first_imgLos Angeles: Actors Alicia Silverstone and Mark Feuerstein have been roped in for the upcoming live-action reboot of “The Baby-Sitters Club”. In the series adaptation by Netflix, Silverstone will essay the character of Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, the mother of Kristy Thomas and love interest of Watson Brewer, played by Feuerstein. Based on Ann M. Martin’s best-selling book series, “The Baby-Sitters Club” is a contemporary original series that will follow the friendship and babysitting adventures of five best friends — Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, and Dawn Schafer — in Stoneybrook, Connecticut. “The Baby-Sitters Club” highlights female friendship, entrepreneurialism and empowerment.last_img

Nirav Modi intends to appeal for bail in UK High Court

first_imgLondon: Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, undergoing extradition proceedings in the UK, intends to appeal for bail in the UK High Court after a second bail application was rejected by a lower court in London last week in the USD 1-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which represents the Indian authorities through the extradition process in the UK courts, said the 48-year-old intends to appeal against Judge Emma Arbuthnot’s decision to turn down his bail plea at the end of a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last Friday on the grounds that there was a substantial risk he would fail to surrender . Mr Modi intends to appeal his bail decision, but he has not yet submitted the appeal, a CPS spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday. The diamond merchant, who has been behind bars at HMP Wandsworth in south-west London ever since his first bail application was rejected on March 20, can apply for a High Court bail appeal at any time until his next remand hearing on April 26. However, his legal team must give the CPS 48 hours’ notice and the bail hearing must be listed within 48 hours of the appeal being lodged in the higher court. We are not making any comment at this time, Modi’s solicitor Anand Doobay said, in reference to plans for a bail appeal application. It remains to be seen how Modi’s legal team is able to further bolster the bail application after Chief Magistrate Arbuthnot ruled that 1 million pounds offered as security for bail as well as the offer to meet stringent electronic tag restrictions on their client’s movements, “akin to house arrest”, were not sufficient to convince her that he did not pose a flight risk. This is a case of substantial fraud, with loss to a bank in India of between USD 1-2 billion. I am not persuaded that the conditional bail sought will meet the concerns of the government of India in this case, the judge noted.last_img

Morocco Second Worldwide in Innovative Projects Provided by Microsoft Global

Rabat – According to Samir Benmakhlof, the General Manager of Microsoft Morocco, the kingdom comes in second place at the global level in the field of training and certificates of authentication on innovative projects provided by Microsoft Global.Speaking to Hespress website on the sidelines of the ninth edition of the National Education Forum, organized by the Moroccan Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training in collaboration with Microsoft Morocco, Benmakhlof emphasized that “the company’s main objective is to make modern technology users use it in a peaceful manner.”Benmakhlof added that the partnership between Microsoft and the Moroccan National Ministry of Education and Vocational Training which was launched ten years ago, has led to achieving very positive results in terms of the proper use of the means of modern technology. The training provided by Microsoft Morocco has seen the participation of 27,500 teachers belonging to 137 educational institutions, according to data reported by Benmakhlof. “Certificates provided are global certificates issued by the parent company, and entitle their holders to train other teachers and students,” said Benmakhlof.The General Manager of Microsoft Morocco said that the number of teachers who participated in the Innovative Business Program this year, has amounted to 300 teachers. In addition, three projects were selected from among the projects submitted to represent Morocco in a Microsoft’s global competition that is set to take place this year in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Torture persists as standard practice in many countries says UN expert

“Today, human rights form the only universally accepted system of the world, but the implementation gap is growing,” Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, told reporters in New York.He pointed out that torture has decreased significantly in several parts of the world, with the practice being reduced sharply after the military dictatorships of Latin America were replaced by democratic governments.“But on the global level, I still come to the conclusion on the basis of many fact-finding missions and other forms of evidence that torture and ill-treatment is still practised on a widespread, partly even systematic and routine level in many countries of the world, and the conditions of detention have even gotten worse in many countries of the world.”Addressing the General Assembly today, the expert pointed out that millions of people worldwide are deprived of their liberty, living in conditions of detention amounting to inhuman and degrading treatment.Torture occurs behind closed doors and that the lack of public scrutiny allows for the abuses of detainees to continue, he said, calling for transparency in both public and private institutions.Mr. Nowak, an Austrian human rights lawyer who has served as Rapporteur since 2004, presented a report to the Assembly’s Third Committee on the connection between torture and the treatment of people with disabilities.“People with mental disabilities are very often just excluded,” he told UNiFEED, a video service which covers the UN. “They are put in a single cell without any adequate health or psychological care and we have found in various prisons persons in a deplorable and appalling state from a hygienic point of view who are just neglected, forgotten by the outside world.” 24 October 2008Torture is still a frequent or even standard practice in many nations, six decades after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a United Nations expert on the subject said today in New York.

IMF cuts global growth forecast because of slowdowns in US Russia and

IMF cuts global growth forecast because of slowdowns in US, Russia and emerging markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2014 9:03 am MDT WASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund foresees the global economy expanding less than it had previously forecast, slowed by weaker growth in the United States, Russia and developing economies.The lending organization predicted Thursday that global growth will be 3.4 per cent in 2014, below its April forecast of 3.7 per cent. But the fund still expects the growth of the world’s economy to accelerate a bit to 4 per cent in 2015.The downgrade of this year’s estimate for the global economy reflects much slower growth in the United States. The IMF now expects just 1.7 per cent U.S. growth in 2014, which would be the weakest since the recession officially ended five years ago. That’s down from its April prediction of 2.8 per cent, mostly because of a sharp weather-related contraction in the first quarter. The U.S. economy shrank at an annual rate of 2.9 per cent in the first three months of the year.But the IMF thinks the U.S. economy rebounded in the April-June quarter at a healthy 3.5 per cent annual rate. Growth should remain above 3 per cent in the second half of the year, it said in a separate report Wednesday. And it should be 3 per cent for all of 2015.Olivier Blanchard, the IMF’s chief economist, said the U.S. economy’s recent weakness is in “the past, to a large extent.”“Looking forward, growth in the U.S. is reasonably strong,” Blanchard added.The IMF also slashed its outlook for Russia’s growth to just 0.2 per cent this year and 1 per cent in 2015. Russia’s conflict with Ukraine has caused a sharp drop in foreign investment.The IMF included its forecasts in a quarterly update to its World Economic Outlook report.The weaker growth estimates underscore the need for central banks in advanced economies in the United States and Europe to keep interest rates low, the report said. The Federal Reserve has pegged the short-term rate it controls at nearly zero for more than five years. But most economists expect the Fed to start slowly raising that rate in mid-2015.The European Central Bank has cut its benchmark rate to 0.15 per cent, a record low. It’s also placed a negative rate on the deposits it holds for commercial banks to try to get them to lend more.The IMF also stressed that much of the downgraded forecast reflects temporary factors, such as harsh winter weather and a slowdown in inventory restocking in the United States. .In China, consumer spending has declined as the government has sought to reduce lending, the IMF said. Growth in China will likely be 7.4 per cent this year, down from the IMF’s 7.6 per cent forecast in April. It will slip further, to 7.1 per cent, in 2015.But Beijing has taken steps to support growth, such as spending more on roads and other infrastructure and cutting taxes for small businesses, the IMF said. That should bolster the Chinese economy in the second half of this year.In Brazil, higher rates have throttled business and consumer spending, the IMF said. Brazil’s central bank has raised rates to try to combat inflation. The economy will expand just 1.3 per cent this year, the IMF estimates, down from its previous estimate of 1.9 per cent. The IMF also marked down its forecast for Brazil’s economy in 2015 to 2 per cent, from 2.6 per cent.Mexico’s economy has been held back by weakness in the United States and slower construction, the IMF said. It foresees growth of just 2.4 per cent this year, down from its April estimate of 3 per cent. But it should rebound in 2015, the IMF expects.

Commodities drop on renewed concerns over China growth markets sharply lower

Commodities drop on renewed concerns over China growth; markets sharply lower TORONTO – North American stock markets closed sharply in the red Monday as more evidence of a continuing slowdown in China, the world’s second-largest economy, delivered a blow to commodity prices.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX index plunged 373.99 points or 2.8 per cent to 13,004.58. The massive decline was led by the health-care sector, which lost more than 10 per cent, and metals and mining, which slipped more than nine per cent.Oil and metals prices fell after Chinese government statistics showed that profits at the country’s industrial companies plunged 8.8 per cent last month.The November contract for benchmark crude oil was down $1.27 at US$44.43 a barrel while December copper gave back three cents to US$2.25 a pound.Even gold, often considered a safe haven for investors, took a beating, with the December contract falling $13.90 to US$1,131.70 an ounce.“People traditionally buy gold for safety reasons, to diversify away from other assets. That’s not what’s happening right now,” said Luciano Orengo, managing director and portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“There are fears that the Chinese are selling some gold, to raise some cash to put back into the economy to try to stimulate it.”An added influx of supply would put downward pressure on the price of the previous metal, Orengo said.Elsewhere in commodities, the November natural gas gained four cents to US$2.67 per thousand cubic feet.The loonie was off 0.44 of a U.S. cent at 74.66 cents US. The last time the loonie closed below that level was in June of 2004.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gave back 312.78 points or 1.92 per cent to 16,001.89, while the broader S&P 500 declined 49.57 points or 2.57 per cent to 1,881.77 and Nasdaq plunged a whopping 142.53 points or 3.04 per cent to 4,543.97.Meanwhile, in corporate news, Valeant Pharmaceuticals(TSX:VRX) — a heavily weighted stock on the TSX — fell by 16.3 per cent, or $43.20, to close at $221.81 after U.S. congressional Democrats asked to subpoena documents from the drugmaker related to massive price increases for two drugs.They claim Valeant increased the price of congestive heart failure treatment Nitropress and another heart drug, Isuprel, by 212 and 525 per cent respectively on the day it purchased the rights to them from Marathon Pharmaceuticals.“A lot of pharma companies have been put under scrutiny,” Orengo said. “Last week Hillary Clinton was talking about making some of these companies’ spend on R&D mandatory.”In other corporate news, Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) bucked the downward trend after announcing that it will split into two independent companies. Its bauxite, aluminum and casting operations will be in one company and its engineering and transportation businesses will be in another. Its stock rose 52 cents or 5.73 per cent to US$9.59.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 28, 2015 6:12 am MDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

Big Ten and Pac12 reach scheduling agreement in multiple sports

The Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences announced Wednesday that they have reached a scheduling agreement in multiple sports, including basketball and football The agreement will entail significant reconfiguration of future schedules in Olympic sports, basketball and football to include matchups between the 24 teams from the two conferences. Pac-12 commisioner Larry Scott and Big Ten commisioner Jim Delany addressed reporters in a conference call and said the deal is beneficial for both conferences. “To me, this is a creative and inventive approach through collaboration to achieve some of the same objectives that expansion can help you with,” Scott said. “It gives our conference more of a national platform, more play on the Big Ten Network and higher quality programming on our network without having to expand.” The deal would likely begin during the 2012-13 seasons in all of the sports with the exception of football, which will honor non-conference scheduling agreements previously in place. By 2017, the football schedule is expected to include a 12-game schedule that will feature each member of the Big Ten playing a team from the Pac-12. The Big Ten had previously planned to play a nine-game conference schedule in football starting in 2017, but because of the deal, the conference will continue with an eight-game conference schedule. The way the matchups will be determined has not been completely worked out, but Delaney said that “competitive equity” would “play a significant part.” This likely means that top-level teams would be paired against each other on a year-to-year basis. Both commissioners acknowledged that possible-marquee matchups could hinder their conferences chances of being represented in the national championship, but said the benefits outweigh the negatives. “I think it helps our football programs,” Delaney said. “I think it will engage fans, help our recruiting, help in the presentation of television. If fans follow it, our partners will be rewarded and we will ultimately be rewarded. Although nothing has been decided, the football matchups will most likely take place early in the season before conference play begins. The two conferences are already linked through the Rose Bowl, which annually pits the champion from the Big Ten and Pac-12 on a New Year’s Day bowl, but this agreement furthers the relationship between the conferences across multiple sports. Despite the strengthened relationship, the commissioners said not to expect any form of official merger in the future or any similar agreements with other conferences. “We have a common DNA but a tremendous recognition that 90 percent, 80 percent of what we do is in our region,” he said. “Those who think regional rivalries and local rivalries don’t mean anything any more, I think that’s erroneous…Our goal is to build something new here on a very strong foundation of history.”

Queen looks at ease on horse ride days after security increased at

first_imgThe Queen was seen looking happy and relaxed as she enjoyed a horse ride at Windsor Castle on Wednesday. The monarch, 90, was spotted dressed in a beige coat and matching shawl, which she tied round her head, as she rode the small black horse alongside two others in the grounds of the castle. It came as the Duke of Edinburgh was also seen driving his carriage behind security barriers while a police officer stood guard.  Barriers were put in place around the royal residence in Berkshire on Monday evening to support existing road closures, Thames Valley Police said The Duke of Edinburgh was also seen driving his carriage behind security barriers while a police stood guard The Duke of Edinburgh was also seen driving his carriage behind security barriers while a police stood guardCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph Security at the castle was enhanced ahead of the Changing The Guard ceremony on Wednesday afternoon following the Westminster terror attack.Barriers were put in place around the royal residence in Berkshire on Monday evening to support existing road closures for the ceremony, Thames Valley Police said.The force said the changes were “proportionate and necessary” but that there was “no specific threat to Windsor”. Barriers were put in place around the royal residence in Berkshire on Monday evening to support existing road closures, Thames Valley Police saidCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

Thousands of teenagers spending more than eight hours a day online at

Last week the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health told MPs on the science and technology committee there is an urgent need for in-depth research to establish if increased time online is responsible for the rise in mental ill health among the young.Dr Max Davie, a College health promotion officer, accused social media companies of withholding vast troves of data on user behaviour, including time spent online, which could be shared with researchers.He said: “Facebook has data. Twitter has data. They’re not sharing that data with researchers… they’re sucking data from all of us, and they should be sharing it for the public good.”The Daily Telegraph is campaigning for a statutory duty of care on social media and gaming firms to protect children from harm online. In its written evidence to the Commons science and technology committee, the royal college has also backed new laws to keep the tech firms in check. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In the past month, Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, has warned the NHS is “picking up the pieces” of an epidemic of mental illness among children, fuelled by social media, and pledged to “ramp up” mental health care to cope with it.The government and information commissioner are drawing up proposals for statutory codes that could impose curbs on the “compulsive” techniques used by the social media and gaming firms to keep children online such as switching off night-time notifications and video auto-play.The average time spent online for all children, aged five to 15, is 2hrs 54mins a day at the weekend, and 1hr 54mins during the week. It is almost double what it was a decade ago.However, it masks big variations with 11% classed as “extreme” users, spending more than five hours a day online at the weekend, and 3% more than eight hours a day, equivalent to more than 200,000 children aged 5-15.Research by UCL found teenage girls who had spent more than an hour a day on social media from the age of 10 were more likely to suffer emotional and social problems. Boys who tended to play more video games were less affected.Professor Yvonne Kelly, who led the UCL study, believed some form of enforced time limits on usage was needed given the increasing evidence that heavy use was linked to mental ill health: “The companies have a big part to play in this as they have very sophisticated ways of getting all of us to use their application. I would not put it all at the parents’ door.” One in 20 children (5%) aged three or four spend over three hours a day online at weekends, while one in five (20%) spend between one and four hours a day online during the week, equivalent to 280,000 children. Last week The Daily Telegraph revealed one in four children under four own a tablet.Among five to seven-year-olds, 3%, equivalent to some 60,000 children, spend more than five hours a day online during the weekend, while double that proportion spend between four and seven hours online.By the time they reach their final years of primary school, almost one in ten (9%) spend more than five hours a day online at the weekend, equivalent to more than 250,000 children. Some 3% spend more than six hours online.The figures which cover all online activity from social media to homework follow evidence from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) of a “clear association” between the longer time spent online and mental health issues. The OECD found young “extreme” users who spent over six hours a day online on a weekend were less happy with their lives. Child on computer More than 150,000 younger teenagers are spending over eight hours a day online at weekends, according to an official breakdown of young “extreme” users.Amid mounting concern over the potential impact of screen time on rising mental ill health among the young, new figures from Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, show some 6% of children aged 12 to 15 are devoting the majority of their waking time at the weekend to online activities.A further tenth of teenagers (11%) are spending between five and eight hours a day online at the weekend, equivalent to about 300,000 children.The proportions fall during the week when the children are at school but 1%, equivalent to some 28,000 children, are still spending more than eight hours a day online, 4% more than six hours and 11% between four and eight hours, equivalent to more than 300,000 pupils.The start of secondary school at 11 is seen as the point when most children become more active on social media but the figures show increasing numbers of heavy users of digital technology from as young as three or four. Facebook App Almost one in ten of children spend more than five hours a day online at the weekend by the time they reach their final years of primary school.Credit:Peter Byrne/PA Social media websites such read more

Schneider Electric systems support RecyCoal project at Rossington

first_imgRecyCoal recovers waste coal from active coal mines in a fast, efficient and environmentally positive way.  The company says its “unique service” improves mine profitability by recovering and converting otherwise unused coal. In addition to this, the company targets land rehabilitation services which benefit local communities through long term environmental restoration projects, ranging from forestry and agriculture, to commercial developments. Its technology is based on the innovative RecyCoal Natural Medium Dual Density system, which facilitates the highly efficient recovery of waste coal that other systems have been unable to process. With over 30 years of experience, RecyCoal, while located in Doncaster, UK, also has a base in Brisbane, Australia and is currently working on a number of projects across the UK, the USA, Australia, Poland and South Africa.Having embarked on an environmentally-led coal recovery and restoration scheme at the former Rossington Colliery in South Yorkshire, UK, RecyCoal has committed to cleaning up 13 Mt of colliery spoil. This also means yielding more than 950,000 t of coal for local electricity generation, in addition to restoring the land within five years. The Rossington site covers approximately 112.5 ha which once restored, will form a valuable and sizable part of local public open space with opportunities for nature conservation and public recreation.Historically RecyCoal’s systems have been largely manually controlled.  However the Rossington project is the first time the company has incorporated a complete automation and control system. With this and the scale of the project in mind, RecyCoal had specific criteria for the solutions provider to meet. Of paramount importance was a vendor with the capacity to deliver a complete turnkey solution. It needed to be highly modular and flexible with scope for scalability. As well as offering ease of engineering, the modularity was also important to reduce the volume of spares being held across multiple sites. In minimising downtime, high reliability and availability was also crucial, with hot-standby capabilities flagged as imperative. The chosen solution also needed to provide a high level of visibility for RecyCoal, with robust reporting capabilities on any aspect of process, production, maintenance and downtime, readily available. Given the complexity of the Rossington project, the capacity to present and disseminate such data to key management personnel on-demand was vital.RecyCoal opted to appoint Schneider Electric to supply and support control, automation, distribution, IT and security equipment for the restoration project, delivered through a complete turnkey contract provided by the company’s PlantStruxure solution. At the automation level a system comprising Vijeo Citect redundant server SCADA and a Vijeo Historian database was selected. The SCADA servers run on Magelis iPCs, with APC Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) back-up. The main control system comprises a Modicon Quantum Hot-Standby pair, and an Ethernet backbone (via an array of Connexium Industrial Ethernet switches) connected down to associated plant equipment, including Modicon STB distributed IO, Preventa safety systems, Magelis HMI, Altivar Variable Speed Drives and a Okken Machine Control Centre. For superior reporting capabilities, Vijeo Historian provides fully automated data, both via on-screen visuals and paper records, according to user and department-specific requirements.Bridging the divide between management and plant operations, Vijeo Historian’s intuitive interface and active data transfers, feed and integrate data from the control level up to the business systems.  For RecyCoal this translates to valuable data being shared with a variety of personnel, in real-time or historically as well as being viewed locally or via remote connections; thus allowing staff immediate access to the information they need. As a result RecyCoal’s management team is able to make more informed and timely decisions, minimising costly production delays, whilst facilitating improved efficiencies across the entire site.Operators can log all downtime events and via a series of drop-down selections, specify the nature of a stoppage whether its electrical, mechanical, or process based. Reports provide pinpoint accuracy on stoppage causes, greatly enhancing RecyCoal’s efficiency and drive towards continuous improvement. Valuable remote access to reports and real-time data is also available via a web browser interface. The modular nature of the both the hardware platforms and software applications allow RecyCoal a high degree of scalability and flexibility. For example, once a block of PLC code and associated SCADA graphic objects are tested and validated, the custom combination can be saved within a specific system library and reused in future projects, regardless of their scale. Thus as requirements evolve in future years, RecyCoal’s engineering read more

RAG Auguste Victoria colliery demonstration of coal flotation drainage to international delegation

first_imgAt a joint event at the Auguste Victoria (AV) colliery in Marl organised by operator RAG Deutsche Steinkohle AG, along with RAG Mining Solutions GmbH and a South German plant construction company, international customers recently took the opportunity over three days to ask questions about the process and effectiveness of the pilot plant. The Surface Equipment sales department of RAG Mining Solutions also presented a portfolio of used machinery and plant equipment from the closed Saar and West collieries together with the extensive service portfolio of the company.The guests from companies and institutions in the material preparation industry were able to view the entire process route of the coal at the AV colliery and the pilot plant. RAG Mining Solutions stated that “they were particularly impressed by the low residual moisture of the obtained product, which they could even feel in the end product. With the new process, the residual moisture of the coal flotation is reduced from 23% to 9%.”In mid-August Professor Dr Martin Junker, CEO of RAG Mining Solutions, together with Roland Hecken, Head of Services Electrical Engineering and Managing Director of the subsidiary RAG Mining Technology (Beijing) Co Ltd, visited political representatives from Mongolia in Berlin in mid-August 2014. They met with Mongolia’s Vice Prime Minister Dendev Terbishdagva and the Ambassador Tsolmon Bolor. The Mongolian Economic Advisor Davaakhuu Battur and attachée to the Mongolian embassy Enkhsaikhan Tseden-Ish also took part in the talks. The visit was mainly about collaborating together in future on mining topics from training the required skilled labour to planning specific projects. The marketing of industrial plants and power plants was also discussed in depth.last_img

QUIZ Guess the film and year based on the old technology in

first_img A 16-year-old was fatally stabbed in a fight where dozens of teens filmed him with their phones instead of trying to help WeWork CEO Adam Neumann reportedly smoked weed with friends on a private jet to Israel — and the flight crew later found a ‘sizable chunk’ in a cereal box and recalled the plane ‘Bond King’ Jeff Gundlach says the Fed may start expanding its balance sheet after injecting $128 billion into markets HOW IS YOUR movie trivia?Can you guess the names of these films and what year they were made simply by looking at these very, very short gifs?The outdated technology may give you a clue as to the year.Give yourself a point for each film and a bonus one if you get the year correct. Let us know your score in the comments section.One:Two: Three: Four: Five: Six: Seven: Eight:Click here for the answers (they’ll download in a word document).Well, how did you do?Read: Ghost to be made into a television series Former Twitter CEO calls out WeWork CEO Adam Neumann amid the company’s IPO fiasco: ‘This is not the way everybody behaves’ last_img

Junk Jumping Gene Actually Key to Embryonic Development

first_img One man’s junk is another man’s critical regulator of the first stages of embryonic development.The so-called “jumping gene,” long considered hereditary clutter or a damaging parasite, is actually key to human evolution.Transposable elements (TEs), or transposons, are DNA sequences that duplicate and reinsert themselves into different locations on the genome (hence “jumping”).First identified 50 years ago by geneticist Barbara McClintock, transposons are found in almost all organisms, typically in large numbers (they make up 50 percent of the human genome).But while many stowaways are harmless, others wreak havoc by altering or disrupting cells’ normal programming, according to the University of California San Francisco. TEs have been associated with diseases like cancer.New research, however, suggests that the most common transposon, LINE1, is actually necessary for embryos to develop past the two-cell stage.Analyzing TEs since 2003, senior author Miguel Ramalho-Santos, an associate professor of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive sciences at UCSF, recalls his early days studying LINE1.“Given the standard view of transposons, these early embryos were really playing with fire,” he said in a statement. “It just didn’t make any sense, and I wondered if something else was going on.”The project took off when Michelle Percharde joined Ramalho-Santos’s lab as a postdoc researcher in 2013.“When I saw all the LINE1 RNA that’s present in the nucleus of developing cells, I agreed there must be some role it’s playing,” she said.Using mouse embryos, the pair performed experiments to eliminate LINE1 RNA from rodent embryonic stem cells, and the results were surprising: The pattern of gene expression in the cells completely transformed.“When we saw that cells were changing identity when we moved LINE1 RNA, that was our real ‘Aha!’ moment that told us we were on to something,” Percharde said.After five years—and various new techniques for studying transposons—researchers hope their findings can convince others to stop villainizing jumping genes.“These genes have been with us for billions of years and have been the majority of our genomes for hundreds of millions of years,” Ramalho-Santos said. “I think it’s fair to ask if the 1.5 percent of protein-coding genes are the free-riders, and not the other way around.“We now think these early embryos are playing with fire, but in a very calculated way,” he added.Ramalho-Santos and Percharde’s full findings were published this week in the journal Cell.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target We Now Know the DNA of GuacamoleUncover Your Pet’s Ancestry With Cat DNA Test last_img

Philippines power giant reveals plan to develop new Metro Manila IR

first_img“The project will include a casino complex, hotels, food and beverage and retail outlets and entertainment centers,” the letter said.“Gold Coast Entertainment will be strategically located near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, thus easily accessible to gaming tourists.“The integrated resort and casino will be designed to convey a resort-like atmosphere. Accommodations and attractions will include non-traditional options to target a younger demographic of gamers and entertainment seekers.”PAVI is headed by Manuel Paulo Villar, the son of the Philippines’ richest man Manuel Villar Jr, with the family said to have previously obtained a gaming license before President Rodrigo Duterte’s famous moratorium on new casino licenses was issued early last year.“PAVI, Vertex and key contractor partners have, among them, the resources, experience and capability to master plan, develop, ensure the completion of and operate the proposed Gold Coast Entertainment City,” PAVI added.The first step for the company to realize its IR ambition is a city council hearing on a request for a non-objection clearance, the Inquirer said. Philippines power plant giant Prime Asset Ventures Inc (PAVI) is planning to develop a new integrated resort in Metro Manila offering “non-traditional options” to appeal to a younger generation of casino customers.According to the Philippines Inquirer, the project was proposed to the mayor of Las Piñas City, located immediately to the south of Manila’s Entertainment City gaming hub in Parañaque, in a letter dated 4 April 2019. The complex would be developed on a site covering 10 to 15 hectares and named Gold Coast Entertainment City. RelatedPosts 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analystslast_img

On the scene with the Crystal Serenity

first_imgTonight, the cruise ship Crystal Serenity will cast off from Seward for a first-of-it’s kind trip through the Arctic’s Northwest Passage to New York City. It’s the first luxury liner to attempt the route — and the largest passenger ship by far. Many people are wondering if it’s a sign of what’s to come, as the Arctic sees increasingly ice-free summers.The Crystal Serenity in Seward, AK, preparing for groundbreaking cruise through the Northwest Passage (Photo by Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage)Rachel Waldholz, from Alaska’s Energy Desk is in Seward.Listen nowTOWNSEND: Rachel, remind us why this is a big deal. There’s been a lot of attention to it nationally, internationally. Why is it a big deal?WALDHOLZ: Well, it’s a big deal because this is a big ship. It can carry more than 1,600 people, including more than 1,000 passengers and more than 600 crew. A ship of that kind hasn’t attempted to cross through the Arctic before. And it’s in a region that hasn’t seen anything remotely on this scale before, it’s not sure the region is prepared for that. There just isn’t the kind of infrastructure or search and rescue capabilities. The towns it’s visiting haven’t seen this kind of tourism and cruise companies haven’t proven yet that they can handle the Arctic safely. This is really the first test. And to that end, it’s been a real wake-up call for authorities about getting ready for more shipping traffic in the Arctic. The U.S. Coast Guard and military actually have a joint exercise planned with Canadian forces next week in the Bering Strait, and they will simulate rescuing 250 people from a cruise ship, and it’ll happen just a few days after the Crystal Serenity passes through the region.TOWNSEND: Have you been able to get aboard the ship? What’s it like?WALDHOLZ: Well, I haven’t been able to get on yet. I have a tour scheduled for 3 p.m. and I’m really excited because it’s supposed to be super top-end luxery cruise ship. The basic stateroom is more than $20,000 — the highest end penthouse — which comes with personal butler service — is listed at more than $120,000. So this is really a very high-end cruise. It has as many as eight restaurants, a casino, a dance club, a spa, designer boutiques. That’s probably good, because this is a long trip and there aren’t that many places to stop along the way. It will take more than a month to travel from Seward to New York City. It’s stopping in Kodiak, Unalaska and Nome on its way, as well as several stops in Canada and Greenland. But actually just quite a bit of cruising.That’s Rachel Waldholz from Alaska’s Energy Desk, speaking from Seward. The Crystal Serenity is scheduled to leave Seward tonight, and will be stopping in Kodiak tomorrow, in Unalaska on Friday and in Nome on Sunday.last_img