Gadgets on the go

first_imgCasio Tryx (Ex-TR100)The battery life leaves us wanting a bit more. And there is a high probability that people might just run away with it. Apart from that, there’s nothing not to love about the most strangest of cameras that we have seen in a long time. The Casio Tryx (Ex-TR100) is a swivel camera with a pop-out display and has two buttons for operation. The swivel turns a full 360 degrees and the 12 MP sensor produces good images. Add the (now) standard 1080p HD recording to the talent pool, you’ve got a looker of a camera. Priced at US$ 250 and available in prominent online retail outlets. www.casio.comSanyo eneloop mobile boosterWith considerable certainty, we can assure you that finding a plug point while walking the Kalahari is a big challenge. And with a battery (no pun intended) of gadgets in your pocket, we can understand the anxiety you might experience. Time to add the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile booster to your bag. This 5,000 mAh high capacity Li-Ion battery provides 240 minutes of power and can power up most of your mobile devices and even partially charge an iPad. The battery pack itself takes seven hours to charge from AC power and longer from USB ports. For US$ 80, this is an excellent buy. G’zone commandoIf your vacation plan involves scaling the Appalachians or taking a dip or two while being on call (what vacation?), take a closer look at Casio’s G’zone Commando. This Android sporting smartphone meets military standards for rain, shock, dust, fog, extreme altitudes and temperatures, and water immersion. Throw in features like compass, thermometers, tide, sun, moon and star info, this is the only gadget you’ll need on that adventure outing. Available in the US from US$ 200 on Verizon. Expect it around the rest of the world anytime now. www.casiogzone.comAltec lansing orbit USB speakerLaptop speakers are seldom adequate in providing a good sense of sound. Most of them are just loud enough if you keep your laptop close to your ears. These Altec Lansing Orbit USB speakers are a welcome addition for travellers. When not in use, fold up the stand and fix the speakers together for portability. A single USB cord connects to your laptop and no batteries required too. Available for US$ 50 from www.alteclnsing.comFossil meta watchCome this month and you’ll be able to snag one of these extremely innovative and funky Fossil Meta Watches. Geekery apart, this can tether itself with your laptop, mobile or tablet and display select bits of information that you choose. The two models are built on Texas Instruments’ CC2560 Bluetooth platform, which allow them to receive push notifications from smartphones and tablets. Available in digital and analogue, these are priced at US$ 200 and pre-orders should begin soon. Head to for more information.Producer and anchor with CNBC-TV18, Ashwin is correspondent for Tech Toyz.advertisementlast_img read more

Lopetegui warns Messi: Don’t doubt Madrid!

first_imgJulen Lopetegui warned not to doubt Real Madrid’s players after Lionel Messi claimed Juventus are one of the clear favourites to win the Champions League following Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Turin.Ronaldo left Madrid for Juve in July, ending his battle with Messi on the domestic stage at least.Though Madrid lost the UEFA Super Cup to neighbours Atletico, Los Blancos have made a superb start to life under former Spain coach Lopetegui, taking nine points from their first three games in La Liga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Juve have done the same in Serie A and are already two points clear at the top.Ronaldo has yet to find the net for the Bianconeri, but Messi said this week that “it’s evident that the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo makes [Real Madrid] less good and makes Juventus [one of the] clear favourites to win the Champions League”.Responding to those remarks, Lopetegui said to Onda Cero : “I would not doubt the players of Real Madrid.For the first time in our history, we’ve won our first   @SerieA games for consecutive seasons #ParmaJuve #ForzaJuve — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 1, 2018 “We have done okay but it is only the start and we have three weeks ahead with the Champions League.”We have achieved the aim of nine points and now we need to reflect. The players need to come back fit and we will see what happens.”Our target is everything this season. With the league you have to always be on form and it rewards consistency but we want to win everything.”On Ronaldo’s departure, Lopetegui added: “I did not speak to him, it was a situation where he had already decided to leave and the club went along with this for a player who had been tremendous. They allowed this desire and restlessness that he had.”I expressed from the start [the players I wanted]. I thought the squad was fantastic, the players are very good in all areas of the pitch and are capable to compete for titles.”last_img read more

Star CFB Quarterback Leaves Field On A Cart

first_imgThe Houston football team running onto the field.HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 10: The Houston Cougars run onto the field before playing against the Lamar Cardinals at TDECU Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)Houston is steamrolling Tulane tonight, but all is not well with the Cougars. D’Eriq King was just carted off the field.King exited the game after a freak, non-contact injury late in the second quarter. He wasn’t even involved in the play.King made it to the sideline but had to be carted into the locker room. He was replaced by Clayton Tune.Non-contact injury to D’Eriq King. This just got considerably less fun.— SWC Round-Up (@swcroundup) November 16, 2018Houston QB D’Eriq King being carted off field just before halftime— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) November 16, 2018Entering tonight’s game, King had thrown for 2,900 yards, 35 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He had compiled 592 rushing yards and 13 scores as well.Before getting injured, King rushed for 82 yards and a score tonight while throwing for 82 yards and one touchdown as well.We’ll keep you posted on the star junior’s status.last_img read more

ISL: Marcelinho shines for FC Pune City as Chennaiyin FC’s poor run at home continues

first_imgISL: Marcelinho shines for FC Pune City as Chennaiyin FC’s poor run at home continuesISL: The win sees FC Pune City inch to within three points of sixth-placed ATK while Chennaiyin FC’s misery at the bottom of the table continued.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk ChennaiFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 22:26 IST FC Pune City players celebrate their victory (ISL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFC Pune City beat Chennaiyin FC 2-1 in the Indian Super LeagueThe win sees Pune inch to within three points of sixth-placed ATKChennaiyin’s misery at the bottom of the table continuedFC Pune City recorded a hat-trick of victories in the Indian Super League after inflicting a 2-1 defeat on Chennaiyin FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Chennai on Saturday.After a goalless first half, CK Vineeth handed the home side the lead with an opportunistic strike in the 55th minute. For a while it looked like Chennaiyin would break their home winning duck this season, but a quickfire double from Marcelinho (59′, 60′) handed Pune all three points as new manager Phil Brown tasted victory in his first match in charge.The win sees Pune inch to within three points of sixth-placed ATK, while Chennaiyin’s misery at the bottom of the table continued.John Gregory took a bold step when he fielded just three foreign players in his starting line-up. On the other hand, Phil Brown started with Iain Hume and Marcelinho in attack being ably supported by Ashique Kuruniyan, Diego Carlos and Robin Singh..@FCPuneCity sealed a memorable win over @ChennaiyinFC, courtesy of @marcelinholeite’s lightning-fast brace! He is the Hero of the Match from #CHEPUN!#HeroISL #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 2, 2019Pune should have taken the lead in the first minute when Hume did well in finding Robin inside the box but the latter couldn’t sort his feet out with only the keeper to beat.The visitors saw more of the ball but just couldn’t get behind the Chennaiyin defence. The next chance fell for the home side when Anirudh Thapa floated a cross which saw goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh come off his line and clatter into C.K. Vineeth. The ball fell for Halicharan Narzary who blasted the effort over.advertisement.@marcelinholeite was a whisker away from giving @FCPuneCity the lead in the first half!#HeroISL #ISLMoments #LetsFootball #CHEPUN #FanBannaPadega Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 2, 2019After a goalless first session, it was Vineeth who broke the deadlock in the 55th minute as he drilled the ball home from inside the penalty box. This was after some good work by Augusto and Nelson which eventually found Thapa whose shot took a deflection off Sahil Panwar and fell for Vineeth.The lead, though, lasted for just four minutes as Marcelinho levelled the score with a left footed shot which lacked power but Karanjit fumbled and allowed the ball to sneak in.Marko Stankovic’s swerving free-kick was palmed out brilliantly by Karanjit Singh!#HeroISL #ISLMoments #LetsFootball #CHEPUN #FanBannaPadega Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 2, 2019The Brazilian scored his second of the evening in the next minute as he got at the end of a pass by Kuruniyan and slotted the ball into the far corner with the Chennaiyin defence at sixes and sevens.Pune could have had a third goal had it not been for a brilliant save by Karanjit to deny Robin’s headed effort..@marcelinholeite: “I am very happy. We had some luck tonight. It is difficult to play against @ChennaiyinFC. Our coach has given us positivity and a good vibe in the three weeks that he has been here. I hope this continues.”#HeroISL #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega #CHEPUNIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 2, 2019Chennaiyin did see a lot of possession and threw players forward in the hope of getting an equaliser. They did come close when Nelson’s deflected effort went out off the crossbar but it wasn’t to be and they remain winless in seven home matches.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Indian Super LeagueFollow FC Pune CityFollow Chennaiyin FClast_img read more

BC already seeking new markets for wine in Asia and the US

first_imgNORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. – Premier John Horgan says he plans to intensify efforts to find new markets for B.C. wine, which was already being done before Alberta’s ban over the Trans Mountain pipeline.Horgan said he promoted the industry during a recent trip to China, South Korea and Japan, and he plans to discuss increasing the province’s market share south of the border on a trip to Washington state next month.“We are defending industries right now,” Horgan said Thursday. “We’ve made it clear that we are going to be seeking new markets to replace any lost market we may have in Alberta.”The wine prohibition is the latest escalation of a dispute between the two provinces over the pipeline expansion project by Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.B.C. announced plans last week to review limits on diluted bitumen shipments until it’s confident a spill can be cleaned up.Alberta responded by halting talks on purchasing electricity from B.C. before it banned wine imports from its neighbour.Alberta says it imported about 17 million bottles of B.C. wine last year, worth an estimated $70 million.Horgan said the province is investigating whether the ban violates interprovincial trade agreements.“We’re reviewing our options and we’ll take action when appropriate,” he added,Horgan maintains the proposal to limit diluted bitumen shipments is not meant to be provocative but is aimed at protecting B.C.’s environment and economy. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has called the proposal an unconstitutional attempt to stop the $7.4-billion pipeline expansion.Ottawa has already approved the project, which would triple the capacity of the pipeline between Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., and increase tanker traffic off the west coast sevenfold.Earlier Thursday, the federal government announced an overhaul of the environmental assessment process that was used to approve the Trans Mountain project. Under the new rules, projects would have to be assessed and either approved or denied within two years, and reviews would consider health, social and economic effects, as well as Indigenous rights.Horgan said he hadn’t had a chance to read the entire proposal, but he commended the federal government for recognizing the need to keep pace with changing views and perspectives.The changes also seem to suggest the former system was flawed, he said.“Does this say that the processes that were in place yesterday were adequate? Clearly the federal government doesn’t think so and many British Columbians don’t think so,” Horgan said.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)last_img read more

City of Calgary begins reviewing cannabis store applications

first_imgOfficials are weeding out the winners and the losers.Starting Monday, the City of Calgary will start looking at approving or rejecting cannabis store applications.The city began accepting applications in April, and 260 of those requests are now being reviewed.Prospective pot shop owners had to get a business licence, development and building permits, a police check, and apply to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.There is some competition: by-laws say pot stores must be 300 metres from each other, 150 metres from schools and shelters, and 30 metres way from places of worship, pawn shops and payday loan stores. An interactive map shows clusters of requests in Kensington, the Beltline and on 17 Avenue.The City’s Senior Project Lead Brand MacInnis will be answering questions Monday morning at City Hall about how the decisions will be made, and the appeal process.There will also be an update on other steps the city will take to meet the October 17 federal deadline to legalize marijuana.last_img read more

Chime For Change Funds 210 Projects In 81 Countries

first_imgCHIME FOR CHANGE, the global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment founded by Gucci, is pleased to announce that THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE concert event has helped raise funds to support 210 projects for girls and women across the globe.After VAT, the concert raised $3.9M USD to support projects in the three key focus areas of the CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign: Education, Health and Justice.The CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign, launched in February 2013, presented its first major fundraising event, THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE, a global concert held on 1 June at London’s Twickenham Stadium. The concert brought together some of the world’s most talented artists and renowned activists to raise funds and awareness for girls and women. Headlined by CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Beyonce, the concert raised funds through ticket sales, mobile giving and online donations. Through Gucci’s underwriting of the concert event, each of the 50,000 concertgoers was able to donate the full value of their ticket price (less VAT and service fees) to projects of their choice.Donations were allocated to 84 different non-profit partners through Catapult, the first crowdfunding platform dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women. CHIME FOR CHANGE selected Catapult as a strategic partner to ensure transparency, accountability and measurable impact, by allowing the CHIME FOR CHANGE community to choose exactly where their donations go and to track the results of their contributions.“Gucci has a long history of supporting girls and women, and we know that the solutions exist all around us. There are hundreds of credible, dedicated organizations around the world actively supporting the advancement of girls and women,” said CHIME FOR CHANGE Founder and Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini. “My vision for CHIME FOR CHANGE was to facilitate further awareness and fundraising by bringing together a global community to support the important work that is already happening. This is the first time in history that CHARITY concertgoers have been able to choose where their money goes.”THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE concert was broadcast in more than 150 countries globally reaching an audience of one billion viewers, enabling people from around the world to support real change for girls and women.“The partnership between CHIME FOR CHANGE and Catapult channeled the generosity and enthusiasm of a massive global audience,” said Catapult Founder Maz Kessler. “By using the collective power of the crowd, CHIME and Catapult together tap into an increasingly solutions-oriented culture, enabling people to engage directly and transparently with those working on the frontlines for girls’ and women’s education, health and justice.”Projects funded through CHIME FOR CHANGE have supported a diverse range of non-profits, from well-known global organizations to small, grassroots NGOs. Project amounts ranged from $695 to $57,750. Examples of fully funded projects include: • $25,150 to help Syrian refugees access healthcare through Doctors of the World • $50,020 to showcase the stories of sex trafficking survivors through Equality Now • $15,005 to send 30 girls in Houston to Camp SMART through Girls Inc. • $57,750 to build the first floor of Humaira Bachal’s Dream Model street school in Pakistan – further supported by a matching grant from Madonna’s Ray of Light Foundation to complete the school buildingDonors not only have the unprecedented chance to choose exactly where their money goes, but can also regularly monitor the impact of their contributions. Partner non-profits submit reports to donors via Catapult at regular intervals, describing how each project is improving the lives of girls and women. In this way, CHIME FOR CHANGE is leveraging the power of technology to keep its community engaged and inspired.“The Gates Foundation believes strongly in the power of innovation to drive change,” said Kate James, Chief Communications Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “We were enthusiastic to partner with CHIME FOR CHANGE because of the campaign’s unique ability to bring women’s and girl’s issues to a global audience, and through Catapult give donors direct access to the real people and work being done on the ground.”Over the course of the next year, CHIME FOR CHANGE will continue to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world through special events, new partnerships and the ongoing creation and dissemination of unique journalistic and film content, especially through its digital and social media platforms. In June 2014, CHIME FOR CHANGE will celebrate the global impact of its community’s engagement with an event that will highlight the progress of the first year of the campaign.“It’s so important to drive awareness to the issues surrounding girls’ and women’s empowerment,” said Carolyn Everson, VP of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook. “Facebook is an ideal platform to support Chime for Change, with over 1.1B people discovering what matters most to them, including these issues that touch our lives and are critical to the future of women globally.”CHIME FOR CHANGE comes at a historic and pivotal moment for girls and women globally, as the world’s attention is drawn to international stories ranging from the fight for girls’ education in Pakistan to headlines of violence against women in all corners of the world. The campaign brings together a coalition of organizations and individuals to effect meaningful change for girls and women worldwide. In addition to Catapult, the campaign’s strategic partners include the Kering Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook and Hearst Magazines.The Advisory Board of CHIME FOR CHANGE includes Hafsat Abiola, Muna AbuSulayman, Valerie Amos, Jimmie Briggs, Gordon and Sarah Brown, Lydia Cacho, David Carey, Joanne Crewes, Minh Dang, Juliet de Baubigny, Waris Dirie, Helene Gayle, Yasmeen Hassan, Arianna Huffington, Musimbi Kanyoro, Alicia Keys, Yang Lan, John Legend, Madonna, Pat Mitchell, Alyse Nelson, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Francois-Henri Pinault, Julia Roberts, Jill Sheffield, Alison Smale, Jada Pinkett Smith, Caryl Stern, Meryl Streep, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mpho Tutu, and Monique Villa.To stay informed, please visit Newswirelast_img read more

HerouxDevtek beats profit expectations as acquisitions boost bottom line

Companies in this story: (TSX:HRX)The Canadian Press LONGUEUIL, Que. — Heroux-Devtek Inc. says it earned $7.4 million in its latest quarter as acquisitions boosted its revenue compared with a year ago.The aircraft parts company says its profit amounted to 20 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with a profit of $626,000 or two cents per share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Heroux-Devtek says it earned 26 cents per share for the quarter, up from 16 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected adjusted earnings per share of 17 cents, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenue totalled $144.5 million, up from $97 million in the same quarter a year earlier.The company says its CESA and Beaver acquisitions together contributed $39.6 million, while it also saw eight per cent organic growth. read more

UN rights office calls on Iraq to determine whereabouts of missing Iranian

“We are gravely concerned about allegations that seven former residents of Camp Ashraf, six of whom are reported to be women, were kidnapped during the events of 1 September,” Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said at a briefing in Geneva. “If they have indeed been kidnapped, all efforts should be made to secure their release unharmed,” Mr. Colville added, noting unconfirmed reports that suggest that they are being held at an unidentified location in Iraq and are at risk of being forcibly returned to Iran.Camp Ashraf was comprised of Iranian exiles, many of them members of a group known as the People’s Mojahedeen of Iran.More than 3,000 residents have been relocated to Camp Hurriya, previously known as Camp Liberty, while the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) carries out a process to determine their refugee status, and resettle them outside of the country, in line with an agreement signed in December 2011 between the UN and the Iraqi Government.Camp Ashraf has been attacked several times, making relocation a priority for the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Following the latest attack, the remaining residents were transferred to Camp Hurriya, but the circumstances of the attack remain obscure.“As three weeks have now passed, we reiterate our call on the Government to do its utmost to shed light on exactly what happened and to identify the perpetrators of these killings,” Mr. Colville said, while welcoming the transfer of the remaining residents to Hurriya. He added that UNHCR and others shared the concern over the missing former residents and called on the Government to ensure their safety and prevent their involuntary return to Iran. Also in Geneva today, UNHCR’s spokesperson expressed concern that recent waves of sectarian violence in Iraq threatened new internal displacement in the country.“Since the beginning of the year, bombings and rising sectarian tensions have displaced some 5,000 Iraqis,” Melissa Fleming said, noting reports from the last two weeks that suggested that over 200 families had fled their homes in a wide range of locations. “Those displaced so far include Sunni Arabs, Kurds, Shia Shabak, Turkmen as well as Shia Arabs who are in a minority situation,” Ms. Fleming added.She said that UNHCR and its partners have conducted needs assessments of the newly displaced people and are advocating with the Government for their registration. In coordination with the Government, the agency was helping to ensure them food, core relief items, education and adequate accommodation, along with relevant documents. read more

Mens volleyball Ohio State looking to defend MIVA crown tournament play starts

Junior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir hits the ball over the net during a match against #7 Fort Wayne at St. John Arena on Thursday. The Buckeyes won the match, 3-0. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 2 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (27-2 16-0 MIVA) faces Quincy University (7-21, 2-14 MIVA) in the first round of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Tournament on Saturday.Both OSU and Quincy come into the matchup having just faced each other on April 8 when the Buckeyes won 3-1. The win made them perfect in conference play for the regular season, becoming only the second team in 25 years to do so. “I told the kids in the locker room that regardless of what sport you play — volleyball, baseball, tiddlywinks — to go through a conference undefeated, 16 matches, and not losing one is a pretty neat accomplishment,” coach Pete Hanson said. “Very proud of those young men.”Saturday’s match will mark the third time this season that the teams have met. In both previous meetings, Quincy extended the match to four sets. Quincy’s sophomore libero Kolbie Knorr will head the Hawks’ defense on Saturday. Knorr currently sits in the No. 4 spot in digs per set in the MIVA standings with 2.04. “Quincy, they’ll come in and play hard,” Hanson said. “It’s kind of more about us than about the guys in the other uniform.”For the Buckeyes, it’s senior opposite Miles Johnson and junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen who sit in the top five in three statistical categories in the MIVA. While Johnson is top-ranked in kills and kills per set, Szerszen is slated second best in kills and kills per set, and fourth best in hitting percentage.Szerszen was honored as the MIVA Player of the Year on Thursday. It’s his second season in a row receiving the award. He is the the fourth Buckeye and 10th MIVA player to win the award twice.“It definitely helps to get recognized like this especially when you try to put the effort to help your team all throughout the season,” Szerszen said. “But I’m not the only one doing stuff. Everyone is adding stuff to the team.”In addition to the Player of the Year honor, Szerszen and five other Buckeyes received first or second team all-MIVA recognition. Hanson was also rewarded on Thursday, repeating as the MIVA Coach of the Year. The 13-time recipient is one of seven OSU coaches to receive the award in conference history.“[The award] means a lot because to me, it’s a reflection of the program,” Hanson said. “That means Ohio State volleyball is doing the right things.”The Buckeyes and the Hawks clash for the final time this season on Saturday at 5 p.m. in St. John Arena. read more

Benetech conveyor system maintenance provides higher performance with less maintaining

first_imgBenetech, is focusing further on conveyor maintenance solutions. Without proper inspection and maintenance, a conveyor system with small problems can develop much bigger ones, leading to lost production and revenue. Curative repair costs also can double or even triple the investment in efficient preventive measures.Benetech’s state-of-the-art conveyor maintenance and repair include audits/inspections, adjustments, installation of equipment and replacement of parts. Working with Benetech to identify potential setbacks early and fix them results in more-steady production with less spillage, pluggage and carryback; less wear and airborne dust; improved material flow; and greater regulatory compliance for avoiding citations and fees. It helps bulk material handlers prevent fire and explosion hazards as well.Benetech conveyor belt maintenance further helps extend maintenance intervals while enhancing production. With Benetech, bulk material handlers can upgrade older, labour-intensive equipment and systems to advanced solutions such as:Engineered transfer systems that control material flow and lessen impact against belts, chute walls, stringers and idlersInspection doors that allow personnel to safely and easily access all areas to ensure proper conditions and functioningMaterial flow enhancers that restrict build-up and pluggageProper impact beds and trackers that keep the conveyor belt centered and protectedBelt cleaners that prevent spillage and carryback.“Our upgrades boost bulk material handlers’ capabilities and decrease the need for frequent conveyor inspections and maintenance,” said Benetech Vice President Paul Moran. “Our components, technologies and processes help ensure companies move more material for longer periods with fewer delays through a safer, fully operative system. This supports premium service to their customers.”Benetech provides complete, performance-based solutions for dust mitigation and bulk material–handling systems. Its products, services and technologies reduce dust, prevent spillage, improve material flow and reinforce compliance.last_img read more

David Hall Mortgage arrears plan is a horrific step for mortgage holders

first_imgThe progress is in the figures. Facts and statistics speak, not fiction and not spin, and the figures from the Central Bank prove clearly the number of arrears.“It’s a horrific step for mortgage holders and they have most certainly been thrown into the lions den,” Hall said. “This is all one way traffic. This is all power to one group of people again – banks.”Read: Government outlines plan to tackle mortgage arrears >More: Column: New restructuring targets for banks don’t go far enough to help distressed borrowers > GOVERNMENT PLANS TO tackle mortgage arrears are a “horrific step for mortgage holders”, David Hall of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation has said.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Hall said government had a “golden opportunity” to help those in distress but that he was left “bitterly disappointed” by what was proposed.The Mortgage Arrears Resolution outlined a number of options which banks could pursue, including split mortgages, payment deferrals, and debt write-off.Yesterday’s measures applied to ACC, AIB, Bank of Ireland, KBC Bank, Permanent TSB and Ulster Bank in relation to both principal dwelling homes and buy to let mortgages.Hall said that these solutions were not prescriptive, however, and that it was the banks that determined what course of action should be taken.Referring to 2011′s Keane report as the “last flag flown by government in relation to solutions”, he said that only two of these had since been implemented by lending institutions – split mortgages and mortgage to rent.last_img read more

The Big Idea Will the Irish ditch the breakfast roll for sushi

first_imgCONVINCING PEOPLE TO eat raw fish from a petrol station doesn’t seem like the world’s best business idea, but one Dublin company has been doing just that, and making a success of it.Hidden away down a lane in Smithfield, Oishii Sushi busily churns out stacks of Japanese food every day. The company is the brainchild of 34-year-old mother of two Ciara Troy.Troy wasn’t a typical graduate when she left Trinity with a degree in Business, Economics and Social Science aged 27. A semester in Tokyo had ingrained a love of all things Japanese, especially the food. Instead of looking for a job, she decided to strike out on her own.Starting out making sushi and other Japanese food at farmer’s markets, Troy has grown her company exponentially and now supplies ready to eat sushi to some of the largest retailers in Ireland. Dunnes, Spar and Topaz all stock her produce.Her ambition is limitless, with a plan to take on no less august an institution than the hallowed breakfast roll. Source: Video her days in the farmer’s markets, the company has gathered momentum and expanded its operations and employee count, even finding time to whip up a batch of Salmon Nigiri for U2 when they played Croke Park in 2009.“I’m not joking when I say I did it all. I’d leave the house at five in the morning and get home at nine that night. Literally, I was doing the deliveries, I’d go back to the kitchen and make the stuff, then I’d go home and do the invoices with my Mum.”Troy wasn’t cowed by the size of the task in front of her, despite her inexperience.“I had never worked in retail, I had never worked in the FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) sector. I learned a lot of lessons the hard way.”Eight years later, the company has 20 full-time employees.Object lessonsAs a small business owner that has had a lot of success selling her product into larger companies, she says that passion and the ability to tailor a pitch is key.“I think you have to have a point of difference, and you have to be very passionate about what you’re selling in to them. If you’re not passionate about it, then they’re not going to buy it.”The fish that goes into Oishii sushi is almost exclusively sourced from Irish waters, through Dublin suppliers Kish Fish and Wright’s of Howth.Steering a start-up company through the recession, never mind growing it, is no mean feat. Out of all the hurdles she’s had to clear in the last few years, Troy rates getting access to funds as the trickiest element of running a small business today.Educating herself about the diverse sources of finance, and making sure her branding was spot on were both key. Source: Video“Employees would be capped at ten for the local enterprise board (to consider funding), and while Enterprise Ireland would be good, if you’re not exportable, or you’re not gearing up to be exportable, I’m not sure you would meet their criteria.”While the company has been able to spot and exploit secondary income streams such as coporate demonstrations and group outings, cash constraints mean that Oiishi has to keep a lid on its ambitions.“We have more ideas than we have money to do. We are very much beholden to cash flow.”And while Troy doesn’t rule out expanding into other markets at some point in the future, she wants to conquer her home territory before looking overseas.“There’s still a lot of work to do in the Irish market.”Column: What does an entrepreneur need to know when starting out?>Want to know the secrets of digital marketing for SMEs?>last_img read more

Photos The story of Ireland from 1916 to 2015 told through the

first_imgPhotos: The story of Ireland from 1916 to 2015 told through the faces of its people A new exhibition presents photos of 100 people born from 1916 to 2015. Short URL 18,841 Views A NEW PHOTO exhibition will showcase one hundred images of people with a connection to Ireland who were born since 1916.Portrait of a Century by Kim Haughton is being presented in its entirety for the first time at the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks in Dublin. Source: Photographer – Paul Sherwood paul@sherwood.ieIt’s based on the subject of Ireland’s centenary and each photograph represents the birth year of the person in it and the series spans from 1916 to 2015.Over the past two years photographer Kim Haughton sought out people with a connection to Ireland. Source: Photographer – Paul Sherwood paul@sherwood.ieStarting with Ken Whitaker who was born in 1916 during the rebellion to Máire Mhac an tSaoi whose birth in 1922 coincided with the creation of the new state.Haughton photographed people across different sections of society including sporting legends, presidents, public servants, private citizens and pioneering women. Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh Source: Photographer – Paul Sherwood Sheamus Smith – Producer Source: Photographer – Paul Sherwood Gearoid Solan – First Irish male dancer in London’s Royal Ballet School in 30 years Source: Photographer – Paul Sherwood Ciara Ni Ruairc – Captain in Defence Forces Source: Photographer – Paul Sherwood Rowan Gillespie Source: Photographer – Paul Sherwood paul@sherwood.ieHaughton is an Irish photographer based in New York. In 2015 she was named as an Irish photographer to watch by TIME magazine who described her work as ‘at once sparse and textured’.She spent the early part of her career as a photo journalist covering post conflict humanitarian issues around the globe. Her work has been exhibited in London, New York, Oslo and Dublin.Her images have been included in publications worldwide, including The Financial Times, Der Spiegel and Vanity Fair. Her work is held in the National Archives of Ireland.Read: New €3m viewing platform and museum on the way for Dublin Castle’s record tower> By Cliodhna Russell Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 11:00 AM Share Tweet Email2 Apr 23rd 2017, 11:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12 Comments last_img read more

The Irish For The Irish language version of Wikipedia is going strong

first_img Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 8:30 AM By Darach Ó Séaghdha Darach Ó Séaghdha This the latest dispatch from our columnist Darach Ó Séaghdha, author of the award-winning and bestselling Motherfoclóir. Every Sunday morning, Darach will be regaling (re-Gaeling?) us with insights on what the Irish language says about Ireland, our society, our past and our present. Enjoy.AH WIKIPEDIA. WHERE would we be without it?Who else would give us lists of inventors killed by their own inventions, helicopter prison escapes or even lists of lists of lists?Who else would warn you not to add to a list of famous serial killers by killing people?While you shouldn’t use it as a source when doing your homework (or use it to diagnose yourself), the people’s online encyclopaedia has delighted commuters and settled arguments and formed a community of contributors who all want to make the world a little better by sharing their knowledge.Besides, in the era of fake news, it at least has a capacity to flag imperfect content, unlike some news outlets.Last April, I interviewed Dr. Claire Murray for the Motherfoclóir Podcast. In addition to postdoctoral research in chemistry and encouraging young women to pursue STEM subjects in her work with the Shona Project and Athena SWAN, Dr. Murray is an active contributor to An Vicipéid, Wikipedia’s Irish language portal.  At the time of writing, An Vicipéid is the 87th largest Wikipedia (based on a count of the number of articles) out of 292 active languages.The tally of almost 51,000 puts us ahead of Icelandic and Swahili but behind such dark horses as Luxembourgish and Piedmontese.Having a well-stocked larder of Wikipedia articles in a minority language is worthwhile for a number of reasons. First of all, it is useful for learners and those returning to Irish to have subject matter that ties in with their interests to ease them in, and the comprehensive nature of an encyclopedia is ideal for this.Secondly, translation sites, like Bing and Google Translate, which use machine learning need a wide sample of text to draw from so that they can accurately predict the in-context meanings of words in combination with their neighbouring words.So they can tell you that ‘dara’ in a given instance means second rather than oak, or that the ár in Tiocfaidh Ár Lá does not mean slaughter.So what kind of articles might you find ar an Vicipéid today?Tábla Peiriadach: The periodic table is here in Irish, including lantanóidigh agus achtainídí. As with English, many elements have been named based on a phonetic rendering of the Greek or Latin source name.An Clochaois: The stone age. If that’s too broad for you, there are separate entries on An tSean-Chlochaois (the Paleolithic period) and An Nua-Chlochaois (Neolithic period).An Cogadh Fuar: There are extensive entries on the Cold War, including long articles on An tAontas Sóivéadach (the USSR), Iósaf Stailín (Stalin) and the KGB.AE : The EU. The entry on the European Union (An tAontas Eorpach) includes links to the articles on each ballstát (member state) as well as giving a summary of the union’s history.Madra: The page on dogs is only a stub at the moment, but it’s been viewed twice as often as the page on cats. If someone wanted to dip their toe into being a Wikipedia editor, fleshing out short articles like these would be a good place to start.Gramadach na Gaeilge: If you’ve ever corrected someone’s Irish in a comment section or on social media, why not bring your talents to a welcoming harbour? Some contributors have made a valiant effort to share their knowledge but may have made missed a fada or a séimhiú – this is your chance to shine.Star Trek: Sure enough, one of the longest, best laid-out and most carefully edited pages in An Vicipéid is the page on Star Trek.That fanbase’s famous attention to detail trickles down into attitudes to translation – the Irish for Klingon is Tliongánach, derived not from the English name but Klingon’s own name for itself, tlhIngan.There are some people who will be bemused by long passages about a TV show on Vicipéid when there are conspicuous gaps elsewhere.However, there is nothing stopping such people getting stuck in and updating the encyclopaedia themselves – that would be a win-win situation.Darach’s new book Craic Baby is the follow-up to his acclaimed Motherfoclóir and is out now under the Head of Zeus imprint. He runs @theirishfor Twitter account and the @motherfocloir podcast. Mar 31st 2019, 8:30 AM The Irish For: The Irish language version of Wikipedia is going strong Sure enough, one of the longest, best laid-out and most carefully edited pages in An Vicipéid is the page on Star Trek, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha. Short URLcenter_img 19 Comments 14,480 Views Share301 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article read more

Meat plant owners granted injunctions against protesters outside their factories

first_img A group of independent farmers protesting at Dawn Meats in Grannagh in Waterford Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 5:40 PM Meat plant owners granted injunctions against protesters outside their factories Dawn Meats and Anglo Beef Processors took the High Court action today. 43 Comments A group of independent farmers protesting at Dawn Meats in Grannagh in Waterford By Aodhan O’Faolain & Ray Managh Share4 Tweet Email center_img Short URL Aug 27th 2019, 5:40 PM THE OWNERS OF up to a dozen meat plants have today been granted temporary High Court injunctions restraining groups of protesters from blockading their factories and intimidating staff and suppliers.Lyndon MacCann SC, counsel for Dawn Meats and Brian O’Moore SC, for Anglo Beef Processors (ABP) told Mr Justice Senan Allen that the actions of threatening and abusive protestors could jeopardise a multi-million euro meat deal with China.MacCann, who appeared with barrister Stephen Walsh, and O’Moore, who appeared with Eoghan Casey BL, told the court that a Chinese delegation was due to visit the meat factories in the next few days to carry out inspections of processing and hygiene with a view to increasing exports to the Chinese market.They said the potential new deal with China had taken years to set up and, if cancelled because of the actions of protesters, could take several more years of negotiation to put it back in place if at all.Judge Allen was told that a peace agreement hammered out with the help of the Minister of Agriculture had broken down at two of the main meat plants of both Dawn and ABP and was expected to spread to other plants if not restrained by the court. He heard that both companies were seeking temporary injunctions restraining a number of named protesters, and anyone with knowledge of the making of the court’s orders, from continuing their blockade.‘Unlawfully denied access’MacCann, instructed by Arthur Cox Solicitors, said Dawn Meats was a sheep and cattle processing business processing 300,000 tonnes of meat annually, operating several sites in Ireland and the UK and employing over 7,000 people in 12 countries and exports to over 50 countries.He said trucks delivering carcasses and animals had either unlawfully been denied access or were significantly delayed in making deliveries.The court heard that the chief concern of the protesters was the fall in the price of Irish beef due to market forces related to Brexit and an increased supply of beef in Europe.  They were attempting to force the beef processors to pay higher prices to farmers for their cattle.MacCann said Dawn Meats had no objection to anyone exercising their right to protest peacefully and in accordance with law but Dawn was suffering a daily loss of turnover of €1.5 million.  Many farmers willing to supply the meat plants were being prevented from doing so.O’Moore, who was instructed by A&L Goodbody Solicitors, said that a particular worrying aspect of the blockades was the intimidation and abuse being hurled at suppliers and staff and even Government inspectors.“Some hauliers have been advised not to return and one was told his company would be burned out if he did return,” O’Moore said.Judge Allen said he was satisfied on the evidence placed before the court in sworn affidavits to restrain the named protesters, or anyone acting in concert with them, from impeding, instructing, hindering or in any way interfering directly or indirectly with access to or egress from all of the two meat companies plants.The court’s orders in the case of Dawn Meats apply to premises at Grannagh, Co Waterford;  Meadow Meats, Rathdowney, County Laois;  Hazel Hill, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo; Ardnageehy, Charleville, Co Cork and Greenhills, Beauparc, Slane, Co Meath.The ABP plants covered by the court’s restraints are APB premises at Bandon, Co Cork;  Nenagh, Co Tipperary;  Rathkeale, Co Limerick;  Cahir, Co Tipperary;  Clones, Co Monaghan and at Ferrybank, Co Waterford.The proceedings, which were heard in the absence of the defendants, was adjourned until Friday. 14,664 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article last_img read more

Speak Greek in March garners more support

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Speak Greek in March campaign is building in momentum, with organisers launching an official website, getting support from parliamentarians and interest from schools. The campaign, launched on the International Day of the Mother Tongue last Saturday, saw promises of support from both federal and state politicians. Newly elected member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos says he will be hoping to give a speech in Greek in parliament to coincide with the campaign and celebrations for Greek National Day on March 25.“What I want to say in parliament is this is a call to arms not just for the Greek community but every community language,” he tells Neos Kosmos.“What’s the value of our multicultural diversity in trade and foreign relations if we can’t speak another language and if we all default to the common ground of English?”He will also be briefing Premier Daniel Andrews on the campaign, while taking part in a number of Greek events throughout March.Federal MP Maria Vamvakinou is taking the campaign to Canberra, and will also be speaking to parliament on the initiative. She will table a motion mid-March and will call on other MPs to give their view of the campaign.She will use the International Day of the Mother Tongue that passed to promote “that languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage”.Ms Vamvakinou’s office in Keilor Downs is also adorned with the campaign’s posters and brochures in the hopes it will get the message across to her electorate. Campaign organiser Mike Zafiropoulos says Speak Greek in March has seen a lot of interest from Greeks around the world.He’s already been in contact with Greek papers in London, Italy, Spain and Argentina, and hopes by next year the campaign will have gone global. He used his speech at the launch to draw attention to how many Greek words we take for granted in English.Every word he used in the speech had Greek language origins. “The Hellenic lexical thesaurus for aeons has been a tonic for the glossolalia of the cosmos,” he said to a slightly confused crowd. The launch also coincided with the unveiling of the Speak Greek in March website, a resource organisers hope will give families and individuals a guide on how to increase their Greek speaking during the month.Already the site encourages people to download learning apps, get Greek keyboards for their phones and utilise ‘Word of the day’ sites for a fun way to engage with the language. At the launch, Greek consul general to Melbourne Christina Simantiraki voiced her hope that the initiative would encourage more people to continue with their Greek and reconnect to the language in a positive way.“Greek was the first worldwide language thanks to Alexander the Great,” she said.“There is almost no language in the world that doesn’t use Greek words.“We should all speak Greek during March and I say we should use Greek for the following months too,” she said.Greece’s ambassador to Australia Haris Dafaranos said the campaign is a chance to show the language off to new Philhellenes.While the campaign doesn’t start for another couple of days, some are already heeding the call and starting early. President of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) Bill Papastergiadis said he’s already began using more Greek at home, and to his delight, has noticed his children taking much more of an interest.A brochure has been created by the campaign organisers to give people tips on how to keep speaking Greek in March.For more information and to read the brochure online, visit www.speakgreekinmarch.comlast_img read more

Honouring Lefkadas Anzac sons

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Over 300 people attendedFitzroy’s Moonlight Receptions recently to join in the Lefkadian Cultural Association’s commemoration of the many Australian soldiers of Lefkadian heritage.A feature of the event was a celebration of the life and service of Gunner James Zampelis, the only Australian digger of Hellenic heritage to have served and been killed in any of the Greek and Crete campaigns of 1941. The assembly was privileged to have in attendance many members of the extended Zampelis family, including James’ only child Peter.The official party included parliamentary representatives including Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou MP, State Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos MP, Victorian Minister for Veterans John Eren MP and State Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos MP.Also present were former MP and president of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee Lee Tarlamis, Executive Secretary of Melbourne’s Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council Antonis Tsourdalakis, and President of the RSL Hellenic Sub Branch Steve Kyritsis.The event opened with an impressive performance by Oakleigh Grammar School’s Group of Drummers, followed by a minute’s silence and a reading by Peter Katsaitis of the Ode of Remembrance in respect to all Lefkadians who served in the Australian forces in WWI and WWII. The stage was complete with an Honour Roll prepared by public relations officer and event organiser Claire Gazis which listed the Anzacs of Lefkadian descent.Ms Vamvakinou, who is originally from the village of Agios Petros, addressed the audience on behalf of federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and communicated his message of support. The MP went on to say how proud she was as a Lefkadian to be asked to take part in an initiative of such importance, bringing together Australia’s Anzacs of Hellenic heritage. On Tuesday she also made a speech in federal parliament in which she acknowledged the hard work of Olga Vlahos, Gazis, and myself.(L-R) Peter Katsaitis, president of the Lefkadian Cultural Association, Olga Vlahos, and Association PR officer Claire Gazis watch former president of the Association Chris Melas address the assembly. Photo: Jim ClavenMr Staikos then took the opportunity to express his pride at supporting the recent unveiling of the Hellenic Anzac Memorial in the gardens of Parliament House and that he looked forward to his coming parliamentary visit to Greece where he would see James Zampelis’ name inscribed on the memorial walls at Phaleron Commonweatlth War Cemetery. Former president of the Lefkadian Cultural Association Chris Melas and Ms Gazis made a joint presentation on the Lefkadians who served in the Australian armed forces in both World Wars. They spoke of Lefkadian-born Harry Polites who served in WWI, and the 43 Australian service personnel of Lefkadian origin who served in WWII, including Zampelis. These Lefkadians were part of the 80 personnel of Hellenic background who served in the First World War and the estimated 2,500 in WWII. Mention was also made of two Greek Orthodox priests, Christoforo Manesi from Kallimasia and Yianni Evaggelinidi from Lesvos, who served in the Australian armed forces in WWII.It was a personal honour to be asked to address this event, outlining the life and service of Zampelis. James’ father Gerasimos hailed from the Lefkadian village of Maranthori, which I visited the past year. James had grown up in suburban Melbourne, joining the Australian army after the declaration of war in 1939. He went on to serve in the Middle East before arriving in Greece with the Allied forces sent to help defend the birthplace of his father from the coming Axis aggression. He served across the length and breadth of Greece, eventually evacuated to Crete where he was killed in a German air attack on 24 May 1941 along with four of his fellow soldiers, all from Melbourne. Their bodies have never been found and their names are listed on the Memorial Walls for the missing at Phaleron Commonwealth War Cemetery in Athens.I was able to announce to the assembly that my recent research in Australia and Greece, assisted by Paul Sougleris and Arch Bergiannis, has led me to believe that we may have found the site where James and his comrades were killed and buried. We hope to be able to raise sufficient funding to erect a memorial to James and his comrades at, or near, this site in the village of Mournies and also proposed that memorials be erected in Lefkada and Melbourne. Zampelis’ niece Merillyn Hayes was also present and shared a personal note on James’ life, reading from a letter he wrote home from the Middle East. Members of the Zampelis family, including Peter, are joined by members of the Lefkadian Cultural Association and their official guests. Photo: Vicki KyritsisThe event concluded with an amazing performance by the Pegasus Dance Group who, dressed in traditional Lefkadian costume danced to the music of Lefkada, followed by a range of delicious desserts made by members of the Lefkadian community.* Jim Claven is a trained historian and freelance writer who has researched the Hellenic link to Anzac over a number of years, including researching the service of Gunner James Zampelis.last_img read more

Earlylearning advocates seek artists

first_imgSupport for Early Learning and Families is asking local artists to design tables and chairs that capture “the magic” of early childhood years.The organization will commission artists to transform 10 sets of tables and two chairs donated by Friends of the Carpenter. The organization is looking for art that is child friendly, painted with child-safe paint and sealed. SELF will reimburse each artist up to $100 for supplies. The sets will be displayed at 10 local businesses in February and they’ll be sold at the downtown Vancouver First Friday event in March.Artists must submit ideas for the tables and chairs as soon as possible, preferably by Aug. 1, according to a news release. The project must be completed by Jan. 15. Submit ideas to SELF Executive Director Debbie Ham at read more