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first_imgRishabh Pant’s impressive form with the bat for India in Test cricket has not gone unnoticed and he could well be rewarded with a limited-overs call up for the ODI series versus West Indies.Pant’s explosive hitting down the order along with Dhoni’s poor run with the bat, might help the 20-year-old force his way into the side when the MSK Prasad-led selection committee sit in Hyderabad to select the squad on Thursday.However, it is still not clear if the selectors will pick the squad for all the five one-day matches or just the first three ODIs.While Kohli’s presence may be another key issue to discuss, the inclusion of another batsman down the order as back-up option to Dhoni remains the primary focus in the meeting.Dhoni has struggled to score runs with the bat after a sensational Indian Premier League with Chennai Super Kings, where he smashed 455 runs from 16 matches and led the side to the crown earlier this year.Since then, Dhoni has only scored 156 runs from nine ODIs for India. In three T20Is, he has scored 32 runs in one innings out of the three T20Is he played for India.However, his place in the side for now is not under concern as according to source in the BCCI, Pant could be a No.6 or a No.7 in the side.”We all know that Dhoni will play till the World Cup but there is no harm in grooming Pant, who could be a terrific No.6 or 7 batsman, who has the ability to finish games,” a senior BCCI official privy to selection matters told PTI.advertisementSince his debut Test hundred at the Oval followed by a stroke-filled 92 in Rajkot, calls for the 20-year-old’s inclusion have only grown louder.While Dinesh Karthik is already there, his consistency and inability to finish matches at crucial junctures will keep the team management worried.There are a few other permutations that the selectors might consider.Kedar Jadhav’s dodgy hamstring will rule him out of the limited-overs leg which opens up one potential middle-order batting slot.Ambati Rayudu, after a good Asia Cup performance, will retain his place even if Kohli decides to play.Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are set to come back after a much-needed break during the ongoing Test series.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli is now the joint-most successful Indian Test captain in overseas conditions after Team India registered a historic win in the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. With the win at the MCG, India have now taken an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.The Boxing Day Test win at the MCG gave Virat Kohli his 11th away Test win as captain in just 24 Tests and he went equal with Ganguly on the record, who had achieved 11 away Test wins in 28 Tests as captain. On top of that, Kohli became the first Indian captain to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Australia. India had defeated Australia 2-1 in the four-Test series during their tour of India in 2016/17.Kohli had said that this year would be an extremely important one for Team India given the Tests away from home. While India put up some good performances (especially Kohli and the pacers), they failed to win series in South Africa and England. However, in Australia, Virat Kohli’s India came out all guns blazing to at least get them into a position from where they cannot lose the series now.India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test: REPORT | DAY 5 HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDHowever, Kohli is in no mood to let up and is already marshalling his troops for the final Test in Sydney, starting January 2.”We are not going to stop here. This has given us more confidence to play more positive cricket in Sydney.”We’ve done well in all three departments, which is why we’ve retained the trophy. But we want to continue. This is how we played in South Africa too, and we’re ready for the final game,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.advertisementTeam India achieved a plethora of records after the Boxing Day Test victory, here are all of them:Ishant Sharma has now taken the sixth most wickets for India in Tests. Ishant picked the last wicket of Nathan Lyon to wrap up the Boxing Day Test, which took his tally to 267 and he overcame Bishan Singh Bedi’s 266 wickets. He trails Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), Harbhajan Singh (417), Ravichandran Ashwin (342) and Zaheer Khan (311).With four Test wins in 2018 away from home, Virat Kohli’s men now have the most away Test wins by an Indian team in a calendar year. The previous record was three Test wins, all in New Zealand, in 1968.Virat Kohli has never lost a Test match when he has won the toss. In the 21 Test matches he has won tosses in, he has won 18 of them while three ended in a draw. In the nine away Test matches he won the toss in, India won eight and drew one.Cheteshwar Pujara is the only batsman to register scores of 50+ in all of the four Test matches India have won in 2018 (Johannesburg, Trent Bridge, Adelaide and MCG)Rishabh Pant is the joint-most successful wicket-keeper in terms of dismissals inflicted in his debut year in Test cricket. Both Pant and Brad Haddin (2008) have 42 dismissals to their name in their debut year.Jasprit Bumrah’s 9 for 86 is the best-ever figures by an Indian pacer in Australia. He overhauled Kapil Dev’s 8 for 109 in Adelaide, 1985 and Ajit Agarkar’s 8 for 160 in Adelaide, 2003.Jasprit Bumrah has the most number of Test wickets (48) for an Indian in their debut calendar year while he is third in the overall list, behind Terry Alderman (54 in 1981) and Curtly Ambrose (49 in 1988).Rishabh Pant is the first Indian wicket-keeper to affect 20 dismissals (all catches) in a Test seriesJasprit Bumrah is the first Indian pacer to have taken nine wickets in a single Test match in AustraliaFor the second time in their history, India have won more than one Test match in a series in Australia. They previously won two in 1977-78 series.Jasprit Bumrah has taken the most number of wickets (48) among Indian pacers in the first nine Test matches of his career. Venkatesh Prasad is behind him with 40 wickets in the first nine.For Australia: This is their third worst collective batting averages in a year in the past 100 years. They finished 2018 with a collective batting average of just 26.03.Also Read | Boxing Day Test: Virat Kohli shares dressing room photos after crushing AustraliaAlso Read | Tim Paine cries foul after Australia lose: We served India pitches that suit themAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar thrilled with historic Boxing Day Test win: Incredible effort by IndiaAlso Read | India in Boxing Day Tests in Australia: 5 losses, 2 draws and finally a win! A recapAlso Read | Always dreamt of playing Test cricket: Jasprit Bumrah after record-breaking 9-wicket hauladvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSamsung has been a dependable name in the industry when it comes to offering a smart, connected family of products. Smartphones aside, the company has given equal importance to creating good-looking and convenient smart products like tablets and smartwatches. I recently reviewed the mid-range Galaxy Tab S5e, so it was time to shift my attention to the Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch. The Galaxy Watch Active was launched in India late last month and I have been using it for a few weeks now.The Galaxy Watch Active is priced at Rs 19,990 and is currently being sold on Amazon India and the Samsung India website. The Galaxy Watch Active was launched alongside the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e activity trackers. While the Galaxy Fit is a fitness band, the Galaxy Watch Active is a full-fledged smartwatch that touts a circular AMOLED display, a lot of health tracking features as well as exercise and sleep tracking, among other things. I review the Galaxy Watch Active to find out whether it is worth its price and how it compares to the Apple Watch Series 3, which is available for around Rs 30,000 in India.Galaxy Watch Active DesignThe Galaxy Watch Active looks quite minimal in its design compared to the Galaxy Watch. There’s no rotating bezel here that allows you to easily navigate the UI. You simply get a small circular body that feels much lighter on the wrist than the Galaxy Watch. It’s great if you’re looking for a sporty smartwatch that doesn’t look chunky and big, although some people do prefer that. Personally, I felt the Galaxy Watch Active was a bit too petite for my wrists as I’m used to wearing slightly bigger watches that can cover the surface area of my wrist, so the Active did feel weirdly small at first, but I got used to it. The silicone straps are extremely soft and makes the watch easy to wear continuously, even while sleeping.advertisement If you’ve been used to seeing Samsung offering rotating bezel on its smartwatch, you will miss it here. While you do get used to navigating by swiping the screen with your finger soon enough, the rotating bezel offered a convenient way to scroll through the UI and read messages or emails without covering the screen. And with a display as compact as this, you will find your finger covering a good portion of the display when scrolling.The Galaxy Watch Active comes in Black, Deep Green, Rose Gold and Silver colours. The unit I received was in Black, which is a pretty safe choice to go with. Black goes well with pretty much anything you wear, if you’re worried about the fashion aspect of it all, Not only is the metal body of the Galaxy Watch Active completely black, but so is the strap and the buttons on the side. Speaking about the buttons, you get two of them on the right side of the frame. The top button is kind of like the back/ home button which takes you to the previous page of an app or all the way back to the home screen. The bottom button brings up the app carousel that will show you all the preloaded and downloaded apps. The buttons themselves are quite flush with the frame which means they lack that clicky feel. It would have been nice if the buttons were a little more out there and pronounced, but it’s a minor gripe.Galaxy Watch Active DisplayThe Galaxy Watch Active sports a 1.1-inch circular Super AMOLED (360×360) screen with Gorilla Glass protection on top. The bezel around the screen is quite thick and that can make the display look even smaller than it already is. In comparison, the Galaxy Watch gets a 1.3-inch display while the Apple Watch Series 3 offers a bigger 1.65-inch screen. If you’re looking for a smartwatch to act as a proper alternative to your smartphone for texting and viewing notifications, the Galaxy Watch Active may feel inadequate. Once you get over the screen size, though, you’ll be satisfied with the display of the Galaxy Watch Active. It is a stunning display with colours that look rich and vibrant. The Active delivers good sharpness brightness levels so you won’t have any trouble reading the screen if you’re going for a run outdoors in daylight. The display is complimented with a colourful UI as well.Galaxy Watch Active Performance, Software and Fitness TrackingWhat makes navigating the UI a bit of task is that the Galaxy Watch Active runs on Tizen OS 4.0, which is actually designed for Samsung watches that come with a rotating bezel. The app drawer sees tiny apps arranged in a ring-like shape. This is perfectly designed for the rotating bezel as you would be able to select the app you want or rotate the bezel clockwise or anti-clockwise to move to the next page without needing to touch the display. On the Active, you will need to touch the screen and cover a portion of the display.advertisementYou get the usual set of Sansung apps on the Galaxy Watch Active like Calendar, Alarm, Weather, Bixby, Samsung Health and so on. The problem here is that you won’t be able to download more apps, and that’s quite limiting compared to competition like the Apple Watch. The Galaxy Store will only offer a handful of apps, which includes Spotify, but they aren’t a lot and not all of them work well in India. Tizen OS 4.0 feels extremely smooth and fluid and touch response is great. Swiping through the UI is easy and I didn’t encounter any lag or slow down at any point. I’m not a big fan of most of the watchfaces that come preloaded, but you do get the option to choose from over a thousand more via the Samsung Store. In this regard, I prefer the watchfaces on the Apple Watch as they look more attractive and offer more complications, allowing you to see more data on screen.Ultimately, the Galaxy Watch Active is about offering a simple, no-frills software experience for those who simply want a fitness-centric smartwatch. To that end, the Active offers a bunch of activity modes like Walking, Running, Swimming, Treadmill, Cycling, Hiking, Circuit Training, among others.I couldn’t try out all the activity modes, but I did use the Treadmill, Cycling, Running and Swimming (it is rated 5ATM for water resistance) modes on my workout days. I found that the smartwatch is often close to being accurate. A 3 km run on the treadmill would show up as 2.8 km on the watch, while a 15-lap swim session would be on point. You can also customise some of the activities such as setting a target distance for running or the length of the pool to get a more accurate reading.The Active will automatically detect a workout and will also pause a session if it feels you’re taking a break, but this doesn’t always work so well. The smartwatch also comes with sleep tracking and constant heart rate monitoring as well. It also comes with 4GB of internal storage with about half that’s usable to store some music for offline listening while you’re out for a run. The Galaxy Watch Active is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. I paired the Active with the iPhone XR and was able to see notifications. However, you won’t be able to reply to the notifications when paired with an iPhone. For a full notification experience that includes replying via text and emoticons, you will need to pair the Active with an Android device. For an even better experience, the Active should be paired with a Samsung smartphone as the watch offers the company’s own suit of apps like email and messaging.advertisementBixby is present on the Galaxy Watch Active, but I’ve rarely got it to understand my commands on the first attempt. Even simple ones like “Text Mom” or “Start a workout” would often be misheard, causing me to go manual instead. Similar commands work better using Siri on the Apple Watch Series 3.Galaxy Watch Active BatteryThe Galaxy Watch Active isn’t big on battery life. It will last you around two days and maybe a few more hours depending on your usage. It’s almost at par with the Apple Watch Series 3, maybe just a touch better. The Active comes with an Always On display, which will constantly display the time, but will significantly eat up battery life and will get you only a full day on a single changer. A wireless charge comes with the box that can be attached to an adapter. A 15W output will take around 2 hours to charge up the Active from zero to 100 per cent. The Watch Active will not work with any other Qi wireless charger, but you can charge it on the back of a Galaxy S10 phone, if you have one, or…Works with Samsung Wireless Power BankWhile testing the Galaxy Watch Active, I also thought it would be a good time to check out the 10,000mAh Samsung Wireless Power Bank, which the company launched only recently in India priced at Rs 3,699. The power bank can charge a device either through wired Adaptive Fast Charging method or by placing a device that supports Qi wireless charging standard on the surface of the power bank. I placed the Galaxy Watch Active on the power bank, which took around 3 hours to charge to 100 per cent. Wireless charging via the power bank is slow and it takes much longer to charge a smartphone like the iPhone XR. But the convenience of having a power bank that can be used as a wireless charging pad is worth it. Do note that the Samsung Wireless Power Bank will not charge the Apple Watch.Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active?The Galaxy Watch Active is a great option for Android users who aren’t looking for too much from a smartwatch. The Active comes with a few limitations such as the lack of third-party app support, smaller display and an unreliable Bixby. It also misses the rotating bezel that we have loved on previouos Samsung watches. But if you accept these limits, then there’s a lot to love about the Galaxy Watch Active.The lightweight design and soft silicone strap makes the Galaxy Watch Active one of the most comfortable smartwatches I have worn so far. You also get an attractive display, a number of workout routines and continuous heart rate monitoring, all at a pretty affordable price point.The Galaxy Watch Active is unlikely to be the first choice for iPhone users, but it should be for Android users looking for a good option under Rs 20,000. The Galaxy Watch Active is one of the better affordable smartwatches you can find. You do have options like Fitbit Versa, Fossil Sport and Huawei Watch GT that are priced lower, but the Active offers a nice mix of style, comfort and usability.Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review8/10ProsAttractive OLED displayComfortable and lightweightPlenty of activity modesConsNo rotating bezelLimited third-party app supportBixby not easy to uselast_img read more

first_imgThe attorneys for the suspect charged in the 2017 death of a Bancroft, Nebraska man want to move his new trial out of Cuming County.Derek Olson is charged with murder in the March 11th, 2017 death of 64-year-old Ernest Warnock.A mistrial in his first trial was declared March 26th with the new trial tentatively set for May 6th.Olson’s attorneys have now filed to have that trial moved to another Nebraska county, stating that media coverage of the case has tainted the pool of potential jurors from Cuming County.A judge will rule in the future on the change of venue request.last_img read more

first_imgRoma 1 Qarabag 0: Giallorossi leapfrog Chelsea to top Group C Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 05:51 12/6/17 Roma Getty Images Diego Perotti’s lone goal proved enough for Roma to see off Qarabag and book a place in the last 16 as Group C winners. Roma advanced to the Champions League knockout stages as Group C winners following a narrow 1-0 victory over Qarabag at Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday.Knowing three points would put their progression beyond doubt, the home side enjoyed the perfect sequence of results as Diego Perotti’s second half winner – and Chelsea’s draw with Atletico Madrid – saw them earn a seeding for the Round of 16.The Giallorossi were initially made to sweat by a scoreless first half, with a draw not enough to go through had Diego Simeone’s side won at Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But they only had to wait a further eight minutes for the vital breakthrough, 29-year-old Perotti nodding home after Edin Dezko’s initial close-range effort spooned kindly into the air.And with a better head-to-head record over fellow qualifiers Chelsea, Eusebio Di Francesco will be delighted to take top spot into the club’s second last-16 appearance in the space of three seasons.Attention will now turn to winning through to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2007-08, when they were dumped out by Manchester United for the second successive campaign.#ASRoma overcome reigning @premierleague champions @ChelseaFC to finish @ChampionsLeague Group C winners and knock out 2016 finalists @atletienglish. #FORZAROMA pic.twitter.com/kFHnoLXqpy— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) December 5, 2017Roma looked at ease over the early exchanges and were content to steadily constrict the availability of time and space.Openings did begin to appear closer to the half-hour as Dino Ndlovu tried a curler on a Qarabag counter-attack, while Stephan El Shaarawy’s indecision meant onrushing goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic went unpunished for being second to a loose ball outside the area.El Shaarawy and Richard Almeida next traded harmless shots over the bar, before an unmarked Kostas Manolas was put off a header by the nearby presence of Dzeko.And, moments after Dzeko fired well wide from the edge of the box, the home side were further frustrated in their attempts to make a first-half breakthrough as Sehic managed to parry Radja Nainggolan’s powerful low drive.However, within eight minutes of the restart, the Giallorossi were ahead. Dzeko’s close-range effort on the turn was well blocked by Sehic, but the rebound popped kindly into the air for Perotti to nod in the all-important opener.The deadlock is broken! @D_10Perotti dribbles into the box and feeds Dzeko for the chance. Sehic saves his shot… but Perotti follows in the rebound and heads home from a tight angle! DAJE!! pic.twitter.com/YvDFxQ1mrn— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) December 5, 2017Sehic prevented the margin from doubling by next turning Nainggolan’s low shot around the left post.While Atletico’s concession of an equaliser at Stamford Bridge meant their passage into the next round looked even safer, Roma were increasingly keen to sew up top spot by adding a cushion in the shape of a second goal.Instead, they almost coughed up an equaliser with just under 10 minutes remaining, only for Michel to head straight at Alisson from point-blank range.Dzeko screwed one final opportunity wide on a breakaway, but it mattered little as the Serie A side did enough to maintain their fine form at home and abroad.Key Opta stats:- AS Roma have kept a clean sheet in three of their six Champions League games this season – as many as they had in their previous 39 games in the competition.- Diego Perotti has found the net in each of his last two Champions League games at the Olimpico.- It was a third Champions League goal for Perotti. Prior to these two, he scored for Sevilla against CSKA Moscow in 2010.last_img read more

first_imgWelcome again to another article packed full of touch news and info from around Australia… * Congratulations to the Goldfields Touch Association who hosted the WA’s 2004 `Be Active’ State Championships in Kalgoorlie. The event was so successful it was awarded the `Goldfields Event of the Year’ in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Again, congratulations for making such a strong and positive representation for touch football in Western Australia. * Who is the fastest player in the National Training Squads? None other than Ben Robinson, clocking 35.2kph at the recent National Training Camp. Keep an eye on the ATA homepage for an upcoming story on the latest data and research concerning fitness and training for touch players. * `Local Association of the Week’: Emerald Touch Association- Queensland. Check out their website for a great example of how a local association can make use of the internet. The site has news, events, a social calendar and just so much info for touch in their local area. To check out this site, use the `local’ association link on the ATA homepage (top right hand corner). This link will give you access to all the local association’s websites from around Australia. * The UQ Mens Touch Team are organising a one day touch carnival to be held on Saturday, September 11 at the University of Queensland. This event is a fundraiser to help get the team to the Australian University Games in Perth and great prizes are up for grabs. It is a Mixed only competition and some places are still available. For more information, please contact Matt Hordern on 0402 862 460 or email mhordern@hms.uq.edu.au Start organising your team now! * The ACT touch association are holding their finals this week; see their website for all the details and whether the weather conditions will have an impact. (Their daily weather report is a quick way to check about the status of matches.) * Speaking of whether the weather affects matches, TouchSA are making use of technology to help them deal with the unpredictable winter weather. To find out quickly and simply whether your match is being held that night, simply SMS `stateleague’ to 1889922 for a quick answer. * If you’re after a fun and friendly mixed six-a-side touch tournament, check out NSW touch. The 2004 Sydney Corporate Cup is being held soon, with registrations closing on September 3. See www.nswtouch.com.au for all the details you’ll need. * NSW touch are also launching another competition, known as “Summer Touch at Lunch”, what better way to make use of beautiful sunny weather than to get out of the office and into your touch gear? See NSW touch again for more info. * Victoria Touch have launched a Healthy Environments Policy Package, another great initiative for touch football, check out the full story on their website, www.victouch.com.au * The 2004 Victorian Touch Association Annual General Meeting was held on August 21. The ATA would like to congratulate Peter Shefford, who was elected as the President of the VTA and also Craig Hudleston and James Bible, elected as Director of Administration and Technical Director respectively. * Fun fact for the week: It’s estimated that 1.5 billion kilograms of chocolate are consumed world wide each year. * The ATA Management Audit has been completed and representatives of the ATA Board of Directors and also Chief Executive Officer Bill Ker will be traveling around the States to advise members of the outcome. Watch the ATA homepage for an interview with Mr Ker and for all the details on the Management Audit. * The 2004 National 18 Years Championships are just over three weeks away, preparation is being finalised, and merchandise is arriving in truckloads, so get ready for a great week of touch. Don’t forget to check out the merchandise when you’re in Coffs Harbour, it’s looking great! * The Australian 20 Years squads have been selected and the invitations to successful players have been mailed out. The ATA is anticipating the sides will be officially named on the homepage within the next two weeks. * Congratulations to all the Australian Olympians, especially the 17 gold medalists. Well done on making this our most successful Olympics ever and for providing us with many memorable moments. * It’s important to continue thanking those that help touch not only run but also grow. Today we would like to thank those that work behind the scenes, putting up boundaries, marking lines, setting up the cones etc. Incredibly valuable work that is quite often thankless. * A reminder to all permits: if you haven’t seen the latest Rustlers and Suns newsletter links on the ATA homepage, check them out. It’s a great way to share information for your own permit, as well as those around you and the ATA would like to continue building communication channels and promoting the sport. Feel free to contact the ATA in media@austouch.com.au if you would like your permit’s newsletter attached. * Finally, my apologies for an absence of news stories in the past two weeks, I’ve been away but am now back to bring you all the touch news in detail! Don’t forget to keep emailing me story ideas. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img

first_imgZaheer Khan comes up with cheeky response to Hardik Pandya’s birthday wishZaheer Khan replied to Hardik Pandya’s tweet in a cheeky manner and completely owned the Twitter banter between the two cricketers.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk MumbaiOctober 8, 2019UPDATED: October 9, 2019 00:49 IST Zaheer Khan and Hardik Pandya have played together for Mumbai Indians. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSZaheer’s sharp wit was on full display when he replied to Hardik Pandya’s birthday wishHardik Pandya had wished Zaheer Khan with a cheeky tweetCricket fans found Hardik Pandya’s birthday wish for Zaheer Khan “direspectful”Former India pacer Zaheer Khan’s sharp wit was on full display when he replied to Hardik Pandya’s birthday wish on Tuesday.Zaheer Khan thanked Hardik for his wishes, added some wit and humor in his reply and tweeted: “Hahahaha….thank you for the wishes @hardikpandya7 my batting skills can never be as good as yours but the birthday was as good as the next delivery you faced from me in this match ??.”Hahahaha….thank you for the wishes @hardikpandya7 my batting skills can never be as good as yours but the birthday was as good as the next delivery you faced from me in this match https://t.co/anhQdrUBN7zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) October 8, 2019Zaheer Khan thanked all his fans and followers for wishing him on the occasion of his 41st birthday on Sunday as he posted a short video in which he was seen blowing out candles on his birthday cake.Thank you to each and everyone of you for the lovely wishes. Grateful always pic.twitter.com/5hOHSBM26t zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) October 8, 2019Hardik Pandya’s birthday wish to former fast bowling great Zaheer Khan had not gone down well with cricket fans, who slammed the India all-rounder for his cheeky tweet.Zaheer had turned 41 on Monday and Hardik wished the former pacer by tweeting: “Happy birthday Zak … Hope you smash it out of the park like I did here.”Hardik tweeted with a video of him smashing Zaheer for a six in a domestic match. However, netizens found his post disrespectful and slammed the 25-year-old.advertisementMany schooled Pandya about Khan’s achievements including his performance in the 2011 World Cup where he took 21 wickets in the tournament and finished as the joint highest wicket-taker along with Shahid Afridi.Hardik Pandya is currently on a break and is recovering from his prolonged injury that he suffered during the Asia Cup last September in UAE.Hardik recovered to play in the Indian Premier League 2019 and the World Cup before the injury resurfaced.Pandya, who is an integral part of the Indian team during the next year’s World T20 in Australia, is expected to be out of action for the next few months as well.Hardik Pandya played the T20I series against South Africa earlier this month before being ruled out of the Test series because of the injury. He will miss the T20Is against Bangladesh as well.Also Read | Hardik Pandya slammed on social media for his cheeky birthday wish for Zaheer KhanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Zaheer Khanlast_img read more

first_imgzoom Cargo operations at the Israeli port of Ashdod have not yet been restored to normal as reports have emerged of intentional slowdowns by workers in loading and unloading operations.Namely, disruptions in loading operations started on Monday and resumed on Tuesday with ships being handled at half the usual pace, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports.The slowdowns come following workers’ strike in two Israeli ports, Ashdod and Haifa over privatization of the country’s two major ports.Two international companies, Chinese Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) and Dutch Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), have signed separate contracts to operate the two ports in exchange for investment in development of the ports’ infrastructure. Under the deal, the companies are entitled to chose their own workforce, which might imply hiring foreign labor force for lower salaries over local personnel.The workers were ordered back to work by the labor court, however they returned to work having succumbed to the pressure from port officials who threatened with sanctions and even criminal charges should the strike continue.“There have been major delays in the service provided to customers of the port. Ships that are due to dock at the port are choosing to obtain services at another port, which endangers our contracts with customers and could cause other serious damage, much of which would be irreversible,” the daily quoted a letter from the port of Ashdod’s management.According to the letter, workers who continue to disrupt port operations would not receive their salaries.A total of 40 ships were affected by the slowdowns at the port.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Port of Ashdodlast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Atlantic herring is a hearty source of protein for people and marine mammals alike, but like a startling number of Canada’s fish stocks the plan to rebuild the depleted herring population is currently one big question mark.That’s a conclusion reached by advocacy group Oceana Canada, which published its second annual fisheries audit Tuesday — a report card assessing the health of Canada’s fish stocks.The report found Canada has a lot of work to do to reverse the term decline of its fish stocks, and it needs to pick up the pace.Oceana’s science director Robert Rangeley said he hopes the audit is a “wake-up call” for better fisheries management.“My biggest fear is one of complacency,” said Rangeley. “We’re still hovering around one-third of our fish stocks (that) are healthy, which is very poor performance for the 194 stocks that are so important for coastal communities.”Only 34 per cent of Canada’s fish stocks are considered healthy. Twenty-nine per cent are in a critical or cautious zone, and perhaps most alarmingly, 37 per cent of stocks don’t have sufficient data to assign a health status.Some, like Pacific herring in Haida Gwaii, slipped into the critical red zone this year.The numbers are indicative of the slow policy implementation that plagues management of Canada’s fisheries, Rangeley said. The Oceana team expected to see more stocks move from the uncertain zone into one of the other categories this year, but in fact, the needle barely moved.Rangeley said government transparency has improved in recent years, giving his team access to the audit’s necessary data. But scientific reporting and assessment of stocks is slow and incomplete. Scientific and planning documents are often published late, or not at all.Slow scientific publication means some stocks haven’t been assessed in years — and with the impacts of climate change affecting the ocean at a swift pace, it means some of the health assessments are becoming too outdated to plan around how to help improve the stock.Of the 26 stocks that are assessed as critically depleted, only three have rebuilding plans in place. And even when those plans are published, the report notes that they are often based on out-of-date scientific assessments.Atlantic Canada’s fin fish are most heavily represented among the critical stocks.Rangeley said invertebrates like lobster and crab are more likely in good health than at-risk fin fish like cod and herring. However, rebuilding plans to bring struggling stocks back to health are notoriously slow to appear.Perhaps the most famous example is the infamous cod moratorium in 1992 that devastated Newfoundland’s fishing communities. Twenty-six years on, there’s no plan in place to rebuild the Northern cod stock.It’s not just an issue for the depleted stocks, said Rangeley. He recommends that a sense of urgency is applied to stocks in the cautious zone as well as the critical zone, because the more depleted they get, the harder it is to rebuild.“It’s just a biological reality,” Rangeley said. “Knock ’em down too far for too long, the effort takes so much longer and it’s such a lost opportunity for a valuable seafood industry to just let such a waste occur.”  Striking the balance between a healthy ocean ecosystem and an economically viable, renewable food industry for small communities is not impossible, and it’s been done before, said Rangeley.To run the fisheries right, more vigilance is required, the report said.Some form of catch monitoring is in place for more than half of Canada’s stocks but the methods often don’t give a complete assessment of the catch, leading to big data gaps. And 159 stocks don’t have fishing mortality estimates, making it nearly impossible to set sustainable limits on the industry.The report recommends investing in science and management capacity, assessing stocks regularly and developing up-to-date, well-enforced rebuilding plans.It also highlights the importance of timely reporting, and calls for a national ‘fishery monitoring policy’ that would compel all commercial fisheries to sufficiently keep track of yearly catches.Good planning, Rangeley said, is essential to getting Canada’s fisheries back to a healthy, sustainable level for oceans and for people.“You can sustainably harvest seafood indefinitely if you get it right, and we’re not,” he said.– By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgBruce Springsteen will perform at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s 20th anniversary Ambassadors for Humanity gala on May 7, 2014 in Los Angeles.Conan O’Brien will host the event, with special guest Liam Neeson.“I am personally honored that Bruce, Conan and Liam are joining me and lending their considerable talents to this year’s special 20th anniversary gala,” USC Shoah Foundation founder Steven Spielberg said. “Not only do they entertain and inform us through song, laughter and words, but by helping us commemorate this significant milestone, they also draw attention to the vital work of the USC Shoah Foundation.”They will be joining featured speaker President Barack Obama, who will also receive the Institute’s Ambassador for Humanity Award.TNT is once again serving as the Presenting Sponsor, continuing a strong relationship with the Institute that has spanned more than a decade.USC Shoah Foundation is dedicated to making audiovisual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides a compelling voice for education and action.Steven Spielberg established the Shoah Foundation after completing the film Schindler’s List to collect and preserve the video testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. He envisioned that these eyewitness accounts would have a profound effect on education, and that the survivors would become teachers of humanity for generations to come.Today, the Institute’s Visual History Archive preserves history as told by the people who lived it and lived through it. With its current collection of nearly 52,000 eyewitness testimonies in 34 languages and from 58 countries, it is one of the largest digital collections of its kind in the world.USC Shoah Foundation is part of the University of Southern California’s Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Working within the university and with partners around the world, the Institute advances scholarship and research, provides resources and online tools for educators, and disseminates the testimonies for educational purposes.The Institute is also working to preserve its testimonies in perpetuity, and to expand the Visual History Archive with accounts of survivors and witnesses of other genocides. In 2013 the Institute added an initial collection of 64 testimonies of survivors and rescuers from the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide through a partnership with Aegis Trust and in February 2014 an initial collection of 12 testimonies of survivors from the 1937 Nanjing Massacre were integrated into the Visual History Archive through a partnership with Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall. The Institute is also fundraising to integrate collections from the Armenian and Cambodian genocides into the Visual History Archive in 2015.For more information about the USC Shoah Foundation, please go to sfi.usc.edu.last_img read more

first_imgA person who has always work in the background of strengthening the AAP, Delhi’s Chandni Chowk constituency candidate of the party Pankaj Gupta talks exclusively to Sayantan Ghosh on the issues related to roads, congestions, slum developments and the fight against BJP heavyweight Dr Harsh Vardhan. Excerpts: What are the issues you are focusing on in Chandni Chowk constituency, which is one of the oldest in Delhi? I have categorized the issue in two ways one is a larger issue and the other one is micro issues specific to this constituency. The larger issues are mostly connected with our key demand of the full statehood. People here are facing problems with unemployment, women safety and higher education among many others. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesBut this is a larger picture throughout Delhi. Now if we talk about the constituency here the numbers of trader communities are high and they are facing huge problem due to sealing. On the other hand, the youth has become disoriented due to lack of job which is giving rise to antisocial activities. This also has many slums and unauthorized colonies where beautification should be done. Lastly, the traffic congestion in the areas of the market is so bad that people face many problems to commute. I will work on each and every issue but beautification of slums, roads and markets would be a priority. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar This constituency has areas like Matia Mahal which is Muslim Dominated and also a large section of caste minorities are there, do you think this is an advantage for AAP? I want to clarify that our party never believed in religion and caste centric politics neither we will ever do such politics. The work of the Delhi government has always been for every section of people and poor people have always been our key focus irrespective of their religious and caste identities. The advantage which I really have is the work done by the AAP government and people acknowledge our work across the spectrum. After we win this election we will continue such works in Delhi. Till the last week the AAP-Congress alliance talks were going on and this seat was one of the seats which Congress asked for. Were you ready to give up the seat and how did this affect your campaign? I must agree that there was a lot of anxiety within me. But, firstly the party chose me to fight this election and I am always ready to follow the decision of our leadership because the alliance had a larger point of view which we all agreed to, hence, I never had any problem. When the alliance talks were on my prime target was to continue with the campaign and I never allowed any demotivation to the workers. We kept doing our work in full swing and that is why today also the campaign here is going as expected and there is nothing less we have done because of the alliance talks. In this election, you fighting against BJP’s Dr Harsh Vardhan who is a sitting Cabinet minister and also Congress party’s JP Agarwal is a veteran politician so how tough is your fight because you have never been a very vocal politician? Yes, my work at the party was mostly in management from the background. I have also handled three states like Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka. In Goa party also did well in the election. In Chandni Chowk Harsh Vardhan is big name so as JP Agarwal. But here the fight is between big names and good works so I am confident. The BJP did nothing in the last five years. You are one of the richest candidates of the party, how is that benefitting you? We are not fighting this election in our own money but the money assigned by the party. The party has always gathered money from donations and good will of people. My own money can be an added advantage but I am fighting just the way any other candidates are fighting.last_img read more

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:Duluth Holdings Inc., down $5.94 to $17.60The clothing retailer’s fourth-quarter profit and revenue fell short of Wall Street forecasts.LivaNova PLC, down $26.94 to $69.69The medical technology company’s first-quarter revenue fell short of forecasts on weak sales of heart devices.Triumph Group Inc., up $2.62 to $23.99The aircraft components company is considering selling its aerospace structures business unit.Apache Corp., up $2.20 to $35.57The energy company and its peers are benefiting from a rise in crude oil prices and expectations for more demand.Snap Inc., up 56 cents to $11.84The photography-based social media company is expanding into online games and original entertainment programming.The Boston Beer Co., down $15.67 to $268.33Goldman Sachs downgraded the beer maker’s stock to a “Sell” rating, citing increased competition and sales concerns for craft beer.Franklin Covey Co., up $2.17 to $28.51The consulting company reported a rise in fourth-quarter revenue that topped Wall Street forecasts.Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., up 76 cents to $18.35Morgan Stanley upgraded the home furnishings company, citing the potential for activist investors to push for leadership changes.The Associated Press read more

29 April 2008The United Nations stands ready to support regional diplomacy to help end the political crisis in Zimbabwe, where violence has flared after last month’s presidential elections, the world body’s political chief, B. Lynn Pascoe, said today. Speaking after briefing the Security Council, Mr. Pascoe said he had a great deal of concern about violence in the country, particularly from the Government’s side, though he added that there had been reports of violence from both sides.He said that the Secretary-General was ready to use his “good offices” to work alongside the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to help resolve Zimbabwe’s problems.Mr. Pascoe also said he was very concerned about the humanitarian situation, stating that the political turmoil had prevented some aid agencies from delivering food and other relief.Unrest and violence have been widespread in Zimbabwe following the 29 March presidential election, in which the incumbent Robert Mugabe was challenged by Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Full results of that poll have still not been announced.Mr. Pascoe’s comments echo an earlier statement by the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, who called on the country’s political leaders to restrain their supporters and renounce the use of threats, intimidation and violence against opponents. read more

8 February 2012The top United Nations peacekeeping official today stressed the need to boost the mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to facilitate the next phase of elections in the vast, impoverished country and protect civilians in areas where national authorities are not present. During a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, emphasized that the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) must continue to work with Congolese authorities, especially to ensure that future elections can be carried out more smoothly.Millions of Congolese went to the polls on 28 November last year to cast votes in presidential and parliamentary elections. Since then, there has been a tense political climate in the country and several outbreaks of violence, and the UN has repeatedly called for the peaceful settlement of electoral disputes.MONUSCO provided technical and logistical support to the organization of the polls – the second time since independence from Belgium in 1960 that the country has held multi-party elections.Mr. Ladsous acknowledged that the circumstances under which elections were held were challenging, and underlined the need for MONUSCO to continue working closely with Congolese authorities to prepare for the next phase of elections – provincial and local – so that they “satisfy the Congolese political actors, contribute to dialogue and the opening of the political space.” He also highlighted the role of MONUSCO in protecting civilians in the eastern part of the country, where many communities are in remote areas and national forces are sometimes not present. During his briefing, Mr. Ladsous also discussed the situation in Sudan and South Sudan and stressed that the situation between the neighbouring States continues to be tense. Border disputes, the sharing of oil revenue and mutual accusations of supporting armed groups are some of the issues that he noted were still huge challenges. He reiterated that the UN would continue its work through its three peacekeeping missions in the region.Mr. Ladsous also noted that there is a window of opportunity for the international community to help further the political process in Somalia, as the militant group known as Al Shabaab has been driven out of Mogadishu, the capital.In addition to briefing on current missions, Mr. Ladsous spotlighted his concern for ensuring the safety of peacekeepers worldwide, and said it is one of his priorities this year to improve the security conditions in which they work. read more

And in the end, IT teams may be pushed out of their comfort zone but they will be armed with more data to make more informative decisions in the future. Isn’t that what a successful digital transformation strategy should do?Tags:Best Practicesnetwork performancemonitoring toolsuser experiencevisibilityDigital TransformationCloud CommunicationsMonitoring & ManagementVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like Most businesses liken digital transformation to taking a spoonful of medicine. It has to be done but often doesn’t taste good going down. However, digital transformation, while a necessity to staying competitive, can have less bark than bite with the right tools at your disposal. 4. CollaborateIt’s time for businesses to redefine how they work together. Digital transformation demands cultural change, driven by the need to unify silos and their diverse toolsets, procedures, and levels of visibility into the user experience. Many enterprises use solutions that only monitor a specific part of the application chain, with little or no visibility into what happens outside specific IT silos. So, a developer can see how the code is performing but won’t have visibility into the network that links servers to each other, to the cloud, and to the end-user. digitaltransformation_774.png Businesses need to create an analysis of how everything performs before they go through any major transformative upgrades. When you know where you start from, you are able to compare metrics to see if a certain move affects the user experience, such as moving applications from a private cloud hosted at a data center to AWS. If you have visibility into your performance before you start, you can then track improvement or delay. An IDC study found that global spending related to digital experiences is set to reach $1.7 trillion in 2019. The problem is that companies are spending heavily on digital transformation, but not getting results. More than half of those polled in the study (59%) identified as stuck in an early stage of maturation and struggling to move forward. It’s digital or die, but the path to get there can be complex and challenging. 1. Set a baselineIt’s not news that enterprise applications are increasingly complex. Hybrid assemblies of a wide mix of digital technologies have taken over. For example, in retail banking it is no longer about applications to support ATM machines. It’s now about 24/7 multi-platform online banking apps that access information from legacy servers to SaaS and cloud components. All of these are designed to improve the user experience, but it comes with a price. It creates complex application chains interconnected by multiple networks that live in private and public clouds. 3. MeasureAs enterprises manage more data and applications, they need to incorporate measurement criteria. This requires having a level of insight about what is going on and where, in order to guarantee a better user experience. If enterprises attempt to keep track of their increasingly complex web of applications, they have to embrace the unenviable task of monitoring all endpoints, and at the same time correlate the information from individual monitoring tools. Businesses are incentivized to move assets outside of the network because it’s cheaper to house data and applications elsewhere. Lack of visibility is often a concern, however, and IT departments are struggling to understand what is going on within the infrastructure. You can’t manage what you can’t see. Solutions that offer data center-to-enterprise connectivity can change this by delivering total visibility and network performance assurance. Here is where establishing a unified view into applications, networks, servers, users, and teams are critical to success. Creating a ”single source of truth” that provides visibility across the stack can help in understanding network and application usage and performance via a holistic view of the entire digital infrastructure. Businesses can learn how certain activities impact performance and see where any bottlenecks exist. Best Practices for Digital Transformation Gary Audin March 29, 2019 Don’t look for a cookie-cutter plan for digital transformation; craft a strategy that fits your unique enterprise goals. So, what can businesses do to start taking control of their efforts and avoid the unknown? Four best practices come to mind: Recently, an executive at a major global organization admitted that it had no digital transformation plan, particularly in regard to migrating its data. No blueprint exists. So, it was planning to go in cold and take the good with the bad. It’s not the first time I’ve heard a comment like this. Meanwhile network operations staff are monitoring Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN), but don’t see how application transactions and server responsiveness are impacting users. A higher-level vantage point is essential to uniting both of these. Not only can it bring silos together, but it can shorten the Mean Time to Resolution (MTTR) which can improve internal team as well as end-user performance. The C-suite sets top-down goals, and the IT team is often left to execute — transforming application and network stacks to meet the new objectives or initiatives which range from cloud migration to integrating omnichannel into the user experience to introducing DevOps processes and toolsets. Sometimes there is a disconnect about what is required and what needs to be done. Is It Time for the Other ‘I’ in ROI? Tom Nolle April 01, 2019 Our lives are almost run by ‘return on infrastructure,’ whether we know it or not. Holoportation! Next Best Thing to Being There? Marty Parker July 23, 2019 This visionary technology stimulates the imagination as to the future of business communications. Mastering Digital Transformation Gary Audin April 26, 2019 Does your organization have the right strategy in place to ‘pivot’ around challenges and become a digital enterprise? Optimizing Business Communications Through Information Marty Parker April 23, 2019 It’s a great time to embrace change and take a leadership role in defining what emerging trends mean for your business. Finding success in digital transformation is nothing short of challenging. For enterprises, new digital services and pressures from end users mean increased complexity across all touchpoints. While this presents several obstacles, it also presents a myriad of opportunities to optimize the IT stack in a way that increases performance, boosts Quality of Experience (QoE) and Quality of Service (QoS), and sees a reduction in operating expenses. 2. Minimize risk by moving assets out of your controlToday’s networks are often comprised of complex hybrid applications and cloud infrastructure components. Thus, there are many possible points of failure and layers of complexity that can degrade user experience. With so many components, many of which are outside the control of the enterprise, isolating and resolving performance issues quickly is mandatory, but largely impossible to achieve with tools designed to monitor static, private data centers and pre-SDN networking environments. See All in Digital Transformation » read more

One person has died with another hurt after a fire broke out inside a home in Welland this morning.The blaze began on the upper floor of a unit inside the Northtown Co-operative Homes complex at 366 Thorold Road West before 3 a.m.Firefighters arrived to find smoke conditions that turned out to be a significant fire throughout the second floor.After it was put out they discovered a woman still inside had died.  A man was also taken to Welland hospital for treatment.About thirty firefighters from multiple stations were called in at the height of the blaze.The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office has been contacted to look into the cause. read more

WASHINGTON — The Government Accountability Office says the Trump administration skirted some procedures and ethics rules in remaking the Environmental Protection Agency’s science advisory boards.The GAO findings come after Democratic senators requested the probe. The EPA has remade the membership of some key advisory panels, adding industry representatives and cutting the number of academic scientists.The GAO said Monday the EPA failed to follow some procedures and ethics rules in picking appointees.The EPA denies any wrongdoing in how it considered candidates. EPA spokesman Michael Abboud says the agency has doubled its career ethics attorney staff to make sure the agency properly handles all financial disclosures.One of those seeking the review, Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, says the EPA rigged its advisory boards in favour of polluters.Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press read more

Delays in finalising emissions trading allocations have been welcomed by the motor industry. Defra’s announcement means that SMMT and its members will have extra time to persuade government that emission reduction targets in the National Allocation Plan (NAP) need to be realistic and possible.To meet EU deadlines, a final NAP should have been published by the end of March. While an approved plan will be submitted to the EU, the final decision on emissions trading allocations will not be made until 1 October, leaving the door open for further consultation with the automotive sector.SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘In February we urged government to review Defra’s plans. So we are pleased that the impossible targets set in the draft NAP and corresponding cost burden to UK manufacturers will be subject to further review. We look forward to some breathing space in which we can help government to understand fully the industry’s concerns.’Under the original proposals, which were drafted as part of the UK’s implementation of EU Emissions Trading Scheme, qualifying sites would have been targeted with double digit percentage cuts in carbon dioxide emissions in just three years. One site would have faced a 40 per cent reduction. These are well in excess of those specified under EU proposals – or emission targets set out in the Kyoto protocol.The targets would also have ignored the industry’s commitment to improve its environmental performance by driving down emissions within manufacturing sites by 15 per cent from 1995 levels by 2010. This was negotiated as part of the sector’s climate change agreement with government.In its response to consultation on the draft NAP, SMMT expressed concerned that targets were set beyond the ‘technological potential’ of activities covered by the sector. This is important since the majority of CO2 emissions under the scope of the EU ETS from manufacturing sites in the motor industry come from boilers.These are long lasting capital equipment, with an average lifespan of 30 years. At most sites, new units have been installed within the last decade limiting the potential for further significant cuts.SMMT has also urged government to review developments in other member states to ensure that the scheme adopted in the UK does not damage the competitiveness of UK sites by imposing additional costs. An assessment of these implications, based on realistic energy projections and a review of the allocation methodology, should be conducted before final approval to the NAP is given.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Documents seen by… Acting for Philip Morris, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, salesmen push tobacco devices in bars using a range of questionable tactics to entice potential customers, a Telegraph investigation has established.  Salesmen for one of the world’s biggest tobacco firms have been caught offering potentially illegal incentives to smokers in bars to get them hooked on new “heat-not-burn” tobacco, it can be revealed. Undercover reporters were approached in a bar at London’s Canary Wharf and offered free tobacco to try on the spot, free alcoholic cocktails and free tobacco accessories, all of which Trading Standards say could be in breach of the Tobacco Advertising and Sales Act 2002. read more

first_imgSiemens’ Ukraine and the Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services Group (I&S) has received an order from Ukrainian company Novokramatorsky Mashinostroitelny Zavod (NKMZ), Kramatorsk, to supply the electrical equipment for two shaft winder systems in the Krasnoslobodskij potash mine in Belorussia. The final customer is RUU PV Belaruskalij, Soligorsk. The project is worth around €3 million, and the shaft winder systems will foreseeably be put into service at the end of 2008. Belaruskalij is the largest manufacturer and supplier of potassium fertiliser in the CIS. The company operates four potash mines in central Belorussia. The two winder systems in the Krasnoslobodskij mine are each designed for a hoisting capacity of 800 t/h. More than 6 Mt of potash are scheduled to be produced here every year. Each winder system is powered by a ground-mounted winder with bi-cylindrical drums. The payload of the winder skips is 25 t and the hoisting speed is 13.5 m/s. The hoists’ DC motors – provided by Belaruskalij – operate at a speed of 32 rpm and have a power output of 3,200 kW. Simoreg DC Master converters supply power to the motors. The scope of supply also includes the power distribution equipment and the automation system, including safety systems. Siemens is also responsible for engineering, supervision of assembly work, commissioning and customer training. The systems and components used by Siemens have been designed in accordance with German mining regulations.last_img read more