Five Underrated Players

first_imgNCAA Football: Oklahoma at Oklahoma StatePhoto Attribution: US PresswireIt’s inevitable when you have a pair of studs like Weeds and Blackmon last year that players, great players, are going to get lost in the fold.Here are five guys I think the national media, and maybe even OSU fans, are underrating.1. Jeremy Smith – Here’s the career yards per carry list for Oklahoma State.1. Barry Sanders – 6.82. Jeremy Smith – 6.6Nobody else has ever averaged over 6.0 yards per carry[1. Among those with 162 or more carries (why 162? that’s the number Smith has, of course).]. Granted, he doesn’t have the carries to prove his longevity, but if you’re looking at initial production predicting the future…look no further than #31.2. Desmond Roland – He’s backing up the Barry and Thurman of his generation. We’ve covered Smith above but if Randle has two more years like he did last year, he’ll go down as the most decorated OSU RB of all time. Roland could be Randle 2.0 for all we know. With Sims out of his way this season, we’re going to see more of the former three-star athlete from Dallas. And you’re going to be impressed.3. Shaun Lewis – Known by many fans more for his ability to single-handedly melt down message boards (Shawn, Sean, Shean, etc.[2. While we’re here…what is a fan base that was inexplicably unable to spell “Zac” for three years going to do with names like “Lavocheya, Tshimanga, and “Jhajuan”?]) than his ability to play football.He’s not going to lead the planet in tackles but he does so many things so well, it’s easy for him to get lost in the fray. Example: the only two players last year with 60+ tackles, 2+ INT, and 1+ fumble recoveries were Lewis and Brodrick Brown. Brown is all over the preseason watch lists, Lewis is nowhere to be seen.4. Daytawion Lowe – Quick, name the only two OSU players with more than 80 tackles last season. Not Brodrick Brown, not Jamie Blatnick, not Caleb Lavey or Markelle Martin. The answer would be Lowe (97) and Alex Elkins (90). It’s a good thing Lowe got 13 games worth of starters experience last season too because he’s the ringleader of a set of safeties that has a combined 0 starts.5. Ryan Simmons – Likely a guy you haven’t seen play since he had three total tackles in his freshman season last year before getting hurt. The reason he’s on this list is because of how many times you’ve heard OSU’s coaches talk about how deep and loaded they are at LB. The obvious starters are Lewis, Lavey, and Elkins, but of the backups Simmons is the only one who stands alone as a #2 reserve. He’s going to play a ton this year and he’s going to be effective. And you’re probably going to find yourself saying, “wait, who is THIS guy?[3. Unless you read this post of course.]” If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Eight Thoughts On The Gundy Saga

first_imgholder1. I don’t believe for a second that this was a contractual ploy for Gundy to get more money. He just went 7-5, and he’s already the 10th highest paid coach in the country! And they’re going to pay him more money now just because he and Tennessee engaged in some foreplay? Garbage.2. How hard would you have laughed if 1999 me would have told you that the Oklahoma State head football coach said “nah, I’m good” to the Tennessee job?3. People keep saying “Holder should retaliate! Call his bluff!!” — what does that even mean? Fire him and owe 75% of the $20+ mil he has left on his contract? Yeah, that’s totally going to happen.Holder paid him last year and now Gundy is publicly shoving that in his face this year. I don’t care what kind of rift you have, that’s weak and embarrassing for the program.4. Gundy is the 10th highest paid coach in college football (probably 11th after Bielema numbers come out), he’s been more than compensated for his work to date. Take a look at the list below of the 10 highest paid coaches and their corresponding winning percentage[1. These were taken from the USA Today database and might not be 100% up to date (Miles), but they’re close enough to make my point.][table id=68 /]Mack, Kirk, and Gundy are the lowest. Two are reviled by their fan bases and lucky to still have jobs, the other talks to anybody that will talk to him in the offseason.5. Think this rift doesn’t mean anything to fans and is insulated from donors? Think again. This guy owns one of the $1 million suites in the west end zone and he’s not real fired up about the last few days…https://twitter.com/BMcD74/status/2763500319493529616. All of this is allegedly over control of the non-conference schedule. Gundy would prefer to play three Savannah States, Holder would prefer not to. To the #TeamGundy people — I didn’t hear one person in September who was excited about playing Savannah State. You have to choose one side or the other, can’t be #TeamGundy and still want the big boy non-conference games.7. This entire thing has a very Laguna Beach-ish “but she took the guy I like to homecoming” feel to it. Am I supposed to believe three grown men, all of whom have helped make OSU a national program (not to mention all alums), can’t sit down in a room and work this stuff out? Maybe so, but if that’s the case, then the only end game is Gundy actually leaving at some point. So keep that Twitter page fired up for 2013…8. Remember when Ford’s ridiculous contract was the only thing that could get our fan base riled up?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Norway Lifts the Lid on the World’s Most Beautiful Public Toilet

first_img World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Next The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Steinar Skaar/Statens Vegvesen Editors’ Recommendations Lars Grimsby/Statens Vegvesen Steinar Skaar/Statens Vegvesen Steinar Skaar/Statens Vegvesen Previous center_img Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway Scandinavians seem to have cornered the market on beautiful, minimalist design. In the last year alone, Iceland debuted the “5-million-star” Aurora Bubble Lodge, Denmark launched the charming “Parkipelago” project, and Norway opened a Blade Runner-esque underwater restaurant. Now, Norway has put their considerable design savvy to the test yet again with what is likely the world’s most beautiful public bathroom.Popping into public restrooms is rarely a trip highlight for most travelers. We’d venture to say it can be downright traumatic (see also: the toilet scene from Trainspotting). But, Norway is angling to change that perception with a series of rest areas that feature some of the most beautiful roadside designs we’ve ever seen.Steinar Skaar/Statens VegvesenUreddplassen, the first rest area in the series, is located along the country’s official Scenic Route Helgelandskysten in Gildeskål. The cross-country route runs along 269 miles (433 kilometers) of pristine natural beauty, connecting Holm to Godøystraumen. In addition to the stunning terrestrial scenery, the area is a popular spot for watching the sunset in summer and the Northern Lights in winter.The toilet house is crafted from poured concrete allowing for a simple, organic, wave-like form that feels like a natural part of the landscape. Frosted, floor-to-ceiling windows reveal a warmly lit interior that elicits a soft, beautiful glow against the backdrop of snow-covered fjords. Behind the bathroom is an amphitheater with relaxed seating and, beyond that, steps leading to the shores of the Norwegian Sea. It’s all ideally situated for stargazing, especially given the area’s near-zero light pollution.Steinar Skaar/Statens VegvesenThe newly revamped site was also built to encompass an existing war memorial dedicated to the Norwegian submarine “Uredd.” The sunken vessel’s name inspired the rest area’s moniker Ureddplassen, which is Norwegian for “a fearless place.” Oslo-based architects Dan Zohar and Marit Justine Haugen designed the one-of-a-kind space. The nearly USD $2 million budget might seem steep for a rest area, but can you really put a price on what’s sure to be the most blissful poop of your life in the mountains?The rest area’s opening is the first in a new initiative that will include five such areas along the Norwegian Scenic Routes Lofoten, Andøya, Helgelandskysten, Hardangervidda, and Ryfylke. For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner Steinar Skaar/Statens Vegvesen 1 of 5 Steinar Skaar/Statens Vegvesen last_img read more

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Search is on for missing Inuk woman in Montreal

first_img(Donna Paré, 32, has been missing since December. Her disappearance was reported last week.)Intervention worker Jessica Quijano says that it’s likely the people who know her were hesitant to go to police.“Donna, well she’s been living on the street for quite a number of years and often people who live on the street have a lot of issues with police, so it’s not encouraging for a lot of people to go to police,” said Quijano.Quijano works for the Iskweu Project, a division of the Montreal Native Women’s Shelter that aims to reduce the number of missing Indigenous women in Quebec.She wants to emphasize that anybody who is hesitant to go to police with information can reach the Iskweu project by phone, email or social media.“We created this project to encourage loved ones and family when someone goes missing to be accompanied to make a police report and then follow up with the police,” explained Quijano.(Intervention worker Jessica Quijano says that it’s likely the people who know her were hesitant to go to police. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)In Paré’s case, Quijano was allowed to file the report to police, whereas usually the procedure is that the last person who saw the missing individual needs to make the report“I’m happy that the police took the report and that they’ve been following through, I’ve been in constant communication with the detective,” said Quijano.However Quijano says this is all the slimmest of silver linings if Paré is not found safe.Paré has brown eyes, black hair, weighs 47 kilograms (103 pounds) and stands 155 centimetres (five foot one).She has been known to frequent the Berri-UQAM area on the eastern edges of Montreal’s downtown.Anyone with information on Paré can reach Quijano confidentially at 438-868-2448 or can anonymously contact Montreal police directly at 514-393-1133.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennario Tom FennarioAPTN NewsPolice in Montreal are on the look-out for an Inuk woman who has been missing for nearly four months.Donna Paré, 32, hasn’t been seen since December.Her disappearance was only reported to police last week.last_img read more

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Canadian banks profits to grow but at slower rate

TORONTO — After starting the year with strong earnings momentum, Canada’s biggest banks will likely report slower growth in the second quarter when they begin rolling out results this week.Earnings for the big Canadian banks are expected to slip four per cent from the first-quarter, according to estimates by CIBC Capital Markets. Overall the banks will likely show growth of 5.3% compared to the same time last year.‘I wouldn’t say there’s going to be one bank that clearly leaves the rest in the dust’The big question will be which banks come out on top in a quarter that’s expected to be characterized by lower trading revenues and a weaker outlook for the rest of the year.“I wouldn’t say there’s going to be one bank that clearly leaves the rest in the dust,” said Gareth Watson, vice-president of investment management at GMP Richardson Ltd.One factor will be which banks have stronger capital market activity and trading revenues, he added.“You can’t necessarily gauge what those results are going to be without knowing the exact portfolios (each bank has) and that’s probably going to determine who outperforms who.”Bank of Montreal will be the first of the big banks to release its second-quarter earnings as it is scheduled to report Wednesday. TD Bank and Royal Bank  deliver their results on Thursday. Scotiabank follows on May 29 and CIBC on May 31.[np-related]Overall, the banks will be hard-pressed to deliver results that outshine the solid profit increase of six per cent reported in the first quarter of 2012 on improvements in retail banking and higher trading revenues.In that period, most banks, aside from CIBC, reported lower provisions for credit losses — or money set aside to cover bad loans — in the first quarter, a sign that fewer customers are defaulting and that finances could be improving.However, warnings from the banks also suggested that mortgage lending could drop off this year as consumers focus on reducing debt and mortgage lending softens.‘The consumer just does not have the capacity to take on debt like they did 18 months ago’Tom Lewandowski, a financial services analyst with Edward Jones in St. Louis, said Canadian banks with a stronger international focus are more likely to outperform expectations this earnings period.“There’s going to be opportunity for banks that have exposure outside the Canadian market, which I think is going to slow,” he said.“It may not be this quarter but it’s going to be a quarter down the line. The consumer just does not have the capacity to take on debt like they did 18 months ago.”Lewandowski pointed out two banks he thinks will come out on top.“Scotiabank with their international operations, and also TD has an opportunity to outperform on the loan growth side, given some market share gains in mortgages,” he said.Generally, the banks aren’t expected to boost their dividend payments, though consensus expectations suggest that National Bank could emerge as the sole bank to make such a move when it reports on May 31.The Canadian Press read more

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Business coalition urges fiveyear implementation of minimum wage hike

TORONTO — The risk of job losses due to a minimum wage increase could be significantly reduced if the Ontario government extended the policy phase-in period, says a new report from a coalition of businesses.The Keep Ontario Working Coalition, which includes groups such as the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Retail Council of Canada, said Wednesday that if the government implemented the change over a five-year-period, instead of the planned 15 months, it could decrease the risk of job losses by 74 per cent. An economic analysis of the minimum wage increase conducted by the coalition earlier this year concluded that over 185,000 jobs could be impacted by the hike.The coalition’s spokesperson, Karl Baldauf, said the Liberal government should consider lengthening the transition.“It would cost the government nothing but it would effectively be a more reasonable implementation timeline for this legislation,” he said.The report also suggests the minimum wage hike will add $23 billion in costs to business over a two year period. The economic stimulation created by the hike — estimated at $11 billion in the study — is not enough to offset the cost, he said.“Businesses are going to have to determine how they absorb those new costs,” Baldauf said, adding that may come in the form of cutting jobs or increasing the cost of goods and services.In July, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced her government would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2019. The increase would be phased in gradually and would rise with inflation, as scheduled, from $11.40 currently to $11.60 in October, to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, 2018 and $15 the following year.Labour Minister Kevin Flynn defended the government plan Wednesday, saying in a statement that it is about fairness to workers.“Thanks to our strong economy, we’re now in a position to move forward with positive changes for workers in Ontario. We know the cost of doing nothing is simply too high — too high for workers and too high for our economy,” Flynn said.The latest report comes two weeks after the province’s economic watchdog, the Financial Accountability Office, estimated the minimum wage increase would see more than 50,000 people lose their jobs.However, many economists support the government move, saying hiking the minimum wage boosts economic activity and increases people’s purchasing power. Dalhousie University economist Lars Osberg said Wednesday that he’s not surprised to see reports predict massive job cuts, but he disagrees that they will actually come to pass.“It’s quite easy to anticipate that you’re going to get these comments,” he said. “No, they’re not true. If you really want to worry about the total unemployment rate going forward … you want to be looking at monetary and interest rate policy and you want to be looking at fiscal stimulus. At the end of the day, minimum wage workers are a relatively small fraction of the entire work force.”Osberg is one of 53 economists who signed an open letter in support of a $15 minimum wage.“I think many economists are aware that the dominate perspective on the minimum wage in the economics profession has changed 180 degrees over the last 20 years,” he said. “It used to be the case that people talked very much about the labour market as if it was a perfectly competitive market where higher wages would have a big effect on employment. But two decades of solid, empirical research have shown that when the minimum wage is increased it really doesn’t have very much impact on aggregate employment of low wage workers.” read more

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UNICEF commends Security Council resolution on children in armed conflict

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has applauded the UN Security Council resolution that establishes a monitoring and reporting system for children affected by armed conflict. “UNICEF firmly supports the universal principle that the human rights of all children in all situations must be upheld and promoted by all parties to the conflict,” the children’s agency said in its statement. The Security Council resolution calls for a mechanism to monitor grave violations by both Governments and insurgents, focusing especially on crimes identified in the Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) resolution it passed in April of last year, describing the violations and calling for the mechanism and for time-bound national and rebel action plans to comply with international law. The crimes are: recruiting child soldiers in violation of international instruments; killing and maiming of children; rape and other sexual violence mostly committed against girls; abduction and forced displacement; denial of humanitarian access to children; attacks against schools and hospitals; as well as trafficking, forced labour and all forms of slavery. In response to these grave violations, the Council said, institutions at the country-level would gather evidence and forward this information to the Secretary-General, who would report to the Security Council and the General Assembly. “Countless children in conflicts worldwide have paid the price of inaction by those who are obligated to protect them. This is a critical measure to hold accountable the parties that continue to harm those children,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah said in the UNICEF statement. In the last decade, 2 million children have been killed in situations of armed conflict, while 6 million children have been disabled or injured. Over a quarter of a million child soldiers are being abused and exploited today in situations of armed conflict around the globe. Since 2003, over 11 million children have been displaced within their own countries, and 2.4 million children were forced to flee conflict and take refuge outside their home countries. read more

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In Nigeria UN deputy chief says messages of women vital to sustainable

“It is about action. It is about implementation,” Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the press in the Nigerian capital, where she also spotlighted the importance advancing gender equality as a precondition for sustainable development for all. During the joint AU-UN high-level trip, which will move on from Nigeria to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ms. Mohammed will be accompanied by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, and the Special Envoy of the AU on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop. “It is a new era,” Ms. Mohammed continued, “a new era where we have many tools at our disposal.” “We know that from the economy to stability and peace, we are not able to achieve our goals if we are only investing in half of the population. “Human resource is a major asset of a nation and a continent. Women often account for half. But they lack the investment we need,” she added, urging that women’s voices be heard in all aspects of society. What we really want to do is to hear and bring the messages of women Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-GeneralMs. Mohammed cited various challenges, which went beyond abject poverty to encompass high maternal mortality rates, extremism and education gaps. “What we really want to do is to hear and bring the messages of women – women in decision-making, women who bear the brunt and carry the burden of many of the tragedies that we see – to see how we can come out of this, how we can be a constructive partner in finding the solutions to sustainable development,” she stressed. According to Ms. Mohammed: “It makes economic sense. It’s not charity. It is about rights […] it’s a huge part of our economic development.” Over the past two days, the deputy UN chief met with the acting President and key ministers on these and other issues that affect development. VIDEO: UN deputy chief calls for greater role of women in peace, prevention and sustainable development. Credit: UN NewsInvesting in Sustainable Development Goals can help prevent conflictFrom the activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria’s north-east to the conflicts between Fulani herdsmen and farmers, she said conflicts drain the country’s economy of resources that could be better used for development. “Without peace we cannot have development. Whatever investments that we are putting into development we are seeing them eroded by the lack of peace,” she underscored. Ms. Mohammed also spoke about meeting with young refugee girls, who, living in camps, fled tragedies, including some of the freed Chibok girls. “We heard stories that young girls should not have to tell, and these have been a tragedy for all of us,” she lamented. However, the deputy UN chief was inspired by their spirit as they “refuse to be victims and are survivors with a future that is bright.” “We saw girls […] who talked about their dreams – no longer their nightmares,” she said, adding that while challenges remain as there are many girls still left behind, “it shows that there is hope.” Ms. Mohammed underscored the importance of strengthening partnerships with Nigeria and the African Union for a scaled-up response to support women and girls who face these tragedies. Turning to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), she emphasized that by investing in them, “we can look at the root causes […] we can prevent the conflict from happening.”Also, as present conflicts are resolved, the SDGs provide an opportunity “to invest in the day after, to make sure that we are building back so that we don’t lose the dividend of peace.” read more

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Liquid assets Assessing waters contribution to niagara

Being aware of Niagara’s “water vulnerabilities” – weaknesses that threaten water quantity and quality – and adapting to these vulnerabilities are key for the region to deal with climate change, according to a new report released jointly by Brock University and Niagara Region.“For example, one of the major vulnerabilities related to water is the limited storage capacity to provide water for peak demand periods,” says the report, titled Liquid Assets: Assessing Water’s Contribution to Niagara.“Adapting in this circumstance may occur in the form of policies to limit water usage during peak periods, or actions to increase Niagara’s total storage capacity.”Recent studies predict a range of impacts of climate change within the next few decades in Niagara, including rising temperatures, abnormal freeze-thaw cycles, droughts and extreme weather events.“By uncovering and acknowledging water vulnerabilities in Niagara, individuals and organizations become better able to adapt to climate change,” the report says.Some of Niagara’s major vulnerabilities include increasing demand for surface water (and in some cases groundwater), high costs of waste water treatment infrastructure, inconsistent water metering, and illegal water connections, which reduce pressure and flow during droughts.Liquid Assets, funded by Niagara Region’s WaterSmart incentive program and researched by Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC), is a first-ever, comprehensive, full-scale assessment of the area’s water supply and demand.“The point of this report was to give us a snapshot in time of exactly how water is being used in the Niagara Region, the value of the various contributions that water makes to the region and how this water is governed,” says Diane Dupont, economics professor and head of the ESRC research team.“We need to think about what kind of adaptive capacity the region might have for dealing with shocks that are likely to come at the region for the next 15-20 years that will have potential impact upon water resources.”The report acknowledges that there is little water information and research specific to Niagara. It recommends that a central agency be set up to maintain a water information database. read more

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Exploration in France – government reaffirms aims for progress

first_imgFollowing up on the Leader on exploration in France, Code minier, IM, July 2017, p3, Variscan Mines notes recent statements made by senior French governmental ministers in connection with it specifically and the mining industry more generally.Firstly, in response to questions from local elected officials in Brittany, Paul Delduc (General Director, Planning, Housing and Nature) on behalf of the Minister for Economy, has confirmed the absence of legal grounds to withdraw Variscan’s PERs (Permis Exclusif de Recherches) in Brittany and in particular the Merleac PER held by the company. The company welcomes this affirmation of its legal title.Secondly, Nicolas Hulot (Minister for Ecological Transition), in response to a September 26 question during the “Questions Au Government” session held in Parliament, notably affirmed that “mining research should not be banned in the territory.” He also stated that the government wants to carry out a reform of the mining code in 2018, to provide “a climate of confidence for third parties and legal certainty for operators.” This is significant as statements in the French Parliament are legally enforceable.Stewart Dickson, CEO of Variscan Mines said, “We have been actively engaging with all stakeholders concerned with our projects in France. We welcome these positive statements made by senior officials in support of mining activities in France. However, drilling at Merleac remains suspended until further operational decisions are provided. We will continue our efforts to enhance the value of our assets in the interim and maintain effective dialogue with decision makers, at all levels, to establish the conditions for field-work to re-commence”.In June 2013 Variscan Mines was granted its first exploration licence within Brittany, France. The granting of the Tennie licence (PER) was the culmination of three years of patient work by the company following the identification of high quality projects within Europe. The Tennie PER was the first new mineral exploration licence granted in France for more than two decades, reflecting the clear capacity of Variscan to work within the French Mining Code and the good support that has it received from the community, and local, Prefect and Federal authorities.Six further PERs have since been granted (as shown), each with good potential for short term resource generation and/or major new discoveries. The company has deliberately targeted more advanced project areas containing previously defined mineralised zones or evidence of substantial old mine workings to help fast track the discovery of economic deposits.last_img read more

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CONSOL reports record coal production at the Pennsylvania Mining Complex

first_imgIn its full year 2018 results, CONSOL Energy reports that on the operations front, its Pennsylvania Mining Complex (PAMC) achieved record production of 27.6 million (short) tons in 2018, eclipsing the previous record of 26.1 million tons set in 2017 and marking the third consecutive year of production growth.CONSOL states: “During 2018, the complex ran at approximately 97% capacity utilisation, highlighting the desirability of our product. Additionally, our Bailey and Harvey mines each set individual production records during the year. Bailey’s 12.7 million tons surpasses its previous record set in 2014, while Harvey’s 5.0 million tons exceeds its previous record set in 2017. PAMC production for the full year benefited from strong demand for our products in the domestic and export markets, improving productivity, initial benefits from automation projects, and improving geological conditions at Enlow Fork mine.”Bailey mine was the first mine to be developed at the PA mining complex and operates two longwalls and seven continuous mining sections; Enlow Fork mine also has two longwalls and seven continuous mining sections; while Harvey mine has one longwall and four continuous mining sections.last_img read more

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Contribute to the Multicultural Legislative Review 2019

first_imgThe Department of the Premier and Cabinet, through Multicultural Affairs has launched a review of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission Act 1980, the key piece of legislation specific to our State’s multiculturalism.Since the Act came into effect in 1980, South Australia’s population and multicultural landscape has changed significantly. The review provides an opportunity to establish a foundation for the development of new multicultural policy that reflects the state’s cultural, linguistic and religious diversity. This review will also inform the development of culturally-responsive government services.The Government is seeking stakeholder and community feedback. Multicultural Affairs will advise the Government of your recommendations and the changes you wish to be made to the legislation.READ MORE: ‘The Old Greeks’, a multi-media exploration of migrationHow to have your sayThe consultation period opened on Monday 15 April, and concludes on Monday 3 June 2019.A discussion paper has been developed to support consultations with stakeholders and the community. The discussion paper suggests ways to improve and modernise the legislation and presents a series of questions for consideration and feedback.A series of community forums will be held in Adelaide and Regional South Australia. These forums are a chance for all members of the community to attend face to face engagement sessions.Community forums dates and locations are:• Port Pirie – Tuesday 30 April 2019• Adelaide – Thursday 2 May 2019• Berri – Tuesday 7 May 2019• Mount Gambier – Monday 20 May 2019• Adelaide – Tuesday 23 May 2019• Murray Bridge – Thursday 30 May 2019Multicultural Affairs will also be inviting key stakeholders to attend a consultation workshop.READ MORE: Greek Australian actress Olympia Valance named ambassador for multiculturalismTo register for a forum, complete the online survey, join the online discussion and download a copy of the discussion paper visit www.yoursay.sa.gov.au/multiculturalreview Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Le Multaq de Sanofi un autre médicament à risques

first_imgLe Multaq de Sanofi, un autre médicament à risques ? Le Multaq, un médicament qui traite les troubles cardiaques est actuellement examiné par L’Agence européenne des médicaments (AEM) pour des risques cardiovasculaires et hépatiques.Ce lundi, l’Agence européenne du médicament (AEM) a annoncé que des examens étaient en cours sur le Multaq, un médicament fabriqué par Sanofi-Aventis qui présenterait des risques cardiovasculaires et hépatiques. Cette annonce fait suite à l’arrêt le 7 juillet dernier, de l’étude Pallas du laboratoire pharmaceutique. En effet, cet essai clinique de phase 3 avait pour but de comparer le médicament à un placebo dans la prévention d’évènements cardiovasculaires chez des patients atteints de fibrillation auriculaire (FA) permanente. Mais face à une augmentation des accidents cardiovasculaires, Sanofi a décidé d’interrompre l’étude.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?La dronédarone, molécule active du médicament, est donc actuellement réévaluée concernant son rapport bénéfice/risque par l’AEM. Les conclusions de cette étude seront accessibles à la fin du mois de juillet. Pour sa part, L’Afssaps recommande aux médecins et aux pharmaciens la vigilance quant à la considération des différents risques cardiovasculaires, mais aussi du risque d’hépatites avant toute prescription de dronédarone. Car plusieurs cas d’effets indésirables graves hépatiques pouvant mettre en jeu le pronostic vital ont été signalés. Dans deux cas, ils ont même conduit à une transplantation de foie. L’Afssaps indique toutefois aux prescripteurs de “poursuivre la délivrance du médicament qui ne fait pas, à ce stade, l’objet d’une mesure de suspension d’Autorisation de mise sur le marché”Un risque supérieur au bénéfice ? France Soir rapporte les propos du cardiologue Patrick Dary : “En janvier dernier, l’Afssaps nous avait déjà demandé de soumettre les patients traités par le Multaq à un bilan hépatique mensuel. Cela m’a beaucoup étonné qu’on ne nous ait pas parlé de ces effets secondaires lorsque le médicament nous a été présenté à grand renfort de publicité. Nous avons parfois l’impression d’être manipulés” avant d’ajouter : “Dans le doute, je pense que le Multaq devrait être retiré du marché. Je crains que le risque soit supérieur au bénéfice. Le scandale du Médiator devrait appeler à plus de prudence “.Le 12 juillet 2011 à 16:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Première en Europe un essai clinique à partir de cellules souches embryonnaires

first_imgPremière en Europe : un essai clinique à partir de cellules souches embryonnaires humainesUne entreprise américaine de biotechnologie va lancer le premier essai clinique en Europe réalisé à partir de cellules souches embryonnaires humaines dans l’espoir de trouver un traitement à une pathologie de la vue. Les cellules souches représentent pour les scientifiques, le meilleur espoir de soigner certaines maladies incurables.C’est une première en Europe et un pas en avant majeur pour la recherche médicale. Jeudi,  une entreprise américaine de biotechnologie a annoncé avoir obtenu le feu vert pour le lancement du premier essai clinique à partir de cellules souches embryonnaires humaines. Selon les dires de l’entreprise en question, Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), l’essai clinique aura lieu prochainement à Londres, au Moorfields Eye Hospital et portera sur des patients atteints de la maladie de Stargardt, une forme de dégénérescence maculaire qui entraîne une certaine forme de cécité chez les jeunes.”C’est la première fois qu’une autorisation d’essai clinique sur des cellules souches embryonnaires est accordée” ailleurs qu’aux États-Unis, a déclaré Bob Lanza, responsable scientifique du laboratoire ACT, cité par LeMonde.fr. En effet, en novembre 2010, ACT a déjà inauguré un premier essai clinique effectué à partir de dérivés de cellules souches embryonnaires afin de pouvoir soigner cette dégénérescence de la vue mais celui-ci s’était déroulé aux Etats-Unis. Or, si seuls deux patients américains ont participé à cet essai, les résultats se sont avérés plutôt prometteurs. “Nous sommes très contents des résultats et nous sommes en train de programmer deux nouveaux essais sur deux autres patients”, a précisé Bob Lanza.Une amélioration de la vue chez les rongeurs C’est d’ailleurs sans doute au vu de ces premiers résultats, que l’Agence britannique de régulation des médicaments (MHRA) et le Comité de conseil sur la thérapie génique ont également décidé de donner leur accord pour un essai clinique. La maladie de Stargardt touche 80.000 à 100.000 personnes en Europe et aux États-Unis, ce qui fait d’elle l’une des pathologies les plus répandues de cécité juvénile. D’origine héréditaire, cette forme de dégénérescence peut se développer dès l’âge de 6 ans et est actuellement incurable. Néanmoins, des tests réalisés sur des rats par ACT ont révélé une amélioration de la vue dans 100% des cas et ont même permis à des souris de retrouver une vue “quasi normale” et sans effet secondaire qui plus est.Dans le cas où le traitement fonctionnerait aussi sur les humains, le laboratoire ACT compte élargir ses travaux à d’autres affections qui entraînent la dégénérescence maculaire, ce qui représente un marché de 30 millions de personnes en Europe et aux États-Unis.Une recherche controversée mais prometteuse Les cellules souches embryonnaires sont issues d’embryon humain au tout début du stade de développement. Elles sont dites souches car elles sont à l’origine de toutes les autres, d’où leur considérable potentiel. Pour un grand nombre de scientifiques, la recherche à partir de cellules souches embryonnaires représente ainsi le meilleur espoir de soigner des pathologies telles que le diabète, la maladie de Parkinson, Alzheimer et même la paralysie des blessés de la moelle épinière, précise l’AFP. À lire aussiMaladie d’Alzheimer : les femmes discriminées dans la recherche ?Interdite durant huit ans par Georges W.Bush pour des raisons morales et religieuses, le président Barack Obama a décidé en mars 2009 d’autoriser à nouveau le financement de cette recherche très prometteuse et ce, contre l’avis des opposants qui estiment que la vie commence à la conception et refusent donc toute recherche aboutissant à la destruction d’embryons. Pour sa part, la France a entériné, dans sa loi de bioéthique révisée en février 2011, le maintien du principe de l’interdiction, avec dérogations, de la recherche sur l’embryon et sur les cellules souches embryonnaires. Le 22 septembre 2011 à 15:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Guy Remakes Toy Firetruck as a RemoteControlled Flamethrower

first_img Homemade ‘Super Smash Bros. Melee’ Cabinet Makes Our Hearts …Homemade ‘Sekiro’ Prosthetic Arm Is Cooler Than The Game Okay… before we get any further, let’s just take a moment to appreciate how utterly fucking badass that is. Some guy has re-jiggered his toy firetruck. And he didn’t do it to make it better at putting out fires… no, no. He made the hose and all that shoot. Liquid. Flames. That’s fucking metal. Right? Right. Okay.You can catch the video above, and yeah, just do that. It’s 10-minutes long, but it’s all amazing (though if you want to skip to the flame-y bits, that starts around 4:30). YouTuber and DIY engineer, Peter Sripol grabs an RC Firetruck from a toy store and then goes to town modifying just about everything.As made, the truck is designed to store and shoot water at targets. After an initial test that melted the nozzle on the hose, the truck was practically remade. The pumps shoot further and are harder. The batteries hold more power and the truck’s even more agile than before. And, to show everyone that it all still works, Sripol loads up the machine with water and uses it normally. But then he loads it with gasoline, and the fun really starts.Throughout the video, he chases down and sets ablaze other RC cars, gravel, cardboard boxes and then finally an entire bank of fireworks.The terrifying (and totally rad) thing about this is that the modifications aren’t all that tough to make really. Essentially, he cut an RC car in half and jammed some more gear inside. The fuel pump is taken from a model plane and wired into a controller with some basic, soldered wires. If you’re roughly familiar with DIY electronics projects, this wouldn’t be a tough challenge at all.That said, of course, DO NOT BUILD AN ACTUAL “FIRE” TRUCK. THAT IS BAD. SHOOTING FLAMING GASOLINE AT RANDOM STUFF IS AWESOME. BUT ALSO VERY BAD. The truck does have googly eyes on the front, and that’s cool. And I’d say that if you do build this (which, don’t, seriously), then you are morally obligated to put googly eyes on it.Also, if you’re into this sort of the thing, the dude has tons of videos covering awesome home-made projects. So check out his channel. You can also pick up some of the same gear he uses if you want to take on a similar (but obviously not fire-related, because we agreed that’s bad) project, you can get his RC transmitter here, and the car itself here. You can grab just about any fire truck that will fit that base, but the rest will have to found at hobby shops. Good luck! Y’know… not building this magical thing from beyond the stars.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Surveillance video captures couple stealing mail from Kendall home

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A couple was caught on surveillance video stealing a package and mail from a mailbox at a Kendall home.Surveillance video from the doorbell camera showed a white truck as it slowly pulled up to the mailbox at the Kendall home, Monday.A female could be seen reaching out from the car and grabbing a package and other correspondence.The homeowners later confirmed that the thieves took clothing that was delivered to the residence.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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CPM demands government to help flood victims

first_imgEluru: The CPM has demanded that the state government help the people affected by heavy rains and floods in the district. Addressing the media here on Saturday, CPM district secretary Ch Baburao said that farmers and agricultural workers were facing difficulties as the crops weer inundated in Polavaram, Kukunuru, Velerupadu, Tallapudi, Kovvuru, Tadepalligudem, Unguturu and Denduluru mandals. The farm labour have been facing unemployment because of inundation. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us Stating that the flood-hit mandals of Polavaram, Kukunuru and Velerupadu mandals lost contact with rest of the world, the CPM leader said that the government was not in a position to disclose their plight leave alone the help from government. There was no alternative for the farming community but to sow the seeds again, he explained. Under these conditions, the state government should provide essential commodities to the flood-affected families. The government should record the details of crop loss and extend capital for the farmers to start the agricultural activity afresh. CPM district leaders A Ravi and K Srinivas were also present.last_img read more

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Trafigura Vitol Saudi Aramco vie for a stake in 65 billion Essar

first_imgTrafigura Group is in talks with India’s private refiner Essar Oil to acquire a minority stake, reported Bloomberg. As India is poised to be “the world’s growth leader” in oil consumption in 2016, trading firms and oil houses have evinced interest in the country’s oil market.Singapore-based commodities trader, Trafigura, is negotiating a minimum of 15 percent stake in Essar. The acquisition, if through, would give the trader access to India’s economy through the fast growing oil and petroleum products.Sources told Bloomberg that the deal could value Essar’s business at $6.5 billion. The company manages 405,000 barrel a day yielding Vadinar refinery, alongside Vadinar Port, a power plant and 2000 plus fuel stations across the country.Times of India noted that the Ruias family-controlled Essar Oil would divest up to 25 percent stake in the company, and Saudi Aramco and trading firm Vitol were also the top contenders for the buy. However, the stake sale was pegged higher to 30 percent for Trafigura talks, said sources to Bloomberg.A 49 percent stake sale of Essar Oil with Russia’s national oil company, Rosneft, has already reached a conclusive stage. The company has inked a deal with Essar to refine 200,000 barrels of crude per day for the next ten years (starting July 2015).Trafigura too has business relations with Rosneft, said Bloomberg. Much of the crude exported by Rosneft is managed by Trafigura, and consequently the commodities trader has become the world’s second-biggest independent oil trader (over 4 million barrels a day).last_img read more

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Cosplayer Creates Awesome Star Wars ATAT Costume for Horse

first_imgStay on target Corrie is hoping to set a Guinness World Record for “World’s Largest Star Wars Costume,” and is raising funds for the entry fee via a GoFundMe campaign.We’ll give all the treats to this exquisite equine.More on Geek.com:Photos: Good Doggos in Costumes at Halloween Dog Parade in NYCCan You Beat These Incredible Gaming World Records?Best Cosplay from New York Comic Con 2018 Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… center_img Did this horse just win Halloween?We know dogs in costumes are cute, but horses can get in on the cosplay action, too. A creative cosplayer recently unveiled an incredibly detailed Star Wars AT-AT Walker costume for his 2,000-pound horse.AdChoices广告Mike Corrie of Mike’s Tiny Things in Martinsville, Indiana built the costume for his “tolerant” horse, Moana. He spent nine months to ensure the costume was comfortable, making and remaking it until it was just right.last_img read more

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