iPhone XR takes Apple to top spot in Indian premium segment

first_imgNew Delhi: Riding on heavy promotional offers especially on iPhone XR, Apple has regained top position in the premium smartphone segment in India in the second quarter (Q2) this year and should look forward to cement its position as festive quarters inch closer. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), in the premium ($500 or Rs 35,000 and above) segment, Apple bettered Samsung for the leadership position with an overall share of 41.2 per cent in 2Q19. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The iPhone XR demand saw an uplift after the price drop and aided by heavy promotional activities. “Apple’s portfolio up till last quarter (1Q19) was driven mostly by old generation models (the non-X series) — making almost 70 per cent of total shipments,” Upasana Joshi, Associate Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC India, told IANS on Wednesday. With the price drop, she said, the entire trend shifted, with iPhone XR alone contributing to more than 55 per cent of total Apple shipments in 2Q19. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “This essentially means the sweet spot for Apple in India market lies within $750-$850 segment and the higher priced models like iPhone XS/Max (above $1,000) are still unable to create similar demand in a price-conscious India market,” Joshi added. While Tim Cook announced that iPhones generated $26 billion in revenue in the company’s third quarter that ended on June 29 — down 12 per cent from last year’s June quarter — India actually witnessed a 19 per cent growth (year-on-year) in iPhone shipments riding on promotional offers and discounts from the Cupertino-based giant, according to an earlier Counterpoint Research report. India returned in Apple’s basket with strong double-digit growth. “India bounced back. During the quarter, we returned to growth there. We are very happy with that,” the Apple CEO told analysts during the earnings call. The return of Apple in India comes at a time when the company is reportedly set to manufacture top-end iPhone XS and iPhone XR smartphones courtesy its supplier Foxconn in the country. Apple in April started the assembling of iPhone 7 at its supplier Wistron’s facility in Bengaluru. “To continue this momentum, Apple would require more play in terms of product placement in $700 and above segment, rather than $1000 and above segment, accompanied by heavy promotional activities and attractive offers during the upcoming festive quarters,” Joshi told IANS.last_img read more

Be The Match To Rally Black And African American Marrow Donors

first_imgBe The Match, the organization that operates the world’s largest and most diverse donor registry, and Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, have teamed up on a new public service announcement campaign, Heritage Holds the Cure, to urge Blacks and African Americans to register as potential marrow donors.Heritage Holds the Cure celebrates the rich heritage of the Black and African American community. The campaign encourages those within that community to join the Be The Match Registry and spread the word about the need for more Black and African American marrow donors.“Family isn’t defined by blood,” Conley said. “As an athlete, I’ve always been surrounded by family, whether it’s a teammate or a fan – the love is there. My community is my family and knowing the heritage that binds many of us has the potential to save other members of our ‘family’ is incredible. It’s something I want to be a part of, especially since I’ve watched two of my cousins battle sickle cell disease.”Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. It manages the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world with 16 million members. Of those members, 5 percent identify as Black or African American. Given the current makeup of the registry, Blacks and African Americans are the least likely to find a suitable match.“Currently, individuals of Black and African American ancestry are underrepresented on the registry, making it more difficult to find donor matches for those suffering from blood diseases like sickle cell,” said Mary Halet, Director of Community Engagement at Be The Match. “With this new campaign, our hope is to raise awareness of the registry, dispel some of the myths about marrow donation, and get more young people of diverse backgrounds to sign up as potential lifesaving matches.”A patient’s ethnic background plays a large role in human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing, which is used to match patients with donors for bone marrow or cord blood transplants. Since HLA types are inherited, the best chance of finding a suitable donor may be with someone of a similar racial or ethnic background.For thousands of Black and African American patients with life-threatening blood diseases like sickle cell, a potential cure is available. But the combination of rich heritage, complex tissue types and a smaller pool of potential donors, makes it harder to find a match.For more information and to register, visit heritageholdsthecure.org.last_img read more

Torontos Cinesphere at Ontario Place set to reopen

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement The website announce states: “The future of movie-going has arrived.” Which is ironic given that the venue, Toronto’s venerable Cinesphere at Ontario Place, turns 46 this year. But after being shuttered for five years, the giant IMAX screen returns to operation this weekend with screenings of Dunkirk and Beauty and the Beast.Built in 1971 as the world’s first permanent IMAX theatre, the massive Cinesphere is a geodesic-type dome containing an 18-by-24-metre screen and, as of the latest upgrades, a digital IMAX-with-laser projection system that can also handle 70 mm film.The huge dome was re-opened during the recent Toronto International Film Festival for a special screening of Dunkirk and several showings of North of Superior, Graeme Ferguson’s 18-minute travelogue that was commissioned when the venue was new, and remains an awe-inspiring time capsule. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Details on future screenings are scarce but they will include showings of North of Superior. And given that the Cinesphere advertises 615 seats for regular screenings and 527 for 3D, expect some 3D films as well.The revival is part of the Ontario government’s plan to bring Ontario Place back to life as parkland and an event space. The “pods,” rising above the lake on steel stilts next to the domed cinema, are also expected to be refurbished and brought back online soon.More information and tickets here. Advertisementlast_img read more

2 found dead in quakehit Polish coal mine 3 still missing

first_imgWARSAW, Poland – Polish rescue workers on Sunday found the bodies of two miners after an earthquake hit a coal mine in southern Poland.Three other miners remain missing some 900 metres (2,950 feet) below ground since the quake hit Saturday morning in the mine, located in the town of Jastrzebie-Zdroj, close to Poland’s border with the Czech Republic.The head of the Jastrzebie Coal Company, Daniel Ozon, said a doctor confirmed the two fatalities and identification of the victims was underway.The first victim, initially identified by Ozon as a 38-year-old man, had been trapped under some metal. Ozon said the identification still needed to be confirmed by DNA tests. The second miner was found a few hours later, trapped in the rubble, he added.More than 200 workers were involved in the rescue operation, working through twisted machinery and metal parts to get to the area where they expect to find the missing men. Ozon said emergency workers were pumping air into the affected area to lower the level of methane gas before they can safely move ahead.A minor quake Sunday afternoon briefly delayed rescue efforts as it released more methane into the search area, Ozon said.After the quake hit, four miners were rescued quickly but seven others went missing. Two of the missing were later found alive and have been hospitalized.Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and President Andrzej Duda travelled to the town, visiting the hospitalized miners and meeting with their families and some of the rescuers. Duda extended his condolences to the victims’ families.Authorities have launched an investigation into the accident. It was not clear if coal extraction would resume Monday.Poland’s State Mining Authority said the temblor had a magnitude of 3.4, while the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre pegged it at 4.3. TVN24 said the quake was also felt on the surface and shook some houses.Coal mining is a major industry in Poland. Coal remains the main source of energy and heating in the country but Poland is taking some steps to shift toward renewable, cleaner sources of energy. The Main Statistical Office said some 65.8 million metric tons (58.7 million tonnes) of coal were extracted last year in Poland, some 4.8 million tons less than in 2016.Still many of Poland’s mines are dangerous, with methane gas that has led to a number of deadly explosions and cave-ins. So far this year, six miners including Sunday’s casualties have been killed at different mines, according to the State Mining Authority.In 2016, eight miners were killed in a cave-in at the Rudna mine in Polkowice and methane explosions killed five miners at the Myslowice-Wesola mine in 2014.last_img read more

Barbecue Fundraiser for Adaura Cayford this Saturday in Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canada West Land Services Limited and H3M Environmental is hosting a fundraiser barbecue this Saturday, September 28, in support of a local young girl who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.In August, 9-year-old Adaura Cayford was airlifted to Vancouver’s B.C. Children’s Hospital with an inoperable brain tumour.Cayford’s mother, Isabelle, had to shut down her family-owned salon as the family of six had to be down in Vancouver at Cayford’s bedside. A GoFundMe Account had been set up to help the family financially during this difficult time.A burpee challenge was also held early September in support of the family.The Barbecue Fundraiser for Adaura Cayford is taking place this Saturday, September 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the green space on the corner of 100 Street and 100 Avenue in Fort St. John.last_img read more

More countries support resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC

The resolution calls on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to continue to assess progress on the implementation of its recommendations and other relevant processes related to reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, and to present a written update to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-seventh session, and a comprehensive report followed by discussion on the implementation of resolution 30/1 at its fortieth session.The resolution also “Takes Note with Appreciation the comprehensive report presented by the United Nations High Commissioner to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-fourth session, as requested by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 30/1, and requests the Government of Sri Lanka to fully implement the measures identified in Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 that are outstanding.” (Colombo Gazette) Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan and Norway have now extended support to the draft text. Sri Lanka is a co-sponsor of the resolution.  The follow-up draft resolution on Sri Lanka was submitted to the UNHRC before the deadline for submissions ended last week More countries extended support to the resolution on Sri Lanka submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week, strengthening Sri Lanka’s request for more time to address the issue on accountability over the war.Titled “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka” the draft text of the resolution had, as its main sponsors, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America. The deadline for submission of draft resolutions for the ongoing 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council was Thursday 16 March and the deadline for amendments after submission is March 21. read more

Huawei founder warns company faces live or die moment tells employees to

Aly Song/Reuters files Ren warned in his memo that redundant staff need to find a way to make themselves useful.“They either form a ‘commando squad’ to explore new projects — in which case they could be promoted to company commander if they do well,” he wrote. “Or they can find jobs in the internal market. If they fail to find a role, their salaries will be cut every three months.”The consumer division is, according to Huawei itself, its growth engine. Accounting for 45 per cent of its revenue last year, the business that sells phones and other gadgets is instrumental to Huawei’s future health, and it’s taken a substantial reputation blow from all the allegations and sanctions levied against Huawei. That won’t be repaired anytime soon.On the same front is Huawei’s loss of software engineering time as it’s had to scramble to create a potential Android substitute. In the wake of the U.S. ban, the company switched to 24-hour days, working as many as 10,000 developers across three shifts and three offices to eliminate the need for American software and circuitry. Huawei ended up hurrying its HarmonyOS out this month, just to demonstrate it can code its own operating system, though it convinced very few people that it has anything approaching an Android alternative waiting in the wings.Less quantifiable but still significant will be the talent drain that Huawei suffers from the tarnishing of its global reputation and the overwork that’s resulted from its efforts to recover. The company has downsized its workforce in response to its new circumstances.Ren wrote that the company’s priorities are for employees to make “meritorious deeds” and for management “to promote outstanding employees as soon as possible and infuse new blood to our organization.”In explaining the fresh extension to Huawei’s reprieve from U.S. sanctions, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that some American telecoms are “dependent” on Huawei tech and need time to wean themselves off it. So while the Washington authorities are giving Huawei a little more breathing room, the company’s situation is still very much precarious, as its founder has indicated.Without the U.S. trade intervention, Huawei would be threatening Samsung for the crown of the world’s most prolific smartphone vendor and it would be capitalizing on its lead in 5G technology instead of counting the cost of lost customers. The company remains in a strong position, but the dynamism of its growth and the lustre of its cutting-edge technology have both been diminished by the measures taken by the American government.Bloomberg.com Huawei Technologies Co.’s founder Ren Zhengfei warned in an internal memo the company is at a “live or die moment” and advised underutilized employees to form “commando squads” to explore new projects. Workers who fail will have their salaries cut every few months and may lose their jobs, the billionaire said yesterday.Since May, Huawei has occupied the uncomfortable position of being both an established global technology brand and a member of the United States Entity List, which bars it from trading with American suppliers. Despite a series of 90-day reprieves, the latest of which came Monday, the uncertainty caused by American sanctions has already cost the company a great deal. Even if Huawei is eventually brought in from the cold, the impact of this summer’s upheaval will be widespread and painful. U.S. holds off on Huawei licenses decision as China stops buying American farm products ‘We’re not villains in an espionage thriller’: Huawei Canada partners with Northern providers as Ottawa lobbying continues ‘This gun is smoking’: 100 leaked Huawei staff CVs prove links with Beijing, says U.K. think tank The most immediate of Huawei’s losses is the international smartphone market. The company’s internal estimates show it expects to sell 60 million fewer phones in 2019 than it would have done without the U.S. impositions. In 2018, Huawei grew its mobile shipments by 34 per cent to 206 million, according to IDC data, and in the first quarter of 2019 its pace accelerated to a 50 per cent improvement while rivals Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. both saw shrinking sales. By the second quarter, partially affected by U.S. sanctions, Huawei’s growth had been slashed to 8.3 per cent.Having successfully penetrated the European mobile market, Huawei was on a path to becoming the world’s biggest phone vendor, however the loss of Google’s Android, the brains inside its handsets, and the related Play Store app ecosystem made Huawei devices undesirable outside of China.Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei. read more

The Texas Rangers Got Better But Their Record Got Way Worse

Even among those lucky teams, the Rangers’ fall this season has been especially steep. They’re on pace for a 15-win decline from 2016, in part because their luck has actually turned in the opposite direction. So far this season, they’ve managed to win one fewer game than they would have with neutral sequencing and normal luck in close games. And this fickle twist of fate is basically the difference between Texas comfortably returning to the playoffs and being on the outside looking in: The Rangers are currently two games out of the American League’s second wild-card spot, with five teams ahead of them to leapfrog as well. If they had last year’s luck again, they’d be five games clear of the New York Yankees for the first wild-card.Instead, the Rangers serve as yet another reminder of just how unpredictable baseball can be. A team can boast practically identical talent in consecutive seasons,4According to The Baseball Gauge’s meta-metric that mixes the various types of WAR available online, here were Texas’ 2016 ranks in batting, fielding, starting pitching and relief pitching value: 16th, 9th, 13th and 21st. Those same ranks in 2017: 14th, 13th, 9th and 22nd. and still see their record fluctuate wildly from one year to the next. In the face of such a cruel and random universe, the best a team and its fans can do is to relish the breaks when they go their way, and enjoy the small blessings of a season when they don’t.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 1987Twins8577+5+6+11+6 2016Rangers95670+13+13-15 After the luck has goneMLB teams with the most extra wins of luck from sequencing and close games, 1961-2017 YEARTEAMWINSLOSSESSEQUENCINGCLOSE GAMESTOTALCHG. IN WINS NEXT SEASON 1961Reds9361+1+10+110 1977Orioles9764+2+9+11-7 2013Yankees8577+6+6+12-1 Change in wins is the difference in wins between this season and the next. In cases where an uneven number of games were played, the change is derived by pro-rating the team’s change in winning percentage over the number of games they played during the “lucky” season.Source: The Baseball Gauge 1984Mets9072-1+12+11+8 ACTUAL RECORDWINS OF LUCK 1985White Sox8577+8+2+11-13 1962Reds9864+6+5+11-12 1972Mets83730+11+11-4 2008Angels10062+5+12+17-3 1969Mets10062+6+8+14-17 1963Dodgers9963+6+7+13-19 1985Angels9072+5+6+11+2 1987Cardinals9567+10+3+13-19 Just about everything that could go right for the 2016 Texas Rangers did. Flying in the face of preseason projections that called for them to finish around .500, the Rangers rode stellar seasons from Adrian Beltre, Cole Hamels and Elvis Andrus (among others) all the way to 95 wins, the AL West crown and the league’s best record. At the same time, however, they relied on a combination of metrics that confounded sabermetricians all season long: a 36-11 record in one-run games — the best mark in MLB history — and on top of that, a better run differential than we’d expect from their underlying stats, too.In other words, number-crunchers suspected the Rangers had been massively, historically lucky last season — and were probably due for a downturn in 2017. But even the statheads didn’t see Texas’s fortunes reversing quite as much as they have. After that record-setting mark in close games a year ago, the Rangers somehow have the league’s second-worst winning percentage in one-run contests this year, and they’ve also scored fewer runs (and allowed more) than their statistics would predict. All the things that went right last season are now going wrong; as a result, Texas is in fourth place with little chance of making the playoffs.Here’s the funny thing, though: Deep down, the Rangers’ 2017 squad is probably every bit as good as its 2016 iteration, and possibly a little better, despite the huge decline in winning percentage. According to wins above replacement (WAR),1Averaging together the Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com versions of WAR. Texas had the 16th-best team in baseball last season with 32.4 total WAR. (For a sense of scale, the average team has about 33 WAR,2A .500 record in 162 games is 81-81, and WAR sets the replacement level at about 48 wins for an entire season. 81 minus 48 equals 33 WAR for the average team. meaning the 95-win Rangers were basically a middle-of-the-road ballclub after stripping away their good fortune in high-leverage situations.) This season, the Rangers are on pace for 32.8 total WAR over 162 games — ever so slightly more than they posted a year ago, and good for 13th-most in MLB.Some Texas players have been even better than last year (Andrus) and some disappointingly worse (Rougned Odor), but on the whole they’ve played basically the same at an individual level. The only real difference between the two versions of the Rangers has been in sequencing — that is, scoring more (and/or allowing fewer) runs than the underlying stats would predict, because events were timed right within an inning — and performance in close games. As Texas is learning, those categories can be extremely fluky, and teams who overachieve in them one year tend to see their records dramatically regress to the mean in the following season.We can measure how much a team benefited from each kind of good fortune with a couple of metrics: Base runs, which estimate how many runs a team “should have” scored and allowed based on its underlying stats, and the Pythagorean expectation, which estimates how many games a team “should have” won based on its run differential. Deviations from each estimate come, respectively, from fortunate sequencing and good luck in close games. And by those standards, last year’s Rangers — who beat their estimated record by a staggering 13 wins — were one of the luckiest teams in baseball history. According to TheBaseballGauge.com, they tied for the third-biggest difference between a team’s actual and expected records during the expansion era.3Since 1961. 2006Athletics9369+6+8+13-17 1973Reds9963+7+5+12-1 1982Red Sox8973+7+4+11-11 2012Orioles93690+11+12-8 2007D-backs9072+2+11+13-8 1989Astros8676+3+7+11-11 read more

Royal baby Prince Harry says birth of son is the most amazing

2:46PMMeghan and Harry share the news 3:28PMRoyal fans celebrate in Windsor In a statement, Buckingham Palace elaborated: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son.”And with those few short words began a new generation: a family of three, a first half-American, biracial royal baby, and a once lost little prince finally transformed into a proud father.As he stepped out in front of a television camera to announce the news, appearing to all-but burst with joy, Prince Harry’s awe was infectious. Dressed casually, and standing in front of the stables at Windsor Castle, the Duke thanked the press for their interest before turning, slightly dazed, and thanking two horses for behaving themselves during the broadcast.The Duke and Duchess will now settle in to life as parents with the help of Ms Ragland, before the new father flies off for a day-long engagement to launch the Invictus Games at the Hague on Thursday.In a second Instagram post of the day, the couple said: “Their Royal Highnesses thank you for your support and kindness during this exceptionally joyful time in their lives as they welcome their baby boy.”The congratulations came thick and fast from the Royal Family, fans around the world and the Duchess’s celebrity friends. 2:31PMDid Meghan have her baby this morning? 5:10PMPrince Harry WILL go to the Netherlands View this post on Instagram Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the safe delivery of your baby boy!⁣ ⁣ #Repost @sussexroyal⁣ • • • • • •⁣ We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz.⁣ ⁣ The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives.⁣ ⁣ More details will be shared in the forthcoming days. A post shared by The Duke of York (@hrhthedukeofyork) on May 6, 2019 at 7:14am PDT Below are some of the regal names Harry and Meghan could choose for their little boy.The Telegraph has created a name sweepstake for you and your colleagues to enjoy – find out more here.- AlbertQueen Victoria used to insist that the name Albert was used as a middle name by her descendants, if not a first, in honour of her much-loved consort Prince Albert.Albert is also one of Harry’s middle names.- ArthurThe legendary King Arthur was the mythical leader of the Knights of the Round Table, who supposedly lived in the 5th or 6th century.- PhilipA lasting tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh might see the baby called Philip.Charles and William both have Philip as a middle name.- FrederickFrederick has been a popular royal middle name, including for George VI.- CharlesHarry may want to pay the ultimate tribute to his father.Charles is also the name of Diana, Princess of Wales’s brother, Earl Spencer.- JamesHarry has a cousin called James – the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s son Viscount Severn. Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the arrival of their baby boy. Wishing you all the best at this happy time.— Theresa May (@theresa_may) May 6, 2019 The Jewish tradition reminds us that the birth of every child is a reminder that God is not finished with us yet. There is hope. Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and prayers of blessing for them and their baby.#royalbaby— PB Michael Curry (@PB_Curry) May 6, 2019 The easel announcing the birth at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Yui Mok/PA The Duke of Sussex will be a “terrific” father and bring a sense of fun to his new role, the chief executive of the Invictus Games has said.Dominic Reid said everyone involved in the games, created by Harry for wounded and sick service personnel, is delighted to hear of the baby boy’s birth.He said Harry’s natural and relaxed style will likely come into play as he embarks on the adventure of fatherhood.Mr Reid told the BBC: “I think he will be terrific, he’s got an incredible way with people, entirely natural, unforced, whether that’s with the military guys whether it’s the wounded.”I mean everybody I’ve seen him come into contact with he’s very relaxed, very natural, very charming and he’s got a great sense of fun too. I think he’s going to be a terrific father.”Mr Reid, who was with Harry and his wife Meghan when they appeared together for the first time at the Invictus Games in Toronto in 2017, said it was clear then that the couple are “extremely happy together”.He said: “It’s great to see this new, young family. It’s great to have been with them on at least part of that journey and I think everybody involved in the Invictus will be supporting them all the way.” It is considered unlikely, although not impossible, that the Sussexes son will be styled similarly.The name of the Sussex’s son will be announced in the coming days, with Buckingham Palace due to clarify the title at the same time. He is expected to be known formally as the Earl of Dumbarton, because a first son of a duke is allowed to use one of his father’s other lesser titles as a courtesy title.  The Scottish title – which refers to Dumbarton on the north bank of the River Clyde, to the west of Glasgow – was given to Prince Harry by the Queen on the morning of his wedding.A daughter would have been Lady [firstname] Mountbatten-Windsor, rather than the Countess of Dumbarton as daughters are not allowed to take on such titles due to the longheld convention of primogeniture in hereditary peerages.As a boy, Baby Sussex will one day inherit the title the Duke of Sussex from his father.  Unofficial Town Crier delivers the baby newsCredit: Alastair Grant/AP The choir also performed at the closing ceremony of last year's Invictus Games The easel announcing the birth at Buckingham Palace 5:49PMCheers! A Windsor well-wisher enjoys some bubbles after the baby news was announced 5:26PMDuke and Duchess thank fans on Instagram 5:20PMMeghan’s Suits co-star Patrick J Adams: “Much love to him and his incredible parents” 9:43PMSussexes’ wedding choir to perform lullaby for newborn royal  Well-wishers are celebrating the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby boy by cracking open some bubbly outside Windsor Castle… Well Child, which helps seriously ill children to be cared for at home, said the continued support of the royal couple will help to ensure its important work goes on.Its chief executive Colin Dyer said: “On behalf of all at WellChild, our children and families, nurses, staff and volunteers, I would like to pass on our heartfelt congratulations to the Duke and Duchess on the birth of their baby and wish them well in this exciting new stage in their lives.”The ongoing support of the Duke and the Duchess makes a huge difference for WellChild in the work we are able to do for seriously ill children and their families across the UK.”Baby2baby helps children and parents in need in Meghan’s home city of Los Angeles.The charity tweeted: “Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their baby boy! We’re beyond grateful that they used their platform to help bring awareness to our mission by choosing @Baby2Baby to donate to in honor of their first child!”Last month, Harry and Meghan thanked royal fans – by way of their their @SussexRoyal Instagram account, for “making a real difference” by donating to charities in honour of their baby.They said donations to date had helped the Lunchbox Fund provide 100,000 additional hot nutritious meals to children in need across South Africa. So pleased to hear that the #RoyalBaby has been born. Sending congratulations and love to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. This little chap already has a legacy of helping 100s of babies & children, as people have kindly donated money & gifts to us, instead of sending him gifts. pic.twitter.com/do1UHD0sYM— Little Village (@LittleVillageHQ) May 6, 2019 How close is Baby Sussex to the throne?The baby boy will be seventh in line to the throne, making it very unlikely that he will grow up to be the British monarch.The current heir is Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year-old son. He is followed by his son William and William’s three young children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Next comes the new baby’s father, Prince Harry, and then the newborn boy.Will the baby be a prince?This won’t happen automatically. It’s really up to the queen to decide, although Harry and Meghan may also have a say.A decree issued by King George V in 1917 limits the number of grand royal titles in a way that would make Harry and Meghan’s son known as a “Lord” rather than as a prince. He wouldn’t become “his royal highness” under the current rules.The queen has the authority, however, to intervene as she did when William and his wife Kate started having children. The queen decreed that all of their children would be princes and princesses.She could do the same for Harry and Meghan’s offspring, but the queen’s feelings on that subject haven’t been made public. She did not make any immediate announcement after the baby’s birth.It is also possible that Harry and Meghan could decide they don’t want the special designation for the baby, in order to give their child a more normal upbringing.Will the baby be an American?Meghan is American, but palace officials said at the time of her engagement to Harry that she planned to eventually become British, a process that can take several years.She and Harry could decide to pursue American citizenship for their baby, so their boy could end up having dual UK-US nationality. Meghan hasn’t indicated whether she plans to give up her American status once she has British nationality, a decision that could have an impact on her tax liabilities but something she is not forced to do by British or American law. 4:21PM   Prince Harry’s uncle congratulates the new parents Footmen Stephen Kelly and Sarah Thompson bring out the easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London Confiding he had scraped a “few hours” of sleep, he steadied himself for the formalities, relaying carefully: “I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy earlier this morning, a very healthy boy.“Mother and baby are doing incredibly well.”After that, the emotion so many associate with his late mother poured forth.“It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined,” he said.”How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, but we’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful to all the love and support from everybody out there. It’s been amazing, so we just wanted to share this with everybody.” 9:57PMHarry ‘will make a terrific father and have a sense of fun in his new role’  Charities helped by public donations in lieu of gifts to the new royal baby have sent their best wishes to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.Harry and Meghan asked the public to donate to four children’s charities, instead of sending presents for the royal baby.The suggested charities are Little Village, the Lunchbox Fund, Well Child, and Baby2Baby.Little Village, a clothes, toys and equipment bank for young children, has received donations from around the world and had a surge in volunteer applications.The organisation said Meghan and Harry’s baby son already has a legacy, having prompted people to help hundreds of babies and young children so far. 3:12PMJeremy Corbyn congratulates the Duke and Duchess Arthur is the 5-1 favourite with leading bookmaker Coral to be the name of the new Royal baby boy after the couple confirmed the gender.Philip is next best at 6-1, Albert and James are 8-1, while Alexander and Alfred are 10-1. Royal fans enjoy some bubbly outside Windsor CastleCredit:Hannah McKay/Reuters Buckingham Palace announced this afternoon: “The Duchess went into labour in the early hours of this morning. The Duke of Sussex was by Her Royal Highnesses’ side. An announcement will be made soon.” Royal fans have been gathering in Windsor for the last few weeks hoping to catch a first glimpse of Baby Sussex – and their wait may soon be over.Maud Garmy has been waiting since April 22 The firstborn son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is expected to be given the title of the Earl of Dumbarton, unless the Queen makes an unexpected last-minute intervention.The Queen intervened for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the children of a future king, in order for them to inherit the titles in a public announcement published months before George’s birth. 7:04PMInvictus Games Foundation welcomes ‘newest member’  View this post on Instagram We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz. The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days. A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal) on May 6, 2019 at 6:37am PDT Windsor well-wishers celebrateCredit:Adrian Dennis/AFP Footmen Stephen Kelly and Sarah Thompson bring out the easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in LondonCredit:Yui Mok/PA The Duke will still go ahead with his official visit to The Hague on Thursday, the palace confirmed.He is due to launch the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games 2020.Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland is at Frogmore Cottage, helping the family adjust to the life with a newborn. It is, insiders say, very hard to call who the Duke and Duchess might choose to be spiritual guides for their baby boy.The invite list to their wedding is thought to be the clearest indication yet as to the status of their inner circle.Could it be the Clooneys? Or perhaps Meghan’s best friend Jessica Mulroney? Read more here. 4:05PMPrince Harry’s most supportive moments Unofficial Town Crier delivers the baby news The Archbishop of Canterbury has congratulated the Duke and Duchess on the arrival of their first child and shared a heartwarming picture of the couple on their wedding day… Click here to see which of Meghan’s family members could be in line to visit Baby Sussex in the coming days and weeks View this post on Instagram This afternoon, His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex shared the news of the arrival of his and the Duchess’ first born child. Their son was born early morning on the 6th of May, 2019 and weighs 7lbs and 3oz. Their Royal Highnesses thank you for your support and kindness during this exceptionally joyful time in their lives as they welcome their baby boy. A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal) on May 6, 2019 at 9:17am PDT Windsor well-wishers celebrate 8:07PMBaby expected to become Earl of Dumbarton  5:11PMMichelle Obama: “We can’t wait to meet him!” Congratulations, Meghan and Harry! Barack and I are so thrilled for both of you and can’t wait to meet him. #RoyalBaby https://t.co/mfE7uc6ooV— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) May 6, 2019 5:00PMEasel announcing birth is displayed at Buckingham Palace 4:27PMFramed notice of birth at Buckingham Palace Prince Willliam Duke of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, on September 5, 2018  9:00PMOdds slashed on baby being named Alexander  5:44PMBishop who married Harry and Meghan wishes them “prayers of blessing” Here’s a reminder of how excited we all get when a new member of the Royal Family is on the way… Footmen Stephen Kelly and Sarah Thompson bring out the easel into the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London… 8:34PMCharities helped by royal baby donations: Baby Sussex already has a legacy Unofficial Town Crier delivers the baby news 6:41PMA look at what the latest royal birth means for the monarchy 4:02PMThomas Markle reacts to the birth of his grandson 3:10PMThe Prime Minister congratulates the couple Click here to look at some of the famous moments from the Duke of Sussex’s youth. View this post on Instagram We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz. The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days. A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal) on May 6, 2019 at 6:37am PDT Canada joins the world in celebrating a new addition to the @RoyalFamily! Congratulations, Prince Harry & Meghan! Enjoy every minute of this happy time together as a new family of three.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 6, 2019 4:44PMWho will the godparents be? Karen Gibson, choir leader, said: “On behalf of the whole of The Kingdom Choir, congratulations on the arrival of your little one and God Bless you all.”The group’s rousing performances of Stand By Me and Amen/This Little Light Of Mine during the wedding resulted in the ensemble signing a major record deal. Duchess of Sussex gave birth to baby boy at 5.26am on MondayPrince Harry was by his wife’s side and said baby is ‘to die for’Follow Tuesday’s live updates on the new Baby Sussex and the Royal family hereChild weighs 7lbs 3oz and the couple are yet to decide on nameRoyal baby 2019: everything we know so farBryony Gordon: Harry’s reaction was gloriously himselfBaby Sussex’s secretive birth shows couple as royal trailblazersYour Royal Appointment: Sign up for our weekly royal newsletterThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex have welcomed a newborn baby boy into their lives, as the proud father tells the world of the “amazing, absolutely incredible” joy his “to-die-for” son has brought them.The Duke, who could barely contain his excitement as he personally announced the safe arrival of his firstborn child, said he and his wife were “just over the moon” in their first few hours of parenthood.The baby boy, who weighed 7lbs 3oz, made his arrival at 5.26am on Monday, after the Duchess went into labour in the early hours of the morning with the Duke by her side.He was believed to have been born in the sanctuary of Frogmore Cottage – the Sussexes’ home on the Windsor Estate. But the Daily Mail reported that Meghan had her son at a London hospital, possibly The Portland.A spokeswoman for the hospital said: “We are unable to confirm speculation about individuals who may or may not have been cared for at The Portland Hospital.”After hours of blissful privacy, along with proud grandmother Doria Ragland, the couple authorised Buckingham Palace to share the news with the waiting world.In a mixture of tradition and modernity the Sussexes have made their hallmark, a formal announcement was accompanied by an Instagram post – coloured in blue – declaring: “It’s a boy!” An unofficial Town Crier has announced the birth of the baby boy outside Windsor Castle. He wore full uniform (including a Union-Jack themed hat) and rang a huge bell… Unofficial Town Crier delivers the baby newsCredit:Hannah McKay/Reuters Prince Harry speaks to media outside Windsor Castle In a statement Mr Markle, 74, said: “I’m delighted to hear that mother and child are doing well.“I am proud that my new grandson is born into the British royal family and I am sure that he will grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity, and honour.“God bless the child and I wish him health and happiness, and my congratulations to my lovely daughter Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, and God save the Queen.”But will he meet his new grandchild? Find out more here. 7:38PMJustin Trudeau offers congratulations from Canada It is not yet clear whether the Duchess of Sussex had her baby earlier today.Harry and Meghan have promised to share news of their son or daughter’s birth once they have had the chance to celebrate privately as a new family.They will want to inform the Queen and family and friends before telling the world. 5:03PMRoyal fever 4:17PM”I thought it would be a boy” – Royal fans reflect on the big news Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their baby boy. May God bless the new family with love, health and happiness. #RoyalBaby pic.twitter.com/KmVV9mWpEB— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) May 6, 2019 Royal fans enjoy some bubbly outside Windsor Castle Really very lovely news today – many, many, congratulations! (Good to have another Taurean in the family….)— Charles Spencer (@cspencer1508) May 6, 2019 The BT Tower in London lights up with baby boy news 3:37PMWill the baby look like Prince Harry? 4:08PMAdorable cousins for Baby Sussex to play with The baby boy has not only been born into one of the world’s most famous families but a growing collective of adorable young cousins.Click here to find out who the newest addition to the Royal Family will be playing with as he grows up. Everyone at the Invictus Games Foundation is incredibly happy to hear the news of the #RoyalBaby – congratulations to our Patron HRH The Duke of Sussex and to HRH The Duchess of Sussex!We know that our #InvictusFamily will join us in welcoming its newest member.— Invictus Games Foundation (@WeAreInvictus) May 6, 2019 His safe arrival fulfils a long-held dream for both the new mother and father.The Duchess made reference to her hopes of having children in several interviews in her days as an actress, once saying: “I dream to be a mom with wee ones running around my house.”And a young Prince Harry rarely made a secret of his longing to have a family, and showing his natural bond with children through years of fun public engagements in his 20s.”I’ve longed for kids since I was very, very young,” he said in 2012. “I’m waiting to find the right person and someone who’s willing to take on the job.”With that person now firmly by his side and a newborn baby in his arms, that Prince so cemented in the nation’s memory as the small boy who lost his own mother begins a new era: proud, emotional, and with a new responsibility he has dreamed of for so long.   2:49PMPrince Harry: “It’s the most amazing experience” Prince Willliam Duke of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, on September 5, 2018q Credit:Getty Prince Harry has confirmed he and Meghan are “still thinking about names” for their son.He said: “The baby was a little bit overdue so we’ve had a little bit of time to think about it.”That’s the next bit.”He said he planned to make another announcement in two days’ time “so everyone can see the baby”. 2:57PMDuke and Duchess yet to decide name of baby boy 3:22PMOdds on name of Baby Sussex The gospel choir catapulted into the spotlight after performing at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will pay their own musical tribute to the royal baby.The Kingdom Choir, who are currently on a UK tour following the success of their stint at the nuptial ceremony last May, have written a new lullaby especially for the Sussexes’ newborn son.They will perform it on Tuesday night when they will be at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Movingly, the siblings of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, were included in the formal announcement from Buckingham Palace, in a gesture which long-term followers of the Royal Family cannot fail to have found moving.“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news,” it said.“The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage.“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”Thomas Markle, the Duchess’ father who has been estranged after a very public series of interviews, also shared his good wishes, telling a tabloid newspaper: “God bless the child and I wish him health and happiness, and my congratulations to my lovely daughter Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, and God save the Queen.” Just heard that the world just got heavier by 7 pounds and 3 ounces. Much love to him and his incredible parents. Learned first hand 7 months ago how transformational becoming a parent is and couldn’t be happier for Meghan and Harry as they begin this adventure. #playdatesoon— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) May 6, 2019 A beaming Harry said: “It was amazing. Absolutely incredible. I’m so proud of my wife.”It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined.”How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. But we’re both absolutely thrilled.”We’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there, it’s been amazing, so we just wanted to share this with everybody.” 5:08PMDavid Cameron congratulates Harry and Meghan A gaggle of well wishers have gathered in Windsor for the third time in the past year to celebrate the latest royal news. Caryll Foster has been camping outside the castle since Friday, sleeping out overnight on the high street, waiting for news of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first born. Popping a bottle of Crémant de Bourgogne to celebrate the happy news, Ms Foster said she was “thrilled” the baby was finally here.“This is what Britain needed. Let’s have something to celebrate!” Her friend Michelle Lassiter added: “I haven’t been able to concentrate all week I’ve been so excited. It’s wonderful news. I thought it was going to be a boy.” Heartfelt congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the arrival of their baby boy. Such wonderful and happy news! Sending love and very best wishes— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) May 6, 2019 The BT Tower in London lights up with baby boy newsCredit:Daniel Sorabji/AFP A framed notice of birth will go on display on a ceremonial easel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace following the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, the palace announced.The framed notice will be brought out of the Privy Purse Door of the Queen’s London residence and carried across the forecourt, to be placed on the easel. 4:53PM”It’s a baby boy”: The BT communications tower in Fitzrovia, London, lights up with Baby Sussex news 3:52PM”May God bless the new family with love” The Labour leader tweeted: “Congratulations to Meghan and Harry on  the birth of their baby. I hope they’re all doing well.” The choir also performed at the closing ceremony of last year’s Invictus GamesCredit:Andrew Whitton 7:22PMHow Baby Sussex’s ‘home birth’ shows Harry and Meghan aim to be the ultimate royal trailblazers  4:26PMWhat will Baby Sussex be called? Asked whether they had settled on a name, he disclosed they were “still thinking” about it, despite the extra time they had been bought by the “little bit overdue” baby boy.Next, he promised, would be a photocall for the family of three on Wednesday “to share it with you guys and so everyone can see the baby”.Asked what it was like to be present for the birth, he laughed and said: “I haven’t been at many births. This is definitely my first birth. It was amazing, absolutely incredible, and, as I said, I’m so incredibly proud of my wife.”As every father and parent will ever say, you know, your baby is absolutely amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to-die-for, so I’m just over the moon.” Prince Harry speaks to media outside Windsor CastleCredit: Getty Images Europe/WPA Pool 2:11PMExcited well-wishers gather in Windsor “Their Royal Highnesses thank you for your support and kindness during this exceptionally joyful time in their lives as they welcome their baby boy.” The Prime Minister shared her congratulations, Michelle Obama, the former First Lady, said she and her husband “can’t wait to meet him”, and Sajid Javid joked that, unlike the Home Secretaries of history, he had not been required to attend the birth.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the baby’s uncle and aunt, are said to be “overjoyed and looking forward to meeting the latest addition to the family”.Tradition was not dispensed with entirely.The birth was formally announced on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace on an easel, carried by two butlers which relayed the fact that “the Queen and the Royal Family are delighted”.Unlike the announcements for each of the Cambridge children, the paper was not signed by the doctors who delivered the baby, as the Sussexes strive to maintain an air of secrecy around the place and manner of the birth.The baby’s name will be shared with the public in the coming days, with his title expected to be the Earl of Dumbarton. 2:43PMBuckingham Palace confirm Baby Sussex is a boy Bishop Michael Curry gave a rousing sermon about love at the couple’s wedding. 3:40PMThe Duke of York congratulates the new parents on Instagram Buckingham Palace said: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 05:26.”The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz. The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth.”The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news.”The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage.”Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”The name of the baby, which is seventh in line to the throne, will be announced at a later date. The Duke of Sussex was by his wife’s side as she gave birth to their first child.Watch some of his most loving and supportive moments here… After a busy day for bookies, the latest odds put ‘Alexander’ climbing as a likely name for Baby Sussex according to William Hill.Alexander has halved in price from 10/1 to 5/1,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.Here are the very latest top five odds:4/1 Arthur 5/1 James5/1 Alexander10/1 Albert11/1 Phillip  4:35PMTown crier announces birth  Camilla Tominey writes how today, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex once again reminded the world that they are determined to carve their own royal path:Since they married in the Berkshire town almost a year ago, Harry and Meghan have been determined to do things their own way – and the arrival of their first born was no different.Over recent years, we have grown used to the sight of royal parents posing for photographs upon leaving hospital – a moment that started with Princess Anne at St Mary’s Hospital in the late Seventies and continued with the births of Princess William and Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children.But now further down the royal pecking order at sixth-in-line to the throne, Harry has the freedom to do things a little differently – with his wife’s support.Read the full article here #RoyalBabyWatch contender for most committed Royal reporter – Maud Garmy is here from Paris and has been waiting in Windsor since April 22nd (and is still smiling!) 😃👑 @GMB #BabySussex #Meghan #PrinceHarry pic.twitter.com/g0ohJqgQzP— Nick Dixon (@NickDixonITV) May 5, 2019 2:07PMDuchess of Sussex goes into labour 5:33PMWho will meet the Royal Family’s latest member? read more

Introducing the super ultra class

first_imgJoy Global will announce the new 4800XPC ultra-class rope shovel at MINExpo 2012 this week, with Caterpillar also upping the loading tool size stakes with the new larger 6120B H FS hydraulic excavator – and both developments, along with a new shovel from China’s THYI – have now paved the way for a new era in truck sizes, and the associated future upscaling of key components from engines to tyres and truck bodies. The new 4800XPC P&H AC-drive ultra-class shovel will feature advanced loading system controls to enable three-pass loading of 400 short ton / 363 t haul trucks. Despite its greater payload capacity, the 4800XPC shovel will be only marginally larger than the current P&H 4100XPC 109 t payload shovel and its ground-bearing pressure will essentially match that of the 4100XPC. Caterpillar has built on the previous 6090 FS (former Bucyrus RH400 model). Arguably both models are long overdue; with the decision to build them coinciding with the continued mining boom (ignore the naysayers) and the Caterpillar acquisition of Bucyrus.The new 6120B H FS significantly exceeds the size of the 6090 FS but includes innovative hybrid technologies to cut fuel use per tonne by an estimated 25% through the use of hydra-electric regenerative technologies and a unique energy storage system. It has an operating weight of 1,270 t and engine output of about 3,360 kW which enable it to efficiently handle bucket sizes of 46 to 65 m3, depending on material density. In China, as featured in IM’s MINExpo issue, Taiyuan Heavy Industry (THYI) has built the WK-75 rope shovel with a bucket size of potentially up to 100 m3 and a quoted loading ability for IPCC systems of 12,000 t/h.These new machines open the door for larger truck development because larger loading tools make loading of larger trucks possible in three to four passes. With size comes greater efficiency, provided areas such as maintenance, vehicle weight proportions and fuel consumption manage to keep up in relative terms. It is important to remember, however, the massive levels of new investment required from OEMs and their component suppliers to make these new machines a reality. At these sizes, Toyota Production Systems and Lean Manufacturing systems tend to have to be thrown out the window and dedicated areas put aside at factories to specifically work on individual machines – built only to order not for stock; and requiring the latest technology in steel fabrication, suspension and other areas.This is tempered against the fact that the market for ultra class machines is already limited to a select group of the largest coal and copper/copper-gold operations; so upping the capacity ante comes with significant risk. The market for 363 t plus trucks is only in the hundreds annually as it is, and that for the largest rope shovels in low double figures. Having said that, the handful of mines that have a need for this equipment – from Escondida and Chuqicamata to NARM and Black Thunder – are the elite of copper and coal supply to the world, so they are unlikely to be significantly affected by any slight dip in economic fortunes.IM has previously used the term “super ultra class” to refer to this inevitable new tier of equipment capacities and reported on BELAZ’s intentions to complete a new 450 t capacity mining truck in 2013, as well as MMC group company’s HMTK’s new 6000 truck – who knows what models HMTK, XEMC, SANY and others will be capable of supplying in the coming years. New models from Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu and Liebherr probably already exist “on paper”, awaiting the next level of scale in shovels and excavators. The 450-454 t capacity trucks are expected to be the next models available; ie representing the next jump up from 400 short tons or 363 metric tonnes. This will probably also result in a whole new nomenclature of models, above the existing Caterpillar 797F/Unit Rig MT6300AC, Liebherr T284, Komatsu 960E and Hitachi EH5000ACII.Larger shovels also mean greater potential for achievable throughputs in In-Pit Crushing and Conveying (IPCC) systems, about to be discussed in depth at our IPCC 2012 event in Bali from 24-26 October. Arguably, some of the larger semimobile and fully-mobile rigs that have been developed to date have struggled attain their full potential as the rope shovel tasked with loading them has struggled to feed the required tonnes to achieve production levels of 14,000 t/h and above. Indeed the MMD Low Profile Mobile Sizer Station has been designed with the next level of shovels in mind, and the company is confident that its sizer stations will be able to cope with 20,000 t/h and beyond, through lengthening of the main twin shafts and strengthening of certain components.There is no doubt that even if China’s growth slows further, and the global mining industry takes a breather from the flat out production of the last few years, that by MINExpo 2016, there will be a significant number of installed super ultra class trucks, rope shovels and hydraulic excavators along with all that entails for component supply. These readjustments of scale, along with increased implementation of automation, IPCC elements and trolley-assist (already being seen in Africa and elsewhere), will make for an exciting four years.last_img read more

Trump hails summit with Kim The World has taken a big step

first_img Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Share1 Tweet Email Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 8:12 AM Jun 13th 2018, 8:12 AM https://jrnl.ie/4067949 Top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 121 Comments center_img 8,820 Views DONALD TRUMP ACCEPTED an invitation from Kim Jong Un to visit North Korea during their historic summit, Pyongyang state media reported today, as the US president said the world had jumped back from the brink of “nuclear catastrophe”.Yesterday’s unprecedented encounter in Singapore saw the leader of the world’s most powerful democracy shake hands with Kim, the third generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship, as they stood as equals in front of their nations’ flags.In a characteristically bullish tweet sent early this morning, Trump said the first-ever summit between sitting leaders of the two Cold War foes meant “the World has taken a big step back from potential Nuclear catastrophe!”“No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research! The hostages are back home with their families. Thank you to Chairman Kim, our day together was historic!”In a joint statement following the talks, Kim agreed to the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula” – a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stopped short of long-standing US demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a “verifiable” and “irreversible” way.In its first report on the landmark summit, the official KCNA news agency ran a glowing dispatch on the talks, describing them as an “epoch-making meeting” that would help foster “a radical switchover in the most hostile (North Korea)-US relations”.The report said the two men each asked the other to visit their country.“The two top leaders gladly accepted each other’s invitation,” KCNA said.It asserted that Trump had “expressed his intention” to lift sanctions against the North – something the US president had told a blockbuster press conference would happen “when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor”.“The sanctions right now remain,” he added.With the headline: “Meeting of the century opens new history in DPRK-US relations”, the North’s ruling Workers Party official daily Rodong Sinmun splashed no fewer than 33 pictures across four of its usual six pages.One of the pictures showed a smiling Kim shaking hands with Trump’s hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton, who has previously advocated military action against the North, which in turn has referred to him as “human scum.”‘War games’Pyongyang has reason to feel confident after the meeting, a major coup for an isolated and heavily sanctioned regime that has long craved international legitimacy.“Kim Jong Un got what he wanted at the Singapore Summit: the international prestige and respect of a one-on-one meeting with the American president, the legitimacy of North Korean flags hanging next to American flags in the background,” said Paul Haenle, director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center.In his post-summit press conference, Trump made the surprise announcement that the US would halt joint military exercises with its security ally Seoul – something long sought by Pyongyang, which claims the drills are a rehearsal for invasion.The US stations around 30,000 troops in security ally South Korea to protect it from its neighbour, which invaded in 1950 in an attempt to reunify the peninsula by force.“We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money,” Trump told reporters, adding that “at some point” he wanted to withdraw US troops from the South.Both Seoul and US military commanders in the South indicated they had no idea the announcement was coming, and in an editorial Wednesday the Korea Herald said it was “worrisome”.Trump said the US would be checking Kim’s progress towards denuclearisation “very strongly” but many agreements made in the past with North Korea have later fallen apart.World powers from China to Japan, the European Union and Russia welcomed its outcome – while cautioning it was only the first step towards resolving the nuclear stand-off with Pyongyang.But some media in Japan, which North Korea has in the past threatened to “sink into the sea”, were cautious.“The real bargaining has now started between the US and North Korea. Problems that cannot be solved through a bling-bling political show remain on both sides,” said the liberal Mainichi Shimbun.© – AFP 2018 Top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Trump hails summit with Kim: ‘The World has taken a big step back from potential Nuclear catastrophe!’ In a joint statement following the talks, Kim agreed to the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”. By AFP Short URLlast_img read more

Les textos plus faciles pour mentir

first_imgLes textos plus faciles pour mentir ? D’après une étude, les gens mentiraient bien plus facilement lorsqu’ils communiquent par texto,  notamment grâce au fait que leur interlocuteur ne les voit pas. Mais ceci ne serait pas sans conséquence…La découverte n’est pas vraiment étonnante mais elle reste intéressante. Des travaux publiés dans la revue Journal of Business Ethics démontrent que le mensonge serait très répandu par SMS. Il serait même bien plus fréquent que lors d’une conversation téléphonique ou en face-à-face. A cela une raison que l’on peut deviner : il est beaucoup plus facile de mentir par texto qu’au téléphone ou en personne, l’interlocuteur ne pouvant scruter les gestes et expressions du menteur.  Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, les chercheurs ont réalisé une analyse du comportement de 140 étudiants lors de jeux de rôles. C’est ainsi qu’ils ont établi un lien évident entre la prise de risques et le mensonge, rapporte France Soir. En passant par les SMS, le menteur a bien moins de chances d’être découvert et donc oserait plus facilement. Mais ce n’est pas tout ce qu’ont identifié les chercheurs.Selon eux, ce mensonge ne serait pas sans conséquence, il serait même plus lourd pour le menteur que dans d’autres circonstances. En effet, les scientifiques ont constaté que les personnes ayant menti par texto éprouvaient davantage de colère dosée d’une plus forte culpabilité envers elles-mêmes que si elle l’avaient fait face-à-face ou lors d’une conversation téléphonique. L’avantage ne serait donc que de courte durée d’après l’étude… Mais si cette conclusion apparait rassurante, l’étude met le doigt sur un point important, à l’heure où les nouvelles technologies ont envahi notre quotidien, faisant évoluer les modes de communications. Le 26 décembre 2011 à 20:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Kenai Hosting Final TRASHersize Hike This Afternoon

first_imgThis event is hosted by the City of Kenai Parks & Recreation: “Use your lunch break to experience Kenai’s parks, exercise, and extinguish trash” Today’s hike will be from noon to 1pm, at the corner of Frontage Rd & Spur View Drive, and is family friendly. The city will provide bags, gloves, and water. For additional information call 907-283-8262 or 907-283-8235. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai will be hosting the last in a series of ‘TRASHercize Hike’ events this afternoon, October 4.center_img Volunteers will clean up Millennium Square in preparation for the Fall Pumpkin Festival coming on October 13. The first event took place on August 30, and volunteers collected four trash bags with garbage along Ryan’s Creek Trail greenbelt.last_img

NC Senate Approves Bill Restricting Development of Wind Farms

first_imgThe North Carolina Senate on Monday approved legislation banning wind energy projects across central and eastern portions of the state used for military training flights in an effort to protect missions at several installations.“I can tell you right now that a community, as far as the military is concerned, that is reactive is going to lose their military presence,” said state Sen. Norm Sanderson (R), whose district includes Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. “You cannot take a third of your largest economic driver in the state and throw it under the bus,” Sanderson said, reported Stars and Stripes.The state needs to take action to protect low-level training corridors used by the military, said state Sen. Harry Brown (R), the bill’s sponsor. Otherwise, Cherry Point and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base could be at risk.“Protecting those bases is probably one of the more important things we can do to protect our economy in this state,” Brown said, reported WRAL. “You talk to any military person in this state, and they’ll tell you — if their base or post can no longer train, they’re not viable and they’re subject to closure. That’s the No. 1 issue.”The ban would apply to a map of military training areas developed for the state’s Military Affairs Commission. Opponents of the legislation, including environmental groups, say the boundaries go further than the corridors mapped out by DOD.The state’s new Department of Military and Veterans Affairs would review applications to build turbines and recommend whether to approve or deny them based on how the projects would affect military training.The Senate defeated several amendments that would have removed specific regions from the boundaries where wind farm development is restricted.The bill now heads to the North Carolina House. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Chaka Khan Delights At Bulova Brunch Bash During GRAMMY Week

first_imgNews Chaka Khan Rocks Bulova Brunch At GRAMMY Museum chaka-khan-delights-bulova-brunch-bash-during-grammy-week (L-R) Grandmaster Caz, Chaka Khan and Grandmaster Melle MelPhoto: Charley Gallay/Getty Images ​Her words were powerful, her music even more so, delivering a powerhouse performance of a collection of flawless melodies including “I am Every Women,” “Ain’t Nobody” and “Sweet Thing.”  She glided on stage, both her and her backup singers draped in all black.  The fan blew her signature messy hair, reminding everyone why she is a bonafide superstar. The multifaceted artist, who has inspired generations with her effortless vocals, continued to hit notes on stage that she once belted out in the ’80s.  In fact, Khan is working on a new dance album, her first in 12 years.  If the sound of her voice at the Bulova event and the enthusiastic audience participation are any indication, everyone is ready for more Chaka.  The whole crowd was on their feet, including Grandmaster Caz and Melle Mel, rap pioneers hailing from the Bronx, N.Y. Khan penned the hit single “I Feel For You” in 1984 with Melle Mel, member of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. It was a platinum-selling smash was one of the first R&B/rap crossover hits. When asked what brought the two artists together, Khan responded, “Divine synchronicity.”Guests heard and saw more of the hip-hop legends at the rooftop brunch that followed the performance, where Bulova announced its partnership with Grandmaster Caz and Melle Mel’s organization, Windows of Hip-hop, a nonprofit, Bronx-based economic development project promoting the educational, communal, and historical perspective of hip-hop. “We’re really excited to partner with Bulova,” Melle Mel said.  “The goal is to help children make good choices, and get them more involved in their own education.” With all this jaw-dropping entertainment in the name of making such a positive impact, Bulova and the Recording Academy provided yet another reason to celebrate, sip champagne and roll out the red carpet during GRAMMY Week. Facebook Email Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images The GRAMMY Museum’s Scott Goldman sat down for a one-on-one conversation with the R&B legend, whose illustrious career includes over 22 albums spanning over four decades.  Khan, who has broken barriers in dance, gospel and rock, was charming, humble and eloquent in conversation.  Her words were soft but powerful and intentional. She shared stories about her unique friendship with Joni Mitchell (the two icons are working on a tribute project together), her work with Prince, and winning her first GRAMMY.”The first time I heard my song on the radio was actually after I won my first GRAMMY,” she recalled.  It’s clear from the conversation that Khan is in alignment with her gift, and understands the power of song. “Music is the language of angels,” she told the audience.center_img Chaka Khan Delights At Bulova Brunch Bash During GRAMMY Week Celebration of the exciting partnership between Bulova and the Recording Academy continues with a knock-out performance by Chaka Khan and the announcement of a new partnership with Windows Of Hip-HopLakeia BrownGRAMMYs Feb 9, 2019 – 7:02 pm There is no greater gift than time. As the official timepiece for the GRAMMYs, Bulova teamed up with The Recording Academy again to celebrate timeless music, which included a live performance by 10-time GRAMMY winner Chaka Khan.The exclusive event began in the Clive Davis Theatre of the GRAMMY Museum, where producers, record executives and tastemakers filled each seat for a chance to sing along with one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time.  The event kicked off with a few words from Michael Benavente, managing director at Bulova, who shared his continued excitement for the partnership with the Recording Academy and announced that all first-time GRAMMY winners will receive a signature classic timepiece this year. Hosted by Alicia Keys, the 61th GRAMMY Awards will take place at The Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb 10, airing live on CBS.2019 GRAMMYs Viewer’s Guide: Where To Watch Music’s Biggest Night(Lakeia Brown is a freelance writer and host of the podcast, Decoded with Elle Bee. She has been published in publications like O, The Oprah Magazine, Essence and Complex. You can follow her on IG @decodedwithellebee.)Read more Twitter last_img read more

Flipkart to Create 2 Million Jobs This Year

first_imgIndia’s major e-retailer Flipkart plans to ramp up its headcount by two million through its marketplace and ancillary services in 2015.”Rapid development of e-commerce ecosystem will generate around two million direct and indirect jobs across the country in 2015 as against 500,000 jobs it created in 2014,” the Bangalore-based company told India Today.The company expects to create 60% of these jobs in its logistics and warehousing segments. Flipkart said that its marketplace model has opened up opportunities in metros and non-metro cities.”Cities like Jaipur in Rajasthan and Baroda in Gujarat, which have become ancillary industry hubs for cataloguing and packaging, will generate more job opportunities in the coming years,” Flipkart Vice-President Ankit Nagori said.Sellers will also play a vital role in creation of jobs across India ― sellers of home products, apparels, mobile accessories and small appliances will generate the maximum employment, Nagori added.The company said it is offering SME training programmes across 20 cities in association with the union ministry of labour to train people for upgrading their skills and chart out careers in verticals of their choice.Started in 2007, Flipkart has 30,000 sellers and 30 million registered customers.last_img read more

Saudi police release Snapchat model in skirt

first_img.Saudi police have released without charge a woman who was filmed in a miniskirt at a historic site in the ultraconservative kingdom, the government said Wednesday.The ministry of information said police had released the woman Tuesday night and the prosector had closed the case.Police said Tuesday they were questioning the woman after she appeared in a series of videos, initially posted to messaging app Snapchat, wearing a crop top and a high-waisted miniskirt.She had been filmed walking through the historic fort of Ushaiqer, north of Riyadh, and playing with sand in the dunes.The videos were uploaded over the weekend to the “Model Khulood” Snapchat account.The ministry said in a statement that the woman had confessed to walking through the site in a skirt with her hair uncovered but that the footage had been uploaded without her knowledge.Women are required to wear long black abaya robes and cover their hair in public in most of Saudi Arabia, which has some of the world’s harshest restrictions on women.The kingdom does not allow women to drive and requires them to be accompanied or given written permission by a male relative-usually a father, husband or brother-to study, work or travel.The videos sparked heated debate among social media users in the region and beyond on questions of gender and rights in the kingdom.last_img read more

HUD Program to Address Digital Divide in Baltimore

first_imgBaltimore is one of 28 communities selected to participate in ConnectHome, a newly launched initiative by the Obama administration to speed up broadband adoption among low-income families.The program, which the president announced July 15 during a visit to Durant, Okla., is a public-private partnership which is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in collaboration with the national nonprofits EveryoneOn and US Ignite. The program will deliver broadband Internet, technical assistance and digital literacy training to children and families living in public-assisted housing with an eye to reducing inequities in Internet access.“Today, we’re going to take another step to close the digital divide in America, and make sure everybody in America has access to high-speed broadband Internet,” President Obama said.“While high-speed Internet access is a given, it’s assumed, for millions of Americans, it’s still out of reach for too many people – especially in low-income and rural communities…. So, in other words, the people who could benefit the most from the latest technology are the least likely to have it,” Obama continued.While billions has been invested in broadband infrastructure over the past decade and many more Americans have access to high-speed Internet, one in four American families still don’t access the Internet at home, particularly lower-income families with children, officials said.The gap has severe implications for America’s future as a leader in the world, administration officials said.“America’s challenge in this 21st century is to remain the world’s undisputed land of opportunity”, said HUD Secretary Julián Castro in a statement. “By expanding broadband adoption, ConnectHome will provide more Americans with the same high-speed access to knowledge and opportunity that millions of people already enjoy.”The program will be a particular boon to Baltimore; a city of stark economic divides.“More than 20 percent of Baltimoreans lack access to broadband Internet at home, preventing them from seeking employment opportunities, taking advantage of online learning platforms, accessing information about health care, and searching for goods and government services,” said Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md. “The ConnectHome pilot program will play an important role in helping Baltimore bridge the digital divide and will make a positive impact on our city’s communities.”The program is of particularly importance for students as they seek to learn and eventually find careers in an increasingly digital world.“Access to the Internet is a necessity for students at a very early age. Children who are not connected at home are falling further behind their peers not only in grade school, but as they enter college and a high-tech working world,” said Congressman Elijah Cummings, whose district includes Baltimore.  “ConnectHome will help level the playing field for low-income families in Baltimore by connecting students online with their teachers and their schools’ educational resources.  I commend the President and his Administration for creating this opportunity.  By ensuring high-speed Internet access at home, we will open up a new world of educational opportunities for our children.”ConnectHome creates a hub to harness efforts from local governments, Internet service providers and other members of private industry, nonprofit organizations, and other interested entities that will produce locally tailored solutions to tear down barriers to broadband access including: prohibitive costs, lack of infrastructure and low rates of digital literacy.Some contributing partners include:-Age of Learning, which will make its ABCmouse.com online early learning curriculum available, for free, to families living in HUD housing in ConnectHome communities.-The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), which will produce and distribute new educational, children’s, and digital literacy content via participating local PBS stations tailored for ConnectHome participants.-GitHub will provide $250,000 to support devices and digital literacy training to HUD residents in ConnectHome cities.For more information, click here.last_img read more

This Nature Videographer Is A Nightmarish Cyborg In A Dog Disguise

first_imgThe good folks at PBS’ Nature have been capturing stunning imagery of animals for years. These days, some of their best footage is being recorded by creations like this disturbing-looking fellow.This is a sophisticated robo-dog that Nature used to film the activities of wild dogs for their Spy In The Wild series. They dressed him up before dropping him off in the bush, of course. With his fuzzy little dog costume on you’d never guess that there was something that looked like it crawled out of a Scott Cawthon game hiding underneath and waiting to jumpscare you.The disguise certainly seems to be convincing enough. Here, one of the wild pups comes in for a closer look:It’s not just the robodog’s good looks that put his flesh-and-bone friends at ease. His movements — though a bit stiff and understandably animatronic at times — are still authentic enough to maintain the ruse. Thanks to the cool people at Nature, you can take an up-close look at what makes those movements possible:Their shoot with the wild dogs is by no means the first time Spy In The Wild has punked a group of unsuspecting animals. They’ve also sent a crocodile hatchling, prairie dog, bushbaby, cobra and and a bunch of others out to record. They’ve even stashed cameras inside fake penguin eggs and nuts.The results are always fun to watch — especially when an animal figures out that something is amiss. There’s something deeply satisfying about watching a polar bear destroy a camera rig.last_img read more

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds is Finally a Real Game

first_img ‘PUBG’ Story Trailer Teases the Unknown PlayerJordan Bans ‘Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds’ Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Without a doubt, 2017’s biggest gaming success story is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Despite being an unfinished early-access title, it managed to sell over 20 million units on PC. This success was mirrored to a small extent on Xbox One where it sold one million copies in just 48 hours. Now, after all of this time (and countless patches), PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has left early access and is officially a finished game.Players, we will be leaving Early Access and launching PC 1.0 on Dec 20 11PM PST. The maintenance on live servers for 1.0 will start Dec 20 6PM PST / Dec 21 3AM CET and last for 5 hours. 1.0 release patch notes and our plans beyond the release will be shared with you soon.— PLAY BATTLEGROUNDS (@PUBATTLEGROUNDS) December 20, 2017What can players expect with Battlegrounds 1.0? The biggest addition is a brand-new map called Miramar. There is also a replay mode which users have already been messing around with. Aside from that, there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot different between the “finished” Battlegrounds and the early access version. I put quotation marks over the word finished because the game is still riddled with numerous bugs and glitches. I suppose we can’t give PUBG much grief about this since many other “finished” games also suffer from the same issues. All of these hiccups didn’t prevent the game from attaining success. It seems folks are having too much fun killing each other in the game to care about glitches and such.PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was created by Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene. The game began life as an Arma 2 mod called DayZ: Battle Royale which was inspired by the movie, Battle Royale. PUBG is popular due to the vast freedom it gives players. Because of this, it has become a Twitch mainstay and is even becoming big in the esports world. PUBG has also inspired similar battle royale modes in games like Grand Theft Auto: Online and Fortnite. I’m sure we’ll see more PUBG-inspired modes and games in 2018.last_img read more