The Uttarakhand government will ensure that the wildlife at Corbett National Park is not harmed with the construction of the Kandi road which passes through it.The Kandi road project which will pass through the national park will reduce the distance between Garhwal and Kumaon by around 70 km.“The government is trying to find a solution to the Kandi road project issue by which the safety of wildlife is ensured while keeping the convenience of people in mind,” Uttarakhand Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat said.In the wake of wildlife activists submitting a petition to the state government to stop the road project, he said the project will be completed keeping all the aspects in mind.With the construction of the Kandi road, the route from Kotdwar in Pauri Garhwal to Ramnagar in Kumaon will be shortened from present 162 km to about 90 km.The Supreme Court had ordered the Public Works Department of the Uttarakhand government to prepare a new alignment of the project.“We will present the new proposal in the court soon,” he added.
Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games “Uhhhhhhh, can U Say Bulls**t??!!Manny got F****d!!! That’s the Face of a Winner??!” posted the award-winning actor Samuel L. Jackson on Twitter referring to Horn, whose face was swollen and had a cut above the right eye after taking a punch in the second round.READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision win FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Boxing is wack!!!! Pac-man got robbed again…This is why MMA is so big now..SMH,” said retired NBA player Chauncey Billups, who was the Finals MVP during the Detroit Pistons’ championship run in 2004.In 2012, Pacquiao also suffered a controversial loss to Timothy Bradley by split decision in a bout where he yielded the same welterweight crown. Pacquiao regained the belt two years later in a one-sided rematch. Shortly after controversial decision was made, Kobe Bryant posted a GIF showing a shocked close-up of rapper and actor Ice Cube on Twitter that has been retweeted and liked for over 30,000 times as of posting.READ: Pacquiao easily makes weight, Horn ‘feeling better’Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves also had the eight-division champion’s back.“Disrespected @mannypacquiao like he not a legend. #PacquiaoHorn.”The numbers also showed Pacquiao got the better of Horn and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors let the people know about it, tweeting a post with a photo of the punch stats.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Round 11: Horn trying to preserve energy Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, left, lands a left, to Jeff Horn of Australia, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APJeff Horn came away with a unanimous decision victory over Pacquiao on Sunday to claim the WBO welterweight title before a boisterous crowd at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.Horn’s upset win, however, didn’t sit well with NBA stars and Hollywood celebrities, who did not hold back on social media in venting out their disappointment over the shocking turn of events.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ READ: Horn trainer promises ‘bloody Sunday’ “The sun must’ve been in the judges faces,” said the athletic swingman.Horn threw 52 more punches with 625 but Pacquiao landed 90 more shots with 182.Pacquiao landed 32% of his 573 total punches and also hit 123 power punches as compared to Horn’s 73.RELATED VIDEOHorn answers questions about his victory over Pacquiao8.2K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 View comments MOST READ
Saina Nehwal has moved to North Eastern Warriors for the upcoming fourth season of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) after spending three years of the competition at Awadhe Warriors.Saina was scooped up by North Eastern Warriors, who joined the league only last year, for a whopping 80 lakhs. Saina was one of the icon players in the PBL auction.The Olympic bronze-medallist Saina was very excited about being with the North Eastern Warriors and said she wished to promote badminton in the region through her stint with the franchise.”It’s a great opportunity for me to get associated with the North Eastern Warriors. The fans over here are extremely passionate and I will try and give my best for them. I always had a special admiration for the north-east and with this alliance I wish to promote badminton in this region, so that we have more people inspired to take up the sport,” Saina said.Also read – PBL auction: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin bag big dealsWhile Saina went to north eastern part of the country, it was homecoming for PV Sindhu, who was picked up for 80 lakhs by Hyderabad Hunters. Having spent three seasons with Chennai Smashers, where she led them to victory in the second season, Sindhu could not hide her excitement over representing Hyderabad.”Really excited to be a part of my home team this time. Hyderabad Hunters, looking forward for it,” Sindhu said in a video posted by the Hyderabad team.The reigning queen of Indian Badminton @Pvsindhu1 comes home #Hunters#HuntersArmy#PBLSeason4#TheHuntBeginsAgain#JoinTheRoar#OnTheProwl#GetReadyForTheHunt#HyderabadHunters#PBLChampions2018 pic.twitter.com/qssObTEiKPadvertisementHyderabadHunters (@Hyd_Hunters) October 8, 2018On the other hand, Hyderabad’s star in their last season’s winning campaign, Carolina Marin was taken for 80 lakhs by the newly introduced franchise, Pune 7 Aces, co-owned by actress Tapsee Pannu.The Olympic gold medallist and three-time world champion Marin was excited about the new challenge in Pune and she was looking forward to exploring a different part of India.”I am very excited to be part of Pune team. Hyderabad has been like a second home for me. But now I am excited to be part the Pune team and explore this part of India,” Marin said after learning about the bid.Speaking after the player auctions, an upbeat Tapsee Pannu said, “We had a set game-plan and I am really ecstatic to be able to rope in some of the big names in the auction pool today. It has been a perfect implementation of the backdoor homework we had done.”With a champion in Marin, experienced Mathias Boe in the doubles category and young Lakshya Sen, am really optimistic how balanced the team has shaped up. Can’t wait for the season to start.”Welcome on board doppelgänger @CarolinaMarin Vamos !taapsee pannu (@taapsee) October 8, 2018Other than the trio, world No.9 Sung Ji Hyun was also snapped up for Rs 80 lakh by Chennai Smashers.Among the big names in men’s badminton, former World No.1 Victor Axelsen of Denmark was picked up by Ahmedabad Smash Masters for Rs 80 lakh, while World No.6 Kidambi Srikanth joined Bengaluru Raptors for the same amount.HS Prannoy was bought by Delhi Dashers after a bidding war with Mumbai Rockets for Rs 80 lakh, while South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun and Lee Yong Dae also went for the same amount to Chennai Smashers and Mumbai, respectively.The Awadhe Warriors spent Rs 70 lakh to bag the services of South Korean Son Wan Ho while Pune bought Denmark’s Mathias Boe for Rs 50 lakh.Teenaged sensation Lakshya Sen was bought by Pune for Rs 11 lakh while another youngster Satwiksairaj Rankireddy went for a whopping Rs 52 lakh to the Ahmedabad Smash Masters.An intriguing Season 4 awaits with energetic lineups and a new team to fight for the coveted title.How excited are you!? pic.twitter.com/ziU3iQ4c6iPBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 8, 2018Squad and Price in Lakh (INR) -Hyderabad Hunters: Men’s Singles: Lee Hyun Il (60), Rahul Yadav Chittaboina (3), Mark Caljouw (7), Women’s Singles: PV Sindhu (80), Sai Uttejitha Rao (1), Men’s Doubles: Kim Sa Rang (45), Arun George (1), Bodin Issara (21), Mixed Doubles: Eom Hey Won (37), Meghana Jakkampudi (3)Mumbai Rockets: Men’s Singles: Sameer Verma (42), Andres Antonsen (55), Pratul Joshi (1), Women’s Singles: Shriyanshi Pardeshi (1), Anura Prabhudesai (1), Men’s Doubles: Manu Attri 918), Lee Yong Dae (80), Kim Gi Jung (45), Mixed Doubles: Pia Zebadiah (15), Kuhoo Garg (2)North Eastern Warriors: MS: Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (20), Tian Houwei (32), AS Siril Verma (3), WS: Saina Nehwal (80), Rituparna Das (6), MD: Yoo Yeon Seong (49), Liao Min Chun (20), Dhruv Kapila (1), XD: Kim Ha Na (40), Kukkapalli Maneesha (1)advertisementPune 7 Aces: MS: Brice Leverdoez (20), Lakshya Sen (11), Sony Dwi Kuncoro (10), Ajay Jayaram (10), WS: Carolina Marin (80), Line Kjaersfeldt (31), MD: Vladimir Ivonov (17), Mathias Boe (50), Chirag Shetty (14), XD: Prajakta Sawant (3)Chennai Smashers: MS: P Kashyap (5), Chong Wei Feng (14), Rajiv Ouseph (24), WS: Sung Ji Hyun (80), Saili Rane (1), MD: Or Chin Chung (15), Chris Adcock (54), B Sumeeth Reddy (10), XD: Gabrielle Adcock (36), Rutaparna Panda (2)Ahmedabad Smash Masters: MS: Sourabh Verma (16), Viktor Axelsen (80), Daren Liew (33), WS: Kirsty Gilmour (26), Vaishnavi Bhale (1), MD: Lee Chun Hei Reginald (18), Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (52), K Nandagopal (1), XD: Sikki Reddy (29), Anoushka Parikh (3)Awadhe Warriors: MS: Guru Sai Dutt (7), Son Wan Ho (70), Lee Dong Keun (36), WS: Rasika Raje (2), Beiwen Zhang (39), MD: Lee Yang (31), MR Arjun (5), Mathias Christiansen (37), XD: Ashwini Ponnappa (32), Sanyogita Ghorpade (1)Bengaluru Raptors: MS: K Srikanth (80), B Sai Praneeth (32), Mithun Manjunath (2), Nygun Tein Minh (6), WS: Vu Thi Trang (9), MD: Hendra Setiawan (42), Marcus Ellis (20), Mohammad Ahsan (42), XD: Lauren Smith (20), Sanjana Santosh (2)Delhi Dashers: MS: HS Prannoy (80), Chirag Sen (1), tommy Sugiarto (70), WS: Evgeniya Kosetskaya (5), MD: Chai Biao (42), Maneepong Jongjit (23), Wang Sijie (15), Vighnesh Devlekar (1), XD: Lee Chia Hsin (20), V Harika (1)(With inputs from agencies)
India made a dream start to their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday as their pacers kept it tight with the new ball.New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat on an overcast morning in Manchester. The outcome of the toss has been influential at the venue as teams batting first have won all the matches (5) played so far at the iconic venue.India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 semi-final: Live Cricket ScoreHowever, Indian new-ball bowlers made sure they jolted New Zealand by putting immense pressure on Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls — the two New Zealand openers.India bowled 16 dot balls with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah bowling tidy lines and lengths. Jasprit Bumrah then gave India an early breakthrough for India by removing Martin Guptill for 2.Guptill’s horror run in World Cup 2019 continued when he nicked one towards the slip cordon as a ball from Jasprit Bumrah zipped past after pitching on good length. Captain Virat Kohli at the second slip took a stunner as he held on to the ball that was travelling at some pace.Kohli was nearly off-balance when he took the catch as it came at an awkward height. Bumrah and his teammates celebrated in delight as they made sure Martin Guptill returned to the Old Trafford pavillion after an early successful LBW appeal agianst him.India lost their only review for the semi-final in the first ball as Virat Kohli opted to use the DRS for a decision in favour of Martin Guptill. Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck Guptill on his pads but replays showed the ball was comfortably missing the leg-stump.advertisementVirat Kohli’s stunner sent social media into a tizzy as India fans were left awestruck by the captain’s effort at the slip. Kohli appeared to be in some discomfort but he was fine to continue.Calm and collected from the Indian captain to pull off that first catchWatch the wicket and more highlights on the #CWC19 appAPPLE https://t.co/whJQyCahHrANDROID https://t.co/Lsp1fBwBKR pic.twitter.com/2jOJjSJdUpCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 9, 2019What a start by the Indian team in the semifinal!Amazing catch by the captain, @imVkohli and @Jaspritbumrah93 is as awesome as he always is!#CWC19 #CWC2019Anand Malto (@anandmalto) July 9, 2019What a catch! @imVkohli Can’t imagine how fast that ball must have traveled! Let’s go!!!! #INDvsNZ #SemiFinal1 @CWC19_WC2019Madhav Namjoshi (@Robin824) July 9, 2019This catch from @imVkohli is max underrated. Was travelling so bloody quick. #NZvIND #WorldCup2019Vinit Pawar (@WinitPawar) July 9, 2019Talk about starting a big game well – Fast bowlers have done well and what a fine catch it was from #Virat . THAT was traveling! #CWC19RK (@RK_sports) July 9, 2019This start by India. Ball is seriously hooping ?????? #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/amxrUxyL4ITim Michell (@tim_michell) July 9, 2019#IndvNZ Whattt a catch!! Virat KohliCricket India (@cric_ind) July 9, 2019Virat Kohli…. What a beauty of a catch! You can see Guptill cursing as he hits the pavillion.#ICCCricketWorldCup #INDvsNZShivangi Prabhudesai (@ShiviStormborn) July 9, 2019What a catch by @imVkohli ???????? pic.twitter.com/zBFvE0sFYMVinod (@vinod_d007) July 9, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli wants India to stick to basics as New Zealand batAlso Read | India my favourite team since the start of World Cup 2019: Kamran AkmalAlso See:
Testimony continued Thursday in the trial of a Sioux City man accused of starting a fatal apartment fire in February of 2018.52-year-old Robert Mahoney is charged with arson and involuntary manslaughter in the February 4th, 2018 fire at the Central Apartments that eventually claimed the life of 51-year-old Wanda Blake, who lived in another apartment there.Blake died from her injuries on February 27th, five days after she was released from a hospital and placed in a care facility.The emergency room doctor testified that Blake had elevated levels of carbon monoxide in her system and soot in her air passage the night of the fire.Prosecutors played a video of police interviewing Mahoney after the fire and then arresting him for arson.Officer Zach Lewis testified that Mahoney told him he was mentally ill and was not taking any medication.Mahoney told police he was bored when he took a can of bug spray, doused paper with it and lit the paper on fire.Forensic Psychologist Dr. Alan Goldstein testified for the defense that Mahoney had a long troubled life.Goldstein spent over 12 hours interviewing Mahoney and says the defendant first drank alcohol at age 5 after his parents divorced, was smoking marijuana and drinking in 3rd grade and tried cocaine at age 12.He said Mahoney was bullied and abused, became a frequent meth user and was suicidal and paranoid and often heard voices.Goldstein says Mahoney had been arrested at least 30 times as a juvenile and 50 times as an adult.The jury trial continues Friday in Woodbury County District Court.
Ireland 16-9 New Zealand: rugby union international – as it happened Scotland came up short with the lineout drive that followed that kick, and were second best at the breakdown too, yet Gregor Townsend did not have to look too far to find many positive elements of the afternoon. “It is a part of the team’s evolution,” he said. “It would be nice to win every game you play and you retire with a 100% record, but there are going to be games where not everything goes well for you. It’s about how you adapt.“We adapted very well today. We went behind on the scoreboard but found a way to get in behind and outside that defence which was flying up on the line, big men on our players. We scored a cracking try, got level at 20-20, were forcing penalties and pressure which was encouraging.”The speed of the South Africans’ blitz defence rocked Scotland early on and their attack was just as devastating, as they showed with the opening score after six minutes, started off by Pollard and finished by Jesse Kriel. The Scots soon displayed their own creative powers, with two excellent backhanded offloads in quick succession by Huw Jones leading to Horne opening their account with a try to which Laidlaw added the conversion.That try showcased Jones’s value in attack but his susceptibility was evident when he was turned over, allowing Kolisi to spark a move which ended with Pollard gliding between Ryan Wilson and Sean Maitland to score his team’s second try. Share on Messenger Read more The stand-off converted, and soon added a penalty to stretch the lead to 10 points. Laidlaw then reduced that to seven with a penalty after the defence had strayed offside, and then Hamish Watson scored from a lineout after a Stuart Hogg break. Again, Laidlaw converted to draw the teams level but a Pollard penalty restored what was a deserved lead for the Springboks a couple of minutes before the break.Both sides tired in the second half, with Scotland scoring only once, after Le Roux was given a yellow card. Pollard replied within minutes to that score, then substitute Elton Jantjies added another three points 10 minutes from time. Scotland had a late chance to set up a try-scoring position but the Springboks forwards stood firm. Scotland rugby union team The Observer Share on WhatsApp match reports Autumn internationals Share on Twitter Wales’ Liam Williams helps turn scramble into a frolic against Tonga In a fiercely fought but relatively clean Test match, an apparent head-on-head contact by Siya Kolisi on Peter Horne after half an hour went unnoticed by Romain Poite. “I really haven’t seen it,” Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s coach, said. “I’m pretty sure the citing commissioner will do his job there.”If that decision went in South Africa’s favour, it was offset by the second-half yellow card for Willie le Roux after what appeared to be a genuine interception attempt rather than the deliberate knock-on that the referee deemed it to be. The Springboks had led by only three points at half-time but Scotland had expended a phenomenal amount of energy merely to stay in touch, and that told after the break as Pollard calmly orchestrated the game.From the home team’s point of view, the one incident that might have swayed the match in their favour late in the second 40 came when Greig Laidlaw, a normally impeccable place-kicker, opted to send a penalty to touch rather than go for goal. Scotland were only three points behind at that point but the captain later backed his decision.“In hindsight it’s easy,” Laidlaw said. “I thought about kicking the points. The two previous mauls probably pushed us into the decision to go for the corner. I’ll always be aggressive in that aspect – I back the team and I back myself.” Topics Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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The teams scored two tries apiece but the visiting side were never behind, and in Handré Pollard they had the game’s dominant figure.The stand-off scored a try and added 13 points with the boot, and while his accuracy and decision-making were the factors that most obviously gave his team the edge, the Springboks’ greater physicality weighed more heavily on the contest the longer the game went on. South Africa rugby team Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Reuse this content Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Rugby union Read more
The Sydney Mets have been announced as the 2005 Champion Permit, defending their 2004 title. They won the Mixed Open, Womens Open, Mens 30’s and Mens 35’s titles. We hope everyone enjoyed the Touch and the NTL and the ATA would like to thank all players, officials, volunteers and supporters who attended the tournament. We would especially like to thank the referees and ground staff for their assistance and all within Coffs Harbour who assisted with the running of the tournament. To the players and team officials, congratulations again on not only your performance, but your behaviour and attitude at the tournaments. We are extremely pleased with the growth of the NTL and are excited already about 2006! Keep an eye on www.austouch.com.au for all the follow ups on the 2005 Asics National Touch League. To check out some of the photos taken at the 2005 NTL, use the ‘Gallery’ link on the left hand side of the ATA homepage and then find the 2005 NTL pages. All action shots from the tournaments are available for viewing and purchase on www.sportingimages.com.au Here is a list of all teams finishing order for every division, including the odd success or disappointment in comparison with the 2004 finishing orders. Mens Open 1 Sharks 2 Scorpions 3 Rustlers 4 Cobras 5 Mets 6 Suns 7 Hornets 8 Cyclones 9 ACT 10 Barbarians 11 Crusaders 12 Rebels 13 Eagles *Performances to note from 2004-2005: In 2004 the Sydney Scorpions finished 7th, in 2005 they finished 2nd. Womens Open 1 Mets 2 Cobras 3 Sharks 4 Barbarians 5 Cyclones 6 Hornets 7 Rustlers 8 Crusaders 9 Suns 10 Rebels 11 Scorpiosn 12 ACT 13 Eagles *Performances to note from 2004-2005: The Barbarians narrowly missed a grand final berth in 2005, finishing 4th compared to 7th in 2004. The Southern Suns dropped from 4th in 2004 to 9th in 2005. Mixed 1 Mets 2 Sharks 3 Cobras 4 Scorpions 5 Suns 6 Cyclones 7 Rustlers 8 Barbarians 9 ACT *Performances to note from 2004-2005: The North Queensland Cyclones jumped from 10th to 6th in 2005 for the Mixed Open competiton! Mens 20’s 1 Suns 2 Eagles 3 Cobras 4 Sharks 5 Cyclones 6 Rustlers 7 Crusaders 8 Mets 9 Hornets 10 ACT 11 Rebels *Performances to note from 2004-2005: The Sydney Mets dropped to 8th in 2005, after winning the division in 2004. Womens 20’s 1 Sharks 2 Cobras 3 Eagles 4 Suns 5 Hornets 6 Mets 7 ACT 8 Cyclones 9 Rebels 10 Crusaders 11 Rustlers 12 Scorpions *Performances to note from 2004-2005: The Brisbane City Cobras were bottom or 9th in 2004 and this year finished runner up to the South Queensland Sharks. Mens 30’s 1 Mets 2 Sharks 3 Scorpions 4 Cobras 5 Suns 6 Rustlers 7 Crusaders 8 Warriors 9 Cyclones *Performances to note from 2004-2005: Absent in 2004, the Suns claimed 5th position in 2005. Mens 35’s 1 Mets 2 Scorpions 3 Sharks 4 Cyclones 5 Cobras 6 Hornets 7 Suns 8 Warriors 9 Rustlers *Performances to note from 2004-2005: No dramatic changes in this division! The Mets, Sharks, Scorpions and Cyclones the top four sides again! Mens 40’s 1 Scorpions 2 Sharks 3 Suns 4 Eagles 5 Touchwest 6 Cyclones 7 Rustlers 8 Mets 9 Wariors *Performances to note from 2004-2005: The standout performance here was the South Queensland Sharks, who jumped from 8th in 2004 to 2nd in 2005. Mens 45’s 1 Cobras 2 Mets 3 Scorpions 4 Eagles 5 Rustlers 6 Cyclones 7 Suns 8 ACT 9 Sharks *Performances to note from 2004-2005: The Suns dropped from 4th to 7th in 2005 and the Sharks dropped from 6th to 9th. The Rustlers finished 5th after not competing in 2004. Mens 50’s 1 Hornets 2 Mets 3 Eagles 4 Sharks 5 Cobras 6 Rustlers 7 Suns 8 Cyclones *Performances to note from 2004-2005: The ladders were almost identical, although the Mets jumped from 4th in 2004 to 2nd in 2005. Womens 30’s 1 Crusaders 2 Scorpions 3 Suns 4 Mets 5 Cobras 6 Rustlers 7 Cyclones *Performances to note from 2004-2005: The pool was completely different in 2005 from 2004, with several different teams and permits. The success story is by far the Crusaders, who finished 3rd in 2004, competing as South Australia and this year jumped to claim the title. Womens 35’s 1 Hornets 2 Suns 3 Sharks 4 Cyclones 5 Rustlers *Performances to note from 2004-2005: With only five teams in 2005, there were no notable mentions for big improvements or downward slides in 2005. Womens 40’s 1 Scorpions 2 Cyclones 3 Eagles 4 Cobras 5 Hornets 6 Rustlers *Performances to note from 2004-2005: The North Queensland Cyclones finished 5th in 2004 and were grand final debutants in 2005, finishing 2nd. CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP: Sydney Metropolitan (95 points, Womens Open, Mixed Open, Mens 30’s, Mens 35’s) South Queensland Sharks (93 points, Mens Open, Womens 20’s) Brisbane Cobras (84 points, Mens 45’s) Sydney Scorpions (74 points, Mens 40’s, Womens 40’s) Southern Suns (71 points, Mens 20’s) North Queensland Cyclones (56 points) Hunter Western Hornets (51 points, Mens 50’s, Womens 35’s) Queensland Country Rustlers (49 points) Northern Eagles (45 points) Crusaders (30 points, Womens 30’s) Australian Capital Territory (18 points) Barbarians (16 points) Sydney Rebels (11 points) Aust Defence Forces Warriors (5 points) Touchwest (5 points)
Most of us will never see the battlefield. That’s because the brave men and women of our volunteer military sacrifice their time, comfort, and even their lives to make sure of that. The next time you’re enjoying one of America’s beautiful wide open spaces, take advantage of the sublime stillness and reflect on the brave men and women who endured hostile environments so you could enjoy this peaceful one.Related: Feel Good Friday: Style for SoldiersWar is a hard business — but for some, coming home is even harder. The emotional and physical scars make adjusting to civilian life a daunting prospect, and thousands of soldiers can’t make it on their own. If you’re interested in going a step beyond quiet reflection, consider supporting organizations like the Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation, which helps injured soldiers reintegrate into society through fly fishing the calm waters of Southwestern Montana. Simms, a fishing company, has teamed up with Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation to create a sophisticated, limited edition G3 Guide Wader. This wader boasts high-tech GORE-TEX, micro-fleece lining, tool pockets and tabs, and more. Perhaps the best part is that the funds raised from the sale of these waders goes straight to the Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation — Simms’ goal is $100,000. Since 2007, Warriors & Quiet Waters has helped 470 soldiers and their spouses find peace in the calm beauty of Southwestern Montana. Simms has been by their side the whole time, and has even gone so far as to host each of the organization’s week-long fishing expeditions.Considering the tens of thousands of physically and emotionally injured soldiers in this country, there’s clearly work to be done. Still, organizations like Warriors & Quiet Waters are working hard to help soldiers find the beautiful tranquility they deserve. If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the fruits of these soldiers’ efforts while simultaneously supporting their readjustment into society, consider getting a pair of limited edition waders and taking them for a dip at your favorite fishing spot.WQW Limited Edition G3 Guide Wader — $549.95 What is Sous Vide Cooking? Here’s What You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Oliver Cabell’s New Phoenix Sneakers Are 3D-Printed With Recycled Plastic Bottles Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite The Mitte Water Filter is (Almost) Ready to Provide the Best Damn Water Ever Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Market
Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations Brendon Beck is the founder and partner of catering and events company Beck and Call. When not overseeing operations and business development for his company, Brendon can be seen in the studio shooting editorials for GQ, Esquire and Vogue Italia or brand campaigns with Colmar or Only & Sons.Beck grew up just outside of San Francisco in San Mateo, California. As a hockey protégé who played in the Junior A division, a league just below professional level, he shares hometown notoriety as a star athlete, having grown up a few streets away from NFL champion Tom Brady. After a career-ending injury, Beck’s childhood best friend, Julian Schratter, who was having a breakout year modeling, suggested Brendon meet his agent. After a few go-sees, Beck was booking jobs in all of the top fashion markets–London, Milan, New York, and Paris.Eventually Beck decided to settle in Brooklyn for its creative vibe and entrepreneurial community–to one day launch his own business. Prior to launching Beck and Call, he cut his teeth at Silkstone Hospitality agency and harnessed his artistic and operational talent freelancing at high-end events such as of Dom Perignon and Veuve Cliquot. This experience combined with his passion for food during his travels became the impetus for Beck and Call.Founded in 2014, Beck and Call partnered with Michelin star chef Derek Orrell (also a former model) to create seasonal “market driven” food with artisanal flare that also has an “eye candy” worthy staff when necessary. Beck also designs and builds his own unique serving trays and platters—some specially designed for his unique floral arrangements.Fast forward to 2016, Beck and Call has built up a clientele of big name fashion and beauty brands including Alexander Wang, Hugo Boss, and Tommy Hilfiger, along with a few of the biggest named celebrities. The company has now expanded into a full-scale events production company with food still being a huge focal point.As for his personal style:Jeans: BLK Denim Slim fit. Easy to dress them up with a dress shirt or dress down for casual chic. Most comfortable pair of jeans for me.Shirts: Everlane, the Japanese slim fit oxford. Everlane fits perfectly, and is a great quality work uniform perfect for all the Beck and Call events. I still look stylish and will get some mileage from them. I also support as many newer brands as possible and Everlane is from SF like me, and they have a special story.Pants: Diesel Black Gold Pech Pants. One of my fave brands in general and the fit is perfect. I fell in love with Diesel while living in Milan and still love their creative direction.Suits: David Reeves, Bespoke 3 piece suit. David is a longtime friend and client of Beck and Call. The high quality cashmere/cotton blend fabric is so luxurious. I get excited to put it on and feel so confident in it. I learned that there is nothing like getting something custom made for you.. Wolverines last forever. I can dress them up too so versatility is important in my wardrobe. I can get them resoled after a year after they are broken in and it’s like they’re new. They guarantee their leather which is huge for me.Accessories: Goorin Brothers Top hat. If I need to add some swag to a casual outfit, Goorin’s hats give me that extra “icing on the cake” to my look.Outerwear: David Reeves Overcoat. This is currently my favorite piece in my wardrobe. It’s the most beautiful cashmere coat with a unique color of rust and maroon I picked out. I have never seen a coat this rich in color and it’s perfect on my coloring for all seasons.Favorite cologne: Aqua di Gio; inherited the scent from dad.Favorite app: ESPN; I am a huge sports fan.Favorite piece of technology: Apple TVNext style/gear purchase: Custom made, We the free Folk Backpack. Happy to be supporting a good friend and buy a great bag. Is Falconer the Coolest Drinks Industry Profession Out There? Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat How to Put Out a Fire Without Hurting Yourself in the Process
Legislation introduced today, Nov. 6, would make it easier for people who trained for a profession or trade outside of the province to work in their field in Nova Scotia. The bill, an Act to Ensure Fair Registration Practices by Regulating Bodies, replaces the Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act which was introduced in the spring session. More consultation was done over the summer to improve the legislation. “Feedback from professional and trade organizations told us that the act needed more work,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “A working group representing the professions, trades and government was struck, and the result is much better legislation which supports regulatory bodies in doing their work of processing applications.” Darrell Pink of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society co-chaired the working group, along with Dennis Holland of the Department of Health. The act would give regionally, nationally and internationally educated and trained professionals and tradespeople timely, clear and understandable information about registration and licensing requirements and processes. However, regulatory bodies will continue to control professional standards to ensure only qualified workers receive their certification. Government and regulated professions will work together to support best practices in regulated occupations, from licensed practical nurses to lawyers to crane operators. “In education and in the green environment, we often hear about three Rs. In Labour and Workforce Development, we talk about the four Rs: recruitment, retention, repatriation, and retraining,” said Mr. Parent. “They are strategies that will allow more people to stay and work in the province and, just as importantly, encourage others to come. This piece of legislation is a key part of our prosperity strategy.”
OTTAWA – Great Britain and France intend to bar outright the sale of any gas powered vehicles by 2040 but even one of the biggest proponents of electric cars in Canada says that’s likely an impossible goal for this country.France announced its policy in early July, followed by Britain this week, joining Norway and India as the only countries in the world with a plan to entirely phase out the sale of gas or diesel powered cars and trucks.The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change requires Canada to have a national strategy on zero-emission vehicles by next year and Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau has already signalled setting sales targets or quotas isn’t on his agenda.Matt Stevens, CEO of FleetCarma, a Waterloo, Ont., based technology company aiming to help expedite the adoption of electric vehicles, said it might be good for Canada to aim towards a phase-out date for gas powered vehicles but he said 2040 is likely too soon for Canada.Even though that’s 23 years away, Canadians drive far more trucks and SUVs than the British do, and the electric vehicle market in bigger vehicles is not as advanced as for sedans.“One of the big challenges in our market is we buy a ton of pickup trucks and a ton of minivans and a ton of SUVs,” said Stevens.More than half the vehicles sold in Canada are pickups, minivans and SUVs.There are several hybrid and electric SUV models on the market but the first electric minivan — a plug-in hybrid Chrysler Pacifica — just appeared on the market this year and there is no electric pickup truck yet.Stevens said targeting 2050 to see a phase-out of gas powered vehicles might be more realistic but he also said the market is moving there quickly already.Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, said the emissions standards Canada and the U.S. have jointly implemented are already pushing Canada towards gas-free cars.“The only way we can get (to the standards) is greater electrification,” he said.In 2011, there were only seven electric vehicle models available in Canada, said Nantais. Now there are more than 30.More charging stations are also being added for public use every month, with investments from the private and public sector, including announcements just this month of a network of stations along highways in Ontario, Manitoba and New Brunswick.“A year ago there were five non-Tesla fast chargers in Ontario and now there’s over 100,” said Stevens.Michael Hatch, chief economist for the Canadian Auto Dealers Association, said the “heavy-handed” approach is not good for anyone but thus far he has no indication from the government that quotas or phase-outs are the way it intends to go.He said incentives to get less-efficient cars off the road, help reduce the costs associated with buying electric cars and installing more charging stations are all critical and far better policy to encourage the electric car market.Quebec has introduced quotas for electric vehicle sales that will kick in next year, requiring auto dealers to sell a certain percentage of electric vehicles or buy credits to offset if they miss their targets.The Montreal Economic Institute this week issued a report that said the plan is little more than a new tax on car dealers that will drive up the cost of conventional cars, and have the greatest impact on the price of the cheapest, most efficient vehicles.Vincent Geloso, who peer reviewed the study, said even the Quebec environment department has acknowledged the quotas are going to be impossible to meet because the sales are just not there yet.Just over one per cent of cars sold in Quebec last year were electric, and the province has to increase sales to 3.5 per cent to meet the 2018 quotas. The quota rises to 22 per cent by 2025.In Canada last year about 0.6 per cent of all new cars sold were electric or electric hybrids. There are now about 32,000 electric vehicles on Canada’s roads.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.
Rabat – The Atlas Lions will be back soon. The Moroccan national football team is set to face Tunisia for a friendly game on November 20 in Tunis.The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) confirmed the news on Sunday. “This meeting will serve as preparation for the men of Hervé Renard.”The match will be the first friendly game for Morocco’s Atlas Lions after their praised participation in the 2018 World Cup. The last few months of 2018 will be eventful as Morocco will play several qualification games for the Africa Cup of Nations.The first game will be against Malawi on September 7. Morocco will play against Comoros on October 10 and 13. Morocco will then play against Cameroon on November 16 and a second game against Malawi on March 22, 2019.Morocco’s participation in the 2018 World Cup received international applause despite their loss in two games against Iran and Portugal. Morocco made a draw in its last World Cup game against Spain.The Atlas Lions and their coach, Herve Renard, criticized FIFA and its referees, blaming them for their elimination as the video assistant referee (VAR) was not used during Morocco’s game to review Portuguese mistakes, but it was used to grant Spain an equalizer.Still blaming VARFRMF President Fouzi Lekjaa is still angry at FIFA and the absence of VAR in Morocco’s games throughout the first phase of the World Cup.Lekjaa made his remarks on VAR during a conference to evaluate the African participation in the World Cup held on Saturday in Rabat.In the opening ceremony, Lekjaa said that “the issue of referees should not be viewed from the perspective of victims. We must be able today to make deep analyses, to have the capacity to make concrete proposals for the good of football and its future.”Lekjaa also recalled that FRMF sent a letter to FIFA to condemn referees not using VAR in Morocco’s games.On outside influences interfering in football, he said, “If the business does become dominant [in football], the fear is that talent and art will be sacrificed. It is in this logic that the introduction of new technologies at the level of referee in this case, the VAR must ensure impartiality on fields and football justice.”
Local Liberal candidate Kim Huffman says she supports Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology for donning blackface makeup when he was younger.“I thought it was sincere and he clearly owned up to making a mistake 20 years ago,” Huffman said Thursday.“This shows how things have changed. This photo showed up in a yearbook. Something like that would never make it into a yearbook today. This is definitely a teachable moment.”Huffman is among the candidates in Haldimand-Norfolk challenging Conservative Diane Finley, who is seeking a sixth term in the Oct. 21 election.On Wednesday evening, an 18-year-old photo of Trudeau, dressed in an Aladdin costume with his hands and face darkened, was published by Time magazine. He had dressed up for a theme gala at the private school where he taught.Trudeau apologized for having indulged in what he acknowledged was a racist act and confessed to another: wearing makeup during a high-school talent show, while performing a version of Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song (Day-O).”On Thursday morning, Global News published a video of a young Trudeau in blackface, showing him sticking out his tongue for the camera and raising his arms over his head, part of a montage of people apparently goofing around in a setting that’s hard to discern. A Liberal spokesperson said it was filmed in the early 1990s, when he was in his early 20s.Trudeau addressed the matter again at a news conference Thursday afternoon in Winnipeg.“What I did hurt them – hurt people who shouldn’t face intolerance and discrimination because of their skin colour,” he said. “This is something I regret. I should’ve understood that then and should never have done it.”Norfolk County native Jason Lietaer is a strategist in the Conservative Party of Canada war room.On Thursday, Lietaer said the blackface revelations are an embarrassment to the country.“It’s a bombshell,” he told a Toronto radio station. “It’s the No. 1 trending news story worldwide right now.”Finley condemned Trudeau’s behaviour but stopped short Thursday of calling for the prime minister’s resignation“Unfortunately, he seems to have his own set of rules,” she said.“I’m a great believer in democracy. I’m sure Canadians were shocked and disappointed when the story broke and when they saw how he reacted.“I personally don’t believe he is fit to govern. But I also think Canadians have a right and a responsibility to make that decision.”Bob Forbes, the People’s Party of Canada candidate in Haldimand-Norfolk, said it is ironic that a prime minister who has castigated the People’s Party as racist and intolerant should have a history of racial insensitivity himself.“I was quite stunned,” Forbes said. “When I first heard, I thought to myself, ‘Is this really true?’ Then social media exploded with it.“Justin Trudeau has to be one of the biggest hypocrites of all time based on what he’s said in the past compared to what’s going on right now. It’s like a bomb has exploded. I can’t imagine how difficult this must be for the Liberal campaign right now.”The New Democratic Party of Canada has yet to nominate a candidate in Haldimand-Norfolk.Brooke Martin, Green Party candidate in Haldimand-Norfolk, did not respond to an email invitation for comment by press time.— With files from Postmedia News
· Rolling year registrations total at 380,131 units. · Vans up 5.2% for September, up 3.3% for the rolling year. · Trucks down 23.2% for the rolling year but back to average levels. ‘Truck registrations are close to average levels again after the massive market distortion caused by Euro 4 in 2006. Van registrations continue to rise, with heavy vans taking some 66% of van and 57% of total van and truck registrations,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Medium vans show the biggest percentage rise, up 48%, while light vans show the biggest drop, down 29.2%. The rolling year total for the complete sector at 380,131 was only 0.9% down on September 2006. This shows the predicted return toward the medium-term average. And with vans and trucks helping to deliver the benefits of strong economy, we expect a complete return by the year end.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The United States Men’s Soccer Team pose for a photo before the 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Guatemala on March 29 at Mapfre Stadium. USA won 4-0. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor
Given the way the championship’s scheduling works, Carlsen will play with the white pieces — and its first-move advantage — for the next two games. It will prove a critical gauntlet for Caruana’s title hopes. Here’s a visualization of how things have gone, and we’ll keep the chart below updated throughout the match. 87654321abcdefgh This is a rare move in this position at the game’s highest levels, and it’s an aggressive one — one often reserved for speed-chess games, rather than the lengthy, classically timed games of a world championship. Carlsen had faced this move with the black pieces only once before, according to ChessBase — in a 2005 game against the Dutch grandmaster Daniël Stellwagen, when Carlsen was just 14. (That game ended in a draw.) Given Carlsen’s prodigious memory for positions, it would be no surprise if he remembered that game well. And he claimed not to be troubled.“To be honest, I was pretty happy about the opening,” Carlsen said after the game.Lichess’s analysis tool calls that sixth move the “Sicilian Defence: Nyezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack, Gurgenidze Variation.” Gurgenidze was the Georgian grandmaster Bukhuti Gurgenidze, and “one of the most original and striking players of the Soviet era,” wrote ChessBase upon his death in 2008. The early part of Thursday’s game was striking, too. Grandmasters called it the sharpest opening they’d seen in world championship history.Generically, this sort of move, a pawn to b4, is called a wing gambit, and it can be ventured in a few different openings. White sacrifices a pawn to potentially gain an advantage in the center of the board and in the mobilization of his pieces — the claiming of territory and the arming of his troops. Indeed, it was perhaps the first time in the match that the player with the white pieces had been able to sustain anything one might be able to call an attacking advantage.Yet Carlsen was able to parry the threats. He appeared calm throughout the game, occasionally throwing one arm over the back of his chair, ever so suave in his gray suit.By Caruana’s 19th move, he was perhaps regretting that his brief advantage had fizzled. And indeed it had. He spent nearly 32 minutes on that move, head often in both of his hands, pondering the board. Carlsen and Caruana agreed to a draw after 34 moves and just over 3 hours, in the position below. The match now sits level, 2.5-2.5. 87654321abcdefgh Game 5 of the World Chess Championship began under a cloud. Not a literal cloud, though there were those in London, too. Rather it was the lingering hubbub of a published and deleted video. Since that video was released, a prominent chess writer resigned and, oddly, the event’s organizing body announced that it had hired a security firm that was ready to sweep for illicit electronic devices and deploy polygraphs on the players if necessary. Was the latter related to the video? To some other bit of intrigue yet to fully emerge? Or just because chess’s governing body is, how do you say, filled with plenty of intrigue of its own?I have no answers for you. But I do have some chess to relay. To catch you up if you’re just joining us: Magnus Carlsen of Norway is seeking his fourth world title. His challenger Fabiano Caruana of the U.S. is trying to become the first American world champion since Bobby Fischer in 1972. The pair began the day’s game tied 2-2 in the best-of-12 title match.1Wins are worth 1 point, draws 0.5 and losses 0. It didn’t end much differently.The two grandmasters started Thursday’s game with the Rossolimo variation of the Sicilian Defence — the third time they’ve opened with that sequence of moves in the match’s five encounters. But then came a lightning bolt that briefly illuminated the match. It was known as “6. b4!?”Caruana’s sixth move — his white pawn to b4 — electrified the encounter. This is what the board looked like after it struck. Game 6 begins Friday at 3 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time — that’s 10 a.m. Eastern. I’ll be covering it here and on Twitter.
Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo is not only open to a Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the crime spree that occurred under his presidency, he is in fact urging that the government launch the inquiry and uncover the political authors responsible.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoDuring a press conference on Saturday, Jagdeo called out the government on the question of the COI.However, he noted that if this COI is to be launched, it must be with impartial and reputable adjudicators.Jagdeo also questioned the President’s delay in launching the COI, considering the fact that a number of other COI’s were ordered.Moreover, he noted that members of his former administration are willing to provide assistance to the inquiry.On Friday, Minister of State Joseph Harmon hinted at Government’s intention to establish a COI to probe the circumstances of the spate of murders, which were witnessed between the period 2002-2009.Harmon had posited that the Coroner’s Inquest Act requires an inquest be held for any unnatural death.The Minister said those Guyanese who have lost their families during the Lusignan and Bartica massacres and other mysterious killings deserve closure.The victims of the 2008 Lusignan MassacreThe 11 victims of the Lusignan massacre which occurred 10 years ago were yesterday remembered at an inter-faith service coordinated by the Indian Action Committee (IAC).In the feature address, Former Chairman of the Ethnic Relations Commission, Bishop Juan Edghill, spoke on the strength of the Lusignan community, considering the irreconcilable damage that has been done to the community.Edghill also said that he welcomes the COI, “the country needs to know what happened here. This country needs to know who are the intellectual authors of what transpired here. I look forward to an independent inquiry that is not directed by political influences,” he added.Social Cohesion Minister Dr George Norton who also spoke at the event said that even though the heinous and cowardly act happened a decade ago, the terrible loss of life is still difficult to fathom. He said, however, that he admires the strength of the victims’ relatives, who are coping with an indelible loss.On January 26, 2008, gunmen stormed into Grass Field, Lusignan, opening gunfire on sleeping residents. At the end of the 15-minute ordeal, Shazam Mohamed, Clarence Thomas, his son, Ron 11, and daughter, Vanessa 12; Mohandai Gourdat, 32, and her two children; Seegobin, four years old, and Seegopaul Harilall, 10; Shalem Baksh, 52; Rooplall Seecharan, 56, his daughter Raywattie Ramsingh, 11, and his wife, Dhanrajie, called ‘Sister’, 52 were all dead.Those injured in the ordeal were Howard Thomas 19; Nadir Mohamed, 48, and five-year-old Roberto Thomas.The motive of the vicious attack is still unclear; however, the actions were claimed by the notorious killer Rondell ‘Fine Man’ Rawlins, who is now dead. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLindo creek CoI being held “in camera” – HarmonFebruary 22, 2018In “latest news”Assassination Plot CoI will destroy morale of the Force – Opposition LeaderJuly 28, 2017In “Crime”Lindo Creek CoI postponed as daughter of massacre victim loses consciousnessMarch 15, 2018In “latest news”
Aluminum demand in China is expected to grow by 15% in 2010 on the back of revivals in the construction and automobile sectors, www.chinamining.org reports. According to reports, aluminium’s long-term prospects are good as China is still heavily into urbanisation and its metal intensive growth is likely to continue for many years to come. About 65% of aluminum consumption is in the east and mid south of China. The urbanisation of the northwest and the southwest has great potential for aluminum demand.In the short-term, overcapacity, plenty of inventories and re-opening of smelters due to facilities returning to profitability will cap any upswing in aluminum prices, www.chinamining.org says. However, the current average cost of the Chinese smelters is $2,000/t and is rising further due to increases in bauxite, alumina, coal and power prices. These cost push factors provide a strong floor for aluminum prices.LME aluminum is expected to trade at between $2,000/t and $2,400/t in FY11 and analysts feel that the FY11 average will be $2,200.Indian aluminum producers are best placed with captive bauxite, alumina and power and are insulated from across the board cost increases to a large extent. In the pure aluminum space, Nalco is set to benefit. It is one of the cheapest aluminum producers and has volume upside of 30% in both aluminum and alumina due to brownfield expansion.
Airobotics revealed last week it had signed up BHP as its first customer in North America following the launch of its new Scottsdale, Arizona headquarters. Efrat Fenigson, VP of Marketing of Airobotics, provided IM with some insight into how the world’s biggest miner by market capitalisation is using the company’s autonomous Optimus drone.IM: On what operation is BHP using one of Airobotics’ automated drones?EF: Airobotics’ automated drones are currently deployed by BHP in Arizona, San Manuel in a closed mine site.Airobotics has one brand of drone – Optimus. Optimus doesn’t work as a standalone drone, it is part of a solution created entirely in-house. Airobotics automated drone solution is comprised of four major components:Optimus – an autonomous, large, high capacity drone;Airbase – a completely automated base station which houses the Optimus drone, and a robotic arm that handles the swapping of batteries and payloads;Airobotics software – integrated, dynamic software that enables users to control and manage missions with one click and analyse data in a user-friendly dashboard;Data insights – highly accurate and repeatable missions deliver actionable business insights to customers, using LiDAR, photogrammetry, video and thermal imaging.IM: For what purpose is BHP using Airobotics drones?EF: BHP is using the Airobotics solution to achieve real-time aerial insight, aimed at reducing risk and improving efficiency, performing inspections and delivering orthophotos and 3D models.IM: Why was an automated drone preferred over other drone options?EF: Standard piloted drone services are expensive, inaccurate and not always available. Our drone platform is fully automated from end-to-end, and we are the first commercial drone in the world to be certified to fly without a human operator in Israel, and currently in the process in the US.Our unique capabilities include:Multiple payloads and battery swapping – Airobotics’ system has the unique capability of swapping its own batteries and payloads, using a robotic arm. This allows for a diversity of payloads and mission types;Fully automated platform – Airobotics’ platform is able to automatically self-launch, fly as well as land, time after time, accurately. By taking the drone pilot and operator out of the equation, Airobotics enables safety assurances for enterprises;Industrial grade, durable and weather resistant platform – The Airbase is completely sealed, waterproof, durable, and corrosion resistant. More than that, the Airbase is made from a rugged, industrial grade exterior. Optimus drones can fly in rain and wind of up to 20 knots with gusts of 30 knots.Coverage and speed – Airobotics drones can cover up to a 5 km radius around the Airbase, at a speed of 10 m/s for up to 40 minutes.BHP’s in-situ copper leaching operations at San Manuel, Arizona, was shut down in 2001. It ceased underground mining at San Manuel in August 1999 due to a sustained period of low copper prices, but was producing some 100,000 t/y of copper prior to this.