Cadence: electrical-thermal co-simulation for system analysis from ICs to physical enclosures

first_imgCadence Design Systems expanded its presence in the system analysis and design market with the introduction of the Cadence Celsius Thermal Solver, the industry’s first complete electrical-thermal co-simulation solution for the full hierarchy of electronic systems from ICs to physical enclosures. Following the successful launch of the Clarity 3D Solver earlier this year, the Celsius Thermal Solver is the second innovative product in Cadence’s new system analysis initiative. Based on a production-proven, massively parallel architecture that delivers up to 10X faster performance than legacy solutions without sacrificing accuracy, the Celsius Thermal Solver seamlessly integrates with Cadence IC, package and PCB implementation platforms. This enables new system analysis and design insights and empowers electrical design teams to detect and mitigate thermal issues early in the design process—reducing electronic system development iterations.IC and electronic systems companies, particularly those incorporating 3D-IC packaging, face tremendous thermal challenges that can cause late-stage design modifications and iterations and derail project schedules. As the electronics industry moves toward smaller, faster, smarter and more complex products with greater power density, time-consuming thermal transient analysis techniques must be deployed together with traditional steady-state analysis to address multiple power profiles and increased heat dissipation. Further complicating the process, traditional simulators require the electronics and enclosures being modeled to be substantially simplified, resulting in reduced accuracy.The Celsius Thermal Solver utilizes innovative multi-physics technology to address these challenges. By combining finite element analysis (FEA) for solid structures with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for fluids, the Celsius Thermal Solver enables complete system analysis in a single tool. When using the Celsius Thermal Solver in conjunction with the Clarity 3D Solver, Voltus IC Power Integrity and Sigrity technology for PCB and IC packaging, engineering teams can combine electrical and thermal analysis and simulate the flow of both electricity and heat for a more accurate system-level thermal simulation than legacy tools. In addition, the Celsius Thermal Solver performs both static (steady-state) and dynamic (transient) electrical-thermal co-simulations based on the actual flow of electrical power in advanced 3D structures, providing visibility into real-world system behavior.By empowering electronics design teams to analyze thermal issues early and share ownership of thermal analysis, the Celsius Thermal Solver reduces design re-spins and enables new analysis and design insights not possible with legacy solutions. In addition, the Celsius Thermal Solver accurately simulates large systems with detailed granularity for any object of interest and is the first solution capable of modeling structures as small as the IC and its power distribution together with structures as large as the chassis.The Celsius Thermal Solver supports Cadence’s Intelligent System Design strategy, enabling system innovation. It is built on matrix solver technology that is production proven in the recently announced Clarity 3D Solver and the Voltus IC Power Integrity Solution. Optimized for cloud environments, the Celsius Thermal Solver’s massively parallel architecture delivers up to 10X cycle time improvements compared to legacy solutions with high accuracy and unlimited scalability.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Arrow introduces XoverIoT certified Sigfox modules ready for rapid solution developmentNext SEGGER makes its entire Ecosystem of tools available for AndesCoreslast_img read more

I cannot believe it: Jack Leach on 92 vs Ireland at Lord’s

first_imgAfter playing a 92-run knock against Ireland in the one-off Test match, Jack Leach, who came in as night-watchman for England, said he cannot believe that he went on to play such long innings.”I can’t believe it really. I just went out to try to soak up some balls, and make it easier for the guys coming in. It probably went a little bit further than I thought it would,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Leach as saying.Leach came in to bat at number eleven in the first innings, but in the second innings, the player came in to bat as a night watchman and he opened the innings for England.The player got two reprieves during his innings, but he was able to keep the Ireland bowlers at bay.Before this innings, Leach had 66 as his highest first-class score. However, the player was able to stitch together a partnership of 145 runs with Jason Roy and he looked set to become the first Englishman to score a century as a night watchman.However, Leach missed out on a century as he was sent back to the pavilion on 92 by Tim Murtagh.”It was good fun to be out there. It was great to bat with Roy. He gave me a lot of confidence and allowed me to just play the way I wanted to play. We had a nice partnership so that was pleasing. I think we’ve got a good chance in this game – that’s what we wanted from this day,” Leach said.advertisementThis innings by Leach was lauded by former England skipper Michael Vaughan and he said finally the team has found the replacement for Sir Alastair Cook.”Finally we have found a replacement for Alastair Cook …. #Leach,” Vaughan tweeted.Finally we have found a replacement for Alastair Cook …. #LeachMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 25, 2019England ended Day 2 at 303/9, gaining a lead of 181 runs against Ireland in the one-off Test Match at Lord’s Cricket Ground.Bad light had forced an early end to Day 2 with Stuart Broad and Olly Stone holding the fort for England. Earlier on Day 1, both England and Ireland were bundled out as a total of 20 wickets tumbled.England, after opting to bat were dismissed for just 85 in first innings, whereas Ireland were bowled out for 207, gaining a 122-run lead over the hosts.Also Read | England vs Ireland, Day 2: Ireland believe after bowlers force England collapseAlso Read | Meet the 100-year-old fan who came to Lord’s to cheer IrelandAlso Seelast_img read more

Emmanuel Ogbah Records First Career Multi-Sack Game Against Bengals

first_imgThe Cleveland Browns may be the worst team in the NFL, but rookie Emmanuel Ogbah has been a bright spot for the Browns, who now sit at 0-7 now after a loss on Sunday.After collecting his first career sack last week against Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, Ogbah came out hungry for more on Sunday and had even more success, recording two sacks Sunday bringing down Andy Dalton.“It felt like a relief,” Ogbah said after the game. “This team grabbed me to come out here and get sacks, and I just felt like I wasn’t producing enough sacks, so it just felt good to get out there and get sacks and give our team a chance to win.”The Browns are now the lone NFL team without a win, after falling 34-17 to the Bengals on Sunday. The Browns will host the New York Jets next Sunday at noon, where they will try and reverse their luck. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Losing Reyes another blow in tough month for Mexico

first_imgMexico Losing Reyes another blow in tough month for Mexico Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author Mexico Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 23:12 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Diego Reyes Mexico Hector Vivas Mexico World Cup Germany Germany v Mexico The 25-year-old’s versatility was highly prized by manager Juan Carlos Osorio, which makes his departure because of injury a big blow Mexico lost a second defender Tuesday with Diego Reyes ruled out of the World Cup.It’s not a huge shock. As the deadline for him to suit up went from June 2 to June 9 to – some point in the future – it was clear that the hamstring injury he had suffered with Porto at the beginning of May wasn’t healing as hoped . Knowing it was unlikely Reyes would be back on the field seems to have softened the blow, but this definitely is still a blow for El Tri. It’s been a rough month for Mexico between Reyes and center back Nestor Araujo having to pull out of the tournament with injuries, a send-off party ending up in the tabloids and a scoreless draw, a narrow win and a 2-0 defeat to Denmark doing little to boost the mood ahead of the tournament. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Reyes is a player who can do a bit of everything. While he hasn’t always excelled as a defensive midfielder, he may be Mexico’s best option there when healthy – or at least the best option in manager Juan Carlos Osorio’s player pool. He’s also one of the nation’s best center backs. That’s significant. After Araujo’s injury, the position isn’t deep. Hector Moreno is a top player with several seasons of European experience. Carlos Salcedo is in that category as well, but may be pressed into duty at right back. After that, the picture is less clear. Hugo Ayala is a fine Liga MX center back but may never transcend that level. And that’s it. Those are pretty much the options. Rafa Marquez also is in the squad but may not have the dexterity needed to play at the back.While Reyes isn’t a star like forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez or one of the key veteran leaders like midfielder Andres Guardado or Marquez, the versatility Reyes provides puts him at least in the top 10 most important Mexico players. That Osorio hung on for so long despite signs Reyes wouldn’t be ready to go, waiting until the team already was in Russia to give up hope of a full recovery shows how much the manager prizes his skills. Of course, it’s also a personal blow for Reyes, though at 25 you’d expect him to have another opportunity at a second World Cup.”I’ve decided to make a decision that hurts my soul because I think it’s the best for my teammates because I’m not sure I can achieve the best version of myself in such little time. That’s why I’ve decided, along with (manager) Juan Carlos Osorio that I won’t make up part of the 23 players who will fight for the World Cup,” he wrote in a statement. “There’s nothing left for me to do than wish Erick, my teammates and the coaching staff the best of luck and to thank them for the opportunity and the unconditional support during the last few days. I’m convinced they’ll make history because of their talent and because this united and committed group can do big things.”While Guti takes his roster spot, Edson Alvarez is the clear replacement for Reyes. The 20-year-old has a lot of similarities to Reyes. Both can play at center back or defensive midfield. Both came up in the Club America system. Alvarez played well at the Gold Cup at right back. Going from that tournament to starting there during the World Cup will be quite a jump.Osorio may not have a better option, though. Alvarez is a poor man’s Reyes, but Mexico will have to make the best of what it has without the Porto player, without Araujo and without the depth that can be so critical at tournaments like the World Cup.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Reveals Major Shakeup In His New Top 6

first_imgESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has unveiled his new top six rankings following Week 5 of the 2019 regular season.Herbstreit has a major shakeup inside his personal rankings.The noted ESPN analyst has a new No. 1 overall team – Ohio State. The Buckeyes, following their 48-7 win at Nebraska, have jumped to the top of Herbstreit’s rankings.Ohio State has just been the most-impressive team in the country so far, says Herbstreit. The Buckeyes have dominated everyone they have played and, despite Nebraska being overrated coming into the year, a 41-point shellacking on the road is impressive regardless. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Here’s Herbie’s full top six:Ohio StateAlabamaClemsonLSUGeorgiaOklahomaMy Top 4 after WEEK 51-@OhioStateFB 2-@AlabamaFTBL 3-@ClemsonFB 4-@LSUfootball Next 2@GeorgiaFootball @OU_Football— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 29, 2019There’s a long way to go, of course, and October features a ton of notable contests, including several between top 10 teams.College football’s rankings are sure to get shaken up a lot more in the weeks to come.last_img read more

Healthy Investments in Annapolis Valley Schools and Communities

first_imgStudents in the Annapolis Valley will have more healthy food choices and opportunities to be physically active, thanks to a $100,000 investment from the province. The grant was provided to the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board to support schools in becoming Health Promoting Schools. “The Health Promoting Schools program is a perfect example of everyone working together to benefit the health of our children in their school community,” said Health Promotion and Protection Minister Barry Barnet. “This grant is making it possible in the Annapolis Valley schools.” Health Promoting Schools involves a range of programs, activities, and services that take place in school communities. The program is designed not only to affect the health of individual students, but also to make the places where children live and learn, healthier. Research shows that combining healthy eating and physical activity is the most successful way to promote healthy living. Schools are recognized as an ideal setting to promote healthy eating and physical activity. With the grant, the board will maintain and expand its schools’ current programs. They have been working on a variety of active living and healthy eating initiatives such as subsidies for fruit, vegetables and student taste-testing, breakfast programs, activity-related transportation, purchasing equipment and community events such as health fairs and family nights. The school board’s existing sport animator and active healthy-living consultant will work together to support the implementation of the new programs and activities. They will have support from Annapolis Valley Health’s additional public health nutritionists, funded as part of the Healthy Eating Nova Scotia strategy. Families, health professionals, educators, schools, community organizations and young people must all work together to create a successful health promoting school. Recent data from Statistics Canada shows that 32 per cent of Nova Scotia children and youth are overweight or obese, which is above the national average. The benefits of Health Promoting Schools are far reaching — from improving student health and school environments to improving student success at learning. Schools that promote a healthy lifestyle can also empower young people to take responsibility for their health, show pride in their school and take ownership of school policies.last_img read more

Mikmaq Grand Chiefs life celebrated as he is laid to rest

first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsFamily, friends, and leaders descended upon We’koqma’q First Nation in Cape Breton from all over Mi’kma’ki and beyond Saturday for the funeral of late Sante’ Mawi’omi Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy.Sylliboy passed away Nov. 30 at the age of 76.His family, members of his community and Mi’kmaq leaders described the chief as both an ordinary and extraordinary man.“He was the face of who we are, and now with him being gone I think it leaves a tremendous void,” We’koqma’q First Nation Chief Rod Googoo told APTN News outside Sylliboy’s wake ahead of a procession to the St. Kateri Parish where a funeral mass was held. “And also he was a wonderful human being too, eh: a good father, good husband, good grandfather, good uncle.”Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde travelled from Ottawa to attend the funeral.He remembered Sylliboy as being “all about unity” and “working together.”“He was all about rights, treaty rights. He was focusing on nationhood, sovereignty, jurisdiction,” Bellegarde said, describing Sylliboy’s death as a “big loss.”He left behind a legacy of “creating a better life for Mi’kmaw people, and for all First Nations people.”Sylliboy was born in We’koqm’a in 1941. He attended the Indian Residential School in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia from ages six to 10.After returning home he battled tuberculosis for 18 months.In 1968 he was chosen to represent his community as a Keptin on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council. Two years later, in 1970, he was elected to the We’koqma’q band council, where he served nine terms.In 1991 Sylliboy was appointed grand chief of the Sante’ Mawi’omi after former grand chief Donald Marshall Sr. passed away.He served as the Mi’kmaq Nation’s head of state for 25 years until his death. The hereditary position is bestowed only to individuals who embody Mi’kmaq values and demonstrate great honour in their daily lives.Outside the funeral mass Saturday, his great nephew Christian Phillips described Sylliboy as a “good family man.”“I didn’t see him as a Chief, I always seen him as Uncle Ben,” Phillips told APTN. “He was always nice — a nice guy. Loved his Church, loved his community, loved his people.”Christina “Duce” Sylliboy, one of the late Chief’s two daughters, describer her father as being “all about love.”A vice-principal at the We’koqma’q Mi’kmaq School, Duce said when she was teaching Grade 6 back in 2007 she asked her father for advice on what to teach her students.“Regain the language, make relationships, and learn the traditional knowledge,” she recalled him saying.“He worked so hard in our community,” she said, describing his legacy. “And to see the honour that’s given to him — I said he’s looking down upon us. And to see all these people — it’s really emotional to see.”As Sylliboy was laid to rest in the Parish cemetery family, friends and colleagues laid tobacco on top of the chief’s casket.“In our culture every person is important, every person has a role, and Grand Chief made sure that everybody is heard — and that’s the Mi’kmaq way,” Sante’ Mawi’omi Grand Keptin Andrew Denny said. “And no one is above anyone else. And that’s why when I gave thanks I gave thanks to the fact that his family loaned us him for a number of years for this position.”After the burial the community attended a Salite at the school — a custom in Mi’kmaq culture where people share food and celebrate the life of a loved one lost. The event also included an auction, where community members and chiefs bid on donated artwork and other items to help the family pay for the funeral costs.At the event, Sylliboy’s sister Margaret Poulette said she recalled writing her brother a letter as he ran for the local band council the first time.“I told him not to forget who he was, or where he came from.”Poulette said Sylliboy never faltered in his devotion to his family, his faith, and to the Mi’kmaq people.last_img read more

French Rapper Booba to Perform at Mawazine Festival 2017

Rabat – French rapper Booba will perform at the 2017 Mawazine Music Festival, announced the event’s organizer, Maroc Cultures Association.Elie Yaffa, better known under his stage name Booba, will perform at the OLM Souissi stage on May 16.Booba first began his career as a break dancer, but soon later found his passion in music, which he proved to be successful at, becoming the most legally downloaded artist in French history. The rapper is considered to be an icon of French hip-hip, particularly because of the rhythms and rhymes of his music and the controversy created by his lyrics, which often deal with racism and organized crime.To date Booba has released 8 albums and 4 mix tapes. with eight gold records, five platinum records and three double platinum discs, according to the organizers of the festival.The rapper is also a successful businessman.  Ranked as the Best Business Manby GQ magazine in 2016, he manages his sweatshirt brand, Unküt, a rap radio and TV channel OKL, and has developed his own line of jewelry in association with well known jewelry label Tony Bling. read more

Moroccos PJD We Are Clinging to Our Alliance with PPS

Rabat – The Justice and Development Party (PJD) has continued to address tension with its political ally, the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS).The ruling party, PJD, held an extraordinary meeting of its national council on Saturday and discussed PPS-PJD tension, among other topics.The tension between the two parties began when King Mohammed VI ordered the dissolution of the Secretariat of State in Charge of Water on August 20 at the request of the secretary-general of the PJD, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani. PPS expressed anger over the move because the water department was run by PPS member Charafat Afilal.The decision shocked PPS members, who said they were not consulted before the move.Since then, relations between the two parties have been under pressure, with PPS Secretary-General Nabil Benabdellah announcing his party would withdraw from the government coalition.In an attempt to solve the issue, El Othmani and Benabellah held several talks after the removal of the water department.The latest meeting was on Thursday, when El Othmani and a delegation of his party visited Benabdellah to discuss relations between the two parties.The head of government renewed his commitment to maintain a good relationship with PJD’s ally during his party’s national council on Saturday.“We are clinging to our alliance” with PPS, said El Othmani. He added that differences between the two parties “do not mean that we will abandon our partnership.”A statement of the PJD quoted the head of government as saying that PPS “is a long-standing national party with the ability to take the right decision at moments of reforms and we respect its decisions as we have confidence in the continuation of this partnership.” The meeting held on Saturday in Bouznika, 41 kilometers southwest of Rabat, also marked the presence of former secretary-general of PJD and former head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane.Benkirane also commented on the PPS-PJD tension. He said that the party has all the rights to be angry because of the water department decision. “But [PPS] is our ally and we are its ally, and we have not been united to stay in government, but to contribute to reforms.”Idriss Azami, president of the PJD’s national council also pointed out the importance of the partnership between the two parties, describing it as “strategic.”He said that partnership between both parties  is based on “joint action and partnership.” read more

UN war crimes tribunal indicts two former Croatian generals

In a statement issued today, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced it had indicted Ivan Cermak and Mladen Markac on seven counts each of crimes against humanity and of violating the laws or customs of war.The indictment alleges the two men participated in the forcible and permanent removal of Serbs from the Krajina region, as well as “the plunder, damage or outright destruction” of the Serbs’ property, during the Croatian military’s push to re-take the Krajina region.It also alleges that the two men did nothing to stop “serious violations of international humanitarian law” committed during the Croatian offensive, despite having the power and authority to do so.Mr. Cermak, 54, who also served as a government minister in Croatia from 1991 to 1993, held the rank of Colonel General and served as Commander of the Knin Garrison in the Croatian military.Mr. Markac, 48, commanded special police units in Croatia and also held the rank of Colonel General. read more

Softbank replaces longtime Sprint boss Dan Hesse after dropping TMobile takeover bid

Softbank replaces longtime Sprint boss Dan Hesse after dropping T-Mobile takeover bid AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Peter Svensson, The Associated Press Posted Aug 6, 2014 7:17 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sprint’s new owner is replacing its longtime CEO with a Bolivian billionaire and entrepreneur after dropping its bid for rival wireless carrier T-Mobile US.Marcelo Claure, the CEO of Miami-based cellphone distributor Brightstar, will replace Dan Hesse on Monday, Sprint Corp. said Wednesday.Claure, 43, had been CEO of Brightstar Corp., which is part of Softbank Corp. of Japan. Softbank bought 70 per cent of Sprint last year.Sprint shares plunged in midday trading as its chairman and incoming CEO talked about adopting aggressive tactics to compete with AT&T and Verizon, likely including price cuts.The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday that Sprint decided not to pursue the merger of the No. 3 and No. 4 U.S. carriers. The paper cited unnamed people familiar with the matter. The merger would have faced tough opposition from U.S. regulators who want to preserve competition among wireless carriers, and Wall Street analysts saw little chance of the deal being consummated.In a statement Wednesday, the CEO of Softbank and chairman of Sprint said the company’s focus had shifted away from acquisitions, though he didn’t address the Sprint deal specifically.“While we continue to believe industry consolidation will enhance competitiveness and benefit customers, our focus moving forward will be on making Sprint the most successful carrier,” Masayoshi Son said.Part of Son’s desire to buy T-Mobile probably lay in his desire to bring T-Mobile CEO John Legere into his team. The foul-mouthed, jeans-wearing Legere has upended long-standing industry practices and brought customers streaming back to T-Mobile, though he has no profits to show for his efforts.With the T-Mobile deal now scotched, Son had to look elsewhere for iconoclastic leadership, said analyst Roger Entner of Recon Analytics.“Son is looking for a more entrepreneurial spirit … he’s looking for someone willing to break the rules,” Entner said.In his own statement, Claure suggested Sprint would be taking on Verizon and AT&T through price cuts.“We will focus on becoming extremely cost efficient and competing aggressively in the marketplace. While consolidating makes sense in the long-term, for now, we will focus on growing and repositioning Sprint,” he said.Claure, the son of a Bolivian diplomat who moved to the U.S. in the 1990s, built Brightstar into the world’s largest distributor of cellphones, initially by exporting phones to Latin America. He then convinced U.S. cellphone carriers that they’re better off outsourcing that side of the business.Softbank will be acquiring his stake in the company, it said.The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, welcomed news of Sprint dropping its T-Mobile bid.“Four national wireless providers is good for American consumers. Sprint now has an opportunity to focus their efforts on robust competition,” he said in a statement.Hesse joined Overland Park, Kansas-based Sprint as CEO in 2007. It has lost money every year since then because of stiff competition and the disastrous legacy of the 2005 Nextel acquisition, but Hesse has been credited with improving the carrier’s customer service and shepherding it back to the cusp of profitability. The soft-spoken Hesse was also the company’s chief pitchman, appearing in its TV commercials for several years.Recently, however, Sprint has become bogged down in a network upgrade. Its wireless broadband capabilities are well behind of competitors, and it has to invest massively to catch up. That’s causing continuing losses, likely contributing to Hesse’s replacement, according to analyst Greg Miller of Canaccord Genuity.In a farewell message to Sprint employees, Hesse said the most difficult part of the network upgrade is now completed, and Sprint is “about ready to begin growing again.”“A ‘controlled entity’ like Sprint can be most effective when the majority owner and the CEO are fully aligned and are great partners. Marcelo and Masa enjoy an exceptional relationship which has grown out of mutual respect between two very successful entrepreneurs,” Hesse said.Sprint shares fell $1.34, or 18 per cent, to $5.95 in afternoon trading. Around midday, it hit $5.83, its lowest level since the Softbank deal closed a year ago.T-Mobile US shares dropped $2.53, or 7.5 per cent, to $31.38, erasing several days of gains, as the prospect of a Sprint deal faded. Sprint was reportedly offering $40 per share.Last week, T-Mobile received an unexpected offer from Iliad SA, an upstart French telecommunications company, offered $33 per share for 57 per cent of T-Mobile. However, Iliad is much smaller than T-Mobile, and analysts doubted the deal would be taken seriously by T-Mobile.Claure’s tough talk on pricing and the prospect of a continued battle among four national wireless carriers brought down Verizon’s stock by 1.3 per cent and AT&T’s by 1.6 per cent. read more

Security Council voices grave concern at deteriorating situation in northern Mali

In a press statement read by Ambassador Peter Wittig of Germany, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month, the 15-member body voiced its concern about the “increasing entrenchment” of terrorist elements in the country and about the human rights violations perpetrated by rebel and extremist groups in the north. Earlier this week, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, condemned the ongoing human rights violations in northern Mali, including cruel punishments such as amputations and the stoning to death of an unmarried couple, and called on the Government and the international community to urgently address the crisis. “According to credible reports that my office has received, the various armed groups currently occupying northern Mali have been committing serious human rights violations and possibly war crimes,” Ms. Pillay said.Fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in northern Mali in January. The instability and insecurity resulting from the renewed clashes, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability in the wake of a military coup d’état in March, have led over 250,000 Malians to flee to neighbouring countries, with 174,000 Malians estimated to be internally displaced. The Council, which was briefed on the situation by the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, welcomed the appointment of a Government of National Unity in Mali, and voiced its support to the work of the Interim President, Dioncounda Traoré.The Council called on the transitional authorities “to continue ongoing efforts towards the strengthening of democratic institutions and the restoration of constitutional order” in Mali, through the holding of elections by the end of the transition. It also repeated its demand that all members of Malian armed forces cease immediately any interference in the work of the transitional authorities.In his briefing, Mr. Feltman called on the Council and the wider international community to support efforts to develop an integrated strategy to tackle the challenges in the Sahel region of West Africa, which are not only political but also involve security, humanitarian resilience and human rights. “The deep-seated fragilities stretching across the broad Sahel region of Africa are a matter of growing concern to the people and governments of the region, as well as to the broader international community and this Council,” he stated. “The threats and challenges cut across borders and disciplines and their solutions must be cooperative and comprehensive.” read more

In Kabul UN peacekeeping chief voices solidarity with Afghans ahead of crucial

“The upcoming elections are a crucial part of Afghanistan’s political transition. I am here to underscore the UN’s commitment to transparent elections and to show solidarity with all those Afghans determined to take part and make them work,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous said in the capital, Kabul, as he wrapped up a three-day visit.Following Tuesday’s deadly suicide attack and armed assault against an office of the country’s Independent Election Commission (IEC), Mr. Ladsous met with key officials of the agency that has a lead role in organizing the 5 April presidential and provincial council elections.“I want to send out a clear message of solidarity with the people of Afghanistan,” said Mr. Ladsous. “The targeting of IEC premises and its staff by enemies of democracy is repugnant.” “As the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has consistently pointed out,” he continued, “such attacks on civilians are serious violations of international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes.”Mr. Ladsous underlined that violence will not deter the UN’s resolve to support Afghanistan, saying, “The UN has had a presence in Afghanistan for more than six decades, often during some extremely difficult times – this commitment will not change in the weeks, months or years to come.” He also spoke of his hope that every Afghan citizen will take up his or her right to vote in the upcoming polls and have their say in shaping the country’s future. Further, he noted the improvements in the electoral preparations compared to earlier elections, as well as the measures taken in difficult circumstances by national bodies to improve the security environment so that voters can cast their ballots in safety.Mr. Ladsous highlighted the measures put in place by the IEC and other Afghan electoral authorities to detect fraud, and how the presence of observers and candidate agents at polling centres will help safeguard the transparency of the elections. “Everything that can be done to counter fraud – not just by the authorities but by Afghan citizens themselves as well – must be done,” Mr. Ladsous said. “Widespread fraud would affect the acceptability of the final results from the polls and would impact upon the international community’s future aid commitments to Afghanistan. We are entering a new phase for Afghanistan and transparent elections are essential.”Mr. Ladsous made particular reference to women in the upcoming elections, noting the important role they will play – as candidates, election workers and voters. “As with all facets of life, women have a key role to play in these elections – without them, the vote cannot be truly representative and credible,” he said.The Under-Secretary-General’s visit, during which he met with electoral, government and security officials, as well as representatives of civil society and the international community, comes at a crucial time for Afghanistan.Next week’s elections will lead to the country’s first democratic transfer of power, and this year will also see the withdrawal of the majority of allied international military forces, with national forces assuming full responsibility for security countrywide. read more

Permanent operational Murray Roberts base in Zambia with Kitwe office

first_imgMurray & Roberts officially opened its new offices in Kitwe, Zambia, in November 2013, establishing a permanent operational base from which to support projects both in Zambia and in other key areas of the Central African infrastructure and mineral resources arenas. Allan Widlake, Murray & Roberts Cementation’s Business Development Executive, says the opening of the Zambia office is a component of a greater growth strategy being implemented within the construction and engineering group that has also seen Murray & Roberts recently establish a permanent presence in Ghana. The company will now focus on setting up offices in Mozambique. Although the group has worked on projects throughout the continent for many years, permanent operations in these three countries will allow it to service projects in Central, East and West Africa in a more sustainable manner.Murray & Roberts has been investing in Zambia since 1992 as Murray & Roberts RUC Zambia, before changing its name to Murray & Roberts Cementation Zambia. Since becoming active in that country, Murray & Roberts Cementation has worked on several major projects, including shaft sinking and equipping the Synclinorium shaft for Mopani Copper Mines (MCM), and recently secured a contract to sink a man/material and rock hoisting shaft at MCM’s Mufulira mine. These projects have helped create hundreds of employment opportunities and facilitated skills transfer to the people of Zambia. Through its social development programme, the company has supported a primary school in Chililabombwe in the Copperbelt province with desks and maintenance supplies.Speaking at the official opening of the Zambia office, Henry Laas, Group Chief Executive of Murray & Roberts, said there was enormous opportunity for the company in the African mining, infrastructure, building and energy sectors. “We’re already gaining substantial traction in these markets,” he added. “We’re using the innovation, skills and expertise gained in other countries to position ourselves as market leaders on the African continent. We decided on Zambia as our base for Central Africa because it is a safe and friendly country, and it is also one of the fastest economically reforming countries.” He added that Murray & Roberts is putting its long term growth plan to work by consolidating its operations to take advantage of core regional and global growth points, which include mining, energy, infrastructure and buildings. The official opening was also attended by other senior executives from the Board of Murray & Roberts, a number of its operating platform executives, two Zambian government ministers, including the Minister of Mines, Christopher Yaluma, other government officials and senior executives from the mines.Addressing guests at the event, Minister Yaluma urged other foreign companies to emulate Murray & Roberts by establishing local offices in Zambia, saying this would boost economic activities and create much-needed employment opportunities for the Zambian people. “Government is committed to ensuring the development of the country through increased job creation and technology transfer, which will encourage the development of industries,” he said.Former Murray & Roberts project executive Jan Nefdt has been appointed as a local Director of Murray & Roberts Cementation Zambia, while Zambian mining industry stalwart, Dr Sixtus Mulenga, has been appointed as in-country Non-Executive Director. Dr Mulenga is a mining geologist with extensive industry experience both in Zambia and the global mining arena, and has held corporate executive management positions for several years. The Kitwe office will house core administration personnel to support projects being run in Zambia by all group entities providing a support base for all the operating platforms of the Murray & Roberts group. This team will provide human resources, accounting and logistics services, as well as local induction for expats and first step induction for new employees prior to site induction, in a fully-fledged training centre incorporated into the new premises.last_img read more

Cementation Sedgman to start work on Nevada Coppers Pumpkin Hollow project

first_imgNevada Copper’s board has made the decision to proceed to full construction at the Pumpkin Hollow project in Nevada, US, paving the way for its contractors to start working on the new underground mine.The construction sign off follows a recently completed C$108.5 million ($84 million) public offering of Nevada Copper common shares and pre-construction activities that have been ongoing since May 2018.Nevada Copper said the transition from pre-construction works to full-scale construction was expected to commence shortly. The 2017 prefeasibility study plan outlined a 5,000 t/d underground project able to produce some 50 MIb/y (22,680 t/y) of copper over a 13.5-year life at all-in sustaining costs of $1.96/Ib, while also laying the foundations for a larger integrated project that includes openpit development and could increase throughput to 70,000 t/d.In connection with the construction decision, Nevada Copper has awarded a mining contract for shaft sinking and underground mine development work at Pumpkin Hollow to Cementation USA. The contractor has previously worked on the project, having sunk the existing production shaft (down to 579 m) and developed hoist infrastructure in advance of commencement of underground construction activities.Sedgman USA, a member of the CIMIC Group, has received the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the surface plant and infrastructure at Pumpkin Hollow. The fixed price $118 million contract follows several months of a detailed engineering and design programme conducted by Sedgman incorporating a number of significant improvements to the prefeasibility study for the $197 million underground project.These improvements are all part of Nevada Copper’s latest review and detailed design for the underground project, which, it says, has led to a number of project optimisations and operational de-risking measures being incorporated in the mine design.This includes a centralised mine design, providing greater operational efficiency for the underground mine, and construction of a ventilation shaft via blind sink, which provides a lower-risk method to support schedule compliance and further enhances optionality for future operations, the company said.“Further project enhancements continue to be reviewed by Nevada Copper, including debottlenecking to subsequently increase production throughput and the potential for decline access to the E2 orebody.”Nevada Copper anticipates first concentrate production from Pumpkin Hollow in the December quarter of 2019.last_img read more

Peter Kovacs a new coach of Oltchim

Experienced coach from Hungary, Peter Kovacs confirmed that he will take control of Champions League finalist, Romanian, Oltchim Valcea.  Kovacs is still on the bench of Turkish women national team, who didn’t qualified for EURO 2010 in Denmark and Norway. They were close to Serbia 28:29  in last round of Group, where win with two goals put Turkey for the first time at some big event, but they lost in tight finish.  Kovacs announced that he must first to break contract with Turkey.Oltchim is a champion of Romania. In the Final of CL, they lost against superb Danish Viborg. ← Previous Story Sprenger missing WC qualification against Greece! Next Story → Serbia and Montenegro without Champions League! read more

Rudd pushes for Work and Holiday Visa

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Kevin Rudd re-confirmed to Neos Kosmos his commitment to go ahead and sign an agreement with Greece in relation to the issue of the Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462). “If re-elected as Prime Minister I will accelerate the negotiations so that we can resolve this issue as soon as possible in order to give the opportunity to young Greeks to come to Australia in the foreseeable future.” Also, when asked about the Macedonian issue he stressed that “the position of the government and my own position is clear. Until a mutually accepted solution is reached we insist on the term FYROM”. Prime Minister Rudd, speaking to journalists from the ethnic media, amongst others, addressed the issue of the asylum seekers. It was the Labor Party, he said, that introduced in the post-war period an organised and comprehensive immigration policy that transformed Australia into a lively, creative and multicultural country. “The problem of the asylum seekers is an international problem – as Greeks and Italians know better than anyone else – and as such it needs regional and international solutions.” He then went on to say that he has written to the Secretary General of the United Nations and to other international organisations and he has proposed to cover proportionally the costs of the resettlement of the refugees. He also stressed that the Australian government will participate on August 20 in the regional conference organised by the government of Indonesian in order to address the issue of the asylum seekers. The government’s new policy has already started producing results he said and unlike the opposition who uses slogans instead of having a policy, we expect the situation to improve even further because we are willing to work closely with other countries in the region and the international community. In the same interview Prime Minister Rudd, also reminded the electorate that Australia avoided the Great Financial Crisis as a result of the response of a labor government and that regardless of the claims of the Opposition and its leader Mr Tony Abbott, Australia is one of only eight countries in the world that has a AAA rating.last_img read more

Namco Bandai release Ridge Racer 3D gameplay footage

first_imgAs the release date of the 3DS gets ever nearer, develoeprs are starting to release more footage of the games we can expect to see on, or soon after launch.Racing fans will want to see Ridge Racer 3D in action, and Namco Bandai hasn’t disappointed with a 2 minute gameplay video appearing online today.Although we can’t view it in 3D, the important thing to note here is how fast the game is running and the detail of the backgrounds, models, and effects. We have to admit, it’s looking pretty good and lives up to the screenshots we saw last month.The game moves along at a fast pace, the environments and models are detailed, and there’s even a few effects in there for spray and debris on the screen.I decided that my launch day game was going to be Pilotwings Resort 3D, but if more videos start appearing as good as this one, I might be putting down a few more pre-orders.via CVGlast_img read more


Strike at Berlin airports called for Wednesday

first_imgStrike at Berlin airports called for Wednesday Tags: Airports, Germany, Travel Alert Tuesday, February 7, 2017 The Canadian Press BERLIN — A union representing ground staff is calling on its members to go on strike at Berlin’s two airports Wednesday.The ver.di union says the strike will take place between 5 a.m. (0400 GMT) and 11 a.m. (1000 GMT) at the German capital’s Tegel and Schoenefeld airports.It warned Tuesday that air travellers should expect severe disruptions and possible flight cancellations.The union is demanding higher wages and better conditions for its 2,000 members at the airports.Ver.di said strikes at other German airports were possible and could be announced at short notice.center_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more