10 months agoChelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek in tears after back injury

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek in tears after back injuryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek suffered a back injury in their FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.Two goals from Alvaro Morata saw the Blues book their place in the fourth round but the win was dampened somewhat by Loftus-Cheek’s injury.The 22-year-old was forced to exit the game in tears minutes before half-time after his back trouble flared up at Stamford Bridge.Blues coach Carlo Cudicini said, “We are very sorry for the kid.”It is a pity.It is something that’s affecting him, something we need to look at and resolve. “It has been going on for a while and maybe he might have to stop for a bit to resolve. It is a pity because he is doing very well.” last_img read more

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SeaRose FPSO vessel allowed to return to work on offshore oilfield for

first_imgST.JOHN’S, N.L. – Husky Energy Inc.’s SeaRose FPSO vessel has been cleared by the regulator to return to duty gathering, storing and offloading crude oil from an oilfield off the Newfoundland and Labrador coast.The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board says it has withdrawn the suspension ordered nine days ago following actions by Husky, which include “significant organizational changes,” specifically citing the appointment of Trevor Pritchard as senior vice-president, Atlantic region, in place of his predecessor, Malcolm Maclean.It also commends Husky for completing an emergency response drill, observed by the board, as well as reviewing and improving its ice management and emergency response plans.The board suspended the floating production, storage and offloading vessel based on preliminary results of an inquiry into an incident a year ago when it failed to follow protocol and sail away as an iceberg entered its 0.25-nautical-mile ice exclusion area.In a presentation at an industry conference on Wednesday, Husky CEO Rob Peabody said he didn’t know when the suspension would be lifted but he was confident it wouldn’t affect production guidance for this year.The suspension interrupted production of about 38,000 barrels of oil per day, with about 27,000 bpd net to Husky as 70 per cent owner.Companies in this story: (TSX:HSE)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect date for an industry conference presentation.last_img read more

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Theyre coming Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

first_imgThe flying cars depicted in science fiction classics such as “Blade Runner” and “The Fifth Element” have long been seen as flights of fancy, but their arrival is closer than you think. At least a dozen companies are prototyping or testing flying cars or passenger drones, according to a Deloitte report from January.Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035, with aerial delivery and inspection services adding on another $42 billion, a study by Porsche Consulting predicts.Vertical takeoff and landing craft (VTOLs) carry the promise of delivering people and goods across congested urban and suburban areas in a fraction of the time a driver would need, taking cars off the road in the process. But technological and regulatory hurdles remain. And whether aerial vehicles can substantially change commuter behaviour and emissions — or overcome questions of safety and public perception — is still up in the air.Most VTOLs — or eVTOLs if they are electric-powered — resemble an oversize drone, sporting a halo of small rotors around a passenger pod and taking off and touching down like a helicopter. But they will be quieter, cheaper and greener than their heli-cousins, experts say.“Instead of this deep, guttural, penetrating-through-walls sound, you have a much more acceptable sound, similar to a ceiling fan,” said Nikhil Goel, head of product at Uber Technology Inc.’s aviation team, dubbed Uber Elevate.Uber hopes to start hauling passengers in five-seat, hybrid VTOLs above Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth and a third city outside of the U.S. by 2023.“The vehicles are real. They’re coming. I think it’s going to be faster than anybody thinks is possible,” Goel said.He sees the first wave of aerial taxis providing a shuttle service between major airports and downtown vertiports that integrate into the mass transportation system, rather than leapfrogging from block to block — a hub-to-hub travel option akin to a monorail.“We are not building this product for the elite,” Goel said.A few years after the launch of Uber Air, as it’s dubbed, the cost of an aerial trip will be the same as one on the asphalt, he said.He calculates that an aerial taxi would cut a 90-kilometre commute between the downtowns of San Francisco and San Jose to 15 minutes, down from an hour and 40 minutes.Uber is not alone in setting its sights on VTOLs. Chinese drone manufacturer Ehang carried out flight tests with a single-passenger drone earlier this year, according to the company’s website. German startup Volocopter has produced an air taxi prototype, taking to the skies above Dubai in 2017. And Kitty Hawk, a California-based company funded by Google founder Larry Page, produced a sleek, one-seat VTOL prototype this year.Bell (formerly Bell Helicopter), is one of five companies Uber has teamed up with, along with Karem, Pipistrel and aerospace rivals Embraer and Boeing’s Aurora Flight Sciences.Scott Drennan, Bell’s vice-president of innovation, sees 2025 as a more realistic commercial launch target than Uber’s goal of 2023.Battery life is one area that needs to advance, with lithium-ion packs today lasting for between 50 and 100 kilometres on a multi-rotor electric propulsion system, he said.Regulations are another obstacle. To avoid crowding urban skies, VTOLs could trace existing airplane takeoff and landing routes, but at a lower altitude, buzzing along at between 150 and 330 km/h.Western aviation regulators bar out-of-sight drone operations for the most part. Discussions are ongoing with the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency, said Drennan, who said he has also met three times with Transport Canada regarding VTOLs.Mark Cousin, chief executive of Airbus’s A3 unit, stressed the traffic management hurdles on the horizon.“The vehicle is the easy bit,” he said. “The real challenge lies in integrating thousands of these vehicles into an urban air mobility system within cities.”A3 has put out an electric-powered VTOL dubbed Vahana. The autonomous prototype launched its first vertical flight in February.Drones would typically beat other modes of transportation, such as taxis, at distances of 20 kilometres or more in congested areas, according to the Porsche study.The report notes the technology’s limited potential, stating that it can relieve some pressure from congested urban hot spots — “but only some.”“If one tried to solve all traffic problems on the ground by moving into the air, the myriad take-off and landing spots would become the new choke points.”A city with more than five million inhabitants will likely have no more than 1,000 passenger drones in operation by 2035, the study predicts. That would make a relatively small dent in ground traffic.Uber cited Los Angeles as an appealing launch city in part because of the abundance of flat roofs there — a long-standing fire safety regulation required helicopter landing pads atop tall buildings.“But they’re actually not that well suited, because it’s not just a pickup and drop-off point,” said Robin Lineberger, head of aerospace and defence at Deloitte.“It has to be a place where people come, get ready to get on the aircraft…the vehicle has to land, recharge, refuel, maybe light maintenance and inspection going on. If you think about it, it really needs to be a small, multi-function airport service area.”Large parking lots downtown are ripe for conversion into vertiports, complete with conveyor belts, charging stations and hangars, he said.Insurance would function in ways similar to a helicopter manufacturer or transport service, Lineberger said, with premiums hinging on the probability and severity of accidents.However, public perception will be an issue for the foreseeable future. Fewer than half of respondents in a Deloitte global survey of 10,000 people this year were convinced that aerial passenger vehicles would be safe, with one-third undecided and one in five disagreeing. Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Union calls strike by security staff at Berlin airports

first_imgBERLIN — A German labour union is calling on security staff at Berlin’s two airports to stage a strike Monday amid ongoing pay negotiations.The ver.di union said Saturday it’s urging workers to join a four-hour walkout starting at 5 a.m. (0400 GMT) that is likely to cause disruptions for airline passengers.The strike will affect both the capital’s Tegel and Schoenefeld airports.Ver.di says employers “provoked” the strike by offering a pay increase of 2 per cent over two years.The union wants hourly pay for all workers conducting security checks to rise to 20 ($22.81) euros. The employers association BDLS says this could amount to an increase of 30 per cent in some cases.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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AeconFlatironDragadosEBC Partnership awarded 16 billion Site C contract

first_imgThis portion of the contract will be responsible for the placement of approximately 700,000 cubic metres of reinforced concrete, and 34,000 tonnes of rebar. The Partnership has signed a project labour agreement that includes unions from the BC Building Trades. Hydro says the agreement will prioritize hiring local and Indigenous workers, with a goal of having up to 25 percent of the GSS workforce being made up of apprentices.According to BC Hydro, the contractor will mobilize to the site this spring, with the work taking place over a five-year period. The Crown Corporation estimates there will be approximately 1,600 people working on this portion of the project at the peak of construction in 2021.In addition to the generating station and spillways civil works contract, BC Hydro has awarded two other Site C contracts. Nanaimo-based F&M Installations Ltd. was awarded the $33-million contract to build the Site C substation, while REEL COH Inc. was awarded the contract to design, build and commission the dam’s powerhouse bridge and gantry cranes for $23 million. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro announced this morning that it has awarded the contract for the Site C dam’s generating station and spillways civil works, along with two other project contracts.BC Hydro signed the generating station and spillways civil works contract with the Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC Partnership. The contract is valued at $1.6 billion and falls within the project’s revised budget of $10.7 billion.The contract for Site C’s generating station and spillways is the second-largest of the project’s contracts. As part of the contract, Hydro says the AFDE Partnership will build the civil works associated with the powerhouse, penstocks, spillways and power intakes.last_img read more

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Power Outage in Goodlow and Cecil Lake areas

first_imgCECIL LAKE, B.C. – BC Hydro is reporting on their website a power outage in the Goodlow and Cecil Lake areas due to a landslide.As of Monday, May 13th, 2019 at 4:13 am approximately 100 customers are without power service as time.We will continue to update this story as more details are provided on the situation.last_img

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Food Carnival you cant afford to miss

first_imgGastronomes get ready because the Culinary Art India is back and this time it promises to be bigger, better and tastier. Hosted by the Indian Culinary Forum and Hospitality First in association with ITPO, the 14th edition of annual food event will be a five-day affair starting from March 12 (today). Food enthusiasts will be seen making a beeline for Lounge B, Gate No 1, Pragati Maidan where the culinary festival will be staged alongside Aahar International Fair. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOne of the most loved food-related festivals, Culinary Art India is known for its thrilling competitions among the chefs in different categories like Plated Appetizers, Contemporary Sushi Platter, Plated Desserts, Authentic Indian Regional Cuisine, etc. This year too, chefs – experienced and newcomers – will lock horns to win coveted prizes at the Indian Culinary Art Challenge. Hundreds of senior and apprentice chefs from across the country are gearing up to compete on an internationally-modeled platform at this mega food carnival. Visitors will also get to witness the display of culinary excellence by renowned chefs. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardBudding chefs would be delighted to know that the Indian Culinary Forum has decided to open up more categories for them in this edition. Till last year, there was only one category open for students but the keeping in mind the number of participants and their incredible skills and talent, the CAI will now allow them to compete in three more categories including plated appetizers, three course set dinner menu, desserts and enthusiastic hobby cooks categories. By hosting this annual festival, the CAI aims to establish a professional platform where culinary professionals across India can display their individual and combined skills and creative talent, and also learn, share experiences and collaborate with each other in a purely businesslike and competitive environment. The event that culminates on March 16 will recognise and felicitate excellence in the culinary art in India and the competitions will be judged by renowned chefs. Noted Chef Satish Arora will be presiding as the Chairperson of the jury in this year’s competitions while Chef Sireesh Saxena will be the organising secretary. Chef Devinder Kumar, President, Indian Culinary Forum said, “It gives me immense pleasure to announce the 14th Culinary Art India, a professional culinary challenge where chefs are given a platform to demonstrate their culinary skills as well as help them improve to meet international standards. I would like to assure all participants and members of total transparency through structured rules, regulations, systems and panel of WACS certified judges.” Chef Vivek Saggar, General Secretary of Indian Culinary Forum said, “This year’s event will be the biggest ever with newly added categories and an expanded competition venue, to be accredited by a panel of internationally acclaimed judges. The budding chefs, who are the future of the industry, especially will get more opportunities to compete and win.” Culinary Art India 2019 challenge will see the participation of chefs in 14 different categories.last_img read more

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Ethiopia plane crash Black box found

first_imgEjere: Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as “an extra safety precaution” following the crash of one of its planes in which 157 people were killed, a spokesman said Monday, as Ethiopia marked a day of mourning and the plane’s damaged “black box” of data was found. Although it wasn’t yet known what caused the crash of the new plane in clear weather outside Addis Ababa on Sunday, the airline decided to ground its remaining four 737 Max 8s until further notice, spokesman Asrat Begashaw said. Ethiopian Airlines had been using five of the planes and awaiting delivery of 25 more. Some other airlines around the world were deciding to do the same. Aviation authorities in China and Indonesia along with Caribbean carrier Cayman Airways temporarily grounded their Max 8s.last_img read more

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Big B loves when Aaradhya destroy his working desk

first_imgMumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says his granddaughter Aaradhya likes to come and destroy his working desk, and that brings immense joy to him. Aaradhya is daughter of Abhishek and Aishwarya. His daughter Shweta has two children — daughter Navya Naveli and son Agastya. Big B opened up about his grandchildren when he appeared on the season finale episode of “Starry Nights 2.Oh!”, read a statement. “I’ve loved all of them. When I want to spoil my grandkids, I am so authoritative that their parents dare not oppose me,” Amitabh said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Aaradhya will still come and destroy my working desk, as she wants to use this pen and wants to write things and wants to play with the laptop. It brings immense joy and is a beautiful experience,” he added. Asked whether anything changed after Aishwarya joined the family, Big B said: “Nothing has changed for us, it was like one daughter left and another one came in.” Talking about his memories from the past and his iconic dialogues, Amitabh said: “The dialogues do not seem as finesse as today’s generation pulling incredible scenes with ease, but I am happy that my fans still like it.” He added: “There are a lot more ladies on the sets today, in our time there were just two — the leading lady and the mother. Today, it’s absolutely wonderful to see these young girls working in all kinds of departments.” The episode will air on Zee Cafe on Sunday.last_img read more

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HIDCO to launch pilot project to check wastage of water

first_imgKolkata: In a significant stride to check wastage of water, West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) will start a pilot project using state-of-the-art technology and IoT sensors to detect leakages and monitor flow in pipes in New Town.The technology that will be adopted after the elections will be able to detect even hairline cracks in the water supply pipeline and hence the engineers will be addressing the issues at a fast pace. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”It costs around Rs 1 crore a month to meet the operating expense for supplying water to households in New Town. So, it is important to prevent water loss, leakages and quality deterioration. Hence, we will be embracing this technology,” a senior official of HIDCO said. It may be mentioned that water in New Town comes from the Hooghly river located around 10 km away and then it is treated using the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) enabled plant in New Town, to supply pure potable water to all. The entire water supply network is underground and houses built on 6 acres and less is exempt from paying water charges. 24/7 treated water is provided to all citizens. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayRecently, a national-level workshop on smart water was held at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, which was attended by Mohan Kumar of the civil engineering department of IISc Bangalore. NKDA chairman Debashis Sen mentioned that reject water from RO units (Reserve Osmosis water purifiers: for example the Water ATM in Eco Park Gate 2) and condensed water usually drained out from air conditioners in HIDCO Bhavan, will be stored in tanks for use in lawns or parks. The design process has been started by the engineering wing of HIDCO. Sen also talked about attempts in New Town to use rejected water from Sewerage Water Treatment Plant to water road-median plants through tankers. He also suggested organising a hackathon to get such solutions on the ground.last_img read more

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