Engineering material and application specialists, Nylacast, made history at the prestigious 2018 British Engineering Excellence Awards, with its low friction marine technology the Chock Liner receiving the accolade for Materials Application of the year.The ten strong judging panel bought in from across the engineering spectrum to scrutinise each finalist, summarised the Chock Liner as being “A classic example of the right material finding the perfect application to create a successful product.”Initially developed for LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) carriers in the oil and gas sector, the multiple advantages created by the Chock Liner today see it being used across the global maritime industry, featuring on a wide variety of vessel types including Navy, tugs, ferries, container vessels and cruise liners.The low friction product is an engineering solution and application created to address the mooring challenges faced within the industry. Developed using Nylacast’s leading materials technology, the custom-formulated polyamide 6 material, coupled with the patented product design results in an easily installed and retrofitted liner, delivering significant reduction of rope wear, abrasion and tearing. It also provides better equalisation of mooring loads, in addition to greatly reducing the need for routine and costly maintenance.Taking place at County Hall in Central London, just a stone’s throw away from Parliament Square, the British Engineering Excellence Awards, hosted by writer and broadcaster Dr Kevin Fong, welcomed leading companies from across the UK to celebrate engineering success and innovation stemming from the region. The event saw the Materials Application of the Year Award being presented to Nylacast.Having previously received The BEEA’s for its EPS Worm Wheel and Pipe in Pipe Spacers, records were set at this year’s prestigious ceremony when Nylacast took to the stage for a third time in the awards nine year history.Nylacast Group Marketing Manager, Junaid Makda, commented, “The Chock Liner is great evidence of using engineering to combat challenges regularly encountered in key industries. We are honored to have received a third British Engineering Excellence Award, which is testament to the teams, infrastructure and engineering know-how continuously developed at Nylacast.”The Chock Liner functions to increase the performance and efficiency of mooring operations worldwide, whether it is on a ferry transporting vehicles and passengers, or on a container vessel transporting goods across the globe. The Chock Liner technology creates vast commercial value, increased mooring performance and significantly greater health and safety benefits for vessel builders, owners, operators, and crew members and subsequently their customers.Sea News, October 11 Author: Baibhav Mishra
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott had surgery on his left wrist Friday morning, and, according to his father, everything went well. It does appear, however, that Elliott, for the second time in less than a year, needed to have a pin inserted into his wrist. How do we know? Elliott’s father, Stacy, posted a photo of the x-ray taken after the surgery. My Sun has some new hardware! And no I didn’t abandon him! Was on a medication run! @EzekielElliott pic.twitter.com/W7VuNTyWiZ— Ambassador Elliott (@stacy_elliott) February 20, 2015Elliott had surgery last August on the same wrist, and had a pin inserted back then as well. Hopefully the second time is the charm.
Instagram/kentuckymbbCenter Skal Labissiere, a talented former five-star recruit, is set to be one of the top freshmen in college basketball for Kentucky this season, but according to a report by ESPN, he hasn’t been cleared to play. Kentucky’s highly touted freshman Skal Labissiere has not yet been cleared by the NCAA, his guardian told ESPN: http://t.co/FoknPhgP05— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) October 7, 2015Kentucky’s highly touted freshman big man Skal Labissiere has not been cleared to play by the NCAA, his guardian told ESPN on Wednesday.“Not yet,” Labissiere’s guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN. “We’re just trying to get everything squared away. They are asking a few questions.”“They haven’t cleared him, but we’re sticking with our faith,” he added. “There’s no real concern about anything from the Kentucky compliance people.”ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello say that the NCAA is looking into Labissiere’s relationship with Hamilton, who brought him to the U.S. from Haiti.Labissiere arrived in the United States in 2010 from Haiti following the devastating earthquake that hit the country. Hamilton has moved Labissiere from Evangelical Christian School to Lausanne Collegiate – also in Memphis — where he was ruled ineligible to play. Labissiere wound up playing for Memphis-based Reach Your Dream Prep – which was formed by Hamilton to give the talented big man somewhere to play for his senior campaign.247Sports ranked Labissiere as the No. 2 player in the 2015 recruiting class. Kentucky is deep and talented as ever, but they’ll take a massive hit if there’s any hold-up in Labissiere’s eligibility. [ESPN]
Jaipur: Claiming the coveted wickets of Virat Kohli and South African run-machine AB De Villiers was the best moment of my cricketing career, says young Rajasthan Royals spinner Shreyas Gopal. The leg-spinner took 3 wickets for 12 runs in his magical four-over spell, which helped Rajasthan Royals secure their first win of the season, a seven-wicket victory over struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday night. “Getting Virat Kohli and AB Villiers in same match is a dream for any youngster. It is the best moment of my cricketing career and definitely one of biggest moments of my IPL cricket,” Shreyas said at the post match conference here. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Any wicket is a big wicket but obviously these two are big names so it feels that much more better. But I feel I shouldn’t be getting ahead of myself and stay calm,” he added. The 25-year-old said that it was hard to devise a plan against batsmen of Kohli and De Villiers’ stature. “Honestly, I feel it is hard to plan a dismissal for batsmen like them (Kohli and De Villiers). You just need to be able to bowl your best ball and try and hit the best area on that particular wicket. It is all based on the situation,” Gopal said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”When you land on the ground you obviously do your homework. What the type of ground is, how the wicket is reacting, how the opposition has been playing. So for example (Krishnappa) Gowtham bowling three of his overs in powerplay felt like a good idea at that moment.” The youngster said he was keen to learn from more experienced cricketers in the team, including captain Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith. “In between overs I just go to Ajju Bhai (Rahane), Jos (Buttler) or Smith and have a couple of words and try to understand what they think about the game because they have a lot of experience.” Asked about his side leaking runs in the death overs, Gopal said it was part and parcel of the game and the entire bowling unit should take responsibility and lift the team. “In this cricket (T20) you will definitely be hit for boundaries depending on the kind of overs you are bowling,” he said.
Moscow: Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden on Thursday slammed the arrest in London of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, calling it a “dark moment for press freedom.” Snowden fled to Russia in 2013 after leaking thousands of classified documents to the media about the US government’s extensive surveillance activities. “Images of Ecuador’s ambassador inviting the UK’s secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of — like it or not — award-winning journalism out of the building are going to end up in the history books,” the former contractor with the US National Security Agency said on Twitter. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom,” said the fugitive former US government contractor. Snowden denounced Ecuador’s decision to withdraw asylum from Assange, who had been living in its London embassy since 2012. He called the decision an “extraordinary and very likely unprecedented revocation of what at least the United Nations considers a legitimate grant of asylum.” Like Snowden, Assange remains a polarising figure, with some calling him a heroic campaigner for openness, while others accuse him of being an enemy of the US trying to avoid justice. “I don’t have to agree with every part of a man’s journalism to believe he shouldn’t be arrested for it,” Snowden wrote in response to criticism of Assange’s methods. Snowden is has largely maintained a low profile in Russia after being given refugee status by the authorities.
Chandigarh: The Election Commission has issued a notice to BJP’s Chandigarh candidate Kirron Kher, seeking a reply after she shared a video on Twitter in which children were seen campaigning for her.However, in her reply, Kher said it was done “unintentionally”, acknowledging that it was “wrong”. The poll panel had asked the actor-turned-politician to reply within 24 hours. “You have shared a video on your Twitter account which shows that children are being used for election campaign in your favour through slogan ‘Vote for Kirron Kher’ and ‘Ab Ki Baar Modi Sarkar’,” the notice issued on May 3 said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIn the notice, it was mentioned that the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights in January 2017 had requested the Election Commission to ensure that children are not involved in any form with election-related activities, by either election officials or political parties. The EC had subsequently instructed that it should be ensured by all political parties and election officials that children are not involved in any election-related activity, as per the notice. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadKher later said she has sent her reply to the EC. “Some party worker sent it and my social media team shared it…Sometimes because of rush of work and enthusiasm, people do it and which is wrong. Children should not be used for this at all. I agree with that and it was not done unintentionally…So it was very bad, not good and it should not have been done,” she said. Kher is seeking re-election from the Chandigarh seat and is pitted against four-time MP and Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal and AAP’s Harmohan Dhawan. Chandigarh will vote in the last phase of the Lok Sabha election on May 19.
Vatican City: Pope Francis on Thursday passed a measure to oblige those who know about sex abuse in the Catholic Church to report it to their superiors, following a global clerical paedophilia scandal. Every diocese in the world will now be obliged to have a system for the reporting of abuse, under a new law published by the Vatican — but the requirement will not apply to secrets revealed to priests in the confessional. It is time to learn from the “bitter lessons of the past”, Francis said in the text of the legal decree. It follows a series of clerical assault cases in countries ranging from Australia to Chile, Germany and the US. The “Motu Proprio”, a legal document issued under the pope’s personal authority, declares that anyone who has knowledge of abuse, or suspects it, is “obliged to report (it) promptly” to the Church, using “easily accessible systems”. “Though this obligation was formerly left up to individual consciences, it now becomes a universally established legal precept” within the Church, said Andrea Tornielli, editorial director of the Vatican’s communications department. The law only applies within the Church and has no force to oblige individuals to report abuse to civil authorities. Under the new measure, every diocese around the world is obliged by June 2020 to create a system for the reporting of sexual abuse by clerics, the use of child pornography and cover-ups of abuse. The document focuses particularly on the sexual or psychological abuse of children and vulnerable adults, but also targets sexual abuse and violence resulting from an abuse of authority — such as the exploitation of nuns by priests. Pope Francis admitting publicly in February that priests have used nuns as “sexual slaves” — and may still be doing so. Victims’ groups have long called for Francis to put in place concrete measures to tackle clerical child abuse, including immediately firing any cleric found guilty of even a single act of abuse, or of covering it up. They also want all abusers or suspected abusers to be reported to police, and any abuse-related files handed over to them.
Colombo: A Muslim man was slashed to death in Sri Lanka Monday, police said after imposing a nationwide curfew to contain a violent new backlash against Easter suicide bombings. The 45-year-old man died shortly after admission to a hospital in Puttalam district during anti-Muslim rioting which began Sunday in the area, a police official told AFP. “Mobs had attacked him with sharp weapons at his carpentry workshop,” the official said. “This is the first death from the riots.” His death was reported after authorities ordered the entire country placed under a night curfew and police were ordered to use maximum force to deal with troublemakers. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Police will take stern action against rioters and constables have been issued with orders to use maximum force, Police Chief Chandana Wickramaratne warned in a televised address after rampaging mobs set fire to Muslim-owned shops and vehicles. Homes and mosques were also vandalised by large groups of people armed with sticks and blunt weapons, police said. The unrest was concentrated in three districts north of the capital, but a night curfew was imposed across the country to prevent the spread of violence, police said.
Imphal: Contending that the BJP does not pay heed to its ideas and suggestions, the NPF, a partner in the saffron party-led alliance in the state, has convened a meeting of its leaders on Saturday to decide if it would continue to stay in the coalition or withdraw support.Denying the allegation, the BJP said it has extended all possible cooperation to its partners to ensure smooth functioning of the government. The NPF has four MLAs in the 60-member Assembly. Even if the party pulls out, it wouldn’t impact the BJP-led coalition, which currently has 29 legislators in the House. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghEight of the 28 Congress MLAs, who had won the 2017 polls, defected to the BJP last year, taking its tally from 21 to 29 in the Assembly. The other parties in the ruling coalition are NPP (4), LJP (1), Independent (1) and AITC (1). Awangbou Newmai, the state unit chief of the Naga People’s Front (NPF), claimed that the BJP “looks down” on its alliance partners. “The BJP has never respected the spirit of alliance since the formation of government in 2017. There have been instances when their leaders have refused to consider our members as alliance partners,” he said, without elaborating. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadNewmai also said that the saffron party did not live up to the promises it made to its coalition partners. “The NPF has always considered the BJP as its big brother, but that did not stop the saffron party from bluffing to us. We haven’t got our due respect,” he claimed. Rebutting Newmai’s assertions, Ch Bijoy, the spokesperson of the BJP, said the NPF had maintained that it did not want any ministerial berth while joining the alliance, but now, it seems, the party has several demands. Of the four NPF MLAs in the Assembly, Loshii Dikho, who won from the Mao Assembly seat, is a cabinet minister. “The allegations made by the NPF are totally baseless and unfounded. All possible cooperation has been extended to our coalition partners for smooth functioning of the government,” he added.