How much do the Warriors view the Bucks as an Eastern Conference threat?

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors (10-1) play the Milwaukee Bucks (8-2) on Thursday at Oracle Arena. Below are more takeaways from the Warriors practice on Wednesday.Do the Warriors fear the deer?The Warriors maintain feeling pretty confident about their championship chances for obvious reasons. They won three out of the past four NBA titles. The Warriors have added a fifth All-Star in DeMarcus Cousins, who will eventually heal his left Achilles tendon and join Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson …last_img

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UK firm enters SA coal industry

first_img11 August 2008UK-based London Mining has entered the local coal mining sector with a US$120-million (about R920-million) acquisition of a 50.5% stake in DMC Energy from local diversified exploration and mining company Delta Mining Consolidated (DMC).“This acquisition will form the basis of London Mining’s new coal division, which we hope to grow rapidly in the future,” London Mining MD Christopher Brown said in a statement last week.“We are particularly excited about entering into the coal business due to the strong demand from steel making and power generation that has resulted in major price increases this year, in a similar manner to iron ore.”Following an internal reorganisation by DMC, Johannesburg-based DMC Energy will own 70% of Ashante Mineral Resource, which is based in Mpumalanga province, and 69.65% of DMC Coal, which operates in Limpopo province.Access to infrastructureAccording to the statement, Ashante Mineral Resource owns the Rietkuil coal project, which has an inferred in-situ resource of up to 288-million tonnes of coal, is situated just 13km from Eskom’s Kendal power station and 43km from the recently refurbished Grootvlei power station, and has access to rail, road and electricity infrastructure on site.DMC Coal owns the Limpopo project, which has a potential of 426-million tonnes of metallurgical and thermal coal, and the Pixley Ka Seme coal and torbanite project.That project includes a deposit in excess of 234-million tonnes of metallurgical coal, steam coal and anthracite, as well as 73-million tonnes of torbanite, a high-yielding oil shale with an estimated yield of one barrel of synthetic crude per tonne of shale.“DMC Energy has also secured an irrevocable 40-metric-ton-per-annum port allocation through the future Porto du Bella Vista port in Mozambique, and is in the process of acquiring additional coal exploration assets in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Swaziland [from DMC],” the statement read.“Rietkuil is being fast tracked into production and the other projects have substantial export potential through the new port in Mozambique,” Brown said. “This acquisition will add substantial value to London Mining.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Confirmed MH370 wreckage shows it did not have a controlled landing.

first_imgThe condition of new wreckage, which authorities believe is almost certain to have come from Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 370, shows the plane would have hit the water at high speed and disintegrated on impact.The find by a South African family in Mozambique – possibly the most significant discovery of wreckage from MH370 so far – would dispel the theories that the pilot tried to make a controlled landing.A serial number on the wreckage – dubbed the fourth piece – matches an upper main wing panel and shows it is almost certainly from MH370 say experts.A South African family that recently were on holiday in Mozambique came across the piece in December but only realised the significance after another suspected piece of debris – the second – was found on a sandbank off Mozambique two weeks ago.The new fourth piece bears a striking resemblance to the second found by American MH370 hunter Blaine Gibson.The family are now in contact with South African and Australian authorities.South Africa’s Civil Aviation Authority’s Accident and Incident Investigations Division has confirmed to East Coast Radio Newswatch they are sending an official to pick up the debris, before passing it on to international investigators looking into the disappearance of the plane.AirlineRatings understands its will be flown to Australia for identification.The second piece found by Mr Gibson arrived in Malaysia yesterday and is being sent onto Australia over the weekend for examination.Another piece – the third – which carries the grey and blue Malaysia Airlines colours was discovered on Reunion Island last week.In a twist, that piece which was now been handed over to police, was found by the Johnny Begue, who discovered the first piece of debris – a “flaperon” off MH370 in July last year.Mr Begue told AFP that he was out jogging on the shore when he found the object measuring about 40 by 20 centimetres which had a blue mark on the surface and was grey underneath.This piece is being flown to France for examination.Last week UWA oceanographer Charitha Pattiaratchi said drift modelling showed that debris would wash up first at Reunion Island then the East Coast of AfricaProfessor Pattiaratchi said that “debris would start appearing in the Mozambique Channel from September last year.”The latests finds, if confirmed from MH370,  confirm with out any doubt that the international search team are looking in the right area, 1800km west-south-west of Perth, for MH370 according to Professor Pattiaratchi.last_img read more

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Loopt Introduces Qs: Real-Time Polls in Place of Reviews

first_imgTags:#conferences#Location#mobile#web#Where 2.0 Think about your average, smartphone-enabled visit to a new restaurant: You sit down, take a gander at the menu and quickly pull out your phone to look up the latest Foursquare tips and Yelp reviews. Some are novels of glowing hyperbole while others lament the irritable waitress and denounce the spot as the diner on the seventh level of hell. Either way, you often find yourself overwhelmed and more confused than when you started out. Loopt, the mobile location tracking app and social network, announced today a new feature called Loopt Qs, “a fun, really social way to get bite-sized insider info and share your own opinions about a local place.” Loopt announced the new feature today on stage at the location-centric Where 2.0 conference. Loopt Qs offers real-time answers to common questions about locations around you – venues, restaurants, bars, and other locations. Is there a long line? What’s the best happy hour special here? Is the WiFi fast enough to work?“Most of the time, reviews are about a place you’re really excited about or someplace that really frustrated you,” explains the company in a demo video. “The reality is, most places are worth going to. […] By asking super specific questions that are quick and easy to answer, we capture a lot of the information that gets lost in the shuffle and the fact that it’s constantly being updated in real-time makes it sort of a radar for your city.”We’ve seen this similar functionality in another app called Localmind, which debuted at this year’s SXSW conference. With Localmind, users who check in to locations using an LBS service like Foursquare sign up to receive questions about those places. Other Localmind users can then see that there is someone checked-in and ask them a question. It’s a one-on-one interaction.Loopt Qs differs primarily in that it takes a collection of answers from many users and presents them in a graph, giving a simple, quick aggregate of answers. Are portions at this restaurant tiny, just right, or really large? Why take just one answer (potentially from a very large, hungry individual) when you can look at a bar graph of answers and see the most popular answer? This is Loopt’s approach with Qs.Loopt Qs will go live “very soon,” with San Franciscans getting first crack and other cities following. If you download the latest version now, the app will notify you when the new feature goes live. mike melanson The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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‘Using army in village will trigger panic’

first_imgWith the trouble comes the panic. After Delhi health minister Kiran Walia announced that the army would be brought in to tackle stagnating water around the Commonwealth Games Village, the state government showed signs of not implementing these plans.Sources said there was opposition to the army being brought in as this could send a ‘panic signal’ to the rest of the world.A top officer said: “The idea to call in the army has been scrapped for now. The government can’t afford to create the impression of an emergency or epidemic-like situation.” Walia remained unavailable despite repeated attempts to call her over the phone.Over a dozen participating nations have already sought information from the Games Organising Committee about the dengue outbreak in Delhi.The rains have struck the Games hard. The village is now surrounded by stagnant water. The pools are outside the village compound, but mosquitoes-including the potential dengue vectors-would not respect such boundaries.Scared that dengue could ruin the government’s efforts, Walia had claimed that the army would be pressed into service to curb the menace.The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Delhi government machinery, meanwhile, kept trying to fight the menace.”We can assure that there is no stagnant water inside the Games village. Fogging is being carried out twice a day inside as well as outside the village to prevent the spread of dengue mosquitoes. Water had collected there earlier too, but it was drained out. We will drain it out this time also,” DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar said.advertisementDDA officials also claimed that a hydraulic study of the village site had been conducted before the Games and the village would not be threatened by increased water in Yamuna.For now, the Games village is surrounded by pools of water on three sides, making for conducive conditions for breeding of mosquitoes, MCD sources said. Officials said the MCD workers found it difficult to tackle the situation.”We are spraying the walls of the village to ensure mosquitoes don’t survive. But the threat is real,” MCD public health committee chairman V. K. Monga said on Wednesday.He, however, specifically refused to comment on the induction of army in the anti-dengue drive. “It is for the Delhi government to decide,” he said.Monga had earlier said authorities are undertaking an exercise to spray a special chemical at all Games venues to keep mosquitoes at bay for nearly three months.The chemical-synthetic pyrethroid-will be sprayed on the walls of all rooms of the Games village as well as 21 other sports and training venues in the city, he had said. Officials have also said athletes will be given mosquito nets and repellents to keep dengue away.last_img read more

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