New mining machinery parts 3D visualisation tool from Ventyx

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first_imgABB company Ventyx has announced it has added powerful 3D visualisation with “hot-pointing” capabilities to its Ventyx LinkOne electronic parts catalogue and maintenance manual. With this new functionality, ABB states that Ventyx LinkOne WebView 3.7 “significantly enhances the ability of mining fleet maintenance managers and other end users to graphically traverse a product assembly – drilling down to a single component in seconds for faster, more accurate parts ordering.” At the same time, manufacturers of industrial machinery and other heavy equipment can deliver richer content in the LinkOne format to provide customers and distributors with a more advanced and differentiated parts management solution that can help more effectively drive aftermarket sales.“LinkOne WebView 3.7 takes electronic parts management to the next level, providing customers with a cutting-edge way to minimise machine and business downtime, while empowering manufacturers to better distinguish themselves in the market and generate increased parts revenues,” said John Benders, Vice President of Asset-Intensive Industry Solutions at Ventyx. 3D models have traditionally been within the realm of engineering departments. With LinkOne, however, Ventyx puts 3D visualisation capabilities into the hands of maintenance and manufacturing professionals for advanced electronic parts ordering and management. The de facto standard for electronic parts catalogs in the mining industry, Ventyx LinkOne is employed by some of the world’s largest mining companies, as well as four of the world’s five largest heavy-equipment manufacturers to deliver electronic parts catalogs to their customers.In addition to providing the ability to view and manipulate 3D models of parts and assemblies, LinkOne WebView 3.7 introduces hot-pointing capabilities when viewing a 3D product model. Hot-pointing automatically links components of a product model to their corresponding price lists to help ensure correct ordering. This feature also enables 3D models to be used as a tool for quickly navigating a LinkOne parts book or catalogue. Additionally, Ventyx LinkOne WebView now features out-of-the-box integration with Microsoft SharePoint, providing an alternate method for organisations to link content with a LinkOne book without republishing the original book. Once the association between SharePoint documents and LinkOne books is established, the SharePoint document will appear as an additional item within the LinkOne table of contents at the appropriate location. LinkOne WebView also introduces the ability for users to be notified directly when content in the electronic parts catalogue has been altered. With OEMs now maintaining large libraries of LinkOne books all over the world, the new release includes new documentation of tools to help ensure entire libraries are kept synchronised.last_img read more

Solar powered mining for IAMGOLD at Rosebel Suriname

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first_imgIAMGOLD Corp and its subsidiary, Rosebel Gold Mines (RGM), will fund development of a solar power project with an installed capacity of 5 MW in Suriname. This project is delivering on a prior commitment to the Government of Suriname, which was made in connection with a prior deal that significantly lowered the company’s cost of power. The building cost is expected to be in the range of$12 to $14 million, including the work necessary to prepare and provide access to the site. It is planned to be operational at the start of the third quarter of 2014. The Solar Project will be managed and operated by RGM, with all electric power being used at the RGM site, and will interconnect to Suriname’s electric power grid system.Ron Halas, Vice President Commercial, South America and Project Coordinator stated, “This project is a positive step forward for IAMGOLD and Suriname as a whole. Five megawatts of additional generating capacity will help the mine to reduce operating costs and free up existing power capacity for use by other customers in Suriname. I am pleased that IAMGOLD has chosen this proven ‘green’ technology to meet the increasing power needs at RGM.”Steven Letwin, President and CEO, commented that, “As Rosebel transitions from mining soft rock to harder rock deposits we need an increased amount of power to crush and grind the ore to facilitate the gold extraction. We have successfully negotiated reductions in the cost of power at Rosebel and this solar project further improves the cost and supply of power to meet our needs. Adapting such technologies to our business is exactly the type of innovation this industry requires to succeed in the future.”IAMGOLD will continue to work cooperatively with the Government of Suriname on this project. It plans to share all technical information with relevant Government Authorities and ADEK University of Suriname so as to improve the understanding of solar power potential in Suriname.last_img read more

MBE Minerals secures major order from Australian iron ore operation for heavy

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first_imgMBE Minerals reports it has secured yet another export contract from Australia for the supply of its custom engineered and manufactured heavy duty vibrating screens. The South African OEM attributes the ongoing successes being achieved in Australia to its ability to produce vibrating screens that offer reliable operation in the mining sector. Heinz Mittermaier, Engineering Manager at MBE Minerals, says that the recent contract underpins South African OEMs’ capabilities in producing equipment for demanding applications in the mining sector, and particularly those in a first world country like Australia.The screens form part of an ongoing replacement cycle at an Australian iron ore mine and Mittermaier says that with its extensive experience in such applications on the African continent MBE Minerals has been able to optimise its screen design. “Those screens already supplied previously have proven successful in terms of throughput tonnages and operational reliability and the customer has chosen to continue with this optimised product.”But what is of even greater importance is that MBE Minerals has been able to leverage not only its engineering and manufacturing capability but also communication technology to ensure that the customer’s needs have been met. “The strength of this customer relationship and collaboration is underpinned by our ability to accurately interpret the specific needs of an individual customer and to meet these, while being on a different continent,” Mittermaier says.MBE Minerals has extensive experience in the manufacture of custom screens with its legacy that goes back more than 150 years. The company, previously known as Humboldt Wedag, still relies on solid internal engineering systems and standards, and it is these proven standards that are being used with state-of-the-art 3D design technology, manufacturing materials and processes to produce world class vibrating screens.The MBE Minerals screens being supplied are 2.4 by 4.5 m and have been optimised for this iron ore operation. The design makes use of the benefit of low power consumption for the movement of large masses which is only provided by the resonance system. In addition to the already low power consumption of the vibrating screen, the life expectancy of the screen box has been improved significantly by combining state-of-the-art wear resistance components with the reliably designed heavy duty screen structure.MBE Minerals manufactures a wide variety of vibrating screens with sound mechanical features including vibration dampening, application specific cross members with optimised wear lining and the appropriate feed and discharge chutes. Screens can be of linear or circular motion design, and in single and double deck configurations.last_img read more

Fortescue cuts autonomous truck retrofit time from 21 to 8 days

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first_imgDuring the recent investor tour of its operations, Fortescue Metals Group had some further interesting insights into its autonomy journey. One particularly interesting statistic that reflects how the autonomous mining world has changed, is that it together with Caterpillar has cut conversion of 793F trucks to autonomous operation from 21 to only 8 days. The company has also completed its first conversion of a Komatsu 930E integrated to the Caterpillar MineStar system.FMG also said that it is now seeing 32% productivity improvements with autonomous trucking. Overall in its Chichester Hub operations, it is now running 34 autonomous 793Fs at Christmas Creek, while retrofits are commencing at Cloudbreak mine. Autonomy will roll out across all its operations by end 2019.With autonomous drills, FMG says it is achieving 30% higher drill hours and consistent penetration rates compared to manned equivalent as well as a 20% reduction in the number of drills required.Finally its relocatable conveyor, supplied by RCR Tomlinson, which just sadly entered administration, has given greater flexibility and increased accessibility to other orebodies. Consisting of relocatable modules and crushers, it achieved full capacity within 14 days and is adaptable to other Fortescue operations. The company estimates it has replaced 12 manned trucks.last_img read more

Kasper Hvidt VS Jesper Noddesbo VIDEO

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← Previous Story Jakov Gojun three years in BM Atletico Madrid Next Story → Women’s TOP 10 “BEST BUYS” for 2011/2012: Woltering is the best investment! AG CopenhagenF.C Barcelona handballJesper NoddesboKasper Hvidt AG Copenhagen won the first match against F.C Barcelona 29:23 at the Velux EHF CL 1/4 Final, but Danish and Spanish handball fans have to be worried, because of Kasper Hvidt and Jesper Noddesbo red card in the 59th minute of the match. Direct exclusion means that players have to miss second match in Barcelona next weekend, but EHF will investigate the case. What do you think?[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPw-jUOJWhM[/youtube] read more

Womens U 20 WCh 14 Finals Korea against Europeans

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← Previous Story Luc Abalo in Paris for 500.000 EUR? Next Story → Belarusian Meshkov Brest joins SEHA League! Junior wch handballKorea HandballU20 HandballWCh handball Seven European NTs and Korea will fight for the World’s crown at the Women’s U20 World Championship in Czech Republic. Matches of the 1/4 Finals will be played on Tuesday and here is official SCHEDULE:KOREA VS FRANCEHUNGARY VS POLANDNORWAY VS SERBIASWEDEN VS RUSSIA

Carpatian Cup with Romania Hungary and Ukraine

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← Previous Story Gro Hammerseng is back – Larvik wins with +27! Next Story → Rock Feliho joins HBC Nantes again! Romanian Handball Federation will organise traditional “Carpatian Cup” on the first weekend of October. Despite Romania and Romania B, participation will take women’s NT of Hungary and Ukraine.Here is official schedule:October 5, 16:00 – Hungarian-UkraineOctober 5, 18:00 – Romania Romania A-BOctober 6, 10:00 – Romania B-HungaryOctober 6, 12:00 – Romania-UkraineOctober 7, 10:00 – Romania B-UkraineOctober 7, 12:00 – Romania-Hungary Romanian handball Federation read more

Womens EHF EURO 2012 Croatia and Iceland are out

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← Previous Story HSV Hamburg signs Henrik Toft Hansen from next season Next Story → Macedonia to break negative record on EHF EURO events? Here are the results of the Preliminary Group C and D at the Women’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia:GROUP CHungary – Spain 32:31Germany – Croatia 17:16TABLE:Spain 4Hungary 4Germany 2Croatia 2GROUP D:Russia – Iceland 30:21Montenegro – Romania 23:20TABLE:Montenegro 6Russia 3Romania 3Iceland 0The Main Group – Novi Sad:Montenegro 4Hungary 4Spain 2Russia 1Romania 1Germany 0 read more

Men EHF Champions League Groups drawn – Dinamo Minsk and Tatran Presov

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 RK Vojvodina  Alpla HC Hard  Elverum Handball Herrer Borac Banja Lukachampions leagueDinamo MinskEHF Champions Leagueelverumhandballmen champions leaguevojvodina  A.E.K. Athens  RK Borac m:tel Banja Luka  FC Porto Vitalis  Besiktas JK Group 4:  HC Motor Zaporozhye  TATRAN Presov ← Previous Story Women EHF Champions League Qualification groups decided Next Story → Qualification Groups for World Championship 2015, Slovenia with Ukraine and Switzerland Group 3:  HCM Constanta The drawing for the Men’s EHF Champions League qualification tournaments have been carried out in Vienna. The first right to organise a draw goes to Presov, Vojvodina and Porto. Playing dates: 31 August and 1 September. The outcome is the following:Group 2: HC Dinamo Minsk  HV KRAS/Volendam read more

ONCE IN CELJE ALWAYS IN CELJE Luka Zvizej ends career at home

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Celje Pivovarna LaskoCelje PLluka zvizejrokomet Celje Pivovarna Lasko captain, Luka Zvizej (34), has put his signature on a new three-year deal with Celje, and announced that in 2017 after it expires, he will put end to his career. One of the successors of Edouard Koksharov on the left-wing position in the Celje team, started his career in year 2000, and his career took him to Barcelona with which he won the Champions League, and then to Pick Szeged. He returned to Celje in 2010, and has since been irreplaceable in the team, becoming a captain too.His new contract, he commented it with “Once in Celje, always in Celje”. ← Previous Story REAL DERBY: Luka Stepancic silences “Banjica”! Next Story → HANDBALL PERSON 2013: Stars, master-minds, fighters… read more

Metalurg wins golden point in Minsk – Vardar goes to Paris for

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← Previous Story Löwen storm over winless St. Petersburg Next Story → BOTH SLOVENIAN TEAMS AT TOP 16: Gorenje wins in Denmark! 1. FC Barcelona9810319:225(94)17 3. HC Vardar – Skopje9423244:228(16)10 handballPSG Handballvardar handball 2. PSG Handball9513280:263(17)11 4. HC Metalurg9423225:236(-11)10 6. Wacker Thun9018216:299(-83)1 Macedonian team RK Metalur and RK Vardar had successdul Sunday. Metalurg have won a point in the last second of the match in Minsk, which probably secured the third place for Lino Cervars’ se team at the end…Vardar will try to avoid fourth place by victory over PSG in Paris next weekend…Dinamo Minsk – Metalurg  23:23 (13:11)Dinamo Minsk: Pejanović (14 saves), Bogdanov, Bombač  4, Rutenka 4, Doborac 3, Ninčević 3, Šelmenko 3, Mačkovšek 2, Babičev 1, Bundalo 1, Doroščuk 1, Miklavčić 1, Brouka, Harbuz, Nikolenkau i Vailupau.Metalurg: Stanić (16 saves), Mijatović, Ojleski 5, Vugrinec 5, Atman 3, Cindrić 3, Dimovski 3, Georgievski 2, Manaskov 2, Jonovski, Kedžo, N.Markoski, V.Markoski, Mirkulovski, Mojsoski i Pecakovski.RK Vardar – Wacker Thun   32:25 (17:11)RK Vardar: Milić, Angelov, Stoilov 3, Kozlina, Stoilov, Nedanovski 2, Pribak 2, Toskić 1, Raković 1, Petrić 3, Marković 3, Karačić 6, Lazarov 3, Dibirov 3, Brumen 3, Čipurin 2.Vaker Tun: Merc, Linder 1, Dahler, Isailović 4, Franiќ 1, Lenc Tomas 2, Kaspar, Fridli 1, Von Dešvanden 8, Vinkler, Halkidis 3, Radgeb 2, Hujler 1, Huser 2, Studer, Dokić.STANDINGS: 5. HC Dinamo Minsk9216236:269(-33)5 read more

Over 21000 players from 43 countries make unforgetable Partille Cup 2015

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← Previous Story Beach Handball after Lloret, ahead Laussane: We have to make show Next Story → Ahmed El-Ahmar returns to Al-Zamalek Partille Cup 2015 is over and it’s time to look back on a week with a fantastic handball party in the most wonderfully sunny weather.All together 3 631 matches have been played at 60 playing fields at Heden, Skatås, Kviberg and Valhalla.Parallell with Partille Cup we’ve also seen 16 national teams (boys born 1996) playing the European Open Championship in Lisebergshallen, Valhalla indoors and Scandinavium.The Friday night EOC-final saw Iceland as the winner after a tough game against Sweden.During the Partille Cup-week participants from 43 countries, close to 21 000 players in 1 035 teams have not only been playing handball, they’ve also got to know the city of Gothenburg – visited Liseberg and Universeum, travelled the beautiful archipelago and shopped in Nordstan and other parts of the city.Totally Partille Cup generates 110 million SEK (11 millions Euros) to the city and is every year regarded as one of the most important events for Gothenburg.– Is’s been an amazing week and of course we are very please that the weather gods was on our side, says Fredrik Andersson, Partille Cup general secretary.– Especially at Heden the inhabitants of Gothenburg and all tourists in the city have helped us making this an unforgettable event. Our own calculations shows that close 250 000 people has been visiting Heden during the week.In 2016 Partille Cup will be played between July 4 and July 9.– I can honestly say that 2015 has been our best year ever, says Fredrik Andersson. We’ve been working hard to raise quality in everything, from small to big. But of course you are never fully satisfied, we can be even better!– In our next phase we will focus on being bigger. We want to grow when it comes to the number of teams and participants. We are ready to take that step in 2016.On the sporting level Sweden and Denmark has been the most successful countries – Sweden with nine classes won, Denmark with five. The most successful teams has been Redbergslids IK fron Gothenburg, the Partille Cup organizer IK Sävehof, Herning FH and Hjortshöj Egå IF from Denmark, with two victories each.Here are all the winner in Partille Cup 2015:Boys 10: OV Helsingborg, Sweden                      Girls 10: Önnereds HK, SwedenBoys 11: H71 2, The Faroe Islands                       Girls 11: Herning FH, DenmarkBoys 12: ÖBG Silkeborg, Denmark                      Girls 12: Bording KFUM, DenmarkBoys 13: Da-Jia Junior, China/Taipeh                Girls 13: Hjortshöj Egå IF, DenmarkBoys 14: H43 Lund 1, Sweden                               Girls 14: Kungälvs HK, SwedenBoys 15: Ski IL 2, Norway                                      Girls 15: Hjortshöj Egå IF, DenmarkBoys 16: IK Sävehof, Sweden                                Girls 16: Herning FH, DenmarkBoys 18: Redbergslids IK, Sweden                       Girls 18: IK Sävehof, SwedenBoys 21: Redbergslids IK, Sweden                       Girls 21: BK Heid, SwedenPHOTO & SOURCE: http://partillecup.com/ read more

PGE Vive Kielce celebrate win over Rhein Neckar Lowen

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PGE Vive KielceRhein Neckar Lowen The Polish champions PGE Vive Kielce beat Rhein Neckar Lowen 35:32 in the EHF Champions League Round 2.Talant Dujshebaev’s boys after solid performance in Veszprem last weekend, were reinforced with Croatian playmaker Luka Cindric for the first time in European elite competition, who had a positive impact on attack.PGE VIVE: Ivić, Cupara – Jurecki 3, A. Dujshebaev 5, Aguinagalde 4, Janc 3, Lijewski 3, Moryto 1, Cindrić 5, Fernandez  2, D. Dujshebaev 2, Karalek 3Rhein-Neckar: Appelgren, Palicka – Schmid 9, Lipovina, Sigurdsson 5, Radivojević 1, Tollbring 1, Abutović, Mensah Laresen 2, Faeth, Groetzki 1, Taleski, Guardiola 2, Petersson 7, Nielsen 3, Kohlbacher 1PHOTO: PGE Vive Kielce ← Previous Story EHF CL: Barca beat Veszprem Next Story → EHF CL: Montpellier defeated in Brest! read more

Enda Kenny I feel the peoples pain

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first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said that the forthcoming Budget is going to be tough irrespective of the scale of the adjustment that the government agrees on.Speaking to RTE’s Morning Ireland from the Fine Gael think-in in Laois this morning, Kenny said that he wanted to deliver the Budget “in as fair a way as possible”.“We always said that this government, running its full term, will have three more budgets and this one, as has been pointed out, is going to be tough anyway, no matter what you do,” he said.“It’s never easy when you get to the last sections of what it is you have to do.”He said he “smells signs of confidence” and hopes that Ireland can continue to attract international confidence to encourage multinationals to invest here.During the interview he focussed on what he said were “a number of traps” in the welfare system that needed to be dealt with “whereby we can get people off the Live Register and into the world of work”.He pointed to the issue of rent supplement which has been cut off when a person gets a job.He said that a housing assistance payment would instead ‘taper off’ when a person secures employment and therefore they would not lose their benefits instantaneously.“I feel the people’s pain”On the proposal to have free GP care for all children under the age of five, Kenny said that it would be “one of the issues that will be considered by the Cabinet when we get down to business”.He said that despite Labour taking a hammering in the polls it is “not about victory for one party”.“I feel the people’s pain, because come into my office, the same as any other office, and this has not been easy for anybody,” he said when asked was he cognisant of the problems facing Labour in the opinion polls.He said that it would have been “very difficult for a party on its own” to deliver a successor to the Croke Park Agreement and praised Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin for his work on the Haddington Road deal.He added: “The Irish people have always been pragmatic here.  What was the problem, identify the problem, define your strategy and get on with it.”Noonan: We might have some leeway if figures ahead of Budget are positivelast_img read more

Tech firm Qualtrics to hire 50 people at Dublin base

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first_imgUS COMPANY QUALTRICS opened its European headquarters in Dublin today, announcing plans to recruit 50 people in the capital in the next 12 months.The data collection and analysis firm’s office on Earlsfort Terrace represents its first international expansion. Based on growth to date, the firm says it hopes to hire around 150 people across Europe, the Middle East and Africa over the next three years or so.Speaking at the official opening, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the move was “another vote of confidence in the country’s strengths as a location for investment and jobs”.According to CEO Ryan Smith, Dublin offers “significant opportunity in terms of the available talent and resources needed to grow our business”. He added:Additionally, through our relationship with IDA Ireland, within a matter of weeks, we were able to very quickly move from initial discussions to full-scale operational implementation.Founded in Utah in 2002, the company experienced triple digit growth in 2012, and more than doubled its workforce to 350 employees in the past year.Recruitment has already commenced, and details can be found qcareers.ie.Read: Bruton: ‘Of course I’m worried about the emigration brain drain’Column: The dole queue or the departure lounge? This is the choice Ireland’s youth is facinglast_img read more

Just five clicks to book a Ryanair flight as part of website

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first_imgRYANAIR’S NEW WEBSITE will allow users make a booking in five mouse clicks as opposed to the 17 it now takes according to the airline.The move comes as part of a raft of website changes to be introduced by the carrier which today saw the removal of the much maligned Recaptcha security feature on its website in which customers were required to type two words which were often difficult to distinguish into a text box .A 24-hour “grace period” to allow customers to fix minor errors in bookings will be in place by the end of this week with a redesign of the website expected to be in place by 15 November.Another change the airline plans to introduce are mobile boarding passes where travellers can choose to either print their boarding passes or download them to their smartphones. A member service  will also allow customers to enter their details the Ryanair website.Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary says the new features “will help more customers to make great savings and waste less time by booking Ryanair’s flights”.The web redesign follows on from changes to customer service policies last week which saw the airline cutting baggage fess as well as charges for not printing out boarding passes ahead of flying.Read: Ryanair Pilot Group calls on O’Leary to negotiate single contract >Read: Ryanair to cut fees and bring in quiet flights. No, seriously. >last_img read more

This is what was lost when Penn Station was demolished 50 years

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first_imgAll above five images from US Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs DivisionThe station had been a meeting place, a focal point for visiting dignitaries as well as a travel hub. This iconic image from 1942 is of a US soldier kissing his wife goodbye at Penn Station before going off to fight in World War II:Image: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association ImagesThe children of Charlie Chaplin and Lita Gray Chaplin – Charles Jr and Sydney Earle – pictured on a train leaving Penn station en route to the Pacific coast on 14 July 1932: THIS WEEK FIFTY years ago, authorities in New York City carried out a “monumental act of vandalism” by knocking Pennsylvania Station to the ground.Sports venue Madison Square Garden was built on the site in the stead of what had been a pink-granite, marble-columned Beaux-Arts-style masterpiece. Photographs of the original Penn Station – built between 1905 and 1910 – show it to be a landmark to rival the still-existing Grand Central Station.In fact, Grand Central Station owes its continued existence to a landmarks preservation law that was brought in on foot of the outcry over Penn’s destruction. A New York Times article from 1963 decried the demolition:Until the first blow fell, no-one was convinced that Penn Station really would be demolished, or that New York would permit this monumental act of vandalism against one of the largest and finest landmarks of its age of Roman elegance.The station had 84 marble Doric columns and a 150-foot vaulted ceiling over its concourse.This image shows 3,000 people crammed into the main waiting room at Penn Station on 3 April 1949 to hear New York City council president Vincent Impellitteri speak at the launch of the United Jewish Appeal’s ‘Caravan of Hope’:Image: AP Photo/Harry HarrisAnd on a less busy day in spring of 1962, the Historic American Buildings Survey snapped these images to preserve what was soon to be lost: Image: AP Photo archiveCuban president Fidel Castro arriving at Penn Station to crowds of admirers on a US trip in 21 April 1959. (You can spot him just to the right of the lamp in the centre of the photograph, wearing a cap):Image: Ray Stu bblebine/AP/Press Association ImagesA 1962 aerial shot shows the original Penn Station in all its glory:Image: AP PhotoAfter the destruction. The construction of the new Madison Square Garden – on the site where Penn Station had stood for 53 years – is shown on 24 August 1966:And on 2 March 1967:And on 14 December 1967:And on opening night on 11 February 1968. Bob Hope stands centrestage, hosting a benefit show for the United Services Organisations.All above images by AP Photo archive.And what of the rail station? It still is a massive transport hub – the mostly underground terminal now looks like this:Image: BusinessInsiderThe hidden gems of Dublin architectural heritage>Why did this architect want to demolish downtown Paris?>last_img read more

Taoiseach on samesex marriage I wouldnt have the same opinion as the

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first_imgThough it is pencilled in for early 2015, the Taoiseach is less certain, saying that a date is not decided and that the referendum could be part of a series of votes held on one day dealing with recommendations from the Constitutional Convention.Kenny also acknowledged possible difficulties within his own party on the issue of rights for same-sex couples when asked if he believed a bill parents in a same-sex relationship would be supported by all in the Fine Gael parliamentary party.“It’s a matter for debate and discussion,” he said. “Obviously the Fine Gael party has a very broad range on any piece of legislation. People are entitled to have their own views of course.”The Taoiseach added that for him “my politics, the big thing, is getting our country back to work. Everything flows from that”.Read: First poll finds large majority in favour of same sex marriageRead: Same-sex marriage vote to be one of a number of referendums to be held in 2015 THE TAOISEACH DOES not share the view of the Tánaiste that same-sex marriage is the “civil rights issue of this generation” ahead of a referendum on the issue which is due to take place in 2015.Enda Kenny stressed that he will support the referendum’s passage and campaign for it but said that the single biggest issue for him is “jobs and employment”.Eamon Gilmore has previously said that “the right of gay couples to marry is, quite simply, the civil rights issue of this generation and, in my opinion, its time has come” with the Cabinet agreeing in November to a recommendation from the Constitutional Convention to hold a referendum.Several Cabinet ministers, including Fine Gael’s Leo Varadkar and Alan Shatter, have publicly come out in favour of legalising marriage between same-sex couples.The Taoiseach’s refusal to state what his position was caused some controversy in the summer of 2012 and though he has now committed to supporting a referendum when it is held he has not specifically outlined his beliefs on the issue.“I wouldn’t have the same opinion as the Tánaiste, don’t get me wrong on that now, I support it and will canvass for it when it comes,” Kenny said.“But for me, the single biggest issue is our jobs and employment. This is what politics is about, this is about motivating people, about opening doors of opportunity, about sorting out the problems that are there.”last_img read more

CRINGE Director Michael Bay flees the stage after teleprompter fail

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first_imgI got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off.Now, can we get you some ointment for that pulled cringe muscle?9 things Michael Bay needs to say sorry for>Transformers director Michael Bay attacked on set in Hong Kong>7 staggering similarities between drunk Sherlock and drunk YOU> Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES – I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. TRANSFORMERS DIRECTOR MICHAEL Bay is used to special effects making his projects look the business, so when he was faced with nothing but a teleprompter and a live audience it was a recipe for disaster.Bay was at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, helping Samsung to promote its new curved TV when a teleprompter fail made him turn on his heel and leg it off the stage.Watch it here, if you dare: Source: CNETBay has posted an explanation to his personal blog, explaining that live shows just aren’t his thing:last_img read more

Irelands snowboarder Seamus OConnor through to semifinals of Slopestyle

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first_imgTHE WINTER OLYMPICS began for Ireland this morning as snowboarder Seamus O’Connor went in the second slopestyle qualification heat in Sochi.And the the US-born 16-year-old ensured he’ll line out in the semi-finals of the event at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park thanks to a 13th place finish. The top four in each heat earned a place in the final while the semis are scheduled for Saturday morning.O’Connor will also go in the halfpipe event next week.Britain’s snowboarder Billy Morgan was the first competitor in action in the Games. The first Russian to take part in Sochi was Alexey Sobolev who was the ninth man down the course.“The conditions are good and I can’t complain. It would be great if the park stays as it is after the Olympics so we can train here,” he said.Women’s freestyle skiing and team figure skating also start on Thursday and alpine skiiers will be training ahead of the official opening ceremony on Friday. Security at the Games has been a major concern following two deadly December suicide attacks in the southern Russian city of Volgograd.Adding to that unease is a stream of threats from Islamist militants in the volatile northern Caucasus region.- additional reporting AFP‘I’d play Gerrard wherever he wants. He’s still world class,’ says FowlerThe new old enemy: 7 of the best Ireland v Wales clasheslast_img read more