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U.P. woman dies while trying to deliver baby alone

first_imgA 25-year-old unmarried woman died while attempting to deliver a baby alone in her rented room at Bilandpur here, police said on Monday. According to sources, the woman was reportedly watching a video on giving birth on her mobile.A native of Bahraich, she was living in Gorakhpur for the last four years and was preparing for competitive exams, police said. Four days ago, she took a room on rent in Bilandpur area and on Sunday, the other tenants noticed blood coming out of the door of her room, police said. After reaching the spot, police found the woman and her baby lying in a pool of blood. The woman’s body was later taken for postmortem.“The woman was 25 years old and unmarried. She died in an attempt to deliver baby alone in her room in which she came to live on rent just four days ago. However, she was living in Gorakhpur for the last four years and was preparing for competitive exams,” said Ravi Rai, the SHO of Cant police station.“No FIR was lodged as the family did not give any complaint letter and they also did not reveal anything about the man with whom she was having an affair,” he said.last_img read more

BCCI chief Anurag Thakur hints at implementing Lodha reforms

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur has hinted at implementing the Lodha committee recommendations but said the board needs more time to do so.”BCCI needs to get all the state cricket associations on board to implement the reforms. And to do so, we need more time. May be one or one-and-a-half-month more,” Thakur was quoted as saying by the DNA. (Status quo remains, BCCI refuses to accept Lodha reforms)Thakur’s remarks are in contrast to what BCCI decided in its meeting on October 15. Sticking to its guns, the board refused to accept the reforms suggested by the Lodha committee.Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is likely to pass direction on Monday over Lodha committee plea alleging that the BCCI is violating the apex court’s order and committee’s directions regarding the reforms.The top court had on October 7 postponed its hearing on the spat between the BCCI and Lodha committee till today. (BCCI president Thakur now part of ICC’s finance committee)The court also barred the BCCI from releasing any funds to its state affiliates until they give an unconditional undertaking that they will comply with the organisational reforms as recommended by the committee.Pronouncing the order, the Supreme Court had said that the state associations would not get funds unless a resolution is passed to implement the reforms.The court also asked Thakur to file a personal affidavit on details of his conversation with ICC chief David Richardson regarding the Lodha recommendations. (BCCI setting dangerous precedent with its defiance of Supreme Court)advertisementThe recommendations, which have still not been accepted by the BCCI’s 30-member committee, include one-state one-vote, age limit of 70 years, cooling-off period of three years which included the tenure of the administrators, etc.On July 18, the Supreme Court, in its ruling, had set a six-month deadline for the BCCI to implement Lodha recommendations.last_img read more

1st Test, Day 3: Kohli, Mukund’s 133-run stand lands Sri Lanka in deeper trouble

first_imgBoth Virat Kohli and Abhinav Mukund looked set to get to their tons untroubled but of all bowlers, Danushka Gunathilaka trapped the opener in front of the stumps. India have a massive lead of 498 runs and have a firm grip on this Test. They might look to add a few runs tomorrow morning and then have a go at the hosts. (SCORECARD)INDIA (2nd INNINGS):Sri Lanka have their everything to the wall. If the injury to Asela Gunaratne was not enough, their skipper too hurt his bowling hand and walked off the field. While they will sweat over his fitness, they will know they have a huge task on the hands to save this game from this stage. Cricket has seen miraculous efforts before so don’t rule them out. Let’s see if they manage to do that.18.05 IST: STUMPS! WICKET – Gunathilaka gets his man! Drifting in from around off, the ball spins with the arm. Mukund prods forward and tries to defend. Is beaten by the turn and gets rapped on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire after thinking a bit raises his finger up. Abhinav after consulting his skipper and opts for the review. Replays show that there was no bat involved. The Ball Tracker shows that it was pitched outside off, impact was in line and it was going onto hit the stumps. So that means, the umpire was right and Mukund has to walk back to the hut.17.51 IST: Tossed up outside off, Mukund stays back and punches it towards point. Kohli calls for a quick single. Mukund responds too. The backward point fielder collects the ball and has a shy at the non-striker’s end. He misses and the batsmen are lucky to get four extra runs via overthrow. Replays show that a direct hit could have been trouble for Abhinav.advertisement1st Test. 40.2: L Kumara to A Mukund (69), 4 runs, 167/2 https://t.co/qXDmebnmqG #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 201717.23 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Deft! Good length delivery outside off, Kohli dabbed through the third man region for a boundary. India 600 and 158/2 vs Sri Lanka (291)India’s overall lead now:456* runsOnly one side in Test history has made 452+ totals batg 4th Eng 654/5 chasing 696 at Durban 1939#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 28 July 201717.14 IST: Tossed up outside off, Kohli leans forward and drives it powerfully towards covers. Rangana Herath half stops it and the batsmen run a couple. He seems to have hurt himself. The physio is out there in the middle to treat Herath. He seems to have hurt his bowling hand. Wait! Another setback for the Lankans, their skipper is walking back to the dressing room in pain. India 600 and 143/2 vs Sri Lanka (291)14.59 IST: FIFTY! Virat Kohli slams his 15th half-century. Shorter around leg, Kohli gets across and tucks it towards fine leg for a couple of runs. 1st fifty for him in eight innings, 1000 runs as captain in Tests outside India. India 600 and 135/2 vs Sri Lanka (291)16.44 IST: FIFTY! Abhinav Mukund notches up his second half-century. Herath bowls it outside leg, Mukund kneels down and sweeps it nicely through the fine leg region for a boundary. He brings up his fifty, it might not have come at the time he may have wanted but still it will be special for him. He gets a hug from his captain and a warm applause from his teammates. India 600 and 120/2 vs Sri Lanka (291)16.43 IST: FOUR! Top shot! Floats it around off, Mukund comes down and clips it over mid on for a boundary. That was well hit.16.25 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Kohli pushes it towards covers and takes a really quick single. 50-run stand between Virat Kohli and Abhinav MukundIndia’s overall lead now:414* runsThe highest 4th inns Test total in Asia: 413 by Bangladesh chasing 521 v SLanka @ Mirpur Dec 2008#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 28 July 20171st Test. 24.4: N Pradeep to V Kohli (34), 4 runs, 104/2 https://t.co/qXDmebnmqG #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 201716.18 IST: Full and outside off, Kohli presses forward and drives it through covers for a couple of runs. Lead is now 401! India 600 and 92/2 vs Sri Lanka (291)16.14 IST: FOUR! What placement! Shorter in length around middle, Mukund gets on top of it and pulls it nicely in the gap between the two fielders in the deep at long leg and square leg. Brilliantly placed. India 600 and 89/2 vs Sri Lanka (291)1st Test. 18.5: L Kumara to A Mukund (33), 4 runs, 73/2 https://t.co/qXDmebnmqG #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 201715.56 IST: FOUR! Timing! Fuller around off and middle, Kohli backs away and times his push through the covers. The timing is so good that the sweeper cover cannot cut it off sliding near the ropes. India 600 and 65/2 vs Sri Lanka (291)advertisement15.54 IST: FOUR! Nice start! Full toss outside off, Kohli pushes it wide of Herath at mid off. The ball threatens to stop, Herath does not want it to. It wins the race and the Indian skipper is off the mark with a boundary. India 600 and 60/2, lead Sri Lanka (291) by 369 runsUpdate: Play to restart at 15:55 with 31 overs to be bowled in the day #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 2017Update: The umpires will walk out for another inspection at 15:45 #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/wKN3p56fZz- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 201715.36 IST: Great news! The covers are being peeled off. The next inspection will be at 1545 local time. Fingers crossed.Drizzling has started again, covers are coming back. India 600 & 56/2 (16.5 ovs) lead by 365 runs. Mukund on 27*. #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/jG22UvQAQh- Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) 28 July 201715.05 IST: Good news! The rain seems to have gone. There will be an inspection at 1515 local time. No, not good! The rain is back and the covers are BACK ON! The wait prolongs.14.32 IST: TEA! Early tea has been taken with the rain falling. India will look to reassess their target and might look to attack a bit more after Tea, if and when they come out to bat. India 600 and 56/2 (16.5 overs), lead Sri Lanka (291) by 365 runsAnd…this happened just a few minutes back. Was pelting down at Galle #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/vREqG0tDUT- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 201714.10 IST: Oh dear, as Pujara walks off the surface, the heavens open up. They were always threatening to come down hard. A moment of brilliance from Pradeep to lift the spirits of Sri Lanka a touch. India though are in firm control with a huge lead of 365 runs. They will have to wait for the rain to go though to resume. They might not want to delay the declaration with such weather.14.09 IST: WICKET! Cheteshwar Pujara falls for 15. Good fielding placement! Angling into the pads from a good length, Pujara shuffles a tad bit and clips it. Ends up flicking it straight towards the fielder at leg gully. Mendis fumbles the first time but holds onto it on the second attempt. Pujara has to walk back and Kumara is really happy. India 600 and 56/2, lead Sri Lanka (291) by 365 runs13.59 IST: Short delivery again outside off, Mukund pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 50 up for India.1st Test. 9.3: MDK Perera to A Mukund (16), 4 runs, 40/1 https://t.co/qXDmebnmqG #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 20171st Test. 8.4: N Pradeep to C Pujara (10), 4 runs, 36/1 https://t.co/qXDmebnmqG #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 201713.27 IST: FOUR! Clipped! Pradeep angles it on middle, Pujara clips it through square leg. The timing is too good and he gets a boundary instead of the two he called for.1st Test. 6.2: N Pradeep to A Mukund (9), 4 runs, 25/1 https://t.co/qXDmebnmqG #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 201713.13 IST: WICKET! What a soft dismissal! Short and wide from Perera, Dhawan looks to smash it but the ball goes of the splice straight to point. The substitute de Silva takes the catch and Shikhar cannot believe his luck. That was a really soft dismissal. India 600, 19/1 vs Sri Lanka 291advertisement13.10 IST: FOUR! Hit away! Short and outside off, Dhawan goes back and crunches it through point for a boundary.13.07 IST: FOUR! Shot! Full and outside off, Dhawan comes forward and drives it through covers for a boundary.13.05 IST: Two overs gone. India 8/0, lead by 317 runs. Dhawan 4*, Mukund 4*13.03 IST: FOUR! Mukund cuts one off Perera through point for a boundary and he’s off the mark.13.03 IST: Dilruwan Perera to bowl from the other end. No surprises there.13.01 IST: FOUR! Easy as you like! Shorter outside off, Dhawan arches back and cuts it late behind point for a boundary to get off the mark.12.59 IST: Pradeep bowls it around off, on a length, Dhawan shapes to clip but misses and is hit on his pads. The players appeal but the umpire says no.12.58 IST: The players are out in the middle.AP PhotoSRI LANKA INNINGS:12.49 IST: THAT’S IT! Sri Lanka 291 all out (78.3 overs), trail India (600) by 309 runs. India have not enforced the follow-on, they will bat. A very good effort from them on what has been a reasonably good wicket to bat. The pacer Mohammed Shami set it up with two quick wickets early on. Upul Tharanga and Angelo Mathews fought hard scoring fifties but the Indian spinners kept troubling them all the time. Dilruwan Perera stayed unbeaten on 92 and will rue on missing out a ton since he was batting and playing his shots really well.12.41 IST: Sri Lanka have managed to survive the session and they have also scored 135 runs in the process. Angelo Mathews and Dilruwan Perera started off the day in a really comforting manner. Both of them looked settled in the first hour but a rather rash shot from the former broke the stand. Dilruwan kept on batting from the other end and registered another fifty under his name.12.03 IST: LUNCH! Sri Lanka 289/8 (77 overs) at lunch, trail India (600) by 311 runs. Sri Lanka have managed to survive the session and they have also scored 135 runs in the process. Angelo Mathews and Dilruwan Perera started off the day in a really comforting manner. Both of them looked settled in the first hour but a rather rash shot from the former broke the stand. Dilruwan kept on batting from the other end and registered another fifty under his name.12.01 IST: FOUR! Floated outside off, Perera goes for the drive. Gets a thick outside edge to it and the ball goes past the slip region for a boundary.11.51 IST: WICKET! Hardik Pandya gets his maiden Test wicket. Good length delivery around middle and off, straightens a touch. Pradeep tries to drive it but gets beaten by the away movement. Misses it completely and gets finds his timber disturbed. India finally get a breakthrough and the 39-run stand comes to an end. Sri Lanka 280/8 (73.5 overs) vs India 6001st Test. 72.6: R Jadeja to MDK Perera (82), 6 runs, 272/7 https://t.co/qXDmeb5L26 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 201711.47 IST: FOUR! Floats this one outside off, Perera kneels down and plays a slog sweep. Ashwin in the deep is not at the fence which allows the batsmen to get a boundary.1st Test. 69.5: U Yadav to MDK Perera (67), 4 runs, 255/7 https://t.co/qXDmeb5L26 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 20171st Test. 67.2: U Yadav to MDK Perera (59), 4 runs, 245/7 https://t.co/qXDmeb5L26 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 201711.24 IST: WICKET! Jadeja gets another one. Shorter around off, Herath again goes for the fancy reverse sweep. Cannot connect it with the bat, but he maybe gloves it and the ball balloons over the keeper’s head. Rahane from slip goes a couple of steps behind to take a simple catch. India appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Herath seems confident and is quick to opt for the review. Replays show that the ball had made contact with the glove and the skipper has to walk back to the hut. Sri Lanka 241/7 (66.2 overs) vs India 6001st Test. 65.5: R Ashwin to MDK Perera (55), 4 runs, 241/6 https://t.co/qXDmeb5L26 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 201711.19 IST: FIFTY! Dilruwan Perera scores his fifth half-century. Floated outside off, Perera prods forward. Gets it off the outer half past the slip fielder for a couple. Dilruwan has looked really comfortable in the middle. Sri Lanka 237/6 (65.3 overs) vs India 60011.19 IST: SIX! In the arc…out of the park! Tossed up outside off, Dilruwan kneels down and plays the perfect slog sweep over the mid-wicket region for a biggie. Good shot this!1st Test. 62.5: R Jadeja to MDK Perera (42), 4 runs, 226/6 https://t.co/qXDmeb5L26 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 20171st Test. 61.2: R Ashwin to R Herath (5), 4 runs, 220/6 https://t.co/qXDmeb5L26 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 201711.03 IST: NOT OUT! What a review, Dilruwan! Jadeja bowls it around off, Perera plays down the wrong line and is rapped on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire rules it out. Dilruwan takes the customary review since he was batting well. Replays confirm there was no bat there. Ball Tracker shows it to be missing the stumps with the bounce. Not sure even Perera expected that. Dilruwan Perera survives. Sri Lanka 216/6 (60.5 overs) vs India 60010.59 IST: FOUR! Elegance! Ashwin lands it outside off, Perera comes forward and drives it through the covers for a boundary. He has really played well today.1st Test. 59.2: R Ashwin to MDK Perera (34), 6 runs, 211/6 https://t.co/qXDmeb5L26 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 201710.53 IST: WICKET! That’s a big one for Ravindra Jadeja as Mathews falls for 83. Floats it around off, Mathews backs away and looks to go over covers. The ball goes straight to Virat Kohli at short cover who takes it gleefully. That is a waste of a wicket, Angelo should not have played that. India get a breakthrough out of nowhere and the change of end works for Jadeja. End of a fighting knock though. Sri Lanka 205/6 (58.5 overs) vs India 60010.46 IST: FOUR! Well controlled! Short and outside off, Mathews fetches it from wide outside off and drags it wide of Ashwin at mid on for a boundary. Sri Lanka 201/5 (56.3 overs) vs India 60010.42 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Short and down the leg side, Mathews goes back and pummels it through the backward square leg region for a boundary. That was asking to be hit. 50-run stand up! Sri Lanka 194/5 (55.2  overs) vs India 6001st Test. 52.2: M Shami to A Mathews (68), 4 runs, 185/5 https://t.co/qXDmeb5L26 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 201710.20 IST: SIX! Slammed! Floats it outside off, Perera gets down and goes over extra cover for a biggie. Superb shot, that. Sri Lanka 175/5 (49.3 overs) vs India 60010.06 IST: FOUR! Jadeja bowls a tossed up delivery around off, Perera comes down and mistimes it just wide of the mid on fielder for a boundary. Good intent from Dilruwan! Sri Lanka 163/5 (46 overs) vs India 6001st Test. 44.3: U Yadav to MDK Perera (10), 4 runs, 158/5 https://t.co/qXDmeb5L26 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 201709.59 IST: Play time! Angelo Mathews and Dilruwan Perera come out to battle it out. India will aim for quick wickets.09.45 IST: PITCH REPORT! Russell Arnold doing the pitch report says that the pitch is changing. Reckons that yesterday was a fantastic day of cricket where a lot of runs were scored and also wickets kept on falling. Mentions that the deck will dry up and the spinners are going to get a lot of purchase from the pitch today. Adds that Ashwin was effective was bowling well because he was giving the ball much more air compared to the other bowlers. Ends by saying that Sri Lanka will need a lot of luck to survive today.Back on the field to a warm welcome. @klrahul11 all smiles after joining the team this morning #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/f139aMjeHi- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 201709.30 IST: The visitors have got the hosts on the mat at the moment. After scoring 600, they have reduced the home side to effectively 154 for 6, with no Asela Gunaratne. With only Angelo Mathews left as the last recognized batsman, they will want to try and avoid the follow-on. Not sure if India will enforce it though.The tourists lost the first Test at Galle in 2015 from a similar position. They were chasing a paltry total after getting a huge lead but it was Rangana’s Herath magic that did them in. They will be aware that the deck at Galle has history of breaking down quickly and hence might want to bat again and leave nothing to chance. The Islanders have a tough task on hand, let’s see how they go.Drizzled an hour back but looks all clear at the moment ?#TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/lpzceLJYS5- BCCI (@BCCI) 28 July 2017DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS:India extended its dominance over Sri Lanka on the second day of the opening Test of the three-match series against Sri Lanka being played at the Galle International Stadium.After posting a gigantic first inning score of 600, the Indian bowlers rattled through the Sri Lankan top order on Thursday.At stumps on day two, the hosts were reeling at 154/5 and they still trail by 446 runs with five wickets in hand.Sri Lanka got off to a shaky start as they lost opener Dimuth Karunaratne (2) cheaply with just seven runs on the board.However, Upul Tharanga and Danushka Gunathilaka then shared a 61-run stand and tried to steady the ship before the latter got out at his individual score of 16. Kusal Mendis, who came in next, didn’t trouble the scorers as he went for a duck to become the second scalp of Mohammed Shami.From there on, Tharanga and Angelo Mathews tried to stitch in another partnership and made efforts to bring their team back into the match before the left-handed batsman threw his wicket and was run-out after scoring 64.Wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella also didn’t stay much at the crease and became the first victim of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, only to put his team in a serious spot of bother.At the end of day’s play Mathews (54*) was accompanied by Dilruwan Perera (8*) and they would both try to cut the deficit as far as possible. Their first aim, when they come to bat on Day Three, would be avoid the follow-on which is still 146 runs away.For the visitors, Shami scalped two wickets, while Umesh Yadav and Ashwin chipped in with a wicket each.Earlier, debutant Hardik Pandya carried on the onslaught started by Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara as India posted 600 on the board.Pandya, who got dropped early in his innings, used the opportunity and scored a blistering half-century of just 49 balls. His innings was studded with 5 fours and 3 sixes.He was the last wicket to fall for the visitors as India have already taken the driver’s seat in the ongoing Test.Starting the day at 399 for 3, overnight batsmen Pujara (153) and Ajinkya Rahane (57) got out early in the morning session that saw India lose four wickets.However, all-rounder Ashwin played a positive knock of 47 and helped the team inch towards a gigantic first inning-score.Earlier on Day One, opener Dhawan (190) and Pujara led India’s carnage as the visitors scored 399 on the very first day.Nuwan Pradeep was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers as he finished with figures of 6-132. This was Pradeep’s first wicket-haul in Test matches.Lahiru Kumara also took three wickets while skipper Rangana Herath took the remaining wicket.last_img read more

Premier Badminton League: Chennai Smashers beat Pune 7 Aces

first_imgFormer world No. 2 Sung Ji Hyun held her nerves to stave off a spirited comeback from Olympic champion Carolina Marin as Chennai Smashers beat Pune 7 Aces at the Premier Badminton League season 4 in Ahmedabad on Thursday.This was the second win on the trot for the second season champions following their huge 6-1 win over the Ahmedabad Smash Masters. As for Sung, this was her second big upset this season, having accounted for PV Sindhu in an earlier match.Pune captain and icon player Carolina Marin couldn’t find her sharpness in the initial stages of the match. Too many unforced errors bothered the Olympic champion as the Chennai shuttler raced ahead to 10-5.The southpaw remained unfazed by that start and steadily got into the groove to draw level at 13-13. However, her efforts were in vain as the Korean managed to squeeze out the tight first game 15-14.Having lost the opener closely, a resilient Marin looked lethal in the second game, racing ahead to 8-0. Continuing her brutal form, the unstoppable Spaniard wrapped up the second game 15-7.Sung put up a valiant fightback in the decider to come back from 5-8 down to even the score at 9-9. With Marin inching ahead, the Korean dug deep to come up with a fabulous slice dropshot to make it 13-13 before completing the victory for the Smashers.Earlier in the day, the tie started off with a highly entertaining mixed doubles match between the Chennai pair of Chris-Gabby Adcock and the Pune pair of Ivanov-Kjaersfeldt.advertisementWith both determined not to give the other an inch of space, what ensued was a pretty competitive first game. The Chennai pair eked out the game 15-13 by the slightest of margins.Ivanov upped the intensity of his smashes in the second game to build a 10-8 advantage for Pune. But the Adcocks showed why they are the No. 9 team in the world through a determined fightback to take the close Trump match 15-13, 15-14.Consistency was the keyword for Chennai Smashers’ Rajiv Ouseph in the men’s singles rubber against Pune’s Brice Leverdez. The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist used a perfect concoction of attack and variation to take the game away from the Frenchman.Starting off with a commanding 8-2 lead, he never relented and managed to close out the first game 15-6.The 30th ranked Leverdez, who is four places above Ouseph in the BWF World Rankings, got down to work in the second game. Inching ahead to 8-7 at half-time, he was able to keep steadily adding points to go up to 10-7 before pocketing it 15-8 in a fantastic turnaround.Rajiv made up for his mistakes and remained more consistent in the decider. Despite Leverdez drawing level at 11-11, Ouseph was able to hold his nerves for a 15-6, 8-15, 15-13 victory.last_img read more

Brendon McCullum reveals his advice to New Zealand team after World Cup final loss

first_imgNew Zealand went down in a thrilling World Cup 2019 final against England on Sunday after the scores were tied even post the Super Over. As the New Zealand players come to terms with the disappointment of the loss, former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has opened up on his post-match advice to the current players as they dealt with the defeat.McCullum, who led the Kiwis to the final of the last edition of the World Cup – also ending as runners-up – said that it was easier for him to move on from the 2015 loss as that match wasn’t nearly as close as the Lord’s final.”It’s a bit different [from 2015] but I thought they’ve handled themselves magnificently in the aftermath of that result. Yes, it would’ve been lovely to have been a World Cup champion but I’ve always said the game doesn’t define you but it’s the person and character you are. I was so pleased with how our team handled that loss, also the success throughout that tournament.”That’s the thing and it’s going to be so difficult for those guys. I was lucky enough to have a beer with them in the changing room and they were pretty broken, that’s for sure,” McCullum told Stuff.co.nz.McCullum also believes that with time the players would come to realize the magnificent part they played in one of the most memorable games ever, even if the loss could be hard to swallow at the moment.”They were also really proud of what they did and how well they played. Over the coming months and years, whilst it’s still raw now, they’ll understand just how magnificent that spectacle was. And for it to happen on the biggest of stages, to have played the hand that they played in that match is absolutely amazing,” he told Stuff.advertisement”It was a missed opportunity but I looked at the positives of the rest of the World Cup and what it did for the game in our country rather than focusing on that last moment,” McCullum said of 2015.Also Read | Martin Guptill reveals how New Zealand overcame World Cup final heartbreakAlso Read | Euro T20 Slam 2019 Draft: Full squads and players list of 6 teamslast_img read more

Haye questions Bellew’s motivations as rivals kickstart rematch promotion

first_imgShare on Twitter Tony Bellew and David Haye rematch confirmed for a Sunday night Read more Instead, Haye launched into an extended riff in which he questioned Bellew’s motivation then compared him to a bank robber. “Going into the first fight, Tony Bellew’s motivations were clear and obvious to see. He wanted to secure his family,” he said.Since Haye co-promoted the fight, he knew exactly how much Bellew had been paid and was able to welcome him to “the very small club of British boxers who really don’t have to box, who can sit on the beach for the rest of their lives”. Haye’s question now is “why go back into the lion’s den and do it again?”He added: “When you rob a bank once and your family is secure, do you go back to the same bank again just to get a little more money? Once you rob a bank once, they can introduce security cameras, they get extra security guards, they move the safe. If you’re that confident you can rob a bank twice, good luck to you.”Bellew rolled his eyes once or twice and replied: “I didn’t rob no bank. I got in the ring, I punched you senseless and then I went home, kissed my kids, and had a great night. And I’m going to do the same again.”The Liverpudlian is grieving for his brother-in-law, Ashley Roberts, who died in August, and was not in the mood for playing games. “This is all nonsense to me,” he said. “What I’ve been through in the last month I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.”But since Haye had questioned him on it, he explained that his motivation was the same as it has always been. “I fight because I enjoy fighting. I admit I’ve got a screw loose. But I enjoy having a fight. Fight night? I love it. I love walking in the ring. I love punching you in the face. I love getting punched in the face. I don’t know why.” Share on WhatsApp Boxing Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… David Haye Share on Pinterest Tony Bellew Share on Facebook No one in the fight business ever lost money overestimating the public’s appetite for trash talk. So on Wednesday David Haye got to work drumming up interest in his rematch with Tony Bellew on 17 December at the O2 Arena in south-east London.By their own scabrous standards, the two were reasonably restrained. Haye managed to get through the press conference in London without describing Bellew’s fans as “fucking retards” or promising to “smash his fucking head in” like he did before he lost to Bellew in March. But then, as Haye says “we’ve shared the ring together, I’ve dished out my licks, I’ve received his, and when you do that with somebody, whatever respect wasn’t there prior to the fight is there now”. Topics Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Support The Guardian The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Haye struggled through the second half of their 11-round fight in March because he blew an achilles tendon, which, Bellew’s trainer Dave Coldwell explained, is one of the reasons why they wanted a rematch. “This fight had to happen because there’s so many people who think that we fluked it and got lucky.”It is true too that for two guys in their mid-30s there were not many other places to turn, despite Haye’s fanciful talk about wanting to prove himself to be the best heavyweight in the world.Bellew is convinced he would have won anyway. He says he had Haye’s measure then, and will do again in December, even though Haye has started working with a new trainer, the canny Ismael Salas from Cuba. “David’s got a problem with stamina, because of his style,” Bellew explained. “When he’s made to miss, when he’s made to pay, when he starts getting frustrated, things start to go wrong for him. There’s ways and there’s formulas of beating David. I know because I’ve studied him.” He said Haye will make the same mistakes all over again. Such as underestimating his opponent.“I understand how you look at me and what you think, you think you’re just going to walk through me, because you’re so egotistical you cannot change, you will not change,” Bellew told Haye.Maybe the bookmakers have underestimated him too. They have him down as the underdog. He does not much mind that. “In Liverpool David said ‘you gang of retards’ to my fellow scousers, ‘if you’re so confident bet all your money on Tony Bellew’. They did, mate. And they won a fortune, thank you very much.”Tyson Fury to stay out of the ring Tyson Fury appears to have announced his retirement again after revealing he will not apply for a new boxing licence.Fury has not fought for nearly two years since ending Wladimir Klitschko’s world heavyweight title reign in Düsseldorf in November 2015.Having twice postponed rematches with Klitschko last year, the 29-year-old lost his boxing licence last October when he admitted he was using cocaine and struggling with depression.Fury had hoped to return to the ring earlier this year but that plan was scuppered when his National Anti-Doping Panel hearing was adjourned in May.Not for the first time, the British boxer now seems to have announced he is quitting by claiming on Twitter that he will not apply to the British Boxing Board of Control for a licence.He wrote: “After thinking long & hard about my return I will not be applying for license. After they way they have handled stuff. No thanks.”Fury was at ringside last month when his cousin Hughie Fury came up short in his bid to take the WBO heavyweight title from champion Joseph Parker in Manchester. news Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

25 days agoRB Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch: We go to Liverpool to win

first_imgRB Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch: We go to Liverpool to winby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRB Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch says they’re going to Champions League opponents Liverpool to win.But Marsch is under no illusions of the challenges his side face when they meet the European Champions.”It is a terrible match-up for us in one sense because all the things we do well they are better at,” Marsch told The Times.”They like games to feel the same way that we like them to feel, so I think stylistically, it will be a big challenge for us but we will also make things difficult for them.”We will have to be incredibly good on the day at what we do. We are certainly going there to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

MOL to Work on Trade Data through Blockchain Technology

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has joined a consortium to develop trade data sharing platform using blockchain technology.The consortium, in which NTT DATA Corporation serves as the administrative office, is comprised of 14 trade-related companies such as banking, insurance, total logistics providers and export/import companies.Current trading practices rely heavily on bills of lading and other documents. This creates burdens such as additional time to complete procedures and requires additional labor and costs.MOL said that this program aims to increase convenience for customers by using blockchain technology to make information flow more smoothly through corporations and across business categories and making trade-related office procedures swifter and more efficient.The formation of this consortium is Japan’s first initiative on using blockchain technology on trade-related operations.Parties to the consortium are Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Marubeni Corporation, MOL, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc./ Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Nippon Express Company, NTT DATA Corporation, NYK Line, Sojitz Corporation, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance and Toyota Tsusho Corporation.As stated in its “Rolling Plan 2017” management plan, MOL emphasizes closely monitoring trends in ICT technology and takes a proactive stance in introducing cutting-edge technologies.last_img read more

GOGL to Buy Capesize Duo Terminate Waiver Restrictions

first_imgzoom Norway-based dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) has reached and agreement to purchase two modern Capesize vessels from affiliates of Hemen Holding Limited.The ships would be bought from the company, indirectely controlled by trusts established by John Fredriksen, at a price of USD 43 million per unit.“We are pleased to be in the position to acquire high quality, modern Capesize vessels that are expected to generate free cash flow immediately upon delivery. This transaction is consistent with our strategy of focusing our commercial efforts on the vessel segments that we believe will provide the greatest leverage to a recovery in the dry bulk shipping market,” Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal, CEO of Golden Ocean Management AS, said.As settlement of the purchase price for the ships, Golden Ocean will enter into a non-amortizing seller’s credit loan with an affiliate of Hemen for 50% of the purchase price, which bears interest at LIBOR + 3.00% per annum and matures three years after delivery of the vessels.GOGL informed that the remaining part of the purchase price will be settled on delivery of the vessels with an estimated USD 9 million of cash and an estimated USD 34 million of newly-issued common shares of the company at a per-share price equal to the offer price in an expected equity offering.The Capesizes are expected to be delivered within four months of the date hereof, Golden Ocean said, adding that the completion of the transaction is subject to completion of an equity offering and entry into the seller’s credit loan.Once the acquisition and expected equity offering is finalized, Hemen, together with certain of its affiliates, will maintain its current ownership percentage of around 34.2% of GOGL’s issued and outstanding common shares.Furthermore, as Golden Ocean’s financial position has been enhanced over the past 12 months, the company intends to terminate the covenant waivers related to its recourse debt upon completion of the expected equity offering, Ringstad Vartdal informed.“This will reinstate the normal covenants, which the company is now in compliance with, and remove the company’s restrictions on new acquisitions, new debt and dividend payments. The waiver structure in the non-recourse debt related to the transactions announced in March 2017 will remain,” Ringstad Vartdal said.last_img read more

Gymnastics Canada suspends Edmontonbased coach because of sexabuse allegations

first_imgMONTREAL – Gymnastics Canada suspended an Edmonton-based coach on Thursday amid allegations he sexually abused some of his former students.The decision to suspend Michel Arsenault came after CBC’s French-language network reported he sexually abused at least three gymnasts in Quebec when they were minors in the 1980s and early ’90s.“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this situation, in particular the athletes and their families,” said Richard Crepin, the organization’s chair of the board of directors.CEO Peter Nicol said Gymnastics Canada is committed to providing a safe environment for its athletes.An Edmonton gym where Arsenault was based has also barred him from its premises and said he will no longer be involved in any of its activities.Champions Gymnastics said it is taking the allegations seriously.Radio-Canada said Arsenault did not respond to requests for comment.The network quoted one woman as saying she was 14 when Arsenault allegedly began touching her genitals, while another said she was 15 when he allegedly forced her to touch his genitals.Other women interviewed described Arsenault as verbally and physically abusive.The network also quoted the current general manager of Gymnastique Quebec as saying Arsenault was suspended from competition in 1987 for his behaviour toward coaches and officials.“He could teach in Quebec, at his club, but he couldn’t represent Quebec, neither as a manager nor as a coach,” Serge Castonguay said.“He couldn’t oversee a Quebec team at national or international competitions.”Arsenault moved to Alberta in 1994 and opened Champions Gymnastics in 2002.last_img read more

Journalist arrested during NODAPL protest found not guilty of trespassing

first_img(Independent journalist Jenni Monet standing by the hill where she was arrested during the #NoDAPL demonstrations. Photo: Dennis Ward/APTN)APTN NewsA journalist who was arrested while reporting on the #NoDAPL pipeline protests near the Standing Rock Dakota Sioux Nation in 2017 has been found not guilty of the charge of trespassing.Jenni Monet, who has appeared frequently on APTN News, was arrested with more than 70 other people during one of the protests.Monet was arrested while reporting on a raid by law enforcement at the Last Child camp.She was initially charged with criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot.The independent journalist spent months covering the protests in Standing Rock.Monet called the not guilty verdict a “great day for journalism.”last_img read more

Better prices and new pipelines expected to drive higher Canadian crude output

first_imgCALGARY – A pipeline capacity gap that is impeding the movement of Western Canada’s crude to market will close by 2021 and there will be surplus room from about 2022 until 2030, according to the Canadian Energy Research Institute.The Enbridge Line 3 and Trans Mountain expansion pipeline are expected to come onstream in about two years, followed by the Keystone XL pipeline about a year later, the Calgary-based think-tank said Tuesday in a forecast based on financial and market modelling.It predicts Canadian crude oil production will jump to 7.2 million barrels per day by 2038 from 4.2 million bpd last year, aided by thirsty markets that will drive global oil prices above US$100 per barrel by 2030.Oil production growth will come mainly from the oilsands, which will build from the current 2.65 million barrels per day to just under 5.5 million bpd by 2038, CERI says in its reference scenario.“In all cases, we see increases in the production of oilsands because we see increasing demand for oil globally,” said CERI CEO Allan Fogwill.“We see the market access issue being resolved and we also see improvements coming in the production of oilsands, helping reduce the cost.”Its oil production forecast is higher than one released last week by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, which predicted that Canadian oil output will increase to 5.6 million bpd by 2035 as oilsands production rises to 4.2 million bpd.Emissions from the oilsands would exceed the Alberta government’s cap of 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year by 2030 with current technology, Fogwill said, but added new technologies are expected to allow the industry to continue to grow without violating the cap.CERI foresees a much darker future for natural gas than oil, with rising production from shale gas wells in the U.S. replacing western Canadian gas in its traditional markets of Eastern Canada, the eastern U.S. and, eventually, mid-continent U.S.Gas production will fall from current levels of about 16.5 billion cubic feet per day to about 15.4 bcf/d over the next two decades unless LNG export facilities are built to send gas to new markets overseas, Fogwill said.About 14 liquefied natural gas processing facilities have been proposed for the West Coast but none are being built as yet. CERI calculates that two LNG terminals would add about five billion cf/d to demand for gas mainly from Alberta and B.C.The picture for natural gas could get even worse if oilsands producers succeed in their goal of reducing the amount of gas they burn to create steam to produce bitumen, Fogwill said.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Alarmed at resumed clashes in Chad Ban Kimoon urges peaceful settlement

1 February 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced deep concern at the deteriorating security situation inside Chad, where fierce fighting has resumed between Government forces and opposition groups, and called on the parties to settle their differences peacefully. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban “deplores any action that could worsen the already grave humanitarian situation, especially in eastern Chad, where the international community is actively engaged in activities to provide relief and secure the voluntary, safe and sustainable return of refugees and displaced persons in eastern Chad and north-eastern Central African Republic (CAR).”He also reiterated the United Nations’ long-standing condemnation of the use of military means to try to seize power.“The Secretary-General calls on all parties to abide by their commitments under the different peace accords signed by them and to urgently resort to dialogue to reach a peaceful and negotiated settlement of this latest crisis.”The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has already had to evacuate most of its staff from the town of Guereda in eastern Chad because of the renewed tensions between the Government and rebels and because of a series of armed attacks in the area against agency staff and aid workers with non-governmental organizations (NGOs).Yesterday the international staff of both UN agencies and NGOs who are based in the capital, N’Djamena, located in the southwest of the impoverished country, were also advised to stay at home because of the tensions.Last year the Security Council authorized the deployment of a multi-dimensional UN presence in eastern Chad and north-eastern CAR, including a peacekeeping mission to be known as MINURCAT, to stabilize the region. The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is currently continuing its preparations to set up the mission. read more

Death toll was not 40000 says Justice Paranagama

Justice Maxwell Paranagama, Chairman of the Sri Lankan Commission on missing persons and war crimes, has said that the death toll in the final phase of Eelam War IV was not 40,000, as claimed in the 2011 report of the Panel of Experts appointed by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, but probably a little above 7,000, the New Indian Express reported.Paranagama told Express, that while investigations by his panel could not come to any precise figure of deaths, it was “certainly not 40,000” as stated in the UN panel report. Even that report was not definitive, only saying that 40,000 may have been killed. The Paranagama panel had been advised on international humanitarian law by a international team comprising Sir Desmond de Silva, Prof.David Crane, Sir Geoffrey Nice, and Maj.Gen.John Holms. In July 2015, the Sirisena government had even appointed a Special Investigating Team to expedite investigations into some cases reported to the said panel.The petitioners pointed out that the most recent investigative report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had said that the Paranagama report was not been given to it. If the report had been submitted, it would have had an impact on the thinking of the UNHRC. Since the Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has promised to release the Paranagama report, the petitioners asked President Sirisena to have it placed before the UNHRC, without delay. “The Department of Statistics which had done a house to house survey in the conflict zone, and the reports sent out by the various foreign embassies suggest a death toll of 7,700 or thereabouts. Our commission could not arrive at any precise figure, but we think 40,000 was certainly an overestimation,” Paranagama said. Meanwhile, some former diplomats, ministers and human rights activists have written to President Maithripala Sirisena asking him to find out why the final Paranagama report, submitted to him on August 15, was not tabled at the on-going session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). read more

5 UCaaS MQ Mysteries Examined

Taking a People-First Approach to Unified Communications Brian Mahoney July 01, 2019 Successful adoption requires understanding user personas and use cases, on top of formal change management processes. See All in UCaaS » On the opening page, Gartner provides this strategic planning assumption: “By 2023, 40% of new enterprise telephone purchases will be based on a cloud office suite – either Microsoft Office 365 or Google G Suite.” So, in either case, is there even a “new purchase?” Maybe, the statement should be “40% of all new enterprise telephony license activations in 2023?” turn-on-2925962_1920.jpg This strategic guidance is loaded with mystery. Here are some of the puzzles from my point of view: First, enterprises are delivering communications technologies as part of applications and business process workflows, especially as part of office suites. 2. What does new enterprise telephony “purchases” really mean?It’s already clear that neither Microsoft nor Google is selling enterprise telephony as a separate product. The Microsoft Teams Phone System is an add-on feature to entry-level Office 365 licenses and is bundled in the top of the line E5 enterprise license. If an enterprise is buying the E5 license for other reasons, such as security and compliance features, analytics, or mobile device management, the Phone System license is essentially free. In one sentence, Gartner has changed the foundation for communications technology strategic planning for every enterprise. Our recommendation is to study this mystery before making your next enterprise telephony investments. What do you think? Want to discuss this? If so, please post below and start planning for Enterprise Connect 2020.Tags:News & ViewsGartnerenterprise telephonyon-premisescloud communicationsUCaaSCloud CommunicationsFuture of WorkOrganization & Management Articles You Might Like 4. What does Gartner see that we don’t yet see?Gartner receives in-depth briefings from the vendors that wish to be in the Magic Quadrant. What did Gartner see from Microsoft and Google that drove this strategic planning assumption? My guess is that Gartner saw at least two things. 1. Does Gartner really mean all new enterprise telephony purchases, including on-premises and cloud-based implementations?The statement doesn’t qualify the “40% of new,” so the most likely view is that this means two companies, Microsoft and Google, will be dominant players in the enterprise telephony market. With 60% of the market to share between the dozens of companies in 2019’s UCaaS MQ and the eight remaining on-premises companies in 2018’s UCC MQ, only Cisco seems likely to have a market share position in the same league as Microsoft and Google by 2023. That’s a pretty dramatic statement about the evolution of the market. Second, business communications as we’ve known it is obsolete. Imagination seems inadequate to forecast all the ways that machine learning, artificial intelligence, adaptive workflow management, workstream collaboration, and similar new methods will change how enterprises work. It’s clear that the IP-PBX vendors won’t be the leaders in this new world, while Microsoft and Google have that capacity, though amidst many challengers. In addition, Gartner didn’t mention the future of enterprise telephony for over 50% of enterprise workers, including the sub-contract and gig workers, who may not be using enterprise telephony at all by 2023. Most likely, they will be working on cellular or Wi-Fi devices with their own phone numbers, if they even use phone numbers at all. Log in or register to post comments Hosted VoIP Is About More Than Cost-Savings Robert Oscanyan June 24, 2019 Look beyond the bottom line when evaluating whether to migrate from legacy systems to the cloud. 3. Is this really a statement about the success of Microsoft Office 365?Published data about Office 365 adoption shows Microsoft is far outpacing Google. However, Google is making a viable push in the market with an “equal but less costly” position. So, it’s fair to assume that both are in the race. But, if their combined share is forecasted at 40% in 2023, it’s unlikely that will be 20% apiece. Should we assume the split is 35%/5% or 25%/15% or something in between? Clearly, the company with the larger market share will have more to invest in ongoing development, an important aspect for strategic planning. Selling UCaaS: Never Been Easier, or Harder Jon Arnold October 01, 2019 As UCaaS demand increases, providers are split on how best to deliver their service, either by channel partners or directly selling to end users. Can Mitel and TDS Telecom Own the UCaaS Market? John Malone July 31, 2019 New promotions, rebates, and prices are influencing UCaaS purchases, according to the Eastern Management Group. So, perhaps the strategic planning assumption should say, “By 2023, 40% of new enterprise telephone purchases will be based on a cloud office suite – either Microsoft Office 365 or Google G Suite – while another 10% to 30% of new licenses that contain user-sufficient enterprise telephony capabilities will come as part of an industry or functional application package.” Google G Suite raises similar questions. At this point, Google prices its voice service separately, but perhaps will soon bundle it into G Suite pricing with an add-on for various levels of public switched network telephone number access. 5. What did Gartner miss?Well, for sure, it missed the importance of vertical market application software and function-based software companies in this market evolution. Now that communications platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) vendors have modularized communications down to basic functions, any vertical market or function-based application software company that wishes can add communications to its product suite quickly and at competitive prices. By 2023, that is certain to be occurring, since it’s already being done by companies such as Salesforce (CRM, sales, and service functions), ServiceNow (service functions), Cerner (healthcare), Slack, SAP, Oracle, IBM, and many others. This applications wave is already here and communications will be defined by usage profiles and vertical markets. This year’s Gartner Magic Quadrant (MQ) for UCaaS follows the trends we’ve seen in recent years but puts major, unanswered questions on the table for enterprise decision-makers. 5 Critical Vertical Markets for Hosted PBX John Malone June 18, 2019 Hosted PBX research by Eastern Management Group shows vertical industry marketing drives customer value. read more

UN agency to help ease hardship of Palestinian farmers by buying olive

Working in collaboration with the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, WFP will deliver the 416 tons of olive oil to the Rome-based agency’s beneficiaries living in Gaza and the south of the West Bank who have limited access to oil due to its high cost and unavailability in markets. “By purchasing the oil directly from the farmers, we are able to assist the most vulnerable in the Palestinian Territories while simultaneously helping the local economy of the West Bank,” WFP’s Jean-Luc Siblot said. Curfews and border closures, including restrictions on road access and movement in the West Bank, have had a serious impact on the economy of the Territories. Farmers often face difficulties tending their olive groves and selling the oil produced. A similar purchase of oil by WFP last year enabled farmers to cover the costs of maintaining the olive groves, thereby securing this year’s crop and improving the livelihood of farm households. The project has made it possible for participating households to be financially self-sufficient under very difficult circumstances. WFP aims to provide food aid to 530,000 Palestinians impoverished due to the deteriorating security and economic conditions. In the past six months, it has distributed 24,000 tons of food, including wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil and lentils. read more

UN rights commission concerned by negative stereotyping of religions

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights has expressed concern at the negative stereotyping of religions in some regions and the frequent and inaccurate association of Islam with terrorism and human rights violations.Meeting at its annual session in Geneva, the Commission adopted a resolution yesterday noting with deep concern that the defamation of religions and the ethnic and religious profiling of Muslim minorities had intensified since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.The 53-member body also voiced its concern at programmes and agendas pursued by extremist organizations and groups aimed at defaming religions, particularly when sponsored by governments. The resolution was adopted with 29 States in favour, 16 against and seven abstaining.The Commission also adopted a resolution on the right to development, which included an agreement for it to consider during its next session whether to renew the mandate of the Independent Expert on the right to development. It also decided to renew the mandate of the Working Group on the issue for another year.The Commission adopted this text by a vote of 49 members in favour and three countries – Australia, Japan and the United States – against. There were no abstentions.The Commission, which is holding its 60th annual session this year, runs until 23 April. Yesterday it also heard from many representatives of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) about human rights issues around the world. read more

Part of pipeline in Husky oil spill in Saskatchewan sent for testing

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Part of the pipeline involved in the Husky Energy oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River has been taken for testing.Laurie Pushor, deputy minister of the economy in Saskatchewan, says provincial officials supervised as the line was purged, cut and capped and the segment in question removed. It has been taken to a third-party lab for analysis, he said.Pushor won’t speculate on what caused the rupture, pending the outcome of investigations by Husky and the province.“We will do all the thorough analysis necessary and be completely transparent with our findings when the work is fully completed,” Pushor said in a conference call Thursday with media.The pipeline leak detected July 21 spilled up to 250,000 litres of oil mixed with a lighter hydrocarbon into the river near Maidstone.Pushor noted that the government has said it expects Husky to submit a full report within 90 days of the pipeline breach.“We want to be and are monitoring all of their activity and supervising it,” he added.Pushor said the province hopes to make its findings public “very quickly” after it receives Husky’s final report. He said Husky is being co-operative.Meanwhile, a report released Thursday said hydrocarbons at levels higher than guidelines set for freshwater aquatic life have been found in 42 water samples taken after the spill.The results are complete from 1,400 samples taken at more than 60 locations along the river from the spill site to the city of Prince Albert, about 385 kilometres downstream.“As a whole, these exceedances are very minor, in the low percentage range of an exceedance,” said Kelly Scribner, a toxicologist with the U.S.-based Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health.Water sampling is ongoing.The report says recommendations regarding the risk of oil affecting aquatic life will be coming as Husky initiates an aquatics assessment program.Scribner suggests aquatic life could be OK because the samples with high levels of hydrocarbons have been sporadic.“We’re seeing them on one day and then we don’t see them the following day in that same spot,” she said.“We would need to see kind of consistent exceedances of aquatic life levels for there to be any kind of association for a long-term risk,” she also added.As a precautionary measure, the province has issued a “do not consume” advisory for fish from the North Saskatchewan River until more information is obtained.Three cities were forced to close their water intakes from the river after the spill. Their water treatment plants were not built to remove hydrocarbons and could be damaged by the oil.North Battleford and Prince Albert are relying on temporary water lines to other sources. Melfort is using an old reservoir.Premier Brad Wall has said more tests are needed before the drinking water intakes from the river can reopen. Part of pipeline in Husky oil spill in Saskatchewan sent for testing by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 11, 2016 1:14 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2016 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Dual power control for Terex mobile washing plants

first_imgTerex Washing Systems (TWS) has released a Dual Power control system available on all versions of the Terex M-Range Wash Plant.  TWS Product Line Director, Sean Loughran commented: “For the past few years there has been an increasing focus on energy efficiency and alternative improved methods of running mobile machinery. Traditionally Diesel-Hydraulic drive systems have been used for both machine movement and operation, resulting in significant fuel costs. We decided it was time to offer our customers a better alternative.”The obvious alternatives to a diesel-hydraulic system are either all-electric or electric-hydraulic systems. However, it is fundamental to the success of mobile equipment to easily move the machines around sites or from one site to another, under their own power source. Loughran added, “Due to the fact that Terex has many mobile wash plants in the market place, we want to keep consistency in terms of spare parts, operator plant knowledge, etc. As a result we have developed an approach that is truly ‘best of both worlds’.”The Terex Dual Power system consists of both diesel-hydraulic and electrical-hydraulic power drives. This allows the mining customer to start, transport and operate the machine using the standard diesel engine. Once in position, and if a suitable electrical power source is available, the machine can be simply plugged into the electricity supply and the machine will operate using the electrical-hydraulic power drive, utilising a much more efficient system and resulting in significantly reduced running costs. If the plant needs to be moved, the customer can simply unplug, start the engine and move the machine to the desired location.Commenting on the development, TWS Sales Manager, Fergal McPhillips commented, “In our continued strive to meet and exceed customer requirements, the Dual Power option provides a more cost effective and efficient operation, which is of particular importance in the current economic climate.”last_img read more

Itll be all smiles and shamrocks in the White House today

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY will meet US President Barack Obama in the White House in Washington D.C. today as part of the annual St. Patrick’s day celebrations.An Taoiseach will have appointments all day in the White House, beginning in the Oval Office at 10.30 am local-time where he will meet with President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden.Vice-President Biden, who spoke last night at a dinner organised by the American Ireland Fund,  will also hold a breakfast meeting with An Taoiseach this morning.At 12.00 pm, Kenny will then attend a St. Patrick’s Day lunch in the United States Capitol building hosted by speaker House of Representatives John Boehner.Later this evening, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host a St. Patrick’s Day reception in the East Room of the White House where Kenny is expected to make the annual presentation of shamrock to the US President.As part of their meetings throughout the day, An Taoiseach is expected to raise the issue of undocumented Irish citizens who are living in the US but do not have the full residency or working rights.Read: Unionist parties risk dragging peace process back to 1998 – Adams >Read: No u-turn from Taoiseach on NY parade, says sexuality of marchers ‘is a matter for themselves’ >last_img read more