Easy for Puneri Paltan

first_imgA superb all-round performance by Puneri Paltan saw it register a comfortable 37-25 victory over Haryana Steelers in the fifth ProKabaddi League (PKL) here on Tuesday.Sandeep Narwal (nine points), Rajesh Mondal (seven points) were the main contributors but it was a team effort that led Pune to victory.Paltan raiders chipped in with 15 points whereas the defence contributed 17 points. For Haryana, Surjeet Singh was the sole performer as he ended up with 9 raid points.Puneri Paltan is now third in Zone A with 42 points from 11 matches. Haryana Steelers remain second with 49 points after 16 matches.Puneri Paltan led 2-0 in the first minute after scoring a raid and tackle point. Wazir Singh made a successful raid in the second minute to open Haryana Steelers’ account.Both teams were neck and neck after five minutes with score level at 4-4. Rajesh Mondal made a successful raid in the 9th minute to give Puneri Paltan 7-4 lead. Steelers made it 7-7 in the 10th minute.In the 17th minute, Deepak Hooda made a successful raid to give Puneri Paltan 10-9 lead, which it extended to 16-10 after inflicting an all out in the 18th minute.Haryana Steelers scored two points in a minute at the start of the second half to trail 12-17. Puneri Paltan looked in control of the match as it led 20-13 after 25 minutes.Haryana looked hapless and completely out of sorts as they couldn’t match Paltan’s intensity.In another match Patna Pirates beat Bengaluru Bulls 36-32.last_img read more

Where only men pull the poll strings

first_imgAmit Pandey promises to make Lucknow “the first mosquito-free city in India.” In his appeal for votes, he also defines his “motto,” which says, “Har noto par Subash Chandra Bose ki photo.”While three-fourth of the election pamphlet introduces us to Mr. Pandey’s ideology, his 10-point manifesto and slogan, relegated to the lower end of it is the image of a sari-clad woman with folded hands. There is no detail about her work or profile but her relationship with Mr. Pandey, who runs an outfit called the Azad Hind Mahasangh, is mentioned.That’s Jyotsana Pandey, who is introduced as his “patni” (wife). It may appear that Mr. Pandey is contesting an election. It is not so. The Lucknow Mayor seat is reserved for women. His wife, a home-maker, is the nominated candidate. Mr. Pandey, who is into water trading business, defends the content of the pamphlet, saying his wife, though a home-maker, has been active in his political mission.Ms. Pandey, 41, also thinks it is fine to project her husband more prominently. “The motto is his. The demands are his. He has been the face of the mission though I have been part of it. Women empowerment starts from home. Who better to support you than your husband? Had he been contesting, I would have stood beside him like he stands for me,” says Ms. Pandey.If the seat was open to men, would her husband be the candidate? “Yes,” she says.The reasons may vary but the campaign of women candidates battling it out in the Uttar Pradesh urban body polls invariably cannot escape the imprint of their male family members. Unless the women are popular or politicians in their own right, it is common for their campaign to be run on the face, profile and reputation of the husband, brother, father or son, especially in reserved seats.Even mainstream parties, while releasing their lists, identify a woman candidate by a man —father or husband. The “pradhan-pati” or husband of the pradhan (woman) often enjoys more social recognition and public space than the elected wife.The most visible trait of this trend is the election campaign material, where the male relatives are showcased more prominently than women and, in some cases, the female candidate’s photo or background is missing altogether.  The campaign stickers of Amina Begum, who is the BSP candidate from the Sajoini Nagar Nagar Palika Parishad ward in Lucknow, introduce her as the wife of Mohammad Ismael. The phone numbers listed are also under his name, not hers.Explaining the content, Mr. Ismael, a BSP worker, says his wife, who is a home-maker and illiterate, does not enjoy his popularity in the local circuit. “I have been active in politics for many years. People know me. If I don’t tell them that she is my wife, how will they know her? It is my compulsion,” says Mr. Ismael, adding that it was a practical decision. Ms. Amina was not reachable.Sadhna Singh Sachan, 52, criticises the alleged hijacking of women’s politics by men, saying they cannot be empowered till they are allowed to function according to their own values.However, her own campaign material for the Lucknow Mayor post cannot escape the identity of her husband, who is a retired colonel, although his picture is not displayed on the pamphlet. “Na rajneeti karne ayi hoon. Na farzi wada karne ayi hoon. Fauji ki patni hoon…” (I am not here to do politics, I am not here to make false promises, I am an army man’s wife) reads her appeal, in which she seeks votes with folded hands. Ms. Sachan, a social worker, however, disassociates it from patriarchal norms, stressing that it was a strategy to “appeal” and “unite” in her favour the “votebank” of servicemen who live in Lucknow in good numbers. “I never used my husband’s name to identify myself before this,” says Ms. Sachan.It is this male-dominated trend that Sarita Gautam, a Dalit social worker and Congress candidate from ward 27 in Allahabad, wants to defeat. In her appeal for votes, Ms. Gautam says: “Samarthan samaj sevika ka kare, patniyon se parhez kare (Support a social activist, reject wives).”Ms. Gautam, who works on women empowerment with focus on counselling, domestic violence and security, says the preponderance of “proxy” female candidates negates the efforts of women who are fighting it on their own for real social change. “Those sisters who have nothing to do with social work or politics are fielded by their husbands simply because the seat is reserved. Even if they are elected, they are kept at home and deprived of exercising their rights and duties,” says Ms. Gautam.“I clearly remember that once I had gone to meet an elected woman pradhan but her father-in-law did not allow me to speak to her. He insisted that I narrate my problem to him instead. I was livid at him for his attitude, more so when I found the elected woman rolling chappatis in the kitchen.”In 2012, four out the 12 Mayor seats in U.P., including one each for the OBC and the SC, were reserved for women. This time, as the posts have been increased to 16, six women will be elected as Mayors, including in Varanasi, Lucknow and Allahabad. Sixty-seven out of the 199 Nagar Palika Parishad seats are also reserved for women. Voting for the municipal polls in Uttar Pradesh is scheduled from November 22 in three phases. The counting is on December 1.last_img read more

Former Maharashtra minister Kripashankar Singh quits Congress

first_imgFormer Maharashtra minister Kripashanker Singh on Tuesday quit the Congress, saying he did not agree with party’s stand to oppose abrogation of Article 370. The former Mumbai Congress president said that he will reveal his political stand at an “appropriate time” and added that he is not joining the BJP.“I quit the Congress because I do not agree with the party’s stand to oppose abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.Mr. Singh served as Mumbai Congress chief and was also a minister in the Congress-NCP coalition government for 15 years. A Mumbai court last year discharged Singh in a disproportionate asset case for want of sanction to prosecute him. He had come under ED and CBI scanner in the case.last_img read more

Bayern Munich lose to Hertha Berlin for first time in nine years in Bundesliga

first_imgBayern Munich were stunned by Hertha Berlin on Friday as the Bundesliga leaders lost 2-0 as Hertha registered their first win over Bayern in nine years. With the win, Hertha went joint on top of the league table.Bayern remain on top of the table on the basis of goal difference even as Hertha join them on top at 13 points from six matches.Borussia Dortmund are on the third spot with 11 points while Werder are on fourth with as many points but inferior goal difference. Monchengladbach complete the top five with 10 points from five matches.Dortmund will take on Bayern Leverkusen on Saturday while Schalke 04, who finished runners-up last season, are at rock bottom having lost all their five league matches so far.What a night at the @Oly_Berlin1 magnificent win2 great goals3 points4 superb saves from #Kraft5 in 6 for #Duda this season #hahohe #BSCFCB pic.twitter.com/d7WJfS2oT8Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) September 28, 2018Hertha captain Vedad Ibisevic sent Manuel Neuer the wrong way to score with a 23rd minute penalty after Jerome Boateng had brought down Salomon Kalou.Slovak forward Ondrej Duda continued his sensational form with his fifth goal of the season, firing in on the stroke of halftime to confirm Hertha’s fine start that has left them in second place on 13 points, level on points with Bayern.Bayern Munich have not won a Bundesliga game after going down by two goals down at the break since May 1988.The champions, with injured Leon Goretzka joining a growing list of absentees that already includes Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso among others, had their share of chances as they dominated after the break.advertisementWith 65 percent possession, 14 corners compared to Hertha’s one and 24-6 shots on goal, Bayern will be asking themselves how they failed to get at least a point from the game.Defeat isn’t easy to take, but we’ll work even harder to put this right.Thank you for your enduring support, #FCBayern fans #MiaSanMia #BSCFCB pic.twitter.com/d4XS72lHfpFC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 28, 2018″Our conversion rate is one reason but we also let in two goals,” said Bayern coach Niko Kovac. “Both could have been avoided.””We still played a decent game. We have no problem with the defeat and will not start seeing everything in a negative light. Everyone who knows this club knows we will bounce back and we will be successful again.”James Rodriguez came close for the visitors in the second half but even the introduction of a third striker with Sandro Wagner in the 72nd minute could not prevent their first defeat of the season, three days after stumbling to a 1-1 draw against Augsburg.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

No fear of going bankrupt, we’re financially healthy now: AIBA

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 30 (PTI) The International Boxing Association (AIBA) says it no longer faces the fear of going bankrupt after having restored a “healthy and sustainable financial situation”, which was among the tasks mandated by the IOC to secure the sport’s Olympic future. The AIBA’s finances were a cause of concern for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which is still to take a final call on whether to retain boxing in the 2020 Tokyo Games. “…following the full review of its financial control systems, AIBA has managed to restore a healthy and sustainable financial situation,” the embattled world body said in a statement issued late Thursday night. The IOC has stopped funding the AIBA and threatened to expel it from the Olympic roster, citing concerns about its governance structure, the judging system and the finances. After claiming to have revamped the judging system, the AIBA now stated that even its finances are in good shape. The AIBA said it has implemented a significant number of changes to its policies and procedures to improve accountability and fiscal responsibility. “AIBA has come a long way in getting over this financial crisis…The fear of going bankrupt due to past financial mismanagement is now far behind us,” AIBA President Gafur Rakhimov said. “It is time to turn the page and look further to the development of Boxing worldwide. “After having spent a lot of time and energy in closing deals and bringing the AIBA finances under control, these many positive statements from our members are also a very strong motivation personally,” he added.advertisement The AIBA said the “stringent financial controls” implemented recently allowed the organisation to operate under budget for the first time in history. PTI PM PMlast_img read more

Philadelphia Flyers remove Kate Smith statue over racism allegations

first_imgThe Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of the late singer Kate Smith outside the NHL team’s arena on Sunday, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star who made a popular recording of God Bless America.“The NHL principle ‘Hockey is for Everyone’ is at the heart of everything the Flyers stand for,” Flyers president Paul Holmgren said in a statement. “As a result, we cannot stand idle while material from another era gets in the way of who we are today.” Share on Twitter Read more Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share on Facebook MLB Topics New York Yankees Philadelphia Flyers Reuse this content Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… news US sports Share via Email NHL Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. On Friday, the Flyers said Smith’s God Bless America recording had been removed from their library. The New York Yankees had made a similar move earlier in the week. The Yankees suspended use of Smith’s recording during the seventh-inning stretch amid conflicting claims about several of her songs, including a 1939 song That’s Why the Darkies Were Born. The tune originated in the 1931 Broadway revue George White’s Scandals, and was considered satire at the time. Smith’s likeness also appears in a 1939 ad that heavily uses the mammy caricature, one of the most well-known racist depictions of black women.Smith’s connection with the Flyers started in 1969 when a team executive ordered her version of God Bless America to be played instead of The Star-Spangled Banner. That led to her performing the song several times before games in the 1970s. A year after her 1986 death, the team erected the statue. Liberté, Egalité, Gritté: how an NHL mascot became an antifa herolast_img read more

Marta dreaming of World Cup final

first_imgMarta is dreaming of reaching the Women’s World Cup final, though the Brazil star is wary of defending champions the United States and Australia. Brazil will be led by six-time FIFA World Player of the Year and captain Marta in France, where the Selecao will come up against one of the pre-tournament favourites Australia, Jamaica and Italy in Group C.Marta and Brazil were World Cup runners-up in 2007, with the three-time reigning Copa America Femenina champions beaten in the round of 16 four years ago, having reached the 2011 quarter-finals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? All eyes will be on star-studded USA and Australia but Marta – who has scored the most World Cup goals with 15 – told Omnisport: “We can’t focus just on one or two teams anymore.”All athletes are more prepared. Difficult to talk only about USA and Australia. Other teams also have a very high level, but no doubt that it will be very challenging to play against USA and Australia if we face them.”Manhã de academia para #SeleçãoFeminina . Força, meninas!A estreia na Copa do Mundo está chegando! Time encara a Jamaica dia 9 de junho.Fotos: CBF #JogaBola #TRSeleçãoFemininaDia13 pic.twitter.com/58qy7WPBbT — CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 3, 2019 After opening their campaign against Jamaica on June 9, Brazil will go head-to-head with Australia in Montpellier four days later.Australia – quarter-finalists in 2015 after upstaging Brazil in the last 16 – boast star forward Sam Kerr and the Matildas are seen as a genuine threat to USA’s crown.Asked about the Matildas, Orlando Pride forward Marta – who plays alongside Australia internationals Alanna Kennedy and Emily van Egmond at club level in the National Women’s Soccer League – said: “They are so strong. But this is a World Cup and everything can happen. It will be all decided in details. “Australia can go very far but they are in Brazil’s group and we won’t make their lives easy, you can be sure. They can reach the final but I hope they won’t and that Brazil can do it.”Marta holds the record for most World Cup goals, ahead of former USA forward Abby Wambach and ex-Germany international Birgit Prinz.Academia rolando… Mônica em ação  #TRSeleçãoFemininaDia13 #GuerreirasDoBrasil pic.twitter.com/rHz1jzsOmh — CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 3, 2019 “I’m very excited to go to the World Cup,” the 33-year-old said as she discussed her 15 World Cup goals. “This is one more reason to be with all my energy to try to score more goals, this motivates me a lot.”Marta, who is regarded as the greatest female footballer, added: “I feel proud to be a reference in what I do, that you can reach children, who have you as an example. When I’m at the pitch I think about all this and try to make my best.”My motivation comes from my daily life and then God gives you this gift. My life  has always been moved by faith and persistence, and the results came. I share all these awards with my fellow players and with my rivals also, because they make me a better player.”last_img read more

Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi Ahead Of Ohio Game: Firing Frank Solich ‘One Of Biggest Mistakes In Nebraska History’

first_imgFrank Solich speaks with Eric Crouch at Rose Bowl, as Nebraska head coach.3 Jan 2002: Head coach Frank Solich of Nebraska meets with quarterback Eric Crouch #7 and the rest of the offense before the start of the Rose Bowl National Championship game against Miami at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Miami won the game 37-14, winning the BCS and the National Championship title. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/Getty ImagesIt’s been over 15 years since Nebraska controversially fired then-head coach Frank Solich. Now the head coach of MAC power Ohio, he still garners tremendous respect across the NCAA. One head coach in particular is still bitter that Solich was fired.Speaking to the media on Monday, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi, a friend of Solich, was unexpectedly critical of the long-ago decision by Nebraska to fire him. Ahead of his team’s game against Solich’s Bobcats, Narduzzi went so far as to call the move “one of the biggest mistakes in Nebraska history” and made it clear that he was still upset about it.Via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:“The guy never should have been let go there… Probably one of the biggest mistakes in Nebraska history. He was a legend there. I’m still (ticked) about it.”Solich was fired after a 9-3 regular season in 2003. Their loss to Kansas State on November 15 cost them a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game that year. Despite winning the season-finale against Colorado, he was fired before getting a chance to coach in the Alamo Bowl.Narduzzi took umbrage at the idea that Nebraska could have been that much better in the first place.“Like they expected to win 12,” he said.Frank Solich’s tenure at Nebraska was a success by all metrics. His overall record at the time of his firing was 58-19. He never had a losing season, won a Big 12 title in 1999 and had three finishes in the top ten. The Huskers have not won a conference title or had a top ten finish since.While Ohio is obviously not Nebraska, he’s still turned the Bobcats into one of the most consistent Group of Five schools in the country. In the last ten years, Solich has led them to nine bowl games and four bowl wins.Did the Huskers get it wrong by firing Solich in 2003?[Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]last_img read more

‘A House to Die in’ Is an Unbuilt, ExtraTerrestrial-Esque Residence in Norway

first_img You Can Sleep in Hunter S. Thompson’s Colorado Cabin 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention Imagine living in a house designed to look like the iconic expressionist painting “The Scream” by Edvard Munch.To no surprise, the Oslo-based architecture firm Snøhetta that spearheaded the world’s largest underwater restaurant, a low-energy glacial hotel, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum, signed on to help make the bold and bizarre art by Munch into a residence in the suburbs of Oslo, Norway.SnøhettaDubbed “A House to Die In,” Snøhetta was first approached in 2011 by controversial Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard to create a part-home/part-sculpture that would honor Munch around the pastoral land where the iconic artist had his winter studio.A House to Die In would double as Melgaard’s private residence and work studio, and much of its design would be rooted in Melgaard’s own art.The collaborative rendering of A House to Die In shows a dark, ominous, and highly modern structure that resembles a Blade Runner-esque, extraterrestrial-looking spaceship that is in stark contrast to its natural surroundings and the light-colored sculptures on which it is placed.Massive animal sculptures function as foundation columns for the light-streaked top structure which looks like a shard of obsidian. Inspired by Japanese building traditions, the house would be clad with burned oak that naturally erodes over time, so the building “changes character throughout the years and seasons,” says Snøhetta.SnøhettaA shallow pond of water below the sculptures would create the illusion that the house is hovering aboveground.“The house has become a physical, triangular wooden house resting on poles of white animal-shaped sculptures,” says Snøhetta, who modeled selected Melgaard drawings before initiating a reduction process to achieve buildable shapes. “A large number of the triangles are then digitally removed from the 3D model, creating a rougher and more geometrical pattern,” they add.While the exterior of A House to Die In takes the cake, interior plans are equally bizarre. Snøhetta says, “While one of the rooms could function both as swimming pool and dining room, another could function as workspace and spa. These untraditional pairings are a direct symbol of how conventions are prevented from influencing the building’s usage or design.”… how did we never think of a workplace spa!SnøhettaAfter seven years of drawings, models, and documents attempting to bring A House to Die into physical form, local Oslo authorities rejected the plans in late August, 2018, declaring that the land designated for the building should remain a green space.While this decision dooms the A House to Die In from being built where Munch worked and was largely inspired by the landscape, there’s hope that A House to Die In uproots its animal pillars and finds a new patch of grass. Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Editors’ Recommendations Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms last_img read more

Tough Market Conditions Force Team Lines to Close Its Doors

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay (Pixabay License) Hamburg-based container feeder operator Team Lines said it would discontinue all business operations as of February 11, 2019.The company opted for the move on the basis of deteriorating market conditions in Northern Europe over the recent years, combined with the ongoing consolidation process in the maritime sector which makes a continuation of Team Lines’ activities unsustainable.The company said that all obligations and commitments which have been undertaken, “will be would be honoured, and the wind down will happen in an orderly way.”Founded in October 1991, the company emerged from an amalgamation of the Baltic and North Sea liner traffic activities of four Hamburg-based shipping companies, namely H.M. Gehrckens, Ernst Russ, Johannes Ick  and Mathies Reederei Schwedendienst. In 2006, the Antwerp-based company Delphis acquired Team Lines.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Victoria County

first_imgVICTORIA COUNTY: Seal Island Bridge On Thursday, Oct. 27, Seal Island Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 11 a.m. until noon for inspection. Please take alternate route. -30-last_img

CDN Controls bringing Canadian Forces Bold Eagle program to present at NPSS

first_img“The intent of the program is not to have people join the army after, or to go on to some sort of law enforcement career,” said Fanni. “You get light training and you get confidence, and you get all those good things. It’s like cadets.”Fanni explained that Bold Eagle doesn’t have a big presence in Northeast B.C., and that this week’s presentation at NPSS will be the first time that the program will be partnering with industry to do outreach to students.Bold Eagle’s presentation to NPSS students is taking place Thursday, March 8th. For more information about the Canadian Forces Bold Eagle program, visit: http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/jobs-caf-aboriginal/bold-eagle-index.page FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — CDN Controls in Fort St. John are once again helping to bring opportunities to First Nations students at North Peace Secondary School, though this year’s event will be expanding on last year’s focus on trades training.CDN’s Community Relations Coordinator Alex Fanni said that last year, his company hosted a group of First Nations students from the North Peace at the Fort St. John office to learn about what it takes to embark on a career in the electrical and instrumentation trades. CDN entered into a partnership with the Halfway River First Nation to help area First Nations students in opening doors to those career paths.Fanni, who is a veteran of Afghanistan and served with the Canadian Forces for five years, said that he wanted to do something slightly different this year, and got in touch with a friend of his that runs the Forces’ Bold Eagle program. The program, which runs through the summer, is open to First Nations youth living in western Canada and combines Aboriginal culture and teachings with military training.last_img read more

FIFA to Review Possible 2030 Morocco-Europe World Cup Bid

Rabat – FIFA Chairman Gianni Infantino will visit Morocco in January to take part in the first session of FIFA’s executive committee.During the symposium, Infantino will review the possible World Cup bid of Morocco, Portugal, and Spain.Spain proposed the bid during the visit of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to Morocco in November. In a press conference with Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, Sanchez said that the bid would unite the peoples from two continents. “We are launching a joint message, which is that this will be a bid between two continents. The King of Morocco is receptive and we’re going to work on it with Portugal. We are very excited about it,” said Sanchez.Morocco, however, has not officially decided whether it will submit a solo or a joint bid with the European countries.According to Spanish sports news outlet AS, the FIFA committee will discuss the “so-called continental rotation law to boost the Ibero-Moroccan candidacy to [host] the 2030 World Cup.”The committee will also discuss the expansion of the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in Qatar.Read Also: Morocco’s Atlas Lions Climb 7 Places in November FIFA Ranking Infantino already announced that he prefers joint bids for the World Cup after the North American United 2026 World Cup bid defeated Morocco’s bid in June.While Spain is hoping for a joint bid with Morocco and its Iberian neighbor, Portugal said it has not received an official proposal from Spain.Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said that the proposal is “an uncertain idea that has never been officially put to us, and when it is we naturally have to study it.”A World Cup held on two different continents is also not a preference for the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Aleksander Ceferin.Earlier this month, Ceferin said he is not “in favor of cross-confederation bids.”“Someone should say once to the politicians it’s not up to them to speak if they will be hosts of the Euros or the World Cup or not,” said UEFA president.Numerous countries have shown an interest in bidding to host the global tournament, including four Balkan countries, England, and three South American countries: Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay, in a joint bid. read more

Former Central Bank head Arjuna Mahendran summoned

Mahendran was the Governor of the Central Bank when the alleged treasury bond scam took place. (Colombo Gazette) Former Central Bank head Arjuna Mahendran has been summoned before the Presidential Commission investigating the treasury bond scam.Mahendran has been given notice to appear before the commission on September 19.

The child whisperer nanny who kept the bridesmaids and pageboys in line

If you hadn’t been looking for her, you would have missed her entirely. Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s nanny blended expertly into the background in St George’s Chapel on Saturday, looking on from the sidelines as her little charges and their fellow bridesmaids and page boys performed their duties beautifully. Rehearsals for the big day had been shambolic, insiders say, with the children – the youngest of whom, Zalie, daughter of Prince Harry’s friend Jake Warren, was only two years old – proving impossible to keep in line. It was decided that the two eldest… But if Maria Borrallo hadn’t been present in the chapel, there is a chance the ceremony might not have gone quite so smoothly. read more

Timok coppergold in Serbia looks good to Nevsun

first_imgNevsun Resources Ltd reports promising results of a PFS for the Timok Upper Zone copper-gold project in Serbia, which it describes as “one of the world’s best development stage copper projects.” Highlights:Initial Probable Mineral Reserve of 27 Mt at 3.3% Cu and 2.1 g/t Au using a price of $3.00/lb copper and $1,300/oz goldPre-production capital cost of $574 million, excluding $114 million to be spent to reach a construction decisionAfter-tax NAV8% of $1.82 billion and IRR of 80% at $3.15/lb copper valued at start of construction (July 2020)After-tax NAV8% of $1.45 billion and IRR of 55% at $3.15/lb copper, including pre-construction capital and valued at June 30, 2018Initial production targeted for 2022Ten-year mine life producing over 1,700 Mlb of payable copper, excluding inferred resourcesLife of Mine average annual payable production of 86,000 t at an average C1 cash cost of $0.92/lb copperAverage annual payable copper production of 143,000 t at an average C1 cash cost of $0.54/lb pound over the first three full years of productionStrong front-end cash flow and quick payback period of less than 1 year supports a wide range of financing opportunities and alternativesScoping level work suggests potential to decrease initial capital by up to $100 million through a staged ramp up from 1.6 to 3.2 Mt/y while maintaining strong project economicsSignificant exploration potential exists through the future conversion of inferred resources and greenfield exploration.Nevsun CEO Peter Kukielski commented, “The PFS confirms the extraordinary value of our wholly-owned Timok Upper Zone project. This is a high-grade, high return, fully executable copper project in a supportive jurisdiction. The PFS is an important advance over our October 2017 PEA and further de-risks the project by improving confidence in the engineering details, metallurgical understanding, timeline to production and capital assumptions.“As we drive toward a feasibility study in mid-2019, I am confident that we have the right team in place to bring the Timok project into production. Between our management and the Board, we collectively have decades of development experience through the building of multiple projects and tens of billions of direct over sight of deployment of capital.”Kukielski continued, “The project lies in an established mining jurisdiction with a supportive and collaborative government. The Republic of Serbia recently granted an exploration decline permit for the project, advancing our timeline to production. The decline permit is a testament to the strong working relationship that we have built with the government of Serbia. We are grateful for their continued support as we begin initial construction of the decline in Q2 2018, advancing the Timok Upper Zone Project for the benefit of both local stakeholders and our shareholders.”Serbia’s Minister of Mining and Energy, Aleksandar Antic commented, “The Timok project is very important to Serbia. I, and my Ministry, are committed to supporting Nevsun along the journey to production.”Kukielski added, “We are very excited about the potential upside from additional high-grade Upper Zone type deposits. Based on our recently disclosed exploration results, we are confident there are more discoveries to be made, which could eventually increase the production profile and extend mine life.”Ryan MacWilliam, Nevsun CFO, said, “The Timok Upper Zone remains a low capital intensity project which the company is in a strong position to finance, considering our strong cash position, debt-free balance sheet, Bisha cash flow and the robust front-end cash flow from Timok. We have initiated discussions with several potential project finance providers, including traditional banks, development banks and precious metals streaming companies and potential strategic partners.  These discussions have confirmed that we have multiple viable options for financing the project which will now be advanced in parallel with the feasibility study. As we move to feasibility, we will closely examine further de-risking the project via a ramp-up scenario starting with initial production at 1.6 Mt/y ramping up to 3.25 Mt/y. Recent scoping level studies suggest that this approach has the potential to deliver a capital savings of up to $100 million while maintaining strong economics.”This PFS was compiled and project managed by Hatch (Toronto) with input from SRK (Vancouver), Knight Piesold (Vancouver), and Bluequest (Zug).last_img read more

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin rule out going into government with Sinn

first_img Micheál Martin: People may be cynical towards politics but they want a politics that works. #macgill14 pic.twitter.com/7wGL5FbboS— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter ‘I don’t believe it’Earlier, Varadkar launched a strong attack on Sinn Féin prior to his speech saying that the party “refuses to trust the people with the truth about its past”.Prior to his speech Varadkar told journalists he doesn’t think anyone believes Adams when he repeatedly denies he was in the IRA, saying: “I don’t think anyone believes it. I don’t believe it and I don’t think anyone else does quite frankly.“But what we’ve all decided to do is just to turn a blind eye to it for the sake of peace on the island and maybe that’s not the wrong thing to do. I understand why we’ve all decided to turn a blind eye to Sinn Féin’s past.” Varadkar said that Sinn Féin “fundamentally doesn’t trust the Irish people” citing the party’s refusal to tell the truth about its past and be consistent on its policies North and South.“I don’t really think that the public can trust Sinn Féin to be in government until Sinn Féin starts trusting the public and starts telling them the truth,” he said.‘Narrow perspective’McDonald said that Adams has dealt with the question of his alleged IRA membership “time and time again”.“The only person who can answer that question is Gerry, I can’t answer on his behalf,” she said.McDonald said that a “very narrow perspective” has been taken on Adams and claimed that the “political and democratic milestones that he pioneered” very often “gets lost in the white heat of the IRA question”.Varadkar was also critical of Fianna Fáil saying that its “great failure was that it claimed too much trust, and then betrayed it”.He said that few questioned the source of former taoiseach Charlie Haughey’s wealth in the 1980s when he was in power and said earlier that the Irish people “have to think long and hard about handing the keys back to the party that crashed the car”.Public trust Leo on Sinn Féin: Its members defiantly proclaim their President has nothing to answer for about IRA activities in the past #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Leo: Time and time again I see politicians of all hues failing to trust the people. #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twittercenter_img ‘Tweedledum Tweddledee’In her speech, McDonald said the current political system has a “perverse” instinct “to protect the state, whatever the consequences for citizens”.McDonald said the  lack of women in politics is “a significant factor in the alienation of citizens from the political process” and that the governing class remains “overwhelmingly male, white, settled, middle class and middle aged”.She concluded that it is time for the electorate to be offered a “real political alternative to the ‘Tweedledum Tweddledee’ politics that has as an article of faith that no administration is possible without Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil”. Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Updated 10.30pm LEO VARADKAR AND Micheál Martin both appeared to rule out a future coalition government with Sinn Féin at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties tonight.During a wide-ranging question and answer session, Health Minister Varadkar said he could not envisage a coalition between Fine Gael and Sinn Féin.Micheál Martin repeated comments he has made before, ruling out a coalition with the other main opposition party, saying: ”I’ve said we’re not going into power with Sinn Féin.”The two TDs were sat either side of Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald with debate moderator Seán O’Rourke earlier joking he was being joined by the next three taoisigh.McDonald suggested that the two men either side of her and their parties should “kiss and make up”. She claimed the “schism of Civil War politics” has ended. Mary Lou says the governing class is “overwhelmingly male, white, settled, middle class and middle aged” #macgill14 pic.twitter.com/fKypzLoxTn— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 Leo makes a face as he reveals that the odds for Fine Gael to lead the next government are 4/5 – but that’s with Fianna Fáil #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 In the session on ‘How To Restore Trust Between Governors And Governed’, Varadkar opined that rather than people not trusting politicians, politicians don’t trust people.He cited the recent attempt to have a directly-elected mayor for Dublin which was halted by local councillors who were “afraid of losing some of their power”.Speaking to journalists earlier in the evening, he said: “If you do trust the public I think they will be more likely to trust you and that means telling them the truth about the problems the country faces and what needs to be done. That’s the approach I always try to practice.” In his speech, Martin heavily criticised the government’s unsuccessful campaign to abolish the Seanad and said it was a case study of the flaws in the current political system.He said that the government is not unpopular because it made bad decisions, but rather “because people believe it has made bad and unfair decisions – and because before the election it made promises which it knew it would not keep”.Martin also criticised Sinn Féin’s labelling of those involved in the Boston College, saying: “Sinn Féin labelling them as touts and informers – that’s not good enough anymore.”First published 9.54pm Follow @oconnellhugh for updates from the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, DonegalCommissioner: The guards are damaged and hurting – but we aren’t brokenRead: ‘We are on the cusp of a government without Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael’last_img read more

Flippy The BurgerFlipping Robot Gets A Job At 50 Fast Food Joints

first_img It’s no longer just humans that need to worry about robots taking their jobs. Spongebob could find himself standing in the unemployment line soon, too… his skinflint boss could choose to replace him with Flippy.Who’s Flippy? Why a robotic short order cook with an affinity for flipping burgers. Flippy cooks burgers perfectly every time, according to Miso Robotics… not like those annoyingly imperfect humans without AI brains that sometimes leave your patty on the grill until it’s a charcoal disc.Flippy is a single-arm robot with a task-specific hand. It’s a sort of hinged claw that claps shut around a burger. Once a slab of beef (or chicken, turkey, veggie, or anything else that will fit) has been scooped up, Flippy gives its articulated wrist a quick spin, opens the claw, and drops the burger back on the grill.AI-assisted vision ensures that Flippy always knows the status of every burger on the grill… Even that disturbingly-labeled “hand burger,” which was placed there by hand by a human employee, not made out of the hands of human employees.Miso refers to Flippy, a kitchen assistant. They’re careful to point out that humans will still play a vital role in eateries that roll out one of their bots, like the 50 Caliburger locations that have already signed on. Final assembly of the burgers, for example, is still best left up to a human.CEO David Zito also believes that “tasting food and creating recipes will always be the purview of a chef.” You know, until someone develops an AI that can create delicious recipes from scratch and a robotic tongue. Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on targetlast_img read more

EWaste event planned at Cascadia Tech

first_imgVancouver – Information technology students at Cascadia Tech, formerly the Clark County Skills Center, will host an annual electronic waste recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday Feb. 24, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday Feb. 25. The recycling events will be held at Cascadia Tech’s facility at 12200 N.E. 28th St. Vancouver.All computers and cellular phones are accepted. Glass televisions, computer monitors or appliances are not accepted.The materials will either be used by students or recycled in environmentally friendly ways.For more information, contact Ray Nelson at 360-604-1050 extension 2124 or email ira.erbs@evergreenps.org.last_img read more