Maoists kill guard, torch five vehicles

first_imgMaoists resorted to arson at the camp site of a road construction firm and shot dead the watchman in Odisha’s Kandhamal district on Saturday night.The Maoist attacked at 2 a.m. at Patiamba under the Phulbani Sadar police station limits. The construction firm was involved in laying Sudrukumpa-Medikhol road under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. The watchman was identified as Rabindra Mallik.According to police sources, the Maoists torched five vehicles parked at the camp site. The vehicles included three tractors, one roadroller and a mini-truck. The Maoists dragged away the watchman to the nearby forest and shot him dead.Through handwritten bills left at the spot, the Kandhamal-Kalahandi-Boudh-Nayagarh division of the outlawed CPI(Maoist) organisation claimed the responsibility. Writing on the posters hinted that the Maoists had killed the watchman suspecting him to be a police informer.In May 2018, five Maoists, including a woman cadre, were killed during an exchange of fire with the police. The Maoists had suspected that the construction firm owner and workers may have tipped-off the police about their presence in the area that led to the encounter. The Maoists continue to oppose construction of roads under the PMGSY to inaccessible areas.Following this incident, anti-Maoist operation by security forces was intensified in the area.last_img read more

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76ers unleash 81-point first half to rout Timberwolves

first_imgMOST READ Butler scored 19 points in the first meeting with Minnesota since the trade, and the 76ers scored 83 points in the first half in a 149-107 rout on Tuesday night.“I do want to beat those guys,” Butler said, “but I want to beat every team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Golden State Warriors were the only team to score more first-half points in a game this season when they dropped 92 on the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 29. The Sixers hit a team-record 21 3-pointers and reached their highest point total in the 22-year history of the Wells Fargo Center.Joel Embiid had 31 points and 13 rebounds in a final tuneup before the Sixers hit a pivotal stretch of the season. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion ZOO HOURSThe 76ers honored broadcaster Marc Zumoff for 25 years as the team broadcaster.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host San Antonio on Friday.76ers: Play Thursday at Indiana.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Simmons, who had 20 points and 11 rebounds, flexed and Embiid waved his arms to an adoring crowd after big baskets.Butler took a backseat in his first game since the Timberwolves sent him to the 76ers in a package deal that brought forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric in return.“It was everything that I thought it would be,” Butler said. “Seeing some old faces. Not too much trash talking, though, I don’t think anybody’s talking like that. I like the fact that we beat them.”Covington and Saric were popular core pieces of Philadelphia’s Trust the Process rebuild and both received massive ovations from an appreciative crowd in tribute videos.“It means they really appreciate what I did the last three years here,” Saric said. “I’m thankful for that. They really respect me.”The Sixers found thumping the Timberwolves a breeze. They’re having a tougher time molding the Butler-Simmons-Embiid combination into a dominant Big 3 instead of a big mystery. The Sixers have a thin bench and are experimenting with rotations to find the right ones that can make them evolve into the Eastern Conference favorites they expected to become this season.Sixers rookie general manager Elton Brand hits the Feb. 7 trade deadline with a major mission: strengthen the reserves. Former Sixers Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova steadied the Sixers last season as midseason pickups and Brown needs more of that punch for a deep run in the East this season.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Derrick Rose led the Timberwolves with 15 points and Saric had 11 in his return. Covington sat out with a knee injury. Tyus Jones left with a sprained left ankle.“We’ll look at the film and work on moving forward,” coach Ryan Saunders said. “Our communication was not up to our standards.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES 76ers: Signed G Corey Brewer to a 10-day contract. He has career averages of 8.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 783 games.WHAT A HALFThe team record for points in a first half is 86. The Sixers shot 66 percent (31 of 47) and had 21 assists on 31 baskets.JIMMY JAMButler had voiced his frustration with the state of the Timberwolves and was soon traded to the Sixers. The Sixers need more big games from him to contend.“There are times that I wished he’d shoot more 3s. There are times I wished he’d put this thumbprint deeper into the game,” Brown said. “But he plays the game the right way.”SIR CHARLESSir Charles is ready for his close up.Charles Barkley, the 76ers great whose retired No. 34 hangs in the rafters, is set to play a substitute gym teacher in Wednesday’s episode of “The Goldbergs.”“In my gym, we’ve got two rules. Number one, we NEVER give up. Number two, aliens are real and they walk among us,” he says in the episode. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “We’ve got some heavyweights coming in but so be it,” coach Brett Brown said.The Sixers needed the breather against Minnesota. They play their next 12 games against teams with winning records and the Sixers are not quite where Brown wants them as they go toe-to-toe with those NBA heavyweights.“Not to the level that I wished it was,” Brown said. “It’s not anything that I’m panicking about.”They never had reason to worry about Minnesota.The Sixers stuffed a season’s worth of highlights into the first half. They cut to the hoop with ease for layups and big Ben Simmons dunks. They buried mostly uncontested 3-pointers — 10 of 20 in the half — and even made all 11 free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors score NBA-record 51 in 1st quarter to crush Nuggets View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, center, hangs on the rim after a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA— Jimmy Butler’s final miserable months in Minnesota were blighted by trash talk toward his teammates and a sour demeanor that forced the Timberwolves to trade him.At home in Philadelphia, Butler is still working out the kinks with his new star teammates. But Butler had one final parting gift for his old team: a complete thrashing that left the Timberwolves in tatters.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Cheteshwar Pujara breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, fastest to 3000 Test runs in India

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara became the 10th Indian cricketer to compete 3000 runs in Test matches in India. He reached the milestone in 32 matches and took just 53 innings reach the feat, breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record who had taken 55 innings to breach the 3000-run mark at homeThe list is headed by Sachin Tendulkar, who has scored most runs in India with 7216 from 94 Test matches, followed by Rahul Dravid (5598 from 70 Tests), Sunil Gavaskar (5067 from 65 Tests), Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Dilip Vengsarkar, Gundappa Viswanath, Mohammad Azharuddin.On day two of the second Test at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur against Sri Lakna, he became the third and only Indian  to complete 1000 runs in Tests in the calendar year of 2017.The Lankan bowlers finally found their past  his defences on day three, when Shanaka castled him on 143 (which he had managed in 362 balls). Pujara though finished on 1068, and second in the list behind South Africa’s Dean Elgar. Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne is ranked third in list.Elgar has scored 1097 runs from 20 innings in 11 Test matches, while Karunaratne has amassed 1000 runs from 23 innings in 12 Test matches.Pujara took just 16 innings, the fastest yet this year, to reach the 1000-run mark. He has slammed three hundreds and six fifties.last_img read more

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WADA to Russians: Nada AKA Nyet

first_imgCOLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Leaders of the World Anti-Doping Agency declared Russia’s anti-doping operation out of compliance Wednesday — a harsh though expected blow to a country accused of widespread corruption throughout its sports.Members of the WADA foundation board approved a recommendation from an independent commission that detailed widespread rule-breaking in Russia’s track and anti-doping programs. Nobody voted “no,” though it wasn’t clear whether some members abstained as the vote was done by raising hands.Without an operating anti-doping agency, Russia cannot host or bid for international events. The track team has already been provisionally suspended by the sport’s governing body, the IAAF, which is also under investigation for its role in the doping scandal.The vote came as key figures in the anti-doping movement, including Olympic champions Edwin Moses and Beckie Scott, called for banning the Russian track team from next year’s Olympics and for the probe in Russia to extend beyond track and field.“I think the athletes were quite clear,” Moses said. “There was testimony in (the report) of what is going on in Russia is beyond track and field. They’re very, very concerned about that.”Russia’s member on the WADA Foundation board, deputy sports minister Pavel Kolobkov, sat stoically during the vote, which he was not part of. Earlier, he presented his country’s case. The headline from his presentation was the possibility that the Russian government could strip funding from the Moscow anti-doping lab, which has also been declared noncompliant.Dick Pound, the author of the independent commission report, responded to that by saying, “throwing out funding is throwing out the baby with the bathwater.”Overall, though, there was little debate about the Russian agency (RUSADA), the fate of which has essentially been sealed since Pound’s report came out last week.More urgently discussed was WADA’s ability to deal with the noncompliance declaration and the doping allegations that go beyond Russia’s track team.WADA General Director David Howman said plans would be made this month for outside agencies to take over testing and compliance for Russian athletes, so as to avoid a vacuum of anti-doping work in the country.Scott, an Olympic champion cross-country skier and the chair of the WADA athlete committee, told the WADA board that athletes around the world were asking the agency to expand its probe beyond Russian track and field.“They’re saying, ‘Why not all sports?’” said Scott, a Canadian Olympic cross-country skiing champion and also the chair of WADA’s athlete committee. “I feel that there are a lot of athletes watching and waiting right now. We’re at a crossroads. We urge you to please consider these athletes and consider these sports as a whole.”WADA’s representative from New Zealand agreed with Scott’s proposal and said he would like to see it adopted. But no action was taken.WADA president Craig Reedie told Scott, “it’s quite difficult to agree today, around this table, that we would investigate all sports around the world.”Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, called the lack of action “a gut kick to clean athletes.”“Unless we want to be relegated to an impotent bureaucracy, we have to fulfill our promise to clean athletes and take action as requested by them,” Tygart said.Scott’s proposal delivered context into a debate about the WADA budget, which stands at about $26 million a year and is in line for a 2 or 3 percent increase, but clearly needs more if thorough investigations are going to continue.“There are going to have to be other sources of revenue,” Moses said. “WADA’s budget is, I don’t think, large enough to do what it needs to do.”EDDIE PELLS, AP National WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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City playing like Brazil – Jesus

first_imgManchester City Manchester City playing like Brazil, says Jesus Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 17:43 10/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) jesus-sterling-cropped Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Sergio Agüero Burnley Manchester City v Burnley Premier League The Samba star believes that the team are in fine fettle as they continue their charge on the Premier League title Manchester City are playing with the sort of verve and freedom associated with Brazilian football, according to striker Gabriel Jesus.Pep Guardiola’s side are two points clear at the top of the Premier League, having won seven of their opening eight matches and scored 29 goals in the process.Jesus has netted six goals in seven appearances in the top flight this term to continue the stunning form he has shown since moving to England in January, his performances earning him a nomination for Tuttosport’s Golden Boy prize for 2017, along with Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Brazil international is thriving in the attacking system favoured by Guardiola and says the players are enjoying themselves in the way his compatriots tend to, particularly in last week’s 7-2 destruction of Stoke City.Man City -2 7/10 v Burnley”Yes, it was almost like [Brazilian football],” Jesus told Sky Sports. “In Brazil when we win with so many goals the players tend to start playing with more style and being playful.”They start jumping around and it did feel more or less like this. It felt like a very beautiful way of winning that game. As players we enjoyed it a lot and that’s how we felt inside the pitch.”10 – Gabriel Jesus has been involved in 10 goals in nine Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium (eight goals, two assists). Settled. pic.twitter.com/A8QSpp9R1s— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 14, 2017Jesus admits he still misses life in Brazil but is delighted to be working under Guardiola in Manchester.”Obviously I am enjoying playing here a lot,” he said. “I am a very calm and tranquil person but I do miss some things the city hasn’t got compared to where I used to live in Brazil.”But I am very happy and getting to know the city better and better.”Pep Guardiola is a very ambitious manager, that’s a reason why he has been able to win all the trophies he has won in his career.”I am very happy to get the chance to be trained by him and I am very proud to be able to grow under his management. I hope we will carry on together and we will be able to improve even more.”Jesus has often been preferred to Sergio Aguero at the focal point of City’s attack, although Guardiola has experimented with playing them together this season, and the youngster is revelling in the experience of working alongside the Argentina star.”I really like working with Aguero,” he said. “He is a fantastic guy and we all know how he is as a player. I support him a lot.”last_img read more

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UK-based telecom giant BT ties up with IISc for AI, mobility and other tech innovations

first_imgUK-based telecom giant BT ties up with IISc for AI, mobility and other tech innovationsThe BTIRC will operate multiple research tracks, focused primarily on artificial intelligence, mobility and software engineering technologies for use in BT’s strategic programmes, products and services, while its future areas will include cybersecurity innovations, according to its statement.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 6, 2019UPDATED: July 6, 2019 13:56 IST UK-based telecom giant BT ties up with IISc for AI, mobility and other tech innovationsThe Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on Friday announced agreement with the UK-based telecommunication major BT for opening a new collaborative research centre in Bengaluru to work on cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI), mobility and software engineering technologies.The new BT India Research Centre (BTIRC) will join BT’s network of collaborative research facilities around the globe, including centres in Northern Ireland, China, the US and the UAE, an official statement said.This global innovation network is centred on the BT Labs at Adastral Park, Suffolk, the UK, one of the world’s leading centres for telecommunications research, it said.We’re delighted to announce that our new BT India Research Centre, focused on developing #AI, mobile technologies and #software engineering, opens today in Bengaluru: https://t.co/ha8FXyRfDD pic.twitter.com/cAmieoFrbNBT – global business (@bt_global) July 4, 2019New collaborative research centre in Bengaluru:IISc Director Anurag Kumar said his institute looks forward with great anticipation to being an academic partner to the new collaborative research centre being established by BT in Bengaluru.”The proposed research topics of mobility and artificial intelligence, with the associated software engineering, are sure to attract strong interest from the IISc faculty and students. I look forward to the many discoveries and innovations that will no doubt emanate from such collaboration,” he said.Brilliant intellectual capital in Bengaluru:Professor Tim Whitley, Managing Director for Research at BT, said the opening of this new centre is the start of an exciting new chapter for BT, and for UK-India research.advertisement”The technologies we’ll be developing here, in fields such as AI, mobile and software engineering will accelerate the delivery of exciting innovations to our customers around the globe, taking advantage of the brilliant intellectual capital in Bengaluru,” he said.Focus on AI, mobility and software engineering technologies:The BTIRC will operate multiple research tracks, focused primarily on artificial intelligence, mobility and software engineering technologies for use in BT’s strategic programmes, products and services, while its future areas will include cybersecurity innovations, according to its statement.READ: Education Budget 2019: National Sports Education Board to be set up under Khelo IndiaREAD: Govt to start ‘study in India’ programme to attract foreign students Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Anand Tags :Follow IIScFollow IISc BengaluruFollow IISc campuslast_img read more

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High Product Tanker Rates Drive Hafnia’s Profit

first_imgzoom Danish tanker owner and operator Hafnia Tankers Ltd. (Hafnia) posted an operating profit of USD 34.7 million and profit of USD 26.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015 amid the best spot earnings in the product tanker market since 2009.Operating profit for the three months ended June 30, 2015 was USD 18.2 million and profit was USD 13.8 million.The book value of the fleet, including newbuilds and remaining capex, as of June 30, 2015 was USD 1,106.0 million.“As of June 30, 2015, we had USD 115.4 million in cash, USD 423.2 million of bank debt and USD 43.9 million in working capital . The remaining capex for the newbuilds was USD 284.0 million,” the company said in its business relesults.“We continue to execute on our target to have less than 60% leverage on our fleet through the business cycle. The product tanker market benefitted from high refinery margins combined with generally high gasoline demand, resulting in increased ton-miles supporting the demand for product tankers in the second quarter of 2015,” the statement added.Spot earnings of vessels trading in pools managed by Hafnia Management A/S for the second quarter of 2015 were approximately USD 28,200 per LR1 vessel, USD 23,000 per MR vessel and USD 17,600 per SR vessel, net of commissions and pool fees.Hafnia Nordica and the three LR1 vessels acquired in the first quarter completed scheduled drydocking in the second quarter 2015, which reduced the number of earning days.Hafnia took delivery of two SR vessels in the second quarter of 2015 and the company expects to take delivery of three SR vessels and two MR vessels in the second half of 2015, one SR vessel and five MR vessels in 2016 and one MR vessel in 2017.The company currently has a fleet of 25 owned vessels and six vessels chartered-in, as well as an orderbook of 12 newbuild vessels.last_img read more

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This is what Salman Khan learned during the last schedule of the

first_imgSalman Khan has been creating immense buzz amongst the audience ever since the makers shared some stunning posters of Dabangg 3. The shoot of the last schedule of climax sequence took place during the period of 4th to 8th September. Not only this, Salman Khan even did bare body shots and had an intense hand to hand combat which required strength and training. Salman Khan who is already a fitness enthusiast, the actor underwent rigorous training to built his personality and to ace his training techniques. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The film directed by Prabhu Deva has been the talk of the town since its inception and its announcement has already left all Salman fans wanting for more of Chulbul Robinhood Pandey and his witty dialogues and antics, all along. Dabangg 3 will also be Salman Khan’s first movie ever to be dubbed and released in multiple languages and will also see the reunion of Salman Khan and Prabhu Deva who worked together on Salman Khan’s famous action flick, ‘Wanted’. According to sources, the decision to release the movie in multiple languages has been taken to cater to the mass appeal that the star possesses where Salman Khan is a Pan-Indian superstar with unparalleled popularity and fan-following and on top of that, Prabhu Deva is one of the biggest South Indian stars in the country. Directed by Prabhudeva, Dabangg 3 is produced by Salma Khan, Arbaaz Khan and Nikhil Dwivedi under the banner of Salman Khan Films and is slated to release on 20th December, 2019.last_img read more

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Some background on the new Speaker of the BC legislature

first_imgVICTORIA – Political observers were surprised Friday when Opposition Liberal member Darryl Plecas accepted the role of Speaker, despite earlier reassurances he’d given that he would not consider the position. The Speaker traditionally comes from within government ranks, but this move gives NDP Premier John Horgan breathing room for his minority government. Here are some facts about the new Speaker:— Plecas was first elected to the B.C. legislature in 2013 as a member of the Liberal party to represent the riding of Abbotsford South. He won handily against longtime Liberal politician John van Dongen, who left the party earlier in the year to join the provincial Conservatives before running as an Independent. Plecas won re-election in 2017.— While in office, Plecas served as parliamentary secretary for crime reduction and later for seniors health.— Plecas spent 34 years as a criminology professor at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, where he held the position of RCMP research chair and director for the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research.— He repeatedly turned down offers from the NDP to take on the role of Speaker in the wake of the spring election, saying in one media interview it would be “disrespectful” and “dishonourable” to accept the position. “I would be hurting the Liberal party, in other words hurting the wishes of my constituents, and there’s no way that’s going to happen,” he said in June.— Plecas’s website says he is the grandson of Abbotsford pioneers and has lived in the area with his wife and two sons for the past 37 years.— He is the recipient of various accolades, including the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award for Public Safety, an award of excellence from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, a teaching excellence award from the University of the Fraser Valley, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Order of Abbotsford.last_img read more

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Alberta Saskatchewan Ontario criticize passage of federal environment bills

first_imgEDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he will fight the passage of two federal environment bills on multiple fronts — starting in court.Kenney says he is filing constitutional challenges to Bill C-48 and Bill C-69 because he believes they unfairly target his oil and gas province.READ MORE: B.C. tanker ban, environment assessment bills scale final hurdle in SenateKenney says Bill C-48, which bans tanker traffic on the northern British Columbia coast, is particularly punitive because there’s no such ban on tanker traffic elsewhere in Canada.And he says Bill C-69, which rewrites rules to assess proposed energy projects, is so onerous that they won’t get built.Kenney also says he will revisit how much Alberta pays in equalization.READ MORE: A discussion on pipelines, the environment and more with the federal Natural Resources MinisterThe provinces of Saskatchewan and Ontario have also weighed in with criticism on the bills.Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford says Bill C-69 is a twin disaster by reducing Canada’s energy competitiveness while failing to better protect the environment.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says the bills will hurt the economy and job creation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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BC announces plans to revamp its timber supply system for forestry firms

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. announces plans to revamp its timber supply system for forestry firms by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 1, 2014 6:06 pm MDT VICTORIA – Forests Minister Steve Thomson says the Liberal government is taking another shot at giving forest companies more rights to control British Columbia’s public forest lands, but he rejects criticism that the plan would privatize provincial forests.The move could dramatically change the way public forests are managed by granting lumber companies tenure rights, or logging rights, to large pieces of land. Companies are currently allotted timber harvest rights on a specified numbers of trees.The proposed changes prompted immediate scorn from an environmental group and skepticism from the Opposition New Democrats.“We’re going to go totally to the wall over this one,” said Ancient Forest Alliance spokesman Ken Wu. “The large forest companies have too long been special interest groups over our public forest lands.”Plans to amend the Forest Act last year to move towards area-based tenures were dumped after a public outcry.Thomson announced a consultation program Tuesday that will consider public and industry opinion over converting forest land management to area-based tenures from its current volume-based tenure system.The minister said area-based tenures will not be provincewide, moving only to areas where there is public approval.He appointed Jim Snetsinger, a former B.C. chief forester, to oversee a two-month consultation process, with a report and recommendations due June 30. Snetsinger will hold public hearings in 10 communities.Forest tenures or licences are agreements between the government and a person or company to provide logging rights on Crown land. Tenure holders must make payments to the government for timber harvested on Crown land.Thomson said moving to area-based tenures will give forest companies more certainty over the land on which they harvest timber. He said the government still owns the land, but the companies would have long-term management rights.“This only gives them timber-harvesting rights to the area as they currently have with volume-based licences,” he said. “This is not privatization and not transferring rights to that area to the land holder other than those harvesting rights.”Thomson said last March when the Liberals shelved the changes that they require broader public consultation.Wu said the only certainty British Columbians can expect from land-based tenures for forest companies is environmental destruction.Opposition NDP forests critic Norm Macdonald said he understands why companies want to control forest land, but the government will have a tough time convincing the public to support the changes.“Why the public would buy into this is beyond me,” he said. “They have not made the case that this is for the public good. If this is a sales job, that’s a problem.” read more

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UN Security Council urged to act against worstcase scenario in Syrias warbattered

Mr. Ging reported that the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, was in Damascus that day to engage with the Government on how best to scale up humanitarian response across Syria.Security Council engagement is also critical to preventing an escalation in Idlib and an ensuing humanitarian emergency, he added. Quoting former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former UN-Arab League envoy on the Syria crisis, who died earlier this month, he appealed for action.“We call on the members of the Council to do all they can to ensure that we avoid this.  In the words of Kofi Annan, ‘We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.’” John Ging, Director of Operations with the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said recent intense aerial bombardment and shelling in Idlib and three other governorates in north-west Syria have resulted in death, damage and destruction, placing an even greater strain on aid workers and communities hosting displaced people.“Humanitarian organizations are doing what they can with the resources available to them to sustain the current response and prepare for a possible further deterioration, thanks in large part to cross-border assistance and the generosity of our financial donors,” Mr. Ging told the ambassadors.“But a worst-case scenario in Idlib will overwhelm capacities and has the potential to create a humanitarian emergency at a scale not yet seen through this crisis.”Mr. Ging was speaking during the Council’s monthly meeting on the Syrian conflict, now in its seventh year.He said aid partners are finalizing a humanitarian plan to respond to the potential crisis in the north-west, which borders Turkey, in addition to carrying out their ongoing operations.These organizations are providing a “critical lifeline” for scores of civilians, 680,000 of whom received food delivered from Turkey in July alone. read more

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Arizona State rallies late to beat rival Arizona 4140

TUCSON, Ariz. — Eno Benjamin scored on a 22-yard touchdown and Arizona State survived a last-second field goal attempt, rallying from a 19-point deficit to beat rival Arizona 41-40 on Saturday.Arizona (5-7, 4-5 Pac-12) led 40-21 heading in the fourth quarter after Khalil Tate threw his third TD pass of the game, 8 yards to Tony Ellison.Arizona State (7-5, 5-4) started its rally with Manny Wilkins’ 11-yard touchdown run and 2-point conversion. Aashari Crosswell’s interception return to Arizona’s 22-yard line set up Brandon Ruiz’s 39-yard field goal, then the Sun Devils recovered J.J. Taylor’s fumble at Arizona’s 22-yard line.Benjamin burst up the middle, cut outside and finished off his third touchdown of the game to put the Sun Devils up 41-40 with 3:08 left.The Wildcats got the ball back and marched down the field, but Josh Pollack, who made four field goals, pushed a 45-yard attempt wide right with 11 seconds left.Wilkins threw for 265 yards and a TD for the Sun Devils, who denied Arizona’s bid to become bowl eligible in coach Kevin Sumlin’s first season.Tate threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns, and Taylor had 144 yards on 28 carries.Arizona State clinched bowl eligibility with a win over UCLA and missed a chance to clinch the Pac-12 South by losing to Oregon last week. The Wildcats’ bid fell flat in a blowout loss to No. 7 Washington State.Left with one final shot at a bowl game, Arizona jumped on its biggest rival early, racking up yards in good-sized chunks.Tate hit Ellison on a 28-yard touchdown in the first quarter and Shawn Poindexter scaled over ASU cornerback Kobe Williams in the end zone for a 23-yard score.The Wildcats had to settle for Pollack field goals on three trips into the red zone, though, including a 36-yarder on the final play of the first half to put Arizona up 22-14.Wilkins hit Brandon Aiyuk on a 58-yard scoring pass and Benjamin bulled his way in for a 10-yard TD to keep the Sun Devils within reach.Arizona started quickly in the second half as well.PJ Johnson tackled Benjamin in the end zone for a safety, then Taylor returned the kickoff 66 yard to set up Pollack’s fourth field goal.Benjamin scored on a 14-yard run, but Gary Brightwell answered with a 35-yard scoring run. Tate then hit Ellison on a jump pass for an 8-yard score to put the Wildcats up 40-21.THE TAKEAWAYThe Sun Devils defence struggled all game before coming up with the biggest plays when they needed them most.The Wildcats had bowl eligibility within their grasp, only to let it slip through in the fourth quarter. This one will hurt.UP NEXTArizona State will play in a bowl game for the seventh time in eight seasons.Arizona is headed to bowl game after rolling over its rival.____More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25John Marshall, The Associated Press read more

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Football Former Ohio State running back Brionte Dunn arrested on rape and

Then-redshirt-sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn (25) carries the ball during the 2014 OSU Spring Game on at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Lantern file photoFormer Ohio State running back Bri’onte Dunn has been arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping. The incident took place Aug. 20 around the 2800 block of Neil Avenue.According to a case document, a warrant for his arrest was issued Tuesday shortly after the complaint was issued. His arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday. No bond has been issued for Dunn.Dunn was dismissed from Ohio State’s football team in July 2016 and was later charged with domestic violence and assault. According to court documents, the charges of domestic violence were dismissed, but he was found guilty on charges of assault on Feb. 6, 2017. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 730 days of probation. The 180-day sentence was suspended and not served. read more

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Emails reveal notsofine print

On Monday, Ohio State revealed more email correspondence between Jim Tressel and Columbus lawyer Christopher Cicero, the man who alerted the football coach of possible violations by players, which Tressel has since acknowledged he failed to disclose to OSU and NCAA officials. The previously undisclosed emails contain advice from Cicero to players involved with Eddie Rife, the owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. “My suggestion is to tell (names redacted) (and any other current player) who has had contact with him (Rife), that if they are approached in person, by phone, by “target” letter, by any person in law enforcement, tell them that BEFORE they talk to anybody, or respond to anybody that they MUST contact you first… especially if some stupid media would get ‘wind’ of this… ok. Chris,” Cicero said to Tressel in an email on April 16, 2010. Cicero also suggested that Tressel advise his players to speak to the coach if anyone questions them about the matter involving Rife, who was under a federal investigation for drug trafficking charges. Tressel responded to Cicero three days later, asking if he had any more information on names associated with the selling of the 2008 Big Ten Championship rings. Tressel also hinted that he had a “plan” regarding the 2009 Big Ten Championship rings that had yet to arrive. “Is there a way I could get all the ring names…I have a little plan once this year’s rings arrive….jt,” Tressel wrote. Cicero responded a day later. He said an agent of the district attorney involved with the Rife case had the rings sold to Rife. “Thanks!!” Tressel responded. More than a month had passed without another email from Cicero. On June 1, Tressel emailed Cicero asking if he had any more names from the rings that had been sold. Tressel told Cicero the 2009 Big Ten Championship rings were arriving that week. “Any names from our last discussion ?? I would like to hold some collateral if you know what I mean….. jt,” Tressel said in the email. Cicero responded later that day, indicating that the two names he provided before were “still good.” Cicero informed Tressel that communication between himself and the district attorney had ceased and that no more names had surfaced. OSU said the emails released Monday, which had been detailed in a Columbus Dispatch article, were “inadvertently omitted” from the initial email release on March 8. OSU also acknowledged receiving a formal list of allegations from the NCAA on Monday. The NCAA sent a letter addressed to President E. Gordon Gee explaining the current state of the investigation. OSU is expected to respond to the NCAA’s request by July 5 and a meeting is then set for Aug. 12. In an interview with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on March 13, Cicero confirmed he mentioned quarterback Terrelle Pryor and wide receiver DeVier Posey while informing Tressel of his players’ involvement with Rife. In an email to The Lantern, Cicero said: “I gave an ESPN interview in March 2011, with Chris Spielman where I gave a taped interview answering every question posed to me. It is the only interview I am giving on this matter.” Five Buckeyes, including Pryor, Posey, offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Cicero played football at OSU under coach Earle Bruce, and graduated in the spring of 1984. He lettered his senior year. In an email Tressel sent to Ted Sarniak, a 67-year-old business man from Jeannette, Pa., who befriended Pryor many years ago, Tressel seemed to vouch for the Columbus lawyer. Sarniak accompanied Pryor on his recruiting trips to OSU and other universities as a mentor figure for the young athlete. Tressel explained to Sarniak the relationship between Cicero and the university. “This guy, Chris Cicero, is a criminal lawyer in town,” Tressel said in the email. “He played here when I was an assistant coach in the early 1980’s. He has always looked out for us.” read more

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WorleyParsons envisions how technology can advance shaft sinking safety and productivity

first_imgMurray Macnab, Global Director, Mining & Mine Development at WorleyParsons, in his presentation at the 2014 International Mining & Resources Conference in Melbourne, Australia, argued that the rapid development and application of digital technologies, automation and mechanisation is fundamental to meeting the challenge of safety in future capital intensive shaft development projects.“WorleyParsons is acutely aware of the safety issues that come with the development of new underground mines,” he said. “However, by applying learnings from other resource industry sectors such as oil and gas, and working in partnership with other stakeholders in the South African mining industry, we can challenge and potentially improve the current status quo within the sector. Our fundamental belief is that all work can be executed safely.”Macnab challenged conference participants by asking how the mining industry can leverage the huge amount of data, information and knowledge that is now available both in the mining sector and in other industries to address technical challenges. “It’s a fact that today our shaft sinking industry achieves less than 50% of the peak productivity performances recorded 50 years ago,” he continued. “While we certainly operate in a technically sophisticated industry, there are industries where project delivery and engineering is further advanced. I believe there is an opportunity to extract learnings from these industries, which have seen improved performance across the whole of asset lifecycle with the extensive application of technologies. With the right know-how and industry experience, leveraging such technologies will return us back to the highs of the past, with a predictable safety outcome of zero harm.“There have been shafts completed to 1,000 m and 1,700 m depths without a lost time accident. Then there have been subsequent shafts with multiple fatalities. This can’t continue.” Macnab pointed to mechanisation/automation combined with information technology as the answer. In the shaft build phase it is accepted that machines improve performance, but he mooted a step change in the mining industry to take machines beyond automation to full digital information management with automatic reporting. This technology is already available. He also outlined a scenario in which a digital design process allows specialists, vendors, suppliers, integrators and operators to interact within a virtual model that captures knowledge and previous design effort, with new work carried out once only, by the most appropriate partner.“Imagine a virtual project build process that creates a ‘digital’ asset; then utilises a process that optimises for time and cost for the build of that asset, against multiple build scenarios before a ‘real’ asset is built,” he continued. “Risks are highlighted and procedures are available to operators and maintenance staff at the touch of a button. The operator’s actions are re-ordered automatically using positioning technology and he’s guided to the right place at the right time. This is also available, as is an evidence-based method to decide the best way to build a project with clear, credible progress reporting independent of human bias. “Throughput and unit operations could be optimised by simulating the operation through the digital plant, perhaps using a probabilistic approach to give your company the edge over competitors.”Equipped with the digital interface, all employees could be safely guided through their day’s operations, warned, coached and located for recovery if necessary. It is possible to visualise and report the entire process for variation at the unit level. Each unit level can be visualised down to the component level for performance improvement investigation. This would make it feasible, at any given time, to simulate the likely scenarios for site closure or extension using current data. Through data integrity alone, Macnab said it is possible to achieve capital costs reduction of 3-5% through reduced leakage at the interfaces and removal of rework; increased speed to market through reduced project cycle time of up to 20% as a result of the re-use of data and design. There are also the benefits of access to resources and enhanced collaboration, irrespective of their location, through a common source of high integrity data. Other benefits are increased delivery certainty, optimal start-up and improved safety outcomes.“These are just some of the benefits we believe are immediate opportunities for performance improvement,” said Macnab. “We have all seen and heard of the latest blind shaft boring machines being developed around the globe. So how do we take that forward and manage the risks associated with something that is new to us and integrate the different technologies into a competitive advantage? The immediate horizon, and possibly the most difficult, is centred on creating a common data platform or digital architecture either for the asset, the company or ideally for the industry. The broader the agreement on the architecture, the greater the benefit would be for the industry. This calls for collaboration with technology suppliers from other industries, combined with what has already been developed in shaft boring technology over the past decades. Achieving this has the potential to drive immediate savings in project delivery. Once we have access to a single data platform, we can apply advanced data analytics and bring to bear the many advances in visualisation available today. In combination with deep industry knowledge and experience that understands what it is looking at, this will allow us all to drive improved performance across the life of the asset.”The next horizon would harness the significant computer processing power available today and translate this to real time support for all management aspects of the asset. This would make it possible to harness the digital asset model to derive innovation across the industry, creating new frontiers for productivity improvement. “Whether at the early stage of development, or well advanced, this framework can be applied to the most simple of projects — or to development of the most complex and sophisticated assets,” Macnab concluded. “All this will lead to a new, far more collaborative way of working. It’s about planning and building in the virtual world first, and having the opportunity to experiment in a virtual environment to achieve the best outcome in the real world. The initial goal is to provide an attractive measure of certainty around project delivery, but the future opportunities are really only limited, at this stage, by our imaginations.”last_img read more

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ASOBAL Round 14 Atletico Madrid with an important onegoal win in Leon

← Previous Story Hungary Cup: Iman Jamali scores 11, leads Veszprem past SZESE Next Story → Setback for SG Flensburg: Olafur Gustafsson injured The derby of this 14th round of ASOBAL was definitely the one in Leon, between Ademar and Atletico Madrid. Considering Atletico Madrid’s recent slump in results and form many thought that this might be a perfect chance for Ademar Leon to finally win a big game in ASOBAL. In several occasions they had a nice two-goal lead in the game, however Atletico Madrid also did fight well and also took few goals advantage in many occasions, only to be annulled in the by the other team. The breaking of the score came in the final minutes of the game, when Atletico Madrid made a two-goal lead 29:27, and Ademar Leon could only make it 28:29 with 15 seconds to go. Atletico Madrid was experienced enough to keep the ball until the end of the game combined with Dushebayev timeout with 10 seconds to go. Important two points for Atletico in what will definitely be a very hard season in their fight to win the championship against terrific Barcelona team this season.Barcelona had a relatively job, an easy game at home against La Rioja, winning 34:20.ASOBAL Round 14 scores: Cuenca 27:33 Posada, Valladolid 31:25 BM Cangas, Villa de Aranda 28:26 Puerto Sagunto, Aragon 34:31 Guadalajara, Granollers 26:26 Anaitasuna, BM Huesca 28:28 Palmanaranja ademarAdemar LeonanaitasunaAragonatleticoatletico madridBarcelonacadenascangascuencadushebayevGranollersguadalajarahuescala riojaLeonlogronomadridpalmanaranjaposadapuerto saguntoriojasaguntoValladolidvilla arandavilla de aranda read more

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EHF CL First success for Besiktas

Turkish champions Besiktas MOGAZ celebrated the first victory at the VELUX EHF Champions League this season! The team from Bosphorus outplayed Croatian best side PPD Zagreb 32:30 (17:13).Bešiktaš: Demir (11 saves), Kocić; Mercan, Caliskan 1, Arifoglu, Pribak 4, Boyar, Buljubašić, Demirezen 1, Yilmaz, Özbahar 5, Dačević 5, Coban, Đukić 4, Döne 10, Rašić 2PPD Zagreb: Stevanović (1 save), Ivić (9 saves); Vujić, Stepančić 7, Kontrec 6, Šprem 2, Šebetić 2, Raković 1, Horvat 3, Šušnja 2, J. Valčić, T. Valčić 1, Obranović 1, Vukić, Kovačević 1, Pavlović 4STANDINGS: ← Previous Story EHF CL: Barca beat Kolding, Szeged win over Montpellier Next Story → Women’s EHF CL: Easy job for Vardar and Rostov 4. SG Flensburg-Handewitt5302149:132(17)6 2. THW Kiel6402180:157(23)8 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko6105157:170(-13)2 1. MVM Veszprém5410138:123(15)9 7. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu6105157:198(-41)2 Besiktas handball 6. Orlen Wisla Plock5113127:147(-20)3 4. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …6303152:154(-2)6 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…5401167:146(21)8 read more

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Ireland overcome their Parisian hurdle to kickstart something special

first_img Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOAnd France came back again to make it a thrilling encounter; what better way for Ireland to win the Six Nations than by winning away against a team performing at their seasonal peak. The precision and skill shown by Huget, Talès and a host of tryline-battering forwards to create Dulin’s try would have made Schmidt himself proud.It took something extra from Ireland to get over their crippling Parisian hurdle. The stunning Chris Henry offload for Sexton’s first try, the exuberance of the counter-attack to create the out-half’s second; Irish players imposing themselves on the game rather than hoping it would fall their way.The endgame pushed those present and watching at home to the edge of their seats, as we had suspected it would. Ireland just don’t cope with these situations, the noise descending on them in Saint-Denis, that feeling that everything could again slip away at the last moment.Paul O’Connell admitted that he was disappointed with how Ireland closed out the game in those final 10 minutes, but he was overlooking his own team’s input in halting the desperate last gamble of the French.O’Driscoll did enough to rush Vincent Debaty into forcing his pass, Iain Henderson enveloped Damien Chouly at the back of a scrum, Ian Madigan found touch superbly from the Irish 22. All the little actions, the little details, added up to ensure Ireland did enough.It was a celebration of O’Driscoll’s career, and the iconic outside centre signed off in style as he contributed hugely both physically and mentally. This was the certain end of something that has been magical, but quite possibly the start of something that can provide further joy.The Schmidt revolution is not even a season old, but he and his players have delivered.113 brilliant pictures of Brian O’Driscoll’s international careerA truly fitting finale as Brian O’Driscoll finishes as a champion THE PRE-MATCH belief in Ireland’s ability to masterfully carry out Joe Schmidt’s latest game plan was tested as soon as one entered a frenzied Stade de France this evening.Any doubts that France would provide their finest performance of the championship were quelled by the volume and simmering atmosphere of an unexplainable Parisian confidence.The coaches boxes are situated in the lower tiers of the stand, in amongst the supporters; would the messages from Schmidt and his coaching team be clear? Paul O’Connell seemed confused when Steve Walsh informed him his team were playing from right to left in the first half rather than vice-versa; was the Irish focus in tune?Discipline had been a cornerstone of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign, but there was Chris Henry being pinged in the first minute and allowing Maxime Machenaud to give the home team a 3-0 lead.Gordon D’Arcy and Brian O’Driscoll have built their careers on chopping down bigger men, but here was the beastly Mathieu Bastareaud careering straight through them in the third minute.Brass bands at either end of the Stade de France reacted to les Bleus’ explosive start, bouncing their tunes off each other as if teasing the Irish players. There was an early sense that this was exactly how Philippe Saint-André wanted the game to play out.But Schmidt’s Ireland are made of sterner stuff than so many of their peers in the recent past. They rode out the storm as the Fields of Athenry bellowed out, managing the frenetic French attack and then showing an utterly clinical edge to score two superb tries midway through the first half.The second in particular showed what Schmidt has brought to the international arena. Conor Murray knew space would appear to the right of the ruck after O’Driscoll’s carry, Andrew Trimble knew he would get a pass from the scrum-half if he ran the trailing run from deep; Ireland’s players trusting the plan, a joy to watch.last_img read more

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9 examples of graffiti that probably graced your schoolbooks

first_img6. The penisThese could go from the simple to the sublime, and everything inbetween. 7. IDT/TLNDIf destroyed true/True love never dies. Obviously.8. Professing your love for Nirvana/Oasis/Spice Girls/Metallica/5ive/A.N. Other band9. How much do you REALLY love each other?The percentage could be easily worked out using the letters in your name, and then you could decide if the relationship was worth it.We’re not so sure about this one:Which ones did we miss?Was “Peig for President” big in your school? What about “Yeats is a pox”? Fill us in in the comments section…15 things that everyone did in primary school>PVA glue, Spraoi annuals worms: 21 great primary school memories>Things Taylor Swift doesn’t like> TEACHERS MAY HAVE despaired, parents might have given out yards and your books may have been harder to sell, but if you doodled any of these during your time in school, you weren’t alone.1. The ‘S’The daddy of all copybook doodling.2. Even better if your name started with ‘S’Stevens, Stephanies, Simons, Sarahs. The lucky divils.3. The advanced ‘S’This is what you advanced to after you mastered the ‘S’.4. The 3-D boxYou could literally while away hours filling pages with these.5. The advanced 3-D boxThe cunning among you could turn it into some U2 graffiti.last_img read more

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