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FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Nigeria

first_imgEmmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses will be crucial for Nigeria at the World CupPowered by forwards Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses, Nigeria won its first African Cup title in nearly two decades last year. The next step is to achieve something at the World Cup.Emenike was one of the African Cup’s top scorers and Moses won the Man of the Match award in the final.Alongside those two, central midfielder John Obi Mikel will likely play a pivotal role in Brazil when the team comes up against Argentina, Bosnia and Iran in Group F.Here are five players to watch:EMMANUEL EMENIKEThe difference between Nigeria with and Nigeria without Emmanuel Emenike is clear.In the latter stages of last year’s African Cup, the Super Eagles powered past Mali 4-1 in the semifinals with him, then sorely missed the injured striker in a tense 1-0 win over Burkina Faso in the final.The 26-year-old Fenerbache forward continued his good form with crucial goals in Nigeria’s World Cup qualifying campaign, scoring twice in Ethiopia for a 2-1 win in the playoffs.VICTOR MOSESStruggling for game time at Liverpool, Victor Moses plays a valuable role for Nigeria.His work out wide or as a second striker was an important factor in the success of Emmanuel Emenike as the pair combined well at the African Cup of Nations.Moses’ lack of action at Liverpool is a cause for concern for Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi, who views the powerful and pacey player as one of his best attacking threats.advertisementJOHN OBI MIKELLike Victor Moses, Jon Obi Mikel’s time on the bench in the Premier League with Chelsea raises worries for his readiness at the World Cup.With Mikel, Nigeria has the stability in central midfield that allows forwards Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses, and midfielders like Ahmed Musa and Sunday Mba, create and score goals.Still only 26, Mikel is one of Nigeria’s most experienced players.SUNDAY MBAFew players had a more successful African Cup than Sunday Mba, the attacking midfielder with a hard shot whose stunning long-range goal gave Nigeria a 2-1 win over favored Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals.Mba also scored the winner in the final with a goal worthy of winning a title. He controlled a bouncing ball, clipped it over a defender and volleyed into the net.His breakthrough tournament earned him a European contract.EFE AMBROSEA right back or central defender, Efe Ambrose gives Nigeria an extra attacking outlet on the right flank as well as defensive solidity in times of trouble.Ambrose was also a regular in the African Cup of Nations-winning team and has Champions League experience with Scottish club Celtic.last_img read more

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Euro 2016: Spain goalkeeper David de Gea denies involvement in prostitution case

first_imgSpain goalkeeper David De Gea on Friday denied wrongdoing after allegations he was embroiled in a police investigation into a pornographic filmmaker. (Full EURO 2016 Coverage)’ALL FALSE’ In a hastily called press conference at Spain’s European Championship team base in western France, De Gea said he was surprised by the allegations and called them a lie.”I was the first to be caught by surprise by this news,” De Gea said. “What is being reported by the press is all false.”De Gea’s name appeared in court papers published by Spain’s El Diario newspaper on Friday. Police confirmed the documents’ legitimacy to The Associated Press.According to the court papers, the Manchester United goalkeeper was accused by a protected witness of promoting an encounter between her and two other soccer players, one of which was identified as Athletic Bilbao forward Iker Muniain.Munian also denied any wrongdoing on Friday.DE GEA TO HIRE A LAWYER The player said on Twitter that the allegations were “absolutely false” and he also planned to hire a lawyer “to defend his honor.”The name of the other player was not released. During the alleged encounter in 2012, the witness said she was abused by the players.The documents said there were text messages exchanged between De Gea and Muniain.The police have made no accusations against De Gea or the other players.The court documents are part of an investigation into an alleged prostitution ring involving detained Spanish pornography entrepreneur Ignacio Allende Fernandez, also known as Torbe.advertisementDe Gea said on Friday he has “no idea where this came from,” and indicated that he planned legal action against those who accused him, saying “it’s all in the hands of my lawyers.”‘NOT LEAVING SPAIN SQUAD’ He said he never considered leaving the squad because of the allegations and is even more motivated to try to help Spain win a third straight title in the European competition.”This gives me more strength to train even harder. They can say whatever they want, it’s all false,” he said.last_img read more

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Woman, lover arrested for killing husband

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) A woman and her 31-year-old lover have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping and murdering her husband here, police said today.The deceased, Amit Kumar, worked as a driver with New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and lived with his wife Barkha and other family members at south Delhis Sarojini Nagar area.Police said Barkha filed a complaint at Sarojini Nagar police station alleging that her husband Amit was abducted and a ransom call was received on September 7.During investigation, police questioned the family members of Amit and found out that he had a strained relationship with his wife as he suspected her of having an illicit affair with his colleague Satveer.A police officer said several contradictions were noticed in Barkhas version of Amits disappearance and her complaint was found doubtful.Police picked up Satveer and Barkha and grilled them during which the former admitted his hand in abduction and murder of Amit.The body of Amit was recovered from Bahadurgarh in Haryana.The accused duo were arrested yesterday after they admitted getting Amit drunk, taking him to Bahadurgarh in a car and killing him by crushing his head with the vehicle, said the officer.He said, on the night of September 6 Satveer visited Amits place in his car and both consumed alcohol.Afterwards, the accused took him in the car to Bahadurgarh and they ran him over crushing his head to make his identification difficult, said the officer. PTI VIT TIR RG TIRlast_img read more

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Sports Authority of India notifies recruitment: Apply before October 28

first_imgThe Sports Authority of India has invited applications from eligible candidates for filling up the posts of Doctors (Sports Medicine). The profile will be on contractual basis for a period of one year. Interested candidates can apply latest by October 28.Vacancy details:Total posts: 2Name of the posts: Doctors (Sports Medicine)Eligibility criteria:Educational qualification:The candidates should hold a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from a recognised university or institute.Age limit: The age of the candidates should not be more than 45 years. Selection procedure: The candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in an interview.Pay scale:The candidates will get a consolidated salary of Rs 50,000 per month.How to apply: The eligible candidates can send the application form along with essential documents to ‘The Director (Personnel), Sports Authority of India, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Complex CGO Complex, East Gate, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003’ by post so as to reach before the closing date.Important date:Last date for the submission of an application: October 28 by 5 pmFor more details, the candidates can visit the official website.Read: AIIMS hiring for 500 Staff Nurse vacancies: Apply before October 23 For information on more latest government jobs, click here.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to launch on August 23, sale likely to start from September 15

first_imgAlmost nothing is left to reveal about the Galaxy Note 8 as the phone has been subjected to numerous leaks and rumours in the recent past days. The tipster Evan Blass has even revealed the full specs of the Note 8. The phone is expected to  launch on April 23 in August and now there are reports that the phone will hit the stores on September 15.According to the report from etnews, Samsung has decided to release the Note 8 in South Korean market on September 15, the same date when LG plans to bring its LG V30. ” We are going to sell Galaxy Note 8 starting from the 15th of September. Its price has not been set yet.” the report cites a mobile company representative.While the dates for pre-order for Note 8 still remains a mystery, the report states that the company could keep the pre-order period for as long as 10 to 14 days so that users could have ample of time to decide before buying the phone.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is going to be one massive deviceEvan Blass only days ago revealed the full specs of the phone. If the news from Blass is to be believed then the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 could come with some really big upgrades. To begin with, Blass claims that the phone could come with IP68 water and dust resistant as seen in the Note 7. Samsung’s upcoming flagship Note 8 could be one big massive device sporting a 6.3-inch infinity display. Here are some of the other important speculations made by Blass and other tipsters:advertisementNote 8 to come with 6GB RAM and 128GB memory: A Chinese tipster only today has said that the phone could come with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The tipster further dismisses the possibility of any 8GB RAM variant of the Note 8.Dual rear cameras: Blass in his full specs copy notes that the phone could come with dual rear cameras- 12MP + 12MP rear sensors. The primary lens is mentioned to have f/1.7 aperture and dual-pixel autofocus while the secondary could come with f/2.4 aperture and 2X zoom and both the lenses would support optical image stabilisation.  An 8MP camera with f/1.7 aperture is expected on the front.3,300mAh battery: Blass claims that the upcoming Note 8 cpould be backed by a 3300mAh battery and support fast charging via USB Type-C . Further, the phone could support wireless charging which was speculated before also.Note 8 colour options: There could be four colour options for Note 8- Deep Sea Blue , Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, and Maple Gold. Price: The Note 8 could be priced around Rs 75,000.last_img read more

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Has Aamir Khan taken look test for Karan Johar’s film on Osho?

first_imgAamir Khan’s Thugs of Hindostan is yet to hit the screens, but it seems the 53-year-old actor has already begun prepping up for a Karan Johar film. Known to be a perfectionist, Aamir is doing everything possible before giving his nod to Shakun Batra’s directorial venture.For the longest time, rumour has it that Aamir has been approached to play Osho in a film. But the actor has refused to sign on the dotted lines, unless he is convinced that he looks the part.And that’s the reason Aamir has begun look test for the film. A report in a leading daily suggests that Aamir has begun meeting prosthetic experts to discuss the transformation he will have to undergo to get into the character.”Though he has liked the script, Aamir wants to be completely sure before he signs on the dotted line. He has been meeting prosthetic experts to understand whether he will be able to look the part of Osho,” a source told the daily.The source added, “He will also be required to sport a semi-bald pate for a portion in the film. Aamir will sport four different looks in the drama, which will begin with Osho’s rise as a spiritual guru in India to his setting up base in the US. Considering the Netflix series, Wild Wild Country, piqued curiosity among cinephiles about Osho, Aamir is keen that they remain authentic to the subject.”ALSO READ | Why Aamir Khan is the reigning superstar of BollywoodALSO READ | I was constantly swimming against the tide: Aamir Khan on early film choicesadvertisementALSO WATCH | Unforgettables: Aamir Khan and Ranveer Singh discuss their acting journeylast_img read more

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Final Report on Municipal Loan Guarantees and Loans

first_imgOmbudsman Dwight Bishop released his report today, May 12, regarding an investigation examining nine municipalities providing loan guarantees and loans to the former South West Shore Development Authority. The investigation concluded nine municipalities authorized guarantees and expenditure of public funds outside the authority of the Municipal Government Act. The investigation also examined the oversight role of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The report contains six recommendations. Mr. Bishop recommends that public funds not be used to pay the loan guarantees and the municipalities are to recover the money related to the loans. Four of the recommendations deal specifically with Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and its processes regarding the act and municipal funds. The report is available at gov.ns.ca/ombu/publications.htmlast_img read more

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1400 kilometre pilgrimage ends with renewal of faith and many blisters

first_imgAPTN’s Chris Stewart reports.cstewart@aptn.ca APTN National News30,ooo people made the trek to Lac St. Anne in Alberta for the annual pilgrimage last week.The site has been attracting people from all over the world for nearly 130 years.Some traveled 1,400 kilometres by foot to get to the place held dear by Catholics.last_img

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Federal minister in conflict over awarding surf clam licence to First Nations

first_imgAPTN NewsThe federal ethics commissioner says cabinet minister Dominic LeBlanc was in a conflict of interest when he approved an Arctic surf clam licence to a company owned by a number of First Nation communities that employed a family member.Commissioner Mario Dion found Leblanc was prohibited from making a decision that would put him in a conflict of interest.“A first cousin of Mr. LeBlanc’s spouse, Mr. Gilles Thériault, could have benefitted financially from an Arctic surf clam licence being awarded to the Five Nations Clam Company,” said Dion in a statement. “Mr. Thériault would have served as the company’s general manager if the process to grant it the licence had been completed.”The Liberal government announced in August that it had cancelled the licence and restarted the process, but gave no reason for the decision.LeBlanc was shuffled out of his fisheries portfolio over the summer.“As Minister, Mr. LeBlanc was exercising an official power when he decided to pursue issuing the licence to the Five Nations Clam Company, and his decision provided an opportunity to further Mr. Thériault’s private interests,” Dion said.Five Nations Clam Company is made up of two Innu and three Mi’kmaq communities. The conflict of interest complaint was made by the Conservatives and was a focus of a Nation to Nation episode in May.The president of Five Nations is Aaron Sock of Elsipogtog First Nation and also involved former Liberal MP Todd Russell.In Atlantic Canada, Arctic surf clams have long been harvested and processed by the Halifax-based company Clearwater Seafoods.The department of Fisheries and Oceans took away 25 per cent of the Clearwater’s monopoly in February and awarded it to Five Nations.The license was meant to be an act of reconciliation through an economic development opportunity.On Feb. 21, LeBlanc said Five Nations had won a competition for the licence because the company met criteria that called for an Indigenous entity located in the Atlantic region with majority Canadian ownership.LeBlanc also said the company included partners from five First Nations in the region and Quebec, though he could name only one at the time: eastern New Brunswick’s Elsipogtog First Nation near Rexton.The remaining partners were revealed two weeks later, but not before LeBlanc had confirmed the original proposal from Five Nations had only included “reserved spots” for other Indigenous partners.The Conservatives are also asking the federal Ethics commissioner to reconsider his decision not to investigate the Liberal ties to deal.The Arctic surf clam fishery generated $90 million in sales in 2016 and mainly supplies the Asian sushi and sashimi market.The fishing grounds for Arctic surf clams are located off Nova Scotia and eastern Newfoundland, and the current catch-limit is about 38,000 tonnes.– With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Vadra’s interim bail extended till Mar 25; asked him to join probe

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday extended Robert Vadra’s interim protection from arrest till March 25 in a money laundering case and asked him to join the probe after the ED alleged that he was not cooperating and sought his custodial interrogation.Special judge Arvind Kumar granted the interim anticipatory bail to Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Vadra, who has been granted protection from arrest several times by the court, had filed an anticipatory bail application in the case linked to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. The property is allegedly owned by him. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Enforcement Directorate (ED), represented by Special Public Prosecutors D P Singh and Nitesh Rana, told the court that there was reasonable apprehension that Vadra being a highly influential person would tamper with the evidence and hamper the investigation. “If he is granted a blanket protection of bail, there is all likelihood that he will tamper with the evidence and would influence witnesses,” it said. ED further said that Vadra had in a “mala fide” manner raised certain grounds claiming to be a “victim of a political vendetta” and harassment at the hands of the agency. “The allegations were totally unfounded and devoid of any merits. The investigation, in compliance with the procedure established by law, has been conducted as per the evidence on record disclosing commission of grave economic offences,” it said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe probe agency also said that Vadra cited his firm’s cooperation in another case as a ground for him being granted anticipatory bail. “It (other case) has no bearing on the present case. The present case is based on an independent set of transactions, initiated on the basis of commission of offences under the Black Money Act. The investigation pertains to the undisclosed foreign assets and entities to evade tax,” it said. ED further said that it was unfortunate that he has got involved in a “political mud-slinging” but his conduct during the course of investigation raised even more apprehensions that he was a key link to unearth the modus operandi adopted by all the accused persons and hence the agency be given a free hand to interrogate him. It said that the investigation was at a crucial stage and various incriminating documents have come on record. “There are ample evidences in the form of E mails retrieved from seized electronic devices as well as material information gathered from electronic surveillance showing involvement of Vadra, along with his associates in undisclosed overseas assets which he, during course of investigation has denied blatantly taking advantage of interim protection. “From the investigation conducted so far, it is revealed that he is involved in the commission of the offence of cross border and domestic money laundering. He is the beneficial owner of various properties under the investigation in the case, which have been acquired through the proceeds of crime,” the agency said. On February 16, the court had extended his protection from arrest till today. In his anticipatory bail plea, Vadra alleged that he was being subjected to “unwarranted, unjustified and malicious criminal prosecution which on the face of it is completely politically motivated and is being carried out for reasons other than those prescribed under law”. It said Vadra’s office was raided by the ED on December 7, 2018 and, therefore, he seriously apprehends that his liberty may be curtailed by the investigating agency. “The petitioner (Vadra) is being subjected to a farce criminal prosecution which actually is beset with nothing else except political vendetta and most unfortunately the respondent (ED) being the law enforcement agency is a party to the unethical and illegal exercise.last_img read more

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Hundreds of Sri Lankans in Italy attend annual pilgrimage

The pilgrimage began with Sinhalese and Tamil events. The Holy Mass was presided by His Eminence, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, archbishop of Colombo. The Cardinal is also President of the Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Hundreds of Sri Lankans living in Italy gathered in the city of Padua to attend an annual pilgrimage, Italian media reported.Reports said that over 10,000 Sri Lankan immigrants from all over Italy met in Padua on the occasion of their annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua.

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CoucheTard burnishes reputation after surpassing threshold in Statoil Retail bid

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 20, 2012 2:09 pm MDT Couche-Tard burnishes reputation after surpassing threshold in Statoil Retail bid MONTREAL – Alimentation Couche-Tard has burnished its reputation as a tough and disciplined bidder by succeeding in its protracted, $2.7-billion takeover of Norway’s Statoil Fuel & Retail ASA.The Quebec-based convenience store chain and fuel station operator’s shares briefly hit an all-time high in Thursday trading after it said almost 91 per cent of Statoil Retail’s stock, or 272.8 million shares, have now been tendered to its original offer.That is above the 90 per cent threshold at which Couche-Tard has said it would initiate a compulsory acquisition of the rest of the shares in the company, which operates about 2,300 outlets in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.Couche-Tard’s shares hit C$45.44 in earlier trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, but were up $2.29 or 5.3 per cent at C$45.30 in the afternoon.Company CEO Alain Bouchard welcomed the additional of Statoil Fuel which will expand the convenience store operator’s global workforce to more than 70,000.“Statoil Fuel & Retail will be our European headquarters and we look forward to further developing the business and growing in Europe together,” he said in a news release ahead of a planned news conference in Norway on Thursday.Statoil shareholders had until almost noon Wednesday to voluntarily tender their shares, for payment next Tuesday.Statoil Fuel president and chief executive Jacob Schram said he is confident about the company’s success under Couche-Tards’ decentralized operating model.“Today marks the beginning of yet another exciting era in the life of Statoil Fuel & Retail. We now become a part of the Couche-Tard family, North America’s largest independent listed convenience store operator,” he added.Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) remained firm on its original bid price despite clamour from some investors and analysts in Norway that it would need to increase the offer.Keith Howlett of Desjardins Capital Markets said the result is positive for Couche-Tard and its plans to expand into Europe.“The favourable outcome of this process gives further credence to Couche-Tard’s reputation as a shrewd and disciplined acquirer,” he wrote in a research note.Couche-Tard, which has more than 5,800 convenience stores under the Couche-Tard and Mac’s banners in Canada and Circle K gas bars in the United States, had repeatedly said its bid of 51.20 Norwegian krone per share was its final offer.However, it had trouble — until recently — convincing many minority shareholders to accept the bid, even though owner Statoil ASA had agreed to tender its 54 per cent interest from the outset.The offer was more than 52 per cent higher than Statoil Fuel’s stock price when the deal was announced on April 18.Three independent evaluations have confirmed that Couche-Tard’s offer was within the range that reflects the value of the company.Couche-Tard will now initiate a compulsory acquisition or “squeeze-out” of any shares not tendered by July 24.Norwegian securities law requires a notice period for the compulsory acquisition of two months.“We surmise that additional Statoil Fuel & Retail shareholders who had been seeking an increased offer price may also tender their shares,” Howlett said.He expects the acquisition will add 85 cents US per share to Couche-Tard’s annual earnings.Couche-Tard plans to run Statoil Fuel & Retail as a stand-alone business unit and retain existing management. It has the right to use the Statoil name for eight years.The friendly deal comes about 18 months after Couche-Tard retreated from its failed, hostile bid for Casey’s General Stores (Nasdaq:CASY), an Iowa-based company operating in several Midwest states. read more

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New UN report finds drop in global foreign direct investment in 2014

According to the 2015 edition of the World Investment Report, FDI fell by 16 per cent to $1.23 trillion in 2014, while flows to developed countries declined by 28 per cent to $499 billion.The report, produced by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), says this is mostly because of “the fragility of the global economy, policy uncertainty for investors and elevated geopolitical risks,” adding that new investments were offset by some large divestments, the most important being in the United States.In the meantime, inward FDI flows to developing economies reached their highest level ever, at $681 billion with a 2 per cent rise. Among the top 10 FDI recipients in the world, five are developing economies, with China taking the lead.For 2015, UNCTAD projects global FDI inflows to grow by 11 per cent to $1.4 trillion. Expectations are for further rises to $1.5 trillion in 2016 and to $1.7 trillion in 2017.The Geneva-based UN agency is also calling for a systematic reform of the international investment agreement regime in order to bring coherence to the almost 3,300 agreements currently in existence.“The case for reform is clear,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said. “We are now faced with a global patchwork of agreements, with unintended and sometimes far-reaching consequences for the right, of developed and developing countries alike, to regulate.”“‘Old style’ international investment agreements have increasingly come to a dead end. Reform should make the global network of international investment agreements better fit the needs and realities of today and tomorrow,” explained Mr. Kituyi, stressing the importance of achieving such harmonization as the international community is in the process of formulating a new development agenda.“Reform should be guided by the goal of more effectively harnessing international investment agreements for sustainable and inclusive development, focusing on key reform areas, and following a multi-level, systematic and inclusive approach,” Mr. Kituyi stated. “Only a common approach will deliver an international investment agreement regime in which stability, clarity and predictability help achieve the objectives of all stakeholders.”Among the areas where governments should undertake efforts, UNCTAD mentions the need to safeguard the right to regulate in the public interest, to reform investment dispute settlement and to expand investment promotion and facilitation in international investment agreements. read more

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Situation on Australian offshore processing facility at risk of further deterioration UN

“The situation still unfolding on Manus Island presents a grave risk of further deterioration, and of further damage to extremely vulnerable human beings,” said Thomas Albrecht, the Regional Representative for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Australian capital, Canberra, in a news release.“[We] renew [our] call for all Australian parliamentarians and leaders to take immediate action to provide protection and safety for all refugees and asylum-seekers transferred to Papua New Guinea,” he added.According to the news release, the beatings – including with metal poles – has been seen on footage released today. UNHCR staff have also received reports that several men remaining inside the regional processing centre have been seriously injured. Limited access, however, has hampered the UN agency’s officials from gaining a better picture on the ground and the agency is seeking additional information from the Governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea. “Medical treatment for all refugees and asylum-seekers who require it is of paramount importance,” said UNHCR in the release. The UN agency further added that it had “unequivocally” advised Australia and Papua New Guinea prior to closure of the regional processing centre that comprehensive, intensive support for refugees and asylum-seekers is critical. “Despite this, medical care remains inadequate, and caseworkers, interpreters, and torture and trauma counselling are completely unavailable,” it said, adding that similar concerns have also been raised by the authorities in Papua New Guinea, who lack the means and infrastructure to provide such services without further resources. Recognized refugees still being offered ‘enticements’ to ‘voluntarily’ return – UNHCRAlso in the release, UNHCR voiced particular concern that recognized refugees are still being offered enticements to “voluntarily return” to their home countries. According to the news release, these places include countries where human rights conditions have significantly deteriorated in the past 12 months. “Severely inadequate services and conditions may now further coerce refugees with a well-founded fear of persecution to nevertheless return to their countries of origin,” said the UN agency.It added that it is aware, for example, of a refugee who recently returned to his home country, despite the precarious situation there, given fears for his safety and health in Papua New Guinea. “Having been attacked by machete, and unable to get required medical treatment for a serious existing medical condition that had then been exacerbated, he felt he had no choice but to go back,” it noted. According to the UNHCR, Manus Island (located some 320 kilometres or 200 miles off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea) has been the focus of Australia’s off-shore processing policy. Of the approximately 3,000 refugees and asylum-seekers forcibly transferred by Australia to facilities in Nauru and Manus, some 1,200 remain in Nauru and 900 in Papua New Guinea. read more

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Firstofitskind conference on the Black Canadian experience comes to Brock May 24

Brock will host the Black Canadian Studies Association conference about the Black Canadian experience on May 24. Former Governor General Michaelle Jean will deliver the conference’s keynote address. (Photo by Gapster)The Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA) will make history later this month when it hosts the first international conference looking at the Black Canadian experience.The conference, “Where are you from? Reclaiming the Black presence in Canada,” takes place at Brock University in St. Catharines, from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26.The Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada, will deliver the conference’s keynote address on the value of advancing Black Studies in Canada and its importance for intercultural dialogue and understanding. Her talk takes place Friday, May 24 in Market Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.The multi-disciplinary BCSA conference has attracted more than 60 international academic researchers, educational practitioners and scholar-artists who will present their work on a broad range of topics in the field of Black Canadian Studies. The event is also expected to draw more than 400 guests and conference participants to Niagara.The event is important for promoting research and sharing knowledge about the diversity and complexity of the Black Canadian experience. The conference will contribute to the dialogue about the affirmative evolution of African Canadians in Canada and the challenges they and Canada face.“African Canadians have, for centuries, contributed significantly to the enrichment of the Canadian experience and the development of Canada,” says Brock sociology professor Tamari Kitossa, BCSA secretary and conference organizer.“The African Canadian presence is treated ambivalently, moving from reluctant recognition to erasure from the national memory,” he says. “More often than not, African Canadians are framed as ‘newcomers’ or worse, seen as a ‘social problem.’“This conference has implications to clarify these kinds of public misconceptions and more positively affect public policy in Canada.”Some of the wide-ranging topics that will be covered at the conference include Africentric schooling, Black/Indigenous relationships, the re-emergence of ‘black face’ minstrelsy, queering Black Canadian studies, Black masculinity and hyper-sexualization, gender and Black women’s empowerment, as well as other issues in areas like religion, health, youth, criminal justice, spoken word and hip-hop.“This historic conference recovers and celebrates diverse branches of Black knowledge that previously have been subjugated,” says Afua Cooper, noted historian, co-chair of the BCSA and the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University. “It also places Black Canadian Studies at the cutting edge of Canadian scholarship” read more

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Brock University chemist and chemical company create new green metal coating

A Brock University chemist and a Burlington chemical company have patented a green coating system that protects metals against corrosion.Organic chemistry instructor Paul Zelisko and Vanchem Performance Chemicals created technology they named Greencoat, which uses silicon rather than heavy metals to bind coatings to both metal surfaces and paint.“It’s a water-based system that, for all intents and purposes, has reactive sand in it,” says Zelisko. “If the material happens to get flushed out or it leaks, you’re effectively releasing sand and water into the environment.”Sheets made out of steel or other metals need to be ‘pre-treated’ with a substance that will guard them against damage caused by rust and salt. This substance must be able to stick not only to the metal but also to any paint that’s applied to the sheets on top of the coating.The challenge is that the metal is an inorganic substance, meaning it is not made from a plant or animal, but the paint that is applied to the metal is an organic substance.Traditional coating systems use heavy metals – such as zinc phosphate, iron phosphate or chrome – to enable the inorganic and organic substances to be able to stick to one another. Phosphates released into the environment causes various algal blooms in lakes and rivers, damaging aquatic plant and animal life.Also used in the process are solvents – substances used to dissolve other substances – that have in the past polluted the environment.Unlike conventional methods, Zelisko and Vanchem’s system involves a two-step process. First, a base layer is applied to the metal. Water mixed with silica, which is basically sand, is sprayed onto the metal, creating a chemical bond with the metal. This cleans the metal but also deposits silica onto the surface.This coating not only protects the metal but acts as a primer for the second layer, which is designed to bond well to paint.The second layer contains polysilicates, the basis of which is silicon, “the second-most abundant element in the Earth’s crust,” says a company report. Silicates can be modified to stick to both metals and paints.When the industry wants to determine whether or not a coating product is effective, the treated metal sheets are put into salt-spray chambers, where a fine mist of salt water is continually sprayed onto the metal until it starts to show signs of corrosion.The industry standard is around one thousand hours, says Zelisko. “Our coatings ranged anywhere from 1,800 to 3,000 hours, in some cases almost three times as good as what the industry requires.”When coming in contact with metal, salty water acts as a type of catalyst, enabling oxygen to mix with metal, resulting in corrosion.The Brock-Vanchem innovation is a sign of the times, says Ian McLeod, vice president of Vanchem Performance Chemicals.“The industry has switched over to greener technologies; they want to get rid of the heavy metals,” he says. “Large corporations and companies want to be environmental stewards. They want to be able to say, ‘look at what we’re doing, we’ve replaced the old zinc phosphate technology with a new silane-based technology that doesn’t have any environmental impacts.’”McLeod says that the initial price of a ‘green’ coating may be more expensive than a zinc phosphate one. But, factoring in environmental disposal, maintenance and other costs associated with non-green coatings, companies could save money in the long run.Working with a university to create this technology is very beneficial, says McLeod: “I don’t think we would be where we are today without Paul Zelisko’s expertise in his team.”The Ontario Centres of Excellence supported the research partnership through its OCE Collaborative Research Program.“This innovation is on track to demonstrate some real economic benefits for Ontario and is a great example of what can happen when academia and industry work together,” said Gillian Sheldon, OCE’s business development manager. “Ontario Centres of Excellence has a long history of supporting the automotive sector, and we are pleased to collaborate on this innovative cleantech solution.”The team received the patent for Greencoat silane-based pretreatment on Aug. 2 in the United States, with Canadian and European patents pending. read more

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Is Vegas Underrating The Warriors

2013Heat66-16✔ 1997Bulls69-13✔ 1987Lakers65-17✔ 2011Bulls62-20 1994Sonics63-19 1992Bulls67-15✔ 2004Pacers61-21 2008Celtics66-16✔ Our NBA playoff projections, which are based on a version of Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi’s Real Plus-Minus ratings (RPM), give the Golden State Warriors a 48 percent chance of winning the NBA title. Other statistical systems hold the Dubs in similarly high regard: The playoff probabilities at Basketball-Reference.com give them a 47 percent chance of winning a ring, and John Hollinger’s playoff odds put their chances at 38 percent.Gambling markets are more skeptical of Golden State. According to PredictWise, which compiles odds from Betfair and removes the “vig” (house cut), bettors have the Warriors with a 27 percent chance to win the title. And a number of sportsbooks consider LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers to be the title favorites.So here’s a gut-check. The Warriors, with a 67-15 regular-season record, are the top overall seed and will have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. How often does the top overall seed1That is, the team with the best regular-season record, plus whatever tiebreakers apply. win the title?The answer — since the NBA expanded the playoffs to 16 teams in 1984 — is 45 percent of the time, almost exactly the chances RPM assigns to the Warriors. The top seed has won 14 titles in 31 attempts. 2012Spurs50-16 2001Spurs58-24 2000Lakers67-15✔ 2006Pistons64-18 YEARTEAMREGULAR-SEASON RECORDWON TITLE 2005Suns62-20 1990Lakers63-19 1991Blazers63-19 2003Spurs60-22✔ 2007Mavericks67-15 2002Kings61-21 2010Cavaliers61-21 1986Celtics67-15✔ 1998Jazz62-20 1984Celtics62-20✔ 1989Pistons63-19✔ And the Warriors, with 67 wins, are better than your average top seed. Since 1984, nine other top seeds have finished within two games of the Warriors’ regular-season win total (somewhere between 65 and 69 wins). Those teams went 7 for 9 in winning titles. In contrast to the single-elimination NCAA basketball tournament, the best-of-seven format in the NBA playoffs has historically allowed elite teams to rise to the top.We certainly do not recommend you naively trust statistical systems ahead of the handicappers. Vegas is really tough to beat. Gamblers can account for all the information in systems like RPM — plus whatever other data they think is relevant, like postseason experience or how teams match up with one another or the San Antonio Spurs beating the odds again and again.Still, we’re a little more likely to give credence to complex systems like RPM when they’re also able to pass simple gut-checks like this one. 1985Celtics63-19 1996Bulls72-10✔ 2014Spurs62-20✔ 1988Lakers62-20✔ 1999Spurs37-13✔ 1995Spurs62-20 2009Cavaliers66-16 1993Suns62-20 read more

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Aveng reaches 750 m at Ivanhoes Platreef Shaft 1 first LHD to

first_imgIvanhoe Mines’ Executive Chairman Robert Friedland, Chief Executive Officer Lars-Eric Johansson and Ivanplats’ Managing Director Dr Patricia Makhesha announced today that Platreef’s Shaft 1 has reached a depth of 750 m below surface and lateral development of the first mine access station now is underway.The 750 m station on Shaft 1 will provide initial, underground access to the high-grade orebody, enabling mine development to proceed during the construction of Shaft 2, which will become the mine’s main production shaft. The mining zones in the current Platreef mine plan occur at depths ranging from approximately 700 m to 1,200 m below surface. Shaft 1’s 750 m station also will allow access for the first raise-bore shaft that will provide ventilation to the underground workings during the mine’s ramp-up phase.The first of the mine’s planned fleet of mechanised, mobile, underground mining equipment – a small, 5.5 t LHD – has arrived on site and will be used for off-shaft station development work on the 750-, 850- and 950 m levels. People from Platreef’s surrounding host communities are being trained as operators of the LHD.The LHD will be the first piece of mechanised, mobile equipment to be used underground on the northern limb of South Africa’s famous Bushveld Complex. The thick, flat-lying orebody at the Platreef Project is ideal for bulk-scale, mechanised mining. As underground development progresses, the mine plan calls for the addition of significantly larger mechanised mining equipment, such as 14 and 17 t LHDs and 50 t haul trucks.Sinking of Shaft 1 will resume after the 750 m station is completed. The shaft is expected to intersect the upper contact of the Flatreef Deposit (T1 mineralised zone) at an approximate shaft depth of 783 m. As shaft sinking advances, two additional shaft stations will be developed at mine-working depths of 850 m and 950 m. Shaft 1 is expected to reach its projected, final depth of 980 m below surface in 2019.“Soon we will be able to show our stakeholders and investors Flatreef’s remarkably thick, high-grade mineralised zones that will allow us to be at the forefront of safe, underground bulk mining,” said Friedland. “Our focus is to keep advancing the Platreef Project along its critical path. Our continued development of shafts 1 and 2 will provide access to the high-grade orebody and help to ensure that the project is able to meet the expected start-up of the first phase of the underground mine and concentrator.”Friedland noted that the Platreef Project team and its South African sinking contractor, Aveng Mining, achieved a record monthly shaft-sinking rate of 54 m in March. The project also has attained 160 days without a lost-time injury, a notable achievement given the safety challenges that shaft-sinking operations encounter. Ivanhoe says it remains committed to its workplace objective of an environment that causes zero harm to employees, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants.“We believe that the unique characteristics of our Flatreef Discovery offer us the opportunity for a highly-mechanised and safe working environment for a new generation of skilled and trained South African workers.” Approximately 40% of Platreef’s shaft-sinking team now is comprised of employees from local communities who had no previous mining experience. New employees receive intensive, on-site training for underground mining and complete a workplace-safety induction program.In July 2017, Ivanhoe issued an independent, definitive feasibility study (DFS) for Platreef that covers the first phase of production at an initial mining rate of 4 Mt/y. The DFS estimated that Platreef’s initial, average annual production rate will be 476,000 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold, plus 21 Mlb of nickel and 13 Mlb of copper.“Many investors don’t realise that, in addition to Platreef being projected to become one of Africa’s largest producers of platinum-group metals, the mine also is expected to be a significant producer of nickel and copper — two metals that are fundamental components for the electric-vehicle revolution,” said Friedland.“Nickel is trading at three-year highs, due in part to the increased demand for metals needed for electric-vehicle batteries. There is a growing market realisation that the new era of electric vehicles will be a disruptive, long-term force that will have a material impact on certain key metals — such as nickel, copper and cobalt — as early as 2020.” Ivanhoe is working with potential concentrate-processing partners to study ways to incorporate an upgrading step to produce battery-grade nickel sulphate.The first two surface blasts for Shaft 2’s box cut were successfully completed earlier this month; four additional blasts are planned. The blasting will enable the excavation of the box cut to a depth of approximately 29 m below surface and the construction of the concrete hitch (foundation) for the 103 m tall concrete headgear (headframe) that will house the shaft’s permanent hoisting facilities and support the shaft collar. Excavation of the box cut is expected to be completed by the end of the year.Shaft 2, to be located approximately 100 m northeast of Shaft 1, will have an internal diameter of 10 m,will be lined with concrete and sunk to a planned, final depth of more than 1,104 m below surface. It will be equipped with two 40 t rock-hoisting skips with a capacity to hoist a total of 6 Mt/y of ore – the single largest hoisting capacity at any mine in Africa. Headgear for the permanent hoisting facility was designed by South Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation.last_img read more

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Skyrim can now be played on a TI84 graphing calculator

first_imgSkyrim has found great success on a variety of platforms. It was a top seller on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC (where it can be purchased in box or downloaded from Steam). The latest installment of the Elder Scrolls franchise isn’t, however, stopping there. The game is now available on a mobile device — but it isn’t the Vita, 3DS, or iPhone. The latest gizmo to support Skyrim is a TI-84 graphing calculator.Of course this isn’t, by any means, an official release from Bethesda. In fact it only bears a passing resemblance to the actual Skyrim. YouTube user no9sniper has used the 2011 Game of the Year as inspiration for a version of Skyrim that is text-based with simple illustrations. The calculator game lends itself more to 80’s text-based adventures Zork and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy than it does The Elder Scrolls.That doesn’t, however, take away from what no9sniper has done. He obviously put a lot of work into his creation. You get to choose general actions by pressing a corresponding number (like 1. Fight, 2. Flee). There is a general store to shop in, a wilderness to explore, weapons and potions to buy, and hit points to upgrade. It may not resemble the actual Skyrim, but this is a full-fledged RPG that you can play on a calculator:The best part? no9sniper is giving away his work for free (that should help him to avoid receiving threatening letters from Bethesda’s lawyers). Bored high school math students can pick up the necessary 8xp files from here.via Kotakulast_img read more

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Boue toxique en Hongrie la société MAL prête à verser 55 millions

first_imgBoue toxique en Hongrie : la société MAL prête à verser 5,5 millions d’euros aux victimesHongrie – A l’origine de l’accident survenu dans une usine d’aluminium, qui avait engendré une coulée de boue toxique inondant les villages riverains, la société hongroise MAL s’est déclarée prête à verser 5,5 millions d’euros de dédommagements aux victimes de la catastrophe écologique qui a fait neuf morts et 150 blessés.C’est le président de la société, Lajos Tolnay, qui a annoncé cette intention dans un entretien accordé au journal régional en ligne Boon. “MAL serait prête à payer 1,5 milliard de forints (5,5 millions d’euros) sur cinq ans en guise de dédommagement pour les victimes de la catastrophe de boue rouge d’il y a deux semaines” a-t-il déclaré. Et de souligner alors que l’enquête visant à déterminer clairement l’origine de l’accident est en cours : “Il est impossible pour le moment d’établir clairement la question de la responsabilité, mais il faut gérer les tragédies humaines, et faute de mieux, il reste le dédommagement financier”.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueDepuis la rupture d’un réservoir d’une usine de bauxite et d’aluminium située à Ajka, à 160 kilomètres de Budapest, trois dirigeants de MAL ont été interpellés par la police hongroise : le directeur général, le directeur technique, et la responsable de la protection de l’environnement. Cette dernière, Jozsefné F, est en effet “soupçonnée d’avoir une responsabilité dans les graves dégâts causés à l’environnement”, a indiqué la police nationale.Lundi, la commissaire européenne chargée de l’Aide humanitaire, la Bulgare Kristalina Georgieva, s’est rendue à Kolontar, l’un des villages touchés par la coulée de boue toxique. “Jesuis venue pour observer personnellement les impacts de la catastrophe de la boue rouge. Je suis ici également pour vérifier la contribution de notre équipe et pour voir dans quelle direction vont les choses, voir quels sont les domaines où l’aide est la plus importante” a-t-elle expliqué à l’issue d’un entretien avec le ministre de l’Intérieur Sandor Pinter.Un premier rapport, fruit du travail de cinq experts détachés par l’Union européenne, est attendu dans les jours à venir. Il aura pour visée d’aider le pays à lutter contre les impacts de la pollution.Le 19 octobre 2010 à 15:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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