Gavaskar backs Dhoni, hails Shastri’s appointment

November 27, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgSunil GavaskarIndia’s cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar on Tuesday backed beleaguered captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for leading with example and also hailed the appointment of his former team mate Ravi Shastri as the team director for the ODI series against England starting August 25. Gavaskar said it would be wrong to blame Dhoni for the team’s debacle in England and also felt that he should continue as the captain.”He has led from the front. He has batted at difficult positions. He has set an example. If his example has not been followed by the rest of the team, I don’t think you can blame the captain. I don’t think there is any alternative to Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the foreseeable future and I would back him to carry on,” Gavaskar told a news channel. Gavaskar agrees with the BCCI’s decision to remove bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding consultant Trevor Penney for the one-day series and replacing them with former Indian all-rounder Sanjay Bangar and ex-India pacer Bharat Arun as assistant coaches. Both Dawes and Penney were hand-picked by chief coach Duncan Fletcher.”I think the fact that they have appointed coaches, assistant coaches, who have a very real interest in Indian cricket as against a commercial interest of maybe somebody else, they will have an impact. Mind you they will not have an immediate bearing. This is not instant coffee. So you just have to be a little more patient,” said Gavaskar.The former India captain also believes that having Indian coaches as support staff will also improve the communication process. “But having coaches as I have said, who have real interest, who have sweated on Indian cricket fields will make a huge difference. A huge difference in communication with the players because communication is very important. There are a lot of our players who might not be able to understand some of the language spoken by the non-Indians. So the fact that we have now Indian assistant coaches will make a huge difference,” he added.advertisementAbout Fletcher’s future, Gavaskar said: “I would not put myself in Duncan Fletcher’s shoes. I wouldn’t even bother to try and go into his mind what is he thinking because I am just not interested in what he thinks. I was interested in what he does. I had made my views very clear on his coaching abilities a long time ago. And I won’t go further into this.”last_img read more

Giannis’ 24 Points, 17 Rebounds Not Enough for the Bucks

November 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgDALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks’ first win in a couple weeks was quite a relief for Wesley Matthews and company.Matthews scored a season-high 22 points, and the Mavericks stopped a four-game slide with a 111-79 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.“It rejuvenates you,” Matthews said. “Everybody feels good. Aches don’t hurt as much, you just feel better about everything you’ve done. You don’t need moral victories, you’ve got the real one and you can actually see everything we’re trying to bring together.”Matthews also had eight assists while helping Dallas (3-14) to its first win since Nov. 7 at Washington. He had six of the Mavericks’ franchise record-tying 19 3-pointers.“We were playing basketball, and one of the hardest things to guard is random movement,” he said. “That’s when I’m at my best, when we’re just playing and stay in a rhythm.”J.J. Barea had 20 points for the Mavericks, and Harrison Barnes finished with 18. Yogi Ferrell had 16 points and Dwight Powell grabbed 13 rebounds.Milwaukee had won four in a row. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks (8-7), and Khris Middleton added 23 points.Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes (40) defends as Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34), of Greece, moves to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)It was Milwaukee’s first loss since it acquired Eric Bledsoe in a trade with the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 7.“I think the ball was just stuck,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “The ball got sticky and we were afraid to let go of it to a teammate.”The Mavericks never trailed after Matthews’ 3-pointer made it 22-20 with 3:07 left in the first quarter. Dallas went 19 for 38 from beyond the arc, including a shot clock-beating 3 from near midcourt by Barea that made it 88-64 in the fourth quarter.“I had to shoot that one,” Barea said. “You don’t see a lot of those.”Kidd said his team should have been ready for the 3-point barrage.“Coming into the game we had talked about how they are second in the league in attempts,” Kidd said. “They just haven’t made them. But tonight they made up for all those misses.”Milwaukee went 6 of 25 from 3-point range.TERRY RETURNSJason Terry played the final couple minutes for Milwaukee and got a standing ovation from the crowd. The 40-year-old Terry played for Dallas from 2004 to 2012 and helped the Mavs win the NBA title in 2011.Terry scored on his only field-goal attempt, leading to a large roar from the crowd.“I knew he was gonna score,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “I was gonna clap, I wasn’t sure how appropriate that was. You know how I feel about him, that’s one of the reasons we’re all wearing rings here.”Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34), of Greece, attempts a shot after getting past Dallas Mavericks’ Wesley Matthews, bottom, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)TIP-INSBucks: C John Henson went 3 for 10 at the free-throw line. … Kidd had two stints in Dallas as a player and averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 8.4 assists in 500 career games with the Mavericks. … The Bucks host the Mavericks on Dec. 8.Mavericks: C Nerlens Noel only played three minutes. Noel played six minutes in Friday night’s 111-87 loss to Minnesota and has been replaced in the rotation by Salah Mejri. … Dallas still leads the NBA with 14 losses this season.UP NEXTBucks: Host the Washington Wizards on Monday.Mavericks: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday.SEAN SHAPIRO, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

IOWA SUPREME COURT HEARS NITRATE WATER POLLUTION CASE

November 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe Iowa Supreme Court must now decide whether to weigh in on a lawsuit that pits Des Moines Water Works against upstream farmers accused of contaminating rivers with nitrates from fertilizer.The justices heard arguments Wednesday in the case, which asks the court to decide whether agriculture drainage districts have immunity from lawsuits and whether the water utility can seek monetary damages.Water Works officials say removing excess nitrate from water costs $1.5 million last year alone.The agency sued three northwest Iowa counties that oversee 10 agricultural drainage districts.The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and corn and soybean growers associations are offering to help pay legal fees for the counties.The lawsuit, in federal court in Des Moines, is on hold until the Iowa Supreme Court makes its ruling.APlast_img read more

Young: I’ll play until I can’t run anymore

November 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgEngland ‘Until my legs tell me I can’t run’ – Young vows to carry on as long as he can for England Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 08:24 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Young - Cropped Getty Images England Manchester United Premier League England v Germany Germany Friendlies The national side recalled the Man United defender for the games with Germany and Brazil, with the 32-year-old vowing to carry on as long as he can Ashley Young has expressed his delight at being recalled to the England squad and insists he never gave up on his international career as he prepares to make his first appearance in over four years.The Manchester United winger, who has enjoyed a career resurgence since being deployed as a full-back and wing-back at Old Trafford, has not played for his country since a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in September 2013.England 20/1 to win the World Cup 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 But Young’s form for United earned him a call from Gareth Southgate for the upcoming glamour friendlies against Germany and Brazil at Wembley.Now he has returned, the 32-year-old will not relinquish his place lightly as he sets his sights on a World Cup spot next year.”I’ve showed I deserve to be in the squad,” Young told reporters ahead of Friday’s match with Germany.”But it’s not just that, it’s being in the team. I want to play every game. The World Cup is a long way away, but every England player wants to be in the World Cup. “I never once shut the door on England or thought the door was shut on myself. When you have the chance to represent your country it’s an honour to pull on an England shirt. “That’s why I will never retire until my legs tell me I can’t run any more. I’m delighted to be back.”Ashley Young quoteOn his new defensive role, Young said: “As a footballer nowadays you’ve got to play in different formations and systems, and it’s just whether you can adapt. “I’ve been able to do that. The manager [Southgate] is talking about trying a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 and I feel like I can step into that role. “It’s more having the right footballing brain. I’m one of those players who can read the game well. It’s been quite easy to adjust to the position, and with the help of [Jose Mourinho] and the other players I’ve done that really well.”When @youngy18 made his #ThreeLions debut, @MarcusRashford was ten. Now they’re in the squad together   pic.twitter.com/9f6oZGRM00 — England (@England) November 8, 2017 Prior to this season, Young only started 19 games in two seasons under Louis van Gaal and then Mourinho, but he never contemplated a United exit.”Even the England manager said the other day that I have played for three managers [Young has played for four in Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Van Gaal and Mourinho] there and they have always believed in me.”They have always had that trust in me to play, Champions League, Europa League, big derbies, I’ve always had their trust to play in those games. “I think there did come a point last season where I wasn’t in the squad, wasn’t even making the 18. It was disappointing but I have never thought about leaving the club.”I’ve always got that determination, to get back in the squad and get back playing. I’ve spoken to all three managers at times when there was difficult periods but I have got confidence in myself, confidence in my ability get back in.”After repeatedly saying he had only had three managers at United, Young was asked if anything should be read into those comments, amid suggestions he was not keen on either Moyes or Louis van Gaal.”You can do if you want,” replied Young.last_img read more

Cupcakes Magazine Launch Party To Benefit LA Food Bank

October 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgActor/Producer/Director/Humanitarian Scott L. Schwartz will return to Coast Anabelle Hotel to host the 2nd Annual Celebrity Cupcakes benefit and help celebrate the launch of Cupcakes Magazine while raising awareness and collecting food for LA Food Bank.Cupcakes Magazine Launch Party (updated)Credit/Copyright: Misty Schwartz PREvent sponsors include: AB Weddings & Special Events, Coast Anabelle Hotel, Mary’s Cake Shop, O.N.E. Coconut Water, A La Carte Crafts, Savory Saltine Seasoning, Lisa Kline, Camille Wood, Arie Bella Beauty, Monster Energy Drinks, Nekter Juice Bar, Autumns Vibrant Art, 165 Designs, My Delight Cupcakery and Cupcake Wars Winner: Bubba Sweets. The event will also include a special performance by Gavyn Bailey.Cupcakes Magazine is first magazine about cupcakes, celebrities, and charities… Cupcakes Magazine is focused on spotlighting cupcake chefs and designers from all over the world. They are providing a permanent place for cupcake aficionados to go and find recipes, showcase celebrities who enjoy and/or bake them, and promote and host cupcake charity events.Celebrity Cupcakes is a non-profit series of cupcake charity events that were created and hosted by actor/director/humanitarian Scott L. Schwartz (Ocean’s 11, 12, 13, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Changing Hands, Castle, The Mentalist, Starsky & Hutch, etc.). Celebrities are invited to stop in and “name” their favorite cupcake, to benefit charity. Guests will receive free admission with a donation of unwrapped canned goods for LA Food Bank. For more information on the Scott L. Schwartz Children’s Foundation please visit: www.scottlschwartzchildrensfoundation.wordpress.com or www.celebritycupcakes.wordpress.com.Scott L. Schwartz is widely known as the “Ultimate Bad Guy” from his acting career including: Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13, Starsky & Hutch, Spiderman, Fun With Dick And Jane, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Mentalist, Castle, among other feature films and TV shows. What most fans don’t know is that Scott is really “The Ultimate Nice Guy” and has been visiting children’s hospitals worldwide for the past 15 years after losing his sister to lung cancer in 1998. He realizes the value and impact of making a lasting impression on children with cancer and how important it is to make each child feel special. Scott enjoys visiting pediatric hospitals and bringing what joy he can into the lives of every child he visits. They are always smiling during his visits and usually begging him to return soon.The Scott L. Schwartz Children’s Foundation is making a difference in the lives of each child in need by continuing to visit hospitals worldwide, helping Alicia’s House Food Pantry, Children’s Hospitals Worldwide. For the past ten years Scott has been an essential part of the fundraising for Alicia’s House Food Pantry along with former Chicago Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas and the founder (former pro wrestler) Juan Hernandez. Scott recently accepted the CHOC Glass Slipper Guild Award (a prestigious award that others that David Beckham, Gwen Stefani among others have received). On May 21, 2013 Scott was invited by General Mills to be an Ambassador for Outnumber Hunger. Outnumber Hunger partners with Feeding America and Big Machine Label Group to help Feeding America secure meals on behalf of local food bank. Scott will show his support through raising awareness with his fans about Outnumber Hunger and the staggering issue of hunger in America. For more information or ways to help please visit: www.outnumberhunger.com.For more details about Cupcakes Magazine (the world’s first non-profit Cupcakes magazine…) please visit www.CupcakesMagazine.com.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Manitoba premier promises economic plan new cabinet committee

October 13, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is setting up a new cabinet committee and a provincial office to focus on economic development.Premier Brian Pallister says the government will also create a program to help small- and medium-seized businesses develop new products.Pallister made the announcement during his annual state of the province speech to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.Pallister also says there will be changes to a program which offers tax breaks for new property developments.The announcement follows a review by two business leaders, announced at last year’s state of the province speech.Details of each initiative are expected in the coming weeks.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Latest US China leave future of trade talks unclear

October 13, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgBEIJING — The Latest on trade tensions between China and the U.S. (all times local):2:30 p.m.The United States says talks on ending a bruising trade war focused on Chinese promises to buy more American goods but gave no indication of progress on Beijing’s technology ambitions and other thorny issues.China’s Ministry of Commerce said Thursday the two sides would “maintain close contact.”But neither gave any indication of the next step during their 90-day cease-fire in a tariff fight that threatens to chill global economic growth. That uncertainty left Asian stock markets mixed Thursday.Share prices had risen Wednesday after President Donald Trump fueled optimism about possible progress by saying on Twitter talks were “going well!”___10:45 a.m.Most Asian markets have opened lower after China and the U.S. wrapped up trade talks without indicating if they made progress on resolving a dispute over Chinese technology policies that has the world’s two biggest economies embroiled in a bruising trade war.The talks were the first face-to-face meetings since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to suspend tariff increases during negotiations.The Chinese Ministry of Commerce issued a statement Thursday saying there were “detailed exchanges” and would “maintain close contact” but gave no details.A statement from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative didn’t characterize the tone of the talks or say what would happen next. It said U.S. negotiators would await “guidance on the next steps” after reporting back to Washington.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Morocco Removes Customs Duty on Russian Grain

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

Rabat – The Russian ambassador to Morocco, Valerian Shuvaev, has confirmed to Sputnik News that Morocco lowered the grain tax to “zero” for Russia.“Of course, this is good news because Morocco’s grain experts are one of the main Russian exports to Morocco.”He added that Morocco’s decision will give Russia “more opportunity to increase the volume of deliveries and, in general, to expand our trade,” he said. Sputnik reported that Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev said that trade between Russia and Morocco increased in the first half of 2018 to $900 million, or 20 percent that the same period of 2017.The news outlet added that the main Russian export goods are petroleum products, agro-food products, and coal.Russia is also Morocco’s primary citrus export destination.In 2017-2018, the North African country’s exports of mandarin and tangerine totaled 205,091 metric tons to Russia and 166,299 metric tons to the EU.Read Also: Ambassador to Morocco: Morocco Made no Request for Russian S-400 Missiles SystemsIn October, Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch said that agriculture products represent 77 percent of Moroccan exports to Russia, estimated at MAD 1.5 billion. The official offered the statistics during his meeting with Patrushev.Akhannouch said that the growth of trade between Rabat and Moscow is in the order of 10 percent since 2014.Patrushev also presented a series of aspects of economic cooperation between the two countries, referring to the joint ventures in fruit, vegetables, and red meat.The meeting was held as part of a mission to Morocco by the Russian Export Centre (REC) group of companies, during the 7th Moroccan-Russian Joint Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Scientific, and Technical Cooperation.On the sidelines of the joint commission, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita said economic exchanges have reached a “satisfactory” level as well as cooperation in the key sectors of agriculture, energy, tourism and industry between the two countries. read more

Moroccan Government Adopts Value Added Tax Reform Bill

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

Rabat – The Moroccan government adopted Draft Decree 2.18.638 for applying the value added tax in the general tax code during a meeting on Thursday, according to Mustapha El Khalfi, the government spokesman.The draft law aims to speed up the processing of cases concerning the refund of value added tax by creating a simplified way to file applications for tax-exempt or suspended transactions. Article 103 of the tax code provides for the exemptions, El Khalfi added in a statement read at the end of the meeting.Read Also: Morocco to Raise Taxes on Soft Drinks by 50%In October, the government approved the 2019 Finance Bill which reduced taxes by 2.5 percent on companies whose profits range from MAD 300 million to MAD 1 billion.In 2017, Oxfam launched a tax justice program in an attempt to achieve just distribution of resources and fiscal transparency in Morocco. read more

Kosovo UN envoy appeals for calm following deadly violence

October 11, 2019 0 Comments

6 July 2010The top United Nations envoy to Kosovo today urged all sides to pursue dialogue in the wake of recent “tragic” violence in the region’s north, which remains a flashpoint amid continuing tensions between the Kosovo Albanian and Kosovo Serbian communities. On 2 July, Kosovo authorities inaugurated a centre providing birth, death and marriage certificates, along with identification cards and travel documents, in an ethnically mixed part of the northern city of Mitrovica.Lamberto Zannier, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told the Security Council today that the move was part of efforts by the Kosovo authorities to establish their institutions across the territory, but that such actions “are opposed by the Kosovo Serbs in the north.”However, in other parts of area, he said, Kosovo Serbs have increasingly been making use of Kosovo’s civil registry offices.Nearly 2,000 people protested the opening of the Mitrovica centre, with an explosion resulting in the death of a Kosovo Bosniak doctor named Mesud Džeković, who was not participating in the demonstration. Eleven others – all Kosovo Serbs – were injured in the incident.Pristina and Belgrade, the respective capitals of Kosovo and Serbia, Mr. Zannier noted, have both condemned the event, but each side is blaming the other for provoking the incident.He repeated the call made in the immediate aftermath of the violence on all sides to “refrain from provocative statements and to remain calm,” as well as for “all competent law enforcement authorities to take urgent measures to bring the perpetrators to justice.”The Special Representative, who also heads of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), told the Council that since the 2 July incident, “the security situation in northern Kosovo is more tense than usual.”Yesterday morning, Petar Miletić, a Kosovo Serb parliament member of the Assembly of Kosovo, was shot in the legs by an unknown assailant outside his home in northern Mitrovica. His injuries are not life-threatening.Today, Mr. Zannier echoed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on UNMIK, in which he warns of the risk of inflamed tensions should policies for northern Kosovo not be implemented without dialogue with local communities.“Events over the past few days point to the need to initiate this dialogue as a matter of urgency,” he said.UNMIK administered Kosovo from 1999 when North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid bloody ethnic fighting between Serbs and Albanians, but it gave up its administrative role in 2008 when Kosovo Albanians declared independence. Serbia rejects Kosovo’s declaration of independence and continues to expect a robust role on the part of the UN Mission. read more

Sierra Leone raises revenues from mining but unemployment also rises UN says

October 6, 2019 0 Comments

The recent upheavals in Côte d’Ivoire have also generated a flow of refugees into the neighbouring countries which threatens regional stability despite efforts to stabilize Liberia, the 24th report on the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) says.In Sierra Leone, which came in last in this year’s UN Development Programme (UNDP) survey of 177 countries on life span, education and standard of living, Government revenues rose as the Government cracked down on smuggling.”By the end of October, revenues from official diamond exports had reached $120 million, compared to $71 million during the same period in 2003,” the report says.As UNAMSIL prepares to end its mandate in the country by February 2005, a peer review visit to the mineral-rich country, scheduled for early in the year, will look at its adherence to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, a process that authenticates rough diamonds for legal export, the report says.Meanwhile, UNAMSIL and UNDP recently organized a training programme for Sierra Leonean experts in geological information systems and data collection to help the Government in its efforts to establish a nationwide public survey of land, it says.”Despite the stable security environment, the socio-economic situation in the country has continued to be very difficult, including rising youth unemployment and the (upwardly) spiralling prices of basic commodities, causing tensions among the population,” the report says.The lack of improvement in the living conditions of the majority of the population and the resulting negative impact on the prospects for national recovery cause serious concern, the report says, but it adds that the Government and its partners have been preparing a poverty reduction strategy paper. read more

Annan to launch Humanitarian Appeal for 2006 tomorrow

October 6, 2019 0 Comments

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland will host the event.In his remarks tomorrow, the Secretary-General is expected to point out that the appeals are not merely documents prepared in an ivory Secretariat tower. In fact, for the first time, they will this year includes projects by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as UN agencies, according to a UN spokesperson.

Menopause breakthrough will allow older women to have children after building a

September 25, 2019 0 Comments

However it can also extend women’s fertility and could feasibly enable a woman in her seventies to have babies – although Professor Fishel said this would not be allowed for safety and ethical reasons.His upper age limits are 35 for freezing tissue for fertility preservation and 40 for freezing tissue for hormonal preservation.Professor Fishel told The Telegraph: “One of the reasons for the rising infertility rates is that women are not thinking about having babies until their 30s. If this procedure allows women to nail a career and feel that burden taken off their shoulders, and if by 40 they still want a baby but are not able to have their own naturally, they can go back to their tissue which they froze at 30. “Using that tissue from when they were 30 means it’s not considered that they’re having a baby at an older age because the egg will be from 10 years earlier.”He added that his youngest daughter is 22 and that the procedure “currently appeals to her”, so when she is aged between 25 and 30, he said that he will perform it on her as a “birthday present”.“The younger it’s done, the longer you have the benefit and the more eggs are available,” he said. The surgery was created to postpone menopause which can trigger serious health problems for thousands of women, including osteoporosis and heart problems. Menopause will no longer be a barrier for women building their careers, a scientist has claimed, following a research breakthrough which will allow for older women to have children.The revolutionary procedure, which is being offered by the fertility expert who pioneered IVF, works by tricking women’s biological clocks into thinking they are far younger than they are. The surgery freezes ovarian tissue at -150C. It is then stored in an ice bank until women reach the menopause when it is then thawed and transplanted back into the body years later when it will then kickstart women’s natural hormones and delay the menopause.  Professor Simon Fishel Professor Simon FishelCredit:./. Professor Fishel’s IVF work led to the birth of Natalie Brown — sister of the first test-tube baby, Louise Brown. Natalie later became the first woman conceived through IVF to naturally have her own children. This is the first surgery of its kind in the world is being offered by a Birmingham-based company called ProFaM (Protecting Fertility and Menopause), co-founded by four world-renowned experts in reproductive medicine.Professor Simon Fishel, ProFaM’s chief executive and founder, offers the £6,000 surgery which lasts just 30 minutes privately and nine British women aged between 22 and 36 have already undergone the surgery.One of the patients, a 34-year-old married mother-of-one who said she wanted to avoid having to take HRT in the future, told The Sunday Times: “I have to say I’ve never felt any pain, and it seems quite miraculous that it’s something so straightforward.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Global expansion of PFN logging business leaves UXA well placed to service

September 24, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgUranium Exploration Australia (UXA) has signed a heads of agreement for the purchase of all of the business and assets of the specialised prompt fission neutron (PFN) borehole logging business from GeoInstruments Logging LLC (GIL) situated in Texas, US. The purchase will complete UXA’s ownership of PFN technology and logging worldwide and provides the company with a fully operational borehole logging business in the US, which is currently providing PFN logging services to a number of clients, complementing UXA’s Australian PFN business.PFN technology is becoming increasingly used within the North American and Australian uranium mining and exploration industries, and played a significant role in the discoveries of two of Australia’s largest uranium deposits, the Beverley mine and Four Mile deposits in South Australia. Commenting on the acquisition, Dr Russell Penney, Managing Director of UXA said, “The purchase of a US based logging business represents a significant growth step for UXA enabling it to extend its PFN logging and service business to the expanding uranium mining and exploration industry in the western United States and beyond.”Under the terms of the agreement signed with GIL’s owner John Turner, Geoscience Services USA (a wholly owned subsidiary of UXA) will pay the total cash price, subject to due diligence, of up to $1.88 million for the assets and business, which includes three fully equipped and operational PFN borehole logging trucks, a number of other service vehicles, assignable operating licences, staff, logging contracts, 13 gamma and PFN logging tools. UXA has paid a non-refundable deposit of $25,000 (part of the total consideration) and has ninety days to complete its due diligence and financing, gain any approvals required and prepare a mutually acceptable fully termed agreement.The PFN borehole logging tool is unique in that it directly measures the content of uranium in boreholes, overcoming the problem of dis-equilibrium which limits and may even mislead the interpretation of uranium concentrations using only gamma logging tools. PFN tools are being extensively used in Australia and the US to establish uranium grades at a number of uranium mines and exploration projects.In January 2010 UXA completed the purchase of the worldwide PFN intellectual property and manufacturing business from Jim Turner and GeoInstruments Inc in the US. In Australia, UXA provides a full range of commercial wire-line logging services to the mining and exploration sectors, principally focused on uranium, coal and coal seam gas, through its wholly owned subsidiary Geoscience Associates Australia.last_img read more

Adams Legacy issues best dealt with through truth recovery process

September 22, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgVeteran republican Ivor Bell appeared before magistrates in Belfast this morning charged with aiding and abetting in the murder of the 37-year-old in December 1972.His solicitor denied any link to the killing. Bell was denied bail, and remanded in custody to appear again before court next month.Adams has reiterated several times that he played no part in the abduction and killing — most recently in the wake of a documentary broadcast last year, in which a former IRA commander linked him to the case.The Sinn Féin President said at the time:I had no act or part to play in either the abduction, the killing or the burial of Jean McConville, or indeed any of these other individuals.Here’s his statement today in full:Due process prevents me from commenting on the recent charging of a man in relation to the death of Jean McConville. This is now a matter for the courts.However, the killing of Jean McConville and the disappearing of her remains was wrong and a grievous injustice to her family.The injustice suffered by the McConville family is one of many legacy issues relating to the conflict.We must bear in mind in all of this that there has been a virtual amnesty for British armed forces including state and state-sponsored killings.It is Sinn Féin’s view that legacy issues and dealing with the past, including past conflict events, are best addressed through an independent, international, truth recovery process.In the absence of that, we have agreed to and are seeking the implementation of the Haass compromise proposals. These include the right of families to choose whether to pursue legal action or to seek maximum truth recovery. Read: Families of ‘The Disappeared’ tell their stories as Adams repeats McConville denialRead: Jean McConville family launch civil action against PSNI & MoDGerry Adams: I played no part in the abduction and killing of Jean McConville SINN FÉIN LEADER Gerry Adams has released a statement reacting to this morning’s court appearance relating to the murder of Jean McConville over 40 years ago.He says that what happened to the mother of ten was “wrong” and a “grievous injustice to her family”.Adams goes on to state that:It is Sinn Féin’s view that legacy issues and dealing with the past, including past conflict events, are best addressed through an independent, international, truth recovery process.last_img read more

A TD used a Dáil question to ask if a water meter

September 22, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgA TD USED a parliamentary question to ask if the Department of Social Protection cuts the dole of people protesting against the government and specifically those involved in recent demonstrations against the installation of water meters.In an email seen by TheJournal.ie, Dublin North East TD Terence Flanagan, who is part of the Reform Alliance, submitted details of a specific case involving one his constituents to Social Protection Minister Joan Burton.In a second email Flanagan named the constituent as Mark Egan and provided his address to the department. He said the constituent who reported Egan wished to remain anonymous.He said he was concerned “that this person is not actively seeking work as stipulated as a condition of receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance” and raised concerns about the man’s “professional protester activities”.The details of Egan’s case were not contained in the parliamentary question (PQ) as published on the Oireachtas website in line with the standard practice when individual cases are referred to in PQs.Egan told TheJournal.ie that he was “sickened” by what Flanagan had done.Flanagan told this website that he did not have a vendetta against anyone, that his office – and not himself – had tabled the question and provided the information on behalf of an elderly constituent.  He said it was his role to respond to constituents’ concerns. “Elderly residents contacted our office, [they] felt intimidated about the protests at the St Joseph’s hospital and they raised these questions,” he said.The questionThe publicly available parliamentary question asked for Burton’s “position regarding social welfare payments (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter”.In the details supplied in an email to the Department, and seen by this website, Flanagan wanted to know if the government was doing anything to cut the dole payments of people protesting against the coalition.He specifically identified Egan’s activities at a water meter protest in Raheny earlier this month saying his own constituent was preventing Irish Water from installing meters “often by standing in the holes dug for the meters to be placed in”.He asked Burton: “Does the Department of Social Protection take any action against social welfare recipients that are visibly engaging on a daily basis in anti-Government protests by reducing their social welfare payments?”Egan is a member of ‘Dublin Says No’ group which has been staging protests against the installation of water meters in the Edenmore area of Raheny in recent weeks.He said that Flanagan should have contacted him or used the fraud reporting form on the Department of Social Protection website rather than the system of Dáil questions.“At the end of the day if that deputy had concerns they could have contacted me,” he said.UnemployedEgan has been unemployed for two years and recently completed a course in European Language and Studies in Crumlin College. He said that he applies for at least five jobs a day.“It’s not like this protest is taking all of my time,” he insisted. “I do have spare time to go out looking for work. I am crying out for a job.”Egan said that he had recently been called for an interview with a social welfare inspector who suspected he had been doing nixers after he was photographed at a protest. But he said he explained what he was doing and claimed he had not yet heard back.Flanagan said he did not table the question himself, saying: “I didn’t table that personally myself, my office would have tabled that, they would have received that on behalf of a constituent who made a complaint.”He said that he did not necessarily agree with the premise that dole should be cut for people protesting against the government.“I think protesters are entitled to protest in a peaceful manner,” he said. “I think the question was asked if the department takes action against people engaging in protests when they should be presenting themselves for work.”In her written response to Flanagan’s question, Burton said that her department regularly reviews social welfare claims and can withdraw or reduce payments if a person fails to engage with the employment process. She said her department does not comment on allegations about specific cases or customers.She added: “All allegations made whether anonymous, confidential or otherwise are examined and if relevant, will be referred for follow-up action.”Read: Thirsty for a revolution? No … we’re not, insist Raheny’s elderly residentslast_img read more

Alerte au tsunami au Japon après un séisme

September 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAlerte au tsunami au Japon après un séismeLa nuit dernière, un violent séisme a frappé les côtes de plusieurs îles situées au sud du Japon. Un tremblement de terre qui a déclenché une alerte au tsunami, et l’évacuation de dizaines de personnes.De magnitude 7,4, la secousse s’est produite à 02H19 (mardi 17H19 GMT), près de l’île Chichijima, située à environ 1.000 kilomètres au sud de Tokyo, indique l’Institut de géophysique américain (USGS). Face à la violence du séisme, une alerte au tusnami a été déclenchée, avertissant la population que des vagues atteignant deux mètres de haut pourraient s’abattre sur les côtes des îles Ogasawara.À lire aussiLa mise à l’eau d’un navire-cimentier entraîne une gigantesque vagueTous les habitants vivant près des côtes ont été appelés à évacuer les lieux pour rejoindres des zones plus élevées. Comme l’a précisé à l’AFP Koji Watanabe, un responsable d’un village de Chichishima, “environ 120 personnes ont été déplacées vers des endroits surélevés à Chichishima et une cinquantaine sur l’île voisine de Hahashima”.Mais les vagues se sont montrées moins hautes que le craignait l’agence météorologique. La première, qui a déferlé moins d’une heure après le séisme, a atteint trente centimètres de haut. L’alerte a alors été abaissée au simple niveau d’avertissement peu avant 04H00 (mardi 19H00 GMT). Vers 7h00, plus aucune mise en garde n’était diffusée.Le 22 décembre 2010 à 15:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

As It Turns Out Cats Do Purr When Youre Not Around

September 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_img When a cat purrs as it snuggles up against you, it’s totally one of the greatest feelings in the world. But have you ever wondered if cats do the same thing when you’re not around? Do they purr on their own? According to Phys.org, purring isn’t relegated to just when Mr. Whiskers deems you worthy of his affection. It’s a habit that cats form very early in their lives, as early as when they’re drinking their mother’s milk. Purring doesn’t always have to mean a cat is happy, either.There are different purrs cats make depending on their mood and what’s going on, just like when dogs bark or whine. If a cat is looking for food or something from its mother (or human), there’s even a sort of high-pitched noise the isn’t out of place from something you’d hear from a baby. This is different from when a cat purrs while cuddled up next to you, and even different from when cats purr next to each other or playing with toys.Some vets have even stated that cats may purr when they’re hurting or before their death, clearly a sign that the cat is looking for help or is in some sort of distress. So obviously purrs are not just relegated to letting humans know they’re super into cuddle time or anything like that. It’s an adorable noise with many implications, so just because your cat may purr, that doesn’t mean it’s simply a smitten kitten. Make sure you read your cat’s purrs and meows, and try and get what he or she needs if you can — your pet may be more vocal for a much different reason than initially suspected.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Chonky’ 26-Pound Cat Goes Viral Online, Receives Potential AdoptersFirefighters Respond to Fire Alarm at Shelter, Discover Cat Triggered It Stay on targetlast_img read more

Money money and money With Rs 669 cr in its reserve is

September 5, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMayawati and Akhilesh Yadav [Representational Image]gettyimagesWhen it comes to political expenditure Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati knows to keep itself buoyant as the party is reported to be flooded with funds. According to official reports, the BSP has an exuberant bank balance of Rs 669 crore deposited in eight accounts at various banks in the national capital. The expenditure report submitted by the party to the Election Commission (EC) states that BSP also has Rs 95.54 lakh as cash on hand.Along with BSP, its alliance partner Samajwadi Party (SP) led by Akhilesh Yadav comes next in the line with Rs 471 crore as its party funds. The political association of SP-BSP has gathered a huge amount for its party base, making them the richest political parties in India. According to the media reports, SP lost some of its deposits (Rs 11 crore) while BSP has improved its reserves and gained Rs 5 crore after the recent assembly elections in Rajasthan, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.The Indian National Congress (INC) acquires the third place with Rs 196 crore as its bank balance as per the EC reports submitted in November 2018. As the party hasn’t updated the details since the recent assembly elections.Telugu Desam Party (TDP) comes next with a cash deposit of Rs 107 crore followed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) takes the fifth spot with a bank balance of Rs 82 crore. The amount submitted by the BJP seems rather small considering the party’s network and the contributors it has.BJP is claimed to have raised Rs 1,027 crore out of which they had spent a total of Rs 758 crore for the 2018 assembly elections. This is reported to be the largest expenditure ever by any political party, reports TOI.last_img read more

Turner Holds Off On Announcing Layoffs Due To Cost Of Pay Parity

September 2, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAndrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is holding off on announcing planned citywide layoffs.Turner has said cutting jobs would be the only way to afford the pay raise for firefighters voters approved on Election Day.The mayor is hoping to block the measure in court, arguing that it violates state law. After Thanksgiving, City Council will decide whether to approve a contract with law firm Norton Rose Fulbright to pursue the case.The city controller’s office estimates that raising firefighters’ pay to that of police would cost the city more than $100 million a year.The mayor says the only way to close that gap will be to cut at least 850 employees – starting with firefighters, but also including police and other municipal workers.Turner has already enacted a hiring freeze and Fire Chief Samuel Peña has begun making plans to restructure the Fire Department and reduce the number of shifts from four to three. Sharelast_img read more