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Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium battle past Canada in opener

first_imgBelgium started their Hokey World Cup 2018 campaign with a fighting 2-1 win over minnows Canada in the opening match of the hockey’s showpiece event at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.The current Olympic silver medallist are in search of their maiden men’s World Cup title.Belgium, ranked world No. 3, started the game as overwhelming favourites against world no. 11 Canada in the Pool C opener but they looked far from impressive.Even though Belgium controlled the proceedings in the first two quarters by showcasing fast-paced attacking hockey, they lacked the sting after the change of ends.Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | FULL SQUADS | SCHEDULEThe Red Lions sounded the board as early as in the third minute through a fine field strike by Felix Denayer.In the 12th minute, captain Thomas Briels found the back of the net again for Belgium but the goal was disallowed after Canada went for the referral, claiming the ball hit his hand before rolling on to the goal.But Briels was not to be denied in the 22nd minute as he scored with a brilliant strike after he was set up by Arthur van Doren.Hockey World Cup 2018 Points TableGoal scorer @FelixDenayer after his sides 2-1 win over @FieldHockeyCan Odisha #HWC2018 Bhubaneswar @hockeybe @BELRedLions pic.twitter.com/DmyQShnQWi International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) November 28, 2018Belgium completely dominated the first two quarters as Canada hardly managed to get a shot at the opposition goal.But the script changed to some extent after the half time as Canada started to find their grip on the match.advertisementThey fought brilliantly to pull a goal back through MarK Pearson’s penalty corner conversion in the 48th minute.After a bright start, it was a lacklustre performance from the Belgians in the last two quarters as they allowed Canada to comeback into the match.It was far from an ideal start for Belgium as they wasted as many as four penalty corners in the match, a fact which their captain Thomsa Briels accepted.”We played a very good first half. We started positively and dominated but Canada came back strongly after half time to give us some tough time,” Briels said.Belgium will next face hosts India on December 2 while Canada will be up against South Africa.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: England hero Jofra Archer privately lamented his cousin’s demise during the tournament

first_imgBarbados-born Jofra Archer who played a pivotal role in winning the World Cup 2019 against New Zealand in the nail-biting final match was grieving over the death of his cousin during the tournament.Ashantio Blackman, 24, was shot dead outside his home in St. Philip, eastern Barbados, in May. Archer’s cousin was murdered the day after England’s World Cup campaign started with a 104-run win against South Africa in May.Regardless of this shocking incident, the Barbados-born pacer put forth a valiant effort and helped his team to clinch the title. The rookie pacer who also plays for Sussex County Cricket Club, displayed a clinical performance when he took 20 wickets in 11 innings during the campaign and also bowled the Super Over in which Eoin Morgan’s side secured their triumph against New Zealand.The pacer’s father Frank told The Times newspaper: “(His cousin) is the same age as Jofra and they were really close, he even messaged him in the days before he died.””Jofra was really affected by his death but had to carry on.”Jofra Archer qualified for a British passport and the credit goes to his father after he has became eligible to play for England in March.”People have been questioning his Britishness, but him playing for England has shown he will inspire everyone to play cricket, because it’s usually seen as an elitist sport,” his father said.England and New Zealand both ended up with 241 runs in their 50 overs and had to play out a Super Over but even that couldn’t separate the two sides as both scored 15 runs each.advertisementIt was then the rules of ICC came into play which stated that the team which had hit the most number of boundaries in the match and in the Super Over would be proclaimed winners.Consequently, England lifted the men’s trophy for the first time in light of the fact that they had scored more boundaries (fours and sixes) – 26 to New Zealand’s 17 – in the match.Read more | Martin Guptill’s World Cup story: Poor run with the bat, crucial run-outs and a heartbreaking overthrowAlso see:last_img read more

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4-Star WR, Son Of Former NFL Star Muhsin Muhammad Announces Commitment

first_imgFans at Texas A&M for a game vs. Arkansas.COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of fans cheering during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on September 29, 2012 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Charlotte (N.C.) Myers Park four-star wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad III is taking his talents to the SEC. He has committed to Texas A&M.The son of former Michigan State star and Carolina Panthers legend Muhsin Muhammad, the younger Muhammad chose the Aggies over Auburn, Michigan State, NC State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon and Tennessee. He was also offered by Alabama earlier today.Muhammad announced his commitment via Instagram post, which you can see below.The 6-foot, 185-pound Muhammad is the No. 6 player in the state of North Carolina and the 25th-rated wide receiver in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He is the 115th-ranked overall rising senior in the country.As a junior, Muhammad hauled in 58 receptions for 1,003 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is the eighth overall commitment and the fifth four-star commit for Texas A&M in the 2020 cycle.Jimbo Fisher currently boasts the No. 20 recruiting class in the country, per 247Sports’ team composite rankings.last_img read more

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Archipod is the Ultimate Man Cave (Or Should We Say Man Pod?)

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Manned Flying Car Races Are Coming in 2020 Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion 8 Sling Bags That Are More Than Just Man Bags The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man Escape the living room in this Star Trek-meets-Castaway hideout. Designed in the United Kingdom and built in Maine, Archipod (pronounced “ar-ke-pod”), is changing the shape of the traditional man cave, home office, or guest room through pod-ifying.Yes, there’s something beautifully rebellious about the way Archipod and its designers at Podzook have thrown conventional walls to the wayside. For a better look, open the top hinged gull-wing door to enter this sperical space and close yourself away from the rest of the world (weatherproof seal included).Initially, the Archipod was created to solve the problem of commuter culture and increase the ease of working from home. Anyone who’s worked from the comfort of their casa knows it can be difficult to stay focused with the remote and fridge within reach. By providing a secluded workspace in the backyard, Archipod offers much-needed separation between “work time” and “family/home time.”Archipod/FacebookAlthough designed for work, we can think of other reasons to escape for some time alone to re-center and rejuvenate (like watching the game). Conveniently, these pods can also be used as an aforementioned man cave (just because you go into the office Monday-Friday doesn’t mean you don’t need your own pod), playroom, studio, meditation or quiet room, outside dining room, or guest bedroom.Archipods come with a big price tag, but it’s well worth the $20,000-$40,000 investment because these pods have the potential to save on commuting time and costs, reduce road congestion, and lower the cost of home heating bills — not to mention get your visiting mother-in-law off the couch and into her own space. In fact, the modern yet warm aesthetic of the Archipod may have you offering up your bed for the comfort of the other-worldly dome, which literally feels like you’re floating calmly through outer space.Archipod/FacebookBecause of its range of uses, all Archipods are built to order and can be tailored to suit your requirements. Typically they include a curved plywood structure with encapsulated fiberglass insulation, plasterboard finish on a high-performance foil insulation and vapor barrier, and decorative external cladding in Western Red Cedar shingles, available treated or untreated.Inside the pod, a circular roof porthole window lets in natural light from above, which makes all the difference inside the otherwise window-less bunker. You can accessorize the interior with an ergonomic semicircular desk, drawer units, shelves, and seating by special request (although we might ask for a TV, couch, and mini fridge, and call it a day).“Flooring is generally not included,” says the Archipod designers, but “we can provide fitted carpet or carpet tiles if required.” So fluffy carpet it is! Concrete foundation blocks are also included.As for connecting, Archipod is wired with dimmable spotlights, power outlets, an electric panel heater, and a data outlet for phone lines.last_img read more

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Provincial permits dont consider Species at Risk Act Environment Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – Recovery of Canada’s declining caribou herds is being hampered because provincial agencies that license development on the habitat of the threatened species aren’t required to follow federal environmental laws.“It is a concern,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, parliamentary secretary to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.On Monday, Environment Canada released a report assessing how provinces are doing in protecting habitat for caribou, a threatened species in every jurisdiction that has them. The idea, said Wilkinson, was to examine actions on the ground and a province’s “legal architecture” to see if it was equivalent to federal legislation.“What we have found is they are not,” he said. “There are gaps with respect to protection relative to species at risk nationally.”In every province, agencies that issue permits for forestry or energy development aren’t required to conform to the federal Species At Risk Act.The phrase “the discretion to authorize these activities is not subject to constraints consistent with those under SARA” appears again and again. Those constraints include requirements that at least two-thirds of critical habitat be left undeveloped.When the act was passed in 2002, the government of the time anticipated provinces would pass similar legislation.“With just a couple exceptions, the provinces haven’t done that,” Wilkinson said.British Columbia is developing such legislation. Ontario has an endangered species act, but it exempts forestry.The federal report also concludes that little conservation is taking place on the ground. Measures in almost every case are still in planning or draft stages.“We do need to start to see action on the ground,” Wilkinson said. “We’ve had several years of planning exercises. We need more action on the part of the provinces.”Saskatchewan’s Environment Ministry released a statement in response to the federal report saying it is committed protecting woodland caribou.“Saskatchewan is confident that it currently has all of the legislative tools necessary to protect critical habitat for woodland caribou.”A spokesperson for the Manitoba government said it considers the Species at Risk Act when reviewing development proposals and will have caribou range action plans by 2020.Eric Hebert-Daly of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society said the report emphasizes what groups like his have been saying for years.“At the provincial level, we have a lot of work to do,” he said. “Provincial laws are either missing or their flexibility is too flexible.”The latest assessment of woodland caribou suggest 81 per cent of Canada’s herds are in decline. Loss of another one-third of the population is expected “in the near term.”The main threat to their numbers is alteration of habitat, which reduces its productivity and allows access by predators.Wilkinson said the federal government is able to oblige provinces to immediately enforce the Species At Risk Act.But for now, he said, Ottawa will continue to work with the provinces on conservation agreements funded from allotments in the most recent budget.“That allows us to bring some money to the table around reforestation or a range of other things the provinces need to do to protect the caribou.”Caribou conservation is often seen to be in direct conflict with forestry and energy and the jobs they generate. In late March, Alberta delayed its own caribou range plans over economic concerns.“There tends to be a lot of fear in those (resource) communities about what those impacts would be,” Wilkinson said. “We have to avoid this being seen as an environment versus economy issue.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960.last_img read more

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New Brunswick city bans trickortreating for kids over 16 sets Halloween curfew

first_imgBATHURST, N.B. – Changes to a controversial Halloween bylaw that banned trick-or-treating for older teenagers and set an early curfew on the pursuit of sugary loot don’t go far enough, the deputy mayor of a northern New Brunswick community says.“I wanted to demolish it altogether but I got outvoted,” Kim Chamberlain said in an interview Tuesday of the Bathurst city bylaw that made it illegal for teens over the age of 14 to parade door-to-door dressed as ghosts and goblins, and set a 7 p.m. cut off. “At least we were able to make some modifications.”The new rules — expected to pass third reading in early October — forbid anyone older than 16 from trick-or-treating and extends the curfew to 8 p.m.Those caught with a “facial disguise” in public after curfew — like a zombie mask or witch’s veil — or anyone over 16 found roaming the streets for treats can be fined up to $200.Chamberlain called it an overreach for city councillors to impose Halloween rules, noting that homeowners can turn out their porch lights if they don’t want trick-or-treaters past a certain hour.“It’s silly,” Chamberlain said. “If I have a trick-or-treater knock on my door at 8:30 p.m. I’m not going to say no.”She said some parents work until 6 p.m. or later, and that they need time to make supper and cajole young children into costumes.“At least we made some changes to accommodate parents who are working later so they at least have time to feed their children and dress them up before they go trick-or-treating,” Chamberlain said.But she expressed concern about teens being questioned for dressing up or asking for candy.“Some kids are tall,” she said. “My cousin’s son is 5-4 and 15 years old. What are we going to do, go up to him and ask him ‘How old are you’ and ‘Show me your ID? That doesn’t make sense.”Bathurst city spokesman Luc Foulem admitted the rules are a bit “kooky” but said no one will be out running after kids on Halloween.He said older residents were concerned about “troublemakers” and that the goal is to ensure public safety. No one has ever been fined under the city bylaw, Foulem added.The first iteration of Bathurst’s Halloween bylaw was brought in after a troubling rash of Halloween-night mischief.Chamberlain said older kids were actually stealing candy from younger kids, something she argued can be dealt with by parents and police without a specific bylaw.Meanwhile, the bylaw also sets out that Halloween is celebrated on Oct. 31. Some New Brunswick communities have in the past moved spooky celebrations to Oct. 30 when Halloween falls on a Sunday.last_img read more

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Move to add Indigenous name to iconic Welcome to Cape Breton sign

first_imgPORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. – A Cape Breton mayor wants the island’s traditional Mi’kmaq name added to the iconic sign welcoming visitors to the island.The updated sign on bridge linking the island to the mainland would read “Welcome to Cape Breton/Unama’ki,” adding the name used by Mi’kmaq residents and institutions.Mayor Brenda Chisholm Beaton of Port Hawkesbury has drafted a letter to Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil asking for the change.The traditional name loosely translates to “Land of Fog.”Chisholm Beaton says the small token would show that First Nations are respected — the island has five Mi’kmaq communities with about 7,500 people.The idea was widely supported during the One Cape Breton summit in November by members of municipalities and First Nations communities.“To have Unama’ki added to the Welcome to Cape Breton sign, it would be very symbolic of our shared history,” said Chisholm Beaton.“We are here on unceded ancestral Mi’kmaq territory, and it certainly is like I said a very small token, but it will go a long way with regards toward reconciliation.”(CJFX)last_img read more

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First Nations opposing fish farms concerned over possible changes to fishery regulations

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsThe federal government recently announced it is looking to make changes to the Fisheries General Regulations Act.Although the feds say the key focus of the changes to increase protection for fish and waters, First Nations in British Columbia, who oppose open-net fish farms, are worried about the move.Such as testing for piscine reovirus (PRV), a contested virus found in fish farms that has long been fought over by industry, government, scientists and First Nations.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has been under pressure to test for PRV in B.C. fish farms that some believe is potentially deadly.Potential changes to the act could mean that responsibility moves to a different department, like the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).“All these little chess moves that they are enjoying right now is nothing more than to obfuscate the facts that are coming out,” said Chief Bob Chamberlain of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.The facts he is referring to is PRV and the worry that farmed Atlantic salmon could pass the virus to wild salmon.“To remove disease testing and transfer of fish from DFO – who has the precautionary principle to guide it – to the CFIA, which does not, to me it’s just another piece of a complicated game, where DFO continues to support the industry at the expense of its primary obligation of looking after wild salmon and the environment in B.C.,” said Chamberlain.Kegan Pepper-Smith, a lawyer with Ecojustice, says the notice of intent is concerning as no one knows exactly how the Fisheries Act will change but some hints have been put on DFO’s website.“What we do know is that … they intend to transfer the consideration of disease risks to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The second is that they used euphemisms like ‘reducing regulatory overlap’, ‘ increasing efficiency’, ‘reducing burden on businesses’ for what we are saying is an abdication of the minister’s responsibility,” said Pepper-Smith.APTN requested an interview with DFO but a spokesperson directed a reporter to their website.lhamelin@aptn.calast_img read more

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NHRC notice to Delhi govt over non issuance of ration cards to

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Monday issued a notice to the Delhi government over a report that 30-odd families residing in a building in east Delhi, in which three minor girls had died of starvation eight months back allegedly still await ration cards. After the death of the minor girls, the Delhi government had reportedly promised ration cards to all those who lived in the building, it said. The NHRC has also observed that the content of the news report is “quite disturbing” and that even after the death of those young girls due to starvation, the authorities in the government of Delhi “have not woken up”. “The NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that ration cards elude 30-odd families in the same building of east Delhi, where three minor girls had died of starvation eight months ago,” the NHRC said in a statement on Monday. “The entire area is deprived of basic amenities and the garbage is also being dumped near the residential area,” the rights panel said, quoting the report. The Commission has issued a notice to the chief secretary of Delhi and asked to submit a detailed report, including action taken after the deaths of the minor girls, and present status of the applications pending for issuance of ration cards as well as status of public distribution system, along with status of basic amenities in the area. The response is expected in four weeks, the NHRC statement said. “Apparently, innocent people have become victims of the state’s apathy and inhuman approach. This is a serious case of violation of Right to Food of the poor people,” the statement said. According to the report, carried on Monday, the Delhi government’s Food and Civil Supply Department officials have stated that under the current rules, eligible applicants are required to have the same address on the Aadhaar card where they currently reside. A module is reportedly being developed by the central government to enable beneficiaries to procure ration anywhere in the country with the card issued to them on the permanent address or any other place but the same is yet to be implemented, the statement said.last_img read more

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UN food agency and Credit Suisse partner up to feed 19000 Sri

30 January 2007Credit Suisse, a global financial services group, will invest $1.5 million in United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) projects that will assist 19,000 schoolchildren in Sri Lanka, the agency announced today in Geneva. Credit Suisse, a global financial services group, will invest $1.5 million in United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) projects that will assist 19,000 schoolchildren in Sri Lanka, the agency announced today in Geneva.The “Credit Suisse Food for Education Programme,” carried out in conjunction with WFP, will build 61 school feeding facilities providing daily meals through 2008, and is centred on the belief that there is an essential connection between hunger and learning.“It is clear that nutrition generates the capacity to learn and the Food for Education programme could not be a better project to support,” said Paul Calello, Asia Pacific Chief Executive Officer for Credit Suisse, which is now the largest corporate donor for WFP’s Asian development programmes.The meals to be provided through the initiative will tackle short-term hunger, improve child nutrition, improve attendance rates and enhance student performance in school.A recent WFP report entitled “World Hunger Series: Hunger and Learning” points to the strong correlation between hunger and education. This publication provides “overwhelming evidence for the extent to which hunger… damages the child’s ability to learn,” said Kenneth J. Arrow, a 1972 Nobel Laureate in Economics.The Sri Lanka programme also endeavours to raise the percentage of educated women in a bid to shrink child hunger in the long term. The more education a woman receives can reduce the likelihood that her child will be malnourished by up to 40 per cent, according to WFP.Through sponsorship of this initiative, “Credit Suisse is changing lives and helping children so they are better able to contribute to communities and their country when they grow up,” said Tony Banbury, WFP’s Regional Director for Asia, voicing the agency’s gratitude for the contribution. read more

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Gamini Senarath and two others remanded over fraud

The Court order was issued following a request submitted by the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID).Gamini Senarath is being investigated for fraud. (Colombo Gazette) Former President’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath and two others were ordered to be remanded till November 15 when they appeared before the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today.Senarath and two others had last month been banned from travelling overseas by the Colombo Fort Magistrate.

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UNICEF hails decision to hold African forum on children

The Pan-African Forum on the Future of Children in Africa — which aims to foster a dynamic movement involving governments, civil society, the corporate sector and individuals — will adopt a common African position on the needs of children for consideration by the UN General Assembly special session on children to be held in New York in September. “This move reinforces the OAU’s continued commitment to the well-being of children,” said Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF. “African States have been among the first countries in the world to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Ottawa Convention to Ban Landmines.”The Pan-African Forum, organized by the OAU, will take place in Cairo, Egypt, from 28 to 31 May 2001. The invitees include OAU Members States, representatives of humanitarian agencies, prominent child-rights activists and scholars.Ms. Bellamy lamented the fact that in spite of overall improvements in the quality of life for children around the world, the social and economic situation of African children continued to show marked regression due mainly to poverty, conflict, gender discrimination and HIV/AIDS. “Ten years after the 1990 World Summit for Children, the time has come for an honest and frank appraisal of the progress made for children so as to be able to address shortcomings and set a new agenda,” she said. read more

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More study on effects of cell phones needed to determine safety UN

In a statement, WHO said its revised fact sheet titled “Electromagnetic Fields and Public Health: Mobile Phones and their Base Stations,” issued in June 2000, clearly states its position. “None of the recent reviews have concluded that exposure to the radio frequency (RF) fields from mobile phones or their base stations causes any adverse health consequence,” fact sheet 193 says. “However, there are gaps in knowledge that have been identified for further research to better assess health risks. It will take about three to four years for the required RF research to be completed, evaluated and to publish the final results of any health risks.” According to WHO, that statement continues to reflect the current status of the science and conveys the agency’s position on the issue. read more

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ATCO to rival competition by launching electricity and natural gas retail company

The ATCO Group is getting into the electricity and natural gas retail business with the launch of its new company, ATCOenergy. The new venture will be province-wide and is a new competitor to ENMAX here in Calgary.ATCO Chair, President and CEO Nancy Southern said the company is also setting sights outside the province. “We see this as being just the start of a new business for us,” she said.The company is promising lower prices, green options, a lower administration fee and better customer service, without door-knockers and unsolicited calls. “There is an opportunity to provide something better and more optionally to Albertans, so we did embark on these focus groups and a very formal process to understand exactly what that might be,” she said. “Transparency and accountability and the ability to talk to a real live person when they wanted to talk.” Senior VP and Chief Development Officer Steven Landry said their strategy is divided into three different plans, focusing on new customers as well as those that are already with competitors. “The packages that we developed through our focus groups was really clear, give me a reason to switch of signup,” he said. “Reward me for being loyal.” Landry was also asked if he was concerned about ENMAX and other companies responding with new packages to combat ATCOenergy.“You have to be prepared for something like that if it’s going to happen and I think from a business standpoint, you don’t want to have a race to the bottom,” he said. “But there’s room for another competitor in the Alberta market.” The launch comes after a 10-year no-compete agreement ended between ATCO and DirectEnergy in 2014, as well as recent layoffs in 2015. “This company as a startup company doesn’t come close to bringing back all of the people that we lost, but our hope is and my commitment to those people is that we are going to continue to drive new opportunities so that we can rehire all of those people and many more back over the course of the next few years,” she said, although she didn’t provide exact numbers. Southern said tens of millions of dollars have been invested into ATCOenergy, although it isn’t at the $100 million mark. “Whenever you launch a new business, you’d be very, very successful if you were able to have a complete payout in three years and we’re being a little more conservative, we’re probably looking for five years to seven years,” she said. When asked if ATCO will eventually be the largest retailer of electricity and gas in the province, Southern paused before answering with a reference to the future. “One of, but not just in Alberta,” she said. “Globally.” “My father always said never stop selling, never stop dreaming and we’re always, we’re always thinking about what our future’s going to look like and where the next opportunities will come from.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATCO to rival competition by launching electricity and natural gas retail company by Justin Slimm Posted Feb 3, 2016 4:07 pm MDT Reporter Lucas Meyer read more

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Amid criticism UK government tries to show unity on Brexit

Amid criticism, UK government tries to show unity on Brexit by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Aug 13, 2017 4:10 am MDT Last Updated Aug 13, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The British government tried to fight back Sunday against criticisms that it is divided and unprepared for Brexit, saying it will set out detailed plans for the U.K.’s exit from the European Union and issuing a joint statement by two Cabinet rivals over Europe.Trade Secretary Liam Fox, a strong supporter of leaving the European Union, and the more pro-EU Treasury chief Philip Hammond, wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that they agreed there should be a “time-limited” transition period after Britain formally leaves the bloc in 2019, to avoid a “cliff-edge” for people and businesses.Fox and Hammond said the transition period “cannot be indefinite; it cannot be a back door to staying in the EU.” They didn’t say how long the transition would last or what rules would apply during that period.The government also said Sunday it wants to increase pressure on the 27 other EU nations to start negotiating a “deep and special” future relationship that would include a free trade deal between Britain and the EU.The EU says those negotiations can’t start until sufficient progress has been made on three initial issues: how much money the U.K. will have to pay to settle its outstanding commitments to the bloc; whether security checks and customs duties will be instituted on the Irish border; and the status of 3 million EU nationals living in Britain.The government’s Brexit department said Britain wants to show that progress on the preliminary issues has been made and “we are ready to broaden out the negotiations” by the time of an EU summit in October.Brexit Secretary David Davis said that “with time of the essence, we need to get on with negotiating the bigger issues around our future partnership to ensure we get a deal that delivers a strong U.K. and a strong EU.”The push comes after EU officials expressed impatience with the pace of Britain’s preparations.The bloc’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said last month there was “a clock ticking” on the talks. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said last week that Brexit advocates “already had 14 months” to issue detailed proposals, but had not.Barnier is due to meet Davis for a new round of negotiations at the end of August.Britain voted to leave the EU in June 2016, but did not trigger the formal two-year exit process until March.Prime Minister Theresa May then called a snap election in an attempt to increase her Conservative Party’s majority in Parliament and strengthen her negotiating hand. But voters did not rally to her call, leaving May atop a weakened minority government.In recent weeks, with May on her summer vacation, members of her Cabinet have openly disagreed about what direction Brexit should take.Opponents of Brexit have become increasingly vocal, arguing that the public or Parliament must get the chance to vote on any final deal between Britain and the EU.David Miliband, who was foreign minister in Britain’s previous Labour government, said leaving the EU was “an unparalleled act of economic self-harm.”Writing in The Observer newspaper, Miliband said there must be “a straight vote between EU membership and the negotiated alternative.” read more

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New loader tyre for better heavyduty productivity

first_imgMichelin Earthmover has introduced a loader tyre designed with improved casing protection, a reinforced casing ply and Michelin’s patented reinforced bead zone. The company says the new XTXL® E4/L4 tire offers operators several key performance benefits:10% improved tyre life115% increase in load-carrying capacityUp to 20% more torque from the wheel to the ground through the rim interface compared to its predecessor, the XLD D1 tyreUp to 20% decrease in out-of-service tYres is possible due to an enhanced puncture-resistant crown and 10% stronger sidewalls1.1 Compared with Michelin XLD D1 tyreThe Michelin XLD D1 tyre is being replaced with the 26.5R25 XTXL E4/L4, 29.5R25 XTXL E4/L4 and 35/65R33 XTXL E4/L4.“New generations of more powerful loader models are the new normal on many sites,” said Jamey Fish, Director of Earthmover Marketing for Michelin North America. “This tyre enables operators to maximise their operating time and face their productivity challenges head-on. And longer tyre life is better for the environment with fewer raw materials being used and fewer tyres to be recycled.”The XTXL E4/L4 is equipped with Michelin’s patented B2 technology, which reduces rim slip thanks to a new flat bead wire, which strengthens the clamping force on the wheel and increases its contact surface with the rim, compared to the previous-generation XLD D1 tyre. The tyre also benefits from more solid steel cables, increased metal mass, thicker sidewalls and a new steel belt offering increased protection against punctures in the tread area. It has a greater load capacity of nearly 36 t for the 35/65R33 tyre size, than the XLD D1, thanks to its cable-reinforced carcass. The shoulder design helps the tyre to cool more quickly, while the central zone and its large, beefy lugs are cut resistant to improve both damage resistance and traction capability. Wide grooves and channels provide traction and grip on graded and loose ground conditions.last_img read more

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Mining3 making headway on Alternative Explosives project

first_imgToxic fumes produced by detonating explosives in both surface and underground mining could become a thing of the past if Mining3’s Alternative Explosives project continues to present impressive results, the research organisation has said.Over the past few years, research has been underway at Mining3 to deliver a hydrogen peroxide-based explosive that is a non-toxic and far safer and environmentally-friendly alternative to current blasting materials.While the initial research confirmed ammonium nitrate-free explosives was a viable option, further investigation was required in fume monitoring, blasting capability, underground blasting applications, and alternative fuel formulations, Mining3 said.A blasting chamber was installed at the Pinjarra Hills facility in Brisbane, Australia, to provide an on-site testing environment. Detonation monitoring confirmed the post-blast fumes from hydrogen peroxide-based explosives reduced exposure risk and delivered a significant reduction in toxic post-blast gases, the company said.Comparisons of 100 g detonations between the hydrogen peroxide-based explosive and the bulk ammonium nitrate explosive (ANFO) revealed the latter was associated with a maximum of 50 ppm nitrogen dioxide (NO2) gases over 25 minutes, while the hydrogen peroxide-based explosive had no NO2 fume production.“Success was also achieved in underground mining with trials conducted at the Sandvik mine facilities in Tampere, Finland, where Mining3 researchers conducted underground burn cut and fume monitoring trials.“Tests in high density (circa-1.07 g.cc-1), hard volcanic rock revealed hydrogen peroxide-based explosives obtained the velocity of detonation values in the vicinity of 4.7 km.s-1 and performed similarly to an ammonium nitrate emulsion (ANE) product during comparative tests.“Gas monitoring data also indicate that the hydrogen peroxide-based explosives produced less toxic carbon monoxide, post-blast fumes, than the ANE product. Further trials, optimisation, and loading improvements are anticipated to further enhance detonation performance and reduce re-entry time during operations,” Mining3 said.In addition to the effective underground blasts, the production team proved international borders are not a barrier to the technology.“Local materials were tested and confirmed to meet the requirements for the alternative explosive formulations. The oxidising component, hydrogen peroxide, is manufactured around the world in industrial volumes for several industries and is already used in some mining operations for ore processing.“The use of hydrogen peroxide at a concentration of 50% has been utilised for explosives testing as it has a wide commercial availability. Whilst higher percentages of hydrogen peroxide have been utilised in the past for explosives, in the interest of a bulk explosive, a 50% w/w percentage solution has adequately performed in blast trials.”The predominant fuel component, glycerol, likewise is available in commercial volumes and the sensitisation material, glass micro-balloons, required to enable detonation of a hydrogen peroxide-based explosive is readily obtained from several international companies.The low percentages of the sensitisation material used to achieve the desired density of the hydrogen peroxide-based explosive are comparable to, or less than what is required for an ANE product. In all, the alternative explosive formulation can be optimised for global application.Finally, the investigation of inexpensive, alternative fuels for the hydrogen peroxide-based explosive technology were identified thanks to a collaboration with Southern Oil. The aim was to replace the expensive glycerol fuel component with an inexpensive waste line from the oil refinery industry. The identification of refinery distillates as fuels have added stability, flexibility and cost reductions to the product.It was this new alternative fuel-based formulation, designed by Dr Andrew Kettle, Mining3 Research Scientist, that was displayed at a National Explosive’s Forum in Helidon, Queensland, last month. At this event, the practical manufacture method was demonstrated which was followed by the detonation of 500 g of the hydrogen peroxide-based explosive product.At the display, two prepared solutions – oxidiser and fuel phases – were combined and during mixing, activated to produce a hydrogel. The demonstration provided a chance for the mining industry to understand the denotation capability of this alternative fuel source which has maintained the product blast capability.The next stages of the alternative explosives project include further applications in surface and underground mining and optimisation of formulations to meet the industry demands for commercial purposes.Commercial partnerships with material suppliers and manufacturing unit producers are currently being negotiated, and multiple trial sites are scheduled to progress the operational integration of this product into the mining industry.last_img read more

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Miscalculations lead to wrong approach

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, who is in Sydney ahead of the G20 meetings this weekend, responding to a question on the ABC’s Q&A program last night as to how the IMF will avoid in the future the mistakes and the pain that measures for Greece inflicted to the country, acknowledged that the real initial miscalculations were the ones that led to the wrong approach in Greece. She also went on to state that Greece, as a result of its effort, is coming out now with its first primary surplus since 1943.Christine Lagarde said that the way to deal with a crisis such as the one in Greece is to restore a bit of sanity in the public finances, to document everything and “To make sure that at some [point] the Greek economy could return to financing itself and to standing on its own merits and its own strength rather than be on life support. So that was the whole purpose of the various programs we put in place between the European partners of Greece, the IMF and Greece,” she claimed.She also went on to state that “We have done everything that we could to make sure that the burden would be fairly born by all and not just by the employees and the civil servants, we made sure that there will be enough of a safety net to that people who were most exposed will not suffer too much.”last_img read more

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Mahbubnagar Palamuru University gets new Registrar

first_imgMahbubnagar: The State government has appointed Prof Pindi Pawan Kumar as the new Registrar for Palamuru University (PU) on Monday.Prof Raja Rathnam, Vice- Chancellor of the varsity, handed over the appointment letter to Pawan Kumar and congratulated him. After assuming charge, Prof Pawan Kumar was accorded a warm welcome by the lecturers, professors and department heads who presented him a bouquet and shawls. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us Prof Pawan Kumar, before appointed as Registrar, had served the university for more than 10 years in different capacities. He took part in various scientific research programmes and guided many young scientists as a professor and brought good name to the varsity. Earlier, Prof Pawan Kumar had served as principal of Post-Graduate College and Examination Controller in the university.last_img read more

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2 killed in RAB gunfight

first_img2 killed in RAB ‘gunfight’Two suspected drug traders were killed in what the law enforcement called a gunfight in Feni Sadar upazila’s BSCIC area early Monday. The deceased Md Mamun Morshed, 35, and Al Amin, 25, were yaba drug traders, according to Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).Details of their identity, however, could not be known immediately.RAB-7 Feni camp captain squadron leader Shafayat Jamil Fahim said that they set up a checkpost in the area and on suspicion stopped Mamun Morshed and Al Amin on a motorcycle. As the duo tried to flee, the elite force chased them. At one stage, the young men opened fire on the RAB personnel, forcing them to retaliate, causing the gunfight which left them dead on the spot, the camp captain added.Shafayat Jamil Fahim told Prothom Alo that they recovered 24,700 pieces of yaba from the oil tank of the motorcycle, one pistol and five bullets from the spot.The law enforcement’s versions of the events were, however, not verified independently as no versions of those incidents were available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victims’ families.last_img read more

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