ICC Champions Trophy: Australia face England in do-or-die match

first_imgAustralia will face England on Saturday in what would be a do-or-die game for them in the ongoing Champions Trophy here at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.With Bangladesh knocking out New Zealand in a historic chase last night, only a win would now allow the Steve Smith-led side to enter the semi-finals of the marquee event.However, their job would not be easy as they would be facing the hosts, who have been in red-hot form in the tournament so far, having notched victories in both their group matches and thereby securing a last-four berth.Going into the match, England would be high on confidence with their comprehensive victories over Bangladesh and New Zealand while Australia would be looking to grab their first win of the tournament as both their previous matches got washed out.While against the Black Caps, the rain gods came to their rescue, it was the other way round against Bangladesh where weather played a spoilsport and destroyed their chances of what would have been a comfortable victory for them.Going into the match, these are some facts about the two rivals:1. Australia have won 12 of their last 15 ODIs against England and overall have a 60 percent win rate against their old rival.2. This will be the fifth Champions Trophy clash between these sides, the record stands at two wins-apiece so far with both of England’s wins coming at Edgbaston.3. Three of the last five scheduled fixtures between these sides in Birmingham have failed to produce a result, with England winning the other two games, Australia’s last win at the venue against England was back in 1993.advertisement4. No side has made it out of the group stage in each edition of the tournament. Of the eight nations who have played in all the seven previous editions, Australia have the best strike rate of making it to the knock out stage (6/7 times).5. England have won 10 of their last 11 ODIs and have a win rate of 77 percent in 2017 (10/13), the best of any side to play 10+ ODIs in the calendar year.6. Joe Root has scored just 212 runs in 12 ODIs against Australia, giving him an average of just 17.7, his lowest average against any side he has faced more than twice.7. Eoin Morgan needs 92 runs to become the third England batsman to reach 5,000 ODI runs.8. Ben Stokes needs one more wicket to reach 50 scalps in his ODI career whilst Moeen Ali is three away from the same milestone.9. Glenn Maxwell requires 43 more runs to reach 2000 ODI career runs, the 28-year-old averages 43.1 against England in this format.10. Of bowlers to take 100+ ODI wickets only Joel Garner (18.8) has a better average than Mitchell Starc (19.9).Squads:Australia: Steven Smith(c), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam ZampaEngland: Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Steven Finn.last_img read more

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Eddie Jones expects fresh England to bounce back against South Africa

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby union Share on Messenger Read more Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Read more Topics By the time Eddie Jones’s England squad complete their three-Test trek around South Africa this month, several big questions will have been answered. Are they still a flourishing side who simply endured a blip during the Six Nations? Are Jones’s players still energised by their master’s voice? The first Test at Ellis Park this weekend feels a significant moment of truth.Nowhere will that sense be stronger than inside the red rose dressing room where a desire to prove the doubters wrong has emerged as one of the team’s primary motivations. “Everyone’s bagging us, everyone’s saying we can’t win,” Jones said. “From ex‑players to ex-coaches [they are saying] we’re no good so it’s a great opportunity to show we are of value.” Not so long ago England were a team who could not stop winning; now Jones is employing the same backs-to-the-wall rhetoric favoured by relegation-threatened football managers. Since you’re here…center_img Share on Facebook Share via Email features England rugby union team South Africa rugby team Eddie Jones Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Assuming they can hold their own at the breakdown, however, England will hope to examine two possible areas of Springbok vulnerability. The home side’s back three are potentially lethal with ball in hand but not necessarily so reliable under the high ball, making an aerial bombardment from the visitors a strong possibility. The absence of the injured Eben Etzebeth and, crucially, their marauding new hooker Malcolm Marx, also makes the lineout a crucial area. South Africa have plenty of good jumpers but none with a massive amount of Test experience.While no Springbok side ever lacks entirely for physicality, it may be England who set out to slow the game down to their pace, unleash their big men around the fringes and play for territory. Jones never won at Ellis Park with Australia but he knows a fair amount about preparing teams to play up on the high veld. “The game stats show the game is a little bit different at altitude. Less ball in play, shorter periods of play, the ball travels further and people run faster. We have spoken about that. The general feedback from the players is that you get that ‘hit’ in the first 10 minutes and it feels like you are never going to recover. Then you do recover and it is all about your ability to absorb that psychologically. If you have got a good side you win there, if you haven’t got a good side, you don’t win there.”If the Vunipola brothers, Itoje, George and Farrell maintain the kind of form that swept Saracens to the Premiership title at Twickenham two weeks ago, a relieving victory is entirely possible. Elliot Daly has barely put a foot wrong in the past 12 months and should relish the extra freedom of wearing 15; at outside-centre Henry Slade is too talented a footballer not to nail down a regular place at some stage. At various points over the next fortnight, Jones is also hoping other strong 2019 candidates will emerge: “Some players will rise during the tour and some will fall, that’s the way it always is. You don’t get many harder tours than this in world rugby. New Zealand and South Africa are the ultimate tests of tough rugby.”Which is precisely why this trip promises to be the most revealing since the all-conquering Clive Woodward era. “It’s a new side, a new team, a new captain and we want to play the game in a new way,” Jones said. “It’s an opportunity for us to take a step forward and start the march to the World Cup. Ultimately, to win it, you’ve got to win these big games.” Fail to relocate their old winning habit and England stand little chance of being big in Japan. Even a drawn series or a narrow 2-1 defeat would represent a clear improvement on recent events, albeit with an asterisk attached: win or lose, England urgently need to distance themselves from the weary mob who trailed in second-bottom of the Six Nations table. Even Jones has finally acknowledged his side were a shadow of their old selves, particularly in their last two away games in Scotland and France. “When I look back we got tired for a number of reasons. I think we got tactically, physically and mentally tired and that was shown in our results. We’ve all had a break, had a look at where we want to go tactically and how we want to prepare as a team.”All of which makes this first encounter with the Springboks unusually hard to second guess. England are not alone in trying to rediscover the best of themselves; the host nation have been enduring an even leaner spell and their new coach Rassie Erasmus has picked a team which, in several areas, has an untested feel. Siya Kolisi, their impressive new leader, is the first black Test captain in their history but a symbolic success in the same stadium where Nelson Mandela presented his predecessor Francois Pienaar with the Webb Ellis Cup in 1995 is not guaranteed.Listening to the composed Kolisi and a quietly determined Owen Farrell in the build-up has merely increased the sense of the fresh guard being taken by both these sides. Of the two new captains, Farrell has a bit more experience at his disposal and sounds marginally the more bullish: “We learned a lot about ourselves in the Six Nations … we were probably not as bad as everyone made out at the time. The challenge now is to get excited about this weekend and to be able to take a knock and still come through it. It’s not just about sticking in the game but for it to bring out the best in you. That’s something we’ll try and make sure happens.”The first priority will be to try and keep Farrell and England’s other most influential players on the pitch for as long as possible. If anything befalls Maro Itoje or Nick Isiekwe early on, the second-row back-up is being supplied by the debutant Brad Shields who has played the vast majority of his Super Rugby career in the back row. If Tom Curry also departs prematurely and Billy Vunipola’s hamstring starts grumbling again, it could turn into a very long afternoon at a venue where South Africa have not lost to any side from the home nations, aside from the 2009 Lions in a dead rubber, since 1972. Siya Kolisi: ‘We represent something much bigger than we can imagine’last_img read more

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Xavi would love Kimmich at Barcelona

first_imgXavi believes Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich would be an ideal signing for Barcelona as the Germany international’s reputation continues to swell.The 23-year-old has been an ever-present for the Bavarian giants this season, making 26 appearances in all competitions.Despite playing most of his career at right-back, Kimmich – who was named among the Goal 50 – has been moved into a central midfield role of late. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And that display of versatility makes him well-suited to moving to Camp Nou, according to the Spaniard.Speaking alongside Kimmich at a training camp in Doha, Xavi told Bild : “I spoke to Pep Guardiola, my ex-coach from Barcelona, ​​about him.”Pep said: ‘I have a player in the team who can play in every position!’ “I asked, ‘Who is the boy?’ He told me something about a man named ‘Kimmitsch’, whom I honestly had never heard of before.”Since that day, when I talked to Pep, I have followed your career. After all, Pep says that for a reason. “I knew right away, when I saw you playing, that you could become a great player. And that’s you today! “Joshua is the present and future of FC Bayern and the German national team. And you really can play in any position.”Since Dani Alves left the club in 2016 , both Nelson Semedo and Sergi Roberto have failed to make the right-back position at Barcelona their own.Kimmich would solve Ernesto Valverde’s problems at the back but Xavi is conscious that Bayern play at a similar level.The Al Sadd  midfielder and Qatar World Cup ambassador added: “You would be the perfect player for FC Barcelona! “In my career, I have always kept my eyes open to find players who would suit Barca well. “As previously with Philipp Lahm, Joshua Kimmich could without any problems play at Barcelona. ​​That would fit well. “But Bayern Munich play on the same level as Barca, and you can achieve a lot there.”Across his 22-year career Xavi has won 31 major honours, including the World Cup and two European Championship titles with Spain.He developed a reputation as a metronomic passer in midfield and was the central pillar of Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona team between 2008 and 2012.But Xavi believes Kimmich’s flexibility means he could even eclipse him as a player.”I thought before I met Joshua that he wanted to be a defender,” he stated.”But he already told me that he has another big wish. Joshua can play perfectly in midfield as a number six. “Definitely [he can be the next Xavi]. He can make the difference. “He can be one of the best players in world football in several positions, maybe he already is. “That distinguishes him from me: I could play in one position, he is versatile.”last_img read more

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Ronaldo: I hope to return to Madrid soon

first_imgJuventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has said he “hopes to return to Madrid soon” as he received the Marca Leyenda award.The Portuguese superstar spent a decade at Real Madrid, where he won four of his five Ballons d’Or and four Champions Leagues, as well as two La Liga crowns and two Copa del Rey titles, scoring a whopping 450 goals in just 438 games for the club.He moved to Italy with the Bianconeri last summer in search of a new challenge, but he admits that he misses the Spanish capital and felt sad to leave Los Blancos as he received the prestigious Marca Leyenda award in Madrid. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I felt sorry when I left Real Madrid,” Ronaldo said at the awards ceremony.”I miss both [Manchester and Madrid] but because of life’s circumstances I have lived more years in Madrid, my children and my girl were born here, so I miss Madrid more.”This trophy will be in a very nice place in my museum. Madrid is special, I travel a lot but there are few cities like Madrid. Much of this award is derived from what I did in Madrid. It is a Spanish trophy and leaves me very honoured. Thanks to all those who have helped me to achieve it. It is a pride for me. And I hope to return to Madrid soon.”Ronaldo also opened up on his ambitions as a child, the title that he treasures most, and his Champions League hopes for the coming season.”I never thought about [reaching this level]. My dream was always [just] to be a professional player.”All titles are important but possibly [the 2016 European Championship] because it is special. It is not the same, when you win something for your country and you know that it is more difficult, it is the most important thing in my career.”“I don’t know [if I will win the Champions League this year with Juventus]. We will try, as always. Hopefully Juventus wins.”last_img read more

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Overwhelming Support for National Debt Exchange

first_imgMinister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says there is almost a 100 per cent take up by bondholders in the National Debt Exchange (NDX). He said that while the Ministry has not finished tallying the numbers, indications are that “we have met the bar and the target”, in regard to the NDX prior action, as stipulated in the staff-level agreement reached with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Minister was addressing the Social Development Commission’s (SDC) Parish Forum, held at the St. Mary High School on Thursday, February 21.                                                                                      Under the NDX, Government bond holders are being asked to exchange their existing bonds for bonds with longer maturities and at lower interest rates. The principal will not be affected. Dr. Phillips hailed the commitment and patriotism of the participants, and noted that discussions are also going well between the Finance Ministry and the unions representing public sector employees. He thanked the workers for their sacrifice and demonstrated patriotism.  Addressing the intention to use $11 billion annually, for four years, from the National Housing Trust (NHT), to assist in the economic programme, Dr. Phillips emphasized that the Government will not do anything to impair the operations of the agency. He noted that if the money did not come from the NHT, it would have had to come from somewhere else. He stated that in light of a possible legal challenge to prevent the Government’s use of the NHT’s funds, the Cabinet is prepared to take the necessary legislative action to make it happen. The Minister said the Government will not have the programme derailed, as there is too much at stake for the development of the country. Dr. Phillips also explained to the St. Mary residents, that as part of the IMF agreement the country needs to cut its debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio down to 95 per cent by 2020. He reiterated the need for the revenue enhancement measures announced, which will be effective as of April 1.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img KINGS COUNTY: Ira Bill Road Ira Bill Road in Billtown, Kings Co., is closed because of a culvert failure until Friday, Oct. 10. Traffic control consists of barricades. Detour signs are in place. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Keltic Drive Sections of Keltic Drive, between Seaview Drive and O’Neils Road, will be restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 15. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail Repaving Sections of the Cabot Trail (Trunk 30), south from the Path End Bridge, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31 for paving. Signs and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Saturday. Motorist are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-752-4168 Fax: 902-755-7188 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Access to and from Highway 104 on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but will have no exit. Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Road About 6.4 kilometres of Aylesford Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: East River St. Marys West Side Road The Gunns Bridge on the East River St. Marys West Side Road will be closed until Wednesday, Oct. 15, to replace the bridge. Detour signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-237-0068 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-749-6180 Fax: 902-742-6000 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Glenelg Church Road Glenelg Church Road from Route 347 at Aspen south to Route 348 at Glenelg will be have intermittent one-lane closures for upgrading, and re-paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday to Friday and some Saturdays. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19 from Little Judique, north 5.2 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Shore Road West Shore Road West in Middleton will be reduced to one lane for road, culvert, and guardrail upgrades until Friday, Oct. 31. Signs and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 INVERNESS COUNTY: Upper South West Mabou Road The Upper South West Mabou Road, known locally as the Irish Road, is closed because of storm damage. The road, between Moran Road and the River Intervale Road, is expected to be closed for at least two weeks. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 DIGBY COUNTY: Exit 25 Trunk 1 and Back Road at Exit 25 on Highway 101 will be closed for construction of a new interchange until Monday, Dec. 15. There will be a detour on Acacia Valley Road. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road, from the Fire Hall at Salmon River Lake east for 5.5 kilometres, will have alternating one-lane closures for upgrading, graveling and re-paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and some Saturdays. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 224 Trunk 224 will have stop-and-go traffic for chip sealing until Friday, Oct. 10. Motorist are advised to watch for flying stones. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge in the community of Grand Etang will occasionally be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, Oct. 31. A detour is available via a temporary bridge, marked with signs and directional lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive About one kilometre of St. Margarets Bay Road from Albert Walker Driver to Northwest Arm Drive will have one-lane closures for clearing, subgrading, gravelling and paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Chip Sealing Several road sections in Hants County will be chip sealed during September. Affected roads are Trunk 14, Route 215, and Route 224 until Friday, Oct. 10. Traffic delays are expected and there will be loose stones on the road surface after work crews have left the area. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. The work will protect pavement and help prevent potholes. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ingramport Bridge Ingramport Bridge on Trunk 3, will be closed for repairs until Sunday, Nov. 30. A temporary bridge is in place south of the work zone. Drivers are advised to obey signs and reduce speed on the temporary bridge and in the work zone. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 and Route 215 Trunk 14, known as the Windsor-Chester Road, and Route 215 will have stop and go traffic for chip sealing until Friday, Oct 10. Motorists are advised to watch for flying stone. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 HANTS COUNTY: Bog Road Overpass Closed The overpass that carries Bog Road over Highway 101 is closed until Sunday, Nov. 30. It will be replaced as part of the Highway 101 twinning project. A marked detour route is available on Rand Street, Bishopville Road, and Old Post Road. -30- Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 KINGS COUNTY: North River Road North River Road, starting about 12 kilometres from English Mountain Road and going west for about 2.8 kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: (902)-798-2369 Fax: (902)-798-2927 HANTS COUNTY: Halfway River Bridge, Highway 101 Continuing work on the new bridge and approaches at Halfway River on Highway 101 will require intermittent lane closures on the existing on- and off-ramps at Exit 8 until Friday, Oct 10. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Friday. Traffic control people and signs are on site. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Newcombe Bridge Newcombe Bridge, about 17.4 kilometres west from the Cumberland-Colchester county line on Trunk 2, will have one-lane closures to replace the rail and repair concrete until Friday, Oct. 10. Traffic control signals are in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 Fax: 902-755-7061 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 INVERNESS COUNTY: Portree Bridge The Portree Bridge on Hatchery Road will be closed until further notice. There is a detour on East Big Intervale and Hatchery Roads. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 VICTORIA COUNTY: Route 223 Sections of Route 223, from west of Portage Road to Peter Maclean Road in the Estmere area, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31 for repaving. There are signs and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Saturday. Motorist are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Sections of Trunk 7, south from the intersection of Highway 104 at Antigonish, are restricted to one lane until Friday Oct. 31 for repaving. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are one site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Sections of Trunk 19 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from the intersection at Margaree Forks for eight kilometres south to the intersection with Route 395 at South West Margaree. Signs and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. until Friday, Oct. 10. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-625-4056 Fax: 902-625-0763 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is built. Work is expected to end in August 2009. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 PICTOU COUNTY: MacCulloch Brook Bridge MacCulloch Brook Bridge, between Acadia Avenue, Stellarton and Drummond Road, Westville will be closed for upgrading until Friday, Oct. 10. Motorists are advised to follow posted detour or use alternate routes. Local Area Office; 902-755-7060 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Hurlburt Falls Bridge Hurlburt Falls Bridge will be closed for structural repairs from Friday, Oct. 10. There is a detour route on Gaver Road. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Main-a-Dieu Main-a-Dieu Road will have one-lane closures starting two kilometres east of Trunk 22 and going for 4.7 kilometres towards Main-a-Dieu until Friday, Oct 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 between Boylston Bridge and the Department Of Natural Resources office will be reduced to one lane and traffic will be detoured around the work site to allow for slope repairs and repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site during the day and traffic signals will control traffic at night. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday with the possibility of some work on Sundays. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Morrison Road Sections of Morrison Road, between Birch Grove Road and the intersection of Trunk 22, are restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 15. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 366 A section of Route 366 at Amherst Shore Park will be closed for installation of a new culvert from Monday, Oct. 6 to Monday, Oct. 20. Detour signs are posted. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Traffic on sections of Highway 105 from west of Exit 8 to Exit 8 near Baddeck is reduced to one lane for repaving. Work takes place between from sunrise to sunset until Friday Oct. 10. Signs and traffic control people are on site. Motorists are advised to drive with extra care and obey signs and personnel. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316 will have alternating one-lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving from the intersection with Trunk 16 and Half Island Cove, west for 4.7 kilometres until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday with some Sunday work. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Detour Traffic on Route 215 in the Urbania area near Stewiacke will be detoured because of damage to a culvert. A two-kilometre detour is provided on Ox Bow Road (known locally as Old Loop Shore Road) until further notice. Signs and barricades are in place. Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murray Truss Bridge Murray Truss Bridge on the Murray Hill Road is closed because of storm damage. The bridge will be assessed and the road closed until repairs are completed. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 PICTOU COUNTY: Six Mile Brook Bridge Six Mile Brook Road, locally referred as Stillman Road, from Trunk 4 at Saltsprings to Brookland Road/Four Mile Brook Road has a weight restriction to a maximum of 12 tons for culvert rehabilitation until Friday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 will have alternating one-lane closures for upgrading, graveling and repaving from Phillips Harbour east 2.8 kilometres to Half Island Cove until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday with some Sunday work. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Are Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 INVERNESS COUNTY: River Inhabitants Road River Inhabitants Road to McArthur’s Bridge will be closed for bridge replacement until Monday, Oct. 6. Detour signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Sections of Route 333 (Prospect Road) between Beechville and Prospect Bay will be reduced to one lane to construct a bicycle lane. All lanes will remain open during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Work is scheduled for completion by Friday, Oct. 10. KINGS COUNTY: Ridge Road Construction Sections of Ridge Road, between White Rock Road and Greenfield Road, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31, for repaving. Signs and traffic control people are on site. Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Traffic on sections of Highway 105, west of Exit 3, is restricted to one lane for repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work is taking place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Thompson Road Thompson Road, between Crowley and Pugwash River Road, will be closed until further notice for culvert replacement.last_img read more

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Budgeting Indias foreign relations

first_imgOn July 5, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the first budget of the just re-elected NDA government. In the budget, the finance minister presented detailed estimates of earnings and expenditures of the government, including the ministry of external affairs (MEA). INR 17,884.78 crores (US$2.60 billion approximately) has been earmarked for MEA, which is 0.64 per cent of the government’s total budget. MEA allocation seemed meagre considering the vast gamut of commitment that India, an aspiring power, has in the world scenario. However, experiences across the world suggest that India is not alone; whose spending on foreign relations is limited. There are various global powers whose budget on foreign relations is much lower than the size of their economy. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe budget for MEA covers the expenditure of a plethora of activities of the ministry. For example, supporting activities of the secretariat of the ministry, public diplomacy in the headquarters and expenditures of Indian missions abroad. The budget also covers the cost of various international conferences, repatriation of the destitute, evacuation of Indians due to civil wars. In addition, it has allocations for programmes like Know Your India programme, Scholarships to the Indian Diaspora, promotion of the cultural ties, and Distinguished Visitors programmes with countries like the UK and United States. Besides, the budget has the allocation for India’s contribution to various international organisations like Common Wealth, United Nation Organisations, SAARC Secretariat and South Asian University. The MEA covers expenses like maintenance of aircraft for VVIP travel and many more. Also Read – Insider threat managementA substantial portion of MEA’s budget goes for aid in various countries. In this budget, INR 9,069.34 crores (US$ 1.32 billion roughly) has been allocated for India’s foreign aid. India is providing aid for various projects in countries in South Asia, Central Asia, Africa, Latin America and other developing countries. South Asian neighbours took a major chunk of India’s spending abroad that valued at INR 5,252.75 crores i.e., 58 per cent of India’s total aid budget. It is worthy to note that with INR 2,801.79 crores allocated for Bhutan, the country continued to be the highest recipient of India’s aid abroad. Nepal with INR 1,050 crore of an estimate is the second-highest recipient of India aid in the neighbourhood. Barring Afghanistan, there has been a slight increase in allocation of India’s aid to other South Asian neighbours. Aid to Afghanistan is estimated at INR 400 crores which is a decrease of INR 70 crores. In 2018-19, the allocation for Afghanistan was INR 470 crores. Afghanistan was one of the largest recipients of India’s aid. Earlier, India had given US$1 billion as aid to the country. Political volatility in the country assumed to a reason for the reduction. Allocation for Bangladesh marked a slight increase. This year, the aid for the country is estimated at INR 175 crores in contrast to INR 120 crores in 2018-19. Similarly, the allocation for Sri Lanka estimated INR 250crores in place of INR165 crores in 2018-19. This year aid allocation for the Maldives is INR 576 crores in place of INR 440 crores in 2018-2019. The major gainer, however, was Mauritius, the Indian Ocean country with the presence of a large diaspora. This year INR 1,100 crores have been allocated to the country, which was around INR 400 crore more than last year; INR 660 crores in 2018-19. India is fast emerging as a donor country. India’s aid budget has grown steadily for a decade with slight fluctuation in 2016-17 and 2017-2018. Back in 2009-10, India’s budget for aid was INR 2,699.93 crores and in the present budget, aid estimated to be INR 9,096.34 crores. The rise in India’s aid budget is encouraging. The step helps to strengthen India’s ties with countries and its image in the global arena. Given the instability in the global geopolitical scenario largely due to the rivalry between China and the United States, it is important for countries like India to develop its own niche. Today, India stands as an example because many of the global powers having a superior level of prosperity are cutting its aid budget like in the case of the United States. The US has a $19 trillion economy but budget foreign affairs stand around US$ 31 billion. China, having an economy of around US$ 13 trillion, spends approximately US$8 billion for its foreign relations. In spite of the positive spin to India’s foreign policy funding, the glass is half-full. Considering the wide range of issues to cover, a need was felt for additional resources. Nevertheless, in an era of spending cut, it is unlikely for the government to top up the additional expenditure. This year’s budget, however, showed an alternative. Finance minister declared the government’s intention to raise funding from private sector equity, multilateral financing, contributions from corporates, non-residents, etc., for enhancing its developmental diplomacy. This step is encouraging. To involve the private sector, the government needs to have a detail policy formulation. One of the positive starts could be in way of encouraging private sectors to fund research in foreign policy, primarily to the Indian think tanks. Research, an important part of framing policy, is lagging because of funding constraints. MEA with its small budget could not fulfil the demand for research. A special incentive like tax advantage could be rolled in to make research funding lucrative to the corporate. Strengthening foreign policy research in the Indian think tanks could go a long way in promoting India’s interest. (The author is Senior Fellow with the Observer Research Foundation. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Tougher rules needed for healing lodges Tori Staffords dad tells APTN InFocus

first_imgAPTN InFocusThere has been a lot of talk about healing lodges after Tori Stafford’s killer was transferred to one from a traditional prison.Moving Terry-Lynne McClintic, 28, to the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge in Saskatchewan from Grand Valley outraged many  Canadians.But Marlene Orr, the director of the Stan Daniels Healing lodge in Alberta, said a healing lodge is an important option in the rehabilitation of some offenders.She said an inmate is closely vetted and must show she really want to make changes in her life.“They have to have good behavior while they are in the institution,” she told InFocus host Melissa Ridgen.“They can’t be affiliated with any security threat groups, they can’t have been breaking the rules while they’ve been in prison. They have to demonstrate a commitment to working with us in addressing those root issues.”Maximum security inmates are currently eligible to enter Stan Daniels healing centre, if they have worked their way to a medium- or minimum -security designation – regardless of the crime they were originally sentenced for.That means they can become eligible to transfer to healing lodges, Orr added.“And we very clearly lay out the expectations,” she said. “They also have to be supported by their team the institution which includes their parole officer and other correctional staff.”But Matt Willan, who works with offenders through Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin in Manitoba, thinks some crimes are too serious to work off in a healing lodge.“There are some crimes you commit that you can’t come back from,” he said.Tori, 8, was walking home from school in Woodstock April 8, 2009, when McClintic approached her, promised to show her a puppy and lured her into a car driven by Michael Rafferty.McClintic pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in 2010 and testified at Rafferty’s trial in 2012, where he was convicted of first-degree murder.Tori’s father, Rodney, remains opposed to McClintic’s transfer.“I do believe it is a good situation for some people who warrant going back out on the streets,” he said.“But when it comes to the heinous acts behind a monstrous killer, of a child at that, how does somebody even remotely of this magnitude get into one of these facilitates?”The Stafford family has started a petition to have McClintic returned to prison.last_img read more

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Exclusive: King Mohammed VI to Take Part in the UN General…

Rabat – Moroccan King Mohammed VI is due to participate in the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly scheduled to be held at the UN headquarters in New York during the period from September 24 to October 1. About 140 heads of state and government are expected to take part in this year’s UN major gathering.According to a UN document obtained by Morocco World News, the Moroccan monarch is due to address the 193 Assembly on the first morning of the General debate. He is number 12 on the list of speakers after Brazil, the United States, Uganda, Spain, Mauritania, Chile, Republic of Korea, Qatar, Armenia, Liberia and France. This will be the fourth time King Mohammed VI takes part in the General debate of the UN General Assembly after 2003, 2004 and 2010 when he addressed the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

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Annan appeals for worldwide relief aid for Iraq in case of war

With the prospect of war in Iraq looming over Security Council deliberations on the key remaining disarmament issues for Baghdad to resolve, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed to the international community today to do “everything we can to mitigate the imminent disaster” of the humanitarian crisis facing the Iraqi people.Speaking at the conclusion of the Council’s meeting, which was attended by five Foreign Ministers, the Secretary-General noted that over the past 20 years the Iraqi people had been through two major wars, internal uprisings and more than a decade of debilitating sanctions. “In the short term, the conflict that is now clearly about to start can only make things worse – perhaps much worse,” he said.The Secretary-General also stressed that Iraq’s most vulnerable citizens – the elderly, women and children, and the disabled – are denied basic health care for lack of medicines and that nearly a million children suffer from chronic malnutrition. “I am sure members of this Council will agree that we must do everything we can to mitigate this imminent disaster, which could easily lead to epidemics and starvation.”The Council was meeting to hear reports from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), which is responsible for the biological and chemical weapons profile, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is in charge of investigating the nuclear arms programme, on what issues remain for ridding Iraq of banned weapons of mass destruction.The Secretary-General said the UN had done its best to assess the possible effects of war in terms of refugees and human need, but of the $123.5 million requested a month ago in preparation for an Iraqi conflict, only $45 million had been pledged so far and only $34 million received.”I’m afraid we shall very soon be coming back with an appeal for much larger sums to finance actual relief operations – and I earnestly hope that Member States will respond with generosity and speed,” he said. read more

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Genderbased violence in subSaharan Africa focus of UN–World Bank initiative

“These two regions are similar because they represent the future of Africa, you see young people everywhere, vibrant, wanting to make a difference in their own lives, the lives of their communities and in the lives of their countries,” said UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin in an interview with the UN News Centre ahead of a high-level panel discussion on “Gender-Based Violence in the Great Lakes and Population Dynamics in the Sahel Region.” The CSW panel is scheduled to feature Dr. Osotimehin, as well as several officials from sub-Saharan countries: Antonin Dossou, Minister for the Evaluation of Public Policies and Denationalisation Programmes of Benin, Genevieve Inagosi, Minister of Gender, Family and Child of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Maikibi Kadidiatou Dandobi, Minister of Population, Promotion of Women and Protection of Children of Niger, and Trina S. Haque, Sector Manager for World Bank Health, Nutrition and Population in West and Central Africa. In his interview with UN News Centre, Dr. Osotimehin said: “When you look at the two regions, one of the things that I believe is common, is the issue of the adolescent girl who is not going to school, who is not being empowered, who doesn’t have access to skills, education or the ability to be able to determine who she wants to be.” The World Bank/UNFPA special focus on women’s empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa was born following a 2013 historic trip to Africa by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. The purpose of the trip – in which Dr. Osotimehin took part – was “to send a signal that peace and security must go with development.” The purpose of the trip – in which Dr. Osotimehin took part – was “to send a signal that peace and security must go with development,” and “the World Bank saw an opportunity in investing in women and young people. An additional $1 billion was invested in the region by the Bank. We came back very enthusiastic, exhilarated about those possibilities.” It was very disturbing to notice that great degree of gender-based violence, often related to the conflict in the eastern part of DRC, he continued, adding that the officials felt that “if girls go to and stay in school, and if they are able to learn about sexual and reproductive health, and if they are able to make choices, then we can actually stop a lot of that gender-based violence.” “Going forward we also want to make sure “girls and boys have access to skills, entrepreneurship training and the ability to secure jobs and start businesses themselves,” said Dr. Osotimehin. UNFPA is in consultations with the Bank to take this forward. “This is the first time that this is happening.” read more

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Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell headlines 2018 CFL allstar team

TORONTO — Bo Levi Mitchell added to his growing list of accolades Tuesday when the CFL named him the quarterback for the league’s 2018 all-star team.The Calgary Stampeders pivot, who also won most outstanding player and Grey Cup MVP honours this season, headlines a roster that includes eight Canadians and 11 first-time CFL all-stars.Mitchell had a CFL-high and career-best 35 touchdown passes in 2018 to lead Calgary to the league’s best regular-season record at 13-5.He then passed for 253 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Stampeders’ 27-16 win over the Ottawa Redblacks in the Grey Cup final.Mitchell is one of three Stampeders on the all-star team, along with defensive tackle Micah Johnson and linebacker Alex Singleton.The Winnipeg Blue Bombers, B.C. Lions and Hamilton Tiger-Cats each sent five players to the all-star team, followed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Redblacks with four each and the Edmonton Eskimos with a single player.The Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes had no all-stars in a year both teams struggled heavily and finished well out of playoff contention.Winnipeg running back Andrew Harris and Ottawa kicker Lewis Ward and receiver Brad Sinopoli lead a contingent of national players that includes Singleton, Winnipeg centre Matthias Goossen and safety Taylor Loffler, Hamilton offensive guard Brandon Revenberg and Saskatchewan offensive guard Brendon LaBatte.Sinopoli, from Peterborough, Ont., was named most outstanding Canadian this season after reeling in 116 catches — a single-season record for a Canadian — for 1,376 yards with four touchdowns. He beat out Harris, who led the league with 1,390 rushing yards for his hometown Bombers.Ward, from Kingston, Ont., was named top rookie this season after booting 51-of-52 field goals (league-record 98.1 per cent), including a pro football-record 48 straight that will carry over into 2019.LaBatte, from Weyburn, Sask., was named to the all-star team for a sixth time. Winnipeg linebacker Adam Bighill, the 2018 defensive player of the year, and Saskatchewan pass rusher Charleston Hughes each earned a fifth all-star nod. 2018 CFL All-Star Team:Quarterback: Bo Levi Mitchell, CalgaryRunning Back: Andrew Harris, WinnipegReceivers: Duke Williams, Edmonton; Brandon Banks, Hamilton; Brad Sinopoli, Ottawa; Luke Tasker, Hamilton; Bryan Burnham, B.C.Centre: Matthias Goossen, WinnipegOffensive Guards: Brandon Revenberg, Hamilton; Brendon LaBatte, SaskatchewanOffensive Tackles: Stanley Bryant, Winnipeg; SirVincent Rogers, OttawaDefensive Ends: Willie Jefferson, Saskatchewan; Charleston Hughes, SaskatchewanDefensive Tackles: Micah Johnson, Calgary; Davon Coleman, B.C.Linebackers: Adam Bighill, Winnipeg; Alex Singleton, CalgaryCover Linebacker: Don Unamba, HamiltonCornerbacks: Delvin Breaux, Hamilton; Anthony Orange, B.C.Halfbacks: Ed Gainey, Saskatchewan; T.J. Lee, B.C.Safety: Taylor Loffler, WinnipegKicker: Lewis Ward, OttawaPunter: Ty Long, B.C.Special Teams: Diontae Spencer, OttawaThe Canadian Press read more

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thyssenkrupp brings PhotonAssay technology to Africa mining sector

first_imgthyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa says it has been appointed the official reseller of ground-breaking PhotonAssay™ technology from Chrysos Corp.The novel X-ray technology is poised to revolutionise the field of gold analysis, replacing traditional methods such as fire-assay in many applications, and providing accurate and fully-automated gold measurements in mineral ores in just a couple of minutes.The world-first PhotonAssay unit, installed in a commercial Perth, Western Australia laboratory, recently passed two milestones; completing its first 50,000 analyses and receiving ISO 17025 accreditation. The owner of MinAnalytical Laboratory Services will establish a major new analytical facility in early-2019 providing PhotonAssay services in Kalgoorlie, the heart of Australia’s gold mining industry.MinAnalytical’s General Manager, Gary Wheeler, said: “For our customers, it means the system has been validated and fully tested, and they can rest assured they will receive accurate results which have been benchmarked against fire assay.”Originally developed by scientists at the CSIRO, Australia’s national research agency, PhotonAssay uses high-power X-rays to activate and measure gold atoms in mineral samples. Compared with conventional X-ray Fluorescence, the much higher energies used in PhotonAssay allow true-bulk measurements of large samples independent of their physical or chemical form, the company said.Marius Combrinck, thyssenkrupp Product Manager RT Sales and Marketing Minerals, explained how the PhotnAssay technology works: “PhotonAssay hits samples with high-energy X-rays from a linear accelerator. These X-rays force any gold atoms present in the sample into an excited state that lasts for a few seconds. Subsequently, a sensitive detector system measures the gamma-ray signals given off by these atoms as they relax. Processing software relates the gamma-ray signature back to the gold concentration.”Combrinck pointed out that the gamma-ray energy is different for each element, allowing gold to be accurately distinguished from other metals that may be present.Samples to be assayed are packaged into standardised plastic jars that are sealed and barcoded, remaining in the jars throughout the analysis process. “As the method is non-destructive, samples are returned unchanged, and can be safely handled, disposed of or sent for further testing as required,” thyssenkrupp said.The large sample size – typically about 500 g – significantly reduces sample preparation requirements. Recent testing has demonstrated that for most materials, crushing samples to 2-3 mm is enough to enable accurate sampling and analysis. For coarse gold deposits, the 10-fold increase in sample size compared with conventional fire-assay is particularly advantageous, according to the company.PhotonAssay units are designed for rapid deployment to both centralised and mine site laboratories anywhere in the world. Systems are fully containerised, allowing them to be factory tested and then packaged for shipping and on-site installation.The modular design of the PhotoAssay unit lends great flexibility. In addition to onsite installations, thyssenkrupp also has the capabilities so run the lab from its Johannesburg head office. “As we are the face of this technology in Africa, we can sell the technology to existing laboratories or directly to a customer,” Combrinck said. He added that thyssenkrupp will provide after-sales service and support to customers and end users on the continent.The X-ray source used is fully electronic and contains no radioisotopes. PhotonAssay units comply with international safety standards and, due to their high levels of automation, can be operated by staff with minimal training, according to thyssenkrupp. Combrinck added that management of the PhotoAssay unit requires only two staff members, freeing up personnel to attend to other tasks.The potential for near real-time gold assays is generating strong interest in on-site installations. With a typical detection limit of 0.03 parts per million, a measurement time of two to three minutes and the ability to measure crushed ore, process pulps, concentrates, carbon materials and solutions with equal ability, a mine site PhotonAssay unit can provide rapid information to support resource definition, mine planning and process control, thyssenkrupp said.A throughput of more than 1,600 samples per day provides enough capacity for even the largest operations, while a significant reduction in skilled labour requirements is an additional benefit for remote sites.Although developed primarily for gold analysis, the PhotonAssay technology can measure a wide range of other elements. Silver and copper assay services will be added during 2019 and an extension to other metals is planned for this year, thyssenkrupp said.The company plans to discuss PhotonAssay technology on February 5 and February during its three-day thyssenkrupp Technology Sessions held alongside Mining Indaba 2019.last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #JOBSWATCH: Medical devices company Abbott is to seek 200 redundancies from its plant in Clonmel. RTE reports that the company, which employs 1,400 people at the Tipperary facility, is seeking voluntary redundancies from its staff.2. #HELPING HAND: Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said Europe now owes Ireland after the country ‘took one for the team‘. In an interview on Bloomberg TV, Noonan said that Ireland has a strong case to get help from Europe to cut the link between sovereign and banking debt which has been a major burden for Ireland’s economic recovery.3. #OSCAR PISTORIUS: The lead investigator in the Reeva Steenkamp murder inquiry has been removed from the case after accusations resurfaced about his involvement in an attempted murder. Oscar Pistorius’s bail hearing is to stretch into a fourth day tomorrow as deliberations continue about whether or not he will be entitled to bail.4. #HOMELESSNESS: The Government has come up with dramatic proposals aimed at ending long-term homelessness by 2016. Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan said the plan would provide homeless people with long-term, stable housing as early as possible.5. #BANK HOLIDAY: Sinn Féin has proposed legislation which would make the Easter Rising anniversary a new national bank holiday. Under the plan, the new holiday on 24 April would be known as Lá na Poblachta – Day of the Republic – to commemorate the anniversary of the date when the Proclamation of the Irish Republic was declared.last_img read more

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Author finds her deaf visually impaired dogs teach their own lessons

first_imgWhen I saw the photo of two brilliantly white dogs in a local newspaper ad three years ago, I did what Deaf Dogs of Oregon trainer, Chelsea Tuning, strongly advises against: I fell in love at first sight.“People are enthralled by how pretty they are. We hear all the time ‘This dog is so pretty. I really want to adopt it,’ ” Tuning said. “The time that it takes to train and keep up that communication, in addition to basic dog training, these are the consequences of trying to get a dog like this.”The “dog like this” is a double merle Australia shepherd — often incorrectly referred to as a “lethal white,” which is a fatal genetic disorder that affects horses. Double merle stems from incorrectly or irresponsibly breeding two merles (a gene detected by blood work), resulting in a 25 percent chance that each puppy will be deaf, blind and/or sight-impaired.The dogs my husband and I adopted are both deaf and sight-impaired. But before anyone feels sorry for them, Tuning also points out that dogs do not process like humans. When faced with loss, they skip past the ruminating phase and go straight to the logical aspect of how to get on with what they have to work with.“They’re not hindered by emotions,” Tuning said. “They’re more succinct in their thought process.”Speaking ‘dog’The question for Tuning is not how much more time it will take to train an animal with special needs, but how long will it take to train the owner.last_img read more

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Chelsea hope to extend Hazards contract

first_imgPremier League giants Chelsea hope to keep hold of their headline performer amid Real Madrid attempts to steal their jewelMaurizio Sarri’s arrival at Stamford Bridge this summer has turned the Blues game upside down, as they now have a legitimate reason to look for the Premier League title.Eden Hazard has been one of the best Premier League players so far, and one of the principal reasons Chelsea have managed to keep pace with Manchester City and Liverpool.Therefore, the London outfit would like to reward the Belgium international by offering him a new improved contract.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.According to the British publication, Express Sport, Chelsea management would like to bind the 27-year-old forward with a £350,000-a-week offer, trying to prevent the player accepting a potential transfer to Real Madrid.The former Lille star currently earns £200,000-a-week, so a new deal would see him matching Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez’s earnings.Los Blancos, on the other hand, are desperate to find a suitable replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, as Hazard already emerged as one of the top targets along with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.last_img read more

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Report slams MIA work by Pentagon

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s effort to account for tens of thousands of Americans missing in action from foreign wars is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from “dysfunction to total failure,” according to an internal study suppressed by military officials.Largely beyond the public spotlight, the decades-old pursuit of bones and other MIA evidence is sluggish, often duplicative and subjected to too little scientific rigor, the report says.The Associated Press obtained a copy of the internal study after Freedom of Information Act requests for it by others were denied.The report paints a picture of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, a military-run group known as JPAC and headed by a two-star general, as woefully inept and even corrupt. The command is digging up too few clues on former battlefields, relying on inaccurate databases and engaging in expensive “boondoggles” in Europe, the study concludes.In North Korea, the JPAC was snookered into digging up remains between 1996 and 2000 that the North Koreans apparently had taken out of storage and planted in former American fighting positions, the report said. Washington paid the North Koreans hundreds of thousands of dollars to “support” these excavations.Some recovered bones had been drilled or cut, suggesting they had been used by the North Koreans to make a lab skeleton. Some of those remains have since been identified, but their compromised condition added time and expense and “cast doubt over all of the evidence recovered” in North Korea, the study said. This practice of “salting” recovery sites was confirmed to the AP by one U.S. participant.last_img read more

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AIIMS doctors protest against NMC Bill

first_imgNew Delhi : Resident doctors and students at the AIIMS here wore black badges to work on Saturday in a symbolic protest against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill which, they alleged, was “anti-poor”. Doctors and medical students across the country have been opposing the Bill, which was introduced in Lok Sabha on July 22 by Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan. Residents doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) were seen wearing black badges in ICUs, emergency block, wards and operation theatres on Saturday. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us Protests were being organised in various parts of the country against the Bill on the call of the Indian Medical Association (IMA). As part of the protest action, copies of the proposed legislation were burnt outside the IMA headquarters in Delhi and its 1,700 branch offices on July 25, while students in many medical colleges observed hunger strike. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us The IMA will hold a “Delhi Andolan” on July 29, which includes a march by the medical fraternity from Nirman Bhavan to Jantar Mantar, to demonstrate the imperative need for amendments in the Bill. The march will culminate in a Chhatra Sansad (students’ parliament), IMA national president Santanu Sen said earlier. The association has said the government failed to address concerns raised by the medical fraternity. The Bill, if passed in its present form, will only legalise quackery by empowering the community health providers to practice medicine, endangering the lives of people, it has alleged.last_img read more

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Budget expectations Q3 results to guide Indian equities

first_imgThe Indian rupee continued to depreciate for the second week on the trot, as it weakened by 69 paise to Rs 71.18 against the US dollar from its previous close of Rs 70.49.Provisional data from the BSE since the start of the year showed that foreign institutional investors offloaded stocks worth Rs 2,318.76 crore as against domestic investors buying Rs 1,842.31-crore shares. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:52Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:52?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Co-op bank up for sale after turnaround stalled Buildings are reflected on the glass windows of the NSE (National Stock Exchange) building in Mumbai, India, December 27, 2016.Reuters fileThe ongoing third quarter earnings results, budget expectations, developments in the US-China trade relations and the Brexit issue will chart the course of the markets in the weeks to come.Also any volatility in crude oil prices will continue to affect the rupee, which has weakened for two consecutive weeks.”Traders should trade cautiously for the next 10 days as markets prepare and discount budget expectations,” said Sahil Kapoor, Chief Market Strategist, Research, Edelweiss Wealth Management.The NSE Midcap Index has closed at a five-week low and is beginning to witness broad-based selling. Nifty on the other hand has been able to eke out gains based on a select few bluechip stocks.The quarterly results will remain in focus in the upcoming weeks as major third-quarter results by Kotak Mahindra Bank, Maruti Suzuki, Larsen and Toubro, Yes Bank, Asian Paints and ITC is scheduled to be announced.”Trading woes will be dictated by the upcoming interim budget with investors preparing to reshuffle their portfolio according to their expectations,” said Rahul Sharma of Equity99.In November, the Bank of England had warned that a no-deal Brexit can cause a recession worse than the 2008 financial crisis. After the Brexit deal was rejected by the British Parliament with a significant margin, investors will keep a close watch on developments in the same.On the partial US government shutdown, New York Federal Reserve President John Williams has raised a red flag saying that the shutdown is an emerging headwind to the economic growth. The prolonged shutdown is causing uncertainty among the investors.According to Viral Berawala of Essel Mutual Fund, investors awaited the next steps for the UK after Prime Minister Theresa May’s government narrowly survived a no-confidence vote. Losing the vote has made it harder to have a smooth Brexit.Regarding the US-China trade relations, Berawala said that reports of Beijing offering to ramp up imports from Washington and the latter considering to lift some tariffs on Chinese products would boost the global investor sentiments. Indian pedestrians watch as a digital broadcast presents the rolling share price information and national election results news coverage on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai on May 16, 2014. India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is on track to win the first parliamentary majority by a single party in 30 years, two television channels projected on May 16 based on preliminary results.PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images”The Nifty would need to convincingly close above the recent highs of 10,931, for it to move towards the 11,200 levels in the coming week; else range-bound price action could continue. Crucial support to watch in the coming week for weakness is 10,692,” Jasani said.The S&P BSE Sensex gained 376.77 points, or 1.04 per cent, to close at 36,386.61, whereas the Nifty gained 112 points, or 1.04 per cent, to settle at 10,906.95 during the week gone by.last_img read more

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Man killed in BGB gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what law enforcers called a gunfight with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) near Golabari border area of Cumilla’s Sadar upazila early Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased Abdul Malek, son of Abdul Khalek, resident of Ramchandrapur village in Chouddogram upazila was a drug trader, according to BGB.Abu Mohhammad Mohiuddin, commanding officer of BGB-10 battalion, said that on information about a gunfight between two groups of drug dealers, a team of BGB conducted a drive in Jaluapara area.When the BGB team reached the spot, the criminals fired shots towards the border troopers, triggering a skirmish.”His body and 30,000 yaba pills were recovered from the spot after the gunfight,” he said.last_img read more

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