South Africa go with 3 specialist spinners for India Tests

first_imgSouth Africa recalled Dane Piedt and Imran Tahir on Thursday as the top-ranked Proteas selected three specialist spinners for their Test series in India.Piedt and Tahir join Simon Harmer as the spinners in the Test squad, while wicketkeeper Dane Vilas was retained after making his debut against Bangladesh in July.Quinton de Kock was only named in the one-day and Twenty20 squads for the two-month India tour after being dropped as the Test wicketkeeper.The Twenty20 series stats on Oct. 2, followed by the ODIs that begin on Oct. 11. The first Test will be played in Mohali from Nov. 5.Also read: Kevin Pietersen to play in South Africa for Dolphins Faf du Plessis has recovered from injury to be included in all three squads. Batsman Khaya Zondo could make his international debut after being selected for the T20s.Offspinner Piedt has played just one Test, in Zimbabwe last year, but was included for what will likely be slow bowler-friendly pitches in India. Legspinner Tahir played the last of his 16 tests late last year.Otherwise, South Africa’s Test squad was unchanged under the captaincy of Hashim Amla, with young batsman Temba Bavuma and quick bowler Kagiso Rabada retained following the drawn series in Bangladesh, when rain prevented a result in both tests.South Africa has lost just two Test series in the last nine years, both at home to Australia. The last time South Africa lost away was in Sri Lanka in 2006.Test squad: Hashim Amla (captain), Temba Bavuma, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Simon Harmer, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Vilas.advertisementODI squad: AB de Villiers (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn.Twenty20 squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Marchant de Lange, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Eddie Leie, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, David Wiese, Khaya Zondo.last_img read more

Delhi Daredevils crash to their lowest-ever total in IPL history

first_imgDelhi Daredevils crashed to their lowest-ever total in the history of the Indian Premier League after being bowled out for 67 in 17.1 overs against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Sunday.At one point they were staring down the barrel at 33/6 and were in contention to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore’s total of 49 against Kolkata Knight Riders last week to register the lowest ever IPL score but Corey Anderson and Kagiso Rabada struck a steady partnership of 26 runs for the seventh wicket to save them from the shame.Delhi were dealt with an early blow when captain Zaheer Khan was ruled out due to an injury that he picked up during the last match and was replaced with Karun Nair.Their luck didn’t improve any further as Glenn Maxwell won the toss and decided to field and that was followed by a flurry of wickets one after the other until Anderson and Rabada steadied the ship.Sam Billings, who was the first to go with the score being 1/1, was followed by the in-form Sanju Samson and the Daredevils were reduced to 7/2 inside three overs. Although Shreyas Iyer and Karun Nair looked to build a partnership, Iyer was removed thanks to a spectacular catch by Sandeep Sharma off his own bowling while diving to his left. Karun soon followed Iyer to the dugout when he was cleaned up by Axar Patel for 11. Maxwell then trapped Rishabh Pant in front in the following over while Chris Morris handed one straight catch back to Axar to leave Delhi reeling at 33/6 from 8.4 overs.advertisementHowever, Anderson and Rabada came together and steadied the ship before Anderson chopped one on onto his stumps and departed for 18. Rabada also couldn’t hold the fort for long, handing a catch to Shaun Marsh as Delhi were tottering at 62/8 from 15.3 overs.Mohammed Shami was the next man to go with Delhi on 67/9. Daredevils’ misery finally came to an end when Shahbaz Nadeem handed an easy caught and bowled to Mohit Sharma for nought and they were all-out for 67.Their previous lowest total was against the Sunrisers Hyderabad when they folded for 80 in Hyderabad back in 2013.This is also the third lowest total in the history of the tournament and the lowest first innings total as well tied with Kolkata Knight Riders, who also collapsed for 67 against the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede back in 2008.Sandeep Sharma was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets from 20 runs in his four overs.This is second lowest total in this year’s IPL, followed by RCB’s 49 versus KKR at the Eden Gardens.Needing only 68 runs for a win, Punjab crossed the line in just 7.5 overs with New Zealand star Martin Guptill smashing a half-century in double quick time.Guptill remained unbeaten on 50 off 27 balls with six boundaries and three sixes. Fellow opener Hashim Amla was not out on 16 at the other end.Punjab, who thus registered the third win of their campaign, are now fifth on the IPL table with eight points.last_img read more

Ter Stegen, Dembele star as Barcelona beat Sevilla to lift Spanish Super Cup

first_imgBarcelona beat Sevilla 2-1 to lift the Spanish Super Cup for a record extending 13th time on Sunday after late heroics from German keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Ter Stegen saved a penalty late in the game to keep the scoreline 2-1 in Barcelona’s favour and help them lift the title.King’s Cup runners-up Sevilla took the lead in the curtain raiser to the La Liga season when Pablo Sarabia fired home a ninth minute goal after Luis Muriel had dashed his way through the Barcelona defence into the box.Video assistant referee (VAR) made his debut in Spanish football when the assistant referee’s call for offside was overruled to give that as a goal.Gerard Pique levelled for Barca shortly before halftime by pouncing on the rebound after Lionel Messi’s free kick had ricocheted off the post, while Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez glanced a header off the crossbar in the second half in Tangier, Morocco.The competition, which ditched its traditional two-legged format and was also played outside Spain for the first time, looked to be headed for extra-time until Ousmane Dembele let fly from outside the area and his shot thumped in off the crossbar in the 78th minute.”It was a really difficult game because we conceded very early and we had to fight back. A lot of players have only recently come back from breaks and that took its toll,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told reporters.”We grew as the game went on. It was an exciting game and they also had their chances. It’s good to win because it gives you belief in what you are doing and it allows you to start the season on the front foot.”advertisement#SupercopaBarça@3gerardpique (41′)@Dembouz (78′) Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 13, 2018Sevilla had a golden late chance to force extra-time when former Barca player Aleix Vidal was fouled by Ter Stegen in the 89th minute, but substitute Wissam Ben Yedder struck his penalty softly along the ground and the towering German goalkeeper comfortably caught the ball.”My team deserve a lot of credit for showing that we have soul spirit and courage after Dembele’s great goal and not only did we win a penalty but we also swarmed all over their goal,” said Sevilla coach Pablo Machin.”It hurts a lot to lose a trophy like this but when your team competes until the end and shows spirit like they did tonight you can’t ask for much more.”Barca’s new captain Messi lifted his first piece of silverware since inheriting the armband from former midfielder Andres Iniesta, and the Argentine also overtook the Spaniard as Barca’s most decorated player with 33 trophies to his name.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Why Cue Card became the most popular horse in jumps racing

first_img Since you’re here… Reuse this content When Cue Card landed the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2010, the golden seasons among staying chasers that had been dominated by Kauto Star and Denman were beginning to draw to a close.Following on from two of jump racing’s all-time greats was always going to be a difficult role to execute, but Cue Card did so with a flourish. He was, by some way, the most popular chaser of recent seasons, as well as being one of the most talented and durable, and the only disappointment following the news of his well-earned retirement was that Colin Tizzard’s 12-year-old would not get a chance to remove the concluding “P” (for pulled-up) from his form figures after his disappointing run in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month. Colin Tizzard Share on Pinterest Show Was this helpful? Cue Card will still be at Sandown on Saturday week on the final day of the jumps season, when he will parade rather than line up one last time in the Oaksey Chase.“He wasn’t working quite as well as he can and we didn’t want to take him to Sandown if we weren’t 100% happy with him,” Joe Tizzard, the trainer’s son and also Cue Card’s jockey during the first four years of his career, said on Tuesday. “We will still take him to Sandown, to celebrate a great career. He has been an incredible horse for us and now he can look forward to a new chapter in his life.”Cue Card retires with nine Grade One wins on his record, stretching from his Bumper win at Cheltenham at odds of 40-1 to the Betfair Ascot Chase in February 2017. But it was not so much his record as the way he went about compiling it that endeared him so thoroughly to racing fans. Cue Card loved to bowl along towards the head of the field, where his usually impeccable jumping would force his opponents to match him, or risk giving up ground that could prove essential in the closing stages.Cue Card had the bounce-back factor too, after a fallow period for much of 2014 and 2015 that followed a pelvic injury and then a wind operation. And at a time when National Hunt racing was increasingly becoming dominated by multimillionaires with many dozens of horses, Jean Bishop and her late husband Bob, who died just days after Cue Card’s memorable defeat of Vautour in the 2015 King George VI Chase at Kempton, were a throwback to a time when winning was not everything.Cue Card’s first win in the Betfair Chase at Haydock, in 2013, summed up his appeal. He was sent off at 9-1 to beat an outstanding field that included previous Grade One chase winners in Silviniaco Conti, Long Run and Bobs Worth, but Tizzard and Cue Card were undaunted and took the race to their rivals in familiar style. Cue Card had the race won two out, and stayed on strongly to win in thrilling fashion by nearly five lengths.Cue Card’s last win came in that Ascot Chase, though a close second place in the same race this year offered hope that he might yet claim a Gold Cup at Cheltenham. It was not to be and he was pulled up before the 12th, but Cue Card may still receive a warmer reception than some of the winners at Sandown next week.“I think his longevity made him stand out,” Bishop said. “Even after his fall [in 2016], he went back to win at Aintree. For a few seasons he was the highest-rated chaser in Britain. Look how hard it is for Gold Cup winners to come back the following season. He might not have won the Gold Cup but he kept coming back.” Share on LinkedIn Read more Hide … 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. news Cheltenham 2.05 Silver Kayf 2.40 Shantou Village 3.15 Diable De Sivola 3.50 Baden 4.25 Buckle Street 5.00 Lovely Job 5.30 Capitaine Kempton Park 5.45 Arthur’s Spirit 6.15 Reverberation 6.45 Bird For Life (nb) 7.15 Il Primo Sole 7.45 Barton Mills 8.15 Sayesse 8.45 Soghan 9.15 Ubla Newmarket 1.50 Aeolus 2.25 Snazzy Jazzy 3.00 Deauville 3.35 Altyn Orda (nap) 4.10 Hard Forest 4.45 Qazyna 5.20 Sea Of Class 5.55 Old Persian  Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Quick guide Wednesday tips Talking Horses: Gosden upbeat after Cracksman Newmarket workout Share on Facebook Share via Email Thank you for your feedback. Horse racing Topics Share on Twitter Support The Guardianlast_img read more

Australian Camp Diary – Jessica McCall

first_imgFollowing the weekend’s training camp in Sydney, Australian Women’s Open squad member, Jessica McCall tells us about how the camp went and the squad’s excitement in the lead up to the 2015 World Cup. I always get excited when it comes to an Australian Touch Camp because although we all live pretty far apart, when we come together it feels like we see each other every week. Although when everyone arrived, we hadn’t seen each other since we were playing against each other at State of Origin a few months ago so we had the usual catch up with everyone while preparing for the start of the camp. While Belly, Phil, Swingers and Marto got the formalities out of the way about what to expect in the next six months, we had a few fresh faces that have been included into the squad which is always great to see. Hannah, Laura, Tamika and Sammy were included into the Women’s squad after an amazing year of Touch from all four of them. Belly also had asked three Under 18’s Australian reps to train with us which gave them in insight into the Australian Open’s Team and hopefully where they’ll end up in next couple of years.While we all knew that we had a fitness test before the camp, everyone was a bit on edge, especially me, as we all knew Belly likes our team to be physically fit as he likes a running game. While there were a few nervous faces and a few panic attacks, the test got under way. We ran for eight minutes, had an eight minute break and then ran for eight minutes again. While it doesn’t sound like much, the test is quite physically demanding and even more mentally demanding. Luckily I had Hannah Dyball helping me every step along the way but the whole team really put in a massive effort which I think comes down to our attitude to retaining the World Cup. With fitness out of the way, Belly decided to put us into two teams: Cows and Ducks. The Ducks were practically any squad member under 20 years of age versus the Cows which we classified as the older but more experienced.  Although the Cows didn’t possess the youthfulness or the speed of the Ducks, the Cows had experience and experience won us the first challenge of line attack. The young ones were punished by Phil with V-sit holds and the young ones were determined to get back at us. Dummy-half running was next on the agenda and my team, the Cows thought it would be a good idea to give the Ducks some confidence and let them win this challenge, although this punishment would happen after our 20 metre Touch game. 20 metre Touch is a variation of Beach Touch and the Old Cows were once again winners so we ended up doing the punishment which was planks. The day was over after Ice Baths and everyone is a little sore and sorry but a very successful first day.We arrived on Sunday quite early and as everyone is booting up, Laura Peattie realises she forgot her boots. So lucky a Touch friend lived close by and her dad Ray Ray drove her boots out to her. The morning session revolved around driving patterns and yet again another challenge occurred with the experienced Cows winning again and the young Duckies had to army crawl the whole length of the field. This was one challenge us Cows knew we had to win as we probably wouldn’t be able to stand up if we had to do this punishment.We then had a proper game against the West’s Division One Men’s team which really showed us how far we’ve come in the space of two days. Our driving, talk and defence was amazing and the commitment shown by every player was world class. When the game finished we all knew we that we had something special within this squad and every player could pull on the Green and Gold jersey without any hesitation. If only we were allowed to take 20 players to the World Cup as I believe everyone deserved a spot to take the field in the World Cup.Our whole team would like to thank Belly, Swingers and Phil for such an organised camp and we all know the direction in which the Australian Women’s Open team is headed in. To Marto, thanks for being our Touch mum while at camp and knowing what we are going through really helps us more than you know. To TFA, thank you for your time and for organising a great camp for the entire Open squads. Related LinksAussie Camp Diarylast_img read more

10 months agoSampdoria president Ferrero insists no-one will be sold

first_imgSampdoria president Ferrero insists no-one will be soldby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria president Massimo Ferrero insists no-one will be sold this month.Samp are just three points off the top four.“After the game, on the bus, I congratulated all the players,” Ferrero told Il Secolo XIX.“I told them I was proud of how they face the Bianconeri. The fans can be calm, I won’t sell anyone. The base of the group is strong and united, it will remain.“At the most we’ll see if there’s an opportunity to bring in someone promising, like in recent years.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Watford don’t expect Brendan Rodgers to ring Leicester City changes

Next Reuters WatfordMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 18:20 IST Brendan Rodgers will not make wholesale changes to Leicester City team feels Watford coach Javi Gracia (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBrendan join Leicester City following the sacking of Claude PuelRodgers ended a trophy-filled spell at Scottish champions CelticLeicester City will face Watford FC at Vicarage Road on SundayWatford coach Javi Gracia does not expect Leicester City to be drastically different under new manager Brendan Rodgers when the teams meet in the Premier League on Sunday.Rodgers ended a trophy-filled spell at Scottish champions Celtic to join Leicester on Tuesday following the sacking of Claude Puel, and Gracia believes the former Liverpool boss will not make wholesale changes for his first game in charge.”It’s true… we don’t know what they can do because there is a new manager and maybe they choose other players or another shape,” Gracia told a news conference.”But we know the players they have and I don’t think they will change a lot the players or the way they are playing.”Under Frenchman Puel, Leicester blended a counter-attacking approach with a fluid possession game but have struggled with inconsistency this season to sit 11th in the table with 35 points from 28 matches.They did, however, beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 last time out.”I don’t know if it’s more difficult but it’s different,” Gracia said.”We don’t have the references we have with other coaches and other teams, but the most important thing is to be concentrated on ourselves and on our work.”Watford are eighth in the standings with 40 points.Also Read | Everyone knows I’d like to stay: Solskjaer hopes to remain Manchester United managerAlso Read | Liverpool’s Sadio Mane happy to stay central in Merseyside derby vs EvertonFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Brendan RodgersFollow WatFord FCFollow Leicester CityFollow Javi Gracia Watford don’t expect Brendan Rodgers to ring Leicester City changesBrendan Rodgers ended a trophy-filled spell at Scottish champions Celtic to join Leicester on Tuesday following the sacking of Claude Pueladvertisement read more

Seaport Alliance Crosses First Hurdle

first_imgzoom The interlocal agreement (ILA) the U.S. ports of Seattle and Tacoma submitted in October to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) for permission to undertake the due diligence necessary to form a Seaport Alliance took effect Monday, December 1.The ILA, which was subject to a 45-day review and approval period, provides a framework to examine business objectives, strategic marine terminal investments, financial returns, performance metrics, organizational structure, communications and public engagement. With the 45-day review period ended, the due diligence work will occur over the next few months.Following the due diligence period, the two port commissions intend to submit to the FMC by around the end of March 2015 a more detailed agreement to form the Seaport Alliance.Back in October, the Seattle and Tacoma port commissions revealed their plan to unify the management of the two ports’ marine cargo terminals and related functions under a single Seaport Alliance in order to strengthen the Puget Sound gateway and attract more marine cargo for the region.According to the plan, the Seaport Alliance would manage marine cargo terminal investments and operations, planning and marketing, while the individual port commissions would retain their existing governance structures and ownership of assets. The two ports together would form the third-largest container gateway in North America.Press Releaselast_img read more

Update: Three Bodies Recovered near Sunken Thorco Cloud

first_imgzoom Three bodies have been recovered near the wreckage of the sunken Thorco Cloud and one of them has been confirmed as one of the six missing crew members of the sunken vessel.The six crew members of the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged freighter Thorco Cloud went missing after their ship sank in the Singapore Strait in the evening hours of December 16.“We are sorry to report that we have been informed by local search and rescue teams that over Christmas three lifeless bodies were recovered relatively close to the wreckage of Thorco Cloud in the Singapore Strait. One of them has been officially identified as one of the six missing crew members from Thorco Cloud,” the ship’s owner Thorco Shipping said in an update.MV Thorco Cloud had 12 crew members on board when it collided with Cayman Islands-registered chemical tanker Stolt Commitment and sank, out of which six were rescued.“We are deeply affected by the loss the family has suffered and our deepest sympathy and thoughts go out to the them, as well as to the families still in a state of uncertainty,” the company adds.As informed, DNA samples and personal records have been forwarded to the authorities to affirm the identity of the other two recovered, and if they are related to Thorco Cloud.The search for the remaining missing crew members continues unabated, as well as the authorities’ investigation.Following the first diving survey, which have resulted in 3D images, Thorco Cloud reportedly has broken into two pieces, divided with 1600 meters. They furthermore show that the wreckage is stabile.Only minor oil leakage has been reported and the situation is under control by the local authorities. A wreckage and bunkers removal plan is currently being devised. Site scanning and ROV investigations are expected to be completed soon.Indonesia has now taken the lead concerning the investigation of the accident.last_img read more



Barid AlMaghrib Strengthens Ecommerce Cooperation with China Post Group

Rabat – The Barid Al-Maghrib Group (GBAM), Morocco’s postal service, has concluded three cooperation agreements with the Chinese postal operator China Post Group to boost e-commerce exchanges and facilitate the transfer of money between Morocco and China.The three agreements were signed by the Director General of Barid Al-Maghrib, Amin Benjelloun, and President of China Post Group Li Guohua. They are part of GBAM’s commitment to continue its international partnerships and strengthen its cooperative relationship with the Chinese postal institution, says Barid Al-Maghrib.The first agreement concerns the creation of an e-commerce marketplace, directly administered by GBAM, enabling Moroccan artisans and small businesses to promote and sell their products in the Chinese market. The second agreement provides for the introduction of a package offer adapted to the e-commerce market. It is a service of small postal packets with shipment tracking, and will soon be proposed to GBAM’s customers.Finally, the third agreement will regulate a money transfer corridor between the two countries, while promoting cooperation between Al-Barid Bank and Postal Saving Bank of China, a subsidiary of China Post Group.The three agreements will realize the MoU on cooperation signed in Rabat in September 2017 between Barid Al-Maghrib and the Chinese post office. read more

UN awards service medals to Russian peacekeepers in Sierra Leone

Eighty officers and 14 warrant officers of the Russian Aviation Unit (RAU) received UN medals for serving in the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) in a ceremony held at Lungi Airport on Saturday, 21 July.The head of UNAMSIL, Ambassador Oluyemi Adeniji, attended the ceremony along with Force Commander Lt. Gen. Daniel Opande, the visiting Russian Ministry of Defence delegation, led by Lt. Gen. Eugenyi Kashitsin, the visiting Ukrainian military delegation, led by Maj. Gen. O. Shalugin and other senior officials from UNAMSIL Headquarters.The ceremony, which began with a parade of the RAU, was followed by the presentation of the UN medals, which are awarded to military personnel who complete 90 days in the mission.Ambassador Adeniji then addressed the peacekeepers, stating that without their immense contributions in providing air transport, the significant progress that UNAMSIL had made in the peace process would not have been possible. Ambassador Adeniji also praised the Russian Government for providing both personnel and aircraft to UNAMSIL, thus setting an example for other Security Council members to follow. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian delegation on Friday paid a courtesy call to Force Commander Lt. Gen. Opande. The group is in Sierra Leone to visit Ukrainian peacekeepers serving under UNAMSIL. read more

UN envoy calls for halt to Israeli violations of withdrawal line retaliatory

Staffan de Mistura, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon, expressed his great dismay at the disruption this morning of the relative calm along the so-called Blue Line, which marks the border between Israel and Lebanon after the withdrawal of Israeli troops.According to a UN spokesman, there were numerous Israeli air violations of the Blue Line and of Lebanese airspace. Shortly afterward, anti-aircraft fire from the Lebanese side of the Line was reported, with indications that some anti-aircraft shells led to some damage on the ground in Israel.Israeli jets subsequently attacked two suspected Hezbollah positions in southern Lebanon. “Fortunately, no casualties have been reported so far on either side,” the spokesman said. read more

Security Council extends the mandate of UN force monitoring IsraeliSyrian ceasefire

The 15-member body “decides to renew the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) for a period of six months, that is, until 30 June 2007,” it stated in a unanimously adopted resolution.Shortly after this was adopted, Deputy Permanent Representative Jamal Nasser al-Bader of Qatar, holder of the rotating presidency this month, read out a presidential statement voicing support for Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s recent report on the region, which noted the continuing tension.“As is known, the report of the Secretary-General… states… ‘the situation in the Middle East is tense and is likely to remain so, unless and until a comprehensive settlement covering all aspects of the Middle East problem can be reached.’ That statement of the Secretary-General reflects the view of the Security Council,” Mr. al-Bader said.In his report, issued earlier this month, Mr. Annan recommended that given the circumstances the continued presence of UNDOF was “essential,” a view echoing his previous pronouncements on the force, which was established in May 1974 to supervise the disengagement accord between Syrian and Israeli forces after the 1973 war. UNDOF consists of 1,025 troops from Austria, Canada, India, Japan, Nepal, Poland and Slovakia, and in his report Mr. Annan appealed to Member States to pay their assessments as he highlighted a shortfall of $30.2 million owed to those countries that contribute troops. read more

Filo Mining coppergold leach project plan detailed in Independent Technical Report

first_imgFilo Mining’s Filo del Sol project outline has been detailed in an independent Technical Report, released on December 18. The epithermal copper-gold-silver deposit is located on the Chile/Argentina border, some 140 km southeast of the city of Copiapó, Chile.The study states that the project is amenable to open pit mining techniques. To determine an appropriatemining approach for this multi-metal, multi-zone deposit, the project team conducted an extensive strategic mine planning exercise. Scenarios, consisting of combinations of processing and mining strategies were assessed both qualitatively and quantitatively. The outcome was to adopt a three-phase open pit that is mined at a rate sufficient to supply 50,000 t/d of feed to multiple heap leach processing facilities (a permanent cyanide leach, a permanent acid leach, and an on/off acid leach). The on/off acid heap leach facility (HLF) will have nine distinct cells. The cells are constructed adjacent to each other in a long row, allowing sequential processing of each cell. The HLF has been sized using an average stacked process feed density of 1.5 t/m and a heap height of 10 m. The heaps will be constructed using conveyor stacking systems. The permanent heap conveyor stacking systems will include the following components:– “Ramp” portable transfer conveyors, each approximately 36 m in length for conveying crushed material up ramps – “Grasshopper” portable transfer conveyors, each approximately 36 m in length for conveying crushed material across relatively flat areas– A 36 m horizontal “Index Feed Conveyor” that transfers crushed material from the grasshopper conveyors to a “Horizontal Feed Conveyor”– A moveable 38 m “Horizontal Index Conveyor” that transfers crushed material to the radial stacker– A 41 m “Radial Stacking Conveyor” capable of powered height adjustment, slewing and stacking to a height of 10 mThe grasshopper and ramp conveyors will transport the crushed material from the stockpile reclaim conveyors for the permanent heaps onto and across the pad to the stacking conveyors. The stacking conveyors allow the radial stacker to place crushed material in 10 m lifts with minimal downtime. The radial stacker and horizontal feed conveyor together are capable of moving while slewing and stacking ore in an arc. The radial stacker can retreat approximately the length of a grasshopper conveyor. Open pit mining is to be conducted with standard mining equipment, including blast hole drills,two 22m3 hydraulic shovels, two 20 m3 front-end loaders, and 20 136 t rear-dump haul trucks – all supported by dozers, graders, water trucks and ancillary equipment. The maximum combined mining rate of waste, process feed, and on-off pad re-handle is 47 Mt per annum. Complete extraction of the mineable resource is to take 13 years, including one year of pre-production mining.last_img read more

Play this Marvel vs Capcom Origins for Xbox Live Arcade

first_imgFor video game and comic book geeks, pitting characters from the Marvel universe and the Capcom universe against one another is almost a right of passage. Until you’ve had that argument about Iron Man losing to Megaman or whether or not the Hulk would split Morrigan in half with a well placed kick, you aren’t part of the club.The appeal behind the Marvel vs Capcom franchise is that you can settle these disputes once and for all, without having to worry about pesky things like physics or canon. Marvel vs Capcom Origins is a trip back into the the early days of the series on Xbox Live Arcade, with a modern twist.MvC Origins was clearly going for a complete throwback feel when they made the game. Instead of taking up your entire (widescreen) television the game is forced into an old school CRT monitor shape, complete with the occasional flickering and black lines in high action scenarios. The first few minutes of playing a game on a 42-inch LCD that is made to look like a 24-inch CRT are confusing, but eventually it’s strangely natural. The letterboxing on the sides of the display are filled with counters for various Xbox Live achievements, which also earn you in-game credit that unlocks costumes, characters, and cinematics.For a quick trip down memory lane, Marvel vs Capcom Origins is a lot of fun. The controls are mapped to take full advantage of the Xbox 360 controller, which made the game much more enjoyable to play overall. The game features a “training mode” to help you get used to the button layout and to try out the combo attacks for your character, and the story mode in which you fight your way to the top in whichever difficulty level you choose.Marvel vs Capcom Origins is available via Xbox Live and PSN for $14.99 or 1200 Microsoft Points.last_img read more

Williams song about geeks is bad and Intel should feel bad

first_imgIf you’re looking for a theme song to show off your geek cred, you may want to avoid “Geekin’” from Intel’s Director of Creative Innovation and world renowned musician culture has grown significantly over the last few years. Whether it’s overreaching television characters from the Big Bang Theory or the overwhelming quantity of geeky t-shirt websites, you never have to look very far to see someone celebrating the things they are passionate about. Celebrities like to share their geek streaks as well, whether its sporting Google Glass, promoting the latest smartphone, or voice-acting a character in a video game they are big fans of. The result is a much higher level of acceptance for this kind of behavior, but it also leads to direct marketing that can easily been seen as disingenuous. I can think of no greater example than this latest track from start to finish, Geekin’ is filled with vague references to every facet of the tech world. If you listen closely, you’ll hear name drops like Google, Facebook, and of course Intel. Of the many techy references, Intel’s is the one that is immediately (and shamelessly) followed by the chime from their commercials.The end result is a painful, repetitive song that does little more than give the artist a venue to talk about how great it is that he can be geeky without anyone saying anything. You know, just like it was for you when you were growing has a history of being both a role model and someone who likes to take advantage of new technology. He was one of the first celebrities to participate in Google Plus, even doing a Hangout concert for everyone to enjoy. There’s nothing wrong with encouraging everyone to get their geek on, but delivering that message on a platter made of corporate sponsorships and obvious tech references is far from his best effort.Come on Will, your name is a URL, you can do better than this.Now watch: Geekout Episode 8last_img read more

Nourrir 9 milliards de terriens en 2050 cest possible selon lINRA

first_imgNourrir 9 milliards de terriens en 2050, “c’est possible” selon l’INRASelon la présidente de l’Institut national de recherche agronomique (Inra), nourrir neuf milliards d’êtres humains en 2050 est possible si nous faisons évoluer les pratiques agricoles mais aussi le contenu de nos assiettes et nos mauvaises habitudes de jeter la nourriture.Comment nourrir tout le monde alors qu’aujourd’hui déjà, 925 millions de personnes sont sous-alimentées ? C’est la question principale qui se pose au vu des estimations de l’Onu qui suggèrent que la Terre comptera prochainement sept milliards d’habitants et sans doute neuf  milliards dans 40 ans. Pour Marion Guillou, présidente de l’Institut national de la recherche agronomique, “l’agriculture qui nourrira neuf milliards d’habitants n’est pas la prolongation de l’agriculture d’aujourd’hui”. Elle estime ainsi que cela serait possible avec moins de gaspillage et moins de viande consommée au Nord en parallèle de rendements accrus au Sud. “Oui, c’est possible. Il n’y a pas de facteur bloquant, mais cela suppose de faire évoluer nos modèles d’alimentation et les modèles agricoles”, poursuit Marion Guillou, qui détaille ces changements nécessaires dans un ouvrage co-écrit avec Gérard Matheron, président du Cirad, un centre de recherche spécialisé sur les pays du Sud.Une meilleure répartition Ainsi, les responsables des deux principaux instituts agronomiques français expliquent comment il serait possible de nourrir neuf milliards d’humains tout en répondant aux menaces pesant sur le climat et la biodiversité. Le paradoxe, indiquent-ils, est que “le monde est aujourd’hui quantitativement en capacité de nourrir sa population avec une disponibilité globale de 3.000 kilocalories par jour et par personne”, soit la quantité jugée “satisfaisante” par l’Organisation pour l’agriculture et l’alimentation. Sauf que cette quantité atteint 4.000 kilocalories dans les pays industrialisés contre 2.500 dans une grande partie du monde. À lire aussiA quoi ressemblerait le monde avec seulement 100 personnes ?Donc, avant même de penser à produire plus, il faut penser à répartir mieux, soulignent-ils. En somme les pays riches doivent “réduire les consommations alimentaires excessives” et lutter contre le gaspillage qui entraîne “environ un tiers de la nourriture perdu ou gaspillé aux stades de la transformation, de la distribution et de la consommation finale”.Diminuer les pertes En parallèle, au Sud, les efforts doivent s’axer sur une diminution des pertes en sortie de champ dues au pourrissement et aux insectes essentiellement et sur l’amélioration des rendements par l’innovation, estime la présidente de l’INRA. Parmi les innovations évoquées, Marion Guillou cite les lasers utilisés pour s’assurer que les sols sont plats afin d’optimiser l’irrigation ou encore les OGM. “Il n’y a pas de raison de refuser un outil sur une planète contrainte, mais on n’est pas des obsédés des OGM”, assure-t-elle.Une réduction de la consommation de viande permettrait aussi la mise en culture de prairies et pâturages permanents, avec un potentiel d’extension estimé à un million d’hectares, principalement en “Amérique du Sud, en Afrique et au nord de la Russie dans un contexte de changement climatique”, rapporte TV5monde.Le 19 septembre 2011 à 16:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NYCC Steven Universe Will Get Deeper as Rebecca Sugar Debuts New Song

first_img Steven Universe continues to be one of the deepest, most complex worlds on Cartoon Network. It started out as a funny cartoon about a young boy and three alien heroes. Slowly, over the course of its first season, it started to reveal more about its characters. The world of the show went through dramatic changes that stuck around, rather than being wrapped up and reset like most cartoons. It’s not easy to write a show like that, which is why the voice cast is understandably in awe of creator Rebecca Sugar.In a panel at New York Comic Con, Sugar was joined on stage by Zach Callison (Steven), Tom Scharpling (Greg), Grace Rolek (Connie), Michaela Dietz (Amethyst), and Deedee Magno (Pearl). It won’t surprise anyone to learn that (Greg) sounds just like Greg. Steven’s voice, on the other hand, shocked the crowd with how different he sounds. Back in season one, he actually was a young kid. Now an older teen, his voice is remarkably different from the one you hear in the show.Callison spent his formative years making Steven Universe, which turned out to be really helpful. His life, the things he went through, and the things he learned, mirrored Steven’s journey on the show. As the show went on, the narrative got deeper, and pushed Steven to some darker places. Callison said he really appreciated the chance to play someone going through a lot of the same things (emotionally, not literally) that he was.And as you’d expect, it took a lot of work for him to keep that voice. Callison credits his theatrical training and his voice coach for helping him keep Steven sounding like Steven. Based on his prepubescent voice, Callison said he spent multiple days per week in is voice coach’s studio to push his vocal range higher. It worked. When he and Scharpling join in to sing together, it sounds like the characters have come to life on stage. Fun fact: This panel at New York Comic Con 2017 is the first time they’ve been in character together. Scharpling usually records his lines separate from the rest of the cast. Sadly, that means he’s the only person who hasn’t been in the booth with Estelle as Garnet. (They excitedly report that Estelle wears her sunglasses in the booth, and she’s basically Garnet in real life all the time. When she sings for the show, they’re overjoyed. It’s like they’re getting a free concert.)(Via Cartoon Network)Scharpling was the most on awe of Sugar’s plan for the show. He says he even asked Sugar if she didn’t want to just reset everything at the end of every episode like The Flintstones. The answer was no. “There was a huge plan, she worked so hard, she put so much in that I’ll never not be in awe of,” he said.Steven isn’t the only character who’s had an effect on their voice actor. Connie inspired Rolek to take a fencing lesson at a renaissance fair. She wasn’t quite as good with a sword as Connie is, but she does have the agility. Dietz said she channeled Amethyst by eating a wad of notebook paper. Just to prove she could. “I didn’t die, I’m here!” she told the crowd.For her part, Magno says that much like Pearl, she like the emotional scenes. Anything to do with Rose Quartz or Steven are her favorite. She then proved just how good she is at striking our emotions by singing “It’s Over.” It’s a beautiful song in the show, and hearing it live with Sugar on ukulele… I’m going to admit; there were tears. Magno says when she recorded the episode with that song in it, she had to put it off. It came after a lot of screaming, and her voice needed rest if it was going to sound as good as it did.Of course, the biggest thing to come out of the panel was the debut of a new song. Sugar sang “Escapism,” which hasn’t aired on the show yet. We don’t know in what context it will appear, but judging by how it sounds, it’s going to hit us in the gut.The new season of Steven Universe will premiere sometime this winter. We saw a clip from an upcoming episode called, “Dewey Wins,” which will open the season. It follows directly from the events of last season’s finale, and things aren’t looking good. Connie is mad at Steven for giving up, for not believing in what they could do together. We only saw one scene, but it doesn’t seem like the kind of problem this show will wrap up with one episode. Fortunately, it doesn’t sound like we have too long to wait until we find out. You can watch the clip below.In the meantime, Steven Universe fans will have something to tide them over. Sugar announced that the Steven Universe Podcast is returning with new episodes with deep dives into fans’ favorite episodes and specials. New episodes will begin on October 26.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hands-On: Monster Energy Supercross is More Exciting Than Soft DrinksCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 2 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Police investigating suspicious death of Sharp Grossmont Hospital patient

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, LA MESA (KUSI) — An investigation was underway Friday into the suspicious death of a man at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, police said.The 58-year-old patient died a little before 2 p.m. Thursday at the hospital on Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa police Lt. Vince Brown said.Police did not disclose a reason the death was considered suspicious but said no hospital employees are considered suspects.“Hospital staff reported the incident to La Mesa Police and officers responded to the hospital … at approximately 1:58 p.m.,” Brown said.“Detectives were later called to the scene. No hospital employees are considered subjects in this investigation.”Police did not release any other details, including the name of the person who died, but asked anyone with information about the incident to call La Mesa police at (619) 667-1400, San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580- 8477 or contact the agency online at Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Posted: December 29, 2017 Updated: 4:07 PMcenter_img December 29, 2017 Police investigating suspicious death of Sharp Grossmont Hospital patient Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: La Mesa Police, Sharp Grossmont Hospital FacebookTwitterlast_img read more