Maharashtra ATS nabs three Bangladeshi nationals with alleged links to banned terror outfit

first_imgThree Bangladeshi nationals were arrested by the city unit of the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) on Saturday on suspicion of being part of an Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic extremist organization.The trio, who had been apparently residing using forged identity papers, were believed to have links with the outlawed Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) – the militant outfit also called as Ansar Bangla, said ATS sources.“The suspects were picked up for questioning from the city’s Akurdi and Wanowrie areas. They were residing illegally with forged Aadhaar and PAN cards which were retrieved from their persons. We are interrogating them to ascertain the nature of their association with the ABT, and their role here,” said an ATS officer.Two of those nabbed hailed from Khulna, while the other came from Shariatpur district in Bangladesh.The city ATS team led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ATS) Sunil Darekar acted on a tip-off received on Friday about an alleged ‘infiltrator’ from Bangladesh living in the Kondhwa-Wanorie area.On detaining and quizzing the suspect, the team secured information about the whereabouts of the other two Bangladeshi nationals.last_img read more

Landlord crammed 40 Indian migrants into semi-detached London house

first_imgLandlords who crammed up to 40 migrants inside their semi-detached townhouse face losing hundreds of thousands pounds, a court heard.Harsha Shah, 53, her daughter Chandni, 27, and brother-in-law Sanjay, 54, rented out their four-bedroom property through an agent who at one point managed 40 Indian migrants living there.For over five years the Shah family, together with agent Jaydipkumar Valand, 42, were paid between £40 and £75 per week in cash by the tenants for rent and to have food delivered because the kitchen was unusable.Read it at Independent Related Itemslast_img read more

Vicente hopes for continuous volleyball program after Macandili plum

first_img“This is why we need to just trust on a continuous program for a national team,” said Vicente Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena.CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Philippines team for the AVC and the upcoming Southeast Asian Games was formed just few months before the grueling August stretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVicente added that other positions could also win individual awards in international tournaments and not just the Best Libero plum.“Let’s be patient, let’s support the national team,” said Vicente. “For me we should all be united and stop the crab mentality that we drag other players down.” UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Filipino fans make Korea star Kim Yeon-koung feel at home Read Next View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago MOST READ National team head coach Francis Vicente. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Philippine head coach Francis Vicente had a high vantage point as he watched his defensive ace Dawn Macandili claim the second Best Libero award in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship.And as the national mentor looked on, he immediately knew a perpetual volleyball program for the country can produce more players like Dawn Macandili.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

Pak wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider announces retirement

first_imgPakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who fled to London midway through a series against South Africa in the UAE after receiving death threats for refusing to fix matches, on Tuesday announced his retirement from international cricket.Haider told the ‘Geo News’ channel from London that he had taken the decision to retire since there was lot of pressure on him and he was getting threats from the people, who had wanted him to fix matches in the just concluded one-day series against South Africa in the UAE.”My family is also still getting threats. I have decided to retire because there is lot of pressure on me and I can’t take it,” he added.Haider left the team hotel in Dubai yesterday in mysterious circumstances and flew to London with the Pakistan Cricket Board later announcing it would be holding an inquiry into the whole matter.”I will be sending a letter to the PCB to inform them about my decision to retire,” he said.Haider also confirmed that the person who approached him to fix matches had met him outside the team hotel and that he got a feeling that there were others with him.”You will get lot of money if you cooperate with us but if you don’t cooperate with us you wouldn’t remain in the team and there will lot of problems for them.”Asked about reports that he was planning to take political asylum in the United Kingdom, Haider declined to to comment.With PTI inputsadvertisement”I think you should speak to the immigration authorities about this but I have decided nothing as yet.”last_img read more

Premier League: Arsenal Fight Back to Salvage Draw against Tottenham Hotspurs

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Arsenal fought back from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspurs in a pulsating north London derby on Sunday which both sides will feel they should have won.Spurs preyed on the Gunners’ vacant midfield early on as Christian Eriksen tapped home at the end of a flowing counter-attack before Harry Kane’s penalty doubled the Champions League finalists’ lead. However, Arsenal were always a threat going forward and, after Alexandre Lacazette reduced the arrears in first-half stoppage time, were well worthy of a point after the break.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the equaliser 19 minutes from time and Arsenal even had the ball in the net again through Sokratis Papastathopoulos, only to see their celebrations cut short by the offside flag.A share of the spoils sees Arsenal maintain a two-point lead over their local rivals with seven points from the opening four games to Tottenham’s five.Tottenham’s long wait for an away win in the Premier League dating back to January also continues, but they did show some resolve after a desperately disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle last weekend with manager Mauricio Pochettino complaining afterwards of having an unsettled squad.The Argentine had sidelined Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen in the opening month of the season but both returned and the Danish midfielder had a huge impact an an open and frantic encounter.Arsenal boss Unai Emery named the front three of club record signing Nicolas Pepe, Aubameyang and Lacazette together in his starting line-up for the first time, but the Gunners lacked any balance to their attacking intent as Tottenham counter-attacked with ease early on.The visitors went in front with their first serious attack 10 minutes in as Son Heung-min latched onto Kane’s knockdown and freed Erik Lamela through on goal.Bernd Leno got a weak hand to Lamela’s effort and palmed the ball into the grateful path of the onrushing Eriksen to tap home.Leno redeemed himself with a stunning save to prevent Son making it 2-0 and also turned a dipping Eriksen free-kick to safety.However, Leno was helpless to stop Kane continuing his excellent record in the north London derby from the penalty spot after a ludicrous challenge by Granit Xhaka to clearly chop down Son inside the area.To their credit, Arsenal raised themselves off the canvas to reduce the deficit before the break.Hugo Lloris made a fine save low to his right to deny Pepe his first Arsenal goal, but moments later Lacazette burst through before blasting past his French international teammate from a narrow angle to give the Gunners hope.A wild second period raged from end-to-end as Son saw a shot deflected inches wide and Kane struck the inside of the post at one end, while Lloris made a brilliant save to deny Matteo Guendouzi and Sead Kolasinac somehow skewed wide from point-blank range at the other.Arsenal, though, were the side in the ascendancy and got their reward with an equaliser.Lacazette had been sacrificed for Dani Ceballos to bolster the midfield and that allowed Aubameyang to move into his favoured role through the middle.Guendouzi was the creator as his cross was expertly turned home by Aubameyang for his third goal of the season.Arsenal did not settle for a point as Sokratis thought he had bundled home the winner from Kolasinac’s cross only for the latter to be ruled offside.However, it was Spurs who passed up a host of promising positions to snatch the winner in stoppage time with Kane seeing appeals for another penalty waived away. Alexandre LacazettearsenalChristian Eriksendraw First Published: September 1, 2019, 11:18 PM ISTlast_img read more

Chhetri-backed initiative commences football talent spotting

first_imgMumbai, Apr 24 (PTI) Dream Chasers, the football talent hunt started with the backing of India captain Sunil Chhetri in February, has taken its first step towards achieving its initial goal of picking 15 talented under-13 players to undergo a five-year residential schooling tutored by the coaches from Sporting Clube de Portugal. “The response in Mumbai over the last few days has been very good. Three hundred children came yesterday and 150-odd will be watched today,” said Ameya Kocherkar, an ex-army officer who is also the co-founder and CEO of Pro Force, which has initiated the process of talent hunting and honing the skills of handpicked children for next five years. To identify the talent pool and whittle it down to a manageable number, Ricardo D Sousa, Technical Director of Sporting Clube de Portugal, has flown down from his country and will be assisted by various Indian coaches. Giving his first impression on the football skills he had seen so far at a school in the western suburb of Kandivli, Sousa told reporters today, “I am pleasantly surprised by the skills on display.” Its a lengthy process and is expected to end by the end of the year, according to Ameya, before the handpicked 15 boys would be up and ready for the next academic year at Kolhapurs Cyrus Poonawalla International School to combine ten-month football training with academics.They will also be sent to the Portugal academy of the club for a fortnight every year.The selection is going to be a four-stage process, explained Sousa on the lines of whats done back home in Portugal in the clubs academy in Lisbon split into skills with only the ball, ball and goal, ball skills against opponents and ball skills with complexities thrown in for good measure.advertisementThe talent hunt is to cover ten cities across the country with the likelihood of it happening in the North Eastern state of Mizoram too after getting a number of queries from that region, said Ameya.Sousa said he will try to follow “the same guidelines as is the case in Portugal” during the process.Ameya said the enthusiasm shown by the parents has been heartening.”Ninety per cent of the parents with whom we have interacted feel professional football can be taken up as a career,” he claimed.After the fifteen children are identified to make up the first batch of residential trainees, they will be sent for a week-long (orientation) stay in Portugal.As far as Sousa is concerned he is to be present to oversee the process for one month before returning home.”He will return for another four-month stint,” he added. PTI SSR GK ATK ATK BASlast_img read more

European human rights court to consider Russia Paralympians claim

first_imgThe European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) may consider a claim of the Russian Paralympians, banned from the upcoming games in Rio, according to an official statement.ECHR would consider the claim of the Russian Paralympians should they file it, the court said in a statement on Tuesday, reports Sputnik. (Also read: Russian team banned from competing in Rio Paralympics)The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rejected the Russian Paralympic Committee’s (RPC) appeal against its ban from the upcoming Rio Olympics.Russian Senator Tatiana Lebedeva suggested that Moscow could file a lawsuit with ECHR. (Also read: Russia loses appeal against Paralympics ban)”All properly submitted claims are examined by the court which will examine whether the claim meets the conditions of admissibility defined by the European Convention on Human Rights before it may be considered substantially,” the court said.last_img read more

No Football For Namath’s Kids?

first_imgNEW YORK – Joe Namath understands why more parents these days are reluctant to let their children play football.“I can’t blame them. I can’t blame them,” Namath told The Associated on Saturday from the red carpet of the 3rd Annual NFL Honors in New York, where he introduced the Class of 2014 for the National Football Hall of Fame.“If it was my boy or my daughter, I wouldn’t like to see them run into people,” the 70-year old quarterback said.Namath has the distinction of being the only player to lead the New York Jets to a Super Bowl and was known for his swagger on and off the field. Nicknamed “Broadway Joe,” he made a bold prediction going into Super Bowl III that his Jets would beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts. The 18-point underdogs won 16-7 in one of the greatest upsets in NFL history.But Namath saw his share of injuries, including concussions and four knee surgeries. But he says he feels lucky.“I am so sound. I pray — I hope to God that people that weren’t dealt a full deck from the get go feel better getting healthy. What I have is nothing, man, nothing that is going to put me away or send me on,” Namath said.He added: “The NFL is doing everything they can to make it a safer game… however, Americans and people around the world love American football because it is a game of contact.”While Namath understands why parents would discourage their children from playing football, he says you still have to give them a chance if they really want it. Namath has two daughters.“The good news about it today, the last few years is we’re teaching better techniques,” Namath said. “We are making the game safer for everyone who wants to play.”(John Carucci)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Visiting UN official pledges continued humanitarian support for Sri Lanka

21 January 2011Senior United Nations relief official Catherine Bragg today stressed the world body’s continued commitment to helping Sri Lanka tackle its growing humanitarian needs, as she wrapped up her three-day visit to the South Asian nation. “We need to continue our humanitarian work and are committed to remaining here and providing humanitarian assistance to all those in need, wherever they are,” said Ms. Bragg, who serves as Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator.“It’s my observation that there are significant and immediate humanitarian needs resulting from the recent flooding in the east, as well as the ongoing needs in the former conflict areas of the north,” she stated.During her visit, the UN official travelled to the north, where she spoke with people who have recently returned home since being released from Government-run camps set up in 2009 at the end of the decades-long conflict between the Government and Tamil rebels.“Most of the returnees currently have limited access to basic services such as shelter, water and sanitation and health care. These communities remain extremely vulnerable and have critical humanitarian needs that we must address immediately.”In her meetings with government ministers, Ms. Bragg reaffirmed the commitment of the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to remaining in Sri Lanka to help the Government, especially in rebuilding the north. Ms. Bragg also visited the worst flood-affected areas in the east of the country and launched a flash appeal to raise $51 million in emergency funds for the one million people who are now in need of assistance. The flooding – which reached an almost 100 year high – has driven more than 360,000 people from their homes, killed 43 people, and totally destroyed some 6,000 homes. People are now returning to their homes, but 10,000 people still remain displaced in temporary relocation centres.Ms. Bragg had noted during her visit that the floods are “an enormous and tragic setback” for a community that is slowly rebuilding their lives following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and recovering from the decades-long conflict. read more

Toronto stock market up slightly after economic worries inflict sharp losses

The Toronto stock market was up slightly Monday with traders not inclined to do much after worries about the pace of economic growth erased all the TSX’s gains since the beginning of the year.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 17.75 points to 12,349.6 at mid-morning following five losing sessions. The index is down from where it ended 2012 at about 12,433.The Canadian dollar was down 0.23 of a cent to 98.13 cents US.U.S. markets were lower as traders looked ahead to quarterly earnings from resource giant Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) after the close. The release of Alcoa’s earnings is regarded as the start to the quarterly earnings season while the aluminum company itself is regarded as an important gauge of economic growth as its products are used in everything from appliances to vehicles to aircraft.Analysts expect Alcoa to post earnings of eight cents per share, two cents less than a year ago, reflecting aluminum prices that are at five month lows. Its shares inched up two cents to $8.26.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 58.59 points to 14,506.66, the Nasdaq composite index was 6.33 points lower at 3,197.53 and the S&P 500 index was down 3.91 points at 1,549.37.The TSX found relief from a 0.5 per cent rise in the telecom sector as BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) rose 33 cents to $46.53.Commodity prices were generally higher after losing ground last week.The gold sector was ahead 0.4 per cent after falling more than seven per cent last week amid lower prices for bullion and gold stocks under pressure because of rising costs. June bullion in New York slipped 20 cents to US$1,575.70 an ounce. Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM) was up 25 cents to C$38.95.The base metals component was down slightly while May copper gained two cents to US$3.37 a pound after miners in Chile, the world’s biggest producer, said they would announce a nationwide strike on Monday. Economic worries sent copper to eight month lows last week and the mining sector down almost three per cent. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gave back 23 cents to C$19.06.The energy sector was ahead 0.37 per cent while the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 42 cents to US$93.12 a barrel. Prices fell almost five per cent after data late last week showed that crude in storage in the U.S. was at its highest level since 1990 even though refiners had begun to ramp up gasoline production to get ready for the summer driving season. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) climbed seven cents to C$30.42.Consumer staples led decliners with food company Saputo (TSX:SAP) down 80 cents to $49.26.The Toronto stock market lost 3.25 per cent last week in the wake of purchasing managers data from China that missed expectations and disappointing reads on the American manufacturing and service sectors.The week was capped off by jobs data from Canada and the U.S. that widely missed expectations, raising doubts about the pace of economic growth and putting fresh pressure on resource stocks.New York markets on the other hand have managed to hold on to the strong gains netted so far this year amid a resurgent housing market and continued stimulus measures from the U.S. Federal Reserve.The Dow ended last week flat but is still up 11 per cent year to date.As well as a run of earnings this week, investors hope to get a better idea from the U.S. Federal Reserve about whether the central bank plans to withdraw some of its monetary stimulus. Minutes to the last policy meeting of the Fed are due to be published Wednesday.European markets advanced amid signs that Europe’s largest economy is stabilizing after a contraction in the fourth quarter. German industrial output rose 0.5 per cent in February from January, when it contracted 0.6 per cent. That reading was higher than the 0.3 per cent gain economists had expected.London’s FTSE 100 index gained 0.35 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 0.13 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 advanced 0.27 per cent.Earlier in Asia, the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo shot up 2.8 per cent to close at 13,192.59, its highest close since August 2008.Elsewhere, South Korea’s Kospi lost 0.4 per cent to close at lowest level since November 2012 as tensions between the two Koreas remained elevated. North Korea has for weeks been threatening military or other action to punish South Korea and the U.S. for holding joint military drills.On the corporate front, General Electric Co. has agreed to buy the oilfield equipment maker Lufkin Industries Inc. for $3.1 billion, furthering an effort by GE to grow its oil and gas operations. The companies valued the deal at $3.3 billion, which includes $200 million in debt to be assumed by GE. GE shares were off three cents to US$22.89.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) and a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles have teamed up to buy the Blackspring Ridge wind generation project near Lethbridge, Alta., on a 50-50 basis from Greengate Power Corp. Financial details of the transactions weren’t disclosed in Monday’s announcement. When completed, the Blackspring project will have 166 turbines, making it the biggest wind power project in Western Canada. Enbridge shares edged up 31 cents to $45.61. read more

Aurora Cannabis buying greenhouse designer Larssen to push pot partnership plans

Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it intends to use its ownership of greenhouse design firm Larssen Ltd. to pressure other cannabis producers to enter partnerships that will further its aggressive growth plans.In a news release, the Alberta-based cannabis producer said Larssen is involved with more than 15 cannabis industry clients globally, including five Canadian licensed producers, but the Canadian deals will be reassessed once the buyout announced Thursday is completed.“We’re going to certainly encourage those to proceed but we’re going to require some level of partnership, whether that be an equity stake or a supply agreement or other things,” said Aurora  executive vice-president Cam Battley. “We’re open to various formulae.”Consolidation fever intensifies in Canada’s cannabis sectorAurora Cannabis’s battle for CanniMed turns hostileHe wouldn’t name the five companies but said they don’t include CanniMed Therapeutics Inc., against which it is pursuing an all-stock hostile takeover bid, or Newstrike Resources Ltd., a company CanniMed is attempting to buy.According to its website, cannabis producer The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. is working with Larssen to build a large greenhouse in Quebec. It did not immediately return a request for comment Thursday.Financial terms of the Larssen deal were not disclosed, but Aurora said they include performance-based milestone payments.Larssen, which has offices in Denmark and Burlington, Ont., is designing, engineering and overseeing construction of the half-built Aurora Sky cannabis greenhouse near the Edmonton International Airport, a facility it says will have capacity to produce 100,000 kilograms of cannabis per year.“It’s like nothing the world has yet seen in cannabis production,” said Battley.He said the facility will be a closed system hybrid greenhouse capable of precise control of light, heat, humidity and nutrients to produce “ultra low cost” cannabis. To ensure no contaminants enter the system, the air system is designed to be overpressured and overhead robotic cranes will help to replace humans in the growing areas.Thomas Larssen, principal owner of Larssen Ltd., is to head up a new subsidiary called Aurora Larssen Projects Ltd.“Joining the company will allow us to leverage the incredible brand recognition Aurora enjoys, both within and outside of the cannabis sector,” he said in a statement.“I believe that the resources, infrastructure and strategic support available at Aurora will help establish ALPS as the world’s leading horticultural engineering venture.”Aurora said Larssen is on pace to generate about $6 million in revenues in the next 12 months.Aurora shares gained 33 cents or 5.14 per cent to trade at $6.75 at noon ET. read more

Woman sentenced for crosscountry crime spree

SIMCOE A 25-year-old woman who took part in a cross-country crime spree with her boyfriend that ended in Simcoe last year has been sentenced to jail.For sentencing In Ontario Court last month, Justice Gethin Edward divided Elizabeth Marie Tait’s crimes into three segments, dealing with those from Northern Ontario, the Norfolk County area and the offences involving an accident last March 15 in Simcoe that led to her arrest.Tait pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and stolen items that included a licence plate, identification documents, a computer, a camping trailer and mail. She also pleaded guilty to being in a vehicle with a prohibited weapon after her boyfriend, Steven Cameron Sears, took responsibility for having firearms in the vehicle.Regarding the accident, Tait pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and breaching her recognizance.Edward sentenced Tait to almost 13 months of time already served plus another six months in jail.Tait moved to Airdrie, Alta., where she met Sears, who was born in Nova Scotia, and they both became addicted to crystal methamphetamine.“There’s something about the west that has attracted people for years,” said the judge. “Unfortunately, Elizabeth Tait went out west and it led to a crime spree with Mr. Sears.”Tait expressed her longing to return to her Norfolk home and Cameron – despite a lack of money and being on probation to remain under curfew in Airdrie – promised to help get her there.Last year, the two stole an Audi Q5 in Alberta, a Kia Sorento in Cochrane, Ont., and two fully-loaded Ford F250 pickup trucks at other spots along the way. They broke a coin machine at a car wash near Hearst, Ont., and, in Temiskaming, Ont., broke into a garage and took helmets, a motocross bike and fuel.Once in Norfolk, the couple moved into the Windham Road home of Tait’s unsuspecting mother and stepfather and continued committing crimes to pay for their drug habits.The spree came to an end on March 15 when a tip led the Norfolk OPP to the Windham Road home, where they saw a stolen Ford F250 leaving the driveway.Tait, alone in the truck, sped away when the officers tried to stop the vehicle. She caused a serious accident with a van on Queensway West in Simcoe.The woman ran from the accident scene, jumping fences, ditching her purse in a garbage can and racing through yards. She was finally arrested at Queensway business.Sears was arrested shortly thereafter.Police found numerous stolen items at the Windham Road home that were turned over by Tait’s parents, including five stolen guns, two of which had been taken, along with a computer, from the Two Hills RCMP detachment in Alberta.Sears pleaded guilty to 24 charges. Last November, he was sentenced to three years in prison plus a year of time already served. Sears begged the judge to allow him visits from Tait once she has served her sentence because they love each other.He still faces outstanding charges in Alberta and British Columbia, including ones for sexual assault and sexual interference.Tait’s also faces a two-year probation, during which she is to get help for substance abuse, is not allowed to drive and must have no contact with Sears.“The expectation of the court is that you begin to work on the things you need to work on and return to be a productive member of society,” Edward told TaitSGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

Annan expresses sympathy for Hurricane Katrina victims

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General said he is deeply saddened by the loss of life and large-scale destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina along the US Gulf Coast. He also extended condolences to all the victims and their families, it added. “I hope, in the coming weeks, all will be done to provide support for those who need it,” Mr. Annan said later at a press briefing. “There has to be effective coordination in these efforts. And I think efforts are being made to ensure that assets are in place and effective coordination is organized because without that, it is going to be very, very difficult to get urgent help to all those who need it, and to help them rebuild,” he said in response to a question.Earlier this week Sálvano Briceño, Director of the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), called for more systematic prevention and mitigation measures, noting that the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina and recent deadly floods in Central Europe and Switzerland prove that anyone can be affected, any day, anywhere by natural disaster.He also said that recent weather-rated catastrophes provide an opportune moment for the media to pass the message that it is important for all to be prepared in the future. read more

West Indies bowlers strike after DowrichHolder stand

File photo: Jason Holder (on the right with the bat in his hand)BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder both scored centuries before the West Indies bowlers struck four times to strengthen their grip on the second Test against Zimbabwe on Wednesday.After Dowrich and Holder shared a record 212-run stand for the eighth wicket to carry the West Indies to a first-innings total of 448 all out on the fourth morning, fast bowler Kemar Roach picked up two wickets before lunch.Pacer Shannon Gabriel and legspinner Devendra Bishoo followed up with a wicket apiece in the second session before Peter Moor and Sikandar Raza steadied the innings to take Zimbabwe to tea on 66 for four, still trailing the West Indies by 56 runs.Zimbabwe’s chances of ending an 11-match losing streak in Tests had looked good when Raza’s maiden five-wicket haul reduced West Indies to 230 for seven on the third afternoon at Queens Sports Club.But Dowrich and Holder constructed the West Indies’ highest eighth-wicket partnership in history, guiding the visitors to stumps on 374 for seven before continuing their assault on Wednesday morning.Holder enjoyed some fortune on 78 when he was dropped by wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva off the bowling of Graeme Cremer, and made the most of it as he went on to score 110.Dowrich brought up his maiden Test hundred with a towering six off Cremer, but the partnership was finally ended in the following over when the wicketkeeper-batsman was trapped lbw for 103 by Tendai Chisoro.Having gained his maiden Test wicket, Chisoro went on to bowl Holder in his next over before wrapping up the innings when he trapped Roach lbw.The left-arm spinner thus finished with figures of 3 for 113, while Raza ended with 5 for 99.Needing to bat big in their second innings if they wanted to win the match and earn a share of the two-match series, Zimbabwe made a horrific start when Roach dismissed the two openers in consecutive overs.Craig Ervine and Brendan Taylor attempted to resurrect the innings after lunch with a patient stand, but Taylor was trapped lbw by Gabriel before Ervine was bowled by Bishoo for 22. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWI v Zimbabwe: Hope, Chase, Brathwaite tune up with fiftiesOctober 16, 2017In “Sports”WI v Zimbabwe: Cremer, Chakabva keep hopes of draw aliveNovember 2, 2017In “Sports”Update: Kemar Roach claims five wickets as West Indies pace attack devastates EnglandJanuary 24, 2019In “latest news” read more

Western Areas options acquisition of Bioheap leaching technology for Forrestania

first_imgWestern Areas has executed a Heads of Agreement to acquire the BioHeap sulphide leaching technology from Pacific Ore. The agreement provides Western Areas with an option period of up to six months to conduct due diligence on the BioHeap process, assess the global patents and licences and conduct test work on a range of low grade sulphide ores from the Forrestania nickel project in Western Australia. BioHeap is a bacterial heap leaching technology developed to leach low grade sulphide ores to produce intermediate products which can be sold directly to nickel refineries. A large amount of test work has been carried out on a range of nickel and copper deposits around the world and the technology has been successfully applied at the Radio Hill nickel mine.Western Areas will pay Pacific Ore A$100,000 per month during the option period and can elect to acquire the asset at any time after three months by committing to pay a 2% net refinery royalty on any future commercial application of the technology. Western Areas can buy back the royalty interest from Pacific Ore at any time in the future on payment of A$5 million. The agreement is subject to approval by Pacific Ore shareholders.In addition to high grade ores planned to be mined at Forrestania and treated through the Cosmic Boy nickel concentrator, there are about 128,600 t of nickel in low grade mineral resources. These are located above Flying Fox, Lounge Lizard, Diggers South, and New Morning deposits and at Purple Haze and Beautiful Sunday. There are also wide zones up to 1% Ni at shallow depth at Liquid Acrobat prospect.Western Areas Managing Director, Julian Hanna said, “BioHeap offers potential to unlock significant value from the large volume of lower grade mineralisation already outlined adjacent to our existing and planned mines at Forrestania, at relatively low cost. BioHeap also provides an opportunity to increase production above currently announced targets of between 20,000 t nickel in calendar year 2010 and 35,000 t nickel in 2012. These targets are based only on ore which is planned to be treated through the Cosmic Boy nickel concentrator.”“If we proceed with the acquisition, we will be bringing to the company a valuable asset which has been developed over many years to the stage of potential commercial production,” Hanna added. “The intention is to use the existing, highly skilled BioHeap staff to conduct the test work so this does not detract in any way from our current operations at Forrestania.” www.westernareas.com.aulast_img read more

Majda Mehmedovic to miss WCh 2017

The first choice of Montenegro on left wing position, Majda Mehmedovic won’t be able to help her compatriots in the battles at World Championship 2017 in Germany.The member of Romanian CSM Bucharest has problem with arm and need to rest during winter break in order to finish season in her club.“Unfortunately, I have to rest, and if things doesn’t go better, consider an option of surgery at the end of season”, said Mehmedovic to Montenegrian newspaper Pobjeda.Montenegro will play in Group C with Japan, Brazil, Tunisia, Russia and Denmark. Majda Mehmedović ← Previous Story Duenas takes Brazilian girls to WCh 2017 Next Story → PORTUGAL: Four teams on four points read more

Apple iCloud service to have 25 annual subscription fee

first_imgA late-day rumor mill has sprung with news of Apple signing its last of four deals with major music labels. Universal Music has joined Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and EMI Music as the last major label needed to launch Apple’s iCloud service. Agreements from publishers are said to come on Friday, according to the LA Times blog.The LA Times blog also claims that “sources familiar with the negotiations” say that Apple will charge a $25 annual subscription fee, though we have yet to hear any confirmation from Apple. iCloud is said to be free, initially, for customers who purchase music from the iTunes Store but a payment will be required later on. For that money users will be able to upload their tunes to Apple’s servers and will then be able to play them from any Apple device connected to the Internet or from the web.AdChoices广告Apple will be sharing its revenue with both music publishers and the record labels. The article notes that Apple will keep 58 percent for itself and give the labels 30 percent, whereas CNET says Apple will take 30 percent and give the labels 58 percent. The sources agree that the publishers will receive the other 12 percent.We won’t know for sure who’s making what until things become official next week at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference. The keynote is Monday, June 6, which is when Steven Jobs is expected to give us the whole rundown, or at least the high-level information after which the details will quickly be revealed.Read more at the LA Times Bloglast_img read more

Publishers PressPublishers Printing Compnay LabelPak Division Receives Flexographic Technical Associations Gold Award

first_imgPublishers Press/Publishers Printing Company Label-Pak Division has been awarded the Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) Gold Award, as well as the Best of Show Award for Narrow Web Publication for Alpinist Magazine’s “Autumn 2010” cover.The Label-Pak Division was awarded one of six Best of Show Awards given annually. Over 900 submissions were entered for consideration.Other Narrow Web Gold Publication winners include MPI Label Systems’ Bushdoctor Microbe Brew (label) and Labeltronix’s NLN Chocolate Banana Lean Pro Matrix and Eagle Castle 2009 Chardonnay (both labels).The 145-year-old Publishers Press/Publishers Printing Company is based in Louisville, Kentucky. The company currently offers magazine, catalogue and full service commercial printing, distribution, email marketing and label printing.last_img read more

Video Artifacts unearthed during TAPS construction remain relevant

first_imgUnderneath the Museum of the North in Fairbanks are rows upon rows of artifacts from across the state. One group of items, unearthed during the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, still have a role to play in Alaska’s modern development process. Scott Shirar, Archeology Collection Manager, offers a behind the scenes look at the artifacts, while Assistant Field Manager Bill Hedman (Bureau of Land Management) discusses the challenge of organizing data that is over 40 years old.Video: Eric KetoMusic: Garrett BevinsAdditional Footage: Alaska Film Archives, USGSListen Nowlast_img read more

Security tightened in Taj city ahead of Independence Day

first_imgAgra, Aug 8 (IANS) District authorities have made elaborate security arrangements at the historical monuments and several hot spots in the city, ahead of Independence Day, August 15. So far, there has been no effort to instigate or mobilise support against the Union government’s decision to restructure Jammu and Kashmir but intelligence inputs have alerted the CISF, which looks after internal security in the Taj Mahal and other monuments in Agra. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us District Magistrate N.G. Ravi Kumar said appropriate steps have been taken to tighten security within the city, including regular patrolling by the police. The tourist season is about to start in a few weeks. The local hoteliers expect a big rush this year. The Taj Mahal is visited by 25,000-30,000 tourists everyday. On public holidays the number goes upto 50,000. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us Additional police forces are being deployed at the Taj Mahal to ensure smooth movement of tourists. A number of CCTV cameras have been installed to keep a watch on people. Authorities said special orders have been given to ensure safety and security of Kashmiri students in Agra. Meanwhile, the Agra Municipal Corporation has begun testing its central monitoring command system. A control room with 30 computers and dozens of CCTV cameras at vantage points in the city will keep a continuous vigil and monitor mobility within the city. This is a unique experiment that authorities are hoping will bring about drastic changes in the civic life of Agra.last_img read more