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Archers look to underline dominance

first_imgDespite all the major hurdles that they have came across, a determined Indian archery team has got its priorities right and is firmly focussed to underline its authority at the Commonwealth Games beginning on October 3.The archers began their training under bright sunshine at the competition venue, the Yamuna Sports Complex, on Friday and were high on confidence.”We have had some great performances in the recent past and I am sure we would continue the trend at the Games as well,” Tarundeep Rai, member of the recurve team, told M AIL T ODAY . ” A few problems here and there are seen everywhere around the world, but our focus is just on the medals.” Chief coach Limba Ram made it clear that four gold medals should be a reasonable achievement for his wards but said he was looking to improve the tally by two more.”The team has been together for quite some time now and has been doing really well. They won the gold at the World Cup stage IV which makes their form very evident,” he said.”There are eight gold medals on offer and surely we should win four of them but we are aiming a couple more than that.” The squad has good blend of experience and youth. The trio – Rahul Banerjee, Jayanta Talukdar and Rai – recently won the World Cup stage IV in Shanghai.Rai said the toughest competition would come from England and Australia who would be with their best archers.But he claimed the team was well prepared for the challenge.advertisement”England and Australia would be in full force here.They would pose the biggest challenge to us but we are prepared for them. At the World Cup in Shanghai, England were our first opponent and we defeated them,” he said.The team also includes the experienced Dola Banerjee who still remains the lone Indian ever to have won a World Cup Final.Dola too exuded confidence and said she is in the right frame of mind for her gold quest at the Commonwealth Games in which archery has been included for the first time since the 1982 edition.”We have had some decent practice at Kolkata. Besides, we have also performed well in international competitions recently. So, I believe we stand a good chance to win a number of medals here,” she said.While the Indians are getting ready, international archers have been advised to be prepared for the worst and have been asked to get knee- length rubber boots to confront the damp field at the archery venue.Only the Indian team has had the experience of practicing at the Yamuna Sports Complex so far and a bright sunshine welcomed them on their first day in office on Friday.Although the Indians did not require their rubber boots on Friday, the organisers have issued an advisory to the various Commonwealth Games Associations ( CGAs) as they fear that the rains may disrupt their training.”We have already advised all the CGAs to send their teams with rubber boots as the incessant rains have had its affect on the field of play,” competition manager Ranjith Dutta told M AIL T ODAY on Friday.”It has been raining heavily for the past so many weeks and we have to be prepared for the worst, so it is a general advice that we have given to all the CGAs and the Indian team as well.”last_img read more

India get into World Cup mode after record-breaking run in Test cricket

first_imgAfter steamrolling opponents in the Test arena for well over a year, Team India has turned its focus back on the ODI format. Strangely, in 2016, India had ended up playing only 13 one-day internationals, three of which were against Zimbabwe.It was strange because the team barely played any 50-over cricket before the Champions Trophy, barring a three-match series against England earlier this year. However, India still managed to reach the final where they were crushed by Pakistan.But the chinks in the armour were visible.Were the openers too conservative up top? Was Yuvraj Singh a misfit in this squad of super-fit players? Were they missing a trick by not playing at least one wrist spinner? R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been brilliant in Tests but the former was turning out to be a bit of a liability in ODIs.#TeamIndia members arrive for the 1st ODI vs. @OfficialSLC at Dambulla #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/HthbkJLsS6- BCCI (@BCCI) August 17, 2017The pacers had done a commendable job but they needed some support from the spinners and Ashwin was at times, easy pickings in the middle-overs. Yuzvendra Chahal, the wily leg-spinner, had a brilliant T20I series against England and some felt he was ripe for some one-dayers on the big stage.A lot of riddles is expected to be solved against Sri Lanka from August 20. India play five ODIs against the hosts with a different-looking team. Yuvraj Singh has been left out, Suresh Raina continues to sit out while Ashwin and Jadeja made way for Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Axar Patel has been included as the third spinner and that speaks volumes about the team management’s thought process at the moment.advertisementShikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will open with Virat Kohli leading a strong middle-order. KL Rahul, who has been on a roll in Test cricket, could find himself batting at number four ahead of MS Dhoni. Manish Pandey, in all likelihood, will slot in at number six, which means Ajinkya Rahane would have to warm the bench despite a man-of-the-series winning performance in the West Indies.Reuters PhotoHardik Pandya, Kuldeep, Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar could bring up the rear of the final XI.There’s also a feeling in certain quarters that Dhoni could be under the scanner, after chief selector MSK Prasad pointed out his committee would be on the lookout for alternatives if the former captain did not perform well. Dhoni has had a mixed run with the bat since stepping down as the limited-overs skipper in January but his wicket-keeping skills are still an asset. Besides, his experience in pressure situations would be invaluable to the side.It is difficult to see India going into the World Cup without Dhoni despite his travails with the bat – he is no more the same finisher but India would take whatever they can get him from the dashing Jharkhand superstar.The other question Kohli needs to quickly figure out is his spin attack. Chahal or Ashwin? Kuldeep or Jadeja? On the other hand, Bumrah will need to be more disciplined – any more no-balls from him could start to hurt India from now on. The team has invested in him for way too long to see him making basic errors at this stage.India are in full World Cup mode. They were champions in 2011 and reached the semi-final in 2015 without losing a single match. Other than that, India won the Champions Trophy in 2013 and reached the title clash this year. India are therefore, among the most consistent teams in global one-day tournaments and that is probably because they are mostly sure of what they want.There is room for improvement, there is room for introspection and a young captain and his support staff understand that. The Sri Lankan tour is the launch pad for India’s World Cup preparation and there is much to wait and watch over the next few months when they play Australia and New Zealand at home.last_img read more

Ovechkin Scores 50th, 51st Goals, Capitals Beat Lightning

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th and 51st goals of the season, leading the Washington Capitals to a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie also scored twice and Braden Holtby made 25 saves to help the defending champion Capitals win their fourth consecutive game. Backstrom became the seventh Washington player to reach 20 goals this season.Ovechkin reached the 50-goal mark for the eighth time in his career. Only Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky, who each did it nine times, have scored 50 goals in more seasons in NHL history. Ovechkin has 657 goals to move past Brenden Shanahan for 13th in the NHL history.The first goal for Ovechkin came in the third period as Oshie fed a cross-ice pass from the left boards to the bottom of the right circle for a one-timer. Ovechkin added a power-play goal at 16:15, his 247th power-play goal to tie Luc Robitaille for fourth on the NHL list.Nikita Kucherov had his 39th of the season for Tampa Bay, and Tyler Johnson and J.T. Miller also scored.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Akhilesh declines RSS invite, says voters will choose between pakodawala and expressway

first_imgI don’t know much about RSS but I read about the reasons why Sardar Patel banned the organisation. After reading those, I don’t think I should go there,” said former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today at India Today Mind Rocks 2018 in Delhi. He was responding to a question on an invite to an RSS event.India Today Mind Rocks is India’s biggest youth festival, where the country’s youth get to interact with icons from diverse fields such as politics, business, science, sports and cinema. The speakers at this year’s event included RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav, Congress leader Priyanka Chaturvedi, BJP leader Sambit Patra, AAP leader Raghav Chadha, actors Anushka Sharma, Varun Dhawan, Tiger Shroff, Shahid Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu and Radhika Apte, business leaders Kris Gopalakrishnan and Ananth Narayanan, singers Raftaar and Parmish Verma, and Asiad medalist Dutee Chand.READ | Any one of you can be PM, BJP’s Sambit Patra tells youthAkhilesh appealed to young voters to vote for ‘cyclewala’. Cycle is the election symbol of Yadav’s party Samajwadi Party (SP). Taking a dig at the Narendra Modi government at the Centre over rising fuel prices, Akhilesh said: “Cycle doesn’t need diesel or petrol. Cycling will make you healthier. It also teaches you how to balance. SP can take along BSP and Congress.”He also accused the prime minister of appropriating the developmental work done by the SP government. “The metro that Modi took along with South Korean president was built by the SP government. The prime minister inaugurated just 9 km of expressway amid so much fanfare, while the SP government built [an] expressway where planes can land,” said Akhilesh.advertisementHe challenged the BJP to show one road it has built where IAF planes can land.’YOGI ADITYANATH NOT DOING ANY WORK’Akhilesh Yadav ridiculed the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, saying that the chief minister wasn’t doing any work, but instead telling people that sugarcane causes diabetes.Akhilesh, the SP president, also criticised the Modi government for “cheating” the people by making false promises on demonetisation. “The government said demonetisation will end corruption and stop terror funding. Did it happen?”On being told that the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh has improved under BJP rule, the former CM said that crime rates are the highest in UP and Delhi despite the fact that BJP looks after law and order in both states.Taking an apparent dig at Modi’s statement that selling pakodas is also a form of employment, Akhilesh said that people would soon decide if they want a pakodawala government or an expressway government.READ | I make friends for life: Akhilesh Yadav on Rahul GandhiAkhilesh also lamented that his party was outsmarted by the BJP in marketing their success and work. In an obvious reference to the prime minister keeping long hours at work for the progress of the country, Akhilesh said: “Even labourers do hard work, that doesn’t mean they are progressing.”On his friendship with Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh said: “I’m not one to break friendship.”He also dismissed allegations that the SP plays caste politics, saying it’s the BJP which indulges in caste politics in the name of social engineering. The SP president appealed to young voters to vote for development and not for divisive forces.Correction: The names of Raghav Chadha and Yogi Adityanath were incorrectly spelled in an earlier version of this story. The errors have been corrected.WATCH | Voters will choose between pakodawala and expressway, says Akhilesh Yadavlast_img read more

Ander Herrera confirms Manchester United exit in emotional farewell video

first_imgManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the Premier League season when his contract expires, the 29-year-old said on Saturday.The Spaniard, who joined United in 2014 from Athletic Bilbao, announced his departure in an emotional farewell video on the club’s Twitter account.British media have linked Herrera with a move to French side Paris St Germain, but the tenacious midfielder chose not to disclose his next destination.”There is red in my heart, I knew it from the first time I played here and in the moment that I started to wear it,” Herrera, United’s player of the year in 2017, said.”A club with thousands of fans who respect and remember all the players who give everything. I felt special when I heard my name chanted. I felt proud when the fans decided I was part of this incredible history.”Every time I represented this club, in every game, in wins and losses, even when I couldn’t help from the grass, I understood what this club means.”A goodbye message from @AnderHerrera. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/z56bmBwXa9Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 11, 2019Herrera made 189 appearances for United in all competitions and scored 20 goals. He won the FA Cup, League Cup and the Europa League in his time at the club.”I am going to remember each of the almost 200 matches that I have played with this jersey. Because playing for the greatest club in England, has been a true honour,” he added.advertisement”Thanks for these five amazing years.”Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had said in his pre-match news conference that Herrera could feature against relegated Cardiff City in the final game of the season on Sunday.Also Read | Manchester United must invest wisely in transfer market: Ole Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

Throwback Thursday: Remember When Our Run Game Rocked?

first_imgMark Cooper wrote in the Tulsa World today about when, you know, OSU rolled on the ground. It gave me the sadz. Here’s what Cooper noted.When Oklahoma State last won the Big 12 in 2011, it averaged more than 160 yards rushing per game and 5.4 yards per carry. Its running backs — a group led by Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith — received, on average, 27 rushes per game. Randle, the bell cow, averaged 16 carries a week. Two weeks into this season, Hill and Carson lead OSU with 12 carries. That’s 12 carries total — not per game.And then this.OSU’s run game has yet to provide a spark to the Cowboys’ offense. It ranks 116th out of 128 FBS programs in rushing yards per game. It’s 114th in yards per carry.Even in 2012, when OSU was average, its yards-per-carry average was 5.39. Five point three nine! Per carry! So your Throwback Thursday today is Joe Randle lighting Bevo on fire in that controversial 2012 Texas game at home.It was arguably the best game of Randle’s career.screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-1-18-50-pmA good memory and a good reminder of how well OSU used to run the rock. Hopefully that will happen again at some point. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

10 months ago​SACKED! Stoke City fire Rowett after eight months

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​SACKED! Stoke City fire Rowett after eight monthsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStoke City have parted ways with manager Gary Rowett.The Potters had appointed Rowett and given him a good transfer budget in the hopes of challenging for promotion.But the team are struggling to remain in the Championship, which was not the intended target at the start of the season. Rowett and his staff are sacked immediately.Per a Stoke statement: “Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy will take charge of first-team affairs” until a permanent boss is appointed.Rowett only lasted in the job for eight months. last_img

VAR aids Man Utd against Reading

first_imgManchester United opened the scoring in their FA Cup tie against Reading with the aid of VAR after a lengthy delay.Juan Mata was upended by Omar Richards in the box and Fred slotted home from the loose ball, but the Brazilian’s effort was ruled out for offside.However, after a considerable stoppage as the referee deliberated, the goal was disallowed and a penalty was awarded for the foul on Mata. 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? The Spaniard dusted himself down to take the spot-kick and dispatched it coolly, sending it into the bottom-right corner, with Anssi Jaakkola diving the wrong way.21 – Juan Mata has been directly involved in 21 goals in 24 starts in the FA Cup (10 goals, 11 assists). Specialist. pic.twitter.com/WB1kgGwrdv— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 5, 2019The midfielder has now been directly involved in 21 goals (10 goals, 11 assists) in the competition from just 24 starts.Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez are making their first starts since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho, with the pair linking up to double United’s lead just before half-time.The Belgian got in behind the Royals defence to latch onto Sanchez’s pass and rounded the goalkeeper before slotting into an empty net from a tight angle.The pair will be pleased to have been involved in a goal as they both look to make a claim for a regular starting berth, with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard featuring regularly under the Norwegian. Lukaku had been on compassionate leave for Solskjaer’s first two games, while Sanchez has recently recovered from injury. The two strikes also represent the 15th and 16th goals of the caretaker manager’s four-and-a-half game tenure, with United having scored 14 in their previous nine.United faced Reading in the same round of this competition two years ago when the Red Devils emerged as 4-0 winners.Elsewhere in FA Cup action, VAR was brought into use as Burnley were awarded their first penalty in 18 months against Barnsley, only to see the decision ruled out.last_img read more

Looking to break the jinx

first_imgLooking to break the jinxPV Sindhu wants to overcome her final hoodoo in an Olympic qualifying year, starting with the India Openadvertisement Rohit Paniker New DelhiMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 10:30 IST PV Sindhu will lead India’s campaign at India Open 2019 (Getty Images)PV Sindhu’s resplendent talent has remained unquestionable over the years and the Indian ace has given a friendly reminder of it with her performances on the court.What the 23-year-old has struggled with, however, is to produce the final product.Since securing the silver medal in 2016 Rio Olympics, Sindhu has reached around 10 tournaments finals. But winning majority of them has remained a dream.She let out tears of joy when she finally won a gold medal – at the 2018 World Tours Finals – to prove her credentials which otherwise never came under the scanner.In a year when athletes are solely focussing on Tokyo Games 2020, Sindhu is no different. For her, the extra dose of motivation to claim the berth for the Olympics will come in the form of trophies.”I think I have been reaching finals and then losing. I think about it a lot. Honestly, I am happy with my performances and I have been doing well. But, coming to the final, I don’t know what’s happening. (The World Tour Finals) this was my 9th or 10th and I kept wondering what’s going on,” Sindhu said on the eve of the India Open, slated to begin at the IG Stadium here on Tuesday.”During the World Tour Finals, I told myself I have to change something. I have to just not lose. I have to give my 200 per cent. And I was thinking after the match, that I finally did it,” she added.Sindhu, who has had a rough start to 2019, said she has worked on her strokes in order to reduce the unforced errors that have cost her the titles.advertisementA big hurdle on Sindhu’s road to Tokyo will be to remain in prime shape during this year. With stringent rules that make it compulsory for her to participate in almost 15 tournaments a year, Sindhu said it will be tricky choosing the ones to play.After the India Open, Sindhu heads to Malaysia, followed by the Singapore Open couple of days later.”It’s definitely going to be tricky and a bit tough considering that this is an Olympics qualification year and you have to be injury free. I know sometimes if you don’t play there is a fine and there are some compulsory events but you have to pick and choose,” she said.”We have to be mentally and physically fit to play every tournament at 100 per cent. So we have to pick and choose tournaments where we can give our 100 per cent.”At the India Open, Sindhu is a hot favourite following the withdrawal of top seed Chen Yufei. The other favourite from the Indian contingent will be Kidambi Srikanth.The 26-year-old has been going through a barren patch, failing to win a single title in 15 months.He will aim to beat that unceremonious streak with a title at the KD Jadhav Hall in less than a week’s time.Also Read | I have used wrong strategy against Saina Nehwal in my defeats: PV SindhuAlso Read | PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth to lead India’s campaign at India Open 2019Also See: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 Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow India Open 2019Follow Tokyo Olympics 2020last_img read more

Racial Profiling Report Released

first_imgThe Human Rights Commission is going to work with retailers to help reduce consumer racial profiling and help create better services for Nova Scotians. This is the conclusion in a report the commission released, today, May 29. A Report on Consumer Racial Profiling in Nova Scotia is the first in Canada to look at when staff treat customers poorly because of their race. The commission found consumer racial profiling is based on stereotypes, and retailers and service providers may not even be aware they are racist. More often than other ethnic groups in Nova Scotia, Aboriginal people and African Nova Scotians say they are treated poorly when they shop for goods and services. People from all racialized groups, including Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern people, reported being treated poorly by staff far more than white people. Racialized groups include people who are treated unequally because of their race, particularly in ways that matter to economic, political and social life. “This report is not only valuable for what it tells us, but for the information it provides so we can begin to support business owners and service providers to address these issues,” said commission CEO and director David Shannon. “I want to thank the participants in the study for their honesty and insight that will benefit all of us.” For the study, the commission talked to 1,219 people from Halifax Regional Municipality, Millbrook, Digby and Sydney between March 28 and Aug. 21, 2012. Most people took part in a survey while others took part in focus groups. In the focus groups, several participants commented on being made to feel like lower-class or second-class citizens when shopping. Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians, and Muslims had three things in common. They were targets of offensive language, were treated as if they were physically threatening, and seen as potential thieves. One participant said, “I was profiled as a black man who was potentially violent, although I was doing everything to make sure I was not.” Aboriginal people said their rights were not recognized. They said they often had to go to the back of a store to have their tax-free purchases looked after. Muslims said they were often complimented on their English and asked about their first language. This bothered them because most of these participants were born in Canada and grew up speaking English. One person described such activities as mentally and emotionally exhausting. Others said they no longer enjoy shopping, but just buy what they need, and then leave. Many said they avoid retailers and service providers who have profiled them in the past. The commission plans to use the findings of the report and meet with retailers and service providers to improve services to racialized groups. The aim is to teach retailers how to recognize consumer racial profiling and to help them understand the harm it causes, increase awareness of consumer racial profiling, develop training materials and support best practices. “The report has been a real eye-opener on what many people experience in retail stores,” said commission CEO and director David Shannon. “In light of this report, we encourage businesses to work with us to improve employee training, policies and practices to make the province a welcoming and respectful place for shoppers from all ethnic groups.” To see the report and executive summaries go to humanrights.gov.ns.ca/ . The summaries are also available in French and Mi’kmaq.last_img read more

Taiga Building Products Ltd to buy Exterior Wood Inc for 55 million

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – Taiga Building Products Ltd. has signed a deal to buy Exterior Wood Inc. for about $55 million.The company says the acquisition of Exterior Wood and the expansion of its wood treatment business is a significant step forward in its strategy of pursuing value enhancing opportunities.Headquartered in Burnaby, B.C., Taiga will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Exterior Wood for US$42 million.Exterior Wood has been operating a wood treatment facility and distribution centre in Washougal, Wash., since 1977.The company also services retail building supply centres throughout the Western United States and Canada.Taiga is a wholesale distributor of building materials with distribution centres in Canada and the United States.Companies in this story: (TSX:TBL)last_img read more

Italy eyes Alitalia relaunch with private industrial offers

ROME — The Italian government is hoping the Alitalia airline will turn a new page after four private investors expressed an interest in joining the state railway, the Italian treasury and Delta Air Lines in trying once again to relaunch the struggling flagship carrier.Monday marked the deadline for offers of partners to help relaunch Alitalia, which declared bankruptcy two years ago. Alitalia has long suffered from competition from low-cost carriers and been unable to come up with a successful plan to establish itself as a player in lucrative, long-haul routes.Italian Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio said four offers had arrived ahead of Monday’s deadline: The Atlantia group of the Benetton empire; German Efromovich of Colombian carrier Avianca; Carlo Toto, whose Air One airline was acquired by Alitalia in 2009; and businessman Claudio Lotito.The Associated Press read more

Brexit Opponents of nodeal with EU defeat PM Boris Johnson who promises

LONDON — British lawmakers defeated Boris Johnson in parliament on Tuesday in a bid to prevent him taking Britain out of the EU without a divorce agreement, prompting the prime minister to announce that he would immediately push for a snap election.The government was defeated by 328 to 301 on a motion put forward by opposition parties and rebel lawmakers in Johnson’s party – who had been warned they would be kicked out of the Conservative Party if they defied the government.More than three years after the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, the defeat leaves the course of Brexit unresolved, with possible outcomes still ranging from a turbulent ‘no-deal’ exit to abandoning the whole endeavor.House of Commons votes 328 to 301 to approve the emergency debate motion on European Union (Withdrawal). This removes control of the business on 4 September 2019 from the Government, enabling the introduction of further EU Withdrawal legislation. pic.twitter.com/CDRsRZli6S— UK House of Commons (@HouseofCommons) September 3, 2019Tuesday’s victory is only the first hurdle for lawmakers, enabling them to take control of parliamentary business.On Wednesday they will seek to pass a law forcing Johnson to ask the EU to delay Brexit – for a third time – until Jan. 31 unless he has a deal approved by parliament beforehand on the terms and manner of the exit.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.It puts Johnson in a similar bind to that faced by his predecessor Theresa May, who failed three times to get the backing of lawmakers for the Withdrawal Agreement that she had negotiated with the EU. Johnson took over from her six weeks ago with a promise that his more robust approach would force a better deal out of the EU that would satisfy parliament.The 21 Conservative rebels who now face expulsion from the party include Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Britain’s World War Two leader Winston Churchill, and two former finance ministers — Philip Hammond and Kenneth Clarke.“I don’t want an election, but if MPs vote tomorrow to stop negotiations and compel another pointless delay to Brexit, potentially for years, then that would be the only way to resolve this,” Johnson told parliament after the vote.“I can confirm that we are tonight tabling a motion under the Fixed Term Parliament Act.” Anti-Brexit protesters attend a demonstration in London on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. In an historic showdown between prime minister and parliament, Johnson’s opponents said they wanted to prevent him playing Russian roulette with a country once touted as a confident pillar of Western economic and political stability.They argue that nothing can justify the risk of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit that would cut economic ties overnight with Britain’s biggest export market and inevitably bring huge economic dislocation.Johnson cast the challenge as an attempt to force Britain to surrender to the EU just as he hopes to secure concessions on the terms of the divorce, helped by the threat to walk out without one. Ahead of the vote, he said would never accept another delay to Brexit beyond Oct. 31.“Parliament is on the brink of wrecking any deal we might be able to strike in Brussels,” Johnson said. “Because tomorrow’s bill would hand control of the negotiations to the EU.”Johnson’s government will now seek to hold a vote on Wednesday to approve an early election, most likely on Oct. 14. This would pit the avowed Brexiteer against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran socialist.In the Brexit maelstrom, though, it was unclear whether opposition parties would support such a move – which requires the support of two-thirds of the 650-seat House of Commons.Corbyn has long demanded an election as the best way out of the crisis, but many of those seeking to prevent a ‘no-deal’ Brexit say Johnson could time the poll to ensure that parliament cannot prevent an Oct. 31 departure – with or without a deal.After the vote, Corbyn told Johnson that he must get the Brexit delay bill that will be discussed on Wednesday passed before trying to call an election. Pro and anti-Brexit protesters compete for attention outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on September 3, 2019. Ammar Awad / Reuters TOLGA AKMEN / AFP/Getty Images The 2016 Brexit referendum showed a United Kingdom divided about much more than the European Union, and has fueled soul-searching about everything from secession and immigration to capitalism, empire and modern Britishness.It has also triggered civil war inside both of Britain’s main political parties as dozens of lawmakers put what they see as the United Kingdom’s fate above that of party loyalty.Just as Johnson began speaking, he lost his working majority in parliament when one of his own Conservative lawmakers, Phillip Lee, crossed the floor of the House of Commons to join the pro-EU Liberal Democrats.The pound, which has gyrated to the twists and turns of Brexit since the 2016 referendum and is highly sensitive to the prospect of a ‘no-deal’ exit, had briefly dipped as low as $1.1959 before the vote in parliament. Barring a minutes-long “flash crash” in October 2016, sterling has not regularly traded at such low levels since 1985.Fears of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit were rising elsewhere.The European Commission said such a scenario was a “very distinct possibility” and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said it was the most likely scenario.In a document seen by Reuters, the European Commission set out proposals to be published on Wednesday to provide financial help for EU businesses, workers and farmers if Britain crashes out of the bloc without any agreement.It restated its view that a ‘no-deal’ divorce would hit the British economy much harder than that of the EU.The U.N. trade agency UNCTAD said it would cost Britain at least $16 billion in lost exports to the EU, plus a further substantial sum in indirect costs.The U.S. investment bank JPMorgan said an election would make a no-deal Brexit more likely. 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TimorLeste midwives get UN motorcycles in bid to slash maternal mortality

Expanding midwife services is among the main health objectives of the newly independent state and is particularly crucial in a country with a maternal death rate estimated at 850 per 100,000 live births, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said. It is estimated that only one quarter of all deliveries in Timor-Leste are currently attended by a trained midwife, and increasing the number of midwife-assisted deliveries will help lower maternal death rates.“The problem is that there are just not enough midwives in the country,” Daniel Baker, UNFPA Chief of Operations in Timor-Leste, said during a handover ceremony in the capital, Dili, last week. “Because the areas that the midwives service are often very extensive, with many remote locales, we can only make a difference if we can expand their outreach. That is what these motorbikes are meant to do – to give midwives, especially rural midwives, the opportunity to carry out more pre- and post-natal care visits and to enable them to reach women in remote locations at the time of delivery.” read more

On Day of Solidarity with missing staff UN calls for wide safety

With the number of its personnel arrested, under detention or missing increasing from 26 to 43, the United Nations today called on all countries where its peacekeepers are deployed and all parties to armed conflict to ensure the safety of every one of the world organization’s workers or associated staff. “Violence, hostility and crime continue to plague the ability of the United Nations and others to do their jobs,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message marking the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members. The Day “offers an opportunity to raise global awareness about the significant threats and risks faced in the line of duty by United Nations staff and peacekeepers, our colleagues in the non-governmental community and our friends in the press,” he added.The event marks the abduction by armed men, in 1985, near Beirut Airport, of Alec Collett, on assignment for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The fate of Mr. Collett, a former journalist and Director of the UN Information Centre in Ghana, has never been determined. As 25 March is a Saturday, this year’s Day, the 21st anniversary of Mr. Collett’s abduction, is being celebrated today at UN Headquarters in New York with the distribution of lapel pins, intended to highlight the importance of staff safety and security. General Assembly President Jan Eliasson was to receive the first pin from Mr. Collett’s wife Elaine.“In many places, the threat of being taken hostage is prevalent,” Mr. Annan said in his message. “Some host Governments remain unwilling to provide timely information when locally recruited United Nations personnel are arrested or detained. And very few countries have fully investigated attacks or other threats.“Such problems, troubling at any time, have become an even greater concern today, with the dramatic increase in the number of United Nations field personnel, and with the expansion of mandates into delicate areas, such as criminal justice,” he added.He congratulated the 80 Member States who have already joined the UN Convention on the Safety of UN and Associated Personnel. “However, very few of the parties are countries in whose territories peacekeeping forces are currently deployed, where the greatest threats typically exist,” he noted.“I call on these countries, in particular, and all parties to armed conflicts, to uphold their responsibilities under international humanitarian law, to ensure the safety of all civilians caught in combat. A culture of accountability is the best antidote to impunity, and remains the surest means of enabling United Nations staff members to safely apply their courage and commitment in meeting the needs of the world.”As an example of the risks facing UN personnel, 27 national staff working for the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) were arrested by the Eritrean authorities in February for varying durations, and militia groups kidnapped two staff members in Somalia earlier this month. read more

Positive December completes buoyant year for van and truck market

December% changeYear-to-date% changeRolling year% change Vans18,4157.8%260,15316.7%260,15316.7% Van and truck registrations up 17.8% in 2011 to 303,097 units, December up 13.7% to 23,026.Truck registrations up 24.6% for the full year 42,944 and by 45.3% in the month to 4,611.Van registrations up 16.7% to 260,153 in 2011 and rising 2.8% in December to 18,415.UK van and truck registrations: 2011 and % change on 2010 Trucks4,61145.3%42,94424.6%42,94424.6% Total23,02613.7%303,09717.8%303,09717.8% “The van and truck market has enjoyed a consistent growth throughout 2011,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Renewed business confidence fuelled the month-on-month rises, while innovative developments in vehicle design and technologies provided solid business reasons for companies to upgrade their vehicles in 2011. There can be no room for complacency this year, government must deliver its growth strategy and help strengthen business and consumer confidence.”Commercial vehicle registrations to DecemberVan registrations were up 7.8% in December, trends varied across the segments, but heavier vans saw firm growth on a year ago.  For 2011 260,153 vans to 3.5T gvw were registered, as portended in recent SMMT forecasts.December was a remarkable month for truck registration volumes, up by 45%.  The very recent trend for growth in two-axle rigids above 6T strengthened markedly.  Growth rates ranged from 30 to 90% across the various weight segments for these trucks.  Until very recently these sectors had lagged what was an artic and multi-axle rigids led recovery.For trucks >6t December’s growth cemented a very positive result in what was a disappointing year for the UK’s GDP growth.  Registrations for 2011 were 37,410 and 42,944 for all trucks over 3.5T gvw.  This better than expected trend in registration volumes faces significant challenges just to hold steady over 2012.  It may be that market specific factors could be more supportive than the meagre rate of growth envisaged from the economy this year.December’s truck registrations clearly gave an unseasonal and major boost to the year end.Click through to download the full SMMT new van and truck news release and data tables for December 2011 (full year).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Justin Blackmon Finally Signs With Jaguars

Justin Blackmon is in the record books and he has not even played a game yet for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He certainly did not plan for the dubious distinction he acquired, but then who would?Blackmon became this year’s final first-round draft pick to sign a contract. The No. 5 overall will show up for his first NFL practice Tuesday after he signs a four-year deal worth $19.5 million, according to the Florida Times-Union.As it is in today’s technologically advanced times, the Jaguars announced the contract agreement with Blackmon via the team’s Twitter account.In any case, the club is ready to have the receiver with so much potential begin working on his craft with his teammates. Blackmon isn’t likely to play in the Jaguars’ first preseason game Friday against the New York Giants. New rules call for a player to have three days of non-contact work before he’s allowed to put on full pads. Starting practice Tuesday only allows for two days of non-contact work before the preseason game.Whatever the case, Blackmon will arrive with a cloud of drama hanging over him and suspect eyes because of his troubled past.The former Oklahoma State star pleaded guilty last month to drunken driving in Oklahoma. He negotiated a deal that did not included jail time.Still, it was s disturbing scenario. Blackmon was arrested in Stillwater, Okla., on June 3 and charged with aggravated DUI when he registered a .24 alcohol level, three times the legal limit. He later apologized and indicated that he would stop drinking.This arrest followed an arrest for an alcohol-related offense while at Oklahoma State, leading to speculation that the Jaguars wanted some sort of contractual protection should he run afoul of the law again.It is not clear at this time if that kind of stipulation was a sticking point in the contract negotiations. read more

Police officer dubbed King of Selfies defends posting 140mph motorway video on

first_imgSgt Tangye posted the video with the message: “This is what 140mph looks like. On route to a break in progress.”It was filmed by from the front-seat passenger during a blue light call to the scene of a suspected theft at a scrap yard.Shortly after, Sgt Tangye updated his account by tweeting: “Local units found 2 young lads in scrap yard… was the owners son and friend! No offences.”Sgt Tangye runs an award-winning blog which documents his experiences as a police officer, and has more than 15,000 followers on Twitter. Detective Superintendent Darren Rawlings, force development programme manager for Efficiency at Hampshire Constabulary, also spotted the video.He replied to Sgt Tangye’s post and said: “Why show this? Is it really necessary? Very naïve tweet. 140mph to a break in progress…”Sgt Tangye defended his driving skills on his Twitter page by saying: “Advance driving does not mean driving fast. It means progressive driving when safe to do so and regularly assessed by instructors.”As a 20 year Police Advanced driver, VIP driver, pursuits tactics advisor and SIO of fatalities, I don’t need to be lectured on safe driving.”After the advice I’ve had on how to do my job recently, I will be offering expert advice to: Plumbers, Teachers, Electricians.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Many very nasty incidents have happened by scrap thieves when disturbed at night.— Sgt Harry Tangye (@DC_ARVSgt) August 6, 2017 One poster, StanStill, wrote: “Harry Tangye just loves himself to bits, the King of the Selfies. He sounds like a man who needs constant publicity to keep his ego going strong.”If there was a large animal in the road he would never have stopped at that speed. Time he was put back on the beat and take his selfie phone away.” It does nobody any good if you cannot safely get to the scene. I understand being in a hurry but 140mph is irresponsible. No reaction time.— Mika’s Seeping Wound (@JoeLoonan) August 6, 2017 This tweet received dozens of retweets, over 500 likes and more than 170 comments, many of which criticised the sergeant’s decision to hit such high speeds. I know. That’s why I’m pushing for a law change. In the mean time, I have to take a risk which is unacceptable.— Sgt Harry Tangye (@DC_ARVSgt) August 6, 2017 A police officer dubbed the “King of Selfies” has defended posting a video online showing police car travelling at 140mph along a motorway on the way to a suspected scrapyard theft. The film clip of the trip down the M5, in which the camera pans in on the speedometer to show it registering double the legal speed limit, was posted on Twitter by Devon and Cornwall Police traffic Sergeant Harry Tangye, who was criticised in August 2016 for taking a ‘selfie’ and tweeting “sorry guys and girls” while at the scene of a 19-mile long tailback on the M5 caused by a woman who tried to take her own life.last_img read more

Outokumpus timely Service Centre initiative

first_imgWhen Outokumpu Technology set up its Australian Service Centre four years ago, a global resource boom wasn’t even on the radar. But with the Centre trebling in size by 2006, the company is now well placed to provide world-class skills to enhance the efficiency of its customers’ plants.Operating from bases in Sydney and Perth, the Service Centre has been structured to provide vital skills at a time of unprecedented demand for them, says its Manager, Jason King. With a core establishment of two dozen staff, supported by expertise from Outokumpu’s operations worldwide, the Centre is focused on key service areas including preventative maintenance, upgrades, spare parts management and excellence in training and safety.“Our service skills span the spectrum, from process audits and optimization, through to the application of proper maintenance skills and spares management. We have developed a solid track record in installation/shutdown supervision, as well as some upgrade and modernization projects involving turnkey design and construction work where that is of benefit to our customers.“Where our customers have a service need, we can do much more than supply technology and parts – we can install, supervise, commission and also handle vital ancillary work such as foundations, piping, structural, plant cut-in and electrical installation. At a time where our industry is searching for resources, Outokumpu is stepping up to the plate and offering more and more assistance” he said.The latest step in the multi-million dollar investment in the Service Centre came with the recent opening of a new Service Facility in Kewdale, Perth. This is equipped to inspect and overhaul equipment, perform tests on behalf of customers, complete pre-assembly work and consolidate spares deliveries for West Australian customers.Reflecting the rapid response requirements of the business, the Kewdale facility has sea containers packed with supplies and tools ready to roll for install and overhaul projects. “We are equipped to apply expertise wherever we are needed, and aim to be available whenever we are needed,” says KingWith many companies urgently seeking to outsource roles previously managed on site, Outokumpu Technology presents a wealth of experience and expertise in areas such as comminution, flotation, thickening, analysers, automation and physical separation. Service Centre teams focus on specific areas of need, including: spares, service, customer training, audits and optimisation, and upgrade and modernization projects.Our programmes focus on areas where plants, processes and personnel skills can be improved to promote greater profitability, reduced risk of breakdowns, increased technology life, increased safety and motivated plant personnel,” says King.” Our series of regional training seminars, for example, are now backed by on-site, customized training programmes. These utilize training material with practical benefits proven in the field. A number of sites are now employing this resource so plant managers can get the best from new staff, while also demonstrating to their new recruits a commitment to ongoing training. Regular training ensures not only optimum operation, but also results in motivated staff – a key consideration in today’s labour market”The Centre’s field and process engineers in Sydney and Perth are available for troubleshooting, inspection, breakdown assistance, regular preventative maintenance, calibration and other vital ongoing tasks. All Outokumpu’s site supervisors undergo workplace health and safety officer training, ensuring appropriate OH&S qualification to handle supervision of site shutdowns.The Service Centre’s Spares Department has introduced initiatives such as site-specific spares list management to facilitate streamlined inventory control. “Some sites do not have easy access to accurate parts information, which can present unnecessary challenges, sometimes resulting in wrong parts being ordered. Feedwell retrofit by the Service Centre on a 30-m thickener at Cannington“Some spares, particularly those with long lead times, are critical to preventing prolonged downtime.  Our ongoing cataloguing service means any site can request and receive from us a fully detailed spares list, with lead time and pricing for all available parts. With this information, maintenance managers can assess any operational risks associated with lead times for replacement components.  Site-specific spares lists assist maintenance planners with comprehensive inventory control and ensure prompt supply of genuine OEM spare parts” says King.last_img read more

Weighing bagging palletising and load securing solutions for the minerals industries

first_imgChronos BTH offers manual, semi-automatic, fully automated or turnkey solutions for bagging bulk materials in the minerals industries. Its bagging portfolio includes open-mouth bagging systems, horizontal and vertical FFS systems and filling systems for flexible and rigid containers. Chronos BTH is a single point of contact for all of its customer’s packaging and material handling needs. Each piece of equipment is designed, manufactured and integrated in-house. Merger and acquisitions by PREMIER TECH have combined the companies Chronos Richardson, BTH, Richard Simon, Howe Richardson, FORBERG into today’s Chronos BTH, which brings together more than a century of technical innovation, application experience and expertise. Chronos BTH is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of packaging solutions in the field of industrial flexible packaging. It is a single point of contact for all its customer’s weighing, bagging, palletising and load securing needs.last_img read more