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Power Smashers force decider for PVL Finals berth

first_imgMOST READ “We just showed what we’ve been working on during our practices,” said head coach Nes Pamilar, whose squad also rallied from a 0-2 set deficit in Game 1 only to fall short in the fifth set.Kannika Thipachot fired 28 points, including the game-clinching drop that paved the way for a do-or-die on Thursday with a finals berth at stake.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThipachot also got ample help from her compatriot Hyapa Amport and Jovelyn Prado, who added 18 and 17 points, respectively.The Lady Warriors were primed for a third straight finals appearance when they took a 2-0 set lead. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games But just like in the semis opener, Pocari unraveled and couldn’t avert a major meltdown this time despite drawing big numbers from towering reinforcement Michelle Strizak and heavy hitter Myla Pablo.Strizak unleashed a game-high 33 points while Pablo tallied 20 points.Pablo, the former National U spiker, hit back-to-back spikes to tie the fifth set at 6.The Lady Warriors, however, played sloppy with 33 errors.ADVERTISEMENT Reyes to pick just 2 players even as Gilas reps from GlobalPort grow to 4center_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Power Smashers did what they couldn’t pull off three days ago.Banking on their Thai imports, the Power Smashers completed their comeback from two sets down to beat Pocari Sweat 24-26, 22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-13, Tuesday and drag their Premier Volleyball League semifinals series to a deciding Game 3.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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To improve profile all our games should be televised: Mithali

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 6 (PTI) The ever-improving Indian women cricketers could get a chance to become household names such as tennis star Sania Mirza and shuttle queen Saina Nehwal provided their matches are regularly televised, feels national team captain Mithali Raj. The Indian womens team has been on a roll in recent months. After a historic Twenty20 series win in Australia in January, they have continued their impressive form at home by whitewashing Sri Lanka in both the ODI and T20 series. Asked if the profile of women cricketers can hope to reach the level of Sania and Saina, Mithali said, “It should, and there is a possibility if our matches are televised. That attracts a lot of brands and corporate sponsorships for individual players. If only a few games are televised and you dont have a follow-up, like no live coverage of the Sri Lanka series after the Australia series, where we did so well, things will not improve.” Mithali said the upcoming World T20 will be a good opportunity to promote womens cricket in India. “Since we have done well against Australia and Sri Lanka, the peoples expectations have risen, and it is important that we use this platform to promote womens cricket in India, because it is the best opportunity,” she was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “The team has good momentum and all the players are confident, so it is the right time for us to play a good brand of cricket for people to appreciate in India and to market the sport.” Mithali expressed an wish to be allowed by the BCCI to play in T20 tournaments like the Big Bash. “Yes,” she replied when asked if she would like to be part of such leagues, adding, “because when you play with the best and interact with them, there are cultural interactions. You learn a lot by just mingling and it gives the young players – someone like Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur or Veda Krishnamurthy – the chance to develop as cricketers and mature very quickly, which is what India needs at the moment.” “I think the BCCI will definitely be very supportive, because we dont have the IPL. If the Aussies or England want us in the tournament, the BCCI should be positive enough to support us, because it will benefit them and help the players get experience. When you see them in the next T20 World Cup, theyd be different players.” PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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SPORT-OLY-TRANSPORT 2LAST

first_img– Big mess – – Big mess – ============== Even if it opens on time, the metro will not be at full capacity and only people with Olympic tickets or accreditation will be allowed to ride during the Games. That will leave the vast majority of locals reliant on the bus service.Even now, barely four per cent of greater Rios 12 million people use the metro, while 37 per cent use buses.For 56-year-old Ferreira, who works in medical insurance, the daily slog from her house near the Olympic Park in Barra to her job in the center means a wait of up to 40 minutes, then a two-hour-and-twenty-minute ride.Buses are not just late but packed, subject to occasional assaults and driven at breakneck speeds — often at the encouragement of passengers in a hurry.”They are completely packed. Theyre all meant to have air conditioning, but not all do. Its a big mess,” Ferreira said.The governments solution to the bus problem has been to create a network of bus lines using exclusive lanes that connect the airports and different Olympic hubs.Two of the so-called BRT lines were opened for the football World Cup back in 2014. A third, running from the Olympic Park and the Deodoro Olympic hub, will be reserved for Olympic credential holders, Rios deputy mayor Rafael Picciani told AFP.And if the metro does not open on time there is an emergency plan to open a temporary BRT line along the same route.The government is also hoping to weed out much of the traffic that typically snarls the sprawling city by moving school vacations from the usual July to coincide with the August Games. Special lanes for Olympic-related vehicles will be created.advertisementBut Lamartine Pereira da Costa, an expert on big sporting events at Rio State University, predicted “major traffic jams.”Locals like Ferreira are not more optimistic.”I think that when they finish the Olympic projects it might be even worse than before,” she said. “They closed numerous old bus lines to give priority to the BRT. Now to go to the BarraShopping mall, which is very close to me, I need to take three different buses. Its crazy.” AFP SSC SSClast_img read more

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Mahrez denies striking on return to Leicester

first_imgTransfers Mahrez denies going on strike after return to Leicester training Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:48 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Riyad Mahrez Leicester City Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Manchester City v Leicester City Leicester City Premier League The Foxes winger is in contention to face Manchester City on Saturday after his move to the Etihad Stadium fell through on deadline day Riyad Mahrez has returned to Leicester City training following his failed move to Manchester City, the club have confirmed. The Algeria international emerged as a late target for Pep Guardiola’s side during the January transfer window as the Premier League leaders looked to replace the injured Leroy Sane. A transfer collapsed, however, as City were unable to agree a fee with Leicester. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Reports suggested that Mahrez would be ostracised by the Leicester first team upon his arrival to training, following suggestions that his behaviour had upset his team-mates.Leicester have revealed that he has now re-joined the group, however, and insist he remains a key part of Claude Puel’s squad.”Riyad remains a greatly valued member of Claude Puel’s squad and is focused, together with his team-mates, on achieving further success with Leicester City,” a statement reads on the club’s official website.Following Mahrez handing Leicester a transfer request in view of forcing through a move to City, it was suggested that the 26-year-old would go on strike should a transfer fail to transpire. Those accusations have been denied by the player, however, in a statement released ahead of Leicester’s showdown with City on Saturday.”Over the past ten days many people claiming to be my friend have spoken about me and things they know nothing about,” Mahrez said in a statement.”Off the back of that many people and journalists have made assumptions without properly checking the story, so I would like to clarify that all those so-called assumptions of why I was absent are completely untrue.”Myself nor my advisors have ever made any statements about that so all presumptions made are totally without foundation. Leicester City were always aware of my whereabouts and had knowledge of my thinking either directly or via my advisors.”I have been a part of the Leicester City team that has achieved much success including promotion to the Premier League and being champions of the League.Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City“My goals have always been the same and I have always given my full 100 per cent when I play for the club, the fans and my team-mates. Those goals remain the same today and in the future and when I am asked to be a part of the Leicester team, rest assured I will continue to give my all.”Guardiola has long been interested in securing a deal for Mahrez, though the fall-out from January’s situation may have ended that.And, while City will host Leicester on Saturday evening, Mahrez will play no part in the fixture. “I think Riyad will be not available for the Saturday game against Manchester City,” Puel told reporters at his pre-match news conference. “I hope he can get his head right and come back with us and work hard. The best way is to come back and enjoy his football. “Riyad is a magnificent player. He loves football, he loves his relationship with his team-mates, he enjoys his football. I think he needs to come back, to play and touch the ball. “He loves his football, it is important he comes back.”last_img read more

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Bolstering infra creating jobs will be top priorities

first_imgNew Delhi: Soon after taking the charge of Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Ministries on Tuesday, senior BJP leader Nitin Jairam Gadkari said that bolstering country’s infrastructure and creating jobs through small industries will be his key priorities.Known for his administrative prowess and innovative approach in addressing issues, Gadkari, 62, often dubbed as one of the high performing ministers during the previous term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, has been instrumental in pushing infrastructure development and reviving projects stuck for many years. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”Bolstering infrastructure under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be my priority in addition to propelling country’s growth rate and creating jobs through small industries,” said Gadkari who took the charge of the ministries. He was accompanied by his wife Kanchan Gadkari. On May 30, he was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister after he won the Nagpur Lok Sabha seat with a margin of around 2.13 lakh votes by defeating his former party man and now Congress member Nana Patole. In May 2014, he took charge of the Road Transport, Highways and Shipping ministries. He was also given charge of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry from September 3, 2017. He was also at the helm of Rural Development, and Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation ministries from June 4 till November 9, 2014. Born in 1957 into a middle-class agricultural family in Nagpur, he came to the spotlight for giving his city a new face and was also known as ‘flyover man’ for building a series of flyovers in Mumbai during his stint as PWD minister in Maharashtra.last_img read more

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Pradhan aims to increase crude oil output from ONGCs Mehsana asset

first_imgMehsana (Gujarat): The Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, on Thursday held discussions with the officials of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to increase the production of crude oil from its Mehsana asset, near Ahmedabad. “Mehsana is the largest onshore oil-producing asset of ONGC in the country. We produce around 2 million metric tonnes of crude oil from this unit every year. I am holding discussions with officials of ONGC on how we can increase the production,” Pradhan told reporters here. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalPradhan added that he will try to ensure that ONGC Mehsana gives maximum employment to the locals as per the norms of the Gujarat government. Pradhan also visited Becharaji, where ONGC has successfully completed a pilot project on ‘polymer flooding’, a process to increase oil recovery. “Took stock of operations at ONGC’s Becharaji Polymer pilot project in Mehsana, India’s first heavy oil polymer flooding project aimed towards enhancing oil recovery. This (Mehsana) is our biggest producing asset for on-shore production, and has the potential to further increase output” Pradhan said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostNearly 90 per cent of the polymer used in this project is produced indigenously. We look forward to utilise the learnings of this pilot and commercialise this on a field scale, he added. Pradhan also performed groundbreaking ceremony of another polymer project in Kadi taluka of Mehsana. This is the second heavy oil polymer flooding project being developed in Mehsana in a bid to enhance oil recovery from our wells & boost domestic production” Pradhan said.last_img read more

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Hedley Dropped By Management Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

first_img Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO — The management team representing the pop-rock group Hedley has terminated all “business relationships with the band.”A statement released Friday by Watchdog Management and the Feldman Agency cited “the multiple allegations against Hedley” as the reason for the decision.Given the multiple allegations against Hedley, we have taken the decision to terminate our business relationship with the band, effective immediately. #cdnmusic— Watchdog Management (@watchdogmgt) February 16, 2018 Advertisement Login/Register With: The rockers — fronted by Jacob Hoggard and including Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Benison — are under fire in the wake of a flurry of claims from anonymous Twitter users who alleged inappropriate encounters with the band.A statement issued by the band calls the allegations “unsubstantiated.”On Thursday, Corus Radio announced it had suspended all airplay of Hedley songs across its 39 music stations, as did other stations in Edmonton and Vancouver.The Junos also dropped the Vancouver group from the upcoming televised awards bash in what was called a joint decision with the band “after careful consideration of the situation.”Wednesday’s move by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences came shortly after band members issued a statement addressing claims of impropriety involving young fans.“We realize the life of a touring band is an unconventional one,” reads the statement.“While we are all now either married or have entered into committed, long-term relationships, there was a time, in the past, when we engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches. However, there was always a line that we would never cross.”The band said they “respect and applaud the #MeToo movement” and say it is especially important within the music industry, “which does not exactly have an enviable history of treating women with the respect they deserve.”“We appreciate the bravery of those who have come forward with their own stories, and we realize that all of us, as individuals and as a society, can and must do better when it comes to this issue,” says the statement.“However, if we are to have a meaningful, open and honest discussion, we all have to accept and respect that there are at least two sides to every story. The recent allegations against us posted on social media are simply unsubstantiated and have not been validated. We would hope that people will bear-in-mind the context in which these unsupported accusations have been made before passing judgment on us as individuals or as a band.”last_img read more

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Canadian Tire reports thirdquarter profit up from year ago raises dividend

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. raised its dividend following a quarter spent quietly staging a return to the e-commerce marketplace.The Toronto-based retailer reported Thursday that a spike in third-quarter profits and sales had caused it to increase its quarterly dividend to $1.04 per share, up from its previous 90 cents.The dividend spike was triggered by Canadian Tire earning $231.3 million or $3.15 per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 29, compared with a profit of $198.5 million or $2.59 per diluted share a year ago, and reporting revenue totalled $3.63 billion, up from nearly $3.27 billion.Canadian Tire shares spiked on the news, closing up $16.25, or 10.84 per cent to $166.10 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The increases came days after Canadian Tire, which also owns Mark’s, FGL Sports and Helly Hansen, revealed it was launching home delivery and in-store pick-up available through self-serve storage towers. The company abandoned its e-commerce strategy about a decade ago, saying it was not adequately prepared.President and chief executive officer Stephen Wetmore, who “cancelled” the company’s e-commerce plans in 2009, appeared to be more optimistic about the move this time.“It is a year of execution for Canadian Tire and we have made extremely good progress,” he said, noting e-commerce as one of the company’s achievements.“There is a long list of what we have accomplished this year with a sole intent of building a stronger, more capable company.”It is “early days,” Canadian Tire’s retail president Greg Hicks added, but so far, he said users are gravitating more to the click-and-collect option it offers.The push into e-commerce comes as Canadian Tire is facing similar efforts from retailing rivals including Walmart Inc., which is launching self-serve towers of their own, and online giants like Amazon Inc.Hicks described its rivals and the strategies they are deploying as “highly competitive,” but said they haven’t seen much price inflation.“Nobody seems to want to give an inch. I expect that to continue,” Hicks said. “The competition is ensuring they keep their fair share. We think we have a good pulse on how to react to that.”The company also said it hasn’t seen a lack of sales because of slowed growth in Canada’s housing markets and noted that it has yet to be impacted by Canada increasing its de minimis level — the value of product consumers can buy online without being forced to pay import duties or taxes — to $150 for custom duties and $40 for sales taxes under the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.The U.S. had been pushing for Canada to raise their threshold from $20 to $800.“That for the most part has turned out where we expected and wanted it to turn out,” said Wetmore. “It is not a material concern for us at the moment, but we will obviously keep an eye on it.”Companies in this story: (TSX:CTC)last_img read more

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Top UN officials in Côte dIvoire urge all sides to compromise see

“I think that if we’re going to get to a sustainable peace we need to have concessions and compromise, that is also at the root of a democracy,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Cote d’Ivoire, Pierre Schori, told reporters after briefing the Security Council.“I think the example of South Africa is such – they even negotiated, the ANC (African National Congress), from prison with the oppressors and that was a much worse situation …we finally have to sit down and talk to them and they have to talk to each other above all. We have an ongoing dialogue with everyone in Côte d’Ivoire.”The Council, which first held a closed meeting and then consultations, was also briefed by Said Djinnit of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, as well as hearing from the UN’s High Representative for elections in the country, Gerard Stoudman, who held out some cause for optimism next year. “Something will have to happen in 2007. We cannot continue one year after the other not to have elections; people are fed up, people are tired and even the basis of the political parties, the militants, are also tired …so I think that there is a chance that results will come in 2007 and we will work for that, but I’m not taking any bets of course,” he told the reporters.Mr. Stoudman also called for more “political will” from the country’s leaders to move toward elections by the end of October 2007. In his most recent report on the country last week, Mr. Annan warned that the “manifest lack of political will” among the main political leaders was undermining UN efforts to restore stability. In a related development, the UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire has called on the leaders of the Forces Nouvelles group, which controls the northern part of the divided country, to ensure that their partisans contribute actively to the peace process.“These leaders should also put an end to positions on the Forces Nouvelles internet site which incite violence and the denigration of the international community,” the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) said in a statement yesterday. The mission, with nearly 9,000 uniformed personnel, is mandated to monitor the cessation of hostilities between Government and rebel forces which split the country in two in 2002, and support the organization of open, free, fair and transparent elections. These have yet to take place. “UNOCI reminds all parties of their obligation to respect scrupulously the engagements they have freely undertaken under various peace agreements, as well as the pertinent terms of [UN] Security Council resolutions on Côte d’Ivoire seeking a rapid return of peace, stability and prosperity for all Ivorians,” yesterday’s statement said. read more

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Many deaths can be avoided with better data UN deputy chief

Other projects and initiatives include the ID4D partnership with the World Bank, which aims to help countries realise the transformational potential of responsible digital identification systems, and the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, launched by the UN Secretary-General in July 2018 to strengthen inter-governmental cooperation in the digital space.There is an urgent need for data and statistical systems funding, said Ms. Mohammed, which currently remains limited, and for political, technical and advocacy support in all areas.Data literacy must be developed, she added, as well as “innovative tools and data visualization platforms, which allow users to understand data intuitively and interact seamlessly with data in real time.”“UN country teams of the future,” she said, “must be fully equipped with the right skills and capacities to harness the opportunities offered by all types of data and innovation, including emerging technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotics and drones.”Ms. Mohammed concluded by inviting all data innovators to work with the UN and help absolutely no one is left behind. To find out more about how digital technology is being to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems, listen to this recent episode of our flagship podcast The Lid Is On. “While it is clear that the data revolution is having an enormous impact, it has not benefited everyone equally,” said Ms. Mohammed, adding that, to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), better and bigger data is needed: “With accurate, representative, inclusive and disaggregated data, we can understand the challenges we face, and identify the most appropriate solutions for sustainable development.The UN deputy chief outlined other ways that data can improve lives: “It means students can find out about job opportunities and women can learn about laws protecting them from discrimination. It means citizens can monitor how their governments are performing and hold decision-makers to account. It can strengthen trust in public institutions and unveil new opportunities.”The United Nations, said Ms. Mohammed, is leading global efforts to integrate data and information systems. One example is the Open Data Hub for the Sustainable Development Goals, a tool which  provides decision makers with accurate data for informed policy and advocacy.Another is the global SDG indicator website – which gives users access to all available global information and enables them to see interactive stories about progress on implementing the 2030 Agenda – and UN Global Pulse, which partners with UN experts, governments, academia and the private sector to harness big data for development and humanitarian action worldwide.Ms. Mohammed also mentioned the work of the United Nations Centre for Humanitarian Data, based in The Hague, which is increasing the impact and use of data throughout the humanitarian sector, ensuring that aid workers around the world can access information they need to make fast, life-saving, informed decisions. read more

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The Seattle Seahawks Youth Could Portend a Dynasty Yes Really

It wasn’t long after the Seattle Seahawks put the finishing touches on their 43-8 Super Bowl rout of the Denver Broncos that media people began throwing around the d-word, dynasty, as they peered into the franchise’s future.Of course, this happens with just about every Super Bowl winner; squint hard enough, and even the most obvious one-and-done champ looks like a perennial powerhouse. (In some ways, talk of that nature gets even more far-fetched with each passing season — we haven’t seen a repeat Super Bowl winner since the 2004 New England Patriots.) But in Seattle’s case, it might not be totally implausible to expect an elevated probability of a full-blown dynasty.Historically, teams that have won a title find themselves surprisingly well-positioned to win more of them. Since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, 55.9 percent of Super Bowl winners won at least one more championship within the following 10 seasons. Even within that club, though, Seattle is starting from a better spot than most. Its schedule-adjusted pythagorean winning percentage during the 2013 regular season ranked sixth among all Super Bowl champions since the merger, trailing only the 1985 Chicago Bears, 1991 Washington Redskins, 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996 Green Bay Packers and 1973 Miami Dolphins.More importantly, the Seattle’s core is incredibly young for an NFL champion. Weighted by the Approximate Value produced by each player on the roster, the Seahawks’ average age (26.0) was the second-youngest in the league a season ago and ranked third-youngest among Super Bowl winners since the merger. The two champs who had lower average ages? The 1974 Steelers and 1981 San Francisco 49ers, each of whom would go on to win three more Super Bowls apiece in their next decade of play. (Seattle also ranks as slightly younger than the 1992 Dallas Cowboys, who won two additional rings in a dynastic run.)Looking at all Super Bowl winners from 1970 to 2003 (for which we have a “next decade” worth of data), there’s a relationship between the team’s AV-weighted age in its championship season and its chances of winning additional titles.Among the aforementioned 55.9 percent of all Super Bowl champions who won another before a decade was up, a disproportionate number are clustered among the youngest teams on the list. Eleven of the 12 youngest champions in our 1970-2003 group went on to win at least one more Super Bowl in the following decade, while only four of the 12 oldest champs would go on to win another title.Usually, talk of dynasty potential among freshly christened champions isn’t very predictive. But because of their youth, these Seahawks are in a situation where the odds of winning another championship are particularly heightened. read more

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Grandmother tells of moment fouryearold girl was crushed by lorry

first_imgPeter Wood, Phillip Potter and Matthew Gordon at Bristol Crown Court on various charges Peter Wood, Phillip Potter and Matthew Gordon at Bristol Crown Court on various chargesCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire I accept that neither of you intended death or injury or even brake failure. But the fact is that a lorry as heavy as this is likely to cause serious injury and death to members of the public unless properly maintainedMr Justice Langstaff “I know that in the immediate aftermath I woke up on the roadside and my concerns were that I couldn’t get up and go to Mitzi,” she said.”I was also anxious about being unable to pick up my other grandchildren who we had been on our way to collect.”The vehicle crushed a Volvo carrying Stephen Vaughan, 34, of Swansea, and Philip Allen, 52, and Robert Parker, 59, both of Cwmbran, who all died at the scene.The heavily loaded Scania truck, carrying aggregate, had almost 450,000 miles on the clock and long-standing defects with its braking system. Mr Justice Langstaff jailed Matthew Gordon, 30, of Dauntsey, Wiltshire, for seven and a half years and Peter Wood, 55, of Brinkworth, Wiltshire, for five years and three months.They were convicted of four counts of manslaughter following a trial at Bristol Crown Court. The truck’s driver, 20-year-old Phillip Potter, was cleared of all charges.Victim impact statements were read to the court by the families of the victims, who described the crash as “a tragedy that should never have happened”.The judge said Gordon, the boss of Grittenham Haulage, and mechanic Wood had a “cavalier” attitude to vehicle safety and flouted rules.”I accept that neither of you intended death or injury or even brake failure,” the judge said. “But the fact is that a lorry as heavy as this is likely to cause serious injury and death to members of the public unless properly maintained.”The brakes are critical. You know this. You knew that being casual about the safety risked the lives of others. Your failures are inexplicable. The grandmother of a girl who died when a 32-tonne truck with faulty brakes crashed and killed four people has described the horrific moment before a haulage boss and a mechanic were jailed over the tragedy.Margaret Rogers was holding hands with her four-year-old granddaughter Mitzi Steady to cross the road when the truck careered down the “very steep” hill of Lansdown Lane in Bath, Somerset, hitting them before killing three men in a car.She said she had a “clear memory of the day itself, taking Mitzi on the bus, getting off the bus and going to the pedestrian crossing” – but no recollection of what hit her.center_img The wreckage of the tipper truck is taken away from the scene on Lansdown Lane, BathCredit:Alastair Johnstone/SWNS.com 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. “If they were one-off failures that would be bad enough, but they are not. They were part and parcel of the way you approached your responsibilities.”Signs before Lansdown Lane indicate it is unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles and there is a 6ft width restriction, meaning the 8.5ft wide lorry should not have been on it.On February 9 2015, two Grittenham Haulage lorries, one driven by Mr Potter and the other by Gordon, used Lansdown Lane as a short-cut.Mr Potter was following Gordon down the lane when the brakes on his 11-year-old truck, which had not been tested, failed. Six of the eight brakes had major defects.”It was an accident waiting to happen,” the judge said. Mr Potter and another driver had alerted Gordon to problems with the brakes but he told them to continue driving, the court heard.After the accident, Gordon told Mr Potter not to mention that an ABS warning light – indicating problems with the braking system – had been on.”You exposed Mr Potter, a young driver, to the horror of unavoidably killing a young child,” the judge told him. “You showed no immediate remorse for what happened.”Braking defects on the lorry would have been “staring” Wood in the face as he inspected the vehicle every six weeks, while there was a “botched repair” on one brake and Wood had no qualifications as a mechanic, the judge said.Speaking after the case, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Ocone, of Avon and Somerset Police, said the lorry’s brakes had an overall efficiency of just 28 per cent. The wreckage of the tipper truck is taken away from the scene on Lansdown Lane, Bathlast_img read more

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Inmet MiningKorea Resources alliance for cooperative development of opportunities

first_imgInmet Mining confirmed yesterday that contrary to certain press reports it has not agreed to enter into any transaction with Korea Resources Corp (KORES) under which Korea Resources would purchase Inmet common shares. While Inmet and KORES have been in discussions concerning a potential transaction including for joint investments in projects, no agreements have been concluded in that regard nor have any intentions been finalised to enter into an agreement at a later date. However, Inmet does intend to enter into a strategic alliance agreement with KORES under which they will establish a protocol to mutually pursue common shared interests within the global mining industry. The parties will endeavour to agree on criteria for the types of initiatives that would be the subject of co-operation under the alliance. The protocol for the operation of the alliance will also provide for the establishment of, and set forth the terms of reference for, a strategic alliance committee through which Inmet and KORES will interact in connection with alliance related issues. The precise forms of co-operation between Inmet and KORES are expected to evolve over time as circumstances dictate and opportunities arise. Each of them recognises the other as a preferred partner for the co-operative development of opportunities, however, any arrangements between them will not necessarily be exclusive to the other.Inmet is a Canadian-based global mining company that produces copper, zinc and gold. It has interests in five mining operations in locations around the world: Çayeli, Las Cruces, Pyhasalmi, Troilus and Ok Tedi. It also has a 100% interest in the Mina de Cobre Panama development property in Panama. www.inmetmining.comKORES was incorporated in 1967 and is especially focused on securing supplies of bituminous coal, uranium, iron, copper, zinc and nickel, which the government has selected as the six strategic minerals. KORES President Shin-Jong Kim explains “While we depend on foreign countries for 97% of the energy and mineral resources Korea uses, independent resource developments are one of our key tasks for our nation’s economic development.”Uranium and bituminous coal account for 77% of domestic energy production and iron, aluminium, zinc, copper, and graphite are “our necessary resources because they are raw materials that are essential in our daily lives such as in producing highly technology demanding materials like car, TV, and mobile phone. Unfortunately, we depend on the foreign countries for its supply. This is the main reason why we are devoting ourselves to turn Korea into a resource-rich country. KORES has made the next goal to get into the global top 20 mining company through relentless challenges and innovations.” www.kores.or.krlast_img read more

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Outotec to deliver gold pressure leaching technology in Russia

first_imgOutotec will deliver gold recovery technology for the Pokrovskiy hydrometallurgical plant in the Russian Far East in the Amur region. The contract was signed with JSC Pokrovskiy mine, which is part of  Russia’s third biggest gold producer, the Petropavlovsk Group. The delivery is based on the basic engineering carried out by Outotec. Outotec’s scope of delivery comprises the main equipment for the pressure leaching process including four 60 m3 autoclaves, with related equipment and a process control system. The equipment will be delivered over the next 18 months. The Pokrovskiy facility needs new process technology to process sulphide ore. The ore is delivered from the Pioneer and Malomir gold mines in the Amur region. The facility produces annually 144,900 oz of gold. The capacity of the new pressure leaching plant is estimated to be 600,000 t/y of concentrate.The contract follows the Petropavlovsk Group’s development plan to install a POX plant at the Pokrovskiy site to process flotation concentrate from the Malomir and Pioneer mines. The project design was developed by Outotec based on extensive metallurgical studies carried out by the Group’s research and development centres, Irgiredmet and Gidrometallurgiya, and also at the Group’s metallurgical test plant (based in Blagoveschensk).The total annual POX plant capacity is estimated at some 600,000 t of concentrate and the contract price is about EUR30 million. A contract for the supply of flotation equipment from Outotec is also expected to be signed in the near future.Commenting on the announcement, Peter Hambro, Chairman of Petropavlovsk PLC said: “I am delighted to report that our plans to create a POX processing hub at Pokrovskiy are progressing well. I believe that Petropavlovsk, with our own expert research centres and PHM Engineering, working together with Outotec will be successful in establishing a world-class POX processing hub, thus giving the Group a strong competitive advantage in a new and very prospective field.”“We are hoping to establish a long-term strategic partnership with Petropavlovsk Group. We are able to offer sustainable technology solutions for efficient recovery of gold and this delivery opens up us new passages for other gold projects in Russia and elsewhere. Moreover, this partnership enables us also new research possibilities and resources in Russia”, states Outotec’s CEO Pertti Korhonen.last_img read more

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Monde les zones de pêche viennent à manquer

first_imgMonde : les zones de pêche viennent à manquerLes chercheurs de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique et de National Geographic ont publié une étude qui indique que le monde va rapidement manquer de zones de pêches océaniques.Ces dernières décennies, l’exploitation de zones de pêche jusqu’alors inexploitées a permis une augmentation des prises. Parallèlement, les zones de pêche traditionnelles, elles, s’épuisaient. “Nous savions que l’expansion continuait, mais c’est la première fois que nous l’avons quantifiée”, explique Daniel Pauly co-auteur du rapport.Si 19 millions de tonnes de poissons étaient pêchées en 1950, le chiffre atteignait déjà 90 millions de tonnes en 1980. Les chercheurs qui ont publié ces résultats n’ont étudié les statistiques que sur la période 1950-2005. Il y a fort à parier que ce chiffre a encore progressé depuis cinq ans et il paraît inévitable de voir venir à manquer les zones de pêche, même celles situées au large.Le 4 décembre 2010 à 10:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Bray Wyatt not competing at TLC AJ Styles vs Finn Bálor is

first_img October 20, 2017 at 11:07 pm Twitter October 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm October 20, 2017 at 6:29 pm Pinterest Entirely possible. Wrestleview.com Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV 10 COMMENTS goddessroleplay AJ Styles Vs Finn?That’s tooooo sweeeet! October 21, 2017 at 8:24 am J™ Google+ Watch every episode of Firefly Funhouse, Top 10 Greatest Kings of the Ring October 20, 2017 at 9:11 pm Perhaps A.J. is Sister Abigail…No, seriously, this is great. Cross-promotional matchup is an upgrade at this point, as much as I hate to say that, because Bray is so much better than he’s getting from a creative team that has absolutely no idea how to use him. Plus, Styles is straight-up awesome. October 20, 2017 at 10:24 pm October 20, 2017 at 5:57 pm TheCyberZon Could be a blessing in disguise for Bray given the Sister Abigail angle. Facebookcenter_img Brian Farmer … … …Okay, what’s going on? One person being removed from a PPV match last minute, that happens, but TWO? Scott Budinich So were Bray, Bo and Jo Jo having a threesome? Well AJ is a soccer Mom….. unknown It happens, at the Great American Bash in 2006, The Great Khali, Bobby Lashley, and I believe Super Crazy were all removed from the card due to different reasons! David Wells October 20, 2017 at 11:08 pm Now the PPV will be worth watching, I still say the Authors of Pain will debut and aide Ambrose, Rollins, & Angle and set up a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match! October 20, 2017 at 6:28 pm Scott Budinich October 21, 2017 at 8:21 am David Wells New matches announced for Summerslam, Updated card in three weeks in Toronto Jeffery Adam Phillips What a change this is and provided it is more intense and interesting, taking nothing away from Wyatt and Reigns but Styles and Balor is a main event anywhere plus the return of Kurt Angle in the ring is a must see… I am so looking foward to TLC WhatsApp Bray Wyatt will not be competing at this Sunday’s Tables, Ladders and Chairs PPV due to a medical reason. AJ Styles will be facing “The Demon” Finn Bálor instead.From WWE.com:“Due to medical issues impacting two WWE Superstars scheduled to appear at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, streaming live on WWE Network this Sunday, the special event will now feature Kurt Angle competing in a WWE ring for the first time in more than 11 years, as he replaces Roman Reigns.”Adam Martin will later have more details on the medical issues impacting Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt. Comments are closed.last_img read more

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Speed cited in 3vehicle crash on Interstate 205

first_imgA distracted driver was speeding when she rear-ended another vehicle on Interstate 205, causing a three-vehicle crash, according to Washington State Patrol.Arzoo Ghadami, 25, was cited for driving too fast for conditions, according to a WSP crash memo.Shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, Ghadami was driving a silver Toyota Camry in the southbound lanes of the freeway near the state Highway 14 exit when she crashed into a gray Subaru Tribeca that had slowed for traffic. Then, a blue Toyota RAV-4 SUV slammed into the back of Ghadami’s car, troopers said.Ghadami “was distracted and exceeding a reasonably safe speed,” troopers said.She was injured in the crash and taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. A hospital spokesperson said Friday that she was treated and released.The other drivers were uninjured.last_img read more

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ASA Leaders Go to Washington to Press For Oilseed Loan Rate Freeze

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) leaders were in Washington, D.C., this week meeting with the White House and Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman to press for $1 billion dollars in safety net funding for soybean growers. ASA is urging a freeze on the 2002 marketing loan rate at the 2001 level of $5.26 per bushel, rather than letting it drop to the statutory minimum rate of $4.92 per bushel.“Oilseed producers have been struggling to cope with historically low prices for the past four years and there are no signs that prices will recover in 2002,” said ASA President Bart Ruth, a soybean producer from Rising City, Neb. “Now is not the time to pull the rug out from under soybean farmers.”Soybean prices are at the lowest level in 30 years due to the strong U.S. Dollar, record worldwide oilseed and palm oil production, and sharply increased Brazilian soy production induced by a devalued Brazilian Real. Because the Brazilian Real has devalued 157 percent against the U.S. Dollar, Brazilian soybean farmers actually are receiving 41 percent more for their crop today than they did in 1997 when international soybean prices were significantly higher.“Eventually the Brazilian Real can be expected to strengthen, and the U.S. Dollar to return to a more normal level relative to other currencies,” said ASA Chief Executive Officer Stephen Censky. “Until then, maintaining loan rates at current levels is the only mechanism available today to protect U.S. soybean producers and market share from a massively devalued Brazilian Real that is sending false production signals to Brazilian farmers.”last_img read more

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Capita to acquire Work Groups consultancy and resourcing operations

first_imgCapita is to acquire the resourcing and consultancy operations of Work Group through a trade and assets deal.Work Group’s resourcing and consultancy operations provide employer branding and marketing, including employee engagement consulting and internal communications.The deal, which follows Capita’s recent acquisition of ThirtyThree, aims to bolster the offering of the organisation’s employer branding agency.The acquisition also aims to enable the integrated ThirtyThree team to strengthen its proposition to expand into new areas of the marketplace.Capita will also acquire Work Group’s boutique candidate management and assessment operation, which will become part of Capita Resourcing.The transaction will complete on 31 December, subject to final approval by Work Group shareholders.Nicola McQueen, managing director of Capita Resourcing, said: “[The acquisition] brings together fantastic people who know how to work with high profile, multi-national brands and who share a belief in insight-led creativity and innovation.”Rose Colledge, group managing director of Work Group, added: “This represents a tremendous opportunity for our teams in the UK and internationally. We are really excited by the prospect of combining our skills and expertise with those of our new colleagues at ThirtyThree and Capita.”last_img read more