Sonia Chanu (left) with the silver medal, Sandhya Rani (right) with the bronze and Augustina Nwaokolo with the gold in the women’s 48kg weighlifting event on Monday.Hosts India opened their medal account in Commonwealth Games weightlifting competition when Soniya Chanu bagged a silver medal and Sandhya Rani Devi clinched a bronze in the women’s 48 kg class at the Jawaharlal Nehru sports complex today.Later in the evening, in the men’s 56kg competition, Sukhen Dey clinched the silver while the bronze was bagged by Srinivas Rao. The gold medal was won by Malaysia.Dey’s total lift was 252 kg while Rao’s was 248. It took India’s tally of medals to four on the first day. The host nation is aiming to finish second behind Australia, who’ve already claimed four gold and two silver medals today.Chanu cleared 167 kg to stand second in the event behind Nigerian woman Augustina Nwaokolo who hoised 175 kg to win the contest. She also created a new Games record. Sandya Rani took the bronze with a total clearance of 165 kg.Chanu and Nwaokolo were tied with the same clearance of 94 kg in the snatch competition but the latter, who weighed marginally less than the Indian woman, settled the issue in the clean and jerk category by clearing 8 kgs more.India’s Srinivasa Rao clinches the bronze for the 56kg weighlifting category on Monday. Chanu, coach dissatisfied with performance Chanu said she was disappointed about not winning the gold medal.”I am sad I could not win the gold medal,” said Chanu, who had to settle for a silver medal. She said pressure had nothing to do with her below-expectation performance.advertisementCoach Harnam Singh wasn’t too pleased.”I am not at all happy as we were sure to win a gold medal. I want to say sorry to all Indians for our performance,” Singh said.The coach blamed the slip-ups of his weightlifters on “coordination issues” but said the country could still hope for two gold medals.”We expect 10-12 weightlifting medals of which two should be gold,” Singh said.Tennis makes debut, India off to a good startIndia put up a dominant show on the debut day of tennis at the Commonwealth Games as all three singles players recorded easy wins and star pair of Leander Paes and Sania Mirza also began their quest for gold by storming into the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles.Leander Paes and Sania Mirza accept cheers after beating St Lucia in the first round mixed doubles game. Top seeds Leander and Sania rounded of the day for India in splendid fashion as they trampled the poor St Lucia combination of Stacey Nykita Roheman and Alberton Richelieu 6-1 6-0 in just 39 minutes.Before that Rohan Bopanna, Rushmi Chakravarthi and Poojashree Venkatesh scored dominant victories in the singles against their weak opponents.The only blot on India’s otherwise perfect day was 3-6 6-3 3-6 defeat of Bopanna and Nirupama Sanjeev against the top seeded Australian pair of Paul Hanley and Anastasia Rodionova in the mixed doubles first round.Bopanna had opened India’s account with an effortless 6-1, 6-4 win over Uganda’s Rober Buyinza in the first round of the men’s singles while Chakravarthi demolished Lesotho’s Pinki Agnes Montlha 6-0, 6-1 in the women’singles.Young Poojashree Venkatesh booked a second round berth with a 6-0 6-0 annihilation of Lesotho’s Nthabiseng Eunicia Nqosa in just 40 minutes.Badminton: India trounce Kenya 5-0 Saina Nehwal beat Kenya’s Joseph Mercy Mwethya 21-11 21-4. Ace shuttlers Chetan Anand and Saina Nehwal led from the front as India took less than an hour to inflict a humiliating 5-0 defeat on Kenya in a lopsided match of the preliminary stage of Group D in the badminton mixed team event of the Commonwealth Games at Siri Fort here today.Chetan started the proceedings for India, streamrolling Victor Odera Munga 21-7 21-13 in 14 minutes in men’s singles, while Saina then swelled the lead to 2-0 with a thumping win over Joseph Mercy Mwethya 21-11 21-4 in the women’s singles in just 11 minutes.Indian men’s doubles pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas then zoomed past Victor Munga and Patrik Kibet 21-5 21-5 to hand the home team an easy win over the African outfit in 12 minutes.Women’s hockey: India held to a draw by ScotlandReigning silver medalist India had to split points after being held to a 1-1 draw by a lowly Scotland in their opening Pool A match of the women’s hockey event at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here today.advertisementThe Indians fought back from a 0-1 deficit through Jasjeet Kaur Handa (45th minute) after Scotland took the lead in the third minute from a Holly Gram field goal.Jasjeet Kaur Handa scores in the 45th minute. The Indian eves had a mixed day in office, displaying contrasting hockey in both halves. While the home team looked out of sorts in the opening period, they dominated proceedings after the breather.India looked clueless in the first half, sparkling only in patches, while the Scots were by far the better side on display as they combined well to put pressure on the opponent’s defence on numerous occasions.In front of a sparse crowd that gathered at the stadium here, India conceded a goal early in the opening half, and from there on, played the catch-up game in the rest of the half.Archery: India dominate Day 1The wind changed its course at the Yamuna Sports Complex in the eastern fringes of the capital, but that did not break India’s rhythm as the recurve archers adjusted to the condition to dominate the ranking round on the opening day of their event.However, the ride wasn’t so smooth for the compound archers as they had to fight it out against some of the best.Rahul Banerjee and Jayanta Talukdar occupied the top two positions after returning scores of 679 points and 676 after two rounds of 36 arrows over a distance of 70m.Cadet world champion Deepika Kumari pipped two-time Olympian and 2007 World Finals champion Dola Banerjee for the top spot in the women’s recurve.”Today, the wind direction was opposite (than in previous days). From the last few days, it was from left to right but today, it was from right to left. But we did well to adjust, I am really happy with the show,” Indian chief coach Limba Ram told PTI.Teen sensation Deepika, fresh from her World Cup final stint in Edinburgh, was in her elements as she scored 662 points. Veteran Dola shot 658, while Naomi Anne Folkard of England was third with 642.”I am feeling really good, its only the ranking round hopefully we will do well in the championship round as well,” Deepika told reporters.Indian archers pose before Monday’s competition.Indian swimmers’ best ever effort not good enoughIndian swimmers made a maiden entry into a final in the Commonwealth Games before ending up sixth on a day when the formidable Australia clinched three of the five gold medals on offer today.Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington of England had to settle for a bronze as the Aussies made merry with three gold and two silver medals at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Aquatics Complex.South Africa clinched a gold bronze apiece while Canada bagged one gold and two silver as three new Games records were set. England picked up two silver and one bronze while Wales scopped up and Scotland got a bronzeEarlier, riding on a fine effort by India’s biggest hope Virdhawal Khade, the Indian 4x100m freestyle relay team advanced to the final.advertisementThe Indian quartet of Khade, Anshul Kothari, Arjun Jayaprakash and Aaron D’Souza clocked 3:28.06s in the heats to qualify for the final with a sixth place finish.In the final, Khade swam a brilliant 49.87 in the final lap to help India clock 3:27.14 and better their qualifying timing.But poor support from the other three members, Arjun Jayaprakash (52.99), Anshul Kothari (52.64) and Aaron D’Souza (51.64), forced India to settle for an identical sixth place in the final.The strong Australian quartet of Kyle Richardson, Eaamon Sullivan, Tommaso D’Orsogna and James Magnussen bagged the gold with a meet record of 3:13.92. England (3:15.05) got the silver and South Africa (3:15.21) the bronze.Injuries hit Indian gymnastic squadInjured Indian gymnast Rohit Jaiswal being taken away on a stretcher after a mishap during the Artistic Gymnastics event of the Commonwealth Games at IG Stadium on Monday. Plagued by injury to two of their players, India finished sixth, even as Australia swelled their medal tally with a gold in the men’s artistic gymnastics at Indira Gandhi Stadium here today.Australia won the gold with 259.050 points in the men’s artistic team subdivision two competition on the Vault, while England, who led into the final rotation, finished with the silver medal with 256.750 points.Canada bagged the bronze with 248.500 points.Australia became the third country to win the men’s team event in gymnastics artistic.Canada (four times) and England (twice) were the only two CGAs to win this event in the history of the Games.The Australia men’s team that won the artistic gymnastics event on Monday. All 21 medals in this event have been now divided between Australia, Canada and England.Indian coach Vladimir Chertkov however appeared optimistic despite their sixth place finish.”This is not the end — we look forward. I have seen tremendous improvement in the performance of the team. We have (already) qualified for the (2010) World Championships. The main challenge for our team is landing. So we focus a lot on that.”
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, left, drives against Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)NEW ORLEANS — In a game marked by milestones, it was Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers who had the most to celebrate.Lillard scored 24 points and became the second-leading scorer in franchise history as Portland defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 122-110 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments “When they needed the big shots,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said, “Damian and C.J. made them.”Portland took an 87-82 lead at the end of the third quarter and pushed the lead to eight early in the fourth.Payton’s 3-pointer pulled the New Orleans within three points at 102-99 midway through the period, but McCollum, Lillard and Hood each made a 3-pointer as Portland took a 115-103 lead with 3:51 left.New Orleans took a 37-30 lead after one quarter, but cooled off in the second. The Pelicans scored just 20 second-quarter points as the Blazers closed within a point at 57-56 at halftime.TIP-INSBlazers: The Blazers clinched a winning season and improved to .500 on the road (17-17). … Portland, which was swept by New Orleans in a first-round playoff series last season, completed a three-game sweep of the regular-season series. … Hood made his first start since being acquired in trade with Cleveland on Feb. 4, filling in for injured Maurice Harkless.Pelicans: G Jrue Holiday (abdominal strain) and F E’Twaun Moore (quad contusion) each missed their fourth consecutive games and coach Alvin Gentry said it’s unlikely either will return this season. … Randle set his career high for points in a quarter when he scored 21 in the first period.DAVIS WELL RESTEDPelicans All-Star F Anthony Davis did not play Friday and the official reason for his absence was “rest.” New Orleans has been restricting Davis’ minutes and holding him out of one game of each set of back-to-back games since he requested a trade in late January. He’s expected to play against Phoenix on Saturday.UP NEXT Lillard passed LaMarcus Aldridge (12,562) on the team’s list, giving him 12,584 and leaving only Clyde Drexler ahead of him with 18,040.“To move up the list with such a great organization, so many great players that came before me and to move up again is an honor,” Lillard said. “One more person to go.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsC.J. McCollum added 23 points, and Enes Kanter and Rodney Hood each had 17 points for the Trail Blazers, who improved to 8-3 since the All-Star break. Zach Collins scored 12 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 11 points and 12 rebounds as Portland handed New Orleans its fifth consecutive loss despite impressive performances by a couple of Pelicans.“Zach came off the bench and did a great job defensively,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Rodney made some big plays down at the end that were important.” LATEST STORIES UAAP volleyball: Lady Eagles thump Lady Bulldogs, end 1st round at no. 1 Google Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Blazers: visits San Antonio on Saturday.Pelicans: hosts Phoenix on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss New Orleans’ Julius Randle had a career-high 45 points and 11 rebounds, falling four assists short of a triple-double. Elfrid Payton had his third consecutive triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 16 assists.Payton has played in just 31 games in his first season with the Pelicans because of a multiple injuries“I think I have a good feel for where my teammates like the ball for the most part,” Payton said. “It’s just so unfortunate that I’ve missed so many games this year, so I’m just trying to finish strong.”Frank Jackson added 16 points and Jahlil Okafor had 10 for the Pelicans, who made just 12 of 25 free throws.The Pelicans led by one point at halftime, but Lillard and McCollum led the way as the Blazers had a 66-point second half.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has hinted at Dinesh Karthik’s inclusion in the Playing XI for the much awaited Champions Trophy clash against Pakistan after the wicketkeeper-batsman made a strong case for his selection scoring stylish 94 runs against Bangladesh in the second warm-up game at the Kennington Oval on Tuesday.Karthik, who got out for a duck in the first warm-up match against New Zealand, made full use of the opportunity in the second game as he tore apart the Bangladeshi attack in his 77-ball knock which was studded with 8 fours and a six.The 31-year-old, along with Shikhar Dhawan (60) and Hardik Pandya (80*), helped India post a gigantic 324-6 in their 50 overs which the Indian bowlers defended with precision.The Men in Blued then skittled out Bangladesh for a paltry 84 in only 23.5 overs, thus winning the game by a huge margin of 240 runs.”Very pleased. We got what we wanted in both the games. Last game as well, the bowlers did a fantastic job. As soon as the cloud cover comes in, it becomes increasingly difficult for the batsmen. Not taking anything from our bowlers. But it gets very difficult,” Kohli said after the match.Pandya’s flambouyant knock was also the highlight of the Indian innings as he looked in prime form. His unbeaten 54-ball inning was studded with 6 fours and 4 sixes.”We back Kedhar and Hardik to do it for us down the order. Hardik was outstanding. Jadeja also played with composure.””Fielding has been good, catching has been good. All bases are covered. We have ticked all the boxes going into the tournament,” he added.advertisementHeaping praise on Karthik, the 28-year-old said, “Dinesh is an outstanding player. We just wanted to give him an extended run.’India won the last Champions Trophy in 2013 and head into the marquee event as favourites after a hugely successful home season with 10 Test wins.Team India begin their title defence in what can be expected as a high-voltage encounter against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4 at Edgbaston.
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Croatia ended Iceland’s chances at the World Cup and helped out Argentina at the same time.Ivan Perisic capitalized on a defensive error to score a 90th-minute winner Tuesday, giving Croatia a 2-1 win over Iceland and first place in Group D on Tuesday.Iceland could have finished second in the group with a victory because Argentina beat Nigeria 2-1 at the same time. Instead, the Croats will face Denmark on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod and Argentina will take on France on Saturday in Kazan.Fielding a side filled with reserves after already being assured of a spot in the round of 16, Croatia started to take control of the match in the second half.Milan Badelj, moments after hitting the bar, scored the opening goal in the 53rd minute. He sprinted into the area and sent a bouncing shot past goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.“The fact that we’ve brought on nine new players and won is another sign of our strength and depth, and we have to be proud of that,” said Badelj, who was man of the match.Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic, left, looks out during the group D match between Iceland and Croatia, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)Iceland equalized in the 76th when Gylfi Sigurdsson scored from the penalty spot after substitute Dejan Lovren handled the ball.Defender Sverrir Ingason twice threatened for Iceland, hitting the crossbar with a header in the second half.“There is too much quality in Croatia,” Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said. “I am disappointed but I am really proud of the character and the performance of the boys.“It was a bit of a shock to concede one, but we did not give up,” he said. “The players should have a lot of credit for this game. I couldn’t have been more proud.”Luka Modric led the Croats for 65 minutes before being substituted. The team, which had already advanced going into the match, played with little verve for much of the match as they contained their opponents. Iceland needed a win to have a shot at a place in the elimination round.Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said he was pleased to show how deep the quality extended in his side, but also paid tribute to his opponents’ “character and discipline.”“I’m upset with the conceded goal, but … we won nine points, the goal difference is 7-1, and we have top spot in the group. That is fantastic.”___GROUP DYNAMICSIceland’s World Cup dream is over after qualifying for its first-ever World Cup. The nation is the smallest by population, with 350,000 residents, ever to qualify for the tournament. Croatia, which had already qualified for the next round before Tuesday’s match, took the full nine points in the group stage. The Croats now go on to face Denmark.Croatia’s Luka Modric, right, duels for the ball with Iceland’s Johann Gudmundsson during the group D match between Iceland and Croatia, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)“They are deservedly there in the round of 16,” Badelj said of the team’s next opponents. “They played a tough game against France, who are strong. But I believe in our strengths and our good form.”___KEY TO SUCCESSThe Croatians kept nearly two-thirds of possession and outperformed the Icelanders in passing accuracy.The game was physical and ended with five yellow cards.Iceland midfielder Birkir Bjarnason walked off the pitch early in the first half with a bloody nose after being elbowed in the face by Marko Pjaca, and he struggled with the rest of the match.___PROUD PRIME MINISTERIceland’s prime minister, Katrín Jakobsdottir, said in a post in English on Twitter: “It’s been extremely inspiring for all of us in Iceland to see how your belief in the team and its possible success despite the odds, has carried you this far. Congratulations dear boys!”As bats fluttered overhead, Iceland fans stood and clapped and were greeted by both teams.___More AP World Cup coverage: www.apnews.com/tag/WorldCup—By DEREK GATOPOULOS and HAMZA HENDAWI , Associated PressCroatia’s Josip Pivaric prepares to chest the ball during the group D match between Iceland and Croatia, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)TweetPinShare0 Shares
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Ohio State is No. 1, while Wisconsin has looked dominant through two weeks. Penn State, Iowa and Michigan State have handled their business.Michigan at No. 6 is eye-opening. The Wolverines are going to have a lot to prove going forward after almost losing to Army.We’ll learn some things about this league in the next few weeks. Is Wisconsin back among the elite? How good is Maryland really? Can Michigan step its game up? How about Nebraska?Those are just some of the questions that need to be answered about the Big Ten. NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 27: Jonathan Taylor #23 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs with the ball in the first quarter of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against the Miami Hurricanes at Yankee Stadium on December 27, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)Week 2 was an interesting one in the Big Ten, as some programs survived scares while others asserted their dominance. Overall, it was an entertaining slate of games.Every week, ESPN updates its Big Ten rankings. There are a few interesting changes to this week’s edition, with one notable program dropping a few spots.Here are ESPN’s full Big Ten power rankings for Week 3:Ohio StateWisconsinPenn StateIowaMichigan StateMichiganMarylandMinnesotaPurdueNebraskaNorthwesternIndianaIllinoisRutgersYou can see all of the conference power rankings here.
India should not play Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup: Harbhajan SinghHarbhajan Singh said India should not play Pakistan in the 2019 Cricket World Cup and added Virat Kohli’s men were good enough to do well in the event even if they had to forfeit points to their arch-rivalsadvertisement Vikrant Gupta New DelhiFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 22:50 IST Harbhajan Singh has said India can qualify for the semi-final at 2019 World Cup even without playing Pakistan (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are set to play Pakistan at the Cricket World Cup on June 16 in ManchesterHarbhajan Singh has said India will be able to quality for the semi-final even without playing PakistanWe should stand with our country. Cricket or hockey or any sport, we don’t need to play with them: HarbhajanHarbhajan Singh said India should not play Pakistan in their World Cup match in Manchester on June 16 after the terror attack in Pulwama killed 40 personnel of the CRPF. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the ghastly act.Harbhajan Singh said India are powerful enough to do well in the World Cup without having to play Pakistan. India will need to forfeit valuable points if they concede their fourth match of the tournament.”India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup. India are powerful enough to win the World Cup without having to play Pakistan,” Harbhajan Singh told Aaj Tak.He added: “This is a difficult time. The attack that has happened, it was unbelievable and it’s very wrong. Strict action will surely be taken by the government. When it comes to cricket, I don’t think we should have any relations with them otherwise they will keep treating us like this.The Indian cricket team will be chasing their third World Cup title after victories in 1983 and 2011 and the Virat Kohli-led team starts favourites to win the title. The ICC rules do not permit India to withdraw or boycott their game against Pakistan without (a) forfeiting points and (b) inviting sanctions but Harbhajan insists that is the way forward.”I don’t think we need to have any relations with Pakistan or play any cricket with them.”I don’t think India should play the World Cup match against Pakistan. Country comes first and we are all standing behind our country. Cricket or hockey or sports, it should be kept aside because this is a huge thing and repeatedly our soldiers are killed. We should stand with our country. Cricket or hockey or any sport, we don’t need to play with them.”advertisementWhat if India meet Pakistan in the semi-final or the final?While India can still afford to forfeit their game against Pakistan in the league stage, which, of course, will mean loss of points, the bigger question is what happens if the two sides find themselves face to face in the knock-out stage?Harbhajan said India can cross the bridge when it came to it in that case.”We are too small to discuss what needs to be done – there are big people sitting in power who can take a call.”What happens if we have to play Pakistan in the semi-final or final? There’s plenty of time for June-July. The people in power will need what to do. But nobody can harm India. What happened in Pulwama is tragic. We are safe today only because of our defence forces,” Harbhajan said.India do not play bilateral cricket with Pakistan and Harbhajan said India should not keep any kind of ties with Pakistan.”We should not keep any kind of ties with Pakistan: we are powerful enough to feed the world on our own. Cricket, sports is not as important. We stand with every member of the defence force. Their sacrifices should no go to waste. Before cricket, the main things should be sorted out. How that happens can be decided by the government. Till those problems are solved, India should not play cricket or any sport with them,” he said.India have never faced Pakistan in a bilateral series since the 2012-13 home series. After 2013, India have played Pakistan at the Asia Cup five times, twice in Champions Trophy, twice in World T20 and once in World Cup. The last time India met Pakistan was in Asia Cup in September last year where India thrashed their arch rivals three times twice in the league stage and then in the all-important final.India withdrew the MFN status for Pakistan the day after the attack and diplomatic efforts are on to isolate Pakistan internationally.Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board called the Indian official broadcasters of the Pakistan Super League, DSport’s decision to suspend coverage and the removal of Pakistan cricketers’ portraits from cricket clubs across India as “regrettable”.Also, IMG Reliance on Sunday pulled out from broadcasting the Pakistan Super League, meaning the PSL will go off air unless the PCB brings in an alternate production service.”Unfortunately, denying India cricket fans the right to follow HBL PSL by blocking all digital coverage as well as covering or removing portrait of former Pakistan cricket captain and Prime Minister Imran Khan and other legendary cricketers from one of the most historic cricket clubs and venues are highly regrettable actions,” the PCB said.”The PCB intends to take up these incidents with the BCCI and the ICC at the upcoming ICC committee meeting in Dubai later this month.”advertisementAlso Read | Pulwama terror attack: Mohammed Shami donates to families of martyred CRPF soldiersAlso Read | No cricketing ties with Pakistan until government nod: Rajeev ShuklaAlso Read | Photos of Pakistan cricketers removed from Jaipur stadium after Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | Hardik Pandya and I are seen as competitors but we share very good rapport: Vijay ShankarAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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As a part of the new Nova Scotia strategy, the government through the Department of Energy, is opening another door for green energy producers in the province. Energy Minister Bill Dooks will ask the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to create new rates for green energy producers to sell power to municipal utilities. These rates are also necessary for retail sales of renewable energy. “We are working to build a sustainable green energy industry in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Dooks. “We want to make life easier for renewable energy producers while protecting the price of electricity for ratepayers and reducing greenhouse gases in the most efficient manner possible.” Mr. Dooks will work with industry, the board and the system operator to determine how much renewable energy can be safely integrated into Nova Scotia’s electricity system while keeping both prices and emissions as low as possible. This work will be done through an independent study. “Nova Scotians want more green energy,” said Mr. Dooks. “And we want to avoid a situation where electricity prices go up while our greenhouse gas emissions stay the same.” Alberta is limiting wind power generation at 900 megawatts pending more studies. Nova Scotia’s study will help determine our provincial limitations. In January, Mr. Dooks introduced regulations that require about 20 per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity to be generated by renewable energy by 2013. On Monday, March 12, Nova Scotia Power put out a tender for 130 megawatts of renewable energy as a result of the government’s regulations. This will result in new investments of about $300 million in Nova Scotia. The Utility and Review Board will be asked to set rates around the purchase of green energy shortfalls (top-up), the selling of surpluses (spill), and providing energy in the event of a breakdown (back-up). These rates are necessary if renewable to retail sales are allowed in the future. Mr. Dooks said staff spent considerable time talking with industry but could not reach an industry consensus on moving forward with legislation in the spring. “We need to create other options to sell green energy to Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Dooks. “We were hoping industry would be able to agree on how to move this file forward. We will be working with industry in the coming months and take the best model for Nova Scotia and move it forward.” Mr. Dooks also said future federal decisions on climate change measures — such as emissions regulations and carbon trading — may affect how Nova Scotia proceeds.
Consumer debt continues to rise in Canada.Not only is it a different situation regionally, there are also vast differences when broken down by generation.But for the first time in a long time, the personal debt situation in Alberta is improving.It’s all included in TransUnion’s latest Canada Industry Insights Report.TransUnion’s Director of Research and Industry Analysis Matt Fabian said non-mortgage consumer debt nationally was up 4.6 per cent in 2017, to just shy of $30,000 per person.“Although balances are increasing, that’s against the backdrop of a growing economy and we don’t see any immediate cause for concern in that delinquency rates are still quite low and are in fact decreasing,” said Fabian.He explained the bulk is made up of Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers.“The Baby Boomers still have fairly large debt balances but that growth has basically stabilized and their delinquency rates are dropping so this is a group that’s de-leveraging,” he explained,Gen X-ers on the other hand are in their heavy debt load years.“The Gen X-ers are the folks that are still carrying large balances, in fact the largest balance out of all the different segments, and their delinquency rates are still relatively high,” said Fabian.As for Millennials, they’re starting to accumulate more debt in form of credit cards and lines of credit as their families grow.Generation Z is seeing the largest debt growth by percentage but balances are low and so are delinquency rates.Regionally, Alberta is still the top province in terms of consumer debt, but it’s getting better.“We are seeing delinquency rates dropping so we start to see early signs of Alberta pulling out of it and the growth rate of that debt balance has slowed as well,” said Fabian. “There’s generally a long tail with these things, you know the economy slows down like it did a couple of years ago and people accumulate debt and there’s a long tail, it kind of lags.”He expected that positive trend to continue.
When we think about organising precarious “gig” workers, the task seems biblical. Low pay and no benefits that accrue to gig workers are worsened by the uncertainty of a position where you can only work to deliver something specifically demanded by consumers and at a premium you are often powerless to control. App companies misclassify workers as independent contractors rather than employees in order to pass on all of the maintenance and capital costs, aside from web work and marketing, to the workers, avoiding personnel benefit and equipment costs that are routine for regular employers. Conditions seem to cry out a union. A recent “strike” by Uber drivers in Los Angeles illustrates the kind of problem we deal with when we discuss gig workers and their ability to fight for better conditions. The company had triggered the strike by increasing its percentage of the fare, thereby decreasing drivers’ pay. In response, the drivers turned off the Uber application on their phone. Stated more plainly, they went on strike by simply not responding to any calls or inducements to drive. Did it work? Who knows? How would any of us, whether organisers, curious observers, or company officials, know how to measure the number of drivers protesting in this way versus those who just decided not to drive on any given day or got ticked-off and responded to Lyft instead? ACORN tried a similar approach in the early 1970s when we were fighting increases by the Arkla Gas Company in central Arkansas. Our “Turn Off Arkla Day!” action got a bit of press, as the Uber drivers did in Los Angeles. But in both cases, the company yawned since there was no way to measure whether the strike affected their cash flow. Organising gig workers can be challenging, but there’s some good work going on for bicycle delivery drivers in Europe, where companies like Uber Eats, Deliveroo, and others have become ubiquitous. Last fall, one of ACORN’s affiliates organised a meeting in Brussels that brought together union activists interested in organising European bicycle delivery drivers with fledgeling groups of drivers from a dozen countries including the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany. That meeting highlighted several active organising projects: – Bike Workers Advocacy Project (BWAP), a new group seeking to organise cycling workers and, eventually, lead to some kind of unionisation or union-style representation. Drivers at Postmates and Caviar in New York City and some bicycle shops seemed to be stirring the pot in 2018, but nothing seems to have emerged formally to date. – Bike delivery workers at Foodora and Dilveroo in Germany have raised issues about low wages and their independent contractor situation while advocating for a union. – In 2016, London gig workers for delivery services Deliveroo and Uber Eats organised protests and strikes for higher wages. There was also an outcry in Philadelphia when a rider for Caviar was killed while working. – Legal action has managed to win back employment rights, such as a recent ruling in Spain that declared that a Deliveroo rider was, in fact, an employee and not an independent contractor, as the company claimed. Caviar is in mandatory arbitration in California on the same issue. Just as importantly, riders in London struck for three days in 2018 and joined with striking McDonalds’s workers to demand higher wages, largely organised by a chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). While these examples seem promising, unions clearly lack any real commitment to organise these workers, and the workers have limited leverage. David Chu, who directs the European Organising Center, a joint project between European unions and the US-based Change to Win federation, told me recently that he hears a lot of talk about organising gig workers but sees little action in that direction. Serious organising efforts in the United States have been contradictory and are embryonic at best. Uber in New York City and San Francisco reacted to organising efforts by attempting to co-opt the organisations into agreeing that the workers were not employees in exchange for consultation rights on rule changes and other issues like receiving tips. More concerted efforts to create a mini-National Labor Relations Board representation mechanism were launched at the municipal level in Seattle, but the organising effort is currently mired in litigation over pre-emption by the National Labor Relations Act and the question of employee status. Local efforts reflect the way companies keep changing their practices, as Marielle Benchehboune, coordinator of ACORN’s affiliate, ReAct, noted recently in Forbes. “What will make the difference,” she suggested, is workers organising “on the transnational scale.” Perhaps her analysis is correct. Perhaps a rare global organising plan could create enough pressure and leverage among these competing companies that could weld a workers’ movement together from the disparate pieces of independent worker mobilisations that are cropping up around the world. Given the challenges, how much should we invest in organising gig workers? Labour economists in the US caution that despite all of the hype from Silicon Valley and even some labour officials about the emerging gig economy, it involves a very small percentage of the workforce. I heard something similar 15 years ago when I asked a leader of the Indian National Trade Union Congress if they were doing anything to organise call centre workers in India. He answered that they estimated that there were 30,000 such workers, but there were 450 million workers in India at the time and hardly nine per cent were organised. He then shrugged. That’s all he said, but we got the message. There’s much to be done in organising the unorganised; resources and capacity are always restrained, whether in India, Europe or North America. Is that a reason for not finding ways to organise workers who are attempting on their own to find justice in their jobs? Or is it just another rationale for doing little or nothing? The one thing that seems clear is that if unions are going to be relevant to the modern workforce and the irregular and precarious forms of work that are being created by technology married to avarice, we must debate and address these challenges. It may be difficult, but unions and organisers need to devise practical strategies that allow workers to organise, win, and build enough power to force companies to adapt and change. IPA (Courtesy: People’s World The views expressed are strictly personal)
NORMAN, Okla. — The Latest on Oklahoma’s opioids case against Johnson & Johnson (all times local):3:10 p.m.An Oklahoma judge has found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid drug crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to help address the problem.Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman issued the decision Monday in the nation’s first state trial against the companies accused of contributing to the widespread use of the highly addictive painkillers.The company is expected to appeal.Oklahoma argued the company aggressively marketed opioids for years in a way that overstated their effectiveness and underplayed the addiction risk.Oklahoma previously reached a $270 million settlement with Oxycontin-maker Purdue Pharma and an $85 million deal with Israeli-owned Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.Oklahoma’s case could shape negotiations to resolve roughly 1,500 other opioid lawsuits consolidated before a federal judge in Ohio.___12 a.m.An Oklahoma judge is expected to rule in the first state case to go to trial accusing an opioid drugmaker of being responsible for the devastating consequences of addiction to powerful painkillers.Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman is scheduled to deliver his judgment in open court at 3 p.m. Monday. The Oklahoma case is at the forefront of a wave of lawsuits against drug companies over the opioid crisis.Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has called consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson a “kingpin” company that helped fuel the most devastating public health crisis in the state’s history. Company attorneys say they acted responsibly and that the evidence doesn’t support the state’s claim.Two other groups of defendants that manufactured opioids reached settlements before the trial started May 28.The Associated Press
“Such differences will only complicate the already difficult task of peacemaking by encouraging contending Somali groups and leaders to adopt inflexible positions on national reconciliation so as to safeguard their interests and weaken the influence of those Somalis who want an end to violence and the restoration of peace in the country,” the Secretary-General says in a new report to the Security Council released today at UN Headquarters.Noting that a national reconciliation conference for Somalia originally scheduled for April was not held, Mr. Annan says that the environment of apparent suspicion, both among regional countries and inside Somalia, needed to be defused urgently if a productive conference was to take place.“Consensus and coherence among the frontline States of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is essential for the IGAD effort in support of national reconciliation in Somalia to succeed,” he observes. “It is also clear that the IGAD frontline States and other neighbouring countries, as well as donors, must use their influence to encourage the Somali parties to take positive and reconciliatory steps towards establishing peace and security in their country.”Meanwhile, the country has witnessed an escalation of violence in recent months, costing many civilian lives and resulting in a worsening of the humanitarian crisis, the Secretary-General writes. In urging Somali leaders to refrain from military action and violence and to make every effort to participate constructively in the peace process, he says: “It is the duty of leaders to lead, not to pursue narrow partisan advantage.”
Over 19,000 Palestinian students will receive a 75 per cent reduction in educational fees this semester through a programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the agency announced today.The programme, funded by the Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People, will enable 11 universities and 24 other establishments of higher education, many of them vocational, to grant fee waivers to needy students in the West Bank and Gaza.The agency said that more than half of the waivers will be granted to female students.So far, applications have been submitted for 27,398 students, 19,157 of whom will receive fee reductions, UNESCO said.
OTTAWA – The International Monetary Fund is calling for further government action amid signs the recovery is faltering in many countries, although Canada’s outlook has held up better than most other advanced economies.The 188-country organization said Monday that it expects Canada’s economy will grow modestly, by 2.1 per cent this year and 2.2 per cent next year — virtually unchanged from the IMF’s forecast in April.That’s not the case in many parts of the world.The IMF’s July outlook warns that, after a better-than-expected start to the year, growth is slowing in many parts of the world, shaving two-tenths of a point off of the IMF”s 2013 estimate, which falls to 3.9 per cent.The 2012 growth estimate has also been reduced, by one-tenth of a point to 3.5 per cent.The expansion is mostly due to strong, if moderating, growth rates in the emerging economies and smaller advanced economies, such as Australia.Overall growth in advanced economies is only expected to hit 1.4 per cent this year and 1.9 per cent in 2013, very weak levels, with some nations faring far worse.Some countries in the euro area are in recession and at best can expect minuscule growth next year, the IMF says.The United States growth projected at 2.0 per cent and 2.3 per cent in 2012 and 2013, one-tenth of a point less than before and not enough to decrease unemployment.Even emerging market expansion is moderating because weakness in Europe and U.S. is dampening demand for their exports.But it is not a few percentage points of gross domestic product that has the Washington-based economic watchdog most concerned — it’s the rising risk that Europe will go off the rails, and to a lesser extent, the U.S. as well.It particularly singles out Italy and Spain, which it says must be prevented from collapsing.“More worrisome than these revisions to the baseline forecast is the increase in downside risks,” Olivier Blanchard, the IMF’s chief economist, said in a webcast press conference.“Italy and Spain have to succeed,” he added. “They have to do what’s needed to succeed, they have to do the adjustment in competitiveness, which is tough, they have to do fiscal consolidation, which is tough.“But that’s not enough, they are in a very deep hole (and) they need help from other euro members.”In addition, the IMF says the U.S. must avoid at all costs an abrupt withdrawal of fiscal stimulus.And emerging economies should be on the watch for signs of trouble and prepared to take action.The IMF does not mention Canada in its analysis, other than placing it in the table of economic projections. Canada places No. 2 among the Group of Seven countries in terms of growth, with Japan at No. 1 this year with 2.4 per cent and the United States in top spot at 2.3 per cent growth in 2013.The Canadian growth rates forecast by the IMF are below the Bank of Canada’s call of 2.4 per cent both years, but in line with most private sector economists, who have been downsizing expectations the past few months.Analysts expect the Bank of Canada will also shave its outlook at the next opportunity, which comes Tuesday morning during its policy interest rate announcement.That would signal that the central bank, which had been hinting of raising interest rates later this year, likely intends to stay on the sidelines until 2013 at the least.Bank governor Mark Carney has publicly expressed concerns that historically low interest rates have lured many Canadians to take on too much debt and inflated real estate prices, but Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s recent moves to tighten mortgage rules has taken some air out of the balloon. As well, all signs point to both lower demand and prices on the housing front.For Europe, the IMF has a series of recommendations, many of which have been voiced in the past.It calls on Europe to implement bank bailout measures they’ve introduced and to take steps toward further banking and fiscal union.And it also calls on the European Central Bank to become more active than it has been to support growth.“There is room for monetary policy in the euro area to ease further,” the IMF says, including “non-standard measures” that go beyond cutting interest rates. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Global economy weakening, but Canada continues with slow growth: IMF forecast by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 16, 2012 2:48 pm MDT
by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 14, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week TORONTO – Five things to watch this week in Canadian business:TSX closed: Investors can take a breather from freaking out about their stock portfolios on Monday — the Toronto Stock Exchange is closed due to Ontario’s Family Day.Rona: Quebec’s home renovation retailer will release its fourth-quarter results on Tuesday. Earlier this month, Rona announced that U.S. home improvement chain Lowe’s is buying the company in a friendly takeover valued at $3.2 billion Cdn.Housing: The Canadian Real Estate Association is out with its January 2016 resale housing statistics on Tuesday. They’ll contain clues about whether this year is poised to be as bullish a year for real estate in Toronto and Vancouver as 2015 was, and as dismal a year in Alberta.Bombardier: Embattled aircraft builder Bombardier Inc. releases its fourth-quarter and year-end results on Wednesday. The company is waiting to hear if it’s getting an aid package from Ottawa. Quebec’s trade minister said recently the province will consider a further investment in Bombardier if federal aid doesn’t materialize.Inflation: On Friday, Statistics Canada releases the consumer price index for the first month of the year. The annual inflation rate for December grew to 1.6 per cent, fuelled by soaring prices for numerous products including fruits and vegetables.
CALGARY – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is taking a turf war with Alberta to its economic heart, inviting energy companies based in Calgary to move their headquarters to his province.In a letter to Whitecap Resources (TSX:WCP) dated Monday, Wall offers to subsidize relocation costs, trim taxes and royalties and help find space in unused government buildings if the oil and gas firm moves to Saskatchewan.Wall cites reductions to corporate and personal income taxes promised in his recent provincial budget as further incentives, adding that his government has no intention of implementing a carbon tax like the one Alberta did this year.“Given these major tax changes and your production presence in our province, I would therefore like to formally ask you to consider a relocation of your head office from Calgary to Saskatchewan,” reads the letter.Kathy Young, a spokeswoman for Wall, said the letters were sent to several energy firms. She said Wall “takes every opportunity” to ask companies to move their headquarters to Saskatchewan.The letter emerges in the wake of public bickering between Notley and Wall over each other’s provincial budgets. Neither was available for comment.The letter, provided to The Canadian Press, says it may make sense for Whitecap Resources and other Calgary companies with oil and gas production in Saskatchewan to make a “co-operative joint move” to benefit from additional cost savings.Calgary Economic Development president Mary Moran said tax “tweaks” in the Saskatchewan budget don’t overcome Alberta’s competitive tax advantage, adding that Wall’s short-term incentives will “borrow loyalty, not buy loyalty.”“I’m not a big believer, whether it be labour or companies, that it serves us well as a country to be poaching from one province to the other,” Moran said.Alberta Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous said Albertans pay “billions less total tax than Saskatchewan” due to no sales tax, payroll tax or health-care premiums. Bilous also said his province has some of the lowest gasoline and diesel taxes in Canada.“Contrary to Premier Wall’s claim, businesses know the federal government will impose a carbon levy in his province,” he added.Whitecap Resources CEO Grant Fagerheim said he’s taking Wall’s offer seriously but would only move if it would benefit his company’s shareholders. He conceded such a decision would come as a “shock” to his Calgary head office staff of 105.“It’s a very pleasant offer from Premier Brad Wall but we have to look at that in much more detail,” Fagerheim said.“When we’re working for shareholders, we have to consider all of our costs and everything that goes alongside that, (including) logistics.”Whitecap Resources produces about 50 per cent of its oil and gas in Alberta, 40 per cent in Saskatchewan and the rest in B.C., said Fagerheim. Other Calgary companies with oil and gas production in Saskatchewan include Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG), Husky Energy (TSX:HSE), Raging River Exploration (TSX:RRX) and Surge Energy (TSX:SGY).Notley’s NDP government tabled a budget this month that relies on economic growth to balance the books in six years. Wall’s budget boosts the provincial sales tax and cuts spending with the aim of returning to surplus in three years.When Notley was asked whether there is anything in the budget tabled by Wall’s right-leaning government that she would never do, she replied: “Almost everything.”On the weekend, Wall took to Twitter to say he wasn’t about to take budgeting advice from Notley and the Alberta NDP.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. Premier Brad Wall invites Calgary energy companies to relocate to Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall speaks with members of the media following the 2017 budget speech at the Legislative Building in Regina Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Wall is taking a turf war with Alberta to its economic heart, inviting energy companies based in Calgary to move their headquarters to his province.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor. by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 29, 2017 4:55 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 29, 2017 at 11:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Police on horseback lead the cortege of Pc Keith PalmerCredit:Nick Edwards for The Telegraph The coffin of Pc Keith Palmer passes a police guard of honour on Sunday Credit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph Police officers march through Southwark for Pc Palmer’s funeralCredit:Hannah McKay/Getty Police officers march through the streets of central LondonCredit:Nick Edwards for The Telegraph Four other innocent people were killed and dozens of others injured in the 82-second atrocity on Wednesday March 22, which ended with Masood, 52, being shot dead.Andreea Cristea, 31, Leslie Rhodes, 75, Kurt Cochran, 54, and Aysha Frade, 44, died after he ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. He drove at high speed across Westminster Bridge, ploughing into crowds and killing four people. A ceremony at the Police Roll of Honour Trust to add Pc Keith Palmer’s nameCredit:Rick Findler/PA Ch Insp Sawyer said: “Keith was a Depeche Mode fan and would often sing his favourite song at work, I Just Can’t Get Enough, which was relevant to his arrest rate.” He went on: “During Keith’s policing service he met and worked alongside many officers and left a positive impression on all. And we will all miss him greatly.“I know this because over the last couple of weeks so many of these colleagues and friends have told me as much.“I will close with these thoughts from myself, Keith’s colleagues and friends – his spirit will never leave us and he will remain an inspiration to us all. Keith’s blue lamp will shine bright forever. And on behalf of us all we say thank you – Keith made a difference and we will not forget.” Flowers reading ‘No. 1 Daddy’ on top of the hearse carrying Pc Keith Palmer’s coffinCredit:NEIL HALL/Reuters Floral tributes to the victims of the Westminster attackCredit:Matt Dunham/AP Police officers arrive in Southwark for the funeral of Pc Keith Palmer Credit:Dan Kitwood/Getty Pc Keith Palmer’s coffin is unloaded from a hearse at the Palace of WestminsterCredit:PETER NICHOLLS/Reuters They were joined by tens of thousands of members of the public as the capital fell silent to remember Pc Keith Palmer, who was killed guarding Parliament during last month’s Westminster terror attack.Southwark Cathedral heard the 48-year-old father of one hailed as a “hero” whose “blue lamp will shine bright forever”.His friend and colleague, Ch Insp Neil Sawyer, fondly recalled a series of anecdotes from Pc Palmer’s 15-year policing career.He was known as a formidable “thief taker” and made 150 arrests in 2015. Met Commissioner Cressida Dick, the first female head of Scotland Yard in its 188-year history, read the WH Auden poem Funeral Blues.She said afterwards: “Today it is just wonderful to see the numbers that have turned out. I know it means a very great deal to my colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service but also to colleagues throughout policing.”In this terrible, terribly sad business, if we can take some positives forward, then that’s something.” Alex Franklin, a 25-year-old policeman from Basildon in Essex, said he had made the journey on his day off to pay his respects.He said: “When a brother loses their life doing what they do, you come to pay your respects.”He said the procession had been “one of the most immaculate and beautiful things I have ever seen”.“It’s on days like this that you realise it’s more than a job. People have come from all over the country for this.” Masood then jumped from his car and ran into the Palace of Westminster grounds where he stabbed Pc Palmer.There are plans for a permanent memorial to honour Pc Palmer’s memory at the National Memorial Arboretum. Crowds line the streets near Southwark Cathedral on Monday afternoonCredit:Nick Edwards for The Telegraph Their badges showed they came from all over the country.Bobbies from Essex alongside coppers from Scotland and Wiltshire, stood together in dress uniform to say farewell to one of their own.More than 5,000 officers lined the streets of London in what is believed to have been the country’s biggest ever police funeral. The police helmet of Pc Keith Palmer is removed from the hearse and passed to an officer at the Palace of WestminsterCredit:Mary Turner/Getty Floral tributes on his hearse praised a “No1 Daddy”, as well as a brother, husband and son. Pc Palmer, who was married with a five-year-old daughter, had been guarding the Palace of Westminster, when Masood, a Muslim convert, launched his terror attack. The five victims of the Westminster attack: (top left-right) Andreea Cristea and Pc Keith Palmer; (bottom left-right) cAysha Frade, Leslie Rhodes and Kurt CochranCredit:REUTERS/Metropolitan Police Members of the police and public silently shed tears as his coffin travelled along 2.6 miles of the capital’s, led by the Metropolitan Police Colour Party and an escort of mounted officers. Pc Palmer was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood as he carried out his duties on the cobbled forecourt of the Palace of Westminster in the attack on March 22. Police officers honour Pc Keith Palmer near Southwark Cathedral on Monday Credit:STEFAN WERMUTH/Reuters 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.
Xstrata Nickel has announced plans to restructure its Sudbury operations, following on from the announcement in November 2008 of the accelerated closure of the end-of-life Craig and Thayer-Lindsley operations at Sudbury, both of which will cease operations with immediate effect. As a result of the restructuring, the Fraser mine complex will be placed on care and maintenance and associated support and administrative functions will be reorganised. The Strathcona mill, with annual capacity of 2.7 Mt of ore, will be reduced to two work shifts from four as a result of reduced feed. In addition, the Fraser Morgan development project will be deferred. This project will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may be re-initiated when economic conditions allow. The announcement does not impact the world-class Nickel Rim South project in the Sudbury basin. Nickel Rim South remains on schedule to ramp up to 60% of its ultimate 1.25 Mt/y production capacity in 2009, equivalent to approximately 7,400 t of nickel. Nickel Rim South will become a low-cost, cornerstone operation in Sudbury, generating annual production of approximately 18,000 t of recoverable nickel by early 2010. Xstrata Nickel has invested C$627 million for the project’s first phase, which came in on time and on budget, and has approved the remaining project capital expenditure of C$300 million for the completion of mine development and infrastructure. Nickel Rim South is a long-life operation that is expected to provide a high-value ore feed while significantly reducing Sudbury’s unit costs.Total production from the Sudbury Smelter is expected to remain at a similar level compared to 2008 production as shortfalls arising from the cessation of Sudbury mines will be offset by concentrates from Nickel Rim South and Xstrata Nickel Australasia. Concentrates will also continue to be processed from Xstrata Nickel’s Montcalm and Raglan operations, together with third-party feed.Ian Pearce, Xstrata Nickel Chief Executive commented: “Our leadership team is taking proactive and decisive measures during challenging times. The continued decline of the economic environment and deteriorating commodity markets, coupled with high operating costs particularly at our older mines, are negatively impacting our Sudbury operations. The actions announced today aim to reposition our Sudbury complex into the bottom quartile of the cost curve, ensure our operations remain financially robust even during a potentially long period of depressed commodity prices and establish a strong foundation for further growth in the region.“Our Sudbury complex is an important part of Xstrata Nickel and we remain fully committed to continuing to operate at Sudbury for many years to come. Nickel Rim South remains a top priority and development work on the project continues without interruption.”As a result of the restructuring, 686 permanent employee positions will be made redundant, affecting both union and salaried employees in operational and non-operational roles. A three-day stoppage of operations was initiated today to allow the restructuring to occur.Marc Boissonneault, Vice-President of Xstrata Nickel Sudbury Operations said: “There are no decisions more difficult than those which directly impact our employees, particularly to this degree. We recognize that this restructuring of our operations will affect our employees, their families, our unions and other key stakeholders. With this, our first priority is to ensure that displaced employees are treated fairly and with respect. This will include a three-day pause of the organization, professional outplacement services and expanded Employee Assistance Programs offering counselling and support over the coming months.“We are making these tough decisions to sustain our business in the immediate and longer term. Ultimately these actions will result in more robust and viable operations at Sudbury that continue to create value and jobs for the local community over the medium and long term.”Xstrata Nickel, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is one of Xstrata Group’s global commodity businesses, comprising five mines and processing facilities in Ontario and Quebec, Canada; a ferronickel mine and processing facility in Bonao, Dominican Republic; a high-grade sulphide mine and processing facility in Western Australia and a refinery in Kristiansand, Norway. Xstrata Nickel has a significant portfolio of growth projects, including Koniambo in New Caledonia, Nickel Rim South in Canada, Kabanga in Tanzania, Araguaia in Brazil and Sinclair in Australia. Xstrata Nickel is the world’s fourth largest nickel producer, with annual managed production of more than 107,500 t of refined nickel.
ABB has won a contract valued over $28 million from Terrane Metals Corp that includes the delivery of drive systems for the new Mount Milligan copper-gold mine in northwest Canada. ABB’s solutions will help to optimise energy use and equipment reliability at the mine. Located 155 km northwest of Prince George in central British Columbia, the anticipated annual output from Mount Milligan is about 40,000 t of copper and 217,000 oz of gold. “ABB’s unparalleled range of technology and industry solutions, combined with our vast application knowledge and experience, significantly improve productivity and process reliability for our minerals and mining customers,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “Our comprehensive drive system offerings and ability to deliver world-class solutions were decisive factors in this important contract win.”ABB’s scope of supply for this project includes a complete 22 MW gearless mill drive (GMD) system for a 12.2 m SAG mill, consisting of motor, transformers, and E-house. ABB’s delivery also includes two units of dual pinion mill drive systems for 8 m ball mills, each drawing 6.5 MW. The ACS6000 dual pinion mill drive systems include synchronmachines, transformers and E-house.The SAG mill as well as the ball mills will be powered by variable speed mill drives; this solution offers the customer exceptional performance and flexibility during the production process.Deliveries are scheduled to be concluded by the end of 2011; installation and start-up of the project are scheduled for 2012.
I know what you’re saying–another tablet? I know, I know. But this one’s different–at least in one cool way. Azpen’s X1 10 inch tablet doesn’t make you pick between mobile operating systems–the tablet boots both. “Work hard, play hard,” as the company puts it. The tablet features an Intel N455 1.66GHz processor, 802.11b/g, two USB slots, and microSD slot–not particularly impressive, but we did mention the dual boot thing, right? The X1 comes in 8-, 16-, and 32GB configurations.The company also makes dual booting 9.7 and eight inch tablets.
Golden Dawn member of the Greek Parliament, Elias Kasidiaris, has told Radio 3XY that his Party plans to open an office in Melbourne and a delegation of parliamentarians will be visiting Australia soon. The radical right party has toyed with opening offices in Australia and around the world, and believes there is demand for them here. Already, Golden Dawn have reportedly set up a New York office in attempt to reach out to the Greek diaspora and have a New York based website in both Greek and English. President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, Bill Papastergiadis, says he’s baffled the party believes they have a following here. “I’m completely unaware of their significance in Victoria,” he tells Neos Kosmos. – “In a country which prides itself on multiculturalism, its policies don’t fit well with the Australian environment, so I don’t see its relevance.” The party won a seven per cent minority in the Greek Parliament and has 18 ministers representing the party in Greece. Golden Dawn has become synonymous with racial and homophobic violence and has terrorised Greeks from all walks of life. Kasidiaris himself grabbed headlines around the world when he attacked Communist Party leader Liana Kanneli live on a morning TV show last year. Minister for Cultural Affairs and Citizenship, Nick Kotsiras says he cannot fathom why a Greek party can gain popularity with completely contradictory views to that of Greeks everywhere. “Greeks fought for freedom, and Greeks fought to ensure that our children are able to live in peace and harmony with their neighbours. And for a political party to say the opposite is an insult,” he says. Minister Kotsiras believes the party will fade away over time, and predicts it will be a “one term wonder”. Yet, despite its extremist views, Golden Dawn has gained support from some in the police force. Reports have suggested that instead of breaking up protests, some police officers have stood idle as people are beaten. Minister Kotsiras says he won’t meet with the Golden Dawn ministers when they come to Melbourne and thinks “the best thing is to ignore them”. “Golden dawn’s views are not welcome in Victoria. They are irrelevant, misdirected and inappropriate,” he says. On their New York website, Golden Dawn promotes itself as fighting “against altering our racial demographics by the millions of illegal immigrants, and the dissolution of the Greek society promoted by both the coalition parties and the so-called left”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram