Virat Kohli questions shot selection after India fail to chase down 190 vs West Indies

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli felt Indian batting put up a faulty performance and blamed wrong shot-selections for India’s 11-run loss to West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Sunday.”We bowled really well to restrict them (West Indies) to 189 but with the bat, our shot selection was not upto the mark. Even losing crucial wickets at crucial times; low-scoring games can be tricky to chase so you have got to keep the momentum through the game,” Virat Kohli said the post-match presentation.Kohli credited the West Indies bowling and said they put pressure on the Indian batsmen.”Credit to the West Indies bowlers, they bowled in the right areas. They created those dot balls and put pressure on our batsmen to commit those mistakes,” Kohli said.Kohli said that the pitch was two-paced but insisted that West Indies were the better team today.”It (pitch) felt a bit two-paced. The new ball was fine but it felt two-paced as the game went on. Apart from that, I don’t think there was much in the pitch. It’s just that both the teams bowled really well and West Indies were just better.”Kohli insisted that it was the batting that let the team down and that’s the area they need to focus on before the fifth ODI in Jamaica.”Definitely the batting and as I said the shot selection wasn’t upto the mark and that is something that we will have to look into going into the next game. I’m sure the guys want to come back strong and fresh into that final game and see how things go. We just need a complete performance and today wasn’t one,” Kohli asserted.advertisementKohli praised the bowling and fielding efforts of the team and called for a fresher and stronger performance ahead.”The bowlers were right up on the mark and the fielders as well. The intensity in the field was really good. Yes the batsmen faltered and that can happen in this game and so we just have to put it behind us and come back fresh and look forward to the next one,” Kohli added.Indian bowlers had done an excellent job to restrict West Indies to a mere 190 with Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya picking 3 wickets each even as Kuldeep Yadav continued to impress by pitching in with 2 wickets.In reply to that, India had a shaky start as they lost Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli early on and Dinesh Karthik failed on his comeback but Ajinkya Rahane and Dhoni showed grit and determination to play the balls patiently and stay put.Rahane fell to Devendra Bishoo at 60 and Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav were unable to stitch a partnership with Dhoni as they lost their wickets for 10 and 20 respectively.When Jadeja came on the crease, the situation was pretty much in control with almost a-run-a-ball needed but Jadeja played an irresponsible shot to throw his wicket away and when Dhoni got out in attempt of a big shot in the 49th over, it was all over for India.West Indies captain Jason Holder lead from the front and grabbed his first 5-wicket haul in ODIs.India lead the series 2-1 and the fifth ODI will be played in Jamaica on July 6.last_img read more

England Cricket celebrates Test whitewash over Sri Lanka a little too early

first_imgThe tweet was ready, the last wicket a mere formality. England are on the verge of a Test series whitewash against Sri Lanka.And then it happened – Moeen Ali appeared to have trapped Suranga Lakmal in front of the wickets.Up went the finger and the match was won. Tweets and messages went out to celebrate the feat. Only Australia in 2004 and India in 2017 have recorded 3-0 sweeps in Sri Lanka.Only England were still one wicket away from victory. England Cricket Board did not wait for Lakmal’s review of the decision and created a stir on TwitterLakmal, who was rapped on the pads by Moeen, was indeed declared out by the field umpire. But he went for the review and the result was NOT OUT!Here’s what happened – No inside edge and it’s going down leg. Tossed up ball around off, Lakmal looks to work it away but is hit on the pads. The ball lobs and Foakes takes the catch. The players appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Sri Lanka go for the review. Replays show us that there was no inside edge and the ball would have gone on to miss the leg stumpHurriedly the tweets were deleted and posts on other social media sites removed. What a Faux Pas. The match went on and at lunch on Day 4, Sri Lanka reached 164/5 to stay in the contest in the third cricket Test against England, losing just one wicket while adding 110 runs in the morning session.Sri Lanka require a further 163 runs with five wickets in hand to record a consolation win after losing the first two Tests.But soon after play resumed after lunch, England defeated Sri Lanka by 42 runs and completed and tweets and posts could officially go out again.IT’S A WHITEWASH!!! ??????Scorecard: https://t.co/okSJOAHuGp#SLvENG pic.twitter.com/wjkToB3cbVEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) November 26, 2018Set a victory target of 327, Sri Lanka made a terrible start by losing four wickets for 54 runs before stumps on day three.advertisementNight watchman Lakshan Sandakan (7) was out early on day four before Kusal Mendis (77) and Roshen Silva (37) combined in an unbroken 82-run stand for the sixth wicket.Mendis reached his first half-century in the series with a single to deep cover. It was his seventh half-century in Test cricket.Allrounder Ben Stokes, who had bowled a probing spell on day three and claimed the prize wicket of Angelo Mathews (5), was sharp again with some short-pitch deliveries but was cautioned in the fourth over of his spell for bowling a third bouncer at Roshen Silva, one more than allowed.The Sri Lankans survived the Testing spell with both batsmen looking solid in defense and not falling to the trap by taking on the fine-leg and square-leg fielders.England is aiming to wrap up a series sweep after winning the first Test in Galle by 211 runs and the second Test at Pallekele by 57 runs.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Football Fans With Dish Network Might Be In Trouble This Weekend

first_imgUtah football fans attending a game.SALT LAKE CITY, UT – OCTOBER 29: Utah Utes fans cheer at the Utah Utes, Washington Huskies NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium on October 29, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)If there’s any time for TV networks and channels to avoid disputes, it’s during football season. But Dish Network and Fox channels failed to reach a new agreement on Thursday. The result? Many Dish Network subscribers will be unable to watch several sports channels associated with Fox Corporation.These channels include: FOX, FS1, FS2 and the Big Ten Network. Each channel carries some of the biggest football games of the weekend. Certainly a big loss for sports fans everywhere.Dish Network dropped Fox channels this afternoon – the broadcast channel, FS1, BTN, FS2.— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) September 26, 2019This is possibly the worst timing to dispute a new agreement. College football is heading into week five while the NFL is already three weeks in. Now, fans will have to scramble to find new TV providers if possible.Both Fox Corporation and Dish Network seem to be blaming each other for the dispute. Dish Network’s senior vice president Andy LeCuyer chipped in on the frustrating dispute.“To add insult to injury, Fox pulled its channels right as viewers head into the heart of the NFL and college football season,” LeCuyer said, via USA Today. “We ask Fox to stop punishing its own viewers so we can focus on reaching a fair deal.”It doesn’t appear a deal is coming any time soon. But hopefully the companies can reach an agreement before the games this weekend.last_img read more

All-in-one DTH plans: Best value plans you can choose for Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV and d2h

first_imgAll-in-one DTH plans: Best value plans you can choose for Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV and d2hIf you are looking for the best all-in-one plan that caters to you and your family on your DTH connection this month, here are some of your best plans you could find. advertisement Next Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 22, 2019 08:11 IST Photo: PixabayHIGHLIGHTSThe Premium Sports English at Rs 522 per month is the bouquet that offers best value on Tata Sky.For Airtel Digital TV, the Rs 380 plan offers a decent mix of all channels.At Rs 265 per month, the Super Family Plan on Dish TV offers the best value.It’s been almost two months since TRAI’s new DTH regulations have been implemented. So far, the new regulations haven’t found favour with subscribers. The new regulations have in fact led to a bump in DTH bills, with consumers now required to pay more taxes and charges for channel packs. However, the regulations have also allowed DTH operators to offer customised channel bouquets, which also offers subscribers with the option of choosing channel bouquets with popular channels at slightly lower prices.If the deadline for recharging your DTH plan is coming up and you are looking to go for a pack that offers a balanced mix of all channels, then here are some of the most value-for-money plans you can purchase. These plans are available on popular DTH service providers such as Tata Sky, Dish TV, d2H and Airtel Digital TV. Note that these plans are not officially sold as All-in-one packs but they do offer good value for those who want a mix of all channels at affordable prices.Best All-in-one plan on Tata SkyIf you are a Tata Sky subscriber and are looking to get an all-in-one plan that offers a decent mix of channels from all genres, then you could choose the Premium Sports English. At Rs 522 per month, the pack is expensive and offers only 130 channels as well as Tata Sky services. However, you get a mix of all the popular TV channels from various genres such as movies, sports, Hindi entertainment channels, English entertainment channels, kids channels, infotainment channels and more.advertisementIf you don’t want English News channels, then the Family Kids Sports at Rs 164 per month is an even better deal with a total of 104 channels.Best All-in-one plan on Airtel Digital TVFor Airtel Digital TV subscribers, there are some great plans to choose from. If you prefer an all-in-one plan with a decent collection from all genres, then the Rs 380 plan is a great option. The plan offers a collection of 120 channels, containing all the important channels from that genre. The pack also offers 30 HD channels as part of the pack, which is good for those who are subscribed to HD service.Best All-in-one plan on d2HFor subscribers of d2H, the best all-in-one plan to go for is Diamond Combo. At Rs 319, it’s one of the cheapest plans of all the all-in-one packs from various DTH operators. The pack offers a decent balance of SD channels from all genres, including kids, sports, infotainment and more. The pack contains a comprehensive collection of Hindi entertainment channels as well as English entertainment channels.Best All-in-one plan on Dish TVDish TV always offers the cheapest channel bouquets on a monthly basis and their latest all-in-one pack offers the best value among all the DTH operators. If you are looking to go for a pack that offers a great combination of all channels from various genres, then you could go for the Super Family plan. At Rs 265 per month, you will be getting an efficient distribution of popular channels from all genres, totalling a count of 197 channels.ALSO READ | Jio DTH effect: Airtel Digital TV may rule DTH market with 61 per cent share if it merges with Dish TVALSO READ | TRAI new DTH rules enforced from Feb 1 are so complex that no one understands them and that is a shameALSO READ | DTH new rules come into effect, TV viewers slam TRAI for confusion and expensive monthly TV plansGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow Airtel digital TVFollow Tata SkyFollow Dish TVlast_img read more

Asbestos Report Released

first_imgTo maintain the safety of residents’ homes, the Nova Scotia government has accepted expert environmental advice to establish a surveillance and asbestos management program for 100 public housing units in Sydney. The Department of Community Services released the Phase 2 report, prepared by Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Limited, a Dartmouth firm with national affiliations, today, Dec. 20. Joan McKeough, director of the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority, informed residents on Tuesday by a letter that said, based on options identified by Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Limited, the most appropriate method of controlling the asbestos in the Whitney Pier Terrace and Ashby Terrace is to leave it undisturbed and to undertake a surveillance and asbestos management program. If any major renovations are required, the insulation will be removed. “We want to reassure residents that their homes are safe. Sealing off the attics and carrying out the surveillance and management program will ensure the continued safety of residents’ homes,” Ms. McKeough said. An asbestos management program establishes a set of procedures and processes to be followed for the life cycle of a building and to ensure the safety of the tenants, contractors and staff. Air monitoring tests were conducted on all 100 units in the Whitney Pier and Ashby Terraces with only one asbestos fibre detected. Five repeat tests on the same unit detected no traces of asbestos fibres. “Research has indicated that it takes frequent exposure to asbestos at high levels over many years to cause asbestos-related illness,” said Dr. Ann Roberts, regional medical officer of health for the Department of Health Promotion and Protection. In his report, Ron LeBlanc, president of Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Limited, said, “Our company considers surveillance with a management program to be the more appropriate option for the Whitney Pier and Ashby Terraces.” Mr. LeBlanc said, “The residents are as safe today with a good asbestos management plan, as they would be if the insulation was removed.” He also said that leaving vermiculite insulation with asbestos in place is the standard industry approach. Most jurisdictions in Canada have chosen similar options, as the enclosure and long term management plans are sufficient to meet tenant and worker safety, as well as being the least intrusive. Earlier this year, the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority discovered that the vermiculite attic insulation in the terraces in Whitney Pier and Ashby contained asbestos. The attics were sealed in the spring to prevent the insulation from entering the living space and to prevent access to the attics. Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Limited was hired by the departments of Community Services and Transportation and Public Works to review initial work carried out in the spring by the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority and to identify options for long term management of the asbestos. The Phase 1 report, released in July, confirmed that the methods, procedures, and materials used for sealing all met or exceeded federal and provincial standards. The Phase 2 report can be found online at www.gov.ns.ca/coms/whatsnew.html . With the implementation of the asbestos management program, the housing authority can safely carry out work to make empty units available for new tenants and help reduce the current waiting list for public housing. Ms. McKeough said the housing authority will consider requests from tenants who wish to move. Transfer decisions are made by the housing authority’s board of directors, based on availability. “The housing authority and our board of directors are committed to working with residents and appreciate the residents continued cooperation with the upcoming surveillance and management program,” Ms. McKeough said. “We will continue to work with our residents to take all the necessary steps to maintain the safety of these homes.”last_img read more

Porters Lake to Get New Affordable Housing Rentals

first_imgNova Scotians living on low incomes will soon have increased access to affordable housing on the Eastern Shore, with an investment of $663,000 from the provincial and federal governments. LMLT Investments Limited is currently building two three-unit rowhouses and one seven-unit rowhouse on Brightside Court in Porters Lake for a total of 13 one bedroom, plus den, affordable housing units. The development will also include four affordable housing rent supplements, which means that Housing Nova Scotia will pay the property owner the difference between the established rent and 30 per cent of the tenant’s monthly income in those units. “We’re always working to help older Nova Scotians and others find safe and affordable homes,” said Eastern Shore MLA Kevin Murphy, on behalf of Kelly Regan, Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia. “These units will provide safe, affordable homes for many seniors, and contribute to a real, positive difference in their lives. These homes are a great addition to the Eastern Shore.” Every new unit will support aging in place, which helps older Nova Scotians stay in their homes longer. All bathrooms will have raised toilets, wall-mounted grab bars, drawered storage, and low-threshold showers with seats and handheld showerheads. The lower kitchen cabinets will also provide roll out drawer storage. Four of the units will be fully barrier-free, while the remaining will be visitable. This means someone using a wheelchair will be able to visit those units, move around, and be able to use the washroom. “Every Canadian should be able to retire in dignity. This is why we are taking action to support seniors including restoring the retirement age from 67 to 65, increasing guaranteed income supplement and old age security,” said MP for Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook Darrell Samson, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. “Our Government is dedicated to helping those in need, which is why we have invested in this project in Porters Lake. These new 13 units are more than just safe and affordable places to live, they are key to a better life for the residents who will call them home.” The investment in the construction of the new units is from the Affordable Housing Social Infrastructure Fund and the Affordable Housing New Rental Program, as well as a seed grant from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. All units are anticipated to be ready for occupancy this spring. Supporting access to appropriate and affordable housing is one of the actions outlined in Shift: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population, which focuses on supporting older adults and their contributions to our province. For more information on Shift, visit novascotia.ca/shift This investment also supports government’s efforts to remove and prevent barriers to accessibility with the aim of achieving an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030.last_img read more

Syrian family caught in fire thought they would be safe in Canada

first_imgHALIFAX — At 30 years of age, Syrian refugee Kawthar Barho had seen her share of suffering and death before she came to Canada with her family.Together with her husband Ebraheim and their children, she fled the northern city of Raqqa, where Islamic State militants had established their provisional capital.“This is one of the most devastated cities in Syria,” says Imam Abdallah Yousri of the Ummah Mosque in Halifax. “It has been totally destroyed.”The Barhos arrived in Nova Scotia in September 2017, and thought they would be safe in Canada.Early Tuesday, fire raced through their new home in Halifax, killing seven children and burning Ebraheim Barho so badly that he remained in critical condition in hospital on Wednesday.Halifax’s Muslim community is now preparing for a funeral at the mosque for the couple’s children: Ahmad, 14; Rola, 12; Mohamad, 9; Ola, 8; Hala, 3; Rana, 2 and Abdullah, who was born in Canada on Nov. 9.“They thought that they were fleeing from the war over there to be safe here, and they ended up as if they were back there,” says Yousri, who has been offering support to Kawthar Barho since the early morning fire.“It is a tragedy for her, for us, for everybody.”Yousri says the young woman remains in a state of shock.“She is in terrible condition right now,” says Yoursi. “She keeps thinking this is the time for her to breastfeed (Abdullah). She keeps calling him.”The family moved to the Halifax neighbourhood of Spryfield only five months ago, having left the more rural community of Elmsdale, N.S. — but the transition wasn’t working out, despite a warm welcome from neighbours.The large family was among 1,795 Syrian refugees who have come to Nova Scotia in recent years.However, Yousri says it would appear that only the Barhos came from Raqqa.“They don’t even have friends here,” he says. “They feel lonely here, without any relatives, without any friends.”Spryfield resident Nicole Snook, whose home is just down the street from where the Barhos lived, said she and other neighbours reached out to the family, but the language barrier got in the way.“We baked them cookies at Christmas, gave a gift for the baby and talked to the kids on the street,” she said as her toddler fussed in her arms.“The kids were very active. They were always out on the street playing.”Photos from Facebook show the Barhos enjoying a fall trip to a local farm. A picture of three-year-old Hala shows her smiling as she hugs a small pumpkin. A photograph of 12-year-old Rola show her holding a Student of the Month certificate from the Riverside Education Centre in Milford, N.S.Snook says she was particularly taken with the oldest girl, Rola, whose mastery of English and outgoing demeanour made her a pleasure to talk to.“I was blown away by her — she was beautiful,” says Snook.“You could tell she was an exceptional human being. She had an openness and a real social nature … She wasn’t bold, it was more like a healthy assertiveness … She struck me as someone who would go far in life with such an indomitable spirit.”Snook recalled how polite the children were when they showed up at her doorstep on Halloween.“I was struck by their willingness and openness to engage in conversation,” Snook says, adding that their kindness and poise seemed remarkable for children who had endured a vicious civil war that has claimed more than 400,000 lives since 2011.At first, the family lived in Elmsdale, where they received support from the Hants East Assisting Refugees Team, the Nova Scotia group that sponsored their refugee claim. The Barhos lived there for a year, then moved to Spryfield to be closer to refugee support services, such as English-language training.But the children missed their old school and the friends they had made there, so the plan was to move back to Elmsdale next week.The Hants East group said in a Facebook post: “For the past year and a half, the children have been able to enjoy life as kids should be able to: going to school, riding bicycles, swimming, having friends, running in the yard, celebrating birthday parties and hanging out with the neighbours on their porch swing. They loved every minute of it, and it seems impossible we won’t hear their laughter and feel their hugs again.”Yousri says he has been receiving calls for support from around the world.“We appreciate that sympathy and help,” he says. “We’re trying out best to focus on the wife and help her as much as we can.”Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kristin Chenoweth To Host Hero Dog Awards

first_imgHallmark Channel and the American Humane Association have announced that popular television, film and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth will host the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, a star-studded evening honoring America’s most courageous canines.The Hero Dog Awards, which are presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and produced by Emmy award-winning MRB Productions, will air as a 90-minute special on Hallmark Channel November 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. The program will air as part of Hallmark Channel’s Pet Project, the network’s cross-platform campaign designed to celebrate the joy and enrichment animals bring to our lives.“I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this unique program with American Humane Association,” says Chenoweth, a passionate advocate for animals who founded her own charity, Maddie’s Corner, to benefit shelter pets. “I was a judge at last year’s Hero Dog Awards and am delighted to host the best and most heartwarming animal show on television.”“Kristin Chenoweth is one of my personal heroes,” says American Humane Association President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert. “Not only is she a tremendous talent, beloved by millions of her stage, screen, and television fans, but she has a heart of gold when it comes to animal advocacy. As host for the top animal awards show in the country, she will help us capture the hearts of the nation and bring major support to the lifesaving programs that make a difference for millions of children and animals each year. She is a true heroine to them and America’s noble hero dogs!”“Kristin Chenoweth is an extremely talented and beloved stage and television personality, as well as a passionate advocate for the welfare of animals — making her the perfect choice for host of the 2012 ‘Hero Dog Awards,’” says Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks. “Kristin will bring her signature warmth, compassion, and off-beat comedy to this year’s show and I am positively delighted to welcome her to Hallmark Channel where she is sure to be a huge hit with our audience.”Chenoweth joins a roster of celebrity supporters of the Hero Dog Awards, including special honoree Betty White, red carpet host Joey Lawrence and celebrity judges Whoopi Goldberg, Victoria Stilwell, Candy Spelling, Miranda Lambert, Kristin Bauer Van Straten, Michelle Forbes, J.R. Martinez, Tinsley Mortimer, and Megyn Price, among many others.Two Million Ballots Cast for NomineesFollowing nationwide voting in which more than two million ballots were cast by the American public, eight remarkable finalists were chosen, one winner in each of the following categories: “Jynx” for Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs; “Holly” for Service Dogs; “Stella” for Therapy Dogs; “Gabe” for Military Dogs; “Tabitha” for Guide Dogs; “Soot” for Search and Rescue Dogs; “Tatiana II” for Hearing Dogs, and “Daniel” for Emerging Hero Dogs (ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things). These eight finalists will be flown to Beverly Hills with their human handlers, where they will walk the red carpet and be presented with a special Hero Dog award, following moving video tributes that bring their stories to life. The evening will be capped off when one of the eight finalists will be announced as the winning American Hero Dog of the year.Voting is currently underway at www.herodogawards.org, where a full list of the eight category winners, along with a summary of each dog’s poignant story, can be found.Source:AmericanHumane.orglast_img read more

The latest on the controversy surrounding MB flood evacuee numbers

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn official with the Federal Aboriginal Affairs Department says not all Lake St Martin flood evacuees are eligible for compensation.He questions one hundred and seventy that didn’t even live on reserve during the Flood of 2011.APTN’s Tiar Wilson has the latest and what it means for evacuees.last_img

Morocco Young Boys Laugh as They Sexually Assault Girl

A shocking video of a horde of young teenagers sexually assaulting a young girl in Morocco has emerged on social media.The video posted on Facebook shows a distressed girl in tears, screaming, as she tries to escape the gang of attackers who are trying to remove her clothes by force.“She is crying but she must love this,” says one boy, laughing. “Where is your father?” says another, equally amused. “You will learn a lesson.”The exact location where the sexual assault took place is unknown, as is the age of the perpetrators and the victim.Asking each other to make sure people were recording, the boy taking the video said “proof had to be there” meaning he had to record the video to show proof. read more

Moroccos NonFinancial Services Wholesale Trade Performing Well

Rabat – In the Q4 of 2016, the activity of the non-financial market services sector and wholesale trade registered a considerable increase according to 67% of industrial employers, reports the High Commission for Planning (HCP) in its latest quarterly business survey.According to the survey, this trend was felt by 67% of the business managers surveyed, while 13% of them noted a decline in their activities. This increase is due in particular to the increase in telecommunications, warehousing and ancillary transport services. The decline, however, was recorded at the leasing level.“This good performance of non-financial merchant services was accompanied by a slight increase in benefits abroad,” noted the HCP. With regards to order books, 70% of employers believe that they are at their normal level, compared with 11% who consider that they are below this level.67% of respondents said that employment has stagnated.Under these conditions, the rate of utilization of the capacity of the benefits (TUC) reached 82%. According to the HCP, the majority of companies incurred capital expenditure in 2016, mainly for the replacement of part of the equipment and the extension of the activity.Also in the Q4 of 2016, wholesale sales in the local market increased according to 40% of wholesalers, while 29% reported registering a decrease, states the HCP.The survey explains this change due to higher sales in the Wholesale Trade in Food and Beverages sector, Wholesale Trade in Other Industrial Equipment and Wholesale Trade in Information Equipment and of communication sector on the one hand, and lower sales in other specialized wholesale trade sectors on the other hand. read more

Kyrgyzstan needs international support after presidents ouster UN envoy says

16 April 2010Kyrgyzstan still faces a lot of challenges following the ouster of president Kurmanbek Bakiyev and the establishment of a more democratic government, and the international community should step up to the plate to help it, a United Nations special envoy said today. “One must understand that Kyrgyzstan is one of the poorest countries, it”s a landlocked country, it has problems to get goods outside for export, many problems with electricity during the winter,” UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Executive Director Ján Kubi? told a news conference in New York on his return from the Central Asian country, where Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had sent him as a special envoy at the height of the turmoil.“A lot of problems, and they have not disappeared with the change of the Government. On the contrary, the Government will be very soon asked ”so deliver, help us, do something to improve the social situation of us, of citizens”.” The provisional Government, formed by opposition leaders who accused Mr. Bakiyev of corruption, nepotism and repression, now had to solidify its standing and control over the whole of the country. “They need international support,” Mr. Kubi? stressed. “The UN is there and is now looking into the activities and problems that we have in the country, how to adjust them even to the needs of the current stage.“What is encouraging is that the provisional Government is fully aware of the needs to also look into the matters how to put the Government more firmly on a constitutional and legal basis,” he added, citing the “major task” it set itself to write a new constitution and new election code, and then hold free and fair elections monitored by the international community within six months.The UN and partner organizations like the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are prepared to provide assistance according to the wishes of the provisional government.“We also reach out and try to mobilize the attention of international donors, individual countries to help the country, to help the people of the country indeed to come back and restart the democratic processes,” he said.During the crisis, which was defused earlier this week when Mr. Bakiyev left the country under an immunity agreement with the provisional Government, Mr. Kubi? said he maintained regular telephone contact with the former president, who had fled to the south of the country, “to pass messages not to use arms, not to go to confrontation, tone down the activities, not to allow excesses. That was a part of my conflict-prevention mandate,” he added.In a related development, Miroslav Jenca, the Secretary-General”s Special Representative for Central Asia and Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), will begin a visit to Kyrgyzstan on Sunday.According to the office of his spokesperson, the Secretary-General has asked Mr. Jenca to continue UN efforts to assist the authorities in Bishkek in ensuring conditions for the peaceful, prosperous, and democratic development of the country. read more

Duminda regains his post

Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Udeshantha added that no matter what opinions one may have in the party, if the President gives instructions then that is followed to the letter.Duminda Silva’s Coordinating Secretary A. Hewavitharana confirmed that the MP had been given back the Kolonnawa post. He also said that a decision has not yet been taken as to when he will return to parliament. Kolonnawa Urban Council Chairman Ravindra Udeshantha said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa spoke to him and instructed him to give Silva the backing he needs as he has now been reappointed as the SLFP organizer of the area. Parliamentarian Duminda Silva has been reappointed as the organizer for the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in the Kolonnawa electorate.Minister Basil Rajapaksa was appointed as the SLFP organizer in the Kolonnawa electorate after the Mulleriyawa shooting incident in October 2011 in which Silva was seriously injured. However now that Silva has recovered and is out on bail he has been given back the SLFP Kolonnawa organizer’s post. read more

UN agency confirms new flight of civilians caught up in Colombian fighting

A UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) team visited Bellavista in Chocó province yesterday and confirmed that some 1,200 Afro-Colombians had fled their communities along the Bojayá River, where left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas and right-wing United Self-Defence Forces (AUC) paramilitaries are reportedly massing while the Colombian Army prepares an offensive. In the latest of several recent warnings over the situation in the area, UNHCR said 5,000 of the roughly 7,000 people living in the municipality of Bojayá could be at direct risk of displacement, according to the local authorities. The agency called on all parties to abide by the principles of international humanitarian law and respect the civilian population.The region is notorious for a May 2002 massacre, when 119 people taking refuge in the church at Bellavista were killed by mortar during fighting between FARC and AUC. Thousands of people left the area then and hundreds of them have still not returned.Last year, clashes between various armed groups, and with the Colombian military forces, resulted in several large-scale displacements. In March, 1,200 indigenous Embera fled their homes along the Opogado, Napipi and Bojayá rivers following, returning over the summer. In May, over 1,000 Afro-Colombians fled and sought refuge in Bellavista following fighting between the Colombian army and FARC. read more

Grad student gets face time with provincial finance minister

Ridha Chilmeran and Dwight DuncanHow do you make an appointment to meet the Minister of Finance?Well, you could send a letter or make a phone call. Or you could do what Ridha Chilmeran did – send Finance Minister Dwight Duncan a note on Facebook.Chilmeran, a graduate student in the Master of Business Economics (MBE) co-op program, contacted Duncan to meet with him to say how much he appreciated his eight-month co-op placement with Duncan’s ministry. He sent the Facebook message a few weeks before completing his placement at the end of December 2010.Chilmeran was thrilled to get a positive response from the minister through his assistant.“I met with him in his office a few days before my placement ended,” Chilmeran said. “He was very appreciative of my work.”At the Ministry of Finance, Chilmeran was the lead analyst with respect to the Mental Health and Community Health Centres portfolio, a major public health program area in Ontario.As lead analyst, he was responsible for reviewing and analyzing submissions from other ministries, preparing briefing materials, and presenting the analysis and recommendations to top bureaucrats in the Treasury Board and Management Board Cabinet. One of the meetings Chilmeran attended was also attended by several ministers, including Duncan.“The experience I gained at the Ministry of Finance was very rewarding,” Chilmeran said. “Usually this position is taken by a seasoned analyst. However, my manager had confidence in my abilities. It was a fantastic opportunity to participate in high-profile public policy.”Chilmeran, who is originally from Iraq and has lived in a handful of countries including, Jordan, England and Lebanon, started out at Brock as an undergraduate international student.He continued on to pursue an MBE degree at Brock. For his MBE research essay, Chilmeran is examining the links among the major indexes of Canadian stock market performance.He credits Prof. Tomson Ogwang, his MBE research essay supervisor, for his invaluable insights and, most importantly, for his friendship. Chilmeran hopes to graduate with an MBE degree this spring.“My older brother came to Brock first and highly recommended that I join the University,” he said. “It has been a remarkable experience. From the beginning, I have felt welcome and have received support and encouragement from many members of the Brock community.”Chilmeran’s long-term goal is to join the United Nations as policy researcher.“Joining the United Nations at the professional level requires an advanced degree combined with several years of experience in the field,” he said. “When I graduate, I’ll be looking forward for the next challenge. I believe taking on new challenges keeps me motivated and brings about the best in me.” read more

Fayne scores 20 hits big FTs in Illinois States OT win

NORMAL, Ill. — Phil Fayne scored 20 points with 10 rebounds and put Illinois State ahead with a pair of free throws with 45 seconds left in overtime as the Redbirds defeated BYU 92-89 on Wednesday night.After Fayne’s free throws, Josh Jefferson was fouled after grabbing a defensive rebound and added the final insurance points with 13 seconds remaining with the Cougars (5-3) then missing a pair of 3-point shots. Illinois State (6-2) made 17 of 18 free throws to BYU’s 25 of 36.Milik Yarbrough scored 19 points with four of Illinois State’s 13 3-pointers before fouling out. Keyshawn Evans added 15 points and Zach Copeland 14 before both fouled out. Copeland tied the game with two free throws with two seconds left in regulation after the Redbirds had trailed by 10 with 10 1/2 minutes left.Yoeli Childs scored 27 points with 16 rebounds and TJ Haws added 22 points for BYU, which was just 6 of 28 from the arc.The Associated Press read more

WorleyParsons embarks on Golpu feasibility in PNG

first_imgFollowing approval of the prefeasibility study (PFS) prepared for the greenfield Golpu project in Papua New Guinea, WorleyParsons has now embarked on the feasibility study stage. Adopting an innovative approach, the PFS split the project into two stages, the first targeting the upper higher value portion of the orebody, which is expected to have a 27 year life, followed by a second stage encompassing the remaining ore reserve.The Golpu project feasibility is working up technical, procurement and operational plans to create a long-life, world class mine in Papua New Guinea’s Morobe Province. The project comprises an underground mine and process plant with significant associated infrastructure to exploit this prime deposit. WorleyParsons’ Johannesburg Mining Centre of Excellence began work on the PFS in January 2014 and by the end of that year had confirmed a compelling business case for the life of the mine using the two-stage approach. WorleyParsons’ scope for 2015 now comprises a Feasibility Study for Stage 1, a PFS for Stage 2 and Early Works Engineering for Stage 1.“We’re delighted that the business case has been given the green light,” says WorleyParsons’ Rob McGill, Divisional Manager, Mining Studies. “This is the biggest international project study undertaken by WorleyParsons’ Mining Centre of Excellence here in Johannesburg, and it has effectively demonstrated our ability to leverage the underground mining and processing capability that resides in our South African hub to add value to customers globally.WorleyParsons states that its “in-depth local mining, processing and infrastructure expertise, coupled with the sharing of knowledge and skills across the entire mineral and resources value chain through the greater WorleyParsons organisation will ensure the best possible outcome for the project.” WGJV is a 50-50 joint venture between Newcrest Mining Ltd and Harmony established to facilitate mining, project and exploration activities for the two parent companies.last_img read more

EcoPhos invests in Veolia technology for phosphate fertiliser production

first_imgEcoPhos, an innovative provider of technological solutions for the global phosphate market, has awarded Veolia Water Technologies, Inc a contract to supply two state-of-the-art HPD® evaporation and crystallisation systems. Veolia’s HPD® systems will be an essential part of a new fertiliser production facility in Egypt which EcoPhos is providing to its end-customer Evergrow. The HPD systems will be installed as two separate units and will include a calcium chloride pre-concentration and concentration plant as well as a phosphoric acid concentration system. Both HPD systems are key components to ensure the final production of water soluble, high-quality fertiliser.At the new fertiliser facility in Egypt, the Veolia process equipment will contribute towards production of 60,000 t of di-calcium phosphate (DCP), 33,600 t of purified phosphoric acid (PPA), and 90,000 t per year of granular, anhydrous calcium chloride. The phosphate end product is sold into the agricultural and animal feed markets and, following the start-up of the plant at the end of 2017, will as such contribute to the economic sustainability of Evergrow’s customers.“The professionalism of Veolia’s team was remarkable, they offered a right-first-time, smart and integrated process solution with a low energy consumption”, said Laurent Palierne, Business Development Manager at EcoPhos. “Veolia’s equipment in the overall plant will both concentrate phosphoric acid to 85% H3PO4 and 160,000 t/y of calcium chloride of which, 90,000 t/y will be granulated to 96% CaCl2. Purified calcium chloride is a co-product of our eco-friendly, proprietary EcoPhos process and results from the reaction of hydrochloric acid with low-grade rock to produce DCP and PPA.”last_img read more

Hellenic cultural council visits Minister for MacedoniaThrace

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The president of the Hellenic Cultural Council Paul Mavroudis met with the Minister for Macedonia-Thrace, Theodoros Karaoglou, in Thessaloniki. The meeting was organised by Melbourne’s Hellenic Cultural Council, the Union of Thessalonians “O Lefkos Pyrgos” and the Pontian Community of Melbourne and Victoria. During his visit to Greece, Mr Mavroudis also met with the mayor of Thessaloniki, Ioannis Boutaris, and with the Governor General of Health for Central Macedonia and Thrace, Constantine Tsitouridis. There was also a private meeting at the Hellenic Refugee Museum of the Holy Metropolis of Neapoli and Stavroupoli and the Municipality of Neapolis-Sykeon, with the director, writer and historian Constantine Nigdeli. Mr Nigdeli will be presenting his Melbourne exhibition of rare photographs and postcards of the era, within the frame of celebrations marking 100 years of the liberation of Thessaloniki. The meetings were conducted with success, with the Minister of Macedonia-Thrace, Theodore Karaoglou, promising to attend events to be held in November in Melbourne.last_img read more

Voler vers Mars exposerait à des doses dangereuses de radiations

first_imgVoler vers Mars exposerait à des doses dangereuses de radiationsGrâce aux données fournies par Curiosity, la NASA confirme qu’un vol vers Mars exposerait les astronautes à des doses de radiations dans la limite, si ce n’est au-delà de l’acceptable. Un élément qui pourrait fortement compromettre les missions habitées vers la planète rouge si on n’y trouve pas de solution.Les scientifiques de la NASA ont profité du transport du robot américain Curiosity sur Mars (entre novembre 2011 et août 2012) pour analyser les radiations subies par le Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). Des travaux dont ils viennent tout juste de dévoiler les résultats et ceux-ci ne sont pas très optimistes. Alors que Mars représente aujourd’hui un enjeu de taille pour les missions spatiales habitées, ces radiations représenteraient un réel danger. “Le niveau d’exposition aux radiations que nous avons mesuré est juste à la limite ou peut-être au-delà de ce qui est considéré comme acceptable dans toute une carrière d’astronaute par la NASA et les autres agences spatiales”, révèle Cary Zeitlin, du Southwest Research Institute. Soit un niveau de grand maximum 1.000 millisieverts (mSv) sous peine d’augmenter de 3 à 25% le risque de mourir d’un cancer. Or, selon la recherche publiée dans la revue américaine Science, “en termes d’accumulation de doses de radiations, un aller-retour vers Mars équivaut à subir un scanner complet du corps tous les cinq ou six jours”, soit 662 mSv. Cela sans même tenir compte d’un séjour à la surface de la planète rouge où l’irradiation peut être importante. En savoir plus sur les effets des radiationsÀ lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Toutefois, comme le soulignent les chercheurs, “ces limites dépendent de notre compréhension des risques pour la santé humaine liés à une telle exposition aux rayons cosmiques. Et pour le moment cette compréhension est assez limitée”. Une remarque qui ne parvient pas vraiment à rassurer mais qui rappelle que de nombreuses études restent à mener. “Comprendre les radiations à l’intérieur d’un vaisseau spatial transportant des équipages vers Mars ou d’autres destinations lointaines est essentiel pour préparer de telles missions”, relève Cary Zeitlin. Dans l’espace les astronautes s’exposent à deux types de radiations, les rayons cosmiques galactiques et les particules émanant du soleil. Les premiers possèdent une très grande énergie et ne sont pas arrêtés par les protections qui équipent les vaisseaux qui, en revanche, sont efficaces contre les particules solaires, de plus faible énergie et dont intensité est variable. Au cours du voyage du MSL, notamment, elles étaient faibles.Un problème surmontable ? Cependant, pour certains scientifiques comme Robert Zubrin, un ingénieur nucléaire qui préside la Mars Society, “les résultats de cette étude montrent que les radiations ne sont pas un obstacle insurmontable”. Il estime même, que “le risque lié aux radiations est acceptable”, jugeant que “franchement elles ne représentent qu’une modeste partie des risques d’une mission vers Mars”. Pour lui comme pour d’autres experts, poser des astronautes sans encombre sur le sol de Mars est certainement bien plus problématique.Le 31 mai 2013 à 13:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more