first_imgnews World Cup 2018: what is a Fan ID and do I need one to watch games in Russia? Read more Roberto Martínez Belgium Chelsea Eden Hazard Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Eden Hazard has said he will not think about signing a contract extension with Chelsea until the World Cup has finished.Hazard, who is contracted until 2020, indicated that he did not expect a swift resolution over his future when asked about it before Belgium’s friendly against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday night.Chelsea have no intention of losing the forward but there have been suggestions that he wants to see whether Real Madrid will prioritise his signing this summer. He may also want clarity on whether Chelsea have qualified for the Champions League.“Look, I’m going to finish the season first, then play the World Cup and then I’ll leave on holiday,” Hazard said. “We’ll see what happens next. I haven’t thought about it yet; I have another two years’ contract with Chelsea. I am very happy. I just think about the end of the season and the World Cup.” Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Topics Saudi Arabia Chelsea have made an underwhelming defence of their Premier League title and Hazard did not hide his frustration when Antonio Conte used him as a false No 9 in the meek defeat by Manchester City this month. But he answered diplomatically when asked on Monday where he preferred to play. “I just want to be on the pitch,” Hazard said. “No 9 or No 10. I can play left-back if the manager wants me to, no problem.”Hazard was bullish when his thoughts turned to Belgium’s prospects in Russia. “Four years ago it was the first World Cup for most of the players. Now we have experience. We know what to do to be ready. We have one target, which is to reach the final.”Belgium are England’s final opponents in Group G but their talented group of players have still not fulfilled their potential in a major tournament. They were disappointing at the last World Cup and at Euro 2016, exiting both in the last eight.“We are preparing for a World Cup,” Roberto Martínez, Belgium’s coach, said. “World Cups don’t respect generations. They respect talent. We don’t look any further than working very hard and finding the best combination. We are a team that have the mentality to want to be as good as we can.”Martínez, the former Everton and Wigan Athletic manager, said Tuesday night’s game would help his team develop greater cohesion. “I don’t think tomorrow is about making a statement,” the Spaniard said. “We are not working now to make statements. Making statements in March is a bit of a risk. We are looking to see what player can be useful to the team.“In terms of positions we are clear on what the squad needs. To play seven games you have to prepare for that, so the balance of the squad is clear. There are some who can play different positions so that may affect it a little bit. They have an advantage but they need to end the season well.”Martínez has been criticised in Belgium for using Atlético Madrid’s Yannick Carrasco at left wing-back. He suggested that he might stiffen his team’s defensive resolve by using Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen in that role instead of Carrasco against Saudi Arabia. “He did that very well with Spurs against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu. He is a versatile player.”Martinez anticipates a difficult test against Saudi Arabia, who drew 1-1 with Ukraine last Friday. They are managed by Antonio Pizzi, who led Chile to Copa América glory in 2016, and face Russia in the World Cup’s opening game. “I have been very impressed with Saudi Arabia,” Martínez said.“Antonio Pizzi knows exactly what he wants. He made Chile champions of a very difficult competition and this is a dynamic group of players. They are not going to sit back. They will push us really hard and try to win the ball.” Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgOhio State's players walking onto the field.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Note to graduate assistants everywhere – most of you cannot stop a collegiate running back who is running at full speed. In the below video, posted by OSU assistant Corey Dennis, graduate assistant Brian Mason, who is standing on the sideline, gets absolutely trucked by a Buckeyes running back during practice. He does his best to brace himself beforehand, but it doesn’t really seem to matter.It looks like the staff is having some fun with the clip. Enjoy:The @S1LVERBULLETS might need to find a new coach… @Mason_BM— Corey Dennis (@Coreydennis_) December 16, 2015OMG….— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) December 16, 2015last_img read more

first_imgzoom The judgement of the Spanish Supreme Court made in January 2016 in the Prestige oil spill case has raised fundamental questions as to whether it was reached in a fair trial, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said.The Supreme Court’s judgement was reached after just one day, without hearing any new evidence and in the absence of the tanker’s captain Apostolos Ioannis Mangouras, ICS said. At the same time, the Supreme Court confirmed the acquittal of the Spanish civil servant.“The Supreme Court’s decision was extremely surprising in that it overturned a lower court’s acquittal of the Master, in his absence, and without hearing any new evidence as to his knowledge about the condition of the ship. This raises fundamental questions as to whether it was a fair trial,” ICS statement said.ICS said that it fears that that the entire system of efficient compensation for oil spills could be put in serious jeopardy because of unsound decisions being made by national courts.“This judgement overturned that of a lower Spanish Court, in La Coruña in 2013, instead finding the Master criminally liable for damages to the environment and sentencing him to two years’ imprisonment (albeit likely to be suspended),” ICS said.The captain, the British insurer and the owner of the Prestige tanker that sank in 2002 off Galicia, Spain, were found guilty for one of Europe’s worst environmental disasters, the Spanish Supreme Court earlier said.The court sentenced the tanker’s captain to two years in prison, while Mare Shipping, the owner of the 81,000-dwt tanker, the mutual insurance company The London P&I Club, and the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) were also found liable for the disaster.The 1976-built tanker sank on November 13, 2002, as it suffered a fracture in its starboard side due to rough seas while it was sailing some 27.5 miles west of Finisterre, Spain.Some 63,000 tons of fuel were discharged into the sea following the accident, while the total damage cost of the oil spill was estimated at USD 4.4 billion.last_img read more

first_imgRegressiveness was on display when the Zomato incident occurred in the town of Jabalpur when a man cancelled his food order on the food delivery app upon learning that the delivery executive assigned for his order was a Muslim. Jabalpur police took cognisance of the matter and will be serving the man with a notice to sign a bond for keeping the peace. Jabalpur police SP was of the opinion that the man’s tweet was against the spirit of the Constitution and had the potential to whip up passions in a communally sensitive town like Jabalpur. Adding to the SP’s words, not only is breeding such a thought grossly regressive in the contemporary world but the fact that this may spread and influence others who may have an iota of such feeling but do not let it take over because of the inherent secularism that this country preaches. A conducive environment is the biggest threat to society when such communal hiccups arise. Putting the matter to dust, Zomato was sharp in tweeting how “Food doesn’t have a religion..It is a religion”. In fact, Zomato’s CEO tweeted that “We are proud of the idea of India and the diversity of our esteemed customers and partners…we aren’t sorry to lose any business that comes in the way of our values”. Zomato and its CEO, indeed, won hearts over the internet while the man may have been at the receiving end of massive criticism for his show of communal lines. In his defence, the man had stated that he does not discriminate on communal lines when it comes to anything else but maintained that food is a different matter–asserting it to be “an intimate and personal matter”. He also cited the freedom of religion, religious expression and the right to practice his choice but all those were never in contention. His view of Zomato was that his feedback was taken for a ride by the company which had given it a religious spin. The man held that his reservations about a rider were only for the month of Sawan because he believes one should eat pure and clean food and that he will pursue a legal angle once the police serve him notice. While the man has every right to take legal counsel and respond, it cannot be ignored that his actions were not a signatory of a very secular society. It has to be noted that religious harmony can be disrupted even by slightest of bigotry and in this regard, the police were only trying to ensure that everything is under control. Had the man charged with serious implications, the scenario would be different and the man’s stance on his rights would have been called into action. What Zomato and Police did here was iron out the matter before anyone’s sentiments are hurt. It remained a matter between Zomato and the individual but these are thoughts that we are discussing and if these reach people, there lie apprehensions of a bigger communal backlash. While the individual is free to practice whatever religion he preaches and abide by its teachings, he simply cannot project bigotry, even in the form of feedback, for no religion is superior or inferior in eyes of our Constitution. All the ruckus was about the individual and Zomato but what about the delivery executive? It would not be the most secular moment in his life when he learns that religion was the reason for the cancellation of order/change of rider in the first place. This rejection of him is prejudice contrary to what the individual may believe, and it is intolerable.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the economy has become such a mess under the Liberals that it would take a Conservative government five years to clean it up.He accused the Liberal government of embarking on a “deficit spree” and spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds since 2017, adding balancing the budget in the short-term is “impossible.”Scheer says even the most optimistic projections don’t have the Liberals doing so for 20 more years _ but the Conservatives would do so in a quarter of that time. “The longer a return to balance is delayed, the more debt will accumulate and the longer Canadians will see billions wasted on interest payments.” He made the remarks in a speech to members of the Canadian Club at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, where he also said he was pleased with a court ruling today that blocked British Columbia from restricting oil shipments into the province.The B.C. Court of Appeal ruled that the province doesn’t have the authority to create a permitting regime for companies that wish to increase their flow of diluted bitumen, in a ruling widely considered a win for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and Alberta’s efforts to get its resources to overseas markets.But while he called it a “helpful” ruling, Scheer added that a climate of uncertainty remains for investors in the resource sector and called on the Liberal government to put the brakes on a bill to enact new environmental assessment legislation and fast-track any judicial reviews to the Supreme Court of Canada.“Obviously the Conservative party is pleased with this decision. However there still is a great deal of uncertainty as it relates to future court processes,” he said.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation accused Scheer of breaking his word on his previous budget promise, saying in a statement that he signed a pledge in April 2017 with the federation’s youth organization promising to balance the budget within two years if he were elected.“Canadians are already suffering the consequences of breaking a balanced budget promise: Justin Trudeau’s fiscal recklessness will mean at least $100 billion in additional debt piled on the backs of our children and grandchildren,” the statement says.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah on Wednesday addressed Delhiites in a rally at Vasant Kunj, launching scathing attacks at the opposition and coming out with praises for Narendra Modi in the same breath. The party supremo claimed that Modi had spent Rs 1 lakh crore on Delhi in the last five years and that whatever has been left wanting is only because of Delhi government’s constant need to put the BJP down.Picking on the all so familiar party lines of praising “development works” undertaken during Modi’s regime as Prime Minister, Shah said that the BJP government has worked for electrification, Delhi Jal Board, and the Poorvanchali population without asking for credit. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHe said, “The BJP government under Modi has built 200 Chatt Ghats in Delhi for our Poorvanchali brothers and sisters.” Shah went on to say that works on several expressways, including the Delhi-Meerut Highway and Delhi-Mumbai highway, has only been possible because of the strong leadership that Modi provided. Making tall claims, Shah credited Modi for bringing women’s reservation in Delhi Police, spending Rs 11,800 crore on Delhi Metro works, and even spending Rs 200 crore for upgrading GTB Hospital. “What our government has done for Delhi in the last five years, the Congress could not achieve in 55 years,” Shah said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe saffron party’s head also lambasted AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal for trying to ally with Congress in the Capital city. He said that Kejriwal had made serious allegations about corruption in the Sheila Dikshit government and then tried to ally with her party. “I want to ask Kejriwal how many cases he has pursued against Dikshit and members of her government,” Shah said. Moreover, Shah went to cite a report from an unnamed NGO, that claimed that AAP has managed to fulfill only three of their 70 promises made in 2015. Meanwhile, Rajnath Singh addressed another rally in Shastri Park, in an attempt to rally support for the BJP and Modi. He claimed that the Central government under Modi’s leadership has improved the economic condition of more than 7 crore families. In addition, the party candidates went about their schedule appealing for the masses to vote for them if they wanted Modi’s strong leadership to lead the nation.last_img read more

4 June 2010The Republic of Korea today formally requested the Security Council to take up the matter of the sinking of one of its naval ships, alleged by the country to have been carried out by neighbouring Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DRPK). Late last month Seoul released the findings of an international report which said that its vessel Cheonan was hit by a DPRK torpedo in late March, claiming the lives of 46 of its soldiers.Park In-Kook, the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to the UN, said today that he presented a letter to Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for June, requesting the 15-member body to consider the matter. “I requested the Security Council to respond in a manner appropriate to the gravity of this situation,” Mr. Park told reporters at UN Headquarters.Mr. Heller said that he will initiate consultations among the Council’s members before responding to the request.“We will circulate this letter to all members so that the Security Council could duly consider this matter and respond in an appropriate manner to this request,” he stated. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last week at his monthly press conference that the evidence laid out in the report “is overwhelming and deeply troubling,” adding his voice to the chorus of international leaders condemning the incident.“I am confident that the Council, in fulfilling its responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, will take measures appropriate to the gravity of the situation,” he stated. The matter also came up during discussions held yesterday in New York between the Secretary-General and Vice Foreign Minister Chun Young-woo of the Republic of Korea, who briefed Mr. Ban on his meeting with Mr. Heller regarding the Cheonan incident.In a speech to the Korea Society in New York on Wednesday evening, Mr. Ban noted that the Cheonan incident is a “stark reminder” of the urgency of securing durable peace and stability in the region.“I am confident that the international community and the Security Council will heed the call for a united stand for the sake of peace,” he said. read more

by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 5, 2012 6:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Want to fight corruption? Let Europeans bid on our public works: Quebec government MONTREAL – The Quebec government is enthusiastically endorsing the idea of opening up public-works contracts to European companies in the wake of corruption scandals in its construction industry.The province’s international-relations minister said opening the door to foreign competition could help solve Quebec’s problem.There had been speculation about whether the newly elected Parti Quebecois government would support or fight efforts at a Canadian free-trade deal with the European Union. It was energetically touting Friday some of the benefits of a possible agreement.“If we want to extract the cancer that is collusion and corruption — is more light and more competition part of the answer? You bet it is,” Jean-Francois Lisee said in Montreal, following an information session on Canada-EU negotiations.“Of course, more competition and more players in a small market can only help in giving us more bang for our buck, and so, that’s good news.”Lisee’s comments come as Quebec holds an explosive inquiry into corruption and collusion in its construction industry.He noted that Quebec spends about $5 billion per year on infrastructure projects of which, according to inquiry testimony, between 15 and 30 per cent has been funnelled to criminal organizations or gobbled up through rigged bids and kickbacks.The proposed Canada-EU agreement, which Ottawa hopes to sign by the end of the year, is due to give European companies more opportunities to bid on certain public contracts here.In return, Quebec companies are expected to benefit by offering their goods to Europe’s enticing market of 500 million consumers at reduced prices of between seven and 16 per cent, Lisee said.But the new PQ government has indicated that there are grey areas in the negotiation that need to be clarified before the province signs on, such as its concerns about energy and cultural policy along with some other economic sectors.“A free-trade accord, evidently, contains positive points and less-positive points,” Finance Minister Nicolas Marceau said Friday, following the session.“We have the belief, the conviction, that there’s a way to reach a deal that will be advantageous for Quebec.”The government has also been critical of the lack of transparency in the negotiations and says people deserve to know more about what might be in the deal — which is why it organized Friday’s conference.Around 100 industry, union and civil-society groups attended the session to learn more, and voice their concerns, about the ongoing trade talks.Quebec’s chief negotiator for the EU deal told the room that many sectors will be excluded from the accord, including health care, education, social security, public transit, daycare and aboriginal affairs.Former PQ premier Pierre Marc Johnson said Canada’s fresh water will be protected, and municipalities will not be forced to privatize water distribution.Johnson also told the audience that boosting competition for public contracts here would help stamp out corruption.“Competition’s not a bad idea; it prevents collusion,” he said before noting how attractive Canadian procurement opportunities are for Europe.“It’s certainly a market that interests numerous European companies.”Doubts about the trade deal’s corruption-limiting potential were also raised during the conference, most of which was closed to journalists.The co-leader of the province’s fourth party, the left-wing Quebec solidaire, warned that adding more companies to the bidding mix wouldn’t necessarily eliminate corruption.Amir Khadir cautioned that illegal activities have also been blamed on multinational firms, which are often more difficult to bust than small, local entrepreneurs.“So, it’s wrong to think that this accord is a tool to fight corruption,” Khadir told reporters after the event.“The tools against corruption are the ethical rules that we apply, the rules that eliminate conflicts of interest.”An expert in international trade said European companies already have access to some public contracts in Quebec and this deal would open the door even wider.“Yes, there’s an attraction,” Universite du Quebec a Montreal’s Christian Deblock said of the interest by European businesses in making bids here.But Deblock has concerns that, once signed, the deal could stumble at the start as municipalities learn the new rules for awarding their contracts.“It could eventually cause harm because there might be awarded contracts that could have to be cancelled,” said Deblock, who believes there’s a widespread lack of knowledge among municipalities about the proposed deal.“They’ll have to wake up and adjust quickly.” read more

In the world of Highland cattle she is regarded, one might say, as the reigning champion. The Queen has been proudly raising Highland cows at her Balmoral estate for 65 years – and has repeatedly won prizes across the country for the quality of her livestock.But this year, Her Majesty’s animals have been conspicuous by their absence, as none of them has appeared at any of this year’s Highland shows.And the reason why is that the Queen is afraid that her beloved herd might become infected by disease. The stockman responsible for the royal herd has revealed that the queen’s cows have been kept away from the shows amid health fears – as she feels the risks of mingling with other livestock is simply too great this year.Dochy Ormiston said: “We have not entered any shows this year. We are a closed herd and we are very frightened over its health status.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The Queen founded the Balmoral fold of Highland cattle in 1953 and is considered one of the country’s top Highland breeders, with more than 50 animals on the estate.Winning prizes with individual cows and bulls attracts prestige, prize money and can increase the value of an animal enormously. One of the most famous royal bulls, named Coirneal, won the overall champion at Oban’s annual Highland cattle show in 2016, and was later sold for 7,000 guineas.The Queen also claimed the top spot at the Royal Highland Show in 2014. She won £75. The monarch, who is patron of the Highland Cattle Society (HCS), has been a regular prize winner with her cattle. Former HCS president Angus MacKay said it was ‘a bit sad’ that the monarch’s cattle were missing from this year’s show. The Queen and Prince Philip with cattle at the Balmoral Estate He added: ‘I can understand why. She is extremely knowledgeable about the breed and about her own fold and how it developed. She would have certainly been involved in the decision not to show them.”Breeders can take advantage of the demand from overseas if they have a high health herd.”Mr Mackay, who lives at Achnagoul in Argyll, said Balmoral had exported regularly over many years – including to Germany, Austria and even Australia, decades back. The Queen and Prince Philip with cattle at the Balmoral EstateCredit:Getty 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. “There will be offspring from bulls bred at Balmoral at this month’s national show in Germany. It is all about prestige and the Balmoral fold is going to have a premium,” added Mr MacKay, who has judged the breed internationally including in the USA, Finland, Denmark, Australia and the prestigious Royal Highland Show.”The way to maintain such a fold like Balmoral is to have a closed herd and if you show your animals they risk being exposed to animals of lesser health quality.”Mr MacKay, 69, an official HCS field officer with nearly 50 years’ experience of Highland cattle, added: ‘Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis [a respiratory disease] is especially a problem. Another problem with maintaining a high health herd is that after each show your animals have to be isolated from the main fold for three weeks, and then re-tested by a vet before being allowed to return to the herd.’ read more

Bones and parts of a pushchair have been found in a Highland quarry that was drained earlier this month during a fresh murder inquiry into the disappearance more than 40 years ago of a mother and her son.Renee MacRae, 36, and her three-year-old son Andrew, vanished after leaving their home in Inverness on November 12, 1976.Her burned-out BMW was found in a lay-by 12 miles south of the city later that day, with a blood-stained rug in the boot, but their remains have never been found and the notorious case remains unsolved.It emerged on Tuesday that wheels found in Leanach quarry near Inverness are similar to those used on Andrew’s Silver Cross pushchair, which is thought to have been with the pair when they went missing, and are being forensically examined.Bones recovered from silt at the known fly-tipping site are believed to be from animals, but police said the remains would be subjected to further examination.Detective Insp Brian Geddes added: “As part of the search operation at Leanach Quarry numerous items have been found to date, many of which have warranted further research and examination. “Meticulous analysis is now ongoing to establish if any of these items would be relevant to the investigation into the murders of Renee and Andrew MacRae.” leanach quarry pushchair 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. In 2004, a full cold case review resulted in a month-long excavation of another quarry at Dalmagarry.Several days were spent at Leanach Quarry last October, when officers released an image of Andrew around the time of what would be his 45th birthday. A picture of a pushchair was also released.Mrs MacRae left home with both her children the day she went missing before dropping her eight-year-old son, Gordon, with her estranged husband Gordon MacRae, a millionaire businessman.She was reportedly on her way to meet her lover, Bill MacDowell, a married accountant in her husband’s building company, and Andrew’s father. The pair were said to be planning a new life on Shetland. The type of pushchair that went missing with the mother and sonCredit:Police Scotland Work in progress at the drained Leanach QuarryCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA Police Scotland revealed earlier this month that the quarry was being drained of water to allow police to carry out a forensic search of the site.Millions of litres were pumped from the site after it was previously deemed too dangerous for divers to enter.Silt and debris from the quarry is being loaded on to lorries and removed for forensic tests at another location where a 16-strong team of specialist officers are carrying out fingertip searches of the material.The police team said earlier this month they remained “extremely confident” that vital evidence would be recovered from the quarry. After re-examining the case in 2004 police named a suspect in a report to the procurator fiscal in 2006. However, the Crown Office said there was insufficient evidence to bring a prosecution.In November, Mrs Macrae’s sister Morag said she hoped one day to be able to lay them to rest, adding: ‘Not a day goes past that both are not in my thoughts.” read more

first_imgDuring the presentation of Joy Global’s second quarter results, Ted Doheny, President and Chief Executive Officer announced that “despite tough markets, we remain committed to taking prudent actions to improve our business during this cyclical downturn and bolster our strategic position to be a first tier supplier to the underground hard rock mining market. In this regard, we are pleased to announce our acquisition of Montabert from Doosan Holding France. Montabert specialises in the design, production and distribution of high quality hydraulic rock breakers, pneumatic equipment, drilling attachments, drifters and related parts and tools. This acquisition represents an important step in expanding product and service capabilities for hard rock mining, tunnelling and rock excavation, further diversifying the company’s commodity and end market exposures. The Montabert product line will complement our existing fleet of hard rock equipment and leverages our global service centre infrastructure providing long-term value.”The Company closed on its purchase of Montabert on June 1, 2015 for €110 million, subject to a working capital adjustment. Net sales for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2015 for Montabert were approximately $100 million.This follows Joy Global’s acquisition of Mining Technologies International in 2014. Montabert (see IM January 2015 issue) was the first company to produce a hydraulic drifter and one of the first to bring a hydraulic breaker to the market and continues to be a leader in both technologies. In its drilling department, the company has refined its focus down to the drifters alone. It recently redefined its leadership in hydraulic drifters with a new range.Doheny also noted that “while our operational execution in the quarter was in line with our expectations, the incoming order rate, in particular in the US coal and global copper markets slowed as customers further reduced capital expenditures and deferred maintenance on their mining equipment fleets. We continue to invest in our service business to respond quickly and more efficiently to our customer’s needs and are taking steps to accelerate the optimisation of our global manufacturing and service footprint.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) has released the Standard for Responsible Mining, a precedent-setting global certification program for industrial-scale mine sites. “With growing awareness and demand for ecologically and socially-responsible products, jewellers, electronics businesses, auto makers and others have sought assurances that the minerals they purchase are mined responsibly. The Standard seeks to emulate for industrial-scale mine sites what has been done with certification programs in organic agriculture, responsible forestry and sustainable fisheries.” An online Responsible Mining Map was also launched that will allow responsible producers and purchasers of minerals to demonstrate their commitment to a responsible minerals value chain and enable business relationships to develop.The Standard for Responsible Mining reflects the input from over 100 companies, organisations and individuals worldwide and has support from leading companies like Anglo American, ArcelorMittal, Microsoft and Tiffany & Co. IRMA has also worked with mines and technical experts to conduct two field tests of the Standard for Responsible Mining to ground-truth the Standard through simulated mine audits in the United States and in Zimbabwe. Auditors hired by IRMA reviewed company documentation, made first-hand observations at the mine sites, and conducted interviews with company representatives and other stakeholders to verify the requirements in the Standard are clear, practicable, and measurable.“As interest in the responsible sourcing of metals and minerals grows it is important to have standards that meet the needs of the wide variety of customers that mining serves, and address the expectations of society as a whole,” said Jon Samuel, Group Head of Social Performance and Engagement at Anglo American. “We look forward to trialling the IRMA Self-Assessment Tool and to continuing to contribute to the development of IRMA as a demonstration of our commitment to responsible mining.”“Microsoft believes that fairly-applied global mining standards such as those outlined in the Standard for Responsible Mining are essential to helping solve labor, human rights, and environmental issues at the far reaches of industry’s supply chains,” said Joan Krajewski, General Manager, Compliance and Safety, Microsoft. “Making progress on these important and challenging issues will require the efforts and engagements of many, which is why we play an active role in collaborative initiatives like the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance.”The Standard for Responsible Mining is the result of more than ten years of collaboration between groups from the mining industry, organised labor, non-governmental organisations, impacted communities, and businesses. The Standard offers shared value for mining industry participants, while addressing purchaser demand for greater options in sourcing responsibly mined materials, and civil society desire for transparency and independent verification.“The Standard for Responsible Mining is a welcome initiative, moving us forward in establishing verifiable human rights standards for communities and workers at mine sites around the world,” said Dewa Mavhinga, Southern Africa Director at Human Rights Watch.The Standard for Responsible Mining’s best practice requirements for mining include elements such as health and safety for workers, human rights, community engagement, pollution control, mining in conflict-affected areas, rights of indigenous peoples, transparency in revenue payments from companies to governments, and land reclamation once mining is done. The Standard is not simply a pass/fail system, instead focused on transparency, where different levels of performance are recognised and continuous improvement is encouraged, but where certification is still available for those industrial-scale mine sites meeting all major best practice requirements.“IndustriALL Global Union represents over 50 million workers in mining and manufacturing in 140 countries. We have worked hard to ensure that the interests of working miners and communities are fully represented in the development of this multi-stakeholder certification and assurance reporting system for the mining industry,” said Glen Mpufane, Mining, Gems Ornaments and Jewellery Production Director at IndustriALL Global Union and a former miner and member of the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa.”“The Standard for Responsible Mining responds to the power of markets to create greater incentive and leverage for protection of the environment and the communities who live closest to mines,” said Aimee Boulanger, Coordinator of the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA). “The Standard for Responsible Mining will offer shared value to corporations who seek to make a profit, while also offering an ethical value chain to their customers.”“As a member of a community directly impacted by mining pollution, I applaud the new Standard for Responsible Mining,” said Jacinda Mack, Co-Founder of Stand for Water, a project of the First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining in Canada. “People of First Nations need our community rights honored and our clean water protected from irresponsible mining practices.”last_img read more

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first_img(YouTube: TornadoVideosdotnet)TORNADOES KILLED AT least five people and wreaked massive damage late Friday in Oklahoma near the battered city of Moore, which is still recovering from a monster twister that hit less than two weeks ago.The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the death toll and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management confirmed a mother and child were killed as they travelled in their car on Interstate 40 near Oklahoma City.At least 12 people were injured in the storm, with that number expected to rise, the agency told AFP.Several people were hurt in crashes and overturned vehicles, including semi-trailers and trailers, Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokeswoman Betsy Randolph told NBC television affiliate KFOR.“It is a heartbreaking situation,” Randolph said.Alonzo Adams/AP/Press Association ImagesWhile storms continued to pass through the state, Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said, “they’re much less severe.” However, “there’s still a lot of flooding in areas,” she said, warning residents to stay off roads and avoid high water.Weather forecasters lifted an emergency for parts of the tornado-prone midwestern state, though flash flood warnings, severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches remained in place.National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma warned the severe weather was shifting eastward Saturday, with the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys set to receive the bulk of the storms.“Some of the rainfall is expected to be quite heavy and a threat of severe weather will continue,” the weather center said on its website.In Missouri, which borders the Mississippi River, Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Friday night, urging “Missourians to closely monitor weather conditions, so they can take shelter or move to higher ground if needed.”Reports said five twisters had struck the area around Oklahoma City, with winds of up to 90 miles (145 kilometers) per hour, accompanied by very large hail.Flash floods also hit the area, the Tulsa World newspaper said.Parts of Oklahoma City experience extreme flooding. (AP Photo/Nick Oxford)One large tornado touched down west of Oklahoma City, the state’s biggest city, news reports said.Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said earlier she was “heartsick” that Moore, struck by a powerful tornado on 20 May, could be hit once again.“I’m very concerned right now,” Fallin told CNN.I’m here across from the capitol and it is hailing and blowing and raining extremely hard. Our tornado sirens have gone off several times.KFOR television, meanwhile, reported extensive damage around the cities of El Reno and Yukon. More than 170,000 people were said to have lost power in the Oklahoma City metro area.Officials for Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport said on Twitter that passengers had been evacuated to an underground tunnel and that flights in and out had been suspended.The Moore tornado affected a total of 33,000 people, with winds above 200 miles per hour.Obama offers solace in tornado-ravaged OklahomaPhotos: Oklahoma deals with destruction after worst tornado in decadeslast_img read more

first_img Home St Fintan’s College centre Frankie O’Dea is gutted after his penalty falls short and his school are denied a famous win against Clongowes Wood College. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOIreland out-half Jonathan Sexton and flanker Peter O’Mahony have been ruled out of this weekend’s Six Nations opener against Scotland through injury.Donegal duo Ryan McHugh and Paddy McBrearty contributed 1-8 between them as Ulster University survived a scare against Garda College in the Sigerson Cup.Ireland will be without captain Niamh Briggs for Friday’s Women’s Six Nations game against Scotland as the fullback continues her recovery from injury.Clongowes survived a huge scare from Leinster Senior Schools Cup new boys St Fintan’s today as they advanced to the second round on a 31-29 scoreline.UCC hammered DCU-St Pat’s by 23 points in the first round of the Sigerson Cup with Spillane brothers Adrian and Killian to the fore.Reigning champions UCD also advanced to the quarter-finals with ease, dispatching IT Sligo by 19 points at Belfield.An Ireland legends XV will face England in memory of Anthony Foley in the annual curtain-raiser to the Six Nations clash between the sides.Away IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, left, and former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko pose for photos during a boxing news conference at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Source: Richard DrewWatford striker Odion Ighalo has become the latest player to move to the Chinese Super League on what has so far been a quiet transfer deadline day in the English Premier League.New emails have emerged which suggest IAAF president Sebastian Coe was aware of the doping problems in Russia.UFC president Dana White has admitted he doesn’t believe Ronda Rousey will be returning to the octagon following her defeat to Amanda Nunes.French giants Toulon have signed troubled NRL star Ben Barba on a short-term deal while the player is sidelined from rugby league over a failed drugs test.Montpellier fly-half Frans Steyn has lodged an appeal against the four-week suspension he received for a high tackle on Johnny Sexton.Aurelien Rougerie is going to extend his Clermont Auvergne career into a 19th season after the 36-year-old signed a one-year contract extension.The Best Thing We SharedWhat a finish to today’s Leinster Schools Senior Cup game between Clongowes Wood College and St Fintan’s College as the Sutton school came agonisingly close to a famous win in Donnybrook.Where We Were TodayMurray Kinsella and Sean Farrell were at Carton House for the Ireland team’s press conference. By Alan Waldron Short URL I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that. I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model’.LeBron James hits back at Charles Barkley, and he sure didn’t hold back.The Fixture ListIt’s another big night in the Premier League tomorrow with three fixtures on the agenda — West Ham United v Manchester City (19.45, BT Sport 1), Manchester United v Hull City (20.00) and Stoke City v Everton (20.00).There are also three games down for decision in the English Championship — Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United, Burton Albion v Fulham and Newcastle United v Queens Park Rovers (Sky Sports 1), all of which kick off at 19.45.Celtic top the bill in the Scottish Premiership with a home tie against third-placed Aberdeen (19.45). Hearts v Rangers and Partick Thistle v St Johnstone also kick off at the same time.Three of the four quarter-finals in the Munster Schools Senior Cup are on tomorrow: Presentation Brothers College v Crescent College Comprehensive, Lansdowne, 14.00; Christian Brothers College v Ardscoil Rís, Irish Independent Park, 14.00; and Rockwell College v Glenstal Abbey, Clanwilliam FC, 14.30.The first round of the Leinster Schools Senior Cup continues in Donnybrook with St Mary’s College v Newbridge College (15.00)Showbiz, Baby!It looks like in-demand striker Moussa Dembele is staying at Parkhead for the time being, and he wanted to let Celtic’s fans know how much he loves the club, ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ style. What else ? 💚💚🍀🍀🍀🤐— Moussa Dembélé (@MDembele_10) January 31, 2017 We’ll Leave It There So: Ireland injury issues, Premier League deadline day and today’s sport Meanwhile, Sigerson Cup gets under way, LeBron James loses his cool, and injury forces Connacht rugby player into early retirement. No Comments 11,288 Views The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!center_img Poll: Who do you think will win this year’s Division 3 football league title?A year on from his Ireland debut, CJ Stander thriving by playing on instinct Source: Moussa Dembélé/Twitter Jan 31st 2017, 8:08 PM Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 8:08 PM Follow us: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email1 Ireland tighthead Tadhg Furlong. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOSinead Farrell was at Donnybrook for today’s Leinster Schools Senior Cup game between Clongowes and St Fintan’s.On The Recordlast_img read more

first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has defended the club’s decision to sign Dominic Solanke from Liverpool despite the player being injured.Following Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, Howe revealed that Solanke has a hamstring problem and will not be available until the start of next month.The 21-year-old has only scored one goal and made just five Premier League starts for the Reds since joining from Chelsea in the summer of 2017.“He has a hamstring problem and will be out for most of January. We have done relevant tests and medicals,” Howe said, according to Daily Mail.The Cherrie boss insists Solanke is a good investment and highlights the player’s England U-21 record.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.The striker has eight goals in 15 games to his name for England’s U21 side and made his senior debut in a friendly against Brazil last year.Howe added: “He brings a different dynamic to the front-line. He is good in the air, a physical presence. It’s a lot of money across the board to sign players now but look at his international record. He is one of most talented young strikers in country.”“Young players see a good culture at Bournemouth and a way of working to bring out the best. We develop them as players and as individuals. We work very hard to improve weaknesses.”Meanwhile, Brighton manager Chris Hughton backed Solanke to impress at Bournemouth: “He’s an exceptional young talent. We are always aware of him but it was only speculation. I’m sure he’ll be great for them.”last_img read more

first_imgAnanda Bhaskar RapoluTwitter [Representational Image]With just days left for the Lok Sabha elections, Congress faces another blow as two of the party leaders in Telangana submitted their resignation to the Congress party president Rahul Gandhi on Friday.Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu, Congress MP in Rajya Sabha from Telangana and J Chittaranjan Dass, former minister and OBC chairman of Telangana Congress Committee has tendered their resignation by writing a letter to Rahul Gandhi. Resignation lettersibtimesWhile Ananda Bhaskar did not mention any reason for his resignation while Dass stated that there is no social equality and respect for the senior member’s in the party. It is also alleged that Anand Bhaskar might join the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).Only a few days back another senior Congress leader and close aide of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Tom Vadakkan had also resigned from the party and joined BJP saying that he was deeply hurt by the party’s questioning of the integrity of Indian army over the Pulwama terror attack.last_img read more

first_imgStayZilla, one of India’s largest start-ups to concentrate on hotel and homestay aggregation, has suspended operations amid fears that it has shut down for good. However, indications are that the company still has a few things going for it, and hence may return in a new or altered avatar.Also read: Flipkart breathes easy; Grofers, Portea Medical among 31 firms blacklisted by IITs for campus hiringYogendra Vasupal, Rupal Yogendra and Sanchit Singhi had launched a website called Inasra in 2005, which was rebranded as StayZilla in 2010. It has raised several million dollars in funding over the years, but never managed to turn over a profit that makes the market sit up and take notice, despite often offering deep discounts.Rebooting operationsIn a blog post on Thursday that had an oddly cheerful tone in some parts despite delivering some bad news, Yogendra Vasupal said: “I would like to announce today that we would be bringing to a halt the operations of Stayzilla in its current form, and looking to reboot it with a different business model.”He added: “This has been one of the toughest decisions that I have taken so far but it is the right thing to do. The hardest part is saying goodbye to a perfect team that has accomplished a lot by putting homestays on the map of India. I am the most fortunate to have had such a team on my side at this juncture. Whatever and how much ever I write about them is not going to do justice to their commitment. But try, I must!”The cheerful notes were hit while describing the various teams that powered Stayzilla as well as the investors. And then Vasupal got down to the brass tacks, candidly admitting what went wrong with the start-up.Reason for failureVasupal explained in the blog post: “The travel marketplace does not have local network effects and, therefore, we can’t really take a focused city-by-city approach in terms of matching supply and demand. The demand and supply for homestays was non-existent 18 months back, excluding a few small pockets. As a result, we had to invest extensively in both sides of the marketplace, creating homestays as well as guests who would choose a homestay across the country.”And then came the economic problems. Vasupal said: “A homestays marketplace needs to invest in educating the market on the concept and even using Internet and not just the product. The costs, both financial and opportunity costs, creep up on you over a period of time and get rationalised as cost of doing business in India. This was further exacerbated by the discounting-based growth rampant in the travel industry since 2015. Forced to match prices, we could not even recoup what we put in, necessitating very large capital requirement simply to sustain growth.”What next?Keeping some hope alive — possibly for after another round of fundraising — Vasupal said: “I see Stayzilla becoming a hassle-free distribution channel going out to the right audience, wherever they may be. We will look to work closely with both online and offline travel partners to offer the best of Indian homestays to their valued customers.”He added: “Focusing all our energies on the supply side will allow us to build on our core strength that we have developed over the last 18 months. Specialised solutions such as the concept of ‘Stayzilla Verified Homestays’ excite me in particular.” Vasupal also said: “I am looking at this as a clean start to get back to the roots I am comfortable with.”It now remains to be seen how Vasupal returns with SatyZilla — if at all — in a market that is growing ever more competitive.last_img read more

first_img Pre-disturbance forest type. (A) Reference pre-disturbance type for sampled pixels identified as forest loss. (B) National estimates of 2000-2014 forest loss area by re-disturbance forest type. Area estimates expressed in ha along with SEs are presented table S2A. Credit: Tyukavina et al., Sci. Adv. 2018;4: eaat2993 A team of researchers from the University of Maryland and the State University of New York has found that smallholder clearing is the dominant driver of forest loss in the Congo Basin. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes the techniques they used to assess forest loss in the area over the period from 2000 to 2014 and what they found. The Congo Basin includes forests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea—it comprises the second largest rainforest in the world (the Amazon basin is the largest). And like the Amazon basin, it is being cut down. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn more about the entities that are cutting down the forest as a means toward targeting efforts to reduce or eliminate such cutting.To better understand what is happening in the basin, the researchers studied satellite data over the years 2000 to 2014, noting changes in tree cover. They also used remote sensing technology to analyze forest changes and deforestation drivers. They then compared what they learned with information provided by outside experts on the area. More information: Alexandra Tyukavina et al. Congo Basin forest loss dominated by increasing smallholder clearing, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat2993 The researchers also noted that the United Nations has estimated that the human population in the Congo Basin will be five times higher than it is today by the end of the century. They suggest that if conditions in the area do not improve, the entire basin could lose all its native forests over the same time period. The researchers found that the Amazon Basin lost forest area approximately the size of Bangladesh over the span of just 15 years. They also found that logging was not the biggest culprit—it was small-time clearing done by hand by subsistence farmers. In all, 80 percent of forest loss was due to what the researchers describe as smallholder clearing. The researchers suggest the reason for such massive smallholder clearing is poverty. Unable to make a living, many people turn to farming. They cut down a swath of forest and plant crops. But the soil is quickly depleted, forcing the farmers to cut down new areas periodically. Faith leaders, Pygmies join forces in fight for Congo forest © 2018 Science X Network Expansion of small-scale agriculture into recently undisturbed forests and woodlands (lines), and population growth in the region by country (bar chart). Solid lines connect the annual forest loss area estimates and dashed lines represent the linear trend based on ordinary least squares regression. Forest clearing for small-scale rotational agriculture includes clearing for charcoal production, the contribution of which does not exceed 10% of the class area. Error bars on the area estimates represent one standard error. Credit: Tyukavina et al., Sci. Adv. 2018;4: eaat2993 3-year moving average of annual forest loss area for the major disturbance categories in all countries. Each major disturbance category contributes >0.5 Mha to the total 2000-2014 forest loss area. Forest clearing for small-scale rotational agriculture includes clearing for charcoal production, the contribution of which does not exceed 10% of the class area. Error bands represent ± SE. Annual area estimates along with SEs are presented in table S2B. Abbreviations: Prim. – “Primary”, Sec. – “Secondary”, HTF – “Humid Tropical Forests”, Woodl. – “Woodlands”. Credit: Tyukavina et al., Sci. Adv. 2018;4: eaat2993 Citation: Smallholder clearing found to be dominant reason for forest loss in the Congo Basin (2018, November 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Science Advances Three-year moving average of annual forest loss area for the major disturbance categories in all countries. Credit: Tyukavina et al., Sci. Adv. 2018;4: eaat2993last_img read more