Fate of BJP rath yatra in Bengal hangs in balance

first_imgThe much-anticipated meeting between the officials of the West Bengal government and senior BJP leadership over its proposed rath yatra in the State ended without any conclusion on Thursday. State BJP leadership led by president Dilip Ghosh, party’s national secretary Kaliash Vijayvargiya and leader Mukul Roy held a meeting with the State Chief Secretary, the Home Secretary and the Director General of Police at Lalbazar police headquarters during the day as instructed by the Calcutta High Court. No concrete decision about the yatra was taken during the day. Political fortunesThe BJP is pinning much hope of reviving its political fortunes in the State on these yatras.“The yatra will be held along its route but there can be change in the schedule. We have asked the police to inform us in advance so that we can inform our central leadership,” Mr. Ghosh told journalists after the meeting. The Calcutta High Court had directed the State government to hold a meeting with the BJP officials on the proposed rath yatra in the State.Dampened enthusiasmThe development on Thursday clearly indicated that the BJP’s enthusiasm with the rath yatra is not the same as it had displayed before the results of the Assembly elections in five States were declared. The BJP leadership had passionately contested the State government’s denial to the permission to its yatra in the Calcutta High Court in the first week of December. As of Thursday, the schedule of the yatra remains unclear. Sources in the State BJP said that the rath yatra might be curtailed. Earlier, three raths were scheduled to tour all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in the State for a period of 40 days. Schedule changed In the present circumstances, the rath yatra cannot be held more than 20 days and the number of raths may also be curtailed, party officials said. The State administration is likely to postpone the matter and allow permission in January 2019, after the Christmas holiday.BJP president Amit Shah was scheduled to launch the yatra on December 7 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to address a rally on December 16. The State BJP has postponed the Prime Minister’s visit and there is no clear idea when senior leadership of the party will visit the State.last_img read more

Nadal credits passion and overcoming injuries for success

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Men’s winners included fifth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, Mischa Zverev, Steve Darcis, Fabio Fognini and Aljaz Bedene. How sports can influence kids according to Alyssa Valdez View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City In the first round on Monday, top-ranked Garbine Muguruza retired from her opening match with a cold.Muguruza dropped the first set 6-2 and was trailing 2-0 against Barbora Strycova when she decided to stop.“I couldn’t perform today,” said the Spaniard, who said she picked up a virus at the Wuhan Open last week but wanted to try to play despite her illness. “I don’t want to retire before the tournament starts for me.”Also, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens was beaten by Christina McHale 6-3, 6-0.“It was a tough day,” Stephens said. “There’s not really much to say about. Obviously not a great match, so just forget about it and try to move on.”In other women’s matches, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-2, while Peng Shuai, Elena Vesnina, Elise Mertens, Coco Vandeweghe and Alize Cornet also won.ADVERTISEMENT Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, to win the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in New York. The two are currently ranked 1-2. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)BEIJING — Passion, and overcoming injuries, are the key to Rafael Nadal’s recent success.The top-ranked Spaniard won the French Open and the U.S. Open this year, and reclaimed the No. 1 spot from Andy Murray. His next event is the China Open.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I had some injuries, but good thing is I keep having the passion for the game and the love for what I am doing and the spirit of overcome tough situations in terms of physical issues,” the Spaniard said. “Of course, the spirit of improvement: every day when I wake up, going on court with the goal of doing something better than what I was doing.”Nadal will open against Lucas Pouille on Tuesday at the China Open. The Frenchman beat Nadal in their previous meeting last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNadal is 56-9 this season. He leads the tour with five ATP singles titles and will be trying to add this year’s China Open title to the one he took home as a teenager in 2005.Nadal has made the tournament’s final in three of his six earlier appearances and has a 20-5 record in Beijing. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Spain, England eye maiden title

first_imgEngland and Spain will have their eyes firmly trained on the history books waiting to christen them as first-time champions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup when the two footballing hotshots renew acquaintances in the hotly-anticipated final here on Saturday.In the first all-European final of this competition, England, who have never gone beyond the quarter-finals and are looking to emulate the U-20 boys, will have revenge on their minds while European champions Spain — runners up thrice — aim to brighten their trophy cabinet with a World Cup crown.It was only in May this year that Spain colts, known as La Rojita, pipped England 4-1 on penalties to bag the UEFA U-17 European Championships in Croatia.That was the third meeting of the two teams in the final of the European Championships with Spain triumphant in 2007, and the Young Lions exacting revenge three years later.One day until the #FIFAU17WC final! ??? pic.twitter.com/NuI5SYQVTS- England (@England) October 27, 2017The Spaniards once more emerged victorious in May, but only after a nail-biting climax. England went ahead twice and frittered their advantage, with Spain’s second equaliser coming in the sixth minute of stoppage time. Spain went on to win on penalties.Cut to India, where England have been perfect leading up to the summit clash, with Spain peaking at the right time, it promises to be a lip-smacking affair at the colossal Vivekananda YubaBharti Krirangan, expected to be packed to the rafters.It has been a landmark year for England so far, who since the Booby Moore led team’s World Cup win in 1966, had failed to achieve any sort of success at the international level .advertisement??????Skipper Joel Latibeaudiere taking inspiration from @England’s #U20WC triumph after reaching #FIFAU17WC final ??????https://t.co/sTGLjUVrQX pic.twitter.com/vdqOqeSKnF- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 25, 2017The jinx was broken in June, when the U-20 side lifted the World Cup beating Venezuela in the final.The U-19 team picked up from there, bagging the UEFA European U-19 Championship crown a month later.With Steve Cooper’s side registering a clinical 3-1 victory over three-time champions Brazil in the semi-final here, they became the fourth England youth team to reach a final in the calendar year.Since the 4-0 bossing of Chile in the U-17 tournament opener, England have made it clear who the trailblazers would be.Mexico threatened to rein them in with a quickfire second-half blitz from Diego Lainez while Japan frustrated them even further, dragging the round of 16 game to England’s most dreaded penalties. On both occasions, the boys in white showed composure which Cooper feels belies their age. Iraq were also dealt with 4-0.They were head and shoulders above the US in the quarter-final in Goa — the only game they played out of Kolkata — and dictated a flair-filled Brazil. England are the only team in the tourney to have won all their games leading up to the final.In Spain though, they face their sternest test yet.Santiago Denia’s boys have gone from strength to strength in the tournament and look unrecognisable from the team that lost the first game to Brazil 1-2 in Kochi.After registering two facile wins over Niger and Korea DPR in Group D to qualify for the knockout stages, Spain underlined their title credentials with a strong 2-1 performance against in-form France.They bettered their showing against Iran who had defeated Germany 4-0 in the preliminary round and in the semis, sent Mali packing 3-1.At the heart of their display was skipper Abel Ruiz who led from the front.Scoring six goals in six games, the FC Barcelona youth striker alongwith Valencia’s Ferran Torres, who plays down the right channel, and Real Madrid’s attacking midfielder Cesar Gelabert form a formidable trio up front for Spain.England will bank on Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster who is currently the tournament’s leading marksman (7 goals), having scored back-to-back hat-tricks against the US and Brazil.Manchester City’s Phil Foden has been a live-wire in creating chances while George McEachran has no replacement as a holding midfielder who can also unlock rival defences with his jinking runs down the middle.In defence, skipper City’s Joel Latibeaudiere has been a rock.Since the Brazil loss, Spain have not floundered much while it would be hard to put a finger on any chinks in England’s armour. A battle of attrition awaits.Squads:England: Curtis Anderson, Josef Bursik, William Crelin; Timothy Eyoma, Joel Latibeaudiere, Marc Guehi, Jonathan Panzo, Lewis Gibson, Steven Sessegnon, Morgan Gibbs White, Tashan Oakley Boothe; Conor Gallagher, Angel Gomes, Nya Kirby, George McEachran; Callum Hudson Odoi, Philip Foden, Emile Smith Rowe, Rhian Brewster, Danny LoaderadvertisementSpain: Alvaro Fernandez, Mateu Jaume, Juan Miranda, Hugo Guillamon, Victor Chust, Antonio Blanco, Ferran Torres, Mohamed Moukhliss, Abel Ruiz, Sergio Gomez, Nacho Diaz, Pedro Ruiz, Marc Vidal, Alvaro Garcia, Eric Garcia, Diego Pampin, Jose Lara, Cesar Gelabert, Carlos Beitia, Victor Perea, Alfonso Pastor.last_img read more

Never expected MS Dhoni to miss that last ball: Parthiv Patel

first_imgParthiv Patel, the man whose direct hit gave Royal Challengers Bangalore an improbable one-run win over Chennai Super Kings, said he was left quite surprised when Mahendra Singh Dhoni missed hitting the last ball of the cliffhanger.Patel wasn’t expecting a marauding Dhoni to miss Umesh Yadav’s slower delivery before his direct throw sealed it for the home team on Sunday night.Dhoni scored 24 off the first five balls of the final over before missing the last ball. A scramble for one run ended in Parthiv’s direct throw leaving Shardul Thakur short of his crease.”We honestly wanted him (Dhoni) to hit through the off-side on the shorter side of the ground. If he had hit it on the leg-side, there were two runs because I don’t think the way he runs, there was any chance of stopping those two,” an elated Patel said at the post-match press conference.”So we wanted (Umesh) to bowl slower and outside the off-stump and surprisingly he missed it. I wasn’t expecting him to miss it but surprisingly he missed it,” he said.Patel said if Dhoni is around then 70 to 80 runs in the last five overs is always gettable at the Chinnaswamy.”Playing in Bangalore or Mumbai, you know that 70 runs in the last five overs is gettable. You need at least have 80-90 runs to get in last five overs to defend. So, we wanted to squeeze him.”We wanted to bowl as many dot balls to him as possible and put pressure on other batsmen because everybody knows how MS is. He wanted the game to go down to last three-four overs and he almost won the game,” said Patel.advertisementThe wicketkeeper-batsman scored his second half-century of the season and said that coach Gary Kirsten’s advice of choosing the correct bowlers was key to his success.”Before the game started, I was talking to Gary and he said ‘you don’t have worry of anything you need to choose your bowlers’ and that is exactly what I did,” said Patel.He is happy to open the batting as he can use the Powerplay overs to his advantage.”Honestly, it is great to be playing in the opening slot with Virat and AB coming in at number three. Actually, I don’t have to do much. I try to make sure that I hit a couple of boundaries and try and rotate the strike.”You know, I have been working hard on my game. I have been there in Australia for a couple of months…I have been working hard and I am quite happy with the way I am batting,” he said.Also Read | Virat Kohli, Dale Steyn thrilled to be reunited as RCB win 2 in a rowAlso Read | MS Dhoni gave us a massive scare: Virat Kohli after RCB’s thrilling 1-run win over CSKlast_img read more

Man shot following altercation over his jailed brother

first_imgNEW DELHI: In another incident of use of firearms in Delhi, a 21-year-old youth was shot by some persons after a quarrel over the victim’s jailed brother in east Delhi’s Kalyanpuri.The attack took place on Sunday on Karan, who is a courier delivery boy and he suffered injuries in his leg. Later he was admitted to a hospital where he was stated to be out of danger. He was returning home from a nearby market when a group of three-four persons taunted him over his brother Rahul, who is serving sentence in Mandoli jail, leading to a heated exchange of words. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarRahul has nine cases registered against him including that of robbery and murder, police said. In his statement to the police, Karan alleged that Bunty and Sonu along with a few associates got into an argument with him over his jailed brother. They told him Rahul was creating trouble for others in the jail. The argument turned ugly and one of the them opened fire at the victim following which he sustained two bullet injuries in his leg. He also alleged that the accused have often threatened him over his jailed brother, a senior police officer said. The accused who live in the same locality fled the spot after the incident. Investigations revealed that a relative of Bunty is also serving jail term in Mandoli and that Rahul has been getting into fights with other inmates there. “A case was registered and teams have been formed to nab the accused”, Jasmeet Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East), said.last_img read more

SHAW FESTIVALS EMERGING ARTISTS PROGRAM RECEIVES MULTIYEAR COMMITMENT OF SUPPORT FROM RBC

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Since the launch of this initiative in 2005, the RBC Foundation-supported Emerging Artists Program has assisted over 60 artists, many of whom have gone on to leading roles at the Shaw Festival and stages across the country.About the Shaw Festival: Inspired by the spirit of Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival creates unforgettable theatrical encounters. The Shaw Festival is a place where people who are curious about the world gather to share the unique experience of live theatre and to create a deeper human connection with the artists, the beauty and abundance of Niagara and with each other. For more information, please visit www.shawfest.com.CONNECT WITH THE SHAW FESTIVALFACEBOOKTWITTERINSTAGRAM#SHARE YOUR SHAW Advertisement Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment On May 25th, during the opening celebration of Brigadoon, Shaw Festival Executive Director Tim Jennings announced a three-year commitment from the RBC Foundation for the ongoing support of the Shaw Festival’s Emerging Artists Program. Supporting the Festival since 1972, the RBC Foundation continues their long-time partnership with The Shaw with a multi-year pledge of $250,000 in funding. This renewed commitment will provide support to approximately 21 emerging Shaw Festival artists through the 2021 season.Managed by Associate Artistic Director Kate Hennig, The Shaw’s Emerging Artists Program focuses on providing young actors with a livable income, diverse training and performance experience; mentorship support and networking opportunities to help them establish successful careers in the arts.The RBC Foundation’s generosity allows the Shaw Festival to expand existing training to include workshop sessions with internationally renowned artists who are masters in their craft. These exclusive classes expose the Emerging Artist to diverse ideas and varied approaches to help hone their multi-disciplinary artistry. Each Emerging Artist is paired with an established actor in the Shaw Festival ensemble. These mentors offer guidance throughout the season to help the Emerging Artist acclimate to the company, region and theatre industry.last_img read more

Morocco to Spend MAD 3 Billion in the Purchase of 150…

Miami – As part of the USA-Morocco program on Foreign Military Sales, Morocco will sign the second phase of the contract next Thursday with US Company “General Dynamics Land Systems” (GDLS) to purchase 150 armored tanks.According to a joint statement by General Dynamics Land Systems, the armored vehicle manufacturer, and the US Department of Defense, the Kingdom will commit to investing MAD 3 billion (US $358 million) in the acquisition of 150 US tanks to complete the ‘200 armored vehicle’ agreement between both countries.General Dynamics Land Systems will reportedly renovate and upgrade the “Abrams M1A1” tanks at their Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima, Ohio, to be completed by February 28, 2018. The plant is a US Government-owned contractor-operated facility (GOCO). Last August, Morocco purchased the first 50 military tanks that are being worked on to update their configuration at the JSMC Lima Tank Plant, scheduled for completion by November 30, 2016.The Ohio-built tanks will be allegedly enhanced to modernize Morocco’s tank fleet and improve its ability to meet current and future threats.Following the signing of the first phase of the contract, Salim Belmeziane, a Moroccan strategy expert stated: “This deal is expected to create a balance in the body of maneuvers of Morocco and its neighboring Algeria, which acquired advanced tanks from Russia.”Upon the delivery of the “Abrams M1A1” tanks, Morocco will join Egypt in becoming the only two African countries to possess this type of military vehicles. read more

President assures SLFP MPs Ravi will be out soon

Karunanayake is facing allegations over the Central Bank bond scam. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena has assured some Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Parliamentarians, Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake will be out of the Government soon.Sirisena had given the assurance when some SLFP members contemplating leaving the Government had met the President.

Chrysler posts 38th consecutive month of auto sales growth in January

TORONTO – Chrysler has begun 2013 as the No. 1 seller of vehicles in Canada as its sales continued to improve in January despite what auto industry analyst Desrosiers says was a 2.2 per cent decline industry wide last month.The resurgent automaker, rescued by U.S. and Canadian government loans after filing for U.S. bankruptcy protection in 2009, says January was the company’s 38th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth in Canada.Overall, the company said Friday that it sold 17,013 vehicles in Canada last month, up three per cent from 16,584 vehicles sold in January 2012.That beat out Ford, which had closed out 2012 as the country’s top seller, but posted a second-place finish of 16,197 vehicle sales this January.General Motors, the other big North American automaker, clocked in with sales of 13,761 vehicles, a 6.2 per cent increase over 2012.”Starting the new year as the best-selling manufacturer in the country validates the strong investments we have made into our product portfolio,” chief operating officer Dave Buckingham said in announcing the January figures.Ford, although it fell from first place, still posted an eight per cent increase over January 2012 and marked its best sales total for the month in 10 years.“Ford of Canada had a strong 2012, and we are off to a great start this year with sales increases across the entire lineup,” said Dianne Craig, president and CEO, Ford of Canada.“With forecasts showing that 2013 could be a record sales year, we see lot of opportunity for sales growth for Ford.”Volkswagen Canada reported a strong start to 2013, saying it sold 3,373 new cars and light trucks January — the company’s best ever January and 8.5 per cent higher than last year.John White, president and chief executive of Volkswagen Canada, said the company built momentum last year and “we are confident that this will continue throughout 2013.”Numbers from other big automakers, including Japanese and Korean rivals, also came out Friday.Honda Canada reported combined sales of 7,220 units by its Honda and luxury Acura division, down 21 per cent from last year. Honda sales fell 27 per cent to 6,211, while Acura sales improved 41 per cent to 1,009 units.“January 2012 was an exceptional sales month for us as we caught up to unfulfilled demand for Civic caused by lack of supply in the last three months of 2011,” said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president of Honda Canada.Desrosiers, which issues an independent report on vehicle sales, says other major automakers, including Toyota and South Korea’s Hyundai, also saw year-over-year sales declines in January.Toyota kicked off the year with monthly sales of 8,623, down 12.5 per cent, while its luxury Lexus division saw sales decline marginally to 815 vehicles from 810.Hyundai sales fell 1.5 per cent to 7,349 vehicles from 7,460, while Kia, another Korean builder, posted a 2.7 per cent decline to 3,673 from 3,774.Desrosiers said light vehicle sales from all makers totalled 95,306 last month, down from 97,497 in January 2012. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chrysler posts 38th consecutive month of auto sales growth in January by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 1, 2013 4:21 pm MDT read more

Spaghetti bolognese is ruined by the British top Italian chef Antonio Carluccio

first_imgOther dishes commonly served in British Italian restaurants that do not have a place are caramelised oranges, chicken kievs and a starter of avocado with prawns and salsa, he said. “The salsa often has nothing in it but ketchup and mayonnaise, and in Italy avocados do not even exist.” “In Italy [food is] not fashionable, I hate the word fashionable for food because one day it will be lentils that are fashionable, the other day they are not,” he said.“Food is all the same, you cook it when you have it, when it is at the peak of the season and knowing the cuisine well, you cook it at any time that you want not simply because it is just a fashionable thing.” In fact, bolognese – or tagliatelle al ragu – is so important to Italy that the region’s Chamber of Commerce asked the Italian Academy of Cooking to come up with an official recipe in 1982. The result was a simple sauce, which only contained beef, pancetta, onions, carrots, celery, tomato paste, white wine and milk. Antonio Carluccio was speaking in CheltenhamCredit: Clara Molden for The Telegraph Alfredo Tomaselli, whose restaurant in Rome attracts A-list stars including George Clooney, went as far to say some versions in Briton had “nothing at all to do with the original”. Antonio Carluccio  During the talk, Carluccio also touched on “fashionable” food, arguing that ingredients should just be enjoyed when they are in season. When you think Italy, you start to put oregano, basil, parsley, garlic, which is not at all rightAntonio Carluccio More recently, chefs have debated what sort of pasta is best to have with the ragu. They concluded that the sauce sticks better to “flatter” shapes, not thin spaghetti.Speaking about what he believes is the right way to make bolognese, Carluccio told the audience: “You should do this: oil, onion, two types of meat – beef and pork – and you practically brown this, then you put the tomatoes, then a bit of wine, including tomato paste, and then you cook it for three hours. That is it. Nothing else. Grate Parmesan on the top and Bob’s your uncle.”  Spaghetti bolognese does not exist in ItalyAntonio Carluccio 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. Step into any Italian restaurant in Britain and you can guarantee that spaghetti bolognese will be on the menu.But Antonio Carluccio has revealed he believes we are are ruining the classic dish – by putting herbs in it.The chef, who has made his name as an expert in Italian gastronomy, revealed he was shocked when he first came to London and discovered what was being served in so-called Italian restaurants. Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, he said: “There was spaghetti bolognese, which does not exist in Italy. In Italy, it is tagliatelle bolognese, with freshly made tagliatelle and bolognese without any herbs whatsoever.”He claimed Britons naturally assume that Italian dishes need herbs such as basil. “When you think Italy, you start to put oregano, basil, parsley, garlic, which is not at all [right],” he said.Carluccio, 79, joins a long list of chefs who have debated about the “abuse” of the dish. Massimo Bottura, the chef patron of Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin-star restaurant in Modena, previously said there were “some crazy versions”.last_img read more

Parking Meters MAPM willing to end demonstrations if court rules in

A prominent businessman in Georgetown said, “The last time this (parking meter project) was enforced, business dropped like about 60 per cent, because people just didn’t want to pay for the parking and the entire street was empty”. Being the manager of the Outdoor Store, the businessman said he tried to let his customers park on his bridge, but this effort was unable to float his business.The M&CC had entered into a contract with Smart City Solutions Inc (SCSI) on May 13, 2016, for parking meters to be implemented in Georgetown. The renegotiated contract with SCSI and the restructured fees come in light of a recent High Court ruling quashing the by-laws of the controversial project. The city, through its lawyers, filed an appeal to the ruling.Should the project be re-introduced, drivers will be made to to pay $150 per hour and $800 for eight hours of parking in the city, while residents of the city would be issued with a restricted residential pass for free parking from 17:00h-19:00h Monday to Friday with free parking on Saturdays. Several members and supporters of the Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) converged on Thursday in front of City Hall to protest against the re-introduction of marking peters.They told media operatives gathered that they are willing to end this action, as long as the Court rules in their favour.A section of Thursday’s picketersOne of MAPM’s supporters said that, “the legality of the contract is in the Court and instead of the City Council waiting to see the results of that Court case, they are trying to go ahead and force us to accept the parking meters…if the Court deems the Parking Meter is legal that’s the end of our protest”.Explaining why she believes the Parking Meter Project is illegal was Renatta Chuck-A-Sang. “The thing never went to tender (National Procurement and Tender Administration Board) even though the value of it is in excess of the required sealing. We contend that the contract is illegal and therefore it should not be enforced…they have to go back to the drawing board, go through the process, do the feasibility study, you do the tender process and we start afresh and that wasn’t done,” she noted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetter: MAPM to resume protests if metered parking resumes under SCSDecember 5, 2017In “Letters”Re-negotiated paid parking contract signed, new by-laws soon- KingFebruary 16, 2018In “Business”Continued protest over paid parking could negatively impact Govt chances come 2020- HindsMarch 16, 2017In “latest news” read more

Kemess Underground block cave looks a strong development

first_imgAuRico Metals reports that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has issued a positive Decision Statement and that the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has granted an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the company’s wholly-owned Kemess Underground Project.Chris Richter, President and CEO of AuRico: “These positive decisions are the culmination of a comprehensive process which began in 2014, and I would like to thank the many people who worked tirelessly to achieve this successful outcome. We would not be where we are today if it were not for the hard work of the AuRico Metals team and our consultants, along with the extensive efforts and close cooperation from our First Nations partners, the EAO, and CEAA. The Tsay Keh Dene, Kwadacha, and Takla Lake First Nations, collectively Tse Keh Nay, provided letters of support to Federal and Provincial Ministers for Environmental Assessment approval and we are proud to have their support.“The Kemess Underground Project presents an attractive development opportunity given its strong economics – supported by existing infrastructure, large scale, good jurisdiction, and advanced stage. Today’s environmental approval represents a significant milestone for the project, and we are excited about the opportunity to continue to advance the project to the benefit of all stakeholders.”The EAO managed the Environmental Assessment for the Kemess project in a Substituted Process on behalf of British Columbia and CEAA, the latter of which is on behalf of the Federal Government of Canada. The Project will require a number of additional normal course licenses and permits which are expected to be received early in 2018.The Kemess Underground Project is a large gold-copper development project located in north-central British Columbia. The Kemess South open pit mine operated successfully between 1998 and 2011 and produced approximately 3 Moz of gold and 750 Mlb of copper. Production ceased when the open pit was depleted.The Kemess Underground deposit is located about 6 km north of the existing Kemess South processing plant. Additional existing infrastructure includes a camp, powerline, all-weather air-strip, access road, as well as other surface facilities including an administrative building, workshop and warehouse. In total, there is approximately C$1 billion worth of existing infrastructure in place.AuRico published a feasibility study for the Kemess Underground Project in March 2016 that contemplates the development of a low-cost panel caving operation with an initial 12-year mine life. Ore would be transported by conveyor to the existing processing facilities, with concentrate transported to a wholly-owned concentrate load-out facility located in Mackenzie, British Columbia.The study demonstrates that Kemess Underground is a robust project benefiting from extensive existing infrastructure. The feasibility study anticipates total life of mine production of 2.6 Moz gold-equivalent (consisting of 1.4 Moz of gold, 573 Mlb of copper and 4.5 Moz of silver). Gold-equivalent production for the first five years is expected to average 238,000 oz/y and 207,000 oz/y over the life of mine, with a low All-In Sustaining Cost of $682/oz over the first five years and $718/oz over the life of mine. Total up-front capital expenditure for the project is estimated at $452 million with a payback period estimated at 3.3 years.The company also has a 100% interest in the Kemess East deposit, located 1km east of Kemess Underground. In January, 2017, the Company released an updated resource estimate for Kemess East outlining Indicated Resources of 113.1 Mt grading 0.38% Cu and 0.46 g/t Au and Inferred Resources of 63.8 Mt grading 0.34% Cu and 0.31 g/t Au. The resource includes a higher grade core estimated to contain Indicated Resources of 67.2 Mt grading 0.43% Cu and 0.60 g/t Au as well as Inferred Resources of 15.2 Mt grading 0.41% Cu and 0.51 g/t Au. The Kemess East deposit remains open to the south, north and west.AuRico’s royalty portfolio includes a 1.5% NSR royalty on the Young-Davidson gold mine and a 2% NSR royalty on the Fosterville mine, as well as a portfolio of additional producing and pre-production royalty assets located in North America and Australia.last_img read more

Eddie Stobart told to pay €5000 in compensation to drivers over working

first_imgHAULAGE COMPANY EDDIE Stobart have been told to pay €5,000 in compensation to lorry drivers for breaches of the European Working Time Directive.The penalty decision was made by the Rights Commissioner after it decided against the company on three separate breaches of the act.Acting under the remit of the Labour Relations Commission, the Rights Commissioner found that the company did not comply with rules laid down on the number of rest hours between shifts as well as adequate notification on when shifts were to commence.A SIPTU representative for the drivers said that this decision relates to 21 drivers but that it will certainly extend beyond those initially involved with 11 others already engaged in similar cases. There are upwards of 120 drivers employed by the company.The latest decision is part of a long-running dispute between drivers and management that led to industrial action 18 months ago.SIPTU organiser Karan O’Loughlin has said that the workers “now feel vindicated in being able to prove what they had been alleging 18 months ago”.The company now have six weeks to decide if they are going to accept the findings of the Rights Commissioner or appeal it to Labour CourtRead: Eddie Stobart drivers in 24-hour strike >last_img read more

Honouring the memory of a great woman

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of Melbourne’s most significant advocacy and charity organisations, the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust honours the memory of one of its most dedicated board members, Loula Rodopoulos. Since 1985, the VWBT grants have been helping Victorian Women and girls to thrive and the Sub-Funds program has been designed to honour women who have made a valuable contribution to the lives of women and girls or in memory of special women whose own lives were remarkable in what they achieved. Loula Rodopoulos was one such person. Born in Melbourne in 1944 to parents of Greek heritage (her grandfather came from Ithaca and settled in Cookgradie, WA in 1896 and her grandmother came from the same island, in 1921), Loula grew up loving her heritage and being influenced by it, as she developed the talents and capabilities which she employed for the benefit of individuals and of organisations she worked for. Her work ethic was largely influenced by her parents, Evgenia and Panoyiannis (Peter John) Raftopoulos. Peter John was very deeply engaged in the community, both Greek and Australian; he was actively involved in raising money for various charitable causes and for some ten years after retirement was a volunteer interpreter at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Loula and her brother were delighted when in late 2012 the Ithacan Philanthropic Society announced that, as a lasting memorial to Peter Raftopoulos, the VCE bursaries (aimed at helping support students through university) it had awarded annually since 1988 were henceforth to be named after Peter, a long-term and active member. Almost three decades later, it was Loula’s time to be honoured for her achievement and contribution to the community, with the establishment of the Loula Rodopoulos Sub-Fund, which will make grants tossist women recovering from mental illness or other difficult personal circumstances and also to support and enable programs which encourage young and established female writers. In establishing the sub-fund the VWT acknowledges its good fortune to be among the beneficiaries of Loula Rodopoulos’ skills and qualifications, first when she became a founding trustee and then as convenor, playing a vital role from 1985 to 1990 in setting the fledgling foundation on the path to itself becoming exceptional. Loula’s leadership skills, fine judgement, and experience of the spheres of government, education and community helped put the Trust’s inaugural board – dauntingly tasked with disbursing grants of state money to women’s enterprises – on the road to becoming a model of its kind. Loula Rodopoulos came onboard of the organisation after years of experience in social services and academia. As a social worker with the Victoria Department of Immigration, she was placed as a grant-in-aid worker for Greek-oriented casework at the Ecumenical Migration Centre (EMC), and was instrumental in the organization’s ability to adapt to the new challenges presented, when multiculturalism became Australia’s official’s policy. An avid learner, she had pursued an Arts degree at Monash University, following it with a Diploma of Social Studies at Mellbourne University and after her work at the EMC, she delved into academia. She had been lecturing in social work at Monash and Melbourne universities from 1977 to 1980, while, between 1981 and 1984 she lectured at Victoria College (Toorak campus) in Interpreting and Translating for BA students. In this role she was instrumental in developing an accredited course for interpreters and translators in Victoria. She was also an insightful poet and a loving mother to Maria and Katie, the daughter she had with George Rodopoulos, with whom she often traveled to Greece. The couple managed to acquire a home in Kioni, the place where her family came from. The 2017 Sub-Fund Grant Round will open on 1 June and close on 31 July.last_img read more

630 WWE Smackdown Preview on the USA Network Rusev to defend US

first_imgFacebook Google+ Roman Reigns talks about his relationship with Jon Moxley; Rollins and Lynch get challenged The following is scheduled for tonight’s 6/30 WWE Smackdown on the USA Network.A #Fatal4Way decides who will meet @RusevBUL for the #USTitle tomorrow night on #SmackDown! https://t.co/3P4RsFNqRB pic.twitter.com/T7Mpxg8LeB— WWE (@WWE) June 29, 2016No. 1 Contender – Fatal 4 Way MatchSheamus vs. Cesaro vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Apollo CrewsWWE United States Championship MatchRusev (c) vs. Winner of Fatal 4 Way MatchDana Brooke vs. Billie KayErick Rowan and Braun Strowman in actionSasha Banks vs. Summer RaeChampion vs. Champion MatchWWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion The MizCheck back tonight for a detailed recap of Smackdown here on Wrestleview.com.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Pinterest WhatsApp Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Winscenter_img Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shawn Michaels WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Seth Rollins responds to Jon Moxley’s post-WWE comments made on the Jericho podcast Twitter Roman Reigns talks about teaming with The Undertaker, Jon Moxley’s comments on WWE Now Playing Up Next Videos Articleslast_img read more

Blue states sue Trump over delay of energyefficiency rules

first_imgNEW YORK — Ten states led by Democrats, including Washington, and a handful of national environmental groups sued the Trump administration, claiming it’s violating federal law by delaying energy-efficiency standards intended to save Americans almost $24 billion.Six rules for ceiling fans, walk-in coolers and other consumer products that are being blocked by President Donald Trump have been projected to slash emissions of carbon dioxide by 292 million tons, according to a statement Monday by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The rules created under former President Barack Obama’s administration were to go into effect on March 20, but they were delayed until Sept. 30 without explanation.“This is yet another example of how the Trump administration’s polluter-first energy policy has real and harmful impacts on the public health, environment — and pocketbooks — of New Yorkers,” Schneiderman, who’s leading the coalition suing the U.S. Department of Energy, said in the statement.The lawsuit is the latest challenge to the Trump administration by groups of Democratic-led states seeking to slow the implementation of the president’s policy initiatives. Trump has promised to cut regulations by as much as 75 percent to boost job growth.The Justice Department didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment. The Energy Department said it doesn’t comment on pending litigation.The Natural Resources Defense Council joined a separate lawsuit over the same delay to the rules. The coalition filed a petition for review of the Energy Department’s actions on March 31 in the federal appeals court in Manhattan.last_img read more

Funding for CHIP remains in limbo

first_imgA program that provides low-cost health coverage for nearly 4,000 Clark County kids is in limbo, and most families who rely on the program are unaware of its uncertain future.The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, is a partnership between federal and state governments to provide health care for children whose families don’t qualify for Medicaid but can’t afford to purchase a health plan. Federal funding for the program expired Sept. 30, and Congress has failed to reauthorize funding for the program, which historically has had strong bipartisan support.For the last three months, Washington has received redistributed funding — grant money other states didn’t use — to keep the program afloat and ensure the state’s 52,000 children covered by CHIP don’t lose their health coverage. But because of the way the state administers the program, most families aren’t aware that the future of their child’s health care is reliant on Congress taking action — and soon.“We were assuming and hoping it would be funded like it always has been,” said Mary Wood, assistant director of the division for Medicaid eligibility and community support at the Washington Health Care Authority, which oversees the program. “It’s fair to say we’re disappointed.”“We’re hoping and wishing they would act sooner rather than later,” she added.Apple HealthIn Washington, CHIP provides health coverage for children whose families make between 210 and 312 percent of the federal poverty level. Children in families with household incomes below 210 percent of the poverty level are covered by the Medicaid program.last_img read more

Bahamas  Dorsett denies hiding PAHO landfill report

first_img PAHO: 2.6 million undernourished in the region, still obesity up Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 8, 2017 – Nassau – That landfill report from the Pan American Health Organization is  getting more attention now, as the FNM Government asserted that it and its damning revelations had been suppressed by the now gone, PLP Administration.  However, former Minister for Environment, Kenred Dorsett said he was not in office and did not see the report on what the landfill was or was not doing to the environment surrounding it.  PAHO labeled the situation in the area as chronic, saying the landfill was threatening the air and water quality, also giving a list of recommendations to The Bahamas Government, which called them in for the analysis.  Dorsett told the Tribune that the document was emailed to him and did not present anything new; he called the FNM’s claim, ‘nonsense’.#MagneticMediaNews#PAHO#DorsettdenieshidingPAHOreport Toxicologist in Nassau to support Rubis health investigation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#DorsettdenieshidingPAHOreport, #magneticmedianews, paho TCI Ready for the Worst Case Scenario of Ebola Virus Diseaselast_img read more

Arnautovic discusses mental pressure on footballers

first_imgWest Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic insists footballers are under far more pressure than many fans realise.The former Inter Milan striker came under fire from Stoke City fans after moving to West Ham last year.He was then vilified by the Hammers’ fans for a poor first half after the season before coming good to help save them from relegation.The Austria international has maintained that form this season with his five Premier League goals making him joint-third in the scoring charts. But he admitted to the scrutiny taking its toll.He said, according to Mirror:“It’s easy, from the outside to hammer people, hammer the players and say, ‘He didn’t do this well, he didn’t do that well.’”declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“But when you know the life of a footballer, you’ll cry, believe me! We don’t talk about money, you cry.”“Sometimes because there is so much pressure on you, you have to deal with this because a lot of players go, ‘I’m okay, no worries’ – it’s not right, “ but in the game, it’s affecting you.”Meanwhile, Arnautovic has revealed he would have become a businessman instead of a player if his dad had his way.The 29-year-old, who has since confounded his father’s expectations, also admits he can understand when supporters take their frustrations out on the West Ham team.Arnautovic explained: “There were a few occasions when my father told me that I have to go to this company to work, maybe to take a test to see if they’ll take me.“I got to the test and sat there and didn’t write anything, because I didn’t want to work there. I wanted to play football and wanted to make this my job.”last_img read more