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Yogi Adityanath inaugurates 10.30-km-long elevated road in Ghaziabad

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday, March 30, 2018, inaugurated a 10.30-km-long elevated road, touted to be the longest of its kind in the country, connecting U.P. Gate and Rajnagar Extension here.Built at a cost of ₹ 1,147 crore, the six-lane elevated road is supported on 227 pillars. District magistrate and the vice chairperson of Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) Ritu Maheswar had said, as per its design, vehicle owners will be allowed to drive at an average speed of 80 km per hour on the road. After inaugurating the road at Rajnagar extension area, the Chief Minister took it to travel to Vasundhara. Samajwadi Party MLC Rakesh Yadav, had “inaugurated” the road on March 16 claiming that the project was started during party’s rule in the state. An FIR was lodged against Yadav along with several SP workers.last_img read more

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Creationism conference at large U.S. research university stirs unease

first_imgA creationist conference set for a major research campus—Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing—is creating unease among some of the school’s students and faculty, which includes several prominent evolutionary biologists.The 1 November event, called the Origin Summit, is sponsored by Creation Summit, an Oklahoma-based nonprofit Christian group that believes in a literal interpretation of the Bible and was founded to “challenge evolution and all such theories predicated on chance.” The 1-day conference will include eight workshops, according the event’s website, including discussion of how evolutionary theory influenced Adolf Hitler’s worldview, why “the big bang is fake,” and why “natural selection is NOT evolution.” Another talk targets the work of MSU biologist Richard Lenski, who has conducted an influential, decades-long study of evolution in bacterial populations. News of the event caught MSU’s scientific community largely by surprise. Creation Summit secured a room at the university’s business school through a student religious group, but the student group did not learn about the details of the program—or the sometimes provocative talk titles—until later, says MSU zoologist Fred Dyer. 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But “we hope to pave the way for evangelism (for the other campus ministries) by presenting the scientific evidence for intelligent design. Once students realize they’re created beings, and not the product of natural selection, they’re much more open to the Gospel, to the message of God’s love & forgiveness.”MSU has a prominent community of evolutionary biologists. In addition to Lenski, it is the home campus of biologist Robert Pennock, who provided high-profile testimony in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, a 2005 federal court case that produced a ruling against the teaching of intelligent design in public schools. MSU is also the lead partner in the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, a multiuniversity effort funded by the National Science Foundation that pursues a wide range of evolution-related research and education efforts.Some leaders of MSU’s evolutionary biology community are urging their colleagues to simply ignore the event, predicting that any engagement and debate will be fruitless. “In my opinion, this event will be just another forgettable blip in the long history of antiscience, antievolution screeds,” Lenski says. “I suppose the speakers chose to target our research … because their event is being held here, and maybe because they find it confusing to their worldview that evolution isn’t supposed to happen.” (Creation Summit invited both Lenski and Pennock to participate in a debate at the event; Lenski says he declined.)  Emily Weigel, an MSU graduate student in evolution and a member of the BEACON center, says the event has made her feel like she’s under attack—in part because of her own religious faith. “As a religious BEACONite, I’ve never felt unwelcome” at MSU, she says. “But this conference on campus has made me uneasy about my identity on campus for the first time. It’s antiacademic in the way it is being carried out, and honestly, it is shaming for fellow Christians to target individuals in an attack such as this one.” MSU plant biologist David Lowry says that he and some colleagues also worry that the event could harm MSU’s reputation within the scientific community.University officials say they have no plans to interfere with the event. “Free speech is at the heart of academic freedom and is something we take very seriously,” said Kent Cassella, MSU’s associate vice president for communications, in a statement. “Any group, regardless of viewpoint, has the right to assemble in public areas of campus or petition for space to host an event so long as it does not engage in disorderly conduct or violate rules. While MSU is not a sponsor of the creation summit, MSU is a marketplace of free ideas.” Meanwhile, Creation Summit’s Smith says the group is trying to find a partner organization to help them organize a similar event at University of Texas, Arlington.Update 10/27/2014, 4:35pm: The artcile has been updated to report that Lenski declined an invitation to participate in a debate at the event.last_img read more

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Glamour and Ire

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: A 500-m, Rs 8-crore artificial reef installed six months ago off Kovalam beach is making waves. It is meant to help protect the eroded beach, enhance fish stocks and boost tourism, but some of its geotextile bags have been washing ashore, prompting fish workers and environmentalists to demand an,Thiruvananthapuram: A 500-m, Rs 8-crore artificial reef installed six months ago off Kovalam beach is making waves. It is meant to help protect the eroded beach, enhance fish stocks and boost tourism, but some of its geotextile bags have been washing ashore, prompting fish workers and environmentalists to demand an inquiry. Kerala Tourism, however, is undaunted. It has launched the global campaign for the coming season in style.IloraA Rs 1.5-crore promotional film, Your Moment is Waiting, made by Prakash Varma (of the Vodafone Zoozoo ads fame) will be screened at Saatchi Gallery, London and will be later shown along with the Julia Roberts starrer Eat Pray Love, which was shot in Kerala, at theatres all over the UK; it also features international model Miriam Ilora. In March this year, Kerala Tourism’s innovative campaign in the UK using cabs plying in Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham sporting exotic images from God’s Own Country like elephants and snake boats was noticed widely. “The UK being our biggest overseas market, it makes sense to launch our global campaign here,” says V. Venu, secretary, Kerala Tourism.last_img read more

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Fans at Rockets opener show support for Hong Kong protesters

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Wednesday’s opening-night games were not televised in China in the wake of Morey’s tweet that caused tension between the NBA and Chinese officials.Many in the group wore black T-shirts with white letters that read: “Fight for Freedom.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe majority of the group was from Houston’s Vietnamese community, but it also included people from Hong Kong.Chris Wong, who was born in Hong Kong and moved to Houston 10 years ago, said he joined the group to support freedom of speech. “The NBA and American corporations are facing the issue of free speech,” he said. “They have to ask themselves how much freedom are they willing to give in exchange for the access to the market in China? That’s why we want to send this message to everyone.”One man held a sign the read: “Thank you Morey,” with a red heart after Morey’s name. Another sign read: “No censorship in America” and a third declared: “Freedom is not FREE.” Another man held a sign that said: “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” which are the exact words included in Morey’s tweet.Tram Ho helped organize the group and said the reason for putting it together was simple.“We wanted to support the pro-Democracy movement in Hong Kong,” she said. “The NBA’s Morey … tweeted a benign tweet to support the (movement and) the Chinese government overreacted and tried to censor us and that’s not right. So that brought me the idea that we would support … the pro-democratic movement.”Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta quickly rebuked his GM after his tweet with a tweet saying that Morey does not speak for the team, but the damage was done. The Chinese Basketball Association, headed by former Rockets star Yao Ming, suspended its ties to the Rockets over the tweet. Events in China promoting a Lakers-Nets series were canceled, NBA media partner Tencent said it was evaluating its plans to cover the league and some Chinese corporations have suspended relationships with the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Fans hold signs about Hong Kong during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Milwaukee Bucks, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — A group of 30 fans at the Houston Rockets’ season opener against Milwaukee held signs and wore shirts in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong on Thursday night.Houston general manager Daryl Morey angered China with a since-deleted tweet in support of the protesters earlier this month.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical PH’s Vanessa Sarno plucks 2 golds, silver at Asian junior weightlifting tilt This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label PLAY LIST 01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label01:44Opposition heckles lead Hong Kong leader to abandon policy speech02:20Hidden healers treat Hong Kong protesters02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Free from Brexit burden, British Prime Minister Theresa May heads to World Cup 2019

first_imgAs the contest to replace her as Prime Minister gathered pace on Thursday, Theresa May opted for a different battle – watching England take on South Africa in the opening match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.An emotional May announced last week she would step down as Conservative Party leader on June 7 after three times failing to get her Brexit deal approved by parliament.Free from the burden of trying to deliver Britain’s exit from the European Union, a relaxed-looking May gave a speech on student funding before heading to The Oval cricket ground around two miles from her Downing Street residence.The British leader was photographed applauding from the stands during the unannounced trip, as her would-be successors toured the television studios setting out their plans for the country.May, who once likened her resolve to see her Brexit plan through to the determination of her cricket hero Geoffrey Boycott to get runs, has long been a lover of the sport.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Imran Tahir 1st ever spinner to bowl 1st over of a World CupAlso Read | Good luck Australia; other teams can have fun: Healy’s cheeky World Cup wishlast_img read more

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Courtois & Fabregas troll each other on Twitter

first_imgChelsea Chelsea team-mates Courtois and Fabregas troll each other in Twitter exchange Last updated 2 years ago 00:29 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Diego Costa Cesc Fabregas Cesar Azpilicueta Thibaut Courtois Chelsea Getty Chelsea Premier League The Blues pair have taken sly digs at their respective contributions to a Premier League defeat to West Brom back in May 2015 As high-profile figures at Chelsea, Thibaut Courtois and Cesc Fabregas are probably used to trolling by now, but probably not from each other.That, though, is how they have spent some of their off time during the international break.Courtois started the ball rolling after seeing a supporter drag up a video of Fabregas clipping him around the ear ahead of a Premier League game with West Brom in May 2015. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina @cesc4official https://t.co/bvA9O6nZd7— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) September 4, 2017Fabregas then responded with justification of his actions, with his Belgian colleague accused of lacking focus in the tunnel ahead of the fixture.You were NOT focused enough!! https://t.co/4RW5sukEee— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) September 4, 2017With the banter now flowing, Courtois took the opportunity to remind Fabregas that his own focus could be questioned as he was sent off inside 29 minutes.If I remember well in that game you had a red card after 20 min‍— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) September 4, 2017The World Cup-winning midfielder hit straight back by reminding Courtois that he conceded three times at The Hawthorns.Is it an excuse for you conceding 3 that day? https://t.co/rfERGSHOsL— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) September 4, 2017The exchange then came to a positive conclusion as it was noted that the result that day mattered little in the grand scheme of things as Chelsea had already secured the Premier League title under Jose Mourinho.Hahaha luckily we won the premier league before that game!— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) September 4, 2017Courtois and Fabregas will be back in domestic action alongside each other on Saturday when Chelsea pay a visit to Leicester.Get Chelsea 3/4 to beat Leicester Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Pochettino defends Klopp’s finals record

first_imgMauricio Pochettino insists Jurgen Klopp should be praised for having reached three Champions League finals, not criticised for losing the previous two.Pochettino’s Tottenham take on Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday in the first all-English showdown in the final of Europe’s elite competition since Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties in 2008.Klopp’s side reached the final last season, losing 3-1 to Real Madrid, with the German also having been beaten when he guided Borussia Dortmund to European club football’s biggest game of the 2012-13 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Klopp also lost the Europa League final to Sevilla in his first term in charge of the Reds, but Pochettino thinks his opposite number deserves far more credit for simply reaching this stage.”Jurgen is a very successful manager, he’s great, he’s always happy, he’s optimistic, he’s spontaneous, he’s natural,” Pochettino told a news conference in Madrid.”I think the people judge because you lose the finals; for me, you need to judge that it’s the third time arriving at the final. That is the most difficult thing and then a lot of circumstances will be decisive. You need to trust that the universe conspired, and you lift the trophy.”To arrive in a third final of the Champions League is… ‘chapeau’. I admire him a lot. We all want to win, we need to feel that adrenaline, but to get to the final of the Champions League, that journey is the most important thing. To arrive here is the most difficult thing.”Pochettino thinks Spurs’ chances of winning the competition for the first time in their history could depend on whether his players are able to shake off the pressure of the occasion.”You cannot prepare a friendly game like [you prepare for] a final of the Champions League,” he said. “When there are one billion watching you in a final, the most important thing is freedom.”When you are seven, eight, nine [years old] and you play with freedom, the key is not to think that one billion people are watching you. That is going to be the key.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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The 5 Most ‘Overrated’ Teams In The New Top 25

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Week 4 of the college football season was not a great one on paper. Luckily, the action on the field was pretty exciting.As a result, there were some pretty big shakeups in the new AP Top 25 released on Sunday.One major theme: teams who faltered in the first few weeks of the season have seemingly stabilized, and are moving back on up the polls.How good some of those teams actually are, though, is still up for debate.Here are the five most overrated college football teams in the new AP Top 25.From this week’s poll:No. 5 LSU Tigers (Last Week: No. 6) The LSU Tiger leads cheerleaders and players onto the field.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It is hard to deny LSU’s resume to this point. The Tigers have maybe the best pair of wins in the country at this point, with the season-opener against Miami and Week 3’s win over Auburn.The Tigers have definitely exceeded expectations. There are lingering questions about the offense though.Quarterback Joe Burrow makes the plays he needs to, which is a step up for many recent Tiger quarterbacks, but LSU’s running game is a major step back from where it had been with Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice in recent years. The Tigers were actually outgained by Louisiana Tech this weekend, 417-409, the second time that has happened in four wins this year.No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (LW: No. 7) Bryce Love of Stanford celebrates a touchdown during the College Football Sydney Cup.(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)Stanford remains undefeated, but anyone who watched Saturday night’s wild prime time game knows the Cardinal really really should have lost.Oregon was dominating the game, and were inches from going up 30-7, before a questionable call wiped a Ducks touchdown off the board. On the next play, the Cardinal ran back a botched snap the length of the field for a touchdown.Later on, up 31-28, Oregon had a chance to kneel the clock down to under 10 seconds and punt, but instead ran the ball, and fumbled, allowing the Cardinal to go down the field to tie the game with a field goal, and win in overtime.Oregon blew the game despite two separate moments when it had a 99-percent chance to win, according to ESPN. Stanford deserves credit for getting the win, but they definitely have some defensive issues that Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert exploited, and is as lucky as humanly possible to remain where it is in the poll.No. 14 Michigan Wolverines (LW: 19) Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warmups before the college football game against the Florida Gators.(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The writers are starting to forgive Michigan for the extremely lackluster performance in Week 1 against Notre Dame.The Wolverines have blown out three straight teams: Western Michigan, SMU, and on Saturday, Nebraska.The Huskers, by Scott Frost’s own admission, are in a major rebuild, Adrian Martinez was coming off of an injury, so the Nebraska win doesn’t carry the same weight it probably should. It is definitely better than the alternative, but this weekend’s game at Northwestern may actually be more telling. The Oct. 13 game against Wisconsin definitely will be.No. 16 Miami Hurricanes (LW: No. 21) Miami Hurricane players debuting new uniformsTwitter/@CanesFootballThe ‘Canes are in the same situation as Michigan. The team suffered a big setback in Week 1 against LSU, and have crawled back up into the teens.The performances on the way have been less impressive than Michigan’s, though. You can throw out the Savannah State win, and while Toledo and FIU are both solid Group of Five programs, both games were a bit more competitive than the scores would indicate (and neither was an outright drubbing to begin with).The team appears to have made a change at quarterback, plugging in dynamic young signal caller N’Kosi Perry for Malik Rosier, who was ineffective to start the game vs. FIU. He could definitely give the ‘Canes, who’ve been inconsistent on that end, a big lift.No. 20 BYU Cougars (LW: No. 25) BYU fans holding up a BYU sign.(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)BYU was the big beneficiary of a number of teams around the back-end of the poll dropping games. With a 30-3 win over FCS McNeese, BYU jumped five spots.The Cougars have had a very nice turnaround after a brutal 4-9 season last year that had Kalani Sitake’s job in jeopardy. The team is on the right path to getting back to a decent bowl.Still, the team’s first win scraped by an Arizona team that looks like a mess, and it lost to Cal, which is undefeated and ranked below the Cougars at No. 24. The Wisconsin win is carrying a ton of weight, and it isn’t crazy to see the Cougars at No. 20 right now, but the program has some serious tests with three games against Washington, and then solid G5’s in Utah State and Hawaii over the next few weeks.last_img read more

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Grange Expresses Sorrow at Passing of Winnie Mandela

first_img“I express the sorrow felt by all Jamaicans at the passing of South African anti-apartheid leader Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who became the chief upholder of the struggle while her husband, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned for 27 years. South Africa is indebted to her for the battles she fought for freedom, but we in the rest of the world also claim her and will forever be grateful for the shining example she provided for women and men everywhere.” Personally, I recall meeting her on a special occasion arranged by the women of Jamaica and being struck by the grace and charm of this remarkable and strong woman who was one of the greatest icons of the just fight against apartheid.  The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has released the following statement at the passing of Winne Mandela: I recall the historic visit of the Mandelas to Jamaica in July 1991 and how crowds of people reacted to them with jubilation wherever they went. last_img read more

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HMM Nets USD 570 Mn Debt-for-Equity Swap Deal

first_imgzoom Struggling South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine has concluded a deal with its creditors, led by the state-run Korea Development Bank, on a debt-for-equity swap worth KRW 680 billion (USD 570.27 million), the company confirmed in a stock exchange filing.Previous reports claimed that the debt-for-equity swap will see KDB take 30 % of shares in total and the rest of the creditors will take 50% in shares.The announcement comes on the back of the company’s talks on cutting charter rates with ship owners, the first round of which fell through as no deal could be reached. The talks resume.HMM promised its creditors to reach a 28% cut in charter rates with ship owners in exchange for financial assistance. The company’s ability to avoid court receivership is also a precondition for it to enter the new carrier alliance together with Hapag-Lloyd, “K”Line, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Hanjin, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Yang Ming.Namely, HMM is still in talks on potential membership. However, the company believes that this is just a matter of time, pending completion of its business normalization process.HMM’s operating loss for the first quarter of 2016 hit KRW 162.9 billion (USD 139 million) against KRW 253.5 billion from the corresponding period last year. Its net loss dived to KRW 276.1 billion further widening from KRW 44.5 billion loss from a year earlier. The company’s debts amounted to KRW 5.2 trillion at the end of March.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Iran to keep rolling back nuclear commitments says Khamenei

first_imgTehran: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that the Islamic republic will keep rolling back its commitments under the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. “You did not carry out a single one (of your commitments), why do you want us to stick to our commitments?” Khamenei said, criticising European countries which are party to the deal. “We have just started to decrease our commitments (in the deal) and this process will certainly continue,” he said in a speech in Tehran partly aired on state television. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingIran-US tensions have soared since last year when President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the hard-won 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic republic. Angered that its beleaguered economy is not receiving sanctions relief it believes was promised under the deal, Iran has intensified its sensitive uranium enrichment work. Iran announced last week that it had enriched uranium past the 3.67 percent limit set by the nuclear deal, and it has also surpassed the 300-kilogram cap on enriched uranium reserves. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangEuropean parties to the deal have called on Iran to return to its commitments under the deal. On Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani said Iran had changed its strategy from one of “patience to that of retaliation”. “If they decrease then we too shall decrease our commitments (in the deal)… If they fully implement their commitments than we too shall fully implement ours,” he said, quoted by the government website dolat.ir. Tensions have since soared, with the US calling off air strikes against Iran at the last minute after Tehran downed an American drone, and Washington blaming Tehran for a series of attacks on tanker ships. On July 4, British forces helped Gibraltar authorities detain an Iranian tanker which US officials said had been trying to deliver oil to Syria in violation of separate sets of EU and US sanctions — claims denied by Iran. In his speech on Tuesday, Khamenei vowed to retaliate against the British for the ship’s seizure. “The vicious British… have committed piracy and stolen our ship… God willing the Islamic republic will not leave these vicious acts unanswered,” he said.last_img read more

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Indian Pakistani troops trade heavy fire on LoC

first_imgJammu: The Indian and Pakistani armies exchanged heavy fire on the Line of Control (LoC) on Sunday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district after Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked firing, a defence official said. Defence Ministry spokesman, Lt Col Devender Anand said: ” At about 5 p.m., Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing small arms and shelling with mortars along the LoC in Shahpur and Saujiyan sectors of Poonch.” “The Indian army is retaliating befittingly,” he added. An Indian soldier was killed in a Pakistani ceasefire violation on the LoC in Machil sector of Kupwara district on Saturday.last_img read more

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Moment of silence held to honour Humboldt Broncos as SJHL playoffs resume

first_imgNIPAWIN, Sask. – The Estevan Bruins made a pit stop on their way into Nipawin, Sask., on Friday night to pay their respects to members of the Humboldt Broncos who were killed in a bus crash.Just over 24 hours later, the Bruins stood in a circle around centre ice with the Nipawin Hawks for a moment of silence before Game 1 of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League final.Bruins coach Chris Lewgood says the visit to the crash site was a first step towards closure for a lot of his players.“There’s no closure yet but it’s been a really emotional time for everybody, some more than others, some because they’ve had personal connections, others just because they don’t know how to handle,” Lewgood said after Saturday’s game.“For us it was the first step towards building back up after everything has been torn down so much.”Humboldt’s bus was travelling to Nipawin when it collided with a semi-trailer at a rural intersection north of Tisdale. Sixteen of the bus’s 29 passengers have died while the other thirteen were injured.The Broncos were on their way to a playoff game in Nipawin when the crash happened.A faint sound of sobbing was heard in the sold-out crowd of 1,200 at Centennial Arena during the pre-game ceremony. It was the first SJHL game since the accident.Hawks players wore green helmets to honour the Broncos throughout the game and both teams were wearing Humboldt Broncos ribbons on their jerseys. Both referees and linesmen had “Broncos” on their nameplates.First responders were honoured and walked out onto the ice to a standing ovation.Among those in attendance for the game were Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe along with the mayor of Humboldt, Rob Muench.A group of long-time Broncos fans also made the 2 1/2 hour drive from Humboldt for the game.Lewgood said the team stopped in Tisdale to get flowers and that he could sense some nerves as the Bruins neared the crash site.Estevan captain Jake Fletcher said that riding the bus to the game was no different until they got to the memorial.“That’s when people really started to get more emotional,” he said of the 30-minute stop. “It was pretty tough but we got through it as a team, we all supported each other and just happy to be here now.”The SJHL had decided earlier in the week after consulting with the Broncos and the league’s board of directors that it would continue the post-season.Former NHLer Chris Joseph, whose son Jaxon died in the crash, tweeted before the game: “Tonight I cheer for SJHL!!! Go Hawks, Go Bruins. We’re all so happy you are playing.”Meanwhile, Nipawin coach Doug Johnson described the past week as a roller coaster, but said it was nice having surviving Broncos assistant coach Chris Beaudry on the ice for one of the team’s practices earlier in the week.“He helped the guys realize that it’s OK to move on,” Johnson said. “It’s OK to smile and play and I thought that we had gotten there but to just get a little confirmation was huge.“And hopefully we’re able to help him out a little bit where he has a sense of purpose for a day and got back to doing what he was supposed to do, which is coaching hockey.”T-shirts with the hashtag #SaskStrong were on sale near the entrance with $5 from the funds being donated to the Broncos.The game’s 50/50 sales were to be donated to Humboldt head coach Darcy Haugan’s family along with cotton candy sales. Haugan was one of the 16 who died.Note: The Bruins won the game 5-2. The winner of the SJHL final goes to the Anavet Cup against the Manitoba league champion with the winner of that going to the Royal Bank Cup in Chilliwack, B.C., in May.— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitterlast_img read more

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Metis man battles NWT Ottawa over Aboriginal treaty rights

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Metis man in the Northwest Territories is taking both the territorial and federal governments to court over what he calls a violation of his Aboriginal and treaty rights.Clem Paul says both governments violated his rights when they launched a civil claim of trespassing against him.Earlier today, 15 boxes containing over 25,000 pages of evidence were wheeled into the Yellowknife courthouse in response.The matter goes back nearly 10 years when Paul built a cabin on Prosperous Lake, 20 kilometres outside of Yellowknife.Paul recognizes himself as a Mountain Island Metis, with Aboriginal and treaty rights to the land.The government of the NWT disagrees.last_img read more

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AFN National Chief Bellegarde admits he is in conflict employing girlfriend as

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde admits he is in a conflict of interest by employing his long-time partner as a senior adviser.Bellegarde, however, says the national chief position gives him the authority to hire “a number of political staff to support my vision and mandate,” according to a letter obtained by APTN National News.The arrangement is not sitting well with Six Nations Chief Ava Hill who wrote the national chief in March asking him to “rectify this conflict of interest situation.”Hill said in an interview with APTN that Bellegarde’s decision to hire his “girlfriend” simply reinforces the perception the First Nations leadership is not accountable or transparent.“I can’t hire my spouse. What would my community think of that? What if the prime minister hired his wife? It is a plain conflict of interest,” said Hill, whose Iroquois community sits south of Hamilton, Ont. “Chiefs are being criticized for this and that and the other thing and you have the national chief hiring his spouse.”Six Nations has the largest population of any First Nation in the country.Letter from Six Nations Chief Ava HillDownload (PDF, Unknown)The AFN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In the response letter to Hill, Bellegarde said he has tried to address the obvious conflict by having his partner Valerie Galley report to the AFN’s chief executive officer Peter Dinsdale.“You rightly acknowledge that there is a conflict of interest as Ms. Galley is my partner,” said Bellegarde, in the March 23 letter. “To ensure that all administrative and human resources issues are addressed, I have directed that Ms. Galley report to the (CEO) who will be overseeing all supervisory responsibility.”Dinsdale reports to Bellegarde and the AFN executive of chiefs.Dinsdale told the Turtle Island News, the Six Nations newspaper which first reported on Hill’s concerns, that Galley was already Bellegarde’s adviser when he was Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians and AFN regional chief.“So when he came into office here with his staff, his partner was on that staff,” said Dinsdale, according to the Turtle Island News.Turtle Island News also reported Bellegarde isn’t the first national chief to hire a partner. Former national chief Phil Fontaine appointed lawyer Kathleen Mahoney as AFN negotiator and adviser during Indian residential school settlement talks while the two were sharing a home, the newspaper reported.Letter from AFN National Chief Perry BellegardeDownload (PDF, Unknown)Hill said Bellegarde and Dinsdale have tried to “spin” her concerns as personal in nature because her daughter quit the AFN after Bellegarde transferred her to a new position.Hill said Bellegarde made the argument to Dene Nation Chief Bill Erasmus and Dinsdale mentioned the same to Ontario AFN regional Chief Isadore Day.Hill said her concerns have nothing to do with her daughter’s past employment with the AFN.Day issued a statement through a spokesperson that he is aware of the issue, but would not be commenting on it publicly.“There are other priorities,” said Day’s spokesperson.Day later tweeted that he wanted to allow for due diligence.“Affording respect and due diligence is prudent,” Day tweeted. “Seeking opportunities to address issues constructively is a responsibility.”affording respect and due diligence is prudent. Seeking opportunities to address issues constructively, is a responsibility.Eramsus did not immediately respond to requests for comment from APTN.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Cannabis company Aphria says president Jakob Ripshtein resigning June 7

Companies in this story: (TSX:APHA)The Canadian Press LEAMINGTON, Ont. — Cannabis company Aphria Inc. says Jakob Ripshtein, the company’s president, is resigning.The company says Ripshtein will remain in his current role until June 7.The move came today as the company announced several new executive appointments including James Meiers as chief operating officer, Aphria Leamington.Meiers joins Aphria from Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a natural and organic products company with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.The company also named Tim Purdie as chief information officer and chief information security officer, and Maureen Berry as vice-president, corporate human resources.Aphria is still looking for a permanent chief executive since Vic Neufeld announced in January he would be stepping away from the role. read more

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Another Fight Night Another Controversial Decision as Boxing Continues

Just in case you missed it, which surely is a possibility, a boxing match took place this weekend featuring Timothy Bradley Jr., the man who beat Manny Pacquiao, who is the man many believed could beat Floyd Mayweather.Bradley dominated the fight, but the judges ruled it a split draw.Boxing.It is a feat that the sport still exists, what with the lack of dynamic talent, engaging personalities and with the usual controversy that engineers thoughts of corruption and fight-fixing.Bradley is not an exciting fighter, but he controlled the match Saturday against Diego Chaves. Was not close. But the judges were all over the place. One had Bradley winning it 115-113. Another had it even at 114-144. And still another, Julie Lederman, scored it a 116-112 victory for Chaves.When the announcement came, people booed. Loudly. The unruly reaction was about that decision for sure, but it also represented how they feel about the sport.Once a centerpiece of the athletic world, boxing has diminished into an afterthought. Black kids who were young athletes seeking a sport to engage—and even pursue a professional career—have turned away from the sport. There is no longer much honor in being a champion prize fighter in African-American communities. There hardly are any boxers with enough cache to command their attention.It’s one reason Mayweather is so big in the Black community. He’s a special talent, but he also is relatable to urban youth (and not in all honorable ways, either). But Mayweather is alone in being an identifiable figure in the game that can save it from itself or inspire kids to take it up.If Mayweather were to finally fight Pacquaio, boxing would be back in the front of people’s minds—at least for that night. And if it does happen, by some unforeseeable twist of good fortune, both men will be beyond their prime. Because the boxing public has waited so long for that match—too long, in fact—if they meet in the next year it would be anticlimactic to many, not worth watching to some.Nights like what Bradley experienced do not help.Bob Arum, the longtime promoter, said: “I don’t understand anymore. Julie Lederman [of New York] should not be allowed to judge in this state anymore. That was the worst decision. I had it 8-4 for Bradley. I could see it 7-5. OK, maybe even 114-114. But her scorecard for Chaves was an absolute disgrace.”Ironic that Bradley was on the robbed end of a decision. He became champion with his decision over Pacquiao, but it was widely disputed. Most observers judged that Bradley got beat handily. But boxing being boxing…Pacquiao dominated the rematch with a unanimous decision. But too often nights like this weekend happen, and the sport suffers from the madness more than the boxer. read more

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10M reward for information leading to the arrest of remaining prison

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice still ‘working on clues’ to catch 2017 prison escapees- HickenJanuary 2, 2018In “Crime”Recaptured Lusignan prison escapees create ruckus, demand “steak” for breakfastSeptember 19, 2017In “Crime”Murder accused among 3 in Lusignan Prison escapeOctober 15, 2018In “Crime” One month after the tragic Camp Street riot and fire which led to the escape of eight (now three hardcore) inmates and weeks after the Lusignan Prison Break that resulted in the escape of 13 dangerous prisoners (11 of whom were recaptured alive), police are now offering a bounty of $10M to anyone who could provide information leading to the arrest of the remaining four. Wanted are murder convicts and accused, Mark Durant Williams- who was implicated in the 2008 Bartica Massacre, Uree Varswyck- an ex-officer, Cobena Stephens and Paul Goriah.Williams, Varswyck and Stephens escaped along with five others- who have since been recaptured- after staging an attack on correctional officers at the Camp Street Prison- killing one officer in the process- on July 9. They had also contributed to setting the building alight and destroying more than half of penitentiary.As such, thousands of prisoners had to be transported to other penitentiaries countrywide. However, on July 23, 2017, just after being transferred to the Lusignan Prison walled area, Goriah along with 12 others -11 of whom were re-captured and one killed- escaped from lawful custody by digging a tunnel under the prison compound walls. Persons with information that may lead to the recapture of these escapees, are asked to contact the Police on telephone numbers 225-6411, 225-8196, 225-2227, 226-1389, 227-2128, 227-1149, 226-7065, 699-0869, 600-3019, 699-0867,669-4606, 603-3261or the nearest Police Station. All information will be treated with strict confidentiality. read more

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Weir Cavex hydrocyclones prove their worth at South Africa diamond mine

first_imgWeir Minerals’ Cavex® hydrocyclones have been put to the test at a diamond mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, proving the technology can be applied in dense medium separation (DMS) plants treating diamondiferous material, according to the company.In her presentation to the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) diamond conference in Johannesburg in 2018, Weir Minerals Africa’s Senior Process Engineer, Boitumelo Zimba, said the hydrocyclones improved plant efficiency and produced 40% more tonnage than the mine’s target.“As the Cavex hydrocyclone is tried and tested in hard-rock mining and coal classification, the Cavex 360° laminar spiral inlet profile was used as a basis for the development of a dense medium cyclone,” Zimba said. “Individual casting patterns were developed and produced in order to fabricate the Cavex dense medium hard chrome cyclone with the exact laminar spiral feed chamber that exists when moulded out of rubber.”The customer required a solution that could offer at least six months wear-life, and a probable error of separation (Ep) of no greater than 0.08 at a cut density of 3.1 t/m³. Tracer tests were used to monitor the efficiency of the separation achieved by the Cavex hydrocyclones to ensure all of these requirements were met.“Ep values achieved were 0.042 for the 4 mm tracer tests and 0.035 for the 8 mm tracer tests, which were below the set maximum target of 0.08 from the mine,” Zimba said. “This highlighted the benefits and improved efficiencies of the Cavex laminar spiral feed inlet.”The lower the Ep – or probable error of separation – the more efficient the separation; it is defined as half the difference between the density at which 75% is recovered to sinks, and that at which 25% is recovered to sinks, Weir said.“The customer’s tracer tests on the Cavex hydrocyclones showed that cut points of 3.08 t/m³ were achieved for both the 4 mm and 8 mm tracers,” Zimba said. “This was within the performance levels of 3.1 t/m³ that the customer had specified.”Initially, the hydrocyclones were commissioned to treat only fines at the diamond plant – the minus 8+1 mm material. Later however, the mine decided to run a combined DMS, after which the full DMS size range of minus 20+1 mm was treated through all the fines DMS hydrocyclones.“The unique design of the laminar spiral inlet geometry delivers sharper separation and maximises capacity while delivering a longer wear-life than conventional involute or tangential feed inlet designs,” Weir says. “By providing a natural flow path into the hydrocyclone body the design allows the feed stream to blend smoothly with the rotating slurry inside the chamber, reducing turbulence and improving separation efficiency.”Zimba explained: “Combining our cone and spigot components in the hard metal range is an important contribution to the reduction in turbulence. Another vital factor is the Cavex inlet design with 360° scroll; this design was proven through extensive computational fluid dynamics analysis as well as our multiple installations to date.”Weir Minerals also conducts ongoing research and development on methods to minimise turbulence on assembled casted components. The Cavex hydrocyclones are designed with a variety of inlet sizes to accommodate a wide top size at specified medium-to-ore ratios. The inlet sizes range from 0.2 to 0.33 as a function of the hydrocyclone diameter.“The Cavex CVX hydrocyclone also has a wide range of vortex finder sizes to maintain separation efficiency at different operating yields and spigot sizes. The vortex finder sizes range from 0.4 to 0.5 as a function of cyclone diameter, and are designed to maintain a strong air-core at different spigot sizes,” Weir says.To prolong life and efficiency, the hydrocyclones can also be manufactured with different materials.“Cavex CVXA hydrocyclones are hard-wearing and are cast in 27% chromium iron for maximum abrasion resistance; components are designed for ease of maintenance, with all surfaces joined with a layer of epoxy cement,” the company says.Weir Minerals Africa operates two foundries in South Africa – one at its Isando facility and the other at its Heavy Bay Foundry in Port Elizabeth. “This allows the organisation to cast items in-house leveraging its local foundry personnel’s knowledge, experience and expertise, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained,” Weir says.“This approach ensures optimal life of the hydrocyclone in operation, and reduced maintenance costs by replacing worn parts in situ. It also eliminates the risk of any adverse effects on performance arising from mixing old and new hydrocyclone components. Further, safety on site is enhanced by minimising the maintenance work necessary on the installed hydrocyclones.”Zimba said future work will include the investigation of various alloys to combat high wear rates on some of the hydrocyclone components, in particular the vortex finder and the cone sections. “This will allow longer operation and plant stability,” she said.last_img read more

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