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Minutes before Sourav Ganguly’s name was to be called on the rebound during the Indian Premier League (IPL) bidding process at Bangalore, Sahara India chairman Subrata Roy requested his son Seemanto to make one last effort to include the former Indian captain in the Pune Warriors team. “Then you should,Minutes before Sourav Ganguly’s name was to be called on the rebound during the Indian Premier League (IPL) bidding process at Bangalore, Sahara India chairman Subrata Roy requested his son Seemanto to make one last effort to include the former Indian captain in the Pune Warriors team. “Then you should leave me out mate,” quipped coach Geoff Marsh who sat next to Roy Jr at the table. Seconds later, auctioneer Richard Madeley threw a white cricket ball into the basket, declaring Ganguly unsold, having failed to attract a single bid from any of the 10 franchises, including Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) that he had fondly shaped four years ago with filmstar Shah Rukh Khan and his investors.Ganguly, watching the proceedings on television at his home, did not react on his Black Sunday. He later played a game of basketball with his daughter Sana and her friends and switched off his handset to avoid repeated calls from prying reporters who had gate-crashed his south Kolkata home.Almost 48 hours later, a crestfallen Ganguly told the owner of a sports channel, “I was dropped unceremoniously. It is sad and should not have happened; it is humiliating.” He was one of the icon players when Lalit Modi started the cash-rich league and held his usual, celebrity-infested reality auctions for low-brow television. Now, the same Ganguly was among the three of the 48 capped Indian players up for auction but who remained unsold, the others being Wasim Jaffer and VRV Singh. Worse for him and his supporters was the selection of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, both members of the 35-plus brigade.advertisement As the two-day bidding process got over, it was clear that Ganguly will not be playing in the fourth edition of the world’s richest cricket league. Subrata Roy made one last effort on January 12, faxing Ganguly an offer letter to join the board of directors of Sahara Adventure Sports that owns the Pune Warriors team.It seemed like a backdoor call to get Ganguly into the IPL and many wondered whether it would be wise for Ganguly to accept such an offer at a time when KKR remains non-committal. “The decision was purely professional, our focus is on young players,” said KKR director Joy Bhattacharya. Agrees former Indian captain Bishen Singh Bedi, “How can Ganguly handle the Twenty20 pressures? He has not played competitive cricket for the last two years.â€? The veteran spinner found support from Anil Kumble, chief decision maker of Royal Challengers Bangalore, “It is the new reality of modern cricket. The franchises are looking at three years and not one year.”KKR owner Shah Rukh Khan, who flew to South Africa a day before the start of the auction, merely told reporters in Durban that he would meet Ganguly on his return to ease tensions in Kolkata where fans threatened boycott of KKR matches. Though Ganguly’s supporters argued that the former Indian captain had immensely enhanced KKR’s brand value, the professional management brought in by the owners thought exactly the opposite. Come to think of it, wasn’t KKR the only franchise that didn’t have any of its owners at the auction?Yet, speculation continued as to why everyone ignored Ganguly. Members of some of the IPL teams confirmed that the former Indian captain’s backroom politics often created serious problems, both on and off the field. “He is a dangerous person to have in the dressing room, often instigating one player against another. And such politicking is routine with him. He comes with a lot of baggage,” remarked a KKR insider, adding, “Age was never an issue for dropping him. It was his attitude. Everyone in Indian cricket is aware of his dressing room politics.” Incidents of such tension between Ganguly and other players were evident during the previous IPL editions when Shah Rukh Khan had to replace him as the captain of the side with New Zealander Brendon McCullum.There were other reasons as well. Ganguly, despite being an integral part of KKR, had started discussing a possible shift to Pune Warriors months before IPL 4 was being planned. “He was being told by the KKR bosses that they would like to have him in a mentor’s role and groom the side but he would not play. He said nothing to that offer,” said Bhattacharya. Immediately after the weekend auction, KKR CEO Venky Mysore said: “It’s something he will have to think about and if he is interested, I couldn’t be happier.” A sulking Ganguly did not respond.For Pune Warriors, the issue was even trickier. Ganguly, long associated with the group, had played the Bengali card well enough with the Roys and was almost guaranteed a place in the side till Marsh played spoilsport and raised serious fitness and man-management issues. The coach, it is reliably learnt, also touched upon the issue of the fees that Ganguly, for reasons known best to him, suddenly raised to Rs 1.86 crore. But nothing was put on paper. Even the Sahara Group, which Ganguly till recently considered his safest batting ground, remained neutral in the blame game. “How can we take him when the chief coach and his juniors are totally against him? It is not as if all 10 franchises had gone to the auction with a mindset that the likes of Ganguly, Chris Gayle, Mark Boucher and Brian Lara were not to be touched. The coach is the best person to pick the side,” said Abhijit Sarkar of the Lucknow-based group.advertisementNo one disputes Sarkar. The fourth auction round, minus the glitz and glamour that accompanied the previous ones, predictably demolished all existing myths about the sport and business. Any sentimental value of legends up for auction was drowned within the first hour. There was a growing realisation that it is safer to invest in Indians than chase overseas mirages. Even Delhi’s Gautam Gambhir did not think he would lead the pack of multi-millionaires with a whopping $2.4 million (Rs 11.04 crore), followed by Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa $2.1 million (Rs 9.66 crore) and Rohit Sharma $2 million (Rs 9.20 crore). Three others-Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh and Saurabh Tiwari-are also not very far from the $2-million mark. “Contrasting these figures with the highest paid overseas player, Mahela Jayawardene ($1.5 million), and the other two foreigners, David Hussey and Dale Steyn, in the $1-million bracket, will give you an instant insight into the mindset of the moneybags controlling the franchises,” said Alan Wilkins, veteran cricket commentator with ESPN Star Sports, the world’s largest sport broadcaster, adding, “Remember Mahendra Singh Dhoni got $1.5 million in 2008 and Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen’s price tag was $1.55 million the following year. Now you have a clutch of brash young kids bought for over $2 million each. This trend will continue in coming years as well, as this league is meant for youngsters.”Wilkins knows his IPL. The league is no longer an audacious and untested experiment where the portfolio concentration was on a high-risk, high-return strategy with teams built around a few stars. With the proportion of the budget used to buy the five most expensive players falling sharply, the IPL 4 auction was more about building winning selections than thirsting for marquee crowd-pullers. “It is like a mutual fund manager designing his equity portfolio. It’s obvious that IPL team owners will behave like venture capitalists,” said noted cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle. “Forget the stars and let’s focus on the unknowns whose valuations have soared in successive IPL auctions.” Bhogle pointed out that 20 players had seen a 10-time salary hike, eight saw their valuations increase between 500 and 1,000 per cent and 21 saw their valuations increase between 100 and 500 per cent since the cash-happy IPL started.advertisementExpectedly, the upshot in the new list of stars has forced some dropouts: Ganguly is one of them. Spare a teardrop for his farewell. No wonder, Kolkata’s widely circulated Ananda Bazar Patrika cryptically commented: “There’s no life after death.”
Rising Pune Supergiant will aim to secure a play-off spot while Delhi Daredevils will only have pride to play for when they meet in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Friday.Sitting at the third spot with eight wins and four losses, Pune are currently on 16 points. They will like to continue their form and will be eager to bag two crucial points from this tie which will put them at the joint top spot with Mumbai Indians and gurantee them a berth in the knock-out stage.Delhi, on the other hand, are languishing at the bottom of the IPL standings and are already out of contention for the play-offs as they only managed to have five wins in 12 league matches so far.Delhi have once again been hugely inconsistent this season. Their bowling line-up, on paper at least, is one of the strongest in the IPL but has failed to step up to the occasion.The batting has also been inconsistent as their top and middle-order batsmen failed to click in unison.Looking to salvaging some pride, the Zaheer Khan-led side, however, can take some positives ahead of the match as they defeated Gujarat Lions by two wickets in a thriller contest on Wednesday.Chasing a mammoth 196, Delhi lost half their side for 105 runs before Shreyas Iyer (96) and Australian Pat Cummins’ cameo (24 off 13 balls) guided the visitors to the win.Pune, meanwhile, will aim to carry on their winning momentum.Young opening batsman Rahul Tripathi, who performed consistently throughout the tournament, has emerged as the find of the tournament for the Pune side.advertisementThe visitors will be hoping for another good performance from the Maharashtra right-hander along side skipper Steve Smith, Manoj Tiwary, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ben Stokes.Pune’s main concern will be the form of the other opener Ajinkya Rahane, who has failed to compliment the hard-hitting Tripathi at the top.The bowlers are also in good form. Jaidev Unadkat, who returned with figures of 5/30 from his four overs, including the hat-trick in the final over against Sunrisers Hyderabad, will also boost the bowling line-up.
NEW YORK — Even with a loss, the Baltimore Orioles achieved another goal.While the Orioles were getting one-hit for the third time in seven weeks during a 5-0 loss to the New York Yankees on Sept. 22, Baltimore clinched home-field advantage in the AL division series when Detroit lost to the Chicago White Sox.The Orioles open the postseason at Camden Yards against the AL Central champion or the wild-card playoff winner starting Oct. 2.“It wasn’t a foregone conclusion. So now there is only one thing left to do,” Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said, thinking about the possibility of overtaking the Los Angeles Angels for best record in the AL and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.Los Angeles (96-61) leads the Orioles (93-63) by 2½ games, and Baltimore holds the tiebreaker because it beat the Angels 4-2 in the season series. “It’s going to be really hard to obtain, to catch the Angels,” Showalter said.Michael Pineda retired his first 13 batters before J.J. Hardy singled sharply to left field, pitching 7 1-3 innings and combining with three relievers on a one-hitter.Derek Jeter began his final series at Yankee Stadium with his first three-RBI game in two years, putting the Yankees ahead 4-0 with a two-run double in the fifth off Wei-Yin Chen (16-5).“I thought my control wasn’t good tonight,” Chen said through a translator. “Even if we had not clinched the playoffs yet, I still wanted to treat this like a normal game. I wanted to stay focused. I still wanted to pitch a good game.”Chen, the Orioles’ winningest left-hander since Jeff Ballard went 18-8 in 1989, gave up four runs and six hits in six innings. He had been 4-0 in seven starts since losing at Toronto on Aug. 6. Part of the trouble might have been caused by pitching on six days’ rest rather than the usual four.“I thought he had trouble locating his breaking ball. It’s something that happens when you’re not on your regular rest,” Showalter said.Pineda (4-5) struck out eight, walked one and lowered his ERA to 1.93. He got some rare offensive support from the Yankees, who had scored 19 runs in his previous 15 big league starts, and was given defensive help by second baseman Stephen Drew, who made a diving stop on Alejandro De Aza’s first-inning grounder.“He’s good. His ball cuts. He’s got a great slider. It’s really tough to pick him up,” Hardy said. “He didn’t leave much over the plate tonight. He threw strikes, but they were pitcher’s strikes.”Shawn Kelley, Rich Hill and David Phelps finished.Jose Pirela, the Yankees’ team-record 57th player this season, became New York’s first player in 33 years to triple in his first big league at-bat, going 2-for-3 with the go-ahead RBI. Chase Headley added a solo homer into Monument Park in the eighth off Ryan Webb.Baltimore is 2-3 since clinching the AL East but has five more tuneup games before its second division series appearance since 1997. October baseball will be different than these regular-season games.“I think everybody is tired in September,” Hardy said.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Super Bowl (all times EST):7:25 p.m.Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 42-yard field goal to give New England a 3-0 lead over the Los Angeles Rams with 10:29 left in the first half of the Super Bowl.The Patriots kicker missed a 46-yard attempt late in the opening quarter, but made up for it by capping New England’s seven-play, 39-yard drive with the first points of the game.Julian Edelman, who had two catches for 31 yards on the drive, passed Dallas’ Michael Irvin for the second-most receiving yards in NFL postseason history. Only Jerry Rice has more than Edelman.___7:10 p.m.Down goes Brady!New England’s Tom Brady was sacked for the first time this postseason, going down when Los Angeles’ John-Franklin Myers knocked the ball out of the quarterback’s hands late in the first quarter of the Super Bowl.Patriots center David Andrews recovered the fumble and New England maintained possession.It was the first time Brady was sacked in a postseason game since last year’s Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Brandon Graham ripped the ball out of Brady’s hands for a fumble that was recovered by Derek Barnett — sending the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history with a 41-33 victory.The game remained scoreless through the first quarter.New England, which had the ball for 11 minutes and 47 seconds, still hasn’t scored a touchdown in the opening quarter in its past nine Super Bowls. The Patriots have been outscored 24-3 in those games — with the only points coming on a field goal by Stephen Gostkowski last year against Philadelphia.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Transfers Evans completes £3.5m Leicester City move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:07 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Leicester City West Bromwich Albion Premier League The 30-year-old had been linked with Arsenal and Manchester City earlier this year but will now make the switch to the King Power Stadium Leicester City have completed the £3.5 million signing of Jonny Evans from West Brom.The centre-back joins the Foxes on a three-year deal after the Foxes agreed to pay the former Manchester United defender’s relegation release clause.Northern Ireland international Evans had attracted interest from Arsenal and Manchester City during the January transfer window, but the Baggies were able to hold on to him for the remainder of the campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Instead, it is the Foxes who have snapped him up after West Brom dropped to the Championship.“It’s great to join and I’m happy it’s all gone through,” Evans told the club’s website. “When this opportunity came up, it’s one that I couldn’t turn down. It’s an ambitious club, the owners are ambitious and everyone wants to push the club forward.“I hope that I can give lots to the team and the club. It’s a great place to play football, the fans really get behind the team and the players are fantastic – these are all factors that made me want to sign for this club.”Leicester boss Claude Puel said of the former Manchester United star: “Jonny is a player of great experience in the Premier League and to have him as part of our squad is fantastic news for the football club.”He knows exactly what it takes, he is a winner and a leader. He will bring a great deal to our squad and I’m delighted to welcome him to Leicester City.”Evans becomes Puel’s second summer signing following the arrival of Ricardo Pereira from Porto and will provide competition for Harry Maguire and Wes Morgan following the decision to release veteran Robert Huth.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSV striker Donyell Malen back on agenda of Arsenalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSV Eindhoven’s £50million-rated striker Donyell Malen is back on the agenda of Arsenal.The Mirror says Arsenal are monitoring Malen – two years after allowing the young Dutchman to move back to Holland for just £500,000.No fewer than 45 clubs have asked PSV to keep them informed of their plans for the 20-year-old international, who was dubbed the new Thierry Henry when he spent two seasons with the Gunners’ youth team.Malen has scored 11 goals in just 13 matches in four competitions for Eindhoven this season after hitting double figures in his breakthrough campaign.Eindhoven believe he is already worth 100 times the sum they paid Arsenal to secure his services.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce sets out his transfer blueprintby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce has set out his blueprint for his transfer plans.Bruce says he draws on his experience under Sir Alex Ferguson.He told the Mirror: “When you get the spine right, everything else falls into place.“I think Sir Alex would say himself that bringing in Schmeichel, Pallister, myself , Irwin, we all ended up being there ten or 12 years.“It’s vitally important that you get that right if you can. If you can get the nucleus and spine of your side and keep it together, that is massive.“In front of us, you had Robson who played ten or 12 years, Keane who played ten years, Ince, seven years. Hughes, who played ten years or something like that.”
zoom US-based tanker shipping company International Seaways has entered into an agreement to acquire two Suezmax tanker newbuildings constructed at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard.The vessels are expected be delivered by the end of July 2017, International Seaways said, adding that the acquisitions would be funded from available liquidity. The purchase remains subject to customary closing conditions.According to data provided by VesselsValue, the ships in question were bought en block on June 15 for a total of USD 112 million. They each feature 160,000 dwt, a length of 274 meters and a width of 48 meters.“We are pleased to add these two new Suezmax tankers to our sizeable and diverse fleet,” said Lois K. Zabrocky, International Seaways’ president and CEO.“As INSW executes on our growth and renewal strategy, we will target vessels of high quality and attractive value at this low point in the cycle,” Zabrocky added.Following the delivery of the tanker duo, the company’s fleet will consist of 57 vessels, including 51 conventional crude and product tankers in addition to its joint venture participation in four liquefied natural gas carriers and two floating storage and offloading service vessels.
Film Nova Scotia has supported the program since 2008 for its ability to successfully train students to enter the film and television industry. “Ensuring the strength and stability of the industry is a key priority for us,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. “We are proud to be a part of a program that directly benefits students who are the future of the Nova Scotia film industry.” Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to support the province’s audiovisual industry. Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada. Film Nova Scotia is supporting NSCAD and its students by sponsoring thesis grants in the bachelor of fine arts film program. Each fall, fourth-year student directors pitch thesis film concepts to a jury of faculty and external professionals. From the pitches, five thesis films are awarded grants for a seven-month production. Pre-production and development begin in September, shooting begins in January and the final product is delivered at the end of March. “The NSCAD film program attracts the most talented youth aspiring to build careers in visual and media arts,” said Sam Fisher, NSCAD associate professor of Media Arts. “Film Nova Scotia’s contribution to the program is helping to provide students with real hands-on experience.” This year, the following five students each received the $2,500 Film Nova Scotia thesis grant: Caleigh Childs, Berwick: The Lone Tree Christian MacDonald, Sydney: When You’re Gone Justin Tomchuk, Hubley: No One’s Watching Kirsten Stanley, Rothesay, N.B.: Fuddle Karolina Szablewska, Lindsay, Ont.: Crossing Over
Rabat – The Mercer firm has published its 2017 ranking of cities with the best quality of life, featuring Rabat and Casablanca for the second year in a row.The Moroccan capital comes 116th in the ranking, between Sofia and Asuncion. Rabat ranks 8 places ahead of Casablanca, which ranked 125th.In North Africa, the city of Tunis, ranked 114th, ahead of Rabat, while Algiers took 184th position and Tripoli 218th. “Dubai (74) continues to rank highest for quality of living across Africa and the Middle East, rising one position in this year’s ranking, followed closely by Abu Dhabi (79), which climbed three spots. Sana’a (229) in Yemen, Bangui (230) in the Central African Republic, and Baghdad (231) in Iraq are the region’s three lowest-ranked cities for quality of living,” the report said.Vienna took the first place for high quality of life. The authors of the report estimate that 1.8 million people living in the Austrian capital enjoy not only security and good job opportunities, but also the rich historical and architectural heritage of the country. Vienna is closely followed by Zurich, Auckland, Munich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Copenhagen and Basel.The Mercer ranking is based on 17 criteria, including business climate, crime, public transport, infrastructure and access to safe drinking water. According to the firm, city infrastructure, which was ranked separately this year, plays an important role in multinational companies decisions on where to establish locations abroad and send expatriate workers.Easy access to transportation, reliable electricity, and drinkable water are all important considerations when determining hardship allowances based on differences between a given assignee’s home and host locations.
20 September 2007Voicing its concern about increased violence and terrorism in Afghanistan, the Security Council has approved the extension of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the country for another year, with the Russian Federation abstaining on the vote. The other 14 Council members voted in favour of extending the mandate of the Force, which was established after United States-led forces ousted the Taliban regime in late 2001 to help Afghanistan’s then-interim authorities maintain security across the impoverished nation.In doing so, the 15-member body also called on Member States to contribute personnel, equipment and funding to strengthen the NATO-led Force and make it more effective.The Council also stressed the importance of improving Afghan security services in order to provide long-term solutions to security in the country, and encouraged ISAF and other partners to sustain their efforts to train and empower the National Police and other Afghan forces.Speaking before the vote, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin explained that while his delegation had traditionally supported ISAF and the continuation of its mandate, it could not support the current text because the new issue of maritime interception had yet to be clarified.“I should like to note that during the agreement of the draft resolution no clarity was made about the proposed new wording about the maritime interception component of the coalition Force which did not appear in all of the previous resolutions of the Security Council on Afghanistan,” he stated. “The maritime component is necessary exclusively to combat terrorism in Afghanistan and should not be used for other purposes,” he added. He also noted that there had been plenty of time to clarify his delegation’s concerns since the mandate of the Force did not expire until next month. “The unity of the Security Council has been sacrificed to undue haste.”
CALGARY — Penn West Petroleum Ltd. is cutting its capital budget for 2016 to only one-tenth of what it spent last year as the conventional oil and gas producer lowers its average daily output, shuts in wells and works to reduce expenses.The Calgary-based company says its 2016 budget capital budget will be just $50 million, reflecting plans to shut in the equivalent of 4,000 barrels per day of uneconomic production in the first quarter of this year.The company also says its 2015 capital spending was $20 million below the $500 million that was anticipated in September. Earlier, the 2015 budget had been set at $840 million for 2015.‘It is a bloodbath’: Calgary office towers are about to feel the full force of the oil crashAs oilpatch layoffs mount, downsizing with dignity is becoming a challengePenn West — which operates mostly in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan — cut about 400 full-time employees and contractors last year, about 35 per cent of its workforce., because of the prolonged decline in oil prices.Penn West ended 2015 producing more than 77,000 barrels per day of oil, gas and liquids.For the coming year, Penn West projects between 60,000 and 64,000 barrels per day of production in 2016.
Major General Channa Goonetilleke has been appointed the new Chief of Staff of the Army. He has been serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff since 04 November 2016.He succeeds Major General U. A. B Medawela who retired from the Army a few days ago. Major General Renaka V. Udawatte has been appointed the new Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army. (Colombo Gazette)
Speaking at the outset of a Security Council debate on East Timor that included the participation of the fledgling nation’s President-elect, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the international community to remain involved in the new country as it continued to solidify the institutions of statehood.The Secretary-General stressed that the new government faced enormous tasks, before and above all after 20 May – the date of the island territory’s declaration of independence, following two and a half years under UN administration. “The international community must ensure that the investment it has made does not go to waste,” Mr. Annan said at the start of the Council discussion, which involved representatives of over 20 countries. “It will still have a crucial role to play in helping the Timorese to consolidate their new institutions.”The Secretary-General said that his proposed UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), to succeed the current UN Transitional Administration (UNTAET) upon independence, would assist the new State in the three critical areas of public administration, law and order, and external security.Meanwhile, East Timor would continue to need financial and budgetary assistance, as well as private investment from both domestic and foreign sources, the Secretary-General noted, adding that good relations with its nearest neighbours would also be essential for stability. UN Assistant Secretary-General Hédi Annabi said in order to have a lasting impact, making the best use of limited resources, UNMISET must be implemented coherently and in close partnership with the UN, Member States and the Timorese.East Timor’s President-elect, Xanana Gusmão, said his country’s independence was the product of sustained determination of the Timorese, combined with active cooperation with the international community at all levels. East Timor’s future success would also depend on that continued determination and cooperation, he stressed.Following the meeting, the Council President, Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation, said Council members shared the view that the UN system should continue to play an important role in assisting the people of East Timor, together with the bilateral and multilateral donors, regional mechanisms, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and other international actors.”The Members of the Security Council look forward to establishing the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor,” he said in a statement to the press, adding, “they also welcome the forthcoming UN membership of the new State.”
In Yemen, 92 schools were used for military purposes by armed forces and groups, and in South Sudan, there were seven incidents of attacks on schools and 60 involving military use. A total of 543 educational facilities were damaged or destroyed in the State of Palestine and three attacks were documented on Israeli schools. According to education authorities in Northeast Nigeria, a total of 338 schools were destroyed and damaged between 2012 and 2014.UNICEF also said that over the past year, the UN monitoring system has also documented so-called “double-tap,” or even “triple-tap” – strikes on health-care facilities in which civilians, as well as the first responders arriving on the scene, are attacked. Beyond attacks on buildings, conflict has other far-reaching consequences on children’s education and health care, UNICEF underscored. In Syria, for example, as well as attacks on hospitals, the removal of medical kits and surgical supplies from aid convoys, restrictions on medical evacuations, and killing of medical personnel mean that access to critical and life-saving health care for civilians in affected areas is diminishing day by day. “Children are being abducted from their schools in horrific circumstances in countries like Nigeria and South Sudan, while others are being raped, or recruited and used as child soldiers,” said Ms. Khan. Classmates in front of the destroyed Shuje’iyah Girls’ School in Shuja’iyeh, eastern Gaza City. Photo: UNICEF/Eyad El Baba The findings, drawn from the most recent annual report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, come in the wake of recent attacks on education and health facilities and workers – including the bombing of schools in Yemen, and a strike on a hospital in Aleppo, Syria on 27 April, that killed at least 50 people, including one of the last paediatricians in the area. “Children are being killed, wounded, and permanently disabled in the very places where they should be protected and feel safe,” said Afshan Khan, UNICEF’s Director of Emergency Programmes, in a press release. “Attacks against schools and hospitals during conflict are an alarming, and disgraceful, trend. Intentional and direct strikes on these facilities, and on health workers and teachers, can be war crimes. Governments and other actors need to urgently protect schools and hospitals by upholding the provisions of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and States must sign the Safe Schools Declaration,” she added. UNICEF underscored that attacks against schools and hospitals are one of the six grave violations against children identified and addressed by the Security Council. The last report of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict documented more than 1,500 incidents of attacks on, or military use of, schools and hospitals in 2014, the agency stressed.For example, in Afghanistan 163 schools and 38 health facilities were attacked, while in Syria, 60 attacks on education facilities were recorded, as well as nine cases of military use of schools and 28 attacks on health facilities.
Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during a game against Illinois on Nov. 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 55-14.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternRedshirt-sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett and sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa have been named to post-season award lists pertaining to their individual positions.Barrett has been named a Davey O’Brien semifinalist after completing 134 of 207 passes for 1,856 yards and 23 scores through the air with seven interceptions in eight games this season. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native has also added 496 yards on the ground and six additional touchdowns.The Davey O’Brien award is given annually to the top quarterback in the country.Bosa, who was named semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik award Monday afternoon, was added as a semifinalist for the Lombardi award late Monday night. The Bednarik award is given annually to the best defensive player in the country while the Lombardi award is given to the lineman or linebacker each season.Bosa is tied for sixth in the country with 10.0 sacks and is also tied for third in the country in tackles for loss with 14.5. Those numbers put him atop the Big Ten in each category.Finalists for the Lombardi award are set to be announced Nov. 17 while the the finalists for the Davey O’Brien and Bednarik awards are scheduled to be announced Nov. 24.Michigan State’s Connor Cook has also been named a semifinalist for the O’Brien award and his teammate, defensive end Shilique Calhoun, has been named a semifinalist for the Bednarik and Lombardi awards as well.Barrett, Bosa and the No. 13 Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Cook, Calhoun and the No. 7 Spartans on Saturday at 8 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich.
Ohio State senior Andrew Rickly competes on the parallel bars against Michigan on Feb. 4 at St. John Arena. Credit: Walt Middleton, Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 3 Buckeyes finished the 2017 season with a second-place finish on Saturday at the NCAA championships with a readout of 423.700, the team’s highest score of the season. Oklahoma won its third consecutive national championship with a score of 431.950 followed by Illinois with 422.100. Stanford earned fourth place with 421.500 points and Minnesota and Nebraska finished in fifth and sixth place with scores of 414.200 and 412.900, respectively. During the qualifying round, the Buckeyes advanced to the team finals after receiving 414.650 points overall on Friday, the second-best score of the evening. Stanford was first with 420.450 points followed by Nebraska who scored 413.050.At the qualifying round, redshirt senior Jake Martin received a season-best score on vault with 14.350 points. His best performance out of six events was on the high bar where he scored a readout of 14.450 points, the second-best score of the event. Additionally, Brandon Bonanno scored a personal best on vault with a 14.350. Sean Melton scored 14.950 points on rings, the best score of the event. Redshirt junior Sean Melton, sophomore Alec Yoder, redshirt junior Jake Dastrup, sophomore David Szarvas and sophomore Joey Bonanno received All-America honors. Melton placed fourth in the all-around with a score of 86.400, Yoder placed sixth with 84.950, Dastrup placed seventh on the pommel horse with 14.550, Szarvas placed eighth on pommel with a career-best of 14.500. Lastly, Bonanno scored 14.400 points on floor, finishing sixth.OSU had its highest finish at the NCAA championships since 2005 when the Buckeyes also finished second.
NioCorp’s Elk Creek, Nebraska project has now emerged as one of the few greenfield projects in the US that plans to produce multiple critical minerals for which the America is currently 100% reliant on foreign nations such as China and Russia. The picture shows Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts (right) touring the Elk Creek project.The Trump Administration will officially designate as “Critical Minerals” the entire planned product suite of superalloy metals that NioCorp Developments Ltd proposes to mine and process at Elk Creek.The designation establishes the project as one of the few polymetallic greenfield mining projects in the US that proposes to produce multiple critical minerals – niobium, scandium, and titanium, in this case – that all have key uses in national defense and civilian technologies and upon which the US is currently 100% dependent on foreign nations such as China and Russia.Once placed into operation, the project also will position the State of Nebraska as a global leader in the production of Scandium, a lightweight and very strong metal that has been used for several decades in cutting-edge Soviet and Russian military technologies. The US Armed Forces have been largely shut out from being able to incorporate Scandium in aerospace and other national defense systems because of a lack of available scandium supply.In a Federal Register notice published on Thursday, May 17, 2018, the US Department of the Interior announced its intent to publish today (Friday, May 18) its final list of 35 critical minerals. The list of priority minerals was developed in response to a White Houser Executive Order of December 20, 2017.In addition to designating niobium, scandium, and titanium as critical minerals, the Trump Administration’s list also includes the rare earth elements, which were grouped as a single entry on the Critical Minerals list. The Elk Creek orebody is known to be enriched in rare earth elements, although the company has no current plans to produce rare earth commercial products.“This action by President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke is very much welcomed and shows that they understand the strategic imperative of encouraging greater investment in critical mineral development in the U.S.,” said Mark A. Smith, NioCorp CEO and Chair. “As a former Navy SEAL Commander with undergraduate degree in Geology, Secretary Zinke is especially cognizant of the need to decrease U.S. dependence on foreign sourcing of critical and strategic materials that are key to national defense technologies and to our warfighters.“This action by the US Government establishes that the Elk Creek Project’s entire planned product suite is strategically vital to the U.S.,” Smith said. “It provides a powerful differentiating factor for the Elk Creek Project. It helps to set the Project apart from other proposed greenfield mining projects in the U.S. It also will help this project attract additional attention from a variety of key stakeholders around the world, including major potential sources of project finance.”NioCorp’s Elk Creek Project has completed a positive feasibility study. The company is currently engaged in assembling a project finance package that, when secured, can move the project to a construction start as soon as possible.Probable Reserves of 31.7 Mt of ore at 0.79% niobium (Nb2O5), 71.6 g/t scandium (Sc), and 2.81% TiO2Indicated Mineral Resources are 90.9 Mt at 0.66% Nb2O5, 70 g/t Sc, and 2.59% TiO2Inferred Mineral Resources of 133.6 Mt at 0.48% Nb2O5, 59 g/t Sc, and 2.23% TiO2Deposit is open (unexplored) in three directions: to the northwest, southeast, and at depth.
A MAN IN his 60s has been killed in a road crash in Ennis, Co Clare, last night.The incident occurred at The Market in Ennis at 10pm last night. The man’s car was involved in a collision with another car and he was pronounced dead at the scene.His body has been removed to Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick and a post-mortem will take place later today.There are no reports of any other injuries in the collision.Read: Road deaths up by 23% compared to the same time last year>