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SL vs Eng: Dilshan, Tharanga score tons as SL drub England by 10 wickets

first_imgEngland bowlers looked like kindergarten kids as Sri Lanka openers Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan thrashed them across the park. ScoreThe two scored unbeaten tons helping their team win by a massive 10-wicket margin and enter the semi-finals majestically, at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday.In the process the duo completed their second 200-plus opening partnership in this World Cup. The two had achieved the milestone during the league match against Zimbabwe on March 10, when Tharanga had scored 133 and Dilshan had put 144. Today, Dilshan put 108 not out on board while his partner Tharanga scored an unbeaten 102. Speaking in terms of records, the duo chased down the highest total (230) for the opening stand in the World Cup surpassing 221 by West Indies against Pakistan in 1992.Sri Lanka now play New Zealand in the semi-final in Colombo on Tuesday.  The way the two batsmen were batting, it seemed like both were having a race for a century. But, it was Dilshan who reached the milestone first hitting a four off offie Graeme Swann on the fifth ball of the 37th over.Tharanga too hit a four off paceman Chris Tremlett on the third ball of the 40th over to complete his century when Sri Lanka needed three runs for victory.It seemed Tharanga and Dilshan knew that that a 230-run target was gettable and unless they commit blunders things won’t be to tough for them. The two started with ease and then built up the pace scoring in boundaries. After 10 overs they duo had helped Sri Lanka post a fine 57 for no loss.advertisementThe two batted on to frustrate the England bowlers. Pacers, spinners and the part-timers employed to break their concentration — all found themselves up against the Sri Lanka wall.In fact it wasn’t just the bowlers who were a troubled lot even the fielders were at odds as the left-hand-right-hand combo ensured that the field had to be changed every time a single run was taken.Graeme Swann was proved to be the most expensive among the England bowlers as his nine over produced 61 runs.England inningsEarlier, Jonathan Trott scored 86 to help England score 229/6 – a partly total keeping in mind the drubbing they had to endure later in the match.England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat. But, it wasn’t the kind of start that England would have asked for with skipper Andrew Strauss falling on a partly score of five. He attempted a pull off Tillakaratne Dilshan but the ball crashed into his stumps and England lost their opener on 29/1. Another wicket and England were 31/2 with Ian Bell falling to Angelo Mathews on 25.Post those to early assaults England batsmen Jonathan Trott and Ravi Bopara got on with the partnership to provide stability to the innings. The duo had put 64 runs for the third wicket when Bopara departed to a Muttiah Muralitharan ball that got him trapped leg-before. He fell for 31 and England fell to 95/3 on the last ball of the 27th over.Then Trott and new man Eoin Morgan took up the onus to increasing the England run rate. Their effort was further boosted by some sloppy fielding by Sri Lanka.In fact Morgan couldn’t have asked for a better treatment to his rush-of-blood shots. And Muralitharan must be cursing his luck for twice during his over Morgan was dropped. First Angelo Mathews dropped him on the first ball of the 38th over then Rangana Herath dropped him on the third ball of the same over.Finally, the Sri Lankan managed to scalp Morgan and this time Mathews made no mistake while catching him in the deep. Batting on 50, he played a lofted shot off Lasith Malinga that went down to Mathews and England lost their fourth wicket on 186/4 in 43 overs.No sooner had Morgan departed that another wicket fell with Graeme Swann walking back on a ‘golden duck’ and England were reduced to 186/5 in 43.1 overs.At death Muralitharan claimed the man that the Lankans wanted. Jonathan Trott wanted to sweep Muralitharan across the fence but failed as Mahela Jayawarene took a good catch in the deep to see him off on 86. England fell to 121/6 in 49.3 overs.Finally, Matt Prior and Luke Wright helped England to a not so impressive 229/6 in their stipulated 50 overs.last_img read more

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Maruti workers’ union officials arrested for violence at Manesar plant, says Haryana DGP

first_imgThe Haryana Police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested 10 more accused in the case of violence at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant which had claimed the company’s human resources department’s general manager Awanish Kumar Dev’s life. The police also assured better security at the plant on the outskirts of Gurgaon city with a dedicated battalion of industrial force. Haryana director general of police (DGP) Ranjeev Singh Dalal said that the main accused of the July 18 incident was among the 10 arrested union officials. Maruti Suzuki Workers’ Union’s president Ram Meher and general secretary Sarabjit Singh were among those arrested. So far 114 workers of the plant have been arrested in the case. Earlier in the day, Dalal spoke to the top brass of the country’s largest car manufacturer and assured them of foolproof security at the plant and to individual officials. He told them that the state police have raised an industrial police force battalion exclusively for Manesar. The DGP assured the company management that the police would provide security and protection to the witnesses of the incident. He requested the company to resume operations at the Manesar plant, which has been locked out since the incident.last_img read more

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Lakers ready to offer Tyronn Lue coaching job—reports

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid According to the Times, former Lakers coach Phil Jackson and Magic Johnson — who stepped down as Lakers’ president of basketball operations last month — have told team co-owner Jeanie Buss that they support hiring Lue.Lue, who coached Lakers superstar LeBron James in Cleveland and once played for Jackson, has been on the Lakers’ radar for some time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBoth he and Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams have been interviewed by the club, but Williams was hired on Friday as the new head coach of the Phoenix Suns.That appeared to increase the likelihood that Lue would be offered the Lakers’ coaching job — a position he’d been linked with ever since the Cleveland Cavaliers fired him after an 0-6 start to the season. FILE – Head coach Tyronn Lue (L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers after a quarterfinal game of the 2018 NBA Summer League between the Lakers and the Detroit Pistons at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPThe Los Angeles Lakers are homing in on Tyronn Lue in their search for a new head coach, the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets reported Friday.The Lakers have been without a head coach since April 12, when they parted ways with Luke Walton.ADVERTISEMENT Lue’s stint coaching James in Cleveland produced one title in 2016 and two more trips to the NBA Finals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 76ers’ Ben Simmons penalized for elbowing Kyle Lowry in groin DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

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‘Alli could break Neymar’s transfer record’

first_imgTransfers Dele Alli could break Neymar’s transfer record next year, says expert Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 15:46 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) Dele Alli Tottenham Getty Images Transfers Neymar Tottenham Hotspur PSG Premier League UEFA Champions League The Brazilian became the first to break through the €200 million barrier this year, but it could be an Englishman who surpasses him Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli could replace Neymar as the world’s most expensive footballer if he impresses for club and country this season.Paris Saint-Germain rocked the footballing world by buying Brazil superstar Neymar from Barcelona for €222 million last month.Spurs 13/10 to beat Dortmund Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing He continued a flying start to life with the Ligue 1 club by scoring in Tuesday’s 5-0 Champions League rout of Celtic.By contrast, Alli will be sidelined through suspension when Spurs begin their campaign against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, but football finance expert Raffaele Poli believes the 21-year-old is as well-placed as anyone to topple Neymar’s status as the most expensive footballer in history.Poli is the head of the Football Observatory at the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), a Swiss-based study centre that published research in June estimating Neymar to have a market value of €210.7m – a shade below the buyout clause PSG staggeringly activated.Neymar Edinson Cavani PSGDele Alli Tottenham 2017The CIES placed Alli and Spurs team-mate Harry Kane next in their standings at that stage and Poli told Omnisport that Neymar’s record could be short-lived if such players impress on the big stage and decide it is time for a change of scenery.”Potentially it can be broken already next year,” he said.”A player like Dele Alli – if he does well, if he does a good domestic league with Tottenham, if he does a good Champions League campaign, if he does a good World Cup with England next year then I wouldn’t be surprised if he could be transferred for more than Neymar’s price.”This wouldn’t be a sign of inflation by itself. It depends on how he performs, but Neymar was not the most inflated transfer during the last window.”The latest CIES figures value Alli at €182.6m, a shade below Lionel Messi’s €184m, using an algorithm based on analysis of more than 1,500 fee-paying transfers that is updated after every window.Poli is keen to point out that such blockbusting transfers will remain the preserve of elite players and are therefore not the most effective way of demonstrating inflation across the market.100th appearance for @SpursOfficial Happy to make it a win! #COYS #DELE20 pic.twitter.com/IS0dd7G6cK — Dele (@dele_official) September 9, 2017 “There were other transfers like Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele or Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City that were more inflated than the Neymar one,” he explained, in reference to the CIES findings.”A high price does not mean high inflation. It depends on the characteristics of the players.”The surprise was not the price, it was that Neymar accepted to change teams because at first glance he was very well at Barcelona.”At the current inflation it is possible to have €200m transfer every summer but that does not mean it will happen. There are only a few players that can have this value and it is up to these players to say ‘okay, I want to move’ or not.”last_img read more

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Former Oklahoma QB Mickey Ripley Has Passed Away

first_imgThe Oklahoma Sooner Schooner carries the American flag on the anniversary of September 11 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 11: The Oklahoma Sooner Schooner carries the American flag on the anniversary of September 11 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Mickey Ripley, a former Oklahoma quarterback from the 1960s, has passed away. He was 72.Ripley reportedly suffered a pair of strokes in December. He died on Wednesday.A member of the 1966 Sooners recruiting class, Ripley spent most of his career as a backup, behind three-year starter Bobby Warmack and later All-American Jack Mildren.He did play a big role in the team’s 1968 Bluebonnet Bowl appearance, nearly leading the team to a comeback win over SMU after Warmack left due to injury.Oklahoma writer Berry Tramel wrote about Mickey Ripley’s Sooners career today, after his passing.From The Oklahoman:Ripley, an all-state quarterback from Perry High School, was Bobby Warmack’s backup on the 1968 Sooner squad and led a spirited comeback against SMU in the Bluebonnet Bowl that season. Warmack was injured in the second quarter of that game, and Ripley threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes. But he was stopped shy of the goal line on a two-point conversion in the final two minutes, and a last-snap OU field goal sailed wide, allowing the Mustangs to escape with a 28-27 victory.Before his time at OU, Ripley was an all-state quarterback for Perry High School. After graduating, he went on to a Hall of Fame high school coaching career in the state.So Mickey Ripley stayed and indeed became a long-time coach, eventually being inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame after stops that included Muskogee, Perry, Bartlesville, Dumas (Texas) and Amarillo Tascosa.Ripley earned 13 letters as an athlete at Perry. His senior year, he was all-state in football and baseball, plus was a state champion wrestler.Our thoughts go out to the Ripley family, and everyone affected by his passing.[The Oklahoman]last_img read more

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Harvey Gulf Completes Purchase of Abdon Callais Offshore

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom New Orleans based Harvey Gulf International Marine, announced today the closing of its asset purchase of Abdon Callais Offshore, a deal worth $460 Million USD in cash, while simultaneously selling six of the older assets to Adriatic Marine for $72 Million USD.CEO Shane Guidry commented: “It’s been a very busy year. Abdon Callais is the third company I have purchased in the last 12 months, adding 58 vessels to my fleet. Today, I have 14 vessels at 5 shipyards ranging in size from 220′ to 340′ in length under construction to meet our customer’s needs today and for the future. Our Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vessels, LNG marine fuel dock and the large IMR vessels presently under construction are the future of vessel support services for the Gulf of Mexico and soon to be around the Globe.” Print  Close Harvey Gulf, October 14, 2013last_img read more

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RYAN REYNOLDS HILARIOUSLY TROLLED BY HUGH JACKMAN AND JAKE GYLLENHAAL

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter That is, until you realize you’re the only one dressed that way.Can you see where this is going?While everyone in Reynolds’ life probably knows to take everything he says with a pinch of salt, the 42-year-old trusted his friends and found himself hilariously pranked as a result.Jackman and Gyllenhaal told the actor the party was a Christmas jumper party, then proceeded to turn up in clothes that were decidedly not Christmassy. Ryan Reynolds found himself hilariously trolled by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal as the Marvel stars attended a Christmas party. It’s been a Reynolds-focused year in the world of trolling, pranks and hilarious tweets. The actor has made jokes out of his wife, his kids and his co-stars, and I think karma finally found him. Facebook Advertisement The Deadpool star attended a party with fellow superhero actors Jackman and Gyllenhaal, and as Christmas is mere days away it wouldn’t be that unreasonable to believe a festive outfit is suitable attire.In fact when a fellow party-goer insists Christmas jumpers are the dress code, you’d feel pretty confident in turning up looking more festive than Santa himself.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment With the two pranksters wearing plain shirts, Reynolds stood out like Rudolph’s nose when he attended the party in a red and green jumper complete with a festive 3D golden bow and a tag.He was quite literally the Christmas present no one knew they needed, but everyone enjoyed.Take a look at the unfortunate situation here: Advertisement I can only imagine the despair in turning up to a party having been told the entirely wrong dress code – especially if the room was full of A-list celebrities.But then he is Ryan Reynolds, so I think he can pull off that kind of thing.Having realized he’d been entirely betrayed in the name of humor, the Deadpool star posed for some pictures with the two other Marvel actors and shared it on Instagram to express his dismay.While Jackman and Gyllenhaal appeared full of glee, I can only describe Reynolds’ face as having the look of someone who has their soul completely drained of happiness.In one photo the pranksters were literally laughing their heads off and were caught in the middle of a high five or handshake of celebration over the success of their deception.The caption gave away Reynolds’ deep-seated anger as he wrote:These f*cking a**holes said it was a sweater party.After all the jokes Reynolds has put his loved ones through this year, I can’t say he didn’t have it coming! Though I’m sure he’ll find a way to get his revenge sooner or later.Actually, if his face in the picture is anything to go by, he’s probably already plotting ways to embarrass the two celebrities.He should have just curled up and hidden himself under the Christmas tree – he’d have been perfectly camouflaged as a present.Hilarious. Happy Christmas, Ryan Reynolds.By Emily Brown | Unilad Login/Register With:last_img read more

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46 Indian kids die of communicable diseases

first_imgCommunicable diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis accounted for over 46 per cent of preventable deaths in children aged 5-14 years in 2016, finds a study. In 2016, India had about 74,000 preventable or treatable deaths from communicable diseases, representing nearly half of all the annual deaths and over a third of all deaths in the four developing countries – India, China, Brazil and Mexico – in children aged 5-14 years. In India, death rates from these communicable diseases as well as vaccine-preventable diseases were nearly 20 times higher than in China, and 10 times higher than in Brazil and Mexico, showed the findings published in The Lancet journal. “Most of these deaths are avoidable and for those caused by medical conditions, many of them are treatable,” said a Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Death in children aged 5-14 should be rare around the world. With cost-effective, feasible and affordable interventions, substantial declines in deaths in this age group are possible,” he added. The study examined data on around 2.5 lakh deaths in children aged 5-14 years from 2005 to 2016 in India, China, Brazil and Mexico. These countries are home to about 40 per cent of the world’s children aged 5-14 years and experience more than two lakh deaths annually at these ages. Marked declines in the communicable disease mortality among girls narrowed the gap with boys in India and China. However, mortality rates for non-communicable diseases and injury were found to be still higher in India than in China, Mexico, and Brazil.last_img read more

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Political Parties Hope to Resurrect PanMaghrebism Project

Rabat – Political parties from Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia have expressed their desire to work together toward peace and socio-economic integration in the region, ending decades of cold relations and political rivalry.In a joint statement published on January 8, Algeria, Algeria’s Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD) announced their intention, along with leftist political formations from Tunisia and Libya, of “resurrecting” the United Maghreb dream.The statement put forward theses of common socio-economic challenges, shared history and culture, as well as the “historical responsibility” of working together to promote peace and stability for the whole region. The statement, pioneered by Algeria’s RCD, called on “Moroccan friends,” especially the leftist Party of Socialism and Progress (PPS), and spoke of a conference to be organized in Morocco in late January to debate the fundamentals of the prospective “resurrection” of the unified Maghreb platform.“We have formed a political coalition while waiting to expand our reach to other political associations,” read the note. It invited “Moroccan political forces” to attend the late January meeting. “We think that your presence at the meeting will be an opportunity to foster cooperation and impulse a new dynamic [for the region].”The idea of a unified Maghreb emerged in Tangier in 1958 in the early years of independence for some, Tunisia and Morocco, and independence struggle, for Algeria, which obtained its sovereignty from France only in 1962. The pan-Magrhebi ideal was to draw on cultural similarities and social bonds across the region to build a common political future.But emerging political challenges in the first decades of independence quickly dissipated pan-Maghrebi sentiments, with national interests and questions of national identity scrapping the regional dream.The political divorce was especially accentuated in the late 1970s through the 1990s, with the rift between Algiers and Rabat on the Western Sahara question and other security and border-line disputes. The 1994 closed-border policy between the two neighbors was the last straw, burying prospects of a unified Maghreb.Despite the region’s conflict-riddled history and current crises, however, the group is confident that leaders can find common ground to ease diplomatic cooperation and gradually become politically and economically integrated.After decades of “costly” and “ineffective” hostilities, they argued, it is time to “rise above political and economic fragmentations that have kept the North-African sub-continent in a state of immobility.”Their statement added, “The geography as well as the historical and civilizational links between the peoples of North of Africa compel economic, political, and cultural cooperation for the benefit of the whole region.” read more

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Boosted investment in health key to help Africas children says UNICEF

28 May 2008Stepped-up investment to enhance health systems in sub-Saharan Africa is essential to help the continent’s children, according to a new report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched today. “Every year, nearly 10 million children die before their fifth birthday and one half of these deaths occur in Africa,” said Ann M. Veneman, the agency’s Executive Director. “Where community-based integrated health systems are in place, lives can be saved.”Child mortality has been slashed by at least 45 per cent in five African countries – Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia – between 1990 and 2006, putting them on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing under-five mortality by two-thirds by 2015.Although child mortality has dropped 14 per cent in the same time period in sub-Saharan Africa, it remains the most difficult place in the world for a child to survive, with one in every six children dying before their fifth birthday.The report entitled “The State of Africa’s Children 2008” spotlights recent successes in child survival and primary health-care in sub-Saharan Africa. Measles deaths in the region have dropped 91 per cent between 2000 and 2006, while four of the world’s least developed nations – Eritrea, Ethiopia, Malawi and Mozambique – have seen their under-five mortality rates fall by at least 40 per cent since 1990.The new study urges continued care for children, from pregnancy into childhood and adolescence, and this care must span the household, community, local clinic, district hospital and beyond.In a related development, experts in yellow fever are taking part in a UNICEF-backed meeting to discuss recent vaccination campaigns in Togo, Mali and Senegal that immunized millions against the disease which is caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes.“We’re finally moving from outbreak response to preventing all children in the most vulnerable countries in Africa from contracting yellow fever,” said UNICEF Senior Health Adviser Edward Hoekstra.Despite successes in campaigns in Togo, Mali and Senegal, “there’s more still to do, particularly with the 9 other African countries where the risk is greatest,” he said.Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF show that there were over 200,000 cases of yellow fever and 52,000 deaths in 2005 in the 12 highest-risk African nations. It is estimated that the disease will cause 1.5 to 2.7 million deaths in these countries between 2006 and 2050.The 28-29 May meeting is taking place at UNICEF’s New York headquarters and includes representatives from WHO. read more

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London FT100 closed on Thursday at 747477 up 6334 points

The London Stock Exchange index closed on Thursday at 7,474.77, up 63.34 points.

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Ranjan claims some UNP MPs bought by China

United National Parliamentarian (UNP) Ranjan Ramanayake today claimed that some UNP MPs have been bought over by China to support Mahinda Rajapaksa.Speaking at the UNP rally in Colombo, Ramanayake warned China not to interfere in the political crisis by funding politicians to switch sides. He said that the UNP Parliamentarians who switched sides for money should be ashamed.UNP Parliamentarians Vasantha Senanayake and Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday joined the caretaker Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Chinas first quarter economic growth slows amid concern about strength of recovery

China’s first quarter economic growth slows amid concern about strength of recovery BEIJING, China – China’s economic growth slowed unexpectedly in the first three months of the year, fueling concern about the strength of its shaky recovery.The world’s second-largest economy grew by 7.7 per cent over a year earlier, down from the previous quarter’s 7.9 per cent, the government reported Monday. That fell short of many private sector forecasts that growth would accelerate slightly to 8 per cent.A recovery still is under way but is “really very soft — very slow and gradual,” said Societe Generale economist Wei Yao.Analysts have warned that China’s recovery from its deepest slump since the 2008 global crisis is weak and is being supported by bank lending and government-led investment, while growth in consumer spending is subdued. A slowdown in Chinese growth and demand for goods ranging from iron ore to factory technology and consumer goods could send out ripples in the global economy.The unexpected growth setback could add to challenges for Communist Party leaders who took power over the past six months. They are trying to avoid job losses while they pursue more self-sustaining growth based on domestic consumption instead of exports and investment.Last year’s slowdown was largely due to Beijing’s efforts to cool inflation and steer double-digit growth to a more sustainable level following a quick, stimulus-fueled rebound from the global crisis. Beijing responded with further stimulus efforts including looser credit but analysts say Chinese leaders are unlikely to repeat that strategy, which led to a sharp rise in debt.The latest quarterly growth was above Beijing’s official target of 7.5 per cent for the year. That is well above forecasts in the low single digits for Western economies and Japan but far from China’s blistering growth of the past decade.Recent economic data in China has given mixed signals, raising questions about whether a full-fledged recovery was gaining traction.Inflation fell in March, indicating consumer demand might not be as strong as Beijing hoped. Import growth accelerated, suggesting companies and consumers were buying more, but some analysts said those figures might be distorted and unreliable.Also in March, growth in factory output weakened to 8.9 per cent, down 1 percentage point from the first two months of the year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.That was the lowest growth since August 2012, when fears of an abrupt “hard landing” of plunging growth were strong. Beijing responded by boosting lending and government spending.Chinese leaders are unlikely to repeat that strategy after a 60 per cent surge in credit in the first quarter produced a lacklustre response, said IHS Global Insight analysts Xianfang Ren and Alistair Thornton in a report.“We have lost confidence in a robust recovery,” they said.The rise in credit prompted ratings agency Fitch to cut its rating on China’s long-term local currency sovereign debt last week, warning of potential financial risks.Fitch said China’s total credit, including informal lending among private entrepreneurs, may have risen to the equivalent of 198 per cent of gross domestic product in 2012 from 125 per cent in 2008.Forecasters who expected growth to accelerate might have been misled by inaccurate trade data due to companies falsely reporting higher exports as a way to evade capital controls and bring money into China, said Moody’s Analytics economist Alaistair Chan.Despite the surge in lending, Monday’s data showed a slowdown in investment growth that is driving the latest recovery.First-quarter growth in spending on factories, real estate and other fixed assets declined to 20.9 per cent from the 21.1 per cent rate for the first two months of the year.That shows the economy suffers from structural problems including excess production capacity in some industries that makes more investment unprofitable, said Yao.“Given all this credit injected into the system, the future should look better,” said Yao. “Nevertheless, the level of efficiency in the economy has declined. The same amount of money will no longer produce the same amount of growth.”In a positive sign, growth in retail sales edged up to 12.6 per cent in March from 12.3 per cent for the first two months of the year.Recent increases in required minimum wages and an improved housing market should help to boost household spending, said Moody’s Analytics economist Fred Gibson in a report.Still, he cautioned, consumer confidence could be hurt if China’s export weakness persists.Also Monday, the World Bank trimmed its growth forecast for China this year by 0.1 percentage point to a still-robust 8.3 per cent.___National Bureau of Statistics (in Chinese): www.stats.gov.cn by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Apr 14, 2013 11:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Get set to detour as bicentennial events close Guernsey Market on Thursday

Market Hall will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 11 to prepare for General Brock’s October Soirée. Anyone walking through Thistle Complex this week will encounter detours and hallway congestion due to campus events commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the death of Sir Isaac Brock.The biggest impact will be Thursday, Oct. 11 when Guernsey Market and the adjoining Market Hall are shut down as workers prepare the big facility to host that night’s General Brock’s October Soirée, an annual gala that raises thousands of dollars for student awards.Key points for Thursday:• Guernsey food court will be closed• There will be no pedestrian access to or through Market Hall• Anyone wanting to transit through Market Hall will see signs for detours through adjacent corridorsAlternate dining options for Thursday:• Lowenberger and Decew residence dining halls, open 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.;and 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. for residence students• Walker Complex food court, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.• Tim Horton’s (Tower), 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.• Tim Horton’s (Thistle), 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.• Cairns Complex mini market, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.• Union Station, 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.Guernsey Market and Market Hall will return to normal operations on Friday, Oct. 12.Also on Thursday, peak pedestrian traffic could be slowed in the main Thistle corridors outside Matheson Learning Commons and Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, as crews set up props and decorations for that evening’s Soirée.The reduced hallway space means people should give themselves extra time to walk through the general area surrounding the Market. read more

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Girls need to be more like Shakespeares Cleopatra than Kim Kardashian says

first_imgTeenage girls need to be more like Shakespeare’s Cleopatra rather than reality star Kim Kardashian, a leading headmistress has said.Jane Lunnon, head of Wimbledon High School, argued girls today grapple with the same issues as female characters in Shakespeare’s novels – including issues around body image.Mrs Lunnon said girls should be aspire to be like other role models beyond the likes of Kim Kardashian, “who is a lot to do with inches – either column or physical”.Image and mythSpeaking at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) annual gathering, held in the Bard’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, Mrs Lunnon said: “I think Shakespeare was saying with Cleopatra that you are allowed to be flawed and powerful and brilliant and still have enormous influence.”The thing about Cleopatra is it’s … about image and how she sells the myth of Cleopatra. Kim Kardashian is selling the myth about Kim Kardashian.”Shakespeare’s Cleopatra did the same thing … a lone female voice when all the other women in Antony And Cleopatra are basically powerless.”It sounds trite to say she had enormous self-confidence, but that’s what you would be getting kids to recognise – how I see myself and what I project.”Mrs Lunnon has launched a pilot scheme – known as Women of Will – at her school where pupils will study Shakespearean characters and re-imagine them in contemporary surroundings in an effort to channel some of their more desirable characteristics.Paucity of role modelsPupils at the all-girls school said they more likely to consider Kardashian, who was robbed of her jewelry in Paris this week, and pop star Taylor Swift to be their role models, rather than education campaigner Malala Yousafzai and US First Lady Michelle Obama.Mrs Lunnon, who has two teenage daughters, said: “I have nothing against them but I wonder to what extent Kim Kardashian as a role model is a lot to do with inches – either column or physical.”It”s well documented there is a paucity of role models that are speaking to girls at the moment in Western society and it made me think where else can we look for them? “As an English teacher I’m very used to using Shakespeare as a great source for intellectual stimulation and exploration – but really probing and using Shakespeare as a pastoral educational tool I thought was really interesting and, in particular, Shakespeare’s characters as role models.”Rosalind, Beatrice and ViolaPupils will now study protagonists from comedies As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night in an effort to learn from the way they deal with adversity.Mrs Lunnon said: “Look at Rosalind, look at Beatrice, look at Viola, the capacity in challenge and dilemma and pain, to love, to be vivacious, to be resourceful, to be resilient – they embody it so vividly, and that is a really powerful message.”It’s not that terrible things happen to them, it’s how they respond.”Jacqui O’Hanlon, director of education at the Royal Shakespeare Company, said: “You don’t have to work very hard to get young people to engage with the contemporary relevance of Shakespeare’s work.”As soon as you start putting them in the shoes of the characters and getting them to speak the text and think about the dilemmas those characters are in, there is automatically making reference to their own lives.”  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.last_img read more

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ILR expansion at San José

first_imgSouth American mining company, Minera Santa Cruz, has ordered an additional five InLine Leach Reactors (ILRs) for its San José mining project in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina from mineral processing equipment specialist, Gekko Systems. The order comprises ILRs, purpose-designed silver electrowinning (EW) cells, and associated equipment. Gekko Systems’ technological and design ingenuity, combined with Hochschild’s (joint owner of Minera Santa Cruz) gold and silver mining expertise, has produced unprecedented recovery rates from flotation concentrates. The San José joint venture set leach ILR target recovery rates for gold and silver at 96% and 97% respectively. According to Gekko, these targets are consistently being achieved.Since opening in 2007, ILR recovery rates for Hochschild’s Selene mine in Peru have achieved 98% for both silver and gold. “Extracting silver, as well as gold, via intensive leaching from flotation concentrates at such high recovery rates, and therefore being able to produce silver doré on site, provides mining companies with considerable market advantage,” said Nick Katsikaros, Technical Specialist at Gekko Systems.Current processing plant capacity at San José is 265,000 t/y. Minera Santa Cruz recently advised the market of its intention to double capacity during 2009. The order for five additional Gekko Systems’ ILRs will supplement that expansion.Minera Santa Cruz commenced gold and silver mining operations during 2007. In addition to the ILRs installed at Hochschild Mining’s Selene silver and gold mining operation, Gekko also installed a direct EW system for the recovery of silver and gold. The EW system was developed particularly for high-volume silver concentrates which incorporate auto sludge harvesting. In combination with the high efficiency of the ILR, a substantially higher overall recovery is obtained.last_img read more

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Mincom releases MineScape 52 with continued advancements for geologic modelling and mine

first_imgMincom, a leading global provider of software and services to asset-intensive industries, has released an upgrade to its market-leading suite of software for mine design and modelling. Further enhancing the industry’s most robust mine-planning solution, Mincom Minescape v5.2 now offers multi-language support including Russian, greater performance improvements to increase mine-planning speed, new design features, and enhancements that further increase usability.  “Mines are complex and dynamic environments, where significant value can be derived from the modelling and planning stages,” said John Jessop, Vice President of global mining solutions, Mincom. “For three decades, the world’s leading mining companies have trusted Mincom to help anticipate and resolve these challenges. With MineScape 5.2, we are in an even better position to help our global customers model complex mining operations, create more optimal mine plans and improve the bottom line.”To further support customers in the significant mining regions of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Mincom has released a Russian version of MineScape. Mincom MineScape 5.2 also features a new framework which delivers support for multiple other languages worldwide.Additionally, the MineScape 5.2 release introduces four new plug-ins:Haulage Roads, which guides engineers through the process of planning mine-haulage roads and dragline paths. Complex road designs can be completed in minutes, allowing engineers to compare multiple design concepts, including horizontal and vertical alignment and cut-and-fill volumesRing Design, which provides an interactive, 3D Computer Aided Design environment from which users can perform underground ring drill mine design and blasting. Rich visualisation and design tools enable users to take into consideration both planned and prior mining at different levels, and generate complex underground mine designs within minutesUnderground Survey is specifically designed for underground surveying, which provides storage, management and processing of large quantities of survey-point data, as well as standard survey and orthogonal measurements. The 3D CAD visualisation tools enable users to view any selection of survey points and measurements stored in the database, with the capability of drawing schematic drives for which orthogonal measurements existSchedule 3D is an extension of the MineScape Schedule tool, which provides 3D visualization of mining blocks. Typically used for underground mine scheduling, Schedule 3D enables users to create, visualize and select designed underground stoping blocks, giving engineers a clear understanding of the scheduling steps, thus streamlining the process.Mincom MineScape 5.2 features other new enhancements, including the ability to integrate third-party plug-ins, new CAD dimension and measuring tools, improvements in plotting capabilities to make design time faster and more intuitive, and support for Microsoft Windows XP/7 64-bit operating systems.“Mine planners and schedulers must account for a staggering array of variables – such as geological samples and data from the mine, production capacity, available equipment, commodity prices, product cost assumptions and worker health and safety – so that customer demands can be met on time and on budget,” said Bill Wilkinson, MineScape Product Manager, Mincom. “With new plug-ins for haulage road, ring design, underground surveying and 3D scheduling, this latest version of Mincom MineScape enables mining organisations to meet the most significant challenges in mine planning and scheduling more effectively than ever before, optimizing production from mine to market.”  Relied upon by hundreds of leading mining organizations around the world, Mincom MineScape is a powerful suite of integrated solutions delivering extensive geologic-modeling and mine-design functionality for open cut and underground mining operations for coal and metalliferous deposits. MineScape is the mine planning component of the Mincom Intelligent Mining Solution (IMS) suite, which provides a comprehensive set of technical mining solutions spanning the entire spectrum of mining processes, from exploration to final product sales.last_img read more

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Working on the war effort at Vancouvers Kaiser Shipyard

first_imgFrom Vancouver to war in the Pacific: Local veterans recall service aboard ships built at Kaiser in VancouverDid you know?• The former Kaiser Shipyard is now the site of Columbia Business Park, south of state Highway 14 along the Columbia River. A viewing tower and interpretive panels are at the Henry J. Kaiser Shipyard Memorial at the boat ramp in Marine Park, 4500 S.E. Columbia Way.Peggy Sater was just 16 when she went to work at Vancouver’s Kaiser Shipyard. Harry Hendricks beat her by two years; he was 14.Hendricks worked the graveyard shift at Kaiser, then went to school in the afternoon at McLoughlin Junior High, which had so many students they had to double-shift.Sater and Hendricks were among the tens of thousands of men and women (and the two teens stretched the definition) who worked at the Vancouver shipyard during World War II.The industrial center east of the Interstate Bridge produced 141 vessels of five different types, but the escort carrier was its biggest single product line. Fifty Casablanca-class carriers were built here, making it numerically the biggest class of aircraft carrier in naval history.last_img read more

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Ben Affleck explains why he retired as Batman Couldnt crack it

first_imgBatman is dead, long live Batman.On Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night, actor Ben Affleck apparently retired from his role as Batman in the DC feature films, and Kimmel hosted a retirement ceremony for the role.”I tried to direct a version of it, and worked with a really good screenwriter, but just couldn’t come up with a version of (it), couldn’t crack it,” said Affleck, speaking of the 2021 feature titled The Batman and directed by Matt Reeves. “And so I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at it. They’ve got some really good people, so.”Kimmel sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez came out dressed as Robin, carrying a Batman cape and cowl emblazoned with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s No. 12 for Affleck’s Boston fandom. The Batman outfit was hung in the rafters like a retired sports jersey. Kimmel joked that it was replacing “the sparkly thong that (Affleck pal) Matt Damon wore when he played Liberace’s boyfriend in (the 2013 HBO movie) Behind the Candelabra.”The ceremony was humorous, but the news is real. On Jan. 30, Affleck tweeted a message of support for the film and its director, writing, “Excited for The Batman in Summer 2021 and to see Matt Reeves’ vision come to life.” Tags Affleck had played Batman since 2016, starring as the hero in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, plus making an appearance as the character in Suicide Squad.According to Deadline, the role will be recast with a younger actor. The Batman is set to open June 25, 2021. Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life. https://t.co/GNgyJroMIO— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 31, 2019 1 DC Comics Batman Ben Affleck Share your voice TV and Movies Commentlast_img read more

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