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Guts ‘N’ glory: Gagan makes nation proud, fetches first medal for India

first_imgManisha Malhotra, CEO, Mittal Champions TrustThe monkey is finally off our back. At least the critics can rest for a few days since Gagan has silenced the entire nation?for now! His stellar performance under immense pressure does alleviate a little bit of the pressure that was building up around the Indian contingent.Since we don’t come from a contingent that wins too many medals, every medal provides a huge boost in momentum for the other athletes and makes them relax a little that they don’t have to win the nation its first medal. There is a new sense of purpose around the athletes and seeing Gagan Narang deliver has made them believe they can, too. This is something that has been imperative for successful games for the Indian contingent. The interesting fact is that the Air Rifle–the 10m kind–has won us our biggest medals in the last two Olympics. So what is the secret to our success?It is not a main stream sport that people would have probably heard of before Abhinav Bindra, so how come we are managing to beat world results? While there are several interesting scenarios out there, that the sport doesn’t require that much physical prowess (which is not true), or that it is a precision sport and we are very good at precision sports (so why didn’t we ever win before?), and other off-the-wall ones like our athletes practise this sport full time and everywhere else (except China) they have to supplement it with a day job. The truth, however, is that we actually have depth. Not only do the 10m nationals attract more than 200 entries, we now have a healthy rivalry among the competitors. There is nothing that can motivate an athlete more than competition and this is the precise scenario with both Gagan and Abhinav who have been pushing each other to higher limits.advertisementThey now set their sights on bigger and loftier goals that in turn raise the level of their games. That is the reason we are have been able to get a steady stream of results over the last 7 years in the Air Rifle event. Maybe the other sports need to take a page out of this book and start creating more players who can challenge the game. It is only then that we will have a sustainable and steady cycle of results.Well done, Gagan?you have made a nation proud.last_img read more

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first_imgRahul said he had asked the government a few days ago inRahul said he had asked the government a few days ago in Parliament about the tax amnesty scheme “through which thieves and blackmarketeers can convert their black money into white”.”I had asked why they brought this scheme and whom you want to benefit. Your scheme says that even the source of income is not necessary. If you have earned money from drugs, crime or terrorism, this Fair and Lovely scheme will help convert your black money into white. “I had asked about your (PMs) style of functioning that you do not inform people and I gave example of Nagaland accord and how he destroyed our entire work through his one action in Pakistan.”The PM made an hour-long speech in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. He did not reply even to one question of ours. Neither here nor here. He did bot answer us on Fair and Lovely scheme,” he said.Rahul said Congress had asked Jaitley to tell how Mallya escaped from India and if a lookout notice was issued against him, then what was he doing in Rajya Sabha.Congress in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha accused BJP government of “criminal conspiracy” in allowing businessman Mallya, facing probe in several loan default cases, to fly out of the country.Ghulam Nabi Azad said in Rajya Sabha that everyone knew Mallya “could flee any day” and investigating agencies should have confiscated his passport and taken steps to restrict his movement.advertisementFinance Minister Arun Jaitley, however, sought to corner the main opposition party, saying the loans were given to him during UPA rule. PTI SKC ARU RTlast_img read more

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Malaika Arora flaunts her enviable curves in shorts and tee outside the gym

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Winter Olympics: hits and misses from the Pyeongchang Games

first_img Facebook Winter Olympics Share via Email Twitter Adam Rippon Since you’re here… Facebook Facebook Is Hungary’s Elizabeth Swaney the biggest sport of the Winter Olympics? – video Topics Facebook Play Video Reuse this content Twitter Twitter Great Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold (left) and Laura Deas celebrate winning gold and bronze. Photograph: David Davies/PA Pinterest Pinterest Elise Christie had another Winter Olympics to forget. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Norway’s Valentine’s Day trousers. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Miss: Elise ChristieIn stark contrast to Team GB’s success on the skeleton track, on the speed skating ice Elise Christie crashed out. Not once. Not twice. But three times. Despite being a triple gold medal winner in 2017’s World Championships, Christie now has a run of six successive crashes or disqualifications at the Olympics. Facebook Hit: Chloe Kim and her ice cream desireChloe Kim became one of the stars of the Games at just 17, becoming the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal, taking gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe. Her approachability was typified by a tweet she sent saying “Could be down for some ice cream right now” – in the middle of competing. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron after the wardrobe malfunction. Photograph: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images Miss: Elizabeth SwaneySwaney performed the world’s dullest halfpipe ski routine, attempting virtually no tricks, to much ire on social media. She was born and bought up un the US, but her grandparents are from Hungary, allowing her to compete for that country. Her unambitious programme would usually guarantee she’d finish above competitors who had fallen and failed to score, but on this occasion it took her no further than finishing last in qualification. Still, she fulfilled her long ambition to reach the Games, and gets to call herself an Olympian for life. Support The Guardian Hit: Team GB’s Super SaturdayIt was an unprecedented feat as Britain’s first Olympic medal-winning skier Izzy Atkin was joined by Lizzy Yarnold’s gold and Laura Deas’s bronze in the skeleton. The first time Team GB had ever won three medals in a day at a Winter Olympics, with Yarnold becoming the first Briton to retain a Winter Olympic title in the process.But your heart went out to Austria’s Janine Flock. Her final run saw her slip from leading the skeleton, to missing out on the medals altogether. Team GB ended up with their best ever Winter Olympics medal haul. Pinterest Hit: North Korea’s cheerleadersNorth Korea sent more synchronised cheerleaders than athletes to Pyeongchang, and everywhere they went the women were constantly photographed and cheered. For many South Koreans it was the first time they’d ever met any of their northern neighbours. The DPRK’s male minders made sure, though, that they were kept very separate from the general population.Miss: Mike PenceIt was a tough Olympics for US vice-president Mike Pence. Before and during the Games he was vocally criticised by LGBT athletes Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon for his attitude to gay rights. Then at the opening ceremony Pence found himself awkwardly sat near to Kim Jong-un’s sister and the North Korean VIP delegation, at a time when at home the USA was piling more diplomatic pressure on the DPRK over its nuclear programme. He did not shake their hands.Hit: Marit BjørgenNorway’s Marit Bjørgen made history as the most decorated ever Winter Olympics athlete. With 15 medals overall, she claimed her seventh and eighth gold medals in cross-country skiing in South Korea. Aged 37, it was her fifth Olympics. The top three Winter Olympians of all time are Norwegian: Ole Einar Bjørndalen and Bjørn Dæhlie have 13 and 12 medals respectively, and the country topped Pyeongchang’s medal table. Facebook Share on Messenger Pinterest Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Twitter Miss: weatherHigh winds saw several events included ski-jumping cancelled and pushed back a few days. Not so the women’s snowboarding slopestyle final, which went ahead in conditions described by competitors as “too dangerous”. Only nine of the 52 runs in the final were clean, making the result something of a lottery.Hit: trousers and knittingBeyond topping the medal table, Norway also made a sartorial impact, with their curling team once again sporting extravagant trousers. On Valentine’s Day they graced the Pyeongchang ice with a uniform featuring pink love hearts. Meanwhile Finland’s Olympians caught the eye with their knitting hobby – the squad was collectively making a blanket for the Finnish president’s newborn child. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 0:46 Twitter Kim Bo-reum and Park Ji-woo leave team-mate Noh Seon-yeong behind. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA Miss: the Gabriella Papadakis dressFrench ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis will remember her appearance in Pyeongchang for all the wrong reasons. While dancing with Guillaume Cizeron, her dress became unfastened, revealing rather more than intended. “It was my worst nightmare happening at the Olympics,” she said. The couple retained their composure, however, and eventually secured silver. Marit Bjørgen of Norway posing with her record-breaking 15th Winter Olympics medal. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images features Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Winter Olympics 2018 Chloe Kim tweets about ice cream while competing in the Olympics. Photograph: Twitter Pinterest Hit: South Korea’s ‘garlic girls’The gold medal eluded them in the end, but the five Kims on South Korea’s women’s curling team became national heroes as they unexpectedly reached the final. Dubbed the “Garlic girls” after their garlic-producing hometown Uiseong, the nation took them to their hearts as they made thrilling progress through the tournament.Miss: South Korea’s speed-skating ‘bullies’Less popular with the South Korean public were the women speedskaters. Kim Bo-reum and Park Ji-woo were accused of bullying team-mate Noh Seon-yeong after a disastrous pursuit quarter-final where Noh had been dropped off the back of the team, and was left in tears by the trackside. In a press conference afterwards one of the skaters appeared to laugh about Noh not being able to keep up. More than 500,000 people then signed a petition calling for Kim and Park to be ousted from the team. Twitter Facebook last_img read more

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Projects worth Rs 66,300 cr sanctioned for J&K’s development: Government

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 21:18 IST Picture for representation. Photo: ReutersThe government has so far sanctioned projects worth Rs 66,300 crore as part of the Rs 80,068-crore special package for development of Jammu and Kashmir announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2015, the Union Home Ministry said on Friday.Out of the 63 projects in the package covering various sectors like road, power, health, education and tourism, a total of 13 projects have already been completed, 44 are under implementation and six “very complex” projects are under various stages of processing, a Ministry statement said.Major initiatives and projects include setting up of two AIIMS like institutions at an estimated cost of Rs 4,000 crore, establishment of an IIT and IIM in the state at Rs 2,000 crore and construction of Zojila tunnel connecting Srinagar with Leh at Rs 9,000 crores, it said.Other projects include Jammu-Akhnoor-Poonch road at an estimated cost of Rs 5,100 crore, construction of tunnels at Lachulunga Pass and Tanglang Pass at Rs 5,000 crore, ring roads in Jammu and Srinagar at Rs 3,750 crore, Kargil-Zanskar road at Rs 4,200 crore, Udhampur-Ramban-Banihal road at Rs 4,306 crore and Quazigund-Banihal road at Rs 2,410 crore.They also include augmentation of power distribution infrastructure at Rs 3,500 crore, Srinagar-Leh 200 KV power transmission line costing Rs 1,800 crore and 1,000 MW Pakal Dul Hydro Power Project at Rs 8,100 crore, for which equity contribution of Rs 1,192 crore will be made by Central government.”In addition to the Prime Minister’s development package, many other important projects such as Shahpurkandi and Ujh Dam Project for irrigation and hydro power, Ratle Hydro power, and Dal Lake rejuvenation have also been sanctioned.advertisement”Several schemes like Udaan, Himayat and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana are also being undertaken for skilling the youth of the state, thereby facilitating their employment,” the Home Ministry statement said.”Youth and students from the state are being taken to different parts of the country under cultural exchange programmes. Sports activities have also been given major thrust.”The government said that such initiatives would bring qualitative change in the lives of the people of the state.Also read: Former Jammu and Kashmir minister Haseeb Drabu quits PDPALSO WATCH| Political drama in Jammu and Kashmir as Governor dissolves assemblyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahim Projects worth Rs 66,300 cr sanctioned for J&K’s development: GovernmentThe government said that such initiatives would bring qualitative change in the lives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.advertisementlast_img read more

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New Goa Ministers to get portfolios today Kavlekar to be Dy CM

first_imgPanaji: The four new ministers inducted into the Goa cabinet would be allotted portfolios on Monday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said.Chandrakant Kavlekar, who was earlier leader of the opposition, would be designated as deputy chief minister, Sawant told reporters here on Sunday, but refused to divulge any further details. Days after 10 Congress MLAs in Goa joined the BJP, Sawant on Saturday reshuffled his cabinet, dropping three members of the ally Goa Forward Party (GFP) and an Independent legislator as ministers. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Michael Lobo, who resigned as deputy speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly, and three of the 10 MLAs who joined the BJP — Chandrakant Kavlekar, Jeniffer Monserratte, Philip Neri Rodrigues — were sworn in as new ministers. The monsoon session of the state Assembly begins on Monday. Asked how the new ministers would handle questions in the House, Sawant said, “I will be there to help them.” Ten Congress MLAs last Wednesday joined the BJP, increasing the saffron party’s strength to 27 in the 40-member House. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedPrior to the swearing-in on Saturday, Sawant issued a notification, dropping all three GFP leaders — Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar, Rural Development Minister Jayesh Salgaonkar — and Independent MLA and Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte from the cabinet to accommodate the new members. Sardesai said the induction of 10 Congress MLAs into the BJP was the “death of the legacy” of late chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who was a towering figure in politics of the coastal state.last_img read more

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Feds paid top dollar for Trans Mountain pipeline spending watchdog says

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s parliamentary budget watchdog has said the Liberal government paid the “sticker price” when it bought the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion.Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux estimates the Trans Mountain pipeline and planned expansion project is worth between $3.6 billion and $4.6 billion.This means the government’s purchase price of $4.5 billion was on the high end of the project’s total calculated value.Giroux also estimates expanding the pipeline’s capacity will cost $9.3 billion if the project is completed by Dec. 31, 2021.He warns any construction delays or increases in costs would reduce the value of the project and its resale value, meaning the government could have overpaid for the pipeline.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation said it was never on board with the purchase.Aaron Wudrick with the CTF certainly isn’t surprised that the feds paid a premium for this pipeline project.“I don’t think that the Trudeau Government is to blame for all of the reasons why this pipeline was running into trouble, but they are to blame for some of them.”Including what Wudrick describes as desperation from the federal government heading into the negotiations with Kinder Morgan.He identifies the cancellation of the Northern Gateway Project and the abandonment of the Energy East pipeline as factors in forcing the government to fight tooth and nail for the Trans Mountain project.“I think anybody knows that if you go into a negotiation signalling you are desperate to buy, the party you’re negotiating with is going to be able to name their price. I think that’s what happened here.”He argues the next step for Ottawa should be to build the pipeline expansion as quickly as possible and try to get something back for it.“Seven hundred million dollars per year of delay is very significant for a project that is measured in billions (of dollars). A 10 per cent rise in construction cost and a $450 million reduction in value, these are not small numbers.”The federal government bought the pipeline from Kinder Morgan in August after political opposition to expanding the pipeline between Alberta and the B.C. coast gave the company and its investors cold feet.last_img read more

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Blair mulling ways to close loophole in Safe Third Country Agreement

first_imgOTTAWA — Border Security Minister Bill Blair says he is talking to lawmakers in the United States about closing a loophole in Canada’s border agreement with the U.S. — one seen as giving asylum-seekers reason to cross into Canada through fields and forests.The Safe Third Country Agreement says asylum seekers cannot claim refugee protection in Canada if they arrive at an official border checkpoint from a country that is considered safe, like the United States.But they can claim refugee status from inside Canada.That’s why tens of thousands of asylum seekers have been crossing into Canada on foot through fields and forests.One idea is to apply the agreement to those who cross irregularly when it is clear they have crossed into Canada from the U.S., or vice-versa.Blair says extending the agreement to include irregular border-crossers could help eliminate the incentive that has led to over 40,000 irregular border crossers coming into Canada since 2017.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Former CN Rail supervisor says auditing railways books wont be easy but

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsWhen provincial auditors start poring over nearly a billion dollars worth of transactions between CN Rail and GO Transit they need to focus on what is known as “journaling” according to a former CN supervisor.That’s the process of moving money from one account to another at CN Rail and Scott Holmes says he was ordered to improperly charge GO “millions” over a five-year span beginning in 2002.According to Holmes the auditors will need to know what they’re looking for.“Journaling is a way at the end of the year to move a lot of money, quick. They don’t like doing it because now you have to get some of the senior financial officers to do it and it’s of course traceable. There’s a computer trail,” said Holmes, adding auditors will need to open CN’s books to be able to find any alleged financial irregularities.CN spokesman Mark Hallman said the company adamantly denies any suggestion of impropriety in its management and involvements relating to GO rail projects.However, APTN has specifically asked CN for comment on “journaling” and has yet to receive a direct response.Metrolinx, which oversees GO, said Wednesday it has launched an audit after APTN revealed allegations that millions of dollars were improperly charged to taxpayers by CN Rail.Ontario Transport Minister Glen Murray said GO Transit and Metrolinx are taking the allegations “seriously.”Holmes has been caught up in a bitter legal battle with CN after he was fired in 2008. CN sued Holmes for fraud and later charged with him with the same allegation. The Crown stayed all charges against him, twice.Holmes countered sued CN and CN police. The case has yet to reach a trial.The Ontario Provincial Police first met with Holmes earlier this year when he provided a video statement on all the allegations. He then took two detectives through a massive amount of documents, including internal CN emails and invoices he says proves CN charged taxpayers improperly.After the first meeting one detective from the OPP’s corruption section of the anti-rackets unit kept coming back to Holmes for more information.The OPP won’t confirm or deny they are investigating but told APTN corruption cases are sensitive and take time.CN said the company is unaware of any investigation.Holmes said it will help if auditors understand the billing systems between GO and CN. At the beginning of each year GO provides CN with account numbers, typically known as the “M” numbers.Most of the work charged to GO is through these numbers.CN has their own internal numbers, such as “C” for their own capital projects.Holmes said at the end the year the M-numbered accounts close and there’d be a mad rush to wrap-up accounting with in CN.That’s when he claims he’d start getting telephone calls from superiors directing him which capital projects would be allegedly charged to GO. He said they’d charge to M accounts that still had money left over.“You could do hundreds of thousands at a time into an M number that’s sitting there with hardly anything charged to it,” said Holmes. “You may find the odd time the foreman may have used the wrong the number, but I can’t remember that happening too often.”Large movements like this leave a trail in the computer system and that’s what GO auditors should be looking for said Holmes.CN said it employs strict accounting procedures and controls.“Mistakes, if any, are identified and corrected. As the work performed by CN on behalf of GO on a fixed-price basis with the work approved in advance and reviewed after completion, there was no risk of GO being overcharged due to any miscoding,” said Hallman.In court documents filed by CN, the company describes Holmes as someone adept to CN’s computer system.But, if CN didn’t want to leave a trail, Holmes and another person he worked with would change the work line-by-line by going into the computer system and altering contracts, dates and times.“You had to go in and change it physically and that took hours and hours and a lot of times we had to do that,” he said.Scott has an email that directs him, by superiors, to solve a problem where a CN capital project was “overspent in net labour by $93,000 and change.”APTN asked Holmes to explain what the internal CN jargon laden email says in plain English.“They’re going to take money, the $93,000, and they’re going to journal it over to an M network against GO,” said Holmes.He said he knows that because he claims to have done it after getting a telephone call from a superior after getting the email.“So they called me and we worked it out so GO couldn’t really figure it out. I was instructed to do that,” said Holmes. “[At CN] you do whatever someone asks.”Holmes said he never personally profited from any of the billing changes.CN said GO was entitled to spot audits.“CN strongly rejects any suggestion of impropriety in its management of GO rail projects,” said Hallman.GO Transit began expanding in the late 1990s to keep-up with the booming growth in Toronto. If they wanted to expand they had to do it mainly on CN property.Using that advantage to ensure it would be the sole contractor on expansion work, CN would provide GO with cost estimates for a particular project and would receive board approval from GO management before the work began.One area Metrolinx is focusing on is a $72 million project between Burlington and Hamilton in 2007.The project was funded by the province, federal government and local municipalities.GO paid to have a third rail line put in on CN’s property.A senior source at GO Transit said as part of the project GO paid for upgrades to CN’s own freight lines as well.“In order for us to run the service CN comes in and they might have to improve their existing freight service as well in order for the GO trains to come through. So it’s not unreasonable to assume improvements to all the tracks in the given corridor are required,” said the source, adding there is no dedicated GO track even after they pay to build it. “That is the reality of a monopolistic situation. They are a private company and trying to make a profit. We’re a public agency trying to provide a service provided they don’t try to gouge us.”The track GO paid for still isn’t a dedicated GO line and, in fact, GO has to pay an access fee to run trains through the corridor.CN Rail kept ownership of the three mile track and can use it for freight trains.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Ancient spearhead found in Thunder Bay could be 7000 years old

first_imgAPTN National NewsA major discovery in Thunder Bay is rewriting the history books for northwestern Ontario.A spearhead may date back as far as 7,000 years ago.APTN’s Wayne Rivers has the story.last_img

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The Quran is not a divine but a human language Moroccan

first_imgRabat – Mustapha Buhindi, a Moroccan researcher in theology, has questioned the divinity of the Quran and the pillars of the Muslim faith.In an interview with the daily Moroccan newspaper  Annas, published on Wednesday, Buhindi said that “the language of the Quran is not a miracle language, but rather an ordinary human language.”He went on to point out that the “linguistic miracle of the Quran is a concept created by Arabs as a result of their frenetic defense of their language.” The professor of comparative religion at the University of Hassan II in Casablanca, did not stop at questioning the pillars of Islam. He went as far as to say that even the names of Allah “are of no value without  humans.”He further called for deconstructing a number of beliefs that, according to him, are marred by confusion between revelation and human interpretation.”Buhindi statements are likely to stir controversy in Morocco and throughout the Muslim world.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Sweet news for chocolate lovers 23M pricefixing settlement offers consumers potential cash

LONDON, Ont. — Four of the largest chocolate producers in Canada have agreed to pay more than $23 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging price-fixing and price maintenance in the Canadian market.The defendants — Cadbury Adams Canada Inc., Hershey Canada Inc., Nestle Canada Inc. and Mars Canada Inc., as well as distributor ITWAL Limited — all deny the allegations.However, they have settled to avoid the expense, inconvenience and distraction of further protracted litigation, says a statement released Monday by lawyers in the case.Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News The settlements, which reflect a compromise of disputed claims, have been approved by the courts in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec as being fair, reasonable and in the best interests of class members, says the release.It says together the defendants have paid $23.2 million for the benefit of all persons who bought Cadbury, Hershey, Nestle and/or Mars chocolate products in Canada between Feb. 1, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2008.The release says the courts in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec have also approved a method for distributing the settlement amounts, less fees and expenses, to consumers and commercial purchasers with chocolate product purchases between Oct. 1, 2005, and September 30, 2007.It says consumers who purchased at least $1,000 in chocolate products between Oct. 1, 2005, and Sept. 30, 2007, will be eligible to make a claim for direct monetary compensation.They don’t need purchase records in order to make a claim, although consumer claims that are not supported by purchase records are capped at $50. And, says the release, to make up for the fact that not all consumers will have made the threshold level of $1,000, 10% of the available settlement will be distributed to several non-profit organizations to promote competition and consumer education and advocacy in Canada.The deadline for filing a claim to receive direct compensation is December 15, 2013.The release says persons who believe they might qualify for direct compensation can obtain more information at chocolateclassaction.com.In June, Hershey Canada Inc. pleaded guilty to its role in fixing the price of chocolate products in Canada and was fined $4-million.The Competition Bureau said the Mississauga, Ont.,-based company admitted in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that it conspired, agreed or arranged to fix the price of chocolate confectionery products in Canada in 2007.The company has also agreed to co-operate with federal prosecutors.Charges have also been laid against Nestle Canada and two of its former executives; Mars Canada, and national wholesale network ITWAL Ltd., as well as ITWAL’s chief executive officer.Nestle, Mars and Itwal Ltd. have said they intend to defend themselves against the charges. A trial date is set for Oct. 3.Canadian Press read more

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One killed 3 injured in JaEla

The police said that all those injured were those in the lorry which crashed into the parked vehicle. One person was killed and 3 others were injured following an accident in Ja-Ela this morning, the police media unit said.The police said that the accident took place along the Colombo – Negambo main road. Among those injured were the driver of the lorry, a woman and two children aged 2 and 5, the police media unit said.The woman succumbed to her injuries in hospital. The victim was a 35 year old resident of Ja-Ela. A lorry heading to Negambo from Colombo crashed into a lorry parked along the road in Ja-Ela injuring four people. The other three injured are her husband and two children. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Thousands of Syrians stream into northern Iraq via new bridge reports UN

Thousands of Syrians fleeing the conflict in their homeland have streamed into northern Iraq in a sudden movement across a recently constructed bridge, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. Field officers with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported the first group of some 750 Syrians crossed over the pontoon bridge at Peshkhabour at the Tigris River before noon on Thursday, but in the afternoon a much larger group of 5,000 to 7,000 people followed.“The factors allowing this sudden movement are not fully clear to us at this stage and as of this morning we are not seeing further large-scale crossings,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.Some of the Syrians had reportedly been waiting near the Tigris River for two to three days, camped at a makeshift site. UNHCR monitors at the border saw scores of buses arriving on the Syrian side dropping off more people seeking to cross.Mr. Edwards said both the Syrian and Iraqi sides of the frontier at the Peshkhabour crossing are normally tightly controlled.The vast majority of the new arrivals are families, mainly from Aleppo, Efrin, Hassake and Qamishly. Some families told UNHCR they had relatives residing in northern Iraq, and some students travelling alone said that they had been studying in northern Iraq and had only returned to Syria over the recent Eid holidays.“UNHCR and partner agency teams, together with local authorities, worked into the early hours of this morning to aid the new arrivals,” Mr. Edwards said. UNHCR thanked Iraqi authorities and particularly the Kurdistan Regional Government for their involvement in negotiations to permit the new arrivals to cross and the transport and other assistance that was provided at the frontier.As of today, almost 2 million Syrians have fled the war and registered as refugees or applied for registration, with two-thirds of these having arrived this year. There are now more than 684,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon, 516,000 in Jordan, 434,000 in Turkey, 154,000 in Iraq, and 107,000 in Egypt.UNHCR has urged countries in the region and elsewhere to keep borders open and to receive all Syrians who seek protection amid the fighting that has so far claimed over 100,000 lives since it began in March 2011. read more

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Minova developing in China

first_imgFollowing the establishment of Ruichy Minova Synthetic Material Co in July 2005, the close of 2006 sees the end of a busy first year for Minova International’s business in China. Ruichy Minova at Coal Expo 2006 With the ever present danger of explosion and fires underground, 2006 has seen Chinese mining authorities focus more keenly on their safety record.  This focus on safety also goes hand in hand with increased productivity to meet burgeoning domestic requirements and it is this that has led the demand for Minova products to increase at a rapid rate.The level of interest shown in the Minova product range by the large mining groups in China has been very encouraging. One example is a contract signed recently between Ruichy Minova and the Shanxi Asian American Daning Energy for the supply of more than 200 t of Tekseal for the installation of explosion proof stoppings. In addition to Tekseal, the mine has ordered 10 t of Tekflex for repairing and sealing existing ventilation structures. Many of the key employees at the mine are US based and, as such, are familiar with Minova’s suite of products and reputation and wish to use this expertize to improve ventilation control and increase safety and productivity at the mine.Over the period February to October 2006, Ruichy Minova developed a customer base of 16 coal groups which includes companies such as Yanzhou Coal, Daning Asian American Energy, Kailuan Coal Group, Datong Coal Group, Xin Wen Coal Group and Huaibei Coal Group and it is projected that first year sales will exceed £1 million.The number of staff required to support these sales increased in 2006 to almost 100 and required a recent move to new, larger offices in Beijing. Growing sales opportunities have also resulted in continuous development of the factory outside Beijing. Silos have been erected to handle bulk raw materials and an extra unit has been added to handle both finished goods and raw materials. Also planned for the next few months is the addition of a dedicated pre-weigh station for the powder plant, bunded areas in the resin blending plant and the creation of a workshop dedicated to the maintenance and upkeep of the application equipment. As the market develops Ruichy Minova is able to draw on the worldwide network of expertise available within the Minova International group enabling the introduction of best practice and quality products from around the world. The Chinese market will remain an important part of Minova’s business development in the long term. The sheer size and scale of both China and the coal mining industry there requires further investment from Ruichy Minova in the development of regional distribution centres and sales offices. Director for Business Development Peter Bell: “The expansion into China will also require an investment in personnel.  Ruichy Minova has a policy of recruiting locally which enables the business to tap into the best available knowledge. It also means that the investment made by Minova is returned into the local economy.  This is exemplified by the commitment shown by the management team at Ruichy Minova which has not only set up the new venture but also developed and introduced new products and ideas into the market place. It should be remembered that many of the products and processes sold by Ruichy Minova are new to market and development has been required from a grass roots level.  Although the technology has been transferred from the established Minova companies around the world a great deal of work has been required to establish a quality supply of raw materials and hence a quality supply of finished goods to the mining industry.”International Mining’s February issue includes a focus on China.last_img read more

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AngloGold accord with Ghana over Obuasi redevelopment

first_imgAngloGold Ashanti has signed the regulatory and fiscal agreements with the Government of Ghana that will provide the framework for the redevelopment of the Obuasi gold mine into a modern, productive mining operation. The Government of Ghana and AngloGold Ashanti have put in place several agreements including a Development Agreement, Tax Concession Agreement, Security Agreement and a Reclamation Security Agreement. The Environment Impact Assessment process has been completed and the permits are expected shortly.Two documents – the Tax Concession Agreement (TCA) and the Development Agreement (DA) – must now both be ratified by Ghana’s Parliament to be made effective.Obuasi gold mine has been in limited operating phase since 2014, and the Government’s support will go a long way to enabling it to restart as a modern, productive, long-life high margin operation. This will benefit the local, regional and national economies of Ghana through taxes, job creation, communal development expenditure and local procurement opportunities.“Redevelopment of the Obuasi mine will establish Obuasi as a worldclass operation rejuvenating the proud gold mining history of the Ashanti region in Ghana,” AngloGold Ashanti Chief Executive Officer, Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, said. “Obuasi now has the mine and labour plan, geological understanding and social model to match its world-class, high-grade ore body. The project metrics show a high-return, long-life project that not only brings ounces to account quickly and profitably, but also offers attractive returns on our investment.”AngloGold Ashanti has conducted a feasibility study into the redevelopment of the mine. The study tested the viability of redeveloping the high-grade Obuasi orebody, which has 5.8 Moz of Ore Reserves and 34 Moz in Mineral Resource, to create a safe, long-life mining operation that is productive and profitable. The outcomes of the TCA and DA have been applied to the feasibility study.The redevelopment will establish Obuasi as a mechanised underground mining operation. The approach to redeveloping the Obuasi mine is a fundamental departure from how the mine was operated in the past. The redevelopment makes use of automation and controls for improved operational efficiencies and consistency in performance.The project implementation will be undertaken in two distinct phases, with stage one comprising project establishment, mine rehabilitation and development, plant and infrastructure refurbishment to enable production at a rate of 2,000 t/d for the first operating year. This is expected to take roughly 18 months, with the first gold pour expected in the third quarter of 2019.The second phase includes refurbishment of the underground materials handling system, shafts and ventilation; and construction of the primary crusher, the SAG/Ball circuit, carbon regeneration, a new gold room and tailings storage facility. This expected to take a further 12 months and enable the operation to climb to 4,000 t/d. The operation is then expected to ramp up to 5,000 t/d, over the following three years.Mine production for the first 10 years will be focussed on the upper orebodies and is expected to average 350,000 to 450,000 oz at an average head grade of 8.1g/t. In the second 10 years, production averages 400,000 to 450,000 oz. Total cash costs are expected to average between $590 to $680/oz, while All-in Sustaining Costs are expected to be between $750 to $850/oz.The project delivers IRRs of between 16% and 23% at real gold prices of between $1,100/oz and $1,240/oz, and is highly leveraged to the gold price.Initial project capital expenditure anticipated over the first two and half years is expected to be between $450 to $500 million, excluding pre-production capital of $64 million. After the completion of phase two, extended project capital expenditure of $94 million is expected to continue through to year six, covering the development of the Obuasi Deeps Decline to the lower level of the mine, refurbishment of the KMS shaft, installation of new underground pump stations and construction of the flotation tailings storage facility.It envisages a smaller but skilled workforce that can operate in a mechanised/automated operation with a strong sense of accountability. The operation is expected to create between 2,000 and 2,500 jobs. Additional roles will be required during the construction phase of the project.The footprint of the mine has been significantly simplified. The lease area has been reduced from 475 to 201 km2. The operational footprint has been simplified and is concentrated in a fenced location in the south, allowing for tighter security, access control and the demarcation of the mine from the neighbouring community.AngloGold Ashanti has a 100% interest in Obuasi, which is located in the Ashanti region of Ghana, 200 km northwest of Accra. The mine was acquired by AngloGold in the merger with Ashanti Goldfields in 2004. The falling gold price in 2013 overtook restructuring efforts to improve the profitability of the operation.The Obuasi mine has embarked on a fundamental restructuring programme since 2014. This became necessary because the mine had been operating at significant losses for a prolonged period. Underground production was suspended at the end of 2014, and the entire workforce was retrenched.The mine entered a Limited Operating Phase (LOP), through an Amendment of Program of Mining Operations (APMO) which was approved by the Government of Ghana. The focus during the LOP was the clean-up and processing of tailings at Diewuoso, continued construction of the Obuasi Deeps Decline, the maintenance of surface and underground infrastructure, water treatment and meeting environmental obligations and social commitments. In parallel, a feasibility study for the redevelopment of the Obuasi mine was conducted.The feasibility study underwent several iterations and optimisation to define the best configuration of project design, capital and operating cost and cashflow for the redevelopment.last_img read more

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Trafo bringing low loss cast resin transformers to Africa market

first_imgTrafo Power Solutions, which provides transformer technology to remote mine sites across Africa, is recommending companies make the most of recent improvements in the design of these transformers in order to boost safety and energy efficiency.According to Trafo Power Solutions Managing Director, David Claassen, there have been considerable strides in technology, surpassing both the efficiency and the reliability of the traditional oil-filled transformers predominantly used in power grid systems.These high efficiency solutions include open-wound transformers (OWTs), vacuum-pressured impregnated transformers (VPIs) and cast resin transformers (CRTs). Traditional oil-filled transformers use paper saturated in oil wrapped around the winding material as an insulation medium. If not maintained correctly, insulation degradation will occur, with the oil posing both a safety and environmental risk, according to Trafo.“OWTs are constructed by dipping preheated windings into a high temperature varnish bath and then baking the high temperature varnish,” said Claassen. “This replaces the need for oil and paper, so only a small amount of material is flammable.”In VPI construction, layers of polyester resin are applied to the windings, which are subjected to interchanging cycles of pressure and vacuum that ensures deeper penetration. This reduces the chances of air voids, the company said.“With CRTs, windings are placed in a mould which is filled under vacuum with resin epoxy,” he said. “Fibreglass reinforcing mesh is used to further strengthen the windings, which are cured in a heat-controlled oven. This process also prevents air voids, and the resin in CRTs is non-flammable.”These designs have also made advances in reducing losses, and thereby improving efficiencies, Trafo said. Some 84% of a transformer’s losses at full load are copper losses – also known as load losses – and are due to current flowing through the winding conductor itself. The remainder are core losses, or ‘no load’ losses, pertaining to the core steel losses, according to Trafo.“The use of OWTs, VPIs and CRTs offer considerable savings in energy costs of their life-spans – which for CRTs, for instance, averages about 20 years,” Claassen said. “Despite the slightly higher capital cost of around 20%, these technologies can repay the price differential in just four years.”Claassen said low loss cast resin transformers are being used exclusively in many parts of the world, including Europe and North America. Although there is a 12 to 15% premium on these, the payback period is between two to four years, he said. These are now available for the African market from Trafo Power Solutions.One of Trafo Power Solutions recent mine site installations was at Alphamin Resources’ remote Bisie operation in North Kivu province, DRC.last_img read more

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Double mortgage payments taken from some Permanent TSB customers

first_imgDouble mortgage payments taken from some Permanent TSB customers It’s understood that around 300 customers were affected. Share65 Tweet Email Monday 5 Dec 2016, 7:28 PM https://jrnl.ie/3121723 PERMANENT TSB HAS said it has corrected an IT error which led to “a small number of mortgage accounts being paid twice over the weekend when only one payment was due”.It’s understood that around 300 customers were affected.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, a spokesperson for “The bank has resolved the issue and all mortgage accounts which were affected have had the additional payment returned to the relevant account.“The bank apologises for any inconvenience caused.”Read: Garda who dislocated shoulder at Dublin Airport awarded €93,000Read: ‘Significant risks remain’ at hospital despite maternity improvements after eight baby deaths 34 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie Dec 5th 2016, 7:28 PM 19,328 Views Short URL By Órla Ryan Image: RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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It should be possible to collect Tuam survivor DNA samples before legislation

first_imgAs [Dr Shannon] pointed out, it is not yet clear whether or not it will be possible to generate DNA profiles from the juvenile human remains that are of such a quality that will result in them being capable of yielding familial matches. “But I do not believe that this should be a barrier to hope and I am keen to give every possible opportunity to survivors and family members to try and identify the remains of those who they hold dear in their hearts,” Zappone said.“My officials will now consult further with our legal advisors and relevant agencies towards developing an appropriate voluntary administrative scheme in the coming months.” By Hayley Halpin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4804766 5,905 Views A REPORT ON the collection of Tuam survivors’ DNA has suggested that it should be possible to develop a voluntary scheme to collect biological samples from relatives before the enactment of legislation. The Tuam Home Survivors’ Network earlier this year called on the government to begin collecting their DNA samples as soon as possible, highlighting their age profile and health status.The purpose of collecting samples would be to compare against any DNA profiles which may be generated from the juvenile human remains found at the site and, if possible, to make positive identifications. The first excavations at the site of the former Tuam mother and baby home were expected to start in the latter half of 2019 but legislation must first be passed by the Oireachtas to give the government the power to carry out these excavations.Today, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has published Dr Geoffrey Shannon’s Report on the Collection of Tuam Survivors’ DNA. The Minister asked Dr Shannon to consider what actions may be possible under existing laws to begin collecting DNA samples immediately in light of the age profile and health status of survivors. Dr Shannon has considered that it should be possible to develop a voluntary administrative scheme to collect biological samples from relatives before the enactment of the legislation that the Department of Children is developing. The scheme should then be incorporated into the legislation once that is ready, it was noted.No DNA profiles will be generated from the biological samples until the legislation is in place and it has proven possible to generate DNA profiles from the Tuam remains. Dr Shannon stressed that any scheme that is developed would have to be operated on the basis of informed consent in order to satisfy GDPR and constitutional requirements around data protection. He noted participants should be able to decide to withdraw at any time and request that their sample and the information held about them be destroyed. Responding to the report, Zappone said: “I am very sympathetic to the concerns of survivors and family members that their age and health profiles introduce an element of urgency when it comes to the collection of biological samples.”Zappone said she intends to request her officials to develop an appropriate voluntary administrative scheme to collect those samples, subject to legal advice.  Share8 Tweet Email Wed 1:53 PM center_img Image: Laura Hutton via RollingNews.ie Short URL It should be possible to collect Tuam survivor DNA samples before legislation, report says Dr Geoffrey Shannon’s Report on the Collection of Tuam Survivors’ DNA has been published today. 4 Comments Image: Laura Hutton via RollingNews.ie Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 1:53 PMlast_img read more

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Mbappe rated the most valuable player

first_imgLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may lead the debate as the finest in their generation but a recent report shows a new Kid is on the block in terms of financial rewards.The CIES Football Observatory reckon the Barcelona skipper is worth €171.2m, which is way below PSG striker Kylian Mbappe who tops the charts at €218.5mHere’s a look at the top 10 most valuable players, according to the CIES.1. Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – €218.5m2. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – €200.3m3. Neymar (PSG) – €197.1m4. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – €185.8m5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – €184.3mFC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).6. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – €171.9m7. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – €171.2m8. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – €162.0m9. Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) – €157.0m10. Leroy Sane (Manchester City) – €156.1mBarcelona’s other representative in the top 10 is Philippe Coutinho who comes in just behind Messi at €157.0m.The valuations are determined by the CIES’ ‘exclusive algorithm’ which considers a variety of attributes including age, results, position and league.last_img read more

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