India have been a stick above the rest in Asia Cup: Stephen Fleming

first_imgIf India’s Asia Cup performance is taken into consideration, the Men in Blue look strong contenders heading into the ICC World Cup next year. This, given the team manages to keep the players injury-free, says former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming.Speaking to Mail Today, the 45-year-old ascertained that Virat Kohli’s team has a good squad depth to win the mega event but tough humid conditions in England can prove to be a barrier to their title credentials.”They look like a strong side and might also be the favourites but it’s a hot English summer next year and it would really be injuries to Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) or (Jasprit) Bumrah that you need to be concerned about. So you need to develop the pace better and replacement players just in case. It will be summer in England and you might need some seam bowling.India could be in for a surprise if they take Bangladesh lightly: Sunil Gavaskar”But with (Ravindra) Jadeja coming in with a good performance and (Ambati) Rayudu batting well, I think India is in good shape. I believe other than India, New Zealand, Australia and hosts England are my choices to win the World Cup,” Fleming, who is part of the Star Sports Select Dugout expert panel, said.There will always be rivalry between India and Bangladesh on field: Shikhar Dhawan”I think you will have Virat Kohli back with the openers, MS Dhoni will rise for the big occasion. Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik are also there, so you have plenty of resources.advertisement”And often this space before the World Cup can be quite unsettling but if you give guys some repeated games, I think you’ll be fine with the kind of talent you have in the middle order,” he added.Also Read – India clear favourites against charged-up Bangladesh in Asia Cup finalThe former Chennai Super Kings coach is also closely watching the ongoing Asia Cup in Dubai. He termed the tournament “interesting”, and is particularly impressed by Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who will play the final against India today.MS Dhoni should play domestic cricket: Sunil Gavaskar”I have watched the tournament with great interest. The players have to deal with the heat and constantly play in it. It has taken a toll on some while the others have thrived in it.Kedar Jadhav’s day out with MS Dhoni ahead of Asia Cup final”I think India have been a stick above the rest but the other teams had their moments, in particular, Bangladesh and Afghanistan,” he said.In the run-up to the World Cup, India will play limited-overs series at home against West Indies followed by intriguing overseas tours in Australia and New Zealand.Speaking on India’s run of games in the coming months, Fleming said that the tough fixtures away from home will help the 2011 champions test their depth and adapt to difficult situations in England.”I think all teams struggle for form in the foreign soil. India’s tour against England didn’t work out according to plan but I think they played some good cricket. It will be an interesting series against New Zealand in January and both sides look in prime shape.”I think it’s a good test for the sides before the World Cup begins and it will only add to their confidence,” he concluded.last_img read more

Forget Carlton Cole: the strikers Crystal Palace could target to fill Benteke gap

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Crystal Palace’s search for a striker to fill the Christian Benteke-shaped hole created by the Belgium international’s untimely knee injury has reportedly led Roy Hodgson to “step up his attempts to land free-agent Carlton Cole”, according to reports on Thursday.Like Hodgson, the 33-year-old former Chelsea and West Ham frontman hails from Croydon and has been without a club since being released by the Indonesian side Persib Bandung last month. The only problem might be that Cole not only failed to score a single goal in 268 minutes of action and his influence was dismissed by the club’s manager as “like playing with 10 men”. Christian Benteke Share on Messenger So if Cole is not the answer, who else might Hodgson turn to with Benteke expected to be missing for at least six weeks and normal back-up option Connor Wickham also recovering from injury? Sadly, the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Rachid Ghezzal have already been snapped up from the free agents XI put together by my colleague Nick Miller at the end of June, with only the former Sunderland man mountain defender/midfielder Jan Kirchhoff and the Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari – who Fifa ordered Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad must pay $5m this week after a protracted contract dispute – still without a club.Fear not, though, Palace fans, as a brief glance through the free agents list reveals there are several contenders who could potentially fill the void, although Marouane Chamakh may not be the answer this time after being out of work since he was released by Cardiff last December after making only two appearances. One of those was as a substitute for the former England striker Rickie Lambert, who was released by Cardiff in June and would appear the most sensible option given that he has actually found the net within the past 12 months and was part of Hodgson’s 2014 World Cup squad.But if he fancies something a bit more continental, the Dutchman Ruud Boymans may be an option. The 28-year-old scored 10 goals in 19 Eredivisie appearances for Utrecht in 2016‑17 before signing for Dubai’s Al Shabab last summer and quickly falling out of favour. Alternatively, the former Chelsea and Bayern Munich striker Claudio Pizarro may be 38 but would bring some much-needed experience to the Eagles’ attack.Leon Best, Dexter Blackstock, Jérémie Aliadière and Ishmael Miller are some of the other options who have perhaps seen better days. And then there’s Michel Platini – no, not that one. Michel Platini Ferreira Mesquita, a Brazilian striker who holds the distinction of being the second highest foreign goalscorer in the history of the Bulgarian top flight, was last seen in action for Anápolis in his homeland last season, when he managed no goals from four substitute appearances.With Palace yet to find the net in their six Premier League fixtures so far this season, they will need all the help they can get. Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Facebook Reuse this content Read more Crystal Palace Football transfer rumours: Free agent Carlton Cole to join Crystal Palace? blogposts Topics Roy Hodgson Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

The SEC Is Getting Crushed For Its Week 1 Performance

first_imgJeremy Pruitt looks onto the field during a Tennessee game. He finds himself on the hot seat after a poor start.KNOXVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers on the sidelines during the first half of the game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee won the game 24-7. (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)The Southeastern Conference is known as the best conference in college football and, while that still might be the case, it has opened itself up to some mocking in Week 1.Several SEC programs have turned in frustrating and embarrassing performances to open the 2019 college football season.Tennessee suffered the most-embarrassing loss of the weekend, falling at home to Georgia State.The fan base is currently roasting Jeremy Pruitt.I have watched Tennessee football since I was 3 years old and this is rock bottom. Beyond words. Beyond belief.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 31, 2019Ole Miss, meanwhile, fell to Memphis. The Tigers are a good team, so this isn’t really a major upset, but it’s not good.FINAL: Memphis 15, Ole Miss 10.If you’re an Ole Miss fan who refers to Memphis as Tiger High, perhaps you should encourage your administration to get a home-and-home series with Tiger Middle. Might be time to move down a level.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) August 31, 2019South Carolina, meanwhile, fell to underdog North Carolina, giving Mack Brown his first win with the Tar Heels.Mack Brown, who hasn’t coached in 5 years, leads a former 2-9 North Carolina team to upset the SEC’s South Carolina! In his FIRST GAME back. There’s a reason he’s in CFB’s Hall of Fame!! 🐐🐐🐐#MackIsBack #NorthCarolina— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) August 31, 2019In total, it was a rough day for the SEC East.Georgia State > TennesseeNorth Carolina > South CarolinaMemphis > Ole MissThe SEC is like every other conference. A few good teams and then a lot of meh.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) August 31, 2019Alabama, meanwhile, looked dominant against Duke, and Georgia is expected to blow out Vanderbilt. Auburn has a chance for a massive win against Oregon, too.The SEC is far from a dominant league to-to-bottom, though.last_img read more

Registration for PCJ Energy Competition Closes Sept. 30

first_imgStory Highlights September 30 is the deadline for registration for the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) 2018 Energy Champion Competition. Project Manager for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme at the PCJ, Jody Grizzle, told JIS News that this second staging of the competition has seen over 100 per cent increase in enrolment, with more than 40 public-sector entities registered, so far. center_img September 30 is the deadline for registration for the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) 2018 Energy Champion Competition.Project Manager for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme at the PCJ, Jody Grizzle, told JIS News that this second staging of the competition has seen over 100 per cent increase in enrolment, with more than 40 public-sector entities registered, so far.“This is a strong indication of positive behaviour change in the public sector, and that the message of energy conservation is being embraced,” she said.The competition, which seeks to award energy-efficient public entities, will run from October 1 to December 31, 2018.All government agencies operating on their own energy meters are eligible for the competition, whether or not they were beneficiaries of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Project (EECP) implementation programme.Competitors stand the chance to win more than $1.5 million in energy-efficient interventions.Interested agencies may visit the website and complete the entry form.Ms. Grizzle said that the competition is an innovative way for the Government of Jamaica to be a role model in energy-conservation initiatives across the island and to lead by example.“It is the vision that members of the private sector will join us in the effort to reduce energy consumption, and that behaviour change in the workplace among employees will transcend into their households as together we secure Jamaica’s energy future,” Ms. Grizzle said.last_img read more

Trump says tariffs on Mexico suspended indefinitely

first_imgWashington: President Donald Trump announced late Friday that he had suspended plans to impose tariffs on Mexico, tweeting that the country “has agreed to take strong measures” to stem the flow of Central American migrants into the United States. But the deal the two neighbours agreed to falls short of some of the dramatic overhauls the US had pushed for. A “US-Mexico Joint Declaration” released by the State Department said the US “will immediately expand the implementation” of a program that returns asylum-seekers who cross the southern border to Mexico while their claims are adjudicated. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ Mexico will “offer jobs, healthcare and education” to those people, the agreement stated. Mexico has also agreed, it said, to take “unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration,” including the deployment of the Mexican National Guard throughout the country, especially on its southern border with Guatemala. And Mexico is taking “decisive action to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking organisations as well as their illicit financial and transportation networks,” the State Department said. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China The move puts to an end for now a threat that had sparked dire warnings from members of Trump’s own party, who warned the tariffs would damage the economy, drive up prices for consumers and imperil an updated North American trade pact. Trump’s Friday night tweet marked a sharp reversal from earlier in the day, when his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters: “Our position has not changed. The tariffs are going forward as of Monday.” Mexican President Andr s Manuel L pez Obrador tweeted, “Thanks to the support of all Mexicans, the imposition of tariffs on Mexican products exported to the USA has been avoided.” He called for a gathering to celebrate in Tijuana Saturday. The changes, in part, continue steps the Trump administration was already taking. The US announced in December that it would make some asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their cases were being proceeded a begrudging agreement with Mexico that has taken months to scale and that has been plagued with glitches, including wrong court dates, travel problems and issues with lawyers reaching their clients. Homeland Security officials have been ramping up slowly, and were already working to spread the program along the border before the latest blowup. About 10,000 people have been returned to Mexico to wait out the processing of their immigration cases since the program began January 29. More than 100,000 migrants are currently crossing the US border each month, but not everyone claims asylum and migrants can wait an entire year before making a claim. Any sizable increase may also be difficult to achieve. At the San Ysidro crossing alone, Mexico had been prepared to accept up to 120 asylum seekers per week, but for the first six weeks only 40 people per week were returned. Trump had announced the tariff plan last week, declaring in a tweet that, on June 10, the US would “impose a 5 per cent Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.” US officials had laid out steps Mexico could take to prevent the tariffs, but many had doubts that even those steps would be enough to satisfy Trump on illegal immigration, a signature issue of his presidency and one that he sees as crucial to his 2020 re-election campaign. After returning from Europe Friday, though, Trump tweeted, “I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico.” He wrote that the “Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the US on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended.” He said Mexico has agreed to work to “stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border” and said those steps would “greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States.” The 5 per cent tax on all Mexican goods , which would increase every month up to 25 per cent under Trump’s plan, would have had enormous economic implications for both countries. Americans bought USD 378 billion worth of Mexican imports last year, led by cars and auto parts. Many members of Trump’s Republican Party and business allies had urged him to reconsider or at least postpone actually implementing the tariffs as talks continue citing the potential harm to American consumers and manufactures. From the moment Trump announced the tariff threat, observers wondered whether he would pull the trigger, noting his habit of creating problems and then claiming credit when he rushes in to solve them. In late March, Trump threatened to shut the entire US-Mexico border if Mexico didn’t immediately halt illegal immigration. Just a few days later, he backed off that threat, saying he was pleased with steps Mexico had taken. It was unclear, however, what if anything Mexico had changed. US and Mexican officials met for more than 10 hours Friday during a third day of talks at the US State Department trying to hash out a deal that would satisfy Trump’s demand that Mexico dramatically increase its efforts to crack down on migrants. The talks had been focused, in part, on attempting to reach a compromise on changes that would make it harder for migrants who pass through Mexico from other countries to claim asylum in the US, those monitoring the situation said. (AP)last_img read more

In the news today Sept 10

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, Sept. 10———NEW WEB TOOL AIMS TO HELP FIND MISSING KIDSThousands of children are reported missing across the country each year but only a handful of Amber Alerts are issued, potentially leaving large numbers of people who might be able to help find them in the dark. Now, a new website that aims to reach far more people than is currently the case — especially those who might be close to where the child went missing — is launching today. Based on information provided by police, Missing Children’s Society of Canada’s Rescu website allows users to view all active cases by geographic region. Names, photographs and other relevant data about a missing child is available at the click of a mouse. Users who might have useful information can provide tips by clicking on the name or picture of the child.———HOSPITAL TESTING YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAMRising youth suicide rates have prompted doctors at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to launch a clinical trial aimed at testing whether involving families in treatment could prevent deaths across the country. The six-week program involves adolescents who showed up at the hospital’s emergency department before or after they attempted to take their own lives, and recruitment will continuing into next year. Child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Daphne Korczak says randomized trials aren’t as common for mental health problems, especially those involving children, but that’s the gold standard for trials testing medications, for example, and the team is aiming to come up with a standardized strategy.———MANITOBANS GO TO THE POLLS TODAYBrian Pallister is seeking a second mandate for his Progressive Conservatives in the Manitoba election today with a to-do list that includes further cost cuts and reduced taxes. Pallister won 40 of 57 seats, the largest majority government in Manitoba in a century, in 2016 after the former NDP government raised the provincial sales tax and angered voters. Pallister reversed the tax increase in July and launched the election campaign a month later, more than a year ahead of schedule. Opinion polls have consistently suggested a sizable lead for the Tories provincewide, but a tight race with the NDP in Winnipeg, where most of the seats are. The New Democrats have focused on Pallister’s health-care reforms throughout the four-week campaign and have promised to reverse some of the changes.———FEDERAL TORIES READY TO LAUNCH LEADER’S TOURThe Conservative campaign machine revs up in earnest this week, with two events scheduled tomorrow in places where the party aims to increase its support come the Oct. 21 vote. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will fuel up the tank on his campaign bus for a first stop in Trois-Rivieres, Que., one of several Quebec ridings into which the party has been pouring resources to win seats it’s never held in its modern incarnation. From there, Scheer is to move on to the Toronto area, specifically the riding of Vaughan-Woodbridge, newly created for the 2015 election and won by the Liberals. The geographical area, however, had previously been represented by Conservative and former top Toronto cop Julian Fantino. All three federal parties have been in campaign mode for weeks, despite the fact an election has yet to be officially called.———DOCUMENTARY LOOKS AT MEDICAL CARE FOR INDIGENOUS KIDSAlanis Obomsawin releases her 53rd film at the Toronto International Film Festival today. Her film, “Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger,” examines the legacy of a boy from Norway House Cree Nation who was born with a rare muscle disorder. Jordan spent the five years of his life in a Winnipeg hospital because the federal and provincial governments could not agree who should pay for his transfer to home-based care. The case inspired a 2007 law known as Jordan’s Principle, which was supposed to guarantee equal access to health care and services but was continually ignored in ensuing years. The film will also screen at the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival in Halifax, the Calgary International Film Festival, and Vancouver International Film Festival, with more festivals to come.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Trial continues today for David Petersen after he pleaded not guilty on a charge of uttering threats against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Parliament.— Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. will release its preliminary housing start data for August.— A public inquest will be held today into the death of Ryan Donard. RCMP said Donard was running from officers when he went into the Fond du Lac River. His body was later found in the water.— Finance Minister Carole James will provide an update today on B.C.’s fiscal outlook. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The possible return of a Niobium mine creating worries in Kanesatake

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor the Mohawks of Kanestake, a mine project long thought to be dead, has been resurrected.It could lead to $5 million a year in royalties.While that could greatly help the cash-strapped community, many feel it isn’t worth it.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.last_img

Analysis Rising US China rivalry deepening rifts in Asia

first_imgBANGKOK — All the usual rituals of international summits were there: the group photos, the gala dinners, the noticeably vibrant shirts leaders force themselves into. But eclipsing all of that at Asia’s two big meetings was some unusually forthright criticism that exposed deepening divisions rattling the region.Front and centre was the rivalry between the U.S. and China. The two countries are locked in a widening trade war and their representatives used the summits to exchange barbs and manoeuvr to expand their influence.Competition between the great powers is not new to the region. But over decades of war, financial crises and other setbacks, countries across Asia and the Pacific Rim have used these annual meetings to talk through such problems, usually opting to sideline disagreements in a show of unity. Consensus, not conflict, is typically the norm.This year is different.The clash between the world’s two biggest economies is shaking the bedrock of regional amity and leaving some countries worried they will be forced to choose between Beijing and Washington. It also may bode poorly for compromise between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping when they meet this month at the Group of 20 gathering in Argentina.The antagonisms kicked off last week at a Southeast Asian summit in Singapore, where U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, standing in for Trump, declared that “empire and aggression have no place” in the region, a clear reference to Chinese expansion in the disputed South China Sea.The discord carried over to the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea, where leaders failed for the first time in nearly 30 years of such gatherings to endorse a final joint statement. China apparently pushed back hard against U.S. demands for strong language against unfair trade practices.Pence and Chinese leaders sparred at both summits, with the vice-president describing China’s militarization and expansion in the South China Sea as “illegal and dangerous.” He accused Beijing of threatening the sovereignty of many nations and said it “endangers the prosperity of the world.”Chinese Premier Li Keqiang smacked back, urging fellow leaders to send a positive message to markets ruffled by the trade war, which has seen both sides imposing punitive tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s exports and has the potential to unravel supply chains across the globe.The acrimony may be somewhat less apparent at the G-20 gathering in Buenos Aeries, which will include leaders from across the globe and the focus will be global, not regional.But the strains between the U.S. and China were painful enough in Singapore that the gathering’s urbane host, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, appealed for a bit less candour and greater camaraderie, saying it would be easier if everybody was “on the same side.”Across Asia, countries worry they will have to “choose one or the other,” he said. “I hope it does not happen soon.”Most Asian nations are loath to make such a choice because they benefit from the rivalry, whether economically, militarily or both. For most, China is their largest trading partner. But they are wary of China’s military might and see the U.S. and its presence in the region as a welcome counterbalance.China’s footprint was everywhere in the Papuan capital, Port Moresby, from a showpiece boulevard and international convention centre built with Chinese help to bus stop shelters sporting “China Aid” plaques. A huge billboard showed Xi gazing beneficently beside Papua New Guinea’s leader.At that meeting, Pence took aim at China’s global infrastructure drive, known as the “Belt and Road Initiative,” suggesting that Beijing was drowning its partners in debt and infringing on their sovereignty.He also announced the U.S. would join ally Australia’s plan to develop a naval base in Papua New Guinea. That followed a hush-hush working level meeting in Singapore of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, which involves the U.S., Japan, Australia and India and is viewed as a challenge to China’s expanding military reach.Xi, the Chinese president, suggested the U.S. was bending the rules of global institutions set up after World War II, such as the World Trade Organization, and using them for “selfish agendas.”This year’s friction wasn’t confined to jousting between the U.S. and China.In Singapore, Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who usually is not put on the spot by the other leaders, appeared grim and weary after she was sharply criticized by Pence and by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed over the Buddhist majority-nation’s treatment of ethnic Muslim Rohingya. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled killings and other violence in Myanmar and are crowded in dire conditions in camps in Bangladesh.True to form, China saw an opportunity and responded to the criticism by having Li reach out and reaffirm Beijing’s support for Myanmar’s efforts to maintain domestic stability.As China and the U.S. manoeuvr for influence across a region stretching from India to the tip of South America, the biggest worry is that the jousting could escalate into a full-blown confrontation as Chinese and U.S. warships and aircraft prowl the region. A near collision of a Chinese destroyer and the USS Decatur near a disputed reef in the South China Sea in late September added to those concerns.Still, the jostling for supremacy comes with mixed signals.The regional summitry over, two U.S. B-52 bombers on Monday flew over the South China Sea in what U.S. Pacific Air Forces said was a “routine training mission.” But on Wednesday, the aircraft carrier USS Reagan docked in Hong Kong in what was viewed as a friendly gesture — it required Beijing’s approval.___Elaine Kurtenbach is the Asia business editor for AP and has reported from across the region since 1987.An AP News AnalysisElaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Presslast_img read more

India US agree to build six nuclear power plants

first_imgWashington DC: The US has agreed to build six atomic power plants in India to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation and expressed its strong support to India’s early membership in the NSG.The two countries said this in a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the 9th round of India-US Strategic Security Dialogue, co-chaired by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Andrea Thompson, the US under secretary of state for arms control and international security, on Wednesday. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”They committed to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six US nuclear power plants in India,” the joint statement said, without giving details of the sites. India and the US signed a historic agreement to cooperate in civil nuclear energy sector in October 2008. The deal gave a fillip to bilateral ties, which have been on an upswing since. A major aspect of the deal was the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), that gave a special waiver to India enabling it to sign cooperation agreements with a dozen countries. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedPost-waiver, India signed civil nuclear cooperation agreements with the US, France, Russia, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Sri Lanka, the UK, Japan, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan and South Korea.On Wednesday, the United States also reaffirmed its strong support to India’s early membership in the 48-member the NSG. China has blocked India’s pending membership to the elite grouping that seeks to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons. During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on a wide range of global security and non-proliferation challenges and reaffirmed their commitment to work together to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems and to deny access to such weapons by terrorists and non-state actors.last_img read more

MoroccanSpanish Relations are Excellent El Mundo

Madrid – Cooperation relations between Spain and Morocco, which cover several fields, are excellent, wrote Spanish newspaper “El Mundo” on Wednesday in an article on the visit of the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, on Tuesday to Morocco, to participate in COP22, which is being held in Marrakesh.The newspaper cited security and counterterrorism as an example of the good cooperation relations between Morocco and Spain, recalling that joint operations between the security services of the two countries have resulted in dismantling several terrorist cells over the past years.El Mundo also highlighted the excellent economic relations between the two kingdoms, stressing that Spain has become Morocco’s first trading partner. Migration is also one of the pressing issues in bilateral cooperation, the Spanish newspaper said, adding that the Spanish Prime Minister insisted on this issue at the press conference in Marrakesh after an audience granted to him by HM King Mohammed VI. read more

Morocco Welcomed Over 11000 Foreign Students in 2017

Rabat – In 2017, more than 11,000 foreign students have chosen Morocco to pursue their university studies. Morocco welcomed over 11,000 foreign students for the 2017-2018 school year, according to the latest figures of the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI).According to the AMCI, 85 percent of these students come from African and Sub-Saharan countries, with 9,000 students of the total number.The majority of these students come to Morocco to pursue their education thanks to scholarships given by the Kingdom as part of cooperation agreements between Morocco and African countries, both French and English-speaking. READ ALSO: Who Are the Foreigners Living in Morocco?In the same line, around 70 Ghanaian students, among the most deserving of the country, will be able to continue their higher studies in Morocco thanks to the scholarships granted by the country. These students, who are English-speaking, will benefit from French courses at the International Language Center in Rabat, after which they will be guided, in the academic year 2018-2019, to their chosen major. These scholarships, which increased by 55 percent over last year, cover all specialties, including medical and paramedical, applied sciences, management and business studies. read more

Peacekeepers will stay in Darfur even if Sudanese President indicted – UN

2 March 2009With the International Criminal Court (ICC) expected to announce its decision on seeking an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir on charges of war crimes this week, the chief of United Nations peacekeeping operations today said that the joint UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) will continue its patrols protecting the local population With the International Criminal Court (ICC) expected to announce its decision on seeking an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir on charges of war crimes this week, the chief of United Nations peacekeeping operations today said that the joint UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) will continue its patrols protecting the local population.Speaking to the press at UN Headquarters in New York, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Alan Le Roy, said that he is assured that peacekeepers in Darfur will not come under threat should the ICC indict President Al-Bashir.“The Government would assume its full duty of protecting UN missions in Sudan against any negative impact that may result from ICC possible decision against the Sudanese political leadership,” Mr. Le Roy told journalists in a wide-ranging briefing on the work of the 18 UN peacekeeping missions around the world.He added that the UN did not have any information on whether the ICC will issue an arrest warrant, stressing that the Court in The Hague is an independent body and will announce its decision on 4 March.“We are not informed of their final decision. Anyone can guess,” said Mr. Le Roy. “Of course, we are making some plans as any country would have contingency planning to try to react to any situation,” he said of the 25,000 personnel deployed in the Sudan that could be affected by the ICC decision.Mr. Le Roy underscored, however, that there is no plan in place to scale down or move the two UN peacekeeping missions in the Sudan, the UN mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) and UNAMID.As part of his briefing of the state of peacekeeping for the some 112,000 UN blue helmets on the ground, Mr. Le Roy touched on the challenges in Afghanistan and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).On the intention of President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan to bring forward the planned 20 August national elections, Mr. Le Roy considered it would be very difficult to organize the logistics and security before July, and that there must be a consensus on the date of the election among Afghan political parties in conformity with the constitution.In the eastern region of the DRC, Mr. Le Roy reported that the UN mission to vast African nation, MONUC, had provided technical and logistical support to the joint DRC and Rwandan military offensive aimed at ridding the region of the ethnic Hutu militia, Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR).Now that the operation is over and Rwandan government forces have left the region, MONUC is tasked with helping the Government repatriate the remaining fighters of the FDLR, which has been involved in a recent flare-up of clashes mostly in North Kivu that caused some 250,000 civilians to flee their homes, in addition to the 800,000 already displaced by violence in recent years.Mr. Le Roy was keen to highlight some peacekeeping successes, noting that the president of Timor-Leste, Nobel Laureate José Ramos-Horta, told the Security Council recently that without the UN mission, his country would have been in complete chaos. “He even quoted that the UN mission got in Timor something like 75 [per cent] rate of approval and the Government had only 66 per cent,” said Mr. Le Roy, stressing that “In Timor the UN is performing fully its mandate. The president of Timor said that clearly in front of the Security Council the other day.”Reporting on his visit to Haiti, Mr. Le Roy said that “100 per cent of the politicians I have met were all, all of them, praising the work of our UN mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, politically, on the humanitarian side [and] of course on the security side.”In Cité Soleil, the impoverished neighbourhood of the capital Port-au-Prince that was formerly controlled by gangs, people in the street told the peacekeeping chief that thanks to MINUSTAH they could walk in the streets day and night. Highlighting Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to the Caribbean nation next week with former United States President Bill Clinton, as well as the upcoming donor conference for Haiti, Mr. Le Roy spoke of the “allure of hope” in the impoverished country. read more

Worlds conflicts continue to push up asylum requests UN refugee agency reports

“Wars are driving more and more people to seek asylum,” said High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. “And this makes upholding the international system of asylum more critical than ever. At a time of conflict, I urge countries to keep their borders open for people fleeing for their lives.”UNHCR reported today that 479,300 claims were registered across the 44 countries surveyed in its ‘Asylum Trends 2012 report’. The UN agency said the total is the highest since 2003, a trend of increases evident in every year but one since 2006.The number of applications from Afghanistan, again the top country of origin among asylum seekers, rose to 36,600 applications from 36,200 in 2011. UNHCR noted in a press release that asylum claims are not equivalent to refugee status, nor are they an indicator of immigration. “In most cases people seeking refuge from conflict choose to remain in countries neighbouring their own in hope of being able to return home,” UNHCR said in a press release. “Nonetheless, asylum claims can reflect prevailing global security and political risk environments: When there is more conflict there are more refugees,” the agency said. The largest jump in asylum seekers was from people originating in Syria. Some 24,800 filed applications for asylum last year, an increase of 191 percent since 2011, the year in which the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began. Meanwhile, more than 1.1 million Syrians are registered as refugees in neighbouring countries. From the regions open to asylum applicants, Europe received the most applications in 2012 with 355,500 claims up from 327,600 in 2011. The highest number of new applications was in Germany at 64,500 claims, up 41 per cent from 2011, followed by France with a five per cent increase at 54,900 claims, and Sweden with 43,900 claims, a 48 per cent increase. The single largest recipient of asylum requests was the United States with 83,400 claims, an increase of 7,400 claims from 2011. Nearly a quarter of the applicants were from China, followed by Mexico and El Salvador, at 17 per cent and seven per cent, respectively. North East Asia and Australia also saw increases, but overall asylum claims remained of a lower order. read more

Prisoner facing rape charge dies from suspected poisoning

A prisoner who was expected to answer at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for the rape of a 16-year-old student died on Tuesday morning after being rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) by ranks after he was observed to be vomiting.Now dead is Stonie Henry, 47, a welder of Mocha Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD).The incident reportedly occurred at around 06:15h at the East La Penitence Police Station lockups as Henry was scheduled to make his Court appearance later on Tuesday.Ranks that were doing inspections reportedly saw the man doubled over and vomiting profusely.When questioned, Henry complained of feeling unwell and as such was rushed to the hospital where he was immediately treated.However, at around 08:00h the man succumbed.It is being suspected that he might have ingested a poisonous substance however, this is yet to be confirmed.His body is presently at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.This publication was informed that the Police have launched an investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAutopsy on rape accused who died in lockups inconclusiveSeptember 19, 2018In “Crime”Kitty man killed in Liliendaal crashApril 27, 2019In “Crime”Police hold 2 in connection with murder of 25-year-old Patentia manMarch 24, 2016In “Crime” read more

Mincom MineMarket 44 software – greater visibility across supply chain from mine

first_imgMincom, a leading global provider of software solutions and services for asset-intensive industries, has upgraded its industry-leading supply chain solution for minerals and metals mining organisations. Mincom MineMarket 4.4 optimises the tracking and logistics of products – such as coal, iron ore, base and precious metals – from initial extraction, stockpiling, production, shipping and transportation to their eventual delivery to the customer, and simplifies the complex sales and invoicing of these products. With new advanced functionality in port and stockyard management as well as partner trading, Mincom MineMarket 4.4 is one of the mining industry’s most comprehensive solutions for the efficient management of integrated sales, marketing and supply chain processes.“Meeting the demands of complex contracts, and managing sophisticated logistics is a daily challenge faced by every mining organization,” said John Jessop, President of Global Mining Solutions, Mincom. “Consolidating supply chain data from across the organisation is essential for maximising commercial outcomes. However, the proliferation of disparate systems and spreadsheets can often result in silos of conflicting information, leading to time-consuming error corrections, reactive plan changes, product-quality penalty costs, and missed opportunities to maximize sales.”Jessop added, “Given its ability to seamlessly integrate with other key business systems, thereby creating a standardised process for collecting data throughout the supply chain, Mincom MineMarket helps mining organizations ensure timely and correct information is visible across the organisation. By combining supply data from mine planning, processing and logistics with demand data from marketing and sales into one system, MineMarket helps ensure that supply and demand are balanced, contracted sales will be delivered, and capital tied up in excess product inventory is minimised.”Mincom MineMarket version 4.4 includes the following new capabilities:•Enhanced 3D Stockpile Modelling. While material is stacked in a stockpile, it is often difficult to track its quality and product characteristics. This valuable new feature allows miners to create 3D models of their stockpiles (e.g., coal and iron ore) at bulk terminals or stockyards. With 3D Stockpile Modeling, organisations can now track each batch of product as it is delivered to the stockpile and as it moves through the stockpile during reclaim operations. The 3D model allows the user to efficiently reach into any part of the stockpile and track the product back to the individual producer, mine source and mine area. Not only does this improve ongoing monitoring and planning of stacking and reclaiming, it also ensures the product is accurately blended to meet individual customer requirements for quality and product specifications.•Updated Demurrage Calculations. This feature is designed for port operators and ore suppliers to help facilitate the movement of large amounts of material through capacity-constrained ports. Demurrage is the charge paid to a ship owner if a container is not loaded and unloaded within the specified time. Demurrage conditions can therefore have a significant impact on a mining company’s cashflow. Mincom MineMarket 4.4 helps capture data surrounding the increasingly complex agreements between suppliers, ship owners, customers and port operators, improving the management of both operations and cash flow.•Updated Linked Trading. This new capability simplifies data-entry processes, and automates calculations and processes between trading companies. From groups with simple umbrella agreements to those with back-to-back intercompany invoices, Mincom MineMarket provides the flexibility to accommodate any Linked Trading scenario and automate the required functions.“For 13 years, Mincom MineMarket has helped provide full supply chain visibility to leading mining organisations around the world,” said Jessop. “With the newest release of MineMarket, we’ve broadened the product’s feature set to help our customers achieve even greater productivity and efficiency gains. We can do this by enabling decision-making based on fact, and not on guesswork.”Mincom MineMarket version 4.4 is available now.last_img read more

IMS Dredges offers new approach to low cost dewatering

first_imgIMS has announced the acquisition of a patent pending state-of-the-art dewatering technology that is “inexpensive, reusable, scalable, and does not require polymers.” The technology was invented by an IMS Versi-Dredge customer and then successfully trialled in the US and Europe. IMS recently sold several GeoPools to a customer in the US. Ryan Horton, IMS Dredges Vice President, told IM that the technology “would work well for dewatering mine tailings and settling pond slurries.”The GeoPool dewatering system can operate continuously in a two pool configuration. One pool is cleaned out while the other pool is actively filled. A single Y-fitting with two knife gate valves controls flow to each pool. Dewatering is a key obstacle facing dredge contractors around the globe. “The IMS GeoPool is an innovative dewatering solution that is inexpensive, reusable, scalable, and easy to set up. The system is comprised of a series of 3 m wide x 1.8 m tall dismountable hot dip galvanised steel frames. The frames are linked together to form a circular pool-like structure that is lined with IMS’s unique GeoFabric. It is not the same material as geotextile tube fabric.”The GeoPool filters out thousands of gallons per minute. A hydraulic dredge pumps the slurry directly into the GeoPool. The water from the slurry permeates through the filter fabric, and the solids are retained in the pool. Once a pool is full it is ready for dry down, which takes anywhere from 3-4 days depending on material. Some materials, including ultra fine clays, may take longer and might need a polymer to improve effluent clarity. Once the pool is dry the patent pending GeoPool Collapsible Cleanout Gates are dropped, and tracked earthmovers can enter the pool and remove the dry and stackable solids. During dry down the dredge discharge is diverted to a second pool to allow for continuous operation.The GeoPool is cleaned out with tracked excavators and the fabric is reusable. If the fabric becomes clogged then the user can simply use a power washer to clean it. In addition to the standard dewatering through the filter fabric, the patent pending GeoPool Dump Doors allow for rapid bulk dewatering of clear surface water speeding up the entire process. “The GeoPool’s affordability makes rapid dewatering technology available to contractors and government entities both small and large. IMS GeoPools are reusable so they are a less expensive proposition than geotextile tubes for medium to large projects and for contractors that use geotextile tubes for many of their projects. In addition to this feature, the GeoPools can handle a much larger volume of material than geotextile tubes. It would take 10-40 geotextile tubes to equal the dewatering capacity of one GeoPool. Furthermore, 10 large non-reusable geotextile tubes cost approximately the same as a small GeoPool configuration.”Dewatering bentonite clay was one of the first projects completed with a GeoPool in the US. The material was very fine, but the GeoPool was able to produce an effluent discharge of approximately 200 ppm total suspended solids without a drop of polymer. Results were verified at Astro-Chem Lab Inc. The single GeoPool can hold up to ten times the volume of material as a 22.8 m circumference x 30 m long geotextile tube or over twenty five times the volume of material as a 13.7 m circumference x 30 m long geotextile tube.“Making dewatering technology available to the masses at an affordable price” is IMS’s goal with the GeoPool, and that is why IMS has put in place financing options for the purchase of one or more GeoPools, both in the US and globally. “I have been in the industry for 15 years and developing a dewatering technology that is accessible to the entire market and not just to a select few has always been a priority. It is rewarding to see that day is finally here,” said Horton.last_img read more

Underwater atomic bomb explosion engulfs ship in tidal wave

first_imgWe have all seen footage of the mushroom clouds produced by an atomic bomb explosion on land. In water the bomb is just as devastating, but the dust cloud emanating from it is replaced by an enormous wave of water.We hate to think what happens to sea life when one of these bombs goes off, but we can see how much water it displaces. The ship in the video above is positioned just outside the radius of the initial explosion, but the tidal wave soon reaches it.We doubt the ship is still in one piece after the wave has passed. The initial explosion alone would have done some damage to the hull with the wave probably finishing it off.via Devourlast_img read more

La Terre serait entrée dans une nouvelle ère géologique

first_imgLa Terre serait entrée dans une nouvelle ère géologiqueMonde – Pour une partie de la communauté scientifique, au vu des changements provoqués par l’Homme, la Terre serait désormais entrée dans une nouvelle ère géologique.A cause de la pollution, de l’augmentation considérable de la population, de l’urbanisation, de l’utilisation d’une grande partie des énergies fossiles, l’Homme a métamorphosé la Terre d’une façon telle qu’elle sera ressentie pendant plusieurs millions d’années. C’est du moins la théorie avancée par un groupe de scientifiques, comprenant notamment Paul Crutzen, prix Nobel de chimie.À lire aussiLa NASA va lancer une horloge atomique dans l’espace et ça va tout changerLes dégâts causés par l’Homme entraîneront, toujours d’après ces scientifiques, la sixième extinction de masse de l’Histoire de la Terre. Celle-ci provoquera la disparition de milliers d’espèces végétales et animales. De nombreuses espèces ont d’ailleurs déjà été rayées de la surface de notre planète depuis le début de l’ère industrielle, qui a commencé au XIXe siècle, notamment le tigre de Bali, le crapaud doré, le grand pingouin ou le dauphin de Chine dernièrement.Appelée “Anthropocène”, du grec ancien anthropos qui signifie “être humain”, cette nouvelle ère serait la première à avoir été façonnée par une espèce vivante. Les chercheurs réunissent en ce moment des preuves, afin que le nom de cette époque soit officialisé et que l’Holocène lui laisse place.Les chercheurs prendront en compte tous les changements de la planète dus à l’activité humaine, ses conséquences sur la biodiversité et bien sûr, les impacts de la pollution et de l’extraction des minéraux. Ils espèrent présenter leurs recherches d’ici trois ans à l’Union internationale des sciences géologiques, qui décidera si, oui ou non, nous sommes entrés dans une nouvelle ère géologique.Le 5 avril 2010 à 11:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Plane makes emergency landing after woman catches cheating husband

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – A flight destined for Bali was recently forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger learned her husband had been cheating on her.KABC reports that a Qatar Airways pilot landed in India after the passenger reacted to the news with a violent outburst.The woman used her husband’s hand to unlock his phone while he was asleep and discovered evidence that was cheating, according to the news outlet.In a fit of rage, authorities say the woman, who had been drinking, started a fight with her husband. When crew members tried to calm the woman down, the intoxicated woman allegedly started to fight with them as well.The woman, her husband, and her son were all ordered off the flight.According to Newsweek, an official from India’s Central Industrial Security Force confirmed the incident with a statement that said: “A lady along with her husband and a child, all Iranian nationals, were offloaded by Qatar airline as the lady passenger (who was intoxicated) misbehaved with crew members in-flight.”It’s not clear if the woman will face charges. last_img read more

Trump Taps Alaska To Fill Three Important Federal Positions

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker was happy to announce that leadership in the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs has been poached by President Donald Trump to fill important federal positions. In a written statement Governor Walker says he isn’t surprised at all that these three fine Alaskans have risen to national prominence, and is sure they will continue to serve Alaska well with their new responsibilities. Mike O’HareTrump today appointed Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mike O’Hare to serve as the new Region X Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Last Thursday, December 8th, he was awarded the Alaska Legion of Merit medal for his exceptional service with the State of Alaska.Verdie Bowen Verdie Bowen, Director of the Office of Veterans Affairs was recently elected President of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs. O’Hare began working in the Statewide Emergency Communications Office in 2008, eventually being appointed as DHSEM Director. Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark Esper named Major General Laurie Hummel, DMVA Commissioner and The Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard, to the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee. Major General Hummel’s appointment to the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee will allow her to advise Secretary of the Army about major policy matters affecting the Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve, and the mobilization preparedness of the Army. NASDVA elevated Director Bowen to a national role of advocating on behalf of the nation’s 22 million Veterans and their families. He will represent Alaska at NASDVA, coordinating efforts to ensure Veterans and their families receive the VA services and benefits they earned through service to our nation.Laurie Hummel Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-trump-taps-alaksa-to-fill-three-important-federal-positons.mp3VmDorene-on-trump-taps-alaksa-to-fill-three-important-federal-positons.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more