Zaheer Khan nominated for three ICC awards

first_imgEven as India struggle in England, but they have something to cheer about with most of the top stars being nominated for the coveted ICC awards including the most prized – the Cricketer of the Year Award. As many as twelve of India’s current crop of stars are in contention for the honours that will be handed out in a ceremony on September 12 in London. While pace spearhead Zaheer Khan leads the Indian nominations getting the nod in three categories including the most prized – the Cricketer of the Year Award – Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and M.S. Dhoni have been nominated in two categories each. Here’s a look at the full list of Indian nominations: Zaheer, Sachin and Dravid are in the running for the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for the ICC Cricketer of the Year. All three also feature in the Test Player of the Year nominations along with pacer Ishant Sharma and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. Zaheer, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, Munaf Patel and captain Dhoni are nominees for ODI Player of the Year.  Dhoni is also up for the People’s Choice Award, while Abhinav Mukund has been nominated for the Emerging Player of the Year Award.last_img read more

Sandeep Choudhary bags a Javelin gold for India in Asian Para Games

first_imgAdvertisementIndia won the first gold medal at the ongoing Asian Para Games in Jakarta courtesy of javelin thrower Sandeep Chaudhary on Monday. Sandeep clinched the yellow metal with a best throw of 60.01m in the Men’s F42-44/61-64 category.India won its first gold medal at the Asian Para Games thanks to Sandeep ChaudhariSri Lanka’s Chaminda Sampath Hetti had to settle for a silver medal after clearing the 59.32 mark in his best effort. Meanwhile, the bronze medal went to Omidi Ali of Iran who had thrown the javelin at a distance of 58.97m.India’s tryst with winning gold medals in the Asian Para Games didn’t end there as Raju Rakshitha and swimmer Jadhav Suyash Narayan climbed the top of the podium at T11 1500m event and S7 50m butterfly event respectively. Ramya Shanmugam and Radha Venkatesh would add further glory to the tricolor as they bagged the silver medals in women’s F46 javelin throw and women’s T12/13 1500m race respectively.We here at Sportsindiashow wish Sandeep and rest of the athletes participating at the Asian Para Games best of luck for their future endeavors.Advertisementlast_img read more

England bowled exceptionally well, says leg-spinner Adil Rashid

first_imgEngland’s leg-spinner Adil Rashid lauded the bowlers for maintaining a good line and length to put the visitors back in contention in the third cricket Test against India here on Sunday. (Scorecard)India posted 271/6 in their first innings, trailing England by 12 runs at the end of the second day’s play with Ravichandran Ashwin (57 batting) and Ravindra Jadeja (31 batting) at the crease.Rashid (3/81) struck in only the second over after tea as the well set Chestehwar Pujara (51) was caught by Chris Woakes on the leg-side. He had earlier claimed opener Parthiv Patel’s (42) wicket. (India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 2: As it happened)The leg-spinner again struck in his very next over, trapping Ajinkya Rahane (0) leg before. Rahane, who lasted all of six balls, was outfoxed by the spin as the ball hit front pad, plumb in front of the wicket.Rashid’s guile gave England a fighting chance to bowl India out cheaply in the first innings. (Mohali Test: Virat Kohli’s India look to extend lead against England)”We bowled exceptionally well. It was a good effort with the ball and in the field. It was a very important final session. You stick to your plans long enough, you get wickets,” Rashid said after the match. Commenting on the Mohali pitch which traditionally favours fast bowlers, Rashid, who scalped three wickets, said: “The pitch seems good enough. I feel okay but at times you don’t feel as good; that is when you have to dig deep.” (Mohali Test: Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja to India’s rescue after England fightback)advertisement”It was nice to have that variation on a good spot against Rahane. We have still got four wickets tom get. Not looking that far ahead (our batting),” he added.last_img read more

I’m fit for Wimbledon, says home favourite Johanna Konta after fall

first_imgBritain’s Johanna Konta says she is fit to play at the Wimbledon Championships after recovering from a heavy fall that forced her to pull out of a warm-up tournament.Konta, who will be seeded sixth, hurt her back and banged her head as she tumbled on the grass during last week’s quarter-final win over Angelique Kerber at the Aegon International in Eastbourne.A shaken Konta pulled out of last Friday’s semi-final, raising doubts over her participation at Wimbledon, which starts on Monday.However, the 26-year-old said on Sunday that she had recovered well and, like fellow Briton Andy Murray, intends to forget her injury problems and take her place in the draw.”I’m definitely recovering really well,” she told a news conference. “I practised today. I felt good. I’m definitely looking forward to playing my first round. Like Andy, I’d like to think that I’m fit enough to play seven matches but I’m going to be taking it one at a time.”By a quirk of the draw, Konta’s first-round opponent is Hsieh Su-Wei, the 31-year-old Taiwanese who knocked her out of the French Open at the same stage last month.”It’s quite interesting that I actually get to play her again,” said Konta. “I guess in terms of the probability of playing each other first round in a slam in a row, that’s actually pretty cool.”Well, I know she does enjoy the grass. She’s a Wimbledon champion in doubles here on the grass, so she definitely can play on this surface. Actually, the first time I played her, I lost to her on the grass.advertisement”I’m definitely going into the match knowing that she will be playing very comfortably on the surface, she will definitely look to make things difficult for me.”With no Serena Williams or obvious favourite in a wide-open draw, Konta will face extra pressure this year as the home crowd urge her to emulate Murray’s recent success in the men’s tournament.”I know there’s, I guess, more attention, and there’s more interest in my performance, but that’s also a good thing. It means we’re talking more about women’s tennis in this country,” said Konta, who was born to Hungarian parents in Sydney and moved to Britain at the age of 14.last_img read more

Giants Squish The Fish, 31-24

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — With the score tied in the fourth quarter, Odell Beckham Jr. somehow slipped 5 yards behind the secondary.That turned out to be the winning margin for the New York Giants.Beckham’s 84-yard touchdown reception put the Giants ahead to stay with 11 minutes to go, and they forged a three-way tie atop the NFC East by beating the Miami Dolphins 31-24 on Dec. 14.New York’s Eli Manning went 27-for-31 for 337 yards and four scores. His passer rating of 151.5 was his highest since 2009, and his 87 percent completion percentage was a career best.The Giants (6-7) broke a three-game losing streak and are tied with the Redskins and Eagles for the lead in their woeful division.“It’s a must-win, a playoff game for us,” Beckham said. “They’re all playoff games.”The Dolphins (5-8) were mathematically eliminated from the playoff race, extending their postseason drought to a franchise-record seven consecutive years.“Obviously this is not where we want to be,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said, “but here we are.”In celebration of the franchise’s 50th season, the Dolphins introduced their 50 greatest players at halftime. The not-so-great 2015 Dolphins topped 20 points for the first time since October, but couldn’t keep up with Beckham.He had seven catches for 166 yards and the game’s final two scores. The 100-yard game was his sixth in a row, a Giants record.“They got it to a star player, and he made plays for them,” Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said.Beckham missed one series when he went to the locker room due to cramps in both calves, but didn’t let that slow him down. And with the score 24-all, he took advantage of broken coverage to score the go-ahead touchdown.Cornerback Jamar Taylor and seldom-used safety Shamiel Gary were the closest defenders, but Manning hit Beckham in stride at midfield and he sprinted to the end zone for his 12th TD this year.The Giants plotted the play at the team hotel before the game.“We got the coverage we wanted,” Manning said. “We thought it would be a big play, but I didn’t think he would be that open.”Miami safety Reshad Jones blamed miscommunication. “The corner was supposed to follow up and go over the top,” Jones said, “which he didn’t.”Beckham outplayed his close friend and former LSU teammate, Miami’s Jarvis Landry, who made 11 catches for 99 yards but was flagged for a costly personal foul penalty with his team trailing in the fourth quarter.Beckham made a 45-yard reception to set up a touchdown and had a 6-yard scoring catch. The latter pass was initially ruled incomplete because Beckham was out of bounds, but the decision was overturned by a replay review that made the score 24-all.His final catch, a diving grab on third down at midfield, sealed the victory with less than two minutes left.“Obviously his performance is something we all expect,” Landry said. “He’s just continuing to do what he does.”Manning led a touchdown drive in the final two minutes of the first half covering 80 yards, including 45 on a long pass to Beckham, to make it 17-all. The receiver on the 5-yard pass for the tie: Will Tye.Tannehill threw for 236 yards and burned a blitz by throwing deep to Kenny Stills for a 47-yard score that put Miami ahead 24-17. But Tannehill overthrew an open Landry behind the Giants’ secondary with his team trailing and less than five minutes to go.“Those are the ones you’ve got to make,” Tannehill said.The Dolphins were hurt by 12 penalties and seemed reluctant to run the ball, as has been the case most of the year. Lamar Miller rushed for 89 yards, including a darting 38-yard touchdown run after making Jason Pierre-Paul miss, but carried only 12 times.(STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

5 Beer Fests Worth Traveling for in 2019

first_img If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. The Best Fresh Hop Beers to Celebrate the Hop Harvest Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts It’s a brand new year and that means you have 12 months to sample as many new beers (and some old favorites) in 2019 as possible. One of the best (and fastest) ways to mark a lot of unique beers and breweries off your to-drink list is by attending a beer festival.With the skyrocketing popularity of craft beer, new beer festivals have been popping up at a steady pace. This means a lot of Americans may already have a craft beer festival in their home town or within a short drive. But there are some craft beer fests that are worthy of a road trip or mini vacation. These are the top beer festivals to look forward to in 2019.Extreme Beer FestBoston, Massachusetts | February 1-2, 2019The team at BeerAdvocate organizes Boston’s Extreme Beer Fest. The two-day affair is held at the Seaport World Trade Center and boasts more than 400 beers from more than 120 different breweries. Due to the popularity of the event, attendees buy tickets for a three-and-a-half-hour tasting session. Only independent craft brewers are invited to pour. VIP passes get you access to early entry, a private lounge and a swag bag of treats. But the real reason to come to Extreme Beer Fest is the beer, including insane exclusives like Dogfish Head’s Possibly the Next Top Rated Beer on BeerAdvocate, a beer described as a Double New England Maple Pastry Black Coffee Milkshake IPA. Yep, sounds extreme.Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival. Brewers AssociationSavorWashington, D.C. | May 17, 2019Savor is a smaller event than others on this list, but by no means less impressive. Ninety breweries participate in this food and beer experience. Instead of simply refilling a tasting cup over and over, at Savor, you get to sample the beer along with a perfectly paired small plate. This makes it a double treat for beer fans and foodies alike. This is also a premiere venue to meet brewery owners and head brewers, and get insider info on your favorite beers.Oregon Brewers FestivalPortland, Oregon | July 24-27, 2019One of the country’s longest-running beer fests, Oregon beer fans party hard for four straight days. Up to 85,000 beer drinkers descend on the Oregon Brewers Festival to drink in the best beer that the state has to offer. The event is free to attend but requires a festival mug, and beer tokens are sold for $1 each. Those tokens are exchanged for sample pours. In 2018, the festival offered 80 beers from 80 different breweries across Oregon, Washington, California, and beyond.The turnout at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival. Brewers AssociationGreat American Beer FestivalDenver, Colorado | October 3-5, 2019The Great American Beer Festival is the biggest party of them all. More than 4,000 beers will be available to sample. You’ll never be able to drink them all, so instead head to the festival website for a list of the breweries and a downloadable map. Then, formulate your battle plan. Pace your consumption by taking time out of your busy drinking schedule to visit the pavilions and get a deeper understanding about your favorite breweries and beer styles.Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged BeersChicago, Illinois |  November 2019Do you like your beer with a little extra? Wood and barrel-aging impart a wide range of wonderful flavors to beer, and if you like sort of thing, the Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beers is for you. Over 400 beers, meads, and ciders are poured ranging from funky wild farmhouse ales to sticky bourbon barrel stouts. It’s a mecca for the most unique and distinct brews on the planet. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Ernst Russ Invests in Two SecondHand Boxships

first_imgzoom Germany’s ship manager Ernst Russ Group has acquired two second-hand containerships.The two fleet additions feature 2,450 TEU and 2,785 TEU of capacity respectively and have an average age of around 12 years.ABN AMRO – Global Transportation & Logistics provided financing for the acquisition, however, the price of the two ships was not disclosed.The transaction was structured and carried out by Ernst Russ Maritime Management GmbH & Co. KG as the maritime asset manager of the Ernst Russ Group.According to Ernst Russ, a company within the northern German maritime cluster has been given responsibility for the technical management of the ships, while another unidentified partner would be in charge of chartering the ships.“After the successful acquisition of a larger ship portfolio in 2016, Ernst Russ Group expands the fleet of actively managed ships and continues to align itself as a partner for professional and institutional investors along the entire maritime value chain,” the company said.The group manages a fleet of around 150 container, tanker and bulker vessels.last_img read more

Province Congratulates Irving Shipbuilding

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter offered his congratulations today, May 9, to Irving Shipbuilding for being named one of Canada’s top 50 defence companies, and the highest-ranked shipyard in the country. Canadian Defence Review Magazine ranked Irving Shipbuilding fifth among defence companies in the country, based on the company’s economic impact, innovation, contribution to national security and support for Canada’s military. Irving’s position as the highest ranked shipyard highlights the company’s expertise as “Canada’s largest combat ship service provider.” “This ranking reaffirms what we know, that the best ships are built right here in the Maritimes,” said Premier Dexter. “Irving Shipbuilding and the Halifax Shipyard have more than 120 years of experience, a highly skilled workforce and modern facilities. This makes the company ideally suited to build Canada’s fleet for the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.” Under the strategy, Irving Shipbuilding is bidding to become a centre of excellence for shipbuilding. The contracts are worth up to $35 billion, and could mean up to 4,000 good jobs in Nova Scotia for the next 30 years. Earlier this week, Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Peter Kelly and council unanimously endorsed Irving Shipbuilding’s bid for the national contracts. “Shipbuilding excellence in Nova Scotia predates Confederation and the Irving Company has inherited that proud tradition,” said Mayor Kelly. “The experience, skill and dedication of the Irving workforce in delivering an exceptional product within budget and on time is second to none.” Irving Shipbuilding has invested almost $90 million in skills its people training and infrastructure and technology upgrades between 2006 and 2011, and plans to continue these upgrades. “This strong No. 5 ranking is another feather in our cap and demonstrates our commitment to building top-quality ships at good value for one of our longest-standing customers, the Canadian government,” said Steve Durrell, president of Irving Shipbuilding. “This is a true testament to the expertise, commitment and effort of every member of the Irving Shipbuilding team.” More information on shipbuilding in Nova Scotia can be found at .last_img read more

Slain officer described as brave remembered for work with children

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A police officer who died in the line of duty in British Columbia was remembered Tuesday for his bravery in protecting others and his community commitment in the work he did with children.Abbotsford police say Const. John Davidson, who was 53, had been an officer for 24 years and spent the last 11 years with the department in the Lower Mainland.“John Davidson is my hero, he’s this community’s hero,” Chief Bob Rich told a news conference.Davidson died after an exchange of gunfire between a suspect and police who were responding to a report of a possible stolen vehicle and shots fired at members of the public.Rich said Davidson followed his training in dealing with an active shooter, giving his life on Monday to protect the public.“We train our police officers, we ask our police officers that when somebody is putting people’s lives in danger, when there is an active shooter, we no longer wait for cover, we no longer set up teams, the first person in goes,” he said. “John Davidson was the first person in, and away he went, and he died protecting you and me.”Police say Oscar Arfmann, 65, of Alberta has been charged with first-degree murder.Cpl. Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Arfmann is in hospital receiving treatment for injuries he received during the incident and is conscious.The civilian agency that investigates police actions resulting in serious harm or death has said it’s believed the suspect who was arrested was shot.Arfmann does not have a criminal record and had a firearms license until 2015, Jang told a news conference.He said investigators are working to retrace Arfmann’s steps in the days leading up to the shooting.“One of our priorities is to learn as much as we can about Mr. Arfmann, what he was doing in Abbotsford, what he was doing in Alberta,” he said.One person who used to know him was Hope Arfmann, 63, who married Oscar when she was just 18. The couple had a son together, but she said the marriage lasted less than three years because Oscar was emotionally abusive.They lived in the small hamlet of Sunnybrook, Alta., and also on a farm near Millet, where she said he would hunt small rodents and birds.“The birds deserted the area, the squirrels, the gophers — anybody and everybody spread the word: stay away from that area,” she said.She said their split was tense and she suffered a medical condition that caused blackouts when she felt distressed.“I wanted to leave and he decided to keep me from doing that,” she explained. “I had been cutting up a roast at the table to make him a last lunch. And he says, ‘well, you ain’t going unless I let you go, and I ain’t letting you go.’ And that’s all I heard. When my sensibility came back, there was a knife in the wall.”However, she said the incident had been enough to bring about a change of mind on his part. She said in no time at all, he had packed up her belongings and driven her into Edmonton.After their split, their contact was limited, though they had a son together who she later gave up for adoption. Hope said after their divorce was made final by a Wetaskiwin court in the summer of 1975, Oscar married a woman named Patricia.“I heard by the bye that they were still like honeymooners after 40 years,” she said. “I was tickled pink. He married the right person the second time. For some reason, they clicked.”Hope met Patricia once when Oscar came by to visit their son and take him home for a weekend visit. She said when the little boy came home, he had a bunch of toys.“Oscar never, ever bought a thing for my son, so I’m assuming it was to impress Patricia about what a good person he is,” she said.According to an obituary posted by a funeral home in Bonnyville, Alta., Patricia Arfmann died in 2013.“I’m sure Oscar took it quite hard,” said Hope. “The only thing that he really loved was Patricia.”Jang said the killing of a police officer is automatically treated as first-degree murder.Davidson began his career in the United Kingdom in 1993 working for the police in Northumbria before moving to British Columbia in 2006.He is survived by his wife and three adult children.Davidson worked in the patrol, youth squad and traffic sections in Abbotsford and was active in the community, cycling in September in the Tour de Valley Cops for Cancer ride. His fundraising page said the native of Scotland loved soccer and rugby, keeping fit and being outdoors.Rich described how Davidson spearheaded a crash prevention program where he spoke to high school students alongside a girl who had lost a friend in a car accident and discussed how graduating classes could organize their end-of-year celebrations to prevent impaired driving.He said the last time he shook Davidson’s hand was in September after the ride around the Fraser Valley for youth cancer research.“We have lost John and nothing can change that. John died doing what we asked him to do,” said Rich, speaking in front of the Abbotsford police headquarters where a wall of flowers, candles and stuffed animals had grown outside the front entrance.“We honour John by looking after his family, we honour John by looking after each other and we honour John by protecting this community and that’s what we’re going to do.”Mayor Henry Braun said the community is in disbelief and people have lots of questions but the first priority is to support the fallen officer’s family.“We just want to express our heartfelt sorrow to the family. We all have heavy hearts but they are carrying a much bigger burden than we are,” he said.Davidson had an impact on students in the community thanks to his work as a school liaison officer, Braun added.“There’s going to be some schools, some kids, when they find out who this is who are going to be grieving as well. So we need to surround our kids as well because they’ll have a tough time grappling with this, because he was greatly, greatly loved in our schools.”On Monday, Rich said officers were called about a possible stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a shopping complex at about 11:30 a.m.The caller hemmed in the suspect’s vehicle while waiting for police to arrive, Rich said. The suspect emerged from the vehicle and began shooting at the caller and others, he said.When police officers arrived, they attempted to arrest the suspect, who fled in the vehicle. Rich said police pursued him to an intersection where he was apprehended and taken to hospital.The B.C. Law Enforcement Memorial lists only one other Abbotsford member in its online registry of officers who died in the line of duty. Const. John Goyer died in 2006 from complications sustained while responding to a call involving a domestic dispute five years earlier.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter.last_img read more

Quebec City protesters end tense but mainly peaceful demonstration

first_imgQUEBEC – Several hundred mainly peaceful protesters filled a heavily protected street of Quebec City on Thursday night, on the eve of a G7 summit that will bring U.S. President Donald Trump to Canada for the first time.The protesters marched down the streets flanked on each side by police in riot gear. Moments of tension and confrontation — including the burning of flags, some masked demonstrators and a small number of arrests — quickly quieted down, even as the city braced for more.Quebec City’s historic district looked as though business owners were preparing for a mini hurricane to blow through the cobblestone streets, as several storefronts were barricaded with plywood in anticipation of anti-G7 protests.Stores that were open for business vastly outnumbered the shuttered facades. But the police presence in the old city was noticeable — squad cars drove through the area and uniformed officers kept watch at different spots across the neighbourhood popular with tourists and locals alike.On Thursday evening, rows of officers in protective gear watched closely as protesters gathered for what organizers had described as a “festive mass demonstration against the G7, capitalism, patriarchy, colonialism, racism, and borders.”The atmosphere was mainly upbeat, with some wearing colourful costumes and bearing signs advocating for such diverse causes as food security, open borders and environmental protection.For a pay-what-you-want donation, protesters were offered zucchini cake, rice and tofu, and vegetable soup.Alice-Anne Simard of environmental group Eau Secours declined to condemn possible violence.“We will not condemn acts that have not been committed,” she said. “We are here to protest and we are here to denounce the violence of the neoliberal policies of the G7 members.”Masked protesters got into minor scuffles with photographers and camera people. They tried to push cameras away and block the view of journalists trying to take photos of them, yelling aggressively.“This is not a discussion. Don’t film us.”While the G7 summit will be held 140 kilometres northeast of Quebec City in the resort town of La Malbaie, diverse groups including unions, aid organizations and anti-capitalists have been organizing protests in the provincial capital. Police have been making parallel arrangements, with 8000 of them ready to jump into action in the province.The number of detention spaces that have been opened up around the Quebec City-area in anticipation of protests is leading human rights groups to worry about the intentions of security forces.Representatives from Amnesty International and Quebec’s league for civil liberties say they’ve been told by police that officers aren’t looking to make any mass arrests.“But with all the security measures that have been put in place, it’s leading us to believe there is a gap between the discourse and the reality,” said Genevieve Paul, head of the francophone Canadian branch of Amnesty International.Her group and Quebec’s league for civil liberties are sending 44 observers to the protests, which are likely to continue well into Saturday night.Paul said prisoners in Quebec City’s provincial jail have been transferred to other detention centres in order to liberate about 230 spots for protesters.Police have erected a temporary detention centre near Quebec City’s Victoria Park, and another temporary jail in a town a few kilometres north of La Malbaie.Nicole Filion, with Quebec’s league for civil liberties, said she worries about the possibility of mass arrests, the conditions of detainees inside the temporary jails, and the potential misuse of crowd-control weapons by police, such as rubber-ball blast grenades.Cyndi Pare, spokeswoman for Quebec City’s police force, said it would be “inappropriate” to speculate in advance about police actions.“We can’t establish whether there will be mass arrests or not. It’s impossible to predict how (protesters) will act and how police will react.“Police are trained to use force with flexibility and discretion.”The city and the province will reimburse citizens and merchants for broken windows and other damages sustained due to vandalism during the protests, Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked Thursday in Saguenay, Que., if he had a message for protesters in Quebec City.“In a country like Canada, I find it extremely important that people are able to express their agreement or disagreement with politics, individuals, their concerns,” Trudeau said.“It must obviously be done with respect and, above all, security. And we will ensure that protesters and citizens and G7 participants are safe.”The last time Canada hosted a similar event, the G20 summit of 2010 in Toronto, officers arrested hundreds of people and kept them in conditions Amnesty International described as inhumane.While no major protests have been planned in the G7 host town, groups opposed to the summit held a news conference in La Malbaie on Thursday to denounce what they called the “undemocratic” free speech zone that has been set up to accommodate them along the bank of the St. Lawrence river.They said the fortified enclosure and security checkpoints would be intimidating to protesters, and noted that the site was some distance away from where the leaders will be meeting.In Quebec City, however, there was no hint of protesters feeling inhibited.When the protest was declared over, a few girls were sitting down in the middle of the street as a drone and helicopters buzzed overhead, outside the Hilton hotel.Fifteen-year-old Célestine Uhde was getting her hair cut by a friend.“It’s been a while since I wanted to cut my hair,” she said, as her brown locks fell to the concrete. “I know it’s impulsive — but there was a lot of impulsivity tonight!” she said.“I think the protest was peaceful. The police presence was useless. This was a model protest and what they all should be like.”— With files from Melanie Marquis in La Malbaielast_img read more

Liberals promise 13M for missing murdered Indigenous women commemorations

first_imgOTTAWA — Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef says the federal government will fund more than 100 projects to “honour the lives and legacies” of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Funding for the commemorations will come from a $13-million fund Monsef unveiled today in Winnipeg.Last winter, the government asked for proposals for commemorations, anticipating the report this month of the national inquiry into the generations of Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing, or known to have been killed.Monsef says the approved projects include events, activities and creative works organized by First Nations, friendship centres and social-service agencies that help Indigenous people.The approvals were underway when the national inquiry reported at the beginning of June.In their report, the inquiry commissioners said they were glad to see the government funding these projects, but weren’t pleased that only “legally constituted organizations” would receive money, leaving out informal and grassroots groups.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Wilson Raybould tells constituents shes sticking with Liberals for 2019 vote

first_imgJody Wilson-Raybould was the first Indigenous person to be justice minister. (APTN file)The Canadian PressJody Wilson-Raybould is telling her Vancouver constituents she intends to run for re-election this fall as a Liberal.The former justice minister and attorney general quit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet last month and has testified that he and his staff inappropriately pressured her to help engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal trial on corruption charges.In an open letter posted to her website today, she says important questions haven’t been answered about the affair and Canadian politics still has a “culture of conflict, empty partisanship and cynical games.”The letter also says she has support from people across the country who want to change that, which is why she is staying in politics and in the Liberal party.Trudeau has said he needs more time to think about whether he will move to expel Wilson-Raybould from caucus, or bar her from running for the party.Wilson-Raybould was first elected in Vancouver-Granville in 2015 and has already been nominated to carry the Liberal banner in October’s election.last_img read more

Varsity to vie for NAAC tag post 2020 convocation

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal State University (WBSU) is all set to seek accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) soon after its 2020 convocation.”We may not be in a position to compete with the old universities in the state. But we feel that it is time for our university to take part in competition and have an idea of how far we have been able to improve in academics and certain other parameters,” said Basab Chaudhuri, vice chancellor of WBSU. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThere are seven parameters under which NAAC accredits a university. It includes teaching-learning process, modification of syllabus, services and facilities for students such as extra- curricular activities, steps towards creation of jobs and environmental friendly steps taken by the varsity. In the present process of accreditation of a university by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, the latter has to reply to a set of questions regarding its various Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayactivities in yes/ no format and upload it on the website of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. If the self study report uploaded by the institution is found to be satisfactory then NAAC would inform the former the date when it would visit that institution and check on their own whether it really possess the infrastructure that it has declared in the study report and then would accredit it. If found unsatisfactory, then they would mention the areas in which the institution has to improve. Previously, a team from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, which is an autonomous body funded by University Grants Commission, would directly come to an institution and find out on their own what are the activities and would accordingly accredit it. Under the current process, 70 percent of the accreditation depend upon the self study report and 30 percent on the findings of the visiting NAAC team. “Our teachers and students have already been sensitized about the varsity going for NAAC credit,” a senior varsity official said. The West Bengal State University since its inception in 2008 had been embroiled in administrative red-tapism and had its first convocation in 2017. The inordinate delay in the publication of results was one of the major problems in the varsity. After Basab Chaudhuri took over as the Vice-Chancellor in September 2015 he streamlined the examination process and publication of results. At present, WBSU in Barasat has 46 colleges affiliated to it with an average enrollment of 55,000 students. It caters to a large number of first-generation learners.last_img read more

Extending Sudan mission Security Council urges consolidation of NorthSouth peace

The Security Council today voted to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) by six months, urging all parties to fully put into the practice the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending a 21-year civil war between north and south Sudan.In a resolution passed unanimously, the 15-member body underscored the “importance of full and expeditious implementation of all elements of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.”UNMIS was established by the Council in 2005 to support the accord between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A).Successfully implementing the CPA is key to resolving the crisis in Darfur and to consolidating sustainable peace and stability in the region, the Council noted.To this end, it urged the full deployment in Darfur of the hybrid UN-African Union (AU) peacekeeping force, set to become the world’s largest, as well as the protection of aid workers.Today’s resolution also lauded the work of UNMIS, and voiced concern over restrictions and impediments placed on the movements of its personnel and material.Such obstacles have an “adverse impact” on UNMIS’ activities and on the “ability of the humanitarian community to reach affected persons,” according to the resolution.The Council also called for the sides to take measures to defuse tensions in the disputed Abyei region and to allow UNMIS unrestricted access to conduct monitoring and verification exercises in the region. 31 October 2007The Security Council today voted to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) by six months, urging all parties to fully put into the practice the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending a 21-year civil war between north and south Sudan. read more

UN marks Day of Disabled Persons with call for their full inclusion

From New York to Bangkok, from Geneva to Kabul, the United Nations today marked the International Day of Disabled Persons, with Secretary-General Kofi Annan calling on the global community to work even harder for fully inclusive societies. “Today, as a result of a dramatic shift in perspective that has been taking place over the past two decades, persons with disabilities have started to be viewed as people who must enjoy the full spectrum of civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights,” he said in a commemorative message. “No society can claim to be based on justice and equality without persons with disabilities taking decisions as full-fledged members,” he added. The 2004 observance of the Day, first held in 1992, focuses on the involvement of persons with disabilities in the planning of strategies and policies that affect their lives. At UN Headquarters in New York the Day featured the showing of three short documentaries by award-winning filmmaker Victor Pineda – “In Cuba Disabled,” on the lives of people with disabilities in the developing world; “Broken Balkans,” which looks at life with disabilities in the former Yugoslavia; and “A World Enabled,” featuring testimonies of delegates drafting the first-ever UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. “The observance of the Day is an opportunity to foster changes in attitudes towards persons with disabilities and eliminate barriers to their participation in all aspects of life”, Johan Schölvinck of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs said. “The involvement of persons with disabilities in elaborating the convention on their own rights is an excellent example of how the principle of full participation can be put into practice.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a proclamation recognizing the Day, declaring: “This important event fosters an understanding of disability issues as it mobilizes support for efforts to promote the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities.” Earlier this year, the UN Department of Public Information identified efforts to draft a treaty on the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities as one of ten stories the world should hear more about. In Geneva today, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour called for the adoption of that proposed convention. “For far too long, persons with disabilities have been denied equal access to basic rights and fundamental freedoms, be they health care, employment, education, the vote or participation in cultural activities.” On the other side of the world in Bangkok, Thailand, the UN Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific Region marked the day with an exhibition, a forum of community members and the screening of documentaries. And in Kabul, Afghanistan, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) presented a report identifying some of the key difficulties facing people with disabilities as they strive to play a role in reconstruction efforts, including the continuing stigma associated with disabilities in Afghan society. “We probably see examples of disability in Afghanistan every day, but few of us fully appreciate the many challenges that disabled people face in society,” UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan Bernt Aasen said. “It is essential that a new debate begins, today, on how opportunities can be created for people with disabilities to play a fulfilling role in the rebuilding of their nation.” The report calls for public information campaigns to present the positive contributions that can be made by disabled people; improved knowledge about causes of disabilities, and how people with disabilities should be cared for; and advocacy by key influencers such as the media, religious leaders and health workers. It also advocates education about disabilities in schools, improved health services for people with disabilities and access to public buildings, and incentive schemes to encourage employers to recruit people with disabilities. read more

Womens Hockey No 4 Ohio State faces second straight ranked opponent in

Ohio State freshman defenseman Madison Bizal makes a move against a Minnesota State defender on Oct. 12. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli made headlines for the second straight week after she was named WCHA Goaltender of the Week for her performance against No. 3 Minnesota. Braendli and the No. 4 Ohio State women’s hockey team took on the Gophers in a top-five matchup last week. After losing the first game 3-0, the Buckeyes came away with a strong road victory by a score of 3-2 in Game 2. Now, Ohio State (6-2-0, 3-1-0-0 WCHA) will attempt to ride that wave of momentum this week when it continues its road stretch and travels to Canton, New York, to face No. 10 St. Lawrence (3-4-1). “That’s what you need to do, you need to build momentum and learn from some of the mistakes we made throughout the weekend,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “We need to build off the good we created. Taking three points from a No. 3 team in the country was huge at their rank nonetheless.” While the Saints are not as highly ranked as Minnesota, the Buckeyes will still be faced with another tough opponent. The Saints are fresh off a win against No. 2 Clarkson, the defending national champion and the team that beat Ohio State in the Frozen Four last season. “What’s nice is there is parity in the country right now,” Muzerall said. “Every team is putting up a good battle and is making the league and the NCAA fun to watch. We just need to focus on the things that we do very well and drive a little more offensively and then buckle down defensively and be more intelligent.” The team defensively has little to worry about with Braendli stepping in and making a name for herself only five games into her college career, winning WCHA Rookie of the Week two weeks ago and now Goaltender of the Week. In her five games played, Braendli leads the WCHA with a .950 save percentage. “It’s really awesome having someone as solid as her backing the net,” redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne said. “She got the chance to play and capitalized on the opportunity. She’s done amazing and we’re lucky to have her.” Offensively, Ohio State has a little bit of work to do. St. Lawrence allows 1.88 goals per game, and the key to victory for the Buckeyes will be a fast and aggressive offense to create scoring opportunities. But St. Lawrence scores the fifth-fewest goals per game in the NCAA at 1.50 per game. Ohio State sophomore forward Emma Maltais has as many points as the Saint have goals all season.“Defensively, St. Lawrence is a very good team,” Dunne said. “The challenge is on us to create offense and to score off the opportunities we make and continue to capitalize on the chances we get.”The Buckeyes travel to play against St. Lawrence at 6 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Shaft Sinkers awarded Mali contract

first_imgShaft Sinkers has been awarded the development contract for Randgold Resources’ Yalea underground mine at the Loulo complex in Mali.  Shaft Sinkers’ Divisional Director – Sinking and International, Louis Germishuys, says that the underground development contract will significantly enhance the value and extend the life of the Loulo mine.Shaft Sinkers’ scope of work on the project includes the establishment of the boxcut, the sinking of a 4.5 x 4.5 m twin decline system which, when complete, will amount to 25,000 m of decline and associated development. Rob Schroder, Shaft Sinkers’ Divisional Director – Commercial, notes that site preparation for the twin decline system has already started and the boxcut and portal construction will commence soon. Sinking of the declines is scheduled to begin in the last quarter of this year, and the project is expected to be completed by December 2009. “Yalea is not only Shaft Sinkers’ flagship contract for Randgold Resources, but also the company’s first project in Mali. However, with our proven track record in Africa, we are confident that we will complete the contract safely, on time and within budget,” Schroder explains. Loulo underground manager, Thinus Strydom says that the underground plan has been updated and integrated with the open pit plan. Additional areas of synergy between the open pit and underground operations which also include the Loulo 0 mine are being worked on.last_img read more

NanoSteel demonstrates breakthrough in additivemanufactured wear materials

first_imgHigh-hardness ferrous metal matrix products are now achievable through a one-step 3D-printing process. NanoSteel®, a leader in nanostructured steel materials design, has successfully expanded its engineered powders business into additive manufacturing. By leveraging its uniform metal matrix microstructures in the laser- sintering process, the company can now build a crack-free, fully dense bulk sample. NanoSteel’s initial focus in additive manufacturing supports the market need for on-demand, on-site wear parts while addressing the current challenges in 3D printing of high-hardness parts.NanoSteel’s breakthrough overcomes one of the major hurdles to achieving high-hardness metallic parts through additive manufacturing—their tendency to develop cracks during part build. The company worked with a global process development partner to optimise processing of a proprietary NanoSteel alloy with a high volume fraction of boro-carbide phases. This successfully produced a fully dense (99.9%) crack-free part with hardness values over 1000 HV, wear resistance comparable to conventionally manufactured M2 tool steels, and a uniform microstructure. Importantly, these properties were achieved without the need for post-processing such as hot isostatic pressing (HIP) or further heat treatment, reducing production cost and lead times.“Currently, the material options to produce highly wear-resistant parts through additive manufacturing are limited” said Harald Lemke, NanoSteel’s General Manager of Engineered Powders. “By extending the reach of steel into markets currently served by WC-Co, ceramics, and other non-ferrous metal matrix metal composites, NanoSteel has the potential to generate cost-efficient wear parts to serve mining,” and other applications.The company is currently extending this breakthrough into more complex geometries and broadening its property sets to fully validate the market potential for 3D-printed steel components.last_img read more

Alliance and Incitec Pivot extend FIFO contract at Phosphate Hill

first_imgMine and plant workers will continue to have a fly in/fly out (FIFO) option at the Phosphate Hill operations in northwest Queensland, Australia, after Alliance Aviation extended its air charter services contract with owner Incitec Pivot.The contract has been extended for three years with a bolt on two-year option that could see the service continue until 2021.Incitec Pivot expects to produce 880,000 tonnes of ammonium phosphates from the operation in the year to the end of September, below the 975,000 tonne per year capacity. Phosphate Hill consists of its own mine and ore processing facility, in addition to beneficiation, ammonia, phosphoric acid and granulation plants.Alliance has been providing air charter services to Phosphate Hill, 1,000 km from Townsville, since 2002. It provides these from its Townsville and Brisbane bases.Lee Schofield, Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Flying into Phosphate Hill commenced in 2002 – the same year in which Alliance was established – and we are delighted to have retained this foundation contract for a further five years. By the conclusion of this new contract, Alliance will have been flying into Phosphate Hill for a continuous period of 19 years.”last_img read more

Grower Meetings Help Members Engage in Policy Discussions

first_imgThe Iowa Soybean Association hosted several grower engagement meetings this summer, including this one in Odebolt, Iowa, where over 50 farmers gathered to hear updates on the latest policy issues. These meetings were sponsored by FMC through a project with ASA. Other similar meetings in Iowa attracted over 100 farmers.The American Soybean Association (ASA) appreciates the generous support provided by FMC, over the past two years, to help several state associations hold successful meetings to engage members in discussions on key policy and industry issues.The meetings also provide an opportunity to help non-members become more aware of the association’s work and recruit new members. Recent events organized by the Iowa Soybean Association and Missouri Soybean Association attracted hundreds of farmers to several meetings throughout these states. Farmers had the opportunity to hear from key policy experts and congressional leaders on issues that directly impact their operations.last_img read more