Vijender clinches win to enter CWG Quarters

first_imgWorld number one Vijender Singh (75kg) enthralled with a convincing win in just about five minutes to enter the quarterfinals along with Asian silver-medallist Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and Dilbag Singh (69kg) on yet another superb day for the Indians in the boxing competition of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on Friday.The Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist didn’t just bring in commoners to Talkatora, he also pulled in celebrity guests in Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and Olympic silver-medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Rathore as he pummelled Kenya’s Dick Ombaka in less than two rounds to make the last-eight stage where he will take on Namibia’s Elias Nashivela.The 24-year-old Haryana-boxer, who won a gold medal at this year’s Commonwealth Championships, was his usual cautious self to start with but once he got a measure of his opponent’s game, Vijender was simply unstoppable launching a flurry of straight punches and body blows to unsettle Ombaka.”I knew it would be a sell-out turnout for me and when I walked in, it was quite intimidating to see so many people. Mr Rahul Gandhi was there in the audience, so it was obviously very special,” Vijender, who was also watched by CGF CEO Mike Hooper, Organising Committee Secretary General Lalit Bhanot among others, said after the bout.”When so many people have so many expectations from you, you are obviously scared of disappointing them and that feeling does creep in on such big occasions but I am glad that I gave a good account of myself,” he added.advertisementVijender’s imposing frame tilted the bout in his favour against Ombaka, who seemed confused about whether to go on the offensive or wait for the Indian to make the first attack.The crowd-favourite took full advantage of the Kenyan’s lack of strategy and landed some telling straight blows, one of which even downed Ombaka prompting a countout.Barely a minute into the second round and the beating became just too much to take for the African, leaving the referee with no choice but to award the bout to Vijender, bringing the full-to-capacity Talkatora to its feet.”My height was a major advantage. I gauged him in the opening round because it is important to know what your opponent has in mind. I have a tougher bout next up and this win has given me a lot of confidence for that,” he said.last_img read more

Japeth Aguilar proposes to girlfriend at the airport as Gilas arrives in Manila

first_imgLess than 24 hours after helping the Philippines booked a second straight trip to the Fiba World Cup, Aguilar proposed to his longtime girlfriend Cassandra Naidas upon his arrival at NAIA Terminal 3.The 32-year-old Aguilar surprised his beau as he went down on one knee and popped the question. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Gilas Pilipinas forward Japeth Aguilar made it a double celebration on Monday. A league of their own LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:35Zubiri, Marcos cold to Senate adopting House-OKd budget02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Distance indeed makes the love grow fonder as Aguilar’s proposal came after traveling To in Qatar and Kazakhstan for Gilas’ campaign in the sixth and final window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Thank you guys for all the messages & tweets. I’ve read all of them & appreciate each one.☺️ Here is a picture of the ring. @japethaguilar35 got me exactly what I asked for hehe.💗We don’t have proper pictures cause Jap wasn’t feeling well. He needs a few days to recuperate.😢— cassandra naidas (@cassynaidas) February 26, 2019On Twitter, Naidas thanked the fans for the love and gave them a glimpse of her engagement rock. She said it was inspired by Carrie Bradshaw’s ring on the hit show “Sex and the City.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Sports Wrap: Kohli doesn’t mind losing Test No. 1 ranking, Yuvraj-Raina face-off and more

first_imgIndia don’t play for rankings, says KohliPakistan overtook India to become the No.1-ranked side in Test cricket after the fourth and final Test between Virat Kohli’s men and the West Indies ended in a draw.Probe launched after ‘farcical’ washout of India-West Indies TestOnly 22 overs of play was possible in the fourth and final Test between India and West Indies after the Queen’s Park Oval stadium couldn’t cope up with the waterlogging problem.Duleep Trophy: Yuvraj, Raina gear up to play pink ball cricketYuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina will lead the India Red and India Green squads in the 2016 edition of the Duleep Trophy, which will be played for the first time with pink ball.’Indian coaches just as good as foreign counterparts’Dipa Karmakar’s coach Bishweshwar Nandi, who has has been conferred with the Dronacharya Award, said there should be more focus given to the sports policy in the country.OP Jaisha on Rio marathon row: Can’t fight against AFIIndian marathoner OP Jaisha claimed  the runners in Rio were not given water by the officials after which the Athletics Federation of India hit back saying her claims were incorrect.last_img read more


first_imgIndia innings:India innings: Rohit Sharmac Ronchi b Boult 15 Ajinkya Rahanec Anderson b Southee 28 Virat Kohlic Ronchi b Santner 9 Manish Pandeyrun out (Santner/Ronchi) 19 MS Dhonic & b Southee 39 Kedar Jadhavc Ronchi b Henry 41 Axar Patelc Santner b Guptill 17 Hardik Pandyac Santner b Boult 36 Amit Mishrac sub (Bracewell) b Guptill1 Umesh Yadavnot out 18 Jasprit Bumrahb Southee0 Extras: (LB-5, W-8) 13Total: (all out in 49.3 overs) 236 Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-40, 3-72, 4-73, 5-139, 6-172, 7-180, 8-183, 9-232, 10-236Bowling: Henry 10-0-51-1, Boult 10-2-25-2, Southee 9.3-0-52-3, Devcich 9-0-48-0, Santner10-0-49-1, Guptill 1-0-6-2. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Go announced: Key specs, features, India price, and everything else you should know

first_imgLooks like Xiaomi has big plans for 2019. Last year was also a good one for Xiaomi, especially in India. According to Counterpoint research, Xiaomi has become India’s Number 1 smartphone brand in 2018 and even in this year the company expects to take forward the legacy. Xiaomi has mostly been very popular for its pocket-friendly Redmi phones, take for example Redmi 6A and Redmi 5A. Both the Redmi 5A and Redmi 6A were the best selling phones of their times. Joining the bandwagon is the newly announced Redmi Go. On Tuesday Xiaomi globally announced its first Android Go phone aka Redmi Go. Reports suggest that the Redmi Go will come to India very soon.Last week a report revealed that Xiaomi will be launching three Redmi phones (most likely Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi Go) in India by the end of Q1 2019. This means the Xiaomi Redmi go should be officially announced by March. We believe the Redmi Go will be launching in India in February itself considering the phone has already made its global debut. Xiaomi has revealed the full specs of the Redmi Go but the retail price of the Android Go phone is yet to be official.Xiaomi Redmi Go specsDisplay: Xiaomi first Android Go phone, Redmi Go comes with a 5-inch HD display with screen resolution of 720p.Processor: The Redmi go comes with the same processor that powered the Redmi 5A (the phone has been discontinued after the launched of the Redmi 6A). The Redmi Go is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425 chipset.advertisementRAM: 1GB RAMStorage: 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card.Rear camera: The Redmi Go comes with a single camera set up on the back panel. The phone consists of an 8MP camera which is also paired with LED flash that will possibly help users in clicking well-lit pictures in low light situations.Front camera: The Xiaomi Redmi Go Android Go phone comes with a single camera of 5MP.Battery: The Redmi Go comes with a 3000mAh battery.Software: The Redmi Go runs on Google’s Android Go program, a stripped-down version of Android. Xiaomi is yet to reveal whether the software is based on Android Pie or Android Oreo.Xiaomi Redmi Go features–The Redmi Go will be available in funky colours like black and blue. Most phones this cheap usually comes in just one colour. But with the Redmi go Xiaomi is trying out different strategies to make the phone look interesting.–As far as the overall design is concerned the Redmi Go looks good for its cheap price. By the looks of it, the Redmi Go looks mostly like the Redmi 5A from both the front and the back side. Although the phone has a plastic build the Redmi Go phone appears to be pretty sturdy in the picture. We will be able to give the final verdict after the India launch of the phone.–The Redmi Go sports camera on both front and back. On the back panel, the phone also equips a LED flash which will enable users to click brighter pictures in darker situations, for example inside a room the phone will be capable of clicking decent pictures with a fair amount of details and also colours.–Battery back up of most Redmi phones are often great. The same is expected of the Redmi Go. The Xiaomi Android Go phone is backed by a 3000mAh battery which I believe will easily able to last for one full day or more in a single charge.–Even though the phone is so cheap the Redmi Go can do everything that a premium phone can. The Redmi Go can run WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Maps (Go version), YouTube (Go version), among others.Xiaomi Redmi Go price in IndiaXiaomi is yet to officially confirm the price of Redmi Go. Rumours, however, suggest that the Android Go phone from Xiaomi could be price 80 euros, which roughly translates to Rs 6,500.In India, we expect Xiaomi the Redmi Go price to be slightly aggressive. The India price of the Redmi Go will be slightly on the lower side compared to Europe. In India, we expect the Redmi Go to be priced around Rs 4,000 to disrupt the budget segment yet again. Xiaomi is yet to officially confirm the India launch of the Redmi Go but a report that leaked last week revealed that the phone could hit the Indian stores before the end of Q1 2019, which is before March. Xiaomi will be soon launching the Redmi Note 7 in India.advertisementALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Go announced officially, specs and features revealed but price not yet knownALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 looks good at Rs 10,999, but Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 upcoming launch may spoil its partyALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 looks good at Rs 10,999, but Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 upcoming launch may spoil its partylast_img read more

The 2015 ACC-Big Ten Challenge Matchups, Ranked

first_imgacc big ten challenge logo.Twitter/@TheBuckeyeNut Twitter/@TheBuckeyeNutTwitter/@TheBuckeyeNutThe 14 matchups of this year’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge were released today, and as expected, there are plenty of good, and a number of ugly games ahead of us this winter. We get an old conference rivalry revival between perhaps the two preseason favorites in the two leagues, UNC and Maryland, an Elite Eight rematch between Louisville and Michigan State, and a blue blood showdown between Duke and Indiana. There’s also Virginia Tech vs. Northwestern, which probably won’t have neutral fans quite as excited. In all, every team from the two leagues, save for Georgia Tech, is involved, and these games always bring a lot of intrigue. Here is our ranking of the entire challenge:14. Boston College vs. Penn State: Twitter/@PennStateMBBTwitter/@PennStateMBBJim Christian’s first year at Boston College (13-19, 4-14) wasn’t great by any standard, and things may not get any better in 2015-16. Olivier Hanlan, one of the team’s lone bright spots, is off to the NBA Draft. It seems unlikely that the Eagles make any significant noise in the coming year. They will host Penn State in this year’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge, making for a pretty uninspiring matchup. Like BC, Penn State loses its one bonafide star—D.J. Newbill—from last year’s team. Perhaps these two young teams can find more balance offensively and improve without their prodigious scorers, but we wouldn’t bet on it right now. This will be BC and Penn State’s third ACC-Big Ten Challenge showdown since 2011. The two programs split the first two of those matchups. If this game is as good as the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl between the two schools’ football programs, we’ll be in for a pleasant surprise.13. Rutgers vs. Wake Forest: Twitter/@TieDyeNationTwitter/@TieDyeNationRebuilding jobs in young coaching tenures is a common theme in the low-ranked games on our list, and that is definitely the case for Rutgers vs. Wake Forest. The Scarlet Knights knocked off national semifinalist Wisconsin on January 11, and proceeded to lose out the rest of the season, to finish a lowly 2-16 in conference and 10-22 overall. To compound matters, two of the team’s best players, Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack, are gone, leaving Eddie Jordan with a very lean roster in year three of his Rutgers tenure. Wake Forest is not an overly-talented team, but they were much more competitive in the ACC than Rutgers was in the Big Ten. They might not be a tournament team yet, but they will probably handle Rutgers in an uninspiring game at The RAC.12. Virginia Tech vs. Northwestern: Twitter/@PeteMorisTwitter/@PeteMorisThere’s a chance that this game is more fun than we’re giving it credit for by the time these two meet on the court, but for now, we have to keep the Hokies and Wildcats fairly low. Virginia Tech has been totally rebuilt under Buzz Williams, with a number of freshman receiving a lot of playing time in 2014-15, and a Top 30 recruiting class coming in, there is some hope for the hoops team in Blacksburg. Unfortunately for the Hokies, like BC and PSU, Tech is losing its top player Adam Smith to transfer, which won’t help matters in the near future. Northwestern is also playing better basketball under Chris Collins than it has in the past. Seven footer Alex Olah had a solid 2014-15, and should continue to improve, and Northwestern will be pairing him with four-star recruit Aaron Falzon in the frontcourt. We have to see more before we move a Hokies-Wildcats game up, but there is potential here.11. Minnesota vs. Clemson: Twitter/@ClemsonMBBTwitter/@ClemsonMBBThe Gophers and Tigers are far from the worst that their respective conferences have to offer, but this is a pretty boring match-up to be honest. Minnesota looked ready to turn a corner after winning the 2014 NIT, but instead slipped to a 6-12 Big Ten finish and 18-15 overall record. Clemson was a very solid defensive squad, but after losing K.J. McDaniels from the year before, the Tigers’ offense went in the tank. Jaron Blossomgame is an intriguing player, and Clemson had a few young guys like Donte Grantham step up last season, but we don’t envision them being an overly interesting team in 2015-16 as currently constructed.10. Nebraska vs. Miami: Twitter/@CanesWarningFSTwitter/@CanesWarningFSWe’re big fans of the jobs that both Jim Larranaga and Tim Miles have done at two schools that are traditionally football-focused, but we’re not sure that this game will be as good as it would have been a few seasons ago. Nebraska followed up a very promising NCAA Tournament season in 2013-14 with a disappointing one this past year, and now the Huskers lose top player Terran Petteway to the NBA. Miami, on the other hand, brings back a number of its best players, including guards Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan, and rim protector Tonye Jekiri. Miami should be a factor in the ACC this year, but it is yet to be seen if Nebraska will bounce back to where it was two years ago.9. Pittsburgh vs. Purdue: Twitter/@HailToPittHoopsTwitter/@HailToPittHoopsAfter losing early season games to teams like North Florida and Gardner Webb, all Purdue did was go 12-6 in a tough Big Ten to land itself in the NCAA Tournament. After a few down seasons following the very good Robbie Hummell, E’Twaun Moore teams, Matt Painter’s Boilermakers seem like they’ve shaken off the rust, and could be very good in 2014-15. A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas give Purdue a very strong frontcourt, which could still be further bolstered with a commitment from blue chip forward Caleb Swanigan, who recently decommitted from Michigan State. Pitt, which has one of the nation’s top programs in the 2000s, has been a fairly average club so far in the ACC. James Artis, James Robinson, and Michael Young are nice players, but this Purdue game could be a good indicator for whether or not Pitt will establish itself in the top half of the ACC in 2015-16.8. Iowa vs. Florida State: Twitter/@Seminoles_comTwitter/@Seminoles_comThis is the first match-up that should feature two NCAA Tournament contenders. Florida State has one of the biggest frontcourts you’ll see, with juniors Boris Bojanovsky and Michael Ojo returning, along with the arrival of Jean Marc Christ Koumadjie, the Monteverde Academy center who is listed by some at 7-foot-5. FSU also brings back star guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who made headlines last season when he dropped an unthinkable 30 points in the final 4:38 against Miami. Iowa is a pretty solid team as well, returning four starters from an NCAA Tournament team that blew out a solid Davidson squad in the 7 vs. 10 game before losing to Gonzaga. This may not be the sexiest matchup, at least by name, but these are two solid teams that should make for a good game.Next: The Top 7 ACC-Big Ten Matchups >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2last_img read more

I was nervous a day before World Cup selection: Dinesh Karthik

first_imgI was nervous a day before World Cup selection: Dinesh Karthik2019 Cricket World Cup: Dinesh Karthik said he was nervous a day before World Cup selection. Karthik was preferred over Rishabh Pant as India’s 2nd wicket keeper for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 16, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 21:11 IST 2019 Cricket World Cup: Dinesh Karthik said he was nervous a day before World Cup selection. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDinesh Karthik was named in India’s 15-man squad for the 2019 World CupThis will be Karthik’s second World Cup. He was part of the 2007 squadDinesh Karthik said he was nervous a day before the World Cup selectionWhen the 15-man squad for the World Cup 2019 was announced on April 15, wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik was over-the-moon to have been selected for his second World Cup. Karthik was preferred over Rishabh Pant, the young dynamic wicketkeeper-batsman many thought would make the cut.Dinesh Karthik did not have a lot of time to think about the World Cup selection. He is busy leading Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2019 IPL and as captain, wicketkeeper and a key batsman for the team, his hands are full.Dinesh Karthik only let his mind wander to the selection meeting on April 15 after KKR’s match against Chennai Super Kings the day before. He admitted he was even a little nervous.”Yes, I was nervous. I did not think about World Cup too much since the IPL started,” Karthik said, speaking to Boria Majumdar, Consulting Editor Sports, India Today Group.”I knew the World Cup selection was happening on April 15. Deep down, I wasn’t thinking too much about it. As a captain, the IPL kept me very engaged. After the CSK match, I realised it was selection the next day and that made me a little nervous,” he said.Dinesh Karthik was not selected for the five-match ODI series against Australia at home last month. After the big news, he said that this was a “dream come true for any cricketer” and that he would do all he could to contribute to a World Cup win for India.MSK Prasad’s selection committee chose Dinesh Karthik because it rates him a better wicketkeeper than Rishabh Pant. Karthik had played a World Cup once before in 2007 when he was only 21. He said the 2019 World Cup will be the most important tournament for him in his career.advertisement”It’s an honour and privilege,” said Karthik on his selection. “It feels really good that two people of such stature (captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri) reposed faith in me,” he added. “So many people were fighting for a certain slot. I have to justify their faith by doing the best for the team.”Also Read | Dinesh Karthik celebrated World Cup call-up with RosogollasAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik: Very excited, dream come true to be part of this World Cup teamAlso Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World CupFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Dinesh KarthikFollow Virat KohliFollow World Cup squadFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019last_img read more

Students Grateful for 2017 Eco Camp

first_img A group of students sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to participate in the 2017 Eco Camp, have expressed gratitude for what they described as a “fun and educational” experience.The 10 students, aged 15 to 17, selected through their participation in the Ministry’s Youth Environmental Advocacy Programme (YEAP), attended the ‘Planeteers Camp’ from July 23 to 28, at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Marine Lab in Discovery Bay, St. Ann.The camp provided participants the opportunity to learn more about the marine environment through talks, video presentations, hands-on activities, games and field trips. They were also given the opportunity to swim and snorkel at the dockside.A student from Buff Bay High School said the experience was his best ever, adding that he was able to overcome his fear of snorkeling.The campers noted that due to the interactive and helpful guidance of the camp counsellors, they were barely able to miss home.First-time camper, Tianna McDaniel, of The Manning’s School, described it as amazing, and was delighted to participate in the fun and educational aspects of the activities.Three passes were presented to York Castle High School as a reward for the only video submitted in the Eco Solutions Competition run by the Environmental Risk Management Division of the Ministry.The remaining passes were distributed to high schools across Jamaica that participated in the YEAP.Students were nominated by their school administrations based on merit, environmental interest and leadership qualities. The accommodation for each student was valued at $18,000.The Ministry requested that each student record a brief video recounting their experience at the camp and sharing what they learnt while they were there. The videos will be disseminated on the YEAP’s social media pages.Students sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation for the Discovery Bay Marine Lab’s Eco-Camp 2017 share a boat ride during the camp. A group of students sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to participate in the 2017 Eco Camp, have expressed gratitude for what they described as a “fun and educational” experience. A student from Buff Bay High School said the experience was his best ever, adding that he was able to overcome his fear of snorkeling. The 10 students, aged 15 to 17, selected through their participation in the Ministry’s Youth Environmental Advocacy Programme (YEAP), attended the ‘Planeteers Camp’ from July 23 to 28, at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Marine Lab in Discovery Bay, St. Ann. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Norden Switches Focus to Four

first_imgzoom Danish shipping company Norden will focus on ownership and operation of four vessel types supplemented by operation of Handysize dry cargo vessels, under its newly adopted strategy ”Focus and Simplicity”.“The newly established department Asset Management will ensure that Norden utilises all attractive opportunities to invest in the 4 vessel types in the primary business area, while no further investments will be made in other tonnage,” Norden said.Under the strategy, within dry cargo, Norden will specialize in ownership and operation of Supramax and Panamax vessels, and within tankers, the vessel types Handysize and MR will continue to be in focus.“The goal in the dry cargo segment is to make Norden global industry leader within Supramax and Panamax. By concentrating efforts and investments and with intensified customer focus and a larger fleet, Norden will be able to offer increased flexibility and reliability to customers within these two vessel types,” Norden added.By focusing on Supramax and Panamax and increasing the fleet size within these vessel types, Norden will also be able to schedule the execution of tasks with more flexibility and by doing so benefit from economies of scale, the company explained.The operation of Norden’s product tankers will continue under Norient Product Pool, which is 50% owned by Norden. Norden’s EBIT for the third quarter of 2015 was USD 21 million, against a USD 28 million loss. The company’s tankers posted record results achieveing EBIT of USD 37 million, bouncing back from USD 2 million loss from 2014.The company managed to narrow down its losses in dry cargo market, which continued to be low, posting EBIT of USD-9 million (USD -22 million). The overall result for the period Q3 2015 is USD 10 million (USD -46 million).”Norden’s tanker business has achieved a record result. Low oil prices and strong demand have kept tanker rates up also during the third quarter, which is otherwise considered to be low season. The strong tanker result provides comfort during a time, when the dry cargo market continues to be very challenging, and consequently Norden has reduced its exposure to the market by adjusting its newbuilding programme and by chartering vessels for shorter periods. Our initiated cost focus continues with good results, and we look forward to implementing our new strategy ”Focus and Simplicity”, which sets out to make Norden market leader within Supramax and Panamax vessels,” said Norden’s CEO Jan Rindbo.Norden has kept its expectations for the 2015 EBIT result maintained and specified at USD 70 to 90 million.last_img read more

GAC UK Inks Terminal and Marine Services Deal with Valero

first_imgzoom Shipping and logistics services provider GAC UK has signed a three-year terminal and marine services deal with Valero Logistics UK, a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corporation.Under the agreement, GAC UK will manage and support the discharge of 12-14MT of clean petroleum products each from up to 180 tankers a year at the ports of Cardiff and Plymouth, starting from February 1, 2017.On April 1, the company’s raft of jetty operation services for the energy giant will be extended to include Avonmouth.GAC UK said it will provide terminal services including “secure and safe manning of berths, ship/shore safety checks and connecting shore cargo lines to vessels’ manifolds.“The firm will also conduct value adding cargo sampling at three stages: from the vessels’ tanks before discharge, from shore lines during the operation and from the trucks. The results, including gauge readings before and after discharge, will be fed back to Valero.This latest signing comes on the back of a recent announcement of GAC UK’s contract to support Shell UK’s operations at Braefoot Bay.“This latest deal represents the continuing expansion of our terminal and marine services portfolio in UK ports,” Herman Jorgensen, Managing Director, GAC UK, said.last_img read more

Minister Announces New Governance Model for Tourism

first_imgNova Scotia’s tourism industry will be guided by a new collaboration between industry and government. The province is establishing a special operating agency to more involve tourism operators and experts in developing and implementing a long-term tourism strategy. Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, made the announcement with Danny Bartlett, chair of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia, today, Sept. 19, at Halifax Stanfield International Airport. “Nova Scotians recognize that tourism is an important economic driver for the province, affecting every region,” said Mr. Paris. “We must do everything we can to ensure the sector is reaching its greatest potential in a highly competitive global market. Working together with industry, we will promote innovation and competitiveness as part of government’s jobsHere plan to grow our economy.” The Nova Scotia Tourism Agency will fall under the authority of the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The new Nova Scotia Tourism Agency’s strategic direction will be shaped by an industry board and led by a CEO, who will report to the deputy minister. Members of the province’s tourism industry attended the announcement. “The special operating agency will allow us to strategically invest and aggressively pursue new business opportunities that will make Nova Scotia a destination of choice,” said Mr. Bartlett. “Tourism is big business for the province and we need to operate the sector as we would any significant business.” Many jurisdictions throughout Canada have adopted a public-private partnership for tourism, allowing industry to be more flexible and market driven. “We have consulted extensively with our partners to review the tourism governance model,” said Mr. Paris. “We have done the research, and we believe a special operating agency is the best way for government and industry to work more closely in partnership to become more strategic.” An interim board has been appointed by the minister, including chair, Tom Ruth, president and CEO of the Halifax International Airport Authority. A national executive search for a CEO of the tourism agency will begin immediately. Tourism is an important contributor to Nova Scotia’s economy. In 2008, the industry directly employed more than 22,000 people and generated revenues of $1.82 billion.last_img read more

Experts seek to keep atomic energy peaceful at UN safeguards meeting in

1 November 2010Over 700 experts gathered in Vienna today to determine how best the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog can prevent nuclear materials from being turned into weapons while preserving States’ abilities to benefit from the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The Symposium on International Safeguards at the headquarters of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) brings together representatives of member states, the nuclear industry and members of the broader non-proliferation community for five days of meetings at the IAEA’s headquarters in Austria. Most countries around the world use nuclear techniques for a variety of peaceful purposes, the IAEA said in a press release today. To ensure that these nuclear programmes are not misused the IAEA has developed a system of Safeguards Agreements, with around 170 states submitting nuclear materials, facilities and activities to the scrutiny of the IAEA’s inspectors. The agency currently inspects over 900 nuclear facilities, performing around 2,000 inspections in 2009. With global interest in nuclear power generation increasing, the demands on the IAEA will inevitably rise, offering both challenges and opportunities to the IAEA and its Member States, the agency stated. Topics to be addressed during the 2010 Symposium include support to the global nuclear non-proliferation regime, strengthening international safeguards, the role of non-state actors and covert trade networks, and the globalisation of nuclear information and technology. read more

Ban discusses Libya with Obama urges punishment of those responsible for violence

“We agreed that the international community must stand firmly together during this historic transition toward a more democratic, secure and prosperous Middle East,” Mr. Ban said of his talks with Mr. Obama in the Oval Office, praising the president’s “firm leadership” and telling Mr. Qadhafi that he should listen to his people’s call to leave. The crisis in Libya has seen elements of Mr. Qadhafi’s government use deadly force in its repression of protesters.Earlier Monday, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, said he would decide “without delay” whether to open an investigation into whether the violent repression of peaceful protesters amounted to crimes against humanity, stressing that there would be no impunity for guilty leaders. On Saturday, in a unanimously adopted resolution, the Security Council imposed sanctions against the Libyan authorities, placing an arms embargo against the country and freezing the assets of its leaders, while referring the ongoing violent repression of civilian demonstrators to the ICC, based in The Hague, Netherlands.Speaking to reporters at Washington, D.C.’s Holocaust Museum after his White House visit, Mr. Ban said the Council’s actions are “important and unprecedented, and I’ll make sure that these measures are implemented swiftly.” Already last week, Mr. Ban condemned Mr. Qadhafi’s actions against protestors as possible crimes against humanity, calling for the punishment of those who “brutally shed” the blood of innocents. Media reports on the number of people killed range from the hundreds into the thousands.It was a message he underscored in a statement delivered at the Holocaust Museum, in which he recalled that 70 years ago six million people were murdered at the instigation of a state.“This museum commemorates that appalling truth,” he said. “It calls upon us to remember – and to act. ‘Never again,’” the Secretary-General said. “Once again, we are being tested. In Libya, a regime that has lost all legitimacy has declared war on its people. It is up to us, the community of nations, to stand against this crime… Gross violations of human rights will not be tolerated; those responsible will be punished.” In response to a question afterwards, Mr. Ban said Mr. Qadhafi had lost his legitimacy when he declared war on his people. “I sincerely hope and urge him to listen to his people’s call,” he added. “That’s my message to him.” ‘Never Again’ is a clarion call to moral action, the UN chief said, stressing that it is for all people in all places – whether in Côte d’Ivoire where civilians are being killed as they stand for democracy, or in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, or in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the UN is working to prevent some of the darkest crimes against humanity.“History’s most tragic chapters are written when we fail to heed that call. Let us not fall short. Together, let the world speak loud and clear – through action,” he added.Meanwhile, the ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, said his office – which has to decide whether an investigation into crimes against humanity should be opened – is assessing allegations of widespread or systematic attacks against civilians, and liaising with relevant bodies, including the Arab League, African Union, UN Council on Human Rights, UN High Commission for Human Rights, and with states to collect the required information.“Information suggests that forces loyal to President Muammar Qadhafi are attacking civilians in Libya,” he said in a statement. “This could constitute crimes against humanity and must stop. The Office will act swiftly and impartially. There will be no impunity for leaders involved in the commission of crimes.”The prosecutor is interested in receiving footage and images to confirm the alleged crimes, the statement added, noting that it is liaising with Libyan officials and army officers for information on the identity of authorities with command and control over the organizations allegedly involved in the crimes.Stressing that the prosecutor has to act impartially, the statement said the next step will be to decide whether to open an investigation, and eventually collect evidence and request an arrest warrant against those identified as the most responsible. In accordance with its mandate to end impunity and to contribute to the prevention of future crimes, the prosecutor will act without delay, it added.The ICC President, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, welcomed the Security Council’s resolution from Saturday as an expression of trust in the court’s role “as the first permanent and independent international judicial institution with jurisdiction over the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole.” 28 February 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks on Libya with United States President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., today, later stating that Muammar Al-Qadhafi’s regime had declared war on its own people and must be brought to account for possible crimes against humanity. read more

ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Wednesday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close TueNov. 498.40 502.50 498.40 501.00 498.40Jan. ’18 505.50 507.90 505.50 506.40 503.90March 510.60 511.80 509.30 510.30 507.80May 514.40 514.40 514.40 513.20 510.30July 516.50 517.10 516.50 515.50 512.90Nov. 482.00 482.10 479.80 481.60 479.60Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 482.40 480.40March 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.10 483.10May 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.10 483.10July 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.10 483.10Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.10 483.10Barley (Western): Open High Low Close TueOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Thunder Bay CW: $178.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $509.00 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $524.00 (November 2017) read more

Anchoring the Buckeye defense OSU seeks depth at linebacker

While Penn State is more affably known as “Linebacker U,” OSU seems to produce All-Americans annually at the position.  Last season, OSU had to replace all-everything linebacker James Laurinaitis and longtime starter Marcus Freeman. They didn’t miss a beat, however, as Brian Rolle and Austin Spitler were productive in their starting roles.  With Spitler gone, the Buckeyes are looking for a replacement to match his production. “We’re going to play the best three linebackers,” said Luke Fickell, linebacker coach.“We’ve got a couple of older guys in Homan and Rolle who have played a lot but we’re really looking to see what the young guys can do.” OSU has several young players eager to fill the void, but it looks like it could finally be Etienne Sabino’s time. Sabino, a blue-chip prospect from Florida, might have been the most-heralded recruit in the 2008 class other than Terrelle Pryor. His size, speed and athleticism made him arguably one of the top linebacker prospects in the country. Some expected Sabino to have an immediate impact, while others looked for him to be a starter last season when OSU replaced two seniors.  It wasn’t Sabino’s extraordinary physical gifts that were holding him back, Fickell said.  “You just see him a little more confident, a little bit more of a reacting guy and attacking,” Fickell said. “In the past, he has been a cerebral guy who wants to know everything and sometimes in this sport you can’t know everything. You just have to fly and attack and react on the run.”  “Sometimes we try to study guys and how they learn, and those kind of guys who want more info just take that extra year to process it,” Fickell said, “but when they are ready to go, they’ll be good to go usually.”  Rolle said that he has always known Sabino had extraordinary talent, but at times played too mechanically or like a robot, which held him back. He said Sabino is doing a good job of playing more naturally and is preparing to make his presence known.  “He’s such a young kid,” Fickell said. “I know he is going to be a junior, but he is only 19 years old, and you would like to have some more time with him. He is really coming along and I think this is his best spring so far.” Behind the likely starters of Homan, Rolle and Sabino, the Buckeyes are still trying to find the right players who will be able to contribute.  Andrew Sweat was another highly touted recruit from 2008 who should be ready to get playing time come September. Right now, however, Sweat is still working his way back from ACL surgery. “Andrew is a guy [who thinks he is ready to roll],” Fickell said. “He is only five-and-a-half months out of ACL surgery and he is the guy we are expecting a lot from. If he was in there it would be interesting to see who our best three guys were. He is probably a month away but he thinks he is ready to go, and the other day he jumped in there and went full go.” Fickell said he would like to have as many as nine guys at linebacker who could take turns playing, and stressed the importance of having more capable players than just the three starters.  Along with Sweat, younger players such as Storm Klein, Dorian Bell, Jonathan Newsome and incoming recruits Scott McVey and Jamel Turner could add depth.  “You would like to have six guys who can play,” Fickell said. “Would I be comfortable with some of those freshman guys on the field right now? Probably not real comfortable, but how will we know until we do it? With the jersey scrimmage and the spring game and fall camp, that is when we can really get to evaluate and see what they can do.” If there is one position the Ohio State Buckeyes are known for, it could very well be linebacker. read more

Buckeye brainteasers Ohio State vs Florida

For a 12th consecutive year, the Ohio State football team is heading to a bowl game. In Luke Fickell’s final game as head coach, OSU will take on the University of Florida in the Gator Bowl Jan. 2. Here’s a look at what the Buckeyes can expect in Jacksonville, Fla. What will new OSU head coach Urban Meyer’s role be in helping prepare OSU for the Gator Bowl? Meyer said Dec. 11 that he would not travel with the Buckeyes to Florida, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t helping prepare the team before it departed. During a Dec. 4 conference call, Fickell was vague about whether Meyer would help the Buckeyes prepare for Florida, saying he would continue to focus on the coaches currently leading OSU. “I couldn’t tell you exactly how the whole situation is going to work,” Fickell said. “I don’t know that I would sit there and explain it to anybody other than our team and coaches anyway.” Fickell didn’t dismiss the idea that Meyer would assist the OSU players and the current coaches, so one might think it is likely he’ll have some level of input on the game plan. After all, Meyer recruited the majority of the players on Florida’s roster and is barely a year removed from coaching his former team. One could argue that no person outside of Florida’s current staff knows the Gators better than Meyer. What Florida players could pose a threat to OSU’s defense? The Florida offense has averaged 25.6 points per game this season which is ranked 71st nationally. Quarterback John Brantley came into Florida as a highly touted recruit and was expected to replace former Gator legend Tim Tebow, but has struggled at times moving into the offense. He’s thrown 1,912 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions on the season. The strength of the UF offensive attack is its speedy running backs Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps. Both backs are under 5 feet 9 inches, but it’s the running backs’ agility and speed that make them a threat. The Gators try to get the ball to Rainey and Demps on the edge and aren’t afraid to utilize the two in the passing game. Between the two of them, they have combined for 1,329 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. OSU defensive coordinator Jim Heacock said he’s very aware of Florida’s fast running back tandem. “They have speed in the backfield,” Heacock said. “They changed to a pro-style offense this year and I think it’s been good for them. I think they have a little more power and they are a little more physical.” Can the Buckeyes keep up with Florida’s speed? When Meyer was head coach at Florida, the Gators developed a reputation for speed. It gave Florida a multitude of options on offense and a swarming mentality on defense. OSU witnessed the danger of Florida’s speed first hand in 2007, when the Gators beat the Buckeyes, 41-14, in the BCS National Championship Game. Will Muschamp took over as Florida’s head coach and switched the offense to more of a pro-style attack, but many of the speedy players Meyer recruited are still on the roster. “You hope we can keep up with their speed,” Heacock said. “You never know until you get out in the game and see how we’re playing. I think we have the potential when we are moving fast and playing fast that we can match up. A lot of it has to do with attitude and the approach you take to the game.” But, the Buckeye players believe they have enough speed of their own to matchup with the Gators. “I think we match up (to Florida’s speed) pretty well,” freshman linebacker Ryan Shazier said. “People may overlook us just because we’re in the Big Ten and they don’t think we are fast. But I think we have just as much speed.” Can the Buckeyes put a happy ending on the turbulent year? The OSU football team has been through a lot this season on and off the field. Scandals, suspensions and six losses have made this year one that many Buckeye fans would like to forget. For the first time since 2004, OSU won’t be playing in a BCS bowl, but the Buckeye players still say they have a lot to play for. “It would mean a lot to win this game,” senior linebacker Tyler Moeller said. “You always want to finish on top. It would give the team great morale heading into next year. And for me personally, and especially the seniors, it would be great to go out with a win in the last game.” Expect the Buckeyes to do just that. A Buckeye defense that’s almost back to full health and maturing freshman quarterback Braxton Miller will lead the Buckeyes to a close victory over the Gators. Final score prediction: OSU 31, Florida 27 read more

Two men arrested after shooting in Wolverhampton which left sixyearold boy injured

A 24-year-old man and 17-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of wounding after a six-year-old boy was injured in a shooting.Officers from West Midlands Police believe a group of men fired shots at a house in Ashbourne Road in the Eastfield area of Wolverhampton at around 4pm on Friday.The injured boy, who was in the property at the time, has an injured back and remains in hospital in a stable condition.The arrested men remain in custody, West Midlands Police said.Detective Inspector Rod Rose said: “These arrests are a significant step forward in our investigation which continues at pace. Forensic officers examine the scene for evidence Forensic officers examine the scene for evidenceCredit:Jamie Ricketts/Caters News Agency Police have increased patrols and brought in extra officers following the incident.Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. “It’s a shocking incident where someone has opened fire with a shotgun in broad daylight.”The motive of this attack remains unclear and we’re working hard to try and understand what happened earlier today.” Police at the scene in Wolverhampton Police at the scene in WolverhamptonCredit:Matthew Cooper /PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Industrial minerals contribute 335 billion to US GDP

first_imgAs the leading international resource for fact-based, technical information about America’s mining and related industries, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) has released a technical briefing paper addressing the economic impact the industrial minerals sector has on society. In the paper, Industrial Minerals’ Impact on the U.S. Economy, SME states industrial minerals are fundamental to the US economy, contributing $33.5 billion to the real gross domestic product (GDP) and directly employing 68,000 workers. The physical properties of industrial minerals, such as absorption, material texture and high specific gravity, allow for their use in a variety of consumer products and applications. “Although industrial minerals are prevalent in nearly all aspects of our daily lives, the general public knows very little about them,” said SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy. “They are the critical raw materials that support myriad market sectors from abrasives, drilling mud and pharmaceuticals, to synthetic fibres, plastics and paper.” American manufacturers currently rely on foreign suppliers for more than half of the minerals they use in finished productsAmerica is 100% dependent on imports for 19 minerals and more than 50% import-dependent for an additional 24 minerals – many of which are industrial mineralsAs the US economy continues to recover, manufacturing, construction and agriculture will drive demand for increased use of industrial minerals that will fuel the domestic engine of growthIndustrial minerals are responsible for $33.5 billion of the $232 billion value that mining adds to the US economy on an annual basisApproximately 68,000 workers are directly employed by the industrial minerals mining sector. To obtain a copy of this paper, go to: read more

Crisis affects OECD ranking

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram While Australia tops the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Developmen (OECD) index list, Greece has fallen bellow the average in most areas. Taking into account areas like housing, income, education, health and civic engagement, the list profiles 36 counties and ranks them in those areas. Australians were catagorised as the happiest, while Greece was the second lowest on the list in terms of life satisfaction. The average household net-adjusted disposable income was $US28,884 a year for Australians, while Greece languished at barely over $20 440 USD. In times of crisis, many would expect wallets to tighten, but civic duties and the willingness to help others took a back seat. Only 30 per cent of people reported having helped a stranger in the last month, “one of the lowest in the OECD”. For a country ingrained with the ideals of ‘filotimo’ (civic kindness), it shows many just can’t justify charity when they themselves are close to needing it. “A weak social network can result in limited economic opportunities, a lack of contact with others, and eventually, feelings of isolation,” the OECD report concluded. Stress might have also pushed many to take up or keep smoking, with Greece having the “highest rate of daily smokers among adults of all OECD countries with a rate of 31.9%”. There is a considerable gap between the richest and poorest – the top 20% of the population earn six times as much as the bottom 20%. While many have been vocal about Greeks being ‘lazy’, the OECD has found that Greeks work 2032 hours a year, one of the highest rates and much more than the OECD average of 1776 hours. That is if they have work. Just over half of all Greeks aged 15 to 64 have a paid job. Australians are amazingly underworked, just under the average at 1693 hours a year.last_img read more

GEEK PICK Hammer of Legend Mjolnir

first_imgThe Marvel version of Mjolnir looks like a big silver brick with a stick coming out of it. According to Viking Age iconography, that wasn’t the case. Thor’s hammer was more rounded, with a shallow triangular top instead of a completely flat surface. This Mjolnir is a shallow hexagon, squat but slightly curved and more in line with period drawings and jewelry honoring Thor.This hammer has a solid metal head, cast with Norse knotwork and given an antique, weathered bronze finish. I mean solid metal, as in a big hunk of unidentified-by-ThinkGeek (non-ferrous, and could be solid aluminum) metal that accounts for most of the hammer’s four-pound weight. This is a heavy museum piece sort of collectible, not a toy. It isn’t Uru-metal, but it can still do serious damage if you swing it around like a lunatic. We’re talking proper hammer here.The shaft is solid oak, with brass rivets and a heavy leather grip. The pommel of the hammer is also metal, with another Norse knotwork design molded into it. If you want to display Thor’s hammer, it includes a wooden wall plaque with yellow-and-black Norse art depicting Mjolnir on the front. The art is a heavy decal rather than paint, and you’ll need to poke a needle through the two holes in the back to screw in the hanging hooks for the hammer. Despite this, the plaque doesn’t look or feel particularly cheap.ThinkGeek’s Hammer of Legend: Mjolnir usually retails for $149.99, but it’s currently on sale for half that price at $74.99. For a legitimately solid, imposing piece of mythological weapondry, that’s not a bad price at all. This is a really compelling prop, tool, or decoration for anyone interested in the Viking Age or Germanic and Norse mythology. It’s a beauty of a hammer that comes at least closer to what the real Thor might have swung before Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby brought him into the modern era in Journey into Mystery #83.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Everyone likes Thor, right? Blonde, dashing, went through a satisfying character arc and became really fun and compelling in his third movie? Here’s some interesting Thor trivia: He isn’t just a Marvel character. He’s an actual mythological figure with lore reaching back over a thousand years! It’s true! And that’s why ThinkGeek’s Hammer of Legend: Mjolnir isn’t just an unlicensed collectible of the Norse god of thunder’s most famous weapon, it’s historically much more accurate than, say, Marvel’s Thor’s hammer turned into a toolbox.center_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more