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first_imgHungary 1 Australia 2: Kadar blunder settles bruising contest Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 01:36 6/10/18 danielarzani-cropped Getty Images Tamas Kadar’s late own-goal gave Australia a 2-1 victory over a physical Hungary side in Budapest. Australia’s impressive pre-World Cup results continued with a 2-1 victory over Hungary that was marked by two blundering own-goals towards the end of a combative encounter.After the Socceroos were pinned back for long periods of the game, second-half substitute Daniel Arzani scored with a bobbling shot on 74 minutes, but his efforts were undone by defender Trent Sainsbury.The Australia captain headed through his own net two minutes from time in comedy fashion, only to have his blushes spared four minutes later when opposite number Tamas Kadar nutmegged his own goalkeeper in injury time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Bert van Marwijk’s side had beaten the Czech Republic 4-0 in their previous warm-up match, but struggled to create chances against a Hungary side that had lost two of their last three home games.The Socceroos failed to land a single shot on target in the first half and had goalkeeper Mat Ryan to thank for a number of important saves that prevented the hosts from taking the lead.While Van Marwijk might have been pleased to see his defence survive a stern test from the Hungarian attack, he will not have appreciated the combative nature of Georges Leekens’ side, who missed out on the World Cup after finishing third in their qualifying group.FULL TIME | 2-1 @Socceroos. Next stop: Russia #GoSocceroos— Caltex Socceroos (@Socceroos) June 9, 2018Australia found themselves in an unwanted physical battle early on and endured pressure from Hungary, who probed down the left through Gergo Lovrencsics.Slowly the Socceroos began to assert themselves and Robbie Kruse crashed a shot onto the crossbar from Aaron Mooy’s cross after 16 minutes only to be flagged offside, and he turned Mathew Leckie’s low ball over three minutes later.Ryan did well to save at the feet of Adam Szalai and then pulled off a brilliant last-ditch block to prevent the same player from opening the scoring on the half-hour mark, making himself big and saving with his legs after a Mark Milligan error let the striker through on goal.There was nothing Ryan could do about Laszlo Kleinheisler’s ferocious 25-yard shot that dipped over the goalkeeper before hitting the top of the crossbar on its way into the stands.Roland Sallai flashed a shot over the top from distance early in the second half as Hungary kept the pressure on, but Australia’s defence became wise to their opponents’ favoured lines of attack.With the visitors’ defence proving harder to penetrate, Lovrencsics lashed a shot well over from 20 yards before substitute Jackson Irvine landed Australia’s first shot on target at the other end, forcing Peter Gulacsi into a high save with his rising effort from close range.Arzani picked the ball up on the left and cut inside before rattling a low, bobbling shot that Denes Dibusz misjudged and it squirmed under his body and into the bottom right corner of the net.Just as Arzani’s goal looked to have settled it, Sainsbury stooped to head Attila Fiola’s cross back towards his own goal having failed to spot the position of substitute goalkeeper Brad Jones, who could not prevent the ball from crossing the line.Much to Sainsbury’s relief, Australia piled forward and Irvine’s cross into the six-yard box was poked through Hungary substitute Dibusz’s legs at the death.  read morelast_img read more

first_imgInjured player turns coach, guides Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa to historic Asian successIndian squash player Harinder Pal Sandhu, who was recovering from a serious back injury, had to travel with the Indian squash team as a makeshift arrangement for the head coach. Not only did injured Sandhu did his job but also guided the team to a historic triumph at the Asian Individual Squash Championship.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 6, 2019UPDATED: May 6, 2019 18:21 IST Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal won the Asian Individual Squash Championships on Sunday. (twitter/@joshnachinappa)HIGHLIGHTSJoshna Chinappa retained her title at the Asian Individual Squash ChampionshipJoshna defeated world No.11 Annie Au 11-5, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6 at the eventSaurav Ghosal beat Leo Au Chun Ming 11-9, 11-2, 11-8 to grab the men’s title.With the national team without a head coach for more than a year, Indian stars Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa had to rely on injured teammate Harinder Pal Sandhu for coaching advice en route their historic triumph at the Asian Individual Squash Championship in Kuala Lumpur.Sandhu, who is an active player and Ghosal’s best friend, was sitting courtside when the 10th-ranked Indian outplayed the reigning Asian Games champion Leo Au in straight games to become the first male from India to win the continental title on Sunday night.But this time, Sandhu was not sitting as a teammate but as the ‘official’ coach travelling with the squad.Though Sandhu, who is recovering from a serious back injury, did really well for a makeshift arrangement, national coach Cyrus Poncha did not travel with the team for one of the most important events of the year.However, the scenario is not new in Indian squash as the players had to bank on each other’s advice during the Asian Games last year, creating an embarrassing situation for travelling support staff comprising Poncha and Bhuvneshwari Kumari.When asked why Poncha did not travel with the team to Kuala Lumpur, especially when the team doesn’t have a foreign coach since March 2018, Indian squash federation (SRFI) president Debendranath Sarangi sounded clueless.”National coach Poncha was very much with the team,” Sarangi told PTI.However, the players, including Ghosal, who were in Kuala Lumpur, confirmed they had not seen Poncha around during the competition.Poncha, who was conspicuous by his absence in Malaysia, had told PTI last month that the SRFI had decided to rope in foreign coaches on an event to event basis rather than having one full-time, which is the norm in major Indian sports federations.advertisementA foreign expert was supposed to travel with the contingent to Kuala Lumpur but Sarangi said he is still awaiting sports ministry’s approval on the appointment.”There are elections going on in the country and the government is busy. We hope to get the sanction in the next couple of weeks and when the next event comes, there will be a foreign coach travelling with the squad,” said the SRFI chief when asked why no coach has been hired in more than a year.Ghosal and Chinappa, arguably the finest players to have come out of India, produced their A game to beat their highly-rated opponents. Chinappa defended the women’s singles crown by beating long-time rival Annie Au for the first time since September 2017.Choosing not to comment on the coach-less conundrum, Ghosal said it was good to have Sandhu by the courtside.”He is my best friend and knows my game inside out. I had spoken to David Palmer (his personal coach and former world number one) before the final and Sandhu knew what he had discussed. He knows what I can do on the court and it surely helped me,” Ghosal said.”It was a good coaching stint for him but it is something he can explore after retiring from professional squash. Hoping he is back on court soon,” he added.Chinappa too credited Sandhu and physio Dimple for keeping her in good shape.”Honestly, it was amazing to have Harry (Sandhu) as coach. He is an active player who could not take part due to his injury but was really professional as a coach. He in fact started preparing with me one week in advance and being my mixed doubles partner, knows my game really well,” she said.Also Read | Kedar Jadhav ruled out of IPL 2019 playoffs due to injuryAlso Read | IPL 2019: Warner, Rabada and Russell chart-toppers after league stageAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Joshna ChinappaFollow Saurav GhosalFollow Asian Games Nextlast_img read more

first_imgNova Scotia’s HIV/AIDS strategy is making progress since it was announced in 2003. New treatment programs and supports for people living with HIV/AIDS are some of the achievements highlighted in an update released by the Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS today, Dec. 1, World AIDS Day. “Work has begun on all 19 recommended actions with significant progress on several of them,” said commission chair Larry Baxter. “Nova Scotia should be pleased with this progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS. However, there is still much to do on both the specific issues around HIV/AIDS and on those health and social factors that affect all our lives.” The strategy was released on Dec. 1, 2003. Progress on the recommendations includes: Events to commemorate World AIDS Day are taking place across the province. In Halifax, A Day Without Art will be held at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the annual AIDS Vigil will take place at 7 p.m. at the Bloomfield Centre. AIDS vigils, fundraisers, concerts and other events are being held at various universities and in the communities of New Glasgow, Truro, Antigonish and Sydney. More information on events is available from the commission at 902-424-5730. AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is a disease caused by HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus that attacks the immune system. Between 1985 and 2004, 668 HIV-positive tests were reported in both Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, and between 1979 and 2004, 317 cases of AIDS were reported. The majority of both HIV and AIDS cases are in Nova Scotia. The actual number of cases is difficult to estimate because some people are diagnosed outside of Nova Scotia, are unaware of their infection, and/or choose not be tested. HIV/AIDS is 100 per cent preventable. A summary of the strategy is available online at or by contacting the AIDS commission at 902-424-5730. An anonymous testing program was established by the AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton, in partnership with Public Health Services, Cape Breton District Health Authority and Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority. The program will begin operating in late December. A methadone maintenance treatment program was established at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital by the addiction services section of the Cape Breton District Health Authority. Research into best practices in HIV/AIDS prevention and harm reduction in colleges and universities was completed. A report will be distributed in early 2006 to student health services in universities and colleges throughout Nova Scotia for discussion and followup action. The Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project is identifying the spiritual care needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS, and of their families and friends, and the resources available throughout Nova Scotia to respond to these needs. A report will be available in early 2006 outlining a process by which those needs may be responded to with available supports and services.last_img read more

first_imgMilan: Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini scored the first goal of the Serie A season on Saturday as the champions kicked off their bid for a ninth consecutive title with a pedestrian 1-0 win at Parma. As the champions struggled without coach Maurizio Sarri, absent from the bench as he recovers from pneumonia, Serie A runners-up Napoli won a 4-3 thriller in Fiorentina. Skipper Lorenzo Insigne scored a brace for Napoli including the 67th-minute winner and had a role in Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon’s goals for the southerners. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIn Parma, Chiellini made the difference early, connecting with an Alex Sandro deflected shot to fire in from close range after 21 minutes in Emilia Romagna. “He (Sarri) can be proud because the team have shown that we are united, that we can train with dedication and application. We will improve, but the important thing is to grow by winning,” said 35-year-old Chiellini after just his 27th goal in his 14-year Juventus career. Sarri’s arrival has been hailed as the dawn of a new era for Juventus with a different exciting style of football. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBut the Turin giants new-look side mirrored Massimiliano Allegri’s of last season. Apart from Argentine Gonzalo Higuain, back from a loan to Chelsea, preferred up front alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in place of Paulo Dybala, the team was the same as last season. New Dutch defender Matthijs De Ligt remained on the bench with Welsh international Aaron Ramsey not in the group, while French midfielder Adrien Rabiot came on after an hour in place of Sami Khedira. Sarri’s assistant Giovanni Martusciello was on the bench and took instructions from the former Napoli and Chelsea boss. “I spoke to him before, during the break and at the end of the game, when obviously he was much happier with the result,” he said. “Being a perfectionist he was still angry at the mistakes made.” Martusciello defended the lineup, insisting “taking a gamble in the first game of the season would have been unnecessary”. “This is a team full of champions.” Ronaldo drew a blank with a goal ruled offside and several missed efforts against Parma who finished 14th on their return to Serie A last season. Ronaldo squandered a golden chance after half an hour, controlling a Higuain cross with his chest but sending wide across the face of goal. The Portuguese looked to have made up for his earlier error on 34 minutes, finishing off a Douglas Costa effort into the back of the net. The goal was ruled offside after consultation with VAR with Ronaldo deemed to be marginally offside. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner again proved wasteful after an hour latching on to a Costa cross but sending the ball over the top of goal. His frustration continued five minutes later with Parma goalkeeper Luigi Sepe denying the Portuguese at full stretch. “Great to start the season with three points!” the 34-year-old Ronaldo tweeted after the game. In Florence, midfielder Erick Pulgar converted a penalty after just nine minutes to the delight of the home crowd and new club owner Italian-American media magnate Rocco Commisso. But Mertens pulled Napoli back after 38 minutes with Insigne adding a second from the spot just before the break. Nikola Milenkovic’s powerful header six minutes after the break kept Fiorentina, 16th last season, in the game.last_img read more

first_imgWILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Emergency officials in British Columbia’s southern Interior warn that devastating wildfires that charred thousands of square kilometres of timber and bush last year now have the potential to make seasonal flooding even more severe.The warning from the Cariboo Regional District comes as about 120 properties were ordered to evacuate Sunday in the Upper Nazko region about 100 kilometres west of Quesnel.Flood warnings have been posted for the Nazko and West Road rivers in the region and Emily Epp, the regional district’s emergency operations centre spokeswoman, said surging water had already cut some roads and trapped residents on their land.“The RCMP is helping them evacuate by helicopter and then we are transporting them by bus to emergency support services reception centre in Quesnel,” Epp said early Monday.Flood watches were also posted by the River Forecast Centre for many other waterways around the Cache Creek, Merritt, Williams Lake and Quesnel areas, and Epp said the 2018 spring thaw was shaping up to be challenging.“We are definitely seeing much more significant flooding than we usually do in our regional district and the experts at the River Forecast Centre and Ministry of Environment are advising us that a lot of this is due to the impact from the wildfires last year,” she said.More than 12,000 square kilometres of timber and bush burned across B.C. between July and September 2017, with the largest wildfire ever recorded in the province, called the Plateau fire, destroying a massive area west of Quesnel and Williams Lake.The Nazko watershed, where the current flooding is occurring, was significantly impacted by that blaze, Epp said.“The experts are telling us that with the devastation to the landscape, the water and snowmelt is able to flow much more accessibly into the rivers and streams and so causes these high stream flow and potential flooding issues,” she said.In southern B.C., evacuation orders were lifted early Tuesday and replaced with an evacuation alert for most properties in the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District community of Tulameen. Residents on four streets closest to Otter Lake remained under an evacuation alert.Evacuation orders had also been posted for the Sportsman Bowl area north of Oliver.On Saturday, a mudslide forced the evacuation of 12 properties in the Killiney Beach area on the northwest side of Okanagan Lake.The Central Okanagan Regional District said in a news release Monday that workers are trying to stabilize a road in the area and an assessment is underway to determine if a slope above the properties is stable.“Only when conditions are safe, will the order will be rescinded and residents allowed to return,” the regional district said.Rapidly rising river levels and the likelihood of flooding in low-lying areas for the southern Interior, Boundary, Kootenay and Peace regions prompted the River Forecast Centre to maintain high streamflow advisories there.Recent rains, extremely heavy snowpacks and another round of temperatures in the mid to high 20s for many parts of southern B.C. are expected to add to flooding risks in the coming days.The Provincial Emergency Co-ordination Centre advises people to stay away from eroded banks and keep children and pets away from stream banks, which could be unstable.The centre also says to pay attention to changing conditions, especially in low-lying areas and it has listed steps to take in case flooding occurs, including creating a household emergency plan and moving valuables and equipment to higher ground.Note to readers: .last_img read more

first_imgDawson Creek RCMP officers were already in the area on unrelated matters and arrived on scene shortly after the incident. The man was located in the Canadian Tire parking lot and apprehended. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a report of a man allegedly shoplifting and threatening staff at the local Walmart with a knife.On Sunday, May 20, a staff member at Walmart reported that while attempting to retrieve what was believed to be stolen merchandise from a man walking out of Walmart, he was threatened as the man brandished a large knife at him saying he was going to kill him. A search of the man located a large kitchen knife, a machete, a small amount of a substance believed to be methamphetamine and some stolen merchandise.The man is currently in police custody, and at this point’s there’s no word on whether charges will be laid.Photos of the knives found on the suspect – D.C. RCMPlast_img read more

Sri Lanka will welcome asylum seeker boats turned around by Australian authorities, the country’s high commissioner to Australia says.According to The Australian newspaper, Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe was commenting on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s pledge to reinstate the Howard-era policy of towing back asylum seeker vessels. “They need not come to Australia if they fear for their life,” he said.“There is much closer destinations if they have to (leave).” “These are very simple matters to deal (with) and this can be handled at any time, provided the safety of the people in these not very seaworthy boats are assured.” “Any Sri Lankan asylum boat being brought by the Australian navy to our waters we will welcome, and we’ll take over them at appropriate locations,” he told ABC television last night. The Australian newspaper reported that Admiral Samarasinghe had said he expected the 66 suspected asylum seekers, who on Tuesday arrived on a fishing vessel at the busy West Australian port of Geraldton, to be sent back to Sri Lanka.He denied there were widespread cases of human rights abuse in Sri Lanka and insisted people were leaving the country by boat for economic reasons. read more

“Some of you are from countries with first-hand experience of United Nations peacekeeping – through the missions called MINUGUA (the UN Human Rights Verification Mission in Guatemala) and UNAMSIL (UN Mission in Sierra Leone), the latter being the largest of today’s operations,” Mr. Annan said in a statement read by his chief of staff, Under-Secretary-General Iqbal Riza.”Each of you is also familiar with the development work of the United Nations throughout the world from our long-standing and wide-ranging efforts in your own country,” he said, as he wished them well.The reporters who received the annual fellowships this year were Mani Ngegba Sorie of Sierra Leone, Namini Wijedasa of Sri Lanka, Damakant Jayshi of Nepal and Luisa Fernanda Rodriguez Quiroa of Guatemala.Mr. Annan called the senior correspondents of UNCA a vital presence, “bringing into the building the hopes and fears of the world’s peoples, especially those whose voices are neglected or oppressed, and sending from this building news of action – or inaction.” read more

The partnership, announced Wednesday, between the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), includes specific action to address air pollution, climate change and antimicrobial resistance as well as improve coordination on waste and chemicals management, water quality, and food and nutrition issues. “Our health is directly related to the health of the environment we live in. Together, air, water and chemical hazards kill some 12.6 million people a year. This cannot and must not continue,” said Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of WHO, in a news release announcing the undertaking. “There is an urgent need for [us] to work more closely together to address the critical threats to environmental sustainability and climate – which are the foundations for life on this planet. This new agreement recognizes that sober reality,” added Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of UNEP. The new collaboration has a particular focus on the developing world as the worst impacts of environmental pollution and the related deaths occur in developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The initiative also includes joint management of the BreatheLife advocacy campaign to reduce air pollution for multiple climate, environment and health benefits. The two UN agencies have been cooperating in a range of health and environment areas.This latest partnership, is however, the most significant formal agreement on joint action across the breadth of environment and health issues in over 15 years, the agencies added. read more

Then-redshirt-senior Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) celebrates a sack during a game against Vanderbilt Oct. 5 at Vanderbilt Stadium. Feb. 9 Sam came out as gay and hopes to become the first active openly gay NFL player.Courtesy of MCTTypically an article like this would begin with something clever. A witty pun or a topical joke used to entice someone to dig further.But I feel this deserves more. Any attempt at humor would diminish and, honestly, disrespect the incredible bravery shown by former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam.In an interview with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Sam has come out as “an openly, proud gay man.”“I’m not afraid to tell the world who I am,” Sam said in the interview with ESPN’s Chris Connelly. “I’m Michael Sam, I’m a college graduate, I’m African-American and I’m gay.”Sam recently finished his career at Missouri and is an NFL draft prospect, something that already comes with a heavy amount of scrutiny.Now the limelight will shine even brighter on the young football player.In 2014, this shouldn’t be big news. In the U.S., we have openly gay teachers, doctors, politicians, even pastors, and yet a major professional athlete admitting he or she is gay remains somewhat of a taboo.There has never been an openly gay player actively playing in the four major American professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL).Although former Washington Wizards center Jason Collins came out in April, he has not played for an NBA team since his announcement. LA Galaxy midfielder Robbie Rogers made the same courageous announcement in January 2013, but Major League Soccer isn’t given as much attention as the NFL.There have even been former NFL players who have come out as gay after retirement — Dave Kopay, Kwame Harris and Wade Davis to name a few — but never someone who is, or is seeking to, actively play in the league.What Sam is attempting to do is break into the most popular and over-analyzed sport in America.Sam is putting his career, his livelihood and, to be frank, even his life, on the line so he can be a role model and a leader for countless others across the country.“I understand how big this is,” Sam told “Outside the Lines.” “No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be … I want to be a football player in the NFL.”I don’t pretend to understand what going through adversity is truly like. I am an upper-middle class, heterosexual, white, liberal male, but that does not diminish the respect that I have for what Sam is doing.His courage and fearlessness are something that could pave the way for the future.But now that the announcement has been made, another hurdle must be jumped: getting drafted.Sam — projected as a mid-round draft prospect by — is set to continue preparing for the NFL draft in the hopes of being selected in May.It would be completely naive to pretend that his draft stock will not be affected with this coming to light.Even with all of the talent he possesses — Sam led the SEC with 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for a loss in 2013 — the media circus that is sure to follow him wherever he goes might make NFL general managers think twice before pulling the trigger and selecting him.It shouldn’t, though. If this were an ideal world, Sam would be judged on his football accomplishments and not his sexual orientation. In 2013, Sam had an incredible season for the Tigers, being named first team All-American and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.“It shouldn’t matter,” Sam said about coaches and players reacting to his sexuality. “If I work hard, if I make plays, that’s all that should matter. ‘Can he help us win games, is he a team player,’ that’s all that should matter.”“Sports Illustrated” reported there are anonymous sources in the NFL who believe Sam’s presence in the locker room will prove to be a distraction, which is an argument that is not only ridiculous, but offensive to the gay community.“I mean, people will talk about the stereotype of gays being in the locker room … to me, I think that it’s a little stereotyped that gay people are predators,” Sam said. “It’s just very offensive.”Sam said in the interview he told his teammates at Missouri in August before the 2013 season began. If his coming out to the team was a distraction, it wasn’t a very good one. The Tigers finished with a record of 12-2, tied for the best in program history, and finished the year ranked No. 5 in the country.Since the announcement, there has been a large number of people come out in support of Sam.Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams took to Twitter to back Sam.“I could care less about a man’s sexual preference! i care about winning games and being respectful in the locker room!,” Williams tweeted  Sunday evening from his personal account, @DeAngeloRB.The NFL issued a statement on their stance, which said “We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage. Michael is a football player. Any player with the ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”Despite all of the positive support, it is the detractors — whether they be players or coaches — who could change Sam’s fate.If even one player in the locker room comes forward to the general manager, the owner or the coach and voices his opinion against Sam, it could be the difference between Sam being drafted or not.I am asking, nay I am begging NFL owners to try and not see Sam just for his sexual orientation but to see him as a player. Look at his résumé to judge his abilities — don’t base your decision to employ him on a factor that has nothing to do with football.At the end of the day, it will come down to just one team deciding that it wants Sam and the barrier will be broken.Only time will tell if Sam will be rightfully rewarded for his bravery or not. But one thing is clear to me.People like Sam, Collins, Rogers and the many others deserve to be celebrated more than any other athlete. What they are doing reaches beyond sports and into the culture of America.Michael Sam, I am in awe of you and what you are doing, and want to thank you for the step you are taking toward a brighter future. read more

first_imgEuromoney Institutional Investor, the international online information and events group, has strengthened its position in the $1.2 trillion metals and mining sector with the acquisition of Investing in African Mining Indaba, one of the world’s largest mining investment events and one attended regularly by International Mining.Mining Indaba, which takes place every February in Cape Town, South Africa, attracts over 7,000 professionals in African mining, making it Africa’s largest mining event.  Governments, investors, business leaders and regulators from more than 110 countries attend the event each year, as well as representatives from over 2,300 international companies.Euromoney will incorporate Mining Indaba into its market-leading stable of global commodities and investment brands, including Metal Bulletin, Industrial Minerals, Coaltrans, IJGlobal and Institutional Investor.  The UK-listed group will draw on its strong links to institutional investors and governments worldwide further to enhance the investor content and networking which is at the heart of Mining Indaba.The event attracts senior level speakers from the African and international investment and mining communities including in 2014, major investor and mining luminary, Robert Friedland, Tom Butler, Global Head of Mining of IFC, Sir Paul Collier from University of Oxford and the CEOs of AngloGold Ashanti, Rangold and Exxaro. Future events will develop further opportunities for investors looking to deepen their exposure to mining in Africa.Using its experience in launching and building international events, Euromoney plans to expand Mining Indaba outside of South Africa.  With its expertise in global commodities markets these events will serve the growing regional and international demand for investor-focused events in the global metals and mining sector.“Over the past 20 years, Mining Indaba has established itself as the must-attend forum for anyone active in African mining,” said Richard Ensor, Chairman of Euromoney. “The event is highly complementary with our commodities and investment portfolios and will benefit from being part of a more diverse and international platform. With Africa expected to play a central role in the global metals and mining sector for the foreseeable future, Euromoney also intends to build on Mining Indaba’s position as a premier mining investment event by investing in content and the latest networking tools and using our strong links with institutional investors and governments around the world.”Jonathan Moore, Managing Director of Mining Indaba, added: “We are very pleased to be joining the Euromoney team at a time when the outlook for African mining is visibly brightening. The vision and long-term commitment of Euromoney to the metals and mining sector fit perfectly with the strategy of Mining Indaba. With the strong financial backing, event management expertise, media support and prestigious investor reach of its new parent, Mining Indaba is well placed to deliver exciting, new learning and networking opportunities to its loyal customers. The transaction will also provide the support needed to extend the Mining Indaba brand both within Africa and around the world to meet growing demand.”last_img read more

first_imgCrossFire SX – a new safety certified I/O controller is available from maximatecc. With its I/O flexibility and range of options for software programming, CrossFire SX offers OEMs and system developers an open platform for easy design of safe machine control systems. The controller is based on a modern ARM Cortex R4 Safety CPU, enabling an efficient implementation of safety functionality. The result is a safe controller, meeting ISO 13849 PL d and IEC61131 SIL2 safety requirements, at the cost of a non-safe controller.CrossFire SX has 16 inputs and 16 outputs, all totally configurable in terms of I/O type. Inputs support Digital, Current, Frequency and Voltage on different levels. Outputs support High and Low Current outputs, PWM, PWMi, Digital HS/LS and H-bridge.It is freely programmable in either C or CoDeSys. It has CANopen Safety and a set of safety features that make it easy for system developers to implement safety functions. The controller features 3 CAN interfaces supporting either CANopen or SAE J1939.With an attractive cost per I/O channel and a compact and robust design, CrossFire SX makes it possible to design a distributed control system, and gain all the technical and performance benefits such a system brings, while keeping system cost low.last_img read more

first_imgLenovo’s getting in on the gadget reveal action, too, and has outed a pair of new Android tablets to add to its IdeaPad line: the A2107 and the A2109.First up is the A2107 (above), a rugged little device which sports a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display. In terms of visuals, it’s more on par with the Kindle Fire than the Nexus 7. It also matches up with the Fire in terms of speed, with a dual-core 1GHz Cortex A9 chip under the hood. One thing Lenovo is offering that Amazon doesn’t is mobile Internet: the A2107 features support for both WCMA and GSM networks. Wi-Fi-only configurations will be offered, too, as will storage capacities of 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB — and all models will include a microSD slot for expandability.Its specs aren’t mind-blowing, but Lenovo’s hoping that the special “roll cage” design (which makes the A2107 more capable of handling falls) attracts a few people. That, coupled with its (probably) budget-friendly price point could make the IdeaTab A2107 an attractive option for some shoppers when it arrives next month.The A2109 is the bigger brother, measuring nine inches across its 1280×800 display. It’s also packing a lot more muscle, with a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip clocked at 1.2GHz, just like the Nexus 7. There’s a serviceable 3MP camera on the rear and a 1.3MP unit on the front, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, micro HDMI output, and GPS for navigation. Like the A2107, this model features Lenovo’s roll cage design, and it’s clad in aluminum for added protection.Both tablets yield about 8 hours using Wi-Fi, and Lenovo’s got a Smart Cover-esque folio for each in case you’d rather not leave all the damage prevention duties up to the tablets’ internal design. Pricing still hasn’t been announced, but it’s generally expected that Lenovo will make sure these new IdeaPads are affordable, whatever that means in 2012.More at Engadget  and Lenovolast_img read more

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Stacey Newman Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 3:00 PM Bank of Ireland says ‘vulnerable and elderly customers’ won’t be affected by latest changes Customers will be told to use online banking or a self-service option when accessing certain services. Feb 11th 2017, 3:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 33 Comments By Nicky Ryan Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Stacey Newman 23,427 Views BANK OF IRELAND (BoI) has said older customers will not be affected by the bank’s latest move to automate more services.From Monday, customers will no longer be able to make inquiries over the phone to a member of the bank’s staff about their recent transactions or to check their bank balance.Queries about foreign currency will also be affected.Instead, customers will be told to use online banking or a self-service option.“Vulnerable and elderly customers will still be facilitated for all of the above through the call centre as normal,” the bank said in a statement, meaning they will still be able to speak with a member of staff.More complex account-related queries will still be facilitated through the call-centre. Customers can still drop into a branch for transaction information, and foreign currency, where this service is in place.“Book an appointment’ is not impacted by this migration of service and will continue to be serviced over the phone.” Source: Leah FarrellBoI has not informed all customers directly of this change, instead opting to inform those who call their local branches and were then provided with information about the upcoming changes.The bank has kept a focus on digitising its services in recent years. Just last month it was announced that a new paperless mortgage protection service is now available.Previous attempts to modernise traditional banking in-store haven’t been met well. An attempt in late 2015 to restrict the amount of cash handled in branches was rowed back after criticism from the likes of the Minister for Finance and Age Action.Read: These are the reasons why KBC has decided not to leave Ireland >More: Maintenance fees, contactless and ATM charges – here’s how much you’re paying your bank > Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more

first_imgThe Skills Australia Needs information session that will take place in Athens on October 8 and 9, requires Greek citizens who are interested in migration to Australia to register online in order to be considered. Only professionals whose skills fit the Australian Government’s Skilled Occupation List are invited to register. The information session is being organised by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). The event will provide an opportunity for skilled workers with occupations in demand in Australia to hear directly from DIAC about skilled visa options for Australia and potential employment and sponsorship opportunities. The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) reveals that Australia is currently targeting skilled migrants from 193 professions. Skilled workers in health, engineering, automotive, construction, electrical and mechanical trades, who are considering attending the Athens info session, are encouraged to register an expression of interest. Attendance is free of charge and by invitation only. Invitations will be issued by email later this month, and information on venue and attendance times will be provided to invitees at that time. Neos Kosmos understands from sources in Greece that over 15,000 people have already registered online to be considered for the information sessions. DIAC says places are limited and the final selection of invitees will be based on skills, experience and qualification in the highest demand areas. People who wish to submit an expression of interest to attend the information session must meet the standard qualification for consideration eg be under fifty-years-old and have high proficiency in English. One of the major industries in need of skilled migrants is health. According to the SOL, sixty-four of the occupations included are for specialist doctors. These include specialists such as pathologists, urologists, obstetricians and endocrinologists. Nurses, midwifes and other health service provision occupations are also in demand. Skilled workers for the construction industries have also been identified as key targets, with more than thirty occupations appearing in the SOL, from architects, engineers to builders, plumbers, and electricians. Engineers with experience in mining, aviation, shipping and telecommunications are also listed. Education has been identified as an area where skills shortages exist. School teachers and teachers of special needs categories are also listed in the SOL, which is reviewed annually by Skills Australia. A DIAC spokesperson told Neos Kosmos that expressions of interest from prospective employers are invited, and that companies (or their representative agents) wishing to be represented at the Athens sessions, should contact the department immediately on This contact email address is only for prospective employers. DIAC announced earlier this year that the skilled migrant intake for Australia will increase to over 125,000 places, with 16,000 allocated to the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS). Applicants for employment in regional Australia under the RSMS will have priority, in terms of processing over other visas. Individuals wishing to submit an expression of interest to attend the sessions in Athens on October 8 and 9 must register online at Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img As a winter storm bore down on the Hawaii islands early Monday, officials are warning residents of gusty winds, rain, high surf, and a rarer sight: snow.Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks is reporting that “for perhaps the first time ever, snow has fallen in a Hawaii State Park.”“Polipoli State Park on Maui is blanketed with snow. It could also be the lowest elevation snow ever recorded in the state. Polipoli is at 6200 feet elevation,” the DLNR said in a press release posted on their Facebook page. Mini Satellite View of Hurricane Dorian Shows Intense Storm ActivityWild Horses of NC to Ride Out Hurricane With ‘Butts to the Wind’ In Oahu, there is particular concern about coastal erosion and wave inundation. “The conditions are impressive but extremely dangerous. We don’t know yet the extent of sand loss on north-facing beaches,” said DLNR Chair Suzanne Case.The DLNR said the forecasters were “spot on” with their predictions. “They’re calling this an unprecedented event and we concur that we rarely if ever have seen the combination of record high on-shore waves, coupled with gale force winds,” said Sam Lemmo, administrator of the DLNR Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands, which is particularly concerned about the possible impacts of wave inundation and shoreline retreat undercutting the foundations of some north shore homes, already under siege from previous coastal events.The National Weather Service in Honolulu issued a wind advisory in effect until noon HST (5 p.m. ET). An advisory means that “sustained winds of at least 30 miles per hour or gusts of at least 50 mph are expected. Motorists should use extra caution.”At least three people were injured in the winter storm, which prompted Oahu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to declare a warning of “all hands on deck” and advise residents in certain areas to stay at home. Electricity interruptions have also affected thousands of people, according to officials.More on Rain Creates ‘Ghost Apples’ in Michigan OrchardPhotos: Niagara Falls ‘Freezes,’ Transforms Into Winter WonderlandWatch: Alligators Freeze Themselves in Place and Pokes Snouts Out of Ice to Deal With the Cold Snow is also forecast for Haleakala Summit through noon today.Video captured by Kimberly Espania and posted by MauiWatch on Instagram shows roads at the Polipoli State Park blanketed in white. Footage of snow falling in Haleakala National Park — and people enjoying the rare occurrence in Maui — have also been posted to social media. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush is being treated in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital after suffering “a series of setbacks,” including a stubborn fever, his spokesman said.In a brief email Wednesday, Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman in Houston, said the 88-year-old former leader had been admitted Sunday to the ICU at Methodist Hospital. McGrath said Bush, the oldest living former U.S. president, was alert and talking to medical staff.He said doctors are cautiously optimistic about Bush’s treatment and that the former president “remains in guarded condition.” He said Bush was surrounded by family.Early Thursday, McGrath told The Associated Press he had no new information on Bush’s condition and that he would release another statement “when events warrant it.”Bush has been hospitalized since Nov. 23, when he was admitted for a lingering cough related to bronchitis after having been in and out of the hospital for complications related to the illness.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK: Police in the US state of Georgia have released a chilling video showing the moment “Baby India”, a newborn girl abandoned in the woods, was found struggling inside a plastic grocery bag. The footage from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office was released on Tuesday with the hope that someone might come forward and identify the child who was found on June 6 in Cumming, about 64 kilometres from Atlanta. Also Read – After liquor, Bihar bans ‘pan masala’ as well Advertise With Us The sheriff’s office said in a statement it “is continuing to aggressively investigate and to follow leads regarding Baby India. As of today, we are still receiving tips from across the country on the possible identity of ‘Baby India’. The office said it decided to release the footage “in hopes to receive credible information on the identity of Baby India and to show how important it is to find closure in this case”, the CNN reported. Also Read – Demanding Scindia as MP Congress chief, supporters threaten mass resignation Advertise With Us In the video, the officer can be seen ripping open a plastic bag to uncover a crying baby whose umbilical cord is still attached. The infant, who authorities named India, can later be seen wrapping its hand around the finger of one of the deputies on the scene. Baby India is now “thriving” and in the care of Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, according to the sheriff’s office. Authorities are still looking for the baby’s mother. Residents in a nearby home stumbled upon Baby India when they checked out the noise coming from the secluded area, the report said. The baby is believed to have been just hours old when she was discovered.last_img read more

first_imgWarangal: All the six Zilla Praja Parishads (ZPPs) – Warangal Urban, Rural, Jangaon, Mahabubabad, Mulugu and Jayashankar Bhupalpally – have been abuzz with the swear-in ceremony of the members in their respective headquarters on Friday. However, the elections to Zilla Parishads held more than a month ago, the newly elected have to wait for more than a month due to the previous bodies’ term was to end on July 4. The indirect elections to six Zilla Praja Parishads (ZPPs) ended on June 8. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us With the ruling TRS clinching 62 out of the 70 ZPTCs in six districts, all the ZP chairpersons and vice-chairpersons were elected unanimously. The newly sworn-in ZP chairpersons and vice-chairpersons – Warangal Urban: ZP chairman Marepally Sudheer Kumar and vice-chairman Gajjelli Sriramulu Warangal Rural: ZP chairperson Gandra Jyothy and vice-chairman Akula Srinivas Jangaon: ZP chairman Pagala Sampath Reddy and vice-chairperson G Bhagyalaxmi Mahabubabad: ZP chairperson A Bindu and vice-chairman A Venkateshwar Reddy Mulugu: ZP chairman Kusuma Jagadish and vice-chairperson B Naga Jyothy Jayashankar-Bhupalpally: ZP chairperson Jakku Sri Harshini and vice-chairperson Kallepu Shobha.last_img read more

first_imgGame of ThronesHBO Official YoutubeHBO just announced that the end of season 8 of their hit TV show Game of Thrones will be followed by a tie-in movie that will feature as an epilogue to the series.The movie is also set to be the launch pad of a future sequel series if need be. HBO Chairman Bob Greenblatt confirmed saying: “Game of Thrones has been a generation defining TV show and it has become a cultural phenomenon. It would be a disservice to end such a revolutionary bit of television programming.”Game of Thrones will reportedly have a ninth season with four epilogue episodes and a tie-in movie with an open-ended future that could set up a sequel series. George R.R. Martin is on board as executive producer. He will also be writing the four episodes in partnership with showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff.  Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones season 8Game of Thrones/Facebook”We were ecstatic to hear that season 8 would not in fact be the end. Even though we were satisfied with the ending to our show. We never felt that we had done justice to the source material. So an additional four episodes and a movie is welcome news, especially working with George on his universe would guarantee a proper ending,” said David Benioff.Season nine of Game of Thrones is set to air in April of 2020, but it is still unknown if all of the cast will be returning. Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams have been confirmed for season nine as well as the movie. The ninth season will four episodes setting up individual adventures for each of the characters that survived at the end of season 8. This could be the launch of four new spin-off series.(Please disregard any and all information in this article as it was meant to be a good-natured April Fools’ prank. We hope you had a laugh and have a wonderful April Fools’ Day.)last_img read more