Husband of a BJP MLA in Madhya Pradesh and three others allegedly bashed up staffers of a toll plaza on Friday after a dispute over payment of road cess, the police said. Sailana Mandi president Vijay Charel,48, village sarpanch Govardhan Adivasi and two others have been booked for storming into the cabin of Salra Pada toll plaza and raining blows on one Prabhu Bogra and others after an altercation over cess payment.
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On the mat Wrestler Narsingh Yadav (right) at the SAI Centre, Sonepat Sandeep Saxena Talent-spotting and training are receiving urgent attention from sports administrators × events SHARE RELATED On April 8, the Sports Authority of India (SAI), the apex national sports body, set up the “Mission Olympics Cell”, a first-of-its-kind sporting initiative.It had the mandate to take snap decisions so as to be able to achieve monitorable goals, which included preparedness of the athletes who have qualified for the Rio Olympics or were expected to do so. With foresight of the sorts rarely seen in the Indian sports administration, the Cell has additionally been assigned the task of developing a “robust criteria for identification of young talent to be part of the Developmental Group for 2020 and 2024”.Sports Authority of India Director-General Injeti Srinivas pointed out that such a “24-hour kind of Cell” did not exist ever before. The Cell, he said, has been working at notable speed to take quick decisions to support athletes who have qualified for Rio OlympicsDoes this signal a change in government policy initiatives and will it enhance India’s presence on the Olympics stage?India is sending its largest-ever contingent of 120 athletes to the Rio Olympics. SAI reckons that Rio could see India’s best-ever medals tally and is hoping that the country will touch the double-digit mark. Categories such as archery, lawn tennis, badminton, wrestling, golf are likely to see India put up a sterling display; some strong performances in athletics are also expected.But has there been enough support and funds for the athletes who have qualified?The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs has formulated a programme called the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme, within the overall ambit of the National Sports Development Fund to identify and support potential medal prospects for 2016 and 2020.An official said that the idea behind TOP Scheme is to provide financial assistance to the qualifying athletes for their customised training programmes at world-class institutes. The TOP Scheme is in addition to other schemes, notably the scheme of assistance to the National Sports Federation to fund and support athletes who have qualified for the Olympics, he added.SAI’s Srinivas says that through the TOP Scheme , efforts have been made to create an institutionalised system to help identify and support high-performing athletes and offer them fund customised training.The selection of athletes who can avail of funds through this scheme has been done keeping in mind the international standards and consistency of their performance.For instance, a men’s discus throw athlete received ₹95.06 lakh from the TOP Scheme and about ₹6.5 lakh through the Central government’s scheme of assistance to National Sports Federation. Meanwhile a boxer secured ₹30.63 lakh through the TOP Scheme, while another got ₹13.55 lakh from the NSF scheme. Factors such as training needs, the need to travel to international destinations besides coaching facilities were kept in mind.“I am not saying we have found the perfect model to spot and groom Olympics talent. It will need more tweaking. But we are learning and the focus will be on enabling even more robust preparations for the 2020 Olympics, preparations for which have started right away,” Srinivas added.The onus of scouting for talent and training them is also on various National Sports Federations. India might be sending its largest-ever contingent, but compared to the US or China, the numbers are still small.Onkar Singh, Secretary-General, Cycling Federation of India, said that while sports federations work towards generating their own funds, the government is also required to pitch in a lot more with funds and with strengthening sports infrastructure.“In the past two years, the government seems to have opened up and there have been positive changes. I believe over the next 6-7 years, we will start seeing results. In cycling, for instance, we have identified talented youngsters who are training for the next Olympics,” he added.Members of some sport federations feel that corporates too should step up, and that instead of looking for funds from the government, National Sport Federations need to look at raising funds independently.Wg Cdr Arun Kumar Singh, Director-General, Indian Golf Union, believes India cannot blindly ape the Chinese or the American model for building on talent for the Olympics.“The growing numbers among the aspirational middle class will hopefully also increase the number of youngsters who aspire for a sporting career. I don’t think the government or federations alone can contribute; one also needs enterprising and talented individuals,” he said, adding that the country will need a unique strategy to increase its medals tally at the Olympics. sport Going on a Gold hunt SHARE SHARE EMAIL Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger null It doesn’t get bigger than the Olympics COMMENTS COMMENT When the stars come blazing down to earth… On the mat Wrestler Narsingh Yadav (right) at the SAI Centre, Sonepat Sandeep Saxena Published on A string of champs from God’s own arena August 05, 2016
David Warner is a lucky man. He had the chance to score a hundred in a Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, something that every cricketer hopes to achieve in his career. And that too after been given out. The Australian opener was a relieved man to get to his hundred after almost failing at the last hurdle.The 31-year-old was caught on 99 just before the drinks break but was reprieved when the TV replay showed debutant pacer Tom Curran had overstepped his mark to the delight of a bumper Boxing Day crowd at the MCG.Warner raised his hundred with a single on the next ball to add insult to England’s injury but he was unable to capitalise on the life, nicking James Anderson behind to be out for 103.Warner’s wife and daughter where among the 90,000 present at the MCG, cheering his every run and celebrating every stroke to the boundary. But it was David’s daughter, Ivy Mae Warner, who melted hearts on social media.Candice, her mother, posted a video on Twitter which has since gone viral, as Twitterati just can’t stop drooling over the sheer joy and innocence of the little one. She can be seen happy and proud in the video as she says “My daddy got a hundred!”Go daddy!!! #100 #Barmyarmy pic.twitter.com/M1rRIKV70d- Candice Warner (@CandyFalzon) December 26, 2017It was Warner’s 21st Test ton as he also completed 6000 runs in the format in just his 70th Test match. Warner’s knock helped Australia finish Day 1 of the fourth Test on 244/3.advertisementWhen asked about the scare, David Warner said that the first thing that came to his mind was “Crap!”. But he was a relieved man, when he was recalled and got to his hundred.”Getting recalled was obviously fantastic,” he told reporters.”It was a bit of a roller coaster of emotions between those two deliveries, that’s for sure.”David Warner describes the hectic sequence of events on 99 today at the ‘G… #Ashes pic.twitter.com/RCKuTMsjpT- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 26, 2017The Australian opener loves his family and is very protective of them. Back in October, Warner posted a photo on Instagram of a man who was allegedly following him and his wife Candice at the supermarket and was even waiting for them outside his daughter’s dancing class.During the last season of the Indian Premier League, Waner’s daughters Ivy Mae and Indi Rae, were pictured next to a street-side shop, paying a lady after enjoying a lemonade.
In the first three Lok Sabha elections held in Chhattisgarh after the state’s formation in 2000, both the BJP and the Congress scored hat-tricks in their respective talliesthe BJP won 10 out of the 11 seats each time and the Congress one. But the pattern is not expected to endure,In the first three Lok Sabha elections held in Chhattisgarh after the state’s formation in 2000, both the BJP and the Congress scored hat-tricks in their respective talliesthe BJP won 10 out of the 11 seats each time and the Congress one. But the pattern is not expected to endure this general election, going by surveys commissioned by parties and the mood on the ground. Political pundits suggest that the Chhattisgarh electorate tends to vote the party in power in the state in the Lok Sabha election. The explanation may sound simplistic, but previous results lend it credence. For example, in the 2003, 2008 and 2013 assembly elections, which the BJP won, the Congress got 37, 38 and 39 seats respectively in the 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly. But in the three Lok Sabha elections that followed, it failed to win more than a single seat. The lucky Congress candidates were Ajit Jogi (Mahasamund, 2004), Charan Das Mahant (Korba, 2009) and Tamradhwaj Sahu (Durg, 2014). And they were all individually influential.But even beyond the observed mirror-image pattern of assembly and Lok Sabha polls, developments on the ground may not let the BJP regroup after the 2018 assembly poll defeat and set the agenda in this election. For one, the new Congress government has fulfilled its assembly poll promise of waiving farm loans, unlike neighbouring Madhya Pradesh where the party’s government is yet to complete the process. The increase in the procurement price of paddy, from Rs 2,050 to Rs 2,500 per quintal, should please farmers further. The Bhupesh Baghel government has also announced the recruitment of 15,000 teachers, 1,345 assistant professors and 61 sports officers. While this may not address the larger unemployment situation in the state, it has given the public a sense that the governmentthe most sought-after employer hereis opening its doors.advertisementJobs is a vote-catcher in any election, and Chhattisgarh is no different. According to India Today TV’s Political Stock Exchange’, a weekly political tracker in the run-up to the Lok Sabha election, 22 per cent respondents in the state rated unemployment as the biggest election issue, followed by good work done by the party’, which 19 per cent respondents felt was their priority issue. With its vigorous jobs pitch in the Lok Sabha manifesto, the Congress hopes it has a finger on the public’s pulse.The Congress won 68 seats in the last assembly election, the most comprehensive mandate so far for any party in the state. The defeat seems to have thoroughly demoralised the BJP. Also, the Baghel government is probing several allegations of corruption pertaining to the previous BJP government, including alleged financial irregularities by former chief minister Raman Singh’s son-in-law Dr Puneet Gupta while he was superintendent of a government hospital in Raipur. Bhopal-based political analyst Girija Shankar explains why the BJP is on the back foot. The assembly election defeat weakened Raman Singh, and the BJP cadre that should have returned to work for the Lok Sabha poll is still not to be seen. On the other hand, the Congress has seen a revival in the true sense in Chhattisgarh and is contesting aggressively, he says.Both parties are betting on new candidates. Between the 22 candidates of the BJP and the Congress contesting the 11 seats, 19 are making a debut on the Lok Sabha turf. Even in a seat like Raipur, which has over 60 per cent urban voters and has been with the BJP since 1989except 1991 when V.C. Shukla of the Congress defeated Ramesh Baisthe party does not appear to be on a strong wicket. The contest is between the BJP’s Sunil Soni, a former mayor, and current city mayor Pramod Dubey, whom the Congress has fielded. The BJP is banking on its main campaigner, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to see it through in Raipur, particularly since it did not give the ticket to Bais, the sitting MP. Bais, a seven-term MP from Raipur, is from the backward Kurmi community, which accounts for 8-10 per cent of the state’s population. This election is being contested under the leadership of PM Modi, and it is imperative that he be given a second term for all that he has achieved in the past five years, says Soni.Chief Minister Baghel claims the prime minister is himself not enthused by the BJP’s prospects in the state. PM Modi came to Chhattisgarh on February 8 and held a public meeting in Raigarh that was not well attended. He cut down his visits to the state after that because he doesn’t see any results coming from it, insists Baghel. He will be holding a couple of public meetings ahead of the electionsthat’s it.advertisementBaghel’s assertion aside, the BJP seems to be in the fight in about half a dozen seats, but it’s uncertain how many it can win. In Durg, the party has fielded Vijay Baghel, the chief minister’s nephew who, incidentally, had defeated him in Patan in the 2008 assembly election. Vijay faces the Congress’s Pratima Chandrakar, daughter of Vasudev Chandrakar, widely regarded as the chief minister’s political mentor. The Congress won Durg in 2014, but this time resentment could be brewing in its own camp, given that sitting MP and home minister Tamradhwaj Sahu’s demand that the ticket go to his son was overlooked, citing caste factors.The Congress holds seven out of the eight assembly seats falling under the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency, while in Kanker, another tribal seat, it has all eight assembly seats. Mahasamund has an interesting contest on the cards, with two Sahu OBC leaders pitted against each otherCongress MLA Dhanendra Sahu is taking on the BJP’s Chunnilal Sahu. With five of the eight MLAs in the area from the Congress, the advantage arguably rests with Dhanendra. But analysts say the Sahu community could rally behind PM Modi, who comes from a similar OBC community in Gujarat.In Janjgir, a seat reserved for the Scheduled Castes, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Jogi’s Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) could play the spoiler for the Congress. The BSP has fielded Dauram Ratnakar, a three-term MLA and party veteran, and the BJP former MP Guharam Ajgale against the Congress’s Ravi Bharadwaj. A split in the SC vote will only help the BJP.To the BJP’s dismay, its nationalistic posturing in the aftermath of the terror attack on a paramilitary convoy in Pulwama and India’s subsequent air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot has failed to get the desired traction in Chhattisgarh’s hinterland. Analysts see two reasons behind this: the state’s distance from the India-Pakistan border and its repeated brushes with gruesome attacks on security forces, courtesy the ongoing Maoist insurgency.The BJP’s other disadvantage is that its alleged majoritarian politics has, of late, not been as effective in Chhattisgarh. As a case in point, in the 2018 assembly election, Congress candidate Mohammad Akbar won the Hindu-majority Kawardha seat by a margin of almost 60,000 votesthe highest for any candidate in the state. In north Chhattisgarh, where the BJP benefitted in the past from the divide between Christian and Hindu tribals, the party did not win a single seat.However, what has not gone down too well with the electorate is the Congress’s announcement in its manifesto to do away with the British-era sedition law. While the party has reasoned that the law has been grossly misused and is redundant, it may help the BJP cut into Congress votes in the urban and semi-urban areas of central and north Chhattisgarh. By announcing that it is doing away with the sedition law, the Congress has given fodder to the BJP. It seems to have shot itself in the foot, forecasts Jogi.advertisementNow, the challenge for the Congress is to make the electorate believe that party chief Rahul Gandhi’s ambitious poverty alleviation programme, the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY), is for real. A wide section of the voters doubts if the party has the will and the vision to implement it. State BJP chief Dharamlal Kaushik says voters remember the false promises the Congress made in 2018. Before the assembly election, the Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi, had vowed to give the unemployed a dole, impose prohibition and retrieve the money lost in chit-fund scams. None of these has been fulfilled, he says. Rahul Gandhi is emboldened by his party’s victory in Chhattisgarh on the basis of empty promises. But it won’t work this time. Baghel disagrees.
Update 4:25 pm 6/8/18A South Dakota sheriff’s department is being inundated with phone calls condemning a sheriff for firing a deputy who defeated him in a primary race.The Bon Homme County sheriff’s department alerted county commissioners Thursday that the overwhelming response to the firing is affecting the agency’s ability to do its job.Sheriff Lenny Gramkow fired deputy Mark Maggs almost immediately after Maggs defeated him in Tuesday’s Republican primary.Gramkow didn’t give a reason for the firing.Deputy Brian McGuire says people are using 911 to contact the department about the move.He says the calls could be interfering with the department’s response to actual emergency calls.McGuire says the department took its Facebook page down after receiving so many negative comments.AP———————————A South Dakota sheriff who lost to a deputy in the state’s Republican primary has fired that deputy who defeated him.Bon Homme County Sheriff Lenny Gramkow fired deputy sheriff Mark Maggs one minute after the polls closed Tuesday.Maggs defeated Sheriff Gramkow 878-331 in the primary election.Maggs posted his time-stamped termination notice signed by Gramkow on Facebook after polls closed.Gramkow didn’t give a reason for the firing.South Dakota is a right-to-work state where employees can be fired without cause and the state’s sheriffs have the authority to hire and fire personnel.Gramkow declined to comment about the firing.Maggs planned to meet with the county commission today (Thursday).AP
Mexico Mexico players appeal for respect after qualifying for World Cup Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 04:03 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alfredo Estrella Mexico WC Qualification CONCACAF Mexico v Panama Panama World Cup Two of the team’s veterans voiced support for coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who is regularly criticized in the press but has El Tri set for Russia After Mexico qualified for the World Cup on Friday, becoming the fifth team to book its passage to Russia 2018, many El Tri players took the opportunity to throw their support behind coach Juan Carlos Osorio.While the coach currently has an undefeated record in World Cup qualification, his unconventional style and early exits in major tournaments have made Osorio a target in the Mexican press and among fans. Mexico is notorious for changing coaches often, but with the national team qualified for the summer showpiece with three games to spare, his position looks secure. That’s good news, according to veterans in the locker room.Neymar 9/2 to win 2018 Ballon d’Or Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “There will always be things to analyze. We understand that you in the press don’t love Osorio’s style,” midfielder Andres Guardado told reporters. “But ultimately, we’ve been effective, we’ve been solid playing in this World Cup qualification cycle. Sometimes we haven’t played well because we’ve played against tough opponents. We’d like to blow everyone out, but our goal was to qualify for the World Cup, and now we’ve done that.”Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa also came out in support of the coach, noting that he’s won over the team despite external criticism.”I think the coach has done really well,” Ochoa said. “I don’t think people give him the credit he deserves. It’s not easy to come to our country and work with so many members of the media who make things difficult, including many of the fans as well. He tries to do his best every day, to learn.”The group believes in him, trusts him and that’s what’s important. I think today shows what he’s been doing. Everything is a process. No national team is doing well all the time. That’s soccer.”Mexico will face Costa Rica away on Tuesday in the second game of this international window. Center backs Hector Moreno and Jair Pereira are set to travel after missing Friday’s game with an injury with Moreno likely to replace Nestor Araujo, who is suspended because of yellow card accumulation.
“Donny nog een jaar” went the chant to the tune of the KC & the Sunshine Band hit Baby Give It Up, and it spread rapidly and repeatedly around the Johan Cruijff Arena on Saturday.Ajax’s dominant display in the 5-0 trouncing of Emmen suggested they can survive in the Eredivisie without Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, but their fans made clear there is one star they are not ready to let go.Seconds after Donny van de Beek put the Dutch champions into the lead, the crowd hijacked the 1980s disco classic to beg the 22-year-old to reject an offer from Real Madrid and stay in Amsterdam for another year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The approach from the Spanish giants was common knowledge, but the supporters had reason to be optimistic.The Dutch press claim Van de Beek is hesitant due to uncertainty about the role he would have at the Santiago Bernabeu, while the latest reports in Spain say Madrid want to wait until next year to sign him.Even Van de Beek is unsure if Tuesday’s Champions League qualifying game against PAOK will be his last in an Ajax jersey: “I really can’t tell you,” he said on Saturday. “I want clarity as well.”Madrid have embarked on a rebuilding project that has cost them over €300 million in this transfer window. Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Rodrygo have all been bought to aid their recovery from a dismal 2018-19 season.The new signings add the firepower, speed, flair and defensive options they were missing when they plummeted to a third-place finish in La Liga – 19 points behind champions Barcelona, with their lowest goal tally for 19 years and worst defensive record for a decade.There is, however, one area they haven’t addressed: the midfield.Madrid identified Paul Pogba as the top target for the position in their bid to complete their spending spree, but Manchester United’s inability – or refusal – to sign a replacement before the window ended in England last Thursday suggests their pursuit has hit a dead end.In comparison to World Cup winner Pogba, Van de Beek may be a surprise alternative for Zinedine Zidane’s side but the Netherlands international has shown that he may be an adequate and much cheaper solution.Stuck with the ageing Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro as their midfield trio, Madrid need an injection of youth, pace and especially goals from the centre of the pitch. Last season, Modric and Casemiro struck only four times in all competitions, and Toni Kroos five. Van de Beek scored 17 goals, four of them in the Champions League.Ajax are four games into the new campaign and Van de Beek already has two goals and three assists to add to the impressive record he has maintained over the last four years.Since his senior debut in 2015, Van de Beek has progressed steadily into a dangerous attacking midfielder capable of upsetting the strongest defences.Alongside Bayern Munich, Juventus and Tottenham, Madrid witnessed the threat Van de Beek poses first-hand as his goals and assists against them played a pivotal part in Ajax’s surprise journey to the Champions League semi-finals last season.Always on the move and available for a pass, Van de Beek puts his good technique and simple but effective passing to good use for a side that is always looking for holes in the opponents’ defence with quick and imaginative combinations.Keeping his eye on the situation around him, Van de Beek easily identifies big spaces and can drift into them so easily it is as if acres open in front of him. Whether he needs to go wide, drop deep to support the striker or advance to fill in for the No.9, he is always looking to help his side into dangerous positions. He is a direct threat and always seems to pop up at the right place to find the net or set up a team-mate.After waving goodbye to new Barcelona hero De Jong and Genoa’s Lasse Schone, the Nijkerkerveen native is the last piece of the midfield that helped fire them to the domestic double and Champions League final four.Erik ten Hag’s team are still in good shape despite the loss of three key players, but Van de Beek’s departure may be one too many if they want to replicate last season’s achievements.”We all hope that Donny stays for another year,” Ten Hag told reporters. “With his dynamism, vision and strength in front of goal, he has a crucial role in midfield. Donny has played in the spotlight of the biggest clubs in Europe.”He may not be as high-profile or glamorous as Pogba or other summer target Neymar, but it is no surprise Madrid are chasing a player who does such a good job tying the midfield and attack together.Van de Beek would offer Zidane’s side a dimension they clearly lacked last season. He would help create intricate moves to set up chances for the likes of Hazard, Jovic and Karim Benzema, just like he did for Hakim Ziyech, Dusan Tadic and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.Pogba and Neymar may be the signings Madrid really want this summer, but as they look to address the glaring issues that caused such a disastrous 2018-19 season, Van de Beek could be the signing they really need.
Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent announced today, Nov. 1, the appointment of Milton Veniot to mediate the labour-management dispute between the board of governors of Acadia University and Acadia University Faculty Association. “Mr. Veniot’s experience and expertise will help the situation,” said Mr. Parent. “Naming a mediator puts greater pressure on the parties to reach a resolution.” Mr. Veniot, a veteran Pictou County lawyer, has successfully mediated a number of disputes in the past few years. Mr. Veniot assisted the University of New Brunswick and its non-faculty union, as well as assisting the faculty associations at the University of Prince Edward Island, University College of Cape Breton and Dalhousie University in ending their work stoppages. “With the appointment of Mr. Veniot, the parties must know that expectations are much higher now for a settlement,” Mr. Parent said. He said the appointment of a mediator is a well-used, dispute-breaking mechanism and is part of the collective bargaining process.
Greyhound’s decision to pull out of Western Canada has blindsided both workers and riders.The company announced Monday it would be ending service in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and B.C. — except for a route between Vancouver and Seattle — at the end of October.“I think a lot of these communities, they don’t have any trains, they don’t have any planes, and all they had was the bus. It’s going to be a huge impact,” ATU Local 1374 President Eric Carr said.“Not just for the people that are — the seniors or the kids that don’t have a driver’s license — we also transport — blood –, and we move so many items that are just basic for a lot of these communities: the parts that fix their tractors and everything else.”Carr said Greyhound’s policies have always been America-driven because it is an American company.He said suggestions from employees on how to attract more riders in Canada haven’t always been taken seriously.“We’ve been for years telling them: ‘this is what you need to do here, this is what you need to do here’ to give the riders a better experience. They wanted all their trips to be at night because they focused on freight. People don’t want to ride a bus all night,” Carr said.Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason was also surprised by the decision.He told CityNews, there are alternatives in many communities in the province, but the government is evaluating how many people will be left in the lurch.“We’re going to continue to dig into this matter and see what role there is, or there may be to assist making sure that all Albertans have access to the transportation that they need,” he said.Mason said they can’t make any commitments yet.“There’s going to be a big gap here,” Carr said, adding the federal government may have to step in.“If the Trudeau government sees a need for a national bus company to survive, I believe that if that’s the case, the company would reverse its decision, if we got some sort of subsidy.”
Rabat – More technocrats and former ministers are expected to join the third version of the Benkirane government.According to Moroccan daily newspaper Al Akhbar on its Monday, April 27th issue, Transportation Minister AzizRabbah and Minister Delegate to the Minister of Transportation Mohammed Najb Boulif are likely to lose their posts in the upcoming government reshuffle.The newspaper cited “strategic mistakes” and “lack of communication and coordination with other public institutions” as the primary reasons behind the removal of the two ministers. The source said the two ministers from the Justice and Development Party (PJD) will be replaced by a technocrat. The next cabinet reshuffle could also see former Foreign Minister Saadeddine El Othmani making a comeback. The chairman of the PJD’s national council is expected to replace late Minister of State Abdellah Baha.The post of Sports and Youth Minister, which has been vacant since the dismissal of former Minister Mohammed Ouzzine in the wake of the Rabat Stadium fiasco, is also expected to be filled by a technocrat.Citing internal source, Al Akhbar newspaper said the Popular Movement Party will select a technocrat for the position of Sports Minister on the condition that he or she meets certain criteria, including “to be well born, rich and to have the blessings of the Mekhzen.”
The outcome of the World Summit, expected to be the largest ever gathering of international leaders at UN Headquarters starting Wednesday, is vital, but much work will be needed later to implement the agreements and find common ground, he told world leaders gathered at the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN)-UN Summit.”That will require very close cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations,” he added, speaking as co-chair with Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia. “I am sure the nations of your dynamic region will make an even greater contribution to the work of the United Nations than they do today.”Mr. Annan noted that although the tsunami had had an impact on broader development goals, many of the ASEAN countries have been enjoying impressive economic growth, and therefore should act as models and invest in other developing countries.He also asked ASEAN countries to work together to bridge development gaps in the region, and welcomed their work in completing the Jakarta declaration, a region-specific plan to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that seek to slash a host of socio-economic ills, such as extreme poverty, hunger, and preventable diseases, by 2015.Touching on health issues, Mr. Annan urged cooperation towards the goal of scaling up the prevention, treatment and care of HIV/AIDS in the region, and to be especially vigilant in controlling the spread of the avian flu.Mr. Annan also praised the government of Indonesia and the separatist Free Aceh Movement for ending their conflict in the area and welcomed the work of the Philippine Government to create peace in the southern island of Mindanao with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, but urged the government of Myanmar, a country “where political freedoms continue to be unacceptably restricted,” to make greater headway in respecting the principles of protecting human rights and upholding the rule of law.In a communiqué issued after the meeting, the ASEAN nations pledged cooperation with UN agencies in community-building issues, “in particular poverty eradication and the MDGs, Prevention and control of infectious diseases, disaster management, transnational issues, trade and investment as well as peace and security.”They also expressed outrage at the loss of innocent lives through terrorism, support for building peace, stability, democracy and prosperity, and welcomed the UN’s initiatives for reform.
Oil tops $108 a barrel for 1st time since March 2012 on US economic news NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil shot to a 16-month high Thursday on signs the U.S. job market is improving, although not by enough to prompt the Federal Reserve to pull back on its bond-buying program.Benchmark crude for August delivery rose $1.56 to finish at $108.04 a barrel, the highest close since March 19, 2012.Oil has jumped more than $11 a barrel in July, and pushed up the price of gasoline along with it. Gasoline futures have gained 13 per cent since July 1, and the average price for a gallon of gas at the pump has risen 18 cents, or five per cent, to $3.67.On Thursday U.S. economic news was good on two fronts: The Labor Department reported a drop in claims for unemployment benefits and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said manufacturing activity in the mid-Atlantic region grew in July at the fastest pace in more than two years.Oil markets are also getting support this week from comments by Ben Bernanke that the Fed will support the U.S. economy as long as necessary. The Fed chairman told lawmakers in appearances Wednesday and Thursday that there was no preset schedule for ending the existing stimulus program, raising hopes it may not end as quickly as some had feared.In London, Brent crude rose nine cents to $108.70 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.In other energy futures trading on Nymex:— Wholesale gasoline was flat at $3.11 a gallon.— Heating oil rose three cents to $3.10 a gallon.— Natural gas added 18 cents to $3.81 per 1,000 cubic feet.__AP Writer Pablo Gorondi in Budapest contributed to this report.(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 18, 2013 4:11 pm MDT
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has welcomed the announcement that Joe Greenwell, chairman and chief executive of Jaguar and Land Rover, will be the first head of Britain’s unique Automotive Academy.The Automotive Academy is a partnership between government, the automotive industry, and the education sector to ensure that the training available that directly reflects the needs of vehicle and component manufacturers.Commenting on Joe Greenwell’s appointment, SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan said, ‘We are delighted that such an experienced member of the industry has been appointed to this key role. The success of the Academy is vital to the long-term achievements of the UK motor industry. By ensuring our workforce is trained to the highest standards, we can be sure that the UK will remain a global force in automotive manufacturing for years to come’.Joe Greenwell has worked in the automotive business both in Britain and the USA. He was appointed Chairman and CEO of Jaguar and Land Rover in October 2003 and is a Vice President of the Ford Motor Company. Previously he was Vice President, Marketing and Operations for Ford, based at their world-headquarters in Michigan where he was also responsible for Ford of Mexico, Ford of Canada and Worldwide Direct Market Operations and Global Marketing.Note to editors: The Automotive Academy was created to increase the skills of the UK workforce to meet global standards following recommendations from the Department of Trade and Industry’s Automotive Innovation and Growth Team.The Academy has its headquarters ‘hub’ in Birmingham and will eventually operate through a network of regional ‘spokes’ the first of which, Skills4Auto, has already been launched and covers the Midlands area. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Brock Campus Security is warning international students to be cautious after a student was scammed recently.Over the past week, multiple Chinese students reported being contacted by someone with a local phone number claiming to work for a legal firm. The calls sound authentic and a Brock student recently sent a scammer a significant amount of money believing the call was real.Brock Campus Security is committed to ensuring the safety of all of its students and is partnering with Brock International Services and the Brock University Chinese Students and Scholars Association to provide Chinese students with information regarding this and other scams.The Chinese Consulate website contains important information regarding telephone scams and the Niagara Regional Police Fraud Protection website outlines a number of internet and phone-based scams to watch out for.Some tips to consider:Consulates and embassies will never request a third party contact its citizens regarding bank information, legal cases, parcel pick-up or a request to identify over the phone.Consulates and embassies will never transfer call recipients to Interpol or other prosecutor’s offices.Do not disclose personal information over the phone to someone you do not know.If you are informed of a traffic collision, kidnapping or other emergency involving a loved one, remain calm and verify with a person you trust.If you suspect you are the victim of a scam call, contact: Brock Campus Security at 905-688-5550 x3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org; the Chinese Consulate at 416-964-7260; or Niagara Regional Police at 905-688-4111.You can also file a complaint through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at tipsubmit.comNote: A Chinese-language version of this story can be found on the Campus Security website here.
As precious resources become ever more difficult to access at depth, Anglo American is exploring technologies such as automation and robotics to transform hard rock mining. “Through FutureSmart Mining™, our innovation-led approach to sustainable mining, we are applying innovative thinking, enabling technologies and collaborative partnerships to make mining safer and more economic. Platinum mining operations are at depth and involve physical labour and heavy equipment. Relative to open cut mining, lost time injury frequency rates (LTIFR) tend to be higher, and the technical demands are also high. We are collaborating with key mining machinery and technology manufacturers (OEMs) on a number of automated and continuous mining vehicles designed to create far greater rock stability and less variance in the quality of the ore we extract – cutting rock at more than 150 MPa.”With Sandvik, Anglo is collaborating on a flexible haulage system. One of the crucial components of moving from batch to continuous hard rock mining is the mechanisation of the transport of the hard rock cuttings from the back end of the RMDS to the mine’s fixed conveyor system. The Sandvik PM100F, a Continuous Haulage system (CHS) is a remote-controlled device that does just that. Current equipment in use, either shuttle cars or LHD fleets, are limited in capacity and do not allow for an efficient mining method. The Sandvik PM100F is based on a closed-belt system which is mounted on several traction modules. The traction modules will allow the conveyor belt to be mobile. The closed conveyor belt can transport the material around small vertical as well as horizontal turning radii.The Sandvik PM100F has just completed Proof of Concept testing at the Twickenham platinum mine in South Africa, having successfully demonstrated improved rates of throughput (100 t/h) and ability to navigate intricate 90-degree bends underground and slopes up to 15 degrees. It is now being prepared for production trials behind the Rapid Mine Development system (RMDS).Also in development with Sandvik, and another in a suite of continuous mining vehicles currently underground at Twickenham, is the Sandvik MN200 Reef Miner. This remotely operated machine incorporates cutting, materials handling and roof bolting and is designed for mining narrow mineral reefs in hard rock. It is up to three times faster than conventional drill & blast methods and, of course, also removes our people from harm’s way. Anlgo is optimising it specifically for platinum mining.“Taken together, the safety, efficiency and productivity gains from a continuous mining process in hard rock are potentially significant and could put underground mining on a more even footing with open pits. Applicable to underground diamond as well as platinum mining, they are also vital to the future of underground mining, making it possible to create a safer environment, while mining lower grade ores and complex mineralogy, at lower cost.”
Benjamin Franklin : citations, paratonnerre, biographie, tout savoir sur le célèbre inventeurBenjamin Franklin n’était pas seulement l’inventeur du paratonnerre, mais aussi l’un des pères fondateurs des Etats-Unis. Qui était réellement ce fils d’artisan pauvre, devenu un des hommes les plus célèbres de l’histoire américaine ? Maxiciences vous raconte tout Biographie : Naissance : 17 janvier 1706 à BostonMort : 17 avril 1790 à PhiladelphieBenjamin Franklin naît le 17 janvier 1706 à Boston. Il est le cadet d’une famille de 17 enfants. Son père, Josiah Franklin, est un artisan qui fabrique des savons et des chandelles. En 1718, le jeune homme est envoyé à Boston pour travailler avec son frère James, un imprimeur. Les deux frères entretiennent une relation orageuse et quelques années plus tard, Benjamin Franklin quitte Boston pour Philadelphie. Il part finalement travailler à Londres quelques années et quand il rentre, il ouvre en 1729 une imprimerie avec un partenaire financier. En 1730, il devient l’imprimeur officiel du gouvernement de Pennsylvanie, ce qui lui assure des revenus confortables. La même année, il se marie à Deborah Read, de ce mariage naisse deux enfants, William et Sally. Il fonde la première bibliothèque municipale en 1731. En 1732, il commence à publier un almanach qui deviendra un succès commercial, il le publiera durant 25 ans. Les ventes de l’almanach lui permettent de vivre plus que confortablement. Il apprend le français, l’allemand ou encore l’italien. En 1736, il débute sa carrière politique et devient secrétaire de l’Assemblée de Pennsylvanie. En 1737, il devient maître des postes et crée la première caserne de pompiers des Etats-Unis un an plus tard. En 1749, il créé l’académie de Philadelphie, qui devient plus tard l’université de Pennsylvanie. En 1750, il rédige un protocole qui se voulait presque comme une plaisanterie. Il y explique afin de prouver à ses collègues de la Royal Society que les éclairs sont de nature électrique, qu’il utilisera un cerf-volant pour attirer la foudre. Il souhaite lors d’un orage faire voler le cerf-volant et le mettre à distance d’un clef métallique qui devrait alors libérer des étincelles. Bien qu’il est peu probable qu’il ait effectué réellement l’expérience, le danger de mort était trop grand, cette réflexion a conduit à l’invention du paratonnerre. La Royal Society lui décerne la médaille de Copley en 1754. Il invente en 1962 le glassharmonica, instrument de verres frottés. Loin de s’arrêter là, il est aussi le père des lunettes à double foyer et du poêle à bois à combustion contrôlée. Il laisse ses inventions dans le domaine publique.En 1764, il devient l’agent des colonies à Londres, mais finalement, suite à plusieurs humiliations de la couronne, il décide de rejoindre les indépendantistes dans les années 1770. Il rejoint Paris en 1778 et prend le rôle d’ambassadeur du mouvement indépendantiste. À lire aussiAlbert Einstein : QI, citations, biographie, tout savoir sur le plus célèbre des scientifiquesIl est le premier à tester une expérience qui permette de calculer la taille d’une molécule. Il verse de l’huile dans un étang et découvre que l’huile s’étend sur environ 2000m2. Cent ans plus tard, Lord Rayleigh se servira de l’expérience en divisant le volume d ‘huile par la surface d’étalement. En 1784, il parle de décaler les heures afin d’économiser de l’énergie, un principe qui sera mis en place avec le passage à l’heure d’été. De retour à Philadelphie, il devient Président de la Pennsylvanie entre 1785 et 1788 et participe à l’écriture de la constitution américaine. Il décède à Philadelphie le 17 avril 1790.Citations de Benjamin Franklin : Plutôt vous coucher sans souper, que de vous lever avec des dettes.Almanach du pauvre Richard”Ceux qui se plaignent le plus, sont ceux qui sont le moins à plaindre.”Almanach du pauvre Richard “Si vous voulez avoir un serviteur fidèle, servez-vous vous-même.” Almanach du pauvre Richard “La paresse engendre les soucis.”Almanach du pauvre Richard Le 12 décembre 2017 à 12:44 • Morsli Pauline
Cristiano Ronaldo has the right people by his side to give him the best advice possible in regards to his uncertain future at Real Madrid, says Diego MaradonaThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been strongly linked with a shock exit from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer following his comments after Real’s Champions League title victory in May.Reports in the Spanish media have suggested that Juventus are being touted as a possible destination for Ronaldo with Paris Saint-Germain and former club Manchester United also believed to be keeping tabs on the situation.Maradona, who himself turned down a move to Real in 1992 in favour of La Liga rivals Sevilla, remained evasive on speculating Ronaldo’s possible future destination.“If Cristiano has to stay at Real Madrid or not he has to decide, I am not getting involved in that,” said the Argentine, according to The Express.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Ronaldo has people by his side who know how to advise him and they will give him the best advice possible.”Ronaldo’s inability to help Portugal in their last-16 defeat to Uruguay on Saturday has been met with criticism.But Maradona has now sprung to the defence of the 33-year-old.He added: “Well, that is a silly question because he is clearly a star player.“He truly is, there is no doubt.”
Jamie Redknapp has compared Everton forward Richarlison to Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, following the Brazilian’s performance against Brighton & Hove Albion.The former Watford winger bagged a brace to continue his fine start to the season where he has netted six Premier League goals, as Everton ran out comfortable 3-1 winners at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.It comes following a summer move from Watford with the Merseyside club paying almost £45million for the forward.Ronaldo was also on the move during the summer transfer window with the former Manchester United star making the switch from Real Madrid to Juventus.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.But the transfer moves are not the reason Redknapp believes Richarlison is similar to the Portuguese international.“Everton fans I know are desperate for Marco Silva to sign a striker in January, but they have a ready-made centre-forward in Richarlison,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail.“He is strong in the air and has a good blend of pace and physicality.“Think of Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry. They started as wide men before moving into the middle.