10 months agoRivaldo raps Barcelona for ignoring kids

first_imgRivaldo raps Barcelona for ignoring kidsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Barcelona star Rivaldo says management should focus more on their La Masia academy.Rivaldo believes the club’s young players deserve a better chance at making it.Asked about Jeison Murillo’s signing and the possible arrivals of Adrien Rabiot (PSG) and Frenkie De Jong (Ajax), Rivaldo said Barca “should look more at La Masia and less outside the club. Murillo arrived, they’re talking about Rabiot and De Jong… in my opinion the club doesn’t need to reinforce from outside. “They have an excellent structure and should focus on moving through new young talents.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

A Dhoni or Kohli would never fall prey to bookies: ACU chief

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiSeptember 17, 2019UPDATED: September 17, 2019 16:48 IST MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are among the highest-paid cricketers in the globe (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSACU chief says top stars have more to lose than gain from bettingIf they can’t get into any tournament, they start their own leagues: ACU chiefTNPL came under the scanner after allegations of fixing in the T20 leagueThe recent allegations of fixing in the Tamil Nadu Premier League has once again started the debate whether the gentleman’s game is most prone to fixing in sports and whether the top Indian stars need to be wary of each and every individual around them. But BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Ajit Singh feels that the bookies or fixers would never waste their time in trying to approach top stars like a Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni.Speaking to IANS, the ACU chief said that it is the younger and more often than not the unsuccessful players who get lured into these things as they are either unaware of what is happening — in case of youngsters — or the money is too big to ignore.”If you ask me, today in cricket, a star has much more to lose than gain if he gets involved in this. Imagine a Virat Kohli or Dhoni getting into this. Things don’t just move by money, it is also the reputation that counts. They can’t sacrifice their reputation for such things. They are far bigger than all this.”Even if you are talking just in financial terms, do you think they will get involved — both in terms of the endorsement that they get because of their reputation and star power, as also the other benefits that they get.”Betting wouldn’t give them a small percentage of that money,” he explained.”These people (fixers and bookies) are looking at whatever opportunities they can get. If they can’t get into any tournament, they start their own leagues. They are now moving to new countries and in the name of promoting the sport, they organise tournaments and get teams. They pretend to be working for the game.advertisement”You can’t stop someone from organising a tournament because this is a free country. But what BCCI can do is say this is not recognised so registered players won’t go. Still, some young players fall for this. Sometimes, they also get players from outside to promote the league and make them ambassadors and stuff.”But the ACU chief says that the fact that they are moving outside India shows that the BCCI has been successful in their attempt to stop corruption in the game.”Look, the thing is, it is getting difficult for them and so they have to find different ways and means as they can’t carry on their business in traditional cricket. This has seen them organize leagues outside. We keep feeding ICC the informations we get and they scuttled some of the tournaments like the Afghan Premier League was held only for one edition.”The challenge before us is that majority of the corrupters are of Indian origin and they have started going out, which in turn shows that they are feeling the pressure in India and moving out which is a success for BCCI,” he smiled.Apart from legalizing betting, corruption in sports needs to be made a criminal offence as per the ACU chief.”The changes that need to be made to (legalise betting) aren’t very many. You notify an enforcement agency – could be the police or any agency that the government wants. The need is to have a debate on it as there are issues of morality involved. Like in some of our states, prohibition is there on alcohol. So, there are issues of morality involved and needs to be a debate among the law makers and then a decision needs to be reached on this.”Right now, corruption in sports is not such a big offence in India. Things will change if that is changed because it will give the police a clear cut law to rope them in. Some interpretation of the existing law needs to be put into effect in a way that it covers the area. If it is based on interpretation then everyone has their own interpretations,” he rued.Also Read | Vikram Rathour wants more careful approach from Rishabh PantAlso Read | Ben Stokes slams English daily for publishing sensitive information about his familyAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow BCCIFollow Virat KohliFollow MS DhoniFollow India national cricket teamFollow ACU chief Ajit SinghFollow India cricket bookies A Dhoni or Kohli would never fall prey to bookies: ACU chiefBCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit chief Ajit Singh has said fixers and bookies are looking at whatever opportunities that come their way rather than wasting their time on top stars of the likes of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Watch: Jemimah Rodrigues and Harleen Deol rap special song for Harmanpreet Kaur

first_img Next Watch: Jemimah Rodrigues and Harleen Deol rap special song for Harmanpreet KaurHarmanpreet Kaur recently became the most-capped player for India in T20 international cricket when she played her 100th match against South Africa.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 7, 2019UPDATED: October 7, 2019 08:44 IST (Harmanpreet Kaur Facebook Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJemimah and Harleen penned a special rap song for Harmanpreet KaurHarmanpreet Kaur recently became India’s most-capped player in T20I cricketTill date, no other Indian player apart from Harmanpreet – man or woman – has played 100 T20IsIndian women’s cricket team members Jemimah Rodrigues and Harleen Deol recently penned a special rap for their captain Harmanpreet Kaur on the occasion of her 100th T20 international match.Harmanpreet Kaur recently became the most-capped player for India in T20Is when she played the 6th match against South Africa in Surat on October 4.India lost that game by 105 runs with Harmanpreet scoring just 1 run as they got bowled out for 70 while chasing a huge target of 176. India though, clinched the series 3-1 series despite the loss as they had won the first, fourth and fifth games while the second and third were completely washed out in Surat.On Sunday, Jemimah Rodrigues posted a video on social media in which she could be seen rapping with teammate Harleen Deol.”Congratulations on your 100th T20i cap @ImHarmanpreet ??? Here’s a small tribute for you from Big Harry ft. Lil’ J,” Rodrigues captioned the video.Congratulations on your 100th T20i cap @ImHarmanpreetHere’s a small tribute for you from Big Harry ft. Lil’ J #HarmanpreetThor pic.twitter.com/bTCWmt06LBJemimah Rodrigues (@JemiRodrigues) October 6, 2019Harmanpreet liked the video and thanked her teammates for the special gesture. “Thank you little ones. It indeed is a pleasure to have you all do this for me,” Harmanpreet replied as she re-tweeted the video.Thank you little ones It indeed is a pleasure to have you all do this for me https://t.co/rrTlRv4ANLHarmanpreet Kaur (@ImHarmanpreet) October 6, 2019Till date, no other Indian player apart from Harmanpreet – man or woman – has played 100 T20Is. Next on this list comes Indian legend MS Dhoni with 98 T20I appearances while India men’s ODI vice-captain Rohit Sharma follows is also tied with Dhoni on 98 caps.advertisementOn the overall list, New Zealand’s Suzie Bates, Australian Ellyse Perry and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik lead the pack with 111 T20I appearances each. While Malik is the only man to have featured in 100 T20Is, 10 women (including Kaur) have now played 100 or more shortest-format games for their respective countries.Also Read | India Women shot out for 2nd lowest T20I total as South Africa win 6th T20IAlso Read | Harmanpreet Kaur beats MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma to become the most capped Indian in T20IsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Harmanpreet KaurFollow Jemimah RodriguesFollow Harleen Deollast_img read more

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Funding Available for Affordable Housing

first_img the creation of more than 550 new affordable rental homes; the preservation of 176 homes that would have been lost to families who could not afford necessary repairs; six families, who might not have been able to do so otherwise, were helped with the purchase of new homes; and single-parent students attending university received assistance through the Affordable Student Housing Pilot Program. A total of $56.2 million will be committed under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement by 2009. Information on the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement is available at local housing services offices or on the Department of Community Services website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms . Hundreds of low-income Nova Scotians will be living in new, or newly renovated homes, thanks to a $42 million government commitment to social and affordable housing. A new Affordable Housing Trust, which was announced in the federal budget earlier this week, allocates $23 million to Nova Scotia. And the province is ready to invest another $18.9 million under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement. “Our priority is to make safe, appropriate and affordable housing available for Nova Scotians who need it,” said Community Services Minister David Morse. “This money will enable us to address the most pressing needs across the province.” The Affordable Housing Trust will be invested in various forms of affordable housing, including existing social housing. Meanwhile, the second phase of the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement will begin immediately to provide funding for the construction and renovation of affordable housing units, provide rent subsidies and help some low-income earners buy their own homes. “This agreement has already put hundreds of families, all over the province, into decent, affordable homes,” said Mr. Morse. “We’ll continue to work with our federal and community partners to build on that success.” The new Affordable Housing Agreement funds will be available through four programs. The New Rental Housing Initiative encourages the construction or conversion of affordable rental housing for low-income households in areas of need. Developers are provided with an up-front capital contribution to build new rental housing. A portion of the units may receive rent supplement assistance for low-income households. The Rental Preservation Program preserves existing affordable rental housing for lower-income households by providing capital funding for renovations. The level of funding varies based on the repairs required. The New Home Purchase Program supports the creation of modest new homes for low-income households in designated urban areas of revitalization. The level of funding varies depending on development costs, down payments, and the owners’ ability to finance. The Home Preservation Program helps low-income homeowners make major repairs to their homes to address health and safety issues. On average, the funding ranges from $30,000 to $35,000 per unit. As of March 31, $37.3 million has been committed by the federal and provincial governments and housing partners for the construction or renovation of 928 units. For Nova Scotians this means:last_img read more

Province Supports Small Businesses with Expanded Credit Union Loan Program

first_imgSmall businesses across the province will now have access to larger loans, with more time to pay them back, through the Credit Union Small Business Loan Program. These and other changes to the program announced today, Sept. 30, will better address financing concerns for contractors and other qualifying small businesses, including those in the Strait area. “We need to do all we can to help ensure a more prosperous future for the people and businesses of the Strait area,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “These changes will give businesses, in Port Hawkesbury and across the province, the resources and time they need to grow stronger.” Amendments to the program increase the maximum loan amount from $150,000 to $500,000, and extend the amortization from seven to 10 years. The province is also offering an initial guarantee of 90 per cent, up from 75 per cent, for commercially viable, perceived higher-risk sectors. The Credit Union Small Business Loan Program is a partnership between the province, the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council and local credit unions. It is highly successful, supports important businesses in Nova Scotia, and contributes to job growth and economic prosperity. “These enhancements to our business financing programs will allow local credit unions to meet their business members’ financing needs on a larger scale, as they pursue growth opportunities, create jobs and stimulate economic activity in all areas across the province,” said Dianne Kelderman, president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council. The province recently increased the total amount available under the program by $5 million, to $25 million. The planned changes were announced earlier this month as part of the 7-point Woodlands Plan, but the loan program is available to small businesses in all industries throughout the province. For more information, or to find a participating credit union branch, go to www.nsco-opcouncil.ca or www.ns-credit-unions.com .last_img read more

In the news today April 3

first_imgFive stories in the news for Wednesday, April 3———VANCOUVER SUPPORTERS STILL BACK WILSON-RAYBOULDSupporters of Jody Wilson-Raybould in her Vancouver Granville riding say they’re disappointed by the Liberal government’s decision to eject her from caucus. But they say they would back her in the upcoming election if she ran as an Independent or for a different party. Tracy Beshara, executive director of Marpole Oakridge Family Place, says she has met Wilson-Raybould and she is a woman of “integrity and quality.” Walter Wells, of the community group Vancouver Odd Fellows, says he was astounded by the Liberal MP’s choice to eject Wilson-Raybould. He says he’ll vote against the Liberals in the upcoming election and he still hopes to volunteer for Wilson-Raybould’s campaign, if she runs independently or for a different party.———SLOW, STEADY PROGRESS FOR BRONCO SURVIVORFormer Humboldt Broncos player Layne Matechuk isn’t able to say much, but he lights up when the conversation turns to hockey. The 19-year-old from Colonsay, Sask., was one of 13 players injured when the junior hockey team’s bus collided with a semi truck in its path nearly one year ago. Sixteen others died. Matechuk says only a few words about a jacket and hat he was given from NHL Pittsburg Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. Matechuk spent a month in a coma with a serious brain injury and had to learn how to talk and walk again. He still has daily therapy appointments and is staying with his family in Saskatoon. Kevin Matechuk says his son wants to improve his speech and hopefully be well enough to play hockey in a rec league next season.———THIRD CANADIAN CANOLA EXPORTER GETS CHINESE COMPLAINTA third Canadian canola exporter has received a non-compliance notice from China over quality concerns, the federal agriculture minister said Tuesday, the latest development in an escalating feud with the Asian country. Marie-Claude Bibeau confirmed the Chinese government’s complaint to a third, unnamed company as she testified before a parliamentary committee studying a trade dispute that has seen China suspend the canola-seed sale permits of two other Canadian firms. China’s moves to choke off Canadian canola-seed imports have been widely viewed as the superpower applying economic pressure on Canada after the December arrest of senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the behest of the United States.———22ND CASE OF MEASLES IDENTIFIED IN B.C.Health officials have confirmed a 22nd case of the measles in British Columbia. Seventeen people have been diagnosed with the contagious disease in the Vancouver area since February and two cases each were identified on Vancouver Island and in 100 Mile House, in the southern Cariboo region of B.C. Medical health officer Dr. Shovita Padhi of Fraser Health says the latest case involves a woman who lives between Burnaby and Hope and who acquired the infection overseas, similar to some of the past cases. She declined to say which country the woman had travelled to but says measles outbreaks are occurring in several parts of the world and it’s important to have two doses of the measles vaccine.———‘JILTED’ BUSINESSMAN LOSES CLAIM AGAINST STARBUCKSA Nova Scotia businessman who failed to lure Starbucks to a frappuccino-deprived corner of the province has lost his bid to recoup costs from the coffee giant. Gregory Burrows and his company, Robella Holdings, allege Starbucks led them on after he approached them in 2017 about opening a cafe in Pictou County. They took the company to small claims court, seeking $25,000 for loss and damage they say they incurred in their effort to get a contract for a location, including design work. In dismissing the claim, adjudicator Raffi Balmanoukian says the claimants consider themselves jilted suitors. He says while talks may have been encouraging, the claimants went ahead with work that was not required for the application, and they were aware that Starbucks head office had final say.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Doctors and health professionals in 13 cities across the country will join in a National Day of Action today to call for stronger gun laws in Canada.— A New Brunswick woman injured in car crash will be in court to argue her insurance company should cover the cost of hip surgery in a private clinic because she faces a four-year wait in the public system.— An Alberta judge is expected to rule on a request to impose a temporary injunction on an election commission investigation on United Conservative Party leadership donations in 2017.— HBC will hold a conference call to discuss its financial results for its fourth quarter and financial year.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TORONTOS ORIGINAL FASHION SANTA IS BACK FOR THE HOLIDAYS

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Bye bye “edgy” Fashion Santa, bye bye “bougie” Fashion Santa, and bye bye backlash to bootleg versions of Mason’s internationally-beloved “lumbersexual” St. Nick.Merry Christmas, stans. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement There can only be one Fashion Santa, much to the chagrin of Yorkdale Mall and its various sub-par iterations of Paul Mason’s original internet-breaking, Bieber-approved holiday guy.Thanks to a 2017 legal settlement, the Toronto-based model now maintains full trademark and copyright ownership of the character he originated.This means that Yorkdale can no longer use Fashion Santa in any way, shape or form to entertain thirsty Christmas swooners, despite the shopping centre’s status as Mason’s very first post. Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

BHU student shot dead on campus FIR against four

first_imgVaranasi: A suspended student of the Banaras Hindu University was shot at by unidentified assailants outside a hostel in the campus and later died in a hospital, police said Wednesday. Paramilitary has been deployed in the University and an FIR registered against four persons including Chief Proctor Royana Singh, police said. Four others have been detained for questioning. The attack took place on Tuesday evening when Gaurav Singh, who was residing in the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hostel on the campus, was standing outside Birla Hostel, and talking to his friends. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Some unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants opened fire at him, said a police official. Gaurav Singh sustained bullet injuries in his stomach and was rushed to the trauma centre of the BHU’s Institute of Medical Sciences where he succumbed to injuries late on Tuesday night, police said. The student was suspended from the university last year for his alleged role in the violence in the campus in 2017. The University has been shut down following Tuesday’s incident, BHU PRO Rajesh Singh said.last_img read more

Moroccan Actor Aziz Maouhoub Dies at 80

Rabat  – Moroccan actor and theater icon, Abdelaziz Boualil, known as Aziz Maouhoub, died this afternoon in Casablanca after a long illness. He was 80 years old. The actor, who was born in 1939 in Marrakech, enrolled in Rabat School of Acting at the age of 18 and obtained a theater diploma in 1962.Maouhoub participated in the creation of the National Association of Theater Professionals.  The actor starred in many plays, soap operas, and sitcoms, including “Corner Tree” or “Shjarat Zaouia”  in 2003.

UN international partners to step up contacts with reconciliation body in Somalia

The UN led a delegation of the International Advisory Group to Mogadishu, the Somali capital, over the weekend to attend and receive an update on Congress’s ongoing work.“The delegation expressed its intention for members of the international community to have henceforth a frequent presence at the Congress,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told a news briefing in New York today.The delegation was led by the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, Per Lindgarde, and included representatives from Norway, Sweden, Italy, Yemen and Egypt.In addition to their conversations with delegates and organizers of the Congress, the group also met with representatives of the Transitional Federal Government (TGF) and with the Hawiye Council. Hostilities in the country flared up again last year, culminating in the expulsion from Mogadishu in December of Islamist groups by the TFG, backed by Ethiopian troops. According to UN figures, 340,000 people, or roughly one-third of Mogadishu’s population, have fled the city in ongoing hostilities since February. 31 July 2007The United Nations and its international partners in the search for peace in Somalia plan to step up their contacts with the country’s National Reconciliation Congress in an effort to bring stability to a faction-riven land that has had no functioning central government for 16 years. read more

Top UN envoy tells Liberian rebels all hostilities must cease

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Liberia, Jacques Paul Klein, sent the message while he was in Guinea yesterday as part of a tour of the war-torn West African country’s neighbours, his spokeswoman said. While there, he met with Guinean Prime Minister Lamine Sidime, diplomatic representatives and the UN country team.Today Mr. Klein is in Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone, for similar talks and he is scheduled to travel to Côte d’Ivoire tomorrow.He also met today with Nigeria’s Chief of Army staff, Maj. Gen. Martin Luther Agwai, thanking him for his country’s important role in Liberia, where it is leading regional peacekeeping troops in an effort to enforce a truce after fighting that has killed hundreds and sent hundreds of thousands fleeing their homes in recent months alone.General Agwai said Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo was fully committed to the peace process, and Nigeria was willing to “re-hat” its battalions under the UN – a reference to the blue helmets of UN peacekeepers. A UN force is scheduled to take over from the West African troops on 1 October.On the humanitarian front, the UN is working with its non-government organization partners to help Liberians on the move from an area known as Kakata outside of Monrovia, where the newly displaced said they fled in fear that skirmishes would break out. A nearby camp is being prepared for them.The UN World Food Programme said it was reaching its target of feeding 150,000 people in Monrovia, including those in the Samuel K. Doe stadium. WFP said another ship carrying 2,000 tons of supplies has docked. read more

UN Security Council calls on Iran to suspend enrichmentrelated activities

Expressing serious concern that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is unable to conclude that there are no undeclared nuclear materials or activities in Iran, the United Nations Security Council today called upon that country to re-establish full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development, in a manner that is verified by the Agency.“The Security Council expresses the conviction that such suspension and full and verified Iranian compliance would contribute to a diplomatic, negotiated solution that guarantees Iran’s nuclear programme is for exclusively peaceful purposes,” the Council said through a statement read out by its March President César Mayoral of Argentina.The statement underlined “the willingness of the international community to work positively for such a solution, which will also benefit nuclear non-proliferation elsewhere.”To monitor Iranian compliance with its requirements, the Council requested a report from the IAEA in 30 days.“I think after 20 days working on this presidential statement, the Security Council had a good result,” Council President Mayoral told the press after issuing the statement. “I think its one step toward non-proliferation and in the future the Security Council and the IAEA will continue to deal with this subject.”The Council has been meeting formally on the subject since 17 March, when it took up a report referred to it by the IAEA that voiced concern that “uncertainties related to the scope and nature of Iran’s nuclear programme have not been clarified after three years of intensive Agency verification.”The report notes that under normal circumstances, drawing any conclusion about a country’s nuclear activities would take time, and the duration would be even longer in the case of Iran because of a number of factors, including the “undeclared nature” of Iran’s past programme.In 2003, it was discovered that Iran had carried out secret nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Before transmitting the report to the Council, Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei said the 15-member body “will lend its weight to the IAEA’s efforts so as to make sure Iran will work as closely as possible with us.” read more

UK advisors role in SOCU not operational British High Commissioner

Following a statement issued on Thursday by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, questioning the recent comments made by Dr Sam Sittlington, including whether or not he was operating under the auspices of the British High Commission in Guyana, the British High Commissioner, Greg Quinn, today outlined his role as it relates to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).Nandlall had said that “Mr Sam Sittlington has taken the liberty of making statements which have political underpinnings, and seems to be functioning as part of the operations of SOCU.”Nandlall’s questions were premised on Dr Sittlington’s involvement, over the last few days, in SOCU’s arrest and detainment of several former prominent government officials including former President and now Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, former Prime Minister and President Samuel Hinds, Dr Luncheon, former ministers Priya Manickchand, Irfaan Ali, Clement Rohee, and Jennifer Westford, among others in connection to their role in the Pradoville 2 scheme.Sittlington a United Kingdom (UK) advisor to SOCU, was quoted in the media saying among other things that “under the police Act, the police have the power to arrest without a warrant for someone suspected of committing a misdemeanour. Whenever the police require them for an interview and they refuse to, then they are breaching that, and the police can come in and arrest them. The whole point is to bring someone in to gather evidence because you suspect them of committing a criminal offence.”Former Attorney General Anil NandlallNandlall questioned Sittlington’s role in the law enforcement process of Guyana. “Is he operating under the auspices of the British High Commissioner in Guyana? If so, then one will have to assume that there is some linkage between his actions and the British Government. This must be clarified by the British High Commissioner.”In responding to the questions raised, Quinn said “let me clarify the situation. Dr Sittinlington is at SOCU in an advisory and training capacity and not in an operational role. I also understand that former Attorney General Hon. Anil Nandlall believes that High Commission staff were at the Oasis Cafe on Wednesday, however that was not the case.”Quinn was referring to the recent meeting between the Head of SOCU Sydney James; Dr Sittlington and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanon where they were seen clinking glasses in an extremely celebratory atmosphere in the dimly lit café.Ramjattan had confirmed publicly that he and the SOCU officials were having some drinks at the popular spot, which usually is not opened to the public after dark.According to Ramjattan, he went to “have a glass of wine” with the SOCU officials as they celebrated Dr Sittlington’s work here in Guyana.However, the former Police investigator from Northern Ireland had explained that he was only required to provide advice to SOCU for a few months.The British High Commissioner posited that “in talking to the media Dr Sittlington was trying to be helpful in explaining the legal basis and rights on which SOCU took the actions they did. It would be wrong to interpret this as Dr Sittlington being involved in the investigations themselves. He was not.”Quinn said further that “Dr Sittlington’s current contract was funded by the British High Commission and was designed as a follow up to his work with SOCU last year.”These events comes on the heels of resounding cries that the Executive has been giving orders to SOCU to attack former Government officials as part of its ‘witch-hunting exercise.’Just one week before SOCU arrested some of the former officials, Ramjattan had threatened charges against them.Following the arrest of former top Government officials by agents of SOCU, the Government issued a public statement, dismissing allegations that SOCU’s actions were in any way part of a political vendetta.It stated that SOCU was operating independently and without any interference or direction.State Minister, Joseph Harmon had defended the A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government in the ongoing probe into Pradoville 2, by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), saying that the administration does not have its hand in the “independent” investigation.He reiterated similar sentiments in today’s post Cabinet press briefing at the Ministry of the Presidency. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCriticisms against me like ‘water on the duck’s back,’ says SOCU AdvisorJanuary 9, 2018In “Crime”Sittlington to return as Mentor/Advisor to SOCUJanuary 5, 2018In “Crime”SOCU to get assistance from another UK funded expert- QuinnAugust 17, 2017In “Crime” read more

Introducing INTMET Integrated Metallurgy

first_imgINTMET is a European funded project titled Integrated innovative metallurgical system to benefit efficiently polymetallic, complex and low-grade ores and concentrates (http://www.intmet.eu). It focuses – as the titles indicates – on the difficult task to recover valuable metal from low-grade and complex ores. It  aims to develop three innovative hydrometallurgical processes (atmospheric, pressure and bioleaching), and novel more effective metals extraction techniques (e.g. Cu/Zn SX and EW, chloride media, MSA, etc.) that will be tested at relevant environment aiming to maximise metal recovery yield and minimising energy consumption and environmental footprint.The Project Coordinator is Carlos Frias of Cobre Las Cruces.The EU is self-sufficient in the production of construction minerals and also has a large production of industrial minerals, but it is heavily reliant on non-ferrous metal imports to satisfy domestic demand. For example 62% of copper consumption, 65% zinc, 45% Ag, 92% Au is imported). For several base metals including Critical Raw Materials (CRM) such as rare earth elements, PGMs, indium and cobalt to name just a few, the EU countries rely on imports entirely. However, Europe has considerable potential to develop low-grade polymetallic mineral deposits, but they are often dismissed because of the (mainly) technical impossibility to recover metals in an efficient and economically sustainable way. Currently there is no economical process for on-site metal extraction from low-grade poly-metallic deposits, and even more, there is not any industrial process able to deal with polymetallic (Cu+Zn+Pb) concentrates.The INTMET approach represents a radical solution and seeks a unique technological breakthrough to overcome the limitations related to low-grade and complex ores to achieve high efficient recovery of valuable metals such as Cu, Zn, Pb, Ag, and also critical metals like Co, In, Sb. The main objective of INTMET is to apply an on-site M2M (Mine-to-Metal) approach and integrated treatment of the produced concentrates, combining innovative hydrometallurgical processes (atmospheric, pressure and bioleaching), and novel metals extraction techniques (e.g. Cu/Zn-SX-EW). Additionally, secondary materials like tailings and metallurgical wastes will be added to the process for valorisation and metal recovery. The feasibility technical, environmental and economic of the entire approaches will be integrated to offer an innovative business solution.The INTMET industry-driven multi-sectoral Consortium consists of 12 partners from eight European countries and one partner from South Africa. It includes three operating mines in operation: KGHM in Poland, Cobre Las Cruces in Spain, and Soc Mineira de Neves Corvo (SOMINCOR) in Portugal. There are three technology providers: Outotec, Tecnicas Reunidas and AGQ Mining & BioEnergy. There are five public academic centres: Bor Institute of Non-ferrous Metals, Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals (IMN), the French Geological Survey BRGM, the National Research Development Institute for Non-Ferrous and Rare Metals (IMNR), and Mintek in South Africa. Finally there is the consultancy expert network in mineral policy MinPol.last_img read more

Google runs 900000 servers uses 001 of worlds electricity

first_imgAfter reading the title to this article you may have had the same reaction to me: “is that all?”Google is after all one of the biggest internet companies and runs the most popular search engine by some margin. It also sets up Google accounts and gives free access to an office suite for anyone who wants one, offers a business package, has 20+ million people on Google+ already, and then there’s the small case of YouTube and that 48+ hours of video that gets uploaded every minute.Maybe we should be looking at it from the other way around. In order to run all those services online only requires 900,000 servers. And servers are so efficient they only used 0.01% of worldwide electricity. If that’s the case the future is very bright for cloud computing, and the argument to let people stay at home and work online is a very environmentally-friendly one.That percentage figure looks even better for Google if you consider data centers as a whole account for up to 1.5% of worldwide electricity use, and as much as 2.2% in the U.S. alone.Realistically though, this is just a best guess made by Stanford professor Jonathan Koomey. He was provided with an upper bound by Google for electricity use, which came in at less than 1% of all data centers around the world. In fact, his wider report looking at data centers in general says energy use is lower than expected based on projections in 2007.Unfortunately it’s difficult to get a handle on Google’s total server use as they build their own. But the very low electricity use has been put down to “higher infrastructure efficiency” at Google’s facilities. That basically means they can do more for less which is a big commercial advantage. Google is also a company that pushes for greener solutions such as using natural air cooling, setting up data centers that run on tidal power, wind, and solar wherever possible, and they recycle whenever possible. The forward-thinking company also invests in green energy research through its green initiatives and investment.If this video from 2009 is anything to go by, Google secret seems to be shipping containers:Read more at Koomey’s Blog and Data Center Knowledgelast_img read more

Pontians commemorate 100 years of the Ballarat RSL

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Members of Melbourne’s Pontian community joined with the Ballarat RSL to commemorate 100 years since the foundation of the RSL. A major celebratory dinner was held in Ballarat last Saturday.The function was well attended with over 100 attendees, including the Mayor of Ballarat Samantha McIntosh, Catherine King, federal MP for Ballarat and Sharon Knight, state MP for Wendouree. The Royal Australian Navy band performed at the function.Many members and supporters of the Central Pontian Association of Melbourne and Victoria (the Pontiaki Estia), the Philanthropic Association of Merimna of Pontian Ladies Oceania and the George Devine Treloar Memorial Committee made the journey to Ballarat for the occasion. Kostas Tseprailidis, president of the Estia, and his wife Vicki attended, along with Nick Krikelis and Penny Tsombanopoulos leading the Pontiaki Estia’s dancers and musicians. One of the longest-serving members of the Pontiaki Estia and supporter of the George Devine Treloar Memorial project, John Salpagtidis, also made the journey. Mayor of Ballarat Samantha McIntosh (front right) with (from right) Alexandra Tascas, Catherine King MP, Sharon Knight MP and others at the event. The Ballarat RSL was founded on 30 January 1917 by returning soldiers from the battlefronts of the First World War to support veterans and their families – as it still does 100 years on. In 1920, General Sir John Monash came to Ballarat to open its then premises.Many local residents from the city and surrounding areas served in the war as soldiers and nurses, a number of whom served on Lemnos during the Gallipoli campaign, and indeed some remain there in the Commonwealth War Cemeteries of Lemnos. Others served in what was called the Salonika campaign in northern Greece, which spread above Thessaloniki from Thrace to Macedonia for four long years. One of those was Ballarat’s Nurse Grace Munro, who lies in Thessaloniki’s Mikra War Cemetery.Alexandra Tascas, president of the Ballarat RSL, whose father hailed from northern Greece, told Neos Kosmos that Ballarat had played a proud part in the Hellenic connection to Anzac. “From the soldiers and nurses who served on Lemnos in 1915, through those who served in the three-year Salonika campaign, including Nurse Gertrude Munro, to Major George Devine Treloar who went to Greece to help its refugees after the First World War, and finally to the diggers of the area who fought in the bitter campaign across Greece’s mainland and Crete in 1941 – Ballarat and its service personnel have a strong connection to Greece,” she said. John Salpigitidis of the George Devine Treloar Memorial Committee with Alexandra Tascas, president of the Ballarat RSL. A feature of the night was a performance of the famous dancers and musicians of the Pontiaki Estia. All were impressed by their performance of traditional Pontian dances in traditional costume. This is the second performance of the Pontiaki Estia dancers in Ballarat, the first being late last year at the celebration of George Devine Treloar held at Ballarat Town Hall.Nickolas Krikelis, the former president of the Estia, addressed the assembly, explaining the story of the Pontian people, their culture, music and dance. The performance represented this ancient Greek culture, from the shores of the Black Sea known as Pontus. He explained that as the descendents of the Greek people of Pontus, they were proud to perform at the event given the connection between one of Ballarat’s most famous soldiers and refugee helpers – George Devine Treloar – and the Pontian people.Litsa Athanasiadis, president of the George Devine Treloar Memorial Committee and the Philanthropic Association of Merimna of Pontian Ladies Oceania, told Neos Kosmos that it was an honour to take part in this important commemoration in Ballarat.“We feel it is only right and proper that descendents of Greece’s Asia Minor refugee communities come to Ballarat to honour the support given by the residents of the city to our forefathers in their hour of need,” she added. Dancers and musicians of the Pontiaki Estia perform.Ms Athanasiadis pointed out that local residents had risen to the challenge in the years after the First World War and raised funds to assist the refugees in Greece. And of course, Ballarat is the home of George Devine Treloar, the WW1 veteran who worked in northern Greece to help resettle over 100,000 refugees from Asia Minor’s Christian communities.She added that the celebratory dinner was another opportunity to build relationships and support for the coming erection of a new memorial in Ballarat to Major George Devine Treloar.“We all took the opportunity to congratulate the new Mayor of Ballarat, Ms Samantha McIntosh, who is a strong supporter of the memorial project. We look forward to working with Samantha to make this a reality,” Litsa said.The dinner was accompanied by a military display of military vehicles, artillery and small arms, military bands, gunfire demonstrations and guides in period uniforms. Neos Kosmos congratulates the Ballarat RSL on its 100 years of service to the war veterans and their families of Ballarat.last_img read more

Vancouver mom accused of child abuse

first_imgA Vancouver mother who’s accused of being intoxicated and dropping her two toddlers on the ground, fracturing one child’s skull, appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court.Jasmin C. Crump, 34, appeared on suspicion of first-degree assault of a child, reckless endangerment and three counts of third-degree assault, court records show.Shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, Vancouver police responded for a welfare check in the area of Northeast 150th Avenue and Northeast 149th Court, where they found a woman, later identified as Crump, lying on the ground with three small, crying children, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Two witnesses said they had tried to help Crump and her children after hearing them crying. When asked if she needed help for her children, Crump said, “What children?” Crump was swearing and appeared to be “out of it,” the affidavit states.At one point, she stood, holding a 17-month-old child and dropped the child on the grass. The witnesses said another child, also 17 months old, walked out into the street. They picked him up and gave him back to Crump, who appeared to be upset by this, the witnesses said. Crump then picked up the toddler and dropped him on his head on the sidewalk. The boy began crying, according to court documents.Police arrived about a minute later and were flagged down by the witnesses.When the officer approached Crump, she attempted to stand but began staggering and sat back down. Officer Janell Cusick said she could smell the odor of alcohol coming from Crump, and her eyes were red and watery, court records state.last_img read more

Festival opens with free winefree student jazz show

first_imgIf you goo Jazz Education Night, part of the 15th annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival. o When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday. o Where: Esther Short Park, 301 W. Eighth St., downtown Vancouver.o Cost: Free, but donations for local school music programs are welcomed. o Information: 360-906-0441 or vancouverwinejazz.com.Lineupo 6 to 6:30 p.m.: Heritage High School Jazz Band.o 6:30 to 7 p.m.: Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz Band.o 7 to 7:30 p.m.: Mountain View High School Jazz Band and Union High School Jazz Band.o 7:45 to 9 p.m.: 56th U.S. Army Jazz Band.There will be no wine at Thursday’s opening event of the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival, but there will be plenty of jazz.Jazz Education Night, launched this year, will spotlight young jazz players from Washington schools, combined with a performance by the U.S. Army Jazz Band.Michael Kissinger, founder and artistic director of the Wine & Jazz Festival, has wanted an event like this for about the past five years. Eventually, he wants to add a four-day jazz education camp so young jazz players can work with such headline performers as Diane Schuur and José Feliciano.“It’s our way of giving something back to the community,” Kissinger said. “Our goal eventually is to make the festival a weeklong event, with jazz workshops where students can work with some of our great musicians.”Four schools will perform at the free event in Esther Short Park, including Heritage, Mountain Viewand Union high schools from Clark County. The students have been practicing over their summer break for the event.Sam Ormson, band director at Mountain View High School, said he thinks it’s a great opportunity to get the kids out in front of a new audience.“We’re excited to be a part of it and to be playing,” Ormson said. “We’re really looking forward to Thursday night.”Those coming to the performance are encouraged to donate money to local school music programs. Heritage Bank has pledged to donate up to $2,000 in matching funds.last_img read more