63% turnout in Rajasthan bypolls

first_imgAn average 63.76% polling was recorded in the Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha constituencies in Rajasthan, where byelections were held on Monday. At Mandalgarh, 76.57% of the electorate exercised their franchise for the byelection to the Assembly seat in Bhilwara district. No major untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the State during the polling.The counting of votes will take place on February 1. The three constituencies had a total 39 lakh voters. The polling in Alwar, with 11 candidates in the race, was recorded at 62.12%. In Ajmer, 65.41% of the electorate votes for 23 candidates. The Mandalgarh Assembly bypoll saw eight contestants. Electronic voting machines were used with the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) and the candidates’ photographs for the first time in the State. Technical failures were reported at several polling booths in Ajmer, where EVMs stopped working. Voting resumed after the snags were rectified.last_img read more

Odisha rolls out plan to reduce snakebite deaths

first_imgWith snakebites emerging as the leading cause of natural disaster deaths in Odisha, the State government has decided to ensure deployment of doctors at primary health centres in snakebite-prone areas and make ambulances available for swift transfer of patients to hospitals.As many as 1,716 people lost their lives due to snakebites during the past three years. The number of casualties due to snakebite, highest among all disasters, accounts for about 37% of the total disaster deaths (4,689) during the period.“We have asked the Health and Family Welfare Department to ensure availability of medical officers at primary health centres in snakebite-prone areas. Besides, required number of 108 ambulances will be made available in blocks for shifting snakebite patients to the nearest health institution,” said Bishnupada Sethi, Managing Director of the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority.The State government is working on a plan to bring all snakebite victims to the nearest health institution at the earliest for medical examination and administering anti-venom. Highest deaths The highest of 164 deaths has been reported from Balasore district, followed by 147 in Ganjam and 145 in both Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj during the period.last_img read more

Tarun Tahiliani’s IBFW collection marks a new bridal trend

first_imgAce designer Tarun Tahiliani broke the convention by unfurling his black bridal ensemble on the opening day of the sixth edition of the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW) 2014 Thursday.”I love black. It’s timeless,” the designer told reporters at DLF Emporio, where the four-day fashion extravaganza is being held.Combining Indian craftsmanship and western clothing, Tarun Tahiliani showcased his opulent Mughal-themed wedding collectionApart from black, the models also spread a plethora of unconventional colours on the ramp when they sported Tahiliani’s creations in colours such as white, bronze, gold and champagne.If the designer experimented with colours, his choice of jewellery was ‘zara hatke’ with models sporting ‘mangtika’ modified into ‘mohawk’ on their foreheads.The line was a melange of home-grown craftsmanship perfected over generationsThe sheer silk and tulle made the ensemble light. With lot of draping techniques used, the Modern Mughals collection, consisting of lehengas, jackets, anarkali kurtas and more, ensured ease of movement.For the menswear line, he associated with London-based brand Whitcomb & Shaftesbury.Tahiliani feels “grooms are taking equal interest. It is the age of metrosexuals”, hence the experiment.The sherwanis and bandhgalas in gold, deep orange and more will surely lure the would-be grooms.The ‘kamarband’ lent drama to sherwanis.last_img read more

Forbes: LeBron James tops NBA rich list again

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town Around $35.7 million of James’s earnings came from salary and bonuses, while $53 million was generated through endorsements.Golden State Warriors ace Stephen Curry ranked second on the earnings list with $79.5 million, with salary accounting for $37.5 million and endorsements $42 million.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCurry’s Golden State teammate Kevin Durant was third with $65 million. Around $30 million of Durant’s earnings are from his salary while endorsements account for $35 million. Durant has earned more than $400 million in his career to date, according to Forbes. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Raptors coach Nick Nurse sizes up the NBA’s Eastern Conference Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook was fourth on the list with $53.7 million. Most of Westbrook’s earnings comes through his lucrative contract with the Thunder, reportedly worth $207 million over five years. The triple-double king added a further $18 million through endorsements.Reigning NBA MVP James Harden rounded out the top five on the list with $47.4 million ($30.4 million salary and $17 million endorsements).The Forbes survey noted that that the top 10 earners in the NBA will make around $540 million this year, up more than $180 million from five years ago.The report pointed to several stars who have looked to diversify their brands into different areas, with James, Curry and Durant all setting up their own companies to manage business opportunities in media and marketing.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 31: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks toward the bench during a 123-120 win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on January 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James remains the top-earning player in the NBA while an increasing number of stars have boosted their income through off-field activities, a Forbes survey revealed Tuesday.Forbes said that Los Angeles Lakers star James was the highest-paid player in basketball for a fifth straight year, pocketing an estimated $88.7 million in 2018-2019.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Messi matches Real Madrid for Liga goals scored

first_imgPrimera División Real perspective: Messi has the same amount of Liga goals as Madrid combined Goal Last updated 2 years ago 17:11 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) Lionel Messi, Paulinho, Barcelona Getty Primera División Barcelona Real Madrid v Real Betis Barcelona v Eibar Real Madrid Real Betis Eibar The Argentine currently sits level with Los Blancos’ squad, highlighting the issues facing Zinedine Zidane With Real Madrid having failed to score – for the first time in 74 Liga games – in their shock loss to Real Betis, Barcelona striker Lionel Messi now sits level with the entire capital club combined with nine goals scored in the Spanish top flight.Hotly tipped to walk the league after their impressive exploits last season, as well as yet another poor transfer window for Barcelona, Madrid have gotten off to an extremely poor start domestically to raise questions over Zinedine Zidane’s attacking options.Messi 10/3 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Barca, however, even without the now sidelined Ousmane Dembele, their big summer transfer, continued their unbeaten start to their own campaign with a 6-1 hammering of Eibar on Tuesday, with the Blaugrana’s famous Argentine scoring an impressive four goals against the Basque side.La Liga MD5 GFXThe fortunes of eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s side sit in stark contrast, with Madrid recording 3-0, 2-2, 1-1, 3-1 and 0-1 results, respectively, the worst of them coming in Wednesday’s night’s loss in which Ronaldo himself returned from a five-match ban.The Portuguese’s return to action was an underwhelming one as the result suggests, with the Ballon d’Or holder having 12 shots on goal but registering only two on target, providing yet another worry for Madrid when compared to Messi’s four-goal performance against Eibar.During the period in which Ronaldo missed five clashes due to pushing the referee in the Spanish Supercopa, Messi has been on the winning side in each of his own league clashes, picking up a double against Alaves and a hat-trick against Espanyol before his quadruple on Tuesday. With his Clasico rivals defying the odds by sitting at the top of La Liga with 17 strikes in the goals scored column after a quick start to the season, Zidane faces the tricky task of swiftly turning around Madrid’s fortunes or risks giving away the title before the campaign gets properly under way.last_img read more

The day Lilian Thuram turned into a goalscorer supreme for France

first_imgFrance Croatia Share on Twitter “It was what I call my Miles Davis moment,” revealed Lilian Thuram in 2007. “Footballers can be like artists when the mind and body are working as one. It is what Miles Davis does when he plays free jazz – everything pulls together into one intense moment that is beautiful. He doesn’t have to think about it; it’s pure instinct.”But even 20 years on from his two goals in France’s victory against Croatia in the semi-final of the World Cup, the man who went on to become Les Bleus’ most-capped player with 142 appearances and never found the net again can still scarcely believe the events of 8 July 1998.“The likelihood of me scoring was … impossible,” Thuram told Le Monde last week. “This is what people realise: they fully understand that I did not understand what is happening. If I had been told before, I would have laughed, I would have said: ‘It’s a joke!’”After needing an extra-time winner from Laurent Blanc to defeat Paraguay in the last 16 and then edging a nerve‑shredding penalty shootout against Italy in the quarter‑finals, France went into the semi-final on home soil attempting to reverse the so-called jinx that had led them to be eliminated at that stage on three previous occasions: 1958, 1982 and 1986. Twitter Twitter Pinterest Share on Messenger The Observer Read more France 2018 World Cup team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions Gripped by sudden urgency because of his mistake, Thuram surged up the field like a man possessed. Within 30 seconds, he had wrestled the ball off Boban on the edge of Croatia’s box, taken the return pass from Youri Djorkaeff and dispatched an unstoppable shot with his right foot into the net. Supporters in the stands rubbed their eyes in disbelief at the identity of the goalscorer as he was mobbed by his teammates. The best was yet to come.Both teams had chances to take the lead but with 20 minutes remaining Thuram played an attempted one‑two with Thierry Henry and raced after the ball on the right edge of the penalty area. Another powerful challenge saw Robert Jarni’s attempted clearance fall perfectly on to his left foot and, without breaking stride, Thuram curled it past Drazen Ladic. Facebook Share on LinkedIn features Lilian Thuram is carried on the shoulders of goalkeeper Bernard Lama as they celebrate the victory over Croatia. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images Share via Emailcenter_img Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Nonetheless, reaching the last four just three years after the last shots had been fired in the Croatian war of independence was a monumental achievement and Suker led the celebrations at full-time against Germany by proudly parading around the stadium with the new national flag attached to a corner post. Four days later, and with World Cup fever running high in Zagreb and Paris, the two teams ran out at the Stade de France to meet their destiny.Yet after all the hype, a tense first half produced little action. Seeing their opportunity slipping away the France manager, Aimé Jacquet, warned his players not to fear defeat. As he prepared to return to the pitch for the second half, Thuram was greeted by Mario Stanic, then a teammate at Parma. “He told me: ‘This match is ours.’ And I answered him: ‘This match is not yours.’”Less than 25 seconds after the restart, however, disaster struck as Suker raced on to a brilliant pass from Aljosa Asanovic and slotted the ball past Fabien Barthez. The replays showed it was Thuram, operating at right-back rather than in the central position he preferred, playing him onside. “All of a sudden, it was like a dream escaping,” remembered the offender. “It’s as if you’ve been working all your life and there’s something you’re going to miss. Stanic’s sentence came back to me. But it’s not possible. It does not belong to him, it belongs to me.” Share on WhatsApp World Cup stunning moments: Ronaldo falters as France win Reuse this content World Cup Croatia’s team in 1998 featured several players from top European clubs. Photograph: AI Project/Reuters World Cup 2018 Facebook Topics Their opponents were Miroslav Blazevic’s Croatia, who were competing in their first World Cup and caused shockwaves in the previous round with a 3-0 victory against the European champions, Germany, in Lyon.“In some ways it was a surprise, but in other ways it wasn’t,” Davor Suker, who has been president of the Croatian Football Federation since 2012, recalled. “If you look at our team we had some fantastic players who were playing for big clubs in Europe. Zvonimir Boban was playing for Milan, Slaven Bilic and Igor Stimac were both playing in England, and I was playing for Real Madrid.” Pinterest “I do not know how to shoot with my left foot. It does not make sense for me to strike with the left,” Thuram recalled. “It was completely instinctive. If I had ever thought for a moment, I would have made a pass. We do not know why it happened but it worked.”Born in Guadeloupe and raised by his mother in the tough banlieues of Paris after moving there as an eight‑year‑old, Thuram was made a member of the Legion d’Honneur – the highest civilian honour – by the French government after the tournament as Jacquet’s side went on to beat Brazil 3-0 in the final. He has since become a campaigner against racism in football and society at large, accusing Pelé of not doing enough to combat it a few months ago.Now, led by a teenager who was not born until five months after they won their first, France’s class of 2018 will attempt to emulate Thuram’s heroics against very familiar opponents.last_img read more

Police Arrest Seventh Escapee from Youth Detention in Salé

Rabat – The seventh prisoner who escaped from juvenile detention in Salé 1 prison on Sunday has reportedly been arrested and brought back to the prison, where he will await to be transferred to the Criminal Chamber of Rabat.The six previously arrested escapees were referred to the Criminal Chamber of Rabat’s Court of Appeal on Wednesday and face heavy charges.: conspiracy, insubordination and incitement to insubordination within a penal institution, as well as assaults on prison officials.They were also accused of using weapons, kidnaping, and robbery with violence. The operation for arresting the inmates began immediately after their escape, according to a statement released by Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) on Tuesday.One of the prisoners was arrested near the prison and another one at his family home in Rabat. The other three prisoners were arrested Monday night in the region of Laayayda, outside of Salé.Following this incident, the General Commission for the Management of Prisons and Reintegration issued a communiqué saying that the prisoners pretended to fight among themselves in order to attract the prison guards. When one of the guards attempted to intervene, they assaulted him, taking the keys from him before attacking the other guards to seize the rest of the keys.The guards were immediately transferred to the hospital to receive medical treatment, with one of them in serious condition, according to the commission.Earlier this week, the Commission said that more than MAD 101 million will be invested in video surveillance systems (CCTV) in several penitentiaries. read more

Annan calls on Security Council to act to avoid new EritreanEthiopian fighting

But at the same time he urged the 15-member body to address the underlying causes of the stalemate in the peace process between the two countries, which fought a fierce border war from 1988 to 2000, including Ethiopia’s opposition to significant parts of the agreed Boundary Commission’s binding demarcation decisions.”I believe that the present state of affairs represents more than just an alarming situation,” Mr. Annan wrote in a letter to the Council last night, dealing at length with Eritrea’s ban on flights over its sector of the border by helicopters of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), which monitors the Algiers peace accords of 2000.”It constitutes a crisis that requires the full attention of, and urgent and specific action by, the international community. I am concerned that in the absence of concrete action, the situation could escalate and, by intent or as a result of a miscalculation, leads to another round of devastating hostilities.”He reported that Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki, in reply to a letter he had sent him, stated that the Security Council and Mr. Annan himself have “forfeited our ‘relevance’ on matters relating to the peace process.”Mr. Annan reiterated that the helicopter ban severely hampered UNMEE’s mandate to monitor the ceasefire, forcing the evacuation of 18 of 40 locations that had become no longer operationally viable. He noted that India and Jordan, which have contributed peacekeeping troops to UNMEE, have called on the Council to send “an unequivocal and strong message” to reverse an increasingly untenable situation.He also cited Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi as saying Eritrean troops had infiltrated the Temporary Security Zone and urging the UN “to take measures to restore the status quo.””I once again call on the Security Council to exert its maximum influence to avert a further deterioration of the situation and to ensure that the restrictions imposed on UNMEE are lifted,” Mr. Annan wrote.”At the same time, after years of frustrating stalemate, it would be imperative for the Security Council – as the principal organ entrusted with the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security – to address the underlying causes of the stalemate in the peace process, including those relating to the Ethiopian position on the decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission,” he added.Mr. Annan has previously voiced deep concern over Ethiopia’s opposition to the binding decision of the Boundary Commission. “It is worth reminding the parties, and in particular Ethiopia, that the two Governments themselves entrusted the Boundary Commission with the entire demarcation process, drew up its mandate and selected its Commissioners,” he said in a report last year.The situation in Ethiopia/Eritrea was one of several hotspots discussed today at a meeting which the Secretary-General convened with the heads of the UN’s principal organs: the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council and the International Court of Justice (ICJ).According to a statement released following the meeting, participants additionally discussed developments in Lebanon, Côte d’Ivoire and Kosovo.Also high on the agenda were the results of the 2005 Summit and ongoing efforts to implement the decisions taken there, including those relating to the Peace-building Commission, the Human Rights Council, and the UN’s overall management reform. read more

SecretaryGeneral asks Member States to express intention on financing UN plan to

“Earlier this week the Secretary-General sent a letter to all Member States” in that regard, Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at the regular daily briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.“As you are aware, under the new approach, the UN is intensifying support to the Haitian government in building sound water, sanitation and health systems – the best long-term defence against cholera and other water-borne diseases – and also developing a support package to provide material assistance and support to Haitians most directly affected by cholera,” the Spokesman said.In his letter, the Secretary-General recalled that the UN bears a moral responsibility for ensuring that the new approach – launched in a report to UN Member States on 1 December 2016 – is implemented, Mr. Dujarric added.RELATED: UN outlines new plan to fight cholera epidemic and help communitiesCosting around $400 million over the next two years, the proposed UN package under the new approach will centre on two different elements, known as ‘Track One’ and ‘Track Two.’Track 1 – reducing incidence of choleraThe former consists of a greatly intensified and better-resourced effort to respond to and reduce the incidence of cholera, through addressing Haiti’s short- and longer-term issues of water, sanitation and health systems and improved access to care and treatment. This is expected to involve intensifying efforts to mobilize adequate funding for an increased number of rapid response teams; strengthened epidemiological surveillance; the rapid detection, reporting and treatment of cases; the combined use of cholera vaccinations with targeted water and sanitation interventions; more focused geographical targeting; improved communication and behavioural change strategies; and strengthened support to longer-term water and sanitation services.Track 2 – a community approachThe second track of the UN response is the development of a package of material assistance and support to those Haitians most directly affected by cholera, centred on the victims and their families and communities. It is expected that it will also involve affected individuals and communities in the development of the package.Haiti has been dealing with a cholera outbreak since October 2010, some nine months after it suffered a devastating earthquake. The outbreak has affected an estimated 788,000 people and claimed the lives of more than 9,000. Concerted national and international efforts, backed by the United Nations, have resulted in a 90 per cent reduction in the number of suspected cases. While the number of those affected remains high, and recent outbreaks – partly heightened by the impact of Hurricane Matthew – show the continued vulnerability of the population to the disease, UN officials have said the challenge is not insurmountable. read more

We Found The One Edge Your NFL Bets Might Have Over Vegas

Vegas is notoriously hard to beat. But as the NFL season gets started Thursday, there’s some promise for gamblers in betting on projected team win totals. Half-win totals from 8.5 on down seem to be very solid bets to hit the over, even when accounting for the vigorish, or house margin.Money-line data is only available for a subset of the years for which we have win totals, but using a curated data set covering 2003 through 2018 provided by FiveThirtyEight contributor Greg Guglielmo, I calculated the implied probability that a team would hit the over for each half-win total below nine wins and compared it to the actual win percentage of those NFL teams. Surprisingly, there appears to be an edge.Vegas typically wants a healthy margin on its action — the vigorish on win totals averages about 30 percent. But blindly betting the over on half-point totals from 5.5 to 8.5 wins since 2003 is nearly a push, with the house netting just a percentage point edge. And if you were to bet any of the half-point totals where the under is favored (indicated by a money line that is positive), you would actually come ahead, beating the house by 3 percentage points. Put in a way more familiar to gamblers: If you bet $100 on each of the 110 half-point overs in the sample with positive money lines, you’d come out ahead $330.So why is there a systematic undervaluing of teams with half-point win predictions? One possible explanation might be that the public isn’t exactly sure how to value them; half-point totals aren’t particularly intuitive to bet. Additionally, perhaps there hasn’t been a widespread interest in surveying historical odds and win predictions, so bettors may not be particularly aware of the lack of calibration of the closing lines.I ran this finding by professional bettor Seth Burn, and he pointed out that half-point win totals with the under favored don’t appear to exist currently, so perhaps the edge has already been squeezed out of the market. Or perhaps it’s a phantom edge that never really existed in the first place. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse takes step in the right direction against Robert

Senior midfielder Nick Diegel (15) attempts to stop an opposing player during a game against Robert Morris Feb. 1 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternIn its final exhibition match of the preseason, the No. 9-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team bucked a troubling trend.After falling behind in the start in each of their first two exhibition matches, OSU lit the lamp early and never trailed against Robert Morris Saturday, defeating the Colonials, 11-7.Junior midfielder Jesse King — who finished the game with two goals and two assists — got the scoring going for the Buckeyes when he found the back of the cage just 39 seconds into the contest.Sophomore midfielder Eric Rankel scored 19 seconds later for the Colonials, who went 8-7 last season, before the Buckeyes scored the next two goals to lead 3-1 after the first quarter.Continuing the momentum, OSU used goals from King and senior attackman Adam Trombley to go into halftime with a 5-3 lead.“We just wanted to come out and start fast,” senior goalie Greg Dutton said after the win. “Last week against Navy, we had a bit of a slow start, so the focus this week was to get guys going.”Dutton was one of the big reasons OSU was able to get out to an early lead as the Timonium, Md., native stopped six shots in just under three quarters of action.Trombley said it helps the offense when their goaltenders are playing well because it allows them to take a few more chances.After replacing Dutton late in the third with the Buckeyes leading 8-5, junior goalkeeper Cameron Stephens continued to stymie the Colonials offense as he made four saves of his own.“It helps our confidence knowing that if we turn it over, Dutton and Cameron will stop the shots and get the ball back to us,” Trombley said.OSU coach Nick Myers was impressed with how both goalies played.“I thought that the goalie position today was what we expect here at Ohio State,” Myers said. “Those guys really did their job. They made some saves they shouldn’t and they made saves we expect them to make. It was a really solid day in the cage.”Offensively, OSU spread the ball around as seven different Buckeyes tallied a goal with King, Trombley, sophomore attackman Gordie Koerber and freshman attackman J.T. Blubaugh tallying two goals apiece.Led by senior defenseman Joe Meurer, the Buckeyes defense held Robert Morris to seven goals, the lowest OSU has allowed in their three exhibition games, as well as forcing 17 turnovers.“I thought we were better today than we were last week and that is a small step in the right direction,” Myers said. “I’m happy with the improvement, but we understand there is still work to be done.”Up next for the Buckeyes is their regular season opener as they are set to hit the road for Baltimore, Md., where they take on future Big Ten Conference opponent No. 13 Johns Hopkins Sunday at 11:30 a.m.“Playing at Homewood Field is always a challenge,” Dutton said. “We look forward to the task at hand and we are going to prepare hard for them this week.” read more

Minmetals in surprise hostile offer for Equinox Minerals

first_imgChina’s Minmetals Resources (MMR) has said that it intends to make an all cash offer to acquire Equinox Minerals, the owner and operator of the Lumwana copper mine in Zambia, for approximately C$6.3 billion. MMR’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Michelmore, said: “Our offer for Equinox aligns with MMR’s strategy for growth, enhancing our global production portfolio. For Equinox shareholders, the offer is compelling in that it not only provides a substantial premium and certainty of value, but it also provides a superior alternative to the proposed acquisition by Equinox of Lundin.”MMR stated that the deal would significantly expand and extends MMR’s production profile of its operations to beyond 2030, and more than double its exposure to the attractive fundamentals of the copper market. The acquisition of Equinox would mark MMR’s first investment into the African copper belt and the Middle East. Investment into both regions “is consistent with MMR’s long term strategic growth plans” said MMR. Equinox’s Lumwana mine in Zambia is a substantial copper producing asset, with current production of 145,000 t/y and a stated mine life of 37 years. Equinox has indicated the potential ability to expand Lumwana to 260,000 t/y of copper within the next five years. In addition, Equinox’s Jabal Sayid project in Saudi Arabia, with a forecast average copper production of 60,000 t/y, is expected to commence production in 2012.MMR’s offer is expected to be financed through a combination of existing cash reserves, long term credit facilities from Chinese banks and equity including financial investments in MMR by Chinese institutions. The proposed offer is supported by MMR’s ultimate controlling shareholder, China Minmetals Corp. Full details of the offer will be set out in the circular that is to be mailed to Equinox shareholders. The offer will be subject to certain conditions including termination of the existing Equinox bid for Lundin. For its part, Equinox said that its board of directors will be meeting to consider the unsolicited proposal, and will comment further “following careful consideration of the terms and implied value for Equinox.”last_img read more

Merkel strong favorite to win a third term

first_imgColumn: Germany – the big kid who won’t play by the same rules>Man wearing only underpants parties on Angela Merkel’s plane> ANGELA MERKEL is in a fight to clinch a new term for her ruling coalition in Sunday’s national election, with polls showing her center-right alliance on a knife-edge as her junior partner’s support slumps.Merkel and her conservative Christian Democratic Union appear likely to fend off a challenge from center-left rival Peer Steinbrueck and emerge as the biggest party in the lower house of Parliament, whose members choose the chancellor — making her the strong favorite to win a third term.But no single party has won an absolute majority in Germany in more than 50 years. And surveys show Merkel’s coalition partner, the pro-business Free Democratic Party, has fallen from the nearly 15 percent support it won in 2009 to about the 5 percent level needed to keep any seats in Parliament.PollsFinal results are due within hours of polls closing.Much may depend on the turnout among the nearly 62 million voters — about 70 percent in the 2009 ballot. In the days before the voting, prominent figures from all major parties have urged supporters to vote, with the projected outcome too close to take any chances.Given Merkel’s popularity — polls show her with approval ratings of up to 70 percent — and the economic success enjoyed during what she calls “the most successful government since reunification” 23 years ago, it might seem surprising that the electoral outcome appears so cloudy.The opposition’s campaign has been marred by problems that ranged from criticism of Steinbrueck’s high earnings on the lecture circuit to a much-mocked suggestion by his Green Party allies that canteens should introduce a meat-free “veggie day.”And Merkel has attacked plans by the Social Democrats and Greens to increase income tax for top earners, which she says would hurt the economy.Merkel has brushed aside concerns that a tight finish would weaken her position as Europe’s strongest politician, noting that “majorities in Germany are very frequently narrow.”“If citizens give us a mandate to continue with the current coalition … a majority, however big it is, we will take responsibility for governing together,” she told ARD television.last_img read more

White House sponsored Hack for Change sounds like a bad joke

first_imgHow do you take a great idea and make sure that it offends as many people as possible? If you’re the White House, you announce a well meaning initiative geared towards reaching out to young programmers using the same language that was used to prosecute their peers and heroes.Following the White House’s Open Data Initiative plans, the US Census Bureau, NASA, and the Department of Labor have all agreed to provide publicly accessible information in a format ready for developers. The (rather hopeful) goal is that developers from all over the US will use their skills and insight to create powerful apps for citizens to use.Essentially, the government has figured out that if the make information available to citizens they can crowdsource ideas on how to better serve that information to the general public. All things considered, it’s a solid idea that will benefit everyone in the end. Developers of every skill level will look good with this kind of work on their resume, and the public could get useful, well designed apps that will likely be available on computers and smartphones alike.Where this plan goes horribly awry is in the marketing. The website that contains all of the information for how you can participate is hackforchange.org. The big slogan behind the initiative is the National Day of Civic Hacking. The imagery associated with the initiative is the iconic WWII era “We Can Do It!” girl (also known as Rosie the Riveter) who was originally created to help increase productivity in overworked laborers after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The idea here is that everyone in the 50 states will get together, roll up their sleeves, and tackle the task set before us, because it’s our civic duty to use our skills for the betterment of our great nation.I can think of a few people in recent history that would take issue with the US Government suddenly looking upon “hacking” as a positive thing that helps our nation. Andrew Auernheimer, a man who is currently awaiting sentencing for releasing information that AT&T left on a public facing webserver, probably isn’t terribly amused by the idea of a National Day of Civic Hacking. Aaron Schwartz, who recently took his own life as a result of the prosecution that followed what many considered to be real civic hacking, would probably not be willing to join in the festivities on June 1-2 at his local hackerspace were he still alive today.The organizing partners for this event, including Code for America and Hacking for Humanity, have opted to turn the concept of hacking into something positive, much to their credit. What is happening as a result is a change in what the public considers “hacking” to be. At one time the word “hacker” was used to spread fear about malicious activities on the internet. That has largely changed today, but it can still cause a sensationalist reaction surrounding anyone who is labeled a hacker. Even if the label is inaccurate, the idea that there are smart people out there who know how to cast dark magic with their fingers as they stroke keys in front of a monitor is about as clear a definition as it gets when asked to describe a hacker. Efforts like Hack For Change can further this stigma by making it sound like programmers are doing something other than building apps with publicly available information that was provided to them on a silver platter.I think there are many people out there who would gladly get behind a day of civic collaboration between government agencies and programmers. In a world where the White House is demonstrating a clear interest in modern technology, I think initiatives like this are important. I do not, however, think it is a good idea to shift the definition of a word like “hacking” in an attempt to reach a young audience and downplay the real problems that are faced when trying to defend hacktivism in the US today.last_img read more

Mary Robinson says she was bullied into stepping down as President early

first_imgMary Robinson says she was “bullied” into stepping down as President early Robinson said it was her “hardest decision” not to go for a second term as President. Image: Ben Curtis AP/Press Association Images Feb 10th 2017, 12:09 PM Friday 10 Feb 2017, 12:09 PM By Sean Murray Short URL Share359 Tweet Email1 Former President Mary Robinson Image: Ben Curtis AP/Press Association Images http://jrnl.ie/3232652 Former President Mary Robinson She expressed the wish that she would have wanted to remain President, but also wanted to take the role at the UN.I then made a mistake – and it was a mistake – to allow Kofi Annan to sort of bully me into coming earlier and not seeing out the last month and a half of my presidency.This was a regret, and she felt that it changed how some people perceived her. She added:People felt like I didn’t like being President. That wasn’t true. It was the hardest decision not to go for a second term.She did admit, however, that it would have been difficult to do the job with the same conviction for another seven years. Robinson also praised her successor Mary McAleese and current President, Michael D Higgins.In the Hidden Gems series, public figures go to a place which means a great deal to them, and explain why. Robinson chose Dun Laoghaire pier for this outing, but hints that there is a part of Mayo that is closer to her heart.“I have a place in Mayo, on a lake, where I do contemplate. It’s private, it’s safe, it’s like a sanctuary. I can mentally walk all around the grounds of our home in Mayo no matter where I am.”This love for Mayo was reinforced with this exchange with a passer-by, Gerry Sullivan, who calls her a “nice lady” before asking if Dublin would win the All-Ireland this year.Robinson replied: “No, I’m hoping Mayo win. We’re the ones who need to win it at this stage.”Read: ‘Trump is a bully. And we have to stand up to bullies’ – Mary Robinson 54,991 Views FORMER PRESIDENT MARY Robinson has said that it was a mistake to leave her role as President early to take up the position of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.In an interview with RTÉ’s Cian McCormack as part of the Hidden Gems series, Robinson said that, although she’s been “very lucky in life”, there are some mistakes that she regretted.She also said that she had allowed former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to “bully” her into taking the role of high commissioner, and that it was her “hardest decision” not to go for a second term as President of Ireland.Robinson served as President between 1990 and 1997, before taking up the role as High Commissioner for Human Rights in September 1997. She served in this role until 2002.When asked how she felt about her long career looking back, Robinson reflected that there was a lot she was happy with, but some things that certainly regretted.“I think I’ve been very lucky in life, to be honest,” she said. “I’ve been very fortunate in love, life and family.”I have deep disappointments but I feel much more that I’ve been very lucky in a life that wasn’t planned. 83 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Volunteers sought for Vancouver parking advisory panel

first_imgThe city of Vancouver needs two volunteers for its Parking Advisory Committee. The seven-member committee advises the city council and city staff on parking policy and implementation of programs. Committee members do not need to be residents.Applicants can be either city residents or property owners, or a local business owner or partner with a downtown location. Appointments begin immediately and serve until Jan. 31, 2022.The committee meets at 7:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at City Hall. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 27. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards.last_img read more

Woman in DUI crash sentenced to four months

first_imgA Vancouver woman arrested with a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit after a September crash was sentenced Tuesday to four months in jail.Ana Y. Coronado, 52, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to vehicular assault while driving under the influence of alcohol. In addition to her jail sentence, she will serve 12 months of community custody.According to court records, on Sept. 7, Coronado turned south onto Hazel Dell Avenue from eastbound 99th Street driving a 2007 Toyota Yaris. She turned wide, crossing the center line into the northbound left lane. There, she struck a 2014 Ford Focus that was traveling north in the turn lane.The driver of the Ford Focus, 82-year-old Elsie Wolff, suffered a fractured sternum in the crash, according to court records.Deputies at the scene noted Coronado was visibly drunk, according to court records, and a preliminary breath test taken about a half-hour after the crash registered her blood-alcohol level at 0.302. In Washington, a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more is considered evidence of drunken driving.Coronado’s sentence came about as part of a plea agreement between the prosecutor’s office and her attorney.Judge Suzan Clark agreed with the deal, saying alcohol-related cases are often the toughest to preside over.Coronado, who did not speak in court, has no criminal history. That doesn’t seem uncommon, Clark said.“A large percentage of the time, they’re nice people who didn’t mean to do anything wrong,” she said, adding the only good thing about this case is the woman in the other car survived.The sentence also requires Coronado to relinquish her driver’s license.last_img read more

Camas School District offers free screenings

first_imgThe Camas School District will offer free screenings for children between the ages 3 and 5 next month.Parents with children between those ages living in the Camas district are encouraged to set up an appointment for April 25.The one-hour screening include tests for hearing, vision, speech, concepts and motor development. Results are confidential and will only be discussed with parents.Appointments can be schedules with the Special Services Department by calling 360-833-5570.last_img

Weather Eye A poem of thanks for our varied Northwest weather

first_imgHappy Thanksgiving!I want to offer my annual Thanksgiving poem: “I look up at the sky and give thanks for the rain, hail, and snows; to fulfill our needs as only our creator knows. We complain about the heat, the cold, and the rain; but we’re given a variety to keep us sane. The dark clouds may come, but a rainbow will appear, to comfort and tell us our creator is near. We’re given the seasons — summer, fall, winter, and spring; each with their own weather they do bring. Symbolizing a beginning, growth, and death. But the wind keeps on blowing and never runs out of breath. We have acquired the knowledge of the sky, and will keep on learning, that’s no lie. As a shower that moves through and off to the east, this I would like to say at least: “Have a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful feast.”Due to early deadlines for my column, any prediction of the pending cold spell would be old news, so I will forgo that topic. However, it still appeared that colder weather is arriving by Monday. Check each day from your favorite weather source for details. It may get very cold or just a little cold. And snow, that is always a last-minute deal anyway.I wouldn’t be surprised to see a little snow with the passing arctic system, on Monday. It will then be clear and chilly. Of course, if we get enough cold over us and moisture comes in later in the week, then lots of snow. I will be in Sunriver, Ore., for the holidays, where I wish there was snow, but it is dry over there as well. We’ll gather our thoughts and chat about cold weather on Sunday.Meanwhile, keep warm, enjoy the day of Thanksgiving.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

Heart Soul Magazine Sold to Group of Investors

first_imgHeart & Soul, first published in 1993 as a joint venture between founder Reginald Ware and Rodale Press, was owned by television network BET and former Honey and Savoy publisher Vanguarde Media before Avent purchased it in 2004. All of the new owners have former ties to the magazine: president and CEO Clarence Brown managed the title under BET’s ownership, Curry was editor of its former sister publication Emerge, and Patrick Detry and Pamela Taylor—executive vice presidents of advertising and marketing, respectively—worked as consultants to Avent. Heart & Soul, an 18-year old wellness magazine historically serving African-American women, has been sold by independent owner Edwin V. Avent to a group of investors known as Brown Curry Detry Taylor & Associates, LLC (BCDT) who plan to expand the magazine’s focus to include “all women of color,” including Latina and Asian populations.“What we’re really concerned about and have been concerned about for a long time is the health disparity between Caucasian women and women of color,” says George Curry, one of the owners, who will take on the role of executive vice president of content. “At a time when this country is growing increasingly diverse, we can play a role in closing these health gaps by bringing these disparate groups together for good and to provide information to help improve their lifestyles.”center_img To aid in this broadening of content, former Latina magazine editor-in-chief Sandra Guzman has been hired as editor, and the new owners will “push for a broad base of writers, new voices from different communities,” says Curry, as the bi-monthly magazine looks to expand its current 300,000 circulation. The publication’s current executive editor and creative director will remain on staff, and the team will work to relaunch a more interactive website in the coming months.last_img read more