Chinese electronics retailer Suning Commerce Group Co Ltd is buying nearly 70 percent of Italian football club Inter Milan for 270 million euros ($307 million), in the highest-profile takeover so far of a European team by a Chinese firm.Suning, part owned by e-commerce firm Alibaba, confirmed the deal on Monday at a joint news conference in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing with Inter Milan executives, including current majority owner and president Erick Thohir.With Chinese President Xi Jinping an avid supporter of soccer, Suning’s deal to take control of Inter Milan is the latest step in a broad plan to create a global sports empire stretching from soccer clubs to online broadcasting.Suning, a household name in China, already owns domestic club Jiangsu Suning, currently third in the Chinese Super League, but this is its first major overseas purchase.”The acquisition of Inter Milan is part of Suning’s strategy in the development of the sports industry,” said Zhang Jindong, chairman of Suning Holdings Group, which plans to subscribe to new Inter Milan shares and buy existing shares.”This will… help Suning to grow internationally.”A person familiar with the matter told Reuters earlier that Suning would take a 68.55 percent stake in the Italian club.The soccer club said Thohir would stay on as president and become the sole minority shareholder in Inter Milan, while former president Massimo Moratti will sell off his entire stake of just under 30 percent in the club.Suning said in a separate statement that Thohir would reduce his stake to about 30 percent.advertisementInter Milan Chief Executive Michael Bolingbroke told Reuters that apart from the equity stake, Suning would also take on a large portion of the loss-making club’s debt. He gave no specifics.”The popularity of the game, particularly in Asia and China, is going through a period of massive growth,” Thohir said.”This agreement with Suning Holdings Group will allow us to get much closer to our huge fan base in China and the Asia Pacific region.”Inter – which has had a lacklustre season at home, finishing fourth in the Italian league – last won the European Champions League in 2010.SPORTING ECOSYSTEMMonday’s deal tallies with President Xi’s goals for Chinese sport, which include ambitious plans to create a domestic sports industry worth $850 billion by 2025. Xi is a keen soccer fan and wants China to one day host, and win, the World Cup.Chinese investors already have minority stakes in England’s Manchester City, Spain’s Atletico Madrid and New York City FC, while smaller Spanish club Espanyol and England’s Aston Villa are Chinese-owned. Inter’s city rival AC Milan is also in talks to sell a majority stake to a group of Chinese investors.Suning is also amongst the frontrunners to buy UK-based Stellar Group, one of the world’s leading soccer agencies.The company has said it wants to create a global sporting “ecosystem”, including club ownership, sports media rights, player agencies, training institutions, broadcast platforms, content production and sports-related e-commerce.Suning, which has annual revenues topping $20 billion, already has some blocks in place. Its local club has splashed millions of dollars on players such as Brazil’s Alex Teixeira and former Chelsea midfielder Ramires.
Although India have won only 11 of their 39 Tests at the Eden Gardens, the stadium, established in 1864, has offered a vibrant experience to not only the players but also the fans who visited the stadium in thousands everytime. The home of the Bengal Ranji team has the capacity to accommodate more than 65,000 spectators. Before the renovation half-a-decade ago, the ground could seat nearly 90,000.The first Test match that India played in Kolkata was in 1934 against England that ended in a draw. The most runs in Test Matches that Eden has seen were scored by V.V.S. Laxman (1217 runs), followed by Rahul Dravid (962 runs).India are now set to play their historic 250th match at home in Kolkata which will see their first World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev ringing the bell on the first day of India’s second Test against New Zealand. The bell at the Eden Gardens, resembles the one at Lord’s. (Lukewarm response to second India vs New Zealand Test at Eden Gardens)Before the historic 250th home begins, let us go back and have a look at the five most iconic matches that took place in Eden Gardens till date -1. India vs England, 1962It took India 27 years to win their first Test that was held at Eden’s. After drawing against England, the first match held in the stadium ever in 1934, the host country finally tasted victory in 1962 against their old rivals England. (India’s Mecca of Cricket, Eden Gardens not a heaven for the hosts)First victory in any stadium’s victory is not only important but also special. For India, this particular one was against their earlier colonial masters, which was even more special. India won by 187 runs.advertisement2. India vs West Indies, 1975It was the third Test between India – West Indies in December, 1975 that the host won by 85 runs. There is more than one reason why this match comes under five most important wins at Eden Gardens. (India could reclaim No.1 Test spot after Eden Gardens Test)The match was India’s third win at the stadium and it was against a very strong opponent. West Indies at that time had a very strong team with legends like Sir Andy Roberts, Bernard Julien, Roy Fredericks and Lance Gibbs among others.This was the only match won by India in the 5-match series against West Indies, who went home with a 2-1 victory.3. India vs Australia, 2001The match that is remembered by all cricket fans as ‘the mother of comeback’ is one of the greatest Test matches ever played. The host won the match by 171 runs, thanks to amazing performances by the batting front who denied visitors a win of the series. (Ind vs NZ: Injured Jimmy Neesham to miss Kolkata Test )Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman emerged as heroes in one of their greatest batting Test performances after a 10-wicket thrasing by Australia in the first Test. India’s hopes of winning this Test had started to dwindle after the first four batsmen were gone.Dravid and player of the match Laxman added 376 runs for the fifth wicket while the latter broke record of first Indian to go past 250 runs in Test. Harbhajan Singh took six wickets to bowl India to an epic win.4. India vs Pakistan, 2005India had to win in Kolkata to take a lead in the series after being denied win in the first Test against Pakistan in Mohali. It was a high drama and performance match for the Indian side with exceptional performances by Dravid who scored twin centuries and wicket hero Anil Kumble who helped the host claim victory by 195 runs.Sourav Ganguly against Pakistan in 2005. (Reuters image) Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik added the charm to the match, helping India win the series by 1-0.5. India vs West Indies, 2013The match was special for the stadium as it was their favourite cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s last Test match in Kolkata and second last career wise.Rohit Sharma celebrates with partner Ashwin during the West Indies tour (Reuters image) Thousands came to the stadium to watch the match and pay tribute to Tendulkar, who was ending his 24-year-long brilliant career. The stadium echoed the chants of ‘Sachin, Sachin’ even though the master blaster managed on 10 runs in the match won by India by an innings and 51 runs.The match proved important for India as they led the series by 1-0, thanks to brilliant performances by Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin. (Eden Gardens all set to make India’s 250th Test at home a grand occasion )advertisementNow, India will be playing their historic 250th home Test match at Eden Gardens against New Zealand. They are leading the series by 1-0. Let us see if this match can be added to the list of iconic matches that the stadium has seen till date.
Medical aspirants should gear up as the expected dates for NEET 2018 is out. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will release NEET Application Form 2018 in January on the official website, cbseneet.nic.inAdmissions which are based on NEET results will begin in deemed universities from July 10 and the results for the NEET are likely to be announced in the first week of June.Important Dates:NEET Exam 2018 (previously known as AIPMT) will be conducted on May 10, 2018CBSE will release NEET UG 2018 Online Application Form in January 2018, last weekClosing of application fee payment facility will be in March 2018, first weekLast date to apply for NEET application form will be in March 2018, first weekImportant guidelines:Aadhaar card is a mandatory requirement for form submission, apart from being eligible for NEET examMobile number and email ID entered during registration must be candidate’s own or their parentsAll official communications regarding the exam will be sent to these communication pointsAge Limit to apply for NEET 2018:The minimum age required is 17 years (for all category) and maximum age limit is relaxed 5 years for the SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/PH candidates as per the government rule.The age criteria for appearing in NEET (UG) 2018 is as follows:For candidates of Unreserved Category (UR) born on or between 06.05.1994 and 01.01.2002, 25 years as on December 31, 2018.For candidates of SC/ST/OBC category born on or between 06.05.1989 and 01.01.2002, maximum of 30 years as on December 31, 2018.How to calculate your age for application:You can calculate your age through online AGE CALCULATOR for NEET 2018. The age calculator gives your age as per your DOB and the date on which you want to calculate. Set the date December 31, 2018 for the date you want to calculate the age.advertisementMaximum attempts for applying:Maximum of three attempts will be counted from NEET 2017 entrance test. If the student has appeared in NEET 2017 then his/her attempt is counted as one, prior to NEET 2017 entrance test attempts are not counted.Nationality criteria required:NRI/ Foreign Students: A student from Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Foreign Nationals are eligible to appear in NEET (UG) 2018Indian National: All the Indian Nationals are eligible to appear for NEET-UG 2018Education qualification required:The minimum qualification should be 12th (Senior Secondary) pass from the state board or from the recognized University. The subject in Class 12 must be Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology or any other elective subject with English.Students must have secured minimum 50 per cent marks in PCB group for general candidates and 45 per cent (for general PH) and 40per cent (for SC/ST/OBC categories)NEET Exam 2017:The CBSE conducted the NEET on May 7, 2017 for admission into approximately 65,170 seats of MBBS and nearly 25,730 BDS courses. As per the information available on MCI and DCI websites, 470 medical colleges and 308 Dental colleges take part in the official admission process based on NEET results.Out of the 10,90,085 students who appeared in NEET exam, 6,11,539 have passed the medical entrance examination which was held on May 7, 2017.Read: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
TORONTO— Klay Thompson believes, even if he knows many don’t.He knows how good Stephen Curry is, so he couldn’t have been terribly surprised when he was told during NBA All-Star player interviews that “everyone” thinks his Golden State Warriors teammate is going to win the 3-point contest Saturday night.“Everybody thinks that? Oh, wow,” Thompson said. “There’s got to be a few who think Klay has a chance. I mean, I don’t mean to refer to myself in the third person, but there’s a few out there, I think. I’m one of them. Hopefully my brothers, and probably the rest of the world thinks Steph. That’s fine. I’ll play the underdog for a night.”A heavy underdog, at least according to one betting site. Curry was made a 10 to 11 favorite Friday by Bovada, meaning an $11 wager would only pay $10. Kobe Bryant also picked Curry when asked.The 3-point contest takes place between the Skills Challenge and slam dunk contest, but it may be the main event with the Splash Brothers from the NBA champions leading the field.Thompson made it to the final round last year along with Kyrie Irving, but they were blown away when Curry made 13 straight shots and set a record with 27 points. Bovada listed Thompson as the second choice at 9 to 2, and he’s looking forward to another chance at the NBA’s record holder for 3-pointers in a season.“There’s only a few times me and him get to compete against each other. We always go against each other in practice, so it’s cool to do it on a real stage,” Thompson said.“It’s going to be a fun round, because you’re going to need two perfect rounds to beat Steph.”Other things to watch during All-Star Saturday:ZACH’S BACK: The slam dunk contest has largely become a one-and-done event, but Minnesota’s Zach LaVine is back for a chance to repeat after his high-flying performance last year in Brooklyn. Nobody has won two in a row since Nate Robinson in 2009-10.He defends against Denver’s Will Barton, Orlando’s Aaron Gordon and Detroit All-Star Andre Drummond.IF NOT A SPLASH BROTHER: The Warriors’ backcourt partners face a field that includes two more All-Stars in Houston’s James Harden and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, plus the Clippers’ J.J. Redick, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, Phoenix rookie Devin Booker and Portland’s CJ McCollum.DOUBLE DUTY: Not long after McCollum joked about his disappointment in not being picked for the 3-point contest, he was added to the field when Miami’s Chris Bosh pulled out with an injury. That makes the Portland guard a busy man Saturday, as he is already entered in the field of the Skills Challenge.BIG CHALLENGE: A big man is guaranteed to reach the final of the Skills Challenge, the obstacle-course event that combines dribbling, passing and shooting. All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins square off in the first round and the winner would meet All-Star Draymond Green or No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns, who believes he can get by the bigs and then knock off one of the little guys who usually make up the event’s entire field.“I think I can win,” Towns said. “I think I honestly can win the Skills Challenge. I think I have a great opportunity.”D-LEAGUE’S DAY: The best from the NBA Development League get the stage in the afternoon, as the D-League has its own All-Star Game, 3-point and slam dunk contests.BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball WriterGolden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, front left, takes schoolchildren through a skills drill at a Jr. NBA Day event in Toronto, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITTweetPinShare0 Shares
West Indies great Clive Lloyd has said he liked the way MS Dhoni led India during his stint as captain. Lloyd said he has played against five different Indian captains and he liked Bishan Singh Bedi’s style the most.”When I was playing, I had seen five different Indian captains: Tiger Pataudi, Ajit Wadekar, Bishan Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev. They had their own distinctive styles. I found Bedi quite good,” Lloyd told The Times of India.From the new generation of Indian skippers, Lloyd praised Sourav Ganguly and Dhoni for inspiring their teammates.”In recent times, it has to be Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni. Dhoni was such a fantastic captain. He was quite inspirational, a good tactician and led the team with a lot of authority. I liked his style of captaincy.”Dhoni is the only captain to win all the ICC global tournaments — ICC World Twenty20 (2007), ICC World Cup (2011) and ICC Champions Trophy (2013).Lloyd also praised Virat Kohli as a batsman but said he was still a work in progress as fas as his captaincy was concerned.”Virat is still a work in progress and it will take us some time to take a final call on his captaincy. But yes, he has shown positive signs. Yes, he is aggressive, but as long as he doesn’t cross the line, it’s fine by me. Aggression, after all, is not a bad thing,” he said.Lloyd was also said the Indian captain’s calibre is such that he would make a number of great sides across generations.advertisement”There’s no doubt about the fact that Kohli is an exceptional batsman. He is doing a few great things for his country and if you ask me whether he would have made my side, I would say yes. In fact, Kohli would make a number of great sides across generations,” said Lloyd.During the Indian Premier League earlier this year, MS Dhoni also had a take on Kohli. An opinion as simple as Dhoni seems to be.Dhoni and Kohli have completely contrasting style of leaderships. While Dhoni operated in a calm and composed manner, Kohli’s style is a bit more on the aggressive side of things.However, Dhoni felt Kohli as a captain is good. “He’s very good,” Dhoni said.Dhoni then spoke about what makes for a successful captain.”I always felt a good captain is the one who understands the individuals. Because if you don’t know a player’s strength or weakness, you cannot give him the proper advice.”I think it’s important how good you are as a team and how good you are as an individual, who helps others to perform,” Dhoni said.
Marie Sklodowska Curie’s long list of achievements is extended by adding another feather to her hat. In a major poll, she has been voted number one as the woman who made a significant impact on world history.#MondayMotivation from Marie Curie, 1st woman to win a @NobelPrize, 1st person to win twice & the only one to win in 2 different sciences. #WomenInScience pic.twitter.com/lGF0qB7SQWUN Women (@UN_Women) August 6, 2018Two-time Nobel Prize-winner in Physics (1903) and Chemistry (1911), Curie pioneered in research on radioactivity, chemical element radium, and polonium which literally shook the scientific world.Who conducted the poll?BBC History Magazine conducted a reader’s poll of 100 women who changed the worldIn this poll, Marie Curie has been voted the woman who made the most significant impact on world historyWhat is the process of selecting the most renowned female figure in history? Women from several fields in areas like politics, science, sports, technology and literature were shortlistedExperts from 10 different fields were asked to provide the names of 10 women who changed the world, to create a list of 100 women to be included in the poll.Curie was nominated by Patricia Fara, president of the British Society for the History of Science, who said: “She [Curie] was the first woman to win a Nobel prize in physics, first female professor at the University of Paris, and the first person — note the use of person there, not woman — to win a second Nobel prize.”The odds were always stacked against her, added Fara.advertisement”In Poland, her patriotic family suffered under a Russian regime. In France, she was regarded with suspicion as a foreigner — and of course, wherever she went, she was discriminated against as a woman,” Patricia finished.List of some other awards Curie won:Davy Medal (1903)Matteucci Medal (1904)Actonian Prize (1907)Elliott Cresson Medal (1909)Franklin Medal of the American Philosophical Society (1921)A look at Marie’s career graph:Marie was only 15 when she graduated from high schoolShe is the only person to have won the Nobel twiceFirst, she won the Nobel in Physics and later in ChemistryHer family has a legacy of five Nobel PrizesShe coined the term ‘radioactivity’ and gave a theory on itCurie even discovered the two very important elements, Polonium and RadiumIt was under her guidance that the Neoplasms were studied for the first time using radioactive isotopesShe set up the first military field radiological centres during World War IThe Radium Institute and the Curie Institute were founded by herShe has notable work in cancer therapies ahead of its time, like launching effective cures for the disease and helping develop X-rays in surgery for the same. This is why a charity in her name, Marie Curie Cancer Care Charity, was established.Top 20 from the BBC History Magazine’s ‘100 Women who Changed the World’Marie CurieRosa ParksEmmeline PankhurstAda LovelaceRosalind FranklinMargaret ThatcherAngela Burdett-CouttsMary WollstonecraftFlorence NightingaleMarie StopesEleanor of AquitaineThe Virgin MaryJane AustenBoudiccaDiana, Princess of WalesAmelia EarhartQueen VictoriaJosephine ButlerMary SeacoleMother TeresaInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com
Chittorgarh, Sept 29 (PTI) Women grapplers from Haryana dominated day 2 of the inaugural Under-23 National Wrestling Championship, as they grabbed seven out of a possible 10 gold medals on offer here Saturday.Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chandigarh also won a medal each as all 10 women grapplers booked their tickets to Bucharest for the Under-23 World Championships starting November 12. Haryana, who finished top of the table, added one silver and two bronze medals to their tally to reach 225 points.Second-placed Uttar Pradesh were way behind the leaders with 158 points. They clinched one gold, five silver and a bronze medal, while Punjab, won one gold, two silver and three bronze, to end third.The domination of Haryana women was evident right from the beginning as Ankush was the first one to start their medal-glut beating Ankita of Delhi 5-3 in the 53 kg event. UP’s Divya Tomar (50kg) held on her slender lead with few seconds to go on the clock to snatch gold from Haryana’s Jyoti with a score of 5-4. Then Pinki from Haryana accounted for Uttarakhand’s Archana after dominating initially to reach 10-4 in 55 kg category. Haryana was back in gold contention when Anjali outsmarted UP’s Bharati Bhagel 6-3 in what was a good bout in 59 kg. In the 63kg class, Pooja of Haryana pinned down her name sake, Pooja Tomar, winning the final 6-3 for the gold medal. In the last two higher weight categories, 72 kg and 76 kg, the two Haryana girls — Naina and Pooja lived up to their expectations to beat their Punjab opponents — Kulwinder Kaur (10-4) and Navjot Kaur (10-5) to complete the rout.advertisement The winners receive their medals from Olympic medallist Yogeshwar Dutt and 2018 Asian Games medal winner Divya Kakran. “I am happy to see national competitions going to different places. This will certainly provide the fillip wrestling needs to attract young wrestlers to the sport,” Yogeshwar said. PTI APA ATKATK
Bayern Munich 6 Borussia Dortmund 0: Lewandowski nets three as Bundesliga leaders run riot Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 02:30 4/1/18 Bongarts Bayern Munich claimed a famous 6-0 Der Klassiker victory over Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund with a scintillating first-half display. Bayern Munich’s incredible first-half display made light work of Borussia Dortmund as the runaway Bundesliga leaders cruised to a remarkable 6-0 win in Der Klassiker thanks to a hat-trick from Robert Lewandowski against his former club. Despite their chance to claim a sixth straight Bundesliga title being temporarily put on hold due to Schalke’s victory over Freiburg earlier in the day, Bayern wasted no time in dismantling their arch-rivals with an awe-inspiring performance in the opening 45 minutes.Jupp Heynckes’ side, who can be crowned champions against Augsburg next time out, were 3-0 up inside 23 minutes – Thomas Muller, who had teed up Lewandowski to open the scoring, applying the finishing touch to a terrific cross from James Rodriguez, who had netted Bayern’s second Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Franck Ribery had a goal ruled out shortly before James’ goal and played a crucial part when he combined with Lewandowski to bundle in another on 44 minutes.Ribery got himself a goal in first-half stoppage time, though, prodding home a powerful strike, with Mario Gotze’s second-half effort against the post the closest Dortmund came to a consolation before Lewandowski completed the rout in the 87th minute. While Peter Stoger will reflect on his unbeaten run as Dortmund boss in the Bundesliga coming to an end in the most humiliating fashion, Heynckes will now switch attention to Bayern’s Champions League quarter-final tie with Sevilla.5 – Dortmund haven’t conceded 5 goals in the first half of a #Bundesliga game since April 1978 (0-12 in Mönchengladbach) when they were down 0-6 at half time. Catastrophe. #FCBBVB— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) March 31, 2018Muller looked sharp from the off, and the forward hooked wide with an acrobatic attempt inside three minutes.Bayern were in front two minutes later, though – Muller turning provider with a brilliant throughball in behind Dortmund’s line and Lewandowski, having timed his run to perfection, duly slotted home.Ribery thought he had doubled Bayern’s tally moments later, only for VAR to adjudge the Frenchman had strayed offside before latching onto James’ flick.Heynckes’ side were not to be denied a second from their next attack, however – James on hand to thump in his fifth goal of the season from David Alaba’s cut-back.Bayern did not let up and Muller soon got in on the act, cushioning a close-range finish over Roman Burki at the end of a wonderful counter-attack.It soon went from bad to worse for Stoger’s side as Ribery charged his way into the area and, despite seeing Burki save his effort, the winger was on hand, along with Lewandowski, to force the rebound over the line.There was no doubt over the fifth goal, however, as Ribery latched onto James’ throughball before planting a superb finish high into the net.Still golden #Robbery#FCBBVB 5-0 pic.twitter.com/245u7CEakd— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 31, 2018Bayern’s domination continued following the restart, though Dortmund managed to stem the tide until Arjen Robben saw a close-range strike saved by Burki on the hour.Ribery’s temper threatened to get the better of him when he clashed with Julian Weigl soon after, though both players escaped with a booking.Former Bayern playmaker Gotze finally managed Dortmund’s first meaningful attempt on goal on 67 minutes – his low strike rattling the left-hand upright.Lewandowski had the final say, however, nudging home from close range to complete his hat-trick with three minutes remaining and inflict further humiliation on the visitors. Key Opta stats: – Dortmund slipped to their highest defeat in a competitive match in 27 years (a 7-0 loss in February 1991 at Stuttgart).- It was also Dortmund’s second-heaviest defeat against Bayern, only surpassed by a 11-1 loss in November 1971. – For the first time, Bayern beat Dortmund in three competitive games in the same season.- Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in back-to-back home games and has now scored 26 goals in the Bundesliga this season, twice the amount of nearest rivals Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nils Petersen. read more
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSV eager to take Man Utd youngster Tahith Chong on loanby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSV Eindhoven is eager to take Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong on loan in January.The 19-year-old Dutch winger, a graduate of United’s academy, has started United’s matches against Astana and Rochdale so far this season.The Sun says PSV are interested in taking Chong when the transfer window opens again in the new year.United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will decide whether or not to keep Chong at Old Trafford given the depleted ranks of his squad.But realistically, Chong is only going to get first-team football in the Europa League and domestic cup competitions this season.
Rabat – Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Morocco Abderrahmane Mohamed El-Jadii denied allegations reported by certain electronic media outlets suggesting the embassy granted scholarships to students from the Polisario front.KSA ambassador “has denied reports suggesting granting scholarships to students from the Polisario front”, a statement of the embassy said. Some electronic media outlets reported last Friday that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expressed to the United Nations its readiness to host students from the Polisario. The Saudi diplomat said that his country’s position with regard to the Sahara issue is “immutable”, stressing “the deep, solid and distinguished bonds” between Morocco and KSA.
23 April 2010The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today described as “unacceptable” the fact that 850,000 people still die from malaria every year even though simple insecticide-treated mosquito nets could significantly reduce mortality if made readily available to all people in regions where the disease is endemic. The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today described as “unacceptable” the fact that 850,000 people still die from malaria every year even though simple insecticide-treated mosquito nets could significantly reduce mortality if made readily available to all people in regions where the disease is endemic.“As we commemorate World Malaria Day 2010, there are only 250 days left to meet the challenge set by the UN Secretary-General for all endemic countries to achieve universal coverage with essential malaria control interventions by 31 December 2010,” said Ann Veneman, UNICEF’s executive director said in a statement ahead of the day, which will be marked on Sunday.“It is unacceptable that around 850,000 people annually still die from a mosquito bite. Of those who die from malaria each year, nearly 90 per cent of them live in sub-Saharan Africa, and the majority of those deaths are children under five years old. This shocking disparity is even more unacceptable,” she added.Ms. Veneman acknowledged that there had been a significant increase in insecticide-treated bed net (ITN) coverage in several African countries, largely due to widespread national distribution campaigns with an emphasis on reaching those most in danger of contracting malaria.“Evidence shows that malaria control interventions work, but they need to be scaled up even more to achieve the 2010 goal. The dual approach in the fight against malaria – from better coverage of ITNs to increased use of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) to treat patients – is what is needed to help save hundreds of thousands of lives,” Ms. Veneman said.Strong collaboration among governments, donors, international organizations, the private sector, civil society and faith-based organizations, have driven much of the success in combating the disease, she added.She said a successful anti-malaria campaign could lead to other benefits including reducing pressure on health centres, cutting down mortality rates among those infected with HIV/AIDS because malaria further weakens AIDS patients, and improving the health of pregnant mothers and that of their babies.In a related development, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reports that a new evaluation of malaria rapid diagnostic tests will help health workers quickly identify patients who have the disease and need immediate treatment, putting into action the agency’s recent recommendation that malaria diagnosis be confirmed before treatment.The malaria product testing evaluation programme recently completed a new assessment of the performance of 29 rapid diagnostic tests and found that 16 of them met minimum performance criteria set by WHO, the agency said.“These rapid tests have been a major breakthrough in malaria control,” said Robert Newman, director of WHO’s Global Malaria Programme. “They allow us to test people who cannot access diagnosis based on microscopy in remote, rural areas where the majority of malaria occurs,” he added.In 2008, just 22 per cent of suspected malaria cases were tested in 18 of 35 African countries reporting data. Universal diagnosis would enable health workers to identify which patients with fever have malaria and need life-saving antimalarial drugs, and which ones have other causes of illness and require alternative treatment. With 38 tests that now meet minimum performance criteria, malaria-endemic countries and donors have a wider choice of tests which have been assessed for quality and reliability.
Briefing journalists following closed-door consultations, Ambassador Jean-David Levitte of France, which currently holds the Council’s rotating presidency, recalled that in the past the Security Council had taken action against terrorism generally, and had also specifically acted in response to the situation in Afghanistan.”The question is today is there room for action beyond resolution 1368 that we adopted unanimously a few days ago?” he asked, referring to the text adopted by the Council on 12 September, following the attacks the previous day against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. “This will be discussed next week,” he said. Ambassador Levitte recalled that resolution 1368 expressed the Council’s readiness to take all necessary steps to respond to the attacks of 11 September and to combat all forms of terrorism. “That is exactly what we are determined to do and that we will discuss next week.” There are already some 12 treaties dealing with different aspects of terrorism, he noted. In addition, there are two additional initiatives under consideration – a global convention against terrorism as well as a convention aimed specifically at fighting acts of nuclear terrorism. Beyond these treaties, he noted, there were specialized institutions and agencies as well as regional organizations which played an important role in the fight against terrorism. The President also said that an opinion piece published by the Secretary-General “reflects exactly the general mood and the general will not only of the Security Council but certainly of the whole membership.”In his op-ed, the Secretary-General argues that the UN is uniquely well-placed to advance the fight against terrorism, providing the forum necessary for building a worldwide coalition to combat the menace.
“As the conflict continues to escalate, over 12.9 million people in Yemen are now surviving without adequate access to basic food supplies, including six million who are deemed severely food insecure,” warned Hilal Elver, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, in a press release issued earlier this morning.The situation facing children in the country is particularly alarming, she stressed, with reports suggesting that 850,000 of them face acute malnutrition – a figure that is expected to rise to 1.2 million over the coming weeks, if the conflict persists as its present level.Sieges in a number of governorates, including Aden, Al Dhali, Lahj and Taiz, have been preventing staple food items, such as wheat, from reaching the civilian population, while airstrikes have reportedly targeted local markets and trucks laden with food items. “The deliberate starvation of civilians in both international and internal armed conflict may constitute a war crime, and could also constitute a crime against humanity in the event of deliberate denial of food and also the deprivation of food sources or supplies,” Ms. Elver continued. “The right to food does not cease in times of conflict, indeed it becomes more crucial as a result of the acute vulnerabilities in which individuals find themselves.” The UN expert explained that in a country that relies on imports for 80 per cent of its food intake, current restrictions have resulted in steep price hikes, which, combined with increases in the price of diesel by some 47 per cent, are having a “devastating impact” on food security. In addition, she said that both “an immediate and unconditional” humanitarian pause in hostilities and a boost in relief funding would be needed to prevent “a deepening national catastrophe in Yemen.”“I call on the international community to do everything possible to provide on an emergency basis the necessary funding as well as essential aid,” concluded Ms. Elver.According to the latest data released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the ongoing conflict in Yemen has taken a heavy toll on civilians, more than 1,895 of whom have been killed by fighting since March. Half of the population does not have enough food to feed their families, while more than 15 million people are deprived of access to basic healthcare.The health system in Yemen is indeed continuing to suffer, leaving civilians without access to critical, life-saving health care, World health Organization (WHO) Representative Tarik Jašarevic explained during a press briefing in Geneva.“Almost 23 per cent of all health facilities in Yemen are currently non-functional or partially functional as a direct result of on-going violence, and additional facilities continue to close down week by week,” he said.While WHO had asked for $151 million to meet the health needs of internally displaced people until the end of 2015, it had received so far $23 million, resulting in a funding gap of 85 per cent.“Without the funds, many critical healthcare services would be forced to shut down,” warned Mr. Jašarevic.So far, he added, WHO had supported the Ministry of Health of Yemen and partners with over 181 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies for more than three million people, including trauma care, non-communicable diseases and laboratory and blood banks.
‘What is the point of the Security Council passing resolutions like that if States are not going to comply with them?’ He ended his briefing with a chilling list of factual responses to some key questions put to his office in recent weeks, by Member States, NGOs, doctors and families affected by fighting in the Idlib zone. Here is the full transcript of his closing remarks:”Who is bombing all these hospitals? I can’t say. But at least some of these attacks are clearly organized by people with access to sophisticated weapons including a modern air force and so called smart or precision weapons.Are hospitals being deliberately targeted? I don’t know. The people who do, are the ones dropping the bombs. What I can tell you is that there are a lot of attacks on these health facilities.Is it true that you provide details of where hospitals are, in order to protect them? Yes. The obligation to protect civilian objects – including hospitals – comes from international humanitarian law. We give details of some hospital locations to the parties to the conflict, so they can comply with those obligations.Is the information being provided about the locations of hospitals in fact being used not to protect hospitals but to target them? I don’t know. Again, the people who can answer that question are the ones dropping the bombs. Many deconflicted sites which are not hospitals, have not been attacked.Has this kind of thing happened before during the Syria conflict? Yes. The then Special Envoy, Staffan de Mistura and I, last year raised concerns about similar attacks in eastern Ghouta with Council Members who we thought might have relevant information and who we thought could prevent a recurrence.Did you get satisfactory answers at that time? We have yet to receive full answers to the questions we raised last year.If I were an NGO running a hospital, why would I want to give you give you details of my location if that information is simply being used to target the hospital? That is a good question. We are thinking about what conclusions to draw from recent events in respect of the deconfliction system in so far as it covers health facilities.What is your advice to parents of children who live in the de-escalation zone – should they take their children to the hospital in the case of an illness or injury? That is a very difficult question. I am deeply concerned about the impact on the health of children, and their safety, when so many medical facilities are being attacked.What would you do if you were the parent of a child needing hospital care in the so-called de-escalation zone in Idlib right now? I am sorry to say that I just don’t know. I feel desperately sorry for parents in that horrible position.Hasn’t the Security Council passed a resolution reinforcing that countries shouldn’t bomb hospitals? Yes. Security Council Resolution 2286, passed in 2016, specifically covered that.Finally, I am asked: What is the point of the Security Council passing resolutions like that if States are not going to comply with them? That, Mr President, is also a very good question. It is, of course, not really addressed to me.” The UN’s head of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo told members that “we have been here before: in Aleppo, Eastern Ghouta and Raqqa” where civilian casualties mounted along with an all-out offensive by the Syrian Government and its allies.“If the escalation continues, and the offensive pushes forward, we risk catastrophic humanitarian fallout and threats to international peace and security”, she said, giving a cautious welcome to the announcement on Wednesday of a new Turkish-Russian working group, convened to try and salvage the military buffer-zone deal reached between the two nations last September over Idlib.The top former United States diplomat said the UN had followed the intensifying violence which has reportedly killed more than 100 civilians, and displaced around 180,000 already displaced civilians, “with great concern”. UN Photo/Loey FelipeRosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, briefs the Security Council on the situation in Syria. (17 May 2019)Fighting terrorists, can’t trump international legal obligationsShe noted the presence of the terrorist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which reportedly now holds sway in much of Idlib, saying that “the international community agrees” that it’s presence “must be addressed. But with three million civilians in close quarters, combatting terrorism cannot be allowed to supercede obligations under international law.”Ms. DiCarlo said the UN-facilitated political track needed to be revitalized, adding that if the Council can work together in support of Russia and Turkey’s ceasefire commitment “then we can work towards restoring a nationwide ceasefire and consensus” in line with previous Resolutions.“International cooperation and support of the Geneva process is critical if Special Envoy (Geir) Pedersen is to realize his mandate” she said, adding that “the conflict is Syria is complex but there is a path forward.”“Let us unite today for the first step – to support an immediate de-escalation of the violence in greater Idlib and work towards a political solution that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people”, she concluded.‘Our worst fears are now coming true’ – UN relief chief LowcockDespite repeated warnings from the UN Secretary-General and others, the decision by the Syrian Government and allies – which include Security Council permament-member Russia – to intensify a military offensive on Idlib in recent weeks, means that “our worst fears are now coming true”, said Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock.He reminded Council members that “the innocent civilians of course hugely out-number the men with guns” across Idlib. While many of the 180,000 newly-displaced have moved to camps in the past three weeks, “more than 80,000 people have found themselves with nowhere to go, so they are simply parked in open fields or sheltering under trees.”At least three IDP camps had been attacked with resulting deaths and injuries, and 17 schools damaged and destroyed, with more than 400,000 unable to sit for important exams. The UN humanitarian response would be completely overwhelmed if a full military incursion takes place, he added.The escalation in attacks on medical facilities inside the escalation zone, was the biggest cause for concern he said, noting the World Health Organization (WHO) had confirmed 20 attacks on 18 different facilities – or one per day, in the past three weeks.
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.1 coachThat’s the number of female coaches in the NFL after Jen Welter was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant coaching intern. The NBA also has one female assistant coach, while MLB and MLS have no female coaches. As my colleague Leah Libresco tweeted: “We were going to graph the share of female coaches in men’s sports, but the bars were too small to see.” [FiveThirtyEight]4 jokesConan O’Brien is being sued for stealing jokes from Twitter. A man who says he was a longtime writer for Jay Leno claims an airline joke (wow, I’m laughing already) as well as jokes about Tom Brady, Caitlyn Jenner and the Washington Monument were pilfered from his feed and used on O’Brien’s show. Conan’s production company believes the suit is without merit. Coco, I’m gonna do you a solid: I’m tweeting a joke right now, just for you. I waive all rights, please feel free to use it in tonight’s monologue. [The Hollywood Reporter]8 farmsI’ve got my tent firmly pitched in the pro-cilantro camp, but my allegiance is being tested. The FDA has banned some cilantro imported from Mexico after investigators discovered “human feces and toilet paper in and around growing fields.” Eight of the 11 farms and packing houses investigated in the Mexican state of Puebla had “objectionable conditions” and five were linked to hundreds of outbreaks in the U.S. of cyclosporiasis. [CNN]15 percentShare of Americans who do not use the Internet. They must be so happy. [Pew Research Center]63.5 percentHomeownership in the U.S. is at a 48-year low. The seasonally adjusted homeownership rate is now 63.5 percent, down from pre-recession highs of above 69 percent. Both the homeowner and rental vacancy rates, however, have also fallen. This means a tight housing market — to which I can anecdotally attest, having recently hunted for an apartment — and a possible boon to the economy in ensuing construction. [The Wall Street Journal]200 to 400 feetAmazon has proposed that some prime (get it?) airspace, from 200 to 400 feet off the ground, be reserved for high-speed drones. The company has visions of one day delivering its packages by drone. [The Guardian]10,000 textsTom Brady’s four-game “Deflate-gate” suspension has been upheld by the NFL. In a statement on the decision, the league said Brady had destroyed his cellphone, despite investigators’ requests to access it. The phone had been used to exchange 10,000 text messages over four months — or just more than 80 texts a day. Even still, Brady’s got nothing on the 18 to 24 set — those kids send and receive more than 125 texts a day! [The Washington Post]$50,000 in bunny careAfter 103 rabbits were seized from her home, a Brooklyn woman has been ordered to pay $50,000 for their care. The bunnies had become celebrities in their neighborhood. [New York Post]$2 million a yearYou have to pay about $1,500 to license the song “Happy Birthday.” Yeah, that “Happy Birthday.” Two filmmakers upset by that fact have uncovered evidence that they say negates Warner/Chappell Music’s 1935 copyright and puts the song in the public domain. The copyright has at some points netted its owners about $2 million a year. [Ars Technica]304 million core usersTwitter’s stock price slumped more than 11 percent Tuesday, after slower than expected growth in its average monthly users. The company said it now has 304 million “core users.” That’s up from 302 million last quarter, but the growth was the slowest since the company went public. [Reuters]Don’t worry, Walt Hickey’s return is nigh. But today, for those of you who a) use the Internet and b) are on Twitter, if the significance of a digit moves you, please tweet it to me @Ollie. And have a super Wednesday!If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.
OSU redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson (32) during a game against Maryland on Jan. 31 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 66-61. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorOf all the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s games this season, its matchup against Northwestern on the road on Jan. 6 might best encapsulate the issues plaguing it. On that evening, redshirt sophomore Kam Williams came off the bench to ignite the otherwise struggling Buckeyes en route to a 65-56 victory. The guard had 21 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. The next-highest scorer was redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson, who had 12 points. And besides Williams’ career-high performance from downtown, no other Buckeye made a 3-pointer. What the game showed about the whole season is a lack of consistent performances, resulting in a continuous reliance on a new unsung hero nearly every night to rescue the team. Against Indiana and Rutgers, it was freshman guard JaQuan Lyle. Sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop propelled the team with a 22-point burst against Penn State. The first game versus Maryland it was no one, then sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate shouldered the load in the rematch. Thompson took his turn in the victory over Illinois on Jan. 28 when he scored a team-high 16 points. It’s not that scoring by committee is necessarily a bad thing for a basketball team. In some ways, it’s a plus for the Buckeyes that they have myriad players who can step up and score. But the lack of a go-to scorer to count on through thick and thin is seeing its effects on the Buckeyes. It perhaps might explain why one night OSU looks like a threat to challenge for a Big Ten title and on others, a team destined for the National Invitational Tournament. OSU coach Thad Matta acknowledged that a lack of steadiness has hampered his team, but as the Buckeyes get ready to welcome Northwestern for a rematch Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center, he said he’s hoping for a change. “We’ve talked about everybody coming in being dialed in, being focused, whether you’re in the game or out of the game,” he said Monday. “Whatever we’ve got to do to get that consistent effort across the board is what we’re after.”That unwavering performance might happen against the Wildcats, the coach said, if what has been displayed at practice lately shows itself come tip-off. In practice, a litany of roster combinations have been used. None of them have had any “rhyme or reason,” Matta said. These random practice assignments are done in an attempt to bring as much hustle, energy and effort as possible instead of just having the starters practice against the bench. “These guys have worked their tails off,” Matta said. “I want to see the carryover from what we’ve been doing in practice.” If those things do carry over, Tate said he thinks the Buckeyes are in good position beyond just their game against the Wildcats. The 6-foot-4 sophomore said OSU hasn’t hit its stride quite yet, but if it does soon, it will have positive trajectory heading into postseason play.“We’re sitting right in that middle area of the Big Ten,” Tate said. “(Tuesday) versus Northwestern is a start, we could start a win streak, get some momentum going into these last couple weeks.”No loveAfter scoring in double figures in 12 of OSU’s first 15 games, including five performances of 18 points or more, junior forward Marc Loving seems to have lost his shooting stroke. In the Buckeyes’ last nine games, the Toledo native is averaging just 9.2 points a game, including six consecutive games of below 36 percent shooting. While speaking to the media Monday afternoon, Loving was noticeably dejected, consistently allowing Tate to answer a bulk of the questions. When he did speak, his answers were terse, his tone subdued. “The ball just isn’t going in the rim,” Loving said when asked to explain his struggles. “I feel like I’m taking decent shots, the ball just isn’t going down.” Matta offered a little more explanation for why he thinks his team’s most veteran player has been underperforming as of late. The coach said he thinks Loving has a propensity to carry mistakes with him. Rather than leaving a missed shot or turnover in the rear-view mirror, Loving continues to focus on them, he said, therefore clogging up his mind and making it difficult to break out of the slump. “He’s worked very hard the past few days,” Matta said, later adding, “I’m hoping, as a junior, he understands the ramifications of how well we need him to play.” Northwestern notesNorthwestern (16-8, 4-7) comes to Columbus feeling good after it curtailed its five-game losing skid on Thursday against Minnesota in emphatic fashion.The Wildcats throttled the Golden Gophers 82-58 to get back on the winning track for the first time since Jan. 12. Coach Chris Collins’ squad is powered by strong guard play from sophomore Bryant McIntosh and redshirt senior Tre Demps. They both average 14.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest. The duo likes to shoot a lot of 3-pointers, with more than 40 percent of Northwestern’s attempts coming from the two. McIntosh, who also distributes 6.6 assists per game, connects at a higher clip — 38 percent to Demps’ 28.“We’re definitely going to have to guard the 3-point line,” Matta said. A different wrinkle about the Wildcats this time around compared to the first meeting this season is that they will have senior center Alex Olah back on the floor. The 7-footer missed the Jan. 6 game, but since returning from injury, he’s shown flashes of the player who posted three 20-plus point performances early on. Matta said OSU will have to account for Olah’s presence on the floor, meaning Thompson and freshman center Daniel Giddens will be instrumental in the Buckeyes picking up the season sweep. Sometimes when a team has beaten an opponent already, the victor can relax heading into the rematch instead of placing the same importance on the game. Tate admitted this can happen at times, but he said the Buckeyes understand how crucial Tuesday’s tilt is.“We’ve got to come out with the same fire that we would any other team,” Tate said. “This one is vital in my opinion.”Up nextAfter taking on the Wildcats, the Buckeyes are slated to head east to Piscataway, New Jersey, to square off against Rutgers. OSU toppled the Scarlet Knights 94-68 on Jan. 13. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during the Buckeyes home opener against North Carolina Central. The Buckeyes won 69-63. Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorWhen the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Marshall Thundering Herd on Friday night, only one team will remain unbeaten after 40 minutes. It will be one of OSU’s tougher tests in the early part of the season, as the Buckeyes look to move to 6-0 before a game with No. 7 Virginia on Wednesday. OSU has earned two quality wins over Navy and Providence through the first five games, so securing another solid victory against Marshall could help keep the morale high, and help propel OSU through some upcoming challenging games, both out of conference and within the Big Ten. Marshall, a 4-0 team from Conference USA, is OSU’s final game in the Global Sports Invitational. In the unbracketed event, both teams have wins over North Carolina Central, Western Carolina and Jackson State. The Buckeyes and the Herd each took care of NC Central and Western Carolina, but it was Jackson State that made the distinction. Jackson State was the most recent win for both Marshall and Ohio State, but while OSU took care of business on Wednesday with a 30-point win, Marshall was in a tight game, only edging the Tigers by 10 points, after trailing at half. However, OSU coach Thad Matta said that Marshall’s athleticism will bring challenges for his team. Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni has experience in the NBA with his brother Mike D’Antoni, coaching in Phoenix and New York.“They’re wide open,” Matta said. “That’s their style … They got a heckuva point guard and guys that can flat out shoot the basketball.”For Ohio State, the key to the game will be keeping Marshall’s offensive productivity to a minimum. While the Buckeyes have yet to eclipse 80 points in a game, the Herd have exceeded that mark in all but one game. OSU has been a fairly stout defense, holding opposing teams to just 56.6 points per game and 42.5 in the past two games. The Buckeyes should be the toughest test for Marshall so far, and if the Herd can find a way to produce offensively like it has all year, there could be a shootout brewing.The Buckeyes strong-suit is their defense, but their offense has not been particularly bad this year, either. OSU averages 73 points per game and is led by junior forward Jae’Sean Tate who scores 13.2 points per game. Sophomore point guard JaQuan Lyle is coming off a double-double against Jackson State in which he had 11 assists. Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams and senior Marc Loving had 15 and 19 points, respectively last game. The Herd are led by junior guard Jon Elmore who averages 19 points per game. Marshall will be without starter Ryan Taylor because of a suspension after being ejected from his last game against Jackson State. Taylor averages 8.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop is still questionable to play. He suffered a sprained ankle against Providence on Nov. 17 and sat out the last two games.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$125M contract inked for landfills in 3 municipalitiesAugust 23, 2017In “Business”Blackout woes for Essequibo continues as GPL trying to fix problemsJuly 8, 2018In “Business”Mahdia now Guyana’s 10th townOctober 26, 2018In “latest news” …new generator to be procured, standby in the interim – Bulkan Residents of the Region One community have been without electricity for over five weeks due to the malfunctioning generator.The Ministry of Communities says it will be working in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to procure a new generation set for Mabaruma, Region One.This was disclosed by Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan in an interview with Department of Public Information/Government Information Agency (DPI/GINA) on Tuesday.The procurement of the new generator is a long-term solution to the problem. Minister Bulkan explained that for the short-term intervention, the Ministry of Natural Resources has today been able to procure a standby 500kilowatt generator. The Ministry is currently making arrangements to have it transported and installed in the community shortly.Bulkan expects that this intervention “will kick-in, in soon.” In the meantime, he is asking that, “residents exercise patience as the government works expeditiously to rectify the situation.”The Mabaruma Regional HospitalRegion One, Regional Executive Officer, Leslie Wilburg explained that the generator went down on May 15, 2017. After purchasing parts to repair the generator, it was discovered that it could not be fixed without spending ‘large sums of money’.Wilburg said that, “The options were either to purchase a new plant, or spend more to repair it.” He reportedly considered both options and then shared his recommendations by way of a letter with the Minister of Communities and Minister of Public Infrastructure.According to GINA, “the options were to repair the plant for some $8.4M with a time frame of four to five weeks, or repair for $6M. The other option was to purchase a new plant for some $16.7M with one week’s framework for installation, or $14.4M with the installation time of 3-4 weeks.”
Automation and digitalization are the future of the industry. But automation is not just about remotely controlled machines. Atlas Copco offers smart connected products and with the new concept 6thSense takes a leap in getting all systems connected. “We are now taking a big step on the digital path for systems integration in mining, quarrying and tunnelling. With 6thSense you are able to improve your operation in a completely new way,” says Olav Kvist, Vice President Mining Technology.“6th Sense,” explains Kvist, “is all about interoperability, advanced data analytics and a work process where we help our customers take the right steps towards improved operations. Every little step results in the clear benefits of 6th Sense: increased safety, increased predictability and increased productivity.”With 6th Sense, Atlas Copco integrates equipment, services and automation with advanced analytics and management systems. To be able to do this Atlas Copco is investing both internally and teaming up with external partners.Kvist continues, “We are not alone in this. We are developing collaborations and key partnerships with a number of companies with excellence in performance and capabilities.”Atlas Copco has announced partnerships and collaborations with Mobilaris MCE, Dassault Systemes and IBM. With this eco-system view on automation Atlas Copco says it “will continue being a long term partner to its customers on their journey towards increased safety, predictability and productivity.”Customers are currently on different productivity levels and are continuously seeking new ways of improving their operations. This is where Atlas Copco with its 6th Sense digital path can be a key enabler to meet customer specific needs.Joe Farrugia Vice President Global Technology Operations explains, “The key thing is that most can take significant steps on their existing fleets.”6th Sense can be defined in four levels, Machine function, Machine autonomy, Process autonomy and System integration. In short, the levels can be described as follows.The first level – Machine function – is operator assist through automated machine functions. Monitoring systems provide easy access and collection of data while control systems provide operator assist functionality improving the value of the machine in use.Moving to the next level – Machine autonomy – it’s automation of a complete machine and remote control of one or several machines at the same time. You optimize your equipment’s full capacity by not having to adjust to the normal staff time schedules. On top of this autonomous operation means the machine is run consistently to its specifications improving the life and reducing wear and tear from manual use.The third level – Process autonomy – is when machines start to become connected from a working perspective. This is automation of a complete process with a mixed fleet communicating machine to machine, with real time positioning integrated to planning and decision support systems. Such as complete interoperability in a drill – blast cycle process.The final and highest level – System integration – is complete integration of processes and systems across the entire value chain. This includes advanced analytics, traffic management, total asset management and the whole operation management.
Teck Resources says the results from a saturated rock fill (SRF) project at its Elkview coal operations in British Columbia, Canada, show the technology has the potential to replace future active water treatment facilities (AWTF) and, further, reduce capital and operating costs for water treatment.In 2018, the company successfully operated its first SRF project at Elkview, which has now been working for the past 12 months and “is demonstrating near-complete removal of nitrate and selenium from the feed water”, Teck reported in its 2018 financial results.With the full-scale trial showing promising results, Teck is working to increase the capacity of the Elkview SRF to potentially reduce reliance on active water treatment, it said.This approach has not yet received the necessary approvals and Teck said it continues to progress the construction of additional AWTFs to comply with the measures required by the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan, an area-based management plan approved in 2014 by the British Columbia Minister of Environment.The plan establishes short-, medium- and long-term water quality targets for selenium, nitrate, sulphate and cadmium to protect the environment and human health, as well as a plan to manage calcite formation. In accordance with the plan, Teck has constructed and is operating the first AWTF at West Line Creek.In the December quarter, Teck commissioned an additional treatment step to address an issue regarding selenium compounds in effluent from the West Line Creek AWTF. The facility is now operating as designed and the company has commenced construction on its next AWTF at Fording River Operations, which will use the same treatment process as the modified West Line Creek AWTF.Teck said capital spending on water treatment in 2019 is expected to be approximately C$235 million ($178 million), including advancing a clean water diversion at Fording River, application of SRF technology at Elkview, construction of Fording River AWTF South, and advancing management of calcite and the early development of water treatment for Fording River North. “This compares to approximately C$57 million of capital spending on water treatment in 2018,” Teck said.The company continued: “In our previous guidance, we estimated total capital spending for water treatment between 2018 and 2022 of C$850-900 million. We intend to complete construction of the Fording River South AWTF, currently under construction.“If we are successful in permitting SRF projects to replace the Elkview AWTF and Fording River North AWTF, we estimate that total capital spending on water treatment during this period would reduce to C$600-650 million. If no reduction in AWTF capacity is permitted, overall capital in the same period would increase by approximately C$250 million over our previous guidance, as a result of engineering scope changes at the Elkview AWTF and an increased volume of water treated at Fording River North.”Teck said it had presented regulators with evidence that SRFs are a viable technical alternative to active water treatment, and is working through a review process. “We expect that this process will result in a decision in the first half of 2019,” it said.In the meantime, Teck continues to advance research and development, including the SRF technology.“We estimate that over the longer term, SRFs will have capital and operating costs that are 20% and 50%, respectively, of AWTFs of similar capacity. If we are successful in replacing a substantial portion of active water treatment capacity with SRFs, we believe that our long-term operating costs associated with water treatment could be reduced substantially,” it said, adding that all of the foregoing estimates were “uncertain”.