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20 injured in clash over minor dispute in Muzaffarnagar

first_imgAt least 20 people were injured in a clash between two groups of the same community over a minor dispute at Rasulpur Ghar village, police said on Tuesday. There was a scuffle between the groups at a wedding ceremony and it escalated, leading to stone-pelting by both sides, they said. The injured have been admitted to a hospital, the police informed, adding security has been tightened in the village as a precautionary measure.last_img

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‘He’s with me’: Mourning dad, American wins at French Open

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR For nearly 4 full hours Wednesday, Johnson stayed the course, over and over, even as the on-court particulars grew complicated. He managed to be OK even after his initial four match points slipped away. And even when he was docked a point by the chair umpire for what an incredulous Johnson considered an innocuous extra hit of the ball deep in the fourth set. And yet again when Coric twice was a single point from forcing a fifth set.Only when, on his fifth chance to end things, Johnson delivered a clean forehand winner to seal the victory, did he let go, dropping onto to his knees near the baseline, his chest heaving, his eyes filling with tears.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I have no idea what happened after I hit the forehand. I just kind of collapsed and, emotionally, it got the best of me,” said Johnson, who faces No. 6 Dominic Thiem next. “The other days, I was able to kind of get to the locker room and kind of compose myself a little bit. Today was just such an emotional match. A long match. Up and down. Just to get through it was something that I know I’ll be very proud of.”At the other end of the court, Coric mangled his racket by rearing back and smashing it one, two, three, four times, then after a pause, once more for good measure. US Steve Johnson looks on after a point against Croatia’s Borna Coric during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on May 31, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTUREPARIS — Steve Johnson held everything in, all of it, until he simply could not any longer.Still mourning the recent death of his father, a tennis coach who helped Johnson learn the game back home in California, the 25th-seeded American didn’t allow the jumble of feelings show outwardly. He didn’t permit them to affect his ability to smack a tennis ball, either, and managed to edge Borna Coric 6-2, 7-6 (8), 3-6, 7-6 (6) and reach the French Open’s third round.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Police release Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest video Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. There were other winners and losers, of course, on Day 4 of the French Open, but nothing quite so poignant.The 12th-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga left meekly, eliminated 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4 by 91st-ranked Renzo Olivo of Argentina after only one game Wednesday in a match suspended a night earlier because of darkness. It was 2008 Australian Open runner-up Tsonga’s first loss in the first round in Paris since his debut 12 years ago.“Last week, I won my first-ever clay tournament,” Tsonga said, referring to an event in Lyon. “And today, I lost at the French Open. It’s the paradox of tennis.”Ah, so philosophical.No call for such reflection from those who advanced, including defending champion Novak Djokovic and nine-time champion Rafael Nadal among the men, and defending champion Garbine Muguruza, former No. 1s Venus Williams (whose pregnant sister Serena was in the stands) and Caroline Wozniacki among the women. There were a couple of surprises: No. 6 Dominika Cibulkova was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by 114th-ranked Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, while 18-year-old Californian CiCi Bellis defeated No. 18 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-3, 7-6 (5).Two-time major champion Petra Kvitova, who needed surgery on her left hand after a knife attack at her home in December, bowed out in the second match of her comeback, a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) loss to American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands.“It’s weird. I mean, I’m disappointed, for sure. I came here to win the matches,” Kvitova said. “The fairytale ended. Now, in upcoming weeks, I think it will be business as usual.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Coric said afterward he knew about the personal difficulty his foe was dealing with.“Super tough, definitely,” the 40th-ranked Croatian said. “And all the credit to him, that he was able to go through this period and also to play this good.”After they shook hands, Johnson leaned his head on his arm atop the net, sobbing.Steve Johnson Sr. passed away three weeks ago.“I know it’s going to be emotional for quite some time. Who knows how long it’ll take? I just know he’s with me. He raised me to be a competitor and a fighter to the last point. And that’s what I try to do with my tennis,” said the 27-year-old Johnson, who won two NCAA singles titles and four team titles at Southern California. “I may not be the best tennis player. But there’s not going to be a day where I’m just going to let you win. I’m going to try and give it my best.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Jaitley, Kumar meet Cong leaders over GST

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 15 (PTI) Seeking to break the impasse over the GST Bill, Unions ministers Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar today met senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma with the Finance Minister saying the government is trying to build a consensus on it.”We are trying to build consensus on GST. We have discussed all the points. Once the monsoon session starts, we will meet again after discussing the issue within our respective parties,” Jaitley said after the meeting.The monsoon session of Parliament begins on July 18.The government had yesterday reached out to the opposition party with Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu calling up Azad, the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, and Sharma to seek Congress backing.The bill has been hanging fire for a long time due to stiff opposition from Congress. PTI SKC NAB KR SMN RT SMNlast_img read more

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Michael Vaughan blasts Australian cultural review: It is cringe worthy

first_imgFormer England captain Michael Vaughan lambasted Australia’s cricket culture review on Monday and said that it was ‘cringe worthy’.Vaughan, who had his fair share of fun after the ball-tampering scandal involving Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in South Africa, tweeted that this whole thing is embarrassing and went on to add that the motif now should be to play hard and fair cricket.”The Aussie cultural review is cringe worthy…’Smile with us , Dream with us’ !!!! What a load of B…….!! Just play good, hard, fair cricket and win a few games is all that’s required,” Vaughan tweeted.The Aussie cultural review is cringeworthy … Smile with us , Dream with us !!!!!! What a load of B ……… !! Just play good,hard,fair cricket & win a few games is all that’s required … !!Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 29, 2018Vaughan also touched on the incident where former Australia vice-captain David Warner walked off the field after he was sledged in a match by the opponent.Also read – Cricket Australia described as ‘arrogant’ and ‘controlling’ in commission reportPlaying in a Sydney Cricket Grade match for Randwick Petersham, Warner was offended by a sledge from deceased Phil Hughes’ brother Jason Hughes and told the umpires that he was not going to play further part in the game and left the crease and walked off the field, thus, forcing the game to stop for a bit. Reports also add that Jason used the word “disgrace”.But if spectators are to be believed, the southpaw’s teammates convinced him to return to the wicket and after a short break in play, Warner returned to the field of play and resumed his innings.advertisementHowever, there was some confusion regarding Warner returning because according to the rules of cricket, if a batsman leaves the field of play, he cannot come back to bat — unless he was off due to an injury. But, it is believed that the Western Suburbs players allowed Warner to return to the crease as they didn’t want him to end his innings in such a way.Warner however, made the most of his return and smashed 157 off 259 balls before being dismissed. And according to Vaughan, all this is too much and made a sarcastic comment about former greats being proud of it.Also read – Australian Cricketers’ Association wants Steve Smith, David Warner bans to be lifted”An Australian Cricketer walks off the field for being sledged !!!! The Aussie players are now wanting us to ‘Smile with them, Dream with them’…..What has Australian cricket come too ….. Waugh, Border, Hughes, Warne, Mcgrath must be so proud,” he tweeted.An Australian Cricketer walks off the field for being sledged !!!! The Aussie players are now wanting us to Smile with them,Dream with them’ …….. What has Australian cricket come too ….. Waugh,Border,Hughes,Warne,Mcgrath must be so proud … !!!! #OnOnMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 30, 2018He seemed to be fixated with the whole ‘Smile with us, Dream with us’ comment in the “Players’ Pact” that was released by Tim Paine and Josh Hazlewood after the cultural review.”We respect the game and its traditions. We want to make all Australians proud. Compete with us. Smile with us. Fight on with is. Dream with us,” read the The Players’ Pact.The 145-page cultural review that was carried out put in some sanctions and penalties regarding to certain offences in Australian cricket as well. Test captain Tim Paine stressed on playing hard and fair cricket after the ball-tampering scandal (AP Photo)The review states that umpires should been given the authority to send-off players for poor behaviour, which include sledging as well and Cricket Australia will now have to ponder over it add to their laws.The review also states that the ‘win at all-cost’ attitude shouldn’t be the case and it should be more like ‘win without counting the cost’.The review contained 42 recommendations for CA and the game’s other partners and stakeholders and out of the 42, CA has identified 34 as either worthy of implementation or already contained within existing practices and protocols that can be re-examined in order to incorporate suggestions.last_img read more

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FIFA 18: Everything you need to know

first_imgeSports FIFA 18: Xbox One & PS4 release dates, cost, pre-order and complete guide Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA 18 cropped EA Sports eSports Cristiano Ronaldo WTF Gaming Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will feature on the cover of the football game for the first time ever, stoking anticipation for the new release The accolades continue to roll in for Cristiano Ronaldo; fresh off winning La Liga and the Champions League, the Real Madrid star is now the face of the best-selling sports video-game franchise on the planet.EA Sports announced on June 5 that Ronaldo will grace the cover of FIFA 18, which will be released later this year.It will pit him against Barcelona rival Lionel Messi in yet another category, as the Argentine has signed up to appear on the cover of Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer. Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. FIFA’s popularity has soared in recent years, however, with its Ultimate Team game mode making it the dominant force when it comes to football games. With anticipation for the new release already high, here is our complete guide to what we know and what to expect.WHEN WILL FIFA 18 BE RELEASED? FIFA 18 will be released worldwide on Friday, September 29. There are two ways, however, to get your hands on the game early.The first is to pre-order the ‘Ronaldo Edition’ or ‘Icon Edition’, priced at £79.99 ($79.99) and £89.99 ($99.99) respectively and packed with bonus Ultimate Team content. They will be available to play on Tuesday, September 26, which is in line with EA’s knack for going live on a late Tuesday in September.If that’s not soon enough you’ll need to sign up to EA Access (Xbox One) or Origin Access (PC), both of which cost either £3.99 ($4.99) a month or £19.99 ($29.99) a year. That will get you 10 hours of trial play time from Thursday, September 21.If you’re a PlayStation 4 player, the September 26 date is the earliest you will be able to play.What about the web app?EA Sports has announced that the new web app – which will allow players to begin building and managing Ultimate Team squads – will be launched on September 21, just over a week in advance of the game’s worldwide release date.While the new system is being prepared, the current web app and other web features associated with the game will be down for maintenance and thus unavailable.HOW MUCH WILL FIFA 18 COST? Cristiano RonaldoAs mentioned, the special Ronaldo and Icon Editions cost £79.99 ($79.99) and £89.99 ($99.99) respectively. The standard version, meanwhile, will be priced at £54.99 ($59.99) – £5 more expensive than FIFA 17.It’s likely those prices will drop, though, as the game nears release and retailers compete for sales.HOW CAN I GET FIFA 18 CHEAP?If you’re living in the UK and longing for all the Ultimate Team goodies in the Icon Edition but the price is a little too high for your liking, we can help.In three easy – and entirely legitimate – steps, it’s possible to bring the price of the premium, Ronaldo Nazario-fronted version of the game down from £89.99 to just over £70. That’s cheaper than the Ronaldo Edition, which includes less bonus content.Simply check out our guide and save nearly £20 while ensuring you get your hands on the game on the earlier September 26 release date.WHAT IS IN EACH EDITION?Per EA Sports, here’s what you get in each different version of the game…Icon Edition (£89.99)FIFA 18 Icon Edition Play from September 26 with three days of Early Access Up to 40 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (two per week over 20 weeks) One three-match FUT Team of the Week loan player for 20 weeks Cristiano Ronaldo FUT loan player for five matches Ronaldo Nazario FUT Icon loan player for five matches Eight special edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artistsRonaldo Edition (£79.99)FIFA 18 Ronaldo Edition Play from September 26 with three days of Early Access Up to 20 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for 20 weeks) Cristiano Ronaldo FUT loan player for five matches Eight special edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artistsStandard Edition (£54.99)FIFA 18 Standard Edition Up to five FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for five weeks) Cristiano Ronaldo FUT loan player for five matches Eight special edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artistsWHAT CONSOLES WILL IT BE RELEASED ON? It’s confirmed – FIFA 18 will be available to buy on Xbox 360 and PS3 as well as Xbox One, PS4, PC and the new Nintendo Switch.There was some doubt as to whether EA would bother with the older consoles this year. That’s because the new Frostbite engine is too powerful for them to run, resulting in watered down versions of the game missing some key features such as The Journey.Once again, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will not match up to their PS4 and Xbox One counterparts and will not include The Journey, but they will, at least, exist.WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE NINTENDO SWITCH? Nintendo SwitchThe Nintendo Switch version of the game will not run on Frostbite either, which is a blow to FIFA fans who were hoping to finally be able to play the game at its full, comprehensive best on a Nintendo platform.FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch: What to expect EA are insistent, however, that they have built a worthy title for the new console and have revealed that in place of Frostbite, the Switch edition has its own, custom-built engine.A lack of Frostbite means a lack of The Journey, which is a significant omission, but the potential for Switch players to take Ultimate Team on the go and open packs wherever they can find an internet connection is intriguing.For a deeper look into what to expect on the Switch, check out our comprehensive guide.WHEN CAN I PRE-ORDER FIFA 18? You can pre-order FIFA 18 right now. It’s available to buy through the official channels such as the PlayStation and Xbox stores – find the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions at these links – and also with a few of the major retailers, with more set to follow soon.You can also snap up the ‘legacy’ versions for PS3 and Xbox 360 now for arrival on release day.WHO WILL BE ON THE COVER OF FIFA 18? FIFA 18 Pack ShotThe choice of FIFA 17 cover star came down to a fan vote (won by Marco Reus), but this time EA has gone straight ahead and picked one on its own – and who can blame them when it is Cristiano Ronaldo?The only other player you’ll see on the worldwide cover is Ronaldo Nazario, who has bagged the front of the Icon Edition.In late August, however, EA Sports revealed a limited edition Ajax version of the game, which features a unique red cover and is available across platforms.They are also running local votes for downloadable custom covers, with the likes of Tim Howard and Jozy Altidore in contention for the MLS edition.WHAT NEW FEATURES ARE IN FIFA 18? There are plenty of new features that have been revealed specific to certain game modes, which you can read about further down this page.In terms of gameplay, EA Sports are billing FIFA 18 as “the biggest step” in franchise history due to the introduction of ‘Real Player Motion Technology’, a new animation system that “unlocks the next level of responsiveness and player personality”.EA has since released a 360° video of Ronaldo’s movements – specifically, his famous heel chop – being recorded during a motion-capture session.Related to that are new movement and finishing animations that are said to make striking and heading the ball more fluid. EA are also introducing “all-new” crossing controls to allow players to get greater accuracy on their balls into the box and shape crosses in different ways.The development of something EA are calling ‘Dramatic Moments’ should add to this realism. As producer Sam Rivera explained to Kotaku : “Basically what we are doing is we are spending more time making sure that the football concepts and contexts that create variety in real life are also in FIFA and tuned in the same way.”What that means is that a number of different factors will come into play for every shot, pass or other action, such as pressure from a defender, the player having to stretch to reach the ball or the way his first touch sets up his next one. While the feel of individual stars has always been a big focus for FIFA, this year they are also ramping up their efforts on a team level. The addition of ‘Team Styles’ is designed to bring sides with a recognisable style of play to life on the FIFA 18 pitches.There will also be additions in terms of stadiums and matchday atmosphere, with EA using their Frostbite game engine to create a more cinematic experience built around the little details like sun position, on-pitch debris and pitch quality.The game will also sport new features for its career mode as the transfer system has been overhauled. It is now possible to negotiate transfers with opposition managers and player agents with expanded options for fees and contract bonuses. There are also additional cut scenes for both negotiations and player announcements.WILL ‘THE JOURNEY’ BE IN FIFA 18? Yes, it will. After a successful debut, The Journey is back for another year and so is Alex Hunter in ‘Hunter Returns’. EA released the first trailer for the second edition of the game’s newest mode on June 10 and it was a star-studded affair, featuring a number of players, coaches and pundits speculating as to Hunter’s future.We can expect to have to decide whether or not Hunter should agree to a transfer ahead of his sophomore season and there is also a glimpse of a meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo.In FIFA 17 you could only play as Hunter with a Premier League club, but that looks set to change this year – check out our complete guide to The Journey for a better idea of what might be coming.EA has previously confirmed that new characters and storylines will feature in The Journey on FIFA 18, but it always seemed probable Hunter would be back as the protagonist given the way the 17 story – spoiler alert – ended rather abruptly at the conclusion of his first season.Not to mention the fact that he is now even starting to become something of a real-life celebrity; Hunter has amassed over 40,000 followers on Twitter since a verified account was opened in his name in June.Fans had their appetites further whetted when EA Sports released another trailer for The Journey on September 1.This one showed Hunter embroiled in a Real Madrid transfer controversy before being welcomed to PSG by Neymar, Atletico Madrid by Antoine Griezmann, Bayern Munich by Thomas Muller and the LA Galaxy by Gyasi Zardes.Those scenes indicate that the story will offer gamers some choice as to which club Hunter joins.There were also cameo appearances by Thierry Henry and basketball star James Harden and it looks as if Hunter’s apparent love interest may be a U.S. women’s national team player.Add in sponsorship deals, injuries and agent disputes and it looks set to be an action-packed year for England’s newest superstar.WHAT’S NEW ABOUT ULTIMATE TEAM? The biggest news as far as Ultimate Team goes will be of most interest to PS4 and PC players, and concerns the replacement of ‘Legends’ with cross-platform ‘Icons’.The availability of retired players of days gone by exclusively on Xbox One in FIFA 17 will be shared across all consoles this year and rebranded as a result. The first to be revealed, as mentioned, was Ronaldo Nazario, who will grace the cover of the special ‘Icon Edition’ of the game now available to pre-order.ICONS are on @PlayStation and @Xbox ! Pre-Order https://t.co/LWJm5OT7qO #FIFA18 pic.twitter.com/u7cqWCMjK9 — EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) June 5, 2017 The Icon Edition comes with a five-match loan card of the elder Ronaldo to get you started. You’ll also receive the same five-match loan card of Cristiano Ronaldo, giving you one hell of a front two to kick things off with.Since then, Diego Maradona, Thierry Henry, Pele and Ronaldinho are among those to have also been confirmed as Icons.Beyond that, EA is introducing ‘Squad Battles’ to Ultimate Team this year. This is a single-player mode in which gamers can play against special squads built by celebrities, professional footballers, pro FIFA players and others in the FUT community for rewards.The pack-opening animations will also be jazzed up, but by and large it’s the same Ultimate Team you know and love. Why mess with a winning formula, after all?WHAT ABOUT CAREER MODE? If you still love playing offline, worry not: EA Sports appear to have paid a lot of attention to career mode this year to bring it up to par with The Journey.The headline new addition is transfer negotiations, which – making use of the Frostbite engine – now have their own cutscenes in which talks and bargaining play out.First, you sit down with your transfer target’s manager and attempt to hammer out a deal to sign him.”At that point, you need to negotiate with the club how much money you’re going to pay for that player,” gameplay designer Sam Rivera told Dream Team.”Right away if you say I’m going to give £5 million for a very expensive player, they will say that’s far too low. You then need to go higher or say no deal.”Depending on your offer you may get more chances. So, if the player is worth £50m and you offer £5m, they’ll say you are wasting their time. They react in real time to your offers.”Once terms are agreed and you have permission to talk to the player, you will then meet with him and his agent to discuss a contract.”At that point you have to negotiate other stuff,” Rivera added. “First of all salary and then the player’s role in the team. The players will also be asking you for bonuses.”When a deal is done, more Frostbite magic will see the new signing presented to the media – and similar visuals can be enjoyed when you win a trophy or one of your players is named the Player of the Month.EA has also introduced over 15 new skill games to add variety to training, and quick subs will allow you to make changes on the fly without having to pause the match.WHAT NEW LEAGUES WILL BE IN FIFA 18? Bad news for those hoping to play in the Chinese Super League on FIFA 18 – it won’t be included in the game despite its influx of star names over the past couple of years and rumours to the contrary.ICC 2017: The complete guide The German third tier, the 3. Liga, is being included in the game for the first time in FIFA 18, allowing fans of recently relegated Karlsruher and Wurzburg Kickers to play as their teams in a lower division.There has also been a new addition to the ‘rest of the world’ clubs, with Sparta Prague returning to FIFA for the first time since FIFA 11. The club’s marketing director confirmed that the Czech Republic’s most successful team would be back after successful negotiations with EA Sports.As well as the new clubs included in FIFA 18, the Icelandic national team makes its return to the series for the first time since the 2014 FIFA World Cup game.WHO WILL BE THE TOP-RATED PLAYER? He’s not only bagged the cover – Cristiano Ronaldo is also the top-rated player on FIFA 18.The Real Madrid star has kept the 94 overall rating he held on FIFA 17 and is one point ahead of his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi.Neymar, Luis Suarez and Manuel Neuer all bag 92 ratings, while Eden Hazard is the best player at a Premier League club at 90 overall.Click here to view the full list of the top 100 players in FIFA 18.WHEN WILL THE FIFA 18 DEMO BE RELEASED? The FIFA 18 demo was made available for download on September 12 and can be played on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC ahead of the full release on September 29.Gamers can play ‘kick-off’ mode in the demo and have 12 teams to choose from – including Manchester United, Champions League winners Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain – as they sample the new features.As well as being able to choose from 12 teams, demo players can check out four different stadiums – including the LA Galaxy’s StubHub Center, which is a new venue this year.The demo also gives a first hands-on glimpse at this year’s new season of The Journey.The demo can be downloaded from EA Sports’ official website.WILL FIFA 18 FEATURE VIRTUAL REALITY? PlayStation VRAnything you read on this front is purely speculation at the moment, with EA giving no indication VR will be a part of FIFA 18 despite the early success of the headsets as they hit the market and begin to influence gaming.It’s easy to imagine a VR future for FIFA – especially now a more cinematic mode like The Journey is a reality. There has not been much indication it is a priority, though, and it’s hard to see the core of how the game is played changing given the boom in competitive gaming.WHICH STADIUMS ARE IN FIFA 18?Four new stadiums have been confirmed for FIFA 18 so far.As was the case in FIFA 17, every Premier League ground will feature. That means Brighton’s Amex Stadium and Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium will make their debuts (Newcastle United’s St James’ Park was already in the game).In addition, the LA Galaxy’s StubHub Center and Atletico Madrid’s new Wanda Metropolitano have been added.The biggest omission is Camp Nou, as Pro Evolution Soccer have the exclusive rights to Barcelona’s famous home. Sadly for Tottenham fans, White Hart Lane has also said farewell as Spurs move to Wembley while their new ground is built. PREMIER LEAGUE (ENGLAND) CLUB CAPACITY Dean Court AFC Bournemouth 11,464 Emirates Stadium Arsenal 60,432 Amex Stadium Brighton & Hove Albion 30,750 Turf Moor Burnley 21,401 Stamford Bridge Chelsea 41,623 Selhurst Park Crystal Palace 26,309 Goodison Park Everton 39,572 John Smith’s Stadium Huddersfield Town 24,500 King Power Stadium Leicester City 32,500 Anfield Liverpool 54,074 Etihad Stadium Manchester City 55,097 Old Trafford Manchester United 76,100 St James’ Park Newcastle United 52,354 St Mary’s Stadium Southampton 32,689 bet365 Stadium Stoke City 27,902 Liberty Stadium Swansea City 20,972 Wembley Tottenham Hotspur 90,000 Vicarage Road Watford 21,977 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion 26,500 London Stadium West Ham United 57,000 EFL CHAMPIONSHIP (ENGLAND) CLUB CAPACITY Villa Park Aston Villa 42,790 KCOM Stadium Hull City 25,404 Riverside Middlesbrough 34,742 Carrow Road Norwich City 27,220 Loftus Road QPR 18,439 EFL LEAGUE ONE (ENGLAND) CLUB CAPACITY Fratton Park Portsmouth 21,100 EUROPEAN STADIA CLUB CAPACITY Allianz Arena Bayern Munich 75,000 Johan Cruijff Arena Ajax 54,033 Borussia Park Borussia Monchengladbach 46,287 Donbass Arena Shakhtar Donetsk 52,187 Mestalla Stadium Valencia CF 55,000 Juventus Stadium Juventus 41,507 Olympiastadion Hertha Berlin 74,475 Stade Velodrome Olympique Marseille 67,394 Parc des Princes PSG 48,583 San Siro AC Milan & Inter Milan 80,018 Santiago Bernabeu Real Madrid 81,044 Signal Iduna Park Borussia Dortmund 81,360 Veltins Arena Schalke 04 54,740 Volksparkstadion Hamburg SV 57,000 Wanda Metropolitano Atletico Madrid 68,000 REST OF THE WORLD STADIA CLUB CAPACITY BC Place Stadium Vancouver Whitecaps 54,500 CenturyLink Field Seattle Sounders 67,000 Estadio Azteca Club America 87,000 King Abdullah Sports City Al Ittihad & Al Ahli 62,241 King Fahd International Stadium Al Hilal, Al Nassr & Al Shabab 68,752 La Bombonera Boca Juniors 49,000 El Monumental River Plate 61,688 StubHub Center LA Galaxy 27,000 Suita City Football Stadium Gamba Osaka 39,694last_img read more

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PM in Mann ki Baat 2 You brought me back

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had said a few months ago that he would return with his monthly radio address after the elections, on Sunday credited the people for bringing him back.On February 24, days before the Lok Sabha elections were announced, he had suspended his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ broadcast for March and April. Confident of his return, Modi had said he will be back with the programme on the last Sunday of May. The BJP-led NDA returned to power with a massive mandate and Modi was sworn in as the prime minister on May 30. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”When it (the February 24 episode) was about to end, I had stated that we would meet once again after 3 or 4 months … the confidence was not Modi’s. This trust was the trust of your foundation. You were the ones who transformed yourself into a pillar of trust,” he said in his first address of edition 2 of his programme. “Actually speaking, I have not returned. You have brought me back. You positioned me here and gave me the opportunity to speak once again,” he said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedHe said when he spoke of returning with the programe after polls, some people had added a political hue to his remark. In his first term, Modi had addressed the nation on 53 occasions between October 3, 2014 and February 24 this year through his monthly broadcast after coming to power in 2014. While discontinuing the programme, Modi had said he was doing so keeping in mind healthy democratic traditions. “The rigours of elections called for hectic preoccupation, but the one thing that was missing was the sheer joy of Mann Ki Baat.’ For me, it was like experiencing a kind of void … I used to be uneasy, with a nagging feeling of a kind of emptiness ,” said the prime minister referring to the period of election campaign. He said soon after the election process was over, he wanted to begin the programme. But in order to keep the ‘last Sunday of the month’ sequence, he waited for June 30. “But this Sunday has made one wait endlessly,” he said. He said many asked him as to why he went to Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines in the middle of the election process. “Amidst the rigours of the election, speculations on victory or defeat … I undertook the journey. Most people have derived political conclusions out of that. For me, it was an opportunity to meet myself … I undertook the journey to meet my inner self … perhaps in that solitary cave, I got an opportunity to fill up the vacuum caused due to the long pause that Mann Ki Baat’ had to go through,” he said.last_img read more

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Canada wants renewed NAFTA to include easier crossborder movement of labour

first_imgOTTAWA – Enhanced labour mobility is high on the list of goals for the Canadian government as it gears up for next month’s start of negotiations on a renewed North American Free Trade Agreement.Ohio-based trade lawyer Dan Ujczo shares an anecdote that explains why:A U.S. company was looking to make a “major investment” in either the Toronto area or Nashville, Tenn. The CEO had just decided Toronto would be the beneficiary when he was stopped at a border crossing by a Canadian border agent who told him he needed a work permit to enter Canada.“The young woman said … ‘You know, sir, it’s my job to save Canadian jobs, I can’t let you across’,” Ujczo recounts.“And he said, ‘Young lady, you just lost yourself 300 jobs.’”That, says Ujczo, is an example of “the real world consequences” of antiquated labour mobility provisions in NAFTA.“Companies, when they’re making those investment decisions, they want as streamlined a process as possible. And when they’re saying, ‘Look, I’m not going to be able to get my talent across the border,’ boom! Why even deal with the headache?”NAFTA is supposed to ease the flow of labour between Canada, the United States and Mexico. It eliminates the need for companies to do a labour market impact assessment to prove that a job being temporarily filled by an eligible American or Mexican worker can’t be done by a Canadian.For business visitors, it eliminates the need for a work permit. For professionals and intra-company transferees, it expedites the work visa process.But NAFTA does not apply to all professionals. It applies only to some 60 occupations, including doctor, dentist, lawyer, accountant, hotel manager, economist, engineer and scientist.Many of the jobs most in demand today, particularly in the high-tech sector, didn’t exist when NAFTA was negotiated more than 20 years ago. Indeed, systems analyst is the only listed profession involving computers.It’s a problem for manufacturers too, says Ujczo, who can’t move welders or tool and dye workers across the border to fill labour shortages or specialized employees needed to install, maintain and repair products sold to another country.Moreover, NAFTA’s labour mobility provisions are inconsistently applied. The CEO in Ujczo’s anecdote, for instance, had crossed the border 19 times without a problem before being refused entry on his 20th trip.“In our view, you can’t modernize the NAFTA and put in a new digital chapter and not address the movement of talent,” Ujczo says.“It will be the biggest failure of the NAFTA modernization if we don’t achieve this.”Both U.S. and Canadian companies are pushing hard for a freer flow of labour across the border. Nevertheless, Andrea van Vugt, the Business Council of Canada’s vice-president for North America, believes there’s a good chance it won’t materialize.“I think you have both a legislative and political problem,” she says.She notes that Congress has in the past blocked the U.S. president’s ability to include immigration issues in trade deals. And the environment for broaching greater labour mobility isn’t exactly favourable, what with Donald Trump’s unabashedly anti-immigration, protectionist, “Buy American, Hire American” agenda.Indeed, Chris Smillie, a principal at Tactix, an Ottawa-based government relations firm, fears that Canada will wind up fighting to simply preserve the existing NAFTA labour mobility provisions rather than pushing to expand the list of eligible professions.Under former president Barack Obama, an ostensible free trader, he notes that the U.S. refused to include any labour mobility provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement with 11 other countries, including Canada. What are the chances that Trump, who has withdrawn the U.S. from the TPP, will be more open to the idea?“I’m concerned,” says Smillie, who specializes in the labour mobility aspect of trade deals.“I’m an advocate that Canada will need to just preserve what’s there.”When the U.S. released its objectives for the NAFTA negotiations last week, he notes there was no mention of labour mobility. Nor was it among the issues mentioned on which the U.S. wants to maintain the status quo.“So, if they’re interested in the status quo in labour mobility, you’d think it might have been in there,” Smillie says. “That sort of sends me a signal … this might be at risk.”last_img read more

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Increase wolf cull pen pregnant cows to save endangered caribou study

first_imgEDMONTON — An extensive study of caribou herds across British Columbia and Alberta suggests a way to reverse a long and steady decline of the endangered species — kill more wolves and moose and pen pregnant cows.“It’s go hard or go home,” said Rob Serrouya, a University of Alberta biologist and lead author of the study released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“Unfortunately, it’s that black or white.”Another study released within days of Serrouya’s suggests another way. And wildlife advocates worry Serrouya’s findings could be misused, illustrating the complexity of what he calls the “toughest conservation challenge in North America.”Serrouya and his colleagues looked at 18 caribou herds ranging over more than 90,000 square kilometres. At the study’s start in 2004, 16 herds were declining.Restoring habitat damaged by oil, gas and forestry activity is too slow, said Serrouya. Herds don’t have the decades that takes.The scientists compared four government-run management programs — killing wolves, protecting pregnant cows, moving caribou between ranges and culling moose that attract predators. Six of the herds were not managed.By 2018, the unmanaged herds remained unchanged. But eight of the 12 managed herds improved. Half of them had either stabilized or begun increasing. One almost doubled over three years to 67 from 36 animals.“That’s almost unprecedented,” Serrouya said.“It doesn’t mean recovery, but it means some of these herds have turned around. It’s the first study to show management has turned around sharp declines of caribou on such a broad scale.”Herds with the best growth rates were linked to both maternity pens to protect pregnant cows during calving and extensive wolf kills. Ranges with the best herd growth had the most intense cull.Those five ranges saw a total of 144 wolves killed every year, mostly by aerial gunning and strychnine. A cull that large over the entire study area would result annually in nearly 650 carcasses, although Serrouya said that’s not being recommended.  Removing moose at the same time would allow managers to kill up to 80 per cent fewer wolves, he said. Still, moose numbers in any one range would have to be reduced by up to 83 per cent.Jonah Keim, an independent biologist and consultant, offers a different solution. In research published in the British Ecological Society’s journal, he suggests caribou can be adequately protected by making it tough for wolves to get to them.  “What we need to do is reduce the encounters between wolves and caribou,” he said. “You can do that without reducing the number of wolves.”Between 2011 and 2014, Keim studied what would happen if it weren’t so easy for wolves, deer and moose to follow cutlines and forestry roads into caribou habitat. Over an 800-square-kilometre area, researchers dropped 200 cubic metres of tree debris every 200 metres.The rate at which wolves stopped using the paths dropped 70 per cent, the study found.“It was unbelievably effective at reducing wolf use,” said Keim.Serrouya applauded Keim’s paper, but questioned its practicality on a landscape with 350,000 kilometres of linear disturbance.  “To block 350,000 kilometres would take years and years,” he said. “What would happen in the meantime?”Four herds vanished between 2004 and 2018.Keim said efforts could be focused on where they’d do the most good. He suggested that snowmobile trails could be designed to draw wolf packs away from caribou. It wouldn’t be that hard, he said.“That type of work can be done in the summer or winter by somebody on foot.”Carolyn Campbell of the Alberta Wilderness Association fears Serrouya’s findings could be used to declare “a war on wildlife.”“These findings could be used by industry and government to prolong unsustainable forest exploitation while endlessly harming wildlife species,” she said.She urged governments to keep restoring habitat.Serrouya said drastic measures will be needed into the foreseeable future.“Society would have to change the way it values natural resources. Society would have to decide to reduce the rate of resource extraction.”— Follow Bob Weber at @row1960 on TwitterBob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Grains livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for May delivery was down 4.4 cents at $4.5800 a bushel; May corn fell .2 cent at $3.6100 a bushel; May oats was off 1.4 cents at $2.776 a bushel; while May soybeans was up 6.8 cents at 8.8970 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Apr. live cattle was up .37 cent at $1.2637 a pound; Apr. feeder cattle fell .03 cent at $1.4592 a pound; Apr. lean hogs rose 1.23 cents at .7885 a pound.The Associated Press

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Tory MP briefly joins opposition chorus against massive budget bill

OTTAWA – A Conservative MP says plenty of government backbenchers share opposition concerns about the wide array of controversial measures crammed into the massive budget implementation bill.But British Columbia MP David Wilks says there’s nothing a lone member can do to defeat the bill or force the Harper government to split up its 425 pages.Wilks made the comments during a meeting Tuesday with a small group of constituents in his Kootenay-Columbia riding.Portions of the meeting were videotaped and posted online Wednesday, prompting Wilks to quickly backtrack.In the video, Wilks is urged by several constituents to vote against the omnibus budget bill, which features a host of non-budgetary measures including changes to the environmental assessment process, Old Age Security, immigration and Employment Insurance rules.But Wilks says without similar defiance from at least a dozen fellow Tories, voting against the bill would be an empty gesture that would get him booted out of the Conservative caucus.“Me doesn’t change the budget,” he tells the constituents. “If I stand up and say ‘no,’ it still passes.”Pressed by one woman to break party ranks and represent the views of his constituents on the bill, Wilks responds: “If you want me as an independent, I’ll do that.”In the candid exchange, Wilks reveals frustration over the way in which the bill has been presented.“I think you’ll find a barrage of Conservatives do hold your concerns and I am one of them,” he says. “I do believe some of (the provisions) should be separated out.”Opposition parties have dubbed the legislation a “Trojan Horse bill,” designed to sneak through a host of controversial changes to a wide array of programs with little individual scrutiny. But Wilks is the first Conservative MP to echo those concerns.Shortly after the video surfaced, Wilks was back-pedalling.“I wish to clarify my position with regard to Bill C-38, the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act,” Wilks said in a statement posted on his website.“I support this bill and the jobs and growth measures that it will bring for Canadians in Kootenay-Columbia and right across the country.”Spokesmen for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty declined to comment, saying Wilks’ statement speaks for itself.But in the video, Wilks has little good to say about the budget. Rather, he appears to agree with many of the concerns expressed by his constituents and spends considerable time explaining to that he has no choice but to support C-38 because party discipline is rigidly applied to budget bills.“There’s no argument … It doesn’t make it right but this is what happens in Ottawa.”He says it “concerns some of us backbenchers” that they’re not consulted in advance about legislation and have little opportunity, apart from 10 minutes each week during caucus meetings, to give their input. He notes that individual MPs can speak privately to cabinet ministers but suggests even that is fruitless.“At the end of the day, in my opinion, they’ve made up their mind … One MP is not going to make a difference.” by The Canadian Press Posted May 23, 2012 4:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tory MP briefly joins opposition chorus against massive budget bill read more

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El Niño has put world in uncharted territory UN relief chief says

“We are here to re-sound the alarm; to spur a collective response to the humanitarian suffering caused by changes in weather patterns linked to El Niño and to take action now to mitigate its effects,” said Stephen O’Brien, the UN Under-Secretary-General for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, who added: “If we act now, we will save lives and livelihoods and prevent an even more serious humanitarian emergency from taking hold.”He said that in some regions, millions of people are already facing food insecurity caused by droughts related to El Niño. “In other parts of the world, we have a short window of opportunity now to prepare for what we know will happen within months. In both cases, we must act together and we must act quickly,” he stressed.Mr. O’Brien, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, was joined today by Paul D. Egerton, Representative to the UN and other International Organizations in North America, and Director, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Liaison Office to the UN , as well as: Osnat Lubrani, Resident Coordinator in Fiji (via phone); Valerie Julliand, Resident Coordinator in Guatemala (via video link); Christy Ahenkora, Resident Coordinator a.i. in Lesotho (via video link); Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie, Resident Coordinator /Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia (via video link); and Niels B. Holm-Nielsen, World Bank, Global Lead, Resilience and Disaster Risk Management.“The strength of the current El Niño has put our world into uncharted territory,” continued Mr. O’Brien, explaining that while the phenomenon is not caused by climate change, the fact that it is taking place in a changed climate means that its impacts are less predictable and could be more severe. While the current El Niño is expected to decline in strength in the first months of 2016, “this does not mean that the danger is past.” El Nino and a possible subsequent La Niña event would continue to effect different parts of the world – at different times – with a mix of above or below average rainfall. “The impacts, especially on food security, may last as long as two years,” he said, expressing particular concern about a number of countries spread across Central and South America, the Pacific region and East and southern Africa. And while countries in those regions are by no means the only ones that could be impacted by the phenomenon, the gap between projected needs and local government and humanitarian actors’ capacity to respond “requires our urgent attention.”He said that in Latin America and the Caribbean, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Haiti are particularly vulnerable. Indeed, below average rainfall from March to September 2015 had led to significant crop losses and triggered the need for food aid for millions of people. “More than 4.2 million people in Central America, including 3.5 million in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are affected by one of the most severe droughts in the region’s history, which is likely to grow in intensity until March this year,” he explained, adding that in Haiti, some 3 million people – or 30 per cent of the population – are classified as food insecure, with some 800,000 severely food insecure and in need of urgent assistance. Beyond those countries, the wider region is at risk of potentially devastating effects on the agricultural sector including floods, landslides and droughts, potentially leading to forest fires.“In the Pacific region, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea; these are the ones at greatest risk, but as many as 13 countries could be affected,” said Mr. O’Brien, noting that drought conditions are already affecting some 3.5 million across the region and that in some countries, El Niño is increasing the likelihood of typhoons and cyclones. Serious food insecurity is also foreseen in Timor Leste by March, when harvests are expected to fail, affecting about 220,000 people.Turning to East Africa, he said that poor rains had resulted in drought-like conditions in the northern parts of the region, mostly Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea, while other parts of East Africa had experienced a wetter than normal season. By early 2016, projections indicate that at least 22 million people will be food insecure across the region and between 2.7 million and 3.5 million people could be affected by floods.“Ethiopia is the country most affected so far as it faces the worst drought in 30 years. Humanitarian needs more than tripled in the past year,” reported the UN relief chief, adding that some 10.2 million people are in need of emergency food assistance. And while the Government is taking on an “impressive” leadership role in confronting the crisis – including the allocation of some $290 million of its own resources for response efforts – the scale of the challenges demand more significant and timely support, as it could take possibly three to five months for donor support to reach those in need on the ground. All these countries and regions need assistance now, to offset the impacts already being felt and to prepare “for what we know is to come,” said Mr. O’Brien, adding that: El Niño poses a critical test to the global humanitarian system in two fundament areas. First, it has tested the world’s commitment to early action. “The warning signs are there. Are we prepared to act on them? Are we prepared to make the resources available now based on these firm clues, or do we wait […] for the facts of a massive crisis?” he asked. The second challenge, he said, is ensuring cooperation between humanitarian and development actors and between the international community and local actors. Could humanitarian and development actors work together at all levels to build resilience at the community level to prevent major loss of lives and livelihoods? Mr. O’Brien stressed that previous crises had shown that early action is critical to reduce vulnerability and the need for humanitarian assistance later on. While major contributions from donors and humanitarian agencies had provided “a good start,” much more was needed, particularly as many of the response plans in affected countries remain seriously underfunded. read more

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UN Security Council concludes very positive threeday visit to South Sudan

“The fact that we are getting on the UN plane and going home, does not mean that we are going to forget about them,” United States Ambassador Samantha Power, the co-lead of the Council delegation, said at the conclusion of the visit.Ms. Power added that “what no one can endure is the legacy of having seen this beautiful newest country of the UN torn apart.”The visit followed the Council’s recent renewal of the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), which included the approval of a 4,000-strong regional protection force to aid with security in the capital, Juba. It also came before the UN Secretary-General has to provide his first report on the progress achieved in implementing the new mandate.In early July, close to the fifth anniversary of the country’s independence, the youngest nation was plunged into fresh violence due to clashes between rival forces – the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), loyal to President Salva Kiir, and the SPLA in Opposition, backing former First Vice-President Riek Machar. That led to deaths and injuries, including those of several UNMISS peacekeepers, also undermining the implementation of the peace agreement between the political rivals in August 2015, which formally ended their differences.Ms. Power said that some good commitments came out of the trip, with the Transitional Government of National Unity announcing its acceptance to the deployment of the regional protection force.A joint communique issued on Sunday indicates that the government is committed to remove impediments to the ability of UNMISS to implement its mandate. This would include reviewing procedures related to movement of UNMISS and streamlining bureaucratic processes. She noted that the call for peace must be felt in the hearts of the leadership.Ms. Power, however, cautioned that these commitments will be measured by the extent to which South Sudanese people feel safer than they are now.Senegalese Ambassador Fode Seck, the co-lead of the Council delegation, said this was “a very positive visit, both on the side of the government and on the side of the UN Security Council.”Remaining optimistic that the government would stick to its commitments, he stressed the need for the citizens to unite for nation-building.“This country is so blessed by nature and it can become the giant of Africa, feeding Africa, exporting and contributing to the continents development,” he added.“Let them believe in themselves, let them work with their government, let them forget about the tribal divide,” Mr. Seck said.The delegation held a series of high-level meetings with President Kiir and other Transitional Government members, civil society groups, faith-based organization and senior UN officials.The Council member states represented in the delegation include Angola, China, Egypt, France, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Senegal, Spain, Ukraine, United States, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela. read more

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Graphex hopes for progress with Chilalo graphite in Tanzania

first_imgGraphex Mining Ltd has provided a submission to the Tanzanian Government with respect to the development of the Chilalo graphite project. In July 2017, the Tanzanian Government passed legislation that amended the legal and regulatory framework governing the resources industry and supporting regulations were published in January 2018 and July 2018.The Submission, which was requested by the Minister of Minerals, the Honourable Angellah Kairuki, is a comprehensive document that identified 10 key issues associated with the Amending Legislation and the Regulations that are central to the ability of resources companies operating in Tanzania to obtain the finance required for project development. It includes input from independent experts, comparison with the legislative position in other African countries and proposals to address the identified issues in a manner that allows for the development of new mines that delivers benefits to all stakeholders.Graphex expects to present the Submission to the Ministry of Minerals, other key Government departments and the Mining Commission in September.Graphex’s Managing Director, Phil Hoskins, commented “We were pleased to be asked by the Ministry to make the Submission, which we believe reflects the willingness of the Tanzanian Government to restore confidence in its resources industry. We believe that the proposals contained in the Submission strike a balance between the requirements of companies seeking to develop resources projects and the interests of the Tanzanian Government. We now look forward to meeting with senior Government officials to present the Submission and determine a way forward for development of our Chilalo project.”The Chilalo Graphite Project is located in southeast Tanzania, within the Mozambique belt, which is well known for hosting some of the world’s highest grade and coarse flake graphite deposits. Chilalo is host to a high-grade, coarse flake graphite deposit, where there is a Probable Ore Reserve (4.7 Mt @ 11.0% TGC) and a high-grade Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resource (16.9 Mt @ 10.2% TGC).Since the initial discovery of Chilalo in 2014, Graphex has adopted a clear and differentiated strategy of understanding end markets and partnering with strategic investors to enable delivery of the Chilalo Project. Underpinned by the coarsest flake graphite in the world with exceptional expansion characteristics, the company has targeted the expandable graphite market, which among many applications, is ideally suited to the manufacture of flame retardant building materials, for which there is a sizeable market – in China alone, this is estimated to be 2 Mt/y.Test work carried out by Suzhou Design and Research Institute for Non-Metallic Minerals has confirmed that Chilalo graphite is the coarsest known flake graphite in the world. In general, coarser flake graphite attracts premium prices.Graphite companies produce products with different flake size distributions. Margins are therefore more relevant for peer comparison than cost curves. A comparison of the margins generated by ASX listed graphite companies are shown. The comparison is based on publicly released information and uses the same graphite prices used by Graphex that deliver a basket price of $1,914/t.Graphex completed a PFS in November 2015 and Suzhou, on behalf of CN Docking completed its own study in December 2016. These two studies are now in the process of being optimised and are expected to deliver material improvements from the results of the November 2015 PFS. Since completing the PFS in November 2015, there has been significant improvements in the flake size distribution, graphite prices and the size of the Chilalo Mineral Resource.last_img read more

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Trade groups set to crack down on illegal tradies

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Illegal tradies may face on-the-spot fines for ripping off householders and putting their safety at risk by doing illegal trade work, as trade groups in SA are set to meet with government officials for a set of proposed reforms. Complains to the Consumer and Business Services (CBS) involving plumbing, as well as gas fitting and electrical work, have jumped 360 per cent in the past three years, and trade groups want to discuss proposals to enforce regulations for both licensed and unlicensed tradespeople. The National Electrical Association of SA, representing electricians, has joined the call for reform and the State Government has agreed to meet the associations to discuss their proposals. Adelaide Now published the following examples of cowboy operators provided to the plumbing association and forwarded to the CBS including: An unlicensed plumber who continues to work despite being caught four times for breaching regulations. A licensed plumber signing certificate of compliance forms for work undertaken by an apprentice but which he has never inspected. An Adelaide man who was fined for working as a gas fitter without a licence. A licensed builder who is using his son-in-law to do plumbing work even though he is not qualified. The Plumbing Industry Association has called for instant fines ranging from $500 to $2000 for tradespeople caught carrying out illegal work. “The minimum fine would be for minor breaches of regulation, while the maximum fine would hit those whose work – typically with gas or electricity – has the potential to put lives at risk,” PIA executive officer Andrew Clarke told Adelaide Now. “This would help rid the industry of ‘unprofessionals’ who at the moment know how slack the enforcement is and are exploiting it.” Small Business Minister Tom Koutsantonis’s spokesman said the State Government is open to discussion with the associations about “improving standards of conduct”.last_img read more

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Du fumier transformé en eau potable aux EtatsUnis

first_imgDu fumier transformé en eau potable aux Etats-UnisPuisque le fumier est majoritairement composé d’eau, pourquoi ne pas essayer de la récupérer pour obtenir de l’eau potable ? Des chercheurs de l’Université du Michigan ont mis au point un système similaire à celui utilisé pour la production de biogaz, permettant de filtrer l’eau contenue dans le fumier pour la réutiliser au sein des exploitations agricoles. Une solution de plus pour réduire l’impact environnemental du fumier. Le fumier est une matière organique polluante, mais sa production est malheureusement inévitable. Issu des déjections d’animaux, il est utilisé comme fertilisant en agriculture. Selon un rapport de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’Alimentation et l’Agriculture (FAO) publié en 2006, le fumier serait responsable de 65% des émissions d’hémioxyde d’azote, aussi appelé gaz hilarant, et notamment connu pour être le 4ème plus important gaz à effet de serre. A défaut de pouvoir empêcher les animaux de produire des excréments polluants, il est possible de gérer ces derniers de manière écologique, en inventant de nouvelles solutions de traitement, voire de transformation. C’est l’objectif que s’est donné l’Université du Michigan, qui a développé un outil appelé ‘McLanahan Nutrient Separation System’, qui permet de transformer le fumier en eau potable. Purifier l’eau contenue dans le fumier Surprenant, et pourtant logique, si l’on se penche sur la composition du fumier : environ 90% d’eau, explique Steve Safferman, professeur associé en biosystèmes et ingénierie agricole à l’Université du Michigan. Les 10% restants sont constitués de “larges quantités de nutriments, de carbone et d’agents pathogènes qui peuvent avoir un impact sur l’environnement s’ils ne sont pas gérés correctement”, détaille le chercheur. On connaissait déjà le biogaz produit par la méthanisation du fumier. Les deux procédés sont assez semblables : pour produire de l’eau à partir de fumier, les chercheurs ont utilisé un digesteur anaérobique, c’est-à-dire une cuve permettant de produire du biogaz sans avoir besoin d’oxygène. Grâce à ce procédé, les nutriments se séparent de l’eau contenue dans le fumier et se transforment en gaz, qui une fois collecté, peut servir d’énergie. Le digesteur est par ailleurs couplé à un système combinant un dispositif d’aération mélangeant l’air avec l’eau, un système d’ultrafiltration et un autre de purification de l’eau, appelé osmose inverse. L’eau ainsi extraite est suffisamment propre pour être bue par le bétail. 50 cl d’eau pour un litre de fumier Avec 378 litres de fumier, on peut produire 190 litres d’eau, rapporte The Independent. “Si vous avez 1.000 vaches dans votre exploitation, elles produisent environ 38 millions de litres de fumier par an”, affirme Steve Safferman. En France, une exploitation bovine moyenne contient 99 têtes, selon les chiffres de 2010 du Ministère de l’agriculture, ce qui représente environ 3 800 000 litres de fumier par an. Un exploitant moyen pourrait donc obtenir près de 2 millions de litres d’eau par an en utilisant la technologie développée par l’université. Aux Etats-Unis, l’accès à l’eau potable est un problème réel dans certains Etats, compte tenu de leur climat parfois très sec. “Ici, dans le Michigan, nous avons tendance à considérer l’eau comme acquise. Mais à l’ouest par exemple, où la sécheresse reste un problème, l’accès à l’eau potable pourrait faire la différence entre une ferme qui a des chances de réussir, et l’une qui se retirerait des affaires”, poursuit Steve Safferman. Réduire l’impact écologique de la production de fumierÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au delà de ces considérations économiques, le système mis au point par les ingénieurs de l’université permet de neutraliser des substances très nocives pour l’environnement, comme l’ammoniac, et de les transformer en fertilisants utilisables. Selon l’Agence de protection de l’environnement américaine, le fumier mal géré a de multiples impacts sur l’environnement, rapporte le Huffington Post. Il peut s’infiltrer dans les eaux que nous consommons, faisant augmenter les quantités de nitrate jusqu’à des niveaux dangereux pour la santé. Il peut également entraîner la propagation d’algues et faire des ravages au sein de l’écosystème des rivières. Développé par l’Université du Michigan depuis une dizaine d’années, le ‘Nutrient separation system’ pourrait être commercialisé par une société du nom de McLanahan Corporation d’ici la fin 2014.Le 10 juin 2014 à 12:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Washington judge upholds local pot business bans

first_imgLocal angleFriday’s ruling allowing a ban on pot shops in Fife came as no surprise to Brandon Brock, who hopes to eventually open a pot shop in Washougal, despite the city’s ban on marijuana sales.This spring, Brock, the owner of Mary Jane’s House of Glass, found himself the lucky winner of a license to sell pot in Washougal. Leading up to the license lottery, the Liquor Control Board allotted just one license apiece for Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal.Unfortunately for Brock, Washougal had a moratorium in place and has since enacted a longer, two-year ban on pot shops through Sept. 1, 2016. When that waiting period is over, the Washougal City Council will be forced to make the ban permanent or bring it to an end.Brock and other license winners in cities with bans have been watching the case in Fife, hoping for a decision that would set a precedent for the rest of the state and break the logjam. But Brock didn’t expect the decision to fall in his favor, and he’s prepared to stay in limbo.“We’ll just have to keep waiting and see, and hopefully the city council comes around,” he said, adding that he’ll make his case before them again when the two-year ban expires.last_img read more

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Mayor Turners Lowered Tax Hike Proposal Doesnt Satisfy Critics

first_img 00:00 /01:03 X Share Listen Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneMayor Sylvester Turner said now that it’s clear FEMA will pay 90 percent of all costs for Harvey debris removal, he’s lowering his proposed 8.9 percent tax increase.“We’re looking at needing something maybe closer to $50 million, which is reducing the request by more than half,” he said.And if the state chimes in too, Turner said, maybe with monies from its rainy day fund, he might take the hike off the table entirely.Neither scenario works for state Sen. Paul Bettencourt.Because property values have risen, he said, Houstonians will pay more taxes anyway, even without a rate hike.He said the city should look at other options before asking for money from the state. “What are you doing with your reserve funds? Why are you not using them?” he said. “Why haven’t you used tax increment reinvestment zone money? Why are you not using the funds that are already there to avoid a tax increase?”The state has an obligation to provide disaster funds to school districts but not to cities, Bettencourt said.He also urged the city of Houston and Harris County to reappraise homes to reflect their values post-Harvey. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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Study finds modern relatives of Otzi alive and well in Austria

first_img Crucial mummy found 20 years ago Monday © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from Innsbruck Medical University has found 19 modern humans living in Austria with the same genetic defect as the ice-man Ötzi, the APA News Agency is reporting. The ice-man was found by German tourists and is believed to have lived approximately 5,300 years ago. Citation: Study finds modern relatives of Otzi alive and well in Austria (2013, October 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-modern-relatives-otzi-alive-austria.htmlcenter_img Explore further Ötzi, named for the region in the Alps where his remains were discovered, has enjoyed worldwide fame since his discovery, owing to his well preserved remains. Over the past twenty years, the ice-man has been studied by various scientists looking for clues that might reveal the nature of the world he inhabited. In addition to his body, researchers also found artifacts that are believed to have belonged to him—the cause of his death, ranging from an arrow wound, to a blow on the head has also been the subject of much research and conjecture. In this latest effort, the researchers were looking to determine if anyone alive today can be tied genetically to the ancient ice-man.To find out, the researchers asked males of all ages living in the Austrian state of Tyrol, to donate blood samples for DNA testing. Subsequent analysis revealed that 19 of 3,700 volunteers had the same genetic mutation as the ice-man, indicating that they were related to the same ancestors as Ötzi—no mention was made regarding whether anyone alive today could actually be one of his descendants, however. The research team has already reached out to partners in Switzerland and Italy to organize a similar study to determine if there are matches in other nearby locales. Those men identified as a match in the original study have not been told of their connection to the ice-man.Study of the ice-man has revealed that he had Lyme disease, that he was approximately 46 years old at the time of his death, was approximately five foot two, was likely from Sardinia originally, and had a predisposition to heart disease. It’s still not known what he was doing in the Alps, or why he was killed, likely from falling after being shot in the collarbone by an arrow. His stomach contents indicated he ate a diet heavy in meat and because he was carrying a bow and arrows, researchers have speculated that he was likely either a hunter or a soldier. His remains have been kept in cold storage to prevent decay since his removal from his final resting place. Ötzi the Iceman, a well-preserved natural mummy of a Chalcolithic (Copper Age) man from about 3300 BC, who was found in 1991 in the Schnalstal glacier in the Ötztal Alps, near Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria and Italy. Credit: Wikipedia.last_img read more

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How to open Windows Store apps on startup in Windows 10

first_imgTypically, people are looking for ways to remove apps from their startup sequence to speed reboots and the time needed to boot up for the first time. But there are good reasons to add startup programs as well. Launching Spotify or Outlook on a reboot, for example. Luckily, adding startup programs is just about as simple as removing them.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/how-to-startup-apps?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Click Start. Click the gear icon to open the Settings menu. Choose Apps to open a list of all the applications stored on your device. Click Startup to access the options menu. This menu allows you to customize what happens on startup. Find your app from the list of those available. If it’s not enabled as a startup application, just toggle the switch to enable it. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement How to Use Microsoft Excel Like a ProHow to Use Microsoft Word Like a ProHow to Use Windows 10last_img read more

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Pit bull escapes Cancun yard attacks neighbor and owner

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A dog that escaped from its yard in Cancun attacked a neighboring family as well as its owner.The owner of a pit bull was bitten by his own dog after trying to subdue it when the animal entered a neighboring property and began to attack. The incident was reported at 10:00 a.m. in a residential region of Cancun when the 52-year-old owner of the dog opened the gate and the dog ran off.The animal entered the property of a nearby neighbor who was outside hanging laundry and began attacking her. Hearing screams, a man in the house was trying to scare the dog into leaving the property when the owner arrived and tried to subdue the animal.All three were bitten multiple times. The male neighbor received extensive bites to one of his hand that resulted in the loss of a finger. The owner of the dog also received extensive bites to his land, losing a piece of his palm.Red Cross paramedics arrived but were unable to get out of the ambulance to tend to the wounded until the animal was caught. Elements of the Municipal Secretariat of Public Safety and Traffic arrived and were able to catch the dog using rope.All three were transferred to hospital.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more