Dubai Test: Azhar Ali’s triple century puts Pakistan in control vs West Indies

Posted On Nov 21 2019 by

first_imgAzhar Ali tormented West Indian bowlers for 11 hours as he struck 302 not out to put Pakistan firmly in control of the first day-night Test in Dubai on Friday. (Scorecard)The opener stroked 23 fours and hoisted two sixes in his 469-ball knock as he became the fourth Pakistani batsman to breach the 300-run mark before the hosts declared their first innings at 579 for three in the pink ball contest.Azhar, 31, belted an overpitched delivery by Jermaine Blackwood through the covers for four to notch up his triple ton and an impressive record in the match — becoming the first man to score a triple century in a day-night Test.The right-hander, who enjoyed a fruitful 215-run partnership with fellow opener Sami Aslam (90) on Thursday, joined forces with Asad Shafiq (67) to pile on 137 runs for the second wicket. He added 165 with Test debutant Babar Azam (69).Hanif Mohammad (337), Inzamam ul-Haq (329) and Younus Khan (313) were the previous triple centurions for Pakistan.In only the second day-night Test, West Indies were 69/1 at the close of day two.last_img read more


Valtteri Bottas takes pole for Russian GP after Lewis Hamilton mistake

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgReuse this content The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Valtteri Bottas Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Motor sport Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn news Lewis Hamilton Share via Email Perhaps it was inevitable that Lewis Hamilton would finally prove fallible at some point this season and in qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix the very tiniest chink in his armour was revealed. In the grand scheme of the championship battle, though, he goes into the race barely inconvenienced. He was second to the pole position of his Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, while, crucially, his title rival Sebastian Vettel was off the pace in third.Bottas’s two hot runs in Q3 to claim pole were superlative. The Sochi Autodrom suits his driving style, especially on maximising the exit from the medium-speed corners that dominate here. He scored his debut F1 win last season in Russia, where he has never been out-qualified by a teammate.With the Mercedes proving exceptionally strong, Bottas pulled it all together when it counted. His first quick run was four-thousandths faster than Hamilton, who knew he had to improve. It was Bottas however who upped the ante with a track record of 1min 31.387sec. Hamilton responded and was three-tenths up in the first sector when he went wide at turn seven and abandoned his lap, leaving the Finn triumphant.“It’s a good feeling,” he said. “This has been a pretty good track for me and again I managed to get some good laps in qualifying and the car just felt really, really strong.”Hamilton had been quickest in the first two sessions of qualifying but admitted he had been struggling all weekend with the middle sector. He had to find more there and was honest in conceding he had gone just over the edge.“The middle sector was where I was slacking, as I’d call it,” he said. “I knew I had to push, so it wasn’t three-tenths it was half a second I needed to improve and so just over-egged it a little bit.”Hamilton leads Vettel by 40 points in the world championship and the onus is very much on the latter to win this race but the Scuderia have been found wanting. Mercedes, however, have gone from strength to strength in Sochi. Both teams brought aero upgrades here but Vettel still could not challenge. He ended half a second down on Bottas, an eternity on a track where the frontrunners will all run the same one-stop strategy. Share on Pinterest The German said it was the best Ferrari could achieve. He was on pole last year but was beaten through turn two by Bottas starting from third and his best hope on Sunday is to return the favour on the opening lap after which overtaking is going to be very difficult.Should both Mercedes make a clean getaway, the team will have to address whether to maximise the damage to Vettel by instructing Bottas to cede his place to Hamilton. The incentive to do so is strong. A Hamilton win to a third for Vettel would yield a 10-point gain as opposed to the three points second and third would deliver.For the moment Bottas, still looking for his first win of the season, wants to convert pole. “My approach is definitely just trying to win the race,” he said. “You can’t have any other goal, starting from the pole, but of course we’re here as a team.”The team principal, Toto Wolff, said that team orders were under consideration. “It’s going to be difficult to tell him you are not allowed to race after getting it on pole,” he said. “We will have a conversation tomorrow morning and then see how the race is going to pan out.”Kimi Raikkonen was in fourth. The Force India’s of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Pérez were in sixth and eighth, Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean finished in fifth and ninth for Haas, with the Saubers of Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson in seventh and 10th.Both Red Bull’s had taken new power units and starting from the back of the grid the team opted to save their tyres, not taking part in Q2, with Max Verstappen in 11th and Daniel Ricciardo in 12th. Alongside Ricciardo and Verstappen, Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly, and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso all received grid penalties for multiple power unit replacements. They will start from the back of the grid in the order they were taken: Alonso in front of Ricciardo, Verstappen, Gasly and Hartley. Share on Twitter Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Formula One 2018 Read more The Observer Formula Onelast_img read more


Mauricio Pochettino likens Real Madrid links to glance of an admiring woman

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_img Can Mauricio Pochettino afford to tie his career to Tottenham’s stadium? Son’s double sees Spurs past West Ham and into quarter-final at Arsenal Read more Share on WhatsApp Mauricio Pochettino “We are very close to creating, in terms of facilities, one of the best clubs in the world,” he said. “Of course everything comes with a cost. Sometimes to win titles today is difficult, for many reasons that you and our fans know very well. But sometimes patience is short and frustration is there. I think we are so close to reaching the last level but we need to have that patience that makes us stronger.“When I arrived at Tottenham the first video that Daniel [Levy] showed me had a message: ‘When we are talking about Tottenham Hotspur, we are talking about the glory.’ I want to feel the glory with Tottenham. I think when I watch video from the 1960s, it’s very emotional and I think it would be fantastic to deliver that moment again for our fans. But first of all we need to finish the stadium, move in, make home.” Barney Ronay “Yes the players are confident in me,” Pochettino said. “But it is not that they attach to me only. If I believe that Dele is only going to sign a new contract because of me it’s a bad feeling. I think the club needs to always be above the manager and the players. The player must say I sign because I want to play for Tottenham. Otherwise it’s difficult to achieve big things.”Spurs bounced back after bad results against PSV Eindhoven and Manchester City to knock West Ham out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday and they play at Wolves on Saturday night sitting fifth in the table, five points off the top. But another postponement in the opening of the club’s new White Hart Lane stadium cast a cloud over events on the pitch and added fuel to this week’s rumours. Pochettino, in addressing the delays, urged patience as the project continues. Tottenham Hotspur Share on Twitter news Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share via Email “It is like you are with your girlfriend or wife and you are holding hands, walking down Oxford Street,” he said. “But because you are so handsome, another woman is looking at you. But your wife is so proud and, rather than worrying, she is so happy to be with you and falls more in love with you.”The wife in this situation refers to the Tottenham squad in general and Dele Alli in particular. The midfielder signed a new six-year contract this week and said working with Pochettino had been a “massive” factor in his decision to renew. The manager acknowledged that his players trust he will continue at Spurs but warned that their allegiance must be first and foremost to the club. Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Topics Mauricio Pochettino has played down links with the vacant Real Madrid job, by comparing them to the glance of an admiring woman.The Tottenham Hotspur manager has developed a taste for colourful metaphors this season, having previously compared his side’s experience in the Champions League to that of a cow waiting for a train. Now, after another turbulent 10 days for the club, he used a romantic image to suggest the latest gossip should be cause for confidence in his squad. Reuse this contentlast_img read more


Parrsboro Celebrated as Nova Scotias First Accredited School

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgParrsboro Regional Elementary-High School has become the first school in Nova Scotia to be awarded accreditation under a new school-improvement program. The distinction caps five years of work by the small, rural school to set higher standards, increase student achievement and improve the school’s overall performance. “I am extremely proud of staff, students and community members who have put so much effort into meeting their goals,” Education Minister Karen Casey said today, May 28, at a ceremony honouring the school. “This is a school that has successfully pioneered a school-improvement strategy that leads to a model for other schools across Nova Scotia.” Parrsboro was one of eight schools selected in 2002 to pilot the Nova Scotia Accreditation Program, a provincewide school-improvement process identified as a priority in Learning For Life II, the province’s multi-year plan for education. There are now 130 schools working on school-accreditation plans. Every school in the province will be working on accreditation plans by 2010. “Accreditation is all about accountability,” said Ms. Casey. “It is about ensuring every one of our schools is continually improving, offering quality programs and ensuring that the academic needs of all students are being met.” Parrsboro focused its efforts on improving student achievement in mathematics and language arts, and enhancing overall school performance by establishing programs to improve the school learning environment. The school demonstrated progress in raising student achievement in mathematics and literacy, and establishing a more caring and safe learning environment for its 470 students. Grade 6 writing results are above the provincial average and 11 per cent of the school’s students improved reading levels between 2003 and 2006. At the high school level, academic performance improved by 17 per cent. Results for students taking the English 12 and English Communications 12 provincial exams were at, or above, the provincial average. “Our entire school community put a great deal of time and effort into this plan,” said principal Pam Hoar. “We set our sights high for the sake of our students, and we are proud of the growth we have seen. The accreditation program has helped us foster a culture of continuous improvement.” The Nova Scotia Accreditation Program requires schools meet a standard of excellence based on goals that are specific and strategic, measurable, attainable, results-based and timely (SMART). Under the program, schools establish internal review teams to collect and evaluate data to identify both strengths and areas needing improvement. Based on those areas needing improvement, schools develop goals and a five-year school-improvement plan. The plan is examined by an external review team of independent educators and administrators who visit each school before approving it. Schools implement their improvement plan, and provide annual updates to school advisory councils. An accreditation team returns to the school after four years to assess progress. Schools receive accreditation after they show progress toward the goals in their improvement plans.last_img read more


Nova Scotians Can Access New Pension Plan

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgNova Scotians will soon have a new option to save for their retirement to help ensure financial security in their later years. Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen announced today, Oct. 15, legislative changes to provide Nova Scotians access to Pooled Registered Pension Plans. “All Nova Scotians deserve a pension option that allows them to retire with security and comfort, and Pooled Registered Pension Plans help achieve that,” said Ms. Whalen. “This is an innovative way for small businesses to provide pension options to their employees, filling a need that was not available previously. “These will also be available to employees without a participating employer, and, the self-employed.” Only about 40 per cent of Nova Scotians have a pension and less than 20 per cent of working Nova Scotians contribute to a Registered Retirement Savings Plan. Pooled Registered Pension Plans provide a low-cost, regulated pension option for employers, employees and the self-employed. They can help small businesses attract and retain employees. They have portability features that will help workers take their plan with them or transfer to another Pooled Registered Pension Plan if they switch employers, which helps young, mobile employees get a valuable, early start on a pension. Participation for everyone is voluntary. “This is a flexible, low-cost plan that will make it easier for Nova Scotians to save for their retirement,” said Jennifer English, senior policy analyst for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. “Pooled Registered Pension Plans will be an excellent addition to the retirement savings options for small business owners and their employees.” The plans will be administered by qualified, licensed financial institutions, removing the administrative burden for employers and making them affordable for small to medium-sized employers to offer. “Pooled Registered Pension Plans will help bridge the gap in retirement savings for the thousands of Nova Scotians who currently do not have access to a workplace savings program,” said Marc Avaria, vice-president, group small business, Manulife. “Manulife is dedicated to working with government to offer a Manulife Pooled Registered Pension Plan that will save employers time and effort, while providing their employees with a viable way to save for the future.” The federal government passed legislation to enable Pooled Registered Pension Plans for federally-regulated industries in 2012. Federal regulations are now in place, and five insurance companies have been licensed to provide the plans.last_img read more


Richard Curtis Talks Global Goals

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgRichard Curtis has spoken about the creation of the United Nations’ Global Goals campaign.Video: Making the SDGs famousCurtis is known around the world as the film-maker behind international hits such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Mr. Bean, Love Actually, and Bridget Jones’s Diary, as well as for his involvement with the charity Comic Relief.However, over the past year, the British filmmaker and founder of Project Everyone has been working closely with the United Nations to help give prominence to something completely different – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 17 targets aimed at achieving three main objectives in the next 15 years: end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change.In three weeks, 193 world leaders will come to UN Headquarters in New York to formally commit to the SDGs. In the lead-up to their adoption, Mr. Curtis has been collaborating with international artists and celebrities to do everything he can for the SDGs to become as well-known as possible.This led to the creation of the Global Goals campaign, launched at the UN this week, in which he calls on everyone to spread the word on the SDGS, with the hope of reaching seven billion people in seven days.“I’ve been worrying about poverty issues and trying to do something about it since the day I watched Band Aid and Live Aid, and then I’ve been doing fundraising and the more that you think about these things, the more you realize that your personal involvement, doing fundraising, trying to see if you can help one person, is hugely important,” said Curtis. “But also, trying to affect the politics is also terribly important ‘cause that’s where the biggest money, and the biggest power, is and the biggest change will happen. I remember Bob Geldof saying to me that he thinks he made more money in 20 minutes having a cup of tea with [former French] President Mitterrand than he did in the whole of Band Aid and Live Aid put together, ‘cause Mitterrand said we’ll up the aid budget by 0.01 and that was suddenly 100 times more than they’d raised.“So over the years I’ve become very interested in campaigning on these issues… the Jubilee Debt Campaign… and I did something called the Make Poverty History campaign in the UK about the G7 in Gleneagles honouring the MDGs, and I became very interested in the idea that when the MDGs ran out and the new things replaced them that we should try and make the new things as famous as possible. Because I hadn’t really known about the MDGs until about 2005, and as it were my kids still don’t. And I suddenly realized or found out that I was not the only person thinking these thoughts. Actually everyone you spoke to, who’s passionate about these issues, all the NGOs that I know, and all the politicians said this is a real opportunity in 2015 to announce the new agenda, and make that agenda as effective as we possibly can, and create an extraordinary document and try and get an extraordinary result 15 years later. The action/2015 group came together, and of course because the SDGs are complex and have to do with justice and development and climate, it’s the biggest group ever.“And myself and some friends and some colleagues thought what we’ll do is just try and give a year to working out ways to communicate these SDGs, to try and make people excited about them, interested in them, realize that they’re to do with all the things that they feel passionate about. We said to ourselves ’let’s try and get 7 billion people in 7 days’ and so it’s been a question of more is more, working with all different parts of the UN, with UN DPI, with UNDP, with UNICEF, with Amina [Mohammed] and the people who are negotiating the goals for a year, and then with a huge range of people in every area – online, digital, schools, faith, TV, radio – to work out many ways to talk about the SDGs in a way that normal folk would understand and be excited by.”To read the full interview, click here.last_img read more


Maruti to set up hospital school in Gujarat

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Friday said it will set up a multi-speciality hospital and a senior secondary school in Sitapur in Gujarat. Both projects will be fully-funded as CSR initiatives by MSI with an investment of around Rs 125 crore over a five-year period, it said in a statement. “Suzuki Group has set up its manufacturing plant in Hansalpur and continues to invest in the region. While we expand our business, we feel that it is our responsibility to positively impact the local community in the adjoining villages,” MSI MD and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThrough a need assessment, the company found that access to quality and affordable healthcare and education was an urgent requirement in this area, he added. The auto major has partnered Zydus Hospitals for the hospital which would be managed and operated by Ramanbhai Foundation, the CSR arm of Zydus Group. The hospital is expected to serve over 3 lakh people residing in Sitapur and adjoining villages at affordable charges. Starting with a 50-bed facility, the hospital will be progressively expanded to 100 beds. Earlier in September 2018, MSI had partnered Zydus Hospitals to set up a medical facility at Becharaji village in Mehsana district. The school — Maruti Suzuki Podar Learn School — will be built in a phased manner on a 7.5 acre plot, starting with a primary wing followed by senior secondary school, the company said.last_img read more


Details Emerge on Ilyas Amrani 16YearOld Migrant Shot by Navy

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Rabat – More details have emerged of the 16-year-old Moroccan migrant, Ilyas Amrani, shot by the navy on a boat in the Atlantic. The Royal Moroccan Navy shot Ilyas Amrani as it was trying to intercept the illegal boat off the coast of Larache, a city in northern Morocco. The navy took the young man to the Mohammed V Hospital in Tangier where doctors removed the bullet that had penetrated his shoulder and lodged in his chest. The surgery went well, according to state-owned media outlet Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). Ilyas Amrani is still under medical care. The incident occurred as the boat was allegedly performing hostile maneuvers, attempting to collide with the navy ship. The navy fired one time to immobilize the boat. The 50 migrants on the boat all returned to Ksar Sghir port, in northern Morocco. The craft drowned shortly after the operation. This event comes less than a month after the navy killed 20-year-old Hayat Belkacem and injured Lahabib (26), Hamza (25), and Mouad (23) on another migrant boat. The boat was trying to cross the Mediterranean when it was stopped off the coast of M’diq and Fnideq near Ceuta. The migration volume in the Mediterranean has pressured the Moroccan navy to use more aggressive measures which spark national outrage.Hayat Belkacem’s death on September 25 resulted in a wave of protests in northern Morocco. read more


7th Day of African Games Morocco Still in 3rd Place

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Rabat – The 12th African Games are currently being held in cities across Morocco from August 19 to August 31. The games have gathered more than 6,000 athletes competing in 26 sports disciplines, 17 of which will serve as pre-qualifiers to the 2020 Olympic Games. 51 countries are participating this year.As the 7th day of the African Games begins, Morocco has retained 3rd place in the ranking following a full day of competitions yesterday, August 25. Moroccan athletes have snagged 41 medals in total so far: 13 gold, 11 silver, and 17 bronze.Moroccan Hafri Issam earned Morocco another bronze medal yesterday, in the men’s under 55kg weightlifting competition, held in the Nahda Hall in Rabat. Egypt has remained in the number one spot, with 85 medals (27 gold, 36 silver, and 22 bronze), followed by South Africa with 51 medals (23 gold, 15 silver, and 13 bronze).Algeria remains behind Morocco in 4th place, with 46 medals (12 gold, 14 silver, and 20 bronze).The African Games have been held every four years since 1965, previously under the names All-Africa Games and Pan African Games.Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic games first conceived the idea, but the games are now organized by the African Union (AU) with the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the Association of African Sports Confederations (AASC).Read also: Paris Diamond League: Soufiane El Bakkali Wins Race Despite Bloody Foot read more


Ongoing Israeli blockade jeopardizing health of over 1 million Gazans UN warns

Posted On Oct 11 2019 by

20 January 2010United Nations agencies and their non-governmental partners today warned of the impact of the Israeli blockade on Gaza’s population and on health services, and repeated their call for an immediate opening of the border crossings. “The continuing closure of the Gaza Strip is undermining the functioning of the health care system and putting at risk the health of 1.4 million people in Gaza,” Max Gaylard, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, said in a joint statement with the Association of International Development Agencies. Hospitals and primary care facilities, damaged during the fighting in Gaza one year ago, have not been rebuilt because construction materials are not allowed into the territory owing to the ongoing blockade, which is now in its third year. Operation ‘Cast Lead’ – the three-week military operation which Israel said it launched in response to rocket and other attacks by militants in Gaza – damaged 15 of Gaza’s 27 hospitals, and 43 of its 110 primary health-care facilities were either damaged or destroyed. Certain types of medical equipment, such as x-ray equipment and electronic devices, are very difficult to bring in, and health professionals in Gaza have been cut off from the outside world, the statement noted. The World Health Organization (WHO) pointed out that many specialized treatments, such as for complex heart surgery and certain types of cancer, are not available in Gaza and patients are therefore referred for treatment to hospitals outside Gaza. But many patients have had their applications for exit permits denied or delayed by the Israeli authorities and have missed their appointments, with some having died while waiting for referral.“The Government of Israel has a legal duty to guarantee the right to health for people in Gaza,” declared today’s statement. “The humanitarian community calls for the crossings into Gaza to be reopened.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a report issued last November, stressed that the blockade of vital supplies has devastated Gaza’s economy and “has also severely impaired the realization of a wide range of economic, social and cultural rights, as well as civil and political rights.”Today’s statement noted that Gaza’s economy is in virtual collapse with rising unemployment and poverty, which will have long-term adverse effects on the physical and mental health of the population.In a related development, Mr. Ban has appointed Filippo Grandi of Italy as the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), effective today. Mr. Grandi, who has been the Agency’s Deputy Commissioner General since September 2005, succeeds Karen AbuZayd of the United States. “The Secretary-General is deeply grateful to Ms. AbuZayd for her tireless and dedicated service to the Palestinian people and excellent leadership of UNRWA at an important juncture,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told reporters. Mr. Ban also announced the appointment of Margot B. Ellis as UNRWA’s Deputy Commissioner-General. Since July 2008, Ms. Ellis has been Acting Assistant Administrator for Asia for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).UNRWA provides assistance, protection and advocacy for some 4.7 million registered Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, including in the areas of education, health care, community support and emergency response in times of armed conflict. read more


UN Development Fund for Women urges embedding gender equality in aid programmes

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

“Because ‘ownership’ is central to the new aid strategies, it must include women, who are not only citizens but key stakeholders in their country’s development,” Noeleen Heyzer, the executive director of UNIFEM, said.”We need to look at how to improve women’s ‘ownership’ of the new aid instruments, and how to make governments and donors more accountable to achieving gender equality in their implementation of development programmes,” she said.The conference follows three important events in 2005 that have linked commitments to gender equality with development cooperation goals – the 10-year review of the Beijing Platform for Action that came out of the 1995 women’s conference, the adoption of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the 2005 World Summit.Ms. Heyzer said there has been much progress, including the fact that 120 countries have national gender action plans, 180 have signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and 45 have concrete legislation to end violence against women.But she added that progress had been too slow, and blamed a lack of action to carry through on commitments. “The gender action plans are there but they are not being implemented. The challenge therefore is how to make them part and parcel of national ownership strategies, so that women, as owners too, have their voices reflected in national priorities and decision-making.”In the last decade women have made important gains in linking human development with human rights and human security, but it has become obvious that those gains could be lost and advances reversed, she said.”The new development architecture now taking shape represents an historic opportunity to invest in strategies that actually work. We need to recognize this and commit the resources needed to apply them broadly, especially in the world’s poorest countries,” Ms. Heyzer said, adding. “The stakes for women are high.” read more


Concerns raised over LNG proposal over predicted greenhouse gas emissions

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by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 10, 2016 4:59 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Concerns raised over LNG proposal over predicted greenhouse gas emissions VANCOUVER – Canada’s environmental review body says greenhouse gas emissions from a proposed liquefied natural gas facility on British Columbia’s north coast pose a significant ecological threat.The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency released its draft environmental assessment report on Wednesday for Pacific NorthWest LNG’s planned $36-billion export terminal on Lelu Island, south of Prince Rupert.The report found the project alone would produce 5.28 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, while upstream activities would contribute an additional 6.5 million to 8.7 million tonnes. Those levels represent an overall increase in provincial emissions of 8.5 per cent and between 10 and 14 per cent respectively, the document concludes.“The upstream greenhouse gas emissions … can be characterized similarly to the direct emissions: high in magnitude, continuous, irreversible and global in extent,” reads the report.Clark has long trumpeted B.C.’s potential to develop the cleanest LNG on the planet, lauding the proposed industry as a worldwide pollution fighter that will replace dirty coal with cleaner-burning natural gas in countries such as China.Canada’s review agency is soliciting public feedback before submitting its draft assessment to the federal government. Cabinet is expected to decide whether to approve the project by the end of March.In November 2014, B.C. issued an environmental review certificate for Pacific NorthWest’s initiative, which is backed by Malaysia’s state-owned energy giant Petronas.Provincial Energy Minister Rich Coleman praised the report because it shows fish habitat isn’t at risk, adding he’s already received feedback from First Nations who say the document has changed their perception of the project.Speaking to reporters in Victoria, he said the province is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in other areas, which has been relayed to the federal government.“So when I met with the minister last week in Ottawa I just reminded him that if you’re going to look at our standards in (greenhouse gas) give us credit for what we’re already doing,” Coleman added.The Lax Kw’alaams First Nation has been outspoken in its opposition to the proposal. A spokeswoman said its members were still reviewing the draft review before commenting publicly.Royal Dutch Shell announced earlier this month it was postponing its final decision on whether to invest in the coastal mega-project amidst plummeting global energy prices.Pacific NorthWest LNG spokesman Spencer Sproule thanked the federal government in a statement and said the company would review the draft report.“PNW LNG is committed to building and operating a world-class LNG facility in an environmentally sustainable manner that First Nations and residents in the region can be proud of,” Sproule wrote.The project’s main sticking point up until now has been over its possible impact on the area’s salmon population, with some aboriginal groups in the region voicing strong protest.The Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition expressed its disappointment with the review, adding that the “incredibly superficial” report omitted key, peer-reviewed science.“Given the scientifically established importance of Flora Bank to Skeena salmon, to say that this project will not have significant adverse impacts on salmon is completely incorrect and shows us once again that the CEAA process is broken,” said Greg Horne in a statement.The facility would be located at the mouth of the Skeena River, which is considered vital to the ecosystem of B.C.’s second-largest salmon-bearing waterway.But the federal review concluded that by taking appropriate mitigation measures, the construction and operation of the facility wouldn’t significantly affect either marine or freshwater fish habitat.Besides emissions levels, the only other significant concern raised in the report was the potential impact on harbour porpoise.— Follow @gwomand on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected version. An earlier version incorrectly reported that Pacific NorthWest LNG’s export terminal on Lelu Island was valued at $3.6 billion. read more


Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 13 September 2013

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DOWNLOADJoint conference held on industrial strategyJLR creates 1,700 jobs in Solihull from new investmentGovernment response to careers guidance reports publishedSuccessful bids under Employer Ownership Pilots announcedCBI publishes results of UK in Europe surveyLondon taxi production restarts in CoventryWeek aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)


As it happened Leinster v Biarritz Amlin Challenge Cup Semi Final

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Affaire du Mediator Xavier Bertrand évoque de graves défaillances

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_imgAffaire du Mediator : Xavier Bertrand évoque de graves défaillancesXavier Bertrand s’est exprimé sur l’affaire du Mediator, qui crée la polémique depuis plusieurs semaines. Il explique que cette dernière a révélé des “défaillances graves”.Dans un entretien publié aujourd’hui dans le quotidien Le Figaro, le ministre de la Santé évoque des “défaillances graves dans le fonctionnement du système du médicament”, et cela concernant le maintien sur le marché durant des années du médicament Mediator aujourd’hui accusé d’avoir provoqué des centaines de décès (voir notre article). Ainsi, Xavier Bertrand explique : “Il y a de fortes présomptions de défaillances graves dans le fonctionnement de notre système du médicament dans cette affaire”.Déterminé à faire la lumière sur cette affaire, Xavier Bertrand a déclaré : “Je veux tout savoir sur ce qui s’est passé depuis la mise sur le marché du Mediator en 1976 (…). Je veux comprendre pourquoi, malgré certaines mises en garde, malgré une parenté chimique avec des molécules interdites, ce médicament est resté sur le marché pendant trente-trois ans”.Pour que l’affaire du Mediator reste une exception, Xavier Bertrand semble déterminé à mettre en place de nouvelles mesures comme une information partagée entre les pays dès le moment où l’un d’entre eux décide le retrait sur son marché d’un produit. Aujourd’hui, une enquête a été diligentée par l’Inspection générale des affaires sociales concernant le médicament Mediator. Et selon une nouvelle étude, révélée ce week-end, le nombre de décès attribuables au Mediator se situerait entre 1.000 et 2.000. Le 20 décembre 2010 à 10:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


2019 in SciFi What Movies Games and TV Told Us Will Happen

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_img Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… Entering into a new year is always somewhat terrifying, especially if you have one eye on the future like your friends here at Geek. It’s our job to monitor the cybernetic tides and predict how things are going to go, and we glean that information from the droves of fictional works that have taken place in the future.We consulted the sacred tomes (and Blu-Rays, and trade paperbacks, and video games) to see what science fiction of the past predicted about the current year, and here is the result of our investigations. It’s a bit of a mixed bag — for every technological breakthrough and medical marvel, there’s a nuclear apocalypse or other civilization-ending disaster. But that’s life, right?The Microprocessor Becomes ObsoleteLet’s start this off with a positive development, just to cleanse the palate from 2018. According to the Doctor Who continuity, 2019 will be the year that the trusty microprocessor that controls just about all of our electronic devices will finally be replaced. In the 2005 episode “The Long Game,” the Doctor and Rose Tyler wind up in the year 200,000, landing on a space station broadcasting news across the universe. Other companion Adam learns he can send information about the future back in time to his answering machine, and one of the past events we learn about is the invention of Single Molecule Transfer, which involves embossing the surface of a hydrogen molecule in a way that it reacts to physical movement in the space around it. It’s a throw-away line, but it certainly sounds cool, so get on it science nerds.Batman RetiresWhile we’re doubtful that the Dark Knight is actually active in the real world, 2019 is the year that Bruce Wayne hung up the cowl in the Batman Beyond continuity, retiring to his underground cave to grouse about kids these days. The incident that spurs him to retire from crimefighting doesn’t involve the Joker, Two-Face or any of his other iconic foes – in fact, it’s just some anonymous thug who gets the drop on Batman with a pipe wrench, forcing the notoriously anti-gun hero to grab a dropped pistol to defend himself. Betraying his core principles in the heat of the moment isn’t something Batman takes lightly, so it’s years before he passes the mantle to young Terry McGinnis.Akira AwakensKatsuhiro Otomo’s Akira is one of the inarguable masterpieces of manga, a brutal and imaginative near-future tale set in a Neo-Tokyo that has already been ravaged by nuclear explosions, then rebuilt. As we start the story, a group of teenage motorcycle hoodlums accidentally stumble upon the cryogenic tomb of a genetically engineered superhuman with the power to destroy the world. When he’s awakened by psychic resonance, it kicks off an epic saga that changes the face of the planet. Here’s the scary part: Akira’s tomb is under a stadium being built for the 2020 Olympics. In the real world, the 2020 Olympics will be held in… Tokyo. Might want to sit that one out.Artificial Humans Will Serve ManThis isn’t isolated to 2019, but one of the true classics of the sci-fi genre, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, was set this year so it’s worth examining its world. No, we’re not driving around neon skyscrapers in Syd Mead-designed flying cars, obviously, and humanoid robots are still pretty far from the replicants that Deckard hunts down. But scientists are getting closer and closer to simulating the human experience with artificial parts, from believable AI chatbots to expressive, emotive robot faces. Sure, they still aren’t that good at walking up stairs, but give the little guys time.Rocket-Powered Car RacesThe sport of auto racing hasn’t evolved terribly much in the last half-century or so — sure, cars have gotten faster and more maneuverable, but the basics are the same. If you believed 1993 Sega game OutRun 2019, by now we’d be watching Dale Earnhardt III boost across the tarmac in a rocket-powered car, launching off of unfinished bridges and fishtailing through wet cement in no-holds-barred races. Alas, NASCAR just has guys turning right over and over again in the same old gas-guzzlers. That doesn’t mean rocket cars are dead in the water, though – a British company is still working on one they hope will do a mile in three seconds.The Manticore Super Soldier Program Is RevealedJames Cameron’s Dark Angel was a wildly ambitious Fox sci-fi show that starred Jessica Alba as Max Guevara, born X5-482, a genetically engineered stone cold fox who escaped with eleven of her siblings from the Manticore institution that grew them to be killers. After an electromagnetic pulse basically bombs America back into the stone age in 2009, the country struggles to crawl from the ashes. A decade later, the team behind Manticore is hunting down the escapees and Max works with cyber-journalist Logan Cale to tell the world about their evil deeds. While we doubt the U.S. government has it together enough to actually make a superhuman, online journalism is a big deal in the age of Wikileaks so we’ll give this one a half point.Clones Are Grown For PartsMichael Bay’s 2005 film The Island is near the nadir of the lame-brained filmmaker’s career, an incoherent mess of explosions, car chases and Scarlett Johansson breathing heavily. The premise is that a group of humans live in isolation from the outside world, which they’ve been told is too polluted to survive in. Twist: they’re actually clones that are being raised to provide spare parts for medical procedures to their wealthy originals. While human cloning still isn’t feasible, the idea of growing living beings for parts is absolutely happening now, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the tech took another big leap in 2019.Game Shows Get FatalAlso set in the dystopian 2019, Paul Michael Glaser’s The Running Man doesn’t seem quite so far-fetched considering the state of modern reality TV. Instead of locking criminals up in prison to live off the taxpayer’s dime, they’re put into televised gladatorial combats, where the reward for victory is survival and freedom. In the film, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays wrongfully convicted cop Ben Richards, who winds up on the show and slaughters his way to the finish line in a gleeful orgy of one-liners and ironic deaths. Our tolerance for televised violence is certainly pretty high – just look at The Walking Dead — so it’s not unfeasible that we could get a reality show that runs on human blood this year.More on Geek.com:Most Exciting Games of 2019World’s First Jetpack Racing League to Launch in 2019$150,000 Hoverbike Now Available for Preorders Stay on targetlast_img read more


Shaq back in talks with WWE, Finn Balor advertised for live events

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_img Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Lebron Regrets Naming Son After Himse But seriously, I don’t think anyone even cares about Shaq vs Big Show Venndetta Shaq back in talks with WWEDuring his latest podcast, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal revealed that he was back in talks with WWE about working a match with the Big Show at WrestleMania 33.According to reports by PWInsider.com and The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online, O’Neal had stated earlier that any prior issues about appearing was not his fault.“I’ve talked to somebody high up in the organization, and they – we’re back talking again. I just want the people to know it had nothing to do with me, despite what you hear.”Finn Balor advertised for live eventsWWE.com is advertising Finn Balor for upcoming RAW live events this weekend. This includes on March 10 in Buffalo, New York and March 11 in Toronto, Ontario Canada.Balor is not advertised for the RAW taping on March 13 in Detroit.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipKobe Bryant and Shaq Are Still Trash Talking One AnotherVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:37/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 73.90%0:03Remaining Time -1:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next March 6, 2017 at 9:48 pm WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Shaq’s New Chicken Show TBS Orders New Show Starring Shaquille O’Neal Videos Articles Hopefully Seth Rollins comes back to buckle bomb this midget finlay…I mean Finn balor back on the injured list Kobe Bryant and Shaq Are Still Trash Talking One Another Shaquille O’Nealcenter_img Google+ Twitter Shaq’s Confusing Ranking System Now Playing Up Next March 6, 2017 at 10:22 pm WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WhatsApp Pinterest Kobe Bryant Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte 2 COMMENTS Now Playing Up Next Facebook inFAMOUS Comments are closed.last_img read more


Iwobi helps Nigeria seal AFCON qualification

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgAlex Iwobi helped Nigeria seal a place in next year’s African Cup of Nations to be hosted in Cameroon.The Arsenal midfielder played 90 minutes as the Super Eagles claimed a 1-1 draw against South Africa away from home to secure qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, according to Arsenal’s official website.Gernot Rohr’s side took an early lead after South African defender Buhle Mkhwanazi turned the ball into his own net with a headed clearance, but less than 20 minutes later Lebo Mothiba leveled the score for the hosts.Al-Nassr striker Ahmed Musa then thought he had restored Nigeria’s lead in the 83rd minute, but his effort from close range was wrongfully ruled out for offside.Alex Iwobi, Everton, Premier LeagueAlex Iwobi: “I feel like an Evertonian now” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Alex Iwobi is pleased with how quickly he’s adapting at new club Everton following his prolific start to his Merseyside career.However, a single point proved sufficient for Nigeria to seal qualification for next year’s showdown in West Africa.The result also means the Super Eagles seal a return to Africa’s prestigious competition, after missing out on the last two editions since becoming champions in 2013.Nigeria next face Uganda in a friendly game on Tuesday.last_img read more


28th annual Operation Holiday Joy event held for local military families

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_img28th annual Operation Holiday Joy event held for local military families Posted: December 5, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Armed services and YMCA San Diego hosted the 28th annual Operation Holiday Joy event.KUSI’s Ginger Jefferies has more on the event. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, December 5, 2018last_img read more


2 electrocuted in Gazipur

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgTwo young men died of electrocution in Itahata area of Gazipur city on Thursday morning, reports news agency UNB.One of the deceased is Borhan Uddin, 28, son of Md Jalal Miah of Bhashantek area in the capital.Joydevpur police station sub-inspector, Ujjal Hossain, said Borhan had a crane shop in Tongi Station Road area. He had a contract to load an embroidery machine of a cap factory into a truck with his crane near Itahata Bhawal College.Borhan along with three workers were electrocuted when the crane came in touch with a hanging electric wire around 9:30am while picking the machine, said the SI.Being rescued, the injured were taken to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital where physicians declared two of them dead.last_img read more