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Ashish Nehra sets sights on dream farewell in hometown Delhi

first_imgAshish Nehra will bring the curtains down on his 18-year-old international career on November 1 and left-arm seamer hoped it would end on a high in his hometown Delhi, where India and New Zealand will clash for the final T20 International.Nehra had debuted for India in 1999 when current skipper Virat Kohli was a 10-year-old boy. Plagued by injuries, Nehra’s career could not touch the heights it was expected to scale but he played his role in some memorable triumphs for Indian cricket.Back in the 2003 World Cup, Nehra was in top form, dismantling England with a spell that is still revered today. The 38-year-old also played a stellar role when India lifted the World Cup at home in 2011.However, another injury forced him out of the side from the final at Wankhede Stadium. He was since forced to go back on the sidelines as India experimented with a host fo young fast bowlers.Eventually called back into the side for the T20I series against Australia last year, Nehra has been unstoppable in the shortest format. He has also been an asset for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL but the Delhi ace said he will not play the glitzy T20 tournament either.”If I have decided something, there is no going back. If I retire, I won’t even play the IPL,” Nehra said at a press conference ahead of India’s final T20I against Australia in Hyderabad.If I have decided something, there is no going back. If I retire, I won’t even play the IPL: Ashish Nehra pic.twitter.com/b1k9dMdjOsadvertisement- ANI (@ANI) October 12, 2017It’s my own decision. Match on Nov 1 is in Delhi. There’s no bigger thing than to retire in your home town: Ashish Nehra on his retirement pic.twitter.com/cPoMRGD0hP- ANI (@ANI) October 12, 2017Nehra was not included in the team for the first two matches in Ranchi and Guwahati and it remains to be seen if Kohli plays the veteran in the series-decider on Friday.However, Nehra is hopeful he will be a part of the XI at the Feroz Shah Kotla and bow out on a high.”The match on November 1 is in Delhi. There’s no bigger thing than to retire in your home town. It can’t get bigger than getting to retire in front of your home crowd,” Nehra said.The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have said they owe a lot of their skills to Nehra’s advice and he is well respected in the dressing-room. The pace ace said the opinion of his team-mates was of utmost importance to him.”It’s very important to me what people in the dressing room say. Always good to retire when people ask why instead of why not.”last_img read more

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first_imgEngland play defending champion Australia at Lord’s on Tuesday in the Cricket World Cup 2019, determined to recover from an upset loss to Sri Lanka last Friday.Indeed. After their first setback in the group stage against Pakistan, the England lineup defeated Bangladesh five days later.Captain Eoin Morgan has stressed that his top-ranked side expected to lose games, but the pressure on them to make the semifinals is rising, with games against the three strongest teams ahead: five-time champion Australia, then two-time champion India, then 2015 finalist New Zealand.What’s more, England hasn’t beaten any of those teams at a World Cup in 27 years. England needs to beat at least one of them, as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are breathing down their necks.Australia on the other hand, have been improving since its loss to India, having smothered chases by Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.All-rounder Marcus Stoinis and fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile are fit, and David Warner and Steve Smith have reintegrated successfully with lots of runs after their 12-month suspensions.BatsmenWith Jason Roy getting ruled out of Tuesday’s game, the best pick for the openers would be David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. Both players opened for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019 and are in rampaging form since then. Steve Smith and Eoin Morgan and the next two should be the obvious picks along with Joe Root, who already has two centuries in this World Cup so far.WicketkeeperThere is no doubt that Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey is a talented batsman and excellent behind the stumps but he is no Jos Buttler. The England vice-captain is the best batsman in his team and terrific with his glovework as well. What’s more, Buttler has been averaging over 50 with the bat since the beginning of 2018 so picking him in the side should be a no-brainer.advertisementAll-roundersBen Stokes nearly pulled off the run chase for England in the last match against Sri Lanka but unfortunately ran out of partners at the other end. He is averaging over 50 in this World Cup with the bat and an impressive 26.20 with the ball so he walks into the side 9 times out of 10. Glenn Maxwell can be the other pick being the big-hitter that he is and a handy off-spin bowler with the ability to break partnerships.BowlersThe match will be played at Lord’s where the pitch is expected to suit the batsmen which is why Jofra Archer and Mitchell Starc would be the best bets in the bowling lineup. Both speedsters are tied with 15 wickets each in 6 games along and are the joint-highest wicket-takers along with Mohammad Amir. Adil Rashid can be the specialist wrist-spinner in the squad.England vs Australia Dream 11 team: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Steve Smith, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes (vice-captain), Glenn Maxwell, Jofra Archer, Mitchell Starc, Adil Rashid.SquadsEngland: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Liam DawsonAustralia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon.last_img read more

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Cavani breaks Ibrahimovic’s PSG scoring record

first_imgPSG Cavani breaks Ibrahimovic’s PSG goalscoring record Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 00:16 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Edinson Cavani Getty Images PSG PSG v Montpellier Montpellier Ligue 1 Zlatan Ibrahimović Stats The striker was set up by Adrien Rabiot to score his 157th goal in all competition, which was followed by some strange scenes Edinson Cavani is Paris Saint-Germain’s new all-time leading scorer after netting against Montpellier.The effort was the Uruguay hitman’s 157th in all competitions for the Parisian side, taking him clear of the previous mark, which was set by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.After good work from Neymar and Adrien Rabiot in the build up, Cavani slotted home his 27th goal of the campaign, achieved in his 31st appearance. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In celebrating the goal, Cavani took his shirt off and ran into the crowd, who refused to give him it back. Once he was finally able to restart, referee Frank Schneider shook his hand before presenting him with a memento of a yellow card. The 30-year-old’s goals have been amassed in only four-and-a-half seasons in the French capital, during which time he has often been forced to play out wide in an unfavoured position on the wing.Nevertheless, that has not prevented ‘El Matador’ from being a potent scoring threat since arriving from Napoli in the summer of 2013 for a fee of €60 million.Cavani has managed at least 25 goals in all compeitions since moving to France, including a stunning 49 in 50 starts last term – the first he had the opportunity to lead the line in regularly.Edinson Cavani’s record goal for PSG wasn’t one of his all-time best, but his celebration was an absolute epic!  pic.twitter.com/AerMk1HjQ0— Goal (@goal) January 27, 2018No other present PSG players feature on the top scorers list, and only two other strikers have scored a century of goals.Portuguese striker Pauleta netted 109 goals at PSG, while Dominique Rocheteau scored 100 between 1980 and 1987.Mustapha Dahleb spent 10 years at the club between 1974 and 1984 and scored 98 goals, while Francois M’Pele scored 95 in the 1970s. Rank Player Goals 1 Edinson Cavani 157 2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic 156 3 Pauleta 109 4 Dominique Rocheteau 100 5 Mustapha Dahleb 98 6 François M’Pelé 95 7 Safet Sušić 85 8 Raí 72 9 Carlos Bianchi 71 10 Guillaume Hoarau 56 Safet Susic (85), Rai (72) and Carlos Bianchi (71) also feature on the list, while the top 10 is rounded out by Guillaume Hoarau, the only other active professional footballer in the rankings, who scored 56 goals between 2008 and 2013. He currently plays for Young Boys in Switzerland.last_img read more

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9 months agoEx-Spurs boss Redknapp: Why’d Pochettino want to start again at Man Utd?

first_imgEx-Spurs boss Redknapp: Why’d Pochettino want to start again at Man Utd?by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has questioned whether Mauricio Pochettino would want the Manchester United job.The rumours have understandably upset Spurs fans, although Redknapp believes it is far from guaranteed that Pochettino will accept a move to Old Trafford.“It’s a difficult one,” Redknapp told BBC 5 Live. “He’s obviously getting very, very well paid where he is. It’s a good club, they’ve got a great training ground. They’ve got a brand new stadium coming.”He’s got a good team. He’s got to go and build a team at Man United. For me they’re still way short of being a team that could win the league again. I think the back four needs absolute surgery there.“I still think they’re quite well short of where they want to be. So I don’t know — does he jump ship and go and start again and look to rebuild there where he’s absolutely loved at White Hart Lane?”It’s a difficult situation for him I’ll be truthful I would think his life’s pretty good at the moment. He’s absolutely there idolised by the fans. I think it would be difficult for him to leave personally. Even though Man Utd is an amazing football club, we all know that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes joins Aravinda de Silva in sharing unique record

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 08:43 IST Ben Stokes reacts after England won their opening match at the 2019 World Cup (AP)HIGHLIGHTSEngland beat South Africa by 104 runs in the World Cup opener on ThursdayBen Stokes starred for England with 89 runs, 2 wickets and 2 catchesAravinda de Silva of Sri Lanka is the only other cricketer to have produced similar returns in a World CupEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes produced a performance for the ages as he hit 89 runs before coming back to pick up a sensational catch and 2 lower-order wickets against South Africa in the World Cup opener. The impressive showing meant that England started their campaign with a comfortable victory margin of 104 runs.Incidentally, this was just the 2nd time that a player had scored at least 80 runs, taken 2 wickets and 2 catches in a World Cup match. Before Stokes, Sri Lankan legend Aravinda de Silva was the only man to have achieved this feat.During the 1996 World Cup final against Australia, de Silva had picked up 3 crucial Aussie wickets and 2 catches before scoring a scintillating 107* to guide his team to their only World Cup trophy, till date.Players with at least 80 runs, 2 wickets and 2 catches in a World Cup matchAravinda de Silva in WC 1996 FinalBen Stokes today vs South Africa #CWC19Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) May 30, 2019Unsurprisingly, both the players were adjudged the Man of the Match for the respective games.Earlier, Stokes launched himself high into the air near the mid-wicket boundary, reaching up and back to snatch an amazing one-handed catch to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo off the bowling of Adil Rashid.The Oval crowd roared its approval at what was a truly memorable moment, but Stokes – and captain Eoin Morgan – tried not to get too carried away when bombarded with questions about it by reporters.”I was actually in the wrong position – it would have been a regular catch if I was in the right place but, yeah it is one of those that sticks or doesn’t,” Stokes said.advertisementAlso Read | England vs South Africa World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer power England to opening night winAlso Read | Ben Stokes, Jofra Archers: 2 World Cup debutants make it a day to remember for EnglandFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow England vs South AfricaFollow World Cup 2019 World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes joins Aravinda de Silva in sharing unique recordAll-rounder Ben Stokes guided England to a comfortable victory over South Africa with impressive performances with both bat and ball thereby etching his name in the World Cup history booksadvertisementlast_img read more

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Canada gives border security extra powers to crack down on cheap steel

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government is taking extra steps to crack down on companies that try to ship cheap foreign steel and aluminum through the domestic market, while sending a signal to the U.S. administration that Canada is not the problem.“We have the laws on the books, but we’re going to make sure that these laws are fully enforced and that Canada is part of the solution,” International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Tuesday after Ottawa moved to strengthen the existing regime.The government has invested the Canada Border Services Agency with additional powers to identify businesses that try to dodge import duties, as well as more flexibility to determine whether prices in countries of origin are reliable or distorted.Next month, unions will also be allowed to take part in trade-remedy proceedings, including at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, into whether foreign exports hurt domestic producers.The regulatory changes come after a period of uncertainty earlier this month over whether the United States would include Canada and Mexico — already deep into negotiating the new North American Free Trade Agreement — in its list of countries that would have to pay steep new tariffs on shipments of steel and aluminum destined for below the border.That immediate threat, which prompted a lobbying effort by Canadian political, business and labour leaders, faded once Canada was granted an exemption. But the U.S. has suggested that its reprieve, which is currently set to expire May 1, could be dependent on successful NAFTA talks.The additional measures, which are designed to strengthen protection that is already there, could also play a role in that fight, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale insisted Tuesday.“We’re not going to give anyone any specious excuse for any kind of action against the Canadian steel or aluminum industry, because that action is totally, entirely and utterly unjustified,” he said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who raised the matter Monday in a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump, suggested during question period that the decision to strengthen the existing regime was a recent one.“This past few days, we’ve looked at strengthening the measures we already have in place because it’s important that we not be taking in dumped steel from around the world,” he said. He delivered the same message when visiting steel and aluminum workers earlier this month, he added.“We’re going to continue to stand firm to protect our industry and the North American industry.”Champagne, meanwhile, refused to speculate on how the U.S. might react: “We’ll see the decision on the American side.”Joseph Galimberti, president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, said he welcomed the regulatory changes as a good start, but also called on Ottawa to boost resources for investigative capacities at the border agency and consider safeguard measures, such as temporarily restricting imports, when they suspect there is a problem.The European Union, for example, began an investigation into steel imports Monday as part of its response to the new U.S. tariffs, due to concerns it would increase diversion of cheap metals from other countries into its market.Galimberti suggested there is no room for complacency.“We are going to continue our dialogue with counterparts in the U.S. to address things like diversion and trans-shipment that have been identified as concerns,” he said, adding he expects the Liberal government to do the same.“If there are additional steps to be suggested as part of those discussions, we expect the government of Canada to take those steps.”Besides, the U.S. has suggested that an exemption will come with a cost.“By necessity, if you’re going to be defending your aluminum and steel industries, any country that winds up exempt from the tariffs will have to also have some kind of restriction — likely a quota — in order to defend our domestic industries,” White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told CNBC Monday.“I think we can come to some very nice accommodations with all of our partners where we’re friends and allies, but we want fair and reciprocal trade while we defend key industries like aluminum and steel,” he said.— With files from Geordon Omand in Ottawa and Alexander Panetta in Washington— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

first_imgVANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Ten more satellites for Iridium Communications have been successfully launched into orbit.A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 4:39 a.m. Wednesday and released the satellites about an hour later.It was the seventh launch in Iridium’s $3 billion campaign to replace its entire fleet of globe-circling satellites and brought the number in orbit to 65. One more launch will increase the number to 75, including 66 operational satellites and nine spares.SpaceX says that despite challenging weather and sea conditions, the Falcon’s first stage successfully returned to Earth and landed on a “droneship” stationed in the Pacific Ocean south of Vandenberg.last_img read more

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USA asks its citizens to reconsider travel plans to terrorhit Pakistan

first_imgWashington DC: The US has advised its citizens to reconsider their travel to Pakistan due to terrorism and asked them not to travel to restive Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), identified as the most dangerous areas due to terror attacks. While Pakistan in general has been placed in “Level Three” category in the latest travel advisory issued by the US on Monday, several parts of the country, including Balochistan, KPK province, PoK and India-Pakistan border, have been placed in the most dangerous “Level Four” category, in which US citizens are asked not to travel due to high risk areas. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or near Pakistan, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR), the State Department said in the travel advisory. Asserting that terror groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan, the State Department said that terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, military installations, airports, universities, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, places of worship and government facilities. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Terrorists have targeted US diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past, and information suggests they continue to do so, it said. Terrorist attacks continue to happen across Pakistan, with most occurring in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Large-scale terrorist attacks have resulted in hundreds of casualties, it said. Do not travel to Balochistan province, the State Department said, adding that active terrorist groups, an active separatist movement, sectarian conflicts and deadly terrorist attacks against civilians, government offices and security forces destabilise the province. Similarly, in the PoK, it warned that militant groups are known to operate in the area and the threat of armed conflict between India and Pakistan remains. “Indian and Pakistani military forces periodically exchange gun and artillery fire across the Line of Control (LoC), it said. Noting that India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border, the travel advisory said the only official Pakistan-India border crossing point for persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the province of Punjab between Wagah and Attari.last_img read more

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Minister insists strike by Water Board employees unfair

The Minister said that the strike had been launched over a demand to increase salaries despite the current Government increasing the salaries on several occasions.Hakeem said that, based on calculations, the Water Board employees were demanding another 3 percent salary increase. Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Rauff Hakeem says the strike launched by Water Board employees was unfair.He told Parliament today that the strike had been launched without engaging in negotiations to address the issue at hand. The Minister questioned if it was fair to inconvenience the public just for a 3 percent salary increase. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN airlifts emergency food to thousands stranded by floods in Mozambique

“These desperately hungry people have lost almost everything and are completely dependent on food aid,” said the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director in Mozambique, Angela van Rynbach. “Using a helicopter is our only alternative since key roads are still under water or have been washed away.”WFP said villagers, especially the 2,600 people in the Javane area, have been totally cut off for an entire week since strong winds and rain from Cyclone Japhet caused serious damage in central Mozambique. The cyclone over-flooded the Save River, which then overflowed affecting some 50,000 people in the coastal lowlands during the first week of March. In addition, floods in Guvuru district also hit 25,000 people. Many fled their villages in search of higher ground, while others were left dangerously isolated. On Sunday, a WFP helicopter made its first delivery of corn soya blend to stranded families. The South African-owned Mi-8 will move at least 200 tons of food into these isolated areas from WFP’s emergency base in Save town. The agency also helped transport some 2,500 people to higher ground and set up food kitchens and displacement camps. The torrential rain and flooding added an extra strain to a population already heavily burdened by the effects of the drought. In many cases, this will be the third or even fourth failed harvest in five years following floods in 1999 and 2000 and drought in 2002. Having exhausted traditional coping mechanisms in previous years, thousands of households will have no option but to rely on food aid. “Every year this region seems to be struck by natural disaster, leaving tens of thousands of vulnerable people to battle for survival,” said Ms. van Rynbach. “WFP will do its best to ensure that aid reaches all those in need but additional help will be required in the months ahead.”WFP is currently aiming to feed 650,000 drought-affected people in Gaza, Tete, Inhambane, Sofala, Manica and Maputo provinces. That number is expected to rise substantially in the coming year. read more

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SMMT Update – 24 May 2013

SMMT’s weekly round-up, including all the latest news from UK automotive and a message from SMMT’s Interim Chief Executive.CLICK HERE: SMMT Update 269 online. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Football Ohio State remains at No 2 while Michigan drops to No

OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett huddles up with teammates prior to the Buckeyes 30-27 double-overtime win against Michigan. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorSaturday’s win for the Ohio State football team over Michigan in double overtime solidified the Buckeyes as a playoff contender. In Tuesday’s latest installment of the College Football Playoff poll, OSU finds itself at the No. 2 spot, awaiting to hear whether they it be playing in the Peach Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl.Alabama remained at the top spot, and will be playing No. 15 Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship. At No. 3, Clemson moved up to replace Michigan following the Wolverines’ loss to the Buckeyes on Saturday. Washington rounds out the playoff spots in No. 4. Michigan dropped to No. 5.No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 7 Penn State will compete in the Big Ten Championship game, and both hope their respective performances are good enough to convince the committee to give them a spot in the playoffs.In the top six spots, the Big Ten has three teams, so the conference will have at least one representative in this year’s playoff. read more

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Nonferrous minerals exploration rebounds 45 to secondhighest total on record

first_imgResponding to rising metals prices and more stable markets, most mining companies increased exploration budgets in 2010. The result was a 45% increase in estimated worldwide nonferrous metals exploration spending over 2009. Metals Economics Group’s (MEG) 21st edition of Corporate Exploration Strategies (CES) reports a 2010 exploration budget total of $11.2 billion. The industry restored almost two-thirds of the $5.5 billion that was cut from exploration in 2009 in response to the global financial crisis. The speed and the strength of the 2010 rebound were a welcome surprise to many, given the severity of the downturn and widespread forecasts of a deep and protracted recession.Regionally, Latin America (led by Mexico, Peru, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina) was the top exploration destination in 2010-a position it has held for the better part of two decades-while Canada was the top country overall. Gold was the leading target, attracting more than half the global exploration budget total, with copper a distant second.When uranium allocations are added to the $11.2 billion nonferrous total, 2010 planned exploration spending rises to more than $12.1 billion, a 44% increase from the 2009 total including uranium.MEG’s 2010 exploration estimate is based on information collected from more than 3,200 mining and exploration companies worldwide, of which almost 2,100 had exploration budgets reported in the CES study. These companies (each budgeting at least $100,000) together budgeted $10.68 billion for nonferrous exploration, which MEG estimates covers about 95% of worldwide commercially oriented nonferrous exploration budgets. Adding MEG’s estimates of budgets that it could not obtain, the 2010 worldwide exploration budget total reached more than $11.2 billion.Recent editions of the CES study also include uranium exploration budgets. The 2010 edition covers uranium budgets totalling almost $830 million. Including uranium, the number of companies covered by the study increased to more than 2,200, and the aggregate exploration budget (including the $10.68 billion nonferrous total above) increased to $11.5 billion. Including estimates for budgets MEG could not obtain, worldwide nonferrous planned exploration expenditures, including uranium allocations, totaled more than $12.1 billion in 2010.Riding the wave of rising metals prices, worldwide nonferrous exploration allocations increased for six consecutive years to an all-time high of $13.2 billion in 2008 (excluding uranium). The boom years came to an abrupt halt in September 2008, however, as the world fell into the worst economic and financial downturn in decades.Widespread forecasts of a deep and protracted global recession painted a grim outlook for near-term global commodities demand, pushing most metals prices into steep decline and forcing companies to slash their 2009 exploration plans-some by choice and others to survive. The resulting 42% drop (about $5.5 billion) in worldwide nonferrous exploration budgets from the 2008 high was the largest year-on-year decline (in both dollar and percentage terms) since MEG began the CES series in 1989.After bottoming in early 2009, the industry recovered much more quickly than most would have dared predict. Although the recovery remained fragile, the global economy improved markedly over the course of 2009 and into 2010. Metals prices improved steadily since bottoming in early 2009, and were again well above their long-term trends through most of 2010. Responding to rising prices and more stable market conditions, most companies increased their exploration budgets in 2010, resulting in a 45% increase ($3.5 billion) in MEG’s estimated exploration budget total for 2010, restoring almost two-thirds of 2009’s estimated $5.5 billion cut.last_img read more

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Watch IDA Ireland announces investment by Santa Claus

first_imghttp://youtu.be/Pf4EN-OYMOc(Youtube / InvestIreland)IDA IRELAND HAS made what is perhaps the best jobs announcement so far this year with the news that Santa Claus is to establish an international base here.Described in the news report as an “international gift delivery mogul”, Santa Claus’s investment is also backed by Ireland’s leprechaun community who are looking to develop “stronger commercial links” with Santa’s elves.We have no words.Read: Government confirms existence of Santa Claus after TD casts doubt >last_img read more

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WikiPearls natural edible packaging for everything even liquid

first_imgPackaging is both a convenient and inconvenient part of food. It keeps the food free of contamination, and makes handling it a clean affair. However, it creates garbage, and in some cases sticks to the food, unable to be removed. A shop near the Louvre in Paris has what appears to be an answer for this. It sells ice cream wrapped in sealed, edible (or recyclable) balls known as WikiPearls.Created by Harvard professor David Edwards, WikiPearls are about the size of a meatball or donut hole, don’t leak, and can hold just about anything — even notoriously drippy substances like ice cream or yogurt. The Pearls are an iteration of WikiCells, a similar edible food packaging idea created back in 2009 by Edwards and colleague Francois Azambourg.The skins, as they’re referred to, that encase the food products can not only be packed with vitamins, but flavored to accent the food hidden within. WikiPearls — which is the first commercial application of those 2009 Cells — come in three flavors so far: vanilla ice cream with a peanut skin, mango ice cream with a coconut skin, and chocolate ice cream with a hazelnut skin.The video below has no subtitles, but it does show off what the WikiPearls look like and how you can drink from them using a straw:The skins not only protect the food and make them more handleable, but can keep cold products at a cool temperature longer than if those products were without the skin. In theory, the packaging — if testing can prove that it can conserve other food products as well as traditional packaging — could be used on just about everything. Since the skins are recyclable, you wouldn’t have to eat it if you didn’t want to, for example, ice cream without a topping (which would be the skin, in this case) like some of us ice cream purists prefer. Instead, simply crack the Pearl open and use it as a tiny bowl.The WikiFoods team is already experimenting with other products, officially listing yogurt and cheese as the next foods to be stuffed inside the skin. Along with the dairy, the company claims any beverage can be safely contained within the skin as well, which could not only cut down on the abundance of plastic bottles, but would certainly give mixologists a fancy new way to impress you with booze.If you’re interested in edible packaging or simply have to find out more about tempting ice cream balls, you can head over to the WikiPearl website.last_img read more

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Hollywoods rags to riches icon Kirk Douglas turns 100 today

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP Short URL Share Tweet Email 29,566 Views 32 Comments Dec 9th 2016, 7:00 AM Hollywood’s ‘rags to riches’ icon Kirk Douglas turns 100 today The Spartacus star has been through a lot – including a plane crash and being robbed of the ability to speak following a stroke. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesKIRK DOUGLAS, WHOSE illustrious career has taken in some of cinema’s landmark roles, turns 100 today – attributing his remarkable longevity to his “wonderful marriage” of more than six decades.The iconic actor revealed in a special essay to mark the milestone that his second wife Anne, 97, had been his inspiration in rebounding from adversity over the years.“I was lucky enough to find my soulmate 63 years ago, and I believe our wonderful marriage and our nightly ‘golden hour’ chats have helped me survive all things,” he writes in celebrity magazine Closer Weekly.The three-time Oscar nominee will celebrate with 200 friends and family at a party in California hosted by his son Michael and daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta Jones. Kirk Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Michael Douglas. Source: EMPICS EntertainmentThe star, who was forced to retire because of speech problems after a stroke, has practiced delivering a few words on the day with the help of a speech therapist.“I am always asked for advice on living a long and healthy life. I don’t have any. I do believe, however, that we have a purpose for being here,” he says.“I was spared after a helicopter crash and a stroke to do more good in the world before I leave it.”Douglas, the son of illiterate Russian immigrants, appeared in some of cinema’s most iconic roles, from slave Spartacus and painter Vincent van Gogh to Western legend Doc Holliday.He was in more than 80 movies but, unlike stars of younger generations, never took a role in a sequel.He once said of his fame, that “when you become famous, you don’t change. Everyone else does.”‘Volcano’ I’m Spartacus. Source: Spartacus (1960)Born Issur Danielovitch in poverty in New York to a Jewish father and Protestant mother, Douglas went to the city’s Academy of Dramatic Arts.Champion (1949) earned him the first of three Oscar nominations for best actor, an award that has eluded him but was finally snared by his son Michael for “Wall Street” (1987).In a way it’s his own fault, as he once said that he wants his sons to surpass him, “because that’s a form of immortality”.Among his most famous films were 1956 Van Gogh biopic “Lust for Life,” “Gunfight at the OK Corral” (1957), “Spartacus” (1960) and “Seven Days in May” (1964).Douglas’s first marriage to American actress Diana Webster produced sons Michael and Joel before it ended in divorce in 1951.Three years later he married Belgian-American Anne Buydens, who once wrote of Douglas: “Living with my husband is like sitting in a beautiful garden right next to a volcano that may erupt at any moment.”The couple would go on to have two sons, Eric and Peter. Source: AP/Press Association Images“One hundred years old is certainly a milestone, but the facts are what dad has accomplished in 100 years,” Michael Douglas writes in the Closer Weekly article.“I think his stamina and tenacity are the qualities that stand out for me,” he continues. “He has taught me always to give it your best shot at whatever you take on. He’s the full package.”Jewish faithThe Douglas family has been touched by its fair share of tragedy and disaster over the years.Eric, also an actor, died from a lethal combination of alcohol and prescription drugs at the age of just 46 in 2004, after years battling addiction.Kirk had already been deeply shaken by a mid-air collision between his helicopter and an airplane over California in 1991 that killed two people, prompting him to rediscover his Jewish faith.His 1996 stroke robbed him of the ability to speak entirely, although he managed to make a partial recovery after months of therapy. Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne Douglas have donated $15 million toward a Motion Picture Television Fund campus in Woodland Hills, California, to help build a care center for Hollywood industry members suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAs his health limited his film roles, Douglas and his wife turned increasingly to philanthropy, and have expressed their intention to give most of their fortune to charity on their deaths.The couple have rebuilt 400 school playgrounds in Los Angeles and were behind the establishment of “Harry’s Haven,” an Alzheimer’s unit named after Kirk’s father at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Home in Woodland Hills, California.Double Golden Globe winner and lifelong friend Angie Dickinson shared a bedroom scene with the legend in “Cast a Giant Shadow” (1966), which required the pair to be naked.“You couldn’t ask for more than you get with Kirk,” the 85-year-old actress, an ex-wife of legendary composer Burt Bacharach, told AFP.“He’s just a perfect man, I must say. Everything he does is perfect.”- © AFP, 2016Read: People have fallen in love with this Dun Laoghaire newsagent on Humans of DublinRead: One of the key people in the making of modern Ireland turns 100 today Friday 9 Dec 2016, 7:00 AM I tell my sons they didn’t have my advantages growing up. I came from abject poverty. There was nowhere to go but up. https://jrnl.ie/3127770 last_img read more

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Gardaí seize guns drugs and George the monkey during gangland searches in

first_img 62 Comments Updated Apr 5th 2019, 5:10 PM ARMED GARDAI HAVE raided a premises in the Finglas area of Dublin this morning  and seized a significant quantity of guns, drugs, ammunition as well as a monkey in a cage. Gardaí investigating the actions of organised criminals in the area conducted the raids this morning.During a search on the Ratoath Road in Finglas, gardaí uncovered a powerful handgun as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Two automatic weapons were also discovered. A monkey in a cage was also removed from the premises. It is now being looked after by professional animal welfare officers. The marmoset is called George and is valued at around €2,000.A significant amount of cocaine was also discovered.Two men and a woman have been arrested in relation to the find and can be held for up to three days. The raids are understood to be linked to the operations of a gang currently involved in a violent feud. A garda spokesman confirmed the seizures. He said: “Gardaí carried out the searches at premises on Ratoath Road, Finglas. During the course of the search Gardaí discovered, one  machine pistol, one sub- machine Gun, one .357 calibre revolver, 300 rounds of assorted 9mm and .357 ammunition,  227 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun cartridges.“Gardaí also seized cannabis to the street value of €29,500, cocaine to the street value of €97,300. A quantity of clothing with a value of €3,000 was also seized.”The Garda Press Office would not confirm the seizure of the monkey. https://jrnl.ie/4578905 Apr 5th 2019, 3:16 PM Friday 5 Apr 2019, 5:10 PM Image: Garda Press 39,173 Views Short URL Image: Garda Press Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Gardaí seize guns, drugs and George the monkey during gangland searches in Dublin The raids were carried out this morning. Share347 Tweet Email1 By Garreth MacNameelast_img read more

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Raw and needless cruelty CervicalCheck cases a nowin situation for all involved

first_imgThere were similar comments from Labour’s Alan Kelly, who pointed out that the legislation for the redress scheme has yet to come to the floor of the Dáil.“Once the Dáil comes back next week, there are twelve sitting weeks, that is ample time to get this legislation through both Houses of the Oireachtas. Women and their families should not have to wait until the middle of next year for this redress scheme to be established,”he said.“This is a disgrace, and can’t happen again. I am at a loss as to why another family has had to go public and fight for decent treatment in the courts.All women who are at the centre of this scandal want to enjoy their lives at this point, they should not have to waive their anonymity and deal with all the publicity that comes with that, while dealing with a terminal cancer diagnosis.“We know more cases are going to come before the High Court and the State is going to lawyer up to take on these women, which completely goes against everything the Taoiseach promised.”Yesterday Ruth Morrissey said she now wanted to move on and spend whatever time she has left with her daughter and with her husband Paul, who she said her been her “rock”. She said she did not think she would be in this position after the Taoiseach said women affected by the scandal would not have to go to court. “Unfortunately, I’m the one that had to so I hope that’s a positive thing for the women left, that they don’t have to do this and fight for what is their right to have a good life, what they’ve left.” Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie By Michelle Hennessy Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Share19 Tweet Email Time for the Taoiseach and Government to revisit their words that “no woman will have to go to court” now that the court found that the HSE has Primary Liability and are responsible for negligence in the Screening Service #cervicalcheck @LeoVaradkar @SimonHarrisTD @LorcallWalsh— Stephen Teap (@Stephenteap) May 3, 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Source: Stephen Teap/Twitter We need our legislators to give the legislation for the tribunal, and its enactment, a priority that we have not seen in recent months so as to eliminate the needless added stress and pain being heaped on women who have suffered enough through no act of their own. May 4th 2019, 7:16 AM 7,794 Views 6 Comments ‘Raw and needless cruelty’: CervicalCheck cases ‘a no-win situation’ for all involved Yesterday Ruth Morrissey said she hopes the decision in her case will be a positive thing for other women affected by the scandal. THE SUPPORT GROUP for the women impacted by the CervicalCheck scandal has said court cases, like the one Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul were awarded damages in yesterday, are “a no-win situation for all involved”.The couple were awarded €2.1 million in damages in what was viewed as a test case in the wake of the controversy. The 221+ CervicalCheck Patient Support Group said the case highlights “our deepest concerns about the raw and needless cruelty of forcing women, who it is accepted have already been wronged by the State, into an adversarial public legal process that makes them feel like they are on trial just to establish the profile or the extent of that wrong and how it happened”.“This is simply unacceptable. A better and more compassionate mechanism is required as a priority to enable those involved establish the basis of the wrong done to them in private without being put through that adversity,” the group said. Responding to the ruling, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said yesterday that legislation for the establishment of a tribunal to handle these cases is being prepared. The support group said many of the women impacted “do not have time on their side”. Saturday 4 May 2019, 7:15 AM https://jrnl.ie/4618924 last_img read more

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STATE REP RACE QA Dave Robertson Discusses Taxes Being Responsive To Constituents

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in his own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury).#11) Do you feel Massachusetts residents are over-taxed? How will you balance the need to provide government services to the taxpayers & fund the government with most taxpayers’ desire for no tax increases? Can you point to anywhere in the state budget where you believe there is waste, fraud or abuse? What will you do about it?This is a huge question, and could honestly fulfill an entire semester’s worth of classes. Long-story short, yes I believe strongly the middle and lower class is overtaxed. While many might not have read about it, they live an everyday fact; middle and lower class income has fallen in the past year across the entire nation. That means a combination of rising prices of goods, fuel costs, and housing has put a stretch on the working men and women’s dollar. Our federal tax cuts have led to an average return of 18 dollars a week for an average household (while putting our nation even deeper into deficit), and while the economy booms folks aren’t bringing home their piece of the pie they worked towards building.Massachusetts is fortunate that we’ve experienced bipartisan work between a Democratic legislature and Republican governorship in the previous years that has revolutionized some forms of government. The Baker administration, as well as Speaker DeLeo and the Senate have moved to work with departments to streamline and adjust procedures. Such investments include the combination of MassHealth computer systems to alleviate backlog and pool information into one stable platform, working across agencies to share information such as tax returns to verify systems, or using electronic tolling points to save on overhead. As a legislator, I find that saving dollars here can be extremely beneficial, and can be used to further invest in things that benefit everyone or ultimately can be returned to the taxpayer.Now we face a conundrum; with lower expected federal aid for schools, roads, and more how do we continue being among the best in the nation for education, healthcare, and economic growth? I believe that the far fringes of the upper class should be held more liable, and give a break to the middle and lower class. It is actually an economic myth that the upper-class creates jobs, as they invest in safe investments such as treasury bills and blue-chip stocks. Contrary to the economic truths of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s it is now actually the upper-middle and middle class who are the most likely to risk their own capital and time in businesses and products. Now how can they do that in Massachusetts, where a highly skilled and educated population stands ready? By encouraging small and mid-size businesses with tax incentives, and cutting the tax burden on the lower 70% of folks and shifting it to the higher end.As for where does fraud, waste, and more exist? Well, that is a list hundreds of potential areas long, but voters should be aware of ways that I could support finding it. MassHealth, for example, has been researching a program that would sporadically check bank accounts and other financial information to ensure compliance within the program, as have other state agencies. Programs that are automated and can cross verify thousands of folks a day need to be implemented to ensure that fraudulent individuals don’t slide by our checks. In addition, a legislator needs to support the Bureau of Special Investigation, which handles welfare fraud and investigations, which is a department I have worked with before to close on benefits abusers. In addition, I believe the state can increase proof of residency requirements, including the prohibition of out of state spending of EBT cards, health insurance benefits, and more without prior authorization. This would single-handily deal a large blow to those using public money incorrectly, and I would be happy to propose such a bill. Many years ago another bill, which was in my opinion well-needed and founded, would bar the use of cash for EBT purchases and allow oversight on spending use to ensure such cards were not used for improper purchases. It was not ultimately signed by a former gubernatorial administration, but was a step in the right direction to me.#12) Former State Representative Jim Miceli was known through the district for his extraordinary constituent services. Do you pledge to provide a similar level of constituent services if elected? How will you be responsive to requests for help from residents of Wilmington and Tewksbury?As the candidate who best knows the power of constituent services, as I ran the services under Representative Miceli, of course I would pledge to provide the same level of service as before.Constituent services is a combination of knowing exactly what programs are available, who runs them, and most importantly, a dedication to keeping oneself involved in a case. Representative Miceli always made sure he knew of where and how a case was going, and was not afraid to call a Secretary or Director of a department if those further down the chain of command were not resolving an issue.Of course, not every issue is resolvable, but it is required of a Representative to involve themselves in every issue and fight for the problem that only one voter, one family, or one street might be having.Over the years I have helped hundreds, if not thousands under the direction of Representative Miceli. From resolving insurance issues, to helping locate housing, to even finding out why mail deliveries to one street were chaotic I have the deepest and longest experience. I have helped fetch lost court records, and even had passports and licenses rushed to travelers stranded abroad. Residents of the district came first, but it was not rare for us to help those who lived in town for years and moved, as they were people in need of help as well. Representative Miceli had a great quote about constituent services, as he used to say “We’re in the yes business.” We would be upfront and honest about the reality facing a constituent, and give every problem our best attempt to resolve it, but we would never turn anyone down.Voters can’t afford a Representative who doesn’t know the services available from the state, or who knows who runs it but not the programs, applications, or qualifications behind such services. Voters cannot afford someone who is solely legislatively focused, or else our friends, neighbors, and even ourselves may be at a loss when facing a problem. There is only one candidate in this primary who has been in the trenches, who has stayed the odd hours, and has the mastery of what is available from being on the phones when someone has reached the end of the rope before, and that is me.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Taxes, Being Responsive To ConstituentsIn “Government”Robertson Reports Robocalls & Social Media Campaign About Him Are Misleading; Mass. Fiscal Alliance RespondsIn “Government”last_img read more

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Vaccination drive for Haj pilgrims from tomorrow

first_imgHyderabad: The 11th orientation camp for Haj pilgrims of the State was held at Masjid-e-Hussaini on Sunday. State Haj Committee chairman Mohammad Masiullah Khan presided over the meeting. Speaking on the occasion, Masiullah Khan said the Haj pilgrims can book their Haj flight tickets through online by visiting the website of the Haj committee or personally by visiting the office of the committee. He also said they were holding a vaccination camp for the Haj pilgrims, who did not get their vaccine shots so far, at the Esra hospital on July 15 and 16 and urged the pilgrims to utilise the opportunity.last_img read more

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