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SMB seizes lead

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games The victory prompted coach Leo Austria to give his charges their first break in three weeks.The Texters will also take a much-needed breather on Monday, but coach Nash Racela has special instructions to his players after losing for the second straight game and looking very overmatched since winning the series opener by a hair.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Miguel wriggled out of a very tight first half as Alex Cabagnot spearheaded a dominant final 24 minutes with 18 of his 28 coming in the last two frames.And the San Miguel defense has clamped down hard on whoever it needs to stop, with rookie sensation RR Pogoy, after tossing in a career-high 27 points in a 104-102 series-opening win, held scoreless for the second straight game and Jason Castro limited to six points in the first three quarters. “It was a hard-fought game and we didn’t have any adjustments (for today),” Austria said. “All we did was keep our intensity high.”Color developed at halftime when standby TNT import Mike Myers and Governors’ Cup reinforcement Michael Craig got involved in a shoving encounter with San Miguel fans and team officials on the way back to the locker room.Austria dismissed that incident as something borne out of the intensity of both teams, but was quick to add that nothing can distract his Beermen from the real task at hand.“I told the players that we have to be focused,” Austria said. “We have a different agenda [and that is to win]. But we will not back down [from incidents like that].”TNT had 23 turnovers—10 of them by Castro—which resulted to 26 San Miguel points.ADVERTISEMENT Marcio Lassiter. PBA IMAGESThere’s rest for the weary, but only San Miguel Beer can afford it this time.After breaking down TNT KaTropa with clinical precision on both ends in the second half, the Beermen moved ahead in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup title playoffs, 2-1, with a 109-97 victory at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Beermen bounce back and how Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Lakers loving LeBron the leader in first practice

first_imgThe Lakers will definitely need the player in James, but the leader in him will be just as crucial in grooming youngsters like Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram.But don’t think that the ambition for James isn’t high. “We’re here for one reason and one reason only, and that’s to someday hoist the trophy,” James said. “Obviously that’s the end of the road, but you have to have those types of championship habits every day, not only on the floor, but off the floor as well.” The Lakers will make their preseason debut in San Diego on Sunday night.Advertisement Advertisement The Los Angeles Lakers had their first official practice with LeBron James and he wasted no time in setting the tone. As teammate Rajon Rondo said, LeBron has been a leader and a mentor for a large part of his career and more of the same should be seen in Los Angeles.There is much work for coach Luke Walton to do, and LeBron recognised the importance of being patient in the early stages. “I’m not a very patient guy, but I understand that I have to be patient right now,” James said. “I know how to play the game of basketball, but this is all new to me, too. So I have to be patient with myself, not only with my teammates.”Walton was present along with James in the 2003 Draft Class, and he was pleased that his new star lead by example in the first practice session.“The way he’s approaching (practice) has changed from the pickup we were playing in the summer,” Walton said. “It definitely set the tone.”The shootout at the end of LeBron’s first #Lakers practice earlier today pic.twitter.com/i2wJEkTjRy— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) September 26, 2018last_img read more

Sena slams Cong for fielding Chidambaram from Maha for RS

first_imgMumbai, May 30 (PTI) Shiv Sena today slammed Congress for fielding former Union minister P Chidambaram from Maharashtra for the Rajya Sabha poll, saying the party has “damaged itself by foisting him on the state”.An editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana noted that the ED has sent Letters Rogatory (judicial requests) to UK and Singapore in connection with its money laundering probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal case and parallel investigations in the financial transactions of some companies belonging to friends of former Finance Minister P Chidambarams son Karti.”It has also been alleged that Chidambaram amended the affidavit to drop references to Ishrat Jahans LeT link, in order to prove the human bomb of LeT innocent,” the editorial said.”Considering all this, Congress has damaged itself by foisting Chidambaram on Maharashtra. The answer to the question whether wisdom will dawn on Congress has come in the negative,” it said.”Whom to nominate for Rajya Sabha is its (Congress) internal issue. But Congress has sinned in fielding Chidambaram, who has no place left in Tamil Nadu,” it said.While Karti has denied any wrongdoing and has reiterated his cooperation with probe agencies, his father P Chidambaram had accused the government of a “malicious onslaught” launched by it against his family.”All said and done, senior leaders enter the House of Elders. Two lawyers, Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal were nominated to defend the Congress, but has Congress left anything (to defend) in the country,” the Sena asked.The duos entry into Rajya Sabha wont make much of a difference as Congress is helpless before the barrage unleashed by Subramanian Swamy, it said.advertisement”More than defending Congress, the duos candidature seems to have been finalised for defending Sonia and Rahul Gandhi,” the Sena said. PTI VT GK NM BSAlast_img read more

Mets claim second title, winning Men’s 20’s division

first_imgThe Sydney Mets have beaten Sun Coast in a thrilling game in the Men’s 20’s final at the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League in Port Macquarie.The game was intense up until the final siren, with both teams desperately trying to take hold of the game, with the Mets eventually winning 8-7.Tim Good opened the scoring in the 5th minute, putting the Mets in front 1-0.The Mets nearly made it 2-0 two minutes later, but their touchdown attempt was disallowed. This came back to haunt them as Sean Baldwin from Sunshine Coast scored to level the game.Sun Coast was in again just two minutes later, when Kelvin Jones scored from a great ball from Jason Schmidt, to put them into the lead for the first time in the game.Tim Good scored his second try in the 11th minute, but soon after got sent from the field as a forced interchange, and Baldwin scored his double in the corresponding set of six, giving Sun Coast the lead again. Macquire Tatola and captain Matthew Yiangou both scored for the Mets in the last five minutes of the first half, sending the Sydney team to the half time break with a 4-3 lead, despite several disallowed touchdowns against the Mets in the first half.Dave Shaw extended the Mets lead soon after the break, giving them a two touchdown advantage.Back to back tries to Sun Coast put the teams on level terms, with tries to Luke Mendham and Zach Stasser, but it wasn’t long before Shaw scored his second touchdown of the game, capitalising on some slow defence on the line. The Mets’ Luke Eisenhuth broke through the line of defence in the 7th minute, fooling Sun Coast defenders on his way, giving the Mets some breathing space.This didn’t last long, however, with Nathan Sullivan the recipient of a great cut out pass to close the gap for Sun Coast six minutes out from full time. The Mets had many opportunities to run away with the game in the second half, but numerous penalties for forward passes and over the mark calls gave Sun Coast plenty of good field position.Another penalty in good field position gave Sun Coast a great opportunity to level the scores, and that’s what they did when captain Tyson Brough led by example, scoring in the 18th minute to level the scores.The scores weren’t level for long, as Ben Antonio dived through the Sun Coast defensive line in the next set of six, to put the Mets back in front with one minute to go.Sun Coast were disallowed a try due to a forward pass in the dying seconds, handing the Mets an 8-7 win.last_img read more

MP Says SLB Funds Should Be Directed To Critical Areas of Study

first_imgBy Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter Member of Parliament for North West St. Ann, Dr. Dayton Campbell, is recommending that adjustments be made to the Student Loan Bureau (SLB) to focus on areas of study that are critical to nation development.“I believe the SLB should first concern itself with making loans available to persons pursuing tertiary studies in areas…such as Mathematics, Pharmacy, Engineering, the Sciences,” he stated.Dr. Campbell was opening the debate on a private members motion on funding for tertiary education, on June 11 in the House of Representatives.He stated that new programmes should be assessed for relevance, in terms of whether they “respond to labour market needs, foster innovation or serve community aspirations, before approval”.Dr. Campbell said that while he is not suggesting that persons pursuing degrees that are “oversubscribed” or those with “a low employment potential” should be denied tertiary education, the SLB’s limited resources should be directed to those areas which are of strategic importance to the country, and at lower interest rates.These rates, he noted further, “should be inversely proportionate to the need of the area for national development thus the higher the need the lower the interest rate”.According to Dr. Campbell, the country is in need of Mathematics and Science teachers and in order to increase enrolment in these areas, students should get incentives to pursue these subjects at the tertiary level.“I want to take it a step further and propose that no income tax be collected for the first three years of employment for Mathematics and Science teachers, who needed state financing to complete their studies. This portion would instead go straight to the Bureau as a part of their repayment,” Dr. Campbell said.He also proposed the establishment of an income-contingency repayment plan, which would base the monthly loan repayments on the salaries of borrowers. He noted that such a loansystem addresses risk and uncertainty faced by individuals by providing insurance against inability to repay and improves progressiveness by providing a lower public subsidy for graduates that obtain higher private returns.Demand for student loans has increased over the last six years, moving from 6,600 persons in 2007 to 16,600 in 2012, and is projected to swell to over 20,000 persons for the upcoming academic year.The growth in demand, coupled with the annual increase in tuition costs, has significantly increased the pressure on the limited resources of the SLB to provide loans, which is estimated to reach $20 billion in the 2015/16 financial year.For the 2013/14 academic year, approximately $4.9 billion is required to fully cover the projected demand, which will be financed by the Education Tax and loan inflows from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).On March 19, the House of Representatives approved a Government guarantee of a US$20 million loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to the SLB.last_img read more

Mystery of deepsea dragonfishs seethrough teeth solved

first_imgLos Angeles: Scientists have found what makes the teeth of deep-sea dragonfish transparent, a unique adaptation which helps camouflage the predatory creatures from their prey. According to the study published in the journal Matter, the adaptation results from their teeth having an unusually crystalline nanostructure mixed with amorphous regions. The findings could provide “bioinspiration” for researchers looking to develop transparent ceramics. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Deep-sea creatures have evolved some fascinating adaptations such as bioluminescence, eyes that can see in low light, and mouths that can engulf much larger prey. Some species, such as the deep-sea dragonfish (Aristostomias scintillans), have transparent teeth. “It’s an adaptation that, to our knowledge, has not yet been explored in detail,” said Audrey Velasco-Hogan, a PhD student at the University of California San Diego in the US. “By studying why these teeth are transparent, we can better understand deep-sea organisms like the dragonfish and the adaptations they evolved to live in their environments,” Velasco-Hogan said. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaTransparent teeth, along with a dark body, make the dragonfish essentially invisible to their prey, she said. Because of this camouflage, dragonfish are among the top predators of the deep sea despite being small — measuring about 15 centimetres long — and relatively slow. “They spend most of their time sitting around with their jaws open, waiting for something to come by,” Velasco-Hogan said. “Their teeth are always exposed, so it’s important that they are transparent so they don’t reflect or scatter any bioluminescent light from the environment,” she said. To solve the mysteries of the dragonfish’s dental disguise, researchers imaged and analysed the nanostructure of the teeth using a combination of electron microscopy, focused ion beam and nanoindentation tests. They discovered that the teeth have unique characteristics both in their outer enamel-like layer and inner dentin layer. The enamel-like layer consists of hydroxyapatite nanocrystals structured in a way that prevents light from scattering or reflecting off the surface of the teeth. The dentin layer is also structured in its own particular way. It lacks microscopic channels called dentin tubules, which are what give the teeth of humans and other animals their colour. The absence of tubules is also responsible for making dragonfish teeth transparent. “Typically, teeth are not nanostructured. And they tend to have microscale features such as dentin tubules. “From a materials perspective, it’s really interesting to see that dragonfish teeth have architectures that we do not see in others,” Velasco-Hogan said.last_img read more

North American stock indexes finish week flat Canadian dollar up

first_imgTORONTO – North American stock indexes capped of the week on a flat note amid heightened North Korea-U.S. tensions, as the loonie strengthened against a weakening greenback.Rallying gold and materials stocks weren’t enough to lift Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index out of the red, which dropped 0.69 of a point to 15,454.23 in a largely broad-based decline.Despite the TSX’s minor slip Friday, the commodity-heavy index has gained more than 280 points on the week.“We had a decent run,” said Michael Currie, vice-president of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice. “We’ve got to take the positives out of the week.”In New York, stock indexes finished the day uneven with little movement in either direction.The Dow Jones industrial average gave back 9.64 points to 22,349.59, while the S&P 500 index edged up 1.62 points to 2,502.22 and the Nasdaq composite index added 4.23 points to 6,426.92.The small trades on Wall Street suggested investors were shrugging off the latest wave of ramped-up tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, said Erik Davidson, chief investment officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank.He also noted that the VIX, a measure of how much volatility investors expect in stocks, was little changed.Geopolitical tensions ratcheted up after President Donald Trump authorized stiffer sanctions in response to North Korea’s nuclear weapons advances, drawing a furious response from Pyongyang. Trump expanded the Treasury Department’s ability to target anyone conducting significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea, and to ban them from interacting with the U.S. financial system.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un retaliated by calling Trump “deranged” and saying he’ll “pay dearly” for his threats.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 81.19 cents US, up 0.15 of a cent.On the commodities front, the November crude contract added 11 cents at US$50.66 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was up one cent to US$2.96 per mmBTU.The December gold contract advanced $2.70 to US$1,297.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was up one cent at US$2.94 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Inaugurates Integration Center for Women Youth in Mediouna

Rabat – King Mohammed VI inaugurated a training and integration center for women and youth in Tit Mellil in Mediouna Province, Casablanca-Settat region on Saturday.The Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity Carried out the MAD 9 million project.The project forms part of King Mohammed VI’s vision towards youth and women and his willingness to ensure the integration of young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The facility will also ensure the development of the situation of women and young people and provide them with various tools for better access to development.The project aims at opening up new prospects for the future of women and youth, who will benefit from a qualifying training to enter the job market and improve their living conditions.The King launched the construction works of the project on June 8 in 2017. The project fell within the framework of a participatory approach with representatives of civil society. It aims to support women and young people in Tit Mellil and to promote their access to different tools and means of social and professional integration.The center will serve as a platform, where youth and women will benefit from professional integration, cultural, educational and social activities that encourage empowerment.The project is built on a 3,640 square meter and includes, workshops in pastry-kitchen, sewing cutting, hairdressing-aesthetics, aluminum carpentry, building electricity, computer network and business training rooms, a library and a multimedia room.The project is the fruit of a cooperation between the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, the Mediouna Provincial Council, the Office for Vocational Training and Promotion of Work and the Support of Association of the Tit Mellil Training and Integration Center for Women.Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, King Mohammed VI carried out the inauguration of several human development facilities across the country, including a training center in Rabat, a mosque in Sale, three humanitarian projects in Kenitra and a medical psychological center in Tit Mellil.The monarch has also sent a humanitarian aid to Palestine after the recent tension in the Gaza strip between Israel and Palestinians. read more

UNICEF project allows child workers in droughthit Ethiopia to attend school

About 300 children who work in the Lake Awassa fish market will be able to continue their studies at an informal school under the project, which is being implemented with the help of the South Ethiopia People’s Development Association and other local partners.Drought conditions across the Horn of Africa have become so severe that many families are sending their children away from home to find work, such as families in villages near Lake Awassa.The informal school will have social workers on site to provide students with counselling, and the pupils will be given the clothes and school supplies they need to continue their studies.“Every child has the right to an education,” UNICEF project officer Felekech Basazinew said in a press release issued on Monday. “These children have been forced to leave home because of the difficult circumstances their families are in. We are trying to make sure their rights are not denied.”Eight-year-old Shakur was sent away to work by his mother when she could no longer afford to feed him. He now rises at dawn to try to find work on the shores of Lake Awassa.“I work from 8 a.m. until noon,” he said. “I will buy a piece of bread for breakfast for 50 cents. For lunch I will buy a samosa for 60 cents, and then another piece of dry bread for my dinner”Shakur said he hopes to save enough money to buy a bicycle that he can then rent to other boys for 25 cents per ride. That way he can pay for schooling and try to become a doctor.UNICEF has already appealed for $49 million to fund its emergency operations for children and women in Ethiopia, particularly the south and southeast, where the drought is most severe.About 75,000 Ethiopian children are estimated to be severely malnourished as a result of the drought, and another 4.6 million people need immediate humanitarian assistance. 30 July 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is backing a new project in drought-hit southern Ethiopia that will ensure child labourers in the impoverished region can attend school. read more

US envoy in Sri Lanka backs rights of LGBT community

Equal Ground, a non-profit organisation seeking human and political rights for the LGBT community of Sri Lanka has successfully organised LGBTIQ Colombo PRIDE events for over a decade. The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap has extended support to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities in Sri Lanka.The US Embassy in Colombo today said that Keshap met Rosanna Flamer-Caldera from EQUAL GROUND Sri Lanka and stood against any forms of discrimination. Baroness Barker said that a politically motivated group known as “The Island Nation of Sinhale” (Lion’s Blood), notorious for spewing radical ideologies intended to sow hatred and incite discrimination, hostility and even violence against minorities has targeted Colombo PRIDE 2016 on Facebook.“As a Liberal Democrat peer, I am asking the FCO to challenge the Sri Lankan government to protect its LGBTIQ citizens, to allow them to meet peacefully in a safe space free from discrimination and prejudice. I also challenge the government of Sri Lanka to take appropriate action against this vile and violent group,” Baroness Barker said. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile UK’s Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Barker, Vice Chair of Parliament’s APPG on Global LGBT Rights, said that LGBT rights activists in Sri Lanka are facing death threats. read more

Saudi Arabia gifts 150 tons of dates to Sri Lanka

The gift was received by Secretary of Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Posts, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs Marina Mohammed, in the presence of representatives of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) and the Ministry of Finance. The gift comes within the framework of aid programs being provided by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Crown Prince for a number of brotherly and friendly countries in order to be delivered to neediest families. Saudi Arabia today gifted 150 tons of dates to Sri Lanka, the Saudi Press Agency reported.The Saudi Ambassador to Sri Lanka Abdulnasser Al-Harthi handed over today 150 tons of dates as a gift from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Sri Lanka.

Finnish PM EU members agree on budget link to rule of law

HELSINKI — Finland’s prime minister says no European Union member including Hungary and Poland is directly opposing linking the bloc’s financial framework to performance on the rule of law in member countries — a proposal that has so far been fiercely opposed in Budapest and Warsaw.Antti Rinne, whose country holds the EU’s rotating six-month presidency, told public broadcaster YLE on Sunday that the link to the EU’s next multiyear budget isn’t meant “to nail any member state to the wall.”The issue is one of Finland’s presidency priorities and has led to tensions, particularly with Hungary, which along with Poland is already a target of EU disciplinary actions for alleged violations of bloc rules and values.Rinne will travel to Budapest on Monday for talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.The Associated Press read more

EthiopiaEritrea UN mission investigates shooting in security zone

In a statement, the UN peacekeeping operation said the shooting took place on 5 September at Limosin Waterpoint near Assab-Bure road in the eastern part of the zone. An Eritrean policeman was shot in the leg and taken to a hospital by an UNMEE ambulance. The Eritrean police said he was one of four people attacked at an observation post established by Asmara. The Eritrean authorities have attributed the shooting to the Ethiopian Armed Forces. Ongoing investigations by UNMEE have not yet identified the attackers. A previous shooting incident at the Limosin Waterpoint was reported on the night of 16 to 17 June. That attack, in which an Eritrean militiaman was killed, was also attributed by Eritrea to the Ethiopian Armed Forces. However, a thorough investigation by UNMEE was unable to identify the attackers. Ethiopia denies any involvement, the UN Mission said. read more

Hydro One profit revenue fall in first quarter as result of weathers

Hydro One profit, revenue fall in first quarter as result of weather’s impact by The Canadian Press Posted May 6, 2016 6:10 am MDT Last Updated May 6, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Hydro One says a mild winter and storm-related costs weakened its financial results in the electric utility’s first full quarter as a publicly traded company.Revenue dropped by seven per cent or $122 million to $1.67 billion in the three months ended March 31, compared with $1.81 billion a year earlier.Net income fell nine per cent to $208 million, or 35 cents per share. Adjusted earnings also equalled 35 cents per share, which compared with 38 cents per share a year earlier.The company (TSX:H) began trading its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange in November after the Ontario government sold about 15 per cent of its equity in the province’s primary electrical grid operator.Its 2015 fourth quarter was also affected by the unusually warm winter — which depressed demand for electricity.The first quarter of 2016 also included costs to recover from an ice storm in March and lost revenue due to the sale of Hydro One Brampton in late 2015. read more

On World No Tobacco Day UN launches fight against illicit tobacco trade

“On this World No Tobacco Day, I call for boosting the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to eradicate the illicit trade in cheaper tobacco products which tend to lure younger and poorer groups into addiction while depleting the ability of States to charge taxes that could support health services,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his remarks today.”By striking at the criminal gangs and tobacco companies that engage in this reprehensible trade, we will advance public health and sustainable development,” he added. The Day – observed annually by the global community on 31 May to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption – will this year see the WHO and the UN system as a whole urge Member States to sign the Protocol to Eliminate the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products in order to improve public health, help cut crime, and curb an important revenue source for the tobacco industry.“The Protocol offers the world a unique legal instrument to counter and eventually eliminate a sophisticated criminal activity,” Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General declared in a press release. “Fully implemented, it will replenish government revenues and allow more spending on health.”Nearly 80 per cent of the world’s one billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest, according to WHO.The UN agency has further warned that tobacco, which caused 100 million deaths in the 20th century, may cause one billion deaths in the 21st century if current trends continue. Unless urgent action is taken, the annual death toll from tobacco consumption could rise to more than eight million by 2030. The Protocol, a supplementary treaty to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, requires a wide range of measures relating to the tobacco supply chain, including the licensing of imports, exports and manufacture of tobacco products; the establishment of tracking and tracing systems and the imposition of penal sanctions on those responsible for illicit trade. It would also criminalise illicit production and cross border smuggling. “Public health is engaged in a pitched battle against a ruthless industry,” added Dr. Douglas Bettcher, Director of the WHO’s Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases. “On this World No Tobacco Day, WHO and its partners are showing the ends that the tobacco industry goes to in the search for profits, including on the black market, and by ensnaring new targets, including young children, to expand its deadly trade.” According to WHO eliminating the illicit trade in tobacco would generate an annual tax windfall of $31 billion for governments, improve public health, help cut crime and curb an important revenue source for the tobacco industry. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control entered into force in February 2005. Since then, it has become one of the most widely embraced treaties in the history of the United Nations with 180 Parties covering 90 per cent of the world’s population. read more

Olympic Dam culture change delivering improved results

first_imgCulture change at Olympic Dam is delivering improved results for BHP Billiton’s team in South Australia according to Asset President Olympic Dam, Jacqui McGill. Speaking at an American Chamber of Commerce lunch in Adelaide recently, McGill reflected on the past year, noting the raft of challenges the asset faced just twelve months ago from both a safety and operational perspective.She explained how these were addressed by making changes to organisational design and operational improvements. “We took some strong decisions quite early – we made significant changes underground to reduce the risks our team members were exposed to,” McGill said. “We continued to operate the mine at full capacity, which enabled us to build inventory, and we took the opportunity to do significant maintenance in the surface plant while we had the time. We also invested significant resources into reviewing the design of our organisation. This redesign has been monumental in changing how we work and in delivering value. It led us to simplifying our organisation – we went to a two General Manager structure and increased the scope of our Managers and Superintendents.”However, McGill went on to say that the most important factor in delivering results was focusing on leadership and creating the right culture. “When you have a culture that gets “why” you are doing something rather than telling them “what” to do and “how” to do it – you build leadership at all levels of the business,” she said. “When you understand the overarching goal, you get 100% of your team working on the right problem – silos disappear and discretionary effort increases.”Citing a range of examples where Olympic Dam employees had stepped up and implemented changes that have improved operational performance, Jacqui reported Olympic Dam was now regularly delivering production against the mine plans. “This is more than that just good news for BHP Billiton and the 3,000 Olympic Dam employees and contractors. As a major contributor to South Australia’s economy – spending over A$580 million with South Australian suppliers and paying over A$70 million in royalties and taxes in the 2015 financial year – these results are also good news for the State more broadly,” McGill said. “They demonstrate that it’s possible to operate a globally competitive mine and processing plant right here in South Australia – which supports my strong view that this State is not only a great place to live, but also a fantastic place to do business.”Focussing on costs, she stated: “We’re also continuing to target a position in the first segment of the cost curve – this is incredibly important as we operate in a global market and must be competitive on that basis, not simply within Australia. We’ll push towards this through low-risk, capital-efficient underground expansions, including accessing the Southern Mine Area. Over the next five years, this will see us construct 120 km of new tunnels – which I said to the people in Port Augusta when I spoke there last year was equivalent to building a tunnel between Adelaide and Clare. We’re also continuing work to reset our cost base through higher volumes and greater efficiencies, reducing our unit cash costs by ~34% in FY16 and ~48% by FY17 (relative to FY15 unit cash costs) – which will take us to unit costs of US$1.00/lb.”last_img read more

Murder investigation launched after mans body engulfed by fire in park

first_imgUpdated 23.07pmA FULL MURDER investigation has been launched into the death of a man whose body was found in the Phoenix Park in Dublin in the early hours of this morning. Gardaí said the body was so badly burnt that the victim’s age could not be established.The full results of the post mortem have now been passed on to the investigation team, but aren’t being made public for ‘operational reasons’.Speaking at a briefing at the scene in the Phoenix Park earlier this evening, Garda Superintendent David Taylor said that the body was found in a sleeping bag but was so “engulfed by the fire” that it had proven impossible so far to tell what age the man was; only his gender has been confirmed.The horrific find was made this morning at 1am near the Wellington Monument by a passing Garda patrol car. The officers spotted the blaze and alerted fire services as they attended the scene.Superintendent Taylor said members of the Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene but “despite their best efforts, they could not save the man”.Dr Marie Cassidy, the State pathologist visited the scene earlier today and carried out a preliminary examination, and a full post-mortem was later carried out at the city morgue.AppealGardaí are making a particular appeal to the homeless community or to anyone who might have a friend, relative or associate who lives homeless and has not been seen in the last 24 hours.“We do understand that people have a lifestyle that they may be uncomfortable coming to the Garda Síochana but I can assure you, the information that you may have will be treated in the strictest of confidence,” Taylor said in his appeal to the public this evening.The superintendent said it was still not known how the fire started:(Video: TheJournal.ie/YouTube)Anyone who might have been in the area of Wellington Road in the major Dublin park between 4pm yesterday and 1am this morning is asked to ring Cabra Garda station on 01 6667400 or any garda station.- additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy and Daragh Brophy.Simon Community: Phoenix Park death highlights vulnerability of homeless>Scene where man died in early morning fire>last_img read more

We have a right to expect better Coveney on the horsemeat saga

first_imgAGRICULTURE MINISTER SIMON Coveney has said the public has a right to expect better from the Irish food industry in the wake of the horsemeat controversy.Naming and shaming a number of firms implicated in the saga, he said they had “let themselves down as well as risking reputational damage to the Irish food sector itself”.The Minister said that the failure of Silvercrest and ABP management to not follow customer specifications led to very serious consequences for the companies and the entire agri-food industry in Ireland.The report states that it is a “real concern that management oversight and corporate governance structures were not in place to prevent the failures detected in this investigation in Silvercrest”.Referring to problems at B&F Meats, the report confirmed that legal proceedings are being actively considered.Coveney explained, “B&F Meats was found to be involved in mislabelling of a limited quantity of horsemeat for export to the Czech Republic.“While the company claims that no fraudulent intent was involved, the placing of a false label on a product and the question of instituting legal proceedings in this respect remains under consideration.”The official government investigation found:The practices of Silvercrest were “not acceptable” because they did not respect customer specifications.The withholding of information about equine DNA-contaminated products by QK Cold Stores was “not acceptable”.No evidence that Silvercrest and Rangeland Meats knowingly purchased or used horsemeat in their beef products.Equine DNA found in consignments of frozen beef products in Ireland was labelled to be of Polish origin.Legal proceedings are being considered in relation to B&F Meats for possible non-compliance with labelling regulations.No issues were found in respect of Liffey Meats, ABP Nenagh and Dawn Fresh Foods.Other parties – that cannot yet be named but have links to Ireland – operating outside of the jurisdiction are being investigated.Some findings of the investigation that implicate other countries have been referred to Europol and the Competent Authorities.A separate but parallel investigation also led to the suspension of operations at a Offaly horse abattoir.Coveney said the official probe demonstrates the layered problems uncovered in January this year.“This episode has revealed the extent and complexity of the involvement of traders and agents in the food supply chain. With the legal power already in place, I have decided that all such intermediaries operating in Ireland will be registered as Food Business Operators.”He also said there is a need for “significant changes” to move horse traceability to the same level as cattle identification, where systems were developed in response to the BSE crisis in the mid-1990s.He concluded, “I believe the fact the official control system in Ireland uncovered what is a global problem in terms of the serious mislabelling of beef and the manner in which we have now addressed the issue shows Ireland to be at the forefront of control regimes.“In time and when the issue is fully addressed at EU level it will stand to us in continuing to build the reputation of Irish food products.”Department suspends all operations at Ossory Meats horse abattoirQK Meats tested for horse DNA in June 2012 – and got positive resultslast_img read more

Australie des rhinocéros blancs meurent mystérieusement dans un parc

first_imgAustralie : des rhinocéros blancs meurent mystérieusement dans un parcQuatre rhinocéros blancs sont décédés à quelques semaines d’intervalle après avoir montré des signes d’anomalies neurologiques dans un parc animalier australien.C’est une mystérieuse hécatombe qui touche actuellement le parc-safari Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Mercredi, les responsables de ce parc animalier ont annoncé que quatre rhinocéros blancs étaient morts dans des circonstances mystérieuses à quelques semaines d’intervalles. Peu avant leur décès, les vétérinaires ont constaté chez les quatre animaux des anomalies neurologiques qu’ils ne sont pour l’heure pas parvenus à expliquer.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Après autopsie, les hypothèses d’un empoisonnement par toxines ou de morsures de serpent ont été abandonnées. De même, en ce qui concerne les hypothèses d’infection bactérienne ou de défaillance d’organes. Mais des analyses sont actuellement en cours pour déterminer “de possibles causes virales bien que plusieurs types (de virus), dont le virus Hendra et le virus du Nil occidental, aient été mis hors de cause”, ont précisé les responsables Taronga Western Plains Zoo situé à quelque 500 kilomètres à l’ouest de Sydney.En attendant que l’origine du mal soit identifiée et par mesure de précaution, les trois rhinocéros blancs survivants du parc ont été placés en quarantaine. Les vétérinaires travaillent aujourd’hui nuit et jour avec des spécialistes d’Afrique et d’Amérique du Nord pour tenter de déterminer les causes de la mort soudaine des gros mammifères à corne. L’espèce des rhinocéros blancs du Sud, est la moins menacée des deux familles de rhinocéros blancs qui ne comptent plus que 20.000 spécimens vivant en liberté en Afrique, d’après le Fonds mondial pour la nature (WWF). Le 22 mars 2012 à 12:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mourinho advises Arsenal on how to get the best out of

first_imgJose Mourinho knows all about Mesut Ozil and warned Arsenal manager Unai Emery that unless he finds the “right balance” in his approach then he will likely never get the best out of the GermanThe unsettled star has missed several key games over the last few months at Arsenal, which has prompted talk of a possible exit.Gunners legend Emmanuel Petit has even gone as far as to suggest that Ozil’s lost his motivation after winning everything he set out to do and added that his retirement from international football has likely had a bad impact on him.And things appear to not be improving soon for Ozil at the Emirates Stadium after being left on the bench in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over London rivals Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.Now Mourinho, who Ozil starred for at Real Madrid, believes Emery must find a way to not take either a too soft or hard approach when it comes to dealing with the 30-year-old.“Honestly, I don’t know what is going on, if he is having a physical problem or not,’ The Portuguese coach told beIN Sports.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I know that there was some problem in relation to his contract, he is leaving on a free then he is not leaving on a free. I think finally he signed a contract and decided to stay.“So there is not an issue with contract, so I believe there is something with the physical point of view or there is some confrontation of ideas with Unai. I think the nature of football is exactly this nature.“With me, Ozil played amazingly well but maybe not with Unai. And maybe a certain player that I don’t remember was phenomenal with Unai but doesn’t work as well with me. It’s just the nature of empathy.“I just feel that Ozil is the kind of player that needs both sides of it. By one side, if you are just sweet with him, you lose his natural aggression because he’s not naturally a very strong, physical player in terms of aggression.“If you are too strong with him and forget that he also needs a bit of care, a little bit of love, you don’t find the right balance. So I think it’s about finding the right balance with him.”last_img read more