Vijay misses Kingston test with injury, Rahul to open

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL July 30, 2016 SHARE cricket Published oncenter_img COMMENT Indian opener Murali Vijay will miss the second test against West Indies due to a thumb injury and will be replaced by Lokesh Rahul, skipper Virat Kohli said ahead of the match that begins at Kingston’s Sabina Park later on Saturday.Vijay was hit on the thumb by a Shannon Gabriel delivery in the first test at Antigua, which India won by an innings and 92 runs to go 1-0 up in the four-test series.Rahul has two centuries from five tests and by partnering Shikhar Dhawan India will retain their right-left combination at the top of the order.“Unfortunately Vijay has to miss out because of injury,” Kohli told reporters. “(Rahul’s) been in a very good zone. He scored runs in the practice games … It’s more a case of a guy waiting for an opportunity. You can see that with him.“He’s batting really well, he wants to make it count. He wants to get big runs. I’m pretty confident of his abilities.”Rahul, who also keeps wicket, struck his maiden test century against Australia at Sydney early last year, while his other hundred came in Sri Lanka in August.“He’s pretty compact, he’s a solid opener, and he’s a great fielder as well. Gives you that wicketkeeping option as well, in case something happens to (Wriddhiman) Saha.”With the green-tinged track at Sabina Park promising bounce and carry, Kohli hinted the visitors would stick to the five-bowler strategy which paid rich dividends in Antigua where they bowled out West Indies for sub-250 scores in both innings.“When you win there’s not that much room for change unless the conditions are drastically different, which they are not,” said Kohli, who scored his maiden test double hundred in Antigua.Kohli predicted the spinners would prove a handful at the “result-oriented ground”, especially in the second innings.“There’s good bounce in this wicket … So the spinner can’t be left out of the game. There is a second innings as well, we need to understand that.“It’s not overcast conditions and a green pitch where you will compromise on one spinner. You know that when the wicket dries up it will start turning and there is good bounce so the spinners will come into play.” COMMENTSlast_img read more

Bayern Munich Survive VfL Bochum Scare to Reach German Cup Last 16

first_img bayern munichDFB PokalfootballGerman Cup First Published: October 30, 2019, 2:45 PM IST Berlin: Holders Bayern Munich narrowly progressed to the round of 16 in the German Cup, scoring two late goals Tuesday to defeat second-tier Bochum 2-1.Bochum are floundering near the bottom of the second division but led Bayern 1-0 with less than 10 minutes to go, as the visitors struggled to break down a determined defence. Winger Serge Gnabry hauled Bayern level in the 83rd minute, while Thomas Mueller put his recent form worries to bed to score the winner in the 89th minute.Bayer Leverkusen headed off a plucky Paderborn 1-0, with a 25th-minute strike from Lucas Alario enough to secure the win.Karlsruher left it late, beating Darmstadt 1-0 through an 85th-minute goal from Philipp Hofmann.Schalke suffered a late scare against second- Arminia Bielefeld, winning 3-2 after at one stage being 3-0 up.Earlier on Tuesday, Bundesliga newcomers Union Berlin also advanced after two late goals saw them secure a 3-1 win at Freiburg.Robin Koch, who made his Germany debut this month, scored just before half-time for Freiburg to cancel out Joshua Mees’ opener for Berlin in the 36th minute.Robert Andrich struck three minutes from time to put Union back in front, benefiting from some excellent passing interplay to find himself unmarked in front of goal.Freiburg lost possession while pushing for an equaliser, with Christian Gentner scoring on the counter to wrap up victory for Berlin, who lost the 2001 final to Schalke.The other surprise result from the early games on Tuesday came through fourth-tier FC Saarbruecken’s 3-2 defeat of Bundesliga side Cologne.Saarbruecken ran out to a two-goal lead, through quick strikes in the 53rd and 57th minutes, leaving the four-time winners shellshocked.While they clawed their way back into it through goals by Germany defender Jonas Hector and Simon Terodde, a 90th-minute goal from Tobias Janicke saw Saarbruecken through to the last 16 for the first time in six years.Elsewhere, Hoffenheim won 2-0 at Duisburg through second-half goals from Florian Grillitsch and Sargis Adamyan.Stuttgart scored an extra-time winner through Hamadi Al Ghaddioui to prevail 2-1 away to Hamburg. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Man Utd’s Fred call backed by Aurier & Lucas Moura

first_imgManchester United’s decision to invest £52.5 million ($67m) in Fred has drawn support from Premier League rivals at Tottenham, with Lucas Moura considering a fellow Brazilian to be a “very, very good player”.The Red Devils were unable to bring as many fresh faces onto their books over the summer as they would have liked, but they did get one big-money deal pushed through.Fred’s services were acquired from Shakhtar Donetsk, with United seeing off interest from reigning English champions Manchester City to land the 25-year-old midfielder. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The South American has adapted quickly to new surroundings and is being backed to flourish under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.He will be hoping to impress again on his next outing against Spurs on Monday, with countryman Lucas talking up the threat he will pose Mauricio Pochettino’s side at Old Trafford when telling his club’s official website: “It’s very good to have another Brazilian in the Premier League and in a strong team like Manchester United.“Fred is a very, very good player, he’s young and he has a big future both in the Premier League and in the national team.“He has a lot of quality. When he gets forward from midfield, he can shoot with both feet and he is quick and intelligent.“I think he can be a very good player for United and I’m happy that he’s here in the Premier League, but I hope we win against him this time!”Fred Manchester United Bayern Munich 050818Another Spurs star fully aware of the ability Fred possesses is right-back Serge Aurier, with the Frenchman having previously locked horns with the Brazilian in the Champions League.He added: “Fred is a very good player.“He likes to play freely with the ball, he likes to run and he moves well from box to box.“I remember when I played against him when he was at Shakhtar Donetsk and I was at PSG, he played well but he was only young then.“Now he has got much more experience, he’s been to the World Cup.“He signed with Manchester United in the summer and, for me, that was a good decision by United. He’s good defensively and it’s a big, big test when you’re against him but we also have very good players and we will be trying to play our game and get the three points.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Has Ajith signed three-film deal with Boney Kapoor? Nerkonda Paarvai producer reveals all

first_imgAfter Viswasam’s mammoth success, there is a huge hype surrounding Ajith’s upcoming flick, Nerkonda Paarvai, which is bankrolled by Boney Kapoor. Directed by H Vinoth, this film is a Tamil remake of Hindi blockbuster flick Pink, which starred Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu in the lead roles.It was recently reported that Ajith, H Vinoth and Boney Kapoor will be teaming up for the second time. Speculation is rife that Ajith has signed a three-film deal with Boney Kapoor and it has been doing the rounds on social media for a few days now.However, Boney Kapoor took to Twitter to clear the air. He said that he would love to see Ajith in a Hindi film; however, the Vivegam actor is yet to give his nod.Boney Kapoor wrote, “Seeing false reports of 3 film deal between Ajith and me in the media. Want to straighten the record. After # Nkp we are working on the action film. While I would love to have him on board for a Hindi film, he has not confirmed anything. (sic)”Here’s the tweet:Seeing false reports of 3 film deal between Ajith and me in the media. Want to straighten the record. After # Nkp we are working on the action film. While I would love to have him on board for a Hindi film, he has not confirmed anything.Boney Kapoor (@BoneyKapoor) July 10, 2019Nerkonda Paarvai is all set for a grand release in August this year. Earlier, it was reported that the film will release on August 10. Going by the latest reports, sources close to the team reveal that the makers might push ahead the film’s release by a day or two.advertisementAn official announcement regarding Ajith’s Nerkonda Paarvai is expected to be out in the coming days.Speaking about their second project, producer Boney Kapoor, in an interview to DNA, said, “I got to know him closely during the shoot of our Tamil film Nerkonda Paarvai. I was pleasantly surprised to know about his passion for racing and other sports. It was only natural that our next project together is a thriller that uses his passion for speed. I would love to have him in a Hindi film with an action backdrop.”ALSO SEE | Is Ajith’s Nerkonda Paarvai release pushed ahead because of Prabhas’s Saaho?ALSO SEE | With Nerkonda Paarvai, Thala Ajith just sent out a stern message to his fansALSO WATCH | Kamal Haasan stirs controversy over Hindu terror remarklast_img read more

AB de Villiers pulls out of Big Bash League

first_imgAB de Villiers pulls out of Big Bash LeagueAccording to a report in ‘ESPNCricinfo’, AB de Villiers was willing to play for a limited stretch towards its concluding stages but has now turned his back after realising that both Cricket Australia and Big Bash League wanted maximum leverage from the Proteas legend’s participation.advertisement Press Trust of India MelbourneMay 12, 2019UPDATED: May 12, 2019 18:16 IST AB de Villiers has decided to pull out of the next edition of Big Bash League. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAB de Villiers has decided to pull out of the next edition of Big Bash LeagueDe Villiers was willing to play for a limited stretch but has now turned his backDe Villiers realised Cricket Australia and Big Bash League wanted maximum leverage from the legend’s participationSouth African legend AB de Villiers has decided to pull out of the next edition of Big Bash League (BBL) after initially committing to play during the final phase of the tournament.While Cricket Australia has decided to make it a 14-match league affair on a home-and-away basis, there is a possibility that a lot of big names will not be available for the better part of the tournament due to the cramped international calendar.According to a report in ‘ESPNCricinfo’, De Villiers was willing to play for a “limited stretch towards its concluding stages” but has now turned his back after realising that both Cricket Australia and Big Bash League wanted maximum leverage from the Proteas legend’s participation and lift the dwindling TV ratings.”Up to this point, CA, the clubs, and the broadcasters – Fox Sports and Seven – had appeared set to put together a package deal worth as much as 350,000 (AUD) to land De Villiers for a segment of the tournament, though there was a level of disquiet about how such a deal could be struck without an equitable system being in place for all clubs to secure big names,” Cricinfo reported.De Villiers’ presence is a necessity for BBL and CA because, in January, some of the biggest Australian names will first be busy playing Test series against New Zealand and then travel to India for the ODI series.”Something we’ve really been focusing on irrespective of the Australian team going to India, we’re buoyed by some conversations that some of the clubs are having and it’s been reported some of the big names potentially coming out,” CA’s head of events Anthony Everard had been quoted as saying by the website.advertisement”The success of the BBL has always been predicated on a combination of marketable overseas players, some young up and coming stars and the foundation of the Australian domestic players,” he added.All the top T20 freelancers like the West Indies’ Andre Russell may decide on bargaining for better deals considering that Australian board needs saleable names for sustaining the viewers’ interest.”Cricket Australia is committed to a competition that meets fan demands. This includes supporting BBL clubs to create a competition that features international stars to complement strong local talent,” acting Head of the BBL Abhi Arunachalam said.”The recent rule changes have been implemented so clubs have the best opportunity to recruit overseas players among a cluttered global calendar.Also Read | IPL needs to get into the gym: AB de Villiers on late-night finishes in IPL 2019Also Read | AB de Villiers 3rd overseas batsman to score 4000 runs in Indian Premier LeagueFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow AB de VilliersFollow Big Bash League (BBL)Follow Cricket Australialast_img read more

Eighth Dragon Vessel Joins INEOS Fleet

first_imgJS Ineos Invention, the final of eight Dragon Class vessels ordered from China’s shipyards by Danish shipping company Evergas, has been delivered to its charterer INEOS.Back in 2013, Evergas ordered four identical vessels from the Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering shipyard in Qidong, China. The order was further expanded to eight vessels.Six ships from the batch were built at Sinopacific, while the remaining two, namely, JS Ineos Invention and its sister vessel JS Ineos Intuition, were constructed at Jiangsu New Yangzijiang shipyard in China.The carriers are purpose built for the transportation of ethane, although they can carry a wide range of petrochemical gasses and LPG.Each of the eight ships is 180 meters long and 27 meters wide, with a draft of approximately 9 meters.“With the delivery of … JS Ineos Invention to INEOS earlier this week, the first milestone of the project has been completed and all vessels are now in full operation and transporting Ethane from the US to Europe,” Evergas said.last_img read more

Graves Island Restoration Work to Begin

first_imgA rejuvenated forest will start to take shape at Graves Island Provincial Park after unhealthy white spruce trees are felled to make room for more diverse and longer-living species. About 10 to 12 acres of dead or dying white spruce will be cut as part of an ecological restoration project that begins at the Lunenburg County park on Tuesday, Oct. 9. “The majority of the forest on Graves Island is dead or dying,” said Art Lynds, a provincial park ecologist at the Department of Natural Resources. “We have done a full vegetation management review of the area and determined we need to take drastic action to not only restore the ecological balance, but also to ensure public safety.” While downing the trees will change the look of the park, it will help reduce the risk of forest fire and of falling limbs or trees. It is also a necessary first step to restore some of the area’s natural beauty and establish a more natural mix of tree species. Mr. Lynds said the island was once used as agricultural land. When it was allowed to grow back, white spruce quickly filled it in. “But white spruce are a short-lived species and, as they age, they are more subject to rot and to infestations by bark beetles. That can become even more of a problem in an area where there isn’t a healthy mix of tree species. That is what has happened at Graves Island,” said Mr. Lynds. The felled white spruce trees will be left on the forest floor where they will decompose, offering nutrients to the soil and habitat for area wildlife. To help ensure that the new forest is more diverse, and better represents the naturally occurring Acadian forest, the department will supplement natural regeneration by planting white pine, red oak, sugar maple and yellow birch — trees that would have been part of the natural forest in the area. “The cutting and some planting will take place over the next several weeks but this is a long-term project,” said Mr. Lynds. “We may not see the benefits of this work for several years but, in the end, it will provide a diversified, healthy forest for the park.” The provincial park will be closed for the season by the time work begins. Still, officials are asking people who like to walk in the area to respect the Danger and Do Not Enter signs that will be posted on the site during restoration work.last_img read more

Mise à jour sur les feux de forêt le mardi 9 août

first_img Les feux de forêt ont un impact sur la qualité de l’air, ce qui peut affecter la santé des gens. Les symptômes incluent l’irritation des yeux, l’augmentation de la sécrétion de mucus dans le nez ou dans la gorge, la toux et des problèmes de respiration pendant l’activité physique. Communiquez avec le service 811 pour toute question liée à la santé. -30- Les conditions météorologiques continuent de causer des difficultés pour les équipes sur place. La route 8 près de Maitland Bridge, dans le comté d’Annapolis, demeure fermée en raison de l’arrosage aérien dans la région. Le feu de forêt de Seven Mile Lake, dans le comté d’Annapolis, n’est toujours pas maîtrisé, mais il a été retenu par les équipes de pompiers et couvre toujours 240 hectares. L’équipement utilisé pour lutter contre cet incendie inclut neuf camions à incendie, six pièces de machinerie lourde, deux hélicoptères et six bombardiers à eau, incluant les deux bombardiers qui sont arrivés du Québec aujourd’hui. Le feu de Perch Lake, dans le comté de Pictou, est toujours maîtrisé à 80 % et couvre environ 10 hectares. Un nouveau feu de forêt a été signalé à West Dalhousie, dans le comté d’Annapolis. Une enquête est en cours. Le feu de Maitland Bridge, dans le comté d’Annapolis, est maîtrisé. Le feu de Greenfield, dans le comté de Queens, est maîtrisé. Le feu de Collingwood, dans le comté de Cumberland, est maîtrisé. Des vents soutenus continuent de souffler du nord-ouest. Les conditions météorologiques prévues sont les mêmes que celles d’hier. Depuis midi aujourd’hui 9 août, toute activité et tout déplacement dans les régions boisées sont interdits. Les gens peuvent continuer d’utiliser les plages et les parcs provinciaux, mais l’accès aux réseaux de sentiers sera limité, et l’interdiction de brûlage demeure en vigueur. Pour des mises à jour : Voici une mise à jour du gouvernement provincial sur les feux de forêt, publiée le mardi 9 août à 16 h. last_img read more

Notley spells out retaliation in frank chat with BC premier

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says British Columbia’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline threatens the rule of lawin Canada and says she made it clear in a phone call to B.C. Premier John Horgan that her province is retaliating.Notley says they had what she called a “very frank chat.”She says she is also introducing legislation this week to give Alberta the power to reduce oil flows to B.C., which could send gas prices in the province soaring.Notley’s comments after Kinder Morgan announced Sunday it was scaling back work on the Trans Mountain pipeline, saying opposition from the B.C. government puts the project at risk.B.C. is fighting the multibillion-dollar expansion with legal challenges and permit delays over concern about oil spills and coastline protection.The expansion project, from Edmonton to Burnaby, already has federal approval and Notley says B.C.’s actions ignore the rule of law and threaten to provoke a constitutional crisis.last_img read more

Ontario Beckons Hollywood With Solid Infrastructure Seasoned Crews and Enticing Incentives

first_imgCREDIT: COURTESY OF FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Canada’s Ontario province, the country’s most populous, has long been a hotbed of production – especially film and TV projects from Hollywood that are seeking a solid infrastructure and experienced crews.Responding to this demand, Ontario’s largest city, Toronto, has over the years become home to many modern soundstages and production service companies. Filmmakers and TV producers can also rely on the province’s deep based of experienced film crew. Plus, stateside producers can avail themselves of a favorable exchange rate, where 80 U.S. cents can buy one Canadian dollar, and a 21.5% refundable tax credit that can be combined with Canada’s federal incentive.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Canadas Third World brought to the screen

first_imgAPTN National NewsA powerful documentary of Canada’s Third World is taking Ottawa by storm.Ottawa filmmaker Andree Cazabon brings her latest film, Third World Canada, to Ottawa with hopes of changing life in remote communities.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis was at the screening.last_img

Lots of opportunities to help at the North Peace BC SPCA

first_imgVolunteering opportunities are very important positions for the NPBCSPCA. Whether you donate your time sorting bottles that have been donated to the branch you can also take on fundraising efforts, helping with administration work or volunteering your time to work directly with the animals. There is an application process that requires approval before a position can be assigned to the applicant.Currently, the NPSPCA has a lot of cats and although some are able to be transferred to other BCSPCA locations another way to help is by fostering a cat in your home. This is providing the cat with a temporary home.There are currently job opportunities at the NPSPCA. Applicants can get in touch with Candace Buchamer, Branch Manager of the NPBCSPCA.The next Annual General Meeting is being held Wednesday, March 13th at 6:00 pm at the Windward Resources Building at 9989-79th Ave.Fika encourages people to go down to the NPBCSPCA or out to a General Meeting, it is a good way to see what is being done in the shelter and organization as well as finding out a way that you can help.To contact the NPSPCA; CLICK HERE To view the NPSPCA FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace BC SPCA (NPBCSPCA) needs your help to ensure the operations and animals are taken care of with various volunteer and membership opportunities.Grace Fika, NPBCSPCA Community Councilor Chair shared the various ways a person that is interested in animal welfare can help out at the local branch. As the NPSPCA is a non-profit organization it is of great help when members of the community come together to provide additional support to the organization to keep it running smoothly.Ways you can support the NPBCSPCA, shared Fika is through Membership running from January to December. Cost of membership is a tax-deductible $30 for the year, you are welcome to have a voice in the northern decisions that affect the NPSPCA. Members can participate in Annual General Meetings by being present and just listening to being a fully active member which is your choice. For $350 you can be a lifetime member.last_img read more

UNSG Appoints Pakistani General as MINURSO Commander

United Nations – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday appointed Major-General Muhammad Tayyab Azam as commander of the MINURSO.“United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Major-General Muhammad Tayyab Azam of Pakistan as the Force Commander of MINURSO,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.#UNSG Ban Ki-moon has appointed Major General Muhammad Tayyab Azam of #Pakistan as Force Commander of #MINURSO. #WesternSahara— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) September 4, 2015Major General Azam will succeed Major General Major Imam Edy Mulyono of Indonesia, whose tour of duty ends on 17 September 2015, Dujarric pointed out in a press briefing. Major General Azam brings to this position 30 years of national and international military experience. He currently serves as Inspector General of the Frontier Corps and prior to that has served as Director General and Deputy Director of the Intelligence Services from 2010 to 2014.Major General Muhammad Azam, who commanded an infantry brigade from 2009 to 2010, also served as United Nations Military Observer in Democratic Republic of Congo from 2000 to 2001.He has Master’s degrees in Defense and Strategic Studies from the National Defense University of Islamabad and in International Affairs from the Balochistan University, Pakistan.With MAP read more

Financial Times Five Reasons Why You Should Live in Casablanca

Rabat – Financial Times has made a list on the reasons why people should live in Casablanca. Describing Casablanca as Africa’s ‘financial powerhouse,” the magazine recalled the Global Financial Centres Index, which listed Morocco as Africa’s leading financial center. According to the magazine Casablannca’s success “can be attributed in part” to Casablanca Finance City (CFC) being created in 2010.CFC is a Moroccan business hub, which has several partnerships with financial centers in Singapore, London, Paris, Montreal, and Busan. Its role is to attract and encourage international investors to expand in Africa by offering an integrated ecosystem. Managed by the Casablanca Finance City Authority (CFCA), the leading investment received the Economic Francophone Award in Brussels, as a Moroccan financial center with Pan-African vocation. Besides the business assets of the city, Casablanca’s architecture is one reason why people should choose it as a place of residence, according to Financial Times.The newspaper said that the city’s architecture and culture reflect the Casablanca’s rich history,  because it “has been governed by the Roman empire, the British, the Spanish and, more recently, the French, who left when Morocco gained independence in 1956.”Read Also: Morocco Officially Offers License to Heetch APP to Operate in CasablancaAdorned by large white buildings, the city has a “mixture of art deco and Moorish styles, wrote the Financial Times. The publication also mentioned the beautifully situated Hassan II mosque, which is the second largest in Africa.Culinary diversity is another reason to fall for the city, according to the magazine. “From fresh seafood and French cooking at the celebrated Taverne du Dauphin to traditional Moroccan cuisine at Le Cuisto Traditionnel and even the famous camel meat sandwiches at Ibil Snack on Rue Jura in the city’s Maarif district, you never need eat the same thing twice.”Cost of living in the city of Casablanca is also seductive. According to the magazine, the cost of living in Casablanca is 60 percent lower than in London.Last but not least, Casablanca is heaven for surfers. “With its warm summers, mild winters and long Atlantic coastline, Casablanca is a surfers’ paradise — so much so that Stab, a surfing magazine, named Casablanca one of the world’s top 10 cities for surfers,” according to the Financial Times. read more

American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging flight

MIAMI — An American Airlines mechanic is accused of sabotaging a flight over stalled union contract negotiations.Citing a criminal complaint affidavit filed in federal court, The Miami Herald reports Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani was arrested Thursday on the sabotage charge and is accused of disabling the flight’s navigation system.The July 17 flight from Miami International Airport to Nassau in the Bahamas was aborted when the tampering caused an error alert.Alani told authorities he didn’t want to harm the aircraft or the 150 people aboard, but instead intended to cause a delay or cancellation “in anticipation of obtaining overtime work.”Alani said the monthslong dispute between American Airlines and the 12,000-employee mechanics’ union had affected him financially.In a statement, the airline said it is “taking this matter very seriously.”The Associated Press read more

Annan launches wideranging search for refugee chief in new transparency policy

Secretary-General Kofi Annan is writing to Member States seeking names for a new High Commissioner for Refugees in addition to those emerging from his own consultations, and his Chef de Cabinet, Mark Malloch Brown, is sending a similar letter to major non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in refugee issues, spokesman Fred Eckhard told a news briefing in New York.”In the letter, the Secretary-General says that he can only be sure of finding the best person for one of the most important jobs in the UN system if the best qualified candidates come forward and are judged against transparent selection criteria,” Mr. Eckhard added.In outlining some of the necessary criteria, Mr. Annan says he wants someone with a thorough knowledge of refugee issues and of unimpeachable personal and professional integrity.He or she must have proven skills in the management of a complex organization and, of course, be an unflinching champion of the cause of refugees, not only by providing for their relief but also by firmly upholding the international principles which entitle them to protection, Mr. Eckhard said.Mr. Lubbers yesterday handed over temporary leadership responsibilities for the agency to Deputy High Commissioner Wendy Chamberlin after Mr. Annan welcomed his resignation as being in the best interest of UNHCR, its staff and the refugees it serves.Throughout the controversy, Mr. Lubbers vigorously denied the accusations, dismissing them as a campaign of slander. The charges came from a UNHCR staffer who said the 65-year-old former Dutch Prime Minister sexually harassed her during a meeting in December 2003. On Sunday, after Mr. Lubbers submitted his resignation, Mr. Annan said in a statement that while he had accepted legal advice that the original allegations could not be substantiated, “the continuing controversy has made the High Commissioner’s position impossible.”The ninth head of the UNHCR since its establishment in 1951, Mr. Lubbers served since 1 January 2001, when he succeeded Sadako Ogata of Japan. read more

Philippines UN humanitarian chief appeals for support for typhoon survivors

Funding “Tens of thousands of people are living in the open or sheltering in the remains of their homes and badly damaged public buildings, exposed to rain and wind. Many have lost loved ones and are traumatized by their experience. Our focus is now on scaling up our efforts,” Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said at a press conference in the capital, Manila.The typhoon slammed the country over the weekend and according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), some 11 million people have been affected, and more than 600,000 people have been displaced.Ms. Amos has been travelling to the worst-affected areas, including the city of Tacloban, where she spoke to survivors who were homeless and waiting for relief supplies to reach them. She also met with President Benigno Aquino III, and senior Government officials who are leading response efforts, and assured them of the humanitarian community’s continued support.“People with absolutely nothing are doing their best to regain some degree of normality,” Ms. Amos said. “We must do all we can to ensure they receive the help they desperately need.”The delivery of aid has been hampered by a series of logistical challenges. While most airports have now reopened, electricity and power are still to be restored in some areas. Many roads are covered in debris and there are fuel shortages. However, as each hour and day passes, more aid is reaching people affected, OCHA said. Highlights “Today and in the next few days things will get even better as our capacity increases,” Ms. Amos said. “We know that much more is required.”On Tuesday, Ms. Amos launched an appeal for $301 million to provide humanitarian assistance, and UN agencies are stepping up efforts to provide health and medical supplies, as well as food. Yesterday, the World Food Programme (WFP) airlifted life-saving supplies, including 2,500 metric tonnes of high-energy biscuits, to Tacloban.In addition, the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) deployed dozens of satellite phones equipped with GPS (Global Positioning System) to facilitate search and rescue efforts, along with other equipment to help families re-establish contact.Meanwhile, as he began his visit in Latvia as part of a trip to the wider Baltic region, Secretary-Meanwhile, as he began his visit in Latvia as part of a trip to the wider Baltic region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a joint press conference with President Andris Berzinš that all UN humanitarian agencies and teams are on the ground in the Philippines working to provide necessary humanitarian assistance. “There is utter devastation. People are desperate for food, water, shelter, supplies and information about their loved ones. I am especially concerned about the tens of thousands of people exposed to the elements. We are doing everything possible to rush assistance to those who need it” said Mr. Ban.The UN chief also said that now is the time for the international community to stand with the people of the Philippines. “They are showing great courage and resilience, but they need our help – and they need it now and they need it fast,” he said. read more

International support for Somalia must focus on rebuilding security averting famine –

“This is something that we need to solve to give AMISOM the capacity to really create the conditions to allow the Government and the new security institutions of Somalia to then be able to assume the responsibility of the security of their own country,” he said. Mr. Guterres also called for greater coordination in support of the Somali Government to build up the Somali National Army and the Somali Police to create the conditions for a unified national army and a unified police front.UN chief calls for $900M to fight droughtSomalia is facing prolonged drought which has left more than half the population of the country in need of humanitarian assistance. The situation continues to deteriorate and the possibility of famine in 2017 remains very real, despite an already massive scale-up of assistance since the beginning of the year.The ongoing conflict is exacerbating the drought, leading to what could be one of the biggest humanitarian disasters since World War II.In his opening remarks, Mr. Guterres called for an additional $900 million to aid the 6.2 million people whose crops have withered, livestock has died and waterholes have dried up.Some 275,000 malnourished Somali children are currently at risk of starvation, according to UN figures.“If there is an image that I will never forgetin my life it is [the one] of children dying already, where they could [have been] assisted because they just arrived too late,” Mr. Guterres said speaking at an event on a response to the humanitarian crisis. RELATED: ‘The world must act now to stop this,’ UN chief Guterres says on visit to drought-hit SomaliaThe UN chief had travelled two months ago to the capital, Mogadishu, and Baidoa, in the south-western Bay region, to ask the people in Somalia if they were receiving aid and to appeal for more support from the international community. “Somalia now hangs in the balance between peril and potential. Here in London, we can tip the scales from danger to safety,” said Mr. Guterres. At the end of the day, Mr. Guterres spoke alongside Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and Mohamed Somali President Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo.“This conference was an unmitigated success,” Mr. Guterres said. He reiterated that the international community needs to massively support Somalia by responding to its humanitarian appeal, fully support the Government in building up national institutions and AMISOM, and support the new National Development Plan of Somalia. “We are here to listen to Somalia’s leadership – and to agree on a framework for cooperation,” Secretary-General António Guterres told the heads of State and Government from across East Africa and other key partners at the London Somalia Conference 2017. Mr. Guterres noted that Somalia is at a moment which is both “tragic and hopeful” and “can be in the near future the kind of good news that we badly need” in the world.A legitimate Federal Government was established in 2012 in Somalia, and Al-Shabaab was pushed out of several key cities by the UN Security Council-mandated African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).Fighting continues to devastate the country, however, with violations of human rights and international humanitarian law occurring with impunity, Mr. Guterres noted.He highlighted the need for predictable funding for AMISOM, and suggested the possibility of assessed contributions. The AU force was created 2012 and began fighting before it had helicopters, night vision systems or armoured vehicles. Somalia is facing famine triggered by a major drought. Photo: IOM/Mary-Sanyu Osire read more

Argentina and Chile sign agreement for development of Los Azules

first_imgMinerAndian reports that the Governments of Argentina and Chile agreed last month a protocol for Los Azules mining project, which “establishes the parameters to facilitate prospection and exploration works that the company operating the concession will have to face.”The deposit located in San Juan is the largest known reserve of silver in the Trans-Andean region and currently considered a priority by the Argentinian Ministry of Mining.It is estimated that Los Azules can become one of the world’s largest porphyry deposits. The project, held by Canadian company McEwen Mining, is located north of Pachon, province of San Juan.MinerAndia reports further that it is expected to produce 159,000 t/y of fine copper through conventional floatation.“The area has the potential to become one of the world’s largest and lowest-cost copper porphyry deposits. It has a large exploration potential to extend its reserves”, said MacEwen.The PEA effective September 1 used the assumptions of $3.00/lb copper, $1,300/oz gold, and $17/oz silver. The project generates a robust $2.2 billion After-Tax NPV (discounted at 8%) and 20.1% After-Tax IRR. The results of the 2017 PEA demonstrate that Los Azules is a robust, high margin, rapid pay-back, and long-life open pit mine at current copper, gold and silver prices.The PEA also includes an updated resource estimate, which incorporates the results of the 2016-2017 drilling program. The copper resource contains 10,200 Mlb Indicated and 19,300 Mlb Inferred.Generalised technical and economic parameters include a copper price of $2.75/lb, site operating costs of $1.70/t for mining, $5.00/t for processing and $1.00/t for general and administration, a pit slope of 34° and 90% metallurgical recovery.last_img read more