India can win the World Cup: Kapil Dev

first_imgIndia’s only World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev on Saturday said with a combination of experience and youth and a little bit of luck, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men could win the 2011 quadrennial event to be hosted jointly by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.”The present Indian team has good track record. The combination of experienced and young players would help the team to win the World Cup,” the legendary all-rounder, who led India to its only world title way back in 1983, said during a promotional event in Jamshedpur.When apprised that none of the World Cup organising country could win the trophy at home ground till date, Kapil said perhaps, India will break the jinx this time.”No team can win the World Cup depending on a particular player. A total team effort is required to emerge champion,” he said when asked to name one dependable player in the Indian team.To a query whether India skipper Dhoni could repeat his 1983 feat, he said, “He could achieve much more than me.”Kapil was of the view that all the participating teams are strong contenders and whoever, performs during the mega-event would emerge as the winner.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Premier League 2019 Manchester United vs Arsenal Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast, Timings in India

first_img arsenallive streamingManchester UnitedManchester United vs Arsenal First Published: September 30, 2019, 11:30 AM IST Manchester United take on Arsenal at Old Trafford in the Premier League. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, ahead of the match, informed that Paul Pogba faced a race against time to prove his fitness the clash after an ankle injury flared up.Pogba returned to the starting lineup in United’s penalty shootout win over Rochdale in the League Cup on Wednesday but aggravated the problem which had kept him out for almost a month. On the other hand, Granit Xhaka will lead Arsenal as the club’s new captain. Xhaka’s discipline and defensive awareness have repeatedly been questioned but Arsenal boss Unai Emery came to back him.Monday’s visit to an injury-ravaged United offers Arsenal a great chance for their first league victory at Old Trafford since 2006. If they do so and they will also open up a six-point lead over one of their rivals to break into the top tour.Premier League 2019 Manchester United predicted line-up vs Arsenal: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Matic; Lingard, Mata, James; GreenwoodPremier League 2019 Arsenal predicted line-up vs Manchester United: Leno; Matiland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Tierney; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Pepe, Ceballos, Saka; AubameyangWhere to watch Premier League 2019 Manchester United vs Arsenal live in India (TV channels)?Manchester United will welcome Arsenal at 12:30 pm (Tuesday). The PL Manchester United vs Arsenal match will be played at Old Traford in Manchester, England. The Premier League Manchester United vs Arsenal live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD1 channels in India.How and where to watch online EPL 2019 Manchester United vs Arsenal live streaming?The Manchester United vs Arsenal live stream will be available on Hotstar app and hotstar.com website in India for premium users. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com 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

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Given pocket-less shorts by kit supplier, Indian tennis stars use their own at Asiad

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma Palembang, Aug 23 (PTI) The Indian men’s tennis team turned up in taped kits to hide personal sponsors’ names in today’s Asian Games semifinal as the ones provided by the official sponsors are unusable for them due to the absence pockets in shorts. After the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) pointed out to the tennis contingent that they were not supposed to wear shorts of brands other than Li Ning, the players today turned up in taped clothing hiding their sponsor’s logo. Unlike other sports, tennis players cannot do without pocket-less shorts as they have to keep spare balls in them. “It is not at all the fault of the tennis players. They have been wearing the official kit even in training. But since there are no pockets in shorts, they have no option but to wear what they have. There is no time to fix this with the competition about to end in two days time,” said a source in the IOA. The matter at best can be described as an oversight on the part of the kit supplier. Since Li Ning is the official sponsor of the Indian contingent, the IOA could have spotted this oversight before delivering the kits to the tennis contingent. Men’s doubles top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan played their semifinal in taped shorts today. PTI BS P PMlast_img read more

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Natpe Thunai Movie Review: Hip Hop Adhi struggles in film stuffed with social messages

first_imgThe words Natpe Thunai say that friendship will travel with you all the way. And the film, in all its chances, could have glorified the importance of friendship, everything from the good, the bad and the ugly. But no, director Parthiban Desingu and writers Sreekanth Vasrp and Devesh Jayachandran have this urge to push it into a mishmash that doesn’t fit any genre. The result is not all that appealing.At the end of the two-hour film, you’d still be struggling to place the film in a genre. Natpe Thunai starts off with Prabhakaran (Hip Hop Adhi) being a jobless guy (Tamil cinema’s staple hero) in Pondicherry, whose only aim is to go to France. But the audience should not expect a reason behind the same. Cut, you see him move to Karaikal (in Pondicherry) after he finds out that his nationality is French (Pondicherry becaue French connection, duh.). Because his grandfather was a French cop.In Karaikal, he meets Deepa (Anagha), a hockey player and situations make him meet coach Shanmugam (a retired military officer who is also a hockey coach). The ground on which the players practice the sport, is going out of their hands because a Mumbai-based pharma company wants to start up a firm and dispose medical waste into the river nearby. Ring a bell? (Bingo if Kaththi’s theme music is running in your mind).Prabhakaran is an international hockey player, but none of the hockey aspirants recognise him. He gets entangled in the situation to save the ground. Throw in some outdated jokes, jarring songs, a hockey match and political messages: you get Natpe Thunai.advertisementThe film is a perfect example of what a sloppy screenplay looks like. Natpe Thunai tries to shove social messages down your throat just for the sake of staying relevant. You get dialogues about Swami Vivekananda, hard work of soldiers, sad state of politics in the country, how cricket gets more attention and the list goes on.With a barrage of social messages all lined up to be mouthed by the characters, you still feel disconnected and cannot take anything seriously. But, there are a few plus points in Natpe Thunai here and there.During the interval sequence, Hip Hop Adhi puts forth his hockey skills (for the first time) and it’s not for him. It’s for the heroine Deepa, whose selection process is underway. Deepa hogs the limelight in the scene, only to be sidelined in the second half of the film. Similarly, the hockey match during the climax has many rousing moments.Karu Palaniappan, as Harichandran, is the politician of today. All he cares about is money and also questions the people of ‘voting for money’.The film also makes fun of the #MeToo movement. Even though it’s a single line, it still belittles the movement that has given strength to many women. A character played by Sha Ra says, “Indha ponna thooka dan aaru pera? Koopta thaana vandhurkume … (Six guys to kidnap this girl? If you had just called her, she’d have come).” Directors and writers need to be called out for writing such sequences which make fun of one’s appearance.Natpe Thunai is Hip Hop Adhi’s second film as a hero and he has improved his acting skills. But he still has miles to go. Other characters played by Bijili Ramesh, ‘Eruma Saani’ Vijay, Sha Ra, Pandiyarajan, Anagha, Kausalya are on the screen for a few scenes and vanish into thin air. This is exactly the problem of Natpe Thunai. It has too many things going on which do nothing for the story.Composer-turned-actor Hip Hop Adhi’s second film as a hero, Natpe Thunai, tries to be everything from a sports film to a comedy venture to a socio-political flick. Unfortunately, the film turns out to be uninteresting for the most part.2.5 stars out 5 for Natpe Thunai.ALSO READ | Vishal on his engagement with Anisha: Happy and blessed foreverALSO READ: Vishal to get engaged to Arjun Reddy actress Anisha Alla Reddy. See picsALSO WATCH | Saroj Khan defends casting couch, gets slammedlast_img read more

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PUBG MOBILE LITE is now available for download on Play Store in India, has very small downloading size

first_imgIndia is a big market for PUBG and that has been evident from all the activities the PUBG team does. From mega e-sports events to special India-themed seasons, the game in its own way tries to keep Indian players happy. Recently, we got see the PUBG LITE for PC in India under the beta program for selected players and now, we have PUBG MOBILE LITE in India.What is PUBG MOBILE LITE?In simple words, it is a lighter version of the full-blown PUBG MOBILE that we have been used to for a long time. The main version on mobile utilizes resources extensively to offer console-quality gameplay experience but it struggles to run on low-end smartphones. In a country where smartphone manufacturers thrive on budget smartphone sales, it was only wise to bring a version of PUBG optimised for these low-end smartphones and tablets to reach a wider audience.PUBG MOBILE LITE has been in beta in other South-East Asian countries and it has been finally introduced in India. There are a couple of things quite exciting about PUBG MOBILE LITE:Installation details:–It can run on phones with a minimum of 2GB RAM.–The download size is only a mere 400MB, which can be easily downloaded even on 1GB per day data packs.However, there are a couple of optimisations the team has done keeping in mind the poor network conditions in rural areas as well as low-end devices. The developers say that the authentic PUBG experience is retained but in a more optimised way.advertisement–The game only hosts 10-minute Classic mode matches for now with up to 60 players. This is done in mind keeping the low-end resources on phones and weak network conditions.–The map quality is optimised along with parachute loading screen to offer a smooth experience on old or low-end phones.–The game also brings a few gameplay assists such as auxiliary aim assist, bullet trail adjustment with increased bullet speed, weapon recoil suppression and extended Time to Kill.–When a shooter shoots at you in close proximity, the game will highlight his/her location on the mini-map. Also, players will now be able to heal themselves while moving.– The Winner Pass replaces the Royale Pass and will have much faster achievement unlocks and span a month, with fantastic rewards on offer.ALSO READ | Erangel in PUBG becomes more realistic, updated graphics and new elements make it more interestingALSO READ | PUBG finally explains how it all began: New trailer video shows evolution story in Erangel mapALSO READ | PUBG LITE Beta quick review: Feels like heaven for PUBG loyalists on low-end PCslast_img read more

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‘Tough for Real Madrid to prise Pogba from Man Utd’

first_imgPaul Pogba is a player of the Real Madrid mould, admits Claude Makelele, but the former Blancos star is not convinced that Manchester United can be talked into parting with a “symbol” of their club.A big-money move to the Santiago Bernabeu has been mooted for the World Cup-winning midfielder.Sources close to the speculation have revealed that Madrid are keen on doing a deal for the France international. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Zinedine Zidane has also hinted that he would welcome the opportunity to work with a fellow countryman if an agreement could be reached.Makelele is not surprised to see such speculation being sparked, but he doubts that those at Old Trafford will want to part with a player who still boasts the potential to become a talismanic presence.Quizzed by Marca on whether Pogba would be a good fit for the Blancos, Makelele said: “Of course. Zidane values this type of player.“He knows how to do everything and that is difficult. His potential is impressive, but it will be difficult for Manchester United to let him leave because he is a symbol.“He has character, personality, game, many things. And that’s always good for a team like Real Madrid.”Pressed further on whether Madrid president Florentino Perez could put a deal in place, Makelele added: “Florentino can get what he wants.“He has achieved many things for the club, for the country and for world football. He is a key person in the history of Real Madrid.”Kylian Mbappe Turkey France Euro 2020 Qualifiers 08062019Pogba is not the only French superstar to be generating talk of a possible switch to the Spanish capital.Kylian Mbappe has been a long-standing target for Real and it could be that interest is rekindled in an exciting 20-year-old forward.Makelele said of another countryman: “He is impressive for his age, but I think Paris Saint-Germain will never let him out.“Right now, it is impossible, as he is the image of the club and the country.“He has already shown that he is a phenomenon with the national team. He has football skills, character, personality.”It has been revealed that Madrid have shelved their interest in PSG forward Neymar for now as they consider Mbappe to be their top target if a raid on the Ligue 1 champions is launched.last_img read more

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Star Bulk Becomes Largest US Listed Dry Bulk Owner and …

first_imgzoom Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has inked today definitive agreements with Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. and Star Bulk’s Non‐Executive Chairman, Mr. Petros Pappas, pursuant to which Oceanbulk Shipping LLC and Oceanbulk Carriers LLC and entities controlled by the Pappas Investors are expected to become indirect wholly‐owned subsidiaries of Star Bulk.Through the transaction, Star Bulk is acquiring an operating fleet of 15 dry bulk carrier vessels, with an average age of 5.6 years and an aggregate capacity of approximately 1.75 million dwt.The fleet includes five Capesize vessels, two post‐Panamax vessels, six Kamsarmax vessels and two Supramax vessels and contracts for the construction of 26 fuel‐efficient, eco‐design newbuilding dry bulk vessels including eight Newcastlemax vessels, eight Capesize vessels and ten Ultramax vessels each being built at shipyards in Japan and China.The newbuild vessels are scheduled to be delivered in 2014, 2015 and 2016.Upon completion of the transaction, the Oaktree Investors will own 61.3% of Star Bulk’s shares of common stock and the Pappas Investors will own 12.5% of Star Bulk’s common stock.In connection with the transaction, Star Bulk has agreed to enter into shareholders agreements with the Oaktree Investors and the Pappas Investors providing for certain voting restrictions, standstill obligations and ownership limitations and, for the Oaktree Investors, certain rights to make Board nominations and to appoint officers of the company.As part of the transaction, the Oaktree Investors, the Pappas Investors and the company have agreed that Mr. Petros Pappas will become the Chief Executive Officer of the company and Mr. Spyros Capralos will become Non‐Executive Chairman of the Board.Spyros Capralos, President & CEO of Star Bulk, commented: “The transaction marks an important next step in the evolution for Star Bulk. Since 2013, Star Bulk has dramatically improved its market capitalization and liquidity through the successful completion of the rights offering and add‐on equity offering, modernized its existing fleet and placed a series of significant newbuilding orders to position the company for the future.With this transaction the company creates the largest U.S. listed dry bulk company with a strong shareholder base. We believe that the transaction is accretive to earnings, cash flow, and net asset value, and also has additional benefits as it will dramatically increase the market capitalization and asset base, enhance the on‐the‐water fleet portfolio, increase the newbuilding portfolio by combining two similar newbuild strategies, and improve access to capital to fund the current and assumed capital expenditure obligations. In addition, the combined business will be well positioned to capitalize on an improving dry bulk market with significant operating leverage to rising rates. ”The transaction is expected to close within the next 30 days subject to customary conditions, including the affirmative vote of a majority of Star Bulk’s shareholders that are not affiliated with the Oaktree Investors or the Pappas Investors to approve the transaction at a special meeting of shareholders. Star Bulk expects to hold the Special Meeting on July 11, 2014.Press Release, June 16, 2014last_img read more

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Sydney Contractor Will Relocate Coke Ovens Brook

first_imgWork will begin immediately to construct new channels that will greatly reduce the flow of contaminants from Coke Ovens Brook into the Tar Ponds. RDL Construction Ltd. of Sydney has won a $6.3-million contract to construct the channels, which will make the big cleanup of the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens simpler and easier. “This project marks the first concrete step in cleaning up contamination at the Coke Ovens,” said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke, who announced the contract today, Aug. 26, on behalf of Michael Baker, acting Minister responsible for the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. “It’s an important milestone for the cleanup, and it will give Sydney residents a chance to see how our former industrial lands can be safely managed and restored.” The project, which will continue through the 2006 construction season, will employ up to 20 Cape Breton residents. “This project signals the beginning of the work on site,” said MP Mark Eyking, speaking on behalf of Scott Brison, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada. “It clearly demonstrates the commitment of the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia to proceed with the preventative activities as early as possible, in advance of the main remediation project.” “I am glad to see that this contract was awarded to a local company,” said MP Rodger Cuzner. “I believe that Cape Breton businesses have the skills and capacity to undertake their share of the 10-year remediation project to the benefit of the local economy and create new jobs.” Coke Ovens Brook now flows diagonally across the Coke Ovens, and provides a pathway for leachate to reach the Tar Ponds. Last summer, an engineering report by ADI Limited recommended dividing the brook into two branches. The north branch will run along the Whitney Pier side of the Sydney Coal Railway and the Sydney Port Access Road (SPAR), picking up flows from several smaller brooks along the way. It will cross under the tracks and the SPAR just east of Lingan Road, and follow the rail spur onto the Coke Ovens. The south branch will start behind the Schwartz building on Vulcan Avenue. It will meander through an area known as Mullen’s Bank, parallel to Vulcan Avenue, until it merges with Cagney Brook, then turn north, parallel to Victoria Road. The two channels will meet near the Victoria Road overpass. Part of the relocated south branch will be piped underground, and portions of both branches will be lined with synthetic material or clay to prevent recontamination. Major sections of the new channels include measures to restore fish habitat. The Sydney office of the engineering firm ADI Limited won a contract to design and manage the project the last fall. Design documents are available on the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency website at www.tarpondscleanup.ca . The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour approved the work after an environmental screening.last_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral recommends 6month extension of UN mission in Cyprus

7 June 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended a six-month extension of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) while pointing out that some are questioning the value it adds in the absence of political progress. “UNFICYP has played an important role in maintaining peace and security in Cyprus,” Mr. Ban said in his latest report to the Security Council covering the past six months.At the same, time he observed that, “After 43 years of presence in Cyprus, the value added of UNFICYP, particularly in the absence of significant progress on the political process, is increasingly being questioned by various actors in the international community.”The situation along the ceasefire lines has stayed “generally calm and stable,” but he noted security concerns regarding civilians endeavouring to seek their property rights in the buffer zone, disregarding security considerations.Mr. Ban underscored his “firm belief that the responsibility of finding a solution lies first and foremost with the Cypriots themselves,” and said that “it is essential that the parties demonstrate their readiness to match words with deeds through sincere efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement.”Despite the lack of any significant advancement, “the parties have taken small but incremental steps in the right direction,” he observed, welcoming the sustained dialogue between representatives of the two leaders regarding bicommunal working groups and technical committees.He voiced regret that the atmosphere in which the two parties are allowed to engage in bicommunal contacts has not improved substantially, and said he believes an active civil society could aid the political process. read more

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UN crime watchdog helps Iran set up unit to combat moneylaundering from

9 February 2010Iran has teamed with the United Nations anti-crime agency to set up a financial intelligence unit tasked with tackling the spread of money-laundering in the country, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced today. Iran has teamed with the United Nations anti-crime agency to set up a financial intelligence unit tasked with tackling the spread of money-laundering in the country, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced today.The move is a major step forward towards fighting the use of illicit earnings in Iran – mostly connected to opium trafficking from neighbouring Afghanistan – to finance serious criminal activity, undermining peace and security in the country.In a 2009 report, UNODC estimated that trafficking in opiates has created an illegal market worth some $65 billion annually, more than the gross domestic product (GDP) of at least 120 countries and 65 times the value of the market for firearms trafficking.“The time has come to celebrate progress on anti-money-laundering by the Islamic Republic of Iran,” UNODC’s country representative Antonino De Leo said at the inauguration of the new unit.“UNODC is proud of having contributed to these national achievements through its technical assistance programme,” added Mr. De Leo.The new unit, initially consisting of 15 officials from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance, will analyse suspicious domestic and international financial transactions, and help the judiciary investigate and prosecute those involved in money-laundering.UNODC has also assisted Iran in establishing a computer-based training centre in its capital, Tehran, which is “a centre of excellence to train officials on international best practices in tackling money-laundering and financing of terrorism,” said Mr. De Leo. read more

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Judge orders Colo cakemaker to serve gay couples for wedding celebrations

Judge orders Colo. cake-maker to serve gay couples for wedding celebrations by Ivan Moreno, The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2013 3:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DENVER – A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday.The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple “because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage.”The order says the cake-maker must “cease and desist from discriminating” against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy cakes.The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against shop owner Jack Phillips with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission last year on behalf of Charlie Craig, 33, and David Mullins, 29. The couple was married in Massachusetts and wanted a wedding cake to celebrate in Colorado.Mullins and Craig wanted to buy a cake in July 2012, but when Phillips found out the cake was to celebrate a gay wedding, he turned the couple of away, according to the complaint.Nicolle Martin, an attorney for Masterpiece Cakeshop, said the judge’s order puts Phillips in an impossible position of going against his Christian faith.“He can’t violate his conscience in order to collect a paycheque,” she said. “If Jack can’t make wedding cakes, he can’t continue to support his family. And in order to make wedding cakes, Jack must violate his belief system. That is a reprehensible choice. It is antithetical to everything America stands for.”The Civil Rights Commission is expected to certify the judge’s order next week. Phillips can appeal the judge’s order, and Martin said they’re considering their next steps.Mullins said he and Craig are “ecstatic.”“To a certain extent, though, I don’t think that this is necessarily a surprise,” he said. “We thought it was pretty clear cut that he had discriminated against us.”Mullins said he hopes the “decision will help ensure that no one else will experience this kind of discrimination again in Colorado.”A similar is pending in Washington state, where a florist is accused of refusing service for a same-sex wedding. In New Mexico, the state Supreme Court ruled in August that an Albuquerque business was wrong to decline to photograph a same-sex couple’s commitment ceremony.Colorado has a constitutional ban against gay marriage but allows civil unions. The civil union law, which passed earlier this year, does not provide religious protections for businesses.“At first blush, it may seem reasonable that a private business should be able to refuse service to anyone it chooses,” Judge Spencer said in his written order. “This view, however, fails to take into account the cost to society and the hurt caused to persons who are denied service simply because of who they are.”ACLU attorney Amanda Goad said no one is asking Phillips to change his religious beliefs.“But treating gay people differently because of who they are is discrimination, plain and simple,” she said.___Find Ivan Moreno at http://twitter.com/IvanJourno . read more

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1970 World Cup rally girls reunite for one more run

first_imgThe car was shipped back to Buenos Aires, the women returned to Britain, and soon afterwards Burrell gave up rallying when real life got in the way and she needed to get a job.She also lost touch with the other women. Ozanne died in 2009. But Burrell was reunited with Kerridge-Reynolds again in 2013 after Googling her and discovering she was giving a talk at a motoring club nearby.Kerridge-Reynolds had tracked down the Austin Maxi – it had gone through several owners and one man had rescued it from a chicken shed in Huntingdon, Cambs, in 2009. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Kitted out in matching dresses, the all-female team – Burrell, Kerridge-Reynolds and the car’s owner, Tish Ozanne – were a novelty. But Burrell said they never encountered any sexism.”I never found it a problem. If you want to do something, just do it,” she said. “We wore dresses before the race but we did change into something a bit more comfortable for driving, jeans or whatever. Of course, in those days there was no health and safety. It was just an adventure.”The crew got as far as Argentina before the Austin Maxi gave up the ghost. They had braved rivers, deserts, jungles and mountains on the gruelling trip, and were even offered guns by the race organisers in case they encountered bandits. When Bronwyn ‘Bron’ Burrell last drove her Austin Maxi, she was 25 years old and on a once-in-a-lifetime rally adventure from London to Mexico.The year was 1970, and she was part of an all-female crew crossing 16,173 miles and 25 countries in the gruelling World Cup Rally, in a car they nicknamed ‘Puff the Magic Wagon’.Nearly five decades on, and at the age of 72, Burrell is back behind the wheel to race again in the very same car.She has reunited with Tina Kerridge-Reynolds, now 77, and after restoring the Austin Maxi to tip-top condition the pair will compete in the London to Lisbon rally in April. Bron Burrell today The women with their car in 1970  The women wore more “comfortable” clothes for the races, she said Last April, Burrell went to see the car. “I said to the owner, ‘She looks lovely but she should be doing the endurance tests she was built for.’” He agreed to sell it to her.The car is currently having work done, including a new clutch and brakes. “We’re making sure she’s in top condition. I don’t want her to let herself down,” Burrell said.”Everyone thinks I’m mad to be doing it at this age. But really, I only feel about 50.” Bron Burrell  Bron Burrell “I’ve got my competition licence back and I’m ready to rock’n’roll,” said Burrell, who scoffs at the idea pensioners should slow down. “I still think I drive quite well. I have to rein myself in because I tend to want to go faster than I should. It’s just an in-built desire for speed.”I was lucky enough to be of an age that [Formula One champion] Jim Clark showed me how to drive Brands Hatch in a Lotus Cortina. I sat in the car and watched him and said, ‘Jim, that was great but you can go faster, can’t you?’ Bron Burrell behind the wheel in the 1970s  Bron Burrell behind the wheel in the 1970s  Bron Burrell today “He said, ‘Just check the lap time.’ And when I asked one of the guys who had been timing him, he said he’d broken the lap time for that car by 1.8 seconds. So I learned a very good lesson early, that you don’t have to be all flash and bang to be fast.”Burrell first took up rally driving as a teenager and began competing in the late 1960s. The Daily Mirror World Cup Rally in 1970 was considered the most arduous race of its kind in the world, and she was determined to take part.last_img read more

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Planned A69 million Australian tungsten mine in northern territory

first_imgA proposed new Northern Territory open-pit tungsten mine would deliver a net outcome of more than A$100 million over its seven year life and potentially could expand underground, a new economic study has found. The mine would generate more than A$500 million in revenue on known mining reserves and an IRR of 59% and deliver its owners an early payback of under 18 months from first production.The new economic findings announced today are from an enhanced DFS into the proposed A$69 million Molyhil open-pit tungsten mine, 220 km northeast of Alice Springs. Molyhil has an open-pit probable ore reserve of 3.5 Mt @ 0.29%WO₃ and 0.12% Mo and is 100%-owned by Adelaide-based Thor Mining Plc.The findings are a major boost for the project. Tungsten is considered a strategic metal by the US, China and the European Union and was confirmed this year by the US Department of the Interior as a ‘critical commodity’.Prices for the commodity have been on the rise since January 2016 and with this new report, and subject to final approvals and financing, could see first tungsten and molybdenum concentrate produced from Molyhil as early as 2020.Tungsten’s unique properties include its high melting point, hardness and tensile strength. It has few substitutes and is used in the manufacture of hard metals, steels, alloys and mill products.Thor Executive Chairman, Mick Billing, said the enhanced attractive returns and early payback at Molyhil resulted from process improvements and longer operating life at the open-pit.“There is further significant upside at Molyhil from expanding into potential underground mining and open-pit mining the nearby Bonya tungsten deposits, 30 km east of Molyhil,” he said.“Strategically, the results of the enhanced DFS are based only on Molyhil’s known mining inventory and do not include the additional upside of either potentially going underground or mining Bonya.“Molyhil will be a very low cost tungsten producer on a global scale. The upgraded NPV in excess of A$100 million demonstrates the substantial value this project holds for the company.”Billing said the new findings were the results of years of detailed work at Molyhil, but provided further confidence in Thor’s ongoing engagement with third parties which have expressed a specific interest in the project’s funding and offtake opportunities. He described Molyhil as a ‘construction ready’ project.“Subject to the submission of an acceptable Mining Management Plan once project level mine construction financing is confirmed, the 12-month mine construction schedule can commence. We are targeting first production by early in 2020.”Other highlights of the new report include:EBITDA of A$245 millionTotal capital expenditure of A$69 million including a project finance requirement of A$58 millionThe remaining ~A$11 million in capital finance (for mining fleet, power generation equipment, mining camp etc. over which mortgages can be exercised) can be funded via asset financeSimple open-pit mining operation and conventional mineral processing techniquesVery high tungsten grades in the first two years of open-pit miningProduction cost of US$90/metric ton unit (mtu)The project will operate as a fly-in fly-out operation.Thor has already received environmental approval from the Northern Territory’s EPA for the project to proceed and also has agreements with traditional owners.Billing said the next steps for the project would involve securing the balance of concentrate sales (off-take) agreements and financing project development.“After that, it is planned to commence detailed engineering studies, along with completion of the Mine Management Plan and onsite civil works in preparation for mine and process plant construction and development.”Thor has a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding  with Pennsylvania-based Global Tungsten & Powders for between 70% and 75% of Molyhil’s tungsten offtake.The mine is anticipated to return an average feed grade after ore sorting of 0.48% WO₃ and 0.20% Mo at a crushing and sorting rate of 531,000 t/y to produce an annual production average of 125,000 mtu or about 1.2% of the current global market for tungsten. (1 mtu = 10 kg of contained WO₃).last_img read more

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Can Irelands vast monoculture conifer carpets be changed into biodiverse deciduous woodlands

first_imgCan Ireland’s vast monoculture conifer carpets be changed into biodiverse deciduous woodlands? It is better for biodiversity and more sustainable, writes Dermot McNally. 33 Comments By Dermot McNally Jun 22nd 2018, 7:01 AM Dermot McNally Friday 22 Jun 2018, 7:00 AM Share96 Tweet Email2 Writer center_img https://jrnl.ie/4072596 27,043 Views THE GROWTH OF conifer forests is being challenged by a number of groups in Ireland. These critics, who include the protest group Save Leitrim, say that more broad leaf trees combined with Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF) should be mandatory in woodlands in the future.They say it’s better for biodiversity and more sustainable. Industry stalwarts don’t dispute the facts on biodiversity but say that CCF and more broadleaf forests aren’t viable in the Irish context. So where does the truth lie?CCFCCF is a long established practice on the continent but the approach has really only begun to establish itself here in recent decades. One Irish forest where CCF has become standard practice can be found in Co Monaghan at Hilton Park, an estate in the Madden family for nine generations.They’ve been progressive land owners since 1731 when Samuel Madden (co-founder of the Royal Dublin Society) promoted the idea of financially rewarding outstanding farm and forestry initiatives, hence his nickname “Premium Madden”. So it’s little surprise that the Hilton woodlands were honoured with an RDS Multi-Purpose Forestry Award in 2018.The Award is aimed at forests that are developing and enriching habitats through natural and environmentally sensitive methods. Judges evaluate the planning and management of the area, ecological awareness, social benefit, silvicultural methods, control of grazing animals and invasive species, as well as sensitive felling and thinning.Fred Madden and his father Johnny liaise with forester Sean McGinnis of EcoPlan to ensure that both biodiversity and timber value are enhanced with each intervention.Rich woodlandsOne-third of the 250 acres at Hilton is made up of Sitka and Norway Spruce. These are blended into rich woodlands of oak, beech, alder, birch, ash and more, all of which help to create a ramblers paradise – an added bonus to guests who book into their award winning Country House.The woods are home to every imaginable flora and fauna including rare species so they feel richer and more inviting than conifer monocultures. Importantly, diverse woodlands such as these are less vulnerable to species specific disease such as Chalara/Ash Dieback which has devastated Ash trees in Europe and is likely to do the same across Ireland.So why doesn’t everyone follow the Hilton methodology? Firstly scale is critical for anyone considering CCF. Around 250 acres is forested at Hilton and so the enormous fixed expense in employing timber extraction equipment every year or two to service the woods is justified: as different stands of trees reach maturity at different periods a gradual extraction of small blocks (group fell) of timber is viable.Few privately owned woodlands exceed 30 acres and small forest owners struggle to justify financial outlay without some immediate return. In comparison forests on the continent are often vast in scale (or managed collectively) which facilitates a CCF approach.CCF is highly reliant on the natural regeneration of saplings (new trees) but this is fraught with complications. Shade intolerance of certain saplings, competition for nutrients from ground vegetation, damage from insects and animals (hare and deer especially) as well as suitability of the new trees for final timber production all make natural regeneration perilous.And when manual spot planting is necessary it’s time consuming and expensive vis a vis large scale planting.Financially productiveBut the biggest consideration is that conifer stands are typically three times more financially productive than broad leaves (regardless of felling style). Growing top quality hardwoods is very challenging as final crop trees need several pruning interventions with much of the timber only good enough for pulp.Each tree has to avoid storm damage and disease for periods of 60 to 120 years before felling. Therefore it’s lucky that the Madden family put such a high value on biodiversity, aesthetics and recreational use or Hilton would be a very different woodland.It’s not surprising then that in a world where money talks, most newly planted woodlands are dominated by the standard mix of 75% conifer, 15% broad leaf and 10% biodiversity area, and managed by clear-fell. Conifer monocultures are often simpler, more predictable and more profitable: investors can hope to achieve a modest 5% growth per annum on well managed conifer forests – broadleaf forests are estimated to return a little over 1% per annum.All end users of timber love working hardwoods but they also like the predictability and price of softwoods which is why they dominate construction and related trades. Foresters also argue that despite the dreariness of conifer plantations they are still playing a huge part in carbon capture.So if Ireland is to usher in a new era of forestry, new measures to bridge the gap between the two sides in the debate are needed.Dermot McNally is a journalist and writer who blogs at dermymcnally.com. Floundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry>I’m 27. I’m living at home. Going through the same hall door since I was in a school uniform’> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

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Google prépare son entrée en entreprise

first_imgGoogle + prépare son entrée en entrepriseLe réseau social de Google fait feu de tous bords au niveau médiatique actuellement. Voulant séduire le plus d’utilisateurs possibles, il s’ouvre et offre ses applications dans de nombreux domaines. Aujourd’hui, c’est au tour du monde de l’entreprise.Il y avait les applications pour les groupes de travaux (Google Apps for Groups) et il y avait les applications pour les entreprises (Google Apps for Business). Grâce à Google Plus, ces deux mondes vont pouvoir utiliser des moyens de collaborations et de travail conjoints pour pouvoir créer des réseaux sociaux d’entreprises.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?C’est au Web 2.0 Summit (qui s’est tenu entre le 17 et le 19 octobre 2011 à San Francisco), par la voix de son vice-president Vic Gundotra, que Google a annoncé ses nouvelles dispositions concernant le développement de ses services au sein des entreprises. De nouvelles fonctions qui auraient pu être déjà présentes dans Google +, mais que le géant d’Internet a dû repousser pour des raisons logistiques, notamment au niveau du calendrier d’intégration des nouvelles applications :”le succès de Google+ n’était pas sans poser quelques problèmes à Google ! “.Mais il ne faut pas se leurrer. Au-delà de ce simple aspect quasi-altruiste d’offrir de nouvelles applications, il y a surtout la nouvelle manne de profils et de pseudos qui viendront renforcer l’influence de Google + face aux autres réseaux sociaux.Le 25 octobre 2011 à 10:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Transient man accused of assault makes court appearance

first_imgA transient man accused of pointing a handgun at a woman’s head during an altercation Monday made a first appearance in Clark County Superior Court.James E. Patzke, 24, was in court Tuesday to face an allegation of first-degree assault stemming from the incident, which reportedly occurred at an acquaintance’s residence in the 4300 block of Northeast 66th Avenue.The woman, Chessa Vaughn, told Vancouver police that people at the residence were threatening to hurt her so she walked to the door and said she would call the police. She then heard someone rack the slide of a firearm, looked back and saw Patzke pointing a semi-automatic handgun at her head, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Patzke reportedly said, “Do you really think I care about the police?” the affidavit states.Police said Patzke and his wife denied making any threats toward Vaughn or that Patzke had a handgun, court records said. The tenant of the residence told police there shouldn’t be any firearms in his apartment but couldn’t be certain that his guests didn’t bring one, according to the court document.After serving a search warrant, police found a handgun hidden in the attic crawl space of the residence, the affidavit said.During Patzke’s court hearing, Judge Robert Lewis set Patzke’s bail at $25,000. He will be arraigned Sept. 8, court records show.last_img read more

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Hon Amanda Misick speaks of preparations taken by Government

first_img Related Items:fuel allocated for pumping stations, new gate system hope to aid against flooding in down town provo, new wells, new wells hope to aid against flooding on island, sea wall repaired in grand turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 3, 2016 – Late last night the Minister of Home Affairs was giving Magnetic Media a Whats App interview.“Supervisors on all islands were contacted to see that equipment have been tested and operational.  Fuel has also been allocated for all pumping stations, wells have been checked and cleared.  We have also drilled new wells in areas and other locations that is critical.  Public works is confident that it will be able to manage the clearing of land as soon as the storm has passed.  One of the key elements that will allow public works to be more efficient, and that is on the island of Providenciales, where we have just installed a new gate system, and this is located in the area of Five Cays.  This will allow for the water in the Down Town area to be cleared quicker.  And as for Grand Turk, the sea wall was repaired to a standard that should withstand any heavy wave action.” During 2014s Tropical Storm Cristobal the country was shut down for two days due to the severity of flooding, especially in Providenciales and North Caicos and in 2015s Hurricane Joaquin, the country lost nearly the same amount of time and saw the causeway for North and Middle Caicos, then under construction, under water and the sea walls in Grand Turk battered by lashing waves due to erratic and severe weather phenomenon.  The flooding also led to a serious spike in the spread of mosquito borne diseases – at the time we were battling only Dengue Fever and Chikungunya Virus.  The stakes are higher now, with the advent of the new more frightening Zika Virus.You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram and be connected to the most immediate information on our Magnetic Media WhatsApp blast.last_img read more

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