Regional Leaders Commit to A More Effective CSME

first_img Prime Minister of Jamaica and CARICOM Chairman, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said his leadership of the Community will call for member states to take decisive actions to transform the CSME into a facility that will truly serve the interest of Caribbean people. Regional leaders are committed to making the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) more effective. At least three leaders spoke of their commitment as they addressed the opening ceremony for the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Wednesday, July 4, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James. Regional leaders are committed to making the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) more effective.At least three leaders spoke of their commitment as they addressed the opening ceremony for the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Wednesday, July 4, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James.The ceremony was held on CARICOM Day, which marked the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the regional body.Prime Minister of Jamaica and CARICOM Chairman, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said his leadership of the Community will call for member states to take decisive actions to transform the CSME into a facility that will truly serve the interest of Caribbean people.“We will call upon all member states to summon the necessary political will and determination to ensure that programmes and initiatives are strategically focused and geared towards meeting an ambitious process of reform,” the Prime Minister said.He pointed out that despite the fact that the CSME is the single most significant initiative of the regional states since 2003, “progress has not been commensurate with our aspirations”.Mr. Holness reiterated the position taken by the Jamaican Parliament in a recent Resolution that speaks to the need for a re-evaluation of the integration process, and for member states to commit to implementing a fully functional single market within a five-year period.“This 45-year milestone represents an opportune time to evaluate our institutions as we look towards commemoration of our 50th anniversary. We owe it to the people of our region to deliver on commitments made to an effective process of regional integration that will improve the quality of their lives,” the Prime Minister said.The Parliamentary Resolution covered, among other things, the need for CARICOM member states to make a clear commitment to establishing the single market with a “specific time-bound, measurable and verifiable programme of actions to fulfil all outstanding obligations within a period of five years”.In the meantime, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, conceded that more should have been achieved, even as he pointed to the accomplishments of the CSME since it was established in Jamaica 12 years ago.“Major policy decisions and adoption of legal instruments take much too long to be negotiated. We must do more and do it more quickly,” he urged.Ambassador LaRocque underscored that the success of the CSME is being judged by the public on the basis of implementation of the measures agreed that allow citizens and businesses to benefit.The Meeting has included a Special Session on the CSME to examine ways to improve effectiveness, and the Secretary-General said participants have indicated that the single market “remains the most viable option and platform to enable the Community and its nationals to achieve their goals of sustainable growth and development”.In his address, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, posited that the CSME must be at the heart of the process of regional integration, and called for a move beyond functional cooperation.“Each of our countries has to commit to, and implement, free movement of goods, people, services, capital and technology. It is the only way in which our region will overcome the low level of both intra-industry and intra-regional trade,” Prime Minister Browne said.He expressed optimism that the newly installed Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, will excel in her role as regional head, with responsibility for the CSME.Prime Minister Mottley, in her remarks, pointed to “psychological impediments and the closed mindsets in some quarters of officialdom” as some reasons for the under-achievement of the CSME.She explained that because the practical implications of decisions sometimes are not worked out beforehand, and the recording of the decisions often are not clear and precise, “these (decisions) fall victim to bureaucratic inertia or resistance from those who did not participate meaningfully in their design or have not been fully enlightened as to their positive purpose”.Describing the Golding Commission Report on Jamaica’s relations with CARICOM and CARIFORUM as “frank and sobering”, she acknowledged the need for the regional Heads to continue self-analysis and introspection.The Golding Commission evaluated the effects that Jamaica’s participation in CARICOM has on its economic development; CARICOM’s achievements against the goals set out in the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas; and the value of Jamaica’s membership in CARICOM and its influence on the international scene. 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Nunavut at 20 Pangnirtung and the true cost of isolation

first_imgSee more of our stories: Nunavut at 20Charlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsThe view in Pangnirtung, ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᖅ Nunavut is breathtaking.Nestled in the Qinkiqtaaluk region, the hamlet of roughly 1,400 lies beside the southern Baffin mountains.Houses sparsely dot the land that weather some of the harshest climates in Canada.Inuit families have inhabited the area for thousands of years.In 1921, the Hudson Bay Company established a trading post here, and two years later, the RCMP set up a permanent office, followed by the first government-appointed teacher in 1956.Although Pang, as it’s known, is a place of great tradition and skill for the current generation of youth, this is also a place of hardships.In the spring of 2018 more than ten youth attempted suicide.Headlines swirled from southern media outlets asking how such a tragedy could happen.But the spotlight was brief.(Pangnirtung has a population of about 1,400. Photo courtesy: Jessica Davey-Quantick/UpHere Magazine)APTN News travelled to Pang for a week in Jan. 2019.For the respect and care for those we interviewed, who are affected from the loss of loved ones, we did not delve into this topic.Instead we asked what everyday life was like for those that live here.Denise Nowyuk is 19 years old.She is your typical teenager; she saves her money earned by her part-time gig at gas bar for trips down south, loves fishing, and picks berries in the summer.(“I dropped out when I was in grade 10… I am really close to finishing,” says Denise Nowyuk )She is also a natural leader and occupies such positions as the President of the Pangnirtung Youth Council, the student representative for the DEA and the youngest board member for the CO-OP.“Maybe ‘cause I am not shy, I like to talk in front of people. I like to talk when there is a lot of people,” she said.Like all Inuit who choose to attend university, Nowyuk must go down south for her education.This fall she will attend Nunavut Sivuniksavut, a transitional education program for Inuit in Ottawa.But, her dreams of academia did not come easy.“I dropped out when I was in grade 10. Then seeing people my age graduating I felt like I had to go back and now I am really close to finishing,” Nowyuk said.She told APTN that it is not because youth don’t want to graduate, they just have trouble attending class.There are many reasons why Nunavummuit aren’t attending high school, responsibilities at home, a revolving door of new teachers, the transition between an educated rooted in teaching rather than hands on learning and a southern curriculum are just to name a few.According to Nowyuk, the biggest hurtle for youth in their development is dealing with sheer boredom.“We don’t have a youth center; we don’t have a lot of places to go. People usually just hang out outside the school, the stores, the arena but I think it is closed now,” she said.(“They’re looking for something to do,” says Eric Lawlor.)The youth centre was forced to close after federal funding dried up in 2015.Since then Eric Lawlor, the former manager of the centre has seen a rise in youth getting into trouble.“Idle hands. They’re looking for something to do and sometimes what they find to do is not always the best thing to get into.“People need a place to socialize, there’s nowhere to go to just relax,” Lawlor said.Lawlor is Metis and originally from New Brunswick, but has lived in Pang for 15 years.His home is bustling with kids.He and his wife have three of their own and two foster kids. He calls himself “father of five but a Dad to a dozen.”(A fishing boat in “Pang” waits for the late spring thaw. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)But raising a big family in Pang has comes with many challenges.The night before his 10-month-old foster son Dale ran a fever.There was no doctor around and the five-man nursing station was chronically understaffed so he had no option but to be medevac’d to Iqaluit.“We were stuck there for three days and we had to go to the boarding home. When we arrived the place was packed and there were probably 20 some people waiting for rooms, all the hotels were booked,” he said.In the 2019 Nunavut budget, $90 million is allocated to medical travel, with nearly all of that to be spent directly on medical air travel.The lack of a permanent doctor is just one item in the long laundry list of issues that compound health problems here.In most Pangnirtung homes you will find cold linoleum floors, larger windows boarded up with plywood all winter long, and a bottle of antifreeze in the bathroom to be poured down the drain after each shower to ensure the pipes don’t freeze.“The biggest issue is just the over crowdedness where you’re dealing with sometimes two, three families, 14 people living under the same roof, three bedrooms. Trying to find a place to sleep, the amount of food they go through and conflict that can create,” Lawlor said.Lawlor now works as the Community Economic Devloper and is putting all of his energy into improving housing with a pilot project to bring 10 units powered by solar and wind.For Nowyuk, she knows that when she returns from school she, like most youth will have to live with her parents to be able to afford rent.She told APTN News that she wants to come back to Pang once she is done school and knows the troubles plaguing Pang require a collective approach.“The other youth really look up to me, they always tell me that they won’t be sure what they will do when I am done high school.”The social, economic and geographic complexities of Pangnirtung go far beyond simple adjectives like “remote” or “isolated.”To look at the challenges of communities in Nunavut is to acknowledge those hoping to make it better like Denise Nowyuk and Eric Lawlor.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img read more

Slap Rihanna ad on Snapchat brings outrage apologies

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – An ad on Snapchat asking users if they’d rather “Slap Rihanna” or “Punch Chris Brown” has spawned widespread outrage, including from the singer herself, and brought profuse apologies from the company behind the visual-messaging app.Snapchat said it is investigating how the ad for a mobile video game called “Would You Rather” made it to the app.Rihanna, who Brown was convicted of assaulting when she was his girlfriend in 2009, posted an angry statement on her Snapchat and Instagram accounts.“I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess!” Rihanna, 30, wrote. “I’d love to call it ignorance but I know you ain’t that dumb! You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV victims and made a joke of it!!!”“Shame on you” she goes on to say, “Throw the whole app-oligy away.”“This advertisement is disgusting and never should have appeared on our service,” a Snap, Inc. spokesman said in a statement. “We are so sorry we made the terrible mistake of allowing it through our review process.”Snapchat said most of its advertising is bought through a self-service platform but is subject to review that should have stopped the ad. “Would You Rather” is now blocked from advertising there.Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault for his attack on Rihanna in 2009 just hours before the Grammy Awards.The ad and Rihanna’s response lit up Twitter, with many vowing to delete their Snapchat accounts.Snapchat’s stocks were down 4 per cent Thursday. The company’s stock is always volatile, and investors worry that the fickle teens and young millennials who are its primary users will drop it.Last month a tweet from Kylie Jenner saying she rarely uses Snapchat anymore sent the company’s stocks plunging even more than they did Thursday.last_img read more

No special hearing in BCCI CEO harassment case SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused any special hearing in the sexual harassment case against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri. Rashmi Nair, who claims to be a women issue activist, had filed the petition in the apex court and had insisted that there was every reason for BCCI Ombudsman D K Jain to revisit the case against Johri. “Johri had a very colourful past in each and every organisation where he worked and he managed to get away with all allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by threat, coercion or greed,” the petition had said. The petitioner also sought to know why the recently appointed ombudsman was not being handed the matter for investigation. Nair in her petition cited about three women who had raised the issue. “The three women came for deposition but for some reason one woman did not depose and the other two deposed against Johri. After this team carried out the investigation, there was a difference of opinion between members — Justice (retd) Rakesh Sharma, Barkha Singh and Veena Gowda — and giving the benefit of doubt and clean chit despite one member (Gowda) found him guilty (sic).” In the report of the independent inquiry by the committee, while Rakesh Sharma and Barkha Singh gave Johri a clean chit, Gowda had said that ‘the conduct of Rahul Johri at Birmingham, as a CEO of an institution such as BCCI is unprofessional and inappropriate which would adversely affect its reputation and the same has to be looked at by the concerned authorities’. Johri had gone to the UK during the 2017 Champions Trophy. A senior BCCI official had questioned the virtuousness of the Independent Committee itself as one of the members — Barkha Singh — was already a chairperson of Delhi and District Cricket Association’s (DDCA) internal complaints committee when appointed in the panel to look into allegations against Johri.last_img read more

GM announces jobs electric vehicle after Trump criticism

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from President Donald Trump over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a Michigan factory.The company said Friday it will spend $300 million in Orion Township to build a Chevrolet vehicle based on the battery-powered Bolt.GM wouldn’t say when the workers will start or the vehicle will go on sale. Nor would it say if workers will be new hires or come from a pool of laid-off employees.GM also announced plans to spend another $1.4 billion at U.S. factories with 300 more jobs but didn’t offer details.The company wouldn’t comment on Trump but said the announcement has been in the works for weeks.Mike Householder And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press read more

GM recalling 40859 cars for cracked part that could cause fuel leaks

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – General Motors Co. is recalling more than 40,000 cars sold in warm-weather states because a plastic part might crack and cause a fuel leak.The company is recalling Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 sedans from the 2007 through 2009 model years and Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent SUVs and Saturn Ion sedans from the 2007 model year.The recall affects vehicles sold or currently registered in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada or Texas. Owners in Arkansas and Oklahoma also are included in the recall of the 2009 Cobalt and G5.The vehicles have plastic parts connected to the fuel pump which could crack. If the crack gets large enough, fuel could leak out of the vehicle and cause a fire.GM says there have been no reports of fires or injuries related to the defect. The company began investigating the issue in 2011 after a dealer reported fuel leaking from some vehicles.GM says its warranty data indicates that the problem is far more common in warm-weather states. It will repair the vehicles for free in those states. Owners will be notified of the recall by mail.But the company also plans to send letters to owners in other states offering a free repair within a limited time period if the parts are cracked. That offer is valid for 10 years or 120,000 miles from the date the vehicle was sold, spokesman Alan Adler said.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall on its Web site Saturday. by News Staff Posted Sep 29, 2012 12:11 pm MDT GM recalling 40,859 cars for cracked part that could cause fuel leaks read more

60 Minutes admits error in dubbing noises over quiet electric car

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – CBS News says an editor made an “audio error” in dubbing the sound of a loud traditional car engine over footage of the much quieter Tesla electric car in a “60 Minutes” story that aired Sunday.Spokesman Kevin Tedesco said Tuesday the loud car audio has been edited out of the online version of the story on Tesla founder Elon Musk. Anchor Scott Pelley reported the story, and CBS said he wasn’t aware of the added audio ahead of time.The revving sound, as opposed to the much quieter windlike noise of a Tesla, was noticed by the auto enthusiast website Jalopnik.com. Writer Robert Sorokanich said it almost sounded like a motorcycle.“It’s one thing to dub exciting motor noises over a mundane-sounding car, but to plop engine sounds on a car that most folks realize is nearly silent? That just seems … bizarre,” he wrote.Tesla had no comment on the editing, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.It’s been a rough year at television’s most popular newsmagazine, with correspondent Lara Logan still on leave after an internal CBS report questioned her reporting and objectivity on a story about an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. Critics also questioned the show’s reporting on stories involving the National Security Agency and Amazon.___Online:http://www.cbsnews.com/60-minutes/ by The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2014 9:55 am MDT ’60 Minutes’ admits error in dubbing noises over quiet electric car read more

A biobased reuse economy can feed the world and save the planet

A sustainable bioeconomy, which uses biomass – organic materials, such as plants and animals and fish – as opposed to fossil resources to produce food and non-food goods “is foremost about nature and the people who take care of and produce biomass,” a senior UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)  official said at the 2018 Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin, Germany.This means family farmers, forest people and fishers, who are also “holders of important knowledge on how to manage natural resources in a sustainable way,” she explained.Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General for Climate and Natural Resources, stressed how the agency not only works with member States and other partners across the conventional bioeconomy sectors – agriculture, forestry and fisheries – but also relevant technologies, such as biotechnology and information technology to serve agricultural sectors.“We must foster internationally-coordinated efforts and ensure multi-stakeholder engagement at local, national and global levels,” she said, noting that this requires measurable targets, means to fulfil them and cost-effective ways to measure progress.With innovation playing a key role in the bio sector, she said,  all the knowledge – traditional and new – should be equally shared and supported. Feeding the world, saving the planetAlthough there is enough food being produced to feed the planet, often due to a lack of access, estimates show that some 815 million people are chronically undernourished.“Bioeconomy can improve access to food, such as through additional income from the sale of bio-products,” said Ms. Semedo.She also noted its potential contribution to addressing climate change, albeit with a warning against oversimplification.“Just because a product is bio does not mean it is good for climate change, it depends on how it is produced, and in particular on much and what type of energy is used in the process,” she explained.FAO has a longstanding and wide experience in supporting family farmers and other small-scale biomass producers and businesses.Ms. Semedo, told the summit that with the support of Germany, FAO, together with an international working group, is currently developing sustainable bioeconomy guidelines.Some 25 cases from around the world have already been identified to serve as successful bioeconomy examples to develop good practices.A group of women fishers in Zanzibar are producing cosmetics from algae – opening up a whole new market with sought-after niche products; in Malaysia, a Government programme supports community-based bioeconomy; and in Colombia, a community is transforming pineapple skins into biodegradable packaging and honey into royal jelly – and these are just a few examples of a bioeconomy in action.“Together, let’s harness the development for sustainable bioeconomy for all and leave no one behind,” concluded Ms. Semedo. read more

Thesis defences — Oct 9 to 12

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Oct. 9 to 12.All are open for the University community to attend.Applied Disability Studies MA thesis defenceChild and Youth Studies student Emily Murphy will defend the thesis “Perfectly Alone (and Anxious): A Test of the Perfectionism Social Disconnection Model in Adolescents” on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. in WH 147. The examination committee includes Drew Dane, Chair; David Dunkley, External Examiner (Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Jewish General Hospital); Danielle Sirianni-Molnar, Supervisor; Shauna Pomerantz, Graduate Program Director; and Dawn Zinga, Ayda Tekok-Kilic and Michael Ashton, Committee Members.

Mens Basketball Ohio State hires Mike Netti as special assistant to the

Ohio State continued to add to its men’s basketball coaching staff when former East Carolina assistant Mike Netti was hired by the Buckeyes as special assistant to the head coach Tuesday evening.Netti, who has spent the past four seasons coaching the Pirates, worked with first-year coach Chris Holtmann when the new Buckeyes head coach led the Gardner-Webb program from 2010 to 2013.The Syracuse graduate also coached with Holtmann when the duo worked as assistants at Gardner-Webb from 2003-08.The former East Carolina assistant isn’t the only coach who has ties to Holtmann on Ohio State’s staff. Holtmann brought all three assistant coaches who worked under him at Butler – Ryan Pedon, Terry Johnson and Mike Schrage – to Columbus in the same roles.Netti joins strength and conditioning coach Quadrian Banks and director of player personnel Scoonie Penn as recent additions to the Buckeyes’ support staff.Since Netti will not be one of Ohio State’s three assistant coaches, he will be unable to recruit off campus or coach during practices. read more

Dont Be Surprised If The Pelicans Live Up To The Hype

As we move closer to the opening of NBA training camps two weeks from now, there will be plenty of intrigue around the top tier of franchises. At least eight teams1The Rockets, Clippers, Lakers, Jazz, Warriors, Nuggets, Bucks and Sixers would be the teams on my initial list without much argument. have a real chance at an NBA title in what could be the most open race the league has seen in years.But somewhere in the next rung of teams — likely not title contenders, but competitive — is what may be the most-certain-to-be-interesting-no-matter-what team: the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pels enter a new era, looking nothing like before, with little to no sense of how good they, or No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson, will be.While it’s fair to expect that it will take time for the Pelicans to take stock of what they have, don’t be surprised if New Orleans figures things out relatively quickly. Based on recent history, it’s not a longshot that they could reach the postseason in their first season without Anthony Davis.Put aside the fact that FiveThirtyEight’s projection model has the Pelicans as the eighth-most likely playoff team out West, with a 52 percent probability of reaching the postseason. That’s based on player projections. There’s also the simple math of how not-so-horrible teams2By not horrible, I’m referring to clubs that finished above the bottom four of the standings. have fared the past two decades after winning the lottery and landing the No. 1 pick.Remember, the Pelicans got lucky in landing the top overall pick. As a result, they’re a relatively good team as far as lottery winners go. Of the eight previous clubs to defy the odds and win the No. 1 pick without being a total cellar dweller,3We aren’t counting the Clippers, whose pick technically won the lottery in 2011 after posting the league’s eighth-worst mark. They had traded the rights to their pick to Cleveland beforehand, so Los Angeles’s lottery win led to the Cavs celebrating that night, en route to them drafting Kyrie Irving the following month. six saw considerable improvement, winning at least eight more games than they did the previous season. That sort of jump would be meaningful for New Orleans, which, with 33 wins last year, would find themselves at .500 or better. It’s also worth noting that the Pelicans’ 33 victories also rank as tied for the most among those lottery winners over the past two decades, which suggests they’ll be starting from a more favorable position than most. Lottery winners that didn’t have to go from rags to richesBefore-and-after win totals for clubs that won NBA draft lottery without finishing in the bottom four of the standings, since the year 2000 2019PelicansZion Williamson33—— 2000NetsKenyon Martin3126-5.0 2002RocketsYao Ming2843+15.0 2014CavaliersAndrew Wiggins3353+20.0 2010WizardsJohn Wall2623-3.0 2005BucksAndrew Bogut3040+10.0 YearTeamNo. 1 Draft PickWins BeforeWins AfterChange 2007BlazersGreg Oden3241+9.0 The Clippers technically won the lottery in 2011 with the NBA’s eighth-worst mark. But they had previously traded the rights to their pick to Cleveland, who ended up taking Kyrie Irving with the top pick that year.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2006RaptorsAndrea Bargnani2747+20.0 2008BullsDerrick Rose3341+8.0 Of course, even among just these eight teams, there’s a fairly wide range of outcomes and some unique circumstances. Some of these clubs that made seismic leaps were highly unusual. Take the 2014 Cavs, for example: Yes, Cleveland improved by 20 victories year-over-year after winning the lotto. But a guy named LeBron James deciding to sign there that summer was pretty integral to that leap. So was Kevin Love, whom the Cavs dealt for after drafting No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins. (On the other hand, Toronto getting 20 games better in 2006-07 after drafting Andrea Bargnani is one that can’t be explained anywhere near as easily.) Simply put, other roster moves are obviously a key factor in whether a team can make a significant jump after landing the top pick.But the No. 1 pick matters too. The Pelicans would gladly take the same sort of early returns from Zion as the 2008 Bulls or 2002 Rockets got from Derrick Rose and Yao Ming, respectively: Stars with bona fide skills, who made immediate impacts before struggling with injuries years later. The Bulls were eight games better after drafting their future MVP, while Houston won 15 more games after taking Ming. Both players ended up with clubs that had at least one other building block, much like Williamson will have in Jrue Holiday, one of the league’s steadiest — if not most underrated — players.Aside from Williamson and Holiday, New Orleans also has the trio of young players — Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart — that came over in the Davis trade. It remains to be seen if any of them will become stars (Ingram had a torrid end of the season before being forced out with a blood clot in his right arm). But even if they don’t,4The lack of a surefire star is part of why the Lakers had to throw in three first-round picks. they still look like solid rotation players: Ball has shown to be one of the NBA’s better defending guards when healthy, Ingram has length and has flashed an elite level of scoring ability, while Hart is quietly one of the most sure-handed transition players in the sport.As far as other roster changes, David Griffin also brought in sharpshooter JJ Redick, who gives the club added spacing, and ex-Jazz big Derrick Favors to help on the glass and to give the team a rim protector without Davis.5Favors led the league last season in FiveThirtyEight’s new DRAYMOND rating, which grades defenders on how well they limit opposing shooting by crowding their space and limiting their openness.While it’s probably a bit soon to know what sort of team the Pelicans will be in light of all these changes, it seems a safe bet that coach Alvin Gentry’s uptempo mentality will continue with this group, particularly as the hyperathletic Williamson finds his way within the offense and the league. New Orleans was poor defensively last season, but the potential is arguably there for the club to become a top-10 group in the coming years, with what should be four plus defenders (Holiday, Ball, Williamson and Favors) and a fifth in Ingram who has the ability to be amazingly disruptive at times despite his slender build.But the truth is, we don’t know how it will look just yet, because of all the new pieces. All we know — with 20 nationally televised games on ESPN, TNT and ABC — is that we’ll have a lot of chances to watch it all come together for the Pelicans, and that judging off how teams like the Pelicans often do shortly after landing the top pick, maybe New Orleans will actually be worth the Zion-level hype.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Bacchus Marsh brown coal project will use breakthrough cleancoal technology

first_imgMantle Mining has executed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Exergen for the development of its 100% owned Bacchus Marsh Brown Coal Project in Victoria, Australia. Mantle has recently been granted priority over an application for Exploration Licence EL 5294 at Bacchus Marsh in Victoria. Mantle is of the view that EL 5294 could contain an Exploration Target1, 2 of between 1,000 and 2,000 Mt of brown coal. Exergen has developed a breakthrough clean coal technology that, teamed with modern coal-fired power station technology, will deliver up to 40% emissions reductions. The technology is known as Continuous Hydrothermal Dewatering (CHTD). Exergen’s cornerstone investors include TATA Power, India’s largest private power utility, as major coal off-taker; Thiess (Leighton), one of the world’s largest supplier of outsourced mining services; Itochu, Japan’s third largest trading house with extensive coal trading experience and Sedgman, a global specialist provider of mineral engineering solutions.Mantle and Exergen are to formalise agreements leading to a 50/50 Joint Venture for exploration and subsequent mine development. Exergen will construct a 50 t/h demonstration drying facility and will develop an export project on its 50% of the coal deposit. Mantle is being licenced to use CHTD on its 50% of the coal deposit.Mantle and Exergen are to execute binding “Substantive Agreements”An exploration Joint Venture Agreement (JVA), within 1 yearA CHTD Technology Licence Agreement (TLA), within 1 yearMine Development Heads of Agreement (HOA), within 1 yearFinalising the Mine Development Agreement (MDA), within 2 years.Proposed major developments over subsequent years to include:Commencing the drying demonstrator constructionFull demonstration and taking an investment decisionCommencing construction of Exergen’s Export Project.Ian Kraemer, Mantle’s MD: “The signing of this MOU with Exergen is an extremely exciting step for Mantle. It underscores the company’s capability to generate shareholder value by focussing on projects containing known deposits in key commodity sectors. The company is continuing to explore development options for its other core gold and coal/CBM tenements, with a number of business development activities under consideration. Exergen has developed and proven a breakthrough clean-coal technology that promises to contribute to global energy security by reducing emissions from upgraded brown coal fired power generation. CHTD is a significant step towards overcoming the social and economic challenges posed by many nations’ continued reliance on subbituminous coals for energy production.“The relationship with Exergen is seen as a first step by Mantle in implementing its exploration and development strategy for coal. The strategy involves harnessing upside from commercialisation of leading edge, socioeconomically acceptable, energy resource development. Mantle recognises that coal and other hydrocarbon energy resources will continue to be utilised in the future due to their availability and to the rapid growth in energy demand from (especially) China and India. However, their use will move more towards extraction of the pure Hydrogen energy component, with a parallel reduction in the impact of the extraction process. This is where Mantle sees positioning itself to best capture the commercial benefits, and reduce the political risks, from developments in the coal sector going forward.”“As shareholders are aware, prior to assuming the role of MD of Mantle I held the position of Project Manager responsible for development of Exergen, seconded from Thiess and reporting to the Chairman of Thiess and the Board of Exergen. During that time I developed a knowledge and belief in the technical and commercial robustness the Exergen CHTD technology, and having reviewed this opportunity for its applicability and suitability for this project with Mantle I am excited at the potential for both companies.”Mantle’s Bacchus Marsh brown coal project is located in the northern extremity of Victoria’s Otway basin, specifically the northwest tip of the Parwan sub-basin at Bacchus Marsh. The project is 120 km west of Melbourne and benefits from excellent levels of pre-existing infrastructure with roads, rail, power and a gas pipeline all running through the tenement. The area contains a large, historically mined deposit of brown coal of a quality apparently similar to, or better than, the coals found in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. The region has been the subject of small scale, historic, coal mining since World War 2 when both surface and underground mining methods were used. A small amount of shallow, sub-crop, coal is currently mined at the Maddingley open cut. Increased energy demand over recent years has meant a rebound in coal pricing. The advent of more efficient mining methods and coal upgrade technologies (as being introduced in the Latrobe Valley) mean that previously uneconomic strip ratios and moisture contents are becoming a less limiting commercial factor. Based on review of historic holes, including some drilled by CRA in the mid 1980s, Mantle is of the view that EL 5294 could contain an exploration target of between 1,000 and 2,000 Mt of brown coal. Drill logs show that coal quality compares favourably with other coals in Victoria, including the Latrobe Valley, and Western Australia as relates moisture, ash and strip ratio.last_img read more

ABB launches new version of System 800xA Minerals Library

first_imgPower and automation technology group, ABB. has launched Minerals Library Release 5.1/4, a new version of the proven System 800xA process control system library to reduce operating costs and increase productivity of cement and mineral processing plants. ABB’s System 800xA Minerals Library is a suite of object-oriented software control modules, which make it possible to design process control and power applications in an efficient and fully-parameterised manner. Successfully operating at more than 300 cement and minerals sites worldwide, the technology increases standardisation, functionality and quality of process control software over the complete life cycle of a production facility. This minimises downtime caused by abnormal situations and allows the facility’s production process and assets to be efficiently operated and maintained.ABB states that Minerals Library 5.1/4 comes with the following new features: control diagrams for better process-oriented visualization of the application software; integration into Engineering Base, AUCOTEC’s plant engineering tool, which is successfully implemented in ABB’s cement and mining projects; advanced drive and equipment group modules for today’s demanding material handling, grinding and mineral processing applications; extended parameterized solutions, which further reduce implementation costs and increase functionality; and support of ABB’s System 800xA 5.1 Feature Pack 4.“The current Minerals Library enables system engineers to develop new applications faster and at highest quality”, said Martin Knabenhans, Product Manager for Minerals Libraries at ABB. “Maintenance teams and operators further benefit from easy fault-finding procedures including access to plant documentation. In addition, our customers can benefit from our long-lasting experience. More than 300 sites in the cement and minerals industries are already yielding positive results by using the library every day.”last_img read more

VIDEO Pascual and Co present historical seven trophies

← Previous Story Lino Cervar about EHF decision: Metalurg avoid destiny of Atletico, Copenhagen and Minsk Next Story → Patrick Eilert goes home to AJAX after six years in ASOBAL FC Barcelona handballXavi Pascual He is still not elected for the World’s Best Handball coach but his satisfaction are the trophies. FC Barcelona coach Xavi Pascual made the historical success with generation of Karabatic, Saric, Lazarov and Co. by winning the seven trophies in the last 2014/2015 season! This is the record of the most successful handball team on the Earth.Photo with all of them was more than necessary.FCB Handbol: El cos tècnic, amb els 7 títols by fcbarcelonaPHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA-FCB

Youth charity calls on Arthurs Day acts to donate fees to alcohol

first_imgYOUTH WEBSITE SpunOut.ie wants muscians playing at Arthur’s Day this year to donate their fee to alcohol abuse charities.The youth charity, which is part funded by the HSE, said that it would be a good way for acts to “acknowledge the effect harmful drinking causes on our society by donating their fee or the fee they would normally charge to hard working charities”.MusiciansBiffy Clyro, Emeli Sandé, Iggy Azalea, Janelle Monáe and Irish acts Kodaline, Le Galaxie and The Script are all scheduled to play at sold out Arthur’s Day events that are taking place all over the country.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Ian Power from SpunOut.ie said: “What we’re saying to the acts and their fans is simple; Diageo’s Arthur’s Day is a marketing exercise with the sole aim of increasing alcohol consumption without any regard to the harm caused.”He added that last year, A&E departments around Ireland saw a spike in the number of people admitted to hospital on Arthur’s Day due to alcohol related incidents, adding that alcohol related harm currently costs the Irish health system €4 billion per annum.He added: The narrative around the whole Arthur’s Day event is that it is about music, that is the narrative Diageo is presenting.We think the only way to counter that argument, is for the musicians themselves to step in here. While they are, in a sense, promoting an alcohol sponsored event, they need to also send a message out that there that there is a downside to alcohol. He added that SpunOut.ie knows that people can enjoy alcohol responsibly, but said the muscians need to take responsibility for the type of event they are performing at, and donating their fee would do that, I think,” said Power.Read: Diageo defends Arthur’s Day saying it’s a music festival and celebration of the pub>Read: Why are people saying ‘Down with Arthur’s Day’?>last_img read more

Amazon Matchbook will offer discounts on Kindle editions of your physical books

first_imgPlenty of Amazon customers have migrated from paper books to the Kindle in recent years, but what good are all those mountains of physical books on your shelves doing you then? When Amazon’s new Matchbook service goes live, they could be worth their weight in ebooks. Amazon will reach back into your account and offer discounts on the Kindle edition of participating physical books you’ve previously bought. You’ll be able to get the Kindle books for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free, depending on the title.Kindle Matchbook is going to offer discounts on supported books that were bought at any point in the history of Amazon. If you bought a paperback edition of something in 1995, you will be eligible for the discounted Kindle price, even if the physical book has long since been lost or sold. However, the purchase needs to have been made on the same account you have connected to your Kindle.There are currently about 10,000 books enrolled in Kindle Matchbook from authors like Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, and Neal Stephenson. Publishers will have to get on-board before buyers get any discounts for the Kindle books. Amazon is seeking additional partnerships, and it shouldn’t have too much trouble getting them. Publishers live to sell the same thing multiple times, even if it’s at a discount.Amazon will make it easy to see what books you have that are supported by Kindle Matchbook. You’ll be able to look up your entire print book history and see everything compatible with Matchbook. The service is set to launch in October, but Amazon isn’t saying what the pricing distribution will be. The free Kindle editions will probably be much less common than the $2.99 ebook upgrades, though.last_img read more

The42 Rugby Show derailing England and a mixed Six Nations for Ireland

first_img 11,188 Views Source: The42.ie/YouTubeSO THAT’S ANOTHER Six Nations in the books.After a slow start in Edinburgh, Joe Schmidt’s side ultimately finish up second in the final table.Ireland wrapped up a campaign in which they also lost in Cardiff and beat France at home with a big win over England, denying Eddie Jones a Grand Slam.So, where are we now?Former Ireland centre Lynne Cantwell joined The42′s Murray Kinsella to discuss the Irish attack, Warren Gatland’s Lions selection and much more at Facebook’s Dublin HQ this afternoon.As always, let us know your thoughts.Analysis: Ireland’s winning try against England comes from fitting sourceDo you agree with our Six Nations team of the tournament? Mar 20th 2017, 6:19 PM No Comments Monday 20 Mar 2017, 6:19 PM By Adrian Russell Short URL Share2 Tweet Email The42 Rugby Show: derailing England and a mixed Six Nations for Ireland Lynne Cantwell joined Murrray Kinsella for a live chat. http://the42.ie/3297862 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mariano Díaz thanks Lopetegui for his chance

first_imgThe Spanish striker returned to Real Madrid during the summer thanks for the former Los Blancos manager Julen LopeteguiAfter debuting for Badalona in Spain, striker Mariano Díaz started playing for Real Madrid C in 2012.He was so good that two years later he was with Real Madrid B and in 2016 he debuted for Los Merengues’ first team.But after spending one year with French Ligue 1 club Lyon, the Spaniard with Dominican citizenship returned to Los Blancos.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.And it was all thanks to recently-sacked manager Julen Lopetegui.“I will always be grateful to Julen Lopetegui, one of the people who made it possible for me to return home,” the 25-year-old wrote on Twitter according to The Daily Mail.“I wish him the best for the future. Now we only have to fight more than ever to get out of this situation.”last_img read more

Stanford wins Rose Bowl

first_imgStanford wide receiver Keanu Nelson celebrates with other members of the team following their 20-14 win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Tuesday. PASADENA, Calif. — Although Stanford didn’t score many style points in the 99th Rose Bowl, the Cardinal could celebrate because they didn’t let Wisconsin score any points at all after halftime.Stepfan Taylor rushed for 89 yards and an early touchdown, Kevin Hogan passed for 123 yards, and No. 8 Stanford won its first Rose Bowl since 1972, beating the Badgers 20-14 on Tuesday night.Usua Amanam made the decisive interception near midfield with 2:30 to play as the Pac-12 champion Cardinal (12-2) ended their four-decade drought in the Granddaddy of Them All with arguably the biggest bowl win yet during the long-struggling program’s recent renaissance.“We knew this was going to be a battle, and we wouldn’t expect it any other way,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “We know it’s going to be tight, it’s going to be close, and we’re going to find a way to win. That’s the way it’s been all year.”Stanford clamped down on the Big Ten champion Badgers (8-6), who lost the Rose Bowl in heartbreaking fashion for the third consecutive season. Montee Ball rushed for 100 yards and his FBS-record 83rd touchdown, but Wisconsin managed only 82 yards in that scoreless second half.last_img read more

Comrades fondly remember Iraq War veteran Eskimo Joe

first_imgEarlier this month, 49-year-old Joseph Murphy died at Juneau’s prison 12 hours after being booked on noncriminal charges.Among other things, Murphy was an Iraq War veteran. His squad commander says it changed him forever. I spoke to some of the men Murphy served with.Download AudioJoseph Murphy (from left, first man kneeling) served in the Iraq War. The squad was led by Ed Irizarry (standing to the left above Murphy). Mike Mercer (far right) was a gunner with Murphy. (Photo courtesy Ed Irizarry)Mike Mercer joined the Alaska Army National Guard in the summer of 2001.“That’s where I met Murphy,” he says.Mercer and Spc. Joseph Murphy both lived in Juneau.“Murphy taught me how to march. Murphy taught me all the really basic stuff – how to shine my boots, how to stand at the position of attention, the position of parade rest,” Mercer says.One weekend each month, they saw each other for training. Then in 2005, Mercer and Murphy and many others in the Alaska National Guard were sent to war for one year.“When we went to Iraq, we all got different little nicknames and Murphy got Eskimo Joe,” Mercer says.Murphy’s wife of many years could not be reached for comment. According to a paid obituary in the Juneau Empire, Murphy was born in Anchorage, but grew up in Emmonak.Mercer and Murphy were both gunners, each conducting patrols from a gun turret of a Humvee.“Murph just worked harder than everybody else it seemed like, just because he was always giving as much as he could give. He definitely took care of the guy to his left and to his right. If somebody needed more water, if somebody needed somebody to talk to, if somebody needed some help with anything, Murph was really supportive of people,” Mercer says.Ed Irizarry says Murphy put his life in jeopardy looking out for others. Murphy was part of the squad Irizarry led in Iraq. During patrols, “we encountered other vehicles that were blocking roads that were suspicious. Could be a car bomb,” Irizarry says.Irizarry recalls times when, “I was going to walk up to it and Murphy, you know, ‘No, I’ll go do it sergeant.’ He takes off running and he comes back and he says, ‘All clear.’ So what do you tell a man that has just went out there and could give his life for you? What do you tell that guy? A thank you doesn’t seem to be enough.”Irizarry was deeply sad when he heard Murphy died, “Joe was living with a lot of demons as the rest of us are.”He mentions a specific car bombing in Iraq, but doesn’t give details.“He had to witness something a human should never have to see. And I think that damaged him. You take a 40-year-old man who’s never seen anything like that in his life. And he’s got such a big heart, family oriented, do anything for anyone, happy-go-lucky, and then he sees that hell. That changes a man,” Irizarry says.Irizarry lives in Ketchikan and retired from the military after 22 years, including time in four combat zones.He says Murphy experienced post-traumatic stress disorder and sought help. More than 40 percent of National Guard members who served in Iraq or Afghanistan have symptoms of PTSD, according to the National Center for PTSD.Murphy’s obituary says he also battled depression and struggled with substance abuse. But Irizarry wants Murphy to be remembered as the funny, kind man he was.“You could crack a joke on him or tease him about something and he would laugh so hard at himself and just never got upset. He’d just kind of shake his head, ‘OK, you got me.’ So he was just like a young kid and you couldn’t help but fall in love with him,” Irizarry says.Mike Mercer also experienced symptoms of PTSD, although he’s never been clinically diagnosed. Before Iraq, Mercer says he was a people person. When he returned to Juneau in 2006, he was apprehensive of large groups. He had bad dreams. He couldn’t watch July Fourth fireworks and had trouble driving close to other cars.“All of us have had problems here and there. Some stuff fades, some stuff doesn’t,” Mercer says.The last time Mercer saw Murphy was about five years ago at Fred Meyer.“It doesn’t matter how long we go without seeing each other. Could’ve been another 10 years before I saw Murph, we’d still embrace each other as if we’d just seen other yesterday,” he says.When you serve in war together, Mercer says, you’re brothers.“It’s just a bond. You can’t break that. Time ain’t going to break it. I guess even the death of one of your brothers can’t break that either. Murph will always be my brother,” Mercer says.Murphy was in the emergency room of Bartlett Regional Hospital the night of Aug. 13. Juneau Police transferred him to Lemon Creek Correctional Center on a 12-hour protective hold. A police spokesman says alcohol was a factor. Murphy died in a holding cell the next morning of an apparent heart attack.The obituary says Murphy will be buried in Emmonak.last_img read more