Lukaku leaves on stretcher after clash of heads

first_imgManchester United Lukaku leaves Man Utd match on stretcher after clash of heads Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 01:48 12/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Southampton Clive Mason Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Manchester United v Southampton Southampton Premier League The Belgian striker exited in the 14th minute of the Red Devils’ match against Southampton after a scary collision with Wesley Hoedt Romelu Lukaku was taken off the pitch on a stretcher in the 14th minute of Manchester United’s match against Southampton after a clash of heads with Wesley Hoedt.The match was delayed for about five minutes as Lukaku received treatment, with the Belgian striker apparently administered oxygen.When it became clear the striker would play no further part in proceedings he was carried off the pitch to applause from the stands. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Romelu Lukaku Manchester United SouthamptonWith fellow striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic left out of the match-day squad, Marcus Rashford got the nod to replace the Belgium international in an early substitution.8′ – Play is paused while Lukaku receives treatment after a clash of heads. Moments earlier, @D_DeGea made a great save to deny Southampton an early goal. #MUFC #MUNSOU — Manchester United (@ManUtd) 30 de diciembre de 2017 14′ – Applause for @RomeluLukaku9 , who is unable to continue – he’s replaced by @MarcusRashford . #MUFC #MUNSOU — Manchester United (@ManUtd) 30 de diciembre de 2017 Lukaku had missed a key opportunity moments before the collision, sending an unmarked header over the bar after being teed up by Juan Mata.Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a natural option to replace Lukaku in Jose Mourinho’s line-up, was not a part of the game-day squad.Lukaku has scored 15 goals in all competitions since joining the Red Devils in a £75 million move from Everton this past summer.The injury likely rules out the 24-year-old for United’s New Year’s Day meeting with his former club at Goodison Park.last_img read more

Film Study: Look at What This Oklahoma State Offense Could Become

first_imgWe looked at the J.W. Walsh package at the goal line on Friday. In the next play, we are going to look at one of OSU’s base running plays. I mainly want to take a look at it because of Raymond Taylor. There isn’t really anything special with this play, it’s a good play call that should have gone for more yardage. I want to take notice of Taylor’s effort.Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 4.15.46 PMAs you can see, OSU is lined up with three wide, single back, and tight end. This formation spreads out the defense, because of the passing game, both safeties are having to help over top. This renders them a non-factor in the running game. KSU is lined up with four linemen, two backers in the box, one split out covering the WR, two corners and two deep safeties.AdChoices广告Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 4.16.19 PMThis appears to be a run/pass option, first off Rudolph makes the incorrect read. If the DE crashes down, he’s supposed to pull the ball out and throw or QB run. If Rudolph would have read the play correctly, he had Glidden open on an out at the 40 yard line.Nevertheless, Rudolph misreads the play, causing an extra defender to throw off the blocking scheme. Had the DE shot up field, this play could have gone for a large chunk. No. 64 chips the DT and breaks away towards the linebacker. The DT blows past the RT which hurts the flow of the run, the TE could have been an extra blocker to help move that DT out of the hole. Had Taylor been able to get through the hole at full speed, he could have cut back towards the logo and wouldn’t have been touched until he was twelve yards deep.If Rudolph had made the correct read, he could have kept it himself, he’d at least have gotten a first down before he was touched, possibly been in FG range.This play should have been stopped for a minimal gain, but because Taylor never stops moving his feet he turns a potential second and long into a second and short. This is why getting four to five yards a run is so important, second and third and short are much easier to convert. It also allows a team to take a shot down field on second down.Taylor is making the most of his opportunity and I’m sure the coaching staff loves to see a fourth stringer running like he’s never going to play again. I’d also like to point out Robinson at RG, he sure fires off the ball hard and with purpose. I hope to see more of him in the weeks to come.About the importance of being able to gain four to five yards a play. What do you do when your offensive line isn’t performing up to par and you‘re down to third and fourth string at RB? You throw short passes to act as the run game.Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 4.19.10 PMOn this play OSU is lined up with trips right, single WR left, single back. We’ve discussed how much I love when OSU spreads it out like this. If they wanted to run, look at KSU’s defense, they have four down linemen and one backer in the middle. Just look at all that space, I have a lone tear rolling down my face.Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 4.19.19 PMThis is what it looks like to use the passing game as a rushing attack. Rudolph does play action, which cause the middle backer to step towards the LOS. Hays sits down right there in between both linebackers about four yards deep for an easy pitch and catch. Ideally you’d like him to get a little deeper, but then you run the risk of carrying the route into a defender’s lane.OSU has had trouble running the ball, that’s no secret, the interior line hasn’t been great. What they have been good at doing is pass protection. So why not use the strengths of the team and throw quick short passes to act as the running game?This gets the ball to athletes in space, ultimately as an offense, you want playmakers to have the ball out in the open field. The WRs get put in one on one situations, personally I’ll take OSU’s wide outs one on one over just about any corner in the Big 12.Hays didn’t get a big play, but now it’s second and six instead of second and nine. This gives Yurcich more flexibility in his second down play call. He can line up some formation and actually run the ball, linebacker might not be as quick to the LOS because of the potential pass. He could call the exact play and make it third and two, this certainly helps the flow of the offense.In my opinion, this was one of the better called games I’ve seen in a while. The flow of the offense was nice and even being one dimensional OSU was able to put up 36 points on a salty KSU defense.The running game is going to start working, the o-line will start to gel. If this offense can start running the football, they will become dangerous. Remember this is still a young football team that knows it can win tight games. They are becoming a tough minded team. Hard-nosed SOBs. They know when the fourth quarter starts, they are going to win the game.Now they aren’t Mike Tyson, they won’t KO anyone in the first round. However, they are the guy who can stand there and take everything the opposition throws at them and smile back and say “Is that all you got?” They might not go undefeated, but they aren’t going to walk into Morgantown or Lubbock and get rattled.They aren’t going to care about how amazing Baylor is or what the history of Bedlam is. They won’t care if Boykin is a Heisman contender, no, they are going to walk in knowing they have what it takes to win. They won’t cower or scare, they most certainly won’t back down. This is a team that will require opposing teams to throw everything they have at them to win. This is a team that will make other coaches happy to not have to play them again.I urge you not to look at what they are right now, but look at what they are becoming. I love my university and I love this team. As my three year old daughter loves to say “Go Pokes!” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

‘Lukaku knew he’d dominate Lovren’ – Mourinho

first_imgManchester United Lukaku was confident he could dominate Lovren, says Mourinho Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 01:57 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Liverpool Liverpool José Mourinho Marcus Rashford The Belgium international gave Liverpool’s defence a torrid time at Old Trafford, earning the praise of his manager despite failing to find the net Jose Mourinho admitted he was delighted to see Romelu Lukaku give Dejan Lovren a nightmare 90 minutes in Manchester United’s victory over Liverpool. Lovren and fellow Reds defender Trent Alexander-Arnold endured an afternoon to forget as they were continually outmuscled by the Belgian in a 2-1 reverse.And while Lukaku did not find the net Mourinho was pleased to see him making an impact, while insisting that he did not go out to target Lovren. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “We gave options to the players. I am not the kind of mechanic coach that says A pass to B, B to C, C to D. We have different options,” the manager explained to reporters.”We have also the possibility of the long ball to [Scott] McTominay and to play against [Andrew] Robertson in the air. Lukaku was confident from experience that he could be dominant towards Lovren.”Marcus Rashford was also on form for United, ending a 10-game run without scoring with a double.They were United’s only two shots on target in the entire match and Mourinho believes Rashford’s brace – which came in front of England manager Gareth Southgate – will be a huge boost to his self-belief.”He scored two goals in a big match against a top-class opponent,” Mourinho told a post-match news conference after United moved five points clear of Liverpool.”The good thing was he scored from the first chance he had, because the last few months that was not happening with him and he was feeling that a little bit in terms of his confidence.”But today a big game, probably unexpectedly, we trusted him, we felt the game could be adapted to his quality. He is improving a lot in training and sometimes that’s the point.”You are not in the training ground, you don’t see what’s going on, the self-confidence, the moods, and the feeling with him was that he was improving in the last few weeks.”What a result! Stadium was rocking #MUFC pic.twitter.com/0GhxEzALgh — Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) March 10, 2018 Rashford was replaced by Marouane Fellaini in the 70th minute as Mourinho added an extra body to the midfield, prompting boos from a large number of supporters.The manager was not worried about that response, but was unhappy with the jeers for Scott McTominay after he passed the ball backwards during a second-half counter-attack.Mourinho said: “The fans can do what they want. I am not upset at all with that reaction, I am upset with a reaction they had to Scott McTominay. A kid of 20 years old was making all the right decisions and they want him to make the wrong decisions.”So, when the kid decides to break the intensity of the game, not to lose, keep possession, play a back pass and give a solution to keep the ball in the opponent’s half. It was a wonderful solution that many, many top players with experience don’t do it.”The kid did it and the fans reacted against the kid, that for me was the bad one.”68′ – Here comes our first change of the afternoon! @MarcusRashford rightly receives a standing ovation as he makes way for @Fellaini , who is on for his 150th appearance for #MUFC . #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/5DxLIYJblj — Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 10, 2018 Nevertheless, the United boss was overjoyed with the final result, though he admitted the display could have been better.”Perfect result yes,” Mourinho said. “Three points is very important. I wouldn’t go so far as saying it was a perfect performance.”In the first half the game gave us the opportunity to be direct, fast and score goals, more than we did. A third goal from [Juan] Mata would’ve been fantastic.”last_img read more

Wenger remains optimistic on Ramsey renewal

first_imgArsenal Wenger remains optimistic on Ramsey renewal at Arsenal Chris Burton 18:02 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Aaron Ramsey Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger The Wales international midfielder is heading towards the final 12 months of his current deal at Emirates Stadium and is yet to commit to an extension Arsene Wenger remains hopeful that Aaron Ramsey will be among those to commit to an extended stay at Arsenal.Having endured contract struggles throughout the 2017-18 campaign, more issues lie ahead for the Gunners.They were eventually able to get Mesut Ozil to put pen to paper in February but not before seeing Alexis Sanchez leave for Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Several other players are now heading towards free agency or the final 12 months of their respective deals, with Wales international Ramsey among those facing an uncertain future.Wenger, though, is hoping to see a man currently tied to Arsenal until 2019 prolong his association with the club, telling reporters: “We want the players to stay at this club.“That’s why I always speak about values. This club has been created by people who work in the fabric. One of the few clubs in the world.“We want our players to be proud of the values that have been created by people. They are based on hard work, humility, desire to be together. Those are the values we want the players to take charge of, stay together and show these values.“That’s what we want, that’s what I want. That’s my dream.”While Ramsey still has plenty of time left on his contract in which to continue extension talks, Arsenal are running the risk of losing Jack Wilshere in the summer.The England international is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, with the 26-year-old having recently revealed that he is “no closer” to reaching an agreement.Wenger has also reported “no change” in those talks, although the Frenchman did confirm that an offer has been tabled.last_img read more

Wenger: ‘Maybe’ penalty was lucky

first_imgArsène Wenger Wenger admits ‘maybe’ Welbeck penalty was lucky call Dom Farrell 07:35 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ArseneWenger - cropped Getty Images Arsène Wenger Arsenal Arsenal v Milan Milan UEFA Europa League Though the manager claimed not to see the controversial call, he admits the reaction of the Milan players indicated his side may have been fortunate Arsene Wenger was able to recall his time-honoured response when asked whether Danny Welbeck dived to win a penalty in Arsenal’s 3-1 Europa League last-16 win over AC Milan, though he admitted his side may have been fortunate based on Milan’s reactions.Leading 2-0 from last week’s first leg at San Siro, the Gunners fell behind to a stunning Hakan Calhanoglu strike 10 minutes before half-time.Milan’s hopes of a memorable comeback were short-lived as Welbeck converted from the penalty spot four minutes later having gone down under negligible contact from Ricardo Rodriguez. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp An error from Gianluigi Donnarumma saw Granit Xhaka extinguish the fading prospects of Gennaro Gattuso’s side and Welbeck added his second four minutes from time.Attention after the match turned back towards the penalty decision and, not for the first time in his illustrious career, Wenger claimed he did not see a key incident.”Honestly, I don’t know. I will watch it again promise I will give you an honest answer,” he told BT Sport.”Maybe, looking at the reaction of the Italian players, maybe we got a little bit lucky.”The positive of the situation is straight away at 1-0 down you could see the response of the team. We released our handbrake a little bit and played positively.”Were we lucky on the penalty? Maybe, I don’t know.”I don’t want to accuse Danny Welbeck of diving before I have seen the situation. He looked genuine, [thinking] it was a penalty. I will watch it again.”2 – Arsenal have won both legs of a European knock-out tie for the first time since 2003-04, when they beat Celta Vigo in both legs of the Champions League last 16. Conviction. pic.twitter.com/uQ6PheC1F7— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 15, 2018Wenger lost senior central defender Laurent Koscielny during the opening stages when the France international cramped up having taken a kick to the back.In the context of that loss and the torrid form in which Arsenal entered the tie, the veteran French coach was particularly pleased with the character his team showed.”It’s much better. We needed that to recover our form from a bad week,” Wenger added.”It shows that the team is healthy and has responded. We had a difficult game but in the end we won it.”It was open and we played a little bit with a handbrake. Instead of turning the ball forwards we played backwards and played too much to protect the result.”Then you put yourself in danger. We were playing against a good side who have not lost in 14 games in the Italian championship.”last_img read more

More great info on web analytics

first_imgBeth Kanter’s great post on web analytics is well worth a read today. A highlight is this quote:“Web Analytics packages are sold as if it’s an automatic coffee maker. In fact, it is more like buying a coffee plantation. You can still get your cup of coffee (eventually), but your going to have to stick your hands in a lot more manure than you ever knew.” Tom Cunniff – Yahoo Web Analytics ForumYes, it’s messy – but vital – to know who is coming to your site and what happens when they’re there.last_img read more

Minister Expresses Thanks to Cyberbullying Task Force Members

first_imgBullying, in all its forms, is a heartbreaking and complex problem with no easy answers. That’s why Nova Scotians owe a debt of gratitude to the members of the Nova Scotia Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying. Their hard work has set us on a path toward addressing many of the underlying issues that contribute to bullying. It was an exhaustive endeavour delivered under a very tight time-line. I want to publicly thank Wayne MacKay, members of the task force and working group for their dedication. I also want to thank the thousands of Nova Scotians who shared their stories and offered their input into the report. Acting on the recommendations is an important part of Kids and Learning First, our plan for education. Department staff are analyzing each of the recommendations and working on an action plan. Our approach will be collaborative. Everyone needs to understand that bullying and cyberbullying are societal problems and it will require a community response. We will meet with partners, in and outside of government, and identify first priorities. We can get to work right away on rolling out school-based services to youth through the expansion of SchoolsPlus. We can engage students directly to create their own exciting public awareness campaigns, and we can move forward with the task force recommendations that expand mental health services to students through government’s mental health strategy and Kids and Learning First. We can begin delivering on the recommendation to collect and act on the vital data the task force said we need, using our new student information system, INSchool. At the same time, Nova Scotians need to understand that we may not be possible to act on all 85 recommendations, exactly as written. Our goal is to capture the spirit of them. The task force recommended establishing an office of anti-bullying co-ordinator. I firmly believe we can use existing resources and expertise to fulfill the mandate of that recommendation without creating an extra layer of administration in the civil service. Nova Scotians want action on the issue — not more administrators. I agree that someone should be appointed full-time to co-ordinate provincial and community-based anti-bullying initiatives. The other issue that has captured some attention is the task force recommendation to ban cellphones in classrooms. Educating students about using technology responsibly is the best course, I believe. Technology is such a huge part of our lives and mobile devices are rapidly becoming valuable learning tools in the classroom. Cellphones have more technology in them now than the computers used to send a mission to the moon. We are in the 21st century and learning has changed. Cellphones are tools. Cellphones don’t cyberbully, people do. We must focus our attention on those using the technology responsibly. Schools have rules and policies around appropriate use of cellphones, and they manage them very well. Education needs to harness rather than ban such computing power for the benefit of students. I look forward in the weeks and months ahead to work with parents, students, school boards, educators and other departments to deliver on our mandate of keeping children safe. -30-last_img read more

Sensex Nifty trades marginally lower

first_imgMumbai: Sensex and Nifty traded in the red during the morning trade session after they opened slightly higher on Friday. Investor sentiments have taken a beating following the surprise escalation of trade tension between US and China. Foreign Institution Investors have also turned sellers during the past few sessions and the fourth quarter earning outcome have not been encouraging. While the financial sector stocks gained, auto, FMCG and IT declined. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra The Sensex of the BSE opened at 37,632.36 from its previous close of 37,558.91 on Thursday. At 9.52 a.m., the Sensex traded 3.83 points or 0.01 per cent lower at 37,555.08. The Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) opened at 11,314.15 after closing at 11,301.80 on Thursday. The Nifty traded at 11,291.40 during the morning trade session, down 10.40 points or 0.09 per cent.last_img read more

UN labour agency joblessness dips but quality of work also

GENEVA — The International Labor Organization says unemployment worldwide fell slightly last year, but is warning about a lack of opportunities, falling job security and declining quality of work in the global marketplace.The Geneva-based organization that regroups governments, labour groups and corporates says most of the 3.3 billion people employed have “inadequate” work conditions, job security and “material well-being.” Despite having employment, 700 million people live in “extreme or moderate poverty.”The World Employment Social Outlook released Wednesday projected trends by region: For example, it said Africa is expected to face economic growth rates too low to provide enough “quality” jobs for its workforce.The world unemployment rate dropped to 5 per cent last year, from 5.1 per cent in 2017. The ILO projected another dip to 4.9 per cent in 2019 and 2020.The Associated Press read more

New Flyer delays order for 90 buses company lowers 2012 production target

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 18, 2012 8:12 am MDT WINNIPEG – New Flyer Industries (TSX:NFI) says a large U.S. customer has delayed placing its order for 90 Xcelsior buses while the purchase undergoes an independent review.As a result, the Winnipeg-based bus manufacturer has lowered its projected 2012 output rate to the equivalent of 34 units per week — down from the 36 EUs per week included in a projection issued March 21.New Flyer says its customer has financing in place for the purchase but is awaiting a review required by the state for all sole-sourced orders.New Flyer said it expects to get the go-ahead from the unidentified customer in early October.It also expects adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) will be flat compared with the first half of 2012. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New Flyer delays order for 90 buses, company lowers 2012 production target read more

UNESCO chief alarmed by upsurge in killing of journalists in Somalia

“I am horrified by the sudden upsurge of violence targeting the media in Somalia,” said the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, adding that the killings are an outrage against the whole nation. “They are also an extreme violation of the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the press – both essential for the construction and functioning of healthy democracies, and especially important in a nation trying to rebuild after so many years of conflict,” she added.The journalists were killed in three separate attacks occurring on 16, 20 and 21 September.On Friday, Hassan Youssouf Absuge, a well-known radio journalist, was shot dead as he left the studios of Radio Mantaa, and independent station for which he was the programme director.On Thursday, three journalists – Liban Ali Nur, head of news at Somali National TV, Abdisatar Daher Sabriye, head of news at Radio Mogadishu, and Abdirahman Yasin Ali, director of Radio Hamar (Voice of Democracy) – were killed and four others injured in a double suicide-bombing at a popular restaurant frequented by journalists in Mogadishu, the capital. Four days earlier, Zakariye Mohamed Mohamud Moallim, who worked as an independent cameraman, was shot dead in the Nasib Bundo neighbourhood of Mogadishu.“I urge the Somali authorities to do everything in their power to bring the perpetrators of these outrageous crimes to justice,” Ms. Bokova said.These latest killings bring to 13 the number of journalists killed in Somalia this year and 26 the number killed since 2008, UNESCO said in a news release. read more

Ethiopia 50 million needed to tackle food insecurity caused by El Niñoinduced

“The outlook for 2016 is very grim,” said Amadou Allahoury, FAO Representative for Ethiopia, adding that “continued drought throughout the beginning of 2016 also means pasture will become even more scarce, which will negatively impact livestock keepers that rely on those grazing lands and water points for their food security.” The current El Niño pattern, being the strongest ever recorded, has caused severe drought in the Horn of Africa nation, resulting in crop reduction by 50 to 90 per cent; even failure in some regions. Thus, some 10.2 million people are food insecure and farmers have been left vulnerable without valuable seeds for upcoming planting season.Moreover, livestock will become leaner, sicker and less productive and perish, as worsening access to pasture and water continues, according to FAO’s latest assessments. Meanwhile, malnutrition rates have spiked and the number of severe acute malnutrition admissions for children is now the highest ever reported. In response, FAO has outlined an emergency roadmap aiming at assisting 1.8 million farmers and livestock keepers, reducing food gaps, and restoring agricultural production and incomes in 2016. “$50 million is now sought from the international community by FAO to reach and this is an immediate need because we have to be there in the next few weeks for them for the farmers and pastoralists to start agriculture and this is a very urgent need for assistance,” Shukri Ahmed, FAO Senior Economist, appealed in a video interview.First, FAO plans to assist 131,500 households through agricultural production, especially for the first half of 2016. This includes emergency seed distribution, small-scale irrigation and backyard gardening initiatives, support for seed producers and women’s empowerment.Next, some 293,000 households will benefit from FAO’s livestock interventions, such as the distribution of emergency animal feed, vaccination drives, restocking of 100,000 goats and sheep to vulnerable households, as well as cash-for-livestock exchange programmes.Another response plan will focus on resilience-building for 30,700 households, including cash-for-work programmes that will boost families’ incomes and improve critical local infrastructure and water access for livestock.Further, FAO and partners are supportive for the ongoing governmental productive capacity rebuilding programmes.“In Ethiopia, El Niño is not just a food crisis – it’s above all a livelihood crisis,” said Dominique Burgeon, Leader of FAO’s Strategic Programme on Resilience and Director of FAO’s Emergencies and Rehabilitation Division.“And we need to intervene now to protect and rebuild these livelihoods and people’s capacity to produce, to prevent families from becoming long-term dependent on food aid,” Mr. Burgeon underscored. read more

Downer to carry out engineering work on Queensland vanadium project

first_imgDowner has signed an agreement to provide mine engineering and technical services to Multicom Resources as the Queensland-based company looks to move forward its Saint Elmo vanadium project in the Australian state.Downer’s mine planning, scheduling and fleet management divisions will provide key services to Multicom, with the agreement outlining the intention of progressing to a mining services agreement at Saint Elmo as well as the provision of design and engineering services. The company has also asked Downer to progress a concept study for the development of vanadium flow batteries.“These services will support Multicom’s focus on the exploration and development of high-quality vanadium assets to satisfy the growing demand for V205 in steel manufacturing and the emerging energy storage market,” Downer said.Once the Saint Elmo project is fully developed, Multicom has an initial target production of 10,000 t/y of V205, with the possibility of scaling up to 20,000 t/y or greater, subject to market conditions.The company currently has a measured, indicated and inferred resource base of 493.5 Mt grading 0.28% V2O5. It is targeting first production in early 2021.Since acquiring the tenement in early 2017, Multicom has lodged the mining lease application and is well-advanced on environmental and prefeasibility studies, Downer said.last_img read more

Thieves pull off huge diamond heist at Brussels airport

first_imgHEAVILY ARMED ROBBERS made off with $50 million worth of diamonds in a massive heist at Brussels airport, the global dealers syndicate in Antwerp told AFP today.Last night’s robbery was “one of the biggest” ever, a spokeswoman for the Antwerp World Diamond Centre said, adding that the diamonds were “rough stones” being transported from Antwerp to Zurich.The raid saw the gang of thieves hit a security truck from a specialist Brinks security subsidiary as the gems were being loaded onto a Swiss aircraft bound for Zurich.The AWDC spokeswoman gave no details as to who the shipment belonged to.According to the AWDC, the global diamond business is worth more than $60 billion each year.Some $200 million worth of stones move in and out of Antwerp every day, the spokeswoman added.Belgian Justice Minister Annemie Turtelboom was attending a press conference at the airport late this morning.A statement from the airport earlier said the robbers drove through barriers onto the tarmac to get airside yesterday evening.Reports said no shots were fired, no-one was injured and the heist was completed within a matter of minutes.One of the vehicles was found afterwards burnt out near the airport, local police added.There are more than 4,500 diamond dealers in Antwerp, the hub for a worldwide industry going back at least 500 years, the AWDC said.-© AFP 2013.last_img read more

Snapshot Gordon DArcy among those in attendance at Gaza protests in Dublin

first_imgPaddy Barnes wasn’t impressed with the anthem after winning gold>Samoan player sees red for dangerous spear tackle at Women’s World Cup> Source: David Lynch/Twitter There’s @Gordonwdarcy marching in Solidarity with #Gaza now in Dublin. #GazaUnderAttack @monaeltahawy pic.twitter.com/0nqdbFV0DP— David Lynch📷 (@DAVIDLYNCHY) August 2, 2014center_img THERE WAS A face familiar to Irish sports fans at the Gaza protests in Dublin today.Leinster and Ireland rugby player Gordon D’Arcy was among those marching in solidarity with Gaza.And D’Arcy is not the only sporting figure affiliated with the movement — ex-rugby star Trevor Hogan is also one of its most vocal supporters.last_img read more

CARICOM joins UN General Assembly to end embargo on Cuba

first_img Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica Related Items:CARICOM, cuba, embargo, UN general assembly Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Oct 2015 – For the 23rd straight year, the United Nations General Assembly voted to end the US embargo on Cuba while the United States remained resolute to hold onto it and was again isolated in that stance. Cuba’s foreign minister told the Assembly on Tuesday that the embargo has cost his country $1.1 trillion. The US representative however says, Cuban policies are to blame for their economic woes. According to the UN, CARICOM stood in favor of an end to that embargo and the Barbados representative spoke for the Caribbean Community and demonstrated that Cuba has been generous with free tertiary education for CARICOM country students, adding that Cuba was in the process of mobilizing 461 doctors and nurses to West Africa to help in the fight against Ebola. The US financial, economic and commercial embargo has been in effect for 54 years; 188 countries voted to end it, three nations abstained. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high notelast_img read more

Google Doodle salutes Martin Luther King Jr on MLK Day

first_img3:40 In the years that followed, his activism won him the Nobel Peace Prize and he helped organize the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches. He was killed by assassin’s bullet at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.However, his legacy continues in legislation like the 1956 Supreme Court ruling against segregation on buses, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Google noted. President Ronald Reagan signed Martin Luther King Jr. Day into law as a US federal holiday in 1983, and it’s observed on the third Monday of January each year. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” King told an audience in Montgomery in 1957.Monday’s Doodle was done by Brooklyn-based artist Xia Gordon, who wanted to depict King “studying, writing and preparing to appear at the events that we are already so familiar with.”It’s not the first time Google Doodle has paid tribute to King. Last year, it depicted a girl among a crowd listening to one of his speeches. It offered an image of King taking part in the Selma march in 2015, after a peaceful image the previous year. In 2013, a Doodle marked the 50th anniversary of I Have a Dream speech. Comment Doodling our world: Check out Google’s previous celebrations of people, events and holidays that impact our lives.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Now playing: Watch this: Internet Services Politics Our favorite Google Doodles through the years 49 Photos Martin Luther King Jr. works at home in Monday’s Google Doodle. Google Doodle/Xia Gordon Google celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with a Doodle depicting the late civil rights leader studying at home.King was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, and rose to prominence by advocating for civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience.He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott against the policy of racial segregation in the Alabama city’s public transit system. In 1963, he delivered his iconic I Have a Dream speech, calling for an end to racism, during the March on Washington. Google Doodle Google How Google made a Doodle game Tags Share your voice 1last_img read more

Ray of hope for home buyers as NBCC may take up stalled

first_imgA man walks in front of a billboard of Jaypee Infratech i. REUTERS/Arko DattaIn what could be a slim ray of hope for the home buyers in Jaypee Infratech and Amrapali projects in Noida, the state-run construction company, National Buildings Construction Corporation Ltd. (NBCC) is expected to take up the projects. The NBCC is likely to take over the project to ensure its completion and handing over to its bona fide owners. In a trade-off, the NBCC has asked for full control of the finances through an escrow account.Escrow is a legal concept in which a financial instrument or an asset is held by a third party on behalf of two other parties that are in the process of completing a transaction.The Economic Times quoted a member close to the development: “Money can be arranged for the completion of the projects from balance payments of the buyers and the control of that money should be with NBCC through an escrow account”.However, the ownership of the company would remain with the current promoters, or with the Insolvency Resolution Professional (IRP) whichever the case may be. A high-level committee has been constituted by the government of Uttar Pradesh to discuss the modalities related to this issue.The committee has so far met thrice to broker a deal after home buyers had approached the government for a solution. The home buyers are also of the view that a government agency should take up the unfinished projects. The NBCC representation to the committee said that the “NBCC has also advised that Noida Authority and banks should not ask for more money from the home buyers till the time houses are delivered to them. Noida Authority and banks should seek payments only when the buyers are satisfied with their houses”.Any decision on the surplus amount, if any, that remains after the completion of the project would be taken later. NBCC also gave an option to act as a Project Management Consultant (PMC) to the projects and supervise the timely completion of the project by engaging third-party construction companies.Submitting its position to the Supreme Court, Amrapali has offered its help to NBCC to complete the stalled project and they are also open to handover the project to NBCC or any other public sector company.last_img read more

Sudan orders protesters to reopen roads

first_imgA Sudanese street vendor waits for customers during a protest outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum on 22 April. Photo: AFPSudan’s new army rulers on Monday ordered protesters to dismantle their barricades on roads leading to the military headquarters as tensions grew after talks between the two sides broke down.The demand to reopen roads came a day after rally leaders suspended talks with the 10-member military council, frustrated at a lack of headway over their main demand for an immediate transfer of power to a civilian administration.The demonstrators have accused the ruling military council of being little different from veteran leader Omar al-Bashir who was toppled by the army on 11 April following months of street protests.Protest leaders also vowed to intensify demonstrations that erupted in December until their demands are met.But on Monday night the military council tried to ease the tensions, saying the demands made by the Alliance for Freedom and Change, the umbrella group leading the protest movement, were being examined.”The alliance has presented its proposal … which is now being studied along with the visions of other political forces,” council spokesman Shamseddine Kabbashi told reporters.He said the council “will communicate with everyone to reach a middle ground”.Neighbouring Egypt meanwhile announced it will host an emergency summit of African leaders Tuesday on “the evolution of the situation” in Sudan.And on Monday, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi held talks in Cairo with Abu Bakr Mustafa, the new head of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) — a much feared organ during Bashir’s long tenure.After the meeting, Sisi praised the “efforts” of Sudan’s military council, his office said.Military ‘can’t be trusted’Protesters vowed to remain at the makeshift barricades they have set up on roads leading to the main protest camp outside army headquarters in Khartoum, to frisk people coming to the rally.”Sit-in will continue until the fall of the regime,” a huge banner on a bridge at the protest site read on Monday.Fai Othman, a protester, vowed to resist the military council’s order to remove blockades, stressing they had been erected to protect demonstrators.”There’s no guarantee that the military council would provide security for the protesters,” she said.”No military man can be trusted.”The protest leaders had pledged to name members of a civilian body on Sunday to take over from the military council, but by nightfall it was clear it would not happen.”We are suspending our talks with the military council,” spokesman Mohamed al-Amin told the tens of thousands of protesters gathered at the army complex.”We call for escalating and continuing the demonstrations until the demands are met,” he said.Protesters have massed outside the army complex since 6 April.But initial jubilation at the end of Bashir’s three decades of iron-fisted rule quickly turned to anger over the military council’s plan to rule for a two-year transition period.On Sunday, Sudan’s new military ruler general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan insisted the army rulers were “committed to give power to (the) people,” and pledged to respond to the demonstrators’ demands within a week.’Don’t fear violence'”We will carry on manning the checkpoints as usual,” 23-year-old demonstrator Kawthar Hasaballah told AFP.”No one, not even the military council, will remove us from our places.”The mood was upbeat on Monday at the rally site where a group of protesters chanted: “Burhan is dirt brought by the Kizan (Islamists)”.Protester Assad Saeed Gaber said he backed the protest leaders’ decision to halt talks.”The military council has been stalling and attempting to take over power,” he said.Fellow demonstrator Munira Mustafa al-Badawi was also undeterred. “I don’t fear violence. I don’t think they (the army) will disperse the protest violently,” he said.Sudan’s main opposition party has joined calls for the council to be dissolved and to hand power to a transitional civilian government.”Some of the members of the military council have an agenda,” the National Umma Party said in a statement.”They want to recycle the toppled regime.”Bashir, who swept to power in a 1989 coup, was one of Africa’s longest-serving presidents.He is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide and war crimes.On Sunday, the new army rulers said that cash in three currencies worth more than $113 million had been seized from Bashir’s home during a search.Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have offered $3 billion in financial aid to the impoverished country.Elsewhere, NISS offices were attacked Sunday in the North Darfur town of Kotum, official news agency SUNA reported.Eleven people, including a policeman, were wounded in ensuing clashes, it said, without giving details.last_img read more