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Playful and confident, sun-kissed beauty Deepika Padukone is set to be the face of a global campaign for the spring/summer 2015 collection of an international eyewear brand. In a beautiful shoot, the actress is spotted basking in the sun on a Goa beach while sporting a range of summerfriendly fashion styles, ranging from a red and white stripe dress with small cut-out panels, an embellished collared shirt teamed with a billowing white maxi skirt, a printed beach jacket, a mosaic jumpsuit and a sexy criss-crossing dress.While Deepika is the Indian face for the ad campaign, two other international muses share the global campaign space with her – Victoria’s Secret Angel and Brazilian model Adriana Lima and Chinese actress Liu Shishi. This is the third year that Deepika has collaborated with the brand, and it’s the first time that she will represent it on a worldwide scale.The Indian campaign shots have been clicked by renowned fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth, who shot to fame by clicking supermodel Claudia Schiffer for her first Guess ad in 1989. For the current ad feature, the lens-woman conveys a global spirit of the brand while also paying tribute to the local flavour of the tropical destination.Talking about her favourite photograph from the shoot, Deepika says: “Out of all the shots, I think the one that really sums up what I feel is the ice-cream eating shot because 22 out of 24 hours, I am only thinking about food.” She further said: “I am very happy that I had the opportunity to work with Ellen. I think everyone wants to work with her at some point in their career. It’s a dream come true for us, it was great fun.”advertisement
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly refused to draw comparisons between Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni despite the former’s visibly more aggressive style of leadership in the first of four Tests against West Indies at Antigua.India crushed West Indies by an innings and 92 runs to register their biggest Test victory outside Asia after Kohli slammed his maiden first-class double hundred. The 27-year-old was equally impressive with his bowling changes his attitude to win every match at all costs has understandably gone down well with fans back home. (India eye hat-trick of wins at Jamaica )After taking over from Dhoni, who retired from Test cricket in December 2014, Kohli has led India in 11 matches, winning six of them. He oversaw historic series victories over Sri Lanka and South Africa last year and has also averaged a staggering 60 with the bat during that period.On the eve of the second Test against the West Indies on a green Sabina Park pitch in Jamaica, Kohli continued to inspire confidence – he has urged his team to go for a 4-0 win and asked his players to be dominant right through the series.Dhoni, India’s most successful Test captain, has been guilty of sometimes becoming a little defensive overseas, where his spinners did not necessarily come into play. (Ishant Sharma issues bouncer warning to West Indies )’KOHLI AND DHONI ARE DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES’ But Ganguly, who instilled aggression and fire into touring Indian teams during his tenure from 2000 to 2005, said there was no point comparing India’s current Test and limited-overs captains.advertisement”They (Kohli and Dhoni) are different personalities on the field. It’s too early to compare the two. Maybe Kohli will win it 2-0 or 4-0; we don’t know yet. Dhoni also won the series the last time (2011),” Ganguly told India Today. (Kohli’s aggressive streak fueling Test leadership )Ganguly said Kohli’s real tests would come in England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, where India have not done well traditionally.However, Ganguly said that Kohli is the right man to take Indian cricket forward because he has the right attitude.”Kohli brings people to the ground. He is one of my favourites. I like it when he says that it’s time to deliver in Test cricket and that this is no time to learn. He is a spectator’s delight.”DADA’S ADVISE FOR WEST INDIES Meanwhile, Ganguly also had a piece of advise for the West Indies, who have called up 19-year-old speed merchant Alzarri Joseph for the second Test. On a surface that has plenty of grass cover, he said the hosts should play another genuine pacer to partner the impressive Shannon Gabriel.”West Indies will need to get in pace. Leaving grass is not a solution. They need to play a genuine pacer if they are leaving grass on the wicket. I would play Joseph,” he said.West Indies had gone with a top-heavy line-up at Antigua. Gabriel and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo were the only frontline bowlers. The rest of the bowling workload was shared by skipper Jason Holder and Carlos Braithwaite, military medium at best.A weak attack allowed India to post a massive 566, thanks in no small measures to R Ashwin’s third hundred and a fluent half-century from Amit Mishra.
Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has admitted to suffering from sleep deprivation prior to captaining South Korea to the Asian Games title.Victory in extra time over Japan saw Son and the entire Korean squad earn exemption from 21 months of military service.Son missed Spurs’ Premier League games against Manchester United and Watford as a result of South Korea’s success but feels he made the right decision competing in Indonesia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Honestly, in the final I was a little bit nervous,” Son told BBC Sport. “At night I couldn’t sleep, I was very nervous.”It was a gamble, but I was confident.”I was very proud to win this tournament for my country.”Success for South Korea followed an eventful World Cup campaign in Russia which despite suffering a group stage exit included a win over defending champions Germany.All South Korean men must complete just under two years of military service but exemptions are offered to athletes who achieve major sporting success.Olympic gold medallists can earn immunity from call-ups, while South Korea’s entire World Cup 2002 squad won exemption after they reached the semi-finals.Son could have been called up in the next 18 months had South Korea failed to win the Asian Games.Attempts to avoid being called up had been thwarted by former clubs Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen, who refused to release him for the tournaments in 2010 and 2014.Tottenham refused to stand in Son’s way despite his exploits at the summer’s World Cup, a decision the forward is grateful for.“My managers at Hamburg and Leverkusen didn’t let me go,” he said earlier this month. “So I’m really thankful to the gaffer. He took the risk. I made it, but without him and without his choice, I couldn’t have won gold. I’m thinking of a present for him!“I’m looking forward to playing for Spurs. I felt sorry [to go]. It’s my team. I’ve played for three years with my heart and missed four weeks of this season.”
Folger further said that, “2016 was a year of marketFolger further said that, “2016 was a year of market challenges but despite facing such challenges, it is quite satisfying for us to have made best of the opportunities that we had. In 2016, we retained the customers trust and loyalty and emerged as the most preferred luxury car brand here.””We remain bullish on our outlook for 2017, and will continue with our customer centric initiatives, which is instrumental to our success in this dynamic market,” he said.In 2016, the company had launched 13 models, one more than what it had initially planned and added three more models to its local assembly line, taking the total number of locally assembled models to eight now.Folger said that in 2016, the momentum of the brand was buoyed by its product strategy with all-round contribution from all the segments. The luxury SUV range of Mercedes-Benz grew by more than 20 per cent during the year, with GLE emerging as the highest sold SUV for the brand.In luxury sedan segment, the C-Class sedan remained the highest selling car for Merc in the year, followed by E-Class and S-Class. However, the sports car and performance brand AMG and the Dream Cars achieved double digit growth, underlining Mercs dominance in performance car segment.”Our strong sales momentum in 2016 underlines this customer trust on a winning brand, which strengthened the brands position and market share, more than ever before. Our unmatched product strategy, network expansion drive, comprehensive financial programmes, supported by innovative and value-driven service excellence initiatives, buoyed our momentum,” Folger said.advertisementHe said the sales achievement in 2016 despite the challenges makes them bullish for 2017 and gives confidence for the mid to long-term growth prospect of the market.”In 2017, we will continue our winning philosophy with One Team, One Goal approach, which aims at creating the best customer experience, through a range of varied customer centric initiatives,” he added. PTI BEN GK GK
Roberto Firmino embodied the Liverpool’s flamboyance and confidence with another no-look goal in Merseyside team’s 4-1 win over West Ham United at Anfield on Saturday.Firmino scored his his third no-look goal of the season, after he was put through by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as he slotted the ball past an oncoming Adrian in the 57th minute of the match.GOAL! Fantastic vision from Emre and a beautiful touch and finish from Bobby![3-0] pic.twitter.com/PAirlDR03wLiverpool FC (@LFC) February 24, 2018The last times, he had managed the feat this season was against Swansea on Boxing Day and Sevilla in the 3-3 Champions League draw on November 22.Emre Can (30), Mohamed Salah (50) and Sadio Mane (77) were the scorers for Liverpool, as they maintained their unbeaten record at Anfield in the Premier League this season. They also moved up to second with the win over West Ham United and are 15 points behind Pep Guardiola’s City.Liverpool’s win was not quite as routine as the scoreline suggested with West Ham occasionally threatening on another nerve-tingling Anfield afternoon although David Moyes’ long wait for a first win at the ground continues.Salah scored for the sixth successive game in all competitions and his goal took him level with Harry Kane at the top of the Premier League scoring charts with 23 this season.But Can was equally influential in Liverpool’s win, heading the opener and laying on a superb through pass for Firmino to score Liverpool’s third before Mane chipped in with a fourth goal in two games.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)
After becoming president of the World Bank in 2012, Dr. Jim Yong Kim committed to incorporating sustainability more fully into the institution’s work. Dr. Kim has specifically drawn the link between poverty and climate change, saying: “If we don’t confront climate change, we won’t end extreme poverty, and we’ll leave an awful legacy for our own children and grandchildren in the process.”However, new WRI analysis shows that while the World Bank has successfully addressed a number of important economic and social risks in its projects, it is falling short in recognizing climate risks. As the World Bank refreshes its long-term strategies, this is a key moment to bring climate change—and more broadly, sustainability—to the forefront of its investment agenda.Assessing the World Bank’s Current LandscapeIn a new assessment that will be launched at a panel event tomorrow, WRI reviewed a sample of 60 World Bank projects approved between January 2012 and June 2013. In addition to analyzing how World Bank projects identified and assessed climate change issues, we also examined broader sustainability issues such as poverty and human development, social and environmental risks, and client-country governance.The results were a mixed bag. On the positive side, more than two-thirds of the Bank’s projects directly identified low-income and vulnerable groups as beneficiaries. Moreover, 82 percent of projects included environmental and social assessments, in compliance with the World Bank’s current safeguard policies.However, we observed major limitations in the way the Bank addresses climate change in its projects. Out of 60 Bank projects from our assessment, only 25 percent included features that took climate change risks into account. This shortfall could leave communities vulnerable to extreme weather, sea level rise, and other climate impacts—impacts that threaten to undermine the World Bank’s efforts to eliminate poverty. The recently released second installment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report has made it clear that the impacts of climate change are already “widespread and consequential” across every continent, creating significant risks for communities around the world. Even fewer World Bank projects—only 12 percent—assessed the potential greenhouse gas emissions associated with their development, thus failing to assess and invest in low-carbon alternatives.Individual Projects Are Rising to the Sustainability ChallengeBut while it may be falling short on integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation into project development, it’s clear that the Bank has the in-house skills and capacity to thoroughly consider the long-term social and environmental effects of its investments. Our assessment uncovered examples of investments that successfully prioritized climate issues from the outset. For example:Plans for the Metro Colombo Urban Development project in Colombo, Sri Lanka, acknowledge that the metro area is highly vulnerable to flooding today. Flooding in the future will be exacerbated by climate change and projected sea level rise. Because there were no detailed flooding probability projections for the city of Colombo, the team designing the project estimated the potential impacts of climate change through modeling carried out for other Asian cities. This assessment helped the project team identify flood damage reduction options—such as improvements to flood and drainage management infrastructure —that account for potential risk from major climate change-related events. Designers also used the assessment to feed into a cost-benefit analysis that accurately reflected the avoided harm from the investments.The São Paulo State Sustainable Transport project in Brazil conducted an analysis of projected CO2 emissions and emissions reductions associated with various project components, including road rehabilitation and upgrading an inland waterway transport system. Designers conducted this analysis even in the absence of a standardized approach towards calculating emissions in transport projects (at the time of appraisal). Through this analysis and the sense of urgency shown by using best available tools, the borrower and the project team were able to signal commitment and adherence to the State of São Paulo’s low-carbon growth strategy.These individual examples demonstrate that the effective use of available data and deployment of innovative greenhouse gas measurement tools can help ensure that the Bank’s investments prioritize aspects of sustainable development—namely, building resilience to and mitigating climate change. However, for these kinds of practices to become institutionalized, the World Bank should more comprehensively reassess the way it factors sustainability into its investments.The World Bank’s Changing Structure: Opportunities for Advancing SustainabilityThe good news is that the World Bank is currently in a time of transition, creating an opportune moment for the institution to more fully incorporate sustainability into its project planning. The World Bank Group approved a new corporate strategy in October 2013, featuring two new goals: ending extreme poverty by reducing the percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day; and promoting shared prosperity by fostering income growth for the poorest 40 percent of every country’s population.Important safeguard policies, such as those that protect communities and ecosystems from the potential harm associated with investments, are being reviewed and updated. In order to truly set projects on a sustainable development path, creating or integrating a climate change component into these policies and not viewing them as an additional burden will be a required part of the current sustainability paradigm.The World Bank is also developing a new model to replace its current procedures for engaging countries in a strategic manner. This is an important opportunity to better integrate the risks associated with climate change into investment planning in all of the Bank’s borrower countries. Countries that are charting out their “green growth” agendas should be supported by the Bank with GHG assessments in all relevant projects. And all investments should be made with an accounting of the possible impacts of climate change – on communities and ecosystems, as well as on the projects themselves.This is also an important moment for the international development community. Over the last 14 years, development bank investments have been in part shaped by the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The next generation of these goals is being designed right now and will emphasize integrating sustainability into the global development agenda. These new “Sustainable Development Goals” are expected to replace the MDGs in 2015. The World Bank can more fully align its activities with this evolving agenda and respond to what will be a growing demand from countries for investments in sustainable development projects like the example from Brazil presented above.Creating climate-resilient, prosperous communities will require action from a variety of stakeholders—from national governments to local officials to development banks. The World Bank can do its part by making climate change considerations as an essential factor in its investment decisions.LEARN MORE: Download our full assessment of the World Bank’s portfolio, or register for our upcoming event on April 3, 2014.
Mike Gundy spoke with the media on Monday in Dallas. He was sporting a mullet. A real one. And it was awesome. Here are some of the highlights from his 20-minute session to officially kick off 2016.On Mason Rudolph“He’s continued to develop, he’s been very humble, understands the team concept, and he looks really good. His strength levels are the highest they’ve every been so we’re excited about watching him play this fall.”Yes, his strength levels are high.On the Future of the Big 12“I don’t know that any of us know what direction we will go. I will say that I have a lot of faith in the Big 12 Office. Our presidents and athletic detectors through statistics and data have come to the conclusion that we need a championship game in ’17. So I’m behind them 100 percent. My only suggestion would be to make sure that the two teams that play in a championship game are the teams that have earned a right to get there and have the best records in our league.”On Mason Rudolph and health concerns“We won’t handle Mason any different. If we have somebody on our team that can help contribute on game day whether it would be in a package similar to what J.W. executed for us last year, some short yardage and goal line packages, then if there is somebody out there, then we will certainly take advantage of their efforts. If not, then we develop a scheme for Mason that fits those categories. It’s no question that it’s very important for us to keep Mason healthy with the way that transfers are set up in college football now.”So you want to keep Mason healthy but you’re also going to “develop a scheme for Mason” that fits the J.W. categories. That seems contradictory.On How Baylor Affected OSU“Well, I think the situation at Baylor is like having a discussion with politics and religion in that there is not anything that any of us can say other than we have confidence or I have confidence in our league that we will do everything possible to try to make the best decisions possible. It hasn’t really affected us at Oklahoma State.We’ve had a pretty unique way of handling things in our program. We have a lot of confidence in it, and we always try to do the best we can. So I’m hoping in the long run it will work out for everybody.”About as Gundy as it gets.On the run game woes“You’re being nice and saying we ‘struggled’ with the running game. We weren’t very good at all! When you look back at the last couple of years with our running game, we didn’t do a good job of covering guys up and giving our backs an opportunity to make cuts. We were making too many cuts behind the line of scrimmage. With our offensive line, we’ve got seven guys that I had mentioned after spring ball and I know you guys are familiar with them, that we feel like have to rotate through and give us the best opportunity for success.”The seven: Larry Williams, Marcus Keyes, Zach Crabtree, Jesse Robinson, Brad Lundblade, Victor Salako and Michael Wilson.On Mike Yurcich“Mike has come a long ways. The reason that we brought Coach Yurcich to Oklahoma State is because we felt he was a young, upcoming, innovative coach and I had been very fortunate as a head coach to have that style of a coach with Larry Fedora and Dana Holgersen and Todd Monken, guys that are innovative and strong-willed and can make a decision and Mike’s fallen into that category. He’s an extremely hard worker. He’s a really, really good recruiter, and he’s turned into a very good play caller.”It felt a little like Burns Hargis sat Gundy down in his office yesterday and said, “look, I know you’re sporting this 80s mullet and that’s fine, but this isn’t actually the 80s … please don’t go down to Dallas and just start saying whatever you want.” Gundy was more tight-lipped than I thought he would be and even offered fewer zingers than normal. But still, it was fun to hear him riff on a variety of subjects before the season starts here in about seven weeks.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Vine/Sanjay KirpalaniFlorida fans will have a player to root for when the Elite 11 quarterback competition takes place at The Opening this summer. St. Thomas Aquias’ Jake Allen, a Florida verbal commit, was invited to compete after his performance at today’s regional camp in Miami.#Gators QB commit Jake Allen invited to the Elite 11. https://t.co/IftMV2Scr9— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) March 6, 2016Allen made some nice throws during the drills today.Jake Allen rocking the USPS hat and delivering the mail #GETOPEN #Gators https://t.co/PnQiwJTRq7— Sanjay Kirpalani (@SanjayKirpalani) March 6, 2016Jake Allen with a great throw just off Trevon Grimes fingertips. https://t.co/S6IDbMqmhR— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) March 6, 2016Here is Allen’s recruiting profile, via 247Sports. The Elite 11 takes place at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. from July 5-10.
The Best Pillows Designed With Stomach Sleepers In Mind When it comes to camping, there’s no greater pleasure than building, maintaining, and basking in the magnificence of a man-made campfire. Though you likely had the help of some old newspapers and a lighter, that doesn’t make it any less impressive to have brought life to one of man’s greatest inventions. While it’s all well and good to simply gaze longingly into the fire, it’s even better to take a cue from our ancestors and get roasting, whether it be marshmallows, hot dogs, sandwiches, or just a huge slab of meat.We’ve gathered some of the best campfire roasting products on the market. Campfire cooking technology is in a golden age, and you’re living in it.MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks – $22Is there anything more classic than roasting a marshmallow over an open flame? Whether you choose to embark an eternal quest for the perfectly golden mallow or just burn it immediately on impulse, roasting that gooey goodness is a campfire must. However, it’s important to make sure you have the right equipment for the job. While you can always pick up a stick and slap a marshmallow on the end, it’s much more efficient to use a two-pronged roasting stick like this one. Otherwise, you may find yourself losing ‘mallow after ‘mallow due to a lack of stability.You can pick up a set of 8 MalloMe marshmallow roastings sticks for just $22 on Amazon. Though their primary use is marshmallows, you can also use them for smaller hot dogs and cocktail weenies if you so choose.Get Roastin’Rome Industries Pie Iron – $17You’ll find, if you do some extensive googling, that the majority of products meant for roasting food over the fire tend to be focused on either meat or marshmallows. Which is what makes the pie iron so unique. It’s a fairly simple design, but it allows you to make a wide variety of meals over the fire — sandwiches, pies, and cinnamon rolls, just to name a few.The Rome Industries pie iron is just $17 on Amazon right now. You can also pick up the double pie iron for $25 if you’re feeling adventurous.Get Roastin’Fire Buggz Fishing Pole – $25When it comes to roasting things over the fire, there’s always one thing to be wary of: proximity to the fire. Get too close and you’ll get burned, but get too far away and it’ll take you years to roast your weenies. With a fishing pole, however, you can maintain a safe distance from the flames while simultaneously getting the best possible heat applied to your meats. Though it doesn’t actually work as a legit fishing pole, it’s still an effective and fun way to roast a meal.If you’re ready to start fishing in your fire, the Fire Buggz Fishing Pole is currently just $25 on Amazon. You can also pick up a four-pack for $90 if you’re really into it.Get Roastin’The Adjust-A-Grill – $54If you’re looking for a more of a barbecue setup, then you’re going to want to pick up some sort of campfire grate. While there are many options to choose from, there are very few that let you adjust the height and direction of the cooking surface. The Adjust-A-Grill gives you the option to raise and lower the grate, as well as pull it away from the flames.This great fire grate can be yours for just $53 on Amazon. You may also want to purchase a heat-resistant glove while you’re at it so you don’t burn yourself.Get Roastin’Roasting stuff over the fire can be fun, but not if you don’t have a fire to roast anything over. Take a look at our guide to building your very own glorious fire pit. 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Expert Pitmaster Tips on How to Smoke a Brisket at Home The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached Editors’ Recommendations
(Editors note: The handwritten notes obtained by APTN National News are posted below the story.)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsDays after Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock demanded Houston-based firm SWN Resources Canada leave New Brunswick, he sat at a hotel conference table with the province’s premier discussing a strategy that would see the company stay and continue its controversial shale gas exploration work, APTN National News has learned.On Oct 1, during Treaty Day celebrations, Sock demanded the company leave the province within 24 hours. He read out a band council resolution declaring Elsipogtog was taking “stewardship” over all unoccupied Crown lands.But in a closed-door meeting Monday in Fredericton, Sock and Premier David Alward discussed a timeline to end a blockade targeting SWN machinery and allow the company to finish some of its exploration work, according to three pages of handwritten notes from the meeting obtained by APTN National News.A Mi’kmaq-led anti-fracking highway blockade in Rexton, NB, has trapped SWN’s exploration vehicles in a compound. The company responded by obtaining an injunction last Thursday to clear the barricades. The threat of impending police action as a result of the court order spurred talks Sunday and Monday between Alward and Sock.Two of Sock’s advisers confirmed the notes were taken during Monday’s meeting and asked APTN National News not to report their content. They said the notes contained information unknown even to the majority of the band council.While Sock’s advisers would not say who wrote the notes, they revealed the broad strokes of Monday’s discussion. The conversation with the premier went beyond the blockade and SWN’s immediate exploration work. The two sides discussed the creation of a provincial consultation framework to govern how industry deals with First Nation communities on future energy projects, they said.APTN National News has decided not to identify the two advisers.The ongoing blockade on Route 135 sits about 80 kilometres north of Moncton and 15 km northeast of Elsipogtog. The blockade is the latest salvo in a battle against SWN’s shale gas exploration that raged throughout this past summer and led to dozens of arrests.Mi’kmaq, Acadian and Anglophone residents in the area believe the discovery of shale gas will lead to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and they fear the extraction method poses a threat to the area’s water and environment.SWN’s injunction against the blockade expires on Oct. 12 and the company’s lawyers have agreed to let the injunction expire as a result of talks between Sock and Alward.Elsipogtog residents supporting the blockade widely believe Sock is trying to negotiate SWN’s permanent exit from the region and bring an end to any shale gas exploration in the future. But according to the handwritten notes and Sock’s advisers, evicting SWN from the province is not on the table.“Time is what is needed to settle the volatile situation,” reads one entry in the notes.The two sides discussed letting SWN finish its seismic imaging exploration work along a section on Hwy 11, which is near the blockade site. In exchange, the company would forgo other work requiring explosives, according to one advisor. SWN currently has a line of geophones stretching for about five kilometres on the highway which is under close surveillance by the company.“Line 4 abandoned if line 11 is completed,” says one of the lines in the notes.SWN is also willing to put up with protests against its work if the blockade ends, said one of Sock’s advisers.“Blockade down, protest continues,” reads one entry in the notes.The notes also seem to set a possible day for the release of SWN’s trapped vehicles.“Thursday equipment moved out?” says one the items listed in the notes and numbered “4.”While the notes do not state which “Thursday” is being referred to, it follows three previous items numbered 1, 2 and 3 with the words “improperly consulted, working group” and “week…time limit Monday to next Wednesday.” The words “improperly consulted” appear in two of the pages of notes.The advisers would not provide details about the proposed timelines, saying only that the “working group” would be discussing all the items listed in the notes. They said Alward agreed Elsipogtog was not properly consulted before SWN entered its territory.After Monday’s meeting in Fredericton’s Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel, Sock and Alward, emerged holding braids of sweetgrass and jointly announced the creation of the working group. Both leaders said they hoped the group’s efforts would lead to the blockade’s peaceful end.According to the notes, it appears the Sock and his advisers want discussions with the province to include issues such as housing, the creation of a “healing to wellness court,” and a tax agreement on gaming revenues. The items are expected to be part of the working group’s agenda, according to one of Sock’s advisers.Sock and his advisers appear to have concluded they can’t convince Alward to evict SWN from the province.“If it’s not SWN, it’s always going to be another company,” said one adviser told APTN National News.New Brunswick’s Tory government is betting heavily on investments from energy firms like SWN to help turn the province’s moribund economy around. SWN is expected to invest about $47 million into the province by the end of the year. It gave Fredericton $2.4 million in cash shortly after winning a bid to explore 934,000 acres stretching from Richibucto and Bouctouche region, which includes Elsipogtog’s territory, to the southwest. The company was also awarded a license to explore 84,000 hectares in the province’s southeast.SWN is seeking to renew its exploration licenses which expire next March 31, 2014, and March 31 2015.The province wants to avoid a repeat of First Nation-led opposition that has dogged SWN’s work. Without the Mi’kmaq, local Acadian and Anglophone opposition would pose little threat to the company’s shale gas exploration. Local non-First Nation residents who frequent the camp readily acknowledge the Mi’kmaq demonstrators gave the resistance teeth.Sock and Alward have discussed creating a framework defining the “duty to consult” to allow companies like SWN to enter First Nation territories without triggering such fierce opposition. While the framework is specific to the situation in Elsipogtog, advisers claimed it will become the blueprint for the rest of the province, defining how industry deals with First Nation communities.“There is going to be a historic event come out of this,” said one of Sock’s advisers. “The agreement coming out of this working group is not just going to affect Elsipogotog; it is going to affect how industry comes to the province and how the province and industry comes to First Nation communities.”Sock’s adviser said the process would involve a referendum preceded by meetings where the company would detail their planned work in the community’s territory.“Nowhere has this happened before where First Nations and a company in the province have sat down and developed a duty to consult. To define it to the point where a band member who just sits back on welfare will know every detail as long as you go to the meetings,” said the adviser. “You are not going to get spoken for by a corporation in another part of the province…In First Nation communities this is huge…it is going to be how…TransCanada comes in and deals with communities across the province.”TransCanada is planning a $12 billion, 4,500 kilometre pipeline project to ship up to 1.1 million barrels of Alberta tar sands oil to Quebec and New Brunswick.email@example.com@JorgeBarreraThe NotesDownload (PDF, Unknown)
CAIRO- A crackdown by Egypt’s authorities on the Muslim Brotherhood has left hundreds of Islamic charities struggling for funds, with experts warning the move could impact this week’s referendum on a new constitution.The Tuesday-Wednesday vote has been billed as the first step in Egypt’s democratic transition after the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July following huge protests against his one-year rule.The government installed by the military after Morsi’s ouster has seized assets, bank accounts, hospitals, schools and institutions run by Islamic charities as part of its crackdown on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement. Analysts say Morsi’s supporters, who have been clamouring for his reinstatement, are likely to find backing for their call for a boycott of the referendum among grassroots Egyptians who are dependent on the charities.“These charities will definitely have an impact on the referendum. The turnout will be much less this time,” analyst Osama Diab of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights told AFP.“The focus of the Muslim Brotherhood is to ensure a low turnout and the Islamic charities can influence people for that. They can mobilise people through these charities to guarantee a low turnout,” said Diab.Mustafa Kamel al-Sayyed, professor of political science at Cairo University, agreed.“The Muslim Brotherhood could use charity networks for mobilising people to boycott the referendum or elections, given their influence on the people,” he said.“These charities do offer services that aid people and the government’s measures (against them) could backfire,” he said.According to experts, however, the boycott is not likely to be extensive enough to affect the final outcome of the vote.The charities say they aid millions of impoverished people in Egypt. They are also seen by many as providing the Brotherhood with a solid social platform that helped it dominate all elections since the fall of president Hosni Mubarak in the 2011 uprising.Experts say the authorities suspect that some of the funds are used by the Brotherhood to mobilise anti-government protesters or even for funding militant activities.
Arguing that Africans, including African leaders, are now much less disposed to blame all their troubles on outsiders and more determined to take responsibility for their own future, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for greater international backing for the continent and stressed that the UN system had a crucial role to play in mobilizing and delivering that support. “We must make ourselves Africa’s advocates, not only for improved market access, but also for the reduction of the subsidies paid by rich countries to their farmers, which currently amount to $1 billion a day,” Mr. Annan told the High-Level Segment of the 2001 substantive session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which this year focuses on African development. “This lowers world prices, leading to lower incomes and poverty in Africa.”The Secretary-General called on the UN system to become Africa’s advocate for a wide range of measures, including increased development aid, deeper and faster debt relief and a larger share of private investment. He also stressed the need to make greater efforts to “listen to the people on the ground” and be more constructive in finding ways to support local, African initiatives.”This could be a turning point in Africa’s history,” he said, referring to the adoption of a new Africa recovery plan at the recently concluded Organization of African Unity Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, at which African leaders also committed themselves to forming an African Union, along the model of the European Union. On the subject of trade talks, he said that in order to restore momentum to open markets, there should be a “true Development Round” of global trade negotiations, giving genuine priority to the concerns and interests of developing countries. “The greatest danger in times like these,” he said, “is that people will listen to the sirens of protectionism.” After spending the full morning in the ECOSOC session, the Secretary-General then had three bilateral meetings with the Foreign Minister of Morocco, Mohamed Benaissa; the Chairman of the Group of 77, Ambassador Bagher Assadi of Iran; and the Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Dr. Alwi Shihab. Later in the day, Mr. Annan went to the International Labour Organization (ILO), where he convened a high-level panel on the Youth Employment Network, made up of leaders from private industry and civil society who create job opportunities for young people. The Network was one of the key initiatives to emerge from the Millennium Summit and is designed to address the fact that there are an estimated 66 million unemployed youth today, up 10 million from 1995.Speaking at a press conference after the visit, the Secretary-General stressed that unemployment early in life “takes a heavy and enduring toll on the individual” and could lead to a circle of despair, poverty and social instability. “We cannot afford to let this vicious circle continue any longer,” Mr. Annan said. “Youth is our most valuable asset — they are the leader of the future, they are the future.”
“There is a proliferation of products and foods containing toxic chemicals,” Okechukwu Ibeanu, the Commission on Human Rights’ Special Rapporteur on adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and waste, said in a statement issued on the occasion of World Health Day, 7 April.“In a globalized world, such products are traded internationally or produced locally by subsidiaries of trans-national companies, thereby affecting the enjoyment of human rights of individuals and communities in all parts of the world,” he added.According to Mr. Ibeanu, low-level exposure to toxic chemicals occurs from different sources, from everyday household and food products, to employment in the agricultural or the mining sector, to the disposal of electronic products and vessels and accidents. Each of these situations raises a variety of human rights concerns, and may require different strategies for prevention and redress to victims, he said, but many of the individual cases brought to his attention deal with allegations of irresponsible or illegal corporate behaviour.“Such behaviour is too often met with impunity,” he said. “International human rights law compels States to take effective steps to regulate corporate behaviour in relation to hazardous chemicals and holds private companies accountable for any actions taken in breach of such regulations.”The expert urged States “to take measures to assure that the victims of human rights violations arising from actions or omissions by trans-national corporations should be allowed to seek redress in the home country jurisdiction, and to ensure that trans-national corporations domiciled in their countries be held to account for violating human rights standards.”As a special rapporteur, Mr. Ibeanu is an independent, unpaid expert with a mandate from the UN Commission on Human Rights, which adopted a resolution on the adverse effects of toxic products and waste on the enjoyment of human rights in 1995.
‘The best thing about Q4 is that it’s over’: Maple Leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain, president of Maple Leaf Foods, is pictured in Laval, Que., on Dec. 12, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 27, 2014 9:42 am MDT TORONTO – The head of Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI) chose not to mince words Thursday when describing what was a tough fourth quarter for the giant Canadian food processor.“The best thing about Q4 is that it’s over,” president and CEO Michael McCain told analysts during a conference call Thursday.McCain was explaining the “tremendous costs” involved in the streamlining the company’s food processing business, which involved opening new meat plants before older ones could be closed — something that weighed heavily on fourth-quarter and year-end results.Maple Leaf, which specializes in meats products such as bacon, sliced deli meats and fresh chicken as well as baked goods through Canada Bread, reported a $14.4-million net loss from continuing operations in the fourth quarter.Its adjusted operating loss totalled $21.7 million, or 25 cents per share, compared with an adjusted profit of six cents per share that analysts had expected.McCain said it had been anticipated that the fourth quarter would be the one that would put the most pressure on the company’s earnings. The Toronto-based food giant is in the midst of a three-year plan of building a new distribution network and improving production efficiencies in its prepared meats division.Much of the costs were attributed to the construction of the company’s single-largest production facility, in Hamilton, Ont., and startup costs at its expanded facilities in Winnipeg and Saskatoon.By the end of this year, Maple Leaf says it will operate 13 meat plants instead of 22 and two distribution centres instead of 19.“2013 was an outlier year that interrupted very solid earnings progression in our business,” McCain said. “These total results don’t reflect the underlying health of our business, our markets, or any structural industry shift.”“What they do portray is a very significant but transitory effect of volatile commodity markets in 2013, conditions which are now normalizing, and the direct and collateral impact to earnings from an intense change and transition environment.”He added the goal is use a smaller number of facilities to produce certain types of meat products such as wieners, smoked ham and sausages and bacon, instead of having them spread throughout several facilities.Meanwhile, Maple Leaf’s revenue for the fourth quarter, which ended on Dec. 31, fell about two per cent or $23.6 million to $1.11 billion.McCain said despite the disappointing results in this latest quarter, the company remains on track in delivering on its 10 per cent margin target for EBITDA by 2015.“There is a steep hill to climb to get to our… target but we see a path that is very clear,” he said. “In fact, I would say we have a clearer path … than ever.”Maple Leaf noted it has also put in place extensive precautions to safeguard its hogs from the piglet-killing porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) that has spread to some farms in Canada.McCain said the company has built a “fortress” around its facilities, and has implemented everything from restricted access to training and awareness programs to ensure the farms are “PED free.”Nevertheless, he noted that these initiatives are not a guarantee.“We’re doing everything I think is humanly possible,” he said.The fourth quarter was a period of significant change for the Toronto-based company, which spent months evaluating options for its profitable Canada Bread subsidiary — Canada’s largest producer of baked goods best known for its Dempster’s brand bread.Maple Leaf recently agreed to sell its 90 per cent stake in Canada Bread (TSX:CBY) to Grupo Bimbo, a Mexican company that is offering about $1.83 billion to buy out Maple Leaf and minority shareholders.Including gains from the sale of two other business units during the quarter, Maple Leaf posted $511.3 million of net income for the fourth quarter, or $3.58 per diluted share. That included $525.8 million from discontinued operations, offset by the loss at Maple Leaf’s continuing business.Revenue from the company’s protein group dropped to $747.3 million from $760.3 million a year before, while revenue from the Bakery group dropped to $359.7 million from $370.3 million.Canada Bread reported separately that it had $33.9 million in net income from continuing operations in the quarter, compared with $24.2 million a year earlier.Canada Bread received $116.3 million from the sale of its Olivieri business, a part of the Maple Leaf Bakery group that makes pasta products.Maple Leaf’s fourth-quarter results also included the Olivier sale as well as the protein group’s sale of its Rothsay unit, which processes byproducts from the slaughtering process. Maple Leaf realized $628.5 million from the Rothsay deal.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier story gave the wrong figure for the Q4 revenue decline
These figures are far lower than the same week last year, when there were 53.1 per 100,000 in England, but health officials said that younger people were less likely to go to the GP about flu.Throughout the last week, there were 237 admissions to intensive care or high dependency units for flu. This compares with 198 cases this time last year, with the same rate of 0.5 per 100,000 people seen in both years.Richard Pebody, head of flu at PHE, said: “We are currently seeing mainly A(H1N1)pdm09 circulating, which is well matched to the strains in this year’s flu vaccines.”Previous flu seasons suggest this strain particularly affects children, pregnant women, and adults with long-term conditions – so if you’re eligible, it’s not too late to get your free jab to protect yourself and vulnerable people around you.”Last month PHE officials pleaded with these groups to come forward for jabs.The failure of last year’s jabs fuelled the highest winter death toll for more than 40 years.This year, new types of vaccines are being offered, but the scramble to get hold of stocks meant GPs were asked to delay offering the jabs to some patients. Flu pressures on intensive care are as bad now as at the height of last year’s winter crisis, amid warnings that it may be linked to too few young people failing to have their jabs. A report from Public Health England reveals that levels of influenza are now having a high impact on intensive care and high-dependency units, amid rises in flu across the country.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––In the last fortnight, the number of cases seen by GPs has more than doubled.But a far greater impact has been seen in hospital intensive care units, with just as many cases as seen this time last year – when the NHS had the worst winter crisis on record.Last year winter deaths hit a 42-year high, after the flu jab failed to work in the vast majority of cases.Officials say this year’s vaccination is a good match – but warn that too few people are taking it.They say the pressures on intensive care units may be fuelled by low take-up of the jabs among pregnant women, and adults below the age of 65 with long-term conditions.These groups are particularly susceptible to the main strain in circulation – A (H1N1), also known as swine flu – which pensioners are more likely to have built immunity to.And they are also at increased risk of more severe consequences of the condition, experts warned.Just 43.6 per cent of pregnant women have had the jab so far this year, compared with 46 per cent this time last year. And only 44.7 per cent of adults with a chronic health condition have had the jab, compared with 47.5 per cent this time last year.The data shows that GP consultations for flu-like illness rose from 8.4 per 100,000 at the start of the year to 19.2 per 100,000 people in the last week. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
FLSmidth has provided Glencore’s Katanga Mining operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a new 7 m grinding mill. Katanga Mining operates a large scale copper/cobalt project with substantial high grade mineral reserves and integrated metallurgical operations and the new grinding mill will be delivered ex-works together with associated equipment. It is likely to be commissioned in the third quarter of 2014 at the mine’s copper KCC concentrator plant.The new equipment will be commissioned into an existing milling plant at the Katanga concentrator, in which multiple AG and ball mills already operate. Terence Osborn, Minerals Capital Sales and Marketing Manager at FLSmidth says the new grinding mill will boost plant reliability and enable production throughput predictability. “It has been well proven to be high quality and reliable equipment, and we have a growing relationship with this client,” Osborn says. In addition, Katanga Mining will implement FLSmidth’s proprietary Process Expert System (PXP) advanced process control mill optimisation package. This high level process control solution is a proven method to simultaneously reduce cost and improve product quality. “The mill is running in closed circuit with hydrocyclones and we’ve developed software that takes the milling plant operation into account holistically,” Osborn says. “Having expert knowledge of mill circuits, we’re in an ideal position to ensure that the whole system runs in a well-balanced and optimal manner harnessing PXP to achieve a consistent throughput.He added: “Achieving consistency is particularly important at this operation, since test work data indicates that the ore from this project will be variable from a hardness perspective and this always makes mill circuit control more challenging. The best way to maximise plant productivity is to maximise stability. By running the plant as consistently as possible, the mine will achieve a better quality downstream product.”
A new multi-colour, touch-screen Information Display allows the operator to monitor machine performance and adjust machine parameters to tailor performance to the task. The Work Monitor screen, within the Information Display, provides real-time data about machine performance to optimise productivity. New for the D9T is a seatbelt reminder that illuminates an in-dash icon when the machine is started, and it adds an audio reminder if the machine is placed in gear without fastening the belt. Sound suppression packages are available to reduce average sound pressure at the operator’s ear to 74 dB(A) and spectator levels to 110 dB(A). To enhance work site safety, a number of lighting packages are also available, including halogen, high intensity discharge and LED. Access and egress lighting controls are conveniently positioned and allow lights to be programmed to best suit the situation. A ground-level service center provides easy access to the electrical disconnect switch, which has built-in lockout/tag-out capability, the engine shut-down switch and jump-start receptacle. The D9T also has strategically placed anchorage points to help service personnel work safely when performing repairs and maintenance. Finally, to further simplify routine service, the end-pin bearings on the equaliser bar now accept grease and are serviced from one convenient location. The new bearings are designed to significantly extend component life and lower maintenance costs. The Cat D9T dozer has several new features that “enhance performance, productivity, operator convenience and safety, and serviceability” according to Caterpillar. The new dozer features a Cat C18 ACERT engine, which meets Tier 4 Final/Stage IV emissions standards, and delivers 436 net horsepower (325 kW) at 1,800 rpm. High torque rise of 36% enables the dozer to power through tough material. A new high-efficiency cooling package, advanced electronic controls for the power train and implement hydraulics, quieter cab with enhanced information monitoring, and safety and serviceability refinements define the new D9T.The new D9T combines these design enhancements with its predecessor’s premium features—a durable mainframe with cast steel main case; pivot shaft that transfers blade loads directly to the mainframe; modular drive train with three-speed power-shift transmission and differential steering system; heavy-duty undercarriage with track roller frames and bogie-suspended rollers; a wide selection of blades; intuitive controls; and expansive visibility. The previous D9T model is still available in less regulated countries and can achieve emissions levels equivalent to Tier 2 and Tier 3 standards.A new aluminium bar-plate radiator combines enhanced cooling efficiency with added durability and increased resistance to corrosion. In addition, a new air-to-air aftercooler cools combustion intake air to increase combustion efficiency and fuel economy, and a new air-to-oil hydraulic cooler precisely modulates temperatures for optimum performance and component longevity. The new Advanced Productivity Electronic Control System (APECS) is designed to improve transmission shifting performance, providing a higher level of comfort for the operator and increasing productivity. APECS works in conjunction with the Enhanced Auto-Shift system, which automatically selects the optimum gear/engine-speed match, based on load and ground speed, to increase productivity and fuel economy. In addition, the transmission features an electronically controlled main relief valve to reduce pressure during idling to save fuel.Available blade-control technology—assisting the D9T’s productivity and simplifying the operator’s job—includes Automated Blade Assist (ABA), which allows operators to select pre-set blade-pitch positions for the dig, carry, and spread portions of the cycle. ABA is standard with the D9T dual-tilt dozer blade option. Autocarry automates blade lift during carry segments longer than 100 feet (30.5 m), and it automatically positions the blade to minimise track slip. Enhancing Autocarry is the Adaptive Load Select system, which automatically adjusts blade load based on factors such as soil type, moisture content and track performance. In addition, an available Automatic Ripper Control adjusts ground speed and ripper depth to minimise track slip. And for ultimate blade control, the Cat Grade Control 3D system provides precise, automatic positioning of the cutting edge and requires no blade-mounted masts and cables. The system reduces the need for grade staking and grade checking, which reduces the need for people on the ground and consequently enhances safety while lowering costs.
Italian handballpallamano On the 29th and 30th October, the Italian handball community will go back to vote to choose the new president of the local federation (http://www.figh.it/).Pier Luigi Montauti (http://www.famigliahandball.altervista.org/) will be the challenger to the current president, Francesco Purromuto who has been in charge of the federation for the last 15 years.On one side Pier Luigi Montauti will bring around many years of experience in managing a local club, being a past member of the federation board and the creator of the second most popular handball youth tournament in the world, the Interamnia Cup.On the other side instead, the current president, Francesco Purromuto will try again to run the federation for four extra years.Indeed in weeks before elections’ time, Italian handball fans have been venting their frustration and unhappiness on popular Facebook groups and websites about the deep crisis, which has been hitting hard the sport for many years. They put that down to a lack of accountability and proper planning on the federation.A public protest will be taking place on Thursday outside the Rome federation offices.Meanwhile, the federation through press releases and a TV interview by Franco Chionchio, the men’s national team coach, claims that good results have been met in the last couple of years.Without any doubt the Futura Esercito Rome project, which created from scratch a group of young women players who this year had joined the Top Slovenian League, has been growing gradually, showing hopes for the future of Italian handball.So without any doubt, the sport in Italy has reached a crossroad: on the 30th October we will know what direction handball will be heading to in the next four years.Italian handball website and FB group following elections daily:http://www.oscarmarcon.altervista.org/https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/465151823529132/LUCA DEL BIANCO ← Previous Story Poland Superleague: “Oilers” easily win in Zabrze Next Story → Serbs starts EHF EURO 2014 campaign without Ilić, Čutura, Marković and Beljanski
Lesli Foster of WUSA9 News, along with FOX 5 News’ Shawn Yancy and ABC7/WJLA-TV’s Rebecca Cooper, headlined breast cancer fundraiser at the Powerhouse.Many familiar faces seen daily and nightly on local Washington D.C. news television stations were dressed in all hues of pink at the D.C. Newsbabes Bash fundraiser for breast cancer. More than a dozen female news anchors, and special guest Dr. Jill Biden hosted a swanky fundraiser to benefit Survivors Offering Support (SOS) June 11 at the Powerhouse in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C.The classy two-hour event united major area anchorwomen in a sea of pink solidarity across the D.C. metropolitan area all in one room, as they raised funds for breast cancer survivors. The on-air news hosts included Lesli Foster and Andrea Roane of Gannett’s WUSA 9 and Allison Seymour , and Shawn Yancy of FOX 5 News of FOX 5 News.Dozens of pink spotlights shined along the walls of the three-level venue as specialty cocktails were served, hors d’oeuvres were passed, and sweet treats including cupcakes by Georgetown Cupcake and gelato by Dolci Gelati. In 2009, a group of friends working in the television news industry provided the idea to create an event to benefit a widely known cause that has now continued for six years. This year’s sponsors included Spilled Milk Catering, Bethesda Row, Powerhouse, and Glassman Wealth Services.“This is a group of dedicated and competitive women, uniquely working together for an amazing cause. Now, that’s newsworthy,” said President Barry Glassman a sponsor who donated a whopping $10,000 to the Newsbabes Bash organization on behalf of Glassman Wealth Services.Although Washington pro football star Robert Griffin III was not in attendance, he donated a pair of flashy pink football cleats he wore in October for breast cancer awareness month. The autographed cleats were auctioned at the event with bids beginning at $500.In addition to anchorwomen, more familiar faces including 45-year NBC 4 news anchor Jim Vance, WPGC 95.5’s Tati of the Pablo Morning Show, and Oprah Winfrey Network’s OWN TV star Bershan Shaw supported the breast cancer awareness bash. Shaw, a two-time breast cancer survivor kept her first diagnosis private. Upon finding cancer in her body a second time, the OWN TV reality star now shares her personal struggle with the disease.According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African-American women with an estimated 27,060 new cases expected to surface from 2013. African-Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival span for most cancers compared to other racial and ethnic groups in the United States.