Federations keep tainted wrestlers and swimmers out

first_imgThe anti-doping disciplinary panel has left it to the respective federations to take a call on the participation of the seven dope tainted athletes in the Commonwealth Games.While four wrestlers and two swimmers are unlikely to get any favours from their federations, shot putter Sourabh Vij would make the cut as the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has stuck with his name in the squad.The provisional suspension of 12 athletes, who tested positive for methylhexaneamine, has been revoked by the three-member panel which makes seven of them eligible for the Games.The seven, who were initially part of the Commonwealth Games team, include four wrestlers, two swimmers and a shot putter. The only conclusion that could be arrived on Monday was that the six wrestlers were tested in competition and all the 12 will now be heard on October 21.While the suspension of the seven athletes who were part of the CWG squad was revoked in the last hearing on Wednesday, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) failed to convey the message to the three federations.It was only on Monday that the revocation orders were sent to the federations after the threemember panel headed by Dinesh Dayal asked the NADA officials to communicate the order.Arjuna awardee Rajiv Tomar is amongst the four wrestlers who flunked the dope test and were part of the Commonwealth Games squad. Even though the panel’s decision to revoke the provisional ban makes them eligible to take part in the CWG, the federation has made it clear that it will not reinduct any of these grapplers as the final order is still awaited.advertisement”No, we will not include any of these wrestlers in the team because it is just the suspension that has been revoked and the panel has not given the final verdict,” Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president GS Mander told Mail Today. “The wrestlers who have replaced them have had their accreditation done. It is neither nor practically possible to replace them.”If we take them into the team and then on October 21, the panel finds them guilty, it will be a huge embarrassment for us,” he said. The point of contention was whether the six wrestlers were tested in competition or out of competition and the NADA panel was divided on the issue.While the chairman concluded that the tests were conducted out-of-competition, the others – Dinesh Khanna and Dr NK Khadiya -thought otherwise.The Swimming Federation of India (SFI) said that if the CGF allows them to make fresh entries for Richa Mishra and Jyotsana Pansare, they will include them in the team.”We will have to check with the CGF to know the last date of making fresh entries and if it permits us, we will include both Richa and Jyotsana because we will not include them at the cost of other swimmers who are already training with the team,” SFI secretary general Virendra Nanavati said.But the time has ran out for both Richa and Jyotsana as September 3 was the final date for submitting the teams by name and after that the CGF accepts changes only as replacements.last_img read more

Atletico Madrid win thrilling shootout to reach Champions League quarters

first_imgAtletico Madrid celebrated like they had won the trophy after reaching the Champions League quarterfinals by edging past PSV Eindhoven 8-7 on penalties on Tuesday following 210 goalless minutes in their last-16 tie.Juanfran converted the winning spotkick at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, before ripping off his shirt and charging to celebrate wildly with the home fans after the two sides became the first to end a Champions League knockout match 0-0 on aggregate.It took 16 kicks to finally produce a winner with Luciano Narsingh hitting the crossbar with PSV’s eighth effort before Juanfran coolly delivered for his side. Atletico are into the last eight for third successive year, having also needed penalties to beat Bayer Leverkusen last season.The Spanish side, runners-up in 2014, had home advantage in Tuesdays second leg after drawing in the Netherlands but were kept in check by a disciplined defensive display from the Dutch champions.Atletico should have gone ahead after 15 minutes when Koke set up Antoine Griezmann, but PSV goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet blocked his low shot with a fine reflex save from 10 metres.Zoet denied Griezmann again when he beat away the Atletico forward’s goal-bound header from point-blank range in a first half of few chances.PSV looked for opportunities on the counter-attack and Luuk de Jong missed a chance for the Dutch champions just before the break.PSV were more adventurous in the second half, however, and came closest to breaking the deadlock in the 58th minute when Jurgen Locadias shot from the left was pushed onto the post by Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.advertisementAtletico defender Filipe Luis then reacted quickly to prevent De Jong from scoring on the rebound.Just after the hour mark, Zoet blocked an effort from Filipe Luis and the rebound fell for Yannick Carrasco, who shot wildly over the bar.Substitute Fernando Torres led Atleticos attacking efforts in the second half spurning two half-chances before he had a firm left-footed shot from an acute angle palmed onto the crossbar by Zoet in the 87th minute.Lucas Hernandez headed over in extra time after finding himself unmarked from a corner and Atletico captain Gabi wasted a free kick on the edge of the PSV penalty area, but the hosts could not find a way through.last_img read more

No. 1 Alabama Smothers No. 3 Florida State in Opener, 24-7; Pappanastos Had a Rough Night

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — Sparkling confetti rained on Alabama during a celebration in the middle of Atlanta’s glitzy new stadium.The top-ranked Crimson Tide hopes to return in January for an even bigger party. Taking over as Alabama’s No. 1 kicker, Pappanastos had a rough night.Dominating on defense and taking advantage of an awful special teams showing by No. 3 Florida State, the Crimson Tide got started on what has become its annual quest for the national title with a 24-7 beatdown of the Seminoles on Saturday night at $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.“It’s good to get a win, but we have a lot of work to do,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said, before adding ominously for the rest of the nation:“We’ll get better.”The new stadium, filled to the rafters with 76,330 fans split almost evenly between the schools, hosted one of the most anticipated opening games in college football history .At the end of the season, it will be the site of the national championship game.Don’t bet against Alabama making a return appearance.“It’s one game. We have a long season,” Saban said. “The focus that we have right now is what’s ahead, not what’s behind.”Damien Harris ran for a touchdown and blocked a punt , while Jalen Hurts chipped in with a scoring pass in a game that basically required the sophomore quarterback to make no major mistakes.This one was all about that dynamic Bama D.And Florida State’s not-so-special teams.“We work 30 to 35 minutes a day on special teams,” coach Jimbo Fisher moaned. “We had breakdowns. Those were critical plays in the game.”Coming off a last-second loss in last season’s title game , Alabama picked off two passes by Deondre Francois in the second half, snuffing out any hopes of a Florida State comeback. Throw in a blocked punt, a blocked field goal and a fumble recovery on a kickoff return, and there was really no path to victory for the Seminoles in the first opener between two teams in the top three of The Associated Press preseason rankings.The Tide led 10-7 at halftime, catching a huge break in the closing seconds when the officials didn’t call a pass interference penalty.Tony Brown never looked for the ball, running into Nyqwan Murray as he tried to go for a scoring catch that would have given the Seminoles a lead. When Florida State was forced to settle for a 37-yard field goal attempt, Minkah Fitzpatrick leaped up to make the block on the final play of the half, preserving the lead and prompting a round of boos from the FSU faithful as the officials trotted off the field.Appearing deflated, the Seminoles never got anything going over the final two quarters. Levi Wallace and Mack Wilson both had interceptions, and Francois’ night ended with him being helped off the field — putting no weight on his left knee — after being sacked from behind by blitzing safety Ronnie Harrison.Francois grabbed at his knee even as he was going down.It was a potentially crushing blow on a night that already went bad enough for the Seminoles.“I hugged him,” Fisher said. “We’ll get the diagnosis and figure out what we’ve got to do from here.”With the Tide still clinging to that three-point lead, the game was essentially decided by a seven-play sequence toward the end of the third quarter.Logan Tyler’s punt was smothered by Harris, racing in from the left side, and Dylan Moses fell on it at the Florida State 6. The Seminoles made an impressive stand, forcing Alabama to settle for Andy Pappanastos’ 25-yard field goal.It was all for naught when, on the ensuing kickoff, Keith Gavin muffed the ball in the end zone, picked it up, ran into one of his own men, and then fumbled on a hit by Moses. Keith Holcombe recovered at the 11, and Harris ran up the middle for a touchdown on the very next play, splitting two would-be tacklers at the 5.Florida State managed only 65 yards in the second half and finished with 250 in the game. Alabama had just 269 yards but it didn’t really matter with all the chances created by the defense and special teams.“This game tells us where we are,” Saban said, “and where we need to go.”THE TAKEAWAYAlabama: The Tide looked very much like a team worthy of its No. 1 ranking. While the no-call on the potential pass interference penalty was a huge break, there was no doubt about the better team in this game. The offense still needs a bit of work, especially the passing game. Saban grumbled that his team “didn’t make a lot of explosive plays.”Florida State: The Seminoles were looking to regain a bit of their swagger after back-to-back 10-3 seasons, which would be a cause for celebration at most schools but not in Tallahassee. Florida State thought it had the squad to contend again for a national title, but the offense was no match for the Crimson Tide. Throw in Francois’ injury, and the outlook is suddenly a whole lot bleaker.ROOF CLOSEDAtlanta built a retractable roof stadium for nights such as this.Clear skies. Temperatures in the low 70s.Unfortunately, the camera-lens-like structure is still a work in progress. While capable of opening and closing, the process takes too long to take any chances during a game. So, for the foreseeable future, it will remain closed.KICKING WOESTaking over as Alabama’s No. 1 kicker, Pappanastos had a rough night.The transfer from Ole Miss kicked three field goals, also connecting from 35 and 33 yards, but he missed his two longest attempts of 42 and 41 yards.UP NEXTAlabama: Hosts Fresno State next Saturday in first game of the season at Bryant-Denny Stadium.Florida State: Returns home to face Louisiana-Monroe next weekend.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Real Madrid Extends Kroos’ Contract Until 2023

first_imgMADRID — Real Madrid says it has extended Toni Kroos’ contract until the end of the 2023 season.The 29-year-old midfielder, whose contract was to expire at the end of the 2022 season, joined from Bayern Munich after winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014. He has helped Real Madrid win 11 titles, including three Champions Leagues and a Spanish league.Madrid just completed one of its worst seasons in recent years with a 2-0 home loss to Real Betis. The club finished third, eight points behind Atletico Madrid and 19 points behind champion Barcelona.Madrid is expected to revamp most of its squad under Zinedine Zidane, who returned as coach near the end of the season.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Trips to Google and the RAF: inside the FA’s technical directors’ course

first_img Twitter Reuse this content Topics The FA The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. The course is the brainchild of Dan Ashworth, who will leave his role as the FA’s technical director to take up a similar post at Brighton next spring. The 47-year-old had championed a pathway for scouts and heads of recruitment to complement that already in place for coaching and medical staff. There was a vacuum which needed filling to give those working in a multidimensional role, or earmarked to take on such duties, a better chance of success.The five‑tiered programme, drawn up after dialogue last year with a pilot group that included Paul Mitchell, now at RB Leipzig, and Nick Hammond, formerly of West Brom, mirrors the coaching educational structure, with the top level equivalent to the pro licence. It is not designed to teach people how to be sporting directors, not least because the demands of specific clubs vary wildly. But, by challenging candidates to be more open-minded on management techniques, the hope is they identify what can be adapted to their roles. Footballers seeking mental health help in record numbers – but it’s good news Share on Messenger From Ellie Roebuck to Ebony Salmon: 10 young English footballers to watch Share on WhatsApp From left: Dougie Freedman (Crystal Palace), Heather Cowan (Birmingham City Women) and Jim Fraser (Chelsea) listen to Terri Scriven of YouTube. Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian Read more On Monday morning at Google’s snazzy headquarters in Pancras Square a group of students in a second-floor corner office are discussing the particular foibles of their day jobs. Dougie Freedman and David Moss are debating data and its use in recruitment while Steve Walsh, interjecting, points to how difficult it is to gain a true picture of a prospective signing’s character. Jim Fraser, Chelsea’s head of youth recruitment, is talking restrictions and how a failure to qualify for the Champions League leaves a gaping hole in the coffers. Meanwhile Les Ferdinand, operating in another world a few miles down the road at Queens Park Rangers, cracks a broad smile and offers to “play a little violin” in sympathy – to whoops of laughter. Share via Email Share on Pinterest Pinterest center_img FA looks into former Fulham assistant director’s allegations “The course aims to stimulate and support them,” says Ashworth. “The role carries different titles – football director, sporting director, general manager – but more and more English clubs have recognised the value of someone with the club’s long-term interests at heart and not just winning on Saturday. Sporting directors look at the academy, at contracts and budgets, at short- and long-term talent identification, and act as a fulcrum for owners, boards, manager, the coaching staff and everyone. They are increasingly recognised as essential when it comes to implementing a philosophy at a club. So we asked the pilot group: ‘What do you wish someone had told you four years ago before you started in the job?’ and built the course from there.”The six modules over nine get‑togethers tackle everything from critical thinking and self-awareness to analytics, via communication skills and managing the press. Before the sessions on leadership with Vallis and YouTube’s Terri Scriven there had been talks by Nokia Global’s head of leadership development, Joel Casse, Harry Bartlett from the SAS and Gemma Morgan, a Sandhurst graduate and the first woman awarded the Carmen Sword for outstanding performance as a young officer. A flight simulation is pencilled in with the RAF at Brize Norton to scrutinise decision-making under cognitive load (or, in football parlance, coping with transfer deadline day). Caspar Berry, who spent three years as a professional poker player, led the group in an examination of risk. Read more Facebook Share on LinkedIn features The role requires a bigger skill-set – it oversees specialists on sports science, scouting, analytics, mental healthMike Rigg, Fulham Share on Twitter Read more More conventionally, there was a three-day visit to Germany, spending time at BMW scrutinising recruitment and with Hasan Salihamidzic at Bayern Munich, Stuttgart’s head of sport Michael Reschke and Red Bull Salzburg’s Christopher Vivell. “There are always subtle differences to their roles but the core issues are the same,” says Walsh, who played a key role at Leicester in their title-winning season before a spell at Everton. “Recruitment is key, so you need exhaustive knowledge of the players and the industry, but developing other skills to help communicate ‘up’ within a club, or develop your own team – whether scouting, medical, psychology or academy – is just as critical. Ultimately, all Premier League clubs will have someone in the role within the next 18 months. The course is trying to define the skillset required, and coming up with very interesting ways of doing that.”The previous day had been spent at Wembley conducting role plays on “critical conversations” with a team of professional actors. The scenarios did not revolve around football – one involved a film director intent on casting Hugh Grant in a role, only for the studio to demand Steven Seagal play the part – but the parallels were clear. “I’ve been in football a long time, and in some really senior positions, but there has not always been this kind of training, to emerge with a win-win situation,” says Moss, who has overseen Celtic’s scouting operation and was head of football operations at Huddersfield after their promotion to the Premier League. “Coming to Google is just as illuminating. If the culture in a club is right, it means you have good people, a clear strategy and unity. So to see how Google recruit, their strategies for progression, the way they treat staff, the working environment, was fascinating. People have a spring in their step and are passionate about their work. Football clubs can learn a hell of a lot from a company like this.” The FA and its consultants, Leading Edge, provide each with an executive coach – a mentor from outside the game – to offer advice and support between sessions. Where resistance flares up most obviously is over an instinct to revert to the default: football has its own way of working, so how do any of the techniques advocated by big business apply? The game, as the cliche goes, is unique. “But why not challenge it, change it and improve it?” asks Mike Rigg, formerly a technical director at Manchester City, chief football officer at Fulham and head of talent management with the FA, now acting as a consultant. “There’s a new group of people coming into clubs with an unbelievable amount to offer who have not emerged along traditional routes, as ex-players turned coaches.“They have studied the game, or are armed with master’s degrees or PhDs, and are raising standards whether as data analysts, scouts, counsellors, nutritionists or in medical departments. They are helping the game evolve and are a breath of fresh air bringing new perspectives, and their line manager would be the sporting director. That role requires a bigger skill set now because it effectively oversees specialists on sports science, scouting, analytics, welfare, wellbeing, mental health … hence this course giving people a better understanding of what the future game will be.”Football is adapting. The hope is those students around the table at Google will be better equipped to oversee what happens next. Share on Facebook Moss is armed with a master’s degree in sporting directorship from Manchester Metropolitan University, but each of the students on the FA’s course boasts experience or current employment at clubs with contrasting demands. Freedman is at Crystal Palace in the Premier League, Ferdinand consolidating QPR in the Championship and Grétar Steinsson with Fleetwood in League One. Matt Crocker is head of coach and player development at the FA, Heather Cowan oversees Birmingham City Women as general manager, Steve Morrow heads up Arsenal’s youth scouting division, while Brian Tevreden was Reading’s technical director until recently being appointed chief executive at the owners’ Belgian club, KSV Roeselare. It is a diverse group, and the onus is on each to cherrypick aspects addressed in the lectures that can benefit their specific role. That is merely a snapshot. The exchanges are passionate, provocative and insightful, with the first intake enlisted on the Football Association’s new level five course for technical directors calling upon their own experiences while their host, Kirk Vallis, global head of creative capability development at Google, and a handful of consultants and tutors take it all in.This is uncharted territory for the nine candidates, many in situ at clubs, on a 20-month course aimed at developing skills in a role the English game has belatedly embraced. That Manchester United operate without a sporting director increasingly feels quirky, although, judging by the noises from Old Trafford, that may be about to change. Burnley have advertised for a technical director, meaning nine Premier League clubsare set to have such a position by the start of next year.last_img read more

Video: FSU RB’s Working Out With Wet Footballs To Prepare For Potential Downpour Saturday

first_imgFSU players and coaches at practice.FSU FootballsFlorida State travels to Wake Forest this Saturday, and the game could be affected by the path of Hurricane Joaquin. At the very least, heavy rain could fall during the contest, and the Seminoles are preparing for the inclement conditions. Here’s a video courtesy of FSU beat writer Safid Deen showing the Seminole running backs working with wet footballs in anticipation of a downpour on Saturday. The balls get a quick dunk in a bucket of water before being used in the drill.FSU’s running backs working with wet footballs in preparation for Saturday’s game at Wake Forest. #Noles pic.twitter.com/tvkRuRavtE— Safid Deen (@Safid_Deen) October 1, 2015Can’t leave any stone unturned when getting ready to play.last_img read more

2010 Sportfishing Season Set To Open

first_imgAnglers will soon head out on the province’s rivers and lakes as sportfishing season opens in most areas of Nova Scotia on April 1. “Sportfishing is a popular recreational activity that plays an important role in Nova Scotia’s economy. We are fortunate to live in a province with an abundance of angling opportunities,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau. “This season we have provided even more fishing opportunities and we ask anglers to familiarize themselves with the new regulations for the 2010 season.” More than 100,000 anglers enjoy fishing throughout the year, participating in free fishing weekends and other activities such as fishing derbies, Learn to Fish programs, Families United With Nature and Becoming An Outdoors Woman. “This year we will continue to focus on promoting and encouraging youth angling through our Learn to Fish Program,” said Mr. Belliveau. “Youth who participate can look forward to a fun-filled interactive program to get them interested in angling as a lifelong outdoor pursuit.” Young artists from Grade 1 to Grade 12 will have a chance to participate in the Nova Scotia Kids Fish Art Contest. The winners will receive fishing gear, including a rod, tackle and trophy. One lucky winner will have their artwork featured in the 2011 regulations booklet. Licence fees, taxes included, are $25.85 for the season for residents of Nova Scotia and $59.57 for non-residents. Non-residents also have the option to purchase a seven-day licence for $32.58. Seniors’ fishing licences are available for $6.33. One-day licences are available to resident and non-resident anglers for $13.07. All anglers age 16 or older must purchase a general fishing licence. Licences are valid until March 31, 2011. Anglers who plan to fish during the winter season should keep their licence. It is mandatory to return the stub at the end of the season. New regulations, and changes to regulations, are included in the 2010 Angler’s Handbook and Summary of Regulations, which accompanies each fishing licence. More information on angling and a list of special regulations by recreational fishing area can be found on the Fisheries and Aquaculture website at www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing .last_img read more

NO PLACE FOR BULLYING PERSONAL OR SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN EQUITY WORKSPACES –

first_imgEquity’s national Council is actively listening to members’ concerns about bullying, discrimination, and personal and sexual harassment. We take these issues very seriously. This is a time of change in our industry and we are committed to making things better. Advertisement Login/Register With: Council has been in touch with the membership on this issue since 2014. Equity’s 2015 survey and further consultation with members across the country informed the Not in OUR Space! anti-harassment campaign – a proactive initiative designed to change industry culture. Our work over the past 18 months has included a complete review and overhaul of all internal policies, bylaws and the member disciplinary processes resulting in the new Respectful Workspace Policy.Early experience with Not in OUR Space! is promising; Members are calling Equity for assistance and advice in larger numbers. Engagers across the country are standing with Equity members and presenting a Joint First Day Statement of zero tolerance.The Equity Support Spectrum, identifying multiple reporting options, is an excellent member resource, and Equity is well-equipped to respond to concerns. All staff in both the National and Western offices have all received basic training on harassment issues. Select senior staff have been trained as Respectful Workspace Advisors (RWAs), available to assist members experiencing unwelcome behaviour with support and advice about solutions. In extreme situations, RWAs will direct callers to the appropriate authorities. Members are encouraged to call or email an RWA with any questions, comments or when seeking advice.On November 3, 2017, Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan issued a statement affirming the Association’s commitment to changing workplace culture so Equity members can create in safe and respectful workspaces.The broader entertainment industry is also committed to change. On November 23, 2017, senior staff from Equity were invited to a gathering of film and television leaders convened by ACTRA. Equity was asked to present the development process of the Not In OUR Space! campaign and resulting materials to the attendees. We encourage you to read the resulting statement here.We welcome feedback from members about the actions that have been taken and how to move forward. Your national Council and Equity’s staff are committed to working with our industry partners to find sector-wide solutions to the problems of sexual harassment, harassment and bullying in our workspaces.Much has been accomplished and there is still much more to do. As a community, we can create the change we seek for our industry.The national Council of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association Kirsten Alter (Ontario)Deena Aziz (Quebec)Karen Bassett (Atlantic)Scott Bellis, Council President (British Columbia / Yukon)Nicole Caron (Dance)Stephen Erickson, First Vice-President (Eastern Opera)Sedina Fiati, Second Vice-President (Ontario)Jaron Francis (Saskatchewan)Jane Heyman (British Columbia / Yukon)Aaron Hutton (Manitoba / Nunavut)Catriona Leger (Eastern Ontario / Outaouais)Ian Leung (Alberta North / Northwest Territories)Minh Ly (Ontario)Peter McGillivray (Eastern Opera)Kate Sandeson (Stage Management)Genny Sermonia (Ontario)Diane Speirs, Secretary-Treasurer (Western Opera)Allan Teichman (Ontario)Paul Welch (Alberta South)Zeph Williams (Ontario)Paula Wolfson (Ontario)Raugi Yu (British Columbia / Yukon) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Annual pace of housing starts in Canada sped up in August compared

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of housing starts in August increased compared with July.The agency says housing starts came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 223,232 units for August, up from 221,974 in July.The increase came as the seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 0.8 per cent in August to 207,524 units.Multiple urban starts increased by 2.7 per cent to 145,618, while single-detached urban starts fell 3.2 per cent to 61,906 units.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 15,708 units.The six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates of housing starts increased to 219,447 in August compared with 217,339 in July. read more

Prison escapee during tsunami arrested

Over 200 prisoners had escaped from the Matara prison following the 2004 tsunami which had badly affected Matara as well. In 2009 another prisoner who had escaped during the tsunami was arrested while on another occasion three escapees were shot dead in Mattakuliya during a gun battle with the police. (Colombo Gazette) He is to be produced before the Matara Magistrate today, the police said. The Matara prison is located close to the sea. An inmate of the Matara prison who had escaped during the devastating 2004 tsunami, was arrested yesterday, the police media unit said today.The police said that the prisoner, who is now 26 years old, was arrested in Weligama by a police team yesterday. read more

UK says Lankans looking forward to new Constitution

He said that a key priority for the UK next year will be to create and embrace the many opportunities and meet the challenges that the UK exit in due course from the European Union will bring. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the relationship that Sri Lanka and the UK enjoy is one that is long-standing, broad and enduring. “As 2016 comes to an end it’s a good time to take a moment to reflect on some of the things that Sri Lanka and the UK have done together and achieved over the past twelve months.  And as we all look forward to the start of the new year, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the opportunities and challenges 2017 will bring for our two countries, and on what will be important to us and what we would like to achieve in the months ahead,” he said. Britain says the majority of Sri Lankans will be looking forward to having in 2017 a new Constitution, one that will help to create the right framework for really good long-term community relations.The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said that Sri Lankans will also be keen to see more advances towards reconciliation next year. The High Commissioner said that the UK shares the welcome given by people in every community in Sri Lanka to the many positive steps taken over the year to help achieve and advance reconciliation between communities.“With reconciliation will come the confidence and trust that will help to bring sustained and enduring peace and prosperity to Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans.  It is not only the government that has taken the lead, but Parliament, regional and local authorities, religious leaders, civil society groups of all sorts and everyday people working together to bring about good outcomes.  I am pleased at all that my High Commission and the British Council have been able to do to help, and we stand ready to continue to give our support,” he said. read more

Regina city council residents prepare for further debate on massage parlour strategy

Ed Smith, right, is calling for a complete ban on massage parlours in Regina. But according to the city, while most preferred an outright ban during public consultations, they agreed it was not likely to have a positive impact on the safety of workers in the industry.For some, regulation versus banning seems to be a a ‘lesser of two evils’ kind of choice.“Our agency undertook research and consulted together as staff to determine the best possible response to the issue before City Council,” says a submission from the Regina Sexual Assault Centre (RSAC). “It is our opinion that neither choice, that of banning or regulating body rub parlours, are satisfactory options.”RSAC says that while they are “not here to support the regulation of body rub parlous” nor to have them banned, they are interested in the protection of those engaged in the industry and the rest of the community.Given the choice, RSAC says they support regulation with some conditions: criminal record checks and background checks for business owners, funders and manages; strong lines of communication with workers including collaboration between community agencies and police akin to a hub model and background checks for workers that do not create “barriers for criminalized individuals to support themselves.”RSAC also calls for a licensing system that enhances worker safety, including workplace safety sessions and contact with supportive community agencies, while protecting privacy of workers and that the city consider ways to support women who are exiting or escaping the sector.While administration has met with workers and owners of body rub establishments, representatives from the industry have not been notably absent from any public meetings, including June’s executive committee meetings. The ongoing ‘regulation versus ban’ debate over Regina’s massage parlours, or “body rub establishments” as the city prefers to call them, will continue Monday night at a special city council meeting.Thirteen delegations are scheduled to speak to councillors and administration, many who continue calls for an outright ban.In her submission to be presented to city council on Monday, Jane Gattinger expressed “grave concerns” over city administration’s recommendations to impose a licensing system on the city’s approximately 21 massage parlours.“This is a modern day form of slavery that we are looking at today,” she wrote. “Many a soldier gave their lives so that we can all enjoy freedoms. Let’s not willingly give that away.”She calls on the city to be heroes and make Regina safe and proud again.Gattinger is not the only one calling for an outright ban. During public consultations hosted by the city, most preferred a ban, and that preference was echoed again and again at an executive committee meeting in June.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Many of those concerned residents have signed up to speak again at Monday night’s meeting, including Ed Smith, whose 18-year-old daughter was found murdered in Victoria, B.C. in 1990 after being recruited into the sex trade.“We need to show our women and girls that we will do everything we can to protect them,” he wrote in his latest submission. “If we think that regulations, licensing and bylaws will protect them, we are deceiving ourselves.” TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post A slow shutter speed was used to capture the lights of the Oriental Spa on the 1800 block Broad Street in Regina. If approved as is, the regulatory framework recommended by administration would be fully implemented in 2021, with some aspects, such as Zoning Bylaw changes that could happen right away.In addition to a licensing program, administration is proposing a one-block separation distance from schools, churches, daycares and other massage parlours, which is similar to those applied to cannabis retail outlets.Changes to the Zoning Bylaw are also being recommended to distinguish between massage parlours and therapeutic massage by using the term “body rub establishments.”Currently, the Zoning Bylaw allows massage parlours as a discretionary use in industrial zones, although none of the approximately 20 massage parlours currently operating in Regina are complying with the bylaw.Administration is recommending they also be allowed as a discretionary use in major arterial zones (where most massage parlours currently operate), such as Victoria Avenue and Albert Street.Monday night’s special city council meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in Henry Baker Hall on the main floor of City Hall.jackerman@postmedia.com read more

Pleuger pumped up with Collahuasi copper mine contract win

first_imgGermany’s Pleuger Industries has installed six robust high-performance pumps at the Anglo American- and Glencore-owned Collahuasi copper mine in Chile, helping the operation continue to produce more than 5,000 tonnes of fine copper every year.At Collahuasi, two open-pit mines, Rosario and Ujina, provide the necessary copper ores, which are smelted on site into copper concentrate and cathodes. Pleuger’s 10 in pumps come in during the flotation process at Collahuasi, where they help dewater the copper sludge for copper concentrate extraction.The acceptance of the six pumps, for which the technical management of the mine together with the pump distributor Wellford had travelled from Chile to Hamburg, took a week. “This is not unusual when one considers the significance of the new submersible motor pumps for the processing of copper sulphide,” Pleuger said. “If the pumps fail, the production process comes to a standstill until the pumps are repaired. Reliability, therefore, has top priority.“The decision in favour of a pump manufacturer is, therefore, less a question of one-time costs than of confidence in the technical know-how of the engineers.”Wellford, from Chile, Collahuasi’s pump supplier, brought Pleuger into play because the German pump manufacturer has decades of experience in designing pump units for the special requirements of the mining sector, the Germany-based company said. “Pleuger’s engineers have acquired their expertise in various customising projects around the globe, which the Hamburg-based company continuously uses in the construction of its engines.”Process pumps like the ones used at Collahuasi are placed under extreme operating conditions, Pleuger said.“Copper… quickly oxidises the materials from which pumps are usually made. In order to counteract this process, the engineers at Pleuger Industries rely on a corrosion protection concept specially adapted to the customer when designing the pumps,” the company said.“In addition, the new pump systems must be energy-efficient, because Collahuasi’s copper production follows an energy management system based on international standards.”last_img read more

Titomic and FLSmidth agree production trial for Kinetic Fusion™ highwear parts manufacturing

first_imgAustralian Digital Manufacturing Solutions company, Titomic Ltd has announced that it has entered into an agreement with mining and mineral processing equipment major FLSmidth, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. Under this production trial, Titomic will utilise its proprietary Titomic Kinetic Fusion™ (TKF) additive manufacturing process to build high-wear resistant parts at a preliminary cost of A$12,275 per part. The aim of this prototype is to validate improvements for high-wear resistant mining equipment using Titomic Kinetic Fusion™.Titomic has the exclusive rights to commercialise CSIRO’s proprietary and patented process for the application of cold-gas dynamic spraying of titanium or titanium alloy particles onto a scaffold to produce a load-bearing structure. This technology forms part of what is being marketed by Titomic as Titomic Kinetic Fusion™. It is described as “within the industry of 3D printing” but is more broadly described as additive manufacturing, and the company says there are some key differentiators to Titomic’s technology. “All 3D printing processes involving titanium must be conducted in an inert gas environment to mitigate oxidation which occurs when titanium is melted. The Titomic Kinetic Fusion process is the first additive manufacturing process to mitigate oxidation issues because there is no melting involved as the titanium particles impact to mechanically fuse.”In addition, current 3D printing machines restrict manufacturers to smaller components with low production volumes. The Titomic Kinetic Fusion process allows product customisation without size constraints. The Titomic Kinetic Fusion process enables bespoke automated production lines which do not require tooling, welding, folding or bending thus simplifying the supply chain. This results in less design iterations so you can spend more time innovating and less time troubleshooting.Titomic also says its machines have build rates that are exponentially faster than conventional metal 3D printers currently available. “Titomic enables you to cut production lead time from days to hours. Create and test prototypes allowing quicker response to market changes, shorten design cycles and benefit from first mover advantages.”Titomic’s TKF unique additive manufacturing capability for metallurgical fusion of dissimilar metals surpasses the current capability of traditional manufacturing, enabling Titomic to introduce higher performing materials to the mining industry which are pivotal to minimising downtime and significantly improving productivity. On the successful completion of test trials, Titomic will negotiate a contract to supply OEM production of high-wear resistant parts to FLSmidth from its TKF Melbourne Bureau for the global mining industry.Jeff Lang, Titomic Managing Director commented: “Titomic is proud to partner with FLSmidth, the global leader in sustainable productivity to the mining industry to deliver TKF additive manufactured parts with real economic value to mining operations. The mining industries’ equipment breakdowns are timely and expensive setbacks for operations and Titomic is well positioned, as the global leader in industrial scale metal additive manufacturing, to partner with FLSmidth to provide next generation technologies for improved commercial benefits of their customers.”last_img read more

Foramec helping GHH expand footprint in Turkey

first_imgGHH, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy vehicles for mining, tunnelling and special civil engineering, is focusing on Turkey as a growing market: An extensive cooperation with the regional partner Foramec has been agreed.For years, substantial investments have been made in Turkey in large infrastructure and mining projects. Also, there are plenty of mines in the country: more than 50 different products are harvested in around 4,500 deposits. The degree of mechanisation is comparatively low and the safety can be improved, as the Soma accident revealed.“With GHH, we want to offer Turkish customers particularly powerful, robust and safe machines,” says Foramec Managing Director Togan Yürür. Foramec Makine Sanayi Ticaret Ltd is an Ankara-based specialist providing machinery, services and know-how for the mining, infrastructure and energy sectors in Turkey.Founded in 2006, the company is now the exclusive partner for selling GHH’s loaders and dump trucks in Turkey. The companies concluded a corresponding agreement in the middle of the year. “We are thus strengthening our position in an important market right on our doorstep”, underlines GHH Managing Director Dr Jan Olaf Petzold, who initiated the strategic expansion.While Foramec are currently integrating the new product range into their own portfolio, training and sales, market penetration, have already begun. Several machines are already available on site, including the LF-5, LF-6, MK-A20 and MK-35.The partnership also brings complementary equipment into the country in the form of drilling and bolting rigs from Mine Master. The Polish-based manufacturer is also part of the Schmidt Kranz group, which includes GHH as well as other companies in the industry.last_img read more

Chinas coal industry to usher in 5G era

first_imgAccording to news agency Xinhua, China’s largest hard coal producer Yangquan Coal Industry Group has inked a framework agreement with China Mobile and Huawei on promoting 5G-based intelligent mining.The new alliance, based on the advantages of 5G in both underground and surface mining, is expected to explore the applications of the 5G network in coal mine communication, management, safety production and monitoring, said Wang Yongge, General Manager of the mining group.Shanxi has more than 900 coal mines and produces about 900 Mt of coal annually, with some 300,000 coal miners working long hours underground.“The use of 5G technology in underground application scenarios will bring effective improvements to safety production and the operating environment of coal miners,” Wang added.Yankuang Group, a Shandong-based mining conglomerate, previously set up a joint lab with China Unicom and ZTE to develop 5G and intelligent mining.Open-pit coal mines are also keeping up with the trend by integrating GPS, facial recognition, big data and other technologies. 5G-powered tramcars recently went into service in a coal mine in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, assisting the drivers to offload without blind spots.Hong Fangming, President of Huawei Cloud China, said the new engines for corporate innovation brought by cloud computing, artificial intelligence, 5G and other technologies will be crucial for industrial upgrading.last_img read more

Mikael Franzen to Alingsas from next summer

← Previous Story How Kavticnik got injured (VIDEO) Next Story → ASOBAL: Barca wins a tight match in Valladolid Alingsas handballMikael FranzenSwedenSwedish handball teams Savehof’s coach, Mikael Franzen will replace retiring Robert Wedberg on the bench of Alingsas from next season. Contract is based on 2+1 season.source: alltomhandboll.nu

HSG Wetzlar sign Montenegrian right back Stefan Cavor

← Previous Story Newcomers Dobrogea Sud are leaders in Romania! Next Story → PSG Handball 6 of 6 in France HSG WetzlarStefan Cavor German HSG Wetzlar have a new right back – Stefan Cavor. The 22-years old lefthander from Montenegro signed deal until the end of current season with the “green team” after injury of Joao Ferraz. He will share time on the court with compatriot Vladan Lipovina.Cavor is coming from Hungarian third side Csurgoi KK, where he exploded last season as a TOP scorer of Hungarian Championship.The 197cm tall guy previously played at RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko.PHOTO: HSG Wetzlar read more

Wikileaks source Bradley Manning pleads guilty to 10 charges

first_imgI wanted the public to know that not everyone living in Iraq were targets to be neutralised.Speaking about a 2007 combat video during which 11 men died, Manning described the aerial weapons team as having a “seeming delightful bloodlust”.The Private said he did not think the release of the information would harm the US.I believed that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information … this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general.Prosecutors say they will continue with a court-martial on 12 remaining charges. That could see Manning face charges of aiding the enemy and espionage meaning life imprisonment.He will not be sentenced until all proceedings are complete.WikiLeaks has been careful never to confirm or deny Manning was the source of the documents. The soldier told the court that he corresponded online with someone he believed to be WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.(YouTube: TheRealNews)-Additional reporting by APUS army forced to release WikiLeaks case documents THE ARMY PRIVATE who released unprecedented levels of sensitive documentation to Wikileaks has pleaded guilty to certain charges and now faces up to 20 years in prison.Bradley Manning appeared at a Fort Meade hearing yesterday and was given the opportunity to read a 35-page statement to explain his actions. It was the first time he publicly admitted to distributing the information.Wikileaks went on to publish the material in what was an embarrassing scandal for the US Army and administration.Julian Assange’s attorney Michael Ratner described it as a ‘special but devastating day’.“[We] really saw what a hero Bradley Manning is,” he said. “When he saw wrong, he acted.”Manning pleaded guilty to 10 of the lesser offences he is accused of, including the distribution and transfer of classified files from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.He spoke of his first job in Iraq when he began worrying about ‘kill lists’ and the difference between intervening to help and hurting.“I began to become depressed at the situation we found ourselves mired in year after year. In attempting counterinsurgency operations, we became obsessed with capturing and killing human targets on lists,” the 25-year-old told the military judge.last_img read more

Kastellorizian Council of Australia goes back to its roots

first_imgThe Kasterllorizian Council of Australia is hosting its 2019 Conference this month in Sydney.Taking place over three days from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 January at the Bonnie Doon Golf Club, this year’s theme is ‘Going Back to Our Roots’.“When we move away from our homeland and on to ‘bigger and better’ things, we often forget who we are and where we came from,” acknowledges the Council.“Instead of forgetting where we came from let’s embrace it; embrace the tiny island Castellorizo, our ancestral home…” And the Conference will set out to help attendees do just that.The program has been organised with a thematic stream of talks, presentations, exhibitions and documentary film screenings, each of which will focus on migration, migrant populations, diasporas and the wider impact of human mobility.It will also provide a forum for discussion, and the exchange of knowledge and experiences.Among those speaking at the Conference are Dr Nicholas G Pappas AM; Costa Vertzayias AM; Anna Koutsis; Victoria Kazaglis-Gallagher; Marilyn Tsolakis and Michele Kiosoglous.The Conference will also see the launch of Castellorizian Migration Stories, a new book by the History and Archives Committee of the Castellorizian Association of NSW.A valuable resource, it documents and shares the personal and familial migration stories of members of the Castellorizian community of New South Wales, featuring precious anecdotes and photos telling the stories of where they came from, what shaped their lives and the importance of friendship.The Kastellorizian Council of Australia 2019 Conference is on from 25-27 January at Bonnie Doon Golf Club (38 Banks Avenue, Pagewood NSW). To register, visit http://kazziecouncil.org.au/  For all enquiries, email sydkca@gmail.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more