Amazon, Walmart’s India Battle Driven By Food And Hope Inc. and Walmart Inc., the world’s two largest retailers, are invading each other’s turf in India to build a formidable base for their next faceoff: grocery.Amazon bought a 49 percent stake in the parent of a services company that acquired More—a chain of supermarket stores—at an enterprise value of around $580 million, the largest investment in India’s brick-and-mortar retail in four years. Walmart picked 77 percent stake for $16-billion in Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce company, in its biggest-ever acquisition.Read it at Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img read more

UST coach Ayo wants point guard Nonoy to facilitate more than score

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonoy had a career-high but Ayo would’ve wanted his 5-foot-8 point guard to be more of a facilitator than a scorer.“To be honest, I’m worried that he scored a lot of points because, supposedly, he has to make his teammates better,” said Ayo Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“It just so happened that he was open earlier. What I fear is he might look for his shots even harder next game, which is not his role to begin with. The coaches want him to be a point guard, not a shooting guard,” added Ayo in Filipino.Nonoy is a proven scorer having displayed that offensive ability in his lone year with UST in high school in Season 81 putting up 21.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 2.6 steals but Ayo and the rest of his coaching staff would rather see the former Tiger Cub invovle his teammates more. Still adjusting to the college game, Nonoy is averaging just 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.Ayo feels Nonoy should start becoming a pass-first guard to prepare himself for the pros.“He really has to become a point guard because you don’t see a 5-foot-8 shooting guard in the PBA,” said Ayo. “Hopefully next game he won’t get 18 points, I want him to score 10 or 12 as long as he has 15 assists and he can execute our plays.”Ayo added that it’s not just Nonoy who he wants to start preparing for the future as he also noted that center Soulemane Chabiyo, who stands at 6-foot-4, would be more effective as wing in international leagues.“I don’t want to use them just in college because it won’t be fair to the players. Even Chabi next year would play the two or three positions because we recruited legitimate big men,” said Ayo.ADVERTISEMENT PH surfers shine in 25th Siargao International Surfing Cup “We’re going to make them better, but everything has to start right now. We just have to be patient.” DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuecenter_img Photo from UAAPMANILA, Philippines—Mark Nonoy’s performance was one of the few bright spots for  University of Santo Tomas in its 66-52 loss to Ateneo in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.Growling Tigers head coach Aldin Ayo fielded 11 players against the Blue Eagles and only Nonoy managed to score in double digits with 18 points on 5-of-11 shooting while the rest of the team went 13-of-52 from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments LATEST STORIES Becoming his own manlast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy participation not yet certain but BCCI unveils new jersey

first_imgChinese Mobile makers Oppo with whom the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have struck a record deal of Rs 1080 crores over five years for jersey rights, unveiled the Indian limited overs jersey for the Men in Blue at a launch event in Mumbai.While the jersey launch was studded with glitz and glamour, the new sponsors are still in the dark over India’s participation in the Champions Trophy. Given the BCCI’s prevailing standoff with the ICC over the revenue model, the sponsors cannot be certain if they will be able to showcase their brand name for the first time with the Indian team.Welcome to the Indian Cricket Family – @oppomobileindia #OPPO #TeamIndia – @RJohri BCCI (@BCCI) May 4, 2017No Indian player was in attendance at the launch while the BCCI was represented by CEO Rahul Johri and Committee of Administrators (COA) member Diana Eduljee. BCCI office bearers, secretary Amitabh Choudhary and acting President CK Khanna, who would otherwise be in attendance, gave the event a miss.Asked about the irony in timing of the jersey launch with BCCI contemplating a pullout of the Champions Trophy, all the CEO could say was, “Lets wait for the SGM on Sunday.”However, the sponsors, players and fan can afford to breathe a little easy thanks to the CoA’s assurance to Virat Kohli that India will indeed get to defend the Champions Trophy they won back in 2013. The Supreme Court-appointed panel has also asked the BCCI to convene a selection meeting to pick the team for the Champions Trophy.advertisementlast_img read more

Dieselgate: German prosecutors investigate CEO Matthias Muller over alleged involvement

first_imgGerman prosecutors have said they are investigating Volkswagen’s CEO Matthias Muller, along with its former CEO Martin Winterkorn and Hans Dieter Potsch, the Volkswagen (VW) Supervisory Board chairman on the complaint of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, Germany’s market and financial regulator. The criminal investigation into market manipulation moves was launched in February but was announced on Wednesday only.Though Winterkorn and Potsch had been identified earlier as well as possible suspects in the market manipulation scandal that has plagued the world’s largest automaker since the last two years. Winterkorn had to resign because of this in September 2015 when the scandal broke, it is the first time that its present CEO Matthias Muller, who had replaced Winterkorn, has been named as a suspect.According to a Deutsche Welle (DW) report, prosecutors in German city Stuttgart are investigating if there was a deliberate delay by Muller in informing the Volkswagen shareholders about the emissions cheating scandal. The investigation pertains to the period when Muller was heading Volkswagen main shareholding company, the Porsche Automobil Holding.According to a report in the New York Times, if it is proved that top VW managers indeed withheld and then deliberately delayed the information about the large scale cheating being done in the automobiles of the company, it can cost the company $10 billion.The VW emissions or pollution cheating scandal broke in September 2015 when the United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice to VW after it found a cheating software or “defeat device” in VW diesel engines in cars being sold in America that helped its vehicles bypass the stringent testing norms. From the US, it soon spread to many other countries of Europe, Asia and even Africa. The auto giant soon accepted its guilt but the scale of the scandal was so vast that skeletons are still tumbling out of its closet. Many top managers have been suspended and many are under scanner.advertisementThe scandal has cost VW $22 billion alone in the US in settlements and fines. Also, according to a Bloomberg report, the damages so far have cost the auto giant 22.6 billion Euros. It is facing multiple lawsuits in many countries including the US and Germany. It had to recall over 11 millions of its cars to address the cheating revelations. In December 2015, the automaker had announced to recall 3.4 lakh “defeat device” diesel cars, sold from 2008, in India but according to a report last month, only 30 per cent of those cars could have been fixed so far. The scandal, after broke, eroded the group’s brand value by over $15 billion while a Credit Suisse estimate said that the episode could cost VW $87 billion in the long run.But it seems the Germany company’s strategy to iron out the mess has started paying back.  In 2016, VW emerged as the world’s largest automaker dethroning Toyota who topped the selling charts for four years before it. Then its first quarter’s earnings this year have beaten the estimates. At $4.7 billion, the earnings are 28 per cent higher than the same quarter of the last year and 20 per cent higher than analysts’ expectations. It’s strategy to deal with the situation includes developing new lines of sports utility and hybrid vehicles and cost cutting with the VW brand vehicles.ALSO READ:U.S. judge sentences Volkswagen to three years probation, oversightALSO READ:Volkswagen to pay $1.2 billion or more to US owners of big dieselslast_img read more

Jose Mourinho desires empathy before ambition at next club he joins

first_imgFormer Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the next club he joins must have a strong sense of “structural empathy” to help him cope with the demands of modern football, in which player power heavily influences the game.The Portuguese coach, who was sacked by United after a 2-1/2 year spell last December, intends to return to the game before the start of next season but said he would only join a club that did not have “internal conflict”.Mourinho’s third season at United was dominated by media reports of a rift with record signing Paul Pogba, before the owners pulled the plug on his tenure with the team sitting sixth in the Premier League.”You now have a generation of players who are not just players but the whole package,” the 56-year-old told the Telegraph.”You have the player, the family, the agent, the entourage, the director of communication … When you have a player you have all these distractions.”And if there is no empathy in the structure of the club you get into so many contradictions that it is really, really difficult to work.”Since leading Porto to Champions League triumph in 2004, Mourinho has managed Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and United, winning a total of 20 major trophies.He said his next destination could be a longer-term project.”If it is a club without ambition I wouldn’t go,” he added.”That is my second item (of requirement). My first item is structural empathy. I want to work with people that I love. People I want to work with, that I am happy to work with, with whom I share the same ideas.”advertisementAlso Read | Jose Mourinho suggests Manchester United lacked structure during his tenure as managerAlso Read | Jose Mourinho accepts 1-year prison sentence for tax fraud, not to serve jail timeAlso Read | Jose Mourinho takes a nasty fall off red carpet during ice hockey gamelast_img read more

Report: Joseph Randle Ordered to Mental Health Facility

first_imgJoe Randle may finally be getting the help he desperately needs.After the former Oklahoma State and Dallas Cowboy was arrested for a sixth time in just 17 months, a judge ruled he be taken to a mental health facility.Here’s the report from TMZ:TMZ Sports has obtained court docs filed in Kansas stemming from his February car attack arrest in which his attorneys say a mental health professional has raised concerns about Randle’s mental health and “his ability to make decisions and control his behaviors.”The mental health professional recommended Randle receive at least 30 days in an inpatient treatment facility.The judge in the case sided with Randle’s team — and ordered him to receive treatment as part of his bond … and will allow him to work with the NFL Players Association to select the facility.As part of the terms of the bond, Randle must submit weekly progress reports detailing his treatment.Pretty sad. And even more sad, Randle apparently turned down mental health treatment in Dallas – which ultimately lead to his release from the team.Cowboys asked Joseph Randle to enter a mental health facility in DFW area in his final days with team. He refused, so they released him.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) March 7, 2016Randle is currently being held on $150,000 bond.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!last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Jos Buttler’s injury leaves England sweating ahead of West Indies clash

first_img Next World Cup 2019: Jos Buttler’s injury leaves England sweating ahead of West Indies clashWorld Cup 2019: Jos Buttler suffered a hip injury during England’s 106-run win over Bangladesh at Cardiff on June 8. He scored England’s fastest century against Pakistan in World Cup 2019.advertisement Reuters New DelhiJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 20:44 IST Jos Buttler has been in sublime form for England in World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is “responding well to treatment” on his hip injury but remains a doubt for Friday’s World Cup match against West Indies.Buttler, 28, sustained “heavy bruising” on his right hip while batting and did not take to the field during the second innings as England beat Bangladesh by 106 runs on Saturday.”He is responding well to treatment and will be reassessed later this week,” the ECB said in a statement.”We anticipate he will train with the rest of the squad at the Hampshire Bowl on Wednesday ahead of the match against West Indies on Friday.”Jonny Bairstow took the gloves during the England innings in Cardiff and could take up the role again if Buttler fails to recover in time for their fourth league stage game in Southampton.Buttler, who scored 103 in England’s defeat by Pakistan last week, is the third-highest scorer in the tournament with 185 at an average of 61.66.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Afghanistan cricket board conspired against me, says Mohammad ShahzadAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow EnglandFollow Jos Buttlerlast_img read more

India vs South Africa: ICC running behind time. Tweets Day 2 report on Day 3 of Pune Test

first_imgIndia vs South Africa: ICC running behind time. Tweets Day 2 report on Day 3 of Pune TestICC committed a glaring error while posting the 3rd day’s report from the ongoing Pune Test between India and South Africa.advertisement India Today Web Desk PuneOctober 12, 2019UPDATED: October 12, 2019 19:13 IST Virat Kohli celebrates the dismissal of Theunis de Bruyn on Day 3 of Pune Test. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSICC posted the 3rd day’s summary as ‘DAY TWO REPORT’The mistake was also seen on the ICC websiteICC hadn’t deleted the tweet till the time this article was publishedThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday made a huge mistake after the end of the 3rd day’s play between India and South Africa. As is usual practice, ICC tweeted the day’s report on its Twitter page. But there was a glaring error in the tweet and the actual report which was somehow missed by the governing body.ICC had captioned the report as thus: “Philander and Maharaj shared a 109-run partnership but couldn’t stop India finishing off the South African innings by stumps. #INDvSA DAY TWO REPORT”. ICC Twitter screengrabWhat caught the fans’ eye was the last 3 words: ‘DAY TWO REPORT’, as it should have actually said ‘DAY 3 REPORT’. The mistake, however, went a level deeper if one happened to open the particular report.The subtitle of the day’s report on ICC’s website went: ‘Ind v SA, 2nd Test, day two, report’ – again erroneously calling the 3rd day as the 2nd. ICC website screengrabIt should be noted that the tweet in question, which was posted at 17.41 IST, had still not been deleted by the ICC and neither was the day’s report edited to reflect the correct day of the ongoing Pune Test.Earlier, South Africa finally showed some fight on the 3rd day in Pune and the fight came from unexpected corners for the Proteas on the third day at the MCA Stadium.After India had run through the top-order, Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj were involved in a record 9th wicket stand to stall India. The duo batted out 43.1 overs before Ra Ashwin (4/69) wrapped up the innings handing India a massive 326-run lead.advertisementAlso Read | India vs South Africa 2nd Test: India take 326-run lead after Philander-Maharaj resistanceAlso Read | India vs South Africa 2nd Test: Intruder in Pune leaves Sunil Gavaskar fumingFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Nextlast_img read more

Bahri Takes Delivery of ‘Bahri Yanbu’

first_imgzoom The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) took delivery of a new vessel specialized in general cargo with a size of 26,000 DWT in South Korea on 28th April 2014. The ship was named “Bahri Yanbu” and it was built by Hyundai MIPO in South Korea.This is the sixth vessel and the last ship delivered, which were contracted in 2011 for a total value of SAR 1,543 million.The financial impact of the delivered vessel on the company’s revenue will materialize during the second quarter of 2014.This completes Bahri’s strategic plan regarding general cargo sector by replacing the four aged RoRo vessels with six new vessels. These new vessels are specialized in carrying general, project and RoRo cargoes. The vessels are equipped with heavy lift cranes with a ramp which can handle up to 250 MT, in addition to designated areas specialized for carrying containers. Despite that, the deadweight of these vessels is less than that of the old vessels and the new vessels have better capacity utilization aspects and lower fuel consumption.Bahri disposes of a fleet comprised of 52 ships, which include 17 VLCCs, 24 chemical tankers, 6 general cargo ships and 5 dry-bulk vessels. The company also provides ship management and freight forwarding services in addition to maintaining a container service yard facility in Jeddah.Bahri, April 29, 2014last_img read more

Request for Proposals Posted for MV Miner

first_imgThe province is requesting proposals to remove the wreck of the MV Miner. The request for proposals (RFP) was posted today, March 12, on the provincial procurement site. “This RFP signals the removal of the wreck of the MV Miner,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This has been a long time coming for the community and I’m very pleased to say the finish line is in sight.” The RFP will be posted for six weeks with a deadline of April 23 at 2:15 pm. Interested applicants can submit proposals by following instructions outlined in the RFP. Once the deadline is passed, applications will be reviewed and an award will be made within four weeks. The RFP can be found at . The MV Miner is a bulk carrier that ran aground more than two years ago off the coast of Scatarie Island.last_img read more

UN Development Programme to hold independent probe into DPR Korea work

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that it plans to set up an independent inquiry to examine allegations about its recent operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that are not being considered by an existing probe by the UN Board of Auditors (UNBOA).Ambassador Carsten Staur of Denmark, President of the Executive Board of UNDP/UN Population Fund (UNFPA), issued a statement saying that he was proposing a complementary inquiry to be “led by one or more individuals who are highly respected internationally, neutral, and external to the UN system.”The review will look into all issues not covered by the UNBOA probe, “including allegations of retaliation against individuals who have raised concerns and other complaints” about UNDP’s activities in the DPRK.It may also scrutinize UNDP’s broader policies on accountability and oversight, including the protection of whistleblowers, although this will be determined after the Executive Board meets next month.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the plan to proceed with an independent review, Mr. Staur said, adding that UNDP’s senior management also “fully supports the external review and has assured that it will cooperate fully and make sure that all relevant documentation and information are made available.”In January Mr. Ban ordered the UNBOA audit amid allegations aired in the media that funds used by UN agencies to help in humanitarian efforts in the DPRK were being channelled improperly to the Government in Pyongyang, including to its nuclear programme.That inquiry into the operations of UNDP, UNFPA, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is now preparing to enter its second phase after the first phase found there had been no large-scale or systematic diversion of UN funds.But UNBOA has also noted that the second phase will not cover the full range of allegations and issues raised specifically about UNDP’s work in the DPRK.Mr. Staur said he would work with the rest of the Executive Board to determine the details of the new review, including the terms of reference and the selection of the individuals to head it. 23 August 2007The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that it plans to set up an independent inquiry to examine allegations about its recent operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that are not being considered by an existing probe by the UN Board of Auditors (UNBOA). read more

Bromide suspected as cause of mystery illness in Angola says UN agency

21 November 2007Toxicological tests carried out on blood samples from victims of an outbreak of a mystery illness in Angola have detected very high levels of bromide, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. Toxicological tests carried out on blood samples from victims of an outbreak of a mystery illness in Angola have detected very high levels of bromide, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.The tests, conducted in Germany, found the high bromide levels in five of the six samples taken from patients, and additional samples are now being sent to the United Kingdom for further analysis to determine whether the hypothesis can be confirmed.WHO said in a statement that bromide intoxication was already one of the working hypotheses explored by authorities as they try to find the cause of the outbreak, which began last month. The symptoms include extreme drowsiness and loss of muscle control and, although most patients recover slowly over a number of days, many are still unable to walk without assistance. Children suffer the most extreme symptoms.As of Monday, the number of patients treated in hospital in Cacuaco municipality – which is located in the suburbs of the capital, Luanda – has passed 390, with children comprising almost two-thirds of all cases.WHO is stepping up its support to Angolan health authorities, providing staff and equipment as they carry out more epidemiological studies, environmental investigations and public awareness campaigns about risk management. The extra staff include a field coordinator, a clinician, two epidemiologists, a food safety expert, a laboratory specialist and a logistician. read more

Chad UN distributes aid to refugees left homeless after camp blaze

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has provided temporary housing and relief supplies to more than 2,000 Darfurians who were left homeless after a fire swept through part of the Goz Amer refugee camp in eastern Chad last week. The agency has distributed mats, blankets, kitchen sets and jerry cans to some 2,130 refugees from Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, who are currently being housed in three schools at the camp until family tents arrive in the coming days. In addition, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) will be handing out an extra one-month food ration to the affected families. UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond said the cause of last Friday’s blaze is believed to be an untended cooking fire which spread rapidly due to high winds. As of Monday, 24 refugees had been admitted to the camp’s health centre with various burn injuries – none of them life-threatening. In addition, at least 15 severely traumatized refugees are receiving counselling from a UNHCR partner organisation in the camp. “Staff report that some of those made homeless are suffering from psychological trauma because the blaze rekindled memories of the Janjaweed attacks on their villages, including house torching, that forced them to flee from Darfur to Chad in 2003 and 2004,” Mr. Redmond said. Goz Amer, which lies about 70 kilometres from the border with Darfur, is host to about 20,500 people and it is the southernmost of 12 UNHCR-run camps in the region that are home to more than 240,000 Darfurians in total. UNHCR plans to rebuild the destroyed section of the camp using more solid material than the straw and mud that most shelters are made from. 15 April 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has provided temporary housing and relief supplies to more than 2,000 Darfurians who were left homeless after a fire swept through part of the Goz Amer refugee camp in eastern Chad last week. read more

Resolute Forest Products says it wont pursue new FSC certifications

MONTREAL — Resolute Forest Products is threatening not to seek new Forest Stewardship Council certifications for its Canadian forests over fears that possible changes to the designation process could constrain its supply of wood.Chief among the Montreal-based company’s concerns is a proposal by Greenpeace that would see “the vast majority” of intact forests — those that have been undisturbed by roads or settlements — protected.“Until significant progress is made in addressing these matters, Resolute will work to maintain its existing FSC forest management certificates where possible, but will not pursue new certification,” the company said Wednesday as it announced the reinstatement of an FSC certificate for the Black Spruce/Dog River-Matawin forest covering 2.4 million hectares in northwestern Ontario.Forestry to disappear from Quebec’s North Shore without more support, says Resolute Forest ProductsPeter Foster: At last, a Canadian corporate heroThat certificate was suspended in January 2014 following an audit by the Rainforest Alliance that resulted in a legal fight between Resolute and the review agency. The dispute was settled last February and the reinstatement follows Resolute’s efforts to secure the support of First Nations along with local communities and other partners.The FSC is the largest certification regime in Canada, covering about 50 million hectares of Canadian forests. Resolute, which produces lumber, pulp and paper, is the largest holder of FSC certificates in Canada and second-largest in North America.However, it cautioned that the future of FSC certifications in Canada are at risk unless industry concerns are addressed.Resolute spokesman Seth Kursman said the entire forestry sector worries about the Greenpeace proposal, put forth last year at an FSC international congress in Spain.“If Motion 65 goes ahead as currently written … you are going to find very few if any companies in the Canadian context that are able to maintain FSC certification,” he said.The Quebec Forest Industry Council has warned that any additional restrictions on accessing wood could further threaten mills and employment.It said the province has already reduced the annual allowable cut by 23 per cent over the past decade and established a northern limit that eliminates from harvest about 42 per cent of the continuous boreal forest and 85 per cent of intact forest landscapes.“Quebec has already done its part to maintain intact forest landscapes,” the group wrote in a letter last month to FSC Canada.“The addition of further constraints on harvesting intact forest landscapes within the managed forest would inevitably result in very substantial reductions in wood supply, and therefore the loss of many jobs.”FSC Canada president Francois Dufresne called the industry’s concerns “premature,” coming before it issues a first draft report of the proposed new forest management standard in the coming days and holds consultations.“Before it’s even public they are saying it’s not good or have serious doubts about it,” he said.Dufresne said there’s an opportunity to find “common ground” to maintain a viable forest industry.“Certainly it’s not the intention of FSC to cause these issues in the future but we also have to recognize the international will to take care of these remaining forests around the globe for climate change and ensure there’s not degradation from forest causing emissions in the atmosphere.”Greenpeace said the reinstatement of the FSC certificate for the Black Spruce/Dog River-Matawin forest provides a “feasible path” for Resolute to recover terminated certificates for Ontario’s Caribou Forest and Quebec’s Montagnes Blanches.“We also urge the company to discontinue its public undermining of the FSC system, which is the only credible forest certification system that balances economic, social, environmental and Indigenous voices,” Greenpeace said in a news release.The Canadian Press read more

Europe uses more nuclear power than North America UN agency reports

Nuclear power provides about 16 per cent of global electricity, the IAEA reported. France draws 76.4 per cent of its energy from nuclear power, and Lithuania 73.7 per cent, followed by Belgium (56.8 per cent), the Slovak Republic (53.4 per cent), Ukraine (47.3 per cent), Bulgaria (45 per cent), Hungary (42.2 per cent), the Republic of Korea (40.7 per cent), Sweden (39 per cent) and Switzerland (38.2 per cent.) In North America, where 118 reactors supply about 20 per cent of electricity in the United States and 12 per cent in Canada, the number of operating reactors has declined slightly. In Western Europe, with 150 reactors, overall capacity is likely to remain at or near existing levels in the coming years, the IAEA said.The IAEA reported that in Central and Eastern Europe and the newly independent States, a few partially built plants are likely to be completed, while aging units are being shut down. Only in the Middle East, Far East and South Asia, with a total of 94 reactors at present, are there clear plans for expanding nuclear power, particularly in China, India, the Republic of Korea and Japan. read more

Cameroon and Nigeria discuss border dispute during UN commission talks

The Mixed Commission – set up last year by the United Nations – discussed the first phase of the withdrawal process from the Lake Chad area, which is scheduled to happen by the end of the year.A working group on the withdrawal of civil administration, military and police forces, and transfer of authority in the Lake Chad region, was set up.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah of Mauritania, opened the meeting by reporting on the findings of the Sub-commission on Affected Populations, which visited the Lake Chad area last month.”The affected populations overwhelmingly want peace (and) the affected populations fully support their respective Presidents’ decision to resolve peacefully any differences…the affected population are in dire need of development, social services and basic infrastructure,” Mr. Ould-Abdallah said.The Sub-commission identified the date of its next field visit, this time to the land boundary area. The meeting also discussed the report of the Sub-commission on Demarcation.The Mixed Commission was set up last year by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the request of Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Paul Biya of Cameroon. It is chaired by Mr. Ould-Abdallah and its next meeting is likely to be held in Yaounde, Cameroon, in December. read more

Survey Most US homebuilders optimistic about home sales for first time in

For the first time in seven years, most U.S. homebuilders are optimistic about home sales, a sign that construction could help drive stronger economic growth in coming months.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday leaped to 52 this month from 44 in May. It was the largest monthly increase since 2002.A reading above 50 indicates more builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor. The index hasn’t been that high since April 2006, just before the housing market collapsed.Measures of customer traffic, current sales conditions and builders’ outlook for single-family home sales over the next six months also soared to their highest levels in seven years.The housing recovery is looking more sustainable and should continue to boost economic growth this year, offsetting some of the drag from higher taxes and federal spending cuts.Steady hiring and low mortgage rates have encouraged more people to buy homes. The increased demand, along with a tight supply of homes for sale, has pushed home prices higher. That’s made builders more optimistic about the market for newly built homes, leading to more construction and jobs.In April, applications for new home construction reached a five-year peak. And sales of new homes rose to a seasonally adjusted rate of 454,000, nearly matching the fastest pace since July 2008. Sales are still below the 700,000 pace considered healthy by most economists. But they have risen 29 per cent in the past year.Single-family home construction slowed in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000 homes, but that’s expected to grow sharply in coming months.“We are forecasting a considerable acceleration,” said Greg Bird, associate economist with Moody’s Analytics, which projects that housing starts on single-family homes will reach an annual rate of 1.6 million by the end of 2014.In recent weeks, many of the major large homebuilders have reported strong annual growth in sales during the spring home-selling season. The increased demand has paved the way for builders to raise prices and ramp up construction of more homes, despite lingering concerns over rising costs for land, building materials and labour.“Builders are experiencing some relief in the headwinds that are holding back a more robust recovery,” said David Crowe, the NAHB’s chief economist.Homebuilder Mitchell & Best, which builds homes in Maryland and Virginia, expects to deliver between 30 per cent and 40 per cent more completed homes this year than in 2012, said vice-CEO Marty Mitchell.“As a small local builder who has been through trials and tribulations the last seven years, we’re definitely seeing an improvement in the market,” Mitchell said.Still, the company, which sells homes ranging from $700,000 to $1.5 million, is struggling to find enough land to build more homes.Land in the Washington metro area remains scarce. And the price has risen sharply in the past year as demand for new homes has increased.Mitchell said he hopes to boost construction next year ahead of this year’s levels, so long as the company can tie down a few more tracts of land.Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to NAHB statistics.The latest builder confidence index was based on responses from 255 builders.A gauge of current sales conditions for single-family homes jumped eight points to 56, the highest level since March 2006, while a measure of traffic by prospective buyers improved seven points to 40.Builders’ outlook for single-family home sales over the next six months increased nine points to 61, the highest reading since March 2006.On a regional basis, confidence grew strongest among builders in the South, while firms in the Northeast and Midwest also posted a gain. An index of confidence among builders in the West declined by one point. by Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2013 1:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Survey: Most US homebuilders optimistic about home sales for first time in 7 years read more

Season comes to an end for volleyball team

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team’s run in the NCAA tournament was cut short by a devastating loss Saturday night.  The NCAA Tournament began Friday night when the Buckeyes faced Cincinnati in the first round.   Behind a team-high 17.5 points from junior Katie Dull, the Buckeyes defeated Cincinnati 3-1 to advance to the second round.  In the first set, two kills from freshman Emily Danks and two ace serves from junior Susan Halverson brought the Buckeyes out of a 16-12 deficit.  Two Dull kills sealed the first game 25-20 for the Buckeyes.The second game had quite a different rhythm as the Buckeyes fell 25-16.  The Buckeyes felt the pressure and came back in the third 25-15 and a Dull kill in the fourth ended the game 25-23 and the match 3-1.  The victory was short-lived as the team was focused on its next task, No. 9 California, who defeated Lipscomb earlier in the night.  Both coach Geoff Carlston and Dull were excited to get the opportunity to play California on Saturday.  “First of all, I thought it was a great match,” Carlston said. “You are going crazy through it but in the end, to be able to win a match like that against a great team is neat.”Excitement immediately turned to focus.The Buckeyes met California in St. John Arena on Saturday night.  The Buckeyes were slow to start in the first and trailed the entire game, falling 25-13.  Seniors Ashley Hughes and Kristen Dozier exploded in the second game, opening a run early.  Ohio State edged California 25-18, and tied the match 1-1.The third game was nothing short of a nail-biter. With 13 ties and four lead changes, the Buckeyes battle ended just short, 25-23.  California held the lead throughout the fourth game. The Buckeyes only trailed by as many as eight points in the game, but fought back to stay within three points.The Buckeyes fell 25-20 in the fourth and 3-1 in the match.  Carlston credited the players for their success just as much as the players credited the coaching staff for believing in them.  “We knew we had a good team and we had something to prove,” Carlston said. “More than that, the coaching staff believed in us so every day. We came in determined to do something good with this season.”Good is an understatement.  The Buckeyes finished last season 15-20 overall. This season they finished 25-11 overall and received an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament.  The Buckeyes will have to say goodbye to three seniors this year, Kristen Dozier, Ashley Hughes, and Chelsea Noble.   The team recognizes them for all they have given to the season and the program as they look to the future.  “This year was our year to prove to the Big Ten that we are back on track and we are who we are,” sophomore Kelli Barhorst said. “We are Ohio State. We are looking forward to building on it next year.” read more

Commentary Cleveland Browns need to pick a QB and stick with him

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) is run down by Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso as he scrambles toward the sideline during first-quarter action at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland Oct. 3.Credit: Courtesy of MCTIn 1996 the Cleveland Browns were forcefully relocated to Baltimore and renamed the Ravens by owner Art Modell, also known as Cleveland’s most hated man, save for, perhaps, LeBron James.In 1999 the NFL held true to its promise of bringing football back to Cleveland and the Browns returned as an expansion team.Since then, the Ravens have gone on to win two Super Bowls while the Browns have managed a whopping one playoff appearance, of which the team lost in the first round.During the time since that 1999 season the Ravens have fielded 13 starting quarterbacks. While still high, that number pales in comparison to Cleveland’s 19 signal callers in said period.Over that time, only one quarterback has started all 16 games in a single season for Cleveland: Tim Couch during the 2001 campaign. That year also marked one of only three times the Browns finished a year 7-9 or better. The other two times you ask? In 2002, when Couch started 14 games and 2007, when Derek Anderson started 15. Anderson got the nod halfway through the season opener.The biggest difference between the old Browns (Baltimore) and the new Browns (Cleveland) is stability at the quarterback position. The Ravens have had a quarterback start all 16 games seven times since 1999, including five straight seasons out of their current quarterback, Joe Flacco.It is time for the Browns to commit, and that can’t happen if they hire a new coach and draft a new “quarterback of the future” every few years.Cleveland has three options at the position right now. It can ride it out with 29-year-old second-year quarterback Brandon Weeden, who has shown flashes but may be too far away from stardom considering his old-age. The Browns could wait out the rest of the season with Weeden, then fully commit to the currently injured but promising Brian Hoyer.Or they could draft a quarterback in 2014.Some might argue they could pick up a free agent like Matt Flynn, but a player who has failed to capitalize on the QB situations in Seattle and Oakland has to have some issues. Keeping Weeden, waiting for Hoyer or signing Flynn are the only viable options in Cleveland, and they must pick one right away in order to have any chance at stability.For me, the best choice is Hoyer. Weeden has talent, but he has a knack for playing game to game, there is no consistency so far, plus he is nearly 30. Hoyer is two years younger and spent three seasons learning under Tom Brady with the New England Patriots. While he has made a grand total of two starts in his Cleveland career, Hoyer won both of them and provided hope for a fan base that has been searching for a spark for nearly two decades.In past seasons I might choose the “draft a new guy” option, but I do not see anyone in the upcoming draft that I would commit to from day one, and that is what Cleveland has to do.No more quarterback battles in training camp. No more drafting of a Couch or a Brady Quinn, no more gambles on a too-old rookie like Weeden. It’s time for Cleveland to pick a player, give him the job and stick with him through thick and thin.Without stability the Browns will continue to be one of the laughing-stocks of the NFL, and the blame can only be placed on themselves. read more

Saminco Pure Electric propulsion for underground mining vehicles

first_imgSaminco has designed a “Pure Electric” propulsion system for underground mining vehicles that will last an entire 8 hour shift before needing a recharge. In an effort to cut costs, improve profit margins, and reduce diesel particulate matter emissions, the mining industry is moving away from diesel-powered vehicles to electric, but current technology requires recharging batteries every four hours. Saminco believes that it has found the solution.“Most underground production vehicles are diesel-powered, which produce harmful emissions and generate enormous amounts of heat that requirea significant expenditure on ventilation infrastructure and electrical energy consumption. Electrically-powered vehicles are a solution, and there are many successful applications of trolley-powered and tethered vehicles. However, mining production requires an independently powered vehicle. Existing battery-powered LHDs simply replace the diesel engine with a battery-powered inverter driving a large electric motor coupled to the existing mechanical power transmission train. The electric motor also powers the hydraulic pump. This configuration wastes precious battery energy during idling since the electric motor must operate like a diesel engine at a minimum speed to keep the hydraulic system ready.”This consumption reduces battery operating time to a maximum of four hours. Saminco, working with a LHD manufacturer, ran a successful operation for 18 months in a hard rock mine with a 1.5 yd LHD powered by a 620V/140kWh SoNick molten salt battery, Saminco Battery Charger and a Saminco model L1000 Pure Electric traction system. This confirmed 8 hour shift endurance with battery energy to spare at the end of each shift.last_img read more