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Pep Guardiola criticises ball after Manchester City beat Wolverhampton Wanderers on penalties

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has criticised the weight of the match ball used in the League Cup after his team failed to score in their fourth round match against Wolverhampton Wanderers and won 4-1 on penalties.Premier League leaders City have scored 32 goals in nine games so far, the most by any side, but failed to find the net against the Championship side as the score remained 0-0 after 120 minutes of active play.Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saved two of Wolves’ penalties to help City win and Guardiola blamed the Mitre ball for his side’s inability to score.”It is not acceptable, the ball was unacceptable for a high-level competition,” Guardiola said after the match.”It is too light, there is no weight, nothing. It is not a good ball. It is impossible to score with a ball like that and I can say that because we won.”I’m not making excuses. All of my players said, ‘what is that?’ I’m sorry, Carabao Cup, but that is not a serious ball for a serious competition.”Bravo has been heavily criticised for sloppy performances since joining City in 2016 and Brazilian Ederson has been Guardiola’s first-choice keeper this season.”Without Claudio we would not be in the next round,” Guardiola added. “I am so, so happy for him because it has not always been easy. He made a lot of important saves for us.”Striker Sergio Aguero, who captained the side, missed out on the chance to become City’s record goalscorer but will have an opportunity again when Guardiola’s side travel to West Bromwich Albion in the league on Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more

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Team India stick to what they know best, opt for training sessions instead of practic game in South Africa

first_imgThe Indian cricket team has once again opted for the tried and tested method of going for training sessions instead of playing warm-up fixtures on their tour of South Africa.A press release from Cricket South Africa on Monday announced that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has opted for training sessions instead of a practice game before the first Test on January 5.This means that India will not play any warm-up game and will directly face the South African cricket team in the first Test in Cape Town.Although, the BCCI did not give any reason officially for dropping the warm-up match, it is understood the request was made by the team management well in advance.The board was told that the team management preferred to focus on training on their own, as soon as the Indian team lands in South Africa on December 28.The BCCI wanted its players to take a short break before they departed for South Africa. South Africa will now play the traditional Boxing Test match against Zimbabwe on December 26, which would be a four-day affair.Eventually, even the New Year’s Test, which is traditionally played from January 2 in Cape Town, was pushed back to January 5.There had been some confusion over the schedule for India’s tour of South Africa, with both boards holding discussions since the beginning of the year.Incidentally, in September, an official involved in the discussions told ESPNCricinfo that India would ‘definitely play one practice match before the first Test’.advertisementIndia will tour South Africa for two months (January-February 2018) and will play three tests, six ODIs and three T20 Internationals. They are yet to win a series in South Africa.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

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Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis to Retire after Wimbledon

first_imgWimbledon will be the last tournament in the career of Marcos Baghdatis, a 34-year-old from Cyprus who was the runner-up to Roger Federer at the Australian Open in 2006 and lost to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals at the All England Club later that year.He decided to retire because his body has been breaking down over the past couple of seasons — and because his wife is expecting their third child in November.“For me, there is life after tennis,” said Baghdatis, whose voiced choked on his words while he spoke to reporters Sunday. “And I enjoyed this long journey so much.”On Tuesday, he faces Brayden Schnur, a Canadian who lost in qualifying but got into the field when someone else withdrew.And Baghdatis expects there to be tears.“I’m here to play and try to win, also. I mean, win as many matches as I can and go out and to give everything on the court and to fight, like my life was,” Baghdatis said. “I’ve been working hard the last six weeks for this event. Only for this event. I think it’s going to be very emotional.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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India vs Australia 3rd Test: Hanuma Vihari looking to give his best as opener on Boxing Day

first_imgIndia are all set to try out a new opening pair in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series after regular starters Murali Vijay and KL Rahul flopped in the first two games.The Boxing Day Test will see Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal come out to bat first up at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.It is perhaps the most important day in the life Vihari, who is just two Test matches old but has showed great determination and focus whenever he has come out to bat in whites.India vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 1 in Melbourne: Live Cricket ScoreThe 25-year-old spoke just before going out to bat and said that he is really looking to cash in on this opportunity.”It’s a great opportunity and I will be looking to give my best. It was a great toss to win, hopefully we can cash in on that. We know the ball will start turning from the third day onwards.”We had 4 days off and then had three good days of practice. It’s more of a mental battle now than the skills. Whoever can handle the mental aspect well will come out on top,” Vihari said after the toss.Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat at the MCG on Boxing Day.The four-test series is evenly poised at 1-1 after Australia’s victory in the second contest in Perth, with the MCG’s drop-in wicket under scrutiny after producing a lifeless draw in the Ashes series against England last year.advertisementDespite a covering of grass on the pitch, Kohli felt it would flatten over the course of the match.”It’s going to get slower and slower and tougher to bat on the third and fourth day,” said Kohli.”We’re taking this one as the last test and we want to be at the top of our game.”With Ravichandran Ashwin unfit, India have picked spinner Ravindra Jadeja while reinstating the fit-again Rohit Sharma at six in the batting order rather than rushing seam-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya back into the lineup.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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IPL 2019: Need to continue winning, says Steve Smith on playoff chances after beating SRH

first_imgRajasthan Royals kept their 2019 Indian Premier League campaign alive with a 7-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.England batsman Liam Livingston scored a 26-ball 44 as Sanju Samson top-scored with an unbeaten 48 runs from 32 balls to help Rajasthan reach the target with 5 balls to spare.The win propelled RR over Kolkata Knight Riders to the sixth spot in the IPL 2019 points table. Rajasthan now have 5 wins from 12 games as compared to Kolkata’s 4 wins from 11 matches.With two games to for RR, both away matches (against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals), Steve Smith feels they need to continue the momentum and win their games.To stay in contention for a playoff berth, Rajasthan must win their remaining two games (vs RCB on April 30 and vs DC on May 4) and then hope for favourable results from other matches in the tournament.”We need to continue winning and you never know,” Steve Smith said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Royals have had a resurgence in the recent matches after a rather tame start in the initial few games, and RR skipper Steve Smith was praised his team’s comeback.”It was a good end to our home season, the boys pulled things back nicely,” Smith said.”Playing together as a group and we’re winning those key moments. We have been fortunate in the last few games,” Smith added.Rajasthan on Saturday got off to a whirlwind start as Liam Livingstone smoked the Hyderabad bowlers all around the park and that too on his IPL debut. He along with former captain Ajinkya Rahane got RR off to the perfect start, scoring 78 off 55 balls for the opening wicket, including picking up 60 runs off the first six powerplay overs.advertisementSmith hailed the Englishman’s batting after the win, saying that his knock was crucial, and going onto heaped praise on Sanju Samson as well for seeing the team through.”Liam Livingstone was magnificent as he played with freedom and got us off to a good start. Samson finished things off nicely,” Smith said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Smith was also awarded for taking David Warner’s catch, after which he seemed to grimace in pain. When asked about his elbow, which he had injured in the recently, Smith said it was nothing big and he is all right.”Hopefully my arm is ok, it hurt initially because of the impact,” Smith said.Smith went onto add that he hopes that Rajasthan can win the game against Bangalore as it will be his last this season before he flies off to join his Australia ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup.”I have got one more to play in Bangalore, it’ll be nice to finish on a winning note. Hopefully, the boys will play well in Bangalore as well,” Smith said.Also Read | IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals crush Sunrisers Hyderabad to stay in playoffs huntAlso Read | IPL 2019: David Warner hits 600 runs in 3rd successive IPL seasonlast_img read more

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Northwest Seaport Alliance Formally Kicks Off

first_imgzoom Commissioners from the U.S. ports of Tacoma and Seattle formally launched The Northwest Seaport Alliance on August 4, unifying the two ports’ marine cargo terminal investments, operations, planning and marketing to strengthen the Puget Sound gateway and attract more marine cargo to the region.The launch of The Northwest Seaport Alliance comes after the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, the federal agency that oversees the shipping industry, voted unanimously July 23 to approve the agreement.”Creating the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the third largest cargo gateway in North America, is truly historic and signals a new era of cooperation between our ports,” said Port of Seattle Commission co-President Courtney Gregoire. ”Combining our strong cargo terminal operations will make our region more competitive in the global economy and create new jobs in Washington.”While the ports remain separate organizations that retain ownership of their respective assets, they formed a port development authority (PDA) to manage the container, breakbulk, auto and some bulk terminals in Seattle and Tacoma.The airport; cruise business; marinas, such as Fisherman’s Terminal; grain terminals and industrial real estate, such as the Northwest Innovation Works and Puget Sound Energy facilities and Terminal 91 uplands, will remain outside the alliance. The PDA will be governed jointly by the two ports through their elected commissions.”I would like to express my support for The Northwest Seaport Alliance, which brings together neighboring ports to coordinate their import and export functions that provide a foundation for our nation’s foreign ocean-borne trade,” FMC Chairman Mario Cordero said.”This alliance would become the third-largest trade gateway in North America, behind the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the Port of New York/New Jersey. The Pacific Northwest is a key region for inbound and outbound United States cargo, moving cargo not only for the regional trade, but also cargo headed to destinations throughout the entire U.S. Midwest, and this Alliance will help the region remain competitive into the future.”Among the votes they took Tuesday, the commissioners hired John Wolfe, current Port of Tacoma chief executive officer, as the CEO of The Northwest Seaport Alliance. Wolfe will lead both organizations through a transition period of up to five years.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Hants County

first_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-798-2369 Fax: 902-798-2927 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from Exit 3 to Exit 4 will have one-lane closures for repairs to eastbound lanes beginning early next week. The first phase of repairs is expected to be completed by Monday, June 26. A second phase will begin on Tuesday, July 4 and is expected to be completed before Monday, July 31. Traffic control will consist of a variable message board, traffic barrels and signs. Speed reductions in the work zone will be enforced. Drivers should expect slower travel through the work zone.last_img read more

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Rlys earn Rs1377 cr in fines from ticketless travellers in 3 years

first_imgNew Delhi: Railways’ earnings from fines on ticketless travellers has gone up by around 31 per cent in the last three years, an RTI has found.Efforts to curb ticketless travel have resulted in the Indian Railways earning a revenue of Rs 1,377 crore in fines between 2016 and 2019, it said. In 2018, a Parliament Railway Convention Committee, which inspected the railways’ financial report of 2016-17, had expressed concern over the loss of revenue due to ticketless travel. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Following this, the railway board directed its zonal railways to intensify the drive against ticketless travel across the country and fixed annual targets for every TTE. According to the RTI filed by a Madhya Pradesh-based activist, in 2016-2017, the railways recovered Rs 405.30 crore in fines from ticketless travellers, while the following year, they recovered Rs 441.62 crore. In 2018-2019, the amount recovered was Rs 530.06 crore. As many as 8.9 million passengers, more than the population of Israel, were caught without tickets from April, 2018 to January, 2019. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOnce caught, a ticketless passenger has to pay a minimum fine of Rs 250 along with the cost of the ticket. If a person refuses to pay the amount or does not have the money to do so, he is handed over to the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and booked under Section 137 of Railways Act. The person is then presented in front of a magistrate, who can fine him for as much as Rs 1,000. In case the person still does not want to pay the fine, he or she may be jailed for up to six months.last_img read more

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Angiogenesis Foundation Mourns Special Advisor Sir Roger Moore

first_imgWith great sadness and a profound sense of loss, the Angiogenesis Foundation mourns the passing of Sir Roger Moore on May 23, 2017, at the age of 89.Video: Sir Roger Moore, Special Advisor to the Angiogenesis FoundationSir Roger served as Special Advisor and good friend to the Foundation, starring in a video about disease prevention. He worked with the Foundation’s global programs to raise awareness about childhood nutrition and vision loss from diabetes and age-related eye disease.“Beyond his international fame in film, Sir Roger’s charitable work will be an enduring legacy,” said Dr. William W. Li, President of the Angiogenesis Foundation. “He impacted countless lives and was a man of incredible character, integrity, and dignity. We are honored to have had his guidance and support of our Foundation’s work.”Sir Roger first became involved with the Foundation when its innovative treatments impacted the lives of his close family and friends. As a global advocate for children’s nutrition, Sir Roger realized the importance of diet in shaping the healthy lives of children. He became an advocate and supporter of the Foundation’s initiatives to educate the world on the natural active ingredients found in foods and beverages that positively influence health and prevent disease.“The Angiogenesis Foundation is grateful to have had Sir Roger’s involvement in our mission,” said Dr. Christopher J. Bonar, Chairman of the Board of the Angiogenesis Foundation. “He had a singular presence and commitment to help the world become a better place for all.”Charitable donations made to the Foundation in honor of Sir Roger will go to cancer prevention and research: www.angio.org/donate.The Angiogenesis Foundation is a scientific charity driving innovations in health and disease prevention through research, education, and advocacy. For more than two decades, the Foundation has educated the public and healthcare professionals about new approaches to conquering diseases ranging from cancer to vision loss to chronic wounds. The Foundation is blazing new pathways by catalyzing collaborations across disciplines ranging from food and life sciences, metabolism, precision health, genomics, microbiomics, bioinformatics, preventative medicine, nutrition, and technology.Established in 1994, the Angiogenesis Foundation’s mission is to help people lead healthier, longer lives through angiogenesis-based treatment and prevention. For more information, visit angio.org.last_img read more

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CSX Corp says president and CEO Hunter Harrison on medical leave

first_imgHunter Harrison, the bombastic former head of both major Canadian railways and current president and CEO of CSX Corp. is on medical leave from the Florida-based railroad due to what the company called “unexpected complications from a recent illness,” shaving one-tenth off the value of its shares Friday morning.CSX wouldn’t disclose the nature of the illness that had afflicted Harrison, 73, who was hired in March after several years leading Canada’s two biggest railways — Montreal-based Canadian National (TSX:CNR) and Calgary-based Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP).The Nasdaq-listed company fell as low as US$51.63, down about 10 per cent, after the company said chief operating officer Jim Foote would fill in as CEO on an interim basis. Shares recovered to close at US$52.80, off 7.86 per cent.Foote — who worked with Harrison for 11 years at CN Rail and joined him at CSX a few months ago — said Harrison fell ill after a multi-day training exercise for the company’s managers.“Beyond that, out of respect to his family, that’s all we can say at this time,” Foote said on a Friday morning conference call with analysts.In a statement, he said he expects Harrison’s positive influence on CSX’s performance will continue.“I believe that the battleship has turned … Because the team has implemented a foundation consistent with Hunter’s vision, I do not see any reason to diminish our expectations concerning the pace and magnitude of our future progress.”Questions about Harrison’s health were raised earlier this year when the Wall Street Journal reported that he often works from home and occasionally uses oxygen because of an undisclosed health issue.Harrison did have medical issues while employed at CP Rail, transportation analyst Walter Spracklin of RBC Dominion Securities pointed out in a report on Friday.“However, it did not require him to step down … which means from a risk perspective, we believe it appropriate at this point to assume for now that Mr. Harrison will not be returning to his post,” he said, adding that suggests efficiency improvements at CSX will likely take place more slowly.CP Rail CEO Keith Creel said he wished Harrison a “speedy recovery” in a statement issued Friday.“Hunter built a strong foundation for success at CP in our precision railroading operating model — we continue to build on that foundation,” Creel said. “He led a transformational turnaround at CP, helping restore an iconic company back to its rightful place among leaders in the Class 1 space.”When Harrison left CP Rail to join CSX, CP Rail chairman Andrew Reardon said his time at CP Rail would be recalled by some as “the greatest corporate turnaround in history.”He was credited with generating significant profits at both CP Rail and CN by employing tighter train schedules and leaner expenses through a management philosophy known as “precision scheduled railroading.”But he enraged CP railway’s unions by cutting 6,000 jobs over four years. His use of managers to run trains was criticized by unions as unsafe and was cited by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada as a factor in its investigation of a 2015 incident where a train operated by managers made an unauthorized eight-kilometre trip near Cranbrook, B.C.Harrison’s compensation package was criticized by shareholders and soon after he left, the railway announced it would cut perks for its top executives and change the way they’re paid.Harrison’s compensation in 2016 was $18.8 million, including $719,000 for unlimited personal use of the company jet.The company restricted incoming CEO Keith Creel’s use of the jet to business commuting and family visits within North America.The company also reduced the influence of operating ratio, a key measure of efficiency in the railway industry, in determining executive compensation, instead basing certain bonuses on safety and operating income.The operating ratio improved for five straight years under Harrison’s watch as CEO.CP said Harrison gave up stock options and other compensation worth a total of $122.9 million to go to CSX, part of a deal that set aside his promise not to work for a competitor.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

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USDA Food stamps will be funded through February

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Trump administration says benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, will be funded through February should the government shutdown continue.Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is asking states to issue the February benefits on or before Jan. 20 so they can be paid on time. SNAP is already fully funded for January.The department says other USDA programs are also funded through next month, including school lunches, food distribution programs on Indian reservations and child nutrition programs. The latter includes WIC, which provides nutritional assistance to pregnant women, mothers and babies.If the shutdown lasts until March, the USDA’s $3 billion SNAP contingency fund won’t cover a full month of benefits. Nearly 40 million Americans are enrolled in the program.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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UN report urges new development plan for Africa to consolidate recent gains

The report, Transforming Africa’s Economies, states that Africa has averaged growth rates of 4 per cent annually in recent years, compared with only 0.5 per cent in the early part of the last decade. For the first time in many years, several countries sustained double-digit growth. Exports nearly doubled over the decade as the demand for African manufactured goods increased in Europe and the United States.The report, produced by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), says that this good news masks several disturbing trends. The number of people living on less than $1 a day increased from 217 million in 1987 to 310 million in 1999. At the same time, natural disasters like the floods in Mozambique, external shocks such as the recent increase in oil prices, and cross-border spillovers of civil conflicts as evidenced in Sierra Leone, have undermined the recent recovery.The report is based on an innovative set of indices developed by ECA, including the Economic Sustainability Index. Based on that Index, the report concludes that most African economies have not yet developed the capacity to produce outcomes that are consistent with long-term structural change. Of the 47 countries ranked, 24 scored below what is regarded as sustainable.Against this backdrop, ECA is proposing a new “pro-poor” development agenda, based on the need for a structural transformation of Africa’s economies. The agenda entails a renewed emphasis on modern agriculture as a basis for resource-based industrialization. It also calls for investments in education, as well as efforts to harness the benefits of information and communication technologies and narrow the digital divide. In addition, the agenda requires measures to tackle diseases that deepen poverty, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.The report places good governance at the centre of Africa’s efforts to reduce poverty. It argues that high-quality governments are better able to design and implement effective policies, are more transparent, manage national finances soundly and provide citizens with peace, security and the economic freedoms for markets to flourish.Transforming Africa’s Economies was released on the eve of the Ninth Session of the Joint Conference of African Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Planning and Economic Development, which opens tomorrow and runs through 10 May. The event, organized by ECA, is being held in Algiers. read more

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Annan pledges UN will play its role in Iraqs next phase

Video of Annan remarks Describing the Security Council’s unanimous adoption of a resolution on Iraq as “a genuine expression of the will of the international community,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he welcomed its passage and pledged the United Nations would play its part in the next phase of the country’s transition from war and occupation. In remarks to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York following the Council’s adoption of Resolution 1546, the Secretary-General said it was important that the new Interim Government of Iraq had participated in the consultations before the vote. “I very much welcome this. I think it is a good resolution in itself,” he said, explaining it will help Iraqis to “take charge of their own political destiny, in peace and freedom, under a sovereign government of their choosing.” The resolution calls for Iraq to “reassert its full sovereignty” following the end of the occupation by 30 June and the dissolution of the United States-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) at the same time. The text also recommends the UN play a “leading role” in: helping Iraq organize a conference in July to select a Consultative Council; advising on the process of holding elections, scheduled for January; and promoting national dialogue on the drafting of a new constitution. Mr. Annan said the UN is having talks with several countries that are likely to contribute troops or resources to the multinational forces in Iraq to determine what kind of security UN staff will require when they return to Iraq. The resolution notes the intention of creating a separate force under the command of the multinational force dedicated to providing security for the UN presence in Iraq. Stressing he wanted an environment that gives UN staff “reasonable mobility and flexibility” to do their work, he said the protection forces would be under one command. “We are not asking for 100 per cent security or guarantee. We operate in the real world and we know there are risks, but there are certain limits that we have to impose on ourselves,” he said. The Secretary-General said he hopes to soon name his Special Representative who, together with the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), will have the job of spearheading the UN’s future role in the country. He said that the staging of any international conference on Iraq’s future political and economic reconstruction depended on the approval of the new interim government. Mr. Annan also thanked his Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi, the head of the UN electoral team in Iraq, Carina Perelli, and their teams for their “courage and perseverance” in helping to guide Iraq to its current situation. read more

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Lebanon close Security Council vote backs free elections urges foreign troop pullout

The measure, which was introduced by France and the United States and garnered the minimum support required for passage, drew opposition from Lebanon’s Foreign Minister. Addressing the Council, Mohamad Issa disputed the basis of the text, saying Israel’s occupation had prompted a national resistance which was used where and when needed. Lebanon, he asserted, had control over its territory save for parts occupied by Israel. The resolution, he charged, distorted the friendly relations between Lebanon and Syria and represented an unprecedented interference in the internal affairs of a Member State.Two veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council – China and Russia – joined four rotating members – Algeria, Brazil, Pakistan and the Philippines – in abstaining during their voting. In explaining their decision, several representatives of these countries said the resolution touched on the internal affairs of a State in contravention to the UN Charter.In its text, the Council declared “support for a free and fair electoral process in Lebanon’s upcoming presidential election conducted according to Lebanese constitutional rules devised without foreign interference or influence.”It also called on all parties concerned to work for “the restoration of the territorial integrity, full sovereignty, and political independence of Lebanon.”Hailing the text’s adoption, French Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sablière said the resolution, far from constituting interference in Lebanon’s affairs, was aimed at preventing it. If the Council did not act, it would be sanctioning interference in the internal affairs of another State, he said.US Ambassador John Danforth said the continued presence of armed Hizbollah militia elements, as well as the presence of the Syrian military and Iranian forces in Lebanon, hindered the Government’s ability to extend its authority over the entire territory. “It is wrong for Syria to continue to maintain its forces in Lebanon,” he said, “and it would be very wrong of Syria to continue to interfere in the presidential electoral process in Lebanon.” read more

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After Calif leak feds seek to curtail natural gas blowouts

WASHINGTON – A year after a blowout at a natural gas well near Los Angeles spewed tons of noxious gas and drove thousands from their homes, a federal task force is recommending dozens of safety changes for the nation’s 400 underground natural gas storage facilities.A report released Tuesday recommends that operators of gas-storage sites conduct strict risk assessments and develop robust safety procedures, including ensuring that storage wells have backup systems to contain gas flows in the event of a leak.The leak at the Aliso Canyon well was the largest-known release of climate-changing methane in U.S. history, spewing an estimated 107,000 tons of methane before being controlled in February. The blowout sickened residents in the Porter Ranch neighbourhood and surrounding suburbs. Many complained of headaches, nausea, nosebleeds and other symptoms from the foul-smelling gas.“Natural gas plays an important role in our nation’s energy landscape, and we need to make sure the associated infrastructure is strong enough to maintain energy reliability, protect public health and preserve our environment,” said Franklin Orr and Marie-Therese Dominguez, who co-chaired the interagency task force.The failed Aliso Canyon well was one of 115 wells at a sprawling storage facility operated by Southern California Gas Co. The well was built in 1953 to pump oil and converted in the 1970s to store natural gas. It used a design that made it dependent on a single barrier to contain the gas. When that barrier failed, a blowout reported Oct. 23 spewed methane uncontrollably for nearly four months.SoCalGas has pleaded no contest to a criminal charge and agreed to pay $4 million in a settlement with prosecutors. The deal requires the utility to adopt a leak-monitoring system at the facility that goes beyond federal and state requirements.SoCalGas has estimated costs of $717 million related to the leak, including about $500 million to relocate about 8,000 families.Spokesman Chris Gilbride said SoCalGas has co-operated with the federal task force and is “committed to supporting forward-looking and reasonable regulations that promote safety at natural gas storage facilities.” The company has worked with local, state and federal officials to improve safety and enhance technology at Aliso Canyon, he said.The task force makes 44 recommendations to industry and government regulators to reduce the likelihood of future gas leaks and minimize impacts of leaks that occur.“No community should have to go through something like Aliso Canyon again,” Orr and Dominguez said. “Companies operating natural gas storage facilities should adopt the recommendations as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of future leaks.”Orr is an undersecretary of energy. Dominguez is administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.Dominguez said at a news conference Tuesday that her agency expects to announce interim federal rules for natural gas storage operations by the end of the year. The rules would apply to the nation’s 400 underground natural gas storage sites, scattered among 30 states.Currently there are no federal regulations on gas storage. Regulations are left to states and local jurisdictions.The report released Tuesday focuses on the 12 largest sites, including Aliso Canyon and another California site, as well as five in Mississippi, three in Louisiana and one each in Michigan and New York.Aliso Canyon is the largest gas storage facility west of the Mississippi River and a major source of energy for the Los Angeles area. Energy officials have warned of possible power outages if it is not able to resume operations.But Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said the risks of reopening the site are too great.“I remain convinced that Aliso Canyon must be permanently closed,” she said Tuesday. “A leak in a system with so little margin for error poses a serious threat to public safety.”Feinstein and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., urged creation of the task force after the Aliso Canyon leak.Mark Brownstein, vice-president of the Environmental Defence Fund, an advocacy group that has pushed for stronger safety standards, said the true test will be in the new federal regulations.Most of the 400 underground storage sites nationwide are decades old and susceptible to corrosion, he said: “The older these systems get, the more leaks and blowouts become a problem. Right now we’re effectively crossing our fingers, hoping for the best.”___Follow Matthew Daly: http://twitter.com/MatthewDalyWDC FILE – In this Dec. 9, 2015, file pool photo, crews work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. A year after a leaking well near Los Angeles spewed natural gas for nearly four months and drove thousands of families from their homes, a White House task force is recommending dozens of changes to curtail leaks from the nation’s 400 underground natural gas storage wells. (Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File) by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press Posted Oct 18, 2016 9:18 am MDT Last Updated Oct 18, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email After Calif. leak, feds seek to curtail natural gas blowouts read more

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Cop among 13 to be charged for traffic offences

nabbed during White Night campaign in Region 2Thirteen drivers from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) will be placed before the court today for Driving Under the Influence  (DUI) as they were nabbed during the White Night campaign in G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands) last Friday.Among the 13 is a police officer and according to the Deputy Commander for the Division, he will be dealt with accordingly.The 13 vehicles were impounded for violating road regulations, being equipped with white lights, ornaments and window and headlight tints.Ranks from the Division joined in the nationwide campaign last Friday. The exercise commenced around 18:30h and lasted approximately six and a half hours. During the exercise, several vehicles were stopped and searched at road blocks.According to head of the regional Traffic Department, Alfred Parks, the focus of the exercise is to promote traffic education as well as to make the roads safer: “Drivers need to know their responsibilities on the road and road safety; this campaign is a way of sensitising.” The campaign also focused on those drivers who are using the high-definition lights.Sergeant Parks said there have been numerous complaints from drivers who have experienced temporary blindness as a result of white lights.The White Night campaign commenced early in 2017 in Region Two, and several drivers were charged. Some drivers’ licences were even revoked by the Magistrate for driving continuously under the influence.Region Two Traffic Department Head, Alfred ParksThe Region Two traffic head, however, said the idea evolved to have the campaign in an effort to ensure that drivers adopt a new attitude towards driving, particularly in areas of drinking and safe usage of the road.“It is not a new initiative; the initiative started some time ago and has been successful in other regions. Since there has been an increase in road accidents here on the Essequibo Coast, we believe that we should join the initiative in an effort to educate drivers out there on the importance of road safety,” Parks said.The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was also on the scene to assist in the exercise. The CID conducted searches on vehicles if suspicions were roused that something unlawful was being transported. Breathalyser tests were also conducted.The Deputy Commander of the Division, M Taylor said lack of knowledge on proper road usage was a contributing factor to accidents apart from speeding. To curb this, pamphlets were distributed. Taylor said that once drivers were educated, they would use the road with more care and caution hence reducing road fatalities. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’White Knight’ road safety campaign launched – several persons arrested for DUINovember 12, 2016In “Local News”Over 35 minibuses impounded for various traffic offences- PoliceOctober 20, 2018In “Crime”21 minibus drivers arrested over traffic offencesJune 27, 2019In “Crime” read more

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Hitachi establishes new electric machinery company with KTEG for mining construction

first_imgHitachi Construction Machinery has announced it has formed an agreement with KTEG Kiesel Technologie Entwicklung GmbH – the group company of European Hitachi Construction Machinery’s distributor Kiesel GmbH – to establish a new company for developing electric construction machinery and the special application products for further expansion of the European market.“Hitachi Construction Machinery has long developed electric construction machinery to help reduce environmental burden and life cycle costs. Hitachi Construction Machinery has developed wired electric excavators with small to medium sized equipment used in plants as a base, supplying over 100 in mostly the Japanese market to  date. In addition, Hitachi Construction Machinery has supplied wired electric ultra-large hydraulic excavators to many mines. And Hitachi Construction Machinery has been involved in the development of battery-powered electric excavators from an early stage, starting with the ZX70B in 2006.”Meanwhile, the European market has some of the strictest regulations in the world regarding global warming prevention and low carbon society realisation, making electricity needs particularly strong in this region for both automobiles and construction machinery. KTEG has a wealth of know-how for regulating and commercialising electric construction machinery in the European market.“To respond to the various needs of customers in the European market, it is typical for distributors and remodeling companies to develop and sell special application products for specifications that cannot be handled by standard models. KTEG has developed large demolition specification equipment and other special application products based on the hydraulic excavators of Hitachi Construction Machinery.”With the establishment of this new company, the electric technology of Hitachi Construction Machinery and technical know-how of KTEG will be brought together to utilize the components of current equipment, and creating electric construction machinery that respond to the needs of customers will be made possible.The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group will continue to cooperate with various business partners “through open innovation, constantly considering solutions for customer issues, including improving safety and productivity, and reducing life cycle costs, as well as reducing environmental burden as they develop products with high added value.”Outline of the new company:• Company name – EAC European Application Center GmbH• Head office location – Stockstadt am Rhein, Hessen, Germany• Representative – Toni Kiesel• Starting no. of personnel – approximately 10• Capital – 500,000 EUR (approximately 64 million JPY)• Investment ratio – Hitachi Construction Machinery 49.9%, KTEG 50.1%• Investment period – Scheduled for within 2018 on the approval of the Competition Authorities of Germany and Poland• Business operations –Development of electric construction machinery and special application productslast_img read more

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Man dies after incident at Waterford pharmaceutical plant

first_imgAN INVESTIGATION IS underway after a man died following an incident on the grounds of the GlaxoSmithKline plant in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford this afternoon.The death was at first believed to be the result of a workplace accident at the pharmaceutical plant but it has since been confirmed that the man was a member of the public.The incident happened about 3pm this afternoon with the man subsequently taken to Waterford Regional Hospital by ambulance where he was subsequently pronounced dead.A spokesperson for GSK said that gardaí had attended the scene and that the Health and Safety Authority has been notified.The incident is currently under investigation and the company has extended its sympathies to the family of the deceased.last_img read more

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Dude Uses Kindle Cell Phone While Driving Video

first_imgOh, the modern world and all of its distractions. I realize that we shouldn’t laugh at these things. They’re not really funny, right? This is precisely the manner of distracted driving that safety experts have warnedus about.That said, this YouTube video of a guy taking multitasking to absurd lengths is pretty damn funny–especially with the shocked videographers shooting the whole thing from the next car over.Video after the jump.last_img

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