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Earlier, University of Santo Tomas picked up its first win after handling University of the East with ease for a 25-17, 25-15, 25-21 decision.Cherry Rondina dropped 20 points and Dimdim Pacres added eight points for the Tigresses, who rebounded from their opening-day loss to defending champion La Salle.“This was a good bounce back win for us after coming from that five-set loss, said UST coach Kung Fu Reyes in Filipino.“We just have to be consistent because in the first two sets we really performed well, but when we got to the third set we kind of relaxed.”UST was on the offensive throughout the game and scored on 40 spikes, 13 more than what UE was able to muster, while also enjoying 26 free points due to the Lady Warriors’ errors.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The Lady Bulldogs celebrate after taking the early tournament lead. —AUGUST DELA CRUZNational University arrested a late-game meltdown to take down Ateneo, 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 12-25, 15-7, and grab the early solo lead in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.After letting the Lady Eagles swoop down on them in the third and fourth sets, the Lady Bulldogs reestablished their dominance in the deciding fifth behind Jaja Santiago and Jasmine Nabor.ADVERTISEMENT Muntinlupa, QC trounce MPBL rivals Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Santiago asserted her dominance over Ateneo with a game-high 26 points, while Nabor—who had 11 points and 29 excellent sets—knocked the Lady Eagles out cold by scoring three straight service aces, the last landing square in the middle of Ateneo’s defense that sealed the win.The Lady Bulldogs remained unbeaten in two games as the Lady Eagles slipped to 0-2, their worst start since opening Season 73 with a 1-1 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNU looked utterly dominant in the first two sets despite wobbling midway through the second, but coach Babes Castillo said they had a momentary lapse in communication that allowed Ateneo to force a fifth set.“Jasmine had a hard time communicating with her teammates when she was giving out instructions,” Castillo told reporters. “But they quickly fixed it.” MOST READ UST is coming off a five-set loss to La Salle on opening day, unable to match the composure of the defending champions. View comments
St Stephen’s College announced its cut-off list on Wednesday. And with it, came a new dilemma for DU aspirants. With the varsity, too, announcing its first cut-off list the same day, candidates are now torn between taking admission in a college on the basis of the first cut-off list, or waiting for St Stephen’s College to wrap up the interview process and announce the results.This is probably the first time in the last few years that Stephen’s interview schedule is clashing with DU’s announcement of cut-offs. Till last year, the college would announce its qualifying marks at least a week before DU declared its first list.While this year, St Stephen’s interviews begin on June 20 and will continue till July 4, DU will announce its next four cut-off lists between June 21 and July 8.With university rules prohibiting applicants from taking admission in more than one college at a time, chances are that almost all interviewees shortlisted by Stephen’s would have taken admission in a college and, consequently, not be able to produce the original documents at the time of interview.Mihira Vasudev, a student of The Shri Ram School with 92 per cent aggregate in Class XII, has met the qualifying marks for B.A. (Honours) History in Lady Shri Ram College and also qualified for the interview round at Stephen’s for the same programme.Though she prefers Stephen’s, Vasudev is not leaving her future to chance.”Stephen’s will announce its results for History at the time when DU colleges will be declaring their fourth list. I can’t take a chance and will block a seat in LSR. I might cancel my admission if I clear the interview at St Stephen’s,” she said.advertisementClick here to EnlargeAcknowledging the peculiar situation, K.M. Mathews, the college’s tutor for admissions, said that exceptions will be made for candidates who cannot produce original documents during the interview on account of having taken admission elsewhere. “If the student can produce proof of admission, then we will allow him/her to sit for the interview.Then, at the time of declaration of results, the candidate can cancel admission in the other college, get the originals and take admission here,” he said.”There can, therefore, be quite a few withdrawals from other top colleges around the time of the fourth list,” said Nandita Narain, who was the tutor of admissions last year.HIGH PERCENTAGES AGAINAfter registering a dip in cut-off marks last year, St Stephen’s is back with high cut-offs.The college’s most popular programme, B.A. (Honours) Economics, registered an increase of 0.5 per cent to 1.5 per cent across all three streams. Mathematics sprang a surprise by hiking its cut-off for humanities students by 5 per cent. For science and commerce students, the increase stood at 1.5 per cent and 1 per cent, respectively.The rising eligibility bar even forced principal V. Thampu to, for the first time, leave a note to applicants. It states: “The eligibility bar, I am afraid, has shifted higher. Wonder when or where this will stop! It is a painful experience for me to reject a young scholar who has scored 95 per cent. But I have no choice. This is no reflection on your merit. All of you are meritorious.”For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
WWE was forced to deny claims that nearly 200 of its wrestlers and crew were held ‘hostage’ by Saudi Arabia as they tried to leave the country following a row over an unpaid bill amounting to £390million, new reports say.According to a report in Daily Mail, there have been speculations that the Saudi ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have ordered the stars and crew off the flight to sit on the tarmac for six hours. This is in sharp contrast to WWE’s official statement where they said “More than 175 Superstars, production crew and employees boarded a 747 charter flight back to the United States on Thursday. After the door closed, due to several aircraft problems including mechanical issues, all passengers sat on the tarmac for more than six hours.”Daily Mail cited US reports that said the Crown Prince was furious that WWE boss Vince McMahon had pulled the plug on the live feed of the show in Riyadh because they owed the company up to USD 500 million for two shows in Saudi Arabia last year.According to reports, the two sides did reach a hasty agreement before the show was eventually broadcast 40 minutes later, but it did not stop the wrestlers from being stranded post the show for six hours, thus missing Friday Night SmackDown on Fox.Wrestler Karl Anderson of The OC had taken to Twitter to speak about the ordeal, writing that people could not pay him enough to go back.Couldn’t pay me enough to go back ..Well that’s not true, I need a second pool, so…..— Karl Anderson (@KarlAndersonWWE) November 2, 2019His comments saw a reply by his wife Christine, where she hinted that the superstars were held hostages in some way during the time of the delay.2nd house!! Not a pool..but don’t ever go back AGAIN! We don’t need our daddy/papi/motherlover/absanderson/besttagteam etc. being held hostage while we’re at home worried to death ??— Tini (@Strawtini) November 2, 2019Daily Mail cited a US sports journalist Dave Meltzer as telling Wrestling Observer that tensions escalated when military police were sent to the airport in Riyadh, adding that the talent felt they were hostages, but nobody was harmed.Furthermore, according to the report, some observers felt that if that particular flight was having mechanical issues, they could have chartered another plane which would have brought the wrestlers back to the US sooner.Furthermore, the report said that former WWE announcer Hugo Savinovich too had posted a video on Facebook saying the real reason for the delay was retaliation in Saudi following the live feed being pulled by WWE.The Crown Jewel event saw the then SmackDown’s WWE Champion Brock Lesnar successfully defend his title against Cain Velasquez and Tyson Fury win a bout against Braun Strowman amongst other matches. Lesnar has since then gone on to quit the Blue Brand and join Monday Night Raw in pursuit of Rey Mysterio, who had given beat him down with a steel chair following the match. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Braun StrowmanBrock LesnarCrown Prince Mohammed bin SalmanKarl Anderson First Published: November 6, 2019, 1:18 PM IST
On a day when the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) is scheduled to meet and discuss the next course of action on the reforms proposed by him, Justice R.M. Lodha said it was “unfortunate” that even after almost one year since the verdict, the recommendations could not be implemented.”I am sad and it’s unfortunate. CoA was appointed about six months back. There was sufficient time to implement the order. It’s not a happy moment and it’s quite unpleasant,” Lodha said on Saturday.On January 30 this year, the Supreme Court had appointed a four-member committee headed by former comptroller and auditor general Vinod Rai to administer the day to day affairs of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as an interim measure to oversee the implementation of the Lodha recommendations.The apex court, in the same month, had also removed president Anurag Thakur and BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke from their posts for obstructing the implementation of the reforms.The Supreme Court passed a July 18, 2016 judgment to implement the Lodha committee recommendations.”It is unfortunate because on July 18, 2016 Supreme Court passed the order after hearing BCCI at length. Now after almost one year, when the president and secretary have been removed by the Supreme Court, we are nowhere near the implementation of the judgment of the Supreme Court,” Lodha said.In the BCCI’s last Special General Meeting (SGM), the state associations failed to adopt the Lodha Committee recommendations despite it being on top of their agenda.advertisementIt has reportedly left the CoA with no option but to ask the Supreme Court to enforce the reforms.A number of member units of the BCCI have filed affidavits in the Supreme Court against the implementation of the Lodha Committee recommendations.To this, the CoA had suggested the state bodies filter their objections to the recommendations to a few points and submit them to the court for reconsideration.This, the CoA had reiterated at its meeting with the state associations on the eve of the SGM, would be beneficial to all parties concerned.But instead, a seven-member committee, headed by Indian Premier League (IPL) Chairman Rajiv Shukla, was formed “to identify the few critical points in respect of the said judgment (July 18, 2016 Supreme Court order) for the General Body of the BCCI to consider before its submission to the Hon’ble Supreme Court”.Asked about the few principal recommendations including the ‘one state, one vote’, age and tenure cap for administrators’, cooling off periods between successive terms and the size of the senior national selection committee which the state bodies have objected to, Lodha said:”All these things have been argued before the Supreme Court multiple times. They have been rejected. Supreme Court has put seal of approval. There can’t be more superior forum that SC. All these points had been rejected before the SC when they had argued. What is the point of saying all these now?”While speaking to a news channel, the 67-year-old former Chief Justice of India did not want to comment on one of the CoA members, Ramachandra Guha resigning recently, saying his explosive letter speaks for itself.”He must have found some internal functioning not satisfactory, I can’t comment on that. Guha has spelt out the reasons for resignation in his letter and that speaks for itself.”The next Supreme Court hearing on this matter is scheduled for July 14.
Continue Reading Previous Vecow: 8th gen Intel Coffee Lake expandable fanless embedded workstationNext Phaedrus: Barr Group releases 2018 update of Embedded C Coding Standard VadaTech announces the AMC585, an AMC FPGA Carrier with single FMC+ (VITA-57.4) interfaces. The AMC is compliant to AMC.1, AMC.2 and AMC.4 specifications. The unit has an on-board, re-configurable FPGA which interfaces directly to the AMC FCLKA, TCLKA-D, FMC DP0-23 and all FMC+ LA/HA/HB pairs (the module does not support HSPCe connector). The AMC585 is based on Xilinx UltraScale+ XCZU19EG MPSoC FPGA. The FPGA has 1968 DSP Slices and 1143k logic cells. The XCZU19EG includes quad-core ARM application processor, dual-core ARM real-time processor and Mali graphics processing unit, as well as over 34.6Mb of block RAM and 36 Mb of UltraRAM.The FPGA has an interface to a single DDR4 memory channel (64-bit wide with ECC to the ARM CPU). In addition, there is 64GB of DDR-4 memory channel that connects to the FPGA. This allows for large buffer sizes to be stored during processing as well as for queuing the data to the host. The module has on board 64 GB of Flash, 128 MB of boot flash and an SD Card as an option.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
RB Leipzig RB Leipzig unsettled by Besiktas atmosphere, admits Hasenhuttl Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 07:46 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts RB Leipzig Beşiktaş v RB Leipzig Beşiktaş UEFA Champions League It took just 11 minutes for Ryan Babel to give the Turkish side the lead and the Germans were further rattled after the floodlights went out RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl conceded his team struggled to cope with Besiktas’ intense home support as they lost 2-0 on their maiden Champions League away trip.The visitors fell a goal behind inside 11 minutes in Istanbul and never recovered, conceding a second on the stroke of half-time as they slipped to a first defeat in Group G.Leipzig evs to beat Koln Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. After a raucous first 45 minutes, the drama took another twist when the Vodafone Park floodlights went out for a period in the second half and halted the visitors’ burgeoning recovery.But Hasenhuttl, who led Leipzig to second in the Bundesliga last season, admits the damage was done during a frenzied opening.”It is impossible to prepare your team for an atmosphere like this. There was a deafening noise [and] at the start of the game we were a bit affected,” he said after the match.”We were not good in the first 20 minutes at all. But it was a lesson for all of us. I saw who I can count on in times like these. This is a lesson for us to learn and we keep learning.”In the second half, my players stepped up and had chances but it was not enough. I congratulate Besiktas and they got a deserved win.”ImprovisationFrom signing players by using a phone, to lighting up a stadium – hats off to the @BesiktasEnglish fans #UCL #BJKRBL pic.twitter.com/KtzH0n76ET— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) September 26, 2017Besiktas’ victory means they are well on track for a debut appearance in the knockout stages.The Turkish champions are three points clear of second-placed Porto, a start coach Senol Gunes is confident of cementing.”Six points in two games is a really good start but this is no guarantee,” he said.”But if we get two points, or one win against Monaco in the back-to-back games, we will put ourselves in a really good position.”
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game 35-31 at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Predictions for the 2018 college football season are starting to roll in. Who are you picking to win this year’s national championship?We’re starting to make some predictions, too. Let’s not just make predictions for this year, though. Let’s make them for the next five years.Who is going to win college football’s next five national titles?Here are our picks.Predicting College Football’s Next 5 National Champs2018Ohio State brings back a lot of talent on offense and Dwayne Haskins looks like the real deal. The pro-style QB paired with an electric running back in J.K. Dobbins could give OSU the country’s most-exciting offense.The Buckeyes will win their second national title under Urban Meyer.Prediction: Ohio State2019Things are starting to get a little restless in Ann Arbor, with Jim Harbaugh having lost to Ohio State – again.The problem with the Wolverines during the Jim Harbaugh era has been quarterback play. They likely would’ve won last year’s Ohio State game with even slightly above-average QB play.In 2019, Michigan should finally have a really good one in Shea Patterson (assuming he doesn’t leave for the NFL). He was a former top recruit and probably has the best natural ability of any of the QBs on Michigan’s roster. Harbaugh will hopefully have coached him up to a top NFL prospect by 2019.Prediction: Michigan NEXT: The 2020, 2021, 2022 National Champions >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2
Next Why Mental Health Matters (and Why It’s Time to Change Our Perspective) A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations Previous How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker Over the course of our lives, our list of fears grows like a weed. As children, our worries are few and simplistic: monsters under the bed, reprimand for disobedience, getting lost at Disneyland. With time, though, the unfolding world and our increasing sense of awareness introduce financial, familial, and physical hazards that menace our naïve optimism.Thankfully, life is a precious balance; every concern is contested by a moment of winsome. Even the most arduous journeys uncover intervals of hope and comfort. Most often, we find reprieve through the very things that cause our distress. Our embarrassing, combative families can heal the deepest of wounds. The threat of soreness or pain never seems to keep us from physical activity. Despite our motivation to accrue financial wealth, we find greater satisfaction in charitable giving.But if there is a good, pleasing foil to every fear, why then do we dwell on the hardships, and what can be done to renovate our perspective?I can’t hope to explain why anxiety clings to us so dearly, but I can offer a simple suggestion to harvest contentedness: be present. If dismay stalks you, there’s a good chance it chooses to strike as you visualize the future. The uncertainty of what will be rattles our sense of control – perhaps the root of our deepest fears. You must therefore choose to see the beauty of the present moment.How, though, do we retrain our wandering minds? There are certainly more cooperative methods than my own, but I’ll share a personal tactic. When the worry of what’s to come feels unbearable, I take a drive. For some, hitting the road with no particular destination is a good way to think. For me, it’s the most direct path to the present.It’s not a perfect formula, however. I can’t jump into just any vehicle and instantly disengage with dread. I need the right car, the right feel, the right sound. I didn’t become an automotive journalist for medicinal perks, but vehicles like the Jaguar F-Type SVR convertible sure feel like a prescription.The automotive cure doesn’t always start at first glance, yet the F-Type is a sort of aesthetic therapy. Mesmerizing curves, a despotic stance, and dazzling “Ultra Blue” bodywork strike the right balance of sultry and sinister. Hood rivets and an adjustable carbon fiber wing signal the SVR’s lordship over the F-Type lineup. Instantly, fear for the unknown becomes reverence for what prowls before me.Visual intrigue meets tactile delight within the F-Type’s cabin. Quilted leather, microfiber suede, and brushed metal surfaces are like tangible Zen. The top glides into the place behind the cockpit, permitting California’s brilliant sun to vanquish every shadow. I ignite the 5.0-liter supercharged V8.My ears are filled with a booming melody from the exhaust’s titanium speakers. Each dab of the throttle elicits vicious power, straining my muscles as they grip the leather wheel. My senses are tuned to the roadster’s nimble movements. Even at mild velocity, the F-Type SVR is an immersive experience.Do I need a British-built performance car to disrupt the ebbs and flows of life’s unease? No, and you don’t need an infallible method to appreciate the present. One conscious moment can uncover today’s subtle pleasures – you need only to create it. On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip 1 of 14 Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn
zoom Greek shipping company Capital Product Partners has signed charter employments for its two 8,266 TEU container carriers M/V Agamemnon and M/V Archimidis with an undisclosed client.The 108,892 dwt vessels, built by South Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in 2007 and 2006, have been chartered for a period of twelve months.According to Capital Product Partners, the charters are expected to commence in April 2016 and include an charter extension option for an additional 12 months at an increased rate.Due to these employments, the partnership’s charter coverage for 2016 and 2017 has increased to 93% and 72%, respectively.Capital Product Partners currently owns 34 vessels, including twenty modern medium range product tankers, four Suezmax crude oil tankers, nine Post Panamax container vessels and one Capesize bulk carrier, all of which are under period charters.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A policy intended to deter the illegal trade of ivory and items made with the parts of endangered or threatened animals led the online sales website Etsy to remove such artwork sold by Alaska Native artists, who can legally use ivory in their pieces.U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan asked the chief executive officer of Etsy.com to reconsider its policy to allow Alaska Natives to keep selling products made from materials such as walrus tusks or from petrified wooly mammoth remains found in the nation’s most remote state.Sullivan said he assumes the basis of the policy is to combat elephant poaching in Africa and India and that he supports such efforts.“However, your policy fails to recognize that Alaska Natives are explicitly authorized under federal laws, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, to work with and sell walrus ivory, whale tooth and bone, and other non-elephant ivory,” the Alaska Republican wrote in a letter sent Friday to the Brooklyn, New York-based company.Etsy has not responded to the letter, according to Sullivan spokesman Matt Shuckerow.In an email to The Associated Press, Etsy said it can no longer allow Alaska Natives to sell animal products such as ivory but that their accounts remain active.“We have updated our policies to reflect the increasingly global nature of our business and our community,” the company said. “With increased global regulation surrounding ivory and animal products, we can no longer accommodate such products produced by Native Alaskans in our marketplace.”Sullivan heard about the issue from Alaska Native leaders and a handful of artists whose accounts were disrupted, Shuckerow said. In his letter, Sullivan notes that Alaska Natives have used animal products for subsistence, survival and cultural expression for thousands of years.Marcu Gho, an Inupiat Eskimo who lives in Juneau, is among the affected artists. He had sold gloves, key chains, scarves and other artwork made from sea otter fur for about five years until then items were delisted Tuesday.He said that occurred after he began a conversation with Etsy officials last week in response to social media posts he saw from other artists complaining about such problems.Gho said he had been warned that it appeared his artwork was derived from Alaska’s northern sea otters. A portion of that population is listed as threatened but it doesn’t include southeast Alaska otters, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.“In the past, we have allowed an exemption for Alaska Natives,” a company official wrote in an email to Gho. “However, we’ve determined that we are unable to make exceptions for these items in our marketplace going forward. Removing this exemption helps us create a single global policy prohibiting endangered or threatened animals.”Gho said he explained the difference to the official, to no avail. The experience has left him frustrated that he can’t share this part of his culture. He also believes the policy perpetuates a perception that Alaska Natives are barbarians.“When they’re telling me that they don’t feel it’s acceptable that I sell these things, I take it a little bit more personally,” he said.___Follow Rachel D’Oro at https://twitter.com/rdoro .___This story has been corrected to say Gho’s items were delisted, not his Etsy account, and to show that accounts of Alaska Native artists have had ivory items removed, not that the accounts were cancelled.
Rabat – Responding to reports suggesting that the Charlie Hebdo attack was carried out by Islamist militants affiliated with Al Qaeda, Tariq Ramadan, professor of contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, said that the attack “is a pure betrayal of our religion and our principles.”Ramadan, who is considered to be one of the most prominent Muslim intellectuals in Europe, condemned the attack on the French satirical weekly that claimed the lives of at least 12 people, including four cartoonists, saying that “this is unacceptable and a betrayal to our principles and everything we stand for.”He wrote on his official Facebook page that “contrary to what was apparently said by the killers in the bombing of Charlie Hebdo’s headquarters, it is not the prophet who was avenged. It is our religion, our values and Islamic principles that have been betrayed and tainted.” “My condemnation is absolute and my anger is profound (healthy and a thousand times justified) against this horror!!! Allow me to express my deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims,” he added.
However he says his Government has taken steps to ensure the local judiciary is allowed to operate freely without any political pressure.He also said that he has instructed the police to investigate some incidents where judges have been intimidated by groups not linked to the Government. (Colombo Gazette)Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/LAW-Confernce-Wadduwa-HE-speech-FM.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The President had made a similar comment a few weeks ago to the international media and that created a storm with human rights groups insisting that he reconsider his stand.The President said that there were times the local judiciary faced various allegations and times where local judges were removed from office in an unfair manner. President Maithripala Sirisena has reiterated that he will not agree to have foreign judges in the local judicial process after investigating incidents related to the war.Speaking at the Law Conference in Wadduwa, the President said that he has faith in the local judiciary and he feels all that needs to be done is to strengthen the judiciary and ensure it is independent. International human rights groups have been calling on Sri Lanka to invite foreign judges to ensure the domestic process to investigate human rights abuses related to the war are credible. “If there is a need to conduct a judicial process after investigating human rights abuses, I will not agree to invite foreign judges to come to Sri Lanka and be involved in that process,” he said.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has resumed the effort to repatriate Sierra Leonean refugees from Liberia by sea, a spokesman for the agency said today in Geneva. Speaking to the press, Kris Janowski said UNHCR has resumed the voluntary repatriation of thousands of Sierra Leonean refugees, keen to leave Liberia because of renewed fighting over the past few weeks. “Repatriation by sea is currently the only reasonable safe way to bring Sierra Leoneans home, as recent fighting has made overland movements unfeasible,” said Mr. Janowski. On Sunday, a ship carrying 300 refugees arrived in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown and another 300 people were scheduled to be picked up on Wednesday. Some 4,500 Sierra Leoneans refugees have signed up to go back and the resumed programme will repatriate about 600 people per week. UNHCR has been considering options other than road convoys to safely repatriate refugees since the June attack on Sinje camps which had prevented its staff from travelling to the region and providing aid. Meanwhile, repatriation of Sierra Leoneans refugees from Guinea will remain on hold for the next two or three weeks because of financial and logistical constraints, the spokesman said.
Legal disputes between parents over where to send their child to school is on the rise, a leading family lawyer has said, amid increased competition for places.Earlier this week, thousands of families across England found out which secondary school their children will attend with a higher proportion than ever expecting to miss out on their top choice.Joanne Edwards, head of family law and partner at the solicitors firm Forsters, said: “In the past four to five years I have really noticed an increase in the number of parents in disputes about which school their child should attend.“The legal position is that both parents have parental responsibility. I always say try to go to mediation first, and that sometimes leads on to solicitor negotiation. In extreme cases, one issues a court application.” Under the Children Act, parents can apply to the courts for a “child arrangement order” where a judge can rule on a specific issue. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Often a judge will say if you can afford private, send your child there. Judges tend to be quite angry about having to determine these dispute and tend to say ‘come on parents, sort this out’.” Jeremy Corbyn and his ex-wife Claudia Bracchita divorced after a disagreement over whether their son should be educated at one of the country’s best grammar schools or at the local inner city comprehensive.More than half a million 11-year-olds are finding out which secondary school they will be attending from this autumn on what is commonly known as National Offer Day.Secondaries have experienced an increase in numbers prompted by a spike in the birth rate in the early 2000s that is now making its way through the school system.The number of pupils who failed to get a place at their preferred school was expected to increase by up to a third compared to last year in some parts of the country following an application surge.Around 115,000 children across England were left disappointed due to a continuing shortage of places, according to analysis by The Good Schools Guide. Jeremy Corbyn and his ex-wife divorced after a disagreement over where to send their son to school Credit:REX Shutterstock Ms Edwards said that her cases have included parents with differing views over whether to send their children to religious school or not, private versus state and boarding versus day. “I was acting for someone who felt very strongly he wanted his child to go to local state but wife felt equally strongly about private. He felt morally he preferred state,” Ms Edwards said.
IA is also arguing that forcing social media companies to build a “backdoor” into message encryption for the police and security services would “undermine civil liberties” and that allowing a regulator to investigate their secret algorithms would be “unfair”…. Tech giants are threatening to pull out of the UK if a new law allows senior executives to be prosecuted, the Telegraph has learned. The Internet Association (IA), the official lobbying arm for companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Microsoft, has warned the Government that arming a new online regulator with such powers would create “a disincentive for existing businesses to continue to provide their services in the UK.”
Next week, IM will report extensively on the CSIRO’s Minerals Down Under Flagship research. We begin today with exploration. Australia’s share of global mineral exploration spending has decreased from 20% in 1996 to 13% in 2009 (up from 11.9% in 2007) and there has been a corresponding drop in new discoveries. CSIRO is working to reverse this trend and assist the mineral exploration sector to find new minerals to replace those we have already mined. AuScope Grid consortium – Mineral explorers have found it difficult to access and manipulate publicly available geological data held in different databases around Australia. AuScope through the Minerals Down Under Flagship and partners have developed the AuScope Grid to seamlessly share geoscience data. Technologies developed by AuScope as part of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy are now being deployed beyond the Earth Sciences through a new study collaboratively funded via the Australian National data Service which will deploy groundwater and environmental data sets through the web. Integration of these data sets with more traditional geological data promises to unlock new value from these traditionally disparate data sets.Towards a mineral map of the Australian continent – One of the Flagship’s longer-term goals is to develop a new suite of publicly available 2D and 3D mineral maps of the Australian continent that can enhance not just exploration effort across Australia, but also other applications such as soil mapping for agriculture and water catchment modelling. This goal is now achievable because of the emergence of a new suite of satellite, airborne and drill core logging hyperspectral technologies and related geoscience information processing and delivery systems.Northeast Yilgarn hydrogeochemical mapping project – This MERIWA-supported project is investigating if large mineral systems can be seen at 5-8 km sample spacing – and through cover – in the groundwater chemistry. It also provides geochemical background data and crucial information on water quality for human and livestock consumption. The data show significant trends relating gold and uranium to major ore systems and is also delineating other areas that may have mineralisation that are currently under-explored.HyLoggers delivered to State Surveys – As part of the AuScope National Virtual Core Library project activity, CSIRO has delivered six HyLogger hyperspectral core logging systems to the State and Northern Territory Geological Surveys. A seventh instrument will be leased to the Geological Survey of Victoria. unprecedented rate to provide new perspectives on the 3D structure of ore systems with implications for exploration, mining and processing.For more details on any of these: Jonathan Law, +61 3 9545 8764, Jonathan.Law@csiro.au
The Federal Government has been slammed for further jeopardising investment in Australia’s gold sector at a time the sector was described today as being “a long time between major gold discovery drinks”. Addressing the first day in Perth today of the Paydirt 2012 Australian Gold Conference, Integra Mining’s Managing Director, Chris Cairns, said that despite being the third highest export earner for Australia at A$18.9 billion a year, gold remained unloved by the Federal Government. “What we have is a Government which is encouraging industrial disputes, considering expanding the MRRT to other metals and ignores the fact that any idiot can find a coal or iron ore deposit but gold is invariably in highly complex systems which are difficult to find,” Cairns said.“On top of that, the Government is looking at cutting the diesel rebate for our mining trucks – which don’t leave the mine sites and don’t use the public roads which the tax pays for – and is removing exploration expenditures as carried forward tax losses. That action will not encourage gold exploration investment, discovery and therefore contributing gold revenues.”Cairns said it had been a long time between drinks in Australia for major gold discovery – the last being the 5 Moz Tropicana deposit in southern Western Australia – an orebody discovered six years ago. “In the six years since Tropicana, Australia has produced 40-50 Moz of gold but the best recent discovery of 5-6 million ounces was made 7 years ago so our discoveries are not replacing the volumes mined.”Cairns said Australian gold production had peaked at 300 t/y in 1999 whereas global gold production peaked in 2001. “The perspective gets skewed because of the really dramatic increase in the gold price which has quintupled over the past 12 years,” he said.“The gold exploration spend has increased but compared to 1990 dollars, has actually decreased by one third compared to the spend in 1997.“What the equities market has to factor in is that of the Top 10 gold producers in Australia, most of them are very mature mines and will be coming offline over the new few years. I expect Australian gold production to ease to around 200 tonnes per annum in the next five to 10 years. Part of the reason for this is that while the gold price is up significantly, the global all-up cost of gold production is $1,100/oz with forecasters predicting a hike by 2017 to around $1,700/oz. So the gold price has been rising but so too have costs so marginal gold mining operations will continue to remain marginal mines.”The Integra head pointed to gold’s grassroots exploration spend which had collapsed from 47% of new deposit discoveries across major minerals in 2004 to 35% in 2011. “We are certainly not looking for gold deposits in the same way we used to in Australia.”A warning was also issued today by one of the sector’s main proponents, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA. The biggest challenge facing .Australia’s gold sector is to wind back its alarming rise in production costs where in worst case scenarios they are now nudging $1,200/oz. Addressing the conference, the Chamber’s Director, Damian Callachor, said such a cost profile was “disappointing”.“There are three contributing factors – labor, energy and grade impacts,” Callachor said. “If we do not start constraining our gold production costs, Australia’s gold costs will be comparable to that of the worst performing country to date, South Africa. This is starting to emerge at a time something like 90 countries around the world can claim to be gold producers and are competing for investment dollars from overseas.“Australia will become increasingly less attractive as a gold investment play against this backdrop – let alone the ongoing threat that the minerals resource rent tax will be expanded to include gold in addition to July’s carbon tax imposts.”Callachor said it was easy to overlook the energy intensive nature of gold mining where projects were generally based in regional or remote locations reliant totally or diesel fired energy.“For those lucky enough to be close to or part of a mainstream power grid, those grid costs also increasing alarmingly – and unlike other commodities, increases in gold production costs cannot be passed onto customers. One solution is to use the high price to process more lower grade gold into the mining and processing stream.”Western Australia’s “flat” gold sector contributed 8% of the State’s resources output last year worth royalties to the WA Government of A$4.8 billion.
Mammoet and Scheuerle (Member of the TII Group) have unveiled the Mammoet Trailer Power Assist (TPA), a new engineered heavy transport solution designed to improve transport efficiency and significantly lower the carbon footprint of major projects around the world. Manufactured by Scheuerle according to Mammoet’s specifications, the first TPA units were unveiled at a ceremony held at Scheuerle’s headquarters in Pfedelbach, Germany.Delivering more traction than any other solution in the powered trailer category, each TPA trailer has a 1,000 horsepower diesel engine powering an innovative new hydraulic drive system. The result is a trailer with twice the pulling force of a conventional prime mover unit but with no ballast requirements. The overall weight and length of transports will be greatly reduced, thus lowering emissions and eliminating the need for multi-truck configurations. In so doing, it will mitigate risks caused by the complexity of steering and breaking. This means a big plus for safety and reliability in heavy transport operations.“Trailer Power Assist is the most efficient, sustainable and cost-effective answer for the complex transport demands of large scale construction projects,” said Jan Kleijn, COO Mammoet. “TPA is the Formula 1 vehicle in heavy transport,” said Bernd Schwengsbier, President of TII SalesThe technologically innovative TPA transport solution is based on the self-propelled K25 modular platform vehicle which hydraulically drives four of the six axle lines by means of a Power Pack Unit (PPU). The transport solution has a number of significant advantages. With a performance of 735 kW (1,000 hp) as well as a traction force of 400 kilonewtons, one vehicle in the version featuring a drive unit and a 6-axle platform trailer replaces two fully loaded heavy-duty truck tractors. Thanks to the modular design the TPA can be coupled together and a network of multiple vehicles means even more power.The TPA has an assisted road speed up to 28 km/h – which is up to 20 times faster than a self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) solution. Above 28km/h, TPA will switch to freewheel mode, leaving the prime movers to haul the load at up to highway speeds. TPA is designed for international transportation, with permissions in place it is possible to use TPA on public roads in Germany and across Europe.TPA’s hydraulic hub motors can be re-engaged to slow the load down hydrostatically, reducing wear and tear on its brakes, and provide the precision and control required to navigate narrow or winding sections of the route.By reducing the overall weight of the transport – fewer trailers and less or no ballast – TPA improves fuel efficiency. And, by reducing the overall length and number of powered units involved in a transport, TPA reduces complexity, boosts project safety and requires only one driver.“Designed to operate between -40°C and +50°C, TPA is the reliable solution for transporting heavy modules to facilities in remote locations. With four powered axle lines per six-axle trailer, TPA provides supreme traction in difficult conditions. Should power fail on one axle, the remaining three will continue to function and the operation can continue. Once a load has been delivered, TPA units can be towed back to base in freewheel mode with their engines off, again improving efficiency and enhancing the project’s sustainability.”“Mammoet and Scheuerle have a 40-year history of cooperation, collaborating on game-changing engineering solutions in the heavy transport sector, and together developed the self-propelled mobile transporter (SPMT) in the early 1980s. Today SMPTs are an industry standard. The Trailer Power Assist is expected to make a similar impact on the industry.”