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Andy Murray struggles with illness on French Open eve: Reports

first_imgWorld number one Andy Murray is battling to recover from illness before the French Open begins on Sunday, according to British media reports.Murray has had numerous setbacks in 2017, with the 30-year-old diagnosed with shingles in February before sustaining an elbow injury in March that ruled him out of the Miami Open and Great Britain’s Davis Cup tie.Top-seeded Murray trained on Thursday, ahead of the main draw for the French Open later on Friday, and is also set to attend a pre-tournament press conference after the draw. While preparing for French Open, Murray had said that health would be the key to prolong his playing career. “When I was starting out on the tour, that (30) is around the time when a lot of (players) would have stopped playing or started to struggle,” Murray was quoted as saying by the Times.”You never know how your body’s going to be and your health. If that’s fine, there is no reason why you can’t compete at the top of the game into your early to mid-thirties.”Not everyone is going to be able to do that, you don’t know how good the generation coming up are going to be, if they’re better than the current generation. If that’s the case then I think it becomes more difficult, but I’m hoping it isn’t.”last_img read more

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Women’s World Cup: Rain washes out New Zealand vs South Africa clash

first_imgPersistent rain and a wet outfield led to the abandonment of the match between New Zealand and South Africa without a ball being bowled at Derby.The toss was already delayed due to the wet patches on the ground and further rain cancelled out any chances of further play.The umpires had an inspection at 2.10pm local time when rain relented but decided to call off the match.Both New Zealand and South Africa registered comfortable wins in their opening matches of the tournament.New Zealand had crushed Sri Lanka by nine wickets at Bristol where they first bowled out the islanders for 188 with Holly Huddlestone taking five wickets. Captain Suzie Bates then led the run chase with an unbeaten 106 while Amy Satterthwaite made 78 not out as New Zealand won with 9 wickets and almost 13 overs to spare.South Africa on the other hand beat Pakistan by three wickets at Leicester to get their campaign off to a winning start. Dane van Niekerk’s team restricted Pakistan to 206/8 after opting to bowl first with Moseline Daniels and Shabnim Ismail taking two wickets each. Half-centuries from Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt then helped South Africa to reach the target with six balls to spare.last_img read more

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Roger Federer unconcerned by mounting injury toll ahead of US Open

first_imgNineteen-times grand slam champion Roger Federer does not believe the gruelling professional tennis schedule should be shortened, despite a rash of injuries, including to some marquee names.”The guys who are hurt lately, it’s mostly because they are 30-plus,” 36-year-old Federer said during a press conference on Saturday ahead of the U.S. Open, which kicks off on Monday.”I don’t think there needs to be that much addressing because the players, they have the option not to play as much as sometimes they have to or want to.””I don’t think the tour is doing much wrong, to be quite honest,” he said of the ATP schedule, which runs from January to November.Federer made his comments a few hours before world number two Andy Murray announced he was pulling out of the tournament due to the hip injury that hampered him during his unsuccessful defence of his Wimbledon title in July.AP Photo Thirty-year-old Murray joins 12-times grand slam winner Novak Djokovic and 2016 U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka in missing the tournament through injury.Djokovic, also 30, is suffering from a bad elbow and 32-year-old Wawrinka is dealing with a long-term knee problem.Federer said the absence of some of the sport’s top players created an opening for lesser-known talent to emerge.”It’s a huge opportunity for guys ranked outside of the top 10 because there are less guys to beat, getting to quarters or semis, potentially, depending on your section,” he said.The world number three, who has won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2017, said he had recovered from the back complaint that forced him to withdraw from the Cincinnati Masters earlier this month.advertisement”I have been playing sets the last few days and I’m really happy how I’m feeling … few days out of the first round here now,” he said.Federer is scheduled to face 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe in the first round of the tournament, which runs until September 10.last_img read more

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Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd Test: Taijul Islam’s 5-wicket haul puts Bangladesh on top

first_imgTaijul Islam grabbed another five-wicket haul to put Bangladesh in the driver’s seat against Zimbabwe on the third day of the second Test in Dhaka on Tuesday.Left-arm spinner Islam bagged this third straight five-wicket haul and sixth overall as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 304 in reply to Bangladesh’s 522 for seven declared.Islam finished with five for 107 to help Bangladesh take a substantial 218-run lead at the close of play on the third day at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.The spinner had also taken a stunning catch.Zimbabwe fast bowler Tendai Chatara was out of the Test after straining his left quad muscle on Monday.Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd Test: ScorecardIslam was complemented by off-spinner Mehidy Hasan, whose three wickets included the prized scalp of Brendan Taylor after the batsman showed rock-solid temperament for his first century in more than five years.”We weren’t upset by not getting the expected sharp turn,” Islam said. “We knew if we can maintain a right line and length, wickets will be coming.”We are yet to decide on (the follow-on). We think the wicket will be deteriorating. We have to be disciplined.”Taylor hit a superb 110 off 194 balls, which included 10 boundaries. He shared a 139-run stand with Peter Moor for the sixth wicket. Moor was trapped on 83, and when Taylor was out at 290/7, Zimbabwe’s chance of avoiding the follow-on evaporated quickly.Bangladesh may yet not enforce the follow-on when play resumes on Wednesday.”If I was Bangladesh I would bowl again because even if we get 300, Bangladesh chase 80. They might want to bat for two sessions, and we’re certainly behind. When a team gets 500, they very seldom lose. We needed to get at least 400-450 in this innings to give ourselves a real chance.advertisement”We have to show a lot of character in our second innings, whenever that is, to try and win the series.”Taylor’s fifth Test century was his first overseas.”It is a good feeling,” he said. “It always is tough playing here against a world-class spin attack. So I’m thrilled with that, but we’re still a long way behind in the game.”Zimbabwe began the day on 25/1 and Islam removed nightwatchman Donald Tiripano for 8.Opener Brian Chari resisted with 53 but Hasan won a video review to remove him just before lunch.Chari and Brendan Taylor appeared set to keep the side unscathed in a 56-run partnership until Hasan’s straight delivery faintly touched Chari’s glove.Islam ripped through Zimbabwe’s middle order, with two superb arm deliveries in consecutive overs to dismiss Sean Williams (11) and Sikandar Raza (0).But Taylor was not fazed by the spinners. He and Moor and kept Bangladesh at bay until the third session.Part-time medium-pacer Ariful Haque made the breakthrough, from a ball outside off cutting in and Moor missing. Moor scored a career-best 83, hitting 12 fours and one six in an innings lasting 114 balls.Taylor reached his century off 187 balls. Then he slogged Hasan only to be caught by Islam diving to his right and making an overhead catch. Two balls later, Hasan also dismissed Brandon Mavuta for a duck.Islam completed his five-for by getting Regis Chakabva on 10. JBa narvis was 9 not out.Bangladesh declared their first innings on 522/7, riding on Mushfiqur Rahim’s career-best 219 not out and Mominul Haque’s 161.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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Video: Should Michigan’s Devin Bush Have Been Called For Targeting?

first_imgMichigan's Devin Bush preparing to lay a hit on a Michigan State playerMichigan’s Devin Bush may have gotten away with one on Saturday afternoon.Michigan and Michigan State are trading blows in East Lansing, and at the moment, the Wolverines hold a 24-10 lead. But one particular hit has Spartans fans a bit upset – both with the Wolverines and the referees.During a punt return by Michigan, Wolverines freshman linebacker Devin Bush absolutely lit up Spartans linebacker Chris Frey. While it was a solid block for Jabril Peppers, it’s very debatable as to whether it should have been called targeting. Check it out:Devin Bush Jr laying the hammer down! pic.twitter.com/2HQFtXIldl— Mike Trainor (@GoldGloveSS) October 29, 2016Is this targeting? https://t.co/JJfrMY3mC9— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) October 29, 2016I’ll say it: That should have been targeting on Devin Bush. That hit needs to be officiated out of the game.— Russ Levine (@pudge44) October 29, 2016Yeah that’s targeting from Devin Bush.— Alex Lasher (@mad_Flash5) October 29, 2016Bush was not penalized and remained in the game. Frey eventually returned to the game as well.Expect plenty of talk about this play.last_img read more

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Clemson’s Dabo Swinney Has Fired Back At The SEC

first_img “My thing on that is, ‘Are you serious? They’re tired?’ Then you look at Clemson, and we won 12 games by 20-plus. Who really challenged Alabama in the SEC? They didn’t get challenged by anybody until the Georgia game [for the SEC championship]” he told ESPN’s Chris Low.Dabo Swinney on the theory that @AlabamaFTBL was worn out by the grind of the SEC schedule last season entering the national title game against @ClemsonFB: “They won by an average of 33.1 points per game, so they ought to be well rested.” https://t.co/XPHlkvo8Dc— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) August 7, 2019Swinney admitted that the SEC is a strong conference, though he doesn’t believe it’s as deep as it’s previously been.“Listen, the SEC is a great conference, but I don’t think they’ve been as deep the last few years,” Swinney told ESPN. “I think they’ve had two or three really good teams and then it’s kind of been hit or miss from there. It’s an awesome league, for sure, and I know people say that Alabama was tired because they went through the grind and had to play all these teams. Well, they won by an average of 33.1 points per game [going into the playoff], so they ought to be well-rested,” Swinney added to ESPN.Clemson will get a chance to play one of the SEC’s best non-Alabama teams this fall, as the Tigers are hosting Texas A&M in Week 2.It’s possible we get another Alabama-Clemson matchup in the College Football Playoff, too. The Tigers and the Crimson Tide are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in nearly every preseason top 25 poll. A closeup of Dabo Swinney standing with his players.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on against the Miami Hurricanes in the first quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has heard some of the excuses people are making for Alabama’s performance in the Tigers’ blowout College Football Playoff national title game. And he doesn’t like them.Alabama suffered arguably its worst loss of the Nick Saban era when the Crimson Tide were blown out, 44-16, in the national championship game.Some have argued that the Crimson Tide were more worn out than the Tigers at that point in the season, claiming Alabama faced a much more difficult conference schedule.Swinney isn’t buying any of that, though.last_img read more

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Premiers Boston Trip Focused on More Exports

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil will promote Nova Scotia exports during meetings starting today, Dec. 3, with the governor of Massachusetts and other leaders of the public and private sectors in Boston. “Nova Scotia is a premium exporter of post-secondary education, ocean technology, and tourism. We’re building an impressive information communication technology sector and we’re on the cusp of major export opportunities in energy,” said Premier McNeil. “This trip will demonstrate and build on business opportunities relating to those strengths.” The two-day visit, built around the Boston tree-lighting ceremony, begins with meetings focused on improving air service and better capitalizing on Boston as an entry point to U.S. markets. Massachusetts guidance counsellors will be encouraged to recommend Nova Scotia’s post-secondary schools to students and the premier will meet with ocean-technology companies as well as promote Nova Scotia as a tourism and business destination. Meetings on Friday, Dec. 4, will focus on technology and energy prospects. Among the 15 events on the schedule are meetings with: Premier McNeil will also meet with Nova Scotia companies participating in a trade mission in the northeastern U.S. along with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Nova Scotia Business Inc. “We need to aggressively increase our exports and related economic opportunities,” said Premier McNeil. “I’m looking forward to productive discussions about how our regions can continue to mutually benefit from our long-standing and valued relationship.” Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Matthew Beaton secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs MassPort, the port authority in Massachusetts that owns and operates three Boston-area airports post-secondary guidance counsellors national and international ocean-technology and information communication technology companies the travel trade and business leaders energy industry representatives at an event presented by the New England-Canada Business Council and Consulate General representatives of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy last_img read more

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Indianorigin businessman finds stabbing victim at doorstep in UK

first_imgLondon: An Indian-origin businessman has described his shock as he found the victim of a stabbing at the doorstep of his West London home on Saturday evening. Raj Grover, who runs a property business in the area, found the 60-year-old victim, who was yet to be identified, bleeding after an attack in Southall a suburb populated by numerous Indian migrants from Punjab. Grover gave first aid while his wife called an ambulance, but the victim succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”He rang the bell and I went out. He was full of blood, and then I was running to pick up a towel. I put the towel on and I was pressing to stop the blood, then my wife came out, we called the ambulance and the police,” said Grover, who said he was getting ready to head out for his own birthday party at the time. His son, who was the first to see the victim, screamed for his father to come to the door. As Raj Grover tried to help, the stab victim urged him to call his wife, who arrived soon after. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”His wife mentioned he (the victim) went to the pub, I don’t know what happened in the pub just around the corner he was on his way back and somebody stabbed him twice, stabbed him two times with a knife on the stomach and on his side,” he was quoted as saying in the local media. “God bless him, he was a very nice gentleman,” Grover said about the victim who lived near his home. Scotland Yard said homicide detectives from its specialist crime unit have been informed after officers were called to the scene on Saturday. “A man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in hospital under police guard being treated for minor injuries,” the Metropolitan Police statement said. It noted: “Officers, London Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance Service attended and treated a man in his 60s suffering with a stab wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. “His next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem will be carried out in due course.”last_img read more

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Bhushan Power case NCLAT to hear JSW Steels plea on Oct 14

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal will hear the plea of JSW Steel, which has emerged as the highest bidder for Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd, seeking immunity from the ongoing cases of money laundering against the latter on October 14. It also directed impleading the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate as party in the matter. A three-member NCLAT bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya has also said it will decide over the payment of Rs 19,350 crore by JSW Steel to the Committee of Creditors (CoC) of Bhushan Power & Steel (BPSL) on the next date of hearing on October 14. However, the bench declined to stay the order of depositing the amount within a month, which is October 5. “We allow the appellant to implead Union of India through Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Enforcement Directorate as respondent No 3 & 4. The UoI may address the matter on behalf of CBI and SFIO,” said NCLAT.last_img read more

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Cold Foggy Weather Settles in Morocco on Weekend

Rabat – The Oriental, the relief, the interior and the southeastern regions in the country will experience low temperatures from morning to night.Fog and low clouds will sweep the northern coast, and scattered clouds will cover the horizons in the rest of the country.Tangier and the southern provinces will experience moderate to strong blowing sand and dust.The low temperatures for Saturday range from -7 to 0 degrees Celsius in the eastern highlands and the reliefs; -2 to 01 degrees Celsius in the southeastern regions; 1 to 6 degrees Celsius in Saiss, the Phosphates Plateau, the northern, central, and the northeastern provinces; 5 to 10 degrees Celsius in the Mediterranean, Tangier, north of the southern provinces, northern and central coasts; and 10 to 15 degrees Celsius in the far south. Read Also: 93% of Moroccans Sense Changes in Climate: Drought, Shifting SeasonsThe high temperatures vary between 8 and 14 degrees Celsius in the Oriental and  the reliefs; 14 and 20 degrees Celsius in Saiss, the Mediterranean, the Phosphates Plateau, Souss, the northern, central, and southeastern regions; 18 and 24 degrees Celsius in the southern coast, and north of the southern provinces; and 25 and 30 degrees Celsius in the far south.The Mediterranean, Atlantic coasts, and the Strait of Gibraltar will experience high sea levels. read more

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Three Associations Call on Moroccan People to Protest the Deal of

Rabat –  The National Working Group for Palestine, the Moroccan Association for the Support of the Palestinian Struggle, and the Moroccan Organization for the Support of the Nation’s Issues have called on the Moroccan people to participate in a protest against the ‘deal of the century’ in front of the Parliamentin Rabat on Friday 31 May, at 10 pm.According to a joint press release, the demonstration coincides with the International Day of Jerusalem, which falls on the last Friday of Ramadan, under the theme: Moroccan people against the ‘deal of the century’ in  support of the resistance and confronting normalization.The three organizations’ call for protest comes while President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviserJared Kushner is seeking support for the US-led Middle East Peace Plan. Kushner arrived in Morocco yesterday and was received by King Mohammed VI,who hosted an Iftar in his honor.Read Also: Jared Kushner Says Two-State Solution in Palestine Would Hinder PeaceKushner’s arrival in Morocco is part of the US-led promotion plan to encourage investment in Palestine and establish peace between Israel and Palestine.With this in mind, a conference is scheduled for June 25-26 in Manama, Bahrain.Jared Kushner will also visit Jordan and Israel ahead of the Bahrain conference.Palestinian authorities were not consulted during the conference planning and subsequently decided to boycott the event. They believe that the plan aims to force Palestinians to “sell” their country.While Palestine called on Arab nations to boycott the conference; many Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE announced their support for the symposium. read more

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Security the focus of latest round of UNbacked talks between Cypriot leaders

Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat met in Nicosia and made introductory statements on the issue of security and guarantees, according to Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus (known as UNFICYP).The two leaders agreed to devote their next meeting, scheduled for 17 July, to the same issue, Mr. Zerihoun told journalists after today’s round of talks.On Tuesday Mr. Zerihoun told a panel discussion in Nicosia on the role of civil society that it was not possible to speak of a single “Cypriot civil society” given the continuing division of the island.But he said the civil societies on both sides of the divide “have persevered in their commitment to work together to foster trust and understanding between the communities and help achieve peace and reconciliation. Indeed, civil society groups have at various times in the past few decades provided the only channels for communication and contact between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. “Today, happily, we face a different situation: there is a reinvigorated peace process, bi-communal contact is no longer the exception and it has become much easier for Cypriots today to move around the island.”Mr. Zerihoun said that hopes for a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus remain low among the public on both sides, and therefore civil society has a valuable role to play to ensuring the success of the peace process.“Civil society organizations can help communicate to people on both sides the potential benefits of a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem. And once, as we all hope and expect, a settlement is achieved, active participation of civil society groups will be essential to making it sustainable.” 9 July 2009Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders held another round of United Nations-backed talks today, discussing security and guarantees as part of their efforts to try to reach a solution that will unify the Mediterranean island. read more

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Over 4000 Iraqi Christians displaced following recent unrest UN reports

The United Nations humanitarian arm reported today that 4,320 Iraqi Christians have been displaced following recent unrest in the northern city of Mosul.The latest figure, as of yesterday, represents an increase of about 200 people since Saturday, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which added that the influx of displaced Christian families from Mosul city to nearby districts in the Ninewa governorate has slowed down over the past few days. OCHA noted that there are protection concerns for the Christian families remaining in Mosul, including unconfirmed reports that they are confined to their homes out of fear for their safety. In addition, Christian university students are reportedly not attending classes and workers are not attending their places of work.In October 2008, more than 12,000 Christians fled Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, following an upsurge in attacks, threats and intimidation, with some returning later after hearing that the security situation had improved.Deadly attacks against Christians in the city occurred again in December 2009. 2 March 2010The United Nations humanitarian arm reported today that 4,320 Iraqi Christians have been displaced following recent unrest in the northern city of Mosul. read more

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Nearly 2000 African communities end female genital mutilation – UN

6 February 2012A new United Nations report shows that almost 2,000 communities across Africa abandoned female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) last year, prompting calls for a renewed global push to end this harmful practice once and for all. According to the report, issued by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the total number of communities renouncing FGM/C has now reached 8,000 over the last few years.“These encouraging findings show that social norms and cultural practices are changing, and communities are uniting to protect the rights of girls and women,” said UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin, on the International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM/C, which is observed on 6 February.To mark the Day, Dr. Osotimehin and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake issued a joint statement renewing their commitment to put an end to the practice.“We call on the global community to join us in this critical effort. Together, we can abolish FGM/C in one generation and help millions of girls and women to live healthier, fuller lives,” they stated.FGM/C refers to a number of practices which involve cutting away part or all of a girl’s external genitalia. The practice – recognized globally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women – has no health benefits, causes severe pain and has several immediate and long-term health consequences, according to UN agencies. Each year, around three million girls and women – or some 8,000 girls each day – face the risk of mutilation or cutting. An estimated 130 million to 140 million girls and women have undergone the practice, mostly in Africa and some countries in Asia and the Middle East.The new report is prepared by the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme for the Acceleration of the Abandonment of FGM/C, which was set up in 2008 and tries to spur change through a culturally sensitive, human rights-based approach that promotes collective abandonment of the practice. It includes engaging all community groups, such as traditional and religious leaders, women, men and young girls themselves, in discussing the harmful effects of the practice, while highlighting that it is not a religious requirement. The programme also supports laws and policies against the practice.The initiative is being carried out in 15 African countries: Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.The report shows that throughout Africa, more than 18,000 community education sessions were held, almost 3,000 religious leaders publicly declared that the rite should end, and more than 3,000 media features have covered the subject – all of which led to almost 2,000 communities declared their abandonment of the practice during 2011. read more

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Tense situation at Fort railway station following cancellation of trains

The strike was launched by engine drivers and rail guards.Special Police teams were deployed to the Fort railway station to bring the situation under control. (Colombo Gazette) A tense situation arose at the Fort railway station after train services were cancelled as a result of a sudden strike.Stranded passengers vented their anger at the railway authorities following the cancellation of train services.

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Concerned over rising violence in Somalia UN official urges peaceful settlement

“Somalia has become a watchword for violence and anarchy around the world,” said Winston Tubman, the Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan. “This vicious cycle of violence must stop,” he added, calling on all Somalis to seek peaceful means to settle disputes. The Representative pointed out that the pervasive climate of insecurity was not conducive to preparations under way for the Somalia National Reconciliation conference. “Somalis should not squander another opportunity to find peace, but should be seeking ways to reconcile among themselves before the international interest in their country dissipates,” he said. Mr. Tubman’s statement came in response to outbreaks of sporadic fighting in Mogadishu, Baidoa, Puntland and the Gedo region. The clashes caused heavy loss of lives, while the UN itself has seen four of its staff taken hostage in Mogadishu over the last six months. read more

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Sun shines on Toyota solar set to power 10 of production

Toyota’s engine manufacturing facility in Deeside, North Wales has switched on 13,000 solar panels, generating enough renewable energy to power the production of 22,500 engines.The solar array, which shares a similar footprint to eight football pitches, can produce up to 3,475,000kWh electricity a year, providing 10% of the energy required at the site.By using solar as a renewable energy source, Toyota aims to save more than 1,800 tonnes of CO2 a year at the site – the weight of approximately 1,260 Toyota Auris hatchbacks.Jim Crosbie, Toyota’s Deeside Plant Director, said, “The significant investment we have made in the new solar array marks a major advance for Deeside and Toyota Manufacturing UK in our mission to minimise the environmental impact of our operations, cutting carbon emissions and powering our production in a way that’s cleaner and more environmentally efficient.“It demonstrates that while Toyota is famous for building lower carbon vehicles, we are just as focused on developing greener production methods and nurturing awareness of environmental issues among our members, and our local communities. The solar array won’t just reduce our carbon footprint, it will demonstrate to the wider Welsh and UK manufacturing sector the tangible benefits renewable energy can deliver.”In the last 15 years, the UK automotive industry has reduced its annual CO2 output by more than 20%, equating to 372,000 tonnes of CO2 – the weight of 31,000 double decker buses. In the same time, the CO2 emitted for each car produced in the UK has fallen by 41.5%.See SMMT’s 2014 Sustainability Report for more information on the UK automotive industry’s drive to reduce production emissions with renewable energy.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Shadow Industry Minister pledges continuity for UK automotive

Commitment to long-term industrial strategy Creating the right conditions for investment Maintaining a strong UK voice in EuropeMr. Wright acknowledged that key issues need to be addressed if the UK automotive sector is to be successful in the future – particularly in skills, supply chain and innovation. In the latter area, he questioned whether the landscape could be more streamlined to help UK businesses realise their potential.As party conference season gets into full swing, SMMT will be hosting events at the Conservative Party Conference next Tuesday (30 September) and at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference on Tuesday 7 October.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Shadow Industry Minister Iain Wright MP set out his party’s commitment to the continuation of successful automotive policies and institutions at the Labour Party Conference today.Speaking at an SMMT breakfast as part of the event in Manchester, Mr. Wright said that The Advanced Propulsion Centre, Automotive Investment Organisation and the Automotive Council would all continue under a Labour government.The Minister also outlined Labour’s support for SMMT’s five manifesto priorities for next year’s General Election: Supporting ultra-low emission vehicles and a strong, sustainable vehicle market Positioning the UK as a global leader on innovation read more

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We Have a 1 in 7419071319 Chance of Winning Buffetts Billion

373/22SyracuseOhio St.51.0%1 in 48,817 423/23KansasNew Mexico68.9%1 in 220,941 13/20Ohio St.Dayton75.3%1 in 1.3 303/21KentuckyKansas St.73.9%1 in 3,645 463/23Wichita St.Kentucky55.2%1 in 1,586,448 473/23CreightonBaylor56.4%1 in 2,812,735 583/29ArizonaCreighton69.2%1 in 454,867,222 433/23Iowa St.North Carolina52.0%1 in 425,213 243/21Oklahoma St.Gonzaga52.0%1 in 726 503/27CreightonWisconsin52.0%1 in 9,909,744 413/23VirginiaMemphis71.8%1 in 152,162 63/20OregonBYU64.7%1 in 6.0 213/21Tenn. / IowaMassachusetts67.6%1 in 308 123/20OklahomaN. Dakota St.63.8%1 in 28 543/28LouisvilleWichita St.67.3%1 in 52,420,618 493/27FloridaUCLA74.2%1 in 5,148,674 On Monday, my colleague Carl Bialik looked at the odds of taking $1 billion out of Warren Buffett’s wallet by completing a perfect NCAA tournament bracket.They’re not good.The simplest way to estimate your chances is by assuming that the outcome of each game is equivalent to a coin flip. There are 63 games in the tournament (the four “play-in” games aren’t included in Buffett’s challenge). What are the odds of having a fair coin come up heads 63 times in a row? Just one chance in 9,223,372,036,854,780,000 (one in 9.2 quintillion).But as Carl explains, this simple assumption isn’t a smart one. Many games have a clear favorite, and your odds of picking the winner are much better than even. What if you used the FiveThirtyEight interactive bracket to make your picks, choosing the favorite in each game?Rather than taking any statistical shortcuts, I calculated these odds for all 63 games. The model we use to create our bracket estimates the probability of any team defeating any other team in any given round.The first tip-off scheduled for Thursday pits Ohio State against intrastate rival Dayton. Ohio State has a 75 percent chance of winning, per our model. The next game is a gimme: Wisconsin has a 93 percent chance of beating American University.But it isn’t long before the road gets rougher. Cincinnati will play Harvard early on Thursday, and Harvard is much stronger than its #12 seed suggests. Cincinnati is a favorite, but only barely, with a 58 percent chance of winning.Another game, scheduled for Thursday evening, really is the equivalent of a coin flip: We list Texas as a 50.1 percent “favorite” to beat Arizona State. (You can see your odds of surviving each game in the table that accompanies this post.)You’ll have about a 1 in 85 chance of completing Thursday with a perfect bracket if you follow FiveThirtyEight’s recommendations.Things get much worse from there.As the tournament proceeds — and also-rans are eliminated from the field — the games become more competitive. On average, favorites in the first round have a 78 percent chance of winning. That probability drops to 68 percent for the second round and 61 percent for the Sweet Sixteen and beyond.By the time the national championship game is played, your odds of winning Buffett’s money are just 1 in 7.4 billion.So, you’re telling me there’s a chance? One chance in 7.4 billion is a lot better than one in 9.2 quintillion; it’s more than a billion times better. (CLICK-BAIT HEADLINE: HOW A BROOKLYN MOM BECAME A BILLION TIMES MORE LIKELY TO WIN WARREN BUFFETT’S MONEY.) It’s also toward the low end of the range of estimates that statisticians provided to Carl.Odds are that Buffett’s bracket isn’t worth your time, however. Having a 1-in-7.4 billion chance of winning a billion dollars is worth the equivalent of 14 cents. That’s before accounting for taxes — or for the possibility that the prize pool will be split among multiple winners. 143/20TexasArizona St.50.1%1 in 59 523/27ArizonaSan Diego St.72.7%1 in 21,722,064 183/21BaylorNebraska70.3%1 in 130 333/22VillanovaConnecticut63.6%1 in 8,107 73/20FloridaAlbany / MSM98.8%1 in 6.0 293/21VirginiaCoast. Carolina96.4%1 in 2,695 83/20Michigan St.Delaware91.2%1 in 6.6 233/21KansasE. Kentucky92.4%1 in 378 113/20Saint LouisNCSU / Xavier57.7%1 in 18 133/20VillanovaMilwaukee94.7%1 in 30 313/21Iowa St.N.C. Central81.2%1 in 4,487 173/21DukeMercer92.9%1 in 91 283/21VCUS.F. Austin76.4%1 in 2,598 GameDateFavoriteUnderdogWin %CumulativeProbability 93/20ConnecticutSt. Joseph’s67.3%1 in 9.8 263/21Wichita St.Cal Poly / Tx. So.97.9%1 in 1,349 163/20San Diego St.New Mexico St.74.5%1 in 85 323/21UCLATulsa87.1%1 in 5,153 343/22LouisvilleSaint Louis82.5%1 in 9,828 53/20SyracuseW. Michigan88.3%1 in 3.9 353/22WisconsinOregon74.0%1 in 13,290 403/22Michigan St.Cincinnati70.4%1 in 109,223 153/20LouisvilleManhattan93.1%1 in 63 193/21New MexicoStanford63.8%1 in 204 624/5LouisvilleArizona54.4%1 in 3,956,466,819 203/21ArizonaWeber St.97.8%1 in 209 103/20MichiganWofford95.4%1 in 10.3 614/5FloridaMichigan St.57.6%1 in 2,153,920,866 443/23UCLAVCU67.5%1 in 629,867 563/28DukeMichigan54.3%1 in 185,416,034 273/21North CarolinaProvidence68.0%1 in 1,985 23/20WisconsinAmerican U.92.8%1 in 1.4 573/29FloridaKansas58.9%1 in 314,845,275 533/28VillanovaIowa St.61.6%1 in 35,283,661 43/20CincinnatiHarvard58.0%1 in 3.4 513/27KansasSyracuse62.7%1 in 15,802,666 253/21MemphisGeorge Wash.55.0%1 in 1,321 223/21CreightonUL-Lafayette88.3%1 in 349 393/22MichiganTexas77.4%1 in 76,877 553/28Michigan St.Virginia52.1%1 in 100,626,657 453/23DukeTenn. / Iowa71.9%1 in 875,923 33/20PittsburghColorado72.4%1 in 2.0 363/22San Diego St.Oklahoma53.4%1 in 24,879 593/30Michigan St.Villanova54.6%1 in 832,622,741 603/30LouisvilleDuke67.1%1 in 1,241,647,122 383/22FloridaPittsburgh82.0%1 in 59,519 483/23ArizonaOklahoma St.73.6%1 in 3,819,148 634/7LouisvilleFlorida53.3%1 in 7,419,071,319 CORRECTION (March 18, 7:15 p.m.): My original version of this post listed incorrect opponents for games #47 and #48. These have now been corrected. However, my error also affected the overall odds of a perfect bracket (which were originally about 1 in 6 billion). Sorry, folks. read more

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ThoroughTec launching advanced new mine training simulators at AIMEX

first_imgThoroughTec Simulation will offer hands-on experience of its new CYBERMINE4 mining and construction training simulation technology on Stand B1002-6 during AIMEX. The new simulators, which the company describes as incorporating its fourth generation technological advances, uniquely enables both surface and underground mining machines on the one simulator. ThoroughTec produces surface mining simulators for haul trucks, dump trucks, ADTs, drill rigs, excavators, shovels, bulldozers, loaders, draglines and graders.Drill rigs, roof bolters, load/haul/dumps, haulers, XLP (extra low profile) dozers, locomotives and scalers are among its underground simulators.“Although the mining industry’s use of simulation is relatively young, the world’s leading mine sites and training schools are increasingly aware that they need to integrate simulators into their training programs,” ThoroughTec Executive Director, Mark Walker, said. “You can’t imagine a pilot not training on a simulator before taking his first solo flight, so why isn’t it the norm for operators of 90 to 360-plus tonne miningtrucks to enhance their competency?”Safety, productivity, emergency scenarios, damage to an expensive vehicle and excessive fuel usage and emissions were among matters that could be addressed with simulator training, he said.ThoroughTec is headquartered in South Africa, with a recently expanded Perth office servicing the Asia Pacific region, a Toronto Canada office servicing the North American region and a new office in Lima, Peru for the South American region. The company says its success in both the surface and underground mining industry is due to its required high engineering standards over 20 years of producing military simulators for defence forces around the world and being ISO 9001 accredited.  It most recently won competitive bid contracts with Rio Tinto in Mongolia, BHP and Assmang in Africa, University of Alaska in the USA and Wesfarmers in Australia.last_img read more

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