The Shiv Sena is all set to bring in a major organisational change as it readies for the national executive meet on Tuesday.Party chief Uddhav Thackeray’s son and present chief of party’s youth wing, Yuva Sena, Aaditya Thackeray is all set to be made a part of the Sena’s highest decision making council, the Ashtapradhan Mandal – eight member body.Mr./ Thackeray who launched in to politics by his grandfather and founder of Sena late Bal Thackeray during Sena’s annual dussehra rally nine years ago is set to be party’s face as it plans to expand beyond Maharashtra. He was made the chief of youth wing few years back with an aim to groom him politically and now the eldest son of party chief Uddhav Thackeray is likely to be given an important responsibility within the party.“Aaditya has huge following among youngsters, not only in Maharashtra but also outside. While many have been waiting for this elevation, party will be focusing on projecting him as a national face in coming time,” a senior leader of the party said.In his recent interviews, Mr. Thackeray has not declined the possibility to contest the elections. The move would make him the first Thackeray to contest polls of the move goes ahead as planned. With his elevation, Mr. Thackeray and Yuva Sena will be given more important responsibilities to be played as party prepares for general and assembly elections. Party chief Uddhav Thackeray has already announced of going solo in the polls.Another new member who is on his way to make to the party’s top council is MSRDC minister Eknath Shinde. “All legislative party leaders have been the member of the Ashtapradhan Mandal in the past, except for Eknath Shinde. He too is likely to be inducted on Tuesday,” the leader said. The Party’s group leader in Lok Sabha, Anand Adsul is also being considered for the top decision making body of the party.Presently, the Mandal has former Chief Minister Manohar Joshi, former ministers Sudhir Joshi and Liladhar Dake, Lok Sabha MP Gajanan Kirtikar, Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam, Transpprt Minister Divekar Raote and Industries Minister Subhash Desai.According to sources, both Manohar Joshi and Sudhir Joshi will be made advisors to Uddhav Thackeray, making way for the elevation of new faces.The party will also pass important resolutions on Tuesday by highlighting problems faced by the country such as inflation, national security, petrol rates etc.
Daniel Vettori’s erratic New Zealanders will have their task cut out when they take on Pakistan in a Group A encounter in Pallekele, near Kandy, on Tuesday.The action now shifts from Colombo after four games at R Premadasa Stadium and three games are set to take place at the newly- built Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.Pakistan are on top of Group A, having maintained an unbeaten run. The 1992 champions have almost secured a berth in the lasteight stage of the competition.However, Shahid Afridi’s side will be looking to brush up a few areas before the knockout stage commences later this month.Pakistan batsmen would like to put up a better show against New Zealand after their poor performance against Canada, where they were shot out for a paltry 184. Facing an ordinary Canada attack, the much- vaunted Pakistan batting line- up failed to deliver as none of their batsmen were able to cross 50.So inept was Pakistan’s batting that day that they failed to utilise more than one over of the batting powerplay. ” We have struggled a bit with the batting powerplay and we need to utilize that properly in the remaining games,” vicecaptain Misbah- ul- Haq told reporters on Tuesday.Misbah- ul- Haq urged his teammates to share the burden shouldered by skipper Shahid Afridi, who has almost single- handedly guided the team to victory in all its three matches so far.” It’s really very good for a team that its captain is doing well, but other players are also required to play well, take responsibility and ease pressure off the captain,” said Misbah. ” I think in all conditions, especially here, Afridi is a difficult bowler to handle, he has got variation and doesn’t give the batsmen time. With that kind of aggression he has led from the front.” It was Afridi whose second five- wicket haul in the tournament helped Pakistan skittle out Canada for 138.advertisementAfridi, who is now the leading wicket- taker in the tournament with 14 scalps, will be keen to continue his good run. But the skipper would also like to make a significant contribution with the bat too.New Zealand, on the other hand, have had contrasting performances in their three matches.While they thrashed both Zimbabwe and Kenya by 10 wickets,they were humbled by Australia in their second match, losing with 16 overs to spare.The Kiwis’ last series before the World Cup was against Pakistan and although they lost that series 2- 3, captain Daniel Vettori was confident his side will do well against Afridi and co. as they possess a fair idea what to expect from their opponents.” Having played Pakistan in recent months is certainly an advantage,” Vettori said.The conditions in Pallekele will also be to their liking as the wicket is expected to be faster than the ones in Colombo and Hambantota.” The surface looks faster than what we have been seeing in Sri Lanka before this game and we are looking forward to the game,” Vettori said.He hoped key batsman Ross Taylor would fire against Pakistan.” I think your best players are the ones who win the World Cup and Ross is obviously one of our very good players. He has high expectations from himself and he wants to perform. I expect him at one stage in this tournament to win a game for us and hopefully it’s tomorrow.” With PTI inputs
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Whatever it was, the sound was a reminder of what Vonn has come to symbolize — an athlete who battled back from one major injury after another throughout her career to win more ski races than any other woman.Add one more — final — comeback to the listFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFive days after crashing in super-G — a fall that knocked the wind out of her and left her with a black eye and a bruised rib — and three months after tearing a ligament in her left knee, Vonn won the bronze medal in the world championship downhill Sunday in the final race of her career.She’s shed so many tears that there are none left — just like she no longer has any cartilage in her knees. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Third placed United States’ Lindsey Vonn celebrates on the podium after the women’s downhill race, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)ARE, Sweden (AP) — Lindsey Vonn walked off with her career haul of medals in her right hand, the gold, silver and bronze clinking together almost weighing her down.Or was it the bulging knee braces and metal support rods inside her vast array of broken bones?ADVERTISEMENT “I was weighing in my mind the risk of putting it all out there, crashing and getting injured again, as opposed to finishing where I wanted to,” Vonn said. “It was an internal battle.”As soon as she exited the finish area, Vonn embraced Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark, the only skier to win more World Cup races than she did — 86 to 82.“I basically begged him to come here via text, in all caps, many exclamation points,” Vonn said. “He’s an icon and a legend in our sport and he doesn’t really like the spotlight but he deserves to have it. I was just so grateful that he was there. Honestly, it’s a perfect ending to my career.”The third skier on the course, Vonn had a big smile on her face when she came down with the fastest run to that point. She waved and bowed to the crowd.Eventually, Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia beat Vonn and took gold, defending her title from the 2017 worlds. Stuhec finished 0.23 seconds ahead of silver medalist Corinne Suter of Switzerland and 0.49 ahead of Vonn.“Not many were counting on (Vonn) to get the medal in her last race, which makes it even more special,” Stuhec said. “She has won everything.”Vonn became the first female skier to win medals at six different world championships. It’s also her fifth downhill medal at a worlds, matching the record established by Annemarie Moser-Proell and Christel Cranz.“Thank You Lindsey: Forever A Star,” read one sign positioned by the side of the course.Four U.S. flags were in the grandstand when Vonn came down and there were quite a few cheers when she started her run wearing a suit with blue-and-yellow trim — Sweden’s colors — to honor Stenmark.“She really deserves this sendoff from her great career,” said Eleanor Bodin, a 21-year-old fan from Sweden who was holding up a sign saying “Thank You Lindsey.” Phil Mickelson beats everyone but the dark at Pebble MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “She has been my favorite skier since 2008 when I saw her winning on television,” Bodin said. “I was a little girl sitting on the sofa. I just thought what a great skier and inspiration.”At 34, Vonn eclipsed her own record from two years ago for oldest woman to win a medal at a worlds.Fog and wind forced organizers to shorten the course to the second reserve start, which favored Vonn because it reduced the strain on her knees.Now she can finally let her body heel and move onto the next phase of her life — possibly acting, having children, starting a business.“I’m looking forward to just chilling out a bit and recovering everything, including my mind,” Vonn said. “It’s been a lot to process.“The nice thing is that, in the real world I’m actually pretty young. I have felt really old for a long time, because I’m racing with girls that are like 15 years younger than me. So now, in the real world, I’m normal. Thirty is the new 20 so I’m super young. I’ve got a lot to look forward to.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I’m literally tapped out, I can’t cry anymore,” Vonn said. “I want to cry but it’s dry. … It’s not an easy thing to feel your bones hitting together and continue to push through it.“Of course I’m sore. Even before the crash I was sore. So I’m just sore on top of sore. My neck is killing me,” Vonn said. “But at the end of the day no one cares if my neck hurts; they only care if I win. … I knew that I was capable of pushing through the pain one last time and I did that. … Every athlete has their own obstacles and I faced mine head on today and I conquered them.”Vonn had been planning on retiring in December but she recently moved up her plans due to persistent pain in both of her surgically repaired knees. Then came the super-G crash, when she straddled a gate in midair, flew face first down the mountain and slammed into the safety nets.“She has been business as usual this whole week, saying I’m racing to win,” Karin Kildow, Vonn’s sister, told The Associated Press. “I was like, ‘Just maybe make it down and maybe stand up.’ But she was like, ‘No, I’m going full out’. She was definitely in the mindset to push it and she really did.”It’s a medal that brings Vonn full circle: the American’s two silvers at the 2007 worlds on the same course in Are were the first two major championship medals of her career.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in practice Friday for the Singapore Grand Prix, while Mercedes team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton could manage only seventh after being hampered by a hydraulics failure.Rosberg, who has won the past two races and trails Hamilton by only two points, recovered from a crash into a tire barrier in the first session at the Marina Bay street circuit.In the night session – with greater grip and in conditions more representative of what they will face in Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race – he was a quarter of a second faster than Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen a further tenth of a second back in third.The presence of Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull in close proximity at the top of the timesheets promises a hard-fought qualifying and race, living up to expectations that this grand prix was one in which the usually dominant Mercedes could be vulnerable.The headline times promised a tight qualifying shootout, while the long-run times during Friday’s sessions were also close, indicating an even contest Sunday.Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest, only a couple of hundredths of a second behind teammate Verstappen despite the young Dutchman having the advantage of the exclusive use of the upgraded Renault engine while Ricciardo used the old version.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was fifth and Nico Hulkenberg of Force India sixth ahead of Hamilton.The Briton sat out the last third of the evening session due to low hydraulic fluid pressure, and there was not enough time to get it fixed and return him to the track.advertisementEven before that, Hamilton was struggling on the ultra-soft tire, with which the fastest times were set, having twice run wide off the racing line.”It doesn’t look like anything serious,” Hamilton said of the hydraulics issue. “The guys are working on it and it should be fine for tomorrow, which is the main thing.”Our pace looked OK today, definitely much better than last year so I’d say we’re looking relatively strong.”The two practice sessions represented a reversal of fortunes for the Mercedes rivals, as it was Rosberg who had the major problem in the early session. The German badly misjudged the tricky left-hand turn 18 and crashed nose first into the safety barrier before limping back to the pits with his front wing missing.Barring unforeseen circumstances, Rosberg will start his 200th career grand prix here.Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr. was eighth fastest and his teammate Daniil Kvyat 10th, separated by McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.
After last season’s high, Royal Challengers Bangalore have had a season to forget.With yet another loss, a crushing 6-wicket to Kolkata with 4.5 overs in hand, Virat Kohli’s men find themselves in the bottom of the league table.Virat Kohli took to twitter to thank Bangalore’s loyal fans, while apologising for his team’s performance. ” Thanks to the @RCBTweets fans for all the unconditional love and support this season as well. Sorry we couldn’t play up to our standards,” he tweeted.Thanks to the @RCBTweets fans for all the unconditional love and support this season as well. Sorry we couldn’t play up to our standards.- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 7, 2017After the match, Kohli admitted that throughout the season “if the batting has clicked the bowling has not worked for them and vice-versa.” “It was a season to forget. Things are just not coming together for us,” he said.Kohli though promised that things can’t get worse and hopes that the team can perform better for the fans who come out in numbers.In the match after electing to bowl, Bangalore did really well to keep the hosts in control. Travis Head and Mandeep Singh made useful contributions after another dismal batting performance from the big guns.Once the visitors turned out to bat, the wicket looked a totally different. Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn started hammering everyone all around the park. The former registered the joint quickest fifty of the tournament ever while the latter also managed to score a half century on his comeback. They both stitched in a partnership of 105 runs in 37 balls to take the game away from the hosts. It was a mere formality but the visitors did lose a couple of wickets before crossing the line eventually.advertisementBangalore in their 13 matches so far this season, have managed to win only two games, and a washed out game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Challengers have only one game left in the season, at the Feroz Shah Kotla against the team from the capital on the last day of league phase.
NEW YORK — John Jaso stepped to the plate in the first inning with a specific plan on how to approach Masahiro Tanaka. Be patient, get a good look at what he throws.And then Jaso swung at the first pitch and sent it over the right-field wall.That was all Oakland got, though, as Tanaka tamed the highest-scoring team in the majors and the New York Yankees ended the Athletics’ five-game winning streak, 2-1 on June 5. “I know my first at-bat I hit the home run, but I actually went up there telling myself to see pitches,” Jaso said.“I think he was trying to get ahead, because I’m a guy that likes to take pitches and kind of work deep into the count. I think he was just trying to get strike one on me,” he said.Facing the A’s for the first time, Tanaka (9-1) got a jolt when Jaso homered as the second batter in the game. But that was the only run the Japanese rookie allowed in six innings, and he exited with an AL-leading 2.02 ERA.Tanaka gave up five hits, struck out four and walked one as the Yankees stopped a four-game skid. He retired 10 straight batters after Jaso’s homer and left several A’s taking tentative swings.As Tanaka has demonstrated during his first 12 starts in the majors — at least six innings with three or fewer earned runs, all of them — he toughens up when there’s trouble. He twice escaped two-out, two-on jams, and threw 104 pitches overall to a team known for grinding out at-bats.Jaso had his chance in the fifth and popped up to end the inning. After homering off Tanaka early, “I kind of knew he was going to come with soft stuff, and he did,” Jaso said. “His split-finger started working for him there and he got me to pop up with runners on base.”Before the game, A’s Manager Bob Melvin said there was some “intrigue” to seeing Tanaka up close, kidding he would’ve preferred Oakland miss the ace’s turn.“We made him work some, maybe a little bit more than he’s had to, where his pitch count got up and they had to get him out,” Melvin said. “But you can see why his numbers are the way they are. He’s got a lot of pitches.”David Robertson worked the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances, helped by a lucky bounce.Stephen Vogt singled with one out and pinch-runner Craig Gentry stole second. Alberto Callaspo followed with a hard grounder that deflected off Robertson’s leg, and first baseman Mark Teixeira corralled the carom and flipped to the pitcher covering the bag for an out. Pinch-hitter Derek Norris looked at strike three for the final out.“I was probably the happiest guy in the stadium that the ball hit me,” Robertson said.Shortly after he was inserted for speed and defense, Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki blunted Oakland’s bid to tie it in the eighth with a sliding catch on Brandon Moss’ liner into the gap with runners on first and second.After a wild pitch, Adam Warren struck out Yoenis Cespedes to end the inning. The Yankees broke a six-game losing streak to Oakland. The A’s own the top record in the AL, and best road mark in the majors.Brett Gardner hit a leadoff homer in the third against Drew Pomeranz (5-3) for a 2-1 lead. Pomeranz pitched a season-high seven innings and gave up six hits and one earned run.Jacoby Ellsbury almost had a two-run homer for the Yankees in the first. He hit a drive to the top of the right-field wall, hustled around the bases and slid into second.The umpires, however, ruled it a home run and Ellsbury got up and trotted to the plate and into the dugout. Melvin challenged the call and it was overturned to a double.Alfonso Soriano broke an 0-for-16 slump with an RBI single in the second, set up when Brian McCann singled and continued to second as the ball skipped past Moss in left field for an error.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
India U17 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup: Know Your India U17 Players Last updated 2 years ago 20:00 10/5/17 Comments(0) 1/23 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup: Know Your India U17 Players AIFF Media Anselm Noronha/Goal Full screen 1 of 23 Share Close Luis Norton de Matos leads the brightest 21 young guns of the nation into its first ever FIFA competition’s finals… FacebookTwitterRedditcopy India U17 U17 World Cup
Troy Malcolm award – Oscar SanftRoxy Winder award – Kirsty Quince Australian 18’s Boys captain, Oscar Sanft, was given the Troy Malcolm award, while Australian 20’s Girls player, Kirsty Quince, was the recipient of the Roxy Winder award. 18’s GirlsPlayers Player – Emily ReedCoaches Award – Sarah PeattieEncouragement Award – Charlotte Caslick20’s Girls Players Player – Emilee CherryCoaches Award – Kirsty Quince18’s BoysPlayers Player – Brentt Warr and Zach StrasserCoaches Award – Simon Lang20’s BoysPlayers Player – Nick GoodCoaches Award – Dylan Thompson
zoom Athens-based ship management company Benetech Shipping has reached an agreement to purchase two medium range (MR2) tankers from South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine, according to VesselsValue data.Under the deal, HMM’s Oriental Emerald and Oriental Ruby, each featuring 50,400 dwt, would be acquired by Benetech Shipping for a price of USD 11.2 a piece, slightly lower than their current market value of USD 12.1 million and USD 12.3 million.The 189-meter-long and 32-meter-wide vessels were built by South Korea’s SLS Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd and delivered to their owner in May and August 2015, respectively.With a capacity of 60,378 m3, the tankers would be added to the Greek owner’s fleet of eight ships, consisting of six MR2 tankers and two clean tankers.Once handed over, the ships will be the largest ones in Benetech Shipping’s fleet, which currently features 314,700 dwt.World Maritime News Staff
zoom NYSE-listed dry bulk shipping company Scorpio Bulkers has received a nod from its Board of Directors to repurchase up to USD 50 million of its common stock.The shares would be repurchased in open market or through privately negotiated transactions.“The specific timing and amounts of the repurchases, will be in the sole discretion of management and may vary based on market conditions and other factors,” Scorpio Bulkers said, adding that it is not obligated under the terms of the program to repurchase any of its common stock.The share repurchase authorization has no expiration date.Scorpio Bulkers owns 46 vessels, consisting of 18 Kamsarmax and 26 Ultramax ships. The owned fleet will have a total carrying capacity of around 3.2 million deadweight tonnes.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under Creative Commons CC0 Marine fuel logistics company Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has emerged from the voluntary Chapter 11 restructuring after its plan of reorganization became effective.As informed, the company will now operate as Minerva Bunkering, a global physical supplier of marine fuels and a fully-owned subsidiary of Mercuria Energy Group Limited (Mercuria), an energy and commodity group.“We are pleased that Aegean has completed its restructuring, and now as part of Mercuria, is a significantly stronger company with greater supply capabilities and access to liquidity,” Tyler Baron, Aegean Board Director, commented.“As the new Minerva Bunkering, the company looks forward to capitalizing on its enhanced platform,” he added.“Today (April 4) marks a new chapter for Minerva, as it gains Aegean Marine’s … team and physical network… Now the new Minerva will be able to provide end-to-end service and physically supply fuels in the locations most important to our customers,” Magid Shenouda, Global Head of Trading at Mercuria, commented.Aegean Marine, which markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to ships in port and at sea, commenced its Chapter 11 process in November 2018, reorganizing in order to improve its liquidity.Under the terms of the restructuring deal, Mercuria received 100% of the common equity of the reorganized company.Several days ago, Mercuria’s Aegean acquisition was approved by the European Commission.The commission concluded that the transaction would raise no competition concerns as the companies have a limited presence in the markets where their activities overlap.,Aegean Marine, which markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to ships in port and at sea, commenced its Chapter 11 process in November 2018, reorganizing in order to improve its liquidity.Under the terms of the restructuring deal, Mercuria received 100% of the common equity of the reorganized company.Several days ago, Mercuria’s Aegean acquisition was approved by the European Commission.The commission concluded that the transaction would raise no competition concerns as the companies have a limited presence in the markets where their activities overlap.
MONTREAL — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will seek dialogue with China but won’t back down in its defence of Canadians against what he calls an increasingly assertive global power.In a speech today in Montreal, Trudeau said the federal government is closely monitoring developments in Hong Kong, where there are 300,000 Canadian citizens.He stressed the need for restraint and respect of the right to peaceful assembly in the face of protests that have rocked the semi-independent Chinese territory.Canada’s relationship with China is fraught with tension over Canada’s arrest of Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou, and China’s subsequent detention of two Canadians, allegedly for national security reasons.Trudeau said the government is working to obtain the release of businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who were detained in China in December shortly after Meng was arrested at the Vancouver airport to face possible extradition to the United States.Speaking to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations, the prime minister cited the country’s history of successful diplomacy with larger partners and said Canada has generated widespread international support for its effort to have Spavor and Kovrig released.The Canadian Press
Maj. Dragan Jokic, the Chief of Engineering of the 1st Zvornik Brigade, turned himself in to the Office of the Prosecutor in Banja Luka. After being formally arrested, he was transferred the ICTY detention unit in The Hague. According to the indictment, Maj. Jokic was a member of the Brigade Staff and an advisor to the Brigade Commander during the period from July to November 1995 when more than 5,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were summarily executed and buried in the Brigade’s zone of responsibility.Meanwhile, another Bosnian Serb accused of commanding units during the same period was scheduled to make his first appearance before the ICTY tomorrow.Vidoje Blagojevic is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for his alleged acts as a colonel in command of the Bratunac Brigade during the seizure of Srebrenica. He was transferred to the Tribunal’s custody late last week and will appear tomorrow morning before Tribunal Judge Liu Daqun.The indictment alleges that Bosnian Serb Army units under Mr. Blagojevic’s command and control “expelled and participated in numerous incidents of opportunistic killings, as well as systematic summary executions of thousands Bosnian Muslim men.”The indictment also charges that Mr. Blagojevic and the units under his command “participated in an organized and comprehensive effort to conceal and cover up the killings and executions by burying the bodies of the victims in isolated sites scattered throughout a wide area.”
At the meeting of its executive board last week, the Executive Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) approved US$8.3 million in grants to support farmers, farmers’ organizations, agricultural research and training programmes, along with $102 million in loans for rural development programmes.The loan of $29.2 million to China, for example, assists farmers living in remote areas of South Gansu province, where natural resources have deteriorated and there is only poor access to water for irrigation and drinking. The programme which will receive the funds will support irrigation, terracing, tree-planting and training toward improved farming methods.Another loan, of $19 million, aims to improve the lives of small farmers, traders and processors in Ghana who depend on roots and tubers for their livelihood. With women making up at least one-half of the beneficiaries, the programme will focus on both better production and marketing methods.The $8.1 million in grants are targeted to a wide range of programmes, including those supporting assistance to rural organizations in the countries of the Southern Cone Common Market of South America (MERCOSUR), improved management of indigenous trees and shrubs in the countries of the Sahel, and agricultural research and training in Eastern and Central Africa.
The largest glacier in the Swiss Alps, the Aletschgletscher, is melting rapidly and could disappear altogether by 2100. Geir BraathenThe world’s climate is changing rapidly and these changes are evident on a daily basis. Global temperatures are rising, rainfall patterns are changing and the weather in many parts of the world is more erratic and unpredictable than ever before. The effects are widespread; natural habitats are changing, biodiversity is being lost, farming cycles are being disrupted and water stress is becoming more common than not. Natural hazards such as floods, droughts, hurricanes and heatwaves are becoming more extreme and frequent costing countries billions of dollars and destroying homes, infrastructure and livelihoods. The climate crisis is threatening people’s well-being, food security and worsening poverty.In June this year, the UN Secretary-General said the world needs to create conditions for “harmony between humankind and nature.”What is meant by a nature-based solution?Nature-based solutions are actions that protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that also address societal challenges, thereby simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits. So, whether its food security, climate change, water security, human health, disaster risk or economic development, nature can help us find a way. And climate change is a very important part of the solution puzzle. There are many ways to address climate change, but one of the most effective and immediate ways is using what is on our door step… nature. For example, nature-based solutions can focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and agricultural practices and enhancing the ability of natural ecosystems to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Remember, it is carbon dioxide that contributes to the greenhouse gases that lead to global warming.The UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit provides an opportune moment to catapult nature-based solutions to the forefront of climate action. What range of solutions are available?Most nature-based solutions for climate change come from strengthening or restoring existing natural ecosystems. For example, forests don’t just absorb carbon, they also defend us from its most devastating impacts. Carefully planted tree species can act as firebreaks, keeping trees next to farmland can protect crops from the erosive forces of intense rain, and forests can alleviate inland floods due to the sponge-like way they absorb water. World leaders will be gathering at the United Nations in New York next week at a Climate Action Summit convened by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Ms. Andersen will be there to promote the idea of nature-based solutions to combatting climate change.UNEP is supporting one of the nine summit action tracks designated by the Secretary-General under the leadership of the Governments of China and New Zealand. UN News asked Ms. Andersen how nature can help to reverse climate change.How is climate change affecting the natural world? Mangroves provide effective and cheap natural barriers against coastal floods and shoreline erosion. Changing our land practices alone could deliver 30 per cent of the emissions reductions that we need to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate action by 2030.Restoring peatlands and other natural ecosystems are also effective nature-based solutions. Find out more here about the benefits of peatlands: How effective are they and at what financial cost?Nature is available now and we should use it; there are no quick technological fixes that have the same scale of impact that nature-based solutions offer. In fact, these solutions could deliver more than a third of the emissions reductions needed globally by 2030. Crucially, what is urgently required is an increase in investment to unlock the potential of nature. Right now, these solutions receive less than three per cent of available climate funding, even though they are extremely cost effective. And, they offer a very high return on investment potentially adding trillions of dollars to the global economy. For example, the building of the Great Green Wall an ambitious project to reverse desertification in the Sahel region of Africa could create 10 million jobs there by 2030 and have other benefits including slowing migration.These solutions have to be integrated into climate adaptation and mitigation efforts. Globally, governments must align their efforts and commit to investing in these solutions as part of their national policies. How important are nature-based solutions in the overall fight against climate change?The bottom line is that we cannot limit warming to 1.5°C (or 2°C for that matter) without natural climate solutions. Nature-based solutions have the potential to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 12 gigatons each year. This is roughly equal to emissions from all the world’s coal fired plants. At the same time, it is important to keep in mind, firstly, that increasing ambition requires us to commit simultaneously to an energy transition and greater investments in nature. And secondly, if we don’t act on nature now, then nature’s ability to protect humanity will diminish even more. So, nature is on the table as a solution to climate action, but only just and we have to seize the moment. The good news is nature is forgiving and it’s time we gave it the chance it deserves. Are there enough projects underway right now globally to make a difference? The Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Inger Andersen, addresses a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. UNEP/Cyril VillemainWe are in a period of global emergency, but also in a period of unprecedented momentum. Young people are holding us to account, and every week a government somewhere in the world, commits to climate action. Nature-based solutions are immediately available, cost-effective and can be scaled up depending on need. And every country in the world can act. And we have many examples of success. When the Great Green Wall is completed in 2030, restored land will absorb carbon dioxide equal to keeping all of California’s cars parked for 3½ years. In Niger, farmer-led reforestation has improved tree cover, reducing women’s time in collecting firewood from three hours to 30 minutes. And Medellin in Colombia reduced temperatures by more than 2°C through turning their concrete jungles into urban forests.So, we need to scale up initiatives like this, build on political momentum and deliver at the scale and pace needed to propel us beyond the ambitions of the Paris Agreement because when we give nature a chance, we have a better shot at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Kosta KarageorgeCredit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsMoments before coach Urban Meyer addressed the media on Monday, an Ohio State spokesman said the school is unable to comment on the investigation surrounding the death of walk-on senior defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge or the medical treatment he received at OSU.Karageorge’s body was found Sunday afternoon near his apartment in Columbus after being reported missing on Wednesday. Columbus Police said the cause of death appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.The Columbus native had last been seen around 2 a.m. on Wednesday. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Karageorge’s family was concerned his disappearance had something to do with concussion-related injuries, of which he reportedly had a history.During his Monday press conference, Meyer said Karageorge’s death is an “incredible tragedy.”Meyer added that Karageorge “loved” his time as a football player at OSU. He joined the team in August after competing as a varsity wrestler for three seasons for the Buckeyes.On Friday, the OSU Department of Athletics released statements from Meyer and team physician Dr. Jim Borchers. Borchers’ statement said he was “not able to discuss or comment about the medical care regarding our student-athletes.”After police confirmed Karageorge’s body had been found, OSU athletics released a statement expressing the shock and sadness of learning of the player’s death.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time,” the statement said.When asked about how the OSU handled Karageorge’s health, Meyer said he could not comment but expressed his faith in the medical staff.“This is the best group of medical people I’ve ever been around,” Meyer said.
The Earl of Snowdon on his furniture empire, Ikea flatpacks, support of new artists and why he sold Princess Margaret’s valuables Despite selling bespoke commissions worth thousands of pounds, the Queen’s nephew insists “Ikea is not the enemy,” admitting: “I have made pieces in my holiday time for my wife and assembled them, there’s only the odd argument.” It is one of many revelations – including that he cannot work a digital television – as we chat at Linley, the 57-year-old furniture maker’s eponymous luxury store in London’s Belgravia where he is supporting up-and-coming artist Kerry Lemon, a scholar of the art charity… Lord Snowdon is enthusing about the design quality of flat-pack furniture.
The PERUMIN mining convention is one of the key mining events in Latin America, organised by the Institute of Mining Engineers of Peru (IIMP) since 1954 and this year will run from September 16-20 in Arequipa. PERUMIN also hosts the Mining Technology Exhibition EXTEMIN, presenting a range of national and international suppliers of mining goods and services. The Putzmeister Underground Division will showcase its concrete spraying system 4210 SPM WETKRET DUAL DRIVE, as well as the low-profile concrete mixer MIXKRET 4. The Putzmeister Solid Pumps division will be present, which supplies high density piston pumps for transporting tailings and backfilling paste in mining. Furthermore, the Putzmeister Powercreter Magnum will be exhibited, a wet shotcrete pump for concrete repair works.The SPM 4210 WETKRET DUAL DRIVE version has a dual drive system so that all the components can be operated both by diesel engine and electrically. The machine is optionally available with an on-board electric or diesel air compressor. Its reinforced spraying arm provides a vertical spraying reach of 10 m, and the maximum concrete output of the Putzmeister double-piston pump mounted on the equipment is 20 m3/h. The proportional remote control, which can be operated both by cable and wireless, allows the easy operation of the spraying arm as well as the regulation of the concrete output and the adjustment of the pre-defined additive dosage. The peristaltic additive pump is equipped with an automatic dosing device to synchronize the additive dosage with the concrete flow, assuring spraying accuracy and quality. With heavy-duty axles and a reinforced articulated turning system, the SPM 4210 WEKTRET series is also designed for the heavy duty working conditions in mining. MIXKRET 4 is equipped with a 6-cylinder, 130 kW turbo engine, providing high climbing and moving power as well as the possibility to work at high altitudes. With the ICVD drive system (Integrated Continuously Variable Drive) it is possible to drive through the entire speed range without interrupting the traction force, increasing comfort for the driver and reducing fuel consumption. Putzmeister states: “The compact design and heavy-duty axles, both used for steering and driving (4WD and 4WS), provide mobility and manoeuverability in narrow galleries and tunnels. Furthermore, the machine features an automatic speed control system for moving down slopes fully loaded at the maximum secure speed. The cabin, mounted in machine direction, and the night-vision camera at the rear, facilitate manoeuvering and ensure visibility conditions at all times, increasing safety. The concrete transporting and mixing drum of Putzmeister Mixkret 4 provides a concrete capacity of 4 m3 and optionally includes an additive discharging system for transporting and transferring additives to the shotcrete equipment.” The solids pumps company of the Putzmeister Group manufactures high density piston pumps for pumping slurries, sludges and pastes that will be on show at EXTEMIN. In mining, the pumps transport tailings to the dam/filter or transport backfill paste into the underground mines. The pump system features a piston pump, a hydraulic power pack to drive the pump and an electric cabinet with a PLC, control and operation panel. Putzmeister piston pumps can operate with a solid content of up to 85 %, depending on material composition. Finally, with an output of up to 150 bar they can pump over distances of up to 11 km and achieve effective pumping throughputs of approximately 500 m³/h. With a capacity of 3.8 m3/h and a concrete pressure of 122 bar, Putzmeister Magnum Powercreter is described as the most versatile concrete repair pump by Putzmeister. It is ideal for wet-process shotcrete applications. The Powercreter magnum has a 34 kW Deutz diesel engine and conveys low slump concrete and packaged high-performance materials over long distances.
Pretium Resources announces that the first gold has been poured at the Brucejack high-grade underground mine and that the flotation and gravity circuits are now operational. In addition, gold-silver flotation concentrate is being produced and bagged, with initial shipments scheduled. Construction crews continue to be phased out as construction winds down and the operations team ramps up toward commercial production this year.Brucejack is located in northwest British Columbia, approximately 65 km north of Stewart. The property consists of 122,133 ha and the primary focus is the Valley of the Kings deposit which is comprised of high-grade visible gold within a lower grade gold quartz stockwork system. A feasibility study completed in June 2014 updated in December 2016 outlined Proven and Probable mineral reserves in the Valley of the Kings of 8.1 Moz of gold (15.6 Mt grading 16.1 g/t Au).
Not to make any assumptions, but I doubt many Nintendo Switch owners will see this hidden menu anytime soon. While there are a decent amount of games on the system, a good deal of them are currently available on other platforms. People like me who do not plan to buy another Switch game until Mario Odyssey comes out will probably never see this menu at all in 2017.On the flip side, this menu shows that Nintendo was thinking ahead. Given enough time, players will most certainly end up owning a great deal of Switch games. Whenever the Virtual Console finally launches, I’m sure many will start to fill their Switch systems with all manner of awesome, old-school Nintendo games. We’re already getting a small dose of classic titles on Switch, and it’s likely Nintendo will continue delivering more of these games. Just make sure you pick up an SD card to house all of these classic gems.If you are a Switch owner, I’m curious to know if you have unlocked the “all software” menu yet. Let me know in the comments below.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessories Even though the Nintendo Switch’s current relatively small library continues to grow, most folks only own a few games for the system. Because of that, navigating through one’s game library is a simple task. But what happens if you own a lot of games? Are you relegated to scrolling through everything in your library? Not necessarily.If you have more than thirteen games for Nintendo Switch, you’ll unlock a hidden “all software” option on the main menu screen. This was discovered by EuroGamer‘s Martin Robinson, who is apparently a huge fan of Nintendo’s latest console. Thanks to this new option, users will be able to easily select games without the need to scroll sideways. Very handy! ‘Oninaki’ Is an Interesting Game Marred by Poor Design ChoicesCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket Stay on target