Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat, who was on a three-day visit to Bihar, has assured the sant samaj (saint community) of a Ram temple in Ayodhya at the earliest. Mr. Bhagwat met several saints and Sangh functionaries during his visit. “The Sangh pramukh has assured us that he is dedicated towards the cause of building a Ram temple in Ayodhya at the earliest and that he was working to find a solution to it,” Swami Laxmanacharya, who was among the prominent saints that Mr. Bhagwat met in the State, told journalists in Sonepur on Thursday. Swami Laxmanacharya is the head of the Gajendra Moksha Mandir in Sonepur, some 40 km from Patna. The RSS chief also had a closed-door meeting with Jeeyar Swami in Sonepur for about an hour. The sant samaj, sources said, apprised Mr. Bhagwat of their desire to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya. They told Mr. Bhagwat that “if the government is not able to take any decision on the matter within the next two-three months, the sant samaj would start constructing the temple there”. The saints also informed Mr. Bhagwat that they were pinning their hopes on a Private Member’s Bill for the construction of a Ram temple. Before reaching Patna, Mr. Bhagwat was in Bhagalpur where he said that the Sangh would work for “spreading awareness among the people for the construction of a temple in Ayodhya”. He, however, did not speak to the media before leaving for Delhi on Friday. This was Mr. Bhagwat’s fourth visit to Bihar since Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar joined hands with the BJP again and formed the NDA government in July 2017.
Pleading the case of eminent sportspersons who have won laurels for the country at international level, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ajay Maken Monday sought the inclusion of sports as a category for conferring the country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna.Sports minister Ajay MakenMaken has written to Home Minister P Chidambaram in this regard, urging him to take up the issue of inclusion of sports as a separate category for the selection of Bharat Ratna Awards.”Unfortunately, sports is not a separate category for the selection of awards and thus no sportsperson has yet got a Bharat Ratna. I have written to the Home Minister in this regard,” said the minister.Asked if his initiative came in the wake of growing demand for conferring the Bharat Ratna on iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, the minister said, “I took this decision after I became Sports Minister. This should not be linked to anything else.”Maken said “the Sports Ministry does not select the candidates for the Bharat Ratna awards. The Prime Minister selects the awards and the President approves them. The Sports Ministry is intervening only to help the sportspersons.”Asked which sportsperson could be the first one to get the award, the minister said, “I would be pleased if any sportsperson gets a Bharat Ratna. If Sachin gets it, I will be happy that a sportsperson got a Bharat Ratna. The Sports Ministry’s intervention is not name specific, it is only to help include sports as a category.With inputs from PTI.advertisement
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India were stunned by a spirited Zimbabwean side in the first T20 international of the three-match series in Harare on Saturday. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who failed to score eight runs in the final over, was left to rue the inexperience cost the team dear.Put in to to bat, Zimbabwe rode on Elton Chigumbura late blitz (26-ball 54 not out) to score 170 for six. In reply, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals, including a golden duck by the ODI series hero Lokesh Rahul, and could only manage 168 for six in their slotted overs. (Match Report | Highlights)”Ultimately, it was a contest between bat and ball. It was all about execution, I thought the last ball was fantastic,” Dhoni said in the post-match presentation ceremony.’BATSMEN MADE MISTAKES’India fielded five debutants for the game and Dhoni said it was a “learning curve” for the rookie players.”Soft dismissals, some of the wickets we lost were catching practice. I feel this is a stage where most of them would feel the pressure, I hope they learn from it, it is a good learning curve, but there were mistakes from the batsmen,” Dhoni said.Dhoni was also quick to defend the team saying they were not playing their best XI but also didn’t mince his words in blasting the bowling unit.”We didn’t bowl and field that well either. Not a lot to think about, we didn’t play our best XI. The Zimbabwe batsmen batted very well, but we didn’t bowl well either,” he said.advertisement
Chandigarh, May 16 (PTI) The Haryana Police has so far arrested 15 people on the charge of eve-teasing under Operation Durga, a campaign launched in the state on May 1 for ensuring womens safety.Also, 30 cases have been registered for various charges, including for outraging the modesty of women.Apart from this, 23,185 people were let off after a warning, while 822 people have been counselled in police stations in the presence of their parents, Director General of Police (DGP), B S Sandhu said here today.As many as 5,880 people have been issued challans for violating traffic rules, he said.Sandhu said Operation Durga, which was the enforcement part of the three-point action plan implemented by the Haryana Police to ensure safety of women, will continue.He said the police will continue to take tough action against anyone who attempts gender-based street violence.Under Operation Durga, 125 eve-teasing prone areas, including parks, markets, schools, colleges, and public transport vehicles, have been identified. Patrol parties and woman police officers are sent as decoys to take action against eve-teasers and miscreants, Sandhu said.The police department will also take up with the authorities concerned to put eve-teasing prone areas under CCTV surveillance, he said.Warning signs will be put up in these places to deter potential offenders.Through the Youth Against Sexual Harassment initiative, the police are trying to make people, especially the youth, aware that eve-teasing hurts the freedom, dignity and career prospects of women.The police, through the Ban Ja Bahadur campaign, would exhort schools, colleges, panchayats, resident welfare associations and parents to promote adventure and endurance sports, self-defence tactics, public speaking and other capacity-building measures among girls.advertisement”Giving women a safe environment is our top priority. I have asked all my field units to dedicate a good amount of working hours and a fair share of resources towards this end. We will make all possible efforts to ensure safety of women and girls,” he Sandhu said. PTI SUN NSD
Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai failed to qualify for the finals of the men’s 10m Air Pistol in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) being held at the Olympic Shooting Range in Munich, Germany on Monday.Tejaswini Sawant in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event, also fought hard but eventually finished two points behind the final qualifying mark. Jitu finished 10th overall while Tejaswini secured 15th position.Among his five World Cup medals in this event, only once has Jitu shot higher than today’s 581 to qualify for the finals. He was in the hunt till the last four shots, but two 9s in the 57th and 58th shots probably proved crucial in the end.Turkey’s Tugrul Ozer was the 8th to qualify with a score 582 but with significantly lesser number of inner 10s than Jitu.Jitu’s teammates in the event, fellow Olympian Prakash Nanjappa and youngster Anmol Jain both finished with identical scores of 576 and in 34th and 36th positions respectively.Gold in the event went to 19-year old Ukranian youngster Pavlo Korostylov, who landed his first ever World Cup Gold in the senior ranks. Japanese former World Champion Tomoyoki Matsuda won Silver and Korean legend Jongoh Jin won Bronze.In the Women’s Rifle 3 Positions, Tejaswini shot a high of 199 out of 200 in the prone position, but even that was not enough – her qualification round score of 584, falling short of 586, scores recorded by as many as three final qualifiers, among them eventual Gold medalist Croatian Snjezana Pejcic and German Bronze medalist Jolyn Beer.advertisementThe Silver in the event also went to the host country’s Selina Gschwandtner. The other Indians in the fray, N. Gaayathri finished 38th with a score of 579 while Elizabeth Susan Koshy shot 576 to end in 55th place.On Sunday, India’s challenge in the two medal events of the day- both for men, the 50m Rifle Prone and the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol was also restricted to the qualifying stages.In the former, Sushil Ghaley shot 622.7 to finish 31st, Chain Singh 622.1 for 37th place and Sanjeev Rajput managed 616.6 to end in 65th position overall. In the latter, Neeraj Kumar was the best Indian finisher in 18th place shooting a score of 578.Harpreet Singh shot a point less to secure 21st spot while Olympian Gurpreet Singh ended in 31st position with a score of 572.Tuesday will be the fifth and final competition day of the ISFF World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) stage four in Munich and will feature the Women’s 10m Air Pistol and Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions finals. Former World number one Heena Sidhu and three-time Olympian Sanjeev Rajput will lead India’s challenge in them respectively.
FLUSHING — In a matchup on the mound of highly touted rookies, Eddie Butler lagged way behind.The struggling right-hander got knocked around for six runs in four innings while counterpart Noah Syndergaard showed savvy and poise, pitching the New York Mets to a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 12-3 victory Thursday.“Just too many pitches on the plate, elevated,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said in describing Butler’s outing. “You struggle in this league, that’s what it usually comes down to: location. Being in tough counts, extended counts.”Syndergaard recovered nicely from a rocky start for his latest win at Citi Field, where the Mets have won 10 straight against Colorado.Curtis Granderson and Kelly Johnson each homered and drove in three runs.Johnson doubled twice, including a two-out hit that broke a tie in the third. Granderson connected in the fourth for a two-run shot off Butler (3-10), who has lost the last four of his five winless starts since he was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque last month.“I really attacked the hitters today, got ahead most of the time, but still just a few pitches got away that ended up hurting me,” Butler said.Pinch-hitter Juan Lagares capped the outburst, launching a three-run drive off reliever Tommy Kahnle in the eighth.The last-place Rockies have lost 11 of 15 overall and 24 of 32 on the road. Colorado has dropped eight straight to the Mets since May 2014.New York pitchers have a 0.90 ERA during Colorado’s 10-game skid at Citi Field since 2013, which came after the Rockies won eight in a row at the ballpark over the previous two years.“That’s a big-time staff right there. They’re young and strong and they’ve got some horses over there and they look like they’re at the top of their game,” Weiss said. “It’s tough to find a collection of guys like that at that stage of their careers and that accomplished this early.”Syndergaard (7-6) went seven innings and improved to 7-1 at Citi Field, but the 22-year-old righty labored early. After entering with a 1.57 ERA in his own ballpark, he got tagged for first-inning homers by DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado.That snapped New York’s scoreless streak at 23 innings, all against the Rockies this week. It was the club’s longest since a run that lasted exactly as long in June 2012.But after that, Syndergaard switched to off-speed stuff early in the count and shut down Colorado.“All of a sudden later in the game, you started seeing first-pitch breaking balls for strikes, changeups for strikes and got ’em off the fastball a little bit,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “So he made the adjustments he needed to make and pitched very well after that.”Syndergaard did not permit a hit after the second inning and retired 14 of his final 15 batters — with the only runner erased on a double play.“He found a groove and settled in. Then he was tough to get to after that,” Weiss said.With their seventh consecutive home win and 11th in 13 games overall, the NL East leaders (63-52) moved 11 games over .500 for the first time since June 27, 2010.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Share via Email Pinterest Pinterest Share on Twitter Facebook Pinterest features Joniesta! Photograph: Jill Mead/The Guardian The Fiver Read more Share on LinkedIn Twitter With his ‘spygate’ PowerPoint, Marcelo Bielsa has enhanced his legend STRUGGLING TO CROWBAR A FOUR TOPS REFERENCE INTO THIS HEADLINE. OH, THERE YOU GOOne of the few benefits of being related to this tea-timely email’s book-writing, cricket-playing, pyramid-inverting, tactics-obsessed Wearside cousin Mackem Lobanovskyi 4-2-3-1 False Nine Wilson Fiver, is that we’ve been looped in on the whole Marcelo Bielsa phenomenon since before it became fashionable on Wednesday. While Proper Journalists were taking time out from trying to procure and publish sneak previews of England team-sheets to pontificate about the Corinthian spirit of fair play, our cousin took time out of boring us with his batting average and bowling figures to regale us with stories about the man they call El Loco.There was the time he started supporting Newell’s Old Boys because his dad was a fan of bitter rivals Rosario Central. There was the time he said he would cut off one of his own fingers if it would guarantee Newell’s a win over Rosario Central. And then there was the time he threatened a group of his own team’s fans who had gathered in protest outside his house with a hand grenade. And the time. And the time. And the time. The stories of Bielsa’s myriad eccentricities are legion. Until a couple of days ago, most people with little more than a passing interest in English football knew Bielsa as that foreign bloke who was doing quite well at Dirty Leeds while sitting on an upturned blue bucket, but now they are a little wiser. For when he is not doing quite well at Dirty Leeds while sitting on an upturned blue bucket, the Argentinian appears to spend every single minute of every single day on doing even better. Twitter STILL WANT MORE?Our aforementioned cousin on Marcelo Bielsa.Amy Lawrence on the growing clouds behind the scenes at Arsenal.Dancing players, a smart free-kick and Morton’s malaise: it’s Classic YouTube.If transfer window interactives are your thing, you’re in luck.The strange allure of the half-time football raffle. By Harry Pearson. RECOMMENDED LISTENINGFaye Carruthers is in Big Chair for the latest instalment of Football Weekly Extra.SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism [the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – Fiver Ed] is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us. In return we can hopefully arm you with the kind of knowledge that makes you sound slightly less uninformed during those hot reactive gegenpress chats you so enjoy. 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Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Ed Taylor.BITS AND BOBSMartin O’Neill wants to bring Roy Keane with him to his new job at Nottingham Forest. “There’s a spot open for him and I hope it happens,” cheered O’Neill. “It may not, as he has a few things to sort out himself both personally and professionally.”The Premier League still can’t nail down a new chief suit after BBC suit Tim Davie followed Susanna Dinnage in snubbing the gig.José Mourinho has been trying out some punditry during the Asian Cup, offering up some fresh chat about his time at Old Trafford. “I consider one of the best jobs of my career [was] to finish second with Manchester United in the Premier League,” he tooted. “But I keep saying this because people don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.”Another £11m that Mauricio Pochettino will probably never see: Mousa Dembélé has moved to Guangzhou R&F.Kazakhstan have shown head coach Stanimir Stoilov through the door marked ‘Біреуін жасаңыз’.And just to underline how busy a news day it’s been, Jamie Vardy turned up for Leicester training dressed as Spider-Man. It’s like Coldwar Steve was let loose on the composites. Composite: Getty Image; Alamy; Guardian Share on Facebook Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!ANY EXCUSE Marcelo Bielsa Reuse this content Facebook Topics Share on Messenger Twitter Having been accused of – and subsequently admitting to – sending an envoy to peek at Frank Lampard’s Derby County training before their league match last Friday, Bielsa was rather bewildered by the reaction when FLDC, along with assorted doyens of the English press pack and numerous former players collectively gasped, clutched their pearls and swooned like Victorian ladies at this outrageous breach of … no rules whatsoever. A man with form for quitting clubs at the drop of a hat, Bielsa opted to call a press conference, but instead of announcing his resignation treated those lucky enough to be present to a 66-minute PowerPoint presentation showing: a) his meticulous preparation for games; and b) anyone in the world who was interested how to beat Frank Lampard’s Derby County.While Bielsa appeared genuinely bemused at being accused of skulduggery, his decision to go to extraordinary lengths to point out that those accusing him of it didn’t know the half of it has elevated him to the status of National Treasure. “I feel ashamed to have to tell you all this,” said Bielsa, before declaring that “I’m not cheating, I knew everything I needed to know” and leaving the room. The Fiver can’t be the only right-thinking person who also feels ashamed to have to tell you this – but we’re feeling queasy on the back of unprecedented goodwill and hopes for the success of Dirty Leeds.QUOTE OF THE DAY“It was strange having cameras around every day in the dressing room, physio rooms. Everywhere really. Sometimes you don’t realise and you’ll be yourself and obviously that came out in the documentary. I’ve had a lot of nice messages from people saying it’s nice to see some honesty and footballers for who they are” – Jonny Williams gets his chat on about Sunderland ‘Til I Die, Crystal Palace and life at Charlton. With mid-table power comes mid-table responsibility. Photograph: Plumb Images/Leicester City via Getty Images Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Football Facebook
Juventus chief Paratici admits talks planned with Man Utd target Mandzukicby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus sporting director Fabio Paratici admits talks are planned with Mario Mandzukic over his future.The Croatian forward is being tipped to join Manchester United this summer, with the Red Devils said to be confident of landing him in a £9million January deal to bolster their attack. “With Mandzukic, we chose a quiet time for him to leave but a move to Qatar [in the summer] did not materialise so he stayed with us,” Paratici said.”Now we will talk to him and see what happens in January.”In a separate interview with Sky Sport Italia, Paratici said: “We are evaluating, he is also evaluating. We need maximum calm, he is a great player.”It has been an added value in recent years, we must thank him. If he considers it appropriate to leave, we will satisfy him, otherwise he will consider other solutions.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Story Highlights Operating hours for businesses and other establishments in sections of the St. Catherine North Police Division, where a State of Public Emergency was declared on Sunday (March 18), have been adjusted in keeping with stipulations under the enhanced security operation.According to the Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU), the closing hours for all businesses in Spanish Town, Linstead and Bog Walk are now between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.Businesses, entities and establishments that should close by 7:00 p.m. are: cook shops, dry goods establishments and haberdasheries; spirit license premises; service stations; clubs and fast food outlets; pharmacies; and churches. Community recreational areas should close by 6:00 p.m.The police encourages persons to adhere to these conditions, to avoid being prosecuted for violations.The specified boundaries within which the operation is being undertaken are:• North – from the intersection of the St Ann, Clarendon, and St Catherine parish boundaries towards Garfield Road, the Moneague leg of the North-South Highway and Guy’s Hill square.• East – along the St. Catherine parish boundary, to Sligoville, the intersection of Highway 2000, Lakes Pen Road, Port Henderson Road, Salt Pond Road and Hill Run main road.• South – from the Hartland main road to the Hill Run main road.• West – along the parish boundary to Ginger Ridge, Blue Hole, Marley Hill and Dover Road, to the intersection of the PJ Patterson Highway and the Hartland main road.The CCU has indicated that the security forces will also be placing special focus on bus parks within the targeted communities.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, declared the State of Public Emergency during a press conference at Jamaica House on Sunday.A joint Jamaica Constabulary Force/Jamaica Defence Force team was deployed to the area to undertake enhanced security measures for an initial 14 days, in accordance with the Emergency Powers Act.The Proclamation under the Emergency Powers Act to bring the enhanced security measures into effect was signed by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, and has been gazetted.The State of Public Emergency in St. Catherine North is the second such following a similar declaration in St. James in January. The police encourages persons to adhere to these conditions, to avoid being prosecuted for violations. Businesses, entities and establishments that should close by 7:00 p.m. are: cook shops, dry goods establishments and haberdasheries; spirit license premises; service stations; clubs and fast food outlets; pharmacies; and churches. Community recreational areas should close by 6:00 p.m. Operating hours for businesses and other establishments in sections of the St. Catherine North Police Division, where a State of Public Emergency was declared on Sunday (March 18), have been adjusted in keeping with stipulations under the enhanced security operation.
zoom Texas-based Cheniere Energy Partners has shipped the 100th cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Sabine Pass liquefaction facility in Louisiana.Including the 100th cargo, which departed on Saturday, April 1 from the Sabine Pass liquefaction facility, since the first shipment on February 24, 2016, Cheniere has delivered cargoes to 18 countries on five continents.“This milestone for Cheniere is a testament to the global demand for American LNG, the hard work and dedication of Cheniere’s workforce, and our unique business model that enables customers large and small to access this fuel,” said Jack Fusco, Cheniere’s President and CEO. In February 2016, Cheniere became the first company to ship LNG from the contiguous United States in over 50 years, and is currently the only exporter of the US LNG.In addition to three fully-operational LNG trains at Sabine Pass, train four has entered the commissioning process and is expected to reach substantial completion in the second half of 2017. Train five is currently under construction, and is expected to become operational in 2019, and train six is fully permitted and being commercialized.In addition, Cheniere Energy currently has two trains under construction at its liquefaction project near Corpus Christi, Texas with operations at both trains expected to begin in 2019.
Shell and a band of international stars have unveiled a unique new music video which spotlights a diverse range of clean energy initiatives across the world.Five global music artists unite in #makethefuture music video showcasing clean energy initiatives‘On Top of the World’ features five global music artists – including Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson and British songstress Pixie Lott – and uses cutting-edge custom animation to help each star demonstrate the impact of clean energy projects supported by Shell around the world, including Brazil, China, the US, Kenya, India, Germany and the UK.Video: On Top of the World | Shell #makethefutureThe video showcases both ‘bright energy ideas’ created by entrepreneurs supported by #makethefuture campaign, and some projects from Shell and its partners to create more and cleaner energy solutions, including:• Insolar: Providing solar energy access to low income communities in Brazil • GravityLight: Creating sustainable and cleaner light for families and children in Kenya • Shell Natural Gas: Providing cleaner cooking with natural gas, saving families invaluable time in India • Shell Partnership with Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: Bringing clean cook stoves to families and creating healthier homes in China • Shell Hydrogen: Creating additional cleaner transport choices for the future in the USA, Germany and the UK‘On Top of the World’ is the latest chapter in the #makethefuture global energy relay, that began in 2016 with the launch of the ‘Best Day of My Life’ music video, which subsequently topped viral video charts and became one of the most viewed online videos of the year.Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, British songstress Pixie Lott, Brazilian chart-topper Luan Santana and Nigerian artist Yemi Alade reunite, and are joined by Indian talent Monali Thakur to cover the Imagine Dragons’ hit ‘On Top of the World’.Malena Cutuli, Global Head of Integrated Brand Communications at Shell said: “Music is a universal language and, by tapping into our passion for it with this stellar line up of artists, we can spark a global conversation around access to cleaner energy in an engaging way.”“Addressing future energy challenges demands collaboration between and among business, communities, entrepreneurs, influencers and citizens – it is the key to unlocking more and cleaner energy solutions.”Jennifer Hudson said, “As a performer, it’s really exciting to be able to lend my voice to inspire future generations. I am proud to be collaborating with Shell #makethefuture, to encourage people to learn more about the potential of new clean energy solutions.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Child Development Centre has raised over $75,000 towards a new wheelchair accessible van.The 44th Annual Talent Show Friday night saw performances from local musicians, children who attend the CDC and even a performance from Fort St. John City Council. Performers, attendees and local businesses donated $75,120 towards the fundraising goal.Arctech Welding and Machining and Save on Foods also helped towards raising money for the CDC with the annual radiothon held each year on Moose FM the day before the talent show. The funds will be used to purchase a new wheelchair accessible van for the Fort St. John Child Development Centre. Their current client vehicle isn’t wheelchair accessible and has been in use for some years.
“Sri Lanka is our second home. We received a lot of support from Sri Lanka. We want to show our solidarity with Sri Lanka. We want the world to visit Sri Lanka,” Nasheed said after arriving in Sri Lanka. The Vice President of the Maldives Faisal Naseem, Speaker and former President Mohamed Nasheed and a Maldivian delegation are in Sri Lanka to show solidarity with the country following the Easter Sunday attacks.The Prime Minister’s Office said that Cabinet Members of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Parliamentary Group and Members of the Governing Council of the MDP are among those who are part of the delegation. They are expected to have talks with the Sri Lankan Government and also meet the Maldivian community in Sri Lanka during the visit. (Colombo Gazette)
WASHINGTON — A Trump administration official says tech company executives are due to meet Monday at the White House with the president’s chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow.The official says participants will discuss “economic matters” and talks could touch on Huawei. The White House sanctioned the Chinese telecoms company in May as an alleged national security threat only to later grant it a partial reprieve that has not been clearly explained.The official did not name any participants and spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting has not been publicly announced.A person with knowledge of the planned meeting, speaking on condition they not be further identified, says chipmakers Intel and Qualcomm are among listed attendees. Both are key Huawei suppliers and are reported to have been lobbying against the sanctions.Darlene Superville, The Associated Press
More than 200 ex-government soldiers who fought for former President Charles Taylor surrendered their weapons to UN peacekeepers yesterday in the town of Ganta on the first day of the campaign. “We have progressively moved with our disarmament plans and from Nimba we will branch to the northwest and southeast of the country,” UNMIL Force Commander Lt.-Gen. Daniel Opande said of the nationwide operation which has disarmed more than 66,000 combatants from various factions since it began in December. “Once we have done that, we would have covered the whole country,” he added, describing the current phase as critical to “dispel the notion” that there were cross-border movements of weapons into neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire. More than 16,000 troops and police are participating in UNMIL’s operations to support implementation of the ceasefire and peace process between former President Taylor’s forces and two major opposition groups in preparation for elections to be held no later than the end of next year. They are also supporting humanitarian and human rights activities while assisting in national security reform, including police training and military restructuring.
In this Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, photo, residents past by a Wal-Mart in Shenzhen, in southern China’s Guangdong province. Wal-Mart faces protests by employees in China over what they say is a drastic change in work schedules under a system rolled out in June 2016 as the company overhauls its struggling business amid slowing economic growth and competition from e-commerce. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Jul 7, 2016 6:28 am MDT Last Updated Jul 7, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – Wal-Mart faces protests by employees in China over what they say is a drastic change in work schedules as the company overhauls its struggling business amid an economic slowdown and competition from e-commerce.Weakening demand for traditional retailers has added to trouble for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has had slow and uneven growth since its first China outlet opened in 1996. It tried to expand into online retailing but sold its operation last month to China’s No. 2 e-commerce operator.Its labour tensions reflect rising expectations among workers to share in China’s prosperity and a shift by the ruling Communist Party away from treating them only as a source of labour toward trying to create a consumer society.Employees said Wal-Mart wants them to work 11-hour shifts on weekends and as little as four hours on weekdays under a system it started to roll out in June. Some said that might result in lower pay and interfere with their ability to work second jobs.Last week, staff members protested on Friday and Saturday outside Wal-Mart stores in the cities of Nanchang and Shenzhen in southern China, Chengdu in the west and Harbin in the northeast, according to employees and two labour rights groups.More than half the Nanchang store’s workforce of 200 employees took part, according to an employee. Some carried banners that said, “Wal-Mart workers stand up and oppose fraud.”In a written response to questions, Wal-Mart said it is “planning a series of initiatives to enhance and upgrade Walmart China’s overall talent management system.”The company didn’t answer questions about how scheduling and working conditions would change or how the protests affected its operations.“We have communicated with Walmart China associates and a majority of associates support the new system,” the statement said, using the company’s term for its employees. “For those associates who need additional information, we are communicating with them on a consistent basis.”Wal-Mart faced similar criticism in the United States over its “just in time” scheduling system, which employees said changed work hours at short notice and reduced pay for some. The company said in February its U.S. stores would switch to allowing employees the option of working fixed hours or putting together schedules in two-week blocks.In contrast to its American operations, Wal-Mart’s Chinese workforce of 100,000 is represented by unions, though employees complain those Communist Party-controlled groups often side with companies instead of pushing for better wages and working conditions.Wal-Mart was one of the highest-profile targets of a 2006 campaign led by the ruling party to have the country’s umbrella labour group, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, set up unions at foreign companies.Managers presented the new scheduling system in May and encouraged employees to sign new contracts to authorize the change, according to employees. Under Chinese law, full-time employees work under two-year contracts.“The workload is very heavy because we have to stand for 11 hours,” said another employee of the Nanchang store, who asked not to be identified by name for fear of trouble with the company or Chinese authorities. “All the employees felt it was too difficult and were very unhappy.”Employees were told they could keep working under previous contracts if they wanted, but those who did so found their paychecks were smaller because meal subsidies and other payments were eliminated, according to the employee in Nanchang.An activist group, China Labor Watch, said employees were pressured to sign the contracts by being told they could not leave meetings where the new system was announced until they did. Wal-Mart did not respond to a question about whether that happened.Employees expressed concern the system could be abused to induce unwanted workers to quit by giving them awkward shifts, eliminating the need to pay severance.Traditional retailers have been battered as Chinese shoppers shift to shopping online. Total retail sales rose 10 per cent in May compared with a year earlier but that was down from 13 per cent in 2014. Meanwhile, online commerce grew by more than 30 per cent.Wal-Mart, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, has expanded to 433 stores in China, but that is less than one-tenth as many as its 4,655 outlets in the United States.Wal-Mart bought a stake in online retailer Yihaodian in 2011 and took full control last year. But after gaining a market share of just 1.6 per cent, it gave up last month and turned over ownership to JD.com. In exchange, it got a 5 per cent stake in the Chinese company.Phone calls Wednesday to ACFTU branches in Nanchang, Chengdu and Shenzhen weren’t answered.Frustration among Wal-Mart employees with the ACFTU prompted some to start an informal group called the Wal-Mart Chinese Employee Fellowship in 2014, according to Zhang Jun, who said he was a spokesman for the group. He worked as an electrician at a Wal-Mart in the eastern city of Yantai from 2011 until last December.The group’s 20,000 members — about 20 per cent of Wal-Mart’s China workforce — use social media to communicate, according to Zhang.They divide themselves into small groups in line with regulations aimed at suppressing dissent by limiting the number of accounts that can be linked together.Authorities have investigated whether the group received money from foreign organizations, according to China Labour Bulletin, a research group in Hong Kong.On Wednesday, employees expressed concern Wal-Mart’s new system would make them part-time workers who would not be entitled to compensation in the event of layoffs.A cashier who has worked at the Nanchang store for more than five years said her monthly pay of about 1,400 to 1,600 yuan ($215 to $245) has fallen by about 74 yuan ($11) under the new system. The legal minimum monthly wage in Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province, is 1,530 yuan ($235).Employees are unlikely to get a raise in the next few years, said the cashier, who asked not to be identified by name for fear of retaliation.“What worries us more is that they are preparing for the future,” said the cashier. “Will we be cut off in the future and get no compensation, like the part-time workers?”___Associated Press researchers Fu Ting in Shanghai and Yu Bing contributed to this report. Wal-Mart in China faces employee protests
New A$40 million solar power station in steady-state operations. Construction of the DeGrussa solar power project has been completed with the plant recently commissioned and now in steady-state operating mode. The project involved the installation of 34,080 solar PV panels and associated site electrical work, allowing incorporation of the 10 MW facility and the 6 MW on-site battery storage with the existing diesel-fired power station at the DeGrussa copper-gold mine. Sandfire Resources advises that the new solar power facility at its 100%-owned DeGrussa copper-gold mine in Western Australia has achieved full generation capacity after successfully attaining key milestones during commissioning. The facility is currently generating approximately 7 MW of power, which is in line with seasonal expectations. Solar generating output will ramp up during the summer months to achieve the full 10 MW functional capacity.The solar array covers a total area of over 20 ha at the site, which is located immediately adjacent to the DeGrussa underground mine and processing plant.Commissioning of the A$40 million project commenced in March 2016 following installation of the last of the 34,080 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. The project required electrical infrastructure to be installed including inverters to change the electric current from DC to AC, transformers and other electrical accessories and control systems.Testing confirms that the plant can perform in accordance with contractual specifications and validates the power purchase agreements covering the facility. Continual testing will be completed in June to ensure it can maintain stable operations at 100% generation capacity.The innovative DeGrussa solar project is the largest integrated off-grid solar and battery storage facility in Australia and reportedly, in the world. The project comprises 34,080 solar PV panels with a single-axis tracking system mounted on 4,700 steel posts. This enables the panels to track the sun during the day, improving the plant’s overall performance.The panels are connected via an extensive network of low-voltage, high-voltage and communication cables to a 6 MW lithium-ion battery storage facility and the existing 19 MW diesel-fired power station at DeGrussa.The DeGrussa solar power project is owned by the leading French renewable energy firm Neoen, with juwi Renewable Energy responsible for the project development, EPC and O&M. The plant was constructed by national surveying and infrastructure construction company OTOC Ltd, with project financing provided by the Clean Energy Finance Corp (CEFC) and recoupable grant funding support of A$20.9 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).The solar facility has been integrated with the diesel-fired power station – owned and operated by Pacific Energy Ltd subsidiary KPS – continuing to provide base-load power to the DeGrussa mine with sufficient minimum load to ensure it can respond quickly to meet the power requirements of the process plant and underground mine.Sandfire’s Managing Director, Karl Simich, said the completion and successful commissioning of the DeGrussa solar power project was a significant achievement, providing a strong demonstration of the exciting opportunities emerging within the mining industry for the adoption of renewable energy technologies at remote mine sites.“This is the largest integrated off-grid solar and battery storage facility in Australia and draws together a number of technologies which are widely expected to have a transformational impact on the global economy over the next decade. These include solar power combined with a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery storage facility, which has been used for the first time in a remote location at the DeGrussa mine. “This project has already attracted a significant amount of interest from within the mining industry in Australia with Sandfire receiving inquiries from several of our peers interested in adopting this technology at their mine sites. I would not be surprised to see more facilities like this built over the next few years, as the benefits and potential of solar power become increasingly recognised across the resource sector.“The project is expected to reduce our annual diesel consumption and cut our carbon emissions by more than 12,000 t of CO2 annually – a reduction of more than 15% based on our reported emissions for the 2016 financial year.“The successful completion and delivery of this project is a great achievement by the consortium that was formed to finance, develop and implement this state-of-the-art project, and I would like to congratulate them on achieving this significant milestone.”
Visitors to this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition at Nasrec will be in for a feast of technology at the Weir Minerals Africa stand; particularly hard to miss will be the 7 m high crushing station featuring a high performance Trio cone crusher.“We are reminding visitors and customers that Weir Minerals Africa – well known for our pump technology – has transformed into an integrated solutions provider in minerals processing,” says Hoosen Essack, Process Manager at Weir Minerals Africa. “With our extensive footprint across Africa, we are adding even more value through this growing range of offerings. Underpinning our service levels is our process expertise that equips us to partner closely with customers in finding answers to their daily challenges.”Among the other items on display will be a large Cavex hydrocyclone with a substantial 1,500 mm diameter and weighing 5 t.With the company’s leading position in pumping equipment, the stand will also display the impressive Warman 450MCR pump, measuring 2.5 m in diameter.Essack highlights the strategic importance of the company’s process department, which is staffed with experts who work closely with customers on efficiency and other issues, whether on a particular item of equipment or an entire comminution circuit.“This capacity allows us to provide enhanced support to customers on their plants, taking our role well beyond just supplying product,” he says. “This centralised team of experts are available to all of our branches, so customers can always be assured of skilled input on challenging problems and equipment choices.”He emphasises the value of specialised tools employed by Weir Minerals, such as the JKSimMet software to simulate comminution and classification circuits, in helping customers select the appropriate solutions for their mineral processing plants.“To consolidate our continuous improvement efforts and stay at the leading edge of technology development, research and development is a strong focus for Weir Minerals,” he says. “Weir Minerals as a leading global player also has centres of excellence around the world to each focus on each particular field. While South Africa focuses on screen performance, for instance, the United States focuses on comminution equipment and centrifugal pumps.”
On the stroke of half-time it was the Seagulls’ Graeme Kelly who had the best chance of the opening half, when he connected with a corner but he couldn’t direct his rocket of a shot as it skimmed the bar, much to the delight of the under pressure Shamrock Rovers manager, Trevor Croly. McGuinness rises highest to score for Rovers. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOAfter the break, the game started slowly with the pace and intensity of Bray’s game taking some time to get going, the words of boss Croly rang in the ears of Rovers as they increased the pressure on a tired Bray defence. The visitors took full advantage of the tired legs in the Bray defence by opening the scoring on the 57th minute. Striker, Dean Kelly, poached a nice goal after a cross from Sean O’Connor put the Bray defence under pressure.The flood-gates opened thereafter for Rovers as Jason McGuinness picked up his second goal of the season six minutes later when the big man got on the end of a cross from Gary McCabe to glance it into the Bray goal.Shane Robinson rounded off the scoring for the night, with their third goal in 14 minutes, after a lung busting run paid off as he converted an excellent cross from Simon Madden to complete a 3-0 win for Shamrock Rovers to put them back in the race for the title.Shamrock Rovers: Barry Murphy; Simon Madden, Conor Kenna, Jason McGuinness, Evan Osam; Sean O’Connor (Karl Sheppard, 80), Ronan Finn, Shane Robinson, Kieran Marty Waters (Robert Bayly, 75); Gary McCabe; Dean Kelly (Eamon Zayed, 75).Subs not used: Craig Hyland (GK), David O’Connor, Luke Byrne, Ciaran Kilduff.Bray Wanderers: Stephen McGuinness; Michael Barker, Adam Mitchell, Shane O’Connor, Joe Gorman; Dave Scully, Dean Zambra, Graeme Kelly (Phillip Hughes, 67), Ishmahil Akinade; Dave Cassidy; Jake Kelly (Gareth McDonagh, 80).Subs not used: Shane Redmond (GK), Shane O’Neill, Niall Cooney, Ryan Coombes, Gary Curran.Ireland U-19 Women beat England to go one step closer to knockout stagesIreland U19 striker signs professional contract with Everton Bray Wanderers 0-3 Shamrock RoversSHAMROCK ROVERS LEAPFROGGED rivals St Patrick’s Athletic into third place after an impressive 3-0 win under the watchful gaze of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill. If the first half was all about Bray Wanderers, the second half was the Rovers show as the inconsistent Tallaght side took just 14 minutes to wrap up victory.Goals from Dean Kelly, Jason McGuinness and Shane Robinson separated the sides as Rovers boss, Trevor Croly, felt the pressure ease a little bit after last week’s loss to Dundalk.In a week where League of Ireland exploits in Europe was the narrative, it was back to the bread and butter of the league as nearly 1,700 filled the Carlisle Grounds for the visit of Shamrock Rovers to Bray WanderersRovers boss, Trevor Croly responded to last week’s setback against Dundalk by handing a debut to Evan Osam at left back, after Dave O’Connor’s poor display, and by leaving out the trio of Karl Sheppard, Eamon Zayed and Ciaran Kilduff from the start. Revellers enjoy the seafront fun fair as TV cameras follow the on-field action. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOBray Wanderers boss Alan Matthews did his own surgery on his team as well as he responded to last weekend’s heavy defeat away to Derry by handing debuts to Joe Gorman and Michael Barker, the latter completing his transfer from UCD to Bray during the week, to bolster one of the worst defences in the league.It was the home side who started the brightest, nearly taking the lead after 11 minutes when a Jake Kelly free kick found Isamhil Akinade in the box but the striker could not find his feet quick enough to get a shot off, that danger was quickly cleared by the Rovers defence.The home side were handed another golden chance to go ahead minutes later when Dave Cassidy robbed Conor Kenna, passed to Kelly but the resulting shot sailed wide of the post in a worrying run of events for the visiting support.