After his conviction in a rape case in Rajasthan, all eyes are set on another rape case against Asaram Bapu in Gujarat. He is accused of raping a woman in Ahmedabad, and the case is being tried by a local court in Gandhinagar. Also Read In Gujarat, Asaram and his son Narayan Sai, who is lodged in a jail in Surat, are facing rape and sexual assault cases in Ahmedabad and Surat respectively.Two Surat-based sisters had lodged separate complaints against Asaram and his son, accusing them of rape and illegal confinement, among other charges. The elder sister had accused him of repeated sexual assaults between 2001 and 2006 when she was staying at his ashram near Ahmedabad.Recently, the Supreme Court had pulled up the Gujarat police for the delay in completion of recording of evidence, and had directed it to conclude the process within five weeks. Asaram to be in jail until death for raping minor
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. India’s top men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty kept India alive at the China Open after a three-games victory over world No.6 Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe of Japan to reach the quarter-finals on Thursday.Satwik-Chirag beat the Japanese pair 21-18, 21-23, 21-11 in an hour and five minutes in the Round of 16. This is the second straight win for the Indian pair over Endo-Watanabe after Satwik-Chirag had defeated the pair from Japan in straight games at the French Open last month.Satwik-Chirag have been on the rise this year and have been raking up wins consistently against the top men’s doubles pairs in the world. They had reached the French Open final last month, where they lost to world No.1s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.Satwik-Chirag have always been an attack-minded pair but this year they have developed their flat game immensely and have added a lot of variety to their play.Both Chirag and Satwik have improved their all-court play with Chirag manning the net while Satwik smashing his way from the back court. Despite this strength for both, they are equally comfortable swapping responsibilities and that has what has led to their rise.Satwik-Chirag are the only Indians in the China Open after the singles challenge ended earlier in the day with both Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth bowing out.Kashyap lost to seventh seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 13-21, 19-21 while Praneeth was unable to take advantage of an off-colour Anders Antonsen and lost to the Dane 20-22, 22-20, 16-21.Also on Thursday, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa also lost their mixed-doubles quarter-final clash against the South Korean pair of YuJung Chae and Seung Jae Seo 21-23, 16-21.India’s challenge in women’s singles had already got over after PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal both lost their first round matches.Sindhu lost to world No.42 Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei 13-21, 21-18, 19-21 while Saina lost to world No.22 Yan Yan Cai 9-21, 12-21 to bow out of the competition. HS Prannoy had also crashed out after losing 17-21, 18-21 to Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke in his opening round contest. badmintonchina openChirag ShettyParupalli Kashyap First Published: November 7, 2019, 4:27 PM IST
Akram said Arthur carried a lot of coaching experience Akram said Arthur carried a lot of coaching experience behind him and he hoped he would turn around the Pakistan team. “But one should not expect him to bring about improvement immediately as our team is currently languishing at ninth position in ODI rankings. Even he will require time to turn things around,” he said. The former captain said it was shameful that Pakistan cricket had slipped to such a low. “It is shameful but this downslide has not happened overnight. It is a result of the fact that our domestic cricket structure has lost its competitive edge and is not producing quality players for a while now,” Akram said. Akram said Pakistan should expect a tough time when they tour England this summer. “Dont expect them (England) to prepare flat pitches for our batsmen. The Duke ball will seam and swing on grassy pitches and it will be a real test for our batsmen to negotiate the ball,” he said. Asked about the decision to drop opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad on disciplinary grounds from the list of probables for the national camp being set up ahead of the tour to England, Akram said he didnt agree with this approach of selectors or the Board. “If we drop players on purely disciplinary grounds than let me tell you many of our era would not have even played for Pakistan including myself. I think if a player has a problem it is the job of the team management and captain to deal with it and get him to perform,” he said. PTI Cor SSC SSCadvertisement
From K J M Varma Beijing/The Hague, Jul 12 (PTI) In a major diplomatic blow to China, a UN-backed tribunal today struck down the Communist giants claims of “historical rights” in the strategic South China Sea, triggering an angry response from President Xi Jinping who vowed not to accept it “under any circumstances”. Xis strong remarks came immediately after The Hague-based tribunal backed a case brought by the Philippines and dismissed the core of Chinas claims over the 90 per cent South China Sea (SCS), ruling that “there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights within the sea areas falling within the nine-dash line”, which is based on a Chinese map dating back to the 1940s.China claims almost all of the South China Sea, including reefs and islands also claimed by others.The tribunal in The Hague said China had violated the Philippines sovereign rights. It also said China had caused “severe harm to the coral reef environment” by building artificial islands.The Philippines has had diplomatic spats with China over the Scarborough Shoal and Spratlys in particular.Analysts say the result represents a major loss of face for China which views the South China Sea as its own backyard.During a meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, President Xi, also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist party and commander-in-chief of the military, said Chinas territorial sovereignty and maritime interests in SCS will not be affected by the ruling under any circumstances.advertisementXis comments indicates Chinas tough stand on the ruling by the five judge tribunal appointed by the Permanent Court of Arbitration which struck down Beijings controversial nine- dash line on the SCS claiming over 90 per cent of the area.China “neither accepts nor recognises” the ruling of the tribunal in the SCS arbitration established at the request of the Philippines, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in Beijing.”The award is null and void and has no binding force,” it said in a statement minutes after the tribunal delivered its judgement striking down Beijings claims of historic rights over the area, strongly disputed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.Chinas territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the SCS shall under no circumstances be affected by those awards. China opposes and will never accept any claim or action based on those awards, the statement quoted by state-run Xinhua new agency said.The tribunal concluded that “to the extent China had historic rights to resources in the waters of the SCS, such rights were extinguished to the extent they were incompatible with the exclusive economic zones provided for in the Convention” (UN Convention on the Law of Seas), it said.”The tribunal also noted that, although Chinese navigators and fishermen, as well as those of other States, had historically made use of the islands inthe SCS, there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or their resources,” it said. MORE PTI KJV ZH AKJ ZH
New Delhi, Apr 25 (PTI) The Union sports ministry will soon launch a web portal for identifying and selecting promising sportspersons in the country and help them financially to excel in their fields.”The ministry will offer financial help of Rs 5 lakh to 1,000 sports talents who will be selected every year through a transparent and open process with the help of the portal,” Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel told reporters here.The portal is planned to be launched soon by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said.”The portal will make it easier for anyone to upload his or her bio-data and video and get considered for the financial assistance from our ministry,” the minister said.It will also simplify the process of searching for talent scattered throughout the country.The scheme will consider talents aged 8 years and more and extend them financial assistance for a period of eight years, Goel added. PTI VIT KUN
Germany0001—1 TweetPinShare0 Shares Germany: Manuel Neuer; Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Howedes; Philipp Lahm, Christoph Kramer (Andre Schurrle, 31st), Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil (Per Mertesacker, 120th); Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose (Mario Gotze, 88th).Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo; Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez (Fernando Gago, 86th); Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain (Rodrigo Palacio, 78th), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Sergio Aguero, 46th).___ Argentina0000—0 Lineups RIO DE JANEIRO — With two quick touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany’s 24-year wait for another World Cup title.Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to one piece of individual skill.Goetze, who wasn’t born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post.It was a goal that gave Germany its fourth World Cup title in its eighth final, and left Argentina star Lionel Messi still walking in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title.Goetze had come on as a substitute for Miroslav Klose toward the end of regulation time and the 22-year-old midfielder’s fresh legs made the difference.Andre Schuerrle broke down the left flank, sending his cross into the area, and the Bayern Munich player did the rest with a clinical finish. The goal echoed that of Andres Iniesta’s four years ago, when the midfielder scored in similar fashion but from the other side of the area to give Spain a 1-0 extra time win over the Netherlands.For Germany, the win ends a string of near misses since winning its last major title at the 1996 European Championship. The team lost the 2002 World Cup final to Brazil and lost in the semifinals in both 2006 and 2010.It is Germany’s first World Cup title as a unified nation, having won as West Germany in 1954, 1974 and 1990. It was also the third World Cup final between these countries and had been billed as a matchup between the perfect team and the perfect individual, pitting Germany’s machine-like unit against the brilliance of Messi, the four-time world player of the year.But in the biggest game of his career, Messi came up short.He had one good chance to score when he was sent free in the area just after the halftime break, but sent his shot wide of the far post. It was a difficult angle, but still the type of chance he so often converts for Barcelona.Messi threatened intermittently throughout the match, but was effectively neutralized for long stretches. When he did try to break forward with one of his quick dribbles, he was surrounded by the German defense.His free kick in the 120th minute went well high.When the final whistle blew, Germany players collapsed in a pile in the middle of the pitch, while Messi walked with his hands on his hips toward the center circle.Messi, who scored four goals in the group stage but none in the knockout rounds, then had to trudge alone up the stairs of the Maracana Stadium to accept the Golden Ball award for the tournament’s best player, shaking hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel along the way. He never broke a smile. Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was voted best goalkeeper of the tournament.Up until Goetze’s winning goal, the game was more notable for top-class defending than creative attacking, but both teams had their share of chances.In fact, the first half had just about everything but a goal.Gonzalo Higuain was gifted a free chance when Toni Kroos’ back header landed at his feet and left him all alone with Neuer. However, he sent his shot woefully wide.Higuain thought he had scored in the 30th after Messi picked out Ezequiel Lavezzi with a great ball and he sent a cross in toward the Napoli striker. Higuain slotted in his finish inside the far post and ran all the way to the corner flag in celebration before realizing he had been called for offside.Shortly afterward, Germany was forced to use a substitution as Christoph Kramer had to go off with a suspected concussion after colliding with Ezequiel Garay’s shoulder earlier in the game. Kramer had continued playing but looked visibly dizzy as he was led off the field. Kramer, who was a late inclusion in the lineup after Sami Khedira was injured during the warmup, was replaced by Schuerrle.Germany’s best chance came just before the break when Benedikt Hoewedes hit the post with a header from a corner.The game grew more cagey in the second half as both teams became increasingly cautious, knowing that a single mistake could make the difference.In extra time, both teams had chances to score early. Schuerrle controlled a ball in the area just after the restart and fired a hard shot that Romero had to react quickly to push out.In the 97th, Palacacio controlled a cross on his chest and tried to lob Neuer, but the ball drifted wide of the post. First half_None.Second half_None.Extra time_None.Extra time_1, Germany, Mario Gotze 2, 113th minute.Shots_Germany 10, Argentina 10.Shots On Goal_Germany 7, Argentina 2.Yellow Cards_Germany, Bastian Schweinsteiger, 29th; Benedikt Howedes, 34th. Argentina, Javier Mascherano, 64th; Sergio Aguero, 65th.Offsides_Germany 3, Argentina 2.Fouls Committed_Germany 20, Argentina 17.Fouls Against_Germany 17, Argentina 19.Corner Kicks_Germany 5, Argentina 3.Referee_Nicola Rizzoli, Italy. Linesmen_Renato Faverani, Italy; Andrea Stefani, Italy.A_74,738.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Final Four is down to two teams: Villanova will play for its second national championship in three years when the Wildcats face Michigan on Monday night.Two years after Jalen Brunson and coach Jay Wright’s Wildcats triumphed in Houston, they’ll be the favorites to do it again in the Lone Star State.Their final obstacle is a Wolverines team currently led by German center Moe Wagner, a nightmare matchup for most opponents.But Villanova is a 3-point shooting machine that tests the depth and defense of every opponent. The Wolverines have scrapped and clawed for most of their victories during March Madness, but that resourcefulness should be fully tested by the No. 1-seeded Wildcats.Michigan is in the title game for the second time under coach John Beilein, who has never won a national championship. His 2013 Wolverines lost to Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals in Atlanta.___10 p.m.Villanova is going to play for another national championship.Eric Paschall had 24 points, including four of the Wildcats’ record 18 3-pointers, in a 95-79 win over the Kansas Jayhawks. Jalen Brunson, the AP national player of the year added 18 points, while Omari Spellman and Donte DiVincenzo each had 15.The Wildcats set all kind of records while making all those long-range shots. They had the most made 3s in a Final Four game, and now have the most ever in a single NCAA tournament with 66 in their five games — and one more game to play. They also set the NCAA single-season record.Villanova forward Omari Spellman celebrates during the first half against Kansas in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Villanova, the national champion two years ago when the Final Four was also in Texas, plays Michigan on Monday night.The only time Kansas led was when Udoka Azubuike hit a jumper on the first shot of the game. The Wildcats then scored 11 straight points, including 3s by three different players in less than 90 seconds.AP All-America guard Devonte’ Graham, the Big 12 player of the year, had 23 points for the Jayhawks. Malik Newman added 21.Kansas won the last of its five national titles five years ago, the last time the Final Four was in San Antonio’s Alamodome.___9:40 p.m.Kansas is running out of time to make a comeback in the national semifinal against Villanova.The Jayhawks were with 71-57, the closest since the opening minute of the second half, when Malik Newman made a jumper. But they then missed their next five field goal attempts.Villanova led 74-57, after its first free throw and a field goal, at the under-eight media timeout.___9:30 p.m.Villanova went to the free throw line for the first time with 8:48 left in the game — after the Wildcats had already made 17-of-36 3-pointers.Jalen Brunson made 1-of-2 free throws after being fouled by Silvio De Sousa.___9:20 p.m.The Villanova Wildcats keep setting new records with all those 3-pointers they are making in the Final Four.Their 17 3s so far against Kansas on way to a 67-47 lead are the most ever in a Final Four game. They had 13 before halftime to match the previous mark.With four more 3s in the second half, the Wildcats have 65 in this NCAA Tournament, breaking VMI’s the previous record for a single tourney with 61 in 2011. Villanova earlier in the game broke VMI’s single-season record for 3s.Eric Paschall has four of Villanova’s 3s so far.___8:55 p.m.Villanova has already matched the record for the most 3-pointers in a Final Four game with 13 against Kansas. And the Wildcats still have a whole half left to play in the national semifinal.Seven different players made 3-pointers for the Wildcats as they jumped out to a 47-32 halftime lead.Jalen Brunson, the AP national player of the year, had three 3s for Villanova as part of his game-high 13 points. Four other players had also hit multiple 3s.Kansas had 13 total made field goals in the first half. Big 12 player of the year and AP All-America guard Devonte’ Graham led the Jayhawks with 10 points.___8:40 p.m.Those long-range shots keep going in for Villanova.The Wolverines have made 13 3-pointers (out of 21 attempts) in the first 17 minutes against Kansas for a 43-28 lead . They came into the national semifinal only six made 3s shy of the NCAA single-season record.Seven different players already had made 3s for Villanova. Five of those had multiple 3s, led by AP player of the eyar Jalen Brunson’s three.The Wildcats were 4-of-24 on 3s in their East Region final, but had made 44 3-pointers in their previous three NCAA Tournament games.Villanova now has 449 made 3s for this season, breaking the record VMI had set in 2007.___8:15 p.m.Villanova is hitting its 3-pointers in the Final Four, matching an NCAA record and jumping out to a 22-4 lead over Kansas.The Wildcats made six 3-pointers in the first 7 minutes of the national semifinal game.Those early 3s gave the Wildcats have 442 this season, matching the NCAA single-season record set by VMI in 2007.The Wildcats started 6-of-10 from long range. Five different players made 3-pointers.After Kansas got the first basket of the game, three different Wildcats hit from 3-point range in a span of 1:24. Jayhawks coach Bill Self called timeout at the 17:13 mark after 3s by Eric Paschall, Mikal Bridges and Omari Spellman.Villanova made only four 3-pointers in their 71-59 East Region final victory over Texas Tech, its second-lowest total of the season.___8 p.m.It’s time to determine which No. 1 seed — Kansas or Villanova — will play against Michigan for the national championship.The Jayhawks and Wildcats, who both have won multiple national titles, have tipped off in the second national semifinal game. Michigan beat Loyola-Chicago 69-57 earlier in the Alamodome.Villanova won its second NCAA championship only two years ago in Houston — which is only about a 200-mile drive along Interstate 10 from San Antonio. The Wildcats got their first title since 1985 when Kris Jenkins hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat North Carolina.Kansas has won five national championships, but its last was 10 years ago. That was also the last time the Final Four was played in the Alamodome.__7:15 p.m.Michigan is moving on to the national championship game for the first time since 2013 after ending Loyola-Chicago’s incredible run in the NCAA Tournament.Moe Wagner had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Wolverines, who overcame a 10-point deficit early in the second half to beat Loyola 69-57. Charles Matthews added 17 points.The Ramblers, the No. 11 seed in the South Region, were in their first Final Four since 1963 — the year they were national champions.Freshman center Cameron Krutwig had 17 points and Clayton Custer 15 for Loyola, which finished the season 32-6. That was a school record for wins.The Wolverines (33-7) will play Villanova or Kansas — a pair of No. 1 seeds meeting in the other semifinal game Saturday night in the Alamodome — in the championship game Monday.Michigan has won 14 games in a row after ending Loyola’s 14-game winning streak.___7:05 p.m.Loyola-Chicago is going to need some more answered prayers to have another game at the Final Four.Moe Wagner and the Michigan Wolverines are trying to end the magical ride in the NCAA Tournament for the Ramblers and Sister Jean.Wagner has 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Wolverines, who have overcome a 10-point deficit in the second half to lead 61-53 with 1:39 left in the first national semifinal game.___6:55 p.m.Marques Townes is hobbled for Loyola-Chicago after coming down awkwardly on his left knee while missing badly on a 3-point shot.Townes was on the bench when Michigan tied the game at 47 at the 6:56 mark, though he re-entered with 6:20 left after trying to stretch it out on the bench and convincing coach Porter Moses he was OK to get back in the game.___6:45 p.m.Michigan fifth-year senior Duncan Robinson is the first player ever to score in a Division I and a Division III men’s basketball semifinal game.And his two second-half 3-pointers in the second half could be a good sign for the Wolverines.Michigan is 28-0 when Robinson scores six points or more. He was scoreless at half.Before transferring to Michigan three years ago, Robinson played at Williams College in Massachusetts. He played for the Ephs in the 2014 Division III semifinals.___6:20 p.m.Michigan started the second half against Loyola-Chicago with its biggest deficit in the NCAA Tournament since falling behind 10-0 in the first 4 minutes of its first-round game against Montana.Loyola-Chicago, the No. 11 seed from the South Region, led the Wolverines 29-22 in the Alamodome. Then the Ramblers started the second half with a three-point play to make it 32-22.The Wolverines, the No. 3 seed in the West Region, erased their deficit against Montana and led 31-28 at halftime of that game. This was the first time they have trailed at halftime in the NCAA Tournament.___6:10 p.m.Ten of the 13 members of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s newest induction class have been introduced at halftime of Michigan’s game against Loyola Chicago at the Final Four.The Alamodome crowd warmly welcomed the group of basketball luminaries, which includes Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, Ray Allen and Tina Thompson.Their honor was announced earlier in the day, and they’ll be enshrined in Springfield, Massachusetts in September.Even Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt joined in the cheers and applause for the honorees. From her seat two rows behind courtside, Loyola-Chicago’s 98-year-old superfan clapped the longest for Hill, Allen and Thompson, the WNBA great.___6:05 p.m.Sister Jean and the Loyola-Chicago fans are feeling pretty good at halftime, with the Ramblers leading Michigan 29-22 in the first game at the Final Four.Donte Ingram ended the half for Loyola-Chicago by grabbing an offensive rebound and making a short jumper just before the buzzer.The Ramblers were down by as many as eight points early after missing eight of their first 10 shots. They made eight of 14 shots after that and have three players with eight points — Aundre Jackson, Marques Townes and Cameron Krutwig.Moe Wagner has 11 points and 11 rebounds for Michigan, which is 9-of-31 shooting (29 percent). The Wolverines are 2-of-13 on 3-pointers.___5:50 p.m.Michigan center Moe Wagner already has a double-double in the first half against Loyola-Chicago.Wagner, the 6-foot-11 junior from Germany, had 11 points and 10 rebounds with 2:46 left in the half. He had five offensive rebounds, though the Wolverines had fallen behind 25-19.___5:35 p.m.Loyola-Chicago has finally ended its long field-goal drought at the Final Four.The Ramblers missed eight straight shots and went 7½ minutes without a basket before Donte Ingram found Aundre Jackson for a layup inside at the 10:17 mark.Loyola-Chicago started the game by missing nine of its first 11 shots. But Jackson got open inside, then Marques Townes hit a contested jumper over Jordan Poole at the 9:19 mark to beat the shot clock.Michigan leads 12-10.___5:25 p.m.Loyola-Chicago is off to a bad start in the Final Four, missing eight of its first 10 shots and going more than 5 minutes without a field goal.The Ramblers are also getting out-rebounded 12-6 and have already given up seven second-chance points less than 8 minutes into the game.Michigan was up 12-4 at the 12:38 mark.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Australia take on in-form Bangladesh in their World Cup 2019 tie at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday.Barring their defeat to Virat Kohli’s Team India, Australia have had an impressive campaign in England, boosted by the returns of David Warner and Steve Smith. Aaron Finch’s men will be heading into Thursday’s match at Trent Bridge on the back of an 87-run win over Sri Lanka.Australia have boxed out oppositions with their batting might. Aaron Finch and David Warner have been taking opposition attacks to the cleaners and Mitchell Starc’s return to form is auguring well for the defending champions.Having sealed 8 points from 5 matches, another win would take Australia closer to the World Cup semi-finals. Notably, Australia enjoy a stunning head-to-head record against Bangladesh — 18-1 in ODI cricket.However, Australia will know they will be tested in Thursday’s match against Bangladesh in Nottingham.Bangladesh have given themselves a chance to reach the semi-finals with some consistent performances on the field. They are heading into their big tie vs Australia on the back of a comfortable 7-wicket win over West Indies.Shakib Al Hasan has been in fine form with the bat, having scored 2 hundreds in World Cup 2019. The bowling form of Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman makes them a threat to any side in the 10-team tournament.Australia vs Bangladesh, World Cup 2019: Weather updates from Nottingham18:40 IST: The match has been halted due to heavy rain in Nottingham. The covers are coming on. This rain is heavy.13:20 IST: Good news from Nottingham. The sun is shining bright early in the morning at Trent Bridge and the toss should happen on time.advertisementTrent Bridge looking ahead of #AUSvBAN!#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/tqNFHRNLwCCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 20, 2019A delayed start in the World Cup 2019 match between Australia and Bangladesh is unlikely as there is no rain predicted in the morning in Nottingham.However, expect a day with a lot of stop-starts as rain is forecast from 12 PM BST (4:30 PM IST), according to AccuWeather.Cloudy weather is forecasted for most of Thursday in Nottingham with a brief spell of showers expected to return at 3 PM BST (7:30 PM IST).Keep in mind, India’s match vs New Zealand was washed out without a ball being bowled at this venue last week. In the absence of covers for the outfield, rain delays are likely to be extended as ground staff will need time to get the ground ready after a spell of shower. Screengrab from AccuWeather Screengrab from AccuWeatherAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Beating Australia difficult not impossible, says Bangladesh captain Mashrafe MortazaAlso See:
Megan Rapinoe has had a summer to remember. She has won a World Cup, along with the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot for the competition, locking in her legacy as one of the all-time greats of women’s soccer. There have also been memorable moments off the field, most notably her claiming she wasn’t “going to the f**king White House” and an angry response from U.S. President Donald Trump, in which he criticized her for being disrespectful to the flag and the country. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Trump also implored her to win before talking. Rapinoe has done that now, and despite the harsh words from one of the world’s leaders, thinks the spat with the ever-aggressive Trump will be a good thing in the long run. “Honesty, I see it as a positive thing,” she said in an appearance on ESPN alongside team-mate Alex Morgan. “I think when it was happening we did keep a really tight bubble and the whole group was so supportive of me, but it did feel positive in a way. “Obviously, I think the tweets were negative in tone as he usually does, but I think we just even more so realized in that moment we’re so much more than what we are on the field. And I think this team really understands and is so prideful that we do carry with us other people when we step out on the pitch. “It’s the game of course and we want to win, but knowing the impact that we have already had and knowing the impact that we were going to have when we came home, the motivation of just that alone is incredible. I really feel like we do this for our group, for ourselves, for our team, for our staff, for our friends and family and for everyone. I think we always want to try to bring more people into the conversation. We want to have the conversation, we want to open it up to everyone. “I think obviously we are very lucky to wear the shirt and represent America in a way that no team really does. We’re very lucky to play all types of games all year long and I think we do an incredible job of representing every American.” It’s also clear that Rapinoe will continue to push for social justice. Following the USWNT’s win on Sunday, she called for changes from FIFA and U.S. Soccer in the pay structure of soccer, where women at the highest level are paid far less than their male counterparts. “Everyone’s asking what’s next and what we want to come all of this – it’s to stop having the conversation about equal pay and are we worth it,” Rapinoe said immediately following the match, before calling on both FIFA president Gianni Infantino and U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro to step up and address the issue. “What are we going to do about it? Gianni, what are we going to do about it? Carlos, what are we going to do about it? Everyone. It’s time to sit down with everyone and really get to work.” She was no less adamant in Tuesday’s interview, claiming that her and the rest of the USWNT want to be at the forefront of positive change. “We want to change the world,” she said. “We want to change the way that people look at us, that people look at young girls, that people look at young boys. We want to change the game forever.”
Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Fun facts: Sunglasses were first used in 12th century China and were made from flat planes of smoky quartz. It wasn’t until 1929 that sunglasses (then called sun cheaters) became a mass-market thing, starting where else, but at the Jersey Shore.We’ve come a long, long, way since those early days—glass lenses, polarized lenses…UV-protection. These days, most medical professionals will tell you that sunglasses are a requirement for bright, sunny days, but they don’t tell you how to pick a pair that look good on your face. For that, we turned to Warby Parker founders Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa, purveyors of quality, affordable, stylish and of course guilt-free shades, who gave us an exclusive interview on form and fit.1—Before you even think about the way a pair of sunglasses looks, think about size. Sunglasses shouldn’t sit on your cheeks, and they should rest comfortably on the bridge of your nose. Make sure these two boxes are checked before you get to the aesthetic component. A good test? Put a pair on and smile. If the tops of your cheeks touch the bottom of the frames, they’re too big.2— When it comes to picking frames that work for your face, think opposites. Square frames flatter round faces (round faces just have cheek bones are the widest part of the face). If you’re not comfortable with an ultra-angular pair, try a frame with a wider, structured brow.4¬—For those with square faces (Defined jawline and your face is nearly as long as it is wide), round lenses take the edge off strong jaws and cheekbones.5—Aviators tend to be the most universal and look good on most people.6—Those with oval faces (forehead is slightly wider than your chin) are the lucky ones: they can wear almost any shape.7—Figure out whether your face is on the wider or narrower side, because this will determine how large a frame you want. Frames that are too small will make a wide face look wider (and your features might look scrunched). Frames that are too big either give you a RoboCop vibe or make your whole head look small. As with so many things, it’s all about proportion. A Brief History of Aviator Sunglasses and Our 5 Favorite Pairs Right Now Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style The Best Sunglasses for Men this Season
Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather Editors’ Recommendations A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities The crushing heat of summer is finally over. You can safely get back on your bike without showing up to office or your favorite weekend brunch spot without being sweat soaked. If you’re like us, you’re already planning out winter adventures and that means getting in some base mileage on your legs. Our favorite way to do that is bike commuting; whether you’re on the daily office grind through town, running a few errands after work, or just hauling a growler to the local brew pub to stock up, having the right riding gear is essential. These are some of our favorite new products for getting out for some time on your pedals.Related: How To Choose Your First Mountain BikeApparellululemon Off The Chain, $128+Who says that all your cycling gear has to be spandex and neon? Lululemon’s latest collection launched earlier this month and the off the chain shirt ($128) and pants ($148) are perfect for brisk fall mornings on your bike. The shirt is a cotton-CORDURA nylon blend that wicks away sweat with ease. The slim oxford profile is complemented well by reflective hits on on the back of the waist. The pants are slim cut to avoid problems with your cranks and chain and the micro-twill fabric cleans up nicely at the office after your ride in to work.Lighting Light & Motion Urban 800 Combo, $170Early mornings call for some aid to visibility – especially when dealing with drivers who haven’t had their morning coffee. Light & Motion’s Urban 800 bike light pumps out 800 lumens of power, competing with car headlights on the road, and ensuring you’re noticed. A red taillight is included in the kit, so you’re prepared for the hazards of the road at any time of day or night.PackHigh Sierra Elmwood Rucksack, $90Part of the new Olmstead collection, the Elmwood Rucksack is our favorite High Sierra pack for urban exploring. The main compartment easily swallows a change of clothes, lunch, and our helmet. The padded laptop sleeve fits up to a 15-inch laptop or tablet. Outside pouches keep your essential organized and within easy reach. We love the metal hook and leather zipper pull touches. They elevate this simple pack to a timeless option for long commuting.Helmet Smith Optics Route MIPS, $180Sure, you can wear your favorite mountain biking helmet to the office, but then you’d have to explain the mud spots and pair of goggles. For more mellow adventures, the new Route MIPS is a lightweight solution to urban and road riding. Smith’s Aerocore construction places extra panels of Koroyd material at key potential impact points, but also allows for excellent ventilation. The fit is easy to dial in. The MIPS liner aids in reducing rotational forces, so should the worst happen, rest assured you’ve got the best protection on the road.Related: Go Titanium With Charge BikesWet Weather GearShowers Pas Refuge Jacket, $279The Refuge jacket was purpose built for long days on your bike. A fully seam taped 3-layer waterproof membrane makes this jacket impervious to even the worst weather. Extra long core vents on the front keep your temperature regulated on longer rides. The drop down hem in the back provides protection from tire and road spray. Reinforced shoulders for your backpack straps round it out as a perfect biking outer layer.
reducing greenhouse-gas emissions to 10 per cent less than 1990 levels, which is 35 per cent lower than projected 2020 levels; adopting emission standards for new motor vehicles by 2010; implementing a policy preventing net loss of wetlands by 2009; developing and adopting a sustainable procurement policy for government by 2009; ensuring 18.5 per cent of electricity will come from renewable sources by 2013; and legally protecting 12 per cent of the province’s land mass by 2015. “Our government believes that the economy and the environment are inextricably linked,” said Mr. Parent. “The only way to ensure Nova Scotia has a sustainable economy is to have a clean and healthy environment.” The act commits to raising Nova Scotia’s economic performance to the Canadian average or better by 2020. “We will be achieving these goals through Nova Scotia’s economic growth strategy, entitled Opportunities for Sustainable Prosperity,” said Mr. Parent. Nova Scotia will be one of a few provinces in Canada that has specific requirements for reporting environmental progress. The progress will be reported annually to the public. Nova Scotia aims to be internationally recognized for having one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020. An Act Respecting Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity was introduced today, March 22, by Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “This act builds on some of the best work government and the private sector have done on the environment and the economy in the past few years,” said Mr. Parent. “This act recognizes that our environmental assets are the foundation of our long-term prosperity.” The act features more than 20 objectives to help Nova Scotia become cleaner and more sustainable. Objectives include:
Government machinery sprung into action as the prime minister constituted eight Cabinet committees ahead of the budget to be presented next month. Amongst the committees, two new inclusions were made to target economic slump and unemployment. Debutant Cabinet committees on investment & growth as well as employment & skill development outline the severity of economic affairs for the country. Throughout the month-and-a-half wide election process, the opposition decried these issues while BJP swept the mandate even as their campaign largely discounted them. The landslide victory for PM Modi and his BJP was an indication of unwavering faith the country holds in his government. This directly transfers people’s expectation of a revival of the economy as the elected government’s prime responsibility. As per the CSO data, India’s economic growth cited a 20-Quarter low of 5.8 per cent in Jan-March window (4th Quarter of 18-19) while annual growth slumped to a five-year low of 6.8 per cent in the Financial Year 2019. The GDP growth has slowed down while private investment has been stressed due to poor credit offtake since the banks are saddled with NPAs. Narrowing the problem of a poorly performing economy, in a sense, leads to NPAs which is why policy changes meant to clean up the huge NPA bin will be instrumental in reviving India’s economic growth. Poor performance by agriculture and manufacturing sectors along with mounting NPAs and 45-year high unemployment have pushed India behind China in economic growth. But what adds to this equation is the weak consumer spending – 16 per cent decline in Automobile sales in April. Amidst the poor indicators signifying the economic slump, the two new Cabinet committees will be instrumental in targetting the core issues in order to give impetus to the economic growth. The indicators definitely build a gloomy picture but RBI remains confident in revitalising the monetary affairs. RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee brought down the repo rate by 25 bps to 5.75 per cent in the wake of slumped economic growth. This was a consecutive third time in a calendar year that RBI reduced the repo rate by 25 bps. Though this time, RBI changed the Monetary Policy stance from neutral to accommodative. As the banks pass the benefit of the rate cut to consumers, borrowers can avail lower EMIs. Together, the government and the RBI will look to revitalise the growth story and bring India back to the forefront. Also Read – Securing nutritionThere are several key decisions that the select committees will have to take while aptly compiling ground details with a strategic overlook to ensure their goals are achieved at the earliest. The budget is going to project the real picture with targets and expenditure highlighted. The committees have ample time to assess the stressed sectors and cook action plans for the same. Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah will preside over both of the new committees in a bid to address the issues that have been persistently ailing the country since Modi’s previous term. India today faces the problem of unemployment which has rendered a potential asset in India’s working demographic useless. A comprehensive strategy on employment is necessary to address it and provide impetus to job creation. The problem is too wide open to be ignored now and efforts will have to be expedited to ensure stable quarter performance and consequential growth, even if menial, in the successive quarters of this financial year. RBI’s ‘accommodative’ stance suggests the possibilities of more cuts should inflation persists. RBI’s MPC report clearly states “a sharp slowdown in investment activity” and “continuing moderation in private consumption growth” are worrisome matters. The government has to pay close attention to boost people’s spending, increasing demand. More demand will attract investment, more investment will create more capacity and capacity, in turn, will facilitate hiring processes. With the expectations of tax rebates offered to individuals and households in the budget, public saving and spending will increase. The new budget is expected to include job creation targets in view of the current situation as the committees prepare to combat the dismal indicators in a bid to revive India’s growth story. While the budget will make the revival trajectory clearer, it is the implementation part which needs to be pepped up in order to yield desired results – high economic growth.
With the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death approaching Thursday, she has returned to our cultural imagination.The late Princess of Wales has been gracing magazine covers as a style icon again. There is the new novel, “Imagining Diana,” which speculates what her life might have looked like if she had survived the car accident that killed her. And then there are the many new documentaries about her, including one where her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, speak about losing their mother for the first time.Diana died at 36 in a paparazzi-fuelled car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997.Her death left people the world over devastated. In Toronto, the Princess of Wales Theatre became an impromptu shrine, Casey House, an AIDS hospice Diana visited, saw people line up for days to sign a book of condolences and the St. James Cathedral rang out half-muffled bells to mark her passing. In Ottawa and Vancouver, people left flowers outside the British High Commission, Rideau Hall and the British consulate.Now, Canadians are sharing memories of the “People’s Princess” again.Royal historian Carolyn Harris says Diana — who would hug hospital patients, crouch down to children or people in wheelchairs and pick up something if someone dropped it — combined glamour and vulnerability.“She gave the monarchy a great deal of star quality,” Harris says. “At the same time, she was fairly open about the difficulties that she faced and willing to open up to others.”It’s why people of various backgrounds around the world identified with Diana in many ways, she notes.“They felt like they knew her,” Harris says.Some Canadians still feel that way.Skye Morrison, a founding member of the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto, only met Diana for about half an hour during her visit to Canada in 1991 — when she signed the famous Canadian AIDS quilt on display — but recalls that she carried herself like she was having a private conversation with friends.“She was quite relaxed…not flashy,” Morrison says. “She was quiet, reserved and thoughtful.”Among some 45 people present at the museum that day were family members and friends who had lost a loved one to AIDS. When stopping at the quilt to ask questions, Diana listened to their stories with purpose, Morrison says.“(Diana) was gracious … and engaged,” she says. “She looks at you in the eye.”Diana also visited Casey House that year.Inside, she shook hands with one of the residents, a moment that was captured in an iconic photo that helped reduce stigma and fear of those with AIDS, says Erika Epprecht, a registered nurse who has been at Casey House since it was founded in 1988.“It had a really big impact on the (residents),” she says. “There was just such a strong stigma, and then to be so recognized by a person of such global importance went a long way to educating the world that you did not have to be that afraid.”Epprecht wasn’t scheduled to work that day, but she came in — dressed in a black suit and her best earrings — just to meet Diana, as did many of the other nurses.She says Diana came across as “calm and caring” when she stopped by the nursing station to chat and take a photo with them.“She has a way of making people feel connected with her,” Epprecht says. “She did her job so well.”When Diana entered Casey House’s reception area, which was a living room, someone had moved the chair that had been put out for her. Jane Darville, then executive director of Casey House, watched Diana sit on a radiator to talk at eye level with a resident in a wheelchair.“She was sweet,” Darville says. “You didn’t feel like you were talking to a princess.”She noted that Diana stayed longer than planned and spent time with all 13 residents.“She asked about (the residents’) families or partners,” Darville says. “She was casual…and kind.”It was the same at a cancer treatment centre in Sudbury, Ont., which Diana also visited in 1991, according to Audrey Oliver, a registered nurse who is now retired.“She was interested in each (patient’s) struggle with cancer,” says Oliver. “She made the (patients) feel so special.”Even people who had never met Diana loved her.Robert Finch, chairman of the Monarchist League of Canada, views Diana as both a loving mother and a great, compassionate and caring person.“She had that caring personal touch that a lot of people look up to,” he says.When Diana died, 19-year-old Finch lined up with his family at Hamilton City Hall to sign a book of condolences. What struck him was how quiet and sombre the crowd was.“Nobody talked. It was an almost eerie feeling,” Finch says. “It was as if you were going through a funeral.”What has also stayed with him all these years is Diana’s funeral itself, which was watched by some 2.5 billion TV viewers, particularly the scene of Prince William and Prince Harry walking behind their mother’s casket through the streets of London.“Her greatest legacy perhaps (is) her boys: how they conduct themselves and take their roles very seriously,” he says.At the same time, Finch believes Diana helped transform the monarchy as an institution, noting the royal family has a softer touch and more relaxed attitude these days. Case in point: Prince Charles introduced the Queen as “Mummy” instead of “Her Majesty” during the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee.“It’s the little things that add up and make people realize that it’s not all about protocol and officialdom,” Finch says. “They have to live their lives and have a bit of fun.”
The sold-out Light Up The Blues concert to benefit Autism Speaks, hosted by Kristen and Stephen Stills, rocked The Theater at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles Saturday night.Headlining the night were Crosby, Stills and Nash (CSN), John Mayer, Don Felder, Brandi Carlile and Chris Stills. The night also featured performances by artists on the autism spectrum like rapper Rio “Soulschocka” Wyles who teamed up with guest artist Watsky, cellist Adam Mandela Walden and indie-rock artist Xolie Morra. Neal Katz, a non-verbal young man with autism delivered a talk via speech-to-text technology that called for more listening to individuals with special needs.The crowd of more than 1,600 – nearly all wearing the blue Autism Speaks puzzle-piece pin – were treated to an electrifying show, with John Mayer and Stephen Stills hammering out blazing guitar solos while Brandi Carlile belted the lyrics to the blues classic “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination.”Mayer later joined CSN to share lead guitar duty on “Almost Cut My Hair” followed by “Wooden Ships” which also featured Don Felder. The number was greeted with a standing ovation, one of many received by the night’s performers.The event was emceed by David and Leigh Koechner and featured appearance by actors Christina Applegate, Gary Cole, Dax Shepard and Dave Marciano.Also in attendance, Autism Speaks President Liz Feld and Executive Vice President of FX Networks Chuck Safler. The Autism Speaks national board member was instrumental in getting the stars out the help raise awareness for autism.The concert spotlights Light It Up Blue, Autism Speaks’ annual global awareness and fundraising campaign celebrated by the international Autism community during World Autism Awareness Day and throughout Autism Awareness Month in April. Proceeds from the concert will go towards Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy efforts for families and individuals impacted by the disorder.The 2013 “Light Up The Blues” concert documentary, emceed by actor and musician Jack Black, is now on sale through iTunes and features performances by CSN, Don Felder, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams and Stephen Stills’ son Chris, among others.Source:Autism Speaks
12 November 2007The head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today called on governments to intensify efforts to produce an international agreement curbing the poisonous heavy metal mercury. The head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today called on governments to intensify efforts to produce an international agreement curbing the poisonous heavy metal mercury.UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner made his comments as governments and experts gather in Bangkok under the auspices of the agency’s Chemicals Branch to explore a range of options on how best to reduce environmental sources of mercury – from voluntary measures to legally binding treaties.The meeting comes amid growing concern that increased burning of coal, which is naturally contaminated with mercury, is leading to releases to the air in some parts of the world from where it can spread around the globe.The soaring gold price may also be increasing mercury pollution locally and worldwide, UNEP said, since the poisonous heavy metal is used to extract gold from ore in many artisanal mining operations which involve millions of workers and their families.Mr. pointed out that scientists have been warning about the dangers to human health, wildlife and the wider environment for well over a century. He acknowledged that many countries have, in recent decades, taken steps to cut mercury uses and to protect their citizens from exposure to this toxic heavy metal.But he warned that “a comprehensive and decisive response to the global challenge of mercury is not in place and this needs to be urgently addressed.”Mercury is linked with a wide range of health effects including irreversible damage to the human nervous system including the brain and scientists have concluded there is no safe limit when it comes to mercury exposure, according to UNEP.The report of the Bangkok meeting will be presented to environment ministers in February to UNEP’s Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum.
Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said the seizure “shows that law enforcement officials are getting better at reading the warning signs.” Ghanaian police and customs authorities, working in a Joint Port Control Unit which was established with the support of UNODC in 2008, discovered 72 kilograms of cocaine in a container from Ecuador. The shipment had a street value of around $ 7 million in Europe, UNODC said. UNODC said Ghanaian law enforcement officials used profiling techniques learned from the UN training, noting that perhaps insiders in the port of Ecuador are cooperating with people in Port Tema to smuggle drugs and falsify customs documents. This is the second notable success for the Port Tema authorities within a year. Soon after the launch of the UNODC training programme, customs officers intercepted three stolen luxury cars in containers coming from Spain, the agency said. “Criminal groups should learn that developing countries are no longer a safe haven for smuggling,” stressed Mr. Costa. UNODC said some 420 million sea containers move around the world every year, with only a tiny fraction of them being inspected.UNODC and the World Customs Organization have designed the Container Control Programme to assist Governments in developing countries to establish effective controls over the movement of containers and make it harder for terrorists and other criminals to use these for smuggling. That Programme is now operational in Ecuador, Ghana, Pakistan, Senegal and Turkmenistan, and will be extended to ports in Central Asia and Latin America, UNODC said. West Africa is a key transit hub for drug shipments en route to Europe. A report released by UNODC in October 2008 claimed that at least 50 tons of cocaine from Latin America are entering West Africa every year, en route to Europe where the drug sells for almost $2 billion. 22 May 2009The head of the United Nations anti-drug agency today congratulated Ghana on the seizure of a multi-million dollar cocaine shipment in Port Tema earlier this week.
26 September 2009Determining who is responsible for a series of assassinations of senior political and military figures in Guinea-Bissau earlier this year is essential to consolidating the rule of law in the troubled West African country, its Prime Minister told the General Assembly today as he pledged that there would be no impunity for the perpetrators. Carlos Gomes Jr. told the annual high-level segment of the Assembly that his Government “will do everything in its power” to ensure that a committee tasked with finding out who carried out the killings can conduct its work “in a peaceful, transparent and credible manner.” Already suffering from turmoil following years of political instability, misrule, grinding poverty and a flourishing illicit drug trade, Guinea-Bissau was further hit this year by assassinations of then president João Bernardo Vieira as well as the armed forces’ chief of staff and a presidential candidate. The murders “revealed the vulnerabilities of our rule of law and the weaknesses of the system of national defence and security,” said Mr. Gomes. He noted that the Government was seeking financial, technical and other support from the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) to ensure that its committee investigating the killings can conduct its work with “objectivity, transparency and speed.” Resolving the murders is “an essential condition to ensure true justice, to contribute to the consolidation of the democratic rule of law and the protection and promotion of human rights.” The Prime Minister stressed that his Government is “firmly and unequivocally” against impunity – “we will not be a party to it, nor give coverage to any type of crime.” But he also said that many State institutions in the country had responded well since the crisis earlier this year and in July the Supreme Court declared that Malam Bacai Sanhá of the governing African Party for the Independence of Guinea was the winner of that month’s presidential poll. Mr. Gomes said the elections had been deemed free, fair and transparent by international observers as well as by political parties and candidates and he was confident the country has restored “constitutional normality” and a measure of stability. “We have thus created the conditions for implementing the pressing reforms that the country needs, in particular, the reform in public administration, with particular emphasis on the defence and security sector, as well as public finance, decentralization, and modernization of the state apparatus.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2012 8:48 pm MDT Steelworkers suggest B.C. coal mines controlled by Chinese government VICTORIA – The United Steelworkers says it has dug up what it calls close ties between the Chinese government and the reportedly privately-run coal mine in northeastern British Columbia embroiled in a foreign-worker controversy.The union released a report Wednesday that suggests HD Mining International Ltd. — the firm developing the proposed Murray River mine near Tumbler Ridge — has ownership links to the government in China, where workers receive low wages in unsafe conditions.A union report titled “Who Owns Huiyong Holdings and other Questions on Planned Chinese-Owned Coal Mines in B.C. ” examines the ownership of Huiyong Holdings Group, which owns Huiyong Holdings (BC) Ltd., and holds 55 per cent of HD Mining.Steve Hunt, Western Canada director for the Steelworkers’ union, said Wednesday the union found little evidence of the company’s mining operations in China.“We employed an investigator in China who has some knowledge of what goes on in China and we just searched the best we could possibly search and we couldn’t find very much detail on the company at all, other than some of the players,” he said.“We’re trying to find out something about the mines that they have. . .What are they experts in? It’s hard to do because we can’t find anything about them.”Hunt said while the mines must operate according to Canadian safety standards, the union is concerned the Chinese miners may not be familiar with their rights should the mining company operate inappropriately. Hunt said the workers are essentially “indentured” to the company.HD Mining issued a statement Wednesday saying it is a Canadian company owned by Huiyong Holdings (BC), which holds a 55 per cent interest, and Canadian Dehua Lvliang Ltd., which holds a 40 per cent minority stake.The statement said Huiyong Holdings (BC) is a Canadian company, 100-per-cent owned by Huiyong Holdings China. The statement said Huiyong Holdings China is a private company that has nine operating mines in China and “all of these mines are safe and efficient mines.”“HD Mining does not understand what these allegations have to do with the union’s challenge to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and will continue to defend that litigation,” the statement said.The union has been embroiled in a court battle to overturn 201 temporary foreign work permits allowing Chinese miners to come to Canada on the grounds there aren’t Canadians qualified to do the work at the proposed Tumbler Ridge-area facility.HD Mining’s website says it brings state-of-the-art, high-efficiency, long-wall mining technology and new training initiatives for underground miners to the first underground coal mining project approved in British Columbia in recent years.Hunt said the B.C. government has refused to make public the details of the Chinese mining deals, which came after Asian economic missions by Jobs Minister Pat Bell and Premier Christy Clark.He said the union report concludes the government either didn’t know or didn’t tell British Columbians about the suggested close ties between Chinese-owned coal mines in the Tumbler Ridge area and the Chinese government.“The questions we asked the premier are, did you know about it?” said Hunt. “How deeply did you investigate this company? If their expertise is based on what happens in mining in China, that’s the type of expertise we don’t need here. They kill a whole lot of people and hurt a whole lot more in China every year.”A statement by Jobs Minister Pat Bell called the Steelworkers’ report “speculative.”“We have always maintained that British Columbians will be first in line for jobs at any new mine openings in our province,” said Bell’s statement.“Our goal is, and has always been, to create investment and to promote further mining development in B.C.. Due diligence is conducted on any company investing in B.C. to ensure project and economic viability.”The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115 and Local 1611 of the Construction and Specialized Workers Union lost their court effort to get an injunction to halt HD Mining’s plan to bring 60 workers to B.C. from China to join 15 already here.However, a judicial review of the foreign worker permits granted to 201 workers will proceeded in the new year.The union’ allege HD Mining wants to bring the workers to Canada and pay them lower wages than what Canadian miners earn for comparable work, depressing the labour market and causing irreparable harm.The unions say qualified Canadians should be hired to do the work at the Murray River mine or the Chinese miners should be granted landed immigrant status to Canada rather than temporary work status.HD Mining’s website states the company is committed to the Murray River project, which will create 600 direct jobs and 700 indirect jobs through the construction and operating phases. It states the company has already invested $50 million on local goods, services and contractors
A typical 38 tonne truck will deliver more than £100 million pounds worth of goods during its 10-year life, according to figures from SMMT. In a new report called Who’s Tapping the Truck? SMMT shows the value that commercial vehicles bring to society and their significant contribution to HM Treasury through taxation.While we all benefit from the goods trucks deliver, it’s the Chancellor Gordon Brown who gains most from the vehicle itself. During the 10-year life of a typical 38 tonne truck the Treasury takes almost 40 per cent of the £597,176 generated through its running and operating costs.Travelling 80,000 miles a year, it will use about 55,000 litres of fuel, costing about £35,000. Some 80 per cent of that goes to the Chancellor in fuel duty. Road tax (VED) last year cost £2,710, making a total of more than £30,000 in tax revenue, per truck, year on year. With more than 40,000 two axle 38 tonne trucks on UK roads, that makes about £1.3 billion in tax take from these vehicles alone.SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘It is road transport that links the threads of modern society. Without the contribution of trucks and other commercial vehicles the things we all take for granted would disappear. They deliver everything from eggs and bacon to the components used to make televisions and washing machines. While the Government continues to take significant income from truck operators it must be warned not to tax them out of business.’At the end of last year there were more than half a million heavy commercial vehicles on UK roads and more than 2.7 million light commercials. VED from these vehicles alone topped £450 million in 2000.Note to editors: SMMT published Who’s milking the Motor Car? in May 2001. The report showed that a car generates more than five times its showroom price during a nine-year life, with the government taking more than 23 per cent of the income generated. Copies are available (from this web site) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)