Hartlepool receive a helping hand from the neighbours to stay afloat

first_imgNot that he is to blame for the problems. Twelve months ago the former chairman Gary Coxall appointed the admittedly experienced Dave Jones as manager. Jones won only three games, in effect ending Hartlepool’s 96‑year Football League residency.With the current reluctant owners, Sage Investments, wanting out, Pam Duxbury, the club’s chair, has endeavoured to clean up an awful financial mess before sealing the mooted sale. “The support, locally and from afar, has been overwhelming. I’ve learnt the huge pull this club has and how much people want to get involved,” says Duxbury, who stands by her decision to retain a large, fully professional squad rather than turning semi-professional.“Everyone expects the players to go out and give their all. But football’s a mental game and players have been affected by what’s gone on. Can they pay the mortgage? Can they pay the bills?“Our aim was promotion at the start of the season. I think everyone, players, management, will admit we should have done better. It’s been disappointing. We stayed full‑time, fully professional to gain an advantage over rivals. In hindsight we could have stripped everything back but then we’d have always wondered what if …”Providing the takeover really does happen, Hartlepool fans may soon dare to dream again. More importantly the club’s enduring power to pull visitors (both home and away fans) into the town will continue to boost the struggling local economy by as much as £10m a year. Crosses are falling in the Premier League: why the focus on target men? Sean Ingle Share via Email Most purchased a special match programme. Designed by David Carless, a local art teacher, its front cover depicted a Middlesbrough footballer holding out a helping hand to a Hartlepool counterpart. The pair were set against an abstract impression of a mountain of fans also linking hands as they supported each other during an arduous climb to the summit. An inspiring, evocative, image, it harked back to 1986 when a then deeply indebted Middlesbrough staved off the threat of extinction, partly thanks to their near neighbours lending them Victoria Park.With Hartlepool now the ones facing liquidation, financial support from Boro fans loomed large in a fund-raising initiative which has ensured that the wages of players and staff – totalling around £140,000 – will be paid on Thursday. Pinterest The cover of the match day programme which was designed by local art teacher David Carless. Photograph: Mark Leech/Guardian Facebook Share on Pinterest features Facebook Twitter Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Pinterest Share on Twitter If newcomers are initially underwhelmed by some rather drab architecture – not to mention a surfeit of bingo halls, fast‑food joints and working men’s clubs – they can hardly fail to be impressed by the town’s carefully restored Historic Quay and handsome Marina Development. The jewel in the crown is HMS Trincomalee, Britain’s oldest floating warship. On Saturday Wrexham supporters emerged from the waterside National Museum of the Royal Navy to gaze in awe at her as she sat serenely on a cobalt blue, deceptively calm North Sea.Built in Bombay, named – and first blooded – in Ceylon, HMS Trincomalee spent the 1800s variously helping quell riots in Haiti, stemming an invasion of Cuba and spearheading anti-slavery patrols. Those Hartlepool United fans who admire her from the Niramax stand every home game are evidently made of similarly stern stuff.center_img Maybe David Cameron’s “big society” does exist after all? It certainly seems to be alive and kicking in Hartlepool. A genuine sense of community, connectivity and cooperation filled the frosty streets surrounding Victoria Park as 3pm approached on Saturday and a bumper crowd of almost 7,000 filed in to watch Hartlepool United face Wrexham in the National League. Share on WhatsApp Twitter Hartlepool Middlesbrough supporters with collection buckets show their solidarity with the neighbouring club where Brian Clough cut his managerial teeth. Photograph: Mark Leech/The Guardian Facebook Twitter A fan proudly shows off his T-shirt; the Hartlepool fans in the bumper 7,000 crowd cheer their team on; Hartlepool fans put up a banner outside of the Mill House pub. Photographs: Mark Leech/Guardian Wrexham Topics Share on Facebook There is real optimism that the club where Brian Clough cut his managerial teeth will be under the new ownership of an unidentified local businessman by payday. After attracting too much tenuous interest from publicity seekers, club officials seem reassured by this mysterious Mr X’s insistence on anonymity and discretion until the deal is done. Encouragingly he has provided proof of funds amounting to £3m.If all proceeds to plan, one of his first tasks will be liberating the squad’s training kit from a local laundrette where it is being held hostage because of unpaid bills. Then there is the managerial situation to confront. Craig Harrison, a former Middlesbrough defender who left the Welsh Premier League side The New Saints to become Hartlepool’s 32nd successor to Clough, is floundering.Indeed Wrexham’s 2-0 win ensured the earlier air of camaraderie was soured when fans surrounded the home dugout at the end, calling for Harrison’s head. “Inexcusable”, “clueless,” and “unacceptable” were some of the politer assessments from fans exiting the Cyril Knowles stand as late afternoon temperatures turned distinctly icy. Those who have dug deep to leave Hartlepool on target to bank the £200,000 demanded to stave off administration appear slightly hurt by the team’s failure to rise to the occasion.Two goals from Wrexham’s Scott Quigley following badly defended counterattacks ensured that a team relegated from League Two last spring have won just one of their past 13 matches and are only six points above the relegation zone.“There’s disappointment and anger,” said Harrison, who is operating under a transfer embargo. “Again we conceded stupid goals at stupid times. It’s ridiculous.” Read more Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more


first_imgCongratulations to the following players who have been selected into the Australian Senior Squads for the 2007 World Cup. 30’s Division:TFA are selecting a Men’s, Womens and Mixed 30’s team.  The specific teams will be finalised after the notification from FIT as to which divisions are going ahead. The deadline for FIT nominations is 30th September 2006.  Players selected into the 30 Womens or Mens Squads were asked to indicate their availability or otherwise for the Senior Mixed Team. The possibility exists that the Senior Mixed will be the only viable division at the World Cup and all available players will be considered for this team if the Mens and/or Womens divisions are cancelled.Please note: the Mens and Womens Teams will still take priority in selections if either or both divisions go ahead.   Final Teams/Squads will be selected after the 2006 State Of Origin Series in August. TFA may include additional players based on performance at any stage during the selection process and notification of initial squad selection is not an indication of selection in the World Cup Team.If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.MENS 30’s:    Matt Barclay Chris Benfield Danny Bretherton William Chan Scott Danswan Adam Fahim Wayne Gleeson Craig Green Chris Hill Christopher Jonson Graham Knights Swain Rovelli Jason Scharenguivel Ben Smith Dean Taylor Manu Wakely MENS 35’s:    Sean Barrett Joe Biskup Jamie Clifford Russell Cox Anthony Dudeck Ferno Harb Troy Hastie John Georgiou Barry Gibson Ian Jordan Pule Latoa Mark Leonard Corey McLeod George Ornelas Barry Pickens David Raper Paul Thomasson Mark Wheatley MENS 40’s:    Simon Baldwin Mitch Bonaventura David Cheung Jeff Cheung Michael Cheung Scott Collins Derek Duguid Mark Hearnden Trevor Jolly David Kafoa Andrew Keayes Robyn Kildare Tim Kitchingham Brandon McDonaldDori Meta Paul Ridder Michael RyanJohn Samin Mark Springfield Trevor Strachan Peter Wandl WOMENS 30’s: Amanda Bourne Rachel Byrne Suzy BarrettMaree Curran Julie Danswan Sharon GrayDione Kelvin Sharon KildareAmanda Koehler Theresa Lowe Katrina McIiwraithe Edith Nathan Debbie PottsCathy Ring Athanasia Savvuodis Tanya Shuker Kylie Small Kylie Stewart Tracy Williamson Debbie Wilson WOMENS 35’s: Kylie Crossley Jenni Fielding Donna Fraser  Terri Kronk Kay Lenitschek Joanne Martin Lisa Miller Julie Seward Judith Tynan Vicki Wheatleylast_img read more

Mountain Khakis Commuter Pant: Strut, Hike, Bike, or Lounge In Style

first_img How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More What Is the Best Jean Style for You? Remember those Action Jeans for which the inimitable Chuck Norris was a spokesman back in the 1970s? No? Well, the 4-1-1 on them was they looked like regular pinnacle style dungarees, but were designed to be flexible and resilient. They were, in fact, designed to be so flexible as to not restrict the movements of a martial artist executing high kicks, sweeps, and all sorts of other awesomeness.It can be hard to find a good pair of Action Jeans these days, but don’t worry, I’ve got the perfect pinch hitter for you: the Mountain Khakis Commuter Pant.The Commuter Pant was, per Mountain Khakis own admission, designed for the indie urbanite. I say “admission” because the Mountain Khakis brand, based out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is generally known for designing rugged garments intended for use by folks more comfortable trekking through the woods or casting a line into the lake than wending their way through Fifth Avenue foot traffic or catching the Green Line at Allston. These pants, in short, don’t look even the least bit outdoorsy. There’s no prominent stitching or visibly reinforced knees or rear patches; the hardware isn’t large and overwrought. The Commuter Pant has a slim fit — the slimmest the brand offers, in fact — and hugs your leg almost like a skinny cut. They’re good looking and comfortable and decidedly urbane, but at first blush, you certainly would not think of the Mountain Khakis Commuter Pant as performance wear.Then you raise your knee. Go ahead, raise it as high as you can, even until it touches your chest. Now try a few standing sidekicks. Now a flying sidekick. Now start jogging. Now run. Run, dammit, run! Notice how the pants aren’t holding you back, like, at all? The “performance stretch twill” the MK catalog mentions in its blurb about these things? Yeah, that’s not just sales copy, it’s accurate. I have never worn a pair of pants that looks so good in terms of fit and style yet also offers such amazing flexibility and resilience. I’m not saying I necessarily would go for a long distance run or a climb wearing these things, but I could.The Commuter Pant as a reinforced heel cuff (so you won’t step through the hem even if your shoe or boot heel catches the fabric repeatedly) and a strip of reflective tape inside each pant leg, great for added safety if you’re cycling or strolling at night. (Just remember to roll up the cuff if you want that benefit, of course.)You can get the MK Commuter Pant in Navy or Firma — which is what they call, um… khaki, basically — and, if my pair is proving to be an accurate representation, the pants will still look great after a few dozen wears and washes. Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know last_img read more

Grange signs historic sports cooperation agreement with China

first_imgStory Highlights The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has described the sports cooperation agreement which she signed in the Chinese capital today (Friday) as “historic and extremely beneficial”.Minister Grange and the General Manager of China Sport International Company (the state-owned sports cooperation agency) Mr Lu Guoguang officially signed the agreement which will see more than 400 Jamaican athletes travelling to China for training over the next three years. Minister Grange said it was the first time that so many Jamaican athletes would benefit directly from a bilateral sports cooperation agreement. “Our athletes have natural abilities but need assistance and the Government of Jamaica can only do so much, and so we sincerely thank you for the current project and we believe that the benefits are of tremendous value to our athletes,” said the Minister.Although the signing of the document took place only today, implementation of the programme began in January of this year when a contingent of Chinese coaches and administrators arrived in Jamaica to assess certain national teams, collaborate with local coaches and administrators, and prepare for the first batch of 138 Jamaican athletes and coaches to arrive in China. The first batch — representing seven disciplines: Synchronised Swimming, Gymnastics, Swimming, Badminton, Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Football and Women’s Basketball — is currently completing 60 days of intense training at specialised facilities across China.Mr Lu (speaking through an interpreter) said the Jamaican athletes made tremendous strides during training:“In the two months we have made great improvement.  The first (main) improvement is the record of your athletes and in the two months together, the athletes from Jamaica and China live, eat and train together and have built a great relationship between each other.”Ahead of signing the agreement in Beijing, Minister Grange travelled to some of the training centres in the cities of the Changsha and Kunming to observe the facilities, receive progress reports on the athletes from their Jamaican coaches and Chinese trainers, and to hear from the athletes their impression of the programme.  They all reported that the first year of the programme has been a success. Minister Grange said:“I’m happy to see first hand the vast improvement in the skill level of our athletes and to tour the facilities.  Our athletes have now been exposed to world class training facilities and to world class coaching and we will make sure that your investment is not wasted. We want to ensure that the infrastructure is in place for them to do well when they return to Jamaica and so we want to look at the development of our national stadium, for example.”Under the agreement, the Chinese government will also donate equipment to the seven sporting disciplines.  The equipment is to arrive in Jamaica this year. Minister Grange and the General Manager of China Sport International Company (the state-owned sports cooperation agency) Mr Lu Guoguang officially signed the agreement which will see more than 400 Jamaican athletes travelling to China for training over the next three years. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has described the sports cooperation agreement which she signed in the Chinese capital today (Friday) as “historic and extremely beneficial”. Minister Grange said it was the first time that so many Jamaican athletes would benefit directly from a bilateral sports cooperation agreement.last_img read more

Mermaid Wins Subsea Construction Support Services Contract

first_img Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定center_img Mermaid Maritime Public Company Limited announced that its subsidiary Mermaid Offshore Services Ltd. has been awarded a subsea construction support services contract with a major engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning contractor in Thailand serving a major international upstream oil and gas operator.The contract award has an estimated value of USD 32 million and is scheduled to commence in May 2014 for a term of almost 200 days. The contract, which will serve the customer’s 2014 campaign in the Gulf of Thailand, will utilize the DP2 Dive Support Vessel ‘Mermaid Commander’ and has already been included in Mermaid’s total order book previously announced. This represents the ninth year that Mermaid has secured this role and includes options exercisable by the customer to extend the contract for a further two additional campaign years. Financial EffectsAssuming that the contract had commenced and had been completed within the most recent financial year (the Company’s last financial year ended 30 September 2013), the performance by the Company of the contract would have had a non-material effect on the earnings per share of the Company (on a consolidated basis) and a non-material effect on the net tangible assets per share of the Company (on a consolidated basis) for that financial year.Interest of Directors and Controlling Shareholders None of the directors or controlling shareholders of the Company has any interest, direct, or indirect, in the contract. There are also no new directors proposed to be appointed to the Company in connection with the contract.last_img read more

South Korea’s Biggest Shipbuilders Still in the Lead

first_imgzoom Despite the historically low level of newbuilding orders seen in 2015, and a continued weak ordering streak in 2016, the South Korea’s three largest shipbuilders, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Hyundai Heavy Industries, and Samsung Heavy Industries, still hold the largest orderbooks, data from Clarkson Research shows.Namely, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering ranked first with an orderbook of 118 ships by the end of the first quarter of 2016, according to Yonhap News Agency.The shipbuilder is followed by Hyundai Heavy Industries, which has orders for 95 vessels, while Samsung Heavy Industries is ranked third with an orderbook of 81 ships.From the beginning of 2016, only 77 new vessel orders have been reported, Clarkson Research said.Contracting slowed down in 2015 with 70.2 million gross tons contracted and newbuild demand has been extremely limited in 2016 so far with only 1.6 million gross tons reported ordered.However, one major shipowning country did see ordering volumes increase in 2015. Japanese owners signed a reported 14.1 million gross tons of orders compared to an average 12.8 million gross tons contracted between 2005 and 2014.Chinese owners saw a relatively limited 11% decline in ordering last year as it reached with 11 million gross tons compared to the 2005-14 average of 12.3 million gross tons.The volume of contracts placed by South Korean and Singaporean owners declined by 30% and 45%, respectively, in 2015 compared to the average 3.3 million gross tons and 1.7 million gross tons contracted from 2005 to 2014, according to Clarkson Research.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Yeddyurappa confident Monday will be last day of Kumaraswamyled govt in Ktaka

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa has exuded confidence that Monday will be the last day of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government led by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy in the state.”As (senior Congress leader) Siddaramaiah, the speaker and Kumaraswamy have said that they will seek majority Monday, I am 100 per cent confident that things will reach a conclusion. I am confident that tomorrow will be the last day of the Kumaraswamy government,” he told reporters here on Sunday. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayHe was referring to the trouble the JD(S)-Congress coalition government has landed in.In the recent past, there was a flurry of resignations by legislators, withdrawal of resignation by two Independent lawmakers and the strange case of Kagwad Congress MLA Shreemant Patil, who disappeared and surfaced at a Mumbai hospital, leading the Kumaraswamy government to the verge of collapse.Ahead of the crucial floor test on Monday that will decide the fate of the Kumaraswamy-led government, Yeddyurappa alleged the ruling coalition was unnecessarily buying time despite knowing that whip issued to the ruling coalition MLAs was of no use. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: BhagwatTo back his claim, Yeddyurappa referred to the Supreme Court ruling in the matter on July 17.”The SC has clearly said in its order that under any circumstances the 15 MLAs staying in Mumbai should not be compelled to attend the current assembly session. It has clearly stated that it is left to them (MLAs) whether they want to attend or not,” the former chief minister said.He emphasised the whip had no value in such a situation, which the ruling party leaders also know. Yeddyurappa claimed that the governor had written to the chief minister not to take important decisions since the government lacked majority.Yet, important decisions were taken, which was against the democratic set-up, he added.The BJP state chief referred to the government’s decision to supersede the district cooperative bank in Tumakuru by removing former MLA and Congress leader K N Rajanna and appointing an administrator in his place.He said the action was against democratic principles.last_img read more

Aanand L Rai Bhushan Kumar team up for empowering films

first_imgMumbai: Filmmaker Aanand L Rai and producer Bhushan Kumar have collaborated to make movies, which are not only content-driven but are also backed by strong music. “Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan”, a sequel to the quirky comedy “Shubh Mangal Savdhaan”, will kick-start Rai and Kumar’s long-term association. Directed by Hitesh Kewalya, this stand-alone sequel will also deal with a serious subject in a comic way. It will feature the “Badhaai Ho” actors — Ayushmann Khurrana, Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Kumar said: “I had earlier associated with Aanand L Rai for the music of his films — ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ and ‘Zero’. He has a great music sense and now I am delighted to collaborate with him for movies too.” Rai is equally excited about their association. “I believe they add tremendously to a film like ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ with their understanding of music and the pulse of the audience. With our combined strengths, we hope to collaborate on scripts that are exciting, empowering and entertaining,” he added.last_img read more

No longer just about black or white Kunal Kemmu

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Kunal Kemmu is kicked about the response he is getting for his “grey” character in the multi-starrer film “Kalank”. He says it is a great time to be an actor as it is no longer just about essaying black or white roles or being a hero or villain on screen. “The way we conceive, develop and make films today is completely different from how we did 20 years ago. The makers and the audience as well have evolved and we are making films that are breaking genres,” Kunal told IANS in an email interview. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Characters are written differently and it’s no longer just about black or white, hero or villain. Hence, it’s a great time to be an actor and experiment with various characters and different kinds of films.” Kunal, who essayed the role of Abdul in “Kalank”, finds appreciation from critics and fans as a validation of his hard work. The 35-year-old actor made his debut as a child artist in the TV series “Gul Gulshan Gulfaam” in 1987. He ventured into the world of cinema with filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s movie “Sir” in 1993. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Kunal then went on to star as a child artiste in movies including “Raja Hindustani”, “Zakhm”, “Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke” and “Dushman”. It was in 2005 that he played the male lead in “Kalyug” and was later seen in multi-starrers like “Dhol”, “Golmaal 3” and “Goa Goa Gone”. Has he found his comfort zone in multi-starrers? “It’s not really always been about whether it’s a multi-starrer or a solo film. Depending on the script, the character or the production house and the director involved, we do films. I haven’t done solo films for a while because I haven’t got any interesting scripts coming my way,” he said. Kunal, who is married to actress Soha Ali Khan, added: “So, it’s not a conscious decision or attempt and yes, when we do a multi-starrer, it is less load on your shoulders but the hard work is the same.” Looking back at his career, Kunal says he is happy the way things went for him. “I am very thankful and will always be for getting the chance to do the work which I like to do and keep getting offers to do different kinds of films. My journey could have been better, it could have been worse, but I don’t want to mourn over what happened, what went right or wrong. “I am just happy that I can still continue doing what I enjoy,” he said. Kunal is looking forward to working in his upcoming movie “Malang”, which also stars Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur and Disha Patani.last_img read more

ICC releases US 115 Million for Sri Lanka Cricket

The Sri Lanka Cricket board said that following high level discussions with the International Cricket Council (ICC), the new Executive Committee of the SLC has successfully secured its due portion of finances from the ICC amounting to US$ 11.5 Million (over Rs 2 Billion ) which was withheld since July 2018, the Sri Lanka Cricket board said in a statement.The funds were released after SLC President Shammi Silva, Immediate Past President Thilanga Sumathipala and the SLC Secretary Mohan De Silva took part in the ICC Board Meetings and also held high level discussions with the ICC Officials on the matter. The SLC delegation also contributed a clear voice in the world cricket affairs as a full member state with the freedom of managing its overall affairs & strategies without any political interference. The SLC delegation also discussed with the ICC, matters pertaining to 2019 Cricket World Cup and also mapping out of SLC’s future International cricket tours and development programs. In a separate meeting with the President of the Asian Cricket Council the SLC delegation has pursued the importance of holding the “Asia Cup 2019” and to cooperate with ACC in all matters. (Colombo Gazette) read more

US factory production edges up 01 per cent in September latest sign

WASHINGTON – U.S. factories barely boosted their output in September, adding to other signs that the economy was slowing even before the government shutdown began on Oct. 1.Manufacturing production rose only 0.1 per cent, the Federal Reserve said Monday. That’s down from a 0.5 per cent gain in August, which was slightly lower than previously reported.Automakers boosted their output in September, but the gain was offset by declines at makers of computers, furniture and appliances.Overall industrial production increased 0.6 per cent in September, mostly because of a 4.4 per cent jump in utility output. Utilities had fallen for five months. But September was unseasonably warm, likely increasing air conditioning use.Mining output, which includes oil production, rose 0.2 per cent, its sixth straight increase.A measure of the total existing capacity used by factories, mines and utilities rose to the highest level since July 2008. That suggests that if demand rises much more, companies will have to invest in more factories and other production facilities to increase output.Factory output is the largest component of industrial production. It had shown signs of rebounding over the summer, raising hopes that factories would help drive economic growth in the second half of the year.But several reports suggest businesses and consumers had both grown more cautious right before the 16-day partial government shutdown. And overall hiring has slowed. Those factors could keep the economy weak until next year.Orders for industrial machinery and other core capital goods, which signal business confidence in the economy, fell sharply in September, the government said last week. Economists pay close attention to those orders because they typically signal expansion.Still, one measure of manufacturing said overall factory activity expanded in September at the fastest pace in 2 1/2 years. The closely watched Institute for Supply Management manufacturing survey noted that production rose and manufacturers stepped up hiring, while new orders jumped, though not as quickly as the previous month.The Fed’s report on industrial production was delayed by the 16-day shutdown. It was originally scheduled to be released Oct. 17.Most economists predict growth slowed in the July-September quarter to an annual rate of about 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent, down from a 2.5 per cent rate in the April-June quarter. And the shutdown is likely to keep growth at that sluggish pace for the final three months of the year. US factory production edges up 0.1 per cent in September, latest sign of slowing output by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Oct 28, 2013 7:51 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Somalia UN mission condemns AlShabaab attack on popular Mogadishu hotel

According to the United Nations, the attack, on the Dayah Hotel (known locally as the Dayax), reportedly killed dozens of Somali civilians and soldiers, while wounding many more. The hotel is located near the Presidential palace and is frequently visited by lawmakers in the capital. In an interview with UN News, Joseph Contreras, the spokesperson for the Mission, said the attack provides fresh evidence of the violent extremists’ desperate attempts to derail Somalia’s electoral process. Moreover it reflects the terrorists’ frustration over their inability to sabotage the recent voting for seats in the two Houses of Somalia’s new Parliament.As for the scene on the ground, he pointed out that first responders arrived at the hotel targeted by the attack “quite quickly and brought the situation under control.” “The latest figures that we have been seeing range from between 15 and 20 dead, some of whom were the attackers themselves, some of them Somali soldiers,” Mr. Contreras said, adding that perhaps about half of were civilians and among the dozens of injured were at least 5 journalists. He was not aware if any lawmakers were visiting the hotel. read more

Kyle Snyder achieves his Olympic dreams in Rio

OSU then-sophomore Kyle Snyder enters the arena during the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships on March 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Credit: Courtesy of OSUOhio State and team USA wrestler Kyle Snyder did something on Sunday that no wrestler has done with the Buckeyes for over 90 years — win an Olympic medal.Less than a year removed from his world championship victory that made him the youngest ever world champion at 19, Snyder defeated Khetang Goziumov from Azerbaijan in order to earn the gold. He won via 2-1 decision.In order to reach the finals, Snyder was victorious over three other premier wrestlers from around the world. In the round of 16, Snyder defeated Javier Cortina of Cuba before topping Albert Saritov of Romania in the quarterfinals.Things started off slow for the reigning world champion in the semifinals, as Snyder found himself trailing 4-0 after the end of the first period. After the break, the OSU junior came out strong and scored nine unanswered points to give him a 9-4 win. In the final, Snyder was able to stretch out to a 2-0 lead and played outstanding defense to secure the victory. Goziumov did not earn an offensive point in the bout, and was awarded his only point from an expiring shot clock.With classification points, Snyder won his matches 3-1, 3-0, 3-1 and 3-1. Classification points are used in the Olympics to rank wrestlers at the end of the tournament. The last OSU wrestler to earn a medal at the Olympics was Harry Steel, who earned a gold at the 1924 games in Paris.OSU coach Tom Ryan was in attendance for the match, and coach Lou Rosselli stood in the corner of Snyder throughout his time in Rio. Snyder is the first Olympian and medal winner for Ryan.With the win, Snyder now owns a NCAA national championship, a world championship and an Olympic gold medal. After becoming the youngest world champion in US wrestling history last year, Snyder is also the youngest American gold medal winner in wrestling ever at just 20 years old. read more

India beat West Indies by 93 runs in 3rd ODI

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHope’s heroics help West Indies tie second India ODIOctober 24, 2018In “Sports”WI’s last chance to stay alive in seriesJune 29, 2017In “Sports”Will India test their bench strength?July 1, 2017In “Sports” (AFP) India beat the West Indies by 93 runs in the third fixture of a five-match one-day international series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua this afternoon.Mahendra Singh Dhoni made 78 not outMahendra Singh Dhoni starred with 78 not out as India managed 251-4 batting first on a sluggish pitch, before the hosts were bowled out for 158.India now have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Golds Old Enemies Allies in 2010

first_imgBy Marc Davis, BNWnews.ca Central banks – the long-time nemesis of the gold sector – are doing an about-face to become its biggest supporters. And this quantum shift promises to gather momentum in 2010 with the prospect of a new era of net buying continuing to fuel robust demand for bullion. So say several of the world’s most prominent gold fund managers and investment industry gurus. They include John Embry, a renowned, long-time gold advocate and the chief investment strategist at Toronto-based Sprott Asset Management, which runs the Sprott Gold and Precious Metals Fund. “I think central banks will most certainly underpin the price of gold next year,” Embry says. In fact, he believes the advent of net central bank purchases of gold is “virtually assured” in 2010 and beyond. Most notably, next year promises to be the first in over two decades that central banks opt to buy more gold than they sell.Embry’s prescient predictions in recent years about gold’s inevitable ascendancy are not just being validated by jittery central bankers. Since last year’s financial crisis, there has also been a buying frenzy among many of the world’s multi-billion dollar hedge funds, as well as plenty of other institutional investors and of course legions of individual speculators. All have been buying in record amounts. And most are venturing into the gold sector for the very first time.Similarly, gold-backed Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s) are attracting ever-increasing numbers of rattled investors, who view gold as the ultimate hedge against a weakening US dollar and continued instability in the US economy. The prospect of a continuation of low interest rates for some time to come is also adding to the yellow metal’s universal appeal.Among the various other movers and shakers in the investment industry who are boldly endorsing this new Gold Rush is London-based Evy Hambro, who runs two of the world’s largest commodities funds, BlackRock World Mining Fund and the Gold & General Fund. He too is forecasting a paradigm shift in central bank gold transactions in 2010, which he argues will provide bullion’s spot price with continued support in its current trading range – in excess of the $1,000-mark. “Gold’s role is gathering a lot more attention in terms of risk diversification,” he adds with a quintessentially British penchant for understatement. .Another gold advocate who has his finger on the pulse of Europe’s largest financial marketplace is Nick Brooks, head of research and investment strategy at ETF Securities in London. He agrees that we are witnessing a global paradigm shift. One where major sovereign investors (state-owned investment funds), in particular, are increasingly hedging against an ailing dollar in favor of bullion. “India is likely just the tip of the iceberg with China, Russia and other major emerging market central banks indicating their interest in building their holdings of gold as part of their diversification away from the U.S. dollar,” Brooks says. “This appears to be a structural change that may support the gold price on a medium to longer term basis.”That said, there still remains one big seller that continues to cast a shadow over gold’s increasing lustre – the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It is still committed to its well-publicised goal of unloading a remaining 201.3 t of gold to raise money for its lending activities. Originally, it had over 400 t to sell.However, an announcement that India’s central bank bought 200 t (6.43 Moz) from the IMF at an average price of $1,045/oz in late October was a defining moment for the gold market. It represents the first overt move by a major central bank to aggressively diversify out of its foreign-exchange currency reserves, especially US dollars.It also gave gold a huge psychological boost by alleviating concerns that the IMF would gradually ease its holdings onto the market and cap gold’s price upside as the Bank of England did a decade ago. (Net sales by the Bank of England and other European central banks were instrumental in depressing bullion’s price in the late 1990s).Now there is considerable speculation that other major buyers will emerge among the world’s largest central banks to soak up the balance of the IMF’s overhang on the market. Certainly China is among them. Its official policy is to exchange a larger percentage of its $2.7 trillion in mostly US dollar-denominated currency reserves for hard assets. China is already the world’s leading hoarder of gold, having revealed in April that it held 1,054 t – a jump of 76% from its last official tally six years earlier.Embry, who has been following the gold sector for over 30 years, believes that Chinese officials must be keenly eyeing the remaining +200-t of gold that the IMF has up for grabs. Yet, he notes that Beijing has to date proven to be a shrewd and “very clandestine” buyer that prefers not to over-excite the gold market by signaling its intentions to speculators.In fact, China’s central bank was positioning itself to try to buy, at a discount, all of the gold that the IMF originally had for sale before “India stole a march on everyone” with its brazen buying spree, Embry says.He believes that the Chinese are therefore probably loathe to paying a premium to India’s $1,045 average purchase price, especially since the headline-grabbing trade fueled a parabolic rise in gold prices (around $170) in November and early December before a pronounced pullback ensued.Yet, there are plenty of other much smaller gold-hungry central banks elsewhere in the world, especially in Asia, that may not wait to see if gold drops much further before they act, Embry says. “I think the rest of the IMF’s gold will be spoken for without any difficulty.I expect somebody to come out of the woodwork, including the Russians, who are continually adding to their reserves,” he adds.Indeed, central bank officials the world over are waking up to the fact that their predecessors acquired gold reserves in the first place to stave off currency devaluations. And that impetus is once again taking on a heightened importance against a backdrop of “continued economic and currency uncertainty, and inflation concerns.” This is the conclusion of a recent report by the London-based World Gold Council. “In the official sector, we expect to see a continuing trend of central banks diversifying their dollar exposure in favor of the proven store of value represented by gold,” the report adds.last_img read more

Sempertrans formalises agreement with Shaw Almex Industries in USA

first_imgSempertrans, the conveyor belt business segment of the publicly listed Semperit Group, has stepped up its activities in North America. Together with its strategic partner Shaw Almex Industries Ltd, a leading provider of industrial and vulcanisation presses, Sempertrans formalised the agreement to be operated under the new entity Sempertrans USA LLC. The Semperit owned entity is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA with sales representatives and application engineering being located throughout North America.“In recent years, we have successfully established our sales and marketing activities in the USA, Canada, and Mexico. Through the partnership with Shaw Almex we will utilise our long-term growth potential in the second largest conveyor belt market worldwide and prepare for the next market upturn,” commented Boris Illetschko, Sempertrans General Manager. The estimated conveyor belt demand including replacement investments in North America is roughly $640 million. “Even in the currently very challenging market environment we will further expand our market shares with our technically advanced and high-quality products, a competitive price-performance ratio and the market coverage and know-how of Shaw Almex,” expresses Illetschko.“It is very exciting to see this project move to the next phase,” states Tim Shaw, CEO of the North American operations. “With an inventory of several million dollars located at the Atlanta distribution facility and with the ability to slit to custom widths and ship within 24 hours, this will significantly increase our market penetration.” To serve the Mexican market, Sempertrans will also have inventory and slitting capabilities in Leon, Mexico strategically located near the major mining operations. “We are also very pleased that we have received MSHA Certification opening the underground mining market to our high quality product as well,” adds Shaw.On top of Sempertrans’ conveyor belt design and manufacturing expertise, Shaw Almex provides technical and infrastructure expertise, as well as access to the North American market. Additionally, the sales efforts will be supported by cooperation with selected distributors offering Sempertrans high performance heavy duty textile and steel reinforced conveyor belts. The main applications for the products are mining, steel, cement, power plants and the transport industry.last_img read more

Oxair oxygen equipment helping extend mine life at Geita

first_imgOxair Gas Systems’ oxygen equipment is helping one of the leading gold mining companies in the world and long-term client of Oxair, AngloGold Ashanti, extract more of the precious metal from one of its flagship mines, potentially extending the life of the open pit in Tanzania.Two oxygen Booster Processors for increasing oxygen pressure and two oxygen generator tonnage plants to further improve the efficiency of the leaching process, have been installed at AngloGold’s Geita gold mine by Oxair, enhancing gold recoveries and protecting the environment by reducing cyanide consumption.Geita, AngloGold’s largest mine in Africa and earmarked for expansion helped by the collaboration with Oxair, extracted 489,000 oz of gold in 2016 which it exports in the form of gold bars, contributing almost $600 million in revenue annually to the Tanzanian economy.“This latest significant investment in Oxair’s equipment is helping to increase production and extend the mine’s lifespan beyond 2025, when it was originally set for closure. The state-of-the-art equipment supplied by Oxair, which includes upgraded control systems, will double the reliable source of pure oxygen for the future activities planned at Geita.”“With an excellent track record since 1999, for reliability, ease of maintenance, safety and plant self-protection, Oxair’s equipment is set to be an integral part of AngloGold’s strategy for the Geita mine. It will mean significant efficiencies in carbon in the leach technology method of gold recovery and should help the mine be both economically and environmentally sound for its extended life-span.”Using oxygen generators significantly improves the gold dissolution process through adding highly purified oxygen at the slurry stage of the leaching process. Mined rock is usually ground up and turned into a slurry by adding Lime, cyanide, oxygen and water before being fed through a carbon bed to extract the gold. Incorporating highly purified oxygen actually allows cyanide to work more efficiently and thus reduces the quantity of cyanide needed in the process.“Proven worldwide, Oxair’s Oxygen Tonnage Plants are operated automatically with PLC control systems, inclusive of an oxygen analyser. By providing low power consumption air separation technology, Oxair’s innovative equipment offers high purity oxygen perfectly suited to gold mining and other related industrial sectors.”Oxygen Tonnage Plants are designed for onsite applications requiring large amounts of oxygen, such as mining, with outdoor or covered standard installations. “Oxair’s high-quality gas engineering solutions are tailored to meet key customer requirements and are available with full maintenance support.”last_img read more

Shots fired at a house in Ennis last night

first_imgA MAN WAS arrested after a number of shots were fired at a house in Ennis, Co. Clare last night.The house at Childers road, Cloughleigh was occupied when the shots were fired at about 5am this morning but nobody was injured according to gardaí.A 46-year-old man was arrested in connection with the shooting and was held for a time at Ennis garda station.The man has since been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.Read: Man stabbed to death in Drogheda named as 30-year-old Wayne McQuillan >last_img

Man swims up flooded Oliver Plunkett St in Cork

first_imgHEAVY RAINS AND high winds have led to flooding around the country this morning with Cork one of the worst-hit areas.Oliver Plunkett St, one of Cork’s busiest shopping areas, is under a significant amount of water this morning… enough for a swim in fact. Source: DailyEdge.ieThanks to the reader who sent this clip into usMeanwhile Princes St in Cork, which runs perpendicular to Oliver Plunkett Street, is suffering a similar fate this morning: Source: Aoife Danagher Read: “A very grim situation”: Further flooding expected this morning at high tide>last_img