WB Governor sends report to Centre

first_imgWest Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has sent a report to the Centre on Friday on the ongoing violence in Darjeeling over the demand for a separate Gorkhaland State. “In the report, the Governor said all the stakeholders involved in the Gorkhaland issue should try to resolve the matter through discussion and restore peace in the Darjeeling hills,” sources in the Raj Bhavan told The Hindu.Earlier on Friday, a delegation of three Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) MLAs — Amar Singh Rai, Rohit Sharma and Sarita Rai — met the Governor and apprised him of the situation in Darjeeling. “The GJM delegation also stated that the State government is yet to issue any formal order stating that Bengali will not be made compulsory in the schools in the hills,” sources in the Raj Bhavan said. ‘Outsiders’ work’Addressing the media after the meeting, Mr. Sharma claimed that “those who are indulging in arson in Darjeeling are not GJM members but outsiders.” He also said the delegation had urged the Governor to “inform the Centre about the situation in Darjeeling and the suffering of the locals due to the State government’s stand over the Gorkhaland issue.”The GJM delegation also accused the State Government of “using force to disrupt the peaceful movement for the separate State.” (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Slideshow: World’s worst parasitic worms

first_img Eye of Science/Science Source Ascaris lumbricoides. The female Ascaris lumbricoides lays up to 200,000 eggs per day. CDC estimates 807 to 1221 million people are infected with Ascaris worldwide. Slideshow: World’s worst parasitic worms By Hassan DuRantJul. 31, 2014 , 3:00 PM Tapeworms. Tapeworms use hooks and suckers at the tip of the head to anchor themselves to a host’s intestinal lining. Necator americanus. Often called the “New World” hookworm, Necator americanus attaches itself to the villi of the small intestine to feast on a host’s blood, causing abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss. Taenia solium. The pork tapeworm. Though intestinal infection is generally asymptomatic, T. solium larvae can cause cysticercosis in the brain, muscles, and other body tissue. T. solium is a major cause of adult seizures in dev David Scharf/Science Source Dirofilaria immitis. The “heartworm” is a type of roundworm that spreads through mosquito bites. Heartworms primarily infect dogs, but can also parasitize other animals such as cats and ferrets. Heartworms rarely infect humans. Schistosoma mansoni. The “blood fluke” causes schistosomiasis, the world’s second most devastating parasitic disease. Schistosomiasis does not exist in the United States, but is common in children in developing nations. Eye of Science/Science Source Eye of Science/Science Source center_img Ron Boardman/Life Science Image/FLPA/ Science Source Eye of Science/Science Source Ascaris lumbricoides. The female Ascaris lumbricoides lays up to 200,000 eggs per day. CDC estimates 807 to 1221 million people are infected with Ascaris worldwide. David Mack/Science Source Necator americanus. Often called the “New World” hookworm, Necator americanus attaches itself to the villi of the small intestine to feast on a host’s blood, causing abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss. Toxocara canis. Called the “dog roundworm,” Toxocara canis primarily infects dogs and other canids. Fully grown, these worms measure anywhere from 9 to 18 cm. ‹› David Scharf/Science Source David Scharf/Science Source Hookworms, roundworms, and other species of parasitic worms known as helminths have thrived in mammals for millions of years. Despite modern strides in sanitation, helminth infections still have a devastating impact on human health and well-being, especially in developing regions. This week, Science features two research papers that explore how parasitic infections can compromise the immune system by reawakening latent viruses and impeding antiviral defenses.The worms in this slideshow are responsible for some of the nastiest helminth infections in the world and cause a global burden of disease that outweighs better-known infections such as malaria and tuberculosis. For more, see this week’s issue of Science.*Correction, 1 August, 11:58 a.m.: Due to a mislabeled image from the photo’s source, Taenia solium was originally misidentified as Taenia saginata. 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FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar Unveils Logo Around The Globe in Ceremony That Began at 20:22 Local Time

first_img FIFAfifa world cup 2022FIFA World Cup 2022 logoFIFA WORLD CUP Qatar 2022 First Published: September 4, 2019, 7:54 AM IST Qatar unveiled the logo for the 2022 World Cup which will be hosted by the Gulf emirate, displaying it in public spaces in Doha and cities around the world on Tuesday.The design is a stylised Arabic white unisex shawl with maroon patterning, which is displayed in a figure-of-eight symbolising infinity while creating a heart shape above the words “FIFA WORLD CUP Qatar 2022″. It was projected onto the vast facade of the country’s National Archives in the capital’s southern Msheireb district to fanfare that included a procession of soldiers on horseback watched by a crowd of hundreds.The building was illuminated with the emblem at exactly 20:22 local time (1722 GMT) — the same as the year of the tournament.”The logo is very elegant and showing local culture with the (burgundy) colour of the Qatari flag,” Algerian hospitality worker Mourad Bencheikh, 36, told AFP as visitors crowded to photograph the new branding.”By time, people will like it.”The emblem was also displayed in Madrid, Buenos Aires and Beirut along with several other major cities. ‘It’s wonderful'”This one is unique for Qatar,” said Sri Lankan quantity surveyor Mohammed Fairoos, 30, as he and a group of friends took a selfie in front of the National Archives projection.”It’s wonderful.”The Qatari organisers said the logo “was inspired by traditional woollen shawls worn during the winter months”.The 2022 event will be held in November and December to avoid the scorching Gulf summer.”Like football, the shawls’ popularity is a unifying force, woven into the everyday fabric of people’s lives,” added the Supreme Committee in a statement. Preparations for the global soccer spectacle in Qatar have accelerated in recent months.In May, the 40,000 seat al-Janoub stadium — the first purpose-built ground to be launched for the tournament — was inaugurated with an almost capacity domestic cup final.The arena, designed by late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid and located in a coastal town south of Doha, is estimated to have cost around $575 million.Of the eight stadiums Qatar is building or refurbishing for 2022, Khalifa International was already open and will host this year’s World Athletics Championships.The Championships will be a major test of Qatar’s readiness to host a global sporting event. Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to descend on the desert nation ahead of the tournament which begins on September 27.A major road overhaul is also underway across Doha to expand capacity at key junctions and traffic hotspots.Parts of an ambitious metro rail project opened to the public in May. The rest of the three-line network expected to be launched in 2020 — well ahead of the tournament.The network will connect nearly all of Qatar’s stadiums, transport hubs and tourist attractions, when it is completed.FIFA faced a number of negative headlines in recent months including a decision in May to shelve plans for 48 nations to participate in the 2022 contest.FIFA boss Gianni Infantino had pushed to extend the tournament.In June, former European football president Michel Platini was questioned by French anti-corruption investigators for several hours in relation to the 2010 award of hosting rights to Qatar. 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.last_img read more

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Hong Kong Open: PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap Crash Out in Second Round

first_imgPV Sindhu faced yet another early exit as she lost in the second round of the Hong Kong Open on Thursday after a three-game loss to world No.18 Thai Busanan Ongbamrungphan.Parupalli Kashyap also went down fighting against second seed Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan to crash out of the tournament. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponnappa also lost mixed doubles match to Japan’s Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino to bow out. Kidambi Srikanth, after a win over Sourabh Verma in 59 minutes earlier in the day, is the lone Indian standing.Sindhu’s lack of form continued as she lost 18-21, 21-11, 16-21 to Ongbamrungphan in a gruelling battle that lasted an hour and nine minutes. Since winning the World Championships gold, Sindhu has not been able to go deep in tournaments and it continued in Hong Kong as well.Kashyap had a tough battle in hand with second seed Chou up against him and he gave away a first game advantage to lose the match 21-12, 21-23, 10-21 in an hour.Satwik-Ashwini also could not match up to the fouth seed Japanese pair as they went down 19-21, 12-21, in just 42 minutes to crash out early on.Earlier in the day, HS Prannoy also lost to Asian Games 2018 gold medallist Jonatan Christie 12-21, 19-21 in only 40 minutes. 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. badmintonhong kong openkidambi srikanthParupalli Kashyap First Published: November 14, 2019, 7:52 PM ISTlast_img read more

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It was important for me to win a Super Series title: PV Sindhu

first_imgEcstatic after clinching her maiden Super Series premier title at China Open today, Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu said she was left speechless with emotions as she has finally realised a long-time dream.The 21-year-old Sindhu registered a hard-fought 21-11, 17-21, 21-11 victory over China’s Sun Yu to clinch the China Open, just months after becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver at Olympic Games in Rio in August this year. (Also read: PV Sindhu wins China Open for her maiden Super Series title)”It has been a dream for a long time to win a super series. After the Olympics, everyone was asking me what is next? It was important for me to get a super series title. Life changed a lot after the Olympics. People thought I will take a long time to get back. But I worked hard,” Sindhu said.”This is my first super series title and I am very happy, I have no words to express. Last time I played Denmark final,” she added.Talking about the tournament and today’s match, Sindhu said: “I played well. It is a great day for me. I just thought i can give my best, because I practiced hard. I was quite confident. From the first round it was tough.”The first game was very easy. I am playing her after two and a half years, she is also tall like me and we both are attacking players. I lost the second game and in the third I started well and from 11-7, I maintained the lead.”advertisementLondon bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth had won the China Open in 2014 and Sindhu said she was happy to emulate the former world No. 1.”I did what Saina did in 2014 and I am very happy.”Talking about her semifinal clash with Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun, Sindhu said: “It was such a tough match, one of my best wins. There were such long rallies. I was so far down in the second, but I could come back. I thought let me just play and see. I had made so many errors. There were so many rallies, each point was a rally. She didn’t leave anything. I wasn’t tired. Even though we played long rallies, we had breaks in between. Neither of us was leaving the shuttle. My jump smashes worked in the end.”last_img read more

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Apple iPhone sales dip in Q2, but Mac strong

first_imgApple reported a surprise fall in iPhone sales for Q2 on Tuesday. The California-based company believes that the drop in sales is because the customers may have held back purchases in anticipation of the 10th-anniversary edition – iPhone 8 which Apple is expected to announce by the end of this year. iPhone 8 is going to Apple’s most important product later this year.Under pressure from shareholders to hand over more of its $250 billion-plus (roughly Rs. 16,03,228 crores) hoard of cash and investments, Apple boosted its capital return programme by $50 billion (roughly Rs. 3,20,648 crores), increased its share repurchase authorization by $35 billion (roughly Rs. 2,24,448 crores) and raised its quarterly dividend by 10.5 percent.Investors were unmoved, sending shares of the world’s most valuable listed company down 1.9 percent at $144.65 in after-hours trading.Apple sold 50.76 million iPhones in its fiscal second quarter ended April 1, down from 51.19 million a year earlier.Analysts on average had estimated iPhone sales of 52.27 million, according to financial data and analytics firm FactSet.Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri argued the decline was not as bad as it looked, given the peculiarities of how phone sales are calculated.The company reports what are called “sell-in” figures for the iPhone, a measure of how many units it sells to retailers, rather than “sell-through” figures, which measure how many phones are actually sold to consumers.Also Read: Apple is reportedly gearing to launch its online store in IndiaMaestri said the company reduced the volume of inventory going through its retail channel by about 1.2 million units in the quarter, meaning the company sold about 52 million phones to customers on a sell-through basis.advertisementDespite the dip in unit sales, iPhone revenues rose 1.2 percent in the quarter, helped by a higher average selling price.Apple on its 10th anniversaryExpectations are building ahead of Apple’s 10th-anniversary iPhone range this fall, with investors hoping that the launch would help bolster sales.Apple typically launches its new iPhones in September.A big jump in sales usually follows in the holiday quarter, before demand tapers over the next few quarters as customers hold back ahead of the next launch.Apple’s 10th-anniversary iPhone range might sport features such as wireless charging, 3D facial recognition and a curved display.”There is a general softening in phone demand to contend with as well as expectations of a big upgrade, all of which softens the blow of this quarter’s miss,” said James McQuivey, a Forrester Research analyst. “If we see Apple downplaying expectations before the next upgrade cycle, it might mean that the company isn’t confident it will beat those expectations.”The company forecast total revenue of between $43.5 billion and $45.5 billion (roughly Rs. 2,78,952 crores and Rs. 2,91,764 crores) for the current quarter, while analysts on average were expecting $45.60 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Analysts on average expect the company to sell 42.31 million iPhones in the current quarter, according to FactSet.For the second quarter, the company’s net income rose to $11.03 billion (roughly Rs. 70,728 crores), or $2.10 per share, compared with $10.52 billion (roughly Rs. 457 crores), or $1.90 per share, a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected $2.02 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Revenue rose 4.6 percent to $52.90 billion (roughly Rs. 3,39,197 crores) in the quarter, compared with analysts’ average estimate of $53.02 billion (roughly Rs. 3,39,964 crores).A 17.5 percent jump in the company’s services business – which includes the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud – to $7.04 billion (roughly Rs. 45,141 crores), boosted revenue.Also Read: Samsung, Apple on top in phone market but Chinese companies chasing them hard: IDC”We are particularly encouraged by the fact that service revenue is nowhere near as cyclical as product revenue,” Neil Saunders, Managing Director of GlobalData Retail, wrote in a note to clients.Apple’s revenue from the Greater China region fell 14.1 percent to $10.73 billion (roughly Rs. 68,806 crores) in the quarter, as cheaper rivals in the region chipped away at sales.Maestri said that sales of Macs and the company’s services were strong in China during the March quarter. “The performance we’re seeing in China should get better going forward this year,” he said.Apple’s gross margin hit 38.9 percent, slightly ahead of analysts’ average expectation of 38.7 percent, despite higher prices for memory chips. The company said it expects gross margins next quarter between 37.5 percent and 38.5 percent, versus analysts’ expectation of 38.3 percent, according to FactSet.”NAND and DRAM (memory chips) are under pressure right now in terms of some price pressure. We saw that in the March quarter and expect that to continue into the June quarter, but for all the other commodities, we see prices declining,” Maestri said.advertisementApple is currently working on the upcoming iPhone edition for the year, dubbed iPhone 8. The smartphone is reportedly said to be a really special one for the company, as Apple is launching the handset with regards to celebrate their 10th anniversary.last_img read more

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Let Neha Dhupia teach you how to wear ethnic skirts this Diwali

first_imgAmidst the fervour of festivities and dazzling traditional looks being donned by tinsel-town celebs, there’s one actress who has really charmed us with her beautiful choice of outfits. The celebrity in question is Neha Dhupia.After bombarding us with one fashion blunder after the other, Neha is all set to clean her record of fashion mistakes with her stunning traditional looks. While we can see B-towners struggling to balance bling and class in their looks, Ms Dhupia has clearly aced this game.At a recently held Diwali party, Neha showed up dressed majestically in a magenta outfit. What we absolutely loved about the outfit, apart from its brilliant colour, was the superbly balanced work and its design. Also Read: Did Neha Dhupia just wear a carpet and step out?Ditching classic suits and pants, the actress adorned a beautiful, pink skirt, in a ballgown-bodice, which she teamed with a gorgeous, pink kurti. While the skirt was elegantly plain, the short kurti boasted of gold, zari work, all over it. As elegant as the skirt was, the kurti looked just so perfect with it. Neha wore absolutely no accessories and kept the look really classy.Pictures courtesy: Instagram/afashionistadiaries Also Read: Come what may, do NOT wear your black skirt like Neha DhupiaAt another Diwali bash held some time ago, Neha had sported another kurti-skirt combination, and looked ravishing in it. Playing on the grand contrasts of red and white, Neha wore a gold, zari-work skirt teamed with a serene, white kurti. The sublime contrast of the colours with the dainty work looked exquisite. Neha finished the look with a light-embroidered, white dupatta.advertisementPictures courtesy: Instagram/afashionistadiaries With these beyond perfect looks, Neha has given us some major festive-dressing goals.last_img read more

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Everyone knows I’d like to stay: Solskjaer hopes to remain Manchester United manager

first_imgManchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said it would be “strange” if he is not in charge at Old Trafford next season after being part of their promotional campaign to sell season tickets.United are unbeaten in the Premier League since Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in December, winning nine of their 11 games to revive hopes of a top four finish.The former United forward has been endorsed for the top job by a number of his counterparts in England, including Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, with United set to make a decision at the end of the campaign.”I’ve done a video shoot on season tickets so I’m pleading with them to get their season tickets,” Solskjaer told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s clash against Southampton.”It will be strange to see myself in a video if I’m not here. It’s not strange doing it, though. My kids if they see a commercial with me in it and I’m back home in Norway – that will be strange.”Everyone knows I’d like to stay of course, but that’s not decided until the end of the season. But if it’s me as a supporter or manager they should still buy their season tickets because the club is going somewhere.”United are currently fifth in the table with 55 points from 28 matches but Solskjaer said they were planning for Champions League soccer next season.”My contract is up in the summer but as I’ve always done for United I give my best because you have to plan, even if I’m not here I still give my view on who I would like to see here as a supporter,” Solskjaer added.advertisement”You don’t want to plan for Europa League yet. We’re hoping and planning that we will get into the Champions League for next year. We’ll take that as it comes.”Also Read | Manchester United face mutiny if Solskjaer isn’t named permanent boss, says Gary NevilleAlso Read | Manchester United cannot go years without league title, says Ole Gunnar SolskjaerAlso Read | Fred must seize his chance to shine, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

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Five takeaways from USA’s draw in Portugal

first_imgUnited States Five takeaways from USA’s draw with Portugal Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 05:02 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Weston McKennie USA Portugal 11152017 Octavio Passos United States Portugal v United States Portugal Friendlies Teenagers Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams shined, while John Brooks took on a leadership role in an encouraging USMNT performance to end 2017 You couldn’t blame U.S. national team fans for wishing they had a time machine they could have jumped into Tuesday to go back and beg Bruce Arena to call up youngsters like Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Matt Miazga.All three looked impressive in a 1-1 draw against Portugal. Their performances may have come in a meaningless match against a Portuguese B team that looked disinterested at times, but it was still a meeting against high-level competition. The U.S. played with real purpose and energy, looking nothing like the lethargic squad that sleepwalked through the October loss to Trinidad & Tobago that ultimately cost the team its place at the 2018 World Cup.Instead of looking back at what might have been, it is a much healthier exercise to look ahead at what could come from this young nucleus of talent in the year and a half between now and the next truly meaningful matches the U.S. will play. Plenty can change in that time. Some prospects could see their trajectories stall, while others could see theirs skyrocket. Some older players will be fighting against not only a new generation of talent, but also the natural decline that comes with aging. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The good news is Tuesday’s draw suggests there is serious talent in the pipeline to hopefully ensure that Christian Pulisic isn’t alone in his quest to revive the U.S. after the nightmare of missing out on a trip to Russia.Here is a closer look at some key takeaways from Tuesday’s USA-Portugal draw:MCKENNIE AND ADAMS SHINE IN DEBUTSTyler Adams USA PortugalYou couldn’t have drawn up a better moment to excite U.S. fans than having McKennie dribble through Portugal’s defense for the match’s opening goal Tuesday, a moment that perfectly encapsulated the Schalke midfielder’s considerable promise. It was McKennie who made the sliding interception to start the goal sequence before he raced down the left channel, perfectly collected a C.J. Sapong pass and deftly maneuvered to strike a collected finish he made look much easier than it was.The goal was the key highlight, but it was McKennie’s poise and engine in midfield that made his overall performance so encouraging. It shouldn’t have been a complete surprise considering McKennie has shown enough to break into Schalke’s starting lineup, but it was still exciting to watch in a U.S. uniform. It was also a chance for McKennie to show there is more to his game than being a ball-winning defensive midfielder.A glimpse into the future @WMckennie becomes 3rd youngest #USMNT player to score in his first cap! pic.twitter.com/If9MSLv47R — U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) November 14, 2017 Adams also showed off the considerable versatility that makes him such an exciting prospect. The 18-year-old Red Bulls midfielder has already shown in MLS that he can thrive both in central midfield and as a right wing back, and Tuesday he impressed working on the right wing. He put himself in dangerous spots on multiple occasions, and came within a diving one-handed save of joining McKennie on the score sheet.For those who hadn’t seen much of Adams before, they were treated to the wide array of strengths in his game, from his speed and tenacity to his ability to deliver sharp passes and get into effective attacking positions, along with his ability to effectively defend. These are traits that could let him thrive as a right back, right wing back or potentially even as a right winger, though it’s still a good bet his club and international future lies in central midfield, where he has the characteristics to one day be a box-to-box dynamo.BROOKS LOOKS READY TO LEADJohn Brooks USA 06032016Injuries kept John Brooks from taking part in any of the U.S. national team’s qualifiers in the fall, and his showing against Portugal served as a painful reminder of what the U.S. was missing against Costa Rica, Honduras and Trinidad & Tobago. Brooks played well against Portugal — and had an excellent headed goal nullified by a Miazga foul — but the most promising aspect of his 45-minute appearance was how much he embraced being the leader of the back line. He was vocal and demonstrative, directing his young teammates and communicating in a way we haven’t really seen from him before.It’s an excellent sign for a player who is still just 24, but who has now made the transition from youngster to veteran. With the older central defenders in the player pool looking very likely to be passed up by a strong generation of younger options, Brooks will be called on to be more of a leader than he has been before. The key for Brooks will be for him to continue to stay healthy, an issue that has dogged him throughout his career.HORVATH ENDURES ROUGH DAYEthan Horvath USMNT Portugal 11142017There may not have been a sadder sight than the image of Ethan Horvath sitting slumped on the U.S. bench with his head down as the final minutes of Tuesday’s friendly ticked away. It was clear he wasn’t about to forget the calamitous blunder he committed that gifted Portugal its goal, an error sure to live on in highlight reels for years to come.What won’t make highlight reels, but should be remembered, is how he responded after the blunder. He made several solid plays to keep Portugal from adding another goal, and while he did have one other extremely shaky moment with an ill-advised pass that led directly to a Portugal chance, Horvath was able to steady himself enough to finish out the first half.Horvath’s second U.S. appearance was a disaster, but perhaps that shouldn’t have come as a complete surprise considering his form has dipped at Club Brugge enough to lead him to be benched recently. The goalkeeper position is very much a confidence position, and it was clear that Horvath’s confidence is in the gutter. That being said, he is still just 22, and writing him of for a shaky showing at that age would be extremely premature.Along with reminding us that young goalkeepers can be an adventure to follow, Horvath’s blunder should also remind us that the U.S. starting goalkeeper position is wide open heading into the next World Cup cycle. Brad Guzan isn’t ready to hang up his gloves just yet, and at 33, he may still have a part to play when meaningful matches return in two years. But a promising group of young goalkeepers is emerging to join Horvath in the chase for that coveted starting job.Bill Hamid, Zack Steffen, Alex Bono and Jonathan Klinsmann are all in their early to mid-20s and they all still have time to develop into starting options for whichever coach is handed the keys to the next qualifying cycle. Horvath may not be ready to lead the race for the top spot, but he isn’t someone who should be written off because of one bad game.VETERANS STATE STRONG CASESCJ Sapong USA Portugal 11142017Danny Williams has largely been in the U.S. national team wilderness for the past two years, having essentially been cast off by Jurgen Klinsmann after his decision to leave the Bundesliga for the English League Championship. He was then ignored by Bruce Arena. On Tuesday, he looked very much like a player with something to offer in a defensive midfield role. That shouldn’t surprise anyone given his exploits with Huddersfield Town in the Premier League. The 28-year-old embraced this new opportunity, impressing the U.S. coaching staff enough to earn the captain’s armband ahead of other players with more national team caps.Sapong also made the most of his chance, earning a start and then showing all the qualities as a target forward to make him a player capable of offering some much-needed depth in that role. For too long it has been Jozy Altidore or bust, with Bobby Wood used in the role when Altidore has been unavailable. But Sapong showed why he finished as the top American goal-scorer in MLS in 2017, with his improved hold-up play and passing, as well as his willingness to provide defensive pressure.Both Williams and Sapong are 28, which puts them on the outer range of potential 2022 contributors, but they both showed enough Tuesday to suggest they should be considered as options in 2018.ARENA’S TV APPEARANCE WAS A DISASTERBruce Arena USA 10072017If you were left shocked to see Arena on the Fox broadcast of the USA-Portugal match, you definitely were not alone. How anybody thought having the former U.S. coach serve as an analyst in the first USMNT match since he led the team to its fateful World Cup qualifying loss to Trinidad & Tobago is mind-boggling, and the result was a tone-deaf broadcast that served to sour an otherwise encouraging day for U.S. fans.Arena’s decision to actually accept the role was shocking in its lack of self awareness, but it didn’t take long to understand why he took it. Arena basically spent his time on air trying to put the team’s qualifying failure into a context that made it seem like less of a damning indictment of his handling of the job.It wound up having the opposite effect, though, with Arena dropping several head-scratching statements, such as his claim that he should have gone with essentially a full MLS-based squad in September’s qualifying loss to Costa Rica (count me among those who will give Arena the benefit of the doubt that he meant to count Pulisic as an exception). His flippant remark suggesting no players fall through the cracks in U.S. Soccer’s player development setup surely infuriated the viewers who hadn’t long since tuned out.Someone needed to save Arena from himself and tell him just how bad an idea it was. The sad part is the appearance only did more damage to a reputation of a coach who deserves plenty of respect even with last month’s failure. Arena’s resume is unmatched among American coaches, but Tuesday’s broadcast only served to further tarnish the public’s view of him.Arena made several comments that just left you cringing, but the overarching sentiment generated by his Fox appearance was that it was an absolute disaster, not only because of what it wound up producing on air but because of the fact it served as a painful and unnecessary reminder of October’s World Cup qualifying nightmare.last_img read more

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Project to Protect Hope and Yallahs River Watersheds gets $119 Million

first_img A sum of $119 million has been set aside in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure to carry out this and other tasks under the Integrated Management of the Yallahs/Hope River Watershed Area project. Approximately 120 farmers in the Yallahs and Hope River watershed areas of the Blue Mountains will be trained in land husbandry best practices in the upcoming fiscal year.A sum of $119 million has been set aside in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure to carry out this and other tasks under the Integrated Management of the Yallahs/Hope River Watershed Area project.The project seeks to reduce pressure on natural resources in the watershed areas by increasing the practice of sustainable land use, resulting in improved management of biological diversity and enhanced flow of ecosystem services that sustain local livelihoods.The money will also be used to strengthen the activities of four community groups, conduct a knowledge exchange tour, improve agricultural practices in two communities, and implement a communication plan.Other imperatives for the fiscal year are completion of the review for the watershed area management mechanism, designing a Payment for Ecosystem Services Scheme, as well as implementation of the Global Information System (GIS) Decision Support System.The project got under way in September 2012 and some of the achievements to date include the training of 167 farmers in land husbandry best practices, and six communities trained in forest fire management.Also, 26 hectares of reforested land have been maintained, a farmer field-school graduation held for 167 farmers, and a watershed policy drafted and submitted to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.The project is being implemented by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) with funding support from the Government and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).It is slated to end in November 2019. Story Highlights The project seeks to reduce pressure on natural resources in the watershed areas by increasing the practice of sustainable land use, resulting in improved management of biological diversity and enhanced flow of ecosystem services that sustain local livelihoods. Approximately 120 farmers in the Yallahs and Hope River watershed areas of the Blue Mountains will be trained in land husbandry best practices in the upcoming fiscal year.last_img read more

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Not got proposal on free metro ride for women Puri

first_imgNew Delhi: Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep S. Puri on Thursday said that he has not received any proposal from the Delhi government to provide free rides to women on buses and metro. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier this week had announced free rides for women on buses and metro. Taking a dig at Kejriwal, Puri said: “You can’t announce a scheme first and then prepare a proposal.” Puri added that the Delhi government has a budget of Rs 50,000 crore, which it has not used on the Centre’s Swacchh Bharat scheme or the Ayushman Bharat scheme but wants to give Rs 2,500 subsidy for free rides. “The Supreme Court has mandated 11,000 buses in the national capital, how many buses are there today? I have said in the Parliament that we should provide facility for the elderly and the students on the metro and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is working on a technology for the same,” he added.last_img read more

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Jerry Springer And Sharon Osbourne To Attend Babes For Boobs Event

first_imgLooking for love this Valentine’s Day? How about a date with one of LA’s finest bachelors! Twelve mega-successful Angeleno men are offering a chance to win a dinner date with them, at the BABES FOR BOOBS live bachelor auction.Even better, all proceeds from the live auction portion of the event will benefit the Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, whose promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever.Jerry Springer is set to host this event, with special guest Sharon Osbourne, and official MC Michael Yo.All Babes For Boobs guests will enjoy a complimentary beverage and amazing tunes by DJ Bossa Nova. VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to meet the bachelors and enjoy delicious appetizers.Dress to impress! And, don’t forget to bring a major credit card to bid on your man!WHEN: Thursday, February 6WHERE:El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036Event Timeline & Auction Details • 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM — VIP reception with bachelors • 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM — General admission • 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM — Live bachelor auction • 10:00 PM — Event concludesEvent details and bachelor profiles are listed at www.BabesForBoobs.com.last_img read more

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First Nation in Ontario name family killed in early morning house fire

first_imgTop row, left to right: Geraldine Chapman, 47, Angel Kenisha Mckay, 12, Karl Jovon Cutfeet, 9, Thyra Chapman, 19, Bottom row, left to right: Hailey Ocean Jenna Chapman, 7 and Shyra Shadara Taylor Bella Chapman, 6.APTN NewsThe community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation in Ontario has released the names of the mother and four children who died in a house fire May 2.Killed were Geraldine Chapman, 47, along with her six year old daughter Shyra Shadara Taylor Bella Chapman and three foster children, Angel Kenisha Mckay, 12, Karl Jovon Cutfeet, 9, and Hailey Ocean Jenna Chapman, 7“Our community is grief stricken and are doing our best to provide support to the family and all affected by this horrific tragedy,” said Chief Donny Morris.  “Geraldine raised her adopted children as her very own with the mutual consent of the three families involved and that the community of Kitchinuhmaykoosib Inninuwug recognized these children as her own.“It is important to understand, however, that this devastating tragedy has directly impacted four families and, as a result, extends throughout the community as a whole.”KI, or Big Trout Lake as it’s also known, is a fly-in community 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont., with a population of approximately 1,300.According to Morris, Chapman’s 19-year-old daughter was away on a medical trip when the fire broke out.The Ontario coroner’s office has a team in the community to investigate the cause of the blaze.No details have been released.Morris said in the statement that the remains of the family have been removed from the scene and an autopsy will be performed in Toronto.A team from the Ontario Provincial Police is also investigating the cause.“The family and community is grateful for the outpouring of support they have received,” said Morris in the statement. “At this time the cause of the blaze is still undetermined.“Our focus right now is on helping the family and our community cope. We will address the direct and underlying causes of the fire once we have dealt with the community crisis at hand. We ask that all organizations, government and media respect our wishes in this regard.”A GoFundMe campaign has been started at: https://www.gofundme.com/tragic-fire-in-kinews@aptn.calast_img read more

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Benkirane to Education Minister I Am the One the King Appointed

Rabat – Benkirane took his Education Minister Rachiad Belmokhtar by surprise on Tuesday when he told him that he should focus rather on less controversial issues and work to fix the issues that teachers and educational professionals call for.“Forget your project of teaching science subjects in French and focus on the moralization of the sector. It’s me the one that His Majesty the King appointed Head of Government, if the king wanted to appoint Belmokhtar, he would have done so. He knows you before me,” Benkirane said before the upper chamber of the parliament on Tuesday.To the bemusement of the Minister of Education, Benkirane made the decision live on TV to put on hold Belmokhtar’s controversial decision to use French as medium of teaching science subjects in Moroccan high schools. Benkirane went on to say that he sent a letter to the Education Minister and asked him to put that measure on hold, adding that he was not aware of it.The decision to adopt French in teaching science subjects, which was adopted last month, created an uproar across Morocco with education professionals labeling it “an anticipated move,” that did not take into account the multiples calls made by other members of the government to make English the language of instruction of these subjects.Earlier this year, Benkirane stated that English should become the primary language of education in Morocco because “it is the language of today’s science, technology and commerce.” read more

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NOAC says no dispute with India

The National Ocean Affairs Committee, (NOAC) says Sri Lanka is not in dispute with India to refer any matter pertaining to the oceans to ITLOS, which is a body set up within the UN for resolution of disputes.Chris Dharmakirti, Chairman of the National Ocean Affairs Committee, said that at the present moment, only Bangladesh, Myanmar and India have declared disputes in the Bay of Bengal basin, and the resolution of those disputes have been brought before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), and Sri Lanka is not a party cited in those disputes. According to Dharmakirti, Sri Lanka does have an overlapping claim in the Bay of Bengal with India and Myanmar, but that is not in dispute at the present time. “We have filed our claim before the UN Commission that is set up to examine Continental Shelf Margin claims, which is entirely a different and separate body to ITLOS. It is called the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). All three nations have filed their claims separately with the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) set up under UNCLOS, which is a different UN body to ITLOS,” he explained. He further clarified that the CLCS under UNCLOS, is a dedicated Commission comprised of ocean scientists and geo science experts nominated by States parties to the UN Law of the Sea Convention, who are required to examine each coastal nation’s claim and determine them. Whilst ITLOS is a body comprised of legal experts on the law of the sea, whose role an task is to interpret the UNCLOS convention and other international maritime treaty provisions including customary international law when a dispute arises.“Whilst UNCLOS determines the scientific acceptability of the extended continental shelf area as determined by each coastal state using seismic and bathymetric data, ITLOS is a dispute settlement mechanism, that only comes into the picture, when a two or more states have a dispute,” he further explained. Although Sri Lanka and India did at a very early stage, seven years ago, at a track two discussion did contemplate a joint submission to the Commission (UNCLOS) using the statement of understanding provisions in Annex 11 of the convention, for the overlapping areas, the decision to file separate claims, independently, has not prejudiced either party, and has been done with both India and Sri Lanka issuing separate note verbales to the UN stating that both countries are filing their claims without prejudice or objections to the other.“We have a very good understanding on this with India, and in fact in 2009, after both our countries filed our separate submissions to UNCLOS, we got together in New York to jointly draft and submit a special resolution calling upon the UN Secretary General to allocate more resources to the Commission and to take steps to expedite the submission hearings and process,” Dharmakirti explained.As a direct result of that joint initiative which also had the support of Japan, China, Brazil, EU and even the US delegates at the UN, in 2012, the UN secretary general did allocate more financial resources and expedited the UN Commission on the Law of the Sea sittings from six weeks each year to 26 weeks, a 400% improvement in the processing time of the claims made by each coastal state. “India is behind us in the queue, and we are slotted as the 43rd country in that long line of nations awaiting the examination of our submission by the UN Commission, and although previously both India and us would have had our claims only heard in 2028, with the expedited process,we could hopefully have ours examined as early as 2018,” the Chairman elaborated. In addition to India, Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Maldives Islands also have an overlapping seabed area with Sri Lanka. According to Mr. Dharmakirti, it is the policy of the Government of Sri Lanka to explore the cooperative mechanisms to handle the shared, overlapping areas of claims in the seabed. “There are enough examples from around the world for Sri Lanka and her neighboring coastal states in the Bay of Bengal to put in place a Joint Ownership Commission or a Shared Resource Development mechanism to handle the valuable mineral and hydro carbon resources that the nations in the region are destined to own jointly, ” Dharmakirti pointed out.“We have to first get our claim for the extended continental shelf validated and recognized by the UN CLCS first, before we progress next to the next stage of contemplating how we would work out the sharing mechanisms, or indeed, if no agreement is reached, dispute resolution options, ” he concluded. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran Rutnam read more

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Why Did Vidyos Bubble Burst

1. Failure to see market trends. Vidyo came to market with stunning, crystal clear video conferencing. I recall its first booth at Enterprise Connect; it had video of all kinds on display. Mobile phones, tablets, big screens, computers, laptops… whatever device in use, Vidyo delivered scintillating video of unparalleled quality. Its competitive advantage was its codec. That was fine for its initial go-to-market entry, but keeping its edge turned next to impossible — competitors catch up on quality, as they all did in this case. Many Vidyo insiders wanted to head down the cloud path or even into Vidyo rooms, but management thwarted any attempt to divert away from the codec, my sources told me. I was one customer of vidyo from china, and used their APIs to develop productions four years ago.Frankly, their technology is amazing, but service is awful. It is a little hard to communicate with their people. It would take very long time to receive their feedback and fix for issues. Time costs is very high. And we gived up cooperation with them hereafter.Anyway, I am still shocked by their purchase price, far below matched their technology. Originally had a chance for them to become one awsome company.It is a pity. Log in or register to post comments Industry watchers shouldn’t have been surprised by the acquisition, given rumors that the company had been struggling. But the purchase price, a paltry $40 million, was a shock — that’s only two-thirds of Vidyo’s annual revenue of $60 million. Video Communication Must Improve, Even as It Hits Its Stride Michael Helmbrecht September 12, 2019 Video conferencing at work has boomed. Now we need to fully deliver on its promise. bubble-poof.png 3 Problems Still Facing Voice Services Alexey Aylarov September 04, 2019 Interconnectivity, teleconference audio quality, and robocalling issues are still impacting voice services. Comments So how did this happen? It’s worth noting that except for Pexip and Polycom (now part of Plantronics, renamed Poly), all other independent video infrastructure providers,are gone or have exited the business. Pexip’s unique distributed architecture gives it better than a puncher’s chance of being around for the long haul. Polycom is currently the number two infrastructure vendor but has adjusted its strategy to interoperate with cloud providers. 4. Inability to find a second market. On-premises video made Vidyo famous. When that market started to slow down, so too did Vidyo’s business. The company chose to go down the route of re-architecting the platform for healthcare. Part of this was driven by the favorable regulatory changes that make it easier for healthcare facilities to get paid by insurance companies when conducting appointments over video. The idea was a good one, but the execution was poor and the company continued to stumble. More recently the company launched its own video platform as a service (VPaaS), but that failed to take off. While the company has issued a number of press releases involving healthcare facilities and API successes, the valuation doesn’t support success in any area. One source estimated that about half of Vidyo’s revenue comes from the licensing of its patents on technologies such as H.265 and H.264. 2. Difficult to work with. There’s not a single person I talked to who didn’t echo the sentiment that working with Vidyo was very difficult. If video is ever going to be “just like making a phone call,” it’s going to require all the vendors playing nice in the same sandbox, and that wasn’t Vidyo’s modus operandi. Multiple people told me their companies tried to partner with Vidyo and were basically told it was its way or no way. Also, Vidyo often made it prohibitively expensive to license its technology. Companies need to realize that often being open and willing to work with others creates a rising tide that’s good for users, which in turn is good for the industry. How did a company that had so much promise in a rising market get sold in what amounts to a fire sale? Since it was founded, Vidyo had raised more than $170 million in funding — and about five years ago had a massive coming-out party at Enterprise Connect. Cisco bought one of its rivals, Acano, in 2015 for $700 million, and it seemed Vidyo was fast-tracking to be one of the major video software providers. See All in Video Collaboration & A/V » The video market has matured, and it’s easier than ever to deliver high-quality video conferencing. These trends are driving consolidation and making it easier for new vendors to rise. Zoom Communications appeared out of nowhere, and following its IPO last month now has a valuation of more than $20 billion (although that’s likely to come down). Next on my watchlist for acquisition is BlueJeans, in the next year or so, as the consolidation continues… but that’s a story for different day.Tags:News & Viewsvideo conferencingM&AVidyoVPaaSEnghouse SystemsVideo Collaboration & A/VEnterprise ConnectIndustry NewsNews & ViewsTechnology TrendsVendor News Articles You Might Like What’s Up in AV? 4 Trends to Watch Jimmy Vaughan August 02, 2019 A look at some of the problem-solving solutions I saw at the recent InfoComm 2019 event. Since the acquisition, I’ve talked to a number of industry insiders, including partners, competitors, and former Vidyo employees. Based on what I’ve gleaned from those conversations, here are four issues I believe contributed to this burgeoning unicorn turning into a pumpkin: If Vidyo had shown sustained success in either area, and particularly with VPaaS, the valuation would have been significantly higher. Consider that Twilio is currently trading at about 26 times revenue, and you could extrapolate that $2 million in VPaaS revenue would have exceeded the $40 million purchase price at the same valuation. The rise and fall of a company is something that’s happened before and is likely to happen again. It’s a good reminder to all small companies to not get so in love with a single product or idea and always be willing to disrupt yourself before someone else does. As for customers, the acquisition by Enghouse should end up being good for them as the company can probably use Vidyo’s technology in other products and put more money into R&D. Log in or register to post comments 3. Overvalued itself. Over the years, Vidyo has had many suitors. Rumor has it that around the time of the Cisco-Acano deal Vidyo had been offered up almost $1 billion, but it opted not to sell. The executive team apparently pushed for more than $1 billion, and couldn’t get the buyer to strike the deal. I know over the years that Vidyo has entertained other offers, as well — for much more than the $40 million the company got from Enghouse Systems. Here’s where ego gets in the way of understanding what a fair deal is. It appears that eventually all the possible suitors fell away, and Enghouse got a sweet deal at $40 million. Meetings Made Easy: One Video Platform or More Beth Schultz September 09, 2019 Standardizing on a single platform or enabling platform-agnostic collaboration are two ways to go about reducing friction in the meeting room. Don’t Get Ripped Off with Video Conferencing Pricing Chris Heinemann July 30, 2019 Financially, the cost of video conferencing isn’t just high, it’s unpredictable. It’s time for a different approach. I was one customer of vidyo Permalink Submitted by wxfigo on Wed, 05/29/2019 – 07:00 Enterprise software provider Enghouse Systems earlier this month announced it has acquired Vidyo, a video conferencing software provider. read more

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More people than ever have hearing loss that can be improved or

“Current production of hearing aids meets less than 10 per cent of global need,” WHO’s Shelly Chadha of the Department of Prevention of Blindness and Deafness said in a news release issued ahead of International Ear Care Day. Marked annually on 3 March, the Day aims to raise awareness and promotes community-based activities for ear and hearing health.As the population ages globally, more people than ever before face hearing loss. One in every three people over the age of 65 – a total of 165 million people worldwide – lives with hearing loss, according to WHO.Another 32 million people affected by hearing loss are children under the age of 15. Many of whom live in low- and middle-income countries – particularly in South Asia, Asia and the Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa – where untreated ear infections lead to hearing loss.“About half of all cases of hearing loss are easily preventable while many can be treated through early diagnosis and suitable interventions such as surgically-implanted hearing devices,” Ms. Chadha said. WHO encourages countries to develop programmes for preventing hearing loss within their primary health care systems, including vaccinating children against measles, meningitis, mumps and rubella; screening and treating syphilis in pregnant women; and early assessment and management of hearing loss in babies. According to the figures released today, fewer than one out of 40 people who need a hearing aid in developing countries have one. WHO said it is exploring technology transfer as a way to promote access to hearing aids in those places. The agency also cited sign language training and social support as beneficial for people with disabling hearing loss. read more

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Top official calls on Iran DPR Korea to cooperate with UN atomic

The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, said the Agency remains committed to working with the two countries on nuclear verification activities, and urged the Governments to fulfil their obligations.“The DPRK’s statements concerning a third nuclear test and its intention to restart its nuclear facilities at Yongbyon, together with its previous statements about uranium enrichment activities and the construction of a light water reactor, are deeply regrettable,” said Mr. Amano, in his introductory statement to the Agency’s annual General Conference in Vienna, which brings together representatives from the IAEA’s 155 member States.“Such actions are clear violations of relevant UN Security Council resolutions.”Mr. Amano noted that the IAEA has been unable to carry out verification activities in the DPRK since 2009, which has limited the Agency’s knowledge of the country’s nuclear programme.“I call upon the DPRK to comply fully with its obligations under relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate promptly with the Agency in implementing its Safeguards Agreement and to resolve all outstanding issues,” he said.Turning to Iran, Mr. Amano said the Middle Eastern country is not providing the necessary cooperation to enable us to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities, adding that “the Agency therefore cannot conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”Iran’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).A round of talks on the issue is planned for 27 September in Vienna, and the Board of Governors has stressed that it is essential for Iran to immediately conclude and implement the structured approach. Mr. Amano added that the IAEA is committed to working with Iran’s new Government to resolve outstanding issues by diplomatic means.Given the nature and extent of credible information available to the Agency about possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme, Mr. Amano said: “It remains essential and urgent for Iran to engage with us on the substance of our concerns.” He also reiterated that Agency’s request that Iran, without further delay, provide substantive answers to its detailed questions regarding the location within the Parchin site and the foreign expert, and provide access to the location concerned.“I continue to urge Iran to fully implement its Safeguards Agreement and its other obligations and to engage with the Agency to achieve concrete results on all outstanding substantive issues,” he said. In his remarks, Mr. Amano also reported on the progress made in the implementation of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, which was endorsed in the aftermath of the accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in 2011.“Recent events in Japan are a clear reminder of the continuing impact of the Fukushima Daiichi accident. The leak of contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi is a matter of high priority that needs to be addressed urgently,” he said. “Recognizing the importance of this issue, the IAEA international peer review mission to Japan in April recommended that Japan establish an effective plan and mechanisms for the long-term management of liquid waste. The announcement by the Japanese Government of a basic policy for addressing this issue is an important step forward.”Mr. Amano added that the IAEA remains ready to assist Japan and will send a second international peer review mission in the next months to offer further advice. read more

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Base metals Are everhigher prices supported by the fundamentals

first_imgNatixis Commodity Markets notes “in early February, the copper price finally breached $10,000/t, while tin is in excess of $30,000/t. Even the base metals where there has been less obvious fundamental support are posting strong gains. Despite the potential for a surge in nickel supply in 2011 and 2012, the price is well in excess of $25,000/t, while aluminium prices have pushed above $2,500/t, despite LME stocks well in excess of 4 Mt.”Therefore the key question facing the market is whether base metal prices can continue to rally after their stellar performance in recent months. In general, Natixis Commodity Markets believes that the answer to this question is “yes,” but the risks for some base metals are becoming increasingly skewed to the downside, with the prospect of a potential near-term (if relatively short-lived) correction in prices becoming increasingly likely.Aluminium – “Under our base case projections, we expect the market to revert to a small deficit position in 2011, with a shortfall expected in 2012 as well. This will be encouraged by a more balanced supply-demand picture in China. We forecast an average annual price of $2,625/t in 2011, compared to last year’s outturn of $2,173/t. For 2012, prices could rise to an average of $2,700/t.Copper – “Global copper supplies will remain tight as output will struggle to keep up with the pace of demand. Nevertheless, we do not share the views of many in the market that project a deficit of upwards of 400,000 t this year. For us, a combination of higher substitution and other measures to improve efficiency will cap demand growth for copper at around 5%. Against this, although new mine supply might remain broadly flat, increased scrap supply should leave a global deficit of around 150,000 t. We are also struck by the sharply divergent messages coming from higher copper prices but also higher copper TC/RCs, the latter suggesting a more ample supply of concentrates. Although the path of least resistance may currently be toward higher prices, there is greater scope for disappointment if copper’s fundamentals prove to be less bullet-proof than the market currently imagines. With prices above $10,000/t, our base case scenario therefore anticipates a near-term correction before copper prices resume their upward trend. This should allow copper prices to cling on to most of their recent gains, supporting average annual copper prices of around $9,000/t in 2011, followed by $9,500/t in 2012.Lead – “Despite there being no immediate shortage of lead at present in the global market, our medium-term outlook is positive, based upon the rapid expansion of global car fleets thanks to the rise in automobile demand among developing countries. As such, we expect the lead market will begin to tighten over the forecast period. We expect the market will experience two consecutive years of deficit in 2011 and 2012, of 63,000 t and 168,000 t respectively, which should support average prices of $2,650/t this year and $2,900/t next year.Nickel – “In some respects, the nickel market stands out among the base metals in that there is a significant amount of additional supply in the pipeline. Given the restart at Vale’s Sudbury operation and, soon, Voisey’s Bay, combined with additional output expected from a number of ferro-nickel operations, notably Onca Puma and Barro Alto, output should rise sharply this year. 2012 should again be dominated by the supply-side, as the much anticipated HPAL projects (Goro, Ambatovy and Ramu) gradually ramp up to full production. Taking these longer-term fundamentals into consideration, we are forecasting an average price in 2011 of $24,500/t, followed by $24,000/t in 2012, compared with current prices at over $28,000/t.Tin – “The exceptional surge in tin prices in recent months leaves the market vulnerable to a correction. However, the positive underlying supply-demand balance fundamentals suggest that the path of least resistance in the short-term remains upwards. We believe that the structural tightness of tin supply will, by and large, remain in place over the next two years.“Our projected 2011 average price of $29,000/t represents a 42% year-on-year increase and is over 80% higher than the level seen at the start of 2010. That this price is below the current spot price reflects our concern that tin prices might be particularly vulnerable to any economic setbacks, given the market’s high burden of expectations. Thereafter, we expect prices to rise to an average of $30,000/t over 2012 as the market remains in deficit.Zinc – “Over the longer term, we believe that the outlook for zinc remains positive, as strong demand from the BRICs drives the global total. We expect the zinc market will post a second consecutive year of deficit in 2012, of 160,000 t, as production growth slows in line with the progressive demise of the huge Brunswick mine. In common with a number of other base metals, we forecast strong gains in average annual prices, but limited gains from the levels already experienced in early 2011. We see average annual prices rising to $2,525/t and $2,750/t respectively over the next two years.last_img read more

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