Follow ball-by-ball updates of the fourth day of the first Ashes Test between Australia and England at Brisbane.
Follow ball-by-ball updates of the fourth day of the first Ashes Test between Australia and England at Brisbane.
Now it is getting tense in the England camp. They cannot afford many more mishaps. In fact they may not have room for any if they are to ensure that the goal of World Cup glory on home soil, which has been targeted for so long, does not become another pipe dream.Here comes the ultimate test of Eoin Morgan and there is every reason for him to be disgruntled just at the moment. In the wake of two defeats in the past week, the first of which against Sri Lanka being the most exasperating and unexpected, there is now the piercing observations of former colleagues. Kevin Pietersen, an old supporter of England’s one-day international captain, tweeted: “Eoin Morgan looked scared. That is a horror sign,” after watching him bat against Mitchell Starc. To note that a batsman is “out of form” or “technically deficient” is fine but to suggest that he is “scared” truly stings. Morgan had to be at his iciest to shrug that off after the game at Lord’s. Joe Root warns England must take emotion out of ‘tasty’ India match Support The Guardian Cricket Read more Read more Pinterest Eoin Morgan England cricket team If Roy is unfit for the match against India there may still be an inclination to drop Vince. But there is a snag here. There are no other specialist batsmen in the squad. So unless Joe Root opens the batting and everyone moves up a notch Vince will surely retain his place in the absence of Roy.By this stage of the tournament England were hoping to have the freedom to juggle their pace attack but given their predicament they were not inclined to do so against Australia. So Jofra Archer played at Lord’s despite experiencing some stiffness in his left side before the game and he was not quite at his best. He is due a rest but is now deemed such an integral part of the attack that they may not dare to leave him out. That was not part of the plan four weeks ago.So Morgan faces tough opponents and tough choices throughout a momentous week, which will decide whether his side reaches the semi-finals and may well dictate his reputation as an England captain. We remember World Cup winners rather than being No 1 in the rankings. India cricket team James Vince is clean bowled for 0 by Australia’s Jason Behrendorff at Lord’s. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Since you’re here… Twitter Cricket World Cup 2019 Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Thank you. features Share on Twitter Topics Share on Pinterest Consequently Jason Roy has suddenly become a totemic figure. Life was so much simpler when he was in the team. England were thrashing Bangladesh, thanks to his majestic 153, and West Indies in the match that he picked up his hamstring injury. Since then they have defeated only Afghanistan and Roy’s replacement, James Vince, has scored 40 runs in three innings.The hierarchy has been adamant that they will not bring Roy back until he’s properly fit, which is the correct stance to take. But they are now aching for his return. As a batsman he is not necessarily a reassuring figure; given his aggressive approach he can easily fail, but they all know now that when he comes off he can change the course of the game. No such confidence emanates from the presence of Vince at the top of the order even if he always times the ball so sweetly prior to departure. Hence they may be tempted to turn a blind eye to Roy’s restricted movement in the field come Sunday. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Reuse this content Pakistan beat New Zealand to increase World Cup pressure on England Of greater concern for Morgan is the urgency for his side to win both their remaining games, against India on Sunday at Edgbaston and New Zealand the following Wednesday in Chester-le-Street. They may as well acknowledge that the situation is tricky. Self-denial does not work but nor does self-flagellation. So far his players have reacted badly in tight situations yet they still have the capacity to win even against the best sides.Morgan has begun that process by referring to a loss of confidence in the camp. The protestations that these matches are no different to ordinary ODIs are disappearing; so too are the assertions of how much they love to chase – it certainly seems that they do not relish chasing targets of less than 300. World Cup matches are different and over the past four years it has been tough to replicate the extra tension as England zipped up the rankings.There has been some sloppy thinking out on the field in this World Cup. The pursuit of 233 runs to beat Sri Lanka was slapdash and ill-constructed at Headingley; at Lord’s they seemed surprised by the introduction of Jason Behrendorff in what proved an inspired move by Australia. When Morgan says: “We have struggled with the basics of what we call our batting mantra,” he is starting to sound like Miranda’s mum. Yes, England must bat “in partnerships” but that is as obvious as craving an end to world poverty/ climate change/The Hundred.They would never cite this as an excuse, which is the wise course, but some of the surfaces have not helped England greatly. Half a dozen years ago in the bad old days England’s ODI team were still quite serviceable when playing at home on bowler-friendly pitches. They had craggy batsmen and wily bowlers which meant that 260 could often be a satisfactory total.The current side has proved to be dominant on very flat batting pitches.England have batsmen who can scorch the turf with their drives or pepper the spectators in the stands and a batch of resilient bowlers when the conditions deter the ball from moving. As a consequence they have prospered in high-scoring matches. But when there is some spice in the pitch and batting becomes a more technical, cerebral exercise there are disturbing signs of vulnerability. There was some assistance for the bowlers at Headingley and Lord’s and on both occasions England’s top-order faltered. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Facebook New Zealand cricket team
Piers Francis has escaped a ban for his high tackle on the USA’s Will Hooley after his World Cup citing was not upheld, handing England a full‑strength squad to choose from against Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP • Fixtures, tables and results• Top try and points scorers• Stadium guide• Referee guide• Our latest minute-by-minute live reports• Sign up to The Breakdown, our free rugby union email newsletterTeam guidesPool A: Ireland, Japan, Russia, Samoa, ScotlandPool B: Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand, South AfricaPool C: Argentina, England, France, Tonga, USAPool D: Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay, Wales Read more Wales cling on in face of Australia comeback to edge brilliant Pool D clash Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Piers Francis tries to dodge Cam Dolan during England’s win over the USA. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Hide Rugby union It means Eddie Jones will have all 31 players to pick from against Argentina, with his assistant, Steve Borthwick, on Sunday confirming that Jack Nowell and Mako Vunipola are on course to return on Saturday. “All players are fit and in consideration [for selection]right now,” Borthwick said. “We’ll be watching clearly, we’ve got some guys who will be in their first full week of team training. They will have been a part of it, so we will be watching them on a day-by-day basis, just tracking them, but right now, we’ve got a very fit squad.” Rugby World Cup Since you’re here… England are in pole position in Pool C with two bonus-point wins from two matches and their hand could be further strengthened if Typhoon Mitag strikes France’s clash with the USA on Wednesday. Mitag is headed towards Japan’s southern island of Kyushu and with France taking on the USA in Fukuoka, World Rugby has warned both teams it may not be possible to play the match on Wednesday.Tournament rules state that if a pool stage match cannot be played on its scheduled date it will be cancelled and both teams will receive two match points from what effectively becomes a 0-0 draw. France, who England play in Yokohama on Saturday week, won their opening match against Argentina and would ordinarily expect to beat the USA comfortably. Topics Francis became the fourth player cited at the tournament amid World Rugby’s clampdown on high tackles for his hit on Hooley after just seven seconds of England’s 45-7 victory against the USA last Thursday. But the three-man disciplinary panel, which comprised Nigel Hampton, Frank Hadden and John Langford – two of whom decided that Australia’s Reece Hodge deserved a three-week ban –concluded that Francis’s tackle warranted a yellow card only.Francis was accompanied to the hearing in Tokyo by England’s QC Richard Smith, who successfully argued that there were sufficient mitigating circumstances for the panel to rule that the appropriate on‑field sanction should have 10 minutes in the sin‑bin, on “the balance of probabilities”.Francis admitted committing an act of foul play but denied that the tackle met the red-card threshold. The panel implemented World Rugby’s high-tackle sanction framework and initially decided that a red card was warranted. But taking into account mitigating factors such as Hooley’s “sudden” change of height before the tackle, Francis’s attempt to change his own height and that the initial contact was made on Hooley’s shoulder by Francis’s head the panel then opted to reduce the sanction to yellow. It is understood that the USA did not refer the incident to the citing commissioner after reviewing it. Was this helpful? Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Pinterest Read more Support The Guardian Facebook England’s tackling will be hard but fair, insists Courtney Lawes England rugby union team Show Twitter Thank you for your feedback. news Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on Facebook Meanwhile, Borthwick believes Japan’s sensational victory against Ireland on Saturday can transform the sporting landscape in the host country. Borthwick was Jones’s assistant with Japan when they famously stunned South Africa at the 2015 World Cup. Their captain, Michael Leitch, claimed on Sunday that both victories were of equal significance but Borthwick was not surprised by the result on Saturday. “I had the privilege of coaching Japan, coaching a tier two team and you see the growth in the tier two teams. There is the expectation that they can win, they believe they can win. It was not surprising.“If you look at Japan’s history in World Cups prior to 2015, it does not make pretty reading. Now Japan go into these games expecting to win and that’s great credit to what that coaching team have done with them.“Physically they are very good. I think the rugby is good to watch. They play to their strengths. They are smart with it. When you see the excitement in the stadiums with their supporters they have, the passion for the game is there. As more and more people are exposed to the sport during this tournament, I think it can grow even bigger.” Share on Twitter Rugby World Cup 2019 Quick guide Our Rugby World Cup 2019 coverage
zoom Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has presented the hull design for its next-generation car carrier FLEXIE that will be constructed at Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co. and is slated for delivery in 2017.MOL says the rounded bow shape is going to minimize wind resistance and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 2% compared to today’s car carriers.The company has already developed the wind resistance-reducing car carrier Courageous Ace, the new energy-saving windshield for containerships to reduce wind resistance, and a new prototype sailing rig called the Power Assist Sail.In April 2015, MOL announced the contract for the construction of the FLEXIE series which adopts a new deck design. In line with the new design, the number of decks are changed from the current 12 to 14 and the number of liftable decks increased from two to six. This means two adjustable decks can be placed between two fixed decks.The car carriers are to be equipped with an electronically-controlled diesel engine with Low Load Optimisation (LLO) tuning by Exhaust Gas Bypass (EGB) technology, adopting waste heat energy recovery system for generator engines and electric power consumption reduction technology.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Screenshot from Wikimedia/Towel 401 under public domain license South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has found a new customer for the three special-purpose ships that had been canceled earlier this year.The new contract with an unidentified Asian shipping company is worth KRW 409.6 billion (USD 363 million), the company said in a March 6 announcement.The new buyer is scheduled to receive the ships by February 2021.In early February this year, Samsung Heavy Industries informed that the initial contract for the special-purpose ships, signed with an undisclosed North American shipowner, had been cancelled.At USD 366.1 million, the initial deal was worth some USD 3 million more than the second one.As stated by Samsung in February, the contract was terminated due to the shipowner’s inability to meet the shipbuilding price payment deadline.World Maritime News Staff
OTTAWA – The parliamentary budget overseer is predicting a budget deficit in the current fiscal year that’s almost $2 billion higher than was forecast in the government’s fall fiscal update last week.The latest report from the parliamentary budget officer says the deficit this year will be $20.2 billion, while Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s last prediction was $18.4 billion.Both numbers are well below the $25.5-billion deficit projection in last spring’s budget.The budget office says it expects to see the federal deficit decline gradually, falling to $9.9 billion in 2022-23.It says lower direct program spending accounts for most of the reduction in the deficit over the period.In the 2016 budget, Morneau committed the government to reducing the federal debt to-GDP ratio to 31.0 per cent in 2020-21, while the budget office predicts that ratio will actually fall to 29 per cent by that date.“As such, the government has flexibility within its current fiscal plan to reach its medium-term debt-to-GDP target,” the report said.The report says economic growth will slow over the next few years as consumer spending moderates and residential investment declines with higher borrowing rates and lower gains in disposable income.“We project real GDP growth to slow from 3.1 per cent in 2017 to 1.9 per cent in 2018 and then to 1.8 per cent in 2019 before averaging 1.7 per cent annually over 2020 to 2022.”The budget watchdog said it sees little chance that the budget will be balanced, or in a surplus position, over the medium term.It offered a 10 per cent chance of a balanced or surplus budget in 2019-20, with the odds rising to 30 per cent in 2022-23.
APTN National NewsOne of Canada’s foremost cultural institutions, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, is on tour in our North and the first stop was Iqaluit.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll reports that despite having no real performance space in Nunavut’s capital, the show must go on.And it did.
By Julia CabreraRabat – President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani has said the model of immigrant repatriation between Morocco and Spain is one other countries should follow. He thanked Morocco for their efforts to stabilize the Mediterranean and fight against terrorism.After meeting Moroccan parliament representative Habib El Malki, Tajani expressed his gratitude to King Mohammed VI and the Moroccan government on their efforts on making terrorism situations “less dangerous,” according to European news outlet, Europa Press. He spoke about working together towards overall security, controlling immigration flow, and supporting each other on sustainability issues and unemployment. Outside a parliamentary meeting, Tajani advocated for enhancing cooperation between Morocco and the European Union. He called Morocco “a strategic partner” in the battle against terrorism and human trafficking, according to Europa Press. Understanding that E.U and Moroccan relations are “crucial,” he urged for greater commercial and economical collaboration between both parties, which would, “eliminate barriers.” he told the press.“We have to stop the youth from seeing ISIS as a solution. ISIS is death, not a solution,” Tajani said. He further stated that radicalization need to be defeated, and they must strengthen police collaboration in exchanging information to combat terrorism and human trafficking in Morocco and Europe.“Terrorism knows no borders, that is why we, at a police level, information services have to work closer together,” he added according to Europa Press.Tajani assured the press that Morocco holds great opportunities for European businesses, stating that it is “more democratic” than other Muslim countries. According to Europa Press, he explained that human rights are very important for the EU and that they are pleased to see that Morocco are reforming their view on the death penalty and making steps towards religious freedom.“ It delivers a message of trust from Morocco,” said Tajani. However, he stated that the EU cannot interfere in decisions made by the Moroccan government.The president of the Moroccan parliament celebrated Morocco’s recognition as a partner to democracy after a decade of advanced agreements with the EU, which according to Europa Press demonstrates an essential partnership.“Morocco is conscious of its responsibilities with Europe, the countries and the provinces of Europe,” said the President of the Moroccan Parliament.
“The collapse of the WTO meeting in Cancún should not be the end of trade talks in an international framework,” FAO said in a news release on the ministerial meeting in the Mexican resort of the 146-nation World Trade Organization, which deadlocked over issues ranging from agricultural subsidies by rich countries to investment policies in poor countries.”Much is at stake for developed and developing countries regarding a level playing field in world trade. It is time for governments to recognise that a fair and open multilateral trading system is in the social and economic interests of their entire societies, rich and poor alike,” FAO said. “If we want to improve the living conditions of millions of people in developing countries and reduce the number of more than 800 million chronically hungry people, these countries need investment to improve their productive capacity and competitivity, but also a better chance to sell their products on the world market,” it added. FAO called it “regrettable” that in Cancún countries could not find a fair agreement on agricultural trade issues. “There are no viable alternatives to the multilateral trade talks, and when the psychological constraints of the forthcoming national political events are removed, countries should consider returning to the negotiating table before the momentum is lost,” the agency said.The Cancún talks ran aground over issues ranging from the speedy elimination of agricultural subsidies by rich countries that undercut farmers in the world’s poorest nations to the so-called Singapore issues – trade and investment, competition policy, transparency in government procurement – which developing nations felt might interfere with their domestic policies.
Opium cultivation is surging in the troubled southern part of Afghanistan and fuelling insurgency across the region, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported today.According to UNODC’s annual survey, a record 165,000 hectares were under opium cultivation in 2006, a 59 per cent gain over 2005. In the southern province of Helmand, where Taliban insurgents have intensified their attacks on Afghan government and international forces, cultivation soared 162 per cent.UNODC notes that this year’s harvest of around 6,100 tons of opium will represent 92 per cent of total world supply and exceed global consumption by 30 per cent.“These are very alarming numbers. Afghanistan is increasingly hooked on its own drug,” said UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa in Kabul after presenting the survey to Afghan President Hamid Karzai.The UNODC chief warned that the southern part of Afghanistan, with its large-scale drug operations, terrorism, crime and corruption, was verging on collapse.“The political, military and economic investments by coalition countries are not having much visible impact on drug cultivation,” said Mr. Costa. “As a result, Afghan opium is fuelling insurgency in western Asia, feeding international mafias and causing a hundred thousand deaths from overdoses every year.”Mr. Costa called on the Afghan Government to take greater action against corruption and to arrest major drug traffickers and wealthy opium-farming landlords and seize their assets.He added that governors and police officials presiding over opium-growing provinces should be removed and charged while drug-free areas should be rewarded with more substantial and more visible development aid. The UNODC Executive Director also called on western governments to do more to curb drug abuse in their countries.“Heroin habits in the West put huge sums of money into the pockets of criminals and insurgents who destabilize Afghanistan and kill soldiers and civilians alike,” he said.
Canadian dollar closes higher, gold rises in best one-day move since June, 2012 by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 22, 2013 8:57 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Monday amid general U.S. dollar weakness and surging gold prices.The loonie climbed 0.21 of a cent to 96.67 cents US.A lower dollar helped support metal prices because a weaker greenback makes it less expensive for holders of other currencies to buy oil and metals which are dollar-denominated.August bullion ran up $43.10 to US$1,336 an ounce, climbing above $1,300 for first time in a month. It was the biggest one-day gain since June 2012.Prices were close to US$1,500 an ounce in early May but started to drop later that month after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that the central bank could start tapering its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases if economic conditions warrant. But prices started to revive after Bernanke said last week that the economy still needs stimulus.September copper was up five cents to US$3.19 a pound.The September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange shed early gains and moved down 93 cents to US$106.94 a barrel.But prices have jumped about 12 per cent this month, underpinned by three weeks of declining U.S. stockpiles.It is a relatively quiet week for economic news.The major Canadian data point for the week is May retail sales, which comes out Tuesday morning. The consensus calls for a 0.3 per cent rise following a 0.1 per cent rise in April.In the U.S., data out Monday morning showed that existing home sales fell by 1.2 per cent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.08 million but remain near a 3 1/2 year high. Economists had expected a rise of 1.4 per cent.In other market-related developments, Japanese election results gave the country’s ruling coalition a majority in parliament’s upper house and a mandate to push ahead economic reforms.Preliminary results from Sunday’s election show the coalition led by Shinzo Abe won a majority in the upper house. Analysts said the victory removes a roadblock to implementing its economic reform agenda.Portuguese financial markets were relieved by the decision to allow the fragile coalition government to remain in charge, eliminating for now the prospect of snap elections and more political uncertainty.The interest rate on the benchmark 10-year bond — what the government would pay to borrow money from the open market — fell 0.45 percentage points to 6.29 per cent.A survey by the National Association for Business Economics says U.S. companies are increasingly confident the economy will grow at a modest pace over the next year and are hiring more.Nearly one-third of the economists surveyed said their companies added jobs in the April-June quarter. That’s the highest percentage in nearly two years. And 39 per cent expect their firms will hire more in the next six months. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
With 1.4 million deaths every year attributed to acute and chronic liver disease, the United Nations health agency is marking World Hepatitis Day by calling on countries to intensify efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat one of the world’s most serious diseases.“For years, viral hepatitis has been largely neglected,” says Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) in her remarks on the Day. “But now we are beginning to see greater awareness and global momentum building to tackle it.” Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease. Testing is key namely because most people with hepatitis do not know they are infected, as often symptoms only appear decades later after serious liver disease sets in.At this year’s World Health Assembly – composed of health ministers and other representatives from all WHO member States – 194 countries emphasized how important it is for countries to have comprehensive national plans to tackle hepatitis and invest in effective prevention strategies. These include comprehensive programmes for people who inject drugs, assuring access to safe injections and blood transfusions, and expanding immunization programmes. As more people living with both HIV and hepatitis receive HIV treatment, they survive long enough to develop hepatitis-C related cirrhosis and liver cancer. WHO estimates that as many as five million people are infected with both HIV and hepatitis B and similar numbers are infected with both HIV and hepatitis C. It is essential that this link be addressed, urge experts. “The experience gained by HIV programmes in scaling up comprehensive prevention and treatment programmes, improving access to affordable medicines and diagnostics, engaging communities and reaching vulnerable and marginalized populations can do much to inform viral hepatitis responses,” says Dr. Hiroki Nakatani, WHO Assistant Director-General. New drugs have the potential to transform hepatitis C treatment, with safe and simple treatments resulting in cure rates of over 90 per cent, WHO says. The agency is also developing new methods to prevent and manage hepatitis B, and is working closely with communities, clinicians and donors to make medicine affordable. “Increasing access to curative treatment for hepatitis B and C and expanding hepatitis B vaccination, and other prevention strategies, provide real opportunities for us to save lives and prevent suffering,” says Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall, WHO Director of the HIV Department. Already plans are being developed in a number of low- and middle-income countries to rapidly expand access to treatment. “We are urging ministries of health to ‘think again’ about hepatitis and develop policies that translate into prevention and life-saving treatments.”In a statement, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov said the shame, stigma and discrimination levelled against those with drug-use disorders must end. Of the 12.7 million people estimated to have injected drugs globally, around 50 per cent are believed to have contracted Hepatitis C. Those who inject drugs and who suffer from hepatitis C or HIV/AIDS need to be treated in the same way as all other medical patients. “If we fail to confront these challenges head on, and unsafe injecting practices continue, the health risks are potentially disastrous. Hepatitis C must, therefore, be integrated into the prevention and treatment services provided to those who inject drugs,” Mr. Fedotov added.
“Only by responding decisively to the climate challenge can we avoid the worst impacts of climate change and lay the foundations of a world of peace, prosperity and opportunity for all,” the UN chief said in a message on the Day. The window of opportunity for limiting global temperature rise to well below two degrees Celsius – the threshold set under the Paris Agreement adopted last December – is narrow and rapidly shrinking, Mr. Ban warned, noting that the effects of a warming planet will be felt by all, including rising sea levels, and extreme weather events, which are becoming “the new normal.” Next month, on 22 April, world leaders will gather in New York to sign the Paris Agreement. “But, even before the Agreement comes into force, every country, every business and every citizen has a role to play in combating climate change and building a sustainable future for this and future generations,” he said. World Meteorological Day 2016. Credit: WMOMessage from World Meteorological Organization Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), said in his message that today the Earth is already one degree Celsius hotter than at the start of the twentieth century, indicative of this year’s theme of the Day: ‘Hotter, drier, wetter: face the future.’ “Climate change is affecting our natural and human environment. Our emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise, and the temperature of the lower atmosphere and the ocean is increasing, he said, adding: “The international community has unanimously recognized the need for bold action.” Citing the Paris Agreement to “hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below two degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees,” he stressed that WMO and the national meteorological and hydrological services are playing an essential role in building climate-resilient societies. Health risks related to heat can be reduced through multi-hazard early warning systems that provide timely alerts to decision-makers, health services and the general public, he said, also underscoring the need to improve access to scientific knowledge and share best practices for coping with drought. The WMO community will continue to support countries in pursuing sustainable development and tackling climate change by providing the best possible science and operational services for weather, climate, hydrology, oceans and the environment. According to the WMO Statement on the Status of the Climate in 2015, the year made history, with shattered temperature records, intense heatwaves, exceptional rainfall, devastating drought and unusual tropical cyclone activity. “Our planet is sending a powerful message to world leaders to sign and implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and cut greenhouse gases now before we pass the point of no return,” Mr. Taalas said earlier this week in a press release, emphasizing that the worst-case scenarios can be averted by taking urgent and far-reaching measures to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
A US federal judge has blocked an order issued by President Trump to deny the possibility of asylum to migrants crossing the southern border illegally.US District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued the temporary restraining order after hearing arguments by civil rights groups.Trump signed the order earlier this month as thousands of migrants made their way towards the US border. He cited national interest concerns but was opposed by civil rights groups.US migrant caravanMigrants from across Central America have been travelling north for weeks towards the US-Mexico border.They say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.In the run-up to the US mid-term elections, President Trump said many of the migrants were criminals, called the caravan an invasion, and ordered troops to the border. He also repeatedly suggested it was politically motivated.Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Katie Waldman and Justice Department spokesman Steven Stafford called the asylum system “broken” in a joint statement, noting their departments will continue “to defend” the policy.They said the current system is “being abused by tens of thousands of meritless claims every year”, and supported Trump’s actions as “legitimate and well-reasoned”.“It is absurd that a set of advocacy groups can be found to have standing to sue to stop the entire federal government from acting so that illegal alJudge Tigar, in his ruling, said current legislation made it clear that any foreigner arriving in the US “whether or not at a designated port of arrival” could apply for asylum.He said Trump’s proclamation on 9 November was an “extreme departure” from prior practice.“Whatever the scope of the president’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden,” Judge Tigar added. (BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS immigration officials aim to restrict asylum at borderNovember 9, 2018In “latest news”US judge orders list of children separated from migrant parentsJuly 7, 2018In “World”Migrant caravan: Mexico to deport group which stormed US borderNovember 26, 2018In “World”
Leading analytical X-ray company PANalytical has entered a strategic alliance with neutron generator based analyser specialist SODERN. The result will be the long-term, exclusive, worldwide distribution and support of SODERN’s neutron based cross-belt analysers by PANalytical. Cross-belt analysers are used for critical applications such as real-time characterisation of raw materials, mine management, and stockpile and raw mix control. Guido Eggermont, Commercial Director, PANalytical, said: “Bringing SODERN’s exciting switchable neutron source technology into our portfolio is a significant move. It will widen the solutions we can provide to our customers in the minerals and coal sectors. PANalytical has a great tradition in these industries and our reputation for the combination of cutting-edge technology with ultimate commitment in support and safety can only be enhanced by this new development.”“Leveraging our unique Pulsed Fast and Thermal Neutron Analysis (PFTNA) technology with the worldwide commercial footprint of PANalytical will ensure our customers benefit from unparalleled expertise and customer support”, says Franck Poirrier, CEO of SODERN. “It will also facilitate further development of this technology into new applications and markets.”PANalytical is a world leading supplier of analytical instrumentation and software for X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF), with more than half a century of experience. The company is certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001. The product portfolio includes a broad range of XRD and XRF systems and software widely used for the analysis and materials characterisation of products such as metals and steel, industrial minerals and environmental samples.SODERN is a subsidiary of EADS, the largest aerospace company in Europe and the second largest worldwide. A certified ISO9001 firm, it is a producer of mission critical space, and an optical and neutron generator-based manufacturer. Drawing on 50 years experience in designing and manufacturing neutron-generation technologies, EADS SODERN is the world’s specialist in integrating industrial grade neutron-generators into elemental analysers for industrial process control applications. Its products are currently relied upon for quality optimisation in the coal and mining industries.
West African Resources Ltd recently conducted a competitive tender process for the engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) of the Sanbrado gold mine process plant and associated infrastructure in Burkina Faso. Following a detailed evaluation of bids, West African has signed a conditional Letter of Intent with Australian engineering company Lycopodium Ltd for the EPCM contract. The conditional Letter of Intent relates to the engineering and procurement (EP) portions for a new 2 Mt/y carbon-in-leach (CIL) treatment facility and other supporting infrastructure to be constructed at Sanbrado.It is expected that the EPCM contract will be signed by the end of 2018, following agreement of the final terms and conditions and West African Resources board approval. Lycopodium is an Australian-headquartered engineering and project management consultancy that has completed the construction of more than a dozen gold development projects in West Africa since 2009. Lycopodium has a successful track record in Burkina Faso, recently delivering EPCM projects at the 3 Mt/y Hounde and 4 Mt/y Karma Upgrade gold projects for Endeavour Mining, 3 Mt/y Natougou gold project for Semafo, 4 Mt/y Bissa and 8 Mt/y Bouly gold projects for Nordgold and currently building the 2.5 Mt/y Wahgnion gold project for Teranga Gold Corp.During the September quarter the company also conducted a competitive tender process for the supply and delivery of the SAG and ball mill package for Sanbrado. Following the evaluation of tenders, the company selected Outotec to supply the 4 MW semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill and 4 MW ball mill, principally due to their extensive experience with grinding mills especially in the size range required for Sanbrado. Outotec is a global mineral processing company that has extensive experience manufacturing and delivering over 200 grinding mills to sites worldwide over the last 20 years. More than 40 of these mills have been supplied to projects in West Africa. Outotec’s recent mill deliveries in West Africa include Endeavour Mining’s Ity (Côte d’Ivoire) and Hounde (Burkina Faso) gold projects and the Toro Gold’s Mako gold project (Senegal).Optimisation of the process plant flowsheet has continued to advance since completion of the updated Feasibility Study in June. The company has confirmed that by increasing the size and power of both the SAG and ball mills to the levels being supplied by Outotec the throughput rate while feeding higher grade fresh (hard) ore can be increased to maintain a minimum feed rate of 250 t/h (2 Mt/y), up from 200 t/h (1.6 Mt/y) detailed in the June FS. For Sanbrado this mill package is will deliver a higher throughput than nameplate on a blend of oxide and fresh material. Optimisation of the mine schedule and plant design will incorporate the larger mill package and is on track to be completed by Q1 2019. A significant improvement in project economics versus the FS is expected by delivering more gold in the early years of the operation from an accelerated mine schedule with a relatively small change in the processing-plant capital requirements.
If you haven’t been to an expo recently and gotten the chance to try out God of War: Ascension, Sony is giving you a chance to pick up a copy of the demo. The only catch is, this demo comes with copies of Total Recall: The Director’s cut on Blu-ray and the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. The 2012 remake of Total Recall, not the original.The Total Recall Blu-ray will feature an extended director’s cut of the movie, giving you an extra 20 minutes of unseen footage, an alternative ending, and over 90 minutes worth of special features. Most importantly, for a limited time only, purchasers of the Blu-Ray will get the E3 single-player demo of God of War: Ascension. The demo shows off the game’s new time based mechanic which allows Kratos to either decay or repair certain objects so he can get past obstacles. There’s plenty of fighting too, including an epic and gory fight with an elephant man.Total Recall and God of War may seem like an odd pairing, but as Total Recall didn’t get great reviews when it came out in theatres, Sony could be trying to help push Blu-ray sales. Many big GoW fans might buy the movie just to get a chance to try out Ascension before its release in March, but it will be interesting to see if this is enough to make Total Recall sell.It looks like there’s no other way to get ahold of the demo just yet, but the video above shows exactly what’s in the demo if you don’t want to spend your cash buying Total Recall on December 18.via PlayStation Blog
Short URL Image: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie 23,174 Views Share10 Tweet Email 52 Comments Image: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie Apr 24th 2017, 3:58 PM A 35-YEAR-OLD woman who stabbed her housemate and former partner to death has been jailed for six years at the Central Criminal Court.After the killing, Monika Matracka hid 38-year-old Michal Rejmer’s body in the back garden of the house they shared and destroyed evidence in what her defence team called “bizarre and outrageous behaviour”.She was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter by a majority jury verdict in February.Matracka, with an address at The Pines, Briarfield, Castletroy, Limerick had pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Rejmer at that address at a time unknown between 8pm on 30 December and midnight on 31 December, 2015.Today, Mr Justice Paul Butler imposed a six year sentence on Matracka.Outlining the facts of the case, Mr Justice Butler said Matracka and Rejmer were previously in a relationship which had ended for some time and they had continued to live together.The judge said Rejmer left work in McDonald’s on 30 December, 2015 and after a considerable search his body was found in the back garden of the rented accommodation.AdmissionHe said Matracka made admissions to Rejmer’s killing in the back of a garda patrol car after her arrest.“She said the deceased was a good man and she was a bad person in her interviews,” said Mr Justice Butler.The judge said that whatever happened between Matracka and Mr Rejmer, it was clear she stabbed him a number of times and he died as a result.“His body was left in the house for some time and a clear attempt was later made to hide it in the garden,” he said. He said attempts were also made to destroy evidence.The judge said Rejmer was a diligent worker and an athlete of some accomplishment.He said the mitigating factors in the case included the fact that Matracka had no previous convictions, she had offered a plea to manslaughter and she had expressed remorse from a very early stage.The judge said he had taken into consideration that at least part of Matracka’s sentence would have to be served in this jurisdiction.He said the court considered the offence to be mid-range and he believed the appropriate sentence to be eight years but had taken the mitigating factors into consideration.“In view of her low risk of re-offending I would have suspended two years of part of that sentence but because of the complications if she wanted to transfer back to Poland to serve her sentence, I’m reducing it to a straight six years,” he said.Mr Justice Butler then sentenced Matracka to six years in prison and backdated it to when she went in to custody on 8 January, 2016.TrialThe eight day trial heard that Rejmer had helped Matracka out financially when she was studying in Poland in 2009.Matracka told gardai that on 30 December, 2015 Rejmer told her he wanted his money back and if he did not get it she “would have to say bye bye to life”. She said he then cut her left hand with a knife.She also told gardai that she stabbed Rejmer in self-defence saying:I did it. It was me. I killed Michal.Mr Rejmer was reported missing on 6 January, 2016 after colleagues became concerned when he had not turned up for work at McDonald’s in Castletroy for a number of days. He was last seen on 30 December, 2015.Rejmer’s body was discovered by his friend and a local volunteer at the rear of his house in Castletroy under some plastic sheeting on 8 January, 2016.State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy gave evidence in the trial and told the jury that Mr Rejmer died as a result of bleeding from stab wounds to the arms.Read: Man’s sentence for abusing daughter and other young girls reduced on appealRead: Man jailed for setting fire to young mother’s car, destroying baby presents Monday 24 Apr 2017, 3:58 PM By Alison O’Riordan http://jrnl.ie/3356098 Woman who stabbed former partner to death and hid body in back garden jailed for 6 years Monika Matracka was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Perruches invasives : des mesures de contrôle en AngleterreLes autorités britanniques viennent de décider de contrôler les populations de perruches moines échappées d’élevage avant qu’elles ne soient trop nombreuses. La principale association ornithologique du pays souhaiterait toutefois éviter l’abattage des oiseaux.”Elles ont le potentiel de se développer rapidement et pourraient constituer une menace pour l’agriculture et la sécurité publique”, reconnaît ce représentant de la Société royale pour la Protection des Oiseaux (RSPB), évoquant les problèmes posés par les 150 perruches moines, originaires d’Amérique du Sud et issues d’élevages, qui ont commencé à coloniser la région londonienne depuis 1990.À lire aussiL’effrayante attaque d’un crabe de cocotier sur un oiseauConstituant une menace pour l’agriculture en mangeant des fruits, ces oiseaux peuvent également évincer les espèces indigènes qui comptent sur les mêmes ressources, et construire des nids de très grande taille, notamment sur les pylônes électriques, qu’ils peuvent endommager.Pour prévenir les problèmes déjà posés dans d’autres pays, le ministère britannique de l’Environnement, de l’Alimentation et des Affaires rurales a déclaré que ces perruches devaient être mises sous contrôle avant qu’elles ne deviennent une nuisance. “Les mesures de contrôle comprendront le piégeage et la rapatriement, l’enlevage des nids, et le tir si nécessaire”, a dit un porte-parole. La RSPB, elle, préfèrerait éviter ce dernier procédé.Le 1 mai 2011 à 16:42 • Emmanuel Perrin
Japan boss Akira Nishino was proud of the persistence of his side as they came back twice against Senegal in their 2-2 draw on SundayGoalkeeper Eiji Kawashima made an awful mistake at an attempted clearance in the first-half that enabled Sadio Mane to give Senegal the lead, but Takashi Inui then put Japan back level with a brilliant goal.Senegal reclaimed the lead after a fine finish from defender Moussa Wague, before substitute Keisuke Honda managed to salvage a point for Japan and become their fourth highest goalscorer alongside Hiromi Hara at 37 goals.After their early exit in Brazil four years ago, Japan now have four points from their first two games and could be set be set to reach the last 16 of the World Cup“Just as we anticipated, the match turned into a very tough battle, and I think the result reflects that,” said Nishino, as stated on JFA.“We showed our persistence and managed to level the match twice against a very strong opponent. Although we conceded the opening goal, the players kept their composure and executed our game plan to score the equaliser.”‘I am really happy’ Sadio Mane is loving life at Liverpool Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Sadio Mane poured cold water on doubts surrounding his Liverpool future by opening up on just how “really happy” he is at the club.The 63-year-old felt that Japan grew stronger as the game progressed and feels that he made all the correct decisions tactically during the match.“The fact that we were able to create our time after conceding the goal, the players were able to find their rhythm, tempo, and play style,” he said.“They seemed very confident during halftime. We created many chances from our ball movements, so we were really looking to win the match. The three substitutes we employed were all an offensive move, and I believe that was the most optimal way to utilise our substitutes.“We had the option to either bring in a defensive player or Usami, but I decided to go for the win. The one point we earned was a result of us going for the win, so I think we should be proud of it. Senegal was a very tough opponent to face, and we will just have to take the result and our performance positively ahead of our next match.Japan will next face the eliminated Poland at the Volgograd Arena on Thursday in their final Group H game.