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John Barnes says there is ‘stupid pressure’ on football to tackle racism

first_imgSoccer Race and sports Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn John Barnes believes there is an “irrational pressure” on football to tackle racism. England face Switzerland in a friendly at Leicester’s King Power Stadium on Tuesday night – an occasion that will mark the 25th anniversary of the Kick It Out campaign.The anti-racism foundation has fought for equal rights in football with high-profile backing from within the game. But Barnes, the third-most capped black, Asian and minority ethnic England international of all time behind Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand, feels using football in an attempt to quell racism in all walks of life is short-sighted.“It is an irrational pressure, it is a stupid pressure,” he said when asked if there is an undue expectation on football to eradicate racism. “Football can do nothing about getting rid of racism. Society can. England v Switzerland to be screened in black and white Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on Twitter “It is OK pointing the finger at Russia and saying how terrible it is in Russia but that alleviates us looking at ourselves and Gareth Southgate has said that himself. We still have a long way to go. How many black managers do we have? Has anything really changed?“We can’t kid ourselves to think it is changed but it is doing what it can. What has to happen is it has to change in society not in football.“Change it in society and it will change in football, not the other way around. But because football is media attentive, you are looking at football to drive society. You cannot do that. It is impossible.“Before we are football people, we are members in society first. Yes, football is doing what it can but in many respects the change has to come from society.”Before the World Cup there was a furore surrounding the media coverage of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling. The England forward was photographed with a gun tattooed on his leg – a tribute to his father who was shot and killed – and many claimed the backlash towards the player stemmed from racial discrimination.“Raheem Sterling can’t change anything. It is the people who may feel that way towards Raheem who have to change,” Barnes said.“He can do nothing to make them change their minds about whether they discriminate against him or not. They have to change their minds. They have to change their perception of him. He isn’t going to change that because he is who he is.“Why is there a perception based on Raheem Sterling as an individual, so therefore, this is what black people are like because of Raheem Sterling?“You wouldn’t look at Harry Kane and Paul Gascoigne if you wanted to have a perception of white people and base it on Paul Gascoigne being white and say ‘this is what white people are like’ – no you wouldn’t.” Read more Share on Pinterest Topics news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Liverpool’s ‘sixth sense’ fuels fightbacks, says Adam Lallana

first_img Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Read more Share on Twitter Arsenal deny meeting José Mourinho as pressure mounts on Unai Emery Adam Lallana said Liverpool have developed a feeling “like a sixth sense” that convinces them they can find a way to win even when they look like losing ground in the title race. The more often Liverpool strike late, the stronger that conviction grows, claimed the midfielder.Lallana was speaking in the wake of Saturday’s dramatic victory by his team at Villa Park, where Liverpool trailed until the 87th minute but ended up winning 2-1, with Sadio Mané scoring the decisive goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time that preserved their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League. It was the third time in a week that Liverpool had come from behind to win, following the 2-1 triumph over Tottenham and the Carabao Cup victory over Arsenal. The Gunners had led 3-1, 4-2 and 5-4 at Anfield, only for Jürgen Klopp’s team to recover each time and prevail in a penalty shootout. “It’s almost like a sixth sense,” said Lallana. “We knew at half-time [against Villa] that, if we got one goal, it’s going to count. We got it late but we still had time. It doesn’t surprise me that we got a second goal.”The midfielder said the win over Arsenal fuelled the whole club, even though none of the players who had began that game started at Villa. “We made 11 changes but as a squad you still gain momentum just from being there, even the lads who didn’t play,” he said. “We took that and, even though we weren’t at our best in the first half [at Villa Park], it helps towards the ‘never say never’ [attitude]. We’ve just got that momentum.” Lallana says opponents know it too, making them fearful that Liverpool are going to strike late on again: “Teams worry when it’s late,” he said.John McGinn, the Villa midfielder, said Liverpool’s relentlessness wore his gallant side down. That was despite the fact he had detected vulnerability among the visitors after Mahmoud Trézéguet put Villa 1-0 up.“A lot of their players were arguing and you could tell they were uncomfortable in the first half,” said McGinn. “When teams start arguing with each other you normally know you’ve got them. But at the same time you have to respect that they are such a good team they just regroup, get together and go again.” Share via Email Topics news Aston Villa Liverpool Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Leicester back up to third as Jamie Vardy wraps up win at Crystal Palace Reuse this content “They don’t give up, they keep going and they probably tired us out too much right at the end,” continued McGinn. “Chances were coming and we were trying to keep them at bay but the ball just keeps coming back at you. It was two sloppy goals from our point of view but teams like Liverpool do that to you, like Manchester City did [to Villa the previous week]. They just drain you mentally.”Having seen his team fall to each of the top two within the space of a week the Villa manager, Dean Smith, foresees the title race going down to the wire again. “I think they’ll go toe-to-toe until the end of the season,” he said.last_img read more

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150 District Constables to be Recruited

first_imgSome 150 District Constables are to be recruited as part of efforts to strengthen community policing.Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, explains that the recruitment will fill the vacancies being created by 150 District Constables who are now participating in training to join the Jamaica Constabulary Force.Speaking in the House of Representatives on October 3, Mr. Montague said focus will be placed on recruiting persons who are 50 years and over.“We believe that these persons who are over 50 are stable and well established in the community, and persons will engage them with information. We (will be) targeting the hotspots,” he noted.The Minister said the District Constables will be deployed in their communities to enhance the relationship between citizens and the police.The training of district constables is part of the move to drive effective policing, one of the five pillars of the crime-reduction strategy being implemented by the Ministry of National Security.last_img read more

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PEI premier says homophobic graffiti spraypainted on church is sickening

first_imgSTRATFORD, P.E.I. – The premier of P.E.I. says the damage caused by vandals who recently spray-painted a local church with homophobic slogans is sickening.Wade MacLauchlan posted a brief message on Twitter saying the graffiti on Our Lady of Assumption Church in Stratford, P.E.I., shakes the Island’s “sense of safety.”The RCMP issued a statement saying they believe the Roman Catholic church was vandalized during the overnight hours of Feb. 9.Messages spray painted on the church include “666 Satan Lives” as well as a message using a derogatory term for homosexuals saying God hates gays.The Mounties are appealing for anyone with information about the crime to call the Queens District RCMP or Crime Stoppers.MacLauchlan, the province’s first openly gay premier, says he first heard about the graffiti last Friday when he was visiting Phinley’s Diner and Dairy Bar in Stratford.“These actions are sickening and take away from the sense of safety of our Island communities,” he tweeted.last_img read more

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Election Commission showcauses Dilip Ghosh

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission (EC) has served a show-cause notice to BJP state president Dilip Ghosh for his controversial remarks regarding the Commission itself.The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state has sought a clarification as to why he made such an obnoxious comment regarding the EC. The remarks came from Ghosh two days ago after the election personnel removed a banner that was allegedly carrying his photograph and Ram Navami greetings. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile talking to a private television channel, Ghosh said he would have taken off the trousers of the election personnel who had dared to remove the banner, had he been present there at the spot. The CEO office has taken a strong objection to Ghosh’s remarks. According to a senior official at the CEO office, Ghosh’s statements were derogatory in nature and hence, he has been asked to clarify why he made such a statement. Ghosh had allegedly used Ram Navami greetings and posters during his election rally flouting the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) set up by the Election Commission of India. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe state has once again witnessed processions where weapons were brandished during the Ram Navami celebrations this year. After his controversial remarks, Ghosh had, however, claimed that he did not flout any MCC violation by putting a banner greeting people on the occasion of Ram Navami. He went ahead and added that he is entitled to put out a banner as he has been a local MLA. The Commission, however, seems unmoved and has show-caused him. The CEO office wanted to know from Ghosh if he has conducted an election rally using various posters of Ram Navami or if any weapons were used during the rally. Earlier, Ghosh was seen displaying swords and maces during Ram Navami celebrations in Kharagpur. The Kolkata Police along with its state counterpart said no political, apolitical and religious organisations have been allowed to carry out rallies with arms. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while addressing a rally in Siliguri, criticised the BJP for taking out armed rallies and said they were trying to “sell religion” for political advantage. “Whose throat do you want to slit with swords? Whose head do you want to smash with the mace,” she had questioned while addressing a rally in favour of party’s Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat candidate Amar Singh Rai.last_img read more

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Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 110.12 points to 15,154.52, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 90.52 points to 21,521.26. The S&P 500 index was down 7.07 points to 2,466.38 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 18.94 points to 6,371.07The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.84 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 79.46 cents US.The September crude contract was down 77 cents to US$46.15 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was down two cents to US$3.02 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up $5.70 to US$1,251.20 an ounce and the September copper contract was up one cent to US$2.73 a pound.

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Thilina Gamage questioned by CID over illegal possession of elephant

Former Colombo Additional Magistrate Thilina Gamage appeared before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today to be questioned over the possession of a baby elephant without valid documents.

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Former Navy spokesman DKP Dassanayake further remanded

Former Navy spokesman DKP Dassanayake, who was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over the disappearance of 11 youth, was ordered to be further remanded till October 9 by the Colombo Fort Magistrate today.The youth had been reported missing between 2008 and 2009. In 2015 the CID had questioned Dassanayake over allegations that some officers in the Navy were involved in the disappearance of several youth.Last year, former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda also appeared before the CID to make a statement over the disappearance of the youth. (Colombo Gazette)

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Guatemala human rights and security concerns persist UN official says

Tom Koenigs, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA), told reporters in New York that the country now enjoys a broad consensus against a return to armed conflict, as well as greater freedom. But while the Guatemala peace agreements have closed a dark chapter in the country’s history, providing a comprehensive and viable blueprint for consolidating peace and constructing a multiethnic democracy, their implementation had “dangerously slowed down” and key commitments remained unfulfilled. Mr. Koenigs said that where progress had been made, it had fallen short of the goals set out in the agreements. “In some cases, such as human rights, there have been clear steps backward,” he said. “The benefits of peace had still not trickled down to the population in the form of security, jobs and land for the landless.” He warned that increasing social conflict and polarization could get worse as the election campaign heats up next year. Although human rights abuses had declined sharply after the peace agreements were concluded nearly six years ago, the past 12 months had seen a “worrisome upsurge.” Human right activists continued to be the target of threats and violence. Progress in ending impunity had been slow, he added, predicting that further advances would be measured in key cases such as the killings of anthropologist Myrna Mack and Bishop Juan Gerardi. The crime of lynching had increased in recent months, he said. “This is a horrific practice which shows the war’s results and its legacy.” Discrimination against indigenous people, who make up more than half of the population, persists. “The greatest treasure of Guatemala is the diversity of its people,” he observed. “Nevertheless there is widespread discrimination; the access to justice is difficult, health and education is everywhere but in the countryside, and among the children, those who least go to school are always indigenous.” The Special Representative voiced concern that long-disbanded civil patrols, which had been responsible for human rights abuses during the conflict, were receiving new support from the Government. “I share the fears of many people in Guatemala that these groups could become violent,” he said. At the same time, changes to the army called for in the peace agreement had still not been made. The army’s doctrine and deployment “are as if there were a period of war,” he noted, adding that its budget was growing at the expense of education and health. He also called for the immediate dismantling of a “shadowy presidential security unit.” However, Mr. Koenigs said he was encouraged by recent statements made by President Alfonso Portillo pledging to press ahead with army reductions, indemnify war widows and orphans, increase funding for land purchases and provide greater safety for human right workers. “The peace process has to be intensified and words have to become actions,” he said. read more

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To conserve worlds oceans underlying poverty and hunger must be solved UN

With 47 per cent of fishing stock reaching maximum sustainable limits, 18 per cent overexploited and 10 per cent already depleted, conservation of the world’s oceans can only be achieved if the larger problems of poverty, hunger and underdevelopment are adequately addressed, a United Nations agency warned today.Wherever people are heavily dependent on fish for their livelihoods or lifestyles, any perceived threats to their access – such as stronger conservation measures – are likely to be met by resistance, a senior Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) fisheries officer, Kevern Cochrane, told the Fourth World Fisheries Congress in Vancouver, Canada.”Millions of people depend on fishing for food and employment, especially in the world’s poorest countries,” Mr. Cochrane said. “Implementing stronger conservation measures and more sustainable fishing practices in these areas hinges on addressing the root causes of poverty and food insecurity there.”Achieving a sustainable global fisheries sector is possible using existing strategies and plans, such as the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, but doing so requires that the international community effectively address the underlying problems of poverty, hunger, and underdevelopment, he added.”Piecemeal solutions to ocean management seem inevitably doomed to failure, and lasting, global reconciliation of marine resource use and conservation will only be possible if these prerequisites are in place,” he told the congress, attended by 1,500 delegates from 80 countries.FAO figures show that net revenues from fish trade – exports minus imports – by developing countries recently reached $17.7 billion, a figure larger than that earned from their exports of tea, rice, cocoa and coffee combined. But the statistics also show that 1.2 billion people worldwide survive on just $1 a day while 842 million go without enough to eat each day, many of them in the developing world. read more

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Reynolds American 2Q profit rises 67 per cent as higher prices offset

RICHMOND, Va. – Reynolds American Inc. said Tuesday that its profit rose by 6.7 per cent in its second quarter as higher cigarette and smokeless tobacco prices helped to offset a decline in the number of cigarettes it sold.The Winston Salem, North Carolina-based company said it earned $492 million, or 92 cents per share, in the period ended June 30, up from $461 million, or 84 cents per share, a year ago.Adjusted earnings were 89 cents per share, topping analyst estimates of 87 cents per share, according to Zacks Investment Research.The nation’s second-biggest tobacco company reported revenue, excluding excise taxes, of $2.16 billion, down from $2.18 billion a year ago. Wall Street predicted $2.22 billion in revenue.Its shares rose 28 cents to $56.95 in early trading Tuesday.Earlier this month, Reynolds announced plans to buy Newport cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. for $25 billion. The tie-up would create a formidable No. 2 tobacco company in the U.S. behind Richmond, Virginia-based Altria Group Inc. It also creates a powerhouse in menthol cigarettes, which are becoming a bigger part of the business and gives the combined company some breathing room even as people smoke fewer cigarettes every year.The maker of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes said its R.J. Reynolds Tobacco subsidiary shipped 8 per cent less cigarettes during the quarter, compared with an estimated decline of 5.5 per cent for the industry as a whole.Volumes for Camel fell more than 4 per cent and volumes for Pall Mall decreased 6 per cent. The brands account for more than 60 per cent of the company’s total cigarette volume.But Camel’s market share increased 0.4 percentage points to 10.2 per cent of the U.S. market, while Pall Mall’s market share grew 0.1 percentage points to 9.3 per cent.The number of Natural American Spirit cigarettes sold by its Santa Fe Natural Tobacco subsidiary grew nearly 8 per cent.Tobacco companies are also focusing on cigarette alternatives such as snuff, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes as tax hikes, smoking bans, health concerns and social stigma make the cigarette business tougher.Shipments of its Grizzly and Kodiak smokeless tobacco brands fell less than a per cent. The brands had a 34.4 per cent share of the U.S. retail market, though that market is tiny compared with cigarettes.The company said the national rollout of its Vuse brand electronic cigarette is progressing and is in about 21,000 stores. The second wave of the brand’s expansion is set for early September. Reynolds noted it is spending more to expand and promote the brand, which will be its sole e-cigarette once it sells Lorillard’s Blu e-cig brand to U.K.’s Imperial Tobacco as part of the deal.Reynolds American also narrowed its 2014 adjusted earnings forecast to a range of $3.35 to $3.45 per share. Its previous outlook was $3.30 to $3.45 per share. Analysts polled by FactSet expect $3.35 per share.___Michael Felberbaum can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/MLFelberbaum .__AP Business Writer Michelle Chapman contributed to this report from New York. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Reynolds American 2Q profit rises 6.7 per cent as higher prices offset cigarette declines by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2014 6:28 am MDT read more

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UN seeks 38 million to respond to Lesothos food crisis

The number of people facing food insecurity in southern African countries has increased dramatically, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Currently over 8 million people in nine countries in the region are vulnerable to food insecurity. Lesotho has experienced a more than 70 per cent drop in domestic agricultural production, owing to a series of flooding, late rains and early frost, the Office stated. This year’s crop failures follow poor harvests last year, which has increased the vulnerability of many of the country’s poorest farmers.After declaring an emergency food crisis in August, the Government of Lesotho earlier this month launched an appeal for $170 million to support the most vulnerable for the period from September 2012 to June 2013.“It is very important that the international community does not forget what is happening in a country like Lesotho,” said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos.“This can be devastating for a small country and the way that we are trying to work going forward, which is to support communities, households and governments to really build resilience, this is what we also have to do for the longer term,” Ms. Amos added.Priority sectors for intervention in the appeal launched today in Geneva include food security, health and nutrition, protection and coordination. Last month the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) approved a $6.2 million grant to support programmes carried out in the country by UN agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). read more

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Met Police launch 74th murder investigation of the year after stabbing in

Nearby roads – and Ducketts Common, where police believe the victim may have been stabbed – have been cordoned off while investigations are carried out.It is the latest in a series of violent deaths in London this year, many of them involving knives. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A man in his 30s died in a stabbing near a north London Tube station on Saturday night.Officers and the London Ambulance Service were called to Green Lanes near Turnpike Lane station at 9.47pm where they found what they described as a “seriously injured” man.He had suffered stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Metropolitan Police.The force has launched a murder investigation – its 74th in the capital so far this year.Officers believe they know the identity of the man, and formal identification and a post-mortem examination will take place. Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. read more

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Coal news from the Ukraine DTEK struggles but performs

first_imgNatural gas productionmillion m3557.20557.2100 Indicatorsunit9 months20149 months2013Change(+/-)Change(%) Gas condensate production‘000 t20.8020.8100 Electricity transmission by networksMkWh39,965.142,471.2-2,506.1-5.9 Coal imports‘000 t1,144.301,144.3100 Electricity exportsMkWh6,936.77,435.0-498.3-6.7 Coal production ‘000 t28,805.230,303.2-1,498.0-4.9 Electricity generation (supply)MkWh35,379.238,064.8-2,685.6-7.1center_img ROM coal processing‘000 t19,088.121,491.5-2,403.4-11.2 Coal exports‘000 t3,631.43,242.2389.212.0 DTEK, the largest energy company in Ukraine, has announced its performance results for January-September 2014. DTEK’s enterprises produced 28.8 Mt of coal (-4.9% YoY), electricity output amounted to 35.4 billion kWh (-7.1%), electricity transmission via networks amounted to 40 billion kWh (-5.9%), natural gas output was 557.2 million m3. “The third quarter of this year was quite challenging for the country and businesses, and our company is not an exception. Yet, there is an upside: DTEK has gained experience in overcoming new crisis situations. We readjusted and managed to retain control over all our assets. Our experience proves that a well-balanced vertically-integrated company has a certain resilience and underlying strength. Unfortunately, it has its limits,” commented DTEK’s CEO Maxim Timchenko on the company’s performance results for the first nine months of 2014. “I have to say that the government has left business face to face with the problems in the energy sector. We had anticipated difficulties with coal supplies as early as July-August and called for joint effort to solve the problem, which our government has admitted to have only now. A number of decisions important for the sector are yet to be made to ensure uninterrupted heat supply during the heating season. The key decision is to make state-run Energorynok repay the debt to generation companies, thus providing funds to purchase required coal grades. Ukrainian fossil-fuelled generation has never experienced such crisis before. Only consolidated efforts of business, society and state can preserve the integrity of the national energy system and help Ukraine survive the winter.”Key Production Indicators In January-September 2014 DTEK reduced coal production by 4.9% to 28.8 Mt YoY. Processing plants also reduced  their output: ROM coal processing and concentrate production decreased by 11.2% to 19 Mt and by 13.6% to 12.2 Mt respectively. Main factors influencing the performance indicators:DTEK Rovenkyanthracite, DTEK Sverdlovanthracite and DTEK Komsomolets Donbassa mines’ aggregate coal production dropped by 18.5% or 2.4 Mt due to military hostilitiesOn 27 July, Komsomolets Donbassa mine switched to the special operating mode: maintaining key processes in the workings due to shelling of mine and the territories adjacent to itIn September, DTEK Sverdlovanthracite and DTEK Rovenkyanthracite resumed coal production at the mines that had been temporarily suspended earlier not to jeopardise the miners as the military hostilities took place in close vicinity to the minesDTEK Pavlogradugol increased production by 5.7% or 760,000 t while Obukhovskaya mine group — by 69.5% or 623,000 t.Capital Investments: For the nine months of 2014 DTEK allocated 713.1 million hryvnias for the purchase of equipment for extraction faces; investments in replacement of the worn-out tunnelling equipment and upgrade of the transportation chain amounted to 201.6 million hryvnias.In 3Q 2014, the first stage of Pavlogradska CPP upgrade was completed. This will ensure ROM coal processing growth by 1.3 Mt/y to make 5.8 Mt. The plant re-equipment will result in the production of high calorific value concentrate for export and reduced costs for processing at external CPPs (the total project budget is 133.8 million hryvnias).The main fan at Komsomolets Donbassa mine was replaced (the total project budget is 63.8 million hryvnias). However, due to military hostilities and shelling of the mine, Komsomolets Donbassa mine suspended its coal production and the equipment commissioning was postponed since late July.Main projects:Project to increase conveying capacity of the winder set at Geroiv Kosmosu mine (budget 153.5 million hryvnias) will help increase productivity to 3 Mt/y starting 2015Construction of ventilation shafts at Yuvileina and Dobropilska mines (budgets 235 million hryvnias and 74.7 million hryvnias respectively). The projects’ implementation will help to supply the required amount of air to the mine.In 3Q 2014, DTEK reduced coal supplies to external markets by 18.0% or 205,800 t YoY. Due to the positive trend in 1H, the company increased sales over nine months 2014 by +12% to 3.6 Mt.Due to a shortage of anthracite in the domestic market, DTEK redirected contracted export volumes to thermal power plants. Furthermore, in 3Q 2014, DTEK imported 1.1 Mt of A and T grade coals to Ukraine (including coal produced by DTEK’s Obukhovskaya mine group in Russia) to supply thermal power plants. Main factors influencing the performance indicators:Decrease in anthracite production by DTEK’s companies and destruction of the railway infrastructure within the area of military operations, which constrained coal supplies and deliveryContinued cooperation with the countries where the company shipped coal in 2013: the USA (+130%), India (+108%), Turkey (shipment almost doubled), Morocco (+52%), Russia (+27%).From January to September, coal sales in the domestic market were 20% down to 1 Mt due to the reduced industrial production in Ukraine by 8.7% and military hostilities. In particular, coking coal supplies decreased due to suspended operations at six coking plants in Donbas region.DTEK’s thermal power plants reduced electricity supply by 7.1% to 35.4 billion kWh YoY. The main factors influencing the performance indicators:Electricity consumption in Ukraine dropped by 5.8% or 7.8 billion kWh due to the recession in industrial production on the back of military hostilities at DonbasDTEK Skhidenergo reduced electricity generation by 12.8% or 1.6 billion kWh due to military hostilities in Donetsk and Lugansk regionsDTEK reduced electricity exports by 6.7% or 498.3 million kWhKyivenergo reduced electricity supply by 19.4% or 374.7 million kWh as natural gas supply was limited by the governmentBotievo wind farm’s electricity generation grew by 133.2% or 258.4 million kWh due to the commissioning of the plant’s second stage in 2014Industrial enterprises of Ukraine reduced electricity consumption by 6.1% or 3.7 billion kWhElectricity supplies by DTEK Power Grid and DTEK Donetskoblenergo decreased in total by 13.2% or 2 billion kWh, as the military hostilities in Donetsk region brought down demand from different group of consumersElectricity supply by DTEK Krymenergo dropped by 7.4% or 256.4 million kWh as there was no seasonal growth of demand and consumption by agricultural and industrial consumers went down.DTEK is the largest energy company in Ukraine. It is part of the financial and industrial group System Capital Management (SCM). Electricity is the core product. The assets portfolio is represented by 10 thermal power plants and two combined heat and power plants with 18 GW of total installed capacity; one wind farm with the installed capacity of 200 MW; five electricity distribution and sales enterprises, which provide services to over 5.2 million customers — both individuals and legal entities; 31 mines and 13 coal-processing plants; oil and gas extraction assets.In 2013, DTEK’s enterprises generated 53 TWh and purchased 56.9 TWh of electricity for further supply to consumers; coal output equalled 41.4 Mt and coal processing amounted to 29.3 Mt. DTEK exports electricity to four countries and coal to 31 countries worldwide. Picture from www.dtek.com Concentrate production‘000 t12,238.514,164.1-1,925.6-13.6 Coal processing: last_img read more

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PAHO Team Says New Providence Dump Is A Chronic Health Risk

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #newprovidencedump Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 2, 2017 – Nassau – Following an assessment of the New Providence landfill by the Pan American Health Organization, a team of experts has marked the landfill as an “URGENT PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARD.” The team, led by Ms. Sally J. Edwards and Dr. Fernando Diaz-Barriga, reported that although the fire at the landfill on March 5 can be characterized as an acute health risk, the exposure to health risk threats from the landfill should be considered as a chronic health risk for both the communities close to the landfill and those who work there.The government of Bahamas requested the help of the Pan American Health Organization to conduct a study related to the risk of human health from the fire.The New Providence landfill fire was said to be caused by arson. The fire forced residents of Jubilee Gardens, Victoria Gardens and surrounding areas to evacuate their homes due to the fumes of smoke that covered parts of New Providence. The PAHO visited the island in the first week of April to conduct their study.Many sources of waste at the landfill were identified including waste from cruise ships, marine litter, hospitals and clinics nearby, households and commercial businesses in the area. The PAHO team stated that this is a cause for concern, as the landfill has negative effects on the air, soil, dust and fresh water in New Providence.The team has since provided the Ministry of Health with a list of actions to reduce exposure.#magneticmedianews#newprovidencedumplast_img read more

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Vangaveeti Ranga birth anniversary celebrated

first_imgVijayawada: Floral tributes were paid to former MLA Vangaveeti Mohana Ranga by his son Vangaveeti Radhakrishna and followers on his 72nd birth anniversary here on Thursday. Radhakrishna and others participated in puja to mark the occasion. He cut the cake. Addressing the gathering, Radhakrishna said that he would strive to fulfil the ambitions of Ranga by helping the poor and the needy. Also Read – Vice-Prez to flag off Gudur Superfast Express Advertise With Us He recalled that Ranga had strived for uplift of the poor and the downtrodden throughout his life. He clarified that Ranga was not in favour of any community as he was a people’s man and helped everyone who was in need. When asked about reports on his joining Jana Sena Party, Radhakrishna did not respond and was tight-lipped. JSP West constituency leader Potina Mahesh said that in the expansion of districts in Andhra Pradesh, one should be named after Vangaveeti Mohana Ranga.last_img read more

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Drunken govt driver creates nuisance

first_imgVikarabad: A drunk forest department vehicle driver Chander created public nuisance on road on Sunday. He hit a bike. When the bike rider questioned him, he indulged in verbal duel. The rider belongs to Antharam village in Tharoor mandal.last_img

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Giuliani says Trump pursued Moscow tower throughout 2016

first_imgRudy Giuliani is seen ahead of US president Donald Trump introducing his Supreme Court nominee in the East Room of the White House in Washington, US on 9 July 2018. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump pursued a business deal to erect a tower bearing his name in Moscow throughout 2016, his attorney said on Sunday, raising new questions for congressional investigators looking into possible ties between the president and Russia.Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he may have continued to pursue the project and had discussions about it with his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, until as late as October or November 2016, when Trump was closing in on his election victory against Democrat Hillary Clinton.”It’s our understanding that they (the discussions) went on throughout 2016,” Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, told NBC’s “Meet the Press.””Probably up to, could be up to as far as October, November,” he said. “But the president’s recollection of them is that the thing had petered out quite a bit.”The Moscow deal ultimately did not materialize but Giuliani’s remarks suggest that Trump’s discussions about the project with Cohen may have dragged on months longer than had been publicly known.”That is news to me. And that is big news,” Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, also said on “Meet the Press.” “It’s remarkable that we’re two years after the fact and just discovering it today.”An investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Moscow and Trump’s campaign has loomed large over the Trump presidency amid media reports of his team’s connections with Russia.On Friday, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller who leads the investigation took the rare step of disputing elements of a BuzzFeed News report that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the Moscow real estate deal.Trump has denied the BuzzFeed article’s claim and Giuliani backed him: “I can tell you his counsel to Michael Cohen throughout that entire period was: ‘Tell the truth’.”Trump has repeatedly condemned the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt” while denying any collusion with Moscow. Russia also denies any interference in the US elections.Warner, whose panel is conducting its own Russia probe, said the possibility that Trump pursued a business deal with Russia until as late as the 2016 election increases the need to know about his dealings as president with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.”That raises a whole host of questions that the American public needs an answer to and the Congress needs an answer to,” Warner said.Cohen pleaded guilty in November to charges he lied to Congress when he testified that the discussions ended in January 2016. Instead, Cohen said they actually continued until that June, after Trump had clinched the Republican nomination.Cohen, who has been sentenced to three years in prison for lying to lawmakers, is expected to testify before the Democratic-led House Oversight Committee on 7 February. The House and Senate intelligence committees also want to hear from Cohen.The president has provided written answers to questions from Mueller on the Moscow project, according to Giuliani.”Our answers cover until the election. So any time during that period, they could have talked about it,” he said.last_img read more

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49 game 3DS video reel shown at Nintendo World 2011

first_imgWhile tech companies everywhere are packing up and leaving Las Vegas after CES, Nintendo has just started promoting its latest games and hardware at Nintendo World 2011 in Japan.Top of the billing has to be the 3DS handheld released next month in Japan and to Western markets in March. Nintendo is clearly not holding anything back as the 49 game 3DS video reel above demonstrates.While we don’t know specifically which games will be launch titles, we are impressed with how many well-known and popular IPs feature. There’s the usual suspects you expect from Nintendo including a Mario platformer, Zelda adventure, Animal Crossing, and a new entry in the Mario Kart series. Then you have the system sellers from 3rd parties including Street Fighter IV, Resident Evil: Revelations, and Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater.The games I’m excited to see apart from those mentioned already include a new StarFox game and what looks to be a new Pilotwings.Now we just have to hope all these games do appear in 2011 and that our eyes and the battery holds out on our shiny new 3DS.Thanks to Destructoid who found this video also from Nintendo World 2011 which gives us an extended view of what to expect from Resident Evil: Revelations:Read more at Joystiqlast_img read more

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Song of the Cosmos

first_imgAd Reinhardt said it right: “It is more difficult to write or talk about the abstract painting than about any other painting because the content is not in a subject matter or story but in the actual painting activity”. Falling on the same lines, Sangeeta Gupta’s art delves in the translation that takes place from objects to its meanings. She does not perceive the objects as they are but how they act upon her and her responses to them. Her artwork is a grandiose fluidity of abstractions refusing to fall into a set of objective understanding of things. Like Monet, she tries to capture the world but not as it appears in the ordinary sensual manner but as it is understood by her. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAfter numerous solo shows held all over India, Sangeeta’s collection of paintings will be showcased at Art Konsult, Hauz Khas Village till December 20 from 11 am to 7 pm every day. “The works of Sangeeta Gupta goes beyond the temporal physical space; it’s the retinal sensation of surfaces which comes after intellectual sieving. She doesn’t directly paint what she sees around herself, the forms are not describable”, says Dr Aparna Roy Baliga. It is the genius of her work that tricks the spectators’ mind into a plethora of images and imagination unperturbed by any external objectivity being imposed on the abstract flow of things as they are to its direct sense perceptions. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMeticulously she works with the textures derived from various forms of nature. She erases and renders, forms are done and undone on the surface. She connects the objective material world to the non-objective eternity. To her inner self and elsewhere, nature is a phenomenon that creates and destroys time and space without halt. Writing poetry is also her means of knowing nothingness. She recounts how her perceptions sometimes bring about amazing personal revelations. As a painter too she has been composing shades of colours that dissolve nature into forms and formlessness and subsequently enter the region of nothingness. Her first solo exhibition was at the Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata in 1995. Her 26 solo shows have been held all over India i.e. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Chandigarh and abroad at London, Berlin, Munich and Lahore. She has participated in more than 150 group shows in India and abroad; in national exhibitions of Lalit Kala Academy, All India Fine Arts and Craft Society and Sahitya Kala Parishad and in several art camps. Her painting has been selected by Bharat Bhavan Museum, Bhopal for their permanent collection. She is also the recipient of 69th annual award for drawing in 1998 and 77th annual award for painting in 2005 by AIFACS, New Delhi and was also conferred Hindprabha award for Indian Women Achievers by Uttar Pradesh Mahila Manch in 1999, Udbhav Shikhar Samman 2012 by Udbhav for her achievements in the field of art and literature and was awarded “Vishwa Hindi Pracheta Alankaran” in 2013 by Uttar Pradesh Hindi Saahitya Sammelan and Utkarsh Academy.last_img read more

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