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MP sprinter eyes to break Bolts record if properly trained

first_imgBhopal: Rameshwar Gurjar, the 19-year-old runner from Madhya Pradesh, whose video went viral on social las week in which he is seen completing a 100-metre lap in “11 seconds”, has expressed optimism of breaking Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s world record if he gets proper training. In the video, Gurjar, who comes from a farmers’ family in Narwar village of Shivpuri district, was seen running barefoot. After watching the video, state Sports Minister Jitu Patwari had invited him to Bhopal last week. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Gurjar came to Bhopal on Saturday and met the minister. Talking to reporters after the meeting, Gurjar said, “Usain Bolt made a world record of 9.58 seconds for the 100 metres race. I am hopeful of breaking it after getting facilities and proper training.” Gurjar also said that he has been practising 100 metres run for the past six months, after making a failed attempt to join the Army as he could not fulfil the minimum height requirement. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “I was completing 100-metre race in little over 12 seconds (earlier), but brought down the time to 11 seconds after practising for six months,” he said, adding that he had to face physical problems due to poor diet. Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju had on Saturday assured support to Rameshwar Gurjar. On Friday, BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan had taken to Twitter to share Gurjar’s video. While tagging Rijiju, Chouhan had tweeted, “India is blessed with talented individuals. Provided with right opportunity & right platform, they’ll come out with flying colours to create history! Urge @IndiaSports Min.@KirenRijiju ji to extend support to this aspiring athlete to advance his skills!” In his reply, Rijiju had tweeted, “Pls ask someone to bring him to me @ChouhanShivraj ji. I’ll arrange to put him at an athletic academy.” Gurjar is expected to give a trial and tests at the MP State Sports Academy during his stay in Bhopal. MP sports minister Patwari assured training and other facilities to him. “The rural talent will be selected through state Olympics and they will be provided all essential facilities in the Sports Academy. Apart from this, players will be identified through sports competitions in schools in coordination with the School Education Department,” Patwari said. Gurjar has studied up to Class 10 and could not go to college due to his family’s weak financial condition. The current men’s world record in the 100-metre race is 9.58 seconds, set by Usain Bolt in 2009. The national record is 10.26 seconds, set by Amia Kumar Malik in 2016, as per the Athletics Federation of India website.last_img read more


October 18, 2019 0

NB shuffle focuses on elusive population growth We just cant find people

first_imgFREDERICTON – It’s not a sale on corn or blueberries advertised on the grocery store road sign in St. Stephen, N.B. Instead, spelled out in bright, bold letters, is the notice “hiring in all departments.”“In the old days, you know, boy, people would be lining up for those jobs. It used to be very difficult to find jobs around there,” Francis McGuire, president of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, said Tuesday. “Now they can’t fill the jobs.”The sign highlights the acute labour shortages facing businesses in New Brunswick, the only province in Canada to record a drop in population over a five-year period, according to the 2016 census.The troubling population decrease has prompted New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant to create a new cabinet portfolio focusing on population growth, part of a major cabinet shuffle unveiled Tuesday in the leadup to next year’s provincial election.Outside of New Brunswick’s urban centres, the population decline is pronounced. Towns like St. Stephen dwindled by more than eight per cent while some rural areas experienced double-digit population declines.Gallant said the new portfolio of labour, employment and population growth will ensure the province has the workforce it needs to grow the economy.“This will help strengthen our workforce and grow our population which will combat our most significant challenge: an aging population,” he said.According to provincial statistics, there were almost 141,000 students in New Brunswick schools in 1991. Last year that number was about 98,000 students.Last month, Gallant was enthusiastic when it became clear the Education Department missed its cost-reduction targets — because the influx of 650 Syrian refugees stemmed the steady decline in student enrolment.“It is good to have more people,” Gallant said then.Gallant named Gilles LePage, a backbencher from the northern New Brunswick Restigouche West riding, minister of labour, employment and population growth.The aim to grow the population is coupled with a renewed focus on job creation in the province’s traditional industries through the second new portfolio of agriculture, mines and rural affairs.“To continue to grow the New Brunswick economy, we must consistently work at growing our population and workforce, and we must support industries that are in rural New Brunswick,” Gallant said.The demographic crunch of low birth rates, youth out-migration and an aging population is playing out across Atlantic Canada.Herb Emery, the University of New Brunswick’s Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics, said many rural regions in Canada are struggling with a static or shrinking population.“Fertility rates started to collapse after 1965 down to below replacement,” he said. “The challenge has always been how do you reverse that and one answer is natural resource development.”Emery said natural resource development attracts investment, causes in-migration and sparks population growth.He pointed to the shale gas boom in Pennsylvania as an example of population growth spurred by development.“The fracking boom in the U.S. is thought to have had a positive impact on fertility rates because younger people with higher incomes tended to pair up,” Emery said. “If you have high youth unemployment, people tend to delay marriage and delay fertility.”Citing public opposition, the New Brunswick government announced in 2016 that it would keep a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in place indefinitely.McGuire, former head of Major Drilling Group International, said the labour shortage has been a growing issue in the private sector.He said companies are facing challenges recruiting workers, caused by both demographic challenges and a “skills mismatch.”“The provincial government is listening to what the private sector has been saying for a couple years. We just can’t find people.”– By Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Cost of substance use in Canada tops 38 billion with booze and

first_imgVICTORIA – The economic cost of substance use in Canada in 2014 was $38.4 billion, or about $1,100 for every Canadian, says a report released Tuesday.The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction partnered with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research to examine the data and estimate the harms of substance use based on health, justice, lost productivity and other costs.The study concludes that despite record opioid overdose deaths across Canada, more than two-thirds of substance use costs are associated with alcohol and tobacco.It finds the four substances associated with the largest costs are alcohol at $14.6 billion, tobacco at $12 billion, opioids at $3.5 billion and marijuana at $2.8 billion.The report says the ability to track costs and harms caused by each substance will be a valuable asset to federal, provincial and territorial efforts to reduce the damage caused by these substances.In concludes the costs associated with alcohol use jumped from $369 per person in 2007 to $412 per person in 2014.Tim Stockwell, with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria, says many people would consider opioids to be the cause of the most economic and personal harm.“I think most people would be surprised to know that alcohol and tobacco are killing ten times more people than the other illicit drugs combined.”Matthew Young, a senior research and policy analyst at the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction in Ottawa, says the report comes at a time when Canada is in the midst of a deadly opioid overdose crisis and is about to legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana in October.“Even though those are really important, we shouldn’t lose sight of some of the substances we take for granted that are intertwined with our regular lives because they do still exact a toll,” he says.last_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Its a Cutthroat Untamed New World as Discoverys FRONTIER Premieres November 6

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Discovery Canada on Facebook Discovery Canada on Twitter: Discovery Canada on Instagram Social Media links FRONTIER, Discovery Canada’s riveting new drama, makes its worldwide debut Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, beginning Nov. 6. Ambitiously cinematic in scope, the network’s first-ever scripted series shot entirely in stunning 4K UHD follows the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade of the late 18th century. The gritty series’ star-studded international cast is led by action star Jason Momoa (GAME OF THRONES, Justice League), Landon Liboiron (HEMLOCK GROVE, DEGRASSI), Alun Armstrong (NEW TRICKS, Braveheart), Zoe Boyle (DOWNTON ABBEY, SONS OF ANARCHY), Allan Hawco (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE), and Jessica Matten (A Red Girl’s Reasoning). Unabashedly true to its time period, the six-part series offers viewers the raw beauty and cutthroat power struggle of the fur trade, portraying a world of unfettered ferocity.“As one of the largest undertakings in Canadian television history, and certainly the largest for Discovery as we open a new chapter for the brand, FRONTIER is set to become destination viewing for Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast,” said Ken MacDonald, Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. “We are extremely proud to develop and bring such an important time in our country’s history to life for Canadian audiences – and indeed, audiences around the world as a result of our partnership with Netflix – complete with the meticulous authenticity and world-class production quality that it deserves.”Discovery’s broadcast of FRONTIER is sponsored by Samsung Canada, the exclusive 4K UHD TV partner. The series is commissioned by Discovery Canada and shot in St. John’s, Nfld., Louisbourg, N.S., and Cornwall, U.K., providing the stunning backdrop for this premium, beautifully vivid 4K UHD drama series. Following each television premiere, episodes of the groundbreaking series will be available on the Discovery GO app. Facebook About Bell Media Independent Productions:Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, and the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV’s first original series LETTERKENNY, the upcoming original series RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s upcoming drama FRONTIER, and Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new scripted series in 4K.About ASAP EntertainmentASAP Entertainment is the feature film and television production company founded by writer/director Brad Peyton and his producing partner Jeff Fierson. Peyton directed the Warner Bros. hit film San Andreas, which has earned more than $470 million at the worldwide box office and remains the top grossing wholly original live-action film of 2015. Upcoming features include New Line Cinema’s Rampage, based on the 1980s arcade game and starring Dwayne Johnson, which Peyton will direct and produce and Fierson will executive produce. Additionally, ASAP Entertainment has set-up Malignant Man at Fox, and an untitled high-concept action/adventure feature for Sony Pictures Entertainment, for Peyton to direct and executive produce, alongside Fierson. In addition to FRONTIER, ASAP Entertainment continues its growth in the television space with FIRST RESPONDERS, a procedural drama in development at NBC, executive produced in partnership with Vin Diesel and his One Race Films banner.About Take The Shot Productions:Established in 2009, St. John’s based Take The Shot produces a variety of scripted and unscripted projects for television. Past and current productions include the Gemini-nominated series REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, now airing in over 100 countries; the hit factual series MAJUMDER MANOR; BOY ON BRIDGE featuring Great Big Sea’s front man Alan Doyle, HBO Canada’s SHAUN MAJUMDER, EVERY WORD IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE, and FRONTIER for Discovery Canada and Netflix in other markets.About Discovery:With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery ranks as the #1 Canadian entertainment specialty network for reaching total viewers and all the adult demos. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best non-fiction programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Launched in Canada in 1995, Discovery is now available in more than eight million Canadian homes. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca.center_img Set against the stunning, raw backdrop of 1700s Canada, FRONTIER is a thrilling action-filled series revolving around warring factions vying for control of the fur trade in a ruthless game of wealth and power. Irish stowaway Michael Smyth (Liboiron) has barely stepped foot in the New World when he becomes embroiled in a dangerous battle between the fearless and violent Declan Harp (Momoa), and the formidable Lord Benton (Armstrong) of the Hudson’s Bay Company.A dramatic story of revenge and riches, betrayal and brutality, and survival of the fittest in the James Bay fur trade, FRONTIER’s rich and raw cast of characters are all gunning to be the last man standing – from the combustible Scottish Brown Brothers (Hawco, Michael Patric, Stephen Lord), to crafty ale house owner Grace Emberly (Boyle), to treacherous Captain Chesterfield (Evan Jonigkeit), and rich America entrepreneur Samuel Grant (Shawn Doyle). All are willing to do whatever it takes to hold the keys to the kingdom of the New World.FRONTIER is co-created by Rob and Peter Blackie, and produced by Take The Shot Productions and ASAP Entertainment, in association with Discovery, the exclusive Canadian broadcaster. Netflix is the international broadcast partner. Edwina Follows is Executive Producer for Discovery, and Ken MacDonald is Vice-President and General Manager, Discovery. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. For Take The Shot Productions, Alex Patrick, John Vatcher, Rob Blackie, Peter Blackie, Allan Hawco, Perry Chafe, and Michael Levine are Executive Producers. For ASAP Entertainment, Brad Peyton and Jeff Fierson are Executive Producers. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


October 15, 2019 0

TULF seeks commission to probe Amirthalingams killing

“Please have a special Presidential commission to investigate this since a lot of people are involved,” he said. He said that very heinous crimes had taken place during the war outside the war zone, without any action taken on the offenders, mainly due to the reluctance of the witnesses to come forward and give evidence.“The situation has now considerably changed. I am of the opinion that all the files temporarily closed should now be opened and action taken,” he said.Anandasangaree said that the wives and children of these victims have still not recovered from the shock they suffered and action taken on these crimes may give the victims’ families some relief. (Colombo Gazette) The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has urged the Government to appoint a Presidential commission to investigate the assassination of the former leader of the opposition Appapillai Amirthalingam.In a letter to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Secretary General of the TULF V. Anandasangaree said that now is the best time to investigate the assassination of the former leader of the opposition. However he said that there were three others who were also assassinated during this period and they were A.Thangathurai, Kingsley Rajanayagam and Laxman Kathirgamar.“Please send the relevant information relating to these three Members also to the Secretary General of the IPU.People have already started asking as to what is happing to Mr. Thangathurai’s assassination. He was attending a school function as the Chief Guest in which many were killer, when he was representing the Trincomalee Electorate. At that time it was reported that the Police had information about a plot that was hatched in Colombo. It was also reported then that already five arrests had been made including a Gramasevaka and that the Police was looking for two others to be arrested in connection with this assassination.Along with Hon. Thangathurai’s , assassinations of Hon. Kingsely Rajanayagam and Hon. Laxman Kathirgamar should be taken up simultaneously for investigation,” Anandasangaree said. He said that the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) had requested the Government to brief them of the relevant facts relating to the assassinations of four Members of Parliament namely Joseph Pararajasingam, N. Raviraj, T.Maheswaran and D.M.Dasanayake. read more


October 8, 2019 0

New alumni embrace a tradition of giving

Written by Shirin MakhkamovaFrom new buildings and learning space to student awards and sports teams, Brock alumni have been giving to the University since its first class — the Silver Badgers — graduated. With a goal of extending this tradition of philanthropy to Brock University students and young alumni, a newly formed campus club — the Student Philanthropy Council — introduced class giving this year.With the encouragement of the Student Philanthropy Council, the Class of 2011 is beginning a new tradition of making a group gift to the University to celebrate their graduation. Once students, now alumni, these young minds have numerous reasons for giving back to their alma mater.Amanda Coppola (BA ’11), for example, self-financed her way through University by working numerous part-time jobs. But it’s also thanks to the donor-supported bursaries she received that she was able to graduate this year from Brock’s Visual Arts program. She’s incredibly thankful for this support and has made a gift on behalf of the Class of 2011 as her way of giving back.“I hope to inspire other alumni to recognize how much our contributions mean to current and future Brock students,” said Coppola. “Students or alumni, we’re all members of the Brock community; your success is my success.”The funds raised by the Class of 2011 will support Brock’s Niagara Athletic Playing Field, new resources for the Library and funding for Project SEED, an entrepreneur development opportunity for socially minded students.“Our everyday use of the Library and Learning Commons is crucial to succeeding in academia,” said Carla Tancredi, a current Brock University student studying Linguistics. “Every student at Brock has benefited from alumni support. As students and members of the Brock community, it’s our responsibility to continue this tradition of giving.”United efforts bring about change and the Class of 2011 is coming together to lay a foundation for this new tradition. Celebrating their graduation by leaving a legacy of support, our new graduates are following the example of alumni that made their experiences at Brock worth remembering and sharing. The success of one Brock community member is the success of all.For more information on how you can support Brock University, visit brocku.ca/annual-fund A letter of thanks dated 1968, from Brock University to a donor. Brock University Archives, Founding Fund (1963-1972). read more


October 7, 2019 0

Alberta promises 90M in tax aid for small mediumsized tech companies

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 18, 2016 12:32 pm MDT JONATHAN MUMA/660 NEWS Alberta’s economic development minister says a new investor tax credit will provide $90 million to help small- and medium-sized tech companies.Deron Bilous says the program is to start in January.It will be open to Alberta information, health and green technology companies.Others to benefits include those working in interactive digital media and game products, digital animation, post-production and visual effects.Bilous says the government will work out details such as the maximum amount that can be donated to receive the 30 per cent credit.The program is to run for two years and then be reassessed. Alberta promises $90M in tax aid for small, medium-sized tech companies read more


October 3, 2019 0

FiveThirtyEight Finally Fixes FIFA

Carl Bialik (FiveThirtyEight’s lead writer for news): Sepp Blatter is stepping down as FIFA president. For the first time in 17 years, the global governing body of soccer will get new leadership. Domenico Scala, the chairman of FIFA’s audit committee, promised to work toward reforms. Blatter himself called for a “profound restructuring.”These are heady times for FIFA reformers. Many reformers in the past have proposed incremental changes like Scala’s, including term limits, robust anticorruption measures, transparency on executive pay and independent integrity checks. Lots of these suggestions probably are sensible and could improve governance, and they could have a better shot in the post-Blatter era.But let’s dream big, like the 24 teams contesting the FIFA Women’s World Cup starting this week. How would you change FIFA? Or if you could start it from scratch, what would it look like? I wrote last week about how one-country, one-vote lends itself to pork-barrel projects and corruption. What system would work better?Chadwick Matlin (senior editor): This, to me, feels like a governance/political science question as much as a sports one. What’s the best way for an organization to represent its people? And is it any different when it’s a diverse collection of nations instead of, say, one nation?Carl Bialik: Good question, Chad. It’s easier to say something is askew when Brazil, China and the U.S. have the same voting power as the Cayman Islands, the Seychelles and San Marino, than it is to figure out how best to apportion voting power.Neil Paine (senior sportswriter): Last week, Nate Silver wrote about what FIFA representation might look like if it was weighted more toward the nations more valuable to FIFA’s viewing audience. That’s one model of how to parcel out influence; I wonder what an alternative would be that doesn’t simultaneously fall into the same traps as the system in place under Blatter.Nate Silver (editor in chief): Even if you didn’t use an audience weighted toward the economic size of a country — and I can imagine all sorts of problems with doing that — you could at least use the unweighted audience numbers. Basically, how many soccer fans are there in each country? China ought to have way more voting power than Curacao.Chadwick Matlin: But more than Brazil?Carl Bialik: I’d also want to represent soccer players, because FIFA helps set rules and the tone for the global game. It might be time for FIFA to do another Big Count of its global players. Is there a way to also account for the untapped potential of countries to increase their interest in soccer? I worry that if we go by the sport’s current status worldwide we lock that in. The best part of Blatter’s reputation is what he did to grow the game worldwide, though I’m not sure that’s deserved.David Firestone (managing editor): Any global organization will have to deal with the same kinds of alliances, jealousies and resentments that a body like the U.N. does. The U.N. is hardly a great model for effectiveness, but since the stakes are much lower, a bicameral system like the Security Council/General Assembly probably still makes sense, giving extra weight to the big soccer powers. There would have to be far more transparency and outside monitoring than there is now, however.Allison McCann (visual journalist and former center midfielder for the Boston Breakers): But how do you award voting power to countries with two very different tiers of men’s and women’s programs? I’m thinking somewhere like Argentina, whose men’s teams finished second in the World Cup, but whose women’s team is not even at this year’s World Cup.Chadwick Matlin: Should women’s soccer and men’s soccer be represented by the same body? Has that been good for women’s soccer?Nate Silver: I’m fine with the notion that we aren’t counting past soccer success in allocating governing resources within FIFA. So, sure, China gets more power than Brazil — 1.4 billion people will do that for you. China has been one of the big failure stories under Blatter, really. The men’s team hasn’t improved at all, and the women’s team has regressed. And Allison, if we were using any women’s soccer-related indicators, it would heavily favor Europe, the Americas, Japan, etc. Unsurprisingly perhaps, countries that have better records for women’s rights and human rights in general have better women’s soccer teams.Allison McCann: Yeah, I was interested in that too, Nate. We looked briefly at the U.N. Gender Inequality Index to see how this held up; the biggest outlier was Brazil. By FiveThirtyEight Our sports podcast Hot Takedown discusses Blatter’s resignation and the women’s World Cup. Subscribe on iTunes. Carl Bialik: Better records for rights sounds like a pretty good criterion for deciding who gets to run things!David Firestone: And also transparency. Countries and soccer programs that don’t have a good record of opening their books and decision-making to the public should have a harder time getting into the central body of FIFA, whatever it turns out to be.Carl Bialik: Transparency is a real theme in past reform efforts — for instance, releasing compensation information. I wonder if those efforts stick once people who wanted Blatter out have stopped paying attention to what comes next. Blatter was a master at calling for reforms and transparency, commissioning outside studies and then watering them down or not releasing them.David Firestone: Good point, Carl. They never took the need for reform seriously in the past, but a knock on the door by the FBI seems to have changed things quickly. At a minimum, it seems like Blatter’s replacement should insist on outside directors and outside inspector-generals to ensure that transparency is real from now on. Instituting strict term limits for directors would eliminate the entrenched bureaucrats and ensure that a variety of countries get a chance at governing.Neil Paine: A lot of this also gets into the mission of FIFA as a whole. What should its purpose be beyond simply governing the sport itself — or is that inextricably political in nature because it’s an international organization?Carl Bialik: Someone needs to run the World Cups, right? If not FIFA, who? And with the kind of money involved, seems like politics is inevitable.Nate Silver: Well, we see how complicated this can get. Personally, I have a huge problem with the World Cup having been awarded to Qatar for its record on gay rights and women’s rights alone. (Along with like 12 other reasons.) But: should Western values prevail? Are they more “universal” than other values, by virtue of being more tolerant? I’m not arguing for relativism here — I love me my liberal, Western values — but I’m saying it gets complicated real fast.Neil Paine: The cynical devil’s advocate might ask whether the World Cup should exist at all in its current form, given the non-positive presence it’s been known to have on local economies. But that in and of itself is an argument that only countries with existing infrastructure should host World Cups, which tends to heavily favor developed (and Western) nations, which is also problematic.Chadwick Matlin: I think this Slackchat is setting a FiveThirtyEight record for the number of question marks being used — this stuff is extraordinarily complicated. Maybe the question isn’t, “How should FIFA be restructured to stop corruption?” It’s “Can FIFA be restructured to stop corruption?”Nate Silver: But here’s the thing. Whether or not the wealthier, high-population countries have de jure power within FIFA, they have a lot of de facto power. A lot of leverage. As we wrote last week, the OECD countries, plus Brazil and Argentina, could render the World Cup totally unprofitable and unwatchable if they staged an opposing tournament. And the smaller countries would probably want to sign on to the OECD World Cup if given the choice.Carl Bialik: Yeah, I think Nate’s piece answers the question of whether FIFA can be restructured — or started over from scratch. (Maybe this time with an English-based acronym, not a French one.) At the cost of adding another question mark to the record total: Nate, do you think your breakaway soccer organization would be better for the game? I guess it couldn’t be much more corrupt, so there’s that.Nate Silver: In a perfect world, I suppose, they’d leave FIFA, but everyone would rejoin them again under some new umbrella organization after four or eight years. To some extent, that puts us back at square one. You still need to figure out the rules of the new federation. But at least you’d rid FIFA of some of its corruption in the near-to-medium term.David Firestone: But at some point the smaller countries are going to have to accept that global soccer is about the game, not about economic development. It’s been depressing to see how many developing countries have seen these games as a step toward enrichment, which FIFA has eagerly fed.Nate Silver: It’s not at all clear that FIFA has helped those countries at all economically. Or in football, for that matter. I’ll have some more numbers on this in an article later, but Africa didn’t improve at all under Blatter’s tenure. Asia maybe got a bit worse, especially the larger Asian countries like China.David Firestone: You mean because the cash for smaller countries has been siphoned off by top officials?Nate Silver: It’s a little outside of my knowledge base to know how that money is being spent. But in theory, it’s supposed to help them develop their national soccer programs, and we haven’t seen much evidence of improvement on the pitch.Allison McCann: I’m with Nate. I think FIFA’s too ruined for restructuring or reorganizing — time to blow it up and start over.Oliver Roeder (senior writer): Yes, burn it to the ground. FIFA doesn’t really “govern the sport,” right? It doesn’t make the rules — that’s done by the International Football Association Board. UEFA runs the Champions League. The Premier League is its own self-governing corporation. FIFA exists for one thing: the World Cup. It has to pick the place and figure out how to draw team names out of pots. Those are important things to figure out, yes, but don’t seem like rocket science. Why not stick it in the U.N., as has been suggested, or in the Swiss government — they’re impartial, right? The discussion of bicameralism and proportional representation and so on seems of second-order concern. What it needs is oversight, not internal structural fine-tuning.Allison McCann: Step one: The new FIFA is run by a woman. I nominate the great Pia Sundhage from a neutral country like Sweden with strong interests in both the men’s and women’s programs. That’s all I have for a start, hah!Nate Silver: It looks like FIFA’s executive committee had, what, only two or three women?Carl Bialik: I think one full member. And she was the first when she was elected in 2013! I like Ollie’s point — maybe the sport doesn’t need a single governing body. In fact, maybe it really doesn’t have one. We’d still have to figure out how to divvy up the spoils from World Cups, but as Nate and David point out, that isn’t being divvied up so well now. The weaker countries aren’t getting that much better, and lots of the money appears to have ended up enriching soccer officials rather than expanding the game.Nate Silver: Here’s one reform that could help the up-and-coming countries: more teams in the World Cup finals. Forty instead of 32.Carl Bialik: Prince Ali, the runner-up to Blatter in last week’s election, called for 36. Forty sounds even better.When I was preparing for this chat — hey, we don’t just mouth off, really! — I asked Deborah Unger, a former journalist who works in media relations for Transparency International, to weigh in. TI had studied FIFA reform before. She reasonably replied, “I think this will take more than a few minutes. … I don’t think we have time to design a new FIFA this evening. Is your deadline really now?” It’s a reasonable question. I don’t think we’ll settle things with this chat, but on the other hand, if World Cup governance is going to dramatically improve, it should probably happen soon, when everyone is paying attention.Nate Silver: I’m not leaving the office until we’ve solved soccer’s global governance problems. In the meantime, can we agree about what toppings to get on this pizza? More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed UPDATE (Sept. 25, 12:10 p.m.): Swiss authorities announced Friday that they were opening a criminal investigation into the activities of Sepp Blatter, the head of FIFA. In June, when the FIFA corruption scandal broke, some of FiveThirtyEight’s editors and writers wildly speculated about building a new organization to right the wrongs of the old. Here’s an edited transcript of the Slack conversation we held. Embed Code CORRECTION (June 3, 10 a.m.): An earlier version of this post referred incorrectly to a United Nations statistical measure. It is the Gender Inequality Index, not the Gender Equality Index. read more


September 30, 2019 0

IMinerals awards feasibility contracts

first_imgI-Minerals has awarded the contract for the overall project management of the Bovill kaolin feasibility study (FS), which will include the compilation of a NI 43-101 technical report and the process plant and infrastructure portions of the FS including the OPEX and CAPEX, to GBM Engineers. GBM will run the FS out of its Denver, Colorado, offices with some engineering work completed in the UK. Tetra Tech of Golden, Colorado has been awarded the tailings storage facility design. HDR Engineering of Boise, Idaho has already been awarded the environmental components. Other organisations will participate in the FS including the resource modelling, mine design, hydrology / hydrogeology, and mine geotechnical engineering aspects. The kick off meeting and full process started in January 2015.I-Minerals is developing multiple deposits of high purity, high value halloysite, quartz, potassium feldspar and kaolin at its strategically located Helmer-Bovill property in north central Idaho. A 2014 prefeasibility study on the Bovill kaolin deposit completed by SRK Consulting (USA)highlights the potential of the Helmer-Bovill property’s Bovill kaolin deposit: after tax NPV6 of $212 million; 30.5% IRR; three-year payback and $72.7 million initial CAPEX; $84 million CAPEX including life of mine sustaining capital over a 25 year mine life. Ongoing development work is focused on moving project towards production.GBM Minerals Engineering Consultants, with offices in Denver and London, is a firm of engineering consultants specialising in assisting clients with the development of new mining projects and the refurbishment of existing ore processing plants. GBM is currently performing feasibility studies and providing EPCM services to the mining industry in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East.last_img read more


September 24, 2019 0

Haver Boecker showcases versatile TClass vibrating screen

first_imgHaver & Boecker, a leading equipment manufacturer and solutions provider for aggregates and mining applications, offers the versatile two-bearing Tyler T-Class vibrating screen for a wide range of materials with a top size of 16-inch minus. The machine has a cut size range of 20 mesh to 6-inch minus.A sheave combination and drive belts power the T-Class. A wide variety of add-on components allow producers to outfit the machine with features to enhance their specific operation. These include a dust enclosure, spray system, ball trays, special paint systems and more. Additionally, Haver & Boecker manufactures the machine with a stainless-steel construction, on a skid mount, or as a stationary or portable structure.Producers can choose from machines ranging in size from 4-by-8-foot to 8-by-20-foot, as well as 8-by-24-foot with a twin shaft. The standard model is inclined at 20 degrees, but variations between 15 and 25 degrees are also available.The T-Class features a robust body with non-welded side plates, which eliminates cracking along the seams. The shaft housing includes extra-wide flanges to allow Huck bolting through the tube housing flange, side plate and side plate stiffener. This allows maintenance crews to keep the factory seal and creates a very rigid and solid connection to resist the high bending moments in this area.Haver & Boecker designed the side plates to extend behind the bearing housing, allowing the 16-3/4-inch high tensile strength bolts to sandwich the side plate, reinforcing plate, shaft housing and bearing housing together. This creates even more stiffness in middle of the machine where it’s most required to withstand bending and twisting. The manufacturer also forms the reinforcing plate with 90 degree vertical edges to give the side plate stiffness from top to bottom, tying the upper and lower decks together for additional strength. Rigid body brackets manufactured to withstand large static and dynamic loads support the body weight and carry through to the springs, ensuring smooth operation.Haver & Boecker equips every cambered deck on a T-Class with its revolutionary Ty-Rail™ quick-tensioning system, which cuts screen media change-out time by about 50%. Each Ty-Rail package includes two tension rails, eight angle boxes and eight bolts. To remove the tension rails, an operator simply loosens the bolts on each, shifts the angle box gates up, and lifts the rail and bolts out as one piece. Operations can pair the T-Class with any type of screen media, including Haver & Boecker’s signature Tyler engineered media. This includes the long wear life of Ty-Wire, Ty-Max and Ty-Deck.Many operations are eligible to receive Haver & Boecker’s three-year Uptime Service Package free with the purchase of a T-Class. The service program provides 36 months of warranty coverage on any new equipment purchase. Uptime offers customers a full-service approach to equipment optimisation, from parts inspection and equipment assessment to screen media evaluation.Additionally, Haver & Boecker offers the Pulse™ vibration analysis program to monitor the ongoing health of vibrating screens through real-time views, logged reports and data analysis. It is designed by Haver specifically for vibrating screens to catch small inconsistencies before they grow into problems and downtime.last_img read more


September 24, 2019 0

Bozen wins Italian Super Cup – 1st Divizione Nazionale begins next weekend

← Previous Story RK Partizan plays EHF CL matches in Nis! Next Story → Dijana Stevin joins RK Jagodina bozenItalian handballJunior Fasano This coming Saturday will see the start of the new Italian Men’s Top League season renamed “ 1^ Divisione Nazionale”.Last week’s Italian Superflash Super Cup was won by SSV Loacker Bozen after defeating Junior Fasano.The final score was 28-24.The first round matches are the following:Triest-Cassano MagnagoIndata Meran – PressanoMetallsider Mezzocorona – Estense FerraraSolarplus Rovereto – SSV Loacker BozenEmmeti Group – Forst BrixenBologna – RomagnaCingoli – SassariFarmigea – Luciana Mosconi Dorica AnconaAmbra – CastenasoCasalgrande – CarpiPallamano Conversano – ChietiNoci – Lazio RomeTeknoelettronica Teramo – Citta’ S. AngeloGeoter Gaeta – PutignanoJunior Fasano – Semat FondiItalian handball links:Lega Italiana Pallamano Maschile: http://www.lipam.itPallamano Conversano http://www.pallamanoconversano.net/Twitter @PW365ConversanoLUCA DEL BIANCO read more


September 22, 2019 0

Kévin Bonnefoi to join Montpellier Handball

The 26-years old French goalkeeper Kévin Bonnefoi will join Montpellier Handball at the start of the season 2019/2020.  However, Bonnefoi will start his four years contract with the current leaders of the French LidlStarligue in summer 2018, but in the first season, he will be loaned player because Vincent Gerrard will stay in the club for one more year until start of his deal with Paris Saint Germain in 2019.Bonnefoi came to Cesson Rennes in summer 2014 from Saint Raphael.In the last four years, he became one of the strongest names between the posts in strong French League.Bonnefoi was voted for the best goalkeeper of the season in 2016. He will be in pair with Swiss goalie Nikola Portner.PHOTO: Cesson Rennes Facebook ← Previous Story Hapoel Altshuler Shacham Rishon LeZion win Israeli Cup 2018 Next Story → Meshkov Brest – 10 days, four matches, no win! Kévin BonnefoiMontpellier handball read more


September 22, 2019 0

Apple révèle ses chiffres impressionnants

first_imgApple révèle ses chiffres… impressionnantsLe chiffre d’affaires de la firme de Cupertino s’élève à 26,7 milliards de dollars pour le premier trimestre. Apple a fait un bénéfice net de 6 milliards. L’iPhone et l’iPad auraient permis cette année à l’entreprise d’enregistrer ces chiffres records. C’est un nouveau record pour Apple. La firme, qui a vendu plus de 16 millions d’iPhone et 7,3 millions d’iPad au premier trimestre fiscal 2011, voit son chiffre d’affaires en hausse de 71% par rapport à l’an dernier (26,7 milliards de dollars). ZDNet.fr rapporte que les bénéfices d’Apple s’établissent à 6 milliards de dollars.Ce sont les produits iOS, qui constituent deux tiers des revenus, qui ont fait décoller ainsi la firme à la pomme. Au total, 160 millions de terminaux sont actuellement en circulation.Du côté des ordinateurs, les Mac se sont vendus à 4,13 millions d’exemplaires (+23%). C’est 20% du chiffre d’affaires pour ce trimestre.Steve Jobs, le PDG d’Apple, a déclaré dans un communiqué de presse : “Nous avons connu un trimestre de Noël exceptionnel, avec des ventes record de Mac, d’iPhone et d’iPad. Nous progressons toutes voiles dehors et nous avons encore d’autres belles surprises en préparation pour cette année, dont l’iPhone 4 pour Verizon que les clients attendent avec impatience”.Tim Cook, qui prend la relève pendant le congé maladie du grand patron de la firme à la pomme, ne craint pas l’arrivée de la concurrence sur le marché des tablettes : “Il n’y a pour le moment aucune tablette concurrente sur le marché qui nous inquiète”.Pour son deuxième trimestre fiscal, Apple anticipe un chiffre d’affaires de 22 milliards de dollars. Le 19 janvier 2011 à 13:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Fort Lauderdale gas leak causes traffic backups while crews make repairs

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A gas leak in Fort Lauderdale caused traffic to back up for hours while crews worked to cap it.The gas leak snarled traffic near the intersection of East Las Olas and Seabreeze boulevards, Tuesday.One lane on Las Olas was closed while crews made repairs to the leak.7 Skyforce hovered over the scene where crews could be seen repairing the damaged line.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


September 15, 2019 0

Old Federal Building trees avoid the chopping block

first_imgTwo large spruce trees in front of the Old Federal Building in downtown Anchorage will not be cut down. The General Services Administration, which looks after the site, had planned to remove the more than 50-year-old trees. Administration officials said the trees were damaging the walls and the roots could hurt the foundation. They said the spruces needed to come down in order to preserve the building. After conducting a meeting where public sentiment was strongly against the plan, GSA concluded that tree removal was not necessary.last_img read more


September 9, 2019 0

Anchorage PrideFest to see increased security after mass shooting in Orlando

first_imgThe PrideFest 2016 logo. (Courtesy of Identity, Inc.)Anchorage PrideFest will have increased security this year and will include memorials for the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.Download AudioAnchorage’s annual PrideFest celebrates the local LGBT community, but this year the celebration is tinged with both sadness and wariness. Drew Phoenix, the director of Identity Inc, said he spoke with the Anchorage Police Department, the mayor’s office and the FBI about increased security during the eight-day-long event.“We’re putting safe guards into place and letting people know that all of these agencies take it very seriously. They support us. They are with us. And throughout PrideFest Week, and particularly on the 25th [during the Pride Festival and Parade], there will be extra law enforcement officers providing safety.”Phoenix said the shooting in Orlando increases his concerns about the community’s safety “because you think, ‘Aw, nothing’s going to happen here in Anchorage.’ But I’m sure all of our LGBT family and friends thought the same. Who would ever think that someone would do something horrific like that? So I take that very seriously as one of our LGBT leaders.”Phoenix said they’ve also added multiple memorials and moments of silence to the week’s events to commemorate the victims. But he said honoring the victims is about more than remembering them — it’s about taking action to promote the safety of all LGBT communities by creating statewide protections and increasing awareness of LGBT issues.PrideFest runs from June 18th to the 25th.last_img read more


September 9, 2019 0

Game of Thrones star Isaac HempsteadWrights college life as a Massacre Bran

first_imgIsaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark (L) and Max von Sydow as the Three-Eyed Raven (R)Game of Thrones/FacebookBran Stark did not see university life coming it seems. Isaac Hempstead-Wright’s experience at university as a celebrity may not have been entirely pleasant. Apparently, the Game of Thrones star was recognized wherever he went.Reportedly Isaac Hempstead-Wright revealed he didn’t have a typical student experience when he studied at the University of Birmingham. Speaking to Esquire, the actor, confessed it was like ‘a massacre’ when he went to some ‘awful club night’ with his new flatmates on the day he moved in.He said: ‘I walked in and this girl just looked at me. And I was like: “Hello”, and they were like “Hi(!)”.’I went down to get some more stuff and when I came back, they’d had like a flat conference to say: “Oh my god, what the f*** is going on.”Isaac isn’t the first celebrity to have an awkward university experience. Many Hollywood stars before him have faced star struck fans coming up to them and asking for selfies and autographs. The Bran Stark actor added: ‘We went for dinner and they didn’t actually say anything until, eventually, one of their mates was like: “So apparently you’re in Game of Thrones?!”‘I went out to some awful club night, and it was just… a massacre.’  Bran Stark is the Night KingFacebookApparently, the actor, attended university for a year before dropping out. He said he received ‘billions of emails’ from fans because his student email address was in the public domain. This kind of bombardment will make anyone feel overwhelmed. It makes us wonder if that was the reason he dropped out?He said: ‘There were so many tweets. And because your email is public domain, I got like, billions of emails from people going: “Hi Three-Eyed Raven!”‘I was just trying to find out where my next lecture was.’Well, it seems that the craziness of fans is only going to increase with the final season of Game of Thrones right around the corner.last_img read more


September 5, 2019 0

Peru bus crash kills 44

first_imgAt least 44 people were killed and 24 others injured when a bus skidded off the road and plunged into a river in Peru’s Arequipa region, authorities said.Seven of the injured are in serious condition, including three children, reports Efe news agency.The accident occurred on Wednesday on the Pan-American Highway.The authorities were still trying to determine what caused the bus to skid off the road and plunge 200 metres into the Ocona River.The bus was travelling from Chala to Arequipa city, and was running on an expired operating permit, the transportation ministry said.“My condolences to the families of the victims of the transit accident in Arequipa,” President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski tweeted.last_img read more


September 3, 2019 0

10 Things To Know For Thursday

first_imgYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:1. WHO’S WEIGHING IN ON ‘TRUMPCARE’The Congressional Budget Office says the health care bill Republicans pushed through the House would leave 23 million additional people uninsured in 2026 compared with Obama’s health care law.2. AUTHORITIES EXPLORE BOMBER’S TIES TO LARGER NETWORKBritish investigators are studying the possibility that the Manchester attack was overseen by the same cell linked to the Paris and Brussels terror plots.3. 11TH-HOUR CLAIM ROILS POLITICAL RACEA newspaper reporter alleges that the Republican candidate for Montana’s sole congressional seat “body-slammed” him on the day before the special election.4. HOW TRUMP IS BEHAVING ABROADThe president has traded his free-wheeling speaking style for tightly scripted remarks as he travels through the Middle East and Europe.5. EXTREMISTS ADVANCE IN THE PHILIPPINESIslamic State group-linked militants sweep through a southern Philippine city, beheading a police chief, burning buildings and raising the black IS flag.6. JURORS PICKED FOR COSBY TRIALThe jury that will hear the sex assault case against Bill Cosby will include two blacks among its 12 members.7. FRESH EVIDENCE OF POT’S POSSIBLE HEALTH BENEFITSA medicine made from marijuana cuts seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy, a study shows.8. DISTRUST OF MEDIA RUNS ONLY SO DEEPWhile Americans distrust the news media as a concept, a poll suggests they have a higher opinion of the individual sources they rely on to follow the world.9. ‘BROKEN’ SINGER SUSPENDS TOURAriana Grande cancels several European shows on her Dangerous Woman world tour in the wake of the deadly bombing at her concert in Manchester.10. WHAT’S RAY OF LIGHT FOR GRIEVING CITYManchester United gives its heartbroken home city a moment to cheer by winning the Europa League by beating Ajax 2-0 in the final. Sharelast_img read more


September 2, 2019 0