Gujarat to start groundnut procurement from November 15

first_imgThe Gujarat Government is set to start procurement for groundnut in Saurashtra region from 122 designated centres from November 15th. The State government has fixed ₹ 5000 per quintal as the purchase price under the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for groundnut for the current season. As per the government projections, groundnut output will be at about 2.7 million tonnes for the year 2018-19. It may be noted that groundnut is one of the cash crops in Saurashtra region and its acreage in the region for the year 2018-19 was recorded at 14.67 lakh hectares, down 8% from last year.The State government has already announced procurement of groundnut at MSP rates of ₹4,890 per quintal set by the central government along with the bonus of₹110 per quintal with an effective procurement price of ₹5,000. The bonus amount will be borne by the state in a bid to hike the MSP to support farmers.For procurement of groundnut, the government has appointed the State civil supply corporation as the nodal agency and entire procurement will be done through the corporation. “Currently, registration of farmers is underway and from November 15th, procurement will begin,” said Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel. According to sources in the agriculture department, so far more than 10000 farmers have registered online to sell their produce under the MSP. The State government has not set any target for procurement, but the standard procurement practices suggest up to 25 % of the total crop can be procured at MSP level. As per the government’s current estimate of about 2.7 million tonnes of groundnut production in the current season in Gujarat, the procurement is likely to be about 6-7 lakh tonnes.last_img read more

Rajasthan to conduct safety audit of flyovers

first_imgThe Rajasthan government will shortly announce a new road policy involving safety audit of flyovers and accident-prone areas, while taking steps for utilisation of new technology to develop a better road infrastructure. The road network will be built in an eco-friendly manner to connect remote villages and hamlets.Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, who also holds the Public Works Department portfolio, said that the department’s officers would visit other States to study the technologies used there and replicate them. He said the road policy would have several innovative aspects to resolve the issues of difficult geography.Addressing a meeting of Rajasthan Road Sector Modernisation Project, Mr. Pilot said the duration for action plan for improving road infrastructure would be reduced from 10 years to four years for better results. Detailed project reports would be finalised after review to ensure good quality of road work.Mr. Pilot said the safety audit would help identify and remove “black spots” on major roads and facilitate the upkeep of flyovers and bridges.last_img read more

There will be no ‘next Pacquiao’

first_imgRead Next Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Manny Pacquiao. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netSports is replete with the search for new heroes.The United States, the grazing land of sports heroes of all kinds, searched for alternatives when larger than life champions struck out or were knocked down for the final count. Americans and subsequently the rest of the world looked for substitutes for Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and others.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The soft-spoken Jerwin Ancajas, whose ring smarts and quick hands have given him a fourth successful defense of his IBF super flyweight title, will make his own story. His humble beginnings and the path he took to make his boxing dream come true though are similar to those of Pacquiao.And yet Ancajas will be his own man. His journey is just beginning and the challenges of his generation are still ahead. We will always cherish Pacquiao and understandably long for him. But we have to allow Ancajas and others to shape their own greatness. AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. There was an aching for greatness. Many who followed in the paths of the great sports icons often struggled until they found their own stature. Baseball’s Mickey Mantle carried the onus of longing for New York Yankee greatness, carved his own name but hobbled with injuries throughout his career. After Ali, the world looked for its ring champion and found traces of greatness in Sugar Ray Leonard and others. But there was only one Ali.And now we find ourselves looking for our “next Manny Pacquiao,” a new ring gladiator who will hold our collective need for a champion who represents us. The rags-to-riches Pacquiao story has been retold so many times that it is now a legend. His ring conquests against some of the ring’s biggest names of this generation have inspired many to follow in his footsteps and try their hand in a sport that can make heroes swiftly and can destroy them just as quickly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPacquiao is still very much around but the “Pambansang Kamao” (National Fist) has already done more than enough for this hero-hungry land. A fight or two remains in the horizon, attempts perhaps to bring a storied career to a fitting ending. But sport can be merciless and the image of the hero heading into the twilight with a triumph is never easily crafted in reality.We owe it to Pacquiao though to make his own decision when to end his career. But now we look at the present and the future and should realistically come to terms with the truth that there will be no “next Pacquiao.” His story and legend will remain his own. Nash Racela rues poor finish in TNT loss to Phoenix LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Jon Jones defiant after failed drug test forces UFC 232 move

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He promised: LeBron James is the AP’s male athlete of 2018 BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 29: Jon Jones reacts to defeating Daniel Cormier in the Light Heavyweight title bout during UFC 214 at Honda Center on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Jon Jones is defiantly defending his role in the decision to move UFC 232 from Nevada to California on six days’ notice after he tested positive for low levels of a banned steroid.The former light heavyweight champion gave a passionate, occasionally bizarre performance Thursday at a news conference ahead of his title fight against Sweden’s Alexander Gustafsson at the Forum in Inglewood, California, on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Jones (22-1) expressed regret for the enormous inconveniences caused by his latest failed doping test, which cost the UFC and the card’s other fighters millions in earnings.But the star-crossed superstar also boorishly berated a reporter asking about his doping history and went on several lengthy rants about the unfairness of the entire situation, suggesting the positive test could have been ignored.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief View commentslast_img read more

Series tied as Ben Simmons triple-double lifts 76ers past Nets in Game 2

first_imgPhiladelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, right, of Australia, cups his hand to his ear after getting the ball from Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell, left, during the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA— Ben Simmons got an earful from the Philly crowd.With the same 76ers fans Simmons put on blast for booing in the playoff opener now going wild in Game 2, Simmons cupped a hand to his right ear just like Allen Iverson’s signature move to spur the cheers even louder.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTThe series shifts to Barclays Center for Game 3 Thursday night and Game 4 Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Embiid had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Marjanovic scored 16.Embiid played ball boy and had the crowd laughing when he hopped off the bench to wipe off a basketball.The Sixers mopped the floor with the Nets.The Nets head home for Games 3 and 4 certainly grateful for a split and at least a half of good basketball before the Sixers picked them apart. Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 19 points and D’Angelo Russell had 16.“I know the Barclays Center is going to be jumping in there,” Russell said. “The buzz around the city is what we needed.”TIP-INSNets: C Jared Dudley sat out with tightness in his right calf.76ers: Mutombo, who helped lead the Sixers to the 2001 finals, rang the ceremonial bell. Iverson moved from his courtside seat to a suite to sit with actor Jamie Foxx.PLENTY OF POINTSThe Sixers topped the 141 points scored in a 1967 playoff game against the San Francisco Warriors to set a team franchise record. The Sixers got a little something from everybody in this one.The Nets collapsed in the second half, outplayed and overmatched much as expected by pundits and bookmakers (they were 7.5-point Game 2 underdogs). The Sixers scored 51 points on 18 of 25 shooting and made all 11 free throws in the third.“We expect a haymaker,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said before the game. “We know it’s coming. They’re too good, too talented. too well coached. It’s coming. It’s going to be how we react.”Not well.Embiid shook off another game-time decision to play through tendinitis in his left knee and delivered after a sluggish Game 1. Embiid scored 13 points in the third as the Sixers raced to a 29-point lead.“Whenever I’m out there, I kind of forget about the pain and just try and do the right things,” Embiid said.On a minutes restriction, Embiid had some unexpected help from popular backup Boban Marjanovic. He scored 14 points in the first half (only Simmons had more with 16) and let the Sixers find a comfort level on offense with Embiid out for long stretches.“This is just the path we’re on with Joel,” coach Brett Brown said. “There is zero doubt he is our crown jewel.”Embiid was whistled for a flagrant foul for throwing an elbow at Jarrett Allen late in the half and the Sixers nursing a 65-64 lead.“I got him pretty good and I’m sorry about it,” Embiid said, laughing at the pseudo apology. The Sixers busted the game open with a 14-0 run to start the second half and then stretched the lead to 20 on a Simmons steal and fastbreak basket. With a packed house standing, Simmons got a massive ovation when he cupped his hand to his right ear just like Iverson did in his prime.“I was thinking about the boos from the last game,” Simmons said, smiling. “I have a lot of love for this city.”Iverson and former Sixers teammate Dikembe Mutombo attended the game and tossed T-shirts into the crowd.Had Mutombo played in this one, the Nets surely would have received one of his signature finger wags.“Everybody’s got to bring it,” Sixers All-Star center Joel Embiid said. “We need everybody.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DeMarcus Cousins injures left quadriceps early in Game 2 LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid And he did it with Iverson rooting on the Sixers from courtside.Simmons had 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers had an answer for the pesky Brooklyn Nets in a 145-123 win to even their Eastern Conference playoff series Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I was just trying to be me,” Simmons said.Simmons had a disastrous Game 1 , on the court (nine points) and from a PR perspective after he criticized fans for booing during a game the Sixers were never really in. He backtracked the next day at practice and never gave another 20,591 fans a chance to do anything but roar in approval in Game 2. Simmons flashed the All-Star form that helped lead the Sixers to 51 wins, and was aggressive from tipoff. He used his size and speed to attack the lane and scored 16 points in the half en route to his second career postseason triple-double. View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Sun hope to rise again in 2020 after losing in WNBA Finals

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ After a 14-20 first season, Miller has led the Sun to the postseason three straight times, losing to the Phoenix Mercury in the second round in both 2017 and 2018. The Sun earned a double-bye into the semifinals by finishing the regular season 23-11 and 15-2 at home.Sun players Jonquel Jones, Alyssa Thomas and Jasmine Thomas have been together since 2016. Point guard Courtney Williams joined them in 2017. All four finished the season averaging double figures in scoring.“I think we asserted ourselves and wanted to make ourselves known in this league, not just as individuals but as a team,” said Jasmine Thomas, the only player on the team over 30. “You know, we have taken pride in team basketball all season.”They also were fueled by a perceived lack of respect from pundits, one of whom described them as a group of role players before the Finals.Fans wore T-shirts to the Mohegan Sun arena that read, “Role Players Did That.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “They became household names,” Miller said. “They were not considered megastars. Well, that locker room is filled with a bunch of megastars.”It’s not clear whether the Sun will add another player in the offseason. But Miller has said the fan base makes Uncaseville and the 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun arena an attractive destination for players. It draws many of the same people who have cheered UConn to 11 NCAA titles.“Everybody cheers when you have good plays and things are rolling, but they also know how to give us that little extra boost that we need when you can tell, maybe we’re starting to lose our legs; were getting tired, the game has settled in and maybe we need that,” Miller said. “They are really an educated fan base.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Liverpool player gets 2-week ban for mocking Harry Kane View comments LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “This is going to sting for a long time for our players,” Miller said following the 89-78 loss in the final game. “But it will also motivate that core group that’s back, that they know they can play championship-level basketball.”The Mystics became the second team in the last four years to win a WNBA title after losing in Finals the year before. Minnesota accomplished the feat in 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manMiller took over a team in 2016 that hadn’t been to the playoffs since 2012. That was the year they fired Mike Thibault, who led the Sun to eight playoff appearances and back-to-back Finals in 2004 and 2005, but never a championship.“I got mine first,” Thibault, now the Mystics coach, noted Thursday. MOST READcenter_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Connecticut Sun’s Bria Holmes, left, and Natisha Hiedeman celebrate a basket against the Washington Mystics during the first half in Game 4 of basketball’s WNBA Finals, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Connecticut fell one game short of winning its first WNBA championship, but the Sun’s title hopes don’t end with Thursday’s loss to the Washington Mystics in Game 5 of the Finals.Coach Curt Miller will return a young team in 2020 that he believes could be perennial contenders.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own manlast_img read more

Minister who called Muhammad Ali a Keralite now wants industrialists to allow hartals

first_imgThe Kerala Industries and Sports Minister EP Jayarajan is at it again. In another foot in the mouth statement, he said that industrialists in Kerala should support hartals (strikes) because if they dont then it will affect the positive business environment in the state and furthermore they may even have to face the ire of the unhappy labourers!While speaking at an investors meet held in Kollam, Jayarajan went on to say that if the small scale industries do not support hartals it will may affect their businesses.”Sometimes, even the industrialists and investors would be forced to strike work to bring their demands to the state governments notice,” Jayarajan said.This is not the first gaffe that Jayarajan has been criticised for. Earlier he had  described legendary boxer Muhammad Ali as a Keralite.Jayarajan had in the phone-in news programme said, “I came to know only now that Muhammad Ali had died in America. Ali was a prominent personality in Kerala’s sports scenario. He had won several gold medals for Kerala and had taken our state’s fame skyhigh.. I wish to convey Kerala’s sorrow and the sorrow of the state’s sport lovers.”last_img read more

IPL 2017 Live streaming, SRH vs KXIP: When and where to watch

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab both will look to avoiding a hat-trick of defeats when they face each other in an Indian Premier League contest at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Monday.While defending champions Hyderabad have lost to Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians in their last two matches, Punjab suffered defeat at the hands of Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders.Both Hyderabad and Punjab had very good starts and they will have to repeat those heroics as the campaign moves into the middle part.Both the sides will expect their batting units to fire in unison as they have let down their teams in the past two matches.With power-hitters like Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and Eoin Morgan in good form, Punjab can hope for another good start from Hashim Amla and Manan Vohra. Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha can also use the long handle at will which makes them a good batting unit.On the bowling front, medium pacer Sandeep Sharma and left-arm spinner Axar Patel have delivered more often than not in this IPL while veteran Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron will also have to step up.Captain Maxwell said after the loss to Delhi, who won by 54 runs: “The weaknesses tonight were basically everything. Batting, bowling, fielding; everything was pretty average.”About his side’s bowling, Maxwell said: “It is not about the quality of our bowling, it is about bad execution on the day. Last two games we haven’t executed our plans, it’s as simple as that.”advertisementFor Hyderabad, whose two wins came at home here, it will be a matter of comfort to play at this Uppal stadium after two tough away games.Batters David Warner, Shikhar Dhwan, Yuvraj Singh and Moises Henriques will be important. Yuvraj is the leader of an inexperienced middle-order and he needs to raise the bar again to maximise the good starts from Dhawan and Warner. Middle-order Deepak Hooda hasn’t lived up to the expectations and that can be a worry for coach Tom Moody.Seamers Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and young Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan hold the key and they need to continue to deliver.Where to watch online?The match will be streamed online on Hotstar.Which channel has the TV rights in India?The match will be broadcast live on TV by Sony Pictures Network (Sony Max, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD.Where to follow match updates online?For best and timely updates follow http://indiatoday.intoday.in/ipl2017.The match coverage begins at 19.30 IST.last_img read more

Fulham v Tottenham: TV, stream & preview

first_imgTottenham travel to Fulham on Sunday, aiming to keep their Premier League title hopes alive against ever-increasing odds.A 1-0 loss to Manchester United last weekend was only the tip of the iceberg for manager Mauricio Pochettino, who saw star man Harry Kane ruled out for six weeks due to an ankle injury.Nevertheless, they will hope to negotiate a trip to relegation-threatened Fulham successfully to cut the gap at the top of the table to Liverpool to nine points and remain firmly ensconced in the top four.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Fulham v Tottenham Date Sunday, January 20 Time 4:00pm GMT / 11am ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live  and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. It can be streamed on Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Fulham players Goalkeepers Rico, Fabri, Bettinelli Defenders Chambers, Le Marchand, Ream, Bryan, Fosu-Mensah, Christie, Odoi Midfielders Anguissa, McDonald, Cisse, Seri, Cairney, Johansen, Torre, Sessegnon, Kebano, Schurrle, Ayite Forwards Mitrovic, Kamara, Vietto, Babel Alfie Mawson is missing for the hosts and there are doubts over Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, but otherwise they have a clean bill of health.Ryan Babel could be in line to feature after signing from Besiktas earlier in the week.Aboubakar Kamara is unlikely to be picked after a training ground bust up in midweek.Possible Fulham starting XI: Rico; Odoi, Le Marchand, Ream; Christie, Seri, Chambers, Bryan; Schurrle, Mitrovic, Sessegnon Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier, Davies Midfielders Winks, Lamela, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Moura Forwards Kane, Llorente Tottenham’s attacking issues are well documented, with Harry Kane set to miss out until the start of March and Son Heung-min away on international duty at the Asian Cup.Additionally, Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko are missing from the midfield, while Moussa Dembele has recently been sold to Guangzhou.There are doubts over Lucas Moura and Eric Dier.Possible Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Trippier, Winks, Skipp, Rose; Alli, Eriksen; LlorenteBetting & Match Odds Tottenham are 8/11 favourites with bet365, despite their injury issues. Fulham are priced at 9/2 to take the win, while a draw is 14/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Harry Kane Premier League TottenhamTottenham’s trip to Fulham is their first in a make-or-break period in their campaign that will also see them contest a Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea this week.Mauricio Pochettino’s squad is at breaking point, with the sale of Moussa Dembele, the international commitments of Son Heung-min and a medium-term injury for Harry Kane all eating away at what little depth was available.Though there are still 11 days left in the transfer window, the Argentine says that he will not be drawn into making hurried signings.“I don’t see it as a gamble not to sign a forward,” he said. “I think in the end, if for another transfer window we don’t sign players or we are not going to sign a striker, that is not going to be a gamble, it’s not going to be a risk.“I think we have players that can cope with that place when Harry Kane is not available. “If we want to find another Kane, I think we are going to make a mistake because to find another Kane is impossible because we are talking about one of the top three, four or five best strikers in the world. “We have the possibility to create our new star through the academy. Of course, that is our objective – to try to create the new star of Tottenham, to find him here in our academy, would be the most exciting thing.”Pochettino’s replacements will first be put to the test against opponents whose yoga sessions have hit the headlines this week.Reports suggest that strikers Aleksandar Mitrovic and Aboubakar Kamara came to blows during the class over a comment the latter said to the instructor. A week earlier, the pair had an on-field spat over a penalty, which was subsequently missed by Kamara.Having lost their last three, including a 2-1 defeat at home by Oldham in the FA Cup, it will take a remarkable turnaround for the Cottagers to take anything against even a depleted Spurs side. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Arsenal’s Koscielny refuses to travel for pre-season tour

first_imgLaurent Koscielny has refused to travel for Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the USA, the Gunners have confirmed.The Frenchman is the north London club’s captain but they are reportedly open to offers for him this summer  as Unai Emery looks to reshape his defence. Koscielny has been a long-term servant at Arsenal having first joined them in 2010. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare He missed the first half of last season with a serious achilles injury that ruled him out for 10 months, a duration that included the 2018 World Cup which his nation France went on to win. A club statement on Thursday morning read: “Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour.”We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions. “We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.”Arsenal are reportedly ready to let Koscielny’s contract, which expires in 12 months time, run down.A return to France for the centre-back has been widely mooted, the 33-year-old having previously played for Lorient, Tours and Guinamp in his homeland.Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen are also said to be interested in signing him.But a number of big-money offers from Ligue 1 have apparently turned the Frenchman’s head.Bordeaux are beleived to want to sign him on a three-year contract, and 33-year-old Koscielny keen on securing long-term security.Arsenal are set to announce the signing of 18-year-old Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba for  £26.5 million ($33m), having fought off competition from north London rivals Tottenham for his signature. Saliba’s arrival would likely see Koscielny move further down the defensive peckin order at the Emirates and he is keen to get regular first-team action in the latter years of his career.The Gunners are also persuing Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, having submitted a £15m bid for the defender already, but the Hoops value him at £25m ($31m).And new technical director Edu, who will oversee recruitment as part of his new role, will have a say on any future investments, with Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha another key target this summer. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Brokers Vitol Tied to Two More LPG Tankers at HHI

first_imgzoom Dutch energy and commodity trading group Vitol has declared options for two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tankers at South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), according to the latest report from Intermodal.The 84,000 cbm gas carriers would be fitted with ballast water treatment systems and scrubbers to meet the International Maritime Organization’s sulphur cap set to come into effect 2020According to the report, the newbuildings are slated for delivery in 2019. Nevertheless, the price details of the duo have not been disclosed.When approached by World Maritime News for a statement on the report, Vitol did not want to comment.In July this year, HHI was contracted by Vitol to build two 84,000 cbm LPG tankers with an option to build six more.As reported earlier, the company was said to be paying a sum of USD 68 million per vessel.Separately, on Monday, Hyundai said it won an order for five additional very large ore carriers from Polaris Shipping.The order, worth USD 400 million, is an option being exercised as part of a contract signed on September 25, when Polaris ordered ten VLOCs of the same class from HHI.Based on the shipbuilder’s latest estimate,  HHI Group’s shipbuilding affiliates have so far this year won new orders of 110 ships worth USD 6.7 billion, 90% of the USD 7.5 billion annual target.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Snatchers run shop use stolen phone parts to repair mobiles

first_imgNew Delhi: The snatchers have adopted new tactics to dispose of stolen phones. In the latest case reported from North Delhi’s Wazirabad area, it was revealed that the criminals had open mobile repairing shop and they were installing the stolen mobile parts on the customer’s phone who gave their phone for repairing. Police have arrested two persons in the case.An investigator told Millennium Post that the accused in the case identified as Harish and Tushal were earning a profit of more than Rs 6,000 to Rs 8,000 per mobile phone approx. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”More than 100 phones that were repaired at a North Delhi’s shop is likely being installed with stolen parts,” police said. “First, they snatch the mobile phone and then disassemble it. The accused then install the parts of the snatched mobiles in customers phones who have given them for repair work,” the investigator said adding that recently they have dismantled more than 50 phones. Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Nupur Prasad said that the accused were arrested during patrolling duty in Hardev Nagar area. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”During interrogation, seven other mobile phones and several dismantled mobiles phones ( parts of which found sold) have been recovered from accused Tushal who runs a mobile shop,” said DCP North. The team under SHO Wazirabad PC Yadav started the probe in the case. Investigators further added that one of the accused knew mobile repairing. “At the shop, we found that several phone screens, cameras, keypads were kept,” said a police officer adding that from last two to three years they have been involved in such activity. “They also sold the stolen phone as second hand to customers,” police said. They used to charge around Rs 2,000-5,000 for changing the display screen of the mobile phone. “Whatever the money they were getting was profit to them,” added the officer. The Delhi Police annual report of 2018 revealed that last year as many as 6,642 cases of snatching were reported as compared to 8,070 cases in the year 2017. 3,785 (56.98 percent) cases were solved with the arrest of 5326 persons. 96.66 per cent of the total arrested criminals were first-time offenders and 54.90 percent of them were illiterates or school drop- outs.last_img read more

Man who tried to kill station master held

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Police has arrested a drug peddler named Manish Thakur and seized 15.3 kilograms of ganja from his possession. He is a resident of East Champaran in Bihar. Delhi Police received specific information that one person involved in drug trafficking would come at Mahawat Khan Road with a huge quantity of Ganja. The team immediately laid a trap at Mahawat Khan Road. At about 7 pm, one person was apprehended at the instance of the informer and on his cursory search, two bags containing Narcotics substance was recovered. On verification, it was learnt to be Ganja and weighed about 15.3 kg. His identity was disclosed as Manish Thakur. He was subjected to sustained interrogation in which he disclosed that he was an auto driver in Bihar. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAbout three months back, he shifted to Delhi and started trafficking illegal drugs from Andhra Pradesh to Delhi to earn easy money. “He also disclosed that he is wanted in an attempt to murder case of GRP, Motihari Railway Station, Bihar in which he attempted to kill a Station Master of Motihari Railway Station along with his cousins in the month of July 2019. Two of his cousins were arrested but he was absconding,” said Mandeep Singh Randhawa, DCP Central.last_img read more

Digital economy RBI says currency in circulation soars 17

first_imgMumbai: Despite the many an effort to shift to digital payments and usher in a digital payment economy, the currency in circulation has jumped by a hefty 17 percent to Rs 21.10 lakh crore as of March 2019, the Reserve Bank says in its annual report for 2019. The demand for the Rs 500 bill, which is the second highest denomination after the Rs 2,000 note, has soared the highest and now accounts for over 51 percent of the value of currency in circulation, says the report released Thursday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The value and volume of banknotes in circulation increased by 17 percent and 6.2 percent to Rs 21.10 lakh crore and 1,08,759 million pieces, respectively, in FY19,” the report says. It can be noted that one of the objectives of the note-ban of November 8, 2016 rendering as much as 86 percent of the outstanding bill useless and had a crippling impact on the economy as a whole, was to encourage digital payments and bring down the use of cash. But the public returned back as much as 99.8 percent of the cancelled notes back into the system, leading many voices to question the rationale for the very exercise itself. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe annual report notes a 59 percent increase in retail electronic payment transactions to 23.3 billion. The share of the Rs 500 bill stood at 42 percent as of end June 2018, while the same for the Rs 2,000 notes, declined in value to Rs 6.58 lakh crore as of March 2019. However, the combined basis, the share of the high value Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 bills was almost stable at 82 percent. There was a sharp fall in the instance of fake currency detections in FY19 to 3.17 lakh pieces down from 5.22 lakh in FY18 and 7.62 lakh in FY17, the RBI says. The RBI’s note printing cost has come down marginally to Rs 4,811 crore in FY19 from Rs 4,912 crore in FY18, reflecting normalisation in operations post-demonetisation. The report says after disposing the demonetised notes, the efforts are now on disposing off the soiled notes of smaller denominations which have piled up. However, over 21,000 fake pieces each of the newly introduced Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes were found in the reporting year. The Reserve Bank will introduce varnished banknotes of Rs 100 denomination on a field trial basis to increase the life of the banknotes and also look at ways to make them disabled-friendly in FY20.last_img read more

UN expert stresses need for impartial judges on International Criminal Court

“The great hope for international justice that the ICC represents rests with its integrity and its ability to provide fair, independent and impartial justice to people all over the world, irrespective of power, influence or authority,” said Dato Param Cumaraswamy, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, in a statement released in Geneva. “Its ability to achieve these lofty aims rests, to a substantial degree, with it remaining free of politics.”Mr. Cumaraswamy warned of a risk that the ICC could become politicized if the procedures that regulate the nomination and selection of its judges do not contain adequate safeguards. Under the Rome Statute which created the Court, an advisory committee on nominations will be set up. The Special Rapporteur said that panel “should contain individuals with recognized expertise in the exercise of the judicial function, especially at the international level, such as former members of international courts.”If the advisory committee is established appropriately, it can act as a strong safeguard for the integrity of the selection process, according to the Special Rapporteur.The ICC, to be located at The Hague, will be established on Monday in accordance with its Statute, which requires 60 ratifications to enter into force. Currently, the Statute had 69 ratifications and 139 signatories. read more

China has confirmed case of SARS UN health agency says

The male patient, a 32-year-old television producer, is said to be improving and in stable condition, according to Dr. Julie Hall, Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response Coordinator for the World Health Organization (WHO) in China.“The contacts that he has had have been traced and the 81 people that have been identified have been followed up and they are all said to be well,” she said in an interview with UN Radio. “So at this moment in time in China we have one confirmed case of SARS; however [it] has been isolated and as far as we can tell there is no ongoing transmission to human beings.”Dr. Hall added it was unclear how the man had contracted the virus and that further investigation was required to determine the source of the flu-like illness.In two previous instances, SARS was contracted by laboratory workers in Taiwan, Province of China and in Singapore. By contrast, WHO said today the new Guangdong case did not stem from a lab.“What these cases show, though, are the two potential sources of the virus that WHO has warned against – the lab and the potentially animal source of the virus – and we need to be sure we are protected from these sources of the virus and that we work towards eliminating the virus as a public health threat,” she said.Asked about the decision by the Cantonese health bureau to slaughter more than 10,000 civet cats, Dr. Hall noted that WHO has confirmed from the beginning of the outbreak that the virus may have originated from an animal and then jumped to human beings.However, “there is no evidence that civets carry SARS to human beings, nor do we know the full range of animals capable of carrying and transmitting the virus,” she stressed. “We are also concerned that the process itself may entail some risk to those who are carrying SARS around…so WHO is saying to the Government of China, ‘Please undertake a risk assessment before you do this, look at the risks associated with these animals, are they alive, look at measures which can be taken to limit the contact between animals and human beings, but also study carefully the risk associated with these animals and ensure that those who do these are protected.’”SARS broke out in the late 2002, killing over 700 people and infecting more than 8,000 worldwide. Listen to UN Radio report read more

North American markets push higher amid tepid US economic news

North American markets push higher amid tepid U.S. economic news by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 16, 2015 6:50 am MDT Last Updated Oct 16, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Financial companies gave the Toronto stock market a slight push into positive territory Friday as New York indexes also advanced despite tepid news on the U.S. economy.The S&P/TSX composite index added a mere 9.13 points to 13,838.10 as it gave back about one per cent overall in a trading week shortened by the Thanksgiving holiday.Ahead of the federal election on Monday, the Canadian dollar fell 0.39 of a U.S. cent to 77.45 cents US.Norman Raschkowan, senior partner at Sage Road Advisors, said election results will have a noticeable impact on the currency next week as traders assess what the outcome means for Canada’s economy.The country has faced a significant decline in the performance of the energy sector this year, and a report from one major credit rating agency suggests the climate is only worsening for Canadian energy companies while oil and gas prices hold below US$50 a barrel.Standard and Poor’s has taken “negative rating actions” on two big companies — Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) and Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) — as part of a larger list. The restrained outlook appeared to have no immediate impact on either company’s stock, both of which closed higher.But the outlook raises further questions about how Canadian companies fared in the third quarter of the year, as financial results begin in earnest over the next two weeks.“I think people are generally prepared for some weak results,” said Raschkowan.“The earnings will be one thing, but the real question will be how many companies are suddenly going to face difficulties from a financing standpoint.”On the TSX, financials stocks gained 0.5 per cent with the country’s five biggest banks higher.The health care sector lifted 2.1 per cent as Valeant Pharmaceuticals (TSX:VRX), one of Canada’s most valuable companies, recovered some of its steep declines from the previous session. The company said Thursday it had been subpoenaed by U.S. federal prosecutors seeking information on its drug pricing, distribution and patient assistance program.Valeant shares gained five per cent, or $10.67, to $227.40.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 74.22 points at 17,215.97, the S&P 500 rose 9.25 points to 2,033.11 and the Nasdaq added 16.59 points to 4,886.69.Earlier in the day, the Federal Reserve reported that U.S. manufacturing production fell for the second straight month in September.Meanwhile, the U.S. Labor Department reported that employers advertised fewer job openings in August — 5.4 million versus a record high 5.7 million in July — and kept hiring flat, another sign the American jobs market has lost strength since spring.In commodities, the November contract for benchmark crude oil rose 88 cents to US$47.26 a barrel, closing out a week where the price declined five per cent on signs that oversupply is still a problem.November natural gas gave back two cents to US$2.43 per thousand cubic feet while December gold fell $4.40 to US$1,183.10 an ounce.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. read more

Deadly rose virus which could wipe out British flowers is likely to

A deadly rose virus which wipes out entire flower populations and is impossible to get rid of is likely to come to Britain, the RHS has warned after sponsoring a study into the disease.Scientists sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society will sequence the genetic code of flowers impacted by the virus in a bid to find a cure and ensure it does not spread to the UK.Recent advances in scientific techniques, such as next-generation sequencing – a high-throughput approach to DNA sequencing –provide new opportunities to improve understanding and future proof against the notorious disease.Considered one of the plant’s biggest threats, the virus  causes deformed plants to grow, and eventually kills the roses it infects. es reddening on newly emerging shoots, excessive thorn production, abnormalities and eventually plant death. It has already spread to India, and it is transmitted by a four-legged microscopic mite transported on plants, insects, wind or contaminated clothing.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Once the virus strikes it is often no longer possible to grow roses in that area, and famous rose gardens in the US have had to be grassed over.Gerard Clover, Head of Plant Health at the RHS warned that the flower trade could put British gardens at risk, adding: “Rose rosette virus was first reported in the 1940s in Canada and soon afterwards in the USA but the virus is on the move and was most recently reported from India in 2017. The global size and scale of the rose trade only exacerbates the risk. Its prominence on the UK’s plant health risk register means it is considered a very real threat to the UK’s gardens.”The research into the disease is sponsored by the RHS and being conducted by Newcastle University and Fera Science Limited.PhD researcher, Ines Vazquez Iglesias, will analyse hundreds of samples from RHS collections, gardens and nurseries across the UK at Fera’s Sand Hutton research facility with the findings published in 2019.The government has warned of the disease and commended the RHS for its research.Nicola Spence, Defra Chief Plant Health Officer, said: “We want to be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it and protecting our plants, such as roses, from pests and diseases is a key part of that ambition. “Rose rosette virus is not present in the UK and we are continuously working to ensure that foreign threats are kept away. However, we also need to better understand the threat they pose and this research by the University of Newcastle will provide essential intelligence on how to tackle these emerging pests and diseases.  “Once again, I urge everyone to source their plants from reputable nurseries and to remain vigilant for threats by practising good biosecurity.” 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. read more

Geovariances launches Minestis for mineral resource estimation

first_imgGeovariances has announced the launch of Minestis, its brand new software solution dedicated to mineral resource estimation. Minestis offers “a fast and easy-to-use workflow for domain estimation and mineral resource modeling through a simplified and secure geostatistics-based approach.”“When designing Minestis, our main objectives were: firstly, to offer our customers a new generation mining-focused software solution that non-experts in geostatistics can learn and implement easily; secondly, that this new software ensures the quality and the performances of the geostatistics our leading software Isatis is renowned and referenced for”, Geovariances Software Development Manager François Geffroy says. “As a result, Minestis simplifies resource estimation and quickly delivers reliable estimates.”Minestis provides a workflow which takes the user through every step of its resource modelling project. The software starts with the loading of already built grade shells or geological surfaces and verifies that geological domains are coherent with each other. It goes on with a geostatistics-based estimation process which gives users access to the only parameters they need to control through a smart user interface. It quickly ends up with the production of the recoverable resource figures required for subsequent resource classification.Minestis implements powerful parallelised geostatistical algorithms: kriging, conditional simulations, uniform conditioning and localised uniform conditioning. Additional tools such as automatic variogram fitting or kriging neighborhood analysis, combined with a modern interface, facilitate software use and parameter setting. Early users also reported that Minestis is fast and visual.“The strength of Minestis is that it manages the estimation of geological domains and block models in a coherent way, thus ensuring the quality of resulting estimates”, Geovariances Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Nicolas Jeannée indicates. “Another strength is that Minestis also makes the recommended advanced resource evaluation techniques like conditional simulations or uniform conditioning easy to implement by non-experts in geostatistics. This means users hold all the assets to get the resource figures expected by their company.”And for advanced optional functionalities, Minestis can be advantageously complemented by Isatis through a dedicated link. For the companies which have sponsored the related research program, Minestis enables innovative implicit domain modelling directly from borehole data. It also enables uncertainty assessment on the domain envelopes, which is unique among mining packages. Domain modelling will be publicly released in 2016.last_img read more