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NBA: LeBron James bares ownership aspiration upon retirement

first_imgJames’ ambitious dream seems to be attainable considering the massive wealth he has accumulated throughout his playing years.Apart from his multimillion-dollar salary, “The King” earns significantly from multiple endorsement deals and even has a lifetime deal with Nike.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:Scottie Pippen throws shade at Steph Curry: ‘He isn’t the best Warrior right now’Warriors wary of LeBron as Cavs arrive for NBA FinalsADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Koy, Joel Banal forge new partnership built on trust Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View commentscenter_img LeBron James  AFP/GETTY IMAGESJudging from his complete domination on the court, it’s safe to say that LeBron James still has plenty more left in the tank and will be around the league in the foreseeable future.Still, the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player is already looking ahead, baring his ultimate aspiration upon retirement.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “I will own a team someday,” James told Ken Berger of The Athletic.“I think it’ll be cool. I’ll stay part of the game and still be able to put people in positions of power. I’ve always loved that, putting people in a position of power to feel like they can make a change and make things happen,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingFollowing the footsteps of his “Airness” Michael Jordan, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar has shunned the idea of coaching one day, instead setting his sights on buying his own NBA franchise.Jordan, of course, purchased a minority share of his hometown team Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) in 2006, and majority ownership in 2010. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Deepika Kumari falters and misses Archery World Cup Final gold medal

first_imgIndia’s Deepika Kumari squandered a two-set lead against London Olympics double gold medallist Ki Bo Bae of South Korea, and had to settle for the silver medal in the women’s individual recurve competition at the Archery World Cup Final in Tokyo on Sunday.Deepika won the first two sets, but allowed the Korean to make a remarkable comeback and seal top honours in the season finale in the Japanese capital.The Jharkhand teenager was a whisker away from winning the deciding fifth set but shot a seven in her final attempt, opening the door for her opponent who prevailed 6-4.Dola Banerjee is the only Indian archer to win a gold medal at the World Cup Final, when she triumphed in Dubai in 2007.The showdown with the top two archers in the world rankings took place in rain, but Ki dealt with the elements better when it really counted.Deepika had won the silver medal at the World Cup Final last year as well, going down to China’s Cheng Ming in the final in Istanbul. She was hoping to go one better this time round, but it was not to be.Only the top eight archers in each category make it to the World Cup Final, on the basis of their performance in the Archery World Cups through the year. Deepika was the only Indian competing at the elite seasonending event.Deepika had gone into the London Olympics as the World No.1, but had a disappointing outing and was displaced by Ki as World No.1.advertisementThe Indian capitalised on a sloppy start by Ki and took the first two sets 26-23 and 27-25. But as the Korean improved, Deepika went the other way.She had managed two perfect 10s in the first two sets, but failed to repeat the feat thereafter, with the conditions making it tough for the archers.Ki won the third set with scores of 9-9-10, while Deepika could only shoot 9-8-7. In fact, her final shots in the last three rounds all accounted for seven each.The Korean levelled the gold medal match, winning the fourth set 8-10-8 to 8-8-7.Deepika opened the decider and shot a nine, with Ki replying with an eight. Deepika, thus, had her nose in front.Both archers shot nines in their next attempts, meaning that the Indian still had a one-shot lead going into the last two arrows.Deepika could have sealed the deal with a 10, but handed the initiative to the Korean with a seven. It meant that Ki had to hit a nine to clinch the gold medal, and she did just that.The victory capped a great season for the Korean, who had won gold medals in the individual and team events at the London Olympics. Korean Choi Hyeonju took home the bronze medal with a 6-4 victory over Jennifer Nichols of the United States.Earlier in the day, Deepika won two matches to make it to the title clash.Japan’s Miki Kanie was hardly a match for the Indian, who prevailed 7-1. The semi-final against Nichols was tied 2-2 before Deepika took the next two sets to clinch a berth in the final.Ki had to go through a shoot-off with compatriot Choi to get into the gold medal match.Korea took the men’s recurve gold medal as well when Kim Woojin edged past two-time defending World Cup Final winner Brady Ellison in a shoot-off.France’s Gael Provost defeated Korean Im Dong Hyun 6-2 for the bronze medal.last_img read more


first_imgEdwin KipyegoWON The Delhi Half Marathon, by Kenyan Edwin Kipyego, on September 30. It took him 1 hour, 55 seconds to cover 21 km. DIEDBrajesh Mishra, India’s first national security adviser, on September 28. Mishra, who was suffering from a heart ailment, died at his Delhi home. He was 83.,Edwin KipyegoWON The Delhi Half Marathon, by Kenyan Edwin Kipyego, on September 30. It took him 1 hour, 55 seconds to cover 21 km.DIEDBrajesh Mishra, India’s first national security adviser, on September 28. Mishra, who was suffering from a heart ailment, died at his Delhi home. He was 83.ATTACKED Lt-Gen Kuldip Singh Brar, who commanded Operation Bluestar, in central London on September 30. Brar said it was an assassination attempt.DIED Eric Hobsbawm, the distinguished British Marxist historian who had a profound influence on the Indian Left, on October 1. He was 95.Sunil ChhetriDEBUTED Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri, in the Portuguese second division league for his side Sporting Clube de Portugal against SC Freamunde on October 2.last_img read more

Premier League: Leicester City Climb Up to 3rd in Points Table After Thrashing Newcastle United

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Leicester: Leicester powered into third place in the Premier League with a 5-0 demolition of 10-man Newcastle that piled pressure on Magpies boss Steve Bruce on Sunday.Brendan Rodgers’ side maintained their impressive start to the season as they romped to a fourth win in their last five league games. Ricardo Pereira opened the scoring in the first half before Newcastle’s Isaac Hayden was sent off for a dangerous tackle.Leicester ran riot in the second half as Jamie Vardy struck either side of Paul Dummett’s own goal.Wilfred Ndidi rounded off Leicester’s biggest league win since Rodgers arrived from Celtic to replace Claude Puel in February, leaving them just two points behind second placed Manchester City.Rodgers’ appointment has proved an inspired move and Leicester look capable of challenging for a top four finish, especially given the inconsistent form of Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea.Newcastle were the only team to win a league game at the King Power Stadium since Rodgers took charge.But that success was during Rafael Benitez’s reign last season and they are a far less obdurate side under Bruce.After this woeful display, Newcastle sit second bottom of the table and have won only once in their first seven league matches.Mike Ashley’s decision to hire Bruce from Sheffield Wednesday was greeted with disdain by Newcastle fans and the under-fire 58-year-old already appears to be fighting to save his job.With Ashley still being linked with a deal to sell Newcastle, Bruce could be gone before a regime change or very soon after unless results improve quickly.James Maddison was absent for Leicester because of an ankle injury, with the midfielder’s place going to Dennis Praet in the only change from last week’s 2-1 win over Tottenham.Even without Maddison, Leicester were quickly into their stride as former Newcastle winger Ayoze Perez tested Magpies keeper Martin Dubravka.Newcastle could have been ahead against the run of play when Hayden drilled a low cross towards Yoshinori Muto, but the Japanese forward scuffed woefully wide.Rodgers’ team made the most of that escape to take the lead in the 16th minute.NEWCASTLE IN DISARRAYPortugal right-back Pereira has earned a reputation for lung-bursting surges that can unhinge opposing defences and once again he was too hot for Newcastle to handle.Playing a one-two with Perez, Pereira surged towards the Newcastle area unchecked by the visitors’ defence before firing a fine finish into the bottom corner for his second goal in his last two games.As rain lashed down, Bruce already cut a bedraggled figure on the touchline.But Bruce’s day got even worse in the 43rd minute when Hayden was sent off for a reckless studs-up lunge on Praet that left the Leicester midfielder crumpled on the turf.Leicester had already beaten Newcastle on penalties in the League Cup this season and Rodgers’ side were on course for a far more convincing success by the 54th minute.Praet picked out Harvey Barnes and cushioned a first-time pass over the top into the path of Vardy, whose low shot evaded Dubravka’s weak attempt to save at his near post.Vardy’s fourth goal of the season was followed by Leicester’s third of the day three minutes later.Praet advanced down the right and his shot was turned into his own net by Newcastle defender Dummett.With Newcastle in disarray, Vardy netted again after 64 minutes when he met Marc Albrighton’s cross with a clinical header at the far post.Leicester showed no mercy to Bruce and Ndidi turned swiftly to fire home in the 90th minute. footballjamie vardyLeicester CityNewcastle United First Published: September 29, 2019, 11:13 PM ISTlast_img read more

Ukhand govt blocking development works in BJP constituencies:

first_imgBhattDehradun, Sep 19 (PTI) BJP state president Ajay Bhatt today accused Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat of meting out step-motherly treatment to BJP MLAs assembly constituencies by blocking development work.”Fate of several infrastructure projects, which have been cleared, cannot be implemented because they are pending financial approvals,” he alleged.Bhatt said, “In my constituency, Ranikhet, construction of a bridge is pending for five years and a road in Bhikiyasing for 10 years.””All constituencies with BJP MLAs are being meted out a step-motherly treatment,” he alleged.Bhatt asked the state to revive a 2011 order, issued during the BJPs tenure, for creating four new districts- Ranikhet, Didihat in Kumaon region and Kotdwar and Yamunotri in Garhwal region.In a letter to Rawat last month, he said, “Upgrading them into districts was necessary for administrative convenience.””BJP always believed in small administrative units. Hence, we supported formation of Uttarakhand. Later, we favoured creation of four new districts,” Bhatt said. PTI ALM ANB NSDlast_img read more

Chicharito sends first donations after quake

first_imgMexico Chicharito, Layun initiative sends first donations after Mexico earthquake Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 06:55 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Miguel Layun Javier Hernandez Chicharito 060116 Mexico.jpg Kelvin Kuo Mexico Javier Hernández Premier League The Mexico teammates are staying true to their word of being transparent, publishing gifts to the Morelos Red Cross and the Topos The charity initiative started by star Mexico national team players Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Miguel Layun has sent its first two donations to aid groups after Tuesday’s earthquake.Upon launching the push for donations Wednesday, the players stressed that the distribution process would be a transparent one. They look to have followed up with that.Friday afternoon, the first $20,000 given out was published on the new organization’s social media accounts, with $10,000 going to those affected in the state of Morelos, where the cities of Jojutla and Cuernavaca were among those damaged, and another $10,000 going to a rescue organization. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “Our first donation on the part of all who donated to #YoXMex goes to our brothers in Morelos,” YoXMexico tweeted.Nuestra primer donación de parte de todos los donadores de #YoXMéx va para nuestros hermanos de Morelos.  @MorelosCruzRoja  #YoXMéxico— YoXMéxico (@YoXMex) September 22, 2017The second donation went to the Topos de Tlatelolco, a professional rescue team founded 32 years prior to Tuesday after a similarly devastating earthquake required a group to sift through debris to rescue those trapped.La segunda donación de parte de todos los donadores de #YoXMéxico es para @topos  #YoXMéxico— YoXMéxico (@YoXMex) September 22, 2017The YouCaring site listed the duo’s initial goal as $200,000, but it’s now at $500,000 after the original goal was surpassed.last_img read more

England vs Germany: Team news & TV

first_imgEngland England vs Germany: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 20:15 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcus Rashford England Getty Images England England v Germany Germany Friendlies World Cup The two old rivals of European football will clash at Wembley on Friday but the Three Lions are missing a host of key players England will take on Germany in the first of two high-profile friendlies during the current international break on Friday.After facing the world champions at Wembley, the Three Lions will play Brazil in London four days later.Gareth Southgate will hope to test his side against top-class opposition ahead of next summer’s World Cup but is without a number of key players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game England vs Germany Date Friday, November 10 Time 20:00 GMT / 15:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Eric Dier EnglandIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live and for free on television on ITV and by stream via ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV ITV Player In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FS2 and by stream via Fox Sports Go. US TV channel Online stream FS2 Fox Sports Go SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position England players Goalkeepers Hart, Butland, Pickford Defenders Cahill, Walker, Jones, Stones, Bertrand, Rose, Keane, Trippier, Maguire, Gomez Midfielders Young, Dier, Lingard, Livermore, Loftus-Cheek, Cork Forwards Vardy, Rashford, Abraham England’s midfield and attack has been hit hard by injury absences, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph, Harry Winks and Adam Lallana all unavailable.Southgate has hinted that he will continue to experiment with a three-man defence against Germany.Potential starting XI: Butland; Jones, Stones, Cahill; Walker, Dier, Livermore, Young; Lingard, Vardy, Rashford. Position Germany players Goalkeepers Trapp, Leno, Ter Stegen Defenders Sule, Plattenhardt, Ginter, Hummels, Rudiger, Boateng, Kimmich, Halstenberg Midfielders Khedira, Draxler, Kroos, Ozil, Can, Younes, Gotze, Brandt, Gundogan, Rudy, Sane Forwards Wagner, Werner, Stindl Germany will be without a pair of veterans in Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller, while Leon Goretzka and Shkodran Mustafi are also out.Joachim Low utilised a 3-1-5-1 formation against Azerbaijan to give his team plenty of firepower but may revert to a more orthodox 4-2-3-1 system here.Potential starting XI: Ter Stegen; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Plattenhardt; Khedira, Kroos; Sane, Ozil, Draxler; Wagner.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Tammy Abraham EnglandGermany are 11/10 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with England priced at 12/5 and the draw available at 9/4.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Germany new kitIt is hard to think of a time in recent history when there has been a greater gap between Germany and England.The world champions, under the guidance of 11-year coach Joachim Low, are a well-oiled machine. Low is spoilt for choice when it comes to talent but whoever he does pick fits in to a well-established framework.Germany have a basic identity, usually lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but the versatility of players like Joshua Kimmich enables them to make adjust their shape as needed.England, on the other hand, have felt fairly close to square one since Sam Allardyce was dismissed before he could even really get started.There is quality at Southgate’s disposal – though much of it will miss this match due to injury – but no clearly defined plan A that England can build from.They go into this pair of international friendlies likely to continue their experiment with a three-man defence in a bid to establish some semblance of consistency ahead of next summer’s World Cup.last_img read more

Review of Halifax Regional School Board Begins

first_img determine whether policies and procedures were followed examine current policies, procedures and support make recommendations to ensure the safety and well-being of all students identify issues that may have a negative impact on students and their mental health provide recommendations to address gaps and/or deficiencies of policies, procedures, programming and protocols at Halifax Regional School Board, and its co-operation and interaction with departments and agencies The review will include the mental-health system and its role in this case. The reviewers will look at aspects of Capital District Health Authority and IWK Health Centre programs that support youth. An interim report is expected May 10. The independent review was requested by the Halifax Regional School Board. “We requested the independent review because we need to take a critical, unbiased look at how we provide services to students,” said Gin Yee, chair of the Halifax Regional School Board. “Our teachers, staff and administrators work very hard every day to meet a wide range of needs, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look for ways to improve our support to students. “The two individuals the province has appointed are well-known, respected experts in education and we are committed to working closely with them throughout the process.” The panel will be in regular communication with Ms. More. The minister may take immediate steps to act on time-sensitive issues raised by the panel before the final report is complete. The review will not impact criminal investigations or proceeding. The province announced April 15 that an independent review of the actions of police and the Public Prosecution Service will begin as soon as the criminal investigation is finished. The province has named two respected Canadian experts to review the approach of Halifax Regional School Board, and associated agencies, to the events that led to the tragic death of a student. The two out-of-province experts, Debra Pepler and Penny Milton of Ontario, will begin their review immediately. Ms. Pepler is a professor of psychology at York University. She is co-founder of PREVNet, Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network, and has been on the Ontario Minister of Education’s Safe Schools Action Team since 2004. One of her research areas is bullying. Ms. Milton is former CEO of the Canadian Education Association and a former deputy minister of the Premier’s Advisory Council on Health, Wellbeing and Social Justice in Ontario. Her primary area of interest is the engagement of young people in learning. “The review of Halifax Regional School Board will be independent and have a broad mandate,” said Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Status of Women. “We need to take a close and sensitive look at the programs, supports and policies we have in place now, and figure out how to improve them. In this way, we are continuing to support the family.” The panel will report to Ms. More. “Nova Scotia is not alone in dealing with these difficult issues and challenges,” said Ms. Pepler. “There is an opportunity here to learn from this heartbreaking situation, and ensure the supports and programming in place for our young people meets their needs, across the spectrum, from health to education.” “Schools share with families and communities a responsibility for the well-being of all of their students,” said Ms. Milton. “We must all learn from this tragedy so that students are supported in the best ways that we know how.” The panel will have until June 14 to:last_img read more

Jet founder Naresh Goyal questioned by ED in Mumbai

first_imgMumbai: Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal was on Friday questioned here by the Enforcement Directorate in a case of alleged contravention of the foreign exchange law, officials said. This is the first time that the central agency is grilling him after it conducted searches against him last month. Goyal’s statement has been recorded under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) at the agency’s zonal office here, they said. A dozen premises, including Goyal’s Mumbai residence in Mumbai, his group companies, their directors and offices of Jet Airways, were searched by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on August 23. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAccording to agency sources, the businessman’s empire had 19 privately-held companies, five of which were registered abroad. The agency is probing charges that these firms allegedly carried out “doubtful” transactions under the guise of selling, distribution and operating expenses. The ED suspects that expenses at these companies were allegedly booked at fake and high costs and as a result, they “projected” huge losses. Alleged shady aircraft lease transactions with non-existent offshore entities are also under the ED scanner and it is suspected that Jet Airways made payments for lease rental to “ghost firms”, which purportedly routed the ill-gotten money in Goyal’s companies. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOfficials said while the case, at present, is being investigated under the civil proceedings of the FEMA law, additional evidences may lead to the registration of a case against the businessman and others under the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Goyal, along with his wife, were barred from flying out to a foreign location from the Mumbai airport in May as part of the vigil mounted against him by probe agencies. A particular company under the ED scanner is the Isle of Man-based Tail Winds Corporation and it is suspected that it controlled all activities of Jet Airways. The company (Tail Winds) was formed by Goyal in 1992. The ED, as part of the searches few weeks ago, also went to the premises of Hasmukh Deepchand Gardi, who was a partner and a big investor in the Tail Winds company. Sources said Gardi, who is based in Dubai, also had a mention in the global offshore holdings list, known as the “Panama Papers”, and the agency suspected that the money invested in Tail Winds was sourced through illegal means. It is understood that the ED is also looking at the airline’s stake in Jet Privilege Pvt Ltd (JPPL), set up in 2012. Jet Airways has a 49.9-per cent stake in JPPL, which is part of the Etihad Group. A few executives of the now closed down airline have been questioned by the ED in the past in relation to these charges. A full-service carrier, Jet Airways shut its operations on April 17 after running out of cash. A Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) inspection report had found large-scale irregularities, including diversion of funds, at the airline, sources had said in July. In March, Goyal stepped down as the chairman of Jet Airways. Currently, the airline is going through the resolution process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.last_img read more

Houthi Movement Thanks Morocco for Withdrawing from Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen

The head of the Houthi movement, Abdel-Aziz bin Habtour has sent a message to Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, thanking the country for suspending participation in the Saudi-led coalition in the ongoing war in Yemen.In an unprecedented move, the head of the Houthi movement lauded Morocco’s withdrawal from the Saudi coalition in the conflict, reported the Yemeni news agency.Morocco’s withdrawal decision, said Habtour, “reflects the good, brotherly Moroccan-Yemeni relations.” He added, “Yemeni people will continue to cherish their strong, brotherly ties with the Moroccan people in days to come.” Habtour also said he hoped for Morocco to join the international efforts to stop the war in Yemen, in line with its “sound decision.”The Houthi leader ended his message by wishing “development and prosperity for Morocco and its people.”Read Also: In Unprecedented Move, Morocco Recalls its Ambassador to Saudi ArabiaTensions simmer between Rabat and RiyadhTensions have been rife between Morocco and Saudi Arabia, although there have been no official moves from either party to express frustration.In the public discourse, meanwhile, the spat between the two allies seemed to reach a new level after a Saudi television channel aired a controversial documentary about the Western Sahara conflict.The documentary, broadcast by Saudi-owned pan-Arab television, Al Arabiya, claimed that Morocco “occupied” the Western Sahara and presented Polisario as the sole “legitimate representative of the Saharawi people.”The documentary was aired weeks after Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita told Al Jazeera that Morocco’s participation in the Yemen war has changed due to humanitarian reasons.Following the controversial documentary, news reports indicated last week that Morocco recalled its ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mustapha El Mansouri, “for consultations” on the relations with Saudi Arabia.But Morocco’s foreign ministry Nasser Bourita denied that narrative. In an interview two days after news circulated of Morocco recalling Ambassador El Mansouri, Bourita said the news was “unfounded” and “not correct.”Meantime, Rabat-Riyadh ties had already weakened following the ascension of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to power.Saudi Arabia initially joined the Yemen war in 2015 in an attempt to curb the armed movement of the Houthis, a group of Islamic Shia rebels. read more

Somalia UN envoy reestablishes office in Mogadishu after 17year hiatus

24 January 2012The United Nations envoy for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga, today formally moved his office back to the country’s capital, Mogadishu, from neighbouring Kenya, where it has been based for 17 years. Mr. Mahiga, who was received at the airport in Mogadishu by Somalia’s Prime Minister, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, other officials and diplomats, said he was delighted that the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) will now carry out its work from Mogadishu.“I sincerely hope that the arrival of the UN Political Office will mark the start of renewed hope for the future of Somalia,” said Mr. Mahiga.“Being in Mogadishu will allow us to work far more closely with the Transitional Federal Institutions, the UN agencies and NGOs [non-governmental organizations] already based here, civil society and ordinary Somalis. We have much to do and we are eager to get straight to work,” he said.The last Special Representative of the Secretary-General to be based in Mogadishu was James Victor Gbeho, who worked with the now defunct UN Operations in Somalia II (UNOSOM II), and left in early 1995.UNPOS was established shortly afterwards and has since been based in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. Six UN agencies have permanent staff in Mogadishu.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the relocation of UNPOS was a demonstration of the UN’s strong commitment to working alongside the Somali people and their leaders to build peace, political stability and a hopeful future.“It will permit intensified political cooperation and engagement toward these goals,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.Mr. Mahiga is initially moving with a limited number of staff, with additional employees due to follow later as resources and security permits.The Special Representative of the Secretary-General took part in the raising of the UN flag in the UNPOS compound, before proceeding to Villa Somalia where he was welcomed by President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and presented his credentials.He then went to the headquarters of the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) where he inspected a guard of honour and paid tribute to the remarkable sacrifice of peacekeepers and the Somali security forces in advancing the cause of peace.“Without the incredible efforts and sacrifice of the troops from Somalia and other African countries, we would not be here today,” said Mr. Mahiga.He gave his pledge to the Somali people that the UNPOS relocation to Mogadishu would herald the beginning of a new era of cooperation and political engagement as the current political transitional period comes to an end later this year. read more

Closing Bell TSX closes lower amid rising commodities concerns about US rally

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Tuesday amid concerns that the U.S. stock rally may be running out of steam and a new report predicting slower than anticipated global economic growth.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,442.60 -15.46 0.11%S&P 500 — 15,967.03 -8.99 -0.06%Dow — 1,787.87 -3.66 -0.20%Nasdaq — 3,931.55 -17.52 -0.44%The S&P/TSX composite index ticked 15.46 points lower to 13,442.6 while the Canadian dollar fell 0.36 of a cent to 95.5 cents US.The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development cut its 2014 forecast for global growth from 4% to 3.6%. The OECD cited U.S. fiscal uncertainty, the impact of the Federal Reserve tapering its asset purchases and weakness in emerging markets.U.S. markets were lower after indexes backed off Monday after hitting key technical levels, raising questions about whether American markets are due for their first serious retracement in two years. The Dow Jones industrials declined 8.99 points to 15,967.03, the Nasdaq fell 17.51 points to 3,931.55 and the S&P 500 index slipped 3.66 points to 1,787.87.Investors remained cautious a day after the Dow broke 16,000 and the S&P breached the 1,800 mark — both for the first time. The Dow alone has surged more than 20% this year and is up about 900 points since early October amid optimism that the Federal Reserve won’t be moving to cut back on its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases until well into the new year.“You always have to be cautious when the market has gone up as fast as it has,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at 3MACS.“(But) any correction that could happen I would use it to buy the dips because valuations are still reasonable.”The TSX is up about 8.5% for the year so far, held back by the mining sector. Most other sectors have put in solid performances, particularly financials, energy companies and industrials — companies Nakamoto thinks will likely take the TSX higher.“Much more of the direction of the TSX is going to be the financial and energy components because we have had such a correction in the mining sectors,” he observed.Commodity prices advanced and the energy sector was up 0.43% as December crude on the Nymex moved up 31 cents to US$93.34 a barrel. Bankers Petroleum (TSX:BNK) ran up 13 cents to C$3.86.Niko Resources (TSX:NKO) surged 23.6% to $1.78, recovering for a second day after plunging more than 50% Friday after it said that it had secured a “very high cost,” $340-million loan to avoid defaulting on debt payments and other obligations.The gold sector was up about 0.55% while December bullion climbed $1.20 to US$1,273.50 an ounce. The sector has been a major drag this year, plunging about 45% as global inflation remains very low while economic conditions are gradually improving, making bullion less attractive as a hedge. Kinross Gold (TSX:K) advanced seven cents to C$5.18.The consumer sector was in focus Tuesday as Sears Canada Inc. (TSX:SCC) stock jumped $1.07 or 6.37% to $17.87 as the retailer said that it will pay its shareholders an extraordinary dividend of $5 per share. Sears also posted a quarterly net loss of $48.8 million or 48 cents per share, mainly due to severance and restructuring costs.Food company George Weston (TSX:WN) posted earnings ex-items of $1.38 a share, seven cents shy of estimates. Its shares declined six cents to $80.85 as the company also said overall sales rose 2.1% to $10.38 billion.The base metals sector weighed on the Toronto market, down 0.02% as December copper edged up one cent to US$3.16 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) fell 30 cents to C$18.55.In the U.S., Home Depot Inc. reported net income of US$1.35 billion, or 95 cents per share, up from $947 million, or 63 cents per share, a year ago. Analysts expected earnings of 89 cents per share. Revenue rose 7% to $19.47 billion from $18.13 billion. Wall Street had predicted $19.18 billion. Its shares gained 71 cents to $80.38.Shares in electric car maker Tesla (Nasdaq:TSLA) ran ahead $4.51 to $126.09 even as the U.S. government’s auto safety watchdog opened an investigation into battery fires in its Model S electric cars. The probe affects more than 13,000 cars from the 2013 model year that were sold in the U.S. Tesla has sold about 19,000 of the cars worldwide.Traders are looking to the release Wednesday of the minutes from the latest Fed meeting held late last month for hints about when the central bank might start cutting back on its asset purchases, which have kept bond yields low and encouraged people to buy equities.TOP STORIESOECD calls for Bank of Canada rate to more than double to 2.25% by end of 2015Investors are freaking out after Carl Icahn said stocks are headed for a big fallSears Canada shares spike as retailer enriches investors with big dividendTesla stock skids as Elon Musk asks the U.S. safety agency to probe fires that melted electric carsBombardier strikes CSeries deal, launches high-density Q400WHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Wholesale trade (Sept): Economists expect 0.3% rise UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Retail sales (Oct): Economists expect 0.1% rise Consumer price index (Oct): Economists expect no rise in inflation 10 a.m.Existing home sales (Oct): Economists expect a decline of 2.7% Business inventories (Sept): Economists expect 0.3% rise 2 p.m.U.S. Fed’s FOMC minutes from October meeting  CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESDeere & Company Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.89 J C Penney Co Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of US$1.78 a share Lowe`s Companies Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 48¢ a share The J. M. Smucker Company Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.60 a share Staples, Inc. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 42¢ a share

NBC orders 13 episodes of comedy produced by Tina Fey starring Ellie

NBC orders 13 episodes of comedy produced by Tina Fey, starring Ellie Kemper of ‘The Office’ by The Associated Press Posted Oct 31, 2013 1:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – NBC says it’s ordering 13 episodes of a new comedy created by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper of “The Office.”The network says Kemper will play a woman who flees a doomsday cult and begins a new life in New York city. The actress had joined “The Office” as Erin the receptionist in the show’s 2009 season.NBC says Fey created the new series with Robert Carlock, who was an executive producer on her Emmy-winning series “30 Rock.” The pair will join in writing the new comedy and serve as executive producers along with David Miner.NBC says the new show, as yet untitled, is scheduled to debut in fall 2014. read more

Urgent farming support needed amid rampant food insecurity in parts of northeast

“These populations need urgent assistance to recover their livelihoods, which are mostly based on crop farming, artisanal fisheries and aquaculture and livestock production,” Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, said today in a news release from the agency. “For the last three to four years this has not been possible due to the conflict,” he added.The release added that the resumption of agricultural activities in these areas is of utmost priority to ensure that people can produce enough food for themselves. This includes those who have been internally displaced by the conflict as well as communities who have been hosting them.It further noted that in parts of the country’s restive north-east, where food insecurity is rampant, some 385,000 people are in urgent need of farming and livelihood support.The situation has been exasperated as three consecutive planting seasons were lost due to the fighting in the region.Furthermore, large influxes of people escaping repeated Boko Haram attacks have put extreme pressure on already poor and vulnerable host communities and their fragile agricultural and pastoral livelihoods, exacerbating the already precarious food and nutrition security situation.FAO estimates that more than three million people are affected by acute food insecurity in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.“Failure to rebuild the rural economy will translate into lack of employment opportunities with possible harmful consequences including youth radicalization and enrolment into armed groups, resulting in continued civil unrest,” the UN agricultural agency warned.Emphasizing the benefits of a timely intervention, it added: “Restarting food production in the newly accessible areas will have the additional benefits of encouraging displaced populations to return to their homes, while contributing to their improved health and nutrition.” Responding to the crisisIn response to the ongoing crisis, FAO has launched an intervention and urgently requires $10 million to supply seeds, fertilizers and irrigation equipment for the upcoming irrigated dry season. In the meantime, the agency is also preparing its response for the main agricultural season for which even more resources are required.“With funds received to-date, FAO has reached over 123,000 people to improve their food security by enabling them to grow their own food during the ongoing rain-fed season,” said Tim Vaessen, FAO’s Emergency and Response Manager in Nigeria.“While this assistance is crucial, it reaches just a fraction of those in need of support and now FAO is seeking funds to support irrigated crop production, livestock restocking and animal health treatment, including disease control and supplementary feed, in the newly liberated areas,” he added.Furthermore, in north-eastern Nigeria, the agency has provided agricultural kits to vulnerable internally displaced people with access to land and host families. The kits include improved varieties crop seeds and fertilizers, enabling beneficiaries to grow their own food during the ongoing rain-fed season. The harvest is expected to start by the end of September and will allow beneficiaries to cover their food needs for up to 10 months.However, FAO’s activities in the country remain constrained by a serious lack of funding. To-date, the agency has received just $ 4.9 million, of which almost 20 percent has come from its own Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities. read more

Football Offensive lineman Matthew Burrell to transfer from Ohio State

Then-redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Matthew Burrell combs through the crowd in the Shoe after Ohio State’s 39-38 victory over No. 2 Penn State on Oct. 28. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorRedshirt junior offensive lineman Matthew Burrell announced Wednesday he will transfer from Ohio State at the end of the school year. In an Instagram post, Burrell said he was thankful for the opportunities given to him at Ohio State, calling his experience “a once in a lifetime opportunity” both on and off the field. The fourth-year lineman also said he does not know where he will end up in the fall, saying he looks forward to “whatever God has planned for me.” Redshirting his first season with the Buckeyes, Burrell has served as a backup offensive line for the past two seasons. Last season, he was in the mix to earn the starting right guard job, but lost the battle and eventually backed up both redshirt junior Branden Bowen and redshirt senior Demetrius Knox. As a member of the 2015 class, Burrell was a four-star offensive guard recruit and was ranked as the No. 7 guard in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. read more

Is UConn Still A Big Favorite

Usually, teams see their chances of winning go up throughout a tournament. But in this case, UConn, Notre Dame, South Carolina and “the field” have all shed percentage points to the Lady Bears. Over this period, Baylor’s score on our strength metric has risen by 5.5 points, from 104.5 to 110, while UConn’s has only gone from 111.4 to 112.5.Interestingly, however, the markets don’t seem to share our model’s enthusiasm for Baylor. The latest prices that I could find still give UConn a greater than 75 percent chance (for example, here, where the odds of -420/+300 imply fair odds of 76 percent), which is similar to what was out there before the tournament.The huge disparity between our model and the markets suggests that it’s worth having some skepticism toward our model results. In general, models are at their worst when it comes to extreme outliers, which UConn certainly has been. For one thing, it can be hard to tell their true strength, because so many of their games are fairly noncompetitive. For another, you would normally expect a team that has performed like UConn this year to be a little worse than it looks — because of regression to the mean — but in UConn’s case, we have a lot of corroborating evidence. Namely, that this season’s performance isn’t even that much of an outlier, for them.On the other hand, the Huskies weren’t even supposed to be their powerhouse selves this year, and the Lady Bears have looked amazing. If Baylor can get by Mississippi State, they’ll almost certainly get their chance to escape UConn’s shadow in the Final Four.Check out our March Madness predictions. The University of Connecticut Huskies kept their roll going Saturday with a breezy 86-71 victory over UCLA. It’s their 110th win in a row — and the 157th of their last 158 games — likely giving them the longest team sport winning streak in college top division history. Rival and potential Elite Eight threat Maryland’s loss in an upset against Oregon also means UConn’s next game should be easier than expected — so you might think UConn’s chances of five-peating and carrying their win streak into the fall would be greater than ever.Our model, however, now pegs UConn’s chances as essentially the lowest they’ve been in the tournament. UConn finds itself in a virtual dead heat with Baylor (who UConn beat by 11 points in November). Though Baylor has seemed to be UConn’s most formidable competition since before the tournament began, their rise has nonetheless been dramatic. They’ve won their tournament games by 89, 40 and 34, compared with UConn’s margins of 61, 30 and 15.Baylor was briefly even the tournament favorite, between Sweet 16 days (after Baylor beat Louisville but before UConn beat UCLA): read more

Father dies swimming the Channel just a mile from the shore

first_imgA British cross-channel swimmer has died just a mile short of reaching France.Nick Thomas, 45, from Ellesmere in Shropshire, was pulled unconscious from the water as he neared the end of the 21-mile endurance swim.Mr Thomas, who did not wear a wetsuit, had previously completed Ironman events and had already swum the Channel successfully in 2014.  Thank @lynncette and@EnduromanEvents for my dory towel and lucky Peebles , very kind of you both #justkeepswimming— Nick Thomas (@trismartnick) July 18, 2016 Enduroman Ultra Events, which was tweeting his solo progress since leaving the UK early on Saturday, wrote: “Our friend Nick Thomas left us whilst doing what he loved – he just kept going.”He’ll always be a part of what we do and who we are.” …From thereon we’ll be hoping to move toward shore across the tide. There’s a lot to do before then. Nick’s swimming well & is very strong— Enduroman Events (@EnduromanEvents) August 27, 2016 The Enduroman event combines running, cycling and swimming. It begins with an 87-mile run from London to Dover, followed by swimming the English Channel and is supposed to end with a bike ride to Paris. The organisation raised the alarm on their Twitter feed on Saturday night, posting: “Nick Thomas is being treated at Calais hospital after passing out in the water. Please wait for an update.”A previous message had said: “Flood tide is strong pulling us toward Blanc Nez, hopefully some chance to land near there. Tough going for Nick.”A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are offering assistance to the family of a British national following his death in Calais, France.” 1807. @trismartnick pulls onward ever closer to France. Where & when still uncertain. The NE wind held up the tide..— Enduroman Events (@EnduromanEvents) August 27, 2016 Morning dip , just ticking over awaiting judgement day ,— Nick Thomas (@trismartnick) August 4, 2016 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. …ZC2 marks edge of the NE shipping lane to French inshore waters. The further inside that the better when the flood tide comes through…— Enduroman Events (@EnduromanEvents) August 27, 2016 A spokesman for the governing body, the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation, confirmed a man had died.He said: “A swimmer was taken from the water less than a mile from the finish in France.”There was an extremely experienced support team on board the support vessel. He was given CPR and taken to Calais where he was sadly pronounced dead.”It is an extreme sport, we know the risks. He was doing what he loved doing. Our thoughts are with his family.” His wife paid tribute to him online, writing: “Can’t believe I am not going to see you again. Loved always xx.” The Sun reported that his son Ashley said: “You’ll never be forgotten”. On his Twitter profile he described himself as an “Endurance athlete, iron & ultraman triathlon for many years”.One of his last posts on the social media site was earlier in August before he went for a swim.last_img read more

Boliden to purchase Kylylahti copper mine second processing area for Ratatotok South

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 21 prefeasibility studies, six feasibility studies, 17 projects in development, 11 new mines that have gone into production, four existing mines that are expanding, 10 merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 29 gold projects, 20 copper, nine silver projects, four iron ore, and three diamonds, zinc, nickel, tungsten, cobalt, molybdenum projects, two coal, and one PGM, potash, manganese, lead, tin, tantalum-lithium, graphite, antimony, vanadium projects. This report, released every two weeks, keeps you up to date on worldwide mine developments and contains many sales leads. For more information contact .Boliden has entered into an agreement with Australian Altona Mining to purchase the Kylylahti copper mine, the exploration rights and copper/nickel deposits in the Outokumpu field in eastern Finland. The consideration for the transaction amounts to $95 million. The agreement is subject to approval by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority and the approval of the shareholders of Altona Mining. “We see several synergies in mining, metallurgy and exploration. The exploration areas are similar to what we experience in Sweden and have potential for additional discoveries. The acquisition will also establish Boliden as a mining company in Finland, where we already are a significant smelting company,” says Lennart Evrell, President and CEO, Boliden.Central Rand Gold announces that following the successful implementation of the Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) pumping and treatment solution by the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA), gold mineralisation found between 450 m and 900 m below surface, which had previously been downgraded to ‘Exploration Target’, has been reclassified by independent consultants Venmyn Deloitte as ‘Mineral Resource’.The installation of the Ritz high capacity AMD pumps in March 2014, and the subsequent commissioning of the High Density Sludge (HDS) plant in May 2014, combined with a simultaneous reduction in the water level observed at the pumping station and at the CMR mine, has demonstrated that the entire basin in Johannesburg can be dewatered from a single point. Economic capital and operating cost studies have shown that further de-watering beyond the 450 m level can be done efficiently and economically, with the installation of additional pumps and piping and thus the hurdle for “eventual economic extraction”, a key aspect in the definition of ‘Mineral Resources’ in terms of the SAMREC Code, is satisfied.Borneo Resource Investments, a mining company that mines gold and develops producing gold mining properties in Indonesia, is building its second processing area to extract more gold from ore at its Ratatotok South property. Borneo expects this infrastructure expansion will triple the company’s gold production at the property.  Borneo acquired Ratatotok South, one of its three contiguous Ratatotok properties, in December 2013 through its subsidiary PT Puncak Kalabat. The 8.5 ha property, located in the middle of a well-established gold reef area, became the company’s second producing gold mine. Borneo started mining the property shortly after its acquisition and completed its first full production run in May 2014.Whilst GoGold Resources announces that a land agreement to mine and explore on the Ejido property associated with the Santa Gertrudis Gold Mine in Mexico has been executed. The agreement allows GoGold to mine and explore the 2,006 hectares of land that is owned by the local Ejido for a period of ten years with an option to renew for a further five years. With the company’s intent to reestablish mining, this agreement will allow GoGold to fast track the Santa Gertrudis gold mine to production.Newmont Mining Corp has announced it completed the sale of its Jundee underground gold mine in Australia to Northern Star Resources Limited , for total proceeds of approximately $91 million. We are pleased to have completed the sale of Jundee as part of our ongoing effort to increase shareholder value by focusing on lower cost, longer life operations,” said Randy Engel, Newmont’s Executive Vice President for Strategic Development. “With the closing of this sale, Newmont has generated approximately $800 million in proceeds over the last 12 months from the divestment of non-core assets.”last_img read more

Column What was the Christmas Star

first_imgHOW DOES ASTRONOMY relate to the Christmas Star? Whether or not the story described in the Bible actually happened, there is a some relevant astronomy when taken in context of the Middle East two thousand years ago, so it’s not surprising that astronomical events would have inspired or influenced writings or events at the time.The Biblical Magi, or the Wise Men, were likely to be people well-versed in astronomy. In their time, astronomical events would have been believed to be signs and predictions about events on Earth. This was what we would now call astrology. The Middle East region was historically renowned for its advances in science and mathematics, so the appearance of astronomer-priests in the story of the Christmas Star strengthens the idea that, if it happened, it was something celestial. There are a number of possibilities that would explain the Christmas Star that took place approximately two thousand years ago.An occultationFive years ago, at the start of December 2008 as the Christmas season was underway, there was an incredible astronomical event that astounded people who saw it. In the early evening, as a thin crescent Moon hovered over the horizon, a brilliant glowing ‘star’ appeared from behind it, slowly moving away from the arc of the Moon.Throughout that evening I received countless calls from people asking what was happening to the Moon. Was our nearest celestial neighbour breaking apart? Was it aliens? Was it the Christmas Star coming back?The astronomical event in question was the end of an occultation, where one object in the sky is obscured – or occulted – by another. In this case, the two objects were the Moon and the bright planet Venus. The Moon and Venus are often placed close together for a couple of days each month when Venus is in the sky (indeed, Venus is in our evening skies now and you may have spotted a close conjunction), but occultations of such spectacle are a much rarer occurrence.In 6BC two occultations took place. Similar to the occultation of Venus in 2008, Jupiter was twice obscured by the Moon in the constellation Aries. When we consider the astrological significance of Aries and Jupiter at the time, we find ourselves at a possible contender for the Christmas Star: Aries was the ‘ruling starsign’ of Judea, while Jupiter was the ‘star of kings’. Combining these, and remembering that Jupiter appeared from behind the Moon, we now have an astronomical event that may have signified a birth of a Jewish king.Comets always ‘point’ towards the SunOf course, there are events that may have occurred that were a little less esoteric, and were more actual astronomy rather than observations blended with astrology and mysticism. One such celestial event may have been the appearance of a comet. While we didn’t get to see Comet ISON as well as we hoped, anyone who has ever seen one (or even a photo of one) will know what they look like. In one sense, they almost resemble an arrow pointing in a certain direction. Comets always ‘point’ towards the Sun, so if a comet was visible in early morning before sunrise, it would have pointed east, which is the direction the Three Wise Men are said to have travelled.As well as this, comets move through the sky, and are in a different place each night with respect to the background stars. As such, over the space of days or weeks, the movement of the comet could have acted as a guide for the travellers.Halley’s Comet orbits the Sun every 75-76 years, and we know that it was visible from Earth in 12BC. The appearance of the comet was noted by Chinese astronomers at the time, but they didn’t report a particularly spectacular display from the object.Did a ‘new star’ influence the Biblical story?Another object recorded by the Chinese astronomers was the appearance of a nova – or ‘new star’ – in the sky in 5BC. A nova occurs when a small, white dwarf star pulls hydrogen gas from a nearby companion star. The gas falls to the surface of the white dwarf where it becomes intensely hot, and finally reignites and undergoes nuclear fusion. The result is an explosion of light and heat.While most nova events are very far away and too faint to see without telescopes, the explosion was seen easily by the astronomers in China and was reported to have stayed in the sky for two months. Maybe this event influenced the Biblical story.So, what was the Christmas Star that features in the Bible? It’s a good question, and certainly from an astronomical perspective, it could have been any of a number of celestial events. There are several theories as to what it could have been, but I don’t think we’ll ever really know for sure!Conor Farrell is an avid science enthusiast and studied physics with astronomy at Dublin City University. He now works with Astronomy Ireland to promote all things space-related to a wider audience. In his spare time he writes about science and current affairs, and can be followed on Twitter at @conorsthoughts.Read more of Conor’s columns here.Watch: Awe-inspiring video of Earth from space will put your day in perspectiveColumn: Stargazing for beginners – get the most out of these dark winter nightsWe’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? 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Interior delays public comment deadline for ANWR oil leasing

first_imgTussock tundra on Arctic Refuge coastal plain. (Photo courtesy of USFWS)Following the government shutdown, the Interior department is giving the public an additional month to weigh in on its controversial plans to allow oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.In a statement, top Interior official Joe Balash said the comment period is being extended from February 11 to March 13, in response to requests from Alaska communities and tribes, as well as nonprofits from across the U.S.Democrats in Congress who oppose drilling in the Refuge had also written letters urging Interior to extend the comment period, arguing the shutdown limited the agency’s ability to provide information to the public.During the government shutdown, Interior was continuing to plan meetings about oil leasing in the Refuge, leading to outcry from Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups. The agency later announced it was delaying the meetings, although the dates and locations had never been publicly announced.Interior finally released the meeting schedule today. The first takes place in Fairbanks on February 4. Other meetings are scheduled in the following days in Kaktovik, Utqiaġvik, Fort Yukon, Arctic Village, Venetie, Anchorage and Washington, D.C.last_img read more

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