Team India is all set to wear a new jersey when it takes on Sri Lanka in the first Test of the three-match series starting on July 26 at Galle.Virat Kohli’s men will have a new sponsor — Oppo — on their jersey which will be embossed on the right side of their shirt as well as the left sleeve.’Kit’ting up ahead of the Test series #TeamIndia ??? pic.twitter.com/6lgJ6aJr3F- BCCI (@BCCI) July 25, 2017The brand name will be green in colour and will replace the outgoing ‘Star’ that was India’s sponsor before the Champions Trophy.OPPO Mobiles India Pvt Ltd. won the sponsorship rights for Team India through a tender process for a period of five years and was acquired for Rs. 1079.29 crore. Earlier, Star India had bagged the Indian team sponsorship rights for a four-year period in December 2013. The deal was from January 1, 2014 to March 31, 2017.Star also placed a bid this time and according to media reports, Star’s bid was worth Rs 19.2 million (US$315,000 approx) per match for bilateral series and Rs 6.1 million (US$100,000 approx) per match for ICC sponsored tournaments. However, the Chinese mobile manufacturing brand outbid Star to bag the mega sponsorship deal.Before Star India, Sahara had sponsored the Indian team for 12 years.India will play three Tests against Sri Lanka at Galle, Colombo and Pallekele before a five-match ODI series and a one-off T20 international.
Goal 50 Bale and five flops not among world’s 50 best players Goal 23:00 11/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Goal 50 Gareth Bale Real Madrid Primera División Riyad Mahrez Sergio Agüero Mesut Özil The Real Madrid attacker finished fifth in last year’s Goal 50, but missed out this time after an injury-riddled season. Who else was snubbed? The 2017 Goal 50 will be revealed on Tuesday, with the world’s best-performing players from the past 12 months ranked from 50 down to 1.However, often what is most telling about the state of clubs, countries and players is which individuals have fallen out of favour after making the list in previous seasons.For many players, form is fleeting, and a few bad performances in a row can result in the biggest names being benched or even sold. Fans are quick to find new favourites and demand the departure of stars whose names they recently chanted. 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 Gareth Bale went from Real Madrid hero to a frustrated figure thanks to repeated injuries and the resulting lack of a consistent spot in the starting XI. As a result, he is one of the biggest losers in this year’s Goal 50 list, having finished fifth in the 2016 selection.What other big names have flopped in the past 12 months and are not among the world’s 50 best players?GARETH BALEJust a few years ago, Gareth Bale was the next great superstar. He was the world’s most expensive player at Real Madrid, and scored in the Champions League final after making an instant impact at Santiago Bernabeu. Bale also starred for his country at Euro 2016, with Wales shocking the world by making it all the way to the semi-finals of the tournament thanks to three goals from the attacker.However, last season, the 28-year-old was blighted by injury and could only make 19 Liga starts for Madrid. The club won the double in 2016-17 but Bale was just a fringe performer due to his recurring injuries.This season continued that trend and saw the Welshman miss out for club and country, with his absence conspicuous for Wales as they were eliminated from the World Cup by the Republic of Ireland, losing 1-0 in Cardiff in their final group game to ensure that Euro 2016’s heroics would not be repeated in Russia.RIYAD MAHREZThe Leicester City team of 2015-16 were remarkable. They made history as 5000-1 outsiders who shocked the world by winning the Premier League. Jamie Vardy was the Foxes’ hitman up front, but their true hero was Algeria international Riyad Mahrez, who created the chances Vardy converted and scored 17 league goals of his own. Despite winning the title, Leicester lost midfielder N’Golo Kante and many more of their key names were expected to leave for bigger pastures.Mahrez was pursued by Arsenal but stayed at Leicester as they and their players regressed the following season. The Foxes finished 12th, having flirted with relegation until Claudio Ranieri was sacked, with only a run to the Champions League last eight offering fans some joy.The 26-year-old managed just six league goals all season and despite handing in a transfer request, he was unable to find a club willing to buy him this summer – such was his fall from grace.MESUT OZILWhen Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil, Arsene Wenger planned to build the team around the Germany midfielder. Initially, they were somewhat successful as they won back-to-back FA Cups.But despite Ozil collecting a third FA Cup winner’s medal in May, the silverware was bittersweet as the Gunners missed out on the Champions League. Arsenal’s 2016-17 was one filled with distractions as both Alexis Sanchez and Ozil’s futures were in doubt, while fans were split on whether to continue with Wenger.Supporters were unsure if ‘Le Professeur’ was the right man to guide Arsenal into the future, but they were more unified in their stance on 29-year-old Ozil, who they believe has rarely fulfilled his potential at the Emirates. There was a time when Gunners fans would have been outraged at losing one of their biggest names for nothing at the end of the current season but it seems that most have now had enough of the German and his negative body language.GERARD PIQUEThere was a time when Gerard Pique was the first centre-back on the teamsheet. Not just for Barcelona and Spain, but for the world. He has appeared on the FIFPro World XI four times, but was never likely to add a fifth appearance in October after a season of inconsistency at Camp Nou which has continued into the current campaign.Barcelona endured a miserable season in 2016-17 as they finished behind Real Madrid in the race for La Liga and were thrashed 3-0 on aggregate by Juventus in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.Pique was given the run-around in that tie by Argentine star Paulo Dybala, and it seems that the defender is more focused these days on his off-field activities than those on it. He needs to recapture his old focus and form soon if he is to return to the Goal 50 list in 2018.SERGIO AGUEROSergio Aguero made 31 Premier League appearances last season, bagging 20 goals in the process. That was good enough to finish as the division’s joint fourth highest goalscorer alongside Chelsea’s exiting striker Diego Costa, but was his worst return in three seasons.Despite those goals, the Argentina international was outshone by Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku of Spurs and then-Everton respectively, but also initially by his Manchester City team-mate Gabriel Jesus, who was a revelation in England following his move from Brazil.Indeed, were it not for a serious injury that ruled Jesus out for most of the second half of last season, Aguero may have struggled for game time from February onwards. Overall, the 29-year-old enjoyed a good season – certainly in terms of goals – but his exploits were not good enough to earn him a place in the Goal 50.His chances were not helped by City finishing the season trophyless, but with Pep Guardiola’s men flying this term he could return next time around.The 2017 Goal 50 list will be revealed in full on Tuesday 14 November at 12:00 GMT.
zoom Some shippers want faster services but they would probably be better served demanding better reliability first as carriers are too far down the slow streaming road to change course now and would require heavy persuasion even to consider introducing faster options, according to the UK-based Drewry Shipping Consultants.Slow steaming has become entrenched within the container industry and shippers have long since adapted to its demands, meaning the market for faster services would be relatively small, limited to shippers experiencing extraordinary demand peaks and/or having to plug occasional gaps caused by poor service reliability.While it is true that services have slowed down measurably since the advent of slow steaming, shippers do still have a fairly wide range of options available to them. Currently, there are 13 weekly services from Shanghai to Hamburg with port to port transit times ranging from 29 to 36 days, and there are 15 weekly services within the same band of transit times between Shanghai and Rotterdam.Assuming no interim ports and ships sailing at 24 knots Drewry calculates that the fastest possible transit time between Shanghai and Hamburg is 19 days, a potential saving of 10 days against the current best.In theory, with smart planning shippers using the main ports should have no problem receiving a regular flow of cargo, regardless of the extended lead times.The onus is on the shippers to prove the economic case to carriers for faster services. The big ship economies dominating the Asia to Europe trade mean that the smaller the ships deployed on any new fast loop the bigger the premium would have to be. Diverting cargo from the existing slower and big ships would also make it harder to fill them, adding huge downwards pressure on already non-compensatory freight rates, Drewry says.That is not to say fast premium rate services are completely out of the question, but in Drewry’s opinion lines would require a long list of cast-iron guarantees in terms of minimum volumes, rates and floating BAF that would probably be unworkable for most shippers.Better reliability, rather than faster services, is a win-win for shippers and carriers. Carriers shouldn’t need extra incentives to meet their schedule promises as delays hurt them too, from missing berthing windows, feeder connections, customer resolutions, and generally from ships being less productive than they could be.Convincing them there is a market for fast services will be much harder, Drewry says.
It is time to approve the new federal Fisheries Act so industry can move forward, says Ron Chisholm, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “The existing Act is over 130 years old and needs to be replaced,” said Mr. Chisholm, today, Feb. 28. “I’m concerned that the proposed Fisheries Act is getting mired in the Parliamentary process.” The new Fisheries Act will allow Fisheries and Oceans to work with industry and provincial partners to manage today’s fishery. For example, the courts currently address illegal fisheries operations, and often the fines are minimal and ineffective in deterring illegal activity. “Several years ago, a sanction program was introduced that was effective, but it was challenged and thrown out because the old Fisheries Act did not accommodate this approach. This important piece has since been corrected in the new Act,” said Mr. Chisholm. The new Fisheries Act allows for partnership between DFO and the provinces and allows for co-management plans between the industry and the federal department. “We have been talking with many fishermen over the past few weeks and almost all agree that we need a new Fisheries Act,” said Mr. Chisholm. “There are concerns but most are based on a lack of detail about what the new act will do, or misinformation.” Mr. Chisholm urges industry representatives to become more active and to learn more about the new act. And he urges all Members of Parliament from Nova Scotia to put industry first and work co-operatively to move this new act into law. “If the act goes to second reading, there will be time for input through the fisheries standing committee,” Mr. Chisholm. “If it doesn’t go to second reading, it will get deferred for a least six months and it’s very probable that this legislation will never make it through parliament.” Nova Scotia’s fishing industry is worth more than a billion dollars.
Gurugram: The Gururgam police on Thursday arrested six people who were planning to loot a petrol pump in Gurugram. The law enforcement officials have recovered three country-made pistols, 14 live cartridges and a Ford Endeavour. The accused have been identified as Amit, Monu, Pawan, Rahul, Darbu, Rahil and Sawan. While five of them were from Gurugram, Sawn was from Jhajjar. The six friends ganged up together to loot a petrol pump at Sector-87 on Wednesday night. The owner Mahabeer however was vigilant and immediately called the police, who arrested the culprits after reaching the spot.
Rabat – American writer Richard Hurowitz has praised the late Moroccan Sultan Mohammed V for his role in protecting Jews during World War II.In an article published by Los Angeles Times, Hurowitz starts out by reminded the readers of a famous scene of the legendary American movie “Casablanca”, where refugees in Rick’s Café started singing the French national anthem “la Marseillaise” in an epic act of defiance to the Nazi officers.The clip, as Richard Hurowitz points out, “became an instant inspiration to moviegoers” at that time of war. But during that time, Morocco saw a “much greater — and real life — act of heroism”, yet “too little known or recognized” compared to the scene from Casablanca, namely: “the protection of the Jews of Morocco by the young Sultan Mohammed V.” Back then, the young Sultan was under pressure from pro-Nazi French authorities. The collaborationist French Vichy regime sought to implement the Nazi party’s genocidal policies against Jews living in its Moroccan colony.Morocco’s history had been marked by Jewish presence for ages. They had been an integral part of the country’s cultural makeup and influential in Moroccan society.“Jews had lived in that part of the world since well before Carthage fell,” writes Hurowitz, “and over a quarter of a million called Morocco their home in 1940. Members of the community had served the sultans’ court as ministers, diplomats and advisors.”Mohammed V defied the anti-Jewish laws French authorities tried imposed on his kingdom, which aimed at “restricting certain professions and schools to Jews and requiring them to live in ghettos.”The laws were enforced but the sultan refused to endorse them. As an act of resistance, he invited representatives of the Jewish community to an official ceremony commemorating the sultanate’s anniversary.The Moroccan monarch expressed his rejection of the discriminatory laws against the Jews, telling the French officials he refused any distinction between Moroccans. “There are only Moroccan subjects,” the sultan famously said, clarifying that he saw no difference between Muslims and Jews.Standing against Vichy’s anti-Jewish policies helped protect the community from the ghastly slaughter occurring in Europe. “No Moroccan Jews were deported or killed; nor were they forced to wear the yellow star,” explains the American writer.When the Nazis and their allies were defeated in North Africa in 1942, “the Moroccan Jewish community was essentially intact.”His historical role in preserving the lives of dozens of thousands of Jews made Mohammed V a respected figure that many members of Jewish communities around the world, especially those of Morocco origins, still remember.Seen as a bright chapter of history amid the horrors of World War II, Hurowitz believes it is an example that we can draw lessons from today.“At a time when anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are on the rise globally, we should honor this overlooked but remarkable example of enlightened leadership,” he writes.
5 April 2011The United Nations human rights office today called on the Yemeni Government to immediately halt the use of force against people exercising their right to peaceful protest, noting that over 100 people have reportedly been killed since the demonstrations began. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) also called on the Government to fulfil its earlier commitment to establish a commission of inquiry into recent allegations of killings and abuse by Government forces. This includes the incidents of 18 March, when more than 45 people were reportedly killed in Sana’a, as well as yesterday’s violent suppression of protests in Taiz. “We are very alarmed by reports of disproportionate and excessive use of force, including machine guns, against peaceful protestors by Government security forces in Taiz yesterday, which apparently led to at least 15 deaths and dozens of serious injuries,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told a news conference in Geneva.It is estimated that the recent political turmoil in Yemen, part of a wave of protests across the Middle East and North Africa calling for social, economic and democratic reforms, has led to more than 100 deaths – which OHCHR believes may be a conservative estimate – and hundreds of injuries.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, meanwhile, in a telephone call to President Ali Abdullah Saleh, emphasized the UN’s desire to see Yemen enjoy peace, stability and security, adding he has dispatched a small team to the country to engage with the concerned parties on how best the UN could assist in fostering dialogue.Mr. Ban expressed strong concerns over deaths and injuries, and urged utmost restraint by both Government security forces and protesters. He said that violence and the use of force can only exacerbate the situation, adding that he trusted Mr. Saleh’s wisdom to arrive at a peaceful solution in the interest of all Yemeni people.OHCRH also noted “worrying” reports of detention, harassment and expulsion of human rights defenders and journalists in Yemen. It also called on the Government to halt the targeting of minorities, particularly the marginalized group commonly referred to as the Akhdam.“We call on the Government to heed calls for human rights reforms in the country and urge a meaningful dialogue between the Government and opposition aimed at finding agreement on a peaceful way forward,” said Mr. Colville.Top UN officials, including Mr. Ban and the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos, have voiced their concern about the situation in Yemen, where the ongoing violence is worsening an already dire humanitarian crisis owing to protracted conflict in the north.Mr. Ban has called for a broad dialogue with the political opposition, youth groups and other elements of civil society leading to “bold” reforms in the country.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was little changed Friday, amid a ceasefire agreement in Ukraine and disappointing job numbers in Canada and the U.S.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 1.42 points to 15,578.21.There was also little movement on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones industrials down 16.67 points to 17,052.91, while the Nasdaq gained 1.65 points to 4,563.94. The S&P 500 index saw an uptick of 1.33 of a point to 1,996.32.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared a cease-fire Friday to end nearly five months of fighting after reaching a deal with Russian-backed rebels.He ordered government forces to stop hostilities at 11 a.m. EDT following an agreement signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the rebels and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.Since mid-April, Moscow-backed separatists have been fighting government troops in eastern Ukraine in a conflict the United Nations estimates has killed nearly 2,600 people.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar dipped 0.03 of a cent to 91.93 cents US, as Statistics Canada reported that the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7% in August with a total of 11,000 jobs lost.Economists had expected the economy to add 10,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate to remain at 7.0%.The number of private-sector employees fell by 112,000 in August while self-employment rose by 87,000. The number of public-sector employees rose by 14,000 in August.BMO chief economist Doug Porter said it was yet more evidence that the Canadian economy is struggling to churn out meaningful job growth and offered more fodder for the Bank of Canada to stay with its neutral stance on interest rates.“In this environment of productivity-led growth, the Bank of Canada will continue to feel zero urgency about talking about raising rates, let alone actually raising them,” Porter said.It was a similarly disappointing jobs report in the U.S.The U.S. Labor Department says employers added just 142,000 jobs in August, ending a six-month streak of hiring above 200,000 and posting the smallest gain in eight months.Economists had forecast that the American economy created about 220,000 jobs last month.The department says the unemployment rate fell to 6.1% from 6.2%, but the rate dropped because fewer Americans were working or seeking jobs.The U.S. Federal Reserve has been carefully watching the release of the monthly job numbers as a sign to see if the economy is improving at a good pace and when it can start raising interest rates.On the commodity markets, the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up seven cents to US$94.52 a barrel. December bullion jumped 30 cents to US$1,266.80 an ounce, while December copper was unchanged at US$3.15 a pound.
States have an obligation to protect their citizens from threats to their security in a manner that respects human rights. My Office has assisted States develop and implement security policies, including counter-terrorism measures in accordance with international human rights law. We have seen the lifting of long-standing emergency measures in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Fiji, although some provisions restricting fundamental rights remained or have been reintroduced. Over the past year, I have also expressed concerns about the rights of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, and my deep disappointment at the failure to close this detentionfacility,” she said. UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay says she hopes the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will address reports on Sri Lanka.Addressing the council a short while ago, Pillay welcomed the release of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) but added that it falls short of addressing issues mention in the UN Experts panel report. Pillay said that the LLRC report contained several important recommendations and she hopes the government will engage with her office in implementing the recommendations. “I welcome the publication by the Government of Sri Lanka last December of its Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission. While the report falls short of the comprehensive accountability process recommended by the Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts, it does make important recommendations. I encourage the Government to engage with the Special Procedures and with my Office on follow up to the report. I also hope the Council will discuss these important reports.
“Even sceptics cannot deny that the UN in 2006 is profoundly different from the UN 10 years ago,” said Alexandr Vondra, the Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, noting that many reform projects were carried out although some, including the “long-overdue reform of the Security Council” were not.If the UN could succeed in management reform, it will become “stronger, leaner, less bureaucratic and more operational,” he said. “Let us hope that these changes will be backed by the adoption of a new and fair scale of assessments, by adequate budget and payment discipline, and, last but not least, by progress in implementing the Capital Master Plan” for overhauling the UN’s dilapidated Headquarters complex.Anders Lidén, Sweden’s Ambassador said the High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence provides “a unique opportunity to revitalize the support of the United Nations to the developing countries.”This, said, will ultimately serve those States where the Organization operates. “If the UN can become more effective at the country level, it will be able to mobilize more resources and ensure that they will reach the countries in need.”Representing the Observer Mission of the Holy See, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, President of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State, voiced support for reforms that have already been carried out, such as the creation of a new Peacebuilding Commission and Human Rights Council, while stressing the need for further changes.“The need to improve the system for effective humanitarian interventions in catastrophes brought on by war, civil conflict and ethnic strife will be an important test of the UN reform agenda,” he said.Also addressing the Assembly today, Gilles Noghès, the head of Monaco’s delegation, said the Principality’s Princess Stéphanie would soon be designated as a Special Representative of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS. This “will further reinforce her commitment to the battle against this terrible pandemic affecting more and more women,” he said.
In a letter to the Security Council detailing the work of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, Mr. Annan says about 462 kilometres of the border have been demarcated so far, although there have been some delays to that progress. He quotes UN civilian observers as reporting that the situation along the border is calm.Nigeria formally withdrew from the peninsula and transferred authority to Cameroon in August, in line with the Greentree Agreement signed by the two countries in June.That agreement was itself the results of a negotiation process conducted by the Mixed Commission, which was set up by Mr. Annan to help the two nations peacefully resolve the Bakassi dispute.Under the agreement, Nigeria recognized Cameroonian sovereignty over the region, in accordance with a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2002. Located on the Gulf of Guinea, the Bakassi had been the subject of intense and sometimes violent disputes between the two countries for decades.In his update, Mr. Annan writes that after the entire land border is demarcated, pillars will be emplaced and then a final survey and mapping will take place. The delineation of the maritime boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria is still expected to be completed later this year as well.The Secretary-General also appeals for voluntary financial contributions to the Commission’s work, noting its success so far and the increasingly clear signs that it will not be able to complete its entire mandate by the end of next year.
by News Staff Posted Oct 16, 2012 8:26 am MDT auto recall|ford canada|ford fiesta|ford motor company|ford recall Ford recalls Fiesta subcompact; side air bag won’t protect rear-seat passengers in some cases DETROIT – Ford is recalling more than 154,000 Fiesta subcompacts to fix a problem with the side air bags, including 28,000 in Canada. The company says that if the front passenger seat is empty, the side air bag won’t inflate to protect rear-seat passengers in some crashes. Ford says it doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries linked to the problem. The recall affects Fiestas from the 2011 through 2013 model years. They were built in Mexico from Nov. 3, 2009 to Sept. 21, 2012. Dealers will reprogram the computer that controls the side air bag so it inflates even if no one is in the front passenger seat. The repair will be done for free.
The next SMMT event will be at the Conservative Party Conference on 5 October 2009.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The event focused on the role of the UK automotive industry in a low carbon economy, highlighting the need to support the sector as a strategic and essential part of the UK economy and wider low carbon agenda. Further discussions focused on low carbon automotive manufacturing in a more balanced economy, taking into account the recommendations of the New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team (NAIGT) report. The conference provided a good opportunity to demonstrate SMMT’s continued commitment to engage with key politicians and stakeholders to ensure the automotive sector receives the recognition it deserves. ‘The role of the UK automotive industry in a low carbon economy’ was the subject of an SMMT-hosted debate held with MPs and key decision-makers at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton last night (28 September 2009).The event, held in conjunction with Unite the Union, featured a panel discussion with Ian Lucas MP, minister for business and regulatory reform, SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt, joint general secretary of Unite Tony Woodley and Richard Howitt MEP. Business secretary Lord Mandelson joined the debate to reiterate his support for the UK automotive sector, highlighting government’s commitment to the industry through the extension of the scrappage incentive scheme. Lord Mandelson also said he hoped more approvals of loans or loan guarantees would soon be made under the Automotive Assistance Programme, including finance for larger projects.
Three-star 2018 running back prospect Master Teague committed to Ohio State Sunday afternoon, becoming the 13th player in his class to announce his intention to play for the Buckeyes.Teague becomes the lowest-rated player and the only three-star member of OSU’s 2018 recruiting class. The 247Sports composite rankings slot him as the No. 501 player in the class and 25th-best prospect at his position.pic.twitter.com/ihf8e2fwdD— Master W. Teague III (@33_blackman) June 11, 2017Teague is the third running back in his class to commit to OSU, following four-star prospects Brian Snead (No. 80) and Westerville, Ohio, native Jaelen Gill (No. 34). The Murfreesboro, Tennessee, native Teague is the second player from his state in the 2018 class to commit to play for the Buckeyes.
This year will be the start of a “new era of maritime power” for Britain, as the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier leaves its shipyard and begins sea trials, the Defence Secretary has said.The 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth will begin trials in the North Sea in March, before moving to its new home in Portsmouth later in the year.Its sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, will enter the water for the first time in the summer in Rosyth as work on her continues. HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to be ready for its first deployment in 2021, 11 years after the defence review which axed Britain’s old carriers and their Harrier jets.The MoD has also vowed to begin cutting the first steel in Glasgow for eight new Type 26 frigates later this year, amid fears delays in replacing the ageing Type 23 vessels will see the fleet shrink further next decade. 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. HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to move to its new home in Portsmouth in May The Ministry of Defence has declared 2017 the year of the Navy after a series of disclosures last year about unreliable warships, cuts and undermanning.Sir Michael Fallon said: “2017 is the start of a new era of maritime power, projecting Britain’s influence globally and delivering security at home.”
ArcelorMittal has commenced a legal action in the Ontario Superior Court to require US Steel Canada and Cleveland-Cliffs to respect what it describes as “their commitment and comply with the sale of their respective interests in the Wabush Mines Joint Venture to ArcelorMittal Dofasco.” US Steel Canada, a foreign subsidiary of US Steel Corp holds 44.6%, Cleveland-Cliffs holds a 26.8% interest and Dofasco holds a 28.6% interest in the Wabush Mines Joint Venture.ArcelorMittal claims US Steel Canada and Cleveland-Cliffs agreed to sell their interests in the Wabush Mines to ArcelorMittal Dofasco in accordance with the terms of an agreement made last August. “Everyone fully understood the terms of this agreement. Our decision to pursue legal action is done in an effort to expedite the closure of the sale, and provide some much needed certainty for the employees at Wabush as well as the community and government stakeholders”, said ArcelorMittal Dofasco President Juergen Schachler.However, Cleveland-Cliffs and US Steel Canada issued press releases on March 4, “dismissing their binding legal obligations with respect to the sale,” as ArcelorMittal puts it.Cleveland-Cliffs’ statement says “it has terminated negotiations to sell its 26.8% interest in the Wabush Mines. The company entered into discussions with Dofasco in September 2007 and until today negotiations had been ongoing.”“Cliffs believes that terminating negotiations and remaining a partner in the Wabush Mines is the best course of action for all stakeholders at the current time,” said Donald J. Gallagher, President of Cliffs’ North American Business Unit. Wabush, located in Canada, has been operating since 1965. It produced 4.6 Mt of iron ore pellets in 2007, and includes Scully iron ore mine near Wabush, Newfoundland, Labrador; the pellet plant and port facilities at Pointe Noire, Quebec; and integrated rail facilities and other assets.
In May 2013, Komatsu Australia opened its KTEC (Komatsu Technical Education Centre) facility in Brisbane – one of the most advanced technical training facilities for mining, earthmoving and utility equipment in the region. Since then, KTEC has become the primary training centre for Komatsu’s technicians in Australia and New Zealand. To date the facility has delivered over 85 training programs and increased Komatsu’s technical capability for more than 300 service technicians.Based at Komatsu’s Sherwood site in western Brisbane, the facility incorporates a number of simulators and has the ability to work on large scale machines with the largest machine training being for a WA1200 mining loader and the ability to train technicians on up to a 830E dump truck.The courses available through KTEC cover a variety of mining machines including backhoe/loaders, dozers, crushers, trucks, excavators (including hybrids), graders and wheel loaders – as well as general systems and technologies.In addition, Komatsu is the only RTO (Registered Training Organisation) with registration to deliver training compliant with UEENEEP022A Disconnect and Reconnect 3.3KV Electric Propulsion Components of Self Propelled Earth Moving Vehicles, to satisfy the requirements for obtaining a restricted electrical permit/license in Western Australia and Queensland.The KTEC sits on more than 3 ha of land, offering over 2,600 m2 of dedicated training area, including seven classrooms, seven technical laboratories, a large machine operations workshop area and three meeting rooms.According to Komatsu Australia’s General Manager People & Strategy, Colin Shaw, KTEC significantly increases the technical capability of the company’s workforce.“This is a major benefit for our customers wherever their machines are located,” he said. “Through this facility, we can also offer technical or operator training for customers, either at KTEC in Brisbane or on a customer’s site, designed to ensure they can maximise their production and minimise downtime.”All machine-specific training courses offered at KTEC are built around the Komatsu Skills Competency Map, which covers four levels:Introduction and general serviceStructure and functionTesting and adjustingTroubleshooting.“Each level develops and builds the skills and knowledge in the participants, and each level is a pre-requisite to the next,” said Shaw.Under the KTEC process, Komatsu service technicians go through the company’s Certified Technic Accreditation System which consists of two components: the Learning component and the Accreditation component.“In the learning component, attendees sit through their four levels of training according to our skills competency map,” he said.“In the accreditation component, they then gain the required amount of on-the-job experience, then following an on-site assessment will be given the relevant Certified Technic accreditation.“As a result, our customers can be assured that our service people are fully competent in the maintenance and repair of Komatsu machines,” said Shaw.Dean Gaedtke, Komatsu Australia’s Queensland Regional General Manager, said that KTEC had resulted in a significant improvement in service technician’s training and skill levels – something that had been noticed not only by those participating, but also by customers and other Komatsu people.“On my travels around the branches, I am constantly receiving positive feedback on the improvement in our training since KTEC has been established,” he said.“There is special mention of the purpose-built classrooms, the dedicated workshop bay, as well as the specific laboratories.“The content of the courses has also received good feedback, because it combines classroom and workshop activities on actual machines.“And the fact that we can now offer CT (Certified Technic) competencies tailored to each individual branch’s specific models is something that has really been welcomed by branch managers.“KTEC has become an important part of our total customer satisfaction experience, ensuring we provide the best-trained OEM support in the industry,” said Gaedtke.
AUTHOR ALICE MUNRO will not be travelling to Stockholm to pick up her Nobel Prize.The 82-year-old Canadian native can’t make the journey due to poor health, the Academy secretary said today.It is not known yet who will represent her at the awards ceremony, which will take place on 10 December.When Munro was named the winner of the prestigious award earlier this month, the official Twitter page for the Nobel Prize said that they had been trying to get hold of her by phone, but hadn’t succeeded.In the end, they left her a phone message.The writer – whose body of work is chiefly made up of short stories – is due to collect a prize of US $1.2 million from the Swedish Academy.A story by Munro from 1999 is printed in this week’s New Yorker – and is also available to read on its website. – Additional reporting Associated PressRead: Canadian Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize, doesn’t answer her phone>
Ranking number one on a recent list of the 100 most influential personalities in South Australia as selected by a panel of leaders from the Advertiser newsroom. The results were published in the paper’s recent poll, former senator and current SA-BEST Party Leader Nick Xenophon, who announced his decision to quit federal politics last October, is now ready to take on the challenge of claiming the seat of Hartley at the upcoming South Australian general election.According to the Electoral Commission SA, this March, around 1.2 million South Australians will be enrolled to vote at the 2018 State Election. More than 6,000 polling officials will work at 693 polling places making it one of the largest logistical exercises in South Australia. In an interview with Neos Kosmos, the 59-year-old politician talks about the day after the election, the key policies his party will be focusing upon, as well as the basic strategies he plans to follow tackle SA’s major issues.What do you anticipate the political landscape will be on the morning of the 18 March? Nobody knows what will happen. We are in completely unchartered territories. Never before has there been an election [in South Australia] when the duopoly has been challenged in this way. Even analysts who have been covering politics for decades agree that they have no idea who will be the winner of this election.Public opinion has you as a forerunner in this election. Do you consider that as a vote of confidence or simply as a result of a protest vote? I have discounted the opinion polls that say I am twice as popular as the premier. I don’t think the outcome of the election will be based on protest votes. I think a burnt souvlaki would have probably gotten a higher opinion rating than the premier and the opposition leader and that shows that people genuinely want change and an alternative that they can trust. It is a government that deserves to lose and an opposition that doesn’t deserve to win. I don’t think I will be dealing with Steven Marshall or Jay Weatherill after the election.Why do you think South Australians might choose to vote for you instead of the two major parties? I feel that people trust me. Yes, I make mistakes, but at least I try to acknowledge them and learn from them and I know that people appreciate me for being honest and straightforward. In addition, I feel that SA-BEST has many good candidates with expertise and community connections to contribute. Lastly, I think that people are fed up with the current government and are ready for a real change and a transparent government.One of your political concerns is the current state of employment in this state. Is it as good or bad as it is being reported? People don’t trust the unemployment figures because they understate the true level of unemployment. We know that if you work for an hour or more a week, you are not included as being unemployed and that’s nonsense. The unemployment statistics are misleading and the level of underemployment is massive and youth unemployment combined with underemployment could be in the order of 30 per cent or higher in some areas of Adelaide. That is a staggering figure because these are people who want to work and either can’t get work or aren’t working enough hours. The functions of government are on top of the list of your political agenda. Do you feel that you and your party can be the catalysts for change? We have a broken political system. We have a lazy parliament. The parliament needs to stop being a rocking horse and turn into a workhorse. If we make the parliament work more effectively, governments won’t make the same mistakes. Governments have not been held accountable in this state for many years. Parliament in South Australia needs to sit more days and to have Question Time that leads to questions actually being answered by a committee system, where people actually get together and examine a [piece of] legislation taking into account the opinions of independent witnesses, experts, and key groups before the legislation is further considered. We need an estimates process and that’s the process where the bureaucrats must, three times a year, (over a four-year period) answer questions on how they are spending their money, any problems emerging, where everything gets put under the microscope and that’s how we can avoid big problems being made. We need to change our whistleblower laws. There are so many people in the health system that want to come forward and tell the truth about the problems with the hospitals’ waiting lists and similar issues. People need to be fearless to tell the truth about how to improve things because currently, they are afraid to tell the truth in fear they might lose their jobs. We need stronger laws. If we reform the government, then we can keep governments on their toes. We also need to tackle some social problems. A lifelong political challenge has been the containment of the gambling epidemic. Are you still keen to change the status quo in this area? The broad theme of pokies policy is to reduce the number of pokies machines over a number of years in hotels and to make the machines much safer with less deceptive features and smaller jackpots, reducing the losses from $1,000 an hour to about $120 an hour. At the same time, I acknowledge that for some of the smaller hotels and country hotels that have just come into the industry, have signed up for a legitimate industry and we need to have a compensation mechanism in place which will cost money, but it will be worth it because it will mean that more money will go into local businesses and, more significantly, less people will be hurt. Even though I am not sympathetic to an industry that’s caused so much harm, I do acknowledge that we need to have some compensation transition mechanisms in place which will cost money, but it will be worth it. Is the drug issue in this state out of control and are you prepared to face it head on? The drug problem in South Australia is a big problem. Issues such as ice addiction require some bold targets to reduce it. We need to look at mandatory imputation. We need to confiscate all the assets of drug dealers and provide proper support for people and families because it’s just a curse. Drug addicts can’t make the right decisions for themselves and we need to protect civil liberties so people can live their lives in peace.Do you still entertain the idea that an increase in population will benefit SA? The population rate is very important. With a sensible population policy we encourage business migrants and people to invest and thus we can drive more jobs. Studies show that there is economic benefit to a country or a state if migrants come here and drive more jobs. All migrants can make SA a much better place.We also need to stop people from migrating interstate. In order to do that, it is critical to have a better education system. The vocational system has failed us. We need to encourage migration by encouraging foreign investments and take advantage of the region’s potential which is currently sporadic. The key to transform a state is to concentrate on education. We have to fix technical education and facilitate things instead of making things harder for industry leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to facilitate ideas and grow. That’s where the future is; find a niche and expand on it.Property development and investment in South Australia is stalling. Consensus points to the land tax as being a major factor of this slowdown. What is your position on this? Currently our land tax is double the national average, therefore, nobody wants to invest and people are pulling money out of the state. Adelaide’s ‘square mile’, the CBD, should be a magnet for young people, but we need to get the foundations right. We need to bring land tax down as close as possible to the national average as soon as possible, because unless we do that, we will never see investment. People are building major commercial buildings and shopping centres interstate and that is a positive incentive to drive economic growth. **** After Steven Marshall’s accusation at a press conference earlier in the week that “Nick Xenophon has done a deal with Labor”, the SA-BEST leader threatened to sue the Liberal leader if he repeated those claims describing the suggestion as “political crap”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facial recognition Facial recognition is going to be everywhere Share your voice Tags Gender and race pose a challenge for facial recognition. Studies have shown the technology has a harder time identifying women and people with darker skin. Civil rights advocates warn that the shortcomings could adversely affect minorities. Several airports and airlines have rolled out the biometric tech across the US, offering a faster way to board your flights. The technology scans a traveler’s face and matches it with a passport photo provided to the airlines by the State Department. It’ll be used in the top 20 US airports by 2021. CBP says it has a match rate in the high 90th percentile, while a study from the DHS’ Office of Inspector General found that it had a match rate closer to 85%. Customs and Border Protection says the system is getting better. A spokesman for the agency noted that the OIG study drew from a demo in 2017 that looked at the potential for the Traveler Verification Service.”In the current deployment of TVS,” the spokesman said, “CBP has been able to successfully photograph and match over 98% of travelers who have photos in U.S. Government systems.”In addition, CBP is working with the National Institutes of Standards and Technology to analyze the performance of face-matching tech, “including impacts due to traveler demographics and image quality,” the spokesman said. A lack of diverse data is what led to racial bias with facial recognition to begin with. Experts have suggested that photo databases for facial recognition could be using more images of white people than people of color, which skews how effective the technology is for minorities. Jake Laperruque, a senior counsel at the Constitution Project, is concerned that the agency is turning a blind eye to the potential for racial bias at airports.”The comments reflect a troubling lack of concern about well-documented problem of facial recognition systems having higher error rates for people of color,” Laperruque said in an email. “CBP can’t simply ignore a serious issue and take a ‘see no evil approach’ — if they’re not willing to confront serious civil rights problems and deal with them, they shouldn’t be trusted to operate a program like this.” Originally published May 6.Updated May 8: Added comment from a CBP spokesman. 10 Comments A woman boarding an SAS flight to Copenhagen goes through facial recognition verification system VeriScan at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images Facial recognition technology is prone to errors, and when it comes to racial bias at airports, there’s a good chance it’s not learning from its mistakes. Debra Danisek, a privacy officer with US Customs and Border Protection, talked to an audience Friday at the International Association of Privacy Professionals Summit about what data its facial recognition tech collects — but more importantly, what data it doesn’t collect.”In terms of ‘Does this technology have a different impact on different racial groups?’ we don’t collect that sort of data,” Danisek said. “In terms of keeping metrics on which groups are more affected, we wouldn’t have those metrics to begin with.” In other words, while the CBP does collect data that’s available on people’s passports — age, gender and citizenship — to help improve its facial recognition algorithm, it doesn’t gather data for race and ethnicity, even when a passenger is misidentified.So the CBP doesn’t know when there’s a mismatch based on a person’s skin color. It’s relying on reports from the Department of Homeland Security’s Redress program to identify when that happens. “If they notice we have a pattern of folks making complaints this process, then we would investigate,” Danisek said. Now playing: Watch this: Politics Security 3:28