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first_imgRussia’s athletics federation said on Friday it would withdraw its appeal against the decision by the global athletics governing body IAAF to prolong its suspension over evidence of state-sponsored doping.The federation had filed an appeal against at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in September against IAAF’s decision to extend the ban, imposed in November 2015.The federation said its withdrawal of the appeal was linked to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) decision this week not to suspend RUSADA, Russia’s anti-doping agency, despite Moscow missing a deadline to hand over laboratory data.For the Russian athletics federation to be reinstated, the Athletics Integrity Unit must confirm it has been given access to data and samples from the former Moscow anti-doping laboratory. WADA said this month it had retrieved the laboratory data.The federation must also cover legal costs and the cost of IAAF investigations before the ban can be lifted.”I’m convinced that at this time we must concentrate our efforts on negotiations and communication with IAAF regarding the reinstatement of the Russian athletics federation, and not waste time and effort on judicial processes,” federation president Dmitry Shlyakhtin said in a statement.The Court of Arbitration for Sport told Reuters on Friday it had not been notified that the federation wanted to withdraw its appeal.The IAAF did not immediately reply to a request for comment.Although the federation remains suspended, several Russian athletes, including 2015 world champion hurdler Sergey Shubenkov, have been cleared to compete internationally as neutrals after demonstrating they are training in doping-free environments.advertisementThe IAAF’s next Council meeting is set to take place March 10-11 in Doha.Also Read | SAI suspends officials arrested by CBI on corruption charges pending inquiryAlso Read | Dipa Karmakar may not use death-vault at 2020 Tokyo OlympicsAlso Read | I will try to make a comeback at Commonwealth Championships, says Soumyajit Ghoshlast_img read more

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first_imgBond has been reduced for the former city clerk of Lawton, Iowa who is charged in Dakota County in a child sex case.A judge reduced bond Wednesday for 61-year-old Douglas Furlich from $250-thousand to 10 per cent cash of $100,000 dollars.Furlich has pleaded not guilty to a felony count of child enticement by use of an electronic communications device.The Nebraska State Patrol says Furlich posted an ad online saying he was “looking for a younger guy.”An undercover officer responded, pretending to be a 15-year-old boy.The Lawton City Council later fired Furlich after his arrest.A pre-trial hearing for Furlich was postponed until September 21st at his attorney’s request.last_img read more

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first_imgKarim Benzema is the headline name in this week’s FUT Team of the Week. The Frenchman has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent times and saw his efforts rewarded on Sunday as he helped his Real Madrid side to a 4-2 win away from home against Espanyol.Not only did he get the opening goal, he got Madrid’s third on the stroke of half-time, which proved to be the difference between the teams.Barcelona also have representation in the XI this week, with right-back Nelson Semedo recognised for his goalscoring exploits in the Catalan derby against Girona with a spot in the starting XI. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Completing a quartet of Primera Division players are Jose Maria Gimenez of Atletico Madrid and Eibar midfielder Joan Jordan.If three members of the defence hail from La Liga, the other is Montpellier veteran Hilton, who helped his side to a shutout at the weekend, while Walter Benitez of Nice completes the back five.Elsewhere in Ligue 1, Angel Di Maria makes an appearance, having scored a cheeky dink for Paris Saint-Germain against Rennes in a 4-1 victory on Sunday.Raphael Guerreiro of Borussia Dortmund is the sole player from the Bundesliga to make it into the starting XI, while there are three Serie A representatives in the form of Juventus’ Joao Cancelo, Atalanta’s Alejandro Gomez and Sampdoria forward Fabio Quagliarella.Among the most notable names on the bench are Armando Izzo of Torino, Oscar Wendt of Borussia Monchengladbach, Steven Berguis of Feyenoord and RB Leipzig forward Yussuf Poulsen.Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich is the highlight player among the reserves.See the full squad below…STARTING XIFifa TOWT 20GK – Walter Benitez – NiceCB – Hilton – MontpellierCB – Jose Maria Gimenez – Atletico MadridRB – Nelson Semedo – BarcelonaCM – Joan Jordan – EibarLM – Raphael Guerreiro – Borussia DortmundRM – Joan Cancelo – JuventusCAM – Alejandro Gomez – AtalantaLW – Angel Di Maria – Paris Saint-GermainST – Fabio Quagliarella – SampdoriaST – Karim Benzema – Real MadridBENCHGK – Nils Korber – VfL OsnabruckCB – Armando Izzo – TorinoLB – Oscar Wendt – Borussia MonchengladbachCAM – Carlos Eduardo – Al HilalRW – Steven Berghuis – FeyenoordST – Yussuf Poulsen – RB LeipzigRESERVESST – Alfredo Donnarumma – BresciaRB – Nejc Skubic – KonyasporRM – Angel Mena – LeonST – Chuba Akpom – PAOKCM – Mateusz Klich – Leeds UnitedST – Abderrazak Hamdallah – Al Nassrlast_img read more

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first_imgA general view of an empty Stanford Stadium.PALO ALTO, CA – OCTOBER 25: Stanford Stadium awaits the next game after the Stanford Cardinal defeated the Oregon State Beavers 38-14 on October 25, 2014 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Week 6 of the college football season doesn’t kick off for a few days, but that won’t stop us from looking ahead. There are a few major games, including the Red River Rivalry which pits Texas against Oklahoma.However, we’re here to focus on a Pac-12 contest between Stanford and Utah. Stanford comes into this game after getting walloped by Notre Dame in Week 5.Ahead of the game, a Vegas sportsbook’s computer predicted the outcome.OddsShark’s computer model suggests the Utes will pull off the upset. According to the OddsShark prediction, Utah will take down Stanford by a final score of 28.2-25.0.The Utes were dominated by Washington and then lost a road game to Washington State to push their losing streak to two. A trip to Stanford won’t help.Meanwhile, the Cardinal hope to bounce back from its first loss of the season. Both are looking to right the ship.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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first_imgBelgian tanker owner Euronav has claimed the Tanker Operator of the Year award at the annual Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference Award ceremony in London held on Wednesday evening, November 21.Euronav was competing against Russian shipping company SCF Group and Danish counterpart Norden for the prestigious award.“This recognizes the commitment, energy and professionalism of our operational and technical staff in what continues to be a constantly challenging environment for tanker operators. Euronav will continue to drive the highest operational standards in our role as the largest quoted crude oil tanker platform with 75 vessels,” CEO Paddy Rodgers said, commenting on winning the award.Rodgers was one of the speakers during the Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference  held on November 20 and 21, and he believes the outlook for the tanker market is positive for 2019.Looking ahead there are numerous opportunities to consider when preparing for 2020 sulphur cap. For Euronav the opportunity lies in the counter-cyclical, which in the case of IMO’s 2020 sulphur limit could be to buy high sulphur fuel cheap and store it. The CEO of the world’s largest VLCC owner expects 2019 to be 9/10, as explained during the industry leaders’ forum.Floating storage is anticipated to make a big comeback, according to Ted Petrone, Vice Chairman of Navios Corporation.One of the factors contributing to the reemergence of the trend that practically disappeared since 2016 is the reimposition of the U.S. sanctions against Iran as Tehran is expected to keep its production high and store it on board very large crude carriers. The IMO’s global sulphur cap coming in 2020 is also expected to create demand for storage of both heavy fuel oil and clean oil.Rodgers is not a supporter of scrubber systems when considering ways of complying with the impending sulphur regulations. Key reasons behind the attitude are concerns related to low returns on upfront capital investment of USD 5 million per very large crude carrier as well the risk of pollution from scrubbers and weak regulatory oversight of the technology.Other winners of the evening included DNV GL that won the technical innovation award, Korean Register which secured the tanker safety award, Teekay Marine Services received the environmental award and Bahri Tankers won the operational excellence award.Lifetime achievement recognition was given to Olav Eek Thorstensen, Executive Chairman of Thome Group, while Capt Rajalingam Subramaniam, President and CEO of AET Tankers won the industry leader award.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Riviera Maritime Media’s Tanker Shipping & Trade Conferencelast_img read more

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first_imgThe economic survey of 2019-20 has called for extensive use of behavioural economics. A key area where this can work wonders is taxation. Several broad funds of the Central Government should be created such as the National Defence Fund, the National Education Fund, etc. A 200 per cent deduction should be given for donations to these funds. This system has immense benefits for both business and government. The business can enhance its reputation by saying “We donated for our soldiers” by contributing to the National Defence Fund. The government gets Rs 50 instead of Rs 35. The business owner can support the cause he believes in, at a very low cost. A donation of Rs 50 requires an additional payment of just Rs 15. Unlike tax, there is a positive feeling attached in paying this 50. The business owner can get respect in his social group by saying “I donated Rs 50 lakh for the education of poor children” if he donates to the National Education Fund. Nobody will care if he says “I paid Rs 35 lakhs in income tax” because his friends will say, “obviously you did, otherwise the government would arrest you”.’ Also Read – A special kind of bondThe only benefit from paying your taxes is not having to pay penalties or having your assets attached. By donating, the personal benefits are substantial. You get a sense of personal satisfaction and enhanced respect. There are also clear business benefits to being a socially responsible entity. Consumers want to buy your products. Talented employees want to work for you. Investors want to invest in you. It makes complete sense to pay a little more for all these benefits. So it would often make sense even for a soulless corporation to donate. It would make sense for homo economicus, not just homo sapiens. Also Read – Insider threat managementThis is also a very good way to channelise people’s sympathy and their desire to participate during national events such as a terror attack or a natural calamity. The government must actively seek donations. It is extremely important that money is collected as soon as disaster strikes. Public memory is short but the expenditure is drawn out. Rebuilding costs much more than rescue. But no one pays for rebuilding. Funds must be collected when newspaper headlines (and more importantly, Facebook newsfeeds) are with you. This means advertisements. The advertisements must clearly state the 200 per cent deduction. This will showcase that the government is committed to the cause as they are willing to forgo double the tax revenue for this cause. Would it be unethical for the government to ask its citizens for money to do its job? Wouldn’t it be more unethical to let people’s sympathy go to waste, or worse, to let it go towards some unscrupulous NGOs? The money goes straight to the department or ministry that needs it. This saves the trouble of going through the finance ministry for funds. Emergency funds can be raised easily by the respective ministry. Recognition and appreciation can go a long way in getting people to donate. The lowest level can be an automated email by the recipient department thanking the donor. The highest level can be a trophy or medal awarded by the Prime Minister at an annual function. Just a few hours of the Prime Minister’s time can help raise thousands of crores. Acknowledging the actual impact will take this even further. For example, a person who donates Rs 10 crores to the HRD ministry can be given a certificate that says, “Your donation has funded the education of 10,000 children”. There will be healthy competition on two sides: On the donors’ side, taxpayers will compete to win the highest awards within their social circle. This means more resources to fund public welfare. On the recipient’s side, ministries and departments will compete to demonstrate that they are worthy of donations. The recipients that can achieve a greater impact for lesser money will be able to attract more donations. The system is a wonderful win-win. The government gets more money. The taxpayers are much happier because they are donating, not paying a tax. The ministries perform better work to attract donations. There is no potential harm. At worst, taxpayers don’t opt-in. In that case, they end up paying tax normally and nothing changes. To be truly effective, the deduction needs to be insulated from Minimum Alternate Tax. This can be done by allowing a 200 per cent deduction while computing “book profits”. The proposed Direct Tax Code is intended to modernise the income tax law. With the 200 per cent deduction, it can also become ground zero for behavioural economics in India. (The author is a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary topper with expertise in Corporate Affairs. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: A youth has been arrested at Regent Park police station for allegedly dealing in arms and setting up a gang in Narendrapur and its adjoining areas.According to police, since last one month they came to know from their sources that a group of youths were setting up a gang in and around Narendrapur area and the gang leader and members had started dealing in illegal arms and ammunitions. A few days ago, police came to know about a youth identified as Sanjay Sarkar, who was the leader of the gang. They acquired his mobile number as well. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPolice also came to know that the gang members kept in touch with each other through WhatsApp. Following the information, police continued to keep a track on the said mobile number and on Tuesday night, officials of Regent Park police station came to know that Sarkar had come to the area. Immediately, a team from the police station went to his location and nabbed him. During search, police found an improvised pistol along with a magazine and ammunition. According to sources, earlier the gang used to operate within the Narendrapur area. Recently, they had expanded the gang and started receiving orders from several places adjacent to South 24-Parganas. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThey were also gathering more youths in order to make the gang bigger. Police are interrogating Sarkar to track the other gang members who are still on the run. They are also trying to find out from where they used to procure the arms which they used to sell. Apart from this, on Wednesday afternoon three persons with arms have been arrested at the Entally police station with several finished and unfinished arms. In connection with an Arms Act case of Entally police station, the trio’s name cropped up and police had been trying to track them for the last few days. On Wednesday afternoon, they were arrested from Taratala area.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – Jagmeet Singh has retracted the punishment meted out to a veteran New Democrat MP for after facing a backlash from NDP caucus members.The NDP leader announced late Tuesday that he’s decided to return Hamilton MP David Christopherson to his role as vice-chair of a powerful House of Commons committee.Singh had stripped Christopherson of the post last week after the MP broke ranks with the party to vote in favour of a Conservative motion. The motion condemned the Liberal government’s new policy of requiring any group applying for funding under the Canada Summer Jobs program to attest that their core mandate respects charter rights, including a woman’s right to have an abortion.Although the NDP is officially pro-choice and Christopherson himself is a longtime supporter of a woman’s right to choose, he said at the time that he couldn’t support what he believes is an unconstitutional policy that requires churches and other religious groups to disavow their beliefs to qualify for funding.Singh’s decision to punt Christopherson from his role as vice-chair of the procedure and House affairs committee shocked many senior New Democrats, including at least three MPs who went public with their unhappiness.Charlie Angus, runner-up to Singh in last fall’s leadership contest, tweeted Friday that New Democrats “hurt themselves” by punishing Christopherson.“Nobody knows procedure and rules better than (Christopherson). He is a fearsome force for good when it comes to respect for parliamentary rules and this is essential when you’re the opposition,” Angus tweeted.Fellow MP Dan Harris tweeted in response: “Yeah, this was unnecessary.”On Tuesday, Angus was even more critical in an interview with the Globe and Mail and was joined by fellow MP Romeo Saganash.A few hours later, Singh issued a statement retracting the punishment.“I have had several productive conversations with David Christopherson and various members of caucus,” Singh said.“Upon reflection, I have decided David will return to his role as vice-chair of the procedure and House affairs committee.”Singh cast his reversal as a matter of listening to his caucus.“Lively and democratic debate is a hallmark of our party. I will always keep an open line for dialogue within our caucus,” he said.“My approach is to encourage feedback and constantly seek to improve our decision making processes, rather than simply disregard voices with varying impacts.”Singh added that “all New Democrats remain united and are completely opposed to any measure which seeks to infringe on a woman’s right to choose.”Christopherson issued his own statement, affirming his continued faith in Singh’s leadership.He said he and leader had a number of “in-depth conversations” about the issue over the last few days and “through this process I believe Jagmeet has shown himself to be a strong leader, willing to listen to all viewpoints and come to a fair resolution.”“I have complete trust in his leadership.”The reversal marks the second time in two weeks that Singh has bowed to a backlash from his caucus.Last week, he clarified his position on separatist Sikh extremism after his caucus held an unscheduled meeting to discuss what some MPs felt was Singh’s unsatisfactory response to a video that showed him attending a pro-Sikh separatist rally in San Francisco in 2015 and another showing him in 2016 sitting next to a Sikh youth leader in Britain who said violence is a “legitimate form of resistance” for oppressed Sikhs in India.After initially equivocating somewhat on whether violence was an appropriate form of resistance for Sikhs, Singh last week categorically condemned political violence of any kind.“Let’s make it really clear. I think it’s an important question. I condemn political violence absolutely, no question about that. It’s something that’s unacceptable. It divides people, it hurts people, it does not advance justice, it does not build a better society,” he said.“I have never attended an event where the goal was to advance political violence, nor would I ever. That’s not my response. That’s not my values, it’s not what I believe in.”last_img read more

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first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The governor of Puerto Rico has signed several laws to help protect insurance policy holders as thousands of claims remain unresolved more than a year after Hurricane Maria.Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Tuesday that his administration was not pleased with how insurance companies handled complaints filed after the Category 4 storm hit last year.One law now requires companies to start making partial payments under certain conditions shortly after a state of emergency is declared. Another creates special courtrooms and allows for mediation when there’s a dispute over appraisals. A third lets officials fine insurance companies and take other actions if cases are not resolved promptly. A fourth will create micro insurance for low-income people.Puerto Ricans were hit with higher premiums after the hurricane.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Jim Pattison’s Great Pacific Capital Corp. has made an offer to buy the rest of Canfor Corp. it does not already own for $16 per share.Shares in Canfor closed at $8.80 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday.Great Pacific already owns about a 51 per cent stake in the lumber producer.The offer values Canfor at about $2 billion.Great Pacific says the proposed transaction will allow for the elimination of the significant costs related to maintaining a public company listing and allow for reinvestment of that money in the company’s operations.Canfor says it has formed a special committee of independent directors to review the offer and consider its strategic alternatives. Companies in this story: (TSX:CFP) read more

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In a press statement, the members of the Council “expressed their continued support for and commitment to the work of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, in bringing the parties to negotiations with a view towards swiftly reaching a final and comprehensive agreement to end the conflict in Yemen.”The 15-member Council “urged the parties to resume consultations immediately without preconditions and in good faith with the UN Special Envoy on the basis of his proposal for a comprehensive agreement covering both security and political issues.”Yemen has been engulfed in violence for some years now. A confrontation between the country’s Houthis (Ansar Allah) and the Government of Yemen in early 2014 led to a Houthi advance on the country’s capital, Sana’a in 2014, and an ensuing conflict which has involved support from outside parties. The United Nations has been heavily involved in efforts to resolve the crisis, and repeatedly said that there is no military solution to the Yemeni crises and has called for a return to peaceful negotiations.Until they recently went into a break, Kuwait had been hosting peace talks – facilitated by the UN envoy – with the Yemeni sides. The break went into effect in early August.In its statement, the Security Council also “stressed to all parties that any new political arrangements should be the result of an agreement following negotiations under UN auspices, and not the result of unilateral actions by any side.” To support consultations of the envoy, and avoid further loss of life, the Council “urged all parties to recommit to and fully respect the terms and conditions of the cessation of hostilities entered into on 10 April, which will include a complete halt to ground and air military activities.”Further in the statement, the Council members reiterated their strong concern about intensified terrorist attacks, such as that which took place in Aden on 29 August, including by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL; also known as Da’esh), and encouraged all Yemeni parties to avoid any security vacuums that can be exploited by terrorists or other violent groups. The Council stressed that “a political solution to the crisis is essential to address, in a durable and comprehensive manner, the threat of terrorism in Yemen.”Noting the devastating humanitarian impact of the conflict, which has resulted in a large number of dead and wounded, on the people in Yemen, the Council also emphasized that the humanitarian situation there will continue to deteriorate in the absence of a peace agreement.The Council called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law and to take urgent measures to improve the humanitarian situation, and to allow safe, rapid, and unhindered access for humanitarian supplies to all affected governorates and facilitate access for essential imports of food, fuel, and medical supplies into the country and their distribution throughout.In the statement, the members of the Council reiterated their strong commitment to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Yemen. read more

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Vans9,14911.8%25,19811.9%242,318-4.8% “The commercial vehicle industry’s good start to 2013 continued into February, rising 5% as the van market grew 11.8% on last year, but it’s a complex picture,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “The truck market declined 16%, perhaps as owners and operators adjust buying decisions ahead of key landmarks in the year –  this month’s Budget, the CV Show in April and introduction of Euro 6 legislation at the end of the year.”Click through to download the February 2013 commercial vehicle registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) February% changeYear-to-date% changeRolling year% change Trucks2,187-16.3%5,069-18.2%44,572-0.1% Total11,3365.0%30,2675.4%286,890-4.1% Commercial vehicle registrations rose 5% in February to 11,336 units, year-to-date up 5.4% at 30,267.Van registrations grew 11.8% to 9,149 in the month continuing positive 2013 performance at 25,198 units.Truck registrations fell 16.3%, to 2,187 units in the month and dipped 18.2% for the year so far.UK van and truck registrations: 2013 and % change on 2012 read more

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Adam (Pacman) Jones has a criminal rap sheet that reads as long as a playbook. And yet there he was last night, picking off Peyton Manning in the Cincinnati Bengals’ victory over the Denver Broncos. Seeing him on the field brought to mind how far he apparently has grown since he had a run of trouble. Or maybe it’s just that he’s become skilled in the last year at not getting arrested.Jones, from Atlanta, has been fingerprinted so many times that it is hard to find an official count. The Cincinnati Inquirer says it’s “at least eight.” Whatever the number is, it’s a lot, too many to believe he could remain an NFL player, especially with Roger Goodell reigning over the league as the “Discipline Commissioner.”But his presence on the Bengals’ roster after so much drama speaks to two things: One, Jones has been authoring a redemption story for the ages, a man who seemed he would be run out of the league for his misdeeds not only remains, but is thriving. If nothing else, Jones has fortitude, which cannot be understated.His place on the field also shows that teams will forgive you if you have talent to help them win. Yes, the desire to win is insatiable, and that is why Jones and players like Donte Stallworth, who killed a man driving while under the influence, and Leonard Little, whose drunk driving killed a woman and her two children, were allowed to wear an NFL uniform again.Jones’ crimes have not been as heinous, but the aggregate total makes it startling that he is still around. Goodell, for all his toughness on player discipline, has allowed Jones back time and again. It also is a credit to him to have, perhaps, turn the corner on the boorish behavior, something many did not believe was in his makeup.But it has been a year since Jones has had any troubles. So, Pacman Jones leagues the comebacks suspensions. Hopefully, this new Jones is the Jones moving forward, and that his highlight reel will be exclusively about playing football. Hopefully. read more

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first_imgThe World Coal Association (WCA) supports the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference that is taking place in Warsaw, Poland from 11 to 22 November 2013.  The WCA is looking for progress towards an international agreement that treats climate and development objectives as integrated priorities. Milton Catelin, Chief Executive, commented: “The WCA recognises that climate change is a global challenge, requiring a global solution. We acknowledge that there is an international consensus on the need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, in line with the objectives of the UNFCCC, and that we need to work with all stakeholders – even those opposed to coal – to achieve a solution to the challenges posed by climate change.“The negotiations taking place this year will facilitate progress towards a climate agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions being achieved in 2015. We all have a role to play in this and the global coal industry understands that it needs to be part of the solution by committing to reducing CO2 emissions from coal.”WCA together with the Polish Ministry of Economy will host the International Coal & Climate Summit (ICCS) on 18-19 November. The ICCS is focused on an inclusive, multi-stakeholder dialogue on how coal can continue to contribute to global development while meeting climate targets. It will be opened by Janusz Piechociński, Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, and will include a keynote speech by Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. The Summit is a continuation of efforts by the WCA to engage with the international environmental community, and to support the UNFCCC process.Catelin stated: “The Polish government should be commended for seeing the value in involving the coal industry in discussions on environment and development issues, rather than excluding coal from the debate. Leaving coal out of the climate dialogue would mean more missed opportunities to reduce emissions from coal. And the opportunities are substantial – especially when you put technology at the heart of the climate debate. Technology will be critical to ensuring that emissions from coal can be cut. An important part of the dialogue at the ICCS is how to widen and speed up the deployment of best available technology, so we can make further cuts to emissions from coal today.“The Warsaw Communiqué, launched by WCA in cooperation with the Polish government, is a clear sign of the efforts taken by the coal sector to face the challenges of climate change head-on. Focusing on technological advancements and efficiency improvements, the Communiqué demonstrates the sector’s practical approach to meeting climate change targets. It calls for all coal-fired power stations to be brought up to modern efficiency standards of 45%. This would have a huge impact on global CO2 emissions, cutting them by 2.4 Gigatonnes annually. This is more than the total annual CO2 emissions of India – the third largest CO2 emitter in the world. Given the role of coal globally and the ongoing challenge we face in meeting energy demand while reducing emissions, it is a long-term call to action and one that we will take forward into 2014.”last_img read more

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Since December 7 2011 Ljubomir Vranjes and his guys didn’t fall down in front of their fans, but every series coming to the end. Rhein Neckar Lowen defeat SG Flensburg 27:23 on the Danish border after 37 matches in which home team won 35…SG Flensburg-Handewitt – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 23:27 (13:13)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson, Rasmussen, Karlsson, Nenadic (4), Eggert (7/3), Glandorf, Mogensen (1), Svan (8), Weinhold (29, Wanne (n.e.), Heinl, Gottfridsson (n.e.), Radivojevic (n.e.), Knudsen (1)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Landin Jacobsen, Peribonio, Schmid (2), Gensheimer (7/3), Roggisch (n.e.) Groetzki (3) , G. Guardiola (2),  Ekdahl du Rietz (3), Petersson (5) , Myrhol (4), Manojlovic (1), Gorbok , Sigurmannsson (n.e.), I. Guardiola (n.e.)RESULTS:VfL Gummersbach – THW Kiel 24:29SC Magdeburg – TSV Hannover 32:25Frisch Auf Goppingen – Fuchse Berlin 24:26STANDINGS:1 THW Kiel (M,P) 21 +121 38:42 SG Flensburg-H. 21 +82 34:83 Rhein-Neckar Löwen 21 +106 33:94 Füchse Berlin 21 +84 32:105 HSV Hamburg 20 +61 31:96 MT Melsungen 20 +30 24:167 SC Magdeburg 21 +10 22:208 TSV Hannover-Burgdorf 21 -18 22:209 TBV Lemgo 20 -5 19:2110 TuS N-Lübbecke 20 -9 19:2111 VfL Gummersbach 21 -44 16:2612 HSG Wetzlar 20 -18 15:2513 Bergischer HC 20 -29 15:2514 Frisch Auf Göppingen 21 0 15:2715 GWD Minden 20 -50 12:2816 ThSV Eisenach 20 -114 9:3117 HBW Balingen-W. 20 -70 8:3218 TV Emsdetten 20 -137 4:36 handballRNLSG Flensburg ← Previous Story Viran Morros in Barcelona until 2018! Next Story → Qatar is new Asian champion! read more

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first_imgTHE HEAD OF one of the largest unions at Bord Gáis has criticised the government for selling Bord Gáis in “a firesale”.Arthur Hall, who is the head of the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU), told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that the group of unions at the company had valued the company at more than the €1.12 billion that had been accepted by the government.He said the unions’ own accountancy firm had put the value of the company at €1.6 billion.“This is exactly what we didn’t want. This is a firesale.”Hall rejected the idea that the government had to accept the deal.“I do not agree, and the group of unions do not agree, with the sale of state assets.“This is selling off the family silverware. Of course we understand that we owe money to other people, but state assets generate more money in the long term.”Hall added that the unions were worried about the handover of the company to Centrica, saying that the transfer of pensions was causing concern.He said that there was ‘no clarity’ on whether the new owners would establish a new scheme.Read: Sold: Government selects winning €1.12 billion bid for Bord Gáis EnergyRead: Bids for Bord Gáis Energy are “not acceptable” – Rabbittelast_img read more

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first_imgLet the hacking begin: If facebook needs money, instead of going to the banks, why doesn’t Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way? Why not transform Facebook into a ‘social business’ the way Nobel Price winner Muhammad Yunus described it? [Link redacted] What do you think? #hackercup2011 Of course, being Time Magazine’s Person of the Year isn’t all roses, Chuppahs, and long distance wedding invitations. It also means the occasional Facebook Fan Page hacking. Yesterday someone apparently hacked into Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page (we all assume), leaving the following truly bizarre note, TechCrunch caught wind of the bizarre posting and noted that, after a few minutes, 1,800 people liked the thing, commenting 500 times,despite the fact that it pretty clearly didn’t come from Zuckerberg himself–unless, of course, the executive had his Network moment for all the world to see.Facebook took the page down fairly quickly, but has yet to issue an official statement regarding what precisely happened on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Fan Page.last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK — An escalating trade war between the U.S. and China pushed stocks lower for a fifth straight day Friday on Wall Street and put the market on track for its worst week of the year.The U.S. pulled the trigger on higher tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods even as both sides continued to negotiate. President Donald Trump said in a tweet Friday morning that “there is absolutely no need to rush” on making a deal.Technology and industrial stocks had some of the biggest declines as investors fled to lower-risk holdings liked utilities and real estate stocks. Several companies with substantial revenue in China fell. Apple and Micron fell 3%. Boeing shed 1.2% and Caterpillar fell 2%.The higher tariffs from the U.S. and China’s response that it would take “necessary countermeasures” rattled investors who had been hoping for a quick resolution to the dispute. Confidence in that outcome had eased investors’ concerns this year, along with a more patient Federal Reserve and solid economic data. It all added up to help push stocks to their hottest start to a year in decades.The sharp decline this week also ramped up the volume on what has been a mostly muted year with no major market-moving news. Investors have been cautiously watching corporate earnings, but have been mostly surprised by solid results.last_img read more

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first_imgRoberto Martinez has emphasized that now is not the time for his future at Belgium to be put into question following their World Cup exit on TuesdayA Samuel Umtiti from Antoine Griezmann’s corner in the second-half proved to be the difference at Saint Petersburg as Belgium missed out on the chance at reaching the World Cup final.Martinez then was questioned on his future, but he insisted that Saturday’s third-place playoff game against either Croatia or England was his main priority for now.“It’s too early to make any assessment for the tournament,” said the Spaniard, according to the BBC.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“We need to focus on the final game and fight for third place. Then we’ll regroup. We need to look at the younger generation and try to be stronger for the future. We have a wealth of young talent coming through.“It is a difficult emotion to manage – you are disappointed at losing a semi-final. The next 48 hours will be important. To try to finish third in a World Cup doesn’t happen too often. It’s an important game.”While they won’t be making the final this time around, Belgium can still make a little history on Saturday by beating their previous best finish at a World Cup of fourth place, back in the 1986 tournament in Mexico.last_img read more

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first_img reading • Qualcomm reaches interim licensing agreement with Huawei Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 2:11 Now playing: Watch this: “We continue to believe that over the course of 2019, we will reach a resolution on the key outstanding issues in our disputes with Apple through settlement or litigation, and we are prepared for both outcomes,” Mollenkopf said Wednesday during a call with analysts. Huawei, for its part, also facing legal battles. Just Monday, the US slapped it with 23 indictments for alleged trade secret theft and fraud.Qualcomm is the world’s biggest provider of mobile chips, and it created technology that’s essential for connecting phones to cellular networks. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing those inventions to hundreds of device makers, with the fee based on the value of the phone, not the components.Because Qualcomm owns patents related to 3G, 4G and 5G networking technology, as well as other features like software, all handset makers building a device that connects to cellular networks have to pay it a licensing fee, even if they don’t use Qualcomm’s chips. Mobile Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it But an FTC lawsuit could break that model. It’s the latest in a series of legal battles for Qualcomm that include a fight against its former major customer, Apple, and against regulators in the US, South Korea, China and the European Union. The FTC in January 2017 accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in wireless chips, forcing customers like Apple to work with Qualcomm exclusively and charging “excessive” licensing fees for its technology, in part by wielding a “no license, no chips” policy. Qualcomm’s practices prevented rivals from entering the market, drove up the cost of phones and in turn hurt consumers, who faced higher handset prices, the FTC said. Qualcomm battled the FTC in a San Jose, California, courtroom for most of January. The FTC wrapped up its antitrust case against the company on Jan. 15, and Qualcomm rested its defense Friday. Both sides presented closing arguments Tuesday. The trial has revealed the inner workings of tech’s most important business, smartphones, showing how suppliers wrestle for dominance and profit. Mollenkopf on Wednesday said he believes Qualcomm will ultimately prevail in the antitrust case. “The trial reinforces the important role we play in the mobile industry,” he said. “This is especially critical now as we enter the early innings of 5G, the first mobile generation that is truly shaping industrial policy.”At the same time, Qualcomm continues to negotiate a settlement with the FTC, Mollenkopf said. “If we think that we can find a resolution, we would take that to try to remove this risk off the table,” he said. “This is not a statement on how we feel about our case, but this is an important element and we continue to work it.”The comments came as Qualcomm reported fiscal first-quarter earnings that were better than it had expected. It also projected revenue for the second quarter in line with analysts’ expectations. Other chipmakers haven’t fared as well when it comes to quarterly results and projections. Intel, Samsung and others have estimated lower sales than expected because of weakness in China. Davis said Qualcomm’s business — both chip sales and licensing — has been doing well in China, but “demand in China has been substantially lower than we would have estimated for total demand in China.”The company’s shares rose 2.9 percent to $51.60 in after-hours trading. Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.Special Reports: CNET’s in-depth features in one place. Post a comment See also FTC vs. Qualcomm: Why you should care Share your voicecenter_img Tags Qualcomm signed a short-term licensing deal with Huawei, the world’s second biggest handset maker.  Angela Lang/CNET Qualcomm may be facing fire for its licensing practices, but it managed to reach an interim agreement with one previously resistant handset maker.The company on Wednesday said Huawei, the world’s second-biggest smartphone company, has signed a short-term licensing agreement with Qualcomm. The deal, reached in Qualcomm’s fiscal first quarter that ended Dec. 30, runs through the company’s fiscal third quarter. Huawei will pay Qualcomm $150 million each quarter, Qualcomm Financial Chief George Davis said during a call with analysts about the company’s financial results. Huawei and Apple were the only two major companies still fighting with Qualcomm over its licensing terms. Reaching a deal with Huawei — even if it’s currently only interim — alleviates some worries about the company’s future in charging handset makers for using its technology. Qualcomm continues to battle Apple in courts around the world. The two will face off over patents in March and over licensing in April, both on Qualcomm’s home turf of San Diego, California.  Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf on Wednesday said he’s confident in the company’s prospects when it comes to the ongoing litigation over its licensing practices.  • Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See All 0 Apple Qualcomm Huawei Apple FTC Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Qualcomm-FTC lawsuit: Everything you need to know FTC, Qualcomm give closing arguments in trial over mobile chip licenses Qualcomm wraps up defense after expert rebuts FTC witnesslast_img read more

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