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New Delhi, May 27 (PTI) In a jolt to Star Sports India Private Ltd, the Supreme Court today rejected its appeal challenging the Delhi High Court verdict asking it to share clean live feed without any commercial with public broadcaster Prasar Bharati or share revenue if signals have advertisements.”From our … discussion, it becomes clear that the sharing of the signals has to be without any advertisements and if the advertisements are also to be included in the signals, there has to be sharing of the revenue,” a bench of Justices A K Sikri and Prafulla C Pant said while dismissing the appeal of Star Sports India Private Ltd.The Delhi High Court had in 2013 held whosoever airs a live broadcast of sporting events of national importance must share the same with Prasar Bharati without any commercials.The private broadcaster has been seeking a direction to Prasar Bharati not to insist on live signal of international cricket matches of India without any commercial.Referring to provisions of the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, the apex court concurred with the findings of the High Court and said that the contents are to be “mandatorily shared” by the private broadcaster with Prasar Bharati and they have to be “without its advertisements”.The apex court listed out the pursposes of some provisons and said that they aimed to achieve goals like providing “access to largest number of listeners and viewers on a free- to-air basis”.”The principle of purposive interpretation, in this context, meant that Prasar Bharati was supposed to telecast these matches for the benefit of general masses spread throughout India, who otherwise do not receive signals of private channels like the appellant or are not having financial capacity to pay for these channels.advertisement”Thus, it was a larger public interest which was sought to be served and noble objective was kept in mind while enacting the statute,” it said. PTI SJK MNL RKS PAL
Virat Kohli’s maturity as a captain came to the fore on Monday as he made light of Jimmy Anderson’s comments about his technique, urging the England veteran to “move on” but also made it clear that playing “sarcastic mind games” is not his cup of tea.He also said that Ravichandran Ashwin had told Anderson in no uncertain terms about the importance of “accepting defeat”.Anderson in his post-match press conference yesterday had made an uncharitable comment that Kohli’s technical deficiencies was not on display because the pitches in India lack pace and bounce. (Also read: Virat Kohli turns peacemaker to douse Ashwin-Anderson fire)This was after the Indian captain had decimated the England attack scoring 640 runs in four Tests.”I am no one or in no position to question someone else’s technique or faults. They should understand it themselves and work on it. As international cricketers, it is their responsibility. So I am not going to sit here and play sarcastic mind games. I want to focus on good cricket and that is exactly what we have done.”Kohli said India have always been graceful in defeat. (Also read: Virat Kohli takes a dig at England batsmen after James Anderson’s controversial remark)”We focus on our strengths, we accept defeat pretty gracefully. We have never complained, we always find faults in our game and try to improve that. That is exactly what we keep doing in every game that we play.”When Anderson came out to bat, Ashwin was seen talking to him and it was Kohli and the umpires who intervened.advertisementAsked about the incident, Kohli tried to douse the fire. (Also read: Mumbai Test: Virat Kohli 235, R Ashwin 12/167 give India historic series win over England)”It was the first time I was trying to calm things down at a time when Anderson involved. Ashwin was not pleased with whatever he had said in the press (yesterday). Ashwin told me on the ground, I had no clue about it. I was laughing about it, but Ashwin was not too impressed,” Kohli told media persons.”Ashwin let him know, not using bad words at all, I think he said he was pretty disappointed in what he said and it’s important to accept defeat and things like that. You know how Ashwin is, to the point he can really strike you well without using bad words. That’s exactly what happened. Later on, I told James these things happen and it’s time to move on,” Kohli showed that he is ready to put an end to the controversy.However, England captain Alastair Cook said the entire episode has been blown out of proportion.”It was a bit of a sour end really. A disappointing end in terms of how well the spirit between both sides has been. It was clearly reference to what Jimmy said yesterday which has kind of been blown out of all proportions which it can happen here,” said Cook.”Anderson was just stating a fact which if you asked Virat is probably quite true. But yes, it was obviously just ticking up for their captain, which I thought was slightly unnecessary,” he added.
West Indies on Sunday bounced back from a stunning defeat against Afghanistan last month to beat India in a low-scoring fourth One Day International at Antigua.Captain Jason Holder took 5/27 as West Indies beat India by 11 runs to stay alive in the series. India lead 2-1 with the fifth and final game on Thursday at Kingston, Jamaica.Neither team impressed with the bat at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium at North Sound.West Indies scored only 189/9 after winning the toss and choosing to bat. It turned out to be enough as India lost their last five wickets for only 19 runs – collapsing from 159/5 in the 45th over to 178 all out with two balls to spare.India opener Ajinkya Rahane hit 60 off 91 balls, including seven fours, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni laboured to 54 from 114 balls with one boundary. Dhoni’s dismissal left India needing 14 to win in the final over with two wickets left.Holder, who took his five-for in 9.4 overs, claimed the final wicket of Mohammed Shami.Evin Lewis and Kyle Hope were joint top-scorers for West Indies on 35. Umesh Yadav took 3/36 and Hardik Pandya 3/40.WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION IN DOUBTThe victory may still not be enough for the West Indies to get a direct entry into the 2019 World Cup in England. They are currently ranked 9th in the world and top eight sides on September 30 cut-off qualify for main draw.West Indies, who are standing at the ninth spot in the ODI rankings, failed to gain any point from the drawn series against Afghanistan in June.advertisementThe five-match series against India was their last realistic chance to try to get those ranking points up in a bid to qualify automatically for the 2019 World Cup.West Indies will have to beat India in the final ODI and win all their 50-overs matches against England and Ireland to keep their hopes alive.(With inputs from AP)
England were caught out by Australia’s aggression during the ill-fated 2013/14 Ashes campaign but captain Joe Root says they are fully prepared for short-pitched bowling and on-field chatter when the series kicks off in Brisbane next week. (England’s Moeen Ali fit to return ahead of Ashes opener)Root was a member of Alastair Cook’s side that was demolished by a Mitchell Johnson-led pace assault and sledged relentlessly throughout the 5-0 series defeat four years ago.Root, then 22, won praise for a defiant half-century in the Adelaide Test but, like the rest of the England batters, struggled to score runs on most of Australia’s pitches.”I think last time it maybe caught us out,” Root told reporters on Tuesday in Townsville where England are preparing for their final warmup match against a Cricket Australia XI.”I think we’re a little bit wiser to it this time around. (The Ashes: England’s Jake Ball in doubt for warmup game, George Garton drafted in)”It’s still about making sure we’re absolutely prepared for any scenario out there.”We’re expecting it to be hostile, we’re expecting it to be very loud and rowdy atmosphere at the Gabba.”Hopefully we’ll be in a really good place and really ready for that because I think we’ve got our heads round what to expect.”With all-rounder Ben Stokes absent from the tour, Root will have a bigger load to carry in leading a team with a number of inexperienced batsmen.Australia spinner Nathan Lyon said last week the home side’s bowlers would compete fiercely for the England captain’s wicket.advertisementRoot was unfazed by the attention.”I’ve heard a lot of chat about them targeting me in particular,” he said.”From our point of view we’ll be targeting every single one of them, we won’t be singling any guys out.”Bring it on. It’s what it’s about. You want that competitive element and those little in-house rivalries, if you like.”Former England captain and media pundit Michael Vaughan has accused Australia of making things hard for England in their preparations by serving up low-quality tour sides away from the Test venues.The tourists will play another modest Cricket Australia XI in the remote northern city of Townsville from Wednesday.Root said it was nothing different from the last tour.”I think we’ve mentally approached that slightly differently this time round and probably slightly better, if I’m being brutally honest,” he said.”Obviously it would have been nice to get a feel for the grounds, especially for the guys who haven’t played at those venues.”I don’t think it makes too much of a difference.”
TweetPinShare0 Shares FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (AP) — Tom Brady says he will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block his four-game “Deflategate” suspension, ending his fight on Friday in a scandal that tested the power of the NFL commissioner and tarnished the reputation of one of the league’s greatest players.“It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process,” the New England Patriots quarterback said in a Facebook post. “I’m going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall.”The decision by the four-time Super Bowl champion comes two days after Brady’s case was turned aside by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. His only remaining hope to take the field when the Patriots open the season against Arizona on Sept. 11 had been a stay from the nation’s highest court, which accepts about one percent of the appeals submitted.More worrisome for Brady and the Patriots, though, was the chance that he would receive a stay — which would require only the blessing of a single Supreme Court justice, in this case Ruth Bader Ginsburg — only to have the whole court later refuse to hear the case. That could allow the suspension to fall at a more inconvenient time in the season, perhaps including the playoffs.“This decision was made in the interest of certainty and planning for Tom prior to the New England Patriots season,” the NFL Players Association said in a statement.But the union said it was still considering whether to seek on its own a Supreme Court ruling that could limit Commissioner Roger Goodell’s authority to punish players. Dropping the case would leave in place a “broken system that must be fixed,” the union said this week.Even if the union fights on, though, Brady would still sit out the first four games of the season, when the Patriots face the Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills. Backup Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to start for New England instead.Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who has parted ways with longtime league allies over the punishment, renewed his complaint that the suspension was “unprecedented, unjust, and unreasonable.”“Unfortunately, this stopped being about air pressure a long time ago,” he said in a statement. “This entire process has indelibly taken a toll on our organization, our fans and most importantly, Tom Brady. His reluctant decision to stop pursuing further action and to put this situation behind him is what he feels is best for the team in preparation for this season and is fully supported by me and our entire organization.”With NFL football player Tom Brady pictured on screen, host John Cena speaks at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Despite the suspension, the Patriots remain overwhelming favorites to win the AFC East for the 13th time in 14 seasons, and the gambling website Bovada listed them as the top choice to win the Super Bowl.An NFL spokesman said the league would have no comment.Originally suspended for four games after the league concluded the Patriots intentionally underinflated the footballs used in the AFC Championship on Jan. 18, 2015, Brady embarked on an odyssey to clear his name. A federal judge overturned the suspension, allowing Brady to play last season, but the 2nd Circuit reinstated it this spring.
Australia’s Masters squads commence their 2015 World Cup campaign this weekend when the contingent trains together in Sydney. The six squads will train over the weekend with all squad members looking to impress in their first camp in the lead up to the World Cup in April/May next year at C.Ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour. There has been strong interest in all the squads due to the World Cup being on home soil in 2015, with the last World Cup held in Australia being 15 years ago. Australia will be looking to retain the Masters World Cup trophy that they won at the 2011 World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland.Touch Football Australia wishes all squad members the best of luck for the training camp this weekend. To keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information from the Masters Training Camp, please stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia social media pages and website:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksMasters Training Camp
EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – It’s official, Bill C-69 has been proclaimed law in Canada.The bill which critics labelled the ‘No More Pipelines Act’ will change how major energy projects are reviewed and approved in Canada and has received heavy criticism from the oil and gas sector and several provincial governments.In a statement released Wednesday night, the UCP said “This is a dark day for Alberta and Canada as a whole. As we have said loudly and repeatedly, this act is an unconstitutional attack on Alberta and our vital economic interests.”The statement also said the government will take its fight to Ottawa and launch a constitutional challenge against C-69.In June the bill passed through the Senate with a vote of 164-56. The Senate had proposed nearly 200 amendments to the bill, the majority of which were rejected.READ MORE: Trudeau government to reject amendments to C69: report“I cannot believe that a Prime Minister would be prepared to push forward a bill that strikes at the heart of Canadian unity and at the same time the economy of Canada. That’s just unprecedented, that bill needs to die,” said Energy Minister Sonya Savage shortly after the bill passed.Premier Jason Kenney also spoke at that time, repeating his stance that Alberta is being treated unfairly.“Albertans cannot be expected to continue to pay the freight in the Canadian federation if the same federation continues to block our ability to develop and get a fair price for our resources.”Kenney repeated his stance that a referendum on equalization payments could come by October 2021.Right now, there’s no clear date to when the UCP will launch its legal challenge, especially with the Federal Election slated for October.Kenney hopes Canadians will elect a government that will immediately repeal Bill C-69. Do you agree with the provincial government challenging Bill C-69?NoYesVoteView Results Take Our Poll
Colombo: Six children and three women were among 15 people killed when militants linked to the Easter Sunday bombings opened fire and blew themselves up during a fierce gun battle with security forces in Sri Lanka’s Eastern province, police said Saturday. The shootout occurred as the security forces continued their hunt for members of the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ), the local terror outfit behind the April 21 coordinated blasts in which 253 people were killed and over 500 injured. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe Special Task Force and Army troops, following a tip-off, raided a house in Kalmunai city, about 360 km from Colombo, on Friday night, leading to the heavy exchange of fire with the armed group. As the heavily-armed men opened fire on troops, a civilian caught in the middle got killed. As the clashes intensified, three men are believed to have set off explosives. “A total of 15 bodies recovered, six men, three women and six children. At least four suspected suicide bombers are dead, and three others who were injured are in hospital,” a police spokesperson said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenA police spokesman said that three suspected suicide bombers were among the 15 dead. “When the police were doing a joint search operation in Sainthamuruthu, gunfire was directed at them,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. A suicide blast took place, and the body of a terrorist with a T56 assault rifle was also found at the site. A massive cache of explosives was also recovered from the spot. “Officials have recovered detonators, suicide kits, army uniforms and ISIS flags,” an army officer said. Meanwhile, the police said that curfew imposed in the Muslim-majority areas of Kalmunai, Chavalakade and Sammanthurai would continue until further notice. The police have arrested at least 76 people in connection with the attack so far. Twenty were arrested in the last 24 hours. Officials also seized one kg of explosives near a railway station at Wellawatta, a popular south Colombo suburb. The curfew was lifted for other areas at 4 am on Saturday. At the security council meeting held last night, it was decided that search operations to crack down on extremist terrorism must continue until the threat is eliminated. Security has been improved at hotels, schools and public places. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday, killing 253 people. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group NTJ for the attacks. President Maithripala Sirisena said Friday that over 130 suspects linked to the Islamic State terror group have been operating in the country. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka needs new laws to deal with threats posed by local terror outfits linked to ISIS. Sri Lanka has a population of 21 million which is a patchwork of ethnicities and religions, dominated by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority. Muslims account for 10 per cent of the population and are the second-largest minority after Hindus. Around seven per cent of Sri Lankans are Christians.
TRIPOLI – Libyans on Monday marked the third anniversary of their revolt which ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi fearful for the future of a country plagued by lawlessness.Putting on a brave face, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, who was briefly abducted last year by militants, said revolution had achieved the goals of “ending tyranny and securing freedom of expression”.“The February 17 Revolution is a challenge that Libyans must live up to,” he said in a speech to the nation broadcast on television Sunday night, acknowledging the “difficulties” ahead. Although no official ceremonies were organised for the anniversary, spontaneous celebrations have taken place since Saturday across Libya and are due to culminate in festivities later Monday in the capital Tripoli.The streets have been decked with Libya’s revolutionary flag, volunteers have cleaned up streets and painted over sidewalks, and multicoloured lights strung across the main roads.But for many Libyans there is little to celebrate.“There is noting to be proud about,” one Tripolitanian said on Twitter.University student Ahmed Fitouri agreed. “Nothing has been accomplished these past three years. We are stuck.”Three years after the uprising, Libya is still struggling to rebuild an army capable to end waves of unrest blamed largely on well-armed Islamists and ex-rebels.The government and the interim parliament, the General National Congress, have come under increasing criticism by Libyans who accuse them of corruption and failing to give them a better life.Common criminals roam the streets, while rival tribes in various parts of the country shoot it out to settle long-standing disputes.Politicians, security officials, journalists, judges and even the US ambassador have been gunned down in a wave of lawlessness that has grown since Kadhafi was captured and killed in October 2011.Disgruntled citizens have managed to blockade and shut down Libya’s oil terminals, threatening to bankrupt a government that relies almost exclusively on oil revenues to operate.Economy taken beatingOn the political front, the GNC, the country’s top authority, infuriated Libyans when it decided to extend its mandate by 10 months beyond a February 7 deadline.But deputies on Sunday said the parliament has reached consensus on holding early elections, apparently yielding to popular pressure and threats that divisions could unleash further unrest.The economy of oil-rich Libya has also taken a beating due to chronic security problems and industrial actions since the end of Kadhafi’s four-decade autocratic rule.The oil ministry and the World Bank estimate Libya has lost more than $10 billion in revenues because of the crisis that erupted last July when striking workers and pro-autonomy demonstrators in eastern Libya began blockading the country’s main terminals.Post-war reconstruction has been slow and major infrastructure projects put on the back-burner, while the multinationals have yet to make a return.The World Bank, in a report issued last month, stressed “the urgent need for economic diversification in order to ensure long-term financial and economic stability”.“We must set aside out differences on the occasion of this historic event, in memory of the martyrs who fell so that we can enjoy freedom,” said Tripoli University professor Ali Toukabri.Analyst Soufiene al-Machri blamed the impasse on politicians who are hanging on to power.
Rabat – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has decided to withdraw his bid for a fifth term. The move means Bouteflika is bowing to sustained, unprecedented popular movement against his decision earlier this year to seek reelection.In a statement published by his office earlier today, the president said that there will be “no fifth term.” He stressed his commitment to the country’s good, suggesting his withdrawal was an acknowledgement that reelection would not benefit the country’s interests. “There was never any question of it for me. Given my state of health and age, my last duty towards the Algerian people was always contributing to the foundation of a new Republic,” read part of the statement.In power since 1999, Bouteflika’s earlier years in power brought social peace and economic stability to a war-torn Algeria. In recent years, however, the ailing president’s perceived inability to effectively run the country incited public fervor against prospective reelection plans. Bouteflika’s decision to seek a fifth term, which his party announced in February, met with widespread anger and frustration. Read Also: President Bouteflika Returns Home in Algeria amid ProtestsThe decision to run for a fifth mandate led citizens to rally across the country. March 8 marked the beginning of the third week of demonstrations against Bouteflika.Activists also took to French cities to protest the decision.Bouteflika, who returned home yesterday, spent weeks in Geneva for medical care.Prior to his decision to step down from running in the 2019 election, 1,000 Algerian judges decided to refuse to oversee elections.Having withdrawn his candidacy, the president has announced the postponement of the 2019 election planned for April 18. He promised an interim and independent leadership structure to organize the prospective elections. A date has not been specified yet.“We announce our intention to abstain from … supervising the election process against the will of the people, which is the only source of power,” the statement of the judges read.
“Thousands of poor families have been devastated due to the effects of the flooding. A vast number of ultra-poor people are stranded on embankments, with no access to food and shelter,” said acting WFP Country Director Michael Dunford. Several areas of Satkhira district have been submerged as a result of severe flooding caused by heavy rainfall over the past two weeks, according to a news release issued by the agency. “Satkhira is an area where malnutrition is endemic, so this food assistance is absolutely vital,” said Mr. Dunford. With funding from the Australian Government, WFP has allocated 34.5 tons of high-energy biscuits to 11,500 households to cover the needs of over 57,000 people in the district. Each household will be provided with 40 packets of fortified biscuits, which will serve as a vital source of food and nutrition for the severely vulnerable people hit by the flooding. WFP will continue to monitor the situation and will expand its support if necessary. The agency has been working in Bangladesh – one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world – for 37 years in the areas of food security, nutritional well-being and livelihoods. It is also working with communities vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, building their resilience and livelihoods through innovative food and cash-for-work programmes. 19 August 2011The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing urgently needed food assistance to 57,000 people affected by floods in southern Bangladesh.
However, President of the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) Gemunu Wijeratne said the strike was called off following talks held with President Maithripala Sirisena. (Colombo Gazette) A strike which was scheduled to be staged by private bus operators tomorrow has been called off.The strike was to be staged over the failure by the authorities to agree to a bus fare hike.
Two NASA astronauts stepped outside the International Space Station Thursday to install a pair of high-definition cameras.The cameras are designed to provide sharp views of commercial crew capsules coming in to dock.Boeing and SpaceX are slated to do their first test flights to the ISS in August.Video was captured of ISS commander Drew Feustel and astronaut Ricky Arnold on their spacewalk.They were also tasked with changing camera equipment and addressing additional maintenance items.
A disappointing 2016-17 season has helped turn the Prince Albert Raiders into the No. 1 club in the Canadian Hockey League.The Raiders finished third last in the 22-team Western Hockey League that year and missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. They had two nine-game losing streaks en route to a 21-44-7 record and felt disrespected by the opposition.But the players haven’t forgotten about it, with eight of them still on the roster, and in 2018-19 Prince Albert has already surpassed its win total a third of the way into the season. The Raiders are riding a league-best 18-game win streak after beating the Red Deer Rebels 4-3 on Tuesday.“A few players that are on the team now were on that (’16-17) team and there were some teams that were kind of insulting and kicked sand in our faces and we remember that,” said Raiders head coach Marc Habscheid. “We carry that with us even this year and we’ve talked about that. We’ve tried to lose the right way, and win the right way now, too. We respect everyone we play against. If we get up on a team, we certainly don’t want to rub it in their faces. We’ve had that done and it’s not a lot of fun.”The Raiders are 25-1-0 and have been ranked No. 1 in the 60-team CHL for seven weeks, with no other club being able to knock them off.Habscheid is pleased with his club’s early-season run to the top, but also says its a meaningless accomplishment without any type of playoff success. “There’s only one bad thing in all this type of stuff, they’re not handing out any after 25-games trophies or banners or anything like that,” said Habscheid. “We’ve got a long ways to go, we haven’t really done anything yet but have a great start.”The Raiders have already broken their previous franchise-best win streak of 15 games from the 1985-86 season.“The players go, ‘oh really?’ They’re not even aware of it, they’re just living the life day by day,” Habscheid said.Prince Albert stands out as an early-season front runner for the Memorial Cup, but there are other potential contenders emerging from the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League thanks to some other lengthy streaks.The OHL’s Ottawa 67’s started the season 3-3-0, but have gone 18-0-4 since to pick up at least one point in 22 straight games.Ottawa head coach Andre Tourigny says a number of things have led to the club’s rise to the top of the OHL standings and the No. 3 spot in the CHL rankings.“First and foremost, it started last year with the fitness level, intensity, hard work, and our leaders,” said Tourigny. “I think that built up and the players arrived at camp and were ready to work. The commitment from everybody, we have a great group of leaders, it turned into confidence and we started to have success and now we’re feeding off it.”Right behind the 67’s at No. 4 in the CHL rankings are the surging London Knights, who are on a 14-0-1 run and now sit first in the OHL’s Western Conference. Meanwhile, the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are riding a 10-game win streak and have moved to No. 2 in the CHL rankings.While the past few weeks have been good to teams like Prince Albert, Ottawa, London and Rouyn-Noranda, the same can’t be said about the Saint John Sea Dogs at the other end of the spectrum.The youngest team in the country with a large group of 16- and 17-year-old skaters, the Sea Dogs are in the midst of a 17-game losing streak — a team record — and sit 2-21-3 overall. Their seven points ties them for the least amount amongst the 60 teams across the CHL with the OHL’s Flint Firebirds, who opened the season on a 17-game losing streak of their own and are 3-22-1 overall.“You can learn a lot from this. They know this is a process and there are very bright things ahead, but in the short term it’s not easy,” said Saint John general manager Trevor Georgie.“We’d be discouraged if our young nucleus wasn’t staying positive or doing good things.”A lot of things have to go right to put together a streak like Prince Albert’s, and that was on full display on Nov. 17 when goaltender Ian Scott scored his first career goal while stopping 23 shots in a 3-1 win over the Tri-City Americans.“We were laughing because he tried it the game before and he hit the clock in our building,” said Habscheid. “Him and I the day before he scored, we were standing under the clock looking at the dent in it.”The WHL record for consecutive wins was set across two seasons in 1981 by the Victoria Cougars with 24. The Knights own the OHL point-streak record at 31 when they went 29-0-2 in 2004-05, the ’04-05 Rimouski Oceanic hold the QMJHL record with a 28-game win streak, while the ’75-76 Shawinigan Dynamo lost a record-setting 27 games in a row.———Follow @KyleCicerella on TwitterKyle Cicerella’s junior hockey notebook will be published every Thursday.Kyle Cicerella, The Canadian Press
Platinum Group Metals Ltd recently announced that the ongoing Definitive Feasibility Study for the Waterberg PGMs project in South Africa on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex is now being advanced under the direction of the Technical Committee appointed by Waterberg JV Resources (Pty) Ltd. Seventeen drill rigs are on site and have commenced drilling with the objectives of defining the shallowest areas of the current 102 Mt reserve for increased confidence and detailed mine planning and to upgrade a portion of the indicated resources to measured resources for reserve consideration in the DFS. Immediate areas for in-fill drilling include the Northern and Boundary Super F zones.The Scope of Work and plans for the DFS during 2017 and 2018 have been agreed in detail by the Technical Committee. Members of the committee represent the Company and all other Waterberg Project partners; Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) and Mnombo Wethu Consultants (Pty) Ltd.Stantec Consulting International LLC and DRA Projects SA (Proprietary) Ltd have been selected as the lead independent project engineers based on a detailed, professionally supervised tendering process. Stantec will focus on underground mining engineering and design and reserve estimation. DRA will focus on metallurgy, plant design, infrastructure and cost estimation.“The Waterberg Project has a number of highly attractive characteristics, which indicate it will be a low-cost, shallow, bulk mineable project with significant scale and growth potential. The recent participation of Implats, the world’s second largest platinum producer with fully integrated mine to market operations, represents a significant step in the advancement of the Waterberg Project towards potential development and production.”R. Michael Jones, CEO of Platinum Group said, “We are very pleased with the work completed by the Technical Committee. The mine building and operating experience of the technical team, including Implats and the newly appointed engineers, alongside our own discovery team, are working with an excellent ‘best for value of the Project’ attitude. In our joint venture we have perspectives ranging from geology to metals marketing, including contributions from South Africa, the USA, Canada and Japan. Waterberg, which is palladium dominant, is modelled for fully mechanised production and has the potential to be amongst the lowest operating cost mines in the PGM sector.”Current Platinum Group Element (PGE) probable reserves at the Waterberg Project (100%) are 12.3 Moz, comprising 61% palladium, 30% platinum, 8% gold and 1% rhodium plus 191 million and 333 million pounds of copper and nickel respectively and will be updated as part of the DFS. Much of the Waterberg Project area remains to be drilled and assessed. The Waterberg deposit remains open down dip and along strike.The detailed scope of work for the DFS will investigate two options – Option 1; a 600,000 tonne per month mine (744,000 ounces PGEs per year) as outlined in the PFS, and Option 2; a lower capital option at 250,000 to 350,000 tonnes per month. Early optimisation work by the project team to detail the potential for Option 2 using the three decline mechanised mining modules in sequence are encouraging with the potential to optimise the mine plan. Current drilling at Waterberg is focused on the higher-grade areas of the large-scale deposit.
5 players Joe Schmidt should include on Ireland’s summer tour to Argentina IRELAND COACH JOE Schmidt has omitted Ian Madigan from his 30-man squad to face Argentina in two Tests next month.The Kiwi has included four uncapped players in the group. Kieran Marmion of Connacht is the only uncapped back, while Robbie Diack, Rob Herring and James Cronin are included among the forwards.Madigan’s omission came as Jonathan Sexton was called up, despite many suggestions that the out-half may well be rested after a long season of Lions, club and international rugby.Paul O’Connell continues as captain, but in the first window without Brian O’Driscoll Gordon D’Arcy joins Cian Healy among those rested. Instead, the midfield options are made up by Luke Marshall, Darren Cave, Robbie Henshaw, Fergus McFadden and Keith Earls.Tommy Bowe is another big name to sit out the summer tour, the back three opportunities given to Earls, McFadden, Simon Zebo, Andrew Trimble, Rob Kearney and Felix Jones.Ireland squad to tour Argentina: Forwards (16): Rory Best, James Cronin*, Robbie Diack*, Iain Henderson, Chris Henry, Jamie Heaslip, Rob Herring*, Dave Kilcoyne, Jack McGrath, Marty Moore, Jordi Murphy, Paul O’Connell, Mike Ross, Rhys Ruddock, Devin Toner, Damian Varley.Backs (14): Darren Cave, Keith Earls, Robbie Henshaw, Paddy Jackson, Felix Jones, Rob Kearney, Kieran Marmion*, Luke Marshall, Fergus McFadden, Conor Murray, Eoin Reddan, Jonny Sexton, Andrew Trimble, Simon Zebo.*denotes uncapped player.
WEARING ONLY UNDERWEAR and angel wings, three young women wiggle their hips to entice customers to enter one of the many nightclubs in Magaluf.“We came to get drunk, basically. Everyone knows Magaluf is partying big time,” said Bruce Stenning, an 18-year-old from London who came to the Mediterranean island of Majorca with five friends.“I came for the strippers,” added one of his mates, James Pilkington, as he stood outside a bar on the Punta Ballena — the heart of the resort’s nightlife — which advertised in English “the best lap dance”.Roughly 85% of the visitors to Magaluf come from Britain and Ireland, and little Spanish can be seen on bar flyers and billboards offering cheap drinks and theme parties.Shops sell souvenir T-shirts with the catchphrase “On it ’till we vomit”.But the local authorities — who would rather attract upmarket tourists — are calling time on Magaluf, with new rules to rein in the most dangerous and hedonistic antics.The resort made headlines around the world last month after a video showing an 18-year-old woman performing oral sex on several men on the dance floor of a nightclub went viral.Local media reported that the nightclub was staging a contest which offered free drinks to women who performed the most fellatio in the least amount of time.“My family were concerned about me coming here thinking that this was normal,” said Sorcha Rafferty, a 19-year-old from Belfast who came with 13 friends.“Magaluf has got a reputation that people come on holiday here and have sex everywhere. And it’s true!” added her friend Bryony Spence, 20.‘Sex-for-drinks’ gameFollowing the scandal, local authorities ordered the Playhouse nightclub where the sex-for-drinks game took place to be closed for a year.They also slapped the nightclub and a firm that offers pub crawls, Carnage Magaluf, which organised the game, with a fine of €55,000.Magaluf has many such firms where a guide takes large groups of youths from bar to bar to enjoy unlimited drinks for a flat fee, and also take part in games that mix alcohol and eroticism.Most are organised by British businessmen, and some of them respect the law and some do not, said Montserrat Jaen, the tourism director general of the regional government of the Balearic Islands.The Balearic Islands are fighting to end this type of “low cost” tourism which is restricted to “a few very small, concrete areas”, she added.Such resorts “are remnants and I think that in the long term they will convert” to the quality tourism that the Balearic Islands offer in many other places, she said.Just hundreds of metres away from the Punta Ballena strip and its rowdy bars, yachts bob gently in crystal clear waters. Source: Facebook/Magaluf 2014‘People are never punished’Calvia, the municipality Magaluf belongs to, introduced a by-law on 25 July to regulate pub crawls which sets limits on the number of participants.Five days later the municipality closed a second nightclub, this time for breaking the limit on the number of clients, said Joan Feliu, who is in charge of bar licensing at Calvia city hall.In a region that is dependent on tourism — the Balearic Islands received 13 million visitors in 2013 who spent €12 billion — local authorities traditionally only fine companies not tourists.“People are never punished even though the law also stipulates a series of obligations for tourists,” said Feliu.Another by-law was recently introduced banning “balconing” — jumping from one apartment balcony to another or from a balcony down into a swimming pool.Several youths have been killed or seriously injured in recent years due to the “balconing” craze.Hotels also kick out guests who destroy furniture or attack staff.About 250 hotel guests were asked to leave last year for misbehaving, according to Joan Espina, the vice president of the Association of Hotels of Palmanova-Magaluf.“This has always happened, it happens now with these kids and it happened with their parents when they came in their day,” he said.Alcohol flows all day in Magaluf, beside swimming pools in the morning, on boat cruises in the afternoon and in bars and nightclubs at night.By dawn tourists can be seen fighting in the streets, throwing up, passing out, and in the most serious of cases, being stretchered off to hospital.Despite everything, Sorcha and Bryony plan to return next year.“Of course!” they said in unison when asked if they would be back.© – AFP 2014Read: Mayor cracks down on Magaluf pub crawls by British and Irish tourists >Read: Young Donegal footballer seriously injured in Spain fall >
Photovoltaïque : le plan de NKM pour relancer le secteurAlors que la filière photovoltaïque française est en panne, la ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a dévoilé son plan visant à relancer le secteur. Un projet qui se basera avant tout sur d’importants appels d’offres, mais qui n’enthousiasme pas tous les industriels de la filière.Minée par le moratoire sur le prix du rachat de l’électricité produite grâce à l’énergie solaire, la filière photovoltaïque n’est pas oubliée par le ministère de l’Ecologie. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a dévoilé son plan pour relancer l’industrie photovoltaïque. Comme le rapporte le Figaro, la ministre entend passer par de gros appels d’offres visant à “donner de la visibilité aux industriels”. Ainsi, toutes les installations de panneaux solaires de plus de 1000 mètres carrés feront désormais l’objet d’appels d’offres. Un premier appel portant sur une installation considérée comme moyenne (entre 1000 et 2500 m2), projet de 120 mégawatts-crête (MWc), sera publié dès le 1er août. Six autres appels trimestriels, portant sur 30 MWc chacun, seront ensuite lancés. Pour tous ces projets, c’est le prix qui constituera le premier critère de sélection.Des appels d’offres censés favoriser l’innovationNKM a évoqué une seconde catégorie d’appels d’offres, qui portera cette fois sur les grandes installations, de plus de 2500 mètres carrés. Ces appels concerneront une capacité totale de 450 MWc. Mais cette fois, le prix ne sera pas l’unique critère de choix. “Le projet industriel, la contribution à la recherche et l’environnement” seront également pris en compte, explique le Figaro. Ainsi, les projets de centrales sur des friches industrielles ou d’anciennes carrières seront privilégiés par rapport à ceux qui nécessiteront le sacrifice de terres agricoles. Les groupes candidats devront en outre faire preuve de transparence quant au recyclage et au démantèlement des centrales. La ministère de l’Ecologie entend encourager le développement de technologies innovantes, et non celles déjà développées et exploitées par d’autres pays. Elle évoque notamment un système de miroirs mobiles qui suivent le soleil toute la journée. “Nous n’avons pas développé d’industrie de masse sur les premières séries de panneaux, mais nous n’essayons pas de courir après la Chine et l’Allemagne. Nous préparons le coup d’après” affirme Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet. À lire aussiLe plus grand “soleil artificiel” du monde vient de s’allumer en AllemagneDes mesures contestéesMais alors que la ministre assure chercher “à passer un nouveau pacte de confiance avec l’industrie du photovoltaïque”, son plan ne fait pas l’unanimité. Richard Loyen, délégué général du syndicat Enerplan, qui regroupe une centaine d’entreprises, exige “des preuves”, rappelant que “le pacte de confiance précédent a été rompu” lorsque le moratoire de trois mois sur le prix de rachat de l’énergie solaire est entré en vigueur, en décembre. M. Ledoyen évoque la suppression de 5.000 à 7.000 emplois, sur 25.000 environ, depuis la mise en place de cette mesure censée mettre fin à une bulle spéculative. Enerplan admet que le projet du ministère profitera sans doute aux grands groupes et certaines PMI. Mais les plus petites entreprises, elles, seront mises “sur le carreau” déplore-t-il. “Quand on sait que le secteur est frappé de plein fouet par les volte-face incessantes du gouvernement, auxquelles s’ajoute un moratoire depuis décembre 2010, ces annonces sont loin d’être suffisantes” estime Richard Ledoyen.Le 19 juillet 2011 à 16:44 • Maxime Lambert