Lionel Messi was at his best at Wembley on Wednesday as he wrecked havoc in the Tottenham Hotspur to help Barcelona beat them 4-2 in a thrilling Champions League Group B contest.In front of some 82,000 fans in London’s national stadium, Messi scored a brace to reach 105 Champions League goals, hit the woodwork twice and had a major hand in the other two Barcelona goals — the Argentine maestro ruled the roost.Such was the masterclass of Messi on Wednesday that both sets of fans applauded the ‘magician’ after a match that proved to be a brilliant advert for Champions League football.With the win, Barcelona are joint leaders of the group on six points with Inter Milan. Tottenham face back-to-back games against PSV Eindhoven with both teams having lost their first two matches.Leo Messi has now scored 64 goals in 65 group stage games #UCL pic.twitter.com/YJW1PNfP9cUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 3, 2018Injury-hit Tottenham faced an uphill task against the five-times European champions once Philippe Coutinho scored after two minutes and when Ivan Rakitic’s breathtaking volley made it 2-0 before halftime a hammering looked on the cards.But Barcelona needed the mercurial Messi at his best to repel a tenacious Spurs fightback as Harry Kane and Erik Lamela gave the hosts, described as “heroes” by their manager Mauricio Pochettino, a glimmer of hope.Only when Messi struck his second in stoppage-time, his fifth of this season’s tournament after a hat-trick against PSV, could coach Ernesto Valverde breathe a little easier.advertisement”After a few bad results it was important to do well today. Our response was very good,” Valverde, under the cosh after Barca drew two and lost one of their last three La Liga games, told reporters.Also read – Champions League: Manchester United play out goalless draw at home vs Valencia”The game was very tense. We had a few problems during the game but we managed to solve them.”Pochettino said his plan had gone out of the window after his side’s woeful start.”I’m disappointed with the result but the effort was massive,” he said.Barcelona were vulnerable so they said, but on a pitch scarred from hosting British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s fight against Alexander Povetkin they took only two minutes to catch Spurs in the solar plexus.Tottenham allowed Messi time to curl a pass to Jordi Alba on the left and with keeper Hugo Lloris, back from injury, charging out Alba cut the ball back to Coutinho who drilled home through a gaggle of defenders.The hosts responded with Kane firing in a shot that did not have enough venom to worry Marc-Andre ter Stegen.15 minutes to play and we’re one goal behind at Wembley.COME ON YOU SPURS!#THFC 2-3 #FCB pic.twitter.com/VNT7H9IAKPTottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 3, 2018PERFECT VOLLEYMessi opened up Tottenham again in the 28th minute. His floated pass was chested down by Luis Suarez to Coutinho whose volley sliced up in the air before the quick-thinking Brazilian hooked the ball back to Rakitic who rifled a picture-perfect right-foot volley in off the post from 25 yards.Messi, who scored for Barca in the 2011 final against Manchester United at Wembley, revelled in the wide-open spaces and twice sliced through the Spurs defence shortly after the break, thudding shots against Lloris’s right post.Instead of being 4-0 down, however, Tottenham striker Kane halved the deficit in the 52nd minute with a clinical finish.Also read – Champions League: 10-man CSKA Moscow ride on Vlasic goal to stun Real MadridMessi shook his head in disbelief but soon silenced the home crowd again — this time side-footing inside the post from Alba’s cross to finish a flowing move he started.There was no let-up and after Kane worked hard to win the ball, Lamela gave Spurs another lifeline when his 66th-minute shot flicked off Clement Lenglet and past Ter Stegen.A gallant Tottenham side, missing the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen, almost levelled when Lucas Moura’s shot deflected wide but Messi ended their resistance after again being picked out by Alba.(With Reuters inputs)
Consultation Underway Into New Adult Guardianship LegislationConsultation Underway Into New Adult Guardianship Legislation
FOR BROADCAST USE Nova Scotians are invited to help shape new legislation to better protect the rights of vulnerable people under adult guardianship orders. Under Nova Scotia’s previous legislation, capacity to make decisions was an all-or-nothing condition and didn’t recognize that individuals may be able to make their own decisions in many areas of their lives. The new legislation will protect the rights of all adults to autonomy and self-determination, set out the duties and responsibilities of guardians and establish safeguards for individuals who are under guardianship orders. A number of stakeholders will have input into helping modernize the legislation. The province will replace the previous legislation with a modern guardianship law in the spring of 2017. -30- Nova Scotians are invited to help shape new legislation to better protect the rights of vulnerable people under adult guardianship orders. “We all want to live in a province where the rights of every Nova Scotian are respected,” said Justice Minister Diana Whalen. “This consultation is an excellent opportunity to listen to and take advice from the public, stakeholders and families who want their loved ones to be safe while having the maximum freedom possible.” The consultation will involve face-to-face meetings and input through an online survey. The survey is available at http://novascotia.ca/adultguardianship/. The deadline for submitting comments is Nov. 30. A guardianship order is a court order that appoints a person to make decisions for someone who is not capable of making decisions on their own. Under Nova Scotia’s previous legislation, capacity to make decisions was an all-or-nothing condition and did not recognize that individuals may be able to make their own decisions in many areas of their lives. The province will replace the previous legislation with a modern guardianship law in the spring of 2017. The new legislation will protect the rights of all adults to autonomy and self-determination, set out the duties and responsibilities of guardians and establish safeguards for individuals who are under guardianship orders. Targeted consultations are taking place with key stakeholders from the health, social services and legal sectors, as well as seniors, the disabled community and families with loved ones under guardianship orders. The province is especially interested in hearing from individuals with family members under guardianship orders, both past and present. Families who wish to participate in a focus group can contact Allyson O’Shea at 902-424-6094 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia ruled last spring that certain provisions of the previous legislation infringed on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court gave government one year to bring in updated legislation.
Weakening growth prompted RBI Guv to go for 35 bps rate cutWeakening growth prompted RBI Guv to go for 35 bps rate cut
Mumbai: Weakening of domestic growth impulses prompted RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das to opt for an unconventional rate cut of 35 basis points to push economic activities early this month, said the central bank on Wednesday. Two of his RBI colleagues and an independent member in the rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) had also favoured a 35-basis point reduction, against the normal practice of 25 or 50 basis points change, in the third bi-monthly monetary policy of 2019-20. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe other two members, both independent, in the six-member MPC had voted for a 25-basis point cut in the policy announced on August 7. In an unusual move, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on August 7 had reduced the benchmark lending rate by 35 basis points to 5.40 per cent amid concerns over slowdown in economy. Before this, the RBI had reduced the rate thrice, each time by 25 basis points. “In view of weakening of domestic growth impulses and unsettled global macroeconomic environment, there is a need to bolster dwindling domestic demand and support investment activity, even as the impact of past three rate cuts is gradually working its way to the real economy,” said the governor, according to the minutes of the MPC released by the RBI on Wednesday. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe governor said that with headline inflation projected to remain within the target over the next one year, supporting domestic growth by further reducing interest rates needs to be given the utmost priority. Given the current and evolving inflation and growth scenario at this juncture, it can no longer be a business-as-usual approach, he added. “The economy needs a larger push. I am, therefore, of the view that a reduction in the policy repo rate by conventional 25 bps will be inadequate. On the other hand, a 50 bps rate cut might be excessive and indicate a knee-jerk reaction,” he said. According to the minutes, Das further said “hence, at times it is apposite” to calibrate the size of the conventional rate adjustment, and he voted for reducing the policy repo rate by 35 basis points and for continuing with the accommodative stance of monetary policy. MPC members Bibhu Prasad Kanungo (RBI Deputy Governor), Michael Debabrata Patra (RBI Executive Director) and Ravindra H Dholakia (independent member) also favoured a 35-basis point cut in repo rate. Chetan Ghate and Pami Dua voted for a 25-basis points reduction in the repo or the short-term lending rate. While the RBI has lowered the repo rate by 1.1 percentage points in 2019, the banks are yet to pass on the entire benefit of lower interest rate to borrowers. Governor Das recently asked all banks to link their interest rate with repo for faster transmission of the central bank’s policy actions.
Chinese leaders promise tax cuts help for entrepreneursChinese leaders promise tax cuts help for entrepreneurs
BEIJING — News reports say Chinese leaders are promising tax cuts and more help to entrepreneurs in their 2019 economic plan amid official efforts to reverse a deepening slowdown in growth.No details were immediately released Friday following a three-day annual planning session by leaders of the ruling Communist Party. But news reports said the plan promises more reforms to state industry and efforts to reduce financial risks.News reports said the plan promises better access to credit and other help for entrepreneurs who generate China’s news jobs and wealth but are struggling.The economy faces pressure from weakening consumer demand, cooling exports and contractions in auto and real estate sales.The Associated Press
Pension advisory firms say Q4 stock plunge hurt definedbenefit plansPension advisory firms say Q4 stock plunge hurt definedbenefit plans
TORONTO — Two of Canada’s largest pension advisory firms say the financial health of defined benefit plans was eroded in the fourth quarter by a combination of weak stock markets and low long-term interest rates.Mercer Canada and Aon each concluded in separate reports Thursday that fewer than half of the country’s defined benefit pension plans were fully funded at the turn of the new year.Mercer Canada estimated that less than 30 per cent of Canadian defined pension plans were fully funded at the end of 2018, while Aon estimated 38.5 per cent of plans were fully funded as of Jan 1.The Mercer Pension Health Index — based on a hypothetical, model plan — dropped to a solvency ratio of 102 per cent at Dec. 31 from 112 per cent at Sept. 28 and from 106 per cent at the beginning of 2018.Meanwhile, the Aon Median Solvency Ratio fell in the fourth quarter to 95.3 per cent as of Jan. 1, 2019, a decline of nearly eight percentage points from the third quarter of 2018.A solvency ratio of 100 or more indicates a plan is fully funded while anything less indicates there would be some shortfall if a plan had to be wound up — often a worst-case scenario for defined benefit plans.David Paddon, The Canadian Press
Dikshit calls urgent meeting with DPCC working presidentsDikshit calls urgent meeting with DPCC working presidents
New Delhi: Delhi Congress Chief Shiela Dikshit has called an urgent meeting with the three working presidents of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee on Tuesday, a senior party leader said. The meeting comes in the backdrop of Congress mulling its options to align with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi in its bid to defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha elections, days after having unanimously decided to go it alone in Delhi. “An urgent meeting has been called with the three working presidents Devender Yadav, Haroon Yusuf and Rajesh Lilothia, at Diskhit’s residence,” a party leader said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The leader, however did not elaborate on the agenda of the meeting. Uncertainty has been persisting in the Delhi Congress over a pre-poll tie-up with the AAP after Dikshit and her three working presidents wrote to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi against the alliance. In a letter written last week, Dikshit along with Yusuf, Yadav and Lilothia protested a recent phone survey to gauge workers’ mood on the alliance.
By Al Jazeera EnglishIraq facing its biggest crisis since US forces withdrew in 2011, but President Obama did not announce a new US military commitment to Iraq in his statement on Thursday, June 12, 2014.
“The ongoing FSAP update is assessing potential vulnerabilities in the financial sector. The authorities should remain vigilant for systemic risks, and recommendations in the update can be used to strengthen the financial system further.“The Sri Lankan authorities have undertaken substantial macroeconomic policy adjustments to stabilize reserves. It will be important to continue macroeconomic stabilization and structural reforms efforts, in particular maintaining exchange rate flexibility while building international reserves, given the uncertain global outlook. A successor arrangement with the Fund would provide valuable support to the authorities in these endeavors.” Following the Executive Board’s discussion on Sri Lanka, Naoyuki Shinohara, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, stated: “The current monetary policy stance is appropriate, and monetary conditions should remain firm in the near term given high headline inflation and possible second-round effects. With a flexible exchange rate regime, monetary policy can increasingly focus on inflation control to achieve broader macroeconomic stability while allowing the exchange rate to act as a buffer for external shocks. Foreign exchange market intervention should thus be limited to smoothing excessive volatility, and steps should be taken to gradually deepen the foreign exchange market.“The slowdown in economic activity and declining imports are adversely affecting fiscal revenues, while interest payments on government debt are higher than budgeted. The authorities are committed to meeting their 2012 deficit target by restraining expenditure, but a redoubling of effort to strengthen revenue administration is needed. Furthermore, continued structural reforms are required to put state-owned energy enterprises on a sound financial footing. The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday completed the eighth and final review of Sri Lanka’s economic performance under a program supported by a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA).The completion of the review enables the immediate disbursement of an amount equivalent to US$ 415.0 million, bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to an amount equivalent to US$ 2.49 billion. “Following robust growth in the first quarter of 2012, activity has started moderating in response to policy tightening and weakening global demand. Headline inflation has increased, but core inflation remains relatively stable, while tighter monetary and credit policies have begun slowing credit and import growth. The external current account deficit is narrowing, and international reserves have stabilized.
WatchSNCLavalin slashes dividend 65 reports loss of 16 billionWatchSNCLavalin slashes dividend 65 reports loss of 16 billion
Reuters/Christinne Muschi Analyst Derek Spronck of RBC Dominion Securities advised investors to “keep calm and carry on.”“There remain lots of challenges ahead for SNC, but none of which we would view as insurmountable and more than reflected in the current share price,” he said in a research note Friday.Spronck held out hope for a remediation agreement — which would allow SNC-Lavalin to avoid criminal prosecution in exchange for fines and other penalties — in spite of the firestorm in Ottawa after the Globe and Mail reported the Prime Minister’s Office pressured former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to steer prosecutors toward negotiations with the company.A criminal case could result in a 10-year ban on bidding on federal contracts. SNC-Lavalin’s ability to bid would remain unaffected, at least directly, “during what could be a multi-year trial process,” Spronck noted.Analysts also pointed to a potential sale of some of the company’s 16.77 per cent stake in Ontario’s 407 ETR highway in 2019. The company has been mulling a partial sale for at least six months, which would hand it a slice of the $2.2 billion some analysts say the stake is worth.The company’s loss for its fourth quarter amounted to $9.11 per diluted share. That compared with a profit of $52.4 million or 30 cents per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017.Revenue totalled $2.56 billion, down from $2.92 billion.On an adjusted basis, SNC reported a loss of $1.31 per diluted share compared with an adjusted profit of 98 cents per diluted share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a loss of $1.19 per diluted share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. slashed its dividend by 65 per cent Friday as it reported a fourth-quarter loss of $1.6 billion.The troubled engineering and construction giant said it will now pay a quarterly dividend of 10 cents per share compared with its earlier payment of 28.7 cents per share.SNC-Lavalin has been at the centre of a political scandal in Ottawa over the company’s desire to negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement in connection with fraud and bribery charges linked to business dealings between it and Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in Libya between 2001 and 2011. Let SNC-Lavalin fail, if it must. Canada – and Quebec – will be fine Terence Corcoran: Trudeau’s inner circle was right to try sparing SNC-Lavalin’s life Woes pile up for SNC-Lavalin, company at centre of political storm The company also issued two profit warnings earlier this year related to problems at a mining project in Chile and its oil and gas business in Saudi Arabia.“The year 2018 was a disappointing year, as our mining and metallurgy and oil and gas segments underperformed,” chief executive Neil Bruce said in a statement Friday.Ongoing diplomatic tensions between Canada and Saudi Arabia have jeopardized future contracts in the Middle Eastern kingdom, Bruce said last month after announcing a $1.24-billion impairment charge related to SNC-Lavalin’s oil and gas business.The Jan. 28 announcement, combined with news about delays at the Chilean mining project and an arbitration loss in Australia, sent shares plummeting 27 per cent to close at $35.01, their lowest since September 2012.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has been at the centre of a political scandal in Ottawa over the company’s desire to negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement in connection with fraud and bribery charges in relation to business ties between it and Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in Libya.
Voters in Haldimand-Norfolk who are interested in hearing from the federal candidates first-hand have five events so far that they can attend.The Simcoe Rotary Club plays host to the first all-candidates forum over the noon hour Monday, Sept. 30, at the Simcoe Legion on West Street.The Rotary event kicks off a busy week for the federal parties as there are three more all-candidates events over the following three days.The second event is an all-candidates debate Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Simcoe Legion. This event gets underway at 7 p.m. and is hosted by the Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce.The forum the following night is at the German Home in Delhi. The all-candidates face-off Wednesday, Oct. 2, begins at 7 p.m. Sponsor of the event is the Delhi and District Chamber of Commerce.Thursday, Oct. 3, the focus shifts to Haldimand for an all-candidates event at the Hagersville Legion. This forum also begins at 7 p.m.The last local all-candidates forum at this point involves a debate on agricultural issues Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Agricultural Hall at 1084 Kohler Rd., west of Cayuga. The sponsor of that event is the Haldimand Federation of Agriculture.Some candidates will also be on hand for an informal, one-on-one meet-and-greet at Community Living Access in Simcoe Wednesday, Sept. 24. The event at 89 Culver St. is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Seven candidates so far have declared their intention to run in Haldimand-Norfolk in the Oct. 21 election.They are Lily Eggink of the Christian Heritage Party, incumbent MP Diane Finley of the Conservative Party of Canada, Brooke Martin of the Green Party of Canada, Kim Huffman of the Liberal Party of Canada, Ross Mogridge of the Liberatarian Party of Canada, Bob Forbes of the People’s Party of Canada, and Harold Stewart Jr. of the Veterans Coalition Party of Canada.Candidates have till Sept. 30 to file their paperwork with Elections Canada. The local Elections Canada returning office is located in the former Norfolk Board of Education building at the intersection of Hillcrest Road and West Street in Simcoe.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
Former UN refugee agency chief Sadruddin Aga Khan diesFormer UN refugee agency chief Sadruddin Aga Khan dies
“All in UNHCR and the entire humanitarian community are deeply saddened by the passing away of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. He left an indelible print on UNHCR’s history – leading the agency through some of the most challenging moments. Sadruddin’s name became synonymous with UNHCR,” said High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers, who received the news of the Prince’s death while on mission in West Africa.A statement issued by a UN spokesman said Secretary-General Kofi Annan was saddened to learn of the death of Prince Sadruddin, who was described as a “philanthropist and lifelong friend” of the United Nations. “He joins the Prince’s many friends around the world in giving thanks for the life of this remarkable and deeply generous human being,” the statement said.Prince Sadruddin became High Commissioner in January of 1966 at the age of 33 – the youngest person ever to lead UNHCR. Prior to becoming High Commissioner, he served for three years as Deputy High Commissioner. He was at the helm of the UN refugee agency during one of its most difficult periods, including the 1971 Bangladesh crisis, which uprooted 10 million people, the 1972 exodus of hundreds of thousands of Hutus from Burundi to Tanzania and the Indochinese boat people tragedy of the mid-1970s. In 1972, Prince Sadruddin played a key role in finding new homes for tens of thousands of South Asians expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin.After leaving UNHCR at the end of 1977 at his own request, he served in various capacities dealing with humanitarian situations in many parts of the world on behalf of the United Nations. These included Afghanistan and Iraq during the first Persian Gulf War. He was also a trustee of a number of charity organizations. He published several books and received numerous national and international decorations, including the French Legion d’Honeur and the UN Human Rights Award.Prince Sadruddin is the uncle of Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of 12 million Ismaili Muslims. He is survived by his wife, Princess Catherine Aleya Aga Khan.
Guterres lauds UN peacekeeping highlights need to bridge critical gapsGuterres lauds UN peacekeeping highlights need to bridge critical gaps
The Secretary-General also highlighted some “critical” gaps in UN missions that must be bridged, such as the urgent need in the Mali mission (MINUSMA), for armored personnel carriers and in CAR (MINUSCA) for 24/7 evacuation helicopters that can operate from remote areas.Elsewhere, armed utility helicopters are needed; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance units; quick reaction forces, and airborne medical evacuation teams.He urged everyone to contribute, with the assurance that “they will be utilized effectively and efficiently”.Mr. Guterres also pushed for triangular partnerships and joint contingents, in which one group of governments provides equipment and training, and another provides troops and police; training to address safety and security challenges; and better equipment and local engagement.“Women peacekeepers and civilian staff are essential”, he also stressed, flagging that the UN has “almost doubled the number of female staff officers and observers” since the November 2017 ministerial meeting in Vancouver.However, he noted that so far this year, women account for only four per cent of military peacekeepers, indicating that he would present a new strategy to the Security Council next month to increase the numbers of female uniformed personnel.“Only our continued strong partnership can help us advance lasting peace and protection for those we serve”, concluded the Secretary-General.,‘Proud to be at the helm of peacekeeping’Taking the podium, UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said that the more than 110 Member State participants gathered in New York, demonstrated “the deep and widespread commitment to peacekeeping, by Governments across the world”. He highlighted four priority areas to focus on “how we are fulfilling” A4P commitments, pointing first to the investment being made by the UN in solutions and developing regional peace process strategies.Citing several examples, such as partnering with the African Union in CAR on the February peace agreement, Mr. Lacroix said that “real progress” was being made.“We cannot achieve lasting peace without our partners” he stressed, appealing for support to political solutions and peace agreement implementation.Explaining that missions are being reconfigured to be more mobile and proactive, he said there were critical shortfalls, including a lack of helicopters, and other key resources that must be addressed.Thirdly, he pointed to the link between peacekeepers’ performance and their security, which includes “a renewed commitment” to implementing the concrete recommendations of A4P on improving the security of ‘blue helmets’.Finally, he outlined the UN’s strong commitment to increasing the number of women peacekeepers and ensuring women’s full and meaningful participation in political processes.“Increasing the number of women soldiers and police deployed to peacekeeping mission is an operational imperative”, Mr. Lacroix underscored, applauding those that have recruited, trained and nominated of female peacekeepers.The UN peacekeeping chief concluded by thanking the Member States for their “unwavering support”, saying “I am proud to be at the helm of peacekeeping, pride which is mirrored in each and every one of the women and men serving.” Secretary-General António Guterres opens the 2019 UN Peacekeeping Ministerial meeting to reaffirm and strengthen commitments to ‘blue helmets’ and others who work in peacekeeping missions across the world., by UN Photo/Cia PakAfter moment of silence for the 27 UN peacekeepers lost who lost their lives in 2018 and for “all who have died in the service of peace”, he stressed that making missions stronger and safer is a key element of his Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative, along with refocusing peacekeeping with more realistic expectations, and mobilizing greater support for political solutions.The UN chief thanked the more than 150 governments that have signed the Statement of Shared Commitments so far which, among other things, encompassed advancing political solutions and improving peacekeepers’ safety and security.“We are already seeing results”, said Mr. Guterres, pointing to a “significant reduction” last year in the number of peacekeepers killed, citing as examples the “more agile and more proactive” missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR); and “for the first time ever”, verified military units on standby, which can be deployed in less than 60 days.”@UN missions often represent the last & only hope for millions of people facing daily threats to their safety & basic rights. … it is in the hands of the gov’ts you represent to enable peacekeeping to live up to its ideals & needs of our time.” —Angelina Jolie #PKMinisterial pic.twitter.com/cjYVlSavk5— UN Peacekeeping (@UNPeacekeeping) March 29, 2019 Pledges announced at Peacekeeping Ministerial on Uniformed Capabilities, Performance and Protection Sweden – Specialized Infantry Company to MINUSMA for 2020; a Mobile Training Team to MINUSMA and courses at the Nordic Center for Gender in Military Operations.South Korea – Training pledges and offer to host the next Peacekeeping Ministerial meeting.Nigeria – Quick Reaction Force, Force Protection Company, Engineer Company, Signal Company or Military Police Company.Mexico – First ever Mexican military unit to UN peacekeeping operations (for 2020)Guatemala – Special Forces Company.Egypt – Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Company for MINUSMA, Special Forces Company.Ireland – Expand training support to other trooop contributing countries, including on first aid, disabling improvised explosive devices and mine awareness.Norway – Specialized Police Team to MINUSMA.Indonesia – Long-range Reconnaissance Patrol Unit for MINUSMA.Pakistan – New units and pledges to organize a Female Military Observers Course, Counter-Improvised Explosive Device training, and other trainings.El Salvador – Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Aviation Unit for MINUSMA.Rwanda – Infantry Battalion available for Rapid Deployment. “Across the decades, our peacekeeping operations have helped countries from Liberia and Sierra Leone to Timor Leste and Cambodia, transition from conflict to peace”, he said on Friday at the third key UN Peacekeeping Ministerial meeting, this time taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, to reaffirm and strengthen commitments to ‘blue helmets’ and others who work in peacekeeping missions across the world.“But,” he continued, “as conflicts become more complex and high-risk, our operations must keep pace”.
Ohio States Braxton Miller named 2011 National Freshman Performer of the YearOhio States Braxton Miller named 2011 National Freshman Performer of the Year
Ohio State freshman quarterback Braxton Miller was chosen Friday as the 2011 National Freshman Performer of the Year. The College Football Performance Awards organization selects its honorees based on the player’s improvement to the overall effectiveness of his team. During the 2011 season, Miller, who was not made available for comment, threw for 1,159 yards and completed 54.1 percent of his passes. Thirteen passes led to touchdowns, a freshman school record. Miller closed his first 10 games as a starter for OSU with season-high records against Michigan and Florida despite losses in both games. He threw for 235 yards at Michigan Stadium and earned a 78.3 completion percentage in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl. He also led the team in rushing with 715 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry on the season. Miller claimed team-best statistics when he ran for over 100 yards three times against Penn State, Indiana and Michigan. He also broke the record for the longest scoring run by a quarterback with 82 yards. Miller averaged 59.6 rushing yards and 96.6 passing yards per game. The award comes in the form of a crystal trophy that stands 22 inches tall and includes an eight-inch crystal football on top. Previous National Freshman Performer of the Year award winners include South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore in 2010 and Oregon’s LaMichael James in 2009. The Huber Heights, Ohio, native has been honored more than once for his efforts in the 2011 season. In December, Miller was awarded OSU football’s Archie Griffin outstanding offensive player award and voted the team’s most outstanding first-year offensive player by OSU coaches. The Big Ten Conference announced in late November that Miller would be the recipient of the 2011 Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year award as well. Miller, a communication major, tweeted a simple “Thank u !!” early Saturday morning.
Nightclub under fire for Kiss Cam promotion which encourages kissing strangers withoutNightclub under fire for Kiss Cam promotion which encourages kissing strangers without
But one unimpressed female patron said: “It’s not really affecting anyone if nobody wants to kiss me, but it’s affecting quite a lot of people to run an event centred aroundkissing strangers without their consent for free drinks. Bit of a difference there.”The promotion was defended by a male poster who said: “Where in the advertising or promotion of the event does it say you should kiss a person WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT? Bit of a leap don’t you think?” Rules are simple – get yourself on the big screen & neck on to win some free drinks! Tag a mate who would neck a munter for a free drink! pic.twitter.com/PiJUS98cUP— Kasbah Nightclub (@KasbahCoventry) November 11, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. We would urge all students to be active bystanders and challenge this behaviour wherever possibleStudents’ Union The University of Warwick’s Students’ Union described promotion of the Kiss Camevent as a stunt.It said it also encourages non-consensual sexual contact while the advert used sexist language, in reference to the disparaging term “munter”.However, online, the promotion attracted plenty of positive comments, with one woman saying “what is the difference between this and kiss cams at American football games? It’s just banter.” The Students’ Union (SU) said: “The SU thoroughly condemns the nightclub’s KissCam stunt, which encourages non-consensual sexual contact, the use of free alcohol as an incentive and sexist language in its promotion.”Though such measures sadly shouldn’t be necessary, we would urge all students to be active bystanders and challenge this behaviour wherever possible.”The nightclub has been approached for comment. A nightclub is under fire for offering free drinks to clubbers who “neck on with a munter” on camera, as critics say it encourages “kissing strangers without their consent”.The Kasbah in Coventry advertised its Kiss Cam night on social media, calling on clubbers to “Neck on, and win free drinks. It’s a win-win situation”.Advertising its “Kinky” Friday night event on November 11, the promo read: “Rules are simple – get yourself on the big screen and neck on with anyone nearby for your chance to win some free drinks!”Look out for our camera man in the main room from midnight onwards!”Tag a mate who would neck on with a munter for a free drink!”
Koniambo nickel commissioning support – control infrastructureKoniambo nickel commissioning support – control infrastructure
Gary O’Connell, Project Technical Director, along with Thierry Bonnet de Larbogne, KNS Process Control Manager, requested XPS Process Control group to assist in troubleshooting of the Profibus installations when problems were experienced during pre-operations testing. The Process Control group has two certified Profibus professionals (Alan Hyde & Phil Nelson) within the group. “Koniambo Nickel’s mine is already operating with the geological integrity of our resource forecasts intact. The ore-preparation plant and overland conveyer are in operation and the team is working to ensure we have 30,000 t of on-spec ore ready for the metallurgical plant by the end of the year.” A two week visit to the Koniambo site was made in August. This visit followed a brief visit two weeks earlier by a Profibus expert from Australia. The purpose of the XPS visit was to conduct further investigations of other Profibus networks to confirm the extent of the problems, and to determine if any other issues were present within the design and installation. Troubleshooting of digital communication buses requires different tools and techniques to traditional hardwired analog and discrete signals. One of the best tools for Profibus installations is Procentec’s ProfiTrace tool. This is a combination of software and hardware that allows a connection to be made to the bus to monitor the communications traffic. An integrated digital oscilloscope allows the quality of the electrical signal and the waveform to be analysed. Using this tool, XPS along with personnel from KNS and Hatch, were able to identify issues in other networks not previously tested. A number of tests were conducted to verify the behavior of different network topologies at various communication speeds, along with the effect of individual hardware components. Xstrata Nickel’s Koniambo project in New Caledonia is commissioning as it prepares for first ore by the end of 2012. The project design relies heavily on the use of Profibus DP, a digital communications bus, to link field instrumentation and electrical motor controls to the ABB Distributed Control System that is used for control and monitoring of the facilities. Ian Pearce, Chief Executive of Xstrata Nickel, said in November: “We are very excited about the progress being made at Koniambo, including the successful delivery of Line 1. It is a testament to our dedicated project and operation teams at Koniambo Nickel that we can now focus on moving to first production. “With the completion of Line 1, the majority of our construction resources will now be devoted to the second production line, which is forecast to be complete in the second quarter of 2013. Koniambo Nickel will ramp up to a steady state annual production run rate of 60,000 t of nickel in ferronickel within two years, by the end of 2014. Alan Hyde explains that digital communications buses such as Profibus have advantages in that they enable functionality such as remote configuration and diagnostics of devices from the same systems that are used to monitor the process value or status information. At the same time there are potential cost savings in installation as a single twisted-pair cable can be used to communicate to multiple devices. However the Profibus design guidelines must be adhered to, particularly with respect to communications speed and network topology, and the installation guidelines must be followed to ensure good signal quality and robustness to electromagnetic interference. Deviating from the guidelines makes communication errors very likely. At the end of the visit XPS was able to make a number of recommendations to improve the robustness of the Profibus networks and to achieve reliable communications – as intended by the design.