Roelant Oltmans to be India hockey coach till Olympics

first_imgHigh Performance Director Roelant Oltmans was on Saturday appointed coach of the Indian hockey team, replacing Paul van Ass, who was unceremoniously sacked after a bitter spat with Hockey India president Narinder Batra.The 61-year-old Dutchamn, who has been associated with Indian hockey for close to three years now, will be at the helm of affairs at least till next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.The decision to appoint Oltmans was taken at a meeting between Sports Authority of India’s director general Injeti Srinivas and Batra.”Oltmans has agreed to be the coach till the Rio Olympics and we would want him to continue after that,” Batra told reporters after the meeting.Batra said that Van Ass’ ouster was a disappointing chapter but it was important for Indian hockey to move ahead.”We should move ahead, coaches come and go. We want to look ahead and prepare the team for the Olympics. we will talk to Oltmans about his requirements regarding the support staff and will give all possible assistance,” Batra said.Earlier on Friday, a nine-member committee headed by Olympian Harbinder Singh, formed to decide Van Ass’ future, recommended that the Dutchman should not be continued.Van Ass blamed an “autocratic” Batra for his ouster and said the recommendation to remove him did not come as a “surprise” to him.Oltmans has been associated with Indian hockey for nearly three years and to add to it, the players also gel well with him and some have even aired their views of handing the reins of the team to the Dutchman after Van Ass’ ouster.advertisementVan Ass, who was appointed at the end of January this year, was awarded a three-year contract till 2018. The World League semifinals in Antwerp, earlier this month, was the Dutchman’s second assignment with the Indian team.last_img read more

Rani Mukerji debuts baby bump

first_imgMumbai, Sep 13 (PTI) Actress Rani Mukerji, who tied the knot with filmmaker Aditya Chopra last year, has been pictured sporting a baby bump. The latest pictures, showing her baby bump in a floral maxi dress, however, confirm her pregnancy. Rani and the YRF honcho filmmaker secretly married in Italy on April 21, 2014. It is the first marriage for Rani, 37, while Aditya, 44, who is known to be a very private person, was previously married to Payal Khanna but they got divorced in 2009. In her 16-year-old career, Rani has given many hits including “Saathiya”, “Hum Tum”, “Veer Zaara”, “Bunty aur Babli”, “Black” and “No One Killed Jessica”. PTI PSH BKlast_img read more

6 tips for working from home (and one great grilled cheese recipe)

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Working from home seems so glamorous when you’re stuck in a more traditional work environment. You don’t need to get dressed. There’s nobody around to bug you, check up on you, or tell you what to do. And you can make grilled cheese for lunch every day!Then it happens: you look around your home office and realize, well, it’s pretty lonely here. And wearing these pajamas every day has really been stifling your productivity. That daily grilled cheese probably isn’t helping either.So, how do you work from home without losing your mind or in turn, driving your family insane? I’ve been doing this for 5 years from an 800-square-foot Brooklyn apartment and I didn’t even have a home office or spare closet to convert. Here’s what I consider to be essential to making your home-office employment a positive experience:**1. Get dressed. Seriously **Whenever I delay getting ready for too long, I can feel my energy levels sink, and my entire day winds up being less productive. One of the perks of working for yourself is that there’s no dress code, but for the love of all that’s holy, please mandate some sort of regular attire for yourself other than the clothes you sleep in.2. Have a designated office spaceThere’s something about sitting in a chair, at a desk, with your feet on the floor that lets your brain know you’re in “work mode”. Even if you live in a small studio, create your work space in a corner or keep your table clean and ready for your laptop. A space that has a door and doesn’t offer a view of the dirty laundry or dishes is best.3. Get out of the house at least once each dayYes, I’ve been guilty of not leaving my house for 2 days or more. It’s just so easy to do. But those days wind up leaving me anxious, so I make sure to take a walk, run an errand, or work in a coffee shop. Don’t let the “I’m so busy” excuse prevent you from getting fresh air daily, as your mind and body physically need it to function at peak performance.4. Exercise when you wantIt’s such a blessing to be able to take that noon yoga class and not panic about getting back to your desk if the class goes too long. Try to make exercise a priority in your routine, and commit to doing what you enjoy when you enjoy it at least 2-3 times a week.5. Interact with othersJoin a coworking space, create a mastermind group, or just schedule a regular hang with your fellow work-from-home entrepreneurs. This doesn’t have to be expensive at all, just a way for you to be around people who understand your situation. I introduced a small group of Brooklyn-based female entrepreneurs to each other, and we take turns hosting a brunch each month. It’s been happening for years and I always look forward to hearing their updates and challenges, while offering them my resources and empathy!Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a member6. Take advantage of working from homeYou have to take time to do the special things that would only be possible working from home. For me, it’s all about buying a ticket to a Wednesday matinee or knowing that I can spend the afternoon on a Tuesday in a playgroup with my daughter. You obviously can’t do this all the time because you’ll never get your work done, but on occasion it’s worth having to play catch up on nights and weekends, in order to do the things you’d have to get permission (or use vacation days!) to do previously.If you’re not yet at the point where you’re working from home, but you dream about it often, join me for the free broadcast of Ditch Your Day Job on June 11-12th right here on CreativeLive.Want more tips on how to conquer the freelance life? Join our Hive: **Freelance Lifestyle: Best Practices **for tips on taking care of your health, prioritizing, staying productive but sane, and much more!Michelle Ward will help you transition out of a soul-sucking job and into work that feels like play. Her work has been featured in New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, the Forbes Top 100 Websites for Your Career list, and more.last_img read more

Las áreas protegidas en Guinea Ecuatorial se incrementaron en un 60 por ciento, según nuevo Atlas

first_imgReducción del solapamiento entre concesiones forestales y áreas protegidas: El área de solapamiento entre la superficie forestal legalmente protegida y las concesiones forestales disminuyó significativamente en la última década. Entre 2002 y 2013, la superficie total de solapamiento bajó de 129.816 hectáreas a 11.234 hectáreas, debido principalmente a la conversión de concesiones forestales en áreas protegidas. La gestión eficaz de estas áreas protegidas ayuda a garantizar la permanencia de estos valiosos bosques para las generaciones futuras.La mayoría de las concesiones forestales más grandes están bajo el control de empresas extranjeras: En julio de 2013, 11 empresas madereras operaban en 48 concesiones forestales en Guinea Ecuatorial. La mayoría de las concesiones estaban bajo dominio de empresas de Malasia, Líbano, Corea, y China, con socios de alto nivel nativos de Guinea Ecuatorial, tal como lo requiere la ley. Solamente los permisos para talar árboles, que son más pequeños, están exclusivamente en las manos de ciudadanos de Guinea Ecuatorial.Importantes avances en el tema de la transparencia de la informaciónUn vistazo en el Atlas Forestal Interactivo de Guinea Ecuatorial revela que la superficie oficial asignada por la explotación maderera ha disminuido cada vez más en los últimos 15 años. La publicación del Atlas Forestal, en sí, es un paso adelante muy importante. El Atlas Forestal es la primera plataforma abierta de información para el sector forestal de Guinea Ecuatorial, lo que representa un gran paso hacia la transparencia, la coordinación y el acceso a la información para todos las partes interesadas.El Ministerio de Agricultura y Bosques (MAB) y el Instituto de Recursos Mundiales (WRI), tienen planes para actualizar la información del Atlas Forestal regularmente, así como para fortalecer la capacidad de los usuarios para utilizar la información y propiciar acciones positivas a nivel local. Con información transparente y actualizada constantemente, Guinea Ecuatorial puede continuar su progreso y mejorar la gestión de sus bosques.PARA MAYOR INFORMACIÓN: Haga click aquí para ver el Atlas completo, los mapas interactivos, y un póster. Read this blog post in EnglishLire ce blog post en FrançaisEn Guinea Ecuatorial, los bosques son como la sangre que da la vida. Los bosques se expanden aproximadamente sobre el 98 por ciento de la superficie total del país y sustentan a cientos de miles de ecuatoguineanos. A pesar del papel fundamental que desempeñan los bosques, el país carecía de un sistema de información integral para monitorear y gestionar sosteniblemente estos ecosistemas de manera efectiva, hasta ahora.En colaboración con WRI, el Ministerio de Agricultura y Bosques (MAB) de Guinea Ecuatorial publicó recientemente el Atlas Forestal Interactivo de Guinea Ecuatorial Versión 1.0. El Atlas documenta el uso de suelo en el país durante los últimos 15 años, y constituye la primera fuente de información abierta en el sector forestal del país. El Atlas Forestal revela algunos resultados prometedores que parecieran indicar que la gestión forestal de Guinea Ecuatorial ha mejorado en los últimos años. Por ejemplo, los áreas protegidas aumentaron, mientras y las concesiones forestales se redujeron.El Atlas Forestal Interactivo de Guinea Ecuatorial (AFI GE)El Atlas Forestal es un sistema de información dinámica, que combina el uso de la teledetección, los sistemas de información geográfica (SIG) y la verificación de campo para monitorear y gestionar los bosques de Guinea Ecuatorial. A través de una combinación de aplicaciones de cartografía interactiva, visualización de la información, informes analíticos, capacitación local, y campañas de información y diseminación, el Atlas Forestal ofrece a los usuarios acceso a información oportuna, precisa y coherente sobre la situación de los bosques de Guinea Ecuatorial. El Atlas Forestal muestra las principales categorías oficiales de uso de tierras forestales en una sola plataforma: entre otras, las concesiones forestales, áreas protegidas, bosques comunales, así como las áreas donde estos usos se superponen. Proporcionando una visión más completa del sector forestal de Guinea Ecuatorial, el gobierno y otros tomadores de decisiones pueden fomentar una gestión forestal más responsable en el país.Lanzar El Atlas Forestal Interactivo de Guinea EcuatorialLos tres principales hallazgos del Atlas Forestal Versión 1.0La primera versión del Atlas proporciona 15 años de información sobre la asignación de tierras forestales. La información revela tres conclusiones principales, algunas de las cuales representan un avance con respecto a la gestión sostenible de los bosques.Las áreas protegidas se incrementaron y se redujeron las concesiones forestales: Entre 1997 y 2013, la superficie total de áreas protegidas aumentó 392.023 hectáreas (63 por ciento), mientras que las concesiones forestales, es decir la superficie designada para la explotación forestal, disminuyó 930.000 hectáreas (56 por ciento). Parte de este cambio se debe al reciente auge petrolero del país, que causó un cambio económico desfavoreciendo la extracción maderera y la silvicultura de subsistencia. Esta situación también es un reflejo de los cambios en la política oficial, en particular la aplicación de la Ley Forestal de 1997 y la Ley sobre Áreas Protegidas del año 2000, que disuaden la gestión forestal enfocada en la extracción madera, y fomentan una gestión forestal más integral y sostenible.last_img read more

Clemson Landed A Surprise Signee Today

first_imgDabo Swinney speaks on the sideline.ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers already had a top recruiting class heading into National Signing Day, but Dabo Swinney’s team got a surprise boost on Wednesday with one player’s unexpected decision.Three-star OL Kaleb Boateng raised some eyebrows when he revealed he was committing to Clemson, despite previously having Maryland, Arizona, and FAU in his top three schools list.Boateng revealed in an interview with 247Sports that a recent conversation with Dabo Swinney on FaceTime was followed by an offer from Clemson.“Coach (Brent) Venables called me and told me to send him my transcripts and test scores,” Boateng said. “Later that night when I landed, I FaceTimed with coach Swinney and coach Venables, and they said they wanted to offer me.”Even though Boateng had not visited Clemson since March, he admitted that it reminded him of his high school.“In all honesty, Clemson kind of reminds me of my high school,” Boateng said. “Not in the winning aspect but more like the morals and standards of the school and football program. There’s a great emphasis on academics and the coaches are genuine. Everyone on the team is really treated as equals.”Boateng did not allow a sack in 13 games with Fort Lauderdale this past season.[247Sports]last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Gulbadin Naib rues Rashid Khan’s absence after 7-wicket loss to NZ

first_img scorecard commentary India Today Web Desk TauntonJune 9, 2019UPDATED: June 9, 2019 02:13 IST Williamson and Latham took NZ to victory against Afghanistan (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets on SaturdaySpinner Rashid Khan couldn’t bowl after being hit on the head while battingJimmy Neesham was the star for NZ with the ball picking 5 wicketsAfter Afghanistan’s 7-wicket loss to New Zealand in their 2nd match of World Cup 2019, their captain Gulbadin Naib said that he missed the services of star-spinner Rashid Khan who couldn’t take the field during New Zealand’s chase after he was hit by a bouncer from seamer Lockie Ferguson.Having failed two concussion tests, the Afghan team management decided to rest Rashid as a precautionary measure but the team could only pick 3 Kiwi wickets as NZ completed a comfortable victory. Naib also conceded that Afghanistan ‘were not great in the field’ and that contributed to the defeat.”We started really well. Hazrat and Noor were great with the bat. We misread the length of the ball, some of us batsmen, and we threw our wickets away early. So credit to the Kiwi bowlers. We have to play out 50 overs, and it is important for us to stay at the wicket. Our bowlers started well. The wickets did not support the fast bowlers, so we missed out on Rashid. I just tell the boys to keep calm and show a little more composure in the middle. We missed out on saving some boundaries too and we were not great in the field, so we have a long way to go – the improvement at this high level of cricket will happen day by day,” Naib told Star Sports after the match.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was pleased with his side’s ‘outstanding’ effort and singled out James Neesham and Lockie Ferguson for special praise.advertisement”It was an outstanding effort. There are some world-class players in the Afghan side. I have played with a number of them for a few years. They got off to a good start and it was important to build some pressure in the middle overs, and the way the seamers came back in the middle-overs was fantastic – pace, bounce and a bit of movement did it for them. Lockie doesn’t need a lot of encouragement to turn up the speed. He has been fantastic in the three games so far. The left and right-arm combination helps up top and Neesham hitting the wicket hard with the bounce, pace and the movement – the same with their opening bowlers. The fielding, I think, was great from us. The batting improved from the last match. We have chased three games in a row and we are trying to chase some of the lower targets on surfaces that, if you’re put under pressure, you can pick up wickets. It is important to build partnerships in those situations. Every game you play, you set out to win it, and it’s great to have three wins in a row to start with. We have a couple of days off now, and then we have India after that so we need to adapt to new venues, which is the nature of tournament sport, but the guys will be looking forward to it,” said Williamson.James Neesham who was adjudged the Man of the Match for his best-ever figures of 5/31 said that earlier he had ‘let a few external voices affect’ his bowling but against Afghanistan, he went back to his ‘forte’ of ‘hitting the deck hard’ which yielded expected results.”Pretty pleased with my performance today. Afghanistan put us under pressure very early with the bat, but we knew we had the ability to dent them even after the start they got. The chase was clinical, obviously. Our home conditions are lower and slower, but the bouncy conditions suited me personally, to be honest. I let a few external voices affect my bowling, and I went back to my forte today – hitting the deck hard, and not trying to swing the ball too much,” said Neesham.Also Read | World Cup 2019: New Zealand retain top spot after dominant win over AfghanistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan fails concussion test after blow to head in New Zealand gameFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Gulbadin NaibFollow Rashid KhanFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow James Neesham Next No data available! advertisement view more view less World Cup 2019: Gulbadin Naib rues Rashid Khan’s absence after 7-wicket loss to NZA blow to the head while batting meant Rashid Khan couldn’t bowl a single ball during New Zealand’s chase of 173 as Afghanistan succumbed to a second successive loss in World Cup 2019 graphslast_img read more

Financial Services Sector in Halifax Adds Due Diligence

first_imgCastle Hall Alternatives, the hedge fund industry’s leading provider of operational due diligence, is expanding in Halifax with plans to create up to 50 new positions. The province is supporting the growth with a six-year payroll rebate to a maximum of $1,422,900, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), and up to $150,000 through the Department of Economic and Rural Development, for training. “Castle Hall offers investors an independent due diligence solution,” said Chris Addy, CEO of Castle Hall Alternatives. “In Nova Scotia, we can access an experienced and stable pool of accounting and investment talent to support our ongoing growth.” The company focuses on the operational risk of an investment made by a person or company. It assesses how and where the fund is invested and the risk, helping clients make better investment decisions. “This is another important investment in jobs and a stronger economy,” said Bill Estabrooks, acting Minister of Economic and Rural Development. “We’re proud to be investing in a company that sees the importance of training and fostering new graduates and young professionals in our province.” “Castle Hall’s expansion builds on the financial services sector by adding diversity and growth,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business, Inc. “There are few markets where an individual can work for a world leader in due diligence, and Nova Scotia is now one of them.” Nova Scotia is Canada’s university capital and produces graduates in accounting, finance and business from countries around the world. It was this talent base, combined with the province’s growing reputation as a centre for hedge fund expertise, that attracted Castle Hall. Castle Hall managing directors Gillian Scott and Lori Barton, both chartered accountants and CFA Chartered Financial Analystcharterholders, head up Castle Hall in Nova Scotia. Both returned to the province after extensive experience in international finance outside Canada. Castle Hall Alternatives helps leading institutional investors, fund of funds, family offices and endowments identify and manage hedge fund operational risk. Castle Hall’s team draws on more than 30 years of direct due diligence experience and is the industry’s largest, dedicated provider of operational due diligence. For more information, visit www.castlehallalternatives.com . Nova Scotia Business, Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. For more information, visit www.novascotiabusiness.com/castlehall. The Industrial Expansion Fund helps industries with innovation and technology, and contributes to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. The fund helps protect jobs and support businesses to be more competitive and sustainable. It provides financial support, such as loans and guarantees, when many traditional sources are reluctant to do so.last_img read more

Were you turned on by this at all RCMP officer asks Indigenous

first_imgThis underage teenager was interrogated by police for more than two hours after filing a sexual assault complaint. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTNHolly Moore and Brittany GuyotAPTN NewsVideo obtained by APTN Investigates shows a Kelowna RCMP officer interviewing an under-aged Indigenous teen for more than two hours after she reported a sexual assault while in care of the B.C child welfare system.APTN is protecting the victim’s identity.The youth is left alone with male officers throughout the two and a half-hour video from March 2012 and when female workers from the ministry are present, they are not supporting her except to offer her a hamburger.According to a recent interview with the woman, the alleged sexual assault by an acquaintance was first reported to the youth’s foster parent who took her to hospital.Kelowna RCMP constable interviewed the alleged victim for more than two hours The officer also points out inconsistencies in her statements.These included whether she told the alleged assailant “no” during the time when he was kissing her or when he was taking her clothes off.He also asks her why she stayed in the assailant’s home and took the bus with him.No charges were laid against the alleged perpetrator of the assault, something sadly unsurprising to the woman today.“I think a lot of Aboriginal women can relate to this,” she said. “Maybe now that there is video evidence of how police treat victims something will be done about it.”Punished for reporting assaultA statement of claim filed in March 2019 by the youth in the video claims she was punished for reporting that sexual assault.Court documents obtained by APTN say social worker Siobhan Stynes, and the youth’s then-foster parents accused the youth of falsifying the incident “for an excuse for using drugs.”It also alleges that “no meaningful investigations were carried out surrounding the circumstances of the sexual assault.”Read More:Social worker accused of punishing Indigenous youth for sexual assault allegation while in foster parentB.C. social worker sought out Indigenous high risk youth because no one would adequately safeguard their interests says claimThe video was released as the result of a Notice of Application to disclose all investigation notes in a civil suit against the Ministry of Child and Family Development, social worker Riley Robert Saunders and supervisor Siobhan Stynes.The lawsuits, including one class action, describe an alleged scheme where youth had joint bank accounts with Saunders and their funds were siphoned off, exposing the young people in care to homelessness, drugs and exploitation. The allegations have not been proven in court.Watch: APTN Investigates reporter Cullen Crozier profiled some of the cases in Broken Trust.APTN has reached out to the RCMP, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Robert Riley Saunders and Siobhan Stynes and has not heard back.@aptnnews-with files from Cullen Crozier Police briefly interviewed her and then she was brought into the West Kelowna RCMP detachment the next day for questioning with two ministry workers.She said a male officer immediately took her into an interview room and started to barrage her with questions.“I felt very alone in there,” she told APTN. “There was no parental support for me there at all. I was terrified.”“Were you at all turned on during this at all? Even a little bit?” the officer said. “You understand that when a guy tries to have sex with a female and the female is completely unwilling it is very difficult.”In one exchange, he appears to question how hard she tried to fight during the alleged assault.“Go over again with me how did you try and get him to stop,” he said. “Did you scream ‘no’ did you say ‘get off me’, did you say ‘this was rape? I need you to stop?’”“I don’t remember, tried to get my legs around him to try and get him to stop,” she said.“Okay… um I don’t know how that would work, if he’s having intercourse with you and your legs are flat.” the constable answered.center_img At one point the constable asks the teen if she is lying and if she knows the “seriousness” of what she is reporting.“Do you know what could happen to people who are accused of that?” he said. “They could go to prison for up to 14 years.”“You do understand making a report to police that is false is a crime,” he added that, “it’s not something we joke around with just so you know.”He also accuse the teen of lying to avoid getting in trouble with her foster parents.“Is one of the reasons why you came up with this is because you thought you might be pregnant and you thought you might need the pill?” he said.“It’s because I had just gotten taken advantage of and I didn’t consent to it,” she answers.The officer asks the teen why she asked the alleged perpetrator to wear a condom during the attack“Because I already knew it was going to happen and there was no escaping it,” she said to which he answered  “what does that tell me about your level of consent and your level of denial?”last_img read more

Braden Road closed due to collision

first_imgEyewitnesses tell us the Taylor Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance and the RCMP are all on scene.  Taylor Fire Rescue was dispatched to the collision before 8:30 a.m. Monday.Drivebc.ca says an alternate route around the collision is using the Semple/Mason 237 road.The next update on the status of the road will be provided at 11 a.m. UPDATE as of 11:00 a.m. – The road is open to single lane alternating traffic.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Braden road is closed due to a collision.According to Drivebc.ca, the Braden road is closed 5km west of Highway 97 due to a collision.  There is no estimate on when the road will open again.last_img read more

Grains higher livestock lower

Wheat for Sept. rose 15 cents at 4.9075 a bushel; Sept. corn was up 6.75 cents at 3.9950 a bushel, Sept. oats gained 7 cents at $2.6550 a bushel; while Aug. soybeans advanced 3.25 cents at $8.5025 a bushel.Beef and pork lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Aug. live cattle was off .22 cent at $1.0765 a pound; Aug. feeder cattle fell 1.6 cents at $1.3962 a pound; while Aug. lean hogs lost .53 cent at $.7627 a pound.The Associated Press

BC residents accused of 60million fraud involving company with no employees

B.C. residents accused of $60-million fraud involving company with no employees VANCOUVER – A British Columbia brother and sister committed US$60-million in fraud in a far-reaching scheme stretching to Taiwan, China and the Republic of Georgia, the B.C. Securities Commission alleges.The commission issued a notice of hearing against Winter Huang and his sister Vicky Dancho and two B.C.-incorporated companies alleging fraud and illegal securities distribution.Huang was a director and controlling mind of Pegasus Pharmaceuticals Group Inc., and Careseng Cancer Institute Inc., while Dancho was a director, CEO and president of Careseng Cancer, according to the commission.It alleged that between 2008 and 2012, Pegasus Pharmaceuticals issued $36.4 million in bonds to Taiwanese investors that included guarantees from Careseng Cancer of repayment of principal at maturity.“Huang and Dancho knew, or ought to have known, that these guarantees were false as Careseng Cancer had no operations, no employees, no revenue, and less than US$50,000 in assets,” the commission said in a news release Friday.Hearing dates have not been set so the allegations have not yet been tested at a hearing before the commission nor in court.The commission said that between 2011 and 2012, Pegasus fraudulently raised about US$15.4 million purportedly for projects in the Republic of Georgia and US$11.1 million for a project in China.Only about US$2 million went toward the projects, the commission alleged.“Instead, Pegasus Pharmaceuticals used the remaining investor funds to make payments to earlier investors, pay commissions to Pegasus Pharmaceuticals bonds sales agents, and for Pegasus Pharmaceuticals’ operational costs unrelated to the projects.”Huang and Dancho are also accused of illegal securities distribution. The commission alleged the pair sold $56 million in securities without a prospectus — a document outlining a company’s business plan, audited financial statements and executives’ names.A prospectus allows investors to make informed decisions and it is illegal to sell securities without one unless special exemptions are sought. Huang and Dancho did not seek any exemptions, according to the commission.Pegasus declined to comment through its lawyer, Owais Ahmed.Anyone who has invested with Pegasus or has information is asked to contact the commission. by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 29, 2016 4:09 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The Vikings And Ravens Are In For A Rude Awakening

5-411.5 Does schedule strength matter for 3-0 teams? 0-910.0 2-710.8 4-511.3 6-311.5 3-610.9 1-810.9 Opponents’ combined record is through the first three games of the seasonSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com OPPONENTS’ COMBINED RECORDTEAM’S AVERAGE TOTAL WINS The Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings are both 3-0 to start the year, two of just five undefeated teams remaining in the NFL. But given the way that both teams have played so far, there are a lot of questions about how sustainable their success will prove to be as the season continues.Let’s start with the Ravens. Although 27 other teams wish they had Baltimore’s record, I’m not sure 27 other teams wish they had Baltimore’s team. Being 3-0 is great, but the Ravens have managed to achieve their perfect record while racking up about as few style points as possible.All three of Baltimore’s games have been close, with the team winning by a combined total of just 13 points. And its three opponents were Buffalo, Cleveland, and Jacksonville — teams with a combined 1-8 record, all of whom ranked in the bottom six of last week’s ESPN Power Rankings. In fact, we noted back in July that the forgiving schedule should help Baltimore get off to a strong start.What does history say about 3-0 teams that feasted on bad opponents? From 1990 to 2015, 63 teams started the season 3-0 against opponents that, like Baltimore’s foes, went 1-8 through three weeks.1I filtered out teams that were 3-0 after 4 weeks because I wanted to keep opponents’ records consistent. On average, those teams finished with 10.9 wins — only a little worse than teams who had beaten better opponents: So maybe the Ravens’ easy schedule isn’t a big concern, but it is smart to be worried about their low points differential. The Ravens have the worst points differential of any 3-0 team since the 2004 Jaguars, who eventually finished the season 9-7. From 1990 to 2015, there were 119 teams that went 3-0 through three weeks, and only four of them — the 2004 Jaguars, 1999 Patriots, 1993 Eagles and 1991 Bears — had a lower points differential than Baltimore does this year.If we use a simple linear regression between a 3-0 team’s points differential through three games and its final win tally, we’d expect Baltimore (at +13) to win 10 games, implying that they’d go only 7-6 the rest of the way.2It takes about 36 additional points of differential to translate to one more projected victory. The best-fit formula to project season-ending wins among 3-0 teams was: 9.61 + 0.028 * points differential. (The R-squared was 0.22.) Things were even worse for the 10 lowest-ranked 3-0 teams by points differential: That group averaged just 6.3 wins over the rest of the season. So although Baltimore should be happy with its 3-0 record, a low points differential against a cupcake schedule is enough to fuel skepticism about the team’s chances right now.The Vikings’ success so far is based on equally unsustainable performances. They’ve compiled their 3-0 mark despite gaining only 796 yards of total offense, becoming only the fifth team since 1990 to start 3-0 with fewer than 800 offensive yards.3They joined the 2012 Cardinals (787 yards through three games), 2004 Jaguars (654), 1998 Dolphins (750) and 1990 Raiders (793). Only one other team this year has played three games4The Saints, who have 795 yards of offense, play their third game of the season tonight. and produced fewer than 800 yards of offense: Los Angeles, with 788 — and it’s never a good thing to be compared with the Rams’ lowly offense.Minnesota ranks last in rushing yards per game and rushing yards per carry, so the running game hasn’t powered the Vikings’ undefeated start. The offense is also in the hands of quarterback Sam Bradford, who hasn’t managed many long stretches of competent play over his career. So how have the Vikings raced out to 3-0?Bradford has a passer rating of 107.8 this year, far above his career rating of 81.6, but two games of solid play don’t overshadow a career of underachievement. (His 22nd-place ranking in Total QBR also suggests that his lofty passer rating will come down to earth soon.) The biggest reasons for Minnesota’s success, then, have little to do with the offense and a lot to do with a fluky scoring performance from its defense and special teams, as well as a sky-high turnover margin.In terms of fluky scoring, so far this season, Minnesota has scored as many return touchdowns5Defensive and special teams touchdowns, which come from punt and kick returns as well as from fumbles and interceptions. (three) as it has offensive touchdowns, and that trend is unlikely to continue. Even good defenses and special-teams units can’t produce return touchdowns every week. Last year, Seattle and Arizona were the only teams with at least three return touchdowns through three games, and they combined for just five more the rest of the season. Digging deeper into history, from 1990 to 2015, there were 22 teams with exactly three return touchdowns after three games, and those teams averaged only 3.3 more return touchdowns the rest of the year.As for the turnovers, the Vikings have an NFL-best +8 margin in that department through three weeks, and that trend is also unlikely to continue. From 1990 to 2015, 74 teams had a +6 or better turnover margin through three weeks. On average, those teams averaged +7.1 more takeaways than giveaways through three games, but they finished the year with a +9.5 margin. That means that over the remaining 13 games, those teams only had about 2.4 more takeaways than giveaways. Some of the Vikings’ early-season success has been built on performances that are simply not sustainable.The good news for Minnesota? Last year’s Broncos showed that a defense-driven team can still win a Super Bowl, even when paired with a below-average offense. The Vikings’ defense leads the NFL in sack rate, and the run defense is allowing a mere 3.5 yards per carry. So it would be unfair to describe Minnesota’s 3-0 start as entirely fluky, even if that’s an accurate term for how the team has scored half of its touchdowns. That said, the Vikings have just two runs of 10 or more yards this year, tied with Jacksonville for the fewest in the NFL, and zero runs of 15 or more. And with only six passing plays of at least 20 yards, Minnesota ranks among the bottom three in the NFL in that category, too.In other words, despite their 3-0 records, Minnesota and Baltimore are each playing with no margin for error right now. Eking out close victories or winning with turnovers and returns can work for a short while, but both methods are cause for plenty of doubts about the teams’ ability to be serious title contenders.CORRECTION (Sept. 26, 11:15 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the number of games that Sam Bradford has played through the first three weeks of the NFL season. It was two games, not three. read more

What is Novichok The Salisbury poisoning nerve agent thats more potent than

One of Novichok’s developers – a Russian scientist Vil Mirzayanov who fled to the US after turning whistle-blower – has said one of the variants had no known cure. Variants of the nerve agent Novichok are reported to be up to eight times more effective than VX nerve gas, that was deployed in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in February 2017. The nerve agent that poisoned Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia and now a couple in Amesbury is one of the most deadly chemical weapons ever developed and was produced in secret by the former Soviet Union. Scientists at the defence laboratory at Porton Down, just seven miles from Salisbury,… 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. read more

Lucky Friday silver mine is back in production

first_imgThis week, Hecla Mining Co announced that its Lucky Friday mine in Idaho’s Silver Valley has resumed operations and production, and expects to produce some 2 Moz of silver in 2013. “Hecla is pleased to report that with rehabilitation work complete on the Silver Shaft, and with necessary clearance from MSHA, the mine has resumed operations, with initial production of silver concentrates expected in February. Production levels are expected to ramp up during the first half of the year, and we expect to reach normal production levels by mid-year,” said Hecla’s President and Chief Executive Officer Phillips S. Baker, Jr. “The 12 months of down time at Lucky Friday allowed work crews to improve many aspects of the mine’s operations. Besides cleaning and improving the efficiency of the main Silver Shaft, we upgraded mining methods; conducted supplementary training; hired additional safety experts, mine management and engineering staff; and purchased $2.3 million in new equipment, including mechanised rock bolters, which will be used to implement new ground control measures. In all Lucky Friday working areas, as well as at all of Hecla’s other operations, we strive to meet or exceed the National Mining Association’s CORESafety Program, which is the industry benchmark for operations and safety implemented in 2009, as well as all MSHA-approved guidelines. I’d like to thank everyone who played a role in the Lucky Friday rehabilitation for their hard work, dedication and attention to detail,” Baker added.The company has recalled all employees necessary for Lucky Friday to reach full production. All employees, both returning and new, have received supplemental safety training, with enhanced procedures for risk assessment and accident prevention designed to improve existing safe work practices. Work crews have completed the bypass drift at the 1,800 m level, around an area impacted by a rock burst in December 2011. Ground support has been upgraded for over 12 km of underground workings; these upgrades include, in appropriate areas, the incorporation of recently developed ground support bolting products. Current production is coming from #10 stope and #11 stope, located on the intermediate-vein package and 30-vein, respectively.Hecla has spent a total of $29.8 million on the rehabilitation of the Silver Shaft and an additional $26.2 million on other Lucky Friday capital projects unrelated to the shaft renovation.Crews at Lucky Friday resumed work in the first quarter on the #4 Shaft project, designed to access extensions to reserves, resources and additional exploration targets with a goal to increase annual silver production to approximately 5 Moz from Lucky Friday. To date, $90 million has been invested on the estimated $200 million project, with completion estimated in early 2016.As previously reported in December, the Lucky Friday mine was notified of potential PPOV (Potential Pattern of Violations) status by MSHA for citations issued in late 2011 and early 2012, prior to the Silver Shaft rehabilitation and other work done at the mine in the past year. The Company continues to work with MSHA and expects to work through the PPOV process.Hecla is a leading low-cost US silver producer with operating mines in Alaska and Idaho and exploration and pre-development properties in four worldclass silver mining districts in the US and Mexico.last_img read more

Steam ending support for Windows XP SP1

first_imgDigital games services haven’t really been around long enough to have to deal with the phasing out of older operating systems. However, Steam looks to be one of the first to start limiting the support it offers to users still relying on decade-old versions of Windows.Valve has decided to stop supporting Steam running on Windows XP with Service Pack 1 (SP1) after August 31. A decision the company says will only impact 1% of its 40 million Steam users.The good news is, it’s a simple case of applying a free Microsoft update to SP2 in order to continue getting Steam support and updates for your machine. And when SP2 stops being supported, there’s always SP3 to install, so you’re covered for a while yet.Inevitably Windows XP support will stop completely eventually, but the way in which Steam functions means it shouldn’t really impact your ability to play the games you already own. If you have a working version of Steam on an old machine now, it isn’t going to suddenly stop working for your existing games. If you want to keep that machine for playing games, you can always install Steam on another, more modern OS and access the same games when your old hardware eventually stops working.In fact, you’ll probably face the issue of not being able to play new games long before Steam support ends for your OS. Remember, Microsoft didn’t implement support for more recent versions of DirectX on Windows XP, so if you want to play a game that uses DirectX 11 for example, you’re going to have to upgrade anyway.Valve’s Steam team isn’t going to get any less busy in the near future even if older operating system versions are losing support. Steam for Mac has been up and running for a couple of years now, and it looks likely to be joined by Steam for Linux before 2012 is over.via CVGlast_img read more