No Question of Hosting 2026 Commonwealth Games : IOA President Narinder Batra

first_img Commonwealth gamesCWGIndiaindian olympic association First Published: November 15, 2019, 5:41 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: There is no question of hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2026, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra said on Friday even as secretary general Rajeev Mehta reiterated that the prospect of doing so shall be one of the topics to be discussed at the meeting of the executive committee which is scheduled to be held on November 23.Mehta had said on Thursday after a meeting between the IOA top brass and delegates from the Commonwealth Games Federation, who had come to New Delhi to convince the IOA not to go through with its threat to give the 2022 CWG a miss, that India would in fact be interested in hosting the 2026 Games. “The withdrawal is still very much in discussion. So there is no question about hosting the Games,” Batra told IANS on Friday. Mehta, however, said that the topic of hosting will be discussed on November 23. “This was something that came up during the meeting and was never on the agenda beforehand,” he said.”The boycott will be discussed first in the executive committee meeting and then we will talk about 2026,” he said.The talk of giving the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games a miss was triggered by the fact that shooting, a sport that is a major source of medals for India, was excluded from its programme. last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo loses appeal against five-match ban after pushing referee

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo lost his appeal to the Spanish football federation of his five-match ban for pushing a referee after being sent off in the Spanish Super Cup first leg.Ronaldo was sent off in bizarre fashion, collecting a yellow card for taking his shirt off celebrating his spectacular goal before being shown a second for diving.Upset by referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea’s decision to dismiss him, Ronaldo shoved the official, which landed him in further hot water.RFEF issued Ronaldo with a 3,005 euro ($3,543.20) fine and a four-match suspension in addition to the automatic one-game ban the player was due to serve for his red card.Zinedine Zidane, on Tuesday, had showed his anger over the five-match ban imposed on Ronaldo.”I am annoyed. We are very annoyed. I’m not going to have a go at the referees, but when you look and see what happened, to think Cristiano is not going to play five games … Something happened there, I’m annoyed,” Real Madrid coach Zidane told a news conference on Tuesday.The 32-year-old will now miss Wednesday’s second leg versus Barcelona along with the first four La Liga games of the season.last_img read more

Sania suffering from knee injury

first_imgMumbai, Nov 12 (PTI) Ace tennis player Sania Mirza has said that she is suffering from a knee injury and would soon take a call on whether a surgery is needed or not.”It was tough year with partners getting injured, but I have a bit of a knee injury now. I have been off for about a month. I have couple of weeks to rest, just trying to get used to, I have to see if I need to have a surgery or not. (I have) a little bit of problem,” Sania said on the sidelines of the Indian Sports Honours.She added, “But all in all I still finished close to top 10, so I am happy with the year.”The tennis star was speaking on the red carpet of the Indian Sports Honours.Sania, the countrys finest woman doubles player, who began the year with the number one ranking, closed it at number 9.Meanwhile, Indias non-playing Davis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi has said that it was just a matter of time for young Ramkumar Ramanathan to break into the top 100.”Yuki (Bhambri) has been injured, but he will get back. Ram (Ramkumar Ramanathan) has his breakthrough season, next two years are big for him.”He is much younger, so we will give him some time. He is found a good coach and he is comfortable with Emilio Sanchez, so he is doing the right thing , so now it is just the matter of breaking into the top 100, Bhupathi told reporters.advertisementThe 23-year-old Chennai-born Ramanathan is currently ranked 148 in the mens singles as per the ATP. PTI NRB AH AHlast_img read more

Matured Adil Rashid is ready for Test cricket: Jonny Bairstow

first_imgEngland leg-spinner Adil Rashid’s selection for the first Test against India has given rise to a huge controversy, but his teammate Jonny Bairstow is confident that the bowler would be able to make a mark in the upcoming contest.Rashid was recalled to the Test side despite quitting red-ball cricket ahead of the 2018 county season and having not played a first-class game since September.The selection received criticism from former captains Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain, who termed it a dangerous precedent.Bairstow feels that Rashid would be excited to have got the England call-up for the Test series.”The biggest honour you can have is to go out and play Test cricket for England. It is an exciting challenge for him (Rashid), as for us all, going from white-ball cricket to red-ball cricket,” said Bairstow.Adil Rashid in controversial England comeback for 1st Test against IndiaRashid’s stunning delivery to dismiss India captain Virat Kohli in the ODI series had raised hopes of a comeback into the Test side and Bairstow welcomed the leg-spinner in the Test set up.”He has bowled me with plenty of leg breaks over the years,” said Bairstow, who has been playing with Rashid since his teenage days.”It is not just that one ball that he will get remembered for but the skills and the balls he bowled, his googlies, the way he has varied his pace, come over the top of the ball, round the side of it. His utilisation of his side spin and top spin was very impressive as well.advertisement”He obviously bowled really, really nicely in the one-dayers and the way the white ball has been coming out of his hand… it is an exciting call-up for him. He is delighted and I am really excited for him,” he said.I was kind of surprised: Adil Rashid reacts to England Test squad comebackRashid has not played any first-class game since September last but Bairstow feels the leg-spinner has enough maturity to deal with the challenges of adapting to the longer format after a gap.”I think he has matured a lot. If he is landing his leg spinner, if he is landing his googly, he just has to do it a few more times other than the 10 overs he has been bowling,” said the 28-year-old Bairstow who has played in 54 Tests since 2012.”At the same time people are not necessarily (going to) come at him as hard in red-ball cricket as they will in white so the shape he gets on the ball, the line he might bowl, the length he might bowl, might differ as well.”Michael Vaughan, Adil Rashid in bitter war of words over England selectionBairstow, himself, is excited to don his gloves again for the first match of the Test series at Edgbaston.”I enjoyed it this week being back at Headingley. The last time I kept before then properly was the last Test match so we have had a little bit of a break and a lay-off, but I don’t see that as too much of an issue,” said the 28-year-old, who had relinquished his wicketkeeping duties to Jos Buttler in ODIs.”It was good to get a bit of a break because it keeps your mind fresh, your body fresh, and it keeps that excitement and hunger to come back in and want to do well, keep pushing yourself and to keep having an impact on the game.”Talking about his game, Bairstow said: “I am happy with the way I have been playing. There are differences that are going to change from white-ball to red-ball. With the white ball I have been opening the batting, with the red ball I am bit further down, hopefully batting for a longer time and your roles differ.”I would like to hope that is something over the last ten years of playing, with the way my game is and evolving, that I have been able to modify those in different scenarios and different conditions against different opposition.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Tokyo, Singapore battle London to host ATP Finals

first_imgLondon, Dec 14 (AFP) Tokyo and Singapore are battling London to host the ATP Finals from 2021 to 2025, the governing body of men’s tennis announced on Friday. The shortlist for the end-of-season showpiece also includes the northern English city of Manchester and Italy’s Turin, while the London deal, which runs until 2020, could be extended. The announcement of the candidates follows an extensive bid application process that began in August, in which more than 40 cities worldwide expressed an interest in hosting the event. The final phase will see the ATP visit the cities, with a decision on the successful candidate to be made not before March 2019. “The level of interest we have received worldwide throughout the bid application process reflects the rich heritage of this unique tournament, as well as the success of the event at the O2 since 2009,” said Chris Kermode, ATP executive chairman and president. The ATP Finals were first held in Tokyo in 1970 and have been staged in some of the major cities around the world, including New York, Sydney, and Shanghai. Its longest stay in a single venue was across 13 consecutive editions at Madison Square Garden from 1977 to 1989 but it has been held at London’s O2 arena since 2009 — drawing more than 250,000 fans annually. The tournament has been won by many of the all-time greats, including Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.The season-ending event features only the world’s best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams following a year-long race to qualify. Federer and Djokovic were split at last month’s tournament, won for the first time by Germany’s Alexander Zverev, over whether it should remain in London.advertisement Federer, who has won the event a record six times, twice in London, said the British capital was the perfect fit. But world number one Djokovic, who has won the event five times — four times in London — said he was in favour of moving the tournament around to promote the sport. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Angelique Kerber recalls memories of hero Steffi Graf after Wimbledon win

first_imgUS sports The Observer Grass tends to extenuate Williams’s weapons, especially her howitzer serve and ground strokes. Kerber, however, feeds on power. And so many times she was able to absorb her opponent’s biggest blows and return them with interest. The fact the German hit 11 total winners to just five unforced errors told its own story.Understandably, Williams was disappointed. But when she looks back on this fortnight she will surely be flooded with overwhelming pride. After all, it was only 10 months ago that she needed an emergency C-section while giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, and she also suffered blood clots and other serious complications afterwards.The problems were not only physical. As she admitted in Being Serena, a recent documentary, they also lurked in her mind. “There’s no escaping the fear,” she said. “The fear that I might not come back as strong as I was, the fear that I can’t be both the best mother and the best tennis player in the world.”Perhaps after this defeat those worries will linger. But when Williams steps out on to court at the US Open she will surely be even hungrier and fitter – and, as usual, be the one player her opponents are afraid of most of all. For Williams’s previous six opponents it was honour enough to be on court on her. Kerber, though, believed she could beat her. But she admitted there was some nervy moments, particularly at the end. “I knew that I have to take my first chance because you never know with Serena,” she said. “She is always fighting until the last point.”Kerber started playing tennis when she was three but she was far from an overnight prodigy. It was as late as 2011 – when she was 23 – that she finally made her breakthrough, reaching the semi‑finals of the US Open as the world No 92. And when she became No 1 as a 28-year-old in 2016 she was the oldest women to claim the top ranking for the first time.At the final point she ran up to the Royal Box and hugged her coach Wim Fissette, who she turned to after a poor 2017 season dropped her down the rankings.Fissette, who has coached Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, Simona Halep and Jo Konta, is known as being very detailed and analytical. In their seven months together he has already improved the pep and variety on her serve and power in her ground strokes.“We tried to improve my tennis by being more aggressive,” Kerber explained. “We also changed my serve a little bit – and the fact I served good in the important moments was one of the key points in the match.”It helped, of course, that Williams was far from her best. So often when the American plays, tennis becomes a very simple equation: if she gets into her veracious groove she triumphs. Yet she never settled. By the end of the first set she had hit 14 unforced errors to 11 winners, and only won 14% of points on her second serve. The second set was not much better as she made a series of bizarre misses, including a drive volley in the final game. Serena Williams encouraged by her Wimbledon performance despite defeat Topics Support The Guardian In a seminal essay on women’s tennis, written in 1988, the year of Angelique Kerber’s birth, the novelist Martin Amis reckoned Steffi Graf was “something unbelievable on the tennis court, a miracle of speed, balance and intense athleticism. She looks like a skater but she moves like a puck”.Those words proved to be a near‑perfect fit description of Kerber’s deft 6-3, 6-3 dissection of Serena Williams. There were certainly several miracles of speed as she chased down shot after shot, forcing the American into numerous errors, as she became the first German to win a Wimbledon singles title since Graf in 1996.Graf was Kerber’s hero when she was growing up in Bremen. Since then the pair have become confidants who enjoy a glass of wine and a game of backgammon together, as well as being occasional practice partners. And Kerber also credits Graf with giving her the mental belief in 2015 that she could be a grand slam winner.Since then Kerber has won the Australian and US Open. But she admitted that defeating Williams, a 23-times grand slam winner, was something else. “My first memories were of watching Steffi here, winning all the matches,” she said, smiling. “I remember when I was watching her, that everybody was playing in white on the grass court.“But this is just amazing. I cannot describe this feeling because when I was a kid I was always dreaming for this moment. To win Wimbledon, it’s something really special.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Tennis Wimbledon 2018 news Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share on Facebook Angelique Kerber powers past Serena Williams to claim first Wimbledon title Wimbledon Share on Messenger Read more Serena Williams Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Twitter Since you’re here…last_img read more

9 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso: Paqueta a huge signing

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso: Paqueta a huge signingby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has included Lucas Paqueta in his squad for their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria.The former Flamengo attacker is now in line to make his debut today.“He’s smart, wide away, a player with very clear characteristics,” said Gattuso. “He seems more European than Brazilian, as he combines quality with physical strength, sprays passes around and always wants the ball. “We’ve made a huge signing.” last_img read more

Shipping Industry’s Morale Suffers Sharp Decline

first_imgzoom The morale in the shipping industry has fallen to the lowest level in the past six years, according to the Way Ahead Transport survey by Norton Rose Fulbright law firm.The battered optimism has been attributed to a fleet overcapacity in the shipping industry at a time of recorded downturn in emerging markets in Asia coupled with ongoing turmoil in Greece which is threatening the Euro zone.The survey shows that merely 33 % of respondents see the current market conditions as positive, a steep fall from 69 % recorded in 2014.“We have this huge overcapacity but a lot of shipowners are still going out and ordering ships,” Harry Theochari, the firm’s global head of transport, is cited by Bloomberg as saying.The survey shows that mergers and acquisitions along with joint ventures and pooling deals are to be expected in the next year as market players eye capital opportunities.Theochari estimates that consolidation, driven by both distress and the on-going corporatisation of the industry, is the natural next step for shipping businesses.The survey findings correspond to those released last week by shipping adviser Moore Stephens, saying that the overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell during the three months to May 2015 to a level equal to the lowest rating recorded in the past seven years.The low confidence levels stem from low freight rates and overtonnaging, with continuing doubts about private equity funding.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Darwinian cancer drug plan

first_imgA few days ago a global study projected that cancers are expected to rise from 17 million to 26 million between 2018 and 2040 and a large proportion of those patients are likely to use chemotherapy. Treatments such as chemotherapy sometimes fail because the deadliest cancer cells adapt and survive, causing the patient to relapse. Thus, the ability of cancer cells to adapt, evolve and become drug resistant is the cause of the vast majority of deaths from the disease and the biggest challenge we face in fighting it. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe good news is that the world’s first ‘Darwinian’ cancer drug programme may soon see the light of day. Developed by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), it is specially designed to tackle cancer’s lethal ability to evolve resistance to treatment and is to be launched in a £75 million state-of-the-art global centre of expertise in anti-evolution therapies in London. Scientists aim to harness evolutionary science within a new Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery to ‘herd’ cancers with anti-evolution drugs and combinations. They believe this new approach can deliver long-term control and effective cures, just as comparable approaches have with HIV. Also Read – The future is here!More cancer patients are living longer and with fewer side effects, but “unfortunately, cancer can become resistant very quickly to new drugs—and this is the greatest challenge we face”, says Olivia Rossanese, the newly appointed head of biology in the Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery. So, this programme focuses on meeting the challenge of cancer evolution and drug resistance through completely new ways of attacking the disease. The researchers at ICR have shown that it is possible to use artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced maths to forecast how cancers will react when treated with a particular drug. By selecting an initial drug treatment they have found they can force cancer cells to adapt in a way that makes them highly susceptible to a second drug or pushes them into an evolutionary dead end. The sequential use of cancer drugs would herd cancer cells which would either eradicate the disease or turn incurable disease into a manageable chronic condition. The ICR is also creating drugs to target cancers’ ability to evolve and become resistant to treatment. These drugs are being designed to stop the action of a molecule called APOBEC to reduce the rate of mutation in cancer cells, slow down evolution and delay resistance. Christine O’Connell, 46, from south west London, who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in February 2018 says that. “Treatingcancer as a chronic condition that can be managed on a long-term basis may seem a modest ambition compared to efforts to cure it entirely, but for patients like myself this would be a significant victory.”(The author is Information Manager, Environment Resource Unit, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Timorese force takes over policing duties from UN in eighth district

The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General noted that some challenges will still need to be overcome and pledged that the UN will step up its support, including mentoring members of the Polícia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL).“The long-term stability of the country depends to a large extent on the development of an effective and professional police service in which the community can have confidence,” Shigeru Mochida said at the handover ceremony, which was also presided over by Vice Prime Minister José Luís Guterres.“This is a big responsibility for all police officers, and we are all grateful to you for taking on this responsibility,” he added. The PNTL was established in March 2000 by the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), which was set up to assist the country during its transition to independence, which it attained in 2002.In the aftermath of the violence that erupted in 2006, a UN police force was established to maintain law and order in the country until the national police could be reorganized and restructured. The UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) was set up to oversee the process.UN Police will maintain their presence in the districts where the PNTL have resumed responsibilities to monitor, advise and support the national police, including in the area of human rights protection.The resumption process is being implemented jointly by the Government and UNMIT on a district-by-district basis following an assessment of the PNTL’s readiness to assume primary policing responsibilities. In addition to the districts that have been handed over since the process began last year, the PNTL has assumed responsibility for the administration and management of the Police Training Centre, the Maritime Police Unit and the Police Intelligence Service. 11 September 2010The Timorese national police force on Friday resumed primary policing responsibilities in Ermera, the eighth district to be handed over from the United Nations since the gradual transfer of security functions began in May 2009. read more

WatchMexico threw Canada under the bus with bilateral trade deal with US

OTTAWA — Canada and Mexico are dealing with lingering hard feelings over last summer’s surprise Mexican trade deal with the United States as their new continental trade pact awaits a final stamp of political approval.Two weeks ago, the head of a visiting delegation of Canadian parliamentarians told the newly installed Mexican foreign minister his country threw Canada “under the bus” last August when it forged a bilateral trade deal with the United States during the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.A top Mexican trade official tells The Canadian Press that while there may have been a misunderstanding, the U.S. side deal was the work of the previous Mexican government, and Canada and Mexico’s new leaders are moving forward constructively. Not ratifying NAFTA will be a ‘catastrophe,’ U.S. trade czar says, as U.S. works to lift metals tariffs Half of Canadian executives say old NAFTA better for our economy than USMCA Canada won’t ratify new NAFTA until steel and aluminum tariffs lifted, warns key U.S. Senator The side deal between the U.S. and Mexico appeared to blindside the Trudeau government, forcing Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to abort a three-country trip to Europe.Canada and U.S. negotiators reached an 11th-hour agreement that was signed two months later on Nov. 30 by the country’s three leaders — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump and former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, who was on his last official day in office.The deal must now be ratified by the legislatures of all three countries, but with turmoil in Washington, and a slowly-shuttering political window in Ottawa with a fall federal election on the horizon, that is far from certain.Moreover, Canada and Mexico insist the Trump administration will have to lift its punishing tariffs on their steel and aluminum exports, which the mercurial president imposed under a controversial national security clause in U.S. trade law both countries say was illegal.Canadian and Mexican politicians have been holding a series of regular meetings and exchanges, including a two-day session of parliamentarians in Ottawa this week, and a gathering of the ParlAmericas group, a network of legislators from 35 Western Hemisphere countries, earlier this month.The head of Canadian ParlAmericas chapter, Liberal MP Bob Nault, expressed Canada’s dissatisfaction about last August’s Mexican side deal with the country’s new foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, during the organization’s Mexico City meeting earlier this month.President Donald Trump shakes hands with Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, as Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, looks on after participating in the USMCA signing ceremony, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS “We did say very clearly in our last meeting in Mexico with the foreign affairs minister that we were frustrated with the feeling that Mexico was sort of moving away from the trilateral agreement,” Nault said in an interview.Nault said he was concerned about “the way it unfolded at the end,” and a perception “that Canada got thrown under the bus by Mexico.” He said that represented a break from “what we originally felt was the approach, that is, Mexico and Canada had to be very close to each other to make sure we got a good deal for our countries and make sure the U.S. didn’t overtake us.”The Canadian Press has previously reported, citing anonymous sources, that Freeland gave Mexican negotiators an upbraiding over their bilateral deal during an August meeting in Washington.“I think it’s getting better,” Nault said this week of the relationship. “Overall, we both have the same position: we want the tariffs removed. We want them removed now. We want to move forward with ratification.”Luz Maria de la Mora, Mexico’s deputy trade minister, acknowledged the past Canadian complaints, but she said the two countries are moving forward constructively.“That was part of the negotiation process … right now, it’s over,” de la Mora said in an interview.“The previous administration in Mexico was responsible for doing that. But at the end of the day, it might have been the case that it actually helped the process.”The Mexico-U.S. side deal marked the start of nearly two months of intense talks between Canadian and American negotiators because the Trump administration imposed a Sept. 30 deadline for Canada to sign on to the U.S.-Mexico pact or potentially be cast adrift.De la Mora succeeded Juan Carlos Baker, one of Mexico’s top negotiators, when the new Mexican government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was sworn in on Dec. 1.Lopez Obrador won the Mexican presidency in July, branding himself a socialist reformer dedicated to ending decades of corruption and improving the plight of Mexican workers. His term didn’t begin until Dec. 1, which left a window for the Pena Nieto government to finish negotiating a trade deal that Lopez Obrador would have to sell to his country’s lawmakers.During the transition, members of Lopez Obrador’s team joined the Mexican negotiators, but de la Mora said they acted as observers, not participants. She said that extended to the Mexican decision to move forward with a bilateral deal with Canada.“We were not involved in that decision at all,” de la Mora said.“If at some point during the negotiations there were misunderstandings or miscommunications, those moments are over.”She cited the fact that half a dozen of her cabinet colleagues visited Ottawa in November before they were sworn in, in order to forge a good working relationship.“It would be very positive that the three countries have this agreement approved this year, really. It would be something that would send a really good signal to the markets.” read more

GFMS sees coppers underlying fundamentals bringing higher prices each year out to

first_imgPrecious metals consultancy GFMS reports in its 3-Year Copper Forecast – August 2009 publication that although prices have slipped by around 5% since the recent high of $6,419/t, the underlying fundamentals are still there. On an average annual basis, it expects higher copper prices each year out to 2012. It also said that a strong recovery in consumption coupled with slower mine production (and by implication refined production) growth have caused it to predit an 88,000 t deficit for 2010. In addition to the direct impact of the improvement of the fundamentals on prices, the swing of the market to deficit (as well as the improvements in the wider commodities complex) is also expected to trigger additional investor interest in the metal, which will further boost prices. In 2010 it forecasts copper cash prices to top $7,500/t, averaging $6,500/t.Inevitably, the focus of the market in late July/early August has been on the impact of investment funds. However, there has been support from the underlying fundamentals. The tightness stems from the shortage of concentrate. GFMS forecasts that global concentrate production will decline by 1.6% this year following no growth in 2008. Latest developments in spot treatment charges reflect this situation, and the decline in spot treatment charges is sending ‘bullish’ long-term signals to the copper market. In the key Chinese market, spot TC/RCs in early August have fallen to $20/t from $40/t in June and $90/t at the beginning of the year.The deficit is expected to persist throughout the rest of the forecast period, and its magnitude in fact grows in 2011 and 2012, to 121,000 t and 176,000 t respectively. It should be noted that not all of the inventory reduction will take place on the LME as GFMS believes that there has been a build of unreported inventories within China. Therefore its supply-demand balance projections suggest that LME inventories will trend lower over the forecast period but may not reach the levels of under 100,000 t briefly seen in the recent bull market.Its 2009 figures have been revised on account of strong Chinese consumption, coupled with expectations for a recovery outside of the country to commence late in the year. This has led the consultancy to predict marginal growth for the full year in terms of demand. The forecasts for production, in contrast, remain more or less unchanged. As a result, it has reduced its forecast of the likely surplus for 2009 to just 245,000 t from an earlier estimate of 441,000 t.The 245,000 t surplus forecast for the year does not, in GFMS’view, necessarily contradict the decline in LME inventories registered this year-to-date as much of that material found its way into unreported inventories, largely in China. As these inventories begin to weigh on the local market, it expects imports into China to fall, resulting in LME stocks beginning to once again rise. Indeed this has already started, with initial import data for July (which covers both metal and products) showing a 15% month-on-month decline.Coupled with some profit-taking by investors, this will drive a decline in copper prices in the short-term. Nevertheless, as the trends in supply and demand are clearly suggestive of a noteworthy improvement thereafter, this is expected to be short lived, with funds and end user front-running triggering a move to deficit in 2010, setting a positive trend for the price from Q4 this year. At that stage, the consultancy would not be surprised to see prices topping $6,500/t and generating a Q4 average of $6,000/t, resulting in a full-year figure of $4,900/t.last_img read more

Womens Junior WCh 2014 Russia and Korea for the title

handball finalKorea HandballRussia handballrussia vs korea handballSouth Korea handballwomen’s junior world handball championship Russia and Korea will meet at the final of the Women’s Junior World Championship 2014 in Croatia. Two teams secured places in the battle for the gold after quality performance in the semi-finals. Russia beat Denmark 31:29 (17:13), while Korean girls had no problem with Germans 28:24 (15:11). Korea reached the first Junior final since 1991, while Russian girls will try to repeat success from Youth WCh, when they won the gold two years ago…Romania and France will play for the fifth place. Romanian girls beat Hungary 25:24, while France won against Netherlands 31:25. ← Previous Story QATAR 2015 DRAW: The strongest and weakest possible groups are… Next Story → VfL Gummersbach begin preparation for season 2014/2015 read more

Is Greek coffee the secret to long life

first_imgDrinking Greek coffee could help people live longer by warding off heart disease, a study by researchers at the University fo Athens has found. But drinking coffee is a deeply embedded social tradition in Greek culture which made it imperative to probe on this island of ‘high life-expectancy’. The researchers at the University of Athens have carried out the study and found that drinking a cup of coffee everyday improves elasticity of the arteries, which can stave off heart disease. The study analysed 485 people with high blood pressure between 65 and 100 who live on the Greek island of Ikaria, an island renowned for the longevity of its residents. Dr Christina Chrysohoou, who led the study, said there was conflicting evidence about the effect of coffee drinking on heart health, with some research showing it aggravated high blood pressure. “But drinking coffee is a deeply embedded social tradition in Greek culture which made it imperative to probe on this island of ‘high life-expectancy,” she said. In the study, the subjects’ arteries were assessed for distensibility – or elasticity. The 56 per cent who were moderate coffee drinkers consuming between one and two cups a day, had best arterial health, with their blood vessels behaving like those found in younger people. Their arteries were more elastic than those measured in people who drank little or no coffee. Around one in 10 who drank three or more cups a day had the least elasticity. Dr Chrysohoou said moderate coffee drinkers were drinking strong Greek coffee but other types might work as well. She suggested that ingredients such as caffeine and antioxidants may partly improve arterial function by increasing the ability to take up nitric oxide, which is impaired in hypertensive patients. The findings were released at European Society of Cardiology Congress in Stockholm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le Diatryma un féroce prédateur de lEocène était en fait végétarien

first_imgLe Diatryma, un “féroce prédateur” de l’Eocène était en fait végétarienPubliant leurs travaux dans la revue Paleontology, des chercheurs américains ont étudié des empreintes de pas fossilisées laissées par le Diatryma, un oiseau géant de l’Éocène réputé carnivore. Ils suggèrent ainsi que cet animal était en fin de compte un paisible végétarien.Avec ses 2,13 mètres de haut, son énorme tête et son bec puissant, le Diatryma, oiseau géant de l’Éocène inférieur incapable de voler, est communément décrit comme un féroce prédateur dans les ouvrages scientifiques et les médias populaires. Un comportement notamment confirmé par le fait que le premier squelette a été découvert à côté d’ossements fossiles de mammifères modestes. Ces derniers avaient alors été interprétés comme les restes de ses proies. Toutefois, il n’en serait rien si l’on en croit une nouvelle étude.À lire aussiL’effrayante attaque d’un crabe de cocotier sur un oiseauEn effet, des chercheurs de l’Université du Washington à Bellingham ont récemment étudié les traces de pas fossilisées – uniques – que l’oiseau a laissées dans le grès de Chuckanut, dans l’état de Washington (États-Unis) voici 55,8 à 48,6 millions d’années. De leurs observations, ils ont alors que l’oiseau était… probablement végétarien. Comme ils l’expliquent dans leurs travaux, l’absence de traces de griffes du type ‘raptor’ sur ces empreintes ne cadre pas avec un régime carnivore. “[Ces traces] montrent clairement que ces animaux n’avaient pas de griffes longues, mais des ongles assez courts. Cela plaide contre l’idée d’un animal qui attrape des proies et utilise ses griffes pour les maintenir. Les oiseaux carnivores ont tous de longues griffes pointues”, explique le paléontologue David Tucker cité par la BBC. Mais là n’est pas la seule remarque anatomique qui ne colle pas avec un comportement carnivore puisque le Diatryma (également appelé Gastornis) possédait également des pattes courtes, peu faites pour courser des proies. Il était également dépourvu d’extrémité crochue à son bec – comme en arborent tous les rapaces, ce qui les aide à maintenir les proies ou à déchirer les carcasses. “Un scénario plus probable est celui d’un paisible Diatryma qui utilisait son bec pour manger le feuillage, les fruits et les graines des forêts subtropicales qu’il habitait”, conclut ainsi George Mustoe, autre membre de l’équipe.Le 1 décembre 2012 à 15:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vancouver Tennis Center has two sets of triplets picking up racquets

first_imgThe answers spurt out simultaneously, all three kids speaking in unison.“10.”“Gresham Arthur Academy.”“Fourth.”“Since we could walk.”Patrick, Haley and Lauren Wood have a tendency to respond to inquiries at the exact same time, which is fitting since they were born close together. The 10-year-old triplets from Gresham, Ore., aren’t just unique because triplets represent fewer than 0.1 percent of annual births in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.They’re also unique in that they just so happen to be one of two sets of triplets currently honing their tennis skills at the Vancouver Tennis Center.There’s also Camas residents Amelia, Madeline and Fiona Chang, all 4, who picked up the sport after having fun at the tennis center during a Halloween party last year.Siblings playing tennis isn’t anything new. Sisters Serena and Venus Williams have won individually and have accrued 14 Grand Slam Women’s Doubles titles. Bob and Mike Bryan, identical twins, won an Olympic gold medal for doubles in 2012. But as Wendy Chang, the mother of the Chang triplets, points out, pairing three siblings is a conundrum.“I don’t know what they are going to do about tennis,” Chang said. “There’s three, so you’re missing one if you play against each other. If you’re playing doubles, you have one extra. I’ll have to figure that out.”last_img read more

Man shot and killed in El Cajon police investigating

first_img EL CAJON (KUSI) — A man was shot to death Saturday in El Cajon.At 5:44 p.m. El Cajon Police Department received calls on shots fired on Emerald Avenue.Authorities found a Hispanic male with gunshot wounds at the scene, and were unable to resuscitate him.Emerald Ave will be closed between Chambers and Washington while ECPD finishes its investigation.No further information was available. Man shot and killed in El Cajon, police investigating Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter September 29, 2018 Posted: September 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Engine Failure Forces USCG Cutter to Return to Dutch Harbor

first_imgThe Coast Guard Cutter Sherman had to return to Dutch Harbor a few days early this week. The cutter and its crew were forced to turn back from a regular patrol in the Bering Sea when one of the ship’s diesel engines malfunctioned.Download AudioThe vessel’s public affairs specialist Alex Oswald says the coast Guard Cutter Sherman has a long history.  It was first launched in 1968. “So the ship’s very, very old.” Oswald is a Junior Officer on board. “It’s actually on its way out. This class of ship is call the legend class cutters and they’re in the process of being replaced.  This one is one of the last ones t be decommissioned.”The Sherman has two turbines and two main diesel engines.  Oswald says one of those engines failed. “I can’t disclose the specifics of what happened, but basically we just had a problem with the engine. We couldn’t get it to work the way we wanted it to, so we shut it don completely and we were just operating on one engine, so we had to come into port to fix the problem.”Oswald says equipment was shipped into Dutch Harbor as part of the repair work.  He wasn’t able to say if some of that work was contracted locally.The Sherman is home-ported in San Diego.  In 2001, it became the first coast guard cutter to circumnavigate the globe. The ship and its crew are in Alaska this summer to enforce fisheries regulations and provide search and rescue support. They are slated to depart again Monday.last_img read more

Khaleda Zia taken to court from BSMMU

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on way to a makeshift court at the abandoned central jail from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on Thursday. Photo: Sajid HossainBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was taken to a makeshift court at the abandoned central jail from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Thursday to be produced before it for hearing of Niko graft case.A black SUV carrying Khaleda reached the old central jail in the capital’s Nazimuddin Road around 11:40am, reports news agency UNB, quoting jail sources.Following the hearing, she will be taken back to the jail, they said.Several police vehicles escorted her to the abandoned central jail from the hospital in the morning.On Wednesday, the law ministry issued a gazette notification saying that the trial of Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia and others accused in the Niko corruption case will be held at a makeshift court in Old Dhaka central jail.The ministry issued the gazette notification transferring the court citing security reasons.According to the gazette, room no 7 of the old central jail’s administration building will be the venue for the makeshift court.Meanwhile, a huge number of police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Detective Branch (DB) of police and Ansar members were deployed in and around Nazimuddin Road to maintain law and order as well as security.Khaleda Zia was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) after prison authorities shifted her there from jail on 6 October for better treatment in response to a court order.On 4 October, the High Court directed the government to immediately admit Khaleda Zia to the BSMMU and form a 5-member medical board afresh for her treatment.Khaleda Zia was in the abandoned Dhaka central jail at Nazimuddin Road since she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on 8 February this year.last_img read more

Texans Star JJ Watt Breaks Left Leg Against Chiefs

first_img Share Twitter User @LA_BroadusTexans player JJ Watt has a tibial plateau fracture and will miss the rest of the season.J.J. Watt broke his left leg on Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, leaving the Houston Texans without one of their biggest stars for the second straight season. The team announced that he sustained a tibial plateau fracture. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year returned this season after missing the last 13 games of last season after his second back surgery. He played every game in his first five seasons in the NFL before his injury last year. “I feel terrible for the guy,” O’Brien said. “But … just knowing him and knowing the type of guy that he is, he’s an amazing human being. And he will work extremely hard to be back to play for this football team. I know that.” Houston linebacker Whitney Mercilus was also injured in the first quarter and was ruled out with a chest injury. O’Brien said he was concerned about his injury, but did not provide any further details on it after the game. Veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph said it was difficult to see two key members of the defense go down on the same drive. “You think about it because obviously you’re human and you feel for the guy and it’s obviously a loss and it makes you do different things on defense,” he said. “But at the end of the day you’ve got to continue to play. It’s got to be the next guy up mentality you’ve got to always have … I’m not saying we’re going to replace J.J.’s level of play but the next guy’s got to step in and pick it up.” Watt was injured while being blocked midway through the first quarter and fell to the ground. The defensive end remained on his hands and knees for a couple of minutes while trainers checked on him. They flipped him onto his back and were looking at his left leg. He was then helped to his feet and looked to be in a lot of pain and didn’t appear to be able to put any weight on the leg as he was helped off the field by two Texans officials. He remained on the sideline under a tent for a few minutes before being taken to the locker room on a cart. About 30 minutes later, television footage showed Watt walking on crutches to an ambulance before sitting on a stretcher, being moved into the ambulance and taken away. The 28-year-old Watt had 15 tackles this season, but didn’t get a sack in five games. He had 1 ½ sacks last season, after leading the NFL with 17 ½ sacks in 2015 and finishing second in 2014 with 20 ½. The Texans know that it’s a big blow to lose a player of his caliber again, but they have to figure out a way to move on like they did last year when the defense allowed the fewest yards in the NFL despite his absence. “He’s a big piece, but … you’ve still got to step up and play,” nose tackle D.J. Reader said. “Somebody’s got to go out there and play. Nobody feels sorry for you. The other 31 teams in the league don’t feel sorry for you.”last_img read more