Neymar can’t play for PSG until his future is clear: Thomas Tuchel

first_img Indo-Asian News Service ParisAugust 24, 2019UPDATED: August 24, 2019 23:14 IST Neymar’s future at PSG continues to be uncertain (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNeymar last played with PSG on 11 MayNeymar is likely to be benched for Ligue 1 game vs ToulouseNeymar may end up staying staying at PSG due to lack of convincing offersNeymar will not play with Paris Saint Germain until his future is resolved, coach Thomas Tuchel said on Saturday.Neymar has fully recovered from an injury he sustained in early June while on international duty with Brazil, Tuchel said during a press conference ahead of Sunday’s Ligue 1 game against Toulouse.”The position of the club is that if the situation is not clear, he cannot play…If the situation is clear tomorrow he can play, if not, he can’t,” Tuchel added.The former Barcelona player has trained “in good spirit” with the rest of the team, “but on the other hand, there is his situation with the club, which is the same,” Tuchel continued.He declined to comment whether or not Neymar being ruled out from the top-11 would mean that he would leave the club, saying that this is a question for the sporting director Leonardo.Tuchel admitted that the uncertainty surrounding Neymar “does not help” the team, but he downplayed its effect because “everyone knows things are this way” and that “this always happens with big players”.Neymar last played with PSG on 11 May.Tension between the club and Neymar have started to fizzle as the Brazilian is most likely staying at the French powerhouse due to a lack of convincing offers, French newspaper L’Équipe reported earlier in the day.The newspaper considered several meetings between Neymar and Leonardo in recent days a sign of this change.Relations between the two have been stormy since the arrival of Leonardo, who publicly criticized Neymar for returning from vacation one week late.advertisementBut relations between the club and the player have been tense since PSG president, Nasser al-Khelaifi, said in an interview published on 18 June that he wanted players who dedicate themselves to the club.No one had forced Neymar to join PSG, al-Khelaïfi said, adding that he was well aware of the project.This brewing tension has extended to the stands, evident a few weeks ago when some PSG fans chanted slogans against the Brazilian forwa’d during PSG’s first Ligue 1 game against Nimes at the Parc des Princes stadium.Both parties, however, want to put all of this behind them.”There is no war anymore, exchanges are open,” L’Equipe cited a source inside the club as saying.This does not mean that Neymar does not want to leave PSG anymore, but he is aware that PSG has not received offers anywhere near its expectations at least for now with a little over a week to go before the end of the summer transfer window.Neymar, according to the newspaper, has put pressure on Barcelona to meet PSG’s expectations.The Catalan club president, Josep Bartomeu, has vowed to readjust his offer, which would include players besides cash money.One of the hypotheses published by media outlets suggests Neymar would join Barça on a one-season long loan contract that would include a purchase option for 170 million euros.The operation would involve French international Ousmane Dembele joining PSG on’loan.Barcelona’s nemesis Real Madrid is also interested in the 27-year-o’d, something Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane has hinted at.Also Read | Crystal Palace hand Manchester United their 1st defeat of Premier League seasonAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow NeymarFollow PSGFollow Thomas TuchelFollow Barcelona Neymar can’t play for PSG until his future is clear: Thomas TuchelNeymar, who has fully recovered from an injury he suffered in June, has not played for Paris-Saint Germain this season amid rumours of link-up with Barcelona. advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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2,000 to Benefit from Atlanta Health Mission

first_img Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities Health Mission to offer free health care to 2,000 St. James residents. A delegation of 30 medical practitioners, nurses and volunteers will arrive on October 5. Approximately US$11,000,000 worth of medical supplies and services have been donated. Story Highlights Some 2,000 residents of St. James and surrounding areas are expected to benefit from free medical care through the Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities Health Mission.A delegation of 30 medical practitioners, nurses and volunteers will arrive in the island on Saturday, October 5, to participate in the three-day health mission, which is now in its 20th year.Clinics will be held from October 7 to 9 at the St. John’s Methodist Community Church Action Centre from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.Chairman of the health mission, Vin Martin, informed that in addition to providing treatment, the Atlanta-based team will also distribute medication free of cost to the patients.Mr. Martin, who was addressing the Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities Foundation’s 13th Annual Fundraising Banquet on Saturday, September 21, at the Atlanta Marriott Century Hotel, told the guests that the mission has served over 47,000 patients in St James and neighbouring parishes since its inception in 1993.“It is estimated that during that period, approximately US$11,000,000 worth of medical supplies and services have been donated,” he said.Mr. Martin commended members of the health mission for volunteering their services over the years.  He said that the medical team comprises some of the finest physicians, nurses and volunteers.During the banquet, four members of the Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister Cities Health Mission were recognised for 20 years of service. They are Chairman Vin Martin, and his wife Hazel, Nurse Marjorie Wilson, and Mrs. Pauline Erskine.  Outgoing Mission Director, Dr. Deborah Haynes, was also hailed for her outstanding contribution.The Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport was also recognised for being the main sponsor of the health mission over the past 15 years.The Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister Cities Foundation is the oldest Caribbean organisation in Atlanta. It was established in 1972 by a reciprocal agreement between the Mayors of Atlanta and Montego Bay.The yearly health mission is undertaken in association with the St. James Parish Council and the St. James Health Department.  It is one of the major events organised to coincide with the annual commemoration of Montego Bay achieving city status in October 1980.Money raised from the fundraising banquet and dance will go towards supporting the yearly health mission.  The over 200 patrons were entertained by Jamaican singer Sanchez.last_img read more

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Online Portal to Fast-Track Applications for Development Permits

first_img The online portal, scheduled to be launched in December 2017, will be implemented at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and three municipal corporations – Kingston and St Andrew, St. Ann and St. James. Story Highlights Principal Director of the Public Sector Modernisation Programmme, Office of the Cabinet, Wayne Robertson, said the implementation of the portal will play a major role in improving Jamaica’s global competitiveness rankings and boosting economic growth and development. A Development Applications Review Process (DARP) Public Portal 11 has been created to improve the process of application for environmental and construction permits. A Development Applications Review Process (DARP) Public Portal 11 has been created to improve the process of application for environmental and construction permits.It is part of the Application Management and Data Automation (AMANDA) system aimed at improving the ease of doing business with municipal corporations and key government agencies.The online portal, scheduled to be launched in December 2017, will be implemented at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and three municipal corporations – Kingston and St Andrew, St. Ann and St. James.It will be implemented in other parish councils after the testing phase.A sensitisation session on the e-portal was held on June 22 at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, to explain how the system will work and at the same time get feedback from users.Principal Director of the Public Sector Modernisation Programmme, Office of the Cabinet, Wayne Robertson, said the implementation of the portal will play a major role in improving Jamaica’s global competitiveness rankings and boosting economic growth and development.This, he said, is key in helping to achieve the Economic Growth Council’s (EGC) target of five per cent growth over four years.He said it is important that the system works as intended.“So, if the system is down, it does not help the customer, and it does not help our abilities to achieve growth,” Mr. Robertson pointed out.Mayor of St. James, Homer Davis, said the tool will help to fast-track the approval time for developers, who, he said, have often lamented the slow application process.He said the portal will also allow developers to submit and monitor their applications online as they proceed through the various approval agencies.“We need the best for our country, and we must ensure that development takes place in a timely and orderly fashion to match the capacity of the population and the types of investments that we accommodate,” he said.The public session was attended by the Director of Special Projects at JAMPRO, Marjorie Straw; Mayors of Trelawny, Hanover and Westmoreland, officers from the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Directors of Planning from the municipal corporations and officers from NEPA.The AMANDA is a web-based application management system that allows applicants for building and development permits to track the status and progress of their applications as it is reviewed by the relevant agencies.The system is part of an ongoing programme to improve the development applications process in order to reduce delays, promote transparency, and ultimately generate large investments.AMANDA has been installed in all local authorities, and major commenting agencies such as the Ministry of Health and NEPA.last_img read more

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Gulshan Homz raises Rs 150 cr equity funding from ASK Group for

first_imgNew Delhi: Realty firm Gulshan Homz on Saturday said it has raised Rs 150 crore in equity funding from ASK Group to develop a housing project in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. ASK Property Investment Advisors has invested Rs 150 crore in this upcoming housing project in the form of equity, the realty firm said in a statement. Gulshan Homz, which has already completed projects spanning 5 million square feet in the national capital region (NCR), did not disclose how much stake it has diluted in the upcoming project to secure this funding. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “We have partnered ASK Property Investment Advisors for our next residential project,” Gulshan Homz Director Deepak Kapoor said. The project, located adjacent to the Noida Expressway, will have 204 apartments, he added. Amit Bhagat, Managing Director, ASK Property Investment Advisors, said, “Our maiden exposure with Gulshan Homz is based on our criteria fulfilment of quality construction, delivery track record and reputation.”last_img read more

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Canadian consecrated virgins welcome Vatican directive on their order

first_imgTORONTO – Rose Marie Fowler was in her 40s when she decided to live a life in the service of God, becoming what the Catholic Church calls a consecrated virgin.It was a deeply personal decision reached after years of contemplation, she says.Now 81, having kept her vow consistently, the Edmonton resident is welcoming a directive from the Vatican that states physical virginity is not a prerequisite to taking on the vocation.“(The Pope) basically said that physical integrity is not the only thing to be considered, and I really thought it was well put by him,” said Fowler, calling the guidance from the Vatican a “wonderful instruction.”In a document released this month, the Vatican said a woman who wishes to become a consecrated virgin does not need to have “kept her body in perfect continence,” indicating she does not need to physically be a virgin.The consecration of a virgin is one of the oldest sacramentals in the church. In order to become spouses of God and dedicate their lives to the church, Christian women who become consecrated virgins can’t have been married before.Women go through “the rite of consecration,” which involves a mass and an expression of their intention to dedicate themselves to God. Unlike nuns, consecrated virgins do not wear special robes or live secluded from the secular world.The Vatican’s directive has been criticized by some consecrated virgins.The U.S. Association of Consecrated Virgins called the Vatican’s directive “deeply disappointing in its denial of integral virginity as the essential and natural foundation of the vocation to consecrated virginity.”Fowler said she was disappointed by that reaction.“It is not about whether you agree with it or not,” she said. “It is about respecting what the Pope had to say, and as far as I am concerned, it is a good interpretation.”Mary Bastedo, who said she has been a consecrated virgin for more than 20 years, also lauded the Vatican for its guidance.“I welcome the clarification about physical virginity, because this vocation is not about purity, it’s about wholeheartedness,” said the 67-year-old. “The intentionality is to live a life of virginity, that means it is a life that is given to the Lord.”Bastedo said that years ago, she felt she had a calling to live a life of celibacy as a “fruitful way of being given to God.”In 1989, her bishop spoke to her about the Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity, she said. After praying and reflecting about it for a year, Bastedo said she eventually made a decision. In March 1990, she was consecrated.“It really is a joyful vocation,” said Bastedo, who lives in Toronto where she said about 10 women are living as consecrated virgins.Bastedo said the document from the Vatican is an interpretation many like her have been waiting for.“It is not a change,” said Bastedo. “It is a clarification.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly said the consecration of a virgin is one of the oldest sacraments in the church.last_img read more

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The Weather Network predicts a mixed bag of winter weather for Canada

first_imgCanadians can expect a “mixed bag” of winter weather in the coming months, according to The Weather Network.The network is predicting Western Canada will have warmer than normal temperatures this winter, while the eastern half of the country will experience a long-lasting and colder than normal season.“When you look at the country in two halves, we think winter will end sooner in Western Canada … whereas farther east, we think while it might not be harsh at all times, it does have some longevity and we’re going to be begging for spring by the time we get to early March,” said The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist Chris Scott.Scott said when the network makes seasonal forecasts it looks at the oceans, specifically the Pacific Ocean, which he called the “engine” that drives global weather patterns.“This year we have El Nino…. That means warmer than normal water off the coast of South America,” said Scott, adding that usually portends a milder winter.Scott said “nobody is really getting off easy this year,” but the western part of the country is the winner for people who don’t like the cold.“But if you want snow in the West, this isn’t the best winter for that. If you want to get a prolonged winter it’s really Central and Eastern Canada,” he said.“So that mixed bag analogy is really a perfect way to look at this.”Scott broke down the winter forecast for each region in Canada:Ontario and QuebecThe network is predicting an overall long and cold winter across Canada’s two most populous provinces, and Scott said the second half of the season will be especially bitter.He said below-normal temperatures are expected for both Quebec and Ontario, but that doesn’t mean every week will see frigid temperatures.“Through December and even parts of January, this is going to be a back-and-forth kind of winter,” he said.“But we do think the back half of winter has some serious cold to it, and some longevity. That’s going to make people rather weary, unfortunately, by the time we hit February and into March,” said Scott.The network is also forecasting fewer winter storms, and overall near-normal amounts of snow for the region.British ColumbiaScott said the network is forecasting a mild winter for the West Coast, and significantly less snowfall than normal.“This does not look like one of those epic winters that we can sometimes see,” said Scott. “We may get one or two storms that deliver snow, but it does not look like a big snowy winter.”However, he said the overall dry weather pattern will break at times, with the province’s South Coast region getting a closer to normal amount of precipitation.Overall, the network is also forecasting British Columbia will get an early arrival of spring weather.Atlantic Canada“We think if any part of the country has got an epic winter in store, it’s Atlantic Canada,” Scott said.He said the region will overall get a long and stormy winter, with “significant snowfall” that will persist into spring.Scott said above-normal amounts of snow are expected for most of Atlantic Canada, particularly the southern part of the region.The network is forecasting colder than normal temperatures for the northern part of the region, and normal winter temperatures for the southern part of the region.The Prairies“We’re expecting a roller-coaster of weather” in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, said Scott.The network said the region will be a “battle zone” between the mild Pacific air to the west and Arctic air to the east.Temperatures are expected to be warmer than normal in Alberta and western Saskatchewan, while temperatures are expected to be closer to normal for eastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.Scott said overall, the region is expected to see near-normal or below-normal snowfall.Northern CanadaAbove-normal temperatures are forecasted for Yukon, Northwest Territories and western Nunavut, and near to below-normal temperatures are predicted for eastern Nunavut.“The region is not going to be as cold as it can be,” said Scott.The network said above-normal snowfall is expected across Yukon and into western Northwest Territories. “The rest of the North won’t see any major signs of above- or below-normal precipitation,” said Scott.Alanna Rizza, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Federal election campaign underway with leaders in Ontario Quebec and BC

first_imgAsked what his government is hiding, Trudeau said his office gave the largest waiver of cabinet confidences in Canadian history but would not add anything more.He also declined to address what personal mistakes he might have made in the saga, which saw the ethics commissioner declare Trudeau broke the law by trying to influence a decision on whether the Quebec engineering firm should go to trial on charges related to alleged corrupt dealings in Libya.“My job as prime minister is to be there to stand up for and defend Canadians’ jobs,” he said.“I will always defend the public interest.”Before jumping on his own campaign plane this morning, a fired-up Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said the SNC-Lavalin story showcases his belief that Trudeau has lost the moral authority to govern.“Over the next five weeks I will be explaining the reasons why Justin Trudeau has lost that authority and our alternative plan,” he said in French. OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau began his bid for re-election Wednesday by framing the next 40 days as a time for Canadians to make a choice: whether they want more of his sunny ways or a return to the gloomier days he says are characteristic of life under a Conservative government.But clouding over his optimism was the SNC-Lavalin scandal, given fresh life by a Globe and Mail report that the RCMP’s investigation into potential obstruction of justice in the matter has been limited by the shroud of cabinet confidence.Moments after emerging from Rideau Hall, where he asked Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament, Trudeau faced a barrage of fresh questions on the affair. Scheer will spend Day 1 of the campaign in Quebec and Ontario, while Trudeau will head for Vancouver, the same place he launched his bid for election in 2015.“We’ve done a lot together these past four years but the truth is we’re just getting started,” Trudeau said.  “So Canadians have an important choice to make — will we go back to the failed policies of the past or will we continue to move forward?”Polls suggest the Liberals and Conservatives are running neck-and-neck, while the NDP and Greens are fighting for third.center_img The NDP launched its campaign Wednesday in London, Ont., one of the regions of the province where New Democrats think they’ll be able to hold onto seats.Leader Jagmeet Singh accused Trudeau and Scheer of failing to live up to promises to help Canadians, saying the costs for everything are getting out of control.“I believe we can do better,” Singh said.“But we can do that only if we have the courage to take on the powerful interests at the very top.”The Greens began in their own comfort zone of British Columbia, where Elizabeth May launched her campaign in Victoria.“This is the most important election in Canadian history,” May told about 200 cheering supporters.“We are going to stand firm. We will tell Canadians how serious the climate emergency is.”Later Wednesday, People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier is to appear for his own campaign debut in Toronto, alongside candidate Renata Ford, wife of the late populist Toronto mayor Rob Ford. At the dissolution of Parliament, the Liberals hold 177 seats, the Conservatives 95, the NDP 39, the Bloc 10 and the Greens 2. There are eight independents — including former Liberal cabinet ministers Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould. The People’s Party of Canada has one seat and former New Democrat Erin Weir sits as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. Five seats are vacant.The election is Oct. 21.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Emotional MH370 families demand answers 5 yrs on

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Emotional relatives of those aboard Flight MH370 Friday demanded answers to one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries and called for the hunt to resume, five years on from the plane’s disappearance. The Malaysia Airlines jet vanished on March 8, 2014 carrying 239 people — mostly from China — en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. No sign of it was found in a 120,000-square kilometre Indian Ocean search zone and the Australian-led hunt, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January 2017. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingA US exploration firm launched a private hunt last year but it ended after several months of scouring the seabed without success.Around 50 relatives of Chinese passengers travelled to Beijing from around the country to mark the anniversary and gathered outside the foreign ministry, with some weeping as police officers looked on. Hu Qiufang told AFP that family members had spent the past year pleading to see the foreign minister but they were only granted a meeting with a low-level official Friday, who told them there were no updates.last_img read more

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Brookfield profit soars to US802 million funds from operations hits US464M

TORONTO — Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A) is reporting US$802-million of net income and US$464-million of funds from operations for common shareholders in the second quarter.Both results were more than double the levels a year earlier, when the Toronto-based conglomerate had US$379-million of net income and $159-million of funds from operations.On a per-share basis, net income was 31 cents and funds from operations was 68 cents in the three months ended June 30, up from 17 cents and 20 cents respectively in the second quarter of 2012.Brookfield is one of Canada’s largest conglomerates, with numerous publicly traded subsidiaries and investments primarily focused on real estate, power generation and natural resources, particularly in the forestry sector.“Asset management fees increased 72% during the quarter and virtually all of our operating groups are performing well and positioned for growth,” said Bruce Flatt, Brookfield’s chief executive officer.“We closed a number of realizations and raised over $14-billion of fund commitments for new investments,” Flatt added. “We are also seeing attractive opportunities to put money to work in all of our businesses.”Canadian Press read more

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Hamilton Police investigate the citys 6th homicide of the year

Hamilton police are investigating the city’s 6th homicide of the year.Police say they received reports of a man who had been shot in the area of 470 Beach Road in the city’s east end around 4 a.m. Sunday morning.“The victim was transported by a group of people in a single vehicle in an attempt to get him to the hospital,” police said in a press release. “Enroute to the hospital, the vehicle transporting the victim came upon the Hamilton Fire Department in the area of Dalhousie and Ottawa St. N. ”The man was rushed to a local trauma centre where he was later pronounced dead.Police say no other details about the victim will be released until next-of-kin has been notified.“A suspect(s) have not been identified as this investigation is in the extreme early stages,” police said in the released.They are asking anyone with information to call Detective Andrew Coughlan at 905-546-3874 or, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.More to come… read more

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Football Jeff Hafley has chance to become special coach for Ryan Day

Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Jeff Hafley speaks to the media for the first time on National Signing Day on Feb. 6. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorWhen Jeff Hafley left his first press conference as Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach, he left with a bang.Hafley was asked if he will want his corners to turn around to look for the ball, an issue seen by Buckeyes’ cornerbacks on multiple big plays throughout the past season.Instead of brushing off the question, Hafley attacked it with an energy unseen in any other coach who spoke on National Signing Day.“Alright, so here’s the deal on that one, and if I ever see any of you guys tweet — do you think that we as [defensive back] coaches sit there and say, ‘Don’t look back for the ball?’” Hafley said. “My wife used to come up to me after games and be like, ‘Hey, why don’t our guys turn back and look for the ball?’ I’m like, ‘Do you want to see my individual tape?’ All we do is practice turning and looking for the ball.”He wasn’t finished.After being an Ohio State coach for less than a month, Hafley promised to “practice to teach,” work on getting players to turn and look in the right situations and have the media members come to practices and see for themselves.“This is awesome that you asked this because now no one can tweet this out or say this. We are going to work on turning and looking and trying to intercept the football when we’re in man,” Hafley said. “I promise you, come and watch individual. We’ll turn and look for the ball. I don’t know if you’re allowed to or not. Don’t trick me. I don’t know all the rules.”In 14 minutes, Hafley provided an energy with his answers that could be needed for an Ohio State secondary that allowed the 44th-most passing yards a season ago.Head coach Ryan Day knows this. For him, Hafley was a hire that needed to be made for his coaching staff consisting of five new faces — Hafley, co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, linebackers coach Al Washington, special teams coordinator Matt Barnes and passing game coordinator Mike Yurcich.“When I had an opportunity to get Jeff, that was a no-brainer to me,” Day said. “He’s really knowledgeable, understands how everything fits in the back end. I think he’s a special coach.”Hafley brings NFL experience from the past seven years, including three years with the San Francisco 49ers, when their pass defense finished as high as No. 11 in 2017.He returns to college from his time at the professional level with the same game plan: play the players that deserve the time.“The best guys are going to play, and I mean that. I’ve started free agents over first-round draft picks,” Hafley said. “If I see a guy outworking another guy, I mean, the whole room is going to see that. The whole defense is going to see it. So if that guy shows that he’s better, we’re going to get the best guys on the field, and I want guys to feel that way.”The season remains more than six months away, and time will tell if Hafley’s enthusiasm behind the lectern will translate to players like sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette, junior safety Jordan Fuller and sophomore safety Brendon White.But for Day and the Ohio State coaching staff, Hafley is already a key acquisition, and one that has a chance to turn around a flawed secondary from a season ago.“When I worked with Jeff, I saw a coach who was really good at what he did, understanding first off how to connect with the back-end guys,” Day said. “I think you’ll find as things move on, you get a chance to spend time with Jeff, he’s really bright.” read more

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Gruyere SAG and ball mills in place all systems go for June

first_imgGold Road Resources Ltd  and Gruyere Mining Company Pty Ltd, a member of the Gold Fields Ltd group, provide an update on the construction activities at the Gruyere Gold Project, which is being developed as a 50:50 Joint Venture approximately 200 km east of Laverton in Western Australia.The project remains on schedule for first gold in the June 2019 quarter. There has been good progress on the project’s construction during the September 2018 quarter with more than 630 workers now on site. Supportive weather conditions have allowed the Project team, EPC contractor Amec Foster Wheeler Civmec Joint Venture (ACJV), and mining services contractor Downer EDI Mining Pty Ltd (Downer) to advance Gruyere’s development to keep the project on track to produce first gold in the June 2019 quarter.Gold Fields Executive Vice President Australasia, Stuart Mathews, said: “Construction of the Gruyere Gold Project, and preparations for the commencement of operations are progressing well, and we have welcomed the opportunity to recently showcase the quality of the Project to a broad group of stakeholders. Our own workforce, together with our contractor partners, are motivated to achieve the first gold production target next year, whilst maintaining continued focus on safety and quality.”Gold Road Managing Director and CEO, Duncan Gibbs, said: “As the new Managing Director and CEO, I have visited and been well briefed on progress at Gruyere. It is clear from my observations and discussions with both the Gold Fields and Gold Road teams that this worldclass, longlife gold mine development will deliver significant and sustained value for our shareholders into the future. I look forward to providing future updates on Gruyere’s development as we approach the first gold production target. I also want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the transformational and, indeed, inspirational efforts of my predecessor Ian Murray in delivering Gold Road to this highly prospective phase.”Overall project engineering and construction were 96% and 71% complete respectively, with EPC (process plant and associated infrastructure) construction 57% complete as at 30 September 2018. During the September 2018 quarter, ACJV completed the remaining concrete foundation works (approximately 21,500 cubic metres of concrete poured since start of construction) and finalised the installation of the SAG and ball mill shells, ends and trunnions. CIL steel tankage construction is complete. Construction efforts are currently focused on structural steel erection with steel fabrication nearing completion. Reticulation of the electrical cabling and piping in and around the process plant is underway. Installation of the Yeo borefield pipelines advanced with approximately 90% of the pipeline welded. Electricity to the Yeo borefield will be introduced gradually through the December 2018 quarter. Borefield commissioning is scheduled to commence early in the March 2019 quarter, aligned with the initial ore processing schedule.MACA Ltd, which is carrying out bulk earthworks at Gruyere, has completed the first stage of the ROM pad work comprising almost 221,000 cubic metres of fill material derived from prestrip material sourced from the Gruyere pit. MACA is progressing the Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) construction focussing on installation of the liner works due for completion within the December 2018 quarter, in line with the project schedule. Testing and commissioning of the Gruyere powerhouse is progressing to plan. The 45 MW Gruyere Power Station is owned and will be operated by APA Group and is connected to the 198 km Yamarna Gas Pipeline. Installation of all power poles and lines by Powerlines Plus was completed slightly ahead of schedule. The Gruyere village is expected to be switched to mains power late in the December 2018 quarter, following completion of the powerhouse commissioning and testing and electrification of the overhead powerlines.Downer, which in December 2017 was awarded a five year mining services contract to mine the project has completed works on the mine workshops and supporting infrastructure. Downer has begun mobilising the mining fleet and operations team for commencement of mining operations in November 2018. Mining will initially focus on completion of the prestrip and second stage ROM pad development, with first ore to be mined early in the March 2019 quarter.last_img read more

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Ringrose set for return as Schmidt recalls big guns for France

first_img Short URL By Murray Kinsella Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Mar 7th 2019, 4:15 PM Ringrose set for return as Schmidt recalls big guns for France Sean O’Brien is set to miss out, while captain Rory Best makes his return in the front row. 71 Comments JOE SCHMIDT IS set to name a much-changed Ireland team to face France in the Six Nations on Sunday.Garry Ringrose is likely to make his return from a hamstring injury at outside centre, while captain Rory Best, loosehead prop Cian Healy and second row James Ryan are also in line for recalls having been rested for the win against Italy two weekends ago. Ringrose has been sidelined since the England game. Source: James Crombie/INPHOJosh van der Flier is set to return to the team at openside flanker, meaning Sean O’Brien drops out of the XV and the Tullow man could even miss out on making the matchday squad with Jack Conan strongly in contention for a bench place.Iain Henderson is likely to be another addition to the starting XV after coming off the bench against Italy, while CJ Stander is set to be named at number eight having recovered from the fractured eye socket and cheekbone he sustained against England in round one.Schmidt looks set to continue with a back three of Rob Kearney, Keith Earls and Jacob Stockdale, while Bundee Aki is favourite to wear the number 12 shirt as Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray continue in the halfbacks.Ireland’s bench positions have also been closely contested, with John Ryan expected to provide back-up to starting tighthead Tadhg Furlong, while Jordan Larmour is set for a return in the number 23 shirt. Schmidt is due to officially name his team tomorrow afternoon.Possible Ireland team v France:15. Rob Kearney14. Keith Earls13. Garry Ringrose12. Bundee Aki11. Jacob Stockdale10. Johnny Sexton9. Conor Murray1. Cian Healy2. Rory Best (captain)3. Tadhg Furlong4. Iain Henderson5. James Ryan6. Peter O’Mahony7. Josh van der Flier8. CJ StanderAndy Dunne joins Murray Kinsella and Ryan Bailey to discuss Joe Schmidt’s undroppables and how France might attack Ireland’s predictability in The42 Rugby Weekly. https://the42.ie/4528933 Share59 Tweet Email1 Subscribe Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 4:15 PM 33,998 Views last_img read more

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San Diego blues legend Tomcat Courtney discusses his journey and 90th birthday

first_imgSan Diego blues legend Tomcat Courtney discusses his journey and 90th birthday bash January 7, 2019 Updated: 8:50 PM Posted: January 7, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One of San Diego’s greatest blues legends, Tomcat Courtney, joined KUSI to discuss his journey and a special birthday bash coming up.Tomcat Courtney’s 90th Birthday Blues Party will be a Texas Style BBQ Buffet with some of Tom’s favorites dishes.General Admission (First Come First Served Seating with buffet) is $30 and Vip Admission (Vip Reserved Seating and buffet) is $50.The birthday bash will be at Ramada Inn, 5550 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego, 92111, on January 24 from 6 P.M.- 10 P.M..Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tomcat-courtneys-90th-birthday-celebration-tickets-54128074528?aff=ebdssbdestsearch center_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Vancouver ceremony salutes Pearl Harbor survivors

first_imgRich Hatton was headed to breakfast aboard the USS Worden when he saw all the fancy flying going on in the sky over Pearl Harbor.As Hatton saw planes swoop and dive and skim the water, “I couldn’t imagine what our Air Force was doing,” he said.Then things started blowing up, and he saw the bright red balls on the wings of the planes. “My God, those are Japanese planes,” Hatton realized.Hal Lacey, who was part of the breakfast shift on the USS Tennessee, was heading topside so he could dump a pan of dishwater off the battleship.“Guys were coming down the ladder,” Lacey said, and they told him the Japanese were attacking the American fleet.“I put the dishwater down and headed to my battle station,” said Lacey, vice president of the Vancouver chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.They were among the Pearl Harbor veterans who gathered Tuesday to remember the 2,400 sailors, Marines and soldiers who died on Dec. 7, 1941.The Vancouver chapter welcomed members of the Portland survivors’ chapter for the annual event, held for the first time at the E.B. Hamilton Hall on the Vancouver Barracks campus.Gene Cole, president of the Portland chapter, was part of an aviation squadron based at Bellows Field. That was the scene of a unique meeting between American defenders and a Japanese attacker.last_img read more

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Next DOD Budget to Consider Eliminating Select Missions

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR After three years of living within tight fiscal constraints, defense officials will begin to consider jettisoning lower-priority missions to free up funds for the department’s most critical functions.  The wholesale cancellation of select missions is the only way to free up billions of dollars in a single budget year, Robert Work, the deputy secretary of defense, said this week. And regardless of whether lawmakers strike a deal to give the Pentagon more breathing room under the statutory spending caps, top officials are preparing for an extremely constrained topline budget number, reported Federal News Radio.“It’s going to be tough. There’s no simple way out of this problem,” Work said at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. “The fact is that we’re going to have to really prioritize and be ruthless about it,” he said.The search for missions the department can abandon will be a key driver of the fiscal 2017 budget request the department is now developing. Next month Defense Secretary Ashton Carter expects to submit a new set of strategic guidance describing the basic factors the services should use to eliminate existing initiatives and divert their funding elsewhere, according to the story.Work’s comments come even as DOD leaders recently have become more optimistic that Congress will find a way to meet the department’s request for $585 billion for FY 2016, which exceeds the Budget Control Act cap by tens of billions of dollars. The broad rethinking of priorities is needed so that the Pentagon can invest billions of dollars in several mission areas, including nuclear, cyber and space, Work said, according to the story.“We can’t do base realignments and closures. We can’t even realign aircraft depots — which would save us a lot of money — it’s politically impossible,” Work said.“The next thing we could do is reduce force structure, but the demand on our forces as they exist right now is off the charts, so unless demand is moderated in some way, it’s going to be difficult to cut our forces. So that leads you to look into each one of your portfolios and say, ‘Where do we want to take risks?’” he said.last_img read more

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ADC Launches Initiative to Recognize Community Support for Service Members Military Families

first_imgADC and the Defense Communities Caucus are rolling out a new initiative to recognize up to 10 communities annually for providing outstanding support to service members and military families.The Great American Defense Communities program is intended to acknowledge the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host installations make to improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families. Candidates will be selected based on the broad range of efforts they carry out on behalf of military personnel and their families, covering areas such as education, job opportunities, housing, family support during deployments and community appreciation.“There perhaps is no greater champion of a defense installation than its host community,” said ADC CEO Tim Ford. “The Great American Defense Communities program will share positive stories about the exemplary efforts being made in communities to support defense installations and their personnel.”The program will use local and national press events, exhibits in Congress and the Pentagon, and recognition during ADC events to highlight the successful initiatives being employed by defense communities to support the nation’s military men and women.A panel of defense community advocates and experts will review the nominations and select up to 10 honorees as Great American Defense Communities. Winners will be announced at the ADC Installation Innovation Forum in February 2016.Nominations are due Feb. 11. Applications are available on the ADC website.“I believe the communities who support our military installations across the country deserve recognition for the important role they play,” said Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), co-chair of the Senate Defense Communities Caucus. “In Kansas, we’re grateful to the communities that love and care for the soldiers at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, the airmen at McConnell Air Force Base and Forbes Field, and the Kansans in the National Guard and Reserve.”“America is strongest when communities and military installations work together to bolster national security while creating jobs and strengthening their states,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), a founder and current co-chair of the Senate Defense Communities Caucus. “In North Dakota, defense communities like those in Minot and Grand Forks lead the country in building public-private partnerships that support service members and their families, and help the entire community grow and thrive. The Association of Defense Communities will honor exceptional communities through this program, and I encourage defense communities in my state and beyond to pursue this distinction.”“Service members and their families are an important part of every community in the United States,” said Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), a founder and current co-chair of the House Defense Communities Caucus. “My district has a proud history of military service that dates back to the Spanish arrival to the Monterey Peninsula, continued through the legacy of Fort Ord and survives today with the presence of Fort Hunter Liggett, the Naval Postgraduate School and the Defense Language Institute. These institutions help strengthen our community and I am excited to join in launching this program to honor the rest of America’s Great Defense Communities.”“Our close-knit communities around Fort Leavenworth, Forbes Field and Fort Riley deserve appreciation for the great work they do to help our troops, and their families, and I look forward to sharing their stories as part of the Great American Defense Communities program,” said Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), a founder and current co-chair of the House Defense Communities Caucus. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Corporate Credit Card Program Administrator at UniFirstFull-Time Payroll Manager at UniFirstPart-Time Nanny For 1 Wilmington InfantPart-Time Babysitter For 2 Wilmington ChildrenPart-Time Yard Person at Garrick SantoFull-Time/Part-Time Salon & Spa Professional at Nicholas Scott SalonFull-Time Advanced Industrial Controls Engineer at SymboticFull-Time Robotics Support Engineer at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Embedded Software Q&A Engineer at RigakuFull-Time Construction Project Manager at Channel Building Company(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

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iPhone 11 Heres when we think Apple will announce the 2019 iPhones

first_img iPhone model and year Friday, Sept. 22   Wednesday, Sept. 7   Comments Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple iPhone XS See All iPhone Update $999 This year, Labor Day is on Monday, Sept. 2. Keeping with the pattern, Apple would announce its new iPhones the following Tuesday or Wednesday: Sept. 10 or Sept. 11. Either date fits the pattern, but since the news cycle on Sept. 11 is best avoided for obvious reasons, I’d go with Sept. 10 as the safer bet. I also predict preorders will kick off that Friday, Sept. 13. The date also aligns with the expected in-store release and shipping dates too, which I expect to both fall on Friday, Sept. 20. For the last seven years, you could purchase the regular flagship iPhones on a Friday, around the third week of September, about a week and a half after Apple makes its announcements. Specialty iPhones, like the iPhone XR, iPhone X and iPhone SE shipped out on their own timelines. Because the iPhone XR was available in October, there’s a chance the iPhone 11R will be in users’ hands in October too.There you have it. I believe Apple will announce the new iPhone 11s on Sept. 10, with preorders on Sept. 13 and shipping starting Sept. 20. Again, without Apple’s confirmation these are just predictions, but we’ll find out soon enough if I’m correct. Last year I wagered a can of Coke if I turned out to be right, which I was. (I’m still waiting for that soda BTW.) If I’m correct this year I shall wager… a box of Pocky. Apple Friday, Sept. 21 Now playing: Watch this: See it iPhone 7/7 Plus (2016)   Best Buy Mobile Phones Apple iPhone 5 (2012)   Wednesday, Sept. 9   $999 Sprint 8:10 Friday, Sept. 21 iPhone 5S (2013)   Tuesday, Sept. 10 Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand Release date Tuesday, Sept. 9   Friday, Sept. 25    See It iPhone 6S/6S Plus (2015)   12 Photoscenter_img iPhone 8/8 Plus (2017)   The Apple iPhone XS. Angela Lang/CNET On Thursday, Aug. 29 Apple finally sent out invites for its iPhone 11 launch event. We were right! The iPhone 11 will launch on Sept. 10 in Cupertino. Though Apple hasn’t set out invitations to any iPhone events yet, the tech giant needs to whip up something exciting if it wants to get users hyped about the next iPhone 11, 11R and 11 Max (or whatever they’ll be called). With iPhone sales falling 12% in the fiscal third quarter, profits expected to dip to $9.6 billion and more people trading in their iPhones for Androids, Apple needs to make sure its new flagship phones are compelling enough to draw new customers or keep current customers updated. Not to mention, its main rival Samsung took the wraps off its Note 10, Note 10 Plus and Note 10 5G on Aug. 7, and the phones are looking pretty great so far.Read more: iPhone 11: 8 features I want real badSo when will Apple officially announce the 2019 iPhones? Based on previous years, I predict Apple will unveil the next iPhones on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Keep in mind this is just an educated guess, and we have no confirmation from Apple itself if this date is correct (Apple didn’t immediately reply to a request to comment.) However, there are a few reasons why this is the likeliest date. See It Friday, Sept. 16   reading • iPhone 11: Here’s when we think Apple will announce the 2019 iPhones iPhone 6/6 Plus (2014)   $999 Tags Friday, Sept. 19    Apple iPhone release and announcement dates (2012-2018) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Wednesday, Sept. 12   $999 13 iPhone XS/XS Max (2018) Wednesday, Sept. 12 All the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max rumors • Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Share your voice Friday, Sept. 20   Three new iPhone 11 models coming in September, rumor… For the past seven years Apple has announced iPhones either in the same week as Labor Day, which is on the first Monday in September, or the following week. In the past, if the US holiday occurred on Sept. 3 or earlier, Apple announced its iPhone the following week. When Labor Day landed on the Sept. 5 or later, as it did in 2015 and 2016, Apple announced the iPhone the following Wednesday (two days after Labor Day). Peep the chart below to see what I mean: Announcement date Tuesday, Sept. 12   Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itlast_img read more

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Air France Executives stripped halfnaked as angry mob attacks managers over jobs

first_img Furious Air France employees stormed the companys central committee meeting and attacked two company executives following the announcement of 2,900 job losses. Human resources director Xavier Broseta and the head of Air France in Orly, Pierre Plissonnier, found themselves in the midst of an angry mob who literally ripped their shirts off their backs as they tried to escape the enraged crowd.Air Frances first forced dismissals since 1993 would include 1,700 ground staff, 900 cabin crew and 300 pilots between now and 2017. The company would also see its fleet reduced by 14 jets and Boeing 787 orders cancelled, as well as the phasing out of ageing Airbus Group SE 340s. Last week, Air France failed to reach a deal with pilots, who had been asked to work more hours for the same pay in a bid to stem annual losses going back to 2011, and the company said it would scale back routes in the absence of an agreement. The cost-reduction meeting was postponed after the staff members with banners and flags forced their way into the room.These attacks were made by isolated and particularly violent individuals as the demonstration by personnel on strike was going on calmly, Air France said in an emailed statement. Parent company Air France-KLM has said that it will take legal action against those responsible for the aggravated violence in Roissy-en-France.As the crowd descended on the committee meeting, Air France chief executive Frederic Gagey escaped unscathed. But he was followed by an unluckier Plissonnier, who was led through the horde with his jacket and shirt in tatters. Like Plissonnier, Broseta was also stripped and security guards helped him scale a fence to flee the attack.Air France-KLM has struggled to deal with budget airlines and increased competition from Middle Eastern carriers and it has relied on attrition and early retirement packages to cut the payroll by 9,000 over a three-year period.For several years now, successive heads of Air France have suggested rescue plans… Each time, its a bottomless pit with the same suggestions, secretary general of the General Confederation of Labour trade union, Philippe Martinez told RTL radio.I believe theyre trying to set one lot (of us) against the other. We need a real expert appraisal of the situation, he added. Closelast_img read more

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