This is part of the “Hi, AleX” series — advice to AleX NetLit about enhancing her levels of network literacy through day-to-day personal and professional social networking. AleX Netlit is a fictional persona created by Network Literacy Community of Practice to serve as a guide to Military Families Service professionals, Cooperative Extension educators and others seeking to learn more about using online networks in their work.More about Alex NetLit Hi, AleX:I know you’re making great headway understanding this whole networking thing, and I venture to say that you’re close to your next professional leap.However, before you take this leap, you need to understand how this new networked environment is changing the way you work with your clients.leap – used under Creative Commons license from http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhf/3448454258/You will no longer be serving the normative role you once did. Before the advent of networking, you were essentially one among a relatively select handful of vanguards who helped define standards on behalf of your clients.Now, you, like countless other people all over the world, are making the transition from a normative to nodal professional. You be one of millions of nodes within a vastly extended informational network in which all sorts of people — experts and clients, or more accurately, former clients — interact within an information landscape that is more open and democratic than ever before.But that doesn’t mean you will lack value or that your role will be diminished. Far from it: you’re better prepared than many of your peers to operate in this new world because you have always prided yourself on building the skills that best equip you for your next leap.The new information order values people like you — the reason why you are well suited to serving two emerging and important roles as editor and curator.In case you haven’t noticed, despite all the remarkable strides that have been made in organizing and prioritizing knowledge on the Web, plenty of people are still threatened by it. They view all these algorithmically generated pages and they’re led to wonder: Is all this really what I’m looking for? Are these pages really the very best the Web has to offer me?Small wonder why the late Steve Jobs observed that there will be a greater need than ever for skilled editors to sift through this content and to improve it on behalf of end users.Many of your end users are no exception: they need help sifting through all this dense information.That’s where you have a valuable role to serve, AleX. You’ve spent years striving to be a trusted professional — that’s your strong suit. The times are calling on you to take an even greater professional leap by transforming yourself into both an editor and curator.As writer Britanny Morin related recently, it takes a special person to be an editor, someone who can improve the Web-based content of others. But it takes an unusually special person to be both an editor and a curator. By curator, I mean someone who can choose among the different sources of information to provide the best ones available to your end users, often adding new ideas and perspectives.Yes, skills and professional convictions fully equip you for this role, AleX. As Morin so aptly describes it, you are one of those special professionals whom people can “relate to and trust and who have expertise, real life experiences, and the ability to filter through and share bold perspectives.”You are a natural-born editor and curator, AleX.Now go out and set the world on fire.Author: Jim LangcusterThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Former MLA and Awami Ittehad Party chief Engineer Rashid joined hands with IAS topper and J&K Peoples Movement chief Shah Faesal on Tuesday to contest the upcoming Assembly elections together under the banner of the Peoples United Front (PUF). “We will pursue an agenda of hope. We will not let people down,” said Mr. Rashid, who surprised all by garnering over one lakh votes in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls in north Kashmir.Mr. Faesal said the new front “will provide justice and opportunities to all”. “History will take note of the fact that when the State was fighting its existential battle, there were some people who avoided staying divided and joining hands together,” said Mr. Faesal, who quit his IAS post in January and floated his own party.The two leaders, who hail from north Kashmir’s Kupwara, also released a 45-point common minimum programme (CMP). “We will pursue and facilitate the peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue in its historical context as per the will, aspirations and sacrifices of the people of the erstwhile J&K State and support all confidence-building measures between India and Pakistan that can give relief to the people on both sides of LoC,” reads the CMP.It pledged to protect the special status and constitutional guarantees of the people of J&K State, including Articles 370 and 35A pending the resolution of the dispute.“Will work towards undoing the erosion of the special status and revoking the amendments extended from time to time by successive governments in violation of the principles of Accession,” it added.The alliance is likely to dent the political prospectus of the Peoples Conference (PC), headed by Sajad Lone, whose party is also headquartered in Kupwara district. Mr. Rashid bagged just 2,000 votes less than the PC in the Lok Sabha polls. Mr. Lone, who earlier intended to head a third front in Kashmir ahead of the polls, may find it hard to create any major grouping to counter the new political arrangements in north Kashmir.
Kathmandu: The Indian football team lifted the SAFF U-18 Championship for the first time when they defeated Bangladesh 2-1 in the title clash here on Sunday.India surged ahead as early as the 2nd minute when Vikram Partap Singh sped past his marker and banged it in. The match-winner came in injury time when the nippy Ravi Bahadur Rana scored off a screamer from about 30 yards. Yeasin Arafat reduced the margin for Bangladesh in the 40th minute.”I had maintained that it will take a moment of brilliance to end this SAFF Championship, and it was fitting that Ravi finished if off with a wonderful strike,” head coach Floyd Pinto stated moments after the final whistle.”We were not just the best footballing team in the tournament, but also the most effective team. I am really happy for the boys. They earned it,” he added.”The sacrifices, and the commitment of the boys was exemplary.”🙌🏻 🎉 🎊#BackTheBlue 💙 #IndianFootball ⚽ #SAFFU18 pic.twitter.com/6wQKPltiHL— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 29, 2019 India’s Ninthoinganba Meetei was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel congratulated the team.”The team improved with every match. It’s double delight for Indian youth teams especially after the U-16 qualified to AFC Championships last week. Keep it up,” Patel said.General secretary Kushal Das said: “The SAFF U-18 Championship had been eluding us. Congratulations to everyone. This triumph will add confidence prior to the AFC U-19 Qualifiers in November which is the ultimate test.”The victory makes it sweeter with the U-15 national team having lifted the SAFF U-15 Championship beating Bangladesh in the final in August 2019.Ninthoinganba Meetei aka Ninthoi is the MVP 🎖️ of #SAFFU18 🙌🏻 👏🏻#BackTheBlue 💙 #IndianFootball ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/6lJUzI9Z5y— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 29, 2019 While the U-16 team went on to qualify for the AFC U-16 Championships, the U-19 team will play the AFC Qualifiers in November in its quest to qualify for the AFC Finals.”This is going to give us a huge boost for the AFC Championship, and make us more confident as we prepare for it. Hopefully, we will be able to kick-off AFC Qualifiers in a good manner,” Floyd said.”I am very thankful to AIFF and SAI for their help in the exposure tours all throughout, and look forward to their support.”Meanwhile both teams were reduced to 10-men each in the 22nd minute when Gurkirat Singh and Md Fahim were given marching orders following a tiff. Bangladesh were further reduced to nine men in the 40th minute when their skipper Yeasin was booked for a second yellow card for “illegitimate celebration” following the equaliser. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com 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. bangladeshFloyd PintofootballIndia First Published: September 29, 2019, 7:07 PM IST
New Delhi, June 25 (PTI) Ace sprinter Dutee Chand today became the first Indian female athlete to qualify for the 100m dash in Olympics in 36 years as she booked a Rio Games berth at the 26th G Kosanov Memorial Meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan. 20-year-old Dutee clocked 11.30 seconds in the womens 100m heats and then ran an even better 11.24 seconds in the finals to win a silver medal in the Kazakhstan Meet too book the Rio Olympics ticket. In the process, Dutee bettered her own national record of 11.33secs which she set at Federation Cup National Championships here in April. The qualifying mark for the Rio Olympics was set at 11.32 seconds. Dutee is the first Indian woman to have qualified for 100 metres race in an Olympics after legendary P T Usha competed in the blue-riband event in the 1980 Moscow Games. The Odisha athlete is the first Indian woman athlete to make the cut for an Olympics 100m dash since the qualification system was introduced in the event. There was no qualification system when Usha took part in the 1980 Olympics. Overall, four Indian women have taken part in the 100m dash in the Olympics — Nilima Ghosh and Mary DSouza (1952), Mary Leela Rao (1956) and Usha (1980). Dutee is the 20th Indian track and field athlete to have qualified for Rio Games. For Dutee, it is a remarkable achievement to qualify for Olympics as she had to fight her way back to an international career by winning a landmark gender case last year. She was banned mid 2014 and dropped from the Commonwealth Games as she was found to have a higher level of testosterone (male hormone) than was permissible in a woman athlete, according to the IAAF hyperandrogenism rules. Dutee lost an entire year of training and competition but faced the turmoil bravely and fought the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland. In July last year, in a historic verdict, the CAS partially upheld her appeal and allowed her to resume her career. “I am really happy to have qualified for the Olympics. It has been a tough year for me. My hard work and that of my coach (N Ramesh) has paid off,” Dutee said after booking the Rio berth. “I could qualify for the Olympics due to blessings of a lot of people. I want to thank Sports Authority of India, Sports Ministry, Athletics Federation of India for their support. I will continue to work hard and hope to bring a medal for the country,” she added. PTI PDS BS BSadvertisement
New Delhi, Jul 10 (PTI) The Spaark foundation and the United Shuttler Badminton Academy (USBA) will be organising the Delhi State Ranking Badminton Tournament from July 12 to July 16 at the Yamuna Sports Complex. A total of 1200 players will be participating in different categories which include boys singles, doubles and girls singles, doubles in U-13, U-15, U-17 and U-19 group, while the U-19 will also have mixed doubles. A special above 45 category is also added to the competition. The championship, which is conducted under the Delhi Capital Badminton Association, will have 26 events and the prize money for the tournament is Rs. 10 lacs. The organisers will also honour 26 selected Indian players from the field of Hockey and Badminton who have made the state proud in different national and International tournaments. PTI ATK ATK
Marcelo insists Real Madrid’s players are “with the coach to the death” after a shock home defeat to Levante increased the pressure on Julen Lopetegui.Los Blancos saw their winless run extended to five games as they lost at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, during which they almost set a new record for the longest goalless run in the club’s illustrious history.Defender Marcelo finally ended the barren stretch at 481 minutes when he found the net with a right-footed shot in the second half, though Levante held on to clinch a famous 2-1 triumph in the Spanish capital. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The result – coming after back-to-back defeats to CSKA Moscow and Deportivo Alaves prior to the international break – leaves Lopetegui facing an uncertain future in his job, though Marcelo feels media speculation over the manager’s future is unfair.”We’re with the coach to the death,” the Brazil international said after the game.”He tells us things very clearly. He has a really good relationship with us. It’s unfair, as you were with [former boss Rafael] Benitez. I don’t like it when the coach isn’t allowed to work.”It’s very unfair. The journalists, when they ask, form an opinion. We’re worried, the pressure of playing at Madrid is tremendous.”We have to show our faces on the pitch and in front of the cameras. We’re not afraid, but we’re worried.”The visitors led 2-0 inside 13 minutes, Jose Luis Morales opening the scoring before Roger Marti converted a penalty, while they had a third disallowed before the break for offside.Lopetegui sent on Gareth Bale at half-time, but, despite incessant late pressure from the hosts, Madrid were unable to get back on level terms.”We’ve done great things. The ball didn’t want to go in. The boss wants to regain confidence. We had 33 shots and not one ball went in,” Marcelo said of the game.”We have to hold our heads high to come back to winning games.”Levante didn’t do much. They took advantage of four mistakes and at the start we tried to draw the game, at least. We finished the game dead, because we left everything on the pitch.”
Heading into Oklahoma State’s Big 12 opener against TCU, Glenn Spencer’s defense has been about as good as you could expect, probably better. Through three games its allowed just five offensive touchdowns and ranks fifth in defensive efficiency (first among Big 12 teams).But there’s one key stat Spencer would like to see increase: takeaways.Entering Week 4, the Cowboys rank 27th nationally and second in the Big 12 having forced six giveaways. That’s two per game, slightly above OSU’s average of 1.92 since the start of 2013, when Spencer took over as defensive coordinator. The Cowboys are 7th among FBS teams during that stretch.Not good enough according to Spencer.“We need to be able to create more turnovers,” Spencer said. “I’d like to see us get at least three a game. We’ve dropped some interceptions. There’s some strip opportunities that we’ve missed and were a little dicier than what I’d like to see, so I’d like to see us create more turnovers.”Three would be quite a number to average for the stretch of a season. In fact, OSU has only reached it once since Spencer joined the staff in 2008. Year2017201620152014201320122011201020092008 Avg TOs Gained2.001.922.151.082.541.693.382.622.311.92 Only the historically deprivative 2011 team reached that goal with 44 total takeaways, and no FBS team has hit that total since. If the Cowboys can get close to that number in 2017, watch out.But it’s not only taking the ball away, it’s what the Cowboy defense has been able to do with the ball. Of those six, three have ended in the end zone on the same play. The Cowboys are behind only Texas (four) in defensive touchdowns so far.“We pride ourselves on that,” said senior safety Tre Flowers who hauled in his own interception against Pitt. “We try to score at practice every day, and we all always say we’re athletes, so we try to show that when we get to touch the ball. We just have to make it happen.”Flowers hasn’t made it happen, not this year. But junior linebacker Justin Phillips has, catching a deflected pass and heading into the end zone in two straight games. While Phillips will get the praise for his good hands and quick feet, it really is a team effort. It was Darrion Daniels and Chad Whitener who got their mitts in the path of the ball and made those plays possible.It’s been a part of the Spencer’s defensive philosophy for a long time and it’s not just a matter of being lucky. You have to have team speed to get to the ball and some players just seem to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Last year, it was Phillips’ predecessor at Will backer, Devante Averette who had three fumble recoveries. This year, there look to be several players with a nose for the ball.“I mean, it comes with a little bit of luck, and it comes with a lot of hard work,” said Flowers.“You have to teach them,” said Spencer “and I’m sure a lot of people are teaching it right now – but you have to teach it, coach it, stress it and make them hungry for it every snap. It’s barking and screaming at them to knock the ball out, to strip it. It’s pursuit angles. How many turnovers are created by great pursuit angles? How do we coach it? We coach it like that.”To pair with OSU’s two takeaways per game, Saturday’s visitor TCU has given away two turnovers per game in 2017. Kenny Hill has been improved in the interception department so far this year but has not faced an opportunistic defense like Oklahoma State’s. And TCU quarterbacks haven’t fared well inside Boone Pickens Stadium in recent history.Trevone Boykin had two of the worst (if not the worst) games of his career in Stillwater. In 2015, he threw one touchdown and a career-high four interceptions. Two years prior in 2013, he was held without a score and threw three picks. If the Cowboys can make Hill, who’s had his issues with turnovers in the past, relive the nightmare trips of Boykin, the chances of big win for OSU are greatly improved.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Arsenal Time to get physical: Lacazette can be a Premier League star Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 15:30 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Arsenal Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion Premier League Opinion The ex-Lyon sharpshooter can become a star in the English top-flight, once he has adapted to the rigours of the competition It took Alexandre Lacazette just two minutes to announce himself to the Premier League, scoring on his Arsenal debut against Leicester at Emirates Stadium. The deft header from Mohamed Elneny’s cross provided a glimpse of what most supporters would have been expecting over the coming games from their record signing.At a total of £52million, Lacazette represents the priciest outlay of any Arsenal purchase in their entire history – and with the huge price tag comes weighty expectations.10/3 for Bate and Arsenal draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The 26-year-old’s second goal for the Gunners came in a 3-0 win against Bournemouth and he should have arguably had a third in the recent defeat to Stoke where his goal was adjudged to be offside. Regardless of the small print, Lacazette’s positioning in the final third and ability to find the back of the net from a range of positions makes him a different proposition for Premier League defenders.“Yes, I believe that he has adapted to the team play, to the way we want to play football,” said Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. “He connects well with the other players, he’s disciplined, he works hard for the team. On the tactical and technical aspects I’m very pleased.“He still needs to adapt to the physical aspects of the Premier League and that will take maybe a little bit of time.“But overall on the other fronts there is no problem at all. I’m very happy.”Danny Welbeck has been favoured by Wenger this season for his ability to attack the space when Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have the ball. His mutual understanding between the star players and physically imposing frame make him a difficult man to stop in full flow, and that is perhaps the main reason Lacazette has struggled to get a run of starts in the league this season.Adapting to the physical element of the Premier League is the biggest challenge of Lacazette’s adaption period in England. Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata, a fellow newcomer this season to English football, has four goals and two assists in his first six Premier League games – prompting many to question why the French striker hasn’t been able to hit the same heights so far after his electrifying debut.It’s clear that Morata and Lacazette are two very different players. Morata is much more of a target man and while he can hold the ball up fantastically, Lacazette’s strength lies in his link-up play and tendency to chase down opposition defenders rather than his physcial prowess.Those skills are are a huge advantage for Arsenal who have found it hard to find a consistently clinical frontman since the days of Eduardo da Silva and Robin van Persie. But the fear he may be too ‘lightweight’ for England nevertheless persists.Manchester United Jose Mourinho reportedly overlooked signing Lacazette due to doubts over his ‘big-game mentality’ and ‘suitability’ for the Premier League. In his opening games it has been clear that the biggest failing in the Frenchman’s game is that bulky central defenders are able to outmuscle him off the ball.Ozil had a similar problem when he first arrived in England but reaped the rewards of extra gym work at London Colney, putting on a considerable amount of muscle. If Lacazette wants to contribute the kind of goal tally expected of him then he will need to show the dynamism required to adapt to the most physically demanding league in the world. Arsenal legend David Seaman is one individual still yet to be wholly convinced.”It will be difficult for him to get used to the Premier League,” Seaman told Goal. “A lot of new signings find it difficult to settle because they don’t realise how fast and how physical it is, and how fast the games come round.”Sometimes you’re playing two or three times a week. He will get used to it – from what I’ve seen he does look quality. People said he reminds them of Ian Wright, but he has to score a few more goals to remind me of him!”Those Wright comparisons are an example of the high expectations many are pinning on Lacazette. This is the biggest move of his career and, for someone who has spent his entire career at Lyon, it provides a unique and somewhat daunting challenge in a league which exposes even the best players’ weaknesses very quickly.“We have to give him time,” ex-Arsenal and France defender William Gallas told Goal. Gallas knows exactly how hard the transition to the Premier League can be from his successful spells with the Gunners and Chelsea, and pleaded for patience with his compatriot.“Sometimes it’s not easy to change country, you have to speak another language. It’s not easy to settle very quick. I know in football everything is about results so if he doesn’t score many goals people will judge him straight away. We have to give him two years to see what he can do.”“What we know in the Premier League is very physical,” he said. “Every game you gave to be ready. It’s a question everybody needs to ask themselves, if Lacazette will be good for that league. I don’t know. In France he was a great, great player. He scored so many goals. Now he’s in the Premier League it will be a different league, a new challenge for him. We have to wish him all the best and to see if he will settle very well.”Great players in France have not always hit it off in the Premier League. Radamel Falcao and Mario Balotelli are both considered ‘flops’ but their record in Ligue 1 shows that English clubs were right to take a punt on them. Whether Lacazette can become the man to grab 25 goals a season remains to be seen, but early signs suggest he has the majority all the tools necessary to succeed.He has the touch, the work ethic, the technical ability and knows how to finish. The only thing missing from Lacazette’s game, that physical edge in the area, won’t take him long to improve on and perhaps those Wright comparisons will start to come to fruition as the season gets into full gear.He cost £52m for a reason, and it will not be long before Arsenal’s record club signing starts to throw his weight around and show the Premier League what he is made of.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits his side do not yet have the finances to compete with Europe’s elite clubs.Pochettino failed to make a single signing during the summer transfer window and has yet to bring in any new faces this month either.The Argentine has come under increasing pressure to dip into the transfer market after Harry Kane and Dele Alli were ruled out until March with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The club’s faltering form, which saw them go out of the Carabao Cup and FA Cup in the space of four days last week, has also led to calls for Pochettino to freshen up his squad.However, the former Southampton boss insists he will not simply buy for the sake of it and is prepared to make do with his current squad if the right players are not available.Pochettino concedes Spurs cannot compete at the top end of the transfer market, despite currently sitting third in the Premier League and reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League.Their financial situation has not been helped by costs surrounding their new stadium, which they hope to finally move into in March.The 46-year-old cites Premier League leaders Liverpool, who spent in the region of £145million ($189.3m) on two players – defender Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson – last year, as an example of a club which is in a different league financially.“Liverpool need a defender, they get Van Dijk, they need a goalkeeper, who’s the best? Alisson. It’s the same as Manchester City,” Pochettino told ESPN.“In the end, it’s valid as Real Madrid and Barcelona do the same because they’re on a different level.“At the moment, Tottenham haven’t reached that level so when we can’t buy a washing machine, we get a dryer that can do the same job.“Instead of a sofa, we get a chair where you can also sit.“That’s the difference between Tottenham and the teams that are built to win.”After their double cup disappointment, Tottenham return to Premier League action on Wednesday evening against Watford.Pochettino’s side can move to within two points of second-placed Manchester City with a victory over the Hornets at Wembley.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country announced his college commitment late on Sunday night. His decision is a surprising one.Terrance Gipson, the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback recruit in the 2019 class per 247Sports, had scholarship offers from Nebraska and Virginia, and programs like Arizona, Oregon and Texas were expressing interest, too.The 6-foot quarterback, though, has decided to commit to SMU.He announced his decision on Twitter.“Its a blessing and all glory to god, thanks to every supporter and doubter, i am happy to say i will be COMMITTING to Sourthern Methodist University 19’ Takeover,” he wrote.You can view the full announcement below:Its a blessing and all glory to god, thanks to every supporter and doubter, i am happy to say i will be COMMITTING to Sourthern Methodist University ❗️ 19’Takeover ?? pic.twitter.com/1SmgYY6JsJ— p.oppaa (@te_gipson1) June 3, 2018Gipson is a Houston native. He’s the second commitment in SMU’s 2019 class.You can view the Mustangs’ full class here.
Rabat – Moroccan authorities on Saturday seized more than 800 psychotropic tablets and arrested a man at the border crossing point of Bab Sebta (north of Morocco), customs sources said.Customs services seized 879 psychotropic tablets which were concealed in the handbag of a Spanish national of Moroccan origin who intended to smuggle the banned substance into Morocco via the occupied city of Sebta, according to the same sources.The suspect was handed over to Tetouan’s judicial police for further investigation.
Rabat – In 2020, the city of Khouribga will acquire a major project: the largest phosphate pretreatment facility in the world. Located in Oulad Farès, this gigantic project, realized by the OCP group, will require an investment of MAD 3.5 billion.The project will involve the development of a stock of raw phosphate storage and retrieval, three washing lines, flotation and grinding workshops, a decanter for the evacuation of sludge, and dykes for the spreading of sludge and for the recovery of water.This new facility , which will be highly automated, will also allow the recycling of 80% of used water, and the creation of 1,200 million working days and 200 direct jobs. The OCP board also plans to invest a total of MAD 16 billion in the Beni Mellal-Khénifra region to finance 12 projects, including the phosphate pretreatment facility, which were the subject of an investment agreement signed a few days ago in Béni Mellal between the government and the phosphate group.The committee also agreed on 8 projects as part of an additional investment agreement. This agreement will cover the exploitation of new mines, the development and expansion of phosphate wells and the construction of large-scale hydraulic and electrical installations (wastewater treatment plants), the CRI-BK said in a statement.These projects, which are part of the industrial development strategy of the OCP Group, will enable the creation of 3 million working days during the implementation period and, above all, will increase the production capacity and treatment of the Khouribga area to 38 million tonnes per year by 2025, compared to 18 million tonnes at present.
“UNHCR accepts that many asylum applications are unfounded but at these levels of rejection many genuine refugees are being left without a status and are finding themselves in a very vulnerable situation in Greece,” said Karen Farkas, the agency’s representative in the country, responding to the Government’s assertion that the vast majority of these applications are not valid. Because of Greece’s location at the border of the European Union and at the crossroads between Asia, Africa and Europe, considerable numbers of migrants enter the country every year, UNHCR said. Most of those caught entering illegally are arrested and placed in administrative detention, usually for the maximum legal term of three months. In 2004, UNHCR said, Greece granted overall recognition, including humanitarian status, to 0.9 per cent of applicants. The average equivalent figure in other EU member states that year was 26.4 per cent.These figures rose slightly in 2005, but, except for two cases that year, virtually all asylum seekers were rejected at first instance, including medically certified torture survivors, the agency maintains.“States have a legitimate right to monitor their borders in view of growing irregular migration and security concerns,” Ms. Farkas said. “But within the large flow of people that come to Greece are a small number of men, women and children who are seeking safety, some of whom have special needs.”Ms. Farkas added that UNHCR is working with the Greek authorities to create border control mechanisms that help identify people seeking asylum at the earliest possible stage. “Some steps forward have been made with the previous Cabinet and we hope that we will be able to continue building on these in order to improve the situation in Greece and allow refugees to live in safety and dignity,” she said.The awareness campaign is using an image of a see-saw to illustrate the fate of asylum seekers, which UNHCR said hangs in the balance between being accepted as refugees by the authorities or rejected.
Senior center Ashley Adams (33) takes a shot during a game against Michigan State Jan. 26 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 82-68.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorAlthough the Ohio State women’s basketball team lost its last game, the Buckeyes are still standing tall.The roller coaster ride that has been the team’s 2013-14 season is set to make its next stop in West Lafayette, Ind., to take on the No. 25 Purdue Boilermakers (15-7, 5-5) Thursday.The Buckeyes (14-11, 4-5) are coming off of a loss against Wisconsin Sunday, a game from which coach Kevin McGuff said he would like to move forward.“We just have to get back to practice,” McGuff said Wednesday. “That is our formula. We practice well, prepare well, we will play well. Hopefully, we can do that.”Despite the poor performance against the Badgers, OSU is still projected to be one of the “last four in” to the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament according to ESPN’s Bracketology.With a road game against a ranked team looming, McGuff said he does not like to put too much emphasis on projections or a particular game.“I do not ever look at that stuff until we are done playing,” McGuff said concerning the ESPN projections. “What happens when you start saying ‘This is a huge game because…’ then you get to the next game and it is not as big.”OSU redshirt-junior guard Amy Scullion said the win against the Boilermakers in their first meeting was a result of consistent offense and inspired defense.“We played well, we played hard, we made shots,” Scullion said. “That is a big thing for us. When our offense is clicking, it seems like our defense is a lot better.”Fellow Buckeye, junior guard Raven Ferguson, who has led the Buckeyes in scoring three out of the last four games, said the problem for OSU has been a lack of focus.“We need to focus on the finish and finish plays,” Ferguson said. “We just need to play harder as a team.”The Boilermakers will likely be without their leading scorer, redshirt-senior guard KK Houser, who tore her ACL in a loss at Michigan State Sunday. Houser scored a game-high 26 points on 9-20 shooting in Purdue’s loss to OSU Jan. 2.“(Purdue is) going to try and win for her,” McGuff said about Houser’s injury. “I think you will see an incredibly inspired effort (from Purdue) Thursday night.”The Boilermakers rely heavily on their three point shooting ability, as they shoot 38.7 percent from beyond the arc, good for second in the Big Ten. McGuff said he will stress the importance of defending the arc to his team.“They shoot it great,” McGuff said. “They can really light people up from the three point line. We are going to have our hands full defensively. We will need a great effort on that end of the floor.”Although the Boilermakers shoot well from deep, they are not a very big team, and roster lists their tallest player as redshirt-junior center Camille Redmon who stands at 6 feet 4 inches.The Buckeyes seem to excel against smaller teams as they blew out an Illinois team, 90-64, Jan. 30 whose tallest player stands at 6 feet 3 inches.OSU senior center Ashley Adams and redshirt-freshman center Lisa Blair both stand taller than 6 feet 5 inches.“I think that when we play smaller teams, we get our post players involved early and that kind of builds confidence for the team,” Scullion said. “Those are easy buckets for us and I think we build off of that.”The Buckeyes are set to tip off with the Boilermakers Thursday at 7 p.m.
Juan Andres Abarca reports that “Chile’s environmental evaluation service SEA approved more than $7 billion worth of mining projects in the first half of the year, according to information compiled by BNamericas.” The two largest to receive the go ahead from the environmental authorities were Barrick Gold’s $5.2 billion Cerro Casale copper-gold project in northern region III, and the $962 million expansion of state copper producer Codelco’s Salvador division, also in region III. Other projects that were approved include Codelco’s $244 million Quetena for its Chuquicamata division, and the $34.7 million expansion of Haldeman Mining’s (HMC) Tambo de Oro mine in region IV.The list of projects also includes oil well drilling and aggregate extraction, which, under existing regulations, fall under the mining category for evaluation purposes.“Of the 59 mining projects that were approved by the authorities only seven had planned investments above $50 million, while 45 projects had planned investment of $10 million or less,” Abarca explains.“On average, the projects were approved six months after being submitted for evaluation. Barrick’s Cerro Casales project was approved after 18 months, while Codelco’s Salvador division project was approved after 13 months, according to SEA figures.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 4 (JIS): Beginning this week, several of the nation’s major gullies and drains will be cleaned, as the Government heightens activities to eradicate possible mosquito breeding sites.The clean-up activities, which will cost $200 million, are being carried out by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) Secretariat.This was disclosed by Minister of Health, Hon. Horace Dalley, during a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, in Kingston, on February 2. The press conference sought to update the nation on the Zika virus (ZikV) preparedness and response.Mr. Dalley noted that while the Ministry of Health has allocated $200 million to carry out ZikV preparedness and response activities, other Ministries have also allocated other funds to assist in the fight.For his part, Minister of Local Government and Community Development,Hon. Noel Arscott, said the Ministry and all the local authorities, along with the Social Development Commission (SDC), National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), are fully on board to assist with the fight against the Zika virus.He pointed out that gullies and drains have been identified and will be cleaned. “Funds will be made available to do so,” the Minister said.Regarding the proper disposal of tyres, Mr. Arscott reminded persons to put holes in them. “Those who are unable to do so, we are asking them to fill it with sand or earth, so that you will not have any place for the breeding of the mosquitoes,” he said.In the meantime, he is urging Jamaicans to dispose of their garbage properly. “We want to get this programme of cleaning up to be year round, because what is happening is when you do an initiative like this one, people go back to their ways of carelessly discarding garbage,” the Minister said.Minister of Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, reminded Jamaicans that they have a personal responsibility to keep their spaces clean. “We have to change the culture in our country and people have to know that it is their responsibility,” she said. ZikV is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is found in and around areas where people live, work and play.ZikV is from the same family of viruses as dengue and Chikungunya, and share similar symptoms, which include fever, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis, headache, weakness, rash and swelling of the lower limbs.The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe illness requiring hospitalisation is uncommon.Jamaica is among 25 countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region that have confirmed Zika cases. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Gullies And Drains, Hon. Horace Dalley, Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme, Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, ZikV 50,000 Jamaicans Employed Under Jeep Recommended for you
ST. LOUIS (January 28, 2014) – American Soybean Association (ASA) President Ray Gaesser, a farmer from Corning, Iowa, urged Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy today to amend EPA’s proposed 2014 and 2015 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for biomass-based diesel that, if left unchanged, would significantly damage the nation’s growing biodiesel industry and adversely impact soybean growers.In comments submitted to the agency this morning, Gaesser emphasized that EPA’s proposed biomass-based diesel and total Advanced Biofuels levels “are unnecessarily low, will stifle the growth and job creation potential demonstrated by the biodiesel industry, and squander an opportunity for greater emissions reductions and energy diversity.” Gaesser also noted that the levels are “… entirely inconsistent with this Administration’s clear position over the past five years supporting renewable and Advanced Biofuels for their energy, environmental, and economic benefits.”ASA urged that EPA adjust the requirements to be consistent with production levels in 2013, which exceeded 1.7 billion gallons. “As was demonstrated in 2013, the U.S. biodiesel industry can produce volumes greater than 1.28 billion gallons without significant cost or disruption to the economy,” said Gaesser. “There are over 2 billion gallons of U.S. biodiesel production capacity already built and operable and there is sufficient feedstock available to produce above the 1.28 billion gallons proposed by EPA. Biodiesel, including biodiesel produced from soybean oil, is the most prevalent advanced biofuel currently produced in the United States. The industry has met or exceeded the RFS biomass-based diesel volume requirements every year they have been in place and 2013 production exceeded 1.7 billion gallons. Gaesser noted that biodiesel provides numerous benefits for consumers and society as a whole, including support for jobs, displacing petroleum, reducing emissions, lowering soy meal costs for livestock producers and providing a market for over 5 billion pounds of soy oil, much of which was displaced from food markets due to trans fat issues.“There will be both direct and indirect employment benefits in rural areas due to increased biodiesel production,” wrote Gaesser.While biodiesel is not the only factor involved, the economic benefits are supported by the fact that over the past five years, a period when biofuels production has increased significantly, the U.S. agricultural sector has experienced an increase in cash receipts for both crops and livestock, farm related income, gross cash income, and net cash income.For a full transcript of ASA’s comments to EPA, please click here.
WASHINGTON — The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to upgrade existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, told reporters that his group and the Association of American Railroads are jointly asking the Transportation Department for six months to 12 months for rail tank car manufacturers to gear up to overhaul tens of thousands of cars and another three years to retrofit older cars.The two industries, at odds until recently over how best to prevent oil train collisions and fires, also want three years after that to upgrade newer tank cars manufactured since 2011, known as “1232 cars,” he said.The Transportation Department is weighing tougher safety regulations for rail shipments of crude, including stronger tank cars, slower train speeds and more advanced train braking systems. In July, the department proposed that older cars be retrofitted within two years.The longer retrofit timeline reflects the need to allow tank-car makers time to expand their operations while still producing new tank cars, Gerard said.