zoomImage Courtesy: BW Group The shareholders of Hafnia Tankers have given the green light to the company’s proposed merger with BW Tankers, part of BW Group.The voting was held at last week’s extraordinary general meeting of the Denmark-based shipping company, held on Thursday, January 10.Under the merger agreement, signed in December 2018, BW Tankers intends to acquire Hafnia’s assets and liabilities, contracts, rights and obligations.It is proposed that Hafnia and BW Tankers Corp., a Marshall Island subsidiary of BW Tankers, shall merge under the laws of the Marshall Islands, with BW Tankers being the surviving entity.The shareholders of Hafnia will receive consideration for their Hafnia shares in the form of common shares of BW Tankers Limited.The merger agreement follows BW Group’s acquisition of an additional 36.3 pct stake in Hafnia Tankers back in July 2018, bringing the company’s total ownership stake in Hafnia to 43.5 pct.Hafnia said that the completion of the merger is expected to take place in January 2019, subject to certain conditions being fulfilled.The combined company will be one of the largest pure-play product tanker businesses in the world with a fleet of 86 vessels, including newbuilds and excluding sale and leaseback vessels.
Halifax (K’jipuktuk) has been chosen to host the 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), which will be the largest multi-sporting event to be held in Nova Scotia. This also marks the first time the games will be hosted in Atlantic Canada. Premier Stephen McNeil extended congratulations, on behalf of all Nova Scotians, to the Mi’kmaq Sport Council of Nova Scotia on their winning bid. “This is a very proud moment for the Mi’kmaq Sport Council, our Mi’kmaw communities and all Nova Scotians,” said Premier McNeil, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “The games will be an exciting opportunity to showcase our province and celebrate Mi’kmaw culture and heritage as we cheer on the athletes.” The decision was announced today, May 3, in Montreal. Halifax won over competing bids from Ottawa and Victoria. “We are honoured the North American Indigenous Games Council has selected Nova Scotia to host the 2020 games and look forward to welcoming the participants,” said Norman Bernard, chief of Wagmatcook and president of Mi’kmaq Sport Council. “I am confident the games will provide opportunities for all Nova Scotians to learn more about the contributions of our Mi’kmaw and Indigenous culture across the province and North America.” The Government of Nova Scotia has committed $3.5 million to support the games. The event will take place over eight days, which will include more than 5,000 Indigenous participants from over 756 nations in 15 sporting events. Events will be held at various locations in Halifax Regional Municipality and in Millbrook. “I am so excited about Halifax hosting NAIG in 2020, sharing our Mi’kmaw culture with athletes from across North America,” said Mattea Bernard, an athlete from Millbrook. “I hope I will get the chance to compete during the games and this news will provide the motivation I need to get there.” The bid was prepared by the Mi’kmaq Sport Council of Nova Scotia with the support of Nova Scotia’s 13 Mi’kmaq communities, the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, Halifax Regional Municipality, Discover Halifax, Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, Sport Nova Scotia, the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and several community supporters. “It is an honour for Halifax to help make the 2020 NAIG the biggest sporting event our municipality has ever experienced,” said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage. “Hosting NAIG will showcase Mi’kmaw culture and strengthen our understanding of the vibrant Indigenous cultures across North America, while offering excellent sports entertainment and bringing significant economic activity to the region.” The 2017 North American Indigenous Games were hosted in Toronto.
Chennai: The DMK on Monday slammed the Centre for imposing unprecedented resrictions in Jammu and Kashmir. The party said it has decided to oppose the government’s massive action in that state in Parliament. “There is no reason for the central government to create an impression of big threat in Jammu and Kashimir. We will oppose the government. We will stand by the Congress,” party spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member T.K.S. Elangovan told IANS. He said without any reason the government is taking some action in Jammu and Kashmir. The central government has imposed restrictions in Kashmir and has confined former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti to their homes and not allowed them to move out since early Monday. The DMK has 37 members in the Lok Sabha and five members in Rajya Sabha.
OTTAWA – A Federal Court judge has ordered the central bureaucracy that serves the prime minister and cabinet to partially release pages of information on four senators at the heart of the 2013 Senate spending scandal, ruling they were improperly withheld.Justice James O’Reilly ruled parts of the documents — including a memo Canada’s top bureaucrat wrote to then-prime minister Stephen Harper — were wrongly classified as sensitive legal or ministerial advice, making them exempt from public release under the federal access to information law.O’Reilly also agreed that portions of the documents related to senators Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau, Pamela Wallin and former senator Mac Harb should remain out of public view — although those details of the written ruling were among large swaths that remained redacted in order to give the government a chance to appeal.Information commissioner Suzanne Legault said the office is considering whether to appeal any aspects of the decision. The Prime Minister’s Office deferred comment to the Privy Council Office.“We are in receipt of the courts decision and are reviewing it while considering all options,” said PCO spokesman Stephane Shank.An expert on the Access to Information Act said the ruling exposes long-standing issues with the decades-old transparency law that may not be fully addressed in the Liberal government’s proposed changes to the act.“It’s for the most part a good decision within the constraints of the act, but it is not as if the act is changing and the secrecy the act allows for hasn’t changed and doesn’t look like it’s going to change under the federal Liberals,” said Sean Holman, an associate professor of journalism at Calgary’s Mount Royal University.The Liberals have introduced changes to the decades-old transparency law that would let the information watchdog order departments to release documents, but fell short of a lofty campaign promise to make ministers’ offices fully subject to the freedom of information regime. It would also allow for departments to refuse requests that are considered frivolous or “vexatious.”The law allows people who pay $5 to ask for everything from internal federal audits and meeting minutes to correspondence and studies, but gives leeway for officials to withhold information for a variety of reasons.In August 2013, The Canadian Press filed a request to the Privy Council Office, asking for any records created since March about the four senators. Officials refused to release 27 of 28 relevant pages, providing only what O’Reilly described as “innocuous information” like letterhead, signatures, dates and names.The information commissioner took the PMO to court in late 2015, believing officials “erred in fact and in law” when they declared every word on the 27 pages to be exempt from the Access to Information Act.O’Reilly found the documents had factual information that should have been released, including decisions Harper made at the time, and that portions considered to be legal advice were nothing of the kind. The judge also rejected government arguments that some of the information contained sensitive personal information — arguments that appear to have been applied to “discretionary financial benefits.”Further details, again, were deleted from the written ruling.It was in 2013 that the Senate was plunged into scandal when questions were raised, audits ordered, and criminal investigations launched about the housing expenses incurred by Harb, Duffy and Brazeau, as well as Wallin’s travel expenses.Harb resigned that summer after reimbursing some $231,000 to the public purse, and in November the upper chamber voted to suspend Duffy, Wallin and Brazeau without pay for two years.Duffy was charged and then cleared last year of 31 criminal charges relating to his Senate expenses, and the RCMP subsequently closed investigations against Wallin and Brazeau.Duffy is now suing the Senate and the government for more than $7.8 million, claiming his suspension was unconstitutional and a violation of his charter rights, and that the federal government is liable for the RCMP’s alleged negligence in its investigation.The Senate has worked to dig itself out from under the cloud of financial scandal, publicly posting expenses and trying to heed the call of the federal auditor general for greater transparency. There were calls Friday for the upper chamber to have outsiders oversee senators’ expenses, rather than having senators sit in judgment of their peers.“Canadians demand transparency, and an independent body will provide exactly that,” Sen. Peter Harder, the Liberal point man in the Senate, wrote in a column for the digital magazine Policy Options.“The lesson of the past few years is that light kills germs. The Senate has a duty to shine the light on itself in order to regain the confidence and trust of the people and country it serves.”
On World Food Day last week, Jamie Oliver took the opportunity to share again his Food Revolution Day petition in the lead up to the G20 summit in Turkey next month.His petition aims to get food education included in school curriculum for children. Since he has already surpassed his one-million-signatures goal, he’s upped the goal to two million so he can push to get childhood obesity on the G20 agenda.“Only by learning about food, where it comes from, how to cook it and how it affects their bodies, can our children grow up to make better decisions and, ultimately, lead happier, healthier lives,” says Oliver.He is asking fans to share the petition on social media channels, and also for people to set up working groups to tackle childhood obesity in their local communities. “One of the biggest killers on this planet right now is diet related disease,” says Oliver. “One of the things that’s eroding and killing our health systems is diet related disease. Type 2 diabetes has gone completely mad and it’s completely reversible. When you realize that 42 million children across the world under [the age of] five are overweight or obese, this is a really critical time in global health and it’s costing us a fortune.”You can sign the petition here.Copyright ©2015Look to the Stars
(Melika Popp, who was sterilized against her will told APTN Investigates that the Saskatchewan hospitals review time is too narrow. Photo: APTN Investigates)Holly Moore and Cullen CrozierAPTN National NewsA Saskatchewan woman at the centre of a forced sterilization scandal says an external review launched by health region officials is not properly resourced and lacks the time required to conduct a thorough investigation into systemic racism in healthcare.Melika Popp was among four Indigenous women who came forward alleging they were sterilized against their will over the last decade at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.She and two other women were the subject of APTN Investigates report “Against Their Will” which will re-air this Friday March 10.In January 2017, the Saskatoon Health Region appointed Metis lawyer Yvonne Boyer and Metis physician Dr. Judith Bartlett to lead the review.A spokesperson for the region said in an email they will not be conducting any interviews until the review is complete. They said they were not involved in designing the process “in order to ensure its independence.”Popp is cooperating with the review panel and said she has plans to meet them mid-March but said their time frame is too narrow as potential survivors only have a few months to respond.“There’s a question whether the resources and the time and space is there to ensure the experts can thoroughly assess not only the files but the broad practices of the health regions.” she said. “I’m really happy and pleased that the external reviewers have extensive knowledge of past and current issues relating to Indigenous human rights violations.” Popp said, adding she has faith in the experts chosen by the health region.The review panel sent out a poster publicizing that it was seeking Indigenous women who felt they had been coerced into having their tubes tied after delivery in a Saskatoon hospital. Popp questioned the value of putting the onus on women to come forward as opposed to reviewing charts for what she calls the health regions’ “biases, systemic racism, intolerant attitudes and discriminatory approaches.”“I had hoped that these issues would be explored,” she said. “There should be calls to action, recommendations that were made and enforced. Not years from now but very soon.”An email from the health authority said the review is required to actively seek women who may have had similar experiences.“This was a requirement because, as we know from past, unrelated reviews, medical charts do not document a woman’s experience or how they felt during and after they were in our care.” the email said in part. “This review is about ensuring we have the right policies, procedures and training in place to support patients in this care environment. We hope this review will provide further recommendations on how we can improve.”Popp said she wants to encourage more survivors to come forward.“Lend your voices to this issue, otherwise change is not going to happen,” she urged. “I want transformative change in the healthcare region…where my children and future grandchildren never have to experience this again.”
Rabat – In the last four and a half years, more than 1,600 children seeking asylum in the Netherlands have gone missing from their accommodation and the majority of them are Moroccan. According to data from the Dutch news outlet NRC Handelsblad, Moroccan children make up the largest demographic that have been disappearing. Data reports that 325 of the asylum seekers that went missing are Moroccan. Children from Algeria made up the second largest group at 190, while asylum seekers from Afghanistan (167), Syria and Eritrea (114 each) also accounted for the large losses.Morocco and Algeria are both considered “safe” countries, meaning these citizens have little chance of being granted asylum in the Netherlands, and likely face being sent back to their country of origin. Moroccan children who made the journey to the Netherlands from Africa might be struggling with the reality that they are unwelcome to stay. The Dutch policy for individuals who do not receive asylum establishes that “foreign nationals who have no right of residence in the Netherlands must leave the country.” The government can offer financial assistance for their return, but “anyone who does not leave voluntarily can be expelled.” While some children leave their housing to live with family members in the nearby countries of Germany, Belgium, or France, information from the detention centers says other children are exploited by criminal networks.Social workers with Nidos, an organization which regulates guardianship for asylum seekers under 18, said they had encountered Moroccan children with shopping lists of perfume, clothes, and other items they had been ordered to steal on commission. Many of the children battle addictions to Clonazepam, a drug used to treat seizures and panic attacks.Police in Rotterdam said they have frequently picked up minors in the city and took them to the central housing center in Ter Apel, but the children either refused to go into the shelter or left again during the night.Police have been called to deal with incidents involving asylum seekers 4,600 times in 2018, according to the annual justice ministry report on asylum seekers in the Netherlands.Though there were nearly 600 asylum seekers of Moroccan nationality in the Netherlands, asylum seekers who come from Morocco and Algeria accounted for almost half the incidents involving shoplifting or pickpocketing.Police also registered cases of physical abuse, threatening behavior, and damage to property. In addition, the figures include suicides, suicide threats, and violation of house rules in asylum seekers’ centers.In 2013, the police, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Nidos, and COA noted problems with Moroccan children hopping from day to day care through Europe.The Netherlands comes 7th in the list of European countries with 21,945 asylum requests. Germany tops the list with 173,640.
Rohana was sentenced to death by an Abu Dhabi court after being convicted on charges of murder, breaking into a house and having an illicit affair with a woman. “I’m asking for forgiveness from all that others have endured because of me,” Rohana said. The executed man’s belongings were given to his friend.Police released the body of Rohana to his relative and friend for burial. (Gulf News) A man was executed on Thursday morning by firing squad in Abu Dhabi after being convicted of murdering an Emirati Engineer in Al Ain in 2002.Sources confirmed that 36-year-old Alex Rohana, a Sri Lankan, was executed at 7am in the presence of a judge, general public prosecutor, Imam, doctor and police officials. Rohana converted to Islam in 2008. He asked his friend on Wednesday not to inform his mother or daughter that he had been executed. Rohana stabbed to death Mohammad Obaid Al Muhairi, a 39-year-old father of eight children.Al Muhairi was the deputy head of the engineering section at Al Ain Municipality and Town Planning Department. Blood parents of the victim refused to waive their rights or pardon the killer.A day before his execution, Rohana told Gulf News over the phone from a cell in solitary confinement that he regretted what he did and that he accepted his destiny. Rohana also said that police officials and the prison warden had been very kind and supportive. Rohana, a father of one daughter who worked for a company in Fujairah, was having an affair with a Sri Lankan housemaid during the time of the attack. On the night of the murder Rohana went to meet the woman at her sponsor’s house in Al Ain to spend the night with her in her room.While the couple were together, the Al Muhairi woke up for morning prayers and when he heard strange noises coming from the housemaid’s room he went to check. The housemaid reportedly denied that someone else was in her room.Rohana tried to run away but was caught by Al Muhairi, they fought and Rohana attacked Al Muhairi, stabbing him to death in his chest with a knife.
The court ordered that the passport of Yoshitha Rajapaksa be released for him to travel overseas. (Colombo Gazette) Yoshitha Rajapaksa, son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been given court approval to travel overseas for medical treatment.The Colombo High Court granted the approval base on a request put forward by Rajapaksa’s lawyers.
Niagara police are warning the public after a potentially dangerous item was stolen from a Niagara-on-the-lake greenhouse.Police were notified that a Dramm Autofog chemical applicator was stolen from the property.The automatic chemical applicator is used to disperse hazardous pesticides or other agricultural chemicals in enclosed spaces.Police say it can be hazardous and poses a serious risk to life and health if used improperly. Anyone with information related to this incident or with information regarding the current location of this chemical applicator is asked by police to contact them directly or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
The 88-member Assembly decided that the position of Speaker should be a permanent one, and that an absolute majority – 45 votes or more – would be sufficient to elect the speaker. Mr. Guterres, also known as “Lu-Olo,” was subsequently chosen in an open vote with 68 votes in favor, one against and 17 abstentions. Two Assembly members were absent from today’s session.Due to delays in today’s proceedings, the Constitutional Commission reports will be handed over to the Constituent Assembly by UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello tomorrow instead of today as planned. The reports from each of East Timor’s districts contain input from tens of thousands of East Timorese on what they would like to be considered by the Constituent Assembly when drafting a Constitution.The members of the Assembly were sworn in on Saturday in the newly refurbished Constituent Assembly building, funded by the Government of Australia. Members now have 90 days to write and adopt a Constitution that will determine what type of political system East Timor will adopt. “It is up to you all to demonstrate that democracy in East Timor exists more than during infrequent elections but rather becomes part of the fabric of everyday life,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said in a speech at the ceremony. “You answer to the people of East Timor each and every day you hold this office and you must make them proud.”In other news, eight East Timorese children separated from their parents following the 1999 Popular Consultation returned today to their hometowns in Aileu, Viqueque and Manatuto districts from orphanages in Indonesia. The children had been placed in Java orphanages by the pro-integrationist Hati Foundation after being removed from their parents in West Timor refugee camps. They were escorted from Denpasar by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).Another 116 East Timorese children are believed to be currently living in Java orphanages, and a further 1,000 in other Indonesian provinces. Since 1999, UNHCR and IOM have reunited more than 600 children with their parents in West Timor and East Timor.
Noting in particular an ongoing build-up of capacity in tuna fisheries in the western and central Pacific Ocean, 84 members of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) suggested that regional governments take urgent preventive steps, including a halt to the introduction of additional large-scale fishing vessels. At the close of technical consultations held from 24 to 29 June at FAO’s Rome headquarters, the group, including the European Union, entrusted the organization with creating a central date bank on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing worldwide and with developing common benchmarks for measuring fishing capacity. FAO was also asked to conduct a global review of fishing capacity and intensify the technical support it provides to resource-strapped developing countries struggling with the problems of capacity management and illicit fishing. According to FAO reports IUU fishing continues to worsen, while global fishing capacity has started to level off, at least in terms of the number of fishing vessels and their combined tonnage. The most common IUU violations involve the use of illegal gear, followed by disregard for established fishing seasons, fishing in closed areas and catches of illegal or undersized species. Studies based on information from 82 FAO member countries highlighted gaps in information on vessel catches and activities as a major barrier to better control of IUU fishing. Around 63 per cent of countries responding to a FAO survey indicated they know the positions of most fishing vessels operating in their waters and can determine catch levels using vessel-provided information. But only 60 per cent of countries allowing foreign ships to fish in their national waters indicated they actually verify that those ships are properly authorized to do so by their port states. In terms of fishing on the high seas, the survey concluded that while some controls are in place, fewer than half of countries are exerting effective control over vessels flying their flags. On the positive side regional fishery bodies reported in a separate FAO study that they are adopting an increasing range of measures against IUU fishing.
“I firmly condemn the attacks against the cultural institutions of the country and the looting of its cultural property,” said the Director-General of the UN Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. “This constitutes irreversible damage to the history and identity of the Egyptian people.” Ms. Bokova urged Egyptian authorities to ensure the protection and integrity of museums, sites and historical buildings, including those of religious importance. She also appealed to the Egyptian authorities to prevent the trafficking of cultural objects stolen from the Malawi National Museum.“Egypt’s exceptional cultural heritage is not only an inheritance of the past, reflecting its rich and diverse history; it is also a legacy for future generations and its destruction seriously weakens the foundations of Egyptian society,” said Irina Bokova.Ms. Bokova reiterated her agency’s readiness to provide technical support and mobilize the partner organizations of the 1970 Convention against Illicit Traffic of Cultural Heritage, including the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the World Customs Organization. On Saturday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the recent attacks on mosques and churches “unacceptable” and appealed to authorities to contain violence and revive the political process immediately.Egypt has been undergoing a democratic transition following the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak two years ago in the wake of mass protests. Last month, renewed protests – in which dozens of people were killed and wounded – led to the Egyptian military deposing Mr. Morsy. The Constitution was then suspended and an interim government set up.
ST. LOUIS — Ryan O’Reilly, Brayden Schenn and Alex Pietrangelo finished with a goal and an assist, and the St. Louis Blues snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.Ivan Barbashev, Zach Sanford and Robby Fabbri also scored for the Blues, who posted their highest goal total in 11 games. Robert Thomas had a pair of assists, and Jake Allen made 26 saves as interim head coach Craig Berube earned his first win since taking over after Mike Yeo was fired on Monday night.Nick Bonino and Ryan Hartman scored for the Predators, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Juuse Saros was pulled in favour of Pekka Rinne after giving up five goals on 15 shots.The Blues scored the first two goals of the game and never trailed, splitting a home-and-home with the Predators after losing at Nashville on Wednesday. It was the most goals the Predators have allowed this season.Barbashev finished on a give-and-go with Jordan Schmaltz that resulted from a Miikka Salomaki turnover, giving the Blues a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. It was the first time in six games that St. Louis got the opening goal, a streak that dated to Nov. 10.O’Reilly made it 2-0 Blues with 6:51 left in the first, marking St. Louis’ first multi-goal game in their last five contests.Bonino’s power-play goal for the Predators cut the deficit to 2-1 with 5:48 left in the first. It was Nashville’s first shot on goal.Schenn answered 67 seconds later on a breakaway to make it 3-1 Blues.Sanford gave the Blues a 4-1 lead 46 seconds into the second off a feed from O’Reilly. It was Sanford’s first goal in 11 games, dating to Oct. 27.Fabbri made it 5-1 Blues with 8:07 left in the second. Fabbri’s first goal in eight games chased Saros.NOTES: Predators G Pekka Rinne won his 320th career game on Wednesday, passing Miikka Kiprusoff for most wins by a Finnish-born goalie in NHL history. . Blues F Robert Thomas scored his first NHL goal on Wednesday, becoming the fourth-youngest player in franchise history to score a goal at 19 years, 142 days. . The Predators scratched C Zac Rinaldo and D Matt Irwin. . The Blues scratched D Carl Gunnarsson, LW Alexander Steen and RW Nikita Soshkinov.UP NEXTNashville: Hosts Anaheim on Sunday.St. Louis: Hosts Winnipeg on Saturday.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJoe Harris, The Associated Press
Auburn (7-5, Southeastern Conference) vs. Purdue (6-6, Big Ten), Dec. 28, 1:30 p.m. ESTLOCATION: Nashville, TennesseeTOP PLAYERSAuburn: LB Deshaun Davis, 107 tackles, 14 tackles for loss.Purdue: WR Rondale Moore, 103 catches for 1,164 yards and 12 touchdowns plus 18 carries for 203 yards and 1 touchdown.NOTABLEAuburn: The Tigers were ranked as high as seventh early in the year but had a disappointing season that included a 3-5 conference record.Purdue: The Boilermakers became bowl eligible by beating Indiana 28-21 in their regular-season finale. They recorded one of the season’s most notable upsets by trouncing Ohio State 49-20 on Oct. 20. Purdue will enter bowl season with plenty of momentum following coach Jeff Brohm’s decision to stay with the Boilers rather than leaving for Louisville.LAST TIMEThis will be the first meeting between these two teams.BOWL HISTORYAuburn: Second Music City Bowl and 42nd overall bowl appearance. Auburn beat Wisconsin 28-14 in the 2003 Music City Bowl.Purdue: First Music City Bowl and 19th overall bowl appearance.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press
On Tuesday, Brazil and Germany kick off the World Cup semifinals, where there are no real party-crashers to be found. Including A Seleção and Die Mannschaft, four of the top five teams in the pre-Cup Elo ratings are still active in the tournament. Sorry, Spain.Brazil vs. Germany: 4 p.m. EDTIn BriefWith such evenly matched squads — and the ever-present specter of randomness — barring a huge blowout, the final four games of the World Cup are unlikely to provide much of a referendum on which side is truly the world’s best. But at the same time, the absence of a longshot entry boosts the chances that one of the remaining four teams is in fact the “true” best team in the field. More important, it also increases the odds that we’ll see a pair of exciting, close matches at the doorstep of the World Cup final.IN DEPTHBrazil was the World Cup favorite before the tournament began, and its championship chances still rank first according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Our official projections even say there’s a 73 percent probability that Brazil will beat Germany Tuesday and advance to the final. But those numbers don’t know that the gifted Brazilian striker Neymar will miss the rest of the tournament with a broken vertebra, an injury he sustained against Colombia in the quarterfinals. If we account for his absence (and that of his teammate Thiago Silva, who racked up two yellow cards and must sit out Tuesday’s match), Brazil’s chances of beating Germany drop to somewhere near 65 percent, numbers fueled in large part simply by the match’s location on Brazilian soil.To put it another way: If this game were staged at a neutral site, it would probably be close to a toss-up between Germany and Brazil-sans-Neymar-and-Silva.To a certain extent, that’s because Brazil has been far from dominant during its run to the semis. First, Mexico played it to a draw in the group phase, then it squeaked by Chile (on penalties) and Colombia in its knockout matches. Over the past month, the gap between Brazil’s Soccer Power Index (SPI) rating and that of second-ranked Argentina has been nearly sliced in half, despite the Argentines playing largely to expectation. That Brazil is still rated first in SPI owes as much to our prior beliefs about its strength as to anything it’s actually accomplished in the tournament.And Germany is a force to be reckoned with. While they haven’t consistently overwhelmed opponents with their ballyhooed offensive prowess (aside from netting six goals in their first two matches — including four against Portugal), the Germans have answered many of the defensive questions that surrounded them before the tournament began, keeping clean sheets against Portugal, the United States and France. And they’ll need to be staunch at that end of the pitch against a Brazilian team that still has plenty of firepower, even without Neymar.One major tactical storyline to keep an eye on will be the philosophical chess between the pass-heavy, possession-focused Germans and a Brazilian side still keenly interested in dribbling through the defense. Among semifinalist teams, only Argentina has maintained ball possession more often than Germany, and nobody makes more short passes per game than the Germans. Germany’s approach is to patiently work the ball into the opponent’s territory, passing it around until its players can create a high-percentage scoring opportunity. Brazil, on the other hand, loves to dribble the ball and create chances by taking on defenders in one-on-one situations.A compelling wrinkle will be how this changes without Neymar, Brazil’s most active dribbler. It’s likely that Hulk and Oscar will be asked to pick up some of the slack, but it will be interesting to see how Brazil adjusts its overall style in the absence of its most prolific offensive playmaker.On balance, Brazil should still be favored — if only because of home-field advantage. In close matches like this, officiating can play a sizable role, and there’s a good amount of research suggesting home teams get favorable treatment from the referees (perhaps more so in soccer than in other sports). In terms of ability, though, these two teams are very close to evenly matched.OFF THE PITCHBrazil and Germany have had good off-the-pitch relations for decades, particularly in the economic sphere. The Observatory of Economic Complexity has information on trade between the two countries that dates back to 1962, and shows that the two nations have been exchanging mostly the same stuff the whole time. Coffee, iron and soybeans were among the top Brazilian exports to Germany both in 1962 and in 2012.Similarly, machinery remains the top category of German exports to Brazil, although the specific products have changed over time. Metalworking and textile machinery reigned supreme in 1962, while cars and car parts took the largest shares of exports in 2012.But what’s most notable is how much these countries’ bilateral trade has grown. In 1962, Brazilian exports to Germany totaled $173 million and German exports to Brazil totaled $161 million. Trade in both directions surpassed the $1 billion mark in the 1970s, and was up to $11 billion in both directions in 2010, when both countries agreed to further strengthen their economic ties. Exports headed toward Germany have nearly doubled since, with $20 billion worth flowing out of Brazil in 2012. But it looks like Germany got the sweeter end of the deal, with Brazil buying $28 billion of its products the same year.FURTHER READINGIt’s a Huge Upset When All the World Cup Favorites WinHow Neymar’s Injury Affects Brazil’s Chances at the World Cup
OSU frehsman JaQuan Lyle (13) surveys the court during a game against UT Arlington on Nov. 20 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. OSU lost 73-68. Credit: Hannah Roth |Lantern PhotographerFor the second straight game, the Ohio State men’s basketball team (2-2) was drubbed by a mid-major program.After falling to Louisiana Tech (4-0) 82-74 at the Schottenstein Center on Tuesday night, coach Thad Matta’s squad is left searching for answers.“I think this team has to find itself,” Matta said. “I think that we have to look at our weaknesses, admit that we have them and find ways to correct them.”Those weaknesses, unmasked within minutes of the tipoff, have hindered this unripe, youthful team.Its first few offensive possessions, predictably, ended in a turnover and a missed free throw.“We’ve got to stop trying to make the big play and just make the right play,” sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “That’s where a lot of turnovers come from. We’ve just got to play a smarter game. Free throws are all mental. We’ve got to get up there and think we’re going to make it, and we’ll make it. We work too hard on our free throws to miss like that.”Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech went on a 7-0 run to open the game and never looked back. It never trailed throughout the course of 40 minutes.The Bulldogs, led by senior guard Alex Hamilton — who scored a team-high 24 points — found their stroke from behind the arc, and it started early on.Spacing the floor, knocking down threes and beating the Buckeyes to loose balls, Louisiana Tech outpaced OSU.This time around, a lack of energy or toughness wasn’t the issue; offensive consistency was.“We can’t relax,” Tate, who registered a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, said. “It felt like we relaxed when we tied it up. We just have to learn for the remainder of the year to keep the foot on the pedal. We have to keep those runs going and at the defensive end dig even deeper.”Newly minted starting center, freshman Daniel Giddens, contributed eight rebounds and four blocks, while freshman guard Austin Grandstaff added nine points, shooting 60 percent from the 3-point line. The duo helped the Buckeyes surge right before the half to cut Louisiana Tech’s lead to 42-38.“I thought Daniel was pretty good tonight,” Matta said. “He’s one guy that you can look out there on the floor and you know who he’s playing for. You know how important (the game is to him) — the passion.”The game’s defining moment came with 11:26 left in the second half.Down 55-54, Marc Loving – who scored a game-high 25 points – went to the free throw line with a chance to give OSU its first lead of the night. The junior forward missed one, then Louisiana Tech pushed the ball, hit a corner three and took the energy right out of the area.It was a common occurrence.Every time OSU gained momentum, the Bulldogs killed it with a timely three or galvanizing slam dunk.“It definitely gets us down when we try to work on it,” sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop said. “We’ve got to get down on turnovers and make more free throws.”As a team, OSU missed 10 free throws, turned the ball over 14 times and a seasoned, well-balanced and aggressive Louisiana Tech team made it pay for every mental mistake it made. Following the loss, OSU is scheduled to face Memphis on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Miami. Matta, however, is not looking ahead to the Tigers. “I need to worry about us,” he said, “more than I need to worry about them.”
The Native Title Mining Agreement for Kalkaroo has now been signed, opening the way for grant of a Mining Lease over Havilah Resources Ltd’s copper-cobalt-gold project area. The agreement was executed between the Ngadjuri Adnyamathanha Wilyakali Native Title Aboriginal Corp (NAWNTAC) and Havilah. This took place at the conclusion of a special sitting of the Federal Court in Orroroo last week at which a consent determination was made in favour of NAWNTAC in respect of the overlapping native title claims of the Adnyamathanha, Ngadjuri and Wilyakali people. NAWNTAC is a corporate entity that jointly represents the interests of the three native title groups and will be the first point of contact for future native title matters in this specific area.Based on an innovative profit-sharing arrangement for the mutual benefit of all stakeholdersIncludes non-financial criteria such as employment, training, and business development opportunitiesWay now open for the grant of a Mining Lease over the Kalkaroo copper-cobalt-gold project.This represents another very significant milestone on the path to the potential development of the Kalkaroo project as a major new copper-cobalt-gold mine in South Australia’s northeast.Havilah’s newly appointed Chairman, Mark Stewart said: “The importance of the execution of this agreement cannot be overstated and represents a massive leap forward in the implementation of Havilah’s Copper Strategy – Enhanced by Cobalt, as it should now result in the grant of the Kalkaroo Mining Lease. It is the culmination of many years of patient and persistent negotiation, introducing innovative concepts such as EBITDA, by Havilah executives, namely Chris Giles and Walter Richards.“Acceptance of the EBITDA profit sharing concept is a good outcome for all parties. “I would like to acknowledge the support of our legal advisor, Abigail Steed, and also the co-operation and good will of the native title holder groups and their legal advisors over an extended period of time,” he said.The Kalkaroo copper-cobalt-gold deposit is located some 500 km northeast of Adelaide in proximity to a main highway, the transcontinental railway and the regional mining centre of Broken Hill. Based on a 100 Mt Ore Reserve independently estimated by RPMGlobal (0.47% Cu and 0.44 g/t Au), it is the largest known undeveloped open pit copper-gold deposit in Australia on a copper-equivalent Ore Reserve basis.The picture shows Dr Chris Giles signing the Kalkaroo Native Title Mining Agreement with the Native Title Holders on behalf of Havilah.
The parents and friends committee of St George College are going to paint the town red and party hard at their annual dinner dance. Betty Livaditis, secretary, St George College Parents and Friends Committee, told Neos Kosmos that this is the biggest event that the committee runs. “It’s a committee is a fundraising committee for the school. The events are done outside of school hours and include Greek dances and quiz nights, barbecues and all the funds go back to the school.” The committee has been instrumental in raising funds for the school to help with their infrastructure, buildings, the school bus and events for the children to ensure they get the best education available. Livaditis said “because the community is quite strong, we get a lot of people who have left the school or still have some connection to the school it gives them an opportunity to come back and support the school”. The school dancing group will be performing on the night and DJ Valandi will be providing entertainment. The Parents and Friends Committee St George College Dinner Dance will be held on the Saturday 20 August at the Messinian Hall, 68 Stephens Terrace, Torrensville. Tickets are $25 for adults and children free. Contact Gina on 0403 315 499 or Betty on 0403 984 721 to book your table. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Kindle : les deux nouveaux appareils d’Amazon sont en rupture de stockIl y a une semaine, Amazon sortait deux nouvelles tablettes de lecture à des prix largement plus bas que ceux pratiqués auparavant. Aujourd’hui, l’entreprise doit faire face à une large rupture de stock.Les deux nouvelles tablettes Kindle d’Amazon ont été présentées à la vente la semaine dernière, pour un prix largement inférieur à celui des tablettes précédentes. Si l’entreprise se défend de vouloir concurrencer l’iPad, il n’empêche que cette nouvelle stratégie de vente porte ses fruits, puisque Amazon est aujourd’hui en rupture de stock. Ainsi, le groupe prévient actuellement ses clients qu’il leur faudra patienter un mois avant de recevoir leur nouvelle tablette, ce qui amène à une expédition prévue autour du 4 septembre prochain explique l’AFP.Les deux nouvelles tablettes Kindle sont disponibles au prix de 139 dollars pour la version classique, et de 189 dollars pour la version connectée au Wi-Fi et à la 3G. Amazon insiste sur le fait que le Kindle est le produit le plus vendu sur son site internet depuis deux ans, et cela sans jamais fournir de chiffres précis. Le 4 août 2010 à 13:09 • Emmanuel Perrin