Premier League: Manchester City snap Liverpool’s unbeaten run, cut lead to four

first_imgLeroy Sane struck the winner as Manchester City beat Liverpool 2-1 in a gripping Premier League clash on Thursday, inflicting the first loss of the season on Juergen Klopp’s side and cutting their lead at the top to four points.The game at the Etihad Stadium lived up to its billing with both sides showing that for all their trademark attractive football, they can go hard in a physical battle when so much is on the line.City’s recent run of three defeats in five games had raised questions over whether the champions had the durability to sustain a title challenge with a Liverpool side who have had an air of invincibility about them.But with key midfielders Fernandinho and David Silva back in the side and veteran skipper Vincent Kompany recalled at centre back, Pep Guardiola’s side showed they had steel to match their undoubted technique and remain very much in contention for a successful defence of their crown.”The game was a real game for both sides, two incredible teams,” Guardiola said.”We were outstanding from the first minute and happy with the victory to reduce the gap and everything’s open.”A first defeat of the season for the Reds. #MCILIV FC (@LFC) January 3, 2019Liverpool were unable to get their front three operating at their best, but could easily have taken a point at the end with City keeper Ederson making a fine save to keep out Mohamed Salah’s effort and the Merseysiders piling on pressure in stoppage-time.advertisement”A very intense game and we were unlucky in our finishing moments,” Klopp said.”They had periods of dominance of course but we came back and had chances, it’s always like this but you have to score in those moments.”We lost to Manchester City but we have to show constantly we are at the top of our game. The boys tried everything but we got nothing for it tonight.”There was a rarely a dull moment after Sadio Mane hit the post for Liverpool in the 18th minute.From the resulting scramble, John Stones’s attempted clearance bounced off his keeper Ederson and the City defender did superbly to clear off the line with the ball millimetres from going in.TIGHT ANGLEIt was City who broke through five minutes before the break when Bernardo Silva found Sergio Aguero inside the box and the Argentine unleashed a fierce drive, from the tightest of angles, to fire past Alisson and make it 1-0.Gran triunfo ante un durísimo rival para seguir en la lucha. Este equipo nunca se rinde. Y gracias a todos por tanto apoyo/ Major victory against a truly tough rival, allowing us to stay in the race for the top. This team will keep on the fight! Thank you all for the support Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) January 3, 2019Liverpool responded strongly after the break, though, and drew level when Andrew Robertson met a deep Trent Alexander-Arnold cross with a cushioned volley for Roberto Firmino to head in from close range.City were not finished, however, and restored their lead in the 72nd minute when Raheem Sterling broke from midfield and fed Sane on the left, the German winger driving home off the inside of the far post.Aguero went close to a third after Sterling led a swift counter-attack but Alisson was up to the task while at the other end Ederson produced a fine save to keep out Salah’s angled effort.Alisson did well again to stop a close-range blast from Bernardo Silva in the final minute of normal time before Liverpool laid siege to City’s goal and Stones again had to clear off the line.The tension got to both managers with Klopp appearing to gesticulate at City supporters while Guardiola lost his cool in a rage with the fourth official.Kompany was still full of adrenaline as he looked back on an epic night at the Etihad.”I’m absolutely buzzing with a tremendous performance we went toe to toe with a very physical very aggressive team and we matched them if not more,” he said.The result is the result, it’s still in Liverpool’s hands but the performance was beyond anything I’ve ever witnessed.”last_img read more

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Miami Open: Naomi Osaka stunned by Hsieh Su-wei, Serena Williams withdraws

first_imgMiami Open: Naomi Osaka stunned by Hsieh Su-wei, Serena Williams withdrawsNaomi Osaka was shocked by Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei in the third round as eight-time Miami Open champion Serena Williams withdrew due to a knee injury.advertisement Next Reuters MiamiMarch 24, 2019UPDATED: March 24, 2019 11:27 IST Miami Open 2019: Hsieh Su-wei came from a set down to beat Naomi Osaka (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHsieh Su-wei beat Naomi Osaka 4-6 7-6(4) 6-3Serena Williams withdrew due to a knee injuryPetra Kvitova beat Donna Vekic 6-4 3-6 6-4The Miami Open lost two of its biggest drawcards on Saturday with world number one Naomi Osaka suffering a shock third-round loss to Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei after eight-times champion Serena Williams withdrew due to a knee injury.The 33-year-old Hsieh came from a set down to prevail 4-6 7-6(4) 6-3 as her unorthodox style frustrated, perplexed and finally wore down U.S. and Australian Open champion Osaka.Osaka, who lost in the fourth round at Indian Wells and could lose her number one ranking depending on how others do in the tournament, said the mental side of her game had let her down.”I just think I got too emotional, which is something I did last match, too,” she said. “I would just say I was kind of immature today. I was thinking too much.”Hsieh had lost her two previous matches with Osaka, including a hard-fought contest in Melbourne in January, but came back from a break down in each of the last two sets, saving eight of the 12 break points she faced.The Taiwanese had knocked out then world number one Simona Halep at Wimbledon last year and again demonstrated her range of clever shot making against a much more powerful opponent.”It’s always great to pick up a better level during the match,” Hsieh said.”Every time you’ve made it and you beat a good player, you feel: Wow, this is everything. This is so amazing, and I’ve made it.””I was thinking too much, like everything was on my racquet. Honestly, she has the ability to make winners, too”@Naomi_Osaka_ # opens up following her third round exit at the @MiamiOpen. (@WTA) March 24, 2019DEPRESSINGOsaka looked on course for a straightforward win after she broke for a 5-4 lead in the opener then delivered an ace to serve out the set.Serving for the match at 5-4 in the second, Osaka’s charge began to wilt and Hsieh fought back with some brilliant tennis to take it to a tiebreak before levelling the match with a lovely passing winner.At 3-3 in the third set, Hsieh took advantage of Osaka’s ineffective serve and mounting error count to get a key break and had no trouble holding for a 5-3 lead.A delightful dropshot winner finally put paid to an exasperated Osaka’s resistance, sealing another break and the victory after two hours and 18 minutes of play.Osaka had won 63 straight matches after taking the first set but Hsieh’s victory brought that run to an end and set up a fourth round meeting with Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Romanian qualifier Monica Niculescu 6-4 7-6(4).”It’s depressing,” Osaka said of the streak coming to an end. “I know that record. I was thinking about it right after I lost.”Asked if she might have underestimated Hsieh, Osaka said: “I don’t think I ever underestimated her because all the times I played her was three sets. In Australia, honestly she should have won but I found a way to win it.”I think maybe today I overestimated myself maybe in a way.” The stunning upset came after the tournament had earlier lost American great Williams to a left knee injury.It is the second consecutive WTA event she has been forced to retire from after she withdrew from last week’s tournament in Indian Wells with a viral illnessEarlier, world number two Petra Kvitova needed three sets and more than two and a half hours to beat Croatia’s Donna Vekic 6-4 3-6 6-4 in a clash of heavy hitters.The two-time Wimbledon champion seed will meet Caroline Garcia in the fourth round after the Frenchwoman knocked out 15th seeded German Julia Goerges 6-0 7-5.Also Read | Roger Federer fights back to beat Radu AlbotFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Tags :Follow Miami OpenFollow Naomi OsakaFollow Hsieh Su-weiFollow Serena Williamslast_img read more

Education Ministry, UWI Partnering to Provide Teacher-Training Scholarships

Dr. Spencer explained that in-service students would have already gained a teaching diploma, but are currently teaching Mathematics, English Language and Geography without the requisite bachelor’s degree. Addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, at the Agency’s head office in Kingston on Wednesday (June 6), Undergraduate Coordinator and Deputy Dean at the School of Education, Dr. Aisha Spencer, said the scholarships will target two categories of potential candidates. Story Highlights The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is partnering with the School of Education at the University at the West Indies (UWI), Mona, St. Andrew, to award 200 scholarships to educators, and individuals desirous of pursuing training in teacher education. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is partnering with the School of Education at the University at the West Indies (UWI), Mona, St. Andrew, to award 200 scholarships to educators, and individuals desirous of pursuing training in teacher education.Addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, at the Agency’s head office in Kingston on Wednesday (June 6), Undergraduate Coordinator and Deputy Dean at the School of Education, Dr. Aisha Spencer, said the scholarships will target two categories of potential candidates.These, she indicated, are in-service students who will pursue a 66-credit programme, and pre-service students who will have the opportunity to pursue a 90-credit programme.Dr. Spencer explained that in-service students would have already gained a teaching diploma, but are currently teaching Mathematics, English Language and Geography without the requisite bachelor’s degree.The pre-service student programme in Mathematics and Science is designed for persons who have only completed high school or are accessing teacher training for the first time. Lecturer and Business Development Coordinator at the School, Dr. Canute Thompson, disclosed that 100 scholarships will be available for each category of candidates. Each scholarship is valued at approximately $300,000 per annum per student.He indicated that the scholarships are funded by the Government of Jamaica and will cover tuition, housing, books and other critical amenities that are required for the awardees to pursue their studies.The in-service scholarships are open to teachers in public schools at the secondary level, while persons wishing to pursue the pre-service programme must be Jamaican with at least five Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate subjects at grade one or two, and two Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination subjects between grades one and four. The Ministry of Education is now accepting applications, the deadline for which has been extended to June 30.Dr. Spencer encourages school principals and heads of departments to support teachers who are seeking to access these programmes, especially the scholarships. read more

A chronological look at Canadianborn Omar Khadrs legal saga

first_imgTORONTO – A look at the long legal odyssey of Canadian-born Omar Khadr:July 27, 2002: Khadr, 15, allegedly throws grenade that kills United States Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer during an American attack on a compound in Afghanistan. A badly wounded Khadr is taken prisoner.October 2002: Khadr is transferred to Guantanamo Bay.February 2003: Investigators from the RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service interview Khadr at Guantanamo.Aug. 10, 2005: Federal Court judge says Canadian agencies, including CSIS, violated Khadr’s rights by giving information from interviews with him to U.S. investigators.Nov. 7, 2005: The U.S. military charges Khadr with conspiracy, attempted murder and aiding the enemy.March 17, 2008: Khadr alleges he was threatened with rape and violence by interrogators seeking a confession.May 23, 2008: The Supreme Court of Canada concludes Canadian officials illegally shared information about Khadr with the U.S.Aug. 14, 2009: The Federal Court of Appeal upholds a ruling requiring Ottawa to press for Khadr’s return from Guantanamo Bay.Jan. 29, 2010: The Supreme Court overturns court orders that the Canadian government should repatriate Khadr, despite agreeing his human rights were violated.Aug. 9, 2010: Khadr pleads not guilty to five war crimes charges, including murder. Judge Col. Patrick Parrish rules Khadr’s confessions admissible.Oct. 25, 2010: Khadr changes his plea to guilty on all five counts; gets opportunity to apply for a transfer to a Canadian prison after one more year at Gitmo.Oct. 31, 2010: Khadr is sentenced to 40 years in prison but pre-trial deal limits sentence to eight more years.April 2012: U.S. defence secretary signs off on Khadr’s transfer.Sept. 29, 2012: A U.S. military airplane brings Khadr to Canada. He is sent to Millhaven Institution near Kingston, Ont.April 28, 2013: Khadr’s lawyer says he plans to appeal his convictions.May 28, 2013: Khadr is transferred to the maximum security Edmonton Institution.Sept. 23, 2013: An Edmonton judge hears arguments on whether Khadr is serving a youth sentence and should be in a provincial jail.Oct. 18, 2013: Khadr is denied transfer to a provincial jail.Feb. 11, 2014: Khadr’s lawyer confirms his client’s move to medium-security Bowden Institution near Innisfail, Alta.July 8, 2014: Alberta’s Appeal Court allows Khadr to transfer to a provincial jail but his lawyers consent to a stay of the ruling.March 26, 2015: Khadr asks for bail pending his appeal in the U.S. of his war-crimes conviction.April 24, 2015: Alberta judge grants Khadr bail.May 14, 2015: The Supreme Court rejects government efforts to have Khadr ruled an adult offender and says he should be in a provincial jail.Aug. 19, 2015: Khadr is eligible for statutory release after serving two-thirds of his sentence as a youth.Sept. 11, 2015: Alberta judge eases some bail conditions: Khadr’s curfew is relaxed.Sept. 18, 2015: Judge allows him to visit his grandparents in Toronto if he travels with his lawyer. He can also get rid of his monitoring bracelet.March 2017: Khadr undergoes 19-hour operation in Edmonton on shoulder damaged during his capture in 2002.April 2017: Khadr’s official Canadian criminal record contains errors, such as referring to the military commission as “youth court,” The Canadian Press reports.July 4, 2017: Sources say the federal government will pay Khadr $10.5 million and apologize to settle his ongoing lawsuit against Ottawa.last_img read more

Former premier testifies to moments of stress after Muskrat Falls sanction

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The former premier who sanctioned Newfoundland and Labrador’s controversial Muskrat Falls hydroelectric megaproject says she was ready to drop the project if she thought it would compromise the public’s trust in her government.The cost of the 824-megawatt dam has essentially doubled to more than $12.7 billion since Kathy Dunderdale’s government signed off on it in December 2012.Dunderdale is testifying this week at the inquiry looking into cost and schedule overruns that have plagued the project she once championed.The former premier spoke Tuesday about a moment after the project was sanctioned when she thought she might have to pull the plug, even if it cost her political career.She said she would only sanction Muskrat Falls with a $4.5-billion federal loan guarantee, but recalled a period of “stress” months later when she learned Nova Scotia’s Emera, a partner in the venture, had not met all conditions for the loan guarantee.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Pak must hand over Dawood Salahudeen to India to show sincerity in

first_imgNew Delhi: If Pakistan was sincere in tackling terror, then it should at least hand over to India Dawood Ibrahim, Sayeed Salahudeen and other terrorists who are Indian citizens and residing in that country, government sources said Saturday. They said Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against Jaish-e-Mohammed and other terror groups even after the dastardly Pulwama attack. If Pakistan really wants to send a message that it was serious about addressing India’s concerns over terrorism, then it should hand over Dawood, Salahudeen and other terrorists who are Indians, the sources said. Referring to actions by Pakistan such as holding ceratin terrorists in preventive custody, the sources said India considered them to be cosmetic. Cosmetic action will not cut any ice. India has been asking Pakistan to hand over Dawood, Salahudeen and several other terrorists who are wanted in India in connection with a series of terror attacks. The sources said India has shared various key details such as coordinates of terror groups operating from Pakistan soil to Islamabad which can be verified by a third country. After the Pulwama terror attack, India has mounted a diplomatic offensive to corner Pakistan internationally on the issue of terrorism. India has been pressing for concrete and verifiable action by Pakistan against terror groups operating from Pakistani soil. Tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours escalated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack and subsequent aerial strike by India on a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot on February 26. Pakistan retaliated the strike next day by unsuccessfully attempting to target Indian military installations. The JeM claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack.last_img read more

Lost ball halts play as umpire pockets it forgets

first_imgBengaluru: Umpiring howlers refuse to end in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League, and on Wednesday night umpire Shamshuddin was in the spotlight. He forgot where he kept the ball at the end of the 13th over of the RCB innings as players headed for a strategic break during the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab face off. Resuming the game after the second strategic break, KXIP skipper R. Ashwin and Ankit Rajpoot could not find the ball even as AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis waited for the game to get underway. Ashwin walked up to Shamshuddin, but even he couldn’t track the ball. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPlay was halted as Bruce Oxenford joined the scene and the fourth umpire rushed onto the field with a new box of balls. But television replays showed that Shamshuddin had put the ball in his pocket before the players headed for the strategic break at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. The confusion left AB de Villiers in splits and what followed was an onslaught from the former Proteas skipper as RCB beat KXIP by 17 runs. Speaking after the game, ABD said that he was only looking to stay calm and not get rattled by the situation. While his innings and the partnership with Stoinis was the game changer, de Villiers also praised the RCB bowlers for putting up a good show as it was relatively easy to bat in the second innings. “I tried to stay calm in the last few overs. It is not easy always, the game is happening at a rapid pace. We know our home ground very well, it hasn’t been a great hunting ground for us to start with but we are turning things around now. And we are doing things well. We are doing good as a team. I still think 160 was a par score but it gets easier in the second innings. Our bowlers executed their plans to perfection in the end,” he smiled. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMeanwhile, Ashwin said there were quite a few moments in the match which if they had grabbed, the result could have been different from how it panned out — a 17-run loss for KXIP. “There can be so many places where I thought we lost the game, but honestly in a T20 game it’s all about winning those pressure moments which we have not been able to win in the last few games. If we had actually held onto those crunch moments, we might have had a couple of more points or probably four points but that’s that, we weren’t able to close it out and we got some experience in the middle order, but couldn’t really close it out in the crucial moments today,” he explained. Ashwin pointed at how RCB have managed to now win 4 out of 5 games and said that one win can now suddenly change the course even for KXIP and they too can get on a roll here. “It’s all about getting one win together and we can get on a roll like RCB won three in a row now, so it’s all about getting one win and then we go back home and then we probably try to win a couple on the trot,” he said.last_img read more

The Latest Cooperating parents plead guilty in college scam

BOSTON — The Latest on the college admissions scandal that has ensnared prominent parents and coaches at elite universities (all times local):11:40 a.m.A California couple have pleaded guilty to taking part in the college admissions bribery scheme.Bruce and Davina Isackson, of Hillsborough, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Boston federal court. They left the courthouse without commenting.The Isacksons are the first parents in the case to plead guilty. They are the only parents who have agreed to co-operate with investigators and testify against others if asked.They are accused of paying $600,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.Authorities say the Isacksons paid to rig the entrance exam score for one of their daughters and get both girls admitted to school as fake athletic recruits.Twelve other parents have agreed to plead guilty.They include “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, who will appear in court May 13.___6 a.m.Parents and coaches co-operating with investigators in the college admissions bribery scandal could spell trouble for those still fighting the charges and lead investigators to new targets.Since authorities arrested dozens of parents and coaches in March, former coaches at the universities of Texas at Austin and Southern California have signed co-operation agreements.A couple who agreed to plead guilty to paying $600,000 in bribes to get their daughters into two California schools also recently revealed they are working with investigators.They could be key witnesses in cases against other defendants.Former federal prosecutor Bradley Simon says their co-operation also likely means there will be a new wave of indictments.The Associated Press read more

GreatWest says Putnam cutting 115 jobs in effort to reduce costs by

Great-West says Putnam cutting 115 jobs in effort to reduce costs by US$65M by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 15, 2016 11:50 am MDT Last Updated Nov 15, 2016 at 1:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WINNIPEG – Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSX:GWO) says Putnam Investments, its U.S. investment management operation, is cutting approximately 115 jobs in a bid to trim costs by US$65 million.The company says the reductions amount to about eight per cent of Putnam’s staff and will be primarily in its operations and technology areas.A small number of investment management professionals will also be leaving the company.Great-West, a member of the Power Financial group of companies, offers life insurance, health insurance, retirement and investment services, asset management and reinsurance businesses.It operates under the Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life, Irish Life, Great-West Financial and Putnam Investments banners. read more

Middle East Security Council fails to adopt resolution on Jerusalem

The text, tabled by Egypt, reiterated the United Nations’ position on Jerusalem and would have affirmed “that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”The text would also have called on all States “to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem.”A negative vote – or veto – from one of the Council’s five permanent members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States – blocks passage of a resolution.Therefore, the draft was rejected despite support from the other four permanent members and from the 10 non-permanent members.The vote followed a briefing by Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace process, who said that the Israel-Palestinian conflict has not seen significant positive moves towards peace during the reporting period from 20 September to 18 December.He said that the security situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory has become more tense in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s decision on 6 December to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, citing an increase in incidents, notably rockets fired from Gaza and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces.Uncertainty about future of peace process looms over situation on the ground“None of the developments on the ground can be divorced from the broader context in which they are happening: uncertainties about the future of the peace process; unilateral actions that undermine the two-state solution; occupation; and violence,” Mr. Mladenov told the Council.The Special Coordinator’s briefing mainly focused on the status of implementation of Security Council resolution 2334, which was adopted in December 2016 by 14 votes, with the US abstaining.In that text, the Council reaffirmed that Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders.It underlined that it would not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including the status of Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the two sides through negotiations.“The United Nations maintains the view that Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties on the basis of the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions taking into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and the Israeli sides,” Mr. Mladenov stressed, warning that there is a growing risk that the parties may revert to more unilateral actions.He said that since the US decision, the Palestinian leadership canceled meetings with visiting Vice-President Mike Pence, and called for the establishment of a new mechanism to achieve peace.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has also vowed to seek unilateral recognition of Palestine and to seek full membership in international organizations in the absence of a meaningful peace process, Mr. Mladenov added.Regarding Israel’s settlement activities, housing construction in occupied Palestinian territory has continued, with significantly more units advanced and approved in 2017, he said.For instance, in East Jerusalem, the increase has been from 1,600 units in 2016 to some 3,100 in 2017.In addition, 2017 has seen worrying legislative, judicial and administrative initiatives that aim to change the long-standing Israeli policy concerning the legal status of the West Bank and the use of private Palestinian land, Mr. Mladenov warned. read more

Thesis defences — Dec 17 to 21

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Dec. 17 to 21.All are open for the University community to attend.Child and Youth Studies MA thesis defence The examination committee includes Maureen Connolly, Chair; Leanne Taylor, External Examiner (Associate Professor, Brock University); Anthony Volk, Supervisor; Shauna Pomerantz, Graduate Program Director; Christine Tardif-Williams, Committee Member and Tom O’Neill, Committee Member. Child and Youth Studies MA student Maninder Sodhi will defend the thesis “Parenting Challenges and Adaptive Strategies: A Qualitative Analysis of Asian Indian Immigrant Families in Canada” on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. in Cairns 336. read more

Three to Eight exhibition to support student scholarships

When Brock Associate Professor Murray Kropf puts brush to canvas, his inspiration tends to stem from an academic problem he is currently working through.In Three to Eight, his new exhibition opening Tuesday, Sept. 4, Kropf challenged himself to create movement in a piece by using only tone, hue and intensity and painting on square canvases with a very limited colour palette.“I was trying to find a better way to teach students about colour theory,” he said of the work that he began last year in early fall. “I was looking for a way to create a harmonious and structured composition that is asymmetrical, but still balanced, using only a palette of between three to eight colours.”The result was a series of paintings — the first purely abstract of his career — that Kropf will be selling to fund visual arts scholarships for students in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA).While he is mainly a location and still-life painter, Kropf said he welcomed the change of pace for this work.“It went better than I thought it could,” he said of his first stab at abstractionism. “It’s always a problem for painters approaching a canvas, because it’s blank, but everything that came out of this was a surprise and that was lovely. It was a refreshing thing to do.”He also said the process will “further inform his teaching” in the future, making him more “appreciative” of what can be accomplished with a limited range of colours.Assistant Professor Amy Friend, Chair of the VISA Gallery Committee, said this is the first time a professor has hosted a solo show as a fundraising initiative since she has been involved with the gallery operations.“To showcase the work that Murray, one of our senior professors, accomplishes behind-the-scenes in his studio, is really important,” she said. “It also shows the way that art can support community, the generosity of our relationship with our students and the ongoing need to fund student studies.”Kropf, who has been teaching at Brock for more than 30 years, said simply that it was “time” to give back to the students and the institution he has been connected to for so long.“I want to show my gratitude to my students, to my colleagues, and to the university because I have been very lucky to work here, and I’ve enjoyed it a great deal,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to contribute to awards for students because I’ve been a student and I know how badly support is needed.”Three to Eight will be displayed in the VISA Gallery, located on the first floor of the MIWSFPA, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4, with an opening reception taking place Friday, Sept. 7. The reception will run from 4 to 7 p.m., also in the gallery, and is free and open to the community. The VISA gallery is open to the public Tuesday to Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.All proceeds from the sales of Kropf’s pieces will be donated to scholarships for students in Visual Arts immediately after the exhibition. read more

We Still Dont Know Which NFL Teams Are Any Good

gfoster (Geoff Foster, sports editor): Week 15 in the NFL is almost over, and we are here to discuss the key takeaways from the weekend and how the playoff picture is shaping up. Most broadly, a pair of playoff-bound teams that looked shaky a week ago (Patriots and Rams) continued to look off their game, while a couple of teams that were gaining steam (Cowboys and Seahawks) cooled off. Add it all up and the league’s hierarchy is still murky.Let’s start with the reigning champions Eagles. They start the quarterback who won them the Super Bowl last February, Nick Foles, and look what happens: They look like the team that won the Super Bowl. What do you make of this?neil (Neil Paine, senior sports writer): Obviously Foles >>>> Carson Wentz.(Heh.)I do think the Eagles had underachieved to this point and were better than their record indicated. I didn’t expect the Eagles to go into L.A. with Foles and knock off the Rams, though.sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, assistant sports editor): With the Cowboys losing, the Eagles have a shot, right?neil: The Eagles’ playoff odds are up to 37 percent, Sara — so there’s a shot. But it’s going to be an interesting game vs. Houston, to say the least.Salfino (Michael Salfino, contributor): I wonder if it’s the Eagles or whether it’s that for three games now, teams have seemed to figure out how to play the Rams. You rarely see a good team thwarted three straight weeks. I’m shocked that they have not been able to respond to Aaron Donald being double-teamed (duh!) and defenses pretty much ignoring play-action and playing softer zones.neil: That’s a great point. We were worried about the Rams last week. And now this happens. Has the shine come off Sean McVay and friends?Salfino: I would have bet a lot of money that the Rams would just roll it up on the undermanned Eagles defense, and instead they really struggled. Jared Goff was pressured almost as badly as against the Bears.gfoster: Goff also may not be a good quarterback. (Pretty sure I said this last week.) That’s seven interceptions in three weeks, after being picked off just six times in 11 games. He can’t seem to adjust or make plays with the pressure in his face.Turns out “Jeff Fisher Goff” wasn’t an illusion.Salfino: As for the Eagles, the two losses against Dallas and the tiebreakers seems lethal in the division, but that wild card is very much in play.You wonder if the Vikings have figured out a winning formula by turning their $84 million QB into a game manager.sara.ziegler: “The Vikings have figured out a winning formula” is not a thing.That will never be a thing.gfoster: The Vikings are back.sara.ziegler: Stop.neil: It does seem like it’s going to come down to Minnesota and Philly — with maybe some of that changing based on what Carolina does tonight.(I guess Washington also won with Josh Johnson on Sunday.)Salfino: The Vikings passed 34 percent of the time Sunday, when they were 66 percent pass previously. And even in the first half, if you want to throw out the game total because of the blowout, the Vikings were only 42 percent pass. Mike Zimmer has put the team into the DeLorean. This is not 2018 football. But maybe it’s their best chance since Kirk Cousins seemed so mechanical and was playing so inefficiently.sara.ziegler: You could see the effect of the new play-calling almost immediately for the Vikings. Through Week 14, they had rushed on first down only 41 percent of the time. On Sunday, that was up to 79 percent.Salfino: Dalvin Cook is really good, but the strength of the team is the wide receivers. While running could work against the Dolphins, who are 26th in yards allowed per rush, can it work against better competition?neil: The Vikings are fascinating to me. They had the single worst loss of the season and have generally underachieved relative to expectations. I want to write about this, but Cousins has basically matched most of Case Keenum’s output from last year — and Keenum’s Denver performance is making them look smart for moving on anyway — and the receivers (Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs) are more productive than ever. But their offense is somehow down according to holistic metrics such as SRS. Yet they still probably will make the playoffs — and could be a tough out for somebody.gfoster: Where is Thielen though? He was the best receiver in football for the first half of the season, and now he’s a glorified Quincy Enunwa out there.sara.ziegler: Maybe whatever Bill Belichick yelled at Thielen in Foxboro has really stuck with him.Salfino: I would not want to play the Vikings if Cousins is hot like in a few games this year — think of the game at Los Angeles. Their defense can be tough, too. They’re first in sack rate. But I feel better about playing them if they insist on playing small ball.gfoster: Thielen only received two targets yesterday, but part of that was game flow.Salfino: Thielen’s problem yesterday is that when your passing volume gets cut in half, you’re going to suffer. But only two targets (he caught both) is just terrible market share as well. He should be 25 to 30 percent of attempts, not 10 percent.Minnesota basically has built a pass-oriented offense but now wants to run. It’s weird.gfoster: OK, let’s talk about the Patriots. They will not win at least 12 games for the first time since 2009. That alone is absurd in a league where teams routinely go from making the playoffs to drafting in the top 5, season to season. But after the loss to Pittsburgh, it’s definitely clear these Patriots are just off, right?sara.ziegler: Love that both of the embattled Pennsylvania teams pulled off big upsets Sunday.Salfino: The Pittsburgh win feels like an upset, but at home against these Patriots and not-really Tom Brady? Pittsburgh seems so much better than the Patriots. New England has to grind it out now. They have no explosion unless Chris Hogan is running a route with no defender within 19 yards of him or whatever it was.neil: For several weeks now, Brady has made some inexplicably bad red-zone decisions. Clearly it is time to intensify those “Tom is losing it” takes (only to see him turn it around in the playoffs).sara.ziegler: Though I remain unconvinced that Pittsburgh is all that good.Didn’t we all think Brady was going to lead that winning drive at the end of the game?Still surprised he didn’t, tbh.Salfino: Consecutive December losses for the first time since the Jets won the AFC East (2002).gfoster: The late holding penalty — when they were second and five from the Pittsburgh 11 yard line — probably cost them the game.Salfino: What do you guys think about fourth-quarter Tom? People point to the four TDs and five picks in the fourth quarter this year. But his yards per attempt is nearly 10.Is Gronk going to retire? When you are invisible against the Steelers, who could not cover Jared Cook last week, maybe the circus has left town.neil: Sara, you and I were Slacking during that game, and it seemed like everything was going according to our imaginary script — Steelers lead until the very end, before the Pats storm back and break their hearts. And yet…sara.ziegler: Yeah, the Pats couldn’t quite finish that script. But why? What’s different this year?Salfino: It’s just a lack of playmakers on the Patriots. Josh Gordon is not Josh Gordon. Gronk is not Gronk. Brady is not really Brady anymore — he’s like a top 10ish QB but no one would think he was top two or three.gfoster: But James White and Julian Edelman are the same. Just those two alone, was enough to win a Super Bowl a couple years ago?sara.ziegler: And Gordon certainly gave them a boost earlier in the season.They usually can ride the hot hand, but it doesn’t seem like anyone is able to be the hot hand right now.neil: And the Pats usually get an edge at the margins. On Sunday, they won the turnover battle but were only +1. Also went 3 for 10 on third down (3 for 11 if you wanna include that failed fourth-down conversion) and had that brutal red-zone mistake.Salfino: Maybe 41-year-old Brady is much different from 39-year-old Brady. Plus Edelman is old for a WR and coming off a major injury. He probably isn’t the same player either. White can be mixed in but can’t be central to your offense.It’s tough to say, but Brady was chucking and ducking yesterday.sara.ziegler: It’s weird to me, too, how they use some weapons so sparingly.Cordarrelle Patterson was so effective against Green Bay in Week 9. But he’s barely been heard from since.gfoster: Let’s talk about the Chiefs’ collapse against the Chargers. Is Los Angeles (it always sounds so wrong) now the team to beat in the AFC?neil: I love watching Philip Rivers lead a desperation drive.I imagine it’s the same as it was watching Dan Marino in the ’90s.My inclination is to not read too much into that result because K.C. dominated most of the game. But maybe that’s wrong.sara.ziegler: Yeah, I think the Chiefs just took their foot off the gas.neil: The three K.C. losses have come by a total of 7 points.gfoster: I also love the zero hesitation on going for two to win the game. I can think of about a dozen coaches who would have been too chicken to do it.Mainly Bill “Let’s Punt” O’Brien.sara.ziegler: Did that play into Kansas City’s approach, too? Like, “Oh, the worst that can happen is a tie here, so we’re fine.”Salfino: The 2-point conversion was obvious to me. Textbook. When you are a big underdog on the road, you go for the win on one play. That’s defined all the teams that have done it except one: the Panthers earlier this year.neil: San Diego — er, L.A. — probably knew that was their best shot. On the road against that team, odds were against them if they extended the game.Salfino: Rivers is so deadly still. Has not lost anything. They have pass rush, a running game assuming Melvin Gordon can come back, a good secondary and Philip Rivers. They are deadly. K.C. has the tiebreaker with the better divisional record.I can’t believe the Chargers can win 13 games and be a wild-card team.gfoster: You also can’t really blame the loss of Kareem Hunt. Damien Williams was the best player on the field.Salfino: Williams is a generational talent though at running back.gfoster: Not to mention Darrel Williams.sara.ziegler: There were SO MANY Williamses on the field in that game.neil: I can’t wait for the NFL version of that failed NBA trade where nobody knew which player with the same last name was included.sara.ziegler: LOLOLneil: That will happen with a “Williams” someday.gfoster: Do the Chiefs also have to have a doppelganger for their lead running back? Remember when they had Kareem Hunt and Akeem Hunt.It’s like the double Queen Amidala has in “The Phantom Menace.”neil: LOL.I can’t believe you made a “Phantom Menace” reference.sara.ziegler: (Geoff was watching the “Star Wars” marathon this weekend too, apparently.)gfoster: Speaking of phantom menaces (wait for it…), is it time to take Andrew Luck and the Colts seriously in the AFC?Salfino: I’m very disappointed that the Colts may not make the playoffs. What’s their chance currently?neil: Only 34 percent.(Which surprises me.)gfoster: I think they will make it. They’ve quietly won seven of eight, with the only loss being that strange no-show against Jacksonville.neil: But it is a numbers game in the AFC.gfoster: And they host the Giants next week, so…sara.ziegler: And then they finish with the Titans.neil: Gotta keep pace with Tennessee in terms of shutting out Eli Manning.Salfino: It’s tough when you start 1-5. They have Luck, a running game now with Marlon Mack and a defense that just shut out the Cowboys. One possible explanation is that Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus came over from Jason Garrett’s 2017 staff and clearly knew Dallas well.sara.ziegler: Oh, that’s a good point.I always wonder how much that kind of familiarity helps in specific games.gfoster: Before the season, people were saying the Colts defense could be the worst in the league, particularly the run defense that bottled up Ezekiel Elliott yesterday.Salfino: The Colts are actually sixth in rushing efficiency allowed.As for Eli, it’s kind of funny that, on the day where there’s a report that the Giants are going to have Eli back in 2019, he gets goose-egged.neil: Eli has been teetering on that edge for weeks now. Whenever it looks like he’ll definitely lose his starting job, he plays better. Whenever it looks like he’ll keep it, he plays worse.sara.ziegler: I believe my exact words on Sunday were, “Did Ian Rapoport just doom Eli to a Peterman-like effort today?”Salfino: Eli does just enough to keep the believers in his camp and just enough to provide fodder for the haters. He’s middling it.The big problem yesterday for the Cowboys is that nothing was easy in the passing game. That was shocking after the explosion against the Eagles where they seemed to have turned the corner offensively.neil: Yep. Dak Prescott followed up three straight 100+ QB rating games with … a 64.7.gfoster: Marlon Mack’s emergence might mean they don’t break the bank to get Le’Veon Bell this offseason.neil: Marlon Mack ran through that Cowboys defense like Boga the varactyl on Utapau.sara.ziegler: OMG, Neil.neil: Hahaha.gfoster: Listen, readers, all our “Star Wars” references are strictly Episodes I-III.neil: Are there any other episodes???Salfino: The Bell thing is fascinating. The Jets are the top-rumored team. The Colts and Texans definitely have the money. But the Texans have other franchise-level players and Jadeveon Clowney to sign and the Colts have Mack.gfoster: Is that a good move for the Jets?sara.ziegler: A combo of Broadway Sam-Le’Veon Bell would be pretty fun to watch.gfoster: The answer to “Is that a good move for the Jets?” is always no, by the way.sara.ziegler: LOLSalfino: The Jets have so much money that I’m coming around to it. You have to spend it someway. On paper, it’s stupid. But I like that he stopped his mileage. I know we wrote about maximizing earnings and the injury risk he would have assumed. But maybe Bell wanted to avoid the single-trial disastrous outcome (a catastrophic injury).neil: The offseason carousel in general should be fun next year. At QB, Joe Flacco is leaving Baltimore, it was reported, with Lamar Jackson’s emergence. Eli might be out of a job (yet also available!!!). The 49ers will have two legitimate QBs with Nick Mullens being good. (I think??)Salfino: I think Bell would provide for at least two years something really easy for Sam Darnold in the passing game.gfoster: Darnold has been put in a position to fail. The play-calling is so conservative, the skill position players around him are so bad, he has no time.Salfino: Darnold is not failing now. He had the in-season reset with the time off and is overcoming those handicaps, seemingly.gfoster: They are 4-10.That’s failing.neil: Darnold had a 100.0 QB rating Saturday!Salfino: Geoff, the Jets’ tank on Saturday was as elegant as a Noel Coward dinner party. Jason Myers missing the extra points was the plot twist no one saw coming.sara.ziegler: “Elegant as a Noel Coward dinner party” is the best turn of phrase ever used about the Jets.gfoster: Speaking of Mullens, is he a starter in this league??Salfino: Mullens started 44 college games. And he’s in a Kyle Shanahan system. I think there are two questions with Mullens: Is he good, and does he prove that system/coaching makes the quarterback more than the tools that are traditionally scouted?neil: Whether coaching or not, Mullens has played the best of any rookie this season: But to your point, Mike, it is definitely tough to disentangle from Shanahan.But should that change what we think of Jimmy Garoppolo as well?gfoster: I just don’t know if a team is willing to make a trade and commit to him as a starter. This is the Brock Osweiler conundrum.neil: Mullens has been much better than Osweiler was, for what it’s worth.sara.ziegler: And he has the Brett Favre seal of approval.neil: (And Osweiler was on a team that won the Super Bowl.)Salfino: Mullens is 6-foot-1. I think people are going to look at him as a fluke. A guy like Mullens with no real pedigree (other, ironically, than NFL performance) will never have a long enough leash to make it as a starter.gfoster: So he’s in “very good backup” land along with Ryan Fitzpatrick.neil: I still don’t know that he’s necessarily a backup in a world where Flacco and Eli probably get additional starting shots next season.Salfino: I think Mullens is going to be in the Dave Krieg, Tyrod Taylor, Jeff Garcia, Case Keenum, undersized, “not a real QB” camp — not the Drew Brees and Russell Wilson camp.Also he’s not a free agent. Are you trading a second-round pick for Mullens?neil: True. The Niners at least have time to make a decision there. They still have him under contract for 2019. Besides, I’ve long been a fan of the “strategically pump up the trade value of your backup QB” plan to team management, as my friend Doug Drinen laid out in this old post about Falcons-era Matt Schaub.gfoster: The Browns, meanwhile, are keeping the dream alive.Salfino: What is the Browns’ playoff probability?They’re basically eliminated right?sara.ziegler: They’re at a less than 1 percent chance, according to our model.neil: The Steelers’ win kept the Browns from being mathematically eliminated.sara.ziegler: So you’re saying there’s a chance…neil: “The Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans would need to lose in Week 16 then tie in Week 17. It would be a three-way tie between the Colts, Titans and Browns. Cleveland would hold the tiebreaker. The Browns can also win the AFC North if the Steelers lose out, the Browns win out and the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Ravens next week.”LOL.sara.ziegler: I mean, that’s not the most unlikely thing to have happened in the NFL.Salfino: Based on our prior research, it seems like Gregg Williams is 100 percent coming back? 80 percent? What number do we put on a winning interim coach with this large a sample?I think it’s madness to hire Williams, BTW. New offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens should get the job first.neil: It does seem like it will be very difficult to resist the urge to bring him back on the basis of their post-Hue Jackson performance.(Even if, as we wrote about, Williams hasn’t really had very much to do with it.)Salfino: I think the nightmare scenario for Cleveland fans and Baker Mayfield is that Williams gets the job and Kitchens gets an offer to be the head coach of the Jets.neil: (Aside from, like, not being Hue Jackson.)Salfino: Damien Woody asked on Saturday if the Browns had top-15 talent. I thought it was an interesting question.gfoster: Their defense has so much talent. Denzel Ward, their awesome rookie corner, didn’t even play against Denver. Jabrill Peppers had a star-turning performance on Saturday with the INT in the end zone and the game-winning sack.Salfino: You and “Star Wars” and Michigan, Geoff…..gfoster: What, is that where Peppers went?I don’t remember.neil: Hah.Salfino: Ha ha ha.neil: All I know is that Browns have now won two more games this season than the previous three combined. For this franchise, that is something special, playoffs or not.sara.ziegler: Maybe the Browns’ chaos is behind them.(Or maybe not.)neil: I doubt it. But hey, if the Rebels could hold off the First Order at the resistance outpost on Crait, anything is possible.sara.ziegler: OMGgfoster: The Broncos, meanwhile, are gross. Vance Joseph needs to go. That was really timid coaching.Salfino: Joseph is all the bad things about a defensive-minded head coach.gfoster: Let’s end with our Week 15 Super Bowl predictions. I’m not changing mine from last week. Saints vs. Chargers. It helps that the Saints play tonight.Salfino: Saints — but man am I worried about their offense even though their defense now is underrated — and … Steelers. I think they beat the Chargers in the wild-card round, and you know the Chiefs are dying to lose their first playoff game. Thursday night was a preview.sara.ziegler: I’m starting to come around on the Bears, which is not a thing I thought I would say this season.neil: Wow, especially as a Vikings fan.sara.ziegler: SERIOUSLYI hate myself right now.So … Bears-Chiefs.neil: I’m sticking with Saints-Chiefs. Mainly because of how entertaining that game would be. Something has to compensate for a halftime show consisting of Maroon 5 + random people found busking at subway stations.sara.ziegler: HahahahahaCheck out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Karen Danczuk speaks out about being raped by her older brother as

first_imgMs Danczuk gave evidence in the trialCredit:Andrew Crowley Karen Danczuk is estranged from her husband SimonCredit:Andrew Crowley “Now I’ve got children of my own that makes me feel sick. I was living in a hell-hole — there was no love in my house. It wasn’t a normal household.”She told a jury she was regularly molested in the family home between the ages of six or seven until she was 15 or 16 by Michael Burke.She told the court: “Most people remember their first time having sex with somebody they love.”Whereas my first time of having sex was with my brother. It’s horrible. Even now I can’t sleep naked. I can’t even cuddle in bed.”I will never love properly, I will never be able to let someone in. It’s horrible.” She was cross-examined over two days by Nigel Power QC, defending her brother, who queried why she went first to the papers before the police, asked if money was her motivation and accused her of “attention seeking”.She said: “To this day I have grown up and fought my whole life to change my childhood. I decided I would come forward, that was my choice.”Before I ever became famous I was seeking help, before I ever knew I would end up in the public eye.”This idea that it is just attention, this has ruined my life. I have had a horrendous life, it’s a fact. This is why I have had help from doctors because it’s a fact. Days when you have, being dead makes more sense than being alive.”I think I finally felt ready to face it, I’m ready to see this through, he can’t get away with what he did.”My life has been hell for what he’s done, I don’t want anything, I want closure.”Burke had claimed he was the victim of a “conspiracy” and said the allegations were “wholly made up”. Karen Danczuk, the former Labour councillor and ex-wife of MP Simon Danczuk, has spoken out about being raped by her own brother as a child.The 33-year-old said Michael Burke, 38, “robbed me of my childhood”.Burke was convicted yesterday of raping her three times when she was between the ages of nine and 11.He was also convicted of rape against two other victims at Manchester Crown Court. Ms Danczuk told The Sun that he had sneaked into her bedroom climbed into bed with her when she was a child. “I would always pretend to be asleep and lie with my back to him, facing the wall. I was terrified and confused but I didn’t know what else to do,” she said. It started out like it was a game, it was not so much an attack, it was, like, innocent Karen Danczuk My life has been hell for what he’s done, I don’t want anything, I want closureKaren Danczuk The mother of two boys aged six and eight, told of her unconventional and unhappy childhood, growing up in a terraced house in Middleton, near Rochdale.One of five children, her mother Sue moved in her boyfriend while her father still lived at the house but had split from his wife.Ms Danczuk said she was a “quiet” child who was “heavily bullied”.She wept and covered her face in the filmed police interview, played to the jury, telling the officer: “I just had flashbacks of the first time.”I kept telling myself, don’t cry, don’t give him any more tears.”It started out like it was a game, it was not so much an attack, it was, like, innocent.”It was a game of hide and seek, think I was about six or seven. He would always take me into his bed. He would lie next to me, we would be under the bed covers for ages. The first time he was literally on top of me naked.”It was a slow process. That kind of went on for some time, the hide under the bed covers stuff carried on. It still haunts me now.” She said the abuse progressed to rape, aged 11, on a weekly basis, usually on a Sunday evening which was “bath night” and continued until she was 16, she said.One day she was doing the dishes at home and Michael was drying. She told him: “Stop it. Stop touching me.”By then it had “ruined” her schooling, with her leaving education with “crap” qualifications, she said.The first person she told was a clinical psychologist at Nye Bevan House in Rochdale in 2009 after she felt suicidal and depressed.Although the physical abuse was over, the mental torment continued although Ms Danczuk said she was “much better” following therapy.”I can’t trust anyone like, even my husband,” she said. “I don’t let anyone in, I just can’t give 100 per cent.”She added: “My anxiety, I have suffered with depression and anxiety through the majority of my adult life.”I can’t love anyone. It sounds terrible. I’m just waiting every single time for someone to hurt me. It’s just been horrible.” Ms Danczuk has split from MP Simon DanczukCredit:MCPIX/REX/Shutterstock Simon Danczuk Karen Danczuk Her sexual abuse can be reported for the first time after Ms Danczuk waived her right to anonymity by speaking publicly after her brother’s conviction.Burke, 38, a “controlling and violent” man, denied 15 counts of rape, one attempted rape and one indecent assault against his sister and two other women, spanning an 18-year period from 1992 to 2010.But, following a three-week trial on Wednesday, the jury found him guilty of eight counts of rape and another serious sexual offence against three different women, including three counts of rape against his sister between 1992-1994.He was cleared of nine other serious sexual offences.Ms Danczuk initially revealed publicly she had been abused, without naming her attacker, in an interview in The Sun in February last year.Two other victims came forward shortly afterwards. Neither can be named.During the trial Ms Danczuk gave evidence from behind a curtain around the witness box, shielding her from the dock where her tormentor sat, often shaking his head in denial. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.last_img read more

Potassium Chloride – where will prices stabilise

first_imgWith prices now falling from the highs we saw in 2008, the Potassium Chloride Ten Year Outlook 2009 presents a latest view on where they will stabilise. It also assesses the future supply/demand balance and thus whether there will be a repeat of this bubble. In response to the volatile state of the market in 2009, this report will be supplemented with quarterly updates of CRU’s short-term potash outlook. These updates will inform on quarterly review, short-term forecasts and news stories.The main report, available now, contains an extensive review of the current state of the market and the outlook for the next decade. It will address the following questions:Do prices have further to fall or will producers be able to reclaim the $1,000/t level?When and where will new mines be built and how will they affect the market balance?Is the slump in sales volumes a temporary blip or will it have long-term repercussions?Will Brazil, China, India and Indonesia be enough to keep pushing demand upwards?The latest edition of the Potassium Chloride Ten Year Outlook 2009 will provide a resource which:Examines the changing pattern of consumption and forecasts long-term demandAnalyses the impact of changes in production and demand on operating rates, product availability and prices over the next ten yearsComprises of up-to-date industry news, objective expert opinion, detailed market data and forecastsContains a set of data tables covering capacity, deliveries, consumption and tradeIncludes a presentation summarising the key facts and figures.Contact – holly.mills@crugroup.comlast_img read more

Polyus to install remaining four biooxidation reactors in 2018 at Olimpiada

first_imgPavel Grachev, Chief Executive Officer of PJSC Polyus, commented in the company’s FY2017 results just released: “The strength of our assets and the focus on efficiency have enabled Polyus to deliver production numbers above our official guidance of 2,075-2,125 thousand ounces for the fourth year in a row, at 2,160 thousand ounces, or 3% higher…in early 2017, we won the tender for the development of Sukhoi Log, one of the largest undeveloped gold deposits in the world. We are now proceeding with a scoping study and believe that obtaining the Sukhoi Log license is a fundamental achievement that gives us a great position to grow in the coming years. We expect a 2018 production of 2,375-2,425 thousand ounces, and in the second half of the year we anticipate Natalka to be fully ramped up. We will also continue with debottlenecking initiatives at our existing operations that have already strongly contributed to our operational results during the last several years.”Polyus also talked about technology investments at its operations. Capital expenditures increased during 2017 to $804 million, from $466 million in the previous year. This increase reflects higher maintenance capital expenditures, the ongoing construction works at Natalka, and brownfield development projects. Capital expenditures at Natalka, the Group’s main development project, increased 77%, to $378 million. Mining activity at Natalka was relaunched in January 2017 (the deposit was previously mined from 2013 through 2014). As of the end of December 2017, almost the entire processing flow sheet was fully operational, with technical works fully completed at the desorption circuits in January 2018. Currently, Natalka operates in a ramp-up mode. Completion of the full ramp up is anticipated in the second half of 2018.Capital expenditures at Olimpiada increased to $177 million due to preparations to connect the mine to the new Razdolinskaya-Taiga grid, procurement of a new mining fleet, and the construction of bio-oxidation circuit (BIO-4) at the mills-1, 2, and 3 complex. The first four reactors of the BIO-4 project were installed in 2017 whereas the remaining four reactors are scheduled for the first half of 2018. The new mining fleet consists of a new fleet of 220 t class trucks and a 15 m3 class shovel to improve the productivity and cost performance in the waste material for the Stage 4 cutback.At Blagodatnoye, capital expenditures increased to $49 million in 2017, primarily due to optimisation works at the Blagodatnoye mill following the completion of the processing capacity expansion project. At Verninskoye, capital expenditures increased to $39 million in 2017 mainly due to further implementation of the Verninskoye mill expansion project.Capital expenditures at Kuranakh increased to $65 million due to further progress with the heap leach project and the launch of the second stage of the Kuranakh mill processing capacity expansion to 5 Mt/y. The heap-leaching operations launched in September 2017 should intensify in the first half of 2018 with the launch of leaching season. At Alluvials, capital expenditures increased to $26 million in 2017 compared to the prior year and consisted of exploration activity as well as the ongoing replacement of worn-out equipment.last_img read more

Watch Bill Gates Reveals His Worst Fear in Netflix Docuseries Trailer

first_imgStay on target These Are the Most-Admired People in the WorldBill Gates Shows Up With a Jar of Poop to Highlight New Toilet Tech If you’ve ever wanted to get inside the mind of Bill Gates, the philanthropist and former Microsoft executive, Netflix is giving you an opportunity (three opportunities, actually). The streaming giant is premiering a three-part docuseries about the tech visionary.Directed by Oscar winner David Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates “offers unprecedented access to Gates as he pursues unique solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems with the same level of optimism, curiosity, and fervor that inspired his original vision for Microsoft,” according to a Netflix release.The trailer, released by Netflix on Thursday, shows Guggenheim using interviews with Gates and a combination of archival and newly shot footage to tell the business leader’s story.“What is your worst fear?,” Guggenheim asks Gates, after peppering him with rapid-fire, Vanity Fair-type questions.“I don’t want my brain to stop working,” Gates replies.And we get it. It is quite the brain.Bill Gates with director David Guggenheim. (Photo Credit: Saeed Adyani / Netflix)After stepping down as CEO of Microsoft, Gates shifted his attention toward solving some of the world’s most persistent problems. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation tackles global health issues, such as malaria, maternal and child health, and vaccine development.Aside from Gates himself, the series features interviews with Melinda Gates, as well as friends, family, and partners in philanthropy and business.Netflix starts streaming Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates on September 20.Watch: Netflix Reaches Milestone of 5 Billion Discs ShippedMore on’s Everything Coming to Netflix in September 2019Watch: Timothée Chalamet Reigns in Netflix’s Epic ‘The King’ TrailerWatch: Netflix Drops ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Sequel Teaserlast_img read more

Mane Liverpool are not a team of chokers

first_imgSadio Mane is certain that this will be the season where Liverpool end their 29-year wait for a league title and added they will not slip upThe last time Liverpool won England’s top-flight crown came in 1990 with legends John Barnes, Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish leading the charge.Since then, the Reds supporters have been forced to endure nearly three decades of misery with Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Leicester City each claiming the league crown.Although Liverpool did come agonisingly close to ending that wait in the 2013/14 campaign, where Brendon Rodgers’ side came within just two points of winners City after losing to Chelsea and drawing at Crystal Palace across their final three games.But Mane is confident history will not repeat itself at Anfield with Liverpool currently leading City by four points in the standings after 22 games.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“This is not a team of chokers. I am sure we will be champions of England,” said Mane, according to FourFourTwo.“When I wake up, I don’t go to the training ground thinking we will not win. We are determined to show we are the best team in the league.“It is not easy to hear people accuse the team of being chokers, but we have to ignore it and focus on what is in front of us.“Liverpool had the chance to win it a few years ago and did not do it but I prefer to think it helped to bring us where we are now. This is not a team of chokers. I am sure we will win the league.”The Senegalese striker will be looking to add to his tally of eight goals in Liverpool’s next Premier League game at home to Palace on Saturday.last_img read more

Toyota teases new TRD Pro offroader for Chicago Auto Show

first_img Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Preview • 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: The most extreme midsize off-roader you can buy More From Roadshow More about 2017 Toyota Tacoma SR Access Cab 6′ Bed I4 4×2 AT Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors Chicago Auto Show 2019 Share your voice Enlarge ImageToyota’s TRD Pro line also took center stage at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. I smell a trend. Toyota Toyota’s TRD Pro line is more than just an aesthetic package, offering upgrades that truly do increase a vehicle’s off-road capability. At the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, Toyota will introduce a new member of that family.Toyota announced on Tuesday that it plans to unveil a new TRD Pro vehicle at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show later this week. The automaker says that, in addition to this new TRD Pro vehicle, the whole line will receive some updates for the 2020 model year.It’s not too hard to narrow down the possibilities. Both the Tacoma and Tundra have TRD Pro trims already, and while there’s a new Tacoma coming to the show, I wouldn’t call a 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro “new,” necessarily. There’s also a 4Runner TRD Pro already, leaving the C-HR, RAV4, Highlander, Sequoia and Land Cruiser as possible candidates. Since all TRD Pro vehicles right now are body-on-frame, I think it’s safe to say the mystery car in the teaser above is either a Sequoia or a Land Cruiser. Given that Toyota already announced a new Land Cruiser variant for Chicago, I assume it will be the Sequoia, but we won’t know for sure until the Chicago Auto Show kicks off on Thursday. A Land Cruiser TRD Pro would be gnarly. See All Chicago Auto Show 2019 Toyotacenter_img reading • Toyota teases new TRD Pro off-roader for Chicago Auto Show 2 • 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous SUVs Future Cars Tags Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies Comments 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Toyotalast_img read more