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News story: Armistice 2018

first_img Nation’s bells to ring out together to mark Armistice Centenary Armistice 100 website On social media search #Armistice100 Sunday 11 November 2018 marks the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice.The day will recognise the significance of the end of the First World War, and the sacrifice made by so many men and women during this period.If you’re holding a commemorative or bell-ringing event marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, you can add your event to the Armistice 100 Map where you can also search for local events near you.Further informationlast_img

Cricket News TNCA, CAB Gear Up For Elections After Supreme Court Verdict

first_imgNew Delhi: Various BCCI state units “welcomed” the Supreme Court directive on Friday, which allowed them to hold elections in their respective associations. The latest Supreme Court directive restricts the disqualification from contesting elections to office-bearers only, leaving the other positions as they were earlier. A few days back, Committee of Administrators (CoA) in their electoral directive had mentioned that even the tenure of service in the Working Committee will be calculated to determine the ‘cooling off’ period, which would effectively put an end to Sourav Ganguly (CAB president) and Jay Shah’s (GCA secretary) hopes of re-election.  The Supreme Court on Friday also allowed the TNCA to hold elections to elect office bearers but said the results will be subject to its decision. A bench comprising Justices S A Bode and L Nageswara Rao said the state cricket associations can go ahead with the elections but will not declare the results. It will be subject to the order of this court and legal remedies will be available to parties.  The bench, in its interim order, further directed that disqualification norms “shall remain confined to office bearers only”. “It is a welcome move. One needs to wait for the complete order and study the finer details before commenting.Having said that, we are happy that the Hon’ble Supreme Court has listened to state association’s plea and provided much-needed relief and breathing space,” CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya told PTI.  The TNCA also welcomed the Supreme Court’s directive. “We had sought a clarification on certain issues and it has come. The elections will be conducted. The TNCA will hold a meeting in a couple of days to discuss the court direction and conduct of the elections,” a senior TNCA source said.  Also Read | CoA Show Causes BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary For Not Attending ICC, ACC MeetingsThe CoA counsel during Friday’s hearing alleged that the TNCA was amongst few associations, which have not complied with the Constitution of the BCCI as per August 9, 2018 judgement. In that regard, the SC judgement is a shot in the arm for Tamil Nadu as N Srinivasan, despite being disqualified as per Lodha norms, will remain relevant in the BCCI power game. Also Read |  Good News for Rajasthan Cricketers! BCCI Lifts RCA’s SuspensionWhile the CoA members were not available for comments, a source close to the SC-appointed committee said that the BCCI elections will go on as per schedule. “The CoA has no intention of rescheduling BCCI AGM from October 22. Once elections are over, they will submit a report in a sealed envelope to the Supreme Court and their function ends then and there,” the source said on Friday.However, there are still some doubts as to whether they can hold AGM by October 22 as some state units might not be able to conduct their polls by September 28 deadline.  The apex court on Friday also ruled that the 21-day notice period for holding elections will be waived subject to discretion of the Amicus Curiae PS Narsimha. In case, some of the state units delay their elections, then the AGM may be deferred by a few days or weeks. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Patrick Corbin signing marks latest push by Nationals to build championship rotation

first_imgIt hasn’t worked for the Nationals — ever — but the front office is determined to give it another shot. News broke Tuesday afternoon that the franchise in our nation’s capital landed prized left-hander starter Patrick Corbin to add to a rotation that already includes Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg up top.Scherzer and Strasburg are both slated to earn $35 million this year (with deferred money in that equation). For most teams, that probably would be enough high-end investment in the rotation. Not for the Nationals. The package that convinced the former Arizona stalwart to set up shop in D.C. was a reported $140 million over six years. Corbin, 29, was considered the best available free-agent starter this offseason. He was coming off what was easily his best season: a 2.47 FIP, 11.1 K/9 and 6.3 fWAR. It was no secret that he was the top target of the Yankees, his boyhood favorite team, and the Phillies, a franchise with money to burn and a powerful motivation to get back into the postseason after years of an often-ugly rebuilding process. But it was the Nationals who handed out the largest contract for a free-agent pitcher since both Price and Zack Greinke landed deals north of $200 million after the 2016 season.Will this latest attempt to build baseball’s best rotation produce October success for the Nats? SN TRACKER: The biggest offseason free-agent movesThey have made the playoffs four times in the past seven years. In each of those seasons, the team won at least 95 games and the rotation was stellar — and the Nats failed to make it out of their first round. In 2012, they won 98 games and their starters had a National League-best 3.40 ERA. They were bounced in the NLDS by the Cardinals in five games.In 2014, they won 96 games and their starters had an NL-best 3.04 ERA. They were bounced in the NLDS by the Giants in four games. In 2016, they won 95 games and their starters were second in the NL with a 3.60 ERA. They were bounced in the NLDS by the Dodgers in five games.In 2017, they won 97 games and their starters were third in the NL with a 3.63 ERA. They were bounced in the NLDS by the Cubs in five games.But you knew all this already.HOT STOVE: Red Sox reportedly want Eovaldi back  The fault, Nationals fans, lies in the execution. The build-a-better-rotation plan is just fine.  It’s not a radical concept, the idea of a strong rotation leading a club to October success. The Red Sox claimed the World Series title in 2018 on the backs of David Price, Nathan Eovaldi, Chris Sale and Rick Porcello. The Astros did the same in 2017 with Justin Verlander, Charlie Morton, Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr. leading the way.  The front office clearly believes so. It reinforced that belief with the somewhat surprising signing of Corbin. Maybe the move shouldn’t be at all surprising; remember, Washington signed Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 million contract after the 2014 season even though it had the NL’s best rotation.  Maybe it works this year. Maybe all the pieces will finally fit. Maybe the Nats make it to October — that won’t be easy in a suddenly tough East Division — and maybe things finally fall their way in the postseason. Maybe the execution will finally live up to the plan. Maybe.last_img read more

Preparations on the Grbavica Stadium for the Match BiH-Belgium

first_imgFC Zeljeznicar started readying the Grbavica stadium where the national teams of Belgium and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) will play a qualification round on October 7th for the World Championship in Russia.After the stadium Bilino Polje in Zenica was suspended, the stadium in Grbavica was the closest one to meeting all the requirements for playing an international match. UEFA inspectors visited the home of Zeljeznicar and had certain demands regarding the terrain and the space for reporters on the stadium. They were very satisfied with the changes at their next, especially since they were made in such a short period of time, while Zeljeznicar is working hard so that the national team can have the ideal conditions for the match with Belgium.Zeljeznicar is working today to fix the terrain, specifically changing specific parts and artificial grass, after which there will be some modifications on the reporters’ lounge, as well as on fulfilling the other requests.The arrival of the national team to Grbavica is the biggest proof of the development of Zeljeznicar, especially on relation to its infrastructure. The east stands were constructed in the largest post-war project, which was financed by the Club and its fans and sympathizers. Recently, Zeljeznicar announced the construction of the south stands so that, slowly but surely, Grbavica is becoming a respectable soccer place.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more

Is It OK When Astronomers Sell Stars?

first_imgMost people have heard the ads for companies that sell you a certificate for a star they will name after you.  Professional astronomers have usually been quick to discourage people from falling for the schemes that have no professional or international authority for naming stars (for instance, see this article on Wired.com).  But now, according to New Scientist, an international consortium of astronomers with the Kepler Mission will be selling stars to raise money for data analysis from the spacecraft:“There are plenty of phony name-a-star things on the web, but I think we were the first scientists to use this sort of model for fundraising, and as a public outreach tool,” says project leader Travis Metcalfe of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.  “We’re trying to educate people about what the Kepler mission does, and to get them excited about the quest for other Earths.”Since Kepler has 100,000 stars in its field of view, they hope to raise a million dollars at $10 a star “to pay scientists’ salaries and bring them together at conferences.”  In return, the donor gets his or her name attached to one of the stars on Google Sky.  The program was named “Pale Blue Dot” after Carl Sagan’s book of that name.A fly on the wall listened in to the astronomers cooking up this scheme.“Look, we all know that International Star Registry is bunk, but we need some money.  I was thinking, maybe their strategy could be used to our advantage.  After all, their continued success proves there is still a sucker born every minute.”“Well, we’d better distinguish what we want to do from what they are doing.  We are ethical scientists, you know.”“If we as professional scientists assign them a star, isn’t it kind of official?”“Nah; we’ll never get the International Astronomical Union to agree to it.”“But we won’t be selling the star, really; we’ll just ask them to adopt one for awhile.”“Your point is?”“We could say this is supporting science instead of paying the salaries of slick marketers.”“You realize, don’t you, that this money is going to pay our salaries….”“How about emphasizing the educational benefits of our program?”“Probably not good enough.  The star registry sends its customers victims information about ‘their’ star.”“But we want to excite people about what we are trying to do.”“I dunno; my aunt got pretty excited when Uncle Joe bought her a star from one of those phony companies.”“How about the fact that we will print their star on Google Sky instead of on parchment?”“Your point is?”“We could emphasize our price is one fifth their price.”“Now you’re just quibbling about the price.  It could still make us look just as sleazy as they are – and cheap, too.”“But isn’t our program for a worthy cause?”“Some people will complain that science shouldn’t grovel in the dirt to get its work done.”“Isn’t that what we do already trying to get government funding?”“I know!  Let’s get Carl Sagan’s name attached to it.  Everybody knows he was a real astronomer.  If they see his picture and slogan, they’ll flock like sheep to the slaughter.  Let’s get some celebs to donate first and pitch it on TV.  Build a slick website with promos, a donor honor roll and T-shirts with Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot logo, and we’ll be rolling in dough in no time!”“Ethics, schmethics.  It’s a new day for science.  Three cheers!”(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Heineken’s R7-billion SA plant

first_imgHeineken is to be brewed in South Africa at the R7-billion Heineken brewery currently under construction south of Johannesburg. (Image: Heineken) An artist’s impression of the new South African Heineken plant. (Image: Heineken) Amstel will also be produced in South Africa for the first time since 2007, when Heineken terminated SABMiller’s licence to brew the popular beer. (Image: Heineken)Janine ErasmusIn a move that tests the dominance of the well-established SABMiller, Heineken NV, manufacturer of one of the world’s most popular premium beer brands, is building its first South African brewery at an estimated cost of R7-billion. The plant is located in the Sedibeng area southeast of Johannesburg.The brewery will be three-quarters owned by Heineken with the remaining 25% owned by its partner in the venture, British-based Diageo, which is the largest multinational beer, wine and spirits company in the world.Heineken’s choice of location will result in a massive boost for the region. “We were very aware that southern Johannesburg is an area that will benefit enormously from new commercial investment, which will in turn assist and enable social and economic progress in the whole area,” said Heineken’s regional president for Africa and the Middle East, Tom de Man. “We, our partner Diageo, and our local joint venture business partner Brandhouse, consider ourselves part of that process.”Local and provincial government has come out in strong support of the venture, especially since it is expected that the brewery will create 225 permanent new jobs and make many more service-related employment opportunities available. All new staff will receive extensive training in South Africa and abroad where necessary.Brewing the world’s best brands in SAThe new brewery, says Heineken, will have an annual output capacity of three-million hectolitres, with built-in potential for expansion, and will produce a variety of brands owned by the two companies. Heineken’s two major brands are Amstel and the eponymous Heineken, while Diageo owns Guinness and Windhoek Lager. In addition, the plant will produce ready-to-drink beverages similar to the popular Smirnoff Ice, which is a member of the Diageo stable.Diageo also owns some of the world’s favourite wine and spirit brands including Johnny Walker, José Cuervo tequila, Bell’s, Captain Morgan, Dom Pérignon and Moët & Chandon. In South Africa these brands are distributed by Cape Town-based Brandhouse, which was established in 2004 specifically to market and distribute Diageo, Namibia Breweries and Heineken’s brands locally.Work on the brewery is currently underway and construction, which is overseen by an experienced local Heineken management team, is expected to be complete by the end of 2009. A second site in the Ekurhuleni municipal area, east of Johannesburg, was also under consideration, and may yet be used by Heineken for other operations, possibly as a distribution centre.Heineken, Diageo and Namibia Breweries are to embark on a second business venture which will see them combining their beer, cider and ready-to-drink operations into one company. The two major partners will each own 42.25% while Namibia Breweries will take a 15.5% stake.Heineken’s investment in its two new initiatives will be around R3.1-billion ($412-million), while Diageo will invest R1.5-billion ($199-million), said the two companies in a joint statement.Taking on the might of SABMillerThe new Heineken brewery will be the only such facility in South Africa not owned by rival SABMiller, which has successfully seen off numerous challenges over the years. In fact, the only brand to achieve any degree of success in the South African premium beer market is Diageo’s Windhoek, brewed by Namibia Breweries. The brand has not yet cracked the mass market, however.In 2007 Heineken dramatically terminated SABMiller’s 40-year-old licence to brew Amstel after initiating an arbitration process following SABMiller’s $7.8 billion (R59-billion) acquisition of Colombian brewer Grupo Empresarial Bavaria, which in turn had acquired 15% of SABMiller.Heineken objected to the bi-lateral acquisition, saying that SABMiller’s ownership had changed to a significant degree and this could be considered harmful to its own interests. It consequently applied to end SABMiller’s Amstel licence and the International Chamber of Commerce ruled in Heineken’s favour.At the time Amstel accounted for 9% of SABMiller’s beer sales in South Africa and, according to Heineken, South Africa is one of Amstel’s biggest markets. Despite the setback SABMiller has focused on its own premium brands such as Hansa Marzen Gold, Peroni Nastro Azzuro and the recently acquired Grolsch, to offset some of the revenue loss.Useful linksHeinekenSABMillerDiageoBrandhouseSedibeng District Municipalitylast_img read more

Sideways price pattern to continue for corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The corn market was relatively uneventful during the first two months of the 2015-16 marketing year. There were no large supply surprises and known consumption was somewhat lackluster. As a result, corn prices traded in a choppy, but mostly sideways pattern.While market expectations about the magnitude of the U.S. average corn yield and size of the crop have varied over the past three months, USDA forecasts have been very stable. The USDA’s 2015 yield forecast has changed very little from the initial forecast of 168.8 bushels in August, dropping to 167.5 bushels in September and rebounding to 168 bushels in October. The production forecast declined by only 131 million bushels, slightly less than 1%, from August to October. In addition, the USDA estimate of September 1 stocks of old crop corn came in almost exactly as forecast. New yield and production forecasts will be released on Nov. 10. Changes from the October forecasts are expected to be modest.Corn export inspections and export sales so far in the 2015-16 marketing year have been disappointing. For the year, the USDA projects that U.S. corn exports will reach 1.85 billion bushels, only slightly less than exports of 1.864 billion bushels last year. Cumulative export inspections during the first two months of the year were reported at only 206 million bushels, compared to 270 million bushels during the same period last year. Export commitments for the year (shipments plus outstanding sales) as of Oct. 22 were reported at 496 million bushels, compared to commitments of 738 million bushels on the same date last year. Commitments to Japan, typically the largest importer of U.S. corn, are down 42%, while commitments to Mexico, typically the second largest importer, are up four percent year-over-year. The seasonal pattern of exports and export sales differ from year to year, particularly sales to Japan, so early export performance is not always a good indicator of marketing year exports.In addition, the official Census Bureau estimates of monthly exports (not yet available for September or October) often deviate from the export inspection estimates. Still, the slow start to the 2015-16 export program and prospects for on-going competition from Brazilian exports due to large supplies and favorable exchange rates raises concerns that marketing year exports will fall short of the current projection. Reports in late October that some Brazilian corn was headed to the U.S did not improve the U.S. export outlook.The USDA will release the estimate of the amount of corn used for ethanol production during September 2015 on Nov. 2. Weekly estimates of ethanol production from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicated that domestic ethanol production in September and the first three weeks of October exceeded that of a year ago by nearly five percent, suggesting corn consumption was also up about five percent. Ethanol production and corn consumption will continue to be supported by increasing domestic gasoline consumption and robust exports, but the large year-over year increase in ethanol production experienced so far this year will not persist. Weekly ethanol production accelerated about this time last year. Production during the third week of October this year, for example, was about equal to that of a year ago.For the year, the USDA projects the amount of corn used for ethanol and co-product production at 5.25 billion bushels, about one percent more than consumed last year. Use may exceed that projection, but probably not by enough to alter the prospects for abundant year-ending corn stocks. The EPA’s final rulemaking for the Renewable Fuel Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016, expected by the end of the month, will provide more insight on ethanol production prospects.The USDA projects feed and residual use of corn during the current marketing year at 5.275 billion bushels, only slightly less than used last year. The pace of consumption will not be known until the USDA releases the estimate of Dec. 1, 2015 corn stocks in the second week of January. In the meantime, prospects for feed consumption are derived primarily from changes in livestock and poultry inventories and production intentions. Current inventories provide a bit of a mixed picture. The milk cow inventory in September was about one percent larger than the inventory of a year ago, the number of cattle on feed on Oct. 1 was up 2%, and the Sept. 1 inventory of market hogs was up 4%. In contrast, the layer flock is recovering slowly from the effects of bird flu and the September inventory was down eight percent year-over-year. In addition, weekly broiler chick placements were less than those of a year ago in five of the seven weeks ended Oct. 24. While the Dec. 1 corn stocks estimate could provide a surprise since it will reflect “residual” use of corn as well as feed use, current livestock numbers suggest that feed use should be near that of last year.March 2016 corn futures have traded in a sideways pattern, with a range of about $0.95 over the past year, about $0.40 over the past four months, and about $0.15 over the past three weeks. The current price is near the low end of that range. A broad sideways price pattern is expected to continue through the winter months. A test of the high side of the price range will likely require a threat on the supply side, either in South America this year or the U.S. next year.last_img read more

Must retain foreign coaches

first_imgThere is something about tradition in some Indian sports where even today the athlete will touch the feet of a coach or someone who deserves that kind of respect. As Preeja Sreedharan, Kavita Raut and Sudha Singh shone on Sunday night and went through the motion of dope tests, the media was waiting in hordes.And even a day later, on Tuesday, as the trio was still doing interviews, Sudha almost touched the feet of a senior Indian sportswriter whose athletics knowledge is baffling.Such modesty is something unheard of in sport like tennis or squash at home, but Sudha’s gesture went to show what the respect for a guru is. Accompanied by middle distance coach Nikolai Snesarev, all the three – Preeja, Kavita and Sudha – spoke at length as to how the Belarussian has worked wonders with the middle distance runners.Nikolai is highly respected in international circles and is a nononsense man. He set such punishing schedules for the athletes that they started to hate the workload. At least, that was the story till the time they started enjoying its fruits.And Nikolai has been careful to hold long camps in the cooler environs of the SAI centre in Bangalore. And at a time when athletics buffs at home wonder why athletes are taken to Ukraine for training “as food and conditions” are better here, Nikolai is supposed to be a very dedicated coach.As he got used to the Indian system, he slowly allowed the athletes’ families to visit the camps and spend a day or more with them.advertisementSuch regimens have worked wonders with the Indian athletes and the stars of Sunday night now are worried Nikolai may be gone soon. As has been the case with a lot of foreign coaches hired by the sports ministry, their contracts run till the end of the Asian Games. Be it Nikolai, shotgun coach Marcello Dradi, Jose Brasa and a few more coaches, a lot of Indian athletes are worried about what will happen to their training schedules.As it were, Vladimir Chertkov, who has worked wonders with gymnast Ashish, has said goodbye.Without looking at medals tally, what the respective sports federations at home now need to do is ensure the contracts of coaches are again signed till the 2012 Olympics. In the past, India have lost the services of several coaches because of haggling over wages or red-tapism in the sports ministry.Why, even after the Beijing Olympics, Cuba was not keen to send BI Fernandez again to India for some months. It is now accepted that unless there are good coaches from abroad, our standards can never improve. What Nikolai has done in terms of making three athletes reach an Asian Games level winning standard is commendable.By his own admission, to push the Indians to world or Olympic standards cannot happen by 2012. His view is that to make champions, one needs to have a five or six year plan where the athlete doesn’t worry about anything else.It’s easy to look at China’s medal tally and rave about how in virtually every sport they are making a big dent.Even if the Indians are to raise the bar slowly and steadily, it’s not going to happen without foreign coaches. The choice is very clear: keep the good coaches back or be ready to weep again after the 2012 Olympics. Nothing else matters at this stage.last_img read more

Hockey India and IHF in talks for merger

first_imgThe sports ministry has granted Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) more time to consider its proposal of setting up a unified body to run the game in the country, and the two rival associations have been in talks in the last few days to reach a consensus in the matter.The government has proposed to enlarge Hockey India’s executive committee to co-opt members of the IHF, as well as increasing the strength of their working committee for the same purpose.While Hockey India accepted the proposals readily, there was hesitation on IHF’s part as they felt that the suggestions were loaded in their rivals’ favour.HI general secretary Narinder Batra.”We have had a discussion with IHF in the past few days and another round of talks are lined up on Tuesday,” Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra told Mail Today on Sunday.”The issue of co-option was discussed by the ministry with both the bodies before making it public. We have accepted them. We don’t know why they raised objections.”You cannot say something in a closed room and something else outside. ( Former IHF president) KPS Gill and ( present chief) RK Shetty were part of Hockey India for our elections, but resigned later.” Hockey India’s executive committee met in Bhopal on Sunday and authorised Batra to take decisions in this regard.Hockey India have also included two associate members – Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy and Sashastra Seema Bal – under its wing.”More teams have applied for membership and we are looking into it,” Batra said.advertisementThe sponsorship deal with Sahara is also nearing expiry and the Hockey India secretary general said work was on to have a new deal in place soon.”Sahara have the first right of refusal, but we will have to look at our requirements also. If a better offer comes from somewhere else, we will definitely consider it,” he said.The Bhopal Senior Men’s Nationals are the first under the aegis of Hockey India, but the federation has plans to hold agegroup tournaments in months to come.”The junior nationals, for both men and women, are expected to be held in July with Ranchi as the likely venue.”The sub- juniors for men will be held in Hyderabad in September, while Pune will stage the corresponding event for women soon after,” Batra added.last_img read more