October 28

15 days agoEx-Stoke boss Rowett, Cahill in Millwall frame

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ex-Stoke boss Rowett, Cahill in Millwall frameby Ansser Sadiq15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Stoke City, Birmingham and Derby County boss Gary Rowett is on the shortlist to replace Neil Harris at Millwall.Harris left the post earlier this week with the Lions towards the bottom of the Championship.Sky Sports says former Everton and Millwall striker Tim Cahill is also in contention.The South-East London club are keen to appoint a new manager before their next fixture against Brentford on October 19. last_img read more

October 17

Edmonton man appeals extradition to US to face terrorism charges

first_imgEDMONTON — An Edmonton man is fighting his extradition to face terrorism charges in the United States.Abdullahi Ahmed Abdullahi, who is 34, has been charged in the U.S. with conspiring to provide and providing material support to terrorists engaged in violent activities in Syria.He was ordered extradited by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice John Little in May 2018.Three judges with Alberta’s Court of Appeal heard his appeal Wednesday and reserved their decision.Officials in the U.S. allege Abdullahi conspired with Douglas McCain, the first known American who died fighting for the Islamic State, and others in the U.S. and Canada.Abdullahi, known as Phish or Fish, was indicted in California in March 2017 and arrested by Canadian authorities in September 2017.The U.S. indictment alleges that Abdullahi conspired with McCain and others to provide personnel and money to people engaged in terrorist activities in Syria, including killing, kidnapping and maiming people.It also alleges Abdullahi robbed an Edmonton jewelry store to finance the travel of McCain and others, then wired the money.Abdullahi also faces an armed robbery charge in Canada.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 13

Trail BC sees third sulphuric acid spill on area roads this year

first_imgTRAIL, B.C. – The movement of sulphuric acid by truck through a southeastern British Columbia city has been halted while officials try to determine why there has been a third leak of the corrosive liquid in less than six months.International Raw Materials says in a news release that it purchased the load of sulphuric acid from the Teck Resources Ltd. lead and zinc smelter in Trail and was moving the acid to a nearby reload facility on Sept. 22.A spill that the company describes as “less than one cup,” was found at the reload site and three “dime-sized drips” were spotted on a road, but the company statement says no acid was found on highways through Trail.International Raw Materials says trucking contractor Trimac will launch a full investigation and take corrective action but all acid shipments by road have been suspended while the probe is underway.The Insurance Corporation of B.C., is still trying to determine how many vehicles were damaged by sulphuric acid leaks on routes through Trail on April 10 and May 23.Claims related to the spills had topped 3,000 by early September and some of the vehicles damaged or written off include a new fire truck worth an estimated $800,000 and several school buses.Teck said in a release posted earlier this month that just under 300 litres of sulphuric acid leaked onto the busy route through Trail in the first two spills.Vehicles were damaged when they drove through puddles of the acid before the spills were identified.Sulphuric acid has the potential to corrode vehicle undercarriages, aluminum parts and especially brake lines and brake systems, an ICBC adviser said.Teck produces the acid at its Trail smelter but the product had been purchased by International Raw Materials and was being moved by that company’s contrators when the spills occurred.No one was hurt, the acid was neutralized and is not believed to have seeped into area waterways.last_img read more

October 12

On the favourable track?

first_imgTraditionally, the power sector has been seized by a plethora of problems. Low per capita power consumption at a third of China, substantial T&D losses, Discoms bleeding due to tariff subsidisation disabling purchase of power from gencos, low PLF of thermal plants affecting the capacity to service bank debts and shortage of fossil fuel affecting power generation, were the major pain points. Concerted efforts initiated at policy formulation and implementation to tackle these issues in recent times seem to be yielding an encouraging outcome. Also Read – A special kind of bondRegarding fossil fuel, the power plants are largely coal-based except for around 14 GW gas-based capacity mainly built on the indicated potential of the KGD6 basin. These became stranded as the gas production from the basin fell off dramatically to a tenth of its peak level seen in 2010. Reportedly, the deep sea gas in High-Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) conditions were unviable to at the general price of domestic gas. Besides, technological challenges were substantial. Efforts at reviving these gas fields through an infusion of appropriate technology and allowing special price commensurate with complexities have been initiated. However, the power generated from such high-cost gas may find a challenge of distribution under the Merit Order system. Hence, even if availability improves, the possibility of the stranded gas-based capacity coming into operation may remain a question mark. Also Read – Insider threat managementFor the coal-based power plants, the problem initially was an acute shortage of coal. Over 200 coal blocks allocated earlier to end users for mining were cancelled by orders of the apex court in 2014, effective 1st April 2015. Collectively the production from this segment was around 45 Mtpa in 2014-15 – the last year before cancellation. This production dropped to NIL from April 1, 2015. A transparent auction-based process for allocation of these blocks was promptly brought in place. However, the new allottees had to face quite a few hurdles before coal production could recommence. Inexperience was also a hurdle in some cases. Finally, in 2018-19, the aggregate coal production from this segment regained the pre-cancellation level of 2014-15. This segment is expected to be on a medium growth trajectory now, particularly with companies like NTPC commencing mining operations with plans to grow fast. The dominant coal supplier, namely Coal India Ltd (CIL), stopped growing from 2010-11, largely due to the imposition of a blanket ban by MOEF on all projects in critically polluted industrial zones. The zones were identified based on an evaluation of the Comprehensive Environment Pollution Index (CEPI) developed by IIT Delhi. This was based on measures of air, sound and water pollution. Industrial clusters with CEPI higher than 70 were classified as critically polluted. Most coal projects were located in such clusters and hence suffered the ban. Incidentally, coal mining does not release toxic waste into water. A quick measurement of CEPI in coal mines yielded scores of less than 50. In other words, coal mining per se was not found responsible for the clusters being critically polluted. Demand for sub-cluster analysis to identify industries responsible for critical pollution were made. The outcome in terms of lifting the ban was painfully slow. As a result, after a phase of 6 per cent plus CAGR during 2007-2010, when coal production increased from 361 to 431 Mtpa, the CAGR in the next 3 years, 2011-2014, plummeted to 2.33 per cent – production rising from 431 to 462 Mtpa during this period. Ironically, the capacity addition in the coal-based power generation picked up substantially onwards 2007. This coupled with muted growth in coal supply resulted in thermal coal imports rising exponentially. The higher cost of imported coal led to a higher tariff on one hand and, at times compelled the power plants to operate at reduced PLF. The situation became acute by 2014. The reversal of the situation demanded a warlike multi-pronged approach. The Ministry of Coal and CIL acted in unison to debottleneck each constraint. Intense interactions with concerned Ministries in the government, namely MOEF, Railways and Power were carried out to build a high degree of collaborative approach and maintain coordination at the highest level. The approach was extended to the coal-producing state governments for support in securing faster environment and forest clearance of various projects as well as the acquisition of land. Previous records of the quantum of land acquired were beaten convincingly. The outcome was indeed encouraging! The growth in coal production moved up to around 7 per cent in 2014-15, increasing from 462 to 494 Mtpa. In 2015-16, the growth reached a record level of 8.5 per cent rising to 536 Mtpa. Ironically, contrary to expectations, the growth in coal consumption during 2015-16 was muted and a significant portion of the increased coal production landed up in coal stocks at pithead as well as power stations. Beginning from April 2016, the coal offtake became even more sluggish. Chasing the targetted growth in coal production became a nightmare for CIL as it led to unmanageable addition to coal stocks with the associated risk of coal catching fire. Paradoxically, the average PLF of power plants witnessed a falling trend despite coal being available – a phenomenon not witnessed earlier. It turned out that the problem essentially is with the Discoms facing financial stress due to tariff subsidisation for supply to the agricultural sector. Besides, the evacuation of upcoming renewable power was assigned a higher priority. Compelling the Discoms to bear the subsidy burden disabled them financially to buy all the power that gencos could generate. Without the issue being addressed, the prospects of evacuating the power that could be generated appeared dim. The Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) was conceived at this time to address the issue. The scheme required, on one hand, the states to progressively take over an increasing share of losses of the Discoms and, on the other hand, focus on reduction of cost as well as T&D losses. It is a time-bound program with constant monitoring and a hard stop for linking Discom losses to state budgets in a gradual manner. Some of the other measures to work in tandem were savings in interest cost, reduction of imported coal by increasing supply of domestic coal, freight rationalisation through a swap of supply sources, reduction of T&D losses and most importantly, demand-side management by emphasising the use of LED bulbs and low power consuming efficient appliances. While the projected savings accruing from a full-scale implementation of UDAY across all states was estimated at a staggering Rs 2052 billion, the savings required for the Discoms to break even was assessed at Rs 639 billion till 2020-21 (as per CLSA Report of Jan 2019). In other words, even 32 per cent of the projected benefits were sufficient to make the Discoms turnaround. This was expected to trigger sustainable demand recovery, improve capacity utilisation and eventually drive capex recovery. The unfolding of events subsequently goes to establish the fructification of the plan to some extent 2018 onwards. The sluggish coal demand witnessed in 2016-17, continued partially during 2017-18 leading to muted growth in coal production by CIL from 536 to 567 Mtpa over the two year period, translating into a low CAGR of 2.78 per cent. However, the position witnessed a reversal from early 2018. The rise in purchasing power of Discoms led to faster growth in demand for coal. The pithead stocks of coal depleted and the stock at powerhouse end became alarmingly low. CIL initiated efforts to gear up and got its act together November 2018 onwards. Stock depletion at pithead was arrested and despatches to powerhouse stepped up. Once again the collaborative style of functioning prevailed across all concerned agencies. By March 2019, CIL registered an impressive growth from 567 to 607 Mtpa in coal production (7 per cent) with coal offtake reaching a level of 608 Mtpa. The coal stock at powerhouse end reached a comfortable level of 18 days. The stocks at the pithead in CIL has also risen to a comfortable level of 54 Million tonnes. Going forward as the benefits of UDAY seep in, the Discoms are expected to further enhance purchasing power. This will lead to a rise in the PLF of existing power plants. The scope for such rise is substantial as currently, the PLF is at a low of 60 per cent. The best seen PLF in 2007-08 was 79 per cent. Since then, the new capacities built have embraced better technologies. Also, some inefficient capacities have been phased out. As such the highest PLF attainable is expected to be higher than the best seen so far. Even considering a peak PLF of 80 per cent, the additional coal demand works out to around 200 Mtpa. Besides, there are 40 GW stranded inoperative coal-based power capacity. With IBC brought into play, most of these capacities may become operational in course of time through NCLT proceedings or otherwise. This will further add 200 Mtpa to the coal demand. The current import of coal is over 200 Mtpa, of which over 100 Mtpa is metallurgical coal for steel-making and thermal coal for select coastal power plants. These cannot be substituted by domestic coal in the near term. However, the residual import for non-coastal power plants and other consumers are replaceable by increasing domestic coal production by another 100 Mtpa. The resultant demand growth on the above accounts aggregating to 500 Mtpa may materialise over the next five years, if not earlier. CIL may grow consistently at the 2018-19 rate of 7 per cent, taking its production five years from now to 850 Mtpa. This leaves a gap of 257 (607+500-850) Mtpa to be met from other sources. This does not take into account any coal demand for use as feedstock for the production of Ammonia or Urea or chemicals on which the country is currently import-dependent. Considering that China is successfully using at least 500 Mtpa of coal as feedstock to produce fertilisers and chemicals economically, India can also move in this direction. This may add to coal demand further. The coal production from captive blocks assigned to end users is expected to grow to the extent of meeting the end-use requirement primarily. Therefore, induction of commercial miners, for which the legal enablers are in place since 2015, needs to happen at the earliest to ensure that the painstaking reforms carried out in securing sufficiency of the power supply is not derailed due to paucity of coal. (The author is former Chairman, Coal India Ltd. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

September 28

Notre Dame Continues To Hold On To A Playoff Spot — But

LSU 7-21524100%<1% ▲ 21<1% RankingProbability of … Michigan 8-212181714%9% ▲ 211% Ohio State 10-032445%62% ▲ 2118% Notre Dame 9-1478—a26% ▲ 216% Same old, same old. The college football playoff committee had it easy this week. After a week of games where all their top teams won, they didn’t have to shake things up in their rankings much. The top five remain the same: Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Iowa. After suffering crushing losses last week, Baylor and Stanford fell back in the rankings. Meanwhile, the Sooner state made headway: Oklahoma State and Oklahoma rose up to the No. 6 and No. 7 spots, respectively. But while the Big 12 looks ascendant, they both can’t stay there long: they play each other Thanksgiving weekend.The FiveThirtyEight model has bad news for Notre Dame fans: last week it was Baylor that was projected to elbow out the Irish by season’s end; this week it’s Oklahoma. The model continues to think an undefeated or one-loss Big 12 champion will most likely surpass Notre Dame. Our model simulations — which predict where the committee will land in its final rankings on Dec. 6 — are shown in the following table: College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 17. Oklahoma might eventually edge out Notre Dame, but they have two awfully tough games remaining: against TCU this Saturday and on the road versus Oklahoma State. While the Sooners are our favorite for the fourth slot, the model still only gives them a 45 percent chance of making it in.Lurking at the edges are a slew of hopefuls: Oklahoma State and Iowa, though each doesn’t have a loss, stand but a 25 percent and 22 percent chance to make it; one-loss stalwarts Florida, Baylor, and Michigan State — along with two-loss Stanford — all have above a 10 percent shot.For those of you who want more nitty-gritty about our projections, check out our original methodology manifesto, as well as last week’s methodology update. Oklahoma St. 10-0641335%25% ▲ 215% Northwestern 8-22029610%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oregon 7-32310284%<1% ▲ 21<1% Florida 9-1881435%23% ▲ 214% Michigan St. 9-1962211%12% ▲ 211% Iowa 10-05132928%22% ▲ 212% Alabama 9-121361%63% ▲ 2119% TCU 9-1181265%5% ▲ 212% Wisconsin 8-22520241%<1% ▲ 21<1% Utah 8-213262312%1% ▲ 21<1% Baylor 8-11022214%16% ▲ 216% Houston 10-019143739%1% ▲ 21<1% Mississippi 7-3222894%<1% ▲ 21<1% Florida State 8-21419160%<1% ▲ 21<1% Navy 8-116164422%<1% ▲ 21<1% Stanford 8-211111144%11% ▲ 212% Oklahoma 9-175146%45% ▲ 2118% USC 7-32417734%1% ▲ 21<1% North Carolina 9-11791536%9% ▲ 211% Memphis 8-22136430%<1% ▲ 21<1% Clemson 10-013562%68% ▲ 2115% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title read more

September 28

Under new coach womens lacrosse faces tough season ahead

First-year women’s lacrosse coach Alexis Venechanos said she is still learning about her players and her young team is still trying to get better. “We have a lot to work on but we’re happy how it’s early in the season, and we have some time,” Venechanos said. The Buckeyes lost to No. 9 Stanford, 17-5, on Saturday. “Stanford is a tremendous team and you can tell they are the more experienced team right now,” Venechanos said. Venechanos, who was named coach in July 2010 following former coach Sue Stimmel’s resignation, said that being here since the fall has made the transition a little bit easier. “The fall was a smooth transition in getting to know the team,” she said. Venechanos has been a part of four national championship teams, two as a player at Maryland and two as an assistant coach at Northwestern. Having been in those positions, she said she isn’t worried about the tough loss to Stanford. “These tough games will get us in better situations toward the end of the season,” she said. Junior midfielder Alayna Markwordt agreed that having the new coach since the summer has made the change a little easier. “It’s been a good transition,” she said. “We’ve learned a lot this year.” The Buckeyes won their two previous games against American University and St. Bonaventure before the loss to Stanford. Markwordt said the team is looking to avoid these types of losses when it had played well the two games before. “We’re waiting for that moment where we put it all together,” Markwordt said. OSU (2-3) will look to bounce back as it hosts Canisius (1-1) at 1 p.m. Monday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

September 28

Blue Jackets fall to Blackhawks 43 in shootout

The Columbus Blue Jackets suffered their second loss in as many days Friday night at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets got off to a slow start in the first period of their 4-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, allowing forward Patrick Kane and defenseman Brent Seabrook each to score a goal within the first six minutes. “We shot from the top,” Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. “A lot of good things happened, and some things went wrong.” But the Blue Jackets seemed to refocus following the goals, using a slow tempo to control the puck and hold it on offense, giving themselves time to set up a shot on goal. Once the offense settled down, the Blue Jackets answered the Blackhawks’ two goals with one of their own by forward Maksim Mayorov, his first ever in the NHL. “I was getting played,” Mayorov said, “but I just tried to tip it in.” The Blue Jackets’ second point came in the second period, with a power-play goal by center Derick Brassard, his 16th of the season. “It’s been 11 games since our last score on a power play,” Brassard said. He attributed the goal to what the team has been working on in practice. The game was close in the third period when a goal from Jackets center Samuel Pahlsson was answered almost immediately by the Blackhawks, tying the score at 3. The back-and-forth pace kept both teams moving throughout the third period, but failed to produce anymore points for either team, causing a tie and moving the game into overtime. Neither team was able to score in overtime, despite multiple shots on goal at both ends of the ice. This sent the game into a shootout to determine the winner. Both teams went through three shooters before Chicago was able to score a goal, taking a 4-3 lead and clinching the game. The Blue Jackets will be looking for a win at 5 p.m. Sunday in a home matchup against the St. Louis Blues. read more

September 28

Ohio States legal fees over Strauss case nearly 15 million

Ohio State has spent nearly $1.5 million in legal fees pertaining to the investigation into former Ohio State physician Richard Strauss, according to invoices obtained by The Lantern.Richard Strauss in his Ohio State College of Medicine photograph. Ohio State has filed to have three lawsuits dismissed regarding its handling of the accusations against Strauss. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio StateThe three law firms — Carpenter Lipps & Leland, LLP, Perkins Coie, LLP and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP — have each taken on a different role involving Strauss, in which 145 former students reported firsthand accounts of sexual abuse at the hands of the doctor, who died in 2006.Perkins Coie received $1,379,966.30, Carpenter Lipps & Leland received $71,129.90 and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur received $30,806.75. The most recent invoice recorded occurred on Aug. 17 in a $604,290.95 payment to Perkins Coie.The invoices do not provide a description of how much work has been done by the three law firms, only displaying the invoice date, ID number, firm and payment. A records request by The Lantern for contracts of the three law firms is pending.Porter Wright Morris & Arthur is a law firm located in Columbus appointed by the Ohio Attorney General to serve as Ohio State’s legal counsel. Columbus-based Carpenter Lipps & Leland has been the legal representative for Ohio State in any lawsuits the university faces as a result of the Strauss investigation. Perkins Coie, a Seattle-based law firm, was hired by Porter Wright Morris & Arthur to conduct the investigation into Strauss. Ohio State did not respond to comment by the time of publication. An investigation was opened in April into allegations that Strauss sexually abused Ohio State students and student-athletes while employed by the university between 1978 and 1998. Strauss was a former team physician and student health services doctor at Ohio State.Ohio State has filed motions to dismiss three lawsuits it currently faces from accusers on Sept. 7 on statute of limitations grounds. There are currently two class-action lawsuits and a third lawsuit claiming that then-Ohio State employees knew about the alleged misconduct from Strauss and did nothing to stop it from happening. The university argued the plaintiffs are claiming remedies under Title IX law, and that Title IX in Ohio has a statute of limitation of two years. read more

September 18

Six injured ahead of Manchester Uniteds Week 1 match

first_imgWorld Cup players are just returned on Monday to training and might not be fit and ready for Friday’s game against Leicester CityManchester United boss Jose Mourinho is not happy.The manager has not gotten the new footballers he believes are required for the new season.He has also had many problems with players, especially with Anthony Martial.And now he has told the press that his team has six elements injured ahead of the Red Devil’s Week 1 match against Leicester City.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“(Sergio) Romero, he had a surgery after his injury in the World Cup, (Antonio) Valencia, he was injured in pre-season, Marcos Rojo, he was injured in the World Cup, (Diogo) Dalot had a surgery in Porto at the end of April and is not yet ready,” he told the Leicester Mercury.“Ander Herrera was injured against Bayern, (Nemanja) Matic was injured in the World Cup and had surgery in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago. And I think that’s it.”Adding to his problems are those who participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.“They (the World Cup players) returned on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready,” he said.last_img read more

September 18

PSG eye Barcelona midfield duo

first_imgParis Saint-Germain are in the market for a Barcelona midfielder, with Ivan Rakitic or Sergio Busquets their two main targets before the transfer window shuts down.PSG have been linked with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante earlier this summer, but they have switched their focus to the Camp Nou duo since the English window closed.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Ligue 1 champions have asked about the availability of Busquets and Rakitic — but Barca are not willing to part ways with either, having agreed to a new deal with Busquets and seen Rakitic sign fresh terms last year.Reports say Busquets will have a release clause of almost £180 million in his contract, while PSG would have to pay some £112 million to have a chance of signing Busquets.The Parisians are aiming to become the first French club since Marseille in 93′ to win the Champions League title. And a solid midfield would help mount a serious challenge under Thomas Tuchel.last_img read more