Modric, Xavi, Pirlo & the top 20 centre midfielders of all time

first_imgWe chose our list based on a player’s overall quality for both club and country, trophies won, big-game performances, consistency and longevity.We only included players who generally featured and excelled regularly in either a two-man or three-man central midfield. Midfielders who mostly played further up the pitch were not considered.Therefore, the likes of Michel Platini, Zinedine Zidane and Zico were not selected by our writers, Carlo Garganese and Mark Doyle.last_img

Hungarian Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo slams ‘amateur’ teammate Max Verstappen

first_imgAustralian Daniel Ricciardo blasted Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen for ‘amateur’ driving on Sunday after the Dutch teenager shunted him out of the Hungarian Grand Prix on the opening lap.The two started together on the third row and Ricciardo’s car was smashed into by Verstappen at turn two with the Australian ahead.The impact sent him into a spin, damaged the radiator and left the Red Bull stranded on track with the safety car deployed.”It was amateur to say the least,” Ricciardo fumed to Sky Sports television.It’s not like he was trying to pass — there was no room to pass… I don’t think he likes when a team mate gets in front,” he added.”You’ve got the whole race to try and repair the mistake but the pass was never on. It wasn’t even a pass, it was a very poor mistake.”Ricciardo, a past winner in Hungary, had been fastest in Friday practice and had hopes of a good result with a car benefiting from aerodynamic updates and well suited to the circuit.He said the team would sort things out between the two but suggested Verstappen needed to change his attitude.”There isn’t an excuse for it,” he said. “He tried the outside at Turn One and all of a sudden what was a good start is a bad start. He sees me go past and thinks ‘I’ve got to fix this’ and then we crash.”Verstappen, who was given a 10-second stop-and-go penalty but still finished fifth, said he would be apologising.advertisement”It is never my intention to hit anyone, but especially not your team mate, and especially with the relationship I have with Daniel — it’s always really good and we can always have a laugh,” said the 19-year-old.”This is not nice and I apologise to Daniel for that and also to the team because we could have scored some good points here. I’ll speak with Daniel in private and we’ll sort it out.”last_img read more

Infosys arm to award innovators in social sector

first_imgBengaluru, Oct 9 (IANS) Software major’s philanthropic arm Infosys Foundation on Monday said it would award innovations to reward individuals, teams or NGOs developing solutions for the social sector.”We are committing Rs 1.5 crore this year to reward social innovators whose solutions have the potential to make a difference,” Foundation chairperson Sudha Murty said in a statement here.Sudha is the wife of the iconic company’s co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy.”The Aarohan Social Innovation Awards are aimed at nurturing a culture of innovation in the social sector to scale positive change across the country and provide a platform to help the solutions scale,” asserted Sudha.The awards will be given in six categories spanning healthcare, destitute care, rural development, women’s safety and empowerment, education and sport and sustainability.”As we look at addressing challenges people face in the country, it’s our endeavour to support individuals and non-government organsations (NGOs) act on their good intentions towards society and help them turn ideas into action,” reiterated Sudha.The submission process for the first edition of the awards begins on October 15 and lasts till December 31.”Adults above 18 years and residing in India can submit their entries, describing their work in the form of videos and upload on our website,” pointed out Sudha.The project for awards must not be a commercial venture but a functioning prototype and not a concept, idea or mock-up.”A panel of five judges will evaluate and select the winners whose submissions will be assessed on application to real-world problems, innovative use of technology, originality of ideas and ease of use,” added the statement.The award will also offer winners an opportunity for residential mentorship at IIT Hyderabad up to 12 weeks at its campus to help them develop their solutions and scale them for social impact.The jury will comprise of IIM-Bangalore professor Trilochan Sastry, Indian toy inventor Arvind Gupta, IIT-Hyderabad’s electrical engineering department faculty GVV Sharma, IIM-Ahmedabad visiting faculty Anil Gupta and Sudha.Set up in 1996 by the company’s co-founders and management executives with a seed capital for corpus, the FoundationAsupports programmes in healthcare, education and rural development, arts and culture and destitute care.–IANSfb/pgh/advertisementlast_img read more

Associated Press Names College Football’s Coach Of The Year

first_imgA general view of Notre Dame's football field.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of the opening kick-off between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Associated Press announced on Sunday the three finalists for college football’s head coach of the year award. The three finalists – Alabama’s Nick Saban, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly and UCF’s Josh Heupel.This afternoon, the AP announced its winner.Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly has taken home the award after leading the Fighting Irish to an undefeated regular season.“JUST IN: Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly named The Associated Press college football Coach of the Year,” the AP announced.JUST IN: Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly named The Associated Press college football Coach of the Year.— ABC 7 Sports (@ABC7Sports) December 17, 2018Kelly helped lead Notre Dame to a 12-0 regular season that included wins over Michigan, Stanford and USC, among others.The Fighting Irish are set to play Clemson in the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

Disturbing Details Emerge From Star College Football RB’s Arrest

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Two weeks ago, one of the best young running backs in college football found himself in some legal trouble. According to a report from KU, Kansas running back Pooka Williams was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of domestic battery.In the weeks following his arrest, new Kansas head coach Les Miles suspended Williams from team activities.On Thursday afternoon, details of his alleged incident with his former girlfriend were released. According to a report from the Kansas City Star, the woman alleges Williams punched her in the stomach.Here are more details from the report:According to the affidavit, a KU police officer interviewed the 18-year-old alleged victim at around 11:15 a.m. on Dec. 6. The female stated “she was punched in the stomach, as well as grabbed by the throat” by Williams at Stouffer Apartments on campus the previous day.Williams remains indefinitely suspended from the Kansas football program and has a court date set for January 9.The star running back was the Big 12 offensive freshman of the year.last_img read more

Indian women to tour Australia for A series in December

first_img Press Trust of India MelbourneMay 17, 2019UPDATED: May 17, 2019 16:24 IST India A will play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is against Australia A in Brisbane and Gold Coast respectively (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSIndia women’s A team will tour Australia in December 2019India will play three ODIs and as many T20 matches on the tourThis is the first time that India will send their A team to AustraliaIndia women’s A team will embark on its maiden tour to Australia in December this year for a limited-overs series, Cricket Australia confirmed Friday.The series is a part of an agreement between CA and BCCI to host annual A series between the two nations.The first such series was held in October last year, when Australia A toured India for an ODI and T20 series.During the tour, India A will play three ODIs and as many T20 matches in Brisbane and Gold Coast respectively starting December 12.The three ODIs between India ‘A’ and Australia ‘A’ will be played in Brisbane on December 12, 14 and 16 while the T20 matches will be hosted by Gold Coast December 19, 21 and 23.”Hosting the first A tour for our female cricketers is another important step in the evolution of the National Talent Pathway,” Australia’s Female High Performance Manager Shawn Flegler said in a statement.”A lot of work has gone into the women’s pathway and we’ve already seen numerous players come through the system and show they are capable to taking the next step to international level.”We now have annual tours for our Australia Under 19 team, the Women’s National Performance Squad is in its third year and now being able to schedule regular Australia A tours, both at home and away is the icing on the cake.Also Read | India sleeping giants of women’s cricket, says Australia coachFor 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 Indian women’s teamFollow Tour of AustraliaFollow India A teamFollow India vs AustraliaFollow a series Indian women to tour Australia for A series in DecemberThe India women’s A team will play three ODIs and as many T20 matches against Australia, for the first time in their history.advertisementlast_img read more

Sanjay Manjrekar disagrees with Sunil Gavaskar view on selectors and Virat Kohli captaincy

first_imgSanjay Manjrekar disagrees with Sunil Gavaskar view on selectors and Virat Kohli captaincyM.S.K Prasad led selection committee named Virat Kohli as captain of the team across all the three formats for the Windies tour that starts from August 3. However, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar questioned Kohli’s captaincy.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 23:44 IST Sunil Gavaskar had questioned Virat Kohli’s captaincy for West Indies tour. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSunil Gavaskar had said Virat Kohli should have been formally re-elected as captain ahead of the West Indies tourHowever, Sanjay Manjrekar disagreed with Gavaskar on Kohli’s captaincyAfter World Cup 2019, there have been a debate over Virat Kohli’s role as captainSince India’s semi-final exit from the World Cup 2019, there have been numerous opinions on whether Virat Kohli should continue as the captain for India or should a new skipper be appointed for the national side.The ongoing debate has now been joined by cricketer-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar. Manjrekar on Monday took to Twitter to show his disagreement with Sunil Gavaskar after the former India captain questioned Virat Kohli’s captaincy for the West Indies tour.Gavaskar had said that Virat Kohli’s appointment as captain was till the World Cup 2019 and thus there should have been a formal meeting to re-appoint Kohli before the M.S.K Prasad led selection committee named Kohli as captain of the team across all the three formats for the Windies tour that starts from August 3.However, Manjrekar had a different view point and disagreed with Gavaskar on Virat Kohli’s captaincy.The commentator also pointed out that India’s performance at the World Cup 2019 was not below par as the Men in Blue lost just 2 matches in their campaign, including the narrow semi-final loss to New Zealand.”Respectfully disagree with Gavaskar Sir with his views on Indian selectors & Virat being retained as capt. No, Ind did not put in a ‘much below par WC performance’, they won 7 lost two. Last one very narrowly. And integrity a far more important quality as selector than stature,” Manjrekar tweeted.Respectfully disagree with Gavaskar Sir with his views on Indian selectors & Virat being retained as capt. No, Ind did not put in a much below par WC performance’, they won 7 lost two. Last one very narrowly. And integrity a far more important quality as selector than stature.advertisementSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 29, 2019Earlier, Gavaskar, in his column for Mid-Day, wrote, “That they selected the team for West Indies without first having a meeting to select the captain brings up the question of whether Virat Kohli is the captain of the team at his or the selection committee’s pleasure,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for Mid-Day.”To the best of our knowledge, his (Kohli’s) appointment was till the World Cup. After that, it was incumbent on the selectors to meet even if it was for five minutes for his reappointment,” he added.Gavaskar also went ahead and questioned the way Kohli is getting his choice of team.”Speaking of lame ducks, the Indian selection committee appears to be one. After the reappointment, he (captain) gets invited to the meeting for his views on selecting the players for the team. By bypassing the procedure, the message that goes out is that while the players like Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik get dropped after below expectation performance, the captain continues despite much below par expectations where the team did not even reach the finals,” Gavaskar said.Also SeeFor 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 Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Virat Kohli captaincyFollow Sanjay ManjrekarFollow Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

VIDEO: Four Dead, Dozens Injured in Gulf of Mexico Rig Fire

first_img My location zoom Four people were killed and sixteen injured in a fire that followed a massive explosion early this morning on a Pemex-owned platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company confirmed.According to Reuters, at least 45 workers were injured in the blast.One of the deceased workers has been identified as a contractor employed by Cotemar company, a Mexican oil services company.Two of the injured platform workers are reported to be in serious condition.The state-owned oil giant Pemex said that all of the 300 workers have been evacuated from the Abkatun platform, situated in the Campeche Sound.Eight firefighting boats have been dispatched to the scene and are trying to put out the fire.It is still unclear of how much fuel has spilled from the shallow-water Abkatun Permanente platform. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 World Maritime News Staff; Image: Youtubelast_img read more

HapagLloyd Extends Liner Agency Deal with GAC Nigeria

first_imgzoom German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has renewed a liner agency agreement with GAC Nigeria, following its merger with the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) earlier this year.Under the extended agreement, GAC will handle all aspects of Hapag-Lloyd/UASC’s business in Nigeria including husbandry services, sales, customer service and the import and export of a large number of containers.Five years ago, Hapag-Lloyd and GAC Nigeria signed their first liner agency agreement for which a dedicated team and office was set up specifically to handle all of its activities in the country.The merger of the two shipping lines is expected to result in a substantial increase in business for Hapag-Lloyd in Nigeria, prompting significant investment in office assets and personnel by GAC Nigeria to meet the demands of additional business, GAC said.Following the merger, Hapag-Lloyd intends to deploy some of the largest vessels able to call at Nigerian ports and set up a new service for West Africa which will call directly to Nigeria.last_img read more

Liquor baron Ponty Chadhas son Monty arrested from Delhi airport

first_imgNew Delhi: Monty Chadha, son of Ponty Chadha—the liquor and real estate baron who was murdered in 2012, was arrested from the Delhi airport on Wednesday in connection with a cheating case.The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police nabbed him while he was trying to escape to Thailand. Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Suvashis Choudhary told Millennium Post that Chadha was arrested while travelling to Phuket. Look Out Circular (LOC) was opened. Police said that Manpreet Singh Chadha, promoter-director of M/S Uppal Chadha Hi-Tech Developers Pvt Ltd, was found to be involved in another case of cheating registered with EOW. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”The case was registered on the complaint of K Ramesh and others against Uppal Chadha’s Hi-Tech Developers Private Limited at South Extension-2. The complainants alleged that the company launched a project in 2006 at NH-24 Ghaziabad,” said Delhi Police in their press statement. The statement further reads that in the year 2003, Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) formulated a policy for the development of a Hi-Tech city thereby providing a platform to real estate developers to develop Hi-Tech and smart townships with modern facilities in Ghaziabad. “In 2005 the agent/brokers of Hi-Tech Developers Pvt Ltd started approaching public for booking of plots in their proposed township projects namely Rosewood Enclave, Sunny Wood Enclave, Limewood Enclave and Crestwood enclave situated in Kachera village, Dujana, Mehrauli at NH-24, Ghaziabad,” added press statement. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAccording to police, the alleged company allured them by showing brochures and layout plan for the proposed township spread over 1,500 acres. The possession of the plots was to be provided within 8 months, from the date of allotment letters. “All the 29 victims, who have approached the police so far, booked plots during 2005-06 paying an amount of Rs 4.5 crore approx,” police said. The complainant received letters in November 2009 from the alleged company stating therein that all necessary licenses and approvals were obtained and the first phase of 1500 acres has been approved by the government, added police. The investigating agency further disclosed that the details about sectors and plots were being finalised with the government. Around June 15, 201, they received a demand letter signed by vice-president of alleged company but to their utter shock and surprise the name of the company, the township, and the address of the company were changed and all payments were sought in a new entity namely Wave City NH-24. “During investigation, it has emerged that Government of Uttar Pradesh announced a Hi-Tech township policy in 2003, but later on it was revised by the government in the year 2007 and 2008. Further, the alleged company Uppal Chadha Hi-Tech Pvt Ltd had entered in an MoU with the GDA on November 30, 2005, for developing the project,” police said adding that the alleged company started taking bookings for plots from the victims with an initial amount of Rs 3-5 lakhs each. The alleged company had started accepting booking amount from the victims in 2005-2006. However, site plan was sanctioned only on November 2, 2013. Further, even after 15 years, the alleged company neither provided plots to all the buyers nor refunded their invested amount.last_img read more

Some MPs are warning the parliamentary work load is going to kill

first_imgOTTAWA — Some MPs are warning the high-stress, high-stakes environment of politics coupled with relentless work schedules are one day going to kill someone.Winnipeg MP Kevin Lamoureux, who has been the Liberals’ deputy house leader since the last election, says he is particularly concerned about the marathon, overnight voting sessions that are one of the few ways opposition parties have to interfere with a majority government’s ability to pass legislation.Three such marathons took place in the last Parliament and Lamoureux says he thinks it’s only a matter of time before someone dies after being forced to stay awake for 30 hours or more.Outgoing MP Tony Clement, who was a high-ranking Conservative until he got caught emailing and texting explicit images of himself last fall, says nobody knows better than he does how the pressures of political life can contribute to making horrible personal decisions.For him it’s more than just all-night voting, it’s also the constant online bullying and harassment MPs now face that are driving depression and risking suicide and premature deaths.Both say if all-night voting is banned opposition parties have to be given new ways to stage protests.Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

If Mayor of Winnipeg has opinion of team name he should share

first_imgOn Twitter, a number of people had their say. as “eskimo” is a colonial term used in a derogatory manner towards the Inuit and Yupik people. The name is unnecessary and inappropriate for a football team, and perhaps this decision can/will influence Dan Snyder. #NotYourMascot— not taylor day (@kawisahawii) November 9, 2017“At this point in time, we are actively engaged in listening to the conversation that people are having around our name. Those conversations are on-going and we are keenly listening to all input including from our loyal season seat holders and fans,” the statement said.“We are always interested in hearing what people think within our community and elsewhere, on this topic or any other topic related to our Football Club.”Edmonton is in Winnipeg Sunday to play for the Western Conference Championship in the CFL. Brittany Hobson APTN NewsThe Edmonton Eskimos Football club fired back at Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman over concerns about the team’s name saying if he has any opinions he should share them.“We use the Edmonton Eskimos name with pride and respect,” said the statement to APTN News. “If the Mayor of Winnipeg has an opinion he’d like to share with us, he should do so.”The back and forth started when Bowman, who is Metis, was asked about the Edmonton team’s name in a scrum.“I think there’s an opportunity to have a more inclusive name,” said Bowman.The mayor also said he raised it with Edmonton’s mayor Don Iveson.“The question was very direct have I had any conversations with him about this topic and I just provided an honest answer and the answer was yeah of course we’ve talked about it and I’ve expressed my views on it.”And Iveson seems to agree with Bowman – saying the name Eskimos may have a negative effect on the festivities around the city hosting the 2018 Grey Cup.“I think the issues not going to go away,” said Iveson Thursday. “I think the team is taking it seriously but there will have to be likely some further conversations after the season is over.”The controversy around the team’s name is nothing new.Over the years, many groups have criticized the term Eskimo – calling it an offensive term for Inuit.That includes the group that represents Inuit in Canada – the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.“Edmonton’s CFL team can be a leader in Canada’s movement towards reconciliation by addressing this outstanding concern,” said ITK President Natan Obed in a statement. “And I look forward to further conversations with the Edmonton team leadership, the Edmonton mayor, and all other stakeholders in bringing positive resolution to this issue.”last_img read more

Algerias Bouteflika back home but health fears remain

first_imgALGIERS – Veteran Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika flew home Thursday after a Paris medical check-up that had raised questions about his ability to run for a fourth term in April.Bouteflika, 76, has ruled the north African nation continuously since 1999 but a mini-stroke that confined him to a Paris hospital for three months last year has created concerns for the political future of a country seen as pivotal to the fight against Al-Qaeda across the Sahara.The president’s office had insisted that the check-up was entirely routine and Algeria’s APS news agency reported that it had found an “an overall improvement” in his health that had enabled him to return home earlier than planned. Bouteflika has until Sunday to convene the organising committee for April’s election in which the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) named him as its candidate in November despite his failing health.Bouteflika’s presidency has been dogged by health concerns since as far back as 2005, when he underwent surgery in Paris for a bleeding stomach ulcer, and with a leaked US diplomatic cable two years later suggesting he might be suffering from terminal cancer.The transient ischaemic attack, or mini-stroke, that he suffered last April kept him out of the country until late July and he has not been seen in public since.But he has never named a favoured successor and has not ruled out the possibility of accepting the FLN’s nomination to stand for re-election, creating mounting political uncertainty.Opposition parties have seized on his latest hospitalisation as evidence that he is incapable of carrying out his duties, let alone standing for a fourth term.“It proves once again his inability to accomplish the least of his duties, and encourages those calling for him to be declared incapacitated as stipulated by Article 88 of the constitution,” said Atmane Mazouz, spokesman for the mainly Berber Rally for Culture and Democracy.Bouteflika’s opponents had insisted the constitutional clause be invoked in April but had little chance of mustering the necessary two-thirds majority in parliament, which is dominated by the FLN.The FLN nominated the ageing president as its official candidate in November and the party’s secretary general Amar Saidani said on Sunday that he was “sure” he would run.last_img read more

Head of Cambodian delegation on Khmer Rouge court talks meets with Annan

Senior Minister Sok An, the head of Cambodia’s Council of Ministers, held a brief meeting with the Secretary-General this afternoon, according to a UN spokesman.The exploratory talks on establishing Extraordinary Chambers to deal with trials of Khmer Rouge leaders were suspended today for technical reasons, Fred Eckhard said, although the two sides did meet on Saturday afternoon, the fifth such encounter since the exploratory meetings began last Monday. Legal Counsel Hans Corell leads the UN delegation.Asked if the talks have been completed, Mr. Eckhard said the delegations had allowed for the possibility of another meeting after the Secretary-General meets Mr. Sok An. “My sense is that they have not yet concluded their discussions,” he said. “I think we have to wait for [the talks] to definitively wrap up.” read more

Portugal hit by hurricaneforce winds

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHurricane Irma causes devastation in the CaribbeanSeptember 7, 2017In “World”Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico may be months without powerSeptember 21, 2017In “World”More than 300 dead as most powerful Caribbean storm wrecked havoc in HaitiOctober 7, 2016In “latest news” BBC PhotoHurricane-force winds have struck central and northern Portugal, leaving 300,000 homes without power.The remnants of Hurricane Leslie swept in overnight on Saturday, with winds gusting up to 176km/h (109mph).Civil defence officials said 27 people suffered minor injuries, with localised flooding, hundreds of trees uprooted and a number of flights cancelled.The storm, one of the most powerful to ever hit the country, is now passing over northern Spain.The worst-affected areas in Portugal were around the capital, Lisbon, and in the districts of Coimbra and Leiria. Aveiro, Viseu and Porto in the north also suffered damage.About 1,000 trees have been uprooted, officials say. The main A1 motorway was among the roads temporarily blocked.BBC PhotoSome 1,900 incidents were reported to emergency services, although civil defence commander Luis Belo Costa said “the greatest danger has passed”. Hundreds of people remained in an arts centre in Figueira da Foz after a concert because of the high winds.A resident of the town told SIC television: “I have never seen anything like it, The town seemed to be in a state of war, with cars smashed by fallen trees. People were very worried.”The roof blew off a stadium hosting the European final of the women’s roller hockey competition, halting the event, AFP news agency reported. It is rare for an Atlantic hurricane to reach the Iberian Peninsula, with only five such events recorded.Hurricane Leslie had formed on 23 September but was downgraded to a tropical storm before it made landfall. However, it retained gusts of hurricane strength. The Spanish Meteorological Agency (Amet) said Leslie was moving north-east through the peninsula.Gusts of almost 100km/h were recorded near the city of Zamora early on Sunday, but winds have now lessened. Amet said that on Sunday morning large areas of Asturias, Castille and León and Cantabria would be affected, with north-eastern areas hit in the afternoon.Four departments in southern France have also been put on alert for storms and flooding. (BBC) read more

Invest in the skills future of the mining industry

first_imgK. Marc Le Vier, President, SME Foundation and Director, Metallurgical Services, Newmont Mining notes the SME Foundation “was founded in 1991 as a philanthropic venture to give scholarships to student members. Since that time the SME Foundation has grown by leaps and bounds. It is the engine that helps move our industry and Society forward. SME is the leader in fostering, developing and mentoring industry professionals. The Foundation financially supports the following critical industry education and outreach programs and endeavors:SME Foundation General Fund & EndowmentABET Inc. (university accreditation program)GEM (Government, Education & Mining)Mineral Information Institute (Mii) (outreach to K-12 students and teachers)Professional Engineers Exam ProgramSyd S. Peng Ground Control in Mining Award and ScholarshipsMMSA/SMEF Presidential ScholarshipMcIntosh Engineering Scholarship FundRong Yu Wan Memorial Scholarship FundGeorge V. Weisdack Memorial Scholarship Fund.“The Foundation will continue to address key professional and outreach issues for the mining and mineral community for many years to come. It is the vision of the Trustees to take this one step further and work on an endowment plan for all the program areas to ensure the longevity of the Foundation indefinitely.“When you consider what SME has meant to your own professional and personal growth, I hope you will remember the Foundation and be as generous as possible during the coming years. Please think about ways you or your company can partner with the SME Foundation to make it strong for generations to come. The impact an individual member can make is enormous.“I am sincerely grateful for your membership and your dedication to our profession, and the support you have given me during the past two years. As Barbara Arnold takes the reigns of the SME Foundation Presidency during the upcoming Annual Meeting, I know you will give her the same support and encouragement that I have enjoyed.”Donations to the foundation can be made through Mineral Information Institute has a new look on its website. The illustrated and animated design promises to engage as well as deliver. The fresh and dynamic look was designed to appeal to students as well as teachers. The website enjoyed an all-time record of +145,000 visitors during the month of October 2010, and the organisers expect the new design to generate even more traffic!Mii’s mission is to provide information and materials to teachers and students that result in an understanding that mineral and energy resources are essential to society and can be produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. It strives to achieve this goal by developing materials for classrooms and communities that present an accurate view of the mineral and energy resource industries, including mineral product use, supply and demand facts, facts about their occurrence in nature, how and where they are produced and their production following sound environmental practice.More than 20,000 free packets are mailed each year to classrooms around the US. These packets are loaded with posters, classroom activities and materials that help teachers and students learn about mining, minerals and the environment. The new shopping cart also offers videos, CDs, DVDs and other teaching materials for purchase. Check its out at SME/GEM Minerals Coalition participated in three NSTA regional conferences in 2010. The conferences were held in Kansas City, October 28-30, Baltimore, November 11-13 and Nashville, December 2-4. Each exhibit relied on a local committee to plan and run the booth with support from the National SME/GEM Committee. This year SME Student Chapters were recruited to chair two of the NSTA Conferences.In Kansas City, Barbara Robertson, administrative assistant for the Mining & Nuclear Engineering Dept. at Missouri University of Science and Technology, recruited the president and secretary of the Women in Mining Student Chapter to serve as NSTA booth chairs under the guidance of Barbara. The students secured six mineral samples and created a mineral guide, as well as collected educational material pertaining to the area. The booth was visited by approximately 1,000 teachers.The Baltimore NSTA was chaired by the Penn State SME Student Chapter led by Dr. Larry Grayson. The students worked very closely with the Pittsburgh Local GEM Section to co-ordinate the effort for the NSTA Booth. The Pittsburgh Section donated 1,500 mineral kits to the student chapter to be distributed at the booth. The show opened at 11:00am on Thursday, November 11th, where the students greeted the teachers, answered questions and handed out mineral kits to each of the visitors. The students ran out of mineral kits by 4:00pm on Friday and spent the rest of the time talking to teachers and handing out educational materials. About 2,000 teachers visited the booth.Robert (Bob) Freas led the effort for the Nashville NSTA, December 2-4. Bob was joined in the booth by Dr. Wayne Lemier of Tennessee Tech and 10 engineering students from Tennessee Tech. Together they delivered 11 different rock and mineral samples along with educational material related to the area to some 1,500 teachers. The three NSTA Conferences were a huge success reaching nearly 5,000 teachers in six weeks. The volunteers also had teachers fill out approximately 3,000 Mii contact forms, which were given to Mii for processing. Mii also provided about 300 pounds of posters, classroom activities and other free hand-outs for the visiting teachers.last_img read more

Pogba needs captaincy to emulate United legends Giggs

first_imgPaul Pogba has the potential to become a World class midfielder and become a Manchester United great if he retains the captaincy, says Ryan Giggs.Pogba led the Red Devils to victory in the opening Premier League encounter against the Foxes in the absence of Antonio Valencia.The French midfielder will lead the Red Devils out again at Brighton on Sunday, having been branded a “monster” by his boss in the wake of a goal-scoring showing in a season opener against Leicester.Giggs believes the 25-year-old needs to be given greater responsibility in order to produce his best on a more consistent basis, with the stage now set for a man who has been heavily linked with Barcelona to prove that there really is no rift between him and Mourinho at Old Trafford.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.The United legend told Sky Sports: “I think everyone recognizes the quality Paul Pogba has and he had an excellent World Cup, so after winning that it was recognition of what he can bring to the team.“From the outside, he looks like a leader but what we haven’t seen is the consistency of the likes of Bryan Robson and Roy Keane, so that extra responsibility will hopefully help him maintain his levels.“The captains I played under really had that consistency and would still contribute on their bad days and I’ve got no doubts that he will reach those levels of consistency for United and be a top, top player.”last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo will soon begin to score

first_imgJuventus legend David Trezeguet is confident  Cristiano Ronaldo will soon begin to score, according to Football Italia.“There’s no advice I could give a player like Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s very aware and he knows that this league is a different league from those he knew England and Spain.“We’re talking about an extraordinary player though. He wants to show his quality, he’s training very hard and he’ll break his duck sooner or later.“He’s trying to get to know his new teammates, the new system and new habits but he’s an extraordinary player who has consistently shown he’s a real professional, so I think it’ll come with time.“It’s not easy, but we’re talking about a player who will break his duck and do really well for Juventus.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I think a champion like him always wants to score as many goals as possible, and he’s working hard to do that.“I think at this stage he’s just lacking a bit of understanding of his teammates and what the Coach wants, and in those kind of moments you need tranquility.“He’ll score sooner or later because he’s an extraordinary player, he’s a player who has shown us that he can score a lot of important goals every year, and I hope he scores soon for the good of Juventus.“It’s been said by him and his teammates: he’s calm, because Juventus are winning and he just needs to keep growing.”last_img read more

Blue Apple boosts stress resilience by 10 through wellness scheme

first_imgCatering firm Blue Apple has achieved a 10% improvement in stress resilience among its 330 employees following the completion of a four-month wellness programme.The initiative, provided by Super Wellness, focused on healthy eating and included presentations on digestive health, food for the brain, and eating for a healthy metabolism.Those who took part were given monthly personal body composition checks, as well as group coaching sessions with food planning and goal setting.Following the wellness initiative, 19% of staff reported improvements in their concentration levels and overall mood was boosted by 16%. Quality of sleep improved by 26%, and participants reported a 16% reduction in food cravings.Brian Allanson, chief executive officer at Blue Apple, said: “As a workplace food service specialist, we feel we have a duty to our clients to provide food that is healthy as well as tasty. It’s something we take seriously, hence investing in [this programme] for the benefit of our own staff, as well as our clients.“On a personal note, I am sure the programme has helped extend my life and hopefully I will continue to lead it in a healthier, more mindful way.”last_img read more

Bonnier to Relocate Babytalk to Florida

first_img“Babytalk is a critical component and asset to Bonnier’s mom market,” the spokesperson said. “We are expanding our properties—print and online—in this category, not decreasing them.”Babytalk saw ad pages fall 21.7 percent through the first quarter, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.Overall, Bonnier employs roughly 1,000 people in the U.S., the spokesperson said. Bonnier Corp. is relocating the editorial and production operations of Babytalk magazine from New York City to its headquarters in Winter Park, Florida. The move, according to a company spokesperson, will be made “in order to operate more efficiently and take advantage of existing corporate resources.”Susan Kane, who serves as editorial director of Bonnier’s Parenting Group, will continue to have oversight over Babytalk and the Parenting titles. As part of the move, three editorial staffers will be transitioning to Parenting and will remain in New York. Five other editorial staffers, as well as one person in production, will leave the company.In Florida, Babytalk’s editorial team will be led by Ana Connery—formerly a senior editor at Cooking Light and who serves as editor-in-chief of Florida Travel & Life—and Sarah Kinbar, who serves as editor of Garden Design. Parenting’s editorial team and the business-side functions of both magazines will stay in New York.last_img read more