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Security issues did not figure at New Delhi meeting, says BHU Vice-Chancellor

first_imgBanaras Hindu University Vice-Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi made a quiet visit to the national capital on Tuesday to attend a meeting of the university’s executive council here — the last meeting of the body during his term as V-C of the central university.Prof. Tripathi’s term ends about two months from now and he ceases to exercise powers to take executive decisions like selection of new faculty members now.“The meeting was fixed 20 days back and there were routine agenda points to be discussed,” Prof. Tripathi told The Hindu over phone. “There was no discussion on the security plan – which has already been set in motion — as it did not figure on the agenda.”Prof. Tripathi added that he had no meeting with officials of the Ministry of Human Resource Development in Delhi. Sources in MHRD confirmed what he said.Interviews heldWhen BHU was tense on Sunday after police action on students and stone pelting by students the previous night, the administration conducted interviews for selection of teaching staff for various departments of the university.The day after the police action — when hostels were being vacated — interviews for the Hindi department and some other departments were held at the Recruitment and Assessment Cell at Holkar House of BHU, sources said.“The interviews should have been put off in view of the tension. But it seems they wanted these to happen before the V-C’s executive powers cease to operate,” said a professor of BHU, not wishing to be named.On Monday too, interviews to the History department and some other departments were held, sources in BHU said.“This round of interviews got over on Monday. Wherever required, selection committees were organised to take forward the recruitment process,” Prof. Tripathi confirmed to The Hindu.last_img read more

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Congress asks EC to act against deputy Goa CM Sardesai

first_imgThe Congress has demanded that Goa deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai be booked for sedition for his recent statement urging “youngsters to weaponise themselves”. In a letter to the Election Commission late on Monday evening, Vivek D’Silva, North Goa district Youth Congress president, said Mr. Sardesai’s comments exhorting the youth to weaponise themselves to force the State government to fulfil their demands clearly showed “an intent to wage war against government duly instituted under the Constitution of India, and also against the people of Goa”. The statement, Mr. D’Silva said, attracts Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code. He further wrote that this was also an indirect attempt to threaten voters in Panaji constituency which is going for polls on May 19. “The said words have been made by Mr. Sardesai with intent to excite dissatisfaction and to create hatred amongst the people of Goa against the government,” the complaint stated.last_img read more

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Americans over-promise, under-deliver in SKorea

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Yet there were far more times when flipping the channel was the better option.No amount of soaring visuals or tear-jerking features or hokey patriotism could gloss over this reality: Team USA did not live up to expectations at the 2018 Winter Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe flame was set to be doused Sunday night on a games that produced nine golds but only 23 medals overall, which represented the country’s lowest output since 1998 and, more perplexing, far below the U.S. Olympic Committee’s own target.If not for those shredders out at the snowboard mountain, who accounted for nearly half the golds (four) and seven medals in all, these Olympics would’ve been a total flop for the Americans. Someone’s got some ’splaining to do.They should start with whoever came up with that full-screen slide, presented to the USOC last year, projecting the Americans would take a minimum of 25 medals, set a supposedly realistic target of 37, and even threw out the laughable possibility of making off with 59 if absolutely everything went according to plan (and, presumably, a bunch of nations didn’t show up).Short of persuading the international blue bloods to come up with a few more sports Americans might be good at — snow basketball, anyone? — there are some serious areas of concern that must be addressed right away.Hey, the clock is already ticking on Beijing.Speedskating might be the biggest trouble spot, especially since it’s produced more U.S. winter medals than any other, but women’s figure skating and men’s Alpine skiing aren’t far behind.ADVERTISEMENT All were underachievers in Pyeongchang.Long-track speedskating made off with a single bronze, when it was projected to win at least three medals and had a target of four. While the powers-that-be wisely stayed away from the game plan that produced a Sochi shutout — hey, let’s train beforehand in totally different conditions than the Olympics and break in a new suit that actually makes us slower — the results were only marginally better.Some of the explanations were downright bizarre, such as Joey Mantia’s take after he came up about a second short of a bronze medal in the mass start. Remember, this is the guy who was reigning world champion.“I, ultimately, didn’t train hard enough or specific enough for this event,” he said.In what might have been the final Olympics of his brilliant career, Shani Davis didn’t have anything to say at all. He blew off the media by slipping out a back door, having produced finishes of seventh and 19th in South Korea.The future doesn’t look all that bright, either. With hardly anyone taking up the sport through traditional paths, speedskating has relied heavily on former inliners to keep up with the world. This team included four skaters from Florida and two others from North Carolina, all of whom crossed over from wheels to blades.But the U.S. is no longer a dominant inline force on the world stage, so that farm system could be drying up.Then there’s figure skating, the sport that largely drives the NBC gravy train. It was held to a pair of bronze medals in Pyeongchang (which, in fairness, was just one shy of its USOC target) and has fallen completely off the map on the women’s side.Fallen being the operative word.Mirai Nagasu, Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell all went down in the short program on the way to finishing ninth, 10th and 11th. What a tumble for the nation that produced seven gold medalists in women’s figure skating from 1952 in Oslo to 2006 in Turin. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Russia and Japan are now the countries to beat. That doesn’t seem likely to change anytime soon since those two are also dominating at the world junior level, which usually serves up the next generation of gold medalists.With Lindsay Vonn and Ted Ligety likely on the way out, Alpine skiing is heading for a major changing of the guard after winning only one gold and three medals at these games.That was the fewest U.S. victories since 2002, the fewest podium finishes since 2006. The USOC had targeted four medals and the national governing body totally missed the mark, hoping for seven.Ligety’s fifth-place showing in the combined was the only top 10 from the men in the individual events.“We know we have to go into a rebuilding phase and develop some young skiers,” U.S. Alpine director Patrick Riml said. “Hopefully next time around, we can be competitive and perform on a high level.”Yep, there were some must-see moments for American at these Olympics.Just not nearly enough. Read Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivingcenter_img MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2018 file photo, Bradie Tennell, of the United States, falls while performing during the women’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Tennell, Mirai Nagasu, and Karen Chen all went down in the short program on the way to finishing ninth, 10th and 11th – a tumble for the nation that produced seven gold medalists in women’s figure skating from 1952 in Oslo to 2006 in Turin. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — They had their moments, without a doubt.From a nerve-wracking victory in women’s hockey to the fun-loving guys over at the curling sheet to Shaun White’s spiraling run of redemption, the American athletes gave the folks back home some compelling reasons to stay up to all hours of the night.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Gamboa-St. Clare comes back to stun Perpetual Helplast_img read more

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Mumbai Test: Virat Kohli 235, R Ashwin 12/167 give India historic series win over England

first_imgOff-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up six wickets in England’s second innings as India cruised to victory in the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday to wrap up the five-match series with a game to spare. (Match Highlights | Scorecard)The touring side, who resumed the final day on 182/6, were only able to add 13 more runs to their total as Ashwin took all four remaining wickets in a little more than half an hour and the hosts won by an innings and 36 runs. (Delighted to have Ashwin in the team: Kohli)The five-wicket haul was the 24th for the world’s top-ranked test bowler and his seventh 10-wicket haul, after the 30-year-old also took six wickets in England’s first innings, inspired India to an unassailable 3-0 lead.Trailing by 49 runs entering the final day, England’s hopes of making India bat again rested on a pair of wicketkeeper-batsmen — Jonny Bairstow, who was unbeaten on 50 overnight, and Jos Buttler.Bairstow, however, misread Ashwin’s ‘carrom’ ball, a finger-spinner delivered with the knuckle, to be struck in front of the wicket after adding just a run to his overnight score and was unable to overturn the leg before decision on review.Ashwin then claimed a wicket in each of his next three overs to bring about a quick end to proceedings as England’s lower order capitulated meekly.There were some angry words exchanged between James Anderson and the India players when the England number 11 walked in to bat with the umpires forced to intervene to prevent the incident from escalating further. (Kohli turns peacemaker to douse Ashwin-Anderson fire)advertisementOn what has been a generally dismal tour for England, they also picked up an unwelcome statistic of becoming just the third side in test history to compile 400 in the first innings and still lose by an innings. (Kohli takes a dig at England batsmen)Ashwin, who has won the man of the series awards in each of India’s last four test series, took his tally to 27 wickets from the four matches against England.India captain Virat Kohli, who hit 235 in India’s first innings for his third double century of the year, leads the run-scoring list with 640 at an average of 128. (Kohli one of the batting greats of our generation: Cook)The fifth and final test will be played in Chennai from Friday.last_img read more

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Renault Kaptur: Everything you need to know

first_imgThe launch of Kaptur will be of greater significance for the brand. Renault plans to launch the all-new Kaptur in India this festive season and going by the success of the Duster, the Kaptur should do stellar if priced right.Design:The new Kaptur is designed to look much like a proper Renault SUV. The front grille looks bold and the all-LED lighting systems look the part as well. The bumpers both up front and rear include skid plates which give it a tough look. The flared wheel arches and sporty alloys look good as well.Renault KapturAt the back, the sporty cues continue with large wrap around tail lamps and a roof spoiler. With approach and departure angles of 20 and 31 degrees respectively, plus ground clearance of 204mm, the Kaptur sports proper SUV DNA.Features:Inside, the Kaptur sports most luxury features including the media nav system which covers all the basic multimedia functions, complete with a 7-inch touch screen display, a radio and Bluetooth connectivity. The three row of seats which offer space for seven can also be folded in multiple ways to make for a versatile cabin.Renault KapturEngine:Powering the Kaptur in international markets are a choice of petrol and diesel engines. However in India, Renault is sure to deploy the tried and test, powerful and efficient 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine. Both manual and automatic transmissions could be launched here.Price:Last but not the least, Renault is sure to look at volumes with this product and considering that, we expect a price tag of around Rs 15 lakh when launched during the festive season.advertisementRenault KapturALSO READ:India-bound Renault Kaptur to be showcased at Geneva Motor ShowALSO READ:Renault Kaptur SUV coming to India this yearlast_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is confirmed to get Android Nougat update soon

first_imgXiaomi’s will soon roll out Android Nougat software update for its most popular smartphone — Redmi Note 4. Flipkart via a poster confirmed the coming of Nougat update. Interestingly, Xiaomi recently announced a list of phones that qualify to get Android Nougat update, and Redmi Note 4 was nowhere to be seen in the list. But, India Today Tech confirmed that Nougat update will be rolled out to the Redmi Note 4 soon, and that’s exactly what is happening now.In our report we had confirmed and said that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 India version – the same phone that is currently on Android 7.0 Nougat Preview – will get Android Nougat (based MIUI) soon. The same cannot be said about the Redmi Note 4 China version. The Flipkart banner now confirms out report as it mentions – “Android Nougat update coming soon on your Redmi Note 4.”  The Redmi Note 4 currently runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.The smartphone will go on sale on Flipkart today. All three variants of the phone — 2GB RAM/32GB storage, 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant and 4GB RAM/64GB storage will be available for purchase. Redmi Note 4 is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4100mAh battery and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display. On the camera front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, while features a 5-megapixel sensor as the selfie snapper.Also Read: Xiaomi phones are best-sellers in under Rs 10,000 category in IndiaOn the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes with a 5-inch HD curved glass display, Snapdragon 435 SoC, and runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Further, the device sports an all-metal body and features a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. The smartphone is further backed by a 4100mAh battery.advertisementAs per the list of Xiaomi phones that will get Nougat update — Mi Max, Mi 5, Mi 5S, Mi 5S Plus, Mi 4C, Mi 4S, Mi Note, Mi Note 2, Mi Mix, Mi Note 4X are the devices that will get Android 7.0 Nougat update. While, on the other hand, Mi 6, Mi Max 2, Mi 5C and Redmi 4X will get 7.1.1 Nougat software update. It is still not sure if Redmi Note 4 will get Android 7.0 or 7.1.1 Nougat.A report by a market research firm Counterpoint Research states that Xiaomi toppled Samsung in the best-seller slot for smartphone models in the under Rs 10,000 segment in the second quarter of 2017. “Xiaomi’s comeback can be attributed to strong demand for its sub-10K portfolio, making the Redmi Note 4 the top-selling model in the first half of 2017,” said Tarun Pathak, Associate Director, Counterpoint Research, in a statement. “This is the first time any brand has been able to topple Samsung which has held the best-seller slot for its models over the last four years due to its enormous reach and scale,” he added.last_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Ronaldo scores record goal as Portugal knock out Morocco

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored yet again for Portugal as they defeated Morocco 1-0 to move to the top of Group B of World Cup 2018 on Wednesday. The result mean the unlucky North African side become the first to be eliminated from the tournament.Ronaldo’s fourth goal of Russia 2018, following his hat-trick in the 3-3 draw with Spain, took the European champions to four points. Iran have three points and Spain one ahead of their meeting later on Wednesday.Morocco, who had a real go at the Luzhniki Stadium but failed to convert their chances, are pointless having also lost 1-0 to Iran and cannot progress to the second round.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: LIVE UPDATESPortugal struggled to impose themselves and ended up defending for long spells, leaving coach Fernando Santos unimpressed. “We have to look at this, we lost control of the game,” he said.”We misplaced a lot of passes, we lost confidence… it was inexplicable. If in a match against players like they have, if you don’t have the ball, they wear you down and you get into trouble.”Despite their battling display, Morocco will rue the unforgivable defending that made all their subsequent good work irrelevant.They qualified for the finals without conceding a goal in six matches yet somehow opted against marking the most dangerous attacker at the tournament in the six yard box when Joao Moutinho swung in a cross from a short corner and Ronaldo duly buried the header.It was his 85th international goal, taking him beyond Hungarian Ferenc Puskas’s European record, with only Iran’s Ali Daei ahead of him on 109.advertisement2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMorocco, in their first finals appearance for 20 years, regrouped well and showed some real positivity in attack with Hakim Ziyech and Nordin Amrabat seeing plenty of the ball but Portugal generally defended well to limit the danger.Amrabat was furious at not being awarded a penalty after wrestling with Raphael Guerreiro and the entire squad erupted in outrage.The midfielder had begun the game with head protection after being seemingly knocked unconscious against Iran five days ago in a sight that will have left medical professionals fuming about football’s feeble concussion protocols.When they managed to stop appealing and resumed play, Morocco looked dangerous and were the dominant side in the second half.Victory for #POR thanks to another goal from @Cristiano! #PORMOR pic.twitter.com/lLlQIU7WStFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio made a fantastic diving low save to touch clear Younes Belhanda’s sharp header but Medhi Benatia’s blazed effort over the bar was more typical of their finishing from half-a-dozen reasonable chances.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”I’m not disappointed about the performance, I’m happy with it and very proud of my players,” emotional Morocco coach Herve Renard told reporters.”As in the first game, we had a lot of chances and I won’t criticise anyone.”Portugal complete their first-round against Iran while Morocco face Spain, both on June 25.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Saudi women mount ‘inside-out’ abaya protest

first_imgRiyadh, Nov 17 (AFP) Saudi women have mounted a rare protest against the abaya, posting pictures on social media wearing the obligatory body-shrouding robe inside out.The conservative petro-state has some of the world’s toughest restrictions on women, who are required to wear the typically all-black garment in public.Powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in March said wearing the robe was not mandatory in Islam, but in practice nothing changed and no formal edict to that effect was issued.Using the hashtag “inside-out abaya”, dozens of women have posted pictures of flipped robes in a rare protest against the strict dress code.”Because #Saudi feminists are endlessly creative, they’ve come up with new form of protest,” activist Nora Abdulkarim tweeted this week.”They are posting pictures of (themselves) wearing their abayas inside-out in public as a silent objection to being pressured to wear it.”Another woman on Twitter said the online campaign, which appears to be gaining traction after it surfaced this week, was an act of “civil protest”.In an interview to CBS Television in March, the crown prince said: “The laws are very clear and stipulated in the laws of Sharia: that women wear decent, respectful clothing, like men.”But, he added, this “does not particularly specify a black abaya. (It) is entirely left for women to decide what type of decent and respectful attire to wear.”After his comment, prominent Muslim cleric Sheikh Ahmed bin Qassim al-Ghamdi added a new wrinkle to the debate when he dismissed the long-held view that black was the only colour for abayas permissible in Islam.advertisementPrince Mohammed, currently facing global criticism over the murder of critic Jamal Khashoggi, has spearheaded a liberalisation drive in the conservative kingdom.In June, women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades as the kingdom overturned the world’s only ban on female motorists.The kingdom has also allowed women to enter sports stadiums, previously a male-only arena, and is pushing for greater participation of women in the workforce as it seeks to diversify its oil-dependent economy.But in tandem with the reforms, the kingdom has seen a wave of arrests of women activists in recent months as it steps up a crack down on dissent.The country also faces criticism over its male guardianship system, which allows men to exercise arbitrary authority to make decisions on behalf of their female relatives. (AFP) SCYSCYlast_img read more

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Chelsea flop Kakuta airs ‘great club’ ambition

first_imgTransfers Chelsea flop Kakuta airs ambition to secure a move to ‘great club’ 21:31 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Gael Kakuta Amiens Getty Transfers Αμιάν Chelsea Ligue 1 Premier League The winger failed to make the grade at Stamford Bridge, leading to a globe-trekking career, but he is determined to reach the top Gael Kakuta may have failed to make the grade at Chelsea, but the nomadic winger remains determined to join a “great club”.The French-born Congo international was taken to Stamford Bridge in 2009 after catching the eye at Lens.He was, however, to make just 16 appearances for the Blues in six years, with much of his experience picked up during loan spells at Fulham, Bolton, Dijon, Vitesse, Lazio and Rayo Vallecano. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Kakuta’s globe-trekking has continued since leaving Chelsea, with his career path taking him from Sevilla to Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune and back to Europe with Deportivo La Coruna and Amiens.Now 26 years of age, the ambitious midfielder has been impressing in Ligue 1 this season and says that it remains his ambition to prove himself at the very highest level.Kakuta told reporters after netting the winner for Amiens in a 1-0 victory over Strasbourg on Saturday: “I play with a smile.“You need to feel loved and my team-mates help me a lot.“When I went to China everyone said ‘Gael Kakuta is over’, but no. My aim is to join a great club in Europe.”While it remains to be seen what the future holds for Kakuta, for now he is being embraced by Ligue 1 new boys Amiens.Coach Christophe Pelisser said of the much-travelled midfielder: “Gael came to a family club where he is perhaps given a little bit more attention, and this makes you feel good on the field.”Kakuta has linked up with Amiens on a year-long loan after seeing Hebei China Fortune block a permanent summer switch as a free agent.last_img read more

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WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. scores free-kick stunner

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Like father, like son – Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. scores free-kick stunner Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 02:11 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Ronaldo and Cristiano Jr Getty Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División Videos The Real Madrid star posted a video on social media of his son emulating his father by scoring from a dead ball Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have competition for free-kick supremacy… from his own family!The Real Madrid star posted a video on Instagram of his seven-year-old son Cristiano Jr. scoring a free-kick stunner, much like his father has done so many times in the past. The younger Ronaldo emulates his father’s trademark backwards walk and free-kick stance, before placing the dead ball beyond the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.  Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ronaldo posted the footage of his son’s latest exploits with the caption: “Nothing is coincidence.”Though the onlooking crowd erupts, the seven-year-old calmly turns around and walks back to the centre circle as if he’s done it many times before. Ronaldo recently welcomed his fourth child and first with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.last_img read more

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Albert Adomah inspires Aston Villa to derby romp against leaders Wolves

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Read more match reports Championship Read more Share on Facebook Football League: Hull edge Norwich in four-penalty thriller, Cardiff win again The Championship is not a foregone conclusion yet. Aston Villa emphatically reminded Wolverhampton Wanderers of just that, as Nuno Espírito Santo’s side saw their lead at the summit reduced to only three points. Goals by Albert Adomah, James Chester, Lewis Grabban and the substitute Birkir Bjarnason earned Villa a resounding victory inside a raucous Villa Park to puncture Wolves’ tilt towards the Premier League. With one win from their past five matches and 10 games to play, the worry for Wolves is whether the wheels come off altogether. Aston Villa Share on Twittercenter_img Share via Email The Observer Topics Reuse this content West Ham chaos as pitch invaders and crowd trouble mars Burnley’s win Share on WhatsApp Wolverhampton Wanderers Share on Pinterest Some unusually lax defending, particularly at set-pieces, proved the catalyst behind Wolves’ heaviest defeat of the season. But for Steve Bruce, this was a landmark victory as his side ran in four crushing goals over their Midland neighbours. By full-time, after a comfortable and combative Villa performance, described by Chester as “night and day” compared to last season, the pre-match discourse surrounding Wolves’ financial clout and their relationship with the super-agent Jorge Mendes had long since evaporated. Sunday marks 114 consecutive days at the top for Wolves and, while “an almighty collapse‚” as Bruce put it, remains hard to envisage, they still have plenty of work to do to get over the line.“We have to stay the same. At this moment the table does not mean anything,” said Santo, whose team host Reading and then Burton Albion next week. “The schedule is what is important. The home factor is very important – that is really what decides the schedule. We have to look at the next two games at Molineux.. On Tuesday we have to bounce back.”Villa began brightly and their first meaningful foray into the Wolves half, when Adomah charged forward to earn a corner, garnered an early reward. Mile Jedinak caused panic in the Wolves defence after rising highest to meet Robert Snodgrass’s outswinging ball before Adomah stabbed home. Adomah danced as the Holte End erupted while Bruce swivelled on the touchline, punching the air. The joy, though, was short-lived. Moments after Matt Doherty forced John Terry to clear off the line, the Wolves right-back galloped down the flank, nutmegging Neil Taylor along the way, before sliding a teasing ball into the box. Chester’s attempt to cut it out with his leg forced a save from his goalkeeper, Sam Johnstone, but the rebound fell for Jota, the Atlético Madrid loanee – inevitably a Mendes client – to bundle home.“They have got some very good players – how they are here is another question – but they had people who were in the Champions League last season,” Bruce said, after his team cut the gap to the league leaders down to seven points. “They have an array of talent, so to beat them so handsomely was fantastic from our boys. They are the ones to be shot at, they have got a lead, but it’s all to play for. Our duty is to try and chase.”Ruben Neves returned from suspension to orchestrate the Wolves midfield alongside Alfred N’Diaye but a clumsy foul by the former allowed Villa to seize control. Snodgrass curled a free-kick towards the back post and Chester was on hand, free of company, to steer home his second goal in five days. Wolves were shell-shocked but the goalkeeper, John Ruddy, was picking the ball out of his net again four minutes later, when Grabban rattled home a third at the near post. Santo summoned Benik Afobe and Helder Costa but Villa went on to toast a memorable win, sealed by Bjarnason, who drilled home low beyond Ruddy.last_img read more

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You Can Eat Your Bodyweight in Sausage on Louisiana’s Boudin Trail

first_imgYou Can Eat Your Bodyweight in Sausage on Louisiana’s Boudin Trail Close Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Kentucky has its bourbon trail. Napa, its wine. Then, there’s the barbecue in Texas. However, if you’re after something more offbeat, Southern Louisiana’s Boudin Trail is for you. While understanding how sausage is made is typically an undertaking best avoided, that’s exactly what this classic Cajun trek promises to provide travelers.Boudin is a unique sausage that’s been a staple finger food for Southern Louisiana locals since as long as anyone can remember. They’re happy to down it for breakfast (add a cold soda for the ideal “Cajun breakfast”), lunch, dinner, or all three. The basics of boudin are simple. First, know that it’s pronounced boo-DAN with a distinct dropping of the “n”. The degree to which you do or do not drop the “n” can immediately brand you as a foreigner.Visit Lake Charles/FacebookAs for the ingredients, the list almost always includes some amount of pork, rice, onions, liver, and a handful of dry seasonings like parsley, garlic, red pepper, salt, and black pepper. The exact ratio to create the perfect boudin is a debate likely never to be resolved. Every eatery bears their own secret recipe, and locals often declare allegiance to a select few. It seems there’s no perfect ratio of rice-to-meat, casing crispness, or level of spice to appease everyone. Variations, often subtle, exist between parishes — sometimes within parishes — as every boudin craftsmen looks to brand their own unique sausage.Beyond the essential ingredients involved in making boudin, there are just as many variations in the preparation. Texas transplants, for example, often prefer their boudin smoked or grilled, no exceptions. Bergeron’s Boudin and Cajun Meats of Shreveport Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau/FlickrBoudin balls — created by rounding the filling, breading, and deep-frying — is another option. A simple boudin sandwich is as hearty and satisfying as it sounds: take two pieces of white bread and smear a heaping dose of boudin filling in-between. Chic restaurants are also fond of adding more gourmet ingredients like alligator, crawfish, or shrimp. For an out-of-this-world variation, head to B&O Kitchen (no website) in November for a cardiologist-approved, boudin-stuffed turducken (seriously).To say Southern Louisiana takes its boudin seriously is a gross understatement. The region’s love of sausage borders on clinical obsession. It’s perhaps because of this that there’s no “official” boudin trail. They don’t discriminate. Any mom-and-pop grocery store, full-service restaurant, or roadside food shack that serves boudin along U.S. Interstate 10 is considered part of the trail. The Lake Charles tourism board offers a convenient, searchable sausage database, which currently features 33 eateries.Visit Lake Charles/FacebookFinding a participating boudin-ery (our words, not theirs) is a matter of cruising the interstate with an eye toward the many banners and blinking signs advertising hot boudin. If you start your drive at 9 a.m., you’ll likely be full before 10 a.m.Like all things in that part of Louisiana, eating boudin is an informal affair. This is due to the fact that it’s meant to be eaten as fresh as possible. For most Acadians, that often means on the spot. Once ordered, the links will be plucked from a steamer or slow cooker, weighed, and presented in butcher paper with a few napkins. “Haute cuisine” this is not, and that’s just way the locals like it. Chances are good the sausage won’t make it out of the parking lot before being consumed. That being said, most establishments also provide delivery service or bulk boudin to pack in your own ice-filled to-go cooler.To get started on your own boudin-inspired road trip, check out every stop along the officially unofficial boudin trail. Just remember to pack the Prilosec and a change of stretch pants. America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt center_img Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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11th Annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week Sept 30Oct 6

first_imgNova Scotians will have an opportunity to learn more about responsible gambling programs and events throughout the province as part of the 11th Annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, Sept. 30 to Oct. 6. “Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about responsible gaming practices, and ensuring that Nova Scotians understand the resources that are available,” said Bob MacKinnon, acting president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation. “The week is a terrific showcase of the responsible gambling practices and efforts that occur year-round.” This year, the week centres around the Fellowship of Fun, a fictitious group based emphasising there are things we all do to make our hobbies, pastimes and entertainment choices more responsible, and because of that, more enjoyable. When it comes to gambling, responsibility is key to ensuring it remains a fun entertainment option. The Fellowship of Fun will visit six communities including Halifax Regional Municipality, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Truro, Bridgewater, Kentville and Shelburne. There are several other events planned throughout the province, including: — Responsible Gambling Resource Centre Open House: The centres at both Casino Nova Scotia locations will be host Fellowship of Fun gaming information sessions on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. to encourage players to visit the centre for responsible gambling information. — kts2: A problem gambling awareness program for post-secondary students, builds on the success of the Responsible Gambling Council’s Know the Score program. kts2 will visit Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Community College Waterfront Campus examine the real chances of winning and losing, highlight signs of problem gambling and suggest ways to keep gambling safer. 82 per cent: A troupe of actors will perform the drama 82 per cent for high school students throughout Nova Scotia. With a message about the risks of gambling, as well as information on problem gambling, the drama has been well received and is an effective way to deliver youth gambling prevention messages. NSGC is the Crown corporation that manages the gaming industry in the province and is the host of the 11th annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, which offers a number of community events and education programs across Nova Scotia. For more information on the week, or for responsible gambling tips, visit www.yourbestbet.ca .last_img read more

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generationCURE Solstice 2017 Set For June 20

first_imgOn Tuesday, June 20, amfAR will present its sixth annual generationCURE Solstice event at Mr. Purple on New York’s Lower East Side.The evening will feature DJs, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and special guests.generationCURE is a group of young amfAR supporters committed to ending the AIDS pandemic in their lifetime by helping the Foundation raise funds for its cure-focused research programs. Since its inception in 2011, generationCURE has raised more than $600,000 for amfAR through events in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. In 2015 and 2017, generationCURE awarded grants to young researchers for cure-focused projects.Event Chairs include Lo Bosworth and Kelly Osbourne.DATETuesday, June 20, 2017TIME7:00 PMLOCATIONMr. Purple180 Orchard Street, 15th Floor New York, NY 10002TABLES/TICKETSTo purchase tickets online please click here.last_img read more

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Just because the loonie has headed south doesnt mean you cant this

OTTAWA – A weaker loonie means the price for Canadians to escape the snow and ice for the warmth of the sun this winter is going to be more costly than it has been in recent years.But travel experts say that planning ahead and starting your search for the perfect beach holiday now will save you money.Travel agent Omar Guechtal of the Flight Centre travel agency says booking early is the surest way to save this year.“If you’re going to be waiting until the last minute, you will not be able to benefit,” he says.Guechtal says tour companies have been looking to sell out their packages as early as possible.“So what they’ve done is they’ve incentivized their packages with early booking bonuses, reduced deposits, added perks, free seat selection or other bonuses that you can get by booking early.”Guechtal says tour companies sign contracts for hotels and flights negotiated in U.S. dollars, even though the packages they sell are priced in Canadian currency.And while Canadians may previously have been accustomed with a strong Canadian dollar compared with the greenback, the loonie has been flirting with its lowest level in more than a decade in recent months and that’s helping drive up the cost of escaping winter.Amy Orfanakos, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Automobile Association, says booking early means looking now for a winter getaway to avoid the worst of the February cold.“A lot of the time with those quick websites and last-minute deals we’ve now gotten to this perception where we think that if you book last minute you’re going to get the best deal and a lot of the time that’s not the case,” she says. “And a lot of the time that’s not the case.”Choosing an all-inclusive vacation or a cruise can be another way to save because you will limit the out-of-pocket expenses you might have to pay while on your trip.“The cost can be laid out right from the get-go and then you’re not going to be spending a lot of money or taking a lot of cash with you when you do go on those vacations,” Orfanakos said.In addition to booking early, Guechtal says Canadians can also look to save money by paying for amusement park tickets or extra excursions that may not be included in an all-inclusive package ahead of time.If you can pay in Canadian dollars before leaving you may avoid costly credit card foreign exchange fees or surcharges that come with using bank machines to withdraw cash.Paying up front for services like rental cars may also yield extra discounts.Guechtal cautions those shopping online for a package trip to make sure the price they are being quoted is in Canadian dollars because many sites price their holidays in U.S. figures.He says true last-minute deals are becoming more and more scarce.“You have to be on the computer 24-7 and browsing a bazillion different websites in order to actually get a deal that’s going to be a deal.” Just because the loonie has headed south doesn’t mean you can’t this winter by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 5, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2015 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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On final mission to Myanmar UN expert highlights remaining human rights challenges

“I believe there is limited space for backtracking, though – as a senior Government official admitted to me in Nay Pyi Taw – the democratic transition is still fragile,” stated Special Rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana, as he concluded his last official mission to the country.The South-east Asian nation has witnessed a number of positive changes since President Thein Sein initiated a series of reforms two years ago after the establishment of a new Government.Mr. Ojea Quintana, who has served in his post for six years, hailed some of these positive developments, such as the release of prisoners of conscience, the opening up of space for freedom of expression, the development of political freedoms, and important progress in securing an end to fighting in the ethnic border areas. He warned, however, that the military retains a prevailing role in the life and institutions of Myanmar for the time being, noting that “State institutions in general remain unaccountable and the judiciary is not yet functioning as an independent branch of Government.” “Moreover, the rule of law cannot yet be said to exist in Myanmar,” the expert said, adding that the current situation in Rakhine state – which has been the scene of waves of Buddhist-Muslim violence – still represents a particular obstacle and a threat to the reform process. During his visit, Mr. Ojea Quintana became the first human rights rapporteur to visit Laiza in Kachin state, where he saw villages that had been abandoned over the years by those fleeing advancing military troops. “The visit to Laiza brought home to me how closely related the fighting is with serious human rights violations, and the importance of securing a national ceasefire accord in the coming months.” In January 2013, the Government announced a unilateral ceasefire following a three-week offensive against ethnic Kachin rebels.The expert commended progress towards a national ceasefire accord, which could be signed by April. “A critical challenge will be to secure ceasefire and political agreements with ethnic minority groups, so that Myanmar can finally transform into a peaceful multi-ethnic and multi-religious society,” he stated. On the Constitution, he said that reform was necessary to “embrace the aspirations of the ethnic communities,” and to “address the undemocratic powers granted to the military and further democratize parliament, upholding the right of people to choose their own government and president.” Among other things, the expert called for a change of mind-set within all levels of Government, to allow civil society, political parties and a free media to flourish beyond the limited freedoms that have currently been granted. “Detaining journalists for the coverage of sensitive stories is something that belongs in Myanmar’s past,” he stressed.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.Mr. Ojea Quintana’s full report on Myanmar will be presented to the Council next month. read more

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Schoolgirl spotted dicing with death as she crosses live Tube tracks

first_imgThe unions said LU was now advertising for “travel ambassadors” at up to three times the rate for a shift that would be paid to a station assistant.A memo from LU said services and stations were busier than usual because of “exceptional circumstances”, offering payments of between £160 and £250 a shift.TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “We are glad to see TfL (Transport for London) finally concede publicly that we need more staff helping customers on the Tube.”But this ambassador recruitment programme is nothing more than a sly and underhand tactic to undermine staff’s refusal to work overtime – an action they overwhelmingly voted for to underline their concern that the Tube is not being run properly or safely.”There is nothing unforeseen about the current circumstances. TfL sacked too many people back in April when they closed ticket offices and our members have become worn out by the overtime they are working to keep stations open.”Getting more staff back helping customers at stations and monitoring safety is at the heart of our dispute.”London Underground said an investigation has been launched, and the girl’s school has been contacted.Safety officers will visit the school to advise pupils of the dangers of the railway.A spokesman said: “The station was not unstaffed. There was a member of staff on the gateline.”That is usual practice at Latimer Road which is a one staff member station and has been for some time.” RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT warned Tube bosses again and again that the job cuts they were proposing would leave many stations unstaffed.”This is exactly what happened at Latimer Road where it took a passenger with a mobile phone to let London Underground know that a schoolchild has been wandering across electrified track while trains run.”Members of the RMT and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association are currently refusing to work overtime as part of industrial action over job cuts and the closure of ticket offices.Mr Cash said: “London’s Tube stations have been operating on the basis of our members’ goodwill. Now that our members are refusing to work six day weeks and additional hours the system is collapsing.” Insanity. Schoolgirl walks across the tracks at Latimer Road station. Clearly people don’t realise one of the rails is electrified… pic.twitter.com/RZ9vP8nfmN— Ben Lewis (@benlewismedia) December 9, 2016 Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMTCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A member of the public has raised the alarm after a schoolgirl was spotted crossing live Tube tracks.The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said the incident at Latimer Road in west London highlighted the threat to safety caused by leaving stations unstaffed.A passenger called London Underground on a mobile phone when the girl was spotted on the tracks while other travellers looked on in amazement.The incident took place at the station which is on the Hammersmith and City Line.last_img read more

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Why men might have a point about man flu – viruses want

first_imgHIV is another virus which appears to more virulent in men more than women Credit:Alamy  A woman blows her nose Researchers looked at the virus Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus Type 1 (HTLV-1), which can cause leukaemia in infected individuals.Infected women tend to develop leukaemia less often than men when there is more mother-to-child transmission.  Death due to infectious diseases is often higher in men than in women, but it has previously been attributed to differences in the immune system of each sex.The study suggests it is the virus itself which prevents women becoming too ill. “It has already been established that men and women react to illness differently, but evidence shows that viruses themselves have evolved to affect the sexes differently,” said Professor Vincent Jansen, from the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London.The researchers used mathematical modelling to show that natural selection favours viruses that have a lower rate of fatality in women than in men, if the virus can be passed from person to person and from mother to child, either in childbirth, breast-feeding, or close contact in infancy. “Survival of the fittest is relevant to all organisms, not just animals and humans.It’s entirely probable that this sex-specific virulent behaviour is happening to many other pathogens causing diseases. It’s an excellent example of what evolutionary analysis can do for medicine.”The research was published in the journal Nature Communications. Viruses are keen to keep women alive because they are more likely to pass them on to their children center_img The HIV virus under a microscope  Historically men have been mocked for their inability to handle even mild viruses, with the term ‘man flu’ often used to describe the male experience of the common cold.But a new study suggests men might have a point. Some viruses really are out to get them.Researchers at Royal Holloway University have discovered that certain viral infections have evolved to be more virulent in men.They appear to be particularly nasty if they are the sort of virus that is transmitted from mother to child, such as rubella, chickenpox, zika and hepatitis.Put simply, women are more valuable to the virus than men are because they can pass it on to more people.”Viruses may be evolving to be less dangerous to women, looking to preserve the female population,” said Dr Francisco Úbeda, of the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway.“The reason why these illnesses are less virulent in women is that the virus wants to be passed from mother to child, either through breastfeeding, or just through giving birth.” They also looking at how HTLV-1 affects people in Japan and the Caribbean. The research showed that HTLV-1 is about 2 to 3.5 times more likely to progress to become Adult T-cell Leukaemia (ATL), which is lethal, in Japanese men than women.In the Caribbean, however, the likelihood of HTLV-1 progressing to leukaemia is roughly equal in men and women.The researchers believe that because breastfeeding is more prolonged in Japan, giving more opportunity for it to be passed onto offspring, the HTLV-1 virus has evolved to become less fatal to women than in the Caribbean where breastfeeding is shorter.Women are more valuable as hosts for the pathogens when they are able to pass on the pathogen in more ways than men, who are only capable of transmission from person to person.”Pathogens are adapting to be less virulent in women to increase their chances of being passed on to the next generation during pregnancy, birth and infancy,” added Dr Úbeda. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Walker with broken leg crawls for two hours along Devon beach in

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Tim had a torch but no mobile phone. I saw a flicker of light and thought it must be himPaula Robinson Tim Robinson fell  near Seatown, east of Lyme Regis in DevonRNLI helmsman Jon Broome, who was in charge of the lifeboat, said Mr Robinson appeared to have used sticks to “help him stagger and crawl” along the shore.The Coastguard urged people to remember to take a fully charged mobile phone, warm clothing, sturdy footwear and water, and to check the weather and tides before heading to the coast. A man with a broken leg crawled for more than two hours along a beach after slipping on rocks.Tim Robinson had no means to call for help after he fell while walking near Seatown, east of Lyme Regis in Devon, at about 4.30pm on Saturday.The 54-year-old, who was on holiday with his wife in Bridport, managed to clamber off the rocks and on to the stony beach, then dragged himself three-quarters of a mile in the darkness towards the lights of Seatown.Mr Robinson had told his wife, Paula, where he was going and when he did not come home as expected, she went looking for him and discovered him on the shore. She raised the alarm and the West Bay Coastguard Rescue Team and RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat found the couple, who live near Derby.He was taken aboard the lifeboat and ferried to a waiting ambulance at Lyme Regis harbour which took him to Dorset County Hospital.Mr Robinson, a full-time member of the Territorial Army, said: “I just slipped on a rock and have two fractures of the right leg. Everyone who helped me was just terrific.”His wife said: “Luckily, Tim had a torch but no mobile phone. I saw a flicker of light and thought it must be him. But I picked up a rock, just in case it wasn’t!”last_img read more

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New amended Guinea mining code seeks to address investor concerns

first_imgIn the lead up to the G8 Summit (June 17-18, 2013), the Invest in Guinea initiative organised a briefing in London on June 12 to promote the country’s new amended mining code and its role in encouraging transparent trade and long-term win-win partnerships. The objective of the new Mining Code amendments was to strengthen the competitiveness of Guinea in world commodity markets, and align the country with international-standard best practices while addressing the concerns of profitability of the investors as well as taking into account the long term economic development and wellbeing of the Guinean communities.The briefing was opened by Guinean Senior Minister of Economy and Finance, Kerfalla Yansané followed by a detailed presentation of the mining code amendments by Guinea Minister of Mines, Mohamed Lamine Fofana. There was a series of presentations by Sheila Khama, Director of Extractive Resources Services, ACET for Africa (who also acted as moderator for the event as well as the concluding Q&A session); Thomas Lassourd, Guinea Project Manager, Revenue Watch; Guillaume de Monie, Vice President, Lazard; Kémoko Toure, General Manager, Guinea Bauxite Company (CBG) and Jim Wynn, Head of Finance and Company Secretary, Avocet Mining.Speaking during his opening remarks, Senior Minister Kerfalla Yansané described Guinea as a paradox, regarded as one of the potentially richest countries in West Africa, yet with no new mining projects in operation in the last 40 years. “Guinea is a country that is naturally endowed with a lot of resources – from agriculture to hydroelectric potential to mining – yet after 30 years of independence is still a poor country,” he remarked. “This poverty is a source of frustration for the people of Guinea, [who are] trapped in a legacy of bad environment and poor policies. This reform is intended to bring about changes and create a vibrant economy and lead Guinea to become an emerging economy in the next 20 years.”Topics covered during the presentations included transparency and governance as well as the competitiveness and mining potential of Guinea. During her presentation on The Conditions of a Successful Partnership between States and Business, Sheila Khama discussed the importance of responsible investment and balancing transparency with assurances to investors:“It is important that joint venture partners are clear about the rules of engagement. How are we going to manage this joint venture? When we have this discussion whether it is with shareholders, or mining entities, what is the framework around which we have this discussion?A joint venture requires not only the investor committing, but also certain assurances that are necessary from the perspective of a sovereign state – assurances to investors. It’s important we have mechanisms for balancing long term economic development in the regions of a country with the short term cycles that drive investors. Being aware of how we reconcile this is important to ensure the effectiveness of [such] joint ventures.” The full list of presentations:HE Kerfalla YANSANE, Minister of Economy and Finance: Progress and Reforms Since 2010: Mines, A Lever for Transformation of the Guinean Economy HE Mohamed Lamine Fofana, Minister of Mines and Geology: The Key Points of the Code and AmendmentsSheila Khama, Director of Extractive Resources Services, ACET for Africa: Natural Resources: The Conditions of a Successful Partnership Between States and Business Thomas Lassourd, Guinea Project Manager, Revenue Watch: Transparency and Governance in Guinea’s Mining SectorGuillaume de Monie, Vice President, Lazard: Competitiveness and Mining Potential of GuineaKémoko Toure, General Manager, Guinea Bauxite Company (CBG) CBG: A Success Story in DevelopmentJim Wynn, Head of Finance and Company Secretary, Avocet Mining: A New State-Business RelationshipFor further information, contact anna@curzonpr.comlast_img read more