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Alton Towers off limits for Ireland lock Devin Toner

first_imgThe pros of standing out as the World Cup’s tallest player shine through when Devin Toner leads Ireland’s lineout, but the 6ft 11in lock felt the cons at Alton Towers. Press Association As Ireland giants like Paul O’Connell and Donnacha Ryan squeezed their frames into the theme park’s most daunting rides, Toner cut a frustrated bystander. Too tall to lord it on the majority of the attractions, Toner was left to watch on as Ryan and company scared themselves witless. center_img “I won’t lie I didn’t really want to go to Alton Towers but I was roped into it, purely on the basis that I struggle to fit into any of the rides,” said Munster second row Ryan. “So it was more of a torture thing for me than anything else. Poor Devin Toner actually couldn’t go on hardly any of them. “But it was a good fun day out; there were some groggy heads that evening but it was good fun.” The Ireland squad split their day off last week between Alton Towers and golf at The Belfry, capitalising on their St George’s Park base to enjoy the very best in Midlands entertainment. Head coach Joe Schmidt’s side eased past Romania 44-10 at Wembley last weekend, moving from their relaxed Staffordshire set-up right into the World Cup throng. Ryan admitted it was exciting to get back into the hustle and bustle of the tournament and now expects more of the same in Sunday’s clash with Italy at London’s Olympic Stadium. “I’m loving the whole experience to be honest, this time round I’m really enjoying it all,” said Ryan. “It was quite calm at St George’s Park but when we came into Wembley the build-up was fantastic with all the fans were around. “It definitely gives you a lot more perspective if you miss out on the last while there.” last_img read more

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Cricket News At 20 Years 105 Days, Mithali Raj Creates This New ODI Record As A Women Cricketer

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mithali Raj is without a doubt one of the greatest women cricketers in the world. Her list of achievements is staggering. She is the leading run-getter in women’s cricket when it comes to ODIs and she is in a prestigious list when it comes to the number of centuries being hit in limited overs. Due to the exploits of Mithali, India women’s cricket is on the world map. During the first ODI between India and South Africa at the Reliance stadium in Vadodara, Mithali achieved a special milestone in her career. Mithali’s match against South Africa was played in her 20th year of ODI cricket. At 20 years and 105 days, Mithali Raj now has the longest career by a women cricketer in history. She is the only player in history to have played more than 200 ODIs, with Charlotte Edwards of England a distant second with 191 matches. Mithali had made her debut in June 1999 against Ireland at Milton Keynes.When one talks about Mithali’s longetivity in the ODI format, she is fourth in the all-time lost when it comes to both men’s and women’s cricket. Sachin Tendulkar of India holds the record for the longest span in ODIs with 22 years and 91 days, having made his debut in December 1989 to March 2012. Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka is second with 21 years and 184 days, having made his debut in December 1989 and he played till June 2011. Before Jayasuriya and Tendulkar, Pakistan’s Javed Miandad had the longest span with 20 years and 272 days, having played from June 1975 to March 1996.Also Read | Mithali Raj hits out at critics, says many players have worse strike-rate than herWhen one talks about Test matches, Wilfred Rhodes of England had the longest career with 30 years. Rhodes’ career spanned both millenniums, having made his debut in 1899 and playing till 1930, with a span of 30 years and 315 days. Also Read | International Women’s Day: ‘In Indian cricket, son is treated differently from daughter’Mithali retired from Twenty20 Internationals last month but she is still playing Tests and ODIs. The right-hander has been part of two World Cup finals in 2005 and 2017 but India lost both games in South Africa and England to Australia and the hosts. During the 2018 World T20, Mithali was involved in an ugly spat with the-then coach Ramesh Powar and Harmanpreet Kaur after she was left out of the semi-final between India and England in the World T20 held in West Indies. last_img read more

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SA government promotes industry at Mining Indaba

first_imgThe South African government is calling on potential investors to inject their resources in the local mining sector, saying that they can contribute throughout the value chain, from exploration to beneficiation.The South African government will be punting the mining industry at the 2018 Mining Indaba. (Image: Brand South Africa)South Africa’s mining and minerals industry is open to investment throughout the value chain – from exploration to beneficiation. To promote investment in the sector, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane (MP) will officially open the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba and showcase South Africa’s prowess in mining. The Indaba will be held from 5 to 8 February 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).Join government as it engages delegates of the 2018 Mining Indaba and the media corps on the industry’s prospects, government’s plans and investment opportunities in the South Africa.Team SA’s calendar of events at the 2018 Mining Indaba include:•Official opening address by Minister Zwane: 05 February 2018 at 09:10 – 09:30•Q&A with Minister Zwane and his cabinet colleagues: 05 February 2018 from 14:00 – 16:00. Ask the Minister questions in advance at http://www.dmr.gov.za/miqc.•Visit the South African stand (stand number 616) during the indaba for more information on SA’s mining industry.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Cabinet’s increased gender balance welcomed

first_img27 May 2014The increased proportion of female ministers and deputy ministers in President Jacob Zuma’s new Cabinet is a move in the right direction, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) said on Tuesday.“The CGE believes although 50/50 gender parity has not been reached, it is within reach and should be possible to reach in the next election,” CGE spokesperson Javu Baloyi said.The new Cabinet, announced on Sunday, includes 15 women out of 35 ministers in total, meaning women constitute about 40% of the Cabinet.“Given that in the previous Cabinet, woman ministers constituted about a third of the members … the CGE is pleased to note this as a significant step in the right direction,” Baloyi said.He added that the commission was also pleased with the increase in the proportion of woman deputy ministers; there are 20 male and 16 female deputy ministers.The CGE also commended the creation of the new Ministry of Women in the Presidency – to be headed by former Minerals Resources Minister Susan Shabangu – saying it was an indicator of the importance of solving gender issues in the country.“The political clout that comes with the Office of the President should be an important resource for the new ministry,” he said.“The CGE can only hope that this new institutional development comes with renewed political commitment and willingness to use the positive lessons derived from the experiences of the former OSW [Office on the Status of Women] to ensure a more effective ministry, with the space to make a difference in terms of leading gender transformation in the country.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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I hope to play like Vivian in Test cricket: Yuvraj

first_imgInspired by former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards’ complimentary words, Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh reacted that he would like to follow the traits of the legendary cricketer in Tests.Richards had on Thursday told Headlines Today that Yuvraj was still one of the most talented cricketers around. He said in modern day cricket it was Yuvraj who evoked fear in bowlers like he (Richards) did during his playing days.”…I’ve mentioned three from the beginning. I would like to say just may be two, Shiva and Yuvraj Singh. These two individuals I believe are destructive enough to destroy or dismantle any attack,” Richards had said.Yuvraj, after watching the interview on Headlines Today, reacted on micro-blogging site Twitter.”Thank you Sir Viv Richards! This is the biggest compliment I’ve ever received! Hopefully one day I can bat like you in Test cricket,” he tweeted.last_img read more

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IHS report forecasts 16 to 23 per cent emissions intensity drop for

first_imgCALGARY – A new report by research firm IHS Markit forecasts the intensity of oilsands emissions to improve by between 16 and 23 per cent by 2030.The report by IHS vice-president Kevin Birn found emissions intensity, which measures how much greenhouse gas emissions are produced per barrel of crude, to have already dropped by 21 per cent between 2009 and 2017.Birn says the intensity of mining-based oilsands operations stood at an average of 83 kilograms of carbon dioxide per barrel last year, while steam-based operations averaged 63 kilograms of carbon dioxide per barrel.Different methodologies on the issue have resulted in varying estimates on emissions intensity. The Pembina Institute said in a 2017 report that the emissions intensity from oilsands operations had increased by nine per cent between 2004 and 2015.Birn says future emissions improvements will be driven by efficiency improvements as new projects come online and vary significantly by project. Emissions intensity for mining projects ranged from 39 to 127 kilograms of carbon dioxide per barrel in 2017.He says policies introduced in recent years, including intensity-based carbon pricing, an absolute cap on oilsands emissions, and a proposed national carbon pricing will help drive improvements.last_img read more

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Brookfield and the Caisse buy automotive battery business from Johnson Controls

first_imgMONTREAL — Brookfield Business Partners LP and the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, together with a group of institutional partners, have signed a deal to buy Johnson Controls’ power solutions business for US$13.2 billion.The business produces batteries for automakers and aftermarket distributors and retailers.The companies say it is well positioned to benefit from the growth in demand for advanced batteries, including those used in electric vehicles.“We are excited to grow our business with the acquisition of power solutions, a global market leader which generates consistent cash flows and profitability,” said Cyrus Madon, chief executive of Brookfield Business Partners. “We look forward to partnering with the management team to continue growing this world-class business and build on its track record of innovation.”George Oliver, Johnson Controls chairman and chief executive, said the deal was a significant milestone in the ongoing transformation of the company.“The sale of our Power Solutions business will create value for investors by streamlining our portfolio and giving us increased financial flexibility to strengthen our balance sheet, return capital to shareholders and create optionality in our buildings business,” Oliver said in a statement.Johnson Controls expects net cash proceeds from the deal to be US$11.4 billion after tax and transaction-related expenses.It expects to use $3 billion to $3.5 billion to repay debt.The transaction will be funded with approximately US$3 billion of equity and about US$10.2 billion of long-term debt financing.Brookfield Business Partners, the main business services and industrials company of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., expects to fund approximately 30 per cent of the equity, while CDPQ will fund about 30 per cent. The balance is being funded by other institutional partners.The deal is expected to close by June 30, 2019. Companies in this story: (TSX:BBU.UN, TSX:BAM.A)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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RCMP on scene at a residence in Chetwynd

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – RCMP are currently at the scene of a residence in Chetwynd.According to Cpl. Madonna Saunderson, there is currently an unfolding event with a heavy police presence at a residence in Chetwynd.Saunderson says there are very little details on this incident at this time but she can say that the RCMP were called to the residence at 1:43 a.m. on Thursday morning and that the incident is believed to be isolated to the one specific residence. RCMP will release further details when more information becomes available.last_img read more

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No inquiry ordered against editors in Assam says MHA

first_imgNew Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs Friday said it has not asked the Assam government to conduct any inquiry against some editors in the state who have opposed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, terming the information as “absolutely baseless” and “mischievous”.In a statement, the ministry said it has been reported in a section of media that the MHA has asked the Assam government to take action against some editors opposed to the Citizenship Bill. “This is absolutely baseless and a mischievous interpretation of facts. This is to clarify that the Union home ministry has not asked the government of Assam to initiate any enquiry against any editor or member of the press/media,” it said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The factual position is that one Vinay Joshi, with the address of Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, sent a public grievance petition to the Home Ministry on the Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) on February 14, 2019 related to the issue of Citizenship Amendment Bill- 2016 stating that the issue has been exploited by different militant groups like ULFA and the media has propagated militant ideology to give fresh boost to the militant groups,” the statement said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA very large number of such petitions and grievances on a host of issues are received in the ministry on a daily basis on CPGRAMS. The annual figure being 33,000 for the year 2018. Every such petition is routinely forwarded to the ministries and states concerned. “Following this standard practice, the petition of Vinay Joshi was routinely forwarded to the Government of Assam. No enquiry of any kind has been ordered by the ministry. No report has been called from the Government of Assam in the matter,” the statement said. It is “mischievous” to suggest that the Centre has asked the Assam gto initiate action…, the ministry added.last_img read more

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