Maelainine Affair Moroccos PJD on Defensive amid Hypocrisy Accusations

Rabat – Islamist MP Amina Maelainine has acknowledged the authenticity of widely-circulated pictures of her without a hijab, compelling a u-turn move from Morocco’s Islamist establishment.When pictures emerged weeks ago depicting Morocco’sJustice and Development Party  (PJD) MP Amina Maelainine in jeans and T-shirt and without her hijab in front of Le Moulin Rouge, a Parisian cabaret, the Islamist MP was adamant that the photographs were “fake” and “fabricated.”Maelainine said the pictures were a montage from Islamism-hostile circles that wanted to defame her, harm her public image, and ruin her political career. According to a recent report from Moroccan outlet Le 360, however, the Islamist MP “has been compelled to recognize that the pictures were real.” Personal is not politicalWithout giving details about what made Maelainine back down from her denials, the newspaper suggested that the controversy had reached a point where both the party and the MP opted for damage control instead of continued denials. Despite the MP’s threats of suing her most vocal “defamers,” critics were adamant that the pictures were real, suggesting that they were ready to go to any length to prove the PJD’s and Maelainine’s “hypocrisy” and “fraud.”So she had to mitigate the damage or get caught in a dispute that would have cost her and the party more than a slightly bruised public image, Le 360 suggested.Read Also:  Moroccans Should Focus on MP Maelainine’s Politics, Not Her ClothesBut even while “confessing,” Maelainine did not bow to critics’ “intrusion” into her private life. Like in her denial post a week ago, she suggested that her public actions as an MP should not interfere with her personal tastes or choices.“Having suffered all these attacks and having seen the robust means deployed to harm my reputation, I am more than ever convinced that the path to militancy must be followed with determination and commitment. The battle should be fought in Morocco or abroad, with or without a veil, for the sake of democracy, freedom, justice, and human rights.”Hijab not a PJD requirementBoth Maelainine’s acknowledgment of the pictures’ authenticity and her defense of her politics and convictions have raised eyebrows in Morocco’s secular and Islamist circles. While secularists tend to feel satisfaction at unearthing the “contradictions of the Islamists,” Islamists are having a hard time processing Maelainine’s latest position. Condemning “extravagant” and “suggestive” clothing is part of Islamist ideology, blending the personal and the public expression of selfhood in one single basket of “virtue” and “religiosity.”But such ideological reckoning was not the most interesting part of the latest developments in the Maelainine affair. The interesting part, should Le 360’s report be confirmed, is the u-turn that the MP’s “confession” has provoked in the PJD establishment.Maelainine is considered to be close to Abdelilah Benkirane, the former head of government and PJD leader who is still a party mogul. According to the newspaper, Benkirane spoke to his protege in the heat of the controversies about her Parisian adventure.Read Also: King Mohammed VI’s Dialogue Offer: PJD Delegation to Visit Algeria“Before anything else, I blame you for failing to come to me first for advice as soon as the scandal broke out,” the PJD mogul reportedly told the MP. Had Maelainine spoken to him first, Benkirane went on, he would have told her that “the choice to veil or not was hers alone.”Whether the pictures were real or not, the former PJD boss elaborated, Maelainine should have responded to her “detractors” that her choice to take off the veil abroad was “no one’s business.” He added: “Tell them that, if your husband does not like that choice, he should ask for divorce; if you owe anyone anything, they should come and claim it; if you violate the law, let them punish you; if you do not respect a party commitment, let them challenge you. But since putting on the veil has nothing to do with any of those, it is a personal matter that depends on you alone.”The “unlikely” support from Benkirane, the newspaper argued, boosted Maelainine’s morale, resulting in the defying militancy and conviction-riddled statement she went on to post on her Facebook. A tale of Islamists vs. leftistsThe Maelainine case is hardly the first time that Moroccans have called out PJD politicians for hypocrisy. In September 2018, interior minister and PJD member Mohamed Yatim came under criticism when he appeared on a Paris street with a young woman. Yatim said the woman was his fiancee, but critics were unimpressed. The PJD minister received backlash for his party’s “bogus” and “self-righteous” platform thriving on “moralization” and “profiteering.”In addition to rising to Maelainine’s defense in their reported meeting aimed at calming the controversy tides, Benkirane tried to minimize the probability of such occurrences in the future. “If my daughter tells me she wants to take off her hijab, I will tell her that the choice is all hers…. I have often said that wearing the hijab is no precondition for being a PJD member. We have even tried to have unveiled female candidates run in elections,” Benkirane said, apparently departing from the morality-obsessed party that the PJD has traditionally been.Read Also:Judge Re-Prosecutes PJD’s Hamieddine as Accomplice in a 1993 MurderBut as PJD’s endorsement of autonomous choices comes amid controversies targeting “important” party members, it is questionable whether critics were listening.The PJD has generally been unapologetic with Moroccan leftists’ lifestyle. And as PJD now calibrates its platform, the country’s leftists are laughing off the party’s “liberal-clothed” statements, reinforcing perception of the Islamist party as “hypocritical.”Nabila Mounib, general secretary of the Unified Socialist Party, said at a party meeting  in Tangier on Wednesday that she was “intrigued” to know what Islamic tenet accepts that women be free in Paris but “wear a bag” in Morocco. “Hypocrites will burn in the ninth chamber of hell,” Mounib said, apparently using PJD’s own reference points to lambast it. “It has become necessary to denounce Islamists’ contradictions. Religion is no one’s property and we cannot accept … that our society be Islamized.” read more

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ProLTTE group to hold a sitting of its Parliament in Canada

A pro-LTTE group announced it will be holding a sitting of its “Parliament” in Canada with the participation of members from around the world.The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s (TGTE) led by former LTTE member and peace negotiator Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, will hold its 8th Sitting of its 2nd Parliament from January 19th to 21st in Toronto, Canada, the TGTE said in a statement. TGTE Members of Parliament from around the world along with TGTE Members of the Senate, Advisory Committee, Ethics Commission, and Election Commission, will be attending, the TGTE said. The TGTE said that ut is expected that there will be a discussion on the impact of the upcoming Local Government elections and the Sri Lankan Government’s Interim Constitutional proposal on the Tamil national struggle to realize right to self-determination and to secure remedial justice. TGTE “Cabinet Ministers” will submit their reports about the progress of their respective ministries to the Parliament for discussion and approval. TGTE’s annual budget will also be submitted to the Parliament.Discussions will be also held about bringing legal actions under Universal Jurisdiction in various domestic judicial tribunals. Several international dignitaries are attending and will speak during the opening Session. The TGTE Parliament or self proclaimed Government members are not recognised by any country. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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IMF says market conditions in Sri Lanka normalising

That agreement has included an extension of the program until June 2020, to help Sri Lanka anchor macroeconomic stability in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks that were experienced by the country. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says market conditions in Sri Lanka are normalising.Camilla Andersen, Assistant Director at the IMF Communications Department said in response to a question that on June 24th, the country successfully tapped the international bond market for 2 billion at five- and ten-year maturities, and that issuance was well oversubscribed. In response to a question on monetary policy, Andersen told reporters in Washington that the Central Bank of Sri Lanka should continue to follow inter dependent approach.  Adjusting policy rates as warranted by evolving macro-economic conditions. She also noted that on May 13th, the IMF’s Executive Board completed the Fifth Review of Sri Lanka’s 1.5 Billion loan under the Extended Fund Facility, and so far the IMF has disbursed 164 million. read more

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UNP delegation discuss death penalty with EU

During the meeting, the HoMs restated the strong and unequivocal opposition of the EU and its Member States to capital punishment in all circumstances and in all cases. The HoMs reiterated their call to Sri Lanka to maintain its moratorium on the death penalty with a view towards complete abolition. A delegation from the United National Party (UNP) had talks with the European Union in Colombo today on the death penalty.The Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Sri Lanka, issued a statement following the talks in agreement with the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and the UK High Commission. The statement said that the EU Heads of Mission (HoMs) received a visit by a group of United National Party parliamentarians today to discuss the death penalty. read more

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Sri Lanka conducts case involving tourists via video conferencing

After identification, the suspect was indicted at the High Court in Kandy under case 285/2017.Since both victims were not in a position to attend the prosecution scheduled on 23, 24 and 25th July 2019 the AG’s Department permitted the prosecution to be conducted through video conferencing upon a request made by the British High Commission in Sri Lanka. For the identification of the suspect two girls with their family members were brought down to the country by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA). Sri Lanka conducted a case involving the sexual harassment of two tourists via video conferencing.The Attorney General’s Department had permitted the Kandy High Court to proceed with a prosecution on sexual harassment of two female tourists via video conferencing. On 14th April 2016, two British girls were sexually harassed in Kandy and the suspect was identified by the victims at the identification process held at the Magistrate court under case No. B/38162. The suspect was charged on 6 counts and evidence from the 2nd victim was obtained through skype video call and after completing her evidence successfully the suspect pleaded guilty on all charges against him.Kandy High Court Judge Lalith Ekanayake imposed 5-year rigorous imprisonment for each charge and by considering the facts highlighted by the defence and state councillors he was ordered to complete his 30 years sentence in 5 years concurrently.  Further, he was charged a Rs.3000/- fine for each offence and was ordered to pay Rs. 25,000/- to the Victim Protection Authority of Sri Lanka.All the necessary diplomatic communications were arranged under the directions DIG Crime, Organized Crimes and Legal Kamal Silva, Director Police Tourist Division Oshan Hewavitharana and Officer-In-Charge of Police Tourist Division, Chief Inspector Prabath Vidananagama. The British High Commission in Sri Lanka, the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London and Commonwealth Office in London, AG’s Department of Sri Lanka and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sri Lanka together with Police Tourist Division of Sri Lanka facilitated the entire process handled by the Kandy Police. read more

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Energy mining stocks push TSX higher Nasdaq closes at record high

Energy, mining stocks push TSX higher; Nasdaq closes at record high TORONTO – Energy and mining stocks led a solid advance on the Toronto stock market on Thursday, while the Nasdaq finished the day at a record high.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 87.58 points at 15,392.35 after dropping 41.67 points Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar gained 0.55 of a U.S. cent to 82.33 cents.Ben Jang, a portfolio manager at Nicola Wealth Management in Vancouver, says the Toronto market benefited from higher commodity prices.“It’s really driven off of the energy names today in Canada and that’s from the geopolitical instability,” said Jang. “Saudi Arabia is continuing their aerial assault on the rebels in Yemen, so there’s concern about a constriction on the supply side.”The metals and mining sector was the biggest gainer on the TSX, up 2.84 per cent, while the energy sector gained 0.9 per cent.On the commodity markets, the June gold contract rose $7.40 to US$1,194.30 an ounce after plunging more than $16 on Wednesday.Meanwhile, oil rose $1.58 to $57.74 a barrel and May copper advanced 2.9 cents to US$2.69 a pound.In New York, the tech-heavy Nasdaq rose 20.89 points to 5,056.06, beating its previous record high close of 5,048.61 set during the dot-com boom in March 2000.The Dow gained 20.42 points to 18,058.69 and the S&P 500 advanced 4.97 points to 2,112.93.“It’s a bit more volatile, a bit more oscillating, but we are seeing higher thresholds being reached in the markets,” said Jang.In U.S. earnings news, General Motors, Proctor & Gamble and 3M were all impacted by the strong U.S. dollar.General Motors reported income that fell short of analysts’ expectations, while P&G saw its earnings shrink roughly eight per cent compared with a year ago. 3M also reported lower profits due to the strong U.S. currency.In economic news, April manufacturing data from Europe, China and Japan were all weaker than expected.Manufacturing in China fell to its lowest point in a year, an indication that growth is slowing in the world’s second-largest economy.Japanese manufacturing declined for a third consecutive month, suggesting some industries have not yet recovered from the recession brought on by the sales tax hike introduced last April.Meanwhile, a survey of European manufacturing also fell in April due to weakness in the continent’s two largest economies, Germany and France.“The market is really looking through that,” said Jang.Sears Canada (TSX:SCC) closed down 1.68 per cent at $9.35 after announcing it will carry a new line of Wayne Gretzky menswear, in an exclusive partnership with the Canadian hockey celebrity.And TransCanada (TSX:TRP) closed up seven cents to $57.15 after signing a deal with the Kitselas First Nation in relation to the energy company’s planned natural gas pipeline across northern B.C.—With files from the Associated Press by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 23, 2015 9:20 am MDT Last Updated Apr 23, 2015 at 5:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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SLFPSLPP talks make progress MSMR to meet

Talks between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) made progress today and the party leaders are now set to meet for further discussions.The SLPP and SLFP held talks at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colombo today. The SLPP was led by SLPP National Organizer Basil Rajapaksa at the talks while the SLFP was led by SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera. Following the talks both sides said that there had been progress in the negotiations and the leaders of both parties, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Maithripala Sirisena will meet next for further discussions. The SLPP has already picked former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as their Presidential candidate. (Colombo Gazette) The SLFP and SLPP have had several rounds of discussions in an attempt to reach a consensus to work together at future elections.However both sides have failed to agree on a Presidential candidate to contest the next election if they decide to work together. read more

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Sri Lanka keen to improve relations with Indonesia

She has served in Sri Lanka Overseas Missions in India, China, the United States of America and Bangladesh, prior to taking up responsibilities in Jakarta. Ambassador Gunasekera holds a Masters Degree in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University in Australia and a LLB Honours Degree in Law from Warwick University in the United Kingdom. She is a past pupil of C.M.S. Ladies’ College, Colombo. After the Ceremony, the Ambassador had an audience with President Widodo and Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi on bilateral issues.Ambassador Gunasekera joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1996 and served as Director General South Asia and SAARC in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately prior to her appointment in Jakarta. Sri Lanka has expressed interest in further strengthening the multi-faceted relations which exist between Sri Lanka and Indonesia.Ambassador Yasoja Gunasekera presented Letters of Credence to President Joko Widodo of the Republic of Indonesia, at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta accrediting her as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to Indonesia. The ceremony entailed the presentation of credentials, followed by a Guard of Honour and the playing of the national anthem of Sri Lanka. Ambassador Gunasekera conveyed to President Widodo warm greetings from President Maithripala Sirisena and expressed Sri Lanka’s interest in further strengthening the multi-faceted relations which exist between the two countries, particularly in the areas of trade, investment, tourism and economic cooperation. read more

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Security Council strongly condemns DPRK nuclear test

In a press statement issued late yesterday evening, after the Council held urgent consultations on the situation, the 15-member body underlined that the test is a clear violation and “in flagrant disregard” of Security Council resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013) and 2270 (2016), as well as of the non-proliferation regime. “Therefore a clear threat to international peace and security continues to exist,” the statement said. Furthermore, members the Council also recalled that they had previously expressed their determination to take further significant measures in the event of another DPRK nuclear test. “In line with this commitment and the gravity of this violation, the members of the Security Council will begin to work immediately on appropriate measures under Article 41 in a Security Council resolution,” said the statement. read more

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Football Three takeaways from Ohio States 2726 win over Penn State

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) and sophomore defensive end Chase Young (2) shake hands following the Ohio State-Penn State game on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIt was always going to be a big game for Ohio State. With an advantage in the Big Ten East on the line, the Buckeyes traveled to Happy Valley to face Penn State in as close to a must-win game as it could have been at this point in the season. Ohio State came out on top, giving the Nittany Lions their first loss of the season, 1 27-26 comeback victory for the Buckeyes in Beaver Stadium. As Ohio State moves ahead to its home game against Indiana on Saturday, here are three takeaways the team can take from its top-10 win. J.K. Dobbins is more than just a runnerFor the second straight game, the Ohio State running game could not get it going consistently against the opposing defense, with backs averaging only 3.2 yards per carry in Saturday’s 1-point win. For sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins, that success did not happen in the ground game either. He led the team with 17 carries, but only recorded 57 yards on the ground, scoring his third touchdown of the season, a 4-yard touchdown run. With two catches in three separate games this season, including the game against Penn State, Dobbins had been utilized in the passing game as well, but had not found much success. However, on Saturday, the sophomore running back found more success finding open space through the passing game. He recorded two catches for 61 yards against the Nittany Lions, one for 26 yards and the other, a 35-yard screen pass to begin what would end up being Ohio State’s game-winning drive. In two seasons with the Buckeyes, Dobbins has only three games in which he has had more than three catches in a game, never recording more than 45 yards receiving. With the offense redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins was running, Dobbins was vital, utilizing his speed, not only in handoffs, but in short screens and passes to the outside, putting him up against members of the secondary that he can outrun. Chase Young made up for the loss of Nick BosaIn the first conference game without junior defensive end Nick Bosa, Ohio State had to face what head coach Urban Meyer considered as the best offensive line the team had seen in Penn State. That proved to be trouble for the Buckeyes early on as redshirt senior Trace McSorley, without pressure, effortlessly moved the ball downfield, providing opportunities for Penn State in the first half that ended up not being capitalized on. However, in the first half, sophomore defensive end Chase Young did provide pressure from the outside, combining with sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison and redshirt junior defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones for two sacks in the first half. The rest of the defense received that message in the second half, recording two sacks and keeping McSorley from leading the Nittany Lions to another win in Beaver Stadium. Young continued his performance in the second half, recording a sack and a tackle for loss in the fourth quarter, adding two broken-up passes in the third quarter. Young finished the day with six tackles, including three for loss with two sacks. A dominant day on the line for Young showed opposing teams which player to watch in the future as Bosa continues to recover from injury. Chrisman continues dominanceRedshirt sophomore Drue Chrisman has continued the tradition of flipping the field as Ohio State’s punter. In Saturday’s game, he had a very good day pinning Penn State deep into its own territory. On nine punts, Chrisman averaged 47.9 yards per kick, recording three punts that went over 50 yards, with the longest one going for 58 yards. However, more importantly in the mindset of a punter, Chrisman pinned the opposing offense deep, putting three punts inside the Penn State 20-yard line. He helped Penn State start five of its drives inside their own 20, including  a drive starting at their own 2-yard line. In games like Saturday’s 1-point win over the Nittany Lions, special teams can make or break a game. Early on, as the offense sputtered and the defense struggled to contain McSorley, Chrisman continued to give Ohio State an opportunity to succeed. read more

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Womens Hockey No 4 Ohio State splits series with No 10 St

Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore defender Jincy Dunne (33) gets back on defense in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe No. 4 Ohio State women’s hockey team (7-3, 3-1 WCHA) continued its road trip, facing the No. 10 St. Lawrence Saints in their second-consecutive top 10 matchup and their third of the season. The Buckeyes split the series, losing the first game 3-2 and winning the second game 6-1. Game 1 Despite Ohio State only allowing one power play goal heading into the game, St. Lawrence took advantage of early mistakes by the Buckeyes in the first period to score two power play goals and take the lead. The first was scored by sophomore defenseman Skylar Podovey 5:52 into the first period, with senior forward Justine Reyes and junior forward Kalie Grant recording the assists. Less than five minutes later, the second power play goal was scored by junior forward Steph Keryluk with assists coming from Podovey and graduate student forward Nadine Edney. Redshirt junior defensemen Jincy Dunne started things off for the Buckeyes scoring her first goal of the season 8:52 into the second period to close the gap to 2-1.Momentum continued to shift in the favor of the Buckeyes as, 30 seconds into the third period, sophomore forward Tatum Skaggs scored her sixth goal of the season to tie the match, with assists credited to freshman defenseman Madison Bizal and Jaclyn Reeves.However, despite outshooting St. Lawrence in the third period 14-5, it was the Saints that found the net to take the lead 3-2. Halfway through the third period, sophomore forward Natalie Wozney scored the deciding goal with assists by Grant and sophomore forward Charlea Peterson. Ohio State did everything they could to tie it up and keep the game going, even going as far to pull freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli with a minute thirty left to go in the game to give the offense an extra attacker, but the Saints’ defense held strong to clinch the win. Game 2The second game was all Buckeyes as the women’s hockey team came out with a vengeance after its loss the day before, starting fast and scoring three goals in the first period to quickly take the Saints out of the game. Ohio State saw Reeves get her first goal of the season in first period, with assists coming from sophomore forward Emma Maltais and senior forward Charly Dahlquist.The rest of the first period was the Dahlquist show, as goals two and three were scored by the forward for her third and fourth goals of the season.The lone goal for the Saints also came in this period as senior defenseman Lydia Grauer scored another power play goal for St. Lawrence 6:17 into the first period, making this the third power play goal for the Saints in this series. Two of the remaining three goals for Ohio State came in the second period. The first saw freshman forward Sara Saekkinen get her first goal of her college career with about six minutes left in the second period, with Dunne and Jacques combining to get assists on the goal. The second came with less than thirty seconds left to go in the second period as sophomore forward Tatum Skaggs scored her sixth goal of the season with senior defenseman Lauren Boyle and senior forward Madison Field getting assists. Inthe third period, the last goal for the Buckeyes was an empty net goal scored by Maltais, scoring on a St. Lawrence power play. Dahlquist got her third point of the game with an assist on the goal. Braendli had another stellar performance with 42 saves to keep the Saints from making this an offensive shootout. Ohio State comes back home next week for a WCHA matchup against  St. Cloud State. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, November 2. read more

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Mens Basketball Kaleb Wesson drops three 3s in Ohio States blowout 8961

Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson attempts a shot in the second half of Ohio State’s 89-61 win against South Carolina State on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorIf Kaleb Wesson attempted a 3 in a game during his freshman campaign, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann likely had something to say about it after the game.The 6-foot-9, 270-pound center, without a doubt, is known more for his interior presence than his shooting ability after all, and his attempted 3s during his first collegiate campaign trended more toward bricks than splashes.This season, however, Holtmann has noted the improving 3-point shooting of the now-sophomore forward. And it showed off in Ohio State’s 89-61 victory Sunday against South Carolina State, with Wesson drilling a career-high 3-of-4 shots from beyond the arc, leading to a game-high 18 points.“He was hunting those 3s today, and I think most of them were good,” Holtmann said, examining the numbers after putting his glasses on to review the stat sheet. “I thought Kaleb really set the tone with his aggressiveness offensively.”South Carolina State head coach Murray Garvin said after the game there was little his team could really do to prepare for Wesson. The focus had been on Ohio State’s guards given their success early. Not to mention, he doesn’t have the size to defend someone like Wesson.“We tried, but unfortunately, we can’t grow a guy to be 6-foot-9, 270 right now,” Garvin said, noting the only athletes at South Carolina State capable of guarding Wesson might be suited up in pads on the football team. “I haven’t seen that before where a post player that big, it’s almost like [Shaquille O’Neil] in the late 90s.”When the clock finally hit 0, and the two teams were mercifully allowed to return to their respective locker rooms, Ohio State (4-0) had been successful on 55 percent of its shots from the field, while South Carolina State (1-4) made just 37 percent. Junior forward Damani Applewhite led the Bulldogs with 15 points while tying a team-high with six rebounds.The Buckeyes generated offensive success with fluid ball movement throughout the night, with the team racking up 18 assists compared to three from the Bulldogs.The charity stripe also proved particularly generous to Ohio State, with the Buckeyes knocking down 26-of-35 free-throw attempts, surpassing the previous season-high of 16 from Nov. 7 against Cincinnati.The Buckeyes took their time before establishing control of the game. At 15:46, Ohio State led just 8-6, having already committed three turnovers.That all changed after the media timeout. Ohio State proceeded to go on a 12-0 run to push its lead out to 20-6, with freshman guard Duane Washington Jr. contributing five of the team’s points, including a 3 from the wing. Washington finished the game with 14 points.A pair of free throws from South Carolina State freshman guard Allen Hatchett broke up the run, but the Wesson show continued, this time with Kaleb’s older brother, junior forward Andre Wesson, scoring four points on a mid-range jumper and dunk to put his team ahead 28-12.Ohio State slumped, as much as a team can when ahead 33-12, with 6:15 remaining, going without a field goal for the next 4:34. But the Buckeyes still managed five free throws to limit the Bulldogs’ run to 9-5 before Kaleb Wesson splashed home his third 3 of the game with 1:41 left in the half.A dunk 31 seconds later from sophomore forward Kyle Young on a perfect feed in front of the basket from redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods pushed Ohio State’s halftime lead out to 43-21.With the game well in hand at an early point, the second half became an opportunity for Holtmann to give minutes to some of the bench players, including freshmen forwards Jaedon LeDee and Justin Ahrens, who made his first shot attempt on a 3 from the top of the key with 8:50 left to play. LeDee finished with 12 points, the same as fellow freshman guard Luther Muhammad.For a team that lost several key veterans a season ago with freshmen and a transfer, Ohio State needs to find time for its new players to see the court and feel more comfortable in a Scarlet and Gray uniform.“It certainly helps to be able to play multiple guys, different lineups and young guys and new guys,” Holtmann said. “Having five new guys that are playing consistently for us. To be able to do that is really important early in the year, and we’ve seen some good things.”As if there needed to be any more convincing as to the more dominant team on the court Sunday, sophomore guard Musa Jallow halted a dunk from Applewhite, pressing the ball out of Applewhite’s hands and giving the Buckeyes possession with 7:37 remaining.On the other end, Jallow passed the ball up the left side of the court to freshman guard Luther Muhammad, who placed the ball exactly where it needed to be for Washington to attempt a dunk. The one-handed slam attempt was slowed, but after a bounce on the rim and a whistle from the referee, Washington had his two points with the and-1. The three-point play pushed Ohio State’s insurmountable lead to 73-43 with 7:33 left to play.Ohio State will try and extend its four-game winning streak to start the season Tuesday at home against Samford. read more

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EcoAtlantic to drill second well in Guyana

Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd. (AIM: ECO, TSX-V: EOG), the oil and gas exploration company with licences in highly prospective regions in Guyana and Namibia, is pleased to announce that the partners on the Orinduik Block offshore Guyana (“Orinduik”) have approved the drilling budget and the location of the second well of the 2019 drilling program.Highlights:The ‘Joe’ prospect has been selected as the second well location by Eco Atlantic (15%), Total E&P Activitiés Pétrolières (“Total”) (25%) and Tullow Guyana B.V. (“Tullow”) (60%), (Operator), (together, the “Partners”)The Partners have contracted the Stena Forth Drill Ship to drill the Jethro Lobe Well with a spud date scheduled for early June 2019. The rig will move directly after to Joe and begin drilling this second exploration well in mid July 2019The Joe Well is located in approximately 650 meters of waterJoe is a 150 mmboe (P50 – Best Estimate) Upper Tertiary target which has a 43.2% Chance of Success, as estimated in the recently published independent (NI51-101 Compliant) report produced by Gustavson AssociatesNet Cost to Eco for its 15% Working Interest in the Joe Well is expected to be approximately USD $3 millionThis is significantly less than the expected cost of the first Jethro-Lobe Well, which is estimated at approximately USD $6.9 million, as the cost of mobilising and demobilising the drilling rig have all been incorporated into the cost of the first well.  As announced on 27 February 2019, Eco is fully funded for the 2019 campaign and beyond having current cash of approximately USD $19 million. The second well is subject to customary Guyana Department of Energy review.Colin Kinley, Chief Operating Officer of Eco Atlantic, commented:“The approval, at this stage, of a second well is a clear indication of the Partners’ risking of Orinduik. All of the Partners support a two well drilling campaign targeting close to 370 million barrels of Gross Prospective Resources (P50 Best) at 43.2% risking, which is well above industry averages anywhere in the world.  Both the Upper Tertiary age, Joe and Lower Tertiary age, Jethro are excellent targets and have been selected jointly between our Geoscientific Teams.“Our recently updated CPR report included a billion barrel increase in Gross Unrisked Prospective Resources to 3,981.9 MMBOE. The evaluation of the Orinduik Block is ongoing and we are confident in our ability to prove up oil in the Tertiary aged section that has already been derisked by our neighbours on the Stabroek Block with the Hammerhead discovery. We have developed an excellent geological and geophysical model that we continue to build on together with our Partners.”Gil Holzman, President and CEO of Eco Atlantic, added:“With the selection by the Orinduik Partners of the second well target for our 2019 drilling campaign, we are now set for a transformational period in the life of our company.  With exceptional Partners, a strong cash balance, and an inventory of many high impact drilling targets in the most exciting oil province in the world, we hope to deliver significant value to shareholders in the near term. I take special pride in our ability to deliver and meet our professional objectives, bringing the company to such an exciting stage.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2nd Qatar oil company partnership deal with Total being reviewed- BynoeJuly 30, 2019In “Business”Eco Atlantic estimates 4 billion barrels of oil in Orinduik BlockJune 12, 2019In “Business”Tullow begins oil search in Orinduik BlockJune 4, 2019In “Business” read more

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Whistle gunned down 3 others injured in driveby shooting

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCops hoping for major breakthrough “soon” in Festival City drive-by shootingJuly 29, 2019Similar postPolice yet to arrest suspects in fatal drive-by shootingJuly 26, 2019In “Crime”“Whistle”, accomplice on bail for armed robberiesSeptember 26, 2018In “Court” A well known character to the Police was gunned down while several were injured following a drive-by shooting on Sunday evening at Williamstaad Road, Festival City, North Ruimveldt.Dead is 29-year-old Leon Duncan also called “Whistle” of Lot 2692 Manatee Place, South Ruimveldt while his brother, Shaquile Duncan along with Orande Gordon and Lawrence Simon were shot and injured.Dead, Leon DuncanThe now dead man was also called ‘World Boss’ was shot multiple times to his left side abdomen.His brother, sustained gunshot injuries to his right arm and left thigh while Simon called “Plait Hair” 34 of Lot 2104 Nutmeg Street, Festival City, North Ruimveldt was shot to the left knee and a bruise to the upper right arm and Gordon, 28, of Lot 1195 Nutmeg Street, Festival City, North Ruimveldt was shot to his left arm and right knee.Based in information received, the victims were reportedly gambling at WilliamStaad Road Festival City, on a culvert when the occupants of a motorcar opened fire on them.The injured men were picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where they were treated. Leon Duncan however, succumbed to his injuries shortly after.Detectives have since impounded a motorcar which fits the description of the one used in the commission of the crime. A search conducted on the vehicle revealed thirty-one live rounds of ammunition, one spent shell and a magazine.the alleged car use in the crimeThe Police are continuing their investigations but no arrests were made. read more

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Pakistan to seek world court ruling on Kashmir

Pakistan has said it will take the Kashmir dispute to the International Court of Justice.The move comes after India revoked the special autonomous status of the part of Kashmir that it administers.Pakistan reacted to that decision by cutting trade and transport links, and expelling India’s ambassador.Kashmir – which both countries claim in full but rule in part – has been the site of decades of sporadic conflict.“We have decided to take the Kashmir case to the International Court of Justice,” Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told ARY News TV on Tuesday.“The decision was taken after considering all legal aspects.”He added that the case would centre on alleged human rights violations by India – which it denies – in Muslim-majority Kashmir.Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a phone call that the issue was one for India and Pakistan to resolve between themselves, through dialogue.French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss Kashmir with Mr Modi when they meet in Paris this week, a French official said on Tuesday.What’s the background?Kashmir is a Himalayan territory disputed by India and Pakistan. Each country controls part of the territory and the Indian-administered side – Jammu and Kashmir – used to have special status.But Article 370, the constitutional provision granting Kashmir its special status, was revoked earlier this month, meaning the Indian-administered area has now been downgraded from a federal state and split into two union territories ruled by Delhi.Predicting a backlash, Delhi also launched a security clampdown in Kashmir.Despite this, there have been frequent protests and some have turned violent.The area is no stranger to violence, as separatist insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir which has left tens of thousands of people dead over the last three decades.So what happens next?If Pakistan goes ahead, a decision by the International Court of Justice would be advisory only.This would only not be the case if both countries agreed beforehand that the ruling should be binding. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKashmir dispute: Two Pakistani soldiers killed after clashes with IndiaSeptember 29, 2016In “World”India strips disputed Kashmir of special statusAugust 5, 2019In “latest news”Indian soldiers kill eight intruders, fight others at Kashmir borderSeptember 20, 2016In “World” read more

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Booyco intervenes with VDS to prevent vehicletovehicle accidents

first_imgBooyco Electronics has added a vehicle detection system (VDS) to its existing proximity detection system portfolio, as it looks to increase safety in both open-pit and underground mining applications.The new VDS triggers interventions to prevent vehicle-to-vehicle accidents in line with The Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT) guidelines, according to Booyco, and is an evolution of the company’s vehicle-to-vehicle detection system that incorporates the necessary level of accuracy to introduce interventions in the operation of the vehicles.According to Booyco Electronics Engineer and Developer Frank Schommer, the Booyco VDS is applicable in both surface and underground environments.The system can measure the distance between the vehicles in a range from 10 m up to 100 m, with a measuring accuracy of 1 m, according to Booyco. It can not only can determine the position of a vehicle but also the direction in which it is travelling, the company added.Schommer said: “This means that the operator will be informed if another vehicle is close by, as well as the number of vehicles there are in the proximity. Based on a high frequency wave transmission, the new VDS technology has been developed to comply with the latest safety regulations for moving vehicles on mines.”Booyco said: “While these high frequencies do not penetrate rock in underground mining environments like low frequencies can, they are able to perform the vital duty of detecting other vehicles at a greater distance.“Like the pedestrian PDS, the Booyco VDS’s functionality is based on different ‘zones’ within the radio field around each vehicle that is created by a transmitter; the distance of each zone from the vehicle can be defined by the customer, depending on their actual conditions and specific vehicles on site.”Schommer gave an example: “The system can be set so that it delivers a warning to the operators at a distance of 50 m. If no action is taken after that warning, and the distance between the vehicles is reduced, then a second zone is entered, and a command is generated for the operator to reduce speed. If speed is not reduced and the vehicles continue to get closer to each other, an intervention is triggered by the system to slow the vehicles down.”The accuracy of the system ensures there is enough reaction time after warnings are given for the operator to act, reducing the possibility of a collision, according to Booyco.While the system caters for larger vehicles with longer distances between them – such as surface mining load and haul operations – it is also applicable underground as it can measure long distances between machines through tunnels.Booyco Electronics’ PDS system – based on very low frequency wave transmission – can, meanwhile, penetrate tunnel sidewalls underground, allowing the detection of pedestrians who are out of sight around a corner, but over shorter distances.Schommer concluded: “It is therefore optimal to use the VDS and PDS systems together on the same vehicle to achieve higher levels of safety. Combining these technologies allows mines to improve safety between vehicles – where the distances to be measured are longer – as well as between vehicles and pedestrians – where it is important to detect workers who are closer but not visible to the operators.”last_img read more

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Modular Mining wins DISPATCH and ProVision order from Anglo American at Barro

first_imgModular Mining says it will implement its DISPATCH® Fleet Management and ProVision® Machine Guidance systems at Anglo American’s Barro Alto open-pit nickel mine, in Goiás, Brazil.Anglo selected the DISPATCH and ProVision solutions to improve material blending, ore management and crusher throughput, the company said, adding that the solutions will reduce the ore dilution, boost blending of the ore directly from the pit into the crusher and optimise the fleet performance.The DISPATCH Fleet Management System (FMS), chosen to replace the mine’s current competitive FMS at Barro Alto, will optimise the haulage fleet to increase productivity, Modular said. “The ProVision system will deliver high-precision navigation and machine guidance capabilities to the mine’s shovels; automating the management of material types, reducing the need for manual staking, and reducing the number of stockpiles. In addition, the ProVision system will provide real-time tonnage, volume, and grade metrics for any ore-bearing stockpile. Modular Mining’s Material Blending, Prestart, and Fuel Management modules, will extend the FMS’ equipment- and material management capabilities,” the company said.Eduardo Caixeta, Manager, Barro Alto, said: “A number of factors contributed to our decision to partner with Modular Mining. In addition to their solid reputation with their fleet management and high-precision guidance technologies, the success that we have had with their solutions at our sister operation, at Minas Rio, played a key role in our decision. Another factor was Modular’s demonstrated commitment to performance, working with their customers to maximise the value from their solutions based on a mine’s specific goals.”Airton de Sena, General Manager, Modular Mining, Brazil, said: “Modular has a long-standing relationship with Anglo in Brazil and we are excited to expand this relationship. Barro Alto is a leader in nickel mining, and this investment demonstrates their team’s commitment to maximizing returns through operational excellence and advanced technologies.”last_img read more

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Nornickels digital mine plan taking shape

first_imgNorilsk Nickel has recently launched a new operational control centre at its Oktyabrsky mine in Russia, leveraging the underground infrastructure investments the company has made in the past five years across its Polar Division operations as a way to increase its operational efficiency.The Oktyabrsky centre, which cost around $1.6 million to install, monitors mining operations on a continuous basis, using communications infrastructure and positioning systems to locate equipment and people underground. It is part of the company’s Technology Breakthrough program, a project launched in 2014 to digitise and automate most processes at the company’s extensive mining and processing facilities by 2020.By the end of 2019, similar operational centres will be built at all Norilsk Nickel Polar Division mines (Skalisty, Komsomolsk, Taimyrsky and Mayak, according to the company, with the five centres set to cost the company around $6.3 million in total.Norilsk said: “The launch of the operational centre at the Oktyabrsky mine was possible due to long-term work on the creation of underground infrastructure, which was carried out at all of the company’s mines in the Polar Division as part of the ‘Technology Breakthrough’ project.“The project installed radio communications and positioning systems to locate mining equipment, it also installed fibre-optic communication as well as Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is now available in every mine. Every mine is also equipped with cameras.”This infrastructure has enabled personnel at these mines to receive real-time data on shift targets without human intervention, according to Norilsk.In addition to this, the company has developed a “Ten-day shift schedule” software, which helps schedule the work of miners over this period, Norilsk said, explaining: “The planning system’s algorithm distributes the amount of work and equipment per production and shifts, taking into account the cyclical nature of the process and the initial data.”The use of this software has allowed Norilsk Nickel, in certain cases, to abandon a non-centralised and manual approach to mine planning. “The software functions from a database, which contains information on the performance of all the equipment, mining operations, distances from loading sites to ore chutes and skip shafts, etc,” the company said.Mining operation plans from different phases and areas at the Oktyabrsky mine are now integrated into a centralised planning system, with the “Ten-day shift schedule” leveraging data from MICROMINE’s exploration and mine design solution, Micromine. This creates a 3D program of the ore being developed, helping optimise the mining methods and sequence of processing reserves.In reference to the new operational centre, Norilsk said: “Transferring mine operation monitoring, management and planning functions to the operational centre, together with the installation of new technologies, will contribute to a 10% increase in labour productivity.” This will also make it possible to improve both the quality and consistency of the ore mined and shipped to the Talnakh concentrator.last_img read more

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