Bernardo Silva is “happy” at Manchester City and would consider signing a new contract, with talk of possible interest from Real Madrid being ignored.The Portugal international was snapped up by the Blues in the summer of 2017 after helping Monaco to Ligue 1 title glory in the previous season.He repeated that trick during his debut season in the Premier League, but was restricted to just 15 starts within a star-studded and record-breaking squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Pep Guardiola has already used him from the off on 20 occasions this term, with Silva’s creative qualities helping to counter the injury-enforced absence of Kevin De Bruyne.Silva has delivered five goals and six assists, with those efforts sparking rumours regarding admiring glances from Madrid.The 24-year-old committed to a deal through to 2022, though, when signing for City and says he would be willing to discuss fresh terms, telling the Manchester Evening News: “I’m OK right now, I still have three-and-a-half years left.“I don’t know what will happen but we will see.“I’m happy at City and if they want to renegotiate my contract then of course I’m open to doing that.“I’m very happy here at Man City – not only with the staff but I look around at my team-mates and it is a young team that can achieve fantastic things.“To look at the future and think that if we stay together we can do special things, I am very happy here and want to stay.”Silva tasted Premier League and Carabao Cup glory in 2017-18 and admits there is a desire on the part of all of those at the Etihad Stadium to build on those successes over the coming years.He added: “That’s the goal of all the directors and the owners because of the way they shape the team with young players and a fantastic squad.“Our goal is to try to keep the same level, winning competition after competition every year.“We are still in the beginning, knowing that it is very difficult to do that but we will try it.“We have a very young squad with a lot of very good players and we will try to win as many things as we can over the next seasons.“When I was younger I could never have imagined that me at 24 would have already won a league in Portugal, a league in France, a league in England and playing for the national team.“I’m happy with what I’ve achieved but then, when you’ve done these things, you always want more. That’s what I try to do.”City currently sit four points behind Liverpool in the Premier League table, but remain in the title hunt and are also progressing positively in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Champions League.
Blackberry, the Canadian smartphone maker which got a new lease of life under TCL Communications is gearing up for a major launch event on June 7. The company will launch the successor to Blackberry KeyOne at an event in New York. And ahead of the event, Blackberry’s upcoming smartphone has been spotted on two separate listings on GeekBench.The two devices listed on Geekbench are Blackberry BBE 100-2 and Blackberry. Both the models listed on the website seem to powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor and running on Android 8.1 Oreo, the only difference between the two seem to be of RAM capacity. While one variant can be seen sporting 4GB RAM, the other variant can be seen sporting 6GB RAM. Apart from this, there are no details available on Geekbench that would give us insights about the upcoming device.Separately, rumours about Blackberry’s purported new device, Blackberry Key2, have been circulating on the social media for a long time. As per the reports, Blackberry Key2 is likely to feature a dual rear camera setup setup with 12MP and 8MP sensors placed in a horizontal pattern. In terms of the front camera, Blackberry Key2 is likely to sport an 8MP selfie camera.Images leaked in the past show Blackberry Key2 to sport a power button on the right side of the device along with the volume keys. Apart from this, reports also suggest that the device will sport a display with 3:2 aspect ratio which is similar to its predecessor. KEY2 is also rumoured to come with a 3.5mm slot along with a USB Type-C port. In terms of connectivity, Key2 is likely to feature support for Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi.advertisementALSO READ: BlackBerry KEY2 (Athena) receives WiFi and Bluetooth certificationMeanwhile, TCL Communications has started rolling out Android security update to Blackberry KeyOne. According to a report by Crackberry, the update is first being rolled out to unlocked device, which means that the carrier locked devices will have to wait till the carrier approves and releases the updates. Users with carrier unlocked phones can head to their settings menu to download the latest version of Android Oreo.
YouTubeThe weird string of high-profile cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease in sports has hit college football. Five members of the West Virginia Mountaineers came down with the infection.WVU was set to hold Fan Day tomorrow afternoon. Because of the disease, the event has been postponed.West Virginia football put out a statement about the hand, foot, and mouth disease issue this afternoon.From the school:Fan Day with the Mountaineer football team set for tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. will be postponed and rescheduled if a later date becomes available.Five cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease have been identified within the program. Hand, foot and mouth is a mild but highly contagious viral infection that is very common among children but can spread to adults. The virus usually goes away on its own in a period of less than a week, and there is no specific treatment, just steps to ease the symptoms.Because it is highly contagious, it is in the best interest of the general public to postpone the event. WVU’s medical staff continues to monitor the situation, taking proper steps to control the virus and communicating with the proper campus personnel.Athletic director Shane Lyons says the program plans to reschedule the event.WVU did not disclose which players came down with the disease.Earlier this summer, hand, foot, and mouth disease became part of the sports lexicon when Mets star pitcher Noah Syndergaard was diagnosed just after the All-Star break. Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ was also diagnosed with the disease last month.Luckily, the disease, while very contagious, is not super serious. Recovery time can last over a week though. With two weeks until WVU’s opener against Tennessee, it is unclear whether players could be at threat of missing time.[West Virginia]
Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat 7 Best Hatchets for Camping, Backpacking, and Survival Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Editors’ Recommendations Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.The late Teddy Roosevelt once said, “speak softly, and carry a big stick.” While the famous most certainly dealt with the former president’s approach to foreign policy, it could just as easily be applied to how we should all go about our time in the woods. However, although the classic walking stick is often one haphazardly whittled out of the right piece of wood, 21st-century advancements have led the way to a more versatile tool for backcountry excursions — case in point, the industrious Zubin Axe ($320)Related: How to build a raging fire — with or without matchesComprised of a single piece of natural hickory wood and featuring a two-bolt interchangeable head, the Zubin Axe offers more than just a serrated blade. Though the jack-of-all trades device comes outfitted with a standard compass, its clever system allows you to quickly swap between five, distinct interchangeable heads made of 440C stainless steel. Whereas the compass might aid you with your journey north and the saw blade with cutting that high branch above your head, the multiple hunting spears will allow you to to try your luck at hunting fish and medium game. The axe even touts a slingshot head for shooting squirrels and small game that would otherwise be difficult to capture, while the coupled axe attachment gives you a means for chopping wood akin to a hatchet.The Zubin Axe doesn’t add a great deal of weight, either, especially given you’ll never house it in your pack. You simple need to carry the staff on the trail, outfit it with the head of your choice using the bundled allen key, and channel your inner caveman.Check out the Zubin Axe online for more information or to make a purchase. Also, if you prefer, you can buy merely the staff and the various heads of your choice.
“The clear objective of the merger is to be the “best in class” in our shipbroking business and provide clients with a top quality service based on strong teams with excellent market coverage,” as explained by Kidwell.“The management is pleased with the progress to date of the merger with ACM. The company’s full year expectation will require adjustment, if the merger becomes effective, to include not only ACM’s trading but also adjustment for one-off transaction and planned integration costs.”The company recorded early signs of improvement in the shipping markets for the three months to 31 May 2014 that have led to an increase in the total forward order book of Braemar Shipping Services’ shipbroking division compared with the forward order book at 31 May 2013, the company said.“In particular the Offshore and Sale & Purchase Departments have performed well, as expected. There has been a significantly improved performance from the Dry Cargo Department compared with quarter 1 of the prior year. Weaker freight rates have affected the income attributable to the Tanker Department; however, that department has been involved in some significant long-term charters in the gas market,” Kidwell said in a statement.Press Release, July 7, 2014 zoom Braemar Shipping Services has begun planning for the merger with ACM Shipping Group plc, announced in May 2014, Braemar’s Chief executive James Kidwell said.
zoom Containership reliability declined for the second month in a row in December, according to Drewry’s enhanced Carrier Performance Insight.The latest data shows that the aggregate on-time performance for the Asia-Europe, Transpacific and Transatlantic trades dropped to 58% in December, down from 62% in November and 64% in October.December’s on-time performance was the worst since August (55%) with the monthly decline the result of weaker reliability across all three trades.Reliability in the Asia-Europe trade (7,475 voyages tracked) declined by 4.5 points month-on- month to 64.3%. In the Transpacific (3,826 voyages), the on-time performance dropped 3.3 points to a new low of 47.4%, while Transatlantic (570 voyages) reliability also slumped to a nadir of 46.3%, down by 12.6 points.Maersk Line was the most reliable carrier in the October-December period, recording a three- month average on-time performance of 80%, up 3 points on the previous quarter. In second place was Hamburg Sud with 75%, followed by COSCO on 70%.The biggest improvement in the fourth quarter came from MOL, which gained 11 points to 60%, while MSC jumped by 9 points to 61%. The improvement at MSC suggests that it is striving to meet the standards of Maersk, its partner in the new “2M” vessel sharing agreement that started this month.
The province continues to improve access for persons with disabilities with investments in 14 community facilities and venues. The Community ACCESS-ability Program is providing almost $100,000 for accessibility-related capital improvements such as renovations, installations and equipment. “This program helps non-profit community organizations and groups make their facilities more accessible,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “By removing barriers and making public spaces and buildings more accessible, government is helping to make life better for Nova Scotians with disabilities.” Through this program, government provides municipalities and community organizations with grants for up to two thirds of the cost of renovations and equipment, to a maximum of $10,000. The applicant covers the other third of cost. “Improving a community playground to make it accessible to disabled children is a huge undertaking,” said Peter Jeffery, president, Enfield/Elmsdale District Lion’s Club. “We’re deeply grateful for this funding and excited to build a playground where all our children can have fun.” A list of approved projects can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/infr/access/access.asp .
Twenty-two Nova Scotia students are benefitting from an industry-government scholarship program that helps them pursue careers in energy. The Pengrowth–Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program is offered to post-secondary students in an energy-related field including science, engineering and business. This year, 12, $10,000 renewable scholarships were awarded to university students and 10, $2,500 non-renewable scholarships were presented to Nova Scotia Community College students. “It is important to the province to support the education and research of Nova Scotia students,” said Department of Energy deputy minister Murray Coolican. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students to be involved with the future of Nova Scotia’s energy sector. “The province is pleased to partner with Pengrowth to help Nova Scotia students build promising careers in one of the fastest growing sectors in our province.” This year’s Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program recipients were chosen based on their academic standing, community involvement and interest in the Nova Scotia energy industry. “It is great to see students interested in working in the energy sector, and Pengrowth is happy to provide financial assistance to help these students become involved in the ever-growing Nova Scotia energy field,” said Jim MacDonald, director of Pengrowth’s East Operations. Pengrowth Management Limited, Pengrowth Energy Corporation and the province have invested $3 million in the scholarship program since it began in 2005. More than 170 students have received scholarships and grants. “It is an exciting time to be involved with the Nova Scotia energy sector and these scholarship winners have positioned themselves to play significant roles in the future of this fast-paced industry,” said Mr. Coolican. Pengrowth Management Limited was founded by Jim Kinnear in 1982. Mr. Kinnear also founded Pengrowth Energy Trust, which later became Pengrowth Energy Corporation, in 1988.
NEW YORK, U.S.A. – The Quebec government will wait for its lawyers to study a court decision this week that temporarily suspended a law banning people from covering their faces when receiving or giving a public service before deciding on its next step.Premier Philippe Couillard told reporters Friday in New York City, where he’s on an official trip, that it will be up to the province’s lawyers to determine whether to challenge the ruling as the province’s religious neutrality rules go into effect on Sunday.Section 10 of Quebec’s law on religious neutrality, passed in October 2017, requires everyone to show their faces when receiving or giving a public service.Quebec Superior Court Justice Marc-Andre Blanchard ruled Thursday that Section 10 cannot enter into force until it goes through judicial review because of the irreparable harm it will cause Muslim women.Couillard said the issue is no longer in the political sphere.“We will wait for the legal opinion, this is not a political decision,” Couillard said. “It’s a decision that must come after a legal analysis, but what it shows is that we are in a very delicate area of the law.”A judge suspended Section 10 in December 2017 until the government published clear guidelines under which someone could apply for a religious accommodation to the rules.The Quebec government published the guidelines in May, and they were set to come into force on July 1.Blanchard ruled the guidelines are not clear enough, and confusion and uncertainty still exists regarding how the accommodation process would be applied.Couillard wouldn’t concede the law was confusing, instead attacking opposition parties and challenging them to explain how their proposals would stand up to the court test, given they’ve vowed to go even further.Opposition parties have argued the legislation didn’t go far enough to enshrine the concept of state secularism into law, while Muslim and civil rights groups said it targeted Muslim women who wear face veils.Agnes Maltais, the Parti Quebecois secularism critic, said her party has been saying for several months that secularism should be incorporated into Quebec’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as is the case in Europe.“Adding secularism to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms makes it possible to look at laws like the one on face coverings in a different way by judges,” Maltais said.“It provides a framework for the way we want to live in Quebec, and that is in a secular society.”— with files from Yves Schaeffner in New York City.
OTTAWA — Britain’s envoy to Canada says her government wants to avoid a no-deal Brexit departure from the European Union, and its presentation of documents to Brussels on Thursday was a step towards a last-ditch agreement.High Commissioner Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque said in an interview that a negotiated departure, not the so-called hard Brexit that would mean no negotiated departure agreement with the EU, is still the preferred option for her country.Her assessment comes in face of widespread European criticism that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has nothing new to offer the EU after more than two years of fruitless negotiations.Le Jeune d’Allegeershecque was speaking in Ottawa hours after her government presented “confidential, technical non-papers” to the EU on Thursday, which have been described as discussion points and not formal proposals.The EU confirmed receipt of the papers, which come after the 28-country bloc (counting Britain, for now) has criticized Johnson for not tabling concrete proposals ahead of an Oct. 31 deadline.Johnson has said Britain will leave the EU by that date, with or without a deal.The EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Britain’s chief Brexit minister Steve Barclay are to meet on Friday.“Yes, there are series of confidential, technical non-papers which we have shared with the (European) Commission,” le Jeune d’Allegeershecque said in an interview in her Ottawa office.“It shows there are concrete proposals on the table,” she added.“There were people suggesting nothing was happening. It shows that something is happening.”She said it would be “hugely challenging” to get a deal done in the next six weeks, given that the British Parliament rejected former prime minister Theresa May’s past efforts — a political failure that cost her her job and paved the way for Johnson’s ascent to 10 Downing Street.After furious debate and political defections from his governing Conservative party, Johnson prorogued Parliament until Oct. 14. That sparked a court challenge from Johnson’s opponents alleging that he acted unlawfully and misled Queen Elizabeth, who formally put Parliament on hold. Britain’s high court says it will issue its ruling next week.Meanwhile, Britain is also eyeing a European Council meeting on Oct. 17 and 18, where it still hopes to negotiate a deal, said le Jeune d’Allegeershecque.“The government’s goal is to come away from that European Council with a deal, which they will then present to Parliament, and they want to get that deal through Parliament before the 31st of October so that we do not leave without a deal. That is the objective.”Kareen Rispal, the French ambassador to Canada, said the EU wants to see a concrete proposal from Britain before it will endorse any extension of the Brexit deadline beyond Oct. 31.“So far we are not convinced, and if there is no new proposal before the European Council there is no reason to extend,” Rispal said in an interview earlier this week.“It’s going to hit us badly. So far, the forecast is we’re going to lose half a point of growth due to the Brexit,” she added. “We respect this decision even if we are very saddened by this decision of a withdrawal. We think the U.K. is a very valuable ally in the EU.”Le Jeune d’Allegeershecque said Britain will make a priority of seeking separate trade deals with Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States once it has left the EU.She said Canadian and British negotiators have been meeting regularly for “technical discussions” to hammer out what elements of an already-negotiated Canada-EU trade deal could be adopted in a two-way agreement.EU member states are not allowed to negotiate bilateral trade agreements while they are still members of the bloc, and le Jeune d’Allegeershecque said nothing is being formally negotiated at this point.But Rispal cautioned that Britain’s rush for post-Brexit deals with other countries will have to wait until the actual economic fallout of the departure can be assessed.“We have no idea what the impact will be,” said Rispal. “Maybe it is going to be worse, maybe it’s going to be OK. And I think that rushing into an agreement the day after, maybe that’s not what we will have to do.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – On Saturday, December 8, 2018, a large amount of cash was turned into the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment.The money was located in the area of 92 Avenue and 96 street on December 6, 2018.If you lost money in this location and believe this may be yours, please attend the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment or call 780-830-5701.
2 August 2009The top United Nations official in Afghanistan today condemned violent attacks on presidential hopefuls ahead of this month’s national and provincial elections, urging all parties to concentrate on the political debate. “There has been – and there is – concern about irregularities, and those are concerns that I share and I condemn, in particular, the attacks that have taken place on candidates and on supporters of candidates,” Kai Eide, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, told reporters in Kabul. Mr. Eide noted that the war-ravaged country had never “witnessed such a vibrant political debate in this country, and we have never seen such involvement by the public, as we have seen during these few weeks.“It is critically important that in the next three weeks, we see a continuation of the political debate, and that we do not get into a situation where the debate is focused on irregularities and accusations and counter-accusations,” he stressed. In a direct appeal to the media, Mr. Eide underscored the importance of avoiding incorrect or misleading reports that could inflame the tense situation.He added that everyone shares the responsibility to ensure a stable environment after the elections on 20 August. “All must conduct a campaign in a way that the results are accepted by the people. I repeat this is a shared responsibility. Whoever wins this election will have to govern the entire country.”Mr. Eide pointed to a series of measures taken by local election authorities to avoid the possibility of fraud on the day of the vote, including the implementation of strict controls on the movement and handling of all sensitive materials, based on internationally accepted standards, and the deployment of observers and political agents at polling stations.“The [Independent] Election Commission, security institutions and the United Nations are doing whatever can be done to make sure that a maximum number of polling stations are open on polling day,” said Mr. Eide, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission to Afganistan (UNAMA).Mr. Eide also voiced concern over the poor state of the country’s prison system, highlighting the need for increased resources to improve deteriorating facilities, the importance of providing families of detainees with prompt information about their whereabouts and situation, and the need to bolster the justice system to ensure that detainees have access to the due process of law.
At the start of an official visit to the country, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour took part in the Conference on Peace and Human Rights, which is being organized by the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal.During her three-day trip she will meet with senior officials of the Government, the judiciary and the military as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), human rights defenders and journalists.On Wednesday, she is scheduled to take part in the launching of a report on children in the Nepal conflict issued by Watchlist – a New York-based NGO network.In December, the UN Commission on Human Rights’ Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances called on the Government to institute such measures as a total ban on incommunicado detention and full protection for human rights workers. Although the group’s mandate is restricted to the obligations of state authorities, it also called on the Maoists to respect human rights.
The asylum-seekers were reportedly threatened with more attacks unless they returned to Uzbekistan within three days, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The four-person team from OHCHR came to interview Uzbeks who have fled to Kyrgyzstan and others with first-hand knowledge of the events of 12-14 May in the Uzbek city of Andijan, to gain insight into the circumstances of the clash between protesters and security forces in which hundreds died. On 18 May High Commissioner Louise Arbour had called for an independent inquiry into the causes and circumstances of the incidents in Andijan, pointing to disturbing reports from the region that described indiscriminate and excessive use of force by law enforcement and imposition of restrictions on the media.The 500 Uzbeks who sought refuge in Kyrgyzstan after the incident are in need of immediate protection, according to Ms. Arbour. She said they also need guarantees that they will not be returned prior to a full determination of their refugee status in line with international law, as has already been stressed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, most recently on 10 June.The fact-finding team will report its finding and recommendations to the High Commissioner for Human Rights on its return to Geneva later this month.
by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Aug 18, 2017 11:56 am MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2017 at 11:56 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgary|YYC Millennials in Calgary lead the country in owning property, but one local real estate agent says new mortgage rules could change that.According to Royal LePage’s Peak Millennial Survey, 42 per cent of respondents in the province own property. However, new mortgage rules and higher stress tests from the banks may impact it going forward.“It’s more buyers holding off for now,” explained Jimmy Olandesca with RE/MAX IRealty Innovations of Calgary. “Essentially, what’s happening is they are needing to qualify at higher rates. We are seeing our buyers holding off, saving more of a down payment, so they’re better positioned to make that purchase.”He added the percentage of millennial homeowners isn’t surprising in a market where there are better jobs and more affordable price tags in comparison to big cities like Vancouver and Toronto.The survey shows a couple of years of a suppressed market and a good supply in Alberta made way for the highest proportion of millennial homeowners in the country. But it says of those between 25 and 30, only half believe that they will be able to purchase a home in the next five years. That’s the lowest rate in all of Canada. Calgary millennials could hurt from new mortgage rules (Pixabay)
The last time Ohio State won a road game against Wisconsin, Jim O’Brien was coaching the Buckeyes and citizens of the world were celebrating the arrival of the new millennium. That changed Saturday. OSU beat Wisconsin, 58-52, at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., synching the program’s first road victory against the Badgers since January 2000. The Buckeyes were led by sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, who tallied 24 points and 10 rebounds. Sullinger also scored his 1,000th career point in the win, becoming the 48th Buckeye to accomplish the feat. Coach Thad Matta enjoyed his first win at the Kohl Center since arriving at OSU in 2005. Sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas contributed 16 points and six rebounds for the Buckeyes (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten). Redshirt junior forward Ryan Evans scored 14 points for the Badgers (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten). With OSU leading, 51-50, with 2:27 to play in regulation, senior guard William Buford, who finished the afternoon with 11 points, hit a 3-pointer to put the Buckeyes up by four points. Wisconsin wouldn’t recover from Buford’s basket — the 400th field goal of the player’s career. OSU will next host Purdue Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. Opening tip is set for 9 p.m.
Junior outfielder Pat Porter catches the ball during a game against Eastern Michigan April 8 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 8-1.Credit: James Grega Jr. / Lantern reporterThe University of Dayton just keeps on beating Ohio State.Just a few weeks removed from the two schools playing in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the Flyers (13-17, 5-4) took it to the Buckeyes (19-14, 2-7) on the diamond in Columbus, beating them, 8-5.Normally assuming the role of closer, junior pitcher Trace Dempsey started for the Buckeyes Wednesday.“I let the team down today,” Dempsey said. “It was important to get this win today and I didn’t really come out or give us an opportunity to win … today my body language got out of hand and I kind of sucked a little life out of the team. That’s my fault.”With the Buckeyes either winning by blowout fashion or trailing late in recent games, coach Greg Beals has been giving Dempsey extra work during the mid-week games.Dempsey was sluggish early, walking and hitting a batter in the first inning. Those two early mistakes proved costly as two unearned runs crossed the plate following two errors on a ground ball hit by junior infielder A.J. Ryan.Beals said those two early runs were the key to the game.“We walked a guy, we hit a guy, and we committed an error,” Beals said. “And we gave them two runs in the first inning. That set the tempo for the rest of the game.”The Flyers got another two runs in the third, this time earning them off Dempsey.With men on first and second, back-to-back RBI singles from Ryan and sophomore outfielder Aaron Huesman pushed the Flyers’ cushion to four.The early runs gave the Flyers provided the spark needed to overcome OSU.“This is one of their biggest games of the year and we can’t give them any hope,” Buckeye junior catcher Aaron Gretz said after the game. “Once they get some momentum it’s like a snowball effect. We can’t give up those early runs like that.”The Buckeyes found a sense of urgency in the bottom half of the inning, scoring three runs of their own.Gretz led off with a double before advancing to third on an error and scoring on a wild pitch from the Flyers’ freshman starter Nick Gobert.OSU redshirt-sophomore shortstop Nick Sergakis followed with a double of his own and scored after another double from teammate and sophomore infielder Troy Kuhn.Kuhn eventually scored after an infield single by freshman outfielder Troy Montgomery to pull the Buckeyes within one.The Flyers answered in the fourth, though.Freshman Yianni Pavlopoulos came on to relieve Dempsey, and the Flyers got men on first and second with redshirt-junior outfielder Alex Harris up to bat.With Pavlopoulos making only his second appearance of the season, Harris took full advantage of his inexperience and sent a pitch over the left-field wall for a three-run shot to push the Flyers’ lead back to four.Redshirt- senior relief pitcher Tyler Giannonatti came in after Pavlopoulos and pitched two scoreless innings for the Buckeyes, who began chipping away at the lead.OSU redshirt-sophomore Ryan Leffel had an RBI single in the fifth and freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson smashed a solo home run over the right-field wall in the sixth to put the Buckeyes down two.The Flyers pulled a run back in the eighth off freshman Travis Lakins on a sacrifice fly from redshirt-junior infielder Sergio Plasencia to get the lead back to three with only two innings left.Another run for the Buckeyes was not in the cards, though, as sophomore reliever Nick Weybright shut down the Buckeye bats and gave the Flyers the 8-5 win.Dempsey and the Buckeyes have a chance to right the ship in a series with Big Ten foe Penn State this weekend in Columbus at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.First pitch Friday against the Nittany Lions is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
Endomines has started active development of the Idaho, USA gold assets acquired in February 2018. Based on the recent technical and permitting work, the previously announced target of commencing production at the Friday mine, as the first of five deposits, within one year from the acquisition remains intact.Endomines has recruited a core team of four technical managers to coordinate the mine projects. The team’s expertise covers geology, mining, ore processing and construction, whilst permitting is supported by an external consultant familiar with the projects as well as the local regulatory environment.The key achievements relating to the Friday mine include metallurgical testing, in which gold recoveries of over 90 per cent have been consistently achieved. The ore has also proven very amenable to flotation concentration, and further studies to optimize the concentrate grade are being carried out. Process design is also ongoing for equipment selection, and the tendering process for a new concentrator is underway. Capital expenditure is anticipated to remain at the previously announced level.The planned underground operations of the Friday mine are already permitted. Permitting of the plant site is ongoing, and it is currently estimated that construction at the site could commence during the second quarter of 2018. Operating permits for the plant are anticipated to be obtained this year. The permitting process is estimated to be relatively fast, as the planned initial processing volumes of up to 150t of ore per day will allow operation under applicable state of Idaho exemptions for small mines.The other four projects of the Idaho assets, Rescue, Kimberly, Buffalo Gulch and Deadwood are, subject to further study, anticipated to be taken into production within the next 2-5 years. It is estimated that the permitting process of the underground operations at Rescue and Kimberly will take approximately one year, while obtaining permits for the planned open pit mining and heap leach operations at Buffalo Gulch and Deadwood are likely to take 3-5 years.CEO Saila Miettinen-Lähde comments: ”We have taken a good start with our Idaho projects, and I am pleased to report that we are on schedule to commission the first of the US mines within one year from the acquisition, as anticipated. We have been able to recruit a capable local team to run the projects in Idaho and are looking forward to advancing to our next milestones in permitting and construction over the coming months.”
Americas Silver Corp and Pershing Gold Corp have entered into a definitive agreement to complete a business combination and create a low-cost, precious metal growth company in the Americas. This embraces a diversified portfolio of precious metal assets in the Americas and combines two producing polymetallic mines in Mexico and Idaho that are expected to produce approximately 7.0 Moz silver equivalent with an attractive shovel-ready, precious metal development project in Nevada with the potential, demonstrated by a feasibility study, to add approximately 91,000 oz gold annually.Other key investment highlights of the combined company include:Enhanced growth and scale: Near-term precious metal production growth from Relief Canyon and Zone 120 and ongoing ramp-up at the San Rafael mine is expected to meaningfully improve production and cash flow in 2020 and beyondProven management team and Board: Demonstrated experience in financing, acquiring, building and operating open pit and underground minesStrong financial position: Increasing cash flow generation from the San Rafael mine and greater access to capital to fund the development of Relief CanyonEnhanced capital markets profile: The combined company is expected to appeal to a broader institutional shareholder base, increase research coverage, and improve share trading liquidityCompelling value proposition: Leading leverage among junior precious metal equities and attractive relative valuation to support a potential future re-valuationUnanimous board approval and significant Pershing shareholder support: The Board of Directors of both companies have unanimously recommended support for the Transaction.Additionally, Barry Honig has entered into an unconditional lock-up agreement in favour of the Transaction, representing support for the Transaction of approximately 31% of the outstanding common shares and 87% of the outstanding preferred shares of Pershing.“This transaction aligns with our stated initiative of building a profitable and low-cost precious metal company in the Americas by operating and building low risk, low capital, high return projects,” said Darren Blasutti, President and Chief Executive Officer of Americas Silver. “With the on-schedule and on-budget construction and rapid commissioning of San Rafael now successfully completed, we are focused on the next leg of growth – today’s transaction delivers this growth platform, while also providing us with additional precious metal exposure and a near-term operating presence in Nevada.”“We are excited to announce today’s transaction and believe this provides a clear path to the development of Relief Canyon,” stated Steve Alfers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pershing. “With the increased financial and operating capabilities of the combined company, our shareholders are better positioned to realize significant value from Relief Canyon as it is advanced through construction and into production.”Benefits to Americas SilverAddition of a high quality shovel-ready, precious metal development project with low capital intensity and robust project economics at current gold pricesNevada operations base with a large prospective and underexplored land packageImmediately accretive to precious metal mineral reserves and resources and on all financial metrics by 2020Feasibility study for the Relief Canyon project highlights approximately 91,000 oz of annual gold production, a pre-tax NPV (5% discount) of $118 million and pre-tax IRR of 71% at spot gold prices.Benefits to PershingImmediate upfront premium of approximately 40% to the closing price of Pershing common shares prior to announcement of the TransactionMeaningful ongoing exposure to future value creating milestones at Relief Canyon, as well as Americas Silver’s quality portfolio of producing, development and exploration assets through significant ownership in a larger and more diversified companyProven mine building and operating team to develop Relief CanyonEnhanced size and quality enable financing of Relief Canyon at a lower cost of capitalMitigation of single-asset risk.
ONE THIRD OF patients discharged from hospital last year were over the age of 65, according to a big ESRI study into the demographics of Irish hospitals.More than 1.54 million people were discharged from Ireland’s 57 acute public hospitals last year, an increase of 4.8 per cent on the previous year.The study found the number of public patients has grown every year since the recession began as the number of people with private health insurance has simultaneously decreased. Public patients made up 83 per cent of total discharges, up from 78 per cent in 2008.At the same time, private patients made up almost 17 per cent of discharges from Irish hospitals in 2012. The total number of private patients discharged has been on a downwards curve since 2008.Medical card holders made up more than half (53.7 per cent) of all patients discharged, a figure which has also been rising since 2008.The ESRI research found the average length of stay in hospital for acute in-patients was 4.1 days, a slight drop on previous years. The HSE South had the lowest average at 3.9 days while the HSE Dublin North East area had the highest average at 4.2 days.However long-stay patients, who are in hospital for more than 30 days, made up just 2.5 per cent of discharges, despite accounting for 28.5 per cent of in-patient bed days.In-patients account for 2 out of every 5 patients in hospital, most of which were emergencies. Elevtive in-patients make up another 17 per cent of hospital discharges, while maternity in-patients were 20.3 per cent.The figures were revealed in the Hospital In-Patient Enquiry (HIPE) project run by the ESRI. The 57 acute public hospitals collect demographic and clinical information about each person discharged from the hospital every month which is passed on to HIPE. It does not collect information on emergency department or outpatient visits.The report found that people aged over 65 also used the largest proportion of total bed days (47.3 per cent), an increase on the previous year.The number of older people coupled with the length of time that they stay in hospital is indicative of the scale of the problem faced by many hospitals in dealing with elderly people who need care but who are not able to look after themselves at home.Read: €10 million State energy campaign had no impact – ESRI > Read: Consumer confidence is at the highest level since June 2007 >