Harden lifts Rockets in victory over Grizzlies

first_imgHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) regains control of the ball under pressure from Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24). APHOUSTON — James Harden scored 38 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 111-96 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).After suffering two losses to Memphis in the first two weeks of the season, the Rockets finally solved their shooting woes against the Grizzlies.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Beal, defense lead Wizards to win over Hawks LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion In their previous two meetings, Memphis held the Rockets to 90 and 89 points, the only two times the Rockets have been held under 100 points this season, and Houston’s lowest two scoring efforts ever under head coach Mike D’Antoni.On Saturday night, however, Houston jumped out to a 9-0 lead by draining three 3s and never let Memphis go ahead, leading by as many as 25 points. The Rockets outdid their previous scoring against Memphis by the end of the third quarter, entering the fourth with a 93-70 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHouston hit 16 of 45 (35.6 percent) from beyond the arc, including 6 of 14 from Harden, who added eight assists and four rebounds. Eric Gordon added 26 points on 6 of 11 3-point shooting for Houston.Tyreke Evans led Memphis with 22 points in 29 minutes off the bench. Marc Gasol and Mike Conley struggled from the floor, scoring 15 and 12, respectively. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ben McLemore made his season debut and Grizzlies debut, returning from an Aug. 8 surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. McLemore had four points and two rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench in his first game since joining the Grizzlies after four seasons in Sacramento.The Rockets led 62-50 at halftime behind 22 first-half points from Harden.Houston won its fifth straight game and improved to 10-3, the team’s best 13-game start since opening the 1996-97 season at 12-1.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Memphis’ bench outscored Houston’s bench 50-19, led by Evans’ 22 points and Chandler Parsons, who had 10. Memphis’ bench entered Saturday outscoring opposing second units 483-281. The Grizzlies reserves have outscored their opposing counterparts in every game but one this season.ADVERTISEMENT Rockets: Nene played seven minutes but sat out in the second half with ankle soreness. . Luc Mbah a Moute, who entered the game questionable with a left knee contusion, played 28 minutes. . Clint Capela had seven points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Nextlast_img read more

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Lakers exercise 4th-year contract option on Kyle Kuzma

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES FILE – Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks to the press during Los Angeles Lakers media day at UCLA Health Training Center on September 27, 2019 in El Segundo, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPEL SEGUNDO, California— The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised their contract option on forward Kyle Kuzma for the 2020-21 season.The Lakers made the move Thursday on Kuzma, who is currently out with a foot injury suffered while playing for USA Basketball during the summer.ADVERTISEMENT Kuzma was the 27th overall pick in the 2017 draft out of Utah. He has become a solid NBA scorer, putting up 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds last season while starting 68 games for the Lakers.Kuzma will make over $3.56 million next season in the fourth-year option of his rookie contract. He is making $1.97 million this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Lakers expect Kuzma to return to action soon. He has been cleared for noncontact basketball activities. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Adam Silver says China asked for Rockets GM Daryl Morey to be fired View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

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New Indian selectors need to be in touch with reality to deliver

first_imgVirat Kohli might have wistfully looked at Misbah-ul-Haq receiving the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test mace for the No.1 ranking as India prepares for the first of 13 Tests at home this season.With a little luck and organisational abilities of the West Indies board and Trinidad & Tobago cricket authorities in getting the Queens Park Oval fit to play, Kohli and India would have had a fair chance of winning the series 3-0 and with it, the mace. (BCCI refuses to blink in fight with Lodha panel, names five-member selection committee)Pakistan thoroughly deserved to raise the mace, Misbah’s side did what the Indians could not in England in 2014. After drawing the high-scoring first Test and winning the second, India surrendered the initiative to lose the next three Tests badly, two by an innings and the other by 266 runs.A look at the way Pakistan fought back to draw the four-Test series 2-2 will convince even the most diehard Indian fan that the neighbours are the rightful owners of the mace for 2015-16. Pakistan won the first Test, then lost the next two, and recovered to take the fourth and last Test by 10 wickets to become the No.1 Test nation while India cursed the rain and the shoddy ground management in Port of Spain.Any detached cricket admirer will be happy for Misbah, who, in his 40s, may not get another chance to lead Pakistan to No.1 in the world rankings, even if Kohli deserved all the sympathies. Pakistan did not treat their elder statesmen like Misbah and Younis Khan as some kind of age-barred players.advertisementThe Pakistanis have not seen international cricket at home for seven years and just as well Misbah received the mace from the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, the venue where the terrorists ended Pakistan’s hopes of hosting cricket to outside world by attacking the Sri Lankan Test team in 2009.India still has a cause to celebrate. They will be playing their 500th Test match Green Park, Kanpur, the first of a three-Test series against New Zealand, starting Tursday. They will be back at No.1 if they can sweep the 13 Tests and they also will be perched at the top for long.While Kohli was at pains to explain why India’s batsmen are finding it difficult to, of all things, cope with spin overseas when they actually should be wary of the pace, swing and seam bowlers, the Indian board flexed its muscles over the implementation of the guidelnies framed by Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha at the instance of the Supreme Court for better governance of the apex body as well as its affiliated state units.Kohli’s explanation about the Indians finding spin uncomfortable is a bit funny, that they were preparing more to face the pace bowing. Still, it does not clarify how an innocuous off-spinner Moeen Ali returned with 19 wickets, as many as Stuart Broad and Bhuvaneshwar Kuimar got in the series or for that matter, they got perplexed by Rengana Herath in Sri Lanka and off-spinner Roston Chase, who took five wickerts and then stonewalled Indian with a century to deny them victory in the second Test in the West Indies.The board is clearly sending out a message to the Supreme Court that it knows how to run the sport and it requirements. Lodha Committee picked up the decades-old suggestion for a three-member selection committee of Test stars to eliminate the system of a selector each from the five zones. The board’s argument is justifiably right, now the country is so vast that three selectors just can’t manage it. The best way is to make sure the selectors from one zone must spend more time in watching players in any other zone.The intriguing aspect of the new committee is the personnel chosen from various zones. After just one season as selector from South Zone, Mannava Sri Kanth Prasad – to give the former India wicketkeeper his full name – is now the new chairman of the selection committee.Prasad has the right credentials to be a chief selector after the way he managed the Andhra Cricket Association cricket affairs efficiently as its CEO before becoming selector.Prasad will have only one selector who was with him last year, Gagan Khoda. Of the other three, Sarandeep Singh played three Tests as off-spinner while East’s Devang Gandhi played four. West’s Jatin Pranjpe played four one-dayers and Central’s Khoda two. On paper the panel looks the weakest in recent years.advertisementThe new committee has an enormous responsibility of picking for a dozen Tests and will it have the courage to tell someone like Mahendra Singh Dhoni to decide on his future in limited overs cricket?The new selectors can still prove to be a surprise package if they are in touch with domestic and international cricket.last_img read more

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RCB vs KKR: Bangalore’s batting woes continue as ‘Big Three’ fail again

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore’s bad season continues. Even their lucky ‘Green Jersey’ couldn’t bring them any luck today as the ‘Big Three’ failed to deliver yet again as Bangalore stare down the barrel against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers’ bad run continued as they all fell one after the other with the scores on 34/3 after 3.4 overs batting first.While Gayle fell on the first ball of the day, after handing an easy catch to Gautam Gambhir at short extra-cover, thanks to a leading edge off the bowling of Umesh Yadav. Kohli was soon trapped in-front by Umesh with a brilliant slower ball and de Villiers followed suit as he missed a Sunil Naire offie, that crashed onto his stumps after hitting a boundary off the previous ball.The trio, who were instrumental in taking RCB to the finals of the IPL last year, has failed miserably this year and it’s reflecting on Bangalore’s results as they languish at the bottom of the table.This year Kohli (250 runs), de Villiers (216 runs) and Gayle (152 runs) have scored just 618 runs so far compared to their tally of  1,887 runs last year.Although Gayle failed to fire last term as well, managing to score just 227 runs, Kohli had a sensational season, scoring a record 973 runs, including four hundreds while de Villiers hammered 687 runs, hitting one ton. Kohli had an average of 81.08 while de Villers averaged 52.84.However, this year all of them looked out of sorts right from the beginning, resulting in a torrid season for RCB thus far, as they have only managed to grab five points from 12 games.advertisementlast_img read more

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FRAMOS launches Embedded Vision Ecosystem of sensor modules and adapters

first_img Continue Reading Previous AAEON: Box PC for Edge AI and machine vision applicationsNext ams: image sensor provides 12-bit output in 14Mpixel resolution The FRAMOS Group launches their Embedded Vision Ecosystem product line to ease imaging development. Designed for a modularized approach to Embedded Vision, the series of FRAMOS products includes sensor modules, module board adapters and processing board adapters for fast and easy development from concept to final design. The FRAMOS EV ecosystem of products provides vision engineers and developers with ready-to-use compositions to speed time-to-market and optimize resources.Embedded Vision technology often has specific requirements that only a custom solution can solve. The FRAMOS EV ecosystem works as a mix & match tool kit paving an accelerated way building vision products.The FRAMOS FSM series of sensor modules is made of pre-existing Sony and ON Semi sensors placed on a PCB with a standardized connector with proper circuit conditioning to get the sensor up and running very fast. The FRAMOS modules also can be ordered with a lens mount and a matching lens. The modules footprint is 26.5 x 26.5 mm, connected via a Hirose 60pin on the bottom side and equipped with 4 holes for mounting the FSM. There are two M12 lens options available as well as a broad range of sensors from VGA resolution up to 12 Megapixel. With the mating FRAMOS ecosystem components, the sensor modules are ready to be integrated and can capture images immediately.No matter what data interface is provided by the sensor, the FRAMOS FSA series of sensor adapter boards can translate it into a common signaling interface through a standardized FRAMOS connector. For greater development flexibility, the FSA adapter boards are designed to work with both FRAMOS and 3rd party sensor modules.The FRAMOS FPA series of processor adapter boards provide the link between the imaging to the processing side. The FPA adapter boards open up the sensor module portfolio to work with a large number of processor development boards, like NVIDIA Jetson TX2, Qualcomm DragonBoard, just to name a few.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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Daily Bullets (July 10)

first_imgFootball NewsBaylor’s demise is terrible for the Big 12, says Berry Tramel. “That helps the Sooners and Cowboys in the short term. But in the long term, it could hurt. You are defined by your competition. If no team steps into Baylor’s stead, the Big 12 brand will be hurt. The Big 12 brand needs to be enhanced, not diminished. If Wisconsin falls in the Big Ten pecking order, no big deal. If Auburn stumbles in the SEC, another behemoth moves right in. But if Baylor declines, it’s not automatic that another heavyweight is ready.” [NewsOK]Bring me all of the hype! [PFB]David Glidden, absolutely zero chill when it comes to Mason Rudolph shirtless photos. [PFB]Is Mike Gundy underrated? Adam Rittenberg of ESPN: “Maybe a little. Has any team benefited more from Texas’ struggles than Oklahoma State? Maybe Baylor. He has lost assistants but typically finds good replacements. [Defensive coordinator] Glenn Spencer is really underrated nationally, in my view. Last year’s team was a bit of a mirage because of the schedule, but Gundy does a solid job.” [ESPN -$]We got our football planning sesh in on Friday and Saturday. Lots of exciting stuff ahead. Me, @TheOkiePokie and @TGF97 prepping for the #okstate football season. pic.twitter.com/oRInGhXIMz— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) July 9, 2016Hoops NewsJeffrey Carroll on Cam McGriff: “Cam is a freak. When we play pickup, you’ve got to box him out or he will jump over you and dunk the ball. He’s an athletic freak. He’s getting better every day. He’s a dog in the weight room. He’s getting bigger. He’s already pretty big, but he’s going to get bigger and stronger, just an athlete overall.” [Tulsa World]Other SportsTexas, OU and Oklahoma State are pretty clearly the three best athletic programs in the Big 12. [Waco Tribune]This is great, but the best part is the bat flip at 2:55.KD, still goneBerry Tramel is all worked up over KD throwing Russell under the bus. [NewsOK]More stuff I’m readingThe real MVPs. [News9]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Report: Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Napoli 1

first_imgShakhtar Donetsk 2 Napoli 1: Taison and Ferreyra secure deserved win Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 04:38 14/9/2017 Taison - cropped Getty Images Napoli stumbled at the first hurdle of their Champions League group stage campaign as Shakhtar Donetsk ran out deserved winners in Kharkiv. Taison and Facundo Ferreyra were on target as Shakhtar Donetsk beat Napoli 2-1 at Metalist Stadium to start their Champions League group stage campaign in style.Napoli have been tipped by some as a dark horse in this season’s competition, but they were punished by the ruthless hosts in the sides’ first competitive meeting on Wednesday.Drawn into Group F alongside Manchester City and Feyenoord, the pool had looked tight on paper and – although Pep Guardiola’s men accelerated out of sight in Rotterdam – that rang true here. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing But Shakhtar were deserving winners and their energy and the quality of Taison shone in an entertaining first half, with the Brazil international firing the opener at the end of a fine team move.15 – Taison’s goal is the third conceded by Napoli this season: two of these have come at the 15th minute. Surprised. #ShakhtarNapoli pic.twitter.com/uOFkduwL2g— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) September 13, 2017And the second then arrived shortly before the hour mark as Ferreyra benefited from Pepe Reina’s generous goalkeeping.Napoli – who had started with star man Dries Mertens on the bench – hit back through an Arkadiusz Milik penalty, but a leveller evaded Maurizio Sarri’s men and they already look to be in trouble after one group game.Taison dragged an early effort wide for the hosts and Milik’s instant response was a low strike that almost crept inside Andriy Pyatov’s near post.But it was Shakhtar who struck first after quarter of an hour, Taison this time finding the bottom-right corner after Ferreyra had flicked Darijo Srna’s pass on into his path.And Taison quickly went chasing a second, but found Reina out of his goal and alert to block the finish as he ran clear.Napoli belatedly enjoyed some possession and Raul Albiol nodded over from a tight angle.An equaliser almost arrived in bizarre fashion as Ivan Ordets swiped at a left-wing cross and sent the ball arcing over his own goalkeeper, landing just wide to the relief of the Shakhtar defender, before Pyatov, at full stretch, turned away a curling Lorenzo Insigne shot.The home side had by now adopted a counter-attacking style and, after a slower start to the second half, it paid dividends.Ferreyra had fired wide moments earlier, but he made no mistake as Taras Stepanenko’s deep cross cleared Reina and left the forward with a simple header into the unguarded goal.YES! IT’S TWOOOOO! FERREYRA! 2-0!#ShakhtarNapoli #UCL https://t.co/R61xEiQzqw pic.twitter.com/4XaOPntp1i— FC SHAKHTAR ENGLISH (@FCShakhtar_eng) September 13, 2017Shakhtar initially held firm as Napoli attempted a fightback – Pyatov saving from Insigne and substitute Mertens – but a rash Stepanenko challenge handed the visitors a penalty.With Mertens felled and still recovering, Milik stepped up to slot the penalty into the bottom-left corner, leaving Napoli with 18 minutes to steal a point.But the home side held firm and could even have restored their two-goal lead as Ferreyra headed against the post moments before Milik blazed over at the other end in a chaotic finale. read morelast_img read more

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Has the penny finally dropped for newly disciplined Paul Pogba?

first_imgThe Pogba that has shown in Russia has been a revelation. It has not been on the same scale as Kylian Mbappé, who has electrified France’s progress to a fifth major final in 20 years, but it has been a revelation nonetheless.“It’s a pleasure to defend,” Pogba said, early on in his Q&A session and at that point one almost had to rub one’s eyes. Mourinho, from his seat as a pundit for RT, has to have been doing the same.How has Didier Deschamps managed to draw such discipline and balance from him? Or, to put it another way, how has the France manager succeeded where Mourinho has so often failed?“Pogba played with great maturity,” Mourinho said of his performance in the 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium. “When he had to hold his position and keep control of the game, he did. When Deschamps took off Olivier Giroud for Steven Nzonzi, Pogba had more freedom but freedom not to do silly things. Freedom to keep the ball away from the dangerous areas. To keep the ball, to assist Antoine Griezmann for a great chance. He was very, very mature.” World Cup 2018 Pogba is 25 but, according to Umtiti, he has always been a leader. Now, the feeling is more pronounced. Pogba is one of the strongest voices in the squad. His presence fills the room. “Patrick Vieira gave me some advice,” Pogba said of the former France captain. “He told me to talk, to give out advice and I do it now. Vieira has always been an example. He is a born leader.”Pogba and France have narrowed their focus. The run to the final has been exhilarating but it will count for nothing if they do not beat Croatia. That is the mentality and it has been shaped by the experience of Euro 2016, when they beat Germany in the semi-final and expected to sweep past Portugal in the final. They would lose 1-0. Over-confidence was their downfall. This time they are determined to see the job through.“At the Euros we probably thought we had already won it before the final,” Pogba said. “When we beat Germany, we thought it was the final. We are aware of that mistake now and we don’t want to repeat it. We will prepare differently. The holiday after 2016 was horrible. I still remember it. It was a very bitter taste and no one wants that again. We haven’t come this far to lose in the final.” Pinterest The impression has been that a penny has somehow dropped in Pogba but why should it be? How has he come to strip things back to what truly matters, a theme he reinforced when he considered Mbappé’s outrageous touch and backheel that almost laid on a goal for Giroud against Belgium? “If you do a great move and it’s efficient, it’s good,” Pogba said. “But if you lose the ball, it’s bad.”Perhaps it is the magnitude of what is at stake or, maybe, the effect of having N’Golo Kanté alongside him. It is fair to say that Pogba has not always played with this degree of control in a central midfield two for United. Another theory is that there are 89 million reasons for Pogba to feel he has to turn on the style at Old Trafford – equating to the fee that the club paid to take him from Juventus. Yet another is that it is simply down to greater experience; this is not Pogba’s first World Cup, rather his second. Whatever it is, self-sacrifice has been the theme for him.“It is a World Cup and we have to sacrifice,” Pogba said. “We have to defend. It’s not what I do best but I do it with pleasure. We have the same objective and it is to win. I think I have become more mature and all the other players help me a lot on that.“Antoine Griezmann, for example, is a forward but he talks to me. He tells me to go back to defence. If I get better, it’s thanks to the team and the coach. The second World Cup is different from the first one. You play against teams with experience, against great players and I also cannot play the same way as I play for my club. We have found a balance with everyone and with N’Golo Kanté.“We run together, attack together, defend together – it’s when we are strongest. Even the critics have helped me to improve but that doesn’t mean they should start criticising me! I think the image that people have of me has changed. I am playing as a midfielder now, which is my role. I am being less offensive. I think people judge me now on my role as a midfielder and not as a player who can score goals and make assists.” Didier Deschamps triumphed by building France in his own image Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Twitter Paul Pogba Pogba shares a joke with Antoine Griezmann during a break in training. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images Topics Share on LinkedIncenter_img features Samuel Umtiti was first up, with Paul Pogba to follow, as France looked ahead to Sunday’s World Cup final against Croatia with a press conference out by the magnificent New Jerusalem Monastery to the west of Moscow. If Umtiti had any illusion about his warm-up act status, he was disabused of it within seconds of pulling his chair to the table.“Ladies and gentleman, I present Paul Umtiti,” the France federation media officer said, before wishing he could have his time again. To be fair to Umtiti, who has been in fine form at the tournament, he took it well. The Barcelona centre-half stood straight up and, to no little laughter from the audience, strode off in mock diva fashion. He would return.Everybody was waiting for Pogba and it was ever thus but particularly so before this World Cup, after his erratic season at Manchester United. What sort of Pogba would turn up? The smart money was on the celebrity midfielder, who must give free rein to his talent and, if that means overlooking the dirtier aspects of the job, then fine. It was the attitude that had driven the United manager, José Mourinho, to distraction and it was one that helped to place a significant wedge between them. Paul Pogba and France finally primed to atone for Euro 2016 France Share on Facebook Facebook Share via Email World Cup Read more Read more Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Jamaica Can Benefit Significantly from Accredited Conformity Assessments

first_imgStory Highlights The engagement includes certification, inspection, testing, calibration, validation, and verification activities. A conformity assessment directly or indirectly determines whether a process, product, service, or person meets and fulfils stipulated technical standards. Chairman of the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC), Randy Dougherty, says Jamaica’s industry and commerce sectors can benefit significantly from the globally recognised accredited conformity assessments.A conformity assessment directly or indirectly determines whether a process, product, service, or person meets and fulfils stipulated technical standards.The engagement includes certification, inspection, testing, calibration, validation, and verification activities.These are performed by certification, inspection, validation or verification bodies, as also testing and calibration laboratories, collectively called conformity assessment bodies (CABs).Mr. Dougherty said an accredited conformity assessment allows locally manufactured products to be recognised regionally and globally.“It opens up the market for industries… moving the market beyond just being Jamaica. [Producers] also don’t have to be concerned about being subjected to additional testing when they try to sell in other markets,” the Chairman added.He was addressing an accreditation seminar at the IAAC’s 23rd Annual General Assembly at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James, on Monday (August 27).Mr. Dougherty noted that accredited conformity assessments provide flexible alternatives to regulation for governments and regulators.“It provides for efficient monitoring because (an) accredited conformity assessment is not a one-shot deal… it is an ongoing activity,” he pointed out.This, the Chairman added, will engender consumer confidence in and assurance of the quality and standard of products they use.IAAC Annual General Assembly is being hosted locally for the first time by the Government through the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), which falls under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, and forms part of JANAAC’s 10th anniversary celebrations.The General Assembly is being held from August 25 to 31.JANAAC provides accreditation services to CABs, such as laboratories and inspection and certification agencies, regionally.In the past three years, Jamaica, through JANAAC, has established itself as an accreditation services market leader in the Caribbean, with the agency having a presence in seven CARICOM states.The IAAC is a regional organisation that works through the joint efforts of organisations and professionals in the area of accreditation and conformity assessment. Chairman of the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC), Randy Dougherty, says Jamaica’s industry and commerce sectors can benefit significantly from the globally recognised accredited conformity assessments. last_img read more

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Maran Tankers Eyes Three New VLCCs

first_imgzoom Greece-based shipping company Maran Tankers plans to order three very large crude carriers (VLCCs) from South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), according to information provided by VesselsValue.Maran Tankers would pay USD 80 million for the construction of each of the three ships.If the parties reach the agreement on the construction of the three 318,900 dwt vessels, the ships will be delivered in December 2019, VesselsValue’s data shows.The tankers would feature a length of 336 meters and a width of 60 meters.As of March 2017, Maran Tanker has a fleet of more than 40 vessels. In addition, the company has four VLCCs and four Suezmax tanker newbuildings on order, scheduled for delivery between 2017 and 2019.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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New Legislation for Safer Communities

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE New legislation introduced today (May 5th) by Justice Minister Murray Scott will tackle crime with more tools to help make Nova Scotia’s communities safer. A new Act to Combat the Production and Use of Illegal Drugs will allow government to regulate the storage, transportation, distribution and sale of ingredients, materials and equipment used in the production and use of illegal drugs. The Nova Scotia government is also working with law enforcement to create a drug strategy for Nova Scotians and this legislation will support that effort. The bill also requires people to notify authorities if they become aware of the loss or theft of certain ingredients, materials or equipment and if they have reason to believe that the health or safety of any child has been or is at risk from the production, manufacture, growth or use of illegal drugs. The province is also re-introducing the Safer Communities and Neighborhoods Act which allows communities to lay complaints to shut down neighbourhood locations that are home to prostitution or illegal liquor, drugs, or gaming. -30- Legislation introduced today, May 5, by Justice Minister Murray Scott will tackle crime by providing more tools to help make Nova Scotia’s communities safer. A new Act to Combat the Production and Use of Illegal Drugs will allow government to regulate the storage, transportation, distribution and sale of ingredients, materials and equipment used in the production and use of illegal drugs. “We have seen the devastation caused by crystal meth occurring in western provinces and the impact other illegal drugs have had on our province,” said Mr. Scott. “This legislation will allow us to put strict controls in place while introducing new penalties.” The Nova Scotia government is working with law enforcement and other key partners to create a drug strategy tailored to meet the needs of Nova Scotians and this legislation will support that effort. The strategy focuses on prevention, enforcement, reduction of harms, and treatment. Partners include the departments of Justice, Health, Health Promotion and Protection, Community Services, and Education. The bill also requires people to notify authorities if they become aware of the loss or theft of certain ingredients, materials or equipment and if they have reason to believe that the health or safety of any child has been or is at risk from the production, manufacture, growth or use of illegal drugs. “A great deal of work is underway to prevent and address illegal drug use in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Scott. “A Nova Scotia drug strategy and new legislation will tie these efforts together, and ensure we are doing all we can to address our current needs and prevent problems like the growth of crystal meth experienced by other provinces.” The province is also re-introducing the Safer Communities and Neighborhoods Act. Under the act, complaints from community members can result in court orders to close locations that are home to prostitution or illegal liquor, drugs, or gaming. A new investigation unit is being established to follow up on complaints and work with community members. “This act allows communities and the new investigation unit to work together to push criminal activity out of their neighbourhoods and away from their families,” said Mr. Scott. “These tools go hand in hand with other provincial action to address crime and improve the safety of Nova Scotians.” The province is also taking steps to ensure criminals do not profit by exploiting their criminal behaviour. The new Criminal Notoriety Act prevents criminals from making money by selling their stories and/or memorabilia from their crimes. “We want to make criminal behaviour a very unattractive option in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Scott. “That means tough measures to prevent crime along with strict penalties.”last_img read more

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Israeli workers strike nationwide to protest Teva layoffs

first_imgJERUSALEM – Israel’s national trade union on Sunday held a half-day nationwide strike to protest generic drugmaker Teva’s decision to lay off a quarter of its workforce, snarling traffic and shuttering key services across the country.The work stoppage crippled the country’s main international airport and seaports, closed banks and government offices and forced hospitals to scale back services to reduced-staff weekend levels.Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world’s largest generic drugmaker, announced last Thursday that it was cutting 14,000 jobs worldwide. The cuts are expected to include about 1,700 jobs in Israel, roughly one-quarter of its local workforce. The company is considered a national treasure and is one of the largest private-sector employers.In Jerusalem, Teva workers staged demonstrations outside a company plant, at the entrance to the city and outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office as he was convening his Cabinet for its weekly meeting. The workers blocked traffic, beat drums and chanted slogans against the coming layoffs. “Closing Teva is an attack against the state of Israel,” read one poster.The protest resumed later Sunday when dozens of workers waving Israeli flags again blocked a road near the Jerusalem plant, backing up traffic at the height of rush hour.Speaking to his Cabinet, Netanyahu said that he would be meeting Teva’s new chief executive, Kare Schultz. The Israeli leader has said he would do everything possible to minimize the impact of Teva’s decision on local workers and keep the company operating in Israel.“It started as an Israeli company and we want it to remain as an Israeli company,” Netanyahu said.Schultz last week sent Netanyahu a letter apologizing for the layoffs but saying he had no choice.The company has been hit hard by the expiration of patents on its blockbuster drug, Copaxone, price pressure on its core business of generic drugs and a $35 billion debt load from its purchase of the generics business of Allergan.last_img read more

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Samsung poised to unveil new phones in bid to revive sales

SAN FRANCISCO — Samsung is expected to show off its latest smartphones Wednesday, the latest effort by a phone maker to come up with new features compelling enough to end a sales slump.The new models expected in San Francisco will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Samsung’s first smartphone.Samsung is also expected to provide a glimpse at a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen.Apple touted the iPhone’s 10th-anniversary edition as a breakthrough when it was released in late 2017. But the iPhone X didn’t sell as well as analysts hoped, partly because it carried a $1,000 price tag.Smartphones made in recent years also haven’t made dramatic improvements from earlier models. The lull in innovation has given consumers little incentive to dump their current devices and buy something new.The Associated Press read more

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Governments industry nearing consensus on oil and gas emissions thinktank

OTTAWA — An independent sustainable development think-tank says Alberta, Ottawa and the oil and gas industry are close to reaching a meaningful consensus on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The Winnipeg-based International Institute for Sustainable Development has crunched the numbers of a range of proposals on the table.Vice-president Dave Sawyer says the so-called 40-and-40 proposal that has been floated by the Alberta government is probably the best option, as long as it is modified so that it has a two-tier price for compliance.Such a policy — a 40% improvement in emissions intensity and a two-tiered penalty for missing the target — would cut emissions by 42 megatonnes, and cost about $28 a tonne or 42 cents a barrel.Sawyer says the two tiers would muscle companies into actually cutting emissions rather than simply buying their way out of complying with tougher guidelines.But the scheme would still not take Canada all the way to meeting its international obligations by 2020.“It will get us going. Please, get going,” Sawyer said in an interview. “We’ve been mired in inaction for far too long and we need to get going. And in time we can improve stringency and policy design.”Officials from the federal government, Alberta and key industry players have been in intense negotiations for months and months about how to best control emissions in the oil and gas sector.Canada has committed to reducing its emissions by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020, but federal and provincial policies are only in place to get halfway there — leaving a huge burden on the oil and gas sector, where total emissions are set to grow faster than in other sectors.The negotiators are seized with finding a way to meaningfully cut emissions without making the industry uncompetitive.All the proposals on the table centre around setting an emissions intensity target and coupling it with a price companies would have to pay if they can’t meet the entire target, Sawyer says.For intensity, proposals on the table range from reducing emissions by 20% up to 40%. Sawyer’s paper says the top of that range is both necessary and affordable.As for the price, the proposals are all inspired by the existing Alberta model. Companies would be able to buy offsets elsewhere or pay into a technology fund instead of actually reducing emissions themselves.But Sawyer says that for emissions reductions to truly take place in the oil and gas sector, regulators should impose two different tiers: companies should be able to buy only 30% of their target at a cost of $30 per tonne. Anything more than that would cost $60 a tonne — a price high enough that it would encourage companies to invest internally to cut emissions themselves.Further emissions reductions would depend on how governments invest the money collected in the technology fund, and whether those investments lead to low-carbon alternatives.The cost per barrel would be about 42 cents, and shared by the company and by governments, who would see some of their tax revenues and royalties disappear.A separate think-tank, the Pembina Institute, has said that if Canada wants to meet its 2020 target on emissions, then the price on carbon would have to be much, much higher than the $40 price floated by Alberta.The IISD does not disagree with that analysis, but does not assume that the entire burden of meeting Canada’s emissions target should fall on the oil and gas sector. read more

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Former Eastern Province CM Pillayan arrested

He was shot dead in December 2005 at St. Mary’s co-cathedral church in the Batticaloa town while attending Christmas prayers.The MP’s wife, Mrs. Sugunam Pararajasingham sustained serious injuries in the gunfire while several others were also injured. Pillayan was part of the Karuna Amman led Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP) at the time Pararajasingham was killed.The TMVP had split from the LTTE and fought against the LTTE but an internal rift in the TMVP say Pilayan and Karuna go their separate ways and in 2007 Pillayan was made leader of the TMVP.The TMVP contested the Eastern Provincial Council elections in 2008 and won and Pillayan was made Chief Minister. However human rights groups said that Pillayan should be investigated for the crimes he had committed as an LTTE member and as a TMVP fighter. (Colombo Gazette) Pillayan was arrested in connection to the murder of Joseph Pararajasingham, a senior Tamil politician and former Batticaloa district Member of Parliament (MP) of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Th former Government of Mahinda Rajapaksa used Pillayan to promote the idea of terrorist turned politician who entered democracy. Former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathirai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today.Pillayan’s spokesman Azad Maulana said that the CID had gone to his house in Batticaloa last night with a warrant to arrest him. However he was not at home and as a result he visited the CID office today where he was arrested. read more

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Antarctic ozone hole is worst ever recorded UN reports

“This year’s hole was caused by the continuing presence of peak levels of ozone destroying substances in the atmosphere combined with a particularly cold stratospheric winter,” the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said of the phenomenon, which appears annually at the start of the southern hemisphere spring.Large holes over the Antarctic are expected to reoccur over the next two decades before a clear decline in size and depth, and the Montreal Protocol and Vienna Convention phasing out ozone-destroying chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons must be adhered to with the utmost vigilance, WMO spokesman Mark Oliver told a news briefing in Geneva.The agency based its assessments on measurements taken by satellites of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA), validated by surface based observations of the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) ozone network.NASA instruments showed that on 25 September the area of the hole reached 29.5 million square kilometres, compared to 29.4 million in September 2000. Each agency uses different instruments, giving slightly different values, and according to ESA, the hole reached 28 million square kilometres on 25 September, very close to its maximum for 2000, which peaked at 28.4 million. The ozone mass deficit in 2006 was measured at 39.8 megatonnes on 1 October, higher than in 2000, which peaked at 39.6 megatonnes on 29 September. Mass deficit is the amount of ozone missing from a vertical column of air compared to a baseline measured many decades earlier before severe ozone depletion appeared.Scientists have become increasingly aware of possible links between ozone depletion and climate change. Increased atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases will lead to a warmer climate at the Earth’s surface. At altitudes where the ozone layer is found, the same increase is likely to lead to a cooling of the atmosphere, enhancing the chemical reactions that destroy ozone. At the same time, the amount of water vapour in the stratosphere has been increasing at the rate of about 1 per cent per year. A wetter and colder stratosphere means more polar stratospheric clouds, which is likely to lead to more severe ozone loss in both polar regions. read more

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Thickener sizing and the importance of testwork especially for paste

first_imgInternational Mining’s monster April issue, including the annual paste supplement is now with the printer. One article for which there was insufficient space is by Outotec’s Andrew McIntosh. He notes that “the sizing of equipment which achieves design requirements and is not conservatively oversized can influence both the financing of a project as well as its long term operational success.” His article goes back to basics, outlining the different options available in thickener sizing, from rudimentary through to highly comprehensive, and explains where each method is appropriate. When planning a project that includes thickening technology, a key element in the process is determining the sizing and expected performance for the thickener(s). This information will facilitate project layout and design, as well as define capital expenditure and operational cost estimates.As thickener performance will have a direct effect on overall plant operation, Process Performance Guarantees from suppliers are generally expected. In certain cases these guarantees are a pre-requisite for the project meeting financing approval, so can be a critical element at early stages.Thickener performance parameters, such as underflow densities and overflow clarities, and the effect of feed variables such as rise rate and solids loading rate, can vary greatly for different thickener feeds. Even for the same types of application, thickener performance will vary at different sites due to factors such as particle size, the presence of clays and organic materials, water chemistry, and the effects of upstream processes such as grind size and the use of reagents.Other parameters, such as the optimal feedwell slurry density for efficient flocculation, and the type and dosage of flocculant will also vary from application to application. These parameters will have an effect on the project’s capital and operational costs. For example, a particular application may require additional dilution of the incoming feed stream via the use of self-diluting systems (such as Autodil or Turbodil) to add supernatant liquor from the thickener surface into the feed stream, while another application may require underflow re-circulation to seed the flocculation process due to a highly dilute thickener feed.Thickener sizing methods Depending on the stage of the project, and whether or not samples of indicative feed material are available, a number of different methods can be used to determine thickener sizing. In general, these can be classified as: rule of thumb sizing, cylinder settling tests, and, lastly, dynamic thickener testwork. These methods differ in levels of complexity and outlay (in terms of time and effort as well as cost) and correspondingly vary in their level of accuracy:1. ‘Rule of thumb’Sizing is based upon experience with the particular thickening application, and is used in cases where indicative feed samples are not available, or for preliminary sizing purposes. Performance achieved at adjacent sites with similar feed types can be taken into account, if this data is available.Generally ‘rule of thumb’ sizing is used at the early stages of project conceptual studies and for preliminary budget pricing purposes. This method is the least accurate method of the three, as assumptions are made re feed material displaying ‘typical’ properties for that particular application, and site-specific factors (such as high clay levels) can be overlooked. For this reason, it would be unusual that a definitive supplier’s Process Performance Guarantee would be provided based upon rule of thumb sizing.Often, due to the low level of accuracy associated with this method of sizing, it is necessary to allow for high safety factors on the sizings. This can lead to conservative sizings and therefore larger size thickeners than required, driving up project costs unnecessarily. Conversely, where feed materials display particularly poor settling characteristics, it is possible for the thickener to be undersized, leading to process performance being below specification.2. Cylinder Settling TestsThese tests and the various mathematical methods developed to interpret their results (such as the Coe & Clevenger, Kynch, and Talmage & Fitch methods) were the traditional method for thickener sizing until the 1990s. These methods are a step up from rule of thumb sizing and provide more accuracy. Cylinder settling tests (or jar tests) can be conducted with a relatively small amount of indicative feed sample, less than that required for dynamic thickening testwork.From the results of cylinder settling tests, interpolations can be drawn as to the expected underflow density in the full size thickener. Optimal feedwell conditions for flocculation can also be ascertained.The downside of cylinder settling tests is the lack of accuracy compared to dynamic testwork, since they do not account for the effects present in full-scale thickening, such as the rotating mechanism. To compensate, it is again necessary to allow for additional safety factors.3. Dynamic thickener testworkThis is the method through which the most accurate thickener sizing and prediction of process performance is achieved.Most reputable and experienced thickener suppliers have developed a number of dynamic testwork units of various sizes and configurations. These dynamic test rigs are essentially scale versions of commercial thickeners, with feedwells, flocculant addition, underflow pumps, and rotating rake mechanisms to duplicate the full-scale thickening process.For example, Outotec carries out most dynamic testwork in a bench-scale 99 mm internal diameter test rig. Other tests rigs include a 190 mm internal diameter with extended wall height to simulate the additional compression in paste thickeners, and 1 m diameter test units of various sidewall depths. The 190 mm and larger tests rigs are used for paste thickening applications and other larger scale test campaigns.Generally, due to the amount of sample required, paste thickening and larger scale testwork campaigns are conducted on-site. This is also the case for bench-scale testwork for feed types expected to age significantly during transport or where the water quality characteristics will affect results of testwork.Dynamic testwork presents a number of benefits including: Ability to accurately ascertain the relationship between feed solids loading rate and underflow density and overflow clarity, and flocculation requirementsAny requirements for feed dilution or solids re-circulation to achieve optimal conditions for flocculation can be determinedThe safety factors necessary with less accurate sizing methods are not required. This leads to lower costs in most cases as smaller thickeners can be specifiedProcess guarantees are available on thickeners sized using this method, thus fulfilling any requirement for guaranteed thickener process performance.Ensuring that the most accurate testwork possible is utilised can mean the difference between achieving desired thickener performance and ‘almost’ achieving it. ‘Almost’ achieving process targets can lead to problems such as:Ability to accurately ascertain the relationship between feed solids loading rate and underflow density and overflow clarity, and flocculation requirementsUnnecessarily high operating costs due to non-optimised flocculant consumptionUnacceptable thickener overflow clarity, meaning possible inability to recycle plant process waterDownstream effects on other equipment in the circuit such as, for example, filter operationComplications with underflow pumping or other intended transportation methodsProblems with tailings disposal, such as unstable tailings deposition, tailings disposal volume consumed at a higher rate than envisioned, additional rehabilitation costsInadequate washing – CCD circuit.So, in summary, in the early stages of a project, rudimentary rule of thumb sizing can fulfil basic requirements. However, the temptation to scrimp on the costs and effort associated with testwork can have lasting ramifications. Comprehensive dynamic testwork performed on indicative feed samples ensures truly optimised thickener performance, achieving process targets and minimising operational costs. It can also avoid costly conservative oversizing, which can mean the difference between whether your project proceeds or not. As tends to be the case in life, investing a little bit of expense and effort up front can save substantial costs and avoid disappointment further down the track.Andrew McIntosh is currently Senior Proposals Engineer, Thickening in Sydney, Australialast_img read more

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Can you name all of these Father Ted characters

first_imgSURE, DOUGAL AND TED are easy, but who else can you identify?Also, is there anything at all to be said for having another mass?A Study in Ted is the work of Stephen Wildish and is reproduced here with the permission of GrandGrand.ie, where you can buy the print. Go on, go on, go on…7 reasons we miss Dermot Morgan>9 Father Ted quotes you can use every day>last_img

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Support for Golden Dawn rises poll shows

first_imgNeofascist Golden Dawn party has increased its popularity among Greek voters. According to a Pulse survey, which was published Thursday in To Podiki weekly newspaper, support for Golden Dawn stood at 10.5 per cent, placing it at third place behind coalition leader New Democracy (25 per cent) and the hard-left SYRIZA opposition party (24 per cent). The once-dominant PASOK socialists have slid to fourth place with 8 per cent of the vote. Golden Dawn and KKE communists were the only parties that have managed to increase their share since the June general elections, the poll showed. Golden Dawn, which wants to rid the crisis-hit nation of all immigrants, has been linked to a number of attacks on foreigners over the past few months. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Expired debts to the state soar to more than 72 bln euros

first_imgHouseholds’ inability to keep up with their tax payments combined with anticipation of the new repayment plans, which were finally announced a few weeks ago, led to expired debts to the state swelling further, as within one month they expanded by 1.6 billion euros to reach 12.5 billion euros from the start of the year to end-November.In total old and new expired debts to the state come to 72.77 billion euros, according to Finance Ministry data released yesterday.The sum of 12.5 billion euros of expired debts created from January to November mainly concerns money owed to tax authorities and social security funds and stems from the reduction in taxpayers’ incomes and the increase of the tax burden, leaving them unable to fulfill their obligations.That sum is added to the more than 60 billion euros in old debts – those still outstanding and created before the end of 2013 – to result in the huge amount of 72.77 billion euros at the end of last month.However, the extensive confiscation of bank deposits, salaries, rents, payments to suppliers with debts to the state, as well as the prosecution of debtors with large arrears have resulted in a significantly improved result compared to the past. In the first 11 months of the year, the sum collected by the state from the repayment of expired debts amounted to almost 3.26 billion euros, of which nearly 1.48 billion euros concerned old debts (created before January 2014), while the remaining 1.78 billion accounted for debts created this year.Total debts of 923 million euros have also been written off.On the inspections front the General Secretariat for Public Revenues will apparently fail to reach its targets: By the end of the year it is supposed to have conducted 720 checks on very wealthy taxpayers, but by the end of November it had only completed 609 inspections.It’s a similar picture as far as checks on major enterprises are concerned: In the January-November period the ministry had only completed 433 checks, while the target set by the government’s agreement with its creditors had been 680 inspections.By Prokopis HatzinikolaouSource: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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