After 82 years, New English School in Pune has opened its doors to girls once more: 25 girls will join Standard V in the academic year about to begin.Founded in 1880 by educationists and revolutionaries Vishnu Krushna Chiplunkar, Bal Gangadhar ‘Lokmanya’ Tilak and Gopal Ganesh Agarkar, the school was co-educational until 1936, when the Deccan Education Society (DES) — also founded by Chiplunkar, Tilak, and Agarkar, among others — which had taken over the management by then, moved the girls to its Ahilyadevi High School for Girls.Chiplunkar, who is remembered as the poet of Maharashtra’s nationalist revival for his ornate literary style, quit government service in 1879 and issued a call for the creation of a school run by Indians. Tilak, with Mahadev Ballal Namjoshi, volunteered as charter members of the school faculty; they were joined by Agarkar, another great educationist and Tilak’s close friend.Significant eventThe establishment of the school is a significant event in the freedom movement; it was not just a beginning of the effort to break the British hold on education, but one that used the English language to imbue nationalist thought. The founders, all young men at that time (Chiplunkar was 30 when NES started, with Tilak and the others in their mid-20s) founded the DES a few years later, with the goal of making education accessible to students by establishing schools and colleges run by Indians across what was then the Bombay Presidency. NES began lessons on January 2, 1880, with 19 students. Enrolment increased ten-fold within a year.Such was the zeal of the promoters in making the school successful, that they took far lower salaries than they could have got elsewhere. In 1896, The Hindu reported, “For some years in the beginning, these B.A.’s and M.A.’s who while Fellows of the Deccan College had enjoyed the salaries of ₹75 or ₹100 per month and who would have obtained more than ₹100 anywhere and in any literary branch of the Goverment Service, remained content with the pittance of ₹30 or ₹40 per month!”In a few short years, NES became the biggest school in the Bombay Presidency. And the DES expanded too. Among the institutions it founded were Fergusson College, Pune (1885), Willingdon College, Sangli (1919) Brihan Maharashtra College of commerce (1943), Chintamanarao College of Commerce (1960). Today, New English School, in the crowded lanes of Old Pune, has around 500 students in a year, from Standards V to X.“The decision to reintroduce co-education was taken to demolish gender barriers in a changing world,” Nagesh Shankar Mone, the school’s headmaster, said. “The move is meant to imbue the school with the advantages of a co-educational environment, thereby helping students acquire a more holistic education.”
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday denied handing out a replica of the World Cup to Team India.The cricket governing body was reacting to reports that it gave away a fake world cup to the winners instead of the original one.”The trophy presented to India was the original ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 trophy. The trophy was always intended to be presented to the winner of the event. There is no question that this was a replica,” the ICC said in a statement.”The trophy seized by Mumbai customs is the promotional, perpetual trophy which remains with ICC. That trophy will be reclaimed today and will travel back to Dubai as was always intended,” the statement added.The real trophy, valued at about $130,000 in monetary terms but priceless for the cricketers and their fans across the country, was not even brought to Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium during the finals as it was seized by the customs department on its arrival from Colombo after the Sri Lanka-New Zealand semi-final match on March 29. The trophy, according to customs rules, was not eligible for exemption from import duty.
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Rice industry paralysis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Toronto Raptors’ Fred VanVleet (23) scores against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — Pascal Siakam had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Fred VanVleet finished with 23 points and 10 assists and the Toronto Raptors snapped the Los Angeles Lakers’ seven-game winning streak with a 113-104 victory Sunday night.Chris Boucher matched his career high with 15 points for the Raptors, who have won three straight and six of seven. The defending NBA champions played without two key regulars after losing starter Kyle Lowry to a broken left thumb and top reserve Serge Ibaka to a sprained right ankle, but Toronto still rallied in the fourth quarter and hung on late for its 10th consecutive win over the Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers: Rajon Rondo has progressed to 5-on-5 full court workouts, but the veteran point guard still isn’t ready for his season debut. He has a right calf strain. … Troy Daniels hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.UP NEXTRaptors: Stay in the building to face Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers on Monday night+.Lakers: Visit the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? MOST READ ‘That’s crazy’: Klopp’s Liverpool surges ahead in title bid Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Anthony Davis scored 27 points and LeBron James had 13 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds in his 85th career triple-double, but the Lakers lost for the first time since opening night against the Clippers.Toronto led 104-92 with 3:50 to play on Terence Davis’ third 3-pointer after a rally by four reserves and Siakam, but Kyle Kuzma hit back-to-back 3-pointers while LA scored eight straight points. The Lakers then missed four consecutive 3-pointers with the chance to pull even, and Siakam threw down back-to-back dunks on the fast break to seal it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceNorman Powell scored 14 points while starting in Lowry’s spot for Toronto.Davis and James both had big games, but the Lakers’ supporting cast wasn’t helpful and their team defense didn’t look nearly as sharp as it had been in recent games. Kuzma scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Danny Green went scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting in 27 minutes for the Lakers, who signed him to a two-year free agent deal in the summer. The sharpshooting veteran won a ring with the Raptors last year while shooting a career-high 45.5% on 3-pointers during his sole season in Toronto.Siakam got off to a 3-for-15 start from the field, preventing him from matching his 44-point effort at New Orleans two nights ago. But he excelled in the second half, particularly in a lineup including four reserves as Toronto jumped to its first double-digit lead of the night early in the fourth quarter.Toronto opened the fourth with a 17-6 run led by nine points from Boucher, the undrafted Canadian who was on the last two teams to win the NBA title.TIP-INSRaptors: Ibaka is leaving the team to return to Toronto for treatment, Nurse said. He will miss the rest of the road trip. … Lowry will be out for “a couple of weeks, minimum,” according to the coach. … Nurse won his first coaches’ challenge on a foul called against Siakam in the third quarter. Nurse had gone 0 for 6 this season on challenges. He celebrated by hugging his assistant coaches and a Lakers fan at courtside.ADVERTISEMENT Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending 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 View comments
Mouser Electronics added 51 new suppliers to its line card in 2018. With a line card approaching 800, these new suppliers provide even more choices to Mouser’s design engineer, component buyer, and procurement agent customer base.With many new embedded suppliers among the additions, Mouser continues to strengthens its focus on the Internet of Things. The global authorized distributor offers the largest assortment and inventory of the newest semiconductors and electronic components, with more than five million products in stock.Among the new suppliers added by Mouser are:Micron, a world leader in innovative memory solutions that transform how the world uses information.Samtec, a leader in the electronic interconnect industry and a global manufacturer of connectors, cables, optics and RF systems.Marvell, a provider of storage, processing, networking, security and connectivity semiconductor solutions.Sigfox, the world’s leading IoT services provider.Sudo Systems, an innovator in high-performance embedded systems for next-generation IoT devices.NewAE Technology, a company dedicated to providing low-cost, open source tools for performing side-channel power analysis and fault glitching.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Manhattan Skyline: flat, light and compact Blanview displaysNext Premier Farnell shipping new Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+
Roadies is all set to come back with its 16th season Roadies Real Heroes from February 10 on MTV. The show that has been going on for 16 years has experienced a lot of change in its format over the years. The all-new season of the youth-based reality show will be hosted by Rannvijay Singha who has been associated with the show since its inception.Here’s all you would like to know about the upcoming season of Roadies Real Heroes:Ring Master and Gang Leaders: Rannvijay Singha will be the host and Ring Master in the show who will be seen adding interesting twists in tasks. Neha Dhupia, Prince Narula, Nikhil Chinapa and Raftaar will lead their gangs.Sandeep Singh: Roadies has always seen sports legends coming in as mentors, be it the boxing star Vijender Singh or our former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh. This year the makers have brought legendary sportsman and former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh, who will make his television debut with Roadies Real Heroes. He will be a new addition to the reality show and will be seen as a gang leader along with Neha, Prince, Nikhik, and Raftaar. “It feels great to be associated with a show like Roadies that has a huge fan following among the youth. This association is even more special for its theme that is inspiring for all of us. I’m here to give a tough competition and to all the gang leaders and enjoy the journey ahead,” said Sandeep Singh in a statement.advertisementView this post on InstagramMeet the new and 5th gang leader of #RoadiesRealHeroes, the one and only @sandeep_rebirth! @letsdroom @oppomobileindia @frankfinnofficial @woodlandexploremoreA post shared by MTV India (@mtvindia) on Feb 7, 2019 at 10:03pm PSTNeha Dhupia: Gang leader Neha Dhupia resumed work just after ten days of delivering her baby Mehr. The actress is all set to take on the challenge and give her counterparts a tough competition. Last year, Kashish Thakur from Neha Dhupia’s gang won Roadies Xtreme. “Roadies is a great platform for the youth to bring out the best in themselves. There is so much teamwork, adventure, drama, and fun and with each season I witness more passion and excitement in the contestants to achieve something bigger. I am excited about this season, as we have Sandeep Singh joining us and we will share the platform with the real heroes who have made a difference in life with their commendable, selfless acts,” said Neha in a statement.Locations: This season will be shot across picturesque locations in the hills of South India from the Kannan Devan Hills of Munnar to the western ghats of Chikmagalur reaching the highest peak of Karnataka – Mullayanagiri. The contestants will not just fight their inner fears but will also have to face extreme weather conditions along with nailbiting tasks.View this post on InstagramHere’s the first glimpse out of #RoadiesRealHeroes auditions 2019! Watch out for our new gang leader and more videos showcasing how all 5 gang leaders discovered real heroes in Delhi NCR, Chandigarh, Indore and Pune! May the best real heroes get shortlisted! @letsdroom @oppomobileindia @frankfinnofficial @woodlandexploremoreA post shared by MTV Roadies (@mtvroadies) on Feb 4, 2019 at 10:21pm PSTNailbiting tasks: The quirky and thrilling tasks of Roadies have always grabbed eyeballs amongst the youth and with an all-new season, there are many innovative and mind-boggling tasks which will leave you bowled over! The tasks will challenge the contests on every aspect – spiritual, physical or emotional and will definitely be the survival of the fittest on the show.View this post on Instagram#RoadiesRealHeroes kickstarts with the first round of auditions in Delhi NCR, so don’t forget to watch the first episode on Sunday 10 Feb, only on #MTVIndia and @voot! @letsdroom @oppo @frankfinnofficial @woodlandexploremoreA post shared by MTV India (@mtvindia) on Feb 7, 2019 at 12:00am PSTAlso read | Congratulations! Kashish Thakur Pundir is the winner of Roadies XtremeAlso read | Rannvijay Singha is all set to ‘create havoc’ in Roadies Xtreme
This is satire except it’s not satire. J.W. Walsh reads an old paper he wrote about how he couldn’t figure out how to run the veer in 4th grade. How perfect is that?!?!The General is the absolute best.I want OSU to win the Big 12 for him more than anybody else.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!
UEFA Champions League WIN a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see Real Madrid vs Dortmund Goal Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund Win a trip to the Santiago Bernabeu, including match tickets, hospitality, a round trip to Madrid and overnight accommodation for two! Few UEFA Champions League ties hold as much recent history as Real Madrid versus Borussia Dortmund, and this season sees two giants of the European game lock horns once again.The mouth-watering clash will no doubt evoke memories of the 2013 semi-finals, when the Germans progressed, and the last eight in 2014 when Madrid took their revenge en route to la Decima.A revitalised BVB under new coach Peter Bosz head to the Spanish capital on December 6 to face the reigning champions in what could well be a campaign-defining clash for both sides. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Madrid galloped to a 3-1 victory in Dortmund when the two sides met for their Group H clash on Matchday 2, leaving the Germans little room for error in the return fixture.And UEFA are offering you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness it all first-hand with a VIP trip to the Santiago Bernabeu, including match tickets, hospitality, a round trip to Madrid and overnight accommodation for two!Simply click the link below and input your details to be in with a chance of winning the ultimate prize for any UEFA Champions League fan.WIN a VIP trip to Real Madrid versus Borussia Dortmund
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game 35-31 at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The first version of the 2018 College Football Playoff rankings won’t be coming until October 30, but there’s nothing stopping us from taking our best guess as to what they’d look like right now. After five weeks, let’s take a look at the 10 teams we think would be at the top of the list.Alabama hasn’t had the toughest schedule, but there’s no doubt that the Crimson Tide looks like the best team in the country, yet again. Nick Saban’s move to name Tua Tagovailoa the team’s starting quarterback has led to Alabama having one of the most formidable offenses in the country.The other team in last year’s national title game, Georgia, has looked dominant as well. The Bulldogs would probably be No. 2 right now.Clemson likely has the wins to be No. 3, but the Tigers might have a quarterback problem after Trevor Lawrence’s injury and Kelly Bryant’s departure. They’re a team to watch moving forward.The No. 4 team would probably be Ohio State after its big win over Penn State on Saturday night. Let’s take a look at what we think the top 10 would look like:AlabamaGeorgiaClemsonOhio StateOklahomaLSUNotre DameAuburnWashingtonWest VirginiaThere’s a lot of football to be played over the next four weeks – and remember, the first version of the playoff rankings never looks similar to what we see at the end of the season. But so far, there’s a lot of familiarity at the top.
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)One of the top running backs recruits from the 2018 class was back on the market after spending just one season with the program he committed to. Former four-star running back Asa Martin attended Auburn this season, but unfortunate circumstances led to his transfer from the school just over two weeks ago.Head coach Gus Malzahn and company allowed Martin to play in five games during his freshman season – the new redshirt rule only allows a player to play in four games. Head coach Gus Malzahn took significant heat from Auburn fans around the country after the botched handling of their young star running back.After the error, Martin took to Twitter to announce his plans to leave the program.It didn’t take long for Martin to find a new home. Martin is headed to Miami.The running back room just added a BEAST!#WelcomeToTheU, @TheAsaMartin_. #Surge19 pic.twitter.com/7HI1tT0Tu7— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) December 19, 2018Martin was the No. 9 running back recruit in the 2018 class.He’ll redshirt during the 2019 season and be eligible to play in 2020.
THUNDER BAY, Ont. – An Indigenous woman who was hit by a trailer hitch apparently thrown from a passing car in Thunder Bay, Ont., in January has died, police said on Tuesday.Barbara Kentner, 34, underwent emergency surgery after the incident Jan. 29, but never fully recovered.“A young Indigenous mother died today, and a young girl is without her mother,” Anna Betty Achneepineskum, deputy grand chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, said in a statement. “This should not happen. What do you say to a young girl that loses her mother?”Kentner told police she and her sister were walking in a residential neighbourhood when someone threw the hitch from a moving car. Her sister, Melissa Kentner, said she heard someone in the vehicle say: “I got one.”An 18-year-old man who was in the car has been charged with aggravated assault. Police have not said whether they planned to upgrade the charge in light of Kentner’s death.Family members of the victim had previously called what happened a “hate crime.”Achneepineskum said such incidents were disturbing and frightening, adding violence had escalated in the city. She urged against minimizing the “horrible” situations.“We must all work together to acknowledge that racism exists. We must combat and report racism. We must take this very seriously,” Achneepineskum said. “This has been going on for far too long. This is our reality, as many Indigenous Peoples, especially our women, have come to me with their stories.”
A huge number of stars helped out at the Los Angeles Mission End Of Summer Block Party this weekend.Jen Lilley paints children’s faces as part of the Los Angeles Mission End of Summer Block PartyA national survey indicates that school supply prices have jumped again this year, significantly outpacing the rate of inflation. That means it is even more difficult for poor families especially those living in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, to prepare their children for school this year.According to the National Retail Federation, school supplies will cost $581 for elementary students. The cost rises to $682 for middle school students and $683 for high school students, up an average of 5% from 2013.But the Los Angeles Mission has encouraged generous donors to help bridge that gap. Today, nearly a thousand children received backpacks full of school supplies and other goodies in the Mission¹s annual End of Summer Block Party Saturday.“We’re here to give the children a much-needed chance to have some fun,” said Herb Smith, president of the Los Angeles Mission. “But there is a serious side to this back to school event. We want to encourage these children to insist on going to school. Through no fault of their own, children suffer the consequences when families find themselves without a home. School attendance is a key predictor of success in life. We want the best for these little ones. So this annual event has come to mean a lot to the Los Angeles Mission. And, for the last 14 years, it has been a fun time for all.”Some thousand backpacks full of schools supplies were handed out to school-aged children on Saturday. The day was the result of a combined effort by nonprofits, businesses and people who just wanted to help children and families get the help they need.In order transform the mean streets into a safe place to play; the Los Angeles Mission closed 5th Street in front of the Mission. Inflatable bounce houses, giant slides, and kid-friendly games and crafts, along with a dunk tank, were set up for the kids to enjoy. The goal is nothing less than giving some fun to kids who don¹t get the chance to have very much fun. And, it is an exceptional, life-giving experience for those who volunteer.For more than 78 years, the Los Angeles Mission has been helping the addicted and the poor who lose themselves in the Skid Row area. What started as a soup kitchen in the Great Depression in 1936 continues to serve the newly needy in 2014.U.S. Bank has provided substantial financial support for this event.“Our employees are excited to volunteer for the Los Angeles Mission at its End of Summer Block Party. Like in the past, they enjoy distributing backpacks and school supplies to the children to help them get a great start to the school year,” said Sean Foley, president of U.S. Bank in Southern California. “In addition to the ‘tools for school’, U.S. Bank will donate $25,000 to Los Angeles Mission for its End of Summer Block Party. This is an event that is great for the children, their families, teachers and the community.”Much-needed financial support also came from ExakTime, the high-tech innovative time clock company.“It’s so great to give back to the community and the kids,” said Scott Prewett, an ExakTime founder. “We thank the Los Angeles Mission for giving us the opportunity to make a difference in a significant way.” ExakTime applauds the Mission’s many successful efforts to bring help, hope and opportunity to our city¹s needy families.All school-aged children from age 4 to 17 were eligible to receive a backpack. Nearly 1,000 backpacks and the school supplies that are so vitally necessary for the start of school were distributed. Supplies including pencils, notebooks, crayons, erasers, folders and arts & craft items were donated to fill the backpacks. Jackson-Hewitt and Office Depot contributed a variety of back-to-school items. While Amcor provided utensils and the necessary supplies for the meals.The Los Angeles Fire Department brought their fire fighting equipment with fire safety information for adults and kids alike.Celebrity volunteers are always a big part of every Los Angeles Mission event. Once again this year, celebrities worked their magic to make sure that everyone had a good time. They helped Block Party participants enjoy a tasty picnic of good food from three of L.A.’s popular food trucks: In-N-Out Burger, King Taco and The Grilled Cheese Truck.Among the stars were Jen Lilley, Brandon Molale, Brandon Tyler Russell, Dylan Riley Snyder, Kwesi Boakye and many more.In addition, volunteers from the marketing firm, Russ Reid, provided treats to families in the form of refreshing snow cones.Several hundred volunteers from all over the greater Los Angeles area gave of their time to make this event happen. Tens of thousands of volunteer hours are given by the many thousands of Mission volunteers each and every year.The famous “Nickel” – the name that Fifth Street has had ever since the Mission was founded back in the 1930’s - was closed to automobile traffic by 6:00 AM. Vehicular traffic was re-routed around the street between Wall and San Pedro so the street party set up could get started by early Saturday morning. That’s when families started arriving so they could get a place in line and still have plenty of time for food and fun before getting their back to school backpacks.Representatives from the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers and volunteer nursing students from all over the area provided health screenings including height and weight, body mass index calculation and nutrition information.
Call him the Gangster of Love. Call him Maurice. Call him the Space Cowboy. Call for your Charity Preview tickets now because on Jan. 16, rock legend Steve Miller Band will perform at the largest single night fundraiser in the world: the North American International Auto Show’s Charity Preview.“Everybody knows that Steve Miller speaks ‘the pompitus of love,’” said Scott LaRiche, chairman, NAIAS 2015. “Steve Miller Band is legendary and we are absolutely ecstatic that he’ll be our very special musical guest at Charity Preview, helping us celebrate an amazing night and a spectacular week in Detroit.”Admittance to “An Evening with Steve Miller Band” will be permitted with the purchase of a Charity Preview ticket. The special performance begins at 9 pm.“When the show floor closes, the legend begins,” said LaRiche.Charity Preview will be held from 6-9 pm. Tickets are $400 each ($390 of which is tax deductible) and available now at charitypreview.com.Since 1976, the Charity Preview has raised more than $96 million for Southeastern Michigan children’s charities — more than $45 million of which was raised in the last 10 years alone. Beneficiaries of NAIAS Charity Preview include: • Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan • Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit • Children’s Center • Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation • The Detroit Institute for Children • Judson Center • March Of Dimes Metro Detroit • Detroit PAL • DADA Charitable Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Former Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman has been released from a case over the alleged misuse of a state vehicle.The Colombo Chief Magistrate ordered that Karuna Amman be release from the case.
Eight Sri Lankans who were seeking asylum in Reunion have been repatriated, ION News reported.The Sri Lankans had arrived in Reunion on a fishing boat on Saturday, October 6. The Sri Lankans claimed they were being persecuted in their home country and so sought asylum in Reunion. (Colombo Gazette)
With the prospect growing of a major infrastructure build out and renewed emphasis on domestic manufacturing, America’s dependence on imported minerals and metals required for new roads, bridges and the full spectrum of consumer goods is at record levels, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS) National Minerals Information Center’s recently released annual report, Mineral Commodity Summaries 2017.“This trend, documented now by the federal government, is troubling as these metals are the building blocks of our supply chain and our infrastructure,” said National Mining Association President and CEO Hal Quinn. “Although we have these minerals and metals in abundance, an inefficient permitting process has slowed access to them and steadily increased our reliance on foreign sources such as China.”According to the USGS report, in 2016, imports made up more than one-half of the U.S. apparent consumption of 50 nonfuel mineral commodities, and the US was 100% import reliant for 20 of those. This is up from 47 and 19 minerals respectively in 2015, and it marks a record high.US import reliance has increased significantly since 1978, the year that this information was first reported. At that time, the US was 100% import reliant on seven mineral commodities, and more than 50% import reliant for 25 mineral commodities.The US government’s process for securing the necessary mine permits now takes close to 10 years – one of the longest permitting processes in the world for mining projects. By comparison, permitting processes in Australia and Canada, which have similar environmental standards and practices as the US, take between two and three years.Federal lands account for as much as 86% of the land area in certain Western states and these same states account for 75% of our nation’s metals production. Half of the nation’s hard rock mineral estate is already off-limits or under restrictions for mineral development. The US Department of the Interior (DOI) has proposed withdrawing up to 10 million acres of land from new mining operations, significantly impacting the ability to develop domestic minerals on federal lands.
The leadership of the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) and ResponsibleSteel™ have announced a strategic partnership, to serve the interests of purchasers seeking consistency in the responsible sourcing of iron and steel throughout their supply chains.ResponsibleSteel and IRMA share two objectives in their new partnership:To create value for companies implementing environmentally and socially responsible practices from the source of the mined raw material, through the steel supply chain and to the final productTo assure purchasers and investors seeking more consistency in responsibility standards that ResponsibleSteel and IRMA are responsive to this need and actively working to provide aligned solutions.Aimee Boulanger, Coordinator for IRMA, said, “Steel is a key component for thousands of the products that make our lives possible, from building materials to automobiles. Together, mining and the processing of mined material to make steel have a substantial impact, both positive and negative. Leading purchasers and manufacturers are seeking consistent environmental and social responsibility in their sourcing throughout the supply chain. Through our collaboration IRMA and ResponsibleSteel will serve the needs of downstream purchasers of steel, and assure accountability from mine to market.”Matt Dransfield, Managing Director for ResponsibleSteel, said, “Our mission is to provide businesses and consumers worldwide with confidence that the steel they use has been sourced and produced responsibly, from suppliers of raw materials, through to end users. This can only be achieved through cooperation and mutual commitment of companies at all levels of the steel supply chain, their customers and representatives of civil society. As we develop the ResponsibleSteel standard in consultation with our multi-stakeholder membership, key themes that have come through are ‘don’t reinvent the wheel’ and ‘form effective partnerships’. Our new partnership with IRMA provides a leading response to these requests for collaboration. We will actively seek further collaboration with others that share our goal to increase market value for comprehensive environmental and social responsibility.”IRMA is a newly launching standard and certification system for environmental and social responsibility in the mining sector set to launch in late 2017. IRMA has spent a decade working with diverse leaders to develop a global standard for environmental and social responsibility in mining. ResponsibleSteel is the first global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative for steel, that will administer an independent third-party certification program for the steel value chain. ResponsibleSteel is an emerging program, built on five years of work to define and promote responsibly sourced and produced steel. Both systems bring fresh perspective to the standards field and fill gaps not covered by other certification schemes.IRMA provides a multi-stakeholder developed and independently verified Standard for Responsible Mining and seeks channels to add value for participating mines and assure responsibility downstream of the mine site. ResponsibleSteel describes expectations for responsible practices in the sourcing and processing of raw materials for steel production, but avoids duplicating standards for responsible mine operations where they already exist and meet its needs. Both systems seek to support traceability that facilitates assurances of responsible practices, throughout the supply chain.This alliance recognizes the growing support for these types of initiatives, and yet also addresses the concerns from many stakeholders that there is duplication between emerging schemes. Furthermore, IRMA and ResponsibleSteel view this partnership as non-exclusive. Both parties actively seek further collaboration with others that share their goals to increase market value for comprehensive environmental and social responsibility across sectors.Founded in 2006 by a coalition of nongovernment organizations, businesses purchasing minerals and metals for resale in other products, affected communities, mining companies, and trade unions, IRMA envisions a world where the mining industry is respectful of the human rights and aspirations of affected communities; provides safe, healthy and respectful workplaces; avoids or minimizes harm to the environment; and leaves positive legacies.IRMA joins others in a growing sustainability standards movement, such as the Forest Stewardship Council and the Marine Stewardship Council that are using market-based approaches to shape the environmental and social performance of industry. IRMA is seeking to improve the environmental and social performance of mining operations through the multi-stakeholder development of a set of best practice standards, as well as a system to independently verify implementation of those standards.IRMA is the only global multi-commodity assurance program for responsible mining that fully embraces a multi-stakeholder approach for developing credible standards as well as a commitment to independent verification. Five key sectors with a stake in the environmental and social performance of mining are involved: 1. mining companies; 2. jewellery and technology retailers and other downstream users of mining products; 3. environmental and human rights non-profit organizations; 4. affected communities; 5. and labour.ResponsibleSteelis the first global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative for steel. It is a not for profit membership organisation, and new members are welcome from anywhere in the world, from every part of the steel supply chain, and from civil society groups, associations, and other organisations. ResponsibleSteel is currently working with its members and other stakeholders to develop the ResponsibleSteel Standard for finalisation in 2018/19. For candidates to achieve ResponsibleSteel certification, these standards must be complied with and audited by independent verifiers.The primary objectives of ResponsibleSteel are to define and promote responsibly sourced and produced steel, in order to:Allow steel producers to meet the sustainability needs of their customersImprove responsible sourcing in the steel supply chain and reduce supply chain riskEnable leading producers to promote steel as a responsible material.