APPOINTMENT of Communist transport minister Jean-Claude Gayssot (p438) under a left-wing government elected on June 1 is likely to require some intellectual and political acrobatics in French transport policy. The previous right-wing government put Claude Martinand at the head of the infrastructure company Réseau Ferré de France, whose board was appointed on May 28 by outgoing transport minister Bernard Pons. Intriguingly, Martinand held a junior portfolio under the last Communist transport minister, Charles Fiterman, in the early 1980s, but he is now reporting to a Communist minister who opposed the establishment of RFF in the first place. Gayssot has indicated that he wishes to review the whole railway reform process, but SNCF President Louis Gallois has said that there can be no going back.We have never felt that the last government’s reform of SNCF was one calculated to generate a more efficient and cost-effective railway, as it carefully avoided the labour-related issues that are at the root of many of SNCF’s financial woes. The prospect of lifting staff productivity and confronting emotive issues such as retirement at 55, or 50 for drivers, is now at best a distant hope. The unions have already called for a shorter working week and higher wages, so the idea of achieving a meaningful short-term improvement in SNCF’s finances is close to fantasy although the government does look likely to write off SNCF’s remaining debt. On the other hand, the Jospin government has appointed a ’green’ minister to manage land use and planning, giving good reason to believe that rail use will be encouraged.Meanwhile, it looks certain that the route of TGV Est will be reviewed again, with support for a high speed line all the way from Paris to Strasbourg coming from Strasbourg mayor Catherine Trautmann, who is now Minister of Culture & Communication. Other new TGV lines could go ahead as part of a jobs creation programme. The government will also wish to put in place measures to ensure that malpractices such as the taking of commissions on TGV Nord contracts, uncovered at the end of May, cannot be repeated. Last month SNCF announced that it had set up an internal enquiry to ’detect possible malpractice or corruption’ by railway staff. o
Equinor’s proposed development of Phase 3 of the Troll field in the Norwegian part of the North Sea has been approved. The Norwegian oil giant will with its partners invest NOK 7.8 billion (USD 914 million) in the project that’s expected to come online in 2021. The Troll A platform in the North Sea. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland)The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has approved the plan for development and operation (PDO), a project which should help extend the productive life of the Troll field beyond 2050. The field came on stream in 1995, and has, per Equinor, generated an estimated NOK 1400 billion, i.e. NOK 175 million (USD 20 million) per day.According to info on Equinor’s website, despite producing for over 20 years, Troll is not nearly depleted. Quite the contrary, the field is Norway’s biggest gas producer, and Equinor says 65% of the gas in the field has still not been recovered.“With a break-even of less than USD 10 per barrel, Troll Phase 3 is one of the most profitable and resilient projects ever in our company. Thanks to the PDO approval Equinor and its partners can now deliver another 2.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent from the field with a CO2 intensity of 0.1 kilo per barrel,” says Torger Rød, Equinor’s senior vice president for project management.“Equinor will work closely with partners and suppliers planning start-up of the field in the first half of 2021,” says Rød.“This adds a new chapter to the amazing Troll story. The field has an important part in our plans to transform the Norwegian continental shelf for sustainable value creation for several decades,” says Gunnar Nakken, Equinor’s senior vice president for Operations West.“Troll is the biggest gas producer on the NCS, meeting 7-8% of Europe’s total daily gas consumption. We will deliver safe, profitable and carbon-efficient energy from Troll that helps reduce coal consumption and reduce CO2 emissions in Europe with a long-term perspective beyond 2050,” says Nakken.Troll field illustration/image by EquinorEquinor stressed that the development of Troll phase 3 is also important for Norwegian supply industry, as some 70 % of the value creation will take place in Norway.The partnership has awarded contracts within marine installations and subsea facilities totalling an estimated NOK 950 million to the companies Nexans, Deep Ocean, IKM, Allseas, and Marubeni. In addition, the partnership has awarded contracts worth approximately NOK 2 billion for subsea facilities and the construction of a new processing module on the Troll A platform to Aker Solutions.Troll partners are Equinor (30.58% – operator), Petoro (56%), Norske Shell (8.10%), Total E&P Norge (3.69%), ConocoPhillips Skandinavia (1.62%)The planThe plan for the development of the Troll Phase 3 was submitted to the Norwegian authorities in July 2018, after the partners had chosen a subsea solution tied back to the Troll A platform as a concept for Troll Phase 3.The subsea concept includes the construction and installation of two subsea templates, drilling of 8 production wells, laying of a 36-inch pipeline and installation of a new processing module on the Troll A platform. The development will be powered from shore. The Troll Phase 3 project extends the plateau production for gas from the Troll field by about 7 years, and the expected productive life by about 17 years.
Sydney Morning Herald 24 October 2017Family First Comment: “We are picking up a lot of the slack of what I would call under-parenting.” – Principal.Perhaps it’s time to return to a system that doesn’t undermine and threaten the role of parents in their supervision, education, discipline and right to be notified of what’s happening to their children – rather than the flawed ‘children’s rights’ and ‘state raises the child’ ideology which does more harm than good. Families first. Empower, equip, and encourage parenting.Teachers are under increasing pressure to be “counsellors, researchers or data analysts” as well as educators, a new global report has found, amid concerns that parents are expecting schools to pick up their “slack”.“Pressures on teachers are well documented and appear to be increasing, in part owing to new expectations,” according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s latest global education monitoring report, released on Tuesday.“Beyond instruction and facilitating learning, teachers are asked to be counsellors, researchers or data analysts.”President of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council Chris Presland said that expectations being placed on Australian teachers are “now massive”.“We are picking up a lot of the slack of what I would call under-parenting,” Mr Presland said.“Parents who are under pressure are turning to schools on [things like] the issue of cyber-usage by students. Obesity is another issue.READ MORE: http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/teachers-now-expected-to-also-be-counsellors-data-analysts-unesco-report-20171023-gz6vdy.html
United Nations’ officials have reported that at least five people have been killed and thousands have fled a camp for displaced people in Central African Republic after it came under attack by rebel fighters.The UN refugee agency on Wednesday said that the violence took place in the northern town of Batangafo.A preliminary report says that Muslim fighters have killed five people in retaliation after two young Muslims had been killed earlier in the Day there.Charles Mballa, the UNHCR’s deputy representative in the country, condemned the “horrific acts”.Tension is mounting in the country ahead of the national elections set for December.Al least 860,000 have been displaced from their homes over the last few years as a result of the violence.
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Munster got their campaign back on track with a hard-earned victory over their much-changed English opponents. Tries from Damien Varley and Johne Murphy, together with 16 points from the boot of Ian Keatley, guided the province home. Penney said: “I am very pleased. The Gloucester lads were resolute. They were a tough nut to crack. They deserve a lot of credit, coming over with a lot of changes. They made it a tough night for us. Munster head coach Rob Penney was proud of his side overcoming the “psychological stress” of their shock opening defeat to Edinburgh to beat Gloucester 26-10 in the Heineken Cup Pool Six tie at Thomond Park. Press Association “There are still elements of the performance we can grow. There is no doubt about that. There is no doubting their energy and effort. The week we had was a tough old one for the boys. “I am just really proud of the fact that they were able to overcome all that psychological stress and come out with the result. That was really important for everyone. “There were times when we probably should have been looking to play a bit more territory in the second half. To give Gloucester some credit, they covered the backfield really well and there wasn’t a lot of space there. “The try that Johne (Murphy) scored on the back of Ian Keatley’s great little nudge to the corner was one of the few times there was evidence of space. They deserve credit for that.” Nigel Davies, Gloucester’s director of rugby, was disappointed with the outcome but pleased by the character in which his team played. The visitors scored all of their points in the first half courtesy of a Charlie Sharples try and five points from Jonny Bentley’s boot. “I am obviously bitterly disappointed about the result,” said Davies. “We probably weren’t accurate enough when we had opportunities around the ball. It was our own doing in many ways. We have to look at ourselves first and foremost there. “In terms of the effort and the commitment the team showed, it was fantastic. I am very, very proud of the group of players that took the field today.” Commenting on his decision to make 12 changes from the 27-22 round one win over Perpignan, Davies added: “I was comfortable all along that it was the right thing to do. We had a very physical encounter against Perpignan a week ago. “We probably would not have made as many changes but for some being forced on us. The players who played tonight were able to prepare physically and mentally for this big, big match. To me they performed to a large degree. “I was disappointed with our accuracy on the ball. Our defence was good. With the contact area I was a bit bemused. I will look at my law book to find out what I need to be doing differently.”
Press Association “This is my home. This is where I always wanted to be, so I’m really pleased,” Speroni said to the club’s official website, cpfc.co.uk. “I have been saying for months and months this was always my first choice. “I am really pleased we can forget about what happened, deal with it and look forward to next season now. “The expectation will grow as long as we stay in the Premier League, but we are going to do our best, of course, try to stay in the league again and finish as high as we can.” Argentine Speroni has played more than 300 games for the Eagles since signing from Dundee in 2004. Having seen some speculation he would be leaving Selhurst Park, the 35-year-old was delighted to have committed his future to the south-east London club, who completed a revival under Tony Pulis to finish in 11th place last season having come up via the Championship play-offs. Goalkeeper Julian Speroni has signed a new contract with Crystal Palace, the Barclays Premier League side have confirmed.
Officials in Hialeah are investigating after two children were reportedly shot while sitting in the backseat of their mother’s vehicle.The incident was reported on Tuesday afternoon along Northwest 19th Avenue and 60th Street.Authorities say the victims are 6-years-old and 8-years old and were driven to Jackson Memorial Hospital in a personal vehicle.They are both listed in stable condition.This is a developing story.
New Delhi: When India has registered wins in overseas Tests in 2018, Jasprit Bumrah has been the prime factor. His 5/54 in Johannesburg and 5/85 in Trent Bridge were the only shining lights for India in the dismal tours to South Africa and England. However, his third five-wicket haul has given India a chance to erase the pain of previous defeats. Bumrah’s career-best haul of 6/33 gave India a massive 292-run lead which they stretched to 346 at stumps to put Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team on the path to victory at the end of day 3 of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne on Friday.However, despite India’s massive lead, Kohli’s decision to not enforce the follow-on on a difficult track and with an Australian batting low on confidence raised plenty of questions. With rain forecast on both day 4 and day 5, Indian fans will be hoping that the decision to not enforce the follow-on and go for the kill does not come back to haunt Kohli. On day 3 though, the majority of fans who were present at the MCG witnessed a masterclass from Bumrah. On a pitch which had variable bounce, the Gujarat pacer proved to be simply unplayable. Australia did not help their cause by playing poor shots and falling to the field trap set cleverly by Kohli.Read More | Bumrah takes career-best figures to decimate Australia in MCG TestFinch (8) was the first person to fall for the trap when he uppishly flicked a full ball from Ishant Sharma to be caught smartly by Mayank Agarwal at short-midwicket. Bumrah had already given a demonstration of the damage that he could cause on day 2 when he hit Marcus Harris on the helmet with a sharp bouncer. On day 3, he continued to work on that mental scar. Bumrah banged a short delivery on leg stump and Harris was late on the pull shot, the top edge ballooned to fine leg where Ishant took the catch. Bumrah found a valuable ally in Ravindra Jadeja as he pegged the scoring rate down with his accuracy and he accounted for the dangerous Usman Khawaja for 21.Read More | Pujara matches Tendulkar for this unwanted record in Boxing Day TestMr 360 of bowling However, Bumrah produced the moment of the match which turned the tide firmly in Kohli’s favour. On the last ball before the lunch break, Bumrah bowled a slow, dipping full toss which sneaked under Shaun Marsh’s bat and he was trapped plumb in front for 19. The wicket before the break had given India tremendous momentum and they never loosened their grip. The wicket of Shaun prompted many analysts to praise Bumrah’s reading of the situation and many dubbed him the ‘complete bowler’.Read More | Watch – Kohli tries to run four, Pujara barely manages threeFollowing the lunch break, Bumrah produced another gem as he angled in a full ball that nipped back further off the seam to knock over Travis Head for 20. Australia held on until the tea break, with Tim Paine and Pat Cummins hanging on grimly with a solid stand. India sustained the pressure and Shami became the fifth Indian pacer to take 100 wickets in overseas Tests when he went through the defences of Cummins just before the tea break. Following the resumption, Bumrah took care of the one factor that might have limited the damage for Australia and that was running through the tail. The right-arm pacer got Paine with a delivery that straightened outside off and cleaned up Nathan Lyon (0) and Josh Hazlewood (0) in quick succession as he became the first Asian pacer to take a five-wicket haul in England, Australia and South Africa in the same calendar year.Read More | India v Australia, highlights: Kohli’s side lead by 346Something to smile for AustraliaIndia took the lead past 300 with Mayank Agarwal once again looking in decent touch. However, Cummins gave Australia something to smile after a tough day. In a devastating spell of bowling, Cummins accounted for Hanuma Vihari for the second time in the match with a bouncer. However, his crowning glory was dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara (0), Virat Kohli (0) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) in a magnificent burst of bowling.When Josh Hazlewood got Rohit Sharma for 5, India were in danger of losing the momentum but Rishabh Pant and Agarwal ensured India’s lead neared 350. With a batting line-up that is fragile and on a pitch that will assist the bowlers even more, Australia can only hope for rain to play the savior as they look to end what has been a terrible year for them on a slightly positive note. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Associated Press August 29, 2020 The first game on the slate is Game 5 of the Orlando-Milwaukee Eastern Conference first-round series, with the Bucks holding a 3-1 lead and putting the Magic on the brink of elimination. If the Bucks win, the Eastern Conference first round would be completed in just 17 games. That would be the fastest opening round, in either conference, since the league went to the best-of-seven format in 2003.Later Saturday, Oklahoma City takes on Houston in a series tied 2-2. The Rockets have 77 3-pointers so far in this series, putting them on pace to be the first team in NBA history to make 100 in a single series. The record for any series is 95, set by the Rockets in the West semifinals last season.The Los Angeles Lakers have a 3-1 lead in their series with Portland and a win Saturday night would send them to the second round for the first time since 2012. LeBron James’ teams are 13-0 all-time in first-round series. James has walked off a winner in 57 of his 68 career first-round games with Cleveland and Miami.OBIT-ROBINSONEx-UConn star, top NBA sixth man Cliff Robinson dies at 53 Osaka out of Western & Southern Open final, citing hamstringNEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka pulled out of the Western & Southern Open final Saturday because of a left hamstring injury, giving the title to Victoria Azarenka in a walkover.The tournament announced Osaka’s decision about 90 minutes before the championship match was supposed to begin in Louis Armstrong Stadium at the site of the U.S. Open. The 59th-ranked Azarenka collects her first title since 2016 and the 21st of her career, 20th at a hard-court event. She is a two-time Australian Open champion, two-time U.S. Open runner-up and has been ranked as high as No. 1. Azarenka also won the Western & Southern Open in 2013. SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton set a track record at the Belgian Grand Prix as he clinched a record-extending 93rd pole position on Saturday, finishing well ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.Hamilton is primed to extend his championship lead, which stands at 37 points over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and 43 over Bottas.Hamilton dedicated his latest achievement to a hero of his own. He stood on top of his all-black Mercedes and crossed his arms in memory of American actor Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer on Friday at the age of 43.TOUR DE FRANCETour de France sets off from Nice The 31-year-old Azarenka considered retiring at the start of the year. The Western & Southern Open normally is held in Ohio but was moved to New York this year because of the coronavirus pandemic as part of a two-tournament “controlled environment.” The U.S. Open starts Monday. One of Osaka’s two Grand Slam titles came at Flushing Meadows in 2018.F1-BELGIAN GPHamilton takes Belgian GP pole position, Ferrari struggles UNDATED (AP) — Cliff Robinson, a former UConn star and longtime top sixth man in the NBA, has died. He was 53.Robinson’s death Saturday was confirmed by UConn. No cause of death was given, though former Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said Robinson had a stroke 2 1/2 years ago.Nicknamed Uncle Cliffy, Robinson played 18 seasons in the NBA and helped the Portland Trail Blazers reach two NBA Finals. Before that, he was the centerpiece of Calhoun’s early teams at UConn. Robinson was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 1993 and made his lone All-Star appearance the following year.NHL PLAYOFFS Update on the latest sports NHL returns to the iceUNDATED (AP) — The NHL playoffs resume Saturday after an unplanned two-day break to protest racial injustice.Game 4 of the Eastern Conference series between Tampa Bay and Boston is underway in Toronto. The Lightning lead that series two games to one.Saturday night, the New York Islanders take on Philadelphia in Toronto and Vegas faces Vancouver in Edmonton. Both of those series are tied 1-1.TENNIS-WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN NICE, France (AP) — The Tour de France has finally set off from the Riviera city of Nice in an extraordinarily subdued atmosphere amid fears the race could be stopped well before it reaches Paris. Since its inception in 1903 the race has been canceled only twice, both times due to world wars. But the number of daily COVID-19 cases has been rising steadily in recent weeks across France which is prompting concerns the Tour will have to be stopped early if the situation deteriorates further.Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff won the first stage with a fearsome final sprint, powering past thin crowds on the finishing straight that would usually have been many rows deep. He celebrated by giving a COVID-sensible fist-bump to a teammate. NFL-DOLPHINS-FITZPATRICKDolphins’ Fitzpatrick learns of mother’s death before scrimmage MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s mother died Saturday, and he left a morning scrimmage as it began to be with his family. The team gathered in prayer as Fitzpatrick departed. Coach Brian Flores said he didn’t know how long Fitzpatrick would be away from the team. He missed one day of practice last week for personal reasons. Josh Rosen and Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) took the snaps in Fitzpatrick’s absence. Miami’s first game is Sept. 13 at New England. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSPlayoffs resume after 3-day pauseLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA playoffs resume Saturday after three-day pause in protest of the shooting by police of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last weekend.