The Samajwadi Party is non-committal whether it would enter into an electoral alliance with the Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said the talks over an alliance could wait till the elections and it was time for him to strengthen the SP.“It is decided that the we will first set our party right and prepare for the battle on the ground that’s coming up. The talks for an alliance could be held when elections come,” Mr. Yadav told reporters.He was responding to a specific question whether his party would contest the Lok Sabha elections in alliance with the Congress. The two parties unsuccessfully fought the 2017 UP Assembly elections together but contested the subsequent local body polls on their own. Even in the Sikandra bypoll, which the BJP won, both the Congress and SP had fielded their own candidates. Mr. Yadav said he did not want to waste time in alliance talks right now.He, however, said that “we socialists don’t change friends easily and when we enter into a friendship we do it after a lot of thought.”Mr. Yadav’s non-committal stand on an alliance with the Congress comes days after the party, along with the BSP, was absent from a meeting of Opposition parties convened by him in Lucknow.The meeting was called to gather momentum against the use of EVM in the upcoming Lok Sabha bypoll for Phulpur and Gorakhpur seats but was also seen as a step taken by Mr. Yadav to organise non-BJP parties.
Medical reports on Saturday confirmed that five more girls from the Muzaffarpur shelter home had been sexually exploited, raising the number of victims in the case to 34. Forty-two girls of Balika Grih were subjected to the medical test at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) here.With the medical reports of five more girls confirming sexual exploitation on Saturday, the number of Muzaffarpur shelter home victims has risen to 34. Forty-two girls of Balika Grih were subjected to medical test at the Patna Medical College and Hospital and 29 returned positive for rape.“The number of girls raped in the shelter home has gone up to 34 from 29 reported earlier …. medical reports of the remaining 8 girls have not shown any signs of sexual contact,” Harpreet Kaur, Senior Superintendent of Police, Muzaffarpur, told The Hindu over phone.“The report of one of the eight girls is, however, suspicious as overwriting has been noticed…we’ve asked the PMCH doctors for clarification”, she said.Secret staircases foundSenior police officials, including Muzaffarpur Inspector General of Police Sunil Kumar, who visited the shelter home on Saturday found three secret staircases leading up to the adjacent residence of the main accused Brajesh Thakur. Thakur’s NGO, Sankalp Evan Vikas Samiti, which was given the contract to run the home by the State Social Welfare Department, was managing its affairs since October 2013.The Bihar government has already recommended a CBI inquiry into the case. The district police has arrested 10 of the 11 accused and filed chargesheets against them. Thakur was arrested within 48-hours of the FIR being lodged by the State Welfare Department on May 31.A Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) report had, earlier, exposed sexual and physical exploitation of girls at 15 shelter and short-stay homes in Bihar, including the Muzaffarpur shelter home. Bihar has 110 shelter and short-stay homes run by the state welfare department.Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Tejaswi Yadav who along with other alliance parties have been demanding “High-Court monitored CBI inquiry” into the Muzaffarpur shelter home rapes, slammed the NDA government in a tweet. “Bihar has rakshas raj (demonic rule)….here Ravan kidnaps Mother Sita…this is balatkar raj (rape culture), coward Duryodhan is disrobing Draupadi. In Bihar, the Ravan-Duryodhan pair has made it difficult for sisters and mothers to step out”.Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday set off on a bicycle rally from Bodh Gaya to Patna to protest against rampant incidents of rape and deteriorating law and order in the State. He had earlier attacked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the “delayed decision” to recommend a CBI probe into the case.‘Order SC-monitored probe’ Our Special Correspondent adds from New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe into the charges of sexual exploitation at the government-run shelter home at Muzaffarpur. The party also questioned Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s silence on the issue and asked him whether this was an example of “good governance model” of the ruling JD(U)-BJP alliance.
Taking forward the UP Investors Summit 2018 agenda, the Yogi Adityanath government will hold investment meets in five top cities of United States of America (USA), including Washington and New York.A high-level delegation led by UP health minister Sidharth Nath Singh will be visiting the US next week for a weeklong tour seeking to attract investment and sign memorandums of understanding (MoU) with companies.Read it at Business Standard Related Items
Peeved with a tweet by a government agency on Netaji’s death, some members of his family have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to form a SIT to unravel the mystery surrounding his disappearance over seven decades ago.Netaji’s grandnephew and State BJP vice-president Chandra Kumar Bose said on Monday that the mystery surrounding his disappearance in August 1945 is yet to be resolved and any announcement on the freedom fighter’s death should only be made by the PM. Some members of the leader’s family urged Mr. Modi to speak to Japanese premier Shinzo Abe to ensure that the files held by that country’s government are declassified and a DNA test of his “remains” preserved at the Renkoji temple in Tokyo is conducted. The Press Information Bureau had on Sunday tweeted “#PIB remembers the great freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his death anniversary. #Netaji #subhashchandrabose.” ‘Waiting for truth’Mr. Bose said that Netaji’s death was not a trivial matter and an agency like the PIB should not be making any announcement about it. “It should be coming from the Prime Minister, not from Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh or anybody else,” he said adding that Netaji’s family is waiting to know the truth. “Nation wants a closure on #NetajiMystery, particularly to stop the false theories spread by persons with vested interest. A tweet by @PIBIndia is not the right approach…,” he tweeted. “It’s good to see @PIB_India have deleted their tweet on Netaji’s death,” he said in another tweet.Mr. Bose said during the declassification of Netaji files in 2016, the Centre had failed to get five files that are in the possession of the Japanese government and that those are “very crucial” to find the truth. “Now that the #NetajiMystery issue is raging across the nation, for a proper closure please get 3 files kept in Japan, conduct DNA test of remains at Renkoji & release IB files to solve the mystery,” Mr. Bose posted on Twitter, tagging the PM, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, PIB-Ahmedabad, among others.Mr. Bose said that the SIT should comprise of Intelligence Bureau and Union Home department personnel, Netaji researchers, forensic experts and members of Netaji’s family.
UK Sport, the funding body for Olympic events, have long espoused a “no compromise” philosophy. Christie has a similar mindset. She has not contemplated, at least publicly, whether she should soften it. The closest she came on Tuesday was to say she would get stronger so she could lead in every race and not have to worry about coming from behind.In many ways sticking with the tried and trusted is understandable given it brought her three world titles in 2017. But in the cold light of day, going for bronze in the 500m, say, rather than trying a daring move and crashing out may have been more sensible.Meanwhile what happens next when UK Sport comes to allocating funding for the next Winter Olympics in Beijing will be fascinating. For the current cycle it gave short track £4.76m in funding, and in exchange agreed a target of between one and two medals for these Games. Clearly the sport has come up short. Topics Read more Each time Elise Christie has stepped on to the ice at these Winter Olympics, there has been a gnawing sense among those watching that they are about to become rubberneckers at the scene of a high-speed smash or witnesses to another painful tearjerker.Part of that is the nature of short track speedskating, a wildly exciting but devilish sport that requires competitors to ping around a 111m oval track at speeds of more than 20mph, while avoiding opponents swarming and jetting around them. Of course there will be crashes, and plenty of them. It is the nature of the beast. Share on Twitter Reuse this content Support The Guardian Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Norse code: what’s the secret of the Norwegians’ Winter Olympics success? Winter Olympics 2018 Facebook Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest comment Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Winter Olympics Twitter Read more Yet, increasingly, it is only fair to also ask how much of Christie’s bad luck is down to her rather than her sport. Sure, one or two slices of misfortune is natural. But a run of six successive crashes or disqualifications at a Winter Olympics dating back to Sochi four years ago is harder to explain.Was it the increased pressure of being at the biggest event in your sport, she was asked. “No,” she responded, before pointing out she felt more nervous before winning three titles in last year’s world championships in Rotterdam. “I just see it as three races that went rubbish in the last four years. Unfortunately all three of them were here. That’s short track and that’s the way it goes sometimes.”There is some truth to that. In eight women’s 1000m heats at Gangneung Ice Arena on Tuesday, six skaters were disqualified for infringements while another five suffered a similar fate in the men’s 500m heats.Was she too aggressive when she raced? This time GB’s short track leader, Stewart Laing, shook his head. “It’s harsh if people call Elise reckless,” he said. “It’s the nature of racing.”Perhaps. But after rewatching all of Christie’s races in Sochi and Pyeongchang there is a case to be made that her all-or-nothing approach narrows the gap between glory and disaster by too great a margin. Hers is a muscular style, an eye-of-the-needle approach, a gold-or-bust attitude. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Elise Christie of Great Britain ieaves the Ice Rink after competing in the heats of the Women’s 1000m Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Share via Email Yet it is worth pointing out that before the Winter Olympics, Chelsea Warr, UK Sport’s venerable director of performance, made it clear that sports such as short track speedskating were part of a “theatre of jeopardy” with higher potential rewards but also greater risks of failure than their summer counterparts.That is right and it should ease some of the programme’s fears. Yet Christie apart, there does not appear to be a deep network of British short track talent ready to burst through. In Pyeongchang it became a familiar sight to see Team GB athletes bundled out in the heats. “We’ll go back and have a thorough review,” said Laing afterwards.Meanwhile Christie, for all her brilliant talent and engaging personality, will have to learn some lessons too. Share on WhatsApp Elise Christie out of Winter Olympics after disqualification in 1,000m heat
By the time Joaquin Correa’s shot hit the net, Lazio’s bench was already spilling on to the pitch. Team-mates charged 70 yards from the touchline to celebrate with him in the far corner. Simone Inzaghi went in the opposite direction, turning to the supporters nearest and raising his arms in triumph.It was a scintillating goal to settle a scrappy Coppa Italia final. Correa had menaced Atalanta throughout with his pace and direct running, but it took him until the 90th minute to convert that threat into something tangible.Chasing down a hoofed clearance from Felipe Caicedo, the Argentinian slipped the ball one side of Remo Freuler and took his body in the opposite direction, reuniting the two on the far side of the defender. He cut inside on his right foot, then shot with his left, overcoming a heroic attempt at a block from Robin Gosens, who had chased all the way from Lazio’s penalty box. Share on Pinterest Facebook Their next game is at Juventus. Daunting, in a footballing sense, but a fixture that ought not to come with the pre-match ugliness we saw here, when 200 or so Lazio Ultras clashed with police, even setting one police car on fire. In the week when it was confirmed that Cagliari would receive no punishment for the racial abuse of Moise Kean at their stadium, this was another dismal scene for Italian football.Amid the pomp and pageantry of Wednesday’s final, which began with a ballerina floated by tricolour balloons being brought down to earth with the trophy, a piece of art by Simone Fugazzotto was also presented on the pitch. Intended to send a message against racism, it showed three monkeys with faces framed in different colours, resembling the edges of panels on a football.Fugazzotto’s intention was to “depict Europeans, Africans and Asians all under the form of a monkey”. Its effectiveness as a piece of art rests in the eye of the beholder. The prospect of any coherent move towards tackling racism in Italian football stadiums, sadly, remains as distant as ever. Read more He, and they, have fallen short of that ambition. With two games to go in the Serie A season, Lazio sit eighth – seven points behind fourth-placed Atalanta. It was these same opponents who effectively ended their challenge at the start of the month, with a 3-1 win at the Stadio Olimpico.Atalanta are Italian football’s latest fairytale, a team with the 14th-largest wage bill in Serie A that has outscored everybody, playing with a verve and courage that their wealthier rivals rarely seem to muster. Comparisons to Ajax are more than just platitudes. Fabio Capello observed how both teams were able to create more attacking options by committing players to one-on-one battles without the usual defensive safety nets.The Bergamese club has not lifted a piece of major silverware since their one previous Coppa Italia win, back in 1963. They represent a city of 120,000 people, yet brought more than 20,000 fans to Rome for this final. The club’s president, Antonio Percassi, fought back tears as he posed for a photo with his sons in front of those supporters before kick-off. Atalanta B.C. (@Atalanta_BC)#TIMCup #AtalantaLazio la commozione del Presidente #Percassi e dei figli Luca, Stefano e Matteo davanti agli oltre 21mila tifosi bergamaschi all’Olimpico!#GoAtalantaGo ⚫️🔵 pic.twitter.com/dcA95VaOAIMay 15, 2019 Perhaps the weight of the occasion got to his players. Lazio are used to this stage, appearing here for the third time in five years. By contrast, there was an anxiousness to Atalanta’s play that had not been present during their previous 13-game unbeaten run. They played with the same high tempo as ever, yet they struggled to carve out scoring opportunities.Then again, the game might have unfolded very differently if they had been awarded the penalty they deserved midway through the first half. A shot from Marten De Roon took a deflection off the arm of Bastos on its way to hitting the post. Under the interpretation of the rules applied this season, it was a clear handball, yet referee Luca Banti missed it and the VAR booth never called for a review.Atalanta’s manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, did not get a clear look until after the game. He might regret that he ever did. “The players told me there was a handball,” he said, “but I thought it was one of those ambiguous fouls. In fact, this is something inconceivable [given the availability of VAR], the action is extremely clear.” Had the penalty been given, then Bastos, already booked, would also have been sent off. Instead, Inzaghi substituted him a few minutes later. Lazio Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball)Joaquin Correa, a one-man counter-attack, has just secured the Coppa Italia for Lazio 🦅Pandemonium in Rome. pic.twitter.com/ysKOQ0wSUTMay 15, 2019 Sportblog The Lazio manager cannot be blamed for a referee’s mistakes. Inzaghi’s substitutions paid off throughout, most obviously with the late introduction of Milinkovic-Savic. The Serbian had only just returned to training after an ankle injury that many expected to end his season.We do not know if either man will be back next season. Milinkovic-Savic still has his admirers, and Inzaghi has been evasive when asked about his own future. The manager has drawn criticism lately for his team’s apparent regression over the past 12 months. Yet it is worth reminding ourselves that Lazio lost the man previously perceived as their best defender, Stefan De Vrij, in the summer, as well as Felipe Anderson.Gasperini is likewise yet to commit his future to Atalanta. Some have speculated that he could even wind up back in the capital, as manager of Roma. For now, he has more pressing concerns. Atalanta need four points from their remaining two games to achieve a Champions League qualification that might be an even greater achievement than lifting the Coppa Italia would have been. Reuse this content The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Atalanta’s Hans Hateboer shows his dejection as Lazio celebrate. Photograph: Paolo Magni/EPA Topics Lazio had broken the deadlock eight minutes earlier, through Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A late substitute, he was on the pitch for only a matter of moments before rising to thump home a header from Lucas Leiva’s corner.This has been a trying season for the Serbian, valued at over €100m by Lazio last summer after scoring 14 goals from midfield, but author to only five previously in 2018-19. His agent, Mateja Kežman, claimed in September that the player had turned down the chance to more than treble his wages at Paris Saint-Germain because he still wanted to fulfil a promise to his current club to get them into the Champions League. features European club football Share via Email Share on Twitter Florenzi inspires Roma win and leaves Juventus and Ronaldo feeling small Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Atalanta Twitter Share on Messenger
Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk insisted his £75 million ($91m) price tag was never an issue after the world-record fee for a defender was broken earlier this month. Van Dijk made the move from Southampton to Liverpool in January 2018, the huge transfer fee initially raising eyebrows. AdChoices广告But the Netherlands international helped the Premier League giants win the Champions League last season and has emerged as a Ballon d’Or contender under manager Jurgen Klopp. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? However, the world-record fee was broken after Manchester United paid Leicester City £80m ($96m) for England centre-back Harry Maguire earlier this month. Van Dijk, whose side face Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday, played down the significance of the fees. “It wasn’t a big issue for me. It’s something you don’t have an influence on,” he told a news conference. “It happens, it’s the market and the only thing you can do is put your head down and start playing, give everything for the team. “That’s what I did and it worked so far, I’ll just try to keep doing that, keep progressing and be a better player.” European champions Liverpool will go into their clash against Chelsea as favourites, having opened their Premier League season with a 4-1 win over Norwich City as Frank Lampard’s men were humbled 4-0 by United. Van Dijk is eager for Jurgen Klopp’s side to win the trophy for Liverpool for the first time since 2005. “I think it could work in both favours, they know us, we know them, but the most important thing is it’s one game, one final, anything could happen,” he said. “We know at the start of the season everyone’s coming back from having a break. We are ready, we want to win that trophy and we’re going to do everything that’s possible to hold the trophy.” The Reds have a packed schedule to open the campaign, having lost the Community Shield to Manchester City on August 4 ahead of the start of the Premier League season. Saturday will see the club return to league action to face Southampton, with a match against Arsenal on the cards on August 24.
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WASHINGTON – In a test case for the aggressive use of trade penalties in Donald Trump’s America, the Canadian and British governments urged a U.S. tribunal Monday not to impose duties on Bombardier planesCanada’s ambassador to Washington argued that potential duties of up to 300 per cent on Bombardier’s C-Series jet were illegitimate and he urged the U.S. International Trade Commission to reject them.On the same day the ambassador was fighting one commercial dispute, the Trump administration released a new national security strategy mentioning trade almost five-dozen times, heralding an elbows-up attitude to trade in general.And, in New York state, the governor instituted a new law with Buy American provisions.MacNaughton listed several problems with the penalty on Bombardier. First, he said it’s rooted in speculation that American powerhouse Boeing will be hurt by Bombardier C-Series imports, the sort of conjecture forbidden not only under U.S. law, but also by World Trade Organization rules.Moreover, he told the commission there’s no evidence Bombardier planes will be exported to the U.S.; that the C-Series does not compete with similar-sized Boeing aircraft; that Boeing has a seven-year backlog in sales, invalidating its claim of an injury; and that duties would ultimately hurt Americans because Bombardier accounts for 23,000 jobs in nine U.S. states.The British ambassador to the U.S. made a similar case, and added another shot at Boeing. Kim Darroch argued that Boeing has benefited from billions in government support via different U.S. mechanisms, while it complains about subsidies elsewhere.MacNaughton acknowledged the broader implications of this fight.Speaking to reporters outside the hearing, he said anti-trade rhetoric in the U.S., not just from the Trump administration, has emboldened companies to launch commercial attacks on their foreign rivals.“What we are seeing is because of, in large measure, the rhetoric that exists in the United States at the present moment — and I’m not just referring to one source of the rhetoric, I’m talking broadly of the anti-trade rhetoric — it has given U.S. companies the permission to take action they wouldn’t have taken before,” MacNaughton said.“The real danger of this is it’s going to have a negative impact on U.S. jobs.”The Trump administration itself has boasted about how trade complaints like Boeing’s have surged since it took office. On Monday, it released a new national security strategy and listed trade as a top threat.“Economic security is national security,” it said the document. “Unfair trade practices (have) weakened our economy and exported our jobs.”In New York State, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law with Buy American rules for steel and iron on bridges, more limited than earlier domestic-procurement rules Canadian premiers had lobbied against.Boeing argued that it’s Canada that is practising unfair trade.The company said public subsidies in Canada have allowed its rival to stay alive, and creep into potential markets. It said C-Series sales are already hurting its orders and claimed the recent Bombardier-Airbus partnership to build in Alabama is a ruse that would disappear if duties are rescinded.It’s hard to compete when your rival benefits from a bottomless source of funding from foreign taxpayers, said the president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Kevin McAllister.“Boeing makes the best airplanes in the world. But we can’t compete with companies funded and backed by governments,” McAllister said.“In a fair competition, I’ll bet on Boeing, our U.S. employees, and the U.S. industry every time. But we should only have to compete against private companies — not governments and the airplanes they create and produce through endless subsidies.”He cited examples of how hard it is to compete with government. For example, he noted that the Canadian government recently cancelled a big military contract for Boeing Super Hornets, in retaliation for the fight with Bombardier.He also argued that rock-bottom prices, subsidized by Canadian taxpayers, helped Bombardier swoop in to steal a contract with Delta, when that airline had initially looking to buy used airplanes in a deal brokered by Boeing.“Essentially Bombardier offered new airplanes at used airplane prices. And it worked,” McAllister said.He also cast this fight as something bigger. The Boeing executive explained how he grew up in Bethlehem, Pa., and saw the iconic Bethlehem Steel company shut down a generation ago, killed slowly by a variety of factors including dumped foreign steel.He said he now keeps a painting of the old plant in his office: “This left an impression on me.”One trade expert said the aircraft feud might have happened under any other presidency, as Boeing has the right to a bureaucratic investigation under American trade laws — independent of the politics.But Chad Bown, co-host of the “Trade Talks” podcast and senior fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said it’s notable that Boeing filed this case in the U.S., rather than going the usual route of past aircraft disputes: the WTO.“I would argue that Trump’s approach to trade policy made it more likely that Boeing would file this case,” Bown said.
Another massive Chinese-owned resource project is before Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet.[np_storybar title=”Main exploration projects in Canada’s Nunavut” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2011/08/31/main-exploration-projects-in-canada%E2%80%99s-nunavut/”%5DHere are some of the main exploration projects in the giant Canadian territory of Nunavut, listed by company [/np_storybar]Some time in the new year, four federal ministers are to decide how to conduct an environmental review for the Izok Corridor proposal. It could bring many billions of dollars into the Arctic but would also see development of open-pit mines, roads, ports and other facilities in the centre of calving grounds for the fragile Bathurst caribou herd.Courtesy of MMG Minerals “This is going to be the biggest issue,” said Sally Fox, a spokeswoman for proponent MMG Minerals, a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned Minmetals Resources Ltd.It would be hard to exaggerate the proposal’s scope. Centred at Izok Lake, about 260 kilometres southeast of Kugluktuk, the project would stretch throughout a vast swath of western Nunavut.Izok Lake would have five separate underground and open-pit mines producing lead, zinc and copper. Another site at High Lake, 300 kilometres to the northeast, would have another three mines.MMG also wants a processing plant that could handle 6,000 tonnes of ore a day, tank farms for 35 million litres of diesel, two permanent camps totalling 1,000 beds, airstrips and a 350-kilometre all-weather road with 70 bridges that would stretch from Izok Lake to Grays Bay on the central Arctic coast.MMG plans a port there that could accommodate ships of up to 50,000 tonnes that would make 16 round trips a year — both east and west — through the Northwest Passage.Izok Lake would be drained, the water dammed and diverted to a nearby lake. Three smaller lakes at High Lake would also be drained. Grays Bay would be substantially filled in.The result would be a project producing 180,000 tonnes of zinc and another 50,000 tonnes of copper a year.“That’s not insignificant,” Ms. Fox deadpanned.The deposits are an old story. Izok was discovered in the late 1970s and High Lake dates back to the 1950s. They had been owned by a half-dozen different companies before they were acquired by Minmetals in 2009.Their time has come, Ms. Fox said.“They’re very much about our future confidence in zinc,” she said from Melbourne, Australia, where MMG is headquartered. “We see in the next few years a number of major zinc mines will be coming off-line.”One of those is MMG’s own Century mine, which produces 500,000 tonnes of zinc annually. “Between the Izok Corridor project in Canada and our other project in Australia, we would be hoping that they would replace the zinc production of our Century mine,” Ms. Fox said.MMG estimates the Izok project would create about 1,100 jobs during construction and 710 permanent jobs. The mine life is estimated at 12 years, but Ms. Fox said exploration is likely to expand that.More than 400 individuals, organizations, aboriginal groups and governments registered concerns about the project with the Nunavut Impact Review Board.“Both the Izok Lake mine site and the High Lake mine site, as well as the route of the Izok corridor all-weather road, occur either near to or on the Bathurst calving ground,” the government of the Northwest Territories wrote. “The proposed project may cause significant adverse effects on the ecosystem and wildlife habitat,” Environment Canada wrote.“We are concerned that our hunting and harvesting rights will be in jeopardy if the project is allowed to proceed as is,” the Lutsel K’e Dene said.Many pointed out that the Bathurst herd has stabilized only recently after a 90% drop in the 1980s to today’s 32,000 animals. That drop was steep and sustained enough for aboriginal groups to stop hunting the herd and many are leery of anything that could impede its recovery.“The project may also cause some adverse socio-economic effects such as possible reductions and disruptions in harvesting opportunities,” the Kitikmeot Inuit Association wrote, despite acknowledging its members are most likely to benefit from mining jobs.The review board also expressed concern about the growing industrial footprint in western Nunavut. There are now nine mines operating or under review in the Kitikmeot region.On Dec. 14, the board recommended Northern Development Minister John Duncan call full public hearings on the project.Mr. Duncan and the three other ministries involved — transport, natural resources and fisheries and oceans — can send the project back to MMG and ask for changes, they can choose to let the board run hearings itself or they can decide the project’s effects would be broad enough to require the involvement of other governments in hearings.There’s no difference in length, who is able to appear or intervener funding between the two types of hearings, board chairman Ryan Barry said.Ms. Fox said MMG is aware of the centrality of caribou to residents in the area. “They’re absolutely essential to the local Inuit.”MMG has designed the road to make it as easy as possible for caribou to cross, she said, and the company is conducting field studies on how to further reduce the project’s potential impact.Ms. Fox said MMG is also aware of other potential stumbling blocks, such as Canadian sensitivity to major resource projects being owned by foreign governments. She said Minmet has left its Australian subsidiary alone to operate as it sees fit, despite the fact half of MMG’s board is from Minmet.“We’re a bit of a different model for Chinese investment,” Ms. Fox said. “We really run day-to-day quite separately.”MMG doesn’t expect the Harper government’s recent policy changes on investment by state-owned enterprises to affect Izok. The prime minister announced those changes at the same time Ottawa approved the takeovers of Nexen by China National Offshore Oil Co. and Progress Energy Resources Corp. by Malaysia’s Petronas.“We’re not acquiring and operating assets that are producing,” she said. “We’re in there as a long-term investor in a project that has been seen as quite marginal by others.“The Harper government has noted the importance of mineral investment in this region and the importance of that to unlock benefits for the local communities. We certainly see that we’re very aligned in our strategy with that.”However Ottawa decides to tackle the questions over Izok, mine production is a long way off. MMG plans to ask for permission to start preliminary work on-site before the regulatory process is over, but even that wouldn’t be until late 2014. The earliest the mines could be producing would be 2018.Mr. Duncan has no deadline to respond to the board’s request for a review. But, as the board notes in its letter to him, the ball is now in his court. “The (board) looks forward to receiving your decision and will respond in a timely and efficient manner to your direction once received.”
According to reports, the men had gone hunting for porcupines and had got trapped in the cave.The two men had attempted to smoke the porcupines out of the cave and had died from being choked by the smoke in the cave while being trapped inside. The bodies of two men were found inside a cave in a forest in Ragala.The Police said the bodies were believed to be that of two men who had gone hunting.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today that the US sanctions expected to be enforced on Iran in November will impact oil prices.Responding to a question raised by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, the Prime Minister said that the world is waiting and watching to see how the sanctions will impact oil prices. The US has told countries to cut oil imports from Iran to “zero” by November 4 or face sanctions. He said there is a fear oil prices will increase further as a result of the sanctions. The Prime Minister also said that the US-China cold war is also having an impact on the oil prices.He said that cabinet had agreed earlier this year that an oil pricing formula was needed to control oil prices in Sri Lanka. Anura Kumara Dissanayake however said that no one seems to know how the formula works.Dissanayake said that the information on the oil price formula is not being released even after a request was made under the Right to Information Act.The Prime Minister said that he will request Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera to brief Parliament on the formula at a later date. (Colombo Gazette)
In the middle of his third trip to Guinea this month, Anthony Banbury, head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), told reporters that he had visited Guéckédou, in an area in the southern part of the country, close to the Sierra Leone and Liberia borders, at the heart of where the crisis originally began. “The first case of Ebola, in December 2013, was just down the road from here, so I was very interested and coming and seeing the situation on the ground for myself,” he said, noting that “happily, the number of cases in Guéckédou has gone down a lot.” Indeed, he said, the transmissions are declining and the number of cases in the town is almost basically zero. While there are still cases outside the town, “there’s been good progress made over these past months.” Asked if the strategy to halt the spread of the virus in the area was sound, the UNMEER chief said he did not believe there were any major gaps in Guéckédou. “All the elements of the proper response plan are in place,” he continued, explaining that in the area there is an Ebola treatment unit; there are safe burials; there is contact identification and tracing; as well s community mobilization – “and we see the results of it”. This was reminiscent of what UNMEER had seen in Foya in neighbouring Liberia, where all those elements were in place, and what had been an area with very high infection rates – and significantly accelerated infection rates – now was seeing significantly decreasing infection rates. “So we know the strategy we have works – the challenge now to is to spread it everywhere…the disease is,” said Mr. Banbury, noting that there are other places close to Guéckédou where the situation was quite different and the virus was still spreading. “We’re going to go look at Macenta today…where there are significantly accelerating cases and we need to [put] more of an effort there into getting all the elements of the response together,” he said. As for his meeting earlier in the day with Guéckédou’s prefect, mayor, other local officials, partners and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Mr. Banbury said that while the prefect was very pleased with the progress that had been achieved in reducing the number of cases, he emphasized that the Ebola outbreak is impacting every segment of society, every facet of life. “People weren’t going to the market anymore, people were afraid to come from outside of Guéckédou to sell at the market because they thought that Guéckédou was a centre of Ebola. So clearly the disease has had a dramatic impact on society here,” said Mr. Banbury, adding however, that “the good news is the numbers are really coming down in Guéckédou.” Yet, there is more work to be done, he continued, noting that unfortunately, in neighbouring districts – Macenta, N’Zérékoré, Kaoune – “there are very significant numbers, increases in cases.”Commenting on his stop yesterday in the Guinean capital, Conakry, where he met President Alpha Condé, Mr. Banbury said he had been pleased to learn of the adoption by the President and the Government of a national plan to defeat Ebola – that was very much based on the plan that came out of the planning conference held two weeks ago in Accra, Ghana, where UNMEER is headquartered, with the key UN officials and leaders of the most-affected countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Now, he continued, the Guinea’s national coordination structure is co-chaired by Dr. Sakoba Keita, National Coordinator for the Fight against Ebola and Dr. Marcel Rudasingwa, the Ebola Crisis Manager for UNMEER, “so things are really looking in good shape here. The disease is till very much a crisis, but the elements to defeat are being put in place – I’m very pleased to see it.”Mr. Banbury went on to say that his first stop after Conakry this morning was in Kissidougou, where the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is in the process of building a Forward Logistics Base (FLB). Praising WFP for working so fast to put in place “this critical logistics capability”, he said the Base would have storage facilities, as well as a helicopter landing pad, “including jet A-1 for the planes and helicopters to give good reach for the helicopters to move around and deliver supplies, as well as a number of 4X4 trucks”.Asked about his takeaway from field missions, Mr. Banbury said “you learn so much more than you can in a meeting room in the capital.” Indeed, while official meetings provided vital opportunities to hear the concerns of Heads of State and partners had to say, “you learn much more here on the ground, whether it’s talking to a local official, an NGO worker, a UN worker, some kid on the street – this is where you can really get the sense of what’s happening.” According to UN World Health Organization (WHO) statistics on the Ebola outbreak, 13,567 cases and 4,951 deaths have been reported in the six affected countries of Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States, along with two previously affected countries, Nigeria and Senegal. The cases reported are fewer than those last reported due mainly to suspected cases in Guinea being discarded, WHO said.
BROWSE kawhi leonard LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is a captain and an All-Star starter — again.Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will choose his own teammates as the other captain.Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard was named a starter for the third time, first with Toronto in the East.And Hornets guard Kemba Walker is about to make his first All-Star start, on his home floor in Charlotte.While there were perhaps mild surprises, there were no real stunners during Thursday night’s unveiling of the starters for the NBA All-Star Game that will be played in Charlotte on Feb. 17. James and Antetokounmpo are captains, their perk for being the leading vote-getters out of the Western and Eastern Conferences, and nine of this year’s 10 starters have been chosen to begin All-Star Games in the past.Walker is the lone exception, and broke into a smile when realizing he was a pick.“It’s kind of surreal,” Walker told TNT during the broadcast to announce the starters.The starting guards from the East are Boston’s Kyrie Irving and Walker. The East frontcourt picks were Antetokounmpo, Leonard and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid. From the West, Stephen Curry and reigning NBA MVP James Harden were the picks at guard, with James, Golden State’s Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City’s Paul George getting the frontcourt spots.“I had a lot of doubt coming into my early career about just even being an elite point guard in this league,” Walker said. “So for me to become an All-Star for two straight years and then now to become an All-Star starter most definitely proves the doubters wrong. So this is an unbelievable moment in my career.”James, who has been out for a month with a groin injury but is nearing a return, extended his own record by getting picked as a starter for the 15th consecutive year. He was also a captain last year in the first usage of this captain’s-choice format — and just like last year, James will have the No. 1 pick when he and Antetokounmpo get together on Feb. 7 to choose their 12-man teams.The Bucks, off to an NBA-best 34-12 start, were predictably thrilled that Antetokounmpo earned one of the captaincies.“It speaks to how incredible of a player he is, how much excitement he creates for fans and people want to follow him and watch him and I guess vote for him in this case,” said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer, who currently is the front-runner to coach one of the two All-Star teams. “It’s just well-deserved.”Reserves will be announced Jan. 31, based on the selections made by NBA coaches. From there, James and Antetokounmpo will choose their rosters on Feb. 7, with conference affiliations irrelevant.All-Star starters are chosen by a weighted combination of voting from fans, media and NBA players. Among the notable snubs based on who the fans want to see: Dallas rookie Luka Doncic, second in the West frontcourt voting; Minnesota’s Derrick Rose, second in the West guard voting; and Miami guard Dwyane Wade, who fans voted second among East guards in his 16th and final NBA season.Wade is one of four still-active past All-Star MVPs waiting to see if an All-Star nod is coming. The others are Houston’s Chris Paul, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis.Antetokounmpo already, and understandably, seems sure that Westbrook will be a reserve pick. Westbrook and Embiid tangled in a 76ers-Thunder game last week, and sent a few pointed words in each other’s direction afterward. And mindful of that, Antetokounmpo said he wants to bring the stars together.“I’m a lover, not a fighter,” Antetokounmpo said. “If I can pick Joel Embiid and Russell Westbrook on the same team, I’m going to do it.”
OSU football coach Urban Meyer addresses the media at the 2014 Big Ten Media Days July 28 in Chicago.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorCHICAGO –– To start his time at the 2014 Big Ten Media Days, Urban Meyer was ready to answer the first question before it was ever asked.“Our quarterback –– I know we’ll get asked that question –– is ready to go,” the Ohio State coach said during his opening statement. “He’s full speed, in the best shape of his life.”That quarterback, senior Braxton Miller, came in ninth in the 2013 Heisman Trophy voting before injuring his shoulder during OSU’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson in January. Miller’s status heading into 2014 has been a lingering question mark, and the Buckeyes are without former-backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who set multiple school records while filling in for Miller last season.With unproven backups in redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones and redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett, Meyer said keeping Miller healthy, and improving the offensive line around him, is “concern No. 1.”“There’s a bunch of concerns you always have. It’s A through F, A through Z, A through X, whatever it is,” Meyer said. “But the No. 1 on the list is development of that offensive line…among many others.”With his coach’s focus placed on keeping him healthy going forward, Miller said he is nearing the end of his recovery process and that he has no concerns about his shoulder heading into the season.“There’s no worries,” he said. “I take care of my body, everything is good.”Miller said he has been throwing over the past two months after missing all of spring practice, on top of doing additional rehab.Meyer attributed Miller’s history of injuries to his tendency to go “above and beyond what his body was telling him to do.”With his quarterback on the mend, and more time to spend with his team than in summer’s past, Meyer said the offensive line has had a strong showing since spring practice ended. He said the unit disappointed him in the spring and didn’t show the desired growth.“I really admire our coach, (co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner), and I know we have good players,” he said. “So they’ve had a very good summer.”After the offensive line, Meyer said the second key area of concern for the Buckeyes is one of the same spots they struggled at last season. The OSU pass defense gave up 3,752 yards in 2013, compared to just 2,846 gained for the Buckeye offense. Opponents averaged seven yards per pass and scored 31 touchdowns through the air in 14 games.“We completely have blown up and started from scratch, (in) an area that we were not very strong in: pass defense,” Meyer said of his new-look secondary. “(Co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach) Chris Ash has done an admirable job of installing a brand-new pass defense that we’re going to test and see how it goes during training camp.”Meyer said the secondary looked good in spring practice, which was Ash’s first go around with the team since joining the Buckeyes after his lone season at Arkansas.Outside of those top two concerns, there were bright spots highlighted during the first day of interviews in Chicago Monday.Senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said he felt like the OSU defensive line had the talent to become the best in the nation in 2013, and could fill the gaps and achieve that status this season.“Certain parts, I don’t know if we had the maturity, there was just something missing,” he said about last season’s group. “And then you see us progressing throughout winter and you start seeing, ‘well, you know, we actually have a ridiculous amount of weapons.”Bennett said as the players start to recognize their own abilities, the entire unit can keep progressing towards the goal of being unmatched. He added the line can’t become complacent, and has to prove they are the best each game.“Through the summer, I think guys are really understanding now we can be the best D-line,” he said. “But we have to continue to work for it, and not just think we’re the best.”One person who will likely have a big hand in the performance of the defensive line this season is another new addition the program’s coaching staff..Longtime Penn State assistant Larry Johnson Sr., who was hired in January as the assistant head coach and defensive line coach for the Buckeyes, replaced former defensive line coach Mike Vrabel who took a job with the Houston Texans in the NFL.“We replaced Mike with a top-shelf coach, a guy that has great respect, (a) very good recruiter, a very good coach,” Meyer said. “The players love him already.”Bennett said a main part of what Johnson has done since arriving in Columbus is instill confidence in the younger players, helping to bring needed depth to the defensive line.“You have to make sure that they understand that they’re here to play and that they have the ability to play,” Bennett said. “I think that’s the biggest thing that coach Johnson’s done for them…made them understand that they can play here, and we need them to be ready by this season.”Out of 17 defensive linemen listed on the OSU roster, five are either freshmen or redshirt-freshman. Three are listed as sophomores and that same number are heading into their final year with the Buckeyes.To start July, that total number was 18, but one player, Tracy Sprinkle, was dismissed from the team after an arrest. Meyer said Sprinkle’s status remains unchanged, and that he will reevaluate that status pending the resolution of his legal issues.“If something happens, especially if you hear something serious, just remove from the program and evaluate at the appropriate time,” Meyer said. “So at this time he’s no longer part of the program.”With the expected-to-be strong defensive line, depleted offensive line and revamped defensive secondary, the Buckeyes will be looking to avenge a loss to Michigan State in the 2013 Big Ten Championship game. That title push will be done in the new East Division of the reorganized conference.The East consists of Indiana, new Big Ten additions Maryland and Rutgers, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State. The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Spartans in a rematch of the Big Ten Championship Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich., in primetime.Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, a former OSU defensive coordinator, said the night-game environment in the matchup will be good for the Big Ten and bring out a good game between the teams.“It will be a national game, so I think it’s good for the conference, good for the two teams that are playing in the football game,” he said. “And we play very well at night, so we’re looking forward to a great game.”While that matchup will be heavily talked about heading into the season’s for both teams, Dantonio said it’s important to stay focused one game at a time.Ten weeks before their date with the Spartans, the Buckeyes are scheduled to begin their season Aug. 30 at noon against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
Cyptocurrencies like Bitcoin have allowed criminals to buy and sell online and remain anonymousCredit:Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad are going undercover to fight cybercrime, as police use “older ways” because they can’t crack technology, the Head of the Met Police’s Organised Crime Command has said. Criminals have “diversified” from risky armed robberies into online crime and trading commodities using cryptocurrency and police have become “heavily reliant” on technology to catch them, said Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Gallagher.But the latest encryption software makes it difficult for the police to track users online, and the Met’s Flying Squad detectives have turned to tactics like going undercover and using informants. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “It might be that going forward we have to start re-establishing some of the older ways that we used to work and not be so heavily reliant on technology. If encryption for example is going to start causing a problem,” Mr Gallagher said.“There is a sense in the organised criminal mind that they are anonymous on the dark web, but we still have ways and means in order to prosecute them,” he continued.Among so-called ‘cyber crimes’ is the use of cryptocurrencies – virtual finance that gives users anonymity online – to sell drugs and weapons the on the internet.Meanwhile, robbery offences in England and Wales fell by 30 per cent between 2007 and 2017, figures released by the Office for National Statistics show, before rising sharply in the most recent report this year. Mr Gallagher’s comments come as the Flying Squad celebrates the hundredth anniversary of its foundation in 1918, when it fought armed robbery in London.Since then, the squad has dealt with a number of famous cases, including the 1963 Great Train Robbery, a plot to steal the jewels from a diamond exhibition in the Millennium Dome in 2000, and the £14m Hatton Garden raid in 2015.The team has been portrayed on both big and small screens as ‘The Sweeney’ – a nickname originating in the cockney rhyming slang ‘Sweeney Todd’. From an original team of 12 officers, the Flying Squad will soon comprise 141 detectives, whose expanded remit will for the first time include kidnap. The Flying Squad investigated the famous Hatton Garden robbery in 2015Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
IRELAND’S ECONOMY WILL begin a steady recovery this year, with unemployment rates set to drop nearly two per cent in the next two years.That is the finding of the latest EY Economic Eye report.However, the country’s economic output has been revised downwards for both 2014 and 2015.GDP will contract for this year and grow by 1.6 per cent and 1.9 per cent in 2014 and 2015 respectively.Unemployment levels will remain high, but are set to stabilise in 2013 at 13.7 per cent before modestly improving to 12.9 per cent and 11.9 per cent in 2014 and 2015 respectively.The report predicts that current high net migration outflows will stabilise and decline gradually over the next decade, reaching zero by around 2020.Neil Gibson, Economic Advisor to EY Economic Eye said the predictions showed long-awaited recovery.“We can finally report “green shoots” of recovery in the All Island domestic economy. Exports have done their best to prop up the Island economy and have made a sizeable contribution to GDP.“The Irish labour market is finally growing and, encouragingly, the growth is evident across a broad range of sectors providing confidence that the recovery will be a sustainable one.”Read: Decision on credit line will make it ‘more difficult’ to access future supportsRead: Tough decisions ahead regardless of Troika involvement – Minister
Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Twitter WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight WWE.com is featuring an interview with Sami Zayn where he reveals he has suffered two torn rotator cuffs in his left and right shoulder.Zayn noted that he initially went to Birmingham, Alabama to have his right shoulder (what he described as his “good shoulder”) worked on, only to note that his left shoulder started acting up again after undergoing surgery back in 2015.“…my left shoulder, a.k.a my bad shoulder, started to act up again as well. That shoulder hasn’t quite been the same since surgery anyway, so I had just kind of gotten used to the fact that that shoulder was the bad one. But it started to get progressively worse, so basically, long story short, it turns out I have two torn rotator cuffs. The left one and the right one are both torn. I just underwent surgery on the right one, and then in about six or seven weeks, I’ll be undergoing surgery on the left one, and hopefully I can come back healthy and happy.”If you recall, Zayn ended up hurting his shoulder during his official debut segment as part of the main roster in May of 2015. WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart introduced Zayn as the challenger to Cena in his hometown of Montreal.During his entrance, Zayn threw his arms up on the steel steps and could be seen noticeably favoring his shoulder immediately. You can view the moment below.Zayn now faces a long road ahead. The average recovery time for a torn rotator cuff is around four to six months. With Zayn repairing one rotator cuff and facing another surgery in six or seven weeks, he was hopeful for a return for WrestleMania season next year.“Because of the timeline, I’d love to be in the mix for WrestleMania season; that’s the most exciting time of the year for all of us. I think timeline wise, I should be ready in time for WrestleMania, so fingers crossed. There’s never a good time to get hurt or get surgeries, but I do feel like I was starting to hit my stride and find my voice and find myself as a performer. Which is funny, because 16 years in, it’s like I’m rediscovering the art of it in a sense, because I’m doing something I’ve never really done before. So, how I come back, when I come back, that all remains to be seen. But I have a pretty good track record, I’d say overall, and I plan on carrying that forward when I come back. I want to come back just as good, if not better, than I’ve ever been.” Google+
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “He had a bottle, a gray bottle, and it had clear water in it. It looked like water,” Ronni said. “I said, ‘Oh, what have you got there?’ He said, ‘Oh, it’s all poison I gotta spray this tree.’ Ch, ch, ch, ch. ‘Gotta spray this tree. And see that big knob? You can’t have that.’ I said, ‘Oh, you mean that?’ ‘Oh, don’t touch it. Don’t touch it. You touched it. Now you got poison all over your fingers.’”The duo then told the victim to wash her hands immediately; the man even offered to help.Once the man and the victim were by her kitchen sink, the man told her to remove her rings. After she hesitated, he began forcing the rings from her fingers, one of which was her wedding ring.“He says, ‘Take those rings off and put it in here because it’s poisoned,’” Ronni recalled.According to authorities, the victim was screaming in pain while the man continued to pull the rings off of her while his female accomplice searched the house for more jewelry.“He pulled it,” Ronni said. “I remember I was standing right here. Pulled it right off, and I screamed, and he says, ‘There I got it. I threw it in there.’”The two made their way out of the home with both of the victim’s rings along with a pair of gold earrings and a pair of diamond earrings. “The rings were gone, so then I ran out [through the front door], but they were already gone,” Ronni said. “I ran back out [through the back door], and they were gone there, so I called the police.”Later, she realized the necklace she wore in a family picture was missing from a bedroom drawer.Ronni said she’s always been happy at her home along with Sammy the cat but is angry her home, her private space, has been invaded.“Last night, I couldn’t sleep,” Ronni said. “I was up for three hours laying in bed. I couldn’t think, and I’m thinking about all this guy — if I could, I’d kill him.”Deputies describe the male subject to be approximately 50 years of age, standing 5 feet 9 inches tall with gray hair, scruffy gray beard and weighs around 180 pounds.The woman is described to be around the same age, standing 5 feet 6 inches tall with brown curly hair.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. TAMARAC. FLA. (WSVN) – – Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man and woman who posed as city workers to steal jewelry from an elderly woman in Tamarac.The 87-year-old woman, identified as Ronni, was inside her home, located on the 7100 block of Canella Court, when she noticed a woman in her yard at around 11:30 in the morning of April 30.When the elderly woman went to ask the woman what she was doing on her property, the woman told her she worked for the city and was taking measurements for a wall to be installed.“When you’re friendly, you talk with people, but nowadays, I guess you gotta be stuck up and don’t talk to anybody,” Ronni said.Officials said a man approached the two as they were talking and introduced himself as another city worker who was spraying trees in her yard.“She’s telling me how the water was receding, and they’re gonna put a new wall,” Ronni said. “I said, ‘The city is gonna put a wall? I haven’t heard anything about it.’”The elderly woman reached down towards a tree when the man sprayed her hand with a liquid that he said was poisonous.