ST. PAUL, Minn. — An influential Democratic congresswoman wants to know why the Environmental Protection Agency opted against filing formal comments with state regulators when they considered whether to issue a key permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine in Minnesota.Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum, a critic of the project who chairs a House subcommittee that oversees the EPA, says it’s “remarkable” that the EPA did not formally weigh in before the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued the final water permit last month.McCollum was responding this week to questions from environmental group WaterLegacy. Paula Maccabee, the group’s attorney, says documents obtained from the state agency show that regional EPA staffers told the agency last fall that they had “substantial questions” about the water permit.EPA officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press
Mumbai: After a long hiatus, gold is likely to glitter this Akashaya Tritiya and the industry is expecting high double-digits volume growth given the positive consumer sentiment and stable prices. Retail price of gold has come down to around Rs 31,500 per 10 grams from around Rs 33,700 in mid-February. “We expect robust demand for gold/gold jewellery this Akshaya Trithiya due to price stability since the past few months and the improved consumer sentiment since Gudi Padwa. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraLooking at the current momentum we expect at least 10 percent demand growth this auspicious occasion,” All-India Gems & Jewellery Domestic Council chairman Anantha Padmanabhan told PTI. Expectations are conservative as the general election is still on in some parts of the country, which will impact the overall demand. It can be noted that the Northern and Eastern states are yet to complete the polls. Of the seven phased polling, only four phases are over and across the Southern and the Western states. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysEchoing similar views, World Gold Council managing director Somasundaram PR said this Akshaya Tritiya looks more optimistic than last year as the market has settled down after policy changes including note-ban and GST which had hit the industry very badly. “Organised retail players, who are gaining groun with their more targeted marketing, are having greater impact on the positive consumer sentiment,” he said. However, he admitted that places where the polling will take place during the festival (northern and Eastern states), might have negative impact with people hesitating to carry gold. India Bullion and Jewellers Association National vice -president Saurabh Gadgil said he expects 15-20 percent growth in demand this Aksahya Tritiya. “The sentiment is positive as in most places voting will be over and also the festival falls virtually at the beginning of the month when salaried people have a thicker pockets,” he added. Kalyan Jewellers chairman TS Kalyanaraman is expecting a 25 percent sales growth as a result of their planned efforts during the last two months. Kalyan Jewellers has launched a pre-booking scheme through which customers can select and place their jewellery orders in advance, and simply pick it up on Akshaya Tritiya or closer to that date, thus avoiding the rush and long wait. “We have seen a 30 percent growth in pre-booking compared to last year,” he added. Titans jewellery division chief executive for CK Venkataraman said the current sentiment and jewellery market outlook look positive. “In past five years, we have seen a double-digit growth every year and we expect this Akshaya Tritiya season to be very good and has ruled out the polls impacting sales. Last year it opened 30-40 stores with most of them covering small towns. We are hoping to see a good share of business and walk-ins coming from these markets.
Bhopal: The BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Singh Thakur has replied to an Election Commission notice denying charges that she campaigned despite a 72-hour ban that ended Sunday morning.Thakur was earlier issued notices for claiming that former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare died in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack because of her “curse” and also for stating that she had participated in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. The latest notice was served to her on Friday night after the Congress complained that pamphlets in her favour were distributed while she visited temples during the time she was banned from electioneering. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghDistrict returning officer Sudam Khade Sunday told PTI that he had received Thakur’s reply which has been forwarded to MP chief electoral officer VL Kantha Rao for a decision. In her reply on Saturday evening, Thakur has denied the charges of the Congress that she campaigned during the 3- day ban period, Khade said. She later told reporters that visiting temples is an intrinsic part of her life. “Those who are trying to stop me from going to temples should think about their lives, Thakur told reporters.
Taroudant- After the success of Moroccan Resource Centers of English Network (MoRCE-Net) 1st conference held in Agadir, April 16-19, 2013, the 2nd conference under the theme “Promoting Lifelong Learning through Enhancement Activities and Project Work” took place November 16-18 in Marrakech in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education, the US Regional English Language Office (RELO) and the British Council.The event was not only an opportunity for more than 125 teachers from different regions of Morocco to meet and share their best practices in teaching English, but also a historic event that marked the announcement of 100 resource centers in varied locations around the kingdom.The event was held as a platform exclusively for ELT professionals (trainers, supervisors and teachers) to share practical and inspiring experiences that will help them create and run efficiently English resource centers in their schools. For this reason, the board of MoRCE-NET made it clear in their booklet that “Participation in this conference is limited to ELT professionals who have already established a resource center or have decided to create one”This promising national project aims to equip 100 resource centers all over the kingdom with educational equipments, tools and devices that will help the learners develop their linguistic, communicative, and cultural competencies. “Creating an English club is the first step to creating a healthy environment for teachers and learners to meet outside of the classroom to practice English,” Mohamed Bakkas, a teacher of high school, told MWNThe MoRCE-Net president Mr. Abdellatif Zoubair said that MoRCE-Net is a qualitative addition to the rest of the associations and centers that operate in the field of teaching and learning English in Morocco. Its main purpose is to provide spaces within educational institutions all over the kingdom to engage students in various activities and provide resources for learners in order to help them refine their talents and develop their linguistic, communicative and creative competencies. “As a novice teacher, I didn’t have a clear idea about the procedures of setting up an English club and how to efficiently manage it,” said an ELT participant to MWN “The workshops and presentations given by professional practitioners were of great importance to me,” she added.The participants were very satisfied with the higher level of professionalism in the presentations and workshops of all the speakers, and most of them showed considerable enthusiasm for creating a resource center in their school where they will put into practice the activities and skills they learned during the event.Photo credit: Rachid Tagoulla© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Pogba will still captain United once again when they face Brighton on Sunday and he will continue to captain the club pending when Antonio returns.There have been numerous reports of a rift between the United midfielder Pogba and his boss Mourinho but it did not stop Mourinho from understanding Pogba’s leadership potentials as they plan to win more games this season.“For the next match, yes,” said Mourinho, when asked if Pogba would skipper United at the Amex Stadium, according to Express Uk.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“For the next match, Paul will be captain it will stay with Antonio Valencia.“Last season I made Paul captain against Basel we thought he’s a young guy but a good personality, he was made in academy, normally a starting line-up player, so he has conditions to be captain in the future.“But when Antonio comes back he will be the captain.”
Rangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has revealed he will put out his strongest team when the club squares up against Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup on Sunday.The former Liverpool youth team coach refused to divulge whether he plans to give backup keeper Wes Foderingham another league cup appearance in place of the influential Allan McGregor, will give midfielder Scott Arfield time to prove his fitness.“We will go as strong as we can possibly go on Sunday. We won’t take any other game into consideration. We want to win the semi-final and we will go as strong as we can,” Gerrard said, according to Daily Mail.Graham Dorrans, meanwhile, has undergone knee surgery and will out for the next three months.The former West Bromwich Albion midfielder has struggled with injuries since moving to Ibrox, and Gerrard admitted that: ‘He has had an operation on his knee and he will be missing until after Christmas, which is disappointing for him and for usOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Hopefully we can have him back not too long after Christmas – but with a clear knee, clear of pain and with a head clear as well.”“If we can get to that stage, Graham Dorrans is capable of pushing for a starting place in this 11 when you talk about ability and quality. We won’t give up on him, we will give him the support.”“He has had a frustrating few months but I think that has been down to desperation and wanting to play and be part of this, so you give him credit for that in a way.”“Sometimes, as I have experienced myself, the only way is to go under the knife and try and get it sorted that way, so we hope he is going to get it fixed.”
Former Juventus manager Marcello Lippi believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival could not have been better timedThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner stunned the football world by leaving Real Madrid for a €112m switch to Juventus in the summer.Ronaldo recently revealed that the Real president, Florentino Pérez, no longer valued him and so he decided to leave.While his old employers struggle in his absence, Ronaldo has made an impressive start to life in Italy.The Portugal captain has managed seven goals and five assists in 10 Serie A games.And Lippi thinks that Ronaldo’s timely arrival has given Juventus a brilliant boost as they chase an eighth straight league crown and a first Champions League title since 1996.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.The veteran Italian coach also suggests that a Ronaldo from three years ago wouldn’t have been as effective as he is now.“Juventus signed him at the right time,” Lippi told Courier Dello Sport, via Express.“His impact is unbelievable.“If the Bianconeri had signed him three years ago, he would’ve had a much less impact than now.”Ronaldo also recently spoke of his hopes of winning a record sixth Ballon d’Or this year.Juventus will host Cagliari on Saturday at Turin with kick-off to start at 20:30 (CEST).