SC involved in rigging EVMs Udit Raj

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Udit Raj on Wednesday in a serious development raised questions over the way the Supreme Court has dealt with complaints of EVM rigging and with petitions seeking review of 100 per cent VVPAT slips along with electronic voting machines on vote counting day.”Why does the Supreme Court not want all the VVPAT slots to be counted? Is it also involved in rigging? In the process of selection, when the government work has been slow for almost three months, then it takes two to three days to count,” Raj tweeted.last_img read more

Ohio State womens gymnastics not shying away from contest against No 3

The No. 20 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team will take on the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines Friday at St. John Arena for the 2013 Pink Meet. Last week, the Buckeyes fell, 195.575-194.675, in a dual meet against Penn State, but OSU coach Carey Fagan said the return of an ill player will help the team score higher this meet. “We have one coming back from mono,” Fagan said referring to all-around freshman Audrey Tolbert. “I think having Audrey back in the vault line up will be a big boost for us and hopefully we’ll be able to add in more routines that we didn’t have last week at Penn State.” The pieces for winning, Fagan said, are in place. “I think competitively, we have the right level of athletes on our team to compete with a team that’s ranked three in the country,” Fagan said. OSU is ranked 16th nationally on vault (49.000), 21st on uneven bars (48.770) and 24th on balance beam (48.695). “You know, to compete with the No. 3 team in the country, it’s going to have to be 49s across the board in all of the events,” Fagan said. “The girls are going to have to step it up.” Along with going head-to-head with OSU’s biggest sports rival, the meet against Michigan is particularly important from a historical standpoint. “This is the first year that Big Ten has done conference scheduling for gymnastics in history,” Fagan said. Last season the Buckeyes fell against the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Mich., 195.500-195.175, but that hasn’t disheartened Fagan. “I think any time Michigan comes to town, every athlete is on kind of a heightened awareness wanting to put out their absolute best,” Fagan said. “My team is no different because everybody is hungry to pull off an upset.” Melanie Shaffer, a junior all-around gymnast, said the Wolverines perform well on the “floor, beam and vault, but I think their bars are a little sharper.” “But it’s nothing we can’t handle,” she added. The Wolverines are nationally ranked among the top 10 in all four events. They are ranked second on balance beam, third on both uneven bars and floor exercise and ninth on vault. Although excited about the meet, the Buckeyes are maintaining a calm and collected approach. “I think if we just stay positive and we hit the routines that we are capable of hitting then we’ll be fine,” Shaffer said. “We just have to relax and let all of the landings come to us.” Friday’s meet marks the halfway point of the 2013 season for the Buckeyes. “Every week we try to find something to improve on where we can train differently,” said Sarah Miller, junior all-around gymnast. “If everyone performs at their personal best, you have a team that’s performing at their personal best.” Shaffer added that OSU will be performing at its best for another reason as well. “As Buckeyes, we don’t want the state up north to win and we’ll give them a fight,” Shaffer said. The meet is slated to begin at 7 p.m. read more

Newmont expands interest in Gabriel

first_imgNewmont Canada has acquired 3,878,302 common shares of Gabriel Resources through open market purchases on the Toronto Stock Exchange, representing approximately 1.5% of Gabriel’s outstanding common shares. Newmont holds, in the aggregate as of today’s date, 50,724,702 common shares, representing approximately 19.9% of the outstanding common shares of Gabriel. Gabriel is battling against some of the worst NGO atrocities ever seen to develop the Rosia Montana project in Romania. The Rosia Montana project is located in west-central Romania in a historic mining district known as the Golden Quadrilateral. This famous mining district in the South Apuseni Mountains of Transylvania covers an area of approximately 900 km2 immediately to the north of the regional centre of Deva. The Rosia Montana gold deposits are located 80 km northwest (by paved road) of the regional centre of Alba-Iulia, via the towns of Zlatna and Abrud. The village of Rosia Montana and the nearby town of Abrud are today the two main centres housing staff and associated infrastructure for the Rosia Montana project.Not only would this project provide much needed jobs in the area, but it would also clean up an area that suffers badly from some of the worst pollution seen at old gold mining sites in Europe. However, certain NGOs, for purely selfish reasons, have targetted the project for irrational opposition.Newmont says “the acquisition of the common shares of Gabriel was made for investment purposes only. Newmont may, subject to market conditions and in accordance with applicable securities laws, take other actions in respect of its investment in Gabriel, including making additional investments in or effecting dispositions of securities of Gabriel, including additional purchases of common shares of Gabriel.”As previously disclosed by Gabriel, Newmont has entered into a nominee agreement with Gabriel in respect of the appointment of two nominees of Newmont to the board of Gabriel. The nominee agreement also provides, among other things, that at Gabriel’s 2008 annual meeting, Newmont will vote its securities in favour of each of Management’s nominees for election to the Board, appointment of auditors and amendment of the Company’s deferred share unit plan. The Nominee Agreement also restricts Newmont from taking certain actions (subject to certain exceptions), including without limitation, acquiring any securities of Gabriel that would result in Newmont holding 20.0% or more of the outstanding common shares of Gabriel. The Nominee Agreement terminates, among other events, upon the resignation of Newmont’s nominee.last_img read more