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Mine houses bullish about Africa

first_imgJanine ErasmusPartnerships and power cuts were high on the agenda at the 13th annual Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town in early February.The conference for natural resources professionals has evolved into a key forum for movers and shakers in the mining industry, offering presentations, panels and plenary sessions. There were plenty of networking opportunities, and the total market value on the exhibition floor, in which 240 companies took part, was around $1.7 trillion.The event was attended by nearly 5 000 delegates, including mining ministers from 12 African countries and some 40 government delegations from Canada, Australia, China, the US and other countries.There were also professionals from various key sectors of the mining industry, including miners, explorers, geologists, legal experts, project developers, mining analysts, fund managers, investment specialists, and financiers from almost 700 companies throughout Africa and beyond.Millions injected into the economyConference organiser Tim Wood, vice president of International Investment Conferences, estimated that the Mining Indaba injected R500 million into South Africa’s economy every year, with R150 million going directly to Cape Town – all within a three-week period.South African Minister of Minerals and Energy Buyelwa Sonjica said the indaba was as much about mining as about tourism in Cape Town, especially to Robben Island. The island has come to symbolise the suffering Africans have endured in this country – much of that taking place in the depths of South African mines.While the theme was “partnership, progress, prosperity”, talk was dominated by recent electricity outages that led to the temporary shutdown of gold mines belonging to AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields and Harmony, and Anglo Platinum. These led to a sudden big jump in the price of both precious metals on world markets.Recent acquisitions in the industry were also a hot topic. “There was a strong focus on the power issues affecting the South African mines,” said Wood. “There was a lot of attention paid to mergers and transactions going on worldwide, especially the events surrounding BHP Billiton’s bid for Rio Tinto.”BHP Billiton is currently embroiled in a hostile takeover bid for rival mining company Rio Tinto, which has so far rejected all offers, stating that they do not reflect the true value of the company.Another much-discussed topic was the possibility of a US recession, and the effect that would have on global economies. Experts agreed that the general positive growth rates in African countries would enable them to escape recession relatively unscathed.Economist David Hale of Hale Advisers said Africa’s strong relationship with China would also help to buffer adverse effects because of the Asian country’s enormous growth rate globally, and its demand for commodities. “Africa benefits from this because its nations are able to help provide China with its increasing commodities needs,” he said.Mining a cornerstone of African economyIn her keynote address Sonjica said the mining industry in Africa has built, and would continue to build, the economies of the continent“Africa remains a leading producer of many critical commodities, such as diamonds, gold, platinum, chromium and vanadium. More importantly, the continent remains significantly under-explored, albeit with known reserves that surpass the rest of the world in terms of volumes in the ground, grades, ease of mining, and so on.”With mineral production historically playing an important role in South Africa’s foreign earnings – and more to come, given the mineral reserves waiting to be exploited – as well as providing employment at home, Sonjica praised the efforts of companies such as Anglo American in their commitment to enhance the safety of workers and reduce mining-related deaths.Bullish moodThe overall mood at the conference was bullish. International online mining publication Mineweb reported that “there is definitely a big range of exciting prospects and operations available to the industry across Africa, particularly in the current climate of high metal prices”.Anglo American CEO Cynthia Carroll reiterated her company’s commitment to the African continent. “We see Africa as a land of unparalleled opportunity for the mining and extractive industries,” she said.“First, the resources are here – the continent is estimated to have the best unexploited or under-exploited mineral reserves … Second, our industry over the years has proved we have the ability to turn these resources to account. Here in Africa – indeed within my own group – we have the world’s deepest mines; we have pioneered undersea diamond mining.”Carroll mentioned Africa’s combined GDP growth of 5.7% a year since 2003 as a third reason, and concluded by saying that continued forward momentum in the political arena was a fourth reason for Anglo American’s confidence in Africa.“African countries are working together to solve Africa’s problems – for example, in bringing a number of long-running conflicts to an end, most notably in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” she said.Talking about electricity supplyBoth Sonjica and Carroll addressed South Africa’s recurring power cuts in their speeches.Sonjica conceded that the unwelcome situation impacted negatively on the planned output of South Africa’s mines. She urged stakeholders to continue their efforts to be as energy efficient as possible, and explore innovative ways of using electricity in mining.“I therefore assure you that the permanent solutions to this challenge are being sought, in consultation with all stakeholders, including the mining industry as one of the largest consumers of the country,” she said.Carroll expressed confidence in the country’s ability to successfully tackle the energy crisis, adding that they are not unique. “I don’t regard the problems regarding the security of energy supply here as a disaster. And South Africa is not alone: there are pressures on supply too regarding our expansion projects in Chile and Brazil.“Sure, the problems here are serious, and overcoming them will require a lot of ingenuity, especially in energy efficiency and energy saving, as well as the development of alternative power supplies.“But if all of us can forge strong partnerships to tackle the present situation, we will all come through – I hope relatively unscathed – at the other end.” It was necessary not to point fingers, but to work together in order to find solutions.Key speakers at the indaba included Martin Murenbeeld, chief economist for the Dundee group; President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania; Frank Holmes, chairman, CEO and CIO of US Global Investors; economist David Hale of Hale Advisors; Dr Martyn Davies, CEO of consulting firm Emerging Markets; Anglo American’s CEO Cynthia Carroll; and South African Minister of Minerals and Energy Buyelwa Sonjica.Useful linksResource InvestorInternational Investment ConferencesDepartment of Minerals and EnergyMinewebEskomlast_img read more

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Video: Oklahoma’s Hatari Byrd Flipped Off Tennessee Fans While Leaving The Field After Win

first_imgAn Oklahoma cheerleader running with an OU flag in his hand.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)No. 19 Oklahoma finished off an incredible 31-24 comeback victory at No. 23 Tennessee earlier tonight. The Sooners rallied from a 17-point deficit to win in double overtime.Things got a bit ugly after the game though, when OU safety Hatari Byrd gave some Tennessee fans the middle finger while exiting the field.You can see it at the end of this video posted by SBNation’s Steven Godfrey, who was on the field at the time. It’s ugly pic.twitter.com/yxVK5SoQmK— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) September 13, 2015 Sooners linebacker Eric Striker also was seen taunting some UT fans.Eric Striker to Tennessee fans: “Tell your recruits to come to OU”— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) September 13, 2015Wonder if Byrd, at least, will face some disciplinary action.last_img read more

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Study Italys economic crisis has affected nutrition

first_imgMILAN — A new study shows that Italy’s long economic crisis is having an impact on nutritional health in the country synonymous with the Mediterranean diet.The Economist Intelligence Unit in an index presented Wednesday ranked Italy as eighth among 12 Mediterranean countries surveyed for nutritional health.That was largely due to childhood obesity, with 21 per cent of Italian children ages 6 to 10 at risk. Other factors include weak nutritional education and growing popularity of fast food.The survey, funded by the Barilla Foundation, said a likely factor in the unexpectedly low ranking was the increase in the percentage of people living in poverty since the 2008-9 financial crisis: 29 per cent compared with 14 per cent in first-placed France.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Hafiz Saeed barred from leading prayers in Lahore

first_imgLahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) leader Hafiz Saeed has been barred from leading prayers at Lahore’s Jamia Masjid Qadsia as part of the Pakistan government’s crackdown on terror groups, the media reported on Friday. The development on Thursday night comes as Pakistani law enforcement agencies took 121 people into preventive detention and seized 182 madrasas earlier in the day. Police contingents were dispatched to the Jamia Qadsia Masjid to help the administration take control, Dawn news reported citing an informed source as saying. The police also locked the JuD’s and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation’s (FIF) Chauburji headquarters late Thursday night. The FIF is a charity wing of the JuD. The official said that security had been tightened at the outfit’s Muridke Markaz office where the government has appointed six administrators. The crackdown was launched on Tuesday amid tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad after the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 40 CRPF troopers. On Tuesday, the brother and son of JeM leader Masood Azhar along with 42 others affiliated with the banned outfit were arrested. The next day, at least two seminaries and assets belonging to the JuD and FIF were taken over by the authorities.last_img read more

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Fire at Bandhwari landfill site points to untreated waste hazard

first_imgGurugram: Fire at Bandhwari landfill site highlights that not having waste management in place is resulting in dangers piling up at the 30-acre landfill site nestled in Aravallis.The fire was caused on Monday. The main causes of the fire were attributed to the extreme heat caused due to the summer that led the methane gas present in the garbage to catch fire. Despite the assurances that waste at the landfill site will be treated, it is expected that there are 25 lakh tonnes of garbage of Gurugram and Faridabad combined dumped at the site. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe extreme dangers get further added to it has come to fore that leachate (a poisonous liquid substance that emanates from the garbage) has again begun to percolate outside the landfill. Even though the problem was solved on temporary measures, the urgency of finding a long term solution has again been raised with problems resurfacing. After repeated complaints, there can finally be a solution to the challenge of the toxic underground water table at Bandhwari and the areas around it caused due to the leachate of the presence of the 30-acre-landfill site. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsTo tackle this issue, a leachate treatment plant was expected to be set up at an area. At present more than 1,000 tonnes of garbage from Gurugram and Faridabad is discarded daily at the area that is nestled in the green belt of Aravallis. Based on the proposal, the plant will treat more than 100 kiloliters of leachate daily. It will be set up the Chinese company Eco green that has also been entrusted with the responsibility of recycling the waste in the area into the creation of power and other useful forms. As the layout of the projects, works presently are being undertaken. Commissioned in 2008, Bandhwari landfill was created with an objective of segregation and recycling of waste generated from Gurgaon and Faridabad. Set up with an investment of Rs 300 crores the was to operationalise a power plant and plastic recycling at the site. After laying defunct for more than four-and-half years the recycling unit was again set up after a lot of protests. There is criticism that work at the plant has not been carried out the pace as was promised and the waste continues to be dumped as it was done earlier. To reduce the amount of waste being dumped at the site the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram is encouraging composting among various residential and commercial sites.last_img read more

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UP oppn alliances first rally Mayawati says BJP will lose due to

first_imgDeoband (Saharanpur, UP): BSP supremo Mayawati Sunday slammed both the BJP and the Congress at the first joint rally with SP and RLD here, leas than a week before voting for the first phase of voting. “BJP will lose this election because of policies inspired by hatred.. especially their “chowkidar” campaign… no matter how much the chhote, bade chowkidars try, the BJP will not win,” she said. Addressing the rally in the presence of Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and RLD chief Ajit Singh, she said, “The Congress has failed despite ruling for so many years,” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The BSP chief said, “Our government, instead of giving minimum income support, will give employment to poor people. Indira Gandhi too made a 20-point programme to remove poverty, but was it effective?” She said, “We are silent workers, unlike other parties. Our party performs without making noise, we are silent workers. The Congress too has been making tall claims, haven’t they been given enough chances for decades? They were wiped out from several states. The Nyay scheme is not a stable solution for removing poverty.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday At the same time, she said the BJP government has been misusing probe agencies. “Even the people from backward communities are suffering… The divisive thought process of these parties are hurting these communities… At the Centre, or state level… reservation issue for these communities was ignored. These communities are not benefiting from the reservation. They are being exploited. Minorities are also suffering.” Mayawati said corruption has increased at every level. “The Congress was tainted by bofors. BJP government is tainted by Rafale… The BJP government has been misusing probe agencies – CBI, ED – against its rivals. You don’t need to give another chance to them. The parties that have already been given enough chances In the election season, political parties use opinion polls to misguide voters. Do not get swayed,” she appealed to the voters. She assured the electorate that if voted to power, farmers will no longer be in debt. “Sugarcane farmers are suffering in UP… their grievances are being ignored amid empty announcements. When our party was in power, we made sure dues of sugarcane farmers were paid,” the former chief minister said. Mayawati said the BJP’s poll promises have still not been fulfilled. “The ground realities can’t be ignored. BJP will keep endorsing its hawa-hawai (lofty) schemes till the poll results are announced. Thousands of crores have been wasted… That’s taxpayers money… could be used for the poor…If PM was serious about welfare of poor, they would not have been inaugurating schemes after poll dates were announced… they would have performed in five years of tenure. In the last budget… whatever announcements were made by centre are nothing but empty poll promises,” she said. “Now that BJP is panicking, you should know BJP on its way out… and grand alliance will arrive. After Independence, for a long time Congress and BJP were in power… even in the Congress-ruled states, wrongful practices came to notice… so they eventually lost voter base… =========== BJP misusing Pulwama issue, GST & note ban caused huge job loss; don’t allow these people to come back, Mayawati tells Deoband rally.last_img read more

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Google will never sell any personal info to 3rd parties CEO Pichai

first_imgNew York: Google will never sell any personal information of its users to third parties, CEO Sundar Pichai has said, amidst growing global concern over the misuse of personal data by some social media giants. In an opinion piece Tuesday in The New York Times, he also said that privacy cannot be a “luxury good” that is only available to people who can afford to buy premium products and services. The 46-year-old Indian-origin CEO of Google said he believed that privacy was “one of the most important topics of our time.” Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra People today are rightly concerned about how their information is used and shared, yet they all define privacy in their own ways, he said. “To make privacy real, we give you clear, meaningful choices around your data. All while staying true to two unequivocal policies: that Google will never sell any personal information to third parties; and that you get to decide how your information is used,” Pichai said. Pichai said he has seen this first-hand as he talked to people in different parts of the world. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days “To the families using the internet through a shared device, privacy might mean privacy from one another. To the small-business owner who wants to start accepting credit card payments, privacy means keeping customer data secure. To the teenager sharing selfies, privacy could mean the ability to delete that data in the future,” Pichai said. He noted that privacy was personal, which makes it even more vital for companies to give people clear, individual choices around how their data is used. He said legislation will help companies like Google to work toward ensuring that privacy protections are available to more people around the world. “But we’re not waiting for it. We have a responsibility to lead. And we’ll do so in the same spirit we always have, by offering products that make privacy a reality for everyone,” Pichai said. Ideally, privacy legislation would require all businesses to accept responsibility for the impact of their data processing in a way that creates consistent and universal protections for individuals and society as a whole, he said. He said Google has worked hard to continually earn people’s trust by providing accurate answers and keeping their questions private. “We’ve stayed focused on the products and features that make privacy a reality for everyone,” he said in the opinion piece. “For everyone” is a core philosophy for Google; it’s built into our mission to create products that are universally accessible and useful. That’s why Search works the same for everyone, whether you’re a professor at Harvard or a student in rural Indonesia,” he said. “Our mission compels us to take the same approach to privacy. For us, that means privacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who can afford to buy premium products and services. Privacy must be equally available to everyone in the world,” Pichai underlined. He noted that even in cases where Google offered a paid product like YouTube Premium, which includes an ads-free experience, the regular version of YouTube has plenty of privacy controls built in. Pichai recalled that last week, Google announced significant new privacy features, including one-click access to privacy settings from all its major products and auto-delete controls that allows one to choose how long the person want data to be saved. “And to protect your data from security threats, we just introduced a security key built into Android phones that can provide two-factor authentication,” he said. In the future, Aritificial Intelligence (AI) will provide even more ways to make products more helpful with less data. With increased spending on digital advertising, Google and Facebook have become forces to reckon with as millions of users, especially from emerging markets like India, go online. But multiple instances of data breaches and user information leaks have brought increased scrutiny on many platforms from regulators and governments across the globe. These companies are now walking a tightrope as they attempt to balance user privacy with increased accountability as governments seek greater disclosures and controls over digital platforms.last_img read more

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Deutsche Telekom is moving ahead with its plan to

first_imgDeutsche Telekom is moving ahead with its plan to launch multiscreen services, initially in Germany, according to Gerry O’Sullivan, senior vice-president, global entertainment and television at the German telco, speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London this morning.Multiscreen will extend the Entertain offering initially, but O’Sullivan said the telco would also look to address the question of whether Deutsche Telekom could also become an OTT player in its own right moving forward.The company announced in August that it will offer its Entertain IPTV customers the option of watching a range of TV channels on PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Telekom said the Entertain To Go service would give access to 40 channels on connected devices via 3G or WLAN for €5 per month. Launch channels will include Sat.1, ProSieben, Kabel eins, along with public broadcasters ARD, ZDF and 3sat. A range of content from Entertain’s on-demand catalogue will also be made available on multiple devices.Service providers recognise that they must serve multiple screens but customers expect multiscreen delivery for free, raising a number of challenges, said O’Sullivan. He said that Deutsche Telekom would look to offer services free “for sampling” and then look for ways to make these services pay, rather than put up a paywall from the start. 
O’Sullivan declined to comment on whether Deutsche Telekom would continue to focus on the Microsoft Mediaroom platform for its Entertain service. He said that the company had a large number of customers that were “very satisfied” with this product. However, he said that if Telekom could ultimately deliver services from the cloud without the need for a set-top box, that would be ideal.Deutsche Telekom has adopted the strategy of embracing OTT through its own service as well as via partnerships, O’Sullivan told attendees at the summit. 
O’Sullivan said that Deutsche Telekom had embraced OTT on its own via its Videoload service, an online video on demand service whose brand has been made available across OTT and its own Entertain IPTV service. He said the operator has also sought new ways of offering music, including a high-quality download service, Musicload, in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It has also teamed up with Spotify and Deezer to offer streaming music. With Spotify, Deutsch Telekom has created a bundle, delivering music without any impact on consumers’ data allowance on mobile devices.O’Sullivan said that, where it made sense, the telco would look to partners to get services up and running quickly rather than build its own service from scratch. 
Deutsche Telekom has also launched an app store on its Entertain IPTV platform, enabling OTT providers to come on to the platform and deliver their services to Telekom’s IPTV subscribers.last_img read more

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A top Justice Department official is putting citie

first_imgA top Justice Department official is putting cities considering medically-supervised drug injection sites on notice: If you open one, prepare for swift and aggressive legal action. With record numbers of fatal overdoses, several cities are working on plans to launch facilities where people can inject illegal drugs with staff on hand to help them if they overdose. Now, however, the Trump administration is vowing a major crackdown. In an interview with NPR, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he understands city leaders are desperate to curb the mounting overdose deaths, but there is one problem: providing a place for people to use heroin and other illegal substances is a violation of federal law.”I’m not aware of any valid basis for the argument that you can engage in criminal activity as long as you do it in the presence of someone with a medical condition,” Rosenstein says.City officials in Philadelphia and San Francisco say they are moving forward with their plans, despite the threats.In California, state lawmakers recently passed a bill awaiting the governor’s approval that would advance a three-year supervised injection site pilot program. San Francisco Mayor London Breed says the Justice Department putting cities on notice should not make them back down, given the worsening overdose problem.”There is strength in numbers,” Breed said at a press conference. “And we are talking to other cities who want to consider this as an option. I mean, here in other cities like New York and Seattle, we are trying to address the crisis.”The view from Washington is different.”Just because someone tells you in San Francisco that San Francisco is not going to prosecute you for doing something, that does not make it legal. It remains illegal after federal law,” Rosenstein says. “If anybody thinks this is a good idea, there’s a way to accomplish that: try to persuade the U.S. Congress to legalize it.”His advice to mayors and other top local elected officials? Consult your lawyers about all legal repercussions.That could mean criminal prosecution.U.S. attorneys in Philadelphia and Vermont have come out strongly against supervised injection sites. But Rosenstein’s comments mark the first time a high-ranking Department of Justice official has weighed in on the controversial sites that Philadelphia and about a dozen other jurisdictions are considering in response to the worsening opioid crisis.No matter how severe the crisis gets, Rosenstein says inviting people into a space and permitting them to use dangerous drugs there is a troubling notion. It may, in Rosenstein’s view, even accelerate the problem. “This is not a disease that gets spread like the flu,” Rosenstein says. “People can only become addicted if they have access to these illegal drugs. And so if we can prevent that access, we can prevent the addiction.”But supporters point to the latest grim federal statistics as evidence of why the sites are a necessary tool to help save lives. More than 72,000 Americans died from overdoses last year, exceeding any one-year death total during the AIDS crisis.In Philadelphia, more than 1,200 people died of drug overdoses, most fueled by opioids, last year. That is about 35 percent more than the deadliest days of the AIDS epidemic, says Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley.”This would be the worst public health crisis in a century,” Farley says.He says just as public health officials realized syringe exchanges worked to save lives during the worst years of the AIDs epidemic, “likewise, now, we know there are a lot of needless death from drug overdoses and we know we can save lives because the evidence is clear that these facility save lives.”Farley recalls the early backlash to needle exchange programs, and hopes that the criminal justice community will gradually come around to the idea of supervised injection sites.While the research is still preliminary, most studies show that the supervised injection sites can drive down fatal overdoses. These sites are credited with containing the spread of infectious diseases. And advocates say the facilities help move more people into treatment. The American Medical Association has endorsed launching supervised injection site pilot programs.”Nobody likes the idea of watching someone who is addicted just inject drugs. We want to get all of those people into treatment, but we all have to recognize that, despite all of our efforts, many people are not going to drug treatment,” he says.Farley worries that if the Justice Department’s threats spread widely enough people will be too scared to show up when the city’s site does open.”If the message is clear that, if you walk in this facility you’re going to be arrested, people wouldn’t be using that,” Farley says. “But that is not what is happened currently with syringe exchange, and that’s the sort of accommodation we hope we can set up with an overdose prevention site.”Rosenstein says he “wouldn’t speculate” on what exactly the enforcement would look like or who might be arrested, but he says options include suing under the Controlled Substances Act to get an injunction, or even pursuing criminal charges depending on the circumstances. He says federal officials are watching cities that advancing injection site plans.”If local governments get in the business of facilitating drug use … they’re actually inviting people to bring these illegal drugs into their places of business,” Rosenstein says. “If you start down that road, you’re really going to undermine the deterrent message that I think is so important in order to prevent people from becoming addicted in the future.”But for public health leaders like Farley, the bottom line is that lives are at stake and supervised injection facilities could help.”In a crisis like thus, with this many people dying as we have, it’s worth a try,” says Farley. Copyright 2018 WHYY. To see more, visit WHYY.last_img read more

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Nearly half the sports at this summers Paralympic

first_imgNearly half the sports at this summer’s Paralympic Games in Rio will not be covered live on television after the host city scrapped plans to pay for an expansion of its coverage.The Rio organising committee has decided not to provide the funding needed to increase the number of Paralympic sports that were covered live at London 2012, because it could not afford the extra expense.This means that the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) will provide live TV feeds for just 13 of the 22 sports, so there will not be live coverage from Rio of some of the biggest British names from London 2012.Channel 4 was responsible for the critically-acclaimed UK coverage of the London 2012 Paralympics and has the UK television rights for the Rio Paralympic Games.But the UK broadcaster has no say over which events are covered live, and has instead pledged to provide its own camera teams “at the finish line” to at least “capture British medal wins and the reaction of athletes after their events”.The sports that OBS will not cover live are goalball, triathlon, rowing, canoeing, sailing, shooting and archery, as well as road cycling, although track cycling will be covered.There will also be no live pictures from the marathons, which means no coverage of one of the stars of the ParalympicsGB team, David Weir, in one of his gold medal events from London 2012.And there will be no live feed from the equestrian events, which rules out another of the British team’s high-profile stars, Sophie Christiansen (pictured at London 2012), who won three golds at London 2012, and double gold-winner Natasha Baker.The OBS decision also means there will be no live coverage of boccia, the sport that features those Paralympic athletes with the highest support needs.The OBS plans are detailed in a Channel 4 briefing document obtained by Disability News Service (DNS) through the disabled Liberal Democrat peer Lord Addington.The document was prepared by Channel 4 after Lord Addington told the government of his plan to raise the issue of live Paralympic coverage in the House of Lords.Channel 4 says in the document that it will broadcast “all sports with British representation” which are covered live by OBS, on Channel 4, More4 or its online channel All4.It says the decision on which sports are covered live is made by OBS and the Rio 2016 local organising committee, and that it has been working with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), OBS and the Rio committee to “ascertain the scope for extending live coverage to all sports particularly where British teams are represented”. These efforts appear to have failed.Lord Addington told DNS that he had heard about the problem at a parliamentary event on rowing, and emphasised that “it really isn’t Channel 4’s fault”.Because the television coverage of London 2012 was so successful and had “set a precedent”, he said, it was assumed that it “would go on from there” with live coverage of more sports at Rio, but that had not happened.He said: “One of the big successes of 2012 definitely was the way that the Paralympics was brought out to our attention, and I was hoping that this would be followed up [for Rio].“There are a lot of events out there but I would hope as a matter of course that everything would be covered.“This is something which should be a normal price of having the games: that all the Paralympic sports are covered.”He said he wanted the government and the British Paralympic Association to ensure that all sports were covered live at future Paralympic Games, but the government had “ducked” this request.He said he had been told the loss of extra live coverage was because of the crumbling Brazilian economy, with the local organising committee trying to cut down on the cost of expensive live outside broadcasting.Last week (7 July), he asked the government to promise that it would encourage the IPC to insist that all future host cities “guarantee in the planning process that the Paralympic Games will have full coverage”.He told fellow peers: “That will ensure that we do not have the situation we are in now, where certain sports will happen to be missed out, many of which have good British medal prospects.”But the hereditary Tory peer the Earl of Courtown said it was for UK Sport to pressure the IPC on television coverage of future Paralympic Games.Asked whether it was concerned at how many sports would not have live coverage, a Channel 4 spokeswoman said: “We will be showing more hours of live sport online and on television than we did in 2012.“We are fully committed to giving the best coverage we possibly can and are continuing to work closely with the host broadcaster to that end.”She added: “We’re delivering the most comprehensive and innovative coverage of the games ever.“With a combination of live units and roving cameras we will cover rowing, canoeing, equestrian, sailing, road cycling, marathons, triathlon, boccia, archery and shooting and can be flexible on the ground to make sure we broadcast as many medal successes as possible.“Our ambition is to show as many [British] medal-winning performances live as possible – every single medal will be reflected in the coverage.”The Rio organising committee had not responded to a request for a comment by 11am today (Thursday).But an OBS spokesman said: “In the Paralympic Games the scope of coverage is defined by the organizing committee of the Paralympic Games, in this case Rio 2016, as they are responsible for funding this production. “Usually, the baseline coverage for every Paralympic Games is the broadcast coverage plan from the previous games.“In Rio, OBS, at the request of Rio 2016, developed a broadcast plan that included the sports covered live in London.“OBS also proposed a few other sports for additional live coverage. This plan was presented to the Rio 2016 committee and the International Paralympic Committee with the corresponding budget.“Rio 2016 then reviewed the proposal but eventually determined that the increase in live sports coverage was outside their budget and as a result, the live broadcast plan in Rio is identical to the plan from London.”OBS was set up by the International Olympic Committee in 2001 and is responsible for providing “unbiased” pictures and sounds from all Olympic and Paralympic Games to broadcasters that hold the rights to broadcast the games in each country.Channel 4 will provide nearly 120 hours of live television coverage across Channel 4 and More 4.Nearly three-quarters of its presenters, reporters and pundits will be disabled – which Channel 4 says will be the largest number of disabled presenters ever seen on UK television – including its four daytime studio anchors and its entire swimming on-screen team, while more than 15 per cent of its Rio production team will be disabled people.The Last Leg, featuring the disabled comedian Adam Hills and disabled journalist and presenter Alex Brooker, will be filmed live every night during the games in front of a studio audience at the Rio Olympic Park.Other disabled presenters will include Breaking Bad actor R J Mitte, broadcaster and campaigner Sophie Morgan and retired Paralympian Ade Adepitan, with reporters including retired Paralympians Steve Brown, Martine Wright, Steve Rose, Sophia Warner, Danny Crates, Giles Long, Liz Johnson and Peter Norfolk.All coverage will be available with subtitles, and a signed and audio described version of the opening and closing ceremonies will be broadcast simultaneously on 4seven, with audio described and signed editions of The Last Leg available each evening on 4seven soon after the live broadcast.last_img read more

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