Corruption Risk Seen in Australian Coal Deals

first_imgCorruption Risk Seen in Australian Coal Deals FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:A new report shines a critical light on the links between mining companies, lobbyists and politicians, pointing to the Indian mining giant Adani as an example of how a company with a questionable record overseas can still gain mining approval in Australia.It warns the political mining complex in Australia’s two biggest mining states, Western Australian and Queensland, is “susceptible to corruption” due to key weaknesses in their approvals regimes, including inadequate due diligence investigation into the companies and individuals applying for mining leases.It also criticises the “revolving doors” of personnel between government and industry broadly, and political donations regimes.The report, published by Transparency International Australia (TIA), Corruption Risks: Mining Approvals in Australia, was released on Wednesday.Its authors conducted 47 interviews with experts from government, industry, civil society, academics, Indigenous traditional owners and consultants in Perth and Brisbane to gather its evidence. Its list of key weaknesses in the mining approvals regimes is long.The researchers says “industry influence” is a corruption risk in Australia, particularly with regard to large infrastructure project approvals in Queensland and WA.It notes the mining industry has disclosed donations of $16.6m to major political parties over the past 10 years (2006-07 to 2015-16), and warns the under-regulated system of political donations can allow special interest groups to attempt to influence policy-making at all levels of government.It highlights the “revolving doors” of personnel between government an industry as a risk in Australia generally.It points out 191 of 538 lobbyists (35.5%) registered by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, as of September 2016, were former government representatives.The researchers also warn government departments involved in the mining approvals process in Queensland and WA do not undertake adequate due diligence into the character and integrity of applicants for mining leases, including companies’ track records overseas, and investigations of their financial capacity do not involve an examination of beneficial ownership to understand who the real owners are.The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis also warned this week that Adani’s ambitions in Queensland faced a new risk, with the company having to refinance more than $2bn in debt on the Abbot Point coal terminal – more than it paid for the port in 2011.More: Mining companies’ links with politicians ‘susceptible to corruption’ – reportlast_img read more

ICC World Cup Haris Sohail’s 89 off 59, Wahab Riaz’s 3/46 help Pakistan crash South Africa’s semis hopes

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Haris Sohail’s 89 runs off 59 balls along with Wahab Riaz’s 3/46 helped Pakistan to knock South Africa out of the showpiece tournament. Batting first, Pakistan batsmen showed their class with bat and went onto to score 308 runs on the board, which, on the given day, turned out to be too much for South Africa as they eventually fell short by 49 runs at the Lord’s in London.At the deceptively green-looking Lord’s pitch, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed elected to bat, and his top-order emboldened that decision as Imam Ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman started fluently and hammered the opposition bowlers all-around the ground. The applause from Lord’s balcony led them to score freely and with authority.Tahir was understandably livid, but Zaman went out of his way to offer redemption to the South African leggie, with his clumsy attempt to play a scoop. Zaman ended up in an awkward position, and the edge went straight to Hashim Amla at first slip, giving South Africa their first breakthrough. However, till then, the duo strung a partnership of 81 runs, which had set the tone for coming batsmen.Babar Azam replaced Fakhar Zaman to the crease and tried to stitch a partnership with Imam Ul Haq. However, just when Pakistan batsmen were starting to look good, an exceptional reflexes catch from Imran Tahir sent Imam Ul Haq back to the pavilion and have South Africa to claw their way back into the game.And till the 30th over of the first innings, the game was evenly poised with South African bowlers not letting the opposition score some easy runs. But Mohammad Hafeez’s wicket in Aiden Markram overturned to bless in disguise for Pakistan as young Haris Sohail turned the course of the game.Haris took the opportunity with both hands and ensured there will be no more shuffling around from the team management for the crucial No.5 position. Sohail’s adventurism worked for Babar, who calmly went past the second 50-run mark in the tournament. Sohail, on the other hand, showed versatility and went after the bowlers.The pair’s partnership of 81 runs to set up the game beautifully as Pakistan ended up scoring 307 runs on the board with Sohail staying till the very end.The Proteas made a poor start to their run-chase as Mohammad Amir trapped experienced Hashim Amla right in front. Thereafter, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis put on 87 runs, but they couldn’t quite keep up with the scoring rate. De Kock got 47 and perished to a mistimed shot off Shadab Khan. Aiden Markram didn’t look comfortable during his 16-delivery stint in the middle and he became Shadab’s second victim.Du Plessis tried to take on Amir and got out after a hard-fought 63 off 79 with five boundaries. With the required rate over 10, Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller tried hard, but couldn’t get going. The Pakistan bowling turned out to be too hot to handle as the Proteas capsized alarmingly. Andile Phehlukwayo threw his bat around for 46 runs and remained unbeaten, but his efforts were never going to be enough for South Africa. highlightscenter_img South Africa became second team to get knocked out of World Cup 2019.Pakistan need to win all-three games to stay alive in tournament. Pakistan will play against New Zealand on June 26. last_img read more

Syracuse center Paschal Chukwu out indefinitely following surgery to repair torn retina

first_imgUPDATED: Dec. 17, 2016 at 3:29 p.m.Paschal Chukwu missed Syracuse’s game against Georgetown after undergoing surgery to repair a torn retina in his right eye. After Syracuse’s 78-71 loss to Georgetown, Jim Boeheim said Chukwu will be sidelined for “definitely a long time.”Against Holy Cross on Nov. 15, an errant pass from Syracuse point guard John Gillon hit Chukwu in the eye and the center wore sport goggles against Monmouth three days later as a preventative measure.The 7-foot-2 Chukwu has played in seven games this season, averaging 1.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Jim Boeheim has repeatedly stressed that the Providence transfer is a work in progress, especially on offense, but his ability to alter shots is what has earned him playing time in his first year eligible for the Orange.After a scoreless seven minutes against Wisconsin on Nov. 29, Chukwu didn’t play against North Florida or Connecticut. He returned to the rotation against Boston University last Saturday, scoring four points, grabbing three rebounds and blocking three shots in SU’s 99-77 win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will honor the late Syracuse great Pearl Washington during Saturday’s game against the Hoyas, with Washington’s fiancée, mother and a handful of former teammates in attendance. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 17, 2016 at 10:50 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more