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Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna questions need for EU team’s visit to Kashmir

first_imgAmid the ongoing tussle between the Shiv Sena and the BJP in Maharashtra, Sena mouthpiece Saamna has questioned the need for the European Union representatives’ visit to Kashmir.In an editorial published on Wednesday, which started off by saying that the situation was under control in Kashmir now and transport, communication services had been restored, it mentioned that Kashmir was India’s internal matter. “When everything is going on normally in Kashmir, why has the EU team come to Kashmir now? Kashmir is not an international issue. Pandit Nehru is still criticised for taking this issue to UN. You don’t like UN interference on Kashmir, then how do you tolerate the EU team’s faujdari (policing) in Kashmir? Isn’t European community coming for observation to Kashmir an attack on India’s freedom and sovereignty? Even today, political leaders don’t have entry in Kashmir. Then, what exactly is the EU team going to do? The Home Minister is capable of answering these questions.”The editorial lauds Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for abrogation of provisions of Article 370 and says the EU team should do sightseeing in Kashmir and go back and not “ruin the atmosphere.” “The war in Kashmir is against terrorism and Modi government has won it,” it says.last_img read more

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Tendulkar extends World Cup centuries record

first_imgSachin Tendulkar on Saturday extended his record of highest centuries in the World Cup history by smashing his sixth hundred against South Africa in the mega event event here.Tendulkar had scored the record fifth World Cup hundred against England last month. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, Australia duo of Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh have all scored four World Cup hundreds.Tendulkar scored 111 runs during his 101-ball stay at the crease in India’s group-B match against the Proteas. His dazzling knock ended when JP Duminy caught him at point off Morne Morkel.Saturday’s knock was Tendulkar’s 48th ODI hundred and is now just one shot of creating a century of international centuries as he also has scored 51 Test hundreds.Tendulkar also completed 2000 ODI runs against South Africa and incidentally, the legendary batsman had scored the record-breaking 200 against the Proteas in Gwalior in February last year.South Africa is now fourth team in the world to have conceded 2000 or more runs to Tendulkar. Australia (3005), Pakistan (2389) and Sri Lanka (2965) are the other teams, that have conceded 2000 or more runs to Tendulkar.Tendulkar, playing his sixth World Cup, also holds the records for most runs and most half-centuries in the flagship event of the ICC.He has accumulated 2120 runs in 41 matches and has scored 13 fifties so far, followed by Ponting with 1577 runs in 42 matches.Ganguly is the only other Indian to score 1000 or more runs in World Cup. The former captain made 1006 runs in 21 matches and stands 11th in the list of highest run scorers in World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 18: Mexico Vs South Korea Preview

first_imgAdvertisement(Photo Credits: The Sun)Mexico will look to seal their spot in the knockout stages with a win over Asian Giants South Korea today at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don.Mexico shocked World Cup holders Germany with a 1-0 victory in their first group game, and the second matchday will go a long way to deciding who makes the last 16 of the tournament. The last time South Korea and Mexico met was in 1998, with the El Tri winning it 3-1 in the group stages.If stats are to believed then Mexico looks strong on paper as they have won all of their World Cup games against Asian teams. While on paper South Korea looks quite weak as they are winless in their last seven World Cup games, losing their last three match in a row. The Asian underdogs have failed to score in their last three World Cup games.Mexico feels very comfortable playing with possession of the ball, which means counterattacks and set pieces will matter in this battle. Let’s see how this game unfolds.Here are squads for the game:Meanwhile, in Rostov-on-Don… We have the teams for #KORMEX!#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/fS5ufeqSot— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 23, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

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India U-19 vs Sri Lanka U-19: Arjun Tendulkar gets maiden international wicket

first_imgArjun Tendulkar took his first international wicket on Tuesday playing for India Under-19 side in the Test against Sri Lanka.The 18-year-old, who opened the bowling after India lost the toss, took the wicket of RVPK Mishra in the third over of the match.It was an inswinging delivery that trapped left-handed Mishra in front of the stumps for 9.While Arjun took the first wicket of the match, Harsh Tyagi and Ayush Badoni emerged as India’s stars on the day. The duo took four wickets and Mohit Jangra chipped in with another one as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 244 in 70.3 overs on the first day.Tyagi and Badoni returned with match figures of 4/92 and 4/24 respectively.Tears of joy rolled down when I saw this, have seen him grow up and put in the hard work in his game. Could not be more happy for you, Arjun. This is just the beginning, I wish you tons and ton of success in the days to come. Cherish your first wicket and enjoy the moment. pic.twitter.com/vB3OmbaTWMVINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) July 17, 2018Pasindu Sooriyabandara top scored for the hosts with a gritty innings of 69 off 134 balls. Captain Nipun Dananjaya, Nishan Madushka and ST Mendis scored 39 each while NN Fernando added 22.In reply, captain Anuj Rawat scored a quick-fire 63 off 59 balls as India finished Day 1 on 92/1. They trail by 152 runs.Sri Lanka A tour of Bangladesh1st One Day – Bangladesh A won by 2 runs.Sri Lanka A 278 (50 ov, D Shanaka 78, A Priyanjan 42 : Khaled Ahmed 4/72,Shoriful Islam 3/54, Ariful Haque 2/42) v Bangladesh A 280/7#SLAvBANA #SLAadvertisementSri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) July 17, 2018Rawat’s dismissal was the last piece of action on the first day. Opener Atharwa Taide was on unbeaten 26 at stumps.This is first of the two Youth Test matches that India are scheduled to play in Sri Lanka. The second Youth Test match will start from July 24 at Hambantota. India will also play five ODIs after the five-day matches. The 50-over tournament will start from July 30.last_img read more

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Jason Whitlock absolutely destroys Thayer Evans

first_imgJason Whitlock went on the Sports Animal today and absolutely lit Thayer Evans’ career on fire.I know some of you probably don’t care about Whitlock and I admit he rubs the wrong way at times, but this is absolutely must-listen stuff.Thanks to the Sports Animal for providing the audio. You can listen on their site here or click below.Play If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Jamaica can Tap into Huge Economic Potential of Disabled Community – Consultant

first_imgStory Highlights Equality and Inclusion Consultant, United Kingdom (UK), Haqeeq Bostan, says Jamaica can seek to tap into the huge economic potential of the disabled community by creating a more inclusive society. Mr. Bostan said this concept of inclusivity, deemed the ‘purple economy’, has been working in the UK, where persons with disabilities are now being adequately accommodated and are participating in society and economic activities. “That means that disabled people, when they can’t work, they are not paying their taxes; they are recipients of benefits rather than contributors to the economy. They are not going out there and spending; instead, they are having to rely on services. They are more likely to be users of services,” he said. Equality and Inclusion Consultant, United Kingdom (UK), Haqeeq Bostan, says Jamaica can seek to tap into the huge economic potential of the disabled community by creating a more inclusive society.Mr. Bostan said this concept of inclusivity, deemed the ‘purple economy’, has been working in the UK, where persons with disabilities are now being adequately accommodated and are participating in society and economic activities.As a result of becoming more inclusive, that country is now benefiting from the disability market, which, according to research, is contributing £16.2 billion to the treasury and is worth more than £200 billion.“When you start to include people, then cost to society lowers, as people are able to make more of a contribution,” Mr. Bostan said while speaking at an Inclusion and Diversity Summit at the University of Technology (UTech) in St. Andrew on Wednesday (November 29).He pointed out that societies, especially business interests, must become more inclusive in order to take advantage of the estimated spend of about US$1 trillion of the one billion disabled persons around the world.“If you start to include friends and family of those disabled people, you’re pushing the number up to 2.5 billion people and a US$6.9-trillion annual disposable income. That is a huge market, and not including disabled people by having an excluded society, businesses are not taking full advantage of that spending power,” he said.Key to realising the value of the disabled community, Mr. Bostan said, is dispelling the negative perception of disabled persons not having the capacity to make meaningful contributions to the society. He said society loses more than it gains when it excludes this cohort.Quoting findings from the World Bank, Mr. Bostan noted that in the United States alone, between US$1.3 trillion and US$1.9 trillion are lost as a result of not accommodating the needs of disabled people.“That means that disabled people, when they can’t work, they are not paying their taxes; they are recipients of benefits rather than contributors to the economy. They are not going out there and spending; instead, they are having to rely on services. They are more likely to be users of services,” he said.Turning to Kingston, Mr. Bostan said the capital is well on its way to becoming a more inclusive city for persons with disabilities, in terms of the steps that have been made to empower the community through greater access to education, healthcare and the built environment.Mr. Bostan said the staging of the Summit was another tangible indication that Kingston (and Jamaica in general) is on its way to becoming more exclusive. The event served to explore the economic and social value of making Kingston a more inclusive city for disabled persons.He praised the organisers, Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), in partnership with the British Council, for staging the event, adding that it was also commendable that several government ministers were in attendance.Those present were Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton; State Minister for Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams; Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson; and State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, who participated in a panel discussion.All ministers committed to continue championing the cause for the disabled, and highlighted the various measures, programmes and activities the Government has in place to cater to this group.These include the enactment of the Disabilities Act; the provision of economic empowerment grants and assistive devices to enable persons with disabilities to become economically independent; and plans to retrofit all primary and secondary schools across the island with lifts and ramps to improve access by persons with disabilities.Held under the theme: ‘Towards Kingston as an Inclusive City for Persons with Disabilities’, the Summit is the first in a three-part conversation to include policymakers and stakeholders, examining the importance of transforming Kingston into an inclusive city for locals and visitors.last_img read more

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VIDEO: Liverpool2 on Track

first_imgzoom Construction at the new USD 500 million container terminal being built at the Port of Liverpool has reached an advanced stage. Work to reclaim 12 hectares of land has passed the first stage with further infilling due to take place over the summer.The majority of 296 steel piles have been driven into the seabed, allowing the infilling of 1.43 million tonnes of sand and silts taken from the Mersey estuary and deposited behind the new quay wall, up to a level of (+) 6 metres above ordinary datum.Doug Coleman, Liverpool2’s Construction Director, said: “There are very few projects of this kind and scale going on in the UK, especially considering the impact of the exceptional tidal range.“We can only carry out the installation of anchor blocks and other infrastructure, including vibrocompaction, for a maximum of eight hours each day – two hours either side of each low tide. The one benefit is that the weight of water during high tide helps to compress the infilled material.“The tide also means that for every million tonnes we bring in, we lose about 2.5% which is not significant in the scheme of things and is helped by our deliberate strategy of installing the new sewerage outfall pipe which acts as a barrier to minimise losses.“Thanks to the project being ‘all-weathered’, the tide is the only major challenge we face from the elements, although high winds or freezing conditions inevitably mean that work has to be carried out slightly differently to minimise any consequent risks.“Overall, the first phase of infilling progressed exceptionally well and I’m generally very pleased with how all the works are taking shape.”The piling process, which began in 2014 and is due to be completed in the next few months, involves drilling from large jack-up rigs and inserting tubular piles to create a new 854m long quay wall. The area behind the wall has been dredged to bed rock to allow for virgin materials to be deposited.The infilling process began in February with the arrival in the river Mersey of the ‘Willem van Orange’ trailer suction hopper dredger. The vessel, operated by Dutch specialist Van Oord, has a handling capacity of 10,000m3 (21000 tonnes) and took materials from a site 20 miles away from Liverpool2, with each dredging and discharge operation taking 6.5 hours from beginning to end.The dredger is due to return at the beginning of July to begin the second campaign of infilling, which will see a further 4m tonnes of dredged material being harvested from the river.Other significant elements of the project to date include:installation underway of 261 anchor blocks 3metres below the current infilled level,connection of the anchor block to piles with steel bars, to straighten and tension the quay wall structurevibrocompaction of the infill to settle it and drive out water220m extension to an existing sewerage outfall through the site, towed in a single piece from Norwayinstallation of drainage works directly behind quay wallupfill from (+)6.5 metres to (+)10 metres to cover the tie bars and anchor blocks to the top level of the piles.As well as the further infilling, the next major phases of the work will include installation of capping beams, with bollard and fender blocks, and pocket dredging for the delivery of ship to shore cranes.last_img read more

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Abstaining from pot improves memory ability to learn in young users study

first_imgTORONTO – Researchers say a month of abstaining from cannabis leads to improved memory in adolescents and young adults who are regular users of weed.A study by Massachusetts General Hospital found young people who stopped using cannabis for 30 days had a better ability to learn compared to peers who continued to smoke, vape or ingest pot.Lead author Randi Schuster, director of neuropsychology at the Center for Addiction Medicine at the Boston hospital, says teens and young adults learn better when they are not using cannabis.She says the findings suggest that at least some of the cognitive deficits linked to at least once-a-week cannabis use are not permanent and improve quickly after a short period of abstinence.The research involved 88 subjects aged 16 to 25 who completed regular assessments of thinking and memory during the study period and also provided frequent urine tests to verify cannabis abstinence. The study is published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.The authors note that adolescence and young adulthood are critical times for brain development, specifically for brain regions that are most susceptible to the effects of cannabis.“There are still a lot of open questions to be studied, including whether attention might improve and memory continues to improve with longer periods of cannabis abstinence,” says Schuster, adding that two larger follow-up trials will try to address those issues.last_img read more

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Foreign national cheated at Vijay Chowk

first_imgNew Delhi: Through different tricks, criminals are making away with money in the city. In a recent incident, they targeted an Iraqi national arrived in the city to see President House on March 6.In the complaint to police, the foreign national alleged that he came to India for his treatment in Gurugram based hospital. “On the day of the incident, the victim along with his son and friend came at the Vijay Chowk to see the President House in a taxi bearing Haryana number plate,” complainant told police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe further told the law enforcement agency that at about 5:30 pm, when they were at Vijay Chowk, two gents and one lady came and started interacting with them in the Arabic language. After gaining the victim’s confidence, one of the suspects asked the foreign national that he want to go to Iraq and requested him to show the USD. “On this, I gave him my Doller. He again asked me the Doller rate in Iraq and after taking my 20 notes of 100 Dollar, the suspect rub his hand and play a trick,” complainant told police. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice further said that the suspect returns back 11 notes of 100 US Dollars and put the remaining amount in his pocket. The foreigner could not understand the trick and after this, all the three persons sit in the grey colour car and went away. “When I checked my money there were only 11 notes in my pocket I apprised all fact to my taxi driver who called the police,” the complainant said adding that all three persons aged about 35-40 years. Police have registered a case under sections 420 and 34 of IPC. In another case which was reported from Kalkaji area of South East Delhi, robbers allegedly stole a bag containing Apple laptop, I-Pad, I-Phone and other important documents. The complainant told police that he was inside his car when a person came and told him that his cash is fallen on the road. During the distraction, another person fled with a bag from the back gate of the car.last_img read more

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On 158th birth anniversary: Rare oil paintings by Tagore, contemporaries to be displayed by RBU

first_imgKolkata: Art lovers in the city for the first time will get the opportunity to witness a number of oil paintings by eminent painters including Rabindranath Tagore himself with the Rabindra Bharati Museum (RBM) putting on display these artworks at the Jorasanko campus of Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) on the occasion of the 158th birth anniversary of the legend which falls on May 9.”There are 72 oil paintings by Tagore’s contemporaries in our collection. Some larger paintings are already on display at the Western Art Gallery of the Museum but 53 of them, mostly smaller in size, were kept in the air-conditioned museum strong room away from public view for shortage of space. All these will be unveiled in a visible storage space that has been created in the campus,” said Baisakhi Mitra, curator-in-charge of RBM. Bulk of this collection was gifted by Maharaja Prabirendra Mohan Tagore and Kumar Purnendu Nath Tagore of Pathuriaghata. The conditions of the paintings deteriorated over time due to natural processes and the effects of pollution in the heart of Kolkata. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe National Research Laboratory For Conservation of Cultural Property, Lucknow, gave the oil paintings a fresh lease of life with the funds of the university itself. However, even after the restoration work carried out in two phases that ended in July 2013, the paintings again found its place in the strong room due to paucity of display space. “A grant from the Union Ministry of Culture helped us in setting up a visible storage space in which 53 of the remaining oil paintings could be displayed for art connoisseurs across the world,” said RBU Vice-Chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe most important painting that will be displayed is the one titled “Three Witches from Macbeth” done by Tagore himself who began painting it when he was in his 60s. Tagore had produced around 3,000 drawings and paintings and was the first Indian artist to exhibit his works across Europe, Russia and the US in 1930. His painting style was very individualistic, characterised by simple bold forms and rhythmic quality and later inspired several modern artists. An oil painting by Hitendranath Tagore, the eldest son of Hemendranath, Debendranath’s third son, “Portrait of Maharshi Debendranath Tagore” done by Sashi Kumar Hesh, “Composition — Omar Khyam/Arabian Nights” by Asit Halder, “Family” by Ramkinkar Beij are among the noted paintings that will be on display. The visual storage titled “Abanindranath Tagore — Visual Storage” will also showcase works by eminent painters who were contemporary of Tagore including Nirode Majumdar, Sukhomoy Mitra, Satyen Ghosal, Santosh Arora and a few unknown artists too.last_img read more

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Lebanese singer and Arab “Singing Bird” Sabah dies

Rabat – Famous actress and singer Sabah has died on Wednesday, Lebanese media reported.The Lebanese diva passed away at her residence in the capital Beirut at the age of 87.Nicknamed “Shahroura” or the “singing bird” in Arabic, Sabah was born as Jeanette Gergis Al-Feghali in Bdadoun, Lebanon in 1927. During her career spanning over six decades she released more than 50 albums and starred in 98 films as well as over 20 stage plays.She was the first Arab singer to perform at Olympia in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Piccadilly Theatre in London and Sydney Opera House in Sydney.Sabah was subject to harsh criticism due to her multiple cosmetic surgeries and the fact that she was wearing showy outfits that did not match her age.She was also famous for her multiple marriages. She was married at least nine times and some of these marriages only lasted few months if not less. read more

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GAZA: Inauguration of Hassan II Faculty Financed by King Mohammed VI

Rabat – A faculty whose construction was paid by King Mohammed VI of Morocco has been inaugurated on Monday in the Gaza Strip.Minister of endowment and Islamic Affairs Ahmed Taoufik took part, on Monday in Gaza, in the inauguration ceremony of the Hassan II Faculty of agronomic and environmental sciences.The faculty cost over $6 million and includes 12 classrooms, laboratories and other departments, Taoufik told MAP on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony. Organized by the Palestinian national authority, the inauguration ceremony was also marked by the presence of Palestinian political and civil figures who thanked the monarch for the gesture.In a video message after the ceremony, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas lauded the sovereign’s role in supporting the Palestinian cause and people. read more

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GuineaBissau progresses on path towards stability after last years unrest – Ban

Guinea-Bissau is countering the effects of last year’s unrest, and the United Nations is helping to promote security sector reform in a country that has been dogged by war, coups and assassinations in recent years, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report.“I am encouraged by the noticeable progress that Guinea-Bissau has made to reverse the negative effects of the civil-military events that took place on 1 April 2010,” he writes, referring to the brief detention of the Prime Minister, Chief of General Staff and other senior military officers by some members of the armed forces, which he has previously called “a major setback” to promoting stability and implementing key reforms.“I note the positive steps taken by the leadership of Guinea-Bissau, especially the President and Prime Minister, to demonstrate its renewed commitment to resolve contentious issues through dialogue and consultations and to consolidate State institutions.”In a report covering events since the end of October, Mr. Ban cites the continuing rift between President Malam Bacai Sanhá and Prime Minister Carlos Gomes, but notes that compromises over certain appointments, and Mr. Sanhá’s assurance that the Government would serve until the end of the legislative session in 2012 have helped ease tensions. His Special Representative Joseph Mutaboba has continued to promote permanent dialogue between the two, he adds. The UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), which Mr. Mutaboba heads, has been cooperating with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) to promote defence and security sector reforms, and Mr. Ban commends the important role played by regional and international stakeholders to encourage constructive dialogue among the political and military leadership.UNIOGBIS was set up last year as a successor to the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS), which had been in the country since 1999 as part of international efforts to help it recover from civil war in which thousands were killed, wounded or forced from their homes. In the years that followed, the country was still plagued by coups, coup attempts and, in 2009, the assassination of President João Bernardo Vieira. Citing continuing instability, the Security Council in November extended UNIOGBIS’ mandate until 31 December 2011. Guinea-Bissau is one of six countries currently on the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission – along with Burundi, Guinea, Sierra Leone, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Liberia – established in 2005 to help countries emerging from conflict make an irreversible transition from war to sustainable peace.Mr. Ban notes that, together with the Defence Ministry, UNIOGBIS has organized awareness-raising seminars on the rule of law, human rights, gender, democracy and military justice to enhance the capacity of military officers in consolidating peace and the rule of law, prevent impunity and renew public trust in the armed forces.The mission has also been helping with police reform and, with national and international partners, has assisted national authorities in promoting dialogue and cooperation among and between law enforcement agencies, magistrates and prosecutors.UNIOGBIS and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) continue to help national authorities tackle the growing problem of illicit drug trafficking, organized crime and drug abuse in West Africa as part of an ECOWAS regional action plan.“If you have strong police, if you have a strong criminal justice system, it will raise the capacity of the state to tackle the issue of impunity,” UNIOGBIS Senior Police Adviser Nelson Werlang Garcia told the UN News Centre in a separate interview. “By addressing impunity, you’re creating confidence by the population in the police, in the state, and helping them to feel more secure and protected by the state.”On human rights, Mr. Ban notes that the mission has joined with the Interior Ministry in organizing sensitization workshops on gender issues to promote full respect for the principles of equality within law enforcement to prevent, identify and investigate gender-based violence.He sounds a positive note on the economy, noting that despite continuing structural fragility, Guinea-Bissau has continued to pursue important reforms enabling it to make significant progress in managing its debt burden, thus opening up opportunities to stabilize the economy and promote economic growth.But, he warns: “Political stability is essential if the country is to use the window of opportunity presented by the recently announced debt relief arrangement to build on the positive momentum created.“It is especially important for the people of Guinea-Bissau, in particular political and military actors, to reflect on the high cost of the wasted years and to focus on working collectively in the national interest towards building a national consensus on the priorities for socio-economic development and long-term stability,” he concludes. 22 February 2011Guinea-Bissau is countering the effects of last year’s unrest, and the United Nations is helping to promote security sector reform in a country that has been dogged by war, coups and assassinations in recent years, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report. read more

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UN agency puts forward eightpoint plan to help AsiaPacific benefit from global

The UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) 2006 Asia-Pacific Human Development Report, “Trade on Human Terms: Transforming Trade for Human Development in Asia and the Pacific,” was released today in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh and is the first in a new annual series, the agency said in a press release.“Trade on Human Terms comes at a critical time with only a few months left before the end-of-year deadline for the completion of the Doha Development Round. We are at the midpoint of the 10-year Brussels Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries and have less than a decade to achieve the targets of the Millennium Development Goals,” said UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis, referring to targets to slash a host of ills, such as extreme hunger and poverty, by 2015.Among the findings included in the report is that Asia’s opening to the global market has propelled record economic growth and reduced income poverty in much of the region. Its cheap, labour-intensive manufacturing and high-tech goods have made it the “factory of the world.” East Asia’s “miracle” economies, in particular, have used trade to boost exports and accelerate progress in other areas including education, health and gender equality.Yet at the same time, trade has exacerbated inequalities, not only between countries but also within national borders. And some of the region’s most open economies – particularly the East Asian success stories – are grappling with the challenge of “jobless growth,” with job creation lagging far behind workforce expansion. Further, the benefits of free trade have accrued more to highly-paid skilled workers than unskilled workers, while job opportunities and working conditions for women in textiles and clothing in the poorer countries are threatened by competition from China and the demise of global quotas.“Asia and the Pacific have embraced globalization, but globalization cannot embrace the region’s poor without determined action on the part of governments,” said Hafiz A. Pasha, the Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, who launched the report at a ceremony with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. The report also highlights that some parts of Asia-Pacific – especially the 14 Least Developed Countries that include Cambodia – and the Pacific Island countries, have seen few tangible human-development benefits from trade and also face tough conditions for membership of the World Trade Organization (WTO). “Due to the tyranny of averages, the relatively poor performance of Asia’s Least Developed Countries gets little attention,” said Anuradha K. Rajivan, who led the Colombo-based multinational team that prepared the Report for UNDP.Key recommendations in the report call for investing in for national governments to make trade work for the poor are:Invest for competitiveness, including in education as well as in research and development, especially for agriculture and trade-related infrastructureAdopt strategic trade and industrial policies, by not opening up too early strategic industries and by introducing properly sequenced tariff barriers with a clear timeframe Refocus on agriculture, emphasizing investment in rural development, maintaining tariffs on food imports, and ensuring that global trade negotiations agree on special safeguard mechanismsCombat “jobless growth,” by recalibrating interest rates; phasing out fiscal incentives that artificially raise the return on capital and result in moves away from labour; and adopting labour-market policies to encourage flexibility and retraining Prepare a new tax regime, ensuring that new taxes are equitable and protect the poor; develop income taxes and curb evasion, while exploring promising new areas such as real estate, capital gains and value-added tax to compensate for revenue losses from trade liberalizationMaintain stable exchange rates, providing realistic exchange-rate management that values a currency neither too high nor too low and maintains real stabilityPersist with multilateralism, for more durable human-development outcomes, building up slower but ultimately more productive relationships under the multilateral global trade regime rather than seeking highly imbalanced bilateral agreements with rich nations andPromote regional cooperation, strengthening regional trade agreements, pooling of foreign-exchange reserves and development of an Asian bond market. read more

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The Joyce Foundation makes major financial gift to Brock University

A $2.5 million gift from The Joyce Foundation will be used to establish new bursaries covering full tuition of multiple students each year.The major donation announced Friday, Nov. 27, will create The Joyce Foundation Bursary, the largest single bursary fund in Brock’s history.“This is one of the most significant gift announcements in the history of our school,” said Brock University President Jack Lightstone. “This generous donation from The Joyce Foundation will open the door to post-secondary education for an untold number of students in the years to come.”Lightstone also thanked the Foundation’s board, including the Hon. Ed Lumley, Grant Joyce, Steven Joyce, Aileen O’Rafferty, Michele Thornley and David Wagstaff.One student who was facing personal challenges and was struggling to find their way forward to university called receiving a Brock bursary a gift and a message.“The generosity of a Brock donor changed the course of my life. From that moment I was able to focus on my studies, achieved the best marks of my life, earned my degree and kept going, becoming a graduate student,” said alumnus Jason Sykes, who now teaches at Brock.“Our board truly believes in helping students who face financial barriers to attain a higher education. We wanted to establish bursaries at Brock University because we believe that when education is more accessible, everyone benefits,” said Joyce Foundation founder Ron Joyce. The Canadian business icon co-founded TDL Group Ltd., which licenses Tim Hortons restaurants around the world.As Niagara’s economy transitions from traditional industry into new innovative, knowledge-driven sectors, a highly skilled and educated labour force will be needed. Obtaining post-secondary education is increasingly vital. Yet, Niagara lags quite behind other areas of Ontario in terms of the percentage of our population that has had post-secondary education.Brock University is always looking for ways it can increase the number of donor-funded awards available to students. In 2014/15 more than 10 per cent of Brock students received financial assistance through donor funded awards. read more

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Ohio State retail jerseys will be limited to a pair of numbers

A rack of OSU jerseys is seen at Barnes & Noble at 1598 N. High St. For the 2015 season, stores such as Barnes and Noble will now only be allowed to sell Nos. 1 and 15 jerseys. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi / Lantern reporterFans looking to purchase new Ohio State football jerseys for the upcoming season will have two jersey options to choose from at Nike apparel-approved retailers: No. 1 and No. 15. Rick Van Brimmer, assistant vice president for Affinity Trademark Management, said that it is merely a coincidence that two team standouts in redshirt senior quarterback/H-back Braxton Miller (1) and junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) sport the two number choices that are represented.According to Van Brimmer, the decision to make those two numbers available to fans is because annually No. 1 is the most popular jersey number and No. 15 represents the upcoming 2015 football season.Van Brimmer said the decision came about after an internal meeting from peer institutions.“Given the current climate around use of players’ names and likeness, this seemed to fit philosophically with where we want to be,” Van Brimmer said. “Fans can still get any number they choose through our custom jersey program at the stadium and online at our official team shop, as long as they include their (own) name on the jersey.”Carter Marsch, a second-year in communication, said he approves of the decision to represent the year and the potential national championship awaiting the team at the end of the season, but he also realizes the problem with teams using players’ jersey numbers for profit.“There’s always been problems with representing students and making money off of them, and what the football team can bring in, compared to what the students make,” Marsch said. “I think that this is a good way to kind of cancel that out, almost.”Van Brimmer said some stores may have carryover stock from last year still available for a limited time.Kathy Smith, general manager at the Barnes & Noble in the South Campus Gateway, said her store was already clearing out last year’s inventory before the announcement came out.Smith said her store still has some of last year’s No. 5 jerseys — the number formerly worn by Miller — on clearance right now.“If (customers) are looking for any other numbers besides 1 and 15, then they can come in and look at what we have on clearance,” Smith said.Smith mentioned that a rivalry game jersey will be made available later this year as well, but she could not provide the details on those yet, as they have not been officially released.The new OSU jerseys are available in two styles, game and limited, and range from $90 to $135 on the Nike website. read more

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EHF EURO 2012 Star of the Day 1 – Stevce Alusovski

← Previous Story French NT coach, Claude Onesta: “Spain doesn’t need Sterbik” Next Story → EHF EURO 2012 (Round 2): Serbs beats Denmark in the Madhouse! Fantastic game against Sweden 26:26, brought a big point to the Macedonians. One of the best player and with Kiril Lazarov, the best scorer in Macedonian team was Stevce Alusovski (40), experienced left wing. He got the most votes in our Poll “Who is the Star of Day 1”, where eight players were nominated. Second is Serbian left wing, Ivan Nikcevic, third one, one of the biggest star, Filip Jicha. Stevce Alusovski read more

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Hungary Pick Szeged with great performance wins over FTCPLER

ancsinbudayFTCFTC PLERkocsilarholmPick SzegedsulcSzegedzubai ← Previous Story LNH: Sebastian Simonet extends contract with US Ivry Next Story → ASOBAL (Roudn 16): Atletico Madrid defeated by Naturhouse, league champion decided?! Three days after a 14-goal home victory in the Hungarian Cup and five days before a critical CL match in Switzerland Pick Szeged played in the Hungarian League against FTC-PLER. Due to the TV broadcast the match started at a very odd time (13.10). This must have been the reason why Pick began at a very sleepy pace  (12th min 6-6). They made far too many mistakes especially in defence. This all changed when hungarian international goalkeeper Roland Mikler came in. He immediately performed several great saves while Ancsin and Sulc started scoring thus increasing Pick’s lead (27th min 18-12). Swedish superstar Jonas Larholm was very confident from the 7-meter line and the first half ended with a 6-goal difference (20-14).The first goal of the second half came from the guests after 3 minutes . After that Pick started finishing their attacks more precisely and the difference kept on growing (42th min 26-17). At this time Zubai and Buday were the leading goalscorers. Roland Mikler made sure that FTC wouldn’t be able to get closer. In the end Pick won the match by 14 goals and can start preparing for next week’s crucial away match against Schaffhausen.Pick Szeged-FTC-PLER 38:24Larholm 7, Ancsin 6, Zubai-Sulc-Buday 4. Best scorer for FTC: Kocsi 6TEXT: Peter Butty read more

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Ukraine opposition refuses to back bill that would free activists

first_imgUKRAINE’S OPPOSITION HAS defiantly refused to back an amnesty bill that would free activists and ease the country’s worst crisis since independence, as Germany urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his sway to push for dialogue.The amnesty bill was passed by parliament with the backing of the ruling Regions Party in a chaotic late night session, but opposition MPs refused to vote and it appears unlikely the law could mark any breakthrough in the standoff.ProtestersPresident Viktor Yanukovych has granted several concessions to protesters who have packed the centre of Kiev for the last two months, including accepting the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov. But the opposition want the head of state to go.EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said after meeting Yanukovych that it was time for “real dialogue” to start and for “the violence and intimidation” to stop.Three activists were shot dead in clashes between police and protesters in Kiev last week, but tensions have calmed somewhat since negotiations between the government and the opposition gained traction.However, there still appears to be no easy way out of a crisis which will influence the future strategic orientation of the nation of 46 million people sandwiched between Russia and the EU and whose economic potential remains unfulfilled.Putin, seen as the key international player in the crisis, told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that “any outside interference is unacceptable,” the Kremlin said.Merkel for her part told Putin to push for a “constructive dialogue” to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, her office said.In a sign of Russia’s economic influence over Ukraine, Putin on Wednesday said Russia would wait until a new government is formed in Ukraine before it considers releasing a crucial $15 billion bailout package for Kiev in full.‘On the brink of civil war’Protesters, some from right-wing radical groups, remain camped out in much of the city centre of Kiev and have now erected wooden watchtowers at their barricades.Underlining the gravity of the crisis, Ukraine’s first post-independence president Leonid Kravchuk on Wednesday warned that the country was “on the brink of civil war”.“It is a revolution. It is a dramatic situation in which we must act with the greatest responsibility,” Kravchuk, president from 1991 to 1994, said to applause and a standing ovation.Protesters guard the barricades in front of riot police in Kiev, Ukraine. Pic: AP Photo/Efrem LukatskyThe opposition did not vote for the amnesty bill as they are unhappy that the law is conditional on protestors vacating buildings they have occupied in Kiev before it takes effect.The majority Regions Party backed the law after a rare closed-door meeting at parliament with Yanukovych who reportedly threatened early parliamentary elections if they did not support it.A total of 232 deputies voted for the bill and 11 against, but 173 MPs present in the parliament did not vote.Svoboda (Freedom) party leader Oleg Tyagnybok said that parliament had essentially adopted a law about “hostages” as the dozens arrested during the crisis would now be held until buildings are freed.“The authorities have now admitted they take hostages like terrorists do, so that they can then barter over them,” he was quoted as saying by the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.He said that the law had been adopted with gross violations of parliament rules and the “vote was absolutely illegitimate”.The UDAR (Punch) party leader and world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko warned: “Instead of lowering the temperature in society this is going to raise it.”Dozens of activists have been arrested since clashes broke out January 19, both in Kiev and in the provinces, where activists have stormed regional administration buildings.Azarov and his entire government resigned on Tuesday after weeks of protests that began when Yanukovych pulled out of a key EU deal in favour of closer ties with Moscow in November.In the biggest concessions to the opposition so far, parliament on Tuesday also scrapped anti-protest laws which had ignited the current upsurge in tensions when they were passed by parliament on January 16.- © AFP, 2014Read: Ukraine could be on the verge of civil war>last_img read more

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