Goa Minister knocks official’s mobile down, later regrets

first_imgAfter a video showing Goa Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai knocking off a ringing mobile phone from the hands of the Chief Officer of the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) went viral on social media, the Minister on Monday expressed regret claiming he had lost his cool due to the disturbance while discussing a serious issue. In the video, Mr. Sardesai, who is Minister for Town and Country Planning, is also seen commenting on Siddhivinayak Naik, Chief Officer, MMC, as an useless officer, in front of other officials.“Throw away the phone,” Mr. Sardesai can be seen shouting the moment the phone in Mr. Naik’s hand started ringing. Later the Minister threw away the officer’s mobile phone to the ground. The incident happened during a field inspection by a team of officials led by the Minister in South Goa. “You do not do any work. You are useless and your chairperson is also useless,” Mr. Sardesai is also heard saying in the video. The Congress criticised Mr. Sardesai calling the video an “ample proof of abuse of power by the minister.” “The legislative wing is trying to subdue the executive by treating them as peons. This action by the Minister smacks of dictatorial attitude,” said Congress spokesperson Trajano D’Mello.Mr. Sardesai told presspersons: “I was irritated with the ringing phone when a topic of such seriousness being discussed. I regret that I lost my cool and have expressed regrets to the concerned officer.” Meanwhile, Mr. Naik accepted his mistake for not keeping the phone on vibration mode, and claimed that someone getting irritated over it was obvious. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgTendulkar also called for wickets in international cricket to be made more bowler-friendly. “Wickets need to change. They need to be more helpful for bowlers,” he said “I see in T20 format the greatest of the fast bowlers are being reverse swept at times. In One-days, a 300 total is no more a competitive total. T”here should be at least one format in cricket where the bowlers have a better chance of executing their skills and it becomes more interesting for spectators as well,” he said. The master batsman was asked for his thoughts on former Australian captain Ricky Ponting?s call for greater regulation of bat sizes, something he said he wanted to put “more brains behind” as he announced a new partnership with sporting gear firm Spartan International. He explained: “I personally played with a heavy bat. That was because me and my elder brother shared one bat and it was his bat. I had to hold the handle right at the bottom so the weight was not out of control to manage. Players make their own adjustments. “The size of the bats that I played with and those I see today are different. It is all about developing equipment and the bats have certainly developed a lot. PTI AK BS BSlast_img read more

Gigi, you’re dropped! Buffon & Tuchel set for showdown

first_imgGianluigi Buffon is suspended for Paris Saint-Germain’s visit to Anfield on Tuesday night, their first Champions League game of the season. It will save one headache for Thomas Tuchel, the PSG coach, who has come under increasing scrutiny over his plans for the 40-year-old.While Buffon started the season as first-choice goalkeeper, he has since surrendered his place to fellow World Cup winner Alphonse Areola. The France international was given extra holidays following his success in Russia over the summer and has since regained his place in the team ahead of Buffon.It has led to plenty of questions surrounding the ex-Juventus goalkeeper, who did not move to Paris in order to be a reserve. The issue manifested itself during the international break when Tuchel was a guest on French TV station RMC Sport . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Over the course of an enlightening hour of conversation, he discussed everything from his preferred playing style, Kylian Mbappe and his use of Neymar.Tuchel spoke in German which was then dubbed into French for the audience at home. Although the new coach is proficient in French he decided to use his native language for the in-depth interview. The section in which he discussed the PSG goalkeeping situation has since led to controversy.When asked by the hosts if he’d made his mind up over his first choice, viewers heard Tuchel say: “Yes, yes. The decision is not final, but I told Alphonse Areola that in my opinion, he was in pole position to be No. 1 in the club of his youth. Alphonse comes from the training centre, PSG is his life, it’s everything for him.”On that matter he appears to be unequivocal.Tuchel Quote GFXHowever, in the days since, the club have claimed that what Tuchel actually said was mistranslated. They believe instead that Tuchel told Areola he would be No.1 in the days before Buffon was signed. If that was the case, then Tuchel would still need to make his mind up.It is clear that upon the expiry of his Juventus contract that Buffon was not signed at the behest of Tuchel himself. His was a signing ordered by the club’s Qatari owners and sources say this was revealed to Tuchel in his PSG job interview.And so Tuchel was forced this week to row back on the certainty with which he announced the decision that Areola would be his pick in goal.It’s important to note that Areola needed game time ahead of the Liverpool encounter quite simply to shake off any rust picked up after the World Cup. It made sense to swap out Buffon for this reason, even if he had performed solidly in the opening two matches of the season, against Caen and Guingamp.The long-term signs, however, are not encouraging for Gigi.Tuchel made a big deal about the fact that PSG going forward were going to have plenty of representation from local boys who graduate from the academy. The likes of Adrien Rabiot, Christopher Nkunku, Stanley N’Soki, Antoine Bernede, Timothy Weah, Moussa Diaby and, of course, World Cup winner Presnel Kimpembe have all been involved in Ligue 1 this season.Opportunities for players that age who have come through the academy structure are simply not available at many other top European teams.Tuchel’s PSG has star quality for sure, with Mbappe, Neymar, Cavani and the rest, but this is a team that will have a local identity and where native young talents will be promoted where possible.In those terms, Areola, at PSG since his early teens, represents the present and the future.Alphonse Areola PSG 2018“I am convinced that we need these players,” said Tuchel on RMC. “This type of player is the heart and soul of PSG. They embody it.“We have a different situation with Gigi Buffon, who is a legend, an idol of Alphonse, who is at his side and these two players have very strong personalities.“We will have to refine things, but if in this combination, we happen to be smart and generous with both, I am sure we will get there and that we will be rewarded.“I’m sure Alphonse will not be good in spite of Gigi, but thanks to Gigi.”And it’s true that Bufffon will be able to show to Areola what it takes to stay at the top. But he’s not just another veteran goalkeeper who is satisfied to take up a No. 2 or a No. 3 spot in a squad. He came to play, to represent Paris Saint-Germain in the same way that Neymar has.Right now, it would appear to be a dud move.Gianluigi Buffon Alphonse Areola PSGBuffon was clearly the choice of the hierarchy who saw the opportunity of involving a bonafide legend of the game. But that was to ignore the talents of Areola, who has waited too long to become No.1. He will not be relinquishing that position any time soon.Tuchel must find a way to placate the ego of Buffon, keeping his paymasters sweet even if he’s got no intention of putting ‘their guy’ in goal.Due to injuries and suspensions, the likes of Dani Alves, Marco Verratti, Layvin Kurzawa and Rabiot will not be visiting Anfield on Tuesday, meaning the Kop might well see plenty of PSG’s homegrown contingent.Areola, of course, will be there too and Buffon won’t. After his sending-off against Real Madrid last season in a heart-stopping quarter-final, he is serving a three-match European ban. That’s convenient for Tuchel in this instance because the chances are he wouldn’t have played anyway.last_img read more

From state bodies to players, BCCI releases funds for all

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 13 (PTI) The BCCI has released pending payments to various stakeholders which include Test match centres, state bodies, match fee of India players besides salary of coaches and commentators. Also the IPL franchises were paid one installment of their share from the “Net Central Rights”. The boards website has uploaded all the payments and specific heads under which the invoices have been created from January to March. According to payments made in March, the cash-strapped Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) have been paid approx Rs 1.69 crore under the head: “Advance against amount due to association”. The amount has been released on March 22 and will go a long way to help the staff, who have not been paid salaries for months. The BCCI has also paid Rs 1.45 crore and Rs 5.54 crore (approx) on two separate counts — property tax and service tax — on behalf of DDCA. The payments to various Test centres have also been made. Accordingly, Himachal Pradesh and Hyderabad have received approximately Rs 2.82 crore each while Maharashtra and Andhra were paid Rs 4.52 crore respectively. Among the IPL franchises — promoters of KKR and Sunrisers received Rs 21 crore each, while Kings XI Punjab received Rs 22.5 crore. The promoters of Mumbai Indians — Indiawin Sports Private Limited and Delhi Daredevils owner GMR Sports received Rs 23 crore each. All the top Indian players received their match fees plus retainership fees for various tours during the last international season. Chief coach Anil Kumble has received “professional fees” of approx Rs 48.75 lakh each for December and January while Rahul Dravid, currently coach Delhi Daredevils, has received two separate amounts of Rs 41.44 lakh and Rs 1.89 crore (approx) during the 2016 season for coaching India U-19 and A sides. The top Indian commentators have also been paid their fees for various broadcasting assignments. Both Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri have been paid approx Rs 56.93 lakh each for the England series. Likewise, L Sivaramakrishnan and Sanjay Manjrekar were paid Rs 26.25 lakh and Rs 42 lakh respectively for the England series. PTI KHS BS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

World Cup-Winning England Goalkeeper Gordon Banks Dies at 81

first_imgBy: Steve Douglas and Rob Harris, AP Sports WritersLONDON (AP) — Gordon Banks, the World Cup-winning England goalkeeper who was also known for blocking a header from Pele that many consider to be the greatest save in soccer history, has died. He was 81.English soccer club Stoke, one of Banks’ former teams, posted a statement from his family on Twitter on Tuesday.“It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight,” the statement on Twitter said. “We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.”No cause of death was given.Known for his reflexes, Banks was one of English soccer’s most revered players after helping the team win the 1966 World Cup on home soil. He conceded only one goal in five games before England beat West Germany 4-2 in the final at Wembley Stadium.Banks is the fourth member of the starting lineup to die, following captain Bobby Moore, Alan Ball and Ray Wilson.“Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper and I was proud to call him a team-mate,” former England teammate Bobby Charlton said on the Manchester United Twitter account. “He will be deeply missed.”At the next World Cup in Mexico in 1970, Banks scurried across his line and dived to his right to stop a downward header from Pele.“The ground was hard so I thought I should get off my line,” Banks recalled to the BBC in 2017, “and as I dived I had to anticipate how high it was going to bounce. I got a hand to it. The ball actually hit the top of my hand and looked as though it was going into the top of the net.”But Banks managed to scoop the low ball over the crossbar with his right hand.“As I hit the floor I saw that the ball had missed the goal,” Banks said. “At first I thought, ‘You lucky so-and-so,’ but then I realized it has been a bit special.”Pele recalled he was already shouting “Goal” when he headed the ball.“Like a salmon leaping up a waterfall, he threw himself to tip the ball over the crossbar,” Pele was quoted as saying . “It was an impossible play.”FILE – In this Thursday March 4, 2004 file photo Brazilian soccer legend Pele, right, presents former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks with a photograph showing Banks saving a header from Pele in the 1970 World Cup, at a press conference in London, to mark FIFA’s 100 year anniversary. English soccer club Stoke said Tuesday Feb. 12, 2019 that World Cup-winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at 81. (AP Photo/Max Nash, File)The England team Twitter account on Tuesday posted a video of what is often called the “save of the century.”“An all-time great for England,” current England coach Gareth Southgate said.Brazil, however, eventually won that group game 1-0 and then went on to win its third World Cup title.FIFA also praised Banks by using the clip from 1970, tweeting from its World Cup Twitter account. Banks helped to draw the teams for the 2018 World Cup, attending a ceremony the previous year at the Kremlin in Moscow.“As one of the finest goalkeepers in football history, Gordon will not only be remembered for his performances on the pitch but also as a champion and gentleman off the pitch,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said.Banks, who was named FIFA goalkeeper of the year six times and made 73 appearances for England, was forced to retire in 1972, at the age of 35, after losing the sight in his right eye in a car accident. He lost one of his kidneys to cancer in 2005 and revealed in 2015 that he was facing another battle against cancer. FILE – In this July 30, 1966 file photo England’s soccer team captain Bobby Moore, is carried shoulder high by his team mates holding World Cup on July 30, 1966. England defeated West Germany 4-2 in the final, played at London’s Wembley Stadium. From left to right, goalkeeper Gordon Banks, Alan Ball, Roger Hunt, Geoff Hurst, Moore, Ray Wilson, George Cohen and Bobby Charlton. English soccer club Stoke said Tuesday Feb. 12, 2019 that World Cup-winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at 81. (AP Photo/Bippa, File)“If I could make a save like the one against Pele, while playing against the greatest in the world, then I will be able to battle through this health problem,” Banks said then.“Banksie,” as he was known, was already in his 20s when he started his club career by making his debut for Chesterfield before spells with Leicester (1959-67) and Stoke (1967-73) in the top division of English soccer. He won the League Cup with Leicester and Stoke.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Huddersfield vs Man Utd: TV, stream, & preview

first_imgFA Cup Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 18:15 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Huddersfield Getty Images FA Cup Manchester United Huddersfield Town v Manchester United Huddersfield Town The Red Devils have already crashed out of one domestic cup competition and they will be eager to avoid another disappointment Manchester United will attempt to book their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup when they face Huddersfield Town in the fifth round on Saturday.The Red Devils come into the game having suffered a disappointing defeat to Newcastle United last weekend and they will also be keen to banish those demons with a convincing performance.AdChoices广告United have lost once and won once against the Terriers this season, enduring a shock 2-1 defeat at the John Smith’s Stadium back in October before beating them 2-0 at Old Trafford earlier this month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player For Jose Mourinho, the FA Cup is one of two realistic hopes for silverware this season (along with the Champions League) and he will be determined to deliver, particularly after crashing out of the Carabao Cup to Bristol City at the quarter-final stage. Game Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United Date Saturday, February 17 Time 17:30 GMT / 12:30 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live StreamIn the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Fox Sports 2 fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BT Sport 2 and it can be streamed live online using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport app Squads & Team News Position Huddersfield players Goalkeepers Lossl, Coleman, Green Defenders Smith, Malone, Kongolo, Lowe, Jorgensen, Schindler, Stankovic, Hadergjonaj, Hefele Midfielders Whitehead, Hogg, Scannell, Billing, Mooy, Sabiri, Van La Parra, Williams, Pritchard, Ince, O’Brien Forwards Kachunga, Depoitre, Quaner, Mounie Aaron Mooy is not available to play after being forced to undergo knee surgery following an injury in his side’s game against Bournemouth last week.Potential Huddersfield starting XI: Lossl; Jorgensen, Malone, Schindler, Hadergjonaj; Billing, Hogg, Pritchard, Van La Parra, Ince; Depoitre. Position Manchester United players Goalkeepers De Gea, Romero, Joel Castro Defenders Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Rojo, Shaw, Valencia, Blind, Darmian, Smalling Midfielders Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Matic, Herrera, Young, Carrick, Fellaini, McTominay, Gomes Forwards Sanchez, Lukaku, Ibrahimovic, Martial, Rashford Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to training but he is still a number of weeks away from competitive action and Eric Bailly is also still unavailable.Paul Pogba has been forced to endure a barrage of criticism following his recent performances, as have defensive duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones so Mourinho may make changes.Potential Man Utd starting XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young; Herrera, Matic, Lingard, Sanchez, Mata; Lukaku.Betting & Match OddsManchester United are 2/5 favourites to win according to dabblebet and Huddersfield are priced at 15/2 to beat the Red Devils. A draw between the teams is considered a 15/4 bet.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match PreviewJose MourinhoMan United’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle last Sunday extended Mourinho’s winless record at St James’ Park and it also ceded further ground to their rivals in the race for second in the Premier League.The former Chelsea boss may have won three trophies with the Red Devils in his first season and returned them to the Champions League, but their performances during this campaign have left the fans feeling frustrated and he is under pressure to deliver a sense of pride to a team that once reigned supreme in England.Copperfastening a second-place finish in the league would be made all that bit sweeter if United can add a 13th FA Cup title to their haul, which would put them level with Arsenal as the most successful club in the history of the competition. However, they must navigate their way through another three rounds if they want to reach the final, starting with Huddersfield away on Saturday evening.They have already been knocked out of the Carabao Cup and that elimination – at the hands of Championship side Bristol City – demonstrates exactly how difficult it can be to make it to the final. Indeed, having already lost to Huddersfield this season, the United players will be all too aware of the pitfalls.Of course, the FA Cup is not the only thing on Manchester United’s agenda as they prepare for a mid-week clash against Sevilla in the Champions League last 16, so Mourinho will have to adopt an approach that can keep both paths to glory open.last_img read more

Bill Belichick Praises Kirk Ferentz After Coaching Retreat

first_imgKirk Ferentz waves to fans as he takes the field at Kinnick Stadium.IOWA CITY, IA – NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes waves as he takes the field before the match-up against the Minnesota Gophers on November 14, 2015 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz decided to take his staff to visit one of his former employers for a retreat. That former employer just so happens to be six-time Super Bowl champion Bill Belichick. Judging from the New England Patriots head coach’s reaction, he holds Ferentz in high regard.Per The Daily Iowan, Belichick praised Ferentz for his accomplishments at Iowa and expressed gratitude for his friendship. He reportedly invited his former assistant to speak to his team after a practice.“He’s the winningest coach in the history of Iowa football,” Belichick said in a release. “He’s the longest-tenured FBS coach at one school in football. He’s coached at every level very successfully, so I think his résumé speaks for itself. He’s a tremendous person; I learned a lot from him in the three years that he coached for me at the Browns.”“I’m grateful for our friendship and relationship and the family members that he’s sent us,” he said in a release.Ferentz worked as an offensive line coach under Belichick with the Cleveland Browns from 1993 to 1995. Though Belichick was fired when the Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996, Ferentz stayed on with the newly-formed Baltimore Ravens until 1998 before being hired by the Hawkeyes.The relationship clearly continued well beyond their parting in 1996. Ferentz’s son Brian got his coaching start with the Patriots before joining his own staff in 2012.Meanwhile, Ferentz’s younger son James currently plays center for the Patriots..Suffice it to say, the Iowa head coach has one of the best friends to have in all of sports, let alone football.[The Daily Iowan]last_img read more

Trinamool worker killed in Bengal 3 held

first_imgKolkata: Three persons have been held for interrogation in connection with the killing of a local Trinamool Congress leader in West Bengal’s Hooghly district, police said on Sunday. “Manoranjan Patra, 55, was beaten to death near the Trinamool party office in Harishchowk. Like every day, he was on his way to the party office when some people attacked him on Saturday. Three individuals have been held for interrogation,” an officer of Khanakul police station said. A Trinamool supporter claimed that Patra was threatened by some Bharatiya Janata Party activists a few days back. Patra’s body has been sent for post-mortem and investigations are going on, the officer added.last_img

Liberal government promises extra 62B for military over next 20 years

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government committed Wednesday to spend $62 billion more over the next two decades for a major expansion of the Canadian Armed Forces, aimed at ensuring it can properly defend the country in an increasingly unstable world.But much of the money won’t flow until after the next election, and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan refused to entertain the question of whether the spending spike would mean bigger federal deficits or spending cuts in other areas.The promised new cash is the cornerstone of the government’s long-awaited defence policy update, which Sajjan unveiled to much fanfare at the Cartier Square Drill Hall in Ottawa.“If we’re serious about our role in the world, we must be serious about funding our military,” he told a news conference attended by dozens of uniformed military personnel.“And we are.”That cash will be essential for the ambitious, 20-year vision laid out in the new policy document, which includes old standbys such as working with the U.S. to defend North America, saving Canadians in distress and working with NATO allies to confront threats abroad.But the plan also calls for adding various military capabilities, such as the ability to conduct offensive cyberattacks, the purchase of armed drones and the addition of 5,000 more full- and part-time troops.At the same time, the review also acknowledged significant shortfalls to date in terms of supporting ill and injured soldiers, as well as the amount of money that has already been set aside for major procurement projects.For example, while the previous government planned to spend $26 billion to replace Canada’s 15 frigates and destroyers, the actual cost will be closer to $60 billion, the review says.Underpinning everything is the reality — spelled out in a major policy speech Tuesday by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland — that Canada can no longer rely on the U.S. for its defence to the same extent it has in the past.While some of the new money will start flowing this year, the taps aren’t expected to really open until 2020-21 — well after the next election, and a veritable lifetime in political Ottawa.Officials speaking on background said the delay was unavoidable because of the amount of time needed to buy new warships, fighter jets and other major equipment.But it immediately raised concerns among the opposition Conservatives, as well as some defence analysts, about future spending cuts, which is what happened to Canada’s last defence policy.“This is a book of empty promises,” said Tory defence critic James Bezan, whose party released a defence policy while in government in 2008 but raided it a few years later to eliminate the deficit.“All this spending has been punted down the road until we see any increases after the last election. And of course the government can change its mind.”Sajjan shrugged off such concerns, saying the current as well as future governments “owe it” to those in uniform to “fully fund the Canadian Armed Forces on a long-term footing. And that’s what we have done.”There were also unanswered questions about where the Liberal government — already staring at a deficit projected at $23 billion for 2016-17 — will actually find the money to make good on its promises.Officials say the money for the first five years has already been included in the government’s current fiscal plan, but that decisions will need to be made over the longer term.For his part, Sajjan would only say that the Liberals’ defence policy had been “rigorously costed” and was “fully funded,” before emphasizing what he described as good news for the military.The plan sparked immediate praise from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who has previously joined U.S. President Donald Trump in calling for all allies to spend more on their militaries.“This new policy affirms Canada’s unwavering commitment to NATO and will ensure Canada has the armed forces and key capabilities that the alliance needs,” Stoltenberg said in a statement.“In these challenging times, Canada’s commitment to the alliance is important as we work to keep our nations safe and NATO strong.”The U.S. is “heartened” by the police announcement, Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said Wednesday, noting it “demonstrates Canadian resolve to build additional military capacity and a more capable fighting force.”“The United States welcomes Canada’s marked increase in investment in their military and their continued commitment to a strong defence relationship with the United States and NATO,” Mattis said in a statement.Trump spokesman Michael Short appeared to give the U.S. president credit for the planned spending increases, linking to a media report on Twitter and writing that Trump was “getting results.”But there also wasn’t any indication that the government plans to increase defence spending to meet NATO’s target of two per cent of GDP, which is what Trump has demanded of alliance members.The policy document instead says Canada has been under-reporting its defence spending for years by not including the money spent by other departments on such items as peacekeeping and veterans’ benefits.As a result, it says defence spending is actually around 1.19 per cent this fiscal year, which it will increase to 1.4 per cent of GDP by 2026-27.— Follow @leeberthiaume on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version left the impression the spending increase only amounted to $14 billion over 10 years.last_img read more

UNbacked meeting examines impact of soaring migration on AsiaPacific

22 September 2008A United Nations-supported meeting opening today in Bangkok is closely looking at the impact of migration in Asia and the Pacific – where the number of international migrants has skyrocketed from 28 million to 53 million in just under half a century – on socio-economic development in the region. Dozens of government officials from over 20 countries and representatives from international organizations have gathered at the two-day event, organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), along with the Thai Government and the International Organization of Migration (IOM).“In Asia and the Pacific, the issue of international migration is emerging as a priority,” ESCAP Deputy Executive Director Shigeru Mochida said at the start of the meeting. “It is vital to understand the complex inter-linkages of migration and development in the regional context, especially how migration can contribute to poverty reduction.”He noted that migration in the region is propelled by both real and perceived inequalities in employment opportunity, income, education and health services, and the situation has further been influenced by the growing imbalance of population size and structure among countries.The Asia-Pacific region is home to over 53 million international migrants and is one of the largest recipients of recorded remittances, totalling over $120 million in 2007.Philip Guest, Assistant Director of DESA’s Population Division, said that labour migration is “closely linked to economic and social outcomes and crucial questions about those links remain to be addressed or revisited.” read more

Haiti Security Council calls on all sides to end postelectoral violence

10 December 2010The Security Council today called on all sides in Haiti to refrain from further violence in the dispute over preliminary results from last month’s first round of presidential and legislative elections. In a press statement following a briefing from Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain LeRoy, the 15-member body “underscored their concern about allegations of fraud and expressed their strong commitment to supporting free and fair elections and called on all political forces to work through the electoral process to ensure that the will of the people is reflected in the outcome of the election.”According to media reports, thousands of protesters have been rampaging through the streets of Port-au-Prince, the capital. They set fire to the headquarters of the ruling government coalition, which they accused of rigging the results, after Tuesday’s announcement that former first lady Mirlande Manigat and outgoing President Rene Préval’s party candidate Jude Celestin qualified for the January presidential run-off by coming in first and second.Popular musician Michel Martelly was less than one percentage point behind in third place, but thus excluded from the run-off, and his supporters set up burning barricades of timber, boulders and flaming tires. Haiti’s electoral council has said it will recount the ballots.“The members of the Security Council called upon the Haitian authorities to ensure a calm and peaceful environment and urged MINUSTAH [UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti] to continue to extend its critical support in this regard,” Ambassador Susan Rice of the United States, which holds the Council presidency for this month, said as she read out the statement, which also voiced “deep concern” at the violence.The electoral crisis caps a year of disasters for the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, which has already been ravaged this year by a devastating earthquake in January and a still raging cholera epidemic that erupted in October.The quake killed over 200,000 people and displaced some 1.3 million others, most of them still living in crowded and unsanitary tent camps. The epidemic has already killed some 2,120 people, with over 44,150 others hospitalized. Ever since the 28 November elections Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been appealing for calm, warning that worsening security would hamper efforts to address both disasters.MINUSTAH, with nearly 12,000 military and police personnel currently on the ground, has been in the country since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest. read more

Major vehicle racket busted four arrested

The police have busted a major vehicle racket and arrested four people, the police media unit said today.The police said that several vehicles taken on easy payment terms from Je-Ela in a fraudulent manner, had been modified and sold. The suspects are residents of Kegalle, Kelaniya, Warraka and Bulathkohupitiya. The suspects are to be produced before the Negombo Magistrate today. The police recovered two buses, two tipper trucks, a lorry, van and two three-wheelers. The police also recovered several forged documents, forged licence plates and identity cards. Several vehicles sold in that manner were recovered with modified registration and engine numbers.

US stocks limp lower on dim hopes for corporate earnings predictions of

Investors looked warily at forecasts for poor U.S. corporate earnings and weaker growth in Asia and decided there wasn’t much reason to buy stocks.The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 26.50 points to close at 13,583.65 points Monday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 5.05 points to 1,455.88 and the Nasdaq composite lost 23.84 points to 3,112.35.Companies in the S&P 500 index are expected to post an overall decline in profits for the first time in 11 quarters, according to FactSet. The third-quarter earnings season starts on Tuesday when aluminum maker Alcoa releases its results.Tuesday also marks the five-year anniversary of the record high closes of the Dow and the S&P 500. The S&P, a benchmark tracked by many mutual funds, is currently about 7 per cent below its record high. The Dow is about 4 per cent below its peak.Stocks have been on a strong run, with the Dow up 11 per cent this year, the S&P 500 nearly 16 per cent. But Asia’s slowdown, Europe’s problems, and now forecasts of weak U.S. corporate earnings have caused some investors to wonder whether the stock market has risen too far, too fast.On top of those concerns, some market leaders like Apple have been falling in recent days, noted Bob Pavlik, chief market strategist at Banyan Partners LLC.“It sort of leads folks into thinking, ‘Why don’t I take a little bit of profit off the table, put it away,’” and maybe re-invest it if third-quarter results turn out to be higher than expected, he said.Apple closed above $700 on Sept. 18, but has been declining since then. On Monday it fell $14.42 to $638.17.Also on Monday, the World Bank warned that a “more pronounced slowdown” is possible in China, the world’s second-largest economy. It also cut its overall growth forecast for developing countries in Asia.Slower growth in Asia could drag down the U.S. economy. One of the few bright points for the U.S. during the recession was tremendous growth in export demand by developing nations in Asia and other regions.While the U.S. economy isn’t doing badly, investors have been counting on growth in Asia for help, said Rex Macey, chief investment officer at Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors. “There was a point where we said ‘Thank goodness for Asia and China. Their growth can fuel the recovery.” That’s not so clear anymore, he said.Stocks and industries that depend most heavily on U.S. economic growth were among the biggest losers Monday. Intel fell 17 cents to $22.51. Home Depot fell $1.32 to $61.88 and Walt Disney lost 64 cents to $52.33.Wal-Mart Stores and American Express shares didn’t move much after they announced a reloadable prepaid card with no recurring or overdraft fees. But the news hammered shares of prepaid card competitor Green Dot Corp., which has also offered a card with Wal-Mart. Green Dot fell $2.60, or 20 per cent, to $10.25.UnitedHealth Group rose 47 cents to $57.60 after the health insurer said it would pay $4.9 billion in cash to buy most of Brazilian health benefits and hospital services provider Amil Participacoes.Truck and engine maker Navistar rose $1.60, or 8 per cent, to $22.81 after saying it will add two board members associated with activist investors, heading off a proxy battle.European markets also closed lower. France’s CAC-40 fell 1.5 per cent, Germany’s DAX fell 1.4 per cent and Britain’s FTSE 100 lost 0.5 per cent.U.S. government bond trading was closed for the Columbus Day holiday. US stocks limp lower on dim hopes for corporate earnings, predictions of slower growth in Asia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 8, 2012 4:29 pm MDT read more

Fed survey US economy grew at moderate pace in early spring led

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – A strengthening housing recovery and robust auto sales contributed to moderate economic growth across the United States in late February and March, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday.Growth was moderate or modest in all of the Fed’s 12 banking districts, and it accelerated in two — New York and Dallas — from January and early February.The survey suggested that the economy performed better in March than some government data on hiring and consumer spending had indicated. That could mean the economic weakness might have been temporary.The Fed survey, which is based on anecdotal reports, found that hiring was unchanged or improved slightly compared with the previous report. And it noted that consumer spending — which drives most of the economy — grew modestly. But the report also said higher taxes and a spike in gas prices had slowed sales.By contrast, the Labor Department said earlier this month that job growth slowed sharply in March. And retail sales declined in March by the most in nine months, a separate report said last week.Dana Saporta, an economist at Credit Suisse, said the survey “is consistent with the larger picture of steady if unspectacular growth.”“We get caught up in the monthly volatility of the data, and we need to step back,” she said.Zach Pandl, an economist at Columbia Management, an investment firm, said the survey’s rosier tone is probably one reason that several Fed policymakers have recently expressed optimism despite sluggish economic data.The Fed survey said the recovery in home construction is gaining momentum and creating more construction jobs. It’s also boosting factory output of housing-related goods, such as lumber.The report did note some weak spots. Several districts said manufacturers of defence-related goods had cut jobs in response to government spending cuts that started taking effect March 1.Still, it said that growth overall was moderate, an upgrade from the “modest to moderate” pace in the previous two reports.The Fed report, called the Beige Book, provides an overview of economic conditions from Feb. 22 through April 5. The information will be discussed along with other economic data during the Fed’s next policy meeting April 30-May 1.At that meeting, most analysts expect the Fed to maintain its low interest rate policies but take no new steps. The Fed is expected to stick with its plan to keep short-term interest rates at record lows at least until unemployment falls to 6.5 per cent. And it will likely continue buying $85 billion a month in Treasury and mortgage bonds to try to keep long-term rates low and encourage borrowing, spending and investing.Debate has heated up among Fed policymakers about when to start curtailing the bond-buying program, which began last fall. At their last meeting March 19-20, a majority of Fed officials said they favoured continuing the bond purchases at least through the middle of this year. But many members indicated that they want to start winding down the program before year’s end, as long as hiring and the economy continued to improve.Since that meeting, some government reports had suggested that the economy weakened in March. Employers added only 88,000 jobs in March, a sharp slowdown from average gains of 220,000 in November through February. And consumers cut back on spending at retail stores and restaurants last month, a sign that higher Social Security taxes might have made more Americans cautious about spending.Still, reports on housing and autos continue to signal strength. In March, builders broke the 1 million mark on homes started for the first time since June 2008. The increase in the seasonally adjusted annual rate for March was fueled by a surge in apartment construction.And U.S. auto sales rose to 1.45 million in March, their highest level since August 2007. Car sales fell slightly from last March, but pickup sales jumped 14 per cent.Economists forecast that the economy grew at a 3 per cent annual rate in the January-March quarter, a healthy rebound from a scant 0.4 per cent increase in the fourth quarter. But most now think growth will slow sharply to about 1.5 per cent in the April-June quarter. Fed survey: US economy grew at moderate pace in early spring, led by housing and autos by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2013 2:25 pm MDT read more

Undernutrition taking huge toll on Chads economy new UNsupported study finds

Today’s report is the ninth to be completed in Africa. Others include Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Swaziland and Uganda. Studies are also currently under way in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. On average, COHA has found that African economies are losing between 1.9 and 16 per cent of their GDP to child undernutrition.To counter this loss and for Chad to achieve sustainable human and economic growth, the report urges that special attention be given to the early stages of life. A lack of measures to combat and eliminate childhood undernutrition will only escalate the country’s costs.“The study provides us with compelling evidence of the consequences of child undernutrition, as well as the justification to increase investment in nutrition and the potential economic returns if we are to take aggressive measures towards eliminating stunting,” said Mary-Ellen McGroarty, Country Director of WFP Chad. COHA’s study provides some of the information necessary to empower Chad to work towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As Thomas Yanga, WFP’s Africa Office Director and Representative to the African Union and Economic Commission for Africa said in a statement on behalf of WFP and ECA, “The goal of eliminating stunting, and more broadly of eliminating hunger, will be achieved only through a sustained and coordinated effort.” His hope is that by highlighting the cost of hunger in Chad, the study will “pave the way for all stakeholders to take decisive action.” A WFP truck carrying food for 2,000 people being unloaded at the Kousseri internally displaced camp, located on the outskirts of Baga Sola, Chad. Photo: WFP/Adel Sarkozi The Cost of Hunger in Africa: the Social and Economic Impact of Child Undernutrition on Chad’s Long-Term Development, (CoCHA) found that more than half of the country’s adults (56.4 per cent) have suffered as a result of childhood stunting. This means that more than 3.4 million people of working age are unable to reach their full potential due to childhood undernutrition. The study equates this lower physical capacity to 63.7 billion CFA worth of loss in economic productivity, as well as 168.6 billion CFA in additional health costs.“Africa, and Chad in particular, has the potential to reap a demographic dividend from a young, educated and skilled workforce,” said Dr. Margaret Agama-Anyetei, Head of the African Union’s Division for Health, Nutrition and Population in a joint news release.“But,” she warned, “this potential can only be harnessed if the gains of early investments in the health and nutrition of its people, particularly women and children, are maintained and result in the desired economic growth.”COHA is a Pan-African initiative led by the African Union Commission and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, through the support of the COHA is a Pan-African initiative led by the African Union Commission and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), with support from the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the World Food Programme (WFP). The approach was adapted from a model developed by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) with WFP. read more

RK Vardar smash Rhein Neckar Lowen in Frankfurt

7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko6114163:182(-19)3 3. Rhein-Neckar Löwen7412203:200(3)9 1. HC Vardar7601221:192(29)12 ← Previous Story World’s Handball defensive player 2016? Next Story → “Oilers” beat Kadetten for second win in a row! 6. IFK Kristianstad6114165:179(-14)3 4. MOL-Pick Szeged6312163:158(5)7 5. HC Meshkov Brest6303162:161(1)6 PHOTO: SEHA 8. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …7106171:190(-19)2 Macedonian champions RK Vardar Skopje showed TOP performance in Frankfurt, where German best team Rhein Neckar Lowen could only watch it – 33:27 (17:16). Furious second half by visitors made 30:21 ten minutes before the end, when RK Vardar coach Raul Gonzales made changes on the court, put Canellas (10) and Cindric (7) on the bench and helped “Lions” to avoid total disasters in front of home fans…Rhein-Neckar Löwen – HC Vadar Skopje 27:33 (16:17)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren, Bauer (n.e.) – Schmid, Sigurdsson (7/2), Manaskov (n.e.), Banea Gonzalez (4), Larsen (1), Reinkind (1), Guardiola (1), Steinhauser (n.e.), Groetzki (3), Ekdahl du Rietz (3), Pekeler (1), Petersson (6), Abt (n.e.)HC Vadar Skopje: Sterbik, Milic (16. – 30.) – Abutovic (1), Borozan, Canellas Reixach (10), Cindric (7), Cupic (2), Dereven, Dibirov (3), Dujshebaev (2), Ferreira Moraes, Karacic, Maqueda Pena (4), Marsenic (1), Shishkarev, Stoilov (3)Vive Tauron Kielce back on winning track!STANDINGS: 2. KS Vive Tauron Kielce7502213:199(14)10 EHF Champions LeagueRhein Neckar LowenRK Vardar Skopje read more

Body of man 24 found in Waterford

first_imgGARDAÍ IN WATERFORD are investigating the discovery of the body of a man in the early hours of this morning.They said the man was aged 24 years and his body was found at a house at St Herblain Park, Kilcohan, Waterford.The body was discovered at approximately 1am this morning and Gardaí were notified. The body remains at the scene.The scene is preserved, pending a technical examination, and the State Pathologist has been notified.last_img

Revenue drop for Athens hotels

first_imgThe average revenue per room per night at three-, four- and five-star hotels in Athens dropped by 19.1 per cent in February compared with the same month last year, coming to just 36.50 euros, according to a survey conducted for the Athens-Attica Hotel Association. In comparison, Istanbul hotels enjoyed an average revenue of 71 euros per room, almost twice that of their Athenian counterparts. The occupancy rate in the Greek capital dropped by 16 per cent, amounting to just 41.3 per cent. Athens hotels had the lowest room prices among 10 European cities that the survey covered, with the average rate coming to 88.30 euros per night after a 3.7 percent decline from February 2011. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Montella wants Sevilla to make Bayern uncomfortable

first_imgSevilla manager Vincenzo Montella expects his side to deliver a strong performance against Bayern Munich and has challenged his players to take the visitors out of their comfort zoneAfter knocking out Manchester United in the previous knockout stage, Sevilla will play host to Bayern Munich for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash.The match will mark the first time in 60 years that Sevilla have progressed to this stage of the competition with Montella expecting his side to rise to the challenge against a team with the caliber of Bayern.“We always work looking to improve. I always expect the team to do so, regardless of the level of the opponent. Whoever it is, my conviction is always the same.” said Montella, according to the club website.The former AC Milan manager acknowledges that Bayern are accustomed to scoring a high number of goals with the Bundesliga leaders having defeated Besiktas 8-1 on aggregate in their previous knockout round. But Montella challenged his players to make Bayern do things they are not used to.“Bayern are accustomed to scoring a lot of goals, to having the ball. We have to do the same so we make them do things they’re not used to”.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Montella was unconcerned about Saturday’s fixtures having a bearing on the match: “I’m not worried about it. Your head is what moves your legs and the team is motivated. Maybe Mercado’s and Navas’ fitness worry me a bit but it’s something we’ll evaluate tomorrow”.A notable absence for Sevilla will be midfielder Ever Banega, who is suspended for the first leg.“He won’t play and he’s a player with very clear qualities. It’s something we can’t change and I’m convinced that the player who replaces him will do well.”Montella also reserved special praise for forward Luis Muriel, who has recently begun to reproduce the sort of performances that led Sevilla to paying €20 to sign him from Sampdoria last summer.“He’s grown a lot in these years and it’s true he needs to improve in the opposition’s box but he has huge potential.” said the Italian.On Saturday, Sevilla lost a two goal advantage to settle for a 2-2 draw against La Liga leaders Barcelona after the brilliance of substitute Lionel Messi denied Montella’s side all three poiints.last_img read more