1 Dec
2019

Congress, NCP now focus on seat swap

first_imgThe Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) may have fixed a seat-sharing arrangement for the Assembly elections, but the parties are now facing the challenge of deciding which constituencies they will each contest.The two allies have agreed to contest 125 seats each, but will have to exchange seats they had previously contested based on the current political scenario. The alliance now rests on a smooth transfer of seats, talks for which are in progress. On Wednesday, the senior leadership of the State Congress held day-long deliberations in Delhi to decide candidates for 100 seats. And on Thursday, both parties held a meeting and talks are likely to be over within a day or two. “Both parties have reached an understanding that each will contest 125 seats. This formula has been reached on the basis of the present strength of the parties. A number of seats will be exchanged, and that will be finalised within a day or two,” said a senior Congress leader, who was part of the negotiations. He said neither ally wishes to push the discussions to a breaking point.A senior NCP leader, too, confirmed the seat-sharing formula. “There are allies such as Raju Shetti, Left and others. We will be sparing 38 seats for them,” he said. NCP president Sharad Pawar has already announced five candidates from Beed district. The Leader of Opposition in the Council, Dhananjay Munde, will contest from Parli against his cousin, Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde. Besides, Sandip Kshirsagar will contest from Beed, Namita Mundada from Kej, Prakash Solanke from Majalgaon and Vijaysinh Pandit from Gevrai. “The exchange of seats will take place based on the present political scenario. We may get seats which were never with us but are favourable to us now, and vice versa,” the Congress leader said.Sources said the NCP has asked for seats such as Igatpuri, which the Congress has contested in the past. Two seats in Navi Mumbai, which were with the NCP, may go to the Congress as local NCP leaders have joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In 2014, the parties had contested the elections independently. In 2009, the NCP fielded candidates in 117 seats, and the Congress in 171. The share of the Congress has come down to 125 owing to the losses it suffered in successive Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the State. Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said the alliance with the NCP was final. “We are together and will be fighting the polls in an alliance. As of now, our alliance is unaffected by whether the BJP and Shiv Sena contest together or not. We are of finalising candidates and the list will be out soon,” he said.last_img read more

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26 Nov
2019

Yuvraj Singh’s promise to cancer survivor: I will hit six sixes again

first_imgFlamboyant India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, whose six sixes in an over remains one of the most cherished moments in Indian cricket’s folklore, said he would try and achieve the feat again. (Full IPL Coverage | Points Table)Yuvraj had smashed up and coming England pacer Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over during a league game in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa.Yuvraj, India’s hero in the 2011 World Cup and a cancer survivor, gave some vital tips to 17 young kids, who fought their own battles against the deadly disease, during an interaction in Mohali on Sunday.Yuvraj, who hit a 24-ball 42 to guide his Indian Premier League team Sunrisers Hyderabad to a seven-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab , interacted with a group of children at the PCA stadium on Sunday night.Can Yuvraj live up to his promise? When a young kid asked Yuvraj if he will again hit six sixes, the 34-year-old, who hails from Chandigarh, said: “You pray, I will hit six sixes again.”The left-handed batsman, however, said he doesn’t know how he hit those six sixes.”Many years have passed since then.”Yuvraj still an inspiration One of the kids, aged 8, said that cricketers like Yuvraj are a great inspiration for him.”I love cricket and seeing Yuvi and Suresh Raina in action gives me immense joy,” he said.Yuvraj also said that the fight with cancer teaches people not to take life, family or friends for granted.”Think of it as a blessing in disguise that you have an opportunity to live again,” he told them.advertisementYuvraj was Player Of The Tournament in 2011 World Cup, the same year when he was diagnosed with Cancer, which he later defeated successfully to make a comeback into the Indian team.last_img read more

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19 Nov
2019

Ajinkya Rahane confident India ready for ICC Champions Trophy

first_imgTeam India reached the United Kingdom on a high for the ICC Champions Trophy after a special screening of Sachin Tendulkar’s biopic ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’.The defending champions start their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4 at Edgbaston and then play Sri Lanka on June 8 and South Africa on June 11 at the Oval.The team is currently practicing in Lord’s and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) caught up with Ajinkya Rahane for a little chat about their preparations ahead of the Champions Trophy.Rahane, who is coming off a decent Indian Premier League with 382 runs from 16 games for the Rising Pune Supergaint said that the mood in the team is good.”The mood has been really good. We had a fantastic first practice session at the Lord’s,” he saidMany young Indian players like Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Kedar Jadhav are touring England for the first time and Rahane said that they are relishing the opportunity to play at the Lord’s.”All the guys were looking forward to this practice session because many of them are playing for the first time in this ground,” the 29-year-old said.”You get such a great feeling when you’re playing in this ground. It’s a great culture for this sport,” he added.#TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli is about to start his net session #CT17 pic.twitter.com/LxNvWG0pFN- BCCI (@BCCI) May 26, 2017India will have two practice games against New Zealand and Bangladesh before they take on Pakistan in their campaign opener next week.advertisement”Looking forward to this Champions Trophy…had a great practice session, we have a few practice games here. We are looking forward to playing some good cricket and then Champions Trophy,” said the right-hander.The defending champions will face New Zealand on Sunday in their first warm-up match followed by a game against Bangladesh on Tuesday.#TeamIndia’s @ajinkyarahane88 exudes confidence ahead of #CT17. Watch full interview on https://t.co/uKFHYdKZLG conducted at @HomeOfCricket pic.twitter.com/Oyeaoj8hdd- BCCI (@BCCI) May 27, 2017last_img read more

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18 Nov
2019

J.R. Smith Suspended For Groin Punch

first_imgNEW YORK — New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith’s suspension for hitting a player in the groin was an easy decision for the league, even without his history of trouble.Smith missed the Knicks’ game at Detroit on Nov. 5, a night after he struck Washington’s Glen Rice Jr. in a game at Madison Square Garden.Smith was dribbling with his right hand when he punched Rice, who was tightly guarding him on the perimeter, with his left with 5:45 remaining in the Knicks’ 98-83 loss on Nov. 4.NBA officials conducted a review of the play and felt it was comparable to other incidents that earned similar suspensions.“When putting everything together, we felt that it was an unnecessary hit to the groin and therefore a suspension was in order,” NBA President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn said.Smith, the former Sixth Man of the Year, was in trouble with the NBA multiple times last season. He began the season serving a five-game suspension for violating terms of the league’s anti-drug program.Later he was hit with a $25,000 fine for using hostile and inappropriate language toward the Pistons’ Brandon Jennings on his Twitter account and a $50,000 penalty for untying a player’s sneakers during a game.He had been warned to stop untying opponents’ laces after he was caught on camera doing it, but then did it again anyway — with Thorn in attendance — to earn that suspension.But Thorn said Smith’s reputation wasn’t considered before the penalty. “If you are a recidivist sometimes that may come into consideration, but in this case, no,” Thorn said.Instead, he compared the suspension to ones handed down for similar acts to Dwyane Wade two seasons ago and last Nov. 7 to Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder, who was just days into his rookie season.“And he certainly had no reputation for anything,” Thorn said. Smith will lose about $54,385 of his nearly $6 million salary.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

Manu Bhaker braces up for the grind ahead: Ready for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

first_imgManu Bhaker is savouring success after a long time. Not having done well at the Asian Games, the 16-year-old bounced back to win gold in the Youth Olympics air pistol event in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.A day after winning the gold, Manu was the same smiling self, happy to be in the company of coach Jaspal Rana and other shooters like Sourabh Choudhary.”It’s very nice to win an Olympic medal, even if it be the Youth Olympics. This has been a very hectic year and tiring one for me. If I were to look back, I can say I am satisfied,” Manu told Mail Today on Wednesday.Manu Bhaker becomes first Indian shooter to win gold at Youth OlympicsBeing away from home for long periods, where the shooting group is her family and coach Jaspal the guru and guide, Manu has been the paragon of hard work.Undoubtedly, she was under tremendous pressure at the Asian Games in Palembang and could not do well. Critics lashed out at her but Jaspal was not bothered. He had always maintained for any shooter, a bad day in office or a few bad results would help bounce back.Manu says she is excited and the atmosphere in Buenos Aires is different. “The Commonwealth Games was a different experience, Asian Games different and the World Cup new. In the Youth Olympics, the atmosphere is nice with so many people from different countries here. From here till the main Olympics (Tokyo 2020) it will be a different journey. To qualify for the Tokyo Olympics requires a lot of hard work and I am ready for it,” said Manu.advertisementThe Youth Olympics Games are not yet over for Manu. With the mixed competition now becoming almost a must in major multi-discipline Games, there is a different event in Buenos Aires. Once the boys’ air pistol event is over, there will be a mixed event.In this, the top girls’ air pistol shooter will be pairing with the last shooter in boys’ event. Likewise, the top shooter in boys’ event will be paired with the girl who finished last in air pistol. “This is going to be a very different competition for me. It will be a level playing field and the match will be spread over two days,” said Manu, who has before this taken part in mixed events.Usually in mixed event, pairs are from the same country. The Youth Olympic Games, being held under the International Olympic Committee banner, has come up with a new idea.Manu had begun the year with a gold in the World Cup in Mexico. It was her first major competition in the seniors’ category. After that, she has faced competition and also given a tough fight to the more seasoned Heena Sidhu. Manu knows she is no longer a “junior” in the strict sense and will be competing with seniors.This is where coach Jaspal feels is the big difference. “It’s easy to get carried away by success and I am repeating this. For most junior shooters, there are plenty of distractions. The path ahead for Manu is not easy. She has to stay focused and work much harder. The Youth Olympic Games gold is big for her but she has the talent to do a lot more,” Jaspal told Mail Today.last_img read more

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28 Oct
2019

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard welcomes Klopp’s BVB comparison

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard welcomes Klopp’s BVB comparisonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has welcomed praise from Jurgen Klopp ahead of Liverpool’s visit on Sunday.The German likened them to the youthful Borussia Dortmund side he developed.“I just respect him hugely. It was a nice thing for me going up against him in the Super Cup because I’ve got a huge respect,” said Lampard.“I love the way he’s come into that club, his charisma but not just that, professionally how he went in there and has his way and doesn’t mess about and quite rightly he’s got the success he deserves for how he works.“So I’ll take words from him as a fantastic and experienced coach about my players and what they’re doing and hopefully working in the right way, and be happy with that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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24 Oct
2019

Euronav: Capital Increase for Maersk VLCC Fleet …

first_imgTotal subscribed capital (USD)$94,388,158.23$130,084,009.11 Total  number  of  ordinary  shares  in  issue(with voting rights)*86,840,658119,682,186 Total  number  of  outstanding  convertiblebonds maturing 2015250250 That results in the following overview: * of which 1,750,000 shares are treasury sharesAll other points on the agenda of the shareholders’ meeting were also approved.Following the USD 50 million capital increase that took place on 13 January 2014 as well as the issue of a USD 235 million 7-year bond and the signing of a commitment letter for a USD 500 million senior secured credit facility earlier this month, this approval is the last step required for the full financing of the acquisition of the Maersk Tankers fleet.The company further reports that on 20 February 2014 it has successfully taken delivery of the first vessel from Maersk: The Nautilus.Euronav, February 25, 2014 zoom Euronav said that the meeting of shareholders has approved a USD 300,000,000 capital increase against issuance of 32,841,528 new shares for Maersk VLCC fleet acquisition. Total  number  of  outstanding  convertiblebonds maturing 20185757 BeforeCurrent Total  number  of  outstanding  perpetualconvertible preferred security3030last_img read more

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23 Oct
2019

Cargo Ship Priscilla Refloated from Pentland Skerries

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Thurso RNLI Dutch cargo ship MV Priscilla was successfully refloated in the evening hours of July 25, a week after it grounded on the Pentland Skerries.According to the HM Coastguard, the vessel was freed at around 9 pm local time. Following an initial assessment, the authorities agreed that the ship was in safe condition to be towed to Scapa Flow, Orkney Isles.MV Priscilla arrived at its destination in the morning hours on July 26. The ship will undergo a further assessment, including an underwater dive inspection, at the safe anchorage.Prior to the refloating attempt, salvors Multraship, Ardent and the ship’s operator Wagenborg removed 28 tonnes of marine gas oil (MGO) from the vessel and completed cargo discharge operations.last_img

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17 Oct
2019

Outpouring of support after childrens deaths Everyone is pulling together

first_imgHALIFAX — There is a growing outpouring of support as Canadians look for ways to express their grief and help after the Halifax house fire that killed seven children and left their father in critical condition.Seven kids, aged between three months and 14 years, died in a fire early Tuesday. The children’s father, Ebraheim Barho, remains in critical condition.The young Syrian family arrived in Nova Scotia in September 2017 as refugees, and the scale of the tragedy has struck a chord with Canadians.A GoFundMe campaign had raised roughly $438,000 by midday Thursday, with a $1-million goal.A popular Halifax doughnut shop, Vandal Doughnuts, was donating the proceeds of its sales Thursday to the family.“There was no hesitation when the news broke that we wanted to do something, and we felt this was the best way we could contribute back,” said general manager Jonathan Imber.He said more than 100 people were lined up in the falling snow Thursday morning, waiting for them to open.“Response has been humbling. It just shows you how much this affected everyone in the city, and everyone is pulling together,” said Imber, adding a number of their suppliers had donated goods, and he expected to sell about 3,000 doughnuts.Peace By Chocolate had also donated cases of chocolate bars to assist with the fundraiser, he said.The now-famous Antigonish, N.S., company was founded by the Hadhad family, who fled their home in war-torn Syria in 2012 and arrived in Nova Scotia with next to nothing in 2016.Tareq Hadhad, CEO of the company, has said Peace by Chocolate aims to give back to the country that welcomed his family when so many nations were closing their borders to the Syrian plight.Meanwhile, a Halifax woman and her cousin have started an effort they hope will give people another way to show support for the Barho family.In a Facebook post, Andrea Bennett encouraged people to display stuffed toys outside their homes.“I am at a loss for the Barho family and I know as a community we all want to do something to remember the lives of those 7 beautiful children,” she wrote.“What if as a community tonight we place stuffed animals outside our doors in memory of the children, like the hockey sticks for the Humboldt Broncos players. What does everyone think?”The idea has caught on, with stuffed toys seen on front steps and balconies near the scene of the fire.— By Kevin Bissett in FrederictonThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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17 Oct
2019

Canadas asylum system unable to respond to spikes in claims AG finds

first_imgOTTAWA — Acting auditor general Sylvain Ricard has found Canada’s refugee system is plagued with a backlog of asylum claims that is worse now than it has ever been, caused in part by systemic inefficiencies.As part of five performance audits of government activities, the auditor looked at how quickly and efficiently the three government agencies involved in reviewing and processing refugee claims are doing their work.The audit found Canada’s refugee system is not able to respond quickly to surges in asylum claims — which has led to a two-year backlog.An influx of asylum seekers to Canada that began in early 2017, including over 42,000 “irregular” migrants who have entered Canada through non-official border checkpoints, has outstripped the government’s ability to process them in a timely way.With the current backlog of over 75,000 claims, asylum seekers could wait up to five years to learn whether they can remain in Canada if improvements are not made.The auditor general points to several key internal problems that have added unnecessary delays, including duplicated work, a heavy reliance on paper files and three different computer systems that don’t work well together.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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4 Oct
2019

Accident investigators Pilot who crashlanded at San Francisco airport was illprepared

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The pilot of the jet that crash-landed at San Francisco’s airport last summer worried privately before takeoff about handling the Boeing 777, especially because runway construction meant he would have to land without any help from a common type of guidance system.And neither the trainee nor an instructor pilot in the cockpit said anything when the first officer raised concerns four times about the plane’s rapid descent.After the July 6 accident, which killed three people and injured more than 200, Lee Kang Kuk told National Transportation Safety Board investigators that he had been concerned he might “fail his flight and would be embarrassed.”Lee’s backstory emerged Wednesday in documents released at an NTSB hearing called to answer lingering questions about the crash of Asiana Flight 214.Though Lee was an experienced pilot with the Korea-based airline, he was a trainee captain in the 777, with less than 45 hours in the jet. He had not piloted an airliner into San Francisco’s notoriously tricky airport since 2004, according to NTSB investigator Bill English.So far, the investigation has not found any mechanical problems with the 777 prior to impact, although testing is ongoing, English said.That focused attention on Lee, who did not speak at the hearing but whose actions — and failure to act — were a major part of the daylong meeting.The NTSB’s chairman, Deborah Hersman, stressed that the agency has not yet concluded what caused the crash. But she acknowledged that the agency was examining signs of confusion about the 777’s elaborate computer systems and an apparent lack of communication in the cockpit.Documents released Wednesday cataloged a series of problems that, taken together, could have been factors in the crash.The 46-year-old pilot told investigators he had been “very concerned” about attempting a visual approach without instrument landing aids, which were turned off. A visual approach involves lining the jet up for landing by looking through the windshield and using numerous other cues, rather than relying on a radio-based system called a glide-slope that guides aircraft to the runway.Lee said the fact that he would be doing a visual approach in a jet as big as a 777 particularly troubled him.But he didn’t speak up because others had been safely landing at San Francisco under the same conditions. As a result, he told investigators, “he could not say he could not do the visual approach.”Another Asiana pilot who recently flew with Lee told investigators that he was not sure if the trainee captain was making normal progress and that he did not perform well during a trip two days before the accident. That captain described Lee as “not well organized or prepared,” according to the investigative report.“This pilot should never have taken off,” said attorney Ilyas Akbari, whose firm represents 14 of the passengers. “The fact that the pilot was stressed and nervous is a testament to the inadequate training he received, and those responsible for his training and for certifying his competency bear some of the culpability.”There were other indications that a culture of not acknowledging weakness — and of deferring to a higher-ranking colleague — contributed to the crash.Lee told NTSB investigators that he did not immediately move to abort the landing and perform a “go around” as the plane came in too low and too slow because he felt that only the instructor pilot had the authority to initiate that emergency move.A reluctance of junior officers to speak up has been an issue in past accidents, though industry training has tried to emphasize that safety should come first.The case will probably force foreign airlines to examine their cockpit culture, said Tom Anthony, director of the aviation safety program at the University of Southern California.The U.S. went through that process decades ago and shook off a “captain-as-overlord” culture, he said, and now some Asian airlines will have to make sure their training encourages even junior pilots to speak up.Asiana representatives at the hearing did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press.Lee insisted in interviews that he had been blinded during a critical instant before the botched landing by a piercing light from outside the aircraft. NTSB investigators repeatedly asked about the light, but he was unable to pinpoint its origin or how it precisely affected him.Asked whether he wore sunglasses in the cockpit, Lee said he did not “because it would have been considered impolite to wear them when he was flying with his” instructor. The instructor pilot told investigators he never saw a bright light outside the aircraft.Recordings from the cockpit show Lee took the controls about 1,500 feet above San Francisco Bay.The plane’s first officer, Bong Don Won, told NTSB investigators that as the plane started its descent, he noticed its “sink rate” was too rapid. He said that he said nothing at that point, but as the plane’s altitude dropped below 1,000 feet, he advised the crew four times about the rapid descent. The cockpit recorder showed no response from the others, though the first officer said the pilot deployed the plane’s flaps, which appeared to slow the descent.The crew did not comment again on the jet’s low approach until it reached 200 feet above the ground, according to a transcript of the plane’s cockpit voice recording.Lee conceded to investigators that he was worried about his unfamiliarity with the 777’s autoflight systems. He admitted he had not studied the systems well and thought the plane’s autothrottle was supposed to prevent the jet from flying below minimum speed as it drew near the runway.NTSB investigators also raised concerns about a safety certification issue involving the design of the 777’s controls, warning that the plane’s protection against stalling does not always automatically engage.When the plane’s autothrottle is placed in a “hold” mode, as it was during the Asiana flight, it is supposed to re-engage or “wake up” when the plane slows to its minimum airspeed.Boeing’s chief of flight deck engineering, Bob Myers, testified that the company designed the automated system to aid — not replace — the pilot. If there’s a surprise, he said, “we expect them to back off on the automation” and rely on their basic skills.Boeing evacuation engineer Bruce Wallace testified that at least one, if not two, of the passengers who died did not have seat belts on.Wallace also said inflatable rafts deployed inside the jet, pinning at least one flight attendant in the wreckage. Engineers had never seen that happen before and were looking at safety improvements.One of the three fatalities was a teenage girl from China who survived the crash but become covered in firefighting foam and got hit by an emergency vehicle on the runway.Documents released Wednesday revealed that Ye Meng Yuan was struck twice — once by a fire rig spraying foam and again 11 minutes later by a second truck that was turning around to fetch water.___Follow Martha Mendoza at https://twitter.com/mendozamartha .___Mendoza reported from San Jose, Calif. Associated Press Airlines Writer David Koenig in Dallas contributed to this report. by Stephen Braun And Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2013 9:54 am MDT Accident investigators: Pilot who crash-landed at San Francisco airport was ill-prepared read more

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2 Oct
2019

UN Commission on Social Development issues call to empower the poor

“Empowerment is critical to poverty eradication and to development,” said the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo. “Indeed, I would even say that any long-term solution to poverty must start with empowerment.”According to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on promoting people’s empowerment, nearly 80 per cent of the world’s population is without adequate access to social protection, leaving those living in poverty feeling powerless to improve their position.The report, “Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all” also states that while more than 600 million people have overcome poverty since 1990, 1 billion people will still be struggling to reach that goal by the 2015 deadline year for attaining the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).In addition, the economic crisis and high fuel prices have slowed the rate of poverty reduction and increased unemployment rates, which also lead to social unrest. Globally, 200 million people were unemployed at the end of 2011, an increase of 27 million jobless persons since 2007, and 621 million young people are neither in employment, school or training nor looking for work.“These are not mere statistics, but are lives affected, livelihoods lost and opportunities missed,” Mr. Wu said, urging the Commission to come up with concrete measures and actions for combating unemployment and empowering vulnerable populations.To better understand how to promote empowerment and integrate it into the development agenda, participants at the Commission’s session will hear from experts leading discussions on this topic, as well as focusing on the elderly, youth, and people with disabilities.The session will also include more than 30 side events and consideration of five resolutions as well as recommendations by the Civil Society Forum on promoting the empowerment of people to achieve social development goals. Speaking at the Commission’s opening meeting, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Néstor Osorio, said that without adequate policies and mechanisms, social tensions increase and erode social cohesion, which is essential for promoting development. Mr. Osorio also underlined the potential of information and communications technology to empower people in rural areas or disadvantaged communities by giving them access to knowledge. “These tools will allow people to have their voices hear and increase their visibility,” Mr. Osorio said, noting that this would be one of the aspects explored during panel discussions in the next few days. read more

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25 Sep
2019

Nicola Sturgeon second independence referendum now more likely than ever by 2020

first_imgSpeaking on ITV’s Peston on Sunday programme, Ms Sturgeon said Mrs May’s refusal to share her negotiating position on Brexit with the public or the House of Commons was “unsustainable, untenable and frankly unacceptable”.She added: “The leave campaign was all about bringing back control and now the House of Commons and the wider public are almost being told to butt out and mind there own business when it comes to these things, and I think we saw in the House of Commons last week that there is not a lot of support for that kind of approach.” She is due to meet Mrs May in London next Monday and warned the Prime Minister it was time for her to demonstrate she is serious about Scotland’s voice being heard, after it voted overwhelming to remain in Europe.The First Minister accused Mrs May of “not fully honouring” the promise she made to listen to Scotland on Brexit during a flying visit to Edinburgh days after she became Prime Minister.Asked if she would anticipate a second referendum before 2020, she replied: “I think it’s highly likely, given the situation we’re in, I said that actually the morning after the EU referendum and nothing has changed my mind.” Theresa May will meet Nicola Sturgeon next weekCredit:Reuters Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Theresa May Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon on the Marr showCredit:Reuters However, David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, told the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland programme that recent polling showing support for a Yes vote had still not reached a majority, and added that since she started “ramping up” talk about independence, support for a new vote had gone downIn a separate interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Ms Sturgeon said: “I am going to stand up for Scotland’s voice being heard, I don’t think it is right for Scotland to be dragged out of Europe, dragged out of the single market, with all of the potentially ruinous consequences for our economy when we didn’t vote for that.“And if that’s the prospect that faces us then I do think Scotland would have the right to decide whether it wants to do that or allow that to happen, or whether it wants to follow a different, and in my view a better, path.”She avoided giving a direct answer when asked whether the SNP would take indyref2 off the table if the UK Government took note of Scotland’s position and there was a soft Brexit.However, her new deputy, Angus Robertson, the SNP leader at Westminster, said on the BBC’s Sunday Politics that if the UK Government delivered on the SNP’s priorities “we wouldn’t need to go ahead with a referendum”.Speaking the day after her party’s conference ended in Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon delivered the same message on three different political programmes on Sunday morning and confirmed that her MPs in Westminster would back a vote forcing Mrs May to come forward with her Brexit plan.On the subject of indyref2, she added: “We have to see the Prime Minister be serious about listening to those other options because if Scotland really is, as we have been told repeatedly we are, an equal partner in the UK, Theresa May may is serious about protecting the UK, then it is time for her to turn those words into action and actually demonstrate that Scotland’s voice is heard and our interests can be protected within the UK. We have not seen much of that form the prime minister so far so i hope we see more of it in the weeks to come.”Speaking on the Sunday Politics programme, Mr Mundell promised to look at any proposals put forward by the Scottish Government, but said it was difficult to see how a separate trade deal could be achieved.He added that in the four months since the EU vote, the SNP had not brought forward any specific proposals.Meanwhile, Professor Michael Keating, a leading constitutional expert, told the Telegraph earlier that Ms Sturgeon’s demand that Scotland remained in the single market was “not possible” because the EU creates a border around its single market outside of which trade barriers and tariffs apply. If Scotland was inside and England outside, he said that would create a “hard” economic border between the two restricting the movement of goods, services and people. Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes a second independence referendum in the next four years now looks even more certain than it did immediately after the Brexit vote when she warned it was “highly likely”.The First Minister said nothing had changed her mind since June, adding: “If anything, what has happened since then has probably made me think that even more so than I did the morning after the (EU) referendum”.At the same time, the SNP leader insisted she was “absolutely serious” about exploring other options which would include the SNP working with Labour, the Lib Dems and “moderate” Tories in the House of Commons to try to avert a “hard Brexit”.She also said she planned in the next few weeks to bring forward proposals that could allow Scotland to remain part of the Union while also staying in the single market – despite constitutional experts describing the proposal as “impossible”.last_img read more

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25 Sep
2019

Women still performing bulk of household chores survey finds

The glass ceiling for women is arguably being smashed in the workplace, but according to a new study, the same cannot be said of the home.The first exhaustive survey of the division of household chores in Britain finds that in the vast majority of couples, women are still shouldering the bulk of the work.The analysis by University College London (UCL) reveals that even for couples where the woman is more qualified and has a more demanding job, she is still likely to do around half of the housework.However, where the man is better qualified and has a busier paid job, he is likely to leave the majority of housework to his partner.Experts believe that despite the steady erosion of gender discrimination in the workplace, traditional opinions pervade behind the closed door of the home.Published in the journal Work, Employment and Society, the study found that fewer than seven per cent of couples share housework equally.“When it comes to housework and caring, we see gender equality remains rare and gender norms remain strong,” said Professor Anne McMumm, who led the research.“Changing attitudes around gender norms is one avenue for encouraging change in this area.” The team analysed data from more than 8,500 different sex couples who were interviewed as part of the UK Household Longitudinal Study in 2010-11.They identified two small groups where men’s contribution to housework was equal or more than that of their partners.In one of these groups – making up six per cent of all couples – women were the clear breadwinners.In another group – just one per cent of all couples – the man remained at home and did more than 20 hours’ domestic labour.However, even in this group, around two thirds of women also did some domestic work.“Our study suggests that even couples who share egalitarian ideas about the roles of men and women may not be able to counter potential obstacles to equality in the UK,” said Professor McMumm.Overall, almost half of the couples surveyed were duel-earners, with both members tending to be employed full-time.Within this group, 45 per cent of men did no more than four hours of housework a week, however 44 per cent of women worked between 10 and 19.The second biggest group, amounting to around three in 10 couples, had a highly traditional division of work, with men predominantly employed full-time, while over half of the women were not in paid work, and the remaining were employed part-time. They tended to spend more than 20 hours per week on housework, with 63 per cent of men contributing fewer than five hours per week.While progress has been made in some sectors to reduce the gender pay gap, new figures in April showed that the gender pay gap has widened at nearly half of the UK’s biggest employers.Budget airline Easyjet was among the top three worst offenders of an analysis of 10,000 firms, with a gap of 47.9 per cent.Professor McMumm suggested Britain should follow the lead of Scandinavian countries where well-paid paternity leave and provision of affordable childcare are widespread. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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25 Sep
2019

UPDATE Suspect in fatal stabbing of GDF rank turns self in

Murdered: Mark BagotThe suspect implicated in the murder of Guyana Defense Force (GDF) Lieutenant, 26-year-old Mark Bagot of Philippe Village, Corentyne Berbice on Sunday last and was being sought by Police, has turned himself in on Wednesday.This publication understands that the man was also accompanied by his lawyer.The suspect known only as “Son” escaped after reportedly stabbing the man to his left chest following an argument over Guinness.INews understands that the suspect and Bagot along with another friend were all imbibing at a bar when an argument ensued over the purchasing of Guinness by the victim.At around 20:45h, the argument escalated and resulted in a scuffle between the two when “Son” allegedly whipped out a knife and dealt Bagot the fatal stab wound.Bagot who reportedly had taken up a bar stool to defend himself, fell to the ground but was quickly picked up and rushed to the Port Mourant Hospital but was subsequently transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he died while receiving treatment.The suspect then quickly escaped the scene of the crime and could not be found since.Investigations are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAccused in murder of GDF lieutenant remandedJanuary 7, 2019In “Court”GDF rank stabbed to death during row over payment for GuinnessDecember 31, 2018In “Crime”Fatal stabbing: Kitty vendor died from ‘perforation of the heart’- PMEJune 6, 2018In “Crime” read more

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22 Sep
2019

DKB Bundesliga 20132014 open Kiel Flensburg and Lowen with the first points

Saturday was the first day of new season at DKB Bundesliga 2013/2014. In five matches favorites celebrated victories, among them, the three TOP teams from the previous season – THW Kiel, SG Flensburg and Rhein Neckar Lowen. The toughest job had TSV Hannover Burgdorf on away match in Eisenach 29:28.THW Kiel – Bergischer HC 34:24 (16:10)Goals: Vujin (7), Zeitz (7), Hansen (5), Jicha (4), Sigurdsson (4), Schmidt (3), Wiencek (2), Jallouz (1) und Sprenger (1) für KielGunnarsson (5), Szilagyi (5), Berggren (3), Oelze (3), Sabljic (3), Nippes (2/1), Hegemann (1), Hoße (1) und Weiß (1) für Bergischer HCGWD Minden – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 18:23 (10:11)Goals: Svitlica (7), Schäpsmeier (5), Schmidt (2), Tesch (2), Bilbija (1) und Südmeier (1) für MindenEggert (9), Gottfridsson (2), Hansen (2), Knudsen (2), Mogensen (2), Nenadic (2), Weinhold (2), Glandorf (1) und Heinl (1) für Flensburg-HandewittVfL Gummersbach – TV Emsdetten 27:23 (10:13)Goals: Putics (8), Santos (6), Bult (4), Schröder (4), Von Gruchalla (3), Larsson (1) und Schindler (1) für GummersbachBoomhouwer (7), Bozovic (3), Thünemann (3), Arnarsson (2), Lokkebo (2), Prce (2), Ragnarsson (2), Koch (1) und Selmanovic (1) für EmsdettenHBW Balingen-Weilstetten – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 22:30 (8:15)Goals: Theuerkauf (7), Strobel (4), Billek (3),Böhm (3), Häfner (3), König (1) und Weber (1) für Balingen-WeilstettenGensheimer (8), Ekdahl du Rietz (4), Myrhol (4), Karason (3), Schmid (3), Groetzki (2), Isaias Guardiola Villaplana (2), Manojlovic (2), Gorbok (1) und Gedeon Guardiola Villaplana (1) für Rhein-NeckarThSV Eisenach – TSV Hannover-Burgdorf 28:29 (16:16)Goals: Jaanimaa (6), Hansen (5), Luther (5), Jurdzs (4), Elisson (3), Heinemann (2), Jonsson (2) und Wöhler (1) für EisenachLehnhoff (7), Sevaljevic (6), Patrail (5), Hykkerud (3), Johannsen (3), Szücs (2), Buschmann (1), Mackovsek (1) und Rydergard (1) für Hannover-Burgdorf DKB Bundesliga 2013/2014German handballhandball league ← Previous Story Youth WCh 2013: Denmark is world champion! Next Story → Luxembourg to have team at VELUX EHF Champions League? read more

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22 Sep
2019

Poll If you were subject to or witness to a racist incident

first_imgTHE IMMIGRANT COUNCIL of Ireland (ICI) has today called for a review of how racist incidents are recorded by An Garda Síochána.ReportA study by the group finds that there is a 700 per cent gap between the amount of racist incidents reported to police in Northern Ireland compared to the Republic, stating that in 2009, 1038 incidents were recorded by the PSNI, compared to 128 by Gardaí.The ICI are calling for the introduction of an independent system of reporting incidents of racism.In today’s poll, we want to know: If you were subject to or witness to a racist incident would you report it to police? Yes (463) Poll Results: No (1082)center_img YesNoI don’t knowVote I don’t know (1091)last_img

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21 Sep
2019

Stugentrification People are concerned about the thousands of student apartments being built

first_img By Cormac Fitzgerald Costello says that the number of student accommodation units going up represents an over-development. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieFollowing on from Costello’s comments, current Independent TD for Dublin Central Maureen O’Sullivan said local residents in the north inner city are concerned about the number of dwelling units being built.O’Sullivan raised the issue with Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English in the Dáil in February.“At community meetings concerns have been raised about the social implications,” she said.Students are entitled to their parties etc., but when they come in such numbers to areas with families and senior citizen complexes, it will create difficulties. At an industry conference on student accommodation in Ireland. All the big players here discussing future in Ireland. pic.twitter.com/UlqoMAaZzN— Cormac Fitzgerald (@Cormfitz) April 6, 2017 34 Comments A student accommodation development on Gardiner Street. Image: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ie Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 7:30 AM TOMMY GRAHAM HAS lived In Palmerston Place on the outskirts of Dublin’s north inner city for the past 15 years.As editor of the History Ireland magazine and one of the people behind Historical Walking Tours of Dublin, Graham knows his street and surrounding area well.He is also involved with the local MPM Residents Association.MPM is made up of residents from Mountjoy Street, Palmerston Place and Mountjoy Street Middle – which form a sort of ‘S’ shape together skirting the edges of the inner city.This area – along with many others around Dublin’s north and south inner cities – is in the process of significant change as huge construction is ongoing across Dublin.Among the new buildings being built or in the planning stages of being built are thousands of new, privately-run purpose-built student accommodation units.“There’s two ways this can go,” says Graham.“On the one hand we welcome any development that gets rid of vacant sites in the area.“But obviously we’re concerned if there is an over-development of a particular type of accommodation.We don’t want our neighbourhood to become a student ghetto.Student accommodation boom There is a boom of purpose-built student accommodation in Dublin city centre.In 2015, the Higher Education Authority called for an additional 25,000 beds in Ireland for students to meet the current and growing demand.Between 2015 and 2020, the HEA said there will be in the region of an additional 10,500 student-dedicated beds in Ireland (about 8,000 of these in Dublin).A large number of these units will feed into DIT’s new Grangegorman campus, with hundreds of new student beds planned for there and the surrounding areas like Stoneybatter.It’s expected that 20,000 students will be based in the Grangegorman campus by about 2020/2021, which will radically alter the demographics of the area.Former Labour Party TD for Dublin Central Joe Costello said in January that the scale of new units planned for the area would:Create a huge imbalance with the existing residential population, place pressure on local services and give rise to a host of problems in local neighbourhoods. Apr 9th 2017, 7:30 AM ‘Stugentrification’: People are concerned about the thousands of student apartments being built in Dublin city There is a boom of purpose-built student accommodation in Dublin city centre. 27,639 Views But we’ll wait and see what happens.Read: ‘It simply won’t be affordable’: New student rooms in Dublin will cost a minimum of €249 a weekRead: A four-star Galway hotel is set to be converted into student accommodationcenter_img Short URL Share Tweet Email9 When questioned by TheJournal.ie over concerns about the large influx of students in the north inner city, the panel all had similar answers.“It’s better to have 2/3,000 beds of purpose-built student accommodation surrounding the new Grangegorman campus where the students can be housed in a managed environment,” said Matthew McAdden, CEO of Atelier“Rather than 20,000 people by 2020 or 2021 studying on that campus and living in the surrounding houses in an uncontrolled manner.What we would say to any person who lives around that campus is that a student who is living in a managed building of any of the operators who are here today is going to be a better managed and better behaved student than on who is going to be there anyway.GSA’s head of construction for the EU Aaron Bailey added that for every unit of student accommodation they built, it would free up more private rental stock for families and others.“We’d like to think we’re part of the solution rather than part of the problem,” said Alexander Knapp, managing director of Hines.Back at Palmerston Place, Tommy Graham of MGM Residents’ Association said the group will be keeping a watchful eye on the developments.“We are concerned at the scale but we’re not opposed to this in principle,” he said.“If it’s purpose-built hopeful it will be okay but we have no faith in the DCC planners, as they have given the nod to horrendous developments in the past.They seem to have an attitude that this is a rundown, poor part of the city and residents should be grateful for any scraps. http://jrnl.ie/3325597 Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/Twitter A student accommodation development on Gardiner Street. O’Sullivan said the number of students entering the north inner city could pose problems for the area. Source: RollingNews.ieAcross the cityEnglish roundly rejected O’Sullivan’s statements about the potential negative effects an influx of students would have on the city centre.“It is unfair to just assume that because an area has student accommodation, it will suffer all these difficulties. That is a little unfair and the wrong view, as it is not borne out by facts,” he told the Dáil.Further east from Stoneybatter, more student units are being built on Dorset Street, Gardiner Street and Summerhill. These areas will see about 1,500 news student beds over the next two years.Local Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon said that there are some concerns in the area about large numbers, but he didn’t see any problems with students coming to the area, as long as the units were affordable. A development in Summerhill“There has been some residents kicking up a fuss about it… but I don’t have a problem,” he said.People saying they don’t want student accommodation need to realise that there is a housing crisis.Meanwhile, south across the River Liffey, in the Liberties area of Dublin 8, there are significant developments underway, which will bring over 1,000 student beds to the area.One development  – the New Binary Hub off Thomas Street – has already opened, with 471 beds filled since September.Stephen Coyne, programme co-ordinator with The Liberties Business Area Improvement Initiative (a DCC run programme), said that the experience in the area had been largely positive so far.“Initial feelings have been very positive [in relation to the Binary Hub],” said Coyne.“Residents are feeling positive and the [nearby] Digital Hub are happy with how it worked out.” A development on the Mill Street area in the Liberties. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieIn general, Coyne said it was too early to tell what effect the large influx will have on the area. However, with the Liberties College and National College of Art and Design present there for years, the area is no stranger to student life.He said that increasing numbers will help the local industry and bring a “new dynamic” to the area.“Students do bring a good buzz to the area,” he said.“They are already a vital part of life around Thomas Street so it’s really just a matter of how they are accommodated.It is possible to over egg the pudding, but it will be interesting to see how this new type of accommodation may overcome people’s initial fears of over-concentration.Time will tell The main players in the student accommodation boom all gathered this week at the Wood Quay Venue on Thursday for a conference on the plans and future of such accommodation in Ireland.The event was organised by The Class of 2020, a student accommodation group, that works to advance the sector in Europe.Tops representatives from international investment giants Hines, GSA and the Atelier Property Group – who are all building or planning to build thousands of new student accommodation units in Ireland over the coming years – sat on a panel and spoke about their plans for Dublin and Ireland. 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21 Sep
2019

One American Two Britons Arrested in Crete Synagogue Arsons

first_imgGreek police have arrested one American, two Britons and a local citizen for twice torching a 600-year-old synagogue that was recently restored. A second American is at-large, possibly in Italy.The Etz Chaim synagogue in the port city of Hania is Crete’s only Jewish house of worship. The 15th century building was restored in 1999 to serve as a museum and prayer center on the Sabbath, Jewish holidays and special occasions.The American, 24 years old, and the Britons, ages 23 and 33, have been living on the island of Crete for the last three months and worked in odd jobs, such as waiting on tables. The American faces charges in court on Thursday.Greek police said they were able to break the case after the Greek suspect confessed to the arson attacks, one on January 5, when he and the Britons allegedly set the synagogue on fire, and one on the Sabbath two weeks ago. The second attack destroyed 2,500 rare books and the wooden roof of the building.Greek police are investigating the possibility that the gang was planning to form a terrorist organization. One of the British citizens apparently was the ring leader, according to Britain’s Guardian newspaper.After the arsons, the U.S. State Department commented that the attacks were “clearly intended to intimidate and terrorize Greek’s Jewish community,” which numbers approximately 8,000 and which recently has suffered several anti-Semitic attacks on synagogues and cemeteries.The Etz Chaim website notes that the old building- before it was restored – was seen by many Crete residents as “a monument to the success of the Nazis in obliterating 2,300 years of Jewish life.” The museum added that the restoration was a “vibrant statement of Jewish life, vitality and values. Museum director Nicholas Stavroulakis has vowed to restore the building. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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