10 months agoChelsea still keen on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic

first_imgChelsea still keen on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea remain in the hunt for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic.The Telegraph says the 20-year-old winger has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge during the mid-season sales.Chelsea are on the hunt for long-term replacements for Pedro and Willian – and Pulisic would fit the bill.He is under contract at Borussia Dortmund until 2020 so the Bundesliga giants are running out of time to cash in.And Chelsea are hopeful of securing Pulisic’s services.But it is claimed that BVB bosses will dig their heels in until the summer transfer window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

England vs India: Mohammed Shami equals Shahid Afridi’s World Cup feat

first_img view more view less No data available! commentary Saurabh Kumar BirminghamJune 30, 2019UPDATED: June 30, 2019 19:31 IST Mohammed Shami picked a 5-wicket haul against England on Sunday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Shami made inroads into the English middle and lower order before finishing with figures of 69 for fiveMohammed Shami became the seventh Indian bowler to claim five-wicket haul in World CupsShami became second bowler after Shahid Afridi to claim three four-wicket hauls in successive matchIndia pacer Mohammed Shami became the sixth bowler to claim a five-wicket haul in Cricket World Cup 2019. Shami achieved the feat in the match against England by dismissing Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes.Shami also became only the second Indian after Narendra Hirwani to claim three four-wicket hauls in successive match. Also, before Shami, only Shahid Afridi holds the record of claiming four-wicket hauls in successive CWC matches.Mohammed Shami spurred up some magic with the old ball and made inroads into the middle and then lower order before finishing with figures of 69 for 5.Five-wicket haul for India in ODI WCs:Kapil Dev, 1983Robin Singh, 1999Venkatesh Prasad, 1999Ashish Nehra, 2003Yuvraj Singh, 2011Mohammed Shami, 2019*Shami claimed the prized wicket of centurion Jonny Bairstow in the first over of his second spell. Bairstow was going great guns before getting caught by Rishabh Pant at deep cover on 111. Shami, then removed England skipper Eoin Morgan, who top-edged a short ball to the deep fine-leg fielder.India was back in the game, thanks to Shami’s fiery second spell, after Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow flayed the Indian bowling attack to all parts of the ground, to put up a rapid 160-run opening stand.Shami then accounted for the wicket of Joe Root, who scooped the ball to Hardik Pandya, at deep fine-leg. Shami got the big wickets of Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes at the death but leaked 32 runs by bowling lengths in his last spell of the match. Jonny Bairstow’s maiden World Cup hundred and Ben Stokes class-filled 79 helped England post 337 on the board, after opting to bat first in Birmingham on Sunday.advertisementAlso Read | India vs England: Yuzvendra Chahal bowls most expensive spell by an Indian in World Cup historyAlso Read | England vs India: Jonny Bairstow 1st player to hit hundred vs India in World Cup 2019Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Mohammed Shami Next advertisement scorecard England vs India: Mohammed Shami equals Shahid Afridi’s World Cup featEngland vs India, World Cup 2019: Mohammed Shami claimed his maiden 5-wicket haul in ODIs, his first in World Cups against England at Edgbaston on Sunday. graphslast_img read more

Real Estate Act to be Revised

first_imgThe Real Estate (Dealers and Developers) Act is to be amended to increase fines for breaches and protect the interests of all players in the real estate market.Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, made the announcement during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral debate on June 18 in the House of Representatives.He explained that the Act is being revised to “tighten-up” the accountability of real estate professionals, especially developers, as the Real Estate Board has been called upon to expend huge resources to defend the welfare of purchasers, where developers have failed to honour contractual obligations.“The Board is also increasing the penalty fees for breaches of the Act. Legislation will have to be drafted to ensure that the Board is able to carry out new anti-money laundering duties that it was instructed would be assigned,” he noted.Mr. Hayles also informed that the Real Estate Board will be regulating timeshare properties in Jamaica and licensing the marketers of timeshare.He said the Ministry of Tourism is piloting legislation to regulate timeshares in Jamaica, with the Board slated to become the Registrar of Timeshare.“Although timeshares are generally thought of as a tourism product, it is real estate-based, hence the interest of both bodies in the matter. The board will also have to licence the agents, who sell timeshares. The legislation to support these new responsibilities will be tabled shortly,” he noted.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

Three Newbuilds for Fredriksens GOGL

first_imgzoom January was a busy month for Golden Ocean Group Ltd (GOGL), part of Fredriksen Group, as three Capesize newbuildings have joined the company’s fleet.Namely, Chinese builder New Times Shipbuilding delivered three 180,000 dwt bulkers to the company this month.The delivery string started off with M.V. Golden Cirrus on January 9, followed by the handing over of M.V. Golden Cumulus on January 16, and finally M.V. Golden Calvus on January 22.Two more bulkers remain to be delivered this year from New Times Shipbuilding, those being Golden Arcus and Golden Incus.Golden Ocean operates a fleet of 73 vessels and has five Capesize newbuilding contracts. Upon delivery, the company’s fleet will have an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 10.7 million dwt and an average age of less than 5 years.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Gujarat HC dubs tax recovery by state from pvt firm as nothing

first_imgAhmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has termed the action of state tax authorities to collect revenue from a private firm as “nothing short of extortion”, and ordered return of Rs 1.49 crore recovered from it along with an interest of six per cent. In an order passed on a petition moved by Micromax Informatics Limited against alleged “coercive action” taken by authorities to recover Rs 1.49 crore as tax, a division bench of Justices J B Pardiwala and A C Rao called their action as “high-handed and arbitrary”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The action on part of authorities concerned could be termed as absolutely high-handed and arbitrary,” the high court said in its order on August 7. “This is not the way and the manner to recover tax.The department should not get so desperate for revenue. The revenue is to be collected in accordance with law. The action at the end of the authorities in the present case is nothing short of extortion,” the court said. After an audit assessment under provisions of the Gujarat Value Added Tax Act, Micromax was on October 30, 2018 directed by the deputy commissioner of state tax in Ahmedabad to pay Rs 1,49,27,723 as tax. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Following this, the company moved an appeal under Section 73 of the Act for stay against the assessment order. On January 25, 2019, the company’s banker (Kotak Mahindra) received a notice from the sales tax deputy commissioner, demanding release of the amount, even as the copy of the notice was not served on the company. The company’s appeal was not taken up for hearing on January 29, 2019, as scheduled. The company informed its bank on February 5, 2019 about the pendency of the appeal and the stay application, and requested it not to release the amount. The joint tax commissioner (appeals) then passed an order on February 7, 2019, directing the company to deposit 20 per cent of the disputed tax amount within a week as pre-deposit and pre-condition to grant of stay, which was done. But despite this, the state government “coerced the bank to release a demand draft to the tune of Rs 1,49,27,723, which was encashed on February 15, 2019 without any advance notice to the company,” the court said in its order. During the hearing, a state government official even told the court that the amount of Rs 1,49,27,723 “was not to be recovered from the applicant as there was an error” while determining the amount.last_img read more

Stars Call For Russian Authorities To Release Pussy Riot

first_imgMore than 100 internationally renowned musicians have joined a worldwide call for the release of the two jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot ahead of their parole appeal hearings this week.In an open letter, coordinated by Amnesty International as part of its on-going campaign to free 25-year-old Maria Alekhina and 23-year-old Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the musicians pledge their support and state that the impact of Pussy Riot’s “shockingly unjust trial and imprisonment has spread far and wide, especially among your fellow artists, musicians and citizens around the world.”The letter continues, “While understanding the sensitivities of protesting in a place of worship, we ask that the Russian authorities review these harsh sentences, so that you may return to your children, your families and your lives.”One of the signatories to the letter, Yoko Ono, says: “I thank Pussy Riot for standing firmly in their belief for Freedom of Expression, and making all women of the world proud to be women.”The full list of artists includes Bryan Adams, Adele, Alt-J, Laurie Anderson, Animal Collective, Anti-Flag, Arcade Fire, Arch Enemy, Archive, Joan Armatrading, Joan Baez, Beardyman, Jeff Beck, Yasiin Bey, Bjork, Rubén Blades, Billy Bragg, Jackson Browne, Peter Buck, Tracy Chapman, Chase & Status, The Chemical Brothers, Neneh Cherry, The Clash, Coldplay, Lily Rose Cooper, Dido, Django Django, Melissa Etheridge, Siobhan Fahey, Paloma Faith, First Aid Kit, Franz Ferdinand, Foster the People, fun., Peter Gabriel, Bob Geldof, Kim Gordon, Debbie Harry, PJ Harvey, Don Henley, The Hidden Cameras, Niall Horan, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Ke$ha, Angelique Kidjo, The Knife, Mark Knopfler, Tom Lehrer, Sean Lennon, Annie Lennox, Lykke Li, Sir Paul McCartney, Romy Madley-Croft, Madonna, Zayn Malik, Stephen Malkmus, Marina & the Diamonds, Johnny Marr, Massive Attack, Mike Mills, Moby, Thurston Moore, Tom Morello, Alanis Morissette, James Morrison, Graham Nash, Kate Nash, Youssou N’Dour, Karen O, Yoko Ono, Clock Opera, Ozzy Osbourne, Liam Payne, Peaches, Joe Perry, Phoenix, Rain Phoenix, Portishead, Portugal. The Man, Cat Power, Radiohead, Bonnie Raitt, Rise Against, Patti Scialfa, Scissor Sisters, Paul Simon, Sleigh Bells, Patti Smith, Esperanza Spalding, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Stewart, Sting, Michael Stipe, Harry Styles, Neil Tennant, Louis Tomlinson, Pete Townshend, KT Tunstall, U2, and Eddie Vedder.Lucy Macnamara, Communications Manager for Art for Amnesty, comments: “The Pussy Riot case has shocked musicians all over the world and we’ve had an incredible response to the call to sign this letter. Several musicians have told me that if you can’t sing a protest song without fear of arrest then something is badly wrong. Let’s hope the Russian authorities finally see sense and release Maria and Nadezhda.”The parole hearings come almost a year after the start of the heavily publicized trial of Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and a third group member, Ekaterina Samutsevich. The three were charged with “hooliganism on grounds of religious hatred” after Pussy Riot performed a protest song in Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral in February 2012. They were convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment. Amnesty described the outcome as a “bitter blow for freedom of expression” in Russia.Samutsevich was later released on probation, but appeals by Alekhina and Tolokonnikova have been turned down. Alekhina and Tolokonnikova will both have their parole appeals heard by the regional higher courts this week.Amnesty International invites everyone to take action to help free the women at amnestyusa.org/pussyriot.last_img read more

UNDP chief pays tribute to outgoing head of campaign on antipoverty goals

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today hailed the efforts of the outgoing head of the world body’s campaign to promote the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as he announces he is leaving his position to assume the top post at the non-governmental organization (NGO) Amnesty International.Salil Shetty has served as the Director of the UN Millennium Campaign – which seeks to bolster support for the MDGs, eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline – since shortly after it was established by then Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2002.“Under his leadership the UN Millennium Campaign has grown into a powerful global campaigning force supporting citizens in their efforts to hold their governments accountable for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.Mr. Shetty’s successor is expected to be named in the coming months, as preparations get under way for next September’s meeting of world leaders on the MDGs. He is expected to take up his new position as Secretary General of Amnesty International, a 1978 recipient of the UN Human Rights Prize, in June. 21 December 2009The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today hailed the efforts of the outgoing head of the world body’s campaign to promote the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as he announces he is leaving his position to assume the top post at the non-governmental organization (NGO) Amnesty International. read more

Visiting Egypt Ban urges country to serve as inspiration for wider Arab

20 March 2011A successful transition in Egypt towards greater democracy can inspire the rest of the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the country to continue with its recent reforms by holding fair and transparent elections soon, upholding the rights of women and minorities and encouraging the development of a free press. In his first visit to Egypt since long-standing leader Hosni Mubarak was toppled by popular protests in January, Mr. Ban pledged that the United Nations would help the country as it “walks this very difficult, very important road? towards fuller democracy and more participatory democracy.”The Secretary-General held talks today in Cairo with many senior officials, including Foreign Minister Nabil el-Araby, and tomorrow he is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Ezzad Sharaf and the country’s High Council of the Armed Forces.Today’s talks focused in part on yesterday’s referendum, in which Egyptians voted on a number of proposals for constitutional reform, including reducing the number and length of presidential terms and altering the criteria for eligible presidential candidates. Media reports indicated an extremely high voter turnout for the referendum.Mr. Ban told journalists in Cairo that he would stress during his visit that there must be “transparent and inclusive national dialogue that spans the spectrum of Egyptian society,” as well as the staging of free and fair elections on a mutually agreed timetable.“These are the key expectations of the Egyptian people and also by the international community,” he said. “Other essential steps include free and vibrant political parties, new programmes for social equity, equal rights for women and minorities, a free press [and] open space for civil society groups driving change.“Egypt’s success will be first and foremost for Egyptians to decide and share, but, given the country’s standing in the world, a successful transition can inspire the rest of the world.”Popular protests have swept North Africa and the Middle East in recent months and the long-term regime in Tunisia also fell earlier this year. Mr. Ban said “we are at a historic moment. Democracy is on the march across the Arab world, and the United Nations stands ready always to work together with the Egyptian Government and people for a better world and better region here.”The Secretary-General said the UN was able to assist Egypt with its social and economic development, including the promotion of further tourism, as well as technical support for elections expected to be held later this year. read more

UN anticrime chief highlights Kenyas role in tackling regional security threats

“Kenya’s role is pivotal in East Africa and the country is a vital partner in tackling emerging threats to regional and international security in areas such as piracy and illicit drugs,” said Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the Vienna-based UNODC.Mr. Fedotov’s visit to the Horn of Africa nation will include discussions with non-governmental organizations and other partners on drug dependency issues, as well as with Government officials on topics such as criminal justice and counter-terrorism.UNODC’s work in Kenya forms part of the wider Eastern Africa regional approach designed to take into account overlapping geographic and thematic issues such as capacity building of international cooperation on law enforcement, strengthening of border control, anti-corruption and prison reform.Mr. Fedotov will visit the Shimo Le Tewa prison and court house in Mombasa as part of UNODC’s counter-piracy work in the region. The agency has been particularly active in Shimo La Tewa, where the newly built courtroom and refurbished prison ensures sufficient levels of security, as well as humane prison conditions, for on-trial prisoners, officials and witnesses.UNODC has also been working extensively with Kenyan authorities on streamlining the country’s prosecution services, which is critical move in the counter-piracy effort. Mr. Fedotov reiterated the agency’s commitment to furthering assistance in drug dependence treatment. This follows a sudden surge for demand of drug dependence treatment services in January 2011 and UNODC played a pivotal role in assisting the Government in its response. “UNODC recognizes that drug dependence is a disease and not a crime. Treatment is a critical component when we talk about countering the use of illicit drugs and it has been proven that this offers a far more effective cure than punishment,” he stated. 28 March 2011The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today met with Kenyan officials in the capital, Nairobi, to discuss a number of issues such as counter-piracy, police reform and illicit drug trafficking. read more

On eve of election UN envoy appeals to Liberians to ensure peaceful

“Regardless of your political views, I appeal to all Liberians to say no to violence on Election Day,” said Ellen Margrethe Løj, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).Ms. Løj made her appeal in a radio address ahead of tomorrow’s second round of voting in which the incumbent, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is set to face challenger Winston Tubman, who came second in the first round of the vote on 11 October. However, Mr. Tubman has reportedly refused to participate in the run-off, alleging that it will not be fair, and there have been calls to boycott the poll – the second presidential election since the country emerged from war in 2005.“To vote is an individual democratic right – it is your personal right and it is your personal choice,” stated Ms. Løj. “All Liberians who wish to exercise their right to vote should be able to do so in peace and without intimidation.“Peaceful, credible, and transparent elections are important to ensure that the peace in Liberia is maintained,” she added. Ahead of the poll, both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council have called on Liberians to refrain from violence and conclude the electoral process in a peaceful manner. Ms. Løj pledged that UNMIL staff, police and military will continue to protect Liberians as they exercise their democratic rights. In addition, international observers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union, the Carter Center and others are there to monitor the electoral process. 7 November 2011All Liberians who wish to vote in the presidential run-off election must be able to do so freely and in safety, the top United Nations envoy to the country said on Monday as she addressed the nation on the eve of the poll. read more

Uni girls sexually molested

There was a huge public outcry after the video was published on the YouTube channel of the Colombo Gazette (see video below) and also on Derana and Swarnavahini.The video shows new university entrants being humiliated and forced to roll on mud, have paint all over their clothes and faces and later be bathed with water. The High Education Ministry is investigating reports that four female students were sexually molested at a local University.According to reports the four girls, all new entrants to the University, were forced into a dark room and forced to massage some male seniors. The four girls have reportedly lodged a complaint over the incident with the University Grants Commission (UGC). The latest incident comes just days after an investigation was launched into a video containing visuals of students being ragged at a university. Anti-ragging groups said that university ragging has left 15 dead and 25 paralyzed over the past few years while a further 6000 students had left university, 2 committed suicide and 2 were raped. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Markets Right Now Mixed start for stocks on Wall Street

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street as gains for technology companies are offset by losses in banks and other sectors.Apple added 1.1% early Monday, but Citigroup fell 1.8% despite reporting higher profits in the latest quarter. Citi is the first big U.S. bank to report its second-quarter results.Symantec slumped 13.7% after CNBC reported that deal talks between the cybersecurity company and Broadcom have ended.The S&P 500 index was little changed at 3,013.The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 6 points to 27,339. The Nasdaq added 7 points to 8,249.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.11%.The Associated Press read more

Stocks ease as investors shrug off victory by Greek party feared to

Stocks ease as investors shrug off victory by Greek party feared to shake up eurozone NEW YORK, N.Y. – The U.S. stock market is opening slightly lower as investors shrug off an election victory by a Greece party opposed to that country’s bailout plan.The main focus in markets was Sunday’s victory by Syriza, a left-wing party that has vowed to end Greece’s painful austerity policies.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index eased five points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,046 in early U.S. trading Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 64 points, 0.4 per cent, to 17,608.In Europe, Germany’s DAX was up 0.9 per cent while the CAC-40 in France rose 0.4 per cent. In Greece, the main stock market recouped some of its early losses to trade 3 per cent lower. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2015 7:43 am MDT read more

Drought in DPR Korea threatens food supply during ongoing lean season

“DPR Korea’s crop production for 2017, including staple rice, maize, potatoes and soybean, has been severely damaged by prolonged dry weather conditions, threatening food security for a large part of its population,” according to a new report by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Rainfall from April to June in key crop producing areas is “well below the long-term average,” severely disrupting planting activities and damaging the 2017 main season crops. The rainfall is below the level in 2001, when cereal production dropped to an “unprecedented” two million tonnes. The lack of food caused a large part of the population to go hungry, the UN agency reported. “Immediate interventions are needed to support affected farmers and prevent undesirable coping strategies for the most vulnerable, such as reducing daily food intakes,” said Vincent Martin, FAO Representative in China and DPRK.He said it was “critical” that farmers receive appropriate and timely agricultural assistance, including irrigation equipment and machinery. Increased food imports, commercial or through food aid, would be required during the next three months at the peak of the lean season, to make sure there is adequate food supply for the most vulnerable, including children and the elderly. read more

New European laws to face costcutting measures

The motor industry has welcomed moves to cut red tape and streamline the introduction of new European laws. In a report published last week headed Regulation – Less is More, the Better Regulation Task Force called for the UK government to slash industry costs by cutting the administrative burden of Brussels-led regulations. It also recommended a ‘one in one out’ approach to new regulation as well as a review of costs associated with the operation of existing European rules. The Task Force message was delivered soon after a Budget statement in which the Chancellor committed the UK to a light regulatory touch. His message also signalled an end to gold plating, the practice of making laws more onerous in the UK than that required under an EU directive. This was welcome news to the motor industry, which has long complained that increased costs associated with gold plating were making UK-based companies less competitive. Last week the European Commission echoed the UK approach, launching its own package for better regulation under the title Less Red Tape = More Growth. Enterprise and Industry Commissioner Gunter Verheugen said that every single one of the 900 pieces of EU law currently in the pipeline would be subject to review. If costs outweigh its economic benefits, a law would be scrapped, Verheugen promised. Less Red Tape = More Growthhttp://europa.eu.int/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/05/93&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=frClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

EYEWITNESS Paramount President…

…and GECOM ChairThe Appellate Court just AFFIRMED President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of Justice James Patterson as Chairman of GECOM!! The backwards slide into the Imperial Presidency of Forbes Burnham continues apace, since we’re back to having the President selecting whomever he damn well pleases to the crucial position of the individual exercising the casting vote on electoral matters.For a country as divided as we are between matching blocks – and having the sordid history of the PNC massively and flagrantly rigging elections to stay in power and exclude the “other half” – the decision makes a mockery of the efforts to institute a system that would include both sides. What the Court decreed, in effect, is the President doesn’t even glance at the list of six persons submitted by the Opposition Leader. He can just toss it into the garbage bin and blithely choose the person he wanted to from the beginning!It smacks of the days before “meaningful consultation” was constitutionally defined and Burnham just had to “consult” with Opposition Leader Jagan on crucial decisions. He’d call up Jagan, enquire about the weather, and gleefully chortle to his attendees that he’d just “consulted” Jagan!!While the Appellate Court purported to give the proper “normative” basis for their decision by alluding to the “intent” of the framers, they completely ignored the historical context. They referred only to the impact on the President’s prerogative of the rule that a list of six nominees must be presented by the Opposition Leader. So what’s the Opposition Leader? Chopped liver?The “Carter Formula” gave substance to the fact that the latter is also a constitutional office like the Presidency. So, in the circumstances that led to the acceptance of consultation by both the PNC and PPP, he was given due consideration in light of the nature of politics in Guyana, so as to give legitimacy to the results of elections. It is a historical fact that when the Premier/President, under the prior rule, could unilaterally choose the GECOM Chair – once he was a Judge — Burnham picked individuals who were slavishly loyal to him, and rigged elections with impunity!! Does anyone in Guyana – including the three Justices who just made that decision – believe otherwise of Patterson?He’s totally unacceptable to the Opposition Leader. Doesn’t this mean anything to the “Justices”? If, as one of them said, the President’s choice should be subject to the “reasonable man’s test”….shouldn’t his rejections from the list also be subjected to this test??Which reasonable man can justify rejecting Major General (retd) Joe Singh – who’d already served with distinction as GECOM’s Chair?Oh Judgement, thou art fled to savage beasts!!…on sugarHow’d you respond to President Granger’s declaration to Parliament: “Sugar workers have not been abandoned to an uncertain future”??!! Since we know he isn’t living in some parallel universe, we have to assume he thinks sugar workers’ brains have gone soft after fetching 3 tonnes of cane daily for years!! He unilaterally fired 5700 sugar workers from GuySuCo and another 2000 from private cane farmers in an economy that isn’t creating jobs, and can he say their future isn’t “UNCERTAIN”??He said, “The Government will continue to work diligently to ensure that the displaced workers are provided with opportunities to participate actively in other sectors of the economy. These include production and processing of rice and other crops, livestock, fisheries, construction, manufacturing, services and mining.” Continue to work?? Two years after the firings, not even a penny’s been allocated for such activities!! Are workers to simply trust his words?? In fact, it took a year of militant action by workers to finally have moneys allocated for their SEVERANCE pay – which is LEGALLY owed to them!!Who does he think he’s fooling? Nagamootoo?…and oilOfficially, five Ministries are under the Presidency. And with Ramjattan in charge of just the 2am bar curfew, the President also handles Security.Now with the Oil Portfolio, does he need Ministers? But then, they’re all his “creatures”!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: A political problem…January 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”GECOM Chair: New list will be submitted soon- TeixeiraMarch 29, 2017In “latest news”Granger’s “fortified democracy” far from reality – PPPJuly 26, 2019In “latest news” read more

Brazil ready for France 2017 with European roster

Brazilian national handball team is on the new beginning. After era of Jordi Ribera, South American team begins with the new coach Washington Nunes the new Olympic cycle at World Championship 2017 in France. Brazil, quarter-finalists of the Olympic tournament in Rio, will play at Group A in Nantes with France, Poland, Russia, Norway and Japan.Serious challenge to qualify for the TOP 16 stage will be ahead of these 16 guys. Only two of them playing at domestic team Taubate. All others are in Europe.GoalkeeperCésar Augusto de Almeida ‘Bombom’ (OIF Arendal-Norway)Maik Santos (AL-Rayyan-Qatar)Left wingsClaryston David Cordeiro Novais (Taubaté)Guilherme Torriani (Taubaté)Left backsHaniel Lângaro (BM Naturhouse La Rioja-Spain)Thiago Alves Ponciano (BM Ciudad Encantada-Spain)Thiagus Petrus Gonçalves dos Santos (Mol-Pick Szeged-Hungary)Playmakers:Henrique Teixeira (CB Huesca-Spain)João Pedro Francisco da Silva (Chambery Savoie Handball-France)Right backsGabriel Ceretta Jung (FC Barcelona-Spain)José Guilherme de Toledo (Orlen Wisla Plock-Hungary)Oswaldo Maestro Guimarães (Anaitasuna-Spain)Right wingsFábio Chiuffa (KIF Kolding Kobenhav-Denmark)Lucas Cândido (BM Guadalajara-Spain)Line playersAlexandro Pozzer (Fertiberia Puerto Sagunto-Spain)Rogério Moraes (RK Vardar-Macedonia) ← Previous Story Siarhei Rutenka to Qatari Al Quiada Next Story → Russia and Belarus want Men’s EHF EURO 2022 brazil handball read more

Stay or go Tempers flare in heated TV debate about Scotlands independence

first_imgThe pro-independence “Yes” campaign in particular had seen the encounter as a vital opportunity to use Salmond’s talent for debating to close a stubborn gap in opinion polls.A poll tracker by the Financial Times newspaper currently puts the Yes vote at 36%, 10 points behind those who would vote No to independence. Some 16% remain undecided.There were a few moments of levity, sparked by Salmond’s complaint that for much of his life, Scotland had voted for left-of-centre parties but received a Conservative government.The SNP leader quipped that there were more pandas in Edinburgh Zoo (two) than Scottish Tories in the House of Commons in London (one).Darling responded by noting that he was Scottish but did not vote for the SNP. “I didn’t vote for him but I’m stuck with him,” he quipped.‘Opportunity of a lifetime’In his opening speech, Salmond argued that Scottish people should be able to decide their own future, a dream that could not be achieved under the current system of devolution. Source: AP Photo/PA, Devlin Photo Ltd“My case this evening is this: no one, no one will do a better job of running Scotland than the people who live and work in this country,” he said. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet THE LEADERS IN the battle for and against Scottish independence clashed in a heated live television debate tonight, six weeks ahead of a historic referendum on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom.First Minister Alex Salmond, leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), went head-to-head for the first time with Alistair Darling, a fellow Scot and leader of the “Better Together” campaign.Darling, who was Britain’s finance minister during the 2008 economic crisis, pressed the SNP leader early on his crucial claim that an independent Scotland would continue to use the pound sterling — something London says will not be possible.Salmond insisted this would not be a problem, and hit back by asking Darling repeatedly whether he believed Scotland could successfully be an independent country, a question his opponent dodged.Their exchanges became increasingly heated, and at one point Salmond was accused by an audience member of being “snide” and giving a worrying impression of what an independent Scotland would be like. Source: Yes Scotland/YouTubeMembers of the public audience heckled, booed and cheered the two men throughout, prompting the moderator to ask them to show respect and allow the politicians to be heard.Both campaigns had said the debate could be a turning point in the campaign for the 18 September referendum, when four million Scots will vote on their future.But in the end neither side delivered a knock-out blow.center_img On 18 September we have the opportunity of a lifetime. We should seize that opportunity with both hands.But Darling warned of the risks of going it alone and argued that Scotland would pay too high a price to leave the union, saying:Remember this — if we decide to leave there is no going back, there is no second chance.Ahead of the debate, the leaders of Britain’s three main parties vowed to hand over more powers to Scotland’s devolved government if voters decide to stay in the 307-year-long union with England.Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrat chief Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, signed a joint declaration that would give Edinburgh more tax-raising control.Darling said that with these new powers Scotland could have the “best of both worlds” — more control and the support of a strong United Kingdom.However, one of the key players in the campaign for Scottish devolution in the late 1990s, retired clergyman Kenyon Wright, branded the promise of new powers a “desperate bribe”.Scotland currently looks after its own education, health, environment and justice, but the UK parliament in London still decides defence and foreign policy.The debate was not shown on television in England, but Scottish broadcaster STV made it available worldwide online. However, many viewers complained that the website crashed continually.- © AFP, 2014Read: “It’s about putting Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hand” – Yes campaign looking to close referendum gap > Read: What both sides are saying in Scotland’s great debate >last_img read more

UPDATE House to vote Wednesday on debt ceiling

first_imgWASHINGTON — The House plans to vote Wednesday on a Republican proposal to extend the government’s debt ceiling for three months, but conservatives were waging a last-minute effort to defeat the bill because it would not force spending cuts.The proposal from Republican leaders would keep the $16.4 trillion ceiling intact but declare that it “shall not apply” until mid-May, or about three months after it was passed by the Senate and signed into law.The measure doesn’t seek spending cuts that many conservatives are demanding, but it does have strings attached: House and Senate members would forgo paychecks if Congress doesn’t approve a budget by April 15. That provision is designed to force the Democratic-controlled Senate to pass a budget, something it hasn’t done in four years. Sponsors said they’ll still work to cut spending in other bills, and they stressed that they could always fall back on automatic spending cuts approved in 2011 but not yet implemented.At the White House, press secretary Jay Carney said President Barack Obama “would not stand in the way” of the short-term bill and likely would sign it if passed by the House and Senate. The administration added that a long-term solution is still preferred.“A temporary solution is not enough to remove the threat of default that the Republicans in the Congress have held over the economy,” the Office of Management and Budget said Tuesday in an administration statement of policy. “The Congress should commit to paying its bills and pass a long-term clean debt limit increase that lifts an unnecessary uncertainty from the nation’s economy.”last_img read more

Ask a Climatologist Arctic sea ice drives climate around the globe

first_imgIce floats in Baffin Bay between Canada and Greenland above the Arctic circle on July 10, 2008. (Photo by Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)Arctic sea ice extent hit a new record low in March for the third year in a row. That sea ice, or lack of it, drives climate patterns around the globe.But how?Listen nowWe put that question to Brian Brettschneider for the segment, Ask a Climatologist.Brettschneider said it’s all about energy. Sea ice reflects most of the sun’s energy back into space. Less sea ice means the entire Arctic basin is absorbing a lot more energy.“So its like having a 60 watt light bulb, taking it out and replacing it with a 70 watt light bulb. Over time, that adds up,” Brettschneider said.Across the globe, the entire atmospheric circulation pattern is driven by temperature differences between the tropical latitudes and the Arctic. Brettschneider said that’s because the tropics have more warmth than they can handle and the Arctic is in a heat deficit. The winds in the atmosphere are constantly trying to equal that out.“It’s like pouring hot water into a cold bathtub,” Brettschneider said. “The temperature tries to even itself out, but if you change the temperature of the water, the way that evens out is going to be different.”Brettschneider said more warmth in the Arctic ocean affects the jet stream, the polar vortex and where big high and low pressure systems set up around the globe.last_img read more