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East Bengal, Mohun Bagan confront AIFF on ISL participation


first_imgRaising the pitch on their three-point demand, city giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan on Saturday formed a common front against the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and warned that they would not allow the money-spinning Indian Super League (ISL) to be staged here without their participation.In a sharp attack on the AIFF — the game’s apex governing body in the country — the two clubs raised the slogan “No Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, no ISL”, days after the AIFF’s suggestion that the ISL and the I-league could run parallel to each other.”The AIFF is torturing us. We won’t take that any more. Today we have taken one simple decision — No Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, no ISL. We won’t allow the ISL to be staged here. Football cannot be a money-spinning business. We won’t allow that. Football should be played in its true spirit,” Mohun Bagan general secretary Anjan Mitra told mediapersons after a joint meeting among his club, East Bengal and the state’s top supervisory body Indian Football Association.The clubs have demanded that the ISL waive the franchisee fee of Rs 15 crore for them and they be allowed to play the tournament in Kolkata. The two clubs have also asked for money from the central pool.Both city giants have not submitted the bid document for joining the ISL.Both clubs also turned down the AIFF’s suggestion of a parallel tournament, saying the top governing body was only promoting the ISL in a big way.advertisementDescribing AIFF President Praful Patel as the “main hurdle” for their entry into the ISL, East Bengal official Debabrata Sarkar said: “Had Praful Patel wanted, we could have taken part in the ISL. But he doesn’t want us there, so we can’t play. He is the sole hurdle, but that is my personal opinion.””In the given situation, holding the ISL and the I-League is meaningless. They (AIFF) are only diluting the I-League,” he added.However, Mohun Bagan Financial Secretary Debasish Dutta made it clear that waiver of the franchisee fee was their main demand.”Our primary demand is the money waiver. As for the venues, recently (West Bengal) Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has assured us that she would talk to the three of us (East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Atletico de Kolkata) and find out an acceptable solution. We have faith in her. So venue is not a problem,” he said.The two clubs said they were yet to take a final decision on taking part in a stakeholders’ conclave about zeroing in on a roadmap for Indian football convened by the Asian Football Confederation in Kuala Lumpur on June 7.IFA Secretary Utpal Ganguli said the AFIC need not come into the picture at this stage. Ganguly said he would write to the AIFF on Monday asking for a roadmap for promoting Indian football.Patel had held a meeting with the two clubs on May 7, promising to come out with a note on the roadmap for Indian football.Ganguli said in his letter he would request AIFF to share its take on the roadmap.last_img read more


PAOK 1st Undefeated Team in Greek League Season for 55 Years


first_imgATHENS, Greece — PAOK has become only the second team to go through an entire Greek league season without losing.PAOK had already secured the title and ended its season with a 2-0 win at Giannena on Sunday. The Thessaloniki side won 26 of its 30 games, with four draws, to finish five points ahead of runner-up Olympiakos.Both PAOK and Olympiakos qualify for the Champions League next season.Last year’s champion AEK finished third, 23 points behind PAOK.AEK, fourth-place Atromitos and Aris in fifth qualified for the Europa League.Panathinaikos was undefeated 55 years ago in the 1963-64 season.TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img


Rocky of the Rovers: success of Roy’s sister a sign of changing times


first_imgWomen’s football Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Read more Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Comics and graphic novels features England women’s football team Rocky’s story has evolved in real time on the National Literacy Trust website. Photograph: Lizzie Coan/Lisa Henke The Roy of the Rovers strip made its debut in Tiger comic in 1954 and ended in 2001, with Roy as owner of Melchester Rovers. In 2016 Rebellion, the publishers of 2000AD, Britain’s long-running and most zarjaz comic, purchased the rights. They wanted to reboot the character and did so successfully in 2018 as a 16-year-old starting over in a series of graphic novels and books alternating between formats to tell one, flowing story.The books were written by Tom Palmer and the graphic novels by Rob Williams. Both writers were acutely aware the series had to be brought up to date. They wanted Roy to have a sister and for her to be a player and so Roxanne or Rocky of the Rovers was born.Palmer has been a successful, professional author of children’s fiction for 11 years and published 48 books. He has worked extensively with the National Literacy Trust using football-related fiction to promote reading.For the men’s World Cup in South Africa, he wrote a series of “live” stories with an instalment every day, published free by the Literacy Trust. It was hugely popular and this year, with Rocky already successful in the reboot, she has been the lead in a 10-part adventure, alongside Roy and coach Ffion as they follow the Lionesses, of which the final chapter will be released on Friday morning. “Spitting and elbowing people in the face was horrible. She knew that. But it was equally horrible if men did it as if women did it. This man. She loathed him now. Ladylike? Really?”Palmer admits the live concept sounds unusual but that kids have lapped it up. “It can be a bit bonkers but it works,” he says. “The children really love it, because they can’t believe that they can read a story that was written in the last 24 hours; they think all stories were written centuries ago.”Rocky, Palmer also hopes, may represent a fundamental shift in children’s fiction, similar to the one seen in the extraordinary rise in popularity of the World Cup. “As a father of a girl it was a real struggle to find anything for her that wasn’t about ballet or riding horses,” he says. Having also published an award-wining book about a girl fell-runner he sees it is a landscape that is slowly changing. Whatever happens to the Lionesses against Norway on Thursday night, a dramatic finale will follow for one Englishwoman at the World Cup – and thousands of young readers cannot wait to find out how she wraps up her adventures in France. On the 65th anniversary of Roy of the Rovers making his comic debut, the fictional adventures of his sister Rocky at the tournament in France are combining football and reading in a new, exciting narrative form which has encouraging literacy at its heart. The World Cup, the Lionesses and Rocky are riding a wave that is leaving football’s dinosaurs behind. “There is a definite momentum – it’s fantastic,” says Palmer. “You don’t hear those voices of scorn and dissent as much as you used to. For the young generation who are reading this story, seeing people involved in women’s sport, they will see it as normal.”Rocky will be at the heart of a new book in the Roy reboot series and there may be more to come from France. The story arc concludes on Friday but Palmer promises that if England make it through, two extra chapters will follow. A prospect which will delight fans of the Lionesses, and of Rocky, who will be ecstatic to find herself at least at a semi-final. Pinterest Topics Share on Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. This has been a labour of love for Palmer. “I struggled a lot with reading when I was younger,” he explains. “I was intimidated by it and my mum knew I struggled, so she got me reading match reports and magazines like Shoot and comics like Roy of the Rovers. Football made me a reader, which made me a writer.”What he has created for this World Cup and is free on the National Literacy Trust website is a splendid yarn that evolves in real time as the tournament progresses and one where, uniquely, children have had the chance to vote on where the story goes.What began then as an adventure of teens abroad following football has developed into one with a ghost/crime element as requested by the thousands of eight- to 14-year-olds who have devoured it. Being written live it also reflects real events and has a modern agenda old Roy would have found unrecognisable.As the villain of the piece reflects on the elbowing and spitting in the England-Cameroon game, he finds it distasteful only because it was not “ladylike”, which makes Rocky furious. Share on Facebook Read more Women’s World Cup 2019 power rankings: USA top, Germany rising Facebook Women’s World Cup 2019 Share on LinkedIn Women’s World Cup Twitter World Cup prompts unprecedented global explosion for women’s football Reuse this contentlast_img read more


IPL 2019 Final: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings in last-ball thriller to win 4th title


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IPL 2019 Final: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings in last-ball thriller to win 4th titleIPL 2019: Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by 1 run in a last-ball thriller to become the 1st team to win the Indian Premier League for the 4th time. graphscenter_img view more view less commentary Rajarshi Gupta HyderabadMay 12, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 11:02 IST IPL 2019 final: Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar shone with the ball as Mumbai Indians defended a 150-run target against Chennai Super Kings ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by 1 run in the final to win the IPL for the 4th timeLasith Malinga defended 8 off the final over as MI won IPL 2019 after a dramatic final on HyderabadShane Watson’s heroic 80 went in vain as CSK failed to defend their titleMumbai Indians defeated defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 1 run in a thriller in Hyderabad on Sunday to become the 1st team to win the Indian Premier League 4 times.Shane Watson played a starring role for Chennai Super Kings in an IPL final for the second successive year but his efforts were in vain as MI made a spectacular comeback.It was a tense final. It was a thriller. After fortunes shifted both ways, Chennai Super Kings needed 9 off the final over but Lasith Malinga, who had gone for 20 in his previous over, gave away only 7 in the final over of the season to seal a sensational victory for Mumbai Indians.No team had ever defeated Chennai Super Kings 4 times in an IPL season. MI had got the better of CSK in the league stages twice and had crushed them in the first qualifier before the nail-biting win in the final.#OneFamily, Champion Family #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #IPL2019Final #MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/NQKZ0g9BxcMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 12, 2019MI were on top after Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni were dismissed early before Shane Watson played another top knock in an IPL final. On May 27, 2018, Shane Watson had smashed an unbeaten 117 off 57 balls to script CSK’s 3rd IPL triumph. On May 12, 2019 Shane Watson hit 80 off 59 but it wasn’t enough as CSK lost to MI in a last-ball thriller.Unprecedented scenes from Hyderabad as @mipaltan became #VIVOIPL champs for the 4th time!Show your true class like Lasith Malinga #MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/2obdy9SBtUadvertisement IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 2019Chasing 150, Chennai Super Kings got off to a quick start. Faf du Plessis led the charge with a quickfire 26 before falling to Krunal Pandya in the 4th over. His wicket allowed Mumbai Indians to put the pressure back on the defending champions.IPL 2019 Final, MI vs CSK: Live UpdatesWhile Shane Watson appeared to settle down and anchor the innings for Chennai, Suresh Raina was not very comfortable in the middle. After a close shave against Mitchell McClenaghan, Raina’s agony was ended by Rahul Chahar who trapped him lbw. Ambati Rayudu has been far from his best this season and he fell to a well-directed bouncer from Jasprit Bumrah.MS Dhoni walked out to a huge roar and he held the key for Chennai Super Kings along with Shane Watson. But Dhoni’s decision to steal a single off an overthrow cost him dearly. A direct throw from Ishan Kishan caught MS Dhoni just short of the crease. MS Dhoni has been CSK’s best batsman of the season and his exit was a huge blow for the team.But CSK still had their hopes pinned on Watson and Dwayne Bravo’s presence in the middle meant MI could not yet relax.Chennai Super Kings needed 62 off the last 5 overs and it was getting tense. But Dwayne Bravo unleashed a magical flick to hit Lasith Malinga for a six as CSK started their final assault. Shane Watson took over and hit 3 successive boundaries and brought up his fifty – CSK had collected 20 runs off the over and suddenly the equation was looking a little better for the Super Kings.Watson 80 in vain! Courtesy by BCCIShane Watson had hit a hundred in the 2018 IPL final against Sunrisers Hyderabad to give Chennai Super Kings their 3rd IPL title. A year later, Watson was leading the chase again as CSK chased an unprecedented 4th IPL crown. However, it looked like a much easier chase last summer – on May 12, 2019, it was getting really complex.After that 20-run over from Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah brought MI back in the game by giving away just 4 runs. With 38 needed off the last 18 balls, it was still anybody’s game.Shane Watson was not going to give up so easily. Krunal Pandya was trusted with the 18th bowler and Watson took 20 runs off the over. Bumrah then gave away 9 runs off the penultimate over including 4 byes.9 runs were needed off the final over bowled by Lasith Malinga who came back strongly. With 5 needed off 3 balls, Shane Watson was run out in an attempt to steal a single. Eventually, CSK needed 2 off the final ball but Lasith Malinga dismissed Shardul Thakur as MI sealed a 1-run victory.In the final evening of the 2019 Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bat. MS Dhoni said he would have bowled had he won the toss. In short, both captains got what they wanted ahead of a historic IPL final.advertisementQuinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma then gave Mumbai Indians exactly the kind of start they wanted. de Kock made his aggressive intentions clear with a six off Shardul Thakur before smashing Deepak Chahar for 3 sixes in his 2nd over. However, Shardul Thakur, who had bowled only 1 over in the Eliminator against Delhi Capitals, got another one against MI.This time Thakur made it count and he bowled a seriously quick delivery, cramped de Kock for room and had him caught behind by MS Dhoni. Thakur then proceeded to give de Kock a send-off which did not impress Rohit Sharma who had an immediate word with the umpire.Rohit Sharma would fall soon after when he edged a slower ball from Deepak Chahar in the 6th over to MS Dhoni who became the most successful wicketkeeper in the history of the Indian Premier League. Mumbai Indians were pegged back with the early exit of their star openers but they have enough meat in the middle-order to believe they can fight back from any position.Suryakumar Yadav had played a superb knock, an unbeaten 71 in a low chase against Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier last week but on Sunday, he played an Imran Tahir delivery on to his stumps as MI slipped to 82 for 3 in the 12th over. Shardul Thakur returned for his second spell to remove Krunal Pandya while Tahir struck again to snare a settled Ishan Kishan.From 82 for 2 in 11.1 overs, Mumbai Indians had slipped to 101 for 5 in 14.4 overs.Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya were Mumbai’s last hopes for a big total in a big game. And the two started to open their arms and the MI scorecard got moving. Hardik, who has played a few stunning cameos this season, hit a four and a six before being trapped lbw by a yorker from Deepak Chahar.Deepak then removed his cousin Rahul for a 2-ball duck and MI were in serious trouble at 140 for 7 in 18.4 overs. Mitchell McClenaghan was run out for a duck and it was only some late hitting from Kieron Pollard which allowed Mumbai Indians to put a respectable score in the final.Pollard did not run for the first 2 balls of the final over bowled by Dwayne Bravo and was miffed with the umpire for not calling wide off the third. He found a unique way to protest but the umpires were quick to have a chat with him. Pollard eventually managed to hit 2 fours in the 20th over as Mumbai Indians finished with 149 for 8.Also Read | IPL 2019 final: Kieron Pollard protests against umpire call in last over from BravoAlso Read | Controversy in IPL 2019 Final: Rohit Sharma upset after Shardul Thakur’s rude send-off actAlso Read | MS Dhoni becomes most successful wicketkeeper in IPL historyAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow IPL 2019 finalFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow Shane WatsonFollow Rohit SharmaFollow MS DhoniFollow Lasith MalingaFollow Rahul ChaharFollow Kieron PollardFollow IPL 2019Follow Hyderabadlast_img read more


Govt to Increase Provision for Tertiary Funding


first_imgThe Government will be increasing provisions to the Student Loan Bureau (SLB) in the new financial year.Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said that this will enable the organisation to provide more loan support to students, who wish to pursue tertiary education.“I believe that I can say that in the upcoming financial year, increased provision will be made so that those who have come to the level of tertiary education can be assisted by more ample availability of student loans and financing than has happened in the past. To me, this is a signal achievement,” he stated.The Education Minister was addressing the graduation ceremony for 67 teachers held on Sunday (January 13) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James.The SLB funds approximately 30 per cent of the island’s tertiary students. Minister Thwaites informed the audience that the Government had to find $2.7 billion this year to cover the obligations of the bureau.He said that despite the economic challenges, the Government continues to give priority to education, with the allocation to the sector commanding a large portion of the budget.“Jamaica spends 6.5 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 14 per cent of its budget on education, a higher proportion than any other country in the Caribbean region, except Cuba,…after paying the debts that are due, education gets pride of place,” he pointed out.The Minister argued that given the significant investment, it is important that the education resources are utilised in the most efficient way possible to get the best returns from the sector.“We have to look radically at the way we spend our education dollar and to determine the best way to ensure that we are getting the highest returns,” he stated.He noted, for example, that the Government spends upwards of $2.5 billion each year “to keep teachers out of the classroom” as they pursue advanced studies and that such spending could no longer be afforded.“Teachers, who seek to be upgraded for services in the leadership and in the particular specialties of the education system, will have to do so virtually and by way of the holidays and other mechanisms, in order to preserve your places in the classrooms, because we cannot pay for the locum tenens (substitute teachers) anymore,” Rev. Thwaites stated.The 67 teachers, from the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ and Mico University colleges had successfully completed the Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Master of Science in Reading and Language Arts, through the Central Connecticut State University in the United States.last_img read more


Kanesatake faces down mining company


first_imgAPTN National NewsA controversial mining proposal is bringing together two communities in Eastern Canada.Oka and Kanesatake are working together to ensure that a mining company never gets to put a shovel in the ground.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette explains why.last_img


Where are the drones Amazons customers are still waiting


first_imgJeff Bezos boldly predicted five years ago that drones would be carrying Amazon packages to people’s doorsteps by now.Amazon customers are still waiting. And it’s unclear when, if ever, this particular order by the company’s founder and CEO will arrive.Bezos made billions of dollars by transforming the retail sector. But overcoming the regulatory hurdles and safety issues posed by drones appears to be a challenge even for the world’s wealthiest man. The result is a blown deadline on his claim to CBS’ “60 Minutes” in December 2013 that drones would be making deliveries within five years.David Koenig And Joseph Pisani, The Associated Presslast_img


No changes needed in citizenship bill if Clause 6 implemented properly Sonowal


first_imgGuwahati: The citizenship bill does not require any changes if Clause 6 of the Assam Accord is implemented properly, says Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal about the proposed legislation which the top BJP leadership has vowed to bring back if voted back to power. In an interview to PTI, the student leader-turned politician said the bill will be brought after arriving at a consensus with all stakeholders. “It (amending the Act) is not a new thing as amendments were taken up nine times before this also. This is a continuous process since 1950,” he said, adding the BJP will ensure constitutional safeguards to Northeast’s political, cultural, social and linguistic identity. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ When asked if the Assam government will request the Centre to make necessary changes in the existing bill to allay apprehensions of the people here, Sonowal said that is not needed if the Clause 6 of the Assam Accord is implemented properly. The Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, which was signed in 1985 after the Assam Agitation of 1979-85, envisages that appropriate constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, should be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the people of Assam. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “If Clause 6 is implemented in letter and spirit, then the indigenous people of Assam are well guarded and protected. That was the agenda ought to be taken up on priority by earlier governments, but it was never seriously considered, Sonowal said. “Now the prime minister has taken up the matter with sincerity, commitment and dedication. So, I believe once it is implemented, we have nothing to worry. If Clause 6 is implemented, we have no issue with the citizenship bill, even if it comes in the current form, he added. Several groups and parties have opposed the bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8 but was not tabled in Rajya Sabha and seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India even if they do not possess any document. Interestingly, though the BJP top brass has been talking about the citizenship bill in poll rallies, the state leaders have not raised the issue in their meetings and speeches. State minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had earlier said that the citizenship bill was a non-issue in the state and the people are more concerned about national issues. Sonowal also took a dig at the proposed ‘mahagathbandhan’ of opposition parties saying the ambitious grouping is dreaming of dethroning Prime Minister Narendra Modi but will “collapse soon” as it does not have any policy on patriotism, integration and service to the nation. He claimed the constituents of this ‘grand alliance’ are together during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections only for their vested interests. “They do not have any policy of integration, service to nation and patriotism. The ‘mahagathbandhan’ is mainly just to get power. They are all with vested interest,” he said. The members usually stay different, but sometimes they come on the same platform but with different self interests, he added. “So, there is no national interest in it. I have not seen any national interest within themselves. That is why, I firmly believe that it will collapse soon,” he asserted. Sonowal was once president of the influential All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), which has been at the forefront of the protests against the citizenship bill across the Northeast in the past several months. When told out that the concerns raised by people of Assam and the Northeast were not taken into account while drafting the bill, he disagreed and said the Clause 6 has been taken at the highest level for the first time in the history. “It is Modi ji who has taken it up and ultimately constituted a high-level committee by the Union Cabinet comprising only Assamese people from different fields. It was given very clear terms of references. The committee has been asked to prepare a report on how Constitutional safeguards can be ensured in best possible manner,” he added. The existence of the nine-member committee is in a lurch with its fifth member and chairman M P Bezbaruah withdrawing from it in January. The other four members refused to be a part of it in protest of the Citizenship Bill, are a representative of the AASU, eminent litterateurs Nagen Saikia and Rong Bong Terang along with educationist Mukunda Rajbongshi. On resignation of the eminent personalities from the high-level committee, the chief minister said, “It is because of chaos and unnecessary false propaganda by Congress, Leftists and some section intellectuals and media.” Asked about the BJP’s prospects in Assam in this Lok Sabha elections, Sonowal claimed the saffron party along with its allies AGP and BPF will bag at least 12 seats out of 14 in the state. In 2014, the BJP won seven out of 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam, the Congress and the AIUDF had three MPs each and one member was an Independent. The two BJP allies, BPF and AGP, had no representation in the Lower House of Parliament. Sonowal strongly refuted allegation of Modi failing to fulfill the promises made in 2014 elections, especially on deporting the illegal infiltrators from Assam, and claimed that update work of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and steps to implement the Assam Accord are being done to accomplish the task.last_img read more


Egypt parliament polls in February or March ministry


first_imgCAIRO- Egypt is to hold parliamentary elections in February or March, two months after the country votes on a new constitution, a foreign ministry official said on Friday.The official said the schedule, in line with a timetable set out by the country’s interim president, was on track.Preparations for presidential elections will start within two months after the end of the legislative vote, he told AFP. The roadmap for elections was adopted by the interim government shortly after the military overthrew president Mohamed Morsi in July and suspended the constitution.“The target date for the referendum is before the end of December, and parliamentary elections two months later. It would be in February or the beginning of March,” the diplomat said.The parliamentary vote may take place over weeks or even two months, depending on whether the upper house will remain in the amended constitution.A 50-member panel amending the charter has moved to cancel the toothless senate, but the decision is not final.last_img read more


Survival of developing countries depends on market access UN envoy


Speaking at the opening of the Third Least Developed Countries (LDC) Trade Ministers Conference in Dakar, Anwarul K. Chowdhury said the specific geographic and economic concerns of poor countries must to be taken into account when setting up global trade rules. At the same time, he stressed, developing countries needed to improve on their good governance records, particularly in the area of economic management.Mr. Chowdhury, the UN’s High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, hailed Senegal’s commitment to national as well as sub-regional development. He also underscored the importance the outcome of the Conference would be to restarting negotiations following the collapse last September in Cancun, Mexico, of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) latest round of talks.The meeting is set to approve the “Dakar Declaration,” which Mr. Chowdhury hoped would lay out a joint strategy to revive post-Cancun negotiations on market access and cotton subsidies, especially for least developed and African countries.Ahead of the ministerial meeting today, Mr. Chowdhury met with Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, as well as with Prime Minster Macky Sall. Along with discussion on the post-Cancun negotiations process, their talks focused on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), agricultural subsidies in developing countries and capacities to absorb public development aid. read more


Rare new £1 coins could make a big profit online


first_imgHowever, there are plenty of examples of genuine mistake-riddled coins fetching large amounts – eBay also carries a 1998 £2 for £225, and another from 2011 for £250, while a 2014 £2 commemorative Lord Kitchener coin is thought to be worth at least £400.These figures are themselves dwarfed by the £625 needed to buy one of the Mint’s 2017 Silver Proof Coin sets, with just 1,500 made, while the most expensive sale at auction was of a 700-year-old gold Edward III coin, one of only three known to exist, which sold for more than £5 million in 2006. Alex Cassidy, from GoCompare’s Coining It In, told The Mirror that the new £1 coin’s bi-metallic nature, with an outer gold-coloured nickel-brass band and inner silver-coloured cupro-nickel disc, left the potential for errors during the die-cutting process. Could your £1 be valuable?Credit:Jack Taylor/Getty  “Punters should pay attention to both the floral crown on the reverse side for any rotations, as well as the Queen’s head, which should sit directly above the new bevelled edge,” he said.Nor should anyone be too hasty in exchanging their old pound coins before they cease to be legal tender on Oct 15.Many coin enthusiasts will be hoping to complete their collection of all 24 of the old designs, and the Edinburgh £1 dating from 2011 is already achieving £10 to £15 on eBay. As searches go, it is almost perfectly analogous to hunting for the proverbial needle in a haystack.With around 1.7 billion £1 coins currently in circulation, including the “old” pound coin, it might be thought that the chances of finding a rare example worth more than, well, £1 were infinitesimally small.Yet rare, potentially valuable new one-pound coins certainly do exist, and the evidence is on eBay. The new £1 coin has just come into circulationCredit:David Rose  £1 coins The newly issued £1 (GBP) (one pound) coin (R) is arranged on display beside the old version  Of greatest interest to budding numismatists and shameless profiteers alike are the 200,000 “dummy” coins distributed to major retailers and businesses months before the official roll-out date of March 28 to enable them to recalibrate coin-handling machinery well in advance.The Mint may have described these “trial” stamped coins as of “no redeemable value”, but they are changing hands for serious sums. Bidding online appears to start somewhere between £150 and £250.Ebay is also full of what look suspiciously like perfectly normal new £1 coins being sold at inflated prices. Their owners attribute the value to their bearing the “wrong” date. As well as the trial coin for the new £1 piece, which does not appear to carry any of the filigree bevelling and holographic imaging that has led the official version to be dubbed “the most secure circulating coin in the world”, collectors have also been advised to be on the lookout for inadvertent errors that have crept into the real thing. 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.last_img read more


Man critical after hitandrun accident at Yarrowkabra


A 32-year-old man is clinging to life in the Intensive Care Unit at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he was struck on Tuesday evening along the Yarrowkabra Public Road, Soesdyke-Linden Highway in a hit-and-run accident.He was later identified as Yogeshwar Itwaroo, 32, of Lot 93 Campbell Avenue, Campbellville, Georgetown.Based on reports received, about 19:45h, Itwaroo was walking along the roadway when a motor vehicle struck him down and left the scene.The injured man was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Diamond hospital, but was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition.Police have since retrieved a portion of the number plate of the vehicle that carries the digits “703”. Police are making enquiries to ascertain the registration number of the vehicle, which can ultimately lead to the arrest of the driver. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFather of 2 killed in hit and runDecember 31, 2018In “Crime”Essequibo Coast man critical after hit-and-run accidentJune 26, 2019In “Crime”Man critical after struck by car at LiliendaalJune 11, 2016In “latest news” read more


Hitachi developing Autonomous Haulage System


first_imgHitachi Construction Machinery confirms that it is continuing to develop its Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) that is scheduled to be delivered to the global mining industry by 2017. Historically, Hitachi Construction Machinery has been committed to innovation and its interest in AHS technology will “lead to increased flexibility for its customers, and improved safety and operation efficiency at mines around the world.”Hitachi Construction Machinery’s dump trucks already benefit from existing synergies within the Hitachi Ltd Group, such as the world-class AC drive system from Hitachi Ltd and fleet management systems from Wenco International Mining Systems Ltd, Wenco having been part of Hitachi Construction Machinery since 2009).The AHS system is being developed in association with Wenco, which has over 25 years’ experience with fleet management systems for surface mining. Wenco’s advanced software and hardware “will ensure high levels of accuracy when tracking machines on site.” This and other existing technology within the AC3 range of dump trucks will play an important part in the proposed AHS solution. One of the key features will be an electric steering module inserted between the steering wheel and valve, so that the equipment can be controlled remotely without significant change to the existing steering system.The AHS equipment will also comprise of sensors and vital communication controls that can be retrofitted to existing AC3 dump trucks. This option will allow owners to change quickly between autonomous and manual operations, which is ideal for the flexibility required in such transitions.In an autonomous operation, a machine fitted with AHS technology will carry out site-based tasks in line with the map data, routes, speed limits and job tasks. The Hitachi AHS solution will give dump trucks the capacity to paddock, overedge or crusher dump, and be able to identify an exact location for dumping. This location is pinpointed through the collection of data from the on-board sensors, as well as the dynamic path generation logics embedded into the system. In this respect, it performs the task as efficiently as an experienced operator with centimetre accuracy.All of the technology for efficient and robust traffic control comes from the vast knowledge and experience of Hitachi, Ltd, which provides the corresponding system for bullet train – one of the busiest rail systems in the world. The exclusive permission control feature provides fail-safe and efficient traffic control by allowing one vehicle per given segment at a time.Hitachi Construction Machinery’s long-term aim is to operate a package that ensures multiple pieces of equipment can interact with each other from the beginning of a hauling cycle, through to the loading and dumping sites. This initiative “will help to satisfy the ever-changing demands of the mining industry to work in a variety of typical operational environments and scenarios.”last_img read more


Greeces fate hangs in next two months says PM


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The next few months will decide the country’s fate for decades to come, Prime Minister Lucas Papademos told Greeks in his New Year’s message.“The next three months will be especially crucial,” said Papademos. “The decisions that will be taken will decide Greece’s course for the next decades.”The government is looking at a tight schedule until March, when Greece will face bond redemptions of 14.5 billion euros. In order to pay investors, Athens will have to borrow the money from its eurozone partners and the International Monetary Fund, as part of the 130-billion-euro bailout package that is currently being discussed.However, to secure more emergency loans, Greece will have to achieve an agreement with private bondholders to accept at least a 50 percent haircut and to convince the EU and the IMF that it is progressing with the structural reforms it has promised.Papademos said that the efforts made by Greece in 2011 to improve its public finances would have to continue apace this year. “We must continue our efforts with decisiveness, to stay in the euro, to make sure we do not waste the sacrifices and do not turn the crisis into an uncontrolled and disastrous bankruptcy.“We will defend our position in Europe. The euro is our currency. The Europe of developed countries is our common home.”Papademos’s comments came as IMF sources warned that the 50 percent haircut being negotiated by the interim government would not be enough. Sources at the Washington-based fund told Sunday’s Kathimerini that a number of alternatives, including a bigger writedown, are being examined. Other options include a purchase by the European Central Bank of Greek bonds on the secondary market or better terms on eurozone loans for Greece. On top of this, Papademos’s government must also set out fiscal measures worth an extra 2 billion. It also has to make further cuts to pensions, benefits and public sector staff, as well as completing an overhaul of the country’s taxation system. EU and IMF officials are due in Athens on January 16 for their latest inspection on Greece’s progress.Papademos found an ally yesterday in President Karolos Papoulias, who suggested that criticism of his government was sometimes excessive. “They are battling him,” he told journalists. “I see it in some newspapers through comments that it would be best to avoid making since we are all asking for more money from the Europeans.”Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more


When death comes, survivors cope with digital afterlife


first_imgThere are no words to describe what Larry Till felt after his wife died unexpectedly last August. He says “shocked” comes the closest.Leisha Till was only 40 years old when she died from a brain aneurysm at her Vancouver home. She was up late, reading a book on her tablet. Larry Till found her in the morning.“It was instant as far as anyone can tell. Nothing could have prepared us for this,” her husband of 23 years said.Like an estimated two-thirds of Americans, the Tills did not have a will or trust.“It was such a chaotic time. We didn’t really think things out. We were young,” Larry Till added. “We knew we wanted to be cremated and that’s as far as it went.”But amid his grief and the chaos, Till had something else to think about: His wife left behind at least a dozen online accounts that needed to be dealt with immediately.With the rise of the internet — and social media — people’s digital presence has created another layer to consider when trying to bring a loved one’s life to a graceful close. If not handled properly that digital life can create complications for those left behind who are still grappling with the concept of literal and virtual death.Logged inTill says he was fortunate. He was able to access many of his wife’s accounts, such as email and Facebook, because she stayed logged in to those accounts on her tablet.last_img read more


Ford Motor Company to speak at Employee Benefits Connect 2018


first_imgDelegates attending Employee Benefits Connect 2018 will be able to a unique insight into the surprising similarities between cars and pensions as Ford Motor Company joins the event’s roster of industry-leading speakers.Oliver Payne, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) pensions manager and actuary at Ford Motor Company will present a session titled ‘If Tesla did pensions’ as part of the technology conference stream at the event on Wednesday 28 February 2018 at Park Plaza, Westminster.The session will discuss the similarities between cars and pensions and explore how recent disruption in the car industry could be mirrored in the pensions landscape. Payne will also analyse what potential disruption in the pensions industry could look like, and speak about why this could be good for pension scheme members.At the event, delegates will also be able to learn from Elizabeth Kolmstetter, director, workforce engagement division at NASA, who will deliver the opening keynote address titled ‘Building the future workforce at NASA’. The session will highlight how NASA has created a workplace environment that encourages innovation, how NASA’s agile working initiative has helped connect it distributed workforce, and how older generations of employees leave a legacy for younger employees.Employee Benefits Connect 2018 will take place on Wednesday 28 February 2018 at Park Plaza, Westminster, London.For more information or to book your place.last_img read more


Control Your Smart Home With Raspberry Pi AddOn Talking Pi


first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data Stay on targetcenter_img Don’t spend your life savings on a smart home: All you need is a Raspberry Pi and the new Talking Pi speech control assistant.The intelligent open-source extension, from German manufacturer Joy-it, allows users to manage lights, plugs, and devices via voice commands.“Simply control the light, … switch sockets on and off, or activate your coffee machine when you come in the front door,” the Joy-it website said. “There are practically no limits to your imagination here.”Customers can pair it with the Google Home smart speaker, as well as the company’s AIY (do-it-yourself artificial intelligence) Vision and Voice kits. Its six-channel servo PWM, meanwhile, acts as a remote control for robotics projects.On sale from Conrad Business Solutions (€32.99/$41) and Elektor ($42), the Raspberry Pi add-on features integrated motor control and a range of applications for increased functionality.Plus, a stereo microphone and integrated I2S sound output driver make it easy to connect a 3-watt loudspeaker. Joy-it is currently working on another module, expected for release soon, which will allow for stereo sound output.For servomotors, an integrated 5V barrel connector is available.Equipped with a bracket holding a 433MHz radio module, the configurable and customizable gadget is also capable of addressing devices and circuits through the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO interface.Talking Pi, a measly 64-by-10-by-54 mm, is fit for installation “in space-sensitive areas such as enclosures, as well as integrating into existing applications,” according to Elektor.Developed to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and developing countries, the cheap Raspberry Pi board has become the ultimate DIY accessory.Use it to power a wearable computer, racing robot, or Nerf Blaster (that can ID its target’s face); turn it into a mini Game Boy, pocketable PC, or nostalgic arcade stick.Last year, scientists developed an advanced wave forecasting system that can run speedy simulations on a Raspberry Pi.last_img read more


Trading high


first_imgThe 34th edition of India Trade Promotion Organisation is going to commence in the Capital. The event will be inaugurated by President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, on 14 November at Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan. The partner country this year is South Africa, Thailand is the focus country whereas Delhi is the focus state. The theme of the fair is ‘Women Entrepreneurs’. Over 25 women enterpreneurs from the partner country will be exhibiting their final products at the event. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Over 6500  participants  from India and abroad are taking part in the fair. Countries like – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, China, Cuba, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia,  Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Thailand,  Tibet, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam are taking part in this grand event this year.  There are 31 Central Government Ministries, Departments along with their agencies/PSUs, while all the States and  UTs apart from leading private sector companies will bring up the domestic sector.‘Committed to the new mantra of Make in India, the fair will also focus on the PM Modi’s cleanliness drive, Swachh Bharat Mission’, an official said during a press meet.Various cultural programmes have been organised all throughout the fair. The first five days of the fair i.e 14-18 November will be exclusively for the business visitors only.last_img read more


Germany asks for forgiveness for persecuting gays under Nazi rule


first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Over 100,000 men were arrested on homosexuality charges in Nazi Germany eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘The German state has inflicted grave suffering on these people. Above all, under the National Socialists, but also afterwards, in East Germany and for too long under [West German] Basic Law,’ Steinmeier said.‘That is why I ask for forgiveness today – for all the suffering and injustice that has happened, and for the long silence that followed.’President issues apology and asks for forgivenessThe president spoke at the 10th anniversary of the Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism.In Berlin, the memorial is a concrete cube that bears a small window where visitors can see a video of a gay couple kissing. The kiss represents the act of love that was considered criminal, and the tomb-like cube represents the certain death LGBTI people would face.About 50,000 men were convicted under Paragraph 175 of the criminal code between 1945 and 1969 in western Germany.The law was first enacted in 1871, and made more extreme by the Nazis in 1935.Watered down in West Germany in 1969, the homophobic law was not fully abolished by Germany until 1994.In June last year, gay men who were convicted between 1945 and 1969 were given a pardon.Thousands of victims received a lump sump of €3,000 (£2,630; $3,350) in compensation along with €1,500 per year spent in jail.Justice Minister Heiko Maas described the new law is a ‘belated act of justice.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Thousands of gay men, lesbians and gender non-conforming people were locked up in concentration camps during World War 2.Even after the victims of the Holocaust were freed, many LGBTI people then spent decades imprisoned under homophobic laws.How gay men suffered under Nazi rule (and in the decades after)Inside the camps, men were seen as slaves; but after their liberation, not all of them walked free.Gay men were considered the ‘lowest of the low’ in the concentration camp hierarchy.They were constantly beaten, had their testicles boiled off by water, sodomized by broken broomsticks, and were used by the SS as target practice.The Nazis also used gay men for cruel human experimentation.Lesbians were raped, forced to work in brothels for officers. German’s president Frank-Walter Steinmeier has asked for ‘forgiveness’ for the persecution of LGBTI people under Nazi rule. Germany quashes gay men’s convictions and offers compensationThe secret gay history of tattoos and their hidden meaningsChechnya leader describes gay people as the ‘devil’ and tells them to move to CanadaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/german-president-issues-apology-for-persecuting-gays-under-nazi-rule/last_img read more


World Cup fever is not a disease says Costa Ricas Social Security


first_img Facebook Comments The passion most Ticos have for football has officials at the Social Security System worried. Last week the Caja issued an order to all doctors at public hospitals to restrict permission for sick days throughout the month. Apparently employees’ health tends to deteriorate during the World Cup.And after Costa Rica’s shocking 3-1 victory over Uruguay on Saturday, the number of workers suffering from World Cup fever might only increase. Costa Rica’s next two matches are on weekdays, starting with Italy on Friday.The executive branch did grant permission for public employees to watch the games against Italy on Friday and England on June 24. (Both matches start at 10 a.m.) The decree applies to all public employees as long as it does not affect essential services such as public health, education or security.For private employees, it all depends on how nice bosses are. Presidency Minister Melvin Jiménez last week said employers – if they so choose – can rearrange schedules to allow employees to watch the matches. But given Costa Rica’s stellar performance in the upset against Uruguay, forbidding Ticos from watching the next match could lead to workplace mutiny.In June 2010, during the previous World Cup in South Africa, the Caja registered 113,000 sick-day notes – about 7,000 more than the monthly average and the highest figure that year. And Costa Rica didn’t even qualify that time around.Those sick days during the 2010 World Cup cost the public health system ₡3.4 billion ($6.1 million), according to Caja officials.This year, the agency has strengthened controls and instructed all doctors to be meticulous when authorizing sick leave. The warning also was made to private practices that authorize public employees to take days off.The Caja’s 129 medical commissions at public hospitals can revoke any permit issued by a private doctor, and charges will be filed at the Prosecutors’ Office against any employee and doctor found to have committed fraud, officials said last week.The Caja also bans doctors from granting more than two consecutive doctor’s notes in cases of mild illness or unjustified emergency room visits.Jiménez said public workers should rearrange schedules to prevent disrupting public services, and the decree does not allow employees to skip work. Costa Rica’s labor legislation states that employers can fire without liability any employee who leaves work without permission or a valid excuse. Related posts:Fewer sick days granted during 2014 World Cup after stricter regulations enforced Public workers can take recess to watch Costa Rica’s World Cup games, Solís says With focus on next round, winning Group D less of a priority, says Wanchope In Costa Rica, pride for La Sele’s historic World Cup playlast_img read more