What Should Brexit Mean For India

first_img‘Brexit’ evokes a range of responses, from the bemused, “what the heck is going on?” to the apathetic “who cares?” The Indian reaction resonates between the phlegmatic (“this topic doesn’t perturb me”) and amused (“ha, the British are partitioning themselves”). Not surprisingly, the Government of India has published no grand White Paper policy on, nor developed any technical legal responses to, Brexit.Read it at Bloomberg Quint Related Itemslast_img

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Enes Kanter seeks Ramadan advice from NBA great Olajuwon

first_imgView comments “But I texted him and was like, ‘Hey, how did you fast through Ramadan and play at a really high level?’” Kanter said. “And he gave me some tips.“He gave me what he was eating, when he would wake up — Like at 4 in the morning — how much water he was drinking and stuff.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKanter’s observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is marked by fasting from sunrise to sunset, also precludes him from taking medication for his injured shoulder during the hours he fasts.“I took medicine at, like, 4 in the morning and I will take medicine again right before the game, because I can break my fast before the game,” Kanter said. “But I’ll be fine.” MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte After Grand Prix conquest, Petron shifts focus to PSL All-Filipino conference LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Turkey’s Kanter said he thought the spiritual lift of observing Ramadan countered any physical detriment.“I think it just gives you so much positive vibes that just go out there to say, ‘You know what, I’m doing this for God, so God (will) help me.’”Nigerian-born Olajuwon, who powered the Houston Rockets to a pair of NBA titles, told The Undefeated in 2017 that the “spiritual mindset” of fasting gave him the stamina required to play.“Through Allah’s mercy, I always felt stronger and more energetic during Ramadan.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter, forward Maurice Harkless and forward Al-Farouq Aminu, from left, watch from the bench in the waning minutes of Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 124-98. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter said Tuesday he’d sought the advice of NBA great Hakeem Olajuwon on how to maintain his level of play while fasting during Ramadan.“I texted Hakeem, because I met him, like, two years ago and I know what he did in, I think it was 1995, when he won the MVP in the playoffs,” Kanter told reporters as the Blazers prepared to take on the Denver Nuggets in game five of their Western Conference second-round series.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

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Rusty Australia ring changes for Greece games

first_imgMELBOURNE (REUTERS). Australia coach Ange Postecoglou will ring the changes for the Socceroos’ friendlies against Greece following their 2-1 defeat to England on Friday as he tries new combinations for the next round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers.Australia will be reinforced by talismanic striker Tim Cahill and a number of Asia-based stalwarts for the Greece matches in Sydney on Saturday and Melbourne next week.“The England game was a real challenging one for us,” Postecoglou told reporters in Sydney on Monday.“Not because of just the players who were missing but (also) half the team hadn’t played for close to four or five weeks.“So to play the kind of football we want — high-intensity, high-pressure — it was always going to be a challenge.“With the Asian guys we’ll get a natural lift and a natural buzz.“Even if we didn’t have the short turnaround, we would have used these games to try and have a look at as much of the squad as we can,” Postecoglou added.“But with the short turnaround most definitely we’ll make a number of changes for the second game.“These are the last opportunities for me to have a look at some players.”Apart from Cahill and fellow China-based striker Apostolos Giannou, Postecoglou’s attacking arsenal will be boosted by forwards Mathew Leckie and Nathan Burns.China-based defenders Trent Sainsbury and Ryan McGowan will also be available to bolster a backline that was often stretched by England.Asian Cup champions Australia topped their group in the last round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and face Iraq in their opening match of Asia’s Group B in the next phase on Sept. 1.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018: India beat Italy to reach quarters

first_imgIndia put up a solid performance at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London as they beat Italy 3-0 in the cross-over match to reach the quarter-finals of the Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018 on Tuesday.The goals from Lalremsiami, Neha Goyal and Vandana Katariya meant India dominated Italy throughout the match and made their way to the quarter-finals, where they will face Ireland.Ireland, who topped Pool B, played India during the pool stage and won the match 1-0 to qualify for the quarters. India, on the other hand, needed a draw against USA to make it to the cross-over game.India did not really dominate the ball for the first two quarters of the match and played more of a reactive hockey.In the ninth minute of the match, India got a penalty corner. However, they could not make the best of that but got a free hit. They took a quick free hit and Lalremsiami made some clever movement in front of the goal to get at the end of the ball and strike it home.FT| The Indian Women’s Team claim their place in the Quarter Finals of the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 after an assured overall performance against Italy on 31st July 2018.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #INDvITA pic.twitter.com/rThXKEuuKgHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 31, 2018MATCH HIGHLIGHTSThereafter, the match pretty much happened in the midfield with neither teams creating clear cut chances. At the end of the first quarter, India’s Dutch coach Sjoerd Marijne said he was not happy with how India had played till now and they needed to do better.advertisement”I am not happy with the play, we played reactive. We need much more opportunities, we can’t keep playing like this.”The second quarter though, remained mostly the same for India. India did not not exactly play the most eye-pleasing hockey but they did their job. Some excellent defending and a few breakout chances but half time, there was only one goal that separated the two sides.Italy came out with good attacking intent at the beginning of the third quarter but India soon took control of the game and in fact, showed better flair in the second half.A couple of chances fell to Navneet but she shot them wide. In the dying moments of the third quarter, Rani Rampal made an excellent turn to earn a penalty corner, one that would prove to be decisive.Gurjit’s shot led to immense scramble in front of the goal but Neha Goyal found the final touch and the back of the net to give India a 2-0 lead.India began the final quarter with a better tempo and eventually in the 55th minute, India were awarded another penalty corner to led to another goal.Ahead of this match, India were showing utter wastefulness with the penalty corners but on Tuesday, they made good use of it. Gurjit once again took a shot at the goal and Vandana got the deflection that eventually found the goal.Rani Rampal was a happy captain after the match and thanked the crowd for turning up in numbers to support India.”We came here to win. We all knew it was the most important game to reach quarters. It’s now time to celebrate but we are also focussed on the next match. I would like to thank the crowd who came to support India. Our team did well but Italy fought well too,” Rani said after the match.India will be up against Ireland in the quarters and Rani said it will be an exciting encounter.”It will be an exciting game. We played in pool game but it is the quarter-final of World Cup and we have to work every second to win.”After the match, coach Marijne spoke about the team’s performance on the day and though he wanted India to perform better, he was happy with the progress they were making.”Feels really good. They are improving with each match, for the first time they are consistent. Being consistent is tough in India, especially the defensive structure. We have to score more goals but I am happy.”In India, they do not play a lot of hockey so the match practice is less but we are getting there.”The good thing from today is the structure was good but we did not play very well. The men’s hockey team in India are under more pressure than women but we are trying to change that. We are waiting for more pressure.advertisement”The men get so much more attention but this is such a big moment for women in India in general and they are to enjoy this. I am so happy for them that they stay away from families most of the time and they are rewarded with this.”Today I had to coach a lot, much more than other games. It was not natural today, not flowy. We have to talk about the coaching style too, about what works but at the moment I want them to enjoy this,” Maijne said.last_img read more

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George Williams hat-trick helps Wigan to vital victory over Salford

first_imgShare on WhatsApp match reports Brexit’s biggest impact on rugby league is likely to be financial Topics Since you’re here… Rugby league Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Wigan Warriors Share on Messenger As it looks increasingly unlikely Shaun Edwards will be in the dugout at Wigan after all next season, it could be argued that Adrian Lam is auditioning for the job of coaching the Super League champions long term, making this win a welcome addition to an application form which has had several faults.Wigan had lost four consecutive league games and suffered defeat in the World Club Challenge at the hands of Sydney Roosters. Coupled with the growing uncertainty over Edwards, who has again suggested the proposed arrangement for him to succeed Lam may not happen, this season has been fast developing into an annus horribilis for one of rugby league’s most famous clubs. Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Salford City Reds Read more Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share via Email Super League Yet, despite all the talk of an on-field crisis at Wigan, who were joint-bottom going into the weekend’s fixtures, in terms of the league table they are only four points adrift of fourth-placed Salford with a quarter of the season gone. Far from ideal as that is, victories like this can often be the ones on which seasons turn.Wigan headed across Lancashire under increasing pressure to deliver a performance that would provide temporary relief from the handling of the Edwards situation, and it was another individual whose future is shrouded in uncertainty who grabbed the headlines.A hat-trick of tries by George Williams, the England half-back who is seemingly bound for the NRL and Canberra next year, was decisive in ensuring only a second victory of 2019.Afterwards Lam, who again refused to acknowledge the possibility of staying with the Warriors beyond this season, said: “I know the club have been working overtime to get through all that’s going on but I’ve laid low because the priority was to get back to winning games.”Williams, along with Zak Hardaker and the returning Joe Burgess, was instrumental in helping Wigan establish an 18-6 lead as half-time approached, with tries for himself, Thomas Leuluai and Joe Greenwood cancelling out Josh Jones’s early try for Salford.Yet it looked as though the habits which had plagued Wigan’s early-season performances were returning when, in a five-minute spell either side of half-time, they surrendered that lead to trail 22-18 after three quick Salford tries.But Salford, who remain fourth but have lost ground on the leaders following successive defeats in the last week, failed to capitalise and their coach, Ian Watson, lamented: “We seemed to put ourselves in a position to win the game but defensively that wasn’t good enough from us. Once we got the lead again, we felt Wigan were vulnerable but we didn’t lift the intensity. Wigan did the basics really well and we didn’t.”Tries by Derrell Olpherts and Niall Evalds had reduced Wigan’s lead to two points at the break before Adam Walker marked his home debut with a try, pinching the ball from Dom Manfredi’s grasp to afford Ed Chamberlain the simplest of finishes and put Salford four points ahead.However, Wigan showed their mettle this time by battling back to win from another losing position. Both their remaining tries were finished by Williams but created by Burgess. First, the winger marauded down the left before turning the ball inside for the half-back’s second try and then they repeated the double act 12 minutes later.With Hardaker converting both, it opened up a two-score lead that some spirited defensive work ensured was enough and also that another turbulent week for them ended on a high.Salford Evalds; Olpherts, Chamberlain, Bibby, Sio; Lui, Hastings; Murray, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Turgut, Flanagan. Interchange Griffin, Nakubuwai, Walker, Lawton.Tries Jones, Olpherts, Evalds, Walker. Goals Chamberlain 3.Wigan Hardaker; Manfredi, Sarginson, Gildart, Burgess; Williams, Sammut; Clubb, Leuluai, Navarrete, Isa, Greenwood, O’Loughlin. Interchange Shorrocks, Hamlin, Flower, Bullock.Tries Williams 3, Leuluai, Greenwood. Goals Hardaker 5.Referee C Kendall. Attendance 4,770.last_img read more

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2019 Yass Knockout wrap-up

first_imgThe Yass Knockout was in full flight this year with 90 teams in Men’s, Women’s and Mixed ready to play for the 2019 title. Tents lined the fields, eskies at the ready and sunscreen in high demand.This tournament is renowned for bringing in the big names and this year was no different. Teams travelled from all over including but not limited to the Cook Islands, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, the ACT, while NSW was, of course, well represented. A few of the names we enjoyed competing in the inaugural NRL Touch Premiership – Rebecca Beath (Eels); Graeme Clancy (Titans); David Maher (Titans); Aaliyah Paki (Eels); Jess Potts (Knights); Faith Nathan (Eels), to name just a few, as well as ex-NRL star Scott Prince – played alongside their mates in this fun social tournament.While all the teams started warming up for their first game, so did Mother Nature. The day started out in the high 20 degrees, and the format was changed this to 10-minute halves instead of touchdown-turnaround. By the time round 2 of the Mixed games arrived, the captains had been called in to inform everyone that remainder of the games had been cancelled to comply with the TFA Extreme Weather Guidelines. While that dampened some teams’ spirits, others rallied friends/teams/referees and created their own friendly games. Others gave the touch away for the day and brought out the cricket game earlier than usual.As it was expected to be a hot one again on Sunday the decision was made to keep the games at 2x 10minute halves and play out the remainder of round two games, one less round that normal. The Men’s and Mixed were split into three divisions, and the Women’s into two.Finals day heated up and so did the competition. As the day progressed into the grand finals, the crowd was treated to some spectacular games, with at least two divisions going into drop-off.A huge congratulations to the A-grade division winners: Freezin Ice Black for the Men’s; Te Whanau for the Women’s; and Galaxy for the Mixed. Congratulations, also, to the referees who travelled and kept their calm in the heat of the tournament. Games can’t go ahead without the assistance of our officials. All the 2019 Yass Knockout Division Winners:Men’s A Grade: Freezin Ice Black (9) def. The Old & The Beautiful (0)Men’s B Grade: Trackside Trotters (4) def. Freezin Wii-Ma-Li’s Ice (3)Men’s C Grade: Freezin Ice Grey (5) def. KRGS 2 (2)Women’s A Grade: Te Whanau (2) def. Rum u ragged (0)Women’s B Grade: Ninja Cats Women’s (4) def. Puma Bullfrogs (2)Mixed A Grade: Galaxy (4) def. Te Whanau Mix (3)Mixed B Grade: Hustle n Flow (4) def. ACT Senior Mixed (3)Mixed C Grade: Stingers 1 (4) def. Ribbit Ribbit (2)For all results from throughout the tournament, visit the Yass Touch Website.Flowchart for finals structure can be found here.Note: Scores for the Grand Finals matches are 1 point per try; all other points given throughout the tournament are 3 points for the first try and 2 points for every try following.last_img read more

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3 days agoArsenal midfielder Guendouzi nominated for 2019 Kopa Trophy

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi nominated for 2019 Kopa Trophyby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi – and now he’s been nominated for the 2019 Kopa Trophy.The award – awarded to the best player in the world under the age of 21 – has a 10-man shortlist.Guendouzi was recently named Arsenal.com Player of the Month, and is also in the running for the Golden Boy award.Now our midfielder must compete against the likes of Joao Felix of Atletico Madrid, Jadon Sancho from Dortmund, and Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) for the Kopa Trophy.Full shortlist:Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal)Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)Moise Kean (Everton)Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal)Kang-in Lee (Valencia)Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid)Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen)Andriy Lunin (Real Valladolid) last_img read more

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Texas shooter sacked from job before killing seven police

first_imgWashington: A man who killed seven people in the US state of Texas was fired from his job prior to carrying out the shooting, law enforcement officials said on Monday. “Our suspect went to work at Journey Oilfield Services. He was there for a short time and was terminated by his employer,” Michael Gerke, the Odessa police chief, told a news conference. Following the dismissal, both the suspect and his former employer called police to complain “because they had a disagreement over the firing,” he said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The suspect — identified the previous day as Seth Aaron Ator, 36 — also called an FBI tip line but made no threats, Gerke added. FBI special agent Christopher Combs also confirmed the firing, but said that it was not the spark for the shooting, which took place on Saturday. “He showed up to work in a very distressed mental state, so it’s not because he got fired,” Combs told media. “When he showed up to work, he was already enraged.” The Saturday incident began when troopers tried to pull over a gold-colored passenger vehicle on the Interstate 20 highway. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls That led to a frantic shootout spread out over several miles on roads between the cities of Midland and Odessa in the west of the state. The assailant died in a shootout with police outside an Odessa movie theater. The shooting, which came less than a month after a gunman killed 22 people in the Texas city of El Paso — less than 300 miles (480 kilometers) west of Odessa — has ignited fresh calls for steps to stem the US scourge of mass shootings.last_img read more

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Ottawa to offset higher gas prices after Churchill Man lost its rail

first_imgCHURCHILL, Man. – The federal government says it will help residents of Churchill, Man., offset the higher prices for gasoline they’ve been paying since the northern Manitoba community lost its rail link.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr announced Friday that $132,870 from the Churchill and Region Economic Development Fund will allow a fuel supplier to restore prices to where they were when the rail line was washed out last year.The $7.3 million fund is administered by Community Futures Manitoba for Western Economic Diversification Canada.A news release from Western Economic Diversification says the funding will help address the increased cost of shipping, storing and distributing gasoline to the community.The community on Hudson Bay is a well-known destination for polar bear watching, but severe flooding damaged the rail line in May and railway owner Omnitrax has said it can’t afford to make the repairs.The track was Churchill’s only land link, and a litre of gas cost more than two dollars when Carr visited Churchill at the start of December.“The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the economic and social well-being of the residents of Churchill. This funding will provide much needed support to Churchill residents and businesses during this difficult time,” Carr said in the statement.Ottawa announced millions of dollars in economic diversification and research money back in December to help Churchill, which has faced higher shipping costs and a drop in tourism since the rail line stopped running.The federal government has filed a lawsuit against Omnitrax and is trying to help transfer ownership of the rail line to a consortium of northern Manitoba communities.Churchill mayor Mike Spence and council said last week that planning is underway to make a business case for transferring the rail line, tank farm and grain terminal to a new ownership group.“We continue to work towards a spring repair of the rail line to allow for a successful 2018 shipping season,” said the statement on the town’s website.last_img read more

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Delhis Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday wrote to the Election Commission and the party alleged there have been irregularities in voter card distribution. “The EC must ensure that all these missing voter ID cards along with all the other cards yet to distributed are properly and fairly delivered to rightful recipients at their registered addresses,” said Raghav Chadha, AAP South Delhi candidate.Chadha on Sunday tweeted a photograph of voter identification cards and said that more than 200 of them were allegedly recovered from the roadside in south Delhi’s Badarpur area. “The EC must crack down on this dangerous conspiracy by the BJP immediately within the next few hours by identifying the Election Commission Officers who are acting as BJP agents and have donned Khaki knickers under their uniforms and to identify BJP leaders who are conspiring to snatch away people’s democratic right to franchise,” said Chadha. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe also said that the party has also received news from Deoli and Chattarpur that Booth Level Officers and postal workers have left the voter ID cards in the offices of local BJP leaders and BJP leaders are calling people and inviting them over and claiming that they have got their voter ID cards prepared. “Is the BJP the distribution agency of the Election Commission? BJP leaders don’t want to let potential AAP voters vote, or they want to intimidate them to vote for the BJP. This is a concentrated effort to influence the elections and instead ensure biased and unfair elections,” the AAP leader said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsChadha alleged that the EC remained a mute spectator as BJP engineered a massive voter deletion fraud in Delhi. “Now when CM Arvind Kejriwal ensured that votes of those people whose names had been illegally deleted were restored; the BJP is colluding with Booth Level Officers and preventing these voter ID cards from reaching the voters by abandoning them, burying them or destroying them. Today we present these voter ID cards in front you,” said Chadha. He also clarified that even though the abandoned Voter ID cards are in AAP’s possession at the moment, the is no authorised to distribute the same and thus the AAP will submit these with the EC. Describing the situation the AAP leader said, “The shocking discovery of more than 200 voter ID cards yesterday, found lying in garbage dump only a few hundred metres away from Badarpur MLA’s office has exposed the nexus between the BJP, the Booth Level Officers and officers of Postal Department as they work in tandem to ensure that voter IDs of those registered though AAP registration camps are not received by them.”last_img read more

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UN agriculture development fund supports microfinance in Pakistan

The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has announced that it will provide a $35 million loan to a new $46 million programme making microfinance services available to about 160,000 new clients – at least half of them women.“It is a pivotal time for microfinance in Pakistan,” says Nigel Brett, IFAD’s country programme manager for Pakistan. “Future growth in this sector will depend partly on microfinance institutions and commercial banks forging successful financing partnerships. This programme will work to build such partnerships.”The IFAD-supported programme will work with small farmers, livestock owners, traders and microentrepreneurs; women and households headed solely by women; and vulnerable rural households living below the poverty line.In another development, IFAD announced an over $14 million project to boost the market value of Bolivia’s millions of llamas, alpacas and undomesticated vicuñas in products like meat, hides and wool-based handicrafts, as well as eco-tourism. The agency will contribute a loan of $7.2 million for the initiative. “The project will give poor rural people better access to financial services and provide them with technical assistance, knowledge and information, so that they can start small businesses,” said Roberto Haudry de Soucy, IFAD’s country programme manager for Bolivia. Bolivia is the poorest country in South America. Although GDP per capita grew during the 1990s, it was insufficient to reduce poverty, inequality and social exclusion, IFAD said. Poverty in rural areas is almost double the rate it is in capital cities, and extreme poverty is nearly triple. 22 November 2007The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has announced that it will provide a $35 million loan to a new $46 million programme making microfinance services available to about 160,000 new clients – at least half of them women. read more

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United Kingdoms Queen Elizabeth II plans to address UN General Assembly

The British monarch is slated to address the 192-member General Assembly on 6 July for the first time in over 50 years.The spokesperson for the Secretary-General said that Mr. Ban “looks forward to receiving Her Majesty personally on this historic occasion,” in a statement issued today.The head of State of the United Kingdom and 15 other UN Member States, the Queen has addressed the General Assembly only once before, in 1957.“The President of the General Assembly is very happy for this visit,” his spokesperson Jean-Victor Nkolo told the UN News Centre, noting that the confirmation comes on the heels of Mr. Treki’s own trip last week to London, when he met with the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband and its Minister for Europe Baroness Kinnock.“The President of the General Assembly hopes the Queen will throw her weight and support behind the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] and other important issues on the agenda of the General Assembly,” said Mr. Nkolo. 25 January 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Ali Treki today welcomed the announcement from Buckingham Palace that Queen Elizabeth II will visit United Nations Headquarters in New York in July. read more

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Anoma to be proposed if Fonseka is opposed

Some members of the United National Party (UNP) are to propose the name of Anoma Fonseka to be included in Parliament under the National List instead of her husband Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.UNP sources said that there is strong opposition among some UNP members to have Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka fill the position left vacant by the demise of the late MP M.K.D.S Gunawardena. The UNP is expected to meet ahead of the Parliament session on Tuesday to decide on the National List seat of the UNP. Fonseka’s Democratic Party and the UNP reached an agreement to work together last week and as part of the agreement the Democratic Party is expected to get a seat in Parliament through the UNP National List. (Colombo Gazette) Sources said that if a majority of the UNP members oppose Fonseka’s inclusion then Anoma Fonseka’s name will be proposed. read more

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UN electoral team set to travel to Iraq in a few days

“The coalition has promised to do the maximum to protect the team working in Iraq. I think that in a few days the team will be able to travel and start its work,” the Secretary-General told reporters in Brussels after inaugurating the UN’s new European Regional Information Centre, which replaces nine national UN information centres that were closed down at the end of 2003.The Secretary-General announced Tuesday that he would follow through with a request earlier this month by Iraqi and coalition officials for a UN technical mission to visit Iraq to establish whether elections for a transitional national assembly can be held before 30 June, and, if not, what alternative arrangement would be acceptable.Two separate UN security teams are already in the country; the first is liasing with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and the coalition forces, as well as providing a focal point for UN national staff remaining in Iraq, while the second is preparing for the arrival of the electoral team.Responding to other questions during the press encounter, the Secretary-General said he was concerned about the situation in the Middle East, describing it as “extremely worrying.””We have seen in the last couple of days many, many people killed,” he said. “As you know, I have always condemned without reservation suicide bombings that take innocent lives and have also indicated that we need to be active and energize our efforts to find a way of bringing the parties to the table.””And it is essential that we do all we can to lead them to the path of peace and I believe we owe it to the people in the region, their families and their children, to really find a way of breaking this cycle of violence and revenge,” he added, stressing that, “The only solution to this is to focus on peace.”On his talks last night with the President of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos, Mr. Annan said they had a good discussion and that the President also affirmed his determination to resume talks – “the sooner the better.”The Secretary-General added that he would still need to hear from the Turkish Cypriots, “and I would also be in touch with the Greek Government, which is one of the motherlands.”Mr. Annan also noted that he spoke last night to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, who indicated that Washington would be supportive. “We will need all the support we can” get, the Secretary-General said. “We have very little time and I hope the parties will come to the table with concrete ideas and determined to move forward.” Ten nations, including Cyprus, are scheduled to join the European Union on 1 May.The Secretary-General had concluded his official visit to Belgium this morning with a meeting with Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt and a dozen senior members of his Government, including Foreign Minister Louis Michel.In the hour-long meeting, they discussed the situation in Iraq. The Secretary-General also made a strong pitch for troop contributions to peacekeeping operations. In addition, the two reviewed in detail the subject of UN reform, according to UN spokesperson in New York.Before leaving Brussels, the Secretary-General received an honorary doctorate degree from Ghent University, and then had a working lunch with the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister and senior members of their staffs, discussing Cyprus and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).After lunch, the Secretary-General flew to Geneva, where he was to meet with Presidents Luis Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil, Ricardo Lagos Escobar of Chile and Jacques Chirac of France on a fresh initiative to combat global hunger and poverty. read more

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Max Domi scores twice as Canadiens topple Senators 52

MONTREAL — Max Domi scored twice and added an assist and Jonathan Drouin had a goal and two helpers as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Tuesday.Artturi Lehkonen and Brendan Gallagher also scored for the Canadiens (13-10-5), who entered the game with one win in their last seven. Carey Price stopped 28 shots.Mark Stone and Dylan DeMelo scored for the Senators (12-13-3), who had a three-game win streak snapped. Craig Anderson made 36 saves.Drouin scored with 5:30 left in the opening period as he and Domi used their speed on a two-on-one against Senators defenceman Cody Ceci. Domi sped up the wing before feeding the puck to Drouin, who backhanded it through Anderson’s legs.DeMelo tied the game in the second period, wiring a one-time pass from forward Mikkel Boedker from the blue line that Price just couldn’t get to.But the Canadiens replied with three unanswered goals in the second period.Domi scored with 5:22 left in the second period, burying a one-time pass from Drouin. Domi added his second of the period three minutes later, again on a pass from Drouin. Drouin recorded his first three-point game of the season, while Domi has two this season.Lehkonen made it 4-1 with his fifth of the season 18:17 into the second and Gallagher scored his 12th of the season four minutes into the third.Stone made it 5-2 with his 13th of the year midway through the third period.The Canadiens and Senators play a rematch Thursday night in Ottawa.NOTES: Gallagher was named the 2017-18 recipient of the Jean Beliveau Trophy for community involvement before puck drop. …The Canadiens wore jerseys with nicknames on the back during warm-up. The jerseys will be autographed and auctioned off, with proceeds going towards the Canadiens Children’s Foundation. … Brady Tkachuk has been held without a point in three games, his longest drought of the season.Julian McKenzie, The Canadian Press read more

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Ohio State rifle team looks to carry recordsetting start to NCAA championship

OSU freshman Michael Steinel. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State rifle team set a program-high opening match score of 4,658 at its season opener in Reno, Nevada, on Sept. 26 and 27. The Buckeyes, who entered the season ranked No. 7 in the country, fired a score of 2,316 in smallbore and a team score of 2,342 in air rifle. The combined total marks the program’s fourth highest all-time. OSU coach Ryan Tanoue said he views the score as a positive sign, but acknowledges that there’s still work to be done.“I think it’s definitely a good sign for us and the outlook for the year. At the same time, I don’t think you want to read too much into it,” Tanoue said. “I think there’s definitely a lot of room for us to improve, and we know that.”Sophomore Drew Cheezum led the way for the Buckeyes in Nevada, setting a personal best 586 in smallbore. An NCAA qualifier last year, Cheezum is picking up where he left off last season.“Last year I was really only proud of one score, which happened to be the last match that we shot in smallbore,” Cheezum said. “I felt a little bit more pressure since I finished so strongly last year. It just felt really good to do even better than I finished off.” Despite the record strong start, sophomore Joshua Black said he thinks they can push themselves further.“It’s not exactly a satisfying score even though it’s a season-opening record,” he said. “I think a record that we can easily break this year is going to be the team record overall as a school.” Alongside Cheezum and Black, all of the rifle team’s starters from last season have returned, giving the Buckeyes an experienced squad. Black said he feels having a year of experience under his belt is helping him focus on competing.“I feel like my freshman year I had a pretty big learning curve, and right now I’m just trying to develop my skills and really go out and perform in the matches,” Black said.Tanoue also looks at the team’s experience as a strength. “It’s huge in terms of our comfort level throughout the season and also in being able to deal with the expectations of being able to go on the road and have the form, so it’s a very good thing to have everybody back,” Tanoue said. “We’re going to rely very heavily on that experience throughout the year.”Freshman Michael Steinel, the lone new face to the travel team, said he enjoyed the experience of his first collegiate match.“It was really nice traveling with the team. It was a very good atmosphere,” he said. “It was a little strange not having my family there, my old teammates and things like that, but coach takes care of everything for you and the team really supports you.”Despite still learning to adjust to the college lifestyle, Steinel said he feels comfortable in competition.“I’d say I had a fairly productive time as a junior. I went to a lot of big matches and got a lot of experience there,” Steinel said. “But I was home-schooled, so time management is a lot different here.” The Buckeyes, who are part of the Patriot Rifle Conference, a rifle-only conference for schools whose primary conferences do not have rifle as a sponsored sport, have goals on multiple levels.“Some of the smaller goals we have are to be as competitive as possible within our conference. Our conference is very strong,” Tanoue said. “Even though we came into the preseason ranked seventh, Texas Christian and Alaska Fairbanks were ranked second and third in those rankings.” While success in conference competition is a smaller goal, reaching the NCAA championships is the ultimate objective for the team. “The big goal for our team, and every rifle team out there, is to qualify for the NCAA championship,” Tanoue said. “I think we’re on a good track to be able to do that, but it was only match one.”Cheezum and then-junior Remington Lyman qualified as individuals last year, but the team narrowly missed out. “It was a really neat experience to go there as an individual because you didn’t have the pressure of performing for a team, but being there without the team was a little sad,” Cheezum said. “It just makes us want to work that much harder this year.” The rifle team looks to continue its strong start on Oct. 16, when it is set to compete against Air Force in Fairbanks, Alaska. The following day, the Buckeyes are scheduled to square off against Alaska. read more

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Position battles being decided as spring practice winds down

Urban Meyer must replace 8 starters from the national title team, and while it’s only April, he said Monday that the holes are already being filled.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith spring graduation just around the corner, it’s more than just Ohio State seniors preparing for the next chapter in their life.Buckeye football coach Urban Meyer must replace eight starters from the national title team, and while it’s only April, he said Monday that the holes are already being filled.“A lot of guys get the mentality, ‘Well I’m going to go win the spot in August.’ The spot in August is already done and we’re trying to go win a football game,” Meyer said. “Things happen in August, but that’s not the time to go get the spot.”Among the positions that have been filled, Meyer said redshirt-senior offensive lineman Chase Farris has locked down the right tackle position, “if he continues to progress.”The Buckeyes also have two wide receiver positions to fill after the departures of Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, and Meyer said one particular receiver has caught his eye.“Noah Brown has solidified (a spot). If he just takes care of a little more business in the classroom, then I was going to announce him as one of the starting three or four,” Meyer said.Brown played sparingly as a true freshman, making just one catch for nine yards against Illinois and one carry for a loss of four in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama.Among the others who could be joining Brown, Meyer said redshirt-sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, junior H-back Dontre Wilson and running back turned H-back Curtis Samuel are players that he expects to make an impact in 2015.On the opposite side of the ball, the Buckeyes must fill the voids left by defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Steve Miller to go along with graduating seniors Doran Grant and Curtis Grant at cornerback and linebacker, respectively.Meyer mentioned three players along the defensive line who are candidates to replace the outgoing seniors, but added two of them are currently battling injuries.“(Senior) Tommy Schutt has got the lead (at defensive tackle). (Redshirt-senior) Joel Hale was right in the middle of that thing, too, before he got hurt,” Meyer said. “(Redshirt-sophomore) defensive end Tyquan (Lewis) has the upper edge. He has also had an injury.”Meyer said Hale sustained a calf tear while Lewis suffered a shoulder injury, adding he expects both to miss about four weeks.But for the healthy players of the group, Meyer said Schutt has stood out.“He’s had a good spring, his best spring since he’s been here. He has cut weight, and has done a very nice job,” Meyer said. “As of right now, him and (senior) Adolphus (Washington) would be starting inside. I am not ready to say (Schutt) is the guy yet.”Meyer said sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan and redshirt-sophomore cornerback Eli Apple have had a good spring, as likely replacements for Curtis Grant and Doran Grant.But what about the seemingly never-ending OSU quarterback carousel?“I don’t know who our quarterback is going to be,” Meyer said before adding that redshirt-junior Cardale Jones and redshirt-freshman Stephen Collier will be the two signal-callers who will play in the Spring Game.The annual team exhibition is set for 1:30 on Saturday in Ohio Stadium. read more

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Conman who pretended washing powder was cocaine guilty of defrauding drug users

first_img 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. Jamie Lee Taylor’s customers thought they were snorting cocaine. Library imageCredit:ANDY DRYSDALE/Rex Features It’s just not easy to work out what the principles of sentencing are in your caseJudge Simon Bourne-Arton QC Taylor, of Gresham, Middlesbrough, was already on licence from a previous jail sentence and has now been recalled to prison.He listened via videolink as lawyers puzzled over the case and discussed potential sentences of up to six years.Alex Bousfield, defending, said: “It’s an unusual case. He has not been supplying drugs to anyone. “Surely the real peril in the offence of drugs is it contributes in continuing that misuse of drugs and everything else that follows from it.”He knows throughout, he’s the only one who knows, these are not drugs. He knows it’s not a drug, so it’s a difficult one.” Cocaine A conman who was found to be selling washing powder as cocaine has ended up in court for fraud.Jamie Lee Taylor, 27, passed off the household cleaning product as Class A drugs for two months.His enterprise paid off in the short term as he made “a fair bit of money”, Teesside Crown Court heard.But he ended up in the dock as he had broken the law, despite never having sold illegal narcotics.Taylor pleaded guilty to offering to supply cocaine to others between July and September and “possession of an article for use in fraud” – three bags of white powder – on September 5. Prosecutor Rachel Masters said: “Essentially, the defendant is purporting to sell drugs in the way that a drug dealer would sell drugs. He’s making a fair bit of money out of it as a result.”Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, said he needed some time to think about the case.He said he was not sure about passing sentence from guidelines for offences involving real drugs.He adjourned the case, telling Taylor: “You knew throughout you were selling a product which was not drugs. I know that.”It’s just not easy to work out what the principles of sentencing are in your case. I’m going to sentence you next Monday. In the meantime you’re remanded in custody.”last_img read more

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Major South African auction of mining equipment scheduled by Ritchie

first_imgRitchie Bros Auctioneers is set to sell a large selection of mining equipment and trucks at an unreserved auction in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 27, 2013. The auction is open to the public and bids can be made in person at the auction site or online in real-time via the company’s website www.rbauction.com. There are currently more than 320 mining equipment items featured in the auction, and all items “will be sold on auction day to the highest bidders, regardless of price—without minimum bids or reserve prices.” All equipment in the auction is being sold for Sentula Mining, a leading mining service provider and coal miner based in South Africa with operations in 16 African countries.“It’s unusual in the industry to have this many quality mining units together in one place and sell everything by unreserved auction in one day,” said Steve Barritt, Regional Sales Manager, Ritchie Bros Auctioneers. “The inventory will be of interest to anyone in the market who wants to acquire high quality, well-maintained mining equipment and trucks, ranging from Caterpillar 777 rock trucks to D-series dozers, and from wheel loaders to large Hitachi hydraulic excavators. There’s even a big selection of unused spare parts, engines and attachments included in the auction.”Specific auction highlights include:95 rock trucks (incl. Caterpillar 777B, 777D, 777C, 785B)55+ articulated dump trucks (incl. Volvo A40E, A40D, A35D)40+ hydraulic excavators (incl. Hitachi EX1200-5C, ZX870LCH-3)40+ dozers (incl. Caterpillar D11R, D11N, D10N, D9T, D9N)10+ wheel loaders (incl. Caterpillar 994D, 992G, 992D)Other items, including trucks, spare parts, engines, blades, cabs and attachmentslast_img read more

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Dozens killed in Nigeria gun battles

first_imgDOZENS OF PEOPLE have been killed in fierce fighting between Nigeria’s military and suspected Islamists after troops raided an insurgent hideout in the northeast, a government source told AFP today.Gun battles broke out in the remote fishing village of Baga on Friday, forcing residents to flee the town that also serves as a small trading centre on the shores of Lake Chad.The village lies in Borno state, the home base of Boko Haram Islamists who are blamed for carrying out scores of attacks across northern and central Nigeria since 2009.The fighting “killed dozens of people,” said a state government official who refused to be named.Borno state military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa told AFP that media reports that some 180 people could have died in the clashes were “extensively inflated.”“There could have been some casualties, but it is unthinkable to say that 185 people died,” Musa said.“On my honour as an officer, nothing like that happened,” he added.Massive fireHeavy damage was visible throughout the village, including signs that a massive fire had razed several homes and a market, according to an official who toured the area on Sunday with regional governor Kashim Shettima.The official, who also requested anonymity, said local residents reported deaths among the insurgents, soldiers as well as civilians.A regional spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said his personnel had arrived in Baga, but communication was difficult and it was too early to assess the scale of the attack.Mobile phone network coverage in some parts of Borno was crippled last year after Boko Haram burned down a series of telecommunication masts.NEMA is trying to distribute “humanitarian assistance to victims,” Ibrahim said.A precise death toll and reports that some 2,000 homes were destroyed “cannot be independently verified,” he added.Red Cross spokesman Nwakpa O. Nwakpa told AFP that a significant attack occurred, but said, “we really don’t know yet how many people died.”“Once the security situation is clear, (Red Cross staff) will move in,” he said.Baga is more than 150 kilometres from the state capital Maiduguri, a precarious drive on poor roads in a region hit by waves of violence.Boko Haram has used Maiduguri as a base for its insurgency, but scores of militants have reportedly fled to more remote corners of the state following a crackdown by security forces in the city.Clashes with troopsLocal residents told the governor’s delegation that the clashes started when troops surrounded a mosque that was allegedly sheltering insurgents.A shootout ensued and there were reports from residents of the Islamists using heavy weapons including rocket propelled grenades, but the nature of the fighting could not be confirmed and details were still emerging.Nigeria’s security forces have a history of minimising casualty figures in the conflict with Boko Haram, in a bid to downplay the Islamists’ capacity.But resentment of the military is high in some communities and locals have in the past given inflated death tolls while accusing the military of indiscriminately killing civilians during their operations.Boko Haram has said it is fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north, but the group’s demands have shifted repeatedly.The conflict in Africa’s most populous country and top oil producer is estimated to have left about 3,000 people dead since 2009.The toll includes people killed by the security forces, who have been accused by international rights groups of massive abuses, especially in the northeast.Facing mounting political pressure over his inability to end the violence, President Goodluck Jonathan set up a panel last week to study how an amnesty could be offered to Boko Haram.It is unclear if members of the radical sect are open to an amnesty deal.- © AFP 2013.last_img read more

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