Unleashing a verbal attack on Union Government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their ‘pro-corporate’ and ‘anti-people’ governance, social crusader Anna Hazare declared that he would launch a fresh wave of agitations at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi from March 23 this year. He was addressing a farmers’ conference, organised by the Hyderabad Karnataka Raitha Sangha, here on Sunday.“The [Union] government is concerned more about big industrialists than about farmers. It showed more interests in waiving corporate loans and no interest in waiving farm loans. I have recently written a letter to the Prime Minister clearly stating this fact… Narendra Modi had promised to bring back black money stashed offshore and deposit ₹15 lakh in the accounts of each citizen. Not even ₹15 is deposited. I had kept quiet for the last three-and-a-half years thinking that the new government under Modi needed time to act upon its poll promises. But, nothing happened in the direction of realising the poll promises. It is enough. I will launch a fresh agitation against the Union government from March 23 in Ramlila Maidain in Delhi,” he declared.Recalling the overwhelming public response to his previous anti-corruption and right to information agitations that were successful in forcing the government to enact pro-people laws, the veteran Gandhian activist said the next agitation would focus on farmers’ issues. He said that as many as 12 lakh farmers had ended their lives in the last 22 years and the suicides never disturbed successive governments.”Everybody in power behaved as if nothing had happened despite massive farm suicides. Everybody is keen on safeguarding the interests of powerful industrialists and not the poor farmers. Farmers are the worst-hit community as it never got scientific prices for their crops. State Agriculture Price Commissions, basing themselves on field reports about the cost of cultivation and other factors, recommend prices [MSP] to Union government and the latter deliberately cuts them by up to 50%. What is the need to reduce the prices when they are recommended by experts based on objective field reports? Mr. Modi, during the last Lok Sabha election campaign, had promised that he would implement the M.S. Swaminathan Report [that recommended an MSP that is at least 50% more than the weighted average cost of production of a given crop]. Three-and-a-half years have gone by and there is no sign of implementing it,” he said. Apart from scientific prices for the crop, Mr. Hazare added, the agitation would also put forward a demand for a decent pension to farmers aged 60 or above.“The farmers (Old Age Pension) Bill is gathering dust in Parliament for the last several years. Nobody is interested in passing it. Where will those farmers who shed their sweat and blood throughout their lives for feeding the country go at the end of their lives when they were not able to toil anymore to support themselves? It is the duty of the government to take care of them. Our agitation will demand at least ₹5,000 old age pension to all farmers,” he said.He called upon the farmers to join hands with him in the peaceful agitation and get ready to go to jail for the cause.Siddeshwar Swamy of Jnana Yogashram, Vijayapura, who declined the Padma Shri award, agriculture scientists and farmers’ leaders were present.
Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Warriors to NBA title11K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Iran qualifies for World Cup with home win vs Uzbekistan Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted NBA championship he joined Golden State last July so determined to get. He scored 39 points in a fast-and-furious, Finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 on Monday night.READ: Cavaliers didn’t want Warriors celebrating in ClevelandFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You can talk about whatever you want to talk about, but nobody comes in and cares about the game or loves the game as much as I do or works as hard as do I at the basketball game. You can talk about whatever happens on the outside, but inside those lines, I come to bring it every day,” Durant said. “I work hard, I believe in myself, I believe in the game, I respect the game, I love the game, and I knew at some point in my life that it will come around for me.”Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds as Golden State closed out its second title in three years after squandering a 3-1 lead a year ago. That stung ever since, and even Durant understood, because he gave up the same lead to the Warriors a round earlier with Oklahoma City. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 12: The Golden State Warriors celebrate with the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPDurant drove left, right and down the middle, knocked down 3-pointers, dished and dunked. He hit a 17-foot fadeaway over James early in the fourth quarter, then assisted on a 3-pointer by Andre Iguodala the next time down as the Warriors pulled away.READ: Durant, Warriors rally to beat Cavs for 3-0 leadIguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, came up big again with his 2017 postseason-best 20 points off the bench in a testy, tightly called finale to this trilogy Finals that everyone had stamped on the calendar from the moment Durant departed Oklahoma City to join Curry and Co. last July.The Warriors won in 2015 before the Cavs made their historic comeback last year. Then it was Golden State’s time again, with Durant as the prized addition.Sure, the Warriors missed becoming the first undefeated champion, but 16-1 still gave Golden State the best winning percentage of any title team at .941.Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, left, and guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate during the second half of Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)READ: Cavs avoid elimination, overpower Warriors in Game 4Durant shot 14 for 20 and Curry — the two-time reigning MVP who took a backseat as the new big star got acclimated — finished off a brilliant postseason. Not to mention a healthy one after his 2016 injuries.Green stayed on the court in a game that featured three technicals on one play 3:08 before halftime. David West fought for the ball with Irving, then they got tangled up and Tristan Thompson entered the fray and he and West went at each other face-to-face. West, Thompson and J.R. Smith received techs after a replay review.Green had sat out this very game a year ago, suspended because of flagrant foul point accumulation. He had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in this clincher.READ: Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1 With a much-improved bench led by Iguodala, JaVale McGee, Shaun Livingston and West, that “Strength In Numbers” slogan that has become such a staple the past two seasons shined all season long, from Durant’s 19-game absence late in the regular season with a left knee injury to assistant coach Mike Brown stepping in for 11 postseason games to lead the way while Steve Kerr was ailing.Golden State used a 28-4 second-quarter run to take charge — just after it appeared Durant should have been called for a third foul on a basket by James — and got to celebrate right at home in Oakland surrounded by a deafening home crowd waving yellow rally towels and holding up phones to shoot video and photos as the final minute of the clock ticked away.The Warriors became the first Bay Area team to capture a championship at home since the A’s finished the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1974 World Series.READ: Cavaliers didn’t want Warriors celebrating in ClevelandA year ago, these Warriors fell short after a record-setting season that included a 24-0 start and 73 victories at the end to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ wins mark.Then they got Durant, who after the buzzer sounded did a little shake with Curry on the court before they slapped hands several times.“I’m happy for him,” Curry said. “You’ve got to call Kevin Durant a champ now.”RELATED VIDEOJames spectacular again, but his efforts not enough for Cavs7.3K viewsNewsVentuno Web Player 4.51 WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken OAKLAND, California—As a fresh NBA champions cap sat a tad off-kilter on his head, Kevin Durant embraced mother Wanda. Then he moved across the podium and hugged Stephen Curry before accepting his shiny MVP trophy, holding out his arms and hoisting it for everyone to see.From the Bay all the way to OKC.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games James, who in 2012 with Miami beat the Thunder in Durant’s only other Finals, wound up with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.READ: Cavs, Warriors will get physical as NBA Finals tension boils “I left everything on the floor every game,” James said after averaging a triple-double in his eighth Finals.Kyrie Irving followed up his 40-point gem in Game 4 with 26 points but shot 9 for 22.This time, King James gave way to KD, who was the NBA Finals MVP 10 years after being picked second in the NBA draft behind Greg Oden.ADVERTISEMENT
Noisy scenes continued to rock both Houses of Parliament on Tuesday over CWG scam and Sports Minister Ajay Maken’s statement. Both Houses of Parliament had to be adjourned till noon as the BJP pressed for its demand to suspend question hour and discuss the matter.Lok Sabha was further adjourned till 2 pm when it convened at noon. The BJP parliamentary party earlier decided to give a notice for the suspension of question hour to the speaker’s office. “BJP demands suspension of Question Hour in Parliament to discuss CWG scam and Privilege Motion against Sports Minister Ajay Maken,” BJP leader S S Ahluwalia told reporters in New Delhi.The decision was taken at a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party in New Delhi. The BJP had given a privilege notice against the sports minister on Monday, alleging that he had misled Parliament by his statement on sacked OC chief Suresh Kalmadi’s appointment.”We will not only discuss the statement, we will also discuss the Shunglu Committee reports, the functioning of the CWG Organising Committee and observations of the CAG,” Ahluwalia said,”We are not going to spare the government on this issue,” he said. On Friday, Maken had said that Kalmadi was appointed by the NDA government, and UPA couldn’t do anything about it, being bound by the Host City agreement. Maken has since stood by his statement. The Congress defended Maken by taking potshots at the Comptroller and Auditor General, whose report sparked off the controversy.- With inputs from PTIadvertisement
Virat Kohli, who was rested for the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka will soon be back in action for India in the Asia Cup T20, which will be played in Dhaka from this week.Hosts Bangladesh will take on India in the opening match on Wednesday.India, who thrashed Australia 3-0 in the T20 series, were also too strong for a weakened Sri Lanka, who were handed a 2-1 series defeat.Kohli, who scored 381 runs in the five-match ODI series against Australia and followed that up with 199 runs from three T20s, has recently broken up with Bollywood heartthrob Anushka Sharma .However, the Indian Test captain seemed in high spirits, sandwiched between MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh in the flight to Dhaka.Enroute Dhaka with legendary company, @msdhoni and @YUVSTRONG12 pic.twitter.com/TAwK6Ex2fB Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 21, 2016All three men will be key to India’s chances in the Asia Cup and the ICC World Twenty20 which starts in India next month.
Amit Mishra, who is primed to play India’s first Test against the West Indies from July 21, said Virat Kohli is a positive leader and stressed that there are boundaries with the Test captain.Mishra stood out in India’s first tour game in the Caribbean, against a WICB President’s XI , snaring 4/67 on a slow pitch and in very hot conditions.After making a bid to return to the playing XI (Mishra wasn’t played in the Delhi Test), Mishra said Kohli has always supported him in the dressing-room,”Virat Kohli is a positive person and he has created a similar positive environment within the team. He always supports me. There are no boundaries,” Mishra told bcci.tv”Whenever I want to share something with him, I am free to express my opinion. He tells me, “Youre a wicket taking bowler and that is what you must do. You stay positive and stick to your strengths. Do not think about anything else”.”Kohli was hailed for his aggressive leadership after taking over from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who retired from Test cricket in the middle of the Australian tour back in 2014. (Kohli flops in tour game vs WICB President’s XI)The 27-year-old Delhi batsman has since led India to historic series triumphs over Sri Lanka and South Africa.India will play four Tests against the West Indies and Kohli, who has been in superb form in limited-overs cricket this year, is being backed to lead the former world number one to another series win.advertisement
The United States Olympic Committee apologized on Thursday to the people of Brazil for the behavior of four American swimmers who were found to have lied about a gunpoint robbery, prompting enormous criticism of the Games host city. (RIO OLYMPICS – FULL COVERAGE) America’s official Olympic body acknowledged that one of its athletes had committed an act of vandalism in a gas station restroom and the swimmers had handed over money to security staff after they’d demanded payment for the damage in the early hours of Sunday.”The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA,” USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said in a statement released on Thursday night.The USOC’s final account differed wildly from an interview given by gold medallist Ryan Lochte, 32, on NBC, in which he said he and swimmers Jack Conger, 21, Gunnar Bentz, 20, and Jimmy Feigen, 26, had been robbed by men posing as police and that he’d had a gun put to his head.Bentz and Conger flew out of Brazil Thursday night after visiting a police station earlier in the day to revise their statements.The USOC also said on Thursday that Feigen, the only one of the swimmers left in Brazil, had also revised his statement to Brazilian authorities.”Feigen provided a revised statement this evening with the hope of securing the release of his passport as soon as possible,” the USOC said.”On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee, we apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence,” it said.advertisement
Lewis Hamilton set the pace in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday as Formula One world champions Mercedes responded to the challenge of Ferrari with aerodynamic upgrades.With the championship finely balanced after four long-haul races, Mercedes turned up at the Circuit de Catalunya with a car whose revised features drew appreciative and apprehensive murmurs around the paddock.It appeared to be to triple champion Hamilton’s liking, with the Briton producing a best lap of one minute 21.521 seconds on the medium tyres.That was a mere 0.029 seconds quicker than Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas, but nearly a second ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in third place on a sunny morning.Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was fourth on the timesheets but 1.079 off the pace, with the German also suffering an early problem that halted his Ferrari at the pitlane exit.”There’s something broken,” the German, who leads Hamilton by 13 points, said over team radio. “There’s an issue with the gearbox”.The car was pushed back to the garage and Vettel reappeared on track just over half an hour later.Spain’s double world champion Fernando Alonso endured far more frustration, with his McLaren again breaking down before he had set a time.McLaren blamed an oil leak from the Honda engine, evident to all with liquid spilling out of the tipping car as it was winched away by a crane.”The engine blew up after one corner. It’s the way it is, we miss the first session. I’m sorry for the fans,” said the Spaniard, who failed to start the previous race in Russia due to a breakdown on the formation lap.advertisement”Hopefully the second session can be better and we recover this time. It’s tough but it’s more tough for McLaren, who brings updates trying to find a millisecond here and there and we cannot even run.”Alonso is due to head straight to Indianapolis after Sunday’s race, missing the Monaco Grand Prix so he can compete in the Indy 500 on the same day.On the team’s current form, it will come as a relief — with paddock jokers already wondering what other sporting events he might want to enter to delay his return. Wimbledon, perhaps?The driver, an active user of social media, posted a photo on Instagram of himself on a tennis court.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, last year’s winner in Spain on his team debut, was fifth fastest ahead of Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo. The team had also been hoping for a big step up with aerodynamic upgrades.Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, using an upgraded floor on his car after the toss of a coin to decide who got it, was seventh with French team mate Romain Grosjean eighth.
Photo Attribution: US PresswireThe folks from Bring on the Cats joined me to talk about what to expect from Kansas State and OSU tomorrow night.1. Be honest, how scared are you right now (in general, not about OSU)?Every single game terrifies me right now. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing. We could have Colorado on the schedule, and I’d invent crazy scenarios in which the Buffaloes could win.2. What does Kansas State do better this year than it did last year?There are two things K-State has improved upon. First is its defensive play. Tom Hayes’ defense is in the top 15 in scoring defense and rushing defense, and is 31st in total defense. We’re still playing somewhat of a bend-but-don’t-break scheme, but this year the Wildcats are much more likely to make stops before their opponent reaches the red zone. They’re still forcing a lot of turnovers, too.Second is the passing game. During the offseason at BOTC, we talked a lot about what this team needed to do to improve. One thing that was mentioned again and again was Collin Klein’s passing numbers. He averaged right around 150 yards passing per game last year. We thought that if he could add 25-50 yards to that average, K-State would be a very strong offense. After facing Texas Tech, Klein is up to 204 passing yards per game this season. By showing a passing ability that opposing defenses have to respect this season, K-State has been able to keep its opponents off balance, and the results speak for themselves.3. Finish this sentence: if OSU ____________ they will upset K-State on Saturday.To start with, Oklahoma State needs to win the turnover battle on Saturday. K-State is +16 this season in turnover margin, which is good for fourth in the country. Given that they’ve played eight games, K-State has been, on average, +2 in turnover margin every game this season. After that, the Pokes have to be able to slow down Klein. If Klein can keep the Cowboys’ defense off balance by mixing up the run and the pass, then Oklahoma State is going to have to play very well on offense to keep up (which they’re obviously capable of doing).4. Your offense has torched everything in its path (including a statistically-great Tech squad), what can a Big 12 defense do to slow it down?It’s a lot more difficult this year than it was last year, because last year you could basically stop K-State if you could take away the running game. And by take away the running game, I mean commit anything less than 10 men to the box. But this year, a couple things have changed. First, K-State’s offensive line is doing a great job of protecting Klein on passing plays, giving him time to make his reads and find open receivers. Second, Klein has improved at standing in the pocket and making those reads. And finally, we have three receivers — Chris Harper, Tramaine Thompson, and Tyler Lockett — who can get open consistently.To stop K-State, you have to be able to do one of two things. First, if you have a stout front seven and can stop the Wildcats’ rushing attack without committing extra defenders to the box, you have a much better chance of blanketing the field and covering the receivers. Second, if you have stud athletes at cornerback who can consistently matchup with K-State’s receivers, then you can load the box to stop the run and trust your corners on an island.5. More important aspect of the offense: run or pass?That’s a hard question to answer this year. I’ll say pass because it’s the new dimension that has opened up the field and kept opposing defenses off balance.6. K-State runs 63 plays a game but ran 90 (!) last year in Stillwater — which tempo do we see on Saturday?My hope is that it’s more like 63. One of our writers, Panjandrum, has compiled a bunch of numbers and found that, on a yards-per-play and points-per-play basis, K-State has a better offense than Oregon. But the Wildcats don’t move at a nuclear tempo, so they don’t put up the ridiculous numbers Oregon does. Especially with Joseph Randle and Wes Lunt on the other side of the field, Bill Snyder and Klein will be content to read the defense, adjust the play call if necessary, and snap the ball with less than five seconds on the play clock every single play, if necessary. Of course, if it turns into a game like last year where neither defense could stop the opposing offense, then all bets are off.7. Which unit has been the best on defense this season?It’s a close call, because all three units have contributed to K-State’s defensive improvement in their own ways. But I think the linebackers have been the most impressive. Future pro Arthur Brown anchors the unit from the middle, and his pick six against Texas Tech put the final touch on that win. Brown also has comparable stats to supposed Heisman Trophy contender Manti Te’o. And Tre Walker and Jarrell Childs have been solid at linebacker, while Justin Tuggle has proven a capable pass rusher.8. Score prediction timeIt’s always hard to pick against the defending champion, and the Cowboys have surprised me a little this year, but I think 2012 is K-State’s turn. It won’t be easy, but K-State moves to 9-0 with a 38-24 win over the Pokes.If K-State gets the win and eventually wins the Big 12 this year, I have to say that I love the idea of Oklahoma State and K-State being the two schools to win the Big 12 after it moved to 10 teams, when every pundit in the land said that nobody other than Texas and Oklahoma would ever win the conference again.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. 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Netherlands 3 Bulgaria 1: Propper double keeps World Cup hopes alive Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 01:52 9/4/17 Getty Images Netherlands moved up to third in Group A with a 3-1 win over Bulgaria that kept their World Cup ambitions in tact. Davy Propper scored a brace as Netherlands kept their World Cup qualification hopes alive with a 3-1 victory over Bulgaria in Amsterdam.Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Propper, one of three players brought in by Dick Advocaat after Thursday’s heavy defeat to France, scored his first international goal early on.Captain Arjen Robben doubled Netherlands’ advantage after the break, before Bulgaria’s Georgi Kostadinov got the faintest of touches on Ivelin Popov’s free-kick to ensure the hosts were made to work for victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Propper then headed in with 10 minutes remaining to secure a win that gave Netherlands some revenge after their 2-0 loss to Bulgaria in March, which proved to be the last straw prior to the sacking of former coach Danny Blind.Netherlands move above Bulgaria into third in Group A, but still face a tough task to qualify, as Sweden – who defeated Belarus – sit three points clear of them with only two games to play.The Oranje’s hopes are further complicated by Sweden holding a much stronger goal difference. France are also three clear, but can extend that to six with a win at home to Luxembourg later on Sunday.Bulgaria are four adrift of Sweden with their hopes of reaching Russia now faint at best.A Pröpper good finish1st international goal for @DavyPropper pic.twitter.com/FCHf6p4mfA— #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) September 3, 2017 The hosts made a fast start to the match and moved in front in the seventh minute.Daley Blind played a neat one-two with Vincent Janssen as part of a swift passing move and sent in an accurate cross from the left which the onrushing Propper slotted home from inside the six-yard box.Bulgaria almost responded against the run of play when a deep right-wing cross from Strahil Popov found a back-pedalling Kostadinov, who stretched to send a good header bouncing off the post with home goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen beaten.With Netherlands dominating possession, the visitors made a tactical change midway through the first half as Simeon Slavchev replaced Aleksandar Tsvetkov.Janssen collected a pass from Propper and turned well to fire wide with a 25-yard effort, shortly before Bulgaria keeper Plamen Iliev made a simple save from another attempt from the Tottenham striker as the Oranje went into the break one up.The Netherlands number nine produced a poor finish from another shooting opportunity after the break, with Propper again the creator. But Advocaat’s men were on top and deservedly doubled their lead with 23 minutes remaining.In a goal that was similar to their opener, Quincy Promes sent Blind clear down the left and another square cross from the Manchester United defender was converted, this time by a sliding Robben.caps#WCQ games#WCQ goalspic.twitter.com/oU8YAFxWkG— #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) September 3, 2017Bulgaria had not registered a shot on target until they made a prompt response when an in-swinging free-kick from Ivelin Popov flew all the way into the far corner, with Kostadinov claiming he had got a touch on the way through.With nerves fraying, Robben forced a save from Iliev, while Ivelin Popov forced Cillessen into action at the other end.The decisive moment then arrived, with Promes twisting into space down the left and sending in a precise delivery for an unmarked Propper to head into the bottom corner.With his first two international goals scored in a huge clash, man of the moment Propper was substituted to a generous ovation in the closing stages as Netherlands turned their attention to next month’s crucial double-header against Belarus and Sweden.4 – @DavyPropper scored a brace for the fourth time in his professional career (Vitesse, PSV, Netherlands). Matchwinner.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) September 3, 2017 read more
The ATA is calling for Assistant Coaches and Managers for the 2005 All Nations Senior sides. The All Nations is being held in Christchurch, New Zealand. The closing date for applications for Managers has been extended until Friday April 29. The closing date for applications for Assistant Coaches is Friday April 22. For the criteria and application details, please read the following memo. ASSISTANT COACHES AND MANAGERS MEMO
Cannavaro backing Napoli to win Europa Leagueby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBallon d’Or winner Fabio Cannavaro is backing Napoli to win the Europa League.The former centre-back lifted the trophy with Parma in 1999.“I was the last to win what was still the UEFA Cup in 1999,” Cannavaro told Il Mattino.“I was at Parma, and at that time we dominated the UEFA Cup like the Spaniards do now. I don’t know why, over time, Italian teams have snubbed this competition, although it’s certainly tiring.“Winning it brings great joy though, and Napoli have all the means to do that.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Government is boosting support for day programs for youth with disabilities. The Disability Support Program is inviting established service providers to apply for grants to develop new day programs and services for youth with disabilities aged 16-24. “Whether they’re interested in volunteering, recreation, or skill-building for future employment, we want youth with disabilities to have more opportunities to meet their goals within their communities,” said Minister of Community Services Kelly Regan. “We encourage service providers to engage with youth and their families to make their great ideas reality.” $600,000 is now available to adult service centres, residential providers and other community service providers that currently operate a day program or have indicated a desire to support youth with disabilities. Community Services will work with families of youth with disabilities to evaluate the applications and select the successful projects. There is no limit on the application amount, but applicants should discuss proposals of more than $50,000 with staff at the Department of Community Services. The application period is open until 4 p.m. on Feb. 28. Service providers interested in applying can contact the Disability Support Program at YDPapplications@novascotia.ca. To learn about the Disability Support Program, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/coms/disabilities .
London: Bharti Airtel Monday announced the price range of its Africa business IPO on the London Stock Exchange at 80-100 pence per ordinary share, through which the company expects to raise USD 750 million (approximately Rs 5,236 crore). “The price range for the offer has been set at 80 pence to 100 pence per ordinary share, implying a market capitalisation on admission of between 3,007 million and 3,623 million pounds (approximately USD 3,788 million-4,565 million),” Airtel Africa said in a London Stock Exchange filing. The offer is expected to comprise approximately 595.2 million-744.0 million new shares, to be issued by Airtel Africa, to raise gross proceeds of approximately 595 million pounds (approximately USD 750 million), including the over-allotment option (green-shoe option), the filing said. “10 per cent of the offer (100 per cent: primary) is expected to be made available pursuant to the over-allotment option… Excluding the over-allotment option, the offer is expected to comprise approximately 541.1 million-676.4 million new shares to be issued by the company to raise gross proceeds of approximately 541 million pounds (approximately USD 682 million),” the filing said. The final pricing is expected to be announced on or around June 28, 2019, on the London Stock Exchange, according to the filing.
Noida: Aiming to promote Noida in top 10 of Swachch Bharat rankings, the Noida Authority, on Thursday, held a one-day workshop with all bulk waste generators and RWAs to discuss garbage disposal measures and its treatment and ensure compliance with Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.At the workshop, experts from ministry of housing and urban affairs, and CEO of Noida authority along with senior officials figure out ways to implement segregation of waste. It is to be noted that the Noida city stood at 324 in national rankings of swachch sarvekshan-2017 which merely improved to 150 last year. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Authority believes that creating awareness among people of waste segregation and with their support, the smart city Noida can turn up in top 10 of 2020 swachch sarvekshan rankings. Thursday’s workshop was aimed to apprise the residents and industries to ensure segregation of waste at their source. The authority has invited all the bulk generators (those who are generating waste over 100 kg per day) and RWAs of various residential societies. Ritu Maheshwari, CEO, Noida authority said that the residents of Noida have a huge potential to develop and promote their city to a single figure in the next swachch Bharat rankings. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”When compared to the neighbouring district Ghaziabad, which bagged 13th rank in the national ranking of swachch sarvekshan-2019, Noida civic structure is comparatively far better and a little support from the residents can help in maintaining cleanliness in the city, thus grabbing an improved rank in the upcoming swachch sarvenkshan,” said Maheshwari. The CEO also said that despite the authority has given subsidy for the installation of compost machines, there is a need for more RWAs to come up. “We insist more RWAs and other bulk generators to come forward and install compost machine to ensure segregated waste disposal at their source. The industries have been asked to ensure waste disposal within their compound and select a much effective empaneled methods of waste composting and disposal as per SWM-2016,” she added. The CEO further held a meeting with official of Jal board and sewerage department and directed them to ensure that all the machineries work properly and the supply do not get affected.
CALGARY – The Air Line Pilots Association, International says more than 1,400 WestJet pilots have voted 62 per cent in favour of forming the first union at Canada’s second-largest airline.The vote makes the ALPA, which bills itself as the world’s largest pilot union representing 55,000 pilots, the exclusive bargaining agent for WestJet pilots.“We look forward to putting ALPA’s vast resources to work to help the WestJet pilots reach their first contract,” said Dan Adamus, president of ALPA Canada, in a statement.WestJet chief executive Gregg Saretsky said that the airline (TSX:WJA) is disappointed with the outcome of the vote, but will now focus on engaging in constructive dialogue with the ALPA.The company, which has long prided itself on being union-free and considers it a competitive advantage, saw its share price drop 4.2 per cent to close at $21.98.Rob McFadyen, a member of the WestJet ALPA Organizing Committee, stated that the vote was about ensuring support in issues like health, retirement, fatigue, safety, family support and legal protection.Jason Foster, a labour relations expert at Athabasca University, said Friday’s result shows a clear change of atmosphere among the pilots at WestJet from 2015, when only 45 per cent of pilots voted for unionization.“This is a significant statement,” said Foster. “It’s an indication how workers in the airline industry are reacting to the turmoil and constant change that we’re seeing in the industry these days.”He said WestJet’s move both into the ultra-low cost carrier segment, as well as trying to take on Air Canada’s international luxury travel as it responds to competition, has likely put a strain on relations.Foster said while the union certification is a big step, there’s still a lot of work ahead for the pilots.“Now they’re going to have to sit down and negotiate a collective agreement with WestJet, and that won’t necessarily be pretty. I imagine that WestJet will come to the table driving very hard.”Karl Moore, a management expert at McGill University and former airline consultant, said that unionization was likely the result of significant growth from WestJet’s humble beginnings 21 years ago, with it now counting more than 12,000 employees.“It’s lost that kind of feisty upstart David and Goliath feeling,” said Moore.He said relations with employees, which WestJet has referred to as co-owners of the airline, could become more strained under a union.“With a union you at times become more at loggerheads as opposed to partners working together to have great success,” said Moore.He also expects to see more union drives as a result of the pilot’s successful drive.“Once the pilots are, certainly the flight attendants and mechanics and all would take a more serious look at it,” he said.
Foreign visits dropped 0.6 per cent in November: StatsCan OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says travel to Canada fell 0.6 per cent to 2.1 million trips in November, as a decline in visitors from the United States more than offset an increase from overseas countries.Almost 1.7 million people came to Canada from the United States, down 1.0 per cent from October.The number of visitors from overseas rose 1.1 per cent to 387,000.Travel of one or more nights from the United States declined 1.9 per cent, to 963,000, although same-day car trips to Canada increased 0.4 per cent to 622,000 trips.Travel from the United Kingdom to Canada fell 6.5 per cent in November to 51,700 trips, while travel from France increased 1.8 per cent to 39,500 trips and travel from Germany declined 0.5 per cent to 26,200.In the opposite direction, Canadian residents made 5.5 million trips abroad in November, up 0.3 per cent from October, with 4.7 million of these trips going to the United States. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 21, 2013 8:55 am MDT
Interior says it’s halting future Arctic offshore lease sales, won’t extend current leases U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska,, left, listens as Alaska Gov. Bill Walker speaks to reporters at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. The men spoke after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said her agency was canceling future lease sales and will not extend current drilling leases in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen) by Dan Joling, The Associated Press Posted Oct 16, 2015 2:54 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 18, 2015 at 12:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Interior Department announced Friday it is cancelling future lease sales and will not extend current leases in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast, a decision that significantly reduces the chances for future Arctic offshore drilling.The news follows a Sept. 28 announcement by Royal Dutch Shell that it would cease exploration in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas after spending upward of $7 billion on Arctic exploration. The company cited disappointing results from a well drilled in the Chukchi and the unpredictable federal regulatory environment.Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the federal government is cancelling federal petroleum lease sales in U.S. Arctic waters that were scheduled for 2016 and 2017.“In light of Shell’s announcement, the amount of acreage already under lease and current market conditions, it does not make sense to prepare for lease sales in the Arctic in the next year and a half,” she said.Jewell said the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast and the Beaufort Sea off the state’s north coast will not be included in the agency’s current five-year lease sale plan. In addition, current leases held by Shell and other companies in Arctic waters will not be extended.Beaufort Sea leases are set to expire in 2017, and Chukchi Sea leases in 2020.Current market conditions and low industry interest made the leasing decision easier, Jewell said in a release.Royal Dutch Shell PLC is the only company actively exploring off Alaska’s northern costs. It had applied to extend leases in both the Chukchi and the Beaufort. Statoil requested an extension for Chukchi leases.Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said the company disagrees with the agency’s decision not to extend current leases.“When it comes to frontier exploration in Alaska, one size does not fit all,” Smith said by email. “We continue to believe the 10-year primary lease term needs to be extended.”In denying the extension, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s regional supervisor for field operations, Kevin Pendergast, said Shell had not met the criteria to extend its leases, including providing the agency with a work schedule on them. Shell could apply again, he said.Independent Gov. Bill Walker met with Jewell in Washington, D.C., earlier this month about extending Shell’s leases and opening up a small part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. His goal is to get more oil in the trans-Alaska pipeline, which is running at about a quarter of its capacity.Walker said Jewell’s decision left him with a “loss of hope, in some respects” about accomplishing that.“That pretty much shut down offshore. The only thing left is onshore,” he said of the agency’s announcement. “We know where the oil is. We just don’t have access to it.”Environmental groups strongly oppose Arctic drilling. They say industrial activity will harm marine mammals already hurt by a loss of sea ice, and global warming would be accelerated by burning oil found in the Arctic Ocean.Miyoko Sakashita of the Center for Biological Diversity lauded the Interior Department’s announcement.“This is great for the Arctic and its polar bears,” Sakashita said. “We need to keep all the Arctic oil in the ground.”Mike LeVine of oceans advocate Oceana added: “Secretary Jewell’s decisions today are consistent with the law as well as economic and environmental realities.”Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, said the Obama administration is correct in wanting to help Alaska Natives and all Alaskans battle the state’s high rates of suicide, domestic violence and addiction.But he said the administration doesn’t see the link between economic opportunity and making people’s lives better.“They just took real opportunity, significant opportunities that could benefit thousands if not tens of thousands of Alaskans off the table,” Sullivan said. “That’s not going to help the social problems. That’s actually going to make them worse.”Rep. Don Young, the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House, said this battle will likely end up in court.“I think this administration is adamantly opposed against fossil fuels, period,” said Young, Alaska’s sole House member. “They’ll do anything to stop it. I don’t think they have a legal leg to stand on.”___This story corrects that Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is an independent, instead of a Republican.___Associated Press writer Mark Thiessen in Anchorage contributed to this report.
January UK registrations fell 13.3 per cent to 157,363 units Fleet and business registrations fell 15.8 per cent UK confirmed as second biggest European market with 2,439,717 units in 2005 ‘January’s registration figures show the effect on a market when tax changes are not carefully considered’, commented SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Many company car drivers clearly rushed to take advantage of the three per cent tax benefit at the end of 2005. This led to the record diesel registrations in December, and today’s weaker January market. ‘In a wider context, the UK car market remains Europe’s second largest, behind Germany. This shows that, despite tougher times for car dealers, we still have healthy demand’. Full details can be downloaded belowDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Government has stated a 37% average response rate for consumer products (DTI, April 2000).The number of UK automotive safety recall campaigns fell by 26.8% between 2010 and 2013 (DVSA, 2014).The VIN can be found on the vehicle’s logbook (V5C) as well as on the dashboard on the driver’s side of the vehicle just underneath the base of the windscreen or on the inside of the driver’s door pillar.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The UK automotive sector, led by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Motor Codes, has launched a new consumer-facing web portal to enable motorists to identify if their vehicle is on a safety recall list. Customers will also be directed to their nearest dealer so that any necessary remedial work can be carried out as quickly as possible.The Vehicle Safety Recall search tool, which operates using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), is a one-stop-shop for car owners and buyers of used cars and vans to check if the vehicle is subject to an outstanding safety recall that they, or a previous owner, may have missed.The new service is available online via Motor Codes (motorcodes.co.uk), the automotive industry’s government-approved regulatory body, and is funded and managed by SMMT.The UK’s vehicle recall process, administered by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), is already stringent and highly successful. The number of vehicles repaired following a recall campaign in the UK consistently exceeds 90% – one of the most successful compliance records anywhere in the world, and some two and a half times higher than the average rate for all consumer goods in the UK.1 The number of recall campaigns in the UK has fallen by more than a quarter since 2010, further demonstrating the industry’s strong track record on safety performance.2There are 36 million cars and light commercial vehicles on British roads, and manufacturers are committed to ensuring they remain safe throughout their lifecycles, through safety tests as well as by closely monitoring any customer incidents.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The UK vehicle recall process is one of the most robust in the world, and manufacturers are constantly striving to make it even better. Essential recalls can be missed when a vehicle transfers between owners so this portal provides a fast way of checking any safety issues. Vehicle manufacturers are committed to delivering the highest standards of safety and record keeping, to ensure the UK’s excellent vehicle safety record is maintained.”Mark Terry, Managing Director at Motor Codes, said, “Motor Codes is the automotive industry watchdog and consumer champion, so we are well placed to deliver this service. We are committed to helping UK motorists identify if their car has an outstanding vehicle safety recall issue and to enabling manufacturers to meet their obligations in rectifying these issues”.Car owners and buyers can check the safety recall status of almost any given car or van at motorcodes.co.uk/vehicle-recall by simply keying in the vehicle’s VIN – the 17-character number found in the car’s log book (V5C) and in the vehicle itself.3 The service also provides guidance on what to do in the event of an outstanding recall and allows users to link directly to their local dealer to arrange any necessary repair work.
Some sports fans and royalists might be left disappointed, however, as cricket was chosen to represent sport in place of football or rugby and the Queen missed out in place of “queuing”.There were also arguably less imaginative coin designs – including “X marks the spot” for the letter X, and a picture of a Macintosh overcoat for the letter M.”It’s the granularity of British life celebrated on the coinage,” Dr Kevin Clancy, Director of the Royal Mint Museum, said. The designs were chosen after a poll on what represents the best of BritishCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDS FOR THE DAILY TELEGRAPH Would-be coin collectors wishing to discover the entire collection can download the Great British Coin Hunt app for free. The app allows users to “scan” a picture of the coin to place it into a digital collectors folder, and will feature a heatmap within the app that will show where coins have been found around the country. The app will also direct people to “swap shops” where they can trade coins with fellow collectors.A collectors’ folder and uncirculated versions of the 10p coins will also be available to purchase from The Royal Mint website. “The themes all reflect quirky and well-loved aspects of British life,” Anne Jessopp, Royal Mint CEO told The Daily Telegraph.”I think it is great fun to have familiar everyday items featured on our everyday coinage, so the public may be surprised and hopefully delighted to see favourites such as Ice cream cones, English breakfast and a Teapot on their 10p coins.”There is a lot to be proud of in the UK – whether it’s at the highest level, our Houses of Parliament representing democracy and freedom of speech, technological advancements such as Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web, or just a good cup of tea, it’s all here in the designs.”I see this as a celebration of all things British and quirky.” Queuing, cricket and tea represent what it means to be British, according to the Royal Mint, which has launched a new collection of 10 pence coins to showcase the “A to Z of what makes Britain great”. A collection of 2.6 million “quintessentially British” coins will be circulated by the Royal Mint on Thursday, decorated with a range of images designed to encapsulate British identity. There are 26 designs, one for each letter of the alphabet. The final designs, inspired by a public vote, were chosen by the Royal Mint Advisory Committee to showcase “The A to Z of what makes Britain great.”Designs include the Angel of the North and James Bond, as well as engravings showcasing the Loch Ness Monster, a post box, the world wide web, the National Health Service, and King Arthur. There are 26 new coins to collect Credit:JULIAN SIMMONDS FOR THE DAILY TELEGRAPH She added: “A – for Angel of the North, and Anne, is my favourite, as I originate from the north, but I also love the detail on R for Robin too. It’s very pretty, as well as topical at the moment – the robin is shown sitting on a branch surrounded by snowflakes.” The full range of coinsA – Angel of the NorthB – Bond… James BondC – CricketD – Double decker busE – English breakfastF – Fish and chipsG – Greenwich mean timeH – Houses of ParliamentI – Ice-cream coneJ – JubileeK – King ArthurL – Loch Ness MonsterM – MackintoshN – National Health ServiceO – Oak treeP – Post boxQ – QueuingR – RobinS – StonehengeT – TeapotU – Union flagV – VillageW – World wide webX – X marks the spotY – YeomanZ – Zebra crossing