‘Made India and Bangla Proud’: Mamata Banerjee Congratulates Sourav Ganguly for BCCI President Opportunity

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday congratulated former Team India captain Sourav Ganguly, who has emerged as the consensus candidate for the post of BCCI president.Extending good wishes to Ganguly, Banerjee said he has made India and ‘Bangla’ (West Bengal) proud. “Wish you all the best for your term. We were proud of your tenure as CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) President. Looking forward to a great new innings,” she tweeted. Ganguly, who is currently the CAB chief, has pipped another former India batsman, Brijesh Patel, in a see-saw battle and is expected to be the only nominee for the president’s post at the Indian cricket board. bcciMamata Banerjeesourav gangulyWest Bengal First Published: October 14, 2019, 3:11 PM ISTlast_img read more

Heat Scorch The Nets, 110-99

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares MIAMI — Dwyane Wade found out before the game he would be without his point guard, then was worried in the first quarter about the pain shooting through his left hand and wrist.Neither situation slowed him down — and the Brooklyn Nets never do.Wade scored 30 points on 14-for-19 shooting, Hassan Whiteside added a career-high 27 points off the bench and the Miami Heat clamped down defensively in the second half to beat the Nets 110-99 on March 28.“We all had to breathe collectively today, without our point guard, without somebody who puts pressure around the rim and attacks,” said Wade, who jammed his wrist early but had no ill effects the rest of the way. “I took it upon myself to be that one to attack tonight.”That’s usually the case when he faces the Nets. In his last seven games against Brooklyn, Wade is averaging 27.1 points.He’s never scored fewer than 20 against Brooklyn in a regular-season game; the then-New Jersey Nets held him to 13 in what was a 30-point Heat win in March 2012, a game Wade left early with an injury.“Dwyane Wade. He’s like wine,” Nets interim coach Tony Brown said. “He gets better with age. He was great, he attacked us all night.”Josh Richardson scored 16 points, starting at point guard in place of the ill Goran Dragic, and Justise Winslow added 13 for Miami.The Heat allowed Brooklyn to shoot 61 percent in the first half, then held the Nets to 46 percent after intermission to ensure that Joe Johnson’s first game against his former team would be a winning one.“In the second half, you could see our intensity level, physicality, aggressiveness defensively was much, much better,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s hopefully something we can build on.”Brook Lopez scored 26 points for Brooklyn, which had its streak of seven straight games with 100 or more points — the team’s longest in two years — come to an end. Thaddeus Young made his first 10 shots and scored 20 for the Nets, who got 14 from Sean Kilpatrick.“It was tough once D-Wade got going,” Lopez said. “We had to focus a lot on him. He definitely controlled the game, controlled the tempo. Obviously, he’s integral to what they do. He made a lot of tough baskets, vintage D-Wade stuff.”(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

Arsenal may have got best of Alexis swap deal – Giggs

first_imgTransfers ‘I’m not sure who got the best deal’ – Giggs on Sanchez-Mykhitaryan swap Joe Wright 17:07 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez - cropped Twitter (@ManUtd) Transfers Manchester United Swansea City v Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United Arsenal Premier League A. Sánchez While the Wales boss believes the “superstar” can give the Red Devils fresh impetus, he says the man going the other way can have a similar impact Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has admitted that he doesn’t know who has got the better of the deal that saw Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan trade clubs on Monday.Chile international Sanchez finalised his move to Old Trafford on Monday in a swap deal that sees Mkhitaryan join Arsenal.Although the Wales boss believes Alexis is “a ready-made superstar”, he has warned that the Armenia international could prove a valuable weapon for the Gunners. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Maybe it will work out for him at Arsenal and he’ll set the place on fire, so I’m not sure who has got the best part of the deal, but Sanchez has scored and assisted more goals in the Premier League,” Giggs told Sky Sports.”I think as well as every United fan I was excited to see Henrikh Mkhitaryan join the club and he looked on the outset like a United player, scoring and creating goals.”I played with Juan Sebastian Veron, who was one of the most talented players on the planet, but sometimes it happens where it doesn’t work out, maybe because of injuries or maybe being played out of position.”With regards Alexis, questions have been asked about where the 29-year-old, who is reportedly set to earn in the region of £350,000 a week, will play in Jose Mourinho’s side, with competition in attacking areas coming from Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata.But United great Giggs believes Sanchez’s versatility will alleviate any such concerns and expects the arrival of the former Barcelona star to force his new team-mates to step up their efforts.”Manchester United signing Alexis Sanchez is similar to Robin van Persie [in 2012] in the sense that they’re getting a ready-made superstar and you’re seeing the contribution already with Anthony Martial upping his performances,” Giggs said.”That can happen when top players come in, those around them lift their levels, and there will be some difficult selection decisions for Jose Mourinho.”It is an extra bonus that he can play in the Champions League. To have somebody like that, who won’t be fazed by playing in the big games, makes the squad look really strong.The defence is obviously doing really well as well, with Ashley Young back, Luke Shaw fit and Chris Smalling and Phil Jones really solid, so I don’t think they need to do any more business this month.”last_img read more

World Wrestling Championships 2019: Bajrang Punia, Ravi Kumar seal bronze medals

first_img Next India Today Web Desk Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan)September 20, 2019UPDATED: September 20, 2019 19:59 IST Bajrang Punia won his 3rd World Championships medal, in Nur-Sultan on Friday (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBajrang Punia won the 65kg freestyle bronze in Nur-SultanBajrang became the 1st Indian wrestler to win 3 world meet medalsRavi Kumar sealed a bronze on his World Championships debutInida’s Bajrang Punia put behind the disappointment of a heartbreaking semi-final defeat to finish with a bronze at Wrestling World Championships in Nur-Sultan on Friday. Bajrang defeated Mongolia’s Tulga Ochir 8-7 in the bronze medal match of 65kg freestyle category.Bajrang Punia now has 3 World Championships medals, including podium finishes in successive editions. The Asian Games gold medallist had won his first World Championships medal — a bronze in 2013. He finished with a silver in 2018 in Budapest.There was delight for Ravi Kumar Dahiya as well as the Indian wrestler won a bronze on World Championships debut. Ravi defeated Reza Atrinagharchi of Iran in the 57kg freestyle bronze medal match on Friday evening. Ravi was under a bit of pressure after trailing 0-2 at the end of the 1st period but he never let go off his attacking instincts to take the match 6-3.Ravi Kumar’s bronze medal should give the Indian camp a lot of joy. Apart from sealing the Tokyo Olympic quota berth in the 57kg freestyle event, Ravi Kumar’s performances in Nur-Sultan is a big confidence-booster for India.Ravi had beaten European champion Arsen Harutyunyan and former world champion Yuki Takahashi en route to the podium in Nur-Sultan. Ravi lost his semi-final bout to Zaur Uguev 4-6 on Thursday.Meanwhile, Bajrang started on the backfoot against Ochir, the U-23 Asian Champion. The Indian wrestler trailed 2-0 and the defecit became 6 points when the Mongolian came up with stunning 4-point throw towards the end of the first period. However, Bajrang, known for 2nd period comebacks, was at it again as he clinched 8 points to hold off the Mongolian wrestler.advertisementin 2013 World Championshipsin 2018 World ChampionshipsIn 2019 World Championships@BajrangPunia becomes the first Indian wrestler to clinch 3 Worlds’ medals after defeating Tulga Tumur Ochir in medal matchCongratulations, Bajrang! #JSWSports #WrestleNurSultan pic.twitter.com/COKTf8nb8MJSW Sports (@jswsports) September 20, 2019Bajrang Punia had headed into Nur-Sultan Wrestling World Championships with as the overwhelming favourite and was looking set for a finish on the top step of the podium until he encountered local wrestler Daulet Niyazbekov.On Thursday, Bajrang had begun the bout on the backfoot, trailing Niyazbekov 2-0 and fell further when the Kazak wrestler came up with a 4-point throw at the start of the 2nd period. The Indian corner challenged the referee’s decision to award the 4-point hold even as the move was seemingly initiated by Bajrang.Bajrang lost the challenge and Niyazbekov extended the lead to 7-2. However, with the clock ticking down, Bajrang came up with an aggressive approach and put immense pressure on the home wrestler. Just when it looked Bajrang would do enough to seal a place in the final, the bout ended at 9-9 and Niyazbekov won by criteria.The result came down to the 4-point hold that went in favour of Daulet Niyazbekov at the start of the second period.According to Article 31 of United World Wrestling rulebook,In case of a tie by points, the winner will be declared by successively considering: – the highest value of holds; – the least amount of cautions; – the last technical point(s) scored.Also Read | How Bajrang Punia’s heartbreak in World Championships semi-final unfoldedAlso Read | World Boxing Championships: Amit Panghal creates history, becomes first Indian male boxer to reach finalAlso Read | World Boxing Championships: Will try my best to win a gold for my country, says Amit PanghalAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Bajrang PuniaFollow Wrestling World ChampionshipsFollow United World WrestlingFollow Ravi Kumar World Wrestling Championships 2019: Bajrang Punia, Ravi Kumar seal bronze medalsWhile Bajrang Punia won his 3rd and 2nd successive World Championships medal, Ravi Kumar made his debut at the worlds memorable by winning a bronze on Friday. India have won 3 medals in Nur-Sultan so far.advertisementlast_img read more

Nebia Will Change the Way You Shower

first_imgShowers can be hit or miss; the right shower can be an amazing and invigorating experience, and the wrong shower can be a frustrating nuisance. Too little pressure makes it feel like nothing is getting cleaned, while too much pressure can feel like you have piles of needles on your back. The folks behind Nebia are looking to change the way you shower.According to Nebia’s website, “Nebia is unlike any shower you’ve ever experienced. Our H2MICRO™ technology atomizes water into millions of droplets to create 10 times more surface area than a regular shower. More water comes in contact with your body leaving your skin feeling clean and hydrated.”Nebia combines the best of both worlds, fusing together the experiences of taking a shower and sitting in a steam room. You’ll feel fresh, clean, and ready to start the day. In addition, Nebia provides 70 percent in water savings. “Nebia leverages advances in design and thermofluids to create a better shower experience that actually saves you thousands of gallons of water a year,” reads the Nebia website. “With those savings, Nebia pays for itself in about a year.” What does that mean? That means approximately $226.62 saved each year, along with 183,960 glasses of water. Drought-plagued areas like California can benefit from the use of the Nebia.On top of all that, it’s one of the most well-designed showerheads that we’ve seen in ages. What’s not to love about the Nebia? Showering as you know it will never be the same again.For more information, visit nebia.com. World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App last_img read more

ITF Docker Suffers Fatal Injuries at Karachi Terminal

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license A Pakistani docker suffered fatal injuries in an incident at Hutchison Port’s Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT), according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).The 58-year-old yard checker passed away in the evening hours of March 17, 2019, at the Civil Hospital Karachi less than an hour after a reach stacker reversed over him.“This is the second time in months that I’ve be forced to say this: workers are losing their lives at Hutchison ports – an atrocious record for the biggest stevedore in the world – and families and friends are left to bear the scars,” said Paddy Crumlin, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Dockers’ Section Chair.“Safety standards in the yard area are very bad. There is poor lighting in the yard and no one directing traffic management,” ITF said, citing a worker who requested to remain anonymous.The ITF, together with the KICT Labour Union, has called on Hutchinson’s global management to intervene and instigate a joint labour/management investigation into the incident.This incident follows the death of five workers at Hutchison’s Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), between 2016 and 2018, and a serious incident in 2018 at Hutchison’s Port Botany terminal in Sydney that left at worker at fighting for her life in an induced coma suffering a broken leg, broken arm and a closed head injury, according to ITF.last_img read more

New Corrections Act for Safer Stronger Nova Scotia

first_img Electronic ankle monitors will soon be available to track people who are under house arrest in Nova Scotia. Justice Minister Michael Baker introduced legislation today, Oct. 19, that will allow use of the monitors and satellite technology to trace offenders. “Nova Scotia will become the first jurisdiction in Canada to use GPS (global positioning system) satellite technology to monitor offenders under conditional sentences,” said Mr. Baker. “We’ll begin with a trial project this winter, as we continue to improve programs that make sure offenders live up to their court-ordered obligations.” The Correctional Services Act will also make it mandatory for people to provide information to probation officers who prepare pre-sentence reports. The legislation will also place restrictions on the use of telephones by offenders in custody, and authorizes the monitoring of phone calls. “This legislation is all about ensuring the safety of the public, our staff and offenders,” said Mr. Baker. “It responds to the changing nature of the offender population, and ensures a firm, fair and consistent approach to operations.” The act spells out procedures to protect the privacy and dignity of female offenders, by ensuring that they are held in separate living units and are supervised by female staff. Another provision permits the release of offenders on weekdays rather than weekends, so they can take advantage of community programs on their day of release. The legislation will also provide greater protection for victims and their families. Corrections staff will be able to tell victims where the offender is being held in custody, the terms of a conditional release or parole, and details surrounding the release. New Corrections Act for Safer, Stronger Nova Scotialast_img read more

Government to Regulate Sale of Body Armour

first_imgJustice Minister Ross Landry is introducing legislation that will help keep law enforcement personnel safe. The Body Armour Control Act will regulate the sale and possession of body armour in Nova Scotia. “It’s not unusual for police to confront people involved in criminal activity who are wearing body armour, and we should all be concerned about that,” said Mr. Landry. “This is a reasonable safety measure that brings us in line with other jurisdictions. It will make people involved in crime think twice and help protect police and other law enforcement professionals as they do their jobs.” The proposed legislation is similar to laws in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. It will ensure that only people who legitimately need body armour can have it. “Weapons and body armour in the hands of criminals pose a significant danger to our officers,” said Insp. Joanne Crampton, Nova Scotia RCMP. “Today’s announcement represents an important step in enhancing overall police and community safety.” People without a permit or licence to possess or sell body armour can be charged and the product seized. Those required to wear body armour because of their jobs — such as police officers, sheriffs, corrections officers, armoured car guards, security guards and private investigators — would be exempt. Police have seen more criminals using body armour. “We have seen an increase, whether it is at drug busts, traffic stops or crime scenes,” said Halifax Regional Police Supt. Don Spicer. “We welcome this legislation as it will allow police to seize body armour from those individuals, and enhance safety both for the police and the public.” The Department of Justice is proposing to proclaim the legislation in the fall. There will be a transition period to allow people and businesses who own or sell body armour time to get permits or licences.last_img read more

MPs need to consult women social media companies about online behaviour Cullen

first_imgOTTAWA – Women and social-media companies should be brought into a critical discussion about how parliamentarians conduct themselves online, says veteran NDP MP Nathan Cullen.Many MPs insist that what they say and do on social media is personal, not part of their professional lives, Cullen said Thursday, but said he simply doesn’t buy it.Parliamentarians get training that focuses on their day-to-day interactions with other parliamentarians and staff, he said, but it doesn’t include enough material on what appropriate online behaviour looks like.“This aspect of liking (online images), trolling, I don’t recall it being talked about,” Cullen said after the social-media activity of former cabinet minister and longtime MP Tony Clement came under further scrutiny in Ottawa on Thursday.“It is another layer but it is striking. This is not the first online sexual story that’s happened.”Speaking with women about patterns they observe and how they feel targeted would be valuable, Cullen said.Companies like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram could also help, he added.“They’re dealing with this as companies and organizations and could be a part of the conversation as to what they’ve seen,” Cullen said.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer kicked Clement out of the party caucus on Wednesday after revelations that he’d shared sexually explicit images with someone who later tried to extort him for money.Clement issued an open letter to his Ontario constituents on Thursday to apologize to anyone who felt he crossed “online boundaries” in a way that made them feel uncomfortable, without his knowing.Clement also admitted he engaged in inappropriate exchanges during a time of “personal difficulty and weakness,” his actions crossed lines that he shouldn’t have crossed, and he engaged in acts of infidelity.“I am deeply sorry,” he wrote. “I want to be clear that at no time have these personal lapses impacted or involved my day-to-day work as a member of Parliament on behalf of our communities. That said, I offer you no excuses for my conduct. I take full responsibility.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

BC Government implements a new OffRoad Vehicle Trail Fund

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – A new Off-road Vehicle (ORV) Trail Fund has been created for outdoor groups interested in improving Off-Road riding conditions and safety.The total available funding in 2019 is $200,000, with 25% of the money set aside for safety promotion and 75% marked for construction and maintenance. The intention is to improve outdoor motorized vehicle opportunities for B.C. residents and visitors.Requests for funding from $1,000 to $20,000 will be considered. To apply; CLICK HERE Applications will be accepted by any legal entity in the province, except for individuals. This includes:First Nations;Local governments (such as municipalities and regional districts)ORV organizations (including those representing quads, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, motorbikes and side-by-sides)Non-profit societiesBusinessesThe deadline to apply is March 20, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified about a month after the application period closes.Created in 2017, the ORV Trail Fund was established as a part of the Off-Road Vehicle Act and regulations. The act requires registration of all off-road vehicles within British Columbia. A portion of the registration fees collected by ICBC is redirected to the ORV Trail Fund.This is the second year for the funding program. Future planned yearly disbursements will be between $100,000 and $250,000 per year, depending on the growth of the fund.Submissions will be adjudicated by provincial recreation staff, with input from provincial-level ORV representatives.last_img read more

Darfur UNAU envoy holds talks on peace process

26 August 2010The head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur today held talks with Government officials and diplomats on the peace process under way in the war-torn Sudanese region. UN-African Union Joint Special Representative in Darfur Ibrahim Gambari, along with Sudanese Presidential Advisor Ghazi Salahuddin Atabani, AU High Level Implementation Panel Chairman Thabo Mbeki, and United States Special Envoy for Sudan Scott Gration, took part in today’s meeting in Khartoum.The four men underscored the need for a comprehensive strategy encompassing all aspects – including security, stabilization, development and early recovery – of the Darfur problem.As many as 2.7 million Darfurians live as IDPs or as refugees in neighbouring countries as a result of the seven-year-old conflict in the western region of Sudan that has also resulted in an estimated 300,000 deaths.The officials at today’s meeting agreed that the UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which is headed by Mr. Gambari, and the Sudanese Government will work together closely to improve the security situation in the region and act jointly to promote stability and development.The UN envoy said that he looks forward to cooperation between UNAMID and the Sudanese police and military to enhance security, emphasizing the mission’s commitment to foster early recovery and development.For his part, Mr. Mbeki, the former president of South Africa, underlined the need for the involvement of Darfurians in the peace process, voicing hope that a peace deal will be reached before the end of the year. read more

No more maternal and neonatal tetanus in Mozambique UNbacked survey finds

The nationwide survey, which was conducted last month with support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), found no deaths from maternal and neonatal tetanus in the country, confirming that the disease no longer exists as a public health problem. “Commitment, hard work and partnerships are paying off,” said UNICEF Representative Jesper Morch. “This milestone demonstrates that delivering life-saving vaccines to the poorest and most isolated communities brings results, and we will make every effort to sustain this progress.”Mozambique joins 18 other countries in eliminating the disease since 2000, with a further 39 countries still trying to reach the goal of less than one maternal and neonatal tetanus case per 1,000 live births nationally. The survey findings showed that 87 per cent of eligible mothers received at least two doses of tetanus toxoid vaccine, and 64 per cent of deliveries were assisted by a medically-trained birth attendant, reducing the risk of infection. Maternal and neonatal tetanus is a swift and painful disease that kills thousands of mothers and their newborns every year. The disease is the result of unhygienic birth practices, leading to contamination of the umbilical cord with tetanus spores when it is being cut or dressed after delivery.The World Health Assembly first called for the elimination of neonatal tetanus in 1989. In 1999, the goal was expanded to include the elimination of maternal tetanus as well. 26 November 2010Mozambique has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus, according to a United Nations-backed health survey. read more

SC says Judicature Amendment Bill needs 23rd majority

The Supreme Court has informed Parliament that the Judicature (Amendment) Bill needs 2/3rds majority to be passed by Parliament.The Supreme Court determination was communicated to Parliament today. In its determination the Supreme Court found that section 12A(1) of the Bill is inconsistent with the Constitution.The Judicature (Amendment) Bill was introduced in order to establish a permanent High Court-at-bar to expedite the large amount of pending cases. (Colombo Gazette)

Modi and Ranil to have talks in New Delhi

From the Indian side, “priority projects” in the island include the Mattala airport, near the China-controlled port in the southern Hambantota district; the Palaly airport in Jaffna in the Northern Province; the Trincomalee oil tank farm in the east; the East Container Terminal at the Colombo Port and a Liquefied natural gas plant in Kerawalapitiya, north of Colombo. Despite bilateral discussions and joint agreements on development cooperation and commercial partnership, none of the projects have taken off the way it was envisaged. Colombo-based officials, who spoke to The Hindu on condition of anonymity, said the delay was due to political reasons in some cases, and bureaucratic issues in others. The visit is seen as significant from both sides, sources said. New Delhi has been concerned with the slow pace of several India-aided projects in the island, while Colombo appears inclined to iron out issues, in order to better balance its ties with key partners India and China. President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to visit Beijing soon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will visit New Delhi later this week and meet his counterpart Narendra Modi to discuss bilateral matters, official sources in Colombo said, according to The Hindu newspaper.Wickremesinghe, according to his office, will take part in high-level meetings, including with Modi, on October 19 and 20. India’s strategic interests in some of these projects, especially in the Mattala airport and Trincomalee oil tank farm, are well known. However, over the last few months, New Delhi and Colombo have put out conflicting messages on the Mattala airport, sparking speculation on whether India’s interest to run it would actually materialise. In principle, India and Sri Lanka have already agreed to jointly operate the world war-era oil storage facility in the strategically advantaged port town of Trincomalee and more recently, the two countries decided that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and the Lanka IOC PLC (LIOC) would jointly develop the near-85 tanks in the upper farm of the facility. The upcoming discussions, officials on both side said, might help accelerate the projects.Wickremesinghe’s visit to New Delhi comes a little over a month after former President and key Opposition figure Mahinda Rajapaksa met Modi. The meeting was read by many as a possible thaw in the relationship between the former strongman and New Delhi. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Economies of developing countries continue to grow but aid still needed –

From 2004-2006, developing countries will grow, on average, at a rate of 6 per cent, least developed countries will perform close to the average, and sub-Saharan Africa will score an “unprecedented” rate of 5.4 per cent,” Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs José Antonio Ocampo told the Commission.He attributed this trend to a combination of high commodity prices, low interest rates and increasing official development assistance (ODA) to the poorest countries. “The continuation of this mix will be critical to the sustainability of this positive growth conjuncture,” he said.“But growth is not enough.” Mr. Ocampo warned. “The pattern of growth is equally important, in particular, its capacity to generate decent and productive employment for the poorest sectors of society and its effects on income distribution.”Employment generation has continued to be generally weak in the developing world, despite rapid economic growth, according to recent estimates, while income inequality within countries has been rising in the majority of both and developing countries over the past three decades.“In many countries, significant income inequalities between rural and urban areas point up the need actively to promote rural development as a strategy for successful poverty reduction,” he said, calling also for efforts to achieve gender equality.“The ‘inclusiveness’ of economic growth is not an automatic outcome of market forces and should thus be built through explicit public policies,” he emphasized.In a keynote address to the session, Clare Short, a Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom and former secretary for development, said delegates were meeting at a major turning point in human history. “For the first time ever we are capable of removing abject poverty, illiteracy and the diseases of poverty from the human condition,” she said. “The current intensification of global economic integration has demonstrated that there is enough knowledge, technology and capital to bring development to all the people of the world.”But she warned that “our current way of life on the planet is completely unsustainable,” adding: “The planet simply cannot cope with all the people living in this consumerist and greedy way.”In response, she urged the creation of a new civilization marked by a “more moral and decent way to live.”Ms. Short concluded on a note of caution. “Things will probably get worse before they get better but it is not until we accept that we have to share equitably and build a way of life that is sustainable that we will be able to secure our future on this planet.” read more

Goodman celebrates launch of business analytics centre

Big data is having a big effect on the business world.Responding to the growing need for graduates with business acumen and analytical expertise, Brock University’s Goodman School of Business introduced the business analytics specialization to the MBA in 2014.This year, Goodman took it one step further by creating the new Centre for Business Analytics.The new interdisciplinary research hub will allow the Business School to connect with other disciplines and the business community to make a meaningful impact on Niagara.Though it launched in September, the Centre for Business Analytics will have its official grand opening Thursday, March 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Scotiabank Atrium of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex at Brock University.Lori Bieda, Head of the Analytics Centre of Excellence, BMO, will deliver a keynote address on how the field of analytics has changed and become much more prolific in recent years.The sheer amount of data that organizations can use to their advantage is staggering and is pointing to a shift in data-driven decisions based on insights gained from analytics.Since launching in September, the new Centre has built partnerships with many Brock departments including History, Mathematics and Statistics, Sport Management, Health Sciences, IT Services and Brock Institute for Scientific Computing, as well as several external organizations including Canadian Tire Bank, Environics Analytics, IBM, John Deere, Meridian Credit Union, Pentavere Research Group Inc., Rel8ed.to, SAS and The Co-operators.The event next week will feature a showcase of organizations that have partnered with the Centre for Business Analytics. Representatives from Brock Information Technology Services, The Co-operators, Environics Analytics, Rel8ed.to and Pentavere will be on hand to demonstrate how they are using the power of big data to make business decisions.With support from the Goodman School of Business, the Centre is led by Professor Anteneh Ayanso.“We have spent the last several months establishing the Centre for Business Analytics and this is our opportunity to celebrate its launch as we look ahead to what the future of big data holds for us,” said Ayanso.Brock’s Co-op Student of the Year award will also be presented at this event to MBA Business Analytics student Paul Frosina for his outstanding contributions to his co-op employer, The Co-operators.The event is open to the Brock community. Please email Jane van den Dries to reserve a seat. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball prepares for season with Scarlet and Gray scrimmage

OSU sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe and senior setter Taylor Sherwin go for a block during the team’s annual Scarlet and Gray scrimmage Aug. 25 at St. John Arena. Scarlet beat Gray, 2-1. Credit: Aaron Yerian / Lantern TV Asst. sports directorThe OSU women’s volleyball team was back in action for the annual Scarlet and Gray scrimmage Monday night. Scarlet beat Gray, 2-1, with scores of 25-19, 22-25 and 26-24.Coach Geoff Carlston said his goal this season is to finish in the Big Ten top five. He named junior middle blocker Andrea Kacsits and senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger as the players who developed the most during the offseason and said he expects them to contribute greatly this season.“The conference isn’t getting any easier, so it’s a battle, and I think we’ve added some depth this year which we didn’t have last year, especially after we had a couple of injuries,” Carlston said.“We’re as talented as we’ve ever been and right now it’s just about gelling a little bit and getting them comfortable with each other, and our goal is to go deep in the NCAA tournament.”During the scrimmage, both sides were evenly matched as players swapped jerseys throughout the night. But absent from the court was senior middle blocker Anna Faul.Carlston said Faul tore her ACL during nonconference play last season and had offseason surgery, which doctors warned could be career-ending.“That’s a big loss, but we have some other kids who are going to have to step up,” he said.With the start of the season right around the corner, Carlston said he is excited to see how his team performs in a game situation.“We are keeping things in perspective and taking things one match at a time,” Carlston said. “Our first match is going to be against a top 25 team. It’s going to be on national TV. I’m interested to see how this group responds.”Kacsits voiced a similar sentiment about the upcoming season opener.“We’re going to have to make sure that we stick together as a team like we did tonight. No matter who was on the floor, it’s got to be consistent,” Kacsits said.The team is scheduled to start its season Friday at 10 p.m. in Eugene, Ore., against the Ducks as part of the University of Oregon Invitational. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Illinois State at 3 p.m. and Central Arkansas at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in their final two games of the tournament. read more

RAC warns the good times of lower cost fuel appear to be

first_imgThe current higher pump prices are also a far cry from early 2016 when both fuels averaged 102p a litre. But they are still considerably cheaper than April 2012 when the UK average prices of petrol and diesel reached record highs of 142p and 148p a litre respectively.Fuel prices at the four big supermarkets, where consumers often get cheaper deals, also went up by more than half a pence a litre in December with petrol rising from 117.26p to 117.84p and diesel from 119.69p to 120.34p.The North East saw the biggest increase in the price of unleaded, with a litre rising nearly a penny from 120.06p to 120.92p. Petrol is at its cheapest in Northern Ireland, where it finished 2017 at 120.27p a litre, and most expensive in the South East at 121.87p.London suffered the greatest rise in the price of diesel as a result of a litre going up 0.94p to 124.15p. Prices have gone up all around the UK to their highest point since December 2014Credit:CARL COURT/AFP Prices have gone up all around the UK to their highest point since December 2014 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.center_img “It’s hard to see pump prices getting much cheaper in the early part of 2018. Unfortunately, the good times of lower cost fuel appear to be over and it’s probably now far more likely that we will see them going up as OPEC’s oil production cuts are starting to have the desired effect of reducing the global oil glut and pushing the barrel price higher.”A litre of petrol is now at its highest price since December 2, 2014. Both petrol and diesel have also increased substantially from July, when petrol was at its cheapest point of the year at 114.33p a litre (up 6.8p) and diesel was 115.02p (up 8.4p).A tank of unleaded fuel for an average 55-litre family car now costs £66.61 – £3.73 more than it did in July. For diesel, a fill-up now stands at £67.90 – £4.64 more than in the summer. The RAC has warned the “the good times of lower cost fuel appear to be over” as prices reached their highest level for three years.Drivers are now likely to face more price rises over the next 12 months, the motoring group said, following an analysis of fuel prices since December 2014.Last month, the average price of unleaded increased for the second month running – this time by half a pence from 120.66p to 121.11p (0.45p), while diesel went up from 123.06p to 123.46p (0.4p).It comes after the price of a barrel spiked over Christmas when it was announced the chemicals giant Ineos had to close the North Sea pipeline due to a widening crack.However, despite initial fears the discovery could see the price of oil soar, prices have instead risen lower than expected, it has been suggested. A barrel of oil has now hit 67 US dollars (£50) – its highest amount since May 2015.RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “Sadly, December was the month oil reached its highest point for over two and a half years – something which motorists are now feeling the effect of at the pumps.”On a brighter note, the shutdown of the North Sea Forties pipeline did not cause the price of oil to increase as many expected. It had been feared this would lead to petrol and diesel going up in the run-up to Christmas, but luckily for drivers global oil production was not negatively affected as a result.last_img read more

Poll Should you split the bill on the first date

first_img By Garreth MacNamee Friday 10 Feb 2017, 9:29 AM Yes (7246) RTÉ’s First Dates is back on our screens and we were treated to the cringe-worthy scene of one intrepid couple going Dutch and splitting the bill. Back in 2015, a study by Nerdwallet found that 77% of people in straight relationships believe men should pay the bill on a first date.But many people have said this is an outdated concept and couples should always split the bill down the middle.Given it’s close to Valentine’s Day, we want to know what you think: Should you split the bill on the first date? 34,431 Views YesNo WayIf you asked them out, you payVote No Way (4910) Feb 10th 2017, 9:29 AM Short URL Share9 Tweet Email1 center_img If you asked them out, you pay (6806) http://jrnl.ie/3232457 Poll: Should you split the bill on the first date?’ An awkward interaction on First Dates has sparked the debate. Poll Results: 135 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Nicoleta Ionescu Image: Shutterstock/Nicoleta Ionescu Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The Rock endorses Kevin Owens AJ Lee reacts to actress playing her

first_img Dwayne Johnson: I bonded with late Paul Walker over our daughters Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Whoa haha. I’ve never looked hotter…— AJ (@TheAJMendez) February 21, 2017 O. T. Fagbenle The Rock endorses Kevin OwensDwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted the following on Instagram talking about meeting with WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens at the WWE RAW taping this past Monday in Los Angeles and shared a story about seeing clips of Owens five years ago on YouTube and hoping the WWE would sign him to a deal. AJ Lee reacts to actress playing herA fan tweeted out a video clip of filming taking place after RAW in Los Angeles for the new “Fighting with my Family” movie about WWE star Paige and her wrestling family.Former TNA star Thea Trinidad plays AJ Lee in the movie and a fan filmed her entrance noting how weird it was to hear her theme again at a WWE live event.AJ Lee ended up seeing the video clip and tweeted out a response you can view below.So bizarre hearing this song play again at a WWE event as the actress playing AJ Lee comes out to the ring to film #FightingWithMyFamily! pic.twitter.com/QU9CNfRo9d— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) February 21, 2017 WWE star Peyton Royce shares photo from Honeymoon with AEW star Shawn Spears Facebook Carmella speaks out on a recent health scare has caused her to miss time from WWE Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipThese Actors Really Refused To Work With Each OtherVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:58/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 50.54%0:04Remaining Time -1:55 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Dwayne Johnson: Tribut an Paul Walker These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other Twitter Videos Articles Vin Diesel Google+ Pinterest Videos Articles Dwayne Johnson shares rare tribute to late pal Paul Walker Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Dwayne Johnson pens touching post on Paul Walker’s birthday Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Lindsay Lohan Alexa Bliss shows off her new tattoos, Zelina Vega pays tribute to the late singer Aaliyahlast_img read more