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LATEST STORIES Argentina’s forwards Lionel Messi (L) and Mauro Icardi talk during a training session in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, on August 29, 2017 ahead of their FIFA World Cup qualifier football match against Uruguay. / AFP PHOTO / Juan MABROMATALuis Suarez could yet line up against Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi on Thursday as South America’s battle for 2018 World Cup places resumes with Argentina’s trip to Uruguay the pick of the fixtures.With leaders Brazil already locking up their place at next year’s tournament, attention turns to the tussle for the three remaining automatic berths on offer in the marathon 10-team qualifying tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Brazil will have the luxury of being able to treat their game against Ecuador in Porto Alegre as a training exercise after securing qualification in their last outing, a 3-0 win over Paraguay in March — their eighth consecutive victory.The game may see Brazil coach Tite select Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, who has not played for the Premier League team this season amid a transfer saga involving Barcelona.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side A 6-0 romp over lowly Singapore provided a further clue that Sampaoli, who favours an aggressive, attacking style, may already have begun to have an influence.Higuain axedSampaoli served notice of his determination to invigorate Argentina’s ranks by axing striker Gonzalo Higuain in favour of Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi.Icardi is expected to start at the apex of a front three with Messi and Juventus prodigy Paulo Dybala lurking just behind.Argentina’s path to Russia has been complicated by the Court of Arbtitration for Sport ruling on Tuesday that confirmed a sanction against Bolivia for fielding an ineligible player in their September 2016 0-0 draw with Chile.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Colombia are second in the standings on 24 points while Uruguay and Chile occupy the other two automatic spots on 23 points.It means that fifth-placed Argentina have little margin for error as they head to Montevideo’s Estadio Centenario for the latest instalment of their historic rivalry with the Uruguayans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingArgentina have spluttered their way through the qualifiers so far, notching only six wins in 14 games, but have shown signs of life under new coach Jorge Sampaoli.Sampaoli, who masterminded Chile’s victory at the 2015 Copa America, took control of the ‘Albiceleste’ in May, and began his reign with a morale-boosting 1-0 win over Brazil in a friendly in June. FIFA later converted that result to a 3-0 win for Chile, a ruling that means Sampaoli’s former team now have a one-point advantage over the fifth-placed Argentines.“Now we have to play catch-up to get to the World Cup,” Sampaoli said Tuesday.Uruguay meanwhile are sweating on the fitness of Barcelona star Suarez.The 30-year-old talisman was initially ruled out of the fixture through injury but has travelled back to his homeland to train with the team.Veteran coach Oscar Tabarez hinted Suarez may yet make a dramatic return on Thursday, declining to rule out the striker.“He has shown signs of recovery that have rather surprised us,” Tabarez said.If Suarez fails to win his fitness battle, Uruguay will once again turn to in-form Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who is the top scorer in the qualifying competition with nine goals.“It is a very, very difficult match… We will see who has the most guts for it,” said Tabarez.Elsewhere on Thursday, second-placed Colombia will aim to edge closer to qualification with an away victory over already-eliminated Venezuela.Fourth-placed Chile meanwhile host Paraguay in Santiago as they aim to remain ahead of Argentina in the qualifying positions. 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She cannot say for sure whether the medal jinx would be broken but Indian sprint legend PT Usha feels Indian athletes — especially Tintu Luka, Lalita Babar and Sudha Singh — stand a good chance of making the finals of their respective events in next month’s Olympics.”In athletics, we cannot say who will win a medal. Participation itself is good. Tintu Luka, Lalita Babar and Sudha Singh, stand a good chance of qualifying for finals, only thing they have to do is better their performance,” she told PTI. (Also read: Adapting to the conditions in Rio will be key: Saina Nehwal) Tintu, Sudha and Lalita have qualified for Rio in 100m dash, and 3000m steeplechase, respectively.Usha, who finished fourth in the 400m hurdles at the 1984 Olympics and missed the bronze medal by one-hundredth of a second, hoped the exposure in international competitions would help Tintu strike form in Rio. (New-look Saina Nehwal primed for success at Rio Olympics: Prakash Padukone)Usha also said that the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams also stand a good chance of making the finals but they have to better their previous performances.”Even in the triple jump, the performance has been good. I can’t say who is going to win the medal, it is all luck,” he said.’DON’T WANT TO PUT PRESSURE ON DUTEE’Usha also congratulated Dutee Chand for qualifying.”If Dutee clocks 11.21s in 100m dash, she will be able to qualify for semifinals, and her best has been 11.26s,” Usha said.advertisement”I don’t want to put pressure on her. First of all, qualifying for 100m itself is a big achievement. If she is able to clock 11.21sec, then she will qualify for semifinals. I think her best is 11.26sec,” she said.”SHOULD TRY TO BETTER THEIR PERFORMANCE’Asked whether Dutee has sought advice from her on speed endurance, Usha said she has already spoken to her.”I feel she is not talking to most of the people. She is very reserved type, but before going to Europe circuit, I met her and told her if you go for Europe circuit you should qualify. If you don’t qualify then stay in your room. When she qualified, I congratulated her,” she said.”This time a huge number of Indian athletes have qualified for Rio. They should try to better their performance, then we can really say we are doing good,” she said.
Honor Friendship Days sale is now live on Amazon India. The sale, which started on July 25 and will continue until July 29, 2019. During the sale, some popular Honor smartphones will be available with some exciting discounts and offers. The View 20, for example, will be available with a discount of Rs 17,000, making the flagship more attractive than ever before. The Honor 10 Lite and Honor Play are among those Honor phones that will also be on offer.We wrote a dedicated piece on why this is probably the best time to buy the Honor View 20. The flagship phone was launched in India in January starting at Rs 37,999. It is now being sold during the Honor Friendship Days sale starting at Rs 25,999 for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Meanwhile, the 8GB + 256GB Honor View 20, which was initially priced at Rs 45,999, is also selling at a discounted price of Rs 31,999.The View 20 was the first flagship smartphone from Honor this year following which the company launched the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro. The View 20 is similar to the Honor 20 in that it also sports a punch-hole display and rocks a flagship Kirin 980 chipset. The View 20 is easily one of the fastest phones launched this year and comes with a terrific battery life paired with 40W fast charging support. It is also the first smartphone to launch with a 48MP dual camera setup.During the Honor Friendship Days sale, the Honor Play will also be on discount. The 4GB + 64GB storage variant that is typically priced at Rs 19,999 is now available for Rs 12,999, which makes it one of the most affordable smartphones running Huawei’s 2018 flagship Kirin 970 chipset. The 6GB + 64GB variant of the Honor Play is also available at Rs 14,999, down from Rs 23,999.advertisementThe Honor 10 Lite, which was launched at Rs 12,999, is currently up for grabs for Rs 9,999 fir the 3GB RAM model. The 4GB RAM Honor 10 Lite, on the other hand, is being sold at Rs 11,999, down from Rs 13,999. The Honor 8X and Honor 8C also see discounts up to Rs 3,000 during the Honor Friendship Days sale on Amazon India.ALSO READ | Honor View 20 at Rs 25,999 on Amazon makes it a flagship worth buying
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Brewster reveals Liverpool boss Klopp instantly rejected loan requestby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Rhian Brewster says Jurgen Klopp immediately rejected his request to leave the club on loan.The 19-year-old has made just one appearance for the Reds this season.And Brewster revealed he asked to leave the club temporarily in the summer.”He said no straight away, so that shows that he has great faith in me and wants to push me towards the first team,” Brewster said.”Obviously it’s hard, with our front three, to get game-time because they’re all amazing players. It’s going to be difficult, but you just have to keep going and going.”
Neymar’s potential return to Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain has been given the seal of approval by Brazil and Blaugrana great Rivaldo.A PSG exit for the 27-year-old forward looks increasingly likely this summer, two years after his world-record €222 million (£200m/$262m) move to the Ligue 1 champions from Barca.The Brazil international failed to turn up to the first day of pre-season training, while PSG sporting director Leonardo has confirmed Neymar is available for the right price. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare And Rivaldo, who spent five seasons at Camp Nou, wants to see his compatriot back at Barca.”For the moment, the one [Brazilian] that I like the most is Neymar,” he said, courtesy of Betfair .”I [would] like that he returns to Barcelona.”Even without Neymar due to an ankle injury, Brazil managed to win the Copa America on home soil on Sunday thanks to a 3-1 win over Peru.Asked for the nation’s next star, 2002 World Cup winner Rivaldo praised Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior.”We have Vinicius, who is a great player that went to Madrid and has everything that is needed to be a great player,” he said.Neymar left Catalunya in somewhat controversial circumstances, and Rivaldo said last month the Brazil star would need to make things up to the Camp Nou fans. “It’s difficult because of the way Neymar left,” the former AC Milan man said. “I think a lot of the fans are angry with everything that happened, but football is how it is, football is good, and Neymar is a great player who has personality.“So if he comes here of course there will be times when he is criticised by some fans, but in the games, the training sessions, Neymar will still be the same Neymar, and it could be something special for Barcelona. He added: “He should say sorry. Officially, yes. Say sorry, say he was wrong, say that this is his home, that he is going to be the difference. “I think that all the fans… many will understand, they’ll see him on the pitch in the league, the Champions League, doing things well, and the fans will forgive him easily. “If it’s like it was when he was here playing football before together with Messi and Suarez, it was great for the club. If they win the Champions League, I don’t think it will be a problem for the fans.”
Press Trust of India LondonMay 14, 2019UPDATED: May 14, 2019 11:34 IST The 2019 ICC World Cup start May 30 with hosts England taking on South Africa (@cricketworldcup Photo)In a first, all the 10 participating teams of the upcoming ODI World Cup will have a dedicated anti-corruption officer attached with it to deliver a corruption-free tournament, according to a report.The report in the ‘Daily Telegraph’ said the ICC will attach an anti-corruption official with each team starting from warm-up matches till the end of the tournament.”Previously, the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Unit had personnel deployed at each venue, meaning that teams would deal with a number of officials over the course of a tournament,” the report said.”Now, the same official will be assigned to a team from the warm-up matches to the end of the competition, staying in the same hotel as the players and travelling with them to training and matches.”It said the move was part of ICC Anti-Corruption Unit’s effort to deliver a fixing and corruption-free World Cup and also an effort to build better relations between players and the ACU.”By being with teams throughout the competition, it is also thought that anti-corruption officials will be better placed to spot any potential corruptors who lurk near players or back-room staff and so identify any behaviour that may be suspicious,” the report further stated.Also Read | Sunil Gavaskar picks transformed England as favourites to win World CupFor 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 Tags :Follow ICCFollow anti-corruptionFollow 2019 ICC World Cup Every team will have dedicated anti-corruption officer during 2019 ICC World CupThe International Cricket Council announced that an anti-corruption official will be present with each team starting from warm-up matches till the end of the tournament.advertisement
Editors’ Recommendations 1. Steven Alan 2. Steven Alan 3. Steven Alan 4. Steven Alan 5. Steven Alan 6. Steven Alan 7. Steven Alan 8. Steven Alan 9. Steven Alan 10. Steven Alan 11. Steven Alan 12. Steven Alan Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Steven Alan runs a multi-tiered fashion empire. He opened his first store in 1994 in New York’s SoHo neighborhood and three years later began representing independent designers in a wholesale showroom. Around 2000 he began designing his own line, which is stocked primarily at his own stores.With all three branches of his business still thriving today, the New York-based entrepreneur now operates 23 Steven Alan multibrand retail boutiques in the US and four in Japan (two more will be added in Japan by next March), wholesale showrooms in New York and Los Angeles and an ever-growing online business, which at this point does more sales than any of the physical stores.He recently talked about his shops, which truly are retail meccas for contemporary, casual mens- and womenswear, his loyal customers and his picks for guys’ must-have clothes this fall.How would you describe the overall vibe of Steven Alan stores?I guess “informal” would come to mind. When I think about going to SoHo and going into stores you feel like you’re afraid to pick anything up or mess anything up. You don’t have that feeling in the store. It feels very friendly and open. It’s really kind of a discovery place.What are your current men’s bestsellers?Our line is the bestselling line in the store because we are for the most part one of the only places that you can get it.Do you have a typical male customer?I would say our average customer is probably a guy 35 to 45 who has a kind of urban sensibility. Whether they live uptown or in Brooklyn or are based in Portland or Chicago, they stay in touch with what is going on in music and food and are culturally progressive.Does your guy buy for himself or do you get a lot of girlfriends and wives buying for their men?We have guys buying directly for the most part.What is best thing about being an independent retailer?The best thing is just being independent. It’s fantastic and that word sort of says it all–not having to follow suit with what everyone else is doing is very significant. I think that for the most part a lot of department stores’ selections look very much the same and I think the end consumer is the one who is suffering. There are great buyers who have taken chances with interesting new brands but a lot of department stores are selling a lot of the same brands and there’s no diversity for the customer who is coming in. The best part is being able to discover new brands and being able to promote them and get their name out there. It’s always fun finding people first and we’ve been fortunate because we’ve been able to do that quite frequently.What are this season’s must-have pieces for men?Other than shirting we have been selling a lot more sweaters and pants so I’m excited about that. Our blazers are really good.What do you think your customer is looking for fashionwise right now?For us it is very casual. Our shirting can be washed in the machine and worn with a sweater or worn over a T-shirt or just kind of rolled up. That’s kind of the vibe of the collection. It’s casual but it is also something that you can wear to work if you want.What are the prices in the store?The average shirt is around $170. The average pair of pants is probably $180 and then we make our own T-shirts that are probably around $50. And sweaters are $250 to $300.Is there a secret to your success?I think for me it’s really just that I love doing it. I think that anyone who really puts their heart into it and really enjoys it is going to keep doing it. I know very few people who are able to dive in and say, “Oh, this is great.” It’s really a long-term commitment because you are constantly improving and constantly getting your name out there. There’s a tremendous amount of designers who are out there as well. So if you don’t really love it you are going to get sick of it or bored of it pretty quick or you run out of cash. It’s really something you have to have a love for because it’s not the easiest business.What’s the best experience you’ve ever had as a store owner?It’s very fulfilling and exciting for me that when you make, design or buy something to have people come in and love it and buy it. And then they wear it and you’re out at a party and you see people wearing it and they talk to you about how much they like it. Things like that. They’re all great to hear.You wear three different hats: retailer, designer and sales agent. Do you like any of them better?I started with retailer, then I switched to rep and then I switched to design and there is not one that I would like to give up. I really enjoy the whole process. For me it’s being able to incorporate buying with designing and making sure that we are designing into an area where we are not covered and finding these niches is very valuable. As far as representing designers, finding these designers and putting them into our stores and helping to promote them and grow their business is tremendously satisfying as well. But they are all very much complementary businesses so the business is really this amalgamation of all three working together. I feel like it would be lacking if any of them were not there. What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable
New Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) on Tuesday gave four weeks’ time to Vikram Bakshi to settle his dispute with state owned-HUDCO which is claiming dues of Rs 195 crore from the McDonald’s estranged partner. A two member bench of the appellate tribunal headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya said this would be the “last chance” to Bakshi to settle the dispute with Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO). Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”We allow four weeks time to Vikram Bakshi to settle the matter with HUDCO,” said the NCLAT. The tribunal also directed Bakshi to file a report on the development by filing an affidavit in the matter before it. Earlier this month, fast-food chain McDonald’s and Bakshi had announced to reach an out-of-court settlement, buying out its partner’s stake in their JV Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt Ltd, which operates fast food chain in northern and eastern India. Both McDonald’s and Bakshi had moved to withdraw cases filed against each other before the NCLAT to settle their dispute, which was then opposed by HUDCO claiming dues of Rs 195 crore on Bakshi.
TORONTO – The Bank of Nova Scotia is doubling down on Chile with a $2.9-billion offer to buy a majority stake in a Chilean bank, as the Canadian lender’s latest quarterly profits rose despite a drop in trading revenues, natural disasters and a flying loonie.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) said Tuesday it has submitted a binding offer to acquire Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.’s (BBVA) interests in its Chilean banking operation, BBVA Chile, and certain subsidiaries.If the deal goes through, it would double Scotiabank’s market share in Chile to roughly 14 per cent and make the Canadian lender the third-largest non-state owned bank in the country, it added.The bank said the transaction is in line with its strategy to increase its scale within the Chilean banking sector and the high-growth Pacific Alliance countries, which also includes Mexico, Peru and Colombia.“This is a high-quality asset bank,” Scotiabank’s president and chief executive Brian Porter told analysts on a conference call.“It’s very well run,” he said. “We think it’s a good fit of assets, and will be a good fit of people and technology.”BBVA owns about 68 per cent of BBVA Chile — which has $29 billion in assets and has 4,000 employees at 127 branches — and its minority partner, the Said family, owns about 32 per cent. Scotiabank added that BBVA is willing to accept the deal if the Said family does not exercise its right of first refusal under a shareholders agreement.The $2.9-billion offer came hours before Scotiabank posted fourth-quarter earnings of $2.07 billion in net income or $1.64 diluted earnings per share for the three months ended Oct. 31, up from $2.01 billion or $1.57 during the same time last year.Canada’s third-biggest lender was the first of the country’s biggest banks to report its fourth-quarter earnings. Scotiabank posted net interest income, or the profit generated from loans, of $3.83 billion, up five per cent from a year earlier. Adjusting for the negative impact of foreign currency translation, fourth-quarter net interest income grew seven per cent.Scotiabank’s latest quarter was helped by its Canadian banking division, with net income attributable to shareholders up by 12 per cent to $1.06 billion. Its international banking division saw an 11 per cent rise in net income to $605 million during the period, even amidst a string of natural disasters including hurricanes in the Caribbean and an earthquake in Mexico.Still, these profit bumps were offset by a 15 per cent drop in fourth-quarter net income in its global banking and markets division to $391 million.Scotiabank’s provision for credit losses, or money set aside for bad loans, was $536 million, down from $550 million in the same period a year earlier.“Overall, we had been anticipating a weak close to the capital markets year for the group and, at least so far, that is what we have gotten,” said CIBC analyst Robert Sedran in a note to clients. “Soft revenues held back the results this quarter.”Shares of Scotiabank were down as much as 2.45 per cent on Tuesday to $81.43 in early morning trading in Toronto.Even still, the bank reported a nearly 11 per cent increase in net income for the fiscal year to $8.24 billion up from $7.37 billion a year earlier. Scotiabank’s diluted earnings per share for the 2017 fiscal year rose eight per cent to $6.49, compared to $6 in 2016.Its key measure of financial health, the common equity tier 1 ratio (CET1), increased to 11.5 per cent, up from 11.3 per cent in its third quarter and 11.0 per cent in the fourth quarter last year.That strong ratio gives Scotiabank the “optionality” to deploy its capital in various ways, including acquisitions, Porter said.If the transaction to acquire all the shares of BBVA Chile is completed, Scotiabank’s CET1 would be reduced by approximately 135 basis points, it said. Scotiabank’s chief financial officer Sean McGuckin told analysts that he expects the CET1 ratio to stay above 10.5.If successful, Scotiabank expects to settle the transaction during its first quarter, which ends on Jan. 31, and close the deal in the summer of 2018, bank executives said.Scotiabank shares fell on news of the proprosed deal to $1.75, or 2.10 per cent, to $81.73 at the closing of markets.
Itahar/Buniyadpur (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday asked the people to keep vigil about transportation of boxes of various colours, in an oblique reference to allegations of a black trunk having been offloaded from the prime minister’s helicopter in Karnataka. Speaking at two rallies in Balurghat constituency, Banerjee attacked the RSS saying that it has imbibed the “shopping mall culture”. “I urge the public to keep their eyes and ears open as during elections boxes of various colours – red, blue and other colours – are coming,” Banerjee said without naming anyone. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The Congress had on Sunday demanded a probe into the alleged transportation of a “suspicious black trunk” in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter during his visit to Chitradurga in Karnataka for poll campaign. Modi had addressed an election rally in Chitradurga on April 9. The party also played a video clip purportedly showing that the trunk, after being unloaded from the PM’s helicopter, was carried to a private car that, it alleged, was not a part of the SPG carcade and was taken away. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Taking on the RSS, the Trinamool Congress supremo said, “Those who used to wear khaki shorts have now imbibed the shopping mall culture.” The RSS have shed its 90-year-old dress code and knee-length khaki shorts were replaced by brown trousers. She reiterated her allegation that the Congress is taking assistance of the RSS to help its Jangipur and Baharampur candidates win. While Abhijit Mukherjee, the son of former President Pranab Mukherjee, is the Congress candidate at Jangipur, former West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Adhir Chowdhury is the the party’s candidate from Baharampur. Claiming that the BJP was indulging in politics of dividing people on religious lines, Banerjee said she was ready to risk her life but would not allow politics of division. “It (BJP) claims to be champion of Hinduism. Are we not Hindus?” she asked, saying that her parents had taught her to respect all religions and to treat them equally. The firebrand TMC supremo, who is a Brahmin, said she chants Chandi mantra every morning. “The BJP is imposing on us a religion which has no relation to Hinduism or our country. We believe in togetherness of different faiths and languages,” she said. Claiming that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre has worked against the interest of the general public of the country, she alleged that prices of petroleum products were increased everyday when crude oil rates were low in the international market. “The LPG price has touched Rs 800 per cylinder. If a poor person has to buy gas at such a high price, he will be left with no money to buy food,” she said. Claiming that the NRC in Assam has left lakhs of Hindu and Muslim Bengalis stateless, she asserted that she will not allow it in West Bengal. BJP president Amit Shah has said in various rallies in West Bengal that the saffron party would implement the NRC in the state if voted to power again.
28 May 2009The Secretary-General’s Special Representative on children and armed conflict has called for urgent support of hundreds of former child soldiers recently released from a demobilization centre in Burundi and reunited with their families. The last 340 former child soldiers, formerly associated with the Forces Nationales pour la Liberation (FNL) rebel militia, who have left the Gitega Demobilization Centre, must receive long-term care to ensure a lasting reintegration into their communities, Radhika Coomaraswamy said in a press release issued yesterday.She also appealed for the discharge of another 44 children who remain with FNL dissidents in the Randa and Buramata assembly sites, urging the Government to finalize their separation without delay.“Child soldiers endure traumatizing experiences and their long-tern reintegration must remain a priority of the Government,” said Ms. Coomaraswamy.She called on the Government and the donor community to develop and support long-term reintegration activities for all the children formerly associated with armed groups, noting that a delay in providing socio-economic support could derail the process.“The promise of peace and tangible support will help them to rebuild their lives,” added Ms. Coomaraswamy.The Security Council has repeatedly voiced its concerns over delays in implementing the 2006 Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement signed between the Government and the FNL, ending a brutal civil war lasting four decades between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority.In December, the Council extended the mandate of the UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB) until the end of this year to help restore peace in the small Central African country, where the ethnic conflict has killed hundreds of thousands.
A Pakistani national and seven others have been arrested with drugs and weapons, the Police said.The Police said that the Special Task Force arrested the suspects during a raid. A raid had been carried out on the residence of the brother of renowned underworld figure ‘Dematagoda Chaminda’ and the suspects were arrested at the time. (Colombo Gazette)
Ohio State defender Marike Mousset fights off a Bulls midfielder in the Buckeyes’ victory on Aug. 26 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Aaron Tomich | Senior Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (5-1-0) put up a tough battle against Notre Dame (3-2-2) in a double overtime thriller at home Friday and came out victorious, defeating the Fighting Irish 2-1 in the 105th minute when Notre Dame put a goal in its own net.The winning goal came from a failed clearance of senior forward Sammy Edwards’ shot, which spun backward and sailed into the back of the net to conclude the game.Before the final goal, the Buckeyes’ offense continued to press, determined to take home its fourth consecutive victory.“One of our objectives always is to win in overtime, so, obviously by putting pressure on Notre Dame resulted in an own-goal,” coach Lori Walker-Hock said, “But I thought it was a great shot by Sammy in the initial phase of it, and I think we did a nice job to continue to keep that pressure on, and the soccer Gods took care of it.”Though Ohio State may have lucked out with the Irish’s own-goal, it didn’t discredit the talent of their opponent, or the drive and determination of their own team.“They’re a great team, but we just came out on all cylinders tonight, I thought, and everyone was working for each other and the momentum was going our way,” senior defender Morgan Wolcott said. “We got some fluke goal in, but a goal is a goal.”Wolcott put the Buckeyes on the board, scoring the initial goal for the team in the 14th minute. The goal was set up by a lofted corner kick from senior defender Nikki Walts and was buried by a header from Wolcott just six yards inside the post, giving the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead.This resulted in Wolcott’s first goal of the 2017 season, and the seventh of her career.As the first half progressed, the Irish were able to break down the Buckeyes’ back line, which ultimately lead to a Notre Dame goal from sophomore forward Natalie Jacobs in the 39th minute. Jacobs was able to finish the rebound from a save by junior keeper Devon Kerr and tie up the game before half time.As the game remained a tie at the end of regulation, Walker-Hock knew adjustments were necessary as her team went into overtime.“At halftime, we talked about how soft the goal was that we gave up, and we needed to figure out a way to make up for that,” Walker-Hock said. “I felt that there were moments in the game where we really controlled the flow, and there were other moments where Notre Dame certainly had possession for long period of time.”In an effort to improve its performance, the team reevaluated their initial game plan and discussed what they were doing that wasn’t working, and what it needed to do help defend better and work as a team, Wolcott said.Ohio State’s adjustments were successful in leading them to a win against a challenging non-conference opponent.“I thought it was a very even game until late in the game where I really felt our fitness kicked in, and I felt like we had a majority of the overtime,” Walker-Hock said. “It’s an excellent Notre Dame team, and I’m super proud of how we fought through it and finished things off in overtime.”The last time the Irish played the Buckeyes on in Columbus was on Oct. 1, 1995, when Notre Dame beat Ohio State 2-1 in overtime.The Buckeyes are set to take on St. Joseph’s at home Sunday at 1 p.m. to conclude their non-conference run.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLabour Day MessagesMay 1, 2019In “latest news”Kenneth Joseph hailed as ‘a true champion of the workers’February 24, 2017In “latest news”Pay rise “imposition” in public service unacceptable – FITUGOctober 24, 2017In “Business” …says in its Labour Day Message The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) in its Labour Day Message says unity in the Trade Union Movement is needed now more than ever, as the working people are confronted with increasing pressures and heavier burdens.See full statement below:The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) extends warm and fraternal greetings to the workers of Guyana on the occasion of Labour Day 2017. This year, as workers in various parts of the country take part in marches and rallies, the GAWU is pleased to record that the observances are characterized by greater signs of unity in the trade union movement. Such togetherness is needed especially at this time when our working-people are confronted by increasing pressures and heavier burdens.The GAWU is also saddened to record that for the first time, in a long time, Labour Day finds workers and their families in a state of great uncertainty and having to contend with steadily declining living standards and an ever increasing cost of living. We see deteriorating economic circumstances serving to devalue our dollar and increasing the cost of imports. At the same time, additional burdens are placed on workers backs with the taxation of previously untaxed essential goods and services; the introduction of new taxes; the hiking of extant taxes; the significant increases in the cost of Government fees, among other things. In such a depressing state we see the promise of a ‘Good Life’ becoming increasingly elusive.For the nation’s sugar workers, Labour Day celebrations are most bitter. Not only are they the only segment of the state’s employees to be denied pay rises and incentive payments,but now salt is being rubbed into the deep wounds inflicted on the heels of the closure of Wales as thousands more stand to be gravely affected by the Administration’s closure and sell-out intentions for sugar. In totality, 9,000 workers will have their jobs lost and thus forced onto the breadline resulting from the Executive’s ill-considered and, seemingly ill-thought-out, decision on sugar. Aside from the workers tens of thousands of poor, hard-working Guyanese stand to be affected and scores of now vibrant villages will certainly experience falling standards. It seems, from our perspective, that the ‘Good Life’ is not applicable to this large section of Guyanese.It is disheartening, and perplexing, that in spite of the massive social and economic consequences that will attend the industry’s miniaturization, the Executive remains headstrong and seemingly unconcerned. Clearly, it seems to us in GAWU, that the Government has selectively ignored the advice of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which had warned that the societal effects of the sugar decision must be considered foremostly. Such consideration is especially important when the alternatives proposed are seemingly non-starters. GAWU reiterates its strong view that sugar can be saved and be made sustainable. Key to such a feat we hold is a supportive Administration, a knowledgeable management, and committed workforce.Indeed, the working-people, the students, the farmers, the youth, the pensioners are facing challenging and tough times. But, at the same time, we are also seeing increasingly the fight back and resistance to the harsh decisions being taken. This is indeed a positive development and one that augurs well for our people and that should be actively and widely supported. As the workers and their organisations celebrate Labour Day, the GAWU looks to the unity displayed today being consolidated. This is a demand of the times in which we live and is in the interest of Guyana’s working-people and our nation’s future as well.
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The free-to-play model of gaming is most prevalent on the PC, and in particular has been embraced by MMO developers. But well-known publisher/developer Tecmo has decided to embrace it for the next iteration of Dead or Alive on consoles, and will offer a free-to-play version of the game on the PS3.Released this coming September, DOA5 Ultimate has been developed by Team Ninja and will be available as a full, paid-for game on disc for both the PS3 and Xbox 360. However, a limited basic version will also be offered as an experiment only on the PS3 as a download. It will only include four characters alongside all the game modes with the exception of story mode.If you want more content, you can either buy the disc version, or pay to unlock certain features. New characters will be 400 yen each (US$4) and the Story Mode will cost 1,500 yen (US$15). The disc version will most likely carry the usual new game cost of $60. In return you get everything, including every character and costume.Deciding to experiment with free-to-play on consoles doesn’t come without risk, though. Players may choose to stick with the free version of the game until the disc version drops in price. That typically happens within a few weeks of it being available. Offering the disc version with everything unlocked also suggests Tecmo won’t be releasing any DLC for the game. And if they do, will it also be made available to those playing the free version?Other publishers will definitely be watching this experiment with interest. If it ends up boosting sales or seeing revenue brought in from free-to-play players buying content, it won’t take long for other games to embrace it. I’m skeptical, however, and predict this will cut into Tecmo’s profits from lower sales of the full game.Now read: Gran Turismo 6 is on PS3 because of 70 million consoles
Les îles du Pacifique de plus en plus impactées par le réchauffement climatiqueBien que les îles du Pacifique ne produisent que très peu de gaz à effet de serre, elles font partie des premières victimes du réchauffement climatique. Elles pourraient être submergées par les eaux. De plus, le poisson, qui constitue la majeure partie des repas, est menacé par la dégradation des récifs coralliens, due au réchauffement et à l’acidification des océans.Les émissions de carbone dans l’atmosphère des îles du Pacifique sont minimes. Pourtant, les micro-Etats sont eux, les premières victimes des effets du réchauffement climatique et font leur possible pour s’adapter aux bouleversements environnementaux qu’ils ne font que subir. Comme le rappelle Jimmie Rodgers, directeur général de la Communauté du Pacifique (CPS qui regroupe 21 états et territoires océaniens plus l’Australie, la Nouvelle-Zélande, les États-Unis et la France), “le Pacifique insulaire, qui compte environ 10 millions d’habitants, n’est aucunement à l’origine des pollutions concernées”.”Il est victime des pays industriels qui n’arrivent pas à contrôler leurs émissions” et “la vérité est qu’on ne peut pas faire grand-chose, à part subir et s’adapter”, souligne t-il cité par l’AFP. Même si la CPS inclut désormais systématiquement le paramètre climat dans l’élaboration de ses programmes, cela reste insuffisant. En effet, le changement climatique constitue “la plus grande menace pour les moyens de subsistance, la sécurité et le bien être des populations”. Selon les scénarios les plus pessimistes, Kiribati, Tuvalu ou encore Tokelau pourraient d’ici la fin du siècle avoir été submergés par les eaux.Un impact important sur la sécurité alimentaire “C’est de pire en pire chez nous. Quand il y a une tempête, l’eau envahit les maisons et les jardins. Les familles perdent leurs biens mais aussi leurs moyens de subsistance : poules, cochons, bétail, cultures”, s’alarme Apisai Ielemia, ministre des affaires étrangères de Tuvalu. Par ailleurs, les poissons, qui constituent les principales sources de protéines des habitants d’Océanie, sont menacés par la dégradation des récifs coralliens, du au réchauffement et à l’acidification des océans.De plus, “la hausse de la température de l’océan entraîne une modification des grands courants marins, qui fait se déplacer vers l’est du Pacifique les stocks de thonidés”, explique Johann Bell, directeur de recherche halieutique. Fatalement, cela “a une incidence sur la sécurité alimentaire, qui va contraindre ces populations à changer leurs modes de vie”, explique Brian Dawson, conseiller principal en changement climatique à la CPS. L’organisation fait son possible pour encourager l’installation de dispositifs flottant de concentration du poisson qui permettent aux populations côtières de pouvoir pêcher du thon plus au large (la pêche de ce poisson représente entre 20 et 40% des revenus de ces îles). Elle aide également les populations à se convertir à l’aquaculture en eau douce en mettant en place des bassins.Une substance toxique dans le manioc À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Dans le domaine agricole, une banque de semences a été créée pour sélectionner les plantes telles que le taro, les ignames ou la patate douce les plus résistantes à la sécheresse ou à la salinité. Mais là aussi des problèmes voient le jour puisque les scientifiques ont observé qu’en réaction au CO2 le manioc produisait une substance toxique, pouvant engendrer paralysie et cécité chez l’homme. Si “dans le Pacifique la concentration de cette toxine est encore très faible, à horizon 2060, on pourrait avoir des problèmes sérieux”, s’inquiète Johann Bell.Enfin, du point de vue sanitaire, la prolifération des moustiques fait que “dans certaines régions des hauts plateaux de Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, il y a maintenant des cas de paludisme alors qu’il n’y en avait jamais eu auparavant”, relève le scientifique.Le 3 avril 2013 à 18:16 • Maxime Lambert
West Ham United are ready to sell fan favourite Michail Antonio this summer for a fee in the region of £15m, reports Sky SportsThe English winger has struggled with fitness issues over the past 12 months and, while he has impressed new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini with his attitude, the Hammers have decided to sell him this summer.The London club have just signed Jack Wilshere on a three-year deal and are close to completing deals for both Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson, which would leave Antonio with no other option but to leave.What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….The 28-year-old’s struggles with fitness had a telling effect on his time on the pitch last season with Antonio being limited to just 21 appearances in all competitions.While Crystal Palace have previously expressed an interest in Antonio, the Eagles’ priority now is to ensure that Wilfried Zaha remains at the club for next season.
AP Photo/Carolyn KasterProtester call out against the Supreme Court ruling upholding President Donald Trump’s travel ban outside the the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban by a narrow 5-4 rulingon Tuesday, touching off fiery reactions on Capitol Hill and a jubilant response from the president.Five justices said the ban preventing most people from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, in addition to government officials from Venezuela, from entering the U.S. does not discriminate against Muslims or exceed the president’s authority.The Trump administration reactsPresident Trump tweeted after the court’s decision: “SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!”SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018“In this era of worldwide terrorism and extremist movements bent on harming innocent civilians, we must properly vet those coming into our country,” he said in a longer statement issued by the White House.“While we have the most generous immigration system in the world, it has repeatedly been exploited by terrorists and other malicious actors who seek to do us harm,” the Department of Homeland Security said in another statement. “President Trump’s executive actions take important steps to protect the American people by allowing for the proper review and establishment of standards to prevent terrorist or criminal infiltration by foreign nationals.”Some advocates liken the ruling to segregation“Not since key decisions on slavery, segregation in schools, and Japanese-American incarceration, have we seen a decision that so clearly fails to protect those most vulnerable to government-led discrimination,” said Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, which is based in Oakland, California. She vowed to fight against the ban until the president’s “anti-Muslim agenda is overturned for good.”Welcoming foreigners to U.S. shores was key to the country’s founding principles, said Cyrus Mehri, an Iranian-American civil rights lawyer. “While today’s decision sadly fails to recognize that the travel ban is a discriminatory and unlawful departure from this tradition, I am hopeful that we can go back to our welcoming roots in the future,” he said.Michael Keegan, president of People For the American Way, an advocacy group that fights “right-wing extremism,” called the ban “a gross violation of the First Amendment” that makes “a mockery of the court’s commitment to religious freedom.”Reactions on Capitol Hill are all over the mapYuri Gripas/Reuters/Via PBS NewsHourSenator John Cornyn (R-TX) talk to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018.“This is not a Muslim ban,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters in the halls of the Senate. “It’s not anything that President Obama didn’t do when he was president, so I’m not surprised the Supreme Court ruled the way they did.”Asked if Trump was trying to restrict entry of Muslims or other religious groups into the U.S., Cornyn said, “I think he’s trying to keep the country safe.”House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, also came out in support of the ruling. “We should not allow people from adversarial states or conflict zones into America until they have been vetted to the fullest extent possible,” he said.Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., however, said just because the travel ban was ruled constitutional, “doesn’t mean that it’s right, that it’s justified or that it reflects America’s values.” Coons said he plans to introduce legislation to make clear that the U.S. does “not tolerate discrimination based on religion or nationality.”At a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., called the decision “heartbreaking.” “This must bring us together as a country,” he said. Watch more of the rally: “A gloating braggart is not going to win at the end of the day,” Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., first Muslim elected to Congress, said on CNN. Those who support religious liberty and freedom will prevail, he added. Share
More information: T. Lin et al. Nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon of extraordinary capacitance for electrochemical energy storage, Science (2015). DOI: 10.1126/science.aab3798ABSTRACTCarbon-based supercapacitors can provide high electrical power, but they do not have sufficient energy density to directly compete with batteries. We found that a nitrogen-doped ordered mesoporous few-layer carbon has a capacitance of 855 farads per gram in aqueous electrolytes and can be bipolarly charged or discharged at a fast, carbon-like speed. The improvement mostly stems from robust redox reactions at nitrogen-associated defects that transform inert graphene-like layered carbon into an electrochemically active substance without affecting its electric conductivity. These bipolar aqueous-electrolyte electrochemical cells offer power densities and lifetimes similar to those of carbon-based supercapacitors and can store a specific energy of 41 watt-hours per kilogram (19.5 watt-hours per liter). This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working in China has found a way to dramatically improve the energy storage capacity of supercapacitors—by doping carbon tubes with nitrogen. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their process and how well the newly developed supercapacitors worked, and their goal of one day helping supercapacitors compete with batteries. Journal information: Science Like a battery, a capacitor is able to hold a charge, unlike a battery, however, it is able to be charged and discharged very quickly—the down side to capacitors is that they cannot hold nearly as much charge per kilogram as batteries. The work by the team in China is a step towards increasing the amount of charge that can be held by supercapacitors (capacitors that have much higher capacitance than standard capacitors—they generally employ carbon-based electrodes)—in this case, they report a threefold increase using their new method—noting also that that their supercapacitor was capable of storing 41 watt-hours per kilogram and could deliver 26 kilowatts per kilogram to a device.The new supercapacitor was made by first forming a template made of tubes of silica. The team then covered the inside of the tubes with carbon using chemical vapor deposition and then etched away the silica, leaving just the carbon tubes, each approximately 4 to 6 nanometers in length. Then, the carbon tubes were doped with nitrogen atoms. Electrodes were made from the resulting material by pressing it in powder form into a graphene foam. The researchers report that the doping aided in chemical reactions within the supercapacitor without causing any changes to its electrical conductivity, which meant that it was still able to charge and discharge as quickly as conventional supercapcitors. The only difference was the dramatically increased storage capacity.Because of the huge increase in storage capacity, the team believes they are on the path to building a supercapacitor able to compete directly with batteries, perhaps even lithium-ion batteries. They note that would mean being able to charge a phone in mere seconds. But before that can happen, the team is looking to industrialize their current new supercapacitor, to allow for its use in actual devices. Graphene and metal nitrides improve the performance and stability of energy storage devices Explore further Citation: Carbon doped with nitrogen dramatically improves storage capacity of supercapacitors (2015, December 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-carbon-doped-nitrogen-storage-capacity.html Fabrication schematic of ordered mesoporous fewlayer carbon (OMFLC). Credit: Science (2015). DOI: 10.1126/science.aab3798