Don’t want to be complacent, don’t want to be desperate: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia’s 246-run victory over England in the Vizag Test would mean so much for Virat Kohli. He was still in his nascent stages as a world-class batsman the last time England toured this country. (Match Scorecard | Key Highlights)To his horror, Kohli saw his team crumble at home as England recorded resounding wins in Mumbai and Kolkata in 2012. Two years later, when it looked like India were up to avenge the humiliation suffered in their own backyard, after a draw in Trent Bridge and a victory at Lord’s, India crumbled again and this time, Kohli went down with the team.India, in 2016, are a far cry from what they were in 2014. Kohli is a far better player and he was more determined to make amends. Consequently, after scores of 40 and 49 not out in Rajkot, the skipper led from the front with 167 and 81 in Vizag as India finally put to bed some of their nightmarish memories against England. (Vizag Test: Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin help India annihilate England)Kohli won his first man-of-the-match award against England in Tests after his spinners had scripted a memorable victory. However, the Delhi run-machine, was not arrogant in his moment of glory after a long run of pain and agony against the Englishmen came to a grinding halt.”We’re playing some really good cricket. We don’t want to be complacent. We respect the team England is. They’re going to play quality cricket in Mohali. We need to strike the right balance of not getting too desperate and not getting complacent either,” Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony. (Virat Kohli shatters another record)advertisementKohli’s aggregate of 248 runs in the match, happens to be the highest against England in Tests by an Indian captain. Life truly has come a full circle for the man, who was long ago handed over the mantle of breaking records by Sachin Tendulkar.Kohli said he wanted to lead from the front on a pitch where the batsmen were never really comfortable in the early stages of their innings. Besides, Kohli said scoreboard pressure got to England, who were in all sorts of trouble after losing five wickets including Joe Root in the morning session of the final day.Kohli was also the difference between the two teams in India’s second innings after England attempted a fightback with the ball after conceding a 200-run lead. While the rest of his colleagues failed to get going against Stuart Broad and Adil Rashid, Kohli stood strong with a polished knock and a strike-rate of 74.31.The captain said he wanted to show intent and intent, he did show.”We wanted to make sure we batted deep in the first innings, get 450-plus and that’s exactly what we did. From there on, the bowlers are (always going to be) on top. That’s what we did in Rajkot. Scoreboard pressure counts in Test cricket. It was tough in the second innings. Had to dig it out. The idea was to show intent and get as many runs as possible.”last_img read more

CRPF turns Madadgaar in Kashmir Valley, sets up helpline

first_imgThe Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has announced a 24×7 helpline called ‘Madadgaar’ (The Helpful) with the number 14411 exclusively for citizens of Kashmir.The helpline will be on issues like public safety, public utility, medical assistance, Pilgrimage and tourist assistance, natural calamities and recruitment and sports activities.A brainchild of CRPF IG Zulfikar Hassan, the helpline’s control room will be manned by a team of 20 personnel. It will be disseminating information and SOS help.Zulfikar told India Today: “We are one of the largest forces on ground with 47 battalions in the state. During our long deployment here, we have often heard  common man’s grievances. This is where we feel we can provide help. If there is a medical assistance, a car break down, or any other assistance we will provide aid.”At a time when there is an increased sense of alienation CRPF says that in the long-run the forces should not be conceived as villains of peace, perpetrators of violence and justice but as well-wishers of the people of Kashmir.The helpline will be thrown open after an official inauguration by Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra where the DG CRPF and other senior officers will be present. Before the inauguration, CRPF has made 6 catchy jingles doing the rounds of radio, reaching out to people.This will provide assistance to citizens from the state venturing to other states of India as well. The inauguration of the helpline has come days ahead of the crucial Amarnath Yatra which begins on June 29.advertisementThis even as the force deals with spate of terror attacks in south Kashmir. While the force admits there is a danger that militants may use the helpline to ambush the CRPF. But the force feels they are doing a noble cause and are prepared for any eventuality.CRPF in Kashmir Valley is looking for an image changeover. The force which has been accused of use of excessive force against civilians including use of pellet guns as means of crowd control management in the Valley. On the other end, the force has faced hostile crowds and stone-pelting during law and order and even during encounter.Also read:Wave of terror hits Valley: Kashmir on high alert after militants carry out multiple back-to-back strikes Jammu and Kashmir: CRPF kill 4 militants after they attacked camp in Bandipora Top CRPF officer’s report alleges fake encounter in Assam in which 2 men were killedAlso watch:Will neutralize terrorists with robust security deployment, says IG CRPF Zulfiqar Hasanlast_img read more

PAOK vs. Olympiakos Cancelled as Paper Roll Hits Coach

first_imgTHESSALONIKI (AP) — The eagerly awaited derby between Greek league leader PAOK and defending champion Olympiakos at PAOK’s Toumba Stadium never got underway Sunday, after Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia was sent to hospital after being hit in the face by a cash register paper roll.While they did not dispute the hit, PAOK officials said Olympiakos exaggerated the impact in an attempt to have PAOK, which is six points ahead of Olympiakos, face punishment and possible point deduction.“This is a shadow play, a strategy that Olympiakos started implementing even ahead of the game, fantasizing about (incidents) in its friendly media,” said PAOK communications chief Kyriakos Kyriakos. “Just this morning, they warned us that they would leave the pitch at the slightest incident.”The roll appeared to be thrown from the VIP stands as the teams came out before the game started.Garcia was rushed to a hospital, but the teams stayed in the stadium for nearly three hours before they were told the game was off.The private clinic where Garcia was taken issued a statement about five hours after the coach was admitted, saying his upper left lip was swollen and skin on the inside of his mouth was injured.“He has sensitivity in the jaw, neck pain, dizziness and nausea,” the clinic statement says.Garcia was scheduled to stay at the hospital overnight.[captiPhoto by ΜΟΤΙΟΝ ΤΕΑΜ.Witnesses claimed the roll had already unfolded when it reached Garcia.No away fans were allowed at the game and PAOK supporters were unusually well-behaved ahead of kickoff. The often seen spectacle of flares creating a wall of thick smoke was absent. Instead, home fans greeted their team throwing pieces of torn paper, like confetti — and the cash register paper roll.There was one incident outside the arena, as police dispersed about a thousand fans with tear gas, but otherwise the nearly 30,000-seat arena was evacuated without incident.Olympiakos is required to get a diagnosis from a public hospital, not the private clinic Garcia is currently in.Olympiakos also faces a deduction of three points for fan behavior last month. The club has already been deducted those points, but is appealing the sentence. Pending appeal, the standings do not reflect the sentence. A loss of those three points and with eight rounds remaining would essentially scuttle Olympiakos’ hopes for a 20th league title in 22 seasons. But sanctions against PAOK, together with a successful appeal, would complicate the odds.Second-place AEK Athens, which lies two points behind PAOK and plays at fourth-place Atromitos Monday could take over the league lead with a win.___By COSTAS KANTOURIS and DEMETRIS NELLAS , Associated PressNellas reported from Athens, GreecePhoto by ΜΟΤΙΟΝ ΤΕΑΜ.Photo by LATO KLODIAN / EUROKINISSI)Photo by LATO KLODIAN / EUROKINISSI)Photo by LATO KLODIAN / EUROKINISSI)Photo by LATO KLODIAN / EUROKINISSI)on id=”attachment_191827″ align=”aligncenter” width=”750″] Photo by ΜΟΤΙΟΝ ΤΕΑΜ.[/caption]Photo by LATO KLODIAN / EUROKINISSIPhoto by ΜΟΤΙΟΝ ΤΕΑΜ.Photo by ΜΟΤΙΟΝ ΤΕΑΜ.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Andres Iniesta eyeing J. League debut on Sunday for Vissel Kobe

first_imgAndres Iniesta is eyeing his J. League debut this weekend with new club Vissel Kobe after arriving in Japan on Wednesday.The Spaniard said that he is excited to meet his new Vissel Kobe teammates and wants to make his debut on Sunday in their match against Shonan Bellmare.The 34-year-old won nine La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns along with six King’s Cups during his 16-year stay at the club.Kobe officials said Iniesta would join up with his new team mates for training on Friday before Sunday’s match, Kyodo news agency reported.”It was a long trip but I had been looking forward to coming to Japan. I’m excited to play with my Vissel team mates,” Kyodo quoted Iniesta as saying after his arrival at Kansai airport, where he was greeted by 300 fans.”I want to play as soon as possible. I’ll get in top condition for Sunday, and I hope to show the fans great play.”Iniesta will link up with former German international Lukas Podolski at Kobe and will wear his familiar number eight jersey.He will try to help Kobe, currently sixth in the league after 15 games, win a first Japanese championship. The club’s highest finish was seventh in 2016.Iniesta, who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, called time on his international career after Spain’s surprise defeat to hosts Russia at the World Cup earlier this month.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

LG Q9 inches closer to launch after NRRA certification

first_imgEarlier this month, fresh image leaks of the LG Q9 suggested that LG’s upcoming smartphone would sport a 6.1-inch display with a notch top. And now, just days after the report first came out, the phone has been certified by South Korea’s National Radio Research Agency (NRRA). This could indicate that the company is planning to launch the phone, which it said to be the rebranded version of the LG G7 Fit, in its home country soon.The upcoming LG Q9, as listed on the NRRA website, carries the model number LM-Q925K, 91 Mobiles reported. And the name of the device, as mentioned on the web page of the certification agency reveals that the phone would be LTE enabled. However, the listing does not give out any further details about the device.Notably, days before getting the NRRA certification, the LG Q9 was spotted on the website of Google Play Console. The listing on the platform confirmed that the phone would have Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 in its core. Previous reports suggested that the phone would run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 system-on-chip.In addition to this, the Google Play Console listing revealed that the phone would feature a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels. Besides this, the listing indicates that the phone would come with 4GB RAM and it would run on Android 8.1 Oreo- all of which is in line with the previous leaks.The LG Q9 has already received certification from Bluetooth SIG and with the recent certification, it seems things are moving swiftly for the company.advertisementNotably, while the listing on the certification agency might not have divulged any details, previous leaks have given out ample details to keep us hooked. In terms of design, the LG Q7, just like the company’s recent launches, would sport three buttons on the sides- two for controlling volume and one for turning the device off. The phone would sport thin bezels on the sides and on the top and bottom.Word has it that the phone will be available in two memory variants- one with 32GB space and the other with 64GB storage space. Additionally, it would have a battery measuring 3,550mAh and come with support for NFC.ALSO READ: | LG Q9 leaked press render shows a 6.1-inch screen with a notched displaylast_img read more


first_imgLance Morgan, the CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc and former managing partner of a national Indian law firm has left his former law firm to start a new tribally-owned firm focusing exclusively on the representation of tribes and tribal entities.Morgan says the new law firm is called Big Fire Law & Policy Group:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….being native.:15The name Big Fire has a special family connection to Morgan:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………naming it. 1:41Morgan has five partners and will serve as managing partner for Big Fire.He is planning to add more attorneys soon and will focus his practice on advising other tribes on creating the legal and corporate infrastructure necessary to build strong tribal economies:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………to thrive. ;23Big Fire has offices in Omaha and Winnebago, Nebraska and Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, but will represent tribes and tribal entities from coast-to-coast in jurisdictions across the Nation.last_img read more

Sarri: Guardiola is a sacred monster

first_imgGuardiola ‘Guardiola is a sacred monster’ – Sarri rejects comparisons to Man City coach Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 00:02 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Manchester City Getty Guardiola Napoli Serie A Roma v Napoli Manchester City v Napoli Manchester City UEFA Champions League The Napoli coach hailed his Champions League opponent as “the best coach in the world” and took a modest approach when being compared to him Maurizio Sarri has rejected suggestions he can be compared to “sacred monster” Pep Guardiola, who the Napoli coach rates as the best in the world.Serie A leaders Napoli host unbeaten Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday, seeking revenge for a 2-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium on matchday three.City 6/4 to beat Napoli 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 While 10 wins out of 11 games in Serie A this season has led to Sarri being hailed by fans and the media, the Napoli coach is unwilling to be measured against City boss Guardiola, a two-time Champions League winner.”I cannot compare to him, a sacred monster and the best coach in the world right now,” Sarri told reporters on Tuesday.”I like his football philosophy, the idea that his teams always go out with the ball, some movements are [on] the brink of genius and the way City win the ball back in a clean way.”We are talking about one of those coaches who, when they leave the sport, will have changed the way we see football.”The squad is hard at work on the training pitch #SSCNCity #UCL #ForzaNapoliSempre   #Castelvolturno — Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) October 31, 2017 Sarri has also been compared to Italian great Arrigo Sacchi by Napoli’s Scudetto-winning coach Alberto Bigon, an idea the 58-year-old gave short shrift too.”It’s an insult to Arrigo, who changed football and improved all the big players he had,” Sarri said. “From [Marco] van Basten to [Franco] Baresi, everyone got better with him.”Anyway, if I stop doing this job now I will not be remembered by anyone – because I have won nothing.”Maurizio Sarri - NapoliLike Napoli, City have won all but one of their league games so far this season to sit clear at the top of their domestic table.But Sarri is still confident his side can boost their chances of qualifying for the next phase of the Champions League by earning a positive result at the San Paolo.”In football I do not consider anyone unbeatable, all the teams can be beaten in one way or another,” Sarri said. “The fact remains that Manchester City are currently the strongest team in Europe, trained by the best trainer in Europe.”What do I want to see tomorrow? I would like to see the fear in the eyes of Manchester City players. It would be a good sign for the team and it would mean that we are doing well.”last_img read more


first_imgNTL Officials are hoping the Coffs Harbour skies clear and sun comes out to play before Saturday’s kick-off of competition, after, well, they told the rain it didn’t have any other option but to stop. “The Coffs Harbour weather seems to do this to us quite often, but we’re expecting the next two days to fine up and the fields should dry out quite well. In the worst case scenario, we do have spare fields that can be used and there won’t be any problems for the tournament,” says tournament director Jon Pratt. Up to 2500 players, officials and referees from around Australia are expected to converge on the Coffs community over the next ten days, with no doubt just as many spectators, if not more, also planning a trip to Australia’s premier touch football event. Australia is the World’s number one touch football nation, having returned from the 2003 World Cup in Japan with all five titles. (Mens, Womens, Mixed Open titles, Mens 30’s and Men’s 35’s titles.) With almost all of these World Champion players representing their permits at this tournament, competition is expected to be closer than ever. Jon Pratt says he is excited about how things are looking for the nine days of competition. “With 118 teams nominated for the competition, (53 in the Open Competition and 65 in the Seniors Competition), we’re certainly in for a busy two weeks. The Coffs Harbour community always give us a lot of support and we’re proud to be showcasing not only the best touch football in Australia but some of the best in the world.” The Open Division and 20 years Division competition begins this Saturday at 9am with finals being played on Tuesday 16th from 9am-5pm. The Open Division includes: * Mens, Womens and Mixed Open age groups * Mens and Womens 20 years age groups The Seniors Competition will then commence on Thursday 18th with finals being played on Sunday 21st from 8am-5pm. The Seniors Division includes: * Mens 30’s, 35’s, 40’s, 45’s and 50’s age groups * Womens 30’s, 35’s and 40’s groups Competition is expected to be fierce in all Senior divisions with positions on Australia’s Seniors Teams for a tour to South Africa, England and the Jersey, Channel Isles for the 2004 European Championships up for grabs. For the 20 years Divisions competition will also be incredibly fierce as this tournament is the beginning of a tough selection process leading up to the 2005 Youth World Cup to be held on the Gold Coast next January. For the Open Divisions selectors will be kept busy with the Talent Identification Program (TIP) and beginning selection of the National Training Squads (NTS). Chairman of Selectors Cathy Gray is excited about the depth of talent in Australian Touch Football. “This year’s NTL’s are going to be incredibly busy, but also very exciting for touch football in Australia. For every National Squad this tournament is important in selection for upcoming international teams and events.” media contact: Rachel Moyle, 042 223 3165last_img read more

NYC’s Gotham West Market: Talking to One of The Men Behind the Market

first_img The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Editors’ Recommendations Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market The Gotham West Market, Manhattan’s newest, large-scale collection of high-end food and drink purveyors—as well as one of the city’s most respected bike shops—opened for business this past December.  The Market, part of the luxurious (and also brand new) Gotham West apartment building, contains dining areas, store fronts and learning spaces from Blue Bottle Coffee, The Brooklyn Kitchen, Cannibal, El Colmado, Genuine Roadside, Court Street Grocers, Little Chef, Ivan Ramen, and NYC Velo.We’ve already covered NYC Velo’s take on the Gotham Market experience; and there are plenty of articles praising the dishes and services offered by the food and drink vendors. So, we at The Manual wanted to take a look at some of the bigger picture thinking behind the Market as a whole.We chatted with Chris Jaskiewicz, the COO of the Gotham Organization (the developers of the Gotham West apartments and Market), to find the story behind this new addition to Manhattan’s far west side.When and why did the Gotham West Market first originate?Well, the original plan for the apartment building started back in 2011, and we broke ground on the development in 2012.  It was around that time that we started reaching out to possible chefs and vendors to be incorporated into the Market.Was the vision for the project always the same? Did the type of vendors you wanted change along the way?We did extensive research into the type of people and the type of food we wanted represented in the Market. The Gotham Organization has a long history of high-end developments and we wanted to make sure that was the case here as well.  So, we made sure that the chefs and owners we spoke to fit in with that mindset of ours. We wanted people that would be willing to work as a part of “team” concept to benefit the Market overall; benefit the diversity of the services we could offer our residents as well as anyone traveling to the Market as a destination.What kind of relationship does the Gotham Organization have with the chefs at each of the restaurants in the Market?During the entire process, we had very open and honest relationships with each of our purveyors. We were meeting with these people once a month for about twelve months to ensure that we were all on the same page with how each vendor would be represented and how the entire Market would be represented and work together. We all worked very closely.We’ve already interviewed Andrew Crooks of Velo NYC. Why was it so important to have a bike shop incorporated into the Market?To put it simply: the Hudson bike path. I mean, you have the longest greenway in Manhattan right outside of our building and we wanted to encourage our residents to be a part of that. NYC Velo is one of the most respected bike shops in New York and we thought that our residents and anyone visiting the Market would value their level of service and expertise.So far, is there any aspect of the market that is your favorite?I like walking around the Market from about 10 AM to noon. I recommend that anyone visiting the space go at those hours. I say that because you get to see all of the preparations that the chefs, these highly trained and highly skilled professionals, make before the business of the day. We wanted our residents and guests to have a full view of our chefs at work and I just find the preparation process especially interesting.Do you have any future plans for the Gotham West Market as it moves beyond its first year of existence?Just constant improvement. We are always looking to make things better. We’ve already been improving the signage around the Market so that residents and guests can orient themselves better. We’re also preparing and adding seating for the upcoming warm weather when we can open the glass and take advantage of that space. Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Market How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce This Indoor Market Takes You to Japan Without Ever Leaving New York City last_img read more

Christopher Plummer downplays his Oscar chances but savours the glamour

first_imgIf the Academy Awards are the measure of an actor’s value, Canadian Christopher Plummer is at the top of his game.Three nominations since 2010, including this year for playing J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World.If that’s not impressive enough, he began shooting his role for that film just two days after he finished reading the script. Facebook Advertisement Actor Christopher Plummer is in contention for an Oscar this year for his role as J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World. (Jon Castell/CBC) Advertisement Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement It was a rush job, because director Ridley Scott decided to replace all the scenes with Kevin Spacey in them after allegations of sexual misconduct were made public.Kevin Spacey, left, originally played billionaire J. Paul Getty in the film All The Money In The World. His scenes were redone by Christopher Plummer, right. (Associated Press)Oh yes, one more thing: Plummer is 88 years old.When the nominations were announced, the headline in the Hollywood newspaper Variety wasn’t that Plummer was nominated for the third time in eight years, but instead: “Plummer becomes oldest actor to be nominated for an Oscar.”last_img read more

Rahul rakes up Rafale deal corruption in Amethi

first_imgAmethi (UP): Raking up his often-repeated poll theme of alleged corruption in the Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday exhorted people to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi what he got in return for benefiting Anil Ambani with Rs 30,000 crore in the fighter jet deal. Mocking at the prime minister’s “main bhi chowkidaar campaign” he said, “When his (Modi’s) theft was caught in the Rafale deal, he says ‘hum sab chowkidar hain.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAddressing an election rally in his parliamentary constituency here, Rahul said, “When the prime minister comes and makes false claims, just ask him why he gave Rs 30,000 crores to Ambani and what Ambani did for him in return.” Addressing the rally in Tiloi area here, Rahul Gandhi said, “Soon after the Congress comes to power after the Lok Sabha elections, an inquiry would be instituted in the Rafale deal and the truth will be before everyone.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “What the former former (French) President Francois Hollande said and what is in the French defence files will come out. Only two persons’ names will come out – first Anil Ambani and second Narendra Modi,” he said. He asked the audience if anyone has seen a “chowkidar” before the house of a farmer or a labourer, Gandhi said for some time now, every farmer has been forced to do ‘chowkidari’ of his agriculture field. In Amethi, Rahul Gandhi is pitted against Union Minister Smriti Irani, who, in a rally in the constituency on Sunday, urged voters to bid farewell to their “missing MP” in this election. The voting for Amethi is scheduled to be held on May 6 in the fifth phase of elections. Dwelling on the Congress poll promise of NYAY – the Nyuntam Aay Yojna or the minimum income scheme which envisages a grant of Rs 6,000 a month to 20 percent of the poorest people in the country, he said there was a thinking behind it. “Prime Minister imposed Gabbar Singh Tax (GST) and the money that was taken from your pocket went to those thieves abroad. The moment money went out of your pocket, you stopped purchasing and the factories closed down leading to unemployment,” he said. “Twenty-seven thousand youths lose their jobs every 24 hours,” he claimed, adding “this is the work of the chowkidar”. Talking of the Congress’ promise to create employment opportunities in the country, if voted to power, Rahul Gandhi, went on to say that after 2019, 33 per cent women will be seen in the legislature and also in government jobs. He made the statement apparently in passing without making any specific promise to bring in the Women Reservation Bill in parliament, if voted to power, to reserve 33 percent of legislatures’ seats for women. He also promised to make recruitment on 22 lakh vacant posts in government, adding that 10 lakh youths will get jobs in Panchayats. Recalling his family ties with Amethi, he said on coming to power, the Congress will see to it that all the people harassed here in the past five years are compensated. Addressing another election meeting in Barabanki earlier he said on coming to power, the Congress will take “historic decisions for farmers” and bring out a separate budget for them. Campaigning for party candidate Tanuj Punia, he alleged Modi has run a government which “helped just 15 people” in the past five years and took a sudden decision on demonetisation and made the entire country stand in queues.last_img read more

Climate change the focus of SecretaryGenerals trip to Washington

10 October 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will head tomorrow to Washington for meetings that will focus on the perils of climate change and the importance of achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will head tomorrow to Washington for meetings that will focus on the perils of climate change and the importance of achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).United Nations spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters that the Secretary-General will meet with chief executive officers at the United States Chamber of Commerce to discuss climate change issues.The same subject will be on the agenda when Mr. Ban gives the keynote address later tomorrow to an event organized by the National Association of Evangelicals.He is also expected to discuss the need to meet the MDGs, which world leaders agreed at a UN summit in 2000 to strive to achieve by 2015.Ms. Montas said that on Friday the Secretary-General will meet with members of the US Peace Corps before returning to UN Headquarters in New York. read more

Anglican Bishop says politicians have ruined Sri Lanka

He called on Sri Lanka to unite to build a peaceful new Nation from the succession of tragedies faced by the country. The Anglican Bishop of Colombo today accused politicians of ruining Sri Lanka.Speaking at a media briefing, Rt Revd Dhiloraj Ranjit Canagasabey called on religious leaders, civil society and all citizens who truly love Sri Lanka to unite and formulate policies and mobilise the people to rebuild Sri Lanka. The Bishop also appealed to Sri Lankans not to demonise all Muslims for the sins of a few warped minds.He said the Muslim community must be treated with respect and understanding. The Bishop also appealed to the media to be aware of the enormous power they have saying they can either make this country or kill it with their pen.“Please be retrained and prudent in your reporting,” he said.The Bishop also raised concerns over the threats faced by refugees and asylum seekers in Negombo following the Easter Sunday attacks. “For too long have we watched from the sidelines while our politicians have wrecked and ruined this beautiful and blessed country,” he said. He appealed to the authorities to consider alternative shelter options for the refugees after attempts by the church to provide refuge had to be aborted following protests. (Colombo Gazette) <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> read more

China bans exports to NKorea with possible military use

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2016 11:14 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2016 at 12:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email China bans exports to NKorea with possible military use BEIJING, China – China on Wednesday banned exports to North Korea of technology and materials that might be used in weapons production in a new response to the North’s development of nuclear weapons and missiles.The list of banned “dual use” items with possible civilian and military use includes metal alloys, cutting and laser-welding equipment and materials that could be used in production of chemical weapons, the Commerce Ministry said.Beijing has long supported the North Korean government but in a sign of growing frustration signed on in March to United Nations sanctions enacted in response to the North’s fourth nuclear test. Those penalties include a ban on sales of “dual use” items.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s government has intensified nuclear activities in defiance of U.N. sanctions.China is the impoverished North’s main trading partner and aid donor, making its co-operation essential for the success of trade penalties.In April, China banned imports of North Korean coal and iron ore, an important revenue source for the impoverished country. Beijing also banned sales of jet fuel to the North, though it said civilian aircraft would be allowed to refuel on flights to China.Beijing balked at previous demands by Washington and other governments to use trade as leverage against North Korea. Chinese diplomats said the potential humanitarian impact of sanctions had to be considered.___Chinese Ministry of Commerce (in Chinese): read more

Video senior UN official visits Central African Republic to focus on stronger

During the visit, her first in the new capacity, Jane Holl Lute has been meeting with senior management at the UN mission in the country, known by the acronym MINUSCA, about recent allegations.She called stressed that “we have to get to the root of this problem” describing what occurred as “unacceptable.” Ms. Lute said the UN must create an environment where the victims “can come forward when these behaviours have occurred,” “levy allegations without fear,” and see that “justice is done.” On first visit to Central African Republic, UN Special Coordinator Jane Holl Lute discusses implementing measures to strengthen the response against sexual exploitation and abuse. Credit: MINUSCASecretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Ms. Lute in February to coordinate efforts to curb sexual exploitation and abuse among UN peacekeepers. read more

Government wants future budgets to lean against the wind

first_img Share6 Tweet Email By Aoife Barry IRELAND’S PUBLIC FINANCES have stabilised, unemployment is falling, and our economy is the fastest growing in the EU – and we have a Budget package of €3.4bn to play with.That’s the message in today’s Summer Economic Statement (SES) from the government, which sets out its plans for next year’s budget. The plan basically outlines how much the government has to spend in the budget, but this year it’s cautiously telling us that, yes, things are on the up – but we can never be too careful.That’s why, when it comes to budgetary policy, there are mentions in the SES of a “steady as she goes” approach and a policy that “leans against the wind”. Things are going OK, but we still have Brexit to contend with, as well as a construction sector that’s revving up. There’s always potential for overheating, so cool your jets, lads.The SES was launched today by the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, himself a rather chilled-out member of government.It came pre-Budget but post-the publication of an Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) quarterly economic survey, which predicted strong growth in the Irish economy through 2018 and 2019.  It’s worth noting that earlier this morning, the government warned that there is “little or no scope for tax cuts” in the forthcoming budget.The ERSI report recommended the government balance any planned tax cuts with increases in tax elsewhere, or there is potential for overheating. But as the SES shows, they’re aware of sweltering temperatures already.Here are the main things the SES sets out: He said that while the economic situation is relatively healthy at present, “it is clear that the external environment is also becoming increasingly challenging”. According to Donohoe, a crucial policy response is to build up our capacity to respond to these challenges.“This is why the Government is prioritising reducing public debt, further working down the deficit, establishing a Rainy Day Fund  and avoiding pro-cyclical budgetary policies.”Continued Donohoe:“The objective is to ensure the progressive and steady improvement of living standards and the further improvement in public services, along with continued incremental and sustainable investment in the future to ensure the delivery of lasting prosperity for all of our people.”The B-wordAh yes, Brexit, how could we forget about that? The SES doesn’t forget, with Brexit being mentioned six times and the UK being mentioned 20 times.As the SES points out, the bulk of Irish trade is undertaken with the euro area, UK and US, “and all three are facing challenges”. Quite. For example, the pace of growth in the euro area has slowed in the first quarter.“While it is not yet clear whether this was temporary or the beginning of a more prolonged slowdown, recent political developments in the region show that there are real vulnerabilities,” says the report.In the UK, its post-exit trading relationship with the EU remains clouded in uncertainty, which is weighing on economic performance. The central scenario for fiscal and economic planning purposes in Ireland is that a transition arrangement will be agreed that will cover the period from end-March next year until end-2020; there may be additional clarity following the European Council meeting at end-June.It also points out that the relationship between the EU and US “has been strained of late”, and “any escalation could be problematic for Ireland”.Regarding Brexit, the SES says the central scenario assumes that a transition period will be agreed until end-2020, during which the status quo will continue to apply (the UK will be assumed to remain in the single market and customs union during this period).From 2021 onwards, the EU and the UK are assumed to conclude a free trade agreement; there is, of course, considerable uncertainty in relation to the post-exit nature of the trading arrangements between the EU and the UK.This is why the SES says that over the medium-term “the balance of risk is firmly tilted to the downside and principally on the external side”.First and foremost is the potential fallout from a more adverse-than expected outcome of the Brexit discussions currently under way. Secondly, given the importance of the traded sector in the Irish economy, any disruption to world trade and in particular a tit-for-tat trade war would have a disproportionate impact on Irish growth prospects. In addition, a faster-than-expected normalisation of monetary policy (especially in the euro area), changes in other jurisdictions that affect the competitiveness of Ireland’s corporate tax regime and rising geopolitical uncertainty all have the potential to derail the recovery.Budget spendingWe know so far that the pre-committed expenditure for next year’s Budget amounts to €2.6 billion – and that is to provide for:An increase of €1.5 billion in capital expenditure as part of the NDP;€0.3 billion carryover costs associated with measures introduced this year€0.4 billion in public sector pay increases already agreed€0.4 billion for demographic costs in order to maintain existing levels of service.The SES is all about making sure we don’t fan the flames of fiery economic improvement.“Domestically, the principal risk relates to potential overheating as the economy approaches full-employment,” it says. “While this is likely to boost growth initially, overheating pressures could generate significant imbalances over the medium-term.” Jun 19th 2018, 4:22 PM 29 Comments Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 4:22 PM The Government is targeting a deficit of 0.1% of GDP next year, or betterThis would accommodate a budgetary package of €3.4 billion€2.6 billion has already been pre-committed to expenditure measures as outlined in the stability programme updateThis leaves €0.8 billion for further allocation in Budget 2019Any unfunded taxation or expenditure measures that go beyond this would involve more borrowing and result in a subsequent deterioration in the deficit positionThe SES points out that using all the available ‘fiscal space’ (ah yes, that phrase again) would allow the allocation of an additional €0.9 billion in Budget 2019.Sounds good, but the SES clarifies that this would increase the deficit by an additional 0.3% of GDP, which “would represent the wrong choice for the economy at this stage of the cycle” and mean Ireland would miss its medium term objective target for 2019 and therefore be in breach of the fiscal rules.Hence the need for prudence.So instead of being flaithúilach, budgetary policy for 2019 will instead be framed to:Reduce borrowingRebuild our fiscal buffersSupport steady, sustainable increases in living standards to ensure we are protected into the future.From a policy perspective, given the stage of the economic cycle, the SES says it is “essential that budgetary policy ‘leans against the wind’ and does not contribute to overheating pressures”.This is one of the defining economic challenges facing the Government over the coming years.Facing challengesMinister Donohoe emphasised that need for prudence today: “Our economy is in good shape at the moment and this is reflected in the labour market. The level of employment is close to its highest level ever and we are approaching what could reasonably be called ‘full employment’. This is a welcome development but as capacity constraints are increasingly becoming a feature of some sectors this, in turn, could lead to overheating of the economy.In this context, it is vital that Government policy does not add fuel to the fire but that we make sensible and prudent decisions now to secure our hard-won gains and ensure the continuation of sustainable future growth. 7,166 Views Government wants future budgets to ‘lean against the wind’ The Summer Economic Statement this year sets out the plans for next year’s Budget. And it’s all about cooling those jets in case Ireland overheats. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Firefighters respond to house fire in Five Corners

first_imgFirefighters responded Tuesday afternoon to a fully involved garage fire in the Five Corners area Tuesday afternoon.The column of smoke could be seen from much of town, said Vancouver Fire Department Capt. Raymond Egan.Firefighters were called to 10316 N.E. 91st Ave. shortly after 3 p.m. Egan said they found a two-car garage burning heavily.The occupants all got out safely, he said, and firefighters were able to keep the flames from burning into the living area.Firefighters brought the fire under control by around 3:40, but the fire left the garage heavily damaged, Egan said.last_img read more

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TMobile gets rid of contracts for cellphones

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Essex County Sheriffs Department Partners With Middlesex Sheriffs Office To Complete Interactive Training

first_imgMIDDLETON, MA — 87 members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department (ECSD) have completed an interactive firearms training organized in conjunction with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO), Sheriffs Kevin F. Coppinger and Peter J. Koutoujian announced this week.The training was held on the MSO’s Mobile Training Center (MTC), a specialized trailer that allows officers to practice their responses to critical incidents. MSO officers who operate the MTC can offer unique scenarios for each user to test their firearm, communication and de-escalation skills.“We are proud to share this resource with our law enforcement colleagues at ECSD. Our agencies regularly participate in trainings together, from our Crisis Intervention Training program to continuing education opportunities for staff, but this represents a new avenue for partnership,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “This training allows officers to work through real life scenarios and practice their responses to a serious incident, all while receiving constructive feedback from ECSD instructors and MSO officers.”The MTC was stationed at the Middleton House of Correction from April 22 – May 3. ECSD staff practiced scenarios specifically tailored for the environments that deputies operate in, such as construction details which may involve a traffic encounter and inmate transportation.“Providing the most advanced training to our correctional officers is a priority of our department. We continually strive to provide high quality, situational training to our officers. Sharing this interactive training platform is an example of how Sheriffs’ Departments in the Commonwealth collaborate for the benefit of public safety,” said Sheriff Kevin Coppinger.In 2018, 19 police departments were trained through the MTC. So far this year, nine agencies – including the Essex County Sheriff’s Department – have utilized the MTC for at least one week of training.Photo L to R: ECSD Special Sheriff William Gerke, MSO Firearms Instructors Officers Frank Reid, Chris Hardy, Ret. Sgt. Don Cook, ECSD Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger with ECSD Firearms Instructors Sgt. Jim Comeau, Security Investigator Jason Frampton, Security Investigator John Zaccari, Capt. Shelley Ehlers, Capt. Tom Cote, Assistant Superintendent/Director of Training Christine Arsenault.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMiddlesex Sheriff’s Office Receives State Grant For Popular Youth Summer CampIn “Police Log”Attorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”last_img read more