first_imgWenger’s mind gamesJose Mourinho might be lauded as the master at mind games but it was Wenger who played the ultimate trick on the opening weekend. With Arsenal dominating pre season headlines with talks of “The Title” Wenger put out a team which looked completely unprepared for a fight. Surprise! In their 0-2 home loss to West Ham United, Arsenal were embarrassed so much so that they asked an unfit Alexis Sanchez to suit up. The problem wasn’t the lack of Karim Benzema, for he can’t help in defending free headers, but in the team looking unprepared and devoid of ideas.The coaching staff has to take responsibility for what was a horror debut for Petr Cech, the return of The-Mesut-Ozil-Is-Overratted narrative and no Ox coming out party.Arsenal can be title contenders, but the title isn’t waiting to be won, it needs fighting for and that requires top level contribution from the whole club going forward. Chelsea Thibaut Courtois red card was legit. He was the last guy who stopped a goal scoring opportunity with no clear covering defender.Mad props to the assistant referee who got the decision spot on. Only thing everyone in the world wanted was what Mourinho thought about it:Classic.About the game, the Swans continue their underrated goodness. Gary Monk out-thought Mourinho, who’s team looked uncharacteristically  shaky through the middle as Fabregas and Matic struggled to influence the middle in their normal way.Diego Costa was…well he fought everything, everyone is against him, everyone fouls him so yeah he was Diego Costa minus the goals.advertisementChelsea showed they are work in progress and need that extra bit of attacking nous this year, specifically if Fabregas isn’t on song. They’ll work through the kinks and be solid, but enough to fend off a Manchester City resurgence? I’m not sure.LVG wins pre-season It is well known that Louis Van Gaal is a detail oriented cyborg who loves his preparation. In their forgetful opening game against Tottenham, United looked the most season ready of all top 4 teams, winning 1-0 at home.Matteo Darmian showed why he was their most important signing with a ball busting display at right/wing/I-Shall-Eat-Your-Soul back. Morgan Schneiderlin acquitted himself well, while Bastian Schweinsteiger showed his age in an anonymous 25 minute cameo from the bench.The star was Memphis though, who already looks disgruntled and shoots from everywhere. I love him. He expects Ronaldo treatment while having Ashley Young game (Who was amazing in this game) at the age of 21.Coutinho took everyone to churchTo save the best for the last, Philippe Coutinho showed us the light yesterday, settling a drab game at Stoke for Liverpool with a blinder from distance in the 86th minute.    Rodgers Job is safe for now, Liverpool looked decent and Coutinho’s goal was a reminder of why football is missed so much. The revving of the engine is over, The Premier League is back.last_img read more

first_imgJaipur: U Mumba produced an all-round show to beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 31-25 in a Pro Kabaddi League match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Sunday.Abhishek Singh secured a Super 10 (11 raid points) for U Mumba, who were also miserly in their defence, with Surinder Singh and Harendra Kumar picking up vital points. The victory meant the Mumbai side jumped to the fourth place in the points table to consolidate their chances of making to the play-off stages.The match was a closely-fought affair with two of the best defences in the league going head to head.But Abhishek’s raiding backed up by some incredible defence by Sandeep Narwal and Surinder Singh opened up a lead for U Mumba as they inflicted an all-out on Gujarat to move to a five points lead with eight minutes still left for half time.Rohit Gulia found chinks in the U Mumbai armour after the all-out and his eight-point half helped the Gujarat team claw their way back with an all-out with under two minutes to play. The first half ended with both the sides locked at 16-16.The second half continued to be the same with both defences trading blows.Unfortunately for Gujarat, Sunil Kumar picked up an injury which disrupted the team’s structure.With Arjun Deshwal out for U Mumba with an injury, the raiding responsibilities for the Mumbai side were solely on the shoulders of Abhishek.The raider produced a two-point raid in the 13th minute after which the Mumbai defence successfully tackled Gujarat’s Sachin to give U Mumbai a three-point lead after a long time.The raider picked his game up and helped U Mumba secure an all-out with less than three minutes left in the match to move to a six-point lead.The defence held firm in the final minutes to clinch an important victory for the Mumbai side. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Gujarat FortunegiantspklPKL 7pro kabaddi 2019 First Published: September 22, 2019, 11:23 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgWorld number Marin Cilic Friday pulled out of India’s only ATP 250 tournament, Maharashtra Open, starting December 31, citing a nagging knee injury.Portugal’s Pedro Sousa will now enter the main draw after the withdrawal of the second-seeded player from Croatia, who made the announcement through his social media accounts.”I am sad to announce I have had to pull out of the Tata Open Maharashtra. My sincerest apologies to the fans and organizers,” Cilic posted on his Instagram account.”I was looking forward to returning, however, my knee pains that began toward the end of the season have escalated.”Treatments during the short offseason have been helping but there is still a ways to go and I cannot go into this tournament knowing I am not currently able to give 100 percent.”The former US Open champion, however, hoped to return next year for the tournament.”I will miss celebrating New Year’s in India this year as I have done for so many years now, but I hope to continue my New Year’s tradition there next year!”Happy Holidays to all and I look forward to seeing many of you in Australia,” he said.Tournament director Prashant Sutar wished Cilic a quick recovery.”He got in touch with us late last night and was very apologetic about his inability to compete in the tournament. The fans would surely miss out on watching a world-class player like him. We wish Marin a speedy recovery,” Sutar said.”But having said that, the field is still competitive with the likes of Kevin Anderson, defending champion Gilles Simon, Hyeon Chung and Malek Jaziri and tennis lovers should look forward to some exciting action in the next week.”advertisementThe tournament will be held from December 31 to January 5, 2019, at the Mhalunge Balewadi Stadium here with qualifiers beginning from December 29.Also Read | Rafael Nadal excited about new season following quick recovery after knee surgeryAlso Read | Asian Games bronze medallist Prajnesh aims for top 50, ability to play five setslast_img read more

first_imgEverton Allardyce praises ‘brave’ Pawson after penalty decision Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 02:43 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) samallardyce-cropped Getty Images Everton Premier League Liverpool v Everton Liverpool The new Toffees boss believes that it took guts to give a spot-kick at Anfield, after Wayne Rooney helped the visitors grab a valuable point Everton manager Sam Allardyce described referee Craig Pawson as “brave” for awarding his side a late penalty in Sunday’s 1-1 Merseyside derby draw with Liverpool on Sunday.Liverpool looked to be heading for all three points courtesy of Mohamed Salah’s superb first-half strike, but Everton snatched a share of the spoils 13 minutes from time when Wayne Rooney lashed home from the spot after Dominic Calvert-Lewin went down under pressure from Dejan Lovren.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was livid with the decision, but perhaps unsurprisingly his opposite number was in no doubt the right call was made. 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 “Don’t put your hands on a forward who’s in the box, don’t touch him, don’t push him,” said Allardyce.FT. The 229th Merseyside derby ends all square. #EFCawayday — Everton (@Everton) December 10, 2017 “If you do, you run the risk of giving a penalty away. He had no need to do it – he could have stood up and shepherded him away from goal, which is where he was going.”He didn’t. He put his hands on him and pushed him over. People can call it soft, but you don’t do those sort of things.”Credit to Craig Pawson for being brave enough to give it at Anfield.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk NottinghamMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 12:17 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan vs West Indies Live Streaming (AP)Pakistan and West Indies are launching their World cup 2019 campaign when they clash against each other at Trent Bridge on May 31. The two teams who are eyeing their 2nd and 3rd titles respectively will be looking to start with a win as England did against South Africa on Thursday.Pakistan have the likes of Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman who are in great form. And in their bowling department, they have the likes of Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali who can wreak havoc on any batting line-up in the world. The only thing that they need to be wary off is their fielding which has let them down in the past and can prove costly in this tournament, too.West Indies, on the other hand, have been in good form in the recent times. They held tournament favourites England to a stalemate at home earlier this year. They also boast of having the big power hitters like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shai Hope in their batting line-up which can explode against any opposition and make a mockery of their bowling attack.Here’s all you need to know about the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 2, Pakistan vs West Indies:What TV channel and live stream is the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies being broadcast?The 2nd match, Pakistan vs West Indies, of the ICC Cricket World Cup can be viewed on Star Sports 1 and 2. and Hotstar app will live stream the opener.advertisementWhere will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies match be held?The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies match will take place at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, May 31.Where can I check the online live updates of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies match?You can follow our coverage here – time will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies match start?The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies match will start at 03:00 PM IST.Where can I watch ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies match?The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network, and can also be streamed on are the teams for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies match?Squads:Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi, Wahab RiazWest Indies: Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Oshane ThomasFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs West Indies World Cup 2019 Match 2, Pakistan vs West Indies: When and Where to watch live streamingWorld Cup 2019: Here you can find all the details regarding when, where and how to watch the 2nd game of the World Cup between Pakistan and West Indies to be played at Trent Bridge, Nottinghamadvertisementlast_img read more

first_img Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says special emphasis is being placed on instituting safeguards for children on the roads and at schools. Story Highlights Children’s safety is the focus of activities being organised by the Government to commemorate Labour Day this year, on Thursday, May 23.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says special emphasis is being placed on instituting safeguards for children on the roads and at schools.“It is timely, and I think we should also address… the safety of our children from predators. We cannot overlook [this] in our planning and discussions, [as to] how we will address it in a public way,” she added.The Minister was addressing members of the National Labour Day Planning Committee, during a meeting at Jamaica House on Thursday (April 18).Ms. Grange, who chairs the committee, outlined the rationale for this year’s focus.“We thought that the elevation of road safety onto this national community-based platform will deepen the impact of the existing public-private road safety campaign led by the National Road Safety Council; Ministry of Transport and Mining; Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; JN foundation; and UNICEF Jamaica, among others,” she said.The Minister emphasized that Workers’ Week and Labour Day “occur at a critical period for our nation’s children and vulnerable road users, as they take place during Child Month and just before Road Safety Month”.Over the past several weeks, Committee members have been meeting to discuss activities for Labour Day, which culminates Workers’ Week beginning Sunday, May 19.Among the other slated activities are a national thanksgiving church service, and concert. The events will be formally unveiled during a ceremony to be announced. Labour Day is organised by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport in collaboration with several Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and community groups.The administrations of the Municipal Corporations are also instrumental in the planning and execution of activities at the community level. Children’s safety is the focus of activities being organised by the Government to commemorate Labour Day this year, on Thursday, May 23. “It is timely, and I think we should also address… the safety of our children from predators. We cannot overlook [this] in our planning and discussions, [as to] how we will address it in a public way,” she added.last_img read more

first_imgThis summer, the Nova Scotia Museum’s 27 sites across the province will provide families with experiences that are entertaining and educational. “Museums offer excellent ways to spend quality family time together,” said Leonard Preyra, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “I encourage everyone to visit our museums in the summertime to take advantage of special programs, exhibits and learning experiences.” At the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, visitors will be treated to Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television. Featuring more than 40 costumes and objects from science fiction films and TV programs, this exciting exhibition shows visitors how costume design uses colour, style, scale, materials, historical traditions, nature and cultural cues to help actors and audiences engage with the characters being portrayed. Also in Halifax, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic hosts Cable Ships: Connecting Halifax to Titanic and the World. Researched and developed by museum staff, the exhibit explores the history of cable ships, from their contribution to establishing global communications, to the role of Halifax-based ships during the recovery operations after the sinking of RMS Titanic. At Ross Farm Museum in New Ross, visitors can explore 60 acres of rolling farmland to discover what life was like over 100 years ago. From historic Rose Bank Cottage, where the Ross family lived, to daily activities such as wool spinning, candle making and ox shoeing, the museum gives visitors the chance to experience yesterday’s traditional farming methods, while learning sustainable ways of living for today. In Barrington, visitors can step inside the preserved Barrington Woolen Mill to learn how machinery and water power helped revolutionize life in rural Nova Scotia. Established in 1882, the mill industrialized the process of turning raw fleece into yarn and cloth, forever changing the way local fishing and farming families produced warm, wool clothing. At the Museum of Industry in Stellarton, visitors of all ages can push, pull, lift, drop and laugh as they enjoy exhibits and interactive displays that highlight how technology, and people, worked throughout this province’s history. Featuring 30,000 artifacts, the Museum of Industry is the best place to find out what “Made in Nova Scotia” really means. Visitors eager to experience Nova Scotia’s Gaelic culture, heritage and hospitality need look no further than the Highland Village Museum. Located in scenic Iona, Victoria Co., the village is North America’s only living history museum for Gaelic language and culture. The 43-acre site features historic buildings, rare farm animals, lively interpreters and a breathtaking view of the Bras d’Or lake, now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. At Uniacke Estate Museum Park in Mount Uniacke, visitors can explore one of Nova Scotia’s grandest homes. Built in 1816 by prosperous Irish politician Richard John Uniacke, this country mansion features treasured family belongings such as fine furniture and exquisite portraits. Outside the picturesque estate, there are several walking trails, ranging from easy to challenging, that offer recreational opportunities for people of all ages. In Lower West Pubnico, visitors to Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse will be able to enjoy the site’s new nature trail, which was opened on June 5. Stretching along the shoreline of the village’s 17-acre property, the trail will feature strategically placed interpretive panels that highlight the area’s natural beauty and historical significance. For information on the 27 museums sites, scheduled events, locations, admission rates and hours of operation, visit .last_img read more

first_img “It’s an exciting time to be a part of the efforts the province is making to improve accessibility,” said Clary Stubbert, member of the disabled community and student of the NSCC Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program. “The training I’m receiving from the Rick Hansen program will allow me to assess buildings in order to remove some of the barriers faced by people with disabilities.” Government will continue to consult with persons with disabilities and those impacted on the development of standards and the implementation of actions outlined in the strategy and government plan. “We are looking forward to working with standard development committees and continuing our consultation with persons with disabilities and others as we develop recommendations for the first standards,” said Doug Foster, chair of the Accessibility Advisory Board. “The success of the Accessibility Act can only be achieved when the voices of those directly impacted are heard.” The Accessibility Act was passed in 2017, setting a goal of an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030. It outlines how we will improve accessibility in our province to ensure that every Nova Scotian can participate in our society. Education, buildings, and shared spaces in Nova Scotia will soon be guided by accessibility standards. Minister responsible for the Accessibility Act, Mark Furey was joined by the Accessibility Advisory Board and stakeholders today, Sept. 21, for the release of the province’s implementation strategy for achieving accessibility. Access by Design 2030 identifies priorities to achieve the goals set out in the Accessibility Act. “I am proud of the collaboration that led to the Accessibility Act being passed last year. This historic piece of legislation will make a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities in Nova Scotia,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. Beginning in 2018 committees will be established to develop accessibility standards for education and the built environment, which includes buildings, streets, sidewalks, and shared spaces. These standards are expected to be rolled out starting in 2022 and will be implemented in the years following. The strategy also identifies actions to improve public awareness, build collaboration and increase compliance with existing regulations. “Access by Design 2030 outlines how government, businesses, communities, and individuals will work together to create a province that is inclusive and accessible to all,” said Mr. Furey. “The priorities outlined in the strategy and the continued input we receive from Nova Scotians will guide our work to make this province more equitable and inclusive.” The first Government of Nova Scotia Accessibility Plan (2018-2021) was also released today. The plan outlines actions for improving access to the provincial public service and to government information, infrastructure, programs, and services for persons with disabilities. “As an employer, and as Nova Scotia’s largest program and service provider, it is important we lead by example,” said Premier McNeil. “Government’s plan sets out concrete actions that will be taken over the next three years to ensure that accessibility is considered in the development and delivery of our policies, programs and services, and in our workplace.” Both the strategy and the plan were developed with input from Nova Scotians, including persons with disabilities and their families, those who provide services to persons with disabilities, municipalities, and representatives from the non-profit, education, health, and business sectors, and in collaboration with staff who work directly on the development and delivery of government programs and services. A summary of the consultation findings, Access by Design 2030, and the Government of Nova Scotia Accessibility Plan are available at read more

first_imgDevelopments in West Bengal in the past week have reverberated across the nation as the assault on one of the junior doctors at NRS Hospital received widespread criticism. Protests across Bengal with the support received from across the country was a sigil of solidarity even as this very solidarity rendered thousands of patients without medical facilities. Doctors refused to work in Delhi, UP, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Karnataka and other parts of the country to display their support towards the demands of NRS doctors. AIIMS Delhi went a step ahead and gave the West Bengal government an ultimatum of 48 hours with a delegation of Indian Medical Council visiting the Union Health Minister over the concerned issue. The pertinent issue of lack of security and police personnel in government hospitals across the nation has been a corner of concern. Like government banks, railway stations, etc., even the government hospitals must have appropriate security and police presence to avoid any mishap. The incident which took place at NRS Hospital was indeed an unfortunate one but more than that it was a serious security lapse. Overreacting patients cannot be ruled out given the severity of issues hospitals deal with and the state of mind any particular individual might be in. Assaulting anyone is against law and there are always those who break laws. Hence, the requirement of adequate safeguards to ensure safety, and that too at someone’s workplace, is paramount. Rightly so then, the demand put forth by doctors of NRS hospital was justified as it echoed across the nation with supporters decrying the incident and demanding action. Of course, the issue was red-hot and at a vulnerable point to be politically exploited and further leading to more protests. Already, a pool of patients had to bear the brunt of doctors’ absence. In short, the state was getting severely affected and the issue would have compounded and became a problem with ramifications which would not be pleasant. Also Read – A compounding difficultyIn this chaos, West Bengal’s chief minister took steps which made NRS hospital, doctors across the state and nation as well as people of Bengal reinstate their faith in the system, especially Mamata above all. The consequence of any agitation in a democracy is always going to be reformist in nature. The seven-day standoff between doctors and state government over lack of security at the workplace came to an end thanks to the truce achieved by the Mamata administration and a delegation of junior doctors. The state secretariat witnessed a 100-minute meeting where Mamata managed to put a smile on faces of protesting junior doctors who, by their absence from the workplace, had brought health services across the state to a standstill; their protest was emulated by others across the nation bringing health services to a halt at many places including the private hospitals shutting their OPDs. The protests staged by doctors transformed into a round of applause as Mamata accepted all their demands and appealed to them to end their strike, calling them “good boys”. The doctors, prior to their meeting, had put forward a demand to live-stream the meeting on news channels instead of a closed-door meeting, setting a precedent that was hailed by all, and would result in increased transparency – something governments have always eluded in some way or another. Closed-door meetings have been conventionally followed to resolve issues, even if they involve the common people. In the garb of confidentiality, almost everything regarding the government is discreetly discussed without letting the layman witness any of it. The essence of democracy is dampened but decisions of authority prevail nevertheless. However, with a one-of-its-kind meeting, the Mamata administration has not only satisfied doctors but the entire state. The incident takes us back to when DD Lok Sabha aired proceedings of the lower house on national TV. Democracy was enriched with public viewership as the elected representatives discussed matters of national interest. The coverage showed Mamata patiently listening to all demands raised by the delegation of junior doctors, jotting down points while asking health and police officials in the room to act on issues as entire West Bengal and the country watched. Governance of this sort really places the administration on a different note. When a government is able to fearlessly pursue remedies and solutions to fix cracks in the system, which is their duty as representatives of people, with a public eye constantly watching, democracy is strengthened. In the context of doctor’s agitation, Mamata pioneered the grievance redressal as the strike ended and doctors returned to their daily work. In fact, the positive note of the meeting reflected in their actions as they went back to NRS Hospital cheering and smiling and apologised to patients and their families with folded hands. If governments – who are fond of setting up committees to look into issues and provide redressal – practice what the West Bengal government did in this case, chances of public redressal increase several folds. Even the quality of remedy is assured since actions of government are now accountable in the eyes of masses due to the live-streamed meeting. In essence, transparency is increased and in a democracy, that will be always desirable.last_img read more

first_img“Review and approval processes specific to Fort St. John are now underway,” she added.Shopland said that this week, the City received approval for several water main projects: on 111th Ave. north of C.M. Finch School, 113th Ave. at 103rd St., and 77th Ave. at 90th St.He added that the only project awaiting approval from the health authority is the Local Area Service extension to the Tahltan Road, though he said that project had only recently been approved by Council. Northern Health spokesperson Andrew Palmer said that the engineer position, which is based in Prince George, has been open since the spring and will remain open until filled by a qualified applicant.She said that recruitment for the engineer position is ongoing, though all health authorities in B.C. consider the position “difficult to fill” since it is a professional engineer position.Palmer explained that Northern Health has been collaborating with other professional engineering services and other health authorities, using their engineers to help fill the gap and get projects approved.Despite this, approvals since the departure of the engineer have slowed. Shopland said that the City received approval for only one project – the water and sewer replacement along 92a St. – in the spring.In a post on his Facebook page last week, councillor Byron Stewart stated that City Council stressed to Northern Health that the current outsourcing meant that the limited time devoted to the City’s files created a serious backlog in construction projects in town.Palmer said that due to the backlog in permits, Northern Health has resorted to employing external contractors and prioritizing outstanding permits in order to get permits reviewed as quickly as possible. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health says that it is working to ease the backlog of pending water main construction permits from the City of Fort St. John that grew after the health authority’s engineer left earlier this year.Fort St. John’s General Manager of Integrated Services, Victor Shopland, explained that any time the City installs or replaces a water main, it must apply for a permit with Northern Health.The application is reviewed by the health authority’s engineer, who looks at such things as the main’s separation from sanitary or storm sewers, and ensures that the correct processes are laid out in the construction plans.last_img read more

In a statement released by his spokesman late Friday, Mr. Annan urged both sides to resume in earnest their negotiations, which are being organized under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The two parties were also called on to build on the progress made in July towards a comprehensive settlement of the conflict “that has brought untold misery to the people of the Sudan and devastation to the country.”The Secretary-General commended the “tireless efforts” of the Kenyan Government in leading the peace initiative, and pledged to keep in touch with the parties and the leaders of the IGAD countries. Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser, Mohamed Sahnoun, will represent the Secretary-General at Machakos. “The Secretary-General reiterates the support of the United Nations to the IGAD effort for the Sudan and stands ready to assist in the implementation of a peace agreement,” the spokesman said. read more

The Senate elections were due to take place in January 2012 at the latest – but some 13 months later, “the political elite are still trying to come to a consensus on the basis for organizing these elections,” said Nigel Fisher, proving that this political stand-off is a clear sign that Haiti is still not “open for business.”Briefing reporters after returning from his recent visit to New York, Mr. Fisher, the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), added that the elections must be “credible, fair and inclusive.”While in New York, the envoy met with members of the Security Council and the so-called ‘Friends of Haiti’, who shared their concerns and frustrations.The predominant concern was of an impasse, he said. Progress had been much slower than was expected back in 2012. “Investments have not reached the levels that were anticipated. GNP [gross national product] grew by approximately 2.5 per cent in 2012, compared to the 8 per cent foreseen.” In addition to the gloomy economic scenario, there were also doubts being raised regarding the independence of the judiciary. But if there is one issue that dominates the discourse and highlights the disappointment of Haiti’s friends, it is the impasse in the organization of the elections, he stated.Mr. Fisher said he plans to confer with Haiti’s leaders to come up with some tangible benchmarks – such as a date for elections by the end of 2013, a Transitional College for a permanent Electoral Council, and a political agreement to agree on steps to move towards elections.The Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have also entrusted him with elaborating, along with the Government, a roadmap for the coming years, which will clearly define the priorities for MINUSTAH to promote stability and security, and strengthen the rule of law, respect for human rights and good governance. “We need to constantly ask ourselves this question: ‘How are our efforts going to improve their lives in a tangible way?’” said the envoy.“I understand and support fully the desire of Haitians to be in charge of their own country’s affairs. And the role of the UN and other partners is to accompany them on this road. After all, what is sovereignty if it doesn’t include all Haitians?” stressed Mr. Fisher. read more

first_imgThe Division plans to release approximately seven million fish annually into the waters of Alaska over the next five years. The plan outlines the locations, numbers, and size or life stage for each species of fish that are planned for stocking. Starting on January 1 through January 30 interested individuals can submit their comments. You can submit public comments to Andrew Garry by email or by mail:William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatcheryc/o Andrew Garry941 North Reeve BoulevardAnchorage, Alaska, 99501The public comment deadline is Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Only fish reared from the Division’s hatchery facilities and from private non-profit hatcheries that work in cooperation with ADF&G to improve sport fisheries are included in this plan. Statewide Stocking Coordinator Andrew Garry: “Receiving public input is extremely important to the Division as we finalize the Statewide Stocking Plan for 2019. The Division commits a significant portion of their annual budget towards stocking fish throughout the state, and hearing from anglers is a critical piece of the fisheries management process.” The Statewide Stocking Plan is available for review on the Division’s webpage. Hard copies are also available for review at local ADF&G offices. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be accepting public comments for the 2019 Statewide Stocking Plan for Sport Fisheries.last_img read more

first_imgIndian e-retailer Flipkart’s co-owners Sachin and Binny Bansal have been featured in the Forbes India list for the first time. Each of them have a net worth of $1.3 billion.The Bansals, who are both IIT-Delhi graduates, have been ranked Number 86 in the list that includes the names of 100 richest persons in India.How did they make it to the list?Bansals, who initially worked with, started their own company–Flipkart Online Services Private Limited–in October 2007. Initially, their services were limited only to books, but soon they expanded to 70 different categories.In 2012-2013, India’s largest e-commerce company reached an approximate revenue of $300 million (Rs 2,000 crore), Business Standard reported.In 2012, they started producing their own products under the brand name DigiFlip. It produces items such as tablets, electronic accessories and USBs. They also changed their business pattern such as same day delivery guarantee so as to earn more revenue.Between May 2014 and May 2015, Flipkart received funding of around $560 million from investors, including Dragoneer Investment Group and South African media group Naspers that also owns OLX.In February 2014, Flipkart claimed to have reached their targeted $1 billion sales mark before the stipulated time in 2015 as against their rivals Myntra and Snapdeal, who had also set a target of achieving $1 billion gross merchandise value (GMV) by 2015.Last year, Flipkart also launched MotoG phones on the e-business portal.In May last year, Flipkart announced that it had bought Myntra for $370 million. “Flipkart and Myntra are getting together to create one of the largest e-commerce stories in the country,” The Economic Times had quoted Sachin Bansal as saying then.In September this year, the e-retailer confirmed its valuation at $15.2 billion.last_img read more