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Vijay Kumar wins bronze in 10m air pistol

first_imgShooting fetched yet another medal for India as Vijay Kumar won the bronze in the 10m air pistol individual event of the Asian Games, even as Gurpreet Kumar and Omkar Singh failed to qualify for the finals here today.Vijay just about made the cut for the finals by finishing eighth in the qualification round but shot the highest score of 101.4 in the medal round for a total of 680.4 to take India’s medal tally to three.He shot a series of 97, 98, 98, 96, 97, 93 after managing 579 in the qualifying.Lee Daem-Yung of South Korea won the gold with a total of 685.8 while Chinese veteran Tang Zongliang totalled 684.5 for silver.Earlier in the qualification round, Gurpreet Singh totalled 573 to finish 20th while Omkar scored 568 to settle for the 28th position.Yesterday, Gagang Narang combined with Abhinav Bindra and Sanjeev Rajput to win silver in the 10m air rifle team event before also clinching the individual silver.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Kaya’s Bedic tortures former team; Ceres routs Air Force

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ceres’ win came a day after midfielder Kevin Ingreso announced he was immediately leaving the club after three seasons. Sources said the Filipino international is set to sign with Thai league powerhouse Buriram United.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jovin Bedic tormented his former team as Kaya-Iloilo overcame a gutsy challenge from Stallion Laguna, 2-0, while Ceres Negros nailed a breakthrough win on Wednesday in the Philippines Football League.Facing the club he played with for three seasons until 2016, Bedic converted a 28th minute penalty at Biñan Football Stadium before Jordan Mintah sealed maximum points with a second half strike for his fourth goal in two matches as Kaya maintained its two point lead at the top.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ramirez relents, accepts CDM post Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “We needed to be 100 percent focused to get the three points,” Kaya coach Noel Marcaida said. “Stallion will always be tough to beat. But the players did just enough to take the win. It’s an important win because we know Stallion is one of the contenders for the title this season.”Over at Rizal Memorial Stadium, defending champion Ceres Negros gave Philippine Air Force a rude welcome to the league with a 5-0 thumping thanks to a hattrick from Bienve Marañon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMarañon scored his first goal via a free kick in the first half as the Airmen put plenty of players behind the ball to limit the Ceres attack.But the floodgates opened in the second half as Curt Dizon grabbed the second goal, before Marañon added two more later. MOST READ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

3rd ODI: Imam-ul-Haq and Hasan Ali seal seven-wicket win for Pakistan over Sri Lanka

first_imgImam-ul-Haq became the third youngest player to score a century on his one-day international debut and Hasan Ali grabbed 5/34 as Pakistan hammered Sri Lanka by seven wickets to secure a series victory on Wednesday.Pakistan took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, with Sri Lanka’s losing streak in ODIs now stretching to 10 matches.The 21-year-old Imam is the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former captain and Pakistan’s current chief selector. He hit 100 off 125 balls with two sixes and five fours to help Pakistan cruise to 209/3 in 42.3 overs.Uncle @InziTheLegend would be proud! Imam-ul-Haq is the Player of the Match after his century on ODI debut! #PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/FyUnAQQqds- ICC (@ICC) October 18, 2017Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga top-scored with 61 after winning the toss and opting to bat first, but his team’s batting woes in the series continued before it was finally dismissed for 208 in 48.2 overs.Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella (18) had provided a solid opening stand of 59 off 65 balls before Hasan clean bowled Dickwella.Dinesh Chandimal struggled for 49 balls to score 19 before Sri Lanka collapsed midway through its innings as Pakistan’s spinners, Shadab Khan (2-37) and Mohammad Hafeez, tied the batsmen down.Shadab struck in successive overs by having Chandimal trapped lbw and then Tharanga holed out at deep midwicket off a short delivery as Sri Lanka slipped to 112/3.AP PhotoAli hastened the collapse when Chamara Kapugedera — one of two changes Sri Lanka made after losing the first two matches — chipped an easy return catch.Ali combined with captain and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed to get Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya and Dushmantha Chameera all caught behind as Sri Lanka struggled after losing Tharanga in the 28th over.advertisementAli became the quickest Pakistani bowler to complete 50 wickets in ODIs, claiming the feat in 24 matches, three fewer than the previous record set by Waqar Younis.Imam, replacing out-of-form Ahmed Shehzad at the top order, dominated two productive stands — adding 78 runs with Fakhar Zaman (29) and further 66 with Babar Azam (30).Imam looked confident from the onset when he smashed seamer Lahiru Gamage for a six over point.Wicketkeeper Dickwella twice dropped Imam, on 29 and 89, before finally catching him down the leg side.Pakistan’s Salim Elahi is the youngest century scorer on debut, also against Sri Lanka, as an 18-year-old in 1995. Mark Chapman of Hong Kong is the second-youngest at 21 years and 142 days, when he managed the feat against the United Arab Emirates in 2015. Imam will be 22 in December.Imam-ul-Haq 2nd Pakistani debutant after Saleem Elahi 102* and the 13th overall to make a hundred on ODI debut!#PAKvSL- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 18, 2017The remaining two matches of the series will be played at Sharjah on Friday and next Monday.5 wickets from Hassan Ali and Imam-ul-Haq’s dream maiden ton on debut seal the ODI series win for Pakistan with a 7 wicket victory! #PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/8FZWIn2RJO- ICC (@ICC) October 18, 2017last_img read more

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli extends dominance as No. 1 Test batsman

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli consolidated his position at the top of International Cricket Council (ICC) Test batsman rankings after the outstanding century he hit during India’s 146-run defeat in the Perth Test against Australia.The first innings-century – 123 runs from 257 balls – on a bounce and pace-rich Perth Stadium track has helped Virat Kohli accumulate 14 points and reach a total of 934, three away from his career-best Test rating points.The valiant century helped Virat Kohli extend his lead over second-ranked Kane Williamson from seven to 19 points. The New Zealand skipper was closing in on Kohli after a series of consistent scores in their historic 2-1 win against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.Nonetheless, Williamson has reached his personal best of 915 points, the joint-25th highest ever and equal with ICC Hall of Famer George Headley of the West Indies.Pant, Bumrah achieve career-best rankingsFor India, apart from Virat Kohli, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (up two places to 15th) and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant (up 11 places to a career-best 48th) have also moved up among batsmen while fast bowlers Mohammad Shami (up two places to 24th) and Jasprit Bumrah (up five places to a career-best 28th) have advanced in the list for bowlers.There were more movements owing to performances in Perth with Player of the Match Nathan Lyon’s eight wickets helping grab a career-best seventh place, a position he had also previously attained in October last year. Josh Hazlewood (up two places to ninth) and Mitchell Starc (up one place to 15th) are the other Australia bowlers to move up.advertisementAmong their batsmen, Usman Khawaja (up one place to 12th), captain Tim Paine (up nine places to 46th) and Travis Head (up 16 places to 63rd) are the ones to move up the ladder after useful contributions against the world’s top-ranked Test side.New Zealand opener Tom Latham is another major gainer after an outstanding Test performance of 264 not out that not only won him the man of the match award but has also lifted him 15 slots to a career-best 22nd position. Fast bowler Tim Southee is another one to gain from the team, his eight wickets in the match helping gain four slots to reach 11th position.For Sri Lanka, former captain Angelo Mathews (83 and 120 not out) and Kusal Mendis (141 not out) have been rewarded after their match-saving efforts. Mathews has gained eight slots to reach 16th place while Mendis has moved up two slots to take 18th position. Among their bowlers, Lahiru Kumara has gained five slots to reach 43rd place after finishing with four wickets.Top 10 Test batsman (As on December 20, 2018)Virat KohliKane WilliamsonSteve SmithCheteshwar PujaraJoe RootDavid WarnerDimuth KarunaratneDean ElgarAzhar AliHenry NichollsTop 10 Test bowlersKagiso RabadaJames AndersonVernon PhilanderMohammad AbbasRavindra JadejaR AshwinNathan LyonPat CumminsJosh HazlewoodYasir ShahAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar’s ultimatum to Virat Kohli if India fail to win Australia Test seriesAlso Read | PCB asked to pay 60 per cent of cost claimed by BCCI in compensation battleAlso See:last_img read more

This Video Of Urban Meyer During Saturday’s Loss Is Going Viral

first_imgUrban Meyer on the sideline.Ohio State suffered a mind-boggling defeat over the weekend, as they were demolished by Purdue. From the fans to Urban Meyer, everyone linked to the Buckeyes was left in a state of shock on Saturday.The Boilermakers were dominant in their victory over the Buckeyes, especially on offense. There are several highlights worth pinpointing, but the most memorable clip of the weekend revolves around Ohio State’s head coach.It wasn’t just one play that had Meyer searching for answers, as multiple plays during the game left him speechless.Once Meyer put his hands on his head, it was clear that he wasn’t ready for this result.Purdue won 49-20 against Ohio State, which included a 28-point fourth quarter. David Blough and D.J. Knox were sensational for the Boilermakers.It’d be surprising to see Meyer’s team come out flat in their next game, when the Buckeyes play the Cornhuskers.Yet, another stunner would provide more hilarious reactions from the championship coach.last_img read more

If Steve Smith was Indian, his technique would be accepted: Coach Woodhill

first_img Next If Steve Smith was Indian, his technique would be accepted: Coach WoodhillSteve Smith dominated Ashes 2019 as he accumulated 774 runs at an average of more than 110. However, his unique approach to batting has become a raging issue.advertisement Press Trust of India MelbourneSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 19, 2019 07:59 IST Steve Smith dominated Ashes series by accumulating 774 runs in 7 innings. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTrent Woodhill said Steve Smith’s uniqueness and unorthodox styles should be celebratedSmith dominated Ashes series by accumulating 774 runs at an average of more than 110 Woodhill isn’t too happy with those who are struggling to accept Steve Smith’s uniquenessLamenting Australian cricket’s “aversion” to embrace unconventional styles, Steve Smith’s formative coach Trent Woodhill observed that his famous ward’s uniqueness would be accepted in the Indian system, where it is “all about the output”.Days after Smith redefined the art of run-scoring in an Ashes series that belonged to him, Woodhill said uniqueness and unorthodox styles should be celebrated.”If Steven was Indian, his technique and mechanics and the strategy around his batting would just be accepted,” Woodhill was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.”We see Kohli, Gavaskar, (Rohit) Sharma, Ganguly, Sehwag – all these players have unique techniques. The Indian system is all about output, about scoring runs, ‘We don’t care how you do it as long as you do it’, whereas in Australia we wanted you to score well and we wanted you to look good.”Smith dominated the series by accumulating 774 runs at an average of more than 110 that included three centuries and as many fifties.However, his unique approach to batting, especially while leaving deliveries, was discussed by those who view his technique through the classical lens.Woodhill isn’t too happy with those struggling to accept uniqueness, saying this attitude can have a negative impact on a young player’s career.”Young players need protection from both themselves and others who don’t like the difference. A cricket dressing room can be a brutal place for a young player, who might be forced to conform – more so in Australia than any other country I’ve been in.”In Australia, we struggle with things that are different. We like a sexy Shaun Marsh thirty, made with a conventional, attractive technique, rather than an unconventional Steven Smith hundred.”advertisementWhile talking about unconventional approach, he also cited Indian spin legend Anil Kumble and Afghanistan’s star wrist spinner Rashid Khan.”Other nations just find a way to accommodate such players. Like a Rashid Khan, who holds the ball like an offspinner but bowls leg-spin, an Anil Kumble – seam-up, wrist-spin, predominantly wrong’un.”Australian cricket likes to pass the baton on: this is how you do it, this is how it’s always been done. Steven’s come along, and to some extent, David Warner’s come along and said, ‘No, we’re gonna do it this way now’, and they’ve had a lot of success,” Woodhill observed.He called Smith the best since the great Donald Bradman.”The old guard, the older Test greats, still can’t understand how it works. So they still think, especially bowlers, ‘Well, if I was bowling, I’d sort this guy out’.”And that’s the thing with cricket, especially in England and Australia: ‘If I can’t understand how it looks, it can’t work’.”Steven has proven them wrong. He’s the best since Bradman; this is not even an argument anymore.Also Read | Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma to resume battle for T20I dominationAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Steve Smithlast_img read more

Programme to Train and Certify Workforce to be Launched in April By Heart

first_img Speaking at a contract signing ceremony between the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the HEART Trust/NTA to train ancillary workers in schools, at JSIF’s headquarters, in Kingston, on March 7, Senator Reid said the Ministry has been examining a programme of this nature for some time, as a “significant percentage of our workforce have no formal training and certification.” Story Highlights The employed workforce is to be trained and certified, free of cost, under an up- skilling programme to be launched by the HEART Trust/NTA at the end of April, says Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid.Speaking at a contract signing ceremony between the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the HEART Trust/NTA to train ancillary workers in schools, at JSIF’s headquarters, in Kingston, on March 7, Senator Reid said the Ministry has been examining a programme of this nature for some time, as a “significant percentage of our workforce have no formal training and certification.”“We have been looking at the Indian model and they have developed a good one, which is called – Recognition of Prior Learning. I want the Jamaican workforce to be trained and certified,” the Minister emphasised.Recognition of Prior Learning or Prior Learning Assessment is an internationally recognised system, which allows for the identification, documentation, assessment and recognition of prior learning experiences.It allows tertiary institutions, adult learning centres and career development practitioners to determine whether an applicant, who does not meet the normal matriculation requirements, possesses the competencies that are required to enter a university course of study.Under the JSIF’s Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP) Schools Ancillary Workers Project, a total of 240 persons from across 40 schools in Jamaica will be trained by the HEART Trust in various skills, including food safety, nutrition, water sanitation and hygiene, customer service, safety and security, plant maintenance and landscaping.The project is valued at $10.8 million and will last from April 2019 to March 2020. It is aimed at supporting Ministries, Departments and Agencies in developing and building the human capital within communities.The project will also enhance the quality of service delivery and the standards established for this important cohort of individuals who operate within schools and communities.Senator Reid said the project fits neatly into his own vision for having Jamaica’s workforce trained and certified.Meanwhile, Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney, said partnerships between his organisation and HEART Trust/NTA span its inception.Together, both agencies have collaborated to build community and training centres, he recalled.Mr. Sweeney noted that JSIF’s contribution to education is in excess of 40 per cent of total investments made over the last 23 years, and include support for building schools and sporting facilities and erecting fences.Since 2014, the ICDP has resulted in a total of 692 persons being trained.For his part, Chairman of the HEART Trust/NTA, Edward Gabbidon, described the partnership as “worthwhile,” as it will ensure that ancillary members are “fulfilled and focused and will be given a sense of worth.”“HEART has been investing in, and looking for partnerships of this sort and it is part of our mandate, because we cannot do it by ourselves. We are looking for those members in Government and in the private sector,” he said. The employed workforce is to be trained and certified, free of cost, under an up- skilling programme to be launched by the HEART Trust/NTA at the end of April, says Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid. “We have been looking at the Indian model and they have developed a good one, which is called – Recognition of Prior Learning. I want the Jamaican workforce to be trained and certified,” the Minister emphasised. last_img read more

Expro’s Activities Highlighted at Offshore Energy 2013

first_imgNovember 4, 2013 zoom During Offshore Energy 2013 held in Amsterdam RAI on 15 and 16 October, our reporters spoke to Stuart Ross, Europe CIS Regional Technical Manager for Well Test at Expro.Stuart highlighted Expro’s activities in pioneering well flow management:“Expro provides our clients with the services, products and expertise to measure, improve, control and process flow from high-value oil and gas wells.“From exploration and appraisal through to mature field production optimization and enhancements Expro operates six areas of capability including Subsea Safety Systems, Drilling & Completion and Well Integrity & Intervention.”Active in global markets including Europe CIS, Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, North America, Latin America and the Middle East, Expro employs over 5000 people in 50 countries and is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013.The company has achieved a number of key milestones over the course of its 40-year history. From its first fully integrated well services contract and first big bore subsea landing string in the 1980s and 1990s, to its major acquisitions including Petrotech, Kinley Corporation and Production Testers International in the 2000s.Established in the subsea landing string business since 1981 and with an industry-leading track record, Expro offers solutions from in-riser to open water in shallow and deepwater applications.Colin McKenzie, Director of Subsea at Expro, said:“Subsea landing strings are critical in delivering safe, compliant and efficient operations in all subsea applications and Expro is a pioneer in landing string technology, continuing to invest in core developments.“Today’s subsea operations in increasing water depths demand equipment with superior functionality, performance and reliability. With this in mind, Expro’s subsea tools have been developed using an integrated design and testing process which ensures that equipment meets this highest performance criteria.”Expro’s Subsea product line continues to invest in its service support structure globally and in leading the way into deepwater and challenging subsea environments.He adds: “Subsea is a long-term, high growth market with demand set to increase in developing and mature locations. Deepwater areas in Latin America, the Gulf of Mexico, South and West Africa, Asia Pacific and frontier areas within Europe, continue to be focal points for Expro.“Demand is growing due to the ever increasing subsea well count and Expro are committed to investing in and developing the next generation of subsea landing strings and technology.”Regarding its commitment to the ECIS region, Expro has recently invested heavily in technology, training and development.The Carnegie & Young facilities in Aberdeen, officially opened by the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, house a team of around 200 people. Further to this, the renovation of Expro’s Bruce building will also see specialised subsea qualification facilities added.Stuart continues: “We have made significant investments in building on our expertise in the UK. We are investing £13 million in new build well testing equipment, bolstering our fleet of rigs, and opened our new well intervention facility earlier this year.“For us, these are exciting times and we continually improve our own products and services to meet industry standards.”Finally, Stuart shared his impressions of this year’s Offshore Energy conference:“This is my first time at the conference and it’s been a great success. I’ve explored the venue and attended a technical session giving an overview of the sector’s future oil and gas production and exploration. It’s good to hear what the experts and leaders in the industry forecast for the coming years so we can work alongside and plan our strategy moving forward.“Offshore Energy is also growing and with Holland’s transportation hub being Amsterdam, it may move there in the future. Expro may also expand our presence in the future highlighting our technical products and services, and opportunities with the company.”last_img read more

Grants Protect Seniors Health and Safety

first_imgA provincial grant program that aims to improve seniors’ health and safety is now accepting applications. The Senior Safety Grant, funded by the departments of Seniors and Justice, provides up to $20,000 to non-profit, community-based safety programs that provide information, support, and guidance to seniors. Eligible programs promote education and awareness of senior abuse, including financial, emotional and physical, crime prevention, safety, and health. Programs must show financial or in-kind community support, and emphasize better communication between seniors and the police. New and existing seniors’ safety program groups are encouraged to apply. Application forms are available at www.novascotia.ca/seniors/senior_Safety_Grant.asp or by calling, toll-free, 1-800-670-0065 or, in metro, 902-424-0065. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 6.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks open lower crude oil prices rise

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening mostly lower on Wall Street following a long holiday weekend, while energy stocks rose along with crude oil prices.Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 2.4% early Monday after the U.S. said it wouldn’t renew waivers to five countries exempting them from sanctions if they continued to import oil from Iran.Marathon Oil jumped 2.7%. Other energy companies also rose.Elsewhere, technology stocks and companies that rely on consumer spending posted some of the biggest losses.Western Digital fell 2.3% and Mattel dropped 3.9%The S&P 500 fell 8 points, or 0.3%, to 2,896.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 84 points, or 0.3%, to 26,472. The Nasdaq fell 29 points, or 0.4%, to 7,968.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10 year Treasury rose to 2.57%.The Associated Press read more

At General Assembly Eritrea criticizes dominant powers for impeding vital overhaul of

“The United Nations, the organization that ostensibly represents the entire community of nations and the peoples of the world, remains stuck in the past,” Foreign Minister Osman Saleh said on the final day of the Assembly’s annual high-level meeting. “It remains thoroughly dominated by the few and has marginalized the overwhelming majority. Its institutions and structures are an anachronism in the modern world.“More crucially, the United Nations has fallen far short of playing the primary role in the pursuit of the fundamental objectives for which it was established,” he added, citing the maintenance of global peace and security, ending poverty, ensuring sustainable development, advancing human rights, avoiding epidemics, respecting sovereignty and non-interference in the affairs of others, ensuring justice and equality and protecting the environment.To restore the UN’s relevance and credibility as a truly representative institution of all nations and peoples, it is imperative to fundamentally restructure, democratize and rebuild the world Organization, but although UN reform has formally been on the agenda for nearly two decades, “we are no nearer to change because of the stubborn and cynical opposition of the dominant powers,” he said.“Given the determination of these Powers to maintain their control of the UN and its unrepresentative and undemocratic character, the chances of genuine change in the coming few years are indeed slender,” he added.“Undoubtedly, the world is facing a very grave and dangerous situation. To paraphrase the Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, this is a ‘terrible time for the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter.’”Echoing many of those same sentiments, the Permanent Representative of Benin, Jean-Francis Régis Zinsou, stressed the urgent need to strengthen the effectiveness of the United Nations in conflict prevention. He said the facts demonstrate that peace, security, good governance at national and international levels…are the best guarantees of stability,” he said. The Permanent Representative of Benin Jean-Francis Régis Zinsou addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard On regional matters, Mr. Zinsou considered it necessary, regarding the Sahel region in particular, “to improve the support mechanism by the United Nations to prevent further conflict and promote stability necessary for the development of States in the region.”He also stressed the need to address the root causes of conflict “used on a global scale, as a pretext for extremism and terrorist organizations” and welcomed the mobilization of the international community and the firmness of the United Nations “regarding the activities of these armed groups.”“The challenges currently facing the world require a united front, as well as the values of mutual respect, solidarity and inter-religious dialogue, and especially ongoing dialogue between Christian and Muslim leaders to create harmony and tolerance, essential to the development of peoples,” said Mr. Zinsou.In this regard, he said that his Government had decided to support the initiative of the Pan-African Centre for Social Foresight, with headquarters in Benin, to hold in Cotonou, in March 2015, a symposium on Islamic-Christian dialogue. “This multi-faceted project promotes educating people for peace and development, as part of a harmonious coexistence of religions,” he said. read more

Marit Malm Frafjord to Larvik HK

Larvik HK signed another big name after Polish classy shooter Alina Wojtas! Finally, Marit Malm Frafjord will play at the best Norwegian squad! After 8 years in Byasen and four seasons which she spent abroad in Viborg HK, one of the most successful line-players in this Century, will play with her team-mates from the “golden” Norwegian national team.Frafjord will strentgh the squad on the line-player position with Isabel Blanco and Vilde Ingeborg Johansen.Marit is still recovering from the achille tendon injury and won’t be ready for the season start, but hopefully, for the new EHF Champions League campaign in which Larvik have always high ambitions. ← Previous Story Joan Canellas close to THW Kiel – Palmarsson between Barca and Veszprem? Next Story → SLOVENIAN TROUBLES BEFORE HUNGARY: EHF confirms Zorman ban – Mackovsek injured! read more

Moodys give new ESM an AAA rating but outlook is negative

first_imgCREDIT RATER MOODY’S assigned the European Stability Mechanism, Europe’s new emergency fund, a triple-A rating this evening –  but gave it with a negative outlook.Moody’s cited the ESM’s expected low leverage, the credit-worthiness of the eurozone countries behind the ESM, and the fund’s preferred creditor status in giving it a top Aaa grade.But Moody’s assigned its negative outlook to the €500 billion permanent bailout fund, putting it on an equal level with the ratings of all but one of the Aaa-rated eurozone countries, also listed with negative outlooks.Moody’s warned that the deterioration of the credit-worthiness of euro member states could pull down the ESM’s rating.“A weakening in the political commitment among euro area member states to the ESM could have negative rating implications,” Moody’s added.The ESM was launched officially on Monday, Luxembourg Prime Minister and fund chairman Jean-Claude Juncker saying it “marks an historic milestone in shaping the future of monetary union.”The fund was initially due to enter service on 1 July but, was delayed by a challenge at the German Constitutional Court.It will initially hold €200 billion when the first installments of government capital are paid by the end of the month.Juncker said the currency union, troubled for the last three years by massive sovereign and banking debts, had now “closed the gap in euro area institutions” with another element in “a comprehensive plan to reshape economic governance in the euro area.”- © AFP, 2012Read: Noonan hopeful of deal on Anglo promissory note before Budget > Read: Ireland may issue 40-year bond to replace promissory notes – report >last_img read more

Mayor Faulconer weighs in on looming Government shutdown
Mayor Faulconer weighs in on looming Government shutdown

first_img Mike McKinnon III Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Donald Trump, Kevin Faulconer FacebookTwitter January 18, 2018 As I made very clear today, our country needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2018Three days later, members of Congress brought him a bill that he quickly turned down. He responded to the proposal with these two tweets: Congress is facing a Friday Jan. 19 deadline to pass a spending bill, which helps determine the government’s budget and discretionary spending for the fiscal year. Last week, President Trump held a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress regarding the looming government shutdown. President Trump made it clear that funding for the wall must be part of any immigration deal Congress brings to his desk. He tweeted the following after the meeting: Mike McKinnon III, Updated: 4:38 PMcenter_img Posted: January 18, 2018 Most #Dreamers are living in the only country they have ever known. They are our neighbors, small business owners, students and veterans. They need our support. The time is now for Congress to act. #IStandWithDreamers #DACA pic.twitter.com/Gl4Xq8SW3I— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) January 18, 2018The deadline to come up with a deal is just a day away, we will continue to update as more information comes to the newsroom. The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards. Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018 ….countries which are doing badly. I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level. I want safety and security for our people. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs. I want to fund our military, not do a Dem defund….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018Since this proposal, President Trump has repeatedly tweeted his belief that the Democrats don’t really care about the “Dreamers.” You can see the tweets on his twitter feed here.The Democrats don’t want to give President Trump funding for his promised border wall but want to save the DACA deal. On the other hand, Republicans say the Democrats are putting people who are here illegally at a bigger priority than our national security. In the bipartisan meeting, President Trump said he would, “take the heat” on a deal that saved the “Dreamers” if he got funding for the wall.Thursday morning, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer weighed in on the possible government shutdown with posts to his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Thursday morning, Mayor Faulconer posted the following: Mayor Faulconer weighs in on looming Government shutdownlast_img read more

Former Portland executive sentenced to prison

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. attorney’s office in Portland says a former top business executive has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for wire fraud and ordered to pay more than $1.4 million in restitution to his old company, DAT Solutions.David Schrader of Portland was sentenced Wednesday in federal court. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud in June. Schrader must also pay what prosecutors described as a “sizeable money judgment” to the government.Prosecutors say the 47-year-old man stole more than $1.4 million from his company by submitting expense reports that either falsified or inflated the amounts to which he was entitled.When the theft was discovered, the U.S. attorney’s office says the senior vice president of operations was one of DAT’s highest-paid employees, earning nearly half a million dollars in salary and benefits.A former company president, Tim Bickmore, testified that due to the recession and Schrader’s theft, DAT was forced to lay off multiple employees and adjust the salaries of others, many in Oregon.last_img read more

Government sets out strategy to support older employees to stay in work
Government sets out strategy to support older employees to stay in work

first_imgThe government has launched a new strategy to promote the benefits of remaining in work for longer, which includes encouraging employers to increase the number of older employees within their workforces.The Fuller working lives strategy outlines how a coalition of job centres and employers can work together to support older employees to continue in their current careers or take on a new position, including a second career.The Fuller working lives: a partnership approach report, published on Thursday 2 February 2017, details the social and health benefits of remaining in work for longer, as well as the need for businesses to retain, retrain and recruit employees over 50 years old.A group of over 40 employers has led the business approach to supporting older employees in the workplace.As part of the strategy, the government will provide extra support for groups who may need more help getting into and staying in work, such as individuals with long-term health conditions or disabilities; publish a wide range of evidence highlighting the benefits of working longer and of harnessing a multi-generational workforce; develop the support available through job centres for older employees; look to make apprenticeships more accessible to individuals of all ages and backgrounds by putting control of adult skills budgets in the hands of learners and employers, and achieving three million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020.Damian Green, secretary of state for work and pensions, said: “Most people are healthier for longer and so are able to extend their careers and take up new opportunities. Staying in work for a few more years can make a significant difference not only to someone’s income but also their physical and mental health.“I urge all businesses to reassess the value of older [employees]. Nobody should write off hiring someone due to their age and it’s unacceptable that some older people are overlooked for roles they would suit completely.”Steven Cameron, pensions director at Aegon, added: “In today’s society, there’s no place for a ‘fixed retirement age’, and rightly so. Flexible working up to and beyond traditional retirement ages is becoming the new normal, and an increasing number of older [employees] with the prospect of a longer and healthier retirement, relish the opportunity to stay in work. This stems partly from the desire to continue on in some sort of employment to remain socially, physically or mentally active, all of which can be beneficial for health and wellbeing. However, financial considerations also feature as a key reason.”Helena Herklots CBE, chief executive officer at Carers UK, commented: “The Fuller working lives strategy celebrates good practice from employers and Carers UK would like to see the government take one step further by creating a statutory right to paid time off to care so that more employees and employers can benefit from this.”Tom McPhail, head of retirement policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “The key to a decent retirement lies in a working life which is long enough and rewarding enough to enable individuals to make adequate provision for themselves. The decisions we make as individuals about how much we save, how long we save for and how we invest our money will determine what kind of retirement we enjoy. The role of employers and government lies in making that as easy as possible.“We welcome [the] announcement, however we are currently very concerned about whether the government can deliver a joined-up savings strategy which works for ordinary savers. It appears that at times some government departments are pursuing policies which actively work in opposition to each other. The reduction in the amount someone can pay in after flexibly accessing their pension is a policy which does nothing to enhance longer working lives.”last_img read more

Residents Share Ideas for Study to Remake Ft McPhersons Neighboring Communities

first_imgAbout 70 southwest Atlanta residents met Thursday for the kickoff meeting sponsored by the Fort McPherson LRA for a community study to plan the future for a 1,300-acre area surrounding the former post. The study area covers the neighborhoods most affected by the closure of Fort McPherson, which now offers the promise of revitalization. In June, the city sold about two-thirds of the installation to filmmaker Tyler Perry for $30 million to build up to 16 sound stages for a movie and television production complex. But the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority still has about 144 acres of land to convert to civilian use.Perry’s movie studio and the western extension of the Atlanta BeltLine will bring about $150 million in new investment to southwest Atlanta, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. An Urban Land Institute panel recommended a variety of options for the property not going to Perry, including an expanded Veterans Administration medical center, offices for federal agencies, government contractors and media companies as well as retail, restaurants and apartments.One local resident expressed confidence that the neighborhoods around McPherson could support new retailers and restaurants. “Why is everybody else’s stuff getting done and not southwest Atlanta?” Darnetta Nichols asked. “The serious development, we’ve been waiting a long time,” she said.While Brian Hooker, the LRA’s executive director, said he heard both frustration and hope at the public meeting, the latest planning process will benefit from the knowledge that the film studio and the BeltLine — an economic redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown Atlanta — are moving forward.The months-long community study, which falls under the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative, will include an economic study, and more input from residents and developers, Hooker said. Later this month, the authority will hold a festival to gather further community input. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Report Says Half of Homebuyers Arent Mortgage Knowledgeable
Report Says Half of Homebuyers Arent Mortgage Knowledgeable

first_img June 14, 2017 691 Views When it comes to homeownership, things can get confusing. In a recent Fannie Mae Perspectives Blog by Housing Access and Affordable Housing Initiatives VP Mike Hernandez, he said almost half of homebuyers were unable to answer questions about key mortgage qualification criteria and consumers are in agreement that homeownership education is helpful and should occur earlier in the process. So what needs to be done in order to educate while not delaying closing?The April 2017 New Residential Construction report put out by the U.S. Census Bureau said in April alone there were 1,229,000 million building permits, 1,172,000 housing starts, and 1,106,000 housing completions—and this still isn’t keeping up with demand. Based on Hernandez’s statistic, that means almost 1.8 million of those homeowners or soon to be homeowners aren’t clear on the financing of their home. Hernandez said letting buyers know that homeownership education is evolving to meet buyers needs and busy lives could help bridge the consumer knowledge gap and in hand smooth the process for lenders. In today’s digital world, there are a growing number of homeownership education mediums, such as Fannie Mae’s Framework, that allow consumers to educate themselves on the go.Hernandez said homeownership education helps in three main ways. It helps the buyer be more prepared by teaching them how to decide on a budget based on the home inspection and know what documents to have together. This also helps lenders save time when the buyer is trying to qualify for a mortgage. Education makes sure the buyer is knowledgeable on what modifications or maintenance to do in their home to control and sustain their investment. Lastly, it gives the homebuyer resilience. Most courses include access to counseling after the purchase of the home, helping buyers avoid common issues.“The reality is, no matter how good the preparation, circumstances will go south for some borrowers,” Hernandez said. “For the problems that can’t be avoided, education can help borrowers manage the consequences and recover quickly.” Fannie Mae Homebuyer Education 2017-06-14 Brianna Gilpin in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicingcenter_img Report Says Half of Homebuyers Aren’t Mortgage Knowledgeable Sharelast_img read more