WTF Xavi wins the lottery in Doha Last updated 2 years ago 21:32 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty WTF Al Sadd Barcelona Primera División The 37-year-old midfielder was presented with a huge cheque after winning the top prize in the bank’s annual draw As well as a World Cup and multiple European Championship, Champions League and La Liga champion, former Barcelona and Spain star Xavi can now count himself a lottery winner.Just as the iconic midfielder has been a magnet for trophies throughout his career, it seems money just flies at him too, as another big cheque has been handed to him by Doha Bank.Spain 10/11 to beat Italy Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Less than a year after opening his account with the bank, the Spaniard has won 1 million Qatar riyals (€225,000) in their annual lottery and said he had been targeting the big prize all along.Former Barcelona footballer Xavi announced as Al Dana millionaire winner for June 2017 https://t.co/ogRINhzOXI #DohaBank pic.twitter.com/4F2VKVSuq4— Doha Bank (@DohaBankQatar) August 27, 2017“Winning the cash prize was an unexpected but welcome surprise,” Xavi, now playing with Qatari side Al Sadd, said. “I had opened my account in Doha Bank on the 5th of December, 2016, as I had taken interest in the Al Dana program after hearing about how Doha Bank encourages their customers to save money, and get a chance to become Millionaires, as well as the opportunity to win other cash prizes.”I started to invest with the Al Dana Savings program, aiming to win the QAR 1 Million.”The 37-year-old is said to be earning around €10 million per year with Al Sadd, but obviously doesn’t subscribe to famous adage that more money means more problems.
Donald Trump targets Jemele Hill following ESPN anchor’s suspension Read more Since you’re here… Television industry US television industry Share on Facebook US sports Share on Pinterest Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder)Welcome to the ESPN family @BarstoolBigCat (& welcome to all ur minions who will respond to this so kindly) pic.twitter.com/AzgfdDx2FKOctober 16, 2017 “Seriously you sound like a KO Barstool freak, not a chick that has a job where the #1 requirement is you make men hard,” the blogpost from 2014 read. “So give it a rest with your righteous indignation. Your entire career and livelihood is based on appealing to guys like me and blogs like ours. Bottomline is guys thinking chicks are hot is natural. It’s Darwinism. It’s never gonna change. But that doesn’t mean we don’t respect women and think it’s okay to hit a woman. I have no idea what’s so confusing about that. Go fuck yourself.”Katz did not write the post and implied it was the work of Barstool’s founder, Dave Portnoy. Ponder then referenced a Barstool show from 2014, in which Portnoy called her “a slut” and described her daughter as a “rat kid”. Katz is present in the conversation, and does not object to Portnoy’s language. “Welcome to the ESPN family @BarstoolBigCat (& welcome to all ur minions who will respond to this so kindly),” wrote Ponder, along with a screenshot from a 2014 Barstool blog telling the presenter to “fuck yourself” after she wrote about the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal. Topics ESPN … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Sensitive Man (@sensitivemann)@sam_ponder https://t.co/s6FxNyFrZy 8 minutes in, youre welcomeOctober 17, 2017 news “No person who watches GameDay wants to see a picture of her and her ugly kid. Nobody cares, Sam Ponder. We want to see you sex it up and be slutty and not be some prude fucking jerk who everybody hates,” Portnoy says in the clip. “Sam Ponder, you fucking slut. I don’t want you at these games being super-prude and talking about God and religion and how your kid is so awesome and breastfeeding when I’m watching GameDay.”Fans of Barstool are known for abusing people who criticise the publication on social media. After one Twitter user asked why Ponder didn’t raise her concerns in 2014, she replied that she was afraid of reprisals. “I selfishly didn’t say anything 3 yrs ago (or in response to their stuff abt other women) bc like many women in this industry, I was afraid of more attacks from their followers. Working for the same company now gave me more courage,” wrote Ponder. Barstool is immensely popular with young, mostly male, readers and listeners, and was valued at around $15m when an investment group bought a 51% stake in 2016. Earlier this month, journalist Elika Sadeghi turned down a job with the company after being asked to agree to a contact clause saying she should expect to be exposed to “offensive speech, sexual scenarios, suggestive gestures, and references to stereotypes” in the workplace.Portnoy said the clause was standard for a publication that deals in humour. “We’re not saying you can grope somebody, we’re not saying you can sexually harass somebody, we’re saying we’re gonna make jokes and you gotta be cool with it,” he said.ESPN has experienced a rocky time of late. In April it laid off about 100 employees, including some of the network’s most popular on-air and online personalities. 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CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Port Morien Traffic on sections of Route 255, between Homeville and Port Morien is reduced to one lane for clearing work until Friday, Oct. 31. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 354 (Beaver Bank Road) Sections of Route 354 (Beaver Bank Road), from the Hants County line south for about seven kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Traffic is controlled by flag people and a pilot vehicle. The work is scheduled to be finished Tuesday, Sept. 30. CONTINUING WORK Cherryfield Road: various sections from the intersection of Highway 10 to East Dalhousie Crousetown Road: between Conquerall Mills Road and Italy Cross Road Vaughn Road: from Highway 3 to end of road West Street (Queens County): from the Town of Liverpool north for about two kilometres. NEW WORK HANTS COUNTY: Route 202 Route 202, in the West Gore area, has stop-and-go traffic with a pilot vehicle for gravelling and repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue, Victoria Road and Ward Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Hirtle Road and Llewellyn Road Hirtle Road, from Highway 103 toward Route 331, and Llewellyn Road, from Hirtle Road to Highway 103, have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River, until September 2015. A detour bridge allows two lanes of traffic in both directions, however, drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. CAPE BRETON COUNTY REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 105 Sections of Highway 105, from Grand Narrows Road east to the Pleasant Street/Route 305 overpass and on-ramp, will be reduced to one lane for road repairs, repaving, and guardrail upgrades until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work will take place from sunrise to sunset, but there may be some night work. Drivers should use extra caution in the area and be prepared for delays. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road There are alternating lane closures on South River Lake Road for road upgrading, including gravelling and paving. Work is taking place at the intersection of Larrys River Road and moving west. Work will finish Friday, Oct. 17. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road will be closed at 9 p.m. Monday, Sept 29 until Friday, Oct. 31, to replace the bridge deck. Detour route in place. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Lower South River Traffic on Highway 104 is detoured for one kilometre to Dunns Loop until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h through the detour. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Work on these roads will be completed by the end of October. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 4, Port Hawkesbury Sections of Highway 4, from the Port Hastings rotary at the intersection with Highway 105, east for about three kilometres, will have stop-and-go traffic for repaving. Traffic control people and pilot vehicles are onsite. Work takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work is scheduled to be finished by the end of September. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Night Work, Highway 102 During nighttime hours, northbound traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane between Exit 2B at Larry Uteck Boulevard and Exit 4 in Bedford. On weekdays, lane reductions will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, lane reductions will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 7 a.m. There will be similar lane reductions on southbound lanes between the Hammonds Plains Road Interchange (Exit 3A) and Larry Uteck Boulevard. On weekdays, southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. On weekends, lanes will be reduced between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Drivers should be prepared for delays, or use alternate routes. Work will last until the end of November. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work has begun on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge will remain open during construction, but there may be occasional, brief closures during normal construction activities. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new, two-lane bridge will be completed in 2015. HANTS COUNTY: Route 277 Traffic on sections of Route 277, between Old Trunk Road and Hurshman Road, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Traffic on Route 236, between Route 215 and Gosse Bridge, is reduced to one lane to allow for slope repairs. The work is scheduled to be completed Tuesday, Sept. 30. PICTOU COUNTY: Alma Road Alma Road, from Sylvester Road north to Route 376, about four kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 1, Falmouth Trunk 1 from the Windsor Town Line to Lighthouse Road in Mount Denson will have stop and go traffic for repaving from Tuesday, Sept. 30 until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fall River Roundabout Construction of a modern roundabout at the intersection of Highway 2 and the ramps from Highway 102 and Highway 118 begins Sunday, Sept. 28. Work will take place at night (between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekends). The work will be completed in late December. Even though the work will be taking place at night, delays are possible during the day. Drivers should plan extra time for their trip and use caution when travelling through the construction zone. Use an alternate route if possible. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, Cumberland Co., is closed until further notice. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Lane Reduction Traffic on Highway 101 near Coldbrook is reduced to one lane during work on the railway overpass 500 metres west of Exit 14. Traffic will be controlled 24 hours a day by traffic signals. Work will be completed at the end of September. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Forties Road Traffic on sections of Forties Road, from the intersection of Fraxville Road to the intersection of Barss Corner Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving. Work is scheduled to be completed at the end of September. Traffic is controlled by flag people. LUNENBURG/QUEENS COUNTIES: Road Paving Sections of the following roads are reduced to one lane for repaving: PICTOU COUNTY: Route 347 Route 347, from the intersection of Garden of Eden Church Loop to the intersection of Woods Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Delays are expected. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, there is a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route is marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Narrows Road, Georges River The Grand Narrows Road in Georges River has lane closures for culvert work and ditching. Work is about three kilometres west of Highway 105 and will end Tuesday, Sept. 30. HANTS COUNTY: Woodville Road and Ashdale Road Sections of Woodville Road, from Ashdale Road south to Ardoise School House Road, and Ashdale Road, from Woodville Road, west for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Drivers should use caution and obey signs and traffic control people in the area. Work will be completed at the end of October. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Little Bras d’Or Traffic on Highway 105 (Trans Canada Highway), between Exit 17 and 18 near the Little Bras d’Or bridge, is reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly until Friday, Oct. 3. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 332 Route 332, from Riverport Bridge towards Bridgewater, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Halfway River Flat Bridge Trunk 2, from Canaan Road to Lakelands Road, is closed for timber bridge repairs on the Halfway River Flat Bridge until Friday, Oct. 3. A detour is in place. PICTOU COUNTY: Stewart Road Stewart Road, from Route 376 west to Durham Road, about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on sections of Highway 4, west for about seven kilometres from east of MacNabs Bridge, are reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and repaving until Monday, Dec. 1. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Ban (USH-AK BAHN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30-
New York: A US judge has ordered a white youth, who admitted to attacking a Sikh store owner because of his religion, to learn more about the faith and submit a report in the court as part of his sentence for committing the hate crime. Marion County Judge Lindsay Partridge also sentenced 25-year-old Andrew Ramsey to three years of imprisonment, according to a press release issued by the Sikh Coalition, the largest Sikh body in America. On January 14, Ramsey brutally assaulted Harwinder Singh Dodd, who was working at a convenience store in the US State of Oregon, because of his perception of his religion. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Ramsey wanted rolling papers for cigarettes, but did not have an ID and the clerk would not sell them to him without the document, as required by law. When Dodd asked Ramsey to leave, he attacked him by pulling his beard, punching him in the face, pulling him to the ground and kicking him. Ramsey also spat on Dodd and ripped his turban off his head, the press release said. The youth pleaded guilty in Marion County Circuit Court to second-degree intimidation, a hate crime under Oregon law. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaSentencing Ramsey to 36 months in jail on Friday, the judge ordered him to attend the local temple’s annual parade to learn more about the Sikh religion, saying bigotry is the result of ignorance and “all of us are able to learn and benefit from cultures in our community”. “Judge Partridge ruled Ramsey is required to seek drug and alcohol treatment along with mental health treatment. Judge Partridge also included restorative justice components as part of Ramsey’s probation, including a requirement that he obtain an awareness of Sikhism and report what he has learned to the court,” the Sikh Coalition said. In a written statement to the court, Dodd said, “Every person should be able to live their life without fear of being targeted because of who they are, or how they practice their faith.” According to the Sikh Coalition, Sikhs in America remain hundreds of times more likely to experience bigotry, bias or backlash than the average American. “This conviction is a much-needed step for Oregon in its broader efforts to make all our communities safe from hate,” it said. As per a FBI report, hate crimes increased by over 40 per cent in Oregon in the last one year. In May 2018, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum established a special task force designed to explore ways to improve measures to combat and prevent hate. Recently, Senate Bill 577 was introduced to strengthen the state’s laws against hate crimes. This proposed bill renames crime of intimidation as bias crime, the Sikh Coalition said.
Lahore: Babar Azam has been named Pakistan’s vice-captain for their upcoming home series against Sri Lanka while Sarfaraz Ahmed has been retained as captain of the side. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a release that it had confirmed the appointments on the basis of recommendations made by Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq and the PCB Cricket Committee. PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said that Babar’s elevation is part of his gradual development as a future captain. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I am hopeful the trio of Misbah, Sarfaraz and Babar will do well for Pakistan cricket,” Mani said. Misbah believes that he is better placed to get the best out of Sarfraz as he knows him “better than most of the cricketers” due to the fact that Sarfraz played under Misbah. “I have emphasised on changing the dressing room culture and mind-set of the players to achieve better results, and I believe Sarfaraz is a perfect fit to help me attain these objectives,” said Misbah. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”In the past couple of weeks, Sarfaraz and I have worked together on certain areas of his cricket that will enhance his overall performance. “Both of us realise it is a performance-oriented world and we are expected to give our best every time we take the field. “I look forward to working with him and hope we will succeed in changing the outlook of the Pakistan cricket team.” Sarfraz echoed Misbah’s opinion. “I have played most of my cricket under Misbah and we know each other pretty well. I think we will make a good combination, which will contribute to improved performances of the side across all formats,” he said. The ODI and T20I series will comprise three matches each and will be played between September 27 and October 9. While the ODIs will be played in Karachi, the T20I series will be played in Lahore.
Toronto – Two Indian men were shot in a Kansas bar, one of them killed and a third man injured as he attempted to intervene.An eyewitness reported that, Adam Purinton, aged 51, shouted “Get out of my country” before shooting at two Indian men in a bar in Olatho, Kansas. When he was finished firing, 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotia lay dead. Another Indian man, Alok Madasani, also 32 and a 24-year-old bystander, Ian Grillot, who tried to intervene, both suffered gunshots but survived.The suspect fled on foot but was apprehended five hours later, at an Applebee’s restaurant in Clinton, Missouri. According to a report in the Kansas City Star, Purinton told an employee that he had to hide out because he had just killed “two Middle Eastern men.” Police took him into custody without incident. Purinton was no longer armed. Anti-immigrant sentiment has been on the rise since US President Donald Trump’s election. Incidences of race-related violence have been on the rise across the country amid ongoing protests to his win since the day of his inauguration.Reaction from India has been swift. At first in favour of Trump’s election, thinking his anti-Muslims stance somehow made him more amenable to Hindus, the country’s fancy is turning cold. US talk of curbing the H-1B visa program has the Indian government and $150 billion tech industry very worried.Social media exploded in response to the shooting, with well-known actor, Siddarth, tweeted’ “Don’t be shocked! Be angry! Trump is spreading hate. This is a hate crime! RIP #SrinivasKuchibhotia.”A friend of Kuchibhotia spoke of his friend as an easy-going person, always ready with a smile. “This came as an incredible shock,” he said. “As he is one of the most gentle, nicest human beings you would meet. He was non-confrontational, non-controversial, easy-going and always smiling.” He has started a crowd-funding page for his friend to help with the funeral and the family. It has already raised more than $250,000.00.The US Embassy in New Delhi issued a statement saying the following; “The United States is a nation of immigrants and welcomes people from across the world to visit, work, study and live. United States authorities will investigate thoroughly and prosecute the case, though we recognize that justice is small consolation to families in grief.”The investigation into the incident as a hate crime has fallen under the purview of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Eric Jackson, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Kansas City Field Office said “We are looking at whether the crime was committed via bias motivation. We are really at the preliminary stage at looking at every aspect.”Meanwhile, shooter Adam Purinton, is being held on a $2 million bond. He has waived his right to extradition to John County Kansas, where the shootings took place.
WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $3.00 lower $507.50; Jan. ’18 $2.80 lower $511.90; March ’18 $2.90 lower $514.90; May ’18 $3.40 lower $514.00; July ’18 $2.80 lower $514.50; Nov. ’18 $2.70 higher $478.50; Jan. ’19 $2.70 higher $479.30; March ’19 $2.70 higher $482.00; May ’19 $2.70 higher $482.00; July ’19 $2.70 higher $482.00; Nov. ’19 $2.70 higher $482.00.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $140.00.Wednesday’s estimated volume of trade: 240,600 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 240,600.
Schneider said that Macroeconomic performance in 2015 reflected a mix of positive underlying growth momentum, the impact of domestic policies, and an increasingly difficult external environment. To boost trade and private sector development, the mission recommends addressing protectionism by reviewing tariffs and para-tariffs. The mission welcomes ongoing efforts to enhance competitiveness through other means, including removal of the EU fisheries import ban, and the reinstatement of Generalized System of Preferences Plus status. Further steps are needed to increase the efficiency of trade facilitation (including through full implementation of use of electronic customs documentation), remove barriers to foreign investment entry and establishment, enhance access to finance, and strengthen financial market infrastructure.The mission met with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrame, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Arjuna Mahendran, other public officials, and representatives of the business community, civil society and international partners. (Colombo Gazette) The medium-term revenue effort will be based on further reform of tax and expenditure policies, supported by modernizing revenue administration and public financial management (including implementation of key IT systems (RAMIS, ITMIS, and ASYCUDA ++). The mission also welcomed the recent tightening of monetary policy given the steady increase in core inflation and high private credit growth. The IMF mission said that given the long lags in monetary transmission and continued increase in core inflation and private credit growth, however, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) should be prepared to tighten policies further if these trends continue. The mission also recommends the CBSL take active steps to rebuild non-borrowed reserve buffers.“The financial system appears well capitalized and liquid, but the authorities should nevertheless remain vigilant to the risk of a potential rise in non-performing loans. The mission welcomes steps toward supervision on a consolidated basis and shifting to Basel III and concurs with continued efforts needed to strengthen the legal framework for crisis preparedness and resolution,” the IMF said.It said that achieving medium-term growth and reserve objectives and building greater resilience to external shocks will require a renewed effort toward greater integration into regional and global supply chains, higher levels of foreign direct investment, and enhancing prospects for private sector investment. He said the fiscal deficit expanded, public debt increased, and the balance of payments position deteriorated despite an improvement in the terms of trade.Real GDP growth in 2016 is expected to remain around 5 percent and inflation in the low single digits. Over the medium term, there is potential for growth to rise closer to Sri Lanka’s estimated potential output level, but prospects will hinge on a policy upgrade in the near term and removing bottlenecks to trade and investment. “The authorities’ proposed economic program aims to achieve high and sustained levels of inclusive economic growth, restore discipline to macroeconomic and financial policies, and rebuild fiscal and reserve buffers. Key objectives underlying the reform agenda include: (i) improving revenue administration and tax policy; (ii) strengthening public financial management; (iii) state enterprise reforms; and, iv) structural reforms to enable a more outward-looking economy, deepen foreign exchange markets, and strengthen financial sector supervision,” he said.He said that a durable reduction of the fiscal deficit and public debt through a growth-friendly emphasis on revenue generation is the main priority for fiscal policy.In this context, the mission welcomed the cabinet’s decision to reduce the 2016 fiscal deficit to 5.4 percent of GDP, and advised to move quickly on tax and expenditure policy decisions endorsed by the Cabinet. Other near-term steps include a clear strategy to define and address outstanding obligations of state enterprises, start broadening the tax base by reducing tax exemptions, and introduction of a new Inland Revenue Act. Program discussions will continue in Washington D.C. on the margins of the Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank, with the objective of concluding a staff-level agreement with the authorities, subject to approval by IMF Management and the Executive Board, in the next two weeks. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it has made significant progress toward a staff level agreement with the Sri Lankan Government on an economic program that could be supported by a 36-month Extended Fund Facility (EFF).A staff team from the IMF led by Todd Schneider visited Colombo during March 31- April 11 to hold the 2016 Article IV consultation discussions and to discuss the authorities’ request for a Fund supported arrangement.
SMMT attended The Future Shape of Motor Vehicle Sales and Servicing meeting held today in Brussels. Organised by the Forum for the Automobile and Society the event looked at how the motor industry has operated under the existing regulation which is due to expire in 2010 and discussed how the new proposals are likely to impact on business and the consumer. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Although the report does not make proposals as to the future of Block Exemption, the Commission indicates that there appears to be no requirement for a motor industry sector-specific regulation and wishes to consider the accommodation of motor vehicle distribution under the general regime on vertical restraints. Following publication of the European Commission’s evaluation report on the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation, SMMT is looking forward to furthering its dialogue with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) in order to validate the Commission’s findings. * SMMT supports EU desire to simplify regulation * Competition alive and well in motor industry * Industry in dialogue with government to validate findings “The motor industry has come a long way since Block Exemption was first adopted and we welcome the Commission’s desire to now simplify the regulation,” said SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt. “We look forward to engaging with government and other stakeholders in order to evaluate the report findings, with the aim of maintaining a healthy balance of the many and varied interests of the industry.” SMMT will be reviewing the report in more detail and is in dialogue with the OFT and BERR to discuss the proposals and frame the debate going forward. The current regulation has contributed to positive consumer benefits through healthy competition in all areas of the industry, and the report suggests that the same results can be achieved by using the general scheme. The sector-specific rules contain complex and unattractive options that simply are not used by businesses. The new EU Type-Approval legislation makes certain aspects, such as access to technical information for new cars, redundant.
ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Phil Hogan will tomorrow announce details of funding for repair works for people whose homes have been damaged by pyrite.The minister said this evening that the Government today gave the go ahead for the immediate commencement of the pyrite remediation scheme. It is hoped that the legislation in this area will be debated in the Dáil and the Seanad before being passed by Christmas.Pyritic heave has emerged in housing developments in Dublin and nearby counties following the inappropriate use of pyrite during their construction. Pyrite is a naturally occurring mineral which causes significant structural damage to homes if used in the infill below floor slabs.Tomorrows announcement has been met by approval from a number of quarters in particular because a lack of clarity on the Government’s position has been a consistent complaint from opposition TDs.Fine Gael’s Meath East TD Helen McEntee said that tomorrow’s announcement will reassure those affected that “the end is in sight” in terms of dealing with the pyrite issue.” This will allow the process, which has been stalled for a number of months, to finally get going, and should come as a considerable source of relief for pyrite homeowners,” she saidRead: “We can finally put Priory Hall behind us” – deal is reached on apartment complex >Read: Pyrite removals on 122 Ballymun homes ‘nearing completion’ >
IRISH MEN ARE more likely to leave school early, commit a murder, or be unemployed, a new report shows, while Irish women earn less and are unlikely to hold a seat of power.A special report from the CSO, Women and Men in Ireland 2013, has analysed areas of Irish society ranging from education to crime to see which gender dominates.It notes that Ireland is ninth in the EU27 for gender equality, slightly above the EU average with a score of 55.2.FertileThe one gender-specific factor in which Ireland stands out, the report notes, is fertility – Irish women are the most fertile in the European Union, joint first with France.Women are also still overwhelmingly more likely (98%) to be a stay-at-home parent.Just more than 80% of the Irish prison population is male, while men are also more likely to be a victim of murder of manslaughter.When it comes to holding positions of power, Ireland is more than 10% below the EU average for female representation in national parliament, with just less than 16% of TDs are female.EmploymentBoth genders experienced a dramatic fall in employment rates in 2009.For men, there has been a slight improvement with rates increasing 3.3% from a low of 62.4% in 2012, but the rate for women has increased just 0.7% in the same period.And once they are in employment, women are likely to receive about a quarter less pay, while men are likely to both work and earn more.The sectors of choice for men are construction, agriculture, and transport, and for women are health and education.Although 85% of primary-level teachers are female and 68% at second-level, men are still more likely to hold senior positions.If they can’t get work, there’s always the option of emigration, in which there is little difference between the two genders.When it comes to the Leaving Certificate, the subjects where more boys than girls sat higher level were MathematicsPhysicsConstruction studiesDesign and communication graphicsEngineeringThe subjects in which girls excelled were:EnglishFrenchIrishBiologyChemistryArtHome EconomicsMusicWomen are also generally better educated than men.“Over half (55.3%) of women aged 25-34 having a third-level qualification in 2013 compared to just 42.7% of men in this age group,” the report read, and noted that the “early school leavers’ rate among women aged 18-24 in 2012 was 8.2% which was lower than the rate of 11.2% for men”.Read: Women ‘talent bank’ to improve gender balance on state boards >More: Men “hit harder than women by unemployment during recession” >
A man was fatally wounded in a mafia-style shooting in Exarchia, near central Athens, on Sunday night, according to police the attack was a settling of accounts between Albanian crime rings.The man was attacked on the junction of Koletti and Themistokleous Streets shortly before 8 p.m. by two assailants who pulled up on a motorcycle, according to witnesses. One of the assailants fired six times at the victim with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, which was found at the scene, while witnesses said the second man stabbed the victim in the back.The victim was transferred to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police who said he told officers that he was Albanian. Police said they found two firearms — a pistol and a revolver — in the victim’s possession. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As the 29 November state election draws closer, a consensus seems to be forming amongst commentators based on the available opinion polls that the Liberal-National coalition government is in some trouble. The polls are indicating that voters are re-aligning their support to the Labor opposition, presumably in response to the manner in which the Liberal Party in particular conducted itself as one of the major parties of government after its rather unexpected election victory in 2010. If the theory of uniform swings holds (that is, if the polls are revealing a shift in alignments then it should be assumed this will occur across all electorates with the consequence being that those seats with the narrowest margins will be lost by the governing party) then Labor may be on track to win the election with a majority of perhaps nine seats. The problem, of course, is that theories and realities often do not match, and that, for all the bad polling and problems the party has had to deal with since coming to power in 2010, it is still very possible for the Coalition to win this election even if there was a big two-party swing to Labor.What is more, the contest is not simply one between Labor and Liberal in the outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne and the regional cities of Geelong and Ballarat. In inner Melbourne Labor is being challenged by the Greens, with the state seat of Melbourne looking particularly vulnerable. Despite what the polls are saying, the 2014 election is going to be a very close affair.Part of the reason for this is the comparative lack of marginal government seats in the current pendulum. Following the redistribution of electoral boundaries, the Liberal and National parties notionally hold 48 seats, of which five would be lost with uniform two-party swings to the Labor party of 1 per cent. This would give Labor the 45 seats that would give it a lower house majority provided it did not lose any inner city seats to the Greens. A swing of two per cent would result in 8 seats being transferred. Beyond that, Labor would need a two-party swing of more than two per cent, and even this would only add one or two seats to the Labor majority. Labor has its own marginal seats, of course, and any loss of these to the Liberals would make the final outcome very close indeed.This is all based on the idea of a uniform swing. If the Liberal party was able to defend some of these marginal seats and pick up a marginal Labor seat such as Cranbourne, it could still win this election even if there was a big two party swing to Labor across the state. This is by no means beyond the realm of the possible. No-one has adequately accounted for why support for Labor collapsed as it did in 2010, but one of the features of that swing was how big the anti-Labor swing was in middle- to ultra-safe Labor districts (and, indeed, in Coalition strong-holds as well). What could happen on 29 November is that these swings are cancelled out – in other words, the swing to Labor being detected in the polls occurs in very safe Labor and very safe Coalition seats but does not occur to the same extent in the marginal seats. If this happens, then the Coalition could just scrape home and the historical trend that there hasn’t been a one-term government in Victoria since the 1950s will be maintained.Finally, a word on the election for the Legislative Council. There is a lot of static occurring over the potential for minor parties to win Upper House seats. If the cumulative vote for these ‘micro’ parties is more than 16.7 per cent in any Upper House region, then one of them will get a seat. Failing that, the most likely scenario is that Upper House seats will be won by the Labor, Liberal and National parties with the Greens probably winning three seats. The real battle will be between Labor and Liberal for a seat in both Northern Metropolitan and Western Metropolitan. At the moment, the Coalition has a 1 seat majority in the Upper House. If the status quo is maintained, the Coalition will control the Upper House after 29 November. If Labor wins one seat from the Liberals, the numbers are tied. If Labor wins two seats, then the Greens will hold the balance of power. These are the two most likely outcomes, and Victorian parliamentary politics will have another four years of tense brinksmanship as a government tries to steer its legislative program through parliamentary chambers it may not necessarily control.* Dr Nick Economou is a senior lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. He was also the Sir Robert Menzies Lecturer in Australian Studies at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (London University) between 1995 and 1996.
Read the letter from Cook and Lucas at www.columbian.com/documents.Citing concerns about the software’s capability and potential conflicts with state laws, Vancouver Police Chief Cliff Cook and Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas wrote a joint letter Monday to David Madore, telling him they have “serious reservations” about being involved with his FastNav school safety program.FastNav is a Web-based navigation software system, originally developed by Vancouver police Officer Rey Reynolds, to help police officers respond to bomb threats, shootings and terrorist attacks at schools.FastNav was designed by Reynolds to be an improvement on the current state-adopted Rapid Responder system, which has many of the same features and information, but which Reynolds has said is too clunky for patrol officers to use. Madore, owner of US Digital, stepped in with $1 million to back Reynolds and two other co-founders.The plan had been to install the service for a free trial in Clark County schools, in cooperation with the school districts and public safety.And though the system has been knocked by the top two officials in public safety, Madore said it won’t be the end of the road for FastNav — if they can’t launch here, they’ll look in Oregon or as far as they have to so they can launch their product.
Pat Pourchot rafting an Alaskan river in the 1970s. (Photo: Pat Pourchot)John McPhee’s book Coming into the Country starts with a river trip: six men, nine days- floating nearly the entire length of the Salmon river in Northwest Alaska. The 26 year old leading the trip was Pat Pourchot, a recent Alaska transplant who had the job of a lifetime with the Interior Department.Listen nowAs Pourchot tells it, fresh out of college, he lucked into one of the best jobs in the world. In 1972, he was working for the now long gone federal Bureau of Outdoor Recreation in Colorado. His boss needed five people willing to relocate to Alaska. The job? Floating and researching rivers across the state to see if they would qualify for wild and scenic status in the national park system.“I had wanted to go to Alaska since I was a little kid and I couldn’t raise my hand fast enough and got off the plane here in the spring of 1972 and basically never left,” Pourchot said.The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act had passed the year before as part of the effort in Congress to make way for the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Besides establishing 12 Alaska Native Regional Corporations, the law called for studying wilderness areas in the state for national designation as refuges and parks.That’s where Pourchot came in. He had almost no experience in a kayak or canoe. But he was part of the team charged with “inspecting” more than two dozen remote rivers across the state.“And we were looking for…I think the words were ‘remarkably outstanding values’,” Pourchot said.By 1975, when John McPhee showed up in Alaska, Pourchot was a skilled paddler, with three summers of river running experience behind him. McPhee had a good friend, John Kauffman, who was a colleague of Pourchot’s at the Interior Department and he convinced the writer to come to Alaska for a story. Pourchot had never heard of the New Yorker magazine and didn’t have any idea who John McPhee was.But on the trip, McPhee quickly gained Pourchot’s respect. Pourchot said he asked intricate questions about the landscape and animals and probed the men for their opinions on wilderness and conservation.Pourchot said McPhee was continually, but not furiously, taking notes on their answers, “especially in the evening around the campfire he’d be taking notes, lunch breaks he’d be taking notes.”When The New Yorker article was published in May 1977, Pourchot marveled at the way McPhee unraveled the story of their nine day adventure. The trip started near the headwaters of the Salmon, where the river was barely more than a foot deep.McPhee wrote, “I was not disappointed the Salmon was low. In a lifetime of descending rivers, this was the clearest and the wildest river. Walking it in places made it come slow, and that was a dividend in itself.”In one especially vivid section, McPhee described an epic battle between Pourchot and a giant chum salmon. Pourchot said reading the story now brings him back to that day on the river, “I think John McPhee’s accuracy is impeccable. I think he just really captures things so entertainingly and accurately.”When Coming into the Country was published in December, 1977, it quickly became a bestseller. Pourchot said McPhee’s book doesn’t explicitly make the case for conservation. But it brought the remote wilds of Alaska into focus for readers.John McPhee with chum salmon on the Salmon River in Alaska. (Photo: Pat Pourchot, U.S. Dept. of Interior)“What it did was raise a nation’s consciousness about Alaska and the stakes,” Pourchot said. “And what should the role of conservation be on our public lands in Alaska. I think that’s where undoubtedly it had an effect.”In 1980, the Salmon River was included in the national wild and scenic river system, along with two dozen other rivers Pourchot’s team floated.After his brush with McPhee, Pourchot worked as a congressional staffer, state lawmaker and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner, to name a few of his many public service jobs.He’s now retired, but he hasn’t stopped exploring. Pourchot says he leads a small group of “aging buddies” on river trips in Alaska every summer.“It’s been kind of a pleasant surprise that most of the places I’ve revisited are largely the same,” Pourchot said. “You can go out to Gates of the Arctic or Beaver Creek in Yukon flats Wildlife Refuge and have an experience that’s very similar to the experience we had in the 70s.”And when he’s off the river he still hears from people who’ve just read Coming into the Country and want to know if he’s the same Pat Pourchot who led John McPhee on the Salmon more than 40 years ago.
Kakinada: Additional Municipal Commissioner (AMC) of Smart City, Ch Naga Narasimha Rao on Sunday inspected circle 3 in Smart City as part of redressal of petitions received in weekly Spandana programme. The AMC directed the sanitary staff to desilt the drain in the area mentioned in the petition. The official also directed the staff to take up regular sanitation in the area including desilting of drains. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The AMC also directed the sanitary staff to lift household garbage and maintain cleanliness in the surroundings. The AMC also said that the civic authorities keep a constant vigil on the activities of sanitary staff in all divisions and laxity on their part will not be spared and departmental action will be initiated against erring staff.
February 8, 2016 Register Now » 2 min read There were hints that Google was interested in making virtual reality hardware, and now some of the first details of that gear seem to be trickling out. Financial Times sources claim that Google’s first true VR headset is effectively a more open rival to Samsung’s Gear VR — you slot in a phone from your brand of choice into a plastic housing that has its own movement sensors. It’s miles above Cardboard, according to the tip. If the leak is accurate, you’d see it arrive sometime this year… alongside software that could be just as (if not more) important to the experience.The same insiders claim that Google is baking VR into Android itself, rather than relying on third-party apps like Cardboard does today. This wouldn’t just make support easier, but would fight common VR problems like lag — the smaller the delay, the less likely you are to be nauseous after a prolonged session.Google hasn’t confirmed either the Android VR support or the hardware, but it wouldn’t be shocking to get at least a sneak peek at this technology at Google I/O in May. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on Engadget Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.
Associated PressST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) – A haunting Cold War mystery is getting a fresh look on the Caribbean island of Grenada, where officials are trying to locate the missing remains of a Marxist prime minister executed nearly 30 years ago during a coup that sparked a U.S. invasion.Maurice Bishop was machine-gunned by a firing squad on Oct. 19, 1983, along with three members of his Cabinet and four others during the bloody upheaval, and no one seems to know where the bodies ended up. Rumors have swirled for decades that U.S. forces later hid the remains to prevent the grave from becoming a rallying point for the slain leader’s supporters or that a political rival dynamited the bodies. Grenada’s government wants the mystery solved as a way of healing the national psyche of this now-tranquil country of nutmeg-scented forests known as “the spice island,” which became a flashpoint in the last days of the Cold War. Forensic anthropologists recently failed to find the remains in a hillside cemetery in the capital of St. George’s, but further searches are planned.“It’s important for all concerned to bring some closure to this chapter in Grenada’s history,” Finance Minister Nazim Burke said in his office, just down a winding road from the 17th century fort where the 39-year-old Bishop and the others, including his pregnant mistress, were executed by Grenadian soldiers following a coup by a radical faction of Bishop’s Cuba-backed party.This much is known about the remains: After the execution, one gunman slit Bishop’s throat after he was dead and cut off a finger to steal a ring. The bodies were transported to a military camp six miles outside of town and partially burned in a pit.Six days after Bishop’s execution, about 7,000 U.S. Marines and paratroopers, along with a few hundred security forces from neighboring islands, invaded Grenada, toppling the post-coup military government. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Some Grenadians believe that U.S. troops calculatingly obscured Bishop’s burial.“I think the sentiment was too overwhelming for Bishop at the time and the U.S. wanted to avoid a shrine,” said Dr. Terry Marryshow, a Cuban-trained medical doctor who once worked as a bodyguard for Bishop and leads a foundation that was instrumental in getting the island’s international airport renamed after the slain leader in 2009. “There must be someone who knows what happened and we just want to finally hear about it from an official source, Grenadian or U.S.”In an email, the U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean said “the United States does not have any information about the location of the bodies of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and members of his cabinet who were killed on October 19, 1983.”The political rival who ordered Bishop’s execution, then-Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard, has long accused the U.S. of hiding Bishop’s body. However, others say imperfect evidence suggests that Coard, who is widely reviled in Grenada and settled in Jamaica after being released from prison in 2009, had the remains dynamited before he was captured by U.S. forces. Finding the truth is complicated by the fact that the matter was not investigated with any sort of thorough collection of evidence in the chaotic, tense days before and after the U.S. invasion.In 1983, a power struggle between Bishop, a relatively popular prime minister who took power in a 1979 coup, and a more radical faction led by Coard devolved into the bloody coup.The U.S., already alarmed by Bishop’s Soviet and Cuban ties, said the invasion was necessary to protect the lives of hundreds of American medical students at St. George’s University Medical School and to keep the island from being used as a staging post for communist aggression in the region. U.S. forces quickly gained control after the invasion was launched. But the action killed 45 Grenadians, 29 Cubans and 19 Americans.Jorge Heine, a Chilean who is a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a non-partisan Canadian think tank based in Waterloo, Ontario, said a monument to the memory of Bishop and his associates “would be a fitting way to finally bring about reconciliation to the spice island.”“The country needs to come to terms with its past,” said Heine, who edited a book of essays about Grenada’s revolutionary days. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Witnesses say the burned, decomposing remains were transported to the island’s medical school and the body bags were later brought to funeral director Leslie Bailey, who was tasked by the U.S. military with burying casualties from the conflict. Bailey died without ever pinpointing where the body bags believed to contain the remains of the political leaders were buried.Bailey’s son, funeral director Clinton Bailey, said he wants to find the remains because people “still point fingers” at his family every time the island celebrates the anniversary of the U.S. invasion, which was almost universally welcomed by Grenadians and is observed each Oct. 25 as a holiday known as Thanksgiving.“I will clear my father’s name,” said Clinton Bailey, who has carried out his own unsuccessful efforts to find Bishop’s remains.Experts suspect the remains of Bishop and the others lie in unmarked graves in St. George’s sprawling cemetery, where his supporters erected a rough, unmarked bust of the slain revolutionary leader among a tangle of white mausoleums and gravestones,An international forensic team led by Marcella Sorg of the University of Maine was brought in by Grenada’s Conference of Churches, the government and the island’s medical school to find the remains. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Top Stories Not all Grenadians believe officials should spend time trying to find Bishop’s remains.“Some people like to make believe that the revolution days were like getting presents beneath a Christmas tree. But it’s not true. I think Bishop did some good things in his time, but we had no freedom of speech in those days. It’s time to look forward as a country,” said Ezekiel “Eze” Jones, a tour guide operator and taxi driver.But Ann Bishop, the sister of the slain leader, said she has prayed for decades that her brother’s body would be found and her family could have a proper burial at last.“I am still hopeful Maurice’s body will be located,” she said by phone from her home in Grenada. “We’re still trying to get over this, after all these years.”___David McFadden on Twitter: http://twitter.com/dmcfadd Comments Share Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The team spent almost two weeks in May excavating a roughly 25-foot stretch of the cemetery, first using a backhoe and then switching to small hand trowels. They scraped at the soil as bones began to emerge from an unmarked grave yards from where a gravedigger discovered three U.S. military body bags a decade ago.Forensic experts say the scattered bones found are apparently not those of Bishop or the others, according to the Rev. Sean Doggett, a Roman Catholic priest who acts as spokesman for the Conference of Churches. But Doggett said he is hopeful that future digs could provide answers.“They might be just outside the area searched,” Doggett said in an email from his native Ireland, where is vacationing.He did not say when the next search will take place, but officials say they will proceed once more money is available.Previous searches in the same cemetery, including a forensic excavation organized by Bishop’s daughter Nadia, failed as well.At the cemetery, burly gravedigger Michael MacIntosh said he’s confident a sustained search of the area will eventually turn up the long-sought remains.“After all, the bodies have to be somewhere,” said MacIntosh, standing by the excavated area, in the shadow of the National Stadium. “They couldn’t have just disappeared into the air.” 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean