Australia squad

first_imgAustralia are going through a bad patch. Considering this their aim of retaining the World Cup is a far cry.Skipper Ricky Ponting be relying on the experienced pacer Brett Lee to deliver the goods. Mitchell Johnson’s presence in the bowling department provides his skipper with some hope, but it’s the spin department which is still a major worry for him and in India the problem gets magnified with most pitches assisting the spinners.  Ponting would be hoping his deputy Michael Clarke too comes good with his bat.Squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Doug Bollinger, Brad Haddin, John Hastings, Jason Krejza, David Hussey, Callum Ferguson, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Tim Paine, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Cameron White.last_img read more

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Govt flogging petrol users

first_imgThe government has been relentlessly hiking the price of petrol and burdening it with heavy taxes as it sees it essentially as the rich man’s fuel. However, this does not seem to be the solution to the oil sector’s problems that run much deeper.Official data reveals that while the consumption of petrol in the country ranges between 1.1 to 1.2 million tonnes a month, that of diesel is nearly five times as much at five to 5.5 million tonnes each month.A senior Indian Oil Corp (IOC) official told Mail Today that given the much higher volumes of diesel sold in the market, any increase in the price of the fuel brings in more revenue than petrol. The lower volumes of petrol cannot cover up the huge gap created by selling diesel, kerosene and LPG below market price, he explained. However, while petrol price has been raised by as much as 32 per cent in eight successive hikes during the last 11 months, the government has been shying away from raising the price of diesel even though the underrecoveries are much higher at Rs 18 per litre.The gap between petrol and diesel prices has now gone up to a whopping Rs 25 per litre and this is also causing a shift in demand towards diesel-fuelled cars and sports utility vehicles (SUVs). Oil company officials also say that the concept of petrol being purely a rich man’s fuel needs to be revisited since two-wheeler and small car owners also use petrol to run their vehicles.The IOC official said that the base price of petrol is currently at around Rs 36.52 a litre, while the rest of the price component consists of various Central and state levies. Excise duty and other Central government levies on petrol add up to over Rs 30 per litre. In addition, the Delhi government imposes a 20 per cent sales tax on the fuel.advertisementIn contrast, the levies on diesel, which is considered to be a fuel used by the vote-catching farm sector and public transport utilities, attracts much lower taxes. While the Central government’s levies on diesel work out to around Rs 10 a litre, the state government imposes a lower 12.5 per cent sales tax. Interestingly, the retail price of both fuels include a customs duty element, even though they are produced within the country and are not imported.The oil marketing companies say this duty is included as it enables them to pass on a part of the five per cent customs duty that the government levies on crude oil imports to consumers. Senior officials of the oil companies are of the view that it makes little sense to levy this customs duty on crude oil, as refined products such as diesel, LPG and kerosene have to be sold at subsidised prices.”The finance ministry first takes away the money from the oil companies in the form of tax as it wants to reduce the fiscal deficit but has to give the money back to the oil companies as compensation for the subsidy,” an oil company official said. “In the process a lot of time is lost and the oil companies have to borrow money at high rates of interest to finance crude imports,” he explained.The fact that the customs duty is levied on the value of the imports makes matters worse as each time the price of crude goes up the duty that has to be paid also increases, putting a greater burden on the oil companies and the consumers.last_img read more

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Rafael Nadal Delivers Glory for Spain as Davis Cup Starts New Era

first_imgMadrid: Spain’s talisman Rafael Nadal sealed a sixth Davis Cup title for his country on Sunday when they beat Canada 2-0 in the final of the revamped event.After a week of relentless tension and late-night heroics it was perhaps asking too much for the first final in the Davis Cup’s new guise to deliver a classic and so it proved as Spain became the last nation standing of the 18 who assembled in Madrid. With Spain’s King Felipe watching on, the 33-year-old Nadal fought off Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov 6-3 7-6(7) to give Spain their first title since 2011.If any player deserved to get his hands on the famous old trophy again it was Nadal after he worked overtime all week, often into the small hours, to win all eight matches he played.But he surely would have been happy had it been team mate Roberto Bautista Agut to have delivered the winning point.Bautista Agut had given the hosts a flying start, beating Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6(3) 6-2 after returning to the squad following the death of his father.”An amazing week in every way,” said Nadal, who has now won 29 successive Davis Cup singles matches since 2004. “The vital person has been Roberto Bautista.”After beating Auger-Aliassime, Bautista Agut was embraced by his captain Sergi Bruguera and there were emotional scenes at the end as roars of “Campiones” echoed around the arena.”It was a dream day and all the team members have made an incredible effort, especially Rafa, going to sleep at three, four and five in the morning and the next day going out to play,” Bautista Agut said. “It can only be because we are Spanish.”SHAKIRA SINGSFor Gerard Pique, the Barcelona soccer player who has made revamping the Davis Cup into a tennis World Cup his mission, it was the perfect climax to a week in which the new format suffered glitches but could be judged a qualified success.Too many late nights, one session finishing at 4.07 a.m., a complicated group stage and tiny crowds at some ties mean there is still lots to improve if the $80 million Pique’s Kosmos company is investing in the event each year is sustainable.But Sunday felt like an authentic Davis Cup final, even if an appearance from Pique’s pop singer wife Shakira added a little more glamour than usual.Once the tennis began it quickly became apparent that Canada captain Frank Dancevic’s decision to change his lineup for the first time all week might have backfired.Vasek Pospisil, ranked 150, had been outstanding all week, beating Italy’s 12th-ranked Fabio Fognini and American Reilly Opelka in the group phase, taking down Australia’s John Millman in the quarter-finals and partnering Shapovalov to a deciding doubles victory over Russia in the semi-final.Auger-Aliassime, who has been out with an ankle injury, was given his first call of the week but was outplayed by a rock-solid Bautista Agut, who rejoined the squad on Saturday.That left Shapovalov seemingly facing mission impossible and his only chance was Nadal’s tank being dry.Having come this far there was no chance Nadal would falter – not with 25,000 Spaniards roaring at every whipped winner.When he took the opening set with a single break it was all feeling a little anti-climactic for the neutrals but Shapovalov injected some late drama into the proceedings.The Canadian’s serve began to click and his groundstrokes finally took the zip out of Nadal’s legs.Incredibly Nadal showed mercy at 6-4 in the tiebreak, failing to put away a short forehand, and Shapovalov arrowed a winner down the line. The Canadian, cheered on by hundreds of his countrymen, saved another match point then had a set point of his own but Nadal averted the danger with a heavy serve.Nadal got to a third match point and this time Shapovalov could not fight back. bautista agutcanadadavis cupdavis cup final First Published: November 25, 2019, 3:24 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Cahill joins Indian club Jamshedpur

first_imgAustralia’s all-time leading goal scorer, Tim Cahill, will likely end his playing career in the subcontinent after agreeing to join Indian Super League side Jamshedpur.The 38-year-old announced his international retirement following the 2018 World Cup but isn’t ready to hang up his boots completely just yet. Cahill was most recently with English club Millwall and believes Jamshedpur presented a perfect fit for him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach 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 excited to announce that I’m signing for Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League,” Cahill said on Twitter.”I’ve been really impressed in my conversations with the club by their professionalism and goals for what they want to achieve.”I know I can help the team on and off the park with my leadership and experience. I want to help grow the game and encourage young kids to play football.”I’m looking forward to beginning this next adventure, meeting my teammates at training camp in Madrid.”— Jamshedpur FC (@JamshedpurFC) September 1, 2018After becoming a household name at Everton, Cahill has also played for New York Red Bulls, Shanghai Shenhua and Melbourne City.Though India will surely mark his final playing destination, the Australian striker has already set his sights on coaching, having recently undertaken studies for his UEFA B licence. Set to link up with his new side in Spain for pre-season, Cahill also has a Socceroos testimonial match to look forward to in November against Lebanon in Sydney.last_img read more

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India hold edge over Nepal in football friendly

first_img(With additional quotes and leaving out a few paras)Mumbai, Jun 5 (PTI) Boosted by the availability of star striker Sunil Chhetri after his timely recovery from a hamstring injury, hosts India go into the football friendly against lower-ranked Nepal here tomorrow with their confidence high and as the favourites.The international friendly is to be played at the Football Arena in Andheri Sports Complex where Indias dramatic ascension to no. 100 in the FIFA rankings commenced last September with a 4-0 rout of Puerto Rico.The Indian squad has been sweating it out at the same venue for three weeks now with only the players from Bengaluru FC and Mohun Bagan missing for the major part due to their club commitments.With them joining the camp a few days ahead of the friendly against Nepal, which is being used as the tune-up for Indias vital AFC Asian Cup Group A qualifier against Kyrgyzstan next week, national head coach Stephen Constantine would be keen to put his best team on the park and make them jell again as a combination.The players had dispersed to fulfil their respective club commitments after notching up a memorable 1-0 win over Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup group opener in March end and the main aim will be to reunite in a proper way for the June 13 game against Kyrgyzstan at Bengaluru. Although key striker Chhetri is fit enough to play, he was unlikely to be included in the friendly as a precaution for the more important game against Kyrgyzstan, said Constantine today. “(Norway-based goalkeeper) Gurpreet Singh will lead the side. Sunil may not play against Nepal. The AFC Asian Cup qualifier is more important than a friendly. Its just to protect him. Hes not 22 anymore. As you get older you will have to put up with injuries and it gets longer to recover,” the Englishman explained. India were hovering in the 170s when they last played against Nepal and Constantine described the ascent as “not an easy journey.” “It was a result of a lot of hard work and commitment from everyone concerned – players, support staff and the rest. FIFA ranking is just one aspect, a number. It depends on a number of variations,” he said.advertisementThe team will obviously miss the services of winger Udanta Singh, who has picked up a serious hamstring injury and is out of this game as well as the more important one against the Kyrgyz Republic.It was Udanta who had laid the perfect pass for Chhetri to bulge the net in the dying moments of the game against Myanmar in Yangoon on March 28. India will also miss the services of C K Vineet, said Constantine. Coming to the India-Nepal football rivalry, the hosts have not lost to their north-eastern neighbours for 18 years, their last defeat – a 0-4 rout – happening in the 1999 SAF Games.After that reversal, the two South Asian neighbours have met on nine occasions and India has come out trumps on all but two of these encounters which were goalless draws.Their last contest was in the South Asian Football Federation championship in December 2015 and India had emerged 4-1 victors. Visiting teams coach, Koji Gyotoku of Japan said the game against India was very important ahead of next weeks group F AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Yemen. “This match is very important to prepare for our Asian Cup qualifier against Yemen next week. India have improved as a team in the last 2-3 years. We are looking forward to get a good result for building confidence,” said Koji. “In tactics and in the physical aspect the Indian team is better. We need to get something from tomorrows game,” he added. Nepal does not possess a national football stadium to train or host internationals after the devastating earthquake in capital Kathmandu a couple of years ago, according to the countrys Japanese coach. PTI SSR GK NSKlast_img read more

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HC asks MCA for Rs 150-cr bank guarantee on row over SPCL dues

first_imgMumbai, Jul 23 (PTI) The Bombay High Court has ordered the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) to furnish a bank guarantee of Rs 150 crore, pending arbitration proceedings in the cricket bodys dispute with a private company over Rs 172.32 crore dues for a stadium built by it in Pune.The company, Shapoorji Pallonji & Co Ltd (SPCL), built the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium (now called Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium) at Gahunje on Punes outskirts.A single bench of Justice Amjad Sayed last week directed the MCA to furnish the bank guarantee for an amount of Rs 150 crore in favour of the high court registrar.The court also referred the matter to the arbitral tribunal, to be heard and decided through arbitration.Justice Sayed was hearing an application filed by MCA challenging an order passed by a Pune court on January 20 this year, directing the cricket body to deposit Rs 172.32 crore in any nationalised bank, in an account of joint names of MCA and SPCL, pending hearing of the case.The Pune court had allowed an application filed by SPCL under the Arbitration Act seeking payment of the outstanding dues.In February 2010, the MCA had issued a work tender to SPCL and a contract agreement was drawn upon.In October 2012, a project manager of MCA issued a virtual completion certificate to the stadium following which in March 2013 the SPCL issued a final bill of Rs 234.10 crore.The project manager, however, certified and approved the final bill for an amount of Rs 225 crore and also recommended that Rs 3.31 crore be witheld from the final bill on account of certain works in the stadium which have not allegedly been executed by SPCL.advertisementIn January 2015, the MCA informed the SPCL that it was unable to make payment as the same is subject to funding from the BCCI, which had not been able to release funds since it could not hold its annual general meeting as it had been stopped by the Supreme Court.According to SPCL, the MCA paid Rs 150.43 crore towards the final bill, but had later unlawfully witheld payment of the remaining amount and failed to clear it following which the company approached the Pune court.The SPCL, in its application before the Pune court, claimed an amount of Rs 172.32 crore, which includes the pending dues and an interest at 18 per cent per annum.MCAs counsel Vineet Naik argued that the work of the stadium was to be completed by April 2011. However, the SPCL could not complete it on time.”The completion of the project in the stipulated time period was the essence of the contract. Upon completion of the project and work of the stadium, the MCA was to get an amount of Rs 207.95 crore towards naming rights from Sahara Adventure Sports Limited,” Naik said.He said by the time the project was completed, the Sahara Group was in trouble as financial restrains were put by the Supreme Court and Sahara chief Subrata Roy was arrested.”The MCA could not get the amount from Sahara and arbitration proceedings for the same are on,” Naik said.After hearing the arguments, the high court noted that the MCA had recently availed a loan of Rs 107.96 crore from a consortium of banks. The MCA has also sought fresh funding to which the banks have agreed.”Considering the facts of the case and looking at the conduct of MCA in having agreed to clear the dues of SPCL and thereafter raising belated claim for damages only reflects the intention of MCA to delay and obstruct the payment of dues to SPCL,” Justice Sayed said in a 30-page judgement last week.”In these circumstances, the apprehension averred by SPCL that there is a strong possibility of the assets and funds being dissipated or being transferred or diverted by MCA before an award (order) is passed in the proposed arbitration proceedings cannot be said to be unfounded,” the judge said.The high court also that the SPCLs interest is required to be protected till the dispute is adjudicated in arbitration. PTI SP GK DVlast_img read more

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Evening newswrap August 29

first_imgBhutan welcomes India-China truce in Doklam, says ‘hope it contributes to peace along borders’A day after India and China announced ‘disengagement’ at the site of the stand-off in Doklam, Bhutan on Wednesday through a press statement welcomed the truce announced by its neighbours.China says weather, local factors will decide Doklam road plansIndia and China on Monday had disengaged from a 72-day-long stand-off in Doklam, near the India-China-Bhutan trijunction.Sachin dedicates National Sports Day to sportswomen of India  National Sports Day is celebrated in India on the birth anniversary of the legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand. Padmavati: Is Deepika getting paid more than Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor?  Deepika Padukone is reportedly taking home a whopping Rs 13 crore home for Padmavati.last_img read more

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Heynckes happy with Muller form

first_imgBayern München Heynckes happy with Muller form after opening Champions League account Harry West Last updated 2 years ago 17:05 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ThomasMuller - Cropped Getty Images Bayern München Bayern München v Celtic Hamburger SV v Bayern München UEFA Champions League Bundesliga Bayern Munich’s interim coach is satisfied with performances of his World Cup winner, with the forward back among the goals against Celtic Thomas Muller’s form is not a concern for Jupp Heynckes after Bayern Munich’s interim boss saw his captain open the scoring in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Celtic.The Germany international broke the deadlock inside 20 minutes at Allianz Arena, smashing home the rebound after Robert Lewandowski’s header was saved.That goal was Muller’s first in the Champions League this season, as he bids to enjoy a more productive campaign following his relatively barren 2016-17. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Muller 5/6 to score v HamburgMuller scored just five Bundesliga goals, having plundered four times as many in the previous campaign, and Heynckes was happy to see the forward contributing as Bayern took control of second place in Group B following the 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, a result that prompted the departure of Carlo Ancelotti.#Heynckes on @esmuellert_: “Thomas played so well tonight, not just because of his goal. He was everywhere and tracked back well.” #FCBCEL pic.twitter.com/lhqpalkzqG— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 18, 2017″Well I think that the whole team have been really focused in every training session. There’s a great atmosphere on the training ground. Something like that helps and motivates the players,” Heynckes said.”Thomas played in the same position on Saturday and played pretty well, but he’s been working really hard. He not only scored the first goal, but he worked hard and ran a lot. He helped in defence as well.”Today I saw the old Thomas Muller, the one that I know.”But this is all necessary, especially from the well-established players and leaders in the team. He’s the captain of the team so, of course, I’m happy about his form.”last_img read more

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a month ago​Turner Sports to broadcast Liverpool games in US

first_img​Turner Sports to broadcast Liverpool games in USby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool has extended its partnership with Turner Sports, in which exclusive content from in-house channel LCTV will be distributed in the United States via Turner’s sports streaming service B/R Live, reports SportBusiness.It follows Turner and B/R Live’s exclusive deal to broadcast Liverpool’s summer tour of the United States this year. Turner and B/R Live also have the US rights to the Champions League and Europa League.As part of the deal, Liverpool’s American fans will have access to 40 live matches per season, including pre-season, U23, U18, Liverpool FC Legends and LFC Women’s games, and replays for all first-team matches in all competitions.Additionally, supporters will be able to watch behind-the-scenes content featuring Liverpool players and manager Jürgen Klopp.Billy Hogan, managing director and chief commercial officer at LFC, said: “We’re incredibly excited to expand our partnership with Turner Sports to launch LFCTV on B/R Live. The relationship with Turner began this summer when they did a terrific job broadcasting our pre-season tour matches and we’re delighted to be extending it as we look to offer more LFC content to all our fans in the US over the coming seasons.” TagsMLS NewsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Nebraska Football Gives Update On Adrian Martinez Injury

first_imginjury update for nebraska starting qb adrian martinezFreshman quarterback Adrian Martinez looked strong against Colorado before going out with a leg injury.The Huskers wound up dropping that game, and then suffered an upset at the hands of feisty Troy last week, with walk-on Andrew Bunch under center.The coaching staff insists that Bunch played well enough to win the game against Troy. He finished 19-for-27 for 177 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.Martinez gives the team another dimension, though, and if the team has a chance at knocking off No. 19 Michigan on the road, they’ll definitely want him in the starting lineup.Nebraska coaches gave another Adrian Martinez injury update today.He is back practicing and participated in every drill earlier today. However, the team is not committing to his return for Michigan.From the Omaha World-Herald:Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez went through the entire practice Wednesday in full pads and participated in every drill, quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco said.It still isn’t clear if Martinez will start against Michigan on Saturday.“He’s making progress,” offensive coordinator Troy Walters said. “He looks better and better every day. So we’ll see come Saturday how his status is, how he’s feeling and we’re gonna make the best decision with the team in mind and our future in mind.”Scott Frost was also mum about his quarterback. From ESPN:No announcement from Scott Frost today on the availability of QB Adrian Martinez this week as the Huskers visit Michigan. Martinez returned to practice on Monday. “Until I hear from our trainers” that he has progressed to the point where his condition does not enhance the likelihood to suffer additional injury, Frost said, “we’d be foolish to play him.” It may come down to game day, according to the coach.Martinez was 15-for-20 for 187 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, before leaving the game vs. the Buffaloes with injury. He also ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns.[Omaha World-Herald]last_img read more

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The Latest Retailers get hammered in premarket trading

first_imgNEW YORK — The Latest on retail sales (all times local):9:25 a.m.Unemployment hasn’t been so low in years, wages are rising, consumer confidence is high and gasoline is cheap, creating high expectations for department stores this holiday season.That’s not what investors got in numbers released Thursday.Department stores fell sharply before the opening bell Thursday, with bellwether Macy’s down nearly 19 per cent after posting worse-than-expected holiday sales.The Cincinnati company also cut its full-year earnings and sales forecasts. The chain reported that same-store sales rose about 1 per cent during November-December. Chairman and CEO Jeff Gennette said in a statement that holiday sales started out strong during Black Friday and Cyber Week, but softened in mid-December before picking up steam the week of Christmas.—The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Beirut summit highlights divisions turmoil in Lebanon

first_imgBEIRUT — An Arab economic summit in Lebanon has been marred by controversy days before delegates arrive for the gathering this weekend.Should regional outcast Syria be invited, as demanded by Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah militia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad? And should Libya get a seat at the table, despite the unresolved mystery surrounding the disappearance of a Lebanese cleric in Libya four decades ago?President Michel Aoun is hoping to use the platform to boost Lebanon’s sinking economic credentials. But Lebanon’s powerful parliament speaker, Nabih Berri, disagrees, saying a country paralyzed by its own divisions cannot successfully host a meeting of Arab nations.The turmoil is nothing new to Lebanon, a country fragmented along political fault lines.Zeina Karam And Bassem Mroue, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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UN envoy on Western Sahara continues meetings in North Africa

Christopher Ross, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Personal Envoy, today left the Algerian town of Tindouf, his second stop in the region after visiting the capital, Algiers. Yesterday, he held talks with senior officials of the Frente Polisario, including with its Secretary-General.Those discussions addressed the need to overcome the status quo, the requirements of the negotiations and the pace of work in managing confidence-building measures.The Frente Polisario confirmed its readiness to take part in the next round of talks, slated to be held early next month.Mr. Ross is now heading to Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, and then to Rabat, Morocco, to wrap up preparations for the November talks.“As with my previous visits, this tour of the region has as a principle goal the clearing of roadblocks on the path to constructive negotiations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Frente Polisario,” he told reporters after meeting with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers on Monday.“There is no doubt that the status quo is untenable in the long term, given the costs and dangers that it entails, and the parties must now demonstrate the necessary political will to surmount it. This demands negotiations without pre-conditions and in good faith… to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution which provides for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.”Morocco has presented a plan for autonomy, while the position of the Frente Polisario is that the territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum on self-determination that includes independence as an option.“My hope is to see the parties emerge from the current impasse and start intensive and substantive negotiations in the future of Western Sahara,” the UN official said. 21 October 2010The top United Nations envoy on the status of Western Sahara is continuing discussions in North Africa ahead of the next round of UN-backed talks to resolve the long-running dispute that dates back to 1976 when fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after the end of the Spanish colonial regime. read more

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Curfew reimposed in Kandy special Police teams deployed

A Police curfew has been re-imposed in Kandy until further notice, the Police media division said.The curfew had been lifted yesterday but was  re-imposed in some areas till this morning. Sinhalese mobs angered over the death attacked Muslim owned property including shops, houses and vehicles on Monday.A Muslim man was later found dead in a burnt shop and it was believed he had suffocated from the smoke.Following the violence President Maithripala Sirisena declared a seven day state of emergency and deployed the Police and military to prevent further violence. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile, three special Police teams have been deployed to Kandy on the instructions of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara. The Police teams comprises of three Police Deputy Inspector Generals and three Police Superintendents.The violence erupted after a Sinhalese man was killed in the Kandy area by a group of Muslims. However the Police said that the curfew had been re-imposed in the entire Kandy administrative area this morning. read more

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Sudan interethnic fighting forces UN staff to relocate in Western Equatoria state

Fighting between the Dinka tribe and the Zande, who form the majority of the population of Yambio, capital of Western Equatoria state, started yesterday and was continuing today.The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), which is helping to consolidate a peace agreement in Southern Sudan ending two decades of war between the Government and rebels, said the inter-tribal fighting had caused casualties, none of them so far from among the UN staff. It had no information on the number.The Mission added that 57 staff of UN agencies and NGOs in Yambio had been relocated today and that due to rising tensions in Tanbura, north of Yambio, the UN is in the process of relocating 44 UN agencies and NGOs there.Western Equatoria has over the recent years been the most stable area in Southern Sudan. There is no final determination of the exact circumstances of the clashes, but preliminary reports indicate that the fighting followed the return of the Governor of the State when initial scuffles at the airport developed into rioting, with Zandes beating Dinkas. read more

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Deputy SecretaryGeneral urges UN budget panel to back management reforms

Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown today urged the United Nations budget committee to back a sweeping set of reforms put forward by Secretary-General Kofi Annan last month to keep step with the shift at the Organization from bureaucratic tasks to life-saving work in the field.“The underlying principle and idea that drives this report (is) that of an Organization which has outgrown its existing business model,” he told the General Assembly’s Administrative and Budgetary (Fifth) Committee in New York.“We needed to lay out – so that we can all sign off on it – the idea that today’s UN is a much more complex, much more diverse, much more fast-moving organization than the UN of the past and despite the heroic efforts of our staff all around the world to deliver on the new demands on they are encumbered by institutional arrangements, by human resource policies by financial regulations, by a lack of investment in field commissions and in management development or IT systems,” he said. “What we are saying here is if you would allow the Secretariat the tools and means to deliver on the responsibilities you’ve tasked it with, it will allow us in return to offer you a much better set of tools to judge our performance by and to hold us accountable for,” Mr. Malloch Brown told delegates.Secretary-General Kofi Annan presented the proposals last month in a report entitled “Investing in the United Nations: For a Stronger Organization Worldwide,” which focuses on ensuring efficiency and accountability in a way that reflects the fact that more than 70 per cent of the $10 billion annual budget now relates to peacekeeping and other field operations, up from around 50 per cent of a $4.5 billion budget ten years ago. In the 16 years since the cold war ended, the Organization has taken on more than twice as many new peacekeeping missions as in the previous 44 years and spending on peacekeeping has quadrupled. Over half of its 30,000 civilian staff now serve in the field – not only in peacekeeping, but also in humanitarian relief, criminal justice, human rights monitoring, supporting national elections, and in the battle against drugs and crime.The proposals encompass a revamped version of how to recruit, contract, train, assign and compensate staff, with an emphasis on bringing conditions for field-based personnel up to par with those at other UN agencies operating in the field. This will include proposals for converting 2,500 existing short-term peacekeeping positions into a new flexible and mobile core of dedicated specialists who can be deployed rapidly in urgent peacekeeping and special political missions. The report proposes significant investment to overhaul the Organization’s information and communications infrastructure by replacing current antiquated, fragmented technology systems with an integrated global platform that should be led by a dedicated Chief Information Technology Officer.Separately, the report identifies significant opportunities to realize cost savings and efficiency gains, recommending that the Secretariat explore options for alternative service delivery, including the potential for relocating core functions from Headquarters to lower cost duty stations and possible outsourcing of less central functions such as printing.In the report, Mr. Annan cautions against complacency, stressing that the proposals must mark the beginning of a process that will be carried over the next several years. “One of the weaknesses of the old culture is precisely the view that a report or a vote in itself represents change,” he notes. “In practice, reports and votes enable and authorize change, but change itself is the long march that follows.”The Secretary-General’s comprehensive reform blueprint was called for in the outcome document adopted by national leaders at last September’s World Summit in New York. read more

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Worlds largest coal producer Coal India chooses Leica Geosystems

first_imgLeica Geosystems will supply seven Coal India Ltd (CIL) coal mines with Leica’s Jigsaw360 Mine Management Systems. CIL supplies coal that generates over 45% of India’s electricity and is striving to improve coal production in line with India’s rapid growth in electricity consumption. One of the key areas of focus is to improve productivity at existing mines by implementing OITDS, advanced optimisation and production monitoring systems. After and exhaustive selection process, says Leica, it has been selected to provide Jigsaw360 fleet management systems for seven sites, using over 500 mining machines.Jigsaw360 enables mines to extract a little more for a little less through intelligent automated dispatch. Anticipated movements of all equipment on site is constantly calculated, allowing haul trucks to be assigned to the shovel of most need via the ‘best path’ route. This ensures haul trucks are kept moving by avoiding queues at shovels and dumps, and travelling via roads which are clear of traffic, spills, and other delays.To match loaders to haul trucks, shovel production is optimised through the deployment of Jigsaw360. Loading tonnage analysis tracks the productivity of the fleet, and the material being hauled to each dump. Shovel operators will see the position and estimated time of arrival of haul trucks, with which they can clearly communicate.Coal India uses 12 draglines to strip overburden across the seven sites. With the enormous amount of material these machines move, each percentage of improved performance will translate to thousands of additional tonnes. Leica Geosystems’ Series 3 dragline monitor is a global benchmark for dragline monitoring, and will help CIL get the most from its investment.Mine management will be aided by a wealth of information available in real time through Leica Geosystems’ Jigsaw360. The ability to make the right decision in a timely fashion impacts performance, Leica provides the right tool to enable this. Information is delivered in real-time, and through reports which clearly summarise the facts management need to know.Leica Geosystems is working in partnership with Elcome technologies, an India based company specialising in leading GPS and communications technologies for the mining industry. Local support and maintenance will be performed from a technical support centre in Kolkata, ensuring CIL can depend on Jigsaw360.Haydn Roberts, CEO – Mining, Hexagon Machine Control, commented that “Coal India’s adoption of Leica Geosystems’ Jigsaw360 fleet management system will deliver enormous benefits in the efficiency of [its] truck, shovel, and dragline fleet. The efficiency improvement in each machine’s performance will add up to huge gains across the site; this will be reflected in increased production levels and lower costs for Coal India. The ongoing support delivered by Leica Geosystems and partners Elcome Technologies will ensure Coal India can rely on these gains”.What is being supplied:last_img read more

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Man proposes at Facebook HQ after falling in love with a stranger

first_imgWhen people ask us how we met, we say ‘mutual friends’. And today you meet your mutual friends. Nafis, I love you very much. You’re my best friend. Will you marry me? Source: Jamie HofferberShe said yes. STATUS UPDATE.Speaking to ABC news, Kawalit said “It was funny how I jumped on the social network to catch up with long-lost friends and ended up meeting the love of my life.”“There is no way we would have ever met if it wasn’t for Facebook,” Joon said.Watch the full proposal here: Source: microlivenews999/YouTubeMan uses pint of Guinness to propose in Dublin>Guy uses Kodaline gig to propose to girlfriend> A COUPLE WHO met on Facebook have become engaged after a surprise proposal at the company’s headquarters in California.Steven Kawalit from Ontario, Canada met fiancée Nafis Joon when he ‘poked’ her after she appeared on his Facebook timeline back in 2007. The pair kept talking and started going out after Joon agreed to a date.Kawalit decided to keep the spontaneous Facebook theme in their relationship by proposing in Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, telling his now-fiancée that he had won a competition for a free tour.While the two were posing for a photo in Hacker Square, a Facebook employee asked them to turn around, revealing the words ‘Nafis, will you marry me?’ on the big screen. Source: Jamie HofferberSurrounded by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO and leaner-inner Sheryl Sandberg, he got down on one knee.last_img read more

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SNL Introduces Amazon Echo Silver for Seniors

first_img Does your grandma fight to be understood by modern technology? Can’t get your grandpa to stop telling the same rambling stories over and over?Why not gift them a new Amazon Echo Silver, as seen on Saturday Night Live.In a faux ad (below) aired over the weekend, Amazon and AARP promote a smart speaker designed specifically for “the greatest generation.”Echo Silver trades the traditional sleek black cylinder for a wood-grain barrel, complete with gold accents and matching stand—a perfect fit for any retirement home decor.The super loud device responds to any name “even remotely close to ‘Alexa’” (including “Excedrin” and “Alopecia”), and comes with an “Uh huh” feature for long-winded anecdotes.An upgrade from its predecessor, Echo Silver resignedly carries on conversations with even the most senile of users.“Allegra, what is the weather outside?” an aged Kate McKinnon asks the appliance.“It is 74 degrees and sunny,” the Echo replies.“Huh?”“It is 74 degrees and sunny.”“Where?”“Outside.”“What about it?”“The temperature outside is 74 degrees and sunny.”“I don’t know about that,” McKinnon says warily.The Echo Silver is available now for three easy payments of $9.99; interested buyers can send a check or money order to Amazon.com.Unlike some targets of the late-night comedy’s mockery, the e-commerce business is taking the joke in stride: It tweeted on Sunday about the spot-on sketch with a “face with tears of joy” emoji.As seen on SNL: An Echo designed for the greatest generation that will answer to any name close to Alexa pic.twitter.com/uqN1FRT7uP— Amazon (@amazon) May 14, 2017SNL‘s parody comes only days after Amazon rolled out new calling and messaging functions to Echo and Echo Dot devices, as well as the Alexa app for iOS and Android.Folks can now use the voice, video, or “Drop In” features to call or send a message to anyone with a supported Echo device (including the new $230 Echo Show) or accompanying mobile app—for free.Keep in mind, however, that activation requires you to give Alexa permission to access your phone’s contacts. Stay on target Geek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your WallsGeek Pick: Amazon Echo Show 5 Is a Nightstand Alexa Display last_img read more

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Caesars takes part in 2019 Tomakomai Arts Festival

first_img Suncity Group, Bloomberry Resorts unveil Wakayama IR visions RelatedPosts Aside from the traditional kaleidoscopes, visitors were also able to experience taking pictures of themselves through large kaleidoscopes and other rare types of kaleidoscopes.In a statement, Caesars said it “highly values being a part of the local community where we do business, and Japan is no exception. As a business with a commitment to contributing to the wellbeing of communities, we are honored that the Tomakomai Arts Festival graciously hosted us at the event.” Load More Caesars Entertainment Japan has taken part in the annual Tomakomai Arts Festival – an event for members of the Tomakomai community offering the opportunity to learn about and interact with art via workshops, music and dance, among other experiences.Caesars held a booth at the festival last week where members of community could experience different types of kaleidoscopes. Present at the booth was Mr Ikuya Mitsui, Director of Kaleidoscope Lab Sapporo, who has held exhibitions on kaleidoscopes across Japan and in the local Hokkaido area. This year also marks 200 years since kaleidoscopes were first introduced to Japan in the Edo period. Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchaselast_img read more

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