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Cong. to name last 7 Punjab candidates in a week: Jakhar

first_imgWith the Congress announcing the names of six candidates for Punjab, the party has decided to step up its campaign across the State in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha election.State unit president Sunil Jakhar said on Thursday that the party has already launched its ‘Mission 13’ campaign, aimed at winning all the 13 Lok Sabha seats. “The names of candidates for the remaining seven seats will be announced within a week,” he told The Hindu.Mr. Jakhar said leaders and party workers would be going to the voters with the State government’s achievements of the past two years and the party’s manifesto, which promises to launch a unique scheme to eradicate poverty from the country.“I along with senior party leaders will hold rallies across the State to convey the message to the people that the Congress believes in overall development of society and that is why it announced a minimum income for the poor,” he said.“The Ministers have been assigned duties in their constituencies to ensure that canvassing in support of the party candidate is undertaken aggressively. We will expose the real face of the BJP. Its promises such as depositing ₹15 lakh in the bank accounts of people, bringing back black money, more than two crore jobs every year and increase in the income of farmers have proved false,” he said.The Congress had earlier this week announced the names of six candidates for Punjab.Four renominated It renominated four of its sitting MPs — Sunil Jakhar from Gurdaspur, Gurjeet Singh Aujla from Amritsar, Ravneet Singh Bittu from Ludhiana and Santosh Singh Chaudhary from Jalandhar. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s wife and former Union Minister Preneet Kaur will be the party’s candidate from Patiala while MLA Raj Kumar Chabbewal will contest from Hoshiarpur.last_img read more

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IPL 2011: Pune take on Punjab

first_imgAll eyes will be on former India captain Sourav Ganguly when bottom placed Pune Warriors meet Kings XI Punjab in a battle of the basement teams in their Indian Premier League encounter in Mohali on Sunday. Desperately looking for a win to salvage some pride, the inclusion of Ganguly will boost their sagging morale. After being cold-shouldered by Kolkata Knight Riders, the 38-year-old Ganguly has a point to prove and going by the number of hours he has been putting in the nets in the past couple of days, Ganguly is all set for some action.For Kings XI, who have suffered five losses from eight games including four in a row, Friday night’s 85- run crushing defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore would be weighing heavy on their mind. However, they still have six games left and have slim hopes to make it to the play-off stage while Pune’s campaign is all but over after having suffered seven losses from their nine outings.Pune had a rollicking start to their campaign and Yuvraj led the new franchise to an emphatic win against his erstwhile team Kings XI, but the seven losses on the trot after two wins have been demoralising. It is a crucial game for the Adam Gilchrist-led KXIP as they are languishing at the ninth place with just six points and find themselves in a must-win situation to keep their thin hopes alive for a place in the play-offs.Gilchrist, rising star Paul Valthaty (in pic) and Shaun Marsh have earlier displayed in the tournament their capability to tear apart any bowling side on their day, but it has also been the bane for Punjab side as the batting has been heavily depending on these three. Punjab’s batting has simply not been up to the mark despite Mumbaikar Valthaty’s early heroics.advertisementThe bowling has also looked ordinary, with medium pacer Praveen Kumar and leg spinner Piyush Chawla failing to impress and domestic player Luv Ablish proving a disaster in the last game. But nothing has been going right for Pune either with skipper Yuvraj Singh admitting that he has no clue as to what is the reason behind Warriors’ unending misery in the IPL.YUVRAJ RELYING ON GANGULYYuvraj Singh said on Saturday that Pune are now looking forward to Sourav Ganguly to restore some pride in their campaign. “Hopefully, he will get us a win. It’s good to have him back. I just feel someone who has been captain of Indian team for a long time can always help the youngsters. Hopefully, he will hit few sixes with the bat,” Yuvraj said.With the likes of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman featuring in the IPL, Yuvraj said there was no reason why Ganguly should not be part of the lucrative Twenty20 league. Asked how he sees Ganguly playing under him in a sort of role reversal, Yuvraj said: “It feels great that Sourav is playing under me. He has always helped me as a captain (of the Indian team) and now it’s my duty to help him.”-With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Over 140 posts vacant at SFIO, CCI: Govt

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 26 (PTI) As many as 144 posts were lying vacant at the Serious Fraud Investigation Office and the Competition Commission of India at the end of March this year, the government said today. Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley informed the Rajya Sabha that out of the 131 positions at the SFIO, 72 were vacant at the end of March 31, 2016. In 2014-15, there were 77 vacancies, much higher than 71 seen in 2013-14. At CCI, there were 72 vacant positions out of the sanctioned strength of 197, in the last financial year. The number of vacancies at the fair trade regulator was slightly higher than 68 seen in 2014-15, while it was 92 in 2013-14. In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Jaitley said there were 19 vacant positions at the Competition Appellate Tribunal at the end of March. The sanctioned strength is 25. Besides, there were also vacancies at the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) and the Company Law Board (CLB). At end of March, the number of vacant posts at IICA and CLB stood at 28 and 30, respectively. All these institutions come under the Corporate Affairs Ministry. Apart from filling up vacant posts as per the recruitment rules, the Ministry is taking additional steps to fill up the vacancies. “Relaxation is given in recruitment rules for a wider choice for selection of suitable officials, whenever deemed necessary,” Jaitley said, adding that consultants and staff are appointed on outsourced basis. He noted that there is no proposal for filling up vacancies to the posts through National Level Online Examination. PTI RAM SAadvertisementlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli: Rankings are by-products of good performance

first_imgAhead of the four-Test series against the West Indies, starting July 21, skipper Virat Kohli on Monday said rankings are the by-products of good performance. (ViratKohli wants India to press hard in Test arena)A 4-0 clean sweep of the Caribbean side will put India on the pedestal of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings, but Kohli said the team is more focused on performing well as rankings will automatically improve. (Dhoniand Kumble lead India into Drum Circle session)”Our target is not to become No.1 in Tests. I don’t think any team plays for the sake of rankings. The main goal is to play good cricket. Even if you are No.1 in rankings and don’t play for a long time, you can become No.2 and you will have no control over it. All we can control is the kind of cricket we will be playing,” Kohli told reporters during the pre-departure press conference in Bengaluru.”These (rankings) things are like by-products. It’s an incentive for good performance and we can celebrate it. The aim is to execute our plans taking one Test match at a time. This is a big season and it will help us build a rhythm. Otherwise, you play two Tests and then don’t play for six months, there is no rhythm.” (Also Read: Dhoni’smessage to Team India – Have fun in life, you will be successful)TEST OF CHARACTERWith India slated to play 17 Tests in the coming season, Kohli said it is the perfect opportunity to find a settled Test team for the coming years. (Kohli says Saha is India’s first choice wicket-keeper in Tests)advertisement”This is the perfect situation and opportunity to challenge and assess ourselves as a Test team. These months will define how we play as a Test team in coming years,” he said.”From the last Test series (against South Africa), we have learnt a lot. We have addressed issues like not losing wickets just before or after the break. You would want to dominate the game and losing early wickets means that you are always playing a catch-up game,” Kohli added.last_img read more

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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis to be fit for Boxing Day Test vs Zimbabwe

first_imgSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis is expected to be fit for the inaugural four-day Test against Zimbabwe in late December, Cricket South Africa said on Tuesday.Du Plessis will sit out the next six weeks with a lower back injury sustained while batting against Bangladesh in the third one-day international on Sunday, but should be ready for the historic Boxing Day Test against Zimbabwe.”Faf consulted with our team of specialists in Cape Town on Monday. Further investigations and assessment have confirmed an acute lumbar disc injury,” South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a statement.”He will require a period of rest and rehabilitation for the next six weeks. We anticipate him to be ready for the Test match against Zimbabwe in December.”Du Plessis will miss the two-match Twenty20 International series with Bangladesh starting on Thursday. JP Duminy will captain the side in his absence.last_img read more

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India vs Sri Lanka: Domestic cricket has helped me mature as a player, says Jaydev Unadkat

first_imgJaydev Unadkat was adjudged the man-of-the series for his economical bowling throughout the three-match contest.The left-armer picked up 2/15 in the final match of the series and lead the young bowling attack ably to restrict the Lankans to a miser total of 135/7 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In the series he returned with four wickets but hardly gave any runs away and that was pleasing to the 26-year-old.Talking about the series and the comeback, Unadkat said that he executed the plans well and he is happy with that.”Things went really well for me. I had some plans for myself. Had done my preparations before the series. To achieve results like this is outstanding,” said Unadkat.He has been doing well in the domestic circuit for Saurashtra and was selected on the back of a good IPL, where he picked up 24 wickets from 12 matches and helped the Rising Pune Supergiant reach the final. The 26-year-old said that he has matured with time and this series was important to him after playing so well in the IPL to make a mark in the international circuit.”Been through the domestic circuit, played a lot of games there. Helped me mature as a player. I was always eager to make this comeback. Made a comeback in 2013, wasn’t that great. It was important for me in this series to get the confidence. The most important phase of any player’s career is domestic circuit. To come out well gives you the confidence,” he said.advertisement”Just wanted to give my best whenever I got the chance. IPL cricket has really helped to get the confidence when you come to the international arena,” Unadkat added.Coach Ravi Shastri also heaped praise on the 26-year-old for his hard work and evolution as a bowler over the years.”Very good variations. He’s been around for 5-6 years now but he’s evolved beautifully. He understands his bowling which is so important,” said Shastri.last_img read more

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Stuttgart appoint Weinzierl as new coach

first_imgBerlin, Oct 10 (IANS) Stuttgart have appointed Markus Weinzierl as their new head coach, the struggling Bundesliga side confirmed in an official statement.Two days after the dismissal of coach Tayfun Korkut, Stuttgart have named former Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl, who has penned a deal until June 2020, as their new coach, reports Xinhua news agency.”With Markus Weinzierl we have committed an absolutely success-hungry coach, who knows the Bundesliga very well and that is important in our situation. We are convinced that we have signed the right coach for Stuttgart. He will decisively develop our team,” Stuttgart’s sporting director Michael Reschke said on Tuesday.Stuttgart sacked Tayfun Korkut after slumping to the last place in the Bundesliga standings following Saturday’s 1-3 loss to Hannover.”I am really looking forward to the task. Stuttgart is currently in a difficult position, Nevertheless, I am convinced of the team’s potential. I have been watching the Bundesliga intensively over the past few months and I am eager to start working with my new team,” Weinzierl told the club’s official home page.–IANSajb/bglast_img read more

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Ohio State Professor Who Was Victim In Monday’s Campus Attack: “We’re Still A Great University, We Still Beat Michigan”

first_imgAn Ohio State professor who was attacked giving a press conference.YouTube/FOX NewsOne of the 11 injured in yesterday’s attack at OSU is Ohio State professor William Clark. During a press conference today, he said Ohio State is “still a great University. We still beat Michigan.”Clark, a professor emeritus in the Materials Science Engineering department, was hit by the car of alleged assailant Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an 18-year old Ohio State student, and slashed near the ankles. Today, during a press conference after being released by Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, Clark had a message that we’re sure members of the Ohio State community will appreciate.”We’re a great university, we still beat Michigan,” says OSU Professor William Clark, a victim in Monday’s knife attack.— WHIOTV (@whiotv) November 29, 2016Clark’s full press conference is available to watch, courtesy of FOX News.OSU Professor heard and saw the Honda Civic crash. It clipped the back of his leg and he was flipped up and down onto concrete.— WHIOTV (@whiotv) November 29, 2016OSU Professor says:”Before I pass judgement on this young man, Id like to see exactly what the circumstances were.Im going home, he’s dead.”— WHIOTV (@whiotv) November 29, 2016Ohio State is holding a gathering at St. John Arena in response to yesterday’s attack. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.Together, we are #BuckeyeStrong. Please join us tonight as we gather to listen, learn and heal as a community. Info: https://t.co/xtZ7b9qljm pic.twitter.com/KinlBjg14p— Ohio State (@OhioState) November 29, 2016Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by yesterday’s attack, and the entire Ohio State community.last_img read more

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Real Madrid defender Vallejo joins Wolves on loan

first_imgWolves have completed the signing of Real Madrid centre-back Jesus Vallejo on a season-long loan deal.The Spaniard joined Madrid from Real Zaragoza in 2015 although has struggled to establish himself in the first team, making just seven appearances in all competitions in the 2018-19 campaign.Vallejo previously spent time on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt during the 2016-17 season and will now get the chance to test himself in the Premier League with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The 22-year-old becomes Wolves’ third first-team arrival of the summer after they signed both Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker permanently following successful loan spells with the club.The centre-back adds to Espirito Santo’s options in defence and he’ll compete with the likes of captain Conor Coady, Willy Boly and Ryan Bennett for a starting berth.Wolves finished seventh in the Premier League last season and conceded 46 goals – a better defensive record than both Manchester United and Arsenal, who finished above them.They are also hoping to reach the Europa League group stages, with their qualifying campaign having got underway with a 2-0 win over Crusaders in the second qualifying round.Introducing our first new face of the summer! #WelcomeVallejo✍️🐺 pic.twitter.com/By2dyeF0R7— Wolves (@Wolves) July 27, 2019Indeed, Vallejo could make his debut for the club in the return meeting with the Northern Irish side, which takes place at Seaview Stadium in Belfast on August 1.It’s proven to be a positive pre-season for Wolves, meanwhile, with their triumphs over Newcastle United and Manchester City seeing them claim the Premier League Asia Trophy.After a comprehensive 4-0 win over Manuel Pellegrini’s side, they then faced City in the final and were victorious via a penalty shoot-out after the likes of David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Lukas Nmecha all missed from the spot.Wolves get their 2019-20 Premier League campaign underway with a trip to Leicester City on August 11, before they face Manchester United at home on August 19.Should they finish the job against Crusaders and then win a third-qualifying round tie in the Europa League, they will then face a play-off, with the winner of that two-legged affair entering the group stages of the competition.last_img read more

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Grande Prairie RCMP Seek Assistance in Locating Missing Person Update

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise that Dakota Hughes has been located. He is safe and unharmed.Hughes was reported missing on January 17, 2019.RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for assistance.last_img

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Latin American ministers gather at UN to tackle social impact of financial

26 November 2008The current financial crisis, coupled with volatile food and fuel prices, threatens to undo years of hard-earned growth, stability and human development in Latin America and cast millions more people into poverty, a continent-wide meeting at the United Nations was warned today. “Next year, the social impact may be even harsher if governments and the international community do not bring forward adequate and effective responses,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) regional director Rebeca Grynspan told more than 30 social policy ministers and authorities from 18 Latin American countries gathered for the Second Forum for Social Strategic Thinking in Latin America.“Crises may affect the most vulnerable groups disproportionately, hitting hardest at the poorest and marginalized,” she said at the New York gathering. Latest projections by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) indicate that 10 to 15 million more people in the region will slip below the poverty line in 2008 as a result of food price volatility.Globally, 100 million people were driven into poverty this year due to the food and fuel crises and the number continues to grow. With 960 million malnourished people in the world, according to World Bank estimates, nearly 1 billion lives are at risk as unemployment rates sky-rocket, commodity prices remain volatile and governments face shortages in public monies and outside financial assistance. “We are faced with the challenge of preventing this crisis from becoming a human crisis,” UNDP Associate Administrator Ad Melkert said. “The effectiveness of how it will be tackled depends greatly on coordinated policy responses.” Latin American countries are responding to the new realities, with governments already placing a high priority on social issues and sustainable development through the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals, a set of development targets for 2015 agreed upon by world leaders eight years ago to improve prosperity, education, health and the environment. The region is also witnessing a new generation of participatory social policies as civil society becomes increasingly more involved in its building process.The two-day forum, convened by UNDP and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID), will also stress the need to focus on challenges facing youth, one of the region’s most vulnerable populations, with an estimated 25 per cent of young people excluded from the labour market and the education system. “It is particularly in these times of uncertainty that governments need to make sure to implement policies that protect social coverage. This is crucial for safeguarding our future,” UNDP regional Chief Advisor Bernardo Kliksberg said. read more

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Special unit to record complaints on MoragahakandaKalu Ganga project

A special unit has been established to record complaints on the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga project.The special unit to record complaints on any irregularities related to the project has been established by President Maithripala Sirisena. Information can be provided via telephone numbers 011-20134159 and 011-2879976 with evidence or entries can be sent to the Director (reference) Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, No 416/C/1, Robert Gunerawardena Mawatha, Battaramulla. The construction of the Moraghakanda-Kalu Gaga reservoir which is the largest multi- purpose development project in Sri Lanka, constructed at a cost of Rs.23000 million, is said to have been completed without any delays or any irregularities. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Ed Hardys first retrospective paints him as fine artist

SAN FRANCISCO — When people hear the name Ed Hardy, they likely think of the flashy, tiger- and skull-emblazoned clothing that rocketed to popularity in the 2000s, appearing on the likes of Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and cast members from the reality TV show “Jersey Shore.”Others recognize Hardy as a trailblazing tattooer whose unique designs were licensed for use on apparel and merchandise, and whose legacy transcends the brand’s current notoriety.But few know him as a prolific fine artist.“The clothing was one little blip on his whole career, which was staggering,” said Mary Joy Scott, a tattoo artist who apprenticed under Hardy and works at the San Francisco shop he founded, Tattoo City.Five miles (8 kilometres) southwest of Tattoo City, a lively exhibition opening Friday at the de Young Museum sheds light on Hardy as wide-ranging artist and tattoo pioneer. Through 300 paintings, prints, drawings and objects, “Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin” is the first retrospective of his work and shows how Hardy intertwined fine art with tattooing to push both forward.“Ed Hardy’s mission (was) to elevate the tattoo form from its subculture status back in the 1960s at least to a level of a folk art. I think he surpassed that,” said curator Karin Breuer. “Here it is in museum culture.”The exhibition, which follows Hardy’s donation of 152 prints to the museum, bursts with colour as it tracks the 74-year-old artist’s evolution.It features crayon drawings of sample tattoos Hardy made as a 10-year-old, when he set up a tattoo shop for friends in his Southern California neighbourhood of Corona del Mar. Prints from his college days at the San Francisco Art Institute are displayed alongside lithographs and etchings by the likes of Rodolphe Bresdin and Gordon Cooke, who inspired Hardy.“I’m part of a continuum,” Hardy said of his art idols. “There’s a lot more to my life than tattooing.”One of the first pieces in “Deeper than Skin” is a 1967 print entitled “Future Plans,” in which a then-undergraduate Hardy, with only a few tattoos, portrays himself as fully inked. The exhibition comes full circle with its final image, a blown-up 2009 photo of a bare-chested, tattoo-covered Hardy, now a full-fledged artist retired from tattooing thanks to the financial windfall of the clothing brand.Visitors can get a projected animation of a Hardy tattoo design “applied” to their skin. They can also walk along a snaking, 2,000-square-foot (186-square-meter) scroll suspended from the ceiling on which Hardy painted 2,000 dragons in the year 2000.“Ed Hardy is the only tattooer in the Western world who could merit a show of this kind,” said Matt Lodder, a University of Essex professor who studies the history of tattoo as art. “Tattooers of a particular mode are all working, whether they know it or not, in a kind of pattern Ed Hardy was the first to lay down.”When Hardy began tattooing in 1967 after abandoning plans to attend Yale art school, he was one of the few American tattoo artists with a fine arts background. Hardy was also the first Western tattoo artist to study traditional Japanese tattooing abroad. When he returned stateside, Hardy blended those techniques with the American sailor and military tattoo types to develop his signature style: colorful hearts, clouds, dragons, daggers, roses and ribbons with bold, black outlines.In 1974, Hardy moved away from offering pre-designed “flash” tattoos towards made-to-order work, an approach that’s now the norm. Before Hardy, no other tattoo shop operated that way. The exhibition displays Hardy’s custom pencil sketches and watercolours beneath photographs of the works inked on human bodies.“It’s rather shocking to some people that we can jump from an exhibition of Monet paintings to an exhibition of a tattoo artist,” Breuer said.The de Young offers discounts for tattooed visitors in an attempt to attract a wider demographic. The retrospective, which runs through Oct. 6, marks changing sensibilities in the art world as museums embrace tattoo as fine art.An overlapping exhibition at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum showcases tattoos in Japanese prints.“It’s a terrific affirmation, not only for myself, but for a lot of the old bandits and pirates that helped me in the business,” Hardy said. “They operated outside polite society, outside of the structure that controls what people think of as art.”Samantha Maldonado, The Associated Press read more

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IMF says Ukraine could need billions in additional aid if fighting persists

by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press Posted Sep 2, 2014 8:33 am MDT IMF says Ukraine could need billions in additional aid if fighting persists BRUSSELS – While Ukraine’s leaders are trying to win the war against Russian-backed separatists in the east, they appear to be losing the battle to resurrect the country’s battered economy.Ukraine might need billions in additional support if the fighting between the military and the separatists in the country’s east persists through next year, the International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday. Only covering the shortfall in the central bank’s reserves would require an additional $19 billion by the end of 2015, the fund said.If the fighting eases over the coming months, the country’s economy would still be shrinking by a sharp 6.5 per cent this year, with meagre growth on the horizon next year, according to the IMF. Analysts, however, say the damage to Ukraine’s gross domestic product is likely to be even more severe.“There is no end in sight to the conflict, so it’s almost impossible to make growth forecasts,” said Timothy Ash, the head of emerging markets research at Standard Bank in London. “The recession this year will be deeper — maybe minus 8 per cent — and there will be no recovery next year.”Just as for the military stand-off in the east, Russia’s actions will be key to the country’s economic future, too.“Risks loom large” because of the fighting and the unresolved dispute with Russia over prices on gas imports and arrears, the IMF acknowledged in its first in-depth assessment since granting the country a $17 billion bailout program in March. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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A betrayal deeply cynical Opposition parties line up against Bord Gáis Energy

first_imgRead: Sold: Government selects winning €1.12 billion bid for Bord Gáis Energy >Read: Irish Water will not cut off supply to homes over unpaid charges > OPPOSITION PARTIES HAVE been lining up to criticise the announcement by the Government that Bord Gáis Energy will be sold early next year.Fianna Fáil have described timing of the proposed deal as “deeply cynical” given it was announced on the eve of Ireland’s exit from the bailout programme.The Government announced earlier this evening that the company would be sold to a consortium headed Centrica plc which operates British Gas for €1.12 billion, reaction has been swift this evening however.“The Labour Party is clearly hoping that with the upcoming weekend of self-praise marking the scheduled end of the programme of assistance, this u-turn and betrayal of key Labour Party election promises will escape proper scrutiny, ” Fianna Fáil TD Michael Moynihan said this evening.Despite the spin from Government, there was never any agreement to sell the company and now that the state is meeting its financial targets without having to sell the company, there is no reason to proceed. The driving force here is simply Fine Gael ideology.Moynihan also said that it appears as if Bord Gáis Energy is being sold “at significantly less than the estimated fair market price”.Sinn Féin have also questioned the €1.12 billion valuation put forward by the chosen bidder, saying that the sale of the company’s interests in wind energy are particularly “shortsighted” given the potential demand for clean energy:“Bord Gáis Energy is already a significant stakeholder in wind energy and is poised to further expand its interests. That will be worth far more than the sale price agreed as the proportion of electricity generated by wind increases, ” argued the party’s energy spokesperson Michael Colreavy TD.Colreavy described the sale as  ”a betrayal of the massive amount of public money invested to date”.Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins echoed Colreavy’s accusation of “betrayal”.“The privatisation of Bord Gáis Energy is a treacherous betrayal of the Irish people and of energy workers,” the Dublin West TD said in a statement.  ”This privatisation is the fruit of the disastrous policy of capitulation to the Troika representing the European financial markets.”He called for the sale to be resisted by unions and workers:The track record of privatised companies has been a disaster with dire consequences for the jobs and conditions of the workers involved. Workers and the trade unions should now mobilise and actively resist the privatisation of Bord Gáis Energy.last_img read more

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Australian Hellenic Council fires back at Angelopoulos

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Hellenic Council (AHC) has fired back at World Council of Hellenes (SAE) Oceania and the Far East head, George Angelopoulos. In a lengthy letter that was published in Neos Kosmos on Thursday the president of AHC, Nikos Lalopoulos used tough language to fend off the criticism waged against his organisation by Mr Angelopoulos. In an interview with Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE), the head of SAE Oceania had called for the dismantling of AHC and its re-establishment from scratch. Mr Lalopoulos expressed serious objections with the way Mr Angelopoulos chose to raise the issue through the media. “Why this sudden antipathy towards the National Council [AHC],” Mr Lalopoulos asked in his open letter. He further asserted that what Mr Angelopoulos claimed in his comments to NKEE about AHC were “unfounded and diversionary accusations” that set a dangerous precedent. Mr Lalopoulos claims that the head of SAE Oceania is attempting through his actions to bluntly interfere in the “internal affairs of AHC.”The row between the two organisations was sparked after the decision of AHC to bar the participation of SAE on the second day of its yearly conference in Canberra during which meetings are held amongst members of AHC and Australian politicians. The reasoning behind it, argues Mr Lalopoulos, is that SAE is representing the Greek government in the Diaspora and therefore its role can only be advisory. He further argues that SAE is welcome to take part on the first day of the conference in order to submit its proposals and discuss the issues of interest to Hellenism. Sources close to both organisations who spoke to NKEE, claim that the AHC was always contemplating about the participation of SAE in its ranks but the latest decision was the aftermath of a tense two day Conference that took place in late June. It has been reported in the NKEE that heated arguments overshadowed the collective effort, although certain AHC members have tried to discredit the report.An AHC official who spoke to NKEE on the condition of anonymity defended Mr Lalopoulos’ letter and pointed out that SAE’s tactic of calling open meetings where non-members are invited and decisions are being reached has caused a stir in Greek community circles in Sydney. The leadership of AHC had been based in Sydney for many years but last year it was decided for the reigns to be handed to Melbourne. Yet, it is unclear as to who holds the leadership position as the official that has been announced to the media is the coordinator of AHC, Patricia Drivas. Mr Lalopoulos, however, is signed his letter as the president of AHC. The confusion is further exacerbated by the fact that the Victorian branch of the AHC is not yet incorporated. The AHC official explained that incorporation will be occurring shortly, although more than a year has already lapsed since the change of power.last_img read more

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Bank officials fear a liquidity accident

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek bankers stressed this week the need for an agreement to be reached between the government and Greece’s eurozone peers that will confirm the country’s European prospects, as the outpour of deposits continued unabated.Thursday was another tough day for bank liquidity, as depositors continued to withdraw their savings for fear of a rift in talks between Athens and the eurozone.Banks estimate that since the start of the week accounts have seen their balance shrink by another 2 billion euros and acknowledge that unless this trend is contained and reversed they risk finding themselves in big trouble without the dynamic intervention of the European Central Bank (ECB).The ECB, however, has appeared reluctant to offer additional support without an agreement between the eurozone and the Greek government. On Wednesday the ECB’s governing council approved a small increase of emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) to Greece (by 3.3 billion euros), which can only marginally cover the needs of local lenders for the next few days. It was a move that was seen as an ultimatum of sorts for an agreement to be reached today in Brussels.In the same context, the ECB’s Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) is planning to put pressure on domestic banks to reduce their exposure to Greek sovereign debt if today’s negotiations do not come to a positive conclusion.There was major concern generated on Thursday in Athens from a report in German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung according to which ECB board members reacted in Wednesday’s meeting to the raising of the ELA ceiling, calling for the imposition of restrictions in capital flows.ECB sources later refuted the report, but local bank officials conceded that as long as uncertainty continues, the chances of some sort of restrictions being imposed are growing. If there is an agreement at Friday’s Eurogroup the clouds of doubt will be dispelled. If not, the upcoming three-day weekend may likely test the Greek credit system to its limits, they say.In a meeting on Thursday between Bank of Greece governor Yannis Stournaras and Deputy Prime Minister Yiannis Dragasakis, the former said that the outflow from the credit system is under control, adding that “we are here to avoid an accident”.Bank officials, however, make no secret of their concern about the course of negotiations and the uncontrolled rumours that undermine confidence, noting that a liquidity accident could come about at any moment without any major or dramatic event triggering it.On the possibility of capital controls, they note that this is an exceptionally complex issue that would have a very serious psychological impact on citizens and the market, as well as on the day-to-day operation of businesses.last_img read more

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FOXs Upcoming Competition Show Features a Mental Math Genius

first_img Bees Can Do Basic ArithmeticHow Life in Space Strains the Human Body If you’re honest with yourself, there’s probably at least one competition show you can’t get enough of. Even if you prefer scripted drama over reality TV, I’m willing to bet there’s one out there that got its hooks in you. There’s just something captivating about watching idols sing, celebrities dance and British people bake. FOX is hoping to put the same spotlight on skills that don’t normally get their own reality shows.Kal Penn hosts the upcoming reality competition show, Superhuman, which features contestants with extraordinary abilities. While we probably won’t find any actual superheroes on the show (though wouldn’t that be a great twist), a press release from FOX says we’ll see regular people with incredible mental abilities. Contestants will show off their “nearly superhuman” senses of touch, smell, taste, sight, memory and more for a chance at winning $50,000. Their skills will face a difficult series of tests to determine whose above-average ability is the strongest.We got a clip from the competition show featuring a man who is probably better at math than any of us will ever be. His challenge: figure out the price of a car based on the details given to him by a fast-talking car salesman. (The salesman in question appears to be John Moschitta Jr., the guy from those old Fed-Ex and Micro Machines commercials.) The contestant, Mike Byster, is a Mensa member who developed his own system that allows him to quickly solve complex equations in his head.As our favorite shows take a break for the summer, it’s the perfect time to get sucked into a reality competition show, and we’ll probably see people do some pretty cool stuff on this one. Skills like this aren’t usually highlighted on TV, and it’s cool that a game show is being built around abilities that are both useful life skills and cool party tricks. Plus, Kal Penn is incredibly charismatic, and his presence alone should make for a fun diversion while we wait for fall.Superhuman premieres on June 12 at 9 p.m. on FOX. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Pochettino insists players sign for Spurs not him

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists he doesn’t believe he’s the reason why players are committing their futures to the club.English midfielder, Dele Alli became the latest player to sign a new long-term deal on Monday when he agreed terms on a six-year deal to take him through to the summer of 2024.The former MK Dons player joined Harry Kane, Erik Lamela, Heung-min Son, Davinson Sanchez and Harry Winks ad players who have all agreed new contracts over the past few months.Alli revealed Pochettino was the main reason for him agreeing to stay, but the former Southampton manager is keen to stay modest.“They have confidence in me, yes of course. But it is not that they attached to me only,” he said, according to Sky Sports.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“It is about the club, it is about many things. If I believe Dele or a different player is only going to sign a contract because of me, it is a bad feeling, or I am wrong in my head.”“I think for me the most important thing… I think the club always need to be above the manager, the player.”“You need to feel you are going to play of course but it is about wanting to play for Tottenham.”“You need to play for something that is bigger than a person. It is nice to hear the player say one of the reasons is the manager or the chairman or the new stadium is so exciting.”“I want to hear them say I want to play for Tottenham, to make history, to touch glory with this badge.”last_img read more

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Ancelotti Napoli remain as ambitious as ever

first_imgNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti insists they continue to aim high, despite being knocked out of the Champions League by Liverpool this weekThe Light Blues headed over to Anfield on Tuesday as Group C leaders with only a draw needed to ensure a last-16 spot.Instead, Mohamed Salah’s first-half goal ensured Liverpool of a 1-0 win that ultimately demoted Napoli to third in the group table after Paris Saint-Germain also leapfrogged them by beating Red Star Belgrade 4-1.But, speaking ahead to Sunday’s visit to Cagliari, Ancelotti insists the team remain ambitious as they look to close their eight-point gap to leaders Juventus in the Serie A.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.”There’s disappointment but also the knowledge that the defeat doesn’t change anything in terms of our ambition,” said Ancelotti, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.“Even at the club’s level, everything was handled well and with balance. We have set aside the disappointment and look forward with optimism to the rest of the season.“We knew there would be difficulty in the Champions League but we proved we could compete with the top teams in Europe”The Cagliari-Napoli game at the Sardegna Arena will begin at 18:00 (CET) on Sunday.last_img read more

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