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  • Odisha changes norms in food, procurement policy

    first_imgThe Odisha government on Monday decided to facilitate entry of more small and marginal farmers and share-croppers into the procurement fold by bringing changes in the norms of food and procurement policy for the Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2018-19.“The past practice of deducting towards personal consumption requirement at the rate of three quintals of paddy per member in the family of farmer for computation of marketable surplus of paddy is waived out from KMS 2018-19,” the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department said in a press release after the Cabinet meeting.The Cabinet, which approved the food and procurement policy for KMS 2019 to regulate all aspects of paddy and rice procurement during the ensuing KMS, decided that paddy (Kharif crop) will be procured between November, 2018 and April, 2019. The paddy (Rabi crop) will be procured from May to June, 2019.A tentative target to procure 55 lakh tonnes of paddy from farmers has been fixed which will be around 37 lakh tonnes in terms of rice. Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Minister has been authorised to revise the target if need arises.The farmers would be paid the Minimum Support Price (MSP) fixed by the Central government at ₹1,750 per quintal for the common variety of paddy and ₹ 1,770 for Grade-A variety. The money would be directly paid into the bank accounts of farmers within three days of the procurement.MoU with CentreWhile 23 lakh tonnes of the procured rice will be pumped into the Public Distribution System in the State, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) will evacuate the remaining 14 lakh tonnes of rice to other States as per the MoU with the Centre.Like previous year, paddy procurement process in all 308 procuring blocks will be conducted through paddy procurement automation system (P-PAS). All documents in connection with paddy procurement shall be generated from computer through P-PAS software to make the process hassle-free and transparent.Farmer leader and activist Lingaraj, however, said the State government should issue farmer identification cards to all farmers in order to bring more small and marginal farmers and share-croppers into the procurement fold.last_img read more

  • Federer, Serena Williams win titles at Cincinnati

    first_imgRoger Federer won an unprecedented sixth championship in Cincinnati, overcoming one bad set.Serena Williams dominated for her first title.Federer extended his record of finals perfection in Cincinnati, beating David Ferrer 6-3 1-6 6-2 in the Western & Southern Open on Sunday. He’s won all six times he’s reached the tournament’s title match.The latest came against an opponent he has dominated throughout his career. Federer improved to 16-0 against Ferrer, who has won only five sets off him overall.It ended a bit of a slump for Federer, who finally got the large winner’s trophy after losing his last four Masters title matches. He was the runner-up to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Toronto a week earlier.”I’ve been bringing home some smaller ones,” Federer said. “I’m happy to get the big one.”Earlier on Sunday, Williams finally got the one that had always slipped away. And she did it so convincingly that she came away thinking another title could be coming soon.Williams needed only 62 minutes to beat Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1 for a personal breakthrough. She’d never even reached the finals in Cincinnati until last year, when she fell apart and lost to Victoria Azarenka on a third-set tiebreaker.No wobbles this time. After getting broken in the first game, she took control with her serve and took advantage of Ivanovic’s sloppy play, improving to 5-0 in finals this year.”Definitely my best performance of the summer,” she said.”Hopefully not the last. This is definitely a level that can take me to the (U.S. Open) title. I still have a lot of work to do. It’s definitely a better level than I’ve played all year, to be honest.”advertisementIvanovic was treated for a stomach ailment during her nearly 3-hour win over Maria Sharapova in the semifinals Saturday night. She didn’t have much left against Williams, who dominated with her serve.Williams had 12 aces.”Only?” Ivanovic said. “It felt like way more.”The only other event that Williams has played six times without a title is Sydney. She finally got her win in Cincinnati with the help of a good matchup. Williams is 7-1 in her career against Ivanovic, with the only loss coming at the Australian Open this year.Although their last three matches have been close – all going three sets — this one was one-sided after the first few games.”I felt like she was dominating,” Ivanovic said.Williams developed a stiff back that limited her serve in the semifinals Saturday night. She moved stiffly at the start yesterday, double-faulted in the first game and was broken — an ominous sign. But she started moving better and took control with her serve, pulling even at 3-3. She clinched the set when Ivanovic double-faulted twice in a row.The back problem came into play in the second set.Williams winced after a serve in the opening game and arched her back. She stretched her back a few times between points and played through it. And Ivanovic couldn’t take advantage.”I felt it a little bit in the second, but I just was so excited for this final and to be in the final,” she said. “I just really felt like I had nothing to lose. So I was able to relax.”Despite the loss, Ivanovic will move back into the top 10 in the WTA rankings with her strong showing in Cincinnati.”It’s the biggest final I’ve been in in a while. It feels good to be part of it,” she said. “There are still a few points in mylast_img read more

  • Delhi govt sets up committees of experts to select and groom sports talent

    first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) Delhi government has formed two special committees of experts including sportspersons like Olympic medalist Karnam Malleshwari and shooter Gagan Narang that will be responsible for selecting and grooming sports talent in the national capital. Rajeev Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Auto Limited, is also among the members, said a government official. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday chaired two important meetings with the special committees of experts to discuss further modalities for implementation of the government’s policies to support budding sportspersons in the city. Sisodia said the problem in sports administration is that the decision making powers are held by those who have had no link with sports in their lives.The Delhi government recently announced two new policies to promote sportspersons and groom talent in Delhi. It also “substantially” hiked cash awards for sportspersons winning medals in Asian Games. Under the Play & Progress Scheme’, talent in sports at school level, below 14 years, will get Rs two lakh per annum directly from the Delhi government. Students in 14-17 years bracket will get Rs three lakh per annum.Any student who has studied in Delhi for the past three years is eligible for financial assistance, and such students will also be eligible for specialised training at designated centres, said the official. The games shortlisted for this scheme are athletics, badminton, swimming, hockey, wrestling, cricket, football, boxing, gymnastics, Kabaddi, basketball, Judo/Karate, table tennis and Baseball. Specialised training for these sportspersons is available at 18 centres in the city including at Chhatrasal stadium, Thyagraj stadium, East Vinod Nagar sports complex, Najafgarh stadium among others.advertisementThe ‘Mission Excellence’ policy is targeted to benefit sportspersons already established in sporting world. The government will provide fund for training and coaching of 100 Delhi based sportspersons under the scheme. PTI VIT VIT RTRTlast_img read more

  • Farmers Urged to Rethink Methods

    first_imgStory Highlights Dean of Science and Technology at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Michael A. Taylor, said that with rising temperatures, unpredictability of rain, drought and other climatic phenomena, farmers will have to “rethink” their methods. He argued that in addition to providing a source of income, trees help to remove carbon dioxide from the air, storing carbon in the trees and soil and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.“As farmers, you may want to plant more cash crops, but the reality is that tree crops are a more sustainable source of income. Tree crops actually generate a significant amount of wealth, and what you want is increased planting of trees,” he said.For his part, President of the JAS, Lenworth Fulton, said his organisation wants to collaborate more with institutions of higher learning to impart knowledge to the nation’s farmers. He said that having reliable access to water is a key area that must be taken into consideration.center_img A university lecturer is encouraging farmers across the island to adopt climate-smart practices in order to mitigate the impacts of natural disasters. A university lecturer is encouraging farmers across the island to adopt climate-smart practices in order to mitigate the impacts of natural disasters.Dean of Science and Technology at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Michael A. Taylor, said that with rising temperatures, unpredictability of rain, drought and other climatic phenomena, farmers will have to “rethink” their methods.He said that having reliable access to water is a key area that must be taken into consideration.“Whether it is capturing the water when it falls naturally, whether through mulching techniques or making micro dams on our property, whether it is water harvesting, these are the critical areas we should consider,” he said.Professor Taylor was speaking at a farmers’ month public lecture at the University of Technology (UTech) in St. Andrew on April 10.It was hosted by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in partnership with the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and Newport Fersan Jamaica Limited.Additionally, Professor Taylor said that consideration must be given to the planting of crops that are more climate-resilient.“So the varieties of crops matter, and we have to go after the ones that are drought-resistant or resilient. We have to think about creating farming that can withstand the vagaries of the climate that we currently have,” he pointed out.UWI Lecturer of Sustainable Development, Dr. K’adamawe K’nife, who also addressed the session, cited forestry management, including the planting of tree crops, as a strategy in addressing climate change.Dean of Science and Technology, at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Michael A. Taylor (centre), greets President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Lenworth Fulton (right), Occasion was a Farmers’ Month public lecture at the University of Technology (UTech) campus in St. Andrew on April 10. UWI Lecturer of Sustainable Development, Dr. K’adamawe K’nife looks on.last_img read more

  • More Energyefficient Buildings in Nova Scotia

    first_imgOrganizations constructing new buildings will need to incorporate water- and energy-efficiency measures to qualify for provincial funding. The new energy-efficiency building standards became effective November 1. “Ensuring new buildings are more energy efficient makes sense for the health of our environment, our citizens and our economy,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment. “It will help Nova Scotia cut harmful air emissions and combat climate change.” Incorporating energy-efficient measures in a building’s design is one of the most effective ways to minimize the amount of energy the building will use. The costs of meeting the new energy-efficient standards will be recovered through energy savings. Provincial contributions to construction costs of any non-governmental building that uses energy and water will depend on meeting the standards. It is already government practice that buildings constructed by government, such as schools, hospitals, court and corrections facilities, and office buildings, meet a high energy-efficient standard called a LEED rating. LEED is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a widely accepted rating system that provides certification of green buildings. The LEED rating system awards points for meeting specific performance criteria in six categories: sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; material and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation and design process. Nova Scotia’s government buildings must at least meet a LEED silver rating as determined by the Canada Green Building Council. The province’s commitment to energy efficiency in buildings is stated in the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, which aims to make Nova Scotia one of the cleanest, most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.last_img read more

  • Elder arrested after being hounded to sell fish for 7 months in

    first_imgCara McKenna APTN National NewsOn Vancouver Island, an extensive government investigation recently wrapped up in the courts.But considering the number of resources that were put into it, the scope of their effort was smaller than you might expect.last_img

  • Hudsons Hope RCMP pull over upwards of 60 drivers in January

    first_imgAlso within the month of January, Hudson’s Hope Detachment stopped upwards of 60 drivers for various violations under the Motor Vehicle Act. According to Police, speeding was among the highest offences.With the warmer changes in weather almost upon us, RCMP would like to remind drivers to be aware of shifting temperatures which may result in conditions changing between melting and freezing throughout the day.They also strongly suggest that you wear a seatbelt, and follow the Provincial and Federal guidelines for securing child restraint systems; these measures will save lives.Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations, or any criminal activity, isasked to contact the RCMP directly, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Hudson Hope RCMP has released incident response numbers for the month of January.In January, Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to 22 service calls.Out of those 22 service calls, six of those were motor vehicle collisions that were reported to Police.last_img read more

  • Botswana Supports Moroccos Return to African Union

    Rabat – Botswana is one of the countries that support Morocco’s return to the African Union, Botswanan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson, said.“Only by working together, we will minimize the obstacles hindering the pursuit of good living opportunities for our peoples,” Venson told the press following a meeting with Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar.“During this meeting, we discussed various aspects of cooperation between Morocco and Botswana, with the aim of strengthening and developing this cooperation to serve the interests of our two peoples,” Venson said, expressing her conviction that Morocco and Botswana can serve as a “model to follow for the African continent”. The Botswanan Minister also hailed the strong commitment of the Moroccan presidency of COP22 in favor of environmental protection, inviting the two countries to join their efforts to face poverty and create employment for young people. read more

  • Adidas to Unveil New Design for Moroccos 2018 World Cup Kits

    Rabat – Angry comments of Moroccan football fans have not gone unnoticed. The German-based multinational corporation, Adidas, will release a new design of the official kits of the Moroccan national team for the 2018 World Cup. Adidas will release the new design between May 22-24.In an interview with Moroccan TV channel 2M, FRMF spokesman Mohamed Makrouf announced that the new design is being prepared and will be officially released between May 22-24.The official kits for the Moroccan team shall be featured during a press conference in the presence of media and a group of Moroccan footballers. In recent weeks, Moroccans have been expressing their anger over the Adidas design for the Atlas Lions jerseys. The public has shaken networking services, including Twitter and Facebook, mocking the uniforms.Moroccan football fans were not the only ones to denounce the Adidas design kits. Former Moroccan footballer Abdeslam Ouaddou also voiced his concern over the kits, asserting that they require further development. Slamming Adidas, Ouaddou said that the company should have devoted more time and energy to an appropriate design suitable to the Moroccan public.After the online storm, news sources speculate that FRMF president may cancel the contract with Adidas for non-compliance with the contract term, according to Moroccan newspaper Assabah.Adidas’s executive committee agreed to delay the official release of the Atlas Lions’ World Cup jersey to avoid forgery.Citing Adidas’s concerns, Al Massae added that there might be “counterfeit duplication of the kits” if uncovered before the opening of the Russia FIFA tournament.Adidas unveiled the first version of the kits on April 26. The jerseys are simple: mostly white with accents red and green, representing the Moroccan flag. read more

  • Golden Key to resume operations

    The first meeting of the Board of Directors will be held at the Golden Key building at R.A.D. Mel Mawatha on the 24th of this month. Mrs. Hapugoda said that measures are underway to return 41 percent of the funds deposited by the depositors, utilizing the capital, and the Supreme Court has granted legal permission in this regard.  She said that  distribution of shares among the depositors will also take place.The former Chairman of the company Lalith Kothalawala, his wife Mrs. Cecelia Kotelawala and 10 others have been charged with financial fraud at the company. The estimated customer liabilities of the Company amounts to over Rs.78 billion. The controversial and much talked about Golden Key Credit Card Company will restart operations from the 1st of next month with a new Board of Directors, the government information department said.A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank Priyantha Fernando has been appointed as the Chairman of the Company.  The other members of the Director Board include Mrs. Dushyanthi Hapugoda, Attorney at Law V.K. Choksy, Jehan Amarathunga, Aruna Lekamge and  Wasantha Gunathilaka. Mrs. Hapugoda, who is also the Chairperson of the Golden Key Depositors Association said that the company has a capital of Rs. 90 billion. In addition, the Golden Key Company owns assets of 16 other companies including the Golden Key Hospital at Cotta Road. read more

  • Royal Bank posts 156billion profit in second quarter includes RBC Dexia deal

    TORONTO – Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY) says its profits were pulled down seven per cent in the second quarter as it booked a loss from the acquisition of the remaining half of advisory firm RBC Dexia.The country’s biggest bank said Thursday that net income from continuing operations dropped to $1.56 billion, or $1.01 per share, down from $1.68 billion or $1.10 per share a year ago.The results were equivalent to $1.17 in diluted earnings per share, which was a penny below the consensus estimate compiled by Thomson Reuters.The bank took a $202-million hit to profits from acquiring the rest of RBC Dexia in April for $1.1 billion. Royal had set up the adviser to pension fund managers and institutional investors with European banking partner Banque Internationale a Luxembourg SA.RBC chief executive Gord Nixon told analysts Thursday that the loss recorded on its own RBC Dexia holdings reflects the lower price paid for Dexia due to a writedown in its value when the sale was made. The bank paid less for the assets up front, which was beneficial, though it also took the loss as part of that arrangement. It would have shown a gain if it had paid a premium to its partner.“These results, with the exception of the Dexia numbers, are very clean and they reflect solid performance in Canadian banking, capital markets, insurance and wealth management segments,” Nixon said.“Our ability to deliver strong results to our shareholders is a testament to the strength of our diversified business model and our ability to successfully execute on our disciplined growth strategy.“Our results also reflect our strict discipline around managing costs and risks and our commitment to maintaining strong capital position, all of which are key to RBC’s operating philosophy and especially important in today’s environment with market and economic uncertainty.”Overall, the bank’s quarterly revenue increased to $6.92 billion from $6.83 billion.Royal Bank focused on results from continuing operations because it filtered out the money-losing U.S. assets that it has sold over the past year, including its U.S. regional retail banks in the second quarter and Liberty Life Insurance a year earlier.When including the U.S. assets, the bank made $1.53 billion in profit during the quarter down from $1.63 billion a year earlier.“At a first glance, we would characterize the results as solid, if unspectacular,” said Barclays analyst John Aiken in a note.“Royal enjoyed a lower than anticipated effective tax rate, however, from an earnings quality stand-point this was offset by higher than anticipated provisions for credit losses.”Shares of the bank were down $2.01 to $50.89 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Breaking down the divisions, Royal Bank’s Canadian banking arm accounted for $937 million of net income for the quarter ended April 30, up $42 million from the comparable period last year.However, provisions for credit losses, or money set aside to cover bad loans, grew to $348 million from $273 million a year ago.RBC’s insurance business contributed $151 million of profit, up $28 million from a year ago, while RBC Capital Markets provided $449 million of net income, up $42 million from the second quarter of 2011.The gains in those operations were partially offset by a $15-million decline in profit from wealth management, which contributed $212 million of net income.The bank’s international operations factored in the RBC Dexia transaction and posted a $196-million loss. If the takeover had been excluded, the bank would have had a slim $6-million profit — down $40 million from the second quarter of 2011.The Luxembourg bank’s parent company, Dexia SA, is one of the victims of the European debt crisis and the 2008 credit crunch sparked by the failure of Lehman Brothers, a Wall Street investment bank.Dexia SA was the first major European bank to need a bailout in 2011 as a result of concerns over the sovereign debt crisis. It formed the partnership with Royal bank about six years ago.Amid continuing uncertainty about the future of the eurozone as it appears Greece comes closer to abandoning the euro currency, analysts questioned Royal’s position in Europe, though Nixon reaffirmed his confidence.“Overall we continue to transact in a prudent manner and remain comfortable with our exposures in Europe, which are with well-rated counterparties mainly located in larger European countries,” he said.“Our direct exposure to Greece is minimal and our direct exposure to peripheral countries overall is quite small and very manageable.”Note to readers: This story includes a corrected headline. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted May 24, 2012 3:32 pm MDT Royal Bank posts $1.56-billion profit in second quarter, includes RBC Dexia deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

  • Budget watchdog warns Ontario wont eliminate its deficit by 201718 as promised

    Budget watchdog warns Ontario won’t eliminate its deficit by 2017-18 as promised by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 4, 2015 8:03 am MDT Last Updated Nov 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s budget watchdog warns there is a “significant risk” the Liberals will not be able to erase the red ink from the province’s books by 2017-18 as promised.Financial accountability officer Stephen LeClair said Wednesday that there’s been a slowdown in the economy since the 2015 provincial budget projected growth of 4.3 per cent in each of the next three years.LeClair said growth will be just three per cent at best, which he warned will make it hard for the Liberals to stick to their “aggressive” budget plan to cap spending increases at 0.5 per cent annually. He said they could hit that target this year, but are unlikely to sustain such low spending growth in the next two years.“Spending restraints get more difficult in each subsequent year as there are less and less opportunities for efficiencies,” said LeClair. “If the government does not meet its spending targets but spending grows at the same (1.4-per-cent) rate as in the past four years…then there would be a $3.5 billion deficit in 2017-18.”LeClair also said a balanced budget by 2017-18 wasn’t “out of reach” if the government spends less than planned, if nominal GDP comes in at what the private sector forecast is and if revenue grows in line with nominal GDP, which it hasn’t done in Ontario in four years.“So consider what I said: if, if, if,” LeClair cautioned. “There’s a lot of ifs there, and that is why we indicate that there is a downside risk to the government’s forecast.”Finance Minister Charles Sousa pounced on LeClair’s finding that the Liberals were able to limit spending growth and lower the deficit this year.“The FAO said very clearly in his report that it is highly expected that the government will exceed again its deficit targets this year,” he said. “We are on track to balance the budget by 2017-18.”The opposition parties accused Sousa of ignoring reality.“The notion that they can see sunshine in everything just shows how out of touch they are,” said Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown. “All of their projections are off.”Like the Tories, the New Democrats predicted the Liberals would have to slash programs and services to eliminate the $10.3-billion deficit on schedule.“It’s very clear that without deep, deep cuts we’re not going to get to balance by 2017-18, and the government needs to come clean as to what they’re going to cut if they’re going to achieve that goal,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “LeClair predicted slower economic growth will lead to a drop in revenue of up to $1 billion from the budget forecast for the current fiscal year.’He couldn’t say if the Liberal’s plan to sell 60 per cent of Hydro One — the first batch of shares go on sale Thursday — would help eliminate the deficit on time.“We haven’t factored the Hydro One sale into this analysis because we don’t know the degree to which it’s already in the government’s plans,” said LeClair. “Will it improve or not improve their ability to meet the deficit targets? It all depends on how they roll it out.”Just last week, the new financial accountability officer warned the Liberals’ plans to sell Hydro One would have a serious negative impact on Ontario’s finances after an initial short-term gain.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter read more

  • Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

    Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:John, meet Justin: John Horgan is expected to head to Ottawa this week to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the first time since he became British Columbia’s premier. Horgan and Trudeau don’t see eye-to-eye on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Trudeau has endorsed the project, while Horgan has vowed to do what he can to prevent it from proceeding.The earnings parade: It’s going to be a heavy earnings week, with many companies in the forestry, mining and oil and gas sectors reporting. Among those releasing their latest quarterly results are Barrick Gold, Goldcorp, Suncor Energy, Cenovus Energy and Canfor.Taking over Tembec: Shareholders in Quebec forestry products firm Tembec will vote Thursday on a friendly takeover offer by Florida-based Rayonier Advanced Materials. But the deal appears in doubt. Two of Tembec’s largest shareholders have come out against the agreement and have been trying to sway others to reject it.Bombardier reports: Interest in Bombardier’s financial performance extends beyond the investment community, particularly given the public money the company has received to support its CSeries aircraft. The plane and train manufacturer reports its second-quarter results on Friday.Keeping an eye on the economy: Statistics Canada comes out Friday with the GDP figures for May. Steady economic growth this year helped convince the central bank to raise its key interest rate earlier this month, and you can bet all eyes will be on this latest batch of data to see if that’s continuing and whether another hike is in store. read more

  • Ban appoints senior officials to key development posts

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that Grete Faremo will replace Jan Mattsson at the helm of UNOPS, a UN body which works to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners.Ms. Faremo, whose career spans several years as a senior minister in the Norwegian Government and in the private sector, was named following consultations with the UNOPS Executive Board.Also today, Mr. Ban said that Maria Eugenia Casar will replace Rebeca Grynspan as Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator.Having held a series of senior positions in the Mexican Government, including as National Treasurer, Ms. Casar is currently the Assistant Secretary-General for Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts, Controller and Mr. Ban’s Representative for the investments of the assets of the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund.Ms. Grynspan, meanwhile, has taken up a new assignment as Secretary General of Secretaría General Iberoamericana.Also at UNDP, Ms. Casar will be joined by Jessica Faieta, the new Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. She replaces succeeds Heraldo Muñoz, who has returned to Chile to take up the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs in the administration of President Michelle Bachelet, who also served as the first Executive Director of UN Women.Ms. Faieta is a UNDP insider, having worked in the organization for many years, most recently as Deputy Regional Director for the bureau she now heads. read more

  • GALLERY Brock turns purple for Canadas messiest university tradition

    A storm of excitement brought with it a downpour of purple rain at Brock University Friday.The sky over Brock’s Jubilee Court was filled with flying fruit Friday, Sept. 21, as more than 400 students came together for the University’s annual Grape Stomp.Brock’s messiest tradition saw teams of students dye their white clothes purple by squishing, tossing and sliding on a metric tonne of Concord grapes.The popular Brock event, which helped to kick off Homecoming weekend Sept. 21 to 23, has been ranked No. 2 out of the top Canadian university traditions by University Affairs Magazine. read more

  • UConn wins early season showdown with Notre Dame

    NEW YORK — It’s only December, but UConn showed it’s the best team in the country with an early-season win over Notre Dame.The Huskies topped the Irish 89-71 on Sunday in the women’s Jimmy V Classic behind a stellar effort by freshman Christyn Williams, who had 28 points — six points off the school record for a freshman held by Tina Charles.“We found a way to answer everything,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “There wasn’t anything that went down that we didn’t have an answer for. There were a couple times where we looked a little bit disheveled out there, but I thought for the most part we knew we were going to get our buckets and people took turns. Everybody made a play here and there, and that’s what we are. I don’t think we’re a team of superstars. We don’t have that Maya Moore, (Breanna Stewart, Diana (Taurasi) type player on our team, so we’ve got a really, really good team that relies on each other and they learned a lot about themselves today.”While the Huskies found out a lot about themselves on Sunday, Notre Dame was left with questions.“I thought a lot of the problems we’ve been having all year long really surfaced again,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. “This time, the team we played was good enough to take advantage of it. Our transition defence was poor. Our half-court defence was poor. Offensively, I thought our execution was poor. And then we lost our poise. That was unexpected. I was really disappointed to see the veterans we have not rise to the occasion.”Here are other things that happened in women’s college basketball this past week:STELLAR SHOOTING: Iowa centre Megan Gustafson had a run of 16 consecutive made field goals snapped in Thursday’s loss to Notre Dame. The Hawkeyes’ star made her final two shots against West Virginia, all eight against Florida State and then hit her first six against Notre Dame before finally missing one against the top-ranked Irish. That stretch wasn’t even her longest run of the season as Gustafson earlier hit 17 consecutive shots. She made her last shot in the season opening win over Oral Roberts and then went 13 for 13 against Western Kentucky. She capped the streak by making her first three shots against N.C. Central before missing one.SIDELINED COACH: DePaul coach Doug Bruno will undergo spinal fusion surgery on Dec. 11 to fix what has become a debilitating back problem that makes it difficult for him to walk. Bruno said he hopes to be back by the end of the month.“I told the doctors I wanted to coach these 10 games originally and then take care of it on the 11th,” Bruno said in a phone interview Sunday night. “I know we have an 18-day stretch where we only have two games before the Big East opener and I hope I can be back for that.”Bruno originally thought the pain he was suffering in his legs was a side effect of the medicine he was taking after having pneumonia this fall. Finally, the team doctor had him get checked out and the spinal issues were discovered.TIP-INS: Seton Hall senior Nicole Jiminez scored a career-best 33 points, hitting a school-record nine 3-pointers, in the Pirates’ 90-47 win over St. Peter’s on Sunday. She also had nine steals — one short of team record.___Follow Doug on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dougfeinberg___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Doug Feinberg, The Associated Press read more

  • Over 30 people charged in Britains largest child sex abuse ring

    Mohammed Waqas Anwar, also 29 and from Huddersfield has been charged with five counts of rape of a female aged 13-15.The one woman charged, is Fehreen Rafiq. The 38-year-old faces two counts of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence – a crime, if found guilty, which can result in 14 years in prison. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Thirty men and one woman have been charged with a horrific string of child sexual exploitation offences against girls as young as 12, as part of what is believed to be Britain’s largest sex abuse ring.The suspects, who are mainly from the Huddersfield area, appear to be Asian and are facing charges relating to offences committed over seven years, between 2005 and 2012.The charges include rape, sexual assault and trafficking, and were allegedly committed against five women who were aged between 12 and 18 at the time.One defendant, 31-year-old Mohammed Sajjad, has been charged with four counts of rape of a female age 13-15, one rape of a girl under 13 and facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.Another, Manzoor Akhtar, aged 29, and from Huddersfield, has been charged with trafficking and three counts of rape of a female aged 13-15. Barry Sheerman Huddersfield sign The MP, who has represented Huddersfield since May 1979 added: “The victims have to have our full support to remake their lives. The restorative element of justice is so important. I am concerned about the complete package of support offered to victims.“I hope there is a discussion about whether we are doing enough and if we are grasping that issue.”Fay Maxted OBE, the CEO of The Survivors Trust said: “It is now all too common to read about shocking numbers of exploited and sexually abused children.  What these stark numbers don’t really reveal is the devastation that these offences cause for the victim and also for their families who are also traumatised.   “The Survivors Trust website has details of specialist support agencies across the UK and I would encourage anyone who has been affected by sexual violence in any way to seek help and support.The Survivors Trust is a UK-wide national umbrella agency for 130 specialist organisations for support for the impact of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse throughout the UK and Ireland.All 31 defendants will appear at Kirklees Magistrates Court on September 5 and 6. Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman says there must be an emphasis on helping the victims get their lives backCredit:Chris McAndrew / UK Parliament Twelve defendants, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have also been charged with numerous offences in connection with the same investigation.Barry Sheerman, the Labour MP for Huddersfield says he first looked into allegations of child sexual exploitation in 2009, and raised a Westminster Hall debate.“There have been many cases of this across Britain for a very long time and previously there hasn’t been enough of a joined-up approach by police,” he said.“I am confident now, that police take these cases very seriously and that justice is done. Most of the defendants are from the Huddersfield areaCredit:Mark Waugh / Alamy read more

  • British womens NT looking for a new headcoach

    Following some difficult funding challenges with the UK Sport decision to cut funding for the GB teams the BHA is now back on track with its Performance programmes.We have recently appointed coaches to the teams preparing for W18 European Open in Sweden next year and the M19 programme for the same competition in 2015. We will shortly be appointing a coach for the M20 European Championship qualifiers in April next year.These appointments form the player pathway to produce new senior squads. We are now looking to engage a Women’s senior coach with a view to entering the Euro 2016. As part of this build up they will prepare an U23 team for the EHF Challenge Trophy in March 2014.If you are interested in applying for the role then take a look at the job description. The closing date for applications is the 13th of September.source: http://www.britishhandball.com/ ← Previous Story HANDBALL STORY OF AUGUST 2013: Manolo Cadenas called “MAGIC” Next Story → COME BACK TO TOP HANDBALL: Zvonimir Serdarusic in French Pays d’ Aix! British handballhandball head coachhead coach read more

  • Ivanka Trump taking on unpaid White House job

    first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ivanka Trump taking on unpaid White House job The First Daughter will be an adviser to her father President Donald Trump. Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 7:21 AM http://jrnl.ie/3314402 19,867 Views Image: Andrew Harrer/DPA/PA Images Ivanka Trump Image: Andrew Harrer/DPA/PA Images FIRST DAUGHTER IVANKA Trump is about to take on another title as an unpaid adviser to her father President Donald Trump, the White House has announced.Ivanka, whose husband Jared Kushner also works as a senior aide to the president, will not receive a salary for her work as a federal employee. Kushner, a real estate developer, is also unpaid.“We are pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as first daughter and in support of the president,” a White House statement said.“Ivanka’s service as an unpaid employee furthers our commitment to ethics, transparency, and compliance and affords her increased opportunities to lead initiatives driving real policy benefits for the American public that would not have been available to her previously.”In the couple of months since her father became president Ivanka, 35, has been a regular presence at the White House, where she already has an office.She was present when her father received Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in January, and earlier this month took part in a round-table discussion with President Trump and Chancellor Angela Merkel during the German leader’s visit to the White House.Her involvement with her father’s official duties has raised eyebrows in some quarters over possible conflicts of interest.But Ivanka, who was part of her father’s business empire and ran an eponymous fashion line, said those qualms are unfounded.“I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the president in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules, and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House Office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees,” she said in a statement.“Throughout this process I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House Counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role.”Blurred lines? The first daughter’s formal title will be assistant to the president. Her husband’s title is senior adviser to the president.Neither Kushner nor Ivanka Trump have any experience in elected office or public policy.In addition to raising questions over possible conflicts of interest, the young couple’s influence on the president has fuelled broader debate on the absence of clear boundaries between the Trump family’s business dealings and its members political activities.Ivanka Trump’s lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, told the news website Politico last week that the president’s daughter will have access to classified information and be bound by the same rules that apply to other White House advisers who are on the government payroll.“Our view is that the conservative approach is for Ivanka to voluntarily comply with the rules that would apply if she were a government employee, even though she is not,” Gorelick told the outlet.Having an adult child of the president who is actively engaged in the work of the administration is new ground.Part of the novelty stems from the fact that relatives of elected officials cannot legally be hired for most federal jobs due to potential conflicts of interests.Yet Trump succeeded in getting Kushner on board at the White House by arguing that the executive office of the president was not covered by federal anti-nepotism rules. Kushner said that by putting his interests in a trust, and not being paid for the job, he could avoid the rule.Kushner’s family business has invested some $7 billion in property acquisitions in the past decade, often with overseas partners — and his father-in-law now is formally in charge of financial regulation.Two Democratic senators, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Tom Carper of Delaware, sent a letter to the Office of Government Ethics yesterday saying that Ivanka Trump’s “increasing, albeit unspecified, White House role … (has) resulted in substantial confusion”, and questioned how her ethics compliance would be ensured.- © AFP 2017Read: Another blow for Trump’s new travel ban as court blocks it indefinitelyRead: Fears cyclone will turn parts of Great Barrier Reef into ‘underwater wasteland’center_img Ivanka Trump Share157 Tweet Email1 By AFP 45 Comments Mar 30th 2017, 7:21 AM Short URLlast_img read more

  • Essential Sailor Moon Episodes Every Fan Should Watch

    first_imgStay on target ‘Tis the season for nostalgic looks back at our favorite episodes from our number one fandom. Sailor Moon began airing in the US back in 1996, a time when many would remember seeing their first anime, and for some, the first time they saw a series showing strong female leads kicking butt in a magically adorable way.Today we look back at the episodes that are a must-see for any true Sailor Moon fan. Grab your moon scepters and get ready for a trip down memory lane!EP1: The Crybaby: Usagi’s Beautiful TransformationFor any great journey, you must take the first step. This iconic episode takes us into the world of Sailor Moon, who turns out to be a crybaby teenager who’s not very good at school work. The talking cat Luna appears to bestow magical items on our dear meatball head and helps her tackle her first monster. Trying to save her friend Naru, Sailor Moon ends up crying really loudly to defeat her enemy, as Tuxedo Mask glides in to assist via rose tossing, and becomes our number one crush for the rest of eternity. A solid start to a memorable series.EP24: Naru’s Tears: Nephrite Dies for LoveNaru’s tears, indeed! This episode taught us that Sailor Moon was here to drop some life knowledge on us while rendering our hearts asunder. Nephrite dies in this episode, and he’s not coming back. The show got super real, right around this episode. Although lighthearted and full of super deformed antics, the series had been fairly whimsical and funny up until we see the once-evil Nephrite begin to have feelings for Usagi’s schoolmate Naru and start to have a change of heart about his villainous ways. His redemption is cut short when he abruptly meets his end while trying to save Naru. And no, he does not come back. Yikes. This is a similar feeling we all had when watching the Walking Dead and realized that the creators were not afraid to kill off main characters. Heart wrenching, for sure, this episode got us right in the feels.EP34: The Shining Silver Crystal: The Moon Princess AppearsThis episode is jam-packed with awesome. Sailor Venus finally joins the team, and Mamoru’s character is explored more in depth, revealing his tragic (if cliché) childhood and his motivation for seeking the crystal. But the real kicker is that, lo and behold, Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Moon’s secret identities are revealed to each other! Obviously, as a viewer, you’ve known this for ages, and it made their daily teasing banter that much sweeter because you knew that they loved each others’ alter egos. In the elevator of destiny, they find out the truth. This reveal doesn’t get to be enjoyed for long, as Tuxedo Mask gets mortally wounded. Luckily, Usagi’s tears merge the Rainbow Crystals into the Silver Crystal and transform her into the Moon Princess so she can heal him. I mean, we had seen the opening credits 34 times at this point, so we knew it was going to happen, but wowza, was it a dramatic and memorable moment in the series.EP35: Returning Memories: Usagi and Mamoru’s PastThis episode is a continuation of the last one, but hey, it’s pretty damn awesome. Here, we learn about the Silver Millenium, where Sailor Moon and the other Senshi lived in peace on the moon a long, long time ago. Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask first found their love back then, but it was interrupted by the destruction of the entire civilization thanks to Metalia’s invasion. This episode gives us a glimpse at the utopian society that was the Moon Kingdom, as well as our first look at Queen Serenity. Something I never understood was, hey, where is King Serenity? Are ever going to address that? No? Not in 200 episodes? Okay. Besides this little plot hole, this episode is a wonderful look at the dramatic back story of all the Sailor Senshi.EP45/46: The Sailor Soldiers Die! The Tragic Final BattleHoly cannoli. So if you were watching the DIC English dub versions as a kid, the “final” episode seemed a little weird because suddenly Sailor Moon had to fight Beryl by herself, but you’re not really sure what happened to everyone, right? In the original story, each of 4 Senshi are killed while defeating demon baddies around the area, leaving Usagi alone. Their deaths were edited out of the DIC version and episode 45 and 46 combined into one epic last battle. Even with the editing, the final episode of season one was really moving and action packed, as Usagi uses the power of her friendships and her love for Mamoru to have the courage to face the final boss. Everyone dies at the end of this battle, but thanks to the super nifty Silver Crystal, everyone is returned to their normal lives, without memories of each other. But don’t worry, they sort of have to get their memories back all over again for the rest of the 200 episodes to happen.EP49: For Whom is the White Rose? The Moonlight Knight AppearsThis episode is great for two reasons: Firstly, this is the debut of the ridiculous hero Moonlight Knight.In their new reality, Mamoru doesn’t remember being Tuxedo Mask, so as Sailor Moon and her friends run around town defeating new enemies, they are missing the assistance of his rose attacks and witty banter. They’re in luck, however, because Mamoru’s subconscious creates the Moonlight Knight, who appears and throws white roses instead of red, and is equally as useless. Secondly, this episode focuses on Makoto’s friendship with Shinozaki, a boy who helped her through her heartbreak with her ex-boyfriend. We see a flashback on a rainy day where her ex runs away from her, and then her friend Shinozaki appears to comfort her.This episode infamously uses the cheesy song “Rainy Day Man,” in the English dub, that I bet you all remember. Don’t lie.Ep85: The Dark Queen: Birth of Black LadyBlack Lady, or as she is known in the dub, Wicked Lady, was kind of a messed up bad ass. The ever annoying Chibiusa begins to have serious doubts and fears about her place in the current timeline, and Wiseman uses this anguish to trick her into joining the dark side as he bestows power on her as well as a rockin’ hot adult body. Wiseman is a total D in this episode, conjuring false memories of Chibiusa tripping and falling in the rain while her parents ignored her and walked away from her. He also whispers to her that no one has ever loved her when she starts to question why she is attacking the Sailor Senshi. Dude, this is grade A messed up manipulation. Her new form is powerful but tragically so.EP110: Death of Uranus and Neptune? Talismans AppearThe best thing to happen to Sailor Moon was the appearance of Uranus and Neptune. They were so bad ass, and their love of each other was endearing to a fault, even if the English dub made them cousins. Let us never speak of that again. But then this episode decides to tear our hearts out. It turns out that two of the three talismans everyone is looking for is hidden in Neptune and Uranus, and they are lured into a trap so that they can be killed and the talismans released. Neptune dies while trying to save Uranus, and Uranus further proves what an amazing character she is by killing herself so that she can give her talisman to Sailor Moon before she dies. They die while reaching for each other as their bodied begin to dissipate. Holy cow, what an emotional roller coaster.I mean, they come back by the end of the next episode… but it’s still sad, okay?!EP193: Holy War in the Galaxy! Sailor Wars LegendSailor Stars got a little off the rails in the anime. Drastic changes occurred from the manga to the anime adaptation, such as the Sailor Starlights becoming males when in their human forms, but female while in Starlights mode. The leader of the Starlights, Seiya, is also poised as a love interest for Usagi while Mamoru is “away at college,” AKA “has been killed by Galaxia the moment he left Japan and Usagi doesn’t know.” Yikes. So with this setup, the entire season shows Usagi slowly becoming increasingly depressed that Mamoru is “ignoring” her letters. This episode shows Usagi attempting to accept her fate that she will be alone by trying to battle Sailor Tin Nyanko by herself, before seeing a single rose strike the ground near her enemy. It turns out to be Sailor Star Fighter and not Tuxedo Mask as she had hoped (man, what a dick move), and Sailor Moon can defeat Tin Nyanko with her help. After Sailor Moon drops to the ground, staring at the rose, and it begins to rain. In this sad and emotionally dramatic scene, Usagi admits to Seiya that she is heartbroken over missing Mamoru and that she can’t go on by herself. She sobs uncontrollably, and Seiya asks her if he could take his place. Seiya literally says, “Am I not good enough?” This drama llama ends with them looking at each other as the other Senshi witness this scene from behind, quietly judging, one can assume. It’s the first time we really see Usagi realistically challenged in her love for Mamoru in a way that sets up the audience to sort of root for the other guy. We also see Usagi as a broken person here for the first time in the series. It’s a lot of emotional ups and downs, but we feel like this dramatic episode deserves a place in the Essentials list. The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeThe Best Anime On Hulu last_img read more