CPI to field Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai?

first_imgThe CPI has decided to field former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai even if the Rashtriya Janata Dal-Congress combine refuses to concede the Lok Sabha seat to the party. “We are hoping that the RJD will concede the seats that we have requested. If RJD, Congress, Left and other like-minded parties fight together, we can defeat the BJP-JD(U) combine,” CPI national secretary D. Raja said. Other than Begusarai, the CPI has been demanding Khagaria, Motihari, Madhubani, Banka and Gaya. If the alliance does not give them space, the party will contest from all the six seats. The CPI has a sizeable influence in Begusarai. In the 2014 general election, it got 17% of the vote share. “If an arrangement is not possible with the RJD-Congress combine or our efforts fail, then as a political party and considering our base, we will fight the few seats that we have already shortlisted,” Mr. Raja added. The RJD — which has to accommodate Congress, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, Jan Loktantrik Party and Nishad Party — is in no mood to concede seats to the CPI and CPI(M). Senior party leaders have said that the CPI (ML), which has three legislators in the Patna Assembly, will make better alliance partners.The CPI has also decided to contest in Uttar Pradesh. It has given a wishlist to the Congress and on top of the list is the Ghosi Lok Sabha seat, where it will field party spokesperson Atul Kumar Anjan. Here too, if the Congress does not concede it will go ahead and contest on its own.last_img read more

Mitchell Starc a different kind of animal with ball in hand: Alan Donald

first_imgSouth African great Allan Donald, who has been roped in as Australia’s new interim bowling coach, says he sees a “different kind of animal” in speedster Mitchell Starc. “I’ve worked with Mitch over here at (Indian Premier League franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore) RCB and I always judge people on how they lead with the ball,” Donald was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Friday. “He’s a very highly skilled individual and he showed that in the (2015) World Cup. He’s just a different animal with the ball in his hand.””New ball or old ball he’s ferocious and bowls 150 clicks with the new ball. And we’ve seen what he’s done over here with RCB in the Twenty20s when he bowls at the death — he’s hard to stop.”Donald is also relishing the challenge of coaching the Australian side which has the likes of Josh Hazelwood and James Pattinson in it.”You see with (James) Pattinson and Starc and (Josh) Hazlewood, I’ve seen them a lot on TV,” Donald said.”I know Mitchell as an individual and leader with the ball, but the other guys I still have to tap into their psyche and philosophy and get to know them a little bit better. They love giving you a crack and they don’t back away from a good fight.””For me it’s how many leaders we can create within a bowling group has always been key,” Donald said.last_img read more

Yuliya Stepanova, Russian athletics whistleblower still carries Olympic dream

first_imgEven through all the turmoil that forced Yuliya Stepanova to flee her native Russia with her husband, the whistleblower has not given up hope of competing at the Rio Olympics in August.Evidence provided by Stepanova and her husband Vitaly, a former Russian anti-doping agency employee, formed part of an investigation that led to Russian athletics being suspended from international competition.The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council will decide on June 17 whether to reinstate Russian athletics, paving the way for the sports super power to compete in Rio.The governing body’s council will also act on a request by Stepanova, who served a two-year doping ban, to run in Rio under the International Olympic Committee flag and to return to international competition.Waiting for IAAF, IOC nodObviously, the 800 metres runner would not be welcome to run for Russia.”It would be a dream come true to be an Olympian, something I had always hoped to do,” Stepanova, with her husband translating, told Reuters in a telephone interview on Monday.”If the best place I can get is the last place, I would still be happy.”Twice daily the 29-year-old trains in the hope that word from the IAAF and IOC will be positive.Stepanova asked that her location in the United States not be disclosed out of fear for her family’s safety after her doping disclosures.She reached the Olympic qualifying standard last year when Russian athletes were still eligible to compete and the reactions of her competitors was mixed.advertisement”Some people said thank you to her,” her husband said. “Some people put their eyes down and walked away, and some people didn’t know who she is.”‘Big regret’Stepanova admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs while competing for Russia, something her husband said regretted.”She realised she was cheating and she regrets doing it, but she cannot change the past,” he said.Opinions differ on whether she should be in Rio.Travis Tygart, the chief executive of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, said she should be given that opportunity.”Given her circumstances, it would be unfair not to give her an avenue to compete,” he told Reuters.”People are not asking for her to be able to run because she stood up and came forward. She has the qualifying standard and has been tested regularly.”WADA has no problemsWADA also said it would not object to her competing again.However, Kevan Gosper, a leading Olympic official and a member of the IAAF ethics board, said he was not optimistic about Stepanova competing under the IOC flag.”The IOC has had a lot of experience of enabling athletes to take part in sport if there’s been a breakdown in the administration of sport or changes by virtue of political issues, war and so on,” he told Reuters at a sports integrity forum in Melbourne on Monday.”We’ve had no experience of just making way for an individual in that respect.”I think everything should be looked at but I wouldn’t be overly optimistic.”last_img read more

ICC clears Mohammad Hafeez’s bowling action

first_imgMohammad Hafeez’s bowling action was cleared by the International Cricket Council on Wednesday, and the Pakistan offspinner can resume bowling in internationals.Hafeez was reassessed in Brisbane on November 17, when it was revealed that the amount of elbow extension for all of his offspin deliveries was within the allowed 15-degree level of tolerance.He was first suspended from bowling in November 2014, and reassessed and permitted to resume bowling in April 2015.He was reported again in June 2015 during a Test against Sri Lanka at Galle, and was subsequently suspended from bowling for 12 months in July 2015 after an independent assessment revealed he employed an illegal bowling action for the second time in 24 months.The ICC said in a statement that umpires were still able to report Hafeez if they believe he was displaying a suspect action. To assist the umpires, they will be provided with images and video footage of the bowler’s remodeled legal bowling action.Hafeez has 52 wickets in Tests, 129 in ODIs, and 46 in T20s.last_img read more

Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan ready to be in control of emotions ahead of farewell Test

first_imgPakistan skipper Misbah-ul-haq, who along with Younis Khan, will retire from international cricket after the Dominica Test against West Indies, has asserted that both the veterans will try their best to keep their emotions under control and focus on their jobs in their pursuit of a maiden Test series win in the Caribbean.With the series tied 1-1, both Misbah and Younis will make their last international appearance in the third Test at Roseau. (Misbah, Younis shouldn’t leave Pakistan at same time, says Abdul Qadir)Going into the last match of his career, the outgoing Pakistan skipper aims to remain focused on the demands of his role as a senior batsman amid the emotions that come with the occasion.”That has given us (Younis and Misbah) additional motivation and I hope that is the case with the team also,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Misbah as saying.”Looking forward to it as a normal game and focusing on our jobs. As batsmen, contributions from Younis and me would be very important. Sometimes emotions can come into these sort of occasions but we will try our best to focus on our jobs,” he added.The Misbah-ul-Haq-led side began the three-Test series well, beating the hosts by seven wickets in the first Test in Jamaica but had to face a crushing defeat in the Barbados Test following their second-innings collapse as they were bowled out for 81 in a chase of 188The Test skipper, who will turn 43 on May 28, had earlier asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for time to decide on his future following whitewash defeats in his last two series against Australia and New Zealand, respectively.advertisementMisbah has been at the receiving end towards the late end of his career. However, leaving the 0-2 thrashing against the Black Caps, followed by 0-3 whitewash against Australia, he has been the shining star for the side.The captain also inspired Pakistan to the top of the ICC Test team rankings for the first time in history although their stint at the top was short-lived as India replaced them.Misbah has played 73 Test matches so far, scoring 5161 runs and is currently seventh on the list of Pakistan’s highest Test run-getters.He had already retired from ODIs and T20Is after the 2015 World Cup.last_img read more

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max LTE connectivity at par with Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Google Pixel 2

first_imgThe iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max may pack Intel modems but Apple’s new iPhones are at par with the Qualcomm-based Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Google Pixel 2 in terms of cellular (LTE) connectivity. Intel modems are generally considered slower than their Qualcomm counterparts but tests conducted by PCMag in partnership with Cellular Insights suggest Intel might be catching up with Qualcomm.The tests pitted the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max against the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Google Pixel 2. The iPhone X was also used as a reference, and the tests indicate that Apple’s next-generation iPhones are superior than the last-generation models as far as cellular connectivity is concerned. The tests were apparently conducted at a hardware level while simultaneously taking into account real-world usage.The tests were conducted on 20MHz channel of Band 4 which is used by major carriers in the US as well as Canada. Hardware tests were done using the Rohde & Schwarz measurement equipment while real-world LTE tests were based on Ookla’s crowdsourced Speedtest Intelligence database.Overall, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max performed nearly on par with the Galaxy Note 9 and Pixel 2. While the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max pack Intel’s next-generation XMM7560 LTE modem, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Pixel 2 pack Qualcomm modems in the X20 and X16, respectively. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are notably the first iPhones to sport 4×4 MIMO antennas.There is not a remarkable difference between the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max but if one was to nitpick, the larger iPhone does offer slightly better LTE connectivity, the test suggest.advertisementApple and Qualcomm are at loggerheads over patented LTE technologies. Qualcomm recently accused Apple of stealing its patented wireless technology for several years to help boost Intel’s chances of building faster modems. This in turn would allegedly help Apple reduce its reliance on Qualcomm for devices like the iPhone. Qualcomm has asked the court to penalize Apple through undisclosed fines, and also it wants the court to force Apple to stop using Intel’s modems.ALSO READ: Qualcomm says Apple stole its patented modem tech and gave it to Intellast_img read more

Do you like boys? Shannon Gabriel had told Joe Root during St Lucia Test

first_imgWest Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has issued a public statement to apologise for his words during the third and final Test against England at St Lucia. Gabriel had made an apparent homophobic slur at England captain Joe Root.Stump microphone during the third day of the Test picked Joe Root telling Gabriel there was nothing wrong with gay. While it was not immediately clear what Shannon Gabriel exactly told Root, the International Cricket Council charged Gabriel over his alleged anti-gay remarks.England went on to win the Test by 232 runs while West Indies won the series. On Wednesday, Shannon Gabriel was banned by the ICC for days over his personal abuse of Joe Root.Soon after, Shannon Gabriel expressed his unreserved apology in a public statement.Asked Root to stop smiling at me: Gabriel”I think I owe it to them (friends and well-wishers) and to all supporters of West Indies cricket to provide an accurate record of what happened,” he wrote in the statement.”The exchange occurred during a tense moment on the field. The pressure was on and England’s captain Joe Root was looking at me intensely as I prepared to bowl, which may have been the usual psychological strategy with which all Test cricketers are familiar.”I recognize now that I was attempting to break through my own tension when I said to Joe Root: ‘Why are you smiling at me? Do you like boys?’Shannon entertains England skipper Joe Root and Ben Stokes after the Final test of the Wisden Trophy #WIvENG #MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/GaCCnqd85MadvertisementWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) February 13, 2019″His response, which was picked up by the microphone, was: ‘Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.’ I then responded: ‘I have no issues with that, but you should stop smiling at me.'”The ICC found Gabriel guilty of breaching article 2.13 of the Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to personal abuse of a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire or Match Referee during an international match, following an incident with England Captain Joe Root.It was understood Joe Root did not report the incident to match officials. Speaking to the media later, Root had said Gabriel might even regret his comments later.”Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field,” Root said.last_img read more

New claims allege ‘toxic and confusing’ environment in Canadian soccer

first_imgShare via Email Share on Facebook Canada Women’s football Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest US sports New details have emerged of a “toxic and confusing” environment inside top Canadian women’s soccer teams as a player and a former team manager have come forward to describe “sexual targeting” and inappropriate text messages with one player left “shattered” after a private meeting with a coach.The latest claims come after the Guardian’s report last week where a former player described a the actions of a top coach – in charge of a national youth team and the Vancouver Whitecaps women’s team – as “the sickest thing”. Football Canada Soccer and the Vancouver Whitecaps have yet to contact the players or team manager about their claims – that date from 2008 – while FIFPro, the global representative body for footballers, has weighed into the issue and called for the allegations to be investigated “in full”.Canada Soccer have declined multiple requests from the Guardian for an official to comment on the allegations. In a club statement, the Whitecaps said: “With respect to the matters raised regarding the Whitecaps Women’s team in 2008: Complaints regarding behaviour within the program were brought forward to senior club management at that time. The club immediately engaged an independent ombudsperson, a leading expert in workplace safety and respected lawyer who specializes in this field, to do a thorough and impartial investigation into the complaints.“As part of her investigation, the Ombudsperson had access to players and staff to conduct confidential interviews and gather information on an anonymous basis. Upon conclusion of the investigation, while the ombudsperson had no recommendations for further action, the club and coach parted ways.”Equally important, and still unanswered, is how a coach investigated for alleged inappropriate behavior was able to take up a new position with a Vancouver club coaching young women immediately after he parted ways with Canada Soccer and the Whitecaps in 2008.“I watched what was a very professional environment created by the previous coach change into something extremely toxic and confusing,” said Eden Hingwing, who played under coach Bob Birarda for both the Canada women’s Under-20 international team and the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2008.“One of the girls showed me a text message from him and I was like, ‘What the heck?’ He would constantly want to meet with girls one-on-one. The previous coach never asked about your love life or made sexual remarks or a sexual joke. Those boundaries became very confusing.”Birarda has been identified as the coach in the spotlight by former players, a team manager, and the Vancouver club from which he is is currently suspended pending an internal investigation. Birarda did not respond to multiple requests from the Guardian for an interview. He has not been charged with any crimes by police.“Leading up to the U-20 World Cup in 2008 I really started dreading playing for him and I hated how I felt on that team,” recalled Hingwing. “After that I never wanted to talk about being a national team player. It was really sad because it was everything I ever dreamed of. The shame of being part of it made me feel almost like an accomplice, knowing what I knew and what I saw and him still being able to coach today.”Diane Voice was the highly respected team manager for the Whitecaps women’s team from 2001 until 2012 and is well-known as a coach and administrator in British Columbia. Voice said that she reported Birarda to the Whitecaps management on at least three occasions after she saw “very worrisome warning signs”.“You do pick up the little nuances that are happening and I did bring that to the attention of the club,” Voice said. “We had assistant coaches who were concerned. There was something wrong here.”Voice said she supported the former players’ recent accounts as reported by the Guardian and in two blogs posted online: “Without question, none of these girls were given to exaggeration or lies.”“One young lady came up to me before practice one day and was just shattered,” Voice said. “I phoned the office and said we have a major problem right now. She was in tears, she was shaking, she was crying, she could barely talk. The minute I touched her shoulder she broke down in tears, bawling. Slowly the story came out. She felt coerced. She felt bullied. She felt picked on. She felt that he was taking things out on her. Nobody ever called me back to come down to the office and detail more.”Some players in the Whitecaps women’s program who were from outside the Vancouver area were provided accommodation in an apartment complex by the club. Birarda, even though he lived in the area, was also given an apartment in the building with the players.“When he told me I could reach him at the apartment I said, ‘What apartment – I thought you lived in a house’,” said Voice. “I called the office immediately and said you can’t give him an apartment where the girls are. There are so many warning signs. So many signals that are wrong. You can’t do that. [The club said] said ‘Europeans do it. Other teams do it.’”The Whitecaps, whose men’s section plays in Major League Soccer, holds a storied position in Canadian sports. Longtime club president Bob Lenarduzzi is held in high regard for his record as a player and coach and for his later role as an administrator.The club’s owners include basketball legend Steve Nash and Jeff Mallett, a former president of internet company Yahoo! who also owns stakes in the San Francisco Giants and Derby County Football Club in England. Co-owner Steve Luczo is a part owner of the Boston Celtics NBA team. The Whitecaps did not respond to a request to speak with club president Bob Lenarduzzi about the allegations.Diane Voice said that, although she spent time with the players almost every day during her tenure with the women’s team, she was not told of any inappropriate sexual behavior, “until recently”.“I did hear there were inappropriate sexual texts between [a player] and the coach. The person who had the texts in hand didn’t want to get involved at that time and wouldn’t give them to me. It was another player’s mum. To my knowledge, it didn’t go forward. It may have. But I didn’t hear that it did.”Voice, like the players, had one question when she learned earlier this year that Birarda was coaching young women at Coastal FC, a prominent soccer club in British Columbia: “How was he still coaching?”Coastal FC suspended Birarda, who had been employed by the club for several years, when allegations against him went public. Executive director Chris Murphy said Birarda had been suspended pending an internal investigation. He confirmed no one from Canada Soccer or the Vancouver Whitecaps had informed the club of the nature of Birarda’s departure from their organizations at the time of his original employment.“That is my understanding although I was not part of the hiring process at that time,” Murphy said. “[The hiring process] certainly included background checks, criminal records checks, and reference checks. We’re feeling a little caught out on this as well. They are serious allegations and this is the first we are hearing of them.”FIFPro, the Amsterdam-based umbrella organization for players’ unions around the world, said football authorities had a duty of care to the game’s most vulnerable participants: young players.“We expect allegations of abuse to be investigated in full and individuals facing serious allegations to be suspended,” FIFPro spokesperson Andrew Orsatti said. “Authorities must also do everything they can to protect the players who have had the courage to bring their suffering into the public domain.”Hingwing, who helped organize a statement signed by 13 former players that outlined the allegations, said she had left soccer behind after her experience with the Canada national team and the Whitecaps. After reconnecting with ex-teammates years later she realized she was not the only former player who questioned the events of 2008.“I knew girls that were sexually targeted and even though it had been ten years since I had spoken to a lot of them I needed to see if they would be willing to put their names on a statement,” she said.“I thought that with [Canada women’s soccer icon] Andrea Neil’s statement [of support], and [former player] Ciara McCormack’s statement [describing similar incidents] I thought the organizations would call me to say they are doing an investigation and who should they contact. I could then provide them with this list of names. But I haven’t heard from them at all.”A statement from Canada Soccer sent to the Guardian said, in part: “In 2008, Canada Soccer immediately responded to the concerns raised by participating in a thorough review with an independent Ombudsperson in association with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the coach ceased to have any involvement with the National Team Program and the Ombudsperson had no recommendations for further action.”Said Eden Hingwing: “None of us were ever interviewed as part of this investigation into [Birarda’s] behavior. The actions they took with the limited information they did have in 2008 weren’t good enough because he is still able to coach.”Diane Voice said she had notified the president of a club looking to hire Birarda after he left Canada Soccer and Vancouver Whitecaps of her concerns but was ignored.“When I heard that he had been suspended by Coastal FC I thought ‘Oh, my God, that’s the same club. He has been there all along’,” she said. I would have thought that Canada Soccer and the Whitecaps would inform his new employer of the nature of his dismissal. I was sure he wouldn’t be on the pitch again. It should have been an outcome that he could not coach girls again. It should have been a given. I honestly don’t know why they didn’t.”center_img Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Topics features Read more Share on LinkedIn ‘The sickest thing’: Canadian soccer rocked by claims of systemic abuse Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Snoop Dogg Rocks A Lamar Jackson Jersey At A Louisville Concert

first_imgA closeup of Lamar Jackson winding up to throw the football.LOUISVILLE, KY – OCTOBER 22: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals throws a pass during the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Snoop Dogg, who remains the best thing ever, sported a Lamar Jackson jersey on Monday night at a concert in Louisville.In a year that has been nothing but one long, planet-wide, existential crisis spread out over 365 days, most of us have been left disillusioned and disappointed by all that 2016 brought to the table. However, there might be one beacon of hope left in this dark, bleak world, and that person is Snoop Dogg, who, throughout it all, remains the best thing this world has to offer. On Monday, he rocked a Lamar Jackson jersey during his concert, and the crowd—along with Twitter—loved it.Only Snoop can make the most awkward selfie look cool:https://t.co/fxBtdnASJF pic.twitter.com/UbdyX1BfUb— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) December 20, 2016@SnoopDogg reps @Lj_era8 jersey onstage tonight in Louisville. @CardChronicle pic.twitter.com/wLEVtJjoE3— Chris Tingley (@Tingz77) December 20, 2016Snoop Dogg sporting a Lamar Jackson jersey pic.twitter.com/QnBUNOMaXz— Micheal Compton (@mcompton428) December 20, 2016When Snoop rolls out wearing that Lamar Jackson shirt! pic.twitter.com/nwDd3vJTYK— Chris Stubbs (@Chris1Stubbs) December 20, 2016Those other guys can have Drake. pic.twitter.com/EuF5fOIORJ— TBG (@ThatBoysGood) December 20, 2016It’s well-known that Snoop is a huge football guy and a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and he’s clearly a fan of this year’s Heisman Trophy winner. That’s some serious admiration! Snoop isn’t going to rock someone’s jersey onstage if he doesn’t respect them.Subsequently, Lamar Jackson took notice, and returned the love on Twitter.Salute @SnoopDogg ?? https://t.co/O9S8sJEyVG— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) December 20, 2016I really hope they become friends, I would absolutely pay to see Snoop Dogg and Lamar Jackson star in a buddy-cop movie.last_img read more

Van Dijk for the Ballon d’Or – Fonte

first_imgPortugal’s Jose Fonte believes ex-team-mate Virgil van Dijk is in with a chance of winning this year’s Ballon d’Or, following a stunning season with Liverpool which culminated in winning the Champions League last Saturday.Euro 2016 winner Fonte played alongside Van Dijk over 50 times at the heart of the Southampton defence from 2015 to 2017 and says he always knew that the Dutchman would go on to become one of the finest centre backs around.“I had many conversations with my international teammates, including Cedric [Soares],” Fonte said. “I remember telling him ‘listen, this guy I am sure he will be one of the best defenders in the world’. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? “It is obvious, it is not only me, everyone could see the pace he had, how strong he is, [he] wins every duel.“It was just about improving his positioning, and that is what he did when he came to Southampton, he stopped coming out with the ball too much, trying to dribble too much, playing simple.”Van Dijk has been the Premier League’s best defender since joining Liverpool, helping Jurgen Klopp’s side reach 97 points this season just past and making it to consecutive Champions League finals. While Fonte is reluctant to take much credit for helping the Netherlands captain improve throughout their time together, he is nonetheless delighted to see him shining on the world stage.“I have a little bit of credit but the main thing is him, he is an amazing talent,” said the Lille man.“I am not surprised to see him disputing the Ballon d’Or this year, I am just pleased for him and I wish he keeps going like this.“I think he has a shot to be honest. He was named Premier League player of the year, winning the Champions League, why not?“We always give it to the strikers because they score goals and everything, but it is about time a defender gets one, no?”Virgil Van Dijk, Jose Fonte SouthamptonShould the Netherlands defeat England in Guimaraes on Thursday, they will take their place alongside Portugal in the first-ever UEFA Nations League final in Porto on Sunday, where Van Dijk will come face to face with Cristiano Ronaldo.The all-time Portuguese top goal scorer netted a spectacular hat-trick against Switzerland in the semi-finals on Wednesday night and Fonte believes if there is any player in the world who can end Van Dijk’s incredible run of not being dribbled past then it is Ronaldo.“It is not easy, but no one is unbeatable,” said Fonte. “It is an incredible stat, isn’t it? If there is someone, Cristiano is one of them.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

New education board for Delhi soon

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi will soon have its own education board that will not be a replacement for the CBSE but a next generation board to help students prepare for entrance examinations like JEE and NEET, Deputy Chief Minister ManishSisodia said. The Delhi government envisions the board to be the answer to the current situation where students prepare for board examinations with the help of schools but have to take the help of coaching centres to clear their engineering and medical entrance exams, he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”This is an irony but I see it as a blessing that there is no education board in Delhi. We are preparing to give Delhi its own education board. “We thought about this in 2015 itself and even started working towards it. However, when we saw the condition of the buildings and got a sense of the scholastic environment in the classes, we realised that before introducing a new board, we had to first work on improving the infrastructure,” he told a news agency in an interview. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSisodia, who is also Delhi’s Education minister, said the government put the work on the new board on the back-burner to focus on building infrastructure but now it is felt that the time has come to create a Delhi education board. “The government is working on it (the new board). It is not going to be a replacement for CBSE but a next generation board,” the minister said. Elaborating on how the board and its curriculum is likely to be, Sisodia said they plan to have separate grades for subjects for students, keeping in mind what they want to pursue. “You have four grades for subjects. For instance, divide science into four grades — science for doctors and engineers, science for sportsperson, science for humanities. “If a child wants to become a journalist, he/she can take A grade language and maybe C grade of science so that if he has to cover science, he is well-versed with the basics,” Sisodia explained. Another problem that the new board will address to is help students prepare for entrance exams. He said currently, a student studies 10 per cent of the curriculum for entrance exams in schools and the rest of the 90 per cent in coaching centres while preparing for entrances. “The examination system and curriculum should be practical. For example, as of now, if a class 12 student wants to appear for the IIT entrance exam, he will go to coaching centres. “Why not make it part of the board? The child is not able to rise above his own capacity. So what is the advantage? We do not know what we are preparing the students for,” he said. Sisodia has also written about the necessity of having a separate board for Delhi in his recently launched book titled ‘Shiksha’, which talks about his takeaways from his tenure as Delhi’s education minister. After the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) had hiked its examination fee for board exams, Sisodia had said if things continue like this, the government may consider having its own board.last_img read more


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Moroccos Saham and German Bertelsmann to Create Arvato CRM Company

Rabat – German international publisher Bertelsmann and Morocco’s Saham have planned to merge their Customer Relationship Management (CRM) businesses in a new company.The new company, Arvato, is a service provider and a division of Bertelsmann which it will fold into a joint venture. Bertelsmann and Saham Group will hold 50 percent each of Arvato and enter a long term partnership, Bertelsmann announced today.“We are opening a new chapter for the Arvato CRM businesses. The new company would hold leading market positions in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East as well as a strong presence in the Americas and Asia,” said Thomas Rabe, Bertelsmann’s chairman and CEO. Rabe also stated that the new company “will invest several hundred million euro in the next years, to further expand its regional footprint and to enhance its digital capabilities and services to its customers,” he added.The combined company expects to create around 48,000 job positions in 25 countries: 25,000 employees in 10 European countries; 14,000 employees in Egypt, Morocco, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Togo, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia; and 9,000 employees in Asia, Canada, the US, Mexico, Peru, and Colombia.Bertelsmann is a media company operating in 50 countries around the world and has 119,000 employees. In 2017, the German company generated revenues of €17.2 billion.#Bertelsmann and #Saham plan to create leading CRM group:– they plan to combine their respective worldwide CRM businesses– partners to each hold 50 percent of the new company– global presence in 25 countrieshttps://t.co/cE7KbclYqt, pic.twitter.com/WIMnbipiGr— Bertelsmann_com (@Bertelsmann_com) September 18, 2018The new Arvato, which is expected to be formed by January 2019, plans to generate revenues of approximately €1.2 billion and would have a client portfolio of international blue-chip companies, including the largest tech companies, according to the German company’s statement.Saham Group is a family-owned corporation founded in 1995 by Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Morocco’s current minister of industry. It operates in 27 countries in different sectors, such as insurance, real estate, healthcare, and education and employs 16,000 people. In 2017, Saham Group had a turnover of $1.4 billion.“Together, we are fully committed to invest long-term in growth, expand our regional footprint, provide digital solutions to our customers and create employment,” said Moulay Mhamed Elalamy, Saham’s spokesperson.Elalamy added, “The new company shall be well positioned to participate in the strong growth of the worldwide CRM markets, in particular for digital companies, telecom providers, and financial institutions.”Bertelsmann appointed Thomas Mackenbrock as Arvato’s CEO and Saham will appoint the new company’s chairman of the board.The transaction between Saham Group and Bertelsmann is pending regulatory approvals and employee representative consultation. read more

Joe Oliver cuts employment insurance premiums to help stimulate hiring

TORONTO — Ottawa moved to cut employment insurance premiums for small businesses Thursday, touting it as an effort that will save employers more than $550 million over the next two years and help stimulate hiring.[np_storybar title=”Quick look” link=””]Ottawa to cut EI premiums paid by small businesses to $1.60 per $100 of insurable earnings for the years 2015 and 2016, down from $1.88 at present. Any business that pays employer EI premiums of $15,000 or less to automatically qualify for the credit. No need to apply for the credit, which will be deducted automatically by the Canada Revenue Agency. Ottawa estimates the credit will save small employers more than $550 million over the two years. Almost 90% of all EI premium-paying businesses, or 780,000 companies in Canada, will receive the credit. Canadian Press [/np_storybar]But critics say if the federal government really wanted to see employment pick up in Canada, it should have made job creation a requirement of the tax credit.“They could try to tie it to employment in some way, if that’s what they wanted to do, rather than it being a tax giveaway,” said Angella MacEwen, a senior economist with the Canadian Labour Congress.Finance Minister Joe Oliver said the job credit will see EI premiums reduced to $1.60 for every $100 earned for 2015 and 2016, down from the current rate of $1.88.The credit, which is expected to reduce EI payroll taxes by nearly 15%, will leave employers with more money to spur hiring and increase salaries, he said. The tax credit will not have any effect on EI premiums paid by workers.“We believe this will be very helpful on a macro basis,” Oliver said during the announcement at a family-run flooring company in west Toronto. “When you reduce payment by half a billion dollars, you’ll have an impact. That’s what we’re looking for. We believe it will encourage growth and employment opportunities.”To be eligible, a business must pay equal to or less than $15,000 in employment insurance premiums next year and in 2016.When you reduce payment by half a billion dollars, you’ll have an impactThe credit would amount to about $2,200 in savings each year for a company that, for example, employs 14 workers, each earning $40,000 a year, and pays $14,740 in EI premiums in 2014. A small business with three employees, each earning $25,000, would save about $295 a year from this year’s EI premium bill of $1,975.MacEwen doubts a maximum savings of about $2,200 is enough for employers to consider boosting hiring or raising salaries.“I’m sure anyone would be happy to have an extra $200, or $2,000, in their pocket. These businesses will put the money to good use; find other ways that are better to use it like upgrade equipment or put a sign up… or buy a laptop maybe,” she said from Ottawa. “We don’t expect this will have any impact on any employment.”Instead, MacEwen suggested that Ottawa should have used the money from the tax credit to provide more skills training to unemployed workers.Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, the country’s largest private-sector union, said it’s “ridiculous” to think that this credit will spur job growth.“It’s naive at best to believe that this will stimulate one job,” he said from Vancouver. “What type of job can you create with $2,000 in savings? You’re going to pay people $40 a week for a year? That’s unbelievable.”But Craig Wright, the chief economist at Royal Bank, said although the impact may be minimal, it may be enough to push some employers to considering hiring.“In terms of impact on the economy and the job market, it is a positive, just a not very large positive I would think,” he said. “It lowers the cost of employment, it helps at the margins. Decisions are often made at the margins. I think the overall scale of the impact is fairly modest but these were modest changes.”Wright added that hiring can depend on a variety of other factors, too.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young “The bigger issue is how the economy performs. If firms are looking at hiring more people, it’s a bit of a relief in the cost of hiring,” he said. “It’s particularly good if demand is there. Firms won’t be doing hiring just because they save a bit on EI contributions, they’ll hire if the economy is strong enough and demand picks up.”Oliver dismissed the suggestion that this credit is an indication that the federal government is worried about sluggish job growth. “It’s not a sign of worry,” he said. “It’s a sign of confidence that we’re continuing on the right path.”He also used the opportunity to reiterate the Conservatives’ promise that, after 2017, the EI premium will be set every year and calibrated so the fund will have a seven-year break-even rate.Despite Oliver’s optimism, there are signs that the Canadian job market is not faring as well as anticipated.Last week, Statistics Canada reported that the economy shed 11,000 jobs in August, most of them part-time positions. The figure was far below economist expectations for the creation of 10,000 jobs last month.Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said any help for small business owners is welcome. “We think it’s well timed. The economy is good, more members are looking to expand than shrink but we’re not knocking the lights out from an economic perspective,” he said. “We really want to make sure that Canadian employers can create as many jobs as possible and invest in their employees as much as they can as well.”The group estimates the credit will create 25,000 new jobs over the next two years.“It’s a big, big deal for small business,” said Kelly.The Canada Revenue Agency will be responsible for administering the changes to companies to about 780,000 firms in Canada that will qualify for the credit. read more

Financial officers file complaint against KPMG over Isle of Man controversy

The union representing more than 4,500 government financial officers has lodged two formal complaints of professional misconduct against accounting firm KPMG over its work in setting up offshore tax structures on the Isle of Man.The Association of Canadian Financial Officers wants the Ontario and Quebec chapters of the self-regulating Chartered Professional Accountants, or CPA, to assess KPMG’s behaviour against the profession’s code of conduct, bylaws and regulations.The complaints — filed Friday but dated May 12 — cite a 1999 confidential Tax Court of Canada memorandum on KPMG’s alleged role in tax sheltering for wealthy Canadians using an Isle of Man company.Canada Revenue Agency promises ‘blitz’ on Isle of Man tax accountsAccounting giant KPMG defends Isle of Man tax practices before House committee“We believe that providing this type of service is contrary to the profession’s reputation for competence and integrity,” says the complaint.“These actions go well beyond the establishment of individual reputations; it affects the public perception of the chartered professional accountancy profession as a whole.”The letters, signed by ACFO interim president Dany Richard and vice-president Richard Rizok — both of whom are CPAs — request that the Quebec and Ontario organizations “review and investigate the professional and ethical standards of KPMG LLP ….”About 2,500 of the ACFO’s 4,500-plus members are chartered professional accountants, working in some 65 federal departments and agencies. The union does not represent Canada Revenue Agency accountants.KPMG issued a statement in response to a request for comment on the complaint, calling it defamatory “nonsense.”“All tax planning undertaken by KPMG has always and continues to meet the requirements of all Canadian and provincial tax laws. We know that any review will conclusively demonstrate that KPMG’s people acted with the highest integrity and respect for the law at all times. To suggest anything else is defamatory.”The complaints come a week after KPMG partner Gregory Wiebe was called before a parliamentary committee, where he testified that the Isle of Man tax scheme complied with the laws of the day and that the accounting firm no longer offers such services.However, the fallout from the tax scheme continues, with the CBC reporting earlier this year that 26 KPMG clients had been offered amnesty by the Canada Revenue Agency in May 2015 if they paid back the taxes deemed to be owing.Scott Chamberlain, the general counsel for the ACFO, said public sector financial officers are concerned about tax avoidance “because we know, in the end, tax revenue supports the public services we deliver.”Chamberlain said Wiebe’s testimony helped spur the union’s complaint, particularly Wiebe’s invoking of accountant privilege not to divulge the firm’s client list. Chamberlain said there’s no solicitor-client privilege for accountants, unlike lawyers.As for KPMG leaving the Isle of Man tax shelter scheme behind, Chamberlain said that’s not the point.“With all due respect, whether that’s true or not is really irrelevant. If you’ve committed a crime, as is alleged, or if you’ve made an ethical breach, you don’t just get to say we’ve changed our ways with an investigation,” said the ACFO lawyer.“That’s not the way the criminal justice system works, that’s not the way self-regulatory bodies work.”Chamberlain said KPMG is owed its day in court, or its defence of ethical questions before a professional tribunal, “but you don’t just get to take a pass on the repercussions of those activities.”Dany Richard, the acting ACFO president, said in an interview the ethics complaint puts the ball squarely in the court of the Chartered Professional Accountants association.“I would like CPA to let us know, what’s their position on this? Are they willing to look into the matter?” said Richard.“The credibility of the association has been impacted by this. I expect them to investigate and say, ‘OK, are there things here that don’t pass the smell test?”‘The union said the CPA had not responded to their complaint Friday and the CPA could not immediately be reached for comment. read more

Around 52 million in Near East North Africa suffering chronic undernourishment new

33.9 million are in conflict countries.21.1 per cent of children under-five are affected by stunting, or short-for-age height.8.7 percent of children under five are affected by wasting, or low-for-height weight.9.1 per cent of children under five are overweight, or heavier-for-height weight.,The report also highlights that unemployment in NENA, particularly for young people and women, is a significant regional challenge and that while rural areas accommodate some 40 per cent of the population, the average agriculture wage is generally far lower than those outside the sector. This factors into why rural poverty is about twice as high as that in urban areas. Looking towards solutions, improved market access for farmers, investments in agriculture, technology transference and key policy changes that shift from subsistence farming to commercial and diversified production systems, can all help improve food production. Highlighting the region’s potential to produce products that require less water and more labour, Mr. Ould Ahmed concluded: “There is a great need to encourage our region’s farmers to produce according to the comparative advantage of the region”.,The NENA regions consist of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Yemen, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.  “Conflicts and civil instability have long-lasting impacts on the food and nutrition security of both affected and surrounding countries in the regions”, Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, Assistant Director-General and NENA Representative of the (FAO) said, noting that more than two-thirds of hungry people there live in conflict-affected countries, threatening efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the key goal of Zero Hunger. FAO’s Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition in the Near East and North Africa underscores that since 2011, 52 million people across the region now suffer from chronic undernourishment – with stunting, wasting and undernutrition amplified by fighting.   “The impact of conflict has been disrupting food and livestock production in some countries and consequently affecting the availability of food across the region”, Mr. Ould Ahmed said.  “Rising hunger is also compounded by rapid population growth, scarce and fragile natural resources, the growing threat of climate change, increasing unemployment rates, and diminished rural infrastructure and services”, he added. The report also highlights that as the region hosts the highest obesity rates, it puts pressure on people’s health, national health systems and economies.  Addressing this means raising public awareness and ensuring access to healthy nutritious food. Abolishing rural-urban differences The report shows that not only do conflicts undermine the region’s Zero Hunger efforts, but also rural development.“Countries that are not in conflict and have gone furthest in transforming rural areas in a sustainable way including through better management of water resources, have achieved better food security and nutrition outcomes than those in conflict or with lower levels of rural transformation”, Mr. Ould Ahmed observed, noting that more efforts are needed to boost rural employment, stimulate economic growth, reduce urban-rural gaps and improve agricultural productivity and rural infrastructure and services.,Of the 52 million hungry people in the Near East and North Africa: Hunger continues to rise📈 in the Near East and North Africa where over 52 million people are undernourished.Conflicts and inadequate rural transformation hamper efforts to eradicate hunger by 2030 – @FAO report. ➡️ https://t.co/HMkfv9yc4f #SOFINENA2018 #ZeroHunger pic.twitter.com/fKRg8o9Cy6— FAO Newsroom (@FAOnews) May 8, 2019 FAO/Valerio CrespiIntegrated agri-aquaculture farms in the Near East and North Africa Region use aquaponics’ soilless aquacultureto grow high quality lettuce from water fertilized by fish. read more

Firstyear student experience focus of research

The transition from high school to first-year university can be a real challenge, but two professors in the Department of Child and Youth Studies are hoping to find ways to make it easier.Associate professors Shauna Pomerantz and Dawn Zinga are among this year’s recipients of the Chancellor’s Chair for Excellence in Teaching, an award that recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional promise of outstanding contributions to post-secondary teaching, learning and/or educational technology.Pomerantz and Zinga have long been working on improving the experience of their first-year majors by experimenting with different technologies, innovative assignments and creative approaches to student support in CHYS 1F90, a full-year introductory class that usually houses more than 700 students per year.With the financial support provided by this award, they now have funding to implement a complete project to study the experience — collecting data from a large sample that will be of value to others at Brock and in the wider teaching community.We care deeply about the first-year experience, and want to ensure that our teaching is not only about content, but also about developing skills in our students that will last a lifetime.Their research project will examine factors that help students adjust to university expectations, and determine how well students adapt to learning technologies like Isaak/Sakai.The project will also take a closer look at structures and teaching strategies in CHYS 1F90, such as help clinics that give students additional opportunities to go over material with teaching assistants.This year, the department introduced a new initiative, a day-long “boot camp” that provided struggling students with workshops on essay writing, time management, stress management and general advice from senior students and faculty members. Pomerantz and Zinga are members of the boot camp committee, chaired by Fran Owen, and plan to use the financial support provided by this award to help fund future boot camps, as well as study its effectiveness for first-year success.The results of the first boot camp were promising.“Academic boot camp provides enormous support for those struggling and in need of real advice and help,” explains Pomerantz. “We care deeply about the first-year experience, and want to ensure that our teaching is not only about content, but also about developing skills in our students that will last a lifetime.”Zinga is thrilled to have additional opportunities to enhance students’ transition from high school to university.“While retention and outreach are a major impetus for this research, since teaching CHYS 1F90, we have both come to understand just how much students struggle to survive their first year,” says Zinga.“The impact of this transition cannot be underestimated in their lives. This population needs support and we are grateful to be able to offer what we can.” read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State searches for growth in trip to Spain

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) talks with head coach Chris Holtmann during a timeout in the first half of the game against Radford on Nov. 12. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for Design Chris Holtmann and his staff already had a trip for Spain planned. Before he left Butler, he and his staff were going to lead the Bulldogs on a 10-day trip abroad, facing professional-level competition as well as going through a multicultural experience. The Bulldogs did travel to Spain, but without Holtmann, who was hired to be the Ohio State men’s basketball coach in June 2017. However, that dream for Holtmann remained, and in his second season with the Buckeyes, his first full summer with the team, he will take the Ohio State men’s basketball team on a 10-day trip to Spain. For this group, a trip like this means much more than travelling to face professional-level talent and to see the sights. Ohio State will have seven new players, either freshman or transfers, on the roster going into the 2018-19 season. Senior guard C.J. Jackson feels like this trip has the potential to define the culture and the chemistry of this team moving forward. “I feel like it can bring us all together as a team,” Jackson said. “Especially with all of the new guys, that’s kind of the way we are looking at it, as a way to bond in a different setting that we are not used to.” Holtmann said Ohio State will be facing teams that are a collection of professional players from Spain, saying that when other programs have travelled overseas for preseason games, they’ve been met with stiff competition. However, when Holtmann asked other coaches who have taken their teams abroad if this kind of preparation and trip could give Ohio State an advantage heading into the regular season, the general consensus was one he didn’t expect: not necessarily. Yet for a team with som many pieces that have not played together, Holtmann believes a trial by fire will help the team prepare for the season. “When you have a group that is relatively new, it’s better, like we have it, it’s better because they really do spend concentrated time together and we get to learn more about them,” Holtmann said. “We will be put into some difficult game situations there because the competition there has been typically pretty good. So that will be good. We will be able to see how our guys respond to those situations.” With the trip starting at the beginning of August, the Ohio State basketball team is already on campus, going through practices and trying to get a feel for each other on the court.Jackson said these practices have been beneficial in teaching the new players how things are done at Ohio State. “It is no issue with any of them and they have been accepting to learning and we have been learning from them as well,” Jackson said. “They came in with an open mind to get better, so it’s always easy to work with teammates like that.” Holtmann knows this team is going to be different than last season. He wants to go into the season with an optimistic attitude, but knows there are challenges ahead for this team moving forward. “I think, perception wise, we will try to be real and try to hopefully reach the potential for this group,” Holtmann said. “We are so anxious to see what that is going to look like because we don’t know what it is going to look like.”  Right now, it’s all about preparing for this season. Holtmann views this trip as an opportunity for Ohio State to get a step ahead, to increase team chemistry before season practices even begin with a brand new group of players. “Listen, it’s good, it’s good for us to get some playing experience and we will need to be ready,” Holtmann said. “Hopefully a little more ready than even what we were last year.” read more

Larvik keeps dream about Budapest open

buducnostLarvik HKwomen’s EHF CL 4. Larvik301260:72(-12)1 Norwegian Larvik HK save some chances to qualify for the Women’s EHF Champions League F4 in Budapest with a draw against Buducnost Podgorica 19:19 (7:8). Norwegian best team survived pressure by 5.000 domestic fans in the hall and won the first point in the Main Round, which give them some calculation that with victories ove Krim and Buducnost at home could find a way to Budapest…BUDUĆNOST: Woltering (15 saves), M. Vukčević, Žderić, Petrović 2, Neagu 5, Nikitina, Georgijevska, Dalbi, Ježić, Cvijić 3, Mehmedović 3, Despotović, Pavićević 1, Byzdra 1, Knežević 4 (2), Lazović.LARVIK: Rantala, Leganger (10 saves and two 7 meter), A. Hamerseng Edin 4, J. Kristiansen 1, T. R Kristiansen, Breivang 2, Mork 8 (2), G. Hamerseng Edin 2, Koren 1, Hasanić, Johansen, Brajstol, Sulland, Stange, Loke 1.In the second match of the Group Gyor beat Krim 27:24 and keep the direction to the capital…STANDINGS: 2. Buducnost312072:57(15)4 3. RK Krim Mercator310263:75(-12)2 1. Györi Audi ETO KC321079:70(9)5 ← Previous Story BOTH SLOVENIAN TEAMS AT TOP 16: Gorenje wins in Denmark! Next Story → Lekic and Radicevic two more years in ZRK Vardar! read more