Manish Pandey looks good for No.5 batting position, says MS Dhoni

first_imgHammered all through, India’s bowling woes dominated Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s assessment of the ODI debacle against Australia and the skipper on Saturday said the national team needs to have different attacks for all three formats of the game.”As we move forward, we have to get aligned as to who are our best T20 and ODI bowlers, and who are our Test bowlers and we have to segregate accordingly. We can’t have similar bowlers in all formats,” Dhoni said.”We have been struggling when it comes to the team composition. Even when we came here last time, we didn’t have a good line-up. We did well in the World Cup because the bowlers picked up and bowled well. Our batting has always been settled, but we make mistakes while struggling with our bowling.”That he is still not sure about the abilities of Rishi Dhawan and Gurkeerat Mann was evident when asked why he did not start hitting earlier in Saturday’s cliffhanger during which India chased down a record 331 to clinch a consolation win.”Considering what happened in Canberra, I didn’t want to play the big shot and take chances, because after me there were only Gurkeerat Mann, Ravindra Jadeja and Rishi Dhawan. So I thought if I am finding it difficult, why will they find it easy. The good thing was that Manish Pandey was set and the partnership kept building as neither of us got out.”However, he was all praise for centurion Manish Pandey and debutant pacer Jasprit Bumrah.advertisement”The kind of innings Manish has played today will give him an extra 10-15 ODIs, where you can really settle in and start to do what you need to at the international level, adapting to the demands of the game. A lot will change when you play at different venues and in different conditions. As of now he is someone who looks good at number five,” Dhoni said on Saturday.”Manish batted really well, but we are forgetting about Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling. He was fantastic. The very first game he played, he bowled well with new ball, in the middle and in the death also. That’s the kind of bowlers we are looking for.”He has got the variations, along with an awkward action. We need to help take pressure off bowlers because someone or the other is conceding 75 runs from 10 overs always. In turn, it also puts pressure on the batting line-up,” he added.Dhoni and Pandey carried the Indian chase in the death overs, adding 94 runs for the fourth wicket, thus building on the platform provided by Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma at the top of the order.”Manish paced his innings very well. At times you think to play big shots at crucial times but the grounds here are very big. If you mistimed the shot, you will get out, but if you exploit the same, you will get runs which doesn’t happen on smaller grounds.”So you have to rely on running and when we had our partnership I told him the same thing. I told him whatever happens you will get atleast two boundaries, and ultimately we will get those runs. As far as player development is concerned this innings will be very important for him and he will have to keep in mind the good things he did in this game,” he said.He did show some sympathy for the bowlers, who have been taken to task throughout the series.”We need to give credit to our bowlers also in the same way we have credited Australian bowlers whenever they have won matches. Umesh Yadav had a bad day, going for a lot of runs, and Rishi Dhawan shared that responsibility.”Between them they bowled in a crucial time for us as the runs were flowing. Other bowlers also bowled well, Ravindra Jadeja in the middle overs and Jasprit Bumrah was fantastic playing in his first game. It becomes easier when youngsters come in and perform in the first five games that they play,” the skipper said.Looking ahead to the T20Is, the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra and Suresh Raina have joined up with the team. It will alter the team composition drastically, despite this heart-warming victory in the final ODI.”Winning is good. Process is important because it helps you win games. The last couple of times we were here, we lost the series. We kept saying that give batsmen some time and they will adapt. They have done well in this series, which means that with the kind of talent we have, along with some grooming, we can do well.advertisement”I haven’t seen many series where 300 runs were scored considering and twice there were chances of us chasing down the scores. It was a fantastic series overall, but there are some areas that we definitely need to improve,” he added.”Luck was with us today a bit, barring the Rohit dismissal. It was a good win for us and helps us look forward. Looking ahead to the T20s, we have 3-4 different players coming in. How quickly they adapt straightaway remains to be seen because they will feature in our playing eleven. The batsmen here are batting well so we have to carry that going forward,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Mumbai Police’s funny tweet about Barcelona is winning fans on the net

first_imgSpain’s star striker David Villa set to retire next month after 19 years See Photos: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez celebrates wife Sofia’s 30th birthday La Liga’s Real Betis footballer Marc Bartra on the ‘worst 15 minutes of his life’ Mumbai Police showed they have a witty side on social media when they tweeted a video of the fourth goal from Tuesday’s Champions League match between Liverpool and Barcelona, making an example of the Spanish champions after their 0-4 defeat to the English Premier League club. “Be it the road to a final, or way back home – being distracted cost dear even to the mightiest. It can cost you dearly too,” Mumbai Police tweeted.Related News A sluggish Barcelona were made to look foolish when they were caught napping by a quickly-taken Trent Alexander-Arnold corner that was picked out by unmarked Liverpool striker Divock Origi, who fired high into the net, sparking extraordinary celebrations at Anfield. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

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How Companies Should Manage The Hiring Process

first_imgThe process of communicating with a heavy flow of talent traffic requires a plan, the right technology and consistent execution. Below is an example of how the hiring process should work when looking at bringing in a person for an executive position; however the strategy can be used for any position at any level. Here I share a real world example I received from an executive recruiter:1. Send all talent traffic (aka resumes  and other supporting information) into an Applicant Tracking System2. Automatically send each applicant an email describing the process and include an automated assessment instrument such as a Qualifying Questionnaire. Note: ask your current ATS vendor for the best method for providing a questionnaire to – there are plenty of ATS solutions for companies of all sizes. Here is a sample automated response:Thank you for your interest in the Marketing Manager opportunity. The next step in our process is a short online questionnaire.  In consideration of your schedule, we’ve engineered this step to be as concise as possible.  I anticipate the questionnaire will take roughly five minutes to complete.  This questionnaire will provide us a deeper understanding of your experience and qualifications as they relate to the requirements of this opportunity in a format that is easily presented to our hiring team.To begin the online questionnaire, please click the following link…3. Within a week of first contact, send all the talent an email thanking them for their interest and letting them know if they are under consideration or not. The Qualifying Questionnaire process can be automatically weighted to help with this process. Here’s a sample of a follow-up response email:Thank you for your interest in the Controller opportunity.  The interest and response to this opportunity has been high. I wanted to communicate that I am personally reviewing the talent and am focused on sourcing a Controller serving a publically traded company in a Medical Diagnostics or Healthcare related industry. I am in the process of screening this talent set first and plan to complete this week.Thanks for your patience and again I appreciate your interest and consideration. 4. And once a candidate has been selected, send a third and final email letting all talent know that the position is closed. Thank them again for their time and consideration.Jobseekers appreciate a timely gracious response, they deserve it. Through this considerate process, employers protect their corporate brand – an employment communications practice that should be the norm. Right?And thanks to a clear and well-thought out talent traffic plan, you may end up receiving emails like this from job candidates:Dear Mr. Jones,Thank you for the follow up.  Even though it was not the response I had hoped for, I appreciate the reply.  I have sent a few resumes out in this past couple weeks and am surprised at how few recipients even acknowledge receipt.With the current market, job openings are probably flooded with applicants but each one represents a person and I feel, in the job hunt and beyond, it’s all about relationships.  It’s amazing how many people don’t understand that.Please keep me on file and hopefully something will cross your desk that will be a good match for me.At the end of the day, corporate graciousness during the hiring process will have a positive return on your brand and what company wouldn’t want that?last_img read more

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Garware-Wall Ropes Q2 PAT up 69.3% at Rs 26 crore

first_imgMumbai, Nov 12 (PTI) Technical textiles Garware-Wall Ropes (GWRL) today reported 69.3 per cent growth in profit after tax (PAT) at Rs 26 crore in the September quarter, compared to the same period last year. The companys PAT stood at Rs 15.4 crore in the corresponding period of the last fiscal, GWRL said in a release issued here. GWRLs net sales grew by 8.4 per cent to Rs 232.1 crore in Q2 compared to Rs 214.1 crore in the same period of the previous fiscal. “During the second quarter of the year, we have seen healthy growths in our fisheries and aquaculture businesses. Importantly, our value added products have led this growth across business segments. We expect that the demand for our application centric products will continue to be robust for the rest of the year,” Garware-Wall Ropes CMD Vayu Garware said. Company specialises in providing customised solutions to the cordage and infrastructure industry worldwide. A global player, the company is known for its innovation in the field of fisheries, aquaculture, shipping, sports, agriculture, coated fabrics and geosynthetics. PTI SM NRB MRlast_img read more

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A 7-step guide to enjoying your vacation

first_imgHave a Backup – If the type of work you do means that you need to be on call or responsive on short notice, buddy up with someone who does what you do. Cover them for their vacations and they can return the favor. Communicate with Clients – Unless you are right in the midst of a critical project with a client, you can usually be away for a week or even more as long as you let your clients know you’ll be out of town. The trick here is planning a break in your workload. The further ahead you can look, and the more notice you can give your customers, the easier it is to prepare them for an absence. Pre-Write Content for Blogs and Social Media – Vacations don’t have to mean you are silent on social media (although you could be and the sun would still come up the next morning). Schedule posts and use social media tools to make sure you are still putting out great content. You can also use this time to do a “best of” your blog and bring some old but great content back up into the light! This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.This week I got to talking with a fellow freelancer about the strange blend of life and work we have. We both agreed that it’s almost impossible to figure out how much time you spend working since only some of it feels like work.Instead of knowing that I’m on the clock from the minute I leave my house in the morning to the minute I return, I spend most of my waking hours thinking about my “work”. Yet within that time I have tremendous flexibility. I can run errands, read a book, spend time with my son, or walk my dog without anyone but me asking whether that’s a good use of my time. And for me, that’s the very best part of working for myself.But even when you love your work, you can still get burned out, especially when you’re the whole company from the CEO to the cleaning crew. And unlike a typical corporate environment, you can’t just put an out of office message up on your email and hit the beach!…Or can you?There’s a pervasive myth in our community that if you miss an email or a phone call, your business will somehow disintegrate before your very eyes. It’s an idea that has many solo professionals glued to their smartphone, unable to step away from their business for a day, let alone a week. And that myth has robbed us of the opportunity to rest, to recharge, and to boost our own creativity by taking a break.Science tells us that taking small breaks makes us more focused and more creative. We also know that sitting all day is terrible for the mind and body. And that’s great news for most of us, because without a boss and a designated cube, most people who work for themselves do move around more, take more breaks, and generally work more flexibly.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberBut when it comes to vacations we are not nearly so good at taking real time away from our work because, let’s face it, no one is minding the store when we’re not there. And yet, those longer breaks where we can really get away are just as important. So how do you do it? Setup an Auto-Response – Use your email system to setup an auto-response that lets people know you’re away. Don’t try to hide the fact that you’re on vacation, be clear that you take breaks because it’s good for you and good for your clients. If they absolutely need someone, refer them to your backup, but otherwise whatever it is will usually wait at least a week. Breathe – When you’ve worked hard to build up a book of paying clients and a steady stream of income, walking away from it can feel stressful. You might even questions whether you really need this time off. But take a deep breath and give it a try. You’ll be glad you did. Bring a Different Phone – No matter how much you tell yourself you won’t answer the phone while you’re on vacation, if you have it with you, and it rings, and the caller ID has a client’s name on it, you’re going to look at it, and you’ll probably answer the call. Have an emergency phone with you if you really want to be in touch, but the best way to take a break is to truly disconnect. That goes for personal email and social media as well. You’ll be surprised at how much time you realize exists in every day when you’re not drinking from the fire hose of information. **Clear Your Desk **– Make sure everything is up to date before you go so you don’t have any surprises when you get back. That means paying the bills, balancing your business accounts, sending out invoices, and making sure all of your paperwork is done. What did I miss? Have ideas on how (or where) to take a great vacation when you work for yourself? Share your favorite vacation idea in the comments or head over to the Work Life Balance Hive to see how other freelancers are doing it!Katy Tynan is an expert on how work is changing. She is the author of Free Agent: The Independent Professional’s Guide to Self-Employment Success. She blogs at www.indieworking.com.last_img read more

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“Working Forests”: How Land Protection Can Save and Even Make Money

first_imgScenario 1: the traditional approach, where a county or municipality purchases land from willing sellers and protects the land as a county park or other open space designation that has minimal revenue-generating opportunities. For every $1.00 spent, the county receives $.86 back in the form of financial benefits from sources such as higher property tax collections on surrounding lands and the avoided costs of not providing community services and infrastructure if the parcel had been developed into a residential subdivision.Scenario 2: a new model for suburban areas where the locality purchases land but manages it as a working forest. In this scenario, revenues from timber harvest, recreation and sales of ecosystem service credits – such as those for water quality, wildlife habitat and carbon – are built into the management plan. Under this scenario, for every $1.00 spent acquiring the land, the county receives $.90 back.Scenario 3: the same working forest model as Scenario 3, but the parcel acquired is a bit further away from the suburbs, making land acquisition costs a bit lower. Under this scenario, for every $1.00 spent on the acquisition, the working forest model returns $1.03. In other words, this working forest earns more than it costs.Scenario 4: a model for acquiring land through a conservation easement rather than buying the land outright. Under an easement purchase, the county does not pay the full market price for the land because ownership rights are not acquired. These rights remain with the landowner. The county, however, retains rights to receive revenue from timber and other ecosystem services. Under this scenario, for every $1.00 spent, the county receives $1.37 in financial return.Gaining revenue from protected forest ecosystems that are managed as working forests is possible and beneficial. The purchase of conservation easements to enable the management of working forests instead of purchasing land for parks can reduce costs and increase revenues to local government. While the financial result of different types of land acquisitions in different locales will vary, this analysis demonstrates why counties and municipal governments interested in getting the most “bang for the buck” out of their conservation dollars should consider a working forest acquisition approach, rather than a more traditional land conservation strategy. A new issue brief shows how public forestland can be “put to work” to increase revenue in the southern United States.Public support remains high for land conservation, even in the challenging state of today’s economy. Traditional conservation strategies rely on public institutions to purchase land from private owners and protect these areas by forming parks, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and other open spaces. However, since it is becoming increasingly difficult to add conservation expenses to public budgets, states, counties and municipalities can benefit from creating “working forests” that save and even make them money.The World Resources Institute investigates strategies for working forest land conservation in Forests at Work: A New Model for Local Land Protection. This issue brief provides an overview of how public land, including forestland, can be “put to work” to earn revenue from the ecosystem services they provide. These include sustainable timber production, recreation and hunting fees, and – to the extent that management activities enhance environmental quality – payments for carbon sequestration, endangered species habitats, and/or water quality.The figure below depicts the net financial benefit of four working forest protection scenarios, based on data and projections for a suburban county in North Carolina:last_img read more

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Visualizing the Past, Present and Future of Carbon Emissions

first_imgThe carbon budget is assumed to be 2900Gt CO2 in both scenarios. Transformative change could also lead to more action reducing the non-CO2 greenhouse gases and therefore keep us within the budget. ↩︎ The Carbon BudgetThe carbon budget is a threshold for global warming: If the world emits less than a certain amount of cumulative CO2 emissions, we have a likely chance to limiting temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, thus avoiding the worst impacts of a changing climate. A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) estimates the world’s carbon budget to be 2900 gigatonnes of CO₂.The interactive—which draws on data from WRI’s Climate Data Indicators Explorer (CAIT 2.0) and research from the IPCC—reveals that as of 2011, the world has already used up nearly two-thirds of the carbon budget. The world’s top emitters have changed significantly over time, with emissions stemming largely from fossil fuel use, cement manufacturing, and deforestation and land use change.1The Future of Global EmissionsThe IPCC has put forth several scenarios that outline a spectrum of emissions pathways.2 If emissions continue unabated—a fossil-fuel intensive scenario—the world would exhaust its carbon budget in just two decades.However, it’s still possible to stay within the budget and stick to the 2 degree target. Under an ambitious “transformative change scenario,” the world will still slightly surpass the budget3 until emissions eventually go negative—that is, more carbon dioxide emissions are captured and sequestered than released. Cumulative emissions would then decrease, keeping temperature rise below 2 degrees C.This scenario is only possible if countries commit to ambitious actions that cap and steeply reduce global emissions. That level of international climate action is achievable, but it will take leadership, political will, and a strong climate agreement at COP 21 in Paris in 2015.LEARN MORE:** Visit CAIT 2.0 for more information about the history and present status of greenhouse gas emissions. Comprehensive country level data are not available for the emissions scenarios. Therefore, only a global number is shown. ↩︎ At COP 20 in Lima this week, country representatives are coming together to discuss plans to reign in global greenhouse gas emissions. A new infographic from WRI reveals the history of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, as well as what needs to happen to stay within world’s “carbon budget” and prevent the most disastrous impacts of climate change. Before 1990, deforestation & land-use data cannot be attributed to specific countries, so data are shown as a global number. The country and regional level data includes carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and cement. ↩︎last_img read more

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From Arsène knows to Arsène goes – curtain falls in classy send-off

first_imgThere was a worry this goodbye might be flattened slightly by the dashed dream of a Europa League final. But Arsenal put on the kind of show that epitomised Wenger’s unwavering belief in what he always called “the game we love to play”. The front players, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, dazzled.It was poignant, though, that in the game’s dying embers, with his name ringing round again just before the final whistle, Wenger tried to concentrate on the game with that familiar furrowed brow and biting of nails.Wenger always said he wanted to leave Arsenal in better shape than when he discovered it in the autumn of 1996. The scenarios are similar (finishing fifth in 1996, sixth today). But his legacy leaves Arsenal as a different club.The owner, Stan Kroenke, was in attendance – booed when his face came up on the big screen, as was the chairman Sir Chips Keswick – and they will have their work cut out to guide the club through an inevitably challenging period of transition.When Wenger thought back to the man who walked through the marble halls 22 years ago he described that version of himself as “full of hope”. The years of experience are under his skin – from “Arsène Knows” to Arsène goes. At the end of it all he walked to the centre circle, waved to everyone, shook every player by the hand, regaled by the crowd – in that moment universally, unequivocally loved. He could not find words for the emotion of it all. It was too close. Maybe that can come when he has had some time away from the stadium he described as “part of myself”.The French often sign off by saying not au revoir but à la prochaine. Until the next time. The sun could not have set here any more beautifully. Topics Share on Messenger ‘If God exists and one day I go up there and he will ask: ‘Do you want to come in? What have you done in your life?’ The only answer I will have is: ‘I tried to win football games.’ He will say: ‘Is that all you have done?’ And the only answer I will have is: ‘It’s not as easy as it looks.’”And so said Arsène Wenger. For 22 years, from his red and white corner of north London, he has tried to win football matches in the name of Arsenal. On Sunday, for the last time, he walked into the stadium he helped to create, through a guard of honour with an amiable wave, and was able to soak up an atmosphere of gratitude and happiness. Play Video 0:43 Read more Premier League Arsène Wenger Arsenal provide perfect farewell for Arsène Wenger with Burnley thrashing Share on WhatsApp Read more Arsène Wenger looks to the future as he cherishes Arsenal memories – video Arsène Wenger says goodbye but ‘will cherish every moment I was here’ Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook features Share on Twitter In all honesty all the attention is not Wenger’s cup of tea. He just about tolerates it. He composed himself to address the crowd and speak from the heart. “I would like to wish my fellow manager Ferguson well,” he began, to great applause. “Thank you for having me for such a long time. I know that’s not easy. But above all I am like you. I am an Arsenal fan. That means more than just watching football. It is a way of life. It is caring about the beautiful game, the values we cherish and something that goes through every cell of our body.”One could hear a pin drop. After the prolonged, neurotic, conflicted noise around the subject of the future of Arsenal under Wenger, the sound of peace breaking out was a balm. A mood of contented nostalgia washed around the Emirates Stadium. It was packed, some fans flew in from far and wide, the queues for the commemorative programmes wound through the concourses, the Merci Arsène T‑shirts on every seat turned the stadium a deeper shade of red.The fans rummaged through the silver-lining playbook – singing for Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg and Dennis Bergkamp – the players that symbolise the greatest Wenger teams, the most polished successes – then boomed out their special chant for the retiring Per Mertesacker as the German ambled on for a last hurrah.This is the second weighty goodbye of the Wenger years. The scenario 12 years ago also came with mixed emotions. Departing Highbury was a huge turning point for the club and one that was linked with the big ideas for modernising that seemed to go hand in hand with the success of early-era Wenger. That farewell was marked by Thierry Henry kneeling down to kiss the turf he called his garden on scoring a hat-trick that sealed Champions League football for the umpteenth consecutive season. Arsenal said their goodbyes and headed to their one and only Champions League final. Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Burnley Unusually, perhaps, on this day of all days, maybe it was as easy as it looks but few would begrudge him that. “There’s only one Arsène Wenger” chimed around in the blazing sunshine and, with the pressure off, Arsenal kicked back to relish a rare afternoon of sweetness and light.The game itself was a sideshow, as the fan base – unified at last – came together to honour the only manager they have known since the faraway past of 1996. The post‑match ceremony will have meant a great deal to him personally. Two of the men he began to work with on day one, Pat Rice as his assistant and Bob Wilson as the goalkeeping coach, gave him the tribute and the greatest prize of all.“The visionary Arsène Wenger, an inspiration,” Wilson announced. “There is only one gift that is truly appropriate of what Arsène has given to Arsenal. Yes, it is the special gold trophy presented to our club following the historic 2003‑2004 season. This is the one and only Invincibles trophy which Arsène Wenger will have to keep.” Rice handed it over and the embraces dripped with shared history. Arsenallast_img read more

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ECB sets out to show reasons its Hundred format can be a success

first_img Facebook Sport’s desperation for riches and reinvention is increasingly offputting Indeed, beyond a handful of tweaks – one of which seemed OK and some others that required a touch of mental de-programming (even if the pre-converted are not the targeted new audience) – The Hundred differs little from Twenty20 as a short, sharp event. Should this news, after months of gimmicks being floated, provoke a sigh of relief? Or does it in fact raise the question of whether a fourth cricketing format is required at all?Whatever one’s perspective, the fact is that from 2020 onwards eight newly created teams will be competing in a five-week mid‑summer window as part of a £1.1bn broadcast deal in which 10 of the 36 men’s matches will be aired live on BBC Two. To make the latter happen, and as a secondary consideration allow families to get the little ones home at a reasonable hour, the England and Wales Cricket Board feels it must crunch Twenty20 down into two and a half hours and thus come some of the changes witnessed on Monday.During the matches played, between two sides of county pros notionally called North and South, an ability to forget some of the fundamentals was required. Chiefly this was that overs are a now thing of the past. It is all about balls. features Patel’s men posted 137 for seven from their 100 balls but the South roared back, smashing 66 from 25 balls (the first 20 of which were the powerplay) via the flashing blades of Warwickshire’s Ed Pollock and the giant Essex all-rounder Paul Walter.But then came another innovation, with a strategic 2min 30sec time-out called that allowed their bowling coach, Nottinghamshire’s Andy Pick, on to the field. Patel regrouped his men and from there the South collapsed to 128 all out with eight balls remaining, the sometime Leicestershire off-spinner Rob Sayer picking up four.Along the way there was another notable difference. When Billy Root of Notts was caught in the North’s first innings, for example, the batsmen had crossed. But here the new man in had to face the next ball (even if coming the ball before a change of ends). Though overriding Law 18.12.2 – something that Daryl Mitchell, the PCA chairman, later revealed may be changed for all cricket by MCC down the line – this was the one innovation that seemed not entirely unreasonable. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on LinkedIn The Hundred, eh? After a couple of low-key pilot matches at an empty Trent Bridge in mid‑September it is possible to report back that the ECB’s funky new format is, to all intents and purposes, still cricket. Facebook Share on Facebook Read more ECB Share on Pinterest Twitter Another interesting decision came in whether to stick with a bowler for all 10 balls of a block or switch. In the case of spinners he felt it was easy to decide. Seamers, on the other hand, should have a greater say in whether they can go the distance. If the fifth ball of a block was hit for six, Patel said he felt compelled to change bowler regardless. His overall take? “It was pretty good, actually. You don’t feel any difference from a T20 game really. I wonder why we can’t stick with T20 but we’ve been told to give it a crack. I’m sure different rules and regs may come in but, so far, I think it’s been pretty good.”While the first match was a thriller – or as close as you will get with an audience of 16,000 plastic seats and the odd ECB employee – the second was a damp squib, with the South rolled for 104 in 92 balls, which the North chased down in 77 with four wickets down.This was day four of six pilot days and aspects like powerplays and substitutes will continue to be tweaked before sign-off in November. But overall it appears the ECB feels the new audience will be unlocked by playing them cricket’s equivalent of the radio edit. For those who prefer the 12-inch version, it will take some getting used to. Share on WhatsApp The North side in red have a fielding team time-out with Nottinghamshire coach Andy Pick giving instructions. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Share via Email Emma John Topicscenter_img County cricket talking points: Surrey’s youngsters deserve their title Billy Root of Nottinghamshire, brother of England captain Joe, sits in the dugout waiting to bat in the North innings. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Pinterest Share on Twitter Twitter The Hundred Facebook Support The Guardian Sanjay Patel, managing director of the new competition, watches on. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Cricket There are 100 per innings and these are sent down in blocks of 10. Bowlers deliver five at a time and 20 in total. They can bowl 10 in a row – an entire 10-ball block, if deemed tactically correct – or four lots of five. A bowler can also bowl 10 either side of a change of ends. As the balls count down from 100 on the scorecard, the runs go up. In the first game the North, captained by the former England all-rounder Samit Patel, beat the South by nine runs in two hours and 17 minutes (job done). Pinterest The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Since you’re here… As Trent Woodhill, the Australian freelance coach who is advising the ECB, explained: “The bowlers play such a massive part in the sport and there’s got to be reward for when they do something well – that’s bowling to the new batsman.”Though Patel did not agree – “I’m a batter. If you cross, you cross” – he did enjoy the time-out from which the collapse ensued, even if he was keen to point out that it was his tactics – rather than any input from Pick – that made the difference. Pinterest Twitter Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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How Arsenal will line up in 2019-20

first_imgWhat a difference a couple of months make.There was so much dejection around Arsenal at the end of last season after the Gunners threw away a top four spot and then slumped to a 4-1 defeat against Chelsea in the Europa League final.But after a summer transfer window which has seen six new arrivals, including the club record signing of Nicolas Pepe for £72 million ($87m) from Lille, the mood at the Emirates now is one of optimism ahead of Unai Emery’s second season in charge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? This will be the third successive year that Arsenal are in the Europa League and the main objective heading into the new campaign will be to secure a top four finish and get the club back competiting alongside the best in Europe.With the new additions in the squad, going one step further than last season will certainly be the expectation around the Emirtaes. Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Attackers The manager How Arsenal could line-upGoalkeepersAfter such an encouraging debut campaign in England last time out, Bernd Leno will be hoping to cement his spot as the club’s undisputed No.1.Following his £20 million ($24m) move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, Leno had to bide his time before getting his chance to impress at the Emirates, with Emery starting the season with Petr Cech in goal.Bernd Leno Arsenal 2018/19But Leno made his Premier League debut in September when he replaced the injured Cech early in the second half against Watford and didn’t miss another league game all season.And the German was largely exceptional – something that was indicated by the fact that he was in the running for Arsenal’s player of the year award, which was eventually won by Alexandre Lacazette.Emiliano Martinez – who spent the second half of last season on loan with Championship side Reading – will provide backup for Leno this season and will get game time in the cup competitions – including the Europa League.Matt Macey, who spent last season on loan with Plymouth Argyle, and teenager Arthur Okonkwo are also options for Emery.DefendersSo often Arsenal’s Achilles heel, Emery will be desperate to sort out his side’s leaky defence this season.The Gunners have conceded 50 league goals or more in each of their last two campaigns, a number that has to be reduced if they want to try and close the gap on the teams at the top of the table.And in a bid to improve that record, two new arrivals have been signed who – when fully fit – you would expect to start.David Luiz Chelsea 2018-19David Luiz has been brought in from Chelsea for £8m ($10m) to replace Laurent Koscielny, who has returned to France after nine years at the Emirates, while left-back Kieran Tierney finally arrived from Celtic on deadline day following a summer-long chase.There was one other summer addition, with William Saliba coming in from Saint-Etienne in a £27m ($33m) deal. The 18-year-old can’t be used this term, however, as he will spend the coming season back on loan with Ligue 1 side.Rob Holding is due back imminently from the cruciate ligament injury that saw him miss the last six months of the 2018/19 campaign and his return will be a major boost to Emery, with the English centre-back having arguably been the club’s best defender last season prior to his injury.Calum Chambers is also back and available following his loan spell with Fulham.Injuries forced Emery to re-jig his system last term, with the Spaniard turning to a three at the back formation for the majority of the closing months of the campaign.But he expected to revert to his favoured back four this time out, with Hector Bellerin due to return from his own cruciate injury before Christmas and resume right-back duties.Ainsley Maitland-Niles will continue to cover for Bellerin on the right side of defence, while Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac will battle it out for the left-back spot until Tierney regains full fitness following his double hernia operation earlier in the summer.Depiste Arsenal looking to move him on throughout the summer, Shkodran Mustafi is still at the club and will provide back up to the central defenders – as will Konstantinos Mavropanos and Zech Medley, who should get game time in the cup competitions.MidfieldersDani Ceballos has been the only new midfield arrival this summer, with the Spain international joining on loan for the season from Real Madrid.And it will be fascinating the see how Emery decides to use the talented 22-year-old, who can operate in a number of roles behind the forward line.He could play as the No.10 in a 4-2-3-1 formation, although that then raises the question about where Mesut Ozil will slot in should Emery play his favoured system.Dani Ceballos Arsenal 2019-20But Ceballos could also play at the tip of a midfield three, with Granit Xhaka and either Matteo Guendouzi or Lucas Torreira behind him, or alongside Xhaka in a 4-2-3-1 system.Xhaka continues to divide opinion amongst the Arsenal fanbase, but the Switzerland international remains key to the way the Gunners play and looks set to replace Laurent Koscielny as club captain.Aaron Ramsey’s move to Juventus has left Arsenal looking short of goals from midfield, but Joe Willock’s performances during pre-season suggest he could help fill the void, while Reiss Nelson will hope to offer a threat from out wide when given a chance. Emery also has Henrikh Mkhitaryan to call upon, but Alex Iwobi has moved to Everton.Mohamed Elneny is still at the club but his opportunities will be severely limited if he doesn’t move on before the end of the transfer window, with a move abroad a real possibility.Another midfielder who could still head out of the door before the window closes is Emile Smith Rowe, with another loan move potentially on the agenda for the 19-year-old.AttackersArsenal have spent the summer searching for ways to improve the supply line to star strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette.It looked for a time that Wilfried Zaha would come in to bolster the attack, with the Gunners seeing one bid of £40m ($48m) knocked back by Crystal Palace.Pepe ARsenal signingBut in the end it was Zaha’s international team-mate who arrived, with Nicolas Pepe coming in for a club record £72m fee from Lille.The Ivory Coast star can operate on the right wing, or as forward, with Emery expected to use him as part of a front three alongside Aubameyang and Lacazette.Eddie Nketiah – who has enjoyed a positive pre-season – has moved to Leeds on loan, while new boy Gabriel Martinelli will be hoping to make some sort of impact following his arrival from Brazilian side Ituna this summer.Martinelli will certainly get opportunities in the cup competitions, as will Tyreece John-Jules, who caught the eye with his cameos during the pre-season tour in the United States.The managerUnai Emery is facing up to a crucial campaign at Arsenal, with question marks still hanging over the Spaniard following his team’s capitulation in the final weeks of last season.Emery signed a three-year contract when he arrived in north London, so by the end of this season Arsenal will have to either hand him a new deal or decide to move him on.Given the uncertainty that was generated towards the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign, it seems impossible that Arsenal will allow Emery to enter the final year of his deal without a decision being taken one way or the other.So he will be well aware of the importance of getting off to a good start – something which will not be easy given the early games against Liverpool and Spurs.Emery was often accused of taking a conservative approach last season, with his style of football leaving plenty of fans questioning whether he was the man to take the club forward.Others pointed to the fact that he didn’t have the players that suited his vision, but with Pepe and Ceballos coming in this summer, he seems to have a squad that is better suited to how he wants to set up.So the pressure will be on Emery to perform this season, with Arsenal desperate to return to the Champions League after three successive seasons outside Europe’s premier club competition.How Arsenal could line-upArsenal 2019-20 Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Additional Details Emerge About Big Ten Player Charged With Attempted Murder

first_imgRutgers players run onto the field before a game.PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 20: Tyler Hayek #81 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights takes to the field with his team against the Northwestern Wildcats before the game on October 20, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)When news broke yesterday that Rutgers football player Izaia Bullock was being charged with double attempted murder, it seemed like just another negative headline for the downtrodden program. However, the latest details surrounding Bullock’s arrest suggest that Rutgers did its part to help prevent a potential tragedy.According to a new report from NJ.com, Rutgers officials tipped police off after Bullock, a redshirt junior linebacker, made disturbing statements following a breakup with his girlfriend. The article describes Bullock as being “distraught” over the recent breakup.Bullock was arrested on Monday and charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree conspiracy to commit murder. Authorities said he “initiated a plot to murder the family members of an acquaintance,=.”Rutgers immediately dismissed Bullock from the program following this news.Here is more from NJ.com:Bullock confided in the Rutgers coaching staff about his struggles with the breakup and missed a recent practice to deal with the issue. The coaching staff directed him to a university counselor, whom he met with for 90 minutes on Monday. Bullock then made alarming comments to an unnamed teammate following that session.The teammate reported what Bullock had said to a strength coach, who then followed mandatory protocol and informed a superior. The information was eventually given to Rutgers police on Monday.Whenever there is a case of a person tragically taking multiple lives like this, people wonder why signs were missed and others didn’t do more to help the person and prevent the deaths.Kudos to Rutgers for doing just that.last_img read more

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Medcenter Container Terminal Reorders at Kalmar

first_imgKalmar, part of Cargotec, has gained an order to supply ten electric straddle carriers to its long standing customer Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT), part of the Contship Italia Group, in Medcenter Container Terminal Reorders at Kalmar .The order was booked into Kalmar’s second quarter order intake with deliveries scheduled for November 2014.The latest order sees Kalmar strengthen an already long standing relationship with MCT. Currently handling an annual 3 million TEUs, the transshipment hub continues to grow and is now considered to be the “Mega Hub “in the South Europe region, with both global reach to all major markets and regional connections on a weekly basis with over 60 ports throughout the Mediterranean, Tyrrhenian, Aegean and Black Sea.The machines to be delivered comply with the latest exhaust emission regulations whilst also improving fuel efficiency by up to 20% over previous models and reducing running costs overall. The 3-high straddle carriers have the capacity of 40 tons.Domenico Bagalá, Managing Director at MCT, said: “Kalmar s straddle carriers are exceptionally high quality, providing us with proven reliability and productivity, that’s why our straddle carrier fleet is predominantly supplied by Kalmar. Having said that, owning and operating costs are now a critical factor in the selection process, given the challenges represented by the current unstable economic environment. In this respect, Kalmar’s latest electric machines clearly make a significant contribution to lowering fuel costs and boosting productivity.”“Kalmar Italia provides excellent after sales support, with dedicated engineers available when we need them. The quality of their sales and service personnel is another key reason why we have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship”, he added.Press Release, July 7th, 2014 zoom last_img read more

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Infographic The Ocean Cleanup Is Set into Motion

first_imgThis coming May, the Ocean Cleanup is ready to deploy their first fully operational Ocean Cleanup system in the Great Pacific Ocean. The system has been developed over five years of research and development by Boyan Slat and his team at The Ocean Cleanup, and intends to gather massive amounts of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.An estimated 6 to 8 billion metric tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year. Scientists within the field of marine studies estimate that at least 100,000 sea mammals and millions of sea birds and fish die each year from plastic ingestion or entanglement.The everlasting spillage of waste affects all parts of the ocean. For example, the Arctic is one of the most pristine and untouched areas in our world, and new measures have been taken to protect the environments like this. In the arena of environmental protection, liberal governments and projects like The Ocean Cleanup are inspiring us to attain a deeper understanding about our ecological footprint.Wasteful DisintegrationPlastic disintegrates faster in the ocean than on land because the influence of salt water and the Sun’s UV-rays. Tragically, small bits of plastic of 5mm or less cannot be gathered by the Ocean Cleanup system. This percentage will increase exponentially if no action is taken. What’s more, plastic decomposition causes additional pollution as it it releases harmful toxic bisphenol A and PS oligomer into water.Water bodies are susceptible to any kind of change. Whenever massive operations interfere with the stable state of nature, consequences can be expected. Therefore, it is key that proper research is carried out before large scale marine operating systems are deployed.The ramifications of plastic waste and water pollution are out of control. To gain a grip on the problem and create a sustainable ecological footprint, we will have to come up with alternative solution for plastic packaging. Asia seems to struggle the hardest when it comes to recycling their plastics, as an estimated 86% of all plastic waste can be contributed to the continent.In order to develop sustainable lifestyles we are expected to purchase products that curb our energy consumption and energy spillage. Rather than having powerful fossil fuelled generators we will use natural resources to power our homes.The team at GreenMatch created this infographic below to illustrate the process of The Ocean Cleanup’s efforts and prognoses.last_img read more

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Des programmes élargis sont les principales initiatives pour la nouvelle année scolaire

first_imgUn plus grand nombre d’étudiants profiteront cette année de deux programmes du niveau secondaire qui ont été élargis pour offrir des plus grands défis aux étudiants et pour encourager davantage leur participation. La province a élargi le programme de baccalauréat international à 12 écoles publiques, le rendant ainsi plus accessible aux élèves qui s’intéressent à l’un des programmes pré-universitaires les plus respectés au monde. Le ministère de l’Éducation et les conseils scolaires offrent également le programme Options et opportunités (O2) à huit écoles supplémentaires. Le programme O2 est donc disponible dans un total de 35 écoles. Ce programme innovateur, qui offre aux élèves du secondaire un apprentissage pratique et concret qui leur permet d’établir des liens avec les employeurs et les lieux de travail, est également élargi pour inclure la 10e et la 11e année dans les premières écoles à offrir le programme O2. « Le programme O2 connaît beaucoup de succès, » a dit Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation. « Il a des effets très importants et très positifs sur les élèves, les familles et les écoles. Le taux de présence et les notes des élèves ont connu une amélioration, et les directeurs signalent que les élèves ont une meilleure estime de soi et confiance en soi. » Les écoles néo-écossaises qui offrent le programme du BI l’offriront aussi à plus de 400 élèves de la 11e année à compter de cette année. « Je suis très content car ce programme ouvrira beaucoup de portes pour moi, » a dit Stuart Moore, l’un des 50 élèves de la 11e année inscrits au BI à l’école secondaire Citadel High School. « Ce sera un défi, mais j’ai hâte de commencer. » Le programme du BI est un programme avancé en arts, reconnu à l’échelle internationale et conçu pour les élèves ambitieux de la 11e et de la 12e année. Le programme met l’accent sur la pensée critique et l’analyse, la rédaction et la communication orale, la créativité, le service communautaire, les aptitudes avancées à la lecture et la compréhension des enjeux d’ordre mondial. Les élèves de toute la province profiteront aussi cette année d’aliments et de boissons plus sains, qui seront vendus dans les cafétérias et les machines distributrices. La deuxième phase de la Politique en matière d’alimentation et de nutrition pour les écoles publiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse débute ce mois-ci alors que les écoles augmentent la quantité d’aliments et de boissons à valeur nutritive maximale offerts au menu. Des règles plus strictes s’appliqueront aux campagnes de financement qui incluent des aliments. Les activités de financement organisées par les écoles devront uniquement offrir des aliments à valeur nutritive maximale et moyenne. Il s’agira également d’une année plutôt occupée pour les élèves qui devront passer l’examen provincial de mathématiques et de l’évaluation du niveau de littératie. La province continue de mesurer le progrès des élèves du niveau élémentaire par l’entremise de l’évaluation précoce du niveau de littératie des élèves de la 3e année, qui aura lieu à la fin du mois. L’évaluation, qui sera effectuée auprès de plus de 9 000 élèves, fournira aux enseignants des renseignements fiables sur les aptitudes de chaque élève en lecture et en rédaction, ainsi que les domaines dans lesquels les élèves ont peut-être besoin d’aide supplémentaire. Les élèves de la 6e et de la 9e année passeront également une évaluation du niveau de littératie à l’automne et au printemps, respectivement. L’évaluation précoce de la littératie mathématique sera effectuée de nouveau en juin auprès des élèves de la 3e année. D’autres points saillants incluent un projet pilote de cours d’anglais 12 mettant l’accent sur le patrimoine africain, un nouveau programme d’arts et de sciences sociales en français pour les élèves de la 7e année, et l’élargissement du programme « Les parents et l’orientation ». Environ 135 000 élèves et plus de 13 000 enseignants et membres du personnel de soutien retournent à l’école cette semaine.last_img read more

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Atleo PM meet briefly to discuss education treaties

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper met briefly with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo on the eve of Aboriginal Day last week.The two met last Thursday in the prime minister’s office inside the Langevin block for about 15 minutes, according to the AFN.Langevin was where Harper met with select First Nations leaders on Jan. 11 while Idle No More protestors drummed, sang and chanted on the streets.This latest encounter comes as the first rumblings of planned actions under the banner of “sovereignty summer” begin to reverberate across the country. Idle No More has joined forces with Defenders of the Land for planned protests throughout the summer.Mi’kmaq-led anti-fracking protests have already gripped northern New Brunswick and grassroots activists from Six Nations led the occupation of an Enbridge terminal near Hamilton as the opening salvo in cross-country actions against the energy firm’s planned Line 9 pipeline reversal to move tar sands oil east.More protests are expected.It’s unclear whether Harper and Atleo discussed the growing unrest that again threatens to grip the nation.According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Harper met with Atleo “to discuss the progress” since January. The PMO said the discussion centred on education, treaties and comprehensive claims.The Aboriginal Affairs department is preparing a new First Nations Education Act, but the proposed legislation is being met with opposition from many in the First Nations leadership.“The prime minister said that he also looks forward to continuing to work with the national chief on the First Nations Education Act, which will lead to improved graduation rates for First Nation students on reserve and open the door to more jobs and economic opportunities,” said the PMO in a statement.“While this progress is important and will have a positive impact on First Nations, we need to build on it and sustain the momentum that is being created. We will continue to work with First Nations to make concrete progress on our shared priorities.”The PMO said the two men also discussed comprehensive claims, also known as modern-day treaties.Following the January meeting, Ottawa and the AFN agreed to strike a committee of senior bureaucrats and First Nations leaders to discuss ways to make the often controversial and cumbersome process work.“The prime minister was pleased to note that concrete progress is being made by the senior oversight committee on comprehensive claims,” said Atleo in an open letter to chiefs and band councillors that touched on the meeting.A second committee on treaties was also created as a result of the winter meeting. Atleo delivered a letter to Harper from Saskatchewan regional Chief Perry Bellegarde seeking clarity and solid timelines on the issue.“We specifically took forward direction to clarify the commitment and mandate and advance treaty implementation processes on a treaty-by-treaty basis led by each treaty area,” wrote Atleo in his open letter.The PMO said Harper also wants the treaty committee to come up with “clear objectives” that would lead to “tangible, practical measures” and “strengthen the treaty relationship and enhance treaty implementation.”The British Crown and the Canadian government signed treaties with First Nations across the country to allow for the settlement of Indigenous territories. Many First Nations still hold the treaties as the basis for their relationship with Ottawa and the Crown.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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Asian shares decline on concerns over global, China slowdown

SINGAPORE — Asian markets retreated Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund trimmed its global outlook for 2019 and 2020. The downgrade came after China said its economy grew at the slowest pace in 30 years in the last quarter of 2018. Wall Street was closed for a holiday on Monday.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index shed 0.5 per cent to 20,622.91 and the Kospi in South Korea sank 0.3 per cent to 2,119.02. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 1.2 per cent to 26,879.74. The Shanghai Composite index fell 1.1 per cent to 2,580.71. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 slipped 0.5 per cent to 5,858.80. Shares rose in Taiwan but fell in Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.GLOBAL GROWTH: On Monday, the International Monetary Fund cut its 2019 global growth estimate to 3.5 per cent from 3.7 per cent, citing trade tensions and rising interest rates. It also revised its estimate for 2020 to 3.6 per cent, down from 3.7 per cent. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, who presented the forecasts at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, said the global economy was growing more slowly than expected amid rising risks. Earlier in the day, China reported its economy expanded by 6.6 per cent in 2018. This was the slowest pace of growth since 1990 and it fueled fears a trade dispute with Washington is putting a drag on the world’s second largest economy.ANALYST’S TAKE: “Against the backdrop of refreshed woes over growth and U.S. markets having been away for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there leaves little to inspire Asia markets,” Jingyi Pan of IG said in a commentary.ENERGY: U.S. crude lost 50 cents to $53.54 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract added 3.3 per cent to $54.04 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, dropped 67 cents to $62.07 per barrel. It closed at $62.74 per barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar eased to 109.42 yen from 109.65 yen late Monday. The euro slipped to $1.1357 from $1.1366.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Press read more

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Prince Moulay Rachid Inaugurates Luxurious Golf Club in Ifrane

Rabat- The “Michlifen Golf and Country Club” in Ifrane is the first golf course designed by an international golf champion in North Africa.King Mohammed VI’s younger brother, Prince Moulay Rachid, inaugurated the Michlifen Golf and Country Club on Monday in the mountain town of Ifrane, 60 kilometers south of Fez.The club, nestled in the heart of the Middle Atlas at an altitude of 1,650 meters, covers an area of 100 hectares and boasts scenic views of natural landscapes. Jack Nicklaus, an American former professional golfer who has created prestigious golf courses worldwide, designed the 18-hole course “in total harmony” with Ifrane’s nature and landscape, according to the golf club’s website. The Michlifen golf club course is Nicklaus’ first in North Africa. Nicklaus said that he did not give the site a “signature hole” aesthetically representative of the golf course.“I am one who does not single out holes, and I certainly don’t believe in a signature hole. When I have been given the mandate to create 18 equally spectacular holes. But when assessing these breathtaking views at Michlifen, they are truly taken into full breadth at Holes 9, 17 and 18.”The club also offers a luxury resort a few minutes away from the golf course which is part of the “Michlifen Resort & Golf.”The resort comprises a hotel with five-star rooms and suites; three restaurants that serve Moroccan, French, Oriental, and Mediterranean cuisine; and a 3,500 square meter spa.Nicklaus described the site as “one of the most scenic, beautiful vistas you will find for a golf experience.”The Michlifen Golf and Country Club is equipped with state-of-the-art learning technology and is managed by professional and international golf specialists within “the strictest international” standards.The club’s inauguration was attended by the minister of youth and sports, Rachid Talbi Alami; Hamou Ouheli, the secretary of state to the minister of agriculture, maritime fisheries, rural development, water, and forests; and the governor of Fez prefecture, Essaid Zniber.Video Playerhttps://www.moroccoworldnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Le-Matin-S.A.R.-le-Prince-Moulay-Rachid-inaugure-le-«Michl.mp400:0000:0001:50Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

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Haiti in desperate need of investment and contributions warns top UN official

Although the situation in Haiti has temporarily stabilized, it is still the middle of the hurricane season and if other storms hit the country, he did not know how the world body would be able to respond, the UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator for Haiti, Joël Boutroue, told the press.He said that until now the UN agencies had been able to distribute food, water and non-food items on a regular basis throughout the country, including remote areas, despite the major destruction to roads and bridges causing significant logistical difficulties to the emergency relief effort.However, some 3 million Haitians are food insecure because of the combined impact of the four successive hurricanes, which battered the Caribbean nation from mid-August to mid-September, and the global food and fuel price crisis, Mr. Boutroue told reporters. Haiti, which was already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, is back to where it was three or four years ago in terms of economic growth and poverty, he added.“This means that we will need substantial additional resources if we want to be able to make a difference in the short to medium term,” he said at a press briefing at UN headquarters in New York. Mr. Boutroue reported that the UN does not have the capacity, without further contributions, to provide water and sanitation in their emergency shelters or to the general population whose water system has been destroyed.“We are concerned because response has been generally OK to this date, but we do not have sufficient resources to continue food distribution at the required level. If we don’t deliver tangible results now, I frankly don’t know how they will survive.” He explained that the Haiti has suffered almost complete deforestation because 80 per cent of the population was dependent on charcoal as its energy fuel, and the small nation needed much more investment in the environment to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters and to provide labour-intensive work to buoy the economy.“Haiti is totally deforested. There is no investment worth mentioning. There is no industry worth mentioning and there is very low [agricultural] productivity due to soil erosion.”Investment is needed in food security, basic services and watershed management, protecting the country’s mountain slopes with terracing, dykes and walls for future reforestation. “If we don’t invest in the short and medium term, we’ll have additional hardship, deepening poverty and we will enter a vicious circle of instability, unrest, insecurity,” Mr. Boutroue said. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) today announced the return of its watershed management programme in Gonaïves, the city hardest hit by the recent earthquakes, employing some 7500 people and providing rare job opportunities to a population whose livelihoods were destroyed.The labour-intensive programme serves the dual purpose of offering income for families and reducing the threat from future climate related disasters. “Employment is the key pre-condition for social stability,” said Jean Marie Vander Wouwer, an adviser for the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), which, along with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and support from France and Japan, is helping to implement the watershed project. “With donor support, we’re immediately ready to scale-up the programme by another 2500 people,” Mr. Wouwer stated. UNDP plans to implement programmes that will provide employment for up to 400,000 people. Its long-term aim is to provide stability through employment creation, according to its press release issued today. 15 October 2008A senior United Nations official to Haiti today pleaded with international donors to provide urgently needed resources to help with emergency relief and recovery efforts in the impoverished country, which was recently ravaged by a series of hurricanes. read more

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Ban concerned at exclusion of 10 political parties from Myanmars elections

15 September 2010Voicing concern over the decision by Myanmar’s Election Commission to dissolve 10 political parties, including the National League for Democracy (NLD), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the country’s authorities to ensure that November’s elections are fully inclusive. Last month Mr. Ban called on the authorities to release all remaining political prisoners so that they could fully participate in Myanmar’s political life in the polls – the country’s first in 20 years – which are due to be held on 7 November.He has repeatedly called for the release of all political prisoners, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and head of the NLD, who has been under house arrest for much of the past two decades, and was sentenced last August to an additional 18 months of house arrest.Spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters today Mr. Ban “notes with some concern” the decision by the Union Election Commission to dissolve 10 political parties, including the NLD and four others for failing to renew their registration. “The Secretary-General once again urges the Myanmar authorities to ensure conditions conducive for a fully inclusive and participatory electoral process,” he said, adding that a ministerial-level meeting of the Group of Friends of Myanmar, consisting of more than a dozen nations and one regional bloc in support of greater dialogue in the country, is expected to be held in New York on 27 September.Asked about the role of the UN’s good offices, Mr. Nesirky said that work continued, and he recalled that Mr. Ban had expressed his frustration concerning access to the Myanmar authorities. read more

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UN tribunal convicts former Serbian police official for crimes in Kosovo

The United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst offences committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today convicted a former senior Serbian police official for crimes carried out in Kosovo and sentenced him to 27 years imprisonment.Vlastimir Ðordevic, the former Assistant Minister of the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs and Chief of its Public Security Department, was convicted of crimes against humanity and war crimes by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), based in The Hague.He was found guilty of participating in a “joint criminal exercise in 1999, whose aim was to change the ethnic balance of Kosovo to ensure Serbian dominance in the territory,” according to a news release issued by the Tribunal.“This objective was pursued through a widespread campaign of terror and violence against ethnic Albanians, which included deportations, murders, forcible transfers and persecutions.” Mr. Ðordevic was found to be responsible for the murder of “not less than 724 Kosovo Albanians” who were murdered by Serbian forces, in most cases police, in several municipalities. “In the large majority of cases the victims, including many women and children, were civilians, who were unarmed and not in any way participating in any form of armed conflict,” the court found. Among the incidents of murder for which Mr. Ðordevic bears responsibility, according to the Tribunal, was the shooting and subsequent torching of 114 men and boys from a village near Orahovac/Rahovec who were killed by the police on 26 March 1999.He was also found responsible for the deportation of at least 200,000 of the estimated 800,000 Kosovo Albanians that left Kosovo between 24 March and 20 June 1999. Mr. Ðordevic is the eighth former senior Serbian official to be tried by the ICTY and the sixth to be convicted. Since its establishment, the Tribunal has indicted 161 persons for serious violations of humanitarian law committed on the territory of the former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001. Proceedings against 125 have been concluded, while proceedings are currently ongoing for 34 accused. 23 February 2011The United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst offences committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today convicted a former senior Serbian police official for crimes carried out in Kosovo and sentenced him to 27 years imprisonment. read more

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