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India put in to bat by England, Shikhar Dhawan dismissed by James Anderson

first_imgIndia’s Shikhar Dhawan leaves the field after being dismissed during the second test cricket match against England at Lord’s cricket ground in London on July 17, 2014. ReutersShikhar Dhawan has been dismissed by James Anderson in the first innings of the second of the five-match Test series between England and India at Lords on Thursday. Anderson bowled one outside the off-stump in the third-over of the innings and Dhawan edged it to second slip, where it was taken by Gary Ballance.England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and put India in to bat on a very green Lord’s wicket.Both India and England went in to the match with same squads like the first Test at Trent Bridge which ended in a draw.Players’ listEngland: Alastair Cook (captain), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Matt Prior, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, Liam Plunkett, James AndersonIndia: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shamilast_img read more

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Makkar not interested in top SGPC post, leaves it on party

first_imgPatiala, Apr 23 (PTI) Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee head Avtar Singh Makkar said he is “no more interested” in running for the post of SGPC president on “health grounds” but if Shiromani Akali Dal wants he would contest.Makkar who was here to preside over a college function said he has served SGPC for a very long time and was not keeping too well now.He said its party?s decision as to who should be the next president and he was perfectly fine with whosoever they choose.On voting right to Sehajdaries, he said it has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha and it may be tabled in Lok Sabha in the Budget Session which resumes Monday.He added the issue of voting rights to Sehejdaries may have long way to go.Asked about the Kohinoor diamond, he said SGPC has been consulting legal experts and would file caveat in the Supreme Court in near future.He added SGPC is the only natural heir of all Sikh valuables which belonged to Guru Sahiban and Sikh rules.On the movie Santa Banta, he said SGPC has not received any complaint of objection from Sikhs. PTI COR VJ DKS TIR RG TIRlast_img read more

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SBP eyes European coach for Gilas Pilipinas

first_imgAnd with the SBP now deviating from an NBA-oriented style of play to embracing a system largely influenced by a European brand of basketball, a foreign tactician would likely be the way to go.“We will have to do it quickly. I don’t know if there’s a timetable. We have to do a search if ever for the new coach. It might be a local or it might be a foreign coach,” SBP president Al Panlilio told reporters Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“I think we should consider [a foreign coach]. If we wanna go European, we need somebody who knows the European system very well.”European countries dominated the World Cup with Spain winning the gold medal after clobbering Argentina. Following the European blueprint as part of the country’s preparations for the 2023 World Cup was also a strong suggestion and major takeaway by Guiao from Gilas’ winless campaign in China.“We will wait for the new coach and see what the program will be. I think there’s mention even from coach Yeng and also from MVP today that when we met with Yeng, his thoughts about this World Cup and the learning that he has had is really maybe it’s the European brand of basketball that we really should take a look at and maybe adopt in terms of moving forward,” Panlilio said.Tab Baldwin, Chot Reyes and Tim Cone have all drawn clamor as possible successors to the helm.The SBP is set to tackle the coaching search over the weekend.Panlilio bared the SBP’s plans during an impromptu press conference upon SBP chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan’s return from Beijing, China where he formally accepted the hosting rights for the 2023 Fiba Basketball World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers SBP executives Ricky Vargas, Manny V. Pangilinan, Al Panlilio and Sonny Barrios. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is contemplating hiring a European coach to call the shots for the Philippine team.The SBP is currently in search for the next Gilas Pilipinas head coach, a post recently vacated by Yeng Guiao just days after the country’s dispiriting campaign in the 2019 Fiba World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Popularity of NBA in China seems to create endless options MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ The Philippines will be the co-hosts of the next World Cup along with Japan and Indonesia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’center_img Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man View commentslast_img read more

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China says US ties will develop no matter who wins election

first_imgChina and the US will keep developing positive relations no matter who wins November’s US presidential election, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told an economic forum in New York yesterday.Li declined to comment on which candidate he favored.Republican Donald Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on Chinese goods and push for tougher trade talks if elected. His Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, has changed track on trade, backing away from a Pacific trade pact she previously endorsed.Also read: China condemns Uri attack, but wants India, Pakistan to have ‘dialogue’ Both candidates have been critical of China’s assertive pursuit of territory in the South China Sea, a potential flashpoint in Asia and a cause of significant friction in relations between Washington and Beijing.CHINA OPEN TO FOREIGN INVESTMENT Li, who was attending the UN General Assembly in New York, said the US election was an internal affair for the US, so what he could say was very limited, but he went on to remark, “No matter who gets elected in the US presidential election, I believe that China-US ties will continue to grow steadily and in a positive direction.”Li responded to complaints from foreign business leaders about restricted access to the Chinese market by saying that China was open to foreign investment, although some economic sectors were not yet mature.”This process of them becoming more mature is also a process for them to open up and the areas of the Chinese economy open to foreign investment will only increase and China will only open its door even wider. The door will not close,” he said.advertisementReferring to a US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty that has been long in negotiation given disagreements about access to sectors the sides deem sensitive, Li said as long as both countries took a strong and pragmatic approach, they would be able to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.Also read: China media irked by Nepal’s PM Prachanda’s India visit As an example of China’s willingness to open up its markets, Li said China had decided to designate a Chinese investment bank as a clearing bank for renminbi business in New York and welcomed foreign banks in the city which met eligibility requirements to become clearing banks for the currency.He also said China would soon allow imports of beef on the bone from the US, now that Chinese quarantine procedures had been completed.NO DEVALUATION OF CURRENCY Li pledged that China would not engineer a devaluation of its currency to boost exports for its economy, which is growing at its slowest rate in two decades. Some critics in Washington have charged that Beijing is still manipulating its currency, although the US Treasury says its assessment is that it is not undervalued.China’s economy will continue its growth momentum this year, Li said.Also read: China, India remain on path of remarkable growth, says Obama “I can say here that in the third quarter of this year, or until the end of this year, China’s economy will maintain this momentum of steady growth.”China’s growth target for this year is 6.5 to 7 per cent. In the second quarter of this year, the world’s second-largest economy grew 6.7 per cent from a year ago, according to official data.last_img read more

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Sourav Ganguly wants Vijay, Rahane to step up in remaining Tests vs England

first_imgFormer India skipper Sourav Ganguly on Monday claimed that the Instagram post on which he was seen slamming the Indian batting unit was actually done from a fake account.Ganguly tweeted to clarify that the account is fake and that the quotes in the post are not his. He also urged media houses not to pick up any news or quotes from that particular post.However, several media houses have already used the quotes and running several stories based on the quotes.”If you’ve to win a Test then everyone has to score runs. The other batsmen have to score 100’s as well. #ViratKohli played very well otherwise India would have been out of the match on the 2nd day itself,” the post stated.”This was the first Test in a 5 match series & I think this team has the capability to come back & play well. #AjinkyaRahane & #MuraliVijay will have to show some determination since they have scored runs in these conditions before.”READ – Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in Edgbaston My Instagram page is a fake one ..please dont pick up any news or quotes from it ..Will report to Instagram immediately @samiprajguru @imVkohliSourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) August 6, 2018India failed to chase down a modest 194 in the opening Test of the five-match series against England at Edgbaston last week and lost the match by 31 runs to concede a 1-0 lead to the hosts.Captain Virat Kohli’s 149 in India’s first innings had kept the visitors in the game. He then scored a composed 51 to keep India in the hunt during their chase but he failed to find any kind of support from the other end.advertisementThere was absolutely no support from the top-order which included Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane.Sunil Gavaskar Exclusive: ‘India should have played more warm-up games in England’While Kohli made 200 runs in the match, the other four in the top-five aggregated only 99. Dhawan, Rahul and Rahane were guilty of poor shot selection – after a solid start in their reply to England’s first innings 287, Vijay and Dhawan departed quickly. Rahul and Rahane failed to build partnerships with their captain as Kohli battled on heroically for his maiden Test hundred in England.India are expected make a few changes in the playing XI for the second Test but Ganguly suggested Kohli to give a consistent run to a batsman before dropping him.”I don’t think the captain is responsible for the loss. If you’re the captain then you’ll be criticised for a loss the same way as you’re congratulated for a win. One criticism for @Virat.Kohli is that he should give a consistent run to his batters & more time before dropping them. The failure against swing in English conditions can’t be used as an excuse any more as everyone knows that it’s what you get when you come to England,” the post went on to add.READ – India vs England: India batsmen need to watch and learn from Virat KohliThe second Test will be played at Lord’s from August 9.last_img read more

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Kuldeep Yadav can play a big role on Australian pitches, says Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar heaped praise on Kuldeep Yadav and said that the left-arm chinaman bowler can play a big role in Australia because of the nature of the pitches Down Under.Kuldeep, who received some beating in the first innings of the Rajkot Test against West Indies, ran through the West Indian middle-order in the second innings He picked up the wickets of Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Shimron Hetmyer and Roston Chase to get his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket and finish with figures of 5/57 from 14 overs.India vs West Indies: Report | Highlights | PhotosKuldeep’s impressive bowling helped India thrash Windies by an innings and 272 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.And Gavaskar feels that Kuldeep’s tendency to not give up and big heart, separates him from the rest of the spinners.”The way Kuldeep recovered after the first innings, the way he adjusted his length, the way he went round the wicket, shows that he is a thinking bowler. About the fact that he has got guts, he has got a big heart to take punishment, there has never been a second opinion about that.Also read – Kuldeep Yadav savours maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket: ‘This is very special’He has always been a gutsy bowler because wrist spinners, will always bowl the odd full-toss, the odd short-pitched delivery and they will get punished but to come back after that and to keep persisting is what makes him a bit different than a lot of other bowlers,” Gavaskar said.advertisementThe former captain also stressed on the fact that Kuldeep can be potent weapon for India on Australian pitches, where there is turn and bounce.”On the Australian pitches, where the bowl bounces a lot more and there is turn for the wrist spinners as we have seen with Shane Warne, the Indian selection committee will think very seriously. If not for the first Test because the square boundaries at Adelaide are little bit short and he might get a little punished over there but other grounds, where the square boundaries aren’t that short, he certainly has to come in the frame for a place in the XI,” Gavaskar said about Kuldeep being one of the spinners in the playing XI against the Aussies.Also read – Stats: India’s 100th Test win at home is their biggest in historyThe Mumbai legend also heaped praise on his fellow Mumbaikar Prithvi Shaw, who impressed everybody with his debut ton in the first innings of the Rajkot Test.Shaw slammed 100 off 99 balls and then went onto score 134 off 154 balls before falling to Devendra Bishoo but his aggressive innings and temperament drew great praise from former greats of the game and even his captain Virat Kohli.Also read – Prithvi Shaw showed he is different quality, really delighted for him: Virat Kohli Prithvi Shaw hit centuries on his Test, Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy debut (AP Photo)Speaking on Shaw, Gavaskar said that the 18-year-old is a genuine contender for the opener’s slot and he can well be KL Rahul’s partner in the first Test at Adelaide on December 6.”He showed by the way he batted and he showed that he belongs to this Test level showed that he may not score hundreds in every match but he will get you runs and that is important. He is keen to do well, he has got this great gift of being able to read this line and length early and get into positions early and he is right…he may not have the best technique but he has the temperament. Temperament is what separates the men from boys and this young kid certainly has the temperament,” Gavaskar said.Also read – Couldn’t have imagined such a debut: Prithvi Shaw after winning man-of-the-match awardGavaskar also said that the massive win will give India confidence going into the Australia series.”A win is win. every time you win you grow in confidence. Virat and everyone in the team know when they go to Australia with these massive wins it will give them confidence,” said Gavaskar.The next Test versus West Indies will start on October 12 in Hyderabad and that will be followed by five ODIs and three T20Is. Following that, India will travel to Australia to play three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs from November 21 to January 18.last_img read more

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Audi Sharpens the Already Well-Appointed R8 Supercar

first_img Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart Audi’s V-10-powered R8 has felt like the last of a breed since it’s introduction in 2015. Everything is going hybrid or electric and its naturally aspirated, rev-happy engine is an anachronism, a thing of old-school beauty and soul and fire sending an intoxicating melody through the air at 120 decibels. And though the next generation will likely see the engine’s demise, Audi isn’t ready to let the R8 go quietly into the night just yet with a just-released, fairly extensive update.Still making use of that glorious 5.2-liter V-10, the new R8, depending on guise, will either deliver 562 horsepower for the standard R8 or 611 horsepower for the heavy-hitter version, all of which will be sent to each of the R8’s wheels. Audi also has managed to decrease the R8’s weight, even though the company had to add new emissions controls to the supercar’s exhaust. The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer 1 of 10 Previous That figure jumps up another 10 percent when you compare the street-legal machine and its GT4 cousin. Oliver Hoffmann, technical managing director of Audi Sport GmbH, said, “No other motor car is so close to motor racing as the R8.”Pricing and availability have yet to be disclosed, but given this is just a hair more than your average mid-cycle refresh, we wouldn’t be surprised if the R8’s $138,700 starting price stayed relatively intact. Audi says that the new R8 is, “Born on the track, built for the road,” but with its new looks, and the updated hardware behind it all, it almost seems the opposite is true. As if Audi birthed the R8 on the road, but it’s ready to decimate the track. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now center_img Editors’ Recommendations Next The car’s dynamics have also been sharpened, with a retuned electric power steering unit, as well as suspension tweaks to ensure that drivers are greeted with what they expect from a machine that looks like this new R8. As such, the biggest change to the upcoming R8 is obviously the exterior, which according to Audi, shares a heck of a lot with the brand’s racecars.As you can see, the R8 has become much sharper in its looks and exterior edges and that’s because Audi wanted to have the road-going R8 reflect more of its race car counterpart. According to the company, 50-percent of the road car’s parts are shared with the brand’s GT3 racer. Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiserlast_img read more

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Korea Denies Japans Claims on WTO Breach

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Wikimedia/Wei-Te Wong under CC BY-SA 2.0 license The South Korean government refuted claims from its Japanese counterpart that state financial backing of the Korean ailing shipbuilders was in breach of the international trade rules.Namely, the Japanese government said that the subsidies provided by the state-run Korea Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of Korea to DSME, Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and STX Offshore & Shipbuilding violated the provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement.Japan suggested that the subsidies distort the market and hinder the resolution of oversupply problems in the industry.In addition, Japan claims that financial backing of Hyundai Merchant Marine’s latest shipbuilding contracts was also in breach of WTO Agreement.South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy voiced its willingness to discuss the matter with Japanese counterparts, adding that the government reexamined the legal conformity of the issues in consultation with the relevant ministries.The ministry said that the consultation concluded that decision to help its shipbuilding and shipping companies was based on commercial judgment and that it complies with international rules.The two countries are expected to engage in a consultation process within the next 30 days. If a solution is not reached within two months, the issue will be submitted to the WTO for a dispute settlement.The South Korean government has been very busy with the plans to strengthen its shipping industry, which witnessed a downward trend in the recent period, especially following the Hanjin bankruptcy.One of the most notable moves was the establishment of Korea Ocean Business Corp (KOBC), a maritime powerhouse, to provide financial and industrial policy support to the country’s shipping and shipbuilding industries.However, South Korea’s investments have infuriated European shipowners and maritime technology industry, which recently called upon the European Commission and the EU Member States to take concrete and decisive actions against the country’s “unfair trade practices and in favour of global playing field.”World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Changes to Legislation Strengthen Apprenticeship System Make Workplaces Safer

first_img enable enforcement officers to inspect employers at any time work is being performed make recognized associations who register apprentices on behalf of employers and dispatch workers to job sites subject to enforcement provisions clarify the authority of the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency when issuing compliance orders or stop work orders provide for appeals of compliance orders and administrative penalties through the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board make it an offence to breach an order issued by an enforcement officer require that employers aid the enforcement officer in carrying out their duties through the duty to assist provision raise the maximum penalty from $5,000 to $10,000 for the first offence and from $10,000 to $50,000 for a second offence Amendments to the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualification Act, proclaimed on Oct. 18, make for a stronger trades system in the province. The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency has additional tools and authority to enforce certification requirements in the compulsory certified trades. “It’s important to ensure industry has access to the skills it needs to contribute to a vibrant economy,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “These changes will better protect the skills and safety of those who work in the skilled trades and support youth in connecting with opportunities here at home.” The changes will: “Strong enforcement levels the playing field for those companies who comply with the law and will ensure a safer work environment for all apprentices,” said Duncan Williams, president, Construction Association of Nova Scotia and a member of the Compliance and Enforcement Advisory Group. “We are glad to see these changes come into effect.” In addition, students enrolled in a recognized pre-apprenticeship training program will be registered with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. This will increase their awareness of the value of trade certification and facilitate a smooth transition into apprenticeship opportunities. Regulations are being prepared to allow the agency to issue administrative penalties when dealing with repeat non-compliance behavior. The amendments are based on input from industry stakeholders and passed by the House of Assembly in March. The agency is focusing on improving the number of apprenticeship opportunities in the province, helping apprentices complete their journey and sharing the value and importance of certification in the compulsory trades.last_img read more

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In the news today March 29

first_imgFour stories in the news for Friday, March 29———OTTAWA UNVEILS PLANS FOR 75TH D-DAY ANNIVERSARYA departure ceremony is being held today in Vancouver for trains carrying combat boots symbolizing those who travelled to Halifax during the Second World War before they embarked for Europe. The journey is part of the federal government’s plan to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay will be among those in Vancouver today to outline the commemorative events that are planned. He is also scheduled to unveil the official poster for the anniversary at the city’s train station. Several community-based events will be held across the country and internationally to commemorate D-Day.———BAIL HEARING FOR TERROR SUSPECT RESUMESA courtroom in Kingston, Ont., will play host today to the second part of a two-day bail hearing for a youth facing terrorism charges. The youth, who cannot be identified under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was charged in late January after a Canadian police investigation sparked by a tip from the FBI. It’s not yet known if the court will release a decision today on whether the youth will be granted bail. There is a strict publication ban on all evidence, submissions and reasons presented during the hearing. The youth is accused of knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity, and counselling another person to “deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive or other lethal device” in a public place.———PORT MOODY, B.C. MAYOR TAKES LEAVE TO FIGHT CHARGEThe mayor of Port Moody, B.C., says he is taking a leave of absence to clear his name after being charged with sexual assault. Robert Vagramov said Thursday that preparing a defence will require his full attention as he fights the charge in court, so he has decided to take a leave of absence starting today. Vagramov said he has co-operated with the authorities during their investigation, adding that he has passed a polygraph test and provided the results to them. The B.C. Prosecution Service said in a statement Thursday it appointed lawyer Michael Klein as a special prosecutor in relation to an investigation of a sexual assault alleged to have occurred in Coquitlam in 2015.———REGINA POLICE RELEASE RCMP REVIEW OF DEATH PROBEAn RCMP report says the investigation by the Regina Police Service into the death of an Indigenous woman who fell 10 storeys down a laundry chute did not meet professional standards. Nadine Machiskinic, 29, was found in medical distress in the laundry room of Regina’s Delta Hotel in 2015 and later died of her injuries. In November, Regina chief Evan Bray said the report would not be released to the public, which upset her family. On Thursday, Bray released the RCMP report, which makes 14 recommendations on how to improve how police deal with similar cases. The review says the investigation did not meet the standards of a professional sudden death investigation due to the lack of an effective case management system.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan attend a peacekeeping summit at the United Nations.— Nova Scotia Environment Minister Margaret Miller will release her decision on the environmental assessment of Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent treatment plant.— Statistics Canada releases its gross domestic product figures by industry for January and industrial product and raw materials price indexes for February.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Moroccos HCP ISI sign MoU to hold 61st World Statistics Congress

Marrakech – Morocco’s high planning commission (HCP) and the International Statistical Institute (ISI) signed, on Friday in Marrakech, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to hold the 61st World Statistics Congress (WSC) slated in 2017 in Marrakech. The MoU was signed by the high planning commissioner Ahmed Lahlimi and chairman of the International Statistical Institute Vijayan Nair.The WSC is the flagship conference of the International Statistical Institute and its seven associations. It will bring together members of the statistical community to present, discuss, promote and disseminate research and best practice in every field of Statistics and its applications. The choice of Morocco to host the Congress confirms the International community’s trust in the national statistics systems and in the country’s commitment to producing statistical data meeting international criteria by the United Nations Statistical Commission, said Lahlimi. read more

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West Virginia settles opioid lawsuit with McKesson for 37M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia has settled its lawsuit against the opioid distributor McKesson for $37 million.A Thursday news release from Gov. Jim Justice and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says it’s thought to be the country’s largest state settlement against a single pharmaceutical distributor.The lawsuit was filed in 2016 in a West Virginia circuit court. It alleged McKesson shipped millions of suspicious orders for painkillers to the state without efforts to prevent illegal diversion.The announcement says McKesson denies wrongdoing. Voicemail messages left with McKesson were not immediately returned.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says opioids were involved in nearly 48,000 deaths in 2017. West Virginia has the nation’s highest opioid overdose rate.About 2,000 lawsuits have been filed nationwide targeting the drug industry amid the opioid crisis.The Associated Press read more

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First batch of Chadian police and gendarmerie graduate from UN training course

3 June 2008The first 71 Chadian police and gendarmerie commanders graduated today from a United Nations programme aimed at ensuring the safety and security of an estimated 250,000 refugees and 180,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in the east of the country. The commanders – who will form part of a new unit known as the Détachement Integré de Sécurité (DIS) – took part in a graduation ceremony today after completing more than six weeks of training in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena.The group received training from staff with the nascent UN mission in Chad and Central African Republic (MINURCAT) in law and order, respect for human rights, humanitarian law and other policing techniques.In a speech at the ceremony, Victor Angelo, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said the training system was part of an integrated security system that is new to UN peacekeeping.Under the Security Council resolution which established MINURCAT last year, the mission is tasked with selecting, training, advising and facilitating support to the DIS, which is mandated to provide security inside the 12 refugee camps, many IDP sites and nearby towns in eastern Chad.By October, MINURCAT expects that 850 DIS personnel will have been trained in four batches, completing the total number required for the unit.The mission was created last September to help protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian aid to thousands of people uprooted by insecurity in the northeast of the CAR and eastern Chad and in the neighbouring Darfur region of western Sudan. read more

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Miller eyeing opportunity to start on OSU line

Coming out of Trinity High School in Washington, Penn., senior Andrew Miller committed to Ohio State as a tight end prospect ranked 41st overall by rivals.com. By his junior year, Miller was starting at left tackle instead. “The coaches sat me down and said that the best position for my future, and the future of this team, was on the offensive line,” Miller said. “And it’s hard to say no to that.” Growing up in Pennsylvania, Miller’s mother Lynne Miller was leery of allowing her son to play football. In fact, it wasn’t until he was roughly 12 years old that he began to play football for the first time. “When he signed up for baseball, his baseball coach was the one who told him that he wanted Andrew to play on the football team,” Lynne said. “The football coach in our area, he used to go from door to door and recruit just like the big guys do. And Andrew wanted to play badly.” While Miller currently stands at 6-feet-6-inches tall and weighs in at almost 300 pounds, Lynne stressed that he’s always been bigger than most. “He was a lineman even back then,” Lynne said. “He was always much bigger than the average kid his age.” As a senior playing for Trinity High School, Miller was named to the all-Pennsylvania team. He caught 11 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns. College football programs from all over the country were recruiting Miller. Offers were coming in from Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Indiana, just to name a few. But when Miller finally had to make a decision about where he wanted to play, it was the last school that made a pitch to him that he decided to sign with. “I understood that OSU was a good football program, and I knew that I could be successful here with football,” Miller said. “Once I found out all of the other things like academics and how good the people are around here, there just wasn’t another choice for me.” “We went to see it, and it’s hard to turn your back on OSU,” Lynne said. “Not just the facilities but the people and the coaches. Every time we went to a campus we thought that it would be the one, but when we saw OSU, it was just above and beyond.” After working hard for two years, Miller was finally given the opportunity to start at left tackle in his junior year. Then, four games into the season, he came down with the flu and had to sit out games against Indiana and Wisconsin. Coming into this season, Miller had every intention of competing for a starting position on the line. Unfortunately, a left elbow injury kept him from displaying his full potential. “My elbow injury has been going on for so long that I can’t really sit here and dwell on it,” Miller said. “I don’t want to get it fixed and be out for a long time.” Injury or not, Miller has every intention of cracking the starting lineup before the season ends. “The goal is always to be a starter and I compete every single day,” Miller said. “I’m never going to submit. Everyone has their role on the team, but I don’t want to see myself as a role player who only comes in on jumbo packages. “But at the end of the day, I have however many games left here at OSU and I’m going to make the most of them.” Miller, who was a National Honor Society member in high school with a 3.99 grade point average, still dreams of playing professionally when he’s finished with school. But if it doesn’t work out, he has other career opportunities in mind. “If that (professional football) doesn’t work out, I’m going to pursue a career in sales,” Miller said. “And so I have a few leads in some medical fields, selling orthopedic and medical equipment, things of that nature.” Lynne believes that the key to her son’s success is a constant dedication to bettering himself. “Andrew is very disciplined,” Lynne said. “He always got his work done and he always planned ahead. I was always amazed. I would say ‘where did you get that from?’ I don’t know where he got it from because it wasn’t from me.” read more

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Protests and arrests as Merkel arrives in Athens

first_imgThis is an effort that should be seen through because otherwise it would make the circumstances even more dramatic later on.Paying her first visit to Greece in five years, Merkel’s arrival triggered protests attended by some 50,000 demonstrators in Athens. The rallies were mostly peaceful, but police briefly clashed with several dozen demonstrators and detained more than 50 people throughout the day.Although Merkel damped expectations in Athens of a strong public pledge to keep Greece in the eurozone, Samaras said Merkel’s visit had ended “the country’s international isolation.”Read: Protests expected as Angela Merkel visits Athens> GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA Merkel said Greece has covered “much of the ground” required for recovery, during her landmark visit to the financially stricken country.Merkel, who stopped in Athens today for five hours, said she hoped Greece would remain in the 17-country group that uses the nation eurozone and stressed the government in Athens still had to push through more key cost-cutting reforms.“Much of the ground has been covered … There is daily progress,” Merkel said after talks with conservative Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.last_img read more

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Museum sites boost visitor numbers

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Culture Ministry figures indicate a significant increase in visitors to some of the country’s 38 most important archaeological sites and museums in the second quarter of this year, an improvement that officials attribute to the extension of opening hours.Visitor numbers rose by 27 per cent between April and June, compared to the same period last year while revenue increased by 21 per cent.Topping the list is Hadrian’s Library which saw a 151 percent increase in visitor numbers. The newly renovated Archaeological Museum of Iraklio on Crete also drew large crowds, with the number of visitors up 103 per cent.The 38 museums and sites are to keep the longer opening hours – from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – until October.Source: Ekathimerinilast_img read more

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Seattle awaits ruling on bar hours

first_imgAt an April 3 hearing in Vancouver, testimony was mixed about extending liquor service hours.Several speakers at the Vancouver City Hall hearing said they were concerned about increased drunken driving, and said that more impaired drivers on the road could stretch rural police forces too thin. But some supported the rule change, saying it would boost local economies and that each city should get to choose whether to extend the 2 a.m. cutoff. About 30 people showed up to the hearing and seven people testified.SEATTLE — Following objections from other cities, Seattle will have to wait a month to know if its efforts to extend bar hours beyond 2 a.m. can go forward.Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and other city officials have wanted to make last call later, arguing that law enforcement is burdened by a mass of drunks tumbling out of night clubs and bars in places like Pioneer Square and Belltown.After Seattle presented its proposal, Washington State Liquor Control Board commissioners agreed to have four hearings in Vancouver, Kennewick, Spokane and Seattle to discuss the idea. Under current state law, bars can’t sell alcohol between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.“The input we have is mixed,” liquor board spokesman Brian Smith said. “We heard from law enforcement in Spokane, they did not support the proposal. The police chief spoke on behalf of the city itself.”last_img read more

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Crews Plan Work On Sterling Highway Early This Week Expect Delays

first_imgRocky Gilbert, Manager of the Incident Command Team: “What we are trying to do is burn smaller chunks over the next few days to help with the air quality impacts. We know how important the highway is, we are trying to to that during times of the day when it is most favorable for us.” In a statement: There are unburned areas south of the Sterling Highway in the Skilak Loop area, so fire managers are assessing the best time to proactively burn these areas when conditions are favorable. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Original Post: 7:00am: Travel on the Sterling Highway between MP 53-71 will be dramatically impacted this upcoming week, according to the Great Basin Incident Management Team in charge of the Swan Lake Fire. As of 6am, the highway is closed from MP 53 to 71. Travel is not advised time. Updates will be posted as they are made available. Temporary delays of the Sterling Highway remain possible, and drivers should also anticipate full closures. Closure information is available at 511.alaska.gov.center_img Gilbert: “I would expect over the next 2-3 days that we will get that accomplished. With winds blowing across the highway we are moving a little slow right now. Once the winds come back out of the northeast and northwest we can move a little bit faster to help minimize the impacts on the highway.”  A travel plan for these delays is available at: https://tinyurl.com/y6s3n5jh.  Heavy firefighting equipment will be on the highway. Driving with more caution than normal while on the highway is advised.last_img read more

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CashonDelivery deals may be illegal RBI

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsCash on Delivery (CoD) is a common payment option for millions of e-commerce shoppers around India, mostly due to the low rates of credit and debit card penetration. However, the RBI has finally opined on the issue, spelling trouble for the e-commerce industry.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in response to an RTI, has noted that the collection of physical cash by e-commerce firms is not permissible, but has stopped short of explicitly calling it as illegal.The news first came to light after an Economic Times report, which said that the reply came after an RTI was filed by Dharmendra Kumar of India FDI Watch. He asked if the CoD option and disbursement of money to e-commerce merchants was in compliance with Section 8 of the Payments and Settlements Systems (PSS) Act, 2007 or not.In its reply, the RBI said that: “aggregators/payment intermediaries like Amazon and Flipkart are not authorised under Section 8 of the PSS Act, 2007.” The 2007 act came into effect in 2008 to supervise and regulate all payment systems in India.The act focuses mainly on electronic and online payments but does not explicitly mention the CoD option, which is worth nearly Rs. 30 billion in India for e-commerce. Since it is not mentioned, there is a question of its validity, but legal experts have noted that it does not make the payment system illegal.The Economic Times also quoted  Abhishek A Rastogi, a lawyer who voiced his opinion on the matter. As per Rastogi, “It (CoD) can be done through a contractual arrangement between e-commerce operators and merchants. These will be regulated by the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007, rules and regulations framed thereunder.”However, he is just one of the few in support of the system, a large number of legal experts believe that the option is in violation of the PSS act and hence e-commerce firms who offer CoD can be punished. So while the RTI reply offers an understanding of the legality of CoD, there is still a lot of confusion on the payment option. Without any clarity from the RBI, e-commerce firms like Amazon and Flipkart will continue to offer the service, since it represents a huge chunk of their purchases. Customers too, need not worry until the RBI issues a circular clearing up the confusion.last_img read more