126 Arrested In Biggest Noida Fake Call Centre Bust In Indo-US-Canada Op

first_imgA group of officials from the FBI of the US and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police flew down to India in July. They called on the chief of the police in Noida in a meeting coordinated by the Interpol. The details of the closed-door meeting held at the police headquarters in Gautam Buddh Nagar never emerged in the public domain until a series of raids were reported in the months that followed after a massive crackdown began on fake call centres that duped foreigners.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

Cognizant in Dispute with India’s Income Tax Dept Over Rs 2,500 Crore Tax

first_imgNew Jersey-based technology company Cognizant’s Indian arm has run into trouble with the income tax department in India over Dividend Distribution Tax on shares it bought back from its foreign owners — Cognizant Mauritius and the U.S.-based parent Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) — in 2016.The income tax department froze some accounts of Cognizant to recover Rs 2,500 crore last week. In May 2016, Cognizant purchased its own shares from the two subsidiaries under the scheme of arrangement and compromise between them and the company.Cognizant Technology Solutions India P Ltd (CTS) took the matter to the Madras High Court on March 28, which told the income tax department to not take any further action and file an affidavit defending its move by April 2.“As per the Income Tax Act, DDT needs to be paid on any distribution, reduction of capital, to the extent of accumulated profits defined as dividends. The only exception to this is the buy-back under section 77A of the Companies Act and CTS was not covered. Therefore, CTS was required to pay DDT to the extent of Rs 2,500 crore in the financial year 2016-17 itself, but has not paid so far,” said a senior tax official, according to the Times of India.“The shareholders are a Mauritius entity and an American company, holding 54 per cent and 46 per cent of shares, respectively. Cognizant did not deduct tax on the remittances to the Mauritius company, but deducted 10 per cent as tax on the remittances to the U.S. company,” said the official.The I-T department will be prosecuting Cognizant for failure to pay the 20 per cent DDT on buyback of its shares, the Economic Times reported, citing a senior official at the department as saying that the prosecution will not go against the high court order since the order is specific to the attachment order, which pertains to the freezing of the accounts.Cognizant’s chief financial officer Karen McLoughlin said that payroll, promotions and wage revisions will not be affected by the dispute.“I want to reassure you that these developments will have NO bearing on our ability to continue to support, reward or recognize our associates across the world. Cognizant’s balance sheet is robust with over $5 billion in cash and short-term investments, and our business continues to remain healthy. As such, your payroll and the promotion cycles and wage revisions announced by Jim Lennox last week will NOT be in any way impacted because of these developments. Please continue to focus on the good work you are doing for our clients, enabling them to drive digital transformation at scale,” she said in an email to employees.The I-T department’s move to freeze its accounts, Cognizant said, is “contrary to law and without merit,” the Press Trust of India reported. Related ItemsCognizantTaxationlast_img read more

South Africa seize initiative after Kohli’s 54

first_img COMMENT COMMENTS cricket SHARE Published on SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img India make 114/4 at tea on Day 1 January 24, 2018 South Africa took control of the game by removing India captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in the afternoon session, leaving the visitors at 114 for four at tea on Day one of the third and final Test here.Kohli (54) was dismissed after scoring his 16th half- century while Rahane (9), playing his first game of the series, did not last long after getting a life off a no-ball.At the break, Cheteshwar Pujara (27 not out, 4 fours) was still playing an anchoring innings having faced 145 balls, while Parthiv Patel (0) was unbeaten at the other end.Post lunch, Kohli and Pujara took their third wicket partnership to 84 runs. The duo played a few more shots, Kohli in particular, as they sped away after the break after India crossed 50 in the 29th over.Kohli (on 32) got a second life then as AB de Villiers dropped him at third slip off Morne Morkel (1-35) in the 33rd over. The batsman had chased a wide delivery, only to edge it.He continued to play in an attacking manner, making his luck count, as their 50-partnership came off 134 balls. He had an engaging contest with Kagiso Rabada (1-31) in this interim.India made good progress as they added 50 runs in the first hour after lunch, the same number as they had scored in the entire first session. In doing so, the Indian skipper brought up his half-century off 101 balls.Finally though, Kohli’s luck ran out as he was caught at third slip again, de Villiers holding on this time off Lungi Ngidi (1-7) in the 43rd over.India crossed 100 in the 46th over. Three overs later, Rahane was given a life when he was caught behind off Vernon Philander (1-22) but it was deemed a no ball.Rahane couldn’t make this opportunity count, as he was given out lbw in the 52nd over off Morkel. The batsman reviewed and the ball appeared to be going down leg side, only clipping the stumps minimally, but the decision stayed on umpire’s call.He only added 16 runs with Pujara, who then saw through the remainder of the session in Patel’s company.This was after India opted to bat first on a green-top wicket and reached 45 for two at lunch.The visitors lost their openers early. KL Rahul (0) faced a near-unplayable spell from Philander and should have gone first ball, but somehow managed to survive. Six balls later though, he got an inside-edge off the same bowler and was caught behind.India were reduced to 13 for two as Murali Vijay (8) was also caught behind off Rabada in the ninth over. The opener played away from his body, outside the off-stump, without any real footwork and this was a fourth time in five innings on this tour that he was dismissed in such fashion.Pujara and Kohli then came together and resisted the South African bowling through a testing passage of play. They stayed together for 110 balls, despite being beaten and getting three lives between them.Philander had almost trapped Pujara (on 0) lbw in the sixth over, only for DRS to stay with umpire Gould’s call of not-out as the ball seemed only to clip the bails.Kohli had a life too, dropped by Philander at mid-on as he miscued a pull off Ngidi in the 21st over.Pujara finally got his first run off the 54th delivery he faced, in the 22nd over, to loud cheers from the sparse Wednesday crowd at the Bull Ring.Only on the previous delivery though, South Africa opted not to review even as replays showed Ngidi had trapped him lbw with ‘three reds’ on DRS.Earlier, India picked an all-seam attack on a cloudy morning in Johannesburg. Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in for R Ashwin as India took the field without a full-time spinner for the first time since 2012, when MS Dhoni had opted for a four-pronged pace attack against Australia at Perth.Rahane also came in for Rohit Sharma. This was the 35th Test wherein Kohli has fielded a different playing eleven in consecutive matches.South Africa made just the one change, with seam all- rounder Adile Pheklukwayo coming in ahead of left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.The hosts have already won the three-match series with a 2-0 lead after winning the first Test in Cape Town by 72 runs and the second Test in Centurion by 135 runs. South Africalast_img read more

Samsung to launch one Galaxy A series phone every month in India starting March, Galaxy A10 could be first

first_imgSamsung is looking for big sales numbers this year in India, which is arguably one of the biggest markets for the South Korean giant. To regain market share and take on intense competition from Chinese rivals like Xiaomi and Oppo, Samsung is planning to launch a new range of Galaxy A-series smartphones in India this year. The company plans to launch a new Galaxy A phone every month starting March through June and expects to generate sales of USD 4 billion with with these phones in 2019.A senior Samsung executive told Reuters on Thursday that the company will launch one new Galaxy A-series smartphone in India back-to-back starting March. Ranjivjit Singh, Samsung India’s chief marketing officer, said in a telephone interview that the Galaxy A phones will target millenials and will be priced between Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000.”This is going to be really big … We’re talking about (sales) in the range of $4 billion in this year, in terms of just the Galaxy A series,” Singh said. The company is studying the Indian market closely with the help of its R&D center in Bengaluru to provide innovating new phones. “I can assure you the Galaxy A series has very strong input coming in from this team,” Singh added.India will be among the first few markets where Samsung will launch the new Galaxy A-series phones. Samsung began the year by launching a brand new Galaxy M line, which is also targeting the millennials by offering affordable handsets that are feature-rich. The Galaxy M10 and M20 have already been launched and have seemingly met strong positive reactions during the initial sales.advertisementThe latest report comes just a day after tipster Ishan Agarwal leaked out full specs of what are expected to be the first set of Galaxy A phones to launch in India. Samsung will likely kick things off with the Galaxy A10, which is expected to be an entry-level budget phone that will sport an Infinity-V waterdrop display like the Galaxy M10. The Galaxy A10 is expected to come with an Exynos 7884B processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, according to the latest specs dump. The handset is also said to come with a 4,000mAh battery and microUSB port.While the Galaxy A10 is expected to be the first new phone in this series this year, Samsung is also reportedly working on the A20 and A30 with the A40 and A50 being tipped for launch at a later date. In fact, we have heard rumours of devices all the way up to the Galaxy A90, which indeed suggests that we can expect a lot of Samsung phones this year.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A10, A30 and A50 full specs and features leak out, may launch at MWC 2019ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A10, A20, A30 may launch in India soon, starting price tipped around Rs 8,500last_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2019: Sunil Gavaskar clarifies 1983 World Cup America trip rumours

first_imgFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar clarified that Kapil Dev’s World Cup-winning team did not plan to go the United States after the group stages of the 1983 World Cup.Gavaskar said the rumours were baseless but revealed that he and his teammates had planned to go the US after the completion of the World Cup.Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019 at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Sunday, Gavaskar insisted that the trip was certainly planned but they weren’t so pessimistic about India’s chances that they had decided to leave right after the group stages.”They certainly are [rumours]. I must put that story correctly. It wasn’t after the group stages. We had planned to go to America after the World Cup. We weren’t pessimistic but weren’t too hopeful,” Gavaskar said.At a promotional event in 2017, World Cup-winning former India opener Krishnamachari Srikanth had revealed the US trip plan. Srikanth had said Gavaskar had called him and told him about the US trip plan just ahead of their departure to the UK for the 1983 World Cup.”The plan was Mumbai to New York and a stop-over in London to play the World Cup, by the way. All of us had booked the tickets. Because you have to understand, before 1983 World Cup, India had participated in two World Cups [1975 and 1979] and we had beaten only one team-a team called East Africa, which was a bunch of Gujaratis put together, nothing else,” Srikanth had said.Gavaskar added that India started taking the ODI format seriously only during their trip to Australia in 1980.advertisement”Our turnaround in the whole format started when we went to Australia in 1980 where we played 10 ODI games. That’s the first time we started to take ODI cricket seriously. Earlier on, we just went in like a Sunday game. This time there were prizes at the end. There was a trophy to be won as well. Earlier on, there was nothing to be won. Then we came to the West Indies in 1983 and we beat them in a match in Guyana,” Gavaskar added.”We weren’t silly by thinking we would win it. But we weren’t pessimistic.”India, who were considered underdogs, went on to win the 1983 World Cup under Kapil Dev’s captaincy. Despite posting only 183 in the big final against the then powerhouses West Indies but they defended it to create glory at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.ALSO READ | Salaam Cricket 2019: Sunil Gavaskar, Shane Warne recollect their favourite moments at Lord’sALSO READ | Salaam Cricket 2019: Full guest list, session names and timinglast_img read more

Vegas Computer Releases Score Prediction For Clemson-Georgia Tech

first_imgView of helmets of the Clemson Tigers.CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 03: A detailed view of the helmets of the Clemson Tigers before their game against the Louisville Cardinals at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers open their season on Thursday evening against ACC opponent Georgia Tech.The Tigers are expected to once again be one of the best teams in the country. Many national experts predict a blowout win for Clemson.If Georgia Tech has any chance at an upset, they’ll have to shut down a potent offense led by quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence threw for 3,280 yards and 30 touchdowns in his freshman season.On the defensive side of the ball, there will be plenty of new faces — especially along the defensive line. The Tigers will have to replace players like Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence among others.Despite the roster turnover on the defensive side of the ball, a Vegas computer is predicting a Clemson victory.OddShark’s computer prediction has Clemson winning by nearly 40 points. The official prediction is a 55.0-16.8 Clemson win.The prediction isn’t all that surprising, especially considering it’s a home game for the Tigers. A 40-point victory would be quite the opening statement against a conference opponent.Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney isn’t taking Yellow Jackets lightly though.“To be quite honest with you, we don’t know a lot about Georiga Tech,” Swinney said, via 247Sports. “Openers are always tough and then you throw in the fact that you’re playing an ACC opponent. And then number two it’s a whole new staff. That’s a challenge.”The Tigers and Yellow Jackets play Thursday at 8 PM ET. It’ll be on ACC Network.last_img read more

Controversial LNG pipeline project dominates Trudeau townhall in Kamloops

first_imgRELATED: Wet’suwet’en strike tentative deal with RCMP allowing access to prevent raid KAMLOOPS (NEWS 1130) –  The prime minister is heading to Regina on Thursday, for another campaign-style townhall, following a rocky start to his cross-country tour in Kamloops on Wednesday.The controversial LNG pipeline project in Kitimat dominated the meeting, with Justin Trudeau facing tough questions and a lot of criticism.“You’re protecting a dirty pipeline and that is not honourable,” shouted an opponent to the project.“Everything you benefit from — our oppression and out suffering — you are afraid to lose your comfort,” she accused.“No I’m not,” Trudeau responded. “I am ready to walk in partnership with you and building the future.” RCMP arrested 14 people Monday in northwestern B.C. over a protest against construction of a natural gas pipeline by Coastal GasLink, a key part of the $40-billion LNG Canada project. Trudeau says the arrests are “not an ideal situation.”“A hundred years ago, when the railroads were laid down, nobody checked with Indigenous peoples. Nobody checked with the people who had lived here for millennia whether or not we could throw a railroad down in a given place. That is not the way we need to do things anymore. That is not how we will continue to do things. We need to figure out a new and better way to do things, a way that is based on respect and dialogue and engagement … and there is going to be turbulence along the way, which we are seeing.”In a campaign-style speech at the Liberal fundraiser, Trudeau did not address the arrests but heralded the massive project as one of his government’s key achievements over the past year.“We move forward on the LNG Canada project, which is the largest private sector investment in Canada’s history — $40-billion — which is going to produce Canadian LNG that will supplant coal in Asia as a power source, and do much for the environment at the same time as we move forward on energy,” he said.“The challenge we have to have as Canadians, is to be open to listening to people, to understand their concerns and their fears, and work together to try and allay them. We will always have, in this country, perspectives that vary widely from region to region.”RELATED: Premier defends forests minister over visit with LNG pipeline protestersDozens of protesters on both sides of the pipeline debate gathered outside the hotel where Trudeau spoke. Protesters wearing yellow vests carried signs that read “Carbon Tax Cash Grab” and “Trudeau for Treason.”A group of Indigenous protesters opposed to the pipeline sang, drummed and held a banner reading “PM Trudeau: Canada needs climate action now.”The prime minister has said his government has been working on reconciliation but the dispute over the pipeline, a key part of the $40-billion LNG Canada liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, is “still an ongoing process.”He says it is important to “leave room for people to express their concerns,” but at the same time this is a country of the rule of law and court rulings must be respected.Trudeau says it is important to “reduce the temperature” at the blockade site along a remote road southwest of Houston, so he will not visit the scene because “sometimes engaging that way is actually raising the political attention and the stakes.”The prime minister’s trip to Kamloops was the start of an outreach tour that will expand across the country. He was also scheduled to meet with the city’s mayor, Ken Christian, and two Indigenous leaders.center_img He said he “understands the anger and passion” and says he respects the issue of protecting First Nations land. “I also know that there are a number of Indigenous leaders who have worked with and supported that pipeline project.”“It is not for the federal government to decide who speaks for you. That’s not my job. My job is to try and work with everyone — work with all — of you to make sure that you are taking back control of your land, your future, your people, your destiny,” Trudeau said, adding “it is difficult.”“I want an amends. I demand it on behalf of all my people,” shouted protester. “I don’t want to see your crocodile tears. I don’t want to see your apologizing. I don’t want to hear you say ‘sorry’ … I want you to start making better choices on behalf of everybody living on this land.”Trudeau later told the protester, “I listened to what you said. I would respectfully submit that perhaps you haven’t been listening to what I am saying.”last_img read more

Two dreaded criminals held

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police on Tuesday said that they have averted a gang war between various gangs in Najafgarh area with the arrest of two criminals. One of the accused also supplied illegal weapons to the gang.Police identified the accused as Suraj (23) and Roop Ram (26). “Accused Roop Ram (weapon supplier)was arrested from his house in Mathura. The other accused was nabbed from Chawla area in Dwarka,” police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said that Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesSuraj is a sharpshooter of Nandu gang. He is involved in an attempt to murder case last year wherein he had allegedly shot a man. He was arrested in the case and was lodged in Tihar jail. After releasing on bail, he procured illegal firearms/ammunition and resumed criminal activities. He was tasked to eliminate a rival gang member for which he was planning and coordinating with other gang members but was arrested by the police. Accused Roop Ram procures illegal weapons at low prices from illegal units from Western UP and sells them at higher profits to criminals in Delhi/NCR. Most of the people in his village are indulge in criminal activities and although he has been in the trade of illegal arms for quite some time he was never arrested earlier.last_img read more

Foreign buyer activity in Ontario market about five per cent government says

Foreign buyer activity in Ontario market about five per cent, government says by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 4, 2017 2:57 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 4, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Newly released figures show nearly five per cent of home purchases in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe region were made by non-residents since the Liberal government announced a foreign buyer tax.The 15 per cent tax is imposed on buyers in that area — stretching from the Niagara Region to Peterborough — who are not citizens, permanent residents or Canadian corporations.Despite the focus on foreign speculators, the government admitted it didn’t have good data on their role in the market, so it also required homebuyers as of April 24 to give information about their residency and citizenship status.The government says today that data collected from April 24 to May 26 show 18,282 residential and agricultural properties were bought or acquired in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region.Of those transactions, it says about 4.7 per cent of the properties were bought or acquired by people who aren’t citizens or permanent residents, and by foreign corporations.The foreign buyer tax was one part of a 16-part housing plan the government introduced as the housing market in the Toronto area and beyond saw year-over-year price increases of over 30 per cent.The Toronto Real Estate Board previously found that 4.9 per cent of transactions in the Greater Toronto Area involved foreign buyers, which it said was a minimal amount and not detrimental to the housing market.In May, home sales in the Greater Toronto Area plunged 20.3 per cent. It may be a sign that the government’s efforts to cool the market are having an effect, though some economists and realtors say any impact could be short-lived.The average selling price for all properties in May was $863,910, up from $752,100 the same month last year, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board, but that was down from $919,614 in April. The number of detached homes sold fell by 26.3 per cent in the GTA year-over year as their average selling price rose 15.6 per cent to $1,141,041.After Vancouver introduced a 15 per cent tax in foreign buyers last August its market cooled, but there are signs it is rebounding.Toronto and Vancouver are both being closely monitored in light of fears that the fallout from a possible crash in prices could have ramifications for the national economy.The Ontario government will update its numbers again in the fall.It is also establishing an expert forum on housing affordability, which will meet Wednesday and continue to do so quarterly.The tax applies to purchases made on or after April 21, though there are exemptions for refugees, foreign nationals under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, or if the property is jointly purchased with a spouse who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, refugee or exempt under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.Rebates will be available to people who subsequently get citizenship or permanent resident status, as well as foreign nationals working in Ontario and international students. read more

Football 5 plays that mattered – Ohio State versus Penn State

The Buckeyes take the field for the Penn State game on Oct. 28. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor Watch Lantern TV’s Top 5: Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer posed the question nearly everyone who watched Saturday’s anarchic, comeback victory against Penn State had on their mind.“Wow. What just happened?” he said to open his postgame press conference.What just happened was now-No. 3 Ohio State beat the then-No. 2 team in the country 39-38 despite trailing by double digits nearly the entire game, including an 11-point deficit with 5:37 remaining. Along the way, Ohio State did everything it could to lose the game, continuously shooting itself in the foot. In the end, the Buckeyes found a way to win, and that’s all that matters in sport.There were a number of plays that impacted the storylines of the game, but these are the five that mattered most.Fourth-quarter blocked puntQuarterback J.T. Barrett bent over with his hands and knees on the turf after fumbling with 13:13 left in the game and Ohio State trailing 35-20. Four plays later, the Buckeyes finally created their own luck.Cornerback Denzel Ward, perhaps the team’s fastest player, ran free and blocked a punt at Penn State’s 46-yard line. Redshirt junior linebacker Dante Booker recovered the ball, and Ohio State had a first down at the Penn State 41 instead of starting the drive likely inside its own 20.Barrett threw a touchdown pass to Johnnie Dixon two plays later to cut the deficit to 35-27.Fourth-quarter goal-line standFollowing that touchdown, the Ohio State defense still had to make plays. An impatient Buckeye crowd had to wait until just the last moment for the defense to make its stand.Penn State had first-and-goal at the Buckeyes’ 7-yard line. Quarterback Trace McSorley kept the ball on two straight read options, gaining just three yards. On third down, redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Robert Landers burst through the offensive line to drop running back Saquon Barkley for a 3-yard loss.Penn State ended the drive with a field goal when a touchdown likely would have made slim any chance of a comeback for Ohio State.Sam Hubbard drops BarkleyTrailing 38-33, Ohio State needed its defense to make quick stops — three plays and get the offense back on the field. The first play of Penn State’s drive, defensive end Sam Hubbard blew past the left guard, who shifted over to block Hubbard, and tackled McSorley and Barkley while the handoff was taking place.Hubbard put the Nittany Lions inside their 10-yard line with a 7-yard loss. Penn State punted three plays later with more than three minutes remaining. The hit felt like it energized the entire stadium and set the stage for Barrett’s game-winning drive.Denzel Ward interception overturned for touchdownThis play would be up higher if the outcome was different. Ward appeared to reel in a possible game-changing interception in the end zone, as he battled for the ball with receiver DeAndre Thompkins. However, the replay review showed the ball bounce off Ward and into the hands of Thompkins, resulting in a joint possession which, by rule, favors the offensive player.That score put Penn State up 35-20, and just when Ohio State felt it made a play to alter the course of the game, the catch was a momentary back-breaking play.Game official John O’Neill described the play after the game:“The Penn State receiver had the ball first. He brought the ball down, completed the process of a catch, rolled over at which point the Ohio State defender came down on him.”Saquon Barkley opening touchdownIf there was one clear mismatch heading into the game, it was Ohio State’s kick coverage unit against Heisman front-runner Barkley. In probably the most predictable beginning to the game, Barkley returned the opening kick 97 yards, giving the Nittany Lions an early 7-0 lead that didn’t allow Ohio State to be comfortable at any point in the game. read more

Money and the GAA Its an organisation that does its business very

first_imgAN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE in their ability to attract sponsors or simply a reflection of their status as a prized asset in the GAA?Dublin’s lucrative new sponsorship deal with AIG has prompted plenty debate since it was signed recently.It’s a topic that Michael Moynihan, the author of a new book ‘GAAcomonics: The Secret Life of Money in the GAA’, is familiar with.“The deal feeds nicely into the book and shows the importance of Dublin to the GAA. Their competitiveness is crucial. If Dublin went off the rails, dropped down a division in the league for example, it would be catastrophic for the GAA.“Attendances would suffer and that feeds into broadcast rights. John Trainor of Onside Sponsorship told me that the example he gives to people in England when talking about the GAA is that Dublin’s worth is equivalent to Man United or Liverpool.”If Dublin’s financial situation is rosy, the same cannot be said of some other county boards around the country. Their scenarios is a cause for concern for the GAA.“A lot of people were happy in the book to discuss the issue of county board expenditure”, says Moynihan. “County boards can lose the run of themselves with managers.“It was interesting to discover that a lot of counties don’t set out with budgets at start of year. The downside of that is you don’t know how much you’re going to spend.“I spoke to Paraic Duffy and he broke down county boards into three different categories of about 10 or 11 counties each. You have the wealthy counties like Dublin and Cork who will always have money to spend.“Then you’ve small counties who know they won’t generate big money, so they have the common sense not to lose the run of themselves.“But then there’s 10/11 counties who are a cause for concern in the middle. They are the ones with aspirations to join the elite and they’re putting themsevles under pressure to do that. It’s about trying to balance ambition with reality.”Paraic Duffy.Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan And the grassroots of the GAA are not immune to financial pressures either, as evidenced by recent high-profile examples. It was an issue that cropped up for Moynihan when writing the book.“I asked Enda McGuane who was with the Munster Council, about what is the issue that keeps you up at night? He said it’s clubs as they’re coming to us in huge financial straits.“It’s a case of over-ambition in developing facilities. You’re talking about small population bases but the problem is that where are the people to use this fantastic facility?“It was interesting to talk to Tipperary manager Eamonn O’Shea, who is an Economics Professor in NUIG, about the concept of outside managers in clubs. He was pointing out that club can be dazzled by the icon index and get a coach from outside rather than within.“I also found that clubs who have famine periods can often be ones with financial problems. The best guys in the club are sorting that issue instead of the core business of coaching and helping the underage structures. That becomes a vicious cycle.”Eamonn O’SheaPic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy Could the nuclear scenario materialise of clubs having to fold due to financial pressures?“It comes down to trustees in the clubs”, says Moynihan. “They’re the ones whose houses are on the line if it all goes wrong. But there isn’t interest amongst banks to foreclose on clubs.“If the bank is called in, as long as the club are making an effort to keep payments going, the show is kept on the road. It’d be unthinkable really that a club would close and nearly counter productive for a bank given the negative publicity it would cause.“Former GAA President Sean Kelly was talking about these horror stories and he reckons the GAA will eventually have to absorb those losses, which isn’t an ideal scenario.”TicketsIn relation to finance, the GAA often gets plenty flak for ticket prices. The theory that the GAA is a ‘grab all association’ was something Moynihan was aware of.“It’s a circular argument. You can be entitled to complain about ticket prices when you’re going to a miserable venue in March for a league game when the weather conditions are terrible and you can’t get something as basic as a cup of tea.“Against that, the GAA argument is they need to generate that cash to support schemes for kids underage. Tom Ryan the GAA’s Head of Finance told me that it’s a delicate balancing act for them with the prices.“They also are very conscious that they don’t want to get people out of the habit of going to matches.  I’ve kids myself and I know what it’s like when you’ve a family and the cost of going to a match.“But the GAA has a very strong card at all times as they can prove that 86% of money at turnstiles goes back into the GAA. That’s a very difficult argument to overcome and I think people should realise overall that it’s an organisation that does its business very well.”OriginsMoynihan is pleased so far with the reaction to the book. The subject matter is influenced from inside and outside sport.“When I was thinking of writing the book, Soccernomics by Simon Kuper was something I had looked at. Freakanomics was a book I’d have been influenced by as well.“I had also been thinking about a book on the economics of Irish sport but the more I thought about it, the GAA was a perfect fit. You have an organisation which has amateurism as its ethos, depends on volunteers to be it’s bedrock and it also generates a huge amount of money.“It’s gone well and the reaction’s been good so far, I think people realises it’s a different topic to be looked at.”* ‘GAAconomics: The Secret Life of Money In The GAA’ by Michael Moynihan is published by Gill & Macmillan. It is available now in all good bookshops and online*Killybegs to be cheered on by Seamus Coleman as they chase county title6 Talking Points before this weekend’s GAA club actionlast_img read more

Marshall and Trimble given 6 Nations starting roles against Scotland

first_imgIreland (v Scotland): R Kearney, D Kearney, B O’Driscoll, L Marshall, A Trimble; J Sexton, C Murray:  C Healy, R Best, M Ross; D Toner, P O’Connell (Capt.), P O’Mahony, C Henry, J Heaslip.Replacements: S Cronin, J McGrath, M Moore, D Tuohy, T O’Donnell, I Boss, P Jackson, F McFadden. IRELAND COACH JOE Schmidt has handed an international recall to Ulster wing Andrew Trimble for Sunday’s Six Nations opener at home to Scotland.A groin injury to Luke Fitzgerald has paved the way for Trimble’s return to the starting line-up for just the second time since facing South Africa in November 2012.In three changes from the side who faced New Zealand in November Schmidt’s other big selection call is to pick Luke Marshall over Gordon D’Arcy in the centre.As expected, Paul O’Connell captains the side and Chris Henry comes in for the injured Sean O’Brien with Tommy O’Donnell providing back row cover from the bench.Fergus McFadden’s return to fitness allows him take up a place among the replacements with brothers Rob and Dave Kearney completing the back three behind Brian O’Driscoll.As Jonathan Sexton came through last week’s outing for Racing Metro unscathed, he will take the reins at number 10 with Paddy Jackson on the bench alongside Isaac Boss. Schmidt determined to see Ireland meet expectations11 rules for watching the 6 Nations in a crowded publast_img read more

WWEcom selling Braun Strowman storyline injury Strowman sustained serious injuries

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Pinterest WWE.com is announcing that Braun Strowman “sustained serious injuries” from the attack by Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin. WWE is obviously selling the storyline on their website. The article says Strowman is “undergoing evaluation by medical personnel to determine the extent of the damage… Stay with WWE.com as more details on Strowman’s condition become available.”The match on RAW was an Elimination Tag Team Match between Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, and Drew McIntyre vs. Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, and Elias. The match ended in a No Contest. Corbin, Lashley and McIntyre did a number on Strowman and “injured his arm”. Strowman was seen bleeding and saying “I cannot feel my hand, I cannot feel my fingers right now.” Which is of course all part of the storyline.Later on RAW, Michael Cole was selling the storyline further by saying that Braun Strowman was diagnosed with a “shattered elbow.”center_img Baron Corbin advances to the Finals of the King of the Ring tournament this Sunday Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Baron Corbin, Samoa Joe, and Ricochet all advance to the Semifinals of the King of the Ringlast_img read more

PM returns home from Abu Dhabi

first_imgPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina returnes home on Wednesday, 20 February 2019. Photo: UNBPrime minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Wednesday morning, wrapping up her weeklong visit to Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), reports UNB.A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 6:28am.The flight departed Abu Dhabi International Airport for Dhaka at early hours (12:45am, local time) on Wednesday where Mohammad Imran, Bangladesh ambassador to the UAE, saw her off.On 14 February, the prime minister left Dhaka for Germany on her first overseas tour in her third consecutive term in office to attend a security conference in Munich and a defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi.She joined the Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2019 held in Munich, Germany, while the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX-2019) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.During her stay in Munich, Hasina also attended a community reception given by the European Awami League, a dinner programme hosted by president of the World Economic Forum and CEO of Jigsaw Borge Brende Jared Cohen.Besides, president and CEO of the Siemens AG Joe Kaeser, CEO of the Veridos Hans Wolfgang Kunz, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Beatrice Fihn, chief prosecutor of the ICC Dr Bensouda, separately met her separately during her stay there.Following the meeting of Siemens CEO with the prime minister, the power division of Bangladesh and Siemens of Germany signed a document for the construction of a 3600MW LNG power plant at Payra in Bangladesh.On Saturday night, Sheikh Hasina left Munich for Abu Dhabi and visited the International Defence Exhibition on Sunday, which was arranged by the UAE.A UAE business delegation, led by its economic minister Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, met the prime minister on Sunday and expressed interest to expand the UAE business in Bangladesh making investment in various sectors like energy, port and industrial zone, in a newer way.During her stay in Abu Dhabi, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on establishing port, industrial park, supply and setting up LNG terminal, power plants and a special economic zone in Bangladesh.The government of Dubai and Public Private Partnership (PPP) authority under the Prime Minister’s Office signed the first MoU to set up a port, dry port and industrial park in Bangladesh.The second MoU was signed between Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) and the power, energy and mineral resources ministry of Bangladesh to supply LNG to Bangladesh on a long-term basis and develop a land-based LNG receiving terminal in Payra.The third MoU was signed between Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and the Power Development Board of Bangladesh (PDB).The fourth MoU was signed between the private office of Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA).On Monday, Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Nahyan at his Royal Palace.On Tuesday, chairman and managing director of Lulu Group Yusuff Ali and Founder and Chairman of NMC Dr B R Shetty called on the prime minister at her hotel suite in Abu Dhabi.During the meetings, the two UAE business giant, Lulu Group International and NMC, expressed their keen interests to make their investment in different sectors of Bangladesh, including healthcare, shopping mall, hotel and tourism sectors.last_img read more

UN expert says KSA must make Khashoggi trials public

first_imgJamal Khashoggi File PhotoA UN human rights expert said Thursday that Saudi Arabia needed to hold public trials for those accused of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi in order for the process to be credible.”Contrary to Saudi Arabia assertions, these are not internal, domestic matters,” said Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.The kingdom “is grievously mistaken if it believes that these proceedings, as currently constituted, will satisfy the international community,” she added in a statement.Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.Riyadh initially said it had no knowledge of his fate, but later blamed the murder on rogue agents.The public prosecutor in the Saudi capital has charged 11 people over his murder and the government has rejected calls for an independent international investigation.Callamard is conducting what she has described as “an independent human rights inquiry” into Khashoggi’s death.She has previously stated that the killing was “planned and perpetrated” by Saudi officials, but her probe was not established by a United Nations resolution and it does not carry the weight of a formal inquiry.UN special rapporteurs are also independent and do not speak for the world body.Callamard on Thursday issued a set of recommendations to make the Saudi-led process more credible.They include making public the names of the accused and charges against them as well as publicising all trial proceedings and the evidence presented.Callamard also called on international monitors to be allowed at the trial and full transparency regarding any efforts to locate Khashoggi’s remains.”The rights of the victim and his family are at stake, but so too are the rights of other states under international treaties and law,” she added.Saudi officials have previously said they were insulted by calls for international supervision of the Khashoggi case, dismissing them as unfair attacks on the integrity of its judicial system.last_img read more

Lea Gilmore in Concert

first_imgLea Gilmore, Baltimore’s own Empress of Jazz, gospel and blues will be in concert, 8 p.m., March 7 at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles Street in Baltimore.Gilmore has been named by Essence as one of “25 Women Shaping the World,” and regularly performs to sold-out audiences around the world. Her new album, Classically Blue: Lea Gilmore Live at the Eubie Blake Center has just been released on CD. She is accompanied by her band Classically Blue (Derrick Thompson, piano; Mitchell Coates, bass; Jesse “Jay” Moody III, drums).For ticket information and more, visit  commongroundonthehill.org/Baltimore_concert_series.html.last_img

Study shows Massive Open Online Courses used mostly by wealthier people

first_img(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers looking into whether Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are helping to bridge the disparity gap in education access in the U.S. has found that those who take the courses tend to be from wealthier neighborhoods. In their paper published in the journal Science, John Hansen, with Harvard University and Justin Reich, with MIT describe their research efforts and why they came to believe that MOOCs are not the remedy to educational disparity that many had hoped. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Two stylized representations of the possible effects of a technological innovation on educational outcomes for students from high- and low-socioeconomic backgrounds are shown. This material relates to a paper that appeared in the Dec. 4, 2015, issue of Science, published by AAAS. The paper, by J.D. Hansen at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, and colleagues was titled, “Democratizing education? Examining access and usage patterns in massive open online courses.” Credit: John Hansen and Justin Reich More information: J. D. Hansen et al. Democratizing education? Examining access and usage patterns in massive open online courses, Science (2015). DOI: 10.1126/science.aab3782AbstractMassive open online courses (MOOCs) are often characterized as remedies to educational disparities related to social class. Using data from 68 MOOCs offered by Harvard and MIT between 2012 and 2014, we found that course participants from the United States tended to live in more-affluent and better-educated neighborhoods than the average U.S. resident. Among those who did register for courses, students with greater socioeconomic resources were more likely to earn a certificate. Furthermore, these differences in MOOC access and completion were larger for adolescents and young adults, the traditional ages where people find on-ramps into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) coursework and careers. Our findings raise concerns that MOOCs and similar approaches to online learning can exacerbate rather than reduce disparities in educational outcomes related to socioeconomic status. The study suggests that there are obstacles that prevent students from less wealthy neighborhoods from accessing free online education and presumably the better economic opportunities that would follow were those obstacles to be removed. Citation: Study shows Massive Open Online Courses used mostly by wealthier people (2015, December 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-massive-online-courses-wealthier-people.html Neighborhood income for US Harvard/MIT MOOC participants compared to general US population. This material relates to a paper that appeared in the Dec. 4, 2015, issue of Science, published by AAAS. The paper, by J.D. Hansen at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, and colleagues was titled, “Democratizing education? Examining access and usage patterns in massive open online courses.” Credit: John Hansen and Justin Reichcenter_img © 2015 Phys.org Massive open online courses haven’t lived up to the hopes and the hype, professors say Access to a high quality education is not guaranteed in the U.S. People who live in poorer neighborhoods tend to live in less well funded schools with lower success rates. Over the years some have espoused technological advances as the key to leveling the playing field—some believed radio could change things by offering educational programming, others believed television would help, offering even more programming such as that provided by PBS. Unfortunately, such hopes have not been realized as the disparity gap in education has only grown wider between people living in rich neighborhoods versus those living in poor neighborhoods. More recently, some have suggested that the Internet might finally provide the path to change—universities such as Harvard and MIT began offering free courses online, which over time have come to be known as MOOCs. But now, Hansen and Reich have found that the majority of young people taking advantage of such coursework are kids living in wealthy neighborhoods, suggesting that instead of shrinking the disparity gap, they are actually making it wider.To come to these conclusions, the research pair obtained data on 68 students enrolled in MOOCs offered by Harvard and MIT covering the years 2012 to 2014, which included student addresses. Those addresses when compared with census data allowed the researchers to identify the average wealth and education level of adults in the neighborhoods where the students lived. The researchers looked at both registration and completion rates of the student enrollees, and found that the people using MOOCs to further their education were primarily from wealthier neighborhoods, thus it was no surprise that most of those that completed the courses and received a certificate, were also from those same wealthy neighborhoods. Journal information: Science Explore furtherlast_img read more

KVICs initiative to promote pottery industry

first_imgFor the villagers of many sleepy hamlets of Uttar Pradesh, it was a festival on Wednesday at this tinsel village of Shamli district.Under its ambitious ‘Kumhaar Sashaktikaran Yojana’ and ‘Honey Mission’ projects, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) distributed 60 electric potter wheels and 1,000 bee-boxes among the villagers of Hathras, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Meerut, Bagpat, Amroha, Ghaziabad, Saharanpur and Shamli districts at Choudhary Charan Singh Multi-disciplinary Training Centre (MTDC) here. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, who was the chief guest of this function, said that these electric potter wheels are the booster of strength to the potters. “It will not only reduce their labour but with these electric potter wheels – they will make the best quality of utensils and terracotta in minimum time,” he said, adding, “In consonance with the changed demand from the perspective customers with support of technological back up by providing the modernised machines / tools and equipments to the existing potters, we have taken initiatives to promote the pottery industry. After proper training under skill upgradation programme by the KVIC, these new design intervention and supply of modernised machines, tools and equipment in pottery making will enable to bring out the new terra-cotta products in the market by the potters, who are so far making pottery through hand driven traditional methods – incidentally high-labour intensive and less cost-effective.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSaxena further said that it would not only give direct employment to 90 people and indirect employment to 15 people but also enhance per day income of a potter from Rs 100 to at least Rs 400. In the programme, the KVIC Chairman gave one electric potter wheels, one set of a pug mill, one set of blunger and one set of gas fired kiln to each group of 10 potters in altogether 60 beneficiaries. While the electric potter wheel on which the potter can work 12 to 16 hours a day – is useful for bringing the new designs and reducing the drudgery having variable RPM of 0 to 180, the blunger can process 400 to 500 kilograms of raw clay in mere 8 hours. Similarly, while the pugmill is used for pugging and homogenous clay mixing and would process 500-800 kilograms clay per hour, the all-weather and less pollutant gas kiln is useful for baking the green articles of 50 to 60 kilograms per day with temperature up to 1100 degree centigrade. Following the clarion call given by the Prime Minister, who has always laid stress on the need of ‘Sweet Kranti’ on the lines of ‘Shwet Kranti’, KVIC Chairman also distributed 1,000 bee-boxes among 100 scheduled caste farmers of Shamli and neighbouring districts, identified by the KVIC. “It will not only ensure an additional annual income of to the farmers’ families but would also increase the yield of their crops due to the cross-pollination,” he said, adding, “KVIC has planned to adopt two-three villages in each district of India as ‘Honey Villages’.” Later, the KVIC Chairman also planted more than 500 saplings of medicinal plants of Moringa and Tulsi. Among others, who attended this function were Satya Narayana, Deputy CEO (North Zone) and Madhusudan Chouhan, Principal MTDC.last_img read more

adventureeventsGreat Canadian TrailsWorld Expediti

first_imgadventureeventsGreat Canadian TrailsWorld Expeditions Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year so it’s hardly surprising that Lonely Planet has declared the country the top destination for 2017, as this already popular destination prepares for a surge in eager visitors!If you want to learn more about Canada, and celebrate Canada – join Great Canadian Trails expert, Keri May, and discover more about the excitement of finalising the last sections of the world’s longest network of recreational trails – the Trans Canada Trail, at World Expeditions’ FREE events next week. Sydney – 28 February 2017Melbourne – 1 March 2017Brisbane – 2 March 2017Enjoy tasty Canadian treats, be inspired by Canadian landscapes and maybe win a lucky door prize! Canada boasts 47 National Parks and Reserves, dozens of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves, hundreds of thousands of lakes, a handful of stunning mountain ranges and the longest coastline in the world and World Expeditions’ 29 adventures there are a great way to see some of its most scenically stunning regions.IMAGE: Idyllic much? Cycle lakeside on beautiful Prince Edward Islandlast_img read more