World T20: Lendl Simmons credits IPL experience for match-winning knock against India

first_imgOn a high after a match-winning knock against India which steered West Indies to World T20 final, star batsman Lendl Simmons on Thursday said that the experience he gained from playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL helped him play such an innings in such a crucial match.”I got the news after Afghanistan game. The chairman called and told if I was fit to go and play the match and said yes, I was and to play the match. I was about to get ready on Friday and come to Mumbai for the IPL. I saw an opportunity to get ready for IPL as well. This is my home ground, I read the conditions well and think I read it well. Yes IPL helped me very well,” Simmons said at the post-match press conference here.Simmons was recalled to the side after Andre Fletcher was ruled out of the tournament after hamstring problem against Afghanistan.On Thursday, West Indies beat India by seven wickets at the Wankhede Stadium here. Batting first, India posted a competitive total of 192/2 in 20 overs, thanks to Virat Kohli’s 89. In reply, the Windies chased down the total posting 196/3 in 19.4 overs, thanks to Simmons’ 51-ball 82 and Johnson Charles’ 36-ball 52.”When I went out to bat, I had clean in my mind what I had to do, because the game was early and we had a target to chase. So before the game I was a bit nervous. And I was in a bit pressure as I came here for a job. We got to chase the target and it was good,” said Simmons.advertisementThe 31-year-old said that despite Chris Gayle getting out early for just five runs, the side pulled of a stunning win and that shows the strength of the batting line-up.”This chase proved that West Indie is not a one man show. Chris did not get off tonight but we still got to win the match. Chasing a big total, despite him getting out early, shows the character in our team. Every member in our tea is match winners and we can back ourselves,” he said.West Indies will now face England, who earlier beat New Zealand in the first semis on Wednesday, in the final at the Eden Gardens on April 3.About the final, Simmons said: “I think we shouldn’t be over confident. On the day which team plays better. We have to go to Kolkata and analyse the situation and game when that comes. The conditions will be different, won’t be a batting track like this.”last_img read more

Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq wants to play with India despite deteriorating relationship

first_imgPakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said that politics has to be kept out of cricket if people want resumption of bilateral ties between India and Pakistan. (Pakistan sponsor of terrorism, no question of playing cricket with them: Anurag Thakur)”As a player I would like to play against India. I would want to captain our side against them. But unless politics is kept away from cricket, there can’t be a resumption of bilateral ties,” Misbah said.India have not played a bilateral Test series against Pakistan since 2007. (Terrorism an issue: Sourav Ganguly backs BCCI’s decision to not play cricket with Pakistan)Misbah said Pakistan had always pushed for resumption of bilateral ties but unfortunately the response from India has not been the same.BCCI President Anurag Thakur recently said there was no question of playing against Pakistan after 18 Indian soldiers died in a terror attack in Uri. Thakur’s comments have not gone down well with Pakistan cricket fans and former players.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

India seen as sole bright spot in troubled global economy

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI) Confident that Make in India will transform the nation into a manufacturing powerhouse, Steel Minister Chaudhary Birendra Singh today said India is seen as the sole bright sport in a troubled global economy.”India is now being seen as the sole bright spot in a troubled global economy. When foreign investors look at India, they feel confident and reassured. Nearly USD 26 billion has flowed into the country this year so far since we opened the floodgates for FDI across sectors,” he said at an event here.He further said that there is no alternative to a robust manufacturing sector to uplift the over 1.25 billion people of this country and Make in India programme will help in achieving this goal.Talking about the steel sector, Singh said that last year India became the worlds third largest producer of the metal and will take the second spot in a few months.The country led the growth in steel production and consumption globally in 2015 and the trend is continuing this year as well, he noted.He said the government is taking policy measures to further boost steel demand in the country.”R&D can be used to develop cost effective, environment friendly and new technologies. It can also be used to develop new products that can help in promoting steel usage. Pre-fabricated structures, steel toilets and other such innovative usages can be adopted using R&D,” Singh added.Make in India can help in a big way by focussing on R&D in the steel industry, whether it is in defence, space or nuclear power, which will help in two ways — reducing outflow of foreign currency and inculcating a sense of pride in domestic technologies, the minister said.advertisement”The government is also taking steps to ensure that quality steel is available to Indian consumers. This is very important from the health and safety point of view,” he said. PTI RNK ABMlast_img read more

Sarri welcomes Chelsea’s Loftus-Cheek ‘problem’

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits he is happy to have a “problem” like Ruben Loftus-Cheek after the England man laid down a claim for regular first-team football with a brilliant Europa League hat-trick. Loftus-Cheek, 22, has been a bit-part player so far under the Italian, with Thursday’s start just his fourth appearance of the season. But he took full advantage of his opportunity, smashing a memorable hat-trick as BATE Borisov were put to the sword in a 3-1 victory for the Blues .  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Sarri stated that he welcomed more competition for places in Chelsea’s star-studded first team. “I like very much this type of problem,” the former Napoli man joked when asked about Loftus-Cheek’s sterling audition for a regular spot. “He played very, very well. In the offensive phase wonderful. I told him at the beginning of the season I thought he was really a very good player. Now I think the same, but now he’s now more suitable to my football.”He’s improving. He needs to improve in the defensive phase, but it’s not only Loftus.”At the moment we have four midfielders for two positions. Three of them with the same characteristics. Only Kante is a defensive midfielder. It’s very difficult for me to put in the starting XI two so offensive midfielders at the same time. I hope to be able to do it in the future.”I need the cooperation of the players of course. I need an improvement in the defensive phase.”A graduate of the Chelsea academy, Loftus-Cheek is a favourite of the Blues support, who are eager to see more local heroes make a mark at a club which has historically leaned heavily on imported talent. But Sarri recognised that it was hard to offer him regular football with such competition in the midfield. “He’s a very good player. I have a little problem as I have to put 11 players in the starting XI and I have 28 players. It’s a little problem and I don’t know how to solve it,” he added.”As I said before, I have a tactical problem with the midfielders. We need to work and they have to improve in the defensive phase. In the future I may be able to put [Ross] Barkley and Loftus in the same starting XI.”I know that the fans love him, of course. He was in the academy so that’s normal. My problem remains the same. It’s very difficult to solve the tactical problem without an improvement in the defensive phase with these three midfielders. We can try and we will work, but I need the cooperation of the players.”Chelsea will be back in action on Sunday, when they visit Burnley in the Premier League.last_img read more

Make efforts to look into issues raised by Guha: CIC to BCCI

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 11 (PTI) Batting for larger transparency, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has urged the Committee of Administrators running the BCCI to look into the issues raised by historian Ramachandra Guha.The Central Information Commission had on June 9 made it clear that the BCCI is a national sports federation (NSF) but stopped short of declaring it a public authority under the RTI Act.The observations of the CIC came while hearing the case of an RTI applicant who had sought to know from the Union sports ministry the provisions under which the Board of Control for Cricket in India, registered under Tamil Nadu Society Act, selects the Indian team for international events.Applicant Om Prakash Kashiram did not get a satisfactory response from the ministry after which he approached the Commission with his appeal.”This CoA has taken charge with immediate effect started liaising with BCCIs chief executive officer Rahul Johri, who is in-charge of the daily administration of the board. This means the Union of India has taken over the administration of BCCI through the Supreme Courts appointed committee, hence the BCCI, its CoA already became public authority and answerable,” Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said.The Commission did not bring it under the RTI Act because of a pending matter before the Madras High Court.It directed the ministry of youth affairs and sports to inform it and the applicant about its efforts to expedite the process of bringing a bill or adopting appropriate legal measures to declare BCCI as public authority under RTI Act.advertisementIt also directed the Committee of Administrators to adopt transparency in its functions.”The Committee of Administrators and the CEO need to immediately initiate efforts to find the facts on the issues raised by Ramachandra Guha, take necessary steps to prevent wrongs, if found to have been committed,” he said.Guha who was also deputed by the Supreme Court in the Committee of Administrators to run the BCCI had made sensational claims in his letter in which he had questioned the stardom and conflict of interest by some members.Citing transparency in the functioning of Supreme Court- appointed Lodha Committee, the Commission said the cricket fans are expecting Vinod Rai-led Committee of Administrators to make BCCI functioning fully transparent.In an exhaustive order on detailing the accountability of the cricket governing body, the Commission said the BCCI under the administration of the CoA has to do maximum disclosure on its own, reducing the need for RTI applications.”It has to respect the apex courts order by establishing on its own, an RTI wing,” Acharyulu said.”It should also come up with Citizens Charter on their official website…it is the duty of CoA to publish all such material on its website in both Hindi and English,” he said.The transparency panel said it expects the cricket controlling body to get fully transparent in “all its functions” till it is brought under the ambit of the Act.He said the government provides support to the BCCI which includes making available land by state and UT governments for stadia, tax concessions, making available security during the matches, facilities for visa, and others.”Therefore, it is incorrect to say that BCCI is not an NSF and does not fall within the purview of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India,” he said. PTI ABS KUN SRYlast_img read more

Mercedes celebrate toughest Constructors’ Championship yet

first_imgMercedes joined a select group of teams to have won the Formula One Constructors’ Championship for four years in a row on Sunday and recognised it as their toughest title yet.With an unassailable lead of 147 points with 129 remaining from the final three races, Mercedes joined Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull who racked up similar streaks during their years of dominance.Unlike their rivals, Mercedes have managed to stay on top despite major rule changes at the end of last year that introduced wider tyres and revised aerodynamics to make the cars faster and harder to handle.Not a great race for me today, but:WE ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS ??Proud to be part of @MercedesAMGF1 #F1 #VB77 #USGP #mbfamily @F1 pic.twitter.com/XNiCnkLNkF- Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) October 23, 2017And this season they have been fighting a resurgent and determined Ferrari rather than just waging an internal battle between team mates.”This for us was the most difficult one because Ferrari was competitive and we still made it,” the team’s non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, himself a triple world champion, told reporters at the U.S. Grand Prix.Win the Constructors’ Championship… Celebrate!!! pic.twitter.com/n9D7PKDg0u- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 23, 2017Mercedes have dominated since the start of the 1.6 litre V6 turbo hybrid era in 2014, and are set to win both titles again this year.They have won 11 of 17 races so far this season and 62 of 76 since the start of 2014.AP PhotoBritain’s Lewis Hamilton, who won at the Circuit of the Americas on Sunday for the fifth time in six years, has won nine times this year and is a fingertip away from his own fourth championship.advertisementHis title looks sure to come in Mexico next weekend, barring misfortune.It would have been five had now-retired team mate Nico Rosberg not beaten him last year in a season where car reliability played a major part in the eventual outcome.?????? #USGP #4TheTeam pic.twitter.com/PB0yrxMfff- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 22, 2017Mercedes have also qualified on pole position for 69 of the last 76 races and Hamilton, who holds the sport’s all-time career record of 72, has taken 11 of them this season alone.”When we set our objectives at the beginning of the year it was to win both championships and be the first team to do that through a regulation change like this,” said team boss Toto Wolff.LIVE: Wow, just wow… FOUR time WORLD CHAMPIONS!! ????#4TheTeam #USGP @F1 pic.twitter.com/667m8WUhff- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 22, 2017″Having achieved that here in Austin with three races to go, it feels really unbelievable. It’s just the reward for so many people that have been hard working,” added the Austrian, his briefing interrupted by Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene entering to congratulate him with a hug.”You always try to identify silver bullets that make the difference but the fact is that we have a really great dynamic within the team and we enjoy doing what we do, pulling it all together. Bringing it home feels just super.”AP Photolast_img read more

UN Urges Countries for “Ekecheiria” During Winter Olympics

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution by acclamation Monday urging all countries to stop hostilities and observe a truce during the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea — a message especially aimed at North Korea.The resolution, adopted with a bang of the gavel by Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak to loud applause, urges U.N. member states to observe the truce from seven days before the games begin on Feb. 9 until seven days after the Paralympic Winter Games end on March 18.Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, told the 193-member world body that with the resolution the General Assembly is “creating the conditions for all athletes to compete in peace.”“Only the U.N. member states can guarantee the athletes the safe passage to the Olympic Games,” he said. “They make it possible for all the Olympic athletes to realize their dream of a lifetime.”Lee Hee Beom, president of the South Korean organizing committee, said the resolution signifies the General Assembly’s “strong wish that Pyeongchang will provide the window of opportunity to foster an environment conducive to building and sustaining peace on the Korean peninsula, and in northeast Asia.”He recalled the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, where delegations from both Koreas walked into the opening ceremony “marching together, hand in hand under the same flag.” It simply said “Korea.”“We hope our joint action today will lead to a chain reaction for the promotion of peace within the region and beyond,” Lee added. “Together we are more powerful than any of us working alone.”South Korean Olympic gold medalist Yuna Kim, who is a goodwill ambassador for the Winter Games, expressed hope that the competition “will spread the message of peace through one of the few languages that has the power to unite people around the world — the graceful and universal language of sport.”“Indeed, Pyeongchang represents perhaps the most sincere efforts to cross frozen borders between South and North Korea and foster a peaceful environment,” she said.The resolution recalls the ancient Greek tradition of “ekecheiria,” which called for a cessation of hostilities to encourage a peaceful environment, ensure safe passage and participation of athletes in the ancient Olympics.The General Assembly revived the tradition in 1993 and has adopted resolutions before all Olympics since then, but member states involved in conflicts have often ignored the call for a truce.The Pyeongchang games “will give us hope in our troubled times for a better future,” Bach said. “The Olympic Games demonstrate that our values of a shared humanity are stronger than all the forces that want to divide us.”EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Presslast_img read more

Spotted UN Karadeniz Getting Stretched in Turkey

first_imgHere are some glimpses of UN Karadeniz, a vessel owned by U.N. Ro-Ro, Turkey’s largest operator of freight ferry routes, undergoing a transformation in dry dock at the Gemak Group of Companies shipyard in Turkey.The 2008-built vessel is being lengthened by 30 metres and once completed its capacity will be boosted to hold 55 more trailers.The ship is the first of U.N. Ro-Ro vessels to feature the DFDS livery.To remind, Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS closed the acquisition of 98.8% of U.N. Ro-Ro at the beginning of June.The integration process of the two companies is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.UN Karadeniz is expected to complete its transformation in the second half of September when it will go back on its  route.U.N. Ro-Ro operates five freight shipping routes connecting Turkey with Italy and France. The company has a fleet of 12 freight ferries with an average age of 11 years.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: DFDSlast_img read more

Yechury blames state leadership for poll debacle

first_imgKolkata: The state leadership of CPIM is responsible for the debacle of the party in the general election whose result was announced recently, party general Secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Tuesday. He attended the state committee meeting of the party at Alimuddin Street on Tuesday morning. The district leadership had been asked to submit report on the poll debacle.Yechury hinted at inducting fresh blood into the leadership but did not elaborate how many new faces are going to be inducted in the state committee. CPIM has never faced such crisis since the inception of the party in 1964. The party has only three MPs in the Lok Sabha. In Bengal, the party had fielded 29 candidates and another nine candidates were fielded by its partners, CPI, Forward Bloc and RSP. Altogether, the Left Front had fielded 38 candidates. The deposit of 37 out of 38 candidates has been forfeited. The lone exception is Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharya, who had contested from Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat. Bhattacharya stood third. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaMoreover, 22 percent votes of the party have been shifted to the BJP. In 2014, the party secured 29 percent votes, which have gone down to 7 percent. Before the Lok Sabha election, the Front partners had alleged that the CPIM in league with the BJP had planned to defeat their candidates. Their allegation has come true. Some party leaders alleged that whenever the party is in trouble, the leaders said fresh blood would be inducted in the leadership. However, it never happened in the past. The old guards continue to rule the party with their outdated ideas. At the beginning of the meeting some leaders pointed out people did not accept the party’s view that the Trinamool Congress and the BJP are equally dangerous in Bengal. It may be mentioned that on May 31 party’s politburo member Mohammad Salim had tweeted that the time had come to categorise the BJP as the main enemy in the state and take measures to thwart its advances.last_img read more

Special needs kids onreserve wait longer for medical services

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s an injustice that erupted onto the public scene eight years ago when Jordan River Anderson died in a Winnipeg hospital without ever living with his family in Norway House Cree Nation.The system that was supposed to be changed so that kids don’t ever again fall between teh cracks while governments quarreled over funding.But concerns persist that the changers aren’t happening fast enough.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot has this story.last_img

First Nations consulted on 2013 immigration targets as Tories break new ground

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 20, 2012 7:04 pm MDT First Nations consulted on 2013 immigration targets as Tories break new ground OTTAWA – The Conservative government has wrapped up its consultations on next year’s immigration targets by breaking new ground — a precedent-setting sit-down with First Nations.And by meeting with a traditionally disadvantaged group — one that has vocally questioned Canada’s generous immigration policy — the government may be signalling what’s to come in 2013.Rick Dykstra, the parliamentary secretary to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, met Thursday with representatives of the Assembly of First Nations and the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.It was the final consultation as the ministry prepares the immigration target numbers, and their composition, that are expected to be released in November.Dykstra called the meeting “very productive.”“The aboriginal community has a very unique opinion on immigration issues, and not hesitating to talk about the economy at the same time,” he told The Canadian Press in an interview. “So it was very fruitful.”Citizenship and Immigration can find no record of aboriginal communities being consulted on immigration policy, a point that has not been lost on First Nations leaders — some of whom pointedly refer to all non-aboriginal Canadians as immigrants.“It’s a whole new stepping stone for us,” said Dykstra.As for the tenor of the meeting, he said: “I think the general consensus on the actual numbers was to maintain or perhaps move down in terms of what our average has been over the last couple of years.”Every year the federal government consults with various stakeholder groups before setting the following year’s immigration targets in early November.The numbers have remained fairly stable under Conservative and Liberal governments. Total intake in 2011 was almost 250,000 migrants, compared with 262,000 in 2005, the last year under the Liberals.But the makeup of those immigrants is in constant flux. In 2007, Canada accepted just over 66,000 family-class immigrants and 131,000 in the economic class. Last year, the family class comprised only 56,446 while economic immigrants had jumped to 156,121.The Conservative government is also allowing more temporary foreign workers into the country. By last December, there were more than 300,000 such workers, a jump of 50 per cent since 2007.That has prompted some grumbling in First Nations communities.This summer, Betty Ann Lavallee, the national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples — which represents urban natives — said Canada needs to train and employ aboriginal youth, not bring in foreign help.“It’s very important because we are a young generation, we are fast-growing and we are the next labour force for Canada,” said Lavallee.“We do not need to be bringing in immigrants. We are ready and prepared to work. We are a mobile people. We just need a little bit of help.”It is not a new complaint.In 2010 two chiefs in northern Ontario made news when they held an education rally in Sault Ste. Marie that was overtly anti-immigration.“What I say is close the borders,” Batchewana First Nation Chief Dean Sayers was quoted telling the rally.“Don’t be bringing 200,000 more foreigners into these lands if you can’t even look after the responsibilities you have to us already.”And in 2005 the Assembly of First Nations examined — and discarded — a resolution to “freeze all immigration coming into Canada until the federal government addresses, commits, and delivers resources to First Nations to improve the housing conditions, education, health and employment in First Nations communities.”Dystra said Thursday’s meeting was not about moratoriums or shutting the door on immigration.“I did not get that message at all,” he said.“There definitely was a leaning toward lowering the numbers, for at least a little while, to assist them in their endeavour to help with youth unemployment.”He said the aboriginal groups are seeking more continuing consultations, including with provincial ministries, as immigration and labour policy becomes entwined. read more

North American markets digest uncertainty over Cyprus bank account tax

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 19, 2013 8:50 am MDT TORONTO – North American markets tried Tuesday to shed concerns that debt troubles in Europe could worsen as Cyprus grapples with financial stability.The small Mediterranean island became the centre of attention with traders this week, as lawmakers of the country rejected a draft bill that would have seized part of residents’ bank deposits in order to qualify for an international bailout.European officials have said that without a bailout, the country’s main banks will collapse and the country could end up having to leave Europe’s joint currency. The instability was compounded by reports that the country’s finance minister Michalis Sarris had resigned from his position, though he later said that was untrue.But the uncertainty had already erased any gains made earlier in the session on both sides of the border.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index decreased 7.89 points to 12,773.87, while the TSX Venture Exchange slid 5.27 points to 1,106.51.The Canadian dollar was down 0.45 of a cent at 97.37 cents US.On Wall Street stocks were mixed as the Dow Jones industrials made a late-session climb to end the day up 3.76 points to 14,455.82.The Nasdaq backed off 8.49 points to 3,229.10 while the S&P 500 index was down 3.76 points to 1,548.34.Cyprus’ troubles translated to concerns about eurozone oil demand with the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange slipping $1.58 to settle at US$92.16 a barrel.Gold stocks were ahead with April bullion moving up $6.70 to US$1,611.30 an ounce, while May copper fell 2.3 cents to US$3.406 a pound.The consumer discretionary index led the TSX, up 0.8 per cent, after Rona Inc. (TSX:RON) hired Robert Sawyer, a senior executive from the Metro grocery business, to be its next president and chief executive starting next month. The home renovation company’s shares were up four per cent, or 42 cents, to $10.98.In U.S. economic data, the Commerce Department reported that construction started on homes in February at the second-fastest pace in 4 1/2 years. Builders broke ground on new homes last month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 917,000, up from 910,000 in January.Statistics Canada reported that wholesale sales rose by 0.3 per cent in January to $49 billion, mainly due to higher sales in computer and communications equipment and supplies. In volume terms, wholesale sales were up 0.5 per cent for the month.And manufacturing sales edged down 0.2 per cent in January to $48 billion — the fourth decline in five months — impacted by weakness in automotive as well as the petroleum and coal product industry.Shares in convenience store owner Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) were down after it reported profits rose to $142.5 million, or 75 cents a share, from $86.8 million, or 48 cents, a year earlier. The stock fell 2.3 per cent, or $1.25, to $54.34.Lululemon (TSX:LLL) shares took a hit after the company said it has yanked its popular black yoga pants from store shelves because the material was too sheer. The company warned of lower than expected sales because of a shortage of the extraordinarily popular clothing items, which make up make up about 17 per cent of all women’s pants and crop pants in its stores.Shares fell 2.6 per cent, or $1.76, to $65.74.Traders’ attention will turn to a two-day meeting of U.S. Federal Reserve that is expected to keep record-low interest rates and other measures in an effort to maintain the momentum of U.S. economic growth. The details will be confirmed through a statement and update on economic forecasts due Wednesday. North American markets digest uncertainty over Cyprus bank account tax read more

Uturns on Global Compact reflect poorly on countries concerned senior UN migration

However, she said that the vast majority of States are still signed up to the initiative: a cooperative non-binding document which is designed to set clear objectives to make migration safe, orderly and regular.  It sets out to address the concerns of signatory governments while reinforcing national sovereignty; and recognizes the vulnerabilities faced by migrants.Ms. Arbour says that, once implemented, it would allow migrants and Member States to prosper: “There is no question that we would see an increase in harvesting the benefits of migration and, very importantly, reducing some of its negative aspects such as irregular migration, with people moving in chaotic, dangerous ways,” she said.“We would see a great improvement on the development aspects, the humanitarian aspect, and all the economic benefits that migration is capable of producing, if it’s well managed, in a cooperative way,” added the former High Commissioner for Human Rights, and senior Canadian judge.Addressing the often-negative discourse surrounding migration, Ms. Arbour said that governmental policies need to be data-driven, and connect with reality: “There are many, many countries in the world today that will need to import a part of their workforce. The demographics are suggesting that if they want to maintain their current economic standards or even grow their economy, they’re going to have to receive well-trained foreigners to meet the labour market demands in their countries,” she said, adding that “to foster a culture of exclusion in such a case, is entirely counterproductive.”The compact is due to be formally adopted at a conference in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh in December, where Ms. Arbour said that she expects to hear Member States express their intentions to implement the parts that are particularly significant to them, share their commitments, innovative ideas, and forge more partnerships.The conference will also see the launch of the Migration Network, by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres. This body, coordinated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), will oversee the implementation of the Global Compact for migration, and will involve all UN agencies that include a migration aspect as part of their mandate. Ms. Arbour pointed out that the text was agreed following extensive negotiations – involving all Member States apart from the United States – that lasted for months, during which each country advanced their own interests and extracted concessions from others, adding: “I think it reflects very poorly on those who participated in negotiations…it’s very disappointing to see that kind of reversal so shortly after a text was agreed upon.”On Sunday, Slovakia’s Prime Minister became the latest national leader to announce their withdrawal of support for the Compact, according to news reports. read more

Halls helping hands Ohio States Fickell rewarded by decision to stay with

College football coaches have their play-calling and decision-making skills frequently scrutinized, but first-year Ohio State football head coach Luke Fickell’s decision to stick with junior running back and kick returner Jordan Hall, despite two fumbles, factored heavily into the Buckeyes’ 33-29 win Saturday against then-No.12 Wisconsin. With OSU trailing, 7-3, Hall fumbled a Badgers’ punt as he bent over and braced for a collision with another player in the second quarter. Hall scrambled to recover the ball on the Buckeyes’ 8-yard line. “He caught (that punt) inside the 10,” Fickell said after the game. “I’m not saying those are things we designed up.” Momentum shifted as play continued, and the Buckeyes took a 10-7 lead early in the second half. Hall added to the lead at the 9:26 mark with a two-yard touchdown run. But Hall’s adventurous night as punt returner wasn’t over. A second punt-return fumble by Hall was recovered by Wisconsin redshirt senior defensive back Andrew Lukasko, and led to a 1-yard touchdown run junior back Montee Ball that sliced OSU’s deficit to 17-14. Hall said he was anxious to make a play. “The drops I had, that’s not usual for me,” Hall said. “I’ll be making sure that doesn’t happen again.” Fickell stuck with Hall for the remainder of the game, though, and it paid off. OSU stretched its lead to 26-14 before Badgers’ senior quarterback Russell Wilson connected with sophomore wide receiver Jared Abbrederis for two touchdowns, the second of which gave Wisconsin a 29-26 lead with 1:18 remaining in the fourth quarter. Senior center Michael Brewster said his first thought after the Badgers retook the lead was that OSU would need a good return on the ensuing kickoff. “We have got to get a good return to help us out,” Brewster said. “At least get in field goal range, at worst.” Hall agreed. “On the return, I knew I just had to make a play to help our offense out,” he said. Hall collected Wisconsin sophomore Alec Lerner’s kick and returned it 42 yards to OSU’s 48-yard line. “After (Hall) got that big return, I knew we would get at least three points,” sophomore receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said of Hall’s return. Just four plays later, freshman quarterback Braxton Miller heaved a 40-yard pass to fellow freshman and receiver Devin Smith who waited in the end zone to collect the pass. The rest is history. Fickell said he wanted the ball in Hall’s hands. “Just because (Hall) makes a mistake here or there, he doesn’t make them often,” Fickell said. “We’re going to stick with him.” Hall said the win was big for OSU, (5-3, 2-2) which improved its position in the Big Ten Leaders Division standings. “It (the win) will give us more confidence,” Hall said. “It’s up to us. Time to get back to work.” OSU returns to work Saturday against Indiana at noon in Ohio Stadium. read more

NTMA grabs €500m from markets

first_imgIRELAND HAS MADE another visit to the international money markets, with the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) raising €500m in short term cash this morning.The treasury bills, or T-bills, will be repaid after three months. The indicative premium on the payback is around 0.20 per cent, although this is calculated as if the money were to be repaid after a year. The actual interest cost will be less than this.The short term money raised this morning is the latest in a series of fundraising exercises that have been completed since Ireland first returned to the short term money markets in July 2012. The yield on the short term bonds has fallen to its current level from 1.80 per cent at the first auction.High demandDemand for the bonds amounted to €1.902bn in bids lodged, some 3.8 times the amount on offer.This mornings fundraising is separate from a target of around €8bn that the NTMA has set to raise from the markets in long term money this year. Those funds will only be repaid after ten years.The auctions are usually held on the third Thursday of the month for around €500m. Targets for the auctions can rise as high as €1bn, but it is thought that the NTMA will restrict their ambitions to sales of €500m for the forseeable future.Sold: NTMA sells €1 billion worth of Irish government debt>Bond sale marks ‘normalisation’ of Ireland>last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news… A seven-week-old Labrador, with her sisters and brothers who fell asleep after playing around at the launch of a pioneering programme involving the Prison Service and charity Dogs for the Disabled. More details at www.dogsforthedisabled.ie. Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandIRISH A report into the CRC found that the organisation set up its charitable arm just to get as much money as possible from the HSE.The Taoiseach said a Fianna Fáil deputy writing to a judge was a “direct intervention in the administration of justice“.Alan Shatter blasted the Guerin report for ‘completely failing to follow fair procedure’.The first meeting of the banking inquiry took place.Jereon Dijsselbloem said that while retroactive recapitalisation of Irish banks was possible, it was politically “difficult”. [RTÉ News]Siptu announced that ambulance crews are to be balloted for industrial action.The Police Ombudsman found no evidence that the RUC was involved in an attack on Gerry Adams in 1984.A motorcyclist died in a crash in Dublin.The jobs of 160 workers at a quarry are in limbo after the plant entered receivership.Paying back the state is the ‘constant focus’ of AIB, the bank’s chairman said.WORLD A couple sunbathe on Broadstairs beach in Kent, the United Kingdom. Source: Chris Radburn/PA Wire#CAMBODIA: The number of workers fleeing Thailand soared to more than 200,000. [AFP]#GERMANY: A potholer trapped 3,300ft underground for 12 days was rescued. [BBC News]#IRAQ: The United States said it could deploy as many as 300 military advisers to help the Iraqi army.#UKRAINE: Separatists and Ukrainian troops continued fighting after a ceasefire was refused. [Reuters]#UNITED STATES: An 89-year-old was arrested for alleged war crimes as a teenage Nazi guard at Auschwitz.INNOVATION Blackberry surprised everyone by making a profit.It was almost the end of life as we know it – Facebook was down for a while.PARTING SHOTResearchers have recorded bats singing in a similar way to songbirds. Listen to their calls here. [Science]Originally published 9pmcenter_img A Canadian court ordered Google to remove all links relating to a specific company.Doubt was cast on a study of gravitational waves, previously said to be the discovery of the century. [New Scientist]last_img read more

Les tablettes Sony disponibles le 1er septembre au RoyaumeUni

first_imgLes tablettes Sony disponibles le 1er septembre au Royaume-Uni ?Selon le site anglais This is my next, les futures tablettes tactiles Sony, la S1 et la S2, seront disponibles en pré-commande dès le 1er septembre au Royaume-Uni.L’attente autour des tablettes tactiles de Sony se fait de plus en plus grande. Si côté technique, rien ou presque n’a filtré depuis leur présentation à la presse le 26 avril dernier, le site This is my next, relayé par Clubic, explique que côté commercialisation, les rumeurs se font de plus en plus pressantes autour de la date du 1er septembre. Il serait possible à partir de ce moment-là de les pré-commander au Royaume-Uni, pour une livraison qui se ferait à la fin de l’année. Toutefois, ces informations concernent la S1, la tablette tactile à écran unique, mais pas la S2.Cette Sony S1 possède la particularité de proposer une version d’Honeycomb dotée d’une surcouche logicielle, c’est-à-dire mettant l’accent sur des plateformes précises. Ce serait ainsi une plateforme orientée jeu, la Playstation Suite, qui serait mise en avant dans la S1. Mais pour plus d’informations, il va falloir se résigner à attendre encore plusieurs semaines.Le 13 juillet 2011 à 20:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

BAHAMAS Junkanoo Just Around the Corner

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 18, 2017 – Nassau – With Junkanoo just around the corner, craftsmen are focused on cutting and pasting to create costumes, new fangled or old fashioned — as were these young students of L. W. Young Junior High School yesterday, using their own brand of styling for the holiday fanfare.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img