first_imgThe Chhatra JD(U), student wing of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumars party, won the president’s post in the Patna University Students Union (PUSU) elections, the results of which were declared in the early hours of of Thursday. Putting up its best-ever performance, the student body of JD(U) also won the treasurer’s post while the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of RSS bagged the other key offices of vice president, general secretary and joint secretary. This is only the second time in the history of Chhatra JD(U) when its candidates have won key posts in PUSU elections. Previously, the student body had won the joint secretarys post in 2012. The PUSU polls this year witnessed fierce campus rivalry between the Chhatra JD(U) and the ABVP, with allegations of JD(U) national vice-president Prashant Kishor meddling in the elections putting the partys relations with its ally BJP under strain. Incidentally, both Mr. Kumar and his deputy Sushil Modi a senior BJP leader had been PUSU leaders.Hailing the victory of Mohit Prakash and Kumar Satyam for the posts of president and treasurer respectively, JD(U) spokesman Neeraj Kumar tweeted “poll results have placed a mirror before those who have become synonymous with lumpenisation of politics. Patna University students have voted in favour of politics that is free from corruption and imbued with the virtues of character and good conduct.” For the other top posts, the ABVP winners are Anjana Singh (vice president), Manikant Mani (general secretary) and Raja Ravi (joint secretary). Polling had taken place for the PUSU elections on Wednesday and counting of votes continued through the night.last_img read more

first_imgHouston Rockets’ Chris Paul, right, steps over Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) after losing the ball out of bounds during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Houston guard Chris Paul is out for the Rockets’ game in Sacramento on Wednesday night because of a bruised left knee and coach Mike D’Antoni isn’t counting on him Saturday for the home opener against Dallas.“It’s not a concern, it’s just nagging,” D’Antoni said before the game against the Kings. “We’ll sit him until the training staff thinks he’s ready to go and try to get over it totally.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Tuesday’s game was the first since March 9, 2015, that Paul was held to four or fewer points.D’Antoni isn’t concerned about Paul falling behind integrating and getting comfortable alongside JamesHarden in one of the Western Conference’s newest backcourt dynamic duos.“I don’t think it’s a challenge, you’ve got two great players that play very well on the ball and off the ball,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t see a problem. He wasn’t healthy yesterday so he was going half speed and we’re playing Golden State, so that was the challenge yesterday. They’ve looked good in practice. I think they’ll keep figuring things out a little bit better and make it easier on each other. But we’re looking forward to just getting him back healthy.”ADVERTISEMENT Hayward from hospital: It’s hurting me that I can’t be there Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Eric Gordon was to start in place of Paul, who still could be ready by Saturday but D’Antoni said, “I think he’s still in play but I think it’s hard.”Paul had four points and shot 2 for 9 in the Rockets’ season-opening 122-121 win at Golden State on Tuesday night but was limited by soreness in the knee. He led the Rockets with 11 assists and also grabbed eight rebounds, while playing 33 minutes in his regular-season debut with Houston after being traded away by the Los Angeles Clippers during the offseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Man, I got through it,” Paul told reporters after the game in Oakland. “It was cool. Tough game, but it’s all about getting the win.”Paul was hampered at the end of the preseason by the knee pain which continued flaring Tuesday, and D’Antoni said the perennial All-Star “is playing on one leg right now.” LATEST STORIES Read Nextlast_img read more

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBatangas continued to stockpile in preparation for the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup playoffs, this time, fortifying their frontline on Tuesday.Coach Eric Gonzales secured the release of Leo Avenido from Gamboa Coffee Mix, while picking up Joseph Gabayni and Jebb Bulawan from the free agent pool.ADVERTISEMENT UFC: Ex-champ Daniel Cormier congratulates Jon Jones for winning title Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant The three will join Robby Celiz as the new recruits for the Batangueños as they will play later against Flying V.The 38-year-old Avenido averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists this conference for the Coffee Lovers, where he also filled the role of the head coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGabayni last saw action in the PBA D-League with Racal last conference, while Bulawan suited up for JRU.Meanwhile, Flying V has also made minimal moves to its camp as it activated Ryusei Koga in lieu of Mike Gamboa. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ The Fil-Japanese guard last played for Victoria Sports-MLQU, and his entry will give the Thunder another playmaker as they gun to complete a sweep of the eliminations.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgIndian wrestleer Lalita poses with her silver medalIndian wrestlers Lalita and Bijneesh Bajrang had to settle for silver medals after both lost their gold medal bouts comprehensively. While Lalita was pinned in just 31 seconds by her Nigerian opponent Adekuoroye, Bajrang was beaten 12-1 by Canadian opponent Tremblay.Indian wrestler Satywart Kadian also secured a silver medal as he lost the final bout to Canada’s Arjun Gill in Men’s Freestyle 97kg.Wrestler Sakshi Malik is still in the fray for the men’s 97kg and women’s 58kg respcetively.Bajrang had ensured his final berth after beating Amas Daniel of Nigeria 3-2 in a hard-fought semifinal bout.Bajrang, the 2013 World Championship bronze medallist, was 0-2 down in the first minute of the semifinal bout but made a superb comeback to take a 5-2 lead after the first period of three minutes and then maintained his lead till the end.Bajrang had earlier defeated Sasha Madyarchyk of England inside the three-minute mark in his opening bout at the SECC before overpowering South Africa’s Marno Plaatjies 4-1 in the quarterfinal.In the semifinal, Bajrang floored Amas Daniel of Nigeria 3-1 to advance to the gold medal bout, where he will face David Tremblay of Canada later today.In the men’s 97kg category, Kadian started his campaign on a resounding note and took less than two minutes to overpower Uduwila Manjula of Sri Lanka to storm into the quarterfinals.The referee stopped the bout in 1:45 min of the first period after Kadian led by 10 points. Kadian, the 2014 Asian Championships bronze medallist, won the bout 4-0.advertisementKadian then defeated Soso Tamarau of Nigeria 3-1 to advance to the semifinals, where he got the better of Englishman Leon Rattigan 3-1 to seal his place in the title clash, where Arjun Gill of Canada awaits him.Meanwhile in women’s competition, Lalita hardly had to break a sweat to enter the 53kg final as she overpowered home favourite Shannon Hawke of Scotland 5-0.Earlier in the day, Lalita entered the semifinals after an identical 4-0 win over South African Mpho Madi in a lospided quarterfinal contest. The referee stopped the bout in the first period itself after the Indian led 10-0 on technical points.Lalita will take on Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria in the final later tonight.Sakshi, however, had to fight hard before winning her semifinal bout against Braxton Rei Stone of Canada 8-5 on technical points.Sakshi was leading 8-0 at the end of the first period of three minutes and it looked like that the Indian would end the bout by taking another two points. But Stone fought back and pocketed five points in the second period to keep the contest alive.Sakshi did not allow her opponent to take further points and survived a tense few seconds to make it to the final.Earlier, Sakshi, the 2013 Commonwealth Championships bronze medallist, beat Edwige Eyia Ngono of Cameroon 4-0 in a lopsided quarterfinal contest. She will play another Nigerian Aminat Adeniyi in the final.Another woman grappler, Navjot Kaur too has a chance of bagging a medal for India as he takes on Scotland’s Sarah Jones in the bronze medal play-off bout.last_img read more

first_imgEmbarrassed by India in their opening match, Pakistan astonishingly turned the tables on their arch-rivals to win their ICC Champions Trophy final by a crushing 180 runs at The Oval on Sunday.India were the lopsided 4-9 favourites by English bookmakers to win a record third Trophy in a record fourth final, but Pakistan blew away all predictions and expectations with a win of stunning ease.Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338/4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day international century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.India were then routed for 158 in the 31st over.WATCH VIDEO HEREPakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed took the last catch and aeroplaned around the pitch with his arms out before he was swamped by teammates.India’s top three batsman – Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and captain Virat Kohli – came to the final having combined for 874 runs, more than 80 percent of the team’s tally in the tournament.But Sharma was out for a duck off the third ball, Kohli went for 5, and Dhawan, the player of the 2013 tournament and a candidate for this one, was out for 21.Pakistan strike bowler Mohammad Amir, who missed the surprise semi-final victory over England because of a back spasm, took out all three of India’s premier batsmen for figures of 6-2-16-3.last_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry never showed his disappointment through three quarters and Andre Iguodala never hesitated in taking the big shot and that’s why Golden State remains unbeaten.Curry scored 21 of his 34 points after halftime, Iguodala hit a clutch 3-pointer and the Warriors survived in overtime, beating the Brooklyn Nets 107-99 on Nov. 14.“We were fortunate to have a shot down the stretch the way we played for 36 minutes,” Curry said. “We really didn’ have much going for us and they played well. And then Andre came up huge. He stepped up with a big-time shot.”Iguodala added 18 points for the Warriors, who won their 11th straight to start the season. Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 18 rebounds.“He plays his best when you need him to,” Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said of Iguodala. “When he hit the 3, he ran by and said ‘I got you coach.’ He’s just really good.”Draymond Green recorded a triple-double, the second of his career, with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Harrison Barnes added 13 points.Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 28 and Thaddeus Young added 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets. Brook Lopez had 18 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson grabbed a season-best 13 rebounds.“None of us want to fight this hard and play this hard or put in the type of work we put in to almost come out with a victory,” Jack said. “We’re a little frustrated with not being able to come up with the ‘W.’”Jack and Young each sank a pair of free throws in the final 30 seconds of regulation to give Brooklyn a 3-point edge.Iguodala tied it with a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left and Lopez missed a short jumper at the buzzer.The Warriors scored the first 10 points of overtime to pull away.“I don’t know what to say about that. (Joe Johnson) put it on a platter and I just, I blew it,” Lopez said. “It’s a long flight home so it’s not going to be fun.”Young scored 14 points in the first quarter as the Nets opened a 15-point advantage at 36-21. It’s the most points scored in the opening period against the Warriors this season.The Warriors led at 5-4 before Brooklyn began pulling away, leading by as many as 17 in the first half.Golden State fired back in the second quarter and tied the game on Curry’s 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. Young responded with a jumper to give the Nets a 54-52 halftime lead.(RICK EYMER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgPanathinaikos Superfoods Athens topped visiting Zalgiris Kaunas 84-76 on Friday at Olympic Sports Center Athens in both team’s Turkish Airlines EuroLeague opener. Nikos Pappas led the way with 19 points and Chris Singleton added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The visitors held a slim margin going into the last 10 minutes, however Pappas hit a pair of three-pointers during a 10-3 run that put Panathinaikos in front for good. Pappas’s steal and a Calathes triple with 2:17 left opened up a 77-68 lead, the biggest of the night, and helped the Greens avoid drama in the final moments. Calathes finished with 13 points and Ioannis Bourousis had 11 points and 6 rebounds for the victors. Brock Motum scored a career-high 19 points for Zalgiris. Paulius Jankunas added 13 points and 8 rebounds, Lukas Lekavicius netted 12 and Arturas Milaknis 11 in defeat.Pappas and Bourousis helped the hosts go up 20-15 at the end of first quarter, and Bourousis extended the margin to 7 points at the start of the second. But a three-point play by Motum and a triple by Arturas Milaknis ignited a 0-12 Zalgiris run, which put the visitors in front 22-27 midway through the second. However, Panathinaikos quickly regained the lead with a pair of triples each from Antonis Fotsis and James Feldeine, including Feldeine’s shot that beat the halftime buzzer and gave Panathinaikos a 37-30 halftime advantage. Led by Lukas Lekavicius, the visitors opened the second half with a 2-11 run and took a 39-41 lead. Zalgiris held its slim led and entered the final quarter up 51-52, but the hosts assumed control again with back-to-back threes from Pappas, before a put-back from Singleton opened a 69-62 cushion with just over five minutes to go. Zalgiris refused to go away; Milaknis hit a triple to cut the deficit to 2, but Pappas’s steal and a fastbreak dunk followed by a Calathes triple gave the hosts breathing room. Motum got Zalgiris within 78-74 entering the final minute, but the visitors could not get closer than that.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgPrimera División Seedorf to leave relegated Deportivo Jamie Smith 02:30 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Clarence Seedorf Getty Images Primera División Deportivo La Coruña Real Sociedad v Deportivo La Coruña The former AC Milan player and coach is leaving the Riazor after the club were relegated from Spain’s top flight Deportivo La Coruna have confirmed Clarence Seedorf will leave following the club’s relegation from La Liga.Seedorf was appointed in February but the former Netherlands international only led the team to two league victories during his time in charge.Deportivo announced on Tuesday that the 42-year-old’s contract, which expires at the end of June, will not be renewed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “It has been an honour to defend the colours of a historic club like Deportivo,” Seedorf said.”And I thank the president and all the professional team of Depor for their work and availability during these months.”Seedorf has also had brief, unsuccessful spells in charge of former club AC Milan and Chinese side Shenzhen.last_img read more

first_imgThe research and lobbying efforts of the Waycobah High School Envirothon Team have helped create a new symbol for Nova Scotia – Queens Soil. The Provincial Soil Act was introduced by Premier Rodney MacDonald on Tuesday, May 27 and, with the co-operation of all parties, the bill passed the same day. “The students, under the leadership of their teacher and additional resource people, researched the subject for the Canon Environthon,” said Premier MacDonald. “They indicated that the province had not designated any soil as a provincial symbol, and suggested that it should be included as part of our official symbols. The passage of the bill yesterday adds Queens Soil to that list.” The Canon Envirothon is an annual competition where teams compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The teams focus on four universal testing categories — soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry and wildlife — and a current environmental issue. Queens Soil is significant to agriculture and forestry in Nova Scotia. It is developed from reddish brown clay loam till, derived from red shales and mudstones. “These students and their dedicated volunteer leaders have shown a real passion and leadership throughout this competition, for their subject and their province,” Premier MacDonald said. “I am pleased that their efforts paid off this week and are now enshrined in provincial legislation.”last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotia’s main streets will be lined with new flower beds or a freshly painted bench as part of the province’s community revitalization program, Mainstreet 2.0, announced today, July 26. Mainstreet 2.0 is a companion to the First Impressions program that is part of the province’s tourism strategy. Both aim to support the development of attractive, distinctive and visitor-friendly downtowns and main streets. “Families and seniors have great pride in the areas where they live, and the original main street program was a great success, helping support a few small improvements with big impact,” said Lunenburg West MLA Gary Ramey, on behalf of Communities Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra. “With strong fiscal management, Nova Scotians now have a balanced budget, and the province is now looking to the future to support initiatives that help make life better for families and their communities.” Mainstreet 2.0 will provide grants of up to $1,000 to help community groups and municipalities beautify their main streets. Total funding for the program will be $1.5 million a year. “Our main streets are the centerpieces of our communities,” said Mr. Ramey. “A town can use a grant to purchase flower beds, art murals, or a new coat of paint for doors or benches. The province is pleased to stand with local communities and bring this program back.” “Our downtowns represent the heart and soul of our communities and are crucial to the economic and cultural success of the province as a whole,” said Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities president Russell Walker. “Reinstating the Mainstreet Program demonstrates the province’s commitment to maintaining and reinvigorating our downtowns.” “Nova Scotia could benefit from more accessible grants that encourage citizens to take action on matters that are important to them and their neigbourhoods,” said Bridgewater resident Brian Braganza. “This initiative appears to do just that for our main streets and I’m excited to see it unfold.” Program applications will be available this winter and grants will be approved in the spring.last_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles: Singer Katy Perry reportedly wants to marry her actor beau Orlando Bloom at Ashford Castle, which is located on the shore of Lough Corrib in Ireland. “She and Orlando are looking into tying the knot at a gothic Irish castle. It’s going to be a fairy tale extravaganza,” a source told National Enquirer magazine, reports Perry has not hired a wedding planner to help her organise wedding and is instead making all the major decisions about her big day herself, with the input of the creative team she works with on her music, videos and tours. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “She isn’t hiring a wedding planner. Katy’s relying on her own ideas and asking her inner circle of assistants, stylists and tour stage designers to pitch in where needed,” Perry said. She previously had revealed that she and Bloom have worked hard to lay a “beautiful foundation” before they “build a monster house” by getting married. The star couple have been married before; the singer was married to Russell Brand for just 14 months until their split in 2011, whilst Bloom was married to Miranda Kerr – with whom he has eight-year-old son Flynn. Perry and Bloom have been dating on-and-off since 2016, and previously split in 2017 before they rekindled their romance in April the following year, and finally got engaged in February.last_img read more

Rabat – The opening ceremony of the Amazigh (Berber) theater world tour took place Monday at the International Mohammed VI Conferences Center in Skhirat, near Rabat.At the ceremony, bands performed a series of Amazigh songs accompanied by dances and also paid tribute to the nationally known Moroccan music icon, Mohammed Rouicha. Nouamane Lahlou performed four of his most popular songs and amazed guests with a duet with Dounia Boutazout. The minister of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migrant Affairs, Abdelkrim Benatiq, gave a speech describing the Amazigh theater tour as a historical moment. He thanked the Royal Institute of the Amazigh Culture (IRCAM) for ensuring the success of the tour.In addition to Nouamane Lahlou and Dounia Boutazout, several icons from the Moroccan art scene took part in the launching ceremony, including Mohammed El Jem and popular actor Mohammed Miftah.The objective of the Amazigh theater tour, addressed specifically to Moroccans living abroad (MREs), is to promote Amazigh culture.Read also: El Malki: Tamazight Law May Cause ‘Serious Complications’ in MoroccoThe global theater tour also seeks to preserve the Amazigh identity and consolidate its culture and tradition among MREs.Twelve groups will perform 51 theater performances across the world as part of the ministry’s initiative to strengthen the bond between MREs and their motherland.IRCAM and the Ministry of Moroccans Living Abroad have established the program among other initiatives to promote the Amazigh culture and tradition overseas. The cultural center in Montreal, Dar Al Maghrib (Morocco House), was the first initiative. The ministry is also building a Moroccan cultural center in Paris.The Amazigh theater group performed more than 180 shows in the 2017-2018 season in 15 countries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. read more

“I strongly encourage both Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) partners to work with all political parties in a transparent manner to maintain and expand the nascent democratic space, including, in particular, law reform consistent with the CPA and the interim constitution of the Sudan, which is critical for the remaining CPA processes, especially the referendums,” Mr. Ban says in a report to the Security Council on the implementation of the peace agreement.The CPA was signed in 2005 formally ending two decades of civil war between the northern-based Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in the south. Following the agreement, the SPLM formed the autonomous Government of Southern Sudan. The CPA provide for a referendum on self-determination for southern Sudan on 9 January next year. On the same day, residents of Abyei area in central Sudan in vote on a separate referendum on whether to retain Abyei’s special administrative status in the north or become part of southern Sudan.In his report to the Security Council, the Secretary-General says that the referendums will require significant international support to be viewed as credible, but notes that while both parties have indicated their desire for extensive United Nations involvement in the processes, they have yet to agree on the precise scope of the UN role.Mr. Ban says in the report that a joint request by both parties detailing the required additional support and role for the UN is a precondition for precise planning and timely delivery.“I urge the parties to take full advantage of UNMIS [UN Mission in Sudan] and other international partners’ offers of material, technical, logistical and ‘good offices’ assistance,” the Secretary-General says.He notes that the CPA foresees international monitoring of the referendums, and both parties intend to request the UN to provide monitors to work alongside the observers whom they plan to invite from several governments and international institutions.“International monitoring, which is stipulated in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement as necessary, will be critical for the credibility and acceptance of the referendum outcomes and for subsequent peace,” Mr. Ban says.The report says that the need for a workable agreement on post-referendum arrangements remains acute, and welcomes both parties’ agreement on a procedural framework and African Union (AU) facilitation for bilateral talks on post-referendum arrangements.“I emphasize that efforts will have to be accelerated to provide the necessary clarity on critical questions within the time remaining. UNMIS and other international partners stand ready to assist the parties during the negotiations and to support the implementation of agreements they reach,” the Secretary-General says.The Secretary-General deplores continued restrictions on the freedom of movement of UNMIS by both parties, which he says violated the Status of Forces Agreement and seriously compromises the ability of the mission to monitor and verify the implementation of security arrangements and to assist the parties in preventing conflict and instability.The Secretary-General reported that as of 30 June, UNMIS had deployed 9,935 of its authorized 10,000 military personnel, including 496 military observers, 192 staff officers and 9,247 troops. 27 July 2010Presidential and parliamentary elections in Sudan in April marked an important milestone in the implementation of the peace agreement that ended civil war in the country despite operational challenges, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report, urging both parties to the deal to continue their efforts to expand the democratic process. read more

The Minister also carried with him the messages of condolence. The Special Envoy of the President, Minister D M Swaminathan paid his last respects to the late former Indian President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the State Funeral in Rameshwaran, India on 30th July 2015, the Foreign Ministry said today.At the State Funeral, the Special Envoy conveyed the condolences of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Government and people of Sri Lanka through Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and  to the late Indian President’s brother Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraicker as well as to the members of the family. read more

first_img Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Share29 Tweet Email1 ABOUT 400 JOBS are expected to be created at Dublin Airport with the construction of a new hotel, which will be one of the largest in the country upon its completion.According to the DAA, the company that controls Dublin Airport, 250 staff will be employed directly by the hotel while an additional 150 people will work on its construction.The four-star hotel is set to be built adjacent to Terminal 2. If it was to open today, the 402-bedroom property would be Ireland’s fourth-largest hotel.Planning permission for the 11-storey building has already been granted, with construction expected to begin next October and the property will open in 2019.As well as the rooms, the hotel will have bar, restaurant, café and conference facilities, as well as a “fitness suite”. It will be located near the Terminal 2 multi-storey car park, and will be less than 100 metres away from the terminal itself. The hotel will be next to Terminal 2 Source: RollingNews.ieInterestDAA has appointed property consultants Savills Hotels & Leisure to seek expressions of interest for the development and operation of the hotel.Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said that the new hotel will offer “extra choice and convenience to passengers and companies that are based on the Dublin Airport campus”.“It will also provide much-needed additional hotel capacity for the entire Dublin region,” he said.Savills Ireland director of hotels and leisure Tom Barrett said that the company expects that many companies will be interested in the development “given the unique high profile location and the quality of the offering”.“We anticipate strong interest from developers, investors, hoteliers and brands,” he said. An Aer Lingus aircraft at Dublin airport Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesGrowing fastOccupancy levels in the capital recently hit their highest rates ever.According to the latest data from hotel industry analysts STR, room occupancy in the capital reached 93.6% in September, highlighting the imbalance between supply and demand in the Dublin hotel market.The hotel will also provide more facilities for the larger number of travellers that are expected to pass through Dublin Airport in the coming years.A recent study found that the facility was Europe’s fastest growing major airport in the first half of the year.Passenger numbers at the hub also hit a record high of 25 million in 2015, beating the previous height of 23 million set in 2008.This number is expected to rise. To cope with the demand, the state-owned DAA recently announced it will start work on a second runway at the airport, which will cost about €320 million to build and is expected to be completed by 2020.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Oct 27th 2016, 3:00 PM 33,724 Views Take me to Fora Short URL By Fora Staff One of Ireland’s biggest hotels is set to be built on the doorstep of Dublin Airport The facility will have 400 beds and will be less than 100 metres away from Terminal 2. Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 3:00 PM 39 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Finance Minister Yiorgos Papaconstantinou outlined what he called the 10 most significant challenges facing the Greek economy in 2011, saying: “we have a lot of work ahead, we have structural reforms to ensure the sustainability of reducing deficits and viability of the country’s public finances”.Speaking to reporters, the Greek minister sounded “open” to a possibility of extending the repayment period of loans received by the 110-billion-euro support mechanism, although he stressed that no decision over an extension has been taken. Moreover, he dismissed speculation of additional loans from 2013 onwards.Papaconstantinou stressed that Greece’s aim was to return to capital markets in 2011, saying “we are doing our job. The rest will come in due time, depending on how things are going”.Additionally, Papaconstantinou categorically reassured that “there is no issue of dismissals in the public sector”, saying that transfer of workers in the public sector would not be counted as new hirings. The Greek minister thanked his colleagues in government for their cooperation with the troika experts, while he criticised the opposition for its stance.Amongst others, Papaconstantinou ticked off the 10 biggest challenges facing the economy in the coming year, including:1. Better management and control of public spending, drafting a medium-term fiscal strategic framework for the period 2012-2014 aimed at reducing the fiscal deficit from 17 billion euros to 6.4 billion euros.2. Combating tax evasion via provisions envisioned in draft law on tax legislation, such as accelerating tax trials, restructuring the finance ministry and merging tax agencies.3. Reducing public sector enterprises’ deficits through the closure and merger of organisations. Loss-making enterprises will have to reduce their workforce but not with dismissals but with workers’ transfers.4. Reforming the public sector. The minister said 40,000 employees will leave the public sector in 2010 and around 8,000 new hirings will be made in 2011 with priority given to education, health and insurance. A new payroll system for the public sector will be operational by the end of 2011.5. Cutting overspending in health.6. Industrial relations. A new draft bill will be presented by the end of the year giving business agreements more power over sector agreements within certain limits without hitting the minimum wage.7. Opening up of regulated professions. A draft bill will be approved in the first quarter of 2011.8. Business environment-growth. An action plan to deregulate energy markets will be presented by the end of 2011.9. Financial sector. Restructuring ATEbank (in the fourth quarter of 2010) and operational division of a Savings and Loans Fund (first quarter of 2011).10. Better management of state real estate property-privatisations with the aim to raise 7.0 billion euros in the 2011-2013 period and at least 1.0 billion euros in 2011.Papaconstantinou said Greece was and will continue to be in a volatile international environment with great difficulties resulting to fluctuations in bond yield spreads. He said that an updated memorandum will be signed with the troika within the next 10 days. Source: ANAlast_img read more

first_imgUn lycée de l’espace labellisé en Haute-GaronneSaint-Orens, France – Ce jeudi, la charte du premier “lycée de l’espace” a été signée à Saint-Orens en Haute-Garonne. Cet établissement désormais labellisé proposera plusieurs heures de cours sur le thème de l’espace.La charte a été signée par le rectorat, le Conseil régional, et le Centre national d’études spatiales (Cnes), pour décerner au lycée de Saint-Orens le label de l’espace. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAL’établissement proposera un “enseignement d’exploration” de trois heures en classe de seconde a expliqué à l’AFP Pierre Donnadieu, proviseur du lycée Pierre-Paul Riquet. Et d’indiquer que ce module vise à “sensibiliser les élèves à tout ce que recouvrent les activités spatiales”.Parmi les thèmes qui seront abordés lors de ces cours, les lycéens seront initiés à la cosmologie, étudieront la naissance de la vie et de l’univers, les images satellites et le développement durable ou encore les missions spatiales et les vols habités. Cet enseignement d’exploration a été baptisé LST2E (Lettres, sciences et technologie, économie et espace).Outre les cours, les élèves pourront également participer à des activités culturelles en lien avec le thème de l’espace et bénéficieront d’échanges avec d’autres établissements étrangers spécialisés dans ce thème.Le 11 juin 2010 à 17:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Ultra Music Festival 2018 Headliners Announced ultra-music-festival-2018-phase-1-lineup-armin-van-buuren-rl-grime-more Ultra Music Festival 2018 Phase 1 Lineup: Armin Van Buuren, RL Grime, & More News Email Read more The 20th installment of ULTRA Music Festival will take place on March 23–25, 2018, at Miami’s Bayfront Park. Some GA and VIP tickets are still available but are likely to sell out soon.Moby Announces New 2018 Album, First Single “Like A Motherless Child” NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Inside Miami Music Week with top DJs The first batch of top tier DJs, live headliners, and supporting acts for the 20th installment of ULTRA Music Festival have been announcedBrian HaackGRAMMYs Dec 19, 2017 – 1:29 pm The first phase of headliners and supporting acts for the 20th-anniversary installment of the massive three-day electronic dance festival ULTRA has officially been announced. Many of the biggest names in dance music, including previous ULTRA headliners, are featured heavily in the phase one announcement, which touches all major dance/electronic genres fairly evenly. Names like Carl Cox, Armin van Buuren, Eric Prydz, RL Grime, Empire Of The Sun, the Crystal Method, Infected Mushroom, and Marshmello are certainly no surprises for any dance festival lineup these days.But there are a few unexpected bookings as well, with controversial rap/hip-house artist Azealia Banks joining the live headliners group alongside the somewhat surprising inclusion of the Wailers and Julian Marley. (How might a classic reggae act play off against a surrounding sea of thumping bass music?) There’s also Porter Robinson’s mysterious new hard house/trancestyle project VIRTUAL SELF. Twitter last_img read more

first_img SBI website The State Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai, March 14, 2016.Reuters fileState Bank of India (SBI) has slashed interest rates on home loans effective from January 1, 2017, after reducing the marginal cost of lending rate (MCLR) by a steep 90 basis points to 8 percent. The decision follows deposit surge after demonetisation, making the cost of funds cheaper for banks.The reduction in home loans varies for gender (lower for women) and amount. Home loans are linked to one-year MCLR and therefore new home loan borrowers can be assured of the rate for at least 12 months.Read: Realty stocks slide over possible crackdown on illegal propertiesWomenIn the floating rate category, the interest rate for loans up to Rs 75 lakh is 8.60 percent per annum, while for loans above that limit, it will be 8.65 percent.OthersIn the floating rate category, the interest rate for loans up to Rs 75 lakh is 8.65 percent per annum, while for loans above that limit, it will be 8.70 percent.The rates go up for both categories of borrowers under the bank’s Home Loan (Max Gain) Floating Rate option.Other lenders, both in the private and the public sector, are expected to announce similar reduction given the changed dynamics of deposit-credit triggered by demonetisation in November last year.”We are flush with funds and credit offtake is nil. The expectation is that it will help us in increasing the loan portfolio because, otherwise, a lot of money is going into treasuries, low-yielding instruments. As a result, if the credit offtake improves, the impact will be neutralised,” Rajnish Kumar, managing director, SBI, told BloombergQuint.The fall in lending rates is more than what was expected, according to brokerage house Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. “PSU Banks like SBI and PNB announced a cut in lending rates. Overall interest rates were expected to move lower but the cuts seem sharper than expected,” it said in a note on Monday.Interest subvention announced by PM ModiIn his address to the nation on December 31, 2016, after the end of the 50-day deadline for returning the banned denominations (relaxed for certain categories), Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced interest subvention for home loan borrowers to spur affordable housing.”Two new middle income categories have been created under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana in urban areas. Loans of up to 9 lakh rupees taken in 2017, will receive interest subvention of 4 per cent. Loans of up to 12 lakh rupees taken in 2017, will receive interest subvention of 3 per cent.”In addition to this, another scheme is being put in place for the neo middle and middle class in rural areas. Loans of up to 2 lakh rupees taken in 2017, for new housing, or extension of housing in rural areas, will receive an interest subvention of 3 per cent,” he declared.last_img read more