1st Test: New Zealand chasing the game from the toss, says skipper Brendon McCullum

first_imgNew Zealand were chasing the game the second they lost the toss and were put in to bat against Australia in the first Test at the Basin Reserve, said captain Brendon McCullum.Australia completed an innings and 52 run victory over McCullum’s side about an hour after lunch on the fourth day on Monday. (Also read: Brendon McCullum’s men embarrassed in the first Test vs Australia)  The hosts were dismissed for 327 in their second innings, after being bundled out for 183 in their first, while the visitors scored a mammoth 562 with Adam Voges scoring 239.”Australia were excellent right through from the moment they won the toss,” McCullum said. “From lunchtime on the first day we were trying to play catch up and were never able to do it.”Conditions were difficult on that first morning. When you’re presented with conditions like that you need a little bit of luck. If we could have got 250, 300 ideal, but 250 then we would have been in the game.”In the end we were completely outplayed.”The wicket aided a superb Australian attack then dried out and browned off much faster than expected, McCullum said.Australia’s batsmen capitalised, none more so than Voges, who was bowled by Doug Bracewell for seven in the final over of the first day only for umpire Richard Illingworth to call a no ball. Television replays showed the ball was legal.”Richard Illingworth would be pretty disappointed with it I’m guessing,” McCullum said. “It is a bit of a shame but I have said all the way along that you have to take the rough with the smooth in this game and credit to Voges for making it count.advertisement”The strength of character to overcome that non-dismissal that night then to go on to post a sizable total shows not only how good a player he is but how strong a player he is as well.”The decision provoked more anger from New Zealand fans, who were already feeling their team had been getting the short end of the stick in controversial decisions.In the third test against Australia in Adelaide in November, third umpire Nigel Llong failed to give Nathan Lyon out despite ‘Hot Spot’ technology indicating he had hit the ball before being caught.last_img read more

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Manish Pandey hopes to carry ‘A’ series form against Sri Lanka

first_imgMiddle-order batsman Manish Pandey, who has been recalled to the national side for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, is ready to perform and cement his place.Pandey has not played an ODI since the fifth and final match of the 2016 series against New Zealand in Visakhapatnam. And since then, India have played 13 ODIs.He was then forced to miss the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the subsequent Champions Trophy held in England.However, the 26-year-old produced some rich vein of form in the recently concluded ‘A’ series in South Africa. He came out with the scores of 55, 41*, 86*, 93* and 32* and earned a call-up to the national side in place of veteran all-rounder Yuvraj Singh.And now, the right-handed batsman is looking to continue that form into the Sri Lanka series beginning Sunday at Dambulla.”Talking about the injury, it was a very sad part because I missed two crucial series-the IPL and the Champions Trophy. But, nevertheless, I was preparing myself. I got a six-week rest,” said Pandey on Friday.”To come back and play in South Africa and win the series was really important for me. I was very happy with the way I was batting there and I am just trying to keep up the form,” he added.Pandey, who made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2014, started batting at number four.In fact, his 104*, which gave India the final bragging rights against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, also came at top of the order.Hence, scores of 4*, 17, 19, 28*, 12 and 0 in the six innings after the SCG carnage forced the team management to exclude him from the Indian side.advertisementIn the latter part of his 12-ODI career till now, he was forced to bat down the order. The experiment did not turn out well and he lost his place.”When I played against Australia, I played at number four. That’s where I have been batting in the ODIs. So, batting at number five or six was a little new for me against New Zealand,” he said.”It took me some time to get used to that situation and with only 15 overs left in the game where you just can’t do really much. You have to go from ball one. But I have adapted to the situation again and let’s see how it goes this time,” he added.The middle-order batsman feels that India, having whitewashed Sri Lanka in the Test series, would be brimming with confidence and would like to take their form in the ODI series and the subsequent lone T20 as well.”What advantage we have is that we have white-washed them in the Test series. So, I think they might be a little down. But, I think this is where we have to focus on. We have to keep playing our cricket well, keep doing our basics right and I think if you do that, we are hoping to get a good ODI series too,” Pandey insisted.The ODIs will be played on August 20, 24, 27, 31 and September 3, and the T20I on September 6.The Men in Blue last played ODIs in Sri Lanka in 2012, when Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team won the five-match series 4-1.Squad: Virat Kohl (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (v/c), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.last_img read more

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Pep Guardiola asks Manchester City for ‘perfect game’ against Liverpool

first_imgShare on Messenger Read more Reuse this content Manchester City were rumbled – now they must respond against United Pep Guardiola Pep Guardiola seeks Manchester City hangover cure to face Liverpool Guardiola is conscious that his players may be affected mentally by these reverses and, while striking a positive note by saying his side can use the challenge as inspiration, he understands how difficult the task is.“Of course to go through you have to make the perfect game, create chances, be clinical and concede few chances,” he said. “All the conditions have to be perfect. The aim is tough but we have 90 minutes and in football everything can happen.“What we are going to do is try. We have to score the first one, then make the second one. The perfect scenario is to go through. At the end we cannot forget that it is a simple game [of football] and focus on every single minute. If we concede, don’t give up – it’s more than 90 minutes [with added time]. Many times we have created a lot of chances in a short period. We have to be clinical and if we are not then move on to the next [chance].”If Liverpool score once City would need five goals to progress to the semi-finals because of the away-goal rule but Guardiola believes that the dream of giving City a historic night in the competition and elevating the club’s standing can inspire his players.“We need titles in Europe – it’s complicated [to achieve] but you need nights that make you understand it. Beating Barça [3-1, last season] was so special because we know they’re the best team in the world.”City can win the Champions League in the near future, he said. “It will happen sooner or later – what this club has done in the last 10 years in terms of creating facilities and making it bigger means it will happen. Hopefully we can do it. Maybe it is next year but soon it will happen. “To reach the semi-final would be for the second time in our beautiful history. I don’t have to talk about how beautiful it is. They show every single game what they [my side] want to do. I know you judge results, but performance? My team is extraordinary. Exceptional. It is a joy to be manager of the team, I am so delighted.”Guardiola is confident City can match anyone in Europe but is unsure if they are ready to claim the Champions League this season. “This team is ready to fight with all the teams but the other teams are so good, it is difficult – a mountain – but we can compete, especially at home. For the next step maybe we need more time. Next season we will be better.”Regarding the potential mental damage done by back-to-back defeats, Guardiola said: “I don’t know but if we are not able to do it, it will be a good lesson for the future. A good test. Football is a challenge like life. We are happy to handle it. We have 90 minutes plus extra time and what we’ve shown this year – even in the last game we created a lot of chances in a few minutes and the opponents know that.”The referee will be Antonio Mateu Lahoz, who Guardiola criticised recently, saying: “I remember what happened last year. It was 1-1 at home to Monaco when there was a clear penalty on [Sergio] Agüero and what should have been a red card, but the Spanish referee didn’t call it. We went from a possible 2-1 lead to 2-1 deficit. These types of situations are very important.”Lahoz has twice before officiated at the Etihad, awarding two penalties to Napoli in October’s group game, and one to Monaco in that home leg.Meanwhile, City are confident that Liverpool’s team coach will arrive safely at the Etihad Stadium, and not be attacked as theirs was at Anfield before last week’s first leg.There will be an increased security presence. Chief Inspector Dean Howard, Greater Manchester police’s match commander, said: “We will have an increased number of officers around the stadium as well as in the city. As with all high-profile games such as this, we have also carried out intelligence gathering beforehand and will continue to work with both clubs and supporter groups to ensure all fans can enjoy the match in a competitive but safe environment.” Manchester City Share on Twitter Topics Liverpoolcenter_img Pep Guardiola has challenged his Manchester City side to play “the perfect game” to defeat Liverpool in the Champions League quarter‑final second leg at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.City trail Jürgen Klopp’s side 3-0 and they followed defeat in the first match at Anfield last Wednesday by losing at home against Manchester United 3-2 on Saturday, after surrendering a two-goal lead and missing the chance to clinch the Premier League title. Champions League news Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Read more Paul Wilson Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share via Emaillast_img read more

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Courtney Smith Releases New Statement On Comments Made By Her Mother

first_imgCourtney Smith explains the abuse she allegedly dealt with.Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, has released a new statement via her attorney regarding some of the reports that have surfaced, showcasing comments from her mother and former mother-in-law.Jeff Snook, a veteran author, has published multiple reports with strong comments from Tina Carano, the mother of Courtney Smith, who has actually been defending Zach Smith.“I wanted to stay out of this mess,” Carano said. “But I can’t take it anymore. I can’t take all of these lies that are being written. I just want the truth out there once and for all. What’s right is right. It’s been horrible for me to see the lies that were being written about Zach when he didn’t do what he was accused of doing.“He lost his job over something that didn’t happen.”She added the following:“When Zach got fired, I was in disbelief that it happened the way it did. I was trying to stay out of it, but I really wanted to come forward and tell the whole story,” Carano said. “I do want to see and have a relationship with my grandchildren someday.“But the fact is that Courtney set him up in this whole thing. She was determined to bring him down and she wanted to keep her current boyfriend, who didn’t want Zach around.”Courtney Smith has spoken out today, saying she’s disappointed by the “vindictive falsehoods” being said.The latest from Courtney Smith: pic.twitter.com/ZyQrIDcKqS— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 16, 2018Courtney Smith reportedly met with Ohio State’s investigative committee earlier this week. So, too, did Zach Smith. Snook also reported that both of their mothers met with the committee.Ohio State has had Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave since Wednesday, Aug. 1. The investigation is expected to take two weeks.The Buckeyes are set to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State. Ryan Day is the interim coach in Meyer’s absence.last_img read more

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The Macallan Gets a Little More American with Double Cask

first_imgIf you’re a bourbon fan trying to get into Scotch, pay attention, this new Scotch may be for you.The Macallan Double Cask 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky is The Macallan’s latest release and uses both Sherry-seasoned European Oak and American Oak to age their whisky.  To make the Scotch, the American Oak is selected and shipped to Spain where it is Sherry-seasoned before being transported to The Macallan’s distillery on Speyside, where the whisky ages for at least twelve years.Once aged, the American Oak-aged whisky is married to European Oak-aged whisky, producing a Scotch that maintains all of the characteristics that Scotch lovers enjoy while also adding new, fresh notes more familiar to bourbon drinkers.“By combining wood influences, we have been able to produce a new Macallan which sits perfectly between our existing Sherry Oak and Fine Oak ranges,” says Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan Master Whisky Maker.The American Oak’s biggest contributions—and the reason it’ll appeal to bourbon drinkers—are the vanilla sweet notes that the oak imparts on the whiskey. The nose of Double Cask has creamy vanilla, candied orange, and strong hints of oak. On the palate you’ll find the distinctive dried fruit and wood spice that The Macallan Scotch is known for in addition to caramel and citrus. The finish is warm and sweet.The 2016 Beverage Institute Tastings Competition awarded Double Cask a score of 95 (“Exceptional”), one of the two highest-placed scotches of the year. The Macallan Double Cask 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky comes in at 43% ABV and retails for $65. The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection Editors’ Recommendations Bruichladdich Distillery Unveils its New Octomore Scotch Whisky Series Highland Park Releases 2 New Limited-Release Bottles All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Ciderlast_img read more

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Jamaica Stands to Benefit from Just-Concluded Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

first_img Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, says Jamaica stands to benefit significantly from the just-concluded Caribbean Regional Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).The five-day event, which opened on December 1 with a Youth Forum, was held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James, under the theme ‘Child Protection Realities within a Changing Caribbean and World’.In an interview with JIS News following the closing ceremony, Mrs. Gordon Harrison hailed the conference as a “resounding success”, stating that Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean will likely adopt critical best practices put forward by international experts in order to advance child development.“I think this conference is a particular goalpost that Jamaica has achieved. It is a conference that I think will go on, for a very long time, to positively impact child development in the region. We had experts from across the globe right here in Jamaica… talking to us about everything that may impact a child… there were so many takeaways,” she said.She noted that the knowledge garnered from the event will contribute to the development of “evidence-informed strategies that will increase the prevention kind of mechanisms that we have, which ultimately, will redound to children’s best interests’.Mrs. Gordon Harrison, who is also the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, said that the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) has been exposed to “forward-thinking approaches and assessments of the issues that impact children”.She said that arising from the discussions, the OCA will make recommendations to the Government in relation to the protection of child athletes and young people in sports; development of a substantive systematic method to deal with child deaths; among other child-related issues.“In the Caribbean region, we do not, in fact, have any substantive systematic approaches to treating child deaths. That’s an area that presents an opportunity for growth. We also had a group that focused on child maltreatment data collection, and that really emphasised the importance of tracking data, because it is through credible data that we are able to have meaningful interventions,” she outlined.Mrs. Gordon Harrison said that one area that the Government is already addressing is the establishment of policy across the board to treat with children in sports and their safety, and information gleaned from the conference can be used to inform this policy.“Having, for example, been exposed to what happens at the level of the Olympics… and having got information from them [experts] as to how we can localise some of their policies, that, for me, creates a great opportunity, because I would infuse those into my recommendations,” she pointed out.The ISPCAN Conference was held in partnership with the OCA with participants from several countries, including Switzerland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.ISPCAN is the world’s premier society for professionals working to prevent child abuse and neglect. In an interview with JIS News following the closing ceremony, Mrs. Gordon Harrison hailed the conference as a “resounding success”, stating that Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean will likely adopt critical best practices put forward by international experts in order to advance child development. Story Highlights Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, says Jamaica stands to benefit significantly from the just-concluded Caribbean Regional Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN). The five-day event, which opened on December 1 with a Youth Forum, was held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James, under the theme ‘Child Protection Realities within a Changing Caribbean and World’.last_img read more

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The spirit of Rajendranath Mookerjee

first_imgRajendranath, better known as Sir RN Mookerjee, and still faintly remembered as such for a stretch of the road in Kolkata from Central Avenue in the East down to the junction of Old Court House Street leading to Dalhousie Square – the Mission Road and adjacent Mission Row has been named after him, although very few persons nowadays actually remember or know the reason why he is so famous. Not far from that road and beside the old mission church stands a very well–constructed stately building called Martin Burn House. Viewed from Bow Bazar Street opposite Lal Bazar State Police headquarters, the roots of a large banyan tree have almost hidden the nameplate. Also Read – A special kind of bondYes, this happened to be – not too many years ago, even till the 70’s of the last century – the Principal Office of an Indo–British conglomerate of which Sir Rajen, and after his passing away on May 15, 1936, his worthy son, Sir Biren, were senior partners. A partnership firm between a noble English gentleman, Sir Thomas Acquin Martin and Rajendranath in 1892, then engaged primarily in laying waterworks and civil constructions in different cities across India, the business entity was christened just Martin & Co., instead of Martin Mookerjee & Co. purposely to avoid racial prejudice in British India. Association of a native with a venture would have then jeopardised its business prospect. Also Read – Insider threat managementAnd later on in 1946, after amalgamation with another large firm Burn & Co., which was acquired earlier in 1927 by Rajendranath, it came to be known as Martin Burn & Co. The business interest got precedence and the name of the Mookerjees remained effaced, although very active till the end. The man who almost single-handedly took the partnership company to dizzying heights, his senior, Martin deceased in 1906, was not one born with a silver spoon in his mouth, nor a city-bred person. Elder to Acharya J C Bose, Rabindranath and Swami Vivekananda by many years, Rajendranath was born on June 23, 1854, in a non-descript village called Bhabla in the Basirhat Sub-Division of North 24 Parganas. His father died when he was just six years old, Rajendranath was brought up by his mother – a resolute lady – and other elders of the joint family. Having his early education in the village pathshala where he was taught the three R’s orally, writing on the palm leaves, Rajendranath had his learning thereafter in English, first in Barasat, then in Agra, and finally in London Missionary Society’s Institution at Bhawanipur, Calcutta. Rajendranath studied Engineering at the Presidency College – BE College at Shibpur still not been established then, but refused the job of a surveyor of a Bheel – a large water body – as he was hell-bent on doing business on his own and not serving under anybody – a rather exceptional wish amongst the Bengalis. It did not matter if this meant angering his relative who gave him shelter in the city and who ordered him out of the house for not listening to his bidding. He started living in a hostel with his friends and earned his living by teaching Mathematics part-time in a girls’ orphanage. The much-needed break came one fine morning as he was talking to his friend, the renowned Ram Brahma Sanyal, newly appointed Supervisor, in the Alipore Zoological Gardens then being laid out. They could hear loud voices at a distance. Coming closer, a European Saheb was seen trying to explain in his best Hindi and Bengali to the mistris and the masons how a particular construction should be carried out but the latter failing to comprehend it. Rajendranath at once understood the Saheb Engineer’s instructions and begged leave to clarify, to complete satisfaction of the mistris. This pleased the Englishman and he began to inquire the whereabouts of Rajendranath who told him the challenge of his life – starting a business of his own. The Saheb was no other than Sir Bradford Leslie, Chief Engineer to the Corporation of Calcutta, reputed as the maker of bridges. The floating pontoon bridge which served as a link between Calcutta and Howrah for long fifty years prior to the present Cantilever bridge and the Jubilees Bridge over the river Hoogly were two of his early creations. Sir Bradford asked Rajendranath to meet him next day at Palta Waterworks. It is an interesting story about how Rajendranath bagged the job of laying and maintaining waterworks with a meagre sum of Rs 1000 received as a loan from one of his friends, how he became an expert in this field and finally met Acquin Martin. The story, though not exactly one of the rags to riches, has been immortalised inimitably by KC Mahindra, his confidante and later on one of the founders of the modern day corporate giant – Mahindra & Mahindra, in the book Sir Rajendra Nath Mookerjee: A Personal Study (1933). Rajendranath, by dint of hard work, honesty and intelligence, rose to be the builder of many a landmark edifice in Calcutta – those of Standard Chartered Bank, Esplanade Mansion opposite the Governor’s House, Victoria Memorial Hall, West Bengal Assembly building, the beautiful Universal Temple dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna at Belur, the headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission in Howrah. The list is long – all architectural masterpieces – and the reason why Calcutta, said to be a city of palaces and the second most important centre of power after London of the British Empire, might as well be called a Martin Burn city is Rajendranath, its architect par excellence. Martin & Co had even the distinction of constructing many a government building in Bihar and UP – the Government House and PWD Office in Ranchi, the Secretariat, Post & Telegraph Offices, Water Tower, the High Court in Patna. Similarly, the UP Government Council Chamber and Post & Telegraph Office in Lucknow. Even as a Chairman of the Engineering Committee formed in 1921, comprising mainly of engineers of the ruling class, to find out the most suitable type of bridge over the Hoogly, he had the forward-looking vision of recommending the cantilever sort, much against the wishes of his mentor, Sir Bradford Leslie. Not just city planning. Rajendranath has to his credit running of narrow gauge trains, sort of tram, known as Martin rails, between the city and the mofussil areas in a bid to bring them closer and managing a host of industries dealing with iron, electricity, cement, railway wagons, shipbuilding, tea, timber, etc. The Bengalis, it is said, are not very fond of industries, business and commerce but Rajendranath has not only disproved this observation; he was the most successful businessman, the foremost industrialist Bengal has ever produced. Sadly and most, unfortunately, almost all the industries owned and managed by the erstwhile monolith firm, Martin Burn & Co. have become a thing of the past – the last to fall was Burn Standard & Co., but if we have to revive industrialisation in Bengal, even prove the “Make in India” initiative a success story, we need to resurrect the spirit of Rajendranath, the spirit of much talked about ‘Start-Up’ ventures exhibited long before – as a tribute to him on his 165th Birthday (June 23). (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Conservative icon David Koch leaving business politics

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Billionaire conservative icon David Koch is stepping down from the Koch brothers’ network of business and political activities.The 78-year-old New York resident is suffering from deteriorating health, according to a letter that older brother Charles Koch sent to company officials Tuesday morning.Charles Koch wrote that he is “deeply saddened” by his brother’s retirement. “David has always been a fighter and is dealing with this challenge in the same way,” he wrote.David Koch is leaving his roles as executive vice-president and board member for Koch Industries and a subsidiary, Koch Chemical Technology group, where he served as chairman and chief executive officer. Koch is also stepping down as chairman of the board for the Americans For Prosperity Foundation, the charity related to Koch brothers’ primary political organization.Charles Koch had assumed a more visible leadership role in the brothers’ affairs in recent years. He will continue to serve as the CEO of Koch Industries and the unofficial face of the network’s political efforts.Democrats have demonized the Koch brothers for their outsized influence in conservative politics over the last decade. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid regularly attacked Republicans for what he called a “Koch addiction.”Yet the Kochs have clashed with the Trump administration at times.Citing concerns about Trump’s style and substance, the network refused to endorse either presidential candidate in the 2016 election. And while they have praised Trump’s policies on taxes, de-regulation and health care, they have aggressively attacked the Republican administration’s trade policies. On Monday, the Koch network announced a multi-million-dollar campaign to oppose Trump’s tariffs and highlight the benefit of free trade.Using the money they made from their Kansas-based family business empire, the Koch brothers have created what is likely the nation’s most powerful political organization with short- and long-term goals. Their network has promised to spend $400 million to shape the 2018 midterm elections. They have also devoted significant time and resources to strengthening conservative influence on college campuses, in the Hispanic community and in the non-profit sector.David Koch, who served as the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential candidate in 1980, had begun focus more on philanthropy in recent years.The Manhattan resident donated $150 million to New York City’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2015, the largest gift in the organization’s history. He has also given $185 million in total donations to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his alma mater.In an April interview with the Washington Examiner, Charles Koch described his younger brother this way: “David is much more political than I am.”Charles continued: “David is a much better engineer than I am and is much more into the arts and social life. Obviously he’s got to be or he wouldn’t live in Manhattan. And David is much more into elective politics than I am.”In Tuesday’s letter, Charles Koch said his brother’s “guidance and loyalty, especially in our most troubled times, has been unwavering.”“David has never wanted anything for himself that he hasn’t earned, as his sole desire has always been to contribute,” he wrote.last_img read more

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Technology companies banks power US stocks solidly higher

Stocks rose broadly in early trading Tuesday on Wall Street, erasing the market’s modest losses from a day earlier.Technology companies powered the rally, with chipmakers among the biggest gainers. Nvidia rose 3.7 per cent and Advanced Micro Devices added 2.3 per cent.Banks also notched solid gains as bond prices headed lower, sending yields slightly higher. That helps banks charge higher interest rates on loans. Morgan Stanley rose 1.8 per cent.Health care and communications stocks also notched solid gains. Energy companies climbed as the price of U.S. crude oil moved above $60 a barrel. Oil hasn’t settled above that price since November.The rally marked a reversal for the market, which started the week on a downbeat note after racking up losses last week as investors’ jitters over a global economic slowdown intensified. That led to a troubling drop in long-term bond yields, which many see as a warning sign of a possible recession.The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.43 per cent in early trading Tuesday, up from 2.41 per cent late Monday. It’s still slightly below the yield on the three-month Treasury bill.Despite the market’s recent gyrations, the benchmark S&P 500 index is still up more than 12 per cent so far in 2019, an unusually strong start to a year, and on course for a solid first quarter for the market.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 218 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 25,735 as of 10:12 a.m. Eastern Time. The S&P 500 index gained 0.9 per cent and the Nasdaq composite jumped 1.1 per cent. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks picked up 0.9 per cent.Major European indexes were also headed higher, rebounding from a day earlier.BIG APPLE: Shares in Apple climbed 1.9 per cent a day after the consumer electronics giant announced a suite of new services to run on its devices.The company plans to launch a subscription TV service dubbed Apple TV Plus, which will be ad-free and will compete with big streaming services including Netflix and Amazon Video.BOARDROOM BRAWL: Bed Bath & Beyond soared 26.7 per cent in heavy trading after The Wall Street Journal reported that the troubled retailer is being targeted by three activist investors.ROUGH SEAS: Carnival slumped 7.3 per cent after the cruise line operator’s latest quarterly results fell short of Wall Street’s forecasts. The company also issued a weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings outlook.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude climbed 2.1 per cent to $60.06 a barrel. Oil has not closed above $60 a barrel since Nov. 9. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was up 1.3 per cent to $67.66 a barrel.Alex Veiga, The Associated Press read more

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Provincial Haitian hospital to have yearround clean water thanks to UN project

Every year the Sainte Thérèse hospital in Hinche has faced a shortage during the dry season while floods during the rainy season can contaminate drinking water supplies. But no longer. The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has funded a project to build a reservoir with wells to stock underground water and a series of gutters on the hospital’s roof to gather rainwater. The project is the third such QIP related to water that MINUSTAH has financed in Hinche. Overall 68 of the 300 QIPs in the country have been water-related, for a total amount of more than $620,000. QIPs are widely viewed as being among the most effective tools used by UN missions around the world to help local communities at ground level and at low cost, from repairing leaking roofs in schools in Georgia to opening a vocational centre in Liberia to refurbishing sanitation facilities in Burundi. In Haiti, MINUSTAH, set up in 2004 to help re-establish peace after an insurgency forced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile, has focused on a wide range of such projects, from resurrecting a provincial library in the in Fort-Liberté, the main town in the north-east, to rehabilitating schools and laying out sports fields in formerly violence-ridden neighbourhoods it has helped rid of armed criminal gangs. 28 March 2007A provincial hospital in Haiti near the country’s border with the Dominican Republic will now enjoy a continual supply of clean water thanks to the United Nations peacekeeping mission, just one of the 300 so-called Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) it has financed in the past three years to improve life in the impoverished Caribbean country. read more

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UN evacuates critically ill Palestinian children from Iraq to Syria

“We are pleased to report that Syrian authorities on Wednesday allowed the first four into Syria,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva today. “The four are now in very critical condition and we greatly appreciate this decision by Syrian authorities.”The four patients, aged between 2 and 21, are suffering from severe diabetes, paralysis, Hodgkins disease and heart problems. They have been stranded in Al Waleed refugee camp on the Iraqi side of the border for months without proper medical attention. At least 16 other critically ill Palestinians still remain in Al Waleed camp and Baghdad, where access to specialized medical care is impossible. They include a 3-year-old suffering from a severe and painful skin rash, a 1-year-old with serious urinary problems and a 2-year-old suffering from cerebral palsy.“We continue our search for urgent solutions to get these children out, as most of them might die or be handicapped for life if they don’t get proper care soon,” Mr. Redmond said.Some 1,550 Palestinians who fled violence in Baghdad are stranded in camps on the Iraq-Syria border. Over the past year UNHCR has repeatedly called on the Iraqi authorities and the United States-led multinational forces to protect the Palestinians, who fled to Iraq after the creation of Israel in 1948.Some received preferential treatment under Saddam Hussein and have become targets for attack since his overthrow in 2003. Nearly 20,000 of them have already fled but an estimated 15,000 still remain in the country, mostly in Baghdad.Of the four evacuated on Wednesday, two will be allowed to remain in Syria, with some family members, while undergoing urgently needed medical care. The other two will travel on to third countries, where they will receive more specialized care. “We will be monitoring and funding the medical care, lodging and rehabilitation process,” Mr. Redmond said.Meanwhile, conditions in Al Waleed and nearby Al Tanf camps remain dire, according to UNHCR. In recent weeks, temperatures rose to nearly 50 degrees centigrade, making daily life nearly unbearable. The agency has procured some 90 small fridges, one per family tent, and tent coolers. “UNHCR continues to appeal for urgent solutions for the Palestinians at the border and in Baghdad, who are being targeted, killed, kidnapped and threatened,” Mr. Redmond said. “They have no possibility to leave Iraq as they are not accepted anywhere, unlike other persecuted Iraqis who can still flee to neighbouring countries and further afield. So far the response of the world has been minimal and we remain extremely concerned about their fate,” he added. 3 August 2007After weeks of appeals for the urgent medical evacuation from Iraq of seriously ill Palestinians, most of them children, the United Nations refugee agency was able this week to transport the first four patients into Syria to receive much-needed medical aid. read more

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SLJTU and Keheliya discuss code

The newly formed Sri Lanka Journalists Trade Union (SLJTU) has had discussions with Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on the proposed media code of ethics.President of the SLJTU Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema said that the right to information was also discussed at the meeting with the Minister. Addressing the media today, Abeywickrema said that it was agreed a broad discussion needs to take place on the topic before it is implemented. The General Secretary of the SLJTU, Priyantha Karunarathna, said that the intention of the trade union is not to confront the management of any media institution over any issue.Instead he said the SLJTU hopes to have broad discussions with them on issues that arise concerning the media in Sri Lanka or journalists attached to the respective newspaper or electronic media. (Colombo Gazette) She said that the SLJTU hopes to have a discussion with the local media on the proposed code in future as well. The SLJTU, which was launched today, consists of journalists from the print, electronic and online media in Sri Lanka.Abeywickrem said that the SLJTU hopes to address various concerns of the media and media workers through the trade union. read more

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Father and two sons killed in accident

All three were killed in the accident while two others sustained injuries. A father and two sons have been killed in an accident in Dehiattakandiya, the Police said.The Police said that the father and two sons, aged six and 14 were travelling on a motorcycle when it crashed into a tipper truck.

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Hearing horrific testimonies from rape survivors in South Sudan UN envoy says

Pramila Patten, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence and Conflict, told reporterss that she had been “alarmed to hear about the increasing climate of intimidation” in which civil society organisations work, “including attacks against those providing services to sexual violence survivors.”The world’s youngest country, South Sudan has been wracked by violence and humanitarian crisis since late 2013, following a descent into faction fighting between forces loyal to the President and then Vice-President.As part of a joint UN–African Union visit, led by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed from 3 to 7 July, Ms. Patten met government officials and religious leaders, among others.She toured sites protecting displaced civilians in Malakal and around the capital Juba, and spoke with survivors of sexual violence, who continue to live in acutely vulnerable situations.“The testimonies I heard were horrific: men being systematically killed, the elderly and sick being burned alive, the genitals of young boys being mutilated or cut off, and women and girls being gang-raped – often to death,” she continued.“In this context, sexual violence serves as a lethal tactic of war and a ‘push factor’ for forced displacement,” she added.Ms. Patten spoke to women in the protection camps who lamented the lack of food, health services and opportunities to make a living for themselves and their families. The main hope and desire of these women was “the desire for peace,” she stated.Although the women walk in groups collecting firewood to reduce attack risks, they need to venture beyond camp, still frequently assaulted by soldiers lurking in the high grass.“Yet,” she explained, “they have few alternatives, as they cannot ask male community members for help.”In the words of one woman: “Our men would get killed, whereas we only get raped.”“All of the women I spoke with said that they wanted to see the perpetrators punished,” said the Special Representative, “yet sexual violence is fueled and exacerbated by impunity on a massive scale.” UNMISSPramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, gives a press conference during her visit to South Sudan, 6 July 2018.Government officials affirmed their willingness to implement an agreed Joint UN Communiqué to end sexual violence and Cessation of Hostilities, she said, and to measure progress, an action plan had been drawn up to hold perpetrators of sexual violence within the army to account, she said.This month, she said she would deploy experts to South Sudan to provide technical assistance; and also brief the Security Council and South Sudan Sanctions Committee on her findings, including sexual violence among the criteria for sanctions.She underscored that a “permanent ceasefire” must be respected by all sides, and should also include the cessation of all forms of sexual violence.Ms. Patten said it was “critical” that the authorities investigate all alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law committed, as well as other alleged atrocity crimes.She commended the UN and AU efforts towards facilitating a lasting peace, recognizing the “extremely challenging” environment and called for increased donor support.A disturbing reportThe Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) released a report on Tuesday revealing indiscriminate attacks against civilians in Southern Unity State in which at least 120 women and girls, as young as four-years-old, were raped and gang-raped by the army and associated forces in Koch and Leer county. Witnesses indicate that those who resisted rape were shot.The report further documented 15 incidents of abduction involving at least 132 women and girls, for the purposes of sexual slavery and forced labor. read more

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Garrick Club considering vote on allowing women entry for first time in

While many high-profile members that time indicated they would vote for change, it is believed a number with more progressive views still voted to keep the club men-only. Along with other private member’s clubs White’s, Boodle’s and Pratt’s – The Garrick is one of only a few male-only spaces left in public life. One member told The Telegraph that while decisions were taken by secret ballot at The Garrick, the vote would never pass.”The difference with a secret ballot is that you can always blame somebody else,” he said. Another member dismissed the idea of the vote, saying he believed the issue of The Garrick’s membership gained undue public attention because of its high-profile membership.”When people join the club, they know what they’re getting,” the member said. “A men’s club for men. Just like women who join a women’s club can expect a club for women.”Yet The Mail on Sunday claimed other members had reported that the prevailing mood may have changed enough since 2015 to see the vote passed. “The role of women in the theatre should be recognised. I think there has been a huge swing. There is a great feeling that this is something we need to look at,” a source told the paper. The Garrick Club is understood to be considering a vote on whether to allow women entry for the first time in its 187-year history. As one of the last remaining members clubs in Britain maintaining a male-only policy, it has faced calls to diversify. Members at meetings behind closed doors are said to have discussed the possibility of a ballot to decide whether or not to allow women into the club. However, insiders have questioned whether the vote would have any chance of reaching the two-thirds majority necessary to pass. They say the make-up of the club has not changed enough since a vote in 2015 that saw only 50.5 per cent of members vote in favour of admitting women. Now it is believed a meeting has been held by the club’s committee to discuss whether to hold another vote in the new year. The Garrick, which was founded in 1831 and named after the leading 18th-century actor David Garrick, has always had strong connections with the theatre world.It counts Stephen Fry, Damian Lewis, Hugh Bonneville and Michael Gove among its members. BBC journalist John Simpson said of the vote the last time around: “Nobody in The Garrick feels this is the end of the road”.  “At the last meeting those members who were anti women members were vitriolic, vicious and unbeleivably rude and really unpleasant.”Whether the vote will go ahead is a matter of question. It is believed a five-year moratorium may have been put into place on the matter following the last vote.The issue has cropped up time and again among the club membership since as far back as the 1970s. While women are allowed to visit the club on Garrick Street as members, many of the rooms remain male-only. One female visitor said it was only in the last five years that she has felt comfortable using the main staircase. Traditionally women were only allowed to use the back staircase.The Garrick could not be reached yesterday for comment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Environ opens first African office to meet industry demand

first_imgEnviron is expanding its global network by opening its first office in Africa on March 1, 2012 in Johannesburg. The group said that it is establishing operations in Johannesburg in response to increasing demand for the firm’s environmental and health sciences consulting work in South Africa and throughout the wider African region. Recent projects have included large due diligence asset portfolios, contaminated land projects and compliance management projects in the oil and gas, mining, steel, commodity and technology sectors.It will offer a full range of environmental and health sciences consulting services, including environmental due diligence, contaminated land management, environmental health and safety (EHS) compliance, environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), toxicological and epidemiological support and risk assessment to businesses across Africa – from local companies to multinational organisations. David Scott, Managing Principal of Environ Africa, and Senior Manager Clinton Phaal will lead consultancy work and business development in South Africa. Both are South African citizens with extensive environmental consulting experience in the region.last_img read more

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Roamin Catholics How to get a ticket to see the Pope in

first_img 39,780 Views 60 Comments Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 6:01 AM MORE THAN 500,000 tickets will be made available for Pope Francis’ Mass at the Phoenix Park and at Knock this August but tickets will not be released until closer to the event.Organisers say that tickets will not be available on general release until they have completed consultations with ”the relevant statutory agencies on capacity, transport, security, safety and other issues”.When tickets do become available, they will be free of charge. However, those who are really keen to ensure they will be there on the day have options. They can book a three-day or a one-day registration to the World Meeting of Families 2018 (WMOF) which allows them to book a free ticket to the Final Mass at the same time.A single-day ticket starts from €33, while a five-day ticket costs €68. Both are on sale now.The government set up its official website for the visit and urged anyone interested in attending the two main public events at the Phoenix Park or at Knock to make sure they had tickets before planning their journeys.When tickets become available, you can register for them here.After registration, tickets will be sent by email in the form of a ‘print at home’ ticket or via post. This will include travel information, along with details of how to get to your section at the event.The Pope will spend two full days in the country on 25 and 26 August as part of the WMOF, with his full itinerary announced yesterday.Security The Government is set to spend almost €3 million on security personnel and equipment for Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland.It was also revealed that specialist garda operations targeting gangs and violent criminals in some parts of Dublin have had overtime allocations stopped in a bid to save money for the papal visit.Hundreds of uniformed members will be deployed around the Phoenix Park – many to assist public order units, with others helping stewards to keep the event safe and to avoid any crushes or bottlenecks.However, there will also be a large number of specialist units around the park on the day. These will include armed gardaí, bomb sniffer dogs as well as snipers.The Vatican will also bring its own security team.The government has urged people who intend to attend the Mass to start preparing for their journey now.At a minimum, attendees will be required to walk 4km to and from the Mass. Source: gov.ieThe image above shows what a journey on the day will involve and the time it might take you to get in and out of the Phoenix Park.The website will be updated regularly as the date draws closer. Roamin’ Catholics: How to get a ticket to see the Pope in Dublin or Knock If you think you can just show up to the Pope’s Mass, think again. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/4064492 Image: Jack Kurtz By Adam Daly Image: Jack Kurtz Jun 12th 2018, 6:02 AM Short URL Share28 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

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Vakos philanthropic side

first_imgA donation by chef Philip Vakos, of Spitiko restaurant, for a dining experience at his establishment, was auctioned for $2000 last week at A Celebration of Life Gala Ball, held last Thursday at Crown Casino to raise money for Victoria’s most vulnerable babies. The money raised was donated to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at The Royal Children’s Hospital. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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