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Karbonn launches Wind 4 Windows phone at Rs 5,999

first_imgKarbonn has introduced its first Windows based smartphone with the launch of Titanium Wind W4. The new device is available at Amazon India exclusively for INR 5,999.Similar to the launch of Titanium S10, Karbonn has not made any official announcement for Wind 4 also. The device runs on Windows 8.1 OS and comes with 4 inch WVGA (480X480 pixel) LCD display powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor and 512MB RAM.The dual SIM windows smartphone, Wind 4 has an inbuilt storage capacity of 4 GB which can be further expanded to up to 32 GB and 15 GB preinstalled OneDrive cloud storage space. It sports a 5 MP rear camera accompanied by a LED flash and also houses a 0.3 MP front camera.The device is presently available only in white color. It might be worth mentioning that Microsoft’s lowest priced Lumia smartphone, Lumia 530 is priced at INR 7,349.Recently, Karbonn launched its first Android One device in India called Karbonn Sparkle V, valued at Rs. 6,399.last_img read more

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Cricket: Ravi Shastri says India will not give excuses about pitch and conditions

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Image Courtesy: India Times)Indian team’s head coach Ravi Sashtri on Wednesday said that his team will not give any excuses about the pitch or the conditions ahead of the upcoming 5 match test series vs England.This comes after reports suggested that India weren’t happy about the pitch and outfield conditions in the Essex Cricket Ground where they were scheduled to play their only warm up game.But Sashtri cleared the air by saying that his team aren’t here to make excuses.“My philosophy is very simple – (in) your country, I don’t ask questions. (In) my country, you don’t ask. There was good grass on that (pitch). The groundsmen asked if we wanted the grass to be taken off. I said ‘absolutely not’. (It is) your prerogative. You give (the wicket), we play, so when you come to my country you can never ask (about pitches),” Shastri said during a media conference.He also added that the team is better planned to execute their preparations ahead of their 1st test after their four day practice match was reduced to three following the heat and the weather conditions.“The game was reduced from four days to three because of the logistics and the weather prevailing. We had an opportunity to practice three days in Birmingham, which is the Test match venue. If we had played four days here we would have lost that one day there because of travel. As simple as that because the prerogative whether to play a two-day, three-day or four-day game lies entirely with the travelling team,” Shastri elaborated.“The basic idea was to have a session at Edgbaston on Sunday. And travel on Saturday, to be able to practice on Sunday. The reason is to get to the Test match venue because it wouldn’t have served any purpose with an extra day here. An extra day there will give us more familiarity with the venue and the conditions where you are playing the first Test,” said Shastri.Also Read:Cricket: English Cricket Club bowled out for a mere 18 runslast_img read more

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Australia’s affair with the bouncer an intimidation tool of Ashes past

first_imgShare on Facebook Ashes 2017-18 Listen features Share on Pinterest Coach Darren Lehmann backed up the new fastest-night-wicket theory, and said that bigger grounds made short bowling more effective. “So that’s one for us that we see as an advantage … at the back end when the wicket quickened up and we could go after them a bit harder, [that] was helpful. That’s the blueprint, it’s no secret we’re going to attack their middle and lower order like that.”Why is it that the bouncer creates such thrall? It’s quintessentially an Ashes thing. When Pakistan toured last year, we didn’t hear endless talk about playing them chin-music. When New Zealand visited the Gabba and the WACA in 2015, we said that the dead pitches stopped edges carrying to slip, not that they prevented an onslaught to the head.Australia’s approach to the Ashes is always confrontational, as per this season’s woeful hashtag that somehow escaped unfumigated from a rogue marketing laboratory. But apparently it’s not enough to beat England. You have to break them.With Cricket Australia growing new tentacles as a media entity, a few nights ago the press pack was invited to watch its Ashes documentary series. Forged in Fire is a mash-up of archival footage and current-day interviews, often highly entertaining. It’s hard to miss with that kind of material. Nominally covering several 1970s contests, most of the screen time went to 1974-5, the Lillee and Thomson series. Its fast-bowling fireworks are the easiest sell.The theatre was full of laughs, both at Jeff Thomson’s raucously blue turn of phrase, and at the surprise that CA would relax enough to release a product full of it. Thomson has always has been able to spin a good line. Those chuckles were as easily drawn by his blithe comments about how he had wanted to hit and hurt batsmen. The word ‘kill’ was thrown around more than once.Footage lingered on Colin Cowdrey’s anguish at being smashed in the ribs, David Lloyd having his box broken, and Keith Fletcher being hit square in the head. Thomson talked cheerily about the sound the ball made rebounding off Fletcher’s skull. After the screening, a panel including Greg Chappell made further quips about the speedster’s ability to dish out injury.I wouldn’t make the argument that any of this is wrong, per se. That’s the way the stories unfolded, and the real or anticipated injuries have become part of the mythos. What I can say is that the jovial tone sat uncomfortably next to the gestures of remembrance two days later, when the third anniversary of Phillip Hughes’ death fell on Brisbane’s fifth day. Photo tributes were posted, Australia’s players wore black armbands with PH initials, and David Warner took special care to reach 63 not out, the score symbolically associated with Hughes.The two parts of this equation are not directly related. It’s a sad irony that Hughes was struck by a slower-ball bouncer, designed to fool him with a lack of pace rather than threaten with velocity. Even so, it was a strange memorial in the midst of a carnival celebrating the short ball. Topics Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Messenger Which isn’t to say it shouldn’t be bowled. Bouncers have been part of the game for far longer than recent trends. It only raises questions that I don’t have the answers for. Perhaps there are no answers. Life is full of contradictions that defy resolution.And so we move on to Adelaide, a pitch known lately for seam and swing, where New Zealand and South Africa competed with Australia to hit stumps and win edges. And we’re told to contemplate it as a potential launchpad for short stuff. Johnson’s series is a “talisman”, wrote Brydon Coverdale on Cricinfo, for an Australian team “desperate to replicate the whitewash. And why wouldn’t they? It’s the only one of the past five Ashes campaigns they have won.”Perhaps that’s the reason, the only key tried in recent memory that has turned the lock. Perhaps it is something more visceral, the exertion of actual power in the oldest cricketing rivalry, something bigger than the simple matter of victory. Perhaps it is the exculpation of past humiliations via a more direct retaliation. Whatever the case, the obsession is not going anywhere. Cricket has always been a sport obsessed with its past. Right now, it is living it. Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. England cricket team The Ashes of 2013-14 casts a long shadow. Mitchell Johnson is the gunslinger at sunset. He defines the modern genre like John Wayne did Westerns. From months ago, when anticipation of the current Ashes series began, through to the close of the Gabba Test this week and looking to the matches ahead, there has been an obsession with short-pitched bowling, with fright and intimidation, with spooked Englishmen being taken apart, their egos sent home in tiny pieces.All that we see is cast in terms of four years ago. All that we hear invokes it. It’s almost like the 2015 Ashes didn’t happen. Remember that? Slotted in-between somewhere, a few twilit memories of English grounds. Someone mentioned careers ending: Brad Haddin, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, Ryan Harris, Chris Rogers. Then Big Bad Mitch himself a couple of games later. Australia sport Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up The Ashes Share on Twitter Ben Stokes arrives in Christchurch to hostile Australian media reception All that talk of smashing teams, destroying them. Bowled out for 60 at Trent Bridge, 136 at Birmingham. Those whitewash Ashes surrendered in two separate helpless hours. England did destroy Australia, but by pitching up. It is Australia alone coveting the method that threatens safety and causes fear, rather than threatening wickets and causing embarrassment.Four years on, the Ashes whitewash has become a game of dress-ups. Who is going to play the left-arm terror quick? Here is an obvious choice. Wait, this new kid wants to play, and he’s already popular. Bowls with the wrong arm though. It’s OK, you can both be Mitch. Alright then, Josh can play two parts at once, won’t that be fun! Who wants to be the English lynchpin, frazzled to the point that he hooks blind catches to the deep? The same kid as last time. Tail-enders flapping at soaring deliveries? A couple of them are back too. It’s a bit like being a burglar in Home Alone; you wouldn’t think anyone would want to reprise the role.Then on the first day, anticlimax. Brisbane’s tacky pitch gave the short-pitched stuff no oomph. On the Guardian podcast, Adam Collins and I described it as Australia’s bowlers tearing off the Christmas wrapping paper only to find out batteries weren’t included. Next day, a pack of Duracells in hand, they tried again. Initially it was offering honey; to get Dawid Malan caught in the deep. He duly did his best Pooh Bear. Jonny Bairstow and the tail went the same way. Second time round, a quickening pitch caught the lower order defending deliveries beyond their qualification.In a source of great delight for the Australians, the bouncer game was back on, and they wanted England to know about it. “I think we’ve made our intentions pretty clear with how we’re going to bowl to the tail,” captain Steve Smith said as soon as possible. “I think they know that as well. They can expect a bit more of a barrage … [Adelaide is] one of the quickest wickets in the country at night. We saw how effective our bowlers could be when this wicket quickened up a little bit. That’s exciting.” Read more Since you’re here… The Final Word: Ashes 2017-18 – Cameron Bancroft’s debut and that head-butt – podcast Cricket Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Read more Australia cricket teamlast_img read more

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25 days agoBarcelona president Bartomeu to meet with Pique to clear the air

first_imgBarcelona president Bartomeu to meet with Pique to clear the airby Carlos Volcano25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is set to meet with defender Gerard Pique to clear the air after the latter’s recent comments.Sport says Pique has questioned the board twice in the last week. He said he did not like the team’s pre-season tours of Japan and the US, claiming “we did more travelling and less training and we’re feeling it.”Then he hinted that the board were planting stories in the media against the players.The objective of the meeting will be to smooth things over and stop Pique’s digs which in Madrid they are using to do more damage to Barcelona. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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India tour of West Indies: Shikhar Dhawan back in ODI side, Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer included

first_img Rohan Sen MumbaiJuly 21, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 15:52 IST Shikhar Dhawan last played on June 9 in the Cricket World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan last played for India on June 9 in the World Cup match vs AustraliaDhawan, Manish Pandey and Navdeep Saini have been included in the ODI and T20I squadsLeg-spinner Rahul Chahar is the new face in the Indian T20I side whileOpener Shikhar Dhawan is back in the Indian ODI team for the upcoming West Indies tour which starts from August 3 as the BCCI selectors announced the three squads in Mumbai on Sunday.Dhawan had played the first two matches of the Cricket World Cup 2019 before he was ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to a hairline thumb fracture. Dhawan has been out of action since June 9.But the left-handed batsman has fully recuperated from his injury and will be featuring in the ODI and T20I series in the Caribbean. Manish Pandey is also back in the team while Navdeep Saini has been included in the limited-overs squads.Young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar is the new face in the Indian T20I side while his elder Deepak has also been named in the T20I side. Shreyas Iyer also features in the ODI and T20I squads along with left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed.”We have taken the India A performance into consideration. The performances of Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer and Navdeep Saini’s performances have been phenomenal.”In the long format, KS Bharat was very close to getting selected. We have an unwritten norm that established cricketer when he gets injured, when he comes back, an opportunity should be given to him,” chief selector MSK Prasad said at the press conference.Captain Virat Kohli will lead the team in the limited-overs and Test series with Rohit Sharma as his deputy in the ODIs and T20Is. Ajinkya Rahane is the vice-captain of the Test team.advertisementJasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya have been rested from the ODIs and T20Is but the fast bowler will return for the Test series.India’s squad for 3 ODIs: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep SainiIndia’s squad for 3 T20Is: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Shikhar DhawanFollow Manish PandeyFollow Navdeep Saini India tour of West Indies: Shikhar Dhawan back in ODI side, Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer includedShikhar Dhawan had played the first two matches of the Cricket World Cup 2019 before he was ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to a hairline thumb fracture. Dhawan has been out of action since June 9.advertisementlast_img read more

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Trudeau pressed to give update on review of Canadas arms deal with

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing pressure from civil society groups to update Canadians before the October election on his government’s review of a multibillion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia.The Liberals launched a review of the $15-billion contract to ship light-armoured vehicles to the Middle Eastern kingdom last fall in the wake of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey.A letter sent this week to Trudeau from a dozen organizations says the public has a right to know the status of the review now that more than nine months have passed since the government first announced the probe.The letter says any further delays to the review or the government’s eventual decision could mean consequential actions come too late, especially since Canada has continued to ship the vehicles to Saudi Arabia — including 127 last year alone.The Liberal government halted all new export permits to the kingdom last fall, sanctioned 17 Saudi nationals and started the review of arms sales to the country amid concerns about a lack of a credible, independent investigation into Khashoggi’s killing and Saudi participation in the civil war in neighbouring Yemen.A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says no final decision has been made in the ongoing review and no new export permits have been issued for Saudi Arabia.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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David Suzuki Talks Citizen Science

first_img“Canada’s Centre for Biodiversity Genomics at the University of Guelph has the genomes of more than 265 thousand named species identified with barcodes in its database,” says David Suzuki. “The cost to analyze a sample against this free public database is about $10.”There is a systematic inventorying of the world’s biodiversity taking place, says Suzuki, and citizen science is taking advantage of it. Take, for example, children in San Diego.In an effort to collect four thousand samples of local bug life, children in San Diego are borrowing genetic testing kits from libraries and, using the LifeScanner app, uploading their data for the city’s Barcode of Life project to identify all life on Earth. The goal is to provide insight into biodiversity and environmental health. Once the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics does the genetic sequencing, the children can see the genetic barcodes of the bugs they found and compare them to others.Another citizen science project is focused on fish identification to address the problem of mislabelled seafood. Working with SeaChoice, of which the David Suzuki Foundation is a member, and LifeScanner, some 300 Canadians “will get testing kits, buy seafood, collect data and images and return samples in a provided envelope,” says Suzuki. “Samples will be analyzed and coded, with results posted online.“With the help of citizen scientists, genetic testing can offer a powerful approach to righting environmental wrongs. The same approach could work in areas such as testing for antibiotics, pesticide and mercury residues and more.”Learn more about what Citizen Science is doing here.Copyright ©2017Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Hot Docs 2017 Award Winners Announced

first_imgEmerging Canadian Filmmaker AwardFrançois Jacob for A Moon of Nickel and Ice (Canada)Sponsored by Jameson First Shot, the award includes a $3,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.Screening Sunday, May 7 at 10:15 a.m. at Scotiabank Theatre 3.Best International Feature Documentary AwardThe Other Side of the Wall (D: Pau Ortiz; P: María Nova López, Emiliano Altuna, Tatiana García, Carlos Rossini; Spain)Sponsored by Panicaro Foundation, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Panicaro Foundation.Screening Sunday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m. at the Aga Khan Museum.Special Jury Prize – International Feature DocumentaryA Cambodian Spring (D&P: Chris Kelly; UK)Sponsored by A&E, the award includes a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.Screening Sunday, May 7 at 6:15 p.m. at Toronto Centre for the Arts.Emerging International Filmmaker AwardEgil Håskjold Larsen for 69 Minutes of 86 Days (Norway)The award includes a $3,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.Screening Sunday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m. at the Aga Khan Museum.Best Mid-Length Documentary AwardDeath in the Terminal (D: Asaf Sudry, Tali Shemesh; P: Asaf Sudry, Tali Shemesh, Alma Har’el; Israel)The award includes a $3,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.In the Best Mid-Length Documentary category, the jury also acknowledged the film The Lives of Thérèse (D: Sébastien Lifshitz; P: Muriel Meynard; France), with an honourable mention.Best Short Documentary AwardSovdagari (D: Tamta Gabrichidze; P: Ilia Tavberidze; Georgia)The award includes a $3,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.Hot Docs is an Academy Award® qualifying festival for short documentaries and, as winner of the Best Short Documentary Award, Sovdagari will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the annual Academy Awards without the standard theatrical run, provided it complies with Academy rules.In the Best Short Documentary category, the jury also acknowledged the film Volte (D: Monika Kotecka, Karolina Poryzała; P: Ewa Jastrzebska; Poland), with an honourable mention.Outstanding Achivement AwardPresented by the Hot Docs Board of Directors to Tony Palmer.Doc Mogul AwardPresented to Monique Simard, president and CEO of SODEC by the Hot Docs Board of Directors at a special awards luncheon on Monday, May 1.Don Haig AwardMontreal-based producer Daniel CrossThe award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the Don Haig Foundation and Telefilm Canada.Don Haig Award Pay It Forward PrizeToronto-based filmmaker Kalina BertinAs part of the award, the recipient can name an emerging female documentary filmmaker to receive a $5,000 cash prize, courtesy of Telefilm Canada, and professional development opportunities at the Hot Docs Festival to further her career path.Lindalee Tracey AwardThe award, honouring an emerging Canadian filmmaker with a passionate point of view, a strong sense of social justice and a sense of humour, was presented to Thyrone Tommy for his film Mariner. The recipient will receive a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of the Lindalee Tracey Fund, $5,000 in post-production services from Technicolor, and a beautiful hand-blown glass sculpture by Andrew Kuntz, specially commissioned to honour Lindalee.The feature and short length Audience Awards will be announced on Monday, May 8. The winner of the $50,000 Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary will be announced on Sunday, May 7, at 7:00 p.m. followed by a free screening of the film.The Canadian Feature Documentary Jury: Claire Aguilar (Director, International Documentary Association), Ian Darling (filmmaker), Min Sook Lee (filmmaker)The International Feature Documentary Jury: Hubert Davis (filmmaker), Kyoko Miyake (filmmaker), Christine Vachon (filmmaker)The Mid-Length Jury: Maya Gallus (Hot Docs 2017 Focus On honouree), Eric Hynes (journalist, film critic and programmer), Nanfu Wang (filmmaker)The Shorts Jury: Mike Plante (filmmaker and festival programmer), Michelle Latimer (filmmaker, programmer, actor, activist), Anne Thompson (editor, Indiewire/founder, Thompson on Hollywood) Facebook Twitter Advertisement At the Hot Docs Awards Presentation, hosted by Garvia Bailey, host of Good Morning Toronto! on Jazz.FM91, 12 awards and $67,000 in cash and prizes were presented to Canadian and international filmmakers, including awards for Festival films in competition and those recognizing emerging and established filmmakers.Best Canadian Feature Documentary AwardUnarmed Verses (D: Charles Officer; P: Lea Marin; Canada)Sponsored by the Documentary Organization of Canada and Telefilm Canada, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Telefilm Canada.Screening Saturday, May 6 at 3:15 p.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox 1.Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature DocumentaryResurrecting Hassan (D&P: Carlo Guillermo Proto; Canada, Chile)Sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada and DGC Ontario, the award includes a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs. 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Iraq should provide more evidence of substance chief UN inspector says

In a briefing to the UN Correspondents Association (UNCA) in New York, Mr. Blix said that the reactions that he’s seen so far from Baghdad have not pointed to a full response on that issue. While discussions on Saturday in Baghdad will be continued on relatively minor topics such as surveillance flights by U2 planes and private interviews with individuals and scientists, he said, “I hope progress will be made on this but principally on the question of substance.”The principle way for Iraq to assure the UN inspectors and the Security Council of its cooperation is to “actively seek and present any items or programmes which are proscribed – or else if they are not there, to seek and present credible evidence for their absence,” said Mr. Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC). “This is an essential point.”Mr. Blix, who is heading to Baghdad with Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), for talks on Saturday with senior Iraqi officials, further stressed that the main issue remains the weapons of mass destruction and their existence.”Either present these if they exist – and we have not said they do – or evidence that convinces the world” they do not, he added. “For this mission I’d much rather have a presentation of whatever weapons remain and as promptly as one can reasonably expect the evidence that we have not seen before.”As for tomorrow’s briefing to the Council by Secretary of State Colin Powell of the United States, Mr. Blix said it was unlikely that Mr. Powell would indicate any sites that the UN should visit because the US would have given those locations to the inspectors. “Judging from what he’s written and what we’ve heard, it’s more likely to be based on satellite imagery, intercepts of satellite communications, or knowledge about Iraqi procurement of technical material or chemicals,” he said.”I don’t think a decision is final, that the end is there, that a date has been set for armed action,” Mr. Blix said. “Not yet. But I think we are moving closer and closer to it and therefore it would seem to me that the Iraqi leadership must be well aware of that. It seems to me that they can do things that would change the situation.” read more

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UN report says world economy will keep moderate growth of at least

Growth is expected to slow in most of the industrial world in 2006 – registering 3.1 per cent in the United States, 2.1 per cent in Europe and 2 per cent in Japan – while developing countries expand at a rate of 5.6 per cent, according to the report, “World Economic Situation and Prospects 2006.”China and India remain the world’s most dynamic economies and the rest of East and South Asia is expected to increase by more than 5 per cent. Latin America lags behind with a growth rate of 3.9 per cent as its largest economies, Brazil and Mexico, struggle. The African continent’s economic expansion should remain solidly above 5 per cent, according to the report.Prepared in part by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the 160-page annual study shows that the economies of the least developed countries – buoyed by higher commodity prices – will grow by 6.6 per cent in the coming year. On the other hand, any scenario leading to a collapse in commodity prices would adversely affect these 50 nations.One of the major phenomenon sapping the prospects for balanced growth in the world economy is the so-called “investment anaemia,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs José Antonio Ocampo told a news conference in New York at the report’s launch.“It’s universal, with the exception of China,” Mr. Ocampo said. “We point out that a major challenge is to recover investment in many parts of the world.” He later added that greater investments by corporations and governments in machinery, new factories and infrastructure could help iron out the global financial imbalances that might undermine economic stability.The report states that one of the gravest dangers to the world economy’s stability may lie in these global financial imbalances as the US’s current account deficit totals $800 billion while Japan, emerging Asia and major oil-exporting countries amass saving surpluses of $100 billion to $200 billion each. Since the United States is a major producer of capital goods, a surge in investment by other countries in the machinery needed to power factories or build bridges, for example, would help close the country’s current account deficit by increasing US exports.“The U.S has been running a deficit and it has generated the impression that it is not a serious problem,” Mr. Ocampo said. “But we point out that the impression is deceiving. The risk, although low, has very high costs.”Foreign investors help US officials cover the country’s current account deficit by investing in US dollar-denominated assets. If foreign investors lose confidence in the US economy, they could pull their money out and contribute to a financial crisis.Mr. Ocampo also called for greater coordination of macro-economy policy among key industrial and developing nations. He said the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which was created to protect global financial stability, should play a central role in helping nations coordinate their macro-economic policies.The report is the UN’s annual analysis of current developments in the world economy and emerging policy issues. It is a joint effort of DESA, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN’s five regional commissions. read more

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EYEWITNESS Hustlers…

Over the past three years, we have noticed a lot of offices being filled with hustlers. And even worse, with HYPOCRITICAL hustlers, who define the term “grifter”: small-time; greedy, and always working the “con”.The phenomenon’s so pervasive it’s got to be the demand of these qualities in their screening process; there’s no way it could be coincidental!Take the latest scandal that’s exploded over at the Chronic, which is titillating the chatterati in Georgetown. It really doesn’t faze folks outside of GT, because their default assessment-setting when it comes to political operatives in the capital is “a bunch of crooks”!! It’s called “folk wisdom”, and it comes from their experience with the species.So we segue into the “Case of Sherod Duncan”, who slithered into the public’s view when he was in UG Law School. Boy, was he agitatedly agitating all over the place!! Thank goodness he didn’t complete his training over at Hugh Wooding, or he would’ve added another burden to the already abysmal reputation of the legal profession!! Anyhow, he gravitated to the AFC since he obviously saw so many of his mirror images in that den of iniquity.After all, which other party leader but AFC’s Trotman would publicly announce they accepted financial contributions as “political investments”??!! Incidentally, have you noticed that pronounced “mean and hungry” look in both Trotman and Duncan?? The AFC fielded Duncan in the GT Municipal Elections, and he became their point man on the City Council, where he went after Mayor Chase-Green like a little fox terrier!!If you ever want to teach a callow youth about the essence of hypocrisy, just regale him with Duncan’s polemics after the Parking Meter Scandal was exposed…and compare them to his ACTIONS in the present Chronic Scandal. The essence of Duncan’s charges was the Mayor made decisions without the permission of the Council on matters concerning the City…and was jetted to Latin America, wined and dined, and God knows what else!!As for Duncan at the Chronic, he was occupying a position as GM that he’d obtained under false pretences (not to mention a conflict of interest, being a member of the Board) since he didn’t possess the requisite qualifications!! With the dissolution of that Board, and with no one to look over his decisions, the man went on a shopping spree that would’ve made Imelda Marcos blush, even with her 7,000 pairs of shoes!! And then he unilaterally fired the Financial Controller he thought had finked on him!!But Duncan’s just a type. Just look at the profligacy of his supervisor, Nagamootoo.He might just get promoted!!…in diplomacyPM Bruce Golding of Jamaica once insulted us by sneering that all Guyana did diplomatically on the economic front was run around with a “begging bowl”. It was Burnham who’d brought Guyana to the shameful point of being declared officially BANKRUPT. And with every single economic sector razed by his co-op socialism and graft, the only option was to seek “debt forgiveness”. PPP didn’t ADD to our debt!But with that debt-albatross removed by Jagdeo, what excuse does Foreign Minister Greenidge – who, not so incidentally, was FINANCE Minister during Burnham’s Nero imitation – have for begging for loans?? Pick a lender – any lender – and Greenidge would’ve bummed them for a “raise”. World Bank? Check! China? Check! US? Check! IDB? Check! IsDB? Check! India? Check! And so on and so forth.So, for Greenidge to boast about “economic diplomacy” is to add insult to our economic injury; especially when the one bright spot of finding markets for our rice is through private initiatives.Maybe he can facilitate payment from Panama?…and fuel suppliesWith T&T shuttering their refinery, we now have to scrounge around for fuel supplies. Has our newly appointed Energy Czar taken responsibility for ensuring at least GPL gets oil?They don’t need another excuse for blackouts!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Changing…June 26, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Affirmative action…October 26, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: The law…June 15, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” read more

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Trapattoni has to do the right thing and step away Cunningham

first_imgHe continued: “I don’t think he has the faith and the confidence of the younger players.“And he looked to deflect a lot of attention onto the senior players after Euro 2012.” Kilbane also revealed that during his time playing for Ireland under Trap, it was often the senior players rather than the manager who were most vocal before, during and after the games.“The onus has been on the experienced players – they’ve been the main voices in the dressing room at half-time. Meanwhile, Cunningham’s former international teammate, Kevin Kilbane – who played with Ireland under Trap for a period – agreed that a change of management was necessary.Kilbane pointed to Trap’s team selection as an area of concern, saying:“It does baffle me why Simon Cox continues to play on that left-hand side.“He could have played Seamus Coleman on the right and Aiden McGeady on the left.”He also criticised the Irish manager for consistently suggesting the Irish players were not good enough to compete against teams of the calibre of Germany. FORMER IRISH INTERNATIONALS Kenny Cunningham and Kevin Kilbane believe Giovanni Trapattoni’s position as manager of the national team has become untenable in the wake of recent results.Trap’s Ireland suffered an embarrassing 6-1 defeat against Germany last night, and Cunningham believes the time is right for change, telling Newstalk:“Giovanni Trapattoni has to do the right thing and step away. The sooner it happens, the better.”He added that John Delaney needed to sit down with Trapattoni and Tardelli, and discuss their exit from the set-up, explaining that they need to “show a bit of class and make the decision”.And despite this pessimistic assessment of the Irish team under Trap, Cunningham remains optimistic that the side can get the desired three points against the Faroe Islands on Tuesday.“There’s a lot of good characters [in the team] and I think they’ll will themselves to a win against the Faroe Islands, but I think fundamentally, nothing will change.” Cunningham said that his words were not a knee-jerk reaction to the Germany result, arguing that there are “deeper problems” within the set-up. “He can’t keep repeating those negatives – you’ve got to lift your players, make them feel good about themselves – and I don’t think that’s been the case, he’s been knocking people down.“[He criticised] Ciaran Clark a couple of weeks ago when he said: ‘I don’t think he’s good enough to play international football.’” “They’re looking at the manager and he’s saying nothing – that doesn’t inspire confidence.”Trapattoni to make Sunday call on Robbie Keane’s fitness ahead of Faroes clash>‘I am proud of these players’ – Trap insists he has no intention of leaving>last_img read more

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Des Hommes modernes vieux de 32000 ans découverts en Crimée

first_imgDes Hommes modernes vieux de 32.000 ans découverts en CriméeDes chercheurs ont découvert en Crimée l’un des plus anciens témoignages directs de la présence de l’Homo sapiens au sud-est de l’Europe. Des restes humains vieux de 32.000 ans ont été mis au jour dans le sud montagneux de la presqu’île ukrainienne.Une équipe de chercheurs européens, du CNRS et du département de Préhistoire du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle notamment, a mis au jour des restes humains sur le site de Buran-Kaya, en Crimée, dans l’une des couches de terrain correspondant à l’ère Paléolithique supérieure. Dans un communiqué, le CNRS explique que 162 fragments d’ossements humains, appartenant à au moins cinq individus : un enfant, deux adolescents et deux adultes. Ils ont été découverts près d’outils en pierre taillées et d’os d’animaux, pour la plupart des antilopes saïga, des renards et des lièvres. Des objets de parure ont également été mis au jour. Les archéologues ont par exemple trouvé des perles en ivoire de mammouth et des coquillages troués. Les fragments d’os humains trouvés sont principalement des morceaux de crâne, de côtes, de phalanges et de dents. La datation au carbone 14 de l’un de ces os, et d’un os de cerf, a permis de déterminer leur âge : 32.000 ans. Le site de Buran-Kaya devient alors l’un des plus anciens qui aient été occupés par l’Homme moderne en Europe, souligne le CNRS. Seuls deux sites, l’un en Roumanie et l’autre en Russie, sont plus anciens, avec des traces datant de 34.000 ans pour le premier, et de 33.000 ans pour le site russe. Tous les sites d’Europe occidentale sont quant à eux plus récents. Cette découverte tend à confirmer l’hypothèse d’une colonisation du continent d’est en ouest par les premiers Homo Sapiens. “Ces derniers se seraient répandus en Europe par les régions sud-orientales bordant la Mer Noire depuis le Moyen-Orient”, explique le CNRS.Le 29 juin 2011 à 17:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Trump names hate groups denouncing Charlottesville violence

first_imgWASHINGTON — Under relentless pressure, President Donald Trump on Monday named and condemned “repugnant” hate groups and declared that “racism is evil” in a far more forceful statement than he’d made earlier after deadly, race-fueled weekend clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.Trump’s initial failure on Saturday to denounce the groups by name — instead he bemoaned violence on “many sides” — prompted criticism from fellow Republicans as well as Democrats. This time, the president described members of the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who take part in violence as “criminals and thugs” in a prepared statement he read at the White House.“Racism is evil,” he said, singling out the hate groups as “repugnant to everything that we hold dear as Americans.”“Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America,” he said.In his remarks he also called for unity.“We must love each other, show affection for each other and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans,” he said.Trump also, for the first time, mentioned Heather Heyer by name, as he paid tribute to the woman killed when a car plowed into a group of anti-racist counter-protesters in Charlottesville.The president left after his statement without acknowledging reporters’ shouted questions. At an event on trade later in the day, he was asked why it took two days for him to offer an explicit denunciation of the hate groups.last_img read more

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Balotelli absent in Vieiras first training session at Nice

first_imgMario Balotelli was absent from Patrick Vieira’s first official training session as the new head coach of OGC Nice as the side begun their pre-season training programmeThe Frenchman recently ended his two-and-a-half year stay with New York City FC in the MLS to replace new Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre at the Ligue 1 club.But one of the key challenges that Vieira will face in his first few months in charge of Nice will be sorting out the future of Balotelli, who is expected to leave this summer after resurrecting his playing career in France.Balotelli scored 26 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions last season and was recalled to the Italy squad by new head coach Roberto Mancini.The 27-year-old’s contract at Nice expired on June 30, but the French club can still reportedly claim €10m from whichever club he decides to join.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…Balotelli’s teammate and fellow forward Alassane Plea was also absent.“We were supposed to have all the players (available). Unfortunately, those two weren’t there,” Vieira said, according to the Daily Mail.“We’re trying to get to the bottom of it.”When asked about Balotelli, he added: “We were expecting him today. He wasn’t here and it wasn’t foreseen.”last_img read more

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Arjen Robben remaining calm at Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich winger Arjen Robben is refusing to panic after their surprising home draw with Ajax in the Champions League on TuesdayThe Bundesliga champions took an early lead at the Allianz Arena through Mats Hummels before Noussair Mazraoui put Ajax back on level terms 22 minutes later to settle the score at 1-1.It means that Bayern have gone three games without a win, but Robben is opting to remain calm and insists only a victory is needed to get them back on track,“There is always something coming from outside. We have to be realistic and to analyse our situation properly,” Robben told reporters.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Obviously, we are not used to it and it is not our goal. But as I said, it’s not possible that within a week, everything turns bad.“But that’s football, you need a victory to get back on track.”Bayern captain Manuel Neuer also believes that things will quickly turn around for Bayern, who will next host Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday in the Bundesliga.Niko Kovac’s side are second in Group E behind Ajax on goal difference with four points in the Champions League.last_img read more

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Over 3955 get lucky at Narayanpet mega job mela

first_imgNarayanpet: The mega job mela that was launched for the first time after the formation of Narayanpet district on Thursday witnessed thousands of job seekers taking part in it. The event was organised by the district administration at the Social Welfare Girls High School in the district headquarters.The job mela was inaugurated by District Collector S Venkat Rao by lighting a lamp. Narayanpet MLA S Rajender Reddy, Makthal MLA Ram Mohan Reddy and Kodangal MLA Patnam Narender Reddy also attended the inauguration. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Over 43 different companies took part in the job mela and offered more than 3,955 jobs to the candidates. It is estimated that more than 5,000 aspirants appeared for the mela. Speaking on the occasion, the District Collector urged the unemployed youth in the district to utilise the opportunity and earn a job. Narayanpet MLA Rajender Reddy said that the youth who have completed their graduation and other courses could come over and get registered, attend the interview and grab the job. Makthal MLA said that youth must first improve their communication and other skills so that they can get placed easily.last_img read more

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The Greater Houston Partnership Introduces Its New Chair Discusses Goals For 2017

first_imgListen Al OrtizJeff Shellebarger, the new chair of the Greater Houston Partnership, addressed a full room gathered at a downtown Houston hotel during the organization’s annual meeting.The Greater Houston Partnership has new leadership and goals for 2017 and is also keeping a close watch on the Texas Legislature.Chevron executive Jeff Shellebarger was introduced as the new chair of the Partnership at the organization’s annual meeting, which took place at the Marriott Marquis hotel, in downtown Houston.He pledged the organization’s commitment to collaborate with the City of Houston and Harris County on economic issues that impact the region.Shellebarger also said they will monitor the work of the Legislature, especially because the lawmakers have a tighter budget to work with this year.“We will work to maintain education and transportation funding and we will seek more support for economic development,” Shellebarger noted.The new chair also reaffirmed support for one of the top issues for the City of Houston when he said “we’ll also work with Mayor Turner to pass the legislation enabling the recently negotiated pension reforms.”During his remarks Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the organization, described Houston’s economy as strong and resilient, but he added it has to continue diversifying.That is a point on which local businessman and former mayoral candidate Bill King agrees.“I think we’ve got to really got to work a lot harder on making our Medical Center not just a clinical destination, but a research, biotech center for the United States,” King said.Harvey also emphasized that Houston needs to be in top shape when the city hosts the Super Bowl, on February 5th. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share 00:00 /01:02last_img read more

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Follow This vgdialoguebot Twitter vgdialogue

first_imgStay on target You don’t have enough useful or funny feeds clogging your social media. We’re here to change that. Welcome to Geek.com’s Follow This, a weekly highlight of feeds and channels you should be following.Video game dialogue is stupid. Sometimes it’s stupidly amazing (see Metal Wolf Chaos, Metal Gear Solid, or Resident Evil),  but it’s still pretty stupid. You know what’s stupider? Video game discussion memes and tropes. Put them together and you get vg_dialogue_bot.Vg_dialogue_bot combines common video game industry comments, jokes, and quotes with cutscene screenshots from different video games. Instead of Professor Oak asking if you’re a boy or a girl, he tells you he’s developing a roguelike. Instead of Tifa telling her feelings to Cloud, she tells him to give Animorphs a film remake. Instead of Bass threatening Mega Man, he tells him Gears of War is a walking simulator. And then there’s the cast of Maniac Mansion saying game developers should unionize.This is a very small Twitter account that’s only been running since July and has fewer followers than I do, but it’s a strong premise that produces some hilarious tweets. I hope they expand the templates and quote selection because after two months there are some predictable patterns, but it’s still really funny. You should follow it.VG_dialogue covers so many of our favorite games. Like Devolver Digital’s Metal Wolf Chaos, and Resident Evil. See our first piece in the series on Summoning Salt’s YouTube channel. Follow This is a growing column so check each week for new recommendations. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Follow This: King of the Hill Screens (Twitter)Follow This: Sega CD Games (Twitter) last_img read more

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