Talk of discontent within the NDA in Bihar rose on Sunday when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy, Sushil Kumar Modi, of the BJP and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leaders skipped an iftar hosted by the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP).The incident prompted RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav to ask RLSP chief and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha to switch sides and join the alliance led by his party as the latter was being “neglected” in the NDA. Mr. Kushwaha, however, turned down the invitation.
After activist Anna Hazare, yoga guru Baba Ramdev is also going to make a star appearance on TV reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs. In the upcoming episode of the show, which has already been shot and would be aired over this weekend, Ramdev, like most of the other guests, would be seen singing along the kids.Things took a spiritual turn with the young contestants singing some soothing bhajans. And being a sport, Ramdev too joined in. Not just that, Ramdev seemed to be in a candid mood as he answered all the queries thrown at him. He said he always was a topper during his student days even as he had to manage with second hand books.The little champs also got some yoga lessons as Ramdev gave them tips to control their aggression. In the after-shoot press conference, Ramdev slammed Rakhi Sawant for her public announcement of her “undying love for Baba”. The item girl had said that she “wanted to marry Baba”.Ramdev, who was called “hot” by Rakhi during the promotion of latter’s TV show, said: “It is not right to target anybody to promote one’s show.”
Is Thomas Lemar off to fill the Philippe Coutinho-shaped hole at Anfield? Photograph: Agence Nice Presse/Icon Sport via Getty Images Philippe Coutinho calls £142m move to Barcelona from Liverpool ‘a dream’ With talented underachievers Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallis gone to Chelsea and Olympiakos respectively, Everton are in the market for some new blood and manager Sam Allardyce hopes to add Swansea central defender Alfie Mawson and Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure to a list of January recruits that currently consists of Turkey striker Cenk Tosun. Sevilla midfielder Steven Nzonzi also remains a target, while Championship basement-dwellers Sunderland will happily show central defender Lamine Koné the door if Everton renew their interest in the Ivory Coast international who is currently sidelined with a knee injury.Leicester City are in talks with French Ligue 2 side Gazélec Ajaccio with a view to signing 22-year-old winger Fousseni Diabaté, according to local paper the Mercury. Claude Puel’s side are believed to have agreed a fee of £1.8m for the Mali U-23 international. In unexpected news, Leicester central defender Harry Maguire has been linked with a potential £50m move to Manchester City just six months after rocking up to the King Power Stadium. With Wes Morgan injured and Robert Huth just back from a spell on the sidelines, Leicester are unlikely to entertain any offers for the England international.Newcastle manager Rafa Benítez hopes to bring Real Madrid right-back Achraf Hakimi to St James’ Park on loan, while Chelsea cultural attache and midfielder Kenedy remains on his radar. The Magpies are also in the market for a goalkeeper, but the Evening Chronicle reports that moves for West Ham’s Joe Hart and PSG’s Kevin Trapp are unlikely to be successful. Despite saying he wants to fight for his place at Liverpool, Danny Ings could be shipped out to Newcastle, although West Bromwich Albion are also hopeful of drafting in the 25-year-old to help in what currently passes for their fight against relegation. Paris Saint-Germain outcast Lucas Moura is hopeful of getting a move to Manchester United, according to French TV station Telefoot. Nantes, Nice, Bordeaux and Real Betis are also interested in the Brazilian winger who has his heart set on a move to United.And finally, after successfully breaking out of Sunderland, for whom he scored 12 times in 19 appearances while on loan from Bournemouth, Lewis Grabban will get to sample life at the opposite end of the Championship table in a successful, winning team when he signs for runaway leaders Wolves. Share on Twitter Topics Share on Pinterest Football Facebook features Pinterest Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Read more Share via Email Twitter Dumped out of the FA Cup in the third round for the first time during Arsène Wenger’s reign, a bad month for Arsenal fans is about to get a little bit worse. Manchester City are deep in negotiations with the north London club over the transfer of Alexis Sánchez to the Etihad. Despite being unwilling to match Arsenal’s £35m asking price, they remain hopeful of getting a deal over the line sooner rather than later. City sporting director Txiki Bergiristain is reported to have spent Friday and Saturday discussing numbers with the Arsenal bean-counters and is confident of securing Sánchez’s services for £25m. In the aftermath of the embarrassment at the City Ground, Wenger took time out from berating his underperforming players to deny speculation that he is on the verge of signing West Brom defender Jonny Evans, who is also a City target.Having bid adieu to Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool will ramp up their well-documented interest in Monaco’s Thomas Lemar and also plan to offer RB Leipzig a little extra on top of the agreed fee for Naby Keita to bring the midfielder’s move to Anfield forward from the summer to right now. With a hectic festive period behind them, Liverpool’s players have been sent to Dubai for a few days of rest and relaxation, but their recruitment department will enjoy no such luxury. Despite speculation to the contrary, the Liverpool Echo reports they have not yet made an official approach to Leicester City for Riyad Mahrez, a state of affairs that’s soon expected to change. Manchester United hope to cool any interest Antoine Griezmann might have in moving to Barcelona next summer by meeting Atlético Madrid’s £89m summer release clause and offering him an eye-watering £400,000 per week. It’s a lot more than they would have had to pay him if they’d pulled off their mooted move for the France striker last summer, but with Barcelona now in the race for his scrawl, he can more or less name his price. Share on Messenger Rumour mill
Everton I’m going to be Everton’s new Lukaku – Cenk Tosun Robin Bairner 16:57 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Everton Everton v West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion Premier League The new Toffees hitman revealed his idol to be an Argentine legend as he promised to replicate the scoring heroics of the Belgian ace Everton striker Cenk Tosun has pledged that he will become the Goodison Park side’s new Romelu Lukaku.The Turkey international forward recently signed for the Toffees for a fee that is thought to have been in the region of £20 million, having impressed with his all-action displays in the Champions League for Besiktas.He arrived on Merseyside with Everton ninth in the league – significantly down on where they would wish to be. Scoring goals has been a particular burden since they sold Lukaku to Manchester United for £75m in the summer, and Cenk hopes to be the remedy for that malady. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Lukaku did really well here but I am hoping to score as many goals as I can and do well,” he said. “Of course I think I can do it.“It doesn’t put a lot of pressure on me. It is a great honour. I would like to become a great role model for all the other players in Turkey. I regard this league as the best in the world. It is fast and strong here and the ball is always moving. My character as a player is suitable to this kind of football.”But while Cenk offers a powerful, English-style flavour, his idol actually hails from the other side of the world.“Gabriel Batistuta was one of my idols. I loved his playing style,” he admitted. “He was a great header of the ball. There is a saying he could shoot with his head. I think there are similarities between my style and his.”Despite Everton’s struggles, and the fact that Besiktas qualified so impressively into the knockout stages of the Champions League, Cenk was happy to sacrifice that chance of playing in Europe’s knockout rounds for the Premier League.“I could have stayed until the end of the year and got those games under my belt but the manager here wanted me really badly so that played a big role. It’s good I came now,” he said.“Everyone needs a new mission and target in life and mine was to play in the Premier League. The main aim is to take the team to a better place and score as many goals as I can. This year it is to get into the top half of the table. Seventh or eighth would be good for us this season.”Cenk played an hour of Everton’s 4-0 loss to Spurs on Saturday – his only outing for the club to date.
Carragher admits Liverpool concern over Clyne decisionby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamie Carragher is worried about Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s decision to send Nathaniel Clyne on-loan to Bournemouth.Speaking about Clyne to Sky Sports, Carragher explained what the defender will bring to the Cherries.“(He will bring) consistency,” Carragher. “He played in the FA Cup game, didn’t go too well for them. I’m not sure how he played individually.“But I was surprised Liverpool let him go, I must say that.“I know he hasn’t been involved for a long time, but Liverpool have got young players there.“Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gomez. He’s a bit more experienced.“He played that one game against Manchester United and he was outstanding, considering how long he’d been out.“So I was quite surprised he’d gone.“But maybe Klopp sees him every day on the training pitch, hasn’t been easy for him, and a player at that age obviously must want to play as much football as possible.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 19, 2019UPDATED: July 19, 2019 22:49 IST Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka 2019: Dimuth Karunaratne will lead the hosts in the 3-match ODI series (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBangladesh will miss captain Mashrafe Mortaza for the ODI seriesSri Lanka will be led by Dimuth Karunaratne in the 3-match ODI seriesTamim Iqbal will lead the touring side vs Sri Lanka Sri Lanka announced a 22-member ODI squad for their 3-match ODI series against Bangladesh, starting July 26. Dimuth Karunaratne, who led the team at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, has been named the captain of the side.The first of the 3 ODIs will be played on July 26, the second two days later and the final one on July 31 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.Meanwhile, Tamim Iqbal has been named captain of the Bangladesh ODI side for the Sri Lanka tour. Mashrafe Mortaza has been ruled out series due to a hamstring injury.Fast bowler Mortaza sustained the injury during the team’s final net session at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka, with Bangladesh set to depart for Sri Lanka on Saturday.”Mortaza injured his left hamstring during training today,” BCB senior physician Dr Debashis Chowdhury said in a statement.”It is a recurrent injury that could take around three to four weeks to recover from. Therefore, he is ruled out from participation in sporting activity for a month.”Sri Lanka squad for ODI series vs BangladeshDimuth Karunarathna (captain), Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimane, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathileke, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lahiru Madusanka.Also Read | Euro T20 Slam 2019 Draft: Full squads and players list of 6 teamsAlso Read | MS Dhoni has no immediate plans to retire, says longtime friendAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sri Lanka CricketFollow BangladeshFollow Dimuth KarunaratneFollow Mashrafe MortazaFollow ColomboFollow avishka fernando Dimuth Karunaratne to lead Sri Lanka in ODIs vs Bangladesh, Mashrafe Mortaza ruled out for visitorsSri Lanka and Bangladesh will play a 3-match ODI series, starting July 26 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Sri Lanka named a 22-member squad for the series on Friday.advertisement
Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions We’ve heard of brands collaborating, but beers? We think New Belgium Brewing — the Fort Collins, Colorado-based makers of the beloved Fat Tire Amber Ale — and St. Louis, Missouri-based Perennial Artisan Ales are on to something. The two breweries joined forces and thought, why not combine two of our favorite things — chocolate and beer? They came up with Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, a beer that is both sweet and salty, perfect for the cold weather and the holiday season.“We wanted to brew a stout with a twist and the result is a decadent treat,” said Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s wood cellar and specialty brands manager. “It’s a fun and highly collaborative beer that combines some of our favorite things in a glass. We loved working with Perennial on this one. You can’t help but sip this stout and think, ‘it doesn’t get much better.’”This rich brew fuses together roasted barley and caramel malts — and the result, a dark pour and a tan head, are nothing short of amazing. Belgian yeast and chocolate suit the typical coffee tone of a stout, in addition, there are hints of tobacco and dried fruit, with just a light sprinkle of salt that, according to the brands “boosts sweetness and enhances a roasty bitterness that every craft stout deserves.”Now we don’t know about you, but we love it when a tiny amount of salt touches anything sweet — caramel, chocolate — you know what we mean? It enhances the flavor and adds a little extra something special. Pair it with other sweet and salty things, like a chocolate-covered pretzel cheesecake, or espresso-rubbed beef short ribs.For more information on Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, visit newbelgium.com. The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Editors’ Recommendations The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S.
zoom JAXPORT, in conjunction with the JAX Chamber, announced yesterday that the Florida Ports Council (FPC) has joined the recently launched Deep Water Now initiative to encourage business and community leaders in Northeast Florida to support efforts to deepen the St. Johns River shipping channel to accommodate the next generation of larger cargo vessels.The Florida Ports Council is a nonprofit corporation that serves as the professional association for Florida’s fifteen deepwater seaports and their management. The FPC provides leadership, advocacy and information on seaport-related issues before the Legislative and Executive Branches of State and Federal Government.“It is critical that Florida’s ports act now to prepare for the global opportunities that will be arriving at our door,” said Doug Wheeler, president and CEO of the Florida Ports Council. “We applaud JAXPORT, JAX Chamber and other community leaders for coming together for this important effort to grow Northeast Florida’s economy.”JAXPORT is a crucial component of economic development across Florida and in the region. Cargo moving through Florida seaports generates more than 550,000 direct and indirect jobs (one of the few industries returning to pre-recession employment levels in 2013). According to the latest economic impact studies, 65,000 jobs throughout Northeast Florida are supported by the Port of Jacksonville and the trade, logistics and associated transportation businesses it attracts to region. Deepening the harbor to 47 feet will allow the larger ships now being deployed to the U.S. East Coast through the Suez Canal and after 2015, through the new, wider locks of the Panama Canal, to arrive and depart from JAXPORT more fully loaded.“Standing united for Deep Water Now with our fellow Florida seaports and business leaders sends a message that will resonate far and wide,” said JAXPORT CEO Brian Taylor. “Together we will deliver a deeper harbor and bring home the opportunity that it represents to the citizens of our state and the entire nation.”“Deep Water Now is designed to raise awareness and support for the opportunities harbor deepening can mean to Jacksonville – and our region. I appreciate JAXPORT CEO Brian Taylor for his focus on this important milestone. On behalf of the JAX Chamber, we are proud to be a partner in this important work with JAXPORT and the Florida Ports Council,” said Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis.Jaxport, October 17, 2013
zoom Norway-based shipping company Grieg Star has completed a USD 400 million senior debt refinancing involving extended maturities for the financing of 23 vessels in the fleet.Loans with original expiry set for 2017/2018 were extended for five or more years with new expiry being 2021 or beyond.The refinancing was completed with five European banks.“We are very pleased to have received continued support from quality financiers like DNB, Nordea, SR-Bank and ABN AMRO including establishing new relationships with Credit Suisse. This refinancing reflects our strong bank relationships and the importance of having capital sources available in a challenging market like what we see today,” Camilla Grieg, CEO of Grieg Star, said.Grieg Star operates 45 open hatch and dry bulk vessels of which 31 vessels are on the balance sheet.“The completed refinancing ensures long-term financing for all vessels owned by the company,” the company said. In addition to extending maturities, the refinancing sum will entail a cash release of more than USD 50 million. Together with the existing liquidity reserves, the added liquidity “will ensure strong cash reserves and financial strength going forward”, according to the company.Grieg Star had previously secured financing of newbuilding commitments and has currently no unfunded future capital expenditures, as explained by the company.
Les récipiendaires ont été choisis par un comité consultatif formé de représentants du Bureau du lieutenant-gouverneur, du ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, du Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse, de l’Association des conseils scolaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse, de la Fédération des associations foyer-école de la Nouvelle-Écosse et de la Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Pour plus d’information sur les récipiendaires, consultez le site antibullying.novascotia.ca/fr/prix-du-lieutenant-gouverneur-pour-le-respect-citoyen. La création d’une vidéo qui fait la promotion de l’appartenance et de la tolérance, l’échange d’expériences avec le trouble du spectre de l’autisme avec ses camarades de classe et l’organisation de campagnes qui mettent l’accent sur des enjeux locaux et mondiaux sont quelques-unes des façons dont les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont une influence positive sur leurs écoles et leurs collectivités. Les élèves ont assisté à une cérémonie au théâtre Spatz à Halifax, aujourd’hui 24 février, pour recevoir le Prix du lieutenant-gouverneur pour le respect citoyen. La cérémonie coïncide avec la Journée nationale contre l’intimidation au Canada. Le lieutenant-gouverneur J.J. Grant a remis les prix, qui sont décernés depuis 2013. « Ces prix reconnaissent les jeunes qui prennent l’initiative d’apporter des changements positifs et qui abordent les enjeux difficiles auxquels font face leurs écoles et leurs collectivités, souligne le lieutenant-gouverneur Grant. J’espère que ces prix encourageront d’autres jeunes, parents et éducateurs à organiser des activités qui créent des endroits sûrs et inclusifs et qui inspirent le respect citoyen, aujourd’hui et demain. » Le prix rend hommage aux élèves qui font preuve de leadership et d’engagement dans la création de lieux sûrs et accueillants, où l’intimidation n’est pas tolérée et où les rapports respectueux et responsables sont encouragés. En 2016, les prix individuels ont été remis aux élèves suivants : Projet Unify, Annapolis Valley Regional School Board Conseil étudiant du Sherwood Park Education Centre, Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board Comité We Act, Hants North Rural High School, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board Club de films du Sackville Heights Junior High School, Halifax Regional School Board Projet Garden in the Woods, South Shore Regional School Board Eskasoni Mi’Kmaq Care / Live Different, Mi’Kmaw Kina’matnewey Projet ARC (Action, Responsibility, Choice!), Homeschool Team, Municipalité régionale d’Halifax Les équipes récipiendaires en 2016 sont : Mollie Symons, Horton High School, Wolfville Samuel Amoako, Sydney Academy, Sydney Darla Langille-Schumann, West Highlands School, Amherst Emily Pettipas, École acadienne de Pomquet, Pomquet, comté d’Antigonish Nikolas Sutherland, Millwood High School, Middle Sackville Ethan Ringer, South Queens Middle School, Liverpool Janine Lock, Strait Area Education Recreation Centre, Port Hawkesbury Rachel Creighton, Digby Regional High School, Digby Hogan Ingram, Armbrae Academy, Halifax Jacob Paul-Gould, Unama’ki Training and Education Centre, Eskasoni, Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton
NEW YORK — Less than a month since its market debut, Uber says the IRS is reviewing its 2013 and 2014 taxes.The world’s leading ride-hailing company reported in a regulatory filing that it expects the gross amount of tax benefits to be reduced by at least $141 million in the next 12 months. Uber said it had a $1.3 billion increase in its gross unrecognized tax benefits in the first quarter.The San Francisco-based company said its taxes for the years 2010 to 2019 were also “open” in other countries where it does business, including Brazil, the United Kingdom, Australia and India.Tuesday is also the first day that banks which underwrote Uber’s IPO can comment publicly about the company.Uber Technologies shares rose 1% in early trading Tuesday.The Associated Press
29 May 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday welcomed the agreement reached by the parties in Nepal to extend the Constituent Assembly, which was tasked with adopting a new constitution by 28 May, and the reaffirmation of their commitment to complete the peace process. The South Asian nation has been trying to work out the remaining aspects of the peace process that ended the civil war between Government forces and Maoists that claimed 13,000 lives.Nepal’s lawmakers reportedly averted a constitutional crisis this morning by voting to amend the interim constitution and extending the Constituent Assembly’s tenure by another three months.“The Secretary-General urges the parties to bring the peace process to an early and successful conclusion on the basis of a clear timetable and plan of action and looks forward to further progress in the drafting of the new constitution,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.“The parties must take this opportunity afforded to them to live up to their commitments and responsibilities in the interests of peace and stability in Nepal,” it added.
Manjula, who has a seven-year-old son, has filed a police complaint against her sponsor claiming she was held under duress.However, the MWPS say she is set to return home penniless after lengthy negotiations with her sponsor about her severance pay broke down.The organisation will also have to fund her air ticket. “Because there is no representative here, workers and especially Sri Lankans and Ethiopians are taken advantage of.” A year later, she approached them again. But as she was not a victim of abuse, she was referred to the Labour Ministry.Manjula later took refuge at the MWPS shelter, where she has been staying for more than a month. Activists say she was promised a salary of BD85 a month, but got only BD60 when she arrived. She was also forced to work around 21 hours a day in two separate households. Migrant Workers Protection Society (MWPS) general-secretary Beverley Hamadeh action committee head Liz Szalay said it was common for workers not to be paid the salary promised to them before they arrive in Bahrain.“It is a problem here and it is blatant,” she said during a Press conference at the society in Adliya yesterday.“You see advertisements for BD60 posted up but there is no Sri Lankan consular or embassy here. “She signed her contract in Sri Lanka at the Sri Lankan Bureau of Foreign Employment that she would be receiving BD85 but she got just BD60,” said Ms Szalay.“She worked in two houses at the same time – the daughter’s house and the mother’s.“She worked 22 hours a day for only BD60 and still had to buy her own shampoo, soap, uniform, food and even her bed sheet.” (Gulf Daily News) A 25-year-old Sri Lankan has been rescued after allegedly being held against her will by her sponsor for almost 18 months in Bahrain, the Gulf Daily News reported.Velusundaram Manjula arrived in the country in 2009 to work as a housemaid for a Bahraini family. Manjula reportedly went to the police after two years, but was allegedly ignored.
The Government today assured that it remains committed to the consultation process which will be used to make the final decision on the shape and form of the reconciliation mechanisms.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, speaking in Jaffna today, said that a Consultation Task Force will review and analyse the people’s input from across the island and will present the Government with a report that will also be made public. Samaraweera said that it is important to deal with the past in order to move forward and build a united, peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka. “We cannot forget the tears of mothers still grieving for their missing sons thirty years later in Point Dondra and nor can we forget the mother in Point Pedro who is grieving for her LTTE combatant son killed in a senseless and brutal war,” he said.The Foreign Minister was speaking in Jaffna at the launch of a website on consultations for the reconciliation mechanisms. “I am aware that there are many here today who still have fears and doubts. But I can assure you that the National Unity Government of President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremasinghe is committed to ensuring the successful completion on this process,” he said. On behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Foreign Minister urged victims on both sides of the divide, religious leaders whose guidance is always appreciated, members of the public, the security forces, civil society, the public service, business-people and professionals to participate and contribute their ideas and experiences into the design of these mechanisms to build a Sri Lanka that is truly reconciled and at peace and a Sri Lanka where equality, justice and freedom are a reality for all citizens. (Colombo Gazette)
“Let me give you one number that illustrates the magnitude of this contribution,” the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, said in presenting the agency’s highest award, the Agricola Medal, to Mr. Wen at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, attended by 150 senior Government officials, representatives of Chinese farmers and academia. “The number of poor in the world fell from 2.3 billion in 1990 to 1.5 billion in 2008, a reduction of 34.1 per cent. A world without China would have progressed much more slowly, with a reduction of only about 11 per cent of the number of poor over the same period,” he added, calling the award a tribute to Mr. Wen’s life-long dedication to promoting food security and poverty reduction in China and the world. The premier stressed that without modernizing China’s agricultural and rural societies there would be no modernization of the national economy as a whole, noting that the country has had a ninth consecutive increase of crop production and that the latest grain harvest was 150 millions tonnes larger than in 2003. He said these achievements not only contribute to social and economic development and improving people’s lives in China but also a significant contribution to international food security – a view echoed by Mr. Graziano da Silva, who underlined the global impact of China’s efforts to feed its own people and end extreme poverty. This is the second time the FAO has given the Agricola Medal to a Chinese statesman. The first time was to President Jiang Zemin in 1998. Previous recipients of the Agricola Medal include King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, French President Jacques Chirac, Pope John Paul II, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Johannes Rau of Germany. During his visit to Beijing, Mr. Graziano da Silva also signed an agreement laying out terms for joint actions and projects over a five-year period to bolster joint efforts to defeat hunger, increase agricultural production and improve rural livelihoods. According to FAO, China has already established a $30 million trust fund under the FAO South-South Cooperation framework, and has placed more than 900 Chinese experts in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the South Pacific to work closely with farmers, extension workers and local institutions for at least two years to introduce advanced farming techniques. The programme will expand under the terms of the agreement signed today.
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However, he noted that the pipeline has created about 2,000 jobs that had in many ways “shielded” the area from the recession.ScholarshipsKenny stated that Shell was working “with local communities in so many areas” and had provided scholarship funds for young people.He said he welcomed the news that “gas should flow from the Corrib field within the next six months or so”.Yesterday, a number of groups noted that they had sent 111 complaints to the Garda Ombudsman between May 2007 and November 2009, 78 of which were deemed admissible and seven sent to the DPP. The DPP rejected prosecution in all seven cases.In 2012, residents submitted a mass complaint to Mayo County Council, outlining alleged serious grievances arising out of the project, including claims of experiences of private security and state policing. The groups said that the complaints did not amount to any action being taken.Billy BunterOn the subject of inquiries, Daly described the banking inquiry as “toothless” and said it is “not going to achieve anything except a bit of publicity” for politicians.She remarked that it was like “asking Billy Bunter who robbed the school tuck shop – it’s a joke.”Kenny replied by saying that the inquiry was “free of any direction from government”, much to the amusement of the Opposition benches. Fianna Fáil TDs Source: Oireachtas TVOriginally published: 5.42pmRead: Shell to Sea calls for public inquiry into the policing of Corrib gas project Updated: 10pmINDEPENDENT TD CLARE DALY has backed the call for an independent inquiry into the policing of the Corrib gas project in Co Mayo.A range of individuals and organisations including politicians, human rights organisations, garda whistleblowers, academics and activists are supporting the call for a public inquiry.Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Daly said that the “continued intimidation and harassment of the local community” by Shell needed to be investigated.Enda Kenny stated that the alleged harassment was not being reported by local people, adding that he knew “most” of them.“Imported serial protestors caused the trouble,” he said.The Taoiseach claimed that some of the group had travelled from abroad to “give vent to their professional hysterical screeches”.He said that their behaviour has cost the taxpayer €20-25 million in overtime payments for members of an Garda Síochána.Daly claimed that certain gardaí monitoring the project were acting as “hired hands for a multinational” and “arresting people without charge”.Kenny admitted that the Corrib project was “badly handled in the beginning”.Were you to do things again you might do them very differently or some things not at all.
Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you. Feb 21st 2019, 8:31 PM Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 8:30 PM What’s it rated? Short URL Poll Results: What’s it rated? What’s it rated?RottenTomatoes:IMDB:On The Basis Of Sex 16 Comments Capernaum (367) RottenTomatoes: 6.5/10IMDB: 6.5/10Fighting With My Family Source: FilmSelect Trailer/YouTubeWhat we knowDirected by Stephen Merchant, this is the true story of wrestler and WWE superstar Paige (played by Florence Pugh), and her family – who are also all wrestlers.What the critics say“There’s your classic training montages and the moments where everything seems against the hero – but what matters is that when you get to the uplifting finale, it does just that.” – Digital Spy“Where Fighting with My Family shines is how it works within that structure to be funny and heartfelt. Merchant’s insult comedy is on full display as characters trade jabs, and the whole cast acquits themselves well at the humor.” – Collider Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Aoife Barry https://jrnl.ie/4505171 PLANNING ON HEADING to the cinema this weekend?There are a few new movies out, but which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid? We take a look.Capernaum Source: Sony Pictures Classics/YouTubeWhat we knowNadine Labaki tells the story of a young boy who is imprisoned for a violent act – and sues his parents for neglect. Lauded by critics and a Cannes Jury Prize winner, this is a hard-hitting and emotional watch.What the critics say“Its crowded streets and makeshift dwellings hold endless desperation, but the movie is too busy, too angry and too absorbing — too exciting, you might say — to succumb to despair.” – New York Times“The peril feels so truthful and specific, and the young cast’s reactions to it so astonishingly natural, that my heart couldn’t work out whether it should break or pop.” – The Telegraph Fighting With My Family (760) RottenTomatoes: 7.4/10IMDB: 7.8/10Which one would you go see first? On The Basis Of Sex (855) 24,181 Views CapernaumOn The Basis Of SexFighting With My FamilyNone of themVote Share1 Tweet Email None of them (2052) Source: Focus Features/YouTubeWhat we knowFelicity Jones plays the real-life Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the current US Supreme Court Justice, who fought back against sexism and changed the US as we know it. We spoke to Felicity Jones and her co-star Armie Hammer (who plays Martin Ginsburg, her husband), about the film, and looked at RBG’s life.What the critics say“Well, by-the-numbers this might be, but it’s watchable and sympathetic, with Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer sweetly idealistic in the youthful roles of Ruth and her devoted husband, Martin.” – The Guardian“Wisely, this film focuses on just two key elements: her wonderfully supportive marriage to the late tax attorney, Martin Ginsburg (Armie Hammer) and the one case they argued together, a landmark in outlawing discrimination “on the basis of sex.” – RogerEbert.com
Celtic Football Club manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed the club are set to offer Ryan Christie a new contract.The Scotland midfielder came off the bench to score Celtic’s third goal as they overcame Hearts 3-0 to secure a place in the Scottish League Cup final.“He’s someone that of course, we would look to commit to,” Rodgers said, according to Evening Times.“The club have been talking to his representatives but I’m not aware of any movement. I tend to focus on working with the players.”“He is in his last year but we have had other players like Stuart Armstrong. My focus is on making them better as players, giving them a future here to be involved and be a part of.”“Hopefully then the other stuff can sort itself out. He is definitely a player that we would love to keep. He is a fantastic player. You saw his contribution today. You saw it at Aberdeen when he was there. It was step-by-step but now is 23.”“He is at a really good age to come in and have the personality to play at a big club. He did well against Leipzig so he can make a valuable contribution to this team.”Match Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“It’s been a process with Ryan. When I first came in, I felt he could be in and around the squad and he played some games.”“But for him to be able to give his best to Celtic and cope with the pressures of being at a big club, he had to go out and feel that pressure on a weekly basis.”“He went to a great club in Aberdeen with a great manager, so he felt that pressure playing.”“I always felt he could come back and then make a contribution because you need such personality to play for the big clubs and play in big games.”“Since he’s come back, he’s shown that. He’s come into games, he started games and you saw his impact.”“He scored a brilliant goal and was involved in two others.”
The current route planned for the Alaska Standalone Pipeline — an in-state natural gas pipeline designed to bring gas from the North Slope to Alaska communities. (Map courtesy of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation)Alaska is one step closer to getting an in-state natural gas pipeline; though it’s not clear if the project will ever be built.Listen nowThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday that it had released the final supplement for its environmental review of the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project. The final permit in that process should be released sometime in the next three months.The in-state pipeline project has taken a backseat to the massive Alaska LNG export project.Both projects would pipe gas several hundred miles from the North Slope to market, but the standalone pipeline is designed for in-state use, while the Alaska LNG project is designed to sell that gas to Asian markets.Staff at the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation have repeatedly said that they are focused on building the larger project. Frank Richards is the senior vice president for both projects at the state’s gasline corporation. He said the in-state pipeline project is basically on hold, now that it has the permits it needs.“It’s truly the backup plan,” Richards said. “It means we will have the permits and authorization to construct, should the need arise.”Even though the in-state pipeline project is on hold, Richards said it can still help the state develop the Alaska LNG project. The pipeline projects are similar enough that federal regulators could use work done on one to guide permitting for the other.Also, Richards said there is about $11 million left over from developing the in-state project that can now be used to fund the export project.