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Kolkata Knight Riders appoint Mark Boucher as wicketkeeping consultant

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have appointed former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher as wicketkeeping consultant for the rest of season nine of IPL.KKR had reportedly signed up Boucher before the start of the season and now he will join his former Proteas teammate Jacques Kallis, who is head coach of the team. The Knight Riders have two wicketkeeper-batsmen in Robin Uthappa and Saurashtra’s Sheldon Jackson.Boucher, in a stellar international career, featured in 147 Tests, 295 ODIs and 25 T20Is, with 998 international dismissals to his name before a freak eye injury ended his career. Moreover, Boucher had been part of IPL previously, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore between 2008 and 2010, then turning up for KKR in 2011.KKR have been in phenomenal form and are on the verge of qualifying for the knockout stages. They currently top the IPL 2016 standings with six wins out of eight games.last_img

Gujarat all set to host Kabaddi World Cup: Quick pointers on India’s ancient sport

first_imgAhmedabad, Gujarat is all set to host this year’s Kabaddi World Cup. The International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) announced the venue as well as the dates which are October 7, 2016 till October 22, 2016. The event will see 12 Kabaddi teams from across the world fighting it out for the title of world champions.The 12 participating teams are: IndiaCanadaUnited StatesUnited KingdomIranAustraliaPolandPakistanBangladeshSouth KoreaJapanKenyaHere are some pointers you should know about India’s ancient sport:     Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img

Online sellers slash rates to clear stocks before new tax regime kicks in

first_imgOnline sellers are offering discounts on their products in the highest tax bracket of 28 per cent under the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST), to clear stocks before the new tax regime kicks in, fearing that they may have to sell these goods at a loss otherwise.Watches, sports and fitness equipment among others will attract 28 per cent GST. Earlier, these goods used to attract a lower VAT, excluding other duties. The MRP of these goods which are in warehouses is based on pre-GST tax rates.Only a brand or a manufacturer can change the MRP of these products after the GST roll-out, but what will traders do with the old stocks in the face of higher GST rates, ask traders.”If we recall the inventory from the warehouses of e-marketplaces to get the MRP changed by the brands, we have to bear the recall fee of around Rs 25,000 for 1,000 units to get it sorted and sell it after GST roll-out. If we sell it as is in the new tax system, we’ll be doing so at a loss,” says All India Online Vendors Association (AIOVA), an umbrella body of 2,500 online sellers. While sellers also hold stocks in their own warehouses, they say 60-65 per cent is with e-marketplaces.”Everyone is trying to clear their stock pre-GST so that they won’t have to incur any additional cost on their stock after GST. Aa few days ago also there was a sale on Flipkart, and everybody is putting out more ads so that stocks can be liquidated,” says an AIOVA spokesperson.advertisementFOUR-TIERED TAX STRUCTURE FIXEDWith just a month to go for GST to kick in, there is no clarity on the issue either from the government or from e-commerce platforms, traders say.A GST Council has fixed a four-tiered tax structure where all goods and services are classified under 5 per cent, 12 per cent, 18 per cent and 28 per cent slots. “There was no VAT on sports and fitness goods in Uttar Pradesh because it is a major sports zone. In other states, it was 5 per cent average VAT. Now, it will be 12-28 per cent,” says AIOVA.E-Commerce Sellers Association of India (ECSAI) which represents 1,500 sellers says it’s not only the online sellers who are trying to get rid of stocks, but also the offline sellers. “Though there are talks that the government will offer rebates on stock sold during the transition period, it is quite difficult to carry on with the stocks because whatever rebate is going to come up later on will be applicable only till a certain period of time,” said an ECSAI spokesperson.E-marketplaces can at least waive off the recall fee for a certain amount of time to facilitate changing of prices according to GST rates, sellers say.”We are studying the GST developments and currently our priority is to enable our systems to be geared up for compliance with GST regulations,” said an Amazon India spokesperson. “As and when details emerge, we incorporate those changes in our system which is very nimble and technologically flexible to incorporate new rules in the system and be totally compliant,” said Shop-Clues vice president (product management) Arun Goel. Flipkart and Snapdeal did not respond to queries. Cleartax CEO and founder Archit Gupta says the problem is true for all kinds of traders across industries where goods are lying with either the trader or the retailer and there is a price change. Trying to clear off the all the stock before the proposed GST roll-out may not be easy either, he adds.”Sending back stock and taking it through state borders will involve tax implications. If the stock is in transit during the transition, then also there are rules and regulations around it,” he explained. Gupta says the GST Council will have to approve transition rules to clear the air over the many complications.ALSO READ |  Hit by 12 per cent GST, marble handicraft leaders meet Arun Jaitley’s deputies in AgraALSO READ |  Cows up for sale online after government’s restrictions on selling of cattle   ALSO WATCH | GST: A ready reckoner for one nation, one taxlast_img read more

JLR launches F-TYPE sports car with new petrol engine

first_img(Eds: Changing word ‘sedan’ with ‘sports car’ in headline, para 1) New Delhi, Jul 16 (PTI) Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) India today launched F-TYPE sports car with a new petrol engine with price starting at Rs 90.93 lakh (ex-showroom). The model now comes with a four-cylinder ingenium petrol engine, leading to an overall weight reduction of 52 kg of the model, JLR India said in a statement. Jaguar F-TYPE 2.0 litre Coupe starts from Rs 90.93 lakh while the 2.0 litre Convertible starts from Rs 1.01 crore, it added. “This will make our sportscar brand more accessible to Jaguar fans and customers across the spectrum. Enthusiasts are sure to be thrilled by the appeal of this pure breed F-TYPE with its own unique driving character,” JLR India President and Managing Director Rohit Suri said. PTI MSS SBT MRMRlast_img

BAI should ban players who indulge in age-fudging: Pullela Gopichand

first_imgIndia’s chief national coach Pullela Gopichand believes the Badminton Association of India (BAI) should ban players who indulge in age-fudging as ‘examples’ need to be made of wrongdoers for any tangible change.”I think you need to have firm decisions and strong examples to ensure that age fudging which is a big menace should stop, so there should be a ban on the players,” Gopichand told PTI.Age-fudging has been a big problem in Indian sports with some associations such as the Indian cricket board (BCCI) and Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) handing out bans on players found guilty.Former India coach Vimal Kumar, who guided Saina Nehwal to the world No.1 position and the All England Championship final in 2015, however, feels banning the players will be unfair.”Banning a player for 2-3 years is not right because suspending them will kill a talent,” he said.”If a player is found over-aged in U-15, U-17 or U-19 and you find ample evidence that they have done the manipulation, then the punishment could be that you make it clear that you can’t play in any age category tournaments and only play in seniors.”In 2016, some badminton players had come under the scanner with the Sports Integrity Unit of the Central Bureau of Investigation submitting a report to the BAI saying that four junior players had altered their age records.In December last year, a group of 37 parents of budding shuttlers moved the Karnataka High Court, asking for a directive to BAI to implement a policy for detecting and eliminating age fraud from the sport.advertisementThe BAI, on its part, deactivated the IDs of players who were found carrying two different birth certificates and asked them to undergo medical examination and submit the reports.”We have scrutinised the current list of players and those who were found to have two certificates have been issued fresh IDs after considering the higher age document,” BAI Secretary General Ajay Singhania said.”Also, we have directed the players, who have not registered their birth certificate within a year of birth, to get tested in a govt hospital and submit documents. They can’t participate in any tournament till they furnish the documents.”Singhania said the issue of age-fudging and the quantum of punishment will come up during the selection committee meeting after the General Elections.BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma is an active politician and will be busy with commitments for his party, the ruling BJP.”We will be taking up this issue and decide the punishment during the selection meeting for junior and senior. It is likely to be held after election,” he said.Also Read | Badminton’s Olympic qualification system putting strain on players: GopichandAlso Read | India Open 2019: Srikanth finishes runners-up after straight-game defeat to AxelsenAlso Watch | Pullela Gopichand should get the credit for my success: Kidambi Srikanth to India Todaylast_img read more

Keep In Touch This Summer

first_imgTFA can be found on both Facebook and Twitter, as additional ways of keeping informed with all of the latest news about Touch Football from around Australia. To ‘like’ or ‘follow’ Touch Football Australia, please click on the following links: www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus TFA recently started distributing a fortnightly electronic newsletter to keep all members informed of the latest news and information from around Australia.To sign up to this newsletter, please click on the link below: http://send.sportingpulse.com/public/c3bdwc1111/Bpd/subscribe   TFA also has a YouTube Channel, with plenty of videos to choose from, including highlights from the 2011 World Cup, the 2011 X-Blades Elite Eight and National Touch League, as well as the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships. Please click on the following link to view: www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img

Beachin’ Towels By Vertty

first_imgFINALLY! Beach season is right around the corner. While you might be worrying about booking vacations and toning up that six-pack (OK, four-pack?) there’s one thing you don’t have to worry about – your beach towel. Vertty towels have you covered (literally). You’ve never seen anything like these – four inches longer and 30 percent lighter than you’re run of the mill beach towel – these guys are really stunning and completely wacky. They are made from eco-friendly materials – including Ketten (a fancy term for 90 percent cotton and 10 percent polyester), which means they will dry faster – no one likes a soggy beach towel.It all started when Vertty’s CEO Diogo Cruz wanted to turn a simple object like a towel – into something extraordinary. Cruz and his team of experts produce the line in his home of Portugal – with the purpose of helping his country’s economy.So what makes these handmade beach towels so brilliant?Well to start – their shape, patterns, and vibrant colors. There are nine color choices to choose from: classic orange, classic blue, classic green, yellow, midnight blue, coral, enigma, savvy, and jade. The nontraditional cutout and ziz-zag shape is different and cool, while the geometrical pieces give these future summer-staples an added amount of style.Oh, and did we mention that they also have a waterproof pocket to hold your cell phone? BOOM.Memorial Day is just around the corner, so make sure to pick up a towel or two at www.tryvertty.com Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary A Guide to Bodywork: Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and More last_img read more

Schools in St. James and St. Elizabeth to Get Road Safety Infrastructure

first_img The schools are among four national projects for Labour Day on May 23. The others are Papine High School in St Andrew and Fair Prospect Primary School in Portland. The institutions are John Rollins Success Primary/ Barrett Town Primary in St. James, and Holland Primary in St. Elizabeth. Students at three primary-level schools in St. James and St. Elizabeth are to benefit from the installation of road infrastructure to ensure their safety.The institutions are John Rollins Success Primary/ Barrett Town Primary in St. James, and Holland Primary in St. Elizabeth.The schools are among four national projects for Labour Day on May 23. The others are Papine High School in St Andrew and Fair Prospect Primary School in Portland.Over in St. James, the National Labour Day Committee is collaborating with Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) JSIF to carry out the works under its ‘Safe Passages Project’.Social Development Officer at the agency, Shunelle Nevers, told JIS News that the aim of the Social Passages Project is to ensure that children in communities benefiting under the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP) are safe as they traverse to and from school.“It’s about route safety and JSIF will be installing pedestrian crossings, traffic safety signs and guard rails,” she noted.In addition, ‘children at play’, ‘pedestrian crossing’ and ‘stop’ signs will be installed in the vicinity of the schools.ICDP aims to promote public safety and transformation through the delivery of basic infrastructure and social services. The project was implemented in May 2014 and is slated for completion in May 2020.Ms. Nevers said that another aspect of the intervention “is to have positive imagery on the school grounds, so we will be collaborating with the Jamaica National Foundation and the UnitedNations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to ensure that there are directional signs and sidewalk art to ensure that the children know exactly where to go”.The Safe Passages Project is being undertaken in eight communities across the island and targets 15 schools and more than 4,000 children.Ms. Nevers noted that under the project, roadways have been repaired and drainage put in place in the Barrett Town community.She said that the work to be done on Labour Day will “ensure that now that infrastructure is in place, we make it safer for the children”.Principal of John Rollins Success Primary School, Yvonne Miller-Wisdom, told JIS News that the school community is grateful to be included as part of the National Labour Day activities.“Just last November, we had an accident where we lost students and a parent, and for them (National Labour Day Committee) to come in at this time to put in all the signage, traffic signals and other safety features, is very timely ,” she noted.“I am most impressed with this gesture. The staff, the students, the parents and the school board; we are indeed grateful and we promise to be there on Labour Day to play our part in ensuring that this project is a reality,” Mrs. Miller-Wisdom said.Acting Principal of the Barrett Town Primary School, Ventris Edwards, also expressed thanks.“I am happy about the project, as it will enhance the safety of our students, and I think it is being done at the right time,” she noted.Meanwhile, at Holland Bamboo Primary, Sponsorship Chairperson for the National Labour Day Planning Committee, Sandy Chung, told JIS News that “on Labour Day, we are going to be putting in rumble strips, pedestrian crossings, and a safe refuge (bus stop) for the children”.“We are unable to put sidewalks on both sides of the road due to the nature of where the school is located, which is in Holland Bamboo Grove, which is a national treasure”, Ms. Chung said, noting that this would require taking out “a vast amount” of the bamboo.She noted also that the school buildings would be painted and the driveway fixed.Ms. Chung told JIS News that several private-sector entities have given donations to carry out the projects at the three primary schools.For her part, Principal of Holland Primary, Simone Doctor, said that the project is welcome as “the safety of students on the road will be greatly enhanced”.The Municipal Corporations are also instrumental in the planning and execution of activities at the community level.Labour Day is organised by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport in collaboration with several ministries, departments and agencies, and community groups.The theme for Labour Day 2019 is ‘Child Safety… it’s You, it’s Me, it’s all ah We.’ Story Highlights Students at three primary-level schools in St. James and St. Elizabeth are to benefit from the installation of road infrastructure to ensure their safety.last_img read more

New Program to Help Tradespeople Succeed in Business

first_imgTradespeople in Atlantic Canada are getting more help to succeed as managers and business owners. MLA Becky Kent, on behalf of Frank Corbett, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, and Gail Shea, Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced the Atlantic Trades Business Seal Program today, May 15. Tradespeople will now be able to supplement their trade certification with business credentials to help them start and expand their businesses or move into managerial roles within an existing company. “Nova Scotia is turning the corner. We are poised to take advantage of some of the greatest opportunities in our history, creating thousands of good jobs,” said Ms. Kent. “This business program for tradespeople fits perfectly with our jobsHere Strategy to help prepare Nova Scotians and to ensure they have the right skills to take advantage of these good jobs.” As a recognized standard throughout Atlantic Canada, the Atlantic Trades Business Seal will complement the Red Seal endorsement, which is accepted across Canada as an industry standard of excellence for the skilled trades. “The federal government is committed to supporting certification and training initiatives that promote skills development and create job opportunities for Atlantic Canadians,” said Ms. Shea. “Our support for the Atlantic Trades Business Seal Program will help tradespeople achieve their business goals, as well as to take advantage of the historic opportunities that will flow from projects like the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.” The Atlantic Trades Business Seal Program is being offered in five colleges across Atlantic Canada, including Nova Scotia Community College, New Brunswick Community College and Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland and Labrador and Holland College on Prince Edward Island. To achieve the business seal, program participants are required to complete 150 hours of study in operations management, business planning, marketing and sales, financial management, and human resource management. The program offers many advantages, such as encouraging formal learning and training beyond the trade certificate, presenting new career opportunities by promoting the successful startup and growth of trades-related businesses, and providing a common recognized standard so businesses can identify individuals with the skills to manage or take over a business. The program also contributes to greater worker mobility in the Atlantic region and provides apprentices with more opportunities, which will help efforts to attract more young people to the skilled trades. The skilled trades sector in Canada will need more workers in the near future. According to the Conference Board of Canada, nearly one million positions in trades will open up nationwide due to retirements by 2020. ACOA is investing $100,236 in the Atlantic Trades Business Seal Program under the Business Development Program. The province is investing $40,000. The Atlantic Apprenticeship Council is leading this initiative. The council encourages the standardization of apprenticeship training and certification programs and provides greater mobility across Atlantic Canada for skilled workers. The council is made up of apprenticeship directors and apprenticeship board chairs of the four Atlantic provinces and works under the Atlantic Workforce Partnership framework. For more information go to www.atbseal.com .last_img read more

South India got stepmotherly treatment will play key role in voting out

first_imgNew Delhi: Alleging that south India received “step motherly” treatment under the Modi government, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said the south will play a key role in voting out the ruling dispensation and “overwhelmingly” side with the Congress. Emphasising that all sections of the country are equally important to the Congress and have been equally sought after, he said party president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Kerala’s Wayanad sent a message that under Congress rule, the concerns and aspirations of southern states will not be ignored at the Centre. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “I think the south will definitely play an instrumental role in deciding the political fate of the country, particularly in the context of voting out the present ruling dispensation, under whose tenure, the south has an understandable case of step-motherly treatment under the Centre,” Tharoor told PTI in an interview. He alleged that in the last five years of BJP rule, there has been a “widespread assault” on the spirit of cooperative federalism which has held the country together since Independence. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “This is partly on account of cultural factors such as the beef ban and the drive to impose Hindi as a national language, but also because of larger issues such as the uproar regarding the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission which has implications on the financial and political security of the southern states,” he said. The Congress, particularly with Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from the south, has made a very effective outreach towards the southern states, the former Union minister said. The Congress chief contesting from Wayanad has sent a clear message that under Congress rule, the concerns and aspirations of these states will not be ignored at the Centre, least of all under a potential prime ministerial candidate who will be elected from the south, Tharoor said. “As my own experiences in Kerala tell me, this message has been widely and popularly received and it is clear that the south will overwhelmingly side with the Congress as the most credible alternative to the present ruling dispensation,” the 63-year-old leader said. Tharoor, who is seeking a third straight Lok Sabha term from Thiruvanathapuram, which went to polls on April 23, also asserted that there will be a coalition government at the Centre after the elections and that the coalition is more likely to be UPA-3 rather than an NDA-3. “The fundamental fact that the performance of the BJP in 2014, where they secured 282 seats, is based on simple mathematics, a performance that is impossible for them to repeat, even if they had been highly successful in government, which they were lamentably not,” he said. “Given how poorly they performed in government, the scale of the frustration and disappointment with their performance is immense and is likely to result in a significant reduction in their seats,” he claimed. Tharoor contended that the BJP will be forced to turn to regional parties for support to form a government, but most of those potential partners would be unwilling to offer their support, given how their concerns and voices were “diminished and marginalised” under the Modi-Shah regime of the last 5 years. “Many of those who had joined the NDA got their fingers burned — many subsequently left their erstwhile alliance with the BJP or openly bickered with them. This sends a clear signal that allying with the BJP comes at a heavy price,” he claimed. In contrast, the Congress has presented a compelling and credible narrative across the country and has implemented an effective and energetic campaign during the current elections, he said. This, along with the rising anti-BJP wave and the Congress’s historic record and capability of working with regional partners makes it clear that when the coalition government is formed, it will most definitely be the return of the UPA, Tharoor asserted. On whether Rahul Gandhi could be the front-runner for being the opposition’s prime ministerial choice, he said Gandhi is the party chief and if the Congress gets a majority, he will be PM. “If the government is a coalition, obviously this is a decision that will jointly be taken by leadership of the parties that constitute the coalition and will take place through established processes and conventions,” he said. This is only likely be discussed once the results of the election become clear, he added. However, Tharoor said Gandhi has all the right qualities to make an excellent Prime Minister for the country.last_img read more

UNICEF welcomes Israels release of Palestinian child detainees

“We welcome this release of children by the Israeli authorities and we look forward to further progress on the issue of child detainees,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF Special Representative in the occupied Palestinian territory.This is the second round of prisoner releases, following the first exchange on 18 October, when Hamas released the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held captive since June 2006, and Israel released 477 Palestinian prisoners – many of whom had been imprisoned for involvement in attacks on Israelis. As part of the deal, Israel also agreed to release 550 prisoners within the following two months of the first exchange. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the prisoner exchange a “humanitarian breakthrough” and said he hoped it would have a far-reaching and positive impact on the stalled Middle East peace process.According to a news release issued by the agency, a total of 161 Palestinians under the age of 18 had been detained by Israeli military authorities as of 1 December. The 55 children who were released are reported to be between the ages of 14 and 17. 19 December 2011The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomed the release of 55 Palestinian child detainees by Israel yesterday as part of a prisoner swap deal struck two months ago, and said it looked forward to more advancements on this issue. read more

Smashing Fellaini goal prompts bizarre Mourinho celebration

MANCHESTER, England — Marouane Fellaini scored an injury-time winner to send Manchester United into the knockout stage of the Champions League — and prompt a bizarre touchline celebration from manager Jose Mourinho.After Fellaini sent a shot on the turn into the bottom corner to secure a 1-0 win over Young Boys at Old Trafford on Tuesday, Mourinho let out a guttural roar as he picked up a basket of water bottles and threw them forcefully to the ground in his technical area.Mourinho gave Fellaini a big hug as the Belgium midfielder walked off the field after the game. Fellaini might split opinion among fans — United tends to use a direct, long-ball approach when he is in the team — but he remains a firm favourite of his coach and a go-to player for his teammates in the latter stages of matches.Without Fellaini’s goal, United would have faced a tricky trip to Valencia on the final match day in a bid to seal qualification.Instead, the English club advanced from Group H along with Juventus, which stayed in first place thanks to a 1-0 win over Valencia.And Mourinho certainly enjoyed it.“For some of my lovers,” he said, “I just want to say for the ones that like statistics: 14 seasons in the Champions League, 14 times qualify through the group phases.“The season I didn’t play Champions League, I won the Europa League”This, however, was another underwhelming display against a team United swatted aside in a 3-0 win in Switzerland at the start of group play.Indeed, United needed a superb reflex save from goalkeeper David De Gea, who clawed away Ulisses Garcia’s deflected shot, to keep the home side level heading into the final 20 minutes.“It looks a phenomenal save,” Mourinho said, “a save the best goalkeeper in the world does, and gives his team the possibility to win the match.”Mourinho talked up the significance and difficulty of this match against the runaway leader of the Swiss league, yet decided to drop his two most-expensive signings — Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, worth a combined $210 million — in something of a statement following a lacklustre 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.Marcus Rashford started as the lone striker in place of Lukaku, and caused Young Boys constant problems in the first half with his pace and movement. The 21-year-old Rashford lacked an end product, though, with one of his three good chances seeing him lift a finish over the crossbar when played clean through.Mourinho, who has been publicly critical of his young players in recent days, responded by turning his back to the field, crossing his arms and shaking his head.Young Boys was dangerous on the counterattack and really took the game to United in the second half, with Garcia’s chance coming amid its best spell of the game.___More at https://www.apnews.com/ChampionsLeagueThe Associated Press read more

New plan to give veterans immunity from Troubles prosecutions

The amendment, tacked on to a Northern Ireland bill, offers MPs an… Under the amendment, prosecutors would be given new guidance encouraging them only to bring cases against terrorist suspects. Soldiers “supplied with a deadly weapon” lawfully by the state would only be charged if prosecutors could show they had deliberately gone out to commit murder. Sir Michael Fallon, the former defence secretary, has tabled a parliamentary amendment that would offer a distinction between armed soldiers and terrorists in Northern Ireland. Former soldiers could be given immunity from prosecution over deaths during the Troubles because they were lawfully issued with their weapons, The Telegraph can disclose.

Barroso Austerity is fundamentally right but is approaching its limits

first_imgTHE PRESIDENT of the European Commission has said economic austerity policies being pursued across Europe are ‘reaching their limits’ – but insisted that the policies are fundamentally correct.Jose Manuel Barroso told an event in Brussels that while he remained assured of the merits of austerity policies – where governments pursue rigorous cost-cutting in order to minimise the amount they must borrow – they would only work if the public understood those merits.“It has to have the minimum of political and social support,” Barroso said, saying a working policy would need “the ways, the means of its implementation and its acceptance, the acceptability, political and social.“This is where I think we have not done everything right,” he said – saying the European institutions had met with resistance from the public because they had not been able to illustrate what was at stake by failing to implement tough spending cuts.This led to an “unacceptable prejudice” where countries were happy to blame others, and the European authorities, for economic problems of their own making.“The idea, in some of our Member States, the states in the periphery […] that the problems they have, they have not created it, that it was created by someone – probably Berlin or the European institutions, or the IMF … it was not created by the others,” the former Portuguese premier insisted. Asked whether his remarks indicated a softening of Europe’s position where austerity would be pursued less vigorously, Barroso said the European Commission’s policies had never focussed solely on austerity.“Without confidence, we have no investment. And without investment there is now growth. But our response to the crisis, our policy proposals, has always been a comprehensive response,” he said.That is why we need to combine the indispensable – I underline, indispensable – correction of the disequilibria in public finances: namely huge deficits, huge public debt, fiscal rigour. This is indispensable.We need to complement this with proper measures for growth, including short term measures for growth, because we know that some of those reforms take time to produce effect […] but it has to be complemented by a stronger emphasis on growth and growth measures in the shorter term.”Read: Goodbody: Ireland should have second bailout ready to help exit from first But also the other prejudice that exists in some of the, let’s say, central countries or more prosperous countries, that there was some kind of inability of the people from the periphery or from the South, that some of these people are by definition lazy or incompetent.And this is a deep problem. It is intolerable, morally unacceptable.last_img read more

Whistleblower says builders paid by State are defrauding the welfare system

first_imgEDUCATION MINISTER RUAIRÍ Quinn has confirmed his officials are investigating claims that construction companies granted contracts by his department are committing social welfare fraud.Speaking in the Dáil during Leaders’ Questions, Quinn responded to a series of claims raised by Fianna Fáil’s Robert Troy.Troy said in the Dáil that a whistleblower had made claims that contractors awarded construction projects by the Department of Education are failing to meet statutory obligations and facilitating social welfare fraud.He cited a number of examples where he said that companies who win contracts are sub-contracting to firms who pay below the minimum wage and are defrauding the social welfare system.Troy claimed that at one construction site in the midlands there is in excess of 19 people who are working but are also claiming social welfare.Troy said that said that the whistleblower has already approached Quinn and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton but “nothing appears to have been done”.Responding, Quinn said that he “is aware of these allegations” and is ensuring they are fully investigated. He said that some of the breaches being alleged “are not in fact happening” but said he was still not satisfied.He said Troy had cited “clear incidents of the law being broken and clearly broken” and wanted the matter to be probed further by his officials. Read: Munster’s first Community National School to get under construction in record timelast_img read more

Teddy Long announced for Class of 2017 WWE Hall of Fame

first_img He was the longest-serving SmackDown GM (maybe even the longest-serving GM ever on either brand) compared to the musical chairs carousel of GMs they’ve had on Raw. That speaks to the kind of staying power he had. He was a fairly decent manager too to a more impressive list of wrestlers than they have here so he’s also another good addition to the HOF’s manager wing. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ February 16, 2017 at 1:57 pm Cameron Huff Holla! Holla! Holla! Congratulations Teddy! (or as JBL would say, Congratulations Peanut Head!) Either Ron Simmons or Butch Reed should induct him. I’d also be okay with Mark Henry or Jazz doing the honors. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list February 13, 2017 at 6:57 pm WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Triple H TheCyberZon J™ Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Report: WWE creative writer Robert Evans quits the company during Hall of Fame Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE to honor Hall of Famer in Japan this Friday; Bruce Prichard rushed home for oral surgery February 13, 2017 at 11:44 pm Shout out to Theodore R. Long. Holla Holla, Playa! Congratulations Playa! Ya feel me! WhatsApp 7 COMMENTS Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img JFJ Well this is shockingMaybe he is famous for botching lines so they decided to put him in the HoF Twitter WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT WWE.com has announced Teddy Long as the next inductee into the Class of 2017 WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 33 weekend in Orlando this April.The story of Long’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame was first reported by FOX Sports on Monday afternoon shortly before WWE made it official.Long has been involved in the pro wrestling industry for over 30 years getting his start under Jim Crockett Promotions and the NWA. He later become a manager for Ron Simmons and Butch Reed, Chris Jericho, Johnny B. Badd, Ice Train, One Man Gang and more.He made the jump to WWE in 1998 first taking on a role as a referee. Long then transitioned back to a role as manager for talents such as D-Lo Brown, Rodney Mack, Jazz, Christopher Nowinski, Mark Henry and Mark Jindrak. He is best known for his time as General Manager of the Smackdown brand starting in 2004.BREAKING: As first reported by @FOXSports, @teddyplayalong will be inducted into the #WWEHOF Class of 2017! https://t.co/62vrawDBax pic.twitter.com/phjmjOCL9X— WWE (@WWE) February 13, 2017 February 13, 2017 at 9:35 pm Videos Articles Rob Van Dam shares thoughts on John Oliver, wrestling high in ECW, WWE Hall of Fame February 16, 2017 at 1:57 am JFJ Congratulations Teddy Long! He should come back and make a Tag Team Match on Smackdown. February 13, 2017 at 4:14 pm Now Playing Up Next Honestly this is a case of a guy not really being Hall of Fame worthy getting in because WWE just puts anyone. From the matches I have seen he wasn’t that good a ref. He was never a great manager or promo man. You are correct. Outside of Jack Tunney, who served as “WWE President” from 1984-1995 respectively, Teddy Long is the longest serving on air authority figure in WWE history. That obvious excludes Mr. McMahon. TheCyberZon Facebook Pinterest February 16, 2017 at 1:58 am Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Nick Noel Comments are closed.last_img read more

Former Arsenal legend talks about Bob Wilson

first_imgFor David Seaman, the chance he had to work together with Wilson was perfect and praised the work of his former teammateEnglish goalkeeper David Seaman played with Arsenal in the English Premier League from 1990 to 2003.And with the Gunners, he worked closely with former footballer Bob Wilson.“What makes Bob special is that he used to give you confidence in training, so you didn’t have to go and play well in a game,” Seaman told the club’s official website.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“In training, he would do exercises where you would have to make two or three worldie saves, ones that really turn a game or are really special.”“But what he used to do is, if you made one of those worldie saves in the first two or three minutes, he’d say ‘Right, out,’ and you’d go out of that session feeling so full of confidence because you’d make this great save,” he added.“That was a specialty of Bob’s because you could make that worldie and then the next ball that comes in you could mess it up and as a goalkeeper you will remember the one that you’ve messed up and that would get you down, but Bob knew ‘Right, you’ve made a great save, out you go,’ and you’d keep that confidence.”last_img read more

Klopp baffled by Egypt boss advice to Salah

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp can’t understand what prompted his Egypt counterpart Javier Aguirre to hand Mohamed Salah transfer adviceThe Mexican coach advised his star forward to consider leaving Liverpool within the next season or two if they fail to win any major trophy.Since his arrival in 2017 from AS Roma, Salah is yet to win any silverware at Anfield with Liverpool beaten in last season’s Champions League final.The Reds also suffered early Carabao and FA Cup exits with a fourth-place finish in the Premier League.But Klopp was left bemused by Aguirre’s advice and even jokingly suggested that he may need to leave Egypt if he can’t win a trophy in the next two years.“Who is the manager? Aguirre? Okay. I’ll try to be nice, eh?” said Klopp, according to the Evening Standard.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I would say if HE doesn’t win a title in the next couple of years then he has to move to another club or country, for sure. I don’t know why people say things like that. It’s not that important.“It’s the world of media, you find it somewhere in an Egyptian newspaper or somewhere. Then the next one writes that I was confronted with it.“Obviously I don’t agree with it, but it’s a free world and he can say whatever he wants. That’s good actually.“I shouldn’t have made any comment on it, so maybe we can delete what I said a minute ago!”Liverpool will face Watford away on Saturday in the Premier League.last_img read more

Legendary Riot Grrrl Band Bikini Kill Reunite Announce Tour

first_imgNews Twitter The “Rebel Girl” band, who inspired women to express themselves via music and DIY culture, will play all-ages shows in Los Angeles and New York City, as well as a 16+ show in Brooklyn, N.Y. that will begin in the spring.”Bikini Kill are thrilled to announce they will be regrouping to play shows in NY and LA this spring,” the band said on their website. “They will perform with their iconic line-up of Kathleen Hanna on vocals, Tobi Vail on drums, and Kathi Wilcox on bass — along with guitarist Erica Dawn Lyle.”The group formed in 1990 and were based in Olympia, Wash. and Washington, D.C. Before their break-up in 1997, they recorded and released a demo, two EPs, two LPs and three singles. They toured the U.S., Japan, Europe and Australia.  Frontwoman Hanna went on to form band Le Tigre and a solo career as Julie Ruin. The Punk Singer documentary is based on her activism and musical career and shows the singer’s life and battle with Lyme disease.Tickets for all three shows will go on sale on Friday, Jan. 18. Both NYC shows will be on sale at 9 A.M. PT / 12 P.M. ET, while the L.A. show will go on sale at 10 A.M. PT / 1 P.M. ET. For more info, visit the band’s website.Coachella Announces “Every One” Initiative To Fight Harassment And Assault The “Rebel Girl” band will play all-ages shows in Los Angeles in New York City and a 16+ show in Brooklyn, N.Y. in the springJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 15, 2019 – 12:24 pm Bikini Kill, the legendary politically outspoken feminist ’90s punk band that launched the Riot Grrrl movement, have reunited and announced a tour. Facebook Email Legendary Riot Grrrl Band Bikini Kill Reunite, Announce Tour Riot Grrrl Band Bikini Kill Announce Tour legendary-riot-grrrl-band-bikini-kill-reunite-announce-tour Read morelast_img read more

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is Nintendos First AAA

first_img This isn’t a review of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. That would be breaking embargo. Plus, even if I could review the game now, despite hours and hours of playtime I still honestly feel like I haven’t played enough to deliver a fair and decisive verdict. But for this preview I do have one major takeaway from my sessions so far. I don’t mean this as a quality judgment but as a simple statement of fact. Nintendo has released many huge and important games in the past, but The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Nintendo’s attempt to put its own spin on the modern AAA video game.All you have to do to realize this is simply look at, on paper, what The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild actually is. This is an open world game with a huge map dotted with villages and enemy outposts. You climb towers to reveal more parts of the map and unlock fast travel points. You use a smartphone-like device to tag important objects. After taming a wild horse you register it at a stable like a car in a garage. Nintendo has namechecked Western influences like Grand Theft Auto and The Witcher, but really none of these systems are too different from what you’d find in any recent Ubisoft game. It’s crazy how close this game is coming out next to Horizon: Zero Dawn, another game very much in this mold.But it’s more than just the genre the makes Breath of the Wild feel like Nintendo trying to offer players what it thinks a “big” game in 2017 should be. With its various loot like weapons and armor, as well as Link’s general frailty, the game makes survival a big part of its exploration. That and frequent goofy, unexpected moments like being struck by lightning, catching your horse on fire, and cooking bad food make the game perfect for streaming. Even with no one else watching it’s fun for multiple people to riff on what’s happening onscreen or makes memes out of captured screenshots.Meanwhile, Breath of the Wild’s production values certainly rival today’s biggest games. The Miyazaki-esque melancholy of the beautiful HD visuals maybe even tip the game into AAArtisinal territory. And of course this is the first time a Zelda game has had full voice-acting. None of these things are cheap, which is why we suspect Nintendo is using Breath of the Wild’s upcoming DLC to recoup costs, a very common modern AAA video game tactic.However, AAA games are nothing inherently special these days. What makes Breath of the Wild such a special game is seeing Nintendo’s essential, irrepressible weirdness shine through what could have just been a fantasy Far Cry clone. It comes out in systems like all-powerful Guardian robot spider enemies that stalk you like BioShock’s Big Daddies throughout the grassy fields. Along with creating intense surprise encounters, they test whether you are ready to be in whatever part of the world you’re heading to without explicitly curtailing the game’s wonderful sense of freedom.The same goes for the stamina system, from Skyward Sword, that lets you scale any mountain and swim any ocean and glide across any valley, but only for a limited time until you get stronger. Better climb that tower fast enough to avoid getting annihilated by a laser beam. Heck, even just managing and upgrading inventory space becomes a game of priorities. like something out of Resident Evil.This is the first Zelda where just messing around aimlessly in the overworld of Hyrule ruins is fun and rewarding in its own right, even after watching a co-worker play through basically the same opening section. It’s as much a lived-in quiet post-apocalypse as it is a playground you poke at for secrets and get ready for it to poke back hard. I haven’t even entered a proper dungeon yet. The exploration mechanics are that engaging and the quirky towns full of personality are that worth hanging out in.The last piece of the puzzle, literally, are the shrines. Shrines are micro-dungeons that offer bite-sized brain teasers like something out of Portal. Most require you to use a rune spell such as freezing water or figuring out how magnets work. Shrines are brilliant for several reasons. They’re clever puzzles. You have to actually think about which tool to use to find the solution. It’s not like finding a hookshot in a dungeon and then obviously using the hookshot to beat the boss. It’s similar to A Link Between Worlds’ praised item rental system but the spells are unlimited.Shrines also make sure there’s a constant stream of the puzzles that Zelda is known for, even in this new open-world framework that doesn’t lend itself as well to randomly needing to push blocks around or throw bombs. And since Shrines reward you with both fast travel points and orbs that can be traded for health or stamina upgrades, you are encouraged to seek them out and therefore keep exploring the world. They don’t overstay their welcome so you always find time to tackle just one more.There are shades of Final Fantasy XV, but more than anything, Breath of the Wild so far reminds me of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. I’ve felt this way since E3. It’s not just because both games let you summon a dog to help as you snipe enemies off of guard towers. And it’s not just because of some story similarities I’ll refrain from mentioning due to spoilers. Both games are the result of old titans of the Japanese video game industry applying their unique game development cultural sensibilities to the new AAA Western open-world game. Just swap Kojima’s weirdness with Nintendo’s weirdness. But beyond being weird, there’s an added sense of craft, a desire to make sure every inch of the world feels like it’s own place worth investigating and not just a block of content, that you don’t get in something like Watch Dogs. It’s a synthesis, not a compromise. MGSV is one of my favorite games of this generation, and I’m very stoked to play more Zelda.Again, I’ll post deeper opinions next week, but in a way The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is much like the Nintendo Switch hardware it launches alongside with, or even the Nintendo mobile apps. The company is finding exciting ways to finally merge its cherished past with the agreed upon video game future.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch Stay on targetlast_img read more