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Gehlot govt. gears up for social accountability Bill

first_imgAfter a protracted campaign of civil rights groups, the Congress government in Rajasthan has started the process for bringing the legislation on social accountability, which will make officials accountable for timely delivery of public goods and services as citizens’ entitlement. The Bill will also set up a grievance redressal mechanism starting from village panchayats.The draft has been uploaded on the web portal of the Administrative Reforms and Coordination Department and suggestions invited from citizens. Additional Chief Secretary Ravi Shankar Srivastava said here on Monday that the Bill included provisions for citizens’ charter, public hearing, social audit and information and facilitation centres.Enacted in Cong. regimeChief Minister Ashok Gehlot had recently assured that the new accountability law would incorporate the provisions of the Guaranteed Delivery of Public Services Act and the Right to Hearing Act. Both of these statutes were enacted during the Congress regime of 2008-13.Through the Rajasthan Social Accountability Bill, the government intends to ensure the right of every person or group of persons to get time-bound delivery of goods and services and be entitled for redressal of complaints, with the provision for penalty on erring officials and compensation to the public.The Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, led by social activist and Magsaysay Award winner Aruna Roy, had proposed a draft law to the State government. The official draft has incorporated the suggested provisions for transparency in governance, citizens’ participation, accountability in delivery of services, decentralisation of the process and establishment of an independent grievance redressal structure.The MKSS had taken out a 100-day-long ‘Jawabdehi Yatra’ through all the 33 districts of the State in 2015 during the previous BJP regime, pressing for the legislation. The Yatra had raised the issue of accountability as an extension of the Right to Information.Activist Nikhil Dey of Suchna Evum Rozgar Adhikar Abhiyan said this would be a “breakthrough in the legislative history” of Rajasthan in view of its progressive approach for giving the real power to the people.last_img read more

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NCR Planning Board accepts Rajasthan’s plea on zoning

first_imgThe National Capital Region Planning Board has accepted a suggestion of the Rajasthan government not to carry out the zoning exercise for the areas already developed under the approved master plan. State Urban Development Minister Shanti Dhariwal said zoning should be reserved for areas which need planned development.At its 38th meeting held in New Delhi on Friday, the NCR Planning Board also held out an assurance that the verification of the existing land use would be done by the State government, while the private firms would draft the base map for further development of the region. Mr. Dhariwal had opposed the Centre’s proposal to get these works done through a Hyderabad-based company.Mr. Dhariwal said here that the NCR Planning Board, which met under the chairmanship of Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, had approved three other proposals of Rajasthan for speeding up the development of the State’s districts falling in NCR.The board agreed to extend the horizon year of population density for three tehsils — Alwar, Bhiwadi and Khairthal — of Alwar district and dropped a proposal to exclude some tehsils of Bharatpur district from NCR. This would help bring the two districts on a par with other areas in NCR, Mr. Dhariwal said.last_img read more

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UE, Ateneo clash in UAAP lawn tennis finals

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But before the title clash, the two powerhouse teams will meet in an all-important championship preview on March 11.UE will earn a twice-to-beat edge in the title round with a victory while a loss will make it a best-of-three finals duel. View comments LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AJ Lim, the reigning MVP, led the romp for UE, which extended its perfect run to six games.Apart from Lim, Joshua Kinaadman and Dolfo Barquin also gave their team victories in singles matches while Rogelio Estaño an RJ Saga emerged winners in the doubles event.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Eagles, meanwhile, turned to doubles specialists Luke Flores and Erj Gatdula, and AJ Rivero and Julian Dayrit and singles standouts Ino Canlas and Marcen Gonzales to advance into the championship round.Ateneo booked its firs finals trip since 2011. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuscenter_img UAAP volleyball: La Salle outplays Ateneo for share of 2nd seed Read Next MOST READ University of the East and Ateneo arranged a finals showdown after steamrolling separate foes in the UAAP Season 80 men’s lawn tennis Saturday at Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.The Red Warriors, who are aiming for their second straight title, beat De La Salle, 4-1, while the Blue Eagles also made quick work of University of the Philippines, 4-1.ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivinglast_img read more

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Struggling Kevin Alas takes blame for NLEX loss to TNT

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The 27-year-old Alas finished with only three points on 1-of-10 shooting. He also had four rebounds, seven assists, four steals but turned the ball over four times.“Kevin is still struggling from the last game he was one out of 11, today, he’s one out of 10,” NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said.“I’m still getting back into my game shape and still regaining my in game rhythm but no excuses because before I came back I felt I’m 100 percent ready,” Alas said.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Alas felt he was the one to blame for NLEX’s latest loss on Wednesday night.Alas cited lapses on his part in the critical moments of the Road Warriors’ 85-80 defeat to the TNT KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT UE star Kath Arado confident change has come for more matured UE Lady Warriorscenter_img “Today’s game I think I cost us the game because I fouled Jayson (Castro) then, Roger (Pogoy) hit that three-points that was my assignment then, I also missed an open three so I have to take responsibility,” Alas told reporters.With NLEX trailing by two, Alas missed an open 3-pointer with 1:09 left then, saw TNT swingman Roger Pogoy hit a triple in front of him before committing a personal foul that led to a free throw by Jayson Castro for an 83-80 KaTropa edge with 14 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWith still a chance to tie, Alas found Bong Galanza from the right wing but his shot was just a bit short as TNT escaped for its first win and dealt NLEX its third straight loss in as many games.Alas admitted he is still groping for form after appearing in just his third game since recovering from an ACL injury that kept him out for 10 months but offered no excuses for his abysmal shooting. MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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NBA: LeBron James to skip Team USA minicamp

first_imgAdvertisementAccording to ESPN, LeBron James will not participate in USA Basketball’s minicamp in Las Vegas next week. James, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was in Vegas over the weekend to watch his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, play a summer league game, but he will not be present for the training camp, which is slated for July 25-27 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center.McMenamin’s report said James is expected to make his first public comments about joining the Lakers on July 30, when the “I PROMISE school” opens in Akron.James was one of 35 names selected to the group of players able to participate in the USA Basketball camp. The list was released in April. After the camp, USA Basketball will select 12 players to compete in the 2019 World Cup and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. LeBron James didn’t play in 2016 Rio Olympics in which Team USA won Gold Medal. James has won back-to-back golds, in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Barcelona and Real Madrid to fight for La Liga title in final round

first_imgBarcelona routed city rival Espanyol 5-0 on Sunday to increase their lead in the Spanish league going into next weekend’s final round of matches, when another victory will secure the Catalan club their second consecutive title.Luis Suarez scored twice, with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Rafinha adding one goal each at the Camp Nou to keep Barcelona one point in front of Real Madrid, who defeated Valencia 3-2 with two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and one by Karim Benzema.Atletico Madrid, who were trailing Barcelona for most of the season and were tied in points before this weekend, dropped out of contention after a surprising 2-1 late loss to already relegated Levante. Atletico had been bidding for their second league title in three seasons.In the final round, Barcelona will play at Granada, who were fighting against relegation but on Sunday mathematically secured their place in the top flight with a 4-1 win at Sevilla.Real Madrid will play at Deportivo La Coruna, who are in the middle of the table and also won’t have anything to play for in the last round.Barcelona have the advantage on the head-to-head tiebreaker against Real Madrid, so Madrid will need to win their game in La Coruna and hope Barcelona at least draw in Granada.Barcelona will be trying to win their sixth league title in eight seasons, while Madrid will be looking to lift the trophy for the first time since 2012, and second time in eight seasons.Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were coming off difficult games in the semifinals of the Champions League, when both advanced to the May 28 final in Milan. Barcelona will play in the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla on May 22.advertisementThe Catalan club recently relinquished a nine-point lead after going winless in four straight games, but Luis Enrique’s team picked up the pace just in time, winning four consecutive games by outscoring opponents 21-0 to stay ahead going into the decisive round.Barcelona dominated from the start at the Camp Nou and Messi opened the scoring from a free kick in the eighth minute, curling a left-foot shot over the wall.Messi then set up Suarez’s first goal with a pass into the area in the 52nd, and the striker increased the lead with a header in the 61st. Substitute Rafinha got on the board after a blunder by goalkeeper Pau Lopez in the 74th and Neymar completed the scoring from close range in the 83rd.Suarez reached 37 league goals, four more than Ronaldo, who put Real Madrid ahead in the 26th at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and added his second in the 59th after Benzema had netted in the 42nd.Valencia’s goals came from striker Rodrigo in the 55th and midfielder Andre Gomes in the 81st. It played a man down from the 84th because of a straight red card for Rodrigo.Madrid got the win, their 11th straight in the league, despite missing some key players because of injuries, including Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and starting goalkeeper Keylor Navas.Atletico Madrid had their six-game winning streak in the league halted by a disappointing 2-1 loss at Levante, who had been relegated in the last round.Fernando Torres put Diego Simeone’s team ahead just two minutes into the game in Valencia, but Victor Casadesus equalized in the 30th and substitute Italian striker Giuseppe Rossi netted the surprise winner in the 90th to end Atletico’s hopes of another title.last_img read more

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RF Young Champs India’s best grassroots academy

first_imgReliance Foundation Young Champs named India’s best grassroots football academy Last updated 2 years ago 08:48 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) RFYC Reliance Foundation’s grassroots programme has been recognised as the best by the Indian FA… The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has adjudged the Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) as the No.1 grassroots football academy in India. Reliance Foundation Young Champs is a residential football scholarship based in Navi Mumbai and has now been awarded the highest rating of ‘4 Star’ as per the Academy Accreditation process carried out by the AIFF. The Academy Accreditation process was started in 2015 and no other football academy has been given this rating before.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina This recognition comes on the heels of the Reliance Foundation receiving the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar from the Union Sports Ministry for sports development initiatives at grassroots level across India. “Two accolades in the span of two days is a recognition of our efforts towards sports development through grassroots initiatives, talent scouting, nurturing and defining path for our youth to take up sports professionally,” said a Foundation spokesperson.A total of 48 talents (11 to 14 years) scouted through Indian Super League Clubs’ grassroots program are presently being trained at its Navi Mumbai base. Moreover, 13-year-old Kshitij Singh, a Reliance Foundation Young Champs prodigy, has been signed by Holland based NEC Nijmegen club for its U15 youth squad.last_img read more

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VAR could curb bad challenges but football’s technology quandary would deepen

first_imgShare via Email Share on Twitter FA Cup fourth round: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Topics Share on WhatsApp Referees Pep Guardiola Read more comment Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share on Facebook Manchester City This is an interesting argument that articulates conflicting ideas of modern football. The first describes a form of entertainment that needs strong rules in order to flourish, the second a more traditional idea of sport as competition with the most important (perhaps only) objective being victory. For the record, it has been observed that Guardiola is capable of practising the latter while arguing the former.The Bennett incident also tapped into another current debate. VAR technology was trialled during another FA Cup match this weekend; the tie between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. Referee Craig Pawson’s use of video replays caused controversy as, while apparently ensuring correct decisions were made, they disrupted the flow of the match and even denied West Brom fans the chance to properly celebrate a goal. For some, this was too much technology. For others, however, it was not enough.VAR can decide whether Jake Livermore fouled Mo Salah in the area for a penalty. Why can’t it decide whether Bennett was guilty of serious foul play in tackling Sané (and thus deserving of a straight red card)? The consensus after the Cardiff match was that Bennett should indeed have been sent off. A retrospective ban is impossible under the current laws of the game, however, as referee Lee Mason saw the incident at the time and ruled on it. Players cannot be punished twice for the same foul, though exceptions are not without precedent. Ben Thatcher’s 2006 elbow on Pedro Mendes was adjudged to be so far beyond the pale that a separate charge was brought after the then-Manchester City player had been booked.VAR could conceivably eliminate (inevitable) oversight on the part of officials. It might help to minimise dangerous tackles within the game. Extending video technology to acts where the consequences could be substantial (the image of Sané’s leg bending under Bennett’s challenge is eye-watering) seems logical. But it also goes against one of the founding principles of VAR: namely that it is used for decisions not subject to interpretation.A player is either onside or off in scoring a disputed goal; the referee has booked the wrong player or has not. Already, as with the case of penalty-box fouls, there is a grey area – Livermore’s tug on Salah was real but was it enough for the Egyptian to lose his footing? Trying to rule on whether a foul involves “excessive force or brutality” is surely also subjective and, what is more, highly emotive. It is the stuff that not only angers coaches but fans in the stands.Research conducted during VAR trials has found that referees are more likely to deem a tackle dangerous if they have seen it replayed in slow motion. Should the technology be extended, controversy and confusion would seem inevitable. A clamour for just such an extension would seem inevitable too, however, simply because the technology exists.A game in which dangerous tackles are less frequent is possible. The differing views of Guardiola and Warnock show there is an argument whether such a goal is desirable. But even if it were, the outcome would likely add further complication to a game whose beauty lies in simplicity. As football embraces technology, it is a quandary we will have to become used to. Joe Bennett’s challenge on Leroy Sané has left the winger injured for up to a month. It was late and it was deliberate, an attempt to stop the Germany international from giving Manchester City a three-goal lead before half-time in their FA Cup tie with Cardiff. It is the sort of tackle that looks worse the more you see it and would always have provoked a debate. On this occasion, however, it has provoked more than one.The first was started by Pep Guardiola, who used his post-match remarks to make a philosophical point. Players such as those on his team, the Manchester City manager said, were “artists” who needed “protection” in order to play the style of football so many viewers enjoy. Cardiff’s Neil Warnock, meanwhile, insisted such challenges were part of the game. He was more concerned with a second tackle from Bennett that got the player sent off. In Warnock’s opinion it was the latter challenge that was unprofessional, as it incurred a suspension and was therefore “disrespectful” to Bennett’s team-mates. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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Madrid & Barca January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid & Barcelona January transfer news LIVE: Barca target Alaba deal Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:50 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blancos and Blaugrana as the January transfer window heats up Barca target summer Alaba dealBarcelona want to sign Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba at the end of the season, reports AS   .The 25-year-old, who can also play in midfield, is under contract at Bayern until 2012 and the Bundesliga side are unlikely to let the Austria international leave without a fight.However, Barca’s technical secretary Robert Fernandez has asked club president Josep Maria Bartomeu to find the money to launch a summer bid for Alaba. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Griezmann tops Barca list Antoine Griezmann Atletico MadridBarcelona have made Antoine Griezmann their top transfer target for the summer as they grow concerned over the strength of their European rivals,  Mundo Deportivo   reports.The Catalan side are already making plans for future transfer windows and dream of pairing France star Griezmann with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho, but will have a tough time convincing Atletico Madrid to let him go.But, with the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City set to continue adding to their squads for next season, Barca are hoping to lure more big names to Camp Nou.Arsenal make late Meyer moveMax Meyer Schalke 04Arsenal and Barcelona are both interested in signing Schalke midfielder Max Meyer, reports  Sport Bild .Meyer’s contract expires at the end of the season and Schalke could be prepared to cash in on the 22-year-old before the January transfer window closes.The Germany international has been watched by Arsenal and Barcelona scouts, while he has previously attracted interest from Tottenham.’Bale not joining Man Utd’Gareth BaleRyan Giggs believes a move to Manchester United would be a good option for Gareth Bale, but the Wales manager insists the attacker has no desire to leave Real Madrid.The 28-year-old winger has been heavily linked to Old Trafford in recent years, and his trouble with injuries in recent seasons has enhanced talk of him leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.Ex-United and Wales star Giggs, however, insists Bale still has a lot to offer the Champions League holders, as well as his national team, and expects him to stay put for the time being.Read the full story on Goal right here! Madrid offer €35m plus Kovacic for ParedesLeandro Paredes ArgentinaReal Madrid have made a €35 million offer for Zenit St Petersburg star Leandro Paredes, says Argentine newspaper  El Clarin .The 23-year-old Argentine midfielder has attracted interest from Juventus since impressing in Russia after making a €27m move from Roma last summer Madrid have offered a big fee plus Mateo Kovacic in exchange for Paredes, but the former is apparently hesitant to move to Russia.Bayern baulk at €15m Embalo feeUmaro Embalo Portugal U17Bayern Munich have baulked at the asking price for Benfica teenager Umaro Embalo, reports  AZ .The 16-year-old striker has been interesting Barcelona, Manchester City and Manchester United, but RB Leipzig had emerged as favourites to sign Embalo.There was the potential for a late twist as Bayern considered a move, but the Bundesliga leaders have decided the €15 million fee being demanded is too high a risk.Vidal set for Barca stayAleix Vidal Real Madrid Barcelona La Liga 12232017Aleix Vidal looks set to stay at Barcelona this transfer window after failing to agree terms with Roma, reports Mundo Deportivo .The versatile defender was linked with the Italian club throughout the January transfer window, as he sought out regular first-team football. But Vidal is not prepared to take a pay cut in order to move to Serie A, leading to a cooling of interest from the Eternal City. Barcelona sign Arsenal youngsterMarcus McGuane, Arsenal, EnglandMarcus McGuane has joined Barcelona from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club have confirmed.The 18-year-old has completed a medical in Spain and signed a five-year contract that includes a release clause of €25 million.Read more here! Real Madrid bow out of transfer windowZinedine Zidane Real MadridReal Madrid have decided to retire from the transfer market in January without making a single signing, according to Marca .Athletic goalkeeper Kepa appeared the most concrete target at the Bernabeu, but any potential interest from the club was ended when he signed a new contract with the Basques. And despite links with the likes of Eden Hazard, Mauro Icardi and Alexis Sanchez, Zinedine Zidane looks set to end January with exactly the same squad.Icardi’s head turned by MadridMauro Icardi InterReal Madrid are tracking Inter captain Mauro Icardi and the striker is interested in a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, according to Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli.”I know that Real Madrid are following him closely. He is also a little tempted by Real Madrid,” Sampaoli said of the 24-year-old.Read the full story on Goal! Dortmund snap up teenager from BarcaSergio Gomez Spain U17Borussia Dortmund have signed Spain youth international Sergio Gomez from Barcelona.The 17-year-old playmaker departs La Masia after starring at last summer’s U-17 World Cup, where he scored twice in a final defeat to England. Read the full story on Goal!last_img read more

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10 months agoMan City, Spurs encouraged to bid for Sunderland whiz Maja

first_imgMan City, Spurs encouraged to bid for Sunderland whiz Majaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSunderland are seeking a Premier League buyer for Josh Maja.The Mirror says thirteen goal strike starlet Maja, 19, the top scoring teenager in England’s top four divisions, is out of contract at the end of the season and the Black Cats have yet to reach an agreement on a new dealAnd, fearing they won’t, Sunderland have now offered Maja to English clubs for just £1.5million knowing he can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from January 1 and they would then only receive a small fee in accordance with FIFA’s compensation rules.Clubs including Manchester City, Tottenham and Southampton have been keeping tabs on Maja this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoAtalanta president Percassi: Why Skrtel left

first_imgAtalanta president Percassi: Why Skrtel leftby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta president Antonio Percassi has spoken for the first time over Martin Skrtel’s surprise split.The former Liverpool defender signed with Atalanta over the summer, but stayed only three weeks before leaving.”He was a good guy, but he was sorry. “You could see that he suffered because his wife did not come here,” explained Percassi.Skrtel has since returned to Turkey to join Istanbul Basaksehir. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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JBI to Undertake Phase 7 of Bauxite Community Development Programme

first_img The Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) is preparing to enter Phase Seven of the Bauxite Community Development Programme (BCDP). Story Highlights He explained that under phase seven, another tranche of funds is expected to be paid over to the Programme to continue to administrate the multifaceted project. This was disclosed by BCDP Project Coordinator, Clarence Osbourne, at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on Tuesday (March 12). The Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) is preparing to enter Phase Seven of the Bauxite Community Development Programme (BCDP).This was disclosed by BCDP Project Coordinator, Clarence Osbourne, at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on Tuesday (March 12).He explained that under phase seven, another tranche of funds is expected to be paid over to the Programme to continue to administrate the multifaceted project.“The submissions have been sent to the Ministry of Transport and Mining and they have, in turn, taken it to the Ministry of Finance for them to provide the necessary support,” he said.The BCDP, which was established by Cabinet decision in 1996, is a programme of direct investments to ensure sustainable development for communities affected by bauxite mining.It was developed by the JBI along with consultants from the then Ministry of Agriculture and Mining.It was created to facilitate the reinvestment of earnings from the bauxite/alumina industry in the communities affected by mining operations, the implementation of sustainable income and employment-generating projects, the improvement of social and physical infrastructure, and increased economic activities and capacity building to ensure that there is ‘life after bauxite’.According to Mr. Osbourne, the programme deals with areas of education, training, agriculture, infrastructure and community development in general, and has, so far, facilitated initiatives such as the rehabilitation of school buildings, community centres, roads, outfield agriculture and greenhouse agriculture.“We work through Community Councils to determine the kinds of projects that are needed, and work closely with the agencies that have the ability to manage the projects to see if they are feasible. When they are feasible, we take it to our Steering Committee, which is our Board, and they will decide whether or not to approve,” he explained.“We also work through a number of stakeholders, such as the bauxite companies, municipal corporations and numerous government agencies,” Mr. Osbourne said.He pointed out that synergies have developed with entities, and one particular partnership with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund and the JBI developed into a very successful BCDP project, the Water Harvesting and Greenhouse initiative.“We have in excess of 160 greenhouses impacting eight sites in four bauxite areas, where each of the farmers is given a 3,000-square-foot greenhouse,” he said.Mr. Osbourne explained that prior to the establishment of the greenhouses, mined-out pits were rehabilitated.“They were prepared by the bauxite companies and lined with polyethylene material. The JSIF then contributed in excess of $200 million to assist in the infrastructural work, building the greenhouses and providing the irrigation system,” he added.The Project Coordinator said that while the bauxite companies assisted in providing manpower to prepare the ponds, the JBI was responsible for lining the ponds and for installing the solar-powered irrigation pumps. He pointed out that the programme is going exceptionally well and that the farmers are being assisted with their business processes by a farmers’ cooperative society.“We work on a basis that the farmers receive 70 per cent of what they sell and 30 per cent is retained for the sustainability of the programme. This assists them to buy material such as chemicals for the next crop,” Mr. Osbourne said.He noted that a scholarship fund has also been created to supplement the project. Under the scholarship programme, persons from the community are selected through the Community Councils to pursue studies at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Greenhouse Management. The scholarship recipients are contracted to return to their communities to provide technical support to the greenhouse farmers.last_img read more

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ABS Receives Safety and Quality Award

first_imgzoom ABS, a leading provider of global maritime classification services, has received the Safety and Quality Award at the 10th Anniversary of the Seatrade Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards.The award recognizes ABS’ contribution to promoting safety, judged on key indicators including investment in safety training, social and environmental responsibility and its contribution and commitment to the development of the maritime sector across the region.Of the leading classification societies, ABS has the largest regional presence with offices in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain, and nearly 100 marine and offshore surveyors and engineers. ABS Regional Vice President, Middle East Joe Brincat says, “Safety is at the center of everything we do as a classification society. We are honored to have been recognized by Seatrade for our contribution to safety and quality, both in our work with clients and in our own internal processes.”ABS undertakes a broad range of safety-related initiatives. The class society continues to build its Mariner Safety Center, a project that compiles and analyzes industry ‘close call’ and ‘near miss’ incidents in order to produce guidance for the mitigation of potential human error in the maritime environment.ABS internal safety programs include the Always Be Safe employee awareness campaign and the ‘Take 5’ safety initiative which provides employees practical safety techniques and procedures to incorporate in their work.The award is the third made to ABS in the Middle East this year. The organization was named Best Class Society at the Lloyd’s List Middle East Awards and at the Marine BizTV Annual International Maritime Awards. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location ABS, December 5, 2013last_img read more

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NSLC Explains Hiring Process

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) has hired two newexecutives. Ken Barbet, the corporation’s acting president, says the newdirectors of distribution and of corporate communications wererecruited after a thorough application process. “Our process for hiring is well defined and is designed to selectthe best candidate based on merit,” said Mr. Barbet. “Thesesituations are no different.” In both cases, the positions were advertised publicly andapplications were received. Twenty-one applications were receivedfor the director of distribution position, and 68 for thedirector of corporate communications position. “All applications were screened by our human resources division,and a list of interviewees prepared based on skills and abilitiesrequired for each of the positions,” said Mr. Barbet. In each case, six applicants were interviewed by a panel thatincluded NSLC executives and an outside expert in each of therespective fields. “We feel confident that in both instances we’ve selectedexcellent candidates who were the most qualified individualsamong those who applied. I’m looking forward to having them joinour executive team.” Craig Sutherland has been appointed director of distribution andRick Perkins has been appointed director of corporatecommunications. Both will start their NSLC careers this month.last_img read more

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Six stories in the news today May 5

first_imgSix stories in the news for Friday, May 5———MANY CANADIANS BRACING FOR WEEKEND FLOODINGResidents on both coasts and in waterlogged central Canada are bracing for flooding due to forecasts calling for heavy rain throughout the weekend. Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for much of southern and eastern Ontario, where some areas could receive up to 90 millimetres of rain. A special weather statement also covers a large swath of southern B.C. due to the potential for severe thunderstorms. Heavy rain is also expected in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick starting Friday night.———STRANDED CLIMBER RESCUED FROM MOUNT LOGANA climber from Argentina who was stranded on Canada’s highest mountain after an earthquake in Yukon has reportedly been rescued. Natalia Martinez, 37, began a solo climb of Mount Logan April 22, but two large earthquakes on Monday caused avalanches near her camp. A message posted on a climbing website late Thursday said Martinez was rescued in a three-hour operation and brought to southwest Yukon.———CANADIAN DETAINED IN DEATH OF CANADIAN IN BELIZEPolice in Belize say a Canadian man remains in custody as a “person on interest” in connection with the deaths of a Toronto woman and her American boyfriend this week. Police have said Francesca Matus, 52 and her American boyfriend, Drew DeVoursney, died of strangulation. A Belize police sergeant told The Canadian Press late Thursday that the man was still in custody and “still very much a person of interest” and that no one else was in custody in connection with the murders.———LATEST JOBS NUMBERS DUE OUT TODAYStatistics Canada will release its job survey for April today. In March, the agency reported a gain of 19,400 net jobs — and the vast majority of the new work was full-time. But Statistics Canada noted that the bulk of those new positions were in the self-employment category, which can include people working for a family business without pay. The agency says the unemployment rate crept up in March to 6.7 per cent from 6.6 per cent because more people were looking for work.———CALGARY JURY TO RESUME DELIBERATIONS IN GAS-AND-DASH TRIALA Calgary jury determining the fate of a man charged in the hit-and-run death of a gas station worker will continue its deliberations for a second day. Joshua Cody Mitchell, 22, is charged with second-degree murder in the 2015 death of gas station attendant Maryam Rashidi. She tried to stop a driver from leaving a Centex station in Calgary without paying for $113 in fuel. She climbed onto the hood of the stolen truck before it swerved, which caused her to fall off and be run over.———FEDS ADVISED TO BEWARE UNSOLICITED PROJECT BIDSAn internal federal document is raising red flags for Ottawa over unsolicited, non-government proposals for infrastructure projects. The warning comes as the Trudeau government designs a new arm’s-length infrastructure bank that will seek to lift the country’s economy by using billions in public dollars to attract billions more in private investment. The Finance Department briefing note describes unsolicited infrastructure proposals as the kinds of offers presented to governments from outside public authorities, typically from the private sector.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Companies reporting results today include Air Canada, Enerplus, TransAlta, TransCanada and Interfor.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly and the Youth Council will take part in a Facebook Live event. (4:30 p.m. ET).— A pretrial conference will be held in Halifax for a taxi driver accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger.— A statue honouring missing and murdered indigenous women will be unveiled in Saskatoon.last_img read more

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InFocus Party leaders on Reconciliation

first_imgaptn InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:Reconciliation Canada puts questions to Canada’s political party leaders.Watch to see how much of a priority this is the NDP, Liberals, Greens and The Bloc Quebecois.We also give you a preview of a new film making its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival.Director, Alex Williams, tells us what went into the making of, The Pass System.The film chronicles the history of Canada’s illegal practice of jailing “rebel Indians” caught off-reserve without a pass.last_img read more

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Weekly Summary Corporate dividends name changes new listings

first_imgNEW YORK — Changes announced in corporate dividends Jan. 7-Jan. 11.INCREASED DIVIDENDSGladstone Land .04445 from .0444New England Realty .32 from .30SPECIAL DIVIDENDSArcosa .05Buckle 1.00Ethan Allen 1.00Great Ajax .05Hanover Insurance Grp 4.75Park Electrochemical 4.25ProPhase Labs .25STOCK DIVIDENDSSecurity Natl Finl Cl A 5pcg- Canadian fundsOTHER CORPORATE NEWS AND LISTINGS:STOCK SPLITS THIS WEEKInterContinental Htls ADR 1 for 1.05 reverse splitACQUISITIONS AND MERGERSMINIMUM VALUE $100 MILLIONApptio Inc Cl A – Vista Equity Partners Management (1.94B)Black Box Corp – Integrator AGC Networks (750M)Imperva Inc – Thoma Bravo LLC (2.1B)NEW STOCK LISTINGSNYSENiSource Inc pfd Cl BNASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSApptio Inc Cl AGreen BancorpGuaranty BancorpImperva IncCORPORATE NAME CHANGESSmaash Entertainment Inc to Simplicity Esports and Gaming Co (and warrants)The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Moroccan Police Arrests SelfStyled Sharia Police Officers In Tangier

Rabat – The Moroccan police have reportedly arrested a group of self-styled ‘Sharia Police Officers’ trying to impose Islamic law in the streets of Tangier.Mohamed Hassad, the Ministry of the Interior, said Tuesday that Five suspected members of a “criminal network” who “assaulted citizens” under the pretext of “respecting” Islamic law were arrested in Tangier.The minister said that these people aims for the “Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.” The ‘self-styled men of virtue’ whose identity has not been revealed, are “extremists” suspected of “assault with sticks and knives in several districts,” according to the minister.The arrest was carried out by the National Criminal Investigation Brigade (BNPJ) after the have received information from the Directorate General for Monitoring the National Territory, Morocco’s intelligence units. read more

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Fez Hosts Second Annual Comparative Theology Conference

Rabat – The second national conference “Comparative Theology: Concepts; Issues and Comparisons” will take place on March 10-11 at the convention center in Fez. The two-day event is held by the Comparative Religions research group, which is affiliated to the Discourse, Creativity and Society: Perception and Implication research laboratory at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fez. The conference will focus on the science of comparative religions.The event aims to promote and highlight the importance of dialogue between both civilizations and religions and to shed light on the historical and religious context of such dialogue.. The conference is also designed to showcase student research, providing students with the opportunity to present and receive feedback on research conducted for their PhD dissertations.The two-day conference will include six panels that will discuss several issues, such as religious minorities, Jewish and Christian religious thought and methodological issues in comparative religious studies.Mustafa Ettoualy, a PhD candidate at the University of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, is a conference presenter who will deliver his talk “The Multiculturalist Theory: Two Paradigms of the Clash of Civilizations.”In an interview with Morocco World News, Ettoualy said, “The topic of my presentation is based on the clash of civilizations theory as articulated by the Egyptian author Sayyid Qutb and American political analyst Samuel Huntington.”Ettoualy aims to clarify that multiculturalism stresses the importance of recognizing and maintaining different ethnic and cultural identities within the same framework.“I aim to show how the existence of hegemonic cultures should be a factor for dialogue between civilizations and not vice versa,” Ettoualy said.Said Gfaiti, PhD, is the event’s general coordinator and a professor of Hebrew studies and comparative religions at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University.“In 2007, we created a master’s program in comparative religions because we noticed that there is an absence of religious science studies in Morocco that can help us consolidate our ties with other religions and cultures.”The Comparative Religions research group also aims to sharpen the knowledge of student researchers by teaching them ancient languages so that they may be able to read the original references and religious texts.“For example, we teach the Hebrew language in order to deepen the scientific background of student researchers concerning Judaism and Christianity,” Gfaiti said. read more

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