A group of Adivasis, mostly women, some with babies in their arms, sit together in a small, dark room, looking at a big white screen mounted on a wall. The screen is lit by a projector. A young man, a teenager really, clicks a key on a laptop and a video begins playing. The letters on screen are in English, which most of the people in the room cannot read.The young man— his name is Ketan — relays the contents of the video to the audience in Marathi. The video is about how to pay electricity bills online. “Click on mahadiscom.in,” Mr. Ketan says.“You can do this if you use the internet,” he says, a little later. And then, still later, “A debit card is the same as an ATM card.” The video plays twice, but the audience still looks bemused.Another young man, Jayesh More, takes over, and he projects more confidence, more authority, but he’s roughly the same age as Ketan. “People here are afraid,” he tells the audience. “Take the first step forward. Ask whatever you want, we are here to help you.” Silence. He tries humour: “Why travel to the taluka to pay your bill, spend money on travel and food? Each of you consumes at least two vada pavs on every trip, right?” This elicits a giggle; a few women begin asking questions.As the session ends, there is noticeably more lightness and camaraderie. Samiksha Gharat, whose family grows paddy in the village, says it will take her a while to figure out how to pay bills online. “My eight-year-old son knows how to check Google,” she adds.Ramesh Ghangde, a 60-year-old farmer who was glued to the presentation, is more confident. “I’ve used their help to get myself an Aadhaar card. I will definitely take their help again,” he says.But perhaps the most interesting transformation in the room is that of the ‘senior’ presenter, though it wasn’t as quick. Mr. Jayesh is just 19, a Class XII Arts student at the Sonopant Dandekar College in Palghar. He looked reticent, lacked confidence and feared the spotlight. But that is not how he is known in his village, Khadkoli. “They used to call me a ‘mastikhor’ [prankster]. Now, they look at me with respect. I never imagined I’d come this far,” he says.Mr. Jayesh and his friends are ‘e-sevaks’, who are leading an information revolution in 19 villages of Palghar, part of a two-year-old initiative, led by the NGO PUKAR. Designed to increase financial inclusion, the campaign has now expanded to create awareness about the importance of e-governance.Along the way, the NGO has also empowered its foot soldiers, the e-sevaks, to participate in decision-making at the local level.Unleashing potentialFor the e-sevaks, it’s been as much a discovery of their hidden strengths as of external influence.“I was never too interested in studies, but always had a social conscience,” says Uttarsha Patil, 22, who is in her final year of Software Engineering at a Vasai institute. “Those of us who were doing the door-to-door campaigns have gained enough confidence to speak at gram sabhas, or directly to the sarpanch.”Shweta Gaikwad, 19, who is in her first year of an accounting course at a Virar college, has found her voice in a conservative society.“Out here, it’s an unspoken rule: women have to be home by 7 p.m. At times, our meetings end at 9 p.m.; I’m the only girl in the neighbourhood to stay out so late. When my neighbours ask me where I’ve been, I just shrug it off. It’s their job to ask.”Nakul Patil, 29, travels over 110 km each way to the Mazagaon Docks in Mumbai, where he works as a technician. But more than his day job, it is his work as an e-sevak that has given him satisfaction. “People would ask us, ‘Why are you doing all this?’ Those were days when even for a photocopy, they had to travel to another village. Now, they approach us on their own. The feedback they give us is, ‘Every other NGO simply puts up posters. You are the only ones who do door-to-door awareness.’”Training for the e-sevaks’ — PUKAR now has 36 of them — involved familiarising them with the use of computers, understanding nearly 50 government schemes, teaching them about research ethics, instruments and communication, and activity-based workshops on issues like caste, gender and the environment. PUKAR trained them for about three months at the Sonopant Dandekar College, which made its computer laboratory available to them.“The e-sevak model is also about personality development,” says Shrutika Shitole, programme facilitator at PUKAR. “They gain internet knowledge, learn how to see problems and handle political issues. As e-sevaks, they have to thoroughly understand government modules.” Dr. Anita Patil-Deshmukh, director of PUKAR, says the programme has created a leadership base there. An important part of creating leaders, she says, involves practising soft skills.“I have always emphasised to them that just because they have the power, it does not mean they can be disrespectful. These are [dealing with people who are] underprivileged, and don’t have information.”To contest pollsPerhaps the most heartening development for PUKAR is that the e-sevaks will stand for the next Gram Panchayat elections, due in December this year in three villages, and in 2021 in some others.“We’re hoping at least 10 of the 36 will be elected. They are best placed to lead, as they understand the issues villagers face, and people know what they can do,” says Ms. Shitole.All these years, the sarpanch would be elected by default in a reserved seat, and his deputy would wield the power but this time, she says, those equations will be shaken. Dr. Patil-Deshmukh agrees that this is a logical step: “That’s the only way they [the e-sevaks] will change governance; in fact, it’s a very powerful way to bring about change.”
USOC Chairman Larry Probst (Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images/AFP)Los Angeles — The US Olympic Committee wants to bid for the Winter Olympics, but is still mulling whether it would be better to seek the 2026 or 2030 Games.“I put a stake in the ground that we are interested in hosting the Winter Games,” USOC chairman Larry Probst told reporters on Friday as he discussed talks at the USOC Assembly in Colorado Springs, Colorado.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Read Next “Ideally, that’s probably 2030, so that there’s no confusion with preparations for 2028,” Probst added, referring to the Summer Games awarded to Los Angeles.The United States last hosted the Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUSOC board members discussed the pros and cons of possible 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympic bids on Friday, Probst said, adding that officials still need more information from the International Olympic Committee on the bidding process.Probst said the USOC wants to be part of the discussion if the IOC decides to award the 2026 and 2030 Olympics in one vote — as it did last month in choosing Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The 2018 Winter Games start in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Summer Games of 2020 will be held in Tokyo. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pirates still peerless LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In that case, the USOC could be interested in entering the next round of bidding.If so, they would need to select a bid city by next March, Probst said.Salt Lake City, Denver, Reno-Tahoe on Nevada’s border with California and other cities have expressed interest.“We really need more discussions with the IOC to understand their process and timing before we determine what our process is going to be,” USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said.Probst said he has interpreted remarks from IOC president Thomas Bach about selecting a “more traditional” venue for the Winter Games as an indication that he wants them held in Europe or North America.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ
As India and Pakistan gear up to face each other in the ICC Champions Trophy on June 4 at Edgbaston, the batting statistics look heavily titled in India’s favour.Taking into account, the probable team line-up of both the teams, here’s a look at the runs under the belt of the batsmen of both sides.INDIAN BATTING LINE-UPConsider that Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will opening the batting for India, Virat Kohli will come in at 3, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni will come down at 4th end 5th spot and Kedar Jadhav will fill the 6th slot.Shikhar Dhawan: 3090 runs in 76 ODI games; Highest score – 137Rohit Sharma: 5311 runs in 153 ODIs; Highest score – 264Virat Kohli: 7755 runs in 179 ODI matches; Highest score – 183Yuvraj Singh: 8539 runs in 296 ODIs; Highest score – 150MS Dhoni: 9275 runs in 286 ODI matches; Highest score – 183*Kedar Jadhav: 468 runs in 15 ODI games; Highest score – 120The Indian batting have a total of 34438 runs under their belt in 1005 ODI matches total played.PAKISTAN BATTING LINE-UPConsider Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad will be Pakistan’s openers like in the warm-up games, Babar Azam will come down at the third spot, Mohammed Hafeez at 4, experienced Shoaib Malik will be in the middle order at 5 and Sarfraz Ahmed supporting him at the 6th slot.Azhar Ali: 1605 runs in 45 ODI matches; Highest score – 102Ahmed Shehzad: 2585 runs in 78 ODIs; Highest score – 124Babar Azam: 1322 runs in 26 ODI games; Highest score – 125*Mohammed Hafeez: 5728 runs in 185 ODIs; Highest score – 140*Shoaib Malik: 6711 runs in 247 ODIs; Highest score – 143advertisementSarfraz Ahmed: 1568 runs in 70 ODI matches; Highest score – 105Pakistan batting order have a total of 19519 runs with an experience of 651 ODI matches.Going completely by the statistics, India have a slight edge due to the amalgamation of experience and youth in their team while Pakistan are fielding quite an inexperienced side where only Mohammed Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have played over a 100 ODIs.Many big former cricketers have spoken on the India-Pakistan clash and India being clear favourites over the past few days.Shahid Afridi, in his column at icc.cricket.com, has written that it the depth in the Indian team that gives them a slight edge over Pakistan.Mohammed Azharuddin feels that India are a far stronger side than Pakistan and the neighbouring country do not have match-winners.”Today’s Pakistan team does not have a lot of match-winners. India are much stronger,” said Azharuddin at the Salaam Cricket conclave in London.Aamir Sohail, Pakistan’s explosive opener in the 90s, agreed with Azhar and said, “There’s plenty of gap. Indian cricket authorities have invested in the right areas and they emphasised on the basics of cricket.””Any team needs utility cricketers and impact cricketers. Pakistan does not have those kinds of players and we lack a proper leader. The fact that we have played so much cricket on the dead Emirates pitches has affected us,” Sohail added.Harbhajan Singh went on to say that “sometimes Bangladesh play better than Pakistan.”Aamir Sohail also added that MS Dhoni is still a match-winner and Pakistan need to keep that in mind.”The way Dhoni has been able to win matches with a team with limited resources is remarkable”, the former Pakistani opener said, adding, “Pakistan should definitely be scared of Dhoni, he is still a very dangerous player”.Sourav Ganguly, at the Salaam Cricket conclave, said “India will still beat Pakistan whether Kumble and Kohli are fighting or not. India are a better side than Pakistan, especially in big tournaments.”Sunil Gavaskar mentioned that it is the variety in the Indian bowling line-up that is the X-factor in India’s campaign this Champions Trophy. “Our bowlers like Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have swing and seam movement along with pace and that’s why they are dangerous. Even Junaid Khan and Mohammad Amir have pace and swing so it won’t be easy to play them but the variety in Indian team with new ball bowling with different styles makes it much more potent attack,” Gavaskar said at the Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket.
Gujarat Fortune Giants defeated Haryana Steelers 40-31 in Ahmedabad on Thursday, to end their home leg of Pro Kabaddi League season 6 on bright note.Sachin led the scoring charts with 10 points while defender Parvesh Bhainswal achieved another high five and scored six tackle points.Monu Goyat had an indifferent first half but ended up being the top scorer for Haryana Steelers with 10 points.Gujarat’s top raider Sachin also hit the 100-point landmark in this edition of Pro Kabaddi League.Gujarat are now top of the table in Zone A with 58 points from 14 matches while Haryana are fifth in the table with 26 points from 14 matches.Mahendra Singh Rajput got Gujarat off to a flying start as he made a super raid in the first minute.Haryana Steelers composed themselves and forced a super tackle in the third minute to trail 2-5. Haryana got their first raid points in the fifth minute when Anand Tomar got a two-point raid.Gujarat inflicted the first all out of the match in the seventh minute to lead 11-4.Vikas Kandola got a two-point raid in the ninth minute as Haryana Steelers trailed 6-13.Monu Goyat, who had a quiet first half, came to life in the 17th minute to come up with a super raid for Haryana Steelers.Sachin got a two-point raid for Gujarat in the 18th minute as Gujarat went into the break leading 21-15.The second half saw Gujarat not relenting under Haryana’s pressure. In the 27th minute Haryana suffered another all out as Gujarat threatened to run away with the match.advertisementWith less than 10 minutes to go Gujarat held a nine-point advantage as they led 30-21.Parvesh continued his fine form as he put in a strong tackle in the 34th minute to give Gujarat 33-22 lead.Sachin and Monu got a couple of raid points for their teams as Gujarat led 35-25 with less than five minutes to go.(With inputs from PTI)Also watch –
Manchester City Manchester City are strong Premier League favourites ahead of Chelsea, says Vialli Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 16:01 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester City Chelsea Premier League The Blues legend, speaking exclusively to Goal, is worried about the threat that Pep Guardiola’s side pose after their impressive start to the season Gianluca Vialli believes that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea will find it difficult to compete with Manchester City this season, but has backed the Blues to go deep into the Champions League.Citizens 4/6 for PL titleThe Blues were recently beaten 1-0 at Stamford Bridge by Pep Guardiola’s side, as Kevin De Bruyne’s strike earned the visitors a deserved victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Vialli, who played alongside Conte at Juventus and also managed the Blues, believes Chelsea remain a significant threat in the title race, but admits that he is worried by the talent Guardiola has at his disposal.”I think it has been a decent start of the season for Chelsea,” Vialli told Goal in an exclusive interview. “The first match of the Premier League season, they lost at home to Burnley. I think it is quite normal that the title holders don’t start the season at their very best because you just won the previous title. Your stomach must still be full after the summer.”Also I think Antonio was not particularly impressed with the transfer operations up until then and it was getting a bit frustrating. I think that his frustrations were being transferred to the side. I think that’s why you had a red card in the Community Shield, and also in the first match of the season with Gary Cahill [and Cesc Fabregas].“The transfer activities then improved and Antonio got the players that he wanted and he got a very good sequence of performances and results. They then lost to Manchester City which looks, in my opinion, like the best side in the Premier League this season.”That result was also on the back of going to Madrid and beating Atletico in a very, very important match for the Champions League campaign. To sum it up, I think that Chelsea will do very, very well this season. I think that Antonio’s sides, whether it is Chelsea or Juventus, they always play with pride, real determination, real humility.”They take every match very seriously, so they will be there or thereabouts. So maybe they will finish second but I think that Antonio, who has managed in the top division for four years in his career and won four titles, has demonstrated his ability to win the competitions.”Maybe he might want to focus slightly more on becoming successful in Europe with Chelsea in the Champions League because with his own Champions League campaigns so far, I am sure he’s not entirely happy with the results.”So maybe we will see Chelsea going very far in the Champions League this season.”Vialli won four cup competitions as a player-manager at Chelsea and made 58 league appearances. He remains in football working for Sky Italia but still lives in London and also works with an innovative football finance start up called Tifosy.
The Victorian Women’s 27s team has created history by securing Victoria its first ever National Touch League championship.The dynamic outfit overcame a gutsy Hunter Hornets side 6-4 in the final to etch their place in the record books.This is the first time that the Women’s 27s category has been included as part of the NTL. The Victorians were rank outsiders coming into the new division but gained confidence and momentum with strong wins over Sydney Rebels and Sydney Scorpions on the opening day of play. Captain Suzy Barrett said the harmony amongst her teammates was a contributing factor to the triumph. “We’re really stoked, the girls have worked very, very hard and it’s a good reward,” Barrett said. “We did a lot of fitness and we did a lot of basic teamwork and it paid off. We didn’t have any moves, we just went with intensity and teamwork and that was our motto the whole time.”Barrett made note of the difficult challenge her team had to meet to claim the title. “The Hornets are an awesome team,” she said. “They were the best team that we played all tournament. They moved us around hard, our middles were stuffed, and they were a nice bunch of girls too.”Rangy speedster Jennifer Galea was the standout for Victoria in the final, scoring four of her teams six touchdowns. Galea credited the win to “Ticker, dedication, fitness and fantastic teamwork”. Galea also had plenty of praised captain Suzy Barrett, coach Shauna Hammond and assistant coach Michael Carter for their leadership and dedication to the squad. “I could single out every single person in our team for something different,” she said. “I could name 101 things that each of them do spectacularly.” Touch Football Victoria State Operations Manager Nick Mooney said the Vic women’s victory was the culmination of a lot of work from Victorian Touch. “The players have done brilliantly as have the coaching staff,” Mooney said. “And a special mention goes out to Michael Lovett. Whilst he wasn’t directly involved in the team this year he has done a lot of work with that squad over the years so it’s a great day for Touch Football in Victoria and a great effort from the ladies.” Touch Football Victoria will now look to use their first success at national level as leverage to boost the game from grassroots level all the way through to Victoria’s newly created elite competition, the VT League. “I think it will give some people the impetus to play so numbers will increase,” Mooney said. “Also I think it will give the up-and-coming 19, 20 and 21-year-olds a bit belief that they can come to an NTL and win a championship.”In years to come teams from around the country will know to keep an eye on the Victorians. Galea said her team was confident of defending their championship.“We hope to come back next year and take it out again next year.” For further news and results see the NTL website
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid fear Man City (& Pep) advantage in Junior Firpo raceby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid face competition for the signing of Real Betis defender Junior Firpo.Real see Firpo as a long-term successor for veteran wing-back Marcelo and are willing to pay his €50m buyout clause.However, El Confidencial says Manchester City are also keen, where manager Pep Guardiola is a fan.And concerning for Real Madrid is City’s advantage as Firpo’s agent is Pere Guardiola, the manager’s brother.The situation could lead to Real president Florentino Perez moving immediately to meet Firpo’s clause and close a deal before City have time to act.
Stuttgart register interest in Liverpool striker Solankeby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStuttgart have entered the race to sign Liverpool youngster Dominic Solanke.The 21-year-old has been unable to see any action for the Reds this season in the Premier League.He is wanted by a number of clubs, but Stuttgart have the most serious interest.The news comes from German outlet Kicker.Stuttgart are third from bottom in the Bundesliga, with one of the lowest goals scored figures in the division.They are desperate to add a quality striker in the January transfer window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, kicked off at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London on Monday, June 29, and will extend through to July 12.For those unfamiliar, Wimbledon is one of four Grand Slams, the only tournaments that can reach five sets, thus earning them the nickname: the methamphetamine of sports.Related: Get Your Royal Warrior Fantasy on at Dromoland CastleThe longest match ever was 11-hour, 5-minute affair back in 2010.Of equal importance: It’s the only tournament players HAVE to wear white. No exceptions. Not even for Roger Federer, who in 2013 was dinged for the orange soles of his Nike shoes which were deemed to be in violation of this code.“Any undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration) must also be completely white except for a single trim of color no wider than one centimeter,” Wimbledon’s rules state.Never one to break such strict rules, we thought in solidarity to the great players competing (Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova), we’d put together a round-up of Wimbledon whites to keep you looking fresh and clean.Whether they inspire you to live out your tennis player aspirations… well, that’s on you.Pique Polo Shirt, Handvaerk, $125Wax and Wool Henley Shirt, Woolrich, $66Gavin Slip On, Frye Company, $83White Oxford, Buck Mason, $88Bison Pocket Tee, Welcome Stranger, $42Hopper, Barton Perreira, $470 (available in-store only at Saks)The Director’s Cap, Gents, $38Oxford Jagg Shirt, Maison Kitsune, $122Double Stitch Belt, Florsheim, $30Janson Crewneck Sweatshirt, Jake Spade, $69 (available at Gilt.com)Vanas Suede Wingtip, Esquivel, $715Day Shorts, Solid & Striped, $49 (available at Gilt.com)White Emmett Shorts, Unis New York, $178Hooded Jacket, Costume N Costume, $299 (available at Gilt.com) Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers 1. Pique Polo Shirt, Handvaerk 2. Wax and Wool Henley Shirt, Woolrich 3. Gavin Slip On, Frye Company 4. White Oxford, Buck Mason 5. Bison Pocket Tee, Welcome Stranger 6. Hopper, Barton Perreira 7. The Director’s Cap, Gents 8. Oxford Jagg Shirt, Maison Kitsune 9. Double Stitch Belt, Florsheim 10. Janson Crewneck Sweatshirt, Jake Spade 11. Vanas Suede Wingtip, Esquivel 12. Day Shorts, Solid & Striped 13. White Emmett Shorts, Unis New York 14. Hooded Jacket, Costume N Costume Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home
zoom Dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) has taken delivery of the first two dry bulkers from the batch ordered in March this year.The vessels in question are 2013-built Q Sue and 2014-built Q Kaki, which will now be renamed Golden Sue and Golden Kaki.The batch is comprised of 16 dry bulk vessels which were agreed to be acquired in the form of an all-share transaction where the company would issue in aggregate 17.8 million consideration shares and assume debt of USD 285.2 million.Q Kaki; Image Courtesy: Quintana ShippingOf the 16 vessels to be acquired, 14 will be acquired from subsidiaries of Quintana Shipping, and two ice class Panamax vessels will be acquired from subsidiaries of Seatankers, an affiliate of Hemen Holding, the company’s largest shareholder.To that end, Golden Ocean said that it has issued 1.6 million consideration shares to Quintana Shipping and associated companies in exchange for the two vessels.Following this transaction, the company’s issued share capital is USD 5,843,649.6 divided into 116,872,992 issued shares, each with a nominal value of USD 0.05.The acquired vessels’ average age is four years in line with GOGL’s rest of the fleet. The acquisition comes at a time of very favorable prices of second-hand vessels enticing many owners to venture into fleet expansion.
May has been proclaimed Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to remind all drivers that motorcycle traffic will increase on Nova Scotia roads during the warmer months and to drive safely. A proclamation was read to motorcyclists today, May 1, at a ceremony in Dartmouth by Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. He also drove through Safety Services Nova Scotia’smotorcycle test layout and spoke of the dangers that distracted drivers create for motorcyclists. “As a biker myself I’ve seen lots of close calls when drivers aren’t paying attention,” said Mr. MacLellan. “Road safety is a shared responsibility and all drivers need to be alert as the use of motorcycles increases in warmer weather.” “A moment’s inattention on our roads can cost somebody their life,” said Ed Snow of Safety Services Nova Scotia. “We’re asking all drivers to take that second look before proceeding from a stop or turn.” There were 11 motorcycle fatalities in Nova Scotia last year. In 2013, Safety Services Nova Scotia and Access Nova Scotia licensed more than 4,500 new motorcyclists in the province. There are more than 30,000 motorcycles registered in Nova Scotia. More information on motorcycle safety and training courses can be found on the Safety Services Nova Scotia website at www.safetyservicesns.com .
Rabat- The Al Quds committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), will hold on January 17-18 in Marrakech its 20th session under the chairmanship of King Mohammed VI, chairman of the Al Quds Committee, in the presence of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.The meeting will be attended by foreign ministers of the committee member states, as well as the OIC secretary general.High-level emissaries representing the UNSC permanent members, the EU, the Vatican, the UN and the Arab league will also attend the event.
“Unfortunately, the international debate on water problems tends to overlook the important role of agriculture, the biggest water user,” said Kenji Yoshinaga, Director of FAO’s Land and Water Development Division. Agriculture is by far the biggest water user, accounting for some 70 per cent of all water withdrawals. In comparison, industry accounts for only 20 per cent, while domestic use is limited to 10 per cent, FAO says in a new study entitled, “Unlocking the water potential of agriculture.” “If agriculture manages to increase water productivity, the pressure on precious water resources can be reduced and water can be released to other sectors,” FAO says. “It is our hope that the World Water Forum in Kyoto will move the discussion on agriculture and water management up on the political and development agenda.” The Forum, which begins on Sunday, will bring leaders and technical experts together in Japan through 23 March to seek solutions to water issues. FAO says one in five developing countries will face water shortages by 2030. The Near East, North Africa and parts of Asia are subject to water scarcity and stress. This water shortage will further impede food production, which, according to FAO projections, needs to be increased by around 60 per cent to feed an additional 2 billion people by 2030. Unreliable water deliveries have often been the main reason that farmers turn to groundwater, leading in many regions to over-abstraction; water levels are declining at rates of 1 to 3 metres annually. One of the first priorities of modernizing water services should therefore be more reliable and flexible water delivery, FAO says. The report also says irrigation technology needs to be upgraded and water-saving technologies should be promoted, although investment in water development and research has sharply declined.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market pulled back slightly Friday amid soft U.S. economic data and despite rising resource and financial stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 6.82 points at 15,234.34. The Canadian dollar gained 0.15 of a U.S. cent to 79.98 cents.New York indexes were significantly lower following a report that U.S. gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.2 per cent in the October-December quarter, weaker than the 2.6 per cent first estimated last month in a reflection of weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit.A bigger surprise was a glum reading on the manufacturing sector in the U.S. Midwest, which fell to a 5 1/2-year low in February. The Chicago Purchasing Managers Index fell to 45.8 from 59.4 in December, a reading indicating contraction.“That number is a bit of a shocker, because that PMI number has remained consistently above 50 for many, many years,” observed Himalaya Jain, portfolio manager, portfolio advisory group at Scotia McLeod.“So, there is something very unusual (and) I would say that number would be treated with a very, very high degree of skepticism.”Also, the University of Michigan’s widely watched consumer sentiment index slipped to 95.4 from 98.1 in January.The Dow Jones industrials fell 81.72 points to 18,132.70, the Nasdaq lost 24.36 points to 4,963.53 and the S&P 500 index retreated 6.24 points to 2,104.50.The TSX metals and mining sector led advancers, up 1.70 per cent as May copper was virtually unchanged at US$2.69 a pound.April gold rose $3 to US$1,213,10 an ounce and the gold sector gained 1.1 per cent.The energy sector fell 0.59 per cent even as oil prices advanced after having plunged almost $3 a barrel on Thursday to the lowest level in a month as data continued to show large buildups of crude inventories in the United States.On Friday, the April crude contract in New York closed up $1.59 at US$49.76 a barrel though still own more than a dollar on the week as U.S. inventories remain at their highest levels in 80 years. Also depressing oil and other commodity prices lately is a steadily strengthening U.S. currency.Tech stocks led decliners, down 2.07 per cent.The TSX finished the week up 0.04 per cent amid a run of generally well-received earnings reports from most of the big Canadian banks.In corporate news, Aimia Inc., (TSX:AIM) the company that operates customer loyalty programs for Air Canada (TSX:AC) and for TD Bank (TSX:TD) and CIBC (TSX:CM) credit cards and other business partners posted adjusted earnings of $60 million or 20 cents a share, four cents short of forecasts. Revenue of $761.1 million beat estimates, but the stock dropped $1.50 or more than 10 per cent to $12.85.And Bombardier Inc.’s (TSX:BBD.B) CS300 passenger jet made its long-awaited maiden flight Friday. Prior to liftoff, Bombardier announced that it will get about $1.1 billion from a previously announced equity financing to help pay for the sharply higher costs of the CSeries program. Also, the Wall Street Journal says Bombardier plans to issue 3 1/2-year and 10-year debt but pricing has yet to be set. Bombardier shares lost a penny to $2.60. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 27, 2015 7:50 am MDT TSX advances amid rising oil prices, lower than expected U.S. growth
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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek says he enjoys getting a lot of playing time at the moment as he becomes an important member of Maurizio Sarri’s squad.After a loan spell at Crystal Palace last season, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is finally getting the opportunity he wants at Chelsea.The 22-year-old is increasing playing more for Chelsea and scoring as well.Manager Maurizio Sarri described his performance against PAOK as his best tactically.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“It’s been really good for my confidence,’ he said of his recent involvement,” Loftus-Cheek told the club’s website.“I’ve had a lot more game-time on the pitch and I’ve been doing well when I’ve played so I’m raring to go at the minute.“I want to enjoy it and improve on my game as much as I can when I’m playing. It’s given me more confidence that the manager is playing me more so I’m heading in the right direction.”
Addressing a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club, leaders of Pre-paid Metre Connection Resisting Committee (PMCRC) alleged the operation of prepaid metres is unfair and non-transparent as the DPDC has been realising huge money without showing any proper reasons. Photo: UNBPower consumers under Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC) on Sunday demanded the authorities concerned to suspend the installation of prepaid metres saying the system is ‘unfair’.Addressing a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club, leaders of Pre-paid Metre Connection Resisting Committee (PMCRC) alleged the operation of prepaid metres is unfair and non-transparent as the DPDC has been realising huge money without showing any proper reasons.“We’re fed up with the prepaid metres as there’s no transparency in its operation by the DPDC,” Baharane Sultan Baharan, joint secretary general of the PMCRC, told reporters.PMCRC president Haji Md Shahjahan, secretary general Mohammad Yeasmin and other leaders also spoke on the occasion.They said the DPDC has been deducting Tk 40 per month as prepaid metre rent but it is not clear how long they will continue to deduct money.Secondly, they said, it is not clear how much of electricity a consumer will be able to consume once he or she recharges Tk 1,000, they said.They also alleged in the case of getting an emergency balance of Tk 200, the DPDC has been charging Tk 50 as interest.The leaders claimed that the DPDC has also been charging Tk 200 against master metre per month which is also unfair as the consumers bought such metre at their own cost.Pre-paid metre. UNB file photoThe PMCRC leaders said they will move court to file a writ against the operation of prepaid metres if the DPDC does not stop its installation.They said the DPDC top officials were apprised of the issues during their public hearing.“But they’ve failed to resolve the problems,” said Haji Md Shahjahan.He mentioned that the power consumers in different districts, including Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Gazipur, Sunamganj and Khulna, have already held rallies to protest the ‘unfair and non-transparent’ system of prepaid metres.
Commemorating the forty years long diplomatic ties between Korea and India, Spirit of Forms, an art exhibition is set out to feature acclaimed artists from both the countries. Curated by Minjoo lee and Kalicharan Gupta, the artistic melange will be on display, carrying paintings from twenty nine Korean and Indian artists from 4th May onwards.Entwining the essence of the art forms, the exhibition brings across the love and friendship between the people of the two nations. None of the artistic masterpieces is static; none a mere repitition of the already arrived at forms. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The message is clear; art is a journey, for art’s sake; artistics go on through the melee of crossroads and intersections without halting at stops. Its evident in the works of Jai Zharotia and Niren Sen Gupta, the participants in this event; while Jai delights us with apparitions of poetic strangeness every time he puts brush to canvas or paper, Niren revisits chapters of our own spiritual odyssey, giving peace an honoured place in his artistic ruminations. The cultural heritage of Korea coupled with ancient artistic traditions of India will be a treat to watch for the art lovers in the capital. DETAILTimings: 11 to 7pm, When: 4 May to 15 MayWhere: Dhoomimal Art Centre, Connaught Place
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