Manchester United to continue without De Gea: Van Gaal

first_imgGoalkeeper David de Gea still “has the same problem” of not being in the right frame of mind and is out of the squad for Manchester United’s second Premier League fixture of the season against Aston Villa, manager Louis van Gaal said on Thursday.The Spaniard missed last weekend’s season-opening 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur after Van Gaal felt the 24-year-old might not be focused amid persistent media reports linking the goalkeeper with a move to Real Madrid.”There’s no difference. The transfer period is still open and he (De Gea) has still the same problem,” Van Gaal told a news conference.Also read: Kaka recalled for Brazil friendlies Sergio Romero, who signed for United last month on a free transfer from Sampdoria, is expected to continue in goal when Van Gaal’s side travel to Villa Park on Friday.Van Gaal also responded to comments from Hristo Stoichkov, who played under the Dutchman at Barcelona, after the former Bulgaria international said the United boss “destroys” clubs and urged Barcelona’s Pedro not to move to Old Trafford.Also read: I’m not back, was always there, says Yaya Toure “I always want to consider who is saying such things and then I know already why,” Van Gaal said.”It is not bothering me. He (Stoichkov) is one of the players I sent away (from Barcelona) and that is why he is doing that. I’m used to that.”Van Gaal endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford last season as United claimed 13 points from 10 league matches.advertisementUnited signed a host of players ahead of the current campaign and the Dutchman hopes the integration of his new recruits does not have a similar impact on early season results.”You have to survive the start. You have new players, a new team, a new team process, the team dynamics are different, so every team has to sustain this period because nobody is 100 percent fit and they have to play,” he said.”I think that we have to pay attention to it and develop, but it cannot cost as many points as last year.”Despite signing expensive recruits like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, Van Gaal is still looking to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes.”Our aim is to improve our squad and when it is possible we shall do it,” he said. “I have said more than once that we only buy when we think it is a contribution for our squad.”last_img read more

How To Get A Job

first_imgLast night, I took a plane to San Francisco from Boston. It was a last minute thing and I was running behind.The woman behind the ticket counter said, “Relax. The plane has been delayed a half an hour. You’ve got some time”She was all smiles. She asked if I was going home and helped me get a package into the luggage system. I asked her if I had time to get dinner and if there was a decent restaurant. She said yes to both and recommended Legal Seafood (my favorite Boston Chain).She cracked a couple of jokes and I went happily down the hall 250 yards to the restaurant. I’ve been flying for 35 years and can’t remember a happier encounter at the checkout counter.I ordered dinner. Just as my meal hit the table, she pulled up a chair and began to make a little small talk about San Francisco. After a couple of minutes, she said that the delay was lifted and that boarding would begin in 10 minutes.“Enjoy your meal,” she said. “Just get your check and come on down.” I thought that was an amazing addition to the experience and started to get this amazingly warm feeling.Dinner was great. Just as I was signing the check, she reappeared and pulled up a chair again. A little more small talk and then “Boarding is almost done.”I felt special, happy and relaxed. She never hurried me and was never anything but a wonderful conversationalist. When she got up from the table, she mentioned that she was herding about a half dozen travelers through the restaurant and onto the plane.I never, ever would have guessed that. She was able to slow down and be perfectly present in each and every interaction. It was the most amazing check-in line experience I’ve ever heard of.I walked past the check in counter on my way to the gate. She waved and smiled.So how does my airport tale relate to getting a job?If you really, really want a new job, the answer usually starts with being really, really excellent in the one that you currently have. Delight your customers. Do the unthinkable. Go a thousand yards beyond the goal line. Make the people you interact with smile.The weird truth is that if you can’t figure out how to be happy in your current job, you’ll have the same trouble in the next one.And, if you want to hire her, I’ll help you get in touch with her.last_img read more

Virat Kohli plays longest innings of his ODI career: An ode to his fitness

first_imgVirat Kohli scores an ODI hundred every sixth match. So when he smashed a classic 160 not out against South Africa to script India’s 124-run victory in the third ODI in Cape Town, you would have wondered what was really so new about it?Another Kohli hundred, another ODI win for India. Par for course, is it not? What else is there to say for a man who scores hundreds for fun?Well, there is plenty.Apart from a plethora of records Kohli broke on Wednesday, he played out his longest ODI innings and ran 100 runs of 160 runs. What was really impressive about the knock was that Kohli did not look at his fluent best when he walked out to bat after Rohit Sharma fell to Kagiso Rabada in the first over.Kohli, who came to Cape Town on the back of a majestic 112 and a polished 46*, was happy to take the backseat as Shikhar Dhawan tore into the attack. However, the Indian captain started taking toll shortly after and ensured his team was always in the hunt for a big total even as Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav perished in short time.Moreover, Kohli later admitted he had to battle cramps when he was in his 90s. It was a hot day in Cape Town and running could not have been easy.But Kohli, who hits 4.21 boundaries on an average in every ODI, ran as many as 75 singles, 11 doubles and one three. He hit 12 boundaries and two sixes.advertisementIt was also Kohli’s longest innings, 159 balls. Nearly six years ago, he had faced 148 balls to score a scintillating 183 against Pakistan at the Asia Cup.Nearly 30 now, it was that much harder for Kohli to push himself but the innings was an ode to his fitness. A strong advocate of fitness, Kohli has insisted training hard has made all the difference.”I will be 30 this year. The decision was in terms of extending the quality of cricket you want to play at an older age as well. That is my intention. I want to play this kind of cricket even when I am 34-35,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.”That’s why I train so much. I am the guy who likes to play with intensity and once that is gone I don’t know what I am going to do. I try to protect that and I try to train as much as I can, keep a check on my diet. Those things pay off on days like these when team needs it. You stand up and pull through as I said amazing things happen when you are thinking of the team throughout. As an athlete you crave for days like these. These are the kind of days that give you satisfaction as a batsman and as a Team India player. I am really happy to contribute to the mood that is in the dressing-room right now,” he said.Kohli was among the busiest cricketers last year but he did not let the burden of international pressure and the hectic schedule bog him down. He finished 2017 with 2818 international runs, 11 hundreds including three double hundreds in Test cricket. (India’s ODI wins in South Africa prove we can travel well: Tendulkar)He of course later said even he could be tired and needed a break but that was to be expected.However, Kohli, after a short break during which he got married, returned to the international fold and resumed business as usual. After a couple of low scores in the first Test against South Africa in Cape Town, he roared back with a superb 153 in Centurion and two gutsy knocks on a difficult Wanderers pitch – he was by far the best batsman in the Test series and finished as the highest run-scorer.In the ODIs, Kohli is once again miles ahead of the rest with 318 runs – he was the top scorer in ODIs last year with 1460 runs and could well finish 2018 on top. Given his dedication to fitness and training and a strict diet, it would need a very brave observer to rule that out.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Luis Suarez takes Uruguay to round of 16

first_imgLuis Suarez marked his 100th international cap by sending Uruguay into the last 16 of the World Cup as the striker benefited from some poor goalkeeping to eliminate Saudi Arabia with a 1-0 win on Wednesday.Suarez tapped in midway through the first half after keeper Mohammed Al-Owais failed to grab the ball on a corner. The goal put Uruguay second in Group A with a maximum six points behind hosts Russia.Saudi Arabia, who have not won a World Cup game since their debut in 1994, have zero points, just like Egypt, who lost 3-1 to Russia on Tuesday.Depending on the result of their last group game against Russia, Uruguay will take on either Spain, Portugal or Iran, who are still on course in Group B for a place in the quarter-finals.World Cup 2018, Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: Match HighlightsSuarez’s goal was by no means pretty, but it did the trick.”All we wanted to do was to win and qualify for the next round. Today was another demonstration that it is so difficult to win a game in a World Cup,” said man-of-the-match Suarez.”This World Cup is proving that what matters most is the result, and were very proud to have reached the last 16 for the third time in a row.”At least Suarez, who missed three sitters in Uruguay’s 1-0 opening win against Egypt, was his vintage efficient self with his 52nd international goal although he will not have dismissed fears he was not 100 percent fit.advertisementSaudi Arabia, who suffered a minor scare when an engine on their plane caught fire before landing on Rostov-on-Don on Monday, instead have not found the back of the net in their last four World Cup outings.After a 5-0 drubbing by Russia in the tournament’s opening game, they were more playful but ultimately comparatively toothless at the Rostov Arena before 42,678 fans.With temperatures reaching 33 degrees Celsius, two-time world champions Uruguay and Saudi Arabia got off to a cautious start.Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani wasted numerous chances, including one in the 14th minute when he skied a half volley over the bar.The Russian fans were the loudest, chanting “Russia, Russia” as the rest of the arena appeared to doze off.The stadium burst into life in the 23rd minute however, when an unmarked Suarez coolly tapped into an empty net from a corner kick after keeper Al-Owais came out but misjudged his jump and couldn’t reach the ball.Suarez has now scored in three consecutive World Cups.The Saudis continued to move the ball around but barely threatened the typically gritty Uruguay defence.They suffered a setback shortly before the interval as veteran Taisir Al-Jassim was replaced by Housain Al-Mogahwi with an apparent thigh injury.The second half was even scrappier, with Saudi Arabia too limited to run riot as Uruguay were happy with a narrow advantage.They did come close to doubling the tally in the closing stages, however, when Lucas Torreira’s wild shot took a deflection off of Cavani and almost beat Al-Owais.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Honoring the Life of Dr. Kenton R. Miller (1939 – 2011)

first_img“I’ve worked for many people over the years but none finer than Kenton. His impact on me as a person and a professional was profound. He was a giant in the conservation community. He was a teacher, a mentor, a humanist, and a thought leader, but he was absolutely committed to converting ideas into action. Above all else, he was persistent. Kenton had a hard time speaking ill of anyone and it showed. I traveled the world with Kenton from San Jose, Costa Rica, and Nairobi, Kenya, to Oslo, Norway and Bangalore, India and many other places in between on five continents. Without exception, we met people who knew Kenton or had encountered him in any number of capacities and they uniformly greeted him as one of their most esteemed colleagues and friends. I am but one of many who were fundamentally shaped by Kenton’s vision, passion, and commitment for conservation as a foundation for human quality of life.” — Nels Johnson, The Nature Conservancy (formerly with WRI)“We (as a human community) have lost one of the best. Kenton was one of the most kind and most gentle men that I worked with – but strong in his convictions and commitment to preserving the environment that we share. His smile and laugh would light up the room. It’s sad to know that the light has now been dimmed but, given his legacy, it will never go totally dark.” — Nancy Kiefer, Director of Facilities and Office Services The World Resources Institute is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Kenton Miller, an environmentalist, conservationist, leader and friend.Dr. Miller was beloved by his peers as a warm and upbeat colleague, and a leading advocate for nature, forests and ecosystems. He was renowned as a global leader in international protected area conservation.Dr. Miller came to WRI in 1988 to serve as the director of the Biological Resources Program, and he was the Vice President for International Conservation and Development from 2000 to 2004. At WRI, he was responsible for shaping the organization’s early strategy on international land use and conservation. One of his lasting accomplishments was the Global Biodiversity Strategy, a cooperative effort among governments, NGOs, communities and UN agencies. He also made significant contributions to the UNEP Global Biodiversity Assessment and his work informed the development of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. Dr. Miller retired from WRI in January 2004.Prior to WRI, Dr. Miller served as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 1983 to 1988. At IUCN, Dr. Miller played a significant role in the design and implementation of three IUCN World Parks Congresses (1982, 1992 and 2003). He served as chair of the World Conservation Union’s World Commission on Protected Areas from 1976 to 1983, a role he reprised from 2000 to 2004, and as Secretary General of the Third World Parks Congress in 1982.Dr. Miller won numerous awards and received extensive recognition for his contributions to world conservation. In 2005, he was honored with the Bruno H. Schubert Environment Prize for his lifetime dedication to national parks and conservation. He was a recipient of an honorary doctorate from the International University of Costa Rica, and the Order of the Golden Ark. The WCPA Kenton Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Areas Management is presented annually, honoring innovation in communications, planning and management, finance and economics, assessment, monitoring, and evaluation, learning and capacity building, or governance.Dr. Miller is survived by his wife, Susan, three children and two grandchildren.Following are some remembrances of Dr. Kenton Miller from former and current WRI staff:“Kenton was a gentle lion of conservation. There was no wilderness so remote that you would not run into a disciple of Kenton’s in a sweat stained shirt and beaten up hat, out in the boonies, trying to learn about and protect nature. One park ranger in Venezuela gasped, ‘I feel like I am meeting the patron saint of protected areas.’ He was, simply, one of the most wonderful people ever to work here.” — Jonathan Lash, President Kenton was one of the most kind and most gentle men that I worked with – but strong in his convictions and commitment to preserving the environment that we share.— Nancy Kiefer I am but one of many who were fundamentally shaped by Kenton’s vision, passion, and commitment for conservation as a foundation for human quality of life.— Nels Johnson “Kenton gave me my first real job, and was an unfailing mentor, colleague and friend, as well as a true conservation leader, ahead of his time in this thinking. Lots of things I hear people saying are new approaches to protected areas and conservation these days, I find myself thinking ‘Kenton taught me that 20 years ago!’ He will be missed by very many people, as a leader and as a friend.” — Charles Barber, Dept. of State (formerly with WRI)“I’ll never forget Kenton for the many publications we worked on and his enthusiasm to make sure that information was getting into the hands of people all over the globe— resulting in many, many translations. Last time I saw him here in the office he was as gentle and kind as ever … and he had just recently received an award which, of course, he thought reflected the work of everyone he had worked with. It was an honor to know him.” — Hyacinth Billings, Publications Director“I spent 10 years at WRI during which time I shared a common office wall with Kenton from 1992 until 1998, when I left … Once the day had ended, he would often poke his head into my office or invite me into his office to ask me how my family was doing, what I was working on, how it was going, and most importantly, if I thought it was working? … He never fed me an answer, preached at me, nor belittled me for being young and naive (which I was). But he always gave me insight about how to tackle whatever I was grappling with, be it of a personal or professional nature. He would also then tell me to go home!“That was one of Kenton’s many gifts: knowing how to mentor young upstarts who didn’t know that they needed mentoring. And when to call it a day.” — Bruce Cabarle, WWF (formerly with WRI)“Some of my best memories of WRI were after I moved into Policy Affairs and worked with Kenton Miller and the Biodiversity team – and participated with Kenton and WRI colleagues at the Biodiversity COPs in the Bahamas, Indonesia, Slovakia, and the IUCN meeting in Montreal. Kenton was a wonderful and enthusiastic mentor for many of us. And just a great guy to hang out with.” — Laura Lee Dooley, Online Engagement Architect and Strategist“I only met Kenton once, during my first year at WRI, so he is more of a legend than anything to me. I hear stories of his influence and access. And I hear that he had gravitas and humility; quite a combination when you want others to listen to you. But, perhaps most importantly, he was a gentle man and a gentleman.” — Craig Hanson, Director, People and Ecosystem Services“Kenton was one of the most genuine and just plain nicest individuals one could ever be associated with.” — Peter Hazelwood, Director, Ecosystems and Development “When I joined WRI in 1992 Kenton Miller was my Program Director. I was young, arrogant, and very inexperienced. Kenton watched as I made mistake after mistake and always offered calm, patient mentoring. He worked magic with our Latin American partners … He was a master at partnership building and his warmth was felt by all. He loved his work and all the people he worked with. He was a true visionary. We have lost a leader, thinker and friend who inspired us all.” — Nigel Sizer, Director, International Forests Initiative“I remember him well as a wonderful and soft spoken, yet energetic and enthusiastic leader. He was committed to conservation goals, and also very engaging with people – I can see him smiling broadly and encouraging folks with a hand on their shoulder.” — Bob Winterbottom, Director, Ecosystem Services Initiative”Kenton Miller was a giant of a man and a kind and thoughtful leader. I had the good fortune to visit a remote village in Latin America where Kenton had worked and where the people all remembered his work and cherished his memory. Kenton was a wonderful colleague, a gentle man and a committed conservationist. His knowledge of the natural environment and his desire to preserve and protect it, and his love of his work and his fellow beings was touching and infectious. He will be missed by many whose lives he touched all over the world.” –- Sarah Burns, NGO Liaison, 1990-1995To contribute to Dr. Miller’s legacy, following are two causes (both of which have tax deductible status) which were near and dear to his heart:The Kenton Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Areas Sustainability. To donate, visit, and click on the donate button on the right side of the page. Please indicate on the Paypal site that you would like the donation to go to the Kenton R. Miller Award.The Kenton Miller Latin American Chair for Protected Areas and Biological Corridors at CATIE, the graduate school serving the entire hemisphere in Costa Rica, where Dr. Miller began his professional career. Donations from the U.S. are most easily made through the Tropics Foundation. Please note what the donations are for. Send donations to: The Tropics Foundation, 4200 Northside Parkway, Building 7, Atlanta, Georgia 30327, or on-line donations can be made at: Upon meeting Kenton, one park ranger in Venezuela gasped, ‘I feel like I am meeting the patron saint of protected areas.’ He was, simply, one of the most wonderful people ever to work here.”—Jonathan Lashlast_img read more


first_imgDozen of miles of roads in southwest Iowa remain closed because they’re still underwater or badly damaged by recent flooding.The Iowa Department of Transportation is making it easier for motorists to navigate the area.Spokeswoman Andrea Henry says the website 5-1-1-i-a-dot-org and the 5-1-1 app are being constantly updated.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………”that is closed” :12Henry says you might need to zoom into an area to see the red lines indicating a closed road.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..”roadway temporarily” :13More than a dozen temporary cameras have also been secured in place in southwest Iowa — offering views that are visible using the 5-1-1 app and website — to help travelers keep tabs on the impacted roads.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……debris removal activities. ;15Henry says the D-O-T aims to have most of the major state-owned roads open by sometime well into fall.last_img read more

24 days agoJuventus coach Sarri hails Man City, Liverpool target Havertz

first_imgJuventus coach Sarri hails Man City, Liverpool target Havertzby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Maurizio Sarri admits he’s a fan of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz.The youngster has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester City – and now Sarri has admitted his admiration.”A player who combines great physical characteristics with technical ones, now he plays as an offensive midfielder or as a second striker. He seems complete, he can also play as a total midfielder,” said Sarri.”The fact that he is only 20 makes one think that he will really be one of Europe’s most important players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Atlanta United and Club America set for intriguing Campeones Cup

first_imgThe Campeones Cup will be disputed for just the second time in history Wednesday, with MLS Cup winners Atlanta United hosting the Liga MX Campeon de Campeones, Club America.Remember the first game? If you’re not a Tigres fan, the answer is probably no. The game came at a terrible time for both teams involved, with Toronto FC trying to bail out a sinking ship of a season in September and Tigres more focused on a weekend rivalry match than the prospect of lifting an international trophy that hardly would stop rival fans from saying the club never has won anything at the international level.This time around, the timing is much better. Part of that is simply the date. With the game falling in August, Atlanta United wouldn’t need to be panicking yet even if it were to find itself outside the playoff positions. Instead, Frank de Boer’s team is cruising along, the struggles of the early portion of the season mostly forgotten. The Five Stripes have won four of their last five league matches and are only three points off the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Despite a number of summer departures, America are similarly breezing along in league play as one of three remaining undefeated teams through the first four weeks of league play.The relative lack of worry on the league level – something organizers have increased the likelihood of by moving the contest up a month – means the teams are far more likely to focus their efforts on the game than they would otherwise. Managers feel comfortable playing a strong side, and fans are more likely to see a spectacle worthy of a meeting between the two strongest leagues in Concacaf.Herrera plans to use nearly a full-strength team, though the attack of Henry Martin and Roger Martinez might not be his first choices up top. Giovani dos Santos is available off the bench, and the rest of the squad is strong. The back line is the best America can boast as Emanuel Aguilera continues to struggle with injuries. Guido Rodriguez and Sebastian Cordova is the central midfield pairing he’s used after losing Edson Alvarez to Ajax and Mateus Uribe to Porto in the summer.”The fans aren’t quite as stuck into this tournament since it’s just starting, but for us it’s really important. America is a team were you go out and have to look to win, and the trophies you can win, you want to lift them,” Herrera said at a news conference. “So, it’s going to be a very important game. We’ve come here with the best we have and are taking it with the necessary seriousness.”De Boer has been cagier about his plans, as any manager facing the carefree Herrera generally is by default. Still, the Dutchman should use a strong XI as well as he looks to lift MLS’s record in the Campeones Cup to 50 percent. Josef Martinez Atlanta United MLS 04042019The allure of a better game already has led to more interest locally. The crowd should be around three times bigger than the announced crowd at the first edition of the game. Some of that is the Atlanta effect and some of it is it being tough enough to convince even 14,823 people to go sit outside in Toronto. But plenty is down to the fact that this will be a better game, and one in which the managers are going to be willing to go for the trophy.It’s not that the Campeones Cup doesn’t create a bit of a fixture logjam. Herrera needs to be careful, with a league game this weekend against Monarcas and next week’s return to the U.S. for a Leagues Cup contest against Tigres. Atlanta hits the road for an MLS Cup rematch and a rivalry game next with a cup final shortly after. Even so, managed correctly this game could build rhythm for players ahead of those contests. Plus, with neither team fighting for their playoff lives, fans are going to be much more forgiving should a weakened team slip up this weekend – especially if it comes with the Campeones Cup trophy.For MLS teams, beating Liga MX sides still is a resume line. It’s something too few teams have been able to do. For Mexican clubs, any trophy is a good thing whether it’s the Liga MX title or something more, well, manufactured like the Campeon de Campeones or the Campeones Cup. It’s still an opportunity to lift a trophy, to celebrate an accomplishment and to show fans things are going in the right direction. This time the schedule has aligned and the teams taking part are in a moment of the season where it’s possible to prioritize this one game – and to enjoy the trophy that will go to the winner. We’re all better for it.last_img read more

PM Modi leaves for home after G20 Summit in Japan

first_imgOsaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left for home after concluding his three-day visit to Japan where he attended the G20 Summit and met with the world leaders including US President Donald Trump. During his stay in Osaka, Modi took part in a series of summit sessions, bilateral and multilateral meetings. This was Prime Minister Modi’s sixth G20 Summit which was held on June 28-29. He arrived here on Thursday and met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and held wide ranging talks on the global economy, issues of fugitive economic offenders and disaster management and announced that the Indian President will participate in the coronation ceremony of Emperor Naruhito in October. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony On Friday, Modi held bilateral and plurilateral meetings with many leaders, including US President Donald Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping On Saturday, the Prime Minister met the presidents of Indonesia and Brazil separately and discussed ways to boost bilateral ties and enhance cooperation in trade and investment. During his meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the two countries set an ambitious USD 50 billion target for bilateral trade by 2025. Modi also invited the G20 countries to join a global coalition on disaster resilience, saying disasters require quick and effective remedial measures as they invariably affect the poor the most. PM @narendramodi leaves for Delhi after the #G20 Summit in Osaka, where he took part in a series of Summit sessions, bilateral and multilateral meetings,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet.last_img read more

Chinese Japanese foreign ministers meet amid calming ties

first_imgBeijing: The foreign ministers of China and Japan have met amid an unusually lengthy stretch of calm in their countries’ often turbulent relationship. China’s Wang Yi met with Japan’s Taro Kono on Tuesday, a day before a summit also involving their South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha. Beijing has pushed for closer relations with Tokyo, after the two were at breaking point a few years ago amid a dispute over East China Sea islands controlled by Japan but claimed by China. Wednesday’s summit comes amid worsening tensions between South Korea and Japan over trade and wartime history. On Monday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China hoped to deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields with both Japan and South Korea. The ministers will also hold bilateral meetings while in Beijing.last_img read more

Derek Jeter To Host Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament

first_imgThe biggest names in the worlds of sports and entertainment will gather for three days of special events and competitive golf for the 2016 Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational (DJCI) April 20-23, 2016.Shadow Creek, one of the world’s most exclusive golf courses, once again will be the home of this spectacular private, invitation-only golf event.“The Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational is a tremendous opportunity to enjoy world-class golf, food and entertainment with great friends while supporting my Turn 2 Foundation in its mission to create social change and help young people reach their full potential,” said Derek Jeter. “I am grateful for what we have been able to accomplish so far and look forward to building on our success in 2016.”During his rookie year in 1996, New York Yankees All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter established the Turn 2 Foundation while sharing a pizza with his father in a Detroit hotel room. The name “Turn 2” is symbolic of the dramatic double play made by infielders during a game. It also represents Jeter’s wish to promote healthy lifestyles among young people and enable them to “Turn 2” his Foundation for guidance and much-needed help to avoid drugs and alcohol.Since its launch in December 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $20 million to create and support programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles. Its signature Jeter’s Leaders initiative is a four-year leadership development program that fosters academic achievement, positive behavior and social change among high school students in New York City and West Michigan.“The partnership with Derek Jeter and the Turn 2 Foundation has been extraordinary.” said Pete Falcone, president & CEO of JP Sports & Entertainment, LLC, who negotiated the terms to bring this event to fruition. “We are passionate about Derek’s mission with his Foundation and look forward to continuing an incredible event raising funds for an important cause.”This year’s DJCI is scheduled to kick off Wednesday, April 20 with a private welcome reception. The first of two rounds of the Celebrity-Amateur tournament, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants, will begin Thursday, April 21 at Shadow Creek. The event will conclude with the final round of the Celebrity-Amateur Friday, April 22 and will be followed by one of the event’s signatures, the DJCI Gala and incredible silent auction at ARIA Resort & Casino.last_img read more

UN refugee agency raises money through garage sale – literally

22 March 2007With a global appeal for $1.06 billion for 2007, the United Nations needs all the funding it can get, and it is making its own small contribution through a garage sale – literally. Over the past year the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) agency made $3.7 million from the sale of second-hand vehicles – and old computers and other assets – with a quarter being ploughed back into its operations overseas and the rest going to the central budget. “We are very pleased with the returns, which are way beyond most expectations,” UNHCR Supply Officer Rita Richter said, adding that the agency will continue and expand such sales this year. UNHCR decided on a change of course after internal and external audit reports criticized its asset data and management, finding that many of its 12,000 vehicles were given to implementing partners or local institutions once they had reached the end of their serviceable lives, while others were just left idle. A considerable number were looted or stolen in the course of operations, many of which take place in high-risk environments. The sell-off started in December 2005 and the purchasers of around 300 UNHCR vehicles were mainly private users and scrap metal merchants. After a successful first three months, other used assets started to go under the hammer, including computers, furniture and telecommunications equipment. The agency also made considerable gains in secondary savings by reducing expenses on warehouses, parking lots, spare parts and vehicle maintenance. These savings are still being calculated. Today, UNHCR is helping some 20.8 million people in 116 countries. The total value of its 107,000 registered assets is $92 million. read more

Election of a permanent staff representative to the Board of Trustees

The general bylaws of the Board of Trustees specify that three members from the permanent staff, elected by the permanent staff members of the University, serve staggered three-year terms on the Board. Permanent staff members who are managers reporting directly to the President or to a Vice-President are not eligible to serve.Effective July 1, 2010, there will be one permanent staff vacancy on the Board. Therefore, an election of one representative from the permanent staff for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2010, is required.Nomination forms for this election are available on the University Secretariat website at: nomination form must be signed by at least three members of the permanent staff and the nominee, and submitted to the Secretary to the Board of Trustees (ST1107) no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2010. Ballots will be distributed to all members of the permanent staff on or before Wednesday, May 5, 2010. Completed ballots are to be returned to the Secretary to the Board of Trustees, sealed in the envelope that will be provided by the close of the poll at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2010.The candidate leading the poll will be declared elected to the three-year term.Please contact Mike Farrell, Secretary to the University (x3335) if you have any questions. read more

Agroforestry crucial to ensure food security of millions says UN agency

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called on countries to boost efforts to promote agroforestry, a practice involving the combination of trees with crop or livestock production, stressing it can help millions of people escape poverty and prevent environmental degradation, making it crucial to ensure food security in the future. “In many countries the potential of agroforestry to enrich farmers, communities and industry has not been fully exploited,” said FAO’s Director of Forest Assessment, Management and Conservation Division, Eduardo Mansur. “Despite the numerous benefits of agroforestry, the sector is largely hampered by adverse policies, legal constraints and lack of coordination between the sectors to which it contributes, namely, agriculture, forestry, rural development, environment and trade.” Agroforestry combines agricultural and forestry technologies to create more productive and sustainable systems for land use. According to FAO, the agroforestry sector is a significant source both of local commodities such as fuelwood, timber, fruit and fodder for livestock as well as global ones such as coconut, coffee, tea, rubber and gum. In a new guide aimed at decision-makers, non-governmental organizations and governmental institutions, FAO shows how agroforestry can be integrated into national strategies and how policies can be adjusted to specific conditions. The guide provides 10 tracks for policy action, including raising awareness of agroforestry systems among farmers and the global community; reforming unfavourable regulations in forestry, agricultural and rural codes; and clarifying land-use policy regulations. The guide also provides examples of best practices and success stories, such as Costa Rica where more than 10,000 contracts have been signed for agroforestry over the past eight years, resulting in the planting of more than 3.5 million trees on farms. In addition, the guide argues policymakers should create incentives to implement agroforestry. For example, farmers introducing trees on farms should be rewarded in the form of grants, tax exemptions, cost-sharing programmes, microcredits or through assistance to develop their infrastructure. Long-term credit is also key as benefits to farmers planting trees reach them only after some years. The value of carbon sequestered and other environmental services provided by the trees could also be applied to paying the interest. The guide was developed by FAO in cooperation with the World Agroforestry Centre, the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre and the Agricultural Research Centre for International Development. read more

Twostate solution in Middle East tragically more distant than ever Ban tells

“For over six months, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory have been gripped by a surge in violence, triggered by individual terrorist attacks by Palestinians,” he told the Security Council in an open debate, noting that more than two dozen Israelis and two hundred Palestinians have been killed.While welcoming the joint Palestinian-Israeli efforts that have contributed to a reduction of tensions in recent weeks, the latest killings have only deepened the legacy of divisiveness, hatred and grief, he said.Mr. Ban urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to elevate public discourse above mutual accusations, and to engage in a constructive dialogue that can rebuild the trust that has all but evaporated.The diplomatic Middle East Quartet, comprising the UN, the European Union, the United States and Russia, which mediates the peace process, is moving forward on a report that will review the situation on the ground, the threats to a two-state solution, and provide recommendations on how to advance peace, he said.“Tragically, this solution seems more distant than it has for many decades,” he said. “A 20-year-old Palestinian living under occupation has seen no political progress at all during his or her lifetime,” he noted.Israel continues to demolish Palestinian structures in the West Bank at an alarming rate. The total number of demolitions in 2015 was exceeded in the first three months of this year. More than 700 people have been displaced.He said he was also concerned by the continued punitive demolitions of homes belonging to families of alleged Palestinian perpetrators of attacks against Israelis. Punitive demolitions are a form of collective punishment, which is prohibited under international law.This, together with last month’s declaration of “state land,” signal that Israel’s strategic settlement enterprise continues to expand on land intended for a future Palestinian state. “I once again reiterate that settlements are illegal under international law and undermine the two-state solution,” Mr. Ban said.“The creation of new facts on the ground through demolitions and settlement building raises questions about whether Israel’s ultimate goal is in fact to drive Palestinians out of certain parts of the West Bank, thereby undermining any prospect of transition to a viable Palestinian state,” he said.On the Palestinian political front, Mr. Ban expressed regret that the continued failure of intra-Palestinian discussions to achieve genuine unity on the basis of non-violence, democracy and the PLO principles, calling again on Palestinian factions to demonstrate their commitment to reconciliation, which is integral to reaching the goal of Palestinian statehood.In Gaza, the security situation has calmed in recent weeks; however on 14 April, three rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel. No injuries were reported, but he condemned all attacks and called on all parties to avoid further escalation that jeopardize the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians.The Palestinian Government has laid out an ambitious $3.8 billion agenda for stabilizing Gaza, repairing damage from the 2014 conflict, and getting recovery underway. Economic development and rebuilding critical electricity and water infrastructure are essential. He welcomed that on 3 April, Israel expanded the Gaza fishing zone from six miles to nine nautical miles.“The path out of the current political deadlock requires commitment, compromise, mutual respect and leadership on both sides. It also requires the acceptance – demonstrated by deeds as well as words – that the two-state solution is the only road to peace that meets the national aspirations of both peoples,” he said.Turning to Lebanon, he said he addressed political and security issues with Lebanese leaders during his visit to Beirut on 24 and 25 March, consistent with the concerns of the Security Council.These included: the importance of preserving Lebanon’s model of pluralism and coexistence from regional tensions; the urgency of electing a President without further delay; and the need for all parties to work with Prime Minister Tammam Salam to enable the Government to function effectively and to continue to engage in political dialogue.They also discussed the importance of sustained international support for the Lebanese Armed Forces, and the expectation that both Lebanon and Israel work to consolidate stability along the Blue Line and advance the implementation of resolution 1701 – which imposed a ceasefire in the Israeli-Hizbollah conflict of 2006 .At the outset, he gave a brief report on his trip to Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Tunisia three weeks ago, noting that the trip sought to highlight the need to increase development assistance through innovative financing mechanisms for countries like Lebanon and Jordan that are disproportionately impacted by the conflict in Syria.He said that last Friday, he, together with the Presidents of the World Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, co-chaired a ministerial-level conference to garner the financial support for this initiative. Eight countries and the European Union generously pledged $1 billion for a concessional loan facility, $141 million in grants, and $500 million for a guarantee facility, and many other countries expressed support for this innovative initiative, he noted. read more

UK automotive industry recognised in New Year honours list

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The automotive world is well represented in the 2014 New Year Honours list. The following people have been recognised:Andy Palmer, Executive Vice-President of Nissan Motor Company is recognised in the overseas and Commonwealth list and becomes a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).Carol Holden, Chief Executive of the Northwest Automotive Alliance becomes an OBE.Rachel Eade, Automotive Supply Chain Specialist at the Manufacturing Advisory Service becomes an MBEIain Gray, CEO of the Technology Strategy Board becomes a CBE.Peter Luff MP – Member of Parliament for Mid Worcester and long standing member of the All-party Parliamentary Motor Group is Knighted after many years of public and political service.On behalf of the industry, SMMT congratulates them all on these tremendous achievements. read more

Prison unrest Presidents remark that Ramjattan not at fault irresponsiblePPP

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCamp Street still holds the best foundation to rebuild a Prison- RamjattanJuly 11, 2017In “latest news”Prison unrest: Govt failed to act on CoI recommendations says former Security MinisterJuly 12, 2017In “latest news”Prisons instability: Govt created this moral hazard by their own acts- Opposition LeaderOctober 22, 2018In “Crime” The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has condemned a statement made by President David Granger in which he noted that Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, should not be blamed for last Sunday’s fire that destroyed the Camp Street Prison and a conflagration at the same penitentiary in March 3, 2016.The President’s comments were part of an interview he gave to the State newspaper and published on Friday.In a strongly worded statement, the PPP said the President’s comments were “irresponsible” and reminded that 17 prisoners were killed during the 2016 fire and a prison officer lost his life following last Sunday’s uprising, while some of his colleagues were injured. That incident also resulted in a number of inmates escaping, five of whom at this point in time, remain on the run.The Party said that “these horrific incidents occurred under the President’s stewardship with the latest precipitated from his government’s failure to implement the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry he established to probe the March 16th incident, among other things.”See their full statement below:The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) forthrightly condemns a statement made by President David Granger in which he noted that Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, should not be blamed for last Sunday’s fire that completely destroyed the Georgetown Prison and a conflagration at the same penitentiary in March 3rd, 2016.The President’s comments were part of an interview he gave to the state newspaper, the Guyana Chronicle and carried in its July 14th, 2017 edition.The PPP wishes to remind the country that seventeen prisoners were killed during the 2016 fire and a Prison Officer lost his life following last Sunday’s uprising while some of his colleagues were injured. That incident also resulted in a number of inmates escaping and who, at this point in time, remain on the run.These horrific incidents occurred under the President’s stewardship with the latest precipitated from his government’s failure to implement the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry he established to probe the March 16th incident, among other things.It is against this background that the PPP finds the President’s comments as irresponsible, deplorable and one which lacks any notion of sensitivity to the unspeakable fear that has gripped the country.More so, it is an insult to the intelligence of Guyanese and a callous attempt to absolve himself and his Administration from any semblance of blame, not only from these incidents, but for the ineptitude in governance that continues unabated since the coalition took office in May 2015.The PPP is not oblivious of government’s obsession to shirk from its responsibility and blame everyone else, including our Party, for the unacceptable state of affairs the country has been plunged into.. It appears that the coalition government is obsessed with passing blame in an effort to mask its lack of vision and inability to manage the affairs of the State.The excuse of a lack of funds for important national endeavours, including Prison Reform, is most laughable when billions were, and are being spent on non-priority areas including, Jubilee Park, a green fence at the Ministry of the Presidency and extravagant overseas travel.The PPP therefore urges the government to stop shifting blame and to take responsibility for the consequences of its incompetence.Despite the valiant efforts of the men and women of the security forces, the seemingly unrivaled incompetence of the Granger-led government continues to put the security of Guyana and Guyanese in jeopardy. The prevailing fear and uncertainty will further exacerbate the distressing economic situation with devastating consequences for all. read more

Bosch Rexroth at MINExpo Las Vegas drives and control solutions

first_imgRexroth provides drive and control solutions for a range of applications throughout the production chain in the mining and materials handling industry. From applications in open-pit mining to material handling application in ports and at the receivers end. The company has long provided solutions to this kind of industry, and  Uno Sundelin, the industry sector director for Mining and Materials Handling at Bosch Rexroth says it is “proud to say that the development of our drive and control solutions continuously move forward and that we now can provide even more. For the MINExpo show in Las Vegas the company will take the opportunity to show not only the large scope of solutions provided to the mining and materials handling industry. Visitors will also see how the company can bring improvements to processes and optimise performance. Further, there will be a launch of a new product in the Hägglunds motor series that expands the range of products and opens up for larger as well as new applications.“One of the strengths of the company is that we’re a global partner providing local support and direct contact. Another strength is our continuous, never stopping, development to find new solutions and increased value for the customers. I really look forward to meet our customers and other interested visitors at MINExop in Las Vegas. Being together, finding out optimized solutions for each customer and user is what drives us and our business” Uno Sundelin says.last_img read more

NTMA meets Irish debt repayment milestone

first_imgYou can almost mark the progress of the country by the progress of the NTMA. We have moved from a situation where three years ago it was not possible to borrow on the international market.“The NTMA now have very little difficulty raising money on the market to the point where it doesn’t excite a news story anymore.” Source: Video agency said that the National Pensions Reserve Fund has committed €1.25bn to investments, including a $50m commitment to the joint venture the China Ireland Technology Growth Capital Fund announced earlier this year.The NPRF allocation will come under the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund for use on developing infrastructure, providing long-term SME funding and venture capital.NTMA Chief Executive John Corrigan said that, given Ireland’s post-EU/IMF programme return to full market access, the NTMA is focusing on the “next significant maturity” – a 2016 bond.Corrigan said Ireland has “moved from the opportunistic and syndicated [bond] issuance which characterised our initial return to the markets, to a series of scheduled bond auctions, marking the final step in achieving normal bond market access.”Read: What do our bond yields actually mean? > THE NATIONAL TREASURY Management Agency says it has met its first “first debt repayment milestone” in repaying a quarter of its senior debt by the end of last year.The NTMA said it generated €20.5bn in debtor receipts up to the end of June 2014 and repaid €7.5bn (or 25%) of its senior debt by the end of December 2013 – and a further €5.5bn (or 43% in total) so far this year.The agency said it raised €7 billion in bond market activity so far this year and is focusing on the next major Irish bond maturity in two years, according to the agency’s latest performance update. Source: Video NTMA raised €3.75bn in a January 2014 bond syndication, ahead of the restart of its bond auction programme in March 2014.According to the NTMA’s figures, the Pension Fund’s total value stood at €20.1bn at the end of June 2014, with its discretionary portfolio valued at €7bn and the directed portfolio at €13.1bn.Speaking at the launch of the report, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said:last_img read more

LG Optimus 3D 2 will be almost 50 thinner

first_imgThe LG Optimus 3D is certainly a powerful and full-featured phone. It’s got a dual-core 1GHz processor, 8GB of internal storage, 1500mAh battery, and, of course, stereoscoping 5MP rear-facing cameras.But it’s a tad clunky compared to most other 4.3″ inch Android smartphones on the market. At nearly 12MM thick, it’ll take up one third more pocket space than a Samsung Galaxy S2.That additional bulk has a lot to do with the Optimus 3D’s shooting abilities, of course. Next year, however, LG thinks things will be quite different.LG tech evangelist Dr. Henry Noh says that the Optimus 3D 2 will go under the knife, slimming down to as little as 7MM in thickness when it hits retail shelves next year. Noh expects most smartphones to trim their profiles to 6MM or so, but he doesn’t expect that consumers would notice an extra millimeter on the Optimus 3D 2.Curiously, Noh laments that the mobile space has gotten a little boring. Phone designs have become quite homogenous, he feels — which makes it seem a tad ironic that LG is so focused is on making the Optimus 3D 2 as slim as all the other phones out there.3D is what sets the phone apart, he feels — but that functionality has appeared on other phones as well — like the HTC EVO 3D, the Sharp Aquos SH-12C, and Sony’s upcoming Xperia Arc S. Maybe LG has something else up its sleeve to make the Optimus 3D 2 really stand out from the crowd.via Pocket Lintlast_img read more