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first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Out of rhythm in return, Marcio Lassiter working to get touch back in Game 2 The victory put the Tigresses on track toward making the title series for the first time in eight years as La Salle would now have to beat Santo Tomas two straight times to advance.The league’s best attacking team used its advantage to the hilt in carving out the win, and the Tigresses are not expected to divert from that game plan when they shoot for the all-important win in their Final Four matchup Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn the midst of the hysteria, Santo Tomas coach Kungfu Reyes said he wanted to savor the win for a little bit.“It’s a beautiful feeling we have now. We have the twice-to-beat [edge] for the first time in a long while,” said Reyes in Filipino. “This is history for me.” LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Making the most of the deadly guns that it has, University of Santo Tomas imposed its brand of game and put three-time defending champion La Salle in dire straits Wednesday night.UST knocked La Salle down to No. 3 and moved within another win of barging into the finals of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament after a masterful 25-14, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19 victory at jampacked Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT The Tigresses, who have now won five straight, also put the Lady Spikers in a dicey situation as it marked the first time in 10 seasons La Salle won’t have a twice-to-beat edge.“But my concern now is how to [physically] recover, it has been a rough playoffs,” said Reyes. “We need to be refreshed because the real war will be on Sunday.”UST top player and main Most Valuable Player contender Sisi Rondina scored 29 points as the Tigresses outgunned the Lady Spikers, 52-33.“I only had one thing in mind, and that was to win this match,” said Rondina, as she shrugged off chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!,” every time she served.Prized rookie Eya Laure added 17 points, while Ysa Jimenez and Caitlin Viray added a total of 15 more for the Tigresses.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgFormer Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar wants to own an outfit in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), a franchise-based T20 tournament scheduled to begin from February next year.According to media reports in Pakistan, Akhtar has already met PSL head Najam Sethi and discussed the possibilities.”Everyone is excited about PSL and so am I,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.com on Monday.Also read: Kevin Pietersen signs up for inaugural edition of PSL”It’s like a gift to the nation; it’s not (just) the brand of PCB, it’s the brand of Pakistan. I am interested in buying a team in the league and want to serve Pakistan cricket this way by promoting cricketers and making more Shoaib Akhtars who can bowl at 100 (mph).””My business partner and I are testing the waters; assessing whatever is put on table and how it suits us,” he said.The league will have franchise-based teams from the provincial capitals – Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Islamabad – with prize money of $1 million.Also read: Younis Khan fumes at PCB, claims not invited for PSL launchThe matches will be played at the West End Park International Cricket Stadium, Doha, Qatar.The tournament, featuring 24 matches, is scheduled to run from February 4 to 24, a month before the World T20 in India.Top cricketers including the likes of Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen, Shakib Al Hasan, Lasith Malinga and Dwayne Bravo are expected to feature in the tournament.The PCB will be selling the players via a draft and will in all probability hold an auction for the teams.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIndian Test captain Virat Kohli is currently busy juggling between his cricket and other work commitments and the Delhi dasher seems to be having a tough time dealing with all this. But he is still enjoying the tough juggling act. (Virat Kohli achieves new landmark ahead of New Zealand Test series)The 27-year-old, who has hit a purple patch with the bat this year, is working super hard to prepare for the upcoming three-Test series against New Zealand starting September 22. That will be followed by five one-day internationals which will be played between October 16-29. (KL Rahul credits Virat Kohli for his success at international level)Being one of the most sought-after sports personalities in the country does come with its own set of disadvantages. Apart from his cricketing assignments, Kohli has also got a very small window to complete his other commitments such as ad shoots and PR activities. (Four-day net session for Team India ahead of first Test in Kanpur)The superstar batsman, who has over 7 million followers on popular social networking site Instagram, recently posted a series of videos and photos where he is seen doing a wide variety of activities such as high-intensity training for the upcoming Test season in India, getting a new haircut and the latest being a picture of him looking exhausted at an ad shoot, by the looks of it.Being one of the fittest athletes in the world, Kohli seems comfortable while batting for sessions on end in a Test match or running those quick singles and doubles between the wickets. But it’s the work off the pitch which drains all his energy away it seems. (India set to play 500th Test, Sachin Tendulkar has played 200 of them)advertisementSitting behind Kohli in the picture is star designer Nandita Mahtani, who has a bewildered look on her face.Me – Exhausted@nanditamahtani – Liking my outfit, created by herLast day of work & I cannot wait to be done! ??? pic.twitter.com/3N3BixbSkO Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 15, 2016Meanwhile, Kohli also posted a picture of himself while getting a haircut and before that he was seen sweating it out in the gym. All this in a span of 12 hours or so. (WATCH: Virat Kohli gears up for New Zealand Tests)Snip Update!!!@apeni_george has got all angles covered on this one! Love It ????????? pic.twitter.com/RtArVuDlgK Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 15, 2016Sneak peak into my morning cardio session ????? pic.twitter.com/RANRd9svMt Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 15, 2016The life of a superstar athlete is certainly not easy. Even King Kohli is exhausted now!last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Setting itself apart from other great American sports teams, the U.S. women’s soccer team is embracing a front-line role in social justice causes even as it savors a fourth world championship.The players are now world leaders in the push for gender equity in the workplace, having sued the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay and treatment vis-a-vis the men’s national team. With a lesbian coach and several lesbian players, including World Cup MVP Megan Rapinoe, they’re a proud symbol of LGBTQ inclusion. And they have stood firmly behind Rapinoe after she said she’d refuse to visit the White House if invited by President Donald Trump.Far from being daunted by these off-the-field roles, the players seem to relish them.“I feel like this team is in the midst of changing the world around us as we live, and it’s just an incredible feeling,” Rapinoe said after the team’s 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Sunday’s title match in Lyon, France. The team won all seven of its matches, scoring 26 goals, allowing just three.Individual athletes — notably Muhammad Ali, more recently Colin Kaepernick — have risked their careers in the past by taking political stances. Some teams in the NBA and WNBA wore warm-up outfits a few years ago protesting police brutality and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.United States’ Megan Rapinoe, center, holds the trophy as she celebrates with teammates after they defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in the Women’s World Cup final soccer match at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)But it’s difficult to think of another high-profile U.S. team sticking its neck out, in the run-up to its most important competition, the way the women’s soccer team did by suing the USSF in March. The two sides have agreed to mediate the lawsuit now that the World Cup is over.“These athletes generate more revenue and garner higher TV ratings but get paid less simply because they are women,” said Molly Levinson, spokeswoman for the players in their lawsuit. “It is time for the federation to correct this once and for all.”Debra Katz, a Washington attorney who specializes in sexual harassment cases, said the U.S. team had earned global support for the causes it is embracing.“Their message is, ‘You’re not going to divide us. We’re united for nondiscriminatory treatment for all of us.’”The victory in Lyon, coupled with the drive for equal pay, will further entrench the U.S. team as a symbol for female athletes elsewhere. Indeed, Title IX, the 1972 federal legislation that required equal sporting opportunities for girls and women, has benefited not only the top U.S. players but also many World Cup players from other countries who honed their skills on U.S. college teams.For LGBTQ Americans — many of them frustrated by the lack of openly gay players in major league baseball, the NFL, NBA and NHL — the women’s soccer team has been a source of pride and celebration. Two of its players, Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger, are engaged to each other. On hand as a spectator in Lyon was Rapinoe’s girlfriend, WNBA star Sue Bird.“Science is science. Gays rule,” Rapinoe tweeted on Sunday.A spokeswoman for the largest U.S. LGBTQ-rights organization, Matilda Young of the Human Rights Campaign, said the impact of the team’s inclusiveness would be profound.“Young LGBTQ athletes, who all too frequently are made to feel unwelcome, have seen themselves reflected in these history-making champions,” Young said. “Having Americans from every corner of our country embrace these women who are unabashedly proud of their country and of who they are sends a powerful message not only to LGBTQ people, but to sports fans around the world that we are here, we are queer, and we just won the World Cup — again.”Congratulations to the team came from a wide array of celebrities and politicians, including Trump and many of the Democratic presidential candidates hoping to defeat him. One of them, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, swiftly arranged for the team to have a victory parade Wednesday through the Canyon of Heroes in Manhattan.“Congrats to the record breakers on the @USWNT, an incredible team that’s always pushing themselves_and the rest of us_to be even better,” tweeted former President Barack Obama. U.S Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York Democrat with a huge following on social media, tweeted “At this point we shouldn’t even be asking for #EqualPay for the #USWMNT. We should demand they be paid at least twice as much.”On Monday, the top Democrats in Congress invited the team to the Capitol “to celebrate their inspiring victory,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.At the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, the U.S. team’s victories and outspokenness were welcomed by a staff that has campaigned vigorous for equality in the workplace and on the playing field.“This team is so dominant because they work together — they lift each other up,” said Sabrina Stevens, the center’s senior manager of campaign and digital strategies.“It resonates for so many of us — women especially — to work your heart out and be so good at what do, and still not get the pay or recognition you deserve,” she said. “We’re rooting for them because we’re rooting for ourselves.”___By DAVID CRARY AP National WriterAP Sports Writer Anne M. Peterson in Lyon, France, contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)NEW DELHI, October 8, 2018/PRNewswire/ –Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd., the owner of the Delhi Dashers has bagged its prestigious team for the fourth edition of the Vodafone Premier Badminton League (PBL), through the Players’ Auction that was announced in New Delhi earlier today. The 4th edition of the sport promises to be a ritzy affair, with leading players from around the world and the country vying for the winning spot.(Logo:https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/681292/Dalmia_Bharat_Limited_Logo.jpg )At the auction, Mr. Mahendra Singhi, Group CEO, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd. said, “Badminton being the second most played sport in India after cricket, is very popular. We are thrilled to announce our team Delhi Dashers and the choicest players for this season of Premier Badminton League 2018. Led by Indian icon H.S. Prannoy and Indonesian champion Tommy Sugiarto, we are confident that the team will perform exceptionally well and emerge victorious this season. We have the right mix of power and punch when it comes to our new players in this edition. It is the vision of the company to make sports a way of life for everyone in the country and badminton is just the right sport to achieve this. We are privileged and extremely excited for the league to begin.”The world’s greenest cement company Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd. has been associated with sports through active on-ground sponsorship and this is its first foray into sports as a team owner.advertisementMr. Singhi added, “Indian Badminton is an emerging sport where we see a great potential for our youth to make their mark at the world stage. Leagues like PBL will also provide a platform to the youth to choose H.S. Prannoy as a career. This association will also help greater visibility for our brands with the growing popularity of the game. We look forward to a long-term association with PBL.”The team for Delhi Dashers this year has a formidable line up comprising of one Indian and five international players namely H.S. Prannoy ranked world number 15 in Men’s singles, Tommy Sugiarto, ranked world number 11 in Men’s singles, Evgeniya Kosetskaya, Chai Biao, Maneepo Ngjongjit and Wang Sijie.The Delhi team, which was known as Delhi Acers till two editions, was officially rechristened to Delhi Dashers from the 3rd season. Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd. became the new owners of the Delhi Dashers franchise from the third edition (2017-18) of PBL.The PBL, which is held under the aegis of the Badminton Association of India has already acquired the tag of being the richest badminton league that attracts all the top players. The 24-day league will see eight teams, namely Delhi Acers, Mumbai Rockets, Bengaluru Blasters, Chennai Smashers, Hyderabad Hunters, North Eastern Warriors, Ahmedabad Smash Masters and Awadh Warriors in action.About Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd.Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited (DCBL), a subsidiary of Dalmia Bharat Limited (BSE Code: 533309) (NSE Symbol: DALMIABHA and listed in MSE), is a leading player in the cement manufacturing since 1939. Dalmia Cement is the world’s greenest cement company with the lowest carbon footprint. It is in existence for more than 75 years. With a growing capacity, currently pegged at 26 MnT, Dalmia Cement is also the fourth largest manufacturing capacity in the country. Spread across nine states and 12 manufacturing units, the company is also the category leader in super-specialty cements used for oil wells, railway sleepers and air strips and is the country’s largest producer of slag cement. Dalmia Cement has also partnered with International Finance Corporation to promote sustainable business. Visit us at http://www.dalmiacement.comSource: Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd.PWRPWRlast_img read more

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSI Photo Attribution: USATSII’m not suggesting Bedlam is the best rivalry — that would be silly in a world where Michigan and Ohio State still play football, not to mention Auburn and Alabama or USC and Notre Dame.Nor am I suggesting that Bedlam is the most competitive — Oklahoma State has only won nine times since 1945.But I am suggesting that Bedlam is at the very top of college football when it comes to the last five years worth of collective success between rivals.Consider the combined five-year records of the following programs and see where OU and OSU (OSU, guys!) fit in:1. Auburn-Bama — 104-26 (80% winning percentage)2. Oklahoma-Oklahoma State — 99-28 (78%)3. Michigan-Ohio State — 90-34 (73%)4. Oklahoma-Texas — 92-35 (72%)5. Clemson-South Carolina — 93-37 (72%)6. Florida-Florida State — 92-37 (71%)7. USC-Notre Dame — 87-40 (69%)7. Oregon-Oregon State — 87-40 (69%)7. Miami-Florida State — 87-40 (69%)10. Florida-Georgia — 86-43 (67%)That’s pretty impressive. Not to mention that if OSU wins Saturday the two schools will have won six of the last eight Big 12 titles.Not bad for a couple of schools from Oklahoma…If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgJim Harbaugh at Satellite camp in Alabama.Jim Harbaugh Hail To The VictorsHow many times has Michigan’s “Hail To The Victors” fight song been played in the state of Alabama? At lease once. The Wolverines’ football program is currently having a satellite camp in Prattville, Ala. When Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh walked to the field this morning, he had his school’s fight song played. When was the last time Hail to the Victors played in Alabama? Harbaugh walks to field for satellite camp to the fight song— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) June 5, 2015Just a few players here for Michigan satellite camp in Prattville pic.twitter.com/i7i4HFtuzK— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) June 5, 2015Greetings from Prattville where Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan staff are holding their second satellite camp. pic.twitter.com/4kaAbKTbtK— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) June 5, 2015That’s a bold move, Jim.last_img read more

first_imgalabama head coach nick saban at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The SEC is an absolute grind. The West has long been considered the toughest division in college football, and the East may be back on the up-swing with teams like Florida and Tennessee showing signs of life recently. Add in the league’s penchant for scheduling big-time non-conference opponents early, and the vast majority of these teams refuse to take it easy.A few months ago, we ranked the easiest and most difficult schedules in all of college football. Only one SEC team made our ‘easy’ list, while a third of the most difficult list was made up by SEC programs. The preseason edition of ESPN’s Football Power Index strength of schedule rankings is incredibly bullish on the entire SEC, with eight of the conference’s teams in the top 20.Which team has the hardest schedule of them all, and who is taking it (relatively) easy? Here is our ranking of the 14 SEC teams’ schedules by difficulty.Next: No. 14 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15last_img read more

first_imgZinedine Zidane said Gareth Bale “needs to look after his responsibilities” after the player was allegedly photographed playing golf as his Real Madrid team-mates were on a pre-season tour.Bale did not travel with the team to Munich for the Audi Cup after the club reportedly pulled the plug on a move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning, with Los Blancos citing their desire to collect a transfer fee for a player that cost them €100m (£91m/$110m) in 2013.Zidane had stated that Bale did not travel due to being “too ill”, but a report published by Spanish outlet El Confidential claims the winger had been spotted playing golf during his team’s participation in the pre-season tournament in Germany. 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? Following Madrid’s 5-3 win over Fenerbahce, the Madrid boss was questioned about the report, but largely gave the wantaway Welshman the benefit of the doubt until he returns to Madrid to speak to the player himself.Esta era la única ‘preocupación’ de Gareth Bale mientras el Real Madrid volvía a perder https://t.co/fzMu6qfq9b— El Confidencial (@elconfidencial) July 31, 2019“Well, we’ll see when we get back. I will not prevent someone from doing something,” Zidane told the gathered press.“He has to look after his responsibilities. We will see what he has done [when we return to] Madrid. I will not get into his personal life. But I think he has done training.“I’m here with my players and we will see when we get back. I’m not going to tell him off or that he’s not allowed to do it. He’s old enough to do what he wants.”Zidane also refused to be drawn into what he saw as a loaded question.“I will not tell you if it is disrespectful. You are not going to put me in a position that I don’t want to be in. I will not answer anything more than that.”Real put the breaks on Bale’s move to China after insisting a significant transfer fee should be paid for the 30-year-old, despite the fact Zidane had long-since confirmed the player had no future at the club.A three-year deal had reportedly been agreed between Bale and Jiangsu that would have seen him earn £1m-per-week (€1.1m/$1.2m), a significant increase on his £600,000-per-week ($729,000/€658,000) Real salary.last_img read more

first_imgHTC Alfa and HTC Delta, managed and owned by CE Line Holding – Hong Kong, China, have joined Navig8’s Supra8 Pool.HTC ALFA is a bulker registered in the Marshall Islands. The vessel was built by Sanfu Ship Engineering – Taizhou Jiangsu, China, in 2013.The vessel has the gross tonnage of 32987 T, DWT of 56,501 MT, and a 71,634 CBM grain capacity.HTC DELTA is a bulk carrier also registered in the Marshall Islands. She was built by Sanfu Ship Engineering at the same location in June 2014.She has a DWT of 56,451 MT, and 71,634 CBM of grain capacity.Both vessels are classed by the Lloyd’s Shipping Register.last_img read more

first_imgzoom The American Club has invested in the new Cyprus-based American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company, as part of its expansion into the global hull & machinery segment.American Hellenic will be a Cyprus-based and licensed, Solvency II compliant, wholly-owned American Club subsidiary, managed from Piraeus, Cyprus and New York.The American Club will now not only be able to offer marine protection and indemnity cover, but also will provide a product line of marine insurance including hull & machinery, war risk, and mortgage interest insurance.“The Board of Directors carefully assessed the value of this business opportunity and voted unanimously in favor of supporting the American Hellenic hull insurance initiative,” Chairman of the American Club’s Board of Directors, Arnold Witte, said.”This is a historic moment in the Club’s long history and, through the dedication and ingenuity of the Club’s Managers and Board Directors, sparked by the idea of Board member Angelos Kostakos, represents a unique opportunity to prudently expand our market footprint, and bodes well for the future of the American Club.”last_img read more

first_imgStarting July 1, government will cover breast augmentation surgery for transgender women in Nova Scotia. Breast augmentation is being added to the list of publicly funded gender affirming surgeries. Nova Scotia is the fourth province to do so, after British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. “I can appreciate the distress transgender people can experience during their transition, and I thank those who have advocated for this change,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “We are now providing more support and more equitable coverage for transgender women.” Transgender women will now have coverage for breast augmentation consistent with that available for all other women. Eligibility is determined based on criteria and assessment by a health care professional. More information, including the list of publicly funded gender-affirming surgeries in Nova Scotia, is available at https://novascotia.ca/dhw/gender-affirming-surgery/ .last_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles: Television host-actor James Corden is developing animated comedy series “Dead Henry” at Fox. The series is described by Fox as a buddy comedy set in “the limitless but strangely familiar world of heaven, where Henry searches for the meaning of life in the afterlife.” Corden has a story credit on the series, with Sam Leifer and Ben Turner serving as writers and executive producers, reported Variety. Corden will also executive produce under his Fulwell 73 banner along with Fulwell’s Jeff Grosvenor.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: In an unusual move, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday reduced the benchmark lending rate by 35 basis points to 5.40 per cent amid concerns over a slowdown in the economy. The fourth consecutive rate cut is expected to lower equated monthly instalments (EMIs) for home and auto buyers, and borrowing cost for corporate. Earlier this week, banks had assured Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of passing on the benefits of RBI’s rate cut to borrowers. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe 35 basis points (bps) cut in the repo is unusual, as the RBI has been changing the interest rate by 25 or 50 bps in the past. When asked why the RBI opted for a 35-basis point rate cut, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said it is not unprecedented, and added that a 25-basis point reduction was inadequate while 50 bps was excessive, so the MPC took a balanced call. The central bank, after the meeting of rate-setting panel Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), also lowered the GDP growth estimates for the current financial year to 6.9 per cent from its June forecast of 7 per cent. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe MPC, headed by the RBI Governor, decided to continue with the ‘accommodative’ stance on monetary policy, indicating further easing of the monetary policy depending on high-frequency indicators, such as inflation. “On the basis of an assessment of the current and evolving macroeconomic situation, the MPC at its meeting today (Wednesday) decided to…reduce the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) by 35 basis points from 5.75 per cent to 5.40 per cent with immediate effect,” the RBI said in a statement. Noting that inflation is currently projected to remain within the target over the next 12 months, the MPC said since the previous policy in June, domestic economic activity continues to be weak, with the global slowdown and escalating trade tensions posing downside risks. It said even as past rate cuts are being gradually transmitted to the real economy, the benign inflation outlook provides headroom for policy action to close the negative output gap. MPost&Agencies See P12last_img read more

A technical fault resulted in an island-wide power cut which lasted for several hours today.The Ceylon Electricity Board said that the power was initially restored but it was interrupted again for several hours. (Colombo Gazette)

“We worked with the Department of Animal Health, local animal welfare groups and sent a team of veterinarians to deliver medical treatment and food aid for animals affected by the disaster. Protecting animals in disasters protects people. Whether they are a source of livelihood, income or companions, animals are an integral part of human communities,” World Animal Protection said. World Animal Protection says animal owners, whether livestock farmers or pet owners can help by encouraging the government to develop plans to prepare and protect animals in disasters. (Colombo Gazette) “One billion of the world’s poorest people depend on animals for food, transport and their livelihoods. Protecting animals helps people rebuild their lives following a disaster. In 2015, the world came together and signed the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. For the first time, livestock were recognised as critical assets that must be protected and reported on in disasters,” World Animal Protection said.Sri Lanka has indicated 2018 will be the year they seriously consider and implement the Sendai indicators, including Indicator C-3: “Direct economic loss to all other damaged or destroyed productive assets attributed to disasters.” World Animal Protection, an international organisation, is currently in Sri Lanka meeting with the Government to discuss how animal owners can better prepare themselves for disasters.The meetings follow a disaster response they launched in late May after floods devastated south-western Sri Lanka. World Animal Protection has saved over seven million animals in disasters over the last 50 years. World Animal Protection is the leading global authority on the issue. They work with people, communities and governments to prepare for disasters and protect their animals in times of crisis. read more

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it is confident of winning the Local Government (LG) elections in the North and East despite a major split in the alliance.TNA spokesman and Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said that three political parties will contest the LG elections together on behalf of the TNA under the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi. He noted that while the EPRL has decided to contest the election with the TULF, it is part of democracy.The TNA Parliamentarian also said that some former LTTE members have extended support to the TNA while a few others have formed their own political party. Sumanthiran said that just because some people leave the TNA and contest with others it does not mean the other political parties will win the elections. (Colombo Gazette) He said the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi will contest under the “house” symbol at the LG elections next year. Sumanthiran said the decision was taken at a meeting held in Vavuniya over the weekend. read more

“The armed groups that have so far stood aloof should negotiate and conclude speedily a ceasefire agreement and join the peace process,” the Secretary-General says in his report to the Security Council.At the same time, he notes that the accord that was signed between the Transitional Government of Burundi and the National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for the Defence of Democracy and the Party for the Liberation of the Hutu People-National Liberation Forces was an important development.The Secretary-General says that he has asked his Special Representative, Berhanu Dinka, to continue to support efforts in helping the Government and all armed groups to reach a comprehensive accord to stop the fighting, warning that any agreement that did not include all armed parties and political movements would be dangerous and “must be avoided.”The parties must also address security sector reform in the context of the ceasefire negotiations, Mr. Annan adds. “Without reaching a common understanding on the broad parameters of such reform, serious obstacles would be encountered in the implementation of the peace agreement,” he cautions.Once such an agreement is reached, the Secretary-General says that he intends to provide the Council with an analysis of the situation and recommendations on the future course of action, including planning for a possible expanded involvement of the United Nations in Burundi.The Secretary-General recalls that the Arusha Agreement calls on the international community to contribute to the consolidation of peace in Burundi by assisting the country in its humanitarian, development and reconstruction efforts.He stresses that the donor community should provide more assistance to Burundi, following on commitments made at various pledging conferences. As for funding humanitarian and development activities, the Secretary-General underscores the importance of the UN’s appeal for helping Burundi in 2003, urging donors to contribute generously to the success of that effort. read more

by kendrafowler Posted Apr 27, 2017 1:56 pm MDT Small business confidence continues to grow in Alberta Alberta (Pixabay) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New numbers show Alberta small business confidence is on the rise.According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, it rose two and a half points in April to 57.9, bringing the province closer to the national average.CFIB’s Business Barometer®: Small business confidence on the rise again https://t.co/5AT0PkApkZ— Dan Kelly (@CFIB) April 27, 2017Amber Ruddy, CFIB Alberta director, said while this is great news, confidence is still fragile.“We’re not out of the clear yet,” she explained. “There are still some concerning indicators including staffing intentions businesses are still looking to. In 23 per cent of cases, they lay off full-time staff, unfortunately, within the next three months.”Ruddy said it’s important to keep the momentum going.“Businesses are doing everything they can within the normal business cycle trying to attract new customer bases, but in order for that positive energy to keep going, we have to make sure that the government doesn’t interrupt with some negative implications on the policy front,” she said.According to the report, 61 per cent of Alberta businesses point to insufficient domestic demand as their top limitation.Nationally, small business confidence gained one and a half points to end the month at 64.4, its highest level since November 2014.The web survey collected 653 respondents from a stratified random sample of CFIB members. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMining industry has to do more to regulate itself – Minister TrotmanJuly 30, 2016In “Mining”Diamond natural gas explosion: Deadline for capping crater extendedJuly 5, 2018In “Business”25 mining deaths in twelve monthsSeptember 15, 2015In “Crime” Two weeks after an underground gas pocket exploded at a residence in Diamond, East Bank Demerara, the intense cleaning-up exercise is still ongoing, while officials at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) are making preparations for the construction of an apparatus to cap the methane gas that was detected.Commissioner of GGMC, Newell Dennison“If everything goes according to plan then we could be looking at perhaps another week or so to make sure that the site is clear enough for us to get access to do the operational works that were intended. But you know the weather has to be also cooperative,” Commissioner of GGMC, Newell Dennison told this media group on Sunday.He explained that the Commission will have to await the completion of the clean-up exercise for an assessment to be done before work can commence on the construction of the contraption apparatus.“It is intended that we will construct an apparatus, we will construct the conductor casings that we would want to put into the vent; those things will have to be constructed. But I wouldn’t want to preempt what it is exactly that would have to be done because there might be modifications of what is intended and what we observe, after the full clean-up and actually get a good look at the orifice that has been presented to us,” Dennison said.Previously, GGMC’s Senior Petroleum Technologist, Mitchell Prince, had explained in a briefing with the Ministry of the Presidency that the plan is to run two sizes of casings into the orifice to seal it off. He noted that they are going to be using an 18-inch casing on the outside and a four inch diameter casing on the inside, then seal around it with concrete and build a valve at the top.The GGMC Commissioner noted that the cleaning exercise is expected to be wrapped up in a week’s time, the construction and installation of the apparatus will take another two to three weeks to be completed.Questioned about the financing of these works, Commissioner Dennison disclosed that the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has made certain materials available to be used for the construction of the apparatus while GGMC will be making provisions for the additional works. He opted not to preempt the cost, saying that “it might be a moving target.”The cleaning exercise is expected to be wrapped up in a week’s timeAt about 18:00h on June 15, construction workers were drilling a well at the Lot 1200 Section ‘A’ Block ‘X’, Great Diamond, residence (between Sixth and Fifth Avenue) when they hit a natural gas pocket causing an immediate explosion, which lasted the entire night with fluctuating eruptions, as high as 30 feet, of various substances including soot.Local stakeholder agencies had since come together to monitor the situation and tests conducted found traces of Methane gas at the location.According to officials, the gas emanating is does not pose any threat to surrounding neighbours and as such, a safe zone was established in the area. read more