Violence erupts in the Darjeeling hills

first_imgA crisis has been unfurling in Darjeeling following the GJM’s call last week for an indefinite shutdown from Monday. Even as a semblance of normality seemed to return on Wednesday, the situation took a turn for the worse on Thursday.last_img

Virginity test: Maharashtra Minister promises action against Kanjarbhat caste panchayats

first_imgThe Maharashtra government on Wednesday assured the State Legislative Council that caste panchayats of the Kanjarbhat community would face action if they compelled newly married women to undergo a ‘virginity test’Action would also be taken if the panchayat members were found to be interfering in cases of rape and sexual harassment, said Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil.The Minister was responding to a calling attention motion tabled by Shiv Sena’s Neelam Gorhe.‘Hurts women’s dignity’The Kanjarbhat community’s custom, in which newly married women are expected to undergo a test to prove that they were virgin before marriage, hurt women’s dignity, Mr. Gorhe said.She also alleged that these panchayats also tried and settled cases of rape and sexual harassment outside the court.‘File criminal case’“Cases should be registered against them (panchayat members). Conducting a virginity test and announcing its result publicly is a violation of woman’s right to privacy. Her virginity status should not be disclosed to the public,” Mr. Gorhe said.Mr. Patil said police would be asked to register a criminal case if a panchayat forced a woman to undergo a virginity test.Awareness meet“The government will also take action if caste panchayat members are found interfering in cases of rape and sexual harassment,” he added.“We will hold a meeting of caste panchayats and social activists next month to create awareness about the issue,” Mr. Patil said.last_img read more

Now, BJP wants Mamata’s sit-in spot

first_imgThe BJP’s West Bengal unit has sought permission from the Kolkata police to conduct a dharna later this month at the same spot in the city where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had organised a sit-in demonstration last week. The party has already sent a letter to the city police seeking permission for the dharna at the Metro Channel in the heart of the city between February 21 and 23, BJP State general secretary Sayantan Basu said on Monday. An e-mail would also be sent to the police in the matter, he said. The “Save Democracy” dharna will raise demand of “restoring democracy in the State”, he said. Mr. Basu said, “Whenever in the past we had asked for permission to organise a sit-in demonstration at the Metro Channel, the police denied us permission citing traffic rules. But if the Trinamool Congress was allowed to organise a dharna there, why can’t we do it?” Ms. Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress chief, was on dharna from February 3 to 5 at the Metro Channel in Esplanade area to “Save the Constitution” after the CBI’s failed bid to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the chit fund cases. “We hope that we will also get the permission. We will not use loudspeakers as it is examination time,” the BJP leader said. When contacted, Kolkata Police officers said they were yet to receive any such application from the BJP. “If we receive it, we will take a call,” said an officer. The Metro Channel is also the same spot where Ms. Banerjee had held a 26-day fast against the acquisition of farm land for the Tata Motors’ small car unit at Singur in 2006.last_img read more

Smart phones could be used to detect earthquakes

first_imgThe cellphone in your pocket could soon save you from an earthquake. Researchers have shown that it is possible to use GPS data from smart phones to detect tremors, potentially providing an early warning system to those who have not yet been hit.”What’s really nice about this work is they are using sensors that people carry around anyway,” says geophysicist Kristine Larson of the University of Colorado, Boulder. “It could be very, very useful.”In the moments before an earthquake, a few extra seconds can mean the difference between life and death. With a little bit of warning, people can take shelter, nuclear power plants can take last-minute precautions, and natural gas utilities can shut down pipelines. Japan has an early warning system that relies on more than 1000 seismometers throughout the country, which saved lives during the magnitude-9 Tohoku earthquake that hit in 2011. A similar system exists in Mexico, and another is under study in California. 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Scientific GPS stations have already been used to detect earthquakes, but the new study found that even consumer devices with GPS could be useful for crowdsourcing warnings. And as more and more of our devices integrate GPS navigation, including vehicles, increasing amounts of data could boost the sensitivity of such efforts.To understand whether smart phones and other consumer devices could detect quakes with GPS at all, researchers tested the sensitivity of such devices. Cell phones typically use a coarser method of positioning than do the most sensitive scientific instruments, which take advantage of more information encoded in the GPS signal. The scientists studied the accuracy of cellphone GPS by shaking a phone and comparing its recorded displacements with a more accurate scientific device. And by monitoring the phone for movement while holding it stationary, they measured the chance for false alarms. The researchers determined that consumer GPS devices could detect earthquakes of magnitude 7 and above, allowing possible warnings for people located away from the epicenter of the most destructive quakes, they report today in Science Advances.Next, the researchers tested the concept using a computer simulation of a magnitude-7 earthquake near Oakland, California, on the Hayward fault, a likely spot for future tremors that runs through the San Francisco Bay Area. By simulating the typical response of cellphones to shaking, they estimated the signals in cellphones near the epicenter. In the researchers’ system, a quake “triggers” a phone if it and four neighboring devices all record simultaneous movements greater than 5 centimeters. To weed out coincidences, the system only issues an alert if more than 100 devices see such triggers. Assuming data from 0.2% of the population—less than 5000 people—the system was able to detect the simulated earthquake within 5 seconds, a speed that would have allowed a few seconds of warning before the strongest shaking began in San Francisco and 10 seconds before it began in San Jose, providing time for children to get under their desks and for trains to put on the breaks.The researchers then tested their system with real data from the Tohoku quake. The team used an array of 462 GPS stations spread across Japan to approximate the data that would come from cellphones. Although these scientific instruments are more precise than cellphones, they record lower quality data as well, which is similar to data from consumer devices. In this scenario, the researchers set the bar for detection so that the chances of a false alarm would be about one in 2 million. The system would have detected the earthquake 77 seconds after it began, which would have allowed a warning of about 10 seconds before the earthquake reached Tokyo. What’s more, it would have allowed several minutes’ warning before the accompanying tsunami. Although scientific detection systems might provide even faster warnings, these systems might be useful in places without warning systems.As technology advances and more devices integrate GPS tracking, the system will become more useful, says study author Benjamin Brooks, an earthquake scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California. “It’s not really just about smart phones, it’s about all sorts of Internet-connected devices that have positioning associated with them. … We think the numbers are going to be so large that you could be very liberal with your criteria for using a specific device.” Detection with cellphones is difficult because users are constantly moving them around, but with enough data, the system could rely on devices that weren’t in motion before the quake, improving warning capabilities.However, computational earthquake seismologist Jesse Lawrence of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, points out a few challenges to the approach. Using GPS drains phone batteries, so data collection might need to be restricted to times when phones are recharging, meaning that few phones will be operating during the day. And the software has to deal with phones behaving unpredictably during an earthquake, such as falling from a table onto the floor. Because of that, Lawrence says, “the way that they’ve done the simulations, I would argue, doesn’t really match real world.” But he is optimistic about the possibilities for this technology in the future. “It’s great research, and this is the first step.”last_img read more

Honda workers protest ‘forced long leaves’

first_imgMore than 2,000 contractual workers of Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) Private Limited sat on a dharna inside its Manesar plant in Sector 3 here on Tuesday — a day after 200 workers were told to proceed on a three-month leave citing economic slowdown.Around 150 police personnel were deployed inside the plant premises to prevent any law and order situation, said DCP (Manesar) Rajesh Kumar.HMSI employees’ union chief Suresh Gaur said that talks were on with the labour department and the management officials to work out a solution. “The company’s management has been illegally sacking contractual workers, asking them to go on leave for 3-4 months using slowdown as an excuse. The workers have families to support, they cannot survive without work for so long. If the management fails to find a solution, the permanent works will also join them in the protest,” said Mr. Gaur.The affected workers also staged simultaneous protest outside the plant. They claimed that around 2,000 employees had been told to go on leave over the past few months, and none of them were recalled.“It is a conspiracy to relieve the contract workers with higher wages and hire workers at lower wages. The three other plants of the company in Bangalore, Gujarat and Rajasthan are running smoothly, how come only the Manesar plant has been hit by the slowdown?,” Gulvinder, a protesting worker., demanded to know.Another worker Ajay Kumar said the workers should be suitably compensated if the company wanted to relieve them. “We must be paid one lakh rupees for each year of service offered in the company. It is difficult to get a new job at this age. Most of the workers are in their late 30s,” said Mr. Kumar.The protesters claimed that the contractual workers were given a 15-day service break every year, but this time they were being told to go on a long leave and were not being recalled. Most of the workers told to go on leave were employed for 5-10 years and worked on frame assembly.A delegation of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, led by its Haryana president Satbir Singh, met the workers and extended support to them.In a press statement, the company said that 200 contractual members, whose term had completed, were relieved based on demand fluctuations and production adjustment. It further said that necessary recruitment would be considered on the basis of future market requirements.Additional Labour Commissioner (NCR) Manish Kumar said talks were on till late in the evening and the contractual workers were still holding a peaceful dharna inside the company premises. He said the talks were held with the plant’s head through video conferencing since he was in Switzerland, but no conclusion could be reached.last_img read more

POLL-WB 2 LAST

first_imgAll eyes will be on jailed former Transport and SportsAll eyes will be on jailed former Transport and Sports minister Madan Mitra, who is contesting from Kamarhati seat in North 24 Parganas district.Mitra was arrested by CBI in December 2014 in the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam. This is the first time that a high-profile candidate is fighting elections in West Bengal from jail.Interestingly, despite being a registered voter he will not be allowed to cast his vote because of incarceration.Greenhorns in the fray in this phase include former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiyas daughter Vaishali and former Bengal cricket captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla – both of whom are fighting on TMC tickets.Shukla is pitted against actress-turned-politician Rupa Ganguly of BJP from north Howrah seat.Footballer Dipendu Biswas has been fielded by TMC from south Basirhat seat which is being defended by BJPs lone sitting MLA Shamik Bhattacharya.Bidhannagar Mayor Sabyasachi Dutta is fighting for his seat from Rajarhat New Town.Issues like the Syndicate Raj (local real estate cartel), Saradha chit fund scam and Narada sting operation dominated the campaigns of this poll.Two other phases of the six-phase long Bengal election will be held on April 30 and May 5 while results will be out on May 19. PTI NIK SUS BSAlast_img read more

Cricket Australia says no deal with players in pay dispute

first_imgThe Australian cricket board confirmed on Friday there would be no eleventh hour breakthrough in a bitter pay dispute with the players’ union, leaving more than 200 leading cricketers uncontracted and the fate of future tournaments in limbo.Cricket Australia said the union had refused to negotiate, leaving no chance for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) to be struck before the midnight deadline on Friday.”Cricket Australia (CA) today acknowledged that a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will not be agreed before 1 July and repeated its call for the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) to come to the negotiating table and show genuine flexibility in the best interests of the players and the game,” the board said in a statement.”Over the past months, CA has repeatedly sought to engage with the ACA in a genuine dialogue and to commence a proper negotiation process.”It is regrettable that these efforts have been rebuffed, resulting in the current situation which CA recognises is not in the interests of either the players or the game.”The ACA has blamed CA’s insistence on altering a 20-year-old revenue-share model for the breakdown in talks and has refused to deal with the board’s lead negotiator.The ACA called on CA CEO James Sutherland to come to the negotiating table this week but the long-serving executive has kept silent since he emailed players in May, informing them they would be “unemployed” if they failed to agree to a new MoU by the June 30 deadline.CA improved its offer to players last week, promising more cricketers a share in profits, but the union, which is refusing to budge from its demand for a share of overall revenues, quickly rejected it.advertisementCA has said the revenue-share model is unfit for modern times and is starving funding of grass-roots cricket, while players say it has underpinned the game’s growth and prosperity over the past 20 years.About 230 players would be uncontracted by Saturday but around 70 would still be tethered to state contracts, local media have reported, and would be expected to train and play.The lockout could potentially scupper next month’s Australia A tour to South Africa, which includes a number of prominent Test players, including batsmen Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell.An ACA spokesman said on Friday that players would meet on Sunday to decide the road ahead, including whether they might boycott the tour of South Africa which starts with a four-day match on July 12.Further tournaments, including a two-test tour of Bangladesh, and a one-day international series in India, also remain in doubt.last_img read more

Tendulkar to PM: Include intl medallists in CGHS scheme

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Dec 11 (PTI) Legendary Sachin Tendulkar has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to include all international medallists in Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). Talking about the plight that elite sportspersons go through when facing health issues, Tendulkar in his letter cited the example of Hockey Olympic gold medallist Mohammed Shahids last days. “I am writing to you as a concerned sportsperson on behalf of all the sportsperson in our country requesting your kind intervention for inclusion of all sportsperson who have won medals internationally in the list of sportsperson eligible for CGHS facilities,” Tendulkar wrote to Modi on October 24, a copy of which is in possession of PTI. CGHS is availed by all Central Government employees who have access to medical centres which is associated with this scheme. Tendulkar, in his letter to PM Modi, informed him that he had earlier taken up the issue with both sports ministry and health ministry. “They (Health Ministry) were supportive of the idea but shared their inability to consider wider range of sportsperson under CGHS scheme through their reply dated September 14. I completely appreciate and understand their position basis our original request,” Tendulkar wrote. Tendulkar has requested PM to at least consider inclusion of international medallists (non Govt employees) on a “pilot/test, whose cost benefits can be assessed by the sports ministry. “Once we analyse the cost/benefits the same can be extended to additional categories of sportspersons in a phased manner, after value of Pilot Programme is assessed by Health Ministry,” the maestro wrote. Tendulkar spoke about late Shahid, who got help only during his last days. Shahid passed away due to liver related problem. “Not all sportspersons have been historically allocated government jobs, hence even if limited pool of international medal winners are considered, we can prevent incidents of apathy such as Shri Mohammed Shahid, one of our greatest hockey players,” he further wrote. As a parting shot, Tendulkar wrote: “I have been through several tough injuries where I have felt the pressure of an uncertain comeback. The amount of physical and mental stress that sportsperson goes through is immense. “The medical cost creates additional burden on athletes, which in turn acts as a deterrent.” PTI KHS BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

Geoffrey Boycott recovering well after undergoing heart bypass surgery

first_imgFormer England captain Geoffrey Boycott will miss his commentary commitments for the first two Test matches between England and India as he is currently recovering from a heart surgery.Boycott, 77, is recovering from quadruple open heart bypass surgery which he underwent on June 27 and spent 10 days in hospital before going home.”My father, Geoffrey Boycott, had quadruple bypass open heart surgery on Wednesday June 27. He spent 10 days in hospital in Leeds, with most of that time in the Cardiac Critical Care unit.”The surgeon says the operation was a success and has now allowed him home to recover from invasive surgery.”This will take some time so he will not be commentating at the start of the England v India Test match series but hopes to be back at work for the 3rd Test match at Nottingham,” his daughter, Emma Boycott, said in a statement posted on his behalf on social media.Posted by @BabyBoycs: pic.twitter.com/CEYS3mJ3BUGeoffrey Boycott (@GeoffreyBoycott) July 10, 2018Boycott was earlier diagnosed with cancer in 2002, after noticing a lump in his neck. But he successfully fought the disease after undertaking a gruelling series of chemotherapy and radiation.The Yorkshireman is now hoping to return to the commentary box from the third Test which starts from August 18.Before the Tests, the two teams will lock horns in the three-match ODI series which starts from July 12 in Trent Bridge.Fresh from their Twenty20 International (T20I) series win, an upbeat India will be eyeing to continue with the momentum when they take on England in the first match.advertisementThe Virat Kohli-led side won the recently concluded T20I series 2-1 and the team management hopes for another valuable performance by the team.With the ODI World Cup scheduled to be held here next year, the three-match series will also give Kohli and his teammates a fair idea of the playing condition in England.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Mexico still can learn from WCQ v. Costa Rica

first_imgMexico Qualified Mexico still can learn plenty from remaining World Cup qualifiers Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 00:30 9/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jesus Corona Tecatito Mexico Pedro Pardo Mexico WC Qualification CONCACAF Costa Rica v Mexico Costa Rica World Cup Despite clinching passage to Russia, El Tri will still be able to use the three matches left to sand down the rough edges showed this summer Upon returning from his post-Gold Cup break, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio looked refreshed.In offering an explanation for his good mood, Osorio reminded reporters that he’d been able to help with his children’s training sessions. He’d enjoyed the experience and said he’d be able to take some of the concepts he was learning with them to his work at the highest level. That his oldest son is 16 should illustrate just how seriously the coach believes ideas can be transferred between levels of the game and also from one region to another.So when Mexico faces Costa Rica on Tuesday, don’t look for a team devoid of passion. The coach will make some of his famous changes (he doesn’t like them being called rotations any more), but they won’t be for the sake of living up to his reputation or for wild experimentation. As Osorio returns to the bench after serving a six-game suspension, he’ll be eager to see how players respond to challenges against the kind of teams they’ll be facing in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Ticos are one of those teams. While closing out qualification against Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras, currently the bottom two teams in the Hex, may not try El Tri, Costa Rica certainly will. Osorio hopes that no matter if he selects a team full of veterans or goes with youth and fresh faces, or some blend, that his players will continue learning no matter the result.”Football as I play it never will stop being unpredictable, having this randomness that can surprise you at any moment,” Osorio said in a news conference Monday. “Our idea is very brave, always going out on the front foot to look for every game. Obviously this implies that there’s plenty to improve. We’re going to have very good games, other times not as much and we’re going to learn and keep improving.”Juan Carlos Osorio MexicoJuan Carlos Osorio Chicharito MexicoMexico needs to improve. That was obvious this summer when the team was outclassed by an alternative Germany side that went on to win the Confederations Cup and then when El Tri saw their own alternative side falter in the semifinals of the Gold Cup. It can only get better by playing together and seeing the individuals that form the team excel on their own. Osorio and his staff can control only one of those things, and the opportunities between now and the enormous test of the 2018 World Cup are surprisingly few. That doesn’t mean tossing the rest of qualification aside. While Mexico’s coaches have been clear that the focus already has shifted toward the summer showpiece and getting Mexico to a fifth game in that tournament for the first time on foreign soil, there are games to be played locally. You have to wonder if privately, despite his convincing statements that the criticism that has followed him at every stage of his Mexico career hasn’t irritated him, Osorio would be thrilled to top the 22 points Ricardo La Volpe achieved in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. That would give him a number to point to as success for his methods.”The first goal is to finish first in the Hex,” Osorio said. “I think we’re on the way and have every chance. How do we do it? Like I’ve said before, taking every game how it comes. Today the most important is the Costa Rica game, and we’re going to take it on in this way.”The truth is while Mexico has shown its supremacy in the region, knows there’s still plenty to learn. The defense remains a big question, and after Bryan Ruiz and Marco Urena torched the United States, the Tico front men could again find joy against a Mexico defense that, like the U.S., doesn’t have a rock solid center-back partnership. The midfield will be without the injured Hector Herrera, testing depth at a position where Mexico was overrun during the Confederations Cup, especially with Celso Borges a threat getting forward for Costa Rica. And out wide, where El Tri have few resources, Costa Rica fullbacks Cristian Gamboa and Bryan Oviedo will get forward to provide plenty of learning experiences for whoever Osorio puts wide.Tuesday will be a chance to learn. So too, goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa said, will Wednesday and Thursday, the October qualifiers and the friendly games that come.”The team, over the long haul of this process, has gone through a lot of interesting things. We’re very clear on the style of play,” Ochoa said Monday. “I think discussions with the coach and his openness have been very obvious and this has helped us understand the opponent on and off the field.”There are very good things that have been executed and others that, as always, we have to correct, clean up details, try to get better every day. That’s how it’s going to be from here to the World Cup.”last_img read more

West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic sinks Chelsea to delight of David Moyes

first_img Read more match reports Chelsea West Ham United 1-0 Chelsea: Premier League – as it happened The Observer Antonio Conte concedes title after Chelsea lose at West Ham – video Play Video Pinterest David Moyes celebrates after Marko Arnautovic’s goal. Photograph: Sean Ryan/IPS/Rex/Shutterstock It is some time since David Moyes’s name could be associated with forward momentum and the same could be said of West Ham United, too. This felt like the first major step in an unlikely rehabilitation for both: if the recruitment of Moyes last month felt repulsive to supporters of a sepia-tinted persuasion then surely even the most begrudging of souls would acknowledge the improvements he has wrought in only a month. Chelsea were deservedly beaten by opponents who were simply more organised, more determined, more athletic and who found a sting when on top. Nobody in West Ham’s current position can ask for much more and their first league win since September was achieved with an added touch of old-fashioned style.The flourish in question was provided by Marko Arnautovic, whose very selection came to feel like a piece of sound management from Moyes. West Ham had set a template for their relegation battle in digging deep for a narrow defeat at Manchester City last weekend. Arnautovic had been consigned to the bench for that one and it seemed a clear message that the £20m signing from Stoke needed to up his game. Greater forward thrust was always going to be needed for a home fixture and Moyes recalled him here, the manager seeing himself rewarded by 69 minutes of unstinting energy and the kind of outstanding strike such a fee demands.If Antonio Conte chooses to be critical – and that is not really a question – then he might look at how easily Arnautovic rolled Andreas Christensen after receiving possession from Michail Antonio, as well as the smooth passage he was then granted into the penalty area. But the Austrian’s sixth-minute give-and-go with Manuel Lanzini was the action of two players perfectly in tune; the finish, curled left-footed into the far corner, was his first goal for the club and West Ham had reward for a fast start that caught Chelsea flat-footed.Conte had spoken beforehand of the “sacred fire” required of players in the very top bracket. Few have ever detected that in Arnautovic but he set the required tone here and West Ham followed, throwing themselves into every duel and barely losing a challenge in the opening 20 minutes. In the meantime they began to enjoy themselves; the sight of Arthur Masuaku bamboozling Davide Zappacosta with a slick pirouette on the ball may have prompted double-takes but was entirely reflective of the devilment with which they emerged.Arnautovic later had Christensen on toast again near the right corner flag but, after wriggling free, allowed the centre-back to recover. In the second half he had a reasonable claim for handball, and a possible penalty, against the same player turned down by Anthony Taylor but by that point any attacking situations West Ham created were essentially crumbs. Moyes thought his players could have done better on the counter as Chelsea pressed but the diligence with which they held their lead excused any inattention further forward. There were spells, particularly midway through the first half and at the start of the second, when the pattern threatened to degenerate into the same kind of siege that eventually broke them at the Etihad. In the event, it never quite turned out that way and West Ham rarely found themselves struggling for oxygen even when under intense pressure.When they did flounder, Adrián saved in quick succession from N’Golo Kanté and Zappacosta, keeping them ahead at the break and justifying his selection ahead of Joe Hart. In fact Adrián was hardly extended in the second 45 minutes, Winston Reid marshalling an impeccably drilled back line that was rarely turned around and spent much of its time repelling speculative deliveries from out wide.How disappointing this was for Chelsea and Conte, who suggested afterwards that a title race is barely worth discussing. His concern is now the five-into-three equation that all the Champions League contenders bar Manchester City must trouble themselves with; his mood might have brightened if Álvaro Morata, played onside by Masuaku after Kanté produced a rare moment of ingenuity, had not blasted their best chance wide six minutes from time but a draw would have papered over the cracks.Morata, who had been a late fitness doubt for this game, did not look sharp and Conte would presumably love to lighten the load on a player who is shouldering a heavy burden with no alternative of comparable quality. “I can give my opinion but the last decision is of the club,” Conte said of any January arrivals. Greater attacking variation would do little harm, the half-time introduction of Pedro for Tiémoué Bakayoko doing nothing to add subtlety.For Moyes, whose after-match grin perhaps betrayed the circumspection of his words, it was a return to the top. Almost three years have passed since he led Real Sociedad to a similarly stirring 1-0 win over Barcelona; there have not been many highs since then but now the big names keep on coming. “I came off there, took my jacket off and then thought: ‘No, I’ve got Arsenal in midweek’,” he said. That test will take place on Wednesday. More where this came from and the impression will solidify that, for West Ham, he is the right man at exactly the right time. Topics Twitter 1:39 Antonio Conte concedes title after Chelsea’s bubble burst by West Ham West Ham Unitedcenter_img Premier League Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Read more Read more Share on LinkedIn David Sullivan: ‘I feel I haven’t done well enough. Nobody’s done well enough’ Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Goal MSL Predictions: Part 1

first_imgSuper League Goal MSL 2018 Previews and Predictions: Part 1 Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 1 year ago 22:48 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Shah Alam Stadium Goal Super League PKNP Negeri Sembilan Melaka United 12 teams will be vying in the 2018 Malaysia Super League which will begin this weekend, so find out Goal’s predictions for the season finish! The new Malaysia Super League (MSL) season is about to kick off this weekend, with several changes having been introduced in order to make the Malaysian top tier more exciting.Most prominently, each club now are allocated one ASEAN foreign player slot, and almost all teams have eagerly snapped up players from the region in order to promote themselves better.This season, the M-League will also revert to its pre-2016 scheduling, whereby all 22 rounds will be played to completion, with its later stages not played concurrently with the Malaysia Cup anymore. Now clubs will be able to prioritise all their resources on the league, without having to sacrifice either their cup or league campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player On top of this, MSL teams now have a better reward to encourage them to capture the league title; an automatic slot in the 2019 AFC Champions League for the league champions.Starting from today, Goal will be previewing the teams that will be competing in the 2018 MSL, as well as predicting their league position after all 22 matchdays have been played.#12: NEGERI SEMBILANHead coach: Jorg SteinebrunnerNotable transfers in: Ahmad Syihan Hazmi Mohamed (Kelantan), Rizal Fahmi Rosid (Selangor), Renārs Rode (FK RFS), Fakhrul Aiman Sidid (Felda United), Fauzan Dzulkifli (PKNS FC), Kim Do-heon (Seongnam FC), Flávio Beck (Pusamania Borneo), Khairul Izuan Rosli (Kelantan), Nicolás Vélez (Suphanburi), Prak Mony Udom (PKR Svay Rieng), Thanabalan Nadarajah (Felcra FC, loan end), Ferris Danial Mat Nasir (Terengganu)Notable transfers out: Lee Tuck (Terengganu FC), Bruno Castanheira (Terengganu FC II), Sean Selvaraj, Ashmawi Yakin, Shahrul Igwan Samsudin (Selangor), Rahizi Mohd Rasib, Norhafizzuan Jailani, Hariri Safii (Terengganu City), Sabre Abu, Farderin Kadir (PKNS, loan end), Nik Shahrul Azim Abdul Halim (Kelantan, loan end), Shazlan Alias (Melaka United), Nemanja Vidić, Jonathan Béhé Negeri Sembilan, 03012018Negeri Sembilan during their 2018 team launching eventThe Deers will be making their first appearance in the Malaysian top tier since 2013, and they are rather lucky to get that that chance again. They did not win promotion in the 2017 Premier League, rather they were one of the two teams to replace Felda United and T-Team FC (now Terengganu FC II).They have replaced all their foreign players this season, and this season Negeri, who in previous seasons were notorious for inexplicably axing performing imports in the mid-season only to undergo a drop in performance in the second half of the season, did not even wait for the season to start to get up to their usual shenanigans. Just last weekend, they controversially decided to replace Singapore international Madhu Mohana, an early pre-season signing with Cambodia international Prak Mony Udom, claiming that the Singaporean has picked up a lengthy injury. Madhu’s cryptic social media posts following the announcement suggest that there may be more to the story.The signing of former Korea Republic international and West Bromwich Albion player Kim Do-heon meanwhile has garnered them media attention, but it is doubtful that the attacking midfielder, now 35 years old, will be able to carry the team, despite having been immediately appointed team captain.Kim Do-heon, Negeri Sembilan, 03012018Kim Do-heonDespite this, Negeri have made a number of signings that could prove vital, on top of the local players retained from last season. Malaysia U23 striker Thanabalan Nadarajah returns from his season-long loan spell at then third tier side Felcra FC, and although he did not make much impact with the Rivals, he has had a splendid year with the Young Tigers; most recently scoring in their 2-1 2018 AFC U-23 Championship quarter-final defeat to Korea Republic U23. Now that Thanabalan is at a top tier club, he must prove that he has what it takes to transition into the Malaysia senior national team.On top of the young striker, there is still the dependable Nasriq Baharom, who was their captain throughout the past two seasons. The 30-year old may have been replaced as skipper, but his experience can still be relied on in order to marshall the defence.Important fixtures:Their return to the Super League will also herald the resumption of the so-called Naning Derby, against neighbouring state team Melaka United. Fans will not have to wait long for the first fixture, with the Mousedeers hosting the first fixture in round three on February 11, and the Deers hosting the return fixture on July 27.On top of this, their league survival should also be decided through their matches against teams that are also predicted to finish in the bottom rung. One of these should be PKNP FC; the other replacement side in the 2018 MSL apart from Negeri. Negeri will play away to PKNP on the first matchday, and host the return fixture on July 15.#11: MELAKA UNITEDHead coach: Eduardo AlmeidaNotable transfers in: Zamir Selamat, Azmi Muslim (PKNS FC), Chanturu Suppiah, Gopinathan Ramachandra (JDT), Fakri Saarani (Kedah), Nurshamil Abd Ghani (Selangor, loan end), Nicholas Swirad (JDT II), Shazlan Alias (Negeri Sembilan), Steven Thicot (AEL), Tiago Gomes (Doxa), Yahor Zubovich (Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino), Shahdan Sulaiman (loan Tampines Rovers)Notable transfers out: Azinee Taib, Fandi Othman, Nicholas Swirad (JDT II, loan end) Ahmad Ezrie Shafizie, Jasmin Mecinović, Izzaq Faris Ramlan, Marko Šimić, Felipe Almeida De Souza (release).2018 will be the Mousedeers’ second season back in the top tier, unfortunately we predict that it is also their last one. Despite winning promotion to the 2017 MSL in style as 2016 Premier League champions, Melaka struggled to find their footing in their first season back in Malaysia’s top division.The appointment of Portuguese head coach Eduardo Almeida steadied the ship somewhat, and the one-time first division winners beat the drop by producing shock wins against the more-fancied Perak and Selangor.eduardo almeida - T-Team coachEduardo AlmeidaHowever, Melaka’s luck is expected to run out this season, with the teams that were weaker than them having been relegated to the second tier last season, and the teams promoted in their places; Kuala Lumpur and Terengganu FC looking more formidable than them.Out of their four foreign signings last year, South Korean midfielder Jeon Woo-young was the only import retained, and he is expected to play a key figure with the Mousedeers this season. They too managed to secure the signings of two former JDT players Chanturu Suppiah and Gopinathan Ramachandra, as well as former Malaysia international Fakri Saarani from Kedah.On top of this, a number of their key local players have stayed for another season; such as defenders Khuzaimie Piee and Khair Jones, forward Fauzi Roslan, and midfielder Puaneswaran Gunasekaran. In the meantime, 2015 FAM League top-scorer Nurshamil Ghani has returned from his season-long loan spell at Selangor.Important fixtures:On top of their fixtures against their rivals to the north Negeri Sembilan, fans should also look forward to their matches against their neighbours to the south; Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT). Although by quality and trophy collection the two sides are hardly comparable, in 2017 their matches still produced off-the-pitch handbags between the two teams’ then head coaches. JDT will host the first encounter on February 24, while the Hang Jebat Stadium will host the return fixture on June 27.#10: PKNP FCHead coach: Abu Bakar FadzimNotable transfers in: Keo Sok Pheng (Phnom Penh Crown)Notable transfers out: Gilberto Fortunato (Felda United), Kim Hyun Woo (Terengganu FC), Sukri Hamid (Kelantan), Syazwan bin Zaipol Bahari (Perak), Vincent Weijl.Felda United, PKNP FC, Malaysia CupAbu Bakar Fadzim. Photo from Felda UnitedPKNP are one of the two teams, alongside Negeri Sembilan, to have been selected to replace Felda and T-Team. But unlike the more established state side, the Perak-based club may just squeeze through to safety on the final matchday of the league.First of all, in the capable hands of head coach Abu Bakar Fadzim, the club consistently defied odds last season, to finish the 2017 Premier League in third while reaching the Malaysia Cup and FA Cup quarter-finals, despite fielding mostly young and unknown players.This season, PKNP are looking to continue their giant-killing feat, despite reportedly only looking to sign four foreigners as opposed to the maximum allowed five. That may be possible, after all since they have managed to keep star player and captain Shahrel Fikri Fauzi from leaving in the transfer window.Shahrel Fikri, PKNP FCShahrel Fikri Fauzi. Photo from Football Malaysia LLPImportant fixtures:Apart from matches against predicted fellow relegation battlers, PKNP are expected to play tough matches against Perak, on April 15 and May 25. Surprisingly, even though the two sides have been sharing the Ipoh Stadium, they have never met competitively before.Another fixture that fans should look forward to is against PKNS FC, although perhaps for a peculiar reason. It doesn’t take the most perceptive fan out there to notice that their names are similar but for one letter. This is because their names are Bahasa Melayu acronyms for the names of companies that own the teams respectively. PKNP stands for Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak (Perak State Development Corporation), while PKNS stands for Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (Selangor State Development Corporation). No derby moniker has been coined yet for the fixture, as the two clubs too have never played each other before, but they will face off on April 4 and July 17.Teams number 9, 8 and 7 will be revealed in Part 2 tomorrow!last_img read more

Tennessee-East Tennessee State Headed For Weather Delay

first_imgAn overhead view of Neyland Stadium.14 Nov 1998: An overall view from inside Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee during a game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Volunteers defeated the Razorbacks 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /AllsportWeek 1 of the college football season was marred by weather delays and cancellations. Although this weekend has been better on the weather front, it looks like we’re headed for a delay in Tennessee.Tennessee and East Tennessee State are headed for a delay after lightning strikes in the area.The Volunteers and the Buccaneers are battling it out in Knoxville from Neyland Stadium. Tennessee curently holds a 10-0 advantage early in the second quarter of the game.Although the team hasn’t scored yet, East Tennessee State isn’t going anywhere. The Buccaneers are nearly equal with the Volunteers in terms or yards gained during the first quarter.Lightning in the area for #Vols #ETSU game.Delayed.— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) September 8, 2018A new kickoff time has yet to be named at this point, but lightning strikes usually delay the games for at least 30 minutes.We’ll update you on the latest with a new kickoff time when it becomes known.We’ll have to wait and see if the delay works in either team’s favor.last_img read more

Steve Smith, David Warner back in Australia T20 squad for Sri Lanka and Pakistan series

first_imgSteve Smith, David Warner back in Australia T20 squad for Sri Lanka and Pakistan seriesAustralia host Sri Lanka in three T20 internationals starting in Adelaide on Oct. 27 before facing top-ranked Pakistan in three matches next month.advertisement Reuters MelbourneOctober 8, 2019UPDATED: October 8, 2019 09:54 IST The 14-man squad captained by Aaron Finch will travel to Adelaide on Oct. 24 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith is set to play his first T20 international since March, 2016Australia dropped all-rounder Marcus Stoinis while Ashton Turner was preferred over Nathan LyonAustralia will host Sri Lanka for 3 T20Is from October 27Australia on Tuesday named Steve Smith and David Warner in their Twenty20 squad for home series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan as selectors firm up plans for next year’s World Cup on home soil.Australia host Sri Lanka in three T20 internationals starting in Adelaide on Oct. 27 before facing top-ranked Pakistan in three matches next month.”It is almost a year to the day until Australia hosts the men’s T20 World Cup and we have selected this squad with that in mind,” selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement.”The squad we have selected is quite role specific and we believe it gives us the flexibility to thrive in all match conditions.”We’re delighted to welcome Smith and Warner back … Steve is a world-class batsman in all formats while Warner is Australia’s highest ever T20I runs-scorer.”Smith is set to play his first T20 international since 2016 and will look to continue the fine form he has shown since his return from a one-year ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.The 30-year-old smashed 774 runs in four Ashes tests against England recently as Australia retained the urn.Warner scored 692 runs in this year’s IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad and 647 runs in the 50-over World Cup in England as Australia reached the semi-finals.Australia dropped all-rounder Marcus Stoinis while Ashton Turner was preferred ahead of fellow spinner Nathan Lyon. They also included the big-hitting Glenn Maxwell.The 14-man squad captained by Aaron Finch will travel to Adelaide on Oct. 24 before the first T20 against Sri Lanka.advertisementAustralia T20 squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Warner, Adam Zampa.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow David WarnerFollow Australia T20 squad Nextlast_img read more

Savor Extraordinary Culinary Journeys with Luxury Gold’s Exclusive Air Offers

first_imgTaste delectable dishes from Europe and beyond New York, N.Y. – March 6, 2019 – Indulge your senses with fine dining at the places you’ve always dreamed of visiting. With Luxury Gold’s astonishing journeys to Europe and beyond, you’ll open your mind–and your taste buds–to exceptional cuisines. Food is a deciding factor when choosing a new place to visit, and Luxury Gold goes above and beyond to provide unique dining experiences. From dining at critically acclaimed Michelin Star restaurants, to tasting local, home-hosted meals, Luxury Gold will offer culinary experiences you’ll never forget. A culinary experience that’s a favorite among guests is a hands-on cooking class in destinations from the industry’s top chefs. To enhance and personalize your dining experiences, a Traveling Concierge is there every step of the way to provide superior knowledge and culinary recommendations. Among food experiences, Luxury Gold offers everything a discerning traveler would want with luxury hotels, access to VIP experiences, a Traveling Concierge and small groups. Ultimate Italy (12-days): Delight in the romance of the Eternal City of Rome at a spectacular dinner of delicious Italian cuisine and wine at an elegant local restaurant near Piazza Navona. In Tuscany, enjoy a tasting of rare Super Tuscan wines in the underground cellar of Machiavelli’s home before enjoying a light Farm-to-Table lunch. Take in exclusive views of the Gulf of Naples from the privileged perch of Michelin-starred Mammà. Savor a delectable meal of Mediterranean flavors in perfect Caprese style, created with passion from fresh, local produce by chef Salvatore La Ragione at the Isle of Capri. Spain and Portugal In Style (13-days): Explore a crossroad of cultures in Seville with an incredible gastronomy of its lively food markets. Join a local chef and find the right ingredients before heading to his modern kitchen to learn the culinary secrets needed to prepare a classic Andalusian lunch. Explore a local winery and learn about their processes and enjoy a delicious wine tasting in Evora, and taste a famous Portuguese delicacy, Pastéis de Belém, in Lisbon. Experience exceptional dining at the Michelin-starred Albora, a contemporary gastro bar and restaurant known for its distinct flavors and high-quality dishes inspired by seasonal ingredients, and delight in the impressive variety of regional wines on offer. Majestic Switzerland (10-days): Dine at one of the oldest Parisian-style brasseries in Zürich at Brasserie Lipp, a favorite to locals and travelers for many years. Appreciate the quality and flawless service of the Michelin-starred restaurant in Geneva, La Ferme de l’Hospital, in Bossey, a 17th century farmhouse that has been re-imagined by chef Jean Jacques Noguier to serve innovative cuisine featuring seasonal flavors and local wines. In the village of Broc, visit Maison Cailler and immerse your senses in the wonderful world of chocolate. Embark on a scenic journey by cable car to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn and enjoy a fabulous Celebration Dinner at a panoramic rotating restaurant, offering expansive views over the Alps. For a limited time on Luxury Gold journeys, choose from one of our amazing journeys to Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, Morocco and Egypt to receive this amazing offer: $350 off per person on Economy, $400 off per person on Premium Economy or $450 off per person on Business Class for bookings until April 4. You can take advantage of this incredible offer and save $900 per couple for the travel period April 1 to Dec. 31 For more information about Luxury Gold Journeys, contact your favorite travel agent, call 1-888-862-5952, or visit www.luxurygoldvacations.com  About Luxury GoldLuxury Gold sets an unmatched standard with its collection of award-winning journeys. Guided by a Traveling Concierge, Luxury Gold is a journey beyond the ordinary, where guests enjoy exclusive VIP Experiences, savor exceptional dining and relax in luxury hotels on every curated itinerary. As global leaders in luxury travel with expertise accumulated over nearly 100 years, Luxury Gold epitomizes extraordinary exploration to some of the world’s most spectacular destinations. To find out more, visit www.luxurygoldvacations.com.last_img read more

Le procureur général annonce une nomination à la magistrature

first_imgLe procureur général et ministre de la Justice Cecil Clarke a annoncé la nomination de Pierre Muise, originaire de Tusket dans le comté de Yarmouth, comme juge au tribunal de la famille et à la cour provinciale. M. Muise a été nommé aujourd’hui 5 juin. M. Muise a été admis au Barreau de la Nouvelle-Écosse en 1996, puis a été procureur principal de la Couronne au sein du Service des poursuites publiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse à Yarmouth. M. Muise, qui est bilingue, pourra présider des procès en français. Sa nomination assurera donc le maintien des services en français après le départ à la retraite du juge Jean-Louis Batiot. M. Muise a reçu son baccalauréat en droit de l’Université Dalhousie en 1995. Il a été président et directeur de l’Association des avocats du comté de Yarmouth, ainsi que membre exécutif et agent agréé de la Confederacy of Nova Scotia Métis et du Yarmouth and District Métis Council. Les juges de la cour provinciale doivent avoir au moins cinq ans d’expérience comme procureur de la Cour suprême de la Nouvelle-Écosse et doivent répondre à d’autres critères établis par le Conseil consultatif sur les nominations à la magistrature provinciale. Les membres du comité incluent deux membres de l’Association des avocats de la Nouvelle-Écosse, des juges de la cour provinciale et du tribunal de la famille dont l’un peut être un juge en chef, et quatre membres nommés par le ministre de la Justice. La cour provinciale a compétence exclusive sur toutes les infractions punissables par procédure sommaire en vertu des lois provinciales et des lois et règlements fédéraux. Le tribunal de la famille offre un forum pour l’audition de causes liées à la pension alimentaire, aux questions de garde et d’accès, à la violence familiale entre conjoints ou entre un parent et un enfant, ainsi qu’aux questions de protection de l’enfance. Pour plus d’information sur les tribunaux de la Nouvelle-Écosse, consultez le site www.courts.ns.ca.last_img read more

Cold Temperatures Hamper Storm Cleanup

first_imgThe Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal continues to advise motorists to take extra precautions today, Feb. 12, and into Monday, Feb. 13, due to sections of ice and snow on a number of highways across the province. Temperatures are predicted to drop to between -15 and -18 C in many areas of the province tonight and into Monday. This will make road salt ineffective until temperatures rise again. Road salt does not work at temperatures below -10 C. Counties affected most by these conditions will be Cumberland, Colchester, and Pictou counties, although areas of the South Shore, Valley, and western Cape Breton will have similar conditions, especially on secondary roads. “Department crews have been out in full force and working hard since the beginning of the storm Saturday and early morning Sunday, plowing and salting to clear the ice and snow as quickly as possible from the main provincial highways,” said Bruce Fitzner, chief engineer of highway programs. “Crews will change over to sanding highways when the temperature drops below -10 C. They will work around the clock until good driving conditions are restored.” Motorists are advised to allow extra time for travel on Monday and to use caution. Drivers should listen to local weather reports, call 511 or check the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal highway cameras atwww.gov.ns.ca/tran/cameras before heading out for an update on conditions.last_img read more

Prince Harry greets Canadian winners of the Duke of Edinburghs Awards

first_imgTORONTO – The energy Prince Harry generated at the Invictus Games’ opening ceremony concert on Saturday night spilled over to Sunday, when the prince met with dozens of high-achieving Canadian youth at the presentation of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Gold Awards.The mood on Sunday was more subdued and formal than at Saturday night’s concert, but the excitement was palpable as Prince Harry greeted award winners at the Fairmount Royal York hotel in Toronto.The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards honour 14-to-24-year-olds who take on projects related to personal development and community involvement.Prince Harry walked around the room and greeted the award recipients warmly, asking them questions about their achievements.In a speech before the ceremony began, Ontario Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell thanked Prince Harry for founding the Invictus Games, a multi-sport event for injured and sick soldiers.Harry founded the Games in 2014 to motivate wounded soldiers through their recovery. Participants took part in track events on Sunday, with some athletes running and others in wheelchairs.Dowdeswell also praised Harry’s grandfather, Prince Philip, for founding the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 1963.Prince Harry and the lieutenant-governor were also joined onstage by Lou Gizzarelli, Canada’s National President of the Awards.More than 500,000 young Canadians are currently taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award program.last_img read more

Canada trails Europe and US when adopting tech says Amazon Canada exec

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian businesses are slower to adopt new technology than their European and American counterparts, according to Canada’s head of Amazon Web Services.The e-commerce giant has noticed it takes more education and convincing to get Canadian firms to embrace the industry’s latest advancements, Eric Gales, country manager of Amazon’s cloud-computing subsidiary AWS told The Canadian Press.“The U.K. is very competitive because the whole country is just that much more dense, so that has a function in driving things like adoptions,” said Gales, who moved to Canada in 2006 from the U.K. and spent 13 years working for Microsoft before joining Amazon. “Here, we find adoption rates of new technologies are generally a bit slower.”He’s noticed that by the time a typical business in Canada adopts a product, the next version or feature with enhanced capabilities is already available because someone else pushed for it previously.The disparity stems in part from what Gales considers to be an “old model” of business, where quick adoption was mainly the privilege of companies who could afford to make large investments in platforms and features that would grow their business and help them beat competitors.As technology gets cheaper, more companies can afford to indulge in the latest gadgets and software, breaking down the gap between the “haves and have-nots.”But not all companies have seized the opportunity, so Gales said Amazon is “spending a lot of time and energy on helping customers appreciate what’s possible” and dispelling the “complicated” and “scary” reputation of artificial intelligence and machine learning.It takes more than just name-dropping big American or European brands that have latched onto new technology to get Canadian companies to follow suit, he added.“The customers I meet with want to know about Canadian examples (because) those Canadian examples generally act as the beacon, the signal that it’s okay to move forward.”That means he’s talking a lot about Vancouver-based athletic apparel company Lululemon, which adopted AWS products after finding its own system was too costly and slow. Similarly, National Bank of Canada’s global equity derivatives group looked to AWS when its hardware and databases couldn’t keep up with growth.Gales is not the first to assert that the Canadian business community’s adoption of technology can be slow.In April, a Dell and Intel-backed study from research firm PSB revealed 35 per cent of Canadians thought the technology they had at home was more advanced than what their office was outfitted with.Long before that, industries were bemoaning how the country constantly lags behind, but that isn’t the case in every sector, said Rafik Loutfy, director of Ryerson University’s Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship.Canada has been on track with financial technology, automotive, processing and aerospace technology, but retail hasn’t fared as well, he said.“Look what happened to Eatons and Sears (Canada),” Loutfy said of the chains that filed for bankruptcy, shuttering their department stores across Canada. “Both were slow to adopt e-commerce.”That same reluctance can trickle down to consumers, he said, noting that some Canadian start-ups struggle to find customers at home and have to resort to earning 80 to 90 per cent of their profits from American buyers.“We tend to be more conservative in Canada than in the U.S. and in England and then we fall behind and it costs us.”last_img read more

Ban Kimoon calls on Global Compact Leaders Summit to chart future course

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged action on climate change and other shared international concerns in an address to the Global Compact Leaders Summit – a gathering in Geneva of business leaders, government ministers, and heads of civil society groups committed to United Nations principles.“This Summit is an important opportunity to take our partnership forward – in learning as well as action,” Mr. Ban told those assembled from over 90 countries. “Over these two days, we must make an honest appraisal of what the Global Compact has achieved, renew our commitments, and chart a courageous course for the next three years.”The Secretary-General stressed the importance of joint actions to address climate change and announced the planned launch of a Business Leadership Platform on “Caring for Climate” – a joint project with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Mr. Ban recalled that since the Global Compact was launched in 2000 with 47 companies, it had grown to “what is today the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative, counting 4,000 stakeholders in 116 countries.” The Compact “has lived up to its promise – bringing business together with other stakeholders, and infusing markets and economies with universal values,” he said.Participants, split almost evenly between developed and developing economies, “have taken thousands of actions in support of the Global Compact’s 10 principles” which relate to the environment and anti-corruption as well as human and labour rights. The conference offers the opportunity “to assess the sea change that is taking place in the relationship between business and communities,” he said, pointing out that in today’s interdependent world, “business leadership cannot be sustained without showing leadership on environmental, social and governance issues.”Mr. Ban acknowledged that progress in carrying out the Global Compact’s principles is still uneven. “We need to apply policies more deeply and specifically across the board,” he said. In areas that would benefit most from a robust global economy, business is still too often linked with “exploitative practices, corruption, income equality and other barriers” that discourage innovation and entrepreneurship. Mr. Ban called on representatives from business, trade unions, academia and governments to do their part to ensure the Compact’s success, and pledged his full support in this endeavour “so that we fulfil the Global Compact’s aspirations and vision.”General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa told the approximately 1,000 participants that the UN must “strengthen partnerships with business and civil society in order to better utilize your knowledge, expertise, access and reach.”Neville Isdell, Chairman and chief executive officer of the Coca-Cola Company, said it was time to leverage the contribution of business through the Compact, which provided “the structure and the focus for collective action.” Praising the Compact’s voluntary character, he said the initiative “allows us to pursue the transformation in ways that none of us can do on our own.”Amnesty International Secretary-General Irene Khan said the human rights potential of the Compact was not being fully realized, and said delisting companies that do not uphold the principles was a positive but insufficient step. She called for a “robust peer review mechanism,” adding that “the best-performing companies can help to raise the bar by holding each other to account.” Guy Rider, the International Trade Union Confederation’s General Secretary, said the Compact was grounded in principles recognized by law, and “it is up to society to tell business what its responsibility is, not up to business to establish what its responsibility is.” Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan said a new paradigm was favouring the world’s richest 1.7 billion consumers in a “continuing asymmetry” among global consumers. The “market-based globalization” was not a panacea, and an “ethics-based globalization” should instead aim at a “mutually assured survival,” he said.The Compact’s first Annual Review, a comprehensive survey that monitors the extent to which companies have implemented the 10 principles, showed wide adoption. A majority of survey respondents have policies in place related to human rights, labour conditions, the environment and the fight against corruption. Some 63 per cent said they participated in the Compact to increase trust in the company.The Review also showed that companies are increasingly following the new reporting policy, whereby signatories are expected to disclose annually how they are implementing the principles, or risk being de-listed. Some 500 companies were delisted last year for repeated failure to communicate on progress, said Global Compact Executive Director Georg Kell, and 500 more were expected to be delisted this year.While companies are accelerating implementation efforts, there are notable performance gaps, Mr. Kell said. “For multinationals and other large companies, it is clear that more work needs to be done to embed the principles into subsidiaries and supply chains.”Also addressing the Summit was Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, who called on those present to “combine the universal authority of the UN, the global reach of international business and the mobilizing power of civil society to confront” global challenges together. 5 July 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged action on climate change and other shared international concerns in an address to the Global Compact Leaders Summit – a gathering in Geneva of business leaders, government ministers, and heads of civil society groups committed to United Nations principles. read more