Ladakh MPs speech earns praise

first_imgNew Delhi: Till Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Ladakh, didn’t make a firing speech in Lok Sabha while participating in the debate on a government move to scrap the special status enjoyed by Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, only a few were knowing about the political acumen of the young parliamentarian.After the remarkable speech, the whole world came to know about the political capabilities of the 34-year-old parliamentarian who celebrated his birthday on August 4. Namgyal’s speech in Lok Sabha, which earned the praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was also hailed by most of the parliamentarians, including the members of Opposition leaders.last_img

B Sai Praneeth 1st Indian male shuttler to win medal in 36

first_imgBasel (Switzerland): B Sai Praneeth became the first Indian male shuttler in 36 years to secure a medal in the BWF World Championships after a straight-game victory over Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie propelled him into the semifinals here on Friday. World No. 19 Praneeth, who got the Arjuna Award this year, notched up a 24-22 21-14 win over Asian Games gold medallist and World No. 4 Jonatan in the quarterfinals. Prakash Padukone was the first Indian to win a men’s singles World Championships medal — a bronze — in the 1983 edition. Praneeth, who had won the Singapore Open in 2017 and finished runners-up at Swiss Open earlier this year, came into the tournament with a 1-2 head-to-head count against the Indonesian. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIn the opening game, the Indian jumped to a 8-4 lead, but Jonatan stepped up to claw back at 10-10 before Praneeth managed a slender 11-10 advantage at the break with the help of a delicate shot at the net. The duo continued their battle after the breather as Jonatan kept breathing down the Indian’s neck. Praneeth eventually grabbed a game point at 20-19 with a cross court smash at the back, but Jonatan turned the tables and enjoyed a game point himself. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHowever, Praneeth ensured he had the last laugh. The Indian unleashed a powerful smash which the Indonesian hit wide and then his rival’s weak return got buried at the net. Praneeth missed the shuttle at the backline to concede a point but he grabbed the required two points — the last one with a cross court smash — to pocket the opening game. The second game turned out to be a one-way traffic as Praneeth came out with all cylinders blazing to, first surge to a 7-1 lead, and then a massive 11-3 advantage at the break. Jonatan tried to recover and narrowed the gap to 12-15 but the Indian stepped up to grab six match points, punishing a weak return and then shutting the door on Jonatan, who went wide.last_img read more

Study calls on Montreal to improve services to Indigenous peoples

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsA new study is demanding that Montreal improve life for Aboriginal youth in the city.Since 2001, the Indigenous population in the city has grown by nearly 200 per cent and many are between the ages of 18 to 35.Most move here for school or work, but some are escaping a bad home life and fall through the cracks of the city.last_img

A look at what happened at the G20 summit in Argentina

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Leaders of the world’s largest economic powers have agreed to overhaul the global body that regulates trade disputes, but they faced resistance from President Donald Trump over the Paris accord on climate change.Here are some of the main developments at the Group of 20 summit, which wrapped up Saturday:___WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATIONAll G-20 leaders called for reforming the World Trade Organization and the issue will be discussed during the group’s next summit in Osaka, Japan, in June. The gathering’s final statement, however, did not mention protectionism after negotiators said the U.S. objected to the wording. Trump has criticized the WTO and taken aggressive trade policies targeting China and the European Union.___U.S.-CHINA TRADE WARFinancial markets will be cheered by the announcement that Trump and Chines President Xi Jinping agreed at a dinner after the summit to have a 90-day truce in their trade battle.Trump agreed to hold off on plans to raise tariffs Jan. 1 on $200 billion in Chinese goods. Xi agreed to buy a “not yet agreed upon, but very substantial amount of agricultural, energy, industrial” and other products from the United States to reduce America’s huge trade deficit with China, the White House said.The cease-fire will buy time for the two countries to work out their differences in a dispute over Beijing’s aggressive drive to supplant U.S. technological dominance.___PRINCE UNDER PRESSUREThere were some awkward moments for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as some leaders called him out over the gruesome October killing of dissident Saudi newspaper columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the country’s consulate in Istanbul.French President Emmanuel Macron was captured on video seemingly lecturing bin Salman, at one point being heard saying “I am worried,” ”you never listen to me,” and “I am a man of my word.” Macron said the crown prince only “took note” of his concerns.British Prime Minister Theresa May also said she pressed bin Salman.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the only G-20 leader to raise the issue during the official session. Erdogan called bin Salman’s response — that the crime had not been proven — “unbelievable” and complained that Saudi authorities have been unco-operative.But it wasn’t all bad for bin Salman. He was not shunned, and on the gathering’s first day, he and Russian President Vladimir Putin engaged in a hearty grip-and-grin as the two seemingly reveled in their shared status as relative outcasts.U.S. intelligence agencies concluded the Saudi prince was behind the killing. Saudi Arabia denies he played a role.___UKRAINE CONFLICTWestern leaders confronted Putin over Russia’s recent seizure of Ukrainian naval vessels and crews, but the diplomatic pressure didn’t seem to bring either side closer to solving the conflict. Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of being responsible for the standoff.Trump cited Russia’s actions as the reason that he cancelled a planned meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the summit. EU Council President Donald Tusk sharply criticized “Russia’s aggression” against Ukraine.Putin tried to convince Trump and the leaders of France and Germany that Russia’s actions were justified — even pulling out a piece of paper and drawing a map of the disputed area to make his point.___CLIMATE CHANGEThe final communique signed by all 20 member nations said 19 of them reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris climate accord. The only holdout was the U.S., which has withdrawn from the pact under Trump.Still, environmental groups praised the statement as welcome news.“That G20 leaders signed up to the Paris Agreement reaffirmed their commitment to its full implementation in the resulting communique is important,” the World Wildlife Fund said. “It is also a reflection of the Argentinian government rightly making climate an important topic on the agenda.”Greenpeace said that “the necessity of the U.S. being part of the effort to fight climate change cannot be denied, but this is a demonstration that the U.S. is still the odd one out.”___NAFTAAfter two years of negotiations, Trump signed a revised North American trade pact with the leaders of Canada and Mexico on the sidelines of the summit. The deal is meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump long denigrated as a “disaster.”The new pact won’t take effect unless approved by the legislatures of all three nations, and there are questions about the pact’s prospects in the U.S. Congress, especially now that Democrats will control the House. Democrats and their allies in the labour movement are already demanding changes.But Trump said on the way back to Washington that he plans to formally terminate NAFTA, so Congress will have to choose between accepting the new pact or going without a trade accord.___LOW EXPECTATIONS_LOW OUTPUTEven the host country had lowered expectations ahead of the summit, saying before the gathering started that it might not be possible to reach a consensus for a final statement.After sleepless days of round-the-clock talks by diplomats, a communique was produced, but analysts said leaders merely signed a watered down statement that skirted trade and other contentious issues.“The G20 veered all over the road” at the summit and the leaders failed to fix trade, which is widely seen as a priority for boosting growth in jobs and economies, said Thomas Bernes, a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation who has held leading roles with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and Canada’s government.“Leaders buried their differences in obscure language and dropped language to fight protectionism, which had been included in every G-20 communique since the leaders’ first summit. This is clearly a retrograde step forced by United States intransigence,” Bernes said.___Associated Press writers Peter Orsi and Angela Charlton contributed to this report.Luis Andres Henao, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Loss of over 40 colleagues makes 2007 one of UNs deadliest years

2 January 2008At least 42 United Nations staff members – including 17 who died in the 11 December 2007 attack in Algiers – were killed on duty last year, making it one of the deadliest years for the Organization, according to its Staff Union. At least 42 United Nations staff members – including 17 who died in the 11 December 2007 attack in Algiers – were killed on duty last year, making it one of the deadliest years for the Organization, according to its Staff Union. “While we mourn our colleagues and the other civilians killed, we cannot but stress the need for prevention and punishment,” said Stephen Kisambura, the Union’s president. He called for Member States to bolster prevention efforts as well as bring those behind “heinous acts” to justice. “Very seldom are perpetrators prosecuted, perpetuating the climate of impunity,” Mr. Kisambura noted. Ranging from bombings in southern Lebanon to armed attacks in Afghanistan, at least nine peacekeepers and 33 civilian staff members lost their lives in 2007, according to figures from the Union’s Committee on the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service. This is an increase from 32 UN staff killed in fatal attacks in 2006 and at least 15 staff deaths in 2005. Seventeen UN staff members were among dozens who perished in two car bomb attacks in the Algerian capital on 11 December. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon characterized the incident as a “despicable strike against individuals serving humanity’s highest ideals under the UN banner.” In the wake of the tragedy, Mr. Ban promised the world body’s staff that he would spare no effort to ensure their safety and ordered an immediate review of the Organization’s security precautions and policies, stressing that “the security and welfare of UN staff is paramount.” A half dozen UN staff also lost their lives in war-wracked Sudan. Four drivers serving with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) were killed – three in the Darfur region and one in southern Sudan, while two peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) lost their lives in separate incidents. A 24 June bomb attack killed six blue helmets and injured two serving with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) while they were patrolling near Khiyam, a town in southern Lebanon. The following month, a French peacekeeper with UNIFIL lost his life while clearing unexploded ordnance left over from the 2006 war between Israel and Hizbollah. Afghanistan also proved to be dangerous for UN staff, as a remote-controlled explosive device killed an Afghan driver and four Nepalese contractors working with the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) on 17 April. Meanwhile on 2 December, a WFP truck driver was killed by armed men on the road from Kandahar to Helmand in the country’s south while delivering 14 tons of high-energy biscuits. Last year also saw UN staff being arrested or detained in Darfur, Somalia and Myanmar. Staff members of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) traveling in two vehicles clearly marked with the agency’s logo were abducted on 30 April while en route to making a routine visit to a refugee camp near the town of El Geneina, West Darfur. After an hours-long search, the six aid workers were found unharmed. Also in Africa, the head of WFP’s Mogadishu office, Idris Osman, a Somali national, was taken away by dozens of armed Government forces on 17 October and released nearly a week later with no explanation given for either his arrest or his release. In Myanmar, UNDP Programme Assistant Mynt Ngwe Mon, her husband and brother-in-law were arrested in the early hours of 3 October in Rangoon and released the following day. On 4 December, the top UN official in the country, Charles Petrie, was expelled after a 24 October statement by the UN Country Team denouncing Myanmar’s “deteriorating humanitarian situation.” read more

Feds will ensure CPP changes wont harm small businesses economy Clark

Conservative MP Lisa Raitt rises during Question Period in the House of Commons, Monday, May 30, 2016 in Ottawa. The Opposition Conservatives are questioning the Liberal government’s rush towards expanding the Canada Pension Plan by taking more off the paycheques of working Canadians.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Feds will ensure CPP changes won’t harm small businesses, economy: Clark OTTAWA – The federal Liberals found themselves on the defensive Thursday over talks to expand the Canada Pension Plan, with the Conservatives questioning the rush to raise benefits and take more off the paycheques of working Canadians.Just how much more Canadians and their employers could end up paying in CPP premiums is a central issue in negotiations between Ottawa and the provinces that will come to a head next week on changes to the national pension plan.The government faced questions in the House of Commons from both the Conservatives and the NDP, wanting to know what the government imagines the plan will look like should provinces agree to changes in premiums and benefits.At a news conference in Burnaby, B.C., Premier Christy Clark said the message Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered to her Thursday was that the federal government doesn’t want to harm those regions where the economy is struggling.“Provinces are willing to be flexible and certainly the prime minister and the federal government want to make sure that this is something that works for small business, that it works for jobs, that it doesn’t affect what in the rest of the country is a pretty fragile economy,” Clark said.Trudeau only said he wanted to ensure “Canadians are going to be able to afford the things they need in the present while ensuring retirement security for as many people as possible.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau will meet with his provincial counterparts in Vancouver on Monday where a key agenda item will be expanding the pension plan — specifically, increasing the benefits paid to the country’s retirees, requiring an increase in premiums paid by workers and employers.Morneau has said he wants to see a deal to expand the pension plan completed by the end of the year, but talks are now in high gear in the hopes of a preliminary agreement much sooner. Ontario has been pushing for an immediate agreement, knowing that any consensus on CPP changes would affect the provincial pension plan that starts to roll out next year.The talks centre on whether to have an across-the-board increase in premiums that would capture all workers, or to take a more focused approach that targets the most vulnerable Canadians, similar to the provincial plan being pursued in Ontario.Conservative finance critic Lisa Raitt said the federal government hasn’t provided evidence to show that there would be widespread benefits from an expanded CPP, nor explained the reason to get a deal done now. She called on the government to consult Canadians on any changes.“I’m not hearing a lot on the motivation for it,” she said of the push for immediate changes.“Everyone seems to have accepted that it’s a good deal, but I’m not seeing the evidence that on the balance — taking a look at how much money people are going to be removing from their paycheques, which is a given, who is really benefiting at the end of the day for it.”She said the majority of Canadians know how to manage their finances and save for retirement, and that the government should focus on educating workers about retirement planning and giving them private vehicles to save.Any changes should target those Canadians who are at risk of not having enough money in retirement, Raitt said.Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, said the absence of an agreement next week could lead to a patchwork of pension plans across the country that could become a disincentive for employers looking to set up shop, or expand their businesses.“You’re better off paying a little bit more for CPP than having a patchwork across the country,” he said.Making changes to the Canada Pension Plan requires the consent of seven provinces representing at least two-thirds of the country’s population. That math makes Ontario’s consent a necessity for any changes to occur — and ensures it, Quebec and B.C. are central to the talks reaching any sort of consensus. by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 16, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Womens Basketball No 13 Ohio State romps Rutgers 9068

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun drives down the baseline in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ win against Rutgers on Feb. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorRutgers stayed within striking distance of the No. 13 Ohio State women’s basketball team for the majority of the first quarter and trailed by just one point when Buckeye head coach Kevin McGuff called a timeout with two minutes remaining. Ohio State responded from that timeout with a 35-15 run to cruise into halftime with what proved to be an insurmountable 51-30 lead.The Buckeyes rode their early lead to a 90-68 victory against the Scarlet Knights Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center.During the first-half run, Ohio State (20-5, 9-3 Big Ten) hit six 3-pointers. The Buckeyes went 11-for-22 from beyond the arc and hit 56 percent of their shots. They held Rutgers (18-8, 6-6 Big Ten) to just 39 percent shooting. Rutgers went 4-of-19 from 3.“We started getting some stops and then the stops were leading to transition basketball,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “I thought that’s what really allowed us to kind of get some separation in the game.”Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell had a team-high 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting. She hit 5-of-6 triples. Five other Buckeyes scored in double-figures, including redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who dropped 12 points and corralled a game-high 13 rebounds. Redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun hit 3-of-5 3s and scored 17 points.Ohio State entered the game ranked first in the Big Ten in turnover ratio, but Rutgers followed closely behind, ranking second in the conference. The Scarlet Knights proved to be no match in terms of ball control for the majority of the first half, however. The Buckeyes held a 14-12 turnover advantage and scored 25 points off turnovers.“People have different philosophies, but we’re really aggressive when we turn somebody over,” McGuff said. “I thought our kids made good decisions, too, in transition about shot selection. Sometimes you can get going kind of fast and take bad shots, but I didn’t think we did that tonight.”Ohio State’s win against Rutgers was its fourth victory in a row and the fourth game it held its opponents to 68 points or fewer. This is the lowest opponents have scored in a four-game stretch since McGuff was hired five seasons ago. The win streak comes following a three-game losing streak in which the Buckeyes gave up 84 points to Michigan, 99 points to Maryland and 103 points to Iowa.“I personally think the losing streak that we were on motivated us to do better and separate ourselves from our opponents,” redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper said. “We just looked back, watched some film and tried to get better from those games. It’s been showing for the last four games.”The Buckeyes assisted on 20 of their made shots. Though senior guard Asia Doss struggled with her shot (1-for-7), she led the game with seven assists. Senior guard Tyler Scaife, the only Scarlet Knight who averaged more than seven points per game entering the contest, led Rutgers with 27 points. But she hit just 12-of-27 shots from the field. Rutgers held a hefty 40-32 rebound edge. The Scarlet Knights nearly had as many offensive rebounds (24) as the Buckeyes had defensive rebounds (21). This led to the visiting team scoring 21 second-chance points. McGuff said the Buckeyes struggled to get a body on Rutgers’ rebounders and that his team played more zone than usual, which was effective when defending, but not when rebounding.With redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman day-to-day and sitting out with a neck injury Wednesday’s game, Ohio State added sophomore guard Jensen Caretti to its eight-person rotation. She scored two points in 14 minutes.The Buckeyes will be back in action at 2 p.m. Sunday when they take on South Florida in an unusual non-conference road game late in the season. read more

Prince Philip dubs himself worlds most experienced plaqueunveiler as he opens new

first_imgGatting said after meeting Philip, who was invited to lunch in the new stand’s restaurant: “He always seems to be very aware and interested in what’s happening in the game.”He’s been a wonderful supporter of the MCC and the sport generally.” The Duke of Edinburgh is an honorary Life Member of Marylebone Cricket Club The Duke of Edinburgh cutting the ribbon The Duke of Edinburgh (second left) is shown a number of bats by Dr Chinmay Gupte (second right) and John Stephenson (right) The Duke is believed to be the Royal Family’s keenest cricket fan. He was a talented player in his younger days and served two terms as MCC president in 1949 and 1974, and is an honorary life member. The Duke of Edinburgh joked about his prowess at unveiling plaques when he opened a new £25 million stand at Lord’s cricket ground.Philip, famed for his off-the-cuff comments, quipped just before he pulled a cord to part a small curtain: “You’re about to see the world’s most experienced plaque-unveiler”. The Duke of Edinburgh (second left) is shown a number of bats by Dr Chinmay Gupte (second right) and John Stephenson (right)Credit:Arthur Edwards/PA Wire He then walked on to the outfield where a group including Gatting and former England bowler Angus Fraser held a variety of bats, including a modern one and a replica of one used by ex-England captain David Gower in the 1980s.The Duke was also shown a new pink ball which has been developed for both night and day matches and prototype stumps with retractable bails which are designed to reduce the possibility of injury from flying bails. The Duke of Edinburgh opens the new Warner Stand at Lord’s Cricket GroundCredit:WPA Pool /Getty Images It is the first phase of a major redevelopment project at Lord’s in central London, famously the home of cricket, which is owned by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) – the guardians of the laws and spirit of the game. Construction of the Warner Stand at Lord’s, which hosts 2,656 seatsCredit:Anthony Devlin/PA On arrival at Lord’s, Philip, wearing his red and gold MCC tie, affectionately referred to as egg and bacon, chatted to senior members of the club in the pavilion’s committee room. The Duke of Edinburgh is an honorary Life Member of Marylebone Cricket ClubCredit:Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool /Getty Images The Duke of Edinburgh opens the new Warner Stand at Lord's Cricket Ground Construction of the Warner Stand at Lord's, which hosts 2,656 seats The Duke of Edinburgh in his Marylebone Cricket Club tieCredit:Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool /Getty Images His comment was reminiscent of a joke made by his grandson, Prince Harry, who said of the Royal Family during a tree-planting ceremony: “It’s what we do.”And when the Duke was shown a selection of cricket bats through the ages, from an 1890s blade used by Albert Trott to a huge example now ruled illegal, he looked at a baseball-style bat with a very long handle and said to former England captain Mike Gatting: “It’s an offensive weapon.” The Duke of Edinburgh in his Marylebone Cricket Club tie The Duke of Edinburgh cutting the ribbonCredit:Arthur Edwards/PA Wire Philip was looking at a version of the Mongoose bat that was used a few years ago by Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden.The Duke met primary school cricketers and other past England players when opened the new Warner Stand, originally built in 1958 and named after celebrated former England cricket captain Sir Pelham Warner. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

President blanks Private Sector calls for clarity on Govt policies

…chides business community for not investing more  Head of State, David Granger, today, pointedly blanked several direct calls made by Private Sector leaders, for clarity on economic development, government policies such as taxation, oil and gas and energy, and instead chided the business community for not investing more.Granger was at the time delivering the keynote address at the opening of ‘Guyana Business Summit 2017’ which got underway on Wednesday at the Georgetown Marriott.President David GrangerOrganised by the Private Sector Commission (PSC) with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the activity saw in attendance scores of business leaders and representatives, members of the diplomatic community, representatives of the donor community and members from each side of the political divide.Granger said investors have been coming to Guyana from across the world including the Americans, Brazilians, British, Canadians, Chinese, French, Indians and Russians among others.“All are investing in Guyana, why can’t you….why should Guyanese have to be reminded…Guyanese should have no good reason for not increasing investment in their country,” the President said. The President in lashing out at the private sector representatives for failing to invest in the country said Government has been working to create a more enabling environment.He told the private sector it will have to position itself in order to take advantage of emerging opportunities since it has the expertise and experience to drive economic development.The president also used the occasion to lament, the lagging ratio of commercial banks operating in Guyana saying Government has been encouraging this industry to expand its services to other zones.Addressing the opening of the Business Summit, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President, Deodat Indar, speaking in the stead of PSC Chairman Eddie Boyer, was among the representatives to throw out direct questions ahead of the President’s remarks.    Directly addressing the President at the third ever such gathering to be held in the nation’s history, the private sector representative said the consensus among the business leaders, is that the country cannot depend on the oil and gas sector alone.Deodat said the private sector is of the view that there is need for diversification of the economy but that there also needs to be clear signals being sent from the Administration to investors and the business community at large.Turning to President Granger—seated in the first row of the conference room along with Business Minster Dominic Gaskin—the GCCI head called on the president to clarify his position on a range of issues.“Please clarify Government’s approach to economic development,” Deodat questioned while listing taxation policies, incentive programmes for business, strengthening democracy and ensuring the rule of law as a few of the main queries.Deodat said the private sector wanted the Head of State to clarify how Government intends to work with the business community to create jobs.The Oil and Gas sector—a hot button topic throughout the course of the first day—also saw appeals from the private sector.The business leader told President Granger that the PSC wanted a better understanding of precisely where and how the revenues from that industry will be spent. Government, he reminded is the biggest spender.Such clarity from the President, “will assist the private sector on where and when to invest.”The GCCI President—reading a prepared statement from PSC Chairman Boyer, told the opening of the Business Summit, the confab had been organised with the aim of coming to real solutions that would bring marked benefit with regards to national development and not “another talk shop.”Granger instead pointed to inherited problems still to be solved and repeated that Government has “been working to create an environment supportive of social and economic development linked to the objective of a good life for all.”Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo had challenged President Granger not to deliver ‘another good life speech’.The forum also heard from Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association representative, Shyam Nokta, who told those gathered of the need to look at the bigger picture. “We need to ask ourselves what kind of economy we want to see by 2025,” as he reminded of the transformative potential of the oil and gas sector.Nokta was adamant there is need for a clear strategy to stimulate growth of the private sector in the years to come. He reminded of the urgency of collaboration and urgent action.IDB Resident Representative, Sophie Makonnen, was also firm in exhortations for a more inclusive, ground-based approach by stakeholders in the need to tackle social economic disparities.Cognizant of the significant oil reserve, Makonnen said it means Guyana is poised to become a regional powerhouse and reminded that many opportunities will come as a result.She urged the Administration to consult more with the private sector saying, “governments that listen to private sector are more likely to design credible reforms.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident in favour of private sector organisations being part of governance, regulatory systems, says PSCOctober 4, 2018In “Business”Greater clarity in defining a framework for oil & gas sector needed- Opposition LeaderSeptember 10, 2018In “Business”Oil & Gas: Govt should hold off on T&T MoU, assess impact on local businesses- GCCISeptember 6, 2018In “Business” read more

Column Keeping my faith can be challenging at times but its my

first_imgFollowing the appointment of a new pope, Catholic Patricia McNally talks about her hopes for the future of the Catholic Church and the challenges and joys of her own spiritual path.FAITH IS A SAFETY net in a challenging and stressful world. Everyday life has become busier, we are living in ‘fast-forward’ mode and faith is the pause button that everyone needs. We all like to have a certain amount of control over things in our lives and we like things to turn out the way we want them to, but very often this doesn’t happen.Families are struggling to make ends meet, young people are facing emigration. Depression, loneliness, and feelings of isolation and detachment from society are becoming increasingly common amongst people. Why is this happening in an age when methods of communication couldn’t be better? We mail, we text, we Skype, we tweet each other regularly but what we are losing sight of is the personal touch, the real life conversation with another person, and being fully present with them in that moment. Faith keeps us connected to God and to one another and prayer is our communication line to heaven.I strayed from my faith beforeFaith is the light at the end of the tunnel that so many people need to see and experience. It is very real, it fires up your whole being. It brings with it a new hope and a sense of trust in God. It is very easy for all of us to get caught up in the world and leave our faith and our belief to one side. I strayed unintentionally from my faith some years ago when I became involved in new age activities such as meditation, angel readings, reiki, bio-energy healing and a wide range of other practices.I didn’t realise that this was going totally against everything I had believed in and grew up with. The dark cloud of new age philosophy hung over me to the point where it blinded me from the truth. I continued along this path for quite some time, always searching for something but never finding it. Eventually I came to the end of this road and discovered that there was nothing there.Finding my way backI felt terrified, alone and overcome with such a state of anxiety that I dreaded even having to leave the house. I called out to God for help. I felt like I was crying out to him from the wilderness. Shortly after, a series of miraculous events happened that enabled me to walk away from everything to do with new age. I walked into a church for mass. The altar was beautifully lit with candles and when I heard the priest say the words ‘Jesus is present’ something stirred inside me and I felt safe. The sermon that evening was about new age. It was no co-incidence. It was everything I needed to hear right at that particular moment.Mass became my safe haven, my breathing space, where I could get relief from all the anxiety and the terrible fear that encompassed me. Through the amazing power of the Eucharist I got the strength I needed to break away from all the snares and deception that surrounded me because of my involvement with new age. I can relate to the story of the lost sheep as I feel I was lost – we all stray away from the flock but Jesus really will welcome you back with open arms no matter how far you have strayed. He will heal the wounds and make you strong again through the sacraments.The Church is my communityThe church is the heart of the community and it is our place of connection, where we can experience the love of God through others who reach out with a helping hand when we need it. I am blessed to be living in a parish where we have a vibrant faith-community. This is down to the support and encouragement of our priests who work alongside the people, ever-ready to support and encourage and build anew.The challenge the Church faces today, I believe, is in creating a bridge to the community to meet people where they are at on their own particular faith journey. For some, coming back to mass may be too big of a step for them to take but they may come along to a witness talk or even to a parish coffee morning. The church is going through a new evangelisation right now and it is the most opportune time to give your faith a chance to grow.It’s okay to take stepping stones. Everyone needs to walk at their own pace. We all have a light inside us, it is how we nurture that light that matters, and our faith is like that, it needs nurturing and then that little wavering light will become a blazing fire inside your heart.Patricia McNally is helping to organise the Faith Festival in Enniscorthy, County Wexford from 31 May – 2 June 2013.The celebrations organised by the parishes of  St Aidan’s and St Senan’s, will be officially opened by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and closed by Bishop Denis Brennan. Enniscorthy castle will play host to an exhibition of various religious artefacts and photographs showcasing the celebration of faith in the diocese throughout the ages. The weekend will also be packed with a wide range of events including witness talks by John Waters and Micky Harte and Maeve Carlin. If you would like more information on the festival please email Patricia at p.mcnally@live.com.Read: Tears, cheers and prayers as the Vatican reveals new pope>Opinion: So much has come out to show the Vatican is dysfunctional>last_img read more

Tourist season a stress test for Greek ports

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek island ports are struggling to cope with traffic as the tourist season reaches its peak. Years of insufficient investment in infrastructure has resulted in ports unable to accommodate the number of passengers coming through, much to the frustration of the authorities, the passengers, and coastal shippers. The problem became more acute this year with the increase in tourist arrivals and the growing competition between ferry companies. This has resulted in major delays at ports such as Paros, Karpathos, Naxos, Santorini, and Rafina when two or three big ships arrive to dock at almost the same time.According to industry officials, 90 per cent of the Greek ports are facing these problems with no solution in the foreseeable future, due to lack of funding.last_img read more

Awesome iOS Easter Egg Turns Siri Into Lego Batmans Computer

first_img Apple’s been known to have a little fun with Siri in the past, and with the launch of the Lego Batman movie, they’ve delivered once again. All you have to do is your best Will Arnett impression.And truthfully, it doesn’t even have to be particularly good. Just open your conversation like Lego Batman would — by snarling “Hey, ‘puter” or “Hey, computer” and Siri will start playing her part in response.She’ll reply with a “How can I help you, Lego Batman?” She’s also been programmed to chime in with dialog that meshes with the movie… Like telling you that she’s taken the liberty to microwave that lobster thermidor that the real Lego Batman nearly nuked for 20 minutes.The pool of quotes isn’t particularly deep, but it’s still good for a chuckle or two. Here’s a pair of screenshots, courtesy NME, that show Siri in action:You’ll have to be a bit careful with your new Bat Computer access, of course. You don’t want Alfred stepping in and revoking your computer privileges, now, do you? If you’ve seen the movie already, you know how that turns out. If you haven’t, you may want to check out MovieBob’s review before you head off to a showing.Apple isn’t the only company to have hitched its wagon to Lego Batman. Chevrolet got in on the action last month at the 2017 NAIAS in a big way. Big as in a full-scale Lego Batmobile and an accompanying product detail page on their actual website. Stay on target California Wants to Limit Storage of Smart Speaker RecordingsFacebook’s Virtual Assistant To Challenge Alexa, Siri last_img read more

Vancouver Police Department resurrects bicycle officer unit

first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department is re-implementing its bicycle patrol unit — after being in limbo for more than a decade — on the heels of the official opening of The Waterfront Vancouver.Officers on bicycles is nothing new for the city — the unit has existed off and on in one form or another since a pilot program kicked off in 1991.“The bike unit was very effective. This is why (the specialty officers) are being brought back,” police department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. “Bike officers can access certain areas more easily than the traditional patrol car, are more accessible to the public, can deploy quickly to certain areas and are trained to use their bicycles for different scenarios.”The officers will attend training in mid-September, and equipment is being ordered. The goal is to have the officers patrolling by the end of the month.When the pilot program began 27 years ago, law enforcement brass wanted to focus on downtown Vancouver. Alleyways, parking lots and parks not easily accessed by officers patrolling in their vehicles were checked over by the bike unit, which rode the streets on a part-time, crime-driven basis.last_img read more

CWC 2018 Real Madrid and Al Ain are set to make

first_imgBoth teams are playing for important objectives: Real Madrid wants its third consecutive world title, while Al Ain wants to be the first non-European/South American championTomorrow, football fans have a date with history as the Grand Final of the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup is set to play.Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid will take on local Emirati surprise club Al Ain FC, to decide who is the best team in the planet.And both sides are playing for important objectives.Madrid is participating in its fourth FIFA Club World Cup Final, and third consecutive, and want to become the biggest champion in the tournament.They are currently tied with three tiles with fellow Spanish team Barcelona.Meanwhile, Al Ain FC has surprised the world, not only by beating New Zealand’s Team Wellington in the Playoff match, but also defeating Espérance Sportif de Tunis in the Quarterfinals.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The Boss then defeated Copa Libertadores king River Plate, in a surprising match that had to be decided in penalty kicks.This means, that they have the chance to become the first non-European/South American champion in the tournament’s history.Before this match, Argentina’s River Plate will take on Japanese and Asian champions Kashima Antlers to settle the Third Place of the CWC.Who do you think will win the tournament this Saturday?#CWC18: You can follow all our coverage of the FIFA Club World Cup in our different social media. @ClubWorldCups pic.twitter.com/0BmSDpo0kQ— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) December 15, 2018last_img read more

3 including siblings die taking excessive liquor

first_imgNarayanganjThree young men died reportedly after taking excessive liquor during a pre-wedding party at Narayanganj’s Siddhirganj on Friday noon, reports UNB.The deceased are Ashique Hossain, 20, son of Abul Hossain and two brothers –Akib Uddin, 24, and Rasel, 28–sons of Alauddin Akhter of the area.Locals said the trio and some others consumed foreign-made alcohol during a ‘holud’ ceremony on Wednesday night. At one stage, the victims fell sick, they added.Later, they were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Thursday morning.The victims died on Friday noon while undergoing treatment at DMCH, said Shahin Shah Parvez, officer-in-charge of Siddhirganj police station.The bodies were kept at hospital morgue for autopsy, the OC added.last_img

Carrie Fishers The Princess Diarist Is Frank Cringeworthy and Perfect

first_imgStay on target The Fool Who Follows Him: 9 Solo Spin-Offs Disney Should Make NextEpisode IX Gets a New Screenwriter and John Boyega Discusses Leia’s Sendoff Carrie Fisher had 40 years to accept being Princess Leia, something that’s more complicated than it sounds. Even in the books final pages, she ponders what that means.“What would I be if I weren’t Princess Leia?” she asks. A lot would be different. She wouldn’t be in the spotlight during her best and worst moments. She wouldn’t be appearing at comic and science fiction conventions giving, as she writes, “celebrity lap dances” to fans. She probably wouldn’t have had sex with Harrison Ford. We probably wouldn’t have had eight books, including four memoirs, including the recently released The Princess Diarist, which chronicles the actress’s experiences and relationship with the movie that made her famous.She wouldn’t have made me open my own diaries and spend an evening cringing and drinking heavily as I tried to decipher my cursive and wonder aloud if all teenagers are this awful.As I’ve found out, they mostly are, even if you get to star in Star Wars and not wear underwear in space.Let’s get this out of the way: we knew going in that at least some of the book would focus on her three-month affair with co-star Harrison Ford, who was 31 at the time and was married with children. Surprisingly, the experience–which includes some diary entries from the period–takes up around half the book. Fisher understands that some aspects of filming would be more enticing than others, so it makes sense that this would, in some ways, overwhelm the rest of her experiences.She justifies this by writing that “if I didn’t write about it someone else would… someone who would wait–cowardly–until after my passing to speculate on what happened and make me look bad” (there are a lot of references to her own mortality, which unintentionally became more bittersweet considering her recent passing. They’re also oddly prophetic and self-aware, making you wonder what her relationship with death was). It’s true that it would’ve revealed itself eventually, so why not hear it from her own mouth? Not only that, why not learn about it with all the intimate details?The reader gets it all: when it first happened, what makes Harrison Ford laugh, where they did the deed, and most importantly, how 19-year-old Carrie felt being in a casual relationship with a married man that she knew wouldn’t matter.That’s where we get some of the diaries alluded to in the title. Fisher found some old notebooks hidden under a floorboard and included some of the more cringeworthy but personal entries. Short poems on human mentality and connection are interlaced with treatises on love with a man who she didn’t care for and who didn’t care for her (her words). Whether this was a good idea or not is up to her, but based on interviews that only focused on this one thing, she seems to regret it at least a little.After completing The Princess Diarist I did the regrettable and pulled out my own journal, which I’d been schlepping around from apartment to apartment since I was, coincidentally, also 19. I wasn’t about to star in a major blockbuster, but I was in love for the first time, had a lot of thoughts on video games, was at a job that felt like it was going to change me personally, and attempted to get back into bad poetry. My very first entry is a rant on–and I shudder–why life is boring and monotonous.Don’t worry, I’m not going to share any. I’m not as brave as Fisher is for sharing her 19-year-old self, and also I want to spare you the embarrassing details of some of my first burning love questions (it’s bad though). Many of Fisher’s entries are super dramatic in the same way as mine, although they’re a lot funnier and a bit more varied.For example, she wrote: “Maybe stop fooling around with all these human beings and fall in love with a chair. It would have everything that immediate situation has to offer, and less, which is obviously what I need.” That might be the most relatable thing I’ve ever heard.Despite a small section of the book being an actual diary, the rest of The Princess Diarist reads like one. Fisher explores that time in her life mostly chronologically–starting with her first experiences with show business at a young age to losing weight for The Force Awakens–and albeit more coherently than a traditional journal would, but her style is more of a train of thought. She’ll touch upon a subject and delve deeply into her thoughts, both past and present.Fisher doesn’t hold back, often going on too long about some things, but she’s always been one to ramble. Part of her charm has always been in her willingness to share all of the information with an abundance of self-awareness, self-deprecation, and humor. She seems to feel almost no shame. Her decision to include diary entries instead of just alluding to them is just icing on what we already knew. It would’ve been out of character to not include them.Courtesy StarWars.comSo yes, Fisher goes into quite a lot of detail about her affair with Ford. More importantly, she exposes how her mind worked during that time, and how little it has changed over the decades. Even at 19, she was witty and introspective. She was maybe a little more emotional and dramatic in the way that all 19-year-olds are, but she’s still the same Carrie Fisher.In the end, she wonders whether she would’ve been different, and the answer is probably not, but the experiences that shaped her are important nonetheless. There are some cringeworthy aspects (dear God woman, why did you have sex with a married man?), but none of that matters. This is Carrie Fisher’s life and her book. If she feels complicated about meeting fans, many of whom said she was their first crush, she’s going to. If she’s going to simultaneously love Princess Leia and also dislike her, especially that gold bikini, she’s going to.Through that, we just got one of the most intimate looks into a celebrity and nerd icon’s mind. That’s the power of a diary and that’s the power of Carrie Fisher, who was never afraid to share anything. The Princess Diarist is just another example of that.last_img read more

Felix Pastorius descendant of music dynasty to jam at Jazz Café Escazú

first_imgWith his scruffy face and dressed-down demeanor,Felix Pastorius seems as relaxed onstage as a musician could. Yet as he plucks the strings of his bass, Pastorius wears an expression of focused curiosity, as if he is discovering the riffs as he goes. If a jazz fan saw the Floridian artist perform and had no idea who he was, Pastorius would seem effortlessly skilled. Related posts:PHOTOS: Grinding out the blues over the weekend, Barrio Amón ‘felt like New Orleans’ The Prague Ballet, an international blues festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Hey NFL, are you out of your #$@% minds? Tico stand-up, founding father, and other happenings around Costa Rica Pastorius arrives in Costa Rica this week to play a two-night engagement at Jazz Café Escazú, southwest of the capital. At only 31 years old, Pastorius has played with the decades-old Yellowjackets, but for this concert he will arrive with his own quartet, The Social Experiment. If you’re familiar with the Pastorius dynasty – which goes back to his grandfather, the acclaimed drummer Jack – this concert should make you swell with nostalgia. But any jazz fan should appreciate Pastorius’ long, free-form jams.Felix Pastorius and The Social Experiment perform Sept. 25 & 26 at Jazz Café, Escazú. Fri. & Sat., 9 p.m. 20,000 ($40). Info: Jazz Café website. Facebook Commentscenter_img But a serious jazz fan would probably know that Felix Pastorius is the son of John Francis Anthony Pastorius III, the acclaimed funk bassist known for his nickname “Jaco.” Jaco Pastorius collaborated with the Weather Report and Joni Mitchell, earning global acclaim for his musicianship before his accidental death in 1987. Friends and fans have long remarked about the uncanny similarity between father and son.last_img read more

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