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World Cup 2015: Suresh Raina is the crucial cog, says Kapil Dev

first_imgSuresh RainaFor a quarter-final match, it may not have met the expected standards but there was good competition between the two teams. The end result does show the stark difference between the sides, but then India were hardly in doubt of getting past Bangladesh. The comfortable win over Bangladesh has confirmed India as the best equipped team in this tournament so far.On the majestic Melbourne Cricket Ground, the cricketers are never short on motivation. We all saw how Rohit Sharma took his game a few notches above and delivered a superb century. The Indians had their plans in place. The instructions, obviously, were to treat the situation on merit. There was a composed approach by the openers and then the thrust came from Suresh Raina, a batsman who has made rapid strides in this World Cup. His presence in the middle order boosts India’s batting capabilities and it helps Mahendra Singh Dhoni to have a Raina around when the need is to push the scoring rate.Good start from openersIndia gained from a good start. I will rate it good because Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit realised the significance of the match and brought in discipline to their batting. The situation demanded they play the ball on merit because Bangladesh had bowlers who knew their task well. It may not have been a fascinating tussle but there were moments when the Indian supporters must have felt the pressure and tension that the team was experiencing in the middle.The pressure of a knockout stage applies to the best of the teams. At the back of their mind the Indians must have remembered the 2007 World Cup when Bangladesh stunned the Rahul Dravid-led team.advertisementThe stage here was different. A determined India were stretched on a couple of occasions in the league stage. The match against Zimbabwe was a good wake up call. But when they took the field on Thursday, it was evident that India were not going to take it lightly. The target was clearly 300-plus because it allows the bowlers do their job with confidence. I know Bangladesh is a competitive side but India proved to be a much stronger combination.The innings by Rohit was in keeping with his reputation to strike the ball hard and clean. There is no doubt about his talent, and his timing of shots and overall temperament to play the big innings.All he had to be careful was shot selection, and I must say he did extremely well. Rohit stayed calm right through the innings. I liked this innings most because he was willing to wait for the right ball to strike. It showed that he has matured as a batsman, and is a source of strength to his captain. He has emerged vital to India’s campaign.Raina has improved with every match. True, Rohit laid the platform but Raina gave the innings the direction it needed. He walked in with little time left to take charge and immediately got into his run-scoring rhythm. This was the Raina that the team needed and he delivered in style. His wide range of shots gives him the freedom to set the pace of the innings and it was a very crucial performance by Raina. I have lot of time for him as a cricketer who loves to be involved in the thick of action.It was a tough game for Ajinkya Rahane. He appeared tense and seemed in a hurry to get going. He was not able to pick the gaps but I know he can come good in a big match. I also liked the cameo by Ravindra Jadeja. I had some concern about his batting but he showed he was getting into his stride. These runs are surely going to give him the assurance that his batting will be crucial in the lower half when India meet a stronger opponent in the semi-finals.InexperienceBangladesh may have lost but they gave a decent account of their cricket in this World Cup. They made it tough for India until the 25th over. At that stage, I was looking at India getting to 275 or so but inexperience cost Bangladesh. They allowed India to recover and then lost the race after the initial setbacks. The run out of Imrul Kayes showed how nerves can affect your game.I respect Bangladesh for trying to make a fight of it. Cricket is followed so passionately in Bangladesh and I have seen some excellent talent emerging from this lot. I will back Bangladesh to make strides in the next couple of years because they have the nucleus to form a good international team. The sight of an animated (skipper) Mashrafe Mortaza must have surprised some but I can understand his anguish. Physically, he was not at his best and yet tried to give hundred per cent. Bangladesh tried their best but it was not good enough on a day when India were at their best.advertisementlast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo sets sights on Raul’s Real Madrid scoring record

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo can overtake Raul as Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer when Granada visit the Bernabeu in La Liga on Saturday and the Portugal captain will have needed fewer than half as many matches to do it. He can do it earlier when the Spanish side take on Swedish side Malmo on Wednesday’s Champions League encounter.Former Spain striker Raul, now with New York Cosmos, netted 323 goals in 741 appearances for the world’s richest club, while Ronaldo’s hat-trick in Tuesday’s 4-0 Champions League victory at home to Shakhtar Donetsk took his tally to a jaw-dropping 321 in just 304 matches.Ronaldo: Watch the trailer of the Madrid star’s new documentary film The 30-year-old FIFA Ballon d’Or holder’s treble at the Bernabeu came hot on the heels of his five-goal haul at Espanyol last weekend and Real have rattled in 15 goals without reply in their last three outings.”I know Cristiano Ronaldo’s value and performance level,” Real coach Rafa Benitez told a news conference after the Shakhtar game. “He is the best in the world and is showing that in games and every training session.”Ronaldo hit five goals in a match for the first time when Real hammered Granada 9-1 at the Bernabeu last season and Granada midfielder Ruben Rochina is expecting another rough ride despite Benitez missing several regulars due to injury.last_img read more

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Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis duo enters Canadian Open quarters

first_imgReigning Wimbledon champions Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis notched up an easy win to enter the women’s doubles quarterfinals of the $2,678,055 Canadian Open tennis tournament here.The top seeded pair took just 54 minutes to defeat German-Polish combine of Julia Goerges and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik 6-3, 6-2 on the outdoor hard courts of the Aviva Centre on Thursday.Also read: Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal win but other seeds tumble in Montreal The unseeded pair did not start well as they double faulted thrice in the first set. Sania and Martina had three chances to break their opponents, out of which one successful conversion was enough to seal the set in their favour.Though Julia and Klaudia were successful in breaking the top seeds once in the second set, the Indo-Swiss combination broke their opponents twice more to easily wrap up the set and match.Overall too, Sania and Martina dominated the match, winning 57 of the 91 points played in the match.Next up, the top seeds will take on Chinese Taipei pair of Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan.last_img read more

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Joao Cancelo close to becoming a Manchester City player

first_imgAdvertisement Db Torino 20/10/2018 – campionato di calcio serie A / Juventus-Genoa / foto Daniele Buffa/Image Sportnella foto: Joao CanceloAdvertisementThe English Champions Manchester City are in the aftermath of a brilliant treble winning season but with such an achievement comes along the expectation of repeating or doing better next season. For that to happen , Manchester City need to bolster their ranks.Db Torino 20/10/2018 – campionato di calcio serie A / Juventus-Genoa / foto Daniele Buffa/Image Sportnella foto: Joao CanceloApart from the usual Matthjis De Ligt speculations, Manchester City haven’t really been linked with any player as the emphasis at the club is on a Vincent Kompany farewell and manager Pep Guardiola’s rumours with Juventus.Portuguese media outlet Recorc believes that Joao Cancelo is being touted to Manchester City. The Portuguese right-back has had an impressive season at Juventus.Tactically , Cancelo would be a huge boost to City as he can play right back in a back 4 as well wing back ahead of a back 3.The Portuguese International possesses great running ability and can whip in dangerous crosses. His pacey dribbles and underlaps make him a lethal offensive player and City are known to involve their fullbacks/wingbacks up front.last_img read more

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Guardiola reveals Carabao Cup advice to players

first_imgGuardiola Guardiola tells Man City players how to beat Carabao Cup final jitters Dom Farrell 08:05 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Aguero Pep Guardiola Manchester City Champions League Catherine Ivill Guardiola Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Arsenal League Cup The Premier League leaders battle Arsenal for a piece of silverware on Sunday, but the coach wants his players to treat the game like a friendly Pep Guardiola wants his Manchester City players to treat Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Arsenal like a friendly game so they can leave Wembley without regrets.Guardiola boasts a supreme record in finals as a club coach, triumphing three times in the Club World Cup and twice apiece in the Champions League, Copa del Rey and DFB-Pokal.The only time over 10 showpiece encounters in the dugout the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss tasted defeat was when Cristiano Ronaldo settled the 2011 Copa del Rey final in extra time at Barca’s expense. 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 Last season at City was the first time in his coaching career Guardiola finished a campaign without silverware, although the manager of the runaway Premier League leaders did not speak like a man fearing reputational damage on the eve of facing Arsene Wenger’s men.As a player he featured at Wembley when Barcelona won their maiden European Cup in 1992 and his message to younger members of the City squad who are yet to lift a major trophy was a simple one.”In your first finals you are more nervous than the next ones,” Guardiola said. “What I try to say to the players is try to play more like a friendly game.”In the final you want more calm [but also] it has to be with more courage. That’s all and on Sunday we are going to try again.”I think it’s a game we have to try to enjoy the most. It’s a final. We are here to play these types of game, why be nervous? Why be worried about win, win, win?”It’s just a game. No regrets after the game – ‘Oh, it’s too late now, I didn’t do what I should do’ – because it’s a final.”Everybody is going to be watching us. It’s good for our fans and the fans from Arsenal to be there and it’s a success already to be there. Now we just have to try to win.”Arsenal beat City 2-1 at the national stadium in the semi-finals of last year’s FA Cup, the last game Gabriel Jesus missed as he recuperated from a broken metatarsal.The Brazil striker has been forced to endure another lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering medial knee ligament damage during the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve, but he is back in training and ready to feature this weekend – in all probability from the bench as top scorer Sergio Aguero leads the line”With Gabriel, it is because of his mentality,” Guardiola said. “He is a young guy, he is strong. He is a guy who will be ready.”Friday pre-Wembley vibes!   #mancity pic.twitter.com/fBGJ3AS4Wp — Manchester City (@ManCity) February 23, 2018 Despite suffering a shock 1-0 defeat to League One Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup on Monday, the Carabao Cup could still be the first of multiple honours this season for City, who hold a 4-0 first-leg lead over Basel in the last 16 of the Champions League.Perhaps with this in mind, Guardiola will not endorse any wild celebrations if his team triumph, with a Premier League rematch at Arsenal on Thursday to consider.Asked whether he would allow the team to enjoy a few drinks if they are victorious, the 47-year-old’s hard-earned experience in the game shone through.”I think talking about the celebration before the game is stupid, it makes no sense,” he replied. “Before the celebration we have to play a game. But normally there is no alcohol.”last_img read more

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Assistance for Small and Medium Exporters

first_imgStory Highlights More small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will benefit from assistance this year to boost their export potential under the Caribbean Export Development Agency’s (CEDA’s) Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS).Proposals are now being accepted for the scheme, which is funded by the European Union (EU) and is specifically designed to provide financial support to established SMEs that are exporting or have a strong potential to export their products and services.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said the Administration welcomes innovative financing schemes like DAGS that assist SMEs to realise their full potential.He noted that over the years, DAGS has provided Jamaican firms with the largest number of grants among the 15 Forum of Caribbean States (CARIFORUM) countries eligible under the scheme.Speaking at a DAGS sensitisation workshop at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Wednesday (May 2), Minister Vaz said through the scheme, several local businesses, mainly in the areas of manufacturing and agro processing, have been given the opportunity to improve their business processes.He informed that funding is also available for energy-efficiency and renewable-energy initiatives, which is a “big plus” for Jamaica.“As a country, we are moving towards the implementation of green economy policies through increased investment in renewable-energy projects. Green Jamaican businesses will provide a robust engine for economic growth and job creation, which is a vital strategy for the elimination of poverty and provide a pathway to prosperity for our people and our country,” he said.Executive Director of CEDA, Pamela Coke Hamilton, said DAGS is one of the agency’s flagship programmes aimed at promoting and supporting private-sector development in the region.She noted that companies have used the grant to, among other things, update their equipment, meet international food-safety standards, participate in international trade shows, improve their packaging and branding and to protect their intellectual property rights.In his remarks, Counsellor, Head of Cooperation, European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Belize, Turks and Caicos Islands, The Bahamas and the Cayman Islands, Ricard Divins, said the EU is pleased to continue its partnership with CEDA in the execution of the latest round of DAGS.He informed that the workshop is intended to improve the quality of the proposals to be submitted in order to enhance the firms’ chances of being awarded a grant contract.“Emphasis is also being placed on proper document management to ensure a quick reimbursement process. CEDA and its partner business support organisations (BSOs) are also committed to providing as much technical support as possible during the implementation of the grant contract,” he said.DAGS is a reimbursable grant scheme, which allows recipients to be reimbursed up to a maximum of 70 per cent of the total project value, which is capped at €50,000. The minimum grant amount that can be applied for is €10,000.Grant funding totalling €2.9 million has been awarded to 162 Jamaican firms under the scheme since 2008. More small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will benefit from assistance this year to boost their export potential under the Caribbean Export Development Agency’s (CEDA’s) Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS). Proposals are now being accepted for the scheme, which is funded by the European Union (EU) and is specifically designed to provide financial support to established SMEs that are exporting or have a strong potential to export their products and services. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said the Administration welcomes innovative financing schemes like DAGS that assist SMEs to realise their full potential. last_img read more

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Radio Holland to Look After Thome’s Champions

first_imgzoom Radio Holland, part of Imtech Marine, has signed a Managed Service Agreement (MSA) with Singapore-headquartered Thome Ship Management that will cover nine vessels for four years. The agreement covers a pool of nine chemical oil tankers of around 45,000-50,000 dwt on a 24/7 basis.The MSA covers the maintenance of marine electronic equipment including navigation, communication, automation and IT equipment.The contract includes everything from annual radio surveys to servicing bridge equipment, to the delivery of spare parts and on-the-spot troubleshooting.“Radio Holland has a large global network and enjoys a good reputation. We need a reliable partner we can call on to support our worldwide activities. We were looking for suitable partners to assist our tanker pool – the Champion fleet – but we found there were not so many companies with a network as extensive as Radio Holland. It is also convenient for us to have a local contact in Singapore, where we know the people and they help us wherever our vessels are in the world,” Thome Ship Management’s Fleet Group Manager Tihomar Baraba said.last_img read more

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Myanmar Gets Petroleum Products Terminal

first_imgzoom Puma Energy Asia Sun (P.E.A.S), a joint venture between energy company Puma Energy and logistics and trading firm Asia Sun Energy (ASE), has opened a petroleum products terminal at Thilawa Port, southeast of Yangon, Myanmar. The duo invested USD 92 million in the terminal, which is said to be the country’s largest petroleum products terminal. Its storage facilities cater for a range of petroleum products, including commercial fuels, HFO, bitumen and jet fuel.With a fuel storage capacity of 91,000 cubic meters, Thilawa terminal is the first of its kind for the petroleum industry in Myanmar, according to Puma Energy.“Puma Energy Asia Sun has invested close to USD 100 million in this vital fuel infrastructure to support the long-term economic development of the country. The Thilawa terminal will support Myanmar’s increasing need for transport fuel and contribute towards the nation’s development,” David Holden, General Manager of Puma Energy Asia Sun, said.The Puma Energy Asia Sun terminal is also the first in Myanmar to be built to American Petroleum Institute (API), American Society Mechanical Engineering (ASME) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) international guidelines for construction, safety and environmental standards, the company added.last_img read more

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An actor needs creative challenge to stay alive Pankaj Tripathi

first_imgMumbai: If Pankaj Tripathi isn’t scared of taking up a role, he can hear alarm bells ring: he is getting a bit too comfortable and needs a creative challenge to jolt him out. Tripathi confesses, one often falls in the comfort zone fully aware but a slight discomfort creeps in when an actor stays there for long. His role as the mysterious Guruji in the second season of “Sacred Games”, was the one which stirred him up. “If an actor has to be alive, then you need a creative challenge. This role was out of my comfort zone, which was necessary for my creative process. It’s fun when you take risks. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “If you’re not scared for the day or how you’ll perform, then what’s the point. This nervous energy, fear, is necessary for an actor. Often, when you’re not scared then you get scared. That this is risky, I’m going in a safe zone,” Pankaj told PTI. The first season of Netflix’s first India original was directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. It featured Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead. The sophomore season of the series, based on author Vikram Chandra’s novel of the same name, will pick up from Sartaj Singh (Khan) pursuing his relentless battle of saving Mumbai and Ganesh Gaitonde (Siddiqui) facing bigger challenges to retain his position as the legendary kingpin of the city. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna For the actor, understanding the psyche of Guruji was extremely important and hence he was unnerved to take up the role. “There are some roles which scare you, where chances of slipping are more. We have seen many caricatures of spiritual gurus on screen, sometimes there are real babas who do caricature. So what type would be mine? “The expectation had increased tremendously after season one. I don’t have that experience to play someone who, when he says something, one lakh people believe. This world was new for me.” To prepare for the role, Tripathi had isolated himself for a week, to not only find his character but also, memories the lines. “In that isolation, I was mugging up my lines. You can’t improvise these lines, this is not a routine conversation. My process is, when you’re scared, mug up the lines so strongly that the fear of lines go away. “Then you just have to perform, otherwise, when you’re entangled in dialogues, your performance is affected. This content had a lot of philosophy so I knew I can’t improvise. I wanted to experience this world also, hence the isolation,” he added. The show is written by Varun Grover, Dhruv Narang, Pooja Varma and Nihit Bhave. Like season one, Kashyap is at the helm of the portions featuring Siddiqui, while Neeraj Ghaywan of “Masaan” fame will direct the scenes with Khan. Motwane returns as the showrunner for the show which starts steaming from August 15.last_img read more

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Stantec reveals construction firm sold for lowerthanexpected 1026 million

first_imgCanadian engineering-design firm Stantec Inc. says it will record a non-cash goodwill expense of $53 million and account for an $8.7-million deferred tax charge on the sale of its construction services business.The Edmonton-based company revealed Thursday the sale announced in October and closed last week of MWH Constructors resulted in gross proceeds of $102.6 million, less transaction costs and working capital adjustments of $57 million.That’s far less than an estimate by an RBC analyst that the sale to funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., of Los Angeles would bring in between $250 million and $350 million.Stantec says it will also still be responsible for closing out a remaining waste-to-energy project in the United Kingdom and will retain certain U.K. defined benefit pension funding obligations.The construction company, which focuses mainly on water and wastewater projects in the United States and the United Kingdom, was included in Stantec’s $1-billion purchase of Colorado-based engineering, consulting and construction firm MWH Global, Inc., in 2016.The purchase also included water software business, Innovyze, Inc., which Stantec sold for $359 million in 2017.last_img read more

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Saskatchewan entrepreneurs 3D Peachy Printer racks up 400000 on Kickstarter

A Saskatchewan-based entrepreneur is quickly becoming a Kickstarter celebrity with his pitch to build a $100 3D printer.[np_storybar title=”Kickstarter opens doors in Canada to make project funding easier” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/09/09/kickstarter-opens-doors-in-canada-to-make-project-funding-easier/”%5DWhen it comes to looking for investment, Canadian inventors and entrepreneurs often think of pitching to the Dragons’ Den panel or to a boardroom of investors as the only options for raising money. Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has changed that in the United States, proving that asking for investment from the Average Joe is a viable way to take a project from idea to reality.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]On Friday, Rylan Grayston, 28, of Yorkton, Sask., posted his plea for $50,000 to help manufacture his so-called Peachy Printer, which would be not only inexpensive but easy to use. It would also be designed to work as a 3D scanner.Grayston said the money would help improve the printer’s prototype, enhance its software, and would facilitate a bigger production run to get the price down to the $100 mark.His pitch clearly connected with the crowdfunding community at Kickstarter.He reached his $50,000 goal in a little over a day and has since signed on more than 3,000 backers who have pledged more than $400,000 in funding.And he still has three and a half weeks to recruit more supporters.Grayston said he was pushed to build his own 3D printer because he couldn’t afford the $3,500 price tag for the model he wanted. He then set out to make it as cheap as possible.“I had read in some forums somebody had said, ’When the technology gets cheaper one day it’ll be only $100,’ and a whole bunch of people then argued that would never happen,” he said.“It took me an entire year of building printers and throwing them in the garbage when I realized there was a better way to do it. I’ve thrown away a lot of printers.”Grayston admits his printer isn’t a finished product yet and needs some work before it’s ready to ship out to 3D printing enthusiasts. But he’s confident the Peachy Printer will get there and can even outperform other 3D printers that sell for thousands of dollars.“There’s still a bit of trial and error in getting this printer to work but I have 100% confidence that it will work flawlessly, I know exactly what needs to be done,” he said.“I need the funding to pay engineers that know exactly what they’re doing and can get this thing down to a science.”Grayston is guessing the project could raise more than $3-million based on the current rate of pledges and is trying to reassure supporters that he can handle the unexpected influx of orders.“I think the larger this thing goes the more I’ll be able to delegate tasks to the proper people who are experts,” he said.“It would basically put the project in a much better situation.”See the Peachy Printer Kickstarter page: http://kck.st/19BxI0mThe Canadian Press read more

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CMAG to discuss Sri Lanka

CMAG is currently chaired by Bangladesh, which informed the Ministry of External Affairs and Minister G.L. Peiris that a special meeting would be held on Sri Lanka this week. The timing of the electronic meeting is believed to be aimed at reviewing Sri Lanka’s position following the likely adoption of a second UNHRC resolution against the country. The resolution to promote reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka is co-sponsored by 32 countries and authored by the US. Sri Lanka has decided it will seek a vote on the resolution following the debate on the final draft at the Council.CMAG comprises nine Commonwealth member states, that currently includes Bangladesh, Australia Canada, Jamaica, Maldives (suspended), Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago and Vanuatu. CMAG is mandated to assess “serious or persistent violations” of the Commonwealth’s fundamental political values. The Group meets on an annual schedule but can be convened by the Secretary-General or may meet in extraordinary session when deemed necessary.Sri Lanka has faced challenges about its suitability to host the prestigious CHOGM 2013 because it is currently under international scrutiny over its human rights record. Canada is pushing for a boycott of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo in November this year and hopes to lobby the rest of CMAG to include Sri Lanka in the agenda of its April meet. Sri Lanka will feature prominently in an extraordinary meeting of a powerful grouping of Commonwealth nations with the muscle to suspend and expel Commonwealth member states from the organization, following a vote on a US backed resolution against Colombo that will be taken at the UN Human Rights Council’s 22nd Session.The Daily FT newspaper reported that the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) will hold an extraordinary meeting via teleconference, at the urging of Canada and another CMAG member state, ahead of a scheduled meeting of the Group in April. The Government in Colombo was informed by the Bangladeshi Government that Canada and at least one other CMAG member state was pushing for the extraordinary meeting.Daily FT reported that notice on the CMAG meeting prompted Minister Peiris to undertake another visit to Dhaka last week. The Government is also attempting to lobby other countries in the CMAG to garner support against being listed as an agenda item when the Group meets again in April. read more

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Settlement calls for 100 million fund for victims of nationwide meningitis outbreak

BOSTON – A settlement filed with a federal bankruptcy judge would create a fund of more than $100 million to compensate victims of a nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts pharmacy, lawyers said Tuesday.The outbreak, blamed on a tainted steroid produced by the New England Compounding Center, sickened more than 750 people in 20 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said; 64 people died. The company surrendered its license after the 2012 outbreak, which hit Michigan, Tennessee and Indiana the hardest, and later filed for bankruptcy.The settlement, which must be approved by Judge Henry Boroff, was reached between the owners of the company and court-appointed bankruptcy trustee Paul Moore. It calls for the company’s owners to pay $50 million into the fund, with its insurers contributing another $25 million.The agreement would allow the owners to seek $20 million in tax refunds, which also would be contributed to the fund, along with the proceeds of the proposed sale of an affiliated company, Ameridose, bringing the total of the fund to more than $100 million.Attorney Thomas Sobol, representing victims who sued the Framingham-based compounding pharmacy, said the settlement is “another important step in a frustratingly long process to get fair compensation to hundreds of victims of the meningitis outbreak.”Sobol said he hoped the court would approve the plan by the end of the year, with distributions to victims beginning in early 2015.“There was unimaginable human death and suffering that cannot be compensated for in money no matter how much it would be,” he added.The money would be distributed among families of those who died, those who sustained serious injuries after being injected with the steroid and other creditors. The victims developed fungal meningitis, an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, or other infections.The settlement was filed nearly five months after lawyers reached an agreement in principal.Moore said the objective of the negotiations was to resolve claims against the company without lengthy court proceedings, and he praised shareholders for their commitment to reaching a settlement that would benefit victims.A group of shareholders, in a statement, acknowledged that no amount of money could adequately compensate the families.“This will bring hope to the lives of so many victims who lost loved ones and those who still are suffering the consequences from this horrible disaster,” said Anne Andrews, a California attorney who served as co-chair of a committee representing unsecured creditors of the company.No criminal charges have been lodged in the case. The company’s owners have denied wrongdoing or liability. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press Posted May 6, 2014 4:46 pm MDT Settlement calls for $100 million fund for victims of nationwide meningitis outbreak read more

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Security Council approves proposed structure and size of UN Mission in Colombia

The United Nations Security Council today approved the Secretary-General’s recommendations regarding the size, operational aspects and mandate of the UN Mission in Colombia, including the deployment of 450 unarmed observers and the establishment of operation in 40 locations.The action – reflected in its unanimous adoption of resolution 2307 at a meeting on Tuesday morning – follows the adoption of an earlier resolution that established the UN political mission, as well as the agreements between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP), including the 23 June pact on a ceasefire and the peace accord reached on 24 August to end the 50-year conflict.In the resolution today, the Council said it “welcomes the Secretary-General’s report S/2016/729 and approves the recommendations therein regarding the size, operational aspects and mandate of the Mission.”In the report, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended 40 observers at the national level, 90 observers at the regional level and 320 observers at the local level, for a total of 450 observers. This was in addition to a number of civilians who will be deployed in the transitional local zones and other locations. Mr. Ban recommended that the UN Mission operate in 40 widely dispersed locations: a national headquarters, eight regional headquarters and the 23 transitional local zones for normalization and eight transitional local points for normalization established under the ceasefire agreement.The UN chief also recommended that “the Mission share with the Government the cost of activating and operating the mechanism, exclusive of government-provided security costs, in proportion to the number of United Nations observers and staff relative to the total number of mechanism personnel.” A mission planning team during its first regional visit in the country. Photo: UN Mission in Colombia The UN Mission in Colombia, headed by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Jean Arnault, was established through the Security Council resolution 2261, adopted in January 2016. The Mission is mandated to provide unarmed international observers to monitor and verify the laying down of arms, and be part of the tripartite mechanism that will monitor and verify the definitive bilateral ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, following the signing of a peace agreement. According to the Mission, it will be deployed in three phases. The first phase aims to establish the UN Mission’s headquarters in Bogotá and assess conditions at the eight locations, where the UN Mission will have its regional offices. The second phase will focus on getting the Mission ready to operate at the local level along with representatives of the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP, and the third phase will include the deployment of all UN observers, and the full operationalization of the tripartite mechanism for monitoring and verification.Colombia’s steps towards peace are the culmination of various efforts. Since 2012, the parties had been in talks hosted in Cuba. Throughout the discussions, negotiators reached agreement on key issues such as political participation, land rights, illicit drugs and victims’ rights and transitional justice.In June, Secretary-General Ban travelled to Havana, where he witnessed the bilateral signing of a ceasefire and the laying down of arms and noted that the “peace process validates the perseverance of all those around the world who work to end violent conflict not through the destruction of the adversary, but through the patient search for compromise.” read more

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14 signs that payday cant come soon enough

first_imgIF YOU GET paid monthly chances are you can’t remember the last time some delicious cash trickled into your account.You probably to have a faint memory of thinking that your boss was really sound paying you a week early in December, so that you’d have plenty of precious European dollars for Christmas.Doesn’t seem like such a good idea now though, does it?Here are the signs that payday can’t come soon enough…1. Your lunches are creative interpretations of whatever’s languishing in your pressesOxtail Cup-A-Soup with a side of tinned lentils and some questionable cream crackers anyone? Source: Shutterstock.com2. Your dinners, meanwhile, are salvaged from whatever’s at the back of the freezer Source: Dan4th/Flickr3. You’ve got serious cabin feverIf questioned, you can list who’s been on the Late Late, The Graham Norton Show and Jonathan Ross for the past three weeks, without hesitation. Source: Shutterstock.com4. You’ve turned around and gone back home to get a plastic bag, rather than pay for one in LidlTesco and Marks and Spencer (aka the Holy Grail of food shopping) are but a pipe dream at this stage.5. You’ve made more trips than usual home to see The MammyAnd you’ve left clutching sausages, bread and two rolls of toilet roll under your oxter.6. You’ve started trying to outdo your friends in terms of brokenessI’m €300 into my overdraft. Oh, I’m way past that. I only have €4 to my name for the next 17 days. Source: ImgurYou’re gonna… stop adding water to that bottle of Fairy Liquid, and buy a new one instead. Source: GifsoupYou’re gonna… pay to go to the doctor about that worrying rash. Source: ImgurYou’re gonna… buy toilet roll that’s higher than one ply. Source: Imgur10. You’ve been frantically ringing service providers to chance your arm on reductions on your TV/Internet/phone packagesSomeone you know knows someone’s sister’s boyfriend’s cousin who, like, gets their telly for free after ringing up. Source: Shutterstock.com11. Home improvements have taken a back seat Source: Imgur12. You’re already dreading checking your bank balance the day after paydayYou’ve been riding Mr Overdraft’s coattails and playing Chase the Laser, haven’t you?That happy, rich feeling will be lovely, but fleeting. Source: Jemblog13. You’ve been having direct debit nightmaresJust think of all those evil bills waiting to suck your bank account dry the second the delicious cash flows into it.Remember that phone insurance payment you’d forgotten about? That Spotify membership that once seemed like such a good idea? Source: Loloudly14. You’ve allowed yourself to get recklessSure feck it, we’ll go out for a drink. No, come on, we will, sure it’s nearly payday. Source: Imgur7. You’ve thought about selling some of your stuff8. You’ve considered drinking that bottle of mystery alcohol someone brought back from holidays Source: Wikimedia Commons9. You’ve been having ridiculous swag dreams about what you’re going to do with all that money.You’re gonna…. go to the cinema and not smuggle in your own Maltesers and popcorn. Source: @SpencerMatthewsRead: Here’s the story of your emotions on payday>16 reasons to hate doing the ‘big shop’> Source: FanpopSHOTS FOR EVERYONE! I’LL PUT IT ON MY CARD!last_img read more

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Dead Island on Steam is a dev build that should never have

first_imgTechland, developer of the highly anticipated Dead Island zombie game, seems to have made a rather large mistake with the PC version of the game. Dead Island is now available to purchase and download on Steam for U.S. gamers, but the build you get to play is clearly not what Techland or publisher Deep Silver intended.The Steam forums are filling up with complaints about this being an internal development build, unoptimized, ported code from the Xbox 360 version, and with access to developer only options such as turning on all the cheats, getting rid of logos, and developer keys. In other words, if you know how, you can run through walls, be immune to damage, and treat the game like a giant sandbox if you so wish.Techland is investigating the issue, but it looks like someone mistakenly uploaded the wrong build to Steam’s severs and nobody bothered to check it worked or was correct. Now, hundreds, if not thousands of PC gamers have the wrong copy of the game on their machines.As it’s Steam, I can’t see this being hard to fix. However, gamers may be a little upset if they end up having to re-download the entire game the next time an update is released, but at least then you won’t be playing a poor Xbox 360 port.There’s no official word yet on exactly what happened from Techland or Deep Silver, but I’m sure they’ll release a statement before the end of the day, and hopefully the correct version to Steam as soon as pssoble.Read more at Eurogamer and Rock, Paper Shotgunlast_img read more

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3DS Circle Pad Pro arrives in US on February 7 for 20

first_imgIt’s bulky, has a 480 hour battery life, and looks to be essential for playing a number of games as they were intended by the developers. We’re talking about the 3DS second thumbstick peripheral, which now has an official name, U.S. release date, and price.The 3DS Circle Pad Pro as it shall now be called, has just gone on sale in Japan, but won’t reach Western shores until next year. On February 7 you’ll be able to pick one up for $19.99–$10 more than I thought it was going to be.Unfortunately, shopping around for a better price isn’t going to be possible. Nintendo has struck a deal with GameStop making it the only place you can buy it from. So unless they do some bundle deals with a game, you’re going to have to find $20 for this attachment.That relatively small investment is worth it depending on the type of games you play. It’s already been confirmed that Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater, Resident Evil: Revelations, and Monster Hunter 3G will take advantage of it. Other games are sure to follow, but I doubt Nintendo could ever insist on using the peripheral.In Japan the Circle Pad Pro is being bundled with Monster Hunter. Europe is set to get a bundle with Revelations. The U.S. doesn’t seem to have a bundle announced just yet, but maybe that has something to do with GameStop wanting to sell it exclusively and separately from a game.The next question has to be: will we be getting a 3DS version 2 with the second stick included as standard? I doubt it, or at least I doubt it for 2012. After that, Nintendo may feel they can re-launch the hardware in updated form.via Joystiq and All Games Betalast_img read more

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Watch Bohemian Rhapsody Full Trailer For Queen Biopic

first_imgNews Email Twitter Facebook Watch: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Queen Biopic Trailer watch-bohemian-rhapsody-full-trailer-queen-biopic https://twitter.com/QueenWillRock/status/905366547190906880 Watch: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Full Trailer For Queen Biopic The film also went through a lineup change as director Bryan Singer was replaced by Dexter Fletcher back in December 2017 after an unexpected pause in filming due to Singer’s health issues.Just yesterday, on May 14, a 10-second teaser for the trailer was released, providing a glimpse at a scene from Queen’s legendary Live Aid set in 1985. Bohemian Rhapsody is slated to hit theatres on Nov. 2.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Take a sneak peek at the story behind Freddie Mercury and Queen in one of the most anticipated music films of the yearNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 15, 2018 – 7:13 am The official trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody is finally here, providing the deepest look yet into the Queen biopic that’s been mounting anticipation since last year. The stunning footage in the 90-second the trailer shows the band onstage, backstage, in the studio, at the press conference table, and in record label meetings, promising a depiction of Queen’s career that has yet to be tackled on film. The music used in the trailer is a mash-up of some of Queen’s biggest hits, weaving in pieces of “Another One Bites The Dust,” “We Will Rock You,” and, of course, the film’s title track.In Bohemian Rhapsody, actor Rami Malek, star of USA Network’s “Mr. Robot,” plays Queen’s late frontman Freddie Mercury. On Sept. 5, 2017, the very first picture of Malek as Mercury was released on what would have been the music icon’s 71st birthday. Malek has since expressed some anxiety around taking on the role of such an iconic musician. “This could be a career-defining performance,” he said, “and then two minutes later I thought, ‘This could be a career killer.'” last_img read more

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Realme X price specs revealed ahead of May 15 launch

first_imgAfter number of rumours and leaks, the Oppo’s subsidiary, Realme has confirmed that the company will launch the Realme X on May 15 at an event in Beijing. Along with Realme X, the company is also going to launch Realme X Youth Edition, which is also known as Realme 3 Pro. With these devices, Realme is going to foray into Chinese market.The company took Weibo to announce that the Realme X will come with a 91.2% screen-to-body ratio and come with a pop-up selfie sensor. It is widely expected that both phones will come to India soon after China launch. The company also confirms that the phone will sport an AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint scanner powered by DSP acceleration technology. However, Realme has not divulged any information regarding the launch of Realme X Youth Edition, which was spotted alongside the Realme X on TENAA recently. Realme XWeiboExpected specification As per leaks, the Realme X could feature a 6.5-inch display with no notch on top, which will likely come with Full HD+ resolution, similar to the Realme 3 Pro. The display could reportedly come with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 730 SoC paired with up to 8GB RAM.In terms of optics, the Realme X is likely to feature a 48-megapixel rear camera kept company with a 5-megapixel depth camera. If rumours are to be believed, then the phone will get VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. Oppo R17 Pro SuperVOOCIBTimes India/Sami KhanRealme will come to market with three variants of the Realme X – the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant with a price tag of CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs. 16,500), the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant and the top-end 8GB RAM + 128GB storage version. Another phone which is said to be in the pipeline is Realme X Pro, which will be powered by Snapdragon 855.It will be interesting to see Realme’s new smartphones take on rivals such as OnePlus and Xiaomi in the home market. Stay tuned for updates. What makes Oppo F9 Pro the safest smartphone? Closelast_img read more