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Passenger vehicle sales fall for 9 consecutive months drop 31 pc in

first_imgNew Delhi: Declining for the ninth consecutive month, domestic passenger vehicle (PV) sales dropped 30.98 per cent to 2,00,790 units in July, from 2,90,931 units in the same period a year ago. Domestic car sales were down 35.95 per cent at 1,22,956 units as against 1,91,979 units in July 2018, according to data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on Tuesday. Motorcycle sales last month declined 18.88 per cent to 9,33,996 units for the month as against 11,51,324 units in the year-ago period. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Total two-wheeler sales in July declined 16.82 per cent to 15,11,692 units compared to 18,17,406 units in the year-ago month. Sales of commercial vehicles were down 25.71 per cent to 56,866 units in July as compared with 76,545 units in the year-ago period, SIAM said. Vehicle sales across categories registered a decline of 18.71 per cent to 18,25,148 units from 22,45,223 units in July 2018, it added. In fact, all vehicle categories witnessed decline in sales during the month.last_img read more

Pakistan govt launches its own mineral water to cut costs

first_imgIslamabad: The Pakistan government has launched its own mineral water brand to cut costs as part of its austerity drive to solve the cash-strapped nation’s financial woes, according to a media report.Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said the bottled water called Safe Drinking Water would be a cheaper alternative to other mineral water brands in the market.Earlier in July, the Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) told a parliamentary committee that all bottled water companies operating in Pakistan were selling “artificial” water instead of natural water. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USChaudhry said that the introduction of cheaper bottled water was in line with the government’s austerity drive.The mineral water bottles will first be used at the Prime Minister’s office, President’s house and Parliament, he added.We have rolled out these water bottles for Rs1 per litre and it is a quality drinking water, the federal minister told The Express Tribune.In the first phase, Chaudhry said, it will be introduced at government offices after which it will be made available to the general public. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe International Monetary Fund’s executive board recently approved a three-year USD 6 billion bailout plan to resuscitate Pakistan’s ailing economy.But the IMF has attached some tough terms for the bailout, indicating that the government needs to take strict austerity measures.Chaudhry said the government is also planning to introduce environment-friendly motorcycles and rickshaws, which will run on rechargeable batteries.The minister said that the electronic vehicles would help conserve energy and protect the environment.last_img read more

Kenney says Legault has shaky grasp of history when it comes to

first_imgQUEBEC — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney shot back at his Quebec counterpart Monday, saying Francois Legault does not understand the history of equalization.On Sunday, Legault defended equalization against criticism from Alberta, saying the program was part of the “original deal” when Quebec entered Confederation in 1867.Kenney pointed out that the first equalization system was introduced in 1957, and the principle of equalization was included in the Constitution in 1982.Legault had said Quebec, which received $13.1 billion in equalization payments in 2019, has a right to equalization, and no province can unilaterally change the formula under which Ottawa distributes the money.He acknowledged that other premiers, whose provinces are running budget deficits, expressed unhappiness at last month’s premiers’ conference in Saskatoon. Would a referendum on equalization payments be worth it for Alberta?YesNoVoteView Results Take Our Poll“There is something I don’t like,” Legault said. “There are premiers of rich provinces who look at Quebec and say: ‘We are sending you a big cheque. We’d rather keep the money here.’ ”In a Facebook post Monday, Kenney corrected Legault on his history and took him to task for opposing new pipelines while his province benefits from Alberta’s oil and gas wealth.“If Ottawa and other provinces want to benefit from Alberta’s resources, then they must not oppose the transport and sale of those resources,” he wrote.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Gigi Hadid Visits UNICEF Programming In Bangladesh

first_imgInternational supermodel and UNICEF Supporter Gigi Hadid traveled with UNICEF USA to Bangladesh last week, promoting the rights and well-being of every child.Gigi Hadid Visits UNICEF Programming in BangladeshDuring her visit, Hadid saw first-hand the impact of UNICEF programming, including education, child-friendly spaces, health support and more. The trip fell on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Rohingya refugee crisis, which began on August 25, 2017.There are 1.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the region since the mass influx of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh from Myanmar last year, and more than half are children. On a visit to the Sabrang river border area, Hadid saw the route that so many children and families took in hopes of a safer life.At a Learning Center in Shamlapur Camp, Hadid met students and joined in educational games and activities. At an Information Feedback Center, she met with inspirational young people, mothers and community mobilizers who are engaging their communities in response efforts.At a Women-Friendly Space in Jamtoli Camp, Hadid met women who are leading their households with support from UNICEF and partners. In the Kutupalong camp, Hadid saw the lifesaving impact of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food Packets for malnourished children at an Outpatient Therapeutic Feeding Center and saw the power of play at a Child-Friendly Space, where kids receive support and recover from trauma.“Visiting the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh with Gigi Hadid ahead of the one-year mark of the crisis was a hugely impactful experience. It gave me a renewed sense of purpose to make sure that these bright, dynamic children have everything they need to grow and thrive,” said Caryl M. Stern President and CEO of UNICEF USA. “We are so thankful that Gigi gave her time, voice and platforms to this mission. She is a living example of what it means to put ‘children first’ and was a natural in the environment – warm and engaging with everyone she met. We are thrilled to have her as a UNICEF USA Supporter.”Upon her return, Hadid and UNICEF Ambassador Halima Aden started a CrowdRise page to support UNICEF’s work to protect children on the move around the world and celebrate their September cover of CR Fashion Book. Both Hadid and Aden are represented by IMG Models, whose parent company Endeavor helped introduce them to UNICEF USA.“We were so proud to connect Gigi with Endeavor’s social impact partner, UNICEF, and watch her mobilize immediately through her first field visit to Bangladesh. Gigi was able to witness firsthand the incredible work UNICEF is doing with the Rohingya refugees in helping them not only survive, but thrive. The impassioned support from Gigi, Halima and their teams at IMG Models will continue to raise awareness for and have a direct impact on the communities UNICEF serves around the world,” stated Tascha Rudder, Executive Director of the Endeavor Foundation.Join Hadid and Aden in their initiative to support uprooted children around the world by visiting www.crowdrise.com/UNICEFuprooted.last_img read more

UN rights experts seek access to prisoners in Iraq Afghanistan and Guantánamo

At their 11th annual meeting in Geneva, 31 participants expressed “their unanimous desire” that four of them with particularly relevant mandates see the prisoners as soon as possible to check that international human rights standards are being upheld.The four experts recommended to make the visits were the Rapporteurs on the independence of judges and lawyers, on arbitrary detention, on the right of everyone to physical and mental health and on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.These four would also make themselves available “to the authorities concerned” for consultation and advice on all issues within their areas of competence, they said.In a separate statement, the human rights experts deplored targeted killings, demolition of Palestinian houses and other practices by Israeli authorities and denounced “the practice of ‘suicide bombings’ carried out against the Israeli population.” read more

US economy grew at its strongest pace in 2 years

US economy grew at its strongest pace in 2 years In this Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, photo, a customer buys lunch at Smolak Farms, in North Andover, Mass. On Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, the Commerce Department issues the first of three estimates of how the U.S. economy performed in the July-September quarter. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) WASHINGTON – Don’t expect much more from the U.S. economy this year — it may have already peaked.Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, grew at annual rate of 2.9 per cent in the July-September quarter, shaking off a lacklustre first half and accelerating to its strongest growth in two years, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The improvement was powered by a rebound in exports and a decision by businesses to restock their shelves.The latest figure was double the 1.4 per cent rate in the second quarter. The details, however, point to signs that the pace is unlikely to last.The rise in exports was fueled by a surge in shipments of soybeans to South America. That’s probably not going to happen again. The strength in inventory rebuilding also looks to fade in coming quarters.Moreover, consumer spending growth slowed from a breakneck pace in the second quarter. Business investment was barely positive, still trying to recover from sharp cutbacks in the energy industry after oil prices plunged. Home construction also contracted for a second quarter, although economists believe that setback will be temporary.Gregory Daco, head of U.S. Macroeconomics at Oxford Economics, said the third-quarter results “may be as good as it gets in 2016.” He forecasts slower growth of around 2 per cent in the current October-December period.“Going forward, we expect a modest expansion in economic activity, but we note the economy may be in a fragile equilibrium,” Daco wrote in a research note.Still, the better-than-expected GDP reading for the third quarter keeps the Federal Reserve on track to boost interest rates next month. Economists believe a rate hike at next week’s meeting is unlikely so close to the U.S. presidential election.Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said that the report “confirms that the economic recovery has regained some of the momentum lost within the last year.”The Commerce Department report was the government’s first look at third-quarter GDP. It will be subject to two revisions over the next two months. It represents one of the last major economic reports to be issued before American voters go to the polls on Nov. 8.Democrats hailed the GDP rebound after three straight quarters of anemic growth averaging around 1 per cent. But Republicans said the new figure did not change their view that the country’s current policies need to be changed.“Growth hasn’t risen above 3 per cent for a full year in any year of the Obama presidency,” said Dan Kowalski, deputy policy director for the Trump campaign. “The single most important issue facing the American people is an economy that has failed to deliver jobs, incomes and opportunity.”GDP growth slumped into a pronounced slowdown late last year. Exporters were constrained by a rising dollar, which made their products more expensive on overseas markets. Businesses cut back on boosting inventories in the face of weaker sales.Given the disappointing first half, economists believe growth for the entire year will be a modest 1.6 per cent. The economy grew 2.6 per cent for all of 2015. This recovery from the deep 2007-2009 recession has been the weakest in the post-World War II period, with growth averaging around just 2 per cent over the past seven years.The GDP growth rate in the third quarter was the economy’s best showing since it expanded at a 5 per cent rate in the third quarter of 2014. In the final three months of last year, growth slowed to a 0.9 per cent rate, followed by weak gains of 0.8 per cent in the first quarter this year and 1.4 per cent in the second quarter.Exports in the third quarter rose at a 10 per cent rate. That was the fastest pace since late 2013. A narrowing trade deficit added 0.8 percentage points to growth.Stronger inventory building added 0.6 percentage point to growth after trimming it by 1.2 percentage points in the second quarter.Consumer spending, which accounts for two-thirds of economic activity grew at a solid 2.1 per cent rate but slower than the 4.1 per cent spending burst in the second quarter.___AP economics reporter Paul Wiseman contributed to this report. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Oct 28, 2016 6:52 am MDT Last Updated Oct 28, 2016 at 12:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Cameroon beats Mali to qualify for Womens World Cup

CAPE COAST, Ghana — Cameroon became the third and final African team to qualify for next year’s Women’s World Cup by beating Mali 4-2 on Friday in the third-place game at the African Cup of Nations.Cameroon joins Nigeria and South Africa at the World Cup in France in June and July. Nigeria, the defending African champion, and South Africa will meet in the Cup of Nations final on Saturday.Nigeria has won 10 of the 12 African Cups played and is seeking a third title in a row in Ghana. South Africa has lost four finals and never won the tournament, but did beat Nigeria in the group stage this year.In the third-place game, a brace of goals by midfielder Ninon Abena gave Cameroon a 2-0 lead over Mali. Fatoumata Diarra hit back for Mali and an own goal by Cameroon defender Aurelle Awona made it 2-2 in the 56th minute.Substitute Aboudi Onguene put Cameroon ahead again six minutes later and captain Christine Manie sealed victory in injury time with a long-range free kick.Cameroon will be making just its second appearance at the Women’s World Cup, Nigeria its eighth, and South Africa will be making its debut.The Associated Press read more

Mine welding services provider ME Elecmetal joins American Welding Society

first_imgME Elecmetal has announced that it has joined the American Welding Society (AWS), the US-based non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of science, technology and application of welding in all industries.Founded in 1919, the AWS brings together more than 70,000 members worldwide. Among its many contributions is the creation of the recognised ‘AWS Codes and Specifications’ which has become the standard for specifying the correct use of different types of welding. The AWS also develops standards for welding application in different industries, such as mining.Alvaro Palazuelos, Manager of the Machine Shop Business Unit with ME Elecmetal Chile, declared that the company “has been accepted as a member of the AWS is a recognition to the nearly 100 years of history in the development of the metallurgical industry in Chile and the world “.For his part, Juan Agustin Collado, Deputy Commercial Manager of the Machine Shop Business Unit, said that “our Service Centres for mining of Rancagua, Antofagasta and Calama are the units responsible for developing the repairing of mining equipment, applying various welding techniques, making us the leading applicator of welding in Chile.”last_img read more

Column We can be the healthy masculinity we wish to see

first_imgDURING MY SHOWS I will often ask the audience: Raise your hand if you’re a teacher.After only a few hands go up, I ask: Why isn’t everyone’s hand raised?The most important teachers in life have no idea they are teaching – the jerk at the bus stop catcalling a passing woman, the guy at the soccer game loudly cursing out a referee, or my friend’s dad who told me in kindergarten to stop crying. We learn by watching others. As kids especially, anyone we encounter becomes a teacher. They show us what is appropriate, allowed, and, even, expected. It through those actions that culture is either reinforced or eschewed.This is why I believe that toxic masculinity is most powerfully affirmed or challenged by the way we live our lives. Each behaviour we choose communicates to everyone around us the culture we subscribe to. What are your actions communicating?When you are angry and tired, do you become abusive? And I don’t just mean physically, I mean with words or the power you have (of body or otherwise)? Just because you can, do you intimidate others to get what you want? Do you accept it as a given that your gender gives you greater value or purpose?I wanted to be the alpha male at all costsFor much of my life, I was a banner of toxic masculinity. I was emotionally shut down, ready to fight, and trying to hook up with as many women as possible. I wanted to be the alpha male at all costs. I wanted to win. That’s what I believed – what many of us are taught as boys – that being the dominant male means you “win.” Then I realised what I’d become: I was unfulfilled, aimless, and depressed. I wanted to share who I was with the world, but I was dying inside, quietly and alone.That’s when poetry saved my life. It gave me a venue to express everything that had been forbidden to me. It connected me with men who didn’t strive to be the toughest guy. They gave me permission to embrace my full range of humanness – something that, especially at that point in my life, I had never known was possible. Most important of all, this new cultural space introduced me to men that were living and breathing challenges to the machismo and toxic masculinity that I had been inundated by my entire life. Just watching these men so unapologetically defy the status quo gave me permission and room to write my own narrative of masculinity.Sometimes it was just the small or seemingly silly actions that emboldened me: seeing a young male poet with eyeliner or painted nails. Other times it was their raw poems that explored intense vulnerability, grief, confusion, and weakness. I would sit there with my jaw on the floor thinking, Is this dude allowed to do this?And, of course, he was.  We are allowed to do whatever we give ourselves permission to do.  Unfortunately though, the “guy code” and gendered laws that so many of us men learn through osmosis and watching other men around us has created a narrow and stifling idea of what we are even capable of doing.  Much less allowed to do.Showing all of who I amYears ago, I remember sitting and talking with my best friend – now one of the most emotionally literate and open human beings I have ever met – who at the time told me he wasn’t able to cry.  He wanted to, he would try to, but no tears would come. The learning is so profound that it actually impedes the inherent physiology of our bodies! Not able to cry? How is that possible? He is just one example though of many men I have spoken to who struggle with something similar.We will only free each other, as Gandhi once said, by being the change we wish to see. Which is to say, we need to be real-life examples of the kind of masculinity we wish to see in the world. We need to be walking billboards of what we have chosen to unlearn, who we truly are and what we want to teach the next generation of men.During my performances I unapologetically show all of who I am – the silliness, the vulnerability, sarcasm, tears, goofy laughter, insecurity, fear, the full scope of my well-intentioned, conflicted heart that has guided me through it all. I watch men sit rigid and sometimes stunned in their chairs. Then, frequently, I watch tears and laughter and compassion and tenderness mirrored in their faces. As my great director Tamilla Woodard once said:You can only expect your audience to be as brave, open, and alive as you are.We can only expect the men and boys around us to live as fully, beautifully, authentically – as humanly – as we do.Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning writer and performer from New York City. He is the author of the book Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin. He has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, HBO’s “Def Poetry,” and in Spike Lee’s “Inside Man.” Carlos will appear, in a European exclusive, at axis:Ballymun on 13 & 14 December www.axis-ballymun.ie Follow him on Twitter @CarlosAGLive or visit his website: www.CarlosLive.comRead: Increase in number of male suicide as rising unemployment linked to mental health problemsRead: RTE presenter John Murray talks frankly about his depressionlast_img read more

Six astronautes européens désormais prêts à partir pour lISS

first_imgSix astronautes européens désormais prêts à partir pour l’ISSL’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) a organisé ce lundi une cérémonie officielle de remise de diplômes pour ses nouveaux astronautes. Organisée en Allemagne, elle marque la fin de leur formation.L’ESA s’est beaucoup investie dans la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Après avoir lancé le laboratoire Colombus et le premier véhicule de transfert automatique (ATV), elle avait présenté ses six astronautes, candidats pour faire partie de l’équipage permanent de l’ISS, en mai 2009. Ces hommes et femmes italien, allemand, anglais, danois et français viennent d’achever leur formation.À lire aussiContemplez une splendide aurore boréale filmée depuis l’espaceLa formation proprement dite comportait des séances d’information sur l’ESA ainsi que sur les autres agences spatiales et leurs programmes respectifs. Elle comportait également des formations en ingénierie spatiale, en génie électrique, et dans plusieurs disciplines scientifiques. L’étape suivante a consisté à étudier en détails les systèmes principaux de l’ISS et certains moyens de transport. Enfin, la dernière a consisté à acquérir des techniques et connaissances spéciales en matière de robotique, de techniques de survie, de manœuvres d’amarrage et de plongée sous-marine. La plongée sert de base à l’entraînement des activités en apesanteur. L’apprentissage du russe et l’acquisition de qualités comportementales et physiques faisaient également partie du programme.”Ces jeunes astronautes, hommes et femme, incarnent l’ambition de l’Europe ainsi que les grandes capacités et compétences de celle-ci dans le domaine des vols habités et de l’exploration. Je suis fière de les avoir sélectionnés et de les voir se préparer à remplir leur mission. Maintenant, il nous appartient collectivement d’obtenir un niveau de participation à des programmes internationaux qui offrent suffisamment d’occasions de vol pour chacun d’entre eux”, a déclaré Simonetta Di Pippo, directrice des vols habités de l’ESA. Michel Tognini, chef du Centre des astronautes européens a ajouté :”Je suis fier du travail que les équipes de l’ESA ont accompli afin que ce groupe hétérogène formé de six individus exceptionnels puisse accéder à un même niveau de connaissances, qui fait d’eux des astronautes professionnels”.Le 22 novembre 2010 à 19:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Georgia Man Catches Gigantic 14Foot Alligator

first_imgStay on target Snelson and his team took the alligator to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) to have it measured and it turned out to be 14 feet and 1.75 inches long. The reptile is believed to be a new state record, with the previous record-holding alligator measuring in at 13 feet and 10.75 inches.Snelson is still in shock over his mega “catch of the day.”“We’ll have it ‘life-size’ mounted. I guess I’ll have to build a house around it,” Snelson added. “It’s going to be a monster laying on the living room floor for a while.”Georgia is home to big alligators and most aren’t afraid of humans: Last month, a 360-pound alligator was captured and killed by officials after it aggressively chased a kayaker in a Richmond County pond. The big reptile, which was about 10-feet-long, was taken to a processor to be used for meat.More on Geek.com:Hunters Catch ‘Monster’ 13-Foot Alligator in Mississippi RiverEnormous 360-Pound Alligator Captured After Chasing KayakerWatch: 7-Foot Alligator Struts Across Green Near Golfer in Florida Hunters Catch ‘Monster’ 13-Foot Alligator in Mississippi RiverEnormous 360-Pound Alligator Captured After Chasing Kayaker A Georgia hunter and his daughter recently captured a massive, 14-foot alligator and it may be the largest ever caught in the state.Derrick Snelson and his 14-year-old daughter, Shelby, corralled the giant reptile in Lake Eufaula in Quitman County, Georgia, on September 1, The New York Daily News reported. The pair was out on the lake with Lethal Guide Service, a hunting guide company, when they spotted the alligator in the water. It took the crew more than five hours to track the 700-pound reptile before they hooked it, shot it, and hauled it into their boat, CNN noted. “It was just unbelievable. I really can’t describe it,” Snelson told WSB-TV. “You need to see it.”Shelby also commented on the scary encounter, but was happy to catch the alligator over Labor Day Weekend.“[The boat] was rocking back and forth, and a few times [the gator] hit the side of the boat with its tail,” she told CNN. “I’m glad I got to have that experience with my dad.”last_img read more

Barcelona president doesnt care about politics on sports

first_imgThe Blaugrana executive Josep Maria Bartomeu also believes the United States La Liga game against Girona is “a great idea”Barcelona and Girona are waiting for the approval to play an official Spanish La Liga match in the United States.And for the Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu, this game is good for football.“To us, it seems a great idea. The game with Girona, for me, is only a football match, a match in La Liga,” he told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.For him, politics should stay out of football.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“There should be no political concern. The match behind closed doors with Las Palmas? The most difficult decision. Things happened in Catalonia which we didn’t agree with. People have the right to vote, the repression was very hard.”“And for us as Barca, it was difficult to choose. The members today support our political line,” he added.“We are in favor of democracy, freedom of expression, the ideas shared by the majority of the Catalans. We are against the imprisonment of the politicians.”“No matter what happens Barca will play in La Liga. Tebas knows and all our members know, I have always said. We will continue to play in La Liga,” he concluded.last_img read more

Watch Nicki Minaj Reign Supreme In New Video For Ganja Burns

first_img Watch Nicki Minaj Reign Supreme With “Ganja Burns” watch-nicki-minaj-reign-supreme-new-video-ganja-burns The GRAMMY-nominated rapper offers fire with her fifth single and video off of her new album ‘Queen’Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Aug 14, 2018 – 2:36 pm Following the release of her highly anticipated fourth album, Queen, Nicki Minaj is continuing to fuel fans’ excitement, this time with a sultry new video for the opening track and latest single off of the album, “Ganja Burns.”The video begins by telling us of the tragedy that the “generous queen” and her people have just faced, and we see her come back to life. Halfway through the video her army assembles and the powerful queen Minaj emerges, transformed into a regal, golden desert goddess. Of course one lavish outfit is never enough for a queen, so she also poses in the same bejeweled ensemble she rocks on the Queen album cover.”Ganja Burns” marks the fifth single off of the new album, and the first one since the album’s release on Aug. 10. Her previous single, “Bed” featuring Ariana Grande, has remained on the Billboard Hot 100 since it came out in June. We can only anticipate that Minaj will continue to reign over the charts with Queen.If you want more Minaj, you can catch her with fellow GRAMMY-nominated rapper Future as they embark on their NICKIHNDRXX Tour next month.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more News Watch Nicki Minaj Reign Supreme In New Video For “Ganja Burns” Twitter Facebook Email last_img read more

IPL Saturday extravaganza CSK vs KXIP SRH vs MI playing XIs and

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:23Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:23?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League is reaching its second weekend and the action keeps rolling as every time a week draws to a close, intensity doubles with two consecutive matches for the fans to enjoy.The April 5 double-header features three former champions taking on each other in a bid to gain an early advantage in the congested points table. In the first match of the day, Chennai Super Kings will take on the returning homeboy Ravichandran Ashwin’s Kings XI Punjab while the second game will see high-flying SunRisers Hyderabad host Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians.When and where to watch the matches on TV, online The match between CSK and KXIP will start at 4 pm local time and 10:30 am GMT meanwhile SRH versus MI will begin at 8 pm local time and 3:30 pm GMT.Both matches will be telecast on the Star Sports network – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3, Star Sports Select 1 and their corresponding HD channels. Hotstar will provide the live streaming of the action in India.CSK vs KXIP File photo of KXIP and CSK skipper R Ashwin and MS Dhoni.IANSThe two teams come into this game with opposing results in their previous encounter. While CSK suffered defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians, courtesy a late Hardik Pandya onslaught; KXIP triggered a late Delhi Capitals collapse to notch up their third win of the campaign.In fact, CSK slipped to third place on the points table behind SRH and KXIP after Thursday’s loss. Thus, MS Dhoni will be keen to get back on winning ways in the familiar locales of the MA Chidambaram stadium. KXIP will also fancy their chances on a pitch that assists spinners. Skipper Ashiwn, his namesake Murugan Ashwin, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Varun Chakravarthy will be licking their chops to cause havoc.CSK will be slightly worried about the fitness of Dwayne Bravo who suffered a hamstring injury in their defeat to Mumbai Indians.CSK Predicted XI: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (C) (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Mohit Sharma, Imran Tahir Shane Watson hit his second century of IPL 2018 in the big night to help CSK win their third IPL title.IANSKXIP Predicted XI: Sam Curran, Lokesh Rahul (WK), Mayank Agarwal, Sarfraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Ravi Ashwin (C), Andrew Tye, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Murugan AshwinSRH vs MI SRH is slowly becoming the team to beat in this season’s IPL and sit on top of the points table, albeit courtesy a superior net run rate. Their foreign players have all come to the party and now it looks increasingly difficult to fit captain Kane Williamson in the playing XI. The opening duo of Warner and Bairstow has been a revelation on the flat Hyderabad track while the Afghani duo of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi has also come to the party.Mumbai Indians, on their part, has started better than they usually do as they have equal number of victories and defeats in their opening four matches. But they will be coming up against a juggernaut as the only match SRH has lost was courtesy a mind-numbing innings from Andre Russell. MI certainly have such players in their ranks and Hardik played a similar innings to stop CSK in their last game. Warner and Bairstow walking out to bat against RCB on Sunday.IPL InstagramThus, this game promises to provide a wonderful to an eventful Saturday.SRH Predicted XI: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (C), Sidharth Kaul, Sandeep SharmaMI Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah Fans celebrate CSK’s victory in IPL 2018 finalscenter_img Closelast_img read more

Why Jagan cant dump Amaravati as capital

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:59Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:59?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … TwitterThe fact that the development of Amaravati, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, would not be YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s priority was clear from the day he assumed office as the state’s new Chief Minister in May.He called the land acquisition for developing the capital city a big scam and said his government would order a thorough probe.The young leader claimed that his predecessor N Chandrababu Naidu and other leaders of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) resorted to insider trading as they were privy to the information where the new capital was going to be located and purchased prime lands at throwaway prices.The allegations were not new as Jagan Reddy had been targeting the TDP government when he was the leader of the opposition for the ‘land scam’. He also ridiculed Naidu for creating a hype with no work on ground.After the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) stormed to power with a massive mandate, the ongoing works in Amaravati came to a halt. Jagan Reddy’s remarks sent panic among farmers, who were expecting good returns in the form of property development for 33,000 acres of land they gave for the capital city.The change of guards also led to real estate prices in Amaravati crashing down. Last month, the World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) also pulled out of a project to fund Amaravati’s development. They together had committed $500 million for the Amaravati Sustainable Infrastructure and Institutional Development Project. This triggered a blame game between the ruling and the opposition parties. Jagan Reddy said corruption by the TDP government led to the global agencies pulling out while Naidu claimed that it was the result of the complaints YSRCP had lodged while in opposition.Announcing a series of sops for various sections of the society to fulfill his poll promises over the last two-and-half months, Jagan Reddy nowhere mentioned Amaravati, not even at the diplomatic outreach event attended by diplomats and representatives of 30 countries last month.In the budget for 2019-20, the government allocated a mere Rs 500 crore for Amaravati, throwing another clear indication that the state capital was not his priority.This also triggered speculations that Jagan Reddy might altogether dump Amaravati as the state capital as it was the brainchild of Chandrababu Naidu. However, analysts have said that he might not be able to do this.They believe that Jagan Reddy might go for a core city capital with basic infrastructure and structures for the administration. He might dump Naidu’s grandiose plans to build a ‘world-class’ city with iconic structures.”Amaravati is not high on his priorities but it is only a propaganda that he will dump it altogether,” political analyst Telakapalli Ravi told IANS.”Jagan Mohan Reddy will complete basic buildings required for the capital and roads with no hype. He may go with a skeletal plan,” he said.Analysts believe that Jagan Reddy might not dump Amaravati as the state capital is functioning from there for four years and that any move to shift the capital will prove counter-productive for him.”He can’t drop the capital or shift it to some other place. He will build a low-key capital and not a global city as Chandrababu Naidu wanted,” said Ravi.Like Chandrababu Naidu, Jagan Reddy also comes from the backward and drought-prone Rayalaseema region but he fully realizes that the area near Vijayawada in south coastal Andhra is best suited for the capital from all angles including its central location.”Amaravati has the strategic and geographic advantage of being located centrally in Andhra Pradesh. So, it might not be easy to shift the capital from the current location. Any attempt to shift the capital will be opposed by a large section of people in the coastal districts,” analyst P. Raghava Reddy told IANS.”However, Jagan Mohan Reddy can go for decentralize development. Instead of focusing on getting all government and private institutions within the limits of Amaravati, the Chief Minister could restrict the region to core capital or administrative capital; and relocate any proposed institutions across the state,” he said.The plans drawn by Naidu for the development of Amaravati in three phases required a whopping Rs 1.5 lakh crore. The state so far got only Rs 1,500 crore from the Centre.Before Andhra Pradesh went into election mood early this year, works valued at Rs 38,000 crore were ongoing while works for another Rs 12,000 crore were under tender and planning stage.Works were going on various projects like laying of roads, basic amenities, construction of housing towers for MLAs, all India service officers, state government employees, secretariat, building for heads of the departments and permanent high court.With nine theme cities and 27 townships, Amaravati was planned in an area of 217 square kilometres as a world-class city.The Singapore government had made free master plan for capital region, capital city and seed area. It was designed not merely an administrative capital but as an economic and job creating hub and tourism centre.Amaravati had then attracted attention of investors from countries like Australia, Japan, Germany, Singapore and Britain. 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Texas bathroom bill may shape 2018 GOP primary campaigns

first_img Share AP Photo/Eric GayTexas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, stands before the opening of the 85th Texas Legislative session in the house chambers at the Texas State Capitol after he was re-elected for a fifth consecutive term, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Austin, Texas.Though “bathroom bills” targeting transgender people fizzled in deep-red states across the U.S., the issue is still white hot in Texas, where the Legislature is heading into special session prepared to revive it and conservative groups are vowing revenge on Republican lawmakers who don’t approve it. Whether Texas eventually enacts a law requiring transgender people to use public restrooms according to their birth-certificate gender, the issue is looming large over Republican primaries set for March. Powerful business entities, from Apple to the NFL, oppose such a bill as discriminatory, but insurgent candidates have promised to brand lawmakers who dare reject it — or try to remain neutral in the face of so much outcry — as soft on social issues dear to conservatives. The issue appeared dead in the near-term when the Legislature ended its regular session on Memorial Day without approving a bathroom bill. The Texas Senate had passed a strict version in March, but the more-moderate House — led by vocal bathroom bill opponent Republican Speaker Joe Straus — balked and approved a watered-down version applying only to public schools. The Senate rejected that. A stalemate may yet prevail if neither side budges during a 30-day extra session that GOP Gov. Greg Abbott has convened starting Tuesday. The Conservative Republicans of Texas political action committee says it’s ready to pounce on those who don’t support the strict proposal that mimicked a 2015 North Carolina law that sparked so much uproar and threats of costly boycotts that lawmakers there eventually rolled much of it back. No other state has approved such a law, despite similar bills being introduced in nearly 20 states. “To the extent that someone chooses to lock arms with Joe Straus and promote his liberal agenda for the state, and work with him to kill conservative legislation, we’re going to be looking for and back a primary challenger to that individual,” said Jared Woodfill, a Houston attorney who is the group’s president. Woodfill’s PAC donated nearly $2 million between the 2010 and 2016 election cycles to 100-plus Texas legislative candidates and other conservative causes, and plans to spend lavishly to target moderate Republicans up for election in 2018. On the other side are business and civil rights organizations, gay rights activists and many religious leaders who see the law as harmful to transgender residents and bad for the state’s economy. But such groups, generally, have been less active in Texas’ GOP primaries. “The mainstream faith communities in this state cringe when they hear that violent, hateful language so they vacate the field and leave it to extreme people,” said Bee Moorhead, executive director of Texas Impact, which represents religious congregations from across the faith and political spectrum. “What they are realizing is, even though we don’t like that approach, it is incumbent upon us to learn about how to talk about politics.” The issue’s top Texas proponent is Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a fiery former radio talk show host who oversees the Senate and is the state’s leading conservative voice. Abbott, meanwhile, has appeared conflicted. He refused to endorse the bathroom bill for months, then backed only the softened House version. But Abbott has now put the issue on a list of 20 items he’d like to see the Legislature approve during the special session, bolstering his conservative credentials as he seeks re-election in 2018. Straus likened the bathroom bill and Abbott’s other special-session priorities to a mountain of horse manure. He crushed past tea party-backed primary challengers in his San Antonio district and was re-elected to a record-tying fifth term as speaker unanimously by the House at the start of the regular session. But the Republican Party’s executive committee in Straus’ home county recently endorsed a non-binding resolution calling for his removal as speaker. Conservative Republicans of Texas spent $100,000 during the regular session on cable TV ads in Straus’ district and in Austin decrying the speaker and promoting the bathroom bill. It also helped recruit two upstart candidates in suburban Houston who toppled key Straus lieutenants during the 2016 GOP primary.One, Republican Rep. Briscoe Cain, once worked for Woodfill’s law firm before joining the Legislature and infuriating establishment legislators from both parties by helping slow key legislation in protest of issues like the bathroom bill not advancing. Thomas McNutt, whose family owns the Collins Street Bakery, known for fruitcakes that it ships to customers around the globe, challenged another top Straus ally, Rep. Byron Cook, the chairman of the powerful House State Affairs Committee in 2016 — but lost by barely 200 votes. McNutt is running against Cook again and could get a bathroom-bill boost. “Voters are tired of the Texas House leadership, including Byron Cook, blocking all conservative legislation,” McNutt said in an emailed statement. Cook, though, isn’t shying away from the issue. In a fundraising email he said he wants to clarify transgender restroom polices for public schools, but added: “I do not condone duplicitous grandstanding on this issue and/or discriminatory legislation.” ___ By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Presslast_img read more

NewFronts Return Slimmer But No Less Controversial

first_imgBarring any last-minute defections, NewFronts organizers will have successfully avoided the turmoil leading up to last year’s digital content hypefest, when a series of big-name companies dropped out or dramatically scaled down their involvement before the event got under way.Digital players such as Hulu, YouTube and Vice are all slated to pitch Madison Avenue power brokers at this year’s slimmed down NewFronts, which kick off April 30 as a complement to TV’s annual upfronts. This year’s lineup is smaller overall but more tightly focused on premium content companies. The IAB polled members after last year’s NewFronts and downsized the New York portion to one week, shifting the second half of the annual gathering to L.A. in October.“The general feedback was that two weeks is too much — too many presentations,” said Anna Bager, exec VP industry initiatives for NewFronts organizer Interactive Advertising Bureau. The scaled-back New York event “should be easier to digest.” Founding partners Yahoo and AOL will once again present their programming wares at the event, albeit in the merged form of Verizon-owned Oath. And Vice is back following founder-evangelist Shane Smith’s decision to skip his company’s event last year.Twitter, which stepped into Yahoo’s open slot last year, is also returning, and will be joined by newcomers Viacom and ESPN. BBC News, Disney Digital Network and Conde Nast will also present. BuzzFeed and Warner Digital Network, two of last year’s pullouts, have not signed up for this year’s festivities, however.Digital video outlets want to wow buyers and snare their share of growing online ad coin. Total digital ad spending is projected to climb 18.7% to $107.3 billion in the U.S. this year, according to eMarketer’s forecast issued in late March. The research org projects TV ad outlay will edge down 0.5% to $69.87 billion during the same period.Some critics question the need for splashy NewFronts presentations, given the fact that digital buys don’t necessarily fit the upfront model. But its defenders praise the ability to showcase a visual medium and for the ad biz and creative companies to meet in a focused way. “The ritual is useful and valid,” says Jason Kint, CEO of trade org Digital Context Next.“The event speaks for itself,” says Bager before citing the level of participating companies and innovations on the ad side it has helped bring about for both the digital and TV worlds. “Clearly it is moving the industry forward. Whether it happens there or throughout the year doesn’t really matter.”She expects over-the-top viewing to be a hot topic this year, along with brand safety and user-data protections. “That was a big part of the conversation last year,” she says.Since then, Facebook has had to testify about Cambridge Analytica, and YouTube was recently revealed to have exposed major brands to extremist content, despite policies intended to prevent ads from such placements. Given those news stories, brand safety is bound to be on advertisers’ minds, Kint says. “I don’t know how you escape that.”Another tension: Google and Facebook’s dominance in the digital ad realm. Together the companies, dubbed a digital duopoly in the tech community, are expected to haul in $60.9 billion of the $107.3 billion digital ad spending eMarketer projects in the U.S. this year. Google’s expected $39.9 billion ad haul this year dwarfs the $1.2 billion eMarketer projects for Hulu, for example.Bager expects the fall NewFronts in Los Angeles to have a stronger focus on emerging media such as podcasts, with the New York market intended for bigger buys.“Hopefully we can build a narrative across the year,” she says.The shift has already had one consequence: Jukin Media, which had planned on presenting at the New York event for the first time, will present in L.A. instead. IAB maps out its NewFronts schedule so far in advance that some realignment comes with the territory, especially given how dynamic the digital market is.But Bager concedes last year’s changes took on greater velocity when founding partner Yahoo pulled out of the event begun in 2012. “That started the whole conversation going,” she says.As organizer, IAB tries to give presenters as much latitude for designing their festivities as possible. Participants cook up their own presentations and handle the invite portion.Says Bager: “If we can avoid drama, we would like it.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Agricultural Insurance Market Overall Study Report With Top Key Players

first_imgAgricultural Insurance Agricultural insurance protects against loss of or damage to crops or livestock. It has great potential to provide value to low-income farmers and their communities, both by protecting farmers when shocks occur and by encouraging greater investment in crops. Agriculture Insurance has evolved on a great scale in the past few decades. This can be attributed to the fact that government support increased in the form of subsidies and increased demand for reinsurance. Countries like India, China & Brazil made a significant investment in the agriculture sector over the past few decades.The study report titled Global Agricultural Insurance Market offers an in-depth analysis of this market across the globe. The study, aimed at providing current and prospect players in this market sharp insights to gain the advantage over their competitors. The report does so by providing an executive summary including all valuable market figures and exploring the favorable factors that are expected to drive the growth rate of the market, besides taking account of the restraining factors.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3066328?utm_source=RK-HTNBy Market Players: PICC, QBE, China United Property Insurance, Zurich (RCIS), Chubb, PrudentialThe report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Agricultural Insurance industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the Agricultural Insurance industry, followed by industry news and policies.The report includes an analysis of the growth rate of every segment with the help of charts and tables. In addition, the market across various regions is analyzed in the report, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The report manifests the growth trends and future opportunities in every region.Global Agricultural Insurance market is presented to the readers as a holistic snapshot of the competitive landscape within the given forecast period. It presents a comparative detailed analysis of the all regional and player segments, offering readers a better knowledge of where areas in which they can place their existing resources and gauging the priority of a particular region in order to boost their standing in the global market.The Global Agricultural Insurance Market is gaining pace and businesses have started understanding the benefits of analytics in the present day highly dynamic business environment. The market has witnessed several important developments over the past few years, with mounting volumes of business data and the shift from traditional data analysis platforms to self-service business analytics being some of the most prominent ones.For the future period, sound forecasts on market value and volume are offered for each type and application. In the same period, the report also provides a detailed analysis of market value and consumption for each region. These insights are helpful in devising strategies for the future and take necessary steps. New project investment feasibility analysis and SWOT analysis are offered along with insights on industry barriers. Research findings and conclusions are mentioned at the end.Reasons for Buying This Report:•It Provides A Forward-Looking Perspective on Different Factors Driving or Restraining Market Growth.•It Provides A Five-Year Forecast Assessed on The Basis of How the Market Is Predicted to Grow•It Helps in Understanding the Key Product Segments and Their Future.•It Provides Pin Point Analysis of Changing Competition Dynamics and Keeps You Ahead of Competitors.•It Helps in Making Informed Business Decisions by Having Complete Insights of Market and By Making an In-Depth Analysis of Market Segments.Get Reasonable Discount @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3066328?utm_source=RK-HTNAbout Us: Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more