Amid ongoing farmer protests in two BJP-ruled States of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has clarified that the farm loan waiver promised by his government would be implemented soon after the State Assembly passes the Budget 2017-18. Mr. Adityanath has also instructed the Finance Department to make it clear to banks that they will not issue any notice to beneficiary farmers for loan repayment till the budget was passed, a government spokesperson said. The budget session is likely to be convened in July.Banks have been asked to issue loan waiver certificates to the bona fide farmers after the Budget.The farm loan scheme would be implemented through “constitutional means,” Mr. Adityanath told senior officials on Friday night during a high-level meeting of the Finance department.The Chief Minister’s fresh instructions assumes significance amid growing concerns that the government’s much-talked about crop loan waiver scheme has not materialised on the ground yet and could trigger similar protests in U.P. One-time settlementIt must be recalled that in its first Cabinet meeting, on April 4, the Adityanath government had decided to waive off farm loans up to ₹1 lakh. Along with ₹30,729 crore, the cost of the loan waiver, it was decided that the government would settle around ₹6,000 crore of non-performing assets (NPA) of seven lakh small and marginalized farmers, to whom the banks had stopped issuing loans, through a one-time payment. The double decision will benefit over 86 lakh small and marginalised farmers in the State who took loans until March 31, 2016. The total cost to the State exchequer would amount to ₹36,000 crore.To ensure the “effective implementation of the scheme”, Mr. Adityanath has directed that a meeting of the State-level bankers committee be convened.Spread the wordHe has also instructed officials to constitute a committee at the district level under the chairmanship of the district magistrates to ensure that the crop loan scheme reaches farmers and that information about it spreads from village to village.The district agricultural officer will be the member secretary of this committee. “It was also decided that bank accounts of farmers benefiting from the scheme should be linked to Aadhaar,” the government said. Along with the farm loan, the State had also promised to set up 5,000 centres for wheat procurement and would start of by purchasing 40 lakh metric tonnes of wheat [with a total target of 80 lakh metric tones] at a rate of ₹10 per more than the minimum support price (MSP) per quintal. As per the figures released by the government, under the price support scheme it has so far procured 32.16 lakh metric tonnes of wheat, which is four times more than the previous year. Moreover, sugarcane farmers have already been paid more than ₹22,190 crore.
The ninth and final phase of panchayat elections in Jammu & Kashmir recorded a 38.8% voter turnout in the Kashmir division on Tuesday. The nine-phase polls has seen an overall 74% voting across the State.According to the Chief Electoral Officer, the frontier district of Kupwara witnessed the highest polling of 53.6%, followed by 46% in Bandipora, 38.9% in Baramulla and 38.8% in Budgam.The shadow of violence in south Kashmir this year, in which 200 militants and 100 civilians were killed, was visible in Pulwama and Anantnag districts.While south Kashmir’s Anantnag witnessed 28.4% polling, Pulwama registered just 1.4% turnout, said the officer.According to the officer, the conclusion of the final phase of the panchayat polls in J&K witnessed an overall polling of 74%, including 83.5% in Jammu division and 44.4% in Kashmir division.Kashmir has witnessed a major dip compared to the previous 2011 panchayat polls, which saw over 70% polling.The elections for 4,483 panchayat halqas, comprising 35,029 panch constituencies, were held from November 17. A total of 58,54,208 voters were registered for the polls.The first phase saw 64.5% polling in Kashmir division and 79.4% in Jammu division, and in the second phase, 80.4% in Jammu division and 52.2% in Kashmir division.Later, 55.7% in Kashmir division and 83.0% in Jammu division was recorded in the third phase; 82.4% in Jammu division and 32.3% in Kashmir division in the fourth phase; 85.2% polling in Jammu division and 33.7% in Kashmir division in the fifth phase; 17.3% in Kashmir division and 84.6% in Jammu division in the sixth phase; 84.8% in Jammu division and 30.3% in Kashmir division in the seventh phase; 85.1% in Jammu division and 49.6% in Kashmir division in the eight phase.
New York: At first glance, this US Open might appear as unpredictable as any. From recent injuries to players such as Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep, to a bit of pre-tournament shakiness from Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, to Rafael Nadal’s issues on hard courts, to the group of up-and-coming men’s issues at Wimbledon, it’s difficult to predict what will unfold at Flushing Meadows over the next two weeks.And yet this much is clear with main-draw action set to start Monday: If they’re healthy, then the expected champions will come from a small group of women that includes Williams, Osaka and Halep and the members of the men’s Big Three. “It seems like the same guys are the favorites again this time around,” said Federer, who won five of his men’s-record 20 Grand Slam singles championships at the US Open, although the last came in 2008. “It will be a surprise if anybody else won.” Williams has won six of her 23 major singles trophies in New York, most recently in 2014. Since then, she lost in the semifinals twice, missed the 2017 edition because she gave birth and was the runner-up a year ago to Osaka in a match that stood out more for Williams’ conflict with chair umpire Carlos Ramos than the tennis itself.The key for the 37-year-old American, as it’s been throughout her return since having a daughter, is her health and fitness, because her serve and other strokes are capable of being just about as dominant as ever. Williams reached the final at three of the past five Grand Slam tournaments; she lost each time, leaving her still just one major singles title away from equaling Margaret Court for the most in the sport’s history.”The years are passing, and she’s not getting any younger,” said 1994 Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez, who coaches 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova. “But she has a shot.” Probably only if her back is fine, though. Williams stopped playing in the final of the Rogers Cup hard-court tuneup this month after having back spasms, then cited that same problem when she pulled out of the following week’s tournament.Williams has withdrawn or retired from all of her non-Slam events in 2019. Unlike other top players, she didn’t hold a pre-tournament news conference at the US Open, but both Osaka (left knee) and Halep (left Achilles) declared themselves OK.Djokovic did the same after having a trainer check on blisters on his right foot while he practiced Saturday. He and Federer went a combined 4-2 in hard-court matches after their historic five-set Wimbledon final. Nadal, meanwhile, has a long history of injury setbacks on a surface that is unforgiving, including retiring from his U.S. Open semifinal last year.Still, there’s a reason one needs to go all the way back to Andre Agassi in 2003 to find someone other than Djokovic, Federer or Nadal seeded No. 1 in New York.Here is what to know as the U.S. Open starts: BIG 3 STILL BIGDjokovic, Nadal, and Federer have combined to take 11 Slam titles in a row and 54 of the past 65. One thing to keep an eye on: Federer and Nadal have played each other 40 times but never at the U.S. Open. It could only happen if both reach the Sept. 8 final.COCO IS BACKCoco Gauff appears in her second major after her captivating run to Wimbledon’s Week 2 as a qualifier ranked just 313th. The 15-year-old, who is based in Florida, was granted a wild card by the U.S. Tennis Association into singles and doubles KYRGIOS ON DISPLAYIn reaction to what went on in last year’s Williams-Osaka final, the USTA will post code violations racket abuse, say, or unsportsmanlike conduct on scoreboards. That might be put to use Tuesday, when 28th-seeded Nick Kyrgios plays Steve Johnson. Kyrgios was fined more than USD 100,000 for his tantrums during a recent match, hardly his first such sanction. “You’ve just really got to focus on what you’re trying to accomplish, your game plan,” Johnson said. “He’s going to do what he’s going to do.” ARE THE KIDS ALL RIGHT?The tennis world has been waiting for a younger player to challenge the top men. Three guys pegged for that sort of success Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas all lost in the first round at Wimbledon. How will they rebound at the U.S. Open? Someone else to track: Daniil Medvedev, a 23-year-old Russian whose best Slam showing was a fourth-round appearance at the Australian Open in January. He has been to the finals at three consecutive hard-court tournaments. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. djokovicfedererMaria SharapovaNovak Djokovic First Published: August 26, 2019, 10:58 AM IST
New Delhi, Aug 22 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today emphasised on the need to start preparing for 2020 Tokyo Games from now itself after the country managed a disappointing two medals from the just-concluded Rio Olympics despite fielding its biggest-ever contingent of 100 plus athletes. Congratulating badminton star P V Sindhu and woman wrestler Sakshi Malik, Goel said a few Indian sportspersons were unlucky to miss out on the podium in Rio but hoped the country will exceed the number of participating athletes four years from now in Tokyo. “I am very happy for PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik. But some players like Abhinav Bindra, Dipa Karmakar, Sania Mirza were very close to a medal,” Goel said after inaugurating Sport India 2016 – fourth India International Sports Good Show here. “Under the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) programme we provided customised training to all athletes. We provided all athletes with the best possible training. We provided them foreign coaches and training at foreign locations and thats why a record 118 athletes qualified for the Rio Olympics. “But we need to start preparing for Tokyo 2020 from now and I am expecting over 200 athletes to qualify from India in the next Olympics,” he added. In Rio, three women athletes — Sindhu, Sakshi and Dipa Karmakar — became the unlikely stars for India and saved the countrys pride from returning empty-handed for the first time since 1992 Barcelona Games. The trio notched a few firsts for India; Sindhu, at 21, became the youngest to win an Olympic medal, a silver which was never achieved in badminton; and Sakshis bronze was also a first for woman wrestling. Indias first female gymnast Dipa went on to miss a bronze by 0.15 points but her clean finish in the high-risk Produnova vault won the hearts of the nation. PTI SSC CM CMadvertisement
According to reports, select dealerships of Yamaha India have started with the pre-bookings of the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 at an initial amount of Rs 50,000. Yamaha had unveiled the 2017 YZF-R15 V3.0 in Indonesia last year with its India launch expected to take place sometime in August-September. Dubbed as the baby R6, the all new Yamaha R15 was unveiled by the Yamaha MotoGP racer Maverick Vinales in Indonesia.Engine:The all new R15 comes with a 155.1cc, liquid cooled 4-stroke, SOHC engine that churns out maximum power output of 19BHP and 14.7 Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed transmission that aids a wet multi-plate clutch.2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0Design:The all new Yamaha R15 comes with the design elements of a Super Sport bike. The new R15 comes with a new aluminum rear arm for light weight, along with a stable motor control. The body is designed in a way to give a sporty look of a race bike. The LED front and rear lights are equipped with hazard lights that make this bike look more aggressive.2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0Suspension:The all new Yamaha R15 includes new features like Assist & Slipper Clutch, which is usually seen only on large motors. The features assist makes the operation of the clutch very light so that the rider is more comfortable when operating the clutch, while the slipper clutch makes gearshift smoother and quicker acceleration.Features:The new R15 comes loaded with features like fully digital speedometer display which include shift timing light that will alert the driver to switch the acceleration and gear positioning.advertisement2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0Colors:The all new Yamaha R15 has a choice of three colors: Racing Blue, Matte Black and Matte Red.Competition:The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 will compete with the likes of Suzuki 150R and Honda CBR 150R in India.2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0Price:We expect the 2017 YZF-R15 V3.0 to come with a price tag of Rs 1.6 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) – Rs 1.9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).ALSO READ:Yamaha discontinues YZF-R3 for the Indian marketALSO READ:Yamaha recalls 1,155 units of YZF-R3 in India over faulty tank bracketsALSO READ:Yamaha FZ-25 first ride review
Lalchand Rajput on Wednesday declared Anil Kumble’s decision not to continue as the national cricket team’s head coach as a sad day for Indian cricket and praised him for doing a great job during his one-year tenure.”I think it is a bad decision that he had to step down. It gives the wrong signal to other players as well. So, I think it is a sad day for the Indian cricket. He has been given a one-year contract and he waited till the contract expired. He waited till the contract and then decided that he did not want to continue,” Rajput told ANI.The 55-year-old, who is one of the candidates to become new coach of India, further said that if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had to give him an extension, they should have gone for a two-year extension rather than limiting it till the end of the West Indies tour.Rajput also suggested that every coach should be given at least a few years to get along with the team and that one-year is too short a period to achieve results.”If they had to give him an extension, I think they should have given him a two-year contract. I believe he got just two weeks extension to be with the Indian team till the West Indies tour. So, if you look at entire scenario, I think every coach needs some time to gel with the team and I think one year is too short. If you look at the performance of last one year, the performance was extremely good,” he added.advertisementOn Tuesday, Kumble stepped down from the post of head coach, saying that skipper Virat Kohli had reservations about his work ‘style’ and his extension.The legendary leg-spinner, in a strongly worded letter, admitted that although the BCCI had several times attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between him and the captain, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable and therefore, he had decided to move on.Kohli, on the other hand, prior to India’s opening encounter at the Champions Trophy against Pakistan played down the reports of him having differences with the head coach, saying they were mere speculations which have been created by the people.Kumble was appointed as coach in June 2016 for a one-year term by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and was instantly successful. Under him, India won Test series against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.It was reported that the three-member CAC, comprising of former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman who are tasked to find the new coach for the Indian cricket team, was also willing to retain Kumble.Meanwhile, the BCCI has already invited applications for the position.Besides Rajput, Dodda Ganesh, Richard Pybus and Tom Moody had also submitted applications for the head coach post, while former Indian opener Virender Sehwag forwarded a two-line cover letter to the management.
Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen, the man who persuaded school-friend Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard to start what became the world’s biggest software company, died on Monday at the age of 65, his family said.Allen left Microsoft in 1983, before the company became a corporate juggernaut, following a dispute with Gates, but his share of their original partnership allowed him to spend the rest of his life and billions of dollars on yachts, art, rock music, sports teams, brain research and real estate.Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, the Allen family said in a statement.In early October, Allen had revealed he was being treated for the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which he also was treated for in 2009. He had an earlier brush with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, another cancer, in the early 1980s before leaving Microsoft.Music-lover Allen had a list of high-profile friends in the entertainment business, including U2 singer Bono, but preferred to avoid the limelight at his compound on Mercer Island, across Lake Washington from Seattle, where he grew up.Allen remained loyal to the Pacific Northwest region, directing more than $1 billion to mostly local philanthropic projects, developing Seattle’s South Lake Union tech hub that Amazon.com Inc calls home and building the headquarters of his Allen Institute for Brain Science there.Gates described Allen as following the Microsoft partnership with a “second act” focused on strengthening communities and in a statement said, “I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends.”advertisementCurrent Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella on Monday called him a “quiet and persistent” man who changed the world.”He is under-appreciated in Seattle,” said David Brewster, founder of local news website Crosscut.com and the Seattle Weekly newspaper. “He’s remote and reclusive. There’s too much Howard Hughes in the way he behaves for Seattle truly to appreciate a lot of the good that he does.”Paul Gardner Allen was born in Seattle on Jan. 21, 1953, the son of a librarian father and teacher mother. He was two years older than Gates but when they met in the computer room at the exclusive Lakeside School in Seattle in 1968, they discovered a shared passion.”In those days we were just goofing around, or so we thought,” Gates recalled in his 1985 book “”The Road Ahead.”FROM BOSTON TO ALBUQUERQUEAllen went on to Washington State University but dropped out in 1974 to take a job with Honeywell in Boston. While there, he pestered Gates, who was studying at nearby Harvard, to quit school and join the nascent revolution in personal computing.Gates finally agreed and in 1975 the two jointly developed BASIC software for the Altair 8800, a clunky desktop computer that cost $400 in kit form.The pair moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, close to the Altair’s maker, and formed a company. It was Allen’s idea to call it Micro-Soft, an amalgam of microcomputer and software. The hyphen was later dropped.Allen was in charge of Microsoft’s technical operations for the company’s first eight years, making him one of the handful of people who created early software such as MS-DOS and Word that enabled the PC revolution and thrust Microsoft to the top.But he had ceased to be on the cutting edge of software development by the early 1980s. He never displayed the commercial instinct of Gates, who generally is credited with powering Microsoft’s rise to ubiquity in the 1990s.Allen left Microsoft in 1983 after falling out with Gates and his new lieutenant, Steve Ballmer, in December 1982, only months after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. As he recalled in his 2011 memoir “Idea Man,” he overheard Gates and Ballmer secretly plotting to reduce his ownership stake.”They were bemoaning my recent lack of production and discussing how they might dilute my Microsoft equity by issuing options to themselves and other shareholders,” Allen wrote.Gates and Ballmer later apologized but the damage was done and Allen left Microsoft, although he remained on the board until 2000.CANCER BATTLESAllen recovered from his cancer after radiation treatment but in 2009 was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, another form of blood cancer. He went into remission in April 2010 but the disease resurfaced in 2018.Allen held onto his share of the company. His 28 percent stake at Microsoft’s initial public offering in 1986 instantly made him a multi-millionaire.His wealth peaked at about $30 billion in late 1999, according to Forbes magazine, but Allen was hurt by the sharp decline in Microsoft stock after the dot.com bubble burst in 2000 and some unprofitable technology investments.advertisementIn October 2018, Forbes magazine estimated his wealth at $21.7 billion and said he was the 44th richest person in the world.Allen, the owner of 42 U.S. patents, liked to cast himself as a technology visionary who drove Microsoft’s early success and saw the future of connected computing long before the Internet.”I expect the personal computer to become the kind of thing that people carry with them, a companion that takes notes, does accounting, gives reminders, handles a thousand personal tasks,” Allen wrote in a column in Personal Computing magazine as far back as 1977, long before portable computers became a reality.In the same year, he outlined an early vision of what turned out to be the Internet to Microcomputer Interface magazine.”What I do see is a home terminal that’s connected to a centralized network by phone lines, fiber optics or some other communication system,” he said. “With that system you can perhaps put your car up for sale or look for a house in a different city or check out the price of asparagus at the nearest grocery market or check the price of a stock.”Allen later called this sweeping idea the “wired world,” which has broadly come to fruition. He was not alone in predicting connected computing but was one of the most prominent.Yet Allen’s technology ventures after Microsoft, which focused on areas he thought would grow with the advent of the “wired world,” were not as successful. He lost $8 billion in the cable television industry, chiefly with a bad bet on cable company Charter Communications, while technology ventures he bankrolled such as Metricom, SkyPix and Interval Research were costly failures.SPORTS TEAMS, A YACHT AND HENDRIXHe had better luck in sports and real estate. Allen bought the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team in 1988 and became a local hero in 1997 when he purchased the Seattle Seahawks football franchise after the previous owner had tried to move the team to California. The Seahawks won the Super Bowl in February 2014 and both franchises are now valued at many times what Allen paid for them.Allen also made hundreds of millions of dollars redeveloping South Lake Union, a shabby area of downtown Seattle that became a gleaming technology Mecca and site of Amazon.com’s glass “spheres” headquarters.All the while, the never-married Allen pursued myriad personal projects and pastimes. He owned one of the world’s biggest yachts, the 400-foot (122 meters) Octopus, which was the venue for many lavish parties and the base for scuba expeditions.A rock ‘n’ roll aficionado, Allen had a band on call to jam with when he wanted, and spent more than $250 million building a museum devoted to his hero, Jimi Hendrix, which morphed into a music and science fiction exhibit designed by Frank Gehry.He spent millions more on a collection of vintage warplanes and funded the first non-government rocket to make it into space. He also collected priceless antiquities and works by Monet, Rodin and Rothko to put in his extensive art collection.advertisementLike Gates, Allen was a dedicated philanthropist, giving away more than $1.5 billion in his lifetime and pledging to donate more than half his wealth to charity.Through various vehicles, Allen focused his giving on brain science, motivated by the loss of his mother to Alzheimer’s disease, along with universities and libraries.Also read: Google Pixel Slate new leak hints at detachable keyboard, stylusAlso read: iPad Pro keyboards are so bad that typing on glass is betterWatch: India Today Conclave Next 2017: Artificial Intelligence needs to be handled carefully, responsibly, say experts
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)One of the top kicking recruits in the country has made his college decision.Parker Lewis, a five-star kicker in the 2020 recruiting class, announced late on Sunday night his decision to commit to USC.The 6-foot-3 kicker announced his decision on Twitter.Lewis also had significant interest from Arizona and Cal, among other programs.Committed #FightOn✌? pic.twitter.com/Ygsc0HoxE7— Parker Lewis (@ParkerLewi) August 5, 2018Here’s his full statement:“First off, I want to thank God for all he’s done for me and allowing me to play the game of football. Thank you to my family and friends who have supported me throughout this entire process. Thank you Coach Mohns, Sam Watts, and all of the other Saguaro High School Coaches who have made me a better Student/Athlete. Lastly, thank you Coach Helton and Coach Baxter for having the confidence in me and providing me this opportunity. With all this being said, I am excited to say that I will be committing to the University of Southern California. #FightOn.”USC’s 2020 class is currently ranked the No. 17 class in the country, No. 1 in the Pac-12.
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pressurise Pakistan to undertake a thorough probe into the destruction of the centuries-old Guru Nanak Palace in Narowal. He has also offered his government’s help to get the property in Pakistan’s Punjab rebuilt, if the Centre could secure Islamabad’s permission for the same. Amarinder Singh wrote to Modi requesting him to take up the matter with the government of Pakistan asking for “a probe in the wanton destruction of the property in question and to bring to justice all the guilty persons associated with this unfortunate act”. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Calling for urgent steps to restore the remaining structure through scientific conservation and restoration, the Chief Minister also sought to impress upon the government of Pakistan the need to preserve all such monuments that have an association with Sikh heritage in an institutionalised manner so that such incidents do not recur in future. “If the government of India arranges permission from the Pakistan government, the Punjab government (India) would rebuild the historic property,” he said in a press statement. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Amarinder Singh strongly condemned the shocking incident, which he said hurt the sentiments of Sikhs around the world. In his letter to the Prime Minister, he wrote: “The building, which some media reports cite to be around four centuries old and has been visited by a large number of Sikh pilgrims, has been rapaciously pillaged and destroyed.” He said the incident had caused great consternation in his state and it was almost ironic that it had happened at a time when the two countries were poised to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru.
Trump picks China hawk to lead new White House trade council WASHINGTON – In another sign that he intends to shake up relations with China, President-elect Donald Trump named economist Peter Navarro to lead a newly created White House council on trade.The University of California-Irvine professor, who advised Trump during the campaign, has sharply criticized China’s economic and military policies in books and videos. In addition to leading the new White House National Trade Council, Navarro will be director of trade and industrial policy.In a statement, the Trump transition team said the creation of the council “demonstrates the president-elect’s determination to make American manufacturing great again.”Trump says China’s unfair trade practices are responsible for wiping out American factory jobs. U.S. manufacturers have cut 5 million jobs since 2000. Trump has threatened to impose taxes on Chinese imports and to label China a “currency manipulator” for allegedly pushing its currency lower to give Chinese exporters a price advantage.Navarro, author of “Death By China,” also endorses a hard line toward China. Navarro has dismissed warnings that imposing sanctions on China could trigger a destructive trade war if China retaliates by targeting U.S. imports. He and Wilbur Ross — an investment banker tapped to be Trump’s Commerce secretary — have argued that China and other U.S. trade partners have more to lose in a trade conflict because they depend so much on the U.S. market.Trump has already rattled U.S.-China relations. Earlier this month, he broke protocol by taking a call from the president of Taiwan. China views Taiwan as a renegade province and considers any acknowledgement that it has its own head of state as a grave insult. Trump also said he did not feel bound by the longstanding “one-China” policy. Under that policy the United States recognizes Beijing as the sole government of China and acknowledges its claim to Taiwan but regards the status of the self-governing island as unsettled.____Associated Press writer Matthew Pennington contributed to this report. by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Dec 21, 2016 9:40 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 21, 2016 at 10:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The UN-brokered body made up of both Government and Houthi opposition representatives is known officially as the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), chaired by retired Dutch General, Patrick Cammaert, with the support of UN personnel.The three-day meeting of the RCC followed on from the formal start of the ceasefire on 25 December.On Wednesday, both Houthi rebels and Government coalition personnel, worked to clear minefields to create a safe passage across a frontline for Government representatives to attend the meeting on rebel-controlled territory, during which General Cammaert commended the parties for their demonstration of goodwill to implement the Stockholm agreement.The first phase of putting the agreement into action is based on three priority areas: maintaining the ceasfire, confidence-building measures to deliver humanitarian assistance, and redeployment of fighters.Both parties have acknowledged this as an historic moment, and each have reiterated their commitment to implementing the Stockholm ceasefire, said the UN on Thursday.The UN’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said that the cooperation shown so far, sends a “massive signal” that positive change is possible, adding that if the peace plan can evolve and progress smoothly, “the people of Yemen will notice a new prospect for the future.”The parties are set to present detailed plans for full redeployment to Mr. Cammaert in the next committee meeting, programed for 1 January in Hudaydah. In the meantime, each have agreed to begin opening humanitarian corridors as part of confidence-building measures, starting with the key coastal road between rebel-held capital Sana’a, and Hudaydah.More routes are scheduled to be cleared, and a humanitarian convoy is scheduled to move from the port city along the Hudaydah-Sana’a road on Saturday.Fighting in and around Hudaydah for control of the key port intensified in recent months, which has severely narrowed the flow of essential resources and lifesaving aid, and exacerbated the threat of famine. The Yemen war intensified in early 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition joined the Government fight against Houthi rebels, instituting an aerial bombing campaign.An added consequence unleashed by the conflict has been the lack of pay for civil servants in rebel-held Hudaydah, which the Yemeni government has agreed to pay, backdated to the beginning of this month.President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi announced the decision on Thursday, marking a shift after more than two years during which the government was unable to pay salaries, according to news reports, causing the Yemeni riyal to fall heavily against the US dollar, and leaving many citizens unable to afford basic necessities like food and water.
By Julie JohansenResidents at Emery County Care and Rehabilitation Center presented a patriotic program under the direction of Cierra Price, the center’s activity director, on Thursday afternoon.Price gave a brief history of the beginning of Independence Day and Pioneer Day to open the program. Then, six residents, including Jean Scovill, DeeDee Madsen, Linda Ware, Janet Magnuson, Shirley Hammond and Elizabeth “Sweetie” Anderson, danced with glow wands in their hands to “Sunshine in My Pocket” and the “Chicken Dance” song.Next, everyone was invited to join them in the Macarena. The finale was a big cheer complete with pom-poms for ECCRC. The afternoon program was a bright spot for other residents and audience.
Retired police officer and campaigner Norman Brennan said: “Officers using this tactic are trained to the highest standards and the law should exonerate them as soon as an investigation has been completed. That investigation should also be carried out as quickly as possible because they put officers under intense stress merely for having carried out their duties.” Footage shows police knocking moped muggers off their bikes in new tactics to stamp out the scooter crime-wave that has plagued London Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Police officers face the risk of prosecution if they knock suspected criminals off their mopeds during vehicle chases, it has emerged.In the latest incident being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) an officer and his colleagues have been interviewed as witnesses after a suspect was forced off his moped in Ealing, west London, earlier this year.It comes after it was revealed that a police driver is under criminal investigation after using the previously approved tactic of deliberately knocking a fleeing suspect off his moped during a separate incident.In this case the 17-year-old was forced off his moped by the officer in Erith, south east London, in January last year, in a tactic endorsed by the Metropolitan Police and the Home Secretary.The teenager – who was not wearing a helmet and was taken to hospital by the same officer who had brought him down because no ambulance was available – was discharged a few days after being treated for a serious head injury and a broken foot.He subsequently pleaded guilty to theft, interference with a vehicle, dangerous driving, and driving with no licence and no insurance. Tactical contact has been used at least 63 times since it was adopted by the Met in October last year and has left at least two suspects with broken bones.Endorsing the tactic earlier this month, Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said pursuit drivers are “supremely well trained” and that the tactic has resulted in only a “very small” number of injuries.She said: “My officers make life-and-death decisions every day of the week, they’re very accountable. They make the best possible decisions. We are in a risk business.”Ms Dick said the freedom to ram scooters was brought in to deter moped crime.”We’ve had to put the fear back into the criminal,” she said.The IOPC said it was investigating whether the actions of police officers involved in the Erith operation were appropriate, given the circumstances they faced.A spokesman for the IOPC added: “Ultimately no police tactic can ever be used with impunity in a country where we police by consent – be that tactical contact, the use of firearms or the use of restraint. The officer has been interviewed under caution as part of the IOPC investigation and his case could be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service within weeks. He could face criminal charges for actual bodily harm as a result. A similar process could take place in the Ealing case, in which a suspect aged in his twenties was knocked off his moped in March after trying to flee the scene of an incident.While the officers in questioned have only been interviewed as witnesses to the incident, the IOPC has warned they could still be questioned under caution and face charges.“The officers have been interviewed as witnesses and have not been served notice they are under investigation. That may change, as it might on other cases” said an IOPC source. The investigation of the officers involved in the two incidents – which comes after the Met Police Commissioner and the Home Secretary endorsed using what is referred to as ‘tactical contact’ to stop a fleeing suspect on a moped – has angered rank and file police officers and their supporters.Ken Marsh, chairman of the Met Police Federation, said: “Senior ministers have endorsed this tactic, but they need to put their words into action and give police officers the protection they deserve when they use it, otherwise it is just hollow words.“The public want this approach used and politicians tell them to do it, but it’s going to end up with my officers gripping the rail of the dock because they have stopped someone in this way.” A suspected criminal is forced off their moped during a police chaseCredit:Metropolitan Police “It is always a matter of whether it’s reasonable and proportionate in the circumstances. Independent scrutiny is a vital part of public confidence in the way policing is done.” The scene after a police car knocked a suspect off their moped using ‘tactical contact’ techniquesCredit:Metropolitan Police
A GROUP THAT campaigns for voting rights for Irish citizens abroad has said that an estimated 400,000 Irish people who have left the country as a result of economic problems are being disenfranchised.The We’re Coming Back group have made a submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs as part of the department’s review of Ireland’s foreign policy.Their submission states that Ireland is one of only a few EU member states that doesn’t allow citizens resident outside their country a vote:Denied the right to vote in national elections at home, and yet to earn the corresponding right to vote in their country of residence, Irish emigrants constitute a small group of European migrants that can elect no national representatives, anywhere in the world. They are completely denied any access to the democratic process at the national level.Their submission comes after the European Commission said last week that “such disenfranchisement practices can negatively affect EU free movement rights”.The EC said that Ireland, Denmark, Cyprus, Malta and the United Kingdom have rules in place that lead to a loss of national voting rights as a result of periods spent residing in another EU member state.The commission notes that EU member states are allowed to make their own decisions on who can vote in national elections but have issued “guidance” to tackle what they see as a problem.They suggest that member states should:Enable their nationals who make use of their right to free movement in the EU to retain their right to vote in national elections if they demonstrate a continuing interest in the political life of their country.They also say that states should ensure that nationals resident in another EU member state to should be able to vote electronically.Last year the Constitutional Convention recommended to the Government that Irish citizens living outside of the state should be able to vote in Presidential elections.Poll: Should Irish citizens living abroad have a vote in Irish elections? >
Djouce summit track to the Wicklow Way Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 8:05 PM No Comments A WOMAN WHO fell while walking on a boardwalk on the Wicklow Way has rejected giving a different version of how she says the accident happened.Teresa Wall told Justice Michael White at the High Court that she fell after her foot had snagged in a hole in one of the old railway sleepers that are part of a boardwalk close to the JB Malone memorial on the Sally Gap to Djouce trail near Roundwood.She rejects claims she had told an official with National Parks and Wildlife Service in a phone conversation some days after the accident that she had tripped on some chicken wire.The accident occurred around 4pm on 6 August 2013 when and she and her husband were coming down the mountain after a long walk on a boardwalk that was placed on the lands by the NPWS.The 60-year-old was giving evidence on the second day of the NPWS’s appeal against a Circuit Court finding, which has significant implications for Ireland’s national parks, that the NPWS was negligent and must pay her €40,000 damages.Under cross-examination from Brian Murray SC for the NPWS Wall accepted having phone conversations with employees with the NPWS on 14 August.She denied telling NWPS District Conservation Officer Enda Mullen in a phone conversation that the accident happened after she tripped on chicken wire that had been on the sleepers.She also denied telling Mullen she was unable, due to her injuries, to go on a holiday that day to Slovakia or that she asked the NWPS about compensation.Painkillers, antibiotics and valium Wall did accept that on the same date she phoned the State Claims Agency. She told counsel she did that because she “wanted to know where she stood.”At time of the phone calls she said she was on painkillers, antibiotics and valium.An experienced hill walker of many years the 59-year-old described the boardwalk as being ” very dangerous” and that she had contacted the NPWS over her concern of a risk to other walkers .In her evidence, Enda Mullen said she spoke by telephone to an “upset” Teresa Wall on 14 August and wrote down details given to her on an accident form.Wall did not say to her she tripped and fell because of a hole in one of the sleepers but told her she had tripped on wire.Under cross examination from Louis McEntagart SC, Mullen said she sent out a park ranger to the location of the accident. No hazardous wire was found on the route by the ranger.Routine practiceHowever, Mullen did not accept council’s assertion that the ranger was dispatched to investigate due to an obligation on the part of the NPWS towards Wall. Rather it was done as a matter of routine practice, she said.Teresa Wall from Rathingle Cottages, Swords, Co Dublin said she suffered a gash to her right knee which required seven stitches.Last April, Judge Jacqueline Linnane at Dublin Circuit Court said Wall was entitled to €40,000 damages plus her legal costs.Judge Linnane said it was clear from the evidence before her that the boardwalk had been made up of second-hand, wooden railway sleepers that were badly rotted.Reasonable care had not been taken to maintain the boardwalk in a safe condition and this failure was responsible for the injuries.The NPWS appealed the decision to the High Court. The hearing continues on Friday.Read: Parks service appeals €40,000 payout for woman who fell while hillwalking >Read: Walker who fell and cut her knee while hiking Wicklow Way wins €40k in damages > Share101 Tweet Email2 Woman who won €40k in damages after Wicklow fall faces questions over version of events Teresa Wall says he fall was caused by a hole in old railway sleepers. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Flickr/JimmyHarris http://jrnl.ie/3101065 By Aodhan O Faolain Nov 24th 2016, 8:05 PM 31,033 Views Short URL Djouce summit track to the Wicklow Way Image: Flickr/JimmyHarris
How experienced are Ireland compared to the other World Cup contenders? We’ve tallied up the caps and average ages of the leading nations involved in Japan. 70+ caps: Agustín Creevy, Nicolás Sánchez, Juan Manuel Leguizamón50+ caps: Tomás Cubelli, Pablo Matera, Joaquín Tuculet, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Julián Montoya, Matías Alemanno, Tomás Lavanini, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Javier Ortega Desio30+ caps: Ramiro Moyano, Matías Moroni, Guido Petti, Tomás Lezana, Matías Orlando, Juan Figallo-10 caps: Bautista Delguy, Santiago Carreras, Lucas Mensa, Santiago Socino, Rodrigo Bruni, Mayco Vivas, Felipe Ezcurra, Juan Cruz Mallía.__________ South Africa – 1,053 capsAverage caps – 34Average age – 27.9Rassie Erasmus’ Springboks have seen a fair amount of change in the past two years, with relatively inexperienced players like Lukhanyo Am and Makazole Mapimpi potentially set to have a big impact in Japan. Tendai Mtawarira has 111 caps for the Boks. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOThere are, however, many players who have been there and done that at Test level for years, with 111-times capped loosehead Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira among them.Frans Steyn and his 61 caps have been reintegrated into the squad, while Eben Etzebeth, Willie le Roux, Francois Louw and the freakishly good 27-year-old Pieter-Steph du Toit all have 50 caps or more.Erasmus also has many important players, including captain Siya Kolisi, in the 30- to 50-cap bracket.100+ caps: Tendai Mtawarira70+ caps: Eben Etzebeth50+ caps: François Steyn, Willie le Roux, Francois Louw, Pieter-Steph du Toit30+ caps: Duane Vermeulen, Siya Kolisi, Steven Kitshoff, Bongi Mbonambi, Elton Jantjies, Frans Malherbe, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Lood de Jager, Trevor Nyakane, Handré Pollard, Franco Mostert-10 caps: Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi, Kwagga Smith, Herschel Jantjies, Warrick Gelant, S’busiso Nkosi.__________Scotland – 923 capsAverage caps – 30Average age – 27.3Gregor Townsend doesn’t have the kind of top-level Test experience in his squad that the leading World Cup contenders possess, with only John Barclay  and Greig Laidlaw  exceeded the 70-cap mark. Instead, Townsend can call on exciting talent including the new addition Blade Thomson and thrilling outside back Darcy Graham. Six-times capped centre Sam Johnson already appears to be a key player.Townsend has included eight of the starting XV from the controversial defeat to Australian in the quarter-finals of the 2015 tournament, meaning there is a fair amount of recent World Cup experience.100+ caps: None70+ caps: John Barclay, Greig Laidlaw50+ caps: Stuart Hogg, Jonny Gray, Tommy Seymour30+ caps: Finn Russell, Grant Gilchrist, Fraser Brown, Ryan Wilson, WP Nel, Peter Horne, Gordon Reid, Sean Maitland-10 caps: Blade Thomson, Sam Johnson, George Turner, Darcy Graham, Scott Cummings, George Horne.__________France – 802 capsAverage caps – 26Average age – 26.5It’s no major surprise that France come into this tournament with the fewest total caps of the leading nations, given how much they have tended to chop and change players in recent years. France have included lots of young players like Romain Ntamack. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHONumber eight Louis Picamoles [79 caps] and captain Guilhem Guirado  are the two most experienced players in this squad, while Maxime Médard, Rabah Slimani, and Yoann Huget are set for their third World Cups.Head coach Jacques Brunel and his staff have included no less than nine players who have fewer than 10 Test caps coming into the tournament, including the recently-qualified wing Alivereti Raka and the promising Toulouse backs Thomas Ramos and Romain Ntamack.100+ caps: None70+ caps: Guilhem Guirado, Louis Picamoles50+ caps: Maxime Médard, Rabah Slimani, Yoann Huget30+ caps: Sébastien Vahaamahina, Wesley Fofana, Baptiste Serin, Gaël Fickou, Bernard le Roux, Maxime Machenaud-10 caps: Peato Mauvaka, Alivereti Raka, Gregory Alldritt, Thomas Ramos, Romain Ntamack, Demba Bamba, Emerick Setiano, Charles Ollivon, Sofiane Guitoune. 5 Comments Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 7:16 AM Share2 Tweet Email Short URL 11 hours ago Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 14,532 Views By Murray Kinsella Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: HISTORY TELLS US that experience is a vital factor in World Cup success.Players who have tasted glory on the biggest stage have repeatedly underlined that experience was hugely helpful in getting over the line, while coaches are always cognisant of how important Test level know-how is when World Cups come around.While the energy and enthusiasm of younger players can be crucial too, experience often has a major say in deciding tight knock-out games at the World Cup.“The experience side is very, very important,” said Steve Hansen, head coach of the defending back-to-back champions New Zealand. A hugely experienced New Zealand team won the last World Cup. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“When you go through the history of the World Cup, it’s huge for teams to have about 50 caps and an average age of 28, 29. I guess we are sitting around that depending on who we pick in our starting 15. Most important is that everyone shares their experience.”Hansen is referring to the fact that players in the winning XVs of the most recent four World Cup finals have had over 40 caps each on average.The Kiwis had an incredible average of 66 caps on the day of the final at the 2015 World Cup, which is a record that will take some beating.We obviously don’t know who will be playing in this year’s World Cup final – never mind how many caps they will have – so in the build-up to this tournament in Japan, we have instead looked at the total number of caps in the 31-man squads of the nations who are considered most likely to compete for glory.In order to compare this year’s squads to the previous four winners, we have detailed the total caps, average caps and average age of thos World Cup-winning squads. It’s worth noting that only 30-man squads were allowed up until 2015.2015: New Zealand – 1,484 caps (average of 48 caps), average age – 28.2 2011: New Zealand – 1,137 caps (average of 40 caps), average age – 28.52007: South Africa – 826 (average of 28 caps), average age – 26.72003: England – 1,080 (average of 36 caps), average age – 28.8Below, we’ve listed teams involved in this year’s World Cup by the total number of Test caps in their squads.___________Australia – 1,424 capsAverage caps – 46 Average age – 27.3Michael Cheika’s highly-experienced group leads the way in terms of caps in the squads involved in the World Cups, with the recent reintegration of 35-year-old outside back Adam Ashley-Cooper and his 119 caps useful in that regard. Adam Ashley-Cooper brings huge experience. Source: AAP/PA ImagesAshley-Cooper is one of a handful of veteran players who bloat the Wallabies’ total of caps but are unlikely to feature in their first-choice XV, with prop Sekope Kepu [106 caps], lock Rob Simmons , loosehead prop James Slipper  also in that category.Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has 95 caps despite still being just 27-years-old, while there is a third centurion in this squad in the shape of 31-year-old scrum-half Will Genia .There are some inexperienced Test players in Cheika’s squad, with number eight Isi Naisarani – a Fiji native who recently qualified on residency – hooker Jordan Uelese, and the as-yet-uncapped 19-year-old Jordan Petaia included.100+ caps: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Sekope Kepu, Will Genia70+ caps: Rob Simmons, Michael Hooper, James Slipper, Kurtley Beale, David Pocock, Bernard Foley50+ caps: Scott Sio, Tevita Kuridrani30+ caps: Allan Alaalatoa, Adam Coleman, Reece Hodge, Dane Haylett-Petty-10 caps: Jordan Uelese, Isi Naisarani, Jordan Petaia.__________New Zealand – 1,220 capsAverage caps – 39Average age – 27.3New Zealand’s total would have been considerably higher but for the exclusion of 108-times capped Owen Franks from their 31-man squad, which is still highly-experienced.Captain Kieran Read leads the way with 121 caps, while lock Sam Whitelock isn’t too far behind on 112. New Zealand have lots of Test experience through players in key positions like hooker, openside, number eight, the halfbacks and fullback. Key playmakers Aaron Smith  and Beauden Barrett  have real know-how at this level.Interestingly, Steve Hansen has also included a large crop of relatively inexperienced Test players, including props Atu Moli  and Angus Ta’avao , as well as wings Sevu Reece  and George Bridge , hoping they will add energy, mobility and pace.100+ caps: Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock70+ caps: Aaron Smith, Ben Smith, Beauden Barrett, Brodie Retallick50+ caps: Dan Coles, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Sonny Bill Williams30+ caps: Anton Lienert-Brown, Ryan Crotty, Ardie Savea, Scott Barrett, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Joe Moody, Codie Taylor-10 caps: Brad Weber, Atu Moli, Angus Ta’avao, Sevu Reece, George Bridge, Jack Goodhue, Shannon Frizell.__________Ireland – 1,155 capsAverage caps – 37Average age – 27.8A little similarly to the All Blacks, Ireland would have brought even more Test experience to this World Cup but for the non-selection of the 67-times capped Devin Toner. Ireland have very experienced leaders in key positions. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThere is a centurion in the Ireland group in the shape of 37-year-old captain Rory Best, set for his fourth World Cup and already on 120 caps. The hooker is part of an extremely experienced crop that also includes fullback Rob Kearney and halfbacks Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton.In that sense, Ireland look encouragingly experienced in key positions, while there is still a hint of freshness with the inclusion of three-times capped Jean Kleyn and other relatively new faces like Jack Carty, Tadhg Beirne and Chris Farrell.Head coach Joe Schmidt’s group includes 11 players back from the 2015 World Cup, while Best, Sean Cronin, Cian Healy, Murray, Sexton, Keith Earls and Kearney all played at the 2011 tournament. Best also featured in 2007.100+ caps: Rory Best70+ caps: Rob Kearney, Cian Healy, Johnny Sexton, Keith Earls, Conor Murray, Sean Cronin50+ caps: Peter O’Mahony30+ caps: Iain Henderson, Robbie Henshaw, Tadhg Furlong, CJ Stander, Dave Kilcoyne, -10 caps: Jean Kleyn, Jack Carty, Chris Farrell, Tadhg Beirne.__________Wales – 1,130 capsAverage caps – 36Average age – 26.8Captain Alun Wyn Jones and his 137 Test caps lead the way for Warren Gatland’s Wales, whose 27-year-old wing George North also adds major experience with 80 caps for his country and the Lions.Dan Biggar, set to start at out-half in the absence of Gareth Anscombe, brings 73 caps to the mix, while centre Jonathan Davies and fullback Leigh Halfpenny are among the most experienced members of this squad.Interestingly, Gatland has included a number of relatively new additions, with prop Rhys Carré in Japan having only made his debut last month, while Tomos Williams, James Davies and Ryan Elias all have fewer than 10 caps.100+ caps: Alun Wyn Jones70+ caps: George North, Leigh Halfpenny, Dan Biggar, Jonathan Davies50+ caps: Ken Owens, Justin Tipuric, Liam Williams30+ caps: Gareth Davies, Tomas Francis, Jake Ball, Nicky Smith, Ross Moriarty-10 caps: Rhys Carré, Tomos Williams, Ryan Elias, James Davies. __________England – 1,115 capsAverage caps – 36Average age – 26.7Eddie Jones’ squad are also without a centurion and the player closest to hitting the 100-mark, Dylan Hartley, has been left out. Owen Farrell is one of England’s most experienced players. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThere is, however, crucial experience in starting halfbacks Ben Youngs and Owen Farrell, as well as tighthead Dan Cole and second row Courtney Lawes – who both look like being back-up to the first-choice XV.The reintegration of Joe Marler has brought 62 caps back into the group at loosehead, while Jones also has a superb crop of players who seem certain to reach the 50-mark in the likes of Billy Vunipola, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May and Jamie George.Jones has ensured new energy exists in his squad with the inclusion of players like once-capped Ruaridh McConnochie and twice-capped Lewis Ludlam, while it is frightening that the impactful Tom Curry and Sam Underhill still only have 13 and eight caps, respectively.100+ caps: None70+ caps: Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Dan Cole, Courtney Lawes50+ caps: George Ford, Joe Marler, Joe Launchbury, Mako Vunipola30+ caps: Billy Vunipola, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, Anthony Watson, Jack Nowell, Elliot Daly, George Kruis, Jonny May, Manu Tuilagi, Jonathan Joseph-10 caps: Ruaridh McConnochie, Jack Singleton, Lewis Ludlam, Piers Francis, Joe Cokanasiga, Sam Underhill, Willi Heinz.__________Argentina – 1,087 capsAverage caps – 35Average age – 26.8The Pumas don’t have a centurion in their midst, with captain and hooker Agustín Creevy top of their charts with 85 caps.Head coach Mario Ledesma has not been afraid to back youth in his World Cup squad, including eight players who have fewer than 10 caps. Indeed, Santiago Carreras and Lucas Mensa only have one Test cap each.Out-half Nicolás Sánchez is among the most experienced players in Argentina’s squad, while the inspirational back row Pablo Matera has racked up 62 caps at the age of 26. 100+ caps: None https://the42.ie/4809431
Federal MP Maria Vamvakinou and Greek MP Theodoros Soldatos share many commonalities besides their careers in politics. They both trace their descent from the Municipality of Apollonion in the Greek island of Lefkada. Ms Vamvakinou was born in Lefkada yet became an MP in Australia. Ironically, Mr Soldatos was born in Australia and became an MP in Greece. Last Monday they had a chance to meet once again during an event hosted by other Greek Australians from Lefkada. It should be noted that MP Vamvakinou is a member of the Australia – Greece Parliamentary Friendship Group as Mr Soldatos is a member of its counterpart in the Greek Parliament. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Taxe carbone : la commission européenne ne présentera pas de projet en juinEurope – Alors que le gouvernement français a subordonné la mise en place de la contribution climat-énergie à celle d’une taxe européenne, la Commission ne présentera pas de projet en juin comme l’avait évoqué Nicolas Sarkozy.Le commissaire européen au Commerce international, Karel De Gucht, a en effet expliqué dans un entretien accordé à Reuters, qu’une communication de l’exécutif communautaire sera bien publiée en juin au sujet d’une taxe carbone européenne, mais rien de plus n’est prévu pour le moment.À lire aussiTaxe aérienne : l’Europe n’y renoncera pas”La Commission présentera en juin une communication sur les risques de délocalisation inhérents aux contraintes de réduction des gaz à effet de serre (…) Cette contribution alimentera le débat autour d’une éventuelle taxe aux frontières mais on ne va pas proposer de taxe au mois de juin” a-t-il affirmé.En janvier, Karel De Gucht s’était opposé à l’idée d’une contribution visant à taxer les énergies fossiles aux frontières de l’UE. Une position confirmée en début de semaine : “D’abord, cela comporte de grands risques de déclencher une guerre commerciale. Ensuite, il est très difficile de l’appliquer. Je ne pense pas que cela soit la solution”.Jeudi dernier, Nicolas Sarkozy et Silvio Berlusconi ont adressé une lettre au président de la Commission européenne, José Manuel Barroso, dans laquelle ils insistaient sur la nécessité d’une taxe “pleinement compatible” avec les règles de l’Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC). Les présidents français et italien estiment qu’il est urgent d’adopter un système taxant les importations des pays qui refusent de s’engager à réduire leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Mais alors que Nicolas Sarkozy a décidé de subordonner l’instauration de la taxe carbone française à celle d’une taxe européenne, le sujet divise les 27 membres de l’UE.Le 24 avril 2010 à 09:33 • Emmanuel Perrin
The Austrian manager has taken the helm of the English Premier League club as the club is fighting not to get relegated this season.Southampton FC is currently in 15th place of the English Premier League table.The club has 22 points, as they are hovering near the relegation zone.And after Mark Hughes was dismissed as coach in December, new Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuttl explains what he has done so far with the team.“The team has shown that they have more potential in them than people thought,” he told Sky Sports.“We didn’t have to immediately bring new players in.”“We tried to create potential and quality, and I think we did that. That doesn’t mean we are not looking, because we are looking, but we’ll only do a transfer if it helps us immediately and also for the future,” he explained.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“It’s a package. If you find a young player who has potential and quality then we’ll think about a transfer. The more important thing in this transfer period is to give players away, to have a committed group that is not too big.”“If it is too big, I cannot give every player the feeling that he is important for me. That is what I want to do,” he added.“If a new player comes in now, it will take time to get used to our philosophy, so I think the most successful way to work is in the summer [transfer window] where we have a full pre-season and can work six weeks with new players.”The Austrian has managed Southampton in the last ten matches.Of those games, the Saint has four victories, four defeats, and two draws.“If you want to be a part of a team I manage, it is important to put your ego to one side,” he added.“To work for the team and for the success of the team. That is more important than one ego.”
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A body found on the side of the road in Southwest Miami-Dade has sparked a police investigation.Miami-Dade Police responded to the scene near Southwest 152nd Avenue and Bird Road where a dead man was found on the side of the road.Miami-Dade Police Homicide is currently at the scene.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.