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first_imgTottenham Hotspur Tottenham determined to fight Real Madrid for Champions League top spot, says Pochettino Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 00:41 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pochettino - Cropped Twitter @SpursOfficial Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Premier League Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund Spurs will take on the reigning European champions in their group, but their manager does not believe they are guaranteed the summit Tottenham are not assuming Real Madrid will finish first in Champions League Group H, according to Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs 9/2 to win Group HMadrid, crowned European champions in three of the last four seasons, are top seeds in a fiercely competitive group that also includes Spurs, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Tottenham host Dortmund at Wembley on Wednesday and while Pochettino acknowledges the importance of his side’s opening clash, he does not see it as a scrap for second spot.The Argentine urged Spurs to make a confident opening to the campaign after failing to progress to the knockout stages in last season’s tournament.”I think Wednesday is so important, to start well in the competition and get the three points will be key to the future,” Pochettino said at his pre-match media conference.”In theory it should be Real Madrid first and the others trying for second, but football is not about theory. Our ambition is to win every game. “Real Madrid are on a different level: they won the last two Champions Leagues so it’s a different reality. I think it’ll be a very competitive group.”Last season after the first game against Monaco it was difficult to change the dynamic.  It’s so important to try to win the game. It will be tough, Dortmund are a great team, but in our mind our mentality is to win and be aggressive from the start.”Last season was our first experience in the Champions League… It was a very painful experience because we couldn’t be at the level we needed to be, but now that’s not an excuse.”TEAM NEWS: @dele_official (suspended). @ErikLamela (hip), Danny Rose (knee), @VictorWanyama (knee) & @gknkoudou (foot) also miss out. #COYS pic.twitter.com/VlY1oTUDFu— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 12, 2017Pochettino feels Spurs must take up the challenge of rising to the level of Europe’s top clubs after finishing second in the Premier League last season and third in 2015-16.”Now we need experience,” he said of their attempt to match the likes of Madrid. “We need to challenge them. Remember – we had to reduce gap to the top-four sides, now we’re fighting again to reduce the gap with these type of clubs in the Champions League. “This season will be a very good season for us to challenge them and show our reality.”Asked whether recently arrived defenders Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez, signed from Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax respectively, would play against Dortmund, Pochettino answered “maybe” in both cases.last_img read more

first_imgIPL 2019: Chennai wasn’t a 70-run wicket during the opener, says Harbhajan SinghVeteran Chennai Super Kings off-spinner Harbhajan Singh ran through the Royal Challengers Bangalore top-order, dismissing Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers on a difficult batting wicket at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday. advertisement Press Trust of India ChennaiMarch 24, 2019UPDATED: March 24, 2019 11:52 IST IPL 2019, CSK vs RCB: Harbhajan Singh picked up three wickets to help CSK clinch a 7-wicket win on Saturday (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan Singh picked up three wickets as RCB were bowled out for 70 on a rank turner at ChepaukNo one has a problem with why so many runs are being made: Harbhajan on Chepauk wicketCSK clinched a seven-wicket win after they gunned down the 71-run target in 17.4 oversThe slowness of the Chepauk track might be attracting a lot of criticism but veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said while the wicket was difficult to bat, it was not unplayable.Rival captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli expressed their disappointment over the wicket here after the opening match of the Indian Premier League turned out to be damp squib last night.After Royal Challengers Bangalore got bundled out for 70 in 17.1 overs.Chennai Super Kings achieved the target in 17.4 overs, winning by seven wickets.”See, it was a difficult pitch to bat on but it wasn’t like it was unplayable. We’re so used to watching matches on good wickets where no one complains when people score 170-180. But if it spins or seams a little, everyone has a problem, saying why is this happening?,” Harbhajan said at the post match press conference.”No one has a problem with why so many runs are being made. So people actually forget that the bowler also has a job in cricket. Batsmen should struggle once in a while so that they understand that it should be a battle of bat and ball.”In some places, yes, they played some rash shots as well. It was not that this was a 70 runs wicket. You’ll get at least 120 if you apply yourself,” Harbhajan, who won the man-of-the-match award for his spell of three for 20, said.Honestly didn’t expect it to turn so much: HarbhajanThe 38-year-old admitted that he and his team were surprised at the amount of turn they got from the pitch.advertisement”It was a wicket where it was holding a bit. We honestly didn’t expect it to turn so much as it did today. We played a practice match here and the wicket was a good one. We would have preferred to play on a wicket that wouldn’t spin as much as this did. Hopefully it would be better hereafter.”Harbhajan, who did not have a great season in the 2018 edition of the IPL, said it was nice to be on the winning side and contributing to the team’s cause.”It is nice to be on the winning side and contributing, especially taking the wickets of Virat (Kohli), AB (de Villiers) and Moeen (Ali)…top-order batters. This is the kind of performance that is expected from me, being the senior bowler in the side.”Though people might think that I am old but the experience is something I have gained over the years, which no one can take away from me. I am glad to contribute to the win,” said the CSK tweaker.Jadeja could be key member for India at 2019 World Cup: HarbhajanHarbhajan praised his teammate Ravindra Jadeja, who took two wickets in the game, to be a key member of the Indian team in the upcoming World Cup in England.”I feel someone like Ravindra Jadeja is always in the game as long as he is looking to spin the ball. He is someone, though I don’t want to talk way too much about the World Cup, I feel he could be a key member for the Indian team to win that. He bowls, bats and is a brilliant fielder, a gun fielder. Finger spinners should be given the responsibility and they will deliver,” said Harbhajan.Meanwhile, RCB assistant coach Vikram Solanki said the pitch was far from ideal for batting.”I don’t think we played well enough and CSK were by far the better side. We were surprised by spin and lack of pace and it spun far more than we thought. It was probably not an ideal pitch as it was not an even contest. You need an opportunity to score as well,” he said.Solanki, however, felt that his team could have done better if it had managed to get one good partnership.”Perhaps 120-130 would have been enough, but batting first in the first game in the tournament we needed to be brave and say maybe should have looked to get to 100 and look at things. We needed just one partnership and if necessary could have even played ugly and dug in to stop the rut of constant wickets.”Insisting that there were some positives which could be taken from the game, Solanki said, “It is not ideal. There are some positives though. (Yuzvendra) Chahal bowled a wonderful spell. Moeen (Ali) also bowled well and (youngster Navdeep) Saini bowled with pace. Far from an ideal performance but we have to move on.Also Read | ‘It all went WROGN for RCB’ vs CSK in IPL 2019 opener, feels Sanjay ManjrekarAlso Read | Nice of CSK to play me in the 1st match: Harbhajan Singh after heroics vs RCBAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Harbhajan SinghFollow CSK vs RCBFollow IPL 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow Chepauklast_img read more

first_img In the meantime, Mr. Montague said 833 illegal guns have been seized by the police since the start of the year. The Ministry of National Security is spending $11.7 million to refurbish facilities at the Canine Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Speaking at a press conference at the Office of the Police Commissioner on December 19, Mr. Montague said the dogs have been properly vaccinated, but are currently being quarantined. Story Highlights The Ministry of National Security is spending $11.7 million to refurbish facilities at the Canine Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).Speaking at a press conference at the Office of the Police Commissioner on December 19, Mr. Montague said the dogs have been properly vaccinated, but are currently being quarantined.He noted that an additional seven dogs that can detect firearms have also been bought and are currently in Florida, United States, where they are being trained.In the meantime, Mr. Montague said 833 illegal guns have been seized by the police since the start of the year.The Minister pointed out that over 700 of these guns do not have a ballistic history in Jamaica, “signifying that they are new weapons that entered the country”.“We are working on many fronts to confront this monster; therefore, we are introducing more dogs, more technology and more resources,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool Congress leader was reportedly shot dead by two unknown miscreants on Tuesday evening at Patna Thakurtala area in Nimta. The deceased, identified as Nirmal Kundu, was the president of ward number 6 in North Dum Dum Municipality.According to local residents, Kundu was talking with his neighbours near his house on Tuesday evening. At around 6:30 pm, two bike riders came there and suddenly fired two shots at Kundu. Before anybody could react, the miscreants fled the scene. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaKundu was rushed to a private hospital near Belgharia, where the attending doctor declared him brought dead. Sources informed that Kundu was hit on his head. Local Trinamool leaders alleged that BJP-backed miscreants have killed Kundu. According to sources, since their victory in Lok Sabha Elections, BJP has been trying to create terror in the area. As Kundu had played an active role during the election, he was allegedly targeted by the saffron party. However, BJP has denied the allegation. After police from Nimta police station arrived at the spot for investigation, local residents got agitated and demanded immediate arrest of the killers. Later, the agitation was withdrawn following intervention of Trinamool leaders after getting assurance from the police administration. None has been arrested till Tuesday night.last_img read more

A highlight of the proceedings, on the second day of the three-day forum, were testimonials of micro-entrepreneurs from developing nations whose lives have been changed by access to credit. They included Shakila Sarajulldin, an Afghani woman who – despite having tried to kill herself by self-immolation because of marital abuse – supports her three children with a tailoring business in Kabul she began with a loan worth the equivalent of $100.Along with his partner Ernesto Silva Toledo, Milkov Machaca, a 26 year-old engineer from Tacna, Peru, produces 3,000 litres of homemade beer per month, supports five employees, and is successfully competing with the industrially-produced beer which was the only kind previously available in his area. The business began with a $5,000 line of credit.Other speakers came from Bangladesh, China, India, Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone and South Africa. All nine will be given awards tonight at a United Nations Headquarters gala hosted by Tim Robbins, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, among other celebrities.During the International Year of Microcredit, the World Bank and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor are working with national committees around the world to host a series of events and conferences to highlight the importance of microfinance in the fight against poverty, as they also develop strategies and resources to reach an estimated 3 billion people who lack access to formal financial services.In past decades, the World Bank says, microfinance has evolved from the provision of small loans to help start businesses to a vision of creating financial systems in developing countries where none exist. read more

This team will be led by the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative in Nepal, Ian Martin, and will include members of his staff based in Kathmandu as well as officials from Headquarters, with expertise in areas including political and military affairs, logistics and public information, the spokesman told reporters in New York.“A UN technical assessment mission will be on the ground in Nepal from 10-16 December; that team will plan for a full-fledged UN mission to support the peace process,” said Stephane Dujarric, adding plans are also underway to send further personnel as requested by the Nepalese to assist with next year’s poll and other issues.“Recruitment continues for a team of up to 35 advance monitors to be deployed, ahead of a full-fledged mission, to monitor provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. We also are proceeding with our efforts to recruit 25 electoral experts to assist in carrying out Constituent Assembly elections.”Both the Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which signed the peace deal on 21 November, requested assistance from the UN in monitoring the agreement that seeks to end 10-years of civil war that killed 15,000 people and displaced over 100,000 others.Last Friday, the Security Council fully backed Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s intention to send the assessment team and also an advance group of up to 60 monitors who, among other things, will oversee the management of arms and armed personnel, as well as give advice on next year’s planned polls. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – Microsoft has extended a guarantee that provides Yahoo with financial protection as part of the two companies’ Internet search partnership.An arrangement requiring Microsoft Corp. to pay Yahoo Inc. a minimum amount per search on Yahoo’s website expired March 31. That had raised concerns Yahoo might make less money from the Microsoft partnership.Those worries eased Tuesday with a Yahoo regulatory filing that disclosed Microsoft is maintaining the revenue-per-search guarantee through March 2014.Yahoo rose 90 cents, or 3.6 per cent, to close Tuesday at $26.07. It’s the first time the stock has closed above $26 in nearly five years, continuing an upturn that began after Yahoo hired former Google executive Marissa Mayer as its CEO nearly 10 months ago. The shares have surged by 67 per cent since Mayer’s arrival.Yahoo, based in Sunnyvale, California, didn’t reveal the minimum amount that it’s likely to see under the Microsoft guarantee. But Yahoo Chief Financial Officer Ken Goldman told analysts last month that Yahoo’s revenue would decline by about $50 million to $60 million during the rest of this year without the guaranteed Microsoft payments.Microsoft extended the guarantee on April 30, retroactive to April 1, according to Yahoo’s filing.This is the second time that Microsoft has extended the guarantee since its 10-year search partnership with Yahoo began in 2010. The guarantee originally was supposed to expire in late 2011, but Microsoft agreed to protect Yahoo for a longer period because its technology hasn’t been generating as much advertising revenue as the two sides anticipated.The alliance calls for Microsoft to provide its search technology to Yahoo in exchange for 12 per cent of the revenue from search ads on Yahoo’s site.The disappointing performance of the search partnership is one of the reasons that Yahoo fell into a financial funk that battered its stock. Yahoo posted modest revenue growth last year, the first gain since 2008.Yahoo’s filing contained other good news besides the extension of the Microsoft guarantee. The documents also provided more details about the robust growth at Alibaba Group, a Chinese Internet company in which Yahoo owns a 24 per cent stake.Alibaba’s earnings during the final three months of last year more than doubled to $642 million while its revenue climbed 80 per cent to $1.8 billion. That was illuminating information because Alibaba is still a privately held company. Alibaba is expected to go public within the next two years, giving Yahoo a chance to reap a huge windfall by selling its shares in the company.Alibaba’s earnings last year more than doubled to $642 million while its revenue climbed 80 per cent to $1.8 billion. That was illuminating information because Alibaba is still a privately held company. Alibaba is expected to go public within the next two years, giving Yahoo a chance to reap a huge windfall by selling its shares in the company. by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2013 12:34 am MDT Microsoft adds another year to Yahoo’s revenue guarantee as part of Internet search alliance read more

FILE – This Aug. 2, 2010, file photo, shows the Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters building in Cincinnati. Procter & Gamble is selling some of its pet food brands to Mars for $2.9 billion as part of its turnaround plan that includes concentrating on its most profitable core businesses. The world’s biggest consumer products maker, whose products include Tide detergent and Crest toothpaste, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 announced that it is selling the Iams, Eukanuba and Natura brands in North America, Latin America and certain other countries. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File) Consumer products company P&G selling Iams, other pet food brands to Mars for $2.9 billion AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2014 7:33 am MDT MCLEAN, Va. – Procter & Gamble is crying uncle on the edible business so it can focus on its core brands like Tide detergent and Pampers diapers.The world’s biggest consumer products maker is selling 80 per cent of its pet food business to Mars for $2.9 billion as it tries to shed less profitable brands and focus on improving its bottom line. Pet food has been a weak spot in the company’s vast portfolio.Brands included in the deal include Iams, Eukanuba and Natura in North America, Latin America and certain other countries. The only business not included is in European Union countries. P&G is developing alternate plans to sell its pet care business in those markets.“This is one of those businesses for a long time they’ve been signalling they want to sell,” said Bernstein analyst Ali Dibadj. “It has been underperforming, and they didn’t have the willingness to invest in it, given it was effectively a non-core business.”If P&G sells the 20 per cent remaining stake of the business in the future, that will mean the end of its decades in consumable categories. Under CEO A.G. Lafley’s first bout as CEO, from 2000 to 2009, the company sold off most of its food business, including Jif peanut butter, Folgers and Crisco.More recently, after Robert Niblock came aboard as CEO, the company sold off its Pringles brand to Kellogg Co. for $2.7 billion in 2012.Since Lafley returned as CEO last year, he has said the company will focus on its most profitable core categories.“In our view, this large divestiture is representative of P&G’s appropriately renewed focus on its core and desire to improve execution and productivity,” said Bernstein’s Dibadj.Mars Inc., which is better known for its candy brands, already owns pet care brands such as Pedigree, Whiskas, Banfield and Royal Canin.The privately held company based in McLean, Va., said that the brands it is getting from P&G will complement the existing brands in its growing pet care business.Cincinnati-based P&G said that its fiscal 2014 core earnings per share growth rate guidance will not be changed. It anticipates that the deal with Mars won’t have a material impact on its fiscal 2015 results.The transaction is set to close during the second half of the year.Shares of P&G rose 34 cents to $81.69 in midday trading. Its shares had been little changed so far this year.__AP Business Writer Michelle Chapman contributed to this report. read more

EDMONTON – A spokeswoman for Rachel Notley says the Alberta premier will visit British Columbia on Monday.Cheryl Oates confirmed the visit would occur when she was asked via text over the weekend, but did not respond to emails asking for details.Notley said last week that she would be heading to B.C. as early as this week to make the case for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced federal approval of Trans Mountain last Tuesday.Trans Mountain still has to clear regulatory hurdles and faces stiff opposition in B.C. from environmentalists, First Nations and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.The project proposes to triple the bitumen-carrying capacity of the pipeline from near Edmonton to Burnaby, and increase the number of tankers leaving the Vancouver-area.Notley said Wednesday that it was important for her to go to B.C. and tell people who link the pipeline with climate change and greenhouse gas that Alberta’s climate change leadership plan “effectively delinked those issues.”Notley’s government is making changes to environmental, electrical and tax rules to reduce Alberta’s greenhouse gas emissions and move toward renewable energy sources.The new pipeline will be safer than moving oil by rail, she said.Trudeau said approval of Trans Mountain would not have been possible without Alberta’s plan.The prime minister also approved the replacement of an aging Enbridge line from Alberta to Wisconsin, but rejected the proposed Northern Gateway line from Alberta through northwestern B.C.Note to readers: Fixes typo in 2nd para by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Dec 5, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta Premier Rachel Notley heads to B.C. on Monday, spokeswoman confirms read more

“Only the Congolese people, with the support of the international community, can change the current situation and create a new narrative for the DRC,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, said during her visit to the country.This was the first visit to DRC for Ms. Bangura in her role as the Special Representative. “I am here to listen and to learn. As an African woman from a post-conflict country – Sierra Leone – I recognize the many challenges currently facing the Congo. “Conflict-related sexual violence is one of the most urgent ones. It is important to remember that it is not only a UN issue, however, but one which requires the leadership, ownership, and responsibility of the Government of the DRC,” she stated.Ms. Bangura met in the capital, Kinshasa, with the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, William Hague, and hosted a roundtable with the Minister of Gender, Members of Parliament and representatives of civil society to discuss the problem of impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence. “I am grateful and happy for the support of the UK and the leadership of Foreign Secretary William Hague on this issue, and am looking forward to the day when the only place we will read about sexual violence in conflict will be in the history books,” said Ms. Bangura. The joint event continues the UK’s campaign to prevent conflict-zone rape and other forms of sexual violence, in close cooperation with the UN and its Team of Experts on the Rule of Law/Sexual Violence in Conflict, which Ms. Bangura has made available to support the DRC Government’s efforts, ahead of the annual meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) most industrialized countries in London.Mr. Hague noted that the women and children of the DRC have suffered from rape and sexual violence on an unimaginable scale for decades. “Here as in many other conflict areas in the world, the perpetrators of rape walk free and the cycle of injustice and conflict is repeated. We have to shatter this culture of impunity and we need a lasting solution to the conflict,” he stated.“It is time for real, meaningful action by the Congolese Government and the governments of the world to say that the use of rape as a weapon of war is unacceptable, to bring perpetrators to justice and to lift the stigma from survivors.”In a related development, the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC (MONUSCO) has been following up with the Congolese authorities on the matter of rapes in the eastern town of Minova.Investigations conducted by MONUSCO in Minova and surrounding villages found that two units of the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) engaged in mass rapes and other human violations in late November 2012.Earlier this week, Roger Meece, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MONUSCO, handed over a letter to the country’s Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense informing the Government that MONUSCO would terminate support to the two battalions involved in the Minova rapes within seven days if no appropriate action is taken immediately. read more

Shaggy and Sting perform onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards The QueenCredit:PA Sting, the musician, has admitted his collaboration with Shaggy may not be exactly to the Queen’s taste, as they prepare to play in a concert to celebrate her birthday. The duo, described as a “pop/reggae pile up”, will play at the Royal Albert Hall amid a host of artists for the Queen, to mark her 92nd birthday on Saturday.Sting, the former Police front man, said: “We are going to be playing for Her Majesty. I’m not sure we are her musical taste, frankly.”Shaggy, appearing on ITV’s Loose Women, added: “I beg to differ because I think she’s definitely down with some reggae music.”Sting continued: “We are going to do our best and if we don’t, well we will be in the Tower the next morning.” Telegraph music critic Neil McCormick praised the Sting-Shaggy collaboration as “two musicians…beyond caring about perceptions, simply determined to have fun”.Describing their work, he said: “Over a breezy Caribbean groove, Sting confesses that ‘the ghost of Bob Marley haunts me to this day’, while Shaggy adds enthusiastic interjections:“Big up the UK, man, yeah, bam bam!’” The pair will join a line-up of performers playing songs from throughout the Queen’s reign, including Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Shawn Mendes, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Anne-Marie, Craig David, and a winner of The Voice. Shaggy and Sting perform onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY AwardsCredit:Getty Concerns about the artists performing at the concert have already been raised by Gyles Brandreth, a Royal biographer, who said this week: “In a reign longer than any other monarch in our history, the Queen really has seen it all. And my feeling is that by now she’s probably seen enough.“This is supposed to be the Queen’s birthday treat. It’s always possible that, encouraged by [Prince] Harry, and with great-grandchildren popping out all over the place, she has chosen to get down with the kids. If not, give her a George Formby singalong by all means, but spare her Shaggy.”The Queen’s birthday concert will be broadcast by the BBC on Saturday. 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. The Queen will celebrate her 92nd birthday on SaturdayCredit:PA The Queen Helen George, the Call the Midwife star, actor Luke Evans, and Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers will perform classics from musicals Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and Top Hat, and 40 members of the George Formby Society will perform hits on the ukulele. Zoe Ball, who will host the concert, has said: “I’m ridiculously excited to be presenting what must surely be the best birthday party ever!“We’ll make sure Her Majesty has a fantastic 92nd birthday and enjoys this ultimate celebration of music in her honour.” The Queen will celebrate her 92nd birthday on Saturday read more

first_imgTRADE UNIONS who left the talks on a possible successor agreement to the Croke Park Deal will not be granted a ‘side’ deal to protect certain conditions within their industry, a cabinet minister has said.Leo Varadkar told RTÉ’s This Week programme that unions who had left the talks had left their members “high and dry”.While there would not be “cruel and unusual punishment” for unions like the INMO, which left the talks the evening before a final deal was reached, there was “no way they can get special concessions,” he said.The transport minister was responding to reports of ‘side deals’ struck by prison officers and firefighters, who have been told they can keep higher premia for working anti-social hours if they instead take cuts to overtime rates.“The difference between teachers and nurses,” Varadkar said, was that “teachers stayed in the talks and achieved equalisation” in the pay rates afforded to newer entrants to the profession.This was a reference to a deal which will see teachers who entered the profession from 2011 onward put on a slightly higher pay scale. New teachers after that point are not covered by the original Croke Park deal, and work on salaries which are proportionally much lower than their older colleagues.A similar gulf has emerged in nurses pay, but the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation walked out of the talks – leaving members “high and dry,” he said.Varadkar made a similar comparison between the Garda Representative Association – which was never a full part of the talks, but which stopped attending them in early February – and the unions representing prison officers and Defence Forces members.When it was pointed out that some nurses are members of SIPTU, which did not leave the talks, Varadkar would not be drawn on whether staff from some unions could be given better terms of employment than staff in the same industry.Varadkar affirmed that the proposals were the last time that public servants would be asked to make a contribution to closing the budget deficit.Read: Gardaí to roll out ‘second menu of options’ after GRA meeting next weeklast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Sushi Striker is a Tastier Puzzle Game on Nintendo SwitchWhat If I Told You The Matrix Code is Just Sushi Recipes? Do you like Kit Kats? They’re delicious, and it’s so addictive to break them in half and enjoy them little by little until the candy bar with the delicious crunchy wafers have been devoured. But have you ever heard of Kit Kat sushi? With all the flavors there are in the world, you would be forgiven for not having heard of it. It exists, however, and it’s awesome.Don’t believe me? Well, just look up at that majestic image. Painstakingly crafted, those sushi Kit Kat flavors are just like the real thing. Three flavors are being created so that you can choose from tuna, tamago (egg) and uni. These flavors sound disgusting, right? The kicker here is that the Kit Kat flavors only look like their real-life sushi counterparts.via KitKat.phIn reality, instead of tasting like tuna, tamago, and uni, they’re actually served on delicious crispy rice instead of regular sushi rice, with raspberry and white chocolate representing the tuna, pumpkin pudding for tamago, and Hokkaido melon and mascarpone cheese for the uni flavor. There’s a seaweed wrap for each bar, but if that’s too sushi-fied, you don’t have to eat that part. But you can if you want things to be ultra realistic. And why ruin the aesthetic experience?The Kit Kat sushi will be part of a special serving at a shop in the Ginza district of Tokyo starting today, and will no doubt be tasted by plenty of Kit Kat connoisseurs since there are so many excellent flavors to buy over there. Green tea, matcha, strawberry, you name it. If you do happen to be over in Japan while these Kit Kat Sushi treats are available, you should absolutely try one and let us know how they taste.Incidentally, what’s your favorite flavor of Kit Kat?last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, NOVEMBER 18, 2013- For right now, residents may have to be patient and accept the quick fix remedies offered to the bad roads and poor infrastructure on the island of Providenciales. Minister of Government Support Services, Hon. George Lightbourne recently admitted that he is aware of the public’s cry and has been lobbying for more immediate response to address road situations but the task has been tedious. Hon. Lightbourne added that contrary to what the public may believe he cannot just send someone to fix the roads as there are ‘red tapes’ to go through. Lightbourne went on to explain that he also has a lot under his umbrella as Minister of Government Support Services, so the public just has to exercise a little more patience. last_img read more

first_imgSupermarket retailer Asda has proposed a new contract for its hourly-paid retail employees in England, Scotland and Wales, offering to increase pay to £9 an hour but cut paid breaks.Asda has proposed the new employment contract in order to provide a standardised offering across all its retail employees in the UK, streamlining the organisation’s six existing contract types down to one.The proposal would increase the basic rate of pay to £9 an hour, with the potential for additional geographical and role premiums. Asda last improved its basic pay rate in 2017 to £8.50 an hour.The new contract asks employees to agree to work more flexibly, for example working different times or across different store departments. Asda states that at least three weeks’ notice would be given for rota changes, and consideration would be given to staff with additional commitments outside of work. The organisation will also move towards making all breaks unpaid.The proposed contract further details a change in the night shift window and an increase to the night shift premium. It also requires employees to work bank holidays unless they are booked as annual leave, excepting Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, which will remain voluntary and paid at double time. The contract confirms that employees will receive 28 days of annual leave in total, including bank holidays.Asda’s non-pay benefits, such as the employee discount, workplace pension, sharesave scheme and bonus plan, will remain unchanged.Anthony Hemmerdinger, senior vice president, operations, said: “Our [employees] do an amazing job every day and we want to continue to reward them with a higher rate of pay, plus benefits such as their annual bonus.“As our customers continue to change the way they shop with us, we also have to be prepared to change to meet their needs and a key part of delivering great service is having the right [employees] in the right place at the right time, which is what this contract aims to achieve.“This proposal is also about increasing our basic rate of pay and aligning the way of working in our stores so that everyone has the same contract, making it fairer to all [employees] and ensuring we can consistently provide the best service to customers.”Asda has entered into a collective consultation process with employees on the proposed contract changes. If successful, Asda expects the contract to take effect from late 2019.Asda predicts that around 5% of its retail staff will be at a financial disadvantage as a result of the new contract implementation. It plans to provide them with a transition payment, which is to be agreed during the consultation process.The contact is already available on a voluntary basis, currently applied to 50,000 staff.Gary Carter, national officer at trade union GMB, added: “Absolutely nothing has been agreed with GMB and we will fight any imposition of these contracts on our members. Since Asda introduced its flexible contract two years ago, nearly 60% of employees have opted not to go on the new contract.“These contract changes will affect nearly 60,000 members of staff; they cannot just be imposed from the top. We expect Asda to negotiate. If [it wants] to roll out the new contract, [it] must listen to employees and sit down with GMB to discuss beneficial improvements to terms and conditions which have the support of the workforce.”last_img read more

first_imgIn October 2016, the Professional Teaching Practices Commission proposed twelve changes to the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Professional Teaching Practices Commision has added flirting, sexting, and inappropriate touching to the list of things that teachers are not allowed to do with students. The first changed went into effect back in September, including broadening what constitutes ‘sexual misconduct’ and expanding anti-discrimination policy to protect a student’s gender identity. Additional changes are still under review according to the Commision, including a proposal that would not allow for a teacher to get romantically involved with a student for one year after their graduation. Jim Seitz, executive director of the Professional Teaching Practices Commission, says “the state’s code of ethics had not been updated since 2005.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-school-code-of-ethics-changed.mp3VmJennifer-on-school-code-of-ethics-changed.mp300:00RPd The Commission made further revisions during their January 2017 meeting and then voted to accept all twelve proposals. The next commission meeting is set for January 29-31, 2018. The Professional Teaching Practices Commission is composed of five teachers, one superintendent, one principal, one representative of the Department of Education & Early Development, and one representative of higher education.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto: NOAAThe U.S. House this evening began debate on a bill by Alaska Congressman Don Young to renew the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the nation’s primary fishing law. Actually, lawmakers just debated how they’re going to debate the legislation. Meanwhile, the White House has issued a policy statement criticizing Young’s bill, suggesting the president would veto it.The White House, like environmental groups and some small-boat fishermen, disapproves of the flexibility written into Young’s bill. It would give regional management councils more leeway to set catch limits and rebuild stocks. The White House says Young’s flexible approach would put fish stocks at risk. Young spokesman Matthew Shuckerow says the Congressman is still listening to stakeholders and he says the bill is likely to change in the legislative process ahead.Download Audio:“We believe, and Congressman Young believes, it’s entirely premature for the president to discuss vetoing the legislation at this time,” Shuckerow said.Young says some regions of the country don’t have enough fish data to employ the rigid science-based model that’s been so successful in the North Pacific. Critics, though, say if catch limits aren’t tied to science, councils will be pressured to let fishermen take too much, depleting the resource.That very debate played out on the other side of the Capitol today, in a Senate subcommittee hearing on fisheries data. Sen. Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., made a passionate plea for the cod fishermen of New England. Their catch limit, the senator says, was slashed 75 percent in a single year.“And then when I look back over the course of five years, the total cut is 95 percent. I do not know a business that could take a 95 percent cut and continue to operate,” she said.Kathryn Sullivan, the head of NOAA (and, incidentally, the first American woman to walk in space) told Ayotte she does care about fishermen, but she says the cod of New England are in dire trouble, in danger of never recovering.“We’re obliged by law to set catch limits that ensure we do not have over fishing occurring on a stock, and with a stock that’s at 3 percent of its biomass. That is a disasterously low number,” she said.Ayotte says that’s not her only duty: “You’re also obliged by law to think about the economic impact.”Ayotte says the fishermen have no confidence in NOAA’s grim stock assessment because it doesn’t match what they’re seeing on the water. The NOAA Administrator told her there’s a place for fishermen’s observations, but it’s not always the most accurate picture.“Cod are known to school in very large aggregations and when they aggregate that way it becomes easier to catch the fish and that can give … sometimes a false impression,” she said.A Senate bill to renew the Magnuson Stevens Act hasn’t emerged yet. The full House is likely to begin debate on Young’s version of the bill in early June, after the Memorial Day recess.last_img read more

first_imgAirbus Helicopters said it is in consultations with Indian conglomerates – Tatas, Mahindra and Mahindra and Reliance Industries, to jointly manufacture military helicopters.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” initiative envisages foreign arms makers to form partnership with Indian companies to enable local manufacturing of arms, to reduce imports.   A general view of helicopters being assembled at the Airbus production facility in Donauwoerth, Southern Germany October 9, 2014.ReutersAirbus HelicoptersThe subsidiary of the Airbus Group is offering to build its light utility AS550 Fennec and the medium lift EC725 in India, to replace India’s ageing Cheetah and Chetak helicopters.”We are in the selection process, talking to different industries to form a JV (joint venture),” Rainer Farid, a senior Airbus Helicopters executive told Reuters on Friday at Aero India 2015 in Bengaluru. In 2014, India decided to scrap the earlier proposal to acquire 197 light utility helicopters in order to allow local companies to join international majors and build the helicopters within India through joint ventures.Russian helicopter manufacturers and US-based Sikorsky are also expected to bid for the order.Currently, state-run Hindustan Aeronautics, based in Bangalore is the only Indian producer of helicopters, meaning global defence firms will have to find partners with Indian conglomerates who have ventured into the arena, with the opening of the sector a little more than a decade ago.However, Farid, who was speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing Aero India 2015, noted that the task of establishing necessary vendor units in India was going to be tough, given that such vendors don’t exist as of now.The Narendra Modi government has increased foreign direct investment in the defence sector up to 49%, in the belief that more international firms would be willing to tie up and start producing locally.On Wednesday, India’s Bharat Forge announced its joint venture with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems to produce the Spike anti-tank guided missile.last_img read more

first_imgJay-Z’s achievement is termed “bigger than hip-hop”.Getty imagesJay-Z is officially the first billionaire rapper in the world with a net worth of $1 billion, Forbes declared on Monday. He is reported to have built his empire on record labels, music stream, liquor, art, real estates and stakes in companies like Uber.According to the US magazine, one of the factors that led to his financial stardom was his decision to make his own brand instead of endorsing other clothing lines. In 1999, he launched ‘Rocawear’ that was later sold to Iconix in 2007 for $204 million. His investment in a wide range of companies such as D’Ussé, a cognac that he co-owns with Bacardi,  ‘Tidal’, a music-streaming service, validate his widely quoted expression, “I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man.”Being the first hip-hop artist to be included in the illustrious list, the ride to the top is impressive because it started all the way from the bottom. Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, grew up in one of New York City’s most notorious areas.Known to be a drug dealer before becoming a musician, he started his own label, ‘Roc-A-Fella Records’ and released his debut, ‘Reasonable Doubt’ in 1996. Since then, the rapper has collected more than 14 No. 1 albums, 22 Grammy awards and over $500 million in pretax earnings in a decade. Jay-Z at the 2013 Grammy Awards.Getty imagesKasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, the producer behind some of Jay-Z’s biggest hits (“On To The Next One,”), told Forbes that Jay-Z’s achievement is “bigger than hip-hop”.”A guy that looks like us, sounds like us, loves us, made it to something that we always felt that was above us” he said.Calling it “the blueprint for our culture’ he further added: “If he’s a billionaire now, imagine what he’s about to be. Because he’s only just starting.”Forbes calculated his wealth by adding the artist’s stakes on companies and subtracting a “healthy amount to account for a superstar lifestyle”.His assets include:1. Alcoholic beverages Right to left: Armand de Brignac Brut Gold champagne, D’usse cognacHis stake in brands like Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Ussé cognac amount to a whopping $410 million.2. Cash & investments The rapper owns a stake in Uber worth $70 million.ReutersHis vast investment portfolio includes a stake in Uber worth an estimated $70 million, making the hip-hop artist’s total cash and investments worth an estimated $220 million3. Music Streaming In 2015, Jay-Z bought Tidal from Norwegian company, Aspiro for $56 million.ForbesJay-Z acquired Tidal from Norwegian media technology company Aspiro for $56 million in 2015. As per the magazine, he makes $100 million in stakes from the music streaming site.4. Music Catalog About $75 million is made through copyrights of his music catalogs.AppleAccording to Forbes, when Jay-Z signed on to become record label Def Jam’s president in 2004, he had negotiated the return of his masters (publishing rights, royalty of 10-15% on music sales). With his streams clocking close to 1 billion streams annually, Jay-Z makes $75 million.5. Entertainment company Rihanna and Jay-Z at Roc Nation’s pre-Grammy’s brunch in 2017Getty imagesHis entertainment company Roc Nation, worth $75 million, represents top sports stars such as Kevin Durant, Todd Gurley to artist giants like Rihanna and J. Cole.6. Art collection Basquiat’s ‘Mecca’ was bought anonymously by Jay-ZNew York PostThe value of his art collection is estimated to be at $70 million. His collection includes Jean Michel Basquiat’s “Mecca,” purchased in 2013 for a reported $4.5 million.7. Real estate Their Bel Air estate was bought for $88 millionForbesThe magazine estimated that he owns real estate properties in upscale New York and Los Angeles that is worth $50 million. His property list includes the twin $26 million East Hampton mansions, a $88 million Bel Air estate he bought with his wife Beyonce as well as a Tribeca penthouse bought for $6.8 million. The couple has had a net worth over $1 billion for several years.Getty ImagesWith Beyonce reportedly worth about $335 million, the couple has had a joint net worth over $1bn for several yearsWhile rumours had it that Dr Dre had reached billionaire status after selling his Beats headphone business to Apple in 2014, last year Forbes put his personal wealth at about $770 million. Forbes 2010 edition had Warren Buffet and Jay-Z on its cover.ForbesIn 2010, Jay-Z appeared on Forbes’ cover along with another billionaire, Warren Buffet, who is 40 years his senior. The magazine stated that Buffet was impressed by the rapper 10 years ago. “Jay is teaching in a lot bigger classroom than I’ll ever teach in. For a young person growing up, he’s the guy to learn from” he was reported to have said.Jay-Z and Beyonce’s single “Apeshit” won two awards from eight nominations at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.Youtubelast_img read more

first_imgThe film had a limited theatrical release and will be on Netflix globally from December. Factual specialist Dogwoof handled distribution and cut the agreement with Netflix.It is Noah Media’s first deal with the streamer. The indie’s CEO, John McKenna, produced the film. “Bobby was an influential and much-loved character whose story connects with people around the world on a very personal level,” he said. “This is so much more than a sporting documentary – it’s a global tale of endurance and passion, and we’re excited that audiences will now be able to experience Bobby’s journey through Netflix.”Netflix and Amazon are both making moves into sports programming, particularly soccer. Amazon has dipped its toe in the waters of live soccer, snagging a package of English Premier League rights. Netflix has indicated that live sports are not on its current agenda, but it has a factual series coming up, “Sunderland ‘Til I Die,” about England’s Sunderland Football Club. Amazon followed Premier League champion Manchester City in its series “All or Nothing: Manchester City.” ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The story of one of the iconic figures of the beautiful game is coming to Netflix, which will launch “Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager” on its platform globally.The film tells the story of much-loved soccer player and manager Bobby Robson, who took charge of English club Ipswich and Spanish giants Barcelona among others in a storied club career. At the international level, he was manager of England’s soccer team for two World Cups, including the 1990 tournament in which he took the squad to the semifinals. Robson died in 2009.The film features unseen footage from his career and also follows his battles with cancer and his establishment of the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Foundation. It was produced by U.K.-based Noah Media, which has made other sports films, including “Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans” and “Clough.” There are interviews with soccer A-listers such as Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Ronaldo.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more