India Plans Steps to Boost Tourism Sector in Upcoming Budget

first_imgIn a bid to boost economic growth and to create more jobs, the Indian government is, in its budget to be presented next month, planning to cut taxes in the travel and tourism industry and give more incentives to the sector.“We’ll announce measures in the budget to promote investment in the tourism sector,” a Finance Ministry official said, Reuters reported. The official added that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is in the favor of lowering the 28 per cent tax on hotel tariffs, and offering incentives to attract private investments. These steps could lead to a domestic tourism boom in the $210 Indian tourism sector.The budget may “significantly” raise allocations for tourism infrastructure and raise income tax exemptions on investments in new hotels, a government official said, the news agency added. Jaitley was expected to lower income tax on corporate profit, offer tax incentives on hotel construction, allocate more funds for new tourist trains and building roads to tourist destinations.“Tourists in India, on an average pay 30 per cent tax on hotel rooms and travel as compared to less than 10 per cent in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia,” Pronab Sarkar, the president of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), was quoted as saying in the report.To cover new, under-served airports, the government is set to offer incentives to more regional airlines this year, the official added. In October 2017, surveys conducted on the Indian aviation sector showed that India’s domestic aviation market is currently the third largest in the world, and in a few decades the total aviation market of the country will reach that rank.At a tourism-sector CEO forum that was jointly organized by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and the Tourism Ministry last year, the participants had pointed out that India faced a shortage of 2 lakh hotel rooms, particularly in the mid-segment that charged room rents of Rs 2,000 or less. Tourism Minister KJ Alphons had said then that the government has set a target of increasing the annual foreign tourist arrivals into the country to 40 million from the present 14.4 million in five years, and increase job creation to 100 million from the present 43 million.India has also carved a niche for itself as a hotspot for wellness tourism. A KMPG report on tourism industry in 2017 said that it is among the top five destinations for wellness services, along with China, Brazil, United States, and Indonesia.In April 2017, the state governments of Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand signed 86 memorandum of understandings (MOUs) for developing tourist places in their respective states. Related ItemsbudgetTourismlast_img read more

4th ODI: SA beat India by 48 runs (D/L method)

first_imgSouth Africa beat India by 48 runs (D/L method) in the rain-reduced fourth ODI at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Friday.Virat Kohli on way to his unbeaten 87. APIndia were batting 137/6 in the 31st over with Virat Kohli and Harbhajan Singh at the crease when rain halted play.The game resumed only to end within minutes as rain again stopped play – this time for ever as India score read 142 for 6 in 32.5 overs. Virat Kohli (87) and Harbhajan Singh (3) remained unbeaten.Earlier, the duo got busy chipping away from the 266-run target even as the South Africa pacers were busy tightening the noose around India.First South Africa pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who has been in good from throughout the series struck early to claim both openers Rohit Sharma and Pathiv Patel. India were 32/2 post Pathiv’s dismissal.New man Yuvraj Singh had only stayed in the middle for twenty minutes before offie Johan Botha scalped him.He followed the unwritten rule – if you don’t understand which way the ball is turning just sweep it. But the sweep proved costly, the timing was entirely wrong and the ball took the aerial route only to come down at skipper Graeme Smith’s throat. He fell for 12 and India to 49/3.South Africa’s Jean-Paul Duminy en route to his unbeaten 71 against India. APThen Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli formed a 64-run partnership for the fourth wicket before Raina fell to left-arm spinner Robin Peterson on 20. India were 112/4 at the stage.Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2) dropped by for a visit before Peterson thought he looked better on the benches. And India slumped to 123/5.advertisementIn came Yusuf Pathan, famous for his heavy heaves, and up went India’s hopes only to crash land with a big thud.A fatal edge off paceman Morne Morkel and Pathan was walking back on 2 with India score reading a poor 128/6.Finally Virat Kohli and Harbhajan Singh decided to do the unthinkable before rain and Messrs Duckworth and Lewis dampened their spirits.Earlier, the hosts treated their Indian visitors to some fine stitching exercise with Jean-Paul Duminy and Johan Botha showcasing their craftsmanship with the bat.India bowlers were left awestruck as the duo put 70 runs on board for the sixth wicket. The end result was a fine 265/7 in 50 overs.India didn’t fall far behind. They too displayed their wares. In fact the South Africa total could have stretched on had India not used the scissors at the right time.Four quick wickets and South Africa were reeling on 118/5. The figure in the runs column could have been even lesser had opener Hashim Amla not posted 64 before being run out.Yuvraj Singh, who finished with three wickets in the bag, started the snipping job with Morne van Wyk’s dismissal on 15. Wyk departed edging an away moving ball to Virat Kohli in the slips.At the stage the hosts were batting on 106 – not a bad figure considering that they had lost just one wicket (Graeme Smith) before.South Africa opener Hashim Amla en route to his 64. APAmidst all this cutting and snipping, Amla decided to display his running skills. But he was too greedy and paid heavily for it, falling short on the second run and South Africa fell to 111/3. Still his 64 proved to the central piece in South Africa’s design.AB de Villiers showed how good he is at marching. He marched back on 3 with Yuvraj claiming his wicket and the Protea score was 115/4.Young Faf du Plessis knew he was good at running and he has proved it before with a half-ton in the last ODI. But today he ran out of steam and got out run out on 1. By now the hosts had slumped to 118/5.But Duminy with his unbeaten on 71 and Botha, who scored 44 before being sent back by Yuvraj, turned out to be their team lifeguards. Duminy earned a Man-of-the-Match award for his efforts.With this win, South Africa have levelled the series 2-2 against India. The two now meet on Sunday for the final ODI in Centurion.last_img read more

Interviews of foreign hockey experts soon

first_imgThe 15 days given for the search of a foreign expert for the national men’s hockey team have elapsed without a decision being made in this regard. But some concrete developments are expected to take place within the next week.After the sixth-place finish at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Hockey India had constituted a five-member committee to look for a foreign expert, and though the members felt that 15 days were not enough for such a search, some progress has definitely been made.Three or four coaches have been shortlisted and they are expected to be called for interviews next week. “We are looking for coaches who have handled top teams like Australia, Germany and the Netherlands.We want FIH’s help to find those who are available,” former India goalkeeper AB Subbaiah, a member of the committee, told MAIL TODAY on Thursday.Dutchman Roelant Oltmans is a prominent coach on that list.He has won the Olympic gold medal and the World Cup with the Netherlands men’s team. He also guided the Dutch women to World Cup glory in 1990. Besides, he also has experience of working in the sub-continent – with Pakistan during the 2004 Athens Olympics.Chairman of the panel, Pargat Singh is a big fan of Paul Lissek and pushed his case as head of Hockey India’s development committee in January but the German has some unfinished business in Malaysia.The foreign expert, in whatever capacity, will be in place before the next national camp, Subbaiah – who is at the Bhopal Senior Nationals in his capacity as a selector – said.advertisementIn January, Harendra Singh got the nod to coach the side as Hockey India, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the sports ministry were not keen on a foreign coach to succeed Jose Brasa.But the debacle in Ipoh has prompted a quick turnaround.”SAI and the sports ministry are in favour of a foreign coach now. We have also decided that a foreign coach will be given a longer term,” said Subbiah.Financial constraints have prevented many a good coach from coming to India, but Subbiaiah said that is also likely to change. “Previously, SAI had a salary limit of $5,000 per month, but that has now been increased.They have said that they are willing to pay even more than $7,500 if a coach is really good.” If Oltmans or any other high-profile foreign coach comes to India, it is likely to mean the end of Harendra’s short stint at the helm of affairs. Even the support staff may not be safe.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo secures future as ‘life is not just about football’

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has started his post-retirement plans already even though he wants to play at least for another 10 years. The legendary striker has now started a venture in hotels, opening the Pestana CR7 Lisboa hotel in Lisbon, Portugal. This was his second hotel in partnership with Pestana, with the first being located his home island of Madeira. “When I was young I had the dream of having my own hotel. Now I have two, and I am proud it is in Lisbon. I couldn’t not have a hotel in Lisbon, a city which is part of my history as I have played here,” Ronaldo said at the launch. (Cristiano Ronaldo’s private plane crashlands in Barcelona) Ronaldo is also planning to open two more hotels in Madrid and New York as he has already invested 15 million pounds with Pestana. “Life is not just about football. Although football is my grand passion, I must start to think about the future. I don’t have many years left, about 10 more or less, so I must look to the future,” Ronaldo was quoted as saying by A Bola. OTHER BUSINESS VENTURES AND HONOURS Ronaldo already has a line of official shirts, underwear, fragrances, blankets and footwear. The 31-year-old also has a museum of his own – Museu CR7 – in his hometown to house trophies and memorabilia of his life and playing career. The Real Madrid star striker has won several awards and honours globally for his contribution to the game of football. In 2014, the Portugal captain was elevated to the rank of Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry. (Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award) Ronaldo even has a galaxy named after him. In 2015, astronomers discovered a galaxy which they named CR7 (Cosmos Redshift 7) in tribute to Ronaldo. David Sobral, who led a group of astronomers in discovering CR7, confirmed its name was inspired by Ronaldo. Madeira Airport in Funchal was renamed the Cristiano Ronaldo Airport in July this year after the skipper led his team to Euro 2016 title triumph in France.advertisementlast_img read more

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli face-off could be the highlight of South Africa-India series

first_imgIndia’s tour of South Africa is being billed up as the toughest challenge yet for Virat Kohli’s team. India have never won a Test series in South Africa and the team will have to overcome many obstacles if they are to beat the Proteas in their own den.The tour will also give a chance for cricket fans and experts to see two of the best batsmen in the modern generation in action.Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are the mainstays of India and South Africa’s batting lineup and will be in focus once again from January 5.The last time these two teams met was in 2015 when Kohli’s team clinched the four-match Test series at home 3-0. But it was de Villiers who fared better in the Tests scoring 258 runs in 4 matches at 36.85 with two fifties and was the second highest run-scorer in the series behind Ajinkya Rahane. Kohli amassed 200 runs in the four games at 33.33 with one fifty-plus score of 88.This time however, both batsmen are coming into this series under very different circumstances.Kohli has been in sensational form since the start of 2016 breaking plethora of records and dominated the world battng charts.Just last year the Delhi dasher smashed 2818 international runs across formats, scoring 11 hundreds and three double hundreds in Test cricket.The 29-year-old was in red-hot form during the three-Test series against Sri Lanka last month, smashing 610 runs including back-to-back double hundreds in Nagpur and Delhi as India won the series 1-0.The Sri Lanka series really rounded off a dominant home season for India. In 2017, India won 37 international matches and 14 series. Currently, they are on a nine-streak series win in Test cricket and Kohli’s men have the opportunity to create history.advertisementKohli then took a break from cricket and got married to Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in Italy as India beat Sri Lanka 2-1 in the ODIs and 3-0 in the T20I series.But a month-long break isn’t going to make a difference for the skipper and he has said himself that coming back to the game won’t be difficult for him.”I was away for something that was more important but getting back to professional cricket won’t be difficult at all. I was training (during the break),” Kohli told the media hours before India’s departure for South Africa.(File Photo: PTI)De Villiers on the other hand, didn’t play a Test match for 23 months due to his back injury. He last played a Test against England in Pretoria in January 2016 after which he asked for time out from the longest format of the game.At one point in time during his hiatus, de Villiers was even contemplating retiring from Test cricket to prolong his cricket career.But he came back and led the team in Faf du Plessis’ absence in the four-day day-night Test against Zimbabwe last month scoring 53 runs but the match itself lasted just two days which is hardly the ideal practice the South African legend would have wanted before the big series against India.The 33-year-old though, will still be one of the biggest threats for India in the upcoming series. He’s played 19 ODIs last year scoring 773 runs at an average of 59.46 with one hundred.Kohli however, said recently that he simply does not understand why every India-South Africa series is billed as a battle between him and de Villiers.”It’s not like only two guys are playing in this series. AB is a great friend of mine. I respect the way he plays the game and I have always respected him as a person as well. But, when we are playing against each other? it’s not that we cross the line with each other, we are just not like that,” Kohli said when asked about his duel with the premier Proteas batsman.Kohli also reminded that merely getting de Villiers out won’t ensure a Test match victory for India.”It’s just that we want to get AB out and the opposition will want to get me out or Pujara or Rahane. The mindset I don’t think there is any different in terms of the mindset in any of the batsmen in the side,” Kohli added.last_img read more

Samsung W2018 flip phone with dual displays, f1.5 aperture 12MP camera launched

first_imgSamsung on Friday finally unveiled its new flip phone dubbed W2018 at an event in China.  The flagship phone sports a premium design with dual displays and widest aperture of f1.5 12MP camera lens ever seen in any smartphone. The company gave no hints on the pricing of the phone but considering the top-class design of the phone, it is expected to fall under a premium phone budget segment.Talking about the design and specs, as rumoured before the W2018 comes with dual displays and sports a combination of glass and metal body design. On the front is a 4.2 inch Super AMOLED front display and on the lower side is a 4.2-inch full HD inner display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top of it.In terms of innards, the Samsung W2018 is powered by Snapdragon 835 processor, paired with 6GB RAM. It will be available in two storage models- Extreme Edition that comes with 64GB of internal storage and the Collector Edition which has 256GB of internal storage. The phone will come in Elegant Gold and Platinum colour variants. The Samsung W2018 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.On the optics front, the phone comes with a 5MP front-facing camera and a 12MP rear camera with widest ever aperture of f1.5 along with optical image stabilization feature. The f1.5 can capture good images in low light conditions and also allow user to create bokeh effect with a single camera. The camera will automatically switch to f2.4 aperture when clicking in normal light.Also Read: Samsung working on world’s first truly bezel-less phoneadvertisementThe W2018 comes with a fingerprint sensor placed at the back of the phone and a dedicated Bixby button. The phone is backed by a 2300mAh battery and supports USB Type-C port.Samsung seemingly has its hand full right now. The company has unveiled the new flip phone and there are rumours that it is also working on a zero-bezels smartphone. With zero-bezels we mean that the phone will have no notch or bezels, only display bending at 180 degrees and stretching till the back of the phone. This also means that the phone could get rid of the home button, come with a better Iris scanner which Samsung is currently working on and may also come with edge gestures.last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer fears the worst for Rashford injury

first_imgMan Utd manager Solskjaer fears the worst for Rashford injuryby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is worried Marcus Rashford could be sidelined after injuring his groin in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United.The England international was substituted after 60 minutes when he suffered a muscle injury.”We have got to scan him tomorrow,” Solskjaer said after the match.”He felt his groin. So he will probably be out for a little while. I can update you later when I know a little more.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Koscielny out, Saliba in – Emery wants overhaul of Arsenal defence

first_imgStephan Lichtsteiner could be followed out of the Arsenal exit door by at least two more experienced defenders this summer as Unai Emery attempts to shake up the Gunners’ much maligned defence.The Switzerland international, who arrived from Juventus on a free transfer last year, announced on social media on Monday that he would be leaving the Emirates after just 12 months following an unsuccessful spell in north London.Arsenal could have kept Lichtsteiner for another season, but – as Goal revealed in May – Emery opted not to take up the option in the 35-year-old’s contract which would have seen it extended until the end of the 2019-20 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And the former Juventus star is not the only defender expected to move on from Arsenal this summer following a season which saw the Gunners ship 50 goals in the Premier League.Skipper Laurent Koscielny could leave, as could Nacho Monreal and Shkodran Mustafi, with the club open to offers for all three players.Koscielny has been with Arsenal since 2010 and battled back to full fitness this season following 10 months out due to a ruptured Achilles.The 33-year-old still has a year left on his current deal, but is open to a new challenge – with Turkish side Fenerbahce one of several clubs believed to be interestedFenerbahce’s director of football, Damien Comolli, travelled to the Europa League final in Baku last week for transfer talks, with midfielder Mohamed Elneny also believed to be on his agenda.A return to France could be an option for Koscielny, with German side Bayer Leverkusen also said to be in the running.Monreal, meanwhile, also has a year left on his contract after Arsenal took up an option to extend his stay during the second half of last season.But with Emery keen to return to a flat back four next season and also looking to reduce the age of his squad, Arsenal would be open to letting Monreal leave should an acceptable offer come in.Another player who could be allowed to leave is Calum Chambers, despite the 24-year-old having enjoyed a fine spell out on loan with Fulham.The former Southampton man was named player of the season at Craven Cottage, although the majority of his 33 appearances came playing in a defensive midfield role.Chambers will return to Arsenal this summer and does not want to be loaned out again.He has fallen behind Rob Holding in the pecking order at the Emirates, however, and Holding is hopeful of returning from his cruciate ligament injury within the first two months of the 2019-20 campaign.So with Chambers’ stock relatively high due to his displays for Fulham, a tempting enough bid could see Arsenal cash in to bolster the transfer budget, which currently stands at around £45m.Emery is looking to clear the decks in defence to fund some new arrivals which he believes are necessary to improve a backline which has conceded 51 and 50 league goals in the past two seasons.Goal understands teenage Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba is a top target , with Arsenal having scouted the France youth international several times since the turn of the year.Saliba only signed a new long-term contract with the Ligue 1 side in April, but Saint-Etienne are aware it will be difficult to keep hold of their talented young defender amid mounting interest from overseas.Samuel Umtiti at Barcelona has been mentioned, but the France international looks to be financially out of reach – despite Barcelona being more than happy to allow him to leave. Arsenal have put the feelers out to several agents across Europe asking about the potential availability of certain defenders, but their failure to secure qualification for the Champions League has severely limited what targets they can focus on.Scouts watched Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka extensively last season, with the club concerned about going into the coming campaign without a recognised right-back due to Hector Bellerin’s injury.But a potential move for Wan-Bissaka is now all but impossible due to the funds involved, with Paris Saint-Germain right-back Thomas Meunier being viewed as a cheaper option.Manchester United are also interested in Meunier, who admits he could leave the French capital this summer.“The press knows more than I do,” said the Belgium international. “There are great clubs, which is very interesting.“As a player of PSG, you are always in the spotlight. We have the level to join many other clubs. We’ll see.“I am looking forward to staying in Paris, but if I have to go to another club, I will leave.”last_img read more

DOF Gets New Contracts in Brazil

first_imgzoom DOF’s subsidiary Norskan has been awarded two new 4 years contracts from Petrobras for the AHTS vessels Skandi Fluminense and Skandi Rio.The contracts will start in direct continuation after finalization of the previous contracts with Petrobras, in 1st quarter and in 2nd half 2014 respectively. DOF Subsea Brazil will operate the ROV’s on both vessels.Total contract value is approx. NOK 1,3 billion.DOF, December 22, 2013last_img

Spring Weight Road Restrictions Coming Soon

first_imgSpring weight restrictions for commercial vehicles will begin on posted provincial roads starting at 12:01 a.m., Monday, March 9, in southwestern Nova Scotia (Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby counties). Restrictions for the rest of the province begin at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 16. The weight restrictions on heavy trucks are needed during the spring thaw to help protect roads weakened by mild and wet weather. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal monitors air and road temperatures, and works closely with the trucking industry and Environment Canada, to determine the date that best protects road surfaces. A list of exempt roads will be published in a number of newspapers across the province. Updated information is available at novascotia.ca/tran/trucking/springweight.asp . -30-last_img read more

Algerian military open fire towards Moroccan border control station

first_imgRabat- A new escalation in the tension between Moroccan and Algeria or an accident? According to a statement issue by the Moroccan Ministry of Interior, elements of the Algerian National People’s Army opened fire towards the Moroccan border control station, Ait Jormane, along the border line between Morocco and Algeria, in the province of Figuig. Two bullets hit the wall of crossing, the statement said.The incident takes place little more than a week after Algerian military guards shot a Moroccan citizen in the border region, about 30 km the Moroccan city of Oujda.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral urges scaling up of resources for lifesaving immunizations

6 October 2010Stressing the vital role immunizations play in improving the health of millions worldwide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for increasing funding for an innovative United Nations-backed initiative that delivers life-saving vaccines to those who need them the most. Stressing the vital role immunizations play in improving the health of millions worldwide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for increasing funding for an innovative United Nations-backed initiative that delivers life-saving vaccines to those who need them the most.Since its creation in 2000, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) reached some 257 million children with new and under-used vaccines. Increased use of vaccines can help prevent millions of deaths worldwide and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for child health – a two-thirds reduction in the number of deaths in children under five by the target date of 2015.“Let us commit to increasing the funds available to the GAVI Alliance. Let us commit to improving health for children, women and men everywhere,” Mr. Ban said in remarks at a reception last night in New York to mark the Alliance’s call for action and resources. The Secretary-General noted that immunization, and the work of the Alliance, is a key part of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, which he launched two weeks with the aim of saving the lives of over 16 million women and children between 2011 and 2015.“You are poised to accelerate the introduction of life-saving vaccines – a plan that can prevent more than 4 million future deaths, the child who will live without risk of pneumonia, the girl who will never have to suffer cervical cancer, the millions of women and men who will be saved by a simple injection,” he told the gathering.“You have the knowledge, the networks and the resources to influence the health and well-being of millions of people.”Mr. Ban added that the Alliance, along with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, are “central pillars of global public health” and essential for achieving the health-related MDGs.Yesterday the Secretary-General announced that donor countries, private foundations, corporations and individuals gathered at the UN for the Global Fund’s third replenishment conference had pledged over $11.5 billion in new funding over the next three years to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria.“This work is not just about replenishing the fund; it is about replenishing hope and dignity in people’s lives,” noted the Secretary-General, who chaired the two-day pledging conference. read more

CGI to buy Swedish technology consulting firm Acando in deal valued at

MONTREAL — CGI Inc. has signed an agreement to buy Swedish technology consulting company Acando.The Canadian firm valued the deal at $614.7 million, including the debt it plans to assume.Under the offer, which has the unanimous support of the Acando board, CGI says it will pay 41.45 Swedish kronors per Acando share.It says the offer represents a 44.2 per cent premium to Acando’s closing price on March 8.CGI says Stockholm-based Acando will add more than 2,100 professionals to CGI from five countries across the region including Sweden, Norway and Germany.The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter.Companies in this story: (TSX:GIB.A) read more

French police fire tear gas water cannons at antiG7 protesters

BAYONNE — French riot police used water cannons and tear gas on Saturday to disperse anti-capitalism protesters in Bayonne, near the resort of Biarritz where President Emmanuel Macron and G7 nation allies were meeting for a three-day summit.A police helicopter circled as dozens of protesters, some hurling stones, shouted slogans and abuse at the lines of police in the Basque town’s historic center.The protesters shouted “Everybody hates the police” and “anti, anti anti-capitalists” as the mood took a darker turn from peaceful protests earlier in the day in an authorized march on the French-Spanish border.Roiled by months of anti-government protests this year, France has deployed more than 13,000 police to ensure protesters get nowhere near U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders. Authorities designated two counter-summit “villages” and the morning protest about 30 km (19 miles) from the summit.Thousands of anti-globalization activists, Basque separatists and “yellow vest” protesters walked from the French town of Hendaye to Irun in Spain, waving banners calling for climate action, gay rights and a fairer economic model.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“The top capitalist leaders are here and we have to show them that the fight continues,” said Alain Missana, 48, an electrician wearing a yellow vest – symbol of the anti-government demonstrations that have been held in France for months.“It’s more money for the rich and nothing for the poor. We see the Amazonian forests burning and the Arctic melting. The leaders will hear us,” he said.Four police officers were lightly wounded on Friday after protesters fired a homemade mortar near the anti-G7 gathering in Hendaye. Police arrested 17 people for hiding their faces.Activists in the counter-summit villages have this week united from France, the Basque region straddling the French-Spanish border and beyond to confront a rich-poor divide they say is growing due to the cynicism of world leaders.“The counter-G7 demonstration is in this Basque region and we want people to see we are part of it,” said Alfredo Akuna, a 46-year-old engineer from San Sebastián in northern Spain who wore traditional Basque clothing.“We’re involved in many movements including anti-capitalism and anti-fascism so it’s important to be here to show that.” read more

UN chief condemns attack on Yemeni hospital supported by Médecins Sans Frontières

In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Mr. Ban expressed his sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and to the Yemeni people. This is the latest in a series of attacks on health facilities, following those in 2015 on the MSF-supported Haydan Medical Hospital in Sa’ada and a mobile health clinic in Taiz. “The Secretary-General is extremely concerned about the increasingly limited access to essential health care services for Yemenis,” the statement underlined. “He emphasizes that hospitals and medical personnel are explicitly protected under international humanitarian law and that any intentional attack against civilians and civilian infrastructure is considered a serious violation of international humanitarian law.” The statement further called for this incident to be investigated “through prompt, effective, independent and impartial mechanisms to ensure accountability.” “The Secretary-General again repeats his call on all parties involved in the Yemeni conflict to immediately cease all hostilities and resolve differences through peaceful negotiations facilitated by his Special Envoy,” it added. This attack comes just days after the UN chief voiced his “deep concern” about the intensification of Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and ground fighting and shelling in Yemen, despite repeated calls for a renewed cessation of hostilities. The United Nations recently reported that civilians are suffering a “terrible toll” in the fighting, with casualties now topping 8,100, with nearly 2,800 of them killed. read more

The Slobs looking for their newest member in 2015

Then-redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) lines up behind members of the offensive line during the College Football National Championship game against Oregon on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. OSU won, 42-20.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorMuch like the rest of the Ohio State football team, the offensive line is bringing back plenty of experience.With four starters coming back to Columbus and just one spot open, it appears as though there’s a two-horse race to become a starting member of what the Buckeyes call “the slobs.”Redshirt-senior Chase Farris and sophomore Jamarco Jones are the frontrunners to replace Darryl Baldwin at right tackle, but offensive line coach and offensive coordinator Ed Warinner said Farris is ahead of the pack.“He hit stride where we thought he was playing really good towards the end of the (2014) season, but you got a starting lineup, we (were) on a roll. Darryl Baldwin was playing his butt off,” Warinner said Thursday. “If he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’ll be able to take that position over, (but) Jamarco Jones is not by any means just going to let him have it.”While Jones is behind Farris on the depth chart for now, he has been getting extensive reps in practice at left tackle with senior Taylor Decker sitting out most of spring practice for rest purposes.Decker said Thursday that he also believes Farris is the favorite to win the job, but has been pleasantly surprised with the way Jones has been performing in his usual spot.“I think he is doing a really good job. The one thing I wanted to see personally out of him was consistency and how he practices. I think he is developing that, especially with all of the reps he is getting, he doesn’t have a choice,” Decker said. “Coach (Urban) Meyer is going to be right there watching him. Coach Warinner is going to be watching him because they expect a lot out of him.”Regardless of who wins the job, Warinner said he is pleased with the personnel he has along the offensive front. “I love the chemistry with those guys. They are great people, I love being around them. They are part of a family that we are all a part of,” Warinner said. “Those guys are great, great kids and that’s why we have a great room and so forth.”Redshirt-junior offensive lineman Pat Elflein, who is set to enter into his second full season as a starter, said the chemistry within the unit is a credit to Warinner’s “very intense” coaching.“He’s a perfectionist. He won’t let anything slip. No matter what it is, wrong step, whatever, hand placement, if it’s not perfect, he’s on you,” Elflein said Thursday. “I think that is probably his best quality and that’s why we’ve been playing so good. He has developed so many guys to be great players.”But while he is a coach and not a player, how does Warinner fit in among the self-named “slobs?”“I don’t know where that name came from. I didn’t give them that, but I am the head of them. So I am an honorary. I am also trying to lose 10 pounds,” Warinner said with a smile. “They are always trying to gain their weight. They’re human garbage disposals. Eight-thousand calories a day and they look pretty good doing it. If I keep up with them, you’ll have to get a 4X (shirt) for me.”With a coach who has developed players and has just one starting spot to fill, Elflein said he is excited to see where the Buckeyes’ front five can go.“We just have to get everybody on the same page. It’s not easy. That’s our goal is to get everybody bought into the culture and if we can do that, watch out,” Elflein said. “We are going to have a good unit.”The Buckeyes are set to take to the field for their annual Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium before beginning the 2015 season on the road against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 7. read more

BREAKING Dave Chowtie tops 2019 NGSA with 532 marks

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTop Students Chowtie, Lall dream of becoming doctor, economistJuly 3, 2019In “latest news”HAPPENING NOW: NGSA results being announced by Minister of EducationJuly 3, 2019In “latest news”NGSA 2019: ‘Overall improvement across all subjects would be ideal’ – Chief Education OfficerJuly 5, 2019In “latest news” Dave Chowtie receiving a previous award in excellence for MathematicsEducation Minister, Nicolette Henry.Minister of Education Nicolette Henry announced that Dave Chowtie from Graham’s Hall Primary and Venisha Lall from C.V Nunes have been adjudged this year’s top students  with 532 marks out of a possible score of 536. He was awarded a place at Queen’s College.14, 300 candidates wrote the NGSA on April 17 and 18 2019. Minister Henry noted that there was improvement in Mathematics in the various regions. Candidates gained places in the top five secondary schools from across the various administrative regions in Guyana, She also noted that there is more competition between public and private schools.Minister Henry congratulated all the students who wrote the exams and thanked the parents and the education administration for their efforts in ensuring the students’ success.Along with the announcement of the top performers today, pupils will also be able to view their scores online by providing their respective candidate number and other details. This assessment marks the completion of the primary education programme and determines which secondary institution these students will be placed at.However, prior to this, the students had to write the National Grades Two and Four Assessments back in 2012 and 2014 respectively. A percentage of the marks from all three assessments is calculated to determine the overall performance of each student.The NGSA performance is calculated by adding five per cent of each candidate’s Grade Two scores in mathematics and English, and 10 per cent of the Grade Four score in the same subjects.This is then added to a further 85 per cent of each candidate’s score in those subjects at the Grade Six Assessment. The combined scores in mathematics and English are then added to the scores gained in science and social studies. (More details later)  read more

GPF pledges full support to G Division Commander after fire guts

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPF announces several changes to facilitate officers proceeding on “much-deserved” leaveFebruary 19, 2018In “latest news”Suriname officers engage Guyanese counterparts over pirate attacksMay 21, 2018In “Crime”Hicken appointed as new Commander for ‘A’ Division; James to head CIDApril 7, 2014In “Crime” Commander Crystal RobinsonThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) has pledged its support to bring relief to G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands) Commander, Crystal Robinson and her family after her Stewartville, West Coast Demerara home was completely gutted by fire early Saturday morning.In a statement to the press, the GPF said that a high-level team led by acting Commissioner of Police Nigel Hoppie on Saturday visited the burnt remains of Robinson’s home. “He [Hoppie] personally assured her of the Force administration‘s full support in bringing relief to the family at this most difficult time,” the missive read.Along with the acting Commissioner, Crime Chief (ag) Senior Superintendent Michael Kingston; Deputy Commander of D Division, Superintendent Dion Moore; Personal Assistant to the Commissioner, Superintendent Allistair Roberts; Deputy Traffic Chief, Deputy Superintendent Joseph Jack as well as other senior officers were present to lend their support.Meanwhile, the Guyana Fire Service is yet to determine the cause of the fire which completely destroyed the two-storey building during the wee hours of Saturday.The Commander in a brief interview on Monday explained that she has been staying with a relative in the same village since her home was destroyed. She said she is awaiting the GFS report before she begins reconstructing her house.In an interview with INews on Saturday, she had explained that she was at the Police Pageant at the National Cultural Centre when she received a call at about 12:30h informing her of the fire.She explained that by the time she reached her Lot 154 Back Street, Stewartville, WCD, home, it was already completely engulfed in flames. Firefighters, who arrived at the scene late, were also unable to save anything from the blaze.She complained that the first fire tender got stuck in mud on its way to her home, while the second arrived without water. By the time the third one got there the house was already destroyed.Robinson told this publication that she lived in that home for 51 years with her parents and other relatives. Luckily, none of the five occupants was at home at the time of the fire.According to her, a neighbour observed flames in the garage of the house and contacted the Guyana Fire Service (GFS), which took some time before showing up at the scene.Robinson said that three vehicles including PMM 7862, PSS 1387 and PVV 2106 were destroyed by the fire. read more

Poor marketing cited as major reason for business failure

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOil & Gas: Govt should hold off on T&T MoU, assess impact on local businesses- GCCISeptember 6, 2018In “Business”Lack of access to financing stifling small businesses- GCCI HeadJuly 21, 2018In “Business”Crime woes trigger response from Guyanese business leadersOctober 20, 2016In “Crime” Gary Thompson, a member of the forum’s steering committee; GCCI Executives Richard Rambarran and Timothy Tucker, and Martin Massiah, another member of the steering committeeThe Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Tuesday launched its 2nd Business Development Forum.The event aims to, among other things, help businesses grow.Gary Thompson, a member of the forum’s steering committee, explained that businesses are prone to failure when there is a lack of understanding about marketing.“If we are to look at agro processing, we would see that most of these players have brands that are ready for the market. But what we see lacking is a clear understanding of marketing and branding.”“What we see lacking is people get into business without a clear understanding as to who is your target audience, your market size, density and dispersion.”He says the forum will address this issue.“So we have a number of speakers lined up that will be able to speak to these issues. One of the fundamental things in marketing is identifying market opportunities and means,” he noted.GCCI Executive Timothy Tucker explained that the primary objective of the initiative is to help businesses build their capacity for Guyana’s upcoming economic boom.“So you want to move businesses from small businesses and grow them, so they can be competitive on the international standard. We have several different large companies coming into the country and the chamber wants its members and the business community to move from where they are.”The Business Forum will be held at the Pegasus Hotel from September 27 to 28.Partnership organisations include Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Ansa McAL Trading Guyana, Republic Bank, and the Ministry of Business.Among the speakers at the event are businessmen Rosh Khan and Vishnu Doerga, Rowen Willabus, and Nigel Deosaran. read more