The award-winning classical trumpeter Alison Balsom took time out of her hectic schedule to pop into the Nordoff Robbins London Centre last week and check out their music therapy work.Alison, who will be receiving the PPL Classical Award at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards, met with one of the centre’s clients and spoke at length with music therapists.Following the visit Alison said, “It’s a lifetime opportunity for any artist to come here and witness first hand the importance of Nordoff Robbins and how their music therapy is dramatically changing people’s lives.”Alison went on to say, “I feel like I have a duty to highlight the value of Nordoff Robbins because the difference it makes to a person’s life is unquantifiable. People don’t see the results until you see it first hand.”Alison has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music’s great ambassadors and is ranked among the most distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today.Balsom is to receive the PPL Classical Award at this year’s Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards on Friday 28th June at the London Hilton on Park Lane.“I am truly honoured to be receiving the PPL Classical Award at the 2013 O2 Silver Clef Awards,” she said. “I am so proud to be involved with something so vital and life-changing for so many people. As a musician, I can’t think of a more valuable thing for me to do than to help highlight the constant need for a charity such as Nordoff Robbins. The value of something which is abstract and yet healing, unquantifiable, and yet so obviously transforming, is something that we as musicians live and breathe every day. I am so moved to see it being shared so skillfully in music therapy, helping so many children and adults in so many profound ways.” Source:Nordoff Robbins
Making globalization fair, creating jobs and promoting development through providing decent work are the foundations for global stability, the Director-General of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said today as the agency opened its annual conference in Geneva.Juan Somavia said the ILO can build a foundation for the future by promoting “employment as the main route out of poverty.”The annual ILO conference oversees compliance with international labour standards and establishes the agency’s budget. The gathering also fosters debate on global social and labour questions.Delegates are slated to discuss a new role for the ILO in shaping a fair and equitable globalization. They will also examine a programme of action for migrant workers. The situation of workers in the Occupied Territories, Myanmar and other countries will come under scrutiny, as will employment conditions in the world’s fishing sector.
If new rules aiming to free world trade then throw up barriers of their own, the problem is not lack of coherence but the kind of discrimination which people are expecting the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to oppose, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told government ministers in São Paulo, Brazil, today. “Policies ought not to give with one hand and take away with the other. Rules designed to liberate ought not to create new barriers. Countries which press others to liberalize trade should be willing to do the same themselves,” he said as he opened the 11th UNCTAD ministerial conference. “If they don’t, we politely call it lack of coherence; but we could just as accurately call it discrimination. And that is what people are looking to this conference to take a strong stand against.” The world could improve living standards for all because it now has the experience, the technologies, the unprecedented consensus around the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) seeking to halve extreme poverty by 2015 and the beginning of a global economic recovery, he said. Pointing to the lack of coherence, Mr. Annan said Asian entrepreneurs trying to take advantage of a new market opportunity in a rich country, might find that their roads were inadequate for the trucks that would have to carry their exports to local ports. An African farmer might find that duty-free access to global markets has been nullified by requirements for sophisticated packaging, or by the financial and marketing impact of subsidies paid to competitors in wealthier countries. The indigenous producer of medicinal herbs in Latin America might not know whether his peoples would be fairly rewarded, he said. Indigenous populations have been battling for rights to their herbal knowledge through the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). What the world lacked was a development-friendly trading regime, but that might be coming in the wake of important initiatives from the European Union (EU) and the United States, while the successful use of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) dispute settlement mechanism, notably by Brazil, has shown that a rule-based system could help developing country producers, Mr. Annan said. In April, Brazil successfully challenged U.S. subsidies of its cotton exports. If the new round of talks under the Global System of Trade of Preferences among Developing Countries leads those countries to reduce tariffs among themselves by 50 per cent, world trade would jump by $15.5 billion and decisively help to develop what President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil has called “a new global trade geography,” the Secretary-General said. UN General Assembly President Julian Hunte of St. Lucia noted that the export revenues of nearly a quarter of the GA’s membership, or 50 countries, depended on just two or three commodity exports, while another 39 countries depended on just one. Unless this export situation was urgently addressed in the context of market operations, their development goals would remain challenging, he said.With levels of development being a key priority, developing countries benefited most from liberal and fair markets, especially those free of discretionary standards, as well as technical, environmental and other requirements, Mr. Hunte said.
Mr. Annan’s spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters today that he wants to focus on Darfur given the urgency of the situation on the ground, where deadly clashes between Government forces, allied militias and rebel groups continue.UN officials have estimated that as many as four million Sudanese will need emergency aid by the middle of the year because of the conflict in Darfur, which began in early 2003 when rebels took up arms, partly in protest against the distribution of economic resources.A commission of inquiry into the Darfur conflict, appointed last year by Mr. Annan, found that while genocide had not occurred, Government forces and allied militias had engaged in war crimes and crimes against humanity. It also found credible evidence that rebels were responsible for possible war crimes. The inquiry recommended the perpetrators be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for prosecution.Meanwhile, the UN’s top humanitarian official has spent the day in southern Sudan, where hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are poised to return to their homes following the recent end of the 21-year civil war in that part of Africa’s largest nation.Jan Egeland, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and the Emergency Relief Coordinator, travelled to the town of Rumbek, where he met officials from UN aid agencies and from partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs).Mr. Egeland also held talks with representatives of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), a rebel group that will be integrated into the government as a result of January’s peace deal ending the conflict. Mr. Egeland will spend more time in southern Sudan before heading to Darfur to assess developments there.Last month Mr. Annan told the Security Council that the UN peacekeeping mission proposed for southern Sudan will require more than $1 billion in funding in its first year.
by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 24, 2013 11:19 am MDT Investors face realities in Cyprus this week, while BlackBerry reports earnings AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – North American markets will have eyes turned to the eurozone this week as an effort to organize a Cyprus bailout of its banking system left plenty of uncertainty.It’s a shortened trading week, which could lead to more erratic shifts in the direction of stock markets ahead of the Good Friday holiday.Cyprus secured a package of rescue loans in tense, last-ditch negotiations early Monday, two EU diplomats said, saving the country from a banking system collapse and bankruptcy.Without a deal, Cyprus and its banks would have faced face a financial collapse which could have had repercussions across the 17 nations in the eurozone.The troubles in Cyprus have left investors feeling the economic instability that faces other European economies, like Greece, and how it could spread to demand for key commodities like oil and copper.“I think we’ll see a bit of volatility back in the markets, probably not just for the next couple of days, but the next couple of months,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer of Sun Life Global Investment.“We’re going to have to deal with the debt ceiling issue, and the fact that the (economic) picture may not be as rosy as people initially thought, in Canada and the eurozone.”Adatia said that troubles in Cyprus will raise questions about whether other parts of the eurozone might also need bailouts in the coming months.“People forgot about it until Cyprus popped up again,” he said.In Canada, earnings are due on Thursday morning from BlackBerry, the Waterloo, Ont.-based smartphone maker, which released its latest models to several international markets last month.The company’s fourth-quarter earnings will be a glimpse into how well the smartphones are selling in Canada, the U.K. and India, though details on its U.S. launch and other markets won’t be part of the financial report until next earnings period.“It will be a good chance for a window into what the initial feedback is on how well, or not, it’s selling in a few key markets,” said Paul Taylor, chief investment officer, BMO Harris Private Banking.BlackBerry hopes the new version of its smartphones will help prevent further erosion of its customer base in many countries where Apple’s iPhone and Android devices have captured a stronghold on the market.A sparse schedule of economic data includes Canadian consumer price index numbers for February, due on Wednesday. The data is expected to show that inflation jumped 0.7 per cent, on higher gasoline prices, according to consensus expectations from BMO Economic Research.Real GDP at basic prices, scheduled for Thursday, is expected to show a modest increase helped by output from the energy sector. Consensus expectations are for a 0.1 per cent rise.In the U.S., the latest ISM survey on durable goods orders, due Tuesday, is expected to show an increase of 3.8 per cent, according to a consensus of analysts compiled by CIBC World Markets.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump acted Saturday to fulfil a key portion of his pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington, banning administration officials from ever lobbying the U.S. on behalf of a foreign government and imposing a separate five-year ban on other lobbying.Trump has said individuals who want to aid him in his quest to “Make America Great Again” should focus on the jobs they will be doing to help the American people, not thinking ahead to the future income they could rake in by peddling their influence after serving in government.“Most of the people standing behind me will not be able to go to work,” Trump joked, referring to an array of White House officials who lined up behind him as he sat at his Oval Office desk. The officials included Vice-President Mike Pence, chief of staff Reince Priebus, senior strategist Steve Bannon and counsellor Kellyanne Conway. “So you have one last chance to get out.”Trump said he talked about the ban a lot during the campaign and “we’re now putting it into effect.”In a pair of separate actions, Trump took steps to begin restructuring the White House National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. He also gave Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the president’s top military advisers, 30 days to come up with a plan defeat the Islamic State group. Scores of people have been killed in terrorist acts that IS has carried out overseas or has inspired on U.S. soil.Under an executive order that Trump signed in the presence of the news media, every political appointee joining the executive branch on or after Jan. 20 — the day Trump took office — must agree to the lobbying bans. That includes avoiding, for five years after leaving, lobbying the agency they worked for.Another provision sets a two-year period during which appointees must avoid working on issues involving former employers or clients.Trump is allowed to waive any of the restrictions.Questions had been raised about how the bans would be enforced. The order says they are “solely enforceable” by the U.S. government “by any legally available means,” including debarment proceeding within any affected executive branch agency, or civil court proceedings.Former appointees who are found to have violated the ban may also be barred from lobbying their former agency for up to five years, on top of the five-year period covered by the pledge, the executive order states.Trump said the order supersedes one that President Barack Obama signed on Jan. 21, 2009, that banned anyone from lobbying the government for a period of two years after leaving. Trump said Obama’s order was “full of loopholes.”The president signed the order and a pair of presidential memoranda near the end of an intense day of telephone diplomacy during which he discussed a range of issues with the leaders of Japan, Germany, Russia, France and Australia. All are leaders Trump needs to build relationships with.Trump had released the plan for a lobbying ban a few weeks before the November election, one of several promised policies aimed at curbing corruption and the influence of lobbyists in Washington. Trump also made promises about transparency and ethics.Some have argued that the ban could make it difficult for Trump to fill thousands of jobs throughout the administration by causing some candidates to become squeamish about limiting their ability to make money after they leave government employment.Others say the prohibitions on lobbying are too insignificant to be effective.___Associated Press writer Julie Bykowicz contributed to this report.___Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dsupervilleap by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2017 2:48 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 28, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email President Donald Trump holds up a signed Executive Order in the Oval Office of the White House, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 in Washington. The document includes restrictions against lobbying for “Every appointee in every executive agency appointed on or after January 20, 2017…” (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Trump sets 5-year and lifetime lobbying ban for officials
Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa coaches his unit at a fall practice on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorPASADENA, Calif. — Ryan Day is focused on the Rose Bowl. Although Day has not been shy in expressing his feelings towards taking the Ohio State head coaching job after his stint as offensive coordinator for the past two seasons under head coach Urban Meyer, the current offensive coordinator would not disclose the specifics of the position, the decisions he will make after he officially takes the job on Jan. 2. He has not disclosed information regarding his coaching staff for the 2019 season other than taking the interim tag off wide receivers coach Brian Hartline on Dec. 8. “Right now it’s all about winning this game,” Day said. “It’s on us right now. That’s where the focus is.” Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa is one of the position coaches seemingly in limbo, not knowing whether his contract will be retained when Day officially takes over. Studrawa has a similar story to many other coaches on the roster, including defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and linebackers coach Billy Davis. After leaving the offensive line coaching job at Maryland in 2015, Studrawa joined the Ohio State staff because of a close friend: Meyer. “I’m going to miss him, obviously, because we are friends,” Studrawa said. “I came back to coach for him and obviously that is a part of our relationship that I am going to miss, seeing him every day and doing those things.” Studrawa knows his job is in flux, something he said is part of the business. He said he has to focus on his current job: getting his offensive line ready for its Rose Bowl matchup with Washington on Tuesday. However, Studrawa said he has been given no indication that he would be losing his position after the leadership change from Day. He and Day have discussed plans for the future on the offensive line, significant plans that are vital for success of the line in 2019. “We’ve had discussions of when we get back, what is going to happen with the line, how are we going to get this thing moving forward,” Studrawa said. “Those things, we have talked about a plan with him being the boss.”And one of those plans has begun being implemented in bowl practice. If junior Michael Jordan returns to Ohio State for his final season of eligibility, he said Saturday he wants to return to left guard, the initial position he held with Ohio State and was an All-American for before moving to center. With Jordan back at his original position, Day and Studrawa told redshirt freshman Josh Myers he would be the leading candidate for the starting center position heading into the 2019 season. To Myers, it’s an honor to be considered for this position, following in the footsteps of who he considered to be elite guard-turned-centers: Jordan, Pat Elflein and Billy Price. As a converted center himself, Myers said it takes a level of experience, a level of confidence and vocal leadership to take charge of the position in the middle of the offensive line. Even though he may be the favorite for the position heading into 2019, he said job security is no guarantee. “It’s something I will still have to fight for,” Myers said. “I understand that it’s not going to be a position given to me. It’s an elite position with a lot of really good players that have been there in the past. It’s something I have to go win for myself. It’s not given and I understand that.” That is a recent history Studrawa was there for, molding Price, molding Elflein into two Rimington Award winners, two NFL-caliber centers after spending three years at guard. He helped Jordan, even though he is moving back to his original position next season, to have an All-American season in the middle. This was something Studrawa mentioned when talking about his own job security, talking about how Ohio State held a top-ranked offense and had All-Conference players on his line. Studrawa knows football is a business. He knows that it’s Day’s decision to make. But, at this point, Studrawa is going to continue to coach the offensive line, preparing his unit for the 2019 season. “It’s unbelievable, but you know what? That’s part of this business, everybody understands it, you know, and you hope that you’ve done a good enough job and you’ve got the proof in the pudding, and that the guy wants you on his staff,” Studrawa said. “I’ve got no indications otherwise, so I’m looking forward to getting the guys ready to play this game.”
Le Canada secoué par un séisme : pas de victime à déplorerCanada – Les villes de Montréal, Ottawa et Toronto ont été secouées mercredi par un séisme de magnitude 5,5. Il n’a heureusement fait aucune victime et très peu de dégâts matériels ont été constatés.Alors que l’ouverture du sommet du G20 aura lieu au Canada du 25 au 27 juin, le pays était secoué hier par un séisme de magnitude assez importante. Des milliers de personnes impressionnées sont descendues dans les rues, mais heureusement aucune victime n’est à déplorer.À lire aussiQuand un panda s’attaque à un bonhomme de neige au CanadaL’épicentre a été situé 30 kilomètres au nord de Buckingham (Outaouais). La secousse s’est produite à 13h41 locales (17h41 GMT) et a été ressentie jusqu’à Windsor, plus faiblement au Québec ainsi qu’aux États-Unis dans les États de New York, du Vermont et du Michigan.Le tremblement de terre aurait duré une trentaine de secondes, forçant des milliers de personnes a sortir de leur immeuble. James Bowden, un habitant d’Ottawa, témoigne : “Le bruit que cela a fait en arrivant, c’était comme si un train vous fonçait dessus”. Plusieurs trains ont également été immobilisés, notamment dans le corridor Québec-Windsor.Le 24 juin 2010 à 12:28 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 3, 2017 – Nassau – THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FROM 12:20AM EDT UNTIL 5:20AM TUESDAY 03RD OCTOBER 2017.A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR ABACO AND ITS ADJACENT WATERS.AT 12:13AM OBSERVATION, RADAR AND SATELLITE IMAGERY DEPICTED A CLUSTER OF THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE MOVING WESTWARD TOWARDS ABACO.SOME OF THESE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE SEVERE AT TIMES CAUSING STRONG GUSTY WINDS, DANGEROUS LIGHTNING, HEAVY DOWNPOURS, HAIL AND POSSIBLE WATERSPOUT OR TORNADIC ACTIVITY.BOATERS IN THE WARNING AREA SHOULD SEEK SAFE HARBOUR AND RESIDENTS IN THE WARNING AREA SHOULD STAY INDOORS AND AWAY FROM WINDOWS WHEN CONDITIONS WORSEN. RESIDENTS SHOULD NOT SEEK SHELTER UNDER TREES OR IN WATER AS THESE CAN BECOME LIGHTNING CONDUCTORSISSUED BY DUTY FORECASTER: IAN V. MCKENZIEISSUED: 03/10/2017 AT 12:20AM(0420UTC) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Nuno Espirito Santo says he will not change Wolves’ style of play in order to stop Tottenham Hotspur from scoring on Saturday.Nuno will travel with his team to Wembley on Saturday to face a free-scoring Tottenham side that has netted 11 goals in their last two Premier League games.Wolves have been known to play free-flowing football this season, and Nuno vows to continue the same against Spurs.“We’ve played already many games against top teams where we have shown that we don’t change our identity,” Nuno told Sky Sports.“We are trying to build something, so when you try to build you do not look at the game like, ‘What is the best way to get a result?’ No, it’s what is the best way for you to compete against these teams?Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“If you have to defend and have less of the ball it does not mean that you are not trying to win the game.“We’ve shown in previous games that we attack, we have shots on goals against heavy teams, even so, the building process goes this way so the way we approach against Tottenham is going to be the same.“We’re going to look at Tottenham and see the best we can do in the game.”
The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by Rangers Football Club (RFC) in a case regarding income tax and national insurance liabilities for the organisation’s employee benefits trust (EBT) scheme.The case relates to the assessment from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that the EBT arrangements and sub-trusts set up on behalf of RFC footballers and their families between 2001 and 2009 should be liable for class one national insurance contributions (NICs) and income tax.HMRC argued that the funds available from these trusts, which were used to enable RFC players quick access to tax-free loans, qualified as part of employees’ earnings and should therefore be taxable. This is despite the funds being paid to a third-party rather than to the employee directly.The tax-free loans were to be paid back over an extended term of 10 years on a discounted basis. Both RFC and the footballer expected that the loan would not be repaid at term, and would instead be renewed. This would mean that the loans would be repayable out of the footballer’s estate on death, reducing the value for inheritance tax purposes.The same trust mechanism, which paid individual sub-trusts that were in a footballer’s name from a principle trust paid in to by the organisation, was also used to make termination payments to players and pay bonuses, which were based on staff performance.RFC, which was owned by Murray Group Holdings during this time, appealed the HMRC’s assessment to take the case to the First-tier Tribunal Tax Chamber (FTT). The FTT ruled in favour of Murray Group Holdings in 2012. The Upper Tribunal Tax and Chancery Chamber upheld this decision in 2014.The Advocate General for Scotland appealed this ruling to the Inner House of the Court of Session on behalf of HMRC, which found in its favour in 2015. The Court of Session held that the payments by the employer into the trust were derived from an employee’s work as an employee and therefore counted as emoluments or earnings, that the scheme amounted to a redirection of an employee’s earnings and that it did not remove the employer’s income tax liability. RFC appealed this decision.The Supreme Court dismissed RFC’s appeal, maintaining the Inner House of the Court of Session’s ruling that the money paid into the trust constituted a footballer’s earnings and was therefore subject to income tax.RFC is now owned by a different organisation. Murray Group is in liquidation.In the ruling, Lord Hodge said: “The scheme was designed to give each footballer access without delay to the money paid into the Principle Trust, if he so wished, and to provide that the money, if then extant, would ultimately pass to the member or members of his family whom he nominated. Having regard to the purpose of the relevant provisions, I consider the sums paid to the trustee of the Principle Trust for a footballer constituted the footballer’s emoluments or earnings.“For these reasons, which are essentially the same as those of the Inner House, I would dismiss the appeal.”David Richardson, director general, customer compliance group at HMRC, said: “The unanimous decision of the Supreme Court supports our view that employment benefit trust avoidance schemes simply do not work. This decision has wide-ranging implications for other avoidance cases and we encourage anyone who’s tried to avoid tax on their earnings to now agree with us the tax owed. HMRC will always challenge contrived arrangements that try to deliver tax advantages never intended by Parliament.”James Stephen, business restructuring partner at BDO, the liquidators for Murray Group, added: “Given the significance of the matter and the support and direction received from creditors and the liquidation committee, we believe taking the case to the Supreme Court has been the correct course of action. We will now engage with HMRC on adjudicating its claim. Further advice and guidance will be provided to creditors in due course.”Colin Ben-Nathan, chair of the employment taxes sub-committee at the Chartered Institute of Taxation, said: “We understand that HMRC [has] a large number of enquiries ongoing into EBTs at the moment and [it] will therefore feel vindicated by this decision.“While many employers have already settled with HMRC, for those that have not it is likely that HMRC will now issue ‘follower notices’ where [it] consider[s] that the circumstances sit on all fours with Rangers. These notices will require employers to pay up the tax or face a penalty if they fight on but lose in the courts, neither of which choices will be particularly appealing after the Rangers decision.BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy“This judgement demonstrates that the courts are taking an increasingly tough line on tax avoidance, adopting a purposive approach and certainly not considering themselves hidebound by a literalist approach to the law. So taxpayers who cross the line on avoidance do so at their peril.”
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Moore saved his best season for his senior year. He set the school record in the 400m hurdles at the NCAA East Preliminary Round with a time of 49.85 in the final round. Moore was also crowned the ACC champion in the 110m hurdles, becoming the first Louisville sprinter to earn an ACC title. He also went on to a runner-up in the 400m hurdles at the ACC Championships. Men’s 400m Hurdles (Finals)7. Martice Moore – 50.14 Print Friendly Version Moore an early lead and finished seventh with a time of 50.14. The senior earns first team All-American honors for the first time in his standout career. NCAA ChampionshipsMike A. Meyers Stadium | Austin, TexasJune 7, 2019 Makenli Forrest will wrap up the 2019 outdoor season for the Cardinals tomorrow at 5:05 p.m. CT. The event will be live streamed on ESPN3. Live Results Story Links AUSTIN, Texas – Martice Moore concluded his collegiate career with the University of Louisville track and field team, earning first team All-American honors in the 400m hurdles on Friday evening at Mike A Myers Stadium.
Kolkata: The Centre is yet to give any reply to the state government’s letter opposing the former’s plan of withdrawing more companies of the Central Forces from Jangalmahal.Sources said that the Centre had written to the state stating the plan of withdrawing three more companies of the forces from Jangalmahal. In reply to it, the state government had cleared its stand, opposing the move of withdrawing more companies of forces from the area that was once Maoist infested. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the sources, the Centre has not given any reply to the state in this connection yet. It has been learnt that the plan for withdrawing around three more companies of the forces was mooted to deploy the same in Chattisgarh.It may be mentioned that with various steps taken up by the Mamata Banerjee government, peace has been restored in Jangalmahal and there is “no Maoist disturbances” in Bengal at present. But the state government opposed the move of withdrawing three companies of Central forces from the area, a major part of which shares border with Chattisgarh and Jharkhand. “In a bid to maintain peace in the area, it is important to carry out proper vigilance, which would not be possible if the Central Forces are withdrawn,” sources said.To ensure an overall development of the Jangalmahal area, the state government has ensured creation of Jhargram as a separate district out of West Midnapore. The development work has been carried out in full swing in Purulia, Jhargram, West Midnapore and Bankura in the past seven years and many Maoist activists have returned to normal lives.
Kolkata: The mysterious voice of a lady bearing similarity with BJP candidate from Ghatal Bharati Ghosh, went viral on social media from Sunday morning.The audio voice message addressed to the agitating doctors said that they should want to have discussion in presence of media, which was later reflected in the agitating doctors imposing the condition that discussions to resolve the impasse should be held in presence of the media. The junior doctors had said that they are eager to hold discussions at any suitable venue as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee deems fit, but it should be held in presence of media and there should be representation from all medical colleges and hospitals across the state. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh has denied any such audio recording on the part of BJP. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe voice was also found instructing the doctors that after the Chief Minister’s call for talks if the latter do not respond quickly, then the sympathy of the common people will shift away from them. Coincidentally, the general body meeting’s decision was announced by the junior doctors after the audio voice went viral. The voice had also suggested that the doctors could propose to hold talks at the Governor’s house. However, the doctors have left the task of fixing the venue to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The Olympics includes some weird sports. Curling is one, despite its recent (some might say baffling) surge in popularity. Biathlon, that combination of cross-country skiing and shooting wildly popular in the Nordic countries, is often at the bottom of the ratings among Olympic broadcasts. Here are some strange events that have been eliminated from the competition since the modern Olympics began in 1896. Tug O’ WarTug of war competition in 1904 Summer OlympicsActually, this sounds like it SHOULD be in the Olympics! A perennial schoolyard favorite in the United States and the United Kingdom, “Tug of War” was in the Olympics for 20 years, from 1900 to 1920.The sport called for two teams of eight to try to pull the other six feet. If neither side could do it, the judges started a five minute overtime. If, at that point, neither team had pulled the other the requisite six feet, the winner was the team who had gotten the other the farthest.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsHarvard Tug of War team, 1888The British dominated the event, winning two golds and one silver over the years. Each British team was made up mostly of the largest British “bobbies” from the London City police.Distance PlungingPhoto of a float during a plunging eventAn event that more resembles a backyard pool game for bored kids on summer vacation than an Olympic sport, distance plunging consisted of a…“plunger”? “diver”? “swimmer”? Launching themselves into the water and seeing who could “glide” underwater the farthest.Competitors were scored for sixty seconds or whenever they surfaced. Referees then measured the distance covered. There was only one Olympic round of Distance Plunging, and it was won by American William Dickey – of course he was American! Not because Americans have dominated the Summer Olympics, but because Americans were the only competitors.Blasting Pigeons out of the SkyCanadian PO (A) S Jess, wireless operator of an Avro Lancaster bomber operating from Waddington, Lincolnshire carrying two pigeon boxes.No, that wasn’t the title of the sport, but it should have been, because that is exactly what it was. At the 1900 Paris Olympics, 300 pigeons were killed by shooters with shotguns. Strangely enough, clay pigeon shooting was also an event, but somehow (maybe the French taste for squab?) real pigeons also became the targets.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided that perhaps the event shouldn’t make it into the London Games of 1908, but they did feature deer shooting – take a breath, they were cardboard cutouts.Rope ClimbingPhoto by FORTEPAN / MHSZ CC BY-SA 3.0Tug O’ War is something many kids look forward to in gym class, but on the opposite end of the spectrum is the rope climb. Many a traumatic childhood moment at the base of the rope climb have been featured in movies, and odds are, many American kids, especially us larger ones, have a story or two (neither of them pleasant) about the rope climb.Photo by Mehlauge – eigenes Archiv CC BY-SA 3.0The Rope Climb was an Olympic event from 1896 to 1932. The 1896 rope climbers were judged not only on how fast they made it to the top, but on the style with which they did it. Talk about subjective. All events after that judged on speed only, however, and whoever made it to the top of a 25-foot rope won. The most impressive win was probably in the 1904 St. Louis games, when American George Eyser, a gymnast, took the event, despite having a wooden leg.Solo Synchronized SwimmingRussian world champion synchronized swimming team training for the European championship in Gran Canaria. Photo by Jesus de Blas CC BY-SA 2.0Okay. You say this is still an Olympic event. Some might say a silly looking one, but still in the Games. But what you may not know is that the Games once included “Solo Synchronized Swimming”. Huh? How is that even possible? How do you synchronize with yourself?However, if you think about it, synchronized swimming is much like dancing, and if you’ll excuse the bad Billy Idol pun, solo synchronized swimming is much like dancing with yourself. It’s all rhythm. And actually the event is really hard.A member of the Japanese team is thrown up in the air during the team’s free routine at the 2013 French Open. Photo by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin CC BY-SA 3.0The event appeared in 1988 in Seoul, and lasted through the Barcelona Games in ’92. After that, solo swimmers had to join a duo or a quad to compete. There is no male synchronized swimming, thank the Lord.Horse Long JumpingDominique Gardères, winner of the high jump competitionEquestrian show jumping is both a team and solo event in the modern Olympics, but in the 1900 Paris Games, horses and their riders competed in the Long Jump. Though it can be blamed on soggy ground, the equestrian long jump, won by a Belgian horse and rider, was only 6.10 meters or 20 feet. The world (not Olympic) record human long jump is Mike Powell’s 1991 of 8.95 meters or 29′ 4 ¼”. The event only made one appearance.Related Video: Rare Footage of a California Rodeo at Salinas 1935Dueling Pistols1908 Olympics wax duel fieldThe Olympics were the idea of French aristocrat Baron Pierre de Coubertin, and many of the early events were a reflection of upper-class backgrounds. Croquet, the equestrian events that were so popular, pigeon shooting…One of the events was the shooting of dueling pistols. Why was it called that and not just “pistol target shooting” or something? Because the competitors shot at targets dressed like them, in the popular upper-class frock coats of the time. The event was a trial event, and only made an appearance once – at the 1906 Intercalated Games in Athens, an event in which Olympians competed to hone their skills prior to the “real” games and trial events were given an outing.CroquetCroquet players in Sweden, early 20th centuryThe perennial summertime game, which anyone will tell you usually goes unplayed at picnics, at least in the US, was once an Olympic sport but it only appeared once – at the Paris Games of 1900. I was surprised to learn that no Englishmen competed in this seemingly very English event – all the sportsmen were Frenchmen.Olympic croquet set an unenviable record: only one ticket was sold to watch the competition. An official review of the events of the Paris Games called croquet an event with “hardly any pretensions at athleticism.”RoqueWhat? Yes, “roque”. If you think that the IOC made a wise choice in eliminating croquet from the Games, think again. In the 1904 St. Louis Games, an American variant of croquet made an appearance. Roque was/is very similar to croquet, but it is played on a hard surface 30′ x 60′ with borders.Read another story from us: Female Athletes Who Organized Their Own OlympicsThe wall used to keep balls in play is used to bank balls much like in pool or billiards. The wickets are the same as in croquet, but the mallet handles are smaller…there are other differences too, but to be honest, no one cares – the “sport” is pretty much extinct, and it was only played in the Olympics once.
Gruden needs to stop talking like a TV analystJon Gruden has been answering questions about the Khalil Mack trade since shipping him to the Bears. He’s also been facing a steady barrage of questions regarding the move since the Raider pass rush has been non-existent through two weeks.Colin doesn’t think the questions should come as a surprise, but thinks Gruden’s tendency to talk from 10 years spent as an analyst is creating unnecessary problems for him as a coach. There’s no question Gruden is entertaining and a walking soundbite, but now that he’s running a team he should adopt the Bill Belichick approach and say next to nothing. Also:– Jets trust Darnold enough to let him struggle– Baker Mayfield’s time is coming soonGuests:Eric Mangini – Former Browns and Jets Head Coach is in-studio discussing Sam Darnold through 2 weeks; Browns vs. Jets; and why he won’t be reading the new Belichick book.Greg Cosell – NFL Films Senior Producer joins the show to break down the Week 2 film on Aaron Rodgers; the Fitzmagic phenomena; and the problem with Seattle’s offense.Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst is in-studio on Fitzmagic; Saquon Barkley’s huge reception statlines, and why he thinks the Lions will beat the Patriots.Peter King – NBC Sports Senior NFL Writer joins the show to explain why he thinks New England trading for Josh Gordon is an act of desperation; and his thoughts on the new Belichick book.
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At the “Hong Kong Summer Spectacular” press conference, HKTB Chairman Mr James Tien and Country Manager of Visa Hong Kong and Macau Mr Tom Tobin The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) together with Visa International will roll out a HK$27 million summer spectacular in an aim to attract 12 million visitors.Themed ‘Hot Events – Cool Pace’ the campaign will fully capture opportunities of the popular summer season running from 22 June to 31 August.Showcasing Hong Kong’s fun and never-ending excitement with an extensive range of summer activities and tempting offers on shopping and dining throughout the city will entice travellers to spend their holidays in Hong Kong.HKTB Chairman Mr James Tien expressed his delight with the partnership with Visa International, saying the allocated HK$27 million will be used promoting visitor source markets and targeting specifically younger people and families from locally and other short-haul markets. “We hope this campaign will help us drive arrivals and stimulate spending during the peak travel season, while increasing Hong Kong’s appeal as a summer destination.” Visa International also is happy to be working with the HKTB for the sixth year running on such a large scale campaign.Country Manager of Visa Hong Kong and Macau Mr Tom Tobin said last year alone, international visitors spent a record high of HK$21 billion on their Visa cards during their stay in Hong Kong. “Through jointly staging the ‘Visa go Hong Kong Super Shopper’ contest with the HKTB again, we aim to provide the participants with a first-hand experience of the diversity of Hong Kong’s offerings and the benefits of payment by Visa,” Mr Tobin said.After previous years successes, the HKTB and Visa will again launch the “Visa go Hong Kong Super Shopper” as a prime event during the “Hong Kong Summer Spectacular”. The competition requires contestants to design and complete a Hong Kong itinerary based on their preferences for dining, arts and culture, greenery and nightlight. Visitors using their Visa cards at designated outlets in Hong Kong during the promotion will receive numerous special offers under the HKTB and Visa partnership.Other offers during the promotion include deals at major attractions including Hong Kong Wetland Park, Ngong Ping 360, Ocean Park, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, sky100 and The Peak will be providing various kinds of offers for visitors. If that is not enough, there are a string of events including the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival, the “Summer Pop ? Live in Hong Kong” concert, the Hong Kong Book Fair, the Food Expo, the 14th Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong, and the Lan Kwai Fong Beer & Music Fest.Even residents in Hong Kong can get involved in the promotion and are encouraged to take part in the “100 Hot & Cool Places in Hong Kong” snapshot competition organised by the HKTB. Photos of “hot” and “cool” places can include the city’s shopping, dining, green attractions, culture and arts, or nightlife.All details of individual programmes in “Hong Kong Summer Spectacular” can be found on the Hong Kong Tourism Board website. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W.
The IHG Kinship economy report has revealed that new forms of ‘relation travel’ are changing the way traditional accommodation operators do business, incorporating non-tourism elements. Mobile travel bookings are also set to increase rapidly in the future. The role of traditional accommodation is transforming. The role of accommodation is transforming as travellers become more technologically aware, seeking to develop more meaningful relationships while on holiday. One in four travellers have used social networking sites to plan their travel, while almost 50 percent have made travel plans based on reviews and the experiences of others. The report said that business and leisure travellers have and will begin carrying high-tech devices and ‘accessories’, radically manipulating the way in which people search and book accommodation. “Hotels could be used as local community hubs, for example with local bands and artists coming and performing, meaning that the hotel has much more connection with the community,” an extract from the IHG Kinship report said. The traditional hotel sector has begun to focus on building traveller relationships. This is why people like boutiques at the moment – people want to experience the local.” Source = ETB News: P.T.