9 Years Later, Liverpool Back in CL Quarters

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — There’s a familiar name back in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.“It’s time we showed up again,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said after his team secured a place in the last eight for the first time in nine years.It couldn’t have been an easier passage for the five-time European champions, either, as they coasted to a 0-0 draw against Porto on Tuesday to clinch a 5-0 aggregate win in the last 16.Having scored five goals without reply in a dazzling first-leg display in Portugal three weeks ago, this was always going to be a procession for Liverpool at Anfield — a ground that has been something of a fortress this season.At times, it felt like the English club was going through the motions, especially since it faces a huge Premier League game against Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday.No major injuries were sustained — captain Jordan Henderson had strapping applied to his right thigh after the game, but Klopp said it was nothing more than a dead leg — and Liverpool rarely looked like conceding.Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp talks with the fourth official, right, during the Champions League round of 16, second leg, soccer match between Liverpool and FC Porto at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)Now, a member of European soccer’s royalty can look forward to the draw for the quarterfinals on March 16. They return as the competition’s top scorers this season with 28 goals and will be feared by the other qualifiers.“This year, we belong there,” Klopp said, “it should not be a surprise. There will be seven other very good teams — maybe four of them will be from England, which doesn’t make to easier, to be honest. But we have a chance, for sure, to go through to the semifinals.”Porto coach Sergio Conceicao was even more confident about Liverpool’s chances.“Liverpool are definitely one of the teams that can win the competition,” he said. “They are a really strong team, everyone knows that.”Also in the draw for the last 16 will be Real Madrid, which beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 away on Tuesday to clinch a 5-2 aggregate win in the marquee matchup in the round of 16.Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the scorers for Madrid, the Portugal forward netting for the ninth straight game in the Champions League. PSG’s wait to win Europe’s most-prized trophy goes on, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars spent since Qatar Sports Investments bought the French club in 2011.A year ago this week, Barcelona became the first team to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit in the Champions League knockout stage when beating PSG 6-1.Porto, the Portuguese league leader, had to go one better but Klopp’s decision to field a strong team rendered that unlikely scenario even more inconceivable. The joint-top scorer in the Premier League — Mo Salah — and world’s most expensive defender — Virgil van Dijk — were on the bench for Liverpool, but most of its other big names played.Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, right, attempts a shot at goal during the Champions League round of 16, second leg, soccer match between Liverpool and FC Porto at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)And it was the hosts who had the better of the chances, with Sadio Mane — the scorer of a hat trick in the first leg — hooking a volley over the bar and then striking a low shot against the post in a low-key first half.Roberto Firmino ran clear but ended up having a shot blocked on the hour, before immediately being taken off by Klopp as Liverpool’s main striker was protected ahead of the United game.Porto pressed late on but to no avail, as it failed to collect a first away win over an English opponent in the Champions League at the 13th attempt. The visitors became the first team to stop Liverpool from scoring in this season’s competition, not that Klopp minded too much.“It feels good, to be honest,” he said. “It’s a long time. I know about it … It’s a good development at Liverpool at the moment. It’s a good moment.”—By STEVE DOUGLAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

OD-WATER-TOURISM

first_imgOdisha to replicate MP’s Jal Mahotsav at Hirakud damSambalpur (Odisha), Jun 22 (PTI) Odisha is planning toorganise an annual water festival at Hirakud dam in Sambalpurdistrict on the lines of the immensely popular “Jal Mahotsav”in Madhya Pradesh, a top tourism official said.The state tourism department and the districtadministration will jointly organise the festival every yearduring the tourist season, which starts from October, saidDirector of Tourism, N B Jawale.The tourists visiting the festival will get accessto facilities like water sports, water adventure activitiesand tent stay at the Hirakud Dam Reservoir, he said.”It will be water-centric festival. The festival herewill be organized in a better way than the Jal Mahotsav inMadhya Pradesh. The duration of the festival will be two tothree days,” said Jawale, who was on a visit here.The Jal Mahotsav is hosted at the Hanuwantiya Island,which is situated on the Indira Sagar Dam in Madhya Pradesh.Visitors to the fair get to explore the colourful customs andrich traditions of Madhya Pradesh portrayed through art,craft, folk music, dance and cuisines.A decision has also been made to start water sportsactivities at the Hirakud Reservoir shortly, Jawale added.”We have already discussed with the Water RecourseDepartment on this issue. We will also provide Jet Ski forwater sports activities at the Hirakud Reservoir soon,” headded.He said, apart from the golden triangle -Bhubaneswar-Puri-Konark – there is huge potential for tourismin western and southern Odisha and the government is planningto focus on these regions now.advertisementMany developmental projects have been undertaken inSambalpur recently and the city is emerging as a major touristhub of Western Odisha.Good connectivity is important to boost tourism andthe Jharsuguda airport will play a pivotal role in this regardafter it becomes operational, he added.Jawale was here to attend a workshop on “Developmentof Tourism in Western Odisha” organised by Hotel andRestaurant Association of Odisha (HRAO). PTI CORR SKNJM JM JMlast_img read more

Junior shooters can’t be marginalised

first_imgIndian shooting had plenty of highs in 2018, with medals won at World Cups, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the World Championship.As the race begins for more quota places to be won for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, there will be more clamour to compete in events abroad. Going by email exchanges among people in the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), an impression has been created that juniors be treated as juniors and seniors get preferred for 2019.The NRAI has a fairly clear water-tight selection policy where a combination of best scores from trials to competitions is used to arrive at who makes the cut. This year has seen plenty of highs, which began at the CWG in Gold Coast and continued till the Asian Games.A few like Manu Bhaker and Anish Bhanwala did find it difficult to cope with pressure in the Asian Games, but that does not mean they should be considered just as “juniors” in 2019. The argument advocated is the basis of picking shooters and identifying them as probables for the next year should be capability and scores and not their age.This year, in many events, be it pistol, rifle, or even shotgun, “juniors” gave seniors a run for their money. Who gets looked at in the new year may seem far but the way the NRAI functions, they keep working, looking at the future.After coaches flagged the issue on how juniors should not be bracketed just on age alone, NRAI president Raninder Singh has intervened. In his email, he has written to all concerned, “our policy is clear, there is no junior and senior, its best foot forward. The interest of the country and omnipotence of merit is our undoubted goal and we shall continue to ensure just that.”advertisementMeanwhile, NRAI’s plan to hold one more trial for pistol and rifle in October after a busy year is being seen as counter-productive. For those who missed the bus in 2018, it may be a chance but for those who have kept peaking, one more trial can be killing.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Pakistan lost but Pakistani Twitter had us in splits

first_imgIndian team on Sunday produced an all-round performance to thrash Pakistan by 89 runs at Old Trafford, Manchester in a much-hyped clash and extended their head to head record against the Asian rivals to a dominant 7-0 in the World Cups.In the marquee clash, India outperformed Pakistan in all the three departments to make the contest a one-sided affair.Put in to bat first, India opener Rohit Sharma scored his second hundred at the tournament, followed by captain Virat Kohli and KL Rahul smashed half-centuries each to help India post a mammoth 336 runs total as Pakistan never threatened to make a chase of it in the rain-interrupted game.An India vs Pakistan game is arguably the biggest cricket-rivalry because of the diplomatic tensions between the two countries and thus there was a lot of furor prior to the high-octane clash.Ahead of the highly anticipated World Cup clash, a video pupurportedly put out by Pakistani channel called Jazz TV, took the internet by storm as the ad featured a character impersonating wing commander Abhinandan, the Indian pilot captured Pakistan.On the other hand, in India, the famous ‘Mauka Mauka’ that went Viral during the 2015 World Cup made a comeback with a Father’s Day twist for June 16.However, after the high-intensity match between the two rivals, the fans rather came up with light-hearted jokes and took the Pakistan team’s defeat in a sporting manner.This guy speaks for the whole of Pakistan today pic.twitter.com/JReTKDdlhGAmmara Ahmad (@ammarawrites) June 16, 2019Indian Captain vs. Pakistani Captain #INDvPAK #PAKvIND pic.twitter.com/XWU08m1iHFadvertisementSam (@iamsam_PTI) June 15, 2019Agar hum apna saara budget world cup mein India per laga k double karlein toh Kya humari economy stable ho sakti hai?Garmi Mein Kharab (@fay_alif) June 16, 2019india tou humain aisi phainti laga raha hay jaise kohinoor hum nay churaya hoA h m e d (@Ahlvled_) June 16, 2019Bhai sahab khud aik Railu Katta hain!!#___ pic.twitter.com/SmwQB5ycmuAli Khan Pasha (@iamalipasha) June 16, 2019India wholeheartedly thanks Sania Mirza for taking the paki boys & her hubby out for party till 2AM b4 #INDvPAK match pic.twitter.com/g1gBK15hSDNewEnglandRa (@NewenglandRa) June 16, 2019#CWC19 #INDvPAK #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/8EVML7Q5qRAYUSH RANJAN (@ark_ayushranjan) June 16, 2019Pak fans on Saturday: “rain go away, we want Pak to play”Sunday morning: “rain come back…”Rain: pic.twitter.com/drWs7CFYYS(@HaayeShabbir) June 16, 2019Also Seelast_img read more

This Barn-Inspired Home Blends Historic Architecture with Contemporary Style

first_img Editors’ Recommendations This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness Previous Next Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite Amalgam StudiosRemember when you were young, being yelled at by dad to “Close the damned door, we don’t live in a barn?” Well joke’s on you dad, because Amalgam Studio’s Silvernails Mountain House is a barn that’s meant to be left wide open.The creation of Amalgam Studio founder architect Ben Albury, Silvernails Mountain House has everything we would want in a barn-turned-house, but without any of the hassle like dirt floors and no insulation. Because it’s new construction, Albury was able to create a stunning home inspired by traditional New England barns that also meets Passive House standards.Located in Rhinebeck, New York, Silvernails Mountain House sits on a hilltop, perfectly positioned to take in views of the 120 acre property. The natural surroundings inspired the material selections, while the history of the area inspired the overall design with the shape of the home mimicking the look of barns dating back to the 17th century.Inside and out, Silvernails Mountain House manages to be at once both historic and contemporary. The exterior of the traditional form is intersected with cutouts of glass, the most prominent being the entryway. Here, Albury took an artistic approach, using a glass door and skylight that wraps over the roof to make the space stand out from the rest of the wood-clad home. This space serves as a visual dividing line between the public and private spaces. Amalgam Studios Amalgam Studios Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat center_img This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway To the left of the entry, the family room consists of a large Scandinavian style kitchen, a dining area, and living area with a massive, double-sided stone fireplace. On the other side of the fireplace is a bonus sitting area. On either side of these spaces, walls of sliding glass panels provide plenty of natural light while allowing cooling cross ventilation when opened up. These panels lead out to expansive decks perfect for relaxing and taking in the views. In the summertime, exterior tilting pergolas protect the deck from the sun’s rays, while in the winter they can fold down to act as storm shutters. To the right of the entry are the private spaces, which consist of the laundry room, a powder room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and the master suite. Each bedroom has picture windows that frame special views of the outside. The bathrooms are outfitted in spa-like finishes, including vessel sinks, locally quarried stone, and hickory vanities. The master bath has a large soaking tub in front of a wall of glass that looks out to the rolling hills beyond the property. In keeping with the traditional barn style, the home also features an open second floor loft space that is accessed via a set of floating-tread stairs. The loft has a set of skylights carefully positioned so the family can lay down and star gaze at night. The exposed support beams add an extra layer of barn style to the space.Throughout the home, contemporary Scandinavian decor was incorporated to compliment the historic architecture style. Natural, locally sourced materials, minimalist furnishings, and modern light fixtures keep the space fresh and new while showing respect to the centuries of tradition that inspired the shape of the home.For more Scandinavian inspired home architecture, take a walk through Villa Akerman, a minimalist Swedish retreat. Amalgam Studios Amalgam Studios Amalgam Studios This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality 1 of 5last_img read more

Durand Cup ATK held to a 11 draw by Indian Navy

first_imgKolkata: Two-time Indian Super League champions ATK were held to a 1-1 draw by the Indian Navy in a Durand Cup fixture here on Monday. In the 19th minute of the match, Harikrishna AU netted a goal to give the Navy an early lead. ATK tried hard but the scoreboard flashed 1-0 in favour of the Navy till half-time. Avilash Paul, ATK’s goalkeeper, made some great saves and tried to restrict the Navy from taking a further lead. In the 88th minute, an unintentional handball in the box resulted in a penalty in favour of ATK and captain Prabir Das made full use of the penalty to level the score. The day saw two armed forces teams engaging in a draw on separate occasions at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan. Coincidentally both Army Red and Navy conceded a penalty towards the fag end and let the respective match slip away. ATK will be playing against Mohun Bagan at the latter’s home ground on August 8 while the Navy too will play at Mohun Bagan ground against Mohameddan Sporting on August 10. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhMeanwhile, Bengaluru FC came back from a goal down to play out a thrilling 1-1 draw with Army Red in their Durand Cup opener at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Monday. New signing Suresh Wangjam (81st) netted from the penalty spot late in the second half to cancel Liton Shil’s (45+4′) opener for Army Red. The point meant Bengaluru FC moved up to second on the table behind leaders East Bengal (3 points) and ahead of Army Red (1 point) in Group A. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterNaushad Moosa opted to start all of his seven first-team players with Aditya Patra in goal, Gursimrat Singh Gill, Sairuat Kima and Parag Shrivas in defence, Ajay Chhetri and Wangjam in the midfield and Edmund Lalrindika leading the attack. In what turned out to be a game of equal exchanges, it was the Blue Colts who dominated the majority of the proceedings in the first half. After a couple of close chances that fell for striker Lalrindika in the opening quarter, the Blues almost took the lead in the 22nd minute. Medio Biswa Darjee unleashed a powerful left-footer from 25 yards out which came off the crossbar after a spell of dominant play in the rival half. With the Blue Colts controlling possession for longer periods, the Army Red side banked on frequent counter attacks. Patra pulled off a wonderful save when he denied rival skipper Suresh Meitei from point blank range in the 38th minute when the Army man was left unmarked in the BFC box. Despite their dominance, the Blue Colts conceded right at the stroke of half time when attacker Shil struck in the fourth minute of injury time. Defender Sunil B created space on the left flank, before sending in a low cross into the box to find Shil who scored on the slide, past a helpless Patra. Being a goal down, Moosa made his first change sending on midfielder Emanuel L in place of Chhetri as he looked to add more attacking threat. While both sides continued to attack either goal fiercely, it was Bengaluru who finally pulled level in the 81st minute. Defender Namgyal Bhutia was brought down in the rival box by substitute Alwin E and the referee pointed to the spot. Wangjam stepped up and calmly slotted the spot kick home to level scores in what was his first appearance in a Blue shirt.last_img read more

Keha To Be Honored By Humane Society Of The United States

first_imgGlobal pop icon and committed animal advocate Ke$ha will receive the prestigious Wyler Award at The Humane Society of the United States’ 2013 Genesis Awards Benefit Gala on Saturday, March 23, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.Ke$ha To Be Honored By HSUSCredit/Copyright: Yu Tsai via HSUSThe HSUS’ Wyler Award is one of the animal protection organization’s highest honors and is bestowed on a celebrity or public figure for increasing awareness of animal issues via the media.Humane Society International’s first Global Ambassador for animals, Ke$ha balances her hectic career as a platinum recording singer/songwriter and one of the world’s most dynamic performers with her outspoken stance on critical animal protection issues. Ke$ha has spread the word about street dogs, the trophy hunting of endangered lions, shark-finning, Canada’s commercial seal slaughter, dogfighting and cruelty-free cosmetics, among many other important animal welfare concerns, highlighting a different animal issue each month on her website and urging her massive fan base and social media following to take action for animals. By talking about her role with The HSUS’ international arm, Humane Society International, and her commitment to helping animals in numerous media interviews, she has brought worldwide attention to the cause.“It means so much to me to be recognized by The Humane Society of the United States because advocating for animals is second nature to me,” said Ke$ha.“My affinity with animals and the natural world inspires me and my music. I don’t understand how anyone can justify abusing or exploiting animals, and as long as it continues, I intend to keep talking about it.”“The animals have a bold and passionate ambassador in Ke$ha, who is not known for holding back on what she thinks,” says Beverly Kaskey, senior director of The HSUS’ Hollywood Outreach and executive producer of The HSUS’ Genesis Awards Benefit Gala. “The Humane Society of the United States is grateful to Ke$ha for informing her millions of fans worldwide about new and ongoing threats to our fellow creatures, while connecting them to resources that enable them to take action.”Global superstar Ke$ha has taken the world by storm since the release of her debut album “Animal” in 2010. That year she was declared Billboard’s Hot 100 Artist and her smash debut single, “TiKToK,” was named Billboard’s #1 Hot 100 Song, was the most played song of that year and was the biggest-selling digital track in the world. Her debut album “Animal” has sold over 2.5 million units worldwide, and Ke$ha has had seven consecutive Top 10 hits including four #1 singles in “TiKToK,” “Your Love Is My Drug,” “We R Who We R,” and the latest, “Die Young.” Ke$ha recently released the track “C’Mon,” the second single from her critically acclaimed second album, Warrior. Ke$ha has toured the world, playing over 200 live shows in support of “Animal” and its companion album, “Cannibal.” She took home the MTV EMA for Best New Act in November, 2010 and was nominated for two American Music Awards, three MTV VMA Awards and six Billboard Awards. She has performed on dozens of television programs all over the world, including MTV Europe Music Awards, Much Music Awards (Canada), Echo Awards (Germany), X Factor (Australia), American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, American Idol, Saturday Night Live and The Today Show Summer Concert Series. She has over 22 million Facebook likes, over three million Twitter followers and over 330 million views on VEVO. She has sold over 27 million combined tracks and ringtones in the U.S alone and over 34.5 million worldwide to date. Ke$ha is an international powerhouse.“Animal” has been certified Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum in 15 markets (including Platinum in the United States) and was the biggest selling debut album from an international female in 2010 in the UK. In November, 2012, Ke$ha released her first book through Touchstone Publishing. The full-color photo journal/scrapbook entitled, “My Crazy Beautiful Life,” sheds light on Ke$ha’s hectic, non-stop life on tour and provides an exclusive look into the creative process of her latest album, “Warrior.” Also in late 2012,Ke$ha announced Ke$ha Rose by Charles Albert, a new jewelry line that reflects the singer’s distinctive personality throughout the collection.The Wyler Award is named after former Broadway actress, animal advocate and founder of The Genesis Awards, Gretchen Wyler. Ke$ha joins Wyler Award alumni Sir Paul McCartney, Hayden Panettiere, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Kristin Davis and Ian Somerhalder.Honoring the news and entertainment media for their role in raising awareness of animal issues, The HSUS’ Genesis Awards Benefit Gala marks 27 years of inspiring change for animals, with this year’s event benefitting three of the organization’s top animal welfare priorities: Pets for Life, Chimps Deserve Better and Farm Animal Protection.The HSUS’ 2013 Genesis Awards Benefit Gala is sponsored in part by Misix, One Car One Difference, Market Development Group, Prai Beauty Group, Tenet, and Havas Edge.last_img read more

Indonesian baby reunited with dad as flood death toll hits 77

first_imgSentani (Indonesia): A baby trapped under rubble after flash flooding destroyed his home in Indonesia has been reunited with his father after the disaster killed the rest of their family, officials said Monday, as the death toll hit 77. The five-month old was plucked Sunday from debris inside a house where his mother and siblings were found dead in the hard-hit northeastern town of Sentani. The tot has since been returned to his surviving father. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We took the baby to the hospital and had him treated,” Papua military spokesman Muhammad Aidi said. “He was in stable condition and has been released. The father was distressed but happy to be reunited with his baby.” The news came as Indonesia’s disaster agency raised the official death toll from 58, with more than three dozen people still missing. Scores have been injured in the disaster, triggered by torrential rain and landslides on Saturday. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”The death toll could still go up with 43 people unaccounted for,” said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. Rescuers battled mud, rocks and fallen trees in the hunt for survivors, as medical personnel treated the wounded in makeshift tents. The military said 5,700 people have been evacuated from the hard-hit area. “We have over 1,000 personnel searching for more victims,” Aidi said. Indonesia has issued a 14-day state of emergency in response to the floods. Papua shares a border with independent Papua New Guinea on an island just north of Australia. Flooding is common in Indonesia, especially during the rainy season which runs from October to April.last_img read more

AAP’s GBN candidate fails to find proposers, nomination rejected

first_imgG B Nagar: In a major set back to Aam Aadmi party (AAP), the nomination of their candidate for Gautam Budh Nagar Lok Sabha seat was disqualified on Tuesday. Official cited the reason to be technical errors in the nomination form. However, the AAP leaders alleged the ruling party in state to have used their powers illegally to pressurise the DM cancel the nominations.A K Singh, AAP district spokesperson, Gautam Buddh Nagar said that rejection was done under pressure from ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). “The Bhartiya Janta Party was afraid of our candidate so they chose to eliminate her by wrongfully using their powers. They pressurised the District Magistrate to cancel our nomination which amounts to denying our democratic rights,” said Singh. Shweta Sharma, AAP candidate from Gautam Buddh Nagar said that she was not given time to correct the errors on the scrutiny day. “As when the Magistrate highlighted some mistakes in the form, we asked just half an hour to correct all the errors. However, the Magistrate didn’t listen to us and cancelled the form. It looks like he was under some pressure,” said Sharma. Meanwhile, the returning officer, District Magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar, B N Singh said that AAP is not recognised as a national or state party in Uttar Pradesh and thus, has to provide the name of 10 proposers but had submitted the name of only one. “Ten mandatory proposers are required for any candidate who is not from a recognised national or regional party in a state. However, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is not a recognised regional party in Uttar Pradesh neither it is recognised as a national party by the Election Commission. If it was recognised in UP only one proposer was required in that case. The AAP candidate came up with none of the required documents while she had only one proposer. The decision to reject her nomination was taken on this basis,” said Singh. However, A K Singh claimed that the Magistrate didn’t listen to any of their plea and cancelled their nominations. “If time was given to us, we could have fulfilled all the formalities. We will not keep quiet, while the matter is already reported to the election Commission. We will take legal advice and will take the matter to court” said Singh. The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP is in power in adjoining Delhi and had last week announced fielding three candidates in Uttar Pradesh, but with cancellation of Sharma’s nomination, it will be fighting only on the other two — Aligarh and Saharanpur. In 2014, the Aam Aadmi Party had fielded Kishan Pal Singh as its candidate from this seat who got 32,358 votes, a 2.70 per cent share of the total votes polled. Gautam Buddh Nagar goes to polls on April 11 during the first leg of the seven-phased general elections.last_img read more

Capital market soars despite global, domestic headwinds

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian capital market outperformed several major global markets, including the developed ones like the US and the UK as well as developing economies such as China and Brazil, with double-digit returns in the fiscal ended March 2019 despite numerous global and domestic headwinds, data shows. The Indian market benckmark indices also improved on their own performance in the previous fiscal, with the BSE’s Sensex (17.3 per cent) giving relatively better returns than the NSE’s Nifty (14.9 per cent) in 2018-19. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis is much better than the equity market returns recorded in the US (7.6 per cent), the UK (3.2 per cent), China (minus 2.5 per cent), Brazil (11.8 per cent), Japan (minus 1.2 per cent), South Korea (minus 12.5 per cent) and Hong Kong (minus 3.5 per cent) in 2018-19. An analysis of equity market returns for these countries shows that the Indian benchmark indices had underperformed those in the US, Brazil, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong in 2017-18, though the performance was better than the UK and China even in that year. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostWith positive performance by benchmark indices and increasing fund raising from the market, the size of the capital market in India also continued to expand during 2018-19, with the market capitalisation rising by over 6 per cent to over Rs 151 lakh crore. Besides, mutual fund asset under management grew by 11.4 per cent to nearly Rs 24 lakh crore and Foreign Portfolio Investors’ asset under custody expanded by 8.6 per cent to close to Rs 30 lakh crore. This is despite the fact that 2018-19 was relatively a difficult and challenging year on account of global and domestic headwinds. Fundraising from the capital market also continued its positive trend during 2018-19, with funds raised through debt and equity rising by 5.3 per cent to nearly Rs 9 lakh crore. The double-digit returns came in despite subdued sentiments at times in view of certain negative developments since September 2018, particularly on the fixed-income securities front. On the mutual fund front, debt-oriented funds witnessed net outflows on the back of certain developments in debt market since September 2018. But, equity-oriented mutual funds continued to receive positive net inflows across all months during 2018-19 and other mutual funds received positive net inflows in 10 out of 12 months of the financial year. Net fund inflows in equity-oriented and other types of mutual funds together were to the tune of Rs 1.58 lakh crore in 2018-19 as against Rs 2.84 lakh crore in 2017-18 and Rs 1.30 lakh crore in 2016-17. The year also saw the much-awaited REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) finally taking off in India. REITs have been used worldwide as a vehicle for monetisation of assets by real estate developers. As an instrument class, it provides to investors stable and predictable returns, matching those and often exceeding returns from other alternative investments. Capital market regulator Sebi had issued REIT regulations in 2014 to give impetus to this instrument and, in turn, to the real estate sector in the country. The government has also provided pass-through tax status to REITs registered with Sebi. In March, the first REIT public offer came and it has listed units worth about Rs 4,750 crore. The issue was well received with oversubscription of two times in institutional category and upwards of three times in retail category. This is the largest listed REIT in Asia in terms of area of assets. ptilast_img read more

UN peacekeeping presence in Sierra Leone needed for another 6 months Annan

According to Mr. Annan, the progress achieved over the past two months, particularly in the disarmament of combatants and the release of child soldiers, has meant that UNAMSIL has had to take on new tasks such as the provision of transport for those children and additional logistical assistance to the disarmament programme. “A durable solution to the conflict in Sierra Leone can be based only on restoration of government authority throughout the country, tangible progress towards economic recovery, full reintegration of ex-combatants, national reconciliation and participatory democracy,” he writes, adding that once progress has been made towards these objectives, the UN’s involvement in Sierra Leone could be adjusted accordingly. Noting that the recent progress in the peace progress gives ground for “cautious optimism,” the Secretary-General says continuing clashes between rebels and pro-government militias in eastern Sierra Leone are a clear reminder that “the months leading up to the elections may be fraught with tensions that could adversely affect the recent impressive gains in the peace process.” In that context, he welcomes the efforts by Sierra Leone’s National Electoral Commission to plan for presidential and parliamentary elections, but warns that voting should only take place after the disarmament programme has been completed, the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) transformed into a political party, civil authority restored, UNAMSIL fully deployed, and freedom of movement guaranteed throughout the country. The report also states that, in order for UNAMSIL to carry out the tasks of providing security and logistical assistance for the elections, the operation may require a military strength in excess of the current established ceiling of 17,500 troops. Noting that the disarmament programme has a funding shortfall of $5 million this year alone, Mr. Annan urges donors to contribute generously to the programme, expressing concern that demobilized combatants who remain idle for too long could resort to activities that jeopardize the peace process and the stability of the subregion. On the humanitarian front, the Secretary-General says the situation remains “precarious” and that pervasive large-scale violence against women in Sierra Leone remains a source of major concern. He urges all parties to respect human rights, especially those of women and children. read more

Stocks end little changed as Fed kicks off 2day meeting where stimulus

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are ending little changed as investors wait to see if the Federal Reserve will decide to start dialing back its stimulus or not.The Dow Jones industrial average eased nine points, or 0.1 per cent, to close at 15,875.26 Tuesday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down five points, or 0.3 per cent, at 1,781. The Nasdaq composite fell five points, or 0.1 per cent, at 4,023.68Recent good news on the U.S. economy could increase the likelihood that the Fed decides to pull back on its huge bond-buying program as early as this week.Frontier Communications surged 38 cents, or 8 per cent, to $4.78 after the company agreed to acquire AT&T’s fixed-line business in Connecticut for about $2 billion.Delta Air Lines fell 98 cents, or 4 per cent, to $26.94. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2013 2:25 pm MDT Stocks end little changed as Fed kicks off 2-day meeting where stimulus is discussed read more

More than 1000 Kentucky students complete Governors Scholars Summer Program

It is a five week program that houses students together as they study science, math, social sciences, humanities, and the arts while also enjoying co-curricular activities and taking part in community projects.“The Governor’s Scholars Program is a nationally recognized program that has helped foster the next generation of Kentucky leaders,” said Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “For 37 years, GSP has provided unique opportunities for the high school students to exchange ideas, learn new disciplines, and interact with peers from different regions of our state.”A statewide selection committee chooses the students who get to take part based on nominations from each school district. The program is free for eligible students who qualify based on grades, test scores, recommendations, extracurricular activities, and an essay.Related Article: Centre rolls past Millsaps, 49-13This year’s program took place at Centre College from June 16 – July 20; Morehead State University from June 22 – July 26; and Bellarmine University from June 23 – July 27. 2019 Governor’s Scholars alumni together at the Centre College campus in Danville.  GSP 2019 Alumni from Centre, Morehead, & Bellarmine FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- More than 1,000 Kentucky high school juniors have completed the five week Governor’s Scholars Summer Program, according to the program.Program directors say 1,024 students from 118 counties took part in the program’s 37th summer.- Advertisement – read more

GCCI Trade Fair is yet to fully pick up As traders

first_imgBy MUHAMMED S. BAHTraders at the ongoing Trade Fair organised by the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) have noted that they are yet to see the customers in their large numbers and are therefore calling on them to come and buy what they have on offer.Visiting the stands at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on Tuesday, 30 May 2016, this reporter interviewed some of the traders who expressed their concerns regarding the low turnout of customers so far but are optimistic that it will improve as the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan approaches. The traders are selling different kinds of products ranging from household wares to agricultural produce.Saffie Jammeh, a young lady selling cosmetics, said the trade fair this year is not that much lively due to the low turnout compared to previous ones. She, however, expressed hope that people will be coming there in large numbers as it progresses.The vegetable sellers revealed that they are making sales every day and would want more people to come and buy their farm produce. As for some of them, these trade fairs have been helping them over the years as a market outlet to sell their vegetables.“This is the only access we have to come to the Kombos and sell our garden produce,” said Fatou Damba from Taybatou in Wuli Nyakoi in the Upper River Region (URR).Abdoul Aziz Faal, a physically disabled handicraft dealer, applauded the market outlet created for them by the trade fair but also noted his concern regarding the low turnout of customers.Mr. Faal said he is urging people to come and see the quality and beautiful products that they have on offer and to patronize them.A Senegalese businessperson explained the difficulties he had to encounter when coming with his products as this was at a time when the Gambia-Senegal border was closed.“I paid a lot of money on transportation when I was coming in addition to the D12, 000 for the renting of a stall,” he disclosed.He also joined the call for customers to visit the trade fair and buy quality products.Earlier, during the official opening ceremony of the trade fair, Mr. Muhammed Jagana, President of the GCCI, had noted the impact that the continued closure of the border would have on the traders coming from the countries in the sub-region such as Senegal.He also noted that trade fair is a platform where small and medium enterprises can expose themselves and products to the general public or customers.last_img read more

Search underway for possible repeat bank robber in Broward County

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Federal authorities are searching for a bank robber who is believed to have targeted two banks in Broward County.Officials released pictures of a man who entered a Bank of America branch in Fort Lauderdale along Northwest 28th Avenue and Bayshore Drive, Tuesday.Police said the man demanded money from a bank employee before taking off.Investigators believe the subject is the same individual who robbed a Wells Fargo branch in Sunrise last week.If you have any information on this bank robber’s whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Education reform ditches only part of No Child Left Behind

first_imgThe U.S. Senate today passed an education reform bill, and the president is expected to sign it tomorrow. Both Alaska senators voted for it, as did Congressman Don Young in the House.  Many lawmakers say they’re happy to dump No Child Left Behind. But, the new education bill leaves in place major elements of the law, and that may not be a terrible thing.Download AudioBefore No Child Left Behind, school districts didn’t really have to come clean about their failures. Bad schools were just swept under the rug, hidden among the averages. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is a big critic of the 2001 law, but she says the law’s mandated tests did produce important data on specific schools and populations.“No Child Left Behind, for all of its warts, for all of its problems, what it did deliver to us was a level of accountability,” she said.In her pre-Senate days, her own sons’ school, Government Hill Elementary in Anchorage, was labeled a failing school at first. Murkowski says it was devastating to the parents and the neighborhood. The problem, she says, is that too few students from a small subcategory showed up on test day. But Murkowski says the bigger Alaska picture was disturbing.“It was pretty tough to take, to see that in many of our rural schools, to see that so many of our Alaska Native students were being left behind,” she said. “It caused us to look critically at how we were providing for that level of education. That was important.”Trouble is, Murkowski says, after the law found the weak spots, it also dictated how to fix them, with mandates from Washington.“Identifying the problem was key. It was critical. Itwas necessary. NCLB allowed us to do that,” she said. “But once you’ve identified the problem you can’t assume there’s a one size fits all solution. “What works in New York City or even Anchorage might not work in rural Alaska. For instance, Murkowski says, one common Washington mandate for a failing school is to fire the principal.“Well, what happens if you’re a small school in a rural community?” she said. “Let’s just pick a community. Like Kobuk. Might not be easy to get a principal out into the school there in Kobuk. And it might not be the principal that can fix it.”Murkowski was on the House-Senate conference committee that wrote the final bill. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, was one of the main authors. He said on the Senate floor he thought he wanted to get rid of a much-despised hallmark of No Child Left Behind: the federal test. Actually, 17 of them over a child’s education. In the end, Alexander concluded the problem wasn’t really the tests, but that No Child Left Behind put too much emphasis on them.“The results of these tests count so much in the federally mandated accountability system that states and school districts are giving students dozens of additional tests to prepare for the federal test.”The new law lets states and school districts decide how much weight to give the 17 tests. It has states setting their own standards and saying when and how to intervene if schools don’t meet them.The legislation also includes a million-dollar annual grant program for Native language immersion schools, authored in part by Murkowski. And it has money for sexual abuse education in states like Alaska that have passed legislation known as Erin’s law.last_img read more

Who is whistleblower Arvind Gupta How did he chase down Chanda Kochhar

first_imgGupta calls himself a ‘stakeholder-activist’. He believes that if the guilty are punished in the ICICI loan fraud, that will go a long way in cleaning up the dirty corporate stables in India.Gupta has said he diligently peruses financial documents corporate submit to regulatory bodies for whiffs of fraudulent activities.The alleged loan fraud at ICICI Bank tumbled in the open after Gupta revealed in 2016 that the Rs 3,250 crore loan to Videocon was a clear case of conflict of interest.He had said that the funding of a company called NuPower jointly by Dhoot and Deepak Kochhar pointed to the possibility of there being a quid pro quo behind the sanction of loans.Tip of the icebergThe CBI, which launched an investigation into the complaint in March last year, has found that the firm controlled by Kchchar’s husband was paid Rs 64 crore by Videocon’s Dhoot.Kochchar had fought tooth and nail against the allegations but her efforts to shrug off the taint and stay at the helm of India’s largest private sector lender failed last year. She resigned as CEO and MD eventually in October.Gupta now says that the Chanda Kochhar expose is only a tip of the iceberg. “The situation is the same in all the banks. I feel all the corrupt bankers will now think 10 times before doing something wrong,” he said, according to the Hindustan Times.The 56-year-old former CEO now stands accused of criminal conspiracy, cheating and abuse of official position for dishonestly sanctioning loans to the Videocon Group. A clutch of other current and former senior executives of ICICI bank including MD Sandeep Bakhshi and high profile former chairman KV Kamath are being probed by CBI.”The bad condition of banking today is because of favouritism and corruption. Not only Chanda Kochhar, but there are also many people in the organisation who should be looked into. I cannot give a clean chit to independent directors, the board of director and even the chairman. The entire ICICI team from top to bottom needs to be investigated,” Gupta told HT.Suspicions hardenGupta has said he had made a habit of keenly studying documents submitted by financial companies to the Registrar of Companies. He unearthed the multi-crore scam at ICICI Bank by carefully analysing publicly available records over the years,. He says he did this in his capacity as a shareholder and stakeholder. BIGGEST BANK FRAUDS IN 2018 Close Whistleblower Arvind Gupta, who exposed ICICI Bank’s dirty loan to Videocon, is a triumphant man today as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed an FIR against former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kochchar.Calling the whole saga a “deep-rooted malaise” Gupta has said he hoped the case would now have the logical conclusion.Two big names have already emerged and it is clear that she alone could not have executed such a big thing. There are several people involved and it is a deep-rooted malaise”I am happy that there is action and also optimistic that there is action and also optimistic that this will reach its logical conclusion. Two big names have already emerged and it is clear that she alone could not have executed such a big thing. There are several people involved and it is a deep-rooted malaise,” he told the Mirror.Apart from the Kochhars, the CBI has also framed charges against Videocon Group head Venugopal Dhoot for criminal conspiracy and fraud.Gupta calls himself a ‘stakeholder-activist. He unearthed the multi-crore scam at ICICI Bank by carefully analysing publicly available records over the years. He started following the transactions at NuPower Renewables in 2010.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:49Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:49?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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COPY LINKAD Loading … Gupta blew the whistle on the Videocon dirty loan in 2016 but his examinations went back to 2010 when he started following the transactions at NuPower Renewables, the company promoted by Deepak Kochhar.Since he was also an investor in Videocon, he couldn’t but notice a series of transactions that raised suspicion, he told BloombergQuint.His suspicions hardened when he noticed a Rs 64 crore unsecured loan that NuPower Renewables got from an entity related to Dhoot in 2009-10.last_img read more

Obama Backs More Than 200 Democrats Ahead of Midterms

first_imgBy JUANA SUMMERS, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is expanding his influence ahead of November’s midterm elections. He released a second slate of endorsements for Democrats running for offices ranging from local to national, Oct. 1, bringing the total to more than 300.Among the most prominent candidates to win Obama’s support are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congressional candidate who won an upset primary victory this summer in New York; Andrew Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor who is running for governor in Florida; and Kyrsten Sinema, the Democratic nominee for Senate in Arizona.Former President Barack Obama says he’s endorsing candidates who are running for something, rather than just against. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)While the candidates that Obama endorsed stretch up and down the ballot — from gubernatorial hopefuls to aspiring state lawmakers — he notably declined to wade into several races that have captivated national attention. Obama did not endorse Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat challenging Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas, or Phil Bredesen, a former Democratic governor of Tennessee who is now running for Senate against Republican Rep. Marcia Blackburn.Obama’s endorsement might not be helpful to Democrats competing in southern states, where the former president isn’t popular. Bredesen said last month he wouldn’t welcome Obama or other party leaders campaigning for him in Tennessee.Obama favored Democrats in close races across the country, veterans of his administration and past campaigns, and he also prioritized diversity. In a statement, Obama described the candidates as “Americans who aren’t just running against something, but for something.”“The Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we lead with conviction, principle and bold, new ideas. Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before,” Obama said.The former president’s engagement in the political fray since leaving office has been limited and carefully crafted. He returned to the political stage last month with a speech in Illinois, in which he made a sharp break from the deference that past presidents typically show their successors, offering a scathing rebuke of President Donald Trump’s tenure.Since then, as he has campaigned on behalf of Democrats in states like California, Ohio and Pennsylvania, he has largely shied away from as explicit indictments of the Trump presidency, instead imploring voters — particularly young Americans — to vote.Responding to the former president’s endorsements, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee said Obama had cost Democrats more than 1,000 seats as he oversaw the slowest economic recovery in history.“By tying these candidates to his failed economic policies, he’s helping ensure they suffer the same fate,” spokesman Michael Ahrens said.Hillary Clinton, the former Democratic presidential nominee, also tweeted words of encouragement for a slew of Democrats backed by Run For Something, a group launched in the aftermath of the 2016 elections to encourage young Democrats to enter politics.“Pitch into their campaigns if you can, reach out to friends in their districts to encourage their support, or start with a like or a follow,” Clinton tweeted. “November 6th is only 36 days away, so there’s no time to waste.”last_img read more

5 Things to Know When Developing an App for Millennials

first_img Millennials are a developer’s most important demographic, with 85 percent of 18-to-24-year olds owning a smartphone and spending an average of 37 hours and six minutes a month on apps. They’ve grown up accustomed to instant and constant connectivity, in every aspect of their lives from media to shopping to education.As I’ve seen firsthand, capturing, and maintaining, their usership is a huge challenge, but a crucial one in building a successful app. Let me share what I’ve learned in developing and refining StudyBlue, a crowdsourced learning app used by 8 million millennials. Most of them str college-aged and grew up with texting and Snapchatting as second nature. When seemingly every problem can be solved by technology, the heightened expectations of these digital natives make them the most fickle fans and vocal critics.1. Smartphones are the rage but true mobility is cross-platform.Take the meaning of “mobile” literally. It’s more than functionality on smartphones. For an app to be truly mobile, it has to work full force across all platforms, in all contexts of the user’s daily life. Most of our users take notes on their laptops, with larger screens and keyboards more conducive for typing and adding content. For reviewing flashcards in between the classes and activities, they turn to their phones.What’s important to them is the ability to access their study materials on the walk to class, open their laptops when they reach the lecture hall and switch seamlessly to the same materials on their laptops. Millennials are comfortable in front of any screen. Their apps should offer cross-device flexibility to accommodate that.Related: Millennials Check Their Phones 43 Times a Day. This Is What They’re Looking For. (Infographic)2. Streamline old habits, don’t try to force new ones.The most popular apps succeed because they take advantage of technology to assist users in something they’re already doing. People were calling for a car service and asking for restaurant recommendations before Uber and Yelp, but the convenience they offer made them instantly adoptable without much adjustment on the user’s part.With StudyBlue, we didn’t set out to reinvent learning — we set out to enhance the learning experience by making it easier to create, review and share study materials. Our most popular features are ones that incorporate familiar tools and habits in new ways. Having grown up with Google auto complete and Facebook news feed suggestions, our users expect sites to get smarter the more they use them. We applied these functions to our content library, which recommends content based on topics the user is currently reviewing.3. Transparency and empathy can make fans of critics.Millennials are a vocal audience accustomed to instant responses, especially on social media, so it’s especially important to communicate with your users, empathize with their frustrations and admit to mistakes. They need to know there’s also a human on the other side of their screens.When our app experienced an outage during finals season last year, we engaged with users on Twitter for eight straight hours. While we were tempted to throw all our focus into fixing the app, we knew it was even more important to let anxious college students know what was going on. In response, we received messages of support and encouragement telling us to “hang in there” and celebrations when we fixed the bug.Related: Build Great Customer Service Into Your Business With These 5 Tips4. These are people, not a demographic.Don’t make assumptions about your users’ preferences based on what you think you know about them. Conventional wisdom — and studies — tell us millennials are constantly plugged in, whether it’s via text, Facebook messenger or Snapchat. The initial version of our product mimicked that same connectivity for studying through real-time collaboration features like study groups and class forums. We also offered more “passive” features, like asynchronous note sharing and messaging.Surprisingly, it was the asynchronous passive collaboration tools that were most successful. We realized that at the collegiate level, especially in large lecture halls, students often don’t know their classmates and are hesitant to actively reach out to them. Our users aren’t just students, but also dorm residents, new graduates, athletes, part-time workers with busy schedules and/or young people who are too shy to approach their classmates.Data doesn’t predict everything. To create an intensely personalized tool users love and keep using, we must always take into consideration their multiple identities and contexts.5. Be cutting edge, not bleeding edge.It is a drastically different experience being an 18-year-old in 2015 than it was in just 2010, before Instagram, Snapchat or Venmo. Achieving a balance here might require returning to abandoned ideas for new insight. Even in five short years, features that may have been too bleeding edge, like real-time study groups, are now starting to show potential.In the face of this audience’s continually shifting preferences and behaviors, the best advice I have is to envision your company and product as a platform early on: something that can change, adjust and expand. Something with a broad objective, and not a singular purpose. This will give you flexibility to make UI and UX decisions as millennial user trends fluctuate, letting you evolve with them, making your product as useful as possible for as long as possible.Related: Introducing the Power Users of Social Media You Want to Reach June 12, 2015 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 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