27 Nov


first_img“Lodara is considered as a BJP stronghold. But, none of the BJP leaders came here to extend help. Patels are very angry with them, as none of the leader said anything about the police atrocities against us. Now, if they come here for votes, we will not be responsible if things get out of control,” Lodara village resident Suresh Patel warned. Meanwhile, Congress MLA from Vijapur in Mehsana, Prahlad Patel today sat on symbolic one-day hunger strike in his constituency to condemn the alleged police atrocities and pay homage to the martyrs who lost their lives during the quota agitation. He had earlier supported the demand for reservation for Patels by writing a letter to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel. PTI PJT PD GK KISlast_img read more

26 Nov

Parties want English as medium of teaching in Pb govt schools

first_imgChandigarh, Mar 17 (PTI) Political parties in Punjab today pitched for introducing English as the medium of teaching in government schools of the state.After state minister Daljit Singh Cheema moved a resolution in the Assembly on education, Leader of Opposition, Charanjit Singh Channi said government schools were in a “pitiable” condition with several of them running without principals.Government schools are left only for students from poor families. The standard of education in these schools is bad and many of them are closing down, the Congress leader said.”A huge gap is being created between the wards of rich and poor in the state. While English is the medium of instruction in private schools, in government schools it is Punjabi.”As far as education is concerned, all should get equal opportunity. Making english as the medium of instruction in government schools will help students to compete globally and in the development of the state, Channi said.Alleging that no private school in Punjab is following the RTE Act, which is a grave “injustice” to the poor, he said, “The poor cant afford fees of private institutions. There is a need to set up a regulatory body on this matter.”Channi said around 50,000 children are out of schools in Punjab, 21,000 government schools do not have furniture and 1,700 schools are without toilets.He also alleged that post-matric scholarships are not reaching Dalit students and there is a “scandal” going on running into crores of rupees.SAD MLA Pawan Kumar Tinu too said English should be the medium of instruction in government schools.advertisementNoting that the shortage of 20,000 teachers in government schools must be overcome, he said, schools at villages must be upgraded and it should be made compulsory for teachers to “actually take classes” there.”A certain percentage of attendance of students in government schools should be made compulsory for their appearing in examinations,” the SAD MLA said, and emphasised on introducing sports as a mandatory subject. PTI VJ NSD SK NSDlast_img read more

18 Nov

AEK in the Greek Cup semifinals after 11 years

first_imgAEK Athens became the fourth team to advance in the Greek Cup semifinals, after Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and Aris Thessaloniki, by overpowering Koroivos Amaliadas 98 – 57.The last time that AEK had gone that far in the competition was eleven years ago, in 2005 when they had defeated Ionikos Lamias.The match against Koroivos, provided a great opportunity for some of the team’s youngsters like 19-year old Dionisis Skoulidas (11 points) to spend an increased playing time on court to show their skills. Mike Dixon (20 points) and Jaward Williams (12 points) and Roko Leni Ukic (10 points) were among the best performers for the winning side.Josh Richard was the top scorer of Koroivos with 12 points.Source: EurohoopsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

16 Nov


first_imgSioux City Police and the Community School District are investigating a threatening text message received by a parent of a student at North High School.School Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman says the threat is the same one that sent a series of similar messages to families in the Johnston, Iowa School District this week.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/THREAT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..similar text message. :18Johnston cancelled school Tuesday and started two-hours late today (Weds) so buildings could be checked.Dr. Gausman says there is no known credibility to the threat:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/THREAT2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……very seriously. :21Gausman says the same text threat was sent to several school districts around the country:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/THREAT3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………..or a parent. :14Police did a complete sweep of the North building before students and staff arrived Wednesday to ensure the building was safe.Some parents kept their children home from class anyway and Gausman says they will be granted excused absences.Other districts in the country who received the text threat cancelled classes Wednesday.last_img read more

16 Nov

A first for the Big 12 and how I see the conference finishing

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Trevone Boykin torches Oklahoma State in Ft. Worth (USATSI).Trevone Boykin torches Oklahoma State in Ft. Worth (USATSI).The Big 12 as a football conference hasn’t been all that interesting over its brief (by college conference standards) history. Usually OU or Texas took the crown with the occasional Colorado, Nebraska, or Texas A&M sneaking in the back door.Take a look at the conference champions from 1996 (Texas) until 2010 (OU):TexasNebraskaA&MNebraskaOUColoradoOUKansas StateOUTexasOUOUOUTexasOUBut then the last three years that’s been flipped on its head and three schools that have all had bouts with the doldrums of the sport have assumed the top spot.Oklahoma StateKansas StateBaylorWhat’s interesting (and never happened before) is that five different teams have won the conference in the last five years (stop it with the 2012 banner, OU — you’re only embarrassing yourself). The best stretch before that was 1997-2000 when four different teams won it.The crazy part? TCU could pretty easily make that six different teams in six years if it wins out and OU beats Baylor in Norman. Speaking of OU — I was wrong about them. I’ll take my crow fried with a side of BBQ sauce, thank you.That theory still applies to Baylor, though. Because they beat TCU the WVU loss doesn’t matter all that much. Win out and you’re the Big 12 champs and probably in the College Football Playoff.My “this is how the league will finish” rankings this week.1. Baylor2. TCU3. Kansas State4. OU5. West Virginia6. Oklahoma State7. Texas8. Texas Tech9. Iowa State10. KansasTotally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.last_img read more

16 Nov

Love at first doping test for Mendy & Man City

first_imgBenjamin Mendy Love at first doping test – How De Bruyne lured Mendy to Man City Robin Bairner 16:26 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Benjamin Mendy Getty Manchester City Manchester City v Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Premier League A random drug test was the catalyst for the France international’s summer move across the channel Benjamin Mendy has revealed that a doping test after Monaco’s Champions League last-16 first leg defeat Manchester City was the moment he decided to join the Etihad club.The Ligue 1 side dumped Pep Guardiola’s men out of the competition on away goals after drawing 6-6 on aggregate but were beaten 5-3 in a thrilling match in England.However, it was an event in the aftermath of that defeat that began to pave the way for his move to the four-time English champions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “After the game at the Etihad I was in anti-doping control with Kevin De Bruyne and had the opportunity then to ask him lots of questions,” Mendy told The Telegraph. “I knew at that point it was going to be my destination.”And yes, Kevin asked me straight: ‘When are you coming to join us?’ And I said: ‘As soon as they come and ask for me!’”Sergio Aguero Benjamin MendyThe 23-year-old left-back has made a promising start at his new home, gaining one Premier League assist and crossing the ball more in three games than either Gael Clichy or Aleksandar Kolarov managed in the whole of the previous season. He holds high hopes for this group and explained why he refers to them persistently as “#sharkteam” on his Twitter account.“We’re the big shark and when teams swim up alongside us we gobble them up,” he said.Mendy’s next assignment is liable to be during Saturday’s home fixture against Crystal Palace as they attempt to maintain their first start to the season, which sees them lead the Premier League standings heading into matchday six.last_img read more

27 Oct

Video: Georgia Commit Jake Fromm Finds 5-Star WR Jalen Hall For Crazy 1-Handed Catch At The Opening

first_imgTwo Georgia Bulldogs football helmets sitting on a field.CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)When you get together a giant group of four and five-star recruits, you’re bound to have some crazy plays. The 7-on-7 competitions didn’t disappoint. During a Saturday game, five-star 2018 wide receiver Jalen Hall, the top player at that position in his class, made a phenomenal one-handed touchdown catch on a great throw by Georgia commit Jake Fromm.The only thing that might top the catch is the coordinated double-backflip celebration from Tyjon Lindsey and future Fromm teammate Richard LeCounte III.#AlphaPro acrobatics from @LilEasy_35 & @tyjonlindsey at @TheOpening. pic.twitter.com/3o9TsKDsnO— B/R The Future (@BR_TheFuture) July 10, 2016Pretty much everything that happened in this video was super athletic and impressive.last_img read more

25 Oct

Hockey India in awe of Jemimah Rodrigues’ dribbling skills

first_imgHockey India in awe of Jemimah Rodrigues’ dribbling skills Jemimah Rodrigues, who is touted to be the next big thing in women’s cricket, had uploaded a video of herself flaunting her hockey skills on social media. The Hockey India lauded the young cricketer’s dribbling skills. advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 20:35 IST Jemimah Rodrigues flaunted her hockey skills in a social media post earlier this week (IANS Photo)Indian women cricket team’s young batting sensation Jemimah Rodrigues has been spotted trying her hands in the hockey field with her pet dog ‘Theo’, also earning appreciation from Hockey India (HI).Posting a video of her on microblogging website Twitter, the 18-year-old wrote, “A lil’ bit of #hockey on my day off with Theo, the ‘Goodest Boy’ in town! #WhoLetTheDogsOut #dayoff (sic).”Later, HI also acknowledged the youngster’s skills on the field and tweeted: “Great dribbling skills, we’re open for trials!”Born and brought up in Mumbai, Jemimah played several sports, including hockey at the state level, before taking up cricket as her career.Great dribbling skills, we’re open for trials! https://t.co/4my5PWmKfqHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) May 18, 2019In the recently concluded Women’s Twenty20 Challenge, Jemimah was adjudged ‘Player of the Series’ for scoring the highest 123 runs from three games.With the Women’s World T20 scheduled in 2020, Jemimah is expected to play a crucial role in India’s campaign at the event.Also Read | World Cup 2019: 5 pacers likely to make a huge impact in EnglandAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jemimah RodriguesFollow Hockey IndiaFollow India women’s cricket teamlast_img read more

25 Oct

England vs Ireland live streaming: When and where to watch Lord’s Test match Day 3

first_imgEngland vs Ireland live streaming: When and where to watch Lord’s Test match Day 3England vs Ireland one-off Test: England witnessed yet another batting collapse against newcomers Ireland on Day 2 of the 4-day long Test match at Lord’s. The hosts were reeling at 303 for 9 before rain stopped play on Thursday.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 13:42 IST England were 303 for 9 at Sumps on Day 2 of the one-off Test match against Ireland at Lord’s. (Reuters Photo)Ireland moved tantalisingly within sight of an historic test win over England as they reduced the hosts to 303-9 in their second innings to trail by 181 at a sweltering Lord’s on Thursday.The tourists produced a scintillating performance with the ball after getting just one wicket in the morning session to restrict England to 303/9 before the rain arrived to force the end of play on Day 2 of the one-off Test.For the second day running, William Porterfield’s modest team made a mockery of reputations to give World Cup champions England a torrid time at the home of cricket.Nightwatchman Jack Leach smashed 92 runs while Jason Roy hit his Test debut fifty to take England to 171 for but a tenacious attack of Tim Murtagh, Mark Adair, Boyd Rankin and Stuart Thompson lead to England collapse for the second day running in a match supposed to be a loosener for next week’s Ashes opener.Seven wickets fell for 77 runs to leave England teetering on the brink at 248-8 a mere 126 ahead before Sam Curran (37) and Stuart Broad (21 not out) counter-attacked.Where will the England vs Ireland Test be played?The England vs Ireland four-day Test match is being played at Lord’s from (24-27 July 2019).What time does the England vs Ireland Test Day 3 start?The England vs Ireland Test starts from 3.30 PM (IST) and 11:00 AM Local Time (England/Ireland) on Friday.When can you watch England vs Ireland Test Day 3 live?Sky Sports is the official broadcasting partner for England vs Ireland Test match.advertisementHow can you watch online live streaming of England vs Ireland Test?The online live streaming of England vs Ireland Test Day 3 will be available on SonyLiv.England vs Ireland: Playing 11sEngland: Jason Roy, Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Olly Stone, Jack LeachIreland: William Porterfield (c), James McCollum, Andrew Balbirnie, Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Gary Wilson (wkt), Stuart Thompson, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Boyd RankinAlso See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow England vs IrelandFollow Jack Leachlast_img read more

24 Oct

Minister Bunting to Look into Assisting Cops with Legal Representation

first_imgStory Highlights The National Security Minister is prepared to seek to facilitate amendments to regulations that prohibit state-financed legal representation for the JCF’s memberss. Mr. Bunting argued that the need for state-financed legal provisions is even more relevant against the background that an officer may be attending a hearing merely as a witness and would be hard pressed to afford an attorney’s fees. Mr. Bunting assured that once Commissioner Ellington supports the proposal for amendment (s), “then I will ask the Attorney General to guide us in terms of how we can achieve that without violating any principle of law.” National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, says he is prepared to make the necessary representation to facilitate amendments to existing regulations that prohibit state-financed legal representation for the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) members.This commitment comes against the background of what he said were concerns raised recently by the Jamaica Police Federation (JPF) over fees, averaging between $80,000 and $100,000, which JCF members have had to pay for private legal representation in matters involving them and agencies such as the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).He was speaking at Tuesday’s (October 8) motor vehicle handing over ceremony at the Police Commissioner’s Office, Old Hope Road, St. Andrew.Mr. Bunting noted that JPF chairman, Sergeant Raymond Wilson, proposed an examination of the existing regulations, to determine how best the government can assist police officers with legal representation, “either at the point of questioning by INDECOM during the investigation process or, indeed, if the matter goes to court.”“From my own perspective, it seems that fairness and justice demands that in the same way, that if a Minister or a Permanent Secretary or another officer of government has to go to court in the course of his (or her) performing professional duties… and they would get representation from the Attorney General’s Department or from private lawyers, paid for by the government, then  I think, by extension,… it would seem only fair that the same consideration be extended to the men and women (of the JCF),” the Minister reasoned.Mr. Bunting argued that the need for state-financed legal provisions is even more relevant against the background that an officer may be attending a hearing merely as a witness and would be hard pressed to afford an attorney’s fees.“We, as a government, in the course of negotiations, have already put on the table, a contribution to a legal defence fund that would assist the police associations in their representations. But I am going to go beyond that and ask the (Police) Commissioner (Owen Ellington) to give me his opinion on…whether it would be desirable from the perspective of the High Command, to change that section of the Book of Rules (prohibiting the provisions of state-funded legal representation),” the Minister said.Mr. Bunting assured that once Commissioner Ellington supports the proposal for amendment (s), “then I will ask the Attorney General to guide us in terms of how we can achieve that without violating any principle of law.”“This is something that I am committing (to), …(as) soon as I get (the Commissioner’s) advice, to take (it) up with the Attorney General’s Department and with the Cabinet to see how we can provide some institutional support for persons in the line of duty on legitimate operations,”  the Minister stated.Tuesday’s ceremony saw the handing over of some 39 motor vehicles, valued over $136 million, to boost the JCF’s fleet.The units, all Mitsubishi 4X4 twin-cab pick-ups, which were acquired through local dealership, Stewart Auto Sales Limited, were symbolically presented to Commissioner Ellington by Mr. Bunting.They were purchase from the $300 million, which the Government has committed, through the Ministry of National Security, to boost the JCF’s mobile capability this year. The provisions form a pivotal part of the administration’s 2013/14 strategic priority focus on improving security and safety in Jamaica.last_img read more

24 Oct

NCSP Group’s Net Profit Down Tenfold

first_imgzoom Russia’s Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port Group (NCSP Group) has reported USD  10.1 million net profit for the first nine months of 2014, ten times less compared to USD 101.8 million the Group had earned for the same period last year.NCSP says that the decrease of net profit was caused by non-monetary expense on foreign exchange rate loss in the amount of USD 286.4 million, charged on Group’s financial obligations nominated in foreign currency as a result of their revaluation at the ruble exchange rate at the beginning and at the end of the reporting period. The Group also said that  USD 1,95 billion Sberbank loan represents major source of foreign exchange gains or losses for the Group.NCSP Group’s consolidated revenue for 9 months 2014 increased by USD 55.5 million or 8.0%. year-on-year reaching up to USD 746.9 million.Cost of sales in the reporting period reduced by USD 15 million or 4.8% year-on-year, while SG&A decreased 11.6% year-on-year.Group’s EBITDA for 9 month 2014 increased by USD 71.1 million or 18.7% year-on-year up to USD 450.8 million. EBITDA margin improved by 5.5 percent points up to 60.4% versus that of the same period last year.PJSC NCSP’s CEO Sultan Batov said: ”NCSP Group’s financial performance has been outpacing operating results since the beginning of 2014 thanks to a diversified cargo mix and a strong marketing power to attract new volumes. Growing volumes of oil products, grain, ferrous metals, and containers translated into increase in revenue from these cargoes by 17.5%; 121.4%; 9.7%, and 19.6% respectively. This offsets the drop on crude oil revenue and other negative factors and brings up Group’s total revenue by 8.0% and EBITDA by 18.7% year-on-year. Revenue and EBITDA were also supported by increase of loading tariffs for crude oil, oil products, containers, coal, and metals.”Press Releaselast_img read more

18 Oct

Heavy rains cause flooding in Goa villages several evacuated

first_imgPanaji: Incessant rains continued to lash several parts of Goa on Tuesday, causing flooding in some low-lying areas and forcing several families to shift out of their water-logged homes. Ten people from North Goa district’s Pilgao village were rescued by the disaster management department on Monday night after they were stranded at their homes due to flooding in the area, a senior government official said. Besides, several families were evacuated from Bicholim taluka where many homes were inundated, he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday morning visited some villages in North Goa which have been facing a flood-like situation. Heavy rains have been lashing the coastal state for last seven days. The Mandovi river in the state crossed the danger mark on Monday night, causing flooding in some villages of Sattari taluka in North Goa. Sonan village in Sattari was cut-off from other parts of the district for last 12 hours, another official said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in both North Goa and South Goa districts and issued an ‘orange alert’, asking people to be prepared for any situation. The IMD has predicted strong winds with speed reaching 45 to 50 km per hour and gusting up to 65 kmph along the Maharashtra-Goa coast. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea due to the rough weather, though the fisheries department lifted the ban on fishing in the state from August 1.last_img read more

16 Oct

Richard Gere To Host Impact Insight Benefit For The Garrison Institute

first_imgRichard Gere is hosting the Impact & Insight Benefit for the Garrison Institute featuring special performances by composer Laurie Anderson, cellist Rubin Kodheli and composer and instrumentalist Jesse Paris Smith.WHERE: 583 Park Avenue, New York, NYWHEN: November 1, 2016 at 6:30pmWHY: A dinner to benefit the Garrison Institute, honoring New York Times best-selling author Dr. Dan Siegel and the Tibetan Buddhist teacher and scholar Gelek Rimpoche.MORE INFO: garrisoninstitute.org/benefit.The Garrison Institute demonstrates and disseminates the importance of contemplative practices and spiritually grounded values in building a more compassionate and resilient future.last_img read more

13 Oct

Stars Group shares surge on legal victory at the Kentucky Court of

first_imgTORONTO — Shares of The Stars Group Inc. surged in midday trading after it announced that the Kentucky Court of Appeals has reversed a US$870-million lower court ruling against the online gaming company.It says Kentucky residents had sued PokerStars in 2010, about four years before The Stars Group bought the site, for gambling losses under a centuries-old statue.    The company’s shares gained $1.64 or 7.9 per cent at $22.47 on the Toronto Stock Exchange after news of the successful appeal.The Stars Group says it plans to seek the release of a US$100-million bond posted during the appeals process. About US$300 million continues to be held in an escrow fund established under the merger agreement governing the US$4.9-billion acquisition of PokerStars in 2014 by the company then known as Amaya Gaming.Marlon Goldstein, chief legal officer of the Stars Group, says that it looks forward to putting the matter behind it as “we sharpen our focus on executing on our growth strategy going forward.”Despite the favourable ruling, the company says it expects the state to either seek a rehearing or a review by the Kentucky Supreme Court, both of which it intends to vigorously dispute.Maher Yaghi of Desjardins Capital Markets said the ruling removes an overhang on the stock.“While we had not included the potential downside from a loss in our forecast or valuation, we nonetheless expect this decision to significantly improve investor confidence in the company given its elevated leverage,” he wrote in a note to clients. Companies in this story: (TSX:TSGI)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

8 Oct

Liberals tap former RBC exec to be chairwoman of infrastructure bank

OTTAWA — The federal government is hiring the former chief financial officer at one of Canada’s largest banks to help oversee its new infrastructure-financing agency.Janice Fukakusa is being named the new chairwoman of the Canada infrastructure bank.Fukakusa retired in January from Royal Bank (TSX:RY) after a 31-year career at the bank.She will now have a role in selecting the remaining members of the board of directors that will oversee the agency’s operations, as well as the chief executive.The Liberals plan to have the new agency up and running by the end of the year.Ottawa is planning to infuse the new institution with $35-billion hoping to pry three or four times that amount from the private sector for large-scale projects.But the projects have to generate revenue, meaning they would result in new toll roads or bridges where user fees finance the construction costs.The Liberals have faced questions about how much risk taxpayers will take on in projects that the bank funds, and how much independence the chief executive officer and the bank’s board will have in investment decisions.The government’s designs for the bank will give the ministers overseeing it the ability to approve or reject projects for funding. Cabinet will also be able to easily hire and fire the chief executive and board chair.A Senate committee report released Thursday called on the government to ensure the independence of the board by drawing on Canadian and international best practices in governance.The report also raises concerns that the bank could find itself in competition with other Crown corporations, despite testimony from government officials that no federal entity currently fills the role set out for the new agency.Private investors can’t access the investment tools the bank will use to help them jointly invest with the public sector on infrastructure projects, senators on the committee were told by both Infrastructure Canada and the bank’s transition office. read more

8 Oct

Sri Lankas new envoy to Nepal presents her credentials

Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat, Minister for Foreign Affairs, General Rajendra Chhetri, Chief of the Army Staff, Dr. Madam Kumar Bhattarai, Foreign Affairs Expert at the Office of the President, Shanker Das Bairagi, Foreign Secretary, Bhupendra Prasad Poudel, Secretary at the Office of the President and other senior officials from the Ministry of  Foreign Affairs were  present on the occasion. (Colombo Gazette) The President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari received the Letters of Credence from Sri Lanka’s new Ambassador to Nepal Ms Wellage Swarnalatha Perera, at a special ceremony yesterday, the Foreign Ministry in Nepal said.The Nepal President also received the Letters of Credence from Mentor Patricia Villagomez Merino, Jozef Drofenik and Jagdishwar Goburdhun, Ambassadors of the Republic of Ecuador, the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Mauritius to Nepal at the Ceremonial Hall of the Office of the President. Swarnalatha Perera is residential Ambassador and Mentor Patricia Villagomez Merino, Jozef Drofenik and Jagdishwar Goburdhun are based in New Delhi with concurrent accreditation to Nepal. read more

6 Oct

Bank of Montreal has service glitch customers briefly denied access to accounts

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:24 pm MDT TORONTO – A widespread problem at Bank of Montreal’s (TSX:BMO) automated systems Friday briefly left customers unable to withdraw money from bank machines or access online banking.The big Canadian bank said an outage began around 10:30 a.m. ET and customers were able to regain access to automatic teller machines and at points of sale just before 1 p.m.However, a problem with online services persisted into the evening and was resolved shortly after 6 p.m., the bank said.“We sincerely apologize to customers who were inconvenienced by service interruptions earlier today,” it said.Earlier in the day several customers from Vancouver to Toronto to Quebec tweeted that they were unable to make purchases using their debit and credit cards.Shares in the bank fell 26 cents to $58.92 in Friday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bank of Montreal has service glitch, customers briefly denied access to accounts read more

2 Oct

Southeast Asian regional bloc has much to offer rest of the world

“ASEAN represents a best case example of regional cooperation – nations joined together in a spirit of equality to advance prosperity and peace in the region,” John Ashe said at the annual ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting, held on the margins of the Assembly’s high-level debate.“By promoting regional integration, partnering for development and maintaining regional security, ASEAN is able to advance the goals of its individual members, strengthen the capacity for collective action and provide an example for other regions to emulate.” Mr. Ashe said that one of the areas in which ASEAN’s experience can benefit the rest of the world is regional cooperation for peace and security. “Recent upheavals in the Arab world, ongoing conflicts in Africa, in Central Asia, rising tensions in other parts of Asia and security-related problems in Latin America all highlight the pervasive regional challenges, whether political, security related or economic and social. Regional challenges call for regional solutions.“Regional cooperation can be a means of employing preventive diplomacy and for promoting conflict resolution,” he added. “You have already shown great foresight by constructively supporting the democratization process and encouraging political stability in your member State of Myanmar, which will chair ASEAN next year,” said the President.The meeting “noted with satisfaction” the continued dialogue and consultation between the secretariats of the two organizations and encouraged them to further enhance their cooperation, coordination and liaison functions, according to a news release issued afterwards. Among other things, the meeting also exchanged views on regional and international matters of common concern to ASEAN and the UN, including the situation in Syria, the Middle East peace process, disarmament, conflict prevention, disaster management, and sustainable development. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also participated in the meeting, which was chaired by Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam. read more

30 Sep

Kobe Bryant Turns To Magic Johnson For Lakers Advice

Kobe Bryant is so concerned about the state of affairs with his struggling Los Angeles Lakers that he reached out to another champion, Magic Johnson, for guidance on how to handle the drama.After seeing the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall with his family, Bryant called Johnson and said the conversation was “very helpful. . .“We just talked about some of the experiences he went through and some of the systematic changes that he had to go through after Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) retired and how he kind of managed through that and how he dealt with that,” Bryant said to the media after the Lakers shootaround in preparation for their game against the New York Knicks on Thursday.Bryant was guarded about the specifics of the conversation, saying, “The advice I get from Magic, Michael (Jordan) and those guys, that’s always sacred. That’s going to the mountain top and talking to Buddha, know what I mean? That’s privileged information.”Johnson expressed his displeasure with the way coach Mike D’Antoni has used all-star big man Pau Gasol, said it “doesn’t make sesnes.”  A 7-footer with immense talent in the low post, D’Antoni has him playing on the perimeter mostly, which means the team has not been maximizing his skill set.Bryant remained relatively calm after the Lakers lost their fifth in six games at lowly Cleveland Tuesday night. But the fact that he called on Johnson speaks to his concern at his team’s 9-15 record going into Madison Square Garden.It would help Bryant and the Lakers if point guard Steve Nash could get healthy. He has missed all but one game with a leg injury that still will require another two weeks to heal, he said.“He’s getting closer,” D’Antoni said of Nash. “He worked out pretty well today. We see some flickers at the end of the tunnel.”Then he added: “He hasn’t progressed that far. But we’re getting closer. I just don’t want to build up expectations and he has a little setback and then everybody goes crazy. It’s going to be a whille. But a while, I don’t know what that is.” read more