Indian Investment Hits Record High

first_imgNet inflow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from India to Bangladesh hit all-time high in 2017, a whopping 44.76 percent rise over the previous year. According to Bangladesh Bank latest data, the FDI was worth $114.65 million in 2017 against $79.2 million in 2016,Read it at Bangladesh Post Related Itemslast_img

Ceres: Mission possible vs Tajiks

first_imgBACOLOD CITY—Southeast Asian zone champion Ceres-Negros tries to pull off the improbable when they host Istiklol of Tajikistan on Tuesday in the second leg of their AFC Cup inter-zone semifinal clash at Panaad Stadium.Beaten 0-4 in Dushanbe three weeks ago by the Tajik champions, the Busmen would need some sort of miracle to stay in the title hunt in the competition.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim UP hopeful Ricafort can still play Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The Busmen, who ruled the Asean zone at the expense of Singapore’s Home United, are unbeaten at home in this year’s AFC Cup, but the match will be their biggest test yet not only because of the strength of the opposition, but also because of the deficit they are facing.Ceres goalkeeper Roland Muller isn’t ruling out a mighty fightback from the Busmen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Coming back from 4-0 is not easy but it’s not impossible,” said Muller. “We know what we did right and what we did wrong in the first leg. We’re playing at home so that should be a big boost for us.”The Busmen yielded twice in each half in Dushanbe as Istiklol capitalized on some poor defending from the Filipino side. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “We were very soft defensively and we conceded easy goals,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic, referring to their performance in the Tajik capital. “But this is football and anything can happen [on Tuesday night].”Spanish central defender Super Herrera returns from suspension, while Martin Steuble looks fit to start at rightback, giving the back line some stability and experience.“My players are ready to give everything,” added Vidakovic.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Congress downplays Aiyar’s barbs against non-Stephanians

first_imgMani Shankar Aiyar’s witticisms have left the Congress at its wit’s end.Unable to figure out how to deal with its enfant terrible – whose latest utterances have kicked up a St Stephen’s versus the rest controversy – the party on Tuesday sought to downplay the matter. It, however, tried to send a subtle message to him by underlining the need to be humble and civilised.When asked about the Stephanian Aiyar’s disparaging comments against Hansraj College and Kirori Mal College ( KMC), AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said: “The Congress does not get into all these details, but the language of civility must be there at every discourse, at every forum.” Congress sources said being a senior leader, former Union minister and Rajya Sabha MP, the party high command had given Aiyar a long rope. Also, since he has not violated the party discipline as such, it can’t take action against him. All it can do is to deny him any major organisational post or a ministership in the event of a cabinet reshuffle in future.Aiyar’s acerbic tongue has embarrassed the Congress many times. In his latest, he left the partymen squirming with his unsavoury comments against sports minister Ajay Maken. In an interview, Aiyar said he did not believe that a BA- Pass student from Hansraj College could use a word like ‘ dichotomous’. His remark kicked up a row, but Aiyar was unapologetic. On Monday, he once again mocked not just Hansraj but also KMC, saying Amitabh Bachchan was its “sole achievement”. His remarks caused an outrage and St. Stephen’s principal Valson Thampu called up his Hansraj counterpart to douse the fire.advertisementlast_img read more

Runner Govindan Lakshmanan gets 10L prize money from government despite missing out on Asian…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementIndia’s 20 long years of wait to win a medal at the Asian Games in men’s 10000m race almost came to an end when Long distance runner Govindan Lakshmanan finished third but was later disqualified in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on 26th August.However, a minor mistake from Govindan turned out to be costly for him and India. The Indian runner completed the race in 29 minutes and 44 seconds (29:44.91) and could have been India’s first medal at 1000m since Gulab Chand’s bronze in Bangkok two decades ago.Although, the Indian team lodged a complain, Lakshmanan had lost his appeal to retain the Bronze medal.The Indian Army runner might have not medalled at the Asian Games, but he received his cash prize which was by the courtesy Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and this will surely boost Govindan’s morale.In an interview to ANI, Govidan Lakshmanan said, “I was disqualified from the game still I am given prize money. I would like to thank the ministry for such motivation.”After honoring Lakshmanan, Rathore tweeted:“Govindan Lakshmanan gave a medal-winning performance in Men’s 10,000 m in #AsianGames2018, but a minor technicality led to his disqualification. Regardless, he is our champ & we stand by our champions. A moment of pride for me to have met and felicitated him today. #KheloIndia ”India eventually finished 8th in the Medals tally with 69 Medals 15 Gold, 24 Silver and 30 Bronze medals. Amongst all the athletes many are expecting Indian athletes to medal at the Olympics.Also Read-Shahid Kapoor to play Asian Games boxing gold medalist Dingko Singh in a biopiclast_img read more

Andy Murray pulls out of Wimbledon practice match with sore hip

first_imgWorld Number One Andy Murray pulled out of an exhibition match at London’s Hurlingham Club on Tuesday with a sore hip, less than a week before the start of Wimbledon.”His hip is a bit sore,” said a spokesman for the Scot, who had been due to face Frenchman Lucas Pouille.Murray’s withdrawal was precautionary and the two-time Wimbledon champion intended to play at the club on Friday, the spokesman said.Murray added the two matches at the Aspall Tennis Classic to his schedule to gain grasscourt practice after a surprising first-round exit from last week’s Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club.Murray’s form has been patchy during a 2017 season that has been disrupted by shingles, an elbow injury and influenza.Wimbledon begins on July 3.last_img

Sadio Mane, not Philippe Coutinho, emerges as Liverpool’s main man

first_imgAs Barcelona seek to prise Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho away from Liverpool ahead of the transfer deadline, fans of the Merseyside club may be relieved that at least the Spanish club are not bidding for Sadio Mane.Another electric performance by the Senegal winger against Hoffenheim on Wednesday drew more rave reviews for a player who has become even more indispensable to Liverpool than the Brazilian. Social media was full of jokes about whether Barcelona realise they are trying to buy the wrong player.”If Coutinho’s 100 and odd million, then Mane’s 200 and odd million,” said former England striker Ian Wright in a Twitter post that captured the mood on Merseyside. (Liverpool F.C. to meet Leicester F.C. in League Cup)Hoffenheim never came to terms with Mane’s ability to break defensive lines at pace or his frightening ingenuity when in sight of goal. His two back heels played their part in both Emre Can’s goals as Liverpool, without Coutinho, romped to a 4-2 win.”(Mane’s) a special player,” said former favourite Steven Gerrard on BT Sport. “He’s becoming a fan favourite here, he scores all kinds of different goals. Lots of pace and he’s a threat all over the pitch. (Champions League: Goals galore as Liverpool F.C., Sporting CP enter group stage)”He’s very direct and when he gets in he’s got pure quality.”The statistics bear out the astonishing impact Mane has had on Liverpool since joining them last summer in a 34 million pound ($44 million) move from Southampton.advertisementSince then, Liverpool have won 18 and lost only three of the 28 times he has played for them in the Premier League, scoring as a team well over two goals per game. In the 12 games without him, Liverpool won just five and lost three, netting a third fewer goals. (Juergen Klopp has no problems with Philippe Coutinho despite transfer saga)Reuters PhotoBREATHTAKING GOALWhen Mane took four weeks off to attend the African Cup of Nations last season, Liverpool’s title challenge disintegrated, and it is a measure of how well they did that they still managed to qualify for the Champions League despite being again deprived of his services through injury in April and May.On Sunday, he will be unleashed on Arsenal, who are well aware what to expect. In his first game for Liverpool at the start of last season, the winger scored a breathtaking goal after bursting past two defenders, cutting in from the right and unleashing an unstoppable shot.”I saw the defender (Calum Chambers) coming to me so I tried to slow down. Why? I knew I could go quicker than him. No problem,” he said in reliving the goal for the Daily Mail.”So when he thought I was slowing down, I let him come. Within one metre? That was it. I left him back. I stopped running a little bit and then (darts his hand)…I go! One metre for me to go quick, then he has no chance to stop me.”Reuters PhotoThat goal set the standard for his season. Another 14 Premier League goals have followed, more than any other player for Liverpool, even Coutinho.Adding the Brazilian’s quickness of thought in midfield to Mane’s pace and power up front would make Liverpool even more potent.When the pair played together at the start of last season, Juergen Klopp’s side looked unstoppable, a clear indicator as to why Liverpool’s owners are so insistent the Brazilian will not be sold next week when the transfer window closes.last_img read more

Nine-man Wolves beat Middlesbrough to stay six points clear at the top

first_imgTopics Football League: Cardiff keep up the pressure as Shrewsbury slip at Rochdale match reports Share on Twitter Middlesbrough Share on Pinterest Pinterest Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo celebrates with Romain Saiss at full time. Photograph: Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images Share on LinkedIn Championship Share on Messenger Twitter Read more “I’m really disappointed; nine men behind the ball can make it difficult for you but we lacked a bit of quality,” said Pulis, whose midfield sat deep and lacked invention.Boro’s manager suffered the indignity of a seemingly out of control Nuno declining to shake his hand at the final whistle before provocatively, manically, jumping up and down in celebration in front of him.It was needless and hardly classy, and stewards, sensing potential trouble, surrounded the pair. Pulis, though, played things down. “It don’t make no difference to me,” he said. “It would have been different if I’d known him but I don’t know the fellow.”Nuno claimed the indiscipline stemmed from the referee’s perceived failure to send off George Friend for a supposedly “professional” foul on Hélder Costa that many neutrals interpreted as a dive on the forward’s part.“A bad decision caused the emotions,” said a manager whose otherwise elegant side’s often rough treatment of Traoré in a game of two red cards and eight yellows showed Wolves know how to play tough. “It was difficult to keep calm. Both teams lost control. It was crazy.” And his celebration? “I jumped in the air. I was very happy.”An absorbing first half was littered with evidence revealing precisely why Wolves are cantering to the title, not to mention why Traoré is arguably the division’s most dangerous attacking force and why Neves’s excellent central midfield skills will surely enhance the Premier League.By the end of it Darren Randolph had made a couple of exceptional saves following subtly swerving long-range Neves shots and the visitors had scored twice.After Randolph saved from Costa, Ivan Cavaleiro performed wonders to keep the ball in play, permitting it to fall to Barry Douglas, whose audaciously chipped, high-calibre pass was volleyed home, left-footed, by Costa.The second goal arrived from a corner after Randolph could only parry Willy Boly’s header and Cavaleiro headed in the rebound but, until then Wolves had looked unusually fragile whenever Traoré had run at Boly, the left-sided element of Nuno’s back three.Boro though failed to capitalise when Neves was sent off after receiving his second yellow card in as few minutes. Newly booked for dissent, he then slid recklessly into a lunge on Friend.Minutes earlier Nuno had turned incandescent in the wake of the Friend/Costa non-sending off but replays suggested contact was minimal and Stuart Attwell’s decision correct.Bamford, set up superbly by Traoré, lost his footing while shaping to shoot, and Doherty lost his composure, catching Friend’s head with an elbow as they challenged for a high ball and seeing a second yellow card and dismissal.Even though Bamford’s stunning volley eventually eluded John Ruddy and Stewart Downing shot wide, Nuno’s nine men somehow held on. “It’s massive,” Nuno said. “A massive win.” Share on Facebook Facebook Share via Email Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Wolverhampton Wanderers Rúben Neves and Matt Doherty were sent off as Wolves lost their tempers on Teesside but even the reduction to nine men failed to prevent Nuno Espírito Santo’s side from extending an apparently unassailable lead at the top of the Championship.While three wins would guarantee Wolves promotion, Tony Pulis’s Middlesbrough cling to sixth place on goal difference. If they are to reach, let alone win, the play-offs, a team increasingly built around the attacking talents of Adama Traoré will need to be rather more ruthless than this. Although the largely isolated Patrick Bamford registered his ninth goal in seven games with a brilliant 94th-minute volley, it was too little too late.last_img read more

10 months agoGladbach table cash bid for West Ham defender Reece Oxford

first_imgGladbach table cash bid for West Ham defender Reece Oxfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Monchengladbach have tabled a cash bid to West Ham for Reece Oxford.The England U21 international spent last season on-loan at Gladbach, where he impressed, before choosing to stay with the Hammers this term.However, after a lack of playing chances under manager Manuel Pellegrini, Oxford is now prepared to leave this month.BILD says Gladbach are eager to re-sign Oxford and have tabled a €12m bid for the youngster.Gladbach chief Max Eberl wants to bring back Oxford primarily as a centre-half, where they’re short of options. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Joint training programmes in management and IT must

first_imgKolkata: Consul General of China in Kolkata Zha Liyou stressed the need of conducting joint training programmes in management and IT between Universities of China and West Bengal.”India aces in software production while China is one of the leading hardware technology manufacturers globally. We should work together in the field of Technology for mutual benefit and progress,” Liyou said. While addressing a Special Session on ‘A New Chapter of Sino-India Friendship: Strengthening Economic Ties Through State-Province Exchanges’ organised by Bharat Chamber of Commerce, Liyou highlighted several areas of mutual cooperation between the provinces of China and the State of West Bengal. He appreciated the rich cultural heritage of Bengal, with a special mention of Tagore’s verses and songs. He observed that every aspect of culture and society prevalent in China somehow have traces of their roots in India. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSpeaking on the possibility of business collaboration between West Bengal and other provinces of China, Liyou spoke about the famous China-South Asia Expo and Kunming Trade Fair where he expects participation from West Bengal. He also stated that his office would facilitate Chinese investors for making investments in the land at Haldia, owned by the Kolkata Port Trust and suitable for tea, rice and sea food. Answering to a question during the programme, Liyou said that large coal mining and infrastructure companies of China are willing to venture in and around Kolkata to extend their operations in India. Sitaram Sharma, President, Bharat Chamber of Commerce emphasised that the prospects of exchanges at the micro level between West Bengal and her sister Provinces in China should be identified.last_img read more

Moroccos House of Representatives Passes Mandatory Military Service

Rabat – The House of Representatives in Parliament passed  Law 44.18 on mandatory military service at a plenary session on Wednesday.The delegate minister in charge of the National Defense Administration, Abdellatif Loudiyi, introduced the bill, which aims to “promote the spirit of sacrifice and self denial,” according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The official welcomed the support of the members of the House’s Committee on Justice, Legislation, and Human Rights while it was reviewing the draft law. Loudiyi said that the amendments the commission presented enriched the law and ensured a consensus on the draft.Loudyi, however, did not give further details about the amendments. On Monday, the justice and legislation committee examined the draft bill on compulsory military service.One amendment the committee proposed would make military service obligatory before getting a job in the public service.The amendments, introduced by the coalition and opposition parliamentary groups within the committee, propose that citizens wanting to get public service jobs must have a document certifying that they completed 12 months of military service, reported Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum.However, the House of Representatives rejected the amendment. Conscripts have the right to apply for a public service job before completing the 12-month military service.Read Also: Parliament Considers Requiring Military Service for Public Service JobsBill was drafted ‘constitutionally’The reintroduction of mandatory military service, according to Loudiyi, comes under the King’s instructions and is in line with the provisions of Article 38 of the Constitution, which states that all citizens should contribute to the defense of the homeland and its territorial integrity.The official added that the bill was drafted in accordance with constitutional principles, in the context of a correlation between the rights and duties of citizenship.According to Loudyi, the government will launch an information and communication campaign to explain the bill’s objectives.Both men and women aged 19 to 25 would be subject to a 12-month military service if Parliament passes the bill. However, people over the age of 25 who were eligible for an exemption can still be called up until the age of 40 if the reason for their exemption is no longer relevant.The bill grants exemptions for illness and married individuals. Men who are supporting their families financially will also be exempted.Moroccans expressed concerns that the bill would not be equally applied when the government announced its intention to introduce the military service again in August. Some Moroccans said that all young people, including those of wealthy families, should be subject to the law.In November, Loudiyi reportedly said that compulsory military service would cost Morocco MAD 500 million.Loudiyi said that 10,000 young people are expected to begin service in the military each year beginning in September 2019. read more

UN appeals for funds to feed hungry Kenyans

10 February 2009The United Nations headquarters in Kenya has kicked off a drive to collect funds to help millions of people starving in the East African nation. “Hunger is not an option,” said Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and head of the UN Office in Nairobi (UNON), at the campaign’s launch.“But at the moment for 10 million people it is a reality,” she added. “There is food in this country but the real problem is access.”According to Abdi Noor of the Kenya Red Cross, food shortages have been exacerbated by a combination of failed rains and violence following the contested December 2007 presidential elections.

Milosevic war crimes trial to start Tuesday at UN tribunal in The

The trial will start with the Prosecutor presenting evidence relevant only to the charges relating to Kosovo, the ICTY said, while the case against the former Yugoslav President for crimes in Croatia and in Bosnia will be introduced later. Earlier this month, the Tribunal’s Appeals Chamber granted a Prosecution motion to merge all three indictments against Mr. Milosevic, who faces charges of genocide and other crimes against humanity, into a single case. The move reversed a previous ruling by the trial court, which ordered two separate proceedings to try Mr. Milosevic, one for Kosovo and another combining the Croatia and Bosnia charges.

Pakistan UN begins food distribution for 400000 quake survivors

“We are doing all we can to get this food where it is needed most as fast as possible,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) country representative German Valdivia said of the emergency supplies to tide the survivors over until the establishment of a proper supply line within two days.As the weather improves after heavy rains and mudslides, the UN relief effort is gaining more access. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has brought in relief and shelter items for up to 100,000 people, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has already deployed 11 surgical teams and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is delivering blankets and other items.The access situation “is improving on an hourly basis,” Hansjoerg Strohmeyer, Chief of Staff to UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland, told a news briefing in New York. Trucks are going into the area on roads that have now been cleared. Mr. Egeland himself is due in Pakistan tomorrow.When the trucks with 39 tons of high energy biscuits arrived in Abbottabad, 50 kilometres southwest of the quake’s epicentre, WFP immediately began distribution with the help of International Rescue Committee, a non-profit, non-sectarian voluntary agency.The four-truck convoy had left the capital, Islamabad, at dawn. A second convoy, carrying a further 40 tons, was leaving later today for Muzaffarabad, the city hardest hit by the quake, which killed tens of thousands of people, injured scores of thousands more, and left 1 million others in acute need of life-saving assistance, 2.5 million homeless and 4 million affected.”The situation is increasingly desperate. Many areas have no safe water or electricity and food supplies are extremely limited, especially as most people have no means to cook. They are living out in the open in the mountains – and it is extremely cold,” Mr. Valdivia said. “We will be providing 1 million people with ready-to-eat food over the next month,” he added.The first two of 10 helicopters to assist the relief operation are due to arrive today, enabling rescue and aid workers to reach the most remote areas which have been cut off by landslides. Relief efforts are being further hampered by heavy rain, bringing the danger of more damage to roads and bridges.WFP will be setting up five UN base camps in the hardest hit locations to co-ordinate the relief operation, with inter-agency telecommunications and logistical support. The agency has also flown in emergency response teams to Pakistan from around the world to help with the operation.The high energy biscuits were flown by WFP to Pakistan yesterday from its humanitarian depot in Brindisi, Italy. A second planeload is due to leave Brindisi on Friday. In the meantime 40 tons of dates, donated by Qatar, are being transported from Quetta, in the west of Pakistan. read more

Despite lower aluminum prices Alcoa posts 24 million profit in 3Q beats

Despite lower aluminum prices, Alcoa posts $24 million profit in 3Q, beats expectations by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Oct 8, 2013 5:13 pm MDT DALLAS – Alcoa swung to a third-quarter profit driven by demand from auto makers and cost-cutting in the face of lower aluminum prices.The results beat expectations, and the company’s stock climbed in after-hours trading.With the world awash in aluminum, Alcoa has been idling plants to cut smelting capacity by 16 per cent. That helped it cut its production costs by 9 per cent, more than enough to offset a 7 per cent drop in the cash price of the metal on the London market.Alcoa Inc. said Tuesday that it earned $24 million, or 2 cents per share, in the July-September quarter, compared with a year-ago loss of $143 million, or 13 cents per share.The company said that excluding $96 million in restructuring and other one-time costs and gains, it would have earned 11 cents per share. Analysts forecast profit of 5 cents per share, according to FactSet.Alcoa credited higher productivity and strong results in its engineered-products and rolled-aluminum units, which now account for more than half its revenue. The company sells rolled aluminum sheets to car makers, a business that it expects will grow rapidly as manufacturers boost fuel mileage by producing lighter vehicles. Alcoa is expanding a rolling mill in Tennessee that serves the auto market.The company said that the commodity end of its business — mining and smelting — performed better in a tough market.Overall revenue fell 1 per cent to $5.77 billion, but still beat the $5.64 billion prediction of analysts.Alcoa has been reducing costs in mining and other functions, and Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld said the third-quarter results showed that the “repositioning” is “on the right path.”“The one (part of the business) that needs restructuring — and we’ve always said that — is the smelting segment, and that’s why you see 16 per cent of the smelting capacity curtailed, but it’s a smaller part of our business,” Kleinfeld said on a conference call with analysts.Alcoa used to be considered the leadoff company for earnings season because it was the first member of the Dow Jones industrial average to report results each quarter. But last month the Dow index operators dropped Alcoa, due partly to its sagging stock price.Still, investors are likely to keep watching Alcoa for hints about demand for aluminum, a key material in airplanes, automobiles and many consumer products.The company stood by its forecast of 7 per cent increase in worldwide aluminum demand this year.Alcoa predicted that operating income in the engineered-products and rolled-aluminum units would fall from the third quarter into the fourth, which Citi analyst Brian Yu called disappointing. The company blamed short-term high inventories of some products used by manufacturers such as jet makers.Last week, Deutsche Bank downgraded its rating on Alcoa’s stock to “Sell” from “Neutral” and suggested that the shares could lose nearly one-third of their value over the next year. The bank’s analyst cited a deteriorating outlook for Alcoa’s aluminum business.Alcoa shares fell 3 cents to $7.94 before the results were released, leaving them down 8.5 per cent for the year. They gained 14 cents, or 1.8 per cent, to $8.08 after the release of the earnings report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

On World Day UNESCO chief hails universal art of poetry and those

“Through its words and its rhythm, poetry gives shape to our dreams of peace, justice and dignity, and gives us the strength and desire to mobilize to make them real,” Director-General Irina Bokova said in her message for the Day.“All peoples throughout history have developed and practiced forms of poetry, so as to pass on orally their knowledge, history and myths – the Vedas and Ramayana in India, the Hebrew Bible, the Iliad and the Odyssey in Greece and many other philosophical and religious texts – to express feelings, to talk about daily life, to withstand trials or to entertain,” she stated.“Today, contemporary forms of poetry, from graffiti to slam, enable young people to become engaged in the practice and renew it by opening the door to a new space for creation. The forms evolve, but the poetic impulse remains intact.” UNESCO proclaimed 21 March as World Poetry Day in 1999, with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and offering endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.The Day is also meant to support poetry, return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, promote its teaching, restore a dialogue with other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media so that the art will no longer be considered an outdated form.Ms. Bokova noted that Shakespeare described poetry as the music that each man carries inside himself and, centuries later, the jazz musician Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University, has recalled the affinities between poetry, literature and music in his lecture on “the wisdom of Miles Davis”.“As a deep expression of the human mind and as a universal art, poetry is a tool for dialogue and rapprochement,” she added. “The dissemination of poetry helps to promote dialogue among cultures and understanding between peoples because it gives access to the authentic expression of a language.” read more

Fridays Daily Brief Education key for Rohingya DR Congo violence continues Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s authorities should heed their people’s grievances and “stop cracking down” on protesters, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Friday, as planned protests in the capital were called off at the last minute.The UN appeal follows a High Court decision to uphold a Government ban on the demonstration in Harare, spokesperson Rupert Colville told journalists in Geneva.He added that crowds which had already gathered ahead of the ruling were dispersed by police, reportedly with force.“With opposition demonstrations still likely to take place in Zimbabwe in the near future, we urge the Government to find ways to continuously engage with the population about their legitimate grievances on the economic situation, and to stop cracking down on peaceful protestors.”Mr. Colville said that there was deep concern at Zimbabwe’s continuing socio-economic crisis, which has led to soaring prices for fuel, food, transport and health services, before calling for strong social protection measures for the most vulnerable. According to the World Food Programme, (WFP) the country is experiencing its worst-ever hunger emergency.More than a third of the rural population – some 3.6 million people – will be food insecure by October, the agency said on Friday.‘Quash’ convictions and release women jailed for protesting against wearing veils in Iran, urge UN rights experts The UN environment agency and human rights office (OHCHR) signed a landmark new agreement on Friday aimed at better protecting vulnerable human and environmental rights defenders and their families, while increasing protection for people and the places where they live, across the world. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will strengthen cooperation with OHCHR, as threats to individuals and communities defending their environmental and land rights intensify. Reports suggest that an average of more than three rights defenders were killed every week last year. Read more here.Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 16 August on SoundCloud: Two years after exodus, Myanmar’s ‘desperate’ Rohingya youth need education, skills: UNICEF Two months since hundreds of thousands of people fled violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN humanitarians warned on Friday that armed militia continue to make their safe return impossible. Briefing journalists in Geneva, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Spokesperson Babar Baloch, said that staff had heard numerous testimonies from people whose family members had been killed in Ituri province. Severe underfunding for aid work and insecurity involving the Hema and Lendu groups have meant that increasing numbers are vulnerable and unable even to go home to pick up essentials, he added. Read more here.UN human rights office appeals to Zimbabwe to engage with protesters and ‘stop cracking down’ Decades-long prison sentences handed down to three women protesting the strictly enforced wearing of veils in Iran, have drawn alarm and condemnation from six United Nations independent human rights experts.“We are alarmed that the arrest and lengthy sentences handed to these women are directly related to the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and assembly in the pursuit of gender equality in Iran,” the experts said in a joint statement on Friday.The full story is here.Environmental protection moves ‘closer to the people’ through new human rights agreement The daily struggle to survive for Myanmar’s Rohingya people in one of the world’s largest refugee settlements, has caused “overwhelming” despair and jeopardized the hopes of an entire generation, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, said on Friday.In a report marking two years since the arrival of around 745,000 Rohingya civilians in Bangladesh – after fleeing State-led persecution and violence in Myanmar – Executive Director Fore appealed for urgent investment in education and skills training.Here’s our full coverage.Displaced by DRC violence, survivors’ testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia read more

Jim Irsay Colts Owner Arrested On DUI Drug Charges

Jim Irsay, the enigmatic owner of the Indianapolis Colts, followed the wayward path of many NFL players: He failed a sobriety test, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of multiple prescription drugs.Irsay faces discipline from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell—who, in essence, works for Irsay—was released from jail Monday after being held overnight.Irsay was pulled over late Sunday after he was spotted driving slowly near his home in suburban Carmel, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Police say the 54-year-old Irsay failed several roadside field sobriety tests before he was arrested, though details were not released.Carmel police said the drugs found in Irsay’s vehicle weren’t associated with any of the prescription bottles found inside.Irsay faces a preliminary misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Bryant Orem said. A hearing is scheduled for March 26.If convicted on the felony charges, Irsay could face six months to three years in prison on each count. So-called Schedule IV drugs such as those with which Irsay was allegedly caught include Xanax, Darvocet and Ambien, with a low risk for abuse or dependency, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.Irsay was released from the Hamilton County Jail after posting $22,500 bond.An NFL spokesman says he is subject to discipline. Myra Borshoff Cook, a spokeswoman for Irsay, declined to comment, and Colts spokesman Avis Roper said the team was still gathering details.”The team will issue additional statements when the facts are sorted and we are aware of the next steps to this process,” Roper said. ”Many fans have reached out to express their concern and we appreciate their support.”The case has some similarities to that of Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand, who was suspended for 30 days and fined $100,000 in 2010 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy following his guilty plea to driving while impaired.Irsay is a popular and colorful figure in Indianapolis, frequently interacting with fans on Twitter about everything from the fortunes of the Colts to his favorite music of the day. He was a key supporter in the drive to bring the Super Bowl to Indianapolis two years ago, and he helped build the Colts into an AFC powerhouse over the past decade behind quarterback Peyton Manning, now with Denver.When the Colts were forced into rebuilding mode, Irsay painfully parted with Manning and other veterans, but put together another winning team behind young quarterback Andrew Luck and others. read more

Liam Payne breaks silence over romance with Cheryl to admit she was

first_imgHe famously first encountered his future girlfriend when he auditioned for the The X Factor as a fresh-faced 14-year-old.Nine years later, Liam Payne is dating former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl and they are expecting a baby together.Now the One Direction star has broken his silence over his relationship with Cheryl to confirm what many suspected: she was his teenage crush when they first met in 2008. But he had much better things to say about pop star Justin Bieber, who has often fallen foul of the media over his handling of fame. Payne added: “She is a wonderful, wonderful person and it’s amazing to have someone who can relate to so much of things – someone who’s taken greater steps than me.”Her solo career was amazing. She’s been in the industry for 14 years now. She fully supports me.”We’re super happy.  It’s a very personal, precious time for us. I’m still learning. I’m only 23.”Last month, Cheryl showed off a prominent baby bump at a Prince’s Trust event. Payne also shared that he and his bandmates once angered US President Donald Trump before he came to power because they refused to get out of bed for his daughter.He said: “Donald Trump actually kicked us out of his hotel once. You wouldn’t believe it. It was about [meeting] his daughter.”He phoned up our manager and we were asleep. He said, ‘Well, wake them up’ and I was like ‘No’ and then he wouldn’t let us use the underground garage.”Obviously in New York we can’t really go outside. New York is ruthless for us. So he was like, ‘OK, then I don’t want you in my hotel.’ So we had to leave.” “I like you, I think you’re really cute,” Cheryl told the aspiring young singer afterwards. “I think you’ve got charisma: I saw you giving us that cheeky little wink.”Payne did not make it to the live shows that year, but returned to try once more in 2010 – and the rest, for One Direction fans, is history. I like you, I think you’re really cute. I think you’ve got charismawhat Cheryl told Liam Payne in 2008 Speaking for the first time about their romance, Payne, now 23, said that Cheryl was his “dream girl” when he was younger.”In a non-cliche way, it’s weird waking up every day and literally living out your dream,” Payne told Rollacoaster magazine. “This is the thing. You wake up in the most beautiful places.”Obviously I have the most beautiful girlfriend in the world and she’s absolutely amazing. She’s been my dream girl since I was younger. She’s so ace.”He first met 33-year-old Cheryl when he auditioned in front of her for The X Factor when she was 24 and married at the time to footballer Ashley Cole.Payne serenaded her and the other judges with his rendition of Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me To The Moon – winking at his future girlfriend halfway through. Payne and Cheryl first began dating last year following her separation from her former husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.The couple are now dating and expecting a baby together, although neither of them has spoken about their romance before. Cheryl  changed her birth surname Tweedy to Cole when she married Ashley Cole in 2006 and then became Cheryl Fernandez-Versini following her marriage to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in 2014.The pair were granted a decree nisi in October in their divorce proceedings. She now goes by the mononym Cheryl. Cheryl shows off her baby bump at Prince’s Trust eventCredit:L’Oreal Payne said: “He’s a great guy – inside there’s a really good heart. I said, ‘Look, the difference between me and you is I had four different boys going through the same thing to look to.’ He didn’t have that.”I said to him, ‘Take my number and any time you want a chat, let me know as I’m here and I understand exactly what you’re going through and I understand your world.’ He needs somebody like that and in that position.” Cheryl and Liam Payne Cheryl Cheryl and Liam Payne pictured in London last NovemberCredit:Beretta/Sims/REX/Shutterstock Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

More than 2400 penalties for jobseekers who refuse work or education

first_imgUpdated 22:16SO FAR THIS year, the Department of Social Protection has imposed 2,403 penalty rates on jobseekers who have failed to engage with offers of employment or education.The figure highlights a significant crackdown by local authorities on social welfare claimants.According to Minister Joan Burton, the corresponding number of sanctions for the whole of last year was just 1,455.Strengthened sanctions were introduced in July 2013 to provide for a disqualification from jobseekers’ payments for up to nine weeks if the beneficiary continues to fail to engage even after 21 days of penalty rates.Responding to a parliamentary question, Burton said a claimant may be disallowed if there is a failure to “meet the conditions of the scheme, including the requirement to be available for and genuinely seeking full-time work”.“A range of sanctions in the form of payment rate reductions can also be applied to clients who fail, without good cause, to co-operate with the Department’s activation measures, including offers of education or training,” she continued.Reduced rates, which were introduced in April 2011 allow for a penalty of up to €44 per week to be applied to an individual’s payment where they refuse to take up a suitable education, training or development opportunity, which is considered appropriate to the person’s circumstances.First published at 14:29.Read: Budget deficit for 2012 still inside Troika target despite revisionsMore: Graduates face tough recruitment process for jobs in Gilmore’s departmentRelated: “Employers have to become part of the solution”- Joan Burtonlast_img read more

Column New Years resolutions are dreams – and anyone can achieve their

first_imgTHIS TIME LAST year I had huge plans for 2013. I was going to be the fittest I had ever been. I had just returned from Uganda with Concern, where I had climbed a volcano and cycled hundreds of kilometres across rough country to kayak a white-water rapid on the Nile. I was invincible and I was going to build on my fitness and be as good as I could be.Counting down the seconds on New Year’s Eve – I watched fire-works exploding somewhere over the Liffey. I turned my head to look through the taxi window to get a better view as we sped along the road towards Connolly Hospital. The driver looked back with concern as I groaned; clutching my side and trying to breathe through the pain of the kidney stone would soon have me under the knife and on the flat of my back for the next three weeks. So much for taking on the world.The New Year did not start the way I had expected. I ended up in hospital twice with gut-related issues, which were probably related to the previous decade when I was morbidly obese and carrying 23 stone. I have no doubt that losing 13 stone in 2010 has extended my lifespan dramatically, but the doctors tell me that my body still has some adjusting to do. That’s ok, I can adjust.Remember what you have achievedSo what about 2014 and what about resolutions for the year ahead? I certainly have more weight to lose and more fitness to achieve. I also have professional challenges as I go out on my own after a quarter of a century with 98FM radio. Two years shy of 50; I’m taking the plunge and setting up my own business as a Broadcast and Media Trainer and Motivational Coach.I’m also looking forward to some brand new adventures, encouraging others to travel with me to the world’s most amazing places. I’ll be working with Travel Department as a motivational guide on their walking holidays in Spain next October. I will also have a massive adventure during the summer when I join Irish adventurer Pat Falvey on an expedition to climb Mount Elbrus in Russia. It’s one of the world’s Seven Summits – the highest mountains of each of the seven continents. We may also be joined by Pemba Gyalje Sherpa from ‘The Summit’ the film and book about K2’s deadliest day.But back to resolutions – do they motivate and encourage us? Or set us up for failure and regret? I was feeling a bit gun-shy about making resolutions after the dramatic way my plans backfired last year. Then a friend of mine sent me a message on Facebook.“Well, 2013 really was your year!! Fill the details and see how much you’ve achieved. Climbed Spinc Mountain x no of times, climbed carringthingy x no of times. Cycled tandem from LauraLynn to Leixlip with the lovely Kipper Maguire. Kayaked the Liffey Descent, raising €10,000 for LauraLynn. Walked 1k Santa Saunter and did the RNLI warm up for a thousand runners. Ran WAR in Wicklow and the Killarney Adventure Race. Swam in the sea without a wetsuit x no of times. Signed up to climb Mt Elbrus in 2014. Mountain biked x no of times. Set up new business. Gave x no of motivational talks. Presented the Get Off The Couch TV programme. Reconnected with an old lost school pal, went skiing in the Alps on a ‘blind’ date. Got John Compton to sit on your knee…”Now with friends like that, it’s no wonder a girl feels good looking forward to the future. Reading her list, I giggled with memories of achievements made and new friendships formed and the pure fun and energy of being alive. Waking up in the morning is such a priceless gift – that spark of living, of being alive, that energy that makes all things possible. How wonderfully privileged we are; how incredibly powerful we can be. Nothing is impossible when you enjoy the gift of being alive.My friend’s timely list dropped at just the right moment when I was feeling a little sad perhaps, and feeling that I’d let myself down on last year’s resolution to be the fittest I ever was. I may have failed to deliver on that, but look at all the fun I had trying.Balancing dreams and realistic expectationsI suppose it’s the balance between having a dream and having realistic expectations. The book I wrote after losing all that weight and making it to Base Camp Mount Everest is called “One Foot In Front Of The Other”. It explains how I got there in my mind, and how my body followed.Thinking of going to Everest as a lady weighing 23 stone probably wasn’t a realistic expectation, but it was a dream. Losing weight was possible, walking to the gym was possible, walking a hill in Wicklow was possible and climbing Carrauntoohil was eventually possible. After a while, the dream became less of a dream and more of a realistic expectation, and then the dream became a reality. I think it’s about dreaming big, having a plan, and taking small steps all the way to the top. I think we all have our own mountain to climb and I truly believe every one of us has what we need inside us to succeed on our journey.So what am I promising for 2014? Yes, it’s a promise I’m making to the universe and to me. Not a resolution, but a present, a promise, a gift. I will love my life, I will hug my family and my friends, and I will be the best that I can be.I wish a happy Christmas to you and yours, and a very happy and healthy New Year.Teena Gates Broadcast and Media Trainer and Motivational coach offers targeted training in journalism, broadcasting, presentation skills, public speaking and social mediaWebsite: www.teenagates.comTwitter:  @TeenaGatesFacebook: www.facebook.com/teenagateslast_img read more