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Women archers get silver after losing to Italy at world meet

first_imgThe Indian women’s recurve team fell at the final hurdle as they lost 207-210 to Italy and settled for a silver medal at the world archery championship in Turin (Italy) on Sunday Deepika Kumari, Chekrovolu Swuro and Laishram Bombayla Devi had a onepoint lead at the halfway stage, but let the advantage slip as the Italians went on to take the title.It was India’s maiden entry into the final of a women’s event. The maiden entry into the final seemed to weigh heavily on the minds of the Indians. They shot a disappointing third end for a score of 50 points out of a possible 60 which allowed the Italians to turn the table on their rivals with a fine round of 55.It gave the hosts a whopping four-point lead that was enough for them to clinch the final.The Indians -shooting in the order of Deepika, Chekrovolu and Bombayla -compiled 54 in the final end but fell short by three points. Italy were represented by Guendalina Sartori, Jessica Tomasi and Natalia Valeeva. Both teams were off to scratchy starts in the final and after the first end, the Indians led 51-50.The Italians managed their first 10 in their 10th shot but with two of their arrows landing out of the yellow zone in the second end, they still trailed India by one point at the half- way mark (102-103).After Sartori and Tomasi opened the third end with two 8s, former world champion Natalia Valeeva gave her team a lift with a 10. The Italians were back on track with a 10-9-10 sequence after that. With the Indian trio only managing a 50-point series at that time, the hosts reversed the score to lead by four (157-153).advertisementEven with a commanding lead, the last end was not a foregone conclusion. Before the last three arrows, the Indian team came back to within three points and even two after Sartori managed an 8.The last but one arrow was a 9 for each team and the gap remained static.As Bombayla finished with another 9 for her team, Valeeva needed an 8 to win. The experienced Italian sealed the deal with a 10 to bring the gold medal to Italy. Italy had won a silver medal in Beijing (2001) after clinching the gold in 1999 at Riom in France.India and Italy had faced off seven times before Sunday with the Europeans holding a slender 4-3 head-to-head lead.Significantly, the Italians had won the last two encounters, at Porec (Croatia) in 2010 and Shanghai at the 2009 World Cup. However, the Indians were going into the final high on confidence after their dramatic semi-final victory over world champions and favourites South Korea. Italy had beaten China in their semi-final.Korea had the consolation of the bronze medal, defeating China 222-214. The Koreans won the gold medal in the men’s team recurve event, defeating France 226-217. Italy took the bronze with a 212-210 victory over Mexico.Korea came out on top in the mixed team recurve event as well when they defeated Mexico 151-144. The bronze went to Britain, who got the better of Poland 147-139. India have reasons to be satisfied with the women’s recurve team booking a spot for the London Olympics. Jayanta Talukdar also sealed a spot in the individual recurve event.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Messi gives Argentina 1-0 Cup win over Iran

first_imgArgentina’s Lionel Messi, left, celebrates after scoring during the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Brazil on June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)Lionel Messi scored a superb goal in stoppage time to give Argentina a 1-0 victory over Iran on Saturday and secure his team’s place in the second round of the World Cup. Iran had defended solidly throughout the game and also took the match to Argentina in the second half, creating several chances to win the Group F match and cause a tournament sensation. But Iran was punished for those missed chances when Messi picked up the ball about 20 yards (meters) out and curled a shot into the left hand corner.last_img read more

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Goa Triathlon to be held at Bambolim Beach on February 21

first_imgPanaji, Feb 18 (PTI) The annual Goa Triathlon would be held at Bambolim Beach near here on February 21, the event organizer Enduro Sports Goa said today. Enduro Sports Goa comprises Elias Patel, a long distance swimmer and well-known Radio Jockey, and Joseph Rodrigues, president of the Traditional Karate Association of Goa and vice president of the Goa Cycling Association, the association said. Enduro Sports Goa strongly believes in promoting community-based sporting events in Goa, creating an awareness for health and fitness in society, as well as lending a hand to the underprivileged, it said. Triathlon is a specialiSed Olympic sport involving a combination of swimming, cycling and running. This years edition of the Goa Triathlon would see over 350 participants compete for the coveted title, it said. Participants come from different parts of India like Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Delhi and many other cities and towns, it said. International participants would be coming from countries as far and wide as Switzerland, Russia, Spain, UK, USA, Australia and Argentina, it said.A large part of the proceeds of the Goa Triathlon would be handed over to the renowned charity Cooj in continuation to their Mental Health Awareness & Suicide Prevention Campaign, it said. PTI MCS SDL SSC SSC BASlast_img read more

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Selector Waugh feels India tour way too long

first_imgHyderabad, Oct 12 (PTI) Australian selector Mark Waugh has lamented the length of the teams limited-overs tour of India.Readying to play their final T20 International here tomorrow, Australias limited-overs tour started with the first ODI on September 17. The sojourn comprised five One- dayers and three T20 Internationals.Former batsman Waugh, whos travelling India with the side, would have preferred players have more time off with the Ashes around the corner.”Its got to be said, its not an ideal time to be away from Australia,” Waugh told Sky Sports Radio today.”This series has been a bit spread out. It would have been better probably if it was a week or two shorter.”The retired batting great said the early departures from the subcontinent of captain Steve Smith and fast bowlers Mitchell Star and Pat Cummins were a blessing.”Once they get home, theyll have a little break then theyll be back focused on red ball cricket, then the Ashes,” Waugh said.”The players are pretty much used to it; its probably more the travelling, flying around.”This one-day tournament and T20 tournament has been to about eight different places, so theres been a lot of travel. But I think theyre coping pretty well.” PTI AH AHlast_img read more

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Sri Lankan players refusing Lahore visit to miss entire T20I series

first_imgThe Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has conveyed to the national selectors that the players, who will refuse to travel to Pakistan for the T20I in Lahore, will not be considered for the preceding two matches of the series to be played in Abu Dhabi.According to ESPNcricinfo, the board is currently trying hard to convince as many Lankan players as possible that a day trip to Pakistan would not be unsafe.”The understanding is that we choose the same squad for the series, in fairness to the players who have put their hands up for the Lahore match,” SLC chief selector Graeme Labrooy said.The policy of picking just one squad for the series means that Lanka are likely to have a new captain across the three matches, with Upul Tharanga already conveying his unwillingness to play in Lahore.”At the moment the board is talking to each of the players individually, so the selectors don’t know exactly who is available now. But we should know that by Friday morning. Two SLC executive committee members have been contacting the player,” Labrooy said.The Lahore T20I match, which is slated to be held on October 29 at the Gaddafi Stadium, will be Sri Lanka’s first match in Pakistan since March 2009 militant attack on the team bus also in Lahore, killing six Pakistani policemen and injuring some of the visiting players.last_img read more

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Bindra asks Rathore to relieve him from Natl Observers post

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) Abhinav Bindra has requested Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to relieve him from posts of National Observer (Shooting) and chairman of TOP Committee to avoid any potential conflict of interest as he is also involved in private projects.”As I will now be involving myself more deeply in private projects, including the establishment and operation of Abhinav Bindra Traget Performance Centre across the country, I believe there could be a potential Conflict of Interest between these positions as more athletes start training at these centres,” Bindra wrote in his letter to Rathore.Bindra stressed on the need to maintain sanctity of government positions.The Beijing Olympic gold medallist further wrote: “I therefore sincerely request you to relieve me of these two posts so that any potential conflict of interest can be avoided before it arises and the sanctity of these posts is fully retained.”Recently, Olympic medallists boxer MC Mary Kom and wrestler Sushil Kumar also resigned from their respective National Observers post. PTI AT KHS AH AHlast_img read more

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PAOK Beats OFI, 4-0, Takes Lead

first_imgATHENS — Razvan Rat scored twice to lead PAOK to an easy 4-0 win over OFI in the Greek league Sept. 28th to take sole position of first place.Robert Mak and Klaus Athanasiadis added a goal each to complete the rout.PAOK is now alone in top spot after defending champion Olympiakos lost for the first time this season, 1-0 at Atromitos on Sept. 27th.Veria is a point behind after beating Giannena 2-0, while Atromitos and Olympiakos are in a four-way tie for third place, with Panathinaikos and Kerkyra. Panathinaikos beat last place Niki 1-0, and Kerkyra won 3-2 at Levadiakos. Also, Panetolikos drew 1-1 at Ergotelis.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Juergen Klopp admits to pressure of winning trophies at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp said that he can feel the pressure of winning trophies this season after making promising signings during the summer transfer window.Klopp, who is set to undertake his third full season at Liverpool, has failed to win a single trophy despite the progress made overall at Merseyside.”You’re right and people will say that it is the next step. We need to be ready for that. I know about the expectations and that’s completely normal. First of all we have to play the football that gives us an opportunity to win something. We cannot talk about winning something before we start the season,” Klopp told reporters in New York during a press-conference ahead of their pre-season match against Manchester City.Liverpool last won a league in the 1989-90 season while the club’s last major trophy was the 2011-12 League Cup. Under Klopp, Liverpool have played three finals, including this year’s Champions League and have lost all three. Before the Champions League final, Klopp’s men lost in the 2016 League Cup final to City and the 2016 Europa League final to Sevilla.Also read – Alisson likely to make Liverpool debut in friendly against NapoliLiverpool ended the Premier League season fourth, 25 points behind winners City, and the squad’s lack of depth was exposed as the campaign played out.Naby Keïta #NK8’s best bits from our #ICC2018 opener in 60 seconds… pic.twitter.com/FKWi0LDT2yLiverpool FC (@LFC) July 23, 2018The German has made four signings since, adding goalkeeper Alisson from AS Roma, midfielder Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, defensive midfielder Fabinho from Monaco and winger Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City.advertisementKlopp hopes the signings will help the squad better cope with the intense style of play he demands and that his team can improve on last season’s record of 12 Premier League draws.”It’s not just that we have to be more consistent, we have to create circumstances where we can be more consistent,” the 51-year-old added. “Nobody is consistent with 11 players. What we are working on is the depth of the squad because you need it.”We expect more from ourselves. We will go again for the championship and each kind of cup, but that does not mean I can sit here and we will get it. We have the highest ambitions, 100 percent.”Liverpool continue their pre-season against Manchester City in the International Champions Cup in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Wednesday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Realme 3 Pro review: Believe the hype

first_imgThe Realme 2 Pro was arguably the company’s best phone last year as it nailed the trifecta of style, performance and cost-effectiveness. The phone quietly disrupted the market by being the cheapest to offer a Snapdragon 660 at the time. SInce then, companies like Xiaomi have responded with the likes of the Redmi Note 7 Pro that offers a Snapdragon 675 SoC and a 48MP camera. So, it really doesn’t come as a surprise that Realme is now aiming to take on the Redmi Note 7 Pro with the newly launched Realme 3 Pro.The Realme 3 Pro is a natural successor to the Realme 2 Pro in terms of design and hardware. While it sports a similar Dewdrop display, it now gets gradient colour options on the back. The Realme 3 Pro also touts a Snapdragon 710 chipset that is supported to run Fortnite, a large 4,045 battery and OnePlus 6T-like cameras, all at a really competitive price of Rs 13,999. After spending a week with the device, here is my review of the Realme 3 Pro.Realme 3 Pro DesignThe Realme 3 Pro offers good ergonomics even if it doesn’t come with a premium glass design as the Redmi Note 7 Pro.The Realme 3 Pro looks similar to Realme 2 Pro from the front. It sports a familiar dewdrop display, but now gets a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. The 3D polycarbonate panel on the back ergonomically improves the seamlessness of the design while offering a better in-hand feel. It looks less premium than the glass-backed Redmi Note 7 Pro, but it is more comfortable to grip.advertisementThe plastic will attract fingerprints, smudges and eventually scratches, but a positive side to going with plastic is that the phone is quite lightweight and easy to hold at just 172 grams. Realme introduced some gradient colours with the Realme 3, and it continues that trend with the Pro model. The Realme 3 Pro is offered in Nitro Blue and Lightning Purple gradient colours and a Carbon Grey solid colour. Our unit was in Nitro Blue which offers an attractive combination of blue and purple hues that mix really well with each other.A closer look at the panel will reveal curved race track lines inspired by Le Mans racing event, which fits into the Realme 3 Pro’s tagline of “Speed Awakens.” The track lines are barely noticeable unless you’re really looking close, but it is a nice touch. The panel is not reflective but it does refract light to offer S-shaped light beams at certain angles, making the overall look quite appealing.The fingerprint sensor is nicely located so your index finger reaches it easily. The sensor and the dual camera setup have silver accents around, which adds a premium touch to it. The frame is solid metal, which makes the Realme 3 Pro feel sturdy and strong. The power button on the right slide and volume buttons on the left are also located near the middle, which makes it easy to reach.The bottom of the frame sees a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microUSB port and a single speaker grille. While the sight of a microUSB may disappoint you, especially since the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a Type-C port, Realme has made up for it by offering VOOC fast charging support, which we will talk about in detail in a bit.Realme 3 Pro DisplayThe Realme 3 Pro offers a bright display with vivid colours and good viewing angles.The Realme 3 Pro gets a similar display as the Realme 2 Pro, which is a good thing. It sports a 6.3-inch dewdrop display with a FHD+ (2340×1080) resolution and a high screen ratio of over 90 per cent. The droplet notch on the top has a is barely intrusive as the curve is flat rather than deep. The bezels on the top and sides are quite thin, while there is a slightly thicker chin. Overall, you get a full-screen display, which looks pretty good. Realme is using an attractive panel as well as it offers punchy colours and a lot of saturation. It’s a lively display with really good brightness levels and sharp viewing angles. Even at average to below average brightness levels, the display is legible in daylight.While the review unit of the Realme 3 Pro provided by Realme does not come with Widevine L1 support, the company assures that the final retail units will support the standard that will allow for streaming content in true HD resolution on platforms like Netflix and Prime Video.Realme 3 Pro Performance and Software”The Realme 3 Pro really is one of the best phones for gaming in this price segment.”advertisementRealme is emphasising speed with the Realme 3 Pro and that is because the Realme 3 Pro gets a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset based on a 10nm process. To recall, the Realme 2 Pro was powered by a Snapdragon 660 SoC, so the SD710 chipset is a pretty impressive upgrade, not so much for its CPU speed but for its GPU performance. The Snapdragon 710 SoC is equipped with an Adreno 616 GPU, which delivers a supremely smooth graphics performance.While its specs look good on paper, benchmark performance puts the Snapdragon 710 below the Snapdragon 675 SoC that powers the Redmi Note 7 Pro. In terms of raw CPU performance, the Redmi Note 7 Pro delivers better results on AnTuTu and Geekbench scores. However, we barely noticed any difference between the two devices in our day-to-day usage. The Realme 3 Pro runs as smoothly as the Redmi Note 7 Pro while performing basic tasks, scrolling through apps. The Realme 3 Pro comes in either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card up to 256GB. The 6GB RAM model that we received manages to keep light apps running in the background for a good amount of time so switching between them won’t be a problem. However, the Game Space feature that Realme phones come with have a tendency to offload memory to offer a smoother gameplay experience. This means you won’t be able to keep two heavy games like say PUBG and Asphalt 9 running in the background for a long time.When it comes to gaming performance, the Realme 3 Pro is a beast. The highlight is that the chipset supports Fortnite, so we decided to download the apk file. I’m not a Fortnite person, but it was clear that the Realme 3 Pro can run the game smoothly. The problem with Fortnite in India, however, is the higher ping times due to a lack of dedicated servers so you will encounter latency while playing.For a better idea about the gaming performance, I moved on to PUBG, which runs on high graphics be default. The Realme 3 Pro effortlessly handles a 30 minute session of PUBG with no noticeable lag or stutters. Frame rate is consistently smooth and the phone barely gets warm after an entire session. The Realme 3 Pro really is one of the best phones for gaming in this price segment. The Realme 3 Pro ships with ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie. You’re greeted with a fairly crowded UI with a bunch of preloaded apps like Amazon, DailyHunt, NewsPoint, ShareChat, Wynk Music, UC Browser, Webnovel, Opera browser and so on. Most of these apps can be uninstalled if you want a cleaner interface. There is an app drawer and the app icons themselves are small and colourful.After some decluttering and a few days, ColorOS 6 becomes easier to use. The UI is responsive and snappy. The drop-down quick settings menu has large square buttons and notifications can be removed with a swipe. Swiping right on the home screen will take you Smart Assistant where you will find cards for weather, calendar, quick apps, staps tracker and so on.advertisementAs for the performance of the rear fingerprint sensor and face unlock, both the biometric options are extremely snappy and mostly accurate. Sound quality over the earpiece is clear and loud, but the same can’t be said about the loudspeaker on the bottom.Realme 3 Pro CameraThe cameras on the Realme 3 Pro are versatile and work well in most lighting conditions, but low-light photography is still Redmi Note 7 Pro’s domain.Realme isn’t joining the 48MP camera bandwagon just yet, but that’s not stopping the company from being ambitious. The company’s strategy seems to be taking a camera from a sub-Rs 40,000 phone and offer it on a sub-Rs 15,000 phone. In this case, Realme is using the same 16MP f/1.7 Sony IMX519 primary sensor found on the OnePlus 6T for the Realme 3 Pro. It’s a pretty effective strategy as the Realme 3 Pro does offer some impressive cameras for its price.The Realme 3 Pro also offers a 5MP secondary depth sensing camera on the back and a 25MP f/2.0 front-facing camera. Camera modes include Nightscape, Chroma Boost, Super slo-mo video, Portrait mode, Expert, Time-Lapse, among others. Most of these modes can be found by tapping the hamburger icon on the bottom left of the camera app. The AI scene recognition is enabled by default and does a pretty good job at recognising a lot of scenes like macro, food and indoors. You can disable it in camera settings if you’re not a fan.IMAGE SAMPLESThe primary camera on the Realme 3 Pro manages to capture some really attractive photos in well-lit environments. Photos are generally rich in detail, sharpness and contrast. With Chroma Boost enabled, the colours are accentuated and dynamic range is boosted even further, allowing you to capture some really great stills even in tricky backlit shots. If you’re capturing the greenery of trees, you’ll find it look brighter and more vivid compared to photos captured by the Redmi Note 7 Pro.There is an Ultra HD mode that essentially uses pixel binning to stitch together multiple 16MP shots to offer a high-resolution, sharp 64MP photo. Our review unit did not come with the Ultra HD mode, so we couldn’t test this feature out, but Realme says that it will be offered with the final retail units.The wide f/1.7 aperture does a decent job for natural low-light photography. You can use the dedicated Nightscape feature in tricky low-light and extreme low-light scenarios where light source is minimal. Nightscape uses a long-exposure shot to allow more light into the frame, leading to brighter photos with low noise and low sharpness. The picture below is with Nightscape enabled, offering a brighter and colourful result in low-light.The Realme 3 Pro also offers some really impressive macros. The primary camera can get close to a subject, while the 2x digital zoom can further zoom in, resulting in some really good-looking macros of flowers or small subjects with natural background blur. These are some instances where the Realme 3 Pro clearly blows away the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The Realme 3 Pro can capture detailed macros.I was also pleased with the 25MP selfie camera, which delivered crisp selfies in daylight. Colours look great with natural skin tones and shadows, while exposure levels are good so the background doesn’t look blown out. The selfie portrait mode tends to offer unnatural bokehs with the subject looking artificially pasted on a highly blurred background.Videos captured via the primary camera look bright and clear on the Realme 3 Pro’s display. There doesn’t seem to be any form of stabilisation so you should expect some shakiness while shooting handheld videos. The microphones on the top and bottom of the phone do well to capture sound. The Realme 3 Pro is also the first in its segment to offer 960fps Super Slo-mo video recording, which works great in daylight. However, you can only capture a short 3-second video, which converts to a 10-second super slo-mo recording.Overall, going with a OnePlus 6T-like primary camera seems to have paid off as the Realme 3 Pro offers rich and detailed photos in most lighting conditions that look really attractive and social media-worthy. In low-light and extreme low-light conditions the Nightscape feature does a decent job, but Redmi Note 7 Pro tends to do perform slightly better with its Night mode.Realme 3 Pro BatteryNot only does the Realme 3 Pro get a long-lasting battery, but it also comes with VOOC fast charging.The Realme 3 Pro gets a battery that is worthy of the Pro tag. It houses a 4,045mAh capacity, which is 545mAh bigger than the battery inside its predecessor. Realme has so far impressed us with the battery life on its phones thanks to some neat system optimisations, power-efficient processors and intensive battery saving features. The Realme 3 Pro joins that list as it too offers a terrific battery life.But what makes the Realme 3 Pro really special is that it is the company’s first phone to support VOOC 3.0 fast charging. Realme is shipping the Realme 3 Pro with a 20W fast charger in the box that will allow you to revive the phone and charge to 100 per cent in about 70 to 80 minutes. There aren’t a lot of phones in this segment that can boast of such fast charging speeds, so it definitely gives the Realme 3 Pro an edge, and you also don’t feel so bad about the microUSB port. The Realme 3 Pro can get you through a full day and then some on most days with average to above average usage. A regular day that involves frequent messaging, regular Twitter and Instagram browsing and a couple of hours of video streaming or gaming will consumer about 60 to 70 per cent juice, so you’re still left with a good amount of battery life by the end of the day. With VOOC fast charging, you can about a half a day worth of battery life with just 20 minutes of charge, which is great if you’re someone who is always on the move.Should you buy the Realme 3 Pro?While keeping the design and display more or less similar to it’s predecessor, the Realme 3 Pro has been upgraded in areas that matter: Chipset, Battery and Cameras. Realme’s 2019 flagship is truly an all-round phone that delivers a fantastic user experience at an affordable price. This is a gaming phone for consumers who love to play PUBG, Asphalt 9 or Fortnite on the go.In addition to a long-lasting battery, you also get VOOC fast charging, which means you won’t have to wait long to charge up the device. The cameras are versatile by offering detailed and vivid daylight shots, good-looking macros, super slo-motion video, Nightscape and crisp selfies, among other things.The Realme 3 Pro offers a fantastic value for its starting price of Rs 13,999, which should make you forget about its plastic-not-glass rear panel. Realme wanted to launch a Redmi Note 7 Pro challenger and the Realme 3 Pro fits the bill and often succeeds the Xiaomi phone. It’s clear that the Realme 3 Pro is the phone to beat under Rs 15,000.Realme 3 Pro review8.5/10ProsBright, sharp displayVOOC fast chargingLong-lasting batteryGreat set of camerasConsColorOS 6 has bloatwarePlastic rear panellast_img read more

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MegaMart Thanks Public Sector Workers with $1.5 Billion Reward Programme

first_imgOver 200,000 public sector workers and pensioners are slated to benefit from a $1.5 billion savings and reward programme being offered by local superstore chain, MegaMart.Dubbed: ‘Billion Dollar Thank You to Public Servants’, the programme, which was officially launched on Wednesday, July 3, at the store’s Waterloo Road location in St. Andrew is a show of appreciation to civil servants, who agreed to a three-year wage freeze, as part of Jamaica’s economic recovery programme.Participating public sector workers stand to realise significant savings from special vouchers and discounts offered over a three-year period.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, in endorsing the initiative, said all public sector workers appreciate the efforts of MegaMart in assisting them to realise savings.“I commend MegaMart for their initiative, for their commitment and for putting into practice what they think can help our public sector workers,” he said.The Minister further pointed out that MegaMart will also benefit from a large pool of public sector workers patronising its establishments, many of whom are already loyal customers.Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of MegaMart, Gassan Azan Jr., explained that under the programme, public sector workers and pensioners will benefit from three years free membership in the MegaMart Wholesale Club; and will be provided with three $1,000 MegaMart vouchers on completion of the membership form.Each voucher can be redeemed for goods when the public sector worker spends $5,000 before General Consumption Tax (GCT).They can also benefit from special discounts, and will have opportunity to receive shopping sprees of $50,000, $30,000 and $15,000 in a MegaMart Public Sector Summer Bonus. To access these rewards, public sector workers should sign up for the free membership before December 31 this year.Already MegaMart provides public sector workers with range of benefits including five per cent discount on their purchases, when they shop Friday to Monday. Those with membership cards receive further rewards.“We want every public sector worker to access these benefits and, to this end, we are going to be sending a MegaMart mobile unit to government ministries and departments to facilitate the registration process. In addition, workers may also sign up at any of our four MegaMart stores located in Portmore, Kingston, Mandeville and Montego Bay,” Mr. Azan said.He expressed the hope that the MegaMart Thank You programme will provide a useful model for further private sector/public sector collaboration.“In this difficult period, it is this kind of collaboration that will help to cushion the impact of the crisis on Jamaican families and this will be critical in maintaining stability in the society as a whole,” he said.All public sector group leaders, who were present at the function, also voiced their support for the initiative.They included: President, Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), O’Neil Grant; President, Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA), Clayton Hall; President, Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ), Antoinette Patterson; President, Jamaica Police Federation (JPF), Sergeant Raymond Wilson; General Secretary, Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers, Helene Davis-Whyte; President, University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU), Senator Lambert Brown; and First Vice-President, Jamaica Government Pensioners Association, Leebert Grant.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

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Veteran Liberal MP Denis Paradis wont seek reelection this fall

first_imgMONTREAL — Veteran Liberal MP Denis Paradis says he won’t seek re-election in this fall’s federal election.The Quebec MP says in a message published on Facebook that it’s time to turn the page after 25 years in politics, and 15 as an MP.He was first elected in the Brome-Missisquoi riding in 1995, then was re-elected three times before losing his seat in 2006. He finished second in 2008 and 2011 before regaining his seat in the 2015 election.He served a number roles in government, including secretary of state for La Francophonie and secretary of state for Latin America and Africa between 2002 and 2003, and minister of state for Financial Institutions from 2003 to 2004.In his message, Paradis said he would continue to take an interest in the files he’s championed, especially those related to the environment.The 70-year-old said many people had asked him to run again, but he’s decided to leave the role to others.“To me, politics is a vocation. And to this vocation, I have given the best of myself,” he wrote in a post Sunday.“I think that every file is important. I do my utmost to carry all of them forward to the best of my knowledge.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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First Nation Conservative MP says opposition trying to stifle his views

first_imgAPTN National NewsParliament Hill has been buzzing with talk about replacing the Indian Act.The one politician leading the push is Conservative MP Rob Clarke.Months ago, Clarke introduced a privet members bill to amend and eventually replace the Indian Act. His proposed bill was debated last Thursday.Clarke explains his bill in an interview with APTN National News.last_img

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Evers: Foxconn proposed renegotiating Wisconsin deal

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said in a letter his office released Tuesday that Foxconn Technology Group approached the state last month about wanting to renegotiate its contract for a project that could yield the global electronics giant more than $4 billion in state and local tax credits.Evers said for the first time last week that the state was renegotiating the deal with Foxconn. That led Republican legislative leaders to accuse Evers, a critic of the project near Racine, of attempting to undermine it.But in a letter to Foxconn executive Louis Woo, Evers said it was Woo who first raised the idea of renegotiating the contract during a meeting in March. Evers wrote that he wanted to clarify their conversation.“You indicated that Foxconn intends to suggest several changes to the existing agreement to better align the terms with the evolving project and global marketplace,” Evers wrote. “To my knowledge, this was the first time either Foxconn or the State of Wisconsin had mentioned amending or changing the agreement approved in 2017.”Evers also wrote that Woo had briefed Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on his intention to seek changes to the deal. Both Vos and Fitzgerald last week said Evers was trying to undermine the deal, but neither of them said anything about a conversation with Woo.Fitzgerald, Vos and Foxconn spokeswoman Myranda Tanck didn’t immediately reply to requests for comment.Evers said in the letter that the state was identifying areas where there could be “greater flexibility and transparency as the project continues to evolve.” Evers has not offered details and did not spell out any in the letter.Earlier Tuesday, the head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, which reached the original deal with Foxconn, defended the contract.“We have a solid contract with the company,” said WEDC secretary and CEO Mark Hogan.He spoke with reporters following a state Senate committee hearing during which he declined to answer a question from a lawmaker about contract renegotiations.Under the original deal, Foxconn can receive about $3 billion in state tax credits if it employs 13,000 people and spends about $9 billion on a display screen manufacturing campus near Racine, in southeastern Wisconsin. With local incentives, the value of the deal to Foxconn exceeds $4 billion, the largest government subsidy to a foreign corporation in U.S. history.President Donald Trump has heralded the project as the “eighth wonder of the world” and came to Wisconsin last summer for the groundbreaking.But Foxconn missed its hiring minimum to receive job tax credits in 2018 and has scaled back the size of the factory it plans to build. Evers, a Democrat, campaigned against Republican Gov. Scott Walker as a critic of the Foxconn deal, saying taxpayers were on the hook for too much money and the deal needed to be renegotiated.Evers said last week that it was unrealistic to think Foxconn would employ 13,000 people as it originally promised, given that the size of the factory had been reduced, and that the contract may have to be updated to reflect the smaller scale of the project.Hogan emphasized that the contract awards most of its credits to Foxconn only after the company meets hiring and capital investment benchmarks.“The value of the contract is the contract is scalable,” Hogan said. “If they spent $6 billion and they employed 6,000 people, 7,000 people, the contract scales to that. … It’s a pay-for-performance basis.”Hogan, in a break from Evers, also suggested that the 13,000 employment target was still within reach.“They continue to make that commitment,” Hogan said of Foxconn.___Follow Scott Bauer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sbauerAPScott Bauer, The Associated Press read more

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Ban to host meeting of diplomatic Quartet on IsraelPalestinian peace next week

12 December 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a meeting in New York on Monday of his top diplomatic partners engaged in the search for a solution to the Middle East conflict based on the principle of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace. United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and European Union (EU) High Representative Javier Solana and European Commissioner for External Relations Bettina Ferrero-Waldner will join Mr. Ban at UN Headquarters, while French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner representing the EU Presidency and Quartet envoy Tony Blair are scheduled to participate by video-link.The Quartet – UN, EU, Russia and US – has been trying to help the parties attain the two-State peace settlement for several years. The process received new impetus from a meeting of the principal actors last year in the US city of Annapolis, with the projected aim of achieving an agreement by the end of this year.Mr. Ban has voiced regret that this goal no longer seems possible but has said he is encouraged by the fact that the two sides have succeeded in creating trust and a framework for negotiations where none had existed two years ago.In a message yesterday to the UN Latin American and Caribbean Meeting in Support of Israeli-Palestinian peace, held in the Chilean capital, Santiago, Mr. Ban said the international community recognizes the urgent need to continue supporting the parties in their efforts to reach a comprehensive agreement on all permanent status issues. “The goal of such an agreement is clear: an end to the occupation that began in 1967, and the establishment of a Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel,” the message added.Meanwhile, 54 truckloads of goods, including 11 containing humanitarian supplies, were allowed into Gaza from Israel today, but the fuel pipelines remained closed, the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reported.UN officials, including Mr. Ban, have repeatedly called on Israel to urgently permit the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza’s 1.5 million civilians. At the same time, Mr. Ban has reiterated his condemnation of rocket attacks by Palestinian militants in Gaza against Israeli civilian targets, which Israel has cited as a reason for the closures. read more

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Lanka to look beyond present context to create future it wants

The Summit, the first of its kind to be held in Sri Lanka, is expected to start a national dialogue on the importance of foresight and innovation as a value addition to traditional development planning to achieve sustainable human development and the 2030 development agenda. The two day Summit will take place on the 24th and 25th of May at Waters Edge, Battaramulla. The Summit will be graced by Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe and will connect many international resource people including those from the UN Pulse Lab – Jakarta, the UNDP Centre for Public Service Excellence – Singapore, Mind Lab – Denmark, GIZ –Germany, Superflux – UK, UNDP Kolba Lab – Armenia, UNDP MiLab – Moldova to name a few.Foresight and Innovation are rapidly becoming tools that governments and other non-traditional partners for development are incorporating into their work. Through these methodologies, they seek to create coherent policy frameworks that will effectively utilize limited resources. Therefore understanding emerging trends and opportunities whilst successfully evading inevitable challenges is key. The Summit, will thus contribute to enhancing development practices and policies that are visionary, and those that will achieve national goals and visions for 2030. The Government says Sri Lanka is at a crucial juncture and the country must now choose to look outwards and beyond the present context to create the future it wants.The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, together with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research, Sarvodaya, LIRNEasia, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) and the Summit Partner, Ceylon Biscuits Limited launched the National Summit on Foresight and Innovation for Sustainable Human Development this afternoon at the UN Compound, Colombo. Speaking at the event, UNDP Country Director, Joern Soerensen stated, “Foresight is an exemplary tool to help propel development, vision alternative futures and build resilient policies in Sri Lanka.” Speaking further, Soerensen noted “As the development arm of the United Nations, we are extremely proud to be able to connect a diverse set of resource people internationally, and convene all key players of the development sector in Sri Lanka.” Addressing the gathering, the State Minister for National Policies and Economic Affairs, Niroshan Perera stated “Sri Lanka is at a crucial juncture; we must now choose to look outwards and beyond the present context to create the future we want. Through this Summit we will develop and learn about foresight tools from a national planning and policy point of view, which will prove pivotal over the next 15 years as national and international contexts grow more complex and challenging.” Speaking further, Minister Perera also acknowledged UNDP’s role, “We are quite pleased and thankful to UNDP for taking the lead and working closely with the Ministry to convene all relevant stakeholders for this important Summit”.The Summit will introduce several foresight tools by looking at nationally relevant environmental, social and economic themes. Together with the private sector, a key component of the audience, the Summit will aim at producing a set of recommendations that will be implemented collectively following the event. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Government asked why meteorology department failed

Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella however said that warnings had been issued last week, especially to the fishing community. He asked the Government why it disregarded international weather alerts of a storm going through Sri Lanka. The Government was asked in Parliament today as to why the department of meteorology failed to alert the public with regards to the storm before it hit the country last week.Joint opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena said that if the department of meteorology had alerted the public the lives lost could have been saved. He said that it was as a result of the early warning that more lives were saved.However the Minister admitted that the department of meteorology needs to be modernised to be more accurate with its readings. At least 14 people had been killed and hundreds affected by the storm which hit Sri Lanka last week. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Milton builds multimillion dollar velodrome for Pan Am Games

There were several events happening across the GTA today, marking the fact that the Pan American Games are just two years away.Toronto is the official host of the 2015 games, but several cities will take part in hosting major events.Milton is one of the communities, where they’re building a multi-million dollar velodrome to host the cycling events.Cindy Csordas was in Milton and has more.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

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Giants Joe Panik Sam Dyson reach agreement on 1year deals

SAN FRANCISCO — Second baseman Joe Panik reached agreement on a $3.85 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Friday to avoid salary arbitration, while reliever Sam Dyson received a $5 million, one-year deal.The Giants, with new baseball operations chief Farhan Zaidi now in charge, did not tender contracts to outfielder Gorkys Hernandez or reliever Hunter Strickland, allowing the pair to become free agents.Panik batted .254 with four home runs and 24 RBIs in 102 games while again dealing with injuries. Dyson went 4-3 with a 2.69 ERA in a team-best 74 outings.After a stint as closer last season, Strickland punched a door in June after blowing a save and taking a loss to Miami, and he required surgery. In late May 2017, the excitable right-hander ignited a brawl when he beaned Washington’s Bryce Harper with a 98 mph fastball on his first pitch in the eighth inning with two outs, none on and the Nationals ahead 2-0. Harper charged the mound and both men threw punches as benches and bullpens emptied.Hernandez had career highs of 15 home runs and 40 RBIs while playing in 142 games.Left-hander Will Smith, who received the 2018 Willie Mac Award named for the late Hall of Famer, is San Francisco’s final arbitration-eligible player and was tendered a contract Friday.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Tawanna Allen Iversons Wife Wants Courts to Keep Him

The sad story of former NBA star Allen Iverson took another dramatic turn Sunday, when TMZ reported Iverson’s estranged wife Tawanna is seeking a restraining order against him.According to Tawanna Iverson, Allen “has engaged in increasingly contemptuous, threatening and disturbing behavior” in recent months. She would like the restraining order to be put in place until the two can agree on a divorce settlement.A.I. denies her claim that the relationship as “irretrievably broken,” citing that he and his wife were intimate for a four-month stretch after she re-filed to split in Fulton County, Ga. in June last year.The demand may seem a bit strange, since Iverson isn’t even in the country—he’s currently in Shanghai, China on a NBA Legends tour. read more

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