The fact that New Zealand is the only non-sub-continental team to have made it to the World Cup semifinals doesn’t seem to have sunk in yet.Having arrived in the Sri Lankan capital on Saturday, a few members of the team chose to practise at the historic P Sara Oval on Sunday morning, with coach John Wright and bowling consultant Allan Donald in tow, and the mood was less serious that one would expect.Captain Daniel Vettori skipped the practice session, as did the stars of their quarter-final victory over South Africa – Jesse Ryder and Jacob Oram. Among the players attending the session were vice-captain Ross Taylor, all-rounder James Franklin, off-spinner Nathan McCullum and new arrival Andy McKay – the leftarm pacer who has replaced the injured Kyle Mills in the squad.The emphasis seemed to be on getting used to the sultry Colombo weather and the slow tracks in the country since New Zealand have played just one match in the country in the course of this tournament – their dominant victory over Pakistan in Pallekele.”It’s certainly warmer than Dhaka, but not as hot as Mumbai. It’s muggy but we’re used to it, it’s something you’ve got to deal with in the sub-continent,” Taylor told reporters after practice.Given their horror show against Sri Lanka in Mumbai last week, when they lost by 112 runs, Taylor believes the team has learnt its lessons. “Obviously it’s a sudden death situation and we have taken a lot of confidence from our last game against South Africa. It is an advantage to have played against Sri Lanka in the group stage, where we did a few things wrong. Hopefully we can rectify the mistakes we made this time around,” he said.advertisementCoach John Wright echoed Taylor’s sentiments. “We bowled to our fields, bowled really well in the last game, and we’re really pleased to be here. Sri Lanka beat us easy in Mumbai, so our next game is really tough,” he said.On the possible strategy of playing three spinners, Wright said: “One of the things we have to look at is balance of our attack. We will be figuring out the combination keeping in mind the wicket, because whoever we pick have obviously got to be our four best bowlers for the conditions.”Asked whether his team had watched Sri Lanka’s dominant win over England on Saturday, Taylor said: “We didn’t see the whole game but I guess we can take a leaf out of the way Trott batted, especially against Murali, because he was a big factor in the game against us. It hopefully won’t turn as much as it did during practice here at this ground.”The Kiwis have made the semi-finals on six occasions out of 10 World Cups but have never progressed to the final, which is a record Taylor hopes the team will better.”We’re always the underdogs – so much so that we almost enjoy and expect to be called that. A lot of teams expect to beat us but we expect to beat them as well. We have momentum in our camp and we are proud of our history of making the semi-finals. But this team wants to make history and we genuinely believe we can do that,” Taylor said.New Zealand spent the winter playing in the sub-continent, and though their current performance is a far cry from the 0-4 and 0-5 thrashings they received from Bangladesh and India respectively, Taylor believes there is still room for improvement.”Definitely it is an advantage to have played in the sub-continent before the World Cup, though we didn’t perform as well as we would’ve liked. I think that allowed a lot of people to take us lightly, though we always believed we could do a good job. Hopefully we can improve our batting a bit more,” he said. New Zealand are taking confidence from the win against South Africa in the quarter-final in Dhaka
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur, who had registered a comfortable 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in Premier League on Saturday, will look to carry forward the momentum and kick off their Champions League 2019-20 opener on a promising note. Last year’s runners-up will fly to Piraeus to face Olympiacos on Wednesday, September 18. The UEFA 2019-20 Champions League Olympiacos vs Tottenham Hotspur clash will be played at Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis. Both, Tottenham and Olympiakos have just met twice before in the Champions League. Back in UEFA Champions League 1972, Spurs had sealed the home leg with 4-0 victory over the Greek side before losing to Olympiacos 1-0 in Greece. The other two teams in Champions League 2019 Group B are Bayern Munich and Crena zvezda.Ahead of their Champions League Group B opener against Olympiakos, Spurs’ goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said, “With a lot of humility, there are some clubs that have the profile to win Champions League every season – historically and with the talent they have in the squad. They put a stamp on this competition. That’s not the case for Tottenham. But as we saw last year, everything’s possible if you have the belief, the talent and the discipline. Why not be back again?” What time will UEFA Champions League 2019-20 Olympiacos vs Tottenham Hotspur start?The Champions League 2019-20 Olympiacos vs Tottenham Hotspur match is scheduled to start at 22.25PM.Where to watch UEFA Champions League 2019-20 Olympiacos vs Tottenham Hotspur live in India?Olympiacos will face last year’s runners-up Tottenham Hotspur at 22.25PM on Wednesday. The UEFA 2019-20 Olympiacos vs Tottenham Hotspur match will be played at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis. The UEFA Champions League, will be telecast live on Sony Ten 2 in India.How and where to watch online UEFA Champions League 2019-20 Olympiacos vs Tottenham Hotspur?The Champions League Olympiacos vs Tottenham Hotspur live stream will be available on Sony LIV app in India for premium users. champions leagueChampions League 2019-20Champions League live streamfootball First Published: September 18, 2019, 7:18 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Italian two-wheeler maker Piaggio, manufacturer of Vespa scooters, on Monday launched 150cc-Aprilia SR 150 crossover bike priced at Rs 65,000 (ex-showroom).ALSO READ:Aprilia SR150 first ride reviewComing to the geography from the Aprilia portfolio the Aprilia SR 150 is targeted at patrons looking for the sensation of sports bikes coupled with the convenience of automatic scooters, Piaggio India said in a statement.The gearless product is being manufactured at Piaggio’s plant in Baramati.ALSO READ:Piaggio to launch Aprilia SR 150 in India; prices start at Rs 65,000″It is with great pleasure and humble anticipation that we finally launch the Aprilia SR 150 today and extend our India product portfolio,” Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd (PVPL) Managing Director and CEO Stefano Pelle said.”Here at Piaggio India, we have all been waiting with baited breath to extend the Aprilia experience from the race track to the streets of India with the Aprilia SR 150,” he said.ALSO READ:Piaggio unveils two-wheeler crossover Aprilia SR 150With this truly unique and powerful crossover, the company is confident about creating yet another first in India’s two-wheeler segment, he added.
Till the decision on the reduction of seats for Law courses is finalised, the Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi University’s Law Centre to invite applications for this year’s course for 1,440 seats.The High Court is hearing a plea moved by the Law Centre against the Bar Council of India that has reduced the number of seats to 1,440 from 2,310. The move comes as a big jolt for the prospective candidates owing to the growing popularity of the course as well as the faculty.With the rising popularity of the law course and the faculty of Delhi University’s Law Centre, the move has come as a jolt to the prospective candidates and makes the entry into the premier institution difficult.PIL FILEDThe court was hearing a PIL filed by lawyer Joginder Kumar Sukhija, who has claimed that a large number of students, especially those who have done their graduation, would be affected if the seats were reduced.The petitioner has also said by reducing the seats, public money, which is used to provide grant to the varsity, was not being put tooptimal use.The PIL has sought a direction to strike down Rule 5 A, claiming it was arbitrary, capricious and violative of fundamental rights.Under Rule 5 A, the number of seats per college or centre is capped at 300 which would come to a total of 900 seats for DU’s three law centres. However, this limit can be relaxed under the exception clause. The court on June 5 had asked BCI why it had settled on a figure of 1,440 seats for DU’s law faculty and not 2,000. The Bar council of India listed several issues like poor infrastructure, inadequate number of teachers and other facilities as a reason for taking this step.advertisementIDEAL STUDENT-TEACHER RATIOVed Kumari, Law faculty dean of the Delhi University said the centre has been working on strengthening the infrastructure of the centre and that the recruitment of the faculty members was under process as well that would improve student-teacher ratio to 1:19, as compared to the present scenario which 1:41.As per Bar Council of India, the ideal ratio is 1:40. “The national policy is to increase access to education. The Delhi University contributes to this goal by providing affordable and quality legal education students from all across the country. “The decrease in the seats will push students to take up law course in private universities that are indeed expensive,” she told MAIL TODAY. Bar council of India regulates the provision of legal education in Indian universities.INCREASE IN APPLICATIONS EVERY YEARProfessor Vikas Kumar, who is in the admission committee for the Law centre, said, “Every year there is an increase in the number of applications we receive for the limited number of seats. The cut in the seats is a setback for the course. It is going to have a long-lasting impact on the students who seek their career in law.”Every year DU witnesses at least 10 per cent increase in application for Law courses. Last year, DU received as much as 23,000 applications.Bar council of India had also reduced seats for the Law course in Allahabad university and Benaras Hindu University.Also Read:DU Admissions 2017 begin today at du.ac.in: All you need to know DU Admissions 2017: Sports quota weightage increased to 60 per cent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18,000 fans in the stands and one on the opposing bench.Monday’s game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks was an impromptu reunion for Greek brothers Giannis and Kostas Antetokounmpo, one of them likely to be announced later this week as a captain for the All-Star Game and the other still looking for his NBA debut. Kostas Antetokounmpo accompanied Dallas on its road trip, but his only on-court action came during warmups.They left the arena together, alongside their mother.“I wish I’d played against him,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “But those few moments that we spent before the game and during the game and after the game, they were amazing.”So it didn’t happen Monday, but an Antetokounmpo vs. Antetokounmpo matchup probably will happen eventually.A few years from now, there might be plenty of options for the family to choose from.Eldest brother Thanasis Antetokounmpo appeared in two games with New York three years ago, neither of those against Milwaukee. Kostas Antetokounmpo has yet to make his debut, but Dallas likes the way he’s progressing. Giannis Antetokounmpo should be a star for many years to come. And both Kostas and Giannis have said that Alex — a high schooler who is just 17 years old — might have the most talent of them all.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, and Dallas Mavericks’ Kostas Antetokounmpo, left, pose for a photo before an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle indicated that Kostas Antetokounmpo, who is on a two-way contract with the Texas Legends of the G League, is getting closer to NBA minutes.“He needs to develop that consistent motor,” Carlisle said. “His brother is a great example of that. Kostas has made significant improvements, particularly over the last few weeks, and that’s one of the reasons he’s on this trip. He’s earned it.”Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points, and Milwaukee beat Dallas 116-106.—By TIM REYNOLDS , AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare11 Shares
Berlin, Dec 14 (AFP) Borussia Dortmund can take a significant first step towards breaking Bayern Munich’s stranglehold on the Bundesliga title by beating Werder Bremen on Saturday to become ‘Herbstmeister’, or autumn champions.Dortmund are seven points clear in the table and a home win over Bremen at Signal Iduna Park will confirm them as the top side in the first half of the Bundesliga season which ends when the winter break starts on December 23.The unofficial title carries neither a trophy nor prize money, but 38 of the last 55 Herbstmeisters went on to became German champions.More significantly for the Bundesliga, Dortmund are set to finally break Bayern’s monopoly on the honorary title they have won for each of the last seven seasons.Dortmund are on a five-match Bundesliga winning streak and coach Lucien Favre said he was more interested in picking up a maximum nine points from their strenuous schedule of three league games in just six days than winning the title of autumn champions in his first season at Dortmund.After hosting Bremen, Dortmund travel to bottom side Fortuna Duesseldorf on Tuesday, then host second-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach a week on Friday in a tough finish to 2018.”We have three games in six days and it doesn’t do much good to talk about anything else other than our next match — full focus on Bremen,” said Favre tersely, when asked what it would mean to be autumn champions in his first season at Dortmund.The club’s sports director Michael Zorc continued the theme, saying: “It’s a title which has no meaning and we haven’t achieved it yet, so it’s not something which currently concerns us.”advertisement – Insider info -================Of more pressing concern is the fact midfielder Nuri Sahin, a product of Dortmund’s academy who joined Werder in August, has been giving Bremen tips on how to beat the leaders.”Of course we have talked about Dortmund,” Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt said with a grin.The midfielder’s return to Signal Iduna Park also gives Dortmund a chance to bid farewell to the 30-year-old who spent nine seasons with them and won the 2011 Bundesliga title.”He well deserves it and we will use the opportunity to say goodbye on Saturday,” added Zorc.Favre made 10 changes from the team which beat Schalke 2-1 away last Saturday in the Bundesliga from the side which won 2-0 at Monaco on Tuesday in the Champions League and a raft of changes are expected again.In-form stars like club captain Marco Reus, striker Paco Alacer, wingers Jacob Bruun Larsen and Jadon Sancho are expected to face Bremen.Fresh from their thrilling 3-3 draw at Ajax, which confirmed their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners, third-placed Bayern are at second-from-bottom Hanover on Saturday again looking to close the nine-point gap behind Dortmund.The defending champions have stopped rotating their squad, but Thiago Alcantara, who won a penalty at Ajax, and Kingsley Coman, who scored Bayern’s third goal off the bench, are both pushing for starting places following injury.Second-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach are without four key players at Hoffenheim, where they need a win to stay in the title race and stay two points ahead of Bayern, but trail Dortmund by seven.Swiss midfielder Denis Zakaria is suspended after a fifth yellow card this season while the key trio of Christoph Kramer, Matthias Ginter and Jonas Hoffmann are all injured.”Hoffenheim are one of the top teams in Germany, but we will travel there with confidence,” said Gladbach coach Dieter Hecking.”Now other players have their chance to face a strong opponent.” (AFP) APAAPA
The 47,200 dwt bulk carrier Hua Jiang 17 has allided with a grain terminal at Taizhou Port after it suffered a main engine failure.Local media reports suggest that the 2012-built vessel lost control of its main engine as it entered the port on September 13. After the ship’s crew failed to stabilize the vessel, it crashed into the dock.A facility at the Hauifu Grain Terminal collapsed due to the incident, while the vessel suffered damage, the reports indicate.Three tugs were sent by the local maritime security department to the scene to assist the ship, operated by Jiangsu Huajiang Shipping. At the time, the unit was on its way from China’s Gaogang port.Relevant authorities launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.World Maritime News Staff
New Delhi: The government has set up one- stop centres in 33 states and Union Territories across the country under the Nirbhaya Fund and provided Rs 2,250 crore under 29 programmes to ensure women safety, Rajya Sabha was informed Thursday.Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said the government has also set up 1,023 fast track courts under the Nirbhaya fund for providing early justice to the aggrieved women. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The Nirbhaya Fund was set up in 2013 and till July 17, 2019, Rs 2,250 crore in funds have been sent to states to implement 29 programmes for ensuring women safety,” she told the House. She lamented that till 2014, only one project towards women safety was approved but that too was not implemented. Irani said one-stop centres are being set up in 33 states and UTs and a total of 2.20 lakh women have been helped so far in the country through such centres. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedShe said the Nirbhaya Fund is being managed directly by the Finance ministry and funds are cleared by it, while an empowered committee headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, only gives its comments on whether the projects come under the purview of the Fund. In her written reply, the minister said the Nirbhaya Framework provides for a non-lapsable corpus fund for safety and security of women to be administered by the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) of the Government of India. “Setting up of special courts is under the domain of State Governments and High Courts. However, as part of the proposed National Mission for Safety of women (NMSW), a Scheme on the lines of other Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) for setting up Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs) has been formulated for expeditious trial and disposal of pending cases of rape and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO), Act. “The Empowered Committee (EC) of Officers constituted under the Framework for Nirbhaya Fund has appraised the project for setting up of FTSCs at a total financial outlay of Rs 767.25 crores,” she said in her reply.
Amber BernardAPTN NewsInuit leaders pressed the Canadian Heritage committee Monday in Ottawa to add special additions to Bill C-91, the Liberals proposed language act.“Bill C-91 as it is currently drafted completely overlooks the unique status of Inuktut and the practical needs of its speakers,” Natan Obed, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami told MPs.The bill purports to promote and revitalize Indigenous languages in Canada.But Obed says this bill falls short.Inuktut is the common language spoken by 84 per cent of Inuit living in 51 communities.Obed hopes to see the bill amended to include a special annex that addresses Inuktut as a distinct language.ITK’s amendments include making Inuktut an original language throughout Inuit Nunangat, Inuit homeland.Obed said historic policy that actively worked against the use of indigenous language, must now be met with progressive policy that includes the use of Inuktut in the federal service sector.“This country has been systemically trying to wipe out Indigenous languages and this is still a great opportunity to push back against that,” said Obed.“The legislation and the ability to co-develop, that we thought that we were entering into that would go beyond symbolism and figure out how to practically implement our rights. We still have a hope that innovation can happen and our submission shows that path forward.”Read: Inuktut provisions Obed said the current legislation proposed by the government fails to acknowledge the needs of Inuit people living in regions where Inuktut is widely used.If ITK’s submission is added to C-91, it would mean Inuktut speakers would be able to access federal public services in their native language.“These amendments are necessary to fulfill the federal government’s commitment to indigenous peoples and all Canadians to develop distinctions-based legislation,” Obed said.“They would ensure that our people are able to enjoy the human rights and fundamental freedoms that all peoples are entitled to, including in the political, economic, social, cultural and other fields of public life.”
Dennis WardAPTN NewsA Saskatoon college confirms that a hair styling instructor who was being investigated for racist comments is no longer employed with the institution.The MC College in Saskatoon, Sask., had previously suspended a staff member without pay while it investigated screenshots posted on social media, last weekend.The personal messages were shared on Facebook by Tami Eileen Whitehawk and widely shared.The messages were from Chelsea Kowalchuk, a hair styling instructor at the college.“Hahaha sorry you’re a fat ugly bitch that his family hates!!! You are an Indian let’s face it his family disowns you. You are pathetic. You will never compare to me!!!” Kowalchuk wrote to Whitehawk.Another shared message says, “Haha sorry you’re a pathetic broke Indian.’Joe Cairo, the president of MC College says “this even has been upsetting to our entire staff across all 6 locations and all of our students. This does not reflect our organization, our core value or our mission.”Whitehawk is not a student at the school but is in a relationship with Kowalchuk’s ex-husband and was in an online exchange with her at the time.“I don’t believe this is the way a MC college teacher should act,” Whitehawk responded. “Telling me I’m ugly because I’m native. Awful, @mc college.”Whitehawk, from the Cote First Nation, said she posted the messages online to expose Kowalchuk.She told APTN News that the attacks have been going on for six months.Cairo says Saskatoon’s campus director spoke with Whitehawk on Sept. 16 and apologized directly to her.According to the college Cairo the incident “also made us reflect on further steps we need to make to insure our values are shared by all our staff.”Cairo says one way the college is doing that is sourcing out “culturally sensitivity training for all staff to participate in. It’s an effort to make sure we learn and grow and that our students feel safe and valued while receiving their education.”Whitehawk says “moving forward this is a lesson for everyone that this type of behaviour and attitude can long happen in today’s society.”email@example.com@denniswardnews
Rabat – Moroccan-American woman, Iman Oubou has become the first Moroccan woman to ever be part of the Miss Universe selection committee during the 2018 Miss Universe beauty pageant held on December 17 December in Bangkok, Thailand.Oubou who was Miss New York 2015, is a self-made entrepreneur, published scientist, and founder of women’s online platform “SWAAY.” Oubou is a holder ofMaster’s degree in science and Biomedical Engineering from University of Colorado at Denver, US.Speaking to Vogue magazine about the competition and her role as a jury member, Oubou explained that this year’s 67th Miss Universe pageant did not mean top “exclude” men’s voices by selecting an all-women jury. “It was never about “omitting” men’s voices or intentionally removing them but rather about showcasing a panel that reflects the organization’s commitment to improving opportunities for women personally and professionally,” she stated.Read Also: Moroccan Singer Houda Saad Opens Hotel in MarrakechOubou named Miss Philippines Catriona Gray as Miss Universe 2018. Addressing the belief that beauty pageants are “shallow,” Oubou said that the competitions are no longer merely focused on beauty but have “evolved to become more about social change, leadership, community service, and being a voice for the voiceless.”The other female jury members next Obou were Monique Lhullier, a Filipino-American fashion designer, Bui Simon, who was Miss Universe 1988 from Thailand, Janaye Ingram, Miss New Jersey of 2004, and Michelle McLean, Miss Universe 1992 from Namibia.
There is no basis to claims of a threat from IS rebels to the US Embassy in Colombo, Government intelligence sources told Colombo Gazette.Reports spread of IS insurgents planning to hijack a small plane from the Ratmalana airport and crashing it into the US Embassy in Colombo. They also said that an investigation has been launched into the media report which claimed there was a threat to the US Embassy in Colombo.Meanwhile when the Colombo Gazette contacted the US Embassy in Colombo the Embassy said it does not comment on intelligence matters. (Colombo Gazette) However Government defence sources said that there was no basis for such a claim. The reports were allegedly based on information received by the US Embassy in Colombo.
Red’s appointment, as Honorary Ambassador for Green, is part of a UN campaign launched today in partnership with the globally renowned characters to make a direct link between tackling climate change and people’s happiness and well-being on the occasion of the International Day of Happiness to be observed on Sunday, 20 March.“The Angry Birds have entertained millions of people around the world – and now they are part of making the world a better place,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a launch event at UN Headquarters in New York.“We are proud to give Red a reason to go Green,” he said. “There is no better way to mark the International Day of Happiness than to have our animated ambassador raise awareness about the importance of addressing climate change to create a safer, more sustainable and happier future for all.”The campaign, in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Foundation, asks the general public across the world to make the Angry Birds happy by taking actions on climate change and sharing their photos and commitments on social media platforms using the common hashtag #AngryBirdsHappyPlanet.By recycling, taking public transportation and conserving water, for example, individuals can share tips on how they can live sustainably and happily in their everyday lives, he said. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon names The Angry Bird’s ‘Red’ Honourary Ambassador for Green on the International Day of Happiness. Credit: United NationsAs part of his ambassadorial duties, Red will go on a “virtual world tour” starting on 21 March, highlighting various ways to take climate action. The tour will take him to Paris, where countries adopted an historic agreement to address climate change in December, and will end in New York, where world leaders will sign the Paris Agreement at UN Headquarters on 22 April.During the launch event, the voice actors from the upcoming Angry Bird movie, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, and Maya Rudolph, and producers John Cohen and Catherine Winder gave hundreds of students gathered in the iconic UN General Assembly Hall a sneak preview of the #AngryBirdsHappyPlanet campaign materials, including public service announcements created to support the campaign. They also asked the young audience for their support to the campaign by doing their part to make a difference on climate change.In a message to mark this year’s Happiness Day, Mr. Ban said: “At this time of grave injustices, devastating wars, mass displacement, grinding poverty and other man-made causes of suffering,” the Day is a global chance to assert that “peace, well-being and joy deserve primacy.”“It is about more than individual contentment; it is an affirmation that we have a collective responsibility to humanity,” he added.By advancing progress towards the interlinked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the UN General Assembly last September, “we can help spread happiness and secure peace,” he stressed.“The best way to celebrate this International Day of Happiness is by taking action to alleviate suffering,” he urged.Since 2013, the UN has annually observed the Day on 20 March as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people worldwide. This year’s focus is on the relationship between having a healthy planet and happiness.
Fiona Muldoon, formerly head of credit institutions at the Central Bank, also warned against easing off on austerity, saying: ”The hard slog is not over, we are simply not there yet.”In a well-received speech at the summer school Muldoon warned that Ireland still has a large debt pile to contend with and said that tax breaks would inevitably lead to more borrowing which would not be in the country’s long term interests.She said: ”It will undoubtedly make for an easier political term for an elected government but it is not I believe collectively in our medium or long term interests.” But McHale said tonight: “The likelihood of not needing the full €2 billion to meet that target has increased given the recent [exchequer] numbers. But again we can’t forget the underlying risks and the possibilities of setbacks.”Last year the government cut €2.5 billion in the budget, some €600 million less than was previously flagged.McHale stressed that while this did not harm Ireland’s reputation a second year of scaled-back adjustment “could raise doubts about the political capacity to hold to the framework” having exited the bailout programme last December.‘Hard slog not over’He said that while exchequer returns for the first half of the year have increased the likelihood of the target being met with a smaller adjustment than €2 billion these figures can be “notoriously volatile and subject to revisions”.Earlier, the former secretary general of the Department of Finance, John Moran, said that he still sees “quite a lot of risk on the horizon” citing many external factors beyond Ireland’s control.“It’s not plain sailing out there, a lot of stuff is outside our control,” Moran told the audience, while stressing the department he has just left is better prepared for any crisis. THE GOVERNMENT HAS again been told to stick to the plan to cut €2 billion in the October budget by the chairman of the State’s spending watchdog. John McHale, the chair of Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, said that anything less than a €2 billion would represent a “worrying weakening of the commitment” to the fiscal targets laid down by the EU. At the MacGill Summer School in Glenties tonight, McHale said: “The original plan for doing the €2 billion additional adjustment should be followed through on.”He said the reasons for doing this include Ireland still having a large deficit of between €7 and 8 billion this year and a very large debt of 120 per cent of gross domestic product.His comments came just hours after Finance Minister Michael Noonan said that the 3 per cent deficit target will be hit “by making less cut backs and less tax increases”.Hitting the 3 per cent deficit target is required in order for Ireland to exit the EU’s excessive deficit procedure which obliges governments to avoid spending more than they take in through taxation. John McHale: There is a real sign of backtracking from €2bn budget cut, fraying at early stage of recovery #macgill14 pic.twitter.com/CsSdgSgEz2— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 23, 2014 John Moran says there is a much more robust extra line of defence in department with better risk assessment #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 23, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter DPER sec gen Robert Watt chipping in here, asking what tax increases and what spending reductions Fiona Muldoon would seek. #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 23, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Impact general secretary Shay Cody bemoaned rising house prices saying that “property porn” has returned in recent months. He called for urgent government intervention in the housing market.Earlier: “Less cutbacks, less tax increases” needed for Budget 2015 — Noonan Explainer: What the IFAC? Five questions about the guys who want a tougher budget this yearRead: Spending watchdog tells Government to stick to €2 billion austerity target Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter
In April of 2010 Sony caused a lot of upset with the release of firmware 3.21 for the PS3. That upset came from the fact it removed the OtherOS functionality from the console–the ability to install and use Linux.One gamer managed to get a partial refund from Amazon because of the functionality removal, but Sony wasn’t interested in discussing OtherOS, stating the PS3 is a games console and they can change what other functions it has without notice. That didn’t stop the company being embarrassed when GeoHot managed to hack the firmware and reintroduce the feature, though.Sony may have thought the firmware release was the end of the debate, but a class action lawsuit was started covering all PS3 consoles purchased between November 17, 2006 and March 27, 2010. The lawsuit was lead by Anthony Ventura and sought $5 million in compensation.Some 20 months later, and a judge has made a final ruling on the case. Unfortunately for those involved, it’s in Sony’s favor and the case has now been dismissed. A significant portion of the lawsuit had already been dismissed earlier this year because the “allegations of the complaint largely fail to state a claim.” Now it has been dismissed completely as the plaintiffs could not provide sufficient evidence that the OtherOS feature was required beyond the extent of Sony’s warranty.Sony will be glad the lawsuit has gone away, and has since taken action to ensure such a class action can never happen again by updating its Terms of Service. Even so, I doubt any gamer would ever trust using such a feature again if it were to re-appear in the PS4.Read more at RegHardware and Courthouse News Service
France International Adrien Rabiot has reportedly been banished from first-team training at Paris Saint-Germain.The midfielder is set to leave the French champions before the end of the January transfer window as he will be out of contract this summer.The French player has been linked with a number of clubs this window with the latest being Spanish giants Barcelona although the club denied making official contact for the player.Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Sports mole reports that Rabiot’s mother and agent Veronique Rabiot said last month that the midfielder would not be signing a new contract with PSG, making him a free agent at the end of this season.Apart from Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool have also been strongly linked with the 23-year-old whom PSG are mounting pressure on to leave sooner rather than later by making him train with the club’s reserve team.Rabiot has been a subject of controversy following his reaction to France Coach Didier Deschamps World Cup list last year.
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved spending $7.9 billion on military construction and family housing programs in fiscal 2017, closely matching the funding level recommended the previous day by House Appropriators.The Senate measure represents a $241 million drop from current year funding for milcon programs, but a $486 million increase over DOD’s request.The bill, which was marked up in subcommittee on Wednesday, would provide $205 million for past base closure rounds — including cleanup and ongoing operations and maintenance — matching the department’s request. The House’s measure recommends $230 million for the account next year.Congress allocated $266 million in the current year to clean up installations closed during past base closure rounds.The Senate bill includes $515 million for the top military construction priorities identified in the services’ FY 2017 unfunded requirements list, according to a bill summary on the Appropriations Committee’s minority website.It also includes $172.4 million that the Obama administration requested under the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account. The bulk of the OCO request, $114 million, is for projects related to the European Reassurance Initiative. The committee opted not to fund those items in the OCO account, however, and instead included those projects in the base milcon title.In contrast, House appropriators funded the $172.4 million request under the OCO account.Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) unsuccessfully tried to strike language in the bill prohibiting the construction, renovation or expansion of any facility in the United States to house detainees transferred from the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The committee voted 16 to 14 to table Durbin’s amendment, reported CQ Roll Call.The bill now heads to the Senate floor. “Off to a good start,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (Md.), ranking member on the full committee. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Seven police officers were at the post in Sukoharjo district at the time of the blast by the Islamic StateReutersA man suspected of being influenced by the Islamic State (IS) was seriously wounded after his device exploded outside a police post in Indonesia’s Central Java province, authorities said on Tuesday (June 4).Referring to the incident as a suicide bombing with a low-grade explosive, the national police spokesperson Dedi Prastyo said that seven police officers were at the post in Sukoharjo district at the time of the blast but no casualties were reported.Further, he added that the 22-year-old suspect was admitted to a hospital after sustaining injuries in his right hand and abdomen. “If he fully recovers, we will investigate further into his motive,” he said.Multiple photos were doing rounds on the internet which showed a man lying by the side of the road in a pool of blood. Later, he was rushed to a hospital in a police van.TRAC INCIDENT REPORT: Suicide Bomber at Police Security Post in #Sukoharjo Regency, Central Java province, #Indonesia – 03 June 2019 (30th Day of Ramadan)https://t.co/i2G8ysWjj9 pic.twitter.com/CFvC7azvKI— TRACterrorism.org (@TRACterrorism) June 3, 2019Over 160,000 security personnel were deployed by the authorities as Muslims all over the world are celebrating Ramadan. However, an alert has been issued for possible terror attacks by the police last week.As the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country is gearing up to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, the counter-terrorism police unit has detained hundreds of suspected militants.The latest development came after a series of suicide bombings at churches and police stations in the city of Surabaya which killed more than 30 people back in 2018.Meanwhile, over hundreds of Indonesians have travelled to the Middle East to join the Islamic State. Authorities fear about returnees causing major disruptions by spreading the radical ideology.(With inputs from agencies)