Austria Sees 8.6% Rise In Indian Tourists In 2018

first_imgSeeing an upsurge in its inbound tourists in 2018, a representative of the Austrian National Tourist Office said it received over 1.9 lakh Indian tourists – an 8.6% rise over the last year. The Vienna Tourism Board added that it had also received 7.7% more Indians in 2018. Of its inbound tourism numbers, Vienna saw 7.5 million arrivals from across the globe, 6% over the year before. According to the board, about 63,000 Indians visited across its 428 hotels. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

AP Source: Clippers Trading for George, Signing Leonard

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The Los Angeles Clippers made a huge decision.That meant Kawhi Leonard could finally make his.The Clippers will be landing Leonard as a free agent after they acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a massive trade for players and draft picks, a person familiar with the negotiations said.George will be traded for at least four first-round picks, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity early Saturday because none of the moves have been finalized. And Leonard made his decision to sign with the Clippers after the team swung the deal to land George, the person said.ESPN, which first reported the trade, also said the Thunder were getting Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari from the Clippers.FILE – In this April 16, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, looks to pass the ball around Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Portland, Ore. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Los Angeles Clippers will be landing Kawhi Leonard as a free agent after they acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a massive trade for players and draft picks. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Leonard going to the Clippers means that for the first time, a reigning NBA Finals MVP will be changing teams before the following season. Leonard was also being pursued by the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors, the team he led to last season’s NBA title.The most the Clippers can offer Leonard is $142 million over four years, which is the deal he is expected to sign. Players can sign with new teams as early as noon Eastern on Saturday.“New adventure in OKC,” Gallinari tweeted.Leonard is entering his ninth NBA season, is a three-time All-Star, a two-time champion and one of only three players in league history to win the NBA Finals MVP award with multiple franchises.Notoriously a man of few words, at least publicly, Leonard is generally considered to be the best two-way player in the NBA — dominant on the offensive end, airtight on the defensive end.His game-winning, four-bounce-off-the-rim jumper to beat the buzzer in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Philadelphia was perhaps the signature moment of this past season’s playoffs.And he just turned 28 last week — still very much in his prime.So, too, is George.The 29-year-old — who is owed roughly $105 million for the next three seasons — spent the last two years alongside Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City. George averaged a career-best 28 points last season even while dealing with shoulder issues that required surgery, and the Thunder couldn’t get out of the first round in either of those seasons.He was a finalist for both NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year last season, when he led the league with 2.21 steals per contest.A California native, going to the Clippers and pairing with Leonard means he’ll have a real chance of being on a title contender.The Lakers didn’t wait long before starting to move on from their quest for Leonard. Danny Green announced that he is signing a two-year deal with the Lakers, meaning he, too, is leaving Toronto.“Kawhi has made his decision. Seems like the announcement is out,” Green said in a video he posted to his social media accounts. “It’s time for me to make my announcement … I will be teaming up with new teammates in LA, the Los Angeles Lakers.”Green said he enjoyed Toronto and that it was unfortunate how free agency turned out for that city, the Raptors and for Canada.“LA, here I come,” Green said.Here comes Leonard — a Southern California native.Even President Donald Trump liked the move, tweeting early Saturday: “Great Coach, Great Guy!” and providing a link to a story noting Clippers coach Doc Rivers was a big winner landing Leonard and George.Leonard was, by far, the biggest name left on the free agent market. The other marquee names in this class like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson and Kemba Walker all made their decisions known relatively quickly.And like Durant, Irving and Walker, he’s changing addresses.His lone season in Toronto was the best of his career, answering every question about his health after a leg issue limited him to only nine games with San Antonio in 2017-18. Leonard averaged a career-high 26.6 points in the regular season — and was even better in the playoffs, averaging 30.5 points for the Raptors in their run to the title.“Last year, a lot of people were doubting me,” Leonard said after the NBA Finals. “They thought I was either faking an injury or didn’t want to play for a team. That was disappointing to me that that was out in the media, because I love the game of basketball.”The Raptors took a major chance in acquiring Leonard last summer, since they weren’t on his original list of preferred teams when he told the Spurs that he wanted to be moved elsewhere after spending his first seven seasons with them and helping them win the 2014 NBA title. DeMar DeRozan was the biggest piece that Toronto gave up in that deal, with Raptors President Masai Ujiri making the biggest move of his career.It delivered a title. But that wasn’t enough to make Leonard stay in Canada for the long haul.“He’s the best two-way player in the NBA,” Ujiri said during the NBA Finals.Leonard was simply dominant in the postseason, posting 14 games of 30 or more points. Only Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Kobe Bryant had postseasons with more 30-point games — Jordan had 16 of them in 1992, Olajuwon had 16 in 1995 and Bryant had 15 in 2009.The Raptors made clear: They considered Leonard the top player in the game, and he performed at a level worthy of that moniker.“Obviously, we have the best player in the league and the best player in these playoffs in Kawhi Leonard,” Raptors forward Pascal Siakam said after Toronto won the title.They’ll have to defend the title without him.It’s a massive blow to Toronto’s chances of back-to-back titles, and obviously puts a damper on the Lakers’ offseason quest as well — even though they will finalize a trade Saturday to bring in Anthony Davis from New Orleans and landed the sort of shooter than LeBron James craves by adding Green.“I’m going to come out and play the right way,” Leonard said last month. “I’m not trying to make headlines.”Try or not, he’s part of the summer’s biggest headline now.And he may be about to make the Clippers contenders as well.By: Tim Reynolds, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Adil Rashid in controversial England comeback for 1st Test against India

first_imgLeg-spinner Adil Rashid has been recalled to England’s squad for the first Test against India starting August 1 at Birmingham. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), on Thursday, named a 13-man squad for the first match of a five-Test series.Rashid, who had made himself unavailable for red-ball cricket, last played a Test in 2016, during England’s tour of India. Also back in the side was Moeen Ali, who was dropped after a nightmarish tour of Australia for the Ashes.Jamie Porter, the Essex seamer, got his maiden Test call-up.The England Test squad is a bit of a controversial selection given Rashid and Moeen have not done anything in the longer formats to merit a comeback. Rashid, however, was in spectacular form in the ODI series triumph over India. The wily leg-spinner bamboozled Virat Kohli with a sensational delivery and paved the way for victory at Leeds.BREAKING NEWSWe have named our squad for the first Specsavers Test match against India. Cricket (@englandcricket) July 26, 2018If Rashid does play in Edgbaston next week, it will be his maiden Test in England. Moeen, of course has played a fair few Tests at home and troubled India with 19 wickets during a 3-1 win in 2014.So we have picked someone who cannot be arsed with 4 day cricket for the Test Team … Forget whether he is good enough or not I find this decision ridiculous … !!!Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 26, 2018Rashid picked under exceptional circumstances compounded by Leachs injuries and lack of bowling. From next year only those contracted to play red ball cricket will be selected. Clearly big issue between Rashid and Yorkshire.advertisementJonathan Agnew (@Aggerscricket) July 26, 2018Yorkshire on Rashid call up: Mark Arthur, Yorkshire ceo: Were very surprised that England have called Adil up after not playing red ball cricket this season. Neither has he expressed a desire to do so. I hope that England know what theyre doing to Adil, and the county game.Nick Hoult (@NHoultCricket) July 26, 2018″Following his decision in February 2018, Adil has a white-ball-only contract to play for Yorkshire this summer,” England selector Ed Smith said in a statement.”That arrangement is unchanged by his selection for England. However Adil fully understands that if he wishes to be eligible for Test cricket in the 2019 season, he must have a county contract to play four-day cricket.”Moving forward, England Test players must be committed to the County Championship.”Meanwhile, all-rounder Chris Woakes, who is recovering from thigh and knee injuries, has been left out of the squad.There were no other surprises in the England team.Full squad: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes.last_img read more



a month agoMan City chiefs see Van ­Bronckhorst as Guardiola successor

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City chiefs see Van ­Bronckhorst as Guardiola successorby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGiovanni van ­Bronckhorst has been handed an access-all-areas role at Manchester City.The Mirror says City approached former Feyenoord coach Van Bronckhorst – who has signed a contract that has put him on the payroll.The plan is for him to remain in Manchester if it proves a good fit.Pep Guardiola’s contract with City expires in the summer of 2021.And after seeing rivals Manchester United flounder in the six years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, the Spanish executives who run the club for Sheikh Mansour want to put a succession plan in place.Van Bronckhorst will spend the next year getting to know the inner workings of the club that has become the dominant force in English football over the last decade.He is currently working alongside close friend Brian Marwood, City’s highly-influential Football Administration Officer. last_img read more

ESPN Analyst: It’s “Comical” How Good Clemson Will Be This Season

first_imgJustyn Ross celebrates with Clemson teammates including Derion Kendrick after touchdown.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Justyn Ross #8 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with teammates after scoring a 52-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Clemson enters this season as the No. 1 team in the preseason Coaches’ Poll, but that ranking might not even capture just how dominant the program could be this fall.The Tigers lost several prospects to the NFL Draft, such as Dexter Lawrence, Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins. While the defense has a few holes to fill, the offense is loaded with talent everywhere.Trevor Lawrence is expected to compete for the Heisman Trophy, Travis Etienne is arguably the best running back in college football, and Justyn Ross is an emerging star at wide receiver. All three players should be quite productive this upcoming season.With expectations set pretty high for this season, the pressure is on for the Tigers to make another championship run. Fortunately, it appears analysts are confident they’ll get the job done. ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho believes Clemson will be so good this season it’s “comical.” He spoke about how great the Tigers could be on Get Up.Acho went as far as to guarantee that Dabo Swinney will lead the Tigers into the College Football Playoff.From 247Sports:“Take the pen, pick up the permanent marker and Sharpie Clemson into the College Football Playoff,” Acho said on ESPN. “They’re that good. It’s honestly comical when you think about how good this Clemson football team is. Trevor Lawrence, Justyn Ross, Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins. What don’t they have? People talk about all they lost on defense. Don’t tell me about their defense because I can tell you what they do have is dogs, weapons, monsters on offense. I don’t think any game will be close until, maybe, A&M will be a little bit difficult and then the ACC Championship.”The defending champions open the season against Georgia Tech.ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Clemson an 88 percent chance of winning the ACC – and that seems low.last_img read more

New Approach to Accommodations

first_imgThe province and tourism industry are working together to implement a new approach to ensure safe, quality accommodations for visitors to Nova Scotia. Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, announced today, Nov. 27, that a bill will be tabled in the spring to repeal the Tourist Accommodations Act, which requires accommodations properties to be licensed. Instead, properties may be rated by nationally or internationally recognized quality programs or meet minimum quality standards established by the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS). “Our new approach ensures fairness for accommodations operators and ensures that all properties promoted in our marketing activities meet provincial safety requirements and industry standards for quality,” said Mr. Dooks. “This approach is simple, reduces red tape, gives operators choice and meets consumers’ needs. We are moving in this new direction in partnership with TIANS and I am confident it will be successful.” Once the act is repealed, licensing will end. There are two options for accommodations operators who choose to participate in provincial tourism marketing activities, such as the Doers and Dreamers Guide, the Check In Nova Scotia Reservation Service and They can be rated by any of the recognized rating programs such as Canada Select or the Canadian Automobile Association. More than half of Nova Scotia’s licenced accommodation properties are members of recognized rating programs. Operators who choose not to have their properties rated can participate in an industry-led quality program. The association will work with the industry to develop and lead the program, which will include a set of minimum quality standards for accommodations properties. “TIANS is very pleased to see resolution on this issue and we believe that this solution will enable us to improve the quality of the tourism product,” said Susan Tilley-Russell, chair of the association. “By assuming responsibility, the industry can ensure minimum standards are meeting consumers’ needs and expectations — this is an innovative way to develop a world-class tourism destination. “Working in partnership with government allows us to create a competitive business environment.” All accommodations properties, even if they don’t participate in provincial marketing activities, are required to comply with federal, provincial and municipal legislation related to safety and operation of a business. “Replacing licensing with our new approach is in line with government’s Better Regulation initiative to improve the business climate in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Dooks. “Making this move allows the department to focus on our mandate of promoting Nova Scotia as a tourism destination, and gives our industry the leadership role that it has said it wants to play to improve quality in our tourism product.” Mr. Dooks announced the new approach to more than 400 members of the tourism industry at the annual association Tourism Summit. He explained that government’s decision was made after a thorough review of the act and regulations that began in July 2006. The review included industry consultation, consumer research, a review of best practices in other provinces and consultation with other government departments. More information is available on the department’s website at .last_img read more

Take up baking not sport Neesham to kids post WC loss

first_imgNew Delhi: New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham was left shattered after their narrow defeat in a nerve-wrecking final of the 2019 World Cup at the hands of England. On Sunday, the scores were levelled twice in the game — one after the allotted 100 overs and the other after the Super Over at the iconic Lord’s. In the end, it was the superior boundary count which saw England have their hands on the coveted trophy for the very first time. Two dramatic run-outs in the final over of England’s innings took the game into a Super Over with the scores tied on 241. England held their nerve, levelling the scores on the final ball of the deciding over, and then edged ahead on the boundary count to be crowned men’s world champions for the first time. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Neesham, who came into bat in the Super Over, expressed gratitude towards the fans for their support, but also advised children not to take up sports. He first tweeted congratulating England, saying that he hoped to not remember the last half hour of the World Cup finals over the next decade. “That hurts. Hopefully there’s a day or two over the next decade where I don’t think about that last half hour. Congratulations England, well deserved,” he tweeted. He then tweeted thanking all the fans for their support: “Thank you to all the supporters that came out today. We could hear you the whole way. Sorry we couldn’t deliver what you so badly wanted.” And then he tweeted advising children not to take up sport. “Kids, don’t take up sport. Take up baking or something. Die at 60 really fat and happy.”last_img read more

Delhi CM orders probe into Zakir Nagar fire incident

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday ordered a probe into the southeast Delhi’s Zakir Nagar fire incident in which six people, including three children, were killed and 13 were injured. The AAP chief, who visited the spot where the fire broke out, said all lapses behind the massive fire will be probed. According to an official, the chief minister also announced a compensation of Rs five lakh each for the families of the deceased and Rs two lakh each to the injured. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “All lapses behind the massive fire will be probed,” Kejriwal said. Eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the blaze which broke out in a four-storey residential building on Tuesday. The fire had occurred due to short circuit in the electric metres of the building housing 13 flats, officials said. Around seven cars and 19 motorcycles were also destroyed in the blaze. The deceased were identified as Zoha (34), Nagmi (30), Arbaaz (6), Amna (8) and Zikra (8). Their bodies have been kept at the AIIMS. The sixth body is yet to be identified and has been kept at the Safdarjung Hospital.last_img read more

Ontario court upholds stay of legal proceedings against 3 tobacco companies

first_imgTORONTO — An Ontario court has upheld an order that suspended legal proceedings against three major tobacco companies, rejecting arguments from lawyers representing Quebec smokers.Ontario Superior Court Justice Thomas McEwen issued his decision Wednesday but did not lay out his reasons, saying those would be released at a later date.The companies — JTI-Macdonald Corp., Rothmans, Benson & Hedges and Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. — were granted the stay last month as part of the creditor protection process.They obtained the protection shortly after Quebec’s highest court upheld a landmark decision that ordered them to pay more than $15 billion to smokers in two class-action lawsuits.The companies have said they had no choice but to seek the stay so they could continue to operate as they try to negotiate a global settlement with all those who have claims against them, including the class-action members and several provincial governments.But lawyers representing the class members argued the stay in their case should be revoked if the tobacco companies plan to appeal the Quebec ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.At a hearing earlier this month, they said the companies cannot negotiate a settlement in good faith while also challenging the findings of the court.The lawyers said if the companies plan to seek leave to appeal, the matter should be sent back to the Quebec court so it halt the implementation of its ruling until the appeal process is complete.In his decision, McEwen said the stay order would require parties to seek the court’s permission before launching new proceedings involving the companies, including any applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.The judge had previously extended the order to June 28, with a hearing to be held a few days earlier.The Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health, which was behind the class-action suits, said it would hold off commenting on the ruling until the judge’s reasons were released. Lawyers representing several provincial governments had opposed the Quebec lawyers’ application, saying one group of claimants should not be prioritized over others.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Variety The Childrens Charity Presents The Isle Of Wight Reunion Gig

first_imgVariety – The Children’s Charity, has teamed up once again with the legendary Isle of Wight Festival to host The Isle of Wight Reunion Gig 2015, a star-studded night of live music in aid of the charity.Several of the festival’s best-received acts will take to the stage at Koko, Camden on Tuesday 15th September to recapture the magic of that unforgettable weekend in June.Television and radio favourite Gaby Roslin and Capital FM’s Greg Burns will present special sets from The Carnabys, Twin Wild, Judas, New City Kings, We-Are-Z, and Vambo, with Starsailor’s James Walsh confirmed for a special guest slot. All performers are donating their time in aid of Variety while enjoying the thrill of playing in front of the 1000-strong audience, brimming with celebrities and festival followers.Fans will have the opportunity to experience the excitement of one of the world’s most iconic music festivals right in the heart of London, at one of the capital’s most famous venues. Tickets to the hotly-anticipated event can be bought for £12 on the door, or for just £10 online at will be running a series of pre-gig promotions, offering a number of £3.50 drink specials to be enjoyed on the roof terrace before the bands light up the stage.The Isle of Wight Reunion Gig takes place from 6.30pm until 11pm.Please note this event is for ages 16+.last_img read more

Spain to Implement Facial Recognition Technology at Ceuta Border

Rabat – After initial a successful pilot scheme which concluded on July 16, the governing council  of Spanish enclave Ceuta is set to implement facial recognition technology as part of its border security. The system is to be fully operational starting July. Over 14 new cameras equipped with facial recognition technology have been installed over the months of June and July, replacing many of the outdated 1990s models that were still in place. According to the government of Ceuta, this initiative serves two major interests. First, it should enhance security at the crossing  by making it easier to identify and stop suspects at the border. Second, it should also ease traffic and congestion by streamlining the border crossing process, especially time consuming security verification measures.  The Ceuta border is one of the busiest external borders of the European Union. Thousands of people and vehicles cross the border every day.Read also: Spanish Political Party in Melilla Defends Import of Moroccan Sheep for Eid Al AdhaIn addition to facial recognition, Spanish authorities have also expressed their intention to heighten the barriers along the border for added security.  Morocco is also increasing its security apparatus on its side of the border by adding barbed wire and reinforcing border security measures. Melillia, another Spanish exclave, is also set to implement similar measures in the near future. read more

UN nuclear watchdog seriously concerned over gaps in Irans declaration

In his first briefing to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Governing Board since Iran signed additional safeguards aimed at preventing the development of nuclear weapons, Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei also said full cooperation was essential from countries from which nuclear technology and equipment for Tehran originated. At the same time he welcomed the “active cooperation and openness” shown by Libya, which renounced internationally proscribed weapons in December, and called the withdrawal by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) a dangerous precedent threatening the credibility of the non-proliferation regime. The IAEA has been heavily engaged in verifying Iran’s programme since early last year and in November strongly deplored Tehran’s past breaches of the NPT. At the time Mr. ElBaradei said the agency had no proof that Iran’s activities were linked to a nuclear weapons programme and Tehran consistently denied any such intention. Today, he told the Board in Vienna: “I am seriously concerned that Iran’s October declaration did not include any reference to its possession of P-2 centrifuge designs and related R&D (research and development), which in my view was a setback to Iran’s stated policy of transparency. This is particularly the case since the October declaration was characterized as providing ‘the full scope of Iranian nuclear activities,’ including a ‘complete centrifuge R&D chronology.’” He noted “with satisfaction” that since October Iran had granted IAEA inspectors access to requested sites, documentation and personnel and suspended reprocessing and uranium enrichment related activities as a confidence building measure. But, he added: “It is vital that, in the coming months, Iran ensures full transparency with respect to all of its nuclear activities, by taking the initiative to provide all relevant information in full detail and in a prompt manner.” Calling for expanded cooperation from countries where nuclear supplies originated, Mr. ElBaradei declared: “Hopefully, with no new revelations, and with satisfactory resolution of these and other remaining questions, we can look forward to a time when the confidence of the international community has been restored.” In November the Board warned that if further serious Iranian failures came to light, it would consider all options at its disposal. These options include referring the matter to the Security Council, which can impose sanctions. On Libya, Mr. ElBaradei said its failure over many years to declare its nuclear material and activities represented a breach of its obligation to comply with provisions of its safeguards agreement, “and its acquisition of a nuclear weapon design is clearly a matter of utmost concern.” But he added that following Tripoli’s renunciation of weapons of mass destruction, it “has responded promptly to the Agency’s requests for information, and assisted the Agency in gaining a full picture of its nuclear programme,” and agreed to conclude an additional protocol of safeguards. On the DPRK, Mr. ElBaradei said the IAEA had been unable to draw conclusions on its nuclear activities since Pyongyang terminated onsite agency verification activities in 2002, but he welcomed the continued six-party talks in Beijing on the nuclear issue, with the participation of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia, the United States and the DPRK. He also noted that the IAEA had found increasing evidence of a complex black market network in nuclear materials as part of its verification of Libyan and Iranian activities. “An important part of our investigation is to find out whether the sensitive nuclear technologies in question have been spread to any other countries or end-users,” he said. read more

Colombia Ban welcomes agreement between government and FARC

“This is a significant achievement and an important step forward,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.“[Mr. Ban] wishes both delegations further success in their efforts to reach agreement on the remaining issues and to put an end to Colombia’s long conflict.”According to media reports, the agreement, reached after months of peace talks in Havana, Cuba, calls for the economic and social development of rural areas and providing land to poor farmers.The Government estimates that 600,000 people have died since the conflict began between the country’s authorities and the FARC-EP in the 1960s, and some three million more have been internally displaced by the fighting.

Sustainable energy tops agendas of UNbacked forums in Vienna Russia

“Energy is now recognized as a defining issue of our time,” said Kandeh K. Yumkella, the UN Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All, and the Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) which organized the three-day Vienna Energy Forum along with Austrian authorities and the Intentional Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA). “The lack of access to energy is a crucial constraint for development efforts. This is why the post-2015 framework should put in place a clearly articulated, global, long-term goal on universal energy access, supported by short-term targets and a robust monitoring and reporting system,” he added. More than 1,500 participates are attending the forum. Mr. Yumkella vowed that the organizers will work with the stakeholders “to achieve sustainable energy for all and drive real action on the ground to help transform lives, communities, economies and continents, and at the same time protect the environment.”The Sustainable Energy for All initiative which the forum supports is aimed at achieving three inter-linked global targets by 2030: universal access to modern energy services; the doubling of energy efficiency; and the doubling of the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy mix.Meanwhile, Asia-Pacific countries are meeting in a four-day conference on regional cooperation for enhanced security and sustainable use of energy in Vladivostok, Russia, under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).The conference, which started on 27 May, is the first Asia-Pacific region-wide intergovernmental ministerial meeting on energy convened by the UN.High-level participants include heads of government and ministers from 35 regional countries across the Asia-Pacific region are focusing on access to energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy and environment, energy economics, trade and investment, and connectivity. Business leaders and representatives of civil society are also attending. read more

South Sudans women caught up in futile mans war UN gender equality

Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, told the 15-member Council that following September’s agreement between President Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar, who is due to be reinstated as Vice President, fighting was continuing.She said “leaders of warring factions and armed parties” needed to tell their followers about the agreement, as women themselves are “anxious for progress” and “forging ahead with reconciliation, even though between themselves as women, they had no disputes or hostilities to resolve.”They all found themselves caught up in a futile man’s war in which they are all victims of sexual assault, their families are killed, and their livelihoods destroyed – Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women“What they had in common was that they all found themselves caught up in a futile man’s war in which they are all victims of sexual assault, their families are killed, and their livelihoods destroyed,” said Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka.“They had no access to the leaders of their country, who they said are responsible for the crisis, and they are asking us, as the United Nations and African Union, to do more to help them and to hold the leaders accountable,” she added, briefing members following the first ever joint mission to South Sudan led by UN Women, UN Peacekeeping (DPKO), together with the 55-member African Union (AU).DPKO chief, Jean Pierre Lacroix, co-leader of the delegation in early October to the war-ravaged nation, along with senior AU officials, told Council members that the revitalized agreement “provides a roadmap for an inclusive political settlement of the conflict.”The “pre-transitional period” was critical he said, adding that honouring the provisions for women, “in particular the 35 per cent guarantee for their representation across the executive arm…will be of particular importance to achieving an inclusive and durable peace.”He said the women that the high-level delegation had met in places such as Bentiu, and the capital Juba, were prioritizing “women’s engagement in monitoring the quota implementation”. He said it was imperative their voices be heard at a local level, for justice and reconciliation to be realized.Since their visit, added Mr. Lacroix, some progress had been evident, including the participation of Mr. Machar and other opposition leaders in peace celebrations in the capital, Juba, on 31 October.“President Kiir’s apology to the people of South Sudan for the immense suffering exacted by the conflict, and the release of political prisoners, including two high-profile opposition political detainees, are all positive gestures towards confidence-building and reconciliation,” he told the Council.However he warned that tangible peace across the world’s youngest country, was still a long way off: “Notwithstanding these developments I must continue to stress that there can be no viable or sustainable peace unless the parties adhere to a permanent ceasefire, silence the guns, disengage forces, and include women as key players.” read more

Maserati celebrates centenary at SMMT

Maserati has taken to SMMT’s Westminster headquarters to celebrate its centenary year. The display features Maserati’s current Ghibli and Quattroporte models as well as a 1963 Sebring Series 1.Founded in 1914 by brothers Alfieri, Bindo, Carlo, Ernesto and Ettore, Maserati became known for its race-prepared Isotta Fraschinis. By 1927, it had built its first racing car, which won the Italian constructor’s title at the hands of Ernesto.This early victory set the precedent for decades of racing success. In the mid ‘50s Maserati dominated Formula One with the 250F, driven by the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss. Meanwhile, the innovative Birdcage sports cars saw success in endurance racing of the 1960s.On the road, Maserati became known for its individual style, startling performance and outstanding luxury. Models such as the 3500GT brought a wealthy American and European clientele to Maserati, while the Merak and Bora in the 1970s were among the cream of the supercar crop.Highlighting the manufacturer’s historical success, Maserati is showcasing a 1963 Sebring Series 1 in the SMMT showroom. Based on the Maserati 3500, the Sebring was aimed at the American market and named after Jean Behra and Juan Manuel Fangio’s victory at the 1957 Sebring 12 hour race in a Maserati 450S. The example on show is one of just three Series 1 cars still known to be on UK roads, and started life as a Maserati press demonstrator.Maserati’s prominence as a luxury sports car manufacturer continues to this day, shown by the Ghibli and Quattroporte also on display. Heralding a new era for the manufacturer, the Ghibli is Maserati’s first premium E-segment car. A smaller, lighter and more affordable Maserati, the Ghibli has helped achieve significant registrations growth in 2014.When the previous generation Quattroporte was launched in 2004, it marked a return to form for the Italian manufacturer, which had long been known for its four-door luxury saloons. The latest generation offers even greater levels of luxury, while boasting impressive weight savings and a new 3.0-litre diesel engine.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

New Ohio State pistol coach Emil Milev shoots for the next level

Emil Meliv, now Ohio State’s pistol coach, takes aim at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup at Fort Benning in Georgia on March 28, 2014. Credit: Courtesy of USA ShootingAfter competing in six Olympic games, Emil Milev has a new challenge ahead of him: being head coach of the Ohio State pistol team as it prepares for another triumphant season.The pistol team won last year’s women’s aggregate national championships and the open team intercollegiate championship for the third season in a row. Milev said he is looking forward to building on the success of an already highly decorated program and “taking it to the next level.”“The name is what led me here — it’s the best in the country,” Milev said. “I think the team and I can work together, and this collaboration can be beneficial to the program. I want to give them a lot of opportunities in the sport and in life.” The Bulgarian-born Milev competed for his home country in four Olympic games between 1992 and 2004 and earned the silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta games, before moving to the U.S. in 2004 and becoming a U.S. citizen in 2009. He competed for the U.S. in the 2012 London and 2016 Rio games. Milev also is a six-time World Championship competitor, earning the silver medal in 1994. Milev began the sport of pistol as a hobby, going with friends to the shooting range. He began intercollegiate competition, eventually working toward qualifying for the World Championship and Olympics.“I felt hungry for the competitiveness, and started practicing harder, reading books and learning more about the sport,” Milev said. “Never in high school did I think I would be at six Olympic games and even receiving a medal. I just love it so much. I never dreamed it would be my life, but it slowly turned out to be that way. It’s very rewarding.”A main goal of Milev’s is to have the program focus more to the Olympic-styled events he knows best.“The [National Rifle Association] is making a few changes in their competitive events, but right now only three collegiate events pistol shooters participate in are Olympic,” Milev said. “I would like to see the program go in this direction, and eventually see athletes coming here to contribute to our team along with our athletes competing and winning in international matches in the years to come.”Pistol has multiple events in the men’s and women’s divisions, depending on the size of the gun used and the distance from the target. The type of competitions also vary in how fast the shooter must get the shots off. Most of the sport, as described by Milev, is a balance between controlling the fine-tuned machine to work with the shooter and the mental focus needed to be successful.“To truly appreciate pistol, you have to try it,” Milev said. “Even just learning more about it, asking our athletes about what they do and how they must train, people will understand this is truly a sport.”Sophomore Anthony McCollum, who earned the silver medal in last year’s national open-air competition, said Milev has already made an impact on the Buckeyes, though he was hired less than three weeks ago. The team competes on October 27-28 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where it will face Army, Coast Guard, North Dakota State and Utah to begin the season. “We ask for the Ohio State community to celebrate with us, there’s a lot of talent on this team and you can expect lots of wins this year,” Milev said. read more

Finsbury Park terror attack survivor insists extremists will never win

The 46-year-old father of four insisted Osborne, from Cardiff, and the other terrorists who have targeted London will never defeat the “peace loving” people of Britain.“The minority can never overrule the majority,”  he said from his home in East London. “I think now this community has pulled together and is getting stronger and stronger day by day. It is the terrorists who are the real losers in all of this.”Mr Hersi, who is trained in first aid, had been tending to Mr Ali, 51, after he collapsed in the street following prayers at the Muslim Welfare House. As he comforted and treated the ill man, Osborne drove his van at the group causing multiple injuries to Mr Ali and hurling Mr Hersi into the air. Makram Ali, 51, a victim of a terror attack in Finsbury Park who died as a result of multiple injuries Asked if he had a message for Osborne, who was jailed earlier this year for life, he said: “I try to avoid thinking about him. But if I do I think what a horrible person he is, just like any other terrorist. The scene at on the night of the terror attack in North London Makram Ali, 51, a victim of a terror attack in Finsbury Park who died as a result of multiple injuriesCredit:Metropolitan Police The vehicle was coming at such speed Mr Hersi only heard the revving of its engine and so had no time to get out of the way. “However, if I have a message for him it would be that he should enjoy the rest of his time in jail. He is in the right place and has got what he deserved.”Osborne was jailed for a minimum of 43 years. On Tuesday morning, hundreds of people will observe a minute’s silence to mark a years since a far right terrorist drove a van into Muslim worshippers returning from Ramadan prayers in North London.Darren Osborne killed Makram Ali, a father of four, and injured nine others in Finsbury Park that night. It was one of four murderous terrorist atrocities in Britain in 2017.Among those who will attend the minute’s silence on the steps of the borough’s town hall this week will be Yassin Hersi, the last person to speak to Mr Ali alive. Prince Charles visits the Muslim Welfare House, in Finsbury near the scene of the Finsbury Mosque attack, and sits with Yassin Hersi who was a victim of the incident and his wife Cllr Rakhia Ismail Prince Charles visits the Muslim Welfare House, in Finsbury near the scene of the Finsbury Mosque attack, and sits with Yassin Hersi who was a victim of the incident and his wife Cllr Rakhia IsmailCredit:John Nguyen/JNVisuals He insisted he was simply “lucky” on June 19 last year, despite needing a spell in hospital and requiring crutches for many weeks. One year on he still walks with a limp, but is adamant that his thoughts remain with Mr Ali and his family.“I still get flashbacks and suffered some kind of trauma disorder,” Mr Hersi continued. “There are a lot of things still in my memory. I’m not fully recovered, but I’m getting better. I still receive some treatment: I see a psychologist and a physiotherapist.” The scene at on the night of the terror attack in North London In the mayhem that followed Osborne ran from the van shouting that he wanted to “kill all Muslims”, before the crowd restrained him until police arrived.Mr Hersi, originally from Somaliland, at first felt no pain, but when he tried to get up he collapsed realising he was badly injured and his ankle smashed.Mr Hersi, whose wife Rakhia Ismail is a local councillor, believes Osborne had been brainwashed by the simplistic rhetoric of far right extremists. 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. Darren Osborne was convicted of murder and attempted murder after he carried out an attack in Finsbury Park on 19 June 2017Credit:Metropolitan Police Darren Osborne was convicted of murder and attempted murder after he carried out an attack in Finsbury Park on 19 June 2017 read more

Guyana bankers refute GRA claims about 4B owed in taxes

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFinance Minister is ‘hopelessly confused’ – says NandlallDecember 4, 2016In “Politics”GRA rakes in $199Billion for 2018February 2, 2019In “Business”Govt must take responsibility for Banks DIH $28B claim – JagdeoFebruary 4, 2017In “latest news” The Guyana Association of Bankers Inc had denied allegations made by the Guyana Revenue Authority that the local banking sector is failing to honor its tax obligation.In a statement, both commercial and non-bank financial institutions said that they have honored there debts over the years.This came after GRA claimed that the local banking industry owed some $4B in corporate tax.The issue first stemmed from Citizens Bank receiving Notices of Assessment from the GRA back in December 2018, claiming additional corporation taxes amounting to some $534,416,000.According to GABI financial statements are prepared, reviewed and finalised in keeping with domestic, regional and international accounting and taxation standards as well as Bank of Guyana regulatory guidelines.At a press conference on Friday, however, Statia explained that “banks are commercial entities in the business of lending and have bad debts; however, while the financial standards allow banks to make provision for these debts in their accounting, the Corporation Tax Act speaks about bad debt in a different light. We deal with actual bad debt – not because you provide for a bad debt means it will actually be bad… You cannot write off that debt as a provision and expect GRA to accept it.”However, the Bankers Association said that the approach currently employed by the commercial banks have always been accepted by the relevant authorities and this has been well-documented and confirmed by the tax collection body.The Association had already approached GRA, through the Bank of Guyana (BoG), to come to an agreement on the matter but the tax boss is adamant that he will not change the assessment. In light of this, GABI said it has engaged experienced, legal and accounting minds to pursue this matter to the fullest extent on its behalf. read more