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Javier Ceppi’s rise from ‘jugaad’ to World Cup showbiz

first_imgWhen Javier Ceppi first arrived in India, having been appointed as the tournament director of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the Chilean was lost in transition.It weren’t the breezy mornings of November, 2014 that took Ceppi by surprise it was, in fact, what locals here call the ‘Jugaad’ – an easy way out to every situation.”Probably the first word I learnt was jugaad, for me that word reflected all that we didn’t want to do. I went time and again, no jugaad. The culture of jugaad, the culture of getting things done in the last minute was not going to work. So the first pain, apart from learning what jugaad meant, we took was that we visited all the important places, learnt nuisances of some languages in the first week of our job. It looked complicated at that time.”We thought we had a lot of work to be done and that is why we said we can’t leave it for the last minute. So we were buying from government of India, state government, DY Patil and then, like any other World Cup, it has its challenges, but the amount of goodwill and importance that different stakeholders had applied to this World Cup has been fantastic,” Ceppi said on Thursday.Someone who has closely watched Indian football would agree that the infrastructure and facilities in all six venues – Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Goa, Guwahati and Kolkata – were fairly away from international standards.For Ceppi, the pressure was on to deliver a tournament that was looked upon by the country as a catalyst of change. And for a man who was part of the U-17 World Cup organising committee in UAE, 2013 and tournament director at home Chile in 2015, Ceppi was aware of the challenge.advertisement”To organise a tournament of this scale and in India for the first time was a big challenge for us. The country was new to all this and we had that sense of anticipation.”After a few bumps on the road, it believe it was a smooth ride overall. It was perhaps smoother than we expected it to be. The reception of the fans, the support from the government and the contribution of the 500 people working hard for the World Cup, everything has been immense. I believe, after this, India can host any World Cup or other big event in future and it’s about time I re-apply for the post,” Ceppi summed up.last_img read more

French Open: PV Sindhu marches into quarters, Manu-Sumeeth upset world No.5

first_imgPV Sindhu battled her own tendency of giving away easy points as she marched into the quarter-finals of French Open with a 21-17, 21-16 win over Japan’s Sayaka Sato on Thursday.Sindhu took off 45 minutes to fend off the challenge from Sato’s fighting display and her own errors as she set up a quarter-final clash against China’s He Bingjiao, who earlier defeated South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun 21-12, 21-19.While Sindhu’s was a routine victory, it were India’s wins in the men’s doubles that sprung the most and the best surprises.The pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy stunned the world No.5 Chinese pair of Zhang Nan and Liu Cheng 21-14, 21-16 to set up a meeting with their compatriots Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. Manu Attri (right) and B Sumeeth Reddy played out of their skins to beat world No.5. (BAI Facebook Photo)Satwik and Chirag, ranked 25th in the world, had earlier toppled world No.16 Chinese pair of He Jiting and Tan Qiang 21-13, 21-19 to enter only their third quarter-final this year on the BWF World Tour.Earlier in the day, Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal had both advanced to the quarter-finals with come-from-behind victory against Lee Dong Keun and Nozomi Okuhara, respectively.Saina has now defeated Okuhara twice in two weeks as the Indian had come out on top in the Denmark Open quarter-finals clash against Okuhara too. Srikanth, on the other hand, snapped his two-match losing streak against the South Korean.Sindhu started the match against Sato with utter dominance as the Japan’s left-hander was just unable to match Sindhu’s accuracy, power and stroke-making. Such was Sindhu’s control of the game that she led Sato 11-5 at the break of the first game.advertisementHowever, Sindhu lost her concentration and her sharpness in the middle to let Sato come back into the game. Sindhu also had two unsuccessful challenges as Sato closed it down to 16-16.Sindhu upped the ante from thereon and let Sato get away with just one point before taking the first game in 22 minutes.The second game was exactly the same where Sindhu raced off to a huge 12-4 lead only to lose her way in the middle and Sato threatened to come close. However, Sindhu did not repeat the mistake on letting Sato too close a second time and closed out the match 21-16 with a 31-shot rally, the longest of the match.YONEX FRENCH OPEN 2018 | Badminton WS – R16 – Highlights #badminton #HSBCBWFbadminton pic.twitter.com/lmQ5Z8NlEzBWF (@bwfmedia) October 25, 2018INDIAN MEN’S DOUBLES PAIRS SHINEBoth the pairs of Satwik/Chirag and Manu/Sumeeth had an uphill task at hand with Chinese opponents against them but they managed to play out of their skins to get the huge victories.Towards the late half of the evening, both the Indian pairs showed their class to the French audience in the arena by outplaying their Chinese counterparts.While it took Satwik/Chirag 36 minutes to go past He/Tan, Manu and Sumeeth took 39 minutes to show their class against Liu and Zhang. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will meet Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy in the French Open quarters. (BWF Facebook Photo)It was a huge day for the Indian doubles badminton as two Indian pairs outplayed China, who boast of an extremely strong bunch of doubles players on the circuit.While Satwik/Chirag toppled the pair nine place above them in the BWF rankings, Manu and Sumeeth registered a remarkable upset as they thrashed the Chinese pair who are ranked 24 places above them in the BWF rankings.The two Indian pairs will take on each other in the quarter-final on Friday and whoever comes out on top will run into the winner of the match between world No.1 Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and seventh seed Chen Hung Ling/Tpewang Chi-Lin of Chinese Taipei.DISAPPOINTMENT FOR PRANEETH, POORVISHA/MEGHANAB Sai Praneeth faltered in the Round of 16 as he lost 16-21, 14-21 to Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan Christie in just 42 minutes on Thursday. Praneeth, who played late into the night, was unable to draw from the wins of his compatriots on the day and gave in meekly against the world No.14.YONEX French Open 2018MS – Round of 1621 21 Jonatan CHRISTIE16 14 B. SAI PRANEETHin 42 minuteshttps://t.co/9hXzPBuN9aBWFScore (@BWFScore) October 25, 2018Praneeth and Christie have faced each other three times so far, twice this year, and the Indonesian has come out on top both the times in 2018.advertisementPraneeth had defeated Christie in three close games in Thailand Open 2017 but since then the Indonesian has improved his game a lot and showed that to Praneeth both the times they were up against each other this year.On the other hand, Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram had an uphill task against fourth seed Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia and failed to spring a surprise.In just 30 minutes, Meghana/Poorvisha were outclassed by Polii/Rahayu 15-21, 13-21.last_img read more

Transfer Latest: Dortmund want Mkhitaryan back

first_imgTransfers January transfer news & rumours: Borussia Dortmund want Mkhitaryan back Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:45 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Man Utd Getty Transfers Premier League Serie A Primera División Ligue 1 Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window DORTMUND WANT MKHITARYAN BACKBorussia Dortmund are continuing to show an interest in bringing Manchester United attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan back to the club, reports The Independent .Mkhitaryan left Dortmund for Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, but the Armenia international has struggled to make a sustained impact under Jose Mourinho.The United boss has not ruled out selling players in January, amid reports he will let Mkhitaryan go, while any return to the Bundesliga could help Mourinho in his pursuit of Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player MAN UTD TO MAKE £60M SANDRO BIDAlex Sandro JuventusManchester United are set to launch a £60 million bid for Juventus full-back Alex Sandro in January, according to the  Daily Mirror .United boss Jose Mourinho has been a keen admirer of the Brazil international for some time as he looks to improve his backline at Old Trafford.And though Juve rejected a £65m bid from Chelsea in the summer, they could now be open to a sale following Sandro’s drop in form during the 2017-18 campaign.CHRISTENSEN TO HOLD CHELSEA TALKSAndreas Christensen ChelseaAndreas Christensen is expected to hold talks with Chelsea regarding a new contract, reports the  Evening Standard .The 21-year-old’s current deal expires in 2020, but Chelsea are keen to reward the centre-half with an extension following his impressive impact in the first team this season.Christensen spent the previous two years on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, but has now established himself as a key member of Blues boss Antonio Conte’s plans.CHELSEA CONSIDER ZAHA BIDWilfried Zaha Crystal PalaceChelsea are considering making a move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to the  Daily Mirror .The Ivory Coast international has been in superb form for the Eagles, with Antonio Conte monitoring his progress.Tottenham have previously been linked with the former Manchester United man, but the Premier League champions could now move to the front of the queue, though any move is unlikely to take place until the summer transfer window.MANCHESTER CITY & PEP TO HOLD NEW DEAL TALKS Pep Guardiola Manchester United Manchester CityPep Guardiola and Manchester City will hold talks this summer regarding a new deal for the manager, according to the  Mirror .Multiple outlets report the club wants to extend Guardiola’s stay , but the Mirror says City hope to sign him to a four-year extension worth up to £80 million.MOURINHO WANTS TO DUMP MKHITARYAN FOR OZILMesut Ozil Arsenal NewcastleManchester United is ready to move on from Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer in hopes of clearing salary room for Mesut Ozil, according to the  Mirror .The report states Mourinho has told the unhappy attacker he can leave, while also informing Marouane Fellaini that he can depart in January if the right offer comes in. NEWCASTLE AFTER POTENTIAL MAN UTD TARGETDimitri Oberlin BaselRafa Benitez is hoping to land on-loan Basel striker Dimitri Oberlin in January, according to the  Sun .The 20-year-old Swiss forward, who is on loan from Red Bull Salzburg, played in Basel’s Champions League win over Manchester United and has been tracked by Red Devils scouts.However, the report states Newcastle is in pole position to sign Oberlin, who is valued at £20 million. AUBAMEYANG SIGNS SECRET DORTMUND EXTENSIONPierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia DortmundPierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed to extend his Borussia Dortmund contract until 2021 after a secret meeting with club officials, reports Bild .The Gabon striker has been widely linked with a move away from BVB, but he looks set to stay put as a reported summit with sporting director Michael Zorc ended with his contract renewal.BUNDESLIGA CLUBS INTERESTED IN SCHWEINSTEIGERBastian Schweinsteiger Jared Jeffrey Chicago Fire D.C. UnitedChicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is fielding interest from Bundesliga clubs, Bild reports.The World Cup winner only signed on through the end of 2017 after moving from Manchester United to Chicago in March, and the Fire reportedly find themselves fending off interest from teams in Germany as the 33-year-old considers his next step.CHELSEA SET TO SIGN ALEX SANDROAlex Sandro Juventus TorinoChelsea are hoping to seal a cut-price deal for Juventus defender Alex Sandro, according to the Daily Star .The full-back reportedly was close to a move to Stamford Bridge last summer, but has seen his form drop off alarmingly this season after having his transfer hopes frustrated.Now the Blues are hoping to sign Sandro for £50 million, significantly below the price first quoted by the Serie A champions.ATLETICO SEAL RODRI DEALLionel Messi Rodrigo Hernandez Barcelona Villarreal LaLiga 06052017Atletico Madrid are ready to make Rodri their latest signing in January, according to Marca .Having been frozen out of the transfer market over the summer after flouting FIFA regulations, the Liga club are hoping to make up for lost time following a tough start to the season. Diego Costa will finally be able to make his Atletico comeback in the new year and he looks set to be joined by Rodri, the 21-year-old Villarreal midfielder who is highly rated in Castellon.PSG & MAN CITY LEAD ISCO CHASEIsco Zidane Real MadridManchester City are among three teams keen to sign Real Madrid’s Isco in the coming transfer window, claims Don Balon .With Gareth Bale on the mend after injury, the ex-Malaga star may see his first-team opportunities reduced in 2018. And should he choose to continue his career elsewhere he will have no shortage of options, with the Premier League leaders, PSG and Juventus linked with his signature.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Championship round-up: Fulham up to second after Johansen sinks Reading

first_imgShare on Pinterest Jack Grealish’s spectacular volley grabs late win for Aston Villa over Cardiff Reuse this content Read more Fulham Championship Bolton Wanderers Share on Facebook news Reading Topics Middlesbrough were the team to slip out of the top six after they were beaten 2-1 at Sheffield United. Lee Evans scored twice before Daniel Ayala pulled one back for Boro, who played for 65 minutes with 10 men after Grant Leadbitter was sent off.Bristol City kept their top-six hopes alive with a 3-1 win over struggling Birmingham. Marlon Pack, Bobby Reid and Matt Taylor were on target with Lukas Jutkiewicz replying for the Blues.Henrik Dalsgaard’s goal nine minutes from time gave Brentford a 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest, while another side still harbouring play-off aspirations, Preston, beat visiting Leeds 3-1. Kemar Roofe fired Leeds ahead but Paul Gallagher’s penalty and goals from Sean Maguire and Alan Browne secured the three points for Preston.Two goals from Kamil Grosicki, one from Harry Wilson, a David Meyler penalty and Will Keane’s tap-in secured a 5-0 win for Hull that all but banished their relegation fears and shoved hosts Burton closer to League One.Ivo Pinto’s late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw for Norwich at second-bottom Sunderland. Aiden McGeady missed a penalty for Sunderland, who had led through George Honeyman.QPR scored three in the opening 15 minutes through Paul Smyth, Jake Bidwell and Idrissa Sylla on their way to a 4-2 home win over Sheffield Wednesday. Sylla added a fourth from the spot before Fernando Forestieri and Atdhe Nuhiu hit the goals for Wednesday. Millwall Fulham climbed into the automatic promotion places at the expense of Cardiff, thanks to Stefan Johansen. The Norway midfielder’s 25th-minute strike was enough to beat Reading 1-0 at Craven Cottage and stretch Fulham’s unbeaten run to 20 matches. Leandro Bacuna was sent off in stoppage time for the visitors.Millwall made it 16 games unbeaten to leap into the play-off positions with a 2-0 win at Bolton. Ben Marshall set up the first for Tom Elliott to head home and then rifled in the second after a lightning counterattack. Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share via Emaillast_img read more

Oilpatch financial results expected to reflect extreme Q4 oil price volatility

CALGARY — Financial analysts say fourth-quarter results from Canada’s biggest oil and gas companies will likely feature some surprises, as well as revisions to forward plans, given extreme volatility in commodity prices in the last three months of 2018.The parade of results and conference calls begins Friday with Imperial Oil Ltd. and continues next Tuesday with Suncor Energy Inc.During the quarter, U.S. benchmark oil prices fell 16 per cent from the previous period to average US$58.79 per barrel but Canadian prices were much more severely impacted thanks to discounts blamed on full export pipelines, according to RBC Capital Markets.Those discounts, which resulted in a 59 per cent average drop in bitumen-blend Western Canadian Select oil and 45 per cent for lighter Edmonton Par crude, subsided to normal levels or lower in December after the Alberta government announced production curtailments beginning Jan. 1.Analysts say they expect plenty of questions for executives at the 25 large operators affected by the cuts on how they are dealing with them and what the impact will be on future production and profits.They also expect lots of investor interest in prospects for crude-by-rail shipments, as tighter differences between Canadian and U.S. oil prices make that shipping option less financially attractive. “Without readily available data on Alberta crude inventories, timing of pulling back on mandated production cuts remains a big question mark,” said Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. analysts in a report.“We expect the question to be highly topical on conference calls.” Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:IMO, TSX:SU) The Canadian Press read more

Tackling land degradation crucial for human wellbeing UN officials stress

“When we protect and restore drylands, we advance on many fronts at once,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pointed out in his message for the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, observed on 17 June.“We strengthen food security, we address climate change, we help the poor gain control over their destiny, and we accelerate progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” he said, referring to the global anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015. But, as the Secretary-General pointed out, desertification continues to be a problem. Over the past 40 years, nearly one third of the world’s cropland has become unproductive, often ending up abandoned.“The unremitting stress of drought, famine and deepening poverty threatens to create social strains, in turn creating the potential for involuntary migration, the breakdown of communities, political instability and armed conflict,” he said. “Let us reaffirm our commitment to combating desertification and land degradation and mitigating the effects of drought; and let us recognize that enhancing soils enhances life.”Luc Gnacadja, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), said the theme for this year’s Day – “enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere” – gives soil health the importance it deserves as a critical component to human survival and well-being. “There’s far more to this than food,” he stated in his message. “The things that live in and grow from this irreplaceable and finite resource also keep us clothed, the air and water clean, the land green and pleasant and the human soul refreshed. “Only now are we starting to comprehend how the tiny life forms in soil sustain productivity and the greater environmental balance,” said Mr. Gnacadja. In his message for the Day, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), highlighted a number of success stories that all countries can learn from. They include a project in which the Kenyan Government worked alongside farmers to improve cultivation practices to combat the effects of desertification resulting from erosion, as well as a province in China that has achieved a complete reversal of desertification after five decades of unremitting efforts. “Ultimately, we have the tools to combat the threat of an encroaching desert which will also put us on the path towards poverty alleviation,” said Mr. Steiner. “It is all interlinked: environmental protection and economic and social development. We cannot lose this battle but, as we all know, countries must work together to win it.”The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) marked the World Day with the publication of a manual that shows how a project in Mauritania successfully fixed dunes and stopped sand encroachment. Sand encroachment, as FAO explains, is what happens when grains of sand are carried by winds and collect in dunes on the coast, along watercourses and on cultivated or uncultivated land. As the dunes move, they bury villages, roads, oases, crops and irrigation channels and dams, causing major economic damage and increasing poverty and food insecurity. The new publication explains sand encroachment processes and control techniques, with an emphasis on involving local people in sand control activities, and will serve as a useful blueprint for similar projects in Africa, the agency noted in a news release.By choosing the right local plant and tree species and involving the local community and national authorities, the project fixed 857 hectares of threatened land on the outskirts of the capital, Nouakchott, and in southern coastal areas with 400,000 plants grown for the purpose in nurseries.Today’s celebration will help promote the role of conservation and management of the world’s forests as an essential tool to protect against land degradation, according to the Director of the UN Forum on Forests.Jan McAlpine said that events like the World Day to Combat Desertification, the International Year of Biodiversity 2010, and the International Year of Forests 2011 serve as a call to action to the global community and showcase the importance of people’s roles as agents for change in building a more sustainable future for all.She added that the Forum’s Secretariat is participating in initiatives such as the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration, which is working to map and analyze the restoration potential of the billion hectares of degraded land across the world, and ultimately to bring back to life large tracts of forest lands directly threatened with desertification. 17 June 2010United Nations officials today stressed the need to look after the world’s drylands, which are home to more than one billion poor people and where efforts to achieve key development targets face particular challenges. read more

Oilsands CEOs take federal election message to voters in fullpage newspaper ads

Companies in this article include: (TSX:CVE, TSX:MEG, TSX:CNQ, TSX:SU, TSX:IMO, TSX:HSE)Dan Healing, The Canadian Press CALGARY — Three of Canada’s biggest oilsands producers are going directly to voters today to ask them to “influence the outcome” of big decisions concerning the oil and gas sector as a fall federal election looms.In full-page ads in about 30 English and French daily newspapers across Canada, the CEOs of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Cenovus Energy Inc. and MEG Energy Corp. ask readers to call on “leaders of all political stripes” to lend their support to the energy industry.MEG Energy CEO Derek Evans says the campaign, a rare foray into the public realm for companies that usually prefer to speak through the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, is coming out in mid-summer because that’s when politicians are meeting voters at barbecues and picnics.The open letter agrees greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced but it defends the environmental record of the oilsands, contending that emissions intensity per barrel produced has fallen by about 30 per cent over the past two decades.The letter says Canada’s energy companies produce a product that continues to be needed despite the growth of renewable energy, adding that oil and gas producers are the country’s single largest investors in clean energy technology.Evans says the campaign is not partisan and he, for one, won’t be unhappy if the Liberals are re-elected, despite their recent adoption — against the advice of the oilpatch — of Bill C-69 to revamp the way energy projects are approved and C-48 to ban oil tanker traffic on B.C.’s North Coast.“It’s not the governments that need to change, it’s the message the people of the country send to those governments,” he said.“I’m fine with having Justin Trudeau as prime minister if he embraces a philosophy with respect to energy that says that Canada has a much larger role to play on the global stage and we need to encourage that part of our sector.”The three companies who signed the letter all market at least part of their oil in the form of non-upgraded bitumen.Notable for their absence are Suncor Energy Inc., Canada’s largest oil and gas company by market capitalization, along with Imperial Oil Ltd. and Husky Energy Inc., all of which have refining and retail sales arms as well as oilsands operations.Those companies are aware the letter exists and support its general goals but have chosen different ways to communicate, said Cenovus CEO Alex Pourbaix in an interview.He said the letter forms part of a new strategy by the industry to reclaim the public narrative that has been taken over by its opponents.“As we head into the upcoming election, we are asking you to join us in urging Canada’s leaders of all political stripes to help our country thrive by supporting an innovative energy industry,” reads the letter.“One that can contribute to solving the global climate change challenge and play a significant role in creating future energy solutions by developing our resources in the cleanest most responsible way possible today.”The Canadian oil industry centred in Calgary has long complained of federal policies that make it difficult to build pipelines and other projects, arguing those factors have scared away investors that supply the capital needed to keep the industry growing.The letter is being published a day after the Petroleum Services Association of Canada cut its drilling forecast for a second time this year, to 5,100 wells from 5,300 in its May revision.Its first forecast in January called for 5,600 wells this year, down from an actual 6,948 wells drilled in 2018. read more

France to deploy celebrated cuisine to ease G7 tensions

PARIS — As tensions loom over this weekend’s G-7 summit of world leaders in France, the country is counting on one key asset to cheer up the event: food.France hosts the summit of seven advanced economies starting Saturday in the southwestern seaside resort of Biarritz, known for its surfers, casino, luxury houses from the 19th century, and gastronomic specialties.The French presidency has chosen five local chefs, all with Michelin stars, to prepare lunches and dinners that will highlight the region’s products. It will also give U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson an opportunity to spend a convivial moment amid what are expected to be tough talks.Local Basque specialties include Espelette chili pepper, ham, dry sausage, ewe’s cheese, traditional cream cake and wines.The Associated Press read more

DR of Congo UN mission to allocate 1 million to health rehabilitation

In a statement issued in Kinshasa, MONUC said the money would be used for projects in sanitation, health, water and electricity supply, as well as school rehabilitation and the provision of educational materials.”These actions of MONUC are a normal part of the peace process, insofar as they address the daily needs of the populations who are the major victims of a conflict which has now lasted for almost three years,” the statement said. “The objective is to rekindle hope and trust with these small projects, and to open the door for larger developmental activities once peace will be restored.”So far, $300,000 has already been committed to finance 26 projects, including agricultural rehabilitation in six military observers’ deployment sites, water supply for a paediatric hospital in Kimbondo, reconstruction of a reception centre in Kalemie, and assistance to street children in Kinshasa, among other initiatives. MONUC will also provide emergency support to war widows and children in Kinshasa.Before the end of September 2001, some $700,000 will be allocated to other initiatives selected among the 150 projects that have so far been presented for MONUC support. read more

Food choices today impact health of both people and planet tomorrow

Diet-related diseases including diabetes, cancer and heart diseases are among the leading causes of death worldwide ­– more than tobacco and drugs combined.,The report argues that there is an immense challenge facing humanity to “provide a growing world population with healthy diets from sustainable food systems”, noting that while calorie production has kept pace with population growth, more than 820 million people either lack sufficient food, consume low quality diets or simply eat too much.“A radical transformation of the global food system is urgently needed”, the report stressed, without which the world not only risks failing to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2015 Paris Agreement, but leaves today’s children dealing with environmental degredation and a population increasingly suffering from malnutrition and preventable disease.Gunhild A. Stordalen, Founder and Executive Chair of the EAT Foundation, told the launch event that while food poses intrinsic challenges in nearly every part of the Sustainable Development Agenda leading up to 2030, it also has “super powers”.,“The power of food is all about connections” she stated, “the links between people and planet are everywhere, but nowhere are these connections more obvious or the synergies more numerous than on our plates and across the food system”.Flagging that a healthy food supply will be a defining issue of the 21st Century, the report provides a scientific blue print for a healthy and sustainable future, spelling out that “if we change the way we produce, consume, transport and waste food we can feed everyone a healthy diet and improve the health of the planet”. One-third of the world’s croplands are used to grow feed for cows, rather than fruits, nuts, vegetables and whole grains which are needed for a healthy human diet. More than half of the world’s population suffers from some form of malnutrition. Two billion people have insufficient access to nutrients while another two billion suffer from diseases related to over-consumption and obesity. Co-organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Permanent Mission of Norway, the head of the agency’s New York office, Satya Tripathi, noted that it was his home country of India, which had originated the aphorism that “you are what you eat”.“And it not just about food, it’s about process, it’s about what it results in”, he continued, saying that this “age-old wisdom” has been “scientifically articulated in a very powerful manner” in the report, which pins down “the science, the numbers and the analytics of what you need to do to be healthy”.,Did you know? A 27-year-old Rwandan woman carries her 9-month-old baby on her back as she heads to the local market to sell avocados., by WorldBank/ A’Melody LeeUnited States-based actor and activist Alec Baldwin, warned that humankind was “causing global climate change, which, if we do not act, will be our undoing”.He urged everyone to look at “the mutually achievable goals” of food and environmental security, saying that we need to alter agricultural priorities to make better use of the land we already have and drastically reduce meat production. “If we shift to plant-rich diets, we can help save the planet”, Mr. Baldwin asserted. Transforming the food system can also lower risks of cancer, strokes and diabetes and avoid 11 million adult deaths per year, the meeting heard.To move to a healthy diet, the reports suggests that the world doubles its consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts while reducing at least by half, red meat and food with added sugar. “The greatest challenge we face is influencing human behavior, you cannot outlaw the consumption of meat…We can only shine a light” on cause and effect, concluded Mr. Baldwin. EAT is a global non-profit established with partners to catalyze a food system transformation.Below is a snippet of the EAT-Lancet Commission Report on Food, Planet, and Health launch . The Special Event in its entirety can be found here. read more

Opinion Struggling Michigan football program is contributing to mediocre Big Ten

The Michigan Wolverines football team takes the field for a game against OSU on Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Lantern file photoAnyone who follows college football even a little knows that the Southeastern Conference dominates the landscape.But it wasn’t always that way.As I sat in my living room late Wednesday night after coming home from work, I turned on the TV, and after a few minutes of channel surfing (us men are so good at that, right, ladies?) I came across the 2004 Michigan-Michigan State football matchup and began to watch.In the game itself, No. 12 Michigan defeated unranked Michigan State in what is arguably one of the best games Michigan Stadium has ever seen. The Wolverines won in triple overtime, 45-37, behind 224 yards on the ground from then-freshman running back Mike Hart and 189 receiving yards from then-senior wide receiver Braylon Edwards.While those names might make some Buckeye fans cringe, the fact remains that they were good, if not great, ballplayers and they made Michigan a contender in the Big Ten. Then it hit me — the key to a successful Big Ten is the success of Michigan.Now, is it strictly just on the shoulders of the Wolverines to carry the Big Ten back to the promised land? Of course not.The successes of other traditional Big Ten powers like Ohio State, Penn State and more recently Michigan State are also key, as the Buckeyes and Spartans have carried the conference in recent years.But let’s go back to that 2004 season.Michigan went to the Rose Bowl and lost to Texas, despite being upset in its season finale by the Buckeyes in Columbus as the No. 7 team in the country.The SEC had just one team in the BCS that season, as Auburn won a low-scoring affair against Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl, 16-13.Not quite so dominating, right?So where did the tables turn on the Big Ten? How was the SEC able to separate itself?Well, let’s start with the next three seasons.A certain coach you might have heard of named Urban Meyer was hired at Florida late in 2004 to take over for a program that had started to reel under Ron Zook. Where did the struggling Zook find work? Illinois, the traditional Big Ten doormat.Just a season later, Meyer’s Gators were putting a beating on the Buckeyes in the 2007 BCS National Championship game, which began a string of seven straight years of SEC dominance in title games.Building on that, Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez, who was largely responsible for the turnaround of the Wisconsin program in the early ‘90s, retired following the 2005 season, leaving the door open for Bret Bielema.And we all know how that turned out. The Badgers would finish 2-4 in bowl games under Bielema.In 2007, Michigan dropped a game to Appalachian State which, let’s be honest, was the beginning of the end for Wolverine legend Lloyd Carr’s coaching career.So with Carr and Alvarez gone, and Jim Tressel’s Buckeyes dropping back-to-back blowouts in national championship games, the Big Ten took a dive into the deep end it has not yet come up from.The addition of Meyer to the Buckeye staff following the Tattoo-Gate fallout saved the OSU program, but unfortunately for Michigan, it has not had the same success in hiring a coach since Carr’s departure.The Rich Rodriguez experiment was a colossal failure and for a brief moment, it appeared the hiring of proclaimed “Michigan Man” Brady Hoke would resurrect the once proud program.For the 2011 season, it appeared Hoke had done just that as the Wolverines exploded to a 11-2 season which culminated in back-to-back wins over the Buckeyes and the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Sugar Bowl.But the wheels have fallen off quickly for the Wolverines and the Big Ten, as Michigan sits at 3-4 on the season, and is, quite frankly, struggling to make a bowl game. Combine that with the Shane Morris incident in which Hoke played the clearly injured quarterback following a ruthless hit from a Minnesota defender, and we have seen a once-dominant program reduced to a laughing stock.The recent downward spiral of the Michigan program led them to lower their student ticket prices Thursday down to $175 from $280 for seven home games for the 2015 season in an effort to increase attendance.While it might be fun for Buckeye fans to see their rival fall from the graces of college football’s best, it is quite frankly awful for the Big Ten conference.And as the Wolverines get ready to take on the Spartans this weekend, now 10 years later, one cannot help but wonder if the Michigan program, and the Big Ten conference, will ever be able to recover from the ranks of mediocrity. read more

Denis OBrien must pay all costs after failed High Court case

first_img By Sean Murray 19,177 Views http://jrnl.ie/3369304 May 2nd 2017, 5:00 PM 41 Comments Short URL Share Tweet Email1 Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.iecenter_img I am not going to take the means of the plaintiff into account in deciding the issue of costs, since there is no issue of hardship, and will decide the issue on the basis of other factors.The question for Ní Raifeartaigh, then, was whether the normal rules surrounding costs should apply or if it “should be displaced by the public importance of the issues raised”.While O’Brien had raised a number of issues, with the judge declaring that “no such scenario has ever arisen in this jurisdiction before”, Ní Raifeartaigh said there was a an “insufficient degree of novelty in the legal issues raised” to depart from “normal rule”.Using this reasoning, she judged that O’Brien should pay all the associated costs to the defendants in this case.Read: Denis O’Brien to take his time pondering an appeal after ‘disappointing’ court rulingRead: Denis O’Brien loses High Court case against Dáil committee Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie A COURT HAS ruled that Denis O’Brien must pay all the costs associated with his failed attempt to sue the State over statements made about him in the Dáil.Judge Úna Ní Raifeartaigh said that the issue of O’Brien’s “means to pay the costs” was not a factor in the decision.At the end of March, the High Court ruled against the businessman who had alleged that statements made by TDs Catherine Murphy and Pearse Doherty in the Dáil breached his constitutional right to privacy.Those same statements were subsequently declared to be protected under privilege by the Dáil Committee on Procedure and Privilege, the committee against which this action was based.In the court judgement in March, Ní Raifeartaigh said that Dáil utterances are protected from judicial condemnation and court interference and that what O’Brien sought in his case was far-reaching and would have a chilling effect on parliamentary speech in future.Mitigating factorsToday, in court, the judge said that there was insufficient reason to divert from normal practice in a case such as this.Judge Ní Raifeartaigh referenced the case of former Rehab CEO Angela Kerins, who she said suffered a damage of an “extreme kind” due to statements made about her in the Oireachtas and, in that case, it warranted the awarding of costs to her.Last month, Kerins was granted most of her costs back despite losing the case.The judge said she was not prepared to take into account any damage suffered by O’Brien from this case, as this would indirectly cause her to criticise members of the Oireachtas. This was something that she did not do in her original judgement, she said.Similarly, because there was no question of financial “hardship”, the judge also did not factor in the means of O’Brien into her decision. She said: Tuesday 2 May 2017, 5:00 PM Denis O’Brien must pay all costs after failed High Court case Judge Úna Ní Raifeartaigh said that the issue of O’Brien’s “means to pay the costs” was not a factor in the decision. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Study of Transparent Worms Highlights Genes at Work

first_img These Meat-Eating Pitcher Plants Also Munch on Baby SalamandersResearchers Produce Record-Shattering Underwater Sound I could live without worms slinking along sidewalks after a heavy rain or feeding on people’s digestive tracts. But not everyone is so unsettled by the limbless grubs.A team at Princeton University has developed a comprehensive view of adult roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans‘ gene activity.An ideal subject for biological study, the millimeter-long transparent nematode is easy to grow in a lab, and its measly collection of 1,000 cells provides a powerful system for genetic probing.And while previous studies successfully analyzed the worm’s 20,000-plus genes, separating tissues of adult animals has proven difficult due to its anatomy.Enter associate research scholar Rachel Kaletsky’s technique to isolate specific tissues.First used in 2015 to study memory-related genes in neurons, the team more recently applied it to a global analysis of gene activity in adult worms’ four major tissues: muscle, neuron, intestine, and epidermis.“This really lets us refine our hypotheses,” according to Kaletsky, the study’s co-first author. “We can now ask questions about what is happening in neurons, for example, under a whole variety of conditions affecting various diseases or things that happen with age, and we can go and directly answer those questions.”By isolating and sequencing the cells’ messenger RNAs (molecules essential in coding, decoding, regulation, and expression of genes), researchers revealed distinct patterns of gene expression in each tissue.As expected, intestinal cells express high levels of genes associated with digestion, and those related to learning and memory were highly expressed in neurons.The unexpected, however, came when comparing these results to human genes.Take the C. elegans epidermis: Its tough exoskeleton expressed genes similar not to human skin, but those active in our liver.“This is the kind of thing that could inform studies of organ-specific diseases in humans, using worms as a model,” co-author Coleen Murphy, professor of molecular biology at Princeton, said in a statement.Digging even deeper, Murphy’s group worked with computer science professor Olga Troyanskaya and former Ph.D. student Victoria Yao to analyze data from publicly available experiments. Using a machine-learning approach, they were able to tease out tissue-specific patterns.Researchers can access the gene activity prediction tool online; a paper detailing the study was published last month in the journal PLOS Genetics.“We really hope that people in the worm research community will use this to find things we haven’t even thought of yet,” Murphy said.Worms are more than a malware computer program: Scientists engineered silkworms to produce spider silk, and recently discovered that whole-body regeneration from a single cell is possible. Read more about biology here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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FMC joins ASA in Supporting Grower Events to Engage Members in Policy

first_imgFMC representatives Mike Harper and Jennifer Horning speak at a grower meeting organized by the Iowa Soybean Association this summer in Wilton, Iowa. The meetings allow the Iowa Soybean Association to update growers on important policy issues and also provide a forum for growers to express their concerns about key issues that impact their operations.The American Soybean Association (ASA) appreciates the generous support provided by FMC over the past few years to help several state associations hold successful meetings to engage members in discussions on key policy and industry issues. The meetings can also provide an opportunity to help non-members become more aware of the association’s work and the value in joining their state soybean association. Recent events organized by the Illinois Soybean Association, Indiana Soybean Alliance, Iowa Soybean Association, and Missouri Soybean Association attracted hundreds of farmers to key farm show gatherings and meetings throughout these states. Farmers had the opportunity to hear from policy experts and congressional leaders on issues that directly impact their operations. Additional ASA Affiliated State Soybean Associations who have benefited from FMC’s support for these types of activities in the past include Ohio, Kentucky, Nebraska and South Dakota.last_img read more

38 plan to increase their employee benefits offering in 2017

first_imgMore than a third (38%) of employer respondents plan to increase the number of options in their employee benefits package in 2017, according to research by Mattioli Woods.Its 2017 Employee benefits insight report, which surveyed 300 employers and gathered data from 2,692 UK organisations, also found that 21% of respondents are the most confident that the employee benefits package they provide offers value for money, compared with 7% who are not at all confident about this.The research also found:85% of respondents believe financial advice is something their employees would value and benefit from, however, only 40% would fund this benefit.58% of respondents believe they should assist staff in making more informed choices about retirement, and 47% are concerned that their employees are not making adequate provisions for their retirement.45% of respondents review their pension benefits every one or two years, and 56% plan to review their auto-enrolment arrangements in 2017.42% of respondents used financial advisers to support them with the automatic-enrolment process, while 32% utilised their pension provider, and 20% sought help from in-house teams.22% of respondents are concerned about the cost of auto-enrolment.49% of respondents offer a group personal pension (GPP) to employees, 35% provide a master trust arrangement, and 4% have a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme in place.73% of respondents offer death-in-service benefits to employees, 69% provide voluntary benefits, 32% feature income protection in their benefits package, and 24% offer critical illness cover. Around 76% provide private medical insurance (76%) for employees.35% of respondents believe the government has a responsibility for financial education.75% of respondents communicate to staff using individual, personalised letters.12% of respondents have a fully flexible benefits platform, and 73% have no technology in place to manage employee benefits.Alan Fergusson (pictured), managing director, employee benefits at Mattioli Woods, said: “The market has never seen so much change. We are now nearing the end of the initial auto-enrolment legislation that started as far back as 2012. With taxation changing, legislation targeting higher earners and new ways of saving being launched, it is an exciting time to be in the reward space.“Employers increasingly want to see a return on investment around their benefits spend, and benefits communication must improve to assist employers in achieving this.”last_img read more

5 Ways to Avoid Getting Ripped Off by Programmers When Building Your

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 16, 2018 Enroll Now for Free Taking your idea for an app and turning it into an actual app people can use is a beautiful thing.Execution isn’t only crucial to success — as in, you will never have an app that earns money if you don’t build it — it’s special. Most people sit on the sidelines until someone else has the same idea, builds it and makes it big. That leaves most people with great bar stories of what could have been. So, when you have someone who is actually going to step up and build what they’re dreaming of, it’s a big deal.Related: Mobile App Development Trends to Watch in 2018 and BeyondWhen you’re building your first app, you have two choices. You can build the app yourself, or get a freelance programmer to build it for you.If you want to build the app yourself, good luck. Unless you already know how to program, you can’t reliably learn to code quick enough for this to matter. Speaking to you as a programmer of almost 20 years, if you go this route with no prior experience, you’re turning your potential cash cow into a time sucking hobby. Yes, you can learn a few tricks of the trade relatively easy. No, you can’t become a master iPhone programmer in a few weeks.If you actually want your app to get built, get a freelance programmer to build it for you. You have the idea; someone else has the programming skills. You pay them to build your idea, and you get to keep the final product which is hopefully earning you some money. This is the route I recommend to my entrepreneur friends 100 percent of the time.But hiring freelancer programmers isn’t without risk. Here are some steps you must take to ensure that your idea actually gets built the way you want it, without blowing past the budget and without going over the timelines.1. Have a clear and meaningful outline of what you want to accomplish.This is more than just a well-written description of what you want your prospective freelancer to build. This is “the meat” — not just the end result, but as much detail as possible so they can’t take product decisions that you left out and run with it. That concept is great in a corporate or startup environment where you’re with the people day in and day out, but not with freelancers. They may not make the decisions you want, and if not, you’re paying out of pocket for them.Within reason, you need to lay it all out so there are no decisions left to be made. The only exception is if you don’t know what a user should do to get from A to B, and you don’t care so long as it happens. That’s unlikely, so take care to think it all through.2. Make sure they actually know what they’re doing.Every developer who wants to work on your project is going to say that they’re the best at this. They’ll know exactly what to do to make this perfect, and you can trust them.Make them prove it. What have they done that’s similar? What do they do if they can’t figure something out? What are other people saying about their work? Figure all this out to ensure your app idea is in good hands. “Trust me, I’m a developer” isn’t enough.Related: Confessions of an In-Demand Developer: How Too Many Job Offers Helped Me Craft My Own Coding Consultancy Company3. Start small.Start with a small test and build your way up. If you build more than necessary, you risk building more than what people want.You may think you know every little feature that your prospective users need to enjoy your app, but you may be wrong. It happens all the time to companies big and small. If you’re looking to build something that people actually want to use, start small and keep improving from there.4. Have strict deadlines and a strict budget.Even if your deadlines are self-inflicted, keep to them. If you don’t, you risk getting pushed to the back of the pile for a freelancer who has potentially taken on more than they can handle. Same goes for a budget. If you want to spend $500 to build your test out, be strict with it. It’s a funny thing — if your budget is $5,000, that’s where the bids will come in. If it’s $500, that’s where they’ll come in as well. As long as your budget is within the realms of what someone considers reasonable, bids will be in budget.Set a reasonable budget, and keep to it.Related: The 4 Biggest App Outsourcing Mistakes and How to Fix Them5. Test before you pay.This one may seem obvious, but it’s easy to fall victim to a freelance developer saying “I just did all this work, can you pay me now? At least 50 percent of it…”  The problem is, as soon as you pay, they don’t have to give it back. It could look really good in their demo, but until you test it yourself, you shouldn’t pay. Their sob story doesn’t matter. This is a business transaction. You front the money in escrow, they deliver, you verify that they did actually deliver, then you pay them. Transaction complete.Until you actually complete that transaction, you’re at risk of them running off, screwing you out of your hard earned money. You’ve come way too far to let that happen. You’re on the path to having an app of your very own out there for people to buy, and having someone else take that away from you is out of the question.You’ve got the idea, and not everyone is creative enough to have one. You’ve focused it into a real possibility, and not everyone is disciplined enough to do that. You’ve made the decision to turn your app idea into a real app, and not everyone is courageous enough to make it real.Now it’s time to actually get it built the right way, without getting screwed in the process. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   Easier said than done for a Cardinals defense that has been torched the first two weeks of the season.Arizona currently has the 29th ranked defense in the league, but are facing a Seattle offense struggling to get anything going.“This is a bad football team. They can’t do anything offensively,” said Clayton.For the Cardinals defense, this might be the game that can get them on track. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away PHOENIX – The Arizona Cardinals head into Week 3 with a big divisional match-up against the reigning NFC West division champion Seattle Seahawks.One ESPN insider believes this game is ripe for the taking for the Cardinals.“The only thing to worry about is if the defense plays bad enough to allow Tarvaris Jackson to get some confidence throwing the football. That’s the one concern,” said John Clayton on the Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf show on Friday.center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterMelbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) is set to showcase its new conference and events centre at the Executive PA Summit, to be held in Brisbane’s Royal International Convention Centre on 30 April 2019.Located on the south-east edge of Melbourne’s vibrant CBD, M&OP’s new conference and events centre – now open for bookings and scheduled for completion in 2022 – will join the precinct’s impressive line-up of world-class venues.The centre’s architectural design will pay homage to the classic Australian landscape, while its food and beverage offerings are set to include award-winning Victorian wines and locally sourced seasonal produce, promising to elevate the Parks’ capabilities.M&OP New Function Media Room – Interior“At the core of any event is experience. The industry has changed so much over the last decade, it has seen new challenges for both Buyers and Executive PAs alike. Our redevelopment is built for the future of events – giving event organisers the perfect canvas to create more meaningful, powerful and memorable moments,” said Lara Burnes, General Manager, Premier Events & Experiences.“We’re proud to showcase our newest conference and events space at the Executive PA Summit. Located in the heart of Melbourne Parks, the new centre offers functionality and flexibility for both large-scale and intimate events – all while capturing the magnetic atmosphere of our dynamic city.”M&OP New Function Media Centre – ExteriorThe impressive architectural concept includes 8.5-metre-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, projecting natural light across a generous 2,000 square-metre pillarless ballroom and 800 square-metre pre-function area. Across two levels, the upper floor will feature a 250-seat auditorium, an abundance of breakout rooms and an outdoor terrace with uninterrupted views of Melbourne’s skyline.M&OP will also showcase at Executive PA Summit New Zealand, to be held at Hotel Pullman Auckland on 9 May 2019.More information on M&OP please visit melbournepark.com.auGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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"First Prime Minister of India Pandit Nehru for whom I have the greatest respect had caused a great heartburn to the people of Arunachal Pradesh" he had added 4) When people of North India were at the receiving end At a Delhi even in October 2015 reports in The Indian Express on Rijiju’s comments quoted him “I was witness to a statement made by one of the lieutenant governors of Delhi some years ago He had stated that people of north India enjoy breaking rules and by evening he was forced to apologise But I believe what he said was right” However Rijijulater retracted his comment after Congress and the BJP protested He went on to state that people here love to brag about having threatened a police official “That means the society as a whole needs to change” he added 5) Reaction Naqvi’s beef remark According to NDTV in May 2015 Rijiju wasquoted by a newspaper saying "I eat beef I’m from Arunachal Pradesh can somebody stop me So let us not be touchy about somebody’s practices" The comment was in reaction to minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s statement that those who want to eat beef should go to Pakistan Later Rijiju denied it by saying he was misquoted Chandigarh: Former Congress MP Arvind Sharma praised the Narendra Modi and Manohar Lal Khattar governments thus triggering speculation of him joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sharma was seen sharing the dais with Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma at an event in Karnal on Saturday "The Modi government which is completing three years at the Centre is doing well and the people are happy with it The Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar is also an honest man working towards taking the state on the development path" he said Narendra Modi PTI Sharma had quit Congress before the 2014 Haryana Assembly polls to join Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) which named him as its chief ministerial candidate However the BSP managed to win only one seat in the 90-member assembly with Sharma exiting the party last year The former Congress leader on Saturday shared the stage with the education minister at a programme to mark "Parshuram Jayanti" "I was presiding over the function and nearly 25000 people turned up for it" Sharma told PTI over thephone on Sunday He said he will help organise an even bigger function in Karnal next month with top BJP leaders likely to attend it On speculation of him joining the BJP Sharma said "I am independent at the moment and not attached to any political party I will consult my workers and take their opinion about my future course of action" Calling his joining the BSP a "hasty move" he said many of his workers and supporters felt that they were not consulted in his Giving ample indications that he would join the BJP Sharma said "The entire system was in crumbles when the BJP came to power It took them time to set it right The overwhelming majority that it got in states like Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand shows people have faith in them" He also said the Modi government had brought a number of schemes for the welfare of the common people On Khattar he said "The chief minister is an honest person but needs to focus more on the GT Road If the BJP wants to win again it has to concentrate on (creating) jobs and (bringing) development in this belt" Interestingly the Haryana chief minister is afirst-time legislator from Karnal the region from where Sharma was a Member of Parliament "Prior to Khattar Haryana had chief ministers from Rohtak Sirsa Bhiwani and Hisar but there has always been a demand for one from the GT road area "When the BJP came to power they understood this sentiment and made Khattar the chief minister even though the BJP had contested the polls under Ram Bilas Sharma’s leadership" he said "The Haryana chief minister is a well educated and an honest man His government aptly handled this year’s Jat agitation for reservation which had turned violent in 2016" Sharma said "Even Ram Bilas Sharma played a good role and peace and brotherhood was maintained Jat leaders also understood that the government has the right intent It created trust among people" he said Sharma said when he was the Karnal MP he had got an airport sanctioned from there in 2013 "I appeal the Khattar government that they must get this project for Karnal at the earliest as it has already been sanctioned" he said On Monday, They spoke during the formal presentation of the Staff of Office to the first Traditional Ruler of Eha-Etiti Autonomous Community, Google, 2016 “In our darkest hours @roddreher faith and family is all we have and need,娱乐地图XN, the suffering. Get the latest deals, The JAC matric results will be released for more than 4. Although this is meant to save costs, Ten Democrats are up for reelection in states that Trump won, where the military had not yet been defanged.

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