10 months agoRangers veteran McAuley backing move for Southampton midfielder Davis

first_imgRangers veteran McAuley backing move for Southampton midfielder Davisby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers veteran Gareth McAuley has backed a move for Southampton midfielder Steven Davis.McAuley believes that his Northern Ireland team-mate would be an ideal addition.”I don’t know if it’s on the cards, but he’s certainly the player who has been here before, who has captained the club and knows what it’s about,” said McAuley.”The last time I spoke to Steven was at the last international game. He was keeping his cards close to his chest.”I know he’s frustrated that he’s not playing football and, if the opportunity is there for him and things are right with Southampton, then I’m sure that he would love to (come back).”It’s an amazing club. I can’t think of anywhere better to play.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Hightech production Frame by Frame lights up National Ballet

center_img Login/Register With: Twitter Lepage has returned to McLaren for his latest project Frame by Frame, teaming up with the National Ballet of Canada and the National Film Board to create a multimedia dance production that marries ballet and abstract film animation in hopes of pushing the boundaries of ballet for our technological era. Director Robert Lepage first saw Norman McLaren’s short animated films as a child, when they aired as part of Hockey Night in Canada. He was moved by their simplicity and emotional impact.“There is something very pure about his vocabulary and very accessible and very universal,” says Lepage.“I’ve always related to that because I am desperately looking for simple things, resources, ideas that can speak to a universal or international audience.”last_img read more

AP Explains The French protesters economic discontents

first_imgPARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to cut taxes and boost France’s growth. A year and a half after he came into power, he is facing violent protests over rising taxes, a high cost of living and policies criticized by some as favouring the rich.The country’s economic indicators don’t always match the public’s perception of how the country is doing, but do help understand the popular anger.Here is a look at the taxes that have become central to the so-called “yellow vest” protesters’ claims.___TAX BURDENOne of the protesters’ big complaints is that they are heavily taxed.Official statistics support that claim. France was the most heavily taxed of the world’s rich countries in 2017, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The French government’s tax revenues last year reached 46.2 per cent of annual GDP.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe acknowledges that taxes “have steadily risen” since 2000 and that Macron’s government wants to reverse that trend.In particular, social security expenses — which pay for the generous health care system and pensions — are higher in France than other wealthy countries. As a result, France’s poverty rate is also lower than in most European countries.Overall, taxes are expected to decrease this year after Macron’s administration agreed on cuts. The protesters, however, complain specifically about a tax on fuel that Macron wanted to increase.___FUEL TAXApproved in 2014, under Macron’s predecessor Francois Hollande, this tax is part of government plans to wean France off fossil fuels via small but regular tax increases. Taxes represent about 60 per cent of the price of fuel in France.The next tax increase was due to be implemented on Jan 1. In the face of the sometimes violent protests, the government said this week that it would suspend the fuel tax increase.Among the complaints by protesters is that the fuel tax hurts people in rural areas who rely on vehicles for work and transportation, compared with wealthier city dwellers who tend to rely more on public transportation.___MIDDLE CLASS GAINSIn response to the protests, Macron’s government notes it has actually cut taxes for French people. However, they will mostly benefit middle class people with jobs, according to the Institute of Public Policies, a watchdog.This year’s tax cuts focus on businesses, payroll and housing. The government is trying to raise awareness of its efforts: every employee salary slip must now have a line —written in large letters— detailing how much extra money the worker received thanks to the tax cuts.While most employees benefit from the tax cuts, almost all retirees are worse off. Macron has said pensioners must make “a small effort” to help workers.___PURCHASING POWERMany protesters say they can’t pay their bills due to the higher cost of living.Consumers’ purchasing power in France fell sharply after the 2008 global financial crisis. But since 2014 it has been growing again, according to statistics agency Insee. This year, a small increase of 0.6 per cent is expected, largely thanks to the tax cuts.Yet the figure is an average that hides disparities across society.Macron’s first reforms, like a cut to taxes on wealth, largely benefited the well-off, and this is cited frequently by protesters decrying inequality.___WEALTH TAXThe decision to slash a special tax on households with assets above 1.3 million euros ($1.5 million) was meant to attract foreign investors. Macron was quickly labelled by critics as the “president of the rich”.Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux lamented that the wealthy often decided to invest outside France because of taxes. “We want the money to come back,” he said.The Institute of Public Policies says that budget measures for years 2018-2019 overwhelmingly benefit the 1 per cent richest people due to the wealth tax cut.It says that the poorest 20 per cent of households will see their real incomes fall because while social benefits remain stable, the prices for goods like energy are rising.Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Rafale Govt seeks deferment of Tuesdays hearing in Apex court

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday allowed the Centre to circulate a letter among parties concerned for adjournment in Tuesday’s scheduled hearing on pleas seeking review of its Rafale deal verdict of December 14 last year.The Centre, in its letter, said it needs time to file reply on merits on the review petitions. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna allowed senior advocate R Balasubramanian, appearing for the Centre, to circulate the letter among the parties which include Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singhpetitioners who have filed review pleas. The bench, however, did not say anything on the issue of adjournment of scheduled hearing on Tuesday. The review petitions filed by former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan is listed for hearing before a bench headed by the Chief Justice on Tuesday in the post lunch session. Two other review petitions — filed by Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh and advocate Vineet Dhanda — are also listed for hearing on Tuesday. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe Centre has said in the letter that the government has raised certain preliminary objections on maintainability of certain documents relied upon in the review petitions and the court had decided the issue on April 10. It said that since the government has not filed any reply on merit of the review pleas, it would need some time to file a detailed reply to the petitions seeking review of December 14, 2018 verdict in Rafale fighter jet deal case. In a setback to the Centre, the apex court on April 10 allowed the pleas which relied on leaked documents for seeking review of its Rafale judgement and dismissed the government’s preliminary objections claiming “privilege” over them. The Centre had submitted that three privileged documents were unauthorisedly removed from the Defence Ministry and used by the petitioners to support their review petitions against the December 14, 2018 judgement of the apex court which had dismissed all pleas challenging the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. The top court had rejected the objections raised by the Centre that those documents were not admissible as evidence under Section 123 of the Indian Evidence Act, and no one can produce them in court without the permission of the department concerned as they are also protected under the Official Secrets Act. It had noted that all the three documents were in “public domain” and published by prominent daily The Hindu were “in consonance with the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech”. It had said the documents used in the pleas were published in The Hindu’ in February and one of the papers was also published by The Wire’. The apex court had also noted that no law enacted by Parliament specifically barring or prohibiting the publication of such documents on any of the grounds mentioned in Article 19(2) of the Constitution has been brought to its notice. The Rafale fighter is a twin-engine Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation. A deal to procure the jets was signed between India and France in 2015. The delivery is expected to begin in September this year. In the December 14 verdict, the apex court said there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the procurement of 36 Rafale jets from France and dismissed all the petitions seeking an investigation into alleged irregularities in the Rs 58,000 crore deal. The top court had said there was no substantial evidence of commercial favouritism to any private entity.last_img read more

America deports 52 Pakistani nationals

first_imgIslamabad: Fifty-two Pakistani immigrants deported by the US have arrived here by a special flight amid tight security, a media report said Thursday. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi informed the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Tuesday that US authorities detained and prosecuted the Pakistani nationals for immigration violations, criminal conduct and other serious charges. Dawn newspaper, quoting immigration sources, reported that 53 Pakistanis were scheduled to be deported, but 52 arrived on Wednesday as one person fell sick at the US airport and was not sent back. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportUS security officials were guarding the Pakistani deportees when they arrived at the Islamabad International Airport. Soon after landing, they asked the Pakistani authorities to take custody of the deportees who had been arrested by the US police. The Trump administration recently launched a crackdown on the foreigners who stayed in the US even after the expiry of their visas. The 52 Pakistanis were among those who overstayed in the US, the report said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsA senior official of the Federal Investigation Agency said the deportees were allowed to go after verification of their travel documents. The official parried a question about the fate of those involved in petty crimes and deported by the US, the report said. Qureshi had also confirmed that the US denied visas to three senior Pakistani officials following a row between the two countries over deportation of dozens of Pakistanis in America for their visa overstay and other allegations.last_img read more

Mens basketball preview Ohio State versus Fairleigh Dickinson

OSu freshman center Micah Potter grabs a rebound against Navy on Nov. 11, 2016. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team will look to get back on track this Saturday as they take on Fairleigh Dickinson at the Schottenstein Center.The Buckeyes are coming off a tough fought match in which they fell to No. 6 Virginia, losing by a final score of 63-61, in a game in which they once held a 16-point lead.“Obviously we were disappointed that we lost and in the way that we lost,” said sophomore guard C.J. Jackson. “I feel like we are encouraged as a team and we know how much better that game made us and how much closer we got. We connected more than we have ever since I been here and it was good to see.”The biggest issue OSU faced in the game was turnovers. The Scarlet and Gray turned the ball over 20 times compared to the Cavaliers 10. There was also a big discrepancy when it came to fouls, with the Buckeyes committing 20 to Virginia’s 11.“With the turnovers we had the other night, we have to play smarter,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “I don’t want guys to not take risks but they have to be more calculated. When you have 20 turnovers and you shoot 50 percent, I am trying to explain to these guys that it is problematic.”OSU will hope to correct these issues as they take on Fairleigh Dickinson.The Knights enter the game with a 2-4 record. They are currently riding a two-game losing streak, coming up short against both Saint Peter’s and Army.Fairleigh Dickinson is led by guard Darian Anderson. The junior out of Washington, DC is averaging 19.7 points per game on 54 percent shooting. Anderson also leads his team in steals, averaging 1.7 a game.The Knights also receive valuable play from their big man, forward Mike Holloway. The 6-foot-7 sophomore is averaging 14.7 points per game and six boards.“We are going to see a team that is going to try and push the basketball,” Matta said. “We are going to see a ton of ball screens. We are going to see handoffs. They are going to change up defenses and press a little bit. It will be a good gauge to see how we take care of the basketball.”Despite the loss in their last time out, the Buckeyes did have some positives that they hope will give them something to build off of moving forward.“It just shows how good we really are right now and how much better we could become,” said freshman center Micah Potter. “We were down a starter, we had some silly mistakes and just didn’t execute our offense. If we can get it to where we can execute the entire game and play Ohio State basketball the entire game we will be really good. We can compete with anyone in the country.” read more

Tressel Rested Buckeyes ready for grueling November schedule

Time off has not been advantageous for Ohio State in the past.   The Buckeyes have dropped three of their last four contests following a bye week, but coach Jim Tressel said he thinks the week off could pay dividends this time around when OSU hosts Penn State on Saturday. “I thought we used our time wisely,” Tressel said. “Hopefully we will be back on the field with a lot of enthusiasm and pep in our step. We did work out on Sunday for about an hour and guys seemed to be refreshed.” As the Buckeyes prepare for the home stretch of the season, Tressel said it’s also important to recover emotionally. “I think if there’s anything that you can accomplish during an open week, it’s perhaps to fill your emotional gas tank back up,” he said. “We’re going to need every ounce of emotion we can get as Penn State comes in.” Injury report Plagued by injury this season, the banged-up Buckeyes got the chance to rest and heal during their break. After suffering a foot injury in the team’s lone loss at Wisconsin, captain Ross Homan has been making strides toward full health, Tressel said. “The key will be how does he do two days in a row to see if there’s any issues,” Tressel said. “But based upon after Sunday, I would say no doubt” he’ll be ready. Tressel said he expects both Homan and fellow linebacker Dorian Bell to play Saturday. Revived running games A key to each squad’s success of late has been a resurgence from the running back position. For the Buckeyes, junior Dan “Boom” Herron eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground for the first time in his OSU career against Minnesota on Oct. 30. “I think ‘Boom’ has raised us through his play,” Tressel said. “I think his play has been excellent, and if he’ll play like he did this last month and like he did last November, we have a chance this November because I think he is a difference-maker.” The Nittany Lions’ leading running back, Evan Royster, has regained form from his First-Team All-Big Ten selection a year ago. Achieving 100-yard performances in each of the last two games, Royster is now PSU’s all-time leading rusher, with 3,652 yards. “Evan Royster is a guy that now has hit it into gear,” Tressel said. “I think at the beginning of the year, he probably wasn’t himself, and as the year has gone on, just like most tough backs do, he got himself back to where he’d like to be.” Featuring two of the conference’s elite rushers, dominance on the ground could be the key to victory on Saturday. “We’ve never been bashful about saying if you do well with the run game, you’ve got a chance to win,” Tressel said. Penn State quarterback duo The Nittany Lions will come to the Horseshoe with two quarterbacks who have thrown for at least 500 yards and five touchdowns: redshirt sophomore Matt McGloin and freshman Rob Bolden. Tressel said the Buckeyes expect to see both under center. “They’ve now played two quarterbacks, and I would expect that we may, perhaps, see both of them. That’s the way we would prepare,” he said. Despite having to prepare for two signal-callers, Tressel said the duo’s styles don’t differ much. Mr. November The Buckeyes are 26-4 under Tressel in November, including 14-1 since 2005. Tressel said his team knows the importance of improvement in the last month of the season. “I think they’ve done a pretty good job of believing you have to keep working to get better, and if you keep working to get better, you probably will,” he said. “Then it gives you a chance in November.” Tressel said his players understand the importance of the team’s final three games. “When I saw these schedules about four or five years ago when they said, ‘You’re going to have Penn State to start your November for a few years,’ I thought, ‘Oh,’” he said. “Not to mention you’re going to have Iowa and Michigan right after them, that’s going to put a challenge on any November record anyone would ever have. “I think our guys believe that this is a very important time.” read more

Pogba Its hard to concentrate after World Cup win

first_imgPaul Pogba admits it’s been a struggle to concentrate this season after winning the 2018 World Cup with FranceThe 25-year-old midfielder’s ongoing feud with manager Jose Mourinho has done little to help Manchester United, who have equalled their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign in 29 years.Despite Pogba providing United with four goals and three assists in 10 games this term, the Frenchman’s displays have still been put into question.Reflecting on this to AFP, Pogba conceded that concentration has been an issue following France’s World Cup triumph in Russia.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s hard to concentrate, to start again, to hit hard, because we touched the stars. For us, it was the best trophy you can win as a footballer,” said Pogba, according to the Evening Standard.“But we like challenges, too. We have goals. For example, I’ve never won the Premier League, that’s an objective. I’d like to do that.”Pogba is expected to feature for France in tonight’s game against Iceland in Guingamp with kick-off set to begin at 21:00 (CEST).last_img read more

Soares claims Inter feels like a family amid crisis talks

first_imgCedric Soares has rubbished talks of an in-house fight at Inter Milan and revealed that he is learning a lot from manager Luciano Spalletti.The Portuguese start to life at Inter since joining from Southampton has been marred by the club’s poor form having slumped to three defeats in a row.Coupled with the speculations surrounding the futures Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi, as well as Spalletti. But the former Saints defender is backing the Nerazzurri to bounce back.However, Cedric went on to confirm that he is enjoying life at Milan despite the poor run of results.“Despite the results I’ve had so far, it’s been a good experience,” he told Football Italia.“We can reverse this negative trend and Spalletti’s teaching me a lot, as are my teammates.“I know what to do on the field, but I have to get used to the team’s mechanisms and movements.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Cedric Soares plays down talk of divisions at #Inter & reveals Coach Luciano Spalletti is ‘teaching me a lot’ https://t.co/ARdkqi3Lze #FCIM pic.twitter.com/CIspWaroQO— footballitalia (@footballitalia) February 7, 2019The Portugal international is equally gave some insight on his set-piece abilities.“It’s something you learn when you’re very young,” he explained.“You just have to start training well and be confident, in addition to having a good teacher.“I have many friends in Milan and it’s like I have a family here. I feel at home.”last_img read more

LOCAL BAMBOO KETCHUP NOW AVAILABLE

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:BAMBOO KETCHUP, Chevaughn Bowen, Indigenous Materials Advisory Council, Jamaica Promotions Corporation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Dec. 30 (JIS): As the Government moves to further the development of the bamboo industry, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is currently encouraging investors to take advantage of by-products in the sector.Already, there is organic bamboo charcoal on the market, and the latest being the Bamboo Tomato Ketchup, which was developed by a recent university graduate, and head of Jamdun’ Food Processing, Chevaughn Bowen.Several other value added products are being looked at by the Bamboo and Indigenous Materials Advisory Council (BIMAC), spearheaded by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).Mr. Bowen informs JIS News that he got the idea to make the bamboo tomato ketchup while in discussion with Director of Special Projects at the BSJ, Gladstone Rose, who heads the Government’s bamboo programme.He then went to China to have a first-hand look at that country’s bamboo industry, and to do further expert research on the properties in the bamboo edible shoots. After he returned, he began producing the bamboo ketchup, which is available locally.The young innovator, who copped the 2010 Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) top prize for his hot and spicy barbe‐fry sauce, says young people who have innovative business ideas should ensure that they are written, and placed in the marketplace for development.“Idea on paper is no idea at all. Putting a prototype together, and trying to get it out there in the market is best. Your idea sitting on paper, it makes no sense. I believe that everybody coming from university should have that state of mind, to become innovative,” he tells JIS News.For State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce,Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, the product (bamboo ketchup) is the first of its kind in the world, offering a number of vitamins.“This is one of the products for diversification, our own bamboo indigenous ketchup. There are several things that we can do with bamboo…there is bamboo pharmaceutical, the bamboo charcoal, bamboo flooring, furniture, bamboo to feed animals, and the bamboo fabric that is in demand, fetching a high price on the world market,” she told JIS News, at the recent opening of the first bamboo charcoal factory, in Pembroke Hall, St. Mary. “We are looking at the tourism industry, because instead of buying and selling things from other countries to our tourists, we can give them authentic Jamaican products, made in Jamaica. That is what people want when they come on a vacation,” the State Minister said.Meanwhile, Export Development Manager at JAMPRO, Marlene Porter, says the bamboo ketchup will be showcased at an upcoming business show in Montego Bay.“The bamboo ketchup is one of the areas where we are working with the BIMAC team, to see how we can push it more. There is significant opportunity for this product. We are looking at inviting the manufacturer to be part of the upcoming linkages event that we are having in Montego Bay, on January 21, where the hospitality sector will be coming to meet with local manufacturers. This is an excellent product that we want to showcase at the meeting,” Ms. Porter tells JIS News.“JAMPRO’s main role now is to help to identify potential investors to work with (bamboo) products. There are significant opportunities here, and we need to make them happen to realize the extensive benefits that we see from the bamboo programme,” adds Ms. Porter.Chairman of the BSJ, Professor Winston Davidson, lauds the bamboo ketchup as a “manifestation of a new industry being developed in Jamaica, and an industry which is also sustainable.” “The product is indigenous to Jamaica, and it is also part of the strategy for decreasing the impact of climate change on the country. It (bamboo) is able to trap carbon in the atmosphere,” the Professor states.The BSJ is spearheading a bamboo development strategy to facilitate the establishment of bamboo factories in four zones across the island. Zone 1 would include Hanover, Westmoreland and St. James. These would produce bamboo board, furniture and charcoal. In Zone 2 (St. Mary, Portland and St. Thomas), factories would produce edible bamboo shoots, charcoal and preserved bamboo sticks.For Zone 3 (St. Andrew, St. Catherine and Clarendon), the factories would produce bamboo sawdust, pellets, shipping pallets, preserved bamboo yam sticks, charcoal, and water and air filters. In Zone 4 (St. Elizabeth and Manchester), factories would produce edible bamboo shoots, charcoal and preserved bamboo yam sticks.“Inclusive development with bamboo has provided secured livelihoods for many thousands of rural producers on all continents. The same can be done for Jamaica,” Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams told Parliament, earlier in the year.last_img read more