Indian-American announces plans to run for US Congress

first_imgAn Indian-American investment banker has announced his plan to run for the US House of Representatives from a Congressional seat in Connecticut.Harry Arora, 48, seeks to oust Democratic incumbent Jim Himes, who has represented the 4th Congressional District since January 2009.Arora wants to have a Republican voice in the so called ‘Samosa Caucus’ — the informal group of Indian-Americans in the US House of Representatives.Currently four Indian-Americans in the US House of Representatives — Ami Bera, Ro Khanna, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Pramila Jayapal — are from Democratic party.Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

China backs India to successfully host Commonwealth Games

first_imgChina backed India’s ability to conduct the Commonwealth Games successfully saying that the Indian government has made “great efforts” to host them.”No matter which country host such large scale Games, it is quite a challenge,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Jiang Yu told a media briefing when asked about the allegations that poor facilities were being provided for Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi.”I think the Indian government has made great efforts to prepare for the Games. I wish it will be a successful one,” she said.The unsavoury drama relating to the poor preparations of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and claims by its officials that the facilities would be better than that of 2008 Beijing Olympics which won international acclaim for China, generated considerable interest in the Games in Chinese official media.China itself is preparing to host yet another mega sports event, the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou in November this year, which the organisers claim would be shade better than 2008 Beijing Olympics.The construction of all the facilities, including accommodation for more than 8000 athletes was finished and handed over to the Organising Committee on September 20.After more than two years of construction, Games Town is ready to accommodate the expected 40,000 athletes, coaches, technical officials and members of the media from around the world for the games to be held from November 12 to 27.In addition to an athletes’ village with 13 apartment buildings, the Games Town includes a media village, technical officials’ village, international broadcast centre and the main press centre.advertisementXu Ruisheng, vice-mayor of Guangzhou and executive deputy secretary-general of the organizing committee was quoted by the official media here recently as saying that “the facilities for the athletes at the Asian Games are much better than at the Beijing Summer Olympic Games.There is lot of green areas and it is a very good environment for the athletes,” he said.last_img read more

Chennai take on Rajasthan in crucial IPL tie

first_imgRajasthan Royals would bank on their formidable winning record at home and look to exact revenge of their first leg loss when they take on defending champions Chennai Super Kings in a crucial Indian Premier League match in Jaipur on Monday. Both the sides are coming into the match after losing their previous matches and any slip up could prove costly for either team for a place in the play- offs.Chennai are on 12 points from 10 matches, third in the IPL table and they come into Monday’s match after their four- game winning streak was snapped by Kolkata Knight Riders in their last match.Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, are on 11 points from 10 matches and a win will take them closer to a play- off berth. Besides, the Shane Warne- led side has a formidable record at home, having won 12 games out of 15 in the IPL. They have won four out of five games in Jaipur this year.Chennai, on the other hand, have been poor travellers having won only one out of their five away games this season and they would look to breach the Rajasthan Royals stranglehold at Sawai Man Singh Stadium.The match will be played on a new strip after the pitch controversy generated by the remarks from Sachin Tendulkar, the skipper of Mumbai Indians who were restricted to 94 for eight on April 29.Chennai beat Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in their last meeting on May 4 in Chennai.The Royals must be ruing the manner in which they squandered the advantage after being 92 for one in 13th over to post just 147 in 20 overs after batting first and subsequently lost the match.advertisementRajasthan Royals would, however, take positives from that match with Rahul Dravid cracking 66 of 51 balls and sharing a 92- run opening wicket partnership with Shane Watson.They will look up to Warne usual in the bowling department and to extract the best out of his players at the home conditions with his tactical moves. Shane Watson, Ross Taylor, Rahul Dravid, Johan Botha and Ashok Menaria will have to fire in tandem while batting.Chennai, on the other hand, look formidable with likes Michael Hussey, Murli Vijay, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath and skipper MS Dhoni capable posting big scores and chasing down stiff targets.last_img read more

Tiger Woods’ win could have golf industry roaring back

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew And shares of Nike, the sponsor that stood by Woods after his 2009 car crash and reports of extramarital affairs, rose Monday, as did the stocks of other golf equipment makers that aren’t connected to Woods.“The golf industry has been waiting for him to win again,” said Rick Burton, a professor at Syracuse University’s David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. TV ratings of golf tournaments and sales of golf equipment are likely to rise, he noted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsStar athletes, he said, help draw more people to the game. “It’s kind of a tsunami effect,” Burton said.It had been 11 years since Woods had a major win — and enthusiasm for golf seemed to wane during his drought as he battled injuries and worked to repair his reputation. Nike stopped selling golf equipment in 2016 to focus on apparel. About a year later, rival Adidas sold off its golf business. And Golfsmith, the largest golf retail chain in the U.S. at the time, filed for bankruptcy protection and was later bought by Dick’s Sporting Goods. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On Monday, Bridgestone Golf CEO Dan Murphy said in an interview on business news network CNBC that website traffic jumped 200% after Woods’ win.“In the equipment business we have an old saying: ‘Win on Sunday and sell on Monday,’” he said. “And that’s what we’re doing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss On Sunday, Nike didn’t waste time capitalizing on Woods’ win, posting a video on Twitter that had more than 24 million views by Monday afternoon. During the tournament, Woods wore head-to-toe Nike with the hard-to-miss swoosh logo on his hat, shirt, pants and shoes. PGA Tour Superstore said a red Nike shirt with a mock turtleneck, similar to the one Woods wore, was its top seller over the weekend.“After an incredible win at the Masters, the Tiger effect is expected to kick off the start of the golf season better than expected,” PGA Tour Superstore said in a statement.Apex Marketing Group, a branding consulting company, estimated the media exposure for Nike to be worth more than $22 million. Nike Inc.’s stock rose less than 1% Monday.Shares of energy drink maker Monster Beverage Corp., a sponsor whose green logo appears on Woods’ golf bag, gained about 2%.Other golf companies that aren’t connected to Woods also saw a boost. Club maker Callaway Golf Co.’s stock rose 1.5%. And Acushnet Holdings Corp., maker of golf balls and other golfing equipment, added 1.7%.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)NEW YORK — Tiger Woods’ win at the Masters could revitalize the golf industry, which has struggled in the past decade while the game’s biggest star was hobbled by issues on and off the course.Bridgestone Golf, whose logo was on the golf balls Woods used, says its website traffic soared after the Sunday win. PGA Tour Superstore, which sells golf equipment online, says sales were up over the weekend by 50% from a year ago.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Clippers pull off biggest comeback in playoff history against Warriors MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Triumph Street Triple Range: First Impressions

first_imgA decade has gone past since the Street Triple first broke cover. Mimicking the Speed Triple 1050 at the time, it didn’t take much more than the twin headlamps and underseat exhaust to win hearts. Superficially, there was much to like but underneath the street naked was the heart of a supersport, the Daytona 675. Agility, quickness and affordability were its USP that made for 50,000 units sold so far. Now in its third generation the Street Triple has raised the bar again, aiming to set new standards.Engine:From two versions in its previous iteration, the all-new Street gets three versions to choose from with each offering unique characteristics to suit varied use and riders. The 675cc engine from the Daytona continues to be the base with its in-line, three-cylinder motor’s capacity being bumped up by 90cc to now total 765cc. Power has risen from 109bhp to 113bhp in the new Street Triple S while progressively increasing to 118bhp in the R and 123bhp in the top-specced RS trim. To achieve this, 80 new components have been used including an obvious increase in bore and stroke to achieve the capacity increase.Now in its third generation the Street Triple has raised the bar again.A new crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods, balancer shaft and aluminium cylinder barrels with Nikasil plating that assists smooth piston action during the initial few thousand kilometres. The aluminium sleeves come in place of iron ones in the 675cc Speed Triple.Power:The power curves display a visible increase in horsepower output starting a shade over 4,000rpm and continuing onward beyond 11,000rpm where the curve tapers off compared to the old engine. Torque too sees a surge above 4,000rpm and remains nearly flat till 10,500rpm before tapering off.advertisement5-inch TFT colour screen on R and RS models, the base S trim gets digi-analogue instrumentation from the outgoing motorcycle.Triumph claims a 6.6 per cent and 7.3 per cent bump in peak power and torque outputs respectively in the base S trim while the RS gets a substantial 16 per cent rise in power and 13 per cent in torque starting before 3,000rpm. The gearbox also receives revised geometry for smoother shifts and shorter 1st and 2nd gears for better acceleration, with assistance from a slipper clutch.Suspension:Cycle parts also see major revisions to the suspension. The rear swingarm is new, claiming to increase torsional stiffness and improving lateral flex with the aim to achieve stability at higher speeds. The front suspension is top-notch with Triumph choosing non-adjustable Showa Separate Function Forks for the S and fully adjustable 41mm Showa Big Piston Forks for the R and RS, the latter using the highest specification for the front and fully adjustable Ohlins STX40 monoshock at the rear for track duties.R gets riding modes like Rain, Road and Sport, RS adds a Track mode. All modes offer full power.Verdict:Triumph has upped its game in the supersport street-naked class. Already touted as best-in-class, the Street Tripe now comes with a choice for every type of rider. The S appealing to newer riders, the R with a seemingly formidable street package and the RS taking up track duties too.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: How the teams prepared in the warm-up games

first_imgWith the World Cup set to begin in just a day, we have gotten a fair idea of where the teams stand after seeing their best combinations tried out in the warm-up games. World Champions Australia showed they are prepared to defend their title while England looked set to win the cup for the first time.Here is a look at how the 10 teams performed in their Warm-up games.AustraliaAfter a disastrous 2017-18 season, Australia have sent a firm warning to all the World Cup teams of their formidable return as they are the only team to fetch a 100 percent result in the preparatory World Cup games.In the first warm-up game, the 5-time world champions Australia had set a 297-run target riding on the back of a phenomenal century from Steve Smith and the bowlers followed it up well to defend the target. Jason Behrendorff and Kane Richardson chipped in with 2 wickets apeice.Australia then thrashed Sri Lanka as they achieved the 240-run target with 31 balls remaining as Usman Khawaja starred in with his 89 runs.EnglandGoing into the World Cup as the favourites, hosts England stumbled against a tough Australiam side in the first warm-up game but came back stronger to brutually thrash Afghanistan in the next game.Liam Plunkett enjoyed a four-wicket haul against Australia while Jos Buttler continued his rich form as England fell short of just 12 runs of a win. Jofra Archer, a recent addition to the England side, and Joe Root restricted Afghanistan to just 160 in the other game as Jason Roy remained unbeaten at 89 to win the game in just 17 overs.advertisementIndiaAfter a batting collapse against New Zealand, India crushed Bangladesh in the second game . Beating Bangladesh by 95 runs might not be that huge a good news for India but the match defnitely gave them something they were in search for since last couple of years-their number 4. After a series of trials and errors, KL Rahul ended the No. 4 spot debate with his classy century. Another best thing that happened for India was the return of their out-of-form spinner Kuldeep Yadav as he put up a heartening performance with the ball, claiming 3 for 47. However, the form of opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan still remains a worry for India.South AfricaOpening batsman Hashim Amla provided a relief to the side as he got his form back just the right time with 61-ball 65 in their only chance to prepare for the World Cup.Faf du Plessis shone with his 88 runs before Andile Phehlukwayo scalped 4 wickets to bundle out Sri Lanka at 251 and hand South Africa an 87-run win. In the absence of their star bowler Dale Steyn, the South Africa side looked stable with the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir along with Phehlukwayo.New ZealandAfter some spectacular bowling by Trent Boult and James Neesham, New Zealand packed off mighty India for 179 in just 39.2 overs but couldn’t come up with any answers against West Indies’ batting fireworks. Tent Boult once again picked 4 wickets but wasn’t offered any support from the spinners stop West Indies from setting on a mammoth 421-run target.Tom Bundell went on to score a century against West Indies and staked a claim for New Zealand’s first game against Sri Lanka. Kane Williamson enjoyed half-centuries in both the warm-up games while opener Martin Guptill looked to struggle a bit.PakistanAfter going down against Afghanistan in the first game, Pakistan didn’t get a chance to try out their combinations again, as rain washed out their second warm-up game against Bangladesh. Pakistan’s fast-bowling, which used to be their strength in the past years, failed to defend 262 runs that were amassed on the back off Babar Azam’s hundred.Shaheen Shah Afridi has failed to impress lately as he went wicketless in the warm-up, along with experienced Mohammad Amir. Pakistan’s fast bowlers have to get back in the groove if they want to see themselves going far in the tournament.BangladeshAfter a washed out first game, Bangladesh lost the second one to India. After winning the Tri-series against West Indies recently, Bangladesh look to be an improved side going in the World Cup but will be needing a consistent performace from their bowling unit to stand strong against the stronger teams.In the absence of their regular opener Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das impressed with 73 runs while Mushfiqur Rahim (90) stood upright against a strong Indian bowling unit.Afghanistan After coming into the international cricketing arena quite late, Afghanistan have sprung up surprises on every other occasions. They edged out Pakistan in the first warm-up game before being beaten by a powerful England in the second. With world’s best bowlers like Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi in the side, Afghanistan could be a difficult side to score runs against in the World Cup.advertisementSri LankaAfter losing both their warm-up games against South Africa and Asutralia, Sri Lanka have a lot of things to reflect upon before starting their World Cup campaign.Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews took the batting onus one them on of the occassions but the there wasn’t much to be seen from the bowlers. Venteran Lasith Malinga didn’t show up in the warm-up games but will play a crucial roel to guide the inexperienced bowling unit in the World Cup.West IndiesThe West Indian side boast of a very strong batting line-up as was seen massive in the warm-up game against New Zealand. Shai Hope once again showed his phenomenal show with bat as his side piled up 421 runs. They have power-hitters like Andre Russell, Chris Gaylea nd Evin Lewis to leave any side clueless in search of bowling options.Kemar Roach would be the West Indies’ favoured bowler to defend big totals while Carlos Brathwaite could also pick wickets in intervals. Without a doubt, West Indies are going into the World Cup as a threat to the other 9 teams.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Batting with MS Dhoni is a dream, says KL RahulAlso Read | Virat Kohli has amazingly matured as captain: Kapil DevAlso Seelast_img read more

Phil Steele’s Big 12 teams are…interesting

first_imgScreen shot 2013-06-04 at 10.37.32 AMI posted Phil Steele’s preseason All-Big 12 teams in the Bullets this morning but figured we should discuss more here.OK so it’s June and these things are…whatever…but we kind of have a lot to talk about with this one. First of all, maybe I don’t get the Phil Steele thing. People seem to love him — and granted, I’ve never met him — but his stuff seems kind of wacky…and his site looks like it was made in MS paint and sent back in time to a grad student in 1997 to be posted on the Internet.So let’s get to that All-Big 12 first team QB, shall we?Bryce Petty, he of the 14 career pass attempts is on the first team. I actually don’t have that much of a problem with it. Baylor’s offense is the real deal and Petty should put up, at the very least, similar numbers to Nick Florence from last year (4,300 yards and 33 TDs).My bigger issue is with the Pachall-Ash-Bell second through fourth team combo. Here’s a look at Clint Chelf’s projected numbers if he performs at the same pace over a 13-game season as he did in his five starts at the end of last season:Chelf – 61% completions | 3,400 yards | 34 TDs | 10 INTAnd here are Ash and Pachall’s numbers from their two most recent seasons:Ash – 67% | 2,700 yards | 19 TDs | 8 INTPachall – 67% | 2,900 yards | 25 TDs | 7 INTAs for Bell, are we totally sure he can throw the ball over 15 yards downfield yet?I guess my point is do you trust Chelf in OSU’s offense more than you trust Ash in Texas’ or Bell in OU’s? Maybe…but I wouldn’t bet anything of value on it.Also I think Tracy Moore is one team too high — has he ever done anything that made you say “yup, first team All-Big 12 guy right there”? And Jeremy Smith is one team too low. *IF* he stays healthy, there’s no way seven guys have better statistical years than Smith — it’s just not going to happen.I guess I get Justin Gilbert being second team based on talent alone but, man, it’d be tough for me to put him that high after he singlehandedly tried to make me nickname him “Floodgates Gilbert” with his performance last year.All in all these mid-June teams are ridiculous things we all write to try and make the time pass until football season but still pretty fun to talk about.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Ward Theatre Renovations Slated for Completion in 2019

first_img This was announced by Chairman of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), which is jointly spearheading the project with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams. Story Highlights He indicated that the work, which is about 80 per cent complete, is expected to be concluded in September 2019, adding that “I believe we will all be proud of the building [when] we have done the renovations”. Renovation of the 106-year-old Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston, now under way, is slated for completion in 2019. Renovation of the 106-year-old Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston, now under way, is slated for completion in 2019.This was announced by Chairman of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), which is jointly spearheading the project with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams.He indicated that the work, which is about 80 per cent complete, is expected to be concluded in September 2019, adding that “I believe we will all be proud of the building [when] we have done the renovations”.He was speaking during the recent launch of the Alpha Mercy Historical Centre project, located on the Alpha Campus at 26 South Camp Road, Kingston.Senator Williams, who is also Kingston’s Mayor, said work carried out on the Theatre, to date, includes the installation of waterproof membrane on the roof; the fitting of countertops and basins in one restroom and four changing rooms; installation of drywall ceiling and sanitary fixtures; and wall repairs.He contended that the historic building, which is a prominent feature in the downtown Kingston redevelopment plan, is a potential tourist attraction that can aid in transforming the nation’s capital into a “destination city” for visitors.The Ward Theatre was presented as a gift to the city in 1912 by then Custos Rotulorum of Kingston, Colonel Charles Ward. The site it occupies in downtown Kingston has been in continuous use as a theatre since the 1770s.Meanwhile, Senator Williams advised that the KSAMC is partnering with the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) to restore the clock tower and war memorial in Cross Roads, St. Andrew.He said the KSAMC is seeking funding for the undertaking, which will include renovating the edifice’s exterior and installing paving stones along the area around the tower.The landmark was built to honour the memory of servicemen from Kingston and St. Andrew who fought and died in World War II.Senator Williams argued that the project is significant, in light of the fact that Kingston has a rich history that “is not celebrated”.“We do not see our history permeating our city and that is a problem. Part of instilling pride in our city and our country, and part of creating this destination city, which is part of the vision we have for Kingston, is that we have to [live] our history within our city,” the Mayor said.last_img read more

LAssemblée législative lance son site Web en français

first_imgLa population francophone de la Nouvelle-Écosse peut maintenant consulter la version française du site Web de l’Assemblée législative de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « L’accès à l’information est une pierre angulaire de la démocratie, a dit Gordie Gosse, président de l’Assemblée législative. Grâce à ce nouveau développement, la communauté francophone a maintenant un plus grand accès à une mine de renseignements, dans sa propre langue, sur le fonctionnement de l’Assemblée législative. » La version française du site Web a été financée par le programme NORIA de l’Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie. La traduction a été coordonnée par les Affaires acadiennes et mise en ligne par la Bibliothèque législative. Depuis 2008, une quantité limitée de contenu en français était offerte sur l’ancienne version du site Web. À l’automne 2010, un nouveau site Web en anglais a été lancé, et le contenu en français a été augmenté pour correspondre à la version anglaise. Le nouveau site Web peut être consulté au http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/fr.last_img read more

Annonce dune production cinématographique

first_img Pour en savoir davantage sur le processus de demande, les coûts admissibles et les lignes directrices à cet effet, consultez le lien intitulé Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund (Fonds d’incitation à la production télévisée et cinématographique en Nouvelle-Écosse) (en anglais seulement) à l’adresse www.nsbi.ca. -30- le fonds vise les dépenses admissibles, telles que la main-d’œuvre de même que les biens ou les services achetés auprès d’un fournisseur établi en Nouvelle-Écosse; lorsqu’une demande est approuvée, NSBI fournit une lettre d’engagement qui peut servir à demander du financement auprès d’une banque. Lorsque le demandeur signe l’entente officielle d’incitatif, le document d’entente peut aussi servir à demander du financement; une fois qu’une production reçoit un engagement de financement, les fonds sont placés en réserve; une fois la production réalisée, le demandeur présente une demande finale à NSBI afin qu’elle soit traitée et que les fonds lui soient versés; NSBI traite et approuve toutes les demandes et toutes les demandes finales. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) a annoncé aujourd’hui, 5 avril, une nouvelle production approuvée dans le cadre du Fonds d’incitation à la production télévisée et cinématographique en Nouvelle-Écosse. Un engagement de financement d’une valeur de 230 006 $ a été accordé à la société de production 3291627 Nova Scotia Limited pour la série télévisée Trajectoires 3. Les détails sur les engagements de financement seront affichés dans le site Web de NSBI, www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding, à mesure que les engagements sont approuvés. Quelques faits :last_img read more

Annual Moose Licence Draw

first_imgNova Scotians can apply for the annual moose licence lottery starting today, May 1. This year 345 licences will be available in five moose-management zones within Victoria and Inverness counties in Cape Breton. They are the only counties in the province where licensed moose hunting is permitted. To be eligible to apply, an applicant must qualify as a resident of Nova Scotia, have a Nova Scotia Wildlife Resources Card and be at least 18 years old by September 17. Hunters who held a moose hunting licence in the last five years (2013-2017) cannot apply this year. Applications are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until midnight, May 31. For an application fee of $9.25 (HST included), hunters can apply: Online applications require a Visa or Mastercard. Phone applications will be directly billed to your landline phone. Hunters are encouraged to carefully consider which season and zone they apply for. Terrain, access and available guiding services differ considerably from one moose-management zone to another. Weather conditions can also vary between the northern and southern zones. More information, including number of available licences per season and zone is available at https://novascotia.ca/natr/draws/moosedraw/ . Licences will be drawn June 21. online at, http://novascotia.ca/natr/draws/moosedraw or by calling 1-900-565-3337 from a landline phone. last_img read more

Hong Kong protesters face crucial weekend test after airport setback

first_imgHong Kong: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement faces a major test this weekend as it tries to muster another huge crowd following criticism over a recent violent airport protest and as concerns mount over Beijing’s next move. Ten weeks of protests have plunged the international finance hub into crisis with the communist mainland taking an increasingly hardline tone, including labelling the more violent protester actions “terrorist-like”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USChinese state media have put out images of military personnel and armoured personnel carriers across the border in Shenzhen, while the United States has warned Beijing against sending in troops, a move many analysts say would be a reputational and economic disaster for China. The nationalistic Global Times newspaper said there would not be a repeat of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, in which hundreds — or even thousands — are believed to have been killed, if Beijing moves to quash the protests. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “The incident in Hong Kong won’t be a repeat of the June 4th political incident in 1989,” it said, insisting the country now had more sophisticated approaches. It was a rare reference to the bloody events, which are taboo in China. Hong Kong’s protests were sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the mainland, but have since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city. Millions of people have hit the streets while clashes have broken out between police and small groups of hardcore protesters for 10 consecutive weekends. For most of that time, US President Donald Trump has taken a hands-off approach to the unrest but began speaking up this week, suggesting any potential trade deal with Beijing could be upended by a violent response from the mainland. Speaking on Thursday, Trump urged his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to meet protesters and solve the crisis “humanely”. Activists are now planning to hold a major rally on Sunday, which is being billed as a “rational, non-violent” protest designed to show the movement still maintains broad public support after suffering a setback earlier in the week. On Tuesday, protesters blocked passengers from boarding flights at the city’s airport and later assaulted two men they accused of being Chinese spies. The shocking images damaged a movement that until then had largely only targeted the police or government institutions, and prompted some soul-searching among protesters. China’s propaganda apparatus seized on the violence, with state-media churning out a deluge of condemnatory articles, pictures and videos. Sunday’s rally is being put together by the Civil Human Rights Front, a protest group that advocates non-violence and has previously been the driving force behind record-breaking rallies in June and July that saw hundreds of thousands of people hit the streets. “This coming Sunday should be another million-strong march. Hong Kong people can’t be defeated, Hong Kongers soldier on,” prominent pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo wrote on Facebook. But the likelihood of renewed clashes over the weekend remains high. On Saturday, activists have vowed to gather in Hung Hom and To Kwa Wan — two harbourside districts popular with mainland Chinese tourists — despite police banning their proposed marches. And while police have given permission for protesters on Sunday to rally in a major park on Hong Kong island, they have forbidden demonstrators from marching through the city. Previous bans in the last few weeks have simply been ignored by demonstrators, leading to running battles with riot police. Authorities say they have been compelled to ban recent rallies because of increasing violence used by hardcore protesters, who have often targeted police stations alone their marching routes with bricks, slingshots and Molotov cocktails. Hong Kong maintains freedoms unknown on the authoritarian mainland under a 50-year deal that came into effect when the former colony was handed back to China by Britain in 1997. Many Hong Kongers say those liberties are being eroded and have hit the streets in huge numbers in recent years. Yet their demands to elect their own leaders and halt sliding freedoms have fallen on deaf ears. The current protests are the biggest threat to Beijing’s authority since the handover and as violence has escalated, party leaders have only hardened their tone. Beijing has also ordered Hong Kong’s companies and influential tycoons to toe the line. On Friday Cathay Pacific announced the shock resignation of its CEO Rupert Hogg after the Hong Kong carrier was excoriated by Beijing because some staff supported the pro-democracy protests. Many tycoons have published statements calling for an end to the protests, the latest coming from the city’s wealthiest man Li Ka-shing who took out adverts in seven Hong Kong newspapers.last_img read more

Analysis Tax cuts spending to raise deficit to 1T by 2020

first_imgWASHINGTON – The combined effect of President Donald Trump’s tax cuts and last month’s budget-busting spending bill is sending the federal deficit toward the $1 trillion mark next year, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.The CBO report says the nation’s $21 trillion debt would spike to more than $33 trillion in 10 years, with debt held by investors spiking to levels that would come close to equaling the size of the economy, reaching levels that many economists fear could spark a debt crisis.Republicans once laced into President Barack Obama for trillion-dollar-plus deficits but mostly fell quiet on Monday’s news.CBO says economic growth from the tax cuts will add 0.7 per cent on average to the nation’s economic output over the coming decade. Those effects will only partially offset the deficit cost of the tax cuts. The administration had promised the cuts would pay for themselves.Instead, Monday’s report estimates that the GOP tax bill, which is Republican-controlled Washington’s signature accomplishment under Trump, will add $1.8 trillion to the deficit over the coming decade, even after its positive effects on the economy are factored in.The economic growth promises to drop the nationwide unemployment rate below 4 per cent starting this year, CBO predicts, though interest rates would rise more rapidly than the agency had earlier predicted, countering some of the positive economic impact of the tax cuts.The report paints an unrelentingly bleak picture of the federal deficit, predicting it will hit $804 billion this year, rise to just under $1 trillion for the upcoming budget year and permanently breach the $1 trillion mark in 2020 unless Congress stems the burst of red ink.The government would borrow about 19 cents of every dollar it spends this year. Deficits would grow to $1.5 trillion by 2028 — and could exceed $2 trillion if the tax cuts are fully extended and if Washington doesn’t cut spending.“Such high and rising debt would have serious negative consequences for the budget and the nation,” said CBO Director Keith Hall. “In particular, the likelihood of a fiscal crisis in the United States would increase.”Republicans controlling Washington have largely lost interest in taking on the deficit, an issue that has fallen in prominence in recent years. Trump has ruled out cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and Capitol Hill Republicans have failed to take steps against the deficit since Trump took office.But if warnings of a future fiscal crisis turn out to be true, lawmakers might be forced to take painful steps, Hall warned, that would be more draconian than if they tackled the deficit now.With conservatives complaining about the $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill — which blew through previous budget limits by $300 billion over this year and next — House GOP leaders have scheduled a vote this week on a proposed amendment to the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget. The vote is sure to fall well short of the two-thirds required to pass and is being rushed to a vote without hearings or committee debate.“The CBO’s latest report exposes the scam behind the rosy rhetoric from Republicans that their tax bill would pay for itself,” said top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York. “The American people deserve a Congress that is focused squarely on helping the middle class, not patronizing Kabuki theatre — like sham ‘balanced budget’ votes — from Republicans who blew up the deficit to benefit wealthy special interests.”The White House is also likely to propose rolling back some of the spending increases in the government-wide funding bill, targeting domestic programs backed by Democrats, but the idea isn’t gaining much traction on Capitol Hill.“It’s going nowhere,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. “We made a deal.”Republicans are unlikely to pass even a nonbinding budget blueprint, instead opting to take a pause in the heat of election season.“Without question, we have challenging work ahead,” said House Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack, R-Ark., who promised he will be “working with my colleagues in the days ahead to craft a responsible budget plan.”Many economists believe that if deficits continue to rise and the national debt grows, government borrowing will “crowd out” private lending and force up interest rates. And if interest rates go up, the government will have to pay much more to finance the more than $14 trillion in Treasury debt held by investors.Last year’s deficit registered $665 billion, which was well below the record $1.4 trillion posted during Obama’s first year in office, when the Great Recession led to plunging revenues and a spike in spending. The deficit settled below $500 million for part of Obama’s second term but has steadily risen since then.The new report predicts the economy will grow by 3.3 per cent this year but that gross domestic product growth will drop to 1.8 per cent by 2020. It warns that interest rates on government borrowing will spike, with the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, currently yielding 2.8 per cent, will average a 3.0 per cent interest rate this year and 3.7 per cent next year.“We expect interest rates to accelerate faster,” said CBO’s Hall.last_img read more

Talks between Ban Kimoon and Iranian leader focus on nuclear Afghan issues

24 September 2007Iran’s nuclear programme, the situation in neighbouring Afghanistan and reform of the United Nations system were the focus of talks today between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at UN Headquarters in New York. Mr. Ban “acknowledged Iran’s engagement in favour of peace and security in Afghanistan,” according to a readout of this afternoon’s meeting between the two leaders provided by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.While he underlined Iran’s interest in regional peace and security, the Secretary-General urged the country to comply fully with the work plan it recently reached with the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and to contribute towards the implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions regarding its nuclear activities.The readout stated that Mr. Ahmadinejad also raised the issue of UN reform, including its decision-making processes, as well as the work of UN agencies.The Iranian President invited Mr. Ban to visit Tehran, and the Secretary-General said he would do so at the earliest opportune moment. read more

Top UN envoy to Haiti welcomes national dialogue after elections

After updating the Security Council on the election process in Haiti, the United Nations top envoy to that country welcomed President-elect René Préval’s invitation for Haitians to join together in a national dialogue.“We believe that dialogue and reconciliation are the concepts to be applied today in Haiti, and we also expect that his dialogues with the private sector he announced for tomorrow will also be fruitful,” said Juan Gabriel Valdés, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Haiti.Besides supporting such national dialogue, Mr. Valdés said that upcoming priorities for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) – now that its mandate has been renewed – include the professionalization of the police force, so that it is able to confront the security situation in the Cite Soleil, the gang-ridden inner-city neighbourhood of the capital Port-au-Prince.Along with security measures, he said it was also necessary to create with the Government a common approach for social development of the area.Applauding the Haitian people for their patience and continuing commitment to democracy, both the Security Council and Secretary-General Annan last week congratulated Mr. Préval on his election victory after a tumultuous week of vote counting.Today, Mr. Valdés said that preliminary vote counts for parliamentary elections should be finished by today or tomorrow, but no doubt a second round of ballots would be needed as many leading candidates would not have the requisite majority to win on the first round. read more

Despite progress Afghanistan faces major economic security and political challenges in 2016

“In 2016, it is vital that the National Unity Government demonstrates increasingly its effectiveness, not only to the Afghan people but also donors, on whom it is largely dependent for financial, material and technical assistance,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom told the Security Council.He stressed that many Afghans are anxious about the future, with some feeling they have no choice other than to leave the country in search of security and economic opportunity elsewhere.“Civilians, as ever, continue to bear the brunt of the conflict, as casualties rise at an ever increasing pace and more people have been displaced from their homes by the conflict,” he said, stressing that with the fiscal gap between revenue raised and spent, poverty is no less prevalent, economic contraction has led to high unemployment, and corruption has yet to be overcome,” he said.While challenges of such a scale and complexity would test any Government, however, there has been progress on reforming the civil service and electoral sector, economic growth though low is projected to increase in the next years, and Afghan security forces (ANSF) have shown resilience in the face of an intensified insurgency, he noted.Mark Bowden, UN Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, discusses the security and humanitarian impacts of the ongoing conflict in the country. Credit: UN News CentreMr. Haysom commended the Government for continuing to put into place the building blocks for long-term economic improvement, including through regional integration, and he noted that while the temporary loss of key district and provincial centres like Kunduz revealed major ANSF shortcomings, almost all of these centres have been retaken.“The ANSF may be stretched to capacity but, for the most part, they are holding their ground,” he said.“This does not ignore the need for improvements to ANSF functioning, with a particular focus on logistics and administration, and remedial measures to boost both morale and diminish rates of attrition, as well as continued international support for its attempts to build its own air support capabilities.”Mr. Haysom highlighted the need to tackle corruption and make governance reform to reassure the international community that its aid will have a tangible impact in 2016, with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meeting in Warsaw to pledge its military commitment for four years, while in Brussels donors will recommit to civilian aid.“UNAMA will be encouraging donors to invest in Afghanistan’s reconstruction and security, rather than bear the costs of immigration,” he said, referring to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, which he heads.“This situation cannot continue indefinitely – sooner or later the financial resources currently available to the country will decrease. Afghanistan needs to find a political route to peace,” he added, calling on the Taliban to commit to entering into a peace process as the Government has.He pledged that during 2016 UNAMA will continue to pursue its three track approach to engagement with the Taliban – on human rights, humanitarian access and on political engagement. read more

LaQuinton Ross to forgo senior season at Ohio State pursue professional career

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) drives past an opposing player during a game against Northwestern Feb. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 76-60.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIt’s official: LaQuinton Ross’ days as an Ohio State Buckeye are finished.The Buckeye junior forward announced his decision to forego his final year of eligibility and pursue a professional career to OSU coach Thad Matta and the rest of the Buckeye coaching staff Friday, according to a press release. The decision confirms a Monday report by ESPN College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman.“My experience at Ohio State has been incredible,” Ross said, according to the release. “Coach Matta, my teammates and the staff were amazing to work with on a daily basis. My goal has always been to play at the next level and I believe now is the best time.”Ross departs from OSU after leading the Buckeyes with 15.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in 2013-14 as the Buckeyes went 25-10 and finished fifth in the Big Ten after going 10-8 in regular season conference play.Matta said Ross’ abilities meant a lot to the program’s success in his time here.“LaQuinton was an instrumental part of our success over the last three years,” Matta said in the release. “His goal is to compete at the highest level possible. He will have that opportunity because of the work he has put in to prepare for this day. He will be missed at Ohio State and we wish him nothing but the very best.”After the initial report by Goodman, Ross took to Twitter Monday to dispel any rumors that he had decided to head to the NBA.“To all the people tweeting me I haven’t said anything so guys are wasting your time!! I didn’t make a decision!” a tweet posted at 3:24 p.m. Monday from Ross’ personal account, @qross2011, read.After OSU’s 60-59 loss to Dayton Thursday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Ross said he would make a decision on his future “in the next couple of weeks.”Ross’ decision to leave early means the Buckeyes have just 10 scholarship players on roster for the 2014-15 season, after sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle announced Saturday his intentions to head back to Europe and pursue a professional basketball career. The Buckeyes also lose senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. to graduation.OSU is set to have four seniors on scholarship next season with Ross’ announcement. Those include guard Shannon Scott, forward Sam Thompson and centers Trey McDonald and Amir Williams. read more

1963 Ohio State Buckeyes reflect on hollow victory vs Michigan after John

OSU running back Paul Warfield (42) catches a 35-yard pass from quarterback Don Unverferth late in the second quarter for a touchdown against Michigan Nov. 30, 1963. OSU won, 14-10.Credit: AP wirephoto published by The Lantern Dec. 2, 1963In a typical year for the Ohio State and Michigan football teams, there might not be anything that takes precedence above the rivals’ annual meeting at the end of the regular season. The Game took a backseat in 1963, however, to national tragedy.Nov. 22, 1963, 50 years ago Friday, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade to an appearance in Dallas. The Ohio State-Michigan game, originally scheduled to be played the following day, was postponed one week — though not immediately.“We were actually at the stadium getting dressed when it was canceled,” Arnie Chonko, a cornerback on the 1963 team, said in an interview with The Lantern. “They didn’t cancel the game until 10 in the morning.”Members of that team acknowledged that had the game gone on as scheduled that Saturday, it would have been difficult to focus on football.“It was just the demeanor of the team was like, this game isn’t really important,” linebacker Ike Kelley said. “It’s a big game and as far as the rivalry goes between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines, but at that particular moment when we heard the news, it really didn’t matter.”Greg Lashutka, a tight end on the 1963 team who later became the mayor of Columbus from 1992 to 2000, said he thought postponing the game — as well as most of the other college football games scheduled around the nation that Nov. 23 — was the “smartest thing that collegiate football did.”“I think that was the right thing to do so people could put themselves around their own reflection, get with their loved ones,” Lashutka said. “I don’t think we could have really played the game very well that next day if we had to. It was hard enough a week later, let alone the day after.”The Game was rescheduled for Nov. 30, the latest a game between OSU and Michigan has been played until this year’s contest, which will also be played Nov. 30.The postponement had a number of effects on the rescheduled game, which the Buckeyes won, 14-10.The official attendance of that game at Michigan Stadium, which had hosted 101,450 people during a game against Michigan State earlier that year, was only 36,424, the lowest of any game at Michigan Stadium that season.The cold, wintry weather that often characterizes late November also played a factor in the game.“It was a really cold day and snowy,” Chonko said. “Not snow on the field, but sort of flurries.”The day had a high of 41 degrees and a low of 27, according to Weather Underground.The postponing had a tangible benefit for the Buckeyes, Kelley said, as it gave a number of injured players another week to heal.“I’m not sure that we would have won that game if we would have played it the next day,” Kelley said.In the aftermath of tragedy, however, Lashutka said the win was a “hollow victory.”“You wanted to play the game, you wanted to win, but it clearly (took) a lot of the enthusiasm out of the classic Ohio State-Michigan rivalry,” Lashutka said. “We all played for the sake of the game and for self-respect, but I don’t believe anybody’s heart was 100 percent in it.”Kelley said even eight days later, the normal thrill of a victory against Michigan was quickly replaced by the reality of what happened Nov. 22.“Everybody was happy that we had won the game but then it was back to the, you know, how’s the country going to heal up after such a horrific incident taking place,” Kelley said.During the game itself, however, Chonko said his focus was solely on OSU’s annual goal in the rivalry game: beat Michigan.“Once you see those helmets, those Michigan Wolverines helmets, you immediately get refocused,” Chonko said. “There’s just something about those damn helmets that just irritate a Ohio boy.”Unlike this year’s game, in which the Buckeyes (10-0) are set to play the Wolverines (7-3) with an eye on berths in the Big Ten Championship Game and in a BCS bowl, OSU’s 1963 season ended on that Nov. 30, as OSU fell short of qualifying for the Rose Bowl by finishing the year with a 5-3-1 record. Still, the OSU players said the win helped bring back some normalcy in what Chonko called a “time of great turmoil.”“We enjoyed it ‘cause we won,” Chonko said. “It would have really looked bad if we would had lost.”Nonetheless, all three players said they still vividly remember, 50 years later, how they felt when they heard about the assassination.“You remember where you were specifically the moment you heard the news,” Kelley said. read more

Deaths of two brothers the worst tragedy to ever hit Sligo community

first_imgA LOCAL COUNCILLOR in the Tubbercurry area of Sligo has said the community is “shocked and absolutely stunned” by the deaths of two young brothers at their home on Saturday.Nine-year-old Brandon Skeffington was found with stab wounds at the family’s house in Banada, near Tubbercurry on Saturday evening. It is reported today that the young boy was found by his parents when they returned home and was taken by air ambulance to hospital where he died of his injuries.His older brother, Shane, who was 20-years-old, was also found dead in a shed beside their home and gardaí believe he stabbed his little brother and then took his own life.A garda source told TheJournal.ie that Shane was known to gardaí for minor offences but had no convictions. Preliminary post-mortem results are due today but gardaí are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with their deaths.Fianna Fáil councillor Jerry Lundy described the incident as “the worst tragedy that has ever hit this part of the country”.Lundy offered his deepest sympathy to the family of the two brothers and said the community will do everything possible to console and support them over the months ahead.“You never get over this type of thing,” he said. “It’s such a fright also for the local national school where this little boy was in third class – all those young boys and girls in the school are wondering what happened”.Read: Post-mortems under way on brothers found dead at Sligo house>last_img read more