Panjab University relaxes hostel rules

first_imgThe 48-day-long struggle by a group of Panjab University students demanding round-the-clock freedom of movement in girls’ hostels has finally yielded results.The University’s Senate has decided to allow unrestricted movement in hostels for girls, with a condition that students going out after 11 p.m. will have to make an entry in a register.“The Senate deliberated on the issue of 24×7 opening of girls’ hostels. It was resolved that students be allowed to exit hostels after 11 p.m., after making an entry in the register maintained by the hostel,” an official statement by the University said on Saturday.“The message is loud and clear that women have now come forward to assert themselves…” Kanupriya, president of the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) told The Hindu. The students elected the first women president of the PUCSC this year.Victory marchSeveral students led by Ms. Kanupriya, and from the Students For Society (SFS), All India Students’ Association and Panjab Students’ Union, held a victory march on the campus after the Senate’s decision.A visibly elated Sunidhi, of the Physics department, said, “It’s a collective win…the freedom of movement will go a long way towards increasing socialisation on the campus.”last_img read more

Sometimes It Pays to Be a Weakling

first_imgLISBON—Sometimes it’s better not to be the best. Take rams. Those with bigger horns get the girl more often—but they also die younger, according to research being presented here tomorrow at the XIV Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology. The tradeoff helps explain a long-standing puzzle about why the best genes for mating don’t take over.Pondering the peacock’s elaborate plumage, the father of evolutionary biology, Charles Darwin, proposed that the drive for sex—and for producing offspring—was a powerful force in evolution. Fending off potential rivals or vying for a female’s attention has driven males to be ever more extreme—bigger, stronger, more colorful. This process, called sexual selection, should also affect the genes, so that only versions of genes that lead to these enhanced qualities should exist. But this isn’t what happens in the real world. There are plenty of small, weak males among the supermen.Sheep are a good example. Males with the biggest horns get the ewe more often—they tussle with each other over mates and big horns provide an advantage. Yet some guys still have stubby horns. “It has always been a bit of a mystery as to why there would be so much variation in horn type,” says evolutionary biologist Susan Johnston of the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Johnston realized that she might be able to resolve this paradox by analyzing long-term data about wild sheep living on an island off Scotland’s coast. She and her colleagues have been collecting information on the Soay sheep since 1985 and kept records on how long the sheep live, what offspring they sire, and other life history traits. The researchers have also gathered genetic data, assessing a range of DNA bases called SNPs at specific spots in the genome. Meanwhile, research on wild and domestic sheep has shown that one gene primarily controls horn size in these animals. Thus, the researchers could link life history data to the versions of the horn-size gene in each animal. “Few studies have been able to examine all these components of the evolutionary equation at the same time,” says Russell Bonduriansky, an evolutionary biologist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, who was not involved with the work.Johnston’s team analyzed 1750 sheep that they had studied over 2 decades. They found two versions, or alleles, of the horn gene, a large-horn allele and a small-horn allele. Sheep carried either two of the same allele or one of each. As expected, rams with two large-horn alleles sported the biggest horns and sired more lambs—about three per year, versus only 1.6 offspring per year for the males who carried two small-horn alleles. But males with the two small-horn alleles lived longer, having a 75% chance of surviving each year, compared with a 61% chance in males with two big-horn alleles. “Horn length has opposite effects on reproduction and survival,” says Thomas Flatt, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland who was not involved with the study.Johnston suggests that this effect on survival could be indirect: Small-horned males may spend a lot more time eating and taking care of themselves because they don’t have females to watch over and court.An animal’s lifetime fitness—how well it does in life—is a combination of how long it lives and how many offspring it produces. The individuals with one allele of each type have the best of both worlds—largish horns and a long life—and came out on top, Johnston’s team reports at the conference and also online today in Nature. They produce about three offspring per year and last an average of four mating seasons as opposed to three seasons for the rams with two large-horn alleles.  Given the advantage of having one of each allele, “[natural] selection can’t get rid of one of the alleles,” Flatt adds.”This study provides a very clear, compelling confirmation that genetic variation in important traits is maintained by tradeoffs between components of fitness such as survival and reproduction,” Bonduriansky says. “It tells us the genetic basis of [sexually selected] traits can be startlingly simple.”Furthermore, Johnston says, “how genetic variation is maintained is fundamental to many different real-life problems.” It can matter for health; for example, in Africa the allele that leads to sickle cell anemia persists in humans because it also protects against malaria. Genetic variation in crops is coming to be more appreciated as well, as that diversity should help plants withstand pathogens better. And variation may be what saves species forced to adapt to climate change.*Correction, 21 August, 1:58 p.m.: Susan Johnston is at the University of Edinburgh, not the University of Sheffield, as previously reported.last_img read more

Censored Web

first_imgNew rules established by India’s Department of Information Technology on April 11 censor speech deemed “disparaging,” “harassing,” “blasphemous” or “hateful.” The rules require Internet sites and service providers to remove offending posts within 36 hours “upon obtaining knowledge by itself” or if they have “been brought to actual knowledge by an affected person in writing or through email….” The Information Technology (Intermediaries guidelines) Rules, 2011, prohibit content that:(a)belongs to another person and to which the user does not have any right to;(b)is grossly harmful, harassing, blasphemous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, paedophilic, libellous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically objectionable, disparaging, relating or encouraging money laundering or gambling, or otherwise unlawful in any manner whatever;(c)harm minors in any way;(d)infringes any patent, trademark, copyright or other proprietary rights;(e)violates any law for the time being in force;(f)deceives or misleads the addressee about the origin of such messages or communicates any information which is grossly offensive or menacing in nature;(g)impersonate another person;(h)contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer resource;(i)threatens the unity, integrity, defence, security or sovereignty of India, friendly relations with foreign states, or or public order or causes incitement to the commission of any cognisable offence or prevents investigation of any offence or is insulting any other nation.Freedom House ranked India 14th among 37 countries on Web freedom in its Freedom on the Net 2011 report, rating it “partly free.” Internet Freedom Rankings1Estonia2USA3Germany4Australia5UK6Italy7South Africa8Brazil9Kenya10Mexico11South Korea12Georgia13Nigeria14India15Malaysia Blocked WebsitesThe Center for Internet and Society recently published a list of 11 Web sites banned by the Department of Information Technology. blocked website links can be found on   Related Itemslast_img read more

It’s definitely not cricket

first_imgWhen Mahendra Singh Dhoni lifted the World Cup trophy recently, cricketers from Bihar suddenly recalled his association with the state.Dhoni had, after all, made his debut for Bihar in the Ranji Trophy and other tournaments much before Jharkhand was carved out of the state.The World Cup triumph brought back cascades of nostalgic memories for many players who were Dhoni’s teammates in the Bihar team. But it also brought back into focus the sorry state of cricketing affairs in the state.Dhoni’s association with Bihar in the maiden First Class cricket season of his career remains the last bright spot in the chequered history of the state’s cricket. Since his departure, cricket has been a victim of unabashed politics both at the state and the BCCI levels.Bihar has been a veritable graveyard for budding cricketers for the past 10 years ever since the BCCI derecognised the Bihar Cricket Association ( BCA) and granted affiliation to the new Jharkhand State Cricket Association ( JSCA) in 2001. Cricket in the state remains mired in political and legal battles since then.It is still baffling to know that the BCCI chose to disaffiliate a parent state body and grant affiliation to the association of a new state which had just come into being. Votaries of Bihar cricket had argued that it was against the principles of natural justice but nobody at the BCCI paid heed to them. They were told that Jharkhand had been granted full membership because all cricketing activities in undivided Bihar used to take place in the districts which had gone to Jharkhand.advertisementMoreover, the headquarters of the erstwhile BCA of 1935 was in Jamshedpur which, too, is located in Jharkhand. The representatives from Bihar had argued that they had no objection to Jharkhand getting full membership but the de- recognition of the cricketing body of the parent state was simply unjust. They also pointed out that many players in the Bihar team such as Syed Saba Karim and Sunil Kumar had come from Patna and other north Bihar districts but to no avail.The prolonged spell of uncertainty resulted in exodus of players from Bihar to other states.Players from Bihar allege that politics has dealt a blow to the state cricket. Many of them believe that the entry of Lalu Prasad as the president of the BCA after the bifurcation did more harm than good to state cricket.Incidentally, the BCCI headed by A. C. Muthaiah had recognised the Lalu- led BCA at its annual general meeting in 2001. But Muthaiah subsequently lost the BCCI president’s election to Jagmohan Dalmiya who went on to overturn his predecessor’s decision on Bihar and granted affiliation to Jharkhand. It is alleged that Dalmiya had done so because Lalu’s BCA had voted for Muthaiah in that election. It is said Dalmiya was wary of Lalu’s control over Bihar’s cricketing body. He apparently did not want any powerful politician to challenge his authority in the east zone. It is altogether a different matter that Lalu was not at all interested in the administration of Bihar cricket. He attended the BCA’s meeting only once and left it to his lieutenants to run the association.It is also said he developed a sudden interest in cricket because of his sons, who wanted to pursue careers in the sport at that time.Whatever be the reason, the BCCI decision led to more politics within state cricket. A separate cricket association headed by former Indian cricket player Kirti Azad came up to stake claim to the BCCI affiliation. A couple of other associations, too, jumped on the bandwagon to seek affiliation. The claims and counter- claims by rival associations gave the BCCI a valid reason to put Bihar’s affiliation issue on hold for years.The BCCI finally granted associate membership to the Laluled BCA in 2008 by allowing it to organise junior level matches. But that decision, too, was challenged in the court.The biggest victims of these prolonged fights among the various associations have been the state’s young cricketers. They want all the warring associations to come under one umbrella but that still seems to be a remote possibility in the near future.What Bihar cricket needs is for both Lalu and Kirti Azad to join hands for the sake of the state’s cricketers. It cannot hope to produce another Dhoni until all rival associations sink their differences.Bihar may have many a Dhoni waiting in the wings for the right opportunities to strike gold for the state.last_img read more


first_img(REOPENS BOM 3) (REOPENS BOM 3)The domestic cricket season will kick off in September with the Duleep Trophy, which was not held in 2015-16 season. The tournament is set to be played under lights with pink ball for the first time.This is being done to help Indian cricketers, all of whom are expected to take part, become familiar with playing under lights with the pink coloured ball, ahead of playing Test cricket in these conditions at home during the packed season.During the season, 918 matches are to be organised by the Board, including Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Deodhar Trophy, Irani Trophy, womens cricket and all other age group cricket.Chhattisgarh has been added to the Ranji Trophy schedule for the first time.”This translates into 1,882 playing days between September 2016 to March 2017,” Shirke said.”I welcome the new Test venues hosting this prestigious format of cricket and their arrival will take Test match cricket, to every corner of the country,” said BCCI President Anurag Thakur.”We are equally excited about the domestic season as we will be playing the Duleep trophy with the pink ball under lights and take this opportunity to welcome Chhattisgarh, who will play Ranji trophy for the first time.””A combined team of Affiliate and Associate states will participate in the junior age group tournaments, which will provide the much needed opportunity to the emerging players from these areas. This further reaffirms our commitment to spread the game by providing the appropriate platforms to our next generation cricketer,” he added.advertisementBCCI secretary Shirke noted that the advance announcement of international match staging centres for the coming season will give them enough time to buckle up for the task ahead.”Some of the best teams of world cricket are coming to play in India this season and we are excited to announce the schedule well ahead of time. This gives the staging associations and the BCCI sufficient time to prepare and present one of the most memorable cricketing seasons for our fans,” said Shirke.”I have full faith in our team at BCCI to deliver international and domestic cricket simultaneously and engage the ardent fans on all fronts,” he added. PTI SSR NRB PM PM BASlast_img read more

CESC to spilt into four Cos, stock tumbles 15%

first_imgKolkata, May 18 (PTI) R P Sanjiv Goenka Group today announced restructuring of its flagship company CESC Ltd by splitting it into four entities but investors reacted negatively and shares tanked 15 per cent in the bourses.Group chairman Sanjiv Goenka said CESC is being spilt into four companies by way of the demerger scheme of existing businesses for value unlocking and focused management into each of the verticals, subject to regulatory approvals.He said all the power distribution businesses of the group will now be under CESC Ltd, generation activity under CESC Generation, retail business Spencers will be a seperate company and all non-power and non-retail ventures will be brought under an entity, the name of which is yet to be firmed up.BPO, sports, FMCG and real estate will be bought under under the yet to be named entity. It will become the holding company for Firstsource Solutions, which is already listed.All the four entities will be listed and the effective date will be October 1. Goenka said, “The paid up capital of CESC Ltd is Rs 132 crore but has been increased to Rs 198 crore by way of gift, but cannot be termed as bonus. Shareholders will get additional value worth Rs 66 crore when they get fresh shares of the four demerged entities.”Shareholders holding 10 shares of CESC Ltd will get five shares of Rs 10 each in generation and distribution, two shares in other ventures entity and six shares in Spencers (face value of Rs 5 each).According to Goenka, in the demerged entities paid up capital in CESC Ltd (distribution) will be Rs 66 crore, CESC Generation will be Rs 66 crore, Spencers will have Rs 40 crore and the entity for all other ventures will be Rs 26 crore.advertisementHowever, stock market reacted negatively to the announcement as shares tanked 15 per cent to close at Rs 829.80 at BSE.CESC Ltd which will manage distribution business of the group has five distribution licenses serving 3.5 million customers. CESC has one distribution licence in Kolkata and Howrah, three in Rajasthan and one in Greater Noida.Goenka said the group will focus more in distribution business than generation.CESC Generation will be managing total generation of 2550 MW including thermal and renewables.Goneka said Spencers will expand aggresively in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Andra Pradesh by adding two lakh-three lakh square feet every year for the next few years.Currently Spencers manages 12 lakh square feet of retail space.Goenka said in the FMCG space it has acquired a company but declined to spell out details. The group forayed into FMCG recently with snacks.Meanwhile, CESC Q4 ending March 17 saw the net profit go up marginally to Rs 295 crore from Rs 293 crore registered during the corresponding period last year. PTI BSM KK KKlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A70 launched in India with 6.7-inch display, Snapdragon 675: Price in India, release date

first_imgThe Galaxy A70 has been launched in India and is the latest addition to the ever-growing Galaxy A-series. The mid-range smartphone has been official for a few weeks and was recently announced at Samsung’s “A Galaxy Event” in Bangkok. It touts a large 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 675 chipset and a large 4,500mAh battery, among other things.Samsung has so far launched the Galaxy A50 (Review), Galaxy A30 (Review), Galaxy A20 and Galaxy A10 in India that are priced between Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000. With the Galaxy A70, Samsung has launched its first sub-Rs 30,000 phone in the country this year as it aims to deliver a premium, high-end experience. The company has also confirmed that the Galaxy A80 will launch in India in May.Galaxy A70 price in India and release dateThe Galaxy A70 price in India has been set at Rs 28,990. The phone will be up for pre-orders between April 20 to April 30. Customers who pre-order the Galaxy A70 will receive a Samsung U Flex Bluetooth headphones worth Rs 3,799 for Rs 999.Samsung’s latest Galaxy A device will go on sale starting May 1 in White, Blue and Black prism colours. The Galaxy A70 will be available across retail stores, Samsung e-Shop and Samsung Opera House. It will also be available online via Flipkart.Galaxy A70 specificationsThe Galaxy A70 is one of the biggest Galaxy A phones launched till date with a large 6.7-inch display. Samsung is using an Infinity-U Super AMOLED display with a a FHD+ (2400×1080) resolution. It supports Widevine L1 certification and the phone is also equipped with Dolby Atmos surround sound support for headphones.advertisement The Galaxy A70 sports a 3D glasstic design on the back that will come in three colours – white, blue and black. The colours offer a prism effect as well, which is similar to the Galaxy A50. The phone also supports optical in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock.Powering the Galaxy A70 is an octa-core Snapdragon 675 chipset paired with 6GB and 128GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card. The handset ships with One UI based on Android Pie, which means you can expect a redesigned interface for easier one-handed use and Night Mode, among other things.The triple camera setup on the Galaxy A70 includes a 32MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 5MP depth camera. The camera also supports super slo-mo video recording and Scene Optimiser. Up front, the Galaxy A70 sports a 32MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture.Notably, the Galaxy A70 houses a large 4,500mAh battery and it is the first Samsung phone in India to support 25W fast charging over USB Type-C. The handset also comes with Samsung Pay secured by Knox.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A70 quick review: Has the goods to make it a winner in Indialast_img read more

Mike Gundy Hates December Coaching Hires

first_imgIronic? Maybe…8:25 and 18:30 for Gundy talking about how much he hates coaching changes between the last regular season game and the bowls.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

Jürgen Klopp has a burning desire for Liverpool to be champions one day

first_imgShare on Messenger Share via Email Share on Pinterest “If you cannot be first then I would prefer to be second but if you are second, third or fourth at the end of the season all three positions are good and similarly difficult to reach.“Everybody thinks Arsenal are away but they are not. If there is one match-day when one of us loses and Arsenal win then they are five points [behind] and off they go. Tottenham is in the group with all of us for the Champions League positions at the moment so for sure it [the top four] would be a success.”Liverpool have finished 10 points behind Spurs in Klopp’s two campaigns. His team have lost only once in the league since a 4-1 defeat at Wembley in October but, while edging ahead of Tottenham would mark progress, the German retains much loftier ambitions.Klopp said: “Since I came here they have been ahead of us and maybe … this is the first moment we are ahead of Tottenham. But it is only two points. It is nothing.“I think to fulfil our dreams at some point we have to overtake all of them – that is how it is. We cannot decide when or which team. We have to be ready for achieving the biggest thing.”Having sold his Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142m a month ago, a decision that he reiterated was “sensible” on Friday, the Liverpool manager might envy Tottenham’s success in keeping the core of their squad intact.“It is a big sign, to be honest,” he said, although he believes it is only a question of time before a staggering bid arrives for Harry Kane.“The whole world is going nuts transfer-wise. And I think if someone has too much money or more than enough it would make sense to ask Harry Kane: ‘Don’t you want to play for our team?’ He is obviously at an outstanding top level since I was in England, at least.“The whole world buys players from everywhere but no one buys one player from Tottenham [in January]. Maybe they don’t want to go. You can imagine working together helps a lot. With these players and the age group, the players are closer to 20 than 30, that is a very, very interesting project.” Jürgen Klopp Reuse this content Liverpool Jürgen Klopp believes a top-four finish would constitute a successful season for Liverpool, although the ultimate aim remains “to overtake all” their Premier League rivals.The Champions League represents Liverpool’s last hope of a trophy following defeat in the FA Cup by West Brom. Qualifying for Europe’s elite club competition for a second consecutive year is also a target and Klopp’s team, who are level on points with Chelsea, can move five clear of fifth-placed Tottenham with victory over Mauricio Pochettino’s side on Sunday.Klopp said: “When you start a season you can dream of something and you have to make a realistic target as well. I think being champion is probably the dream – not only at Liverpool but especially at Liverpool – but because of the season [Manchester] City is playing that is quite difficult. news Share on Facebook Tottenham Hotspur Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino bamboozles flat-footed Huddersfield Topics Share on WhatsApp Read morelast_img read more

a month agoEverton boss Silva admits he didn’t want to sell Lookman

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva admits he didn’t want to sell Lookmanby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva admits he was reluctant to sell Ademola Lookman.The 21-year-old was entering the final two years of his Goodison contract and with RB Leipzig willing to pay £22.5m for the wantaway winger, Everton agreed to his sale in late July.“He spoke to me at the end of the season about what he wanted to do and what was his desire,” Silva told the Liverpool Echo.“Like you know, at the beginning of last season he spoke to me about his desire to leave the club. I said no, no and no, even if we received a very good offer to sell him, for our structure, no because I saw in him, and I keep seeing in him…(his quality).“If you are asking me about my technical point of view, if I would like to sell him, I will say no.“At the end of last season he came to see me in his office to tell me what he was thinking, about his desire, his future and what he would like to do.“I respect his opinion but I said to him ‘you are in my plans again’.“Then came an offer to the club, and like you know I don’t like to talk about this side of things, but the had just two years left on his contract with us and so then we are talking about many, many things.“It is not just a technical point of view because my opinion about Lookman is the same about as last season. I don’t have doubts. He has all the qualities to have a very good career. The quality is there, he has to change some things, but the quality is there. The most difficult thing, he has – the quality and the talent.“In football you many people with talent who don’t achieve but I believe he will achieve good things in his career.” last_img read more

P V Sindhu only Indian among Forbes list of world’s highest-paid female athletes

first_img Next Press Trust of India New YorkAugust 7, 2019UPDATED: August 7, 2019 10:13 IST PV Sindhu became the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour finals in 2018. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSP V Sindhu is the only athlete from the country to be named among the world’s highest-paid female athletes by ForbesSindhu is tied for the 13th place in The Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2019 list released by ForbesThe list of the world’s top 15 female athletes is topped by Williams, with total earnings of USD 29.2 millionIndia’s badminton star P V Sindhu is the only athlete from the country to be named among the world’s highest-paid female athletes by Forbes, a list topped by tennis great Serena Willams.With total earnings of 5.5 million dollars, Sindhu is tied for the 13th place in The Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2019 list released by Forbes on Tuesday.”Sindhu remains India’s most marketable female athlete. She became the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour finals in 2018, Forbes said.The list of the world’s top 15 female athletes is topped by Williams, with total earnings of USD 29.2 million. Forbes said Williams, 37, plans to play through at least next year but is already planning her next act with a clothing line, ‘S by Serena’, and designs to launch jewellery and beauty products lines by the end of 2020. She also has built a venture portfolio worth more than USD 10 million.On the second spot is Naomi Osaka, who won the 2018 US Open, defeating 23-time Grand Slam champ Williams. She has total earnings of USD 24.3 million.Forbes said its earnings tally looks at prize money, salaries, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees between June 2018 and 2019. There are 15 female athletes who made at least USD 5 million during that time period; for comparison roughly 1,300 male athletes will hit that mark this year.The top 15 earned a cumulative USD 146 million, compared with USD 130 million last year.Williams and Osaka both earned more than twice as much as the third-highest-paid female athlete in the world, Angelique Kerber, who pulled in USD 11.8 million from tennis.advertisementForbes added that tennis remains the most surefire way for female athletes to make millions of dollars. Female athletes in soccer, basketball and softball earn salaries of pennies on the dollar compared with their male counterparts.Despite the playing salary gap in team sports, marketing opportunities have opened up in recent years for female athletes thanks to the growth of social media platforms, according to Dan Levy, who heads up the Olympics and female athletes divisions at Wasserman.Pro athletes now have a way to connect with their fans that doesn’t rely on network TV to build a fan base and connectivity to the consumers that brands want to reach, Levy says. That change alone has helped women become much more powerful in the sports marketing world.Also Read | Hoping to carry momentum into world championships after Thailand Open win: Chirag ShettyAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Forbes P V Sindhu only Indian among Forbes list of world’s highest-paid female athletesTop Indian shuttler P V Sindhu had withdrawn from the Thailand Open after crashing out of the Japan Open earlier in July.advertisementlast_img read more

Yilport Holding Becomes Port of Gävle’s Sole Operator

first_imgzoom Turkish port operator Yilport Holding, a Yildirim Group subsidiary, continues feeding its expansion appetite with the most recent acquisition of 100% shares of Gävle Container Terminal (GCT) and Baltic Sea Gateway (BSG), in Gävle port, Sweden.Namely, the company signed on Monday the 30+10 year concession agreement with Gävle Municipality which awarded Yilport Holding the rights to operate container, bulk, general cargo, rail and CFS services in Port of Gävle terminals.Yilport already owns 80% shares of Gävle Container Terminal since 2014, and Gävle Municipality awarded Yilport the remaining 20% shares in the new deal signed on 2 May 2016. The concession also includes 100% shares of Baltic Sea Gateway AB, another subsidiary of Gävle Municipality. The agreement appoints Yilport to undertake all operations as the sole operator at Port of Gävle, the third largest container port in Sweden.“Gävle welcomed us in 2014, and we acquired 80% shares of Gävle Container Terminal. Today Yilport is very happy to be awarded the remaining 20% shares and Baltic Sea Gateway terminal as well,” Robert Yuksel Yildirim, Chairman of Yilport Holding said.“I believe that we will maximize efficiency and profitability by consolidating Port of Gävle operations. We are excited to bring our experience to BSG and GCT, expand further and offer end-to-end terminal services in Gävle. We welcome new terminals in our portfolio, and take another step towards our goal to be ranked among top 10 international port operators by 2025. As part of this objective we strive to enhance our global presence further.”According to the company, this deal marks its second long-term concession in the Nordic region; after the 20+10 year deal for Port of Oslo container terminal. The company’s European portfolio has also tripled in size in 2015 with the acquisition of Tertir. Yilport currently operates 22 terminals across 7 countries, majority of which are located in Europe.last_img read more

Cargo Traffic at Indias Major Ports Up by 52 Pct

first_imgzoom The cargo volumes at India’s Major Ports increased by 5.2 percent during the first half of the fiscal year 2016-17 as the country’s ports handled a total of 315.4 million tonnes of cargo in the period from April to September 2016.The rise in cargo traffic from 299.5 million tonnes, handled by the ports during the same period last year, is the result of a number of measures initiated by the Ministry of Shipping to improve the performance of the ports, according to the Government of India.The measures implemented in the ports include mechanization of the terminals, improving the TAT (turn-around time), quick evacuation of cargo, expansion of infrastructure and skill development of employees.Mormugao Port recorded the highest growth of 61% in traffic during the six-month period, followed by Paradip at 18.3%, Visakhapatnam at 11%, Kandla at 7.1%, Cochin at 5.2%, V.O. Chidambaranar at 3.5%, New Mangalore Port at 3.4% and Chennai Port at 0.3%.Kandla Port handled the maximum cargo of 53.9 million tonnes during the first six months of the fiscal year. Paradip was a close second at 42.6 million tonnes, followed by Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) at 30.8 million tonnes and Mumbai Port at 30.8 million tonnes.Iron ore cargoes jumped by 142.4% as compared to the same period last year, mainly due to the re-start of iron ore mining in Goa.Petroleum, oil and lubricants increased by 5.8% followed by other cargo at 4.6% and container at 0.7% as compared to the same period in 2015-16.last_img read more

Glass Lewis proxy firm backs Crescent Point slate as annual meeting nears

first_imgCALGARY – A second institutional investor proxy advisory firm is wading into the fight by a dissident shareholder to elect a slate of four directors to the 10-member board at Crescent Point Energy Corp.Unlike Institutional Shareholder Services Inc., however, Glass Lewis & Co. is recommending that shareholders vote for all of Crescent Point’s director nominees and none of those put forward by Cation Capital Inc.Glass Lewis says shareholders should also vote in favour of the oil and gas producer’s approach to executive compensation, one of the issues identified by Cation, even though it gives a “D” grade in its report for pay for performance and says the top five executives earn more than the average on a list of their peers.ISS last week suggested shareholders should vote for two of Cation’s four nominees at the company’s annual meeting May 4 because there is a “reasonably compelling case” for board change to improve capital spending decisions, enhance profitability and bring executive compensation in line.Crescent Point endorses the Glass Lewis report, pointing out in a news release it supports the current board’s efforts to address shareholder concerns and finds Cation’s plan “decidedly vague and bereft of any meaningful substance.”In response, Cation says the Glass Lewis recommendation is “entirely flawed,” charging that the advisory firm didn’t fairly consult with Cation about its plan for Crescent Point.last_img read more

Moroccan Parliamentarian Urges France to Focus on Inequality at Upcoming G7

Rabat – The Parliamentary Network held a one day conference on June 21 in the French Senate, inviting G7 parliamentarians and partner countries to discuss France’s priorities in anticipation of the upcoming G7 meeting to be held in August.  Moroccan Lahcen Haddad, a long-time member of Moroccan Parliament and vice-chair of the Parliamentary Network, used the conference as an opportunity to address global inequality and accountability.The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & the IMF is an independent NGO that aims to foster collaboration among legislators from around the world to address poverty – both in their home countries and abroad. They also advocate for increased transparency of international financial institutions.   The organization is open to all elected parliamentarians from World Bank member states. While participating in the Parliamentary Network, parliamentarians represent themselves and their constituents, not their countries’ governments.While the Parliamentary Network held its main conference in Washington earlier this spring, similar goals were discussed at the recent meeting in the French Senate. Development, good governance and accountability, and fighting inequality were high on the agenda.The conference was centered around France’s goals coming into the G7 meeting, with an emphasis on global inequalities, in addition to addressing how to align its national goals with G7 priorities.Read also: World Bank Loans Morocco $500 Million to Improve Education Sector“The rise of inequalities is a serious threat to the cohesion of societies and economic development which benefits a large population. France places the reduction of inequalities and the social dimension of globalization at the heart of the debate. The promotion of such a model is a major political choice and will be the main concern of the French presidency of the G7,” Haddad said in a statement to Morocco World News.The conference also served as an opportunity to discuss uses for the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) fund, which is approaching its renewal for the next three years. IDA funds are the largest source of financial resources and support for developing and impoverished countries and rely heavily on donations from G7 countries. Haddad has been a member of Morocco’s parliament since 2011 and is a long-standing supporter of improving inequality through sustainable and accountable action.  He was recently elected vice president of the international governing council for the Society of International Development (SID), an international network focusing on development, policy, and governance.From 2012 until 2016, Haddad served as the Minister of Tourism and oversaw Morocco’s shift to becoming a leading tourist destination in the MENA region, specifically in sustainable tourism.Before joining the government, Haddad worked for USAID as an international expert in human and social development and has taught at universities both in Morocco and the US. read more

Chad UN warns rising tensions could threaten food for hundreds of thousands

Rising tensions and reported preparations for armed attacks in Chad threaten to make an already highly complex logistical operation to feed hundreds of thousands of Chadians and Sudanese even more difficult, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today, the second such caution in two weeks.“Even under normal circumstances, WFP’s operation in eastern Chad teeters on the brink,” WFP country director Stefano Porretti said. “We want to ensure that the world is aware of how dire the situation could become for those people – both displaced Chadians and refugees from Darfur – who depend on our assistance.” A WFP-led food security assessment mission which has just returned from eastern Chad, bordering the strife-torn Sudanese region of Darfur, said that while the situation was not yet cause for alarm, the food stocks of some 50,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) were rapidly being depleted as they share their limited resources with around 20,000 people hosting them. “We need to work fast now to avoid any sudden deterioration in these people’s nutritional status,” Mr. Porretti said. “We are aiming to launch seed protection activities in areas which can be cultivated, so that Chadians remain self-sufficient for as long as possible. No general food distributions are planned at the moment, but we are keeping a close eye on how the situation evolves.” April and May are critical months for maintaining supplies of food, with WFP striving to pre-position enough food for six months in each of the 12 refugee camps in the east, which shelter more than 200,000 Sudanese overall, before the annual rains make road transport impossible.If truck convoys through Libya and Cameroon remain free to move, WFP is on target to get the food in place, but if insecurity forces delays, there will be serious consequences for deliveries. Shortages during the rainy season can only be made up by expensive air-drops, something WFP is keen to avoid.The closure of the border between Chad and Sudan after the rebel assault on the Chadian capital of capital N’Djamena in April could have a serious impact on WFP operations in West Darfur, where the agency is currently feeding a total of 500,000 people. Much of the food for the needy in West Darfur arrives from Libya via Chad, but the border closure has rendered this route unusable. As the annual ‘hunger season’ begins to bite, it is certain that many of the displaced Chadians, as well as the communities hosting them, will run out of food and require emergency assistance. WFP’s $87 million emergency operation in eastern Chad is currently only 60 per cent funded and further contributions are vital to ensure food deliveries to the camps following the rainy season until the end of the year. read more

Pacific island leaders call for new development agenda to address climate change

“Tonga joins SIDS in calling for the inclusion of climate change as a cross-cutting issue of sustainable development goals (SDGs),” King Tupou said in reference to the environmental and anti-poverty targets now under discussion for implementation following the 2015 deadline of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“Oceans are a thematic priority and should also be prominently featured in the SDGs and post-2015 agenda,” he added. Commending UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his initiative to convene a high-level climate change summit in 2014 and urged leadership from developed countries to “enhance their mitigation ambition.” He also joined other small islands in affirming that, in laying the groundwork for a post-2015 development agenda – a priority for the 68th General Assembly that is now holding its General Debate – be influence by the outcome of the Third International Conference on SIDS to be convened in 2014 in Samoa.Pointing to examples of international cooperation that could assist Pacific islands in their struggle for equitable sustainability, he stressed, in particular the importance of the establishment of a Pacific Regional Data Repository for the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, plans for which were made public today with the participation of Secretary-General Ban.Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa. UN Photo/Ryan BrownSamoa’s Prime Minister stressed that the causes and effects of climate change and the solutions to address them are widely known and the roles and responsibilities of different countries are evident. “We know already in the Pacific as will many other parts of the world from bitter and harsh experience what the consequences of climate change are and these will only become more severe if not enough is done,” he said.“Sadly, what is evident to us in the climate change negotiations is the continued triumph of vested interests in preventing and delaying the action that must be take,” he said, adding, “Let’s rise to the occasion and be part of the solution.”Mr. Sailele Malielegaoi also stressed the importance of the control of small arms and light weapons, the ending of nuclear testing and the peaceful resolution of conflicts to his region and the world.In a separate event today, Secretary-General Ban met with Pacific Island Forum leaders on the sidelines of the General Debate, praising them for their resolve on climate change and other areas as shown in the adoption of the Majuro Declaration.Thanking Samoa for agreeing to host the SIDS conference, he said, “The Forum and the United Nations are becoming close partners,” not only on climate change but also many other issues.“The Pacific region is changing rapidly,” Mr. Ban said. “The United Nations is very aware of the shifting geo-political dynamics and the increasing involvement of Pacific countries in regional and global issues,” he added. read more

Renstrom hoist set for 2013 ABB revamp

first_imgABB is set to revamp a production mine hoist for Boliden’s Renstrom mine in northern Sweden. ABB will provide mechanical and electrical equipment, and related installation services, to modernise the hoist, which has been in service for most of the mine’s lifetime. The revamp will help the hoist to operate at the highest levels of reliability and safety, while increasing the mine’s overall production output. The Renstrom mine started operations in 1952, and is currently Sweden’s deepest mine with a ramp down to 1,330 m underground.The mined ore is polymetallic with zinc, copper, lead, gold and silver. Renstrom produced over 275,000 Mt of ore in 2011 and employs approximately 100 people. For the revamp project, ABB will dismount the existing mine hoist system, then install and commission the new mine hoist system. The new system includes an extensive scope of electrical and mechanical equipment for revamp of the skip/skip production mine hoist. Spare parts and training are also included in ABB’s scope of supply.ABB said it was awarded this project thanks to the close co-operation with the customer, and excellent service support for the existing mine hoist as well as for other Boliden mine hoists. ABB has, together with the customer, developed the concept for the revamp of this mine hoist. The mine hoist was first installed in 1953 by ASEA (now ABB) with an original capacity of about 80 t/d. The first revamp of the hoist was done in 1996 by ABB, after more than 40 years of operation; the second revamp will further extend its lifetime for the years to come. Installation of new equipment in the new hoist room on the ground will start during spring 2013. Production will stop during July 2013 for the revamp of the hoist, when the hoist machinery will move from a tower mounted to ground mounted mine hoist system.last_img read more

Albemarle chooses Metso equipment for worldclass Kemerton lithium project

first_imgMetso has been awarded a major contract to supply pyro-processing and comminution equipment for a new lithium hydroxide processing plant at Albemarle Corporation’s Kemerton site near Bunbury in South Western Australia. The construction of this greenfield project started in January 2019 and production is scheduled to commence in 2021. The plant will initially consist of three production trains, each producing 20,000 t/y of lithium hydroxide, with a potential expansion to five trains that will see production increase to 100,000 t/y by around 2025. The plant will be supplied with lithium concentrate produced at the nearby Greenbushes mine.Metso’s scope of supply includes state-of-the-art calciner and acid roaster systems, ball mills, off-gas handling systems as well as other auxiliaries. Metso’s proven pyro-processing technology will deliver high lithium recovery with low fuel consumption. Orders were booked in Metso’s 3rd quarter 2018 and 1st quarter 2019 orders received, equipment deliveries are expected to begin in the second half of 2019.Ross Wotherspoon, Metso’s Senior Vice President, Australian market area, is delighted with Albemarle’s decision to work with Metso. “We are very pleased to be playing such an important role in Albemarle’s plans as it races to supply booming world demand for battery-quality lithium chemicals. Critical to the success of this project is the combined knowledge and experience of our people and Australian-based suppliers and subcontractors who are engaged to deliver major components of this important contract,” he said.“Lithium projects are on the increase, and at Metso we have diversified our solutions and services to meet this growing demand. We are the technology leader in minerals processing with a strong and capable support organization close to our customers,” concludes Victor Tapia, Metso’s President for Mining Equipment business.last_img read more

Jeff Lynnes ELO Announce 2018 US Tour Dates

first_img Email Facebook Jeff Lynne’s ELO Announce 2018 U.S. Tour Dates News Jeff Lynne’s ELO Set 2018 U.S. Tour Dates jeff-lynnes-elo-announce-2018-us-tour-dates Twitter GRAMMY winner and his Electric Light Orchestra to tour United States for first time since 1981Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Nov 13, 2017 – 7:50 am Jeff Lynne and his Electric Light Orchestra will make a concert comeback in the United States for the first time in 37 years in 2018.The “Mr. Blue Sky” collective will kick off their first U.S. trek since 1981 on Aug. 2, 2018, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.. The three-week jaunt will wrap Aug. 24 in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center.”Our audiences are amazing. It’s like they’re in the group,” said the GRAMMY winner Lynne in a statement. “We can’t wait to play for them again.”Tickets for the 2018 U.S. tour will go on sale Nov. 17 via Ticketmaster.Meanwhile, those looking for something to tide them over can indulge in ELO’s Wembley Or Bust live concert film/album, which drops Nov. 17. The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live will host a special screening of the film on Nov. 16.How Much Did Tom Petty’s Final Concert Tour Earn?Read morelast_img read more