Maharashtra’s farm loan waiver falls short of target

first_imgA year after it had announced with much fanfare a ₹34,000 crore loan waiver for distressed farmers, the Maharashtra government has disbursed only half of the declared amount. According to latest data from the Cooperation and Information Technology Departments, the State has disbursed ₹16,498 crore as opposed to the initially estimated ₹34,000 crore. The loan waiver scheme has reached 39.08 lakh farmers as against an estimated 80 lakh announced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis last year. “We have ended the scheme for now and only a few more crores may trickle into it. The estimated transfer is much lesser than our estimates based on the projections made by the bank,” said a senior official of the state government. State officials said the estimated amount could not be disbursed since most of the farmers did not have a loan and savings account, needed for claiming a loan waiver. As opposed to eligible 78 lakh farmers, the government only received 57 lakh applications. Of the total, ₹12,386 crore was disbursed as one time settlement (OTS), another ₹2,544 crore under the incentive-based scheme and ₹1,568 crore as the second instalment of the OTS. Mr. Fadnavis had admitted last year the farm loan waiver will burden the State’s finances for the next two years. Maharashtra had joined Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Punjab to announce the waiver recently. The State has over ₹4,00,000 crore in debts and a recent fiscal report by India Ratings warned that the waiver will push the State’s fiscal deficit to 2.71% of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) in the current financial year. The report has also estimated a rise in debt/GSDP at 17.44% over a budgeted 16.26%.last_img read more

CWG: India shoot to second spot with five golds

first_imgIndian wrestler Ravinder Singh with his coach Satpal after winning the gold medal.Two pairs of shooters were bang on target while the grapplers made a clean sweep of all three titles at stake as India grabbed five gold medals to climb to the second spot in the medals table below Australia in the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday.The Indian men’s 10m air rifle pair of Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and world record holder Gagan Narang started the gold rush for the country in the morning which was sustained by women shooters Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayeed who picked up the pairs 25m pistol event for women in style.Two more silver medals came India’s way from the Dr Karni Singh shooting range before greco-roman style grapplers Ravinder Singh (60 kg), Sanjay (74 kg) and Anil Kumar (96kg) made a clean sweep of all three gold medals on offer from the wrestling mat to round off a splendid day for the hosts.The two silver medals were earned by Deepak Sharma and Omkar Singh, in the men’s 50m pistol pairs event, and the woman’s duo of world champion Tejaswini Sawant and Lajjakumari Gauswami, who stood second in the pairs 50m rifle 3 position.The five gold and two silver medals boosted the hosts’ overall medal tally to 5-4-2 on the second day of competitions after the weightlifers gave the country two silver and as many bronze medals yesterday.The three wrestling gold medals pitchforked India to the second place behind Australia after England overtook the home country briefly through their first two golds from the pool won by Liam John Tancock (men’s 50m backstroke) and Francesca Jean Halsall (women’s 50m butterlfly).advertisementThe day commenced in scintillating fashion for India when Bindra and Narang ended the first day’s gold medal drought with a Games record of 1193, overtaking their own mark of 1189 set four years ago in Melbourne, to clinch the men’s 10m air rifle pairs event.Their feat was followed by a superb display of calm nerves and dead centre shooting by the women’s duo of Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayyed who added the second gold in the women’s 25m pistol pairs event with a championship record of 1156 to boot.Sharma and Omkar ended up second in the men’s 50m pairs event (1187) behind Lim Swee Hon and Gai Bin of Singapore.Later Tejaswani and Lajjakumari finished second in the women’s 50m air rifle 3 position, by equalling the 2006 Games mark of 1143 points, Singapore’s Aquilah Sudhir and Jasmine Xiang Wei who broke the previous record by six points.”Many thought I am a dictator, since I had imposed a gag order on the shooters prior to the Games. But whatever I was doing, I was doing for the country. And we have got the reward for that,” said a beaming national coach Sunny Thomas after his team members won a medal in each of the four events they took part in during the day.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

And kids, that’s how I played in the World Cup: Guillermo Ochoa or Ted Mosby?

first_imgAs Mexico bid farewell to the FIFA World Cup after losing to Netherlands, we couldnot help but notice Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.He looked a lot like TV actor Josh Radnor who plays the character of Ted Mosby in the hit series How I Met Your Mother. Well, it seems we were not the only one to notice the uncanny similarity. Soon, the Twitter was flooded with the comparison between the two.Can you see the resemblance betwee the two?Even Josh Radnor joined the jokes and memes and tweeted:Been tough playing goalie for Mexico while also rehearsing this new Richard Greenberg play but I’m getting it done. #multitasking Josh Radnor (@JoshRadnor) June 22, 2014Here are a few tweets pointing out the resemblance between the two:Kids, let me tell you about the time I played in the 2014 World Cup. pic.twitter.com/dtvCN3As95 The SPORT Bible (@TSBible) June 29, 2014Ted Mosby? Guillermo Ochoa? Who’s who? ? #WorldCup2014 #NEDvsMEX #Ochoa pic.twitter.com/RdgUM6Yvj0 Aj Recodo (@ajrecodo) June 29, 2014Oh my god : Guillermo Ochoa is Ted Mosby !!! #HIMYM #Ochoa #NEDMEX (with @TomFevrier) cc @Nico_Buz pic.twitter.com/AvlXU6oJTG Renaud Fvrier (@Chiamata) June 29, 2014Bye bye Mexican Wrestler Ted Mosby. You’re a “Great Keeper” #HIMYM http://t.co/jYOaT2oDq6 Gerard Guyada (@siyarkboi) June 30, 2014I didn’t know ted mosby joined world cup this year pic.twitter.com/f3JN88fjre Weijie (@Weijie_Chan) June 30, 2014last_img read more

Sanjay Manjrekar slams Maharashtra Navnirman Sena over vandalism threat

first_imgFormer India cricketer and star commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has slammed Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for threatening to vandalise multiplexes if they screen Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.Manjrekar, a Mumbaikar himself, took to Twitter to express his views, saying the Raj Thackeray-led party will be left with no MLAs in the next elections if it continues to run like that.”One MLA party, MNS, not learning their lessons. With threats of vandalism etc they are certain to be a zero MLA party next elections,” Manjrekar tweeted.One MLA party, MNS, not learning their lessons. With threats of vandalism etc they are certain to be a zero MLA party next elections. Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 18, 2016GAMBHIR DOES NOT WANT TO PLAY PAKISTAN AGAINMeanwhile, India opener Gautam Gambhir has slammed Bollywood celebrities, who have expressed their support towards Pakistani artistes performing in this country in the wake of the Uri attacks carried out by Pakistani-backed terrorists.”India should not have any ties with Pakistan be it Bollywood or cricket. I am shocked that Bollywood is saying that cricket and movies should be kept ahead of national sentiments,” Gambhir told India Today.Amid protests against Pakistani artistes performing in India, several Bollywood stars, including megastar Salman Khan, have also spoken out in support of their colleagues from across the border.”They (Pakistani actors) are artists, not terrorists. It’s the government who gives them permits and visas,” Salman Khan had said in a press conference last month.NO CRICKET BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTANadvertisementIndia and Pakistan have not played a men’s bilateral series since the latter visited India for a short limited-overs series in December-January 2012-13. However, they continue to play at the multi-team ICC events such as World Cup, World Twenty20, Champions Trophy and Asia Cup.According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the traditional rivals, India and Pakistan are scheduled to play at least six series between 2015 and 2023.The first of which was called off last year due to political tensions between the two nations.In a latest, women’s limited-overs cricket series between India and Pakistan is also in doubt. This has also put India’s direct qualification into the 2017 Women’s World Cup in England under threat.INDIA-PAKISTAN FACE-OFF IN HOCKEYHowever, India are set to meet arch-rivals Pakistan is a hockey match at the 2016 Men’s Asian Champions Trophy in Malaysia on Saturday.India hockey captain PR Sreejesh has expressed that the team wants to play for country’s soldiers.”India-Pakistan match brings a lot of excitement to the table. We want to give hundred per cent. We don’t want to disappoint our soldiers by losing, especially when they sacrifice their lives in the exchange of fire at the borders,” Sreejesh said.last_img read more

Supasundae can star in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival

first_imgTopics Hide Share on WhatsApp Jump Girls shows female jockeys blazing an often perilous trail … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest features Was this helpful? Quick guide Thursday tips Cheltenham 1.30 Real Steel (nap) 2.10 Sire Du Berlais 2.50 Footpad 3.30 Supasundae 4.10 Azzerti (nb) 4.50 Sinoria 5.30 Kilfilum CrossMarket Rasen 1.45 Mega Yeats 2.25 Dancing Doug 3.05 Lord Getaway 3.45 Kahaleesi 4.25 Jurys Out 5.05 Iskabeg Lane 5.40 O’Connell StreetHexham 1.55 Lord Yeats 2.35 McGinty’s Dream 3.15 Broadway Belle 3.55 Teddy Tee 4.35 Birch Vale 5.15 Solid Strike 5.50 Whispering AffairSouthwell 5.55 Essential 6.30 Giacomo Casanova 7.00 Point Zero 7.30 Sense Of Direction 8.00 Katie Gale 8.30 Tagur Share via Email The ideal jumps horse is talented, durable, reliable and versatile, so who wouldn’t want to own Supasundae (3.30), the likeable veteran who can crown his career with victory in the Stayers’ Hurdle. Jessie Harrington’s runner knows his way to the winner’s enclosure here, having landed the Coral Cup in 2017, and only Penhill stopped him following up in this race last year.With Penhill missing out this time, the eye goes straight to Supasundae, who has been running well over shorter trips behind Apple’s Jade and Sharjah this winter. This can be his first success since the Punchestown Champion Hurdle. Since you’re here…center_img Cheltenham Festival Horse racing Read more Barry Glendenning Cheltenham Festival 2019 Share on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. Show Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Reuse this content Paisley Park would be a popular winner but connections cannot have had this day in mind when they started his season at a much lower level and, after four wins since October, he might not have much more to offer for the time being. Faugheen is the oldest in the field and comes here from a horrible fall at Christmas.1.30 Judging by his last two runs, Defi Du Seuil has a short burst that needs to be used at just the right moment, which is not an attractive profile for a favourite, particularly as his stamina is not beyond question. Kildisart is likeable but this may fall to the progressive Real Steel, who has bounded clear of modest opposition in his last two. Not far off the best as a novice hurdler, he should appreciate these conditions.2.10 Barry Geraghty and JP McManus missed out on this prize by a nose last year when Glenloe was edged out. They return with another favourite in Sire Du Berlais and may make no mistake this time. The horse was an eyecatcher when running on into sixth for the Leopardstown qualifier last time. He was fourth in the Martin Pipe at the last Festival and this extra half-mile can make the difference.2.50 A really trappy Ryanair may be won by Footpad, who has struck into himself in both runs this season, with the result that he has not yet built on last term’s promise. With hind shoes left off, this may be the day he puts it all together. Monalee is feared but he has usually been beatable at the highest level.4.10 When Kildisart won here in January, he perhaps benefited from the unlucky fall of Azzerti at the third-last, after other horses closed the gap Alan King’s horse seemed to be jumping into. Following a confidence-booster round Ludlow, Azzerti can show here that his handicap rating underestimates him.4.50 Epatante and Posh Trish have understandably attracted most attention in the buildup here but Sinoria, a half-sister to Minella Rocco, is full of quality and can prove it.5.30 A winner on his handicap debut soon after joining Henry Oliver, Kilfilum Cross looks handily weighted. Horse racing tipslast_img read more

College Football Insider Predicts Urban Meyer’s Future At Ohio State

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave following an investigation into how he handled assault allegations against one of his former assistant coaches. That investigation is set to wrap up this weekend.With Ohio State set to announce a decision soon, one college football insider was asked what he expects the school to do. He thinks Ohio State will retain Urban.However, he might be subject to a short suspension.Here’s Ralph Russo’s prediction for what Ohio State will do with Meyer.Will be employed by Ohio State. https://t.co/xZrgqMSkzZ— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 18, 2018Employed. Maybe not working week 1, but employed. https://t.co/z1iXkuGSpc— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 18, 2018This seems to be the growing consensus over the past two weeks. Initial reports suggested Meyer would be fired, but that tune has changed recently and now Vegas sports books believe Meyer will face a short suspension.Ohio State president Michael Drake announced earlier this week that the school’s investigation will be complete on Sunday. A final decision is likely to come early next week.The Buckeyes open the season against Oregon State on September 1.last_img read more

Witness the best of Thai cinema in Delhi

first_imgThe Royal Thai Embassy at New Delhi is organising its annual event of Thai film festival—Namaste Thailand Film Festival at PVR Select Citywalk, New Delhi.This is the third edition of the Thai film festival which started in 2017 to celebrate 70 years of Indo-Thai Diplomatic Relations. Continuing with the tradition, ‘Namaste Thailand Film Festival 2019’ aims at bridging the gap between Indian and Thai cultures by bringing a taste of Thai films to the Indian audience. The festival features six specially curated movies which display the culture and tradition of Thailand in different ways. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe movies that have been selected touch almost every genre of cinema including drama, comedy, horror, documentary, as well has an animation for the young audience. The festival will be inaugurated on June 14, 2019 at 7 pm by the Ambassador of Thailand, Chutintorn Gongsakdi and will then be followed by one of the Thai blockbusters ‘Friend Zone’. A special dish (Thai Green Curry in both veg and chicken options) will be given to the audience at all the screenings. The Chef from Ambassador’s Residence gave training to the PVR team for this special dish. All screenings are free. Registration starts one hour prior to each screening, on first-come-first-serve basis. One person can register for one pass for each film.last_img read more

Exmins occupying govt bungalows to pay Rs 10000 a day Bill passed

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan Assembly on Friday passed a Bill to make ex-ministers shell out Rs 10,000 a day if they continue to occupy government bungalows beyond two months after the end of their terms. The Rajasthan Ministers’ Salaries (Amendment) Bill, 2019, introduced by the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government on July 22 was passed by a voice vote, amid opposition from the BJP. Ex-ministers now pay Rs 5,000 a month after the two-month period. When the Bill becomes law, they will pay Rs 3 lakh if they overstay beyond this. The Bill also includes provisions for forcible vacation of government accommodation. Parliamentary Affairs minister Shanti Dhariwal said the Bill was brought to ensure that new ministers get official residences in time. It is seen that ex-ministers do not vacate the official residences allotted to them even after the prescribed period is over. This causes difficulty in the allotment of suitable residences to the newly appointed ministers, a statement on the objectives of the Bill said. The Congress came to power in the state last December, replacing the Vasundhara Raje-led Bharatiya Janata Party. During the debate, Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria said former ministers should vacate their official residences but the government should reconsider the time being allowed to do so. He said the penalty of Rs 10,000 per day was too high. Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore claimed there was a hidden agenda.last_img read more

Criminal who committed rape at gunpoint arrested

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Police has arrested an accused who committed sexual assault at gunpoint in Rohini. Delhi Police arrested Aarish with a loaded double barrel pistol and averted a planned murder of the victim. Complainant reported that on July 26, 2019, her friend Aarish took her in a flat in Rohini on the pretext of his birthday celebrations where he and his friend sexually assaulted her at gunpoint. A case was registered in the appropriate sections of law and investigation was taken up. Acting promptly on a secret information, a team of special staff was formed. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAarish disclosed that he was away from his house for last one and half month as he was wanted in this case. He was previously involved in a case of firing at a police party in Geeta Colony and in another case of Arms act of Vijay Vihar. “After coming out of bail, he kept indulging in criminal activities and committed sexual assault at gun point and since then, he was absconding and was planning to murder the victim of the said case, the timely apprehension of the accused foiled his plan to commit murder,” said SD Mishra, DCP Rohini.last_img read more

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to testify in Liberal bribery trial

first_imgA courtroom in Sudbury, Ont., will play host Wednesday to the rare sight of a sitting premier on the stand as Kathleen Wynne testifies in a bribery trial involving a former top adviser and a Liberal fundraiser.Pat Sorbara, the premier’s former deputy chief of staff and Liberal campaign director, and Gerry Lougheed, a local Liberal organizer, are charged under the Election Act, accused of offering would-be candidate Andrew Olivier a job or appointment to get him to step aside for Wynne’s preferred candidate in a 2015 byelection in the northern city.That preferred candidate was then-NDP MP Glenn Thibeault, who ended up winning that byelection for the provincial Liberals and is now energy minister.Sorbara is also facing a second charge, in relation to an allegation she arranged for paid jobs on the byelection campaign for two of Thibeault’s constituency staff, at his request. Both Sorbara and Lougheed have pleaded not guilty.Thibeault has previously denied he sought anything that would be seen as a bribe in exchange for running and is not charged with any offences.Wynne also faces no charges, but will be likely asked to testify about what she told Olivier and what conversations she had with Lougheed and Sorbara prior to their conversations with him.Olivier is quadriplegic and often records important conversations as a form of note taking, and has posted the audio of his conversations with Lougheed and Sorbara.Lougheed told Olivier that the premier and Sorbara wanted to present him with “appointments, jobs, whatever,” as he considers stepping aside. Sorbara told him he should decide if he was interested in “a full-time or part-time job at a constituency office…appointments to boards or commissions.”Wynne called Olivier in between those two conversations, but he has testified that technical difficulties prevented him from recording that call.The premier has previously said she had already decided Olivier would not be the byelection candidate by the time Sorbara and Lougheed spoke to him, therefore anything offered was not in exchange for stepping aside. Rather, Wynne says, she was trying to keep him in the party fold.That trial — and a second Liberal case in Toronto on allegations of illegally deleted documents in former premier Dalton McGuinty’s office related to two cancelled gas plants — have overshadowed the return of the legislature this week.The NDP used almost all of their time in the first question period to ask about the trials. The Progressive Conservatives took a cheekier approach Tuesday, saying the Liberals weren’t going to answer their questions on the trials anyway, but still managed to slip in references in most of their unrelated questions.“I couldn’t ask about Liberal political corruption,” PC Leader Patrick Brown said outside the House. “I couldn’t ask about the allegations on bribery. The attorney general gets up and they waste the time in the legislature by trying to avoid answering any of the questions on these very serious, serious allegations.”The Liberals have said that the court, not the legislature, is the proper place to answer such questions.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she hopes Wynne’s testimony sheds more light on the scandal.“There are a lot of unanswered questions and I would hope that tomorrow the premier starts coming clean for Ontarians to see exactly what role she played as the premier and as the leader of her party in what has become a very odious scandal,” Horwath said.last_img read more

Study predicts Trans Mountain pipeline buy will add to federal deficit

first_imgCALGARY – A study by a sustainable energy research group predicts the federal government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline will add significantly to the deficit next year.The study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says the buying the Kinder Morgan Canada assets, plus planning and construction costs, will put $6.5 billion in unplanned spending on the books for the 2018-19 fiscal year.Study authors Tom Sanzillo and Kathy Hipple say that until the Ottawa clarifies how it plans to account for the spending, there’s a risk the purchase could add 36 per cent to the projected $18.1-billion deficit.The federal government agreed to buy the existing pipeline, expansion project and terminals from Kinder Morgan Canada for $4.5 billion after the company threatened to walk away from the Trans Mountain expansion project.The government has said it doesn’t plan to be a long-term owner and is looking for buyers, including Indigenous communities, pension funds and the Alberta government.The Trans Mountain expansion project has faced significant opposition over concerns of oil spills, tanker traffic and increased oilsands production.last_img read more

Sting Surprises Guests At Freedom Award Dinner

first_imgThe International Rescue Committee hosted its annual Freedom Award Dinner last week, raising more than $4.5 million to support the organization’s lifesaving humanitarian aid work around the world.Sting joined IRC President and CEO David Miliband on stage to honor humanitarian aid workers across the worldCredit/Copyright: Getty Images via Slate PRThis year’s event, which took place at the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, honored long-time IRC supporters Cliff and Laurel Asness and Ken and Vickie French with the Humanitarian Leadership Award.IRC President and CEO David Miliband helped kick-off the evening with Opera Sensation and IRC Voice Danielle de Niese. De Niese performed breathtaking renditions of “O Mio Babbino Caro” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”Refugees Najwan Alani and Boubacar Barry shared their stories about coming to the United States as refugees and how the IRC’s work has helped them build a home in America. CBS Evening News anchor, Scott Pelley, and Wendy Taeuber, IRC County Director in the South Sudan, also spoke about the IRC’s life-changing work around the world – highlighting that there are more refugees than ever before, making the IRC’s work even more vital and necessary.Additional supporters in attendance included Mikhail Baryshnikov and IRC Voices Piper Perabo and Nykhor Paul.To round out the evening, Miliband took the stage to announce that the IRC has been named the first, official charity partner of the Times Square Alliance for New Year’s Eve. He then welcomed surprise guest, Sting, who was set to perform but could not, as he was under the weather.“What David asked me to do tonight I cannot do, as you can hear from the sound of my speaking voice,” Sting commented as he took to the stage. Instead of his planned performance of “Message in a Bottle,” the music sensation expressed his great admiration for how the IRC is utilizing the power of community to carry out their mission.“What I heard tonight were people from all over the world telling stories,” he said. “Storytelling and listening to stories is the basis of community, and the basis of everything is community.”Sting then joined Miliband in announcing the names of the IRC Executive Directors, Country Directors and other humanitarian aid workers who were in the audience at the event to stand up and be recognized for their hard work and dedication.“Who better to applaud the rock stars that I admire every day for their courage inspiration than a real rock star?” Miliband said with a smile.The Co-Chairs for this year’s Freedom Award Dinner are Maurice R. Greenberg, Starr International Foundation/The Starr Foundation, Ruth & David Levine, Gillian M. Shepherd, Eduardo G. Mestre, Kathleen and Omar Saeed and Catherine and Tracy Wolstencroft. Vice Chairs include The Partners of AQR Capital, Paul E. Singer Foundation, Katherine Farley, Jerry I. Speyer, Marie and Joseph Field, Evan G. Greenberg, ACE Group, Judy and Josh Weston, Maureen White, and Steven Rattner.last_img read more

Pathway To Paris Launches The 1000 Cities Initiative With Care2

first_imgThe world is transitioning into a new era; a world no longer dependent on fossil fuels. Last week, Pathway to Paris and Care2 launched the 1000 Cities initiative, a bold mission to meet and go beyond the targets of the Paris Agreement.The initiative invites all cities of the world to transition off of fossil fuels and move to 100% renewable energy by 2040, in order to turn the Paris Agreement into reality. Click here to take action. Every signature will automatically send an email letter to the governing body of the the signer’s city, urging them to join this crucial cause.“Pathway to Paris is more than a name – it’s an ideal,” said Rebecca Foon. “Cities have a remarkable and necessary part to play in moving us towards achieving, and possibly even surpassing, the goals of the Paris Agreement.”Jesse Paris Smith added: “The climate movement is in urgent need of massive global collaboration – it requires the involvement of all cities of the world, all citizens. We all need to join together to make this movement the most ambitious collaboration of our century.”“Care2 is thrilled to join Pathway to Paris in launching this important global initiative,” said Randy Paynter Founder & CEO of Care2. “If we are able to get 1000 cities to join the cause we will be able to fulfill the vision of the Paris agreement and bypass our current administration and other climate deniers who stand in the way.”To accompany the petition, Pathway to Paris has shared a video including figures like Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston, Tony Hawk, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Flea, Dr. Vandana Shiva, and Olafur Eliasson, urging citizens of the world to sign on to the campaign and push to shift our cities to 100% renewable energy.Video: Pathway to Paris : 1000 Cities CampaignThe launch of 1000 Cities will be one of the focuses of Pathway to Paris’ upcoming concert for climate action, being held at Carnegie Hall on November 5 in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and 350.org. The evening is set to advance the important work turning the Paris Agreement into action by bringing together internationally-recognized musicians and speakers – such as Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Bill McKibben, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Achim Steiner, Olafur Eliasson, Tanya Tagaq, Flea, Talib Kweli, Cat Power, Michael Stipe, Tenzin Choegyal, and Pathway to Parisfounders Rebecca Foon and Jesse Paris Smith – for a night of incredible performances and speeches.Joan Baez says, “Mother Nature has grown weary of our selfish disregard for all she tries to offer and she is angry. I fear for the earth my grandchild will inherit, as I can’t imagine her life will be anything approaching the hopes we have for her and the shining dreams she may have for herself. We won’t know if it’s too late for radical action to keep this globe inhabitable unless we try it. I’m pleased to be a part of this evening’s wake-up call to all people who cherish the sound of a meadowlark and who are willing to fight for its right to sing.”Olafur Eliasson adds, “today we have to respond to our present situation, where natural resources are no longer abundant. We need to raise awareness and initiate an urgent discussion about our future. Art, I believe, has great potential for changing the way we discuss an issue as important as climate change. It makes something not only comprehensible for the mind but also physically tangible – turning thinking into doing.”Tickets for the November 5 concert are on sale now and can be purchased by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website.last_img read more

Cooperation between UN and OSCE stronger than ever says Ban Kimoon

“Whether in the security sector or in the human rights and economic fields, cooperation between our two institutions continues to set the standard that others aspire towards,” Mr. Ban said in a message delivered on his behalf to the 15th Ministerial Council of the OSCE. Mr. Ban noted that while over the past year some of the most important collaborations between the two institutions centred on Kosovo, they have also come together to tackle a wide range of other security challenges in Central Asia, the Balkans and beyond. The combined resources and expertise of the UN and OSCE have supported the needs of tens of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), as well as promoted human rights, good governance and the rule of law, noted the Secretary-General. In addition, discussions are under way to establish closer ties between the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the OSCE to promote better understanding between different ethnic and religious groups, while growing ties with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have led to progress on crucial issues, including terrorism, drugs and human trafficking. “Similarly, our economic and environmental cooperation has gone from strength to strength,” Mr. Ban said, noting that the partnership between the OSCE and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), in particular, has become a model for linking conflict prevention to the underlying socio-economic drivers of unrest. Stressing that cooperation between the two bodies is “grounded in the bedrock of shared values and a common vision,” the Secretary-General highlighted the need to “identify better and more efficient ways to work together, to address existing as well as emerging needs, and to build better lives for people everywhere.” 29 November 2007Whether it is collaboration on Kosovo or cooperation to address common economic and security challenges, the ties between the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are stronger today than ever before, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level gathering of the group in Madrid. read more

Middle East Annan says release of Mitchell Commission report offers hope

Arriving at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Mr. Annan said he was “quite hopeful” about today’s release of the Mitchell Commission report — so named for the former United States Senator who had led the fact-finding mission. “I think there are elements in it which should allow the parties to step back and take steps for a ceasefire, confidence-building measures, and, eventually, return to the table.” “I hope this opportunity will not be wasted, and that they [the parties] will seize it as a moment to step back from the precipice and try and end the violence in the region,” the Secretary-General told the press in the wake of the worst clashes to hit the region in months. “It’s a real tragedy,” he added.The Secretary-General also said he expected widespread support for the report, including from the European Union and the United States. Noting that there had had been much activity behind the scenes, he expressed hope that “sooner or later — sooner rather than later — we are going to see some results after all these efforts.”Asked about the recent Arab Group decision to sever ties with Israel, Mr. Annan said that while “it is not going to make a settlement easier,” he was encouraged that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had indicated that he would stay engaged as one of the two countries that had made peace with Israel. He also expressed hope that the other — Jordan — would also remain involved.The report of fact finding was requested by last year’s summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Mr. Annan observed that the meeting’s participants “have stayed in touch throughout this crisis, trying to find a way of pushing the process forward.”For his part, the Secretary-General noted that he had been actively engaged in recent days. “I have been very busy on the phone with Washington, with leaders in the region and with my own people on the ground,” he said. “We will continue that effort.” read more

Workshop examines ways to respond to critics of UN

Speaking at the opening of the daylong workshop, Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, said it was important to understand that the UN is always going to be subject to criticism in part because it is both a stage where its Member States can advance their national agendas and an actor, embodied by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in executing the policies made by those countries.”We all know the general public often fails to see that distinction. To most people ‘the UN’ is a shapeless aggregation, in which the sins of omission or commission of individual governments on the ‘stage’ are routinely blamed on the actor, the Organization,” he told those attending the workshop on “Defending the United Nations: What Every NGO Should Know.”Mr. Tharoor stressed that those who want the Organization to succeed need to learn about its success and to find ways to tell the world about them. “As your partners, I very much want to ask you to explain what the UN is, not just in terms of the things it aspires to, but in terms of the things it can do, and does do, to make the world a better place,” he said. “Let’s be realistic, but let’s not be defensive. We – collectively – have a proud record, and I believe we can stand on it.”One of the workshop speakers, Gillian Sorensen, Senior Adviser for the UN Foundation, said that in her travels around the United States, she noted “an enormous measure of interest, curiosity, readiness to learn and willingness to support the United Nations,” but also a large reservoir of ignorance and apathy.”Some of the criticisms [of the UN] have merit…but to my dismay there are a number of myth and misperceptions that persist, that live out there as if they are truth,” she said, citing a number of fabrications she’s heard about the Organization.Another panellist, Ambassador William Luers, President of the UN Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), stressed the importance of proper communication. “You have to find a way to relate to your community, to your audience, to the people you’re talking to, [telling them] what does it mean to them,” he told the audience, which included numerous US-based NGOs. “Make sure you know what it is in their lives that could be changed dramatically if we left the UN, or has been changed constructively because the United States is a member of the UN.”Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani of Singapore, the last speaker of the morning session, said the United States has suffered from negative external perceptions in the last decade or so. “The best way to reattach America back to the world is to use the United Nations as the vehicle to show that indeed America works for global interests and not just for its own interests,” he said. “[If] you want to try and do something about changing the image of America in the world, or about changing attitudes towards America in the world, then I say, use the United Nations, it’s the best shortcut you can have.” read more

Financially struggling DVD company Blockbuster finds buyer in UK

Financially struggling DVD company Blockbuster finds buyer in UK by The Associated Press Posted Mar 23, 2013 11:56 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The DVD and games rental store Blockbuster has been sold to restructuring specialists Gordon Brothers Europe after filing for a form of U.K. bankruptcy earlier this year.The company had gone into administration — a form of bankruptcy in Britain — in January.Blockbuster U.K. at the time had 528 stores. Hundreds of shops were shut in the weeks after its financial collapse.Administrators for the company from accounting firm Deloitte said Saturday that Gordon Brothers Europe had purchased Blockbuster for an undisclosed sum, saving 2,000 jobs and 264 U.K. stores.Blockbuster in Britain is a subsidiary of U.S.-based Blockbuster LLC, which itself was reorganized under American bankruptcy laws and then acquired in 2011 by Dish Network Corp. of Colorado. read more

Big surge for military in Trump budget big cuts elsewhere

by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2017 6:57 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 27, 2017 at 10:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Big surge for military in Trump budget, big cuts elsewhere WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is proposing a huge $54 billion surge in U.S. military spending for new aircraft, ships and fighters in his first federal budget while slashing big chunks from domestic programs and foreign aid to make the government “do more with less.”The Trump blueprint, due in more detail next month, would fulfil the Republican president’s campaign pledge to boost Pentagon spending while targeting the budgets of other federal agencies. The “topline” figures emerged Monday, one day before Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress, an opportunity to re-emphasize the economic issues that were a centerpiece of his White House run.Domestic programs and foreign aid would as a whole absorb a 10 per cent, $54 billion cut from currently projected levels — cuts that would match the military increase. The cuts would be felt far more deeply by programs and agencies targeted by Trump and his fellow Republicans, like the Environmental Protection Agency as well as foreign aid. Veterans’ programs would be exempted, as would border security, additional law enforcement functions and some other areas.“We’re going to start spending on infrastructure big. It’s not like we have a choice — our highways, our bridges are unsafe, our tunnels,” the president told a group of governors at the White House on Monday. He added, “We’re going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable to the people.”However, Trump’s final version of the budget is sure to leave large deficits intact — or even add to them if he follows through on his campaign promise for a huge tax cut.His plan faces strong opposition from Democrats, who possess the power to block it. The immediate reaction from Republicans was mixed, with prominent defence hawks like Sen. John McCain of Arizona saying it would do too little to help the Pentagon and fiscal conservatives and supporters of domestic agencies expressing caution.The White House indicated that the foreign aid cuts would be particularly large.Asked about those plans, top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky would say only, “We’ll see how it works out.”A congressional showdown is inevitable later this year, and a government shutdown a real possibility.White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the spike in Pentagon spending would bring the total defence budget to a record $603 billion — and that’s before including tens of billions of dollars for overseas military operations.The United States already spends more on defence than the next seven countries combined, but military leaders have complained repeatedly that aircraft are aging. Congress was told recently that the average age of Air Force aircraft is 27 years, and more than half of the service’s inventory would qualify for antique vehicle license plates in Virginia.“It is a true America first budget. It will show the president is keeping his promises and will do exactly what he said he was going to do,” Mulvaney said. “It prioritizes rebuilding our military, including restoring our nuclear capabilities, protecting the nation and securing the border, enforcing the laws currently on the books, taking care of vets and increasing school choice.”The border wall would cost $2.9 billion in 2018, according to draft documents for the Department of Homeland Security, which assume the agency would hire 500 new members of the Border Patrol and 1,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents next year. Detention beds for apprehended immigrants would receive $2 billion over current-year spending. The Transportation Security Administration ticket fee would increase by $1 to $6.60 for each one-way flight.Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York said, “It is clear from this budget blueprint that President Trump fully intends to break his promises to working families by taking a meat axe to programs that benefit the middle class.”Mulvaney said the plan wouldn’t add to the budget deficit — currently projected to hit about $500 billion next year — but it wouldn’t reduce it, either. The administration again made clear that the government’s largest benefit programs, Social Security and Medicare, would be exempt from cuts when Trump’s full budget submission is released in May.GOP Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho, a member of the Appropriations Committee, said the large cuts Trump envisions making to domestic programs won’t fly.“There’s a lot of members that have a lot of interest in a lot of these programs,” Simpson said. “There’s more to our government than just defence.”But McCain said Trump’s Pentagon plans would fall short by almost $40 billion and represent just a small increase over former President Barack Obama’s recent Pentagon wish list.“With a world on fire, America cannot secure peace through strength with just 3 per cent more than President Obama’s budget,” said McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee.On Monday, tentative proposals for the 2018 budget year that begins Oct. 1 were being sent to federal agencies, which will have a chance to propose changes.Before the new budget year, there’s an April 28 deadline to finish up spending bills for the current 2017 budget year, which is almost half over, and any stumble or protracted battle could risk a government shutdown then as well.There’s expected to be an immediate infusion of 2017 cash for the Pentagon of $20 billion or more, and also the first wave of funding for Trump’s promised border wall and other initiatives like hiring immigration agents. Graphic shows Trump proposed discretionary spending compared to current law; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm; read more

Veszprem wins Hungarian Cup

← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 24): Sterbik back, Atletico wins! Next Story → Wacker Thun wins Swiss Cup with surprising victory over Kadetten! The Hungarian Cup saw Veszprem lifting the trophy. In harder-than-expected game, the Veszprem club beat Pick Szeged with 27-26.PICK-SZEGED-MKB VESZPRÉM 26-27 (18-16)SZEGED: Mikler, Tatai, Tóth M. (kapusok), Ancsin 4, Bajorhegyi 2, Beocanin, Buday 2, Czina, Lékai 1, Nagy N., Pribanic 1, Prodanovic 9 (4), Sulc 3, Vadkerti 3, Zubai 1. Edző: Skaliczki László.VESZPRÉM: Alilovic, Fazekas, Liszkai (kapusok), Császár 4, Gulyás 2, Iváncsik G. 4, Korazija, Laluska, Pérez 2, Schuch, Sulic 5, Terzics 3, Urban, Viloszki, Vujin 7 (2). Edző: Mocsai Lajos. hungary cupPick Szegedveszprem