National Social Security & Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), an insurance agency of government covering workers in Liberia, has begun a major road project on 24th Street, Sinkor, where it is also erecting a 5-storey building for future use.The road is paved with concrete tar rather than asphalt, something experts say would last longer because the soil there hosts enough water that the concrete will be able to absorb.According to the experts, using asphalt would cause cracks in the pavement and the road will damage soon.The street, like the rest of the streets in the Sinkor belt, is to be paved by government, but an official of NASSCORP who spoke with this paper recently said the agency decided to underwrite the cost as part of its social responsibility to the people.According to the official, NASSCORP works for the people and it collects taxes, therefore, “The people have to get in return the benefits of their taxes as part of the agency’s corporate social responsibility.”Contractors constructing the road said earlier that the project would have stopped near the John F. Kennedy Medical Center Cholera Unit on 24th Street, but NASSCORP’s management reasoned that it should be extended downward to the beach so as to help residents in that area not to suffer from erosion and flood during the rainy season.The road leading to the beach on 24th Street is on a slope, and during the rainy season running water that enters the nearby swamp usually causes the area to be flooded.It may be recalled that in June 2014, many in the People United Community, between 20th and 24th Streets, were gravely affected by flood after long hours of rainfall.Also in 2016 there was a repeat of the disaster and scores of people were affected, leading some to even move from the area.As measurement was extended down to the community after ending the first phase of the road at the Cholera Unit, some residents were expressing delight over the development.“We are happy that the road will come down here. It will really help us, and we don’t care how the measurement will affect us. All we know is that our road should come,” James Barlea, an elder of the community said.Pains of development While some are rejoicing for extension of the road project towards the beach, there are still others who, due to roadblocks, rained insults on the workers.Some drivers living down the beach were recently heard insulting the contractors when they (contractors) lined measuring sticks and steel mats on the road in preparation of pavement.Two men, during the day the first phase was completed, were also heard insulting the workers for blocking the road to prevent passage so that the watery concrete could solidify.“I don’t know what kind of crazy people are these. Why can’t you complete one side and leave the other side for us to pass? You want to do all at once?”This ongoing road project financed by NASSCORP is among other road projects in the Sinkor belt sponsored by government.Beginning 10th Street to 18th Street, government is rehabilitating that belt with asphalt tar including the Payne and Horton Avenues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,I am compelled by every decent fibre in my consciousness to express outrage, disbelief, and utter frustration that the discourse which surrounds the unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman by President David Granger would move so swiftly into the gutter.This ought to be an intellectual discourse as it relates to the constitutional provisions, instead of an open, unbridled perpetuation of racism and a pro-black agenda by a small group of Guyanese who clearly have special interest.For the purposes of clarity, it is my belief that no race is superior to another, neither should anyone be discriminated against, or positively promoted, because of his or her race. I believe in meritocracy. A person should be judged on the content of their character, their performance, their capacity, and more importantly their integrity. All race groups have produced outstanding, distinguished and noble citizens in this country, and we have persons of all race groups on the wrong side of the law.Having said that, let me now respond to public utterances of the Rastafarian Community of All Guyana, The African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA), Pan African Group (Guyana) Branch, The All African Guyanese Association, and Concerned Citizens in the Diaspora.The Rastafarian Community of All Guyana, which I have noted are 12 citizens, as distinct from the Guyana Rastafarian Council, said these words: “Thus, of the six General and Regional Elections since the implementation of the Carter Formula, five have been chaired by a Guyanese of East Indian descent and one by a Guyanese of African Descent. For our sacred space and consciousness as a multi-racial society, we urge all Guyanese to embrace the appointment of Justice James Patterson, a Guyanese of African descent. This bodes well for ethnic relations within Guyana. We are in the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent.”This statement is:(a) Toxic and laden with a pro-African agenda, and it is an open promotion of a belief that “it’s Afro-Guyanese time now”.(b) It represents total misunderstanding of the Carter Formula, since all of the names extracted and appointed GECOM Chairman came from the various lists submitted by various Leaders of the Opposition during the 1990 to 2015 period. In every instance six (6) names were submitted, and on every occasion the President, from that first list, chose one (1) name. The PPP/C, whilst in office, had no way of installing an Indo-Guyanese as Chairman of GECOM if that name was not submitted by the then Leader of the Opposition. At no time was an Indo-Guyanese unilaterally appointed by any PPP/C President as Chairman of GECOM. Mr Doodnauth Singh S.C., Major General (Rtd) Joseph Singh, and Dr Steve Surujbally were names on lists submitted by Mr Desmond Hoyte S.C. to the then President of Guyana. Those lists included, among others, twice the name Brigadier (Rtd) David Granger.(c) The issue of the race or ethnicity of the six (6) nominated persons as required by Article 161 (2) of the Constitution was never a matter of discussion. Race is not a criterion for suitability for this post. Even if, for argument’s sake, race is to be considered in this appointment, why didn’t the President choose any of the Afro-Guyanese that were named among the eighteen (18) persons submitted by the current Leader of the Opposition?(d) The “Rastafarian Community of All Guyana” may want to consider this outlandish and ill-advised commentary, for in their above-mentioned statement they have disparaged the names and reputations of very eminent, qualified, distinguished and upstanding Afro-Guyanese. On behalf of all Guyana, I do offer these eighteen distinguished Guyanese my sincere apology for this mistreatment.This diatribe must be rejected as the views of twelve (12) Rastafarians, and not as the view of the Rastafarian community in Guyana, or the majority of Afro-Guyanese citizens.I now turn my attention to the African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA), Pan African Group (Guyana) Branch, the All African Guyanese Association, and Concerned Citizens in the Diaspora.In a very bold attempt, these four (4) groups have sought to justify President Granger’s action as constitutional by beating the drums of racism. In one statement, they have attacked, insulted and created wedges, built walls of division by coming up against every group that has spoken as it relates to the President’s action in an unfavourable manner. This is a worrying development, and can be viewed as an evil of monumental proportions.Is the Private Sector Commission comprised solely of Indians? Don’t we have successful Afro-Guyanese entrepreneurs and businessmen?Is the Guyana Human Rights Association a partner of the PPP/C? Laughable!Are all the Guyanese lawyers, businessmen, accountants and other professionals Indo-Guyanese who have benefited, according to their statement, “in a developed criminal state of money laundering, theft and embezzlement, etc.”? Are all our professionals crooks? Unbelievable!Are all the beneficiaries of lands, radio and television licences, house lots, scholarships etc under the PPP/C Indo-Guyanese? Who revoked the leases of the 41 Afro-Guyanese farmers at Seafield on the West Coast of Berbice?Are all the people who died as a result of extra-judicial killings during the vicious crime wave only Afro-Guyanese? Were they killed by Indo-Guyanese? It is time for these groups to be honest with themselves and the Guyanese people.Is it true, as stated by these groups, “that the PSC, GCCI, GMSA, bankers, Indian Supremacists, accountants, lawyers and others who have illegitimately benefited under the PPP/C showing their true colours as they continue to sabotage our ‘democracy’ with the hope of again plundering Guyana with its newfound oil wealth”?Do these organizations — which include in their leadership Mr Eric Phillips and Tacuma Ogunseye, paid employees of the Ministry of the Presidency –represent the views of the masses of Afro-Guyanese? Certainly not!This jaundiced and unsubstantiated view must not be allowed to be peddled unchallenged. Afro-Guyanese, like all other peoples, have core values, and are guided by principles that are highly elevated beyond the mere lens of racism.I call upon all my fellow Afro-Guyanese brothers and sisters, and all other Guyanese, including my respected elders from the above-named groups, to be responsible, civil, and stay within the bounds of decency as we debate and engage on this very sensitive matter of the President’s unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman.Bishop Juan A Edghill,Former Chairman,Ethnic RelationsCommission
0Shares0000Mumias based Dismas Indiza in action during the final round of the Karen leg of the Safari Tour. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, March 8 – Asked what makes the 12 man Magical Kenya Open home troops tick, Mumias long-hitter Dismas Indiza said: “It’s their willingness to die for the team. They are fully aware that it’s our duty as a group to make the country proud.”Also playing competitive golf in the recently concluded Road To Kenya Open Safari Tour series which offered local pros some attractive prize money and a priceless feel of various courses including the Karen Country Club Par 71 facility which will host the four-day golfing extravaganza from March 14-17. The greatest success of the Safari Tour is the attainment of the objective for which the Tour was set up for; which is to give our local pros an opportunity to practice and play a lot more golf to the standards of the European Tour. This has given them an opportunity to practice, learn and be resilient.Greg Snow had a fine Safari Tour.Greg Snow will alongside his Mumias counterpart shoulder Kenya’s hopes of keeping the event’s maroon jacket on home soil.No Kenyan has won the Kenya Open since inception in 1967 and Snow thinks the regular local tournaments they have played like the recently concluded Safari Tour series will come in handy.“It’s been a great five months and like I said I have put in a lot of hard work. I believe Kenyans are better prepared than ever before and this is a clear indication that we could spring some surprises in as far as the tournament cut is concerned. I have had a good Safari Tour and the plan will be to go into the Kenya Open in similar spirit and fashion.”The first nine Kenyan players, who qualified to play at this year’s Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship, were named following the conclusion of the 2018/2019 Safari Tour Golf series today at the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club. Two players tied for eighth spot – the Safari Tour Golf Series qualifying cut-off for the Kenya Open – pushing the number of players qualifying to nine.Two more Kenyans qualified in the pre-qualifier at Karen.Kenya Proffesional golfers Charan Thethy and Jacob Okello watch Yusuf Omari-Najib Balala-Peter Kanyago and Kirimi Kaberia putt at Karen Country Club. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThey were Justus Madoya of the Great Rift Valley and Royal’s Eric Ooko who beat Jacob Okello in a three home playoff at Karen.Okello, Kenya’s most decorated golfer who lost the memorable Kenya Open playoff in 1998, was later awarded a Kenya team by KOGL invitation.Snow leads the team of 12 professional player having accrued a total of 113.5 points across the six Safari Tour golf series. Greg has been dominant, taking maximum points in four of the six Safari Tour events, to take top spot on the Road to Kenya Open ranking. He has featured at the Kenya Open 11 times with his best finish coming in 2014 when he finished 10th.-Indiza-The second qualifier is Indiza who amassed 111 points after a consistent performance across the Safari Tour to finish second. Indiza has featured at the Kenya Open 19 times; with his best finish being tenth in the 2008 edition.-Charania-Riz Charania poses with the Safari Tour Golf Series trophy after emerging winner of the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club leg of the Safari Tour seriesWindsor’s Rizwan Charania booked third spot on the Road to Kenya Open ranking having amassed a total of 79 points; with his win of the Windsor leg of the tour cementing third spot. He has played at the Kenya Open 14 times; his best finish coming in 2017.-Wakhu-Golf Park’s David Wakhu follows the flight of his tee shot on the final day of the Nyali Golf Club’s leg of the Safari Tour Golf Series.David Wakhu, who won the Nyali Golf and Country Club leg of the Sadfari Tour Golf Series, finished fourth on the Road to the Kenya Open ranking, with a total of 72 points; while the Professional Golfers of Kenya Captain, John Wangai, finished fifth with 68.5 points. He has featured at the Kenya Open on six occasions.-Ngige-Simon Ngige.Thika Golf Club’s, Simon Ngige, finished sixth with 66.5 points and shall now take part at his 13th Kenya Open tournament; while Golf Park’s Tony Omuli will be taking part at his seventh Kenya Open event having finished in seventh place on the Road to Kenya Open ranking with 53.5 points.-Simwa-Kenyan Pro Nelson SimwaVet Lab Sports Club’s Nelson Simwa and Windsor’s David Opati tied for eighth with 51 points apiece to complete the list of nine Kenyan players at this year’s tournament. The Safari Tour Golf Series, which was launched in August last year, formed the qualification tournament for Kenyan players taking part this year’s Kenya Open.The nine pros join six amateur players who have already qualified to play at this year’s Magical Kenya Open Championship; these are Daniel Nduva, Samuel Njoroge, Mike Kisia, Edwin Mudanyi, Bradley Mogire and Mutahi Kibugu.About Greg SnowSnow started playing golf at the age of 6 in Kiambu inspired by his father John Snow and his brother Paul who played his golf in the UK.He became a member at Muthaiga at the age of 10 years and played there as a junior till the age of 16. From 2008 to 2012 Snow landed a golf scholarship at the Odessa Golf College and played very competitively in North and South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia prior to turning pro in Kenya 2013. Kenyan PROs: Greg Snow – Muthaiga Golf Club Dismas Indiza – Mumias Sugar Golf Club David Opati – Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club David Wakhu – The Golf Park Simon Ngige – Thika Golf Club C.J. Wangai – Sigona Golf Club Tony Omuli – The Golf Park Riz Charania – Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club Nelson Simwa – Vet Lab Sports Club Justus Madoya – Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort Erick Ooko – Royal Nairobi Golf Club Jacob Okello – The Golf ParkRegional PROs: Philip Kasozi – Uganda Golf ClubKenyan Elite Amateurs: Mike Kisia – Vet Lab Sports Club Edwin Mudanyi – Vet Lab Sports Club Samuel Njoroge – Kenya Railways Golf CLub Mutahi Kibugu – Muthaiga Golf Club Bradley Mogire – Emirates Golf Club, Dubai Daniel Nduva – Nyali Golf and Country Club0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Lee Tomlin scored in stoppage time as Cardiff came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw at Reading.A Callum Paterson own goal and a Mo Barrow effort gave the hosts a 2-0 lead but, after manager Neil Warnock was sent to the stands, the Bluebirds scored twice in the last seven minutes to earn a point.Joe Bennett pulled one back before Tomlin’s shot was deemed to have crossed the goalline after bouncing down off the crossbar.The comeback saw Cardiff close the gap to Championship leaders Wolves back to four points and stopped Reading climbing into the top half.Cardiff had won their previous four matches, conceding just one goal, as they kept up the chase behind pacesetters Wolves.Reading were unbeaten in four games, winning their past two, as they recovered from a poor start to the campaign.Cardiff made the livelier start in Berkshire but were not able to trouble the solid home defence.Reading gradually pressed forward, with Barrow, the former Swansea winger, causing problems on the left flank. Twice Barrow escaped the marking of a rattled Bruno Manga but, on each occasion, the Cardiff rearguard just about managed to clear the danger.Cardiff replied through a run from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing but his eventual shot was well saved by home goalkeeper Vito Mannone.Reading’s confidence grew and they went ahead in the 16th minute.From Liam Kelly’s corner from the left, Paterson – rising alone at the near post – inadvertently glanced a header past his own keeper Neil Etheridge.Reading could have stretched their lead soon after but, from a curling Sone Aluko cross, Yann Kermorgant nodded tamely wide.Cardiff did get more adventurous approaching half-time and Mannone kept out a long-range attempt from Manga.But Reading doubled their advantage four minutes before the break after another Kelly corner caused panic in the Cardiff area. When the ball was only half-cleared, Barrow drove home a first-time 20-yard effort – with the help of a deflection off Bennett – for his sixth goal of the season.The second half began at a hectic pace, with Mannone diving at the feet of the onrushing Joe Ralls to deny the midfielder an opening.Warnock was growing increasingly agitated and eventually received his marching orders in the 77th minute for one too many protests aimed at referee Stephen Martin and fourth official Andy Woolmer.But Cardiff responded with enthusiasm to grab a battling draw.Bennett fired in a superb volley with seven minutes left and then Tomlin forced the ball home after Sol Bamba had hit the crossbar. Tomlin’s strike went narrowly over the line after crashing in off the bar 1
Romario reveals all about his *special skill* below… 1 What makes a world class goalscorer?Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Mohamed Salah – these are all fantastic Premier League finishers to go along with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.They are two of the greatest goalscorers of all time, following other illustrious names to have dominated all the years professional football has been played; Josef Bican, Ferenc Puskas, Gerd Muller, Pele.One other great goalscorer was Romario, who became one of the few players to score 1000 goals throughout his career, when he netted against Sport of Recife for Vasco de Gama in 2007.Pele is the most famous to have reached that momentous tally, though another Brazilian, Arthur Friedenreich, as well as the aforementioned Puskas are also said to have scored 1000 goals throughout their glorious careers.And Romario believes he knows what makes a world class goalscorer.The 51-year-old, who was known to be something of a party boy during his playing days, was once quoted saying: ‘The good attackers only score goals if they have good sex the day before’.Romario must have had a lot of sex before matches then.He knew how to score off the field, and he was bloody good at scoring on the pitch as well.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesIn the Animation category, CalArts’ Sunha Yoon was a finalist. Jiwon Lee, also of CalArts, was a finalist in the Print Design Single-Page category. Finalists received a trip to Toronto to participate in the awards event and to attend studio tours. Winners were selected based on overall impact, design execution and technical capabilities. As part of the program, students are also offered internships and opportunities to showcase their work at events like the ZeroOne Festival and Sundance. The winning entries can be viewed at www.adobe.com/education/adaa/winners. This year, 12 firms opened their doors for studio tours, and allowed students to meet with the principals and learn up-close how professional studios operate. Two students from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia were finalists in Adobe Systems Inc.’s sixth annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards, a student design competition that honors the world’s most talented student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers and computer artists from the top design, film and broadcast institutions. Using Adobe products, more than 1,800 students from 24 countries competed in the annual program. “Winning an Adobe Design Achievement Award is just the beginning for these students,” said company spokeswoman Melissa Dyrdahl. ” Winners have the opportunity to gain exposure to the creative community, jump-start their careers in the creative arts, and showcase their talents at industry events such as Sundance, Cannes and the ZeroOne Festival.” In a ceremony Wednesday night at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, students were recognized for their achievements in nine categories.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Going into Tuesday’s Foothill Conference game against Victor Valley College, AVC (3-8-6, 0-1-3) has been involved in ties in six of its 17 games, including three of its four conference games. “There’s ties that you’re happy with, and there are ties that you know you should have won, and those can be hard,” Galvao said. “We’re kind of living in an in-between land right now.” On the plus side, sophomore Ericka Mendoza (Palmdale High), a returning all-conference selection, and freshman Nikiy Williams (Littlerock) have spearheaded an outstanding defensive effort, helping AVC limit its opponents to just five goals in conference. But he acknowledged that the Marauders’ inability to capitalize on scoring chances is a concern. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College women’s soccer coach Lemuel Galvao has mixed feelings about ties. It’s not such a bad thing when his team plays a heavily favored opponent and manages to avoid a loss, as it did Aug. 31 when it managed a 1-1 deadlock with defending state quarterfinalist Pierce College of Woodland Hills. But on occasions when he felt his team outplayed its opponent but squandered opportunities, such as a 1-1 tie with San Bernardino Valley on Oct. 10, he says it’s been extremely frustrating. Galvao qualifies as an expert on the subject. AVC has scored just two goals in conference. “We’re getting a lot of opportunities, but we’re just not finishing,” Galvao said. Galvao said his team is focusing on finishing plays in practices, creating scenarios that require players to think through passing combinations that he hopes will produce the desired results. But he acknowledged that part of the problem is inexperience playing in pressure situations. Of AVC’s 20 players, 16 are freshmen. “A lot of it is mental,” Galvao said. “Until you’re put into pressure situations, you’re not going to know what it’s like.” Tough meet: The men’s cross country team placed 10th at Saturday’s prestigious Santa Barbara Invitational. The meet featured 20 full-scoring teams and more than 200 runners in both men’s and women’s heats. The Marauders were led by freshmen Kurtis Rohrenback (Highland) and Irvin Garcia (Lancaster), who placed 13th and 21st, respectively. In the women’s circuit, Jelani Carter (Palmdale) placed 14th. AVC coach Mark Covert said the Marauders’ focus now turns to the Oct. 25 Foothill Conference championships in Victorville and the Nov. 3 Southern California championships, which AVC will play host to at the Lancaster National Soccer Complex. The men’s team is seeking its first state appearance in three years and its seventh in 17 years since Covert took over the program in 1989. The Marauders have qualified a team or individual runners every year over that stretch. “The real season starts now,” Covert said. “Everything else leading up to this was steppingstone. Now it’s time to freshen up, get healthy and come up with three big efforts.” School record: Sophomore standout Chelsea Orozco (Highland) shot a school record 78 Monday for AVC’s women’s golf team on an 18-hole par-72 course at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. Orozco, who’s averaging 80, has emerged as a potential Division I or II scholarship prospect, AVC coach Brett Pape said. She’s already shaved eight shots off her score from her senior year at Highland High. “She can improve and she can compete,” Pape said. “There’s so many programs out there, I’ve gotta believe there’s a place for her somewhere.” Also: The football team is coming off a bye last weekend. The Marauders look to end their school record 22-game losing streak Saturday when they face San Bernardino Valley. & The men’s and women’s basketball teams had their first practices Monday. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Michael Chopra blasts Mike Ashley and says Steve Bruce not good enough for NewcastleCarroll is yet to make a decision on his future but he is understood to have offers from clubs abroad.The striker scored 33 goals in 91 appearances for the club before his transfer, this included 17 goals in their Championship promotion winning season.He struggled to recapture that form with Liverpool and with West Ham as he suffered numerous fitness problems. Andy Carroll has battled with injuries throughout his career LATEST JIBE LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The striker is currently without a club after being released by West Ham United at the end of last season.The Chronicle report that new Newcastle boss Steve Brice is interested in bringing Carroll back to St James’ Park but wants him to first prove his fitness. deals Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers 1 Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January TROPHY Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Getty Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January boost The 30-year-old has suffered a number of injury problems over recent seasons.He is reportedly currently working with a personal fitness consultant after the Hammers opted not to extend his deal at the club.Bruce is thought to have already made checks on his fitness status. New job Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:13Loaded: 5.12%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:13 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Andy Carroll could make a sensational return to Newcastle, according to reports.The boyhood Magpies fan started his career with the north east club before his £35million transfer to Liverpool on January transfer deadline day in 2011.
From Natasha ChakuMelbourne, Jan 30 (PTI) Identifying India as one of the “fastest” growing e-commerce nations, a leading global credit card company has said it will increase its investments in the country where it has already grown by 30 per cent in the last two years.”India is one of the top priorities in the region. We have increased our investments in India by over 30 per cent in the last two years and we are going to increase it even more,” Sam Ahmed, Mastercards senior vice-president of marketing for Asia Pacific, told PTI here.Ahmed indicated that the companys investment plans were in line with the Indian governments “digital India” initiative and would help Indian consumers in digital payments in their daily lives.He said the company was looking at a number of digital payment innovations which were to be launched in India in future including face recognition, Masterpass and other online payment methods.He said mobile penetration in India was the highest and termed it as the key to get the users access to such digital payment innovations.Commenting on the flow of investments in India, Ahmed said the company was keen to support the digitisation move to help consumers understand about it.The investments will also be channelised towards the digital and e-commerce engine giving consumers what they need. we are planning to do this by partnering with small businesses and merchants and outbound travellers, he said.The company is eyeing to tap movie launches and sponsoring local sports as a part of its marketing campaigns.advertisement”Movies are such a passion in India. The area we are looking at is movie launches,” Ahmed said.Currently, the company has veteran Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor and his daughter Sonam Kapoor as its Brand ambassadors. PTI NC MRJ
Coming Tomorrow1) Building Inclusive Green Economies: A New Development Partnership?WHO: Manish Bapna, Interim President, WRIWHEN: Friday, June 22 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. BRTWHERE: German Pavilion, Athletes Park,Rio de Janeiro, BrazilRio+20 official credentials are required to enter.New Blog Posts on Rio+20Final Days at Rio+20: Measuring Progress So Far by Manish BapnaFor the First Time, GHG Protocol to Help Brazil Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture by Stephen Russell and Stacy KotoracFor continued coverage of news and events at #Rioplus20, follow us on Twitter: @worldresources and @michaeloko It’s the final week of Rio+20, and WRI’s experts are on the ground for all the action. Each day, I’ll bring you highlights of what’s on the horizon. Check out the details below on the exciting things happening tomorrow. And be sure to visit the full list of WRI’s Rio+20 events.We are heading into the last day of the conference. I’d say we are coasting in, because it seems that there won’t be much drama around the resolution. I don’t think many people are really satisfied with the formal outcome, which isn’t nearly ambitious enough. But it was certainly a busy, stimulating week with lots of opportunities to meet people, have interesting conversations, and wrestle with the big issues. I would also say, once again, that’s it has been enjoyable to be in Rio – though the sun has turned into rain. A metaphor? Perhaps.
Lionel Messi ‘Messi makes football better’ – Betis keeper Adan marvels at Barcelona talisman Dom Farrell 18:15 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Real Betis Primera División Antonio Adan might be a former Real Madrid man but that has not stopped him from saluting the genius of a star turn at Camp Nou Lionel Messi makes football better, according to Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan, even after the Barcelona superstar piled misery upon him on Sunday.Messi inspired a devastating second-half performance from Barcelona, scoring twice and creating another for Luis Suarez as Ernesto Valverde’s La Liga leaders stormed to a 5-0 win at Estadio Benito Villamarin.The result extended Barca’s advantage at the summit over Atletico Madrid to 11 points and Real Madrid youth graduate Adan was left in awe, having mistakenly felt his team-mates might have had Messi under control. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It’s spectacular. In the first half he had not appeared. He seemed to be walking,” the 30-year-old told Cadena Ser.”But he takes four balls to score two goals and give two assists. He makes this sport better.”Betis vice president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer also felt it had been a privilege to witness Messi at his brilliant best.”Messi deserves that because it is a show, what he has done in the second half,” he said. “Not only in attack but claiming balls in their own half of the field. “His humility and ability make him bigger and the public of the Villamarin has been able to appreciate the extraordinary player that is Leo Messi.”
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Investment, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says a major agro-economic zone is to be established at the Holland Estate in St. Elizabeth. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Investment, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says a major agro-economic zone is to be established at the Holland Estate in St. Elizabeth.He made the disclosure at a recent handover ceremony for the expanded Middlesex Infant School in Holland Bamboo, in the Parish.Mr. Hutchinson said the agro-economic zone will comprise farms on the 2,400-acre estate as well as packaging and processing facilities.“Come June/July of next year, land is going to become available. I want to say to you, it has all been taken up already, and what we are talking about is a combination of large farmers and small farmers,” Mr. Hutchinson said.“We… have some persons who have said they want to do 100 acres of papaya and some also want to do fruit trees,” Hutchinson added.The Minister said when reaped, Grade ‘A’ produce would go to hotels and the export market, Grade ‘B’ to the local market, while Grade ‘C’ produce, would be used for the extraction of purée, juice and other value-added produce.The agro-economic zone will replace sugar-cane operations by J Wray & Nephew Limited at the estate.In addition, Mr. Hutchinson said produce from the agro-economic zone will be utilised in the breakfast programme at the Middlesex Infant School.“We have to ensure that these children get a proper breakfast in the morning. Why I say breakfast is because those who come to school, and you have 30 to 40 per cent of them coming to school… without a breakfast and by 9 or 10am you find the brain is not functioning properly,” he stated.“On top of that, you find most of them, when they come, the first thing they’re going to do is drink a bag juice. When you have sugar and water what happens to the child? Gone to sleep,” Mr. Hutchinson stressed.In this regard, Minister Hutchinson said fruit juice produced at the agro-economic zone will be contributed to the Middlesex Infant School.“So once you get the value chain going, we are going to get all the bag juice out of this complex, and we are going to provide them with fruit juice,” Minister Hutchinson said. He made the disclosure at a recent handover ceremony for the expanded Middlesex Infant School in Holland Bamboo, in the Parish. Mr. Hutchinson said the agro-economic zone will comprise farms on the 2,400-acre estate as well as packaging and processing facilities. Story Highlights
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OTTAWA – Housing starts in Canada hit their highest total in a decade in 2017, but are expected to slow this year, economists said Monday.BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic said the full-year tally of housing starts for 2017 came in at 221,000.“Canadian homebuilding activity had its best year in a decade in 2017, backed by underlying demographic support and strengthening labour markets in the country’s largest provinces,” he wrote in a report.However, he noted that this year the number of starts is expected to moderate closer to the 200,000 level, with a record number units under construction to start the year.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Tuesday the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts for December of 2017 came in at 216,980 units, down from 251,675 units in November. The six-month moving average for December was 226,777 compared with 226,178 in November.The housing agency said the overall decline in the annual pace of housing starts in December came as the pace of urban starts fell 15.1 per cent to 198,132 units for the final month of last year.The pace of multi-unit urban starts slowed 22 per cent to 135,176, while the rate of single-detached urban starts increased by 4.7 per cent to 62,956 units.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 18,848 units.The housing market has been identified as a key risk to the economy and been scrutinized by economists and policy-makers.Rising interest rates and more stringent lending rules are expected to weigh on the market this year.Royal Bank assistant chief economist Paul Ferley said the total number of starts for 2017 were up 11.4 per cent from 198,000 in 2016.“Looking ahead, our expectation is that recent tightening of mortgage lending, further official interest rate increases in both Canada and the U.S. and current poor affordability in a number of key markets will contribute to housing starts continuing to trend lower.“Our forecast assumes that starts will drop to 195,000 this year and 185,000 in 2019.”