Criticism marks third year anniversary of demonetisation

first_imgThe Samajwadi Party (SP) on Friday found an unusual way to mark the third anniversary of the demonetization of high-value currency notes.The party celebrated the third birthday of a child who was born weeks after the decision of demonetisation in November 2016 while his mother was standing in a queue outside a bank to withdraw cash.A cake was cut and a birthday song was played at the SP headquarters here in the presence of the boy, Khajanchi, and his mother. Khajanchi, which means treasurer in Hindi, was born while his mother was standing in a queue outside an ATM in her native Kanpur Dehat district. The then Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had provided financial help to the family, projecting the birth of the boy under stressed conditions as the human consequence of the decision to suddenly demonetize high currency notes by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr. Yadav criticised the Modi-led central government over demonetization, saying the decision had increased unemployment, caused the GDP to fall and failed to fulfill its touted goals of bringing back black money and reducing corruption. “It’s not like Notebandi (demonetization) did only bad things. Notebandi gave a chance to a boy to be born in a bank. Such a big accomplishment,” Mr. Yadav said in a sarcastic dig at the government. “At least a Khajanchi was born,” he said, referring to the infant. He also unveiled a book ‘Demonetization — A Man-made Disaster’ by Deepak Pandey, highlighting the shortcomings of demonetization. BSP supremo Mayawati also targeted the government on the third anniversary of demonetization, tweeting that the ill-effects of the “hurriedly taken” decision had been unveiled in various forms over the past three years.last_img read more

Ind vs SL: Can Team India gift an away Test win on Independence Day

first_imgOn Saturday morning, Team India led by Shikhar Dhawan and nightwatchman Ishant Sharma, will be looking forward to register their team’s first away win in an year and 25 days.The visitors have to score 176 runs on a day four wicket in Galle, which will be the highest target achieved in the international cricket stadium, if chased. India, led by their young captain, Virat Kohli looked positive right from Day 1 and are now in a good position to win a match on the country’s Independence Day. India were in a commanding position till yesterday until Dinesh Chandimal bailed his team out by scoring an unbeaten 162. However, the tourists stand a good chance of winning the Test if they bat positively.Tricky conditionsThe pitch has become slow and the odds are favouring the Indian batsmen. But the cracks and rough patches on the 22-yards, if used well by the Lankan spinners, can create trouble. Rangana Herath already displayed what he was up to in the second innings when he trapped Indian opener Lokesh Rahul lbw in the evening session on Day 3.But after a strong batting display in the first innings, Indians are expected to chase down the record-total.South African star Jonty Rhodes, in Galle, has suggested aggressive, Chandimal-like innings from Indian batsmen. Aggression helps, but these men, here have time. They can do it whichever way they want. Adapting to conditions and batting accordingly can be Team India’s gift to the country on the special day.last_img read more

Ronaldo Nets 600th Club Goal as Goalscoring Race Heats Up

first_imgMILAN — Cristiano Ronaldo’s unrelenting hunger for goals is plain to see.The Juventus forward netted his 600th club goal on Saturday and celebrated with typical joy. But his desire to score was far more evident in the first half against Inter Milan when he fired over the bar and showed anguish and frustration.That appeared to spur Ronaldo to the equalizer after the break as Juventus came back to draw with bitter rival Inter 1-1 in Serie A.“Ronaldo is lethal, I have him, and I’m happy,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “It’s important to have a player like him. After he missed a chance he got very angry, then he played a different game.”Ronaldo already plays a different game to most. And after alreading clinching a record-extending eighth successive Serie A title, Ronaldo could become the first player to win the top goalscorer award and the Serie A title in his first season in Italy.The 34-year-old Ronaldo has 20 league goals for Juventus, three less than league leader and Sampdoria forward Fabio Quagliarella.He could also become the first player to win the top goalscorer award in three of Europe’s top five leagues, having claimed the prize in Spain (three times) and England.There are four rounds remaining.Ronaldo has been playing and scoring regularly, even while being accused of raping a woman in 2009 in the United States — something the Portugal star denies.The strike against Inter Milan was his 27th for Juventus in all competitions. Ronaldo scored 450 for Real Madrid, 118 for Manchester United and five for Sporting Lisbon.“With him you always start in front, we are lucky to have him with us,” Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini said. “He will help Juventus win more.”Earlier in the season, Ronaldo became the first player to net 400 goals across Europe’s top five leagues.CONTE CRAZINESSRoma fans are starting to believe the reports that Antonio Conte could become the club’s next coach.With Claudio Ranieri in a caretaker role following Eusebio Di Francesco’s firing, speculation is rampant that Roma is in talks with Conte about taking over the team for next season.When Conte, the former Juventus, Italy, and Chelsea coach, was spotted at Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci Airport on Sunday, Roma fans stopped him for selfies and spread the word on social media — even though it appeared Conte was merely traveling to his home in Turin.While the Roman-born Ranieri has said he would like to remain with Roma, even he acknowledged the club would do well to hire Conte.“I would love to see him on the Roma bench, but I don’t know anything: I would be the last to know,” Ranieri said with a smile following Roma’s 3-0 win over Cagliari on Saturday. “I would be super happy if Conte came in. I would go and collect him from the airport.”Retired Roma captain Francesco Totti, who has a position in Roma’s management, called Conte “one of the best coaches in Europe.”“Wherever he’s gone he’s won. Any squad would do something crazy to get him,” Totti said, adding that there are also reports that Inter Milan and Bayern Munich are interested in Conte. “There are a lot of squads chasing him.”ATALANTA STADIUMFresh off qualifying for the Italian Cup final, Atalanta has announced plans for a complete overhaul of its Atleti Azzurri d’Italia stadium.Work on the 40 million euro ($45 million) project will begin following Atalanta’s game against Udinese on Monday, meaning the team will play its final two home matches of the season in Reggio Emilia at Mapei Stadium, Sassuolo’s ground.The three-phase project should be completed in time for the 2021-22 season, at which time the stadium will be renamed Gewiss Arena.Atalanta beat Fiorentina on Thursday to advance to the May 15 Cup final against Lazio.By: Daniella Matar and Andrew Dampf, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

‘Salah, Mane & Firmino better than Suarez era’

first_imgLiverpool Salah, Mane & Firmino better than Suarez’s class of 2014, says Liverpool legend Gerrard Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:55 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mane Firmimno Salah Liverpool Getty Liverpool UEFA Champions League Mohamed Salah Sadio Mané Porto v Liverpool Porto The Reds came agonisingly close to landing the Premier League title with a Uruguayan leading the line, but now boast an even deadlier attacking unit Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are a better attacking unit than Liverpool’s Luis Suarez-inspired class of 2014, says Steven Gerrard.The Reds came agonisingly close to claiming the Premier League title as the Uruguayan frontman plundered 31 goals during his final season at Anfield.He was ably supported by the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling, with that trio netting 65 efforts between them. 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 That haul appears set to be beaten in 2018, however, with Salah, Mane and Firmino among the goals again in a 5-0 Champions League demolition of Porto to take their combined tally to 63.Liverpool legend Gerrard, who played alongside Suarez, told BT Sport on comparisons between the two eras at Anfield: “Both are excellent.“What I would say about the comparisons between Suarez and this current team is that there is a better blend here.“With Mane you have the pace and directness, with Firmino you have the touch and hold-up play and securing the ball, and then you have Salah that gives you a bit of both and delivers goals.“The blend is superb.”Gerrard added: “The work rate of this Liverpool team is very, very special, and you also notice how unselfish they are.Mohamed Salah Liverpool“There’s no greed in the team, there’s nobody who is selfish. They all pass the ball to each other.“If someone is in a better area, they look for each other. And they are all getting in on the act because they know they are going to score heavily.”Mane netted a hat-trick in the first leg of a last-16 encounter with Porto to take him to 12 goals for the season.Firmino, meanwhile, has moved on to 21 while Salah has become the first man to reach 30 for the Reds since Suarez four years ago.There is the promise of many more efforts to come from the deadly trio, with Jurgen Klopp’s side having shown no sign of losing their spark following the January departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Study reveals fishings startling global footprint It totally blows me away

first_imgHALIFAX – Global fishing efforts are so wide ranging that fleets covered more than 460 million kilometres in 2016 — a distance equal to going to the moon and back 600 times.That startling revelation is contained in a newly published study in Science that quantifies fishing’s global footprint for the first time.“I’ve been working on fishing for 20 years and it totally blows me away,” co-author Boris Worm, a marine biologist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, said of the findings.The study — which included researchers from Global Fishing Watch, National Geographic, Google and U.S. universities such as Stanford — used satellite feeds and common ship tracking technology known as the automatic identification system (AIS).It found that commercial fishing covers more than half of the ocean’s surface: “Our data show that industrial fishing occurs in 55 per cent of ocean area and has a spatial extent more than four times that of agriculture,” the study says.Most nations appear to fish predominantly within their own exclusive economic zones, but fishing fleets from China, Spain, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea accounted for more than 85 per cent of the observed fishing effort on the high seas.“The fundamental problem with fishing is the lack of oversight particularly on the high seas,” Worm said. “Now we have that oversight — we can see it from space.”The study found some larger fishing vessels undertake surprisingly lengthy travels, he said.One Japanese vessel leaves its home port to fish off South Africa before moving on to West Africa, then transits the Panama Canal and fishes in the eastern tropical Pacific before returning home.“I’ve never had data on it, so now I can actually track single voyages that go straight around the globe,” Worm said.Researchers captured the activity of more than 70,000 vessels, including about 75 per cent of industrial fishing vessels longer than 36 metres, by using 22 billion global AIS positions from 2012 to 2016. They point out the figures represent a small proportion of the world’s estimated 2.9 million motorized fishing vessels.Global fishing hotspots include the northeast Atlantic and northwest Pacific as well as regions off South America and West Africa.The study found areas of minimal effort in the Southern Ocean, parts of the northeast Pacific and central Atlantic and the exclusive economic zones of many island states “forming conspicuous holes in the global effort map.”The number of areas fished globally is likely even higher, the researchers said, given many regions have poor satellite coverage and a lower percentage of vessels using AIS.Longline fishing was the most widespread activity and was detected in 45 per cent of the ocean, followed by purse seining at 17 per cent and trawling at 9.4 per cent.Longliners had the greatest average trip length between anchorages — 7,100 kilometres.Worm said the study found that fishing wasn’t disturbed by significant weather events or by such things as the price of fuel.“They just go out and fish,” he said. “I think oftentimes because they are operating, particularly on the high seas, at the margin of profitability they just have to keep those boats running.”David Kroodsma, director of research and development for Global Fishing Watch, said the over-arching goal of the study is to create transparency for an industry that has had little in the past.Kroodsma said it’s hoped the data can be used to improve fisheries governance around the world. He said the global map it produced is hundreds of times higher in resolution than “anything we’ve had before.”“For me what’s most exciting is not just this dataset but what comes next. There are all of these questions about how we fish in the ocean that we can now answer that we could not before,” he said.last_img read more

Al Gore To Speak At Venter Institutes Sustainable Lab Grand Opening

first_imgThe J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research institute, today announced that former Vice President Al Gore will be the special guest speaker for their “Step into the Genome” Black Tie Grand Opening Fundraising Event on November 9, 2013.To celebrate the opening of the new sustainable, net zero carbon genomics laboratory in La Jolla, California, JCVI is also pleased to announce Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, as the headlining musical entertainment. William Close and the Earth Harp Collective and Jennifer Spingola and Jesse Malloy will kick off the evening event which begins at 6 p.m.Former Vice President Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.’s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit devoted to solving the climate crisis. Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”“We cannot think of a more appropriate person to commemorate the opening of our net zero carbon, ultra green genomics lab than Al Gore. His commitment to sustainability and his determination to educate the world about climate change, one of the most pressing issues of our time, is unparalleled. We are honored that Al will join us in opening this one of a kind building and look forward to hearing from the authority on the climate crisis,” said J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., Founder, Chairman and CEO, J. Craig Venter Institute.JCVI is also excited to announce headlining musical act Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. This band is fronted by San Diego’s own Karl Denson, a legendary saxophonist who has been moving minds and bodies for nearly three decades of relentless touring. He was a member of Lenny Kravitz’s band, a founding member of The Greyboy Allstars and a member of dub rockers Slightly Stoopid. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe plays a mix of funk infused jazz.William Close and the Earth Harp Collective is the brainchild of William who is most famous for captivating audiences on “America’s Got Talent” in 2012, but he’s been fine tuning the “Earth Harp” since its creation in 1999. It is the world’s largest stringed instrument and is truly a musical marvel described as kinetic indulgence of musical invention.Roving violinist Jennifer Spingola accompanied by DJ Jesse Malloy will round out the musical entertainment. Spingola is an accomplished musician whose modern take on the violin has been turning heads around the world. She’ll be making use of all the space the new building has to offer as she plays along to melodic beats that DJ Jesse serves up.The gala is expected to draw approximately 250 guests who will experience the culinary wonders of Waters Catering. The Waters’ team has developed a “molecularly memorable” menu of delicious, science themed food and cocktail items to delight guests. The celebrity cocktail chef, Matthew Biancaniello will be on hand to “synthesize” specially crafted cocktails using innovative blends of alcohol and fine organic produce.The landscape of the newly designed space will be brought to life thanks to the event experts of ShowTec, Inc., using their tool box of technical paintbrushes to celebrate the unique architecture and science of JCVI. Crafted seating pods, stylish tablescapes and vibrant projection washes will create a one of a kind gala.This unique event will be the perfect event to showcase the beautiful glass, steel, concrete and wood JCVI sustainable lab which will be the new West Coast home to approximately 125 JCVI scientists and staff. The event is made possible only through the generous support from sponsors.To learn more about the net zero carbon building, JCVI and the opening gala click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Spanish government loses vote with budget fight looming

MADRID — Spain’s government lost a vote in parliament to change regulations for housing rentals on Tuesday, dealing the ruling Socialists a setback as they try to cobble together support to pass a national budget.The far-left Podemos (“We Can”) party voted no, because it said the government decree didn’t do enough to limit the cost of rental properties, specifically by not empowering local governments to apply rent ceilings.Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez heads a minority government and will need Podemos’s support, along with that of several smaller parties, to pass his budget.If he fails to pass a budget, Sanchez will be under pressure to call an early election instead of seeing out the legislative term through 2020.Spain has endured a major increase in the price of housing rentals recently.The Associated Press read more

Arab spring African crises and global health on UN chiefs agenda at

26 May 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in the French resort of Deauville today to participate in the summit of the Group of Eight (G-8) industrialized countries and speak on issues such as the pro-democracy movement in the Arab world, crises in Africa and women’s and children’s health. Mr. Ban is due to participate in sessions of the so-called G8 Outreach Programme, where he is expected to continue to advocate for sustained attention to women’s and children’s health as a cornerstone of the global development agenda.At the G8 summit in Canada last year, industrialized countries adopted an initiative to boost efforts to improve maternal and child health in poorer countries, urging the world to ensure that no woman died while giving birth.The Secretary-General will also speak tomorrow at the G8 working session on the wave of pro-democracy movements that have risen up across North Africa and the Middle East, commonly referred to as the “Arab Spring,” and address a separate session on regional crises in Africa.On his way to Deauville today, Mr. Ban met with the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, as well as several other leaders.The UN chief arrived in France from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he took part in the African Union Summit on Peace and Security Issues in Africa.In a series of meetings with leaders attending the AU summit, Mr. Ban discussed issues such as Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Côte d’Ivoire, as well as climate change and sustainable development. read more

Uva Chief Minister granted bail after surrendering to Police

The principal had alleged she was summoned by the Chief Minister and forced to kneel at his feet as she had refused to enroll a student recommended by him.The Chief Minister however denies the allegation. (Colombo Gazette) Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake was granted bail today after he surrendered to the Police over an incident where he forced a female school principal to kneel at his feet.Chamara Sampath Dassanayake surrendered to the Badulla Police and was produced before a Magistrate where he was granted bail. read more

Lean ground beef recalled due to possible E coli risk

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling a brand of lean ground beef because of a possible E. coli contamination.The agency says the Good Boucher brand beef was sold in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I., but may have also been distributed in other provinces and territories.The recall includes 285-gram packages with a best before date of March 21 and 510-gram packages with best before dates of March 19 and March 21.The CFIA says the recall was triggered by its test results and that no illnesses have been reported from eating the recalled beef.Food contaminated with E. coli may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea. In severe cases, some people may have seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis or live with permanent kidney damage.The agency is advising consumers to check if you have the products in your home and throw them out. read more

AP sources US to recommend approval of Keystone XL pipeline

by Matthew Lee And Josh Lederman, The Associated Press Posted Mar 23, 2017 11:47 am MDT Last Updated Mar 23, 2017 at 12:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2012 file photo, miles of pipe ready to become part of the Keystone Pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla. It was a nice story while it lasted. Moments from signing orders to advance the stalled Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, President Donald Trump comes up with the idea of making the projects use pipes and steel made in the U.S. He inserts a “little clause” to that effect and vows the projects will only happen if his buy-American mandate is met. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) WASHINGTON – Senior U.S. officials say the State Department will recommend approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the White House to formally approve it.Two officials say Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon will issue the recommendation Friday. A 60-day deadline to complete a Trump administration review is set to expire next Monday.The pipeline requires a presidential permit. The officials say the White House would announce the permit’s issuance after the State Department recommendation. The officials weren’t authorized to comment publicly ahead of the announcement and requested anonymity.Shannon is making the recommendation because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has recused himself from the matter. Tillerson is the former CEO of Exxon Mobil.The Obama administration had rejected the pipeline. AP sources: US to recommend approval of Keystone XL pipeline read more

US must work to advance reconciliation with indigenous people – UN expert

“Indigenous peoples in the United States – including American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian peoples – constitute vibrant communities that have contributed greatly to the life of the country,” the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, said in a news release on his report, made public today, on indigenous peoples in the United States. Mr. Anaya stressed that these measures must “address persistent deep-seeded problems related to historical wrongs, failed policies of the past and continuing systemic barriers to the full realization of indigenous peoples’ rights.”The Special Rapporteur noted that there are significant challenges, including past misguided Government policies, as well as broken treaties and acts of oppression in the past, which have left indigenous people at a disadvantage and have prevented them from exercising their individual and collective rights.In his report, Mr. Anaya provides an overview of federal legislation and programs that have been developed over the last few decades by the US Government, and notes that these, “in contrast to early exercises of federal power based on misguided policies, constitute good practices that in significant measure respond to indigenous peoples’ concerns.” While Mr. Anaya welcomed the new initiatives to advance the rights of indigenous peoples over the last few years, he said existing programmes need to be improved to increase their efficiency and underlined that the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is an important guide to do this. Adopted by the General Assembly in September 2007 after more than two decades of debate, the Declaration sets out the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples, as well as their rights to culture, identity, language, employment, health, education and other issues.“The Declaration, which is grounded in widespread consensus and fundamental human rights values, has been accepted by the United States at the urging of indigenous peoples from throughout the country, and it is an extension of the United States’ international human rights obligations,” Mr. Anaya said. “It should be a benchmark for all relevant decision making by the federal executive, Congress, and the judiciary, as well as by the states of the United States.”To develop his report, Mr. Anaya held consultations with US officials as well as with indigenous peoples, tribes, and nations in the capital, Washington, D.C., and the states of Arizona, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, South Dakota, and Oklahoma, both in so-called Indian country and in urban areas.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. Mr. Anaya is scheduled to present his report on 18 September, during the Council’s current session. read more

Global new car market up 47 for September 2014 – Polk data

2014: New registrations expected to be 78.3 million unitsGlobal new registrations will once again set a new record in 2014, growing by about 3.8% over 2013.Since we are already so deep into the year, of course, the forecast for the year as a whole will be subject to only minor fluctuations. The forecasts for Asia and Eastern Europe have been reduced slightly, while the outlook for Africa and NAFTA have been raised.New registrations in the Asia/Pacific region will increase by 6.9% in 2014 compared to 2013. In China alone, sales in the current year will be up around 1.81 million units from the year before. However, the lingering effects of the VAT rate increase in April of this year are now becoming apparent in the Japanese market, now that some time has passed.New registrations in the NAFTA region are expected to continue to climb to about 19.2 million units (up 5.4%). Sales in the Latin American markets, on the other hand, will fall to about 5.4 million units (down 9.2%).Sales will be down in Eastern Europe as well (down 9.6%). The region’s largest market, Russia, is currently suffering from the impact of the Crimean crisis (flight of capital out of the country, sanctions), a weakening currency (inflation) and low oil prices.Passenger vehicle demand in Western Europe, on the other hand, will be up once again in 2014 (up 4.6%), as gains in markets like the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as in Southern Europe (especially Spain), will more than make up for losses in relatively small markets like the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria (2014: new registrations of 12.1 million units).Continued growth in Asia and the NAFTA region, as well as the progressing recovery in Western Europe, will push global passenger vehicle sales over the 80 million-unit mark for the first time in 2015. However, sales in Eastern Europe and Latin America will grow at just a slow pace for the time being.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Based on results, which are preliminary in some cases, passenger vehicle sales for the global new car market in September were up around 4.7% from the year before. YTD, sales in the first nine months of this year were up around 2.62 million units over the same period in 2013 (up 4.6%). The US, Western Europe and especially Asia made positive contributions, while sales in Eastern Europe and Latin America were down once again.Sales in the Asia/Pacific region showed strong growth once again in September (up 6.3%). The Chinese market grew at a faster pace in September after growth flagged somewhat in August. Japanese sales were down once again, although the losses were milder than last month, as sales have been hurt by the after-effects of the VAT hike in April.Sales in the NAFTA region were up once again thanks to good economic news and attractive automotive financing offers. Registrations are up 5.0% YTD over the year before.Sales in Latin America were down significantly once again (down 6.5% in September and 8.7% YTD). Sales in the region’s two largest markets, Argentina and especially Brazil were down sharply from the year before once again.Sales in Western Europe were up 6.4% in September (up 5.2% YTD). This growth was the result of continuing growth in the UK and Spain (incentives), as well as strong registrations in GermanyThe civil war in Ukraine, as well as the sanctions imposed on Russia, weighed down sales in the Eastern European market (September: down 8.6%; YTD: down 9.4%). read more

Twitter is 7 heres why we love and loathe it

first_imgCharmerMindblowingWe love… very Irish Twitter accounts@IrishMammies@YourRTEGuide @AmyHuberman We loathe… pitchfork mobsTake the case of Irish footballer Darren Gibson who left Twitter after just two hours following a stream of abuse.We love… pictures of puppies, kittens and other squee-tastic animalsWe loathe.. selfies. Unless they also feature a kitten/puppy/pet of some descriptionThis is ok:This is not ok:We love… trending topicsLike this week’s St. Patrick’s Day inspired #TractorPorn:We loathe… the Bieber/One Direction vigilantesWe love…. celebs on TwitterLike William Shatner:We Loathe… those cryptic tweets about “some people” with the #Can’tSayMuchMoreHere hastagsThis one incorporates being cryptic AND #JustSayingThere’s even a parody account devoted to it:What do you love or loathe about Twitter? Let us know in the comments section below…8 celebrities who are surprisingly excellent on Twitter>This could only happen on Irish Twitter> We loathe… #JustSayingPutting the #JustSaying hashtag on the end of a tweet doesn’t mean you can say whatever nonsense you wantSimilarly #EndOf and #FACT.So beautiful We loathe… racism and hatredIn January a man was arrested after racist abuse was directed at a Newcastle United Player, also in January a French court ruled that Twitter must identify the authors of racist and anti-Semitic tweets.When Barack Obama was re-elected the racist tweets went into overdrive, while in July 2012 a teenager was arrested after sending a tweet to British diver Tom Daly, telling him he had let down his late father.Lewis Stickley/EMPICS SportWe love… Telly via TwitterWatching telly with your phone, tablet or laptop by your side has almost become secondary activity after the tweets themselves.#LoveHate became a national obsession, while you can pretty much follow #VinB without having to watch the programme itself.#Oscars2013 were watched and tweeted around the world, and will we every forget the grief that f0llowed THAT episode of #DowntonAbbey?center_img TWITTER FOUNDER JACK Dorsey’s first tweet seven years ago wasn’t exactly earth shattering .He wrote:just setting up my twttrMy how things have changed.Twitter has become a force for change in the world, the means by which breaking news spreads, a business tool, a way to make friends, a dating site, and so much more.So what are some of the things we love and loathe about Twitter, seven years on?We love… the part it plays in disseminating information, gathering opinions and acting an agent for change.The Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, Iran’s Twitter revolution, news of the Japanese Tsunami, the Anders Bering Breivik attacks.The cinema shootings in Aurora, the US presidential election, along with more localised opinions on the likes of #Budget2013 and #PromNight make Twitter an essential information source.A Syrian man uses his mobile phone to capture a child using a megaphone to lead others in chanting Free Syrian Army slogans (AP Photo/Andoni Lubaki)last_img read more

Theyre for the chop High Court Master says wave of repossessions on

first_img‘They’re for the chop’: High Court Master says ‘wave of repossessions’ on the horizon Master Honohan asked if it’s a “sick joke” that people writing to the Taoiseach were told to seek help from Abhaile. Image: Sasko Lazarov/ By Sean Murray Feb 21st 2018, 9:09 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 117 Comments Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 9:08 AM center_img Regulation doesn’t give help to people who are in arrears. It won’t help people who haven’t got the money to do a deal. They’re for the chop, put it that way. If you’re a PTSB customer, you should now go to see your Pip (personal insolvency practitioner).When asked about provisions in place to keep people in their homes, he added that while people who can afford their repayments and choose not to should not be helped, there are so many in need of assistance.Read: High Court Master writes new legislation to help keep people in their homesRead: High Court Master says government’s legal advice scheme is ‘a scam’ Share152 Tweet Email2 Image: Sasko Lazarov/ Short URL MASTER OF THE High Court, Edmund Honohan, has said the government is not putting appropriate policy in place to prepare for the “wave of repossessions [of homes] that’s about to break”.Master Honohan has written a new proposed piece of legislation that would give the State greater powers in its financial and legal support services to protect people who are in mortgage arrears.He has frequently been critical in his court of the behaviour of banks towards mortgage customers in arrears, and has called out the government’s actions to help these people as failing to offer real solutions.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Honohan said that he has “people coming into [his] court on a daily basis trying to stave off repossession”.He advised some of these people to write a letter to the Taoiseach to ask where they could go to find a mortgage-to-rent solution.In a letter of reply from Leo Varadkar’s office, Honohan said these people were advised to go to the Abhaile service, which offers vouchers to people who are in debt so they can seek legal or financial advice.Honohan had previously called the scheme “a scam”, and today asked if it was a “sick joke” that people who were at risk of losing their home to be directed to this service with offers of a solution.Master Honohan then described the bill he has drafted which would, among other provisions, would aim to create a co-operative mechanism whereby funding would be provided to acquire, manage, rent or sell distressed mortgages.Unlike vulture funds, however, this agency would be based on an “ethical” non-profit model in order to support people staying in their homes.He said that if such a mechanism were to be effective, then “the vulture funds will go away”.Honohan also referenced the current furore over plans from PTSB to sell off €3.7 billion worth of non-performing loans.He said: “If I were the Taoiseach and I was standing up to deal with questions in the Dáil about the PTSB sell-off, I’d be minded to give advice to people in trouble. 42,810 Views last_img read more

Economy to shrink 5 per cent in 2012 central bank

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The economy will contract by a steeper-than-expected 5 percent this year, the central bank chief said in a speech to the bank’s shareholders. Last month, the bank in March had forecast a 4.5 percent contraction in the economy this year.Bank of Greece governor Yiorgos Provopoulos said the country must stick to its reform and fiscal adjustment commitments under a bailout plan agreed with its euro zone partners and the IMF to return the economy to growth.He also warned that the country’s membership in the eurozone was at stake if it failed to follow through on its pledges to reform, especially after national elections on May 6.“If following the election doubts emerge about the new government and society’s will to implement the programme, the current favourable prospects will reverse,” he said.He said the euro zone was set for a mild recession this year which could deepen if the debt crisis escalates.Source: Reuters, Athens Newslast_img read more

Police Burger King workers sold marijuana at drivethru

first_imgEPPING, N.H. (AP) — Police say two employees at a New Hampshire Burger King have been arrested on drug charges after authorities were tipped off that drive-thru customers who asked for extra crispy fries got marijuana with their meal.NH1 reports ( Epping Police Chief Mike Wallace said 20-year-old Garrett Norris was arrested Saturday after police conducted a sting operation. Also arrested was 19-year-old Meagan Dearborn, the shift manager.Wallace said drive-thru buyers would ask for “Nasty Boy,” then for extra crispy fries.Wallace said the drugs weren’t put in the food; they were sold in a separate container. He said the operation didn’t involve the franchise owners.Norris and Dearborn are scheduled for arraignment Feb. 28. It wasn’t known if they had lawyers and phone numbers couldn’t be found for them.last_img read more

Report Most new students at Clark College need math help

first_imgThe majority of first-time students who arrived at Clark College last fall were unprepared for college-level math classes and needed remedial courses.Officials from two local districts have begun working with Clark faculty to narrow the gap between what kids learn in high school math classes and what they need when they get to campus.A fact sheet presented to the Clark College Board of Trustees this week showed the college readiness — or lack thereof — of students from local high schools.Nearly 3,500 new students enrolled at Clark last fall. About 750 of them had transferred from another college with previous credits.The rest of the newcomers — 2,742 students — had to take the COMPASS test, which determines which level of coursework they’re ready for. Overall, students fared well in reading and writing, with great majorities ready to earn college credits in courses labeled “100” or above — think English 101.But very few students were ready for Math 101 and would instead have to spend their tuition money on courses for which they receive no college credit while they catch up on their numerical skills.The numbers in the report, which do not include comparisonswith previous years, must be viewed with two important caveats.The report only includes students who wanted to start their college career at Clark. Hundreds of students from local high schools head straight to four-year universities in their freshman year and some — a few dozen each year — go to prestigious schools elsewhere in the country.last_img read more