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Led by Harpal Singh of Leeds United, British Asian footballers shatter stereotypes

first_img“Liverpool may have Michael Owen, but we have Harpal Singh.”-George Graham Harpal Singh is on the Leeds United senior squadWhen these words of the former Leeds United and Arsenal Football Club manager appeared in a local newspaper, Leeds Leeds Leeds, they should normally have raised a laugh for equating English,”Liverpool may have Michael Owen, but we have Harpal Singh.”-George Graham Harpal Singh is on the Leeds United senior squadWhen these words of the former Leeds United and Arsenal Football Club manager appeared in a local newspaper, Leeds Leeds Leeds, they should normally have raised a laugh for equating English football’s brightest young talent with an unknown, uncommon name.The statement was met with silence containing equal parts awe and anticipation. Sitting on the bench for Leeds United during an English Premier League match versus Chelsea, chewing his fingernails, 20-year-old Harpal Singh felt both.For the Asian community in Britain, the Bradford-born winger sat on the threshold of history – never before had one of their own aspired to the demanding and dizzy heights of professional football. The English Premier League is the world’s richest, most widely watched and the most demanding; Singh’s club, Leeds is in the top five of this elite competition.Until Graham made his famous pronouncement, Singh was unknown to a world in which Asians were only associated with cricket. But now, along with the Leeds United prospect, comes a crop of young British Asian soccer talents: Anwar Uddin, 17, at West Ham; Michael Chopra, 18, an England junior player now at Newcastle United; Amrit Sidhu, 19, at Derby County; Navin Saroya, 18, at Brentford, and another Leeds boy, Ravindra Matharu. Three decades after black players began to transform the English game, is it possible then that the Asians are joining in to take on one of the last bastions of cultural exclusivity in Britain – its football fields?advertisementGOING FOR GOAL: Anwar Uddin seeks a pro career at West Ham”Slowly, we are getting there,” says Rene Bareto, one of the founders of the Indian Football Supporters Club. Around 70 Asian players are now attached to professional clubs and youth coaching academies. Clubs such as West Ham United, Leicester City, Millwall, Derby County and Blackburn Rovers are working with the local Asian community groups to dismantle barriers between the British Asian community and football.Says ex-Manchester United and now Blackburn Rovers and England striker Andy Cole: “I know there are lots of talented Asian footballers. I would say, don’t be discouraged, keep pushing for recognition, the breakthrough will come.”Singh is a front-runner of this group and has never stopped being a free-spirited young man while clambering up the ladder even though he carried the weight of stereotype around his ankles. “I’ve always known it was going to be different with me being Asian but I’m proud of it and don’t see it as a problem,” he says. “It makes me more determined to make it. I want to be the first Asian player to make it.” When it comes to Asians and football, there are many stereotypes: firstly that the Asian diet is not good enough to sustain a player for 90 gruelling minutes. Then, of course, that Asian players don’t have the stamina and speed, that their parents do not encourage sports.Singh has defied the norm: born in Pudsey, Leeds, he started playing football as soon as he could walk. He began in the back garden, to copycat his elder brother, and hasn’t stopped. One weekend during Sunday League football, a Leeds scout spotted a frisky 10-year-old on the parks of Pudsey and invited him for a four-week trial at the club’s Centre of Excellence based at their ground in Ferndale. Singh’s parents, who came to England from India in the 1970s, have prodded him along enthusiastically.At 14, Singh joined the youth wing of Leeds United where his progress has been rapid – he played for the Under-19s when still under-17. He even topscored for the Under-19 team in the 2000-1 season. Leeds reserve team coach Roy Aitkin is impressed: “Harpal has overstepped his age. He’s growing in confidence.”Michael Chopra has represented England juniorsSingh wants to emulate his heroes, the sinewy Brazilian Ronaldo and, closer home, Manchester United’s Welsh winger Ryan Giggs. “I’m a winger, a bit like Ryan Giggs. I like running at players and taking them on,” he says. Aitkin is not about to make comparisons but rates his young ward highly. “He is a potential matchwinner who can beat the defence. He is capable of scoring goals and creating goals,” he says.Last September, Singh was loaned to second-division Bury, the team Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia played for. The “loan”- a player representing another club because his own has not been playing him in enough games – led a lot of people to believe that Singh was being “pushed out” of Leeds. Salim Sidat, director of football at Blackburn Rovers, says, “Perhaps he was in a wrong set-up. Leeds is a very big club. It would have been easier had he been playing for a lower-profile club.” Aitkin disagrees, “The stint at Bury has boosted his confidence. He was a local hero there.”advertisementBeing a pioneer can be nerve-wracking and local fan Harmeet Chahal doesn’t envy Singh. “If he doesn’t go ahead and turns back from where he is now, it will be devastating,” says Chahal. Already everyone who knows just where Singh stands in English football today has one question of him: when is he going to be pulling on the shirt with the three lions on it?Many young, talented Asians are now playing in youth teams at Leeds. It is a strategy the club, whose supporters have often been accused of racism, must be seen to pursue. Two of their first-team players, Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate, were controversially acquitted by a court on charges of a violent assault on an Asian student.The size of Leeds’ Asian population is considerable and the club has set up a development centre in the heart of the Asian community in the Harehills area. Says Leeds United Academy Director Allan Hill: “I believe that to ignore potential talent on our doorstep is a criminal waste.”Harpal Singh has thrown open the doors of immense possibility.last_img read more

League-leading Tigers nip athletics

first_imgMorales stays alive Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “What I want is for the team to get better with our execution,” said Dulay.The Tigers led by as many as 14 points in the second half, before Jeff Viernes willed the Athletics back in the game together with Jhaymo Eguilos.Najorda’s putback pushed Davao ahead, 66-64, but Viernes tied the game anew with two foul shots. Acuña tipped in an Eguilos miss for a two-point spread, but Joseph Terso knocked in a three to give Davao the lead, 69-68.Earlier, Rizal kept its postseason hopes alive by stunning a surprisingly lethargic Pampanga squad, 85-76.Marco Balagtas tallied 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Patrick Bacay finished with 14 points and Eric Dela Cuesta added 13 points for the Crusaders, who still occupy 12th spot in the South division with 7-15 record.ADVERTISEMENT The Athletics, champions of the inaugural Rajah Cup, failed to score on their final possession with Val Acuña missing a couple of three pointers before Robles swatted away Denice Villamor’s potential game-winning jumper at the baseline.Leo Najorda had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Tigers, who improved to 18-4, showed their readiness for the playoffs by conquering a team known for its strong play at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBatangas fell to 13-10 and dropped to fourth in the South.Davao coach Don Dulay said he is no longer concerned whether or not his team finishes at the top of the South division heading into the postseason just as long as the Tigers keep improving. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES BATANGAS CITY—Unheralded swingman Eman Calo scored on a fastbreak layup with 20 seconds remaining as Davao Occidental hacked out a gutsy 71-70 victory over Batangas City on Saturday night to solidify its hold of top spot in the South division of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup.Calo went on a mad sprint to catch Billy Robles’ pass, before finishing at the rim for the marginal basket as the Tigers came out on top in a wild and enthralling endgame before a sizeable crowd at Batangas City Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

La Salle captures UAAP baseball title, slips past Ateneo in thrilling finish

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shinya Aoki set for ONE lightweight title defense against Christian Lee SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ La Salle’s Diego Lozano was stellar for the Green Batters winning the Season MVP, the Best Slugger award after posting an .842 slugging average, and the Most Homeruns plum with three.Another Green Batter to win an individual award was Iggy Escaño who took the Most RBIs with 18 this season.La Salle won the opening game, 9-7, before dropping Game 2, 3-7.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle back on top of UAAP baseball. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—A clutch performance propelled De La Salle past Ateneo, 11-9, to reclaim the title in the UAAP Season 81 baseball tournament Friday at Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.Kiko Gesmundo came up big down the stretch, blasting a two-run homer at the top of the ninth to lift before the Green Batters pulled off a strong defensive stop with a beautiful double play in the bottom of the ninth to crush the hopes of the Blue Eagles.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “It’s in them, the one who will determine this game is the team who wants to win more and the players proved that. I always tell them that they can do that,” said La Salle head coach Joseph Orillana, once a pitcher for the Green Batters, after winning his second title as mentor.La Salle’s march to the title wasn’t paved with the best of roads as Ateneo went mental in the bottom of the eighth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Blue Eagles trailed 5-9 heading into the inning before rallying back with four runs to tie the game at 9-9 after Dino Altomonte’s pop-fly sent Javi Macasaet to home plate.The title, La Salle’s second in three years and fifth overall, was a fitting gift to Finals MVP Gesmundo, Best Hitter Boo Barandiaran, Paulo Salud, Tuwi Park, Joaqui Bilbao, and Gabo Pineda who all ended their collegiate careers as champions. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Mandira Bedi is killing it at the gym in pink sports bra and black tights. Watch video

first_imgMandira Bedi is one actress who takes her fitness routine very seriously.She loves hitting the gym and her workout videos and pictures are legit goals.Not t mention that she looks insanely sexy in her gym wear because of the toned body that she flaunts.Mandira was at the gym again and doing some pumped-up and energetic step-ups. She wore a hot pink sports bra and black and white printed tights for her workout and oh, do we love her look!Here is a video that the pretty actress posted:That’s some serious mid-week motivation for all of us!You go, Mandira! Thanks for all the workout inspiration you give us on a daily basis.ALSO SEE | Malaika Arora shows off washboard abs in sports bra and tightsALSO WATCH | Bharti Singh’s hilarious fitness video is breaking the internetlast_img read more

Myth buster: India’s bowling, not batting, their main strength

first_imgMansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. Sunil Gavaskar. Sachin Tendullkar. Rahul Dravid. Virat Kohli. India has been a land of batsman. While their neighbours and arch-rivals Pakistan have produced envious fast bowlers in the past, India pacers haven’t always consistently dominated newspaper headlines.No doubt, India have had the fortune of possessing some of the best spinners over the years but in overseas conditions, especially in SENA countries, lack of conduciveness to spin bowling has often hurt India.Cut to 2019, Virat Kohli is blessed with a bowling attack that can give sleepless nights to oppositions. At the ongoing World Cup, India haven’t been as dominant as they have been with the bat in the lead-up to the quadrennial cricketing spectacle.There were occasions when India were able to flaunt their batting firepower. Against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan, India’s big 3 — Sihkhar Dhawan [vs Australia], Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli — got the big runs but Afghanistan and West Indies tested the Indian line-up on slow and sluggish tracks.Yet India, unlike some of the other big boys in the tournament, haven’t fluttered. Thanks to their bowling attack.India’s bowling attack has a relentless approach to it. In Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, the Asian giants have two lethal new-ball bowlers who can jol oppositions with their consistency and pace. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is waiting in the wings to reclaim his spot in the line-up, can rip apart opposition top-order on his day.Why relentless? If opposition teams survive the opening burst from the pacers, they then have to face two world-class wrist spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. The two wrist-spinners, who have become Kohli’s wreckers-in-chief, have found success in conditions like England and South Africa in the past.advertisementChahal TV : @Jaspritbumrah93 on the @msdhoni effect in Manchester & the ball that almost got him the hat-trick #TeamIndia #WIvIND #CWC19 – by @RajalArora @yuzi_chahalFull video here (@BCCI) June 28, 2019THE INDIAN STRANGLEHOLD AT WORLD CUP 2019Let’s take some numbers to show why India’s new-ball attack is among the best going around.Yuzvendra Chahal leads the Indian bowling charts with 10 wickets from 5 matches. Jasprit Bumrah is the close second with 9 wickets so far. Then comes Mohammed Shami. 8 wickets and he has played only 2 matches so far. He has picked up a hat-trick already.Let’s take the economy rates to paint a clearer picture. No Indian bowler has conceded at more than 6 runs per over at World Cup 2019. Barring Chahal, who has not been afraid to float a few to lure batsmen into playing big shots, none of the others — Shami, Bumrah, Kuldeep, Bhuvneshwar — have conceded at more than 5 runs per over so far. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Yuzvendra Chahal has been at his attacking best in the quadrennial tournament (Reuters Photo)It’s no surprise that India have been the only unbeaten side in the World Cup so far.India’s bowling attack, their well-rounded attack, is dominating the narrative around Virat Kohli’s men at the World Cup.While Mohammad Azharuddin and Aakash Chopra pointed out that India’s bowling has been winning them matches.Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar reiterates it. Speaking on his official YouTube channel, Akhtar said: “India’s bowling is their strength. I don’t know where people got the concept that India’s batsmen win them games. It is the bowlers. It is the bowlers who won them the game against Pakistan.. vs Afghanistan and West Indies. India need a strong platform from the openers.”Akhtar also warned India that the shortcomings in the batting unit can cost them dearly in the business end of World Cup 2019.There were concerns surrounding the No. 4 spot in the lead up to the World Cup. Even after 6 matches in the tournament, India are struggling with a wobbly middle-order.Vijay Shankar, who has got the opportunity to bat at the crucial spot in the middle-order, is struggling. Kedar Jadhav’s form with the bat isn’t giving the team enough confidence. MS Dhoni’s strike rate has dominated headlines ever since he took 52 balls for his 28 in the close contest against Afghanistan.However, India have options. Rishabh Pant, who has Test hundreds in England and Australia, is warming the bench. Dinesh Karthik, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, can be brought in as well.India will be a confident unit despite the middle-order concerns because they know their bowlers will get the job done 9 out of 10 times. With the wickets getting more and more bowler-friendly in England, Virat Kohli’s men will certainly be the team to beat even in the high-pressure knockout matches. Once again, thanks to their envious bowling attack.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: This is India’s orange jersey for match vs EnglandAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Sourav Ganguly plays down concerns surrounding MS Dhoni’s strike rateAlso See:last_img read more

Klopp admits to learning English by watching Friends

first_imgWho knew Joey Tribbiani and the rest of the cast of Friends were teaching people all along?  As it turns out, the popular American sitcom helped Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp learn English, with the “easy conversation” from the show, based on a group of friends living in New York, helping the German learn the language. The Champions League-winning manager went on to explain that the complicated dialogue in movies was much harder to pick out, while it is easier for Germans to pick up on the words in the popular show.    Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “[It was] watching Friends, because it’s easy to understand,” he told BBC 5 Live. Klopp added: “You try to watch movies, because that’s next, because in movies they speak dialect, stuff like that, and it’s not really well pronounced. “Trash talk and all this stuff and you have to follow. “The easiest to follow for Germans in English is Friends. It’s an easy conversation. You can understand pretty much each word pretty early, so that’s why we use that.” The Reds boss struggled to work out which character he relates to, though, and was compared to Joey. Klopp did acknowledge Matt LeBlanc’s character made up for his lack of brains with his smooth-talking and memorable catchphrase, though he said he liked the female characters on the show more than the male characters.  “No, no, no, no. I like the girls more than the boys, but I cannot play a girl,” he said.  And while the Liverpool boss drew comparisons to LeBlanc’s Joey, he says he thinks he’s a bit smarter but doesn’t have quite the way with women that the character was famous for.    “Joey? Yeah… Unfortunately, I’m a bit smarter than the Joey role but my talk with the girls was never as good as his. “‘How you doing?’ It was obviously not that easy in my life!” Liverpool open their Premier League campaign on Friday against Norwich City as the club look to go one better than last season, when they came up just one point short of Pep Guardiola and his title winning Manchester City side.  Following their league debut the club will face Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final on August 14.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Tom Herman Is Getting Crushed For What’s Happening Tonight

first_imgA closeup of Tom Herman blowing a bubble.DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns blows a bubble during warmups before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cotton Bowl on October 14, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Tom Herman and his Texas Longhorns are not having the kind of performance they needed to have on the road against Oklahoma State tonight.Texas, which was up to No. 6 in the latest top 25 polls, came into this evening’s game against the Cowboys on serious “upset alert,” with several pundits picking the Longhorns to lose.Those pundits are being proven right.Texas is currently losing to Oklahoma State, 31-14, in the third quarter of tonight’s game at T. Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla.There’s still a quarter-plus left of game remaining, of course, but if the result holds, it will be Texas’ second incredibly disappointing loss of the season – and one that eliminates the Longhorns from College Football Playoff contention.Fans aren’t happy.“Tom Herman’s poor choice of discipline might have cost this team more than a loss on the field. From the lackluster look all night, I think he might have lost some respect from his team,” tweeted one.Tom Herman’s poor choice of discipline might have cost this team more than a loss on the field. From the lackluster look all night, I think he might have lost some respect from his team. #HookEm— Charles Durrenberger (@C_Durrenberger) October 28, 2018“This is straight out of the Charlie Strong + year one of Tom Herman playbook. Upper classmen not leading. Defense not tackling worth a damn. Drive killing penalties on offense. Texas regressed an entire year in two weeks,” added another.This is straight out of the Charlie Strong + year one of Tom Herman playbook. Upper classmen not leading. Defense not tackling worth a damn. Drive killing penalties on offense. Texas regressed an entire year in two weeks.— Life-long Rams Fan Dan Why-Ner (@DanWeiner) October 28, 2018Does Texas have what it takes to make a comeback?The Longhorns have the ball, down 31-14, to the Cowboys late in the third quarter. The game is on ABC.last_img read more

R Ashwin was relieved when he was told he would not play World Cup semis vs Pakistan

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 20:51 IST R Ashwin at Salaam Cricket 2019.HIGHLIGHTSR Ashwin did not play the World Cup 2011 semi-final vs PakistanAshwin said he started sweating when he saw the crowd outside the team hotel in MohaliIndia beat Pakistan in the semi-final and were eventually crowned champions in the 2011 World CupR Ashwin revealed he was scared when he saw a massive turnout for India’s 2011 World Cup semifinal against Pakistan in Mohali. India went on to beat Pakistan and then overcame Sri Lanka in the final to lift the World Cup for the 2nd time.R Ashwin is now a proven international superstar but 8 years ago, when he was just about starting his career, he admitted to nerves before the high-profile semifinal between India and Pakistan.India were in superb form in the 2011 World Cup. After defeating Australia in the quarterfinals, India were lined up to play against Pakistan. Celebrities and politicians had landed up in Mohali to witness the historic match.Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019, R Ashwin recalled how nervous he was when he saw a huge crowd from his hotel room just after breakfast at 10 AM that morning.”I had never seen so much crowd in the city. I actually got scared when I saw the crowd outside my hotel. After breakfast, I saw the crowd and started sweating.”I called my friend and he asked if I was playing. I told him I am not allowed to reveal it. When Gary Kirsten told me I would not play, I was relieved. I did not play a lot of World Cup matches and there was pressure from the media to play me.I did well against Australia and looked at the crowd (in Mohali), I was scared.”The national anthem at the ground: we were all stammering. It was a full house and I have never seen anything like that. The hair stands up. That’s a feeling you can never trade off for anything in life,” Ashwin said.advertisementIndia will take on Pakistan for the 7th time in World Cups on June 16 at Manchester. Like Harbhajan Singh, Ashwin said India would be overwhelming favourites against their arch-rivals.ALSO READ | Salaam Cricket 2019: Pakistan do not have the talent to beat India in World Cup 2019, says HarbhajanALSO READ | Virat Kohli’s hunger to perform great positive for India at World Cup 2019: Misbah-ul-HaqAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow Salaam Cricket 2019Follow Cricket World Cup 2019 R Ashwin was relieved when he was told he would not play World Cup semis vs PakistanSalaam Cricket 2019: R Ashwin said he was nervous when he saw a huge crowd outside the team hotel hours before India’s 2011 World Cup semifinal against Pakistan.advertisementlast_img read more

BPO a Key Pillar of Growth Agenda – Minister Vaz

first_imgStory Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says outsourcing services remain a key pillar of the country’s economic growth and job creation strategy, and the Government has been proactive in promoting, engaging and securing investments in the sector.The Minister, who was speaking to JIS News in a recent interview, noted that business processing outsourcing (BPO) has contributed to the reduction in unemployment to 10.4 per cent as at October 2017, which is the lowest since October 2008.“The unemployment rate was 2.4 percentage points lower than in October 2016, and a 0.9 percentage point lower than in July 2017,” he noted.He said that a strategy has been adopted with the goal of nearly doubling the employee count within the BPO sector by 2020.“But, we have gone even further by forming the BPO task force, which oversees the implementation and update of the development work plan for the industry,” he noted.“In addition, we have secured a National Coordinator for Outsourcing (NCO) to ensure that all elements of the ecosystem are in place, to ensure the success of the industry,” he pointed out.The focus is on strengthening the enabling environment, particularly the policy and incentive framework; labour market enhancement; infrastructure development and market penetration.Mr. Vaz said that these initiatives have paid off, “as the sector continues to enjoy a high employment growth rate surpassing many of our other sectors”.He informed that there are approximately 60 BPO companies in Jamaica offering a wide range of services, including customer care, technical support, among others, and accounting for over 26,000 jobs.“I am happy with the performance of the sector, but we want to ensure that even more Jamaicans are empowered through jobs. To this end, we have mandated the relevant government agencies to create the environment for the expansion of the industry,” he pointed out.He indicated that the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has committed US$73 million to finance 15 BPO projects islandwide. Last year, work commenced on development of new spaces in Montego Bay and Portmore to create over 6,000 new job opportunities.In addition, the Factories Corporation of Jamaica has undertaken to design and construct BPO space on 34 acres, with a target of approximately 20,000 jobs.“The job creation potential of the BPO sector is encouraging, to say the least, and augurs well for our (economic) agenda,” Minister Vaz said, assuring that challenges, including the length of time for approvals, are being addressed. He said that a strategy has been adopted with the goal of nearly doubling the employee count within the BPO sector by 2020. The Minister, who was speaking to JIS News in a recent interview, noted that business processing outsourcing (BPO) has contributed to the reduction in unemployment to 10.4 per cent as at October 2017, which is the lowest since October 2008. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says outsourcing services remain a key pillar of the country’s economic growth and job creation strategy, and the Government has been proactive in promoting, engaging and securing investments in the sector.last_img read more

HHI Beats 2018 Order Target

first_imgzoomLNG Carrier construction at DSME; Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons/Towel401 under public domain license South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries Group has exceeded its orderbook goal for this year before the year ended.Namely, the orderbook value of the world’s largest shipbuilder reached USD 13.3 billion with the latest USD 53 million deal for two 2,800 tonne frigates with Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), thus exceeding the set goal of USD 13.2 billion at the beginning of this year.Hyundai’s orderbook for this year is comprised of a total of 153 vessels, including 56 oil tankers, 50 containerships, 40 gas carriers, including 25 LNG carriers and 15 LPG carriers, followed by 4 bulkers, 2 frigates and one car ferry.Following a challenging period for the shipbuilding industry two years ago, South Korean Big Three shipbuilders set bullish expectations for 2018 amid anticipated market recovery. HHI pushed its value intake expectations by 76 percent when compared to 2017 figures that stood at USD 10 billion worth of orders.This was a very fruitful year for Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) as well. Namely, DSME had set sights on USD 7.3 billion orderbook value. As disclosed by the company, DSME’s orderbook counts 45 vessels worth about USD 6.58 billion.Related: DSME Tied to Another LNG Carrier OrderFinally, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), which was last reported to be targeting USD 7.7 billion worth of orders, seems to be lagging behind its competitors. Even though orders were pouring in over the past quarter, the shipbuilder has not yet met its sales target. The company’s newbuilding tally currently stands at 45 vessels, worth 5.5 billion USD. These include 14 LNG carriers, 13 containerships, 15 tankers, and 3 special purpose ships.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Swimming clubs using College Square pool to be shut for 7 days

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC ) has decided to shut down all the swimming clubs using the College Square pool for a period of seven days.The decision came in the wake of a death of a Class IX student Mohammad Shahbaaz of a swimming club who drowned at the pool on Sunday. The Calcutta University Institute College Square (Vidyasagar Udyan) club located there has been barred from imparting swimming lessons for novices until further orders. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe victim, a novice belonged to this club and encroached into the pool meant for the seniors by crossing the demarcation line. “We have decided to stop swimming activities in College Square for the clubs for seven days. Infrastructural audit of all the pools will be taken up, and then a decision will be taken on when to open the clubs,” said Member Mayor in Council(Parks & Gardens) Debasish Kumar after holding a meeting with the five odd swimming clubs that use the College Square pool for their sessions. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe University Institute Club has claimed that there was adequate trainers at the time of the incident and the victim who has been learning swimming for three days dived to the side of the pool that have deep water meant for those who are adept in swimming. However, the they could not provide a satisfactory answer on allegations of lack of vigil that have surfaced after the death. “We had issued a set of guidelines for the clubs after an ace swimmer Kajal Dutta drowned at the same pool in August 2017. We will check on our own whether the clubs are abiding by the directives. They have been asked to submit their infrastructural update in two to three days, following which our officials will visit the pool and verify the authenticity of their claims,” a senior official of the Parks and Gardens department said. The KMC has also decided to come up with separate swimming pools for learners across the city. “We have already come up with such pools where there will be no scope to venture into deep water in a similar manner as the victim did,” Kumar said. The KMC has plans to implement this decision by the next swimming season that will begin from March 2020.last_img read more

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___T-Mobile’s $26.5B Sprint deal OK’d despite competition fearsWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion takeover of rival Sprint, despite fears of higher prices and job cuts, in a deal that would leave just three major cellphone companies in the country. Friday’s approval from the Justice Department and five state attorneys general comes after Sprint and T-Mobile agreed to conditions that would set up satellite-TV provider Dish as a smaller rival. Critics say Dish is not a replacement for Sprint. The deal still faces legal challenges.___US economy slowed to 2.1% growth rate in second quarterWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed sharply in the second quarter even as consumers stepped up their spending. The Commerce Department says the gross domestic product grew at a 2.1% annual rate in the April-June quarter, down from a 3.1% gain in the first quarter.___US presses WTO to stop lenient trade treatment of ChinaWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pressuring the World Trade Organization to stop letting China and other economies receive lenient treatment under global trade rules by calling themselves “developing” countries. Trump on Friday directed the U.S. Trade representative to “use all available means” to get the WTO to prevent countries from claiming developing country status if their economic strength doesn’t justify lax treatment.___Warren warns of economic trouble ahead. Is she right?WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren became a household name thanks to her warning of what became a global financial crisis, but now the Democratic presidential hopeful is staking her credentials on another forecast of fiscal trauma ahead. However, even economists who like her prescription are skeptical about her diagnosis. Her prediction could help her win voters by tapping into anxieties about economic stability despite broad gains. But Warren’s opponents could seize on her warning to undermine her credibility.___Missing Trump’s 3% goal, US economy grew more slowly in 2018WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says the U.S. economy grew more slowly in 2018 than it previously estimated, downgrading its estimate from 3% to 2.5%. President Donald Trump had frequently boasted of the 3% growth figure as evidence that his policies invigorated the economy.___Twitter reports strong user growthSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter is reporting surprisingly strong user numbers and revenue as it works to make the platform more user friendly and eliminate robotic and fake accounts on its platform. On that front, the company said instances of suspicious behaviour and spam dropped by 18% during the second quarter when it posted financial results for the second quarter Friday.___Juul exec: Never intended electronic cigarette for teensWASHINGTON (AP) — The co-founder of vaping giant Juul told Congress that his company never intended its electronic cigarettes to be used by underage teens. House lawmakers are investigating the e-cigarette maker amid a recent explosion of vaping among American youth. Thursday’s hearing marks the first time the privately held company has been called before Congress.___Alex and Ani jewelry accuses Bank of America of gender biasCRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Jewelry maker Alex and Ani has filed a $1.2 billion lawsuit alleging that “gender bias and greed” by Bank of America have led to a financial “death spiral” at the Rhode Island-based company. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in New York. Bank spokesman Bill Halldin tells The Providence Journal that “Bank of America has a demonstrated record of support for diverse businesses that is well noted and widely recognized.”___The S&P 500 index rose 22.19 points, or 0.7%, to 3,025.86. The Dow Jones Industrial average gained 51.47, or 0.2%, to 27,192.45, and the Nasdaq composite jumped 91.67 points, or 1.1%, to 8,330.21. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks rose 17.52 points, or 1.1%, to 1,578.97.The Associated Press read more

Cowboys Josh Brent Indicted For Deadly Car Crash

Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent was indicted by a Texas grand jury Wednesday and formally charged with  intoxication manslaughter in the one-car crash on December 8 that resulted in the death of friend Jerry Brown, who was on the team’s practice squad.The indictment says that Brent was speeding and had two times the legal alcohol limit in his system when he lost control of his vehicle in Irving, near Dallas. Brent has been out of jail on $100,000 bond.Brent faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for intoxication manslaughter charges. He also Brent could be eligible for probation.District attorney Debbie Denmon says no court dates have been scheduled.Brent has received support from the team and  Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson, has been at the forefront of the Cowboys’ support of Brent. She asked the players at a memorial service for her son to do as much as they could to keep Brent involved with the team.Meanwhile, the Cowboys have said it will support Brent, while, at the same time, emphasizing that they do not condone drinking and driving.Brent was on the sidelines for most of the Dallas Cowboys-Pittsburgh Steelers game a few weeks ago, but left in the third quarter because he didn’t want to be a distraction, Garrett said. The Cowboys were criticized during the broadcast of the game for allowing Brent on the sidelines.“It becomes a real sensitive topic to a lot of people when you’re in a public place like the game,” Garrett said. “There were no bad intentions other than to support Josh as part of our football team. This is a game and you need to be here. That’s what our players wanted to convey to him and they really encouraged him to come to the game. I thought Josh handled it beautifully the way that he came and then when he felt like there were some issues he felt the right thing to do was to leave. But we’re going to support him in every way that we can. We also will be sensitive to this kind of issue.” read more

Its the dreaded R word A recount has officially been requested in

first_imgIt’s the dreaded ‘R’ word: A recount has officially been requested in Wisconsin The Green Party’s Jill Stein has made the request. Trump’s campaign has remained silent on the potential for recounts. Trump’s campaign has remained silent on the potential for recounts. Image: Steve Helber/PA Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein. Source: PA ImagesStein, who earned little more than 1% of the national vote, has vowed to do the same in the coming days in Michigan and Pennsylvania.Trump holds a slim lead in Michigan, where a Republican presidential candidate hadn’t won since 1988. The Associated Press still hasn’t officially called the race in Michigan.Although there is no evidence of election tampering in the states where Trump scored razor-thin victories, Green Party spokesman George Martin insisted “the American public needs to have it investigated to make sure our votes count.”“We’re doing this to ensure the integrity of our system,” he said.Trump’s team has ignored questions about the looming recounts.Set to assume the presidency in 55 days, he was focused instead on the daunting task of building an administration from scratch.Read: Enda says he hopes the J-1 programme won’t be scrapped, despite Trump warning >Read: Trump appoints one of his fiercest critics as UN ambassador > Short URL Nov 25th 2016, 11:13 PM Share533 Tweet Email GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL candidate Jill Stein has filed a request for a recount with Wisconsin election officials.State Elections Commission Administrator Mike Haas said Stein filed the request around mid-afternoon Friday, about an hour and a half ahead of a 5pm CST (11pm Irish time) deadline.Stein’s campaign has been raising money online to cover the costs of recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. She says she wants to make sure hackers didn’t skew the results in those swing states.The campaign had raised about $5.2 million as of this afternoon.Wisconsin law calls for the state to perform a recount at a candidate’s request as long as he or she can pay for it. Election officials estimate the effort will cost up to $1 million.The state, which was won by Donald Trump by no more than 22,000 votes, has never conducted a presidential recount. Trump’s win in the state broke a Democratic winning streak dating back 32 years. By Associated Press Friday 25 Nov 2016, 11:13 PM Image: Steve Helber/PA 89 Comments 39,519 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Onassis island sold to Russian oligarch

first_imgAristole Onassis’ sole surviving air, granddaughter Athina Onassis Roussel has sold their family’s Ionian Sea Island to a Russian billionaire for £100 million ($146 million). The billionaire’s identity hasn’t been disclosed but sources say the deal is being drafted at the moment between Athenian and Geneva lawyers. The island of Skorpios was bought by Onassis in 1962 for apparently 3.5 million drachmas, about $14,500. It is believe Ms Onassis, who lives with her husband in Brazil, has little interest in spending time on the island or in Greece and wanted to sell the island for some time. In the past there have been rumours that Giorgio Armani, Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, and Madonna were interested in buying the tiny island. Most famously, the island hosted Mr Onassis’ wedding to Jacquie Keneddy in 1968, and hosted many lavish parties for the social elite in Greece. Source: The Daily Mail Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Boson de Higgs le CERN de plus en plus sûr davoir mis

first_imgBoson de Higgs : le CERN de plus en plus sûr d’avoir mis la main sur la bonne particuleLes dernières analyses de la particule découverte en juillet 2012 par l’Organisation européenne pour la recherche nucléaire (CERN) semblent confirmer qu’il s’agit bien d’un boson de Higgs. En tout cas tout va dans ce sens.Le boson de Higgs (du nom du physicien britannique Peter Higgs qui, le premier, en 1964, a postulé de son existence) est une particule insaisissable en raison de son extrême instabilité. Elle est pourtant considérée comme la clef de voûte de la théorie du Modèle standard, la particule élémentaire qui donne leur masse à beaucoup d’autres particules. Depuis de longues années, le CERN cherche à identifier un boson. Une quête qui a atteinte un point crucial en juillet dernier lorsque les scientifiques ont annoncé qu’ils avaient probablement découvert la fameuse particule. Et près de 9 mois plus tard, il semblerait que celle-ci soit bien le fameux boson. En effet, les dernières analyses de la particule “indiquent fortement” qu’il s’agit d’un boson de Higgs, a annoncé le Cern. Ces tous derniers résultats ont été présentés jeudi à La Thuile, dans les Alpes italiennes, lors des “Rencontres de Moriond”, la première conférence de physique majeure de l’année.”Les résultats préliminaires portant sur l’ensemble des données 2012 sont magnifiques, et pour moi il est clair que nous avons affaire à un boson de Higgs, même si nous sommes encore loin de savoir de quelle sorte de boson de Higgs il s’agit”, a déclaré Joe Incandela, porte-parole de CMS (une des deux collaborations du Grand collisionneur de hadrons (LHC) de Genève, avec ATLAS, à l’origine de la découverte).Des propriétés proches de celles du boson de Higgs À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour affirmer avec certitude que cette particule est bien un boson de Higgs, il faut procéder à une analyse détaillée de ses propriétés quantiques et de la façon dont elle interagit avec d’autres particules. Notamment, le boson de Higgs est supposé avoir comme propriété un spin nul, et sa parité, c’est-à-dire la façon dont se comporte son image miroir, doit être positive. CMS et ATLAS ont donc comparé plusieurs hypothèses concernant les possibles combinaisons spin-parité de la nouvelle particule. “Tous les éléments disponibles vont dans le sens d’un spin nul et d’une parité positive”, souligne le CERN cité par l’AFP. “Si l’on ajoute à cela les interactions mesurées entre cette nouvelle particule et d’autres particules, on a une forte indication qu’il s’agit d’un boson de Higgs”, estime l’Organisation. Toutefois, “la question reste toutefois ouverte” de savoir s’il s’agit du boson de Higgs du Modèle standard plutôt qu’un ensemble de bosons différents, que certaines théories évoquent. Mais “répondre à cette question prendra du temps”, a indiqué le CERN.Le 15 mars 2013 à 11:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

CPA Holds Validation Budget Analysis By Fatoumatta K Jallow

first_imgBy Fatoumatta K JallowChild Protection Alliance (CPA) in collaboration with ‘Save the Children International,’ on Wednesday 16 August 2017, held a days’ budget validation analysis at a local resort in Bijilo. This budget validation analysis, focused on the National budget as well as the budgets of the three Local Government Authorities of Kanifing, Brikama and Basse.  The programme was funded by ‘Save the Children’.Mr. Lamin Njie, Programme Officer CPA, said child protection and related issues involve finance and commitment, related to law and policies; that without these tools, we will always make empty promises without achieving any one of them.He added that regardless of their income status, the state needs to fulfill its obligation through the provision of protection and participation, in the promotion of the right of the child; that this is why the state needs to mobilize sufficient domestic resources, to realize child rights.Mr. Njie stated that budget planning, allocation, spending and monitoring, are crucial processes which should be given due consideration in compliance with the four golden principles of child right protection and this should be non-discriminatory as in article four; securing the best interest of the child as in article three; securing the right to life, survival and development of the child as in article six, and finally to respect the view of the child as in article twelve.The director of the Social Welfare, Fanta Bai Secka, said Children in The Gambia, like in other countries, experience various forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence, from which they should be protected.“This occurs in private and public spheres, including homes, schools, and institutions of care, at work and in communities. Children are exposed to many risks such as sexual violence, child marriage, physical and humiliating punishment, harmful traditional practices, among others,” she said.Mrs. Secka said children should be protected from all forms of violence; that this is a key objective of the Sustainable Development Goals specifically in target 5.2 of Goal 5 of the SDGs. Mrs. Secka said states should commit themselves to eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls in public and private spheres, including trafficking and other types of exploitation.She held that in target 5.3 of the SDGs, states aim to eliminate all harmful practices, such as child early and forced marriages and female genital mutilation which is banned by government. Child protection she said is high on the international development agenda.She concluded by saying that the Government of the day, is highly committed to the protection of her children from all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation. “We have laws such as the Children’s (Amendment) Act 2016, Tourism Offences Act 2003, the Women’s (Amendment) Act 2015 and the Domestic Violence Act 2013 amongst others, to protect children,’’ She said.The Vice Chairperson at the CPA Board of directors, Mr. Nfamara Dabo, said ratifying legal instruments and development of national legal frameworks alone, does not make us realize our commitment as a country in fulfilling the rights and welfare of children.“We must take a step further to ensure the required resources are mobilized for effective implementation and enforcement. There should be budgetary allocations to ensure the implementation of the economic, social and cultural rights of children to the maximum and this is mandatory on all state parties under Article 4 of the CRC,’’ Mr. Dabo said.He said the available Child Protection services are preventive, protective and responsive; that preventive services include birth registration, scholarships and sponsorships, child drop-in centers and community empowerment including rehabilitation and family strengthening programs. For protective services, he said these include residential care, adoption, foster care, support to orphans and vulnerable children.He however said the coverage of the available services is limited and that they hardly address the most prevalent child protection risks. He further explained that these services are inadequate to cater for the holistic needs of child victims of abuse and exploitation and children without primary care givers; that there are insufficient numbers of trained professionals in the area of child protection service delivery in the Gambia.He stated that this consultancy, gives us the opportunity to examine the degree of openness of the Child Protection budgets of both the national and local governments, and how this affects the level of public participation, consultation, information access and transparency, which he said, are essential when monitoring and influencing budgets in the interest of children. In addition, he stated the recommendations will indicate ways in which the budgets of both the national and local Governments can be made more responsive to current child protection needs.He urged government to deliberately consider the welfare and rights of children, especially in relation to survival, protection, development and participatory rights, during budgetary allocations.He said children’s rights cannot be fully realized without effective, transparent and accountable governance mechanisms to contribute to improving service delivery mechanisms; that budget transparency, enables the examination of resources destined for child-sensitive policies and programs. Corruption, which results from a lack of transparency, accountability and the misuse or misappropriation of funds by those making decision at different levels, is widespread in social services as well as in public utilities.In conclusion Dabo said the CPA which is the leading child rights coalition in the Gambia, will continue to promote the rights of children towards creating an enabling environment for them, by strengthening the capacities of members to effectively and efficiently coordinate, monitor and implement child-related programs, policies and laws.last_img read more

PUBLIC NOTICE Relocation of Maritime Office Providenciales

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 7, 2017 – Providenciales – The general public is hereby notified of the relocation of the Department of Maritime from the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources to 176 South Dock Road, Providenciales, effective 1st May 2017.We apologize for any inconvenience caused, but do ask that all are guided accordingly.Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Six San Diego County elected leaders take the oath of office

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Six San Diego County elected leaders take the oath of office January 7, 2019 Updated: 6:29 PMcenter_img Posted: January 7, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUS) – Six county elected leaders took the oath of office in San Diego.Once a state assemblyman, Nathan Fletcher becomes the San Diego County Board of supervisor for District 4.For district 5, it’s the former mayor of San Marcos, Jim Desmond.In charge once again of the largest Sheriff’s Department in the country, is Sheriff Bill Gore.Being sworn in as the next District Attorney is Summer Stephan, who remains focused on combating sex trafficking in the region.Last but not least, two men who are already familiar with role,  Ernest Dronenburg as Assessor-Recorder-Clerk and Dan McAllister the County Treasurer and tax collector. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Second largest python on record caught in Everglades

first_imgTHE EVERGLADES, Fla. (WSVN) — Another enormous reptile roundup in South Florida ended with the removal of a large reptile believed to be a threat to native wildlife.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posted these photos on Facebook.A member of the Python Action Team removed a Burmese python from Big Cypress Natural Preserve in the Everglades that was 17 feet, 9 inches.This was the second largest reptile caught by the team.The snakes are an invasive species and threaten native wildlife.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more