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BCCI may announce new owners of IPL team Deccan Chargers today

first_imgThe fate of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Deccan Chargers — currently owned by Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL ) — could be decided on Thursday with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) opening the bids made by potential buyers and announcing the new buyer if all the criteria set are met.The cash strapped owners of the troubled franchise have put the team up for sale and auction bids would be tabled in Chennai. DCHL has been in a major financial crisis so it put the team up for sale after breaching IPL rules by mortgaging Deccan Chargers to various banks against borrowed funds.Failing to resolve the matter with the BCCI, the owners were left with no option but to put the 2009 champions up for sale. Reports claimed the expected base price for the bid could be around Rs 750 crore.Sources claimed that the likes of RPG Group, Jaypee Group, Peepul Capital and Adani Group were in the fray to procure the franchise. Deccan Chargers was originally bought by DCHL ahead of the inaugural season in 2008 for a price of Rs 428 crore.For a side that is one of only the four IPL teams to have won the prestigious title, Deccan Chargers’ fall from champions to the auction comes as a shock. The fortunes of the 2009 IPL champions’ parent company took an unexpected dip, affecting the team’s operations.To add to their woes, the on-field fortunes of the team too have been on the downswing since the dizzy heights of 2009. Following the poor on-field displays major sponsors too reportedly withdrew their association with the team. An overhaul of the management team too seemed to backfire leading to further crisis in the Deccan Chargers camp.advertisementlast_img read more

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Cuadrado has ‘no problem’ giving up Juve No.7 shirt to Ronaldo

first_img\R Bogota, Jul 13 (AFP) Colombia midfielder Juan Cuadrado says he is happy to give up his Juventus No.7 shirt to the Italian champions’ new signing and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. After nine years, four Champions League crowns and two La Liga titles with Real Madrid, Ronaldo completed a surprise move to Italy’s Serie A earlier this week, saying “the time has come to open a new stage in my life.” Ever since he joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon as a gangly 18-year-old in 2003, Ronaldo has worn the No.7 shirt and has even created his own CR7 fashion label, in a reference to his initials and jersey number. “We know what he represents with his shirt and I didn’t have any problem (giving it up),” Cuadrado said in a press conference in Bogota. “For me the most important thing is to train hard and be ready for the coach when he sends me onto the pitch to play, which will now be with (the number) 588.” On Wednesday, Cuadrado had already sent a welcome message to Ronaldo insinuating he would give up claims to the coveted No.7.Cuadrado is more interested in Ronaldo’s abilities than what shirt number dons either player’s back. “He’ll bring a lot to Juventus with this hunger he has for winning,” he said. “He’s one of the best in the world and with what he’s done and his experience, he’ll help us a lot.” (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

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Rogers Cup: Simona Halep beats Caroline Garcia to reach semi-final in Montreal

first_imgSimona Halep seeded number one at the Rogers Cup defeated Caroline Garcia for the second consecutive year in Montreal on Friday with a 7-5 6-1 win to set up a semi-final showdown with Ashleigh Barty.The French Open champion showed no signs of fatigue following her marathon three-set win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Wednesday, running down balls to extend points and wear down the slower Garcia.After a shaky start Halep won three straight games to take the first set and dominated the second set behind pinpoint serving and stout defense.Next up for Halep is Australian Barty, who strolled to a 6-3 6-1 win over Kiki Bertens in their quarter-final match earlier in the day.The 15th-seeded Barty won 80 percent of her first serve points and broke Bertens four times as she cruised to victory.Saturday’s semi-final will mark the first career meeting between Halep and Barty.American Sloane Stephens faced little resistance in her 6-2 6-2 win over Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova in a match that took a little over an hour to complete.With the win Stephens advances to her second consecutive Rogers Cup semi-final after falling to Caroline Wozniacki last year.The 25-year-old U.S. Open champion will look to add her second hard court title of the year after she won the Miami Open in March.But to do so she will have to get past defending champion Elina Svitolina after she dispatched Elise Mertens 7-5 6-3 on Friday.The fifth-seeded Ukrainian fired five aces and won 71 percent of her first serve points to book her ticket to the semis.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Report: Italy 1 Netherlands 1

first_imgItaly 1 Netherlands 1: Ake hits back for Oranje Russell Greaves Last updated 1 year ago 04:41 6/5/18 CriscitoBabelCropped Getty Images Italy looked to be heading for a friendly victory courtesy of Simone Zaza’s goal, but Nathan Ake had other ideas. Nathan Ake’s late goal punished a wasteful 10-man Italy as Netherlands rescued a scarcely deserved 1-1 draw in Turin on Monday.Roberto Mancini’s side, beaten 3-1 by France on Friday, spurned a plethora of chances before substitute Simone Zaza finally struck in a clash between two nations who will assume the unfamiliar role of distant spectators during the World Cup.But it was Ake who had the last say following Domenico Criscito’s red card, the Bournemouth defender’s header representing Netherlands’ first goal in Italy since 1928. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now With both countries looking to rebuild under new management following their respective failures to seal a spot in Russia, it appears as though Oranje boss Ronald Koeman has the more daunting task.His men produced a largely underwhelming display, salvaged two minutes from time by a goal against numerically disadvantaged opponents. Despite Ake’s late heroics, the result extends Netherlands’ winless run in friendlies against the Azzurri to 15 matches.FULL TIME#ItalyNetherlands -66’ #Zaza , 87’ #Ake ’A late equaliser in Turin after the #Azzurri went down to ten in the 68th minute when #Criscito was sent off. #VivoAzzurro #ITANED pic.twitter.com/zhnExxWtKa — Italy (@azzurri) June 4, 2018 Italy – for whom Mario Balotelli started on the bench – thought they had the lead inside three minutes, but Andrea Belotti’s effort was ruled out for offside after he swept home from Giacomo Bonaventura’s set-piece assist.The visitors struggled to find their rhythm early and even when Ryan Babel and Georginio Wijnaldum combined well to create a crossing opportunity on the left, the former’s delivery failed to threaten. It was Mancini’s team who looked the more dangerous, though, and Jorginho’s searching pass almost set captain Lorenzo Insigne through on goal.The deadlock came close to being broken when Simone Verdi’s cross narrowly eluded the outstretched leg of Belotti, before goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen deflected Bryan Cristante’s cutback behind for a corner.Belotti then missed a gilt-edged chance to underline Italy’s superiority, shooting straight at Cillessen from just 10 yards out.There was still time for Verdi to see a shot cleared off the line as the Dutch somehow reached the break goalless.Having been on the back foot for most of the first half, Netherlands very nearly delivered a textbook sucker-punch seven minutes after the interval.A miscued cross from Daryl Janmaat forced a back-pedalling Mattia Perin to tip the ball over his crossbar. It seemed as though the visitors were beginning to get a foothold in the game when Memphis Depay connected with Janmaat’s cross, but the Lyon forward’s header was straight at Perin. Italy finally forged ahead in the 67th minute, Virgil van Dijk hitting Federico Chiesa’s low cross into the sliding Zaza – fresh from the bench – sending the ball into the net. GOAAAAALLLL!!!!!66’ #Zaza throws himself at a #Chiesa cross to open the scoring! #VivoAzzurro #ITANED 1-0 pic.twitter.com/LFzlU5vS0x — Italy (@azzurri) June 4, 2018 Criscito’s mistimed challenge on Babel, which halted the Besiktas winger’s progress towards goal, saw him dismissed two minutes later.The resulting free-kick from Depay forced a finger-tip save from Perin, who went full-length to thwart Steven Berghuis.But he was beaten at the death, Ake rising highest to nod in Berghuis’ assist. read morelast_img read more

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Struggled to hold back my tears when MS Dhoni got out in World Cup semi-final: Yuzvendra Chahal

first_img Next Struggled to hold back my tears when MS Dhoni got out in World Cup semi-final: Yuzvendra Chahal | Full Mind Rocks CoverageIndia Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2019: India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal said he wants to win a World Cup with India and the team’s focus is on doing well in the upcoming T20 World Cups in 2020 and 2021.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 28, 2019UPDATED: September 28, 2019 22:56 IST Yuzvendra Chahal spoke about his World Cup dreams at India Today Mind Rocks on Saturday (Yasir Iqbal Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuzvendra Chahal’s maiden World Cup campaign ended in heartbreakKnew our World Cup dream was over when Mahi bhai got out: ChahalWant to win at least one World Cup with India: ChahalIndia’s leading leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal said the World Cup 2019 semi-final defeat was difficult to digest and that he struggled to hide his emotions when MS Dhoni got out in a tense chase against New Zealand in Old Trafford.Yuzvendra Chahal walked into bat after MS Dhoni fell in the 49th over of a 240-run chase against New Zealand in the rain-affected semi-final. Dhoni was looking set to pull off a miracle after a 116-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja that took India from 92 for 6 to 208 for 7.India Today Mind Rocks 2019: Full CoverageHowever, MS Dhoni, India’s last recognized batsman, was run out on 50 and the hopes of reaching the final came crashing down.Chahal said he tried to control his tears when he walked out to bat. India were bowled out for 221 after Chahal was dismissed for 5. New Zealand sealed the final berth with 18-run win.Speaking at Speaking at the 10th edition of India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit in New Delhi, Chahal said: “It was my 1st World Cup and when Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) got out and I was going in (to bat), I was trying to hold back my tears. It was so depressing.”We played so well for 9 games but suddenly we were going out of the tournament. Rain wasn’t in our hands and so it won’t be right to say anything (about the interruption). It was the first time that we really wanted to go back to the hotel as soon as possible from the ground.”advertisementIndia topped the league-stage table with 7 wins in 9 matches but the semi-final defeat came after a horror show from India’s top order. Chasing 240, India were reduced to 5 for 3 after Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were dismissed for 1 each.India middle-order too failed after they resumed the match on the reserve day due to rain interruption. MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja came up with a valiant effort but it wasn’t enough to help the team past the finish line.Yuzvendra Chahal has played only 1 ODI — in West Indies since the World Cup and the leg-spinner along with his wrist-spin partner have been kept away from the T20I set-up as the team management is looking to add to the bench strength in the lead up to next year’s T20 World Cup.Chahal had missed the T20I series against West Indies and was also not part of the T20I squad for the series against South Africa at home.Want to win at least 1 World Cup with India: Yuzvendra ChahalWith the team management looking at adding to the batting depth by picking up spinners of the likes of Washington Sundar and Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal believes competition for a spot in the T20I squad is only a positive thing.”Your job is to perform. when we (Kuldeep and me) came we poerformed really well. After IPL, our bench strength has got pretty strong too. Now if the team management is trying good talent, it is good that you know that there is competition and you have to work harder. You can’t stay away from cricket,” Chahal added.Yuzvendra Chahal also stressed he would want to be part of a World Cup-winning squad and his focus is on preparing well for the upcoming T20 World Cups in 2020 and 2021.”I want to continue for 5-6 years. I want to win at least one World Cup. I think the way we have been playing and how our team is shaping up currently, its a positive sign. We won in New Zealand, Australia and West Indies and if we win the T20 World Cup next year, all the noise will die down,” Chahal said.Also Read | Told my father I would quit chess after representing India: Yuzvendra ChahalAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow MS DhoniFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Mind Rocks 2019last_img read more

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Culture Ministry Pledges Full Support for Significant Milestones

first_img Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says in addition to the Maroon Peace Treaty celebration on January 6, the Ministry will provide maximum support to two other significant milestones this year.They are the 180th anniversary of full freedom, emanating from the 1834 Abolition Act; and the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the labour riots of 1938, when the working class of Jamaica clamoured for better working conditions and wages.Miss Grange made the announcement at the Accompong Town Maroons anniversary ceremony in St. Elizabeth on January 6.She argued that the event, which marked the truce between the Accompong Town Maroons and the British in 1738, after decades of hostilities, was “the first of three major activities within the history of Jamaica, which have been responsible for the assertion of Jamaican cultural identity and image”.“The second celebration that we are going to give all the support – technical and financial – is the 180th anniversary of full freedom,” the Minister said.“Recall that 1834 saw the enactment of the Abolition Act, and the English provided the planters, as part of their compensation, with four additional years of African enslavement called apprenticeship. As such, it was in 1838 that full freedom was established by the resolute determination of the African population to abandon the plantations. So, we must celebrate the 180th anniversary of our enslaved ancestors getting full freedom,” Miss Grange said.She noted that the third milestone to be celebrated (the labour riots of 1938), led to the formation of Jamaica’s first trade union.The Minister said that those signature celebrations should ensure that the island’s “young people will recognise the struggles of our ancestors”.Ms. Grange said the Accompong Town Maroons celebration was an appropriate start to the year, as “our forefathers fought unflinchingly for their human rights”.“It is fitting that we start with the achievements of Captain Cudjoe and his warriors here in Accompong, where it all happened. As such, we move forward this year in the spirit of Captain Cudjoe, fiercely determined not to give in, but rather to achieve the ultimate goal of sustainable prosperity for our people,” she said.The Minister pointed out that the year will end with the celebration on December 27 of the Sam Sharpe war. “That event of meticulous organisation and flaming passions led to the final decision by the English Parliament to end the horrible system of slavery in the British Empire,” she noted.“Again in the spirit of Sam Sharpe and his band of followers, we must not retreat or surrender, but engage fully in the national project of reconciliation and peace, which was the ultimate dream of our ancestors,” the Minister said. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says in addition to the Maroon Peace Treaty celebration on January 6, the Ministry will provide maximum support to two other significant milestones this year. She argued that the event, which marked the truce between the Accompong Town Maroons and the British in 1738, after decades of hostilities, was “the first of three major activities within the history of Jamaica, which have been responsible for the assertion of Jamaican cultural identity and image”. Ms. Grange said the Accompong Town Maroons celebration was an appropriate start to the year, as “our forefathers fought unflinchingly for their human rights”. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Shaming kids misdeeds online can be psychologically harmful parenting experts

first_imgTORONTO – It might be called the “shame game” — a parent embarrassing a child on social media as a way of disciplining them for bad behaviour with the hope they will learn their lesson and mend their ways.But parenting experts say such public humiliation isn’t an effective means of discipline for altering behaviour and can have long-lasting effects on a child’s self-esteem.The comments were in response to a recent incident in which a Windsor, Ont.-area mother had her two young sons walk seven kilometres to school, carrying a hand-lettered cardboard sign saying they had been “rude to our bus driver.” Her Facebook posting that included a photo of the boys on their two-hour trek quickly went viral and garnered international media attention.The mother, who is not being named by The Canadian Press to protect the identities of the two boys, said she took the action after receiving a call from her sons’ school about them acting out on the school bus, and that if their behaviour didn’t improve, they would not be allowed back on.In media reports, the woman said she decided to make the kids walk, by her side, to help them understand that riding on the bus is a privilege, not a right — and she never imagined the tactic would generate such attention.Still, she’s hardly alone in her decision to wield social media as a virtual strap. There are reportedly more than 30,000 YouTube videos in which parents use public shaming in a bid to make their kids shape up.For parenting expert Alyson Schafer, such child-shaming deeds are a form of bullying that needs to stop.The Toronto family counsellor said such disciplinary actions reflect misguided thinking on the part of the parents, who believe that if a child is made to feel guilty, they won’t repeat their misdeed.“Unfortunately, that’s not the way discipline works,” she said. “When we use punitive (measures) — and in this case, extremely punitive because this is public shaming and humiliation — it’s not only shredding the relationship between the parent and child, but it’s also damaging the child’s self-esteem and is very hurtful to the soul.”Charles Helwig, a professor of developmental psychology at the University of Toronto, said research has shown that using “psychological control” as a means of trying to improve behaviour is associated with an increased incidence of depression and anxiety in children.“I hate to blame the parent directly,” he said. “Parents can do things that they think are in the best interest of the child … And obviously the parent was concerned about the behaviour and thought this would be a good way to control it.”But “when you put it on social media, it’s essentially permanent, so it’s something that can come back to haunt the children throughout their lives. Publicizing it in this way is something that can’t be taken back.“So it adds to the potential embarrassment and harm.”Children as young as five start caring about their reputations, according to a research review published in March in Trends in Cognitive Sciences journal. In the article, researchers note kids will change their behaviour based on how they believe it will affect their image.Schafer said that if a child feels guilty about something they’ve been admonished about, they don’t differentiate between the behaviour and themselves as a person.As a result, children tend to feel they are unlovable, and that can become integrated into their self-concept, said the author of the book “Honey, I Wrecked the Kids.”“They look to their parents to know their lovability and their worth. And when they’re shamed, it says ‘I am bad.’”In family counselling, said Schafer, the goal is to try to separate “the deed from the doer.” Parents are encouraged to say, for instance, “I love you, but I don’t love your hitting” or “I love you, but I don’t like how you’re treating the bus driver.”A more constructive way of dealing with a child’s transgressions is for parents to have a discussion about the motivating factors, she said: “What was the child attempting in being rude? Was he trying to impress his friends? Does he need to prove to the world that he needs to be superior to other people?“So we have to find out what the psychological underpinnings are of the child’s motivations and help him understand … and give him the skill sets to find his sense of importance and belonging through constructive means.”Helwig agreed, saying that educating mom and dad about alternative ways of parenting is healthier for the child and also more effective in the long term.Children, he said, respond more positively to “autonomy supportive practices,” in which parents or caregivers explain the reasons why a certain behaviour was inappropriate and then have the child take the perspective of the person on the receiving end, asking: “How would you feel if this were done to you?”“If the behaviour continues or is indicative of some broad pattern that isn’t being brought under control, then the parent should seek professional assistance. 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Former CJ of Sikkim HC to head panel for probe in MLAs

first_imgRaipur: Retired Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court Satish Kumar Agnihotri will head the judicial panel constituted to probe the killing of a BJP MLA by Naxals early this month, officials said on Friday. Agnihotri has given his consent to the Chhattisgarh government for heading the judicial panel to investigate the killing of MLA Bhima Mandavi and four security personnel in the Naxal attack in Dantewada, a Public Relation Officer of the state government said here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Mandavi, who represented Dantewada assembly constituency, was killed along with four security personnel on April 9 after Maoists blew up their vehicle with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Shyamgiri area of Dantewada. The next day, the Congress government in the state sought permission from the Election Commission for setting up a judicial inquiry panel into the incident, in view of the model code of conduct in effect for the Lok Sabha election, the official said. After getting approval from the EC, the state government took further action into the matter, he added. The BJP had dubbed as a “political conspiracy” the attack, which had occurred just two days ahead of the voting in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency in the first phase on April 11.last_img read more

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Security Council resolves to enhance UNs preventive diplomacy efforts

22 September 2011The Security Council today voiced its determination to enhance the effectiveness of the United Nations in defusing potential and ongoing conflicts, and encouraged the world body to use all the preventive diplomacy tools at its disposal. The Security Council today voiced its determination to enhance the effectiveness of the United Nations in defusing potential and ongoing conflicts, and encouraged the world body to use all the preventive diplomacy tools at its disposal. During a high-level meeting chaired by President Michel Sleiman of Lebanon, which holds the Council’s presidency for September, the 15-member body also underlined the “overriding political, humanitarian and moral imperatives as well as economic advantages” of preventing the outbreak, escalation or relapse into conflicts. The UN currently has an array of assets available to it in the area of preventive diplomacy, including the Secretary-General’s good offices, envoys, early warning systems, the Mediation Support Unit of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), and fact-finding missions.“The Council encourages the Secretary-General to increasingly and effectively use all the modalities and diplomatic tools at his disposal under the Charter for the purpose of enhancing mediation and its support activities,” it added in a presidential statement.In his address yesterday to world leaders gathered in New York for the General Assembly’s general debate, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said preventing and mitigating conflicts was one of the five “generational opportunities to shape the world of tomorrow by the decisions we make today.”In a report on the issue released earlier this month, he cited recent successes in easing mounting tension between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), post-election violence in Kenya, and the transition from military to civilian rule in Guinea.“The pace, intensity and increasing professionalism of our preventive efforts are beginning to pay off,” he told today’s meeting. “However, we still have a long way to go. Violent conflict continues to wreak a shocking toll on individuals, societies and economies. Every day, we can see the costs of the failure to prevent. Despite recent advances, preventive diplomacy continues to face long odds and numerous challenges,” he noted.“Yet, I firmly believe that better preventive diplomacy is not an option; it is a necessity.”The Secretary-General stressed that a critical factor is political will. “If the parties do not want peace, or are unwilling to compromise, it is extraordinarily difficult to persuade or impose it from the outside.”Mr. Ban’s report was dedicated to the memory of former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, who died in a plane crash 50 years ago while trying to bring peace to the nascent but conflict-torn DRC. It outlines several areas of focus, beginning with the need to prioritize early action, as well as continuing to invest in and better equip the women and men who lead UN preventive diplomacy efforts on the ground.He also cites the need for adequate investment to deliver results, noting that prevention is “infinitely cheaper than cure – and is one of the smartest, most cost-effective investments we can make.”It is also necessary to further strengthen the world body’s strategic partnerships with regional and sub-regional organizations, and to continue to support national institutions and mechanisms for mediation and dialogue, he added. Including civil society organizations in preventive efforts is critical, especially women and youth who can lead the charge for peaceful change. read more

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Cigarette smuggling booming in Sri Lanka owing to high taxes

As per the analysis, the illicit market share is around 14 to 18% for cigarettes and 26 to 29% for beedi, which translate to 500 to 700 million sticks of cigarettes and 1400 to 1700 million sticks of beedi in 2018. In other words, the illicit cigarette market turnover could be anywhere between Rs. 15 to 20billion, which is about 11 to 15% of the legitimate market size while illicit beedi market is worth Rs. 4 to 5billion, which is about 5 to 6% of the legitimate market.This massive size of the illicit market means loss of revenue for the government, to the industry, and for those whose livelihoods are connected with tobacco industry such as tobacco farmers and beedi rollers.In addition to the above, it can be observed that the size of the illicit market has risen to 14% or more by 2017. This calls into question the government’s policy towards the industry and the efficiency of the enforcement agencies. Cigarette smuggling is booming in Sri Lanka owing to high taxes, the Research Intelligence Unit (RIU) said.RIU said that with Sri Lanka having one of the highest cigarette prices in the region it has led the country into the hands of illegal cigarette smugglers who make huge profits. “In the context of Sri Lanka, the price differential between legal and illicit is about Rs.25 per stick for cigarettes and about Rs.2 per stick for beedi,” it says while the distribution of illicit cigarettes is much easier and organized than drugs such as Heroine.Estimating the size of the current illicit tobacco market is a crucial step towards benchmarking and assessing the effectiveness of actions to curb the growth of the market. Since the illicit market is not directly observable for multifarious reasons, an indirect approach was required to estimate the size of the market. High taxes play a significant role in incentivising the smuggling of cigarettes, the Research Intelligence Unit’s 2018 report on Towards Sensible Policy Reforms to Combat Illicit Tobacco Markets said. This trend consistent tax hikes from 2009- 2015 have since given way to large and unprecedented hike in 2016 which hampered the objectives of both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance. RIU says there is strong evidence to suggest higher taxes are a key reason for increased smuggling levels in Sri Lanka. Over the years there is a reduction in legitimate cigarette sales while the consumption of beedi has been going up. This indicates the consumers are switching to beedi as a cheaper alternative to cigarettes. This took place in the backdrop of a continually increasing excise tax environment. Therefore, it can be concluded that high taxes have a strong connection with the illicit tobacco trade. According to the authorities and other sources met during this research, a 40-foot container of smuggled cigarettes can add up to a profit of between Rs.250-400 million (RIU, 2018). This softer penalty makes the risks associated with smuggling highly acceptable to criminals.However, the WHO (2012) refutes the claim that higher taxes lead to higher smuggling and states that “The link between price and tax differences and large-scale illicit trade is weak, rather the evidence shows that other “enabling factors” are more important”.The illicit tobacco trade has resulted in huge losses to the governments in the form of loss of taxes. RIU calculated the revenue loss to the government from illicit tobacco. The loss figures were arrived at by using the extrapolation of income from legitimate tobacco sales. To put things into perspective, the government has spent close to Rs.40billion for the Samurdhi programme last year. The loss of tax revenue from illicit tobacco is equivalent to 27 to 40% of the annual Samurdhi spending. Therefore, if converted to legitimate sales, the government could have spent this revenue on productive economic or social activities. read more

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Bucks add trio of 5star recruits

“At first it was hard to adjust (to college), but now I’m cool,” Miller said. “Now I’m just getting the hang of it.” Defensive back Jeremy Cash (Plantation High School, Plantation, Fla.), defensive tackle Joel Hale (Center Grove High School, Greenwood, Ind.), tight end Jeff Heuerman (Barron Collier High School, Naples, Fla.) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (Plantation High School, Plantation, Fla.) also enrolled early. With starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor suspended for the first five games of 2011, Miller will compete for Pryor’s spot with Joe Bauserman, who will be a senior, and Taylor Graham, Ken Guiton and Justin Siems, who will be sophomores. “It’s an opportunity to put in the work,” Miller said, “and see who wins out.” Tressel emphasized the amount of repetitions each quarterback will receive in practice this year. “These guys are going to get good reps,” he said. “(We’ll see) the evolution of who steps to the front. There’s going to be days where one person does, and there’s going to be days when another doesn’t.” Defensive end Steve Miller (McKinley Senior High School, Canton, Ohio) rounds out the five-star recruits and is the No. 9-ranked defensive end, according to Scout.com. He is one of 13 defensive signees. Tressel said the 2011 class had good balance on both sides of the ball. “What we try to do every year is just get a little bit of everything so that, within your classes, you have a few of every position,” he said. “Therefore, when you look at the total roster, you’ve got the kind of depth and age variance within positions.” But the Buckeyes did not land all the high school players they coveted. Offensive lineman Aundrey Walker (Glenville High School, Cleveland), a four-star recruit according to Scout.com, committed to Southern California and is widely regarded as the top offensive line recruit in Ohio. Overall, Scout.com ranks the Buckeyes’ class No. 3 in the nation; ESPN ranks it No. 7; and Rivals.com ranks it No. 10. Nebraska and Michigan also appeared in the top 25. Nebraska is ranked No. 14 on ESPN, No. 15 on Rivals.com and No. 23 on Scout.com. Michigan is ranked No. 21 on Rivals.com. Zack Meisel contributed to this story. On the first day high school football recruits could sign with their prospective universities, Ohio State announced the signing of 23 new Buckeyes for its 2011 class. Coach Jim Tressel is satisfied with how the recruiting class rounded out, he said at a press conference Wednesday. “When you get into the last two weeks of January and you get a good finish, you feel good about that,” he said. “I liked the beginning, and I loved the end.” Of the 23 signees, three are listed as five-star recruits on Scout.com. Linebacker Curtis Grant (Hermitage High School, Richmond, Va.) committed Wednesday afternoon to play for Tressel’s squad. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Grant is the top outside linebacker in the country, according to Scout.com. Another five-star recruit is quarterback Braxton Miller (Wayne High School, Huber Heights, Ohio). The 6-2, 185-pound Miller is the No. 2-ranked quarterback in the nation, according to Scout.com. However, Rivals.com considers Miller a four-star recruit. Miller is one of 13 recruits from Ohio, and one of five players who enrolled early at OSU for Winter Quarter 2011. read more

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German bronze in Rio

Germany won fourth Olympic medal! The first bronze after two silvers (1984 and 2004) and gold (1936) is in pockets of Dagur Sigurdsson and his guys, who have amazing year 2016 which began with European gold at Men’s EHF EURO 2016.Germans were clearly better than Poles 31:25 (17:13) ahead of 10.000 fans at Future Arena.Poland – Germany 25:31 (13:17)Germany: Heinevetter, Wolff; Gensheimer (6/3), Lemke, Wiencek (5), Reichmann (7), Wiede (2), Pekeler (1), Weinhold (3), Strobel, Fäth, Häfner, Kühn (4), Drux (3)Poland: Szmal, Wyszomirski; Lijewski (5), Jachlewski (2), Krajewski (5/1), Bielecki (3/2), Wisniewski (1), Bartosz Jurecki (2), Michal Jurecki, Jurkiewicz (3), Syprzak (1), Daszek (3), Kus, Szyba handballrio 2016 ← Previous Story VIDEO: 3,2,1, gold! Next Story → HISTORY! Denmark take Olympic gold! read more

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Top 14 links threaten to cloud Joe Schmidts early tenure

first_imgYou’ve only so long in the game and, as players, you have to look after yourself, your own well being, and everything else on top of that. They’re tough decisions to make but you live or die by them.” O’Brien has yet to sign a contract extension and, along with Leinster teammate Jamie Heaslip, has been linked with a switch to France. Other Irish players that may be off to sample the gruelling delights of Top 14 rugby are Donnacha Ryan, Conor Murray and Paul O’Connell.With Irish teams committed to the threatened Heineken Cup, there is a very real prospect of Ireland’s best talents missing out on European rugby next season. Delays over the future of European Cup rugby mean contract negotiations will suffer in the impasse.As long as the contract extensions remain unsigned, and Irish players are spotted as guests of honour Top 14 grounds, Schmidt and his squad can expect the same questions. They will have plenty of time to perfect those stock responses.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >‘Play in Ireland to prolong your career, France to make an extra few quid’ — Kearney THE RELIEF IS palpable in the faces of the Ireland squad when a rugby question is asked.Gordon D’Arcy is more than happy to extrapolate on Joe Schmidt moving defensive lines of nine from side to side like a Fußball [table football] enthusiast. Stephen Archer takes a deep breath before revealing tricks of the scrummaging trade forwards coach John Plumtree has brought with him from South Africa.Inevitably — as they have done in each of Joe Schmidt’s press briefings since he became Ireland head coach — the questions about captaincy and player contracts arrive. D’Arcy and Archer are trained to give stock responses. Ireland are focused on their three upcoming Tests; moves are up to individual players; the squad has not been affected by the speculation.While the players and coaches may act surprised at the interest in the destination of the the captaincy, it is an intriguing subplot that involves two of the greatest servants to Irish rugby in the past 15 years — Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell. The fact that D’Arcy spoke about ‘any of of five guys up in the team room’ that could do the job only goes to prove that the players themselves are curious about how will be bestowed with the honour.center_img Joe Schmidt will end that particular chapter next week when he names his Ireland captain for the November tests. The questions about player contracts and the Top 14, however, will rumble on like a freight train all the way past the current series of games and on into the Six Nations.Conor Murray is out of contract with Munster at the end of the season and could follow Jonny Sexton to France.INPHO/Billy SticklandWe got a glimpse of the distracting nature of courting French clubs last season when Jonny Sexton was heavily linked to a move to Racing Metro. The outhalf was kept away from the media throughout a six-week period of denials and counter-denials but it did nothing to quell the story. The news was confirmed on 25 January.Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien were the two players next in the spotlight, following Sexton’s move. Kearney empathised with the outhalf’s move. Speaking two days after Sexton was confirmed as France-bound, Kearney told 98FM: “If it works out really well for him in that he’s enjoying life and playing good rugby while earning more money, people will see that and it will open up a whole new ball park.” The fullback signed a two-year deal with Leinster soon after. O’Brien [on 29 January] told TheScore.ie:last_img read more

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Lennon not expecting national team callup

first_imgBurnley winger Aaron Lennon insists he is not expecting a national team call-up despite putting on an impressive display in front of the England national team coach.The ex-Tottenham Hotspur player scored his first goal since 2016 when he scored Burnley’s second goal of the game during their 4-0 win over Bournemouth.The 31-year-old made his England debut as a teenager and is yet to be called to the national team setup since February 2013.He said, according to Sky Sports:“It’s a long time since I played international football. You never know. But the only thing I am concentrating on is playing well for Burnley. Whatever happens, happens.”He said of his goal drought: “It’s been preying on my mind to be honest. I should score more. I’ve had a few chances this season but it is great to get the goal.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“If you are playing every game you want to aim for double figures. But for me getting assists is just as important. It makes my day if the other lads score as well.”“It didn’t matter how we won. We knew it was just important to get back to winning ways. To win 4-0 was even better.”“We worked on it all week, getting back to basics, being on the front foot and doing what we do. From minute one we were in their faces and it has paid off for us.”The win takes Burnley off the foot of the table and Lennon believes the team can push on from here.He said: “I don’t see why not. The squad is pretty much the same, we’ve brought in a few quality players, as you can see, and obviously we’re out of the Europa League now and we go back to one game a week so we get to work on the training pitch and hopefully we can kick on from there.”last_img read more

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Today is World Diabetes Day

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppToday is World Diabetes Day and the Turks and Caicos Islands Diabetic Association is reminding the public to wear their World Diabetes shirts to work today. This year’s theme is “Diabetes, Protect our Future,” the association will also be having a walkathon this Saturday starting at the Kids Park along the Lower Bight Road to the Sands round-about and back. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Magazine Medias Top Innovators—Times 25

first_imgAnd by putting the FOLIO: 100 in the October issue, it achieves the happy coincidence of attaching it to another editorial franchise that’s become a reader favorite—the 15 Under 30. Because really, what the twenty-somethings are accomplishing puts them on par with many of the FOLIO: 100 list-makers, but it’s more fun—and illuminating—to highlight the fact that they’re barely out of college.Bill MickeyEditorial Directorbmickey@accessintel.com@billmickey We normally publish the FOLIO: 40, one of our most highly anticipated editorial franchises, in April. But we’ve made some major changes. Most significantly, it’s now the FOLIO: 100 and we’re publishing it in October to coincide with our annual MediaNext event in New York, which will have a special breakfast to honor our list-makers live and in person.The reason behind the expansion of the list sits squarely among the trends that are impacting magazine media. The very definition of a magazine publisher has changed so much—from the products it creates to the way it builds its audience—that a list of 40 innovators seemed positively quaint.The industry itself has also expanded to include digital, mobile and social entities that intersect magazines in crucial ways. To not recognize individuals from those sectors, and many others, would be a glaring omission.Indeed, folks from these different markets have been making the list for several years now, but as the media community expands its strategies and product platforms and as new ones get created, it was the perfect time to bust open the FOLIO: 40 to 100 of the most entrepreneurial thinkers and doers.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Monday July 15 2019

first_imgUA Board of Regents postpones exigency vote As legislative gridlock continues over funds included in an annual sweep into state savings, rural Alaskans soon could see more expensive electricity bills. Grassroots group restores creeks in Southeast Associated Press The first nationally broadcast children’s show with an Alaska Native lead character premiered today. Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Lawmakers took up this new proposal today in Anchorage and heard testimony from people at the Legislative Information Office. Molly of Denali launches nationwide Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau A conservation group is restoring fish habitat: one humble creek at a time. Locals provide testimony at Anchorage LIO NOAA closes investigation into close call between cruise ship and humpback whales Rain slows some Alaska fires while others continue to burn The project consists of 216 solar panels that are expected to power up to 9% of the center’s electricity needs for the year. The city next plans to install solar panels on Fire Station 10 and the Anchorage Regional Landfill building. Anchorage mayor unveils municipality’s first, state’s largest, rooftop solar project at Egan Center Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. ‘This needs to stop’: Murkowski rebukes Trump for tweet Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau Legislature seeks new path to fund vetoed programs Rural Alaskans brace for impact as Power Cost Equalization funds disappear NOAA Fisheries confirmed that the agency’s Office of Law Enforcement determined Holland America Line’s Eurdoam altered course and slowed speed as it approached the humpback whales on June 24. A draft bill discussed Monday would set permanent fund dividends at $929 to have a balanced budget. House Bill 2001 would both reverse Dunleavy’s vetoes to the operating and capital budgets and set the dividend level. Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau Rain has slowed some of the wildfires in Alaska’s interior while others continued to grow over the weekend. June Leffler, KSTK – Wrangell Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has condemned President Trump for saying that four left-wing congresswomen should go back to where they came from. All four Congresswomen are non-White. Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage University of Alaska regents have postponed voting on a declaration of financial exigency, a contractual tool that allows more expedited cost cutting, including laying off of tenured faculty.last_img read more

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Prince William turns a Royal spy spends 3 weeks in MI5 MI6

first_imgPrince William and Kate Middleton.Getty imagesPrince William recently spent three weeks with Britain’s intelligence department, MI5, MI6 and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, learning to be a skillful spy with gadgets and what James Bond 007 would have been exposed to in films.During his tenure, the Duke of Cambridge got the first-hand experience of the challenges faced by the organisation on a daily basis as intelligence officers were seen addressing the Duke as “Will”. Since Will is a member of the Privy council, he was not forced to sign the Official Secrets Act but he was instructed to not discuss details of assignment with anyone, not even with his wife,  the Duchess of Cambridge. Though Will was allowed to return home daily, he had spent the last week overnight at GCHQ in Cheltenham.”Spending time inside our security and intelligence agencies, understanding more about the vital contribution they make to our national security, was a truly humbling experience,” Prince William said in a statement.We hosted the Duke of Cambridge this week at a number of our sites. The Duke learned about our vital mission to protect the UK and saw how we use cutting-edge technology, technical ingenuity and wide-ranging partnerships to identify, analyse and disrupt threats@KensingtonRoyal pic.twitter.com/2UkG0IfmVj— GCHQ (@GCHQ) April 7, 2019He further said that these people work in secret, unable to tell their family and friends about the work they do or the stresses they face and described it as unrivalled patriotism and dedication to the country. “They are driven by an unrivalled patriotism and dedication to upholding the values of this country. We all owe them deep gratitude for the difficult and dangerous work they do.” — The Duke of Cambridge on the UK’s security and intelligence agencies. https://t.co/3ioURV2jRj— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 6, 2019The Duke spent three weeks in total at the secret service. The first week the Duke was with the Secret Intelligence Service – MI6, where he got a first-hand experience of how the agency develops foreign contacts and gathers intelligence.His second week was with MI-5, the agency that is known to work against terrorism. Prince William spent his last week at the Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham, “using cutting-edge technology, technical ingenuity and wide-ranging partnerships to identify, analyse and disrupt threats,” the statement said.”William worked exceptionally hard to embed himself in the team and comfortably held his own amongst some highly skilled analysts and operators,” said David, GCHQ’s Head of Counter-Terrorism Operations. He further added how the Duke asked some probing questions and demonstrated “problem-solving skills needed on a daily basis to help keep the UK safe.”last_img read more

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Houston SPCA Can Offer Emergency Relief For Pet Owners

first_img Share Houston SPCA The Houston SPCA rescued this small dog from floodwaters.Pet owners are also seeking relief from Harvey. Many Houstonians waded through flood waters as they evacuated from their homes, carrying their pets with them. In other cases, owners were separated from their animals.Julie Kuenstle with the Houston SPCA spoke with Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin, and shared some advice on how to help keep your pets safe.Houston SPCA Animal Emergency Response Hotline: 713-861-3010.last_img read more

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