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India confirm Champions Trophy participation .. squad to be selected today

first_imgBy Sudipto GangulyNEW DELHI,(Reuters)-India confirmed their participation in next month’s Champions Trophy in England and Wales on Sunday after initially delaying the announcement of their squad over a revenue sharing disagreement with cricket’s governing body.The dispute intensified when India failed to submit a squad for the one-day international tournament by an April 25 deadline after its cricket board (BCCI) was unable to stall a new income model being adopted by the International Cricket Council (ICC).“The Board unanimously authorised the acting honorary secretary of the BCCI to continue negotiations with the ICC in the best interest of the BCCI while keeping its legal options open,” the BCCI said after a special general meeting.“The BCCI… unanimously decided that the Indian cricket team will participate in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.“The all-India senior selection meeting will be held today, May 8, in New Delhi to pick the team.”At last month’s ICC meetings, the BCCI was outvoted 13-1 in its bid to halt the revised deal which considerably slashes India’s share from global events in the 2015-23 cycle.Unimpressed by the $293 million forecast, down from the $570 million it would have received under a 2014 arrangement, the BCCI responded by refusing to name a squad for the June 1-18 eight-team competition.Acting BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary will now continue to negotiate with the world governing body to get a bigger share of ICC revenues during the next eight-year cycle.“The ICC welcomes the unanimous decision from the BCCI special general meeting this morning to confirm the participation of defending champions India in next month’s Champions Trophy,” the ICC said in a statement to Reuters.“The hundreds of millions of cricket fans around the world just want to see good cricket and now we can all look forward to a superb event in England and Wales starting on 1 June.”The option to boycott the event by revoking the Members Participation Agreement (MPA) between the ICC and the BCCI had been gaining traction within the board prior to Sunday’s meeting despite a number of former players opposing any withdrawal.The four Supreme Court-appointed administrators (COA), who currently supervise BCCI operations, however, instructed the board to ensure the team continued their preparations to defend their title.The COA stepped in to try and end the dispute with the panel also meeting BCCI members on Saturday to remind them that a confrontational approach would not be in the board’s interests.“We wanted them to take a middle ground and strive for a negotiated outcome with the ICC,” a COA source told Reuters. “We are glad that we have achieved that and the team will play in the Champions Trophy.”The top eight sides in the world rankings compete in the Champions Trophy with India winning the last edition in 2013.last_img read more

European championship opens with spectacular play

first_img9 Jul 2013 European championship opens with spectacular play England are lying fourth after first round of the European Ladies’ Team Championship, which opened today with spectacular golf at Fulford, York.Brilliant sunshine, a superb course and Europe’s top women amateurs combined to produce a host of low scores which delighted the crowds of spectatorsThe overall lead is held by Denmark, whose young team produced scores including a six-under 66, 68 and 69 to give them an 11-under par total for the day. “It was really fun to start out in that way,” said team captain Lene Kring Lorentzen. Second-placed Spain had two players with rounds in the 60s, while the Netherlands, in third place, had two players with sub-par scores.The day’s low scorers included England’s Bronte Law who shot three-under par 69 – as she enjoyed her return to competitive stroke play after taking her A level exams. Her aim was a steady start and she achieved that comfortably with a level par score on the front nine, before she hit top gear to come home in three-under.It could have been even better, but for a double-bogey on 16 which included a pushed drive and a penalty drop. “That was a bit annoying because I was pretty much blemish free, but I kept my head and made par on 17 and finished with a birdie on 18,” said Bronte, from Bramhall (Image © Leaderboard Photography).“Overall, I’m pleased. I haven’t played stroke play for a while so it was really important for me to play well today. But it’s not about individuals this week, it’s about getting the best score for the team.”Her round contributed to a team total of four-over for the first round. The five best scores from six counted and included level par from Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough, pictured left) and Hayley Davis (Ferndown, pictured below ). British champion Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) shot 75 after a triple-bogey eight on the last, while Lauren Taylor (Woburn) and Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) both returned 76.Meghan – making her debut at this level – got below par after 12 holes, but dropped a shot on the 15th. “I’m pleased overall, although it would have been nice to get under par and I missed a couple of chances,” she said. “But I kept it together, had a couple of good par saves and hopefully this will help us into a reasonable position.”Hayley finished strongly with two birdies in the last three holes to secure her score after an up and down round, which included just seven pars. “I didn’t get off to a quick start but I birdied 10, after I hit it to 3ft. That was my first really good shot and after that I played really solid,” she remarked.Tomorrow’s second qualifying round will determine the teams’ final positions for the match play, which starts on Thursday. The top eight will go in to the championship flight and contest the medals while the others will play for place.England captain Emma Brown is looking forward to building on today’s scores. “We’ve had some tidy scores – and some which could have been better. We’ve made a lot of birdies but we’ve also made some silly mistakes on holes which we know how to play better. So we’ll be looking at those decisions and how to eradicate the double bogeys as part of the preparation for tomorrow,” she said.Tomorrow’s England tee-times are:9.10am Meghan MacLaren9.40am Sarah-Jane Boyd10.10am Hayley Davis12.40pm Lauren Taylor1.10pm Bronte Law1.40pm Georgia Hall.Leading placings after round one:-11 Denmark-6 Spain+3 Netherlands+4 England+5 Sweden+7 Finland+11 France, IrelandAdmission is free and spectators are very welcome.last_img read more

Arellano U Presses bid for final 4

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Perpetual lost to fellow also-ran Mapua, 76-81, last week.The Altas are bent on finishing the season on a positive note just like the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, who clash with the St. Benilde Blazers at 4 p.m. Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWritten off as a contender couple of weeks ago, Arellano is determined to make the most out of its lifeline in the NCAA Season 93 Final Four race.But a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the availability of Chiefs’ main man Kent Salado as they continue their postseason push on Thursday against the Perpetual Help Altas at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Azkals forge tie with Yemenis, inch closer toward AFC Asian Cup slot Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentscenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Salado scored 22 points before limping off the floor due to a knee injury late in the 85-79 win over the San Sebastian Stags last Tuesday when Jose Rizal U clinched the third Final Four berth.Up until Wednesday afternoon, Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera remained unsure on the status of Salado, who averages 18.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Hopefully, he (Salado) can play, but with or without him, we have to be ready,” said Codiñera, whose team still has to beat Mapua on Tuesday and hope that Letran splits its last two games to forge a playoff for the last Final Four spot.The Chiefs will be up against a Perpetual team that is no longer in the running for a Final Four spot, but intends to play the role of spoiler. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Despite limited minutes on floor, Ronald Tubid relishes drill sergeant role with San Miguel

first_imgSports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 And now that he’s back with the Beermen, Tubid said the championship was the very result he expected in his return.“I missed this feeling because I’m a winner again,” said Tubid who has won a total of eight titles in his career. “When I returned to San Miguel I knew I had a big chance of winning another championship.”“This team is truly at its prime and I’m just so blessed having a chance to play with these guys again.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Beermen spend time with fans as they celebrate latest PBA All-Filipino title Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “What us veterans do in practice is to give our starters the toughest practice as possible, we push them to the limit,” said Tubid during the fans’ day that the PBA held Friday at Robinson’s Magnolia.“I see to it that what the players gain in practice will be translated to games. As they say, it’s better to have a hard practice so once the game starts it would be easier for them.”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, logistics“I’m like a drill sergeant, that’s the role they gave me here and I will do that role.”Tubid, together with Brian Heruela, was traded to the Dyip for the draft rights to 2017 top overall pick Christian Standhardinger. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ronald Tubid may have appeared sparingly in the PBA Philippine Cup finals, but his real worth for San Miguel came behind the scenes.The 16-year veteran played less than 10 minutes a game in the title showdown, but he made his impact in practice where he became the Beermen’s “drill sergeant” toughening up the starters for the grueling seven-game series.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Bachchans host a starry soiree for newly-weds Kunal Kapoor and Naina Bachchan

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9 months agoHuddersfield manager Wagner: I’ve got owners support

first_imgHuddersfield manager Wagner: I’ve got owners supportby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town manager David Wagner insists he has the support of owner Dean Hoyle.The Terries face a huge battle to stave off relegation this summer. After 21 games, the Yorkshire club are rock bottom with two wins and fifteen losses.Asked if was being supported from within the club, Wagner said: “Absolutely, I can’t ask for more support than I’ve got from the board and especially from Dean, our chairman.”We are always, and we are at the minute, in very tight and honest conversations about everything, so I can’t ask for more.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

More needs to be done to improve fire mental health response NDPMPP

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsFunerals for five victims of a fatal house fire in a fly-in community in northern Ontario were held over the long weekend.Now Indigenous leaders are calling for better mental health and fire response support.NDP-MPP Sol Manakwa is one who says counselling and firefighting equipment are badly [email protected]last_img

Provinces feds to debate proposed changes to everdivisive equalization program

first_imgOTTAWA – A decades-old sore spot in the Canadian federation is days away from another flare-up as the country’s finance ministers prepare to discuss potential tweaks to the formula behind equalization payments.British Columbia Finance Minister Carole James said in an interview that the federal government is proposing a change to include non-residential property values as part of the complex calculation.The adjustment would likely make it more difficult for provinces with property values well above the national average — such as B.C. and Ontario — to qualify as recipients of equalization payments from Ottawa.Equalization is designed to help poorer provincial governments provide public services that are reasonably comparable to those in other provinces. The program is coming due for its twice-a-decade update before the 2019-20 fiscal year — and since it’s a federal program, Ottawa can make unilateral changes.Historically, equalization has been a source of conflict between governments within the federation.Under the current formula, the provinces that received shares of this year’s $18-billion equalization envelope — the so-called “have-not” provinces — included Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Prince Edward Island and Ontario. Quebec easily took in the largest share in 2017-18 at $11 billion.The other provinces — B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador — did not receive anything through the constitutionally guaranteed equalization program.The B.C. government warns that going forward the inclusion of non-residential property values in the formula would make it more difficult for the province to qualify for payments in the event of an economic downturn.The issue is a top concern for James ahead of meetings Sunday and Monday in Ottawa with her federal, provincial and territorial counterparts.“We certainly don’t agree with that direction — we’ve seen no research that has shown that it makes sense to change the weighting in the equalization payments,” James told The Canadian Press.“I’ll certainly be standing up for our province … and telling the federal minister of finance that these aren’t acceptable changes.”James said the update would mean the formula would deem B.C. to have untapped capacity to generate additional property tax revenue. She argued it’s based on the assumption B.C. municipalities could raise tax rates on properties, which have seen their values soar in recent years.To determine whether a province qualifies for an equalization payment, and for how much, the formula measures each province’s ability to raise revenues, or their fiscal capacity.James wants Ottawa to make sure the short- and long-term impacts for all provinces have been explored before it moves forward.With the renewal of the equalization formula scheduled for 2019, this weekend’s meeting will likely be the first of many federal-provincial discussions on the matter.B.C. isn’t the only province with concerns about the proposal.“When it comes to the potential of generating more revenue from the high prices of real estate, which is what British Columbia is arguing, we don’t have the capacity to squeeze out more money from the system,” Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said in an interview.Sousa said his province has lowered its revenue expectations for the real estate sector after the introduction of measures to cool red-hot markets, such as the Toronto region.“So, I agree with British Columbia that we can’t basically assess certain real estate valuations as a means to assess equalization payments,” he said.Ontario has been receiving equalization payments since 2009 as a have-not province. But after improvements to its economy in recent years, the province is expected to return to “have” status some time in the next couple of years.A senior Ontario government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said the proposed change could be the difference between whether it collects equalization or not.“Our concern is that if the last years taught us anything, it’s that property values are volatile in both British Columbia and in Ontario,” said the official, who would prefer a phased-in approach.“We would rather have it dealt with in a more tempered way, rather than just jumping right off the cliff on it.”Chloe Luciani-Girouard, a spokeswoman for federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, wrote in an email Thursday that Ottawa will always listen to the concerns of provinces and territories — and will take them “very seriously.”The future of the equalization formula will also be a priority for Newfoundland and Labrador at the meetings.The province’s economy, hit hard in recent years by the commodity slump, still failed to qualify for equalization payments this year and Finance Minister Tom Osborne doesn’t expect it to next year, either.Osborne said in an interview that the current formula only addresses revenue and doesn’t account for the different costs of services between provinces.He says his province, with its small, dispersed population, faces the highest costs of services in Canada — and they’re growing at an “unsustainable” clip.Osborne plans to push his counterparts on the issue in hope of changing the formula so that it reflects both revenue and expenditures.“If anybody can explain to me how we’re a have-province, I’d like to hear it, because we’re certainly not a have-province,” he said.The formula is also based on a three-year moving average of economic growth, so a province’s have- or have-not status can lag economy-altering events.The country’s finance ministers will discuss a range of issues during the meetings — from cannabis taxation, to the three-year review of the Canada Pension Plan, to the state of the global economy. The ministers are also scheduled to meet Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz.Ahead of the meetings, Morneau will distribute updated figures outlining how much the neediest provinces can expect to receive from Ottawa in the next fiscal year, 2018-19.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

First Nations seeking injunction to stop Site C have first day in

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – A lawyer for First Nations aiming to stop work on the Site C dam says there’s no remedy besides taking the project “out of the ground” in northeastern British Columbia.Reidar Mogerman says the West Moberly First Nations’ way of life has already been disrupted by a reservoir created by the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam on the Peace River.The First Nations are seeking an injunction in B.C. Supreme Court to stop Site C while BC Hydro and the provincial government claim the project has already cost billions of dollars. Mogerman says the First Nations have put “a ton of resources” into getting displaced caribou back after the animals dispersed following the completion of the W.A.C. Bennett dam in the late 1960s.The First Nations say Site C would flood parts of the of the Peace River Valley, the traditional territory of the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations, violating constitutionally protected treaty rights.Mogerman says what used to be river a moose would cross is a reservoir an animal would die in and the project must be stopped because it has not gone past the point of no return.Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations says Site C would introduce mercury-laden fish into Moberly Lake and disrupt the longest fresh-water fish migration in North America.“The river had a cultural significance to us because it was a gathering spot,” he said of the Peace River. The NDP had been against the controversial project while in Opposition but said the province risked a credit downgrade and debt-servicing costs of up to $150 million annually if the project that started in 2015 was cancelled.BC Hydro has said the Site C dam would flood 5,500 hectares of land, of which at least 3,800 hectares is agricultural. The project would also flood Indigenous heritage sites.center_img “What we have said right from the beginning is that we’re not opposed to the creation of energy,” Willson said.He said alternative forms of power, including geothermal, solar and wind, have not been adequately explored.“We’re fighting for the survival of who we are as a people and the Peace River Valley is a significant piece of that.”British Columbia’s New Democrat government announced last December that it would back the completion of Site C though it would cost nearly $11 billion, up from an estimated $8.3 billion.last_img read more

Unemployment: Claims and Puzzles

first_imgThe issue of employment creation has been a challenging task for all the governments at the Centre. Recently some researchers and newspapers have highlighted very high unemployment rate (UR) in 2017-18 in the country, based on an unpublished periodic labour force survey (PLFS) report. In India, the main sources of data on employment are NSSO, Economic Census, Registrar General of India and Labour Bureau. NSSO is considered as the main source of employment and unemployment situation as it provides quinquennial household surveys. For the first time, NSSO has conducted a PLFS for 2017-18 on a quarterly and annual basis. Apart from these sources, CMIE has also started conducting household surveys on EUS since January 2016. Because of the first high-frequency data on EUS, it has also been reported in newspapers very frequently. The recent CMIE figure shows that UR in India increased to 7.2 per cent in February 2019, highest since September 2016. Mahesh Vyas, chief of CMIE in his interview to Livemint on 8 March said: “7.2 per cent unemployment rate is a disturbing figure and it shows a situation of discouraged unemployment in the economy”. However, on analysing this data, one will come to know that the latest figure reported in the newspaper and claims made by Mahesh Vyas are partly incorrect and they require closer observation of such data set. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn this context, it would be appropriate to first understand the difference in the definition of unemployment used in CMIE data and NSSO. CMIE collects following information to capture unemployment- i) a person is willing to work but may not have a job; ii) a person is available for a job but not actively seeking a job; iii) a person is not willing for work and also not looking for a job. However, the UR given in CMIE unemployment reports presents the first criteria to capture the unemployment rates. In contrast, NSSO uses two major approaches to capture unemployment figures: Usual status approach (US) and the current weekly approach (CWS). The US approach includes both, those who are unemployed and actively looking for a job and those who are unemployed and not actively looking for a job. The CWS approach includes only those who are unemployed and actively looking for a job. From the above differences in the definition of the two data sources, it is evident that UR reported in CMIE report is not directly comparable to NSSO’s UR figures. Also Read – Insider threat managementRegarding unemployment data at all India level, it shows that between January and September 2016, the overall UR was more than 8 per cent but thereafter, it declined consistently and reached the lowest point of 3.9 per cent in July 2017. It slowly started rising in subsequent months and crossed the 6 per cent figure in August 2018. This trend continued and UR reached to a level of 7.2 per cent in February 2019. However, it is evident that despite a consistent increment in the UR, it is still lower than the UR in the first 6-7 months in 2016. As compared to rural areas, the unemployment rates were always higher in urban areas. In 2016, the gap between the UR of rural and urban areas was high which has narrowed down after July 2017. The quarterly URs show a similar trend of high unemployment rates in the initial months of 2016 and then continuous decline up to May-August, 2017. It started increasing in the subsequent quarters but still seen to be low as compared to the first two quarters of 2016. Here, significant changes have been noticed in female unemployment rates. It was very high in the first two quarters of 2016 and then declined sharply in the subsequent quarters up to May-August, 2017. Thereafter, female unemployment rates increased in each subsequent period. In the entire period, the male unemployment rate was not more than 6 per cent. Unemployment rates across the educational groups: Unemployment rates are relatively very high in the last two categories of 10th to 12th passed person and for those who have educational attainment above undergraduate level. The first category shows the labour forces that have no education at all. In this category, UR was comparatively very high in the first quarter of 2016. In the third quarter of 2016, UR was 1.90, which increased to 2.33 per cent in the subsequent quarter but declined in the next quarter. In fact, comparison of September-December 2016 and September-December 2017 indicates that UR in these periods increased marginally by 0.40 per cent. Overall, there has been very small fluctuation in UR figures after the second quarter of 2016 in this category. In the next education category also unemployment rates fluctuate between 2.6 per cent and 1.2 per cent and UR declined from 2.1 per cent in September-December 2016 to 1.6 per cent in January-April 2017 and 1.0 per cent in September-December 2017. Overall, UR, according to CMIE data shows a general trend of decline in UR in post-October 2016 up to July 2017. The rise in UR started after this or from the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2017, which is still continuing, but not at the rate as it was in the initial months of 2016. Usually, it is expected that UR declines when labour force participation increases, which is not happening according to CMIE data set. If both LFPR and UR are declining, then it is assumed that the further decline in UR will come only slowly and the expectation is that with the improvement in labour market, many participants who have left the market will return and contribute to the pool of unemployed. Again this situation does not exist because LFPR, according to CMIE is continuously declining in both post demonetisation and GST regime. An ILO (2016) study outlines four key drivers of the decline in FLFPR: First, increase in enrolment in secondary schooling; second, rising household income that pulled women out of the low paid informal jobs; lack on employment opportunities for women and fourth, mismeasurement of women’s participation in the labour force. In my view on the basis of above monthly and quarterly unemployment data of CMIE, it cannot be argued that what factors exactly lead to a decline in UR in post-October 2016 and what led to an increase in UR after 2017. Recently NIPFP has published a report on PMAY (U) and it has shown that this program has made a significant impact on employment generation. The report shows that between June 2015 and January 2019, a total of 18.92 lakh direct and 45.57 indirect lakh indirect jobs have been created in the country. The CII projection based on its survey has shown that every year in India around 13 to 14 million jobs have been added by the MSME sector in India in the last four years. Therefore, a strong argument of discouraged employment situation is incorrect and seems to be motivated one. Providing sufficient and gainful employment is, of course, an issue but the current government cannot be solely held responsible for this situation. (The author is an Assistant professor at the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, New Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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