Batsman Ajinkya Rahane on Monday said the India team has plans in place for each of the Australian players in their upcoming four-Test series starting February 23 in Pune.Rahane said the hosts would look to play attacking cricket. (Steve Smith’s men weakest Australian side to tour India, says Harbhajan Singh)India and Australia have been involved in many verbal duels in the past and this time too the visiting skipper Steve Smith has made it clear that his team won’t shy away from sledging the Indians, even as his deputy David Warner has indicated that they will not sledge the in-form India captain Virat Kohli.”We don’t know if they will sledge or not. We have some plans against each of them, I can’t discuss that here, skill wise or sledging wise, there is definitely a plan. We know that Australian players play mind games. Our aim would be to dominate them in every aspect,” Rahane said. (Tendulkar vs Australia or Kohli-Australia: Which rivalry is more fun?)”We will look to play positive cricket, attacking cricket not only against the spinners but all the bowlers. Practice game and the Test match is completely different, so we have to read the condition well and play according to the situation, that would be the key,” he added.Rahane said India would look to focus on own strengths instead of losing sleep over the combinations of the opponent during the Test series.”They are coming to India and will be expecting a turning track. So yes three fast bowlers and five spinners is their combination but for us it will be important to play to our potential and not focus on their bowling attack, strategies. It is important for each team member to back our own game. (R Ashwin will be ready for me but I have my game plan: David Warner to India Today)advertisement”It will be a different wicket. We have to wait and watch. Once the first day is over, we will have an idea about how it will behave the five days,” he said.On a question about switching between different formats of the game, Rahane said: “Whatever format you play, you want to give your best for your team whether it is T20, Test or ODI. But if you are playing two or three formats it is all about how you adjust mentally. It is all about mental adjustments rather than technical adjustment.” (Australia will lose 0-3 if they play well vs India: Harbhajan Singh)Making a comeback after recovering from a finger injury, Rahane justified the faith shown in his abilities by the team management with a 133-ball 82 in the first innings against Bangladesh in the one-off Test.Asked about the innings, Rahane said: “That innings was very important for me. I was really excited about that Test match, coming back after two months and importantly I got 82, good to spend time in the middle. But it is important to start afresh here.”Australia, we all know, is a very good, experienced team. So it will be important to play to our potential, back ourselves in the middle. As a team we are playing really well and it is important to take one game at a time.” (Virat Kohli not Australia’s only threat: 4 other concerns for Steve Smith’s men)Rahane also thanked Kohli for picking him ahead of Karun Nair, who scored an unbeaten 303 against England in his third Test.”Injuries are part and parcel of the game, you don’t have control over injuries. It was really good to see Karun get 300 runs for the country and in the end we all are representing India and I would like to thank the team management and the captain for backing me in the match against Bangladesh. I am really confident at the moment playing against Australia.”For all of us it is important to play one game at a time and momentum will be the key. If we play well in the first game, we will have to carry that momentum forward,” added the 28-year-old.
Piqué Barcelona ace Pique dreaming of facing Guardiola & Man City in Champions League final Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 15:25 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Manchester City Barcelona Premier League Primera División UEFA Champions League Guardiola The defender, who played under the Spaniard at Camp Nou, has heaped praise on his former manager’s efforts at the Etihad Stadium Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has praised Pep Guardiola and revealed he hopes to face his former coach’s high-flying Manchester City side in the Champions League final.City have been dominant in the Premier League this season, winning 16 of 17 games and scoring 52 goals to earn praise for their approach.Guardiola led Barca to three La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns, and his success in England has come as no surprise to Pique. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Spain defender, who was part of Guardiola’s famous Barca side, says he wants to face his former manager in Europe this season – in the Champions League decider.”I trust him a lot and last year I thought that he would win everything because I knew the potential Manchester City have with him as a coach,” Pique told Telegraph Sport.”But it wasn’t possible and he needed that process to adapt to the country. Now you can see the players know what Pep wants and how he wants them to play.“They are playing great football, they are strong favourites to win the Premier League.”I hope they win the cup as well and if we can play them in the Champions League final that would be good.”Pique has also been full of praise for Guardiola, saying the ex-Bayern Munich boss is among the world’s best thanks to his results and style.He added: “For me, he is one of the best coaches in the world.“When I worked with him for four years at Barcelona we won most of the titles playing different football, a new football that right now every team wants to play: having the ball and controlling the possession,” he said.”Because if you have the ball you control the game. What he is doing at City this year is amazing. He is breaking all the records.”
此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 zoom UK’s largest port operator Associated British Ports (ABP) has set aside GBP 2.2 million (USD 3.4m) for the construction of a new bulk terminal at the Port of Garston. With the port’s current stores at capacity, the construction of the new facility will provide an additional 3,950 square metres worth of storage for bulk commodities such as wheat, rice, fertiliser and organic feed.The terminal also has solar panels to provide a clean energy generating capacity of 200kw. The solar array is linked to the network powering the port estate, providing sustainable energy for customers and cutting the port’s carbon footprint.Andrew Harston, ABP Director Short Sea Ports, said: ”Our investment at Garston is yet another example of ABP’s ongoing strategy to add state-of-the-art bulk stores across our ports in order to better serve our customers. ABP has built new stores in Ayr, Ipswich and now Garston and Teignmouth. We are investing GBP 6 million to provide additional facilities to our short sea customers by the end of 2015, and it re-affirms our commitment to keep Britain trading.”The warehouse is being constructed by 3b Construction Ltd and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. My location Print Close
New Delhi: India speedster Ishant Sharma believes his IPL franchise Delhi Capitals has one of the best bowling attacks for the upcoming edition of the event. The Delhi Capitals boast of a perfect combination of fast and spin bowlers with the likes of New Zealand pacer Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada in their side, according to Ishant. “Our team has picked up some great bowling options in the squad and with the likes of Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada also in the team. I think we have one of the best bowling line-ups this time. We have some very good all-rounders along with great spinners, which shall help us in restricting teams from scoring freely,” Ishant said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhTalking about his goals, the Indian pacer said he is eager to take more wickets in the IPL, starting March 23. “I feel there is a huge ambition for me this season. I am very focused on taking more wickets throughout the tournament instead of just bowling well. “Of course, taking wickets depends on how well you bowl, but the most important thing is that you use your good performance by helping the team in taking important wickets,” said the 30-year-old. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIshant, who has taken 58 wickets with an economy of 8.2 in his IPL career, believes that his team has a great blend of pacers and spinners in the squad. Speaking on his return to Delhi, Ishant said he is extremely happy to represent his home city in the IPL. “I have played for different teams in the IPL but it makes me immensely happy to be able to represent Delhi Capitals this season. Being a Delhi boy, it is a great chance for me to represent my home side and my most important target is to make the Capitals win the coveted title,” said the lanky bowler.
KHARTOUM, Sudan — Shops are closed and streets are empty across Sudan’s capital on the first day of a general strike called for by protest leaders demanding the resignation of the ruling military council.The Sudanese Professionals Association had called on people to stay home Sunday in protest at the military’s deadly crackdown last week, when security forces violently dispersed the group’s main sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum.The SPA spearheaded months of mass protests that led to the military overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April, and had called on people to remain in the streets until a full handover of power to civilians.The group posted photos it said were of an empty Khartoum International Airport. It says airport workers and pilots are taking part in the civil disobedience.The Associated Press
Lack of funding is threatening the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in Guinea, which needs over $3 million before the end of March to be able to continue transporting urgent relief items and aid workers in the country and the wider region.“I am deeply concerned about the impact of a possible discontinuation of the flights in the absence of alternatives in terms of air transport,” said Fatma Samoura, Country Director in Guinea for the World Food Programme (WFP), which manages the air service. UNHAS plays a vital role in countries in accessing remote locations and in cases where insecurity prevents travel by road. It flies workers from the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as journalists and others, to some of the hardest-to-reach emergency operations around the world. Ms. Samoura said the UN estimates that over 1.8 million people in Guinea could be affected by a halt to the flights, which were established in the country to facilitate the movement of humanitarian personnel and the transport of urgent relief items, as well as linking Guinea to other coastal West Africa nations, including Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia. In 2009, UNHAS in Guinea transported 5,858 passengers and 85 tons of relief items, and carried out four medical evacuations of humanitarian personnel.It covers Haute Guinee and Guinee Forestiere, the latter being regularly cut off from the rest of the country during the rainy season, from June to October, according to a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“The ongoing unstable political and security situation in the country requires a continuation of UNHAS to provide a safe and rapid response,” noted Anthony Ohemeng-Boamah, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Guinea, adding that the humanitarian needs exceed the capacity of the Government.Guinea was gripped by unrest since Government forces opened fire on unarmed protesters last September, killing at least 150 people. The UN has hailed recent moves taken by the interim president, General Sekouba Konaté, including the formation of a national unity government led by a civilian prime minister, Jean-Marie Doré, named by the opposition, and the intention to hold elections within six months. 2 March 2010Lack of funding is threatening the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in Guinea, which needs over $3 million before the end of March to be able to continue transporting urgent relief items and aid workers in the country and the wider region.
29 November 2011The United Nations cultural agency and Italy announced today that they have agreed to work together to restore Pompeii, the famed Roman-era archaeological site that was badly damaged by torrential rains late last year. In a statement issued in Paris, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said it would collaborate with Italian authorities over the next nine months on the restoration.Several key buildings, including the Schola Armaturarum (Gladiators’ House) and the House of the Moralist, collapsed in November 2010, sparking international concern about the state of the site.The Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata have been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1997. The site contains the vestiges of two cities and numerous villas that were buried in lava and ashes when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D and were only discovered after excavations in the 18th century.Under the agreement signed today, UNESCO will provide expert advice to the Italian Government on how to improve the conservation of the site, in keeping with the recommendations of the World Heritage Committee, which manages the List. Italy will finance the restoration.Francesco Bandarin, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture, described the safeguarding of the Pompeii site as a “complex endeavour” and said the agreement was the result of long-standing cooperation between the agency and Italy.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 10, 2012 4:56 pm MDT Cellphone users want a $50 cap on their international data roaming use Almost 90 per cent of consumers want their wireless carriers to halt their data use abroad when they’ve spent a maximum of $50 on international data roaming fees, says a new study.Trying to calculate megabytes of data used while outside Canada can leave consumers confused and with cellphone bill shock, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre said Monday.“Consumers understand dollar limits in terms of how much it’s going to look like on my bill when I get back from vacation or travel,” said Janet Lo, legal counsel for the consumer advocacy group.The survey also found that about 90 per cent of consumers said they had received a bill that was much higher than expected for international data roaming, which includes emailing, texting, using maps or other applications or surfing the Internet on their devices.“We’re really trying to prevent this scenario where a consumer comes home and gets their bill and it’s much higher than they had expected,” Lo said from Ottawa.Major wireless carriers such as Telus (TSX:T), Bell (TSX:BCE) and Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) said they already advise their customers via text message of international roaming rates on their cellphones and send notifications when consumers have hit certain megabyte limits for data usage.“A dollar limit would give consumers that control they really seek,” said Lo, adding that’s how data roaming is calculated in Europe.Lo noted that 44 per cent of those surveyed prefer to leave their device turned off when they travel, while 16 per cent left it at home.The CRTC could include how wireless carriers notify customers of international roaming rates in its new wireless code of conduct, she added.“We’re looking for consistent practices between all wireless carriers.”The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is developing a national code of conduct for wireless carriers. The goal is to have consumers better understand their rights and wireless companies know their responsibilities.The commission is expected to issue a draft code by the end of next month, after which a second round of online consultations will be launched. Public hearings are set to begin in February.Telus spokeswoman Donna Ramirez said Telus already gives its customers notifications about how much data is being used when they’re outside the country.“We automatically give customers the lowest pay-per-used rates when they’re travelling abroad,” she said.Telus’s customers are notified when they use 10 megabytes of data and are asked if they want to continue using data, Ramirez said.Ten megabytes of data would allow a cellphone user to, for example, download to two songs, do some emailing and pull up a couple of web pages.“We can all be doing much more from an education perspective to be helping customers understand what happens when they’re roaming,” Ramirez said from Toronto.Bell spokesman Jason Laszlo said Bell has been sending travelling customers a text message advising of local roaming rates since 2009.“To ensure customers don’t come home to a larger than expected bill, upon reaching 100 MB of usage, data roaming service is suspended and can be restored either at the customer’s request or automatically after 30 days from the start of their data roaming,” Laszlo said.This service has included customers travelling to the United States since the spring, he added.Rogers said it agrees with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre that international roaming should be affordable.“We notify customers the moment they enter a roaming zone by sending them a text message which outlines the cost of pay-per use roaming and provides the option to purchase packages,” spokeswoman Patricia Trott said.In 2011, Canadians were paying some of the highest prices in the world for wireless data service while away from their home turf, suggesting there isn’t enough competition in this country, said a report by the Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation.
Industry group calls on province to dig mining industry out of possible trouble VANCOUVER – The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia says the province must act quickly to reverse trends highlighted in a new report that says access to the land base is shrinking.The association says the report, by consultant firm Hemmera, reveals a drop in the amount of land available for mineral exploration, while red tape governing land access and development abounds.Association president Gavin Dirom says exploration is vital, not only to locating new mineral deposits but also to understanding global geology and benefiting from that knowledge.The group notes 30,000 British Columbians are employed directly in the mineral exploration and development industries and more than $2.2-billion has been spent on exploration in B.C. since 2010.It says Metro Vancouver has become a global centre of excellence for the industry and headquarters about 800 exploration and mining companies, along with many other technical services around the industry.The association wants the province to immediately streamline land-use regulations and provide certainty that any new mineral deposits will be developed, if found. by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 20, 2016 1:11 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 20, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
…about NYT reportThat NYT reporter certainly seems to’ve struck a raw nerve in some folks here with his story, “The $20 Billion question for Guyana”. As your Eyewitness commented yesterday, three columnists of the Muckraker got their buktas into such a knot you could just see their eyes bulging!! Today, they were joined by the PRO from the Ministry of Finance, and by a playwright who hadn’t been heard from for years, but suddenly surfaced to argue the Guyana Prize for Literature be kept.This monument to mediocrity had coughed up US$20,000 to him as of now!!And this in itself is an instance of “sh*t-hole-ness” that the NYT reporter missed. How do you dole out “National” Literature Prizes to submissions on “Exercise Books”??!! What does it say about your nation, except that it’s in a sh*thole? The irony is, the playwright doesn’t even live here any longer!! He parlayed his prize winnings into a grubstake to live in some basement in NY!! And imagine, he’s all cut up because the NYT fella described Guyana as a “backwater”!!Trying to make his “point”, the pedantic playwright even defined “backwater: a place that seems stuck in a rut—a place unmoved by current events.” Now, tell me, if this doesn’t describe Guyana to a tee, what does? Yet the “playwright” had the temerity to assert: “The description ‘Backwater’ therefore does NOT fit Guyana”!!! If New Yorkers could call New Jersey a “backwater”, what’s so insulting to accept we’re not exactly at the crossroads of the world – like Times Square!! He also insists Guyana isn’t “isolated”!! We have ONE scheduled (Third World) airline connecting us with the rest of the world, and we’re PLUGGED IN?? Pleease!! And yes, this fella won FOUR Guyana Prizes!!The other defender of Guyana’s honour was a paid hack…the PRO of the Ministry of Finance…so your Eyewitness understands she has to defend the indefensible. After all, how could her boss puff his chest out at international gatherings if his country’s publicly dubbed as a “sh*thole country”? Problem is, at the said international gatherings, he’s mostly begging for handouts!! Like the $900 million he claims to’ve extracted from the Islamic Development Bank!She had the grace to not contest the NYT charge that “the Civil Service is corrupt”!! What she did pick a bone with was: “foreign bank developers have told the government that legislation to create a sovereign wealth fund…lacks sufficient regulatory controls to avert corruption” and that “the legislation is in limbo.”Then guess what? She goes on to describe the advice the Finance Ministry has received from the IFI’s!!And admits the legislation still hasn’t been tabled. That’s called “in limbo”!!…on socialismAhhh…the times are a changin’!! Imagine, sixty years after its revolution – when it inspired even book revolutionaries like Moses Nagamootoo to adopt the “Che Beret”! – the Cuban Government announced it’s abandoning “communism” for “socialism”. So what does this mean? Your Eyewitness couldn’t find it in himself to plough through “Das Capital”, so he stuck with Marx’s “Reader’s Digest” version of the difference between the two ideologies.Communism, he said, means “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!” Now this is great, isn’t it? You get whatever you need…but you only work according to your “ability”!! The point, of course, is who’s to say what’s your “ability”, if you don’t like to work? “Socialism”, on the other hand, meant “from each according to his ability, to each according to his work”. You had to work, baby!! But could also own private property and vote and enjoy such bourgeoisie “rights”!But did you realise, dear readers, that according to our Constitution, Guyana, like Cuba, is also “in transition to socialism”?CIA regime change, anyone?…from NagamootooIn his Chronic Column, Nagamootoo claimed the Opposition Leader unfairly called him a “lightweight,” so as not to negotiate with him. But, he said, “Jagdeo walked away with a Pyrrhic victory”! “Pyrrhic victory”?Jagdeo suffered such devastating losses he might’ve well have lost. Wanker!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Buktas in a knot…July 23, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: What’s going down…February 8, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for LiteratureOctober 13, 2016In “Entertainment”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related“No transparency on affairs at GPL” – EdghillDecember 5, 2018In “Business”Govt will have to provide answers to questions not asked during suspension- EdghillDecember 14, 2017In “latest news””Mix-up”: IDB did not fund Demerara River Crossing feasibility study, Govt did- PattersonSeptember 25, 2017In “Business” PPP/C MP Juan EdghillIn his heated delivery to the National Assembly during the no-confidence motion debate, Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill shut down claims made by Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan.According to Edghill, the motion was filed with the expectation of forcing Government to do better for the welfare of the Guyanese people.Edghill said that the Government continues to lack vision, continues to be dishonest and continues to take from Guyanese instead of giving.The MP noted that transformation was expected from the coalition Government not continued hardships which are forcing Guyanese to run “from home”.” People were more financially stronger before this Government took over… the people no longer trust you because you don’t ever tell them the truth. You raise your salaries from June of 2015, you denied it at press conferences, it was only when the opposition brought it to the public did you admit it…handling of the signing bonus, for more than one year the public was kept in the dark from several Ministers until documentation presented itself…Rather than giving the people more, you re taking from them and that is why we don’t have confidence in you” Edghill said in condemning the Government.According to the MP, the Guyanese people are imprisoned in their own homes because of the continuous rise in the crime rate, there is a lack of housing and he noted that the budget is one that only flourishes on paper.Edghill stated that the no-confidence motion pushes Government to say to the people what they have been saying in private, that they are failing.“From today my colleagues from the other side will have no excuse because when they go out an meet Guyanese with their dissatisfaction, now you will have to say publicly what you have been telling people privately, this is a day of reckoning…It is better not to make a promise than to make a promise and not keep it. You are putting hardship on the people, how can they have confidence in you” said Edghill.
While I may not be as gaga as fans are of unique fashionista and musician Lady Gaga, I do appreciate eccentric electronics – like those iPod Sunglasses that she sports in her music video, “Poker Face“. Apparently camera and eyewear maker, Polaroid, also thought that those specs looked pretty amazing. So much so, in fact, at this year’s CES the two icons have collaborated to unveil a special set of OLED Sunglasses called the “Polarez GL20.”Not only will these stylish shades protect your peepers from the sun, but they can also dazzle onlookers with dual 1.4-inch OLED screens. In addition, they also include a digital camera located in the middle of the specs so you can capture the world as you go and redisplay it to passers-by. The Polarez even includes a removable outer shield if you want people to get a better look at the displays and the glasses.Although there was no mention from Polaroid how much the Lady Gaga Polarez GL20 Sunglasses will cost, the company expects to start sending them to retailers around May at the latest.Read more at DVICE.
The Blaugrana footballer admits there were many defensive mistakes in the match against Leganes today in the Spanish La Liga tournamentBarcelona lost 2-1 to the team located in the bottom of the Spanish La Liga tournament: Leganes.What’s worst. The Blaugrana had a 1-0 advantage until they let their rivals score twice in 69 seconds.And for Barca’s midfielder Sergio Busquets, there is something to worry his team about.Zidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“We have had the advantage on the scoreboard, but we conceded too much to our rivals,” he said to Spanish newspaper Marca.“We haven’t been consistent nor solid. And they have been able to overcome a disadvantage in two minutes. Then we had trouble creating chances because they have closed their lines.”“It’s clear that this is something to worry about, not about receiving goals in 69 seconds, but about not scoring. We have to be more solid and score outside home,” he added.“We are a team, we win and lose together. There has to be an evaluation of the team. Eleven footballers played and we all lost.”
Concurrent with this project, ENSTAR Natural Gas Company is planning to replace their steel distribution lines with flexible HDPE lines. With input from the community and the City of Kenai, a final decision was reached to place the pedestrian pathway along the right side (river side) of Beaver Loop Road. According to the DOT website there will be new right turn lanes added at Bridge Access Road and Kenai Spur Highway. The project is needed because the roadway, ditches, and culverts have deteriorated and require frequent spot repairs, according to the City of Kenai.The improvements will include; new pavement in areas where there are dips and bumps in the roadway, spot repairs will be made to the underlying road subgrade to provide for a smoother longer lasting pavement, a new intersection lighting at Barbara Dr., Angler Dr./Cone Ave., Ames Rd., and Dolchok Ln., and will also include designs for a pedestrian pathway. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation and the City of Kenai have officially begun improvements to the Beaver Loop Road area as well as the construction of the pedestrian pathway project.
EU state aid regulators aim to rule on Amazon’s tax deal with Luxembourg by July, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday, and it may order the country’s tax authorities to recover about 400 million euros ($448 million) in back taxes.The European Commission’s decision will come after a near-two year investigation into whether a Luxembourg 2003 tax ruling for an Amazon subsidiary allows the company to pay less tax there than other companies, giving it an unfair advantage.The 400-million-euro figure is a preliminary assessment and may be revised after discussions with other units in the Commission, one of the sources said.The two sources said a panel of experienced officials met recently to review the strengths and weaknesses of the case, a move usually reserved for complex and high-profile cases.An EU official questioned whether the commission’s final decision on the legality of the tax deal would be in line with the current thinking of officials working on the case.The European Commission declined comment. Luxembourg and Amazon had no immediate comment.Amazon overhauled its European tax practices in May last year allowing it to book sales and pay taxes in Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy instead of channelling all sales through Luxembourg. The move could raise its tax bill.Multinational firms face increasing public scrutiny of their tax affairs following popular outrage at revelations of complex offshore schemes to minimise payments. The European Commission, led by former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker, has pledged to make rules more transparent across the EU.The EU’s crackdown on so-called sweetheart deals involving U.S. firms has been criticised by U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew who in February demanded that European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager reconsider such probes because they created disturbing precedents.This would be the fourth ruling by the EU competition enforcer following an order in October last year to Luxembourg to claw back up to 30 million euros from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and a similar order to the Dutch tax authorities related to Starbucks Corp.The Commission in January told Belgium to recover around 700 million euros from 35 companies including Anheuser-Busch InBev, BP and BASF because of their participation in an illegal tax scheme.Other outstanding similar cases are Commission probes of whether Apple paid too little tax in Ireland and burger chain McDonald’s too little in Luxembourg.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces Turkish Cabinet after taking oath as first president under new government system, in Ankara, on 9 July 2018. Photo: AFPPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday took on greater powers than any Turkish leader for decades as he was sworn in for a second presidential term, naming his son-in-law to the key post of finance minister in a revamped cabinet.Erdogan, who has already transformed Turkey in 15 years of rule, took his oath of office in parliament under the new presidential system denounced by opponents as a one-man regime.Describing the monumental change as a “new beginning”, he vowed at a later ceremony at his vast Ankara presidential palace to be the president of all 81 million Turks.”We have come not to be master but to be servant of our people,” he added.He then unveiled the first cabinet under the new system, appointing his son-in-law Berat Albayrak, 40, to the crucial post of finance minister, in a move that appeared to rattle markets.Army chief of staff General Hulusi Akar joined the government as defence minister but Mevlut Cavusoglu kept the post of foreign minister.Fuat Oktay, a former head of Turkey’s emergencies agency, has been named as the sole vice president, a newly-created post.- ‘One-man regime’ -The new system, which dispenses with the office of prime minister, was agreed in a bitterly-fought 2017 referendum narrowly won by the “Yes” camp. The issue continues to polarise public opinion in Turkey.”A partisan one-man regime starts officially today,” said the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper.But the pro-government daily Yeni Safak hailed it as an “historic day”, saying: “One page is closing in Turkish history and a new page is opening.”The president now sits at the top of a vertical power structure marked by a slimmed-down government with 16 ministries instead of 26 and multiple bodies reporting to him.In one of the most significant changes, the EU affairs ministry, set up in 2011 to oversee Turkey’s faltering bid to join the bloc, is being subsumed into the foreign ministry.Prime Minister Binali Yildirim now goes down in history as the 27th and final holder of the post in Turkey. He is expected to become speaker of the new parliament.- ‘Leader of multi-polar world’ -The transition ceremony was overshadowed by a deadly train derailment in northwest Turkey on Sunday that killed 24 people and injured hundreds. Erdogan said that folk dancing and a laser show had been cancelled as a result.Those attending included Ankara’s top allies from Africa, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union but relatively few European figures.Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was present, in a new sign of the warm ties between Ankara and Moscow, as was Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, regarded with disdain by Washington but an ally of Erdogan.In a tweet, Maduro hailed Erdogan as a “friend of Venezuela and leader of the new multi-polar world.”But Erdogan faces immediate challenges posed by Ankara’s faltering bid to join the EU and tensions between the United States and its NATO ally.Erdogan will this week immediately turn to foreign policy, visiting northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan, followed by more challenging encounters at a NATO summit in Brussels where he will meet US President Donald Trump and other leaders.- Lira pressured -The markets were keeping a close eye on the finance ministry, keen to see a steady hand at the helm in a fast-growing economy dogged by double-digit inflation and a widening current account deficit.The appointment of Albayrak, the husband of Erdogan’s elder daughter Esra and formerly energy minister, came as a surprise, with no place for Mehmet Simsek, the former deputy prime minister for the economy trusted by markets.The Turkish lira lost 3.5 percent in value on the news to trade at 4.73 lira to the dollar.Ruhsar Pekcan, one of just two women in the cabinet, was named as trade minister.Hardline Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu keeps his job, while Akar’s appointment as defence minister was also a surprise and it remains unclear who will replace him as army chief of staff.The AKP failed to win a majority in legislative elections and will need support from its allies in the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) which could push it into more hardline policies.Erdogan has also pledged to end the state of emergency that has been in place since the failed July 2016 coup and which has seen the biggest purge in the history of modern Turkey.One day ahead of the inauguration, 18,632 public sector employees were ordered dismissed, including thousands of soldiers and police officers in a new crackdown.
Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — During this year’s season of Lent — a time when Christians commemorate the biblical story of Jesus Christ fasting in the desert for 40 days — Riverside Church, a historically liberal congregation in New York City, is focusing on a theme of sin and loss. Riverside’s head pastor, the Rev. Amy Butler, spoke recently with Religion News Service to explain why the influential church is honing in on topics she says progressive Christians sometimes gloss over, and why she hopes examining ancient scriptural stories about sin and loss can speak to the modern-day challenges facing Americans in general and Christians in particular.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.What does it mean to offer a series at your church about sin and loss?Riverside is a very progressive Protestant congregation, and progressives are notoriously reticent to speak about sin. Because of that, we often cede responsibility for that kind of conversation, theological dialogue and exploration to our conservative brothers and sisters.I think that’s a mistake.So we’re going to take the season of Lent, which is a time of the church year for penitence and repentance, and see if we can’t reclaim some of the language for sin.I’ll be defining it as separation from God and from each other — the things we do and the systems that we participate in that hurt other people, that diminish our relationship with God and with each other, that harm our world and our fellow human beings. We’re going to cover all of that in six weeks.What do you think is distinct about the way your congregation is going to engage with sin compared to how your “conservative brothers and sisters” might approach the same question?I’m going to try to steer us away from a transactional understanding of sin. I grew up in a conservative evangelical background, so I understood growing up — as I think many of my conservative friends do — that God was the judge and there’s a certain balance sheet. You get points for this, a point for that — I’ve been watching “The Good Place” — and the way things balance out in the end.I just don’t think that we live in a world with that much control over the divine. I think that our lives are formed and ordered by the relationships that we build and nurture both with God and with each other. And I think taking a good, hard look at the things that impact and impede those relationships is where I really want to go. That’s going to be a distinction between, you know, “If you dance or drink, you get certain demerits, and then if you bring your grandmother flowers, you get more (positive points).”The Rev. Amy Butler greets congregants at New York City’s Riverside Church during her candidacy weekend in Aug. 2014. Photo by Dave Cross Photography, courtesy of Riverside ChurchYou said you’re not just tying sin to a personal action or a personal offense, but also systems and communities. Are you talking about systemic or communal sin?Yes. And you know, I think it’s a very dangerous bifurcation when we decide that sin is either individual or systemic. This is generalizing, of course, but: (the idea that if) every sin is individual, so that means we don’t look at things like racism. Or that if everything is systemic, that we don’t look at our own anger, our own pride.We have to find some way to look at both because they both impact our daily lives.Why do you think progressive Christian communities have shied away from explicit conversations about sin?I think there are a couple of reasons. One is that for some reason, somewhere along the line, the narrative was co-opted by a much more conservative storyline. Because the general perception of the concept of sin is what we see on TV, or when we hear about hateful protesters at abortion clinics — well, we don’t want to be associated with that.So we just prefer to step away from the conversation.The other trap that progressives fall into all the time is we think that claiming our own banners of belief is somehow … oppressive to other people, which is flatly untrue.We’re not doing the world any service if we can’t fully express what it is we say we believe and what standards and convictions animate our work in the world. So it may be a little provocative for my congregation — and I always like to push them a little bit. But I really want to bring sin (to) the fore this year, give us an opportunity to reclaim the language around it and have some honest conversations.You mentioned racism as one example of sin. Are there other examples that you plan to lift up?We’re telling the stories of the Book of Genesis, which are story after story of sin, right? I’m trying to take some of the stories that we don’t normally tell in a pulpit and taking a different look at them. We’re telling the story of Noah. We’re telling the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. These are stories that either people don’t know, or they know in very surface-y ways. And as we look at each of these stories, we’re trying to look at what the sin is in the story and then what is lost.So sins like pride and violence and corruption and othering and lack of hospitality. And then the things that we lose: intimacy with God and with each other, innocence, community, things to sustain life. And in those broader categories, surely there are things that are going to come up — systems that hurt and oppress. Racism is one of them. Misogyny, sexism — I mean all this stuff about institutions that hurt people.This Lent is (also) going to be a powerful time of reckoning for the institutional church. For example: the United Methodist Church, the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Church.But also, I don’t want to let our progressive selves off easy now, holding sin out at arm’s length. Let’s look a little closer and see where these sins are coming to be in our own lives, in our relationships with each other, even in our own community here at Riverside.You also mentioned that loss is a part of this project. Can you unpack that some more?I wanted to reframe (this topic) because so many times when we talk about sin, we talk about sin and punishment. I don’t want to talk about sin and punishment. I want to talk about sin and loss, because what really happens as the effect of sin is the loss. It’s not punishment, which (brings) along with it shame that further alienates us from each other and from the possibility of redemption.But if we talk about it in terms of loss, then I think it gives us more of a handhold for finding our way back to reconciliation. When we participate in sinful systems and sinful actions we are losing trust, relationship, accountability, all of these things that build this up and make our better community and better relationships.The Rev. Amy Butler of The Riverside Church in New York. Courtesy photoYou represent a historic progressive congregation whose messages can carry a lot of weight among progressive and liberal Christians. Is there some part of this that speaks to the rest of liberal and progressive Christianity to inform their spiritual life in this specific political moment of 2019?Oh, there’s so much to say.One thing I said often after the 2016 presidential election was that my immediate personal spiritual response was a deep sense of conviction that I needed to repent. That’s a very uncomfortable word for us progressive Christians. But I think for so long — particularly under the Obama administration — we had just sort of been like, “Oh, you know, everything’s fine. There are a few bad things, but in general, society’s moving toward a more just place.”What we have learned is that we weren’t speaking out enough before, that we hadn’t separated enough our call to be gospel people from the systems of our government that often oppressed and harmed, even if we believed in the ideology of the ruling party.I think repentance is a wonderful place for us to start as we think about how our actions are shaped moving forward in this moment.Certainly, if the church doesn’t stand up and speak up and act in the way of Jesus, then I don’t know why the church continues to exist.This is always a dangerous question that I ask a preacher: Do you think your congregation will be receptive to this message?I expect people will be uncomfortable. I have one congregation member who says to me often, “You know, I come to church on Sunday morning, I get all uncomfortable. Then I go home and watch Joel Osteen and I feel better.”Really?Yes, yes.Even at Riverside, we are guilty of wanting to be entertained or comforted. And I don’t think Jesus was really in the business of making us feel comfortable. I don’t think it’s my job to entertain people, but particularly during this season of Lent, this is a moment for us to really challenge ourselves to look hard at some very deep and hard places.When we have national theological conversations about Lent, is there something that you think gets left out or glossed over or forgotten?It’s interesting that you say that, because I’m advocating for us to take a good, hard look at individual sin. I think this year in particular, as Americans, we have an interesting opportunity to look at some of our institutional sin, because we’re seeing it on a national scale every single day.Let’s look at what we’re doing around immigration policy, around violence, around government corruption. But then also, what about the institution of the church? Look at what just happened in the United Methodist Church. Look what’s going on in the Catholic Church.All of our institutions have failed to reflect our highest aspirations for who we can be as a people of God or just as decent human beings. TagsAmy Butler homepage featured Lent loss Rev. Amy Butler Riverside Church sin,You may also like News Share This! Church leaders pray for Ethiopian Airlines crash victims as they grieve for clergy Share This! 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By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterThe Mosaic Theater, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, is tackling complex subjects and complicated work with the arrival of “Native Son” written by playwright Nambi E. Kelley, and adapted for the stage from Richard Wright’s classic source material, the novel “Native Son.”The website describes the play like so: “Richard Wright’s iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice comes to life on stage in this ground-breaking adaptation. Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, 20-year-old Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man’s house, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley, this Native Son captures the power of Richard Wright’s novel for a whole new generation.”Psalmayene 24, a director, actor, writer and more in D.C. was inspired by the book “Native Son” for two pieces brought to the District by Mosaic Theater at Atlas Performing Arts Center. (Courtesy Photo)For renowned playwright, director and actor Psalmayene 24, who will direct “Native Son,” the production had some interesting creative twists and turns. Originally he was tapped by the Mosaic’s founding artistic director Ari Roth to direct a workshop reading of “Native Son” about a year and a half ago. But because of timing of the original play and concerns the source material, particularly the way some characters are portrayed, Psalmayene 24 was asked to write a response play inspired by the criticism author/playwright James Baldwin had for Wright’s “Native Son.”Since the original play was not quite ready yet, Psalmayene 24’s piece was also bumped up to full production. Hence “Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of a Native Son” emerged as the companion play.The Mosaic Theater describes Les Deux this way: “Set in the legendary Parisian café Les Deux Magots in 1953, Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of A Native Son reimagines the meeting between Native Son author Richard Wright and essayist/activist James Baldwin. It explores the tension between Baldwin’s searing critiques of Native Son and Wright’s unbridled indignation in response—a confrontation between two mighty African-American artists, with echoes of a present-day rap battle.”Psalmayene 24 said he understand why some people may have been troubled with Wright’s work.“Part of the reason why I think people have challenges with the source material is because Richard Wright wrote a piece that people would be forced to grapple with until societal circumstances had changed,” he said. “I feel his uncompromising willingness to tell the truth about the African-American experience is something a lot of people can’t face even today.”“Unfortunately as time moves on “Native Son seems more relevant today than it did when it came out in 1940.”For Psalmayene 24, his journey to become one of the District’s premiere writers and directors, has been informative and transformational. His resume shows someone embedded in the DMV theater scene. His directing credits include ”Word Becomes Flesh,” (Helen Hayes Award winner for Outstanding Direction,Play), “TheShipment,” “ NotEnufLifetimes,” and “Read: White and Blue.” He is the recipient of an Individual Artist Award in Playwriting from the Maryland State Arts Council and has received grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities and the Boomerang Fund for Artists Inc. He is currently the Master Teaching Artist at Arena Stage and is the Artist-in-Residence at Bowie State University.But the Brooklyn native he came to D.C., like many before him, by way attending an HBCU – namely Howard University. He admits to having one vision that developed into the career we see now.His original plan was to be a revolutionary in the vein of Malcolm X and Huey P. Newton but says, “I fell in love with the arts and I feel like as an artist I still have that desire for revolution particularly when it comes to uplifting the black community and particularly when it comes to uniting people across color lines as well.”He pivoted from film production, to dance and finally leaving as an acting major. The rational is a revolutionary and traditional as they come.“To be honest I’ve always loved to act but then one day I was walking in front of the Fine Arts Building and I saw the most beautiful women coming in an out of the building and I said that’s where I need to be,” he said with a laugh.The ladies may have brought him into that fine arts building, but he didn’t squander the artistic opportunities. He founded a dance company with friends, experimenting with hip-hop, club and street dance mixed with African dance. His group started performing around the area. And then he began to take theater more seriously, more acting and writing jobs began to materialize. “So it’s been sort of this organic journey that i’ve been taken through arts and entertainment,” Psalmayene 24 said.And what is his secret with listening to his gut instincts and moving so seamlessly through the arts?“Keeping your eyes and ears open and being conscious about where you are in your life and being responsive to opportunities that come your way,” he said. “Also having a vision for where you’re going. You may have a plan but God’s plan may trump your plan. So there’s this orchestration that seems to be happening that is honestly bigger than me.”“Native Son” runs through April 28, while “Les Deux Noirs” runs through April 27. For more information on both plays and to purchase tickets please go to: https://www.mosaictheater.org/native-son.
Citation: Researchers take new approach to determine historical population fluctuations (2015, April 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-approach-historical-population-fluctuations.html SNP is a DNA sequence variation that occurs commonly among a given population. Scientists have been using information read from it to trace lineage and to follow population fluctuations over time. In this new effort, the researchers used a different math technique on DNA data obtained from nine populations included in the 1000 Genome Project. Rather than using techniques that rely on predefined population models, the pair of researchers instead came up with a model-flexible method that allows for using SNP spectra data to estimate population size during different periods in history.Using their technique, the researchers were able to show population bottlenecks (sudden sharp reductions in population size) going back 200,000 years. They found, for example, that there was a population bottleneck in Europe approximately 20 to 30,000 years ago (though it did not include people living in Finland). They also found a bottleneck in Africa occurred 100 to 200,000 years ago in Africa.The two researchers describe their method as a multi-epoch model that is similar to a skyline plot in that it can be used to calculate the likelihood of a given frequency spectrum—and it allows for treating each DNA sequence as an independent locus, which they noted reduces computational load and makes it possible to study hundreds of individuals, which of course makes historical population estimating much more accurate.For each of the nine populations studied, the duo created 200 frequency spectra which led to a stairway plot based on median population size for a given period in history. They report that their technique revealed that all of the populations that were not Africa based experienced severe drops in population between 50 and 70,000 years ago. The population in Finland stood as a different however, in that they had a separate drop between 10 and 20,000 years ago, as opposed to the rest of Europe which saw its major drop approximately ten thousand years later. The researchers suggest this was due to early Finnish people separating themselves from the rest of Europe. They note also a sharp African population drop approximately 50 to 70,000 years ago, and then again 20 to 30,000 years ago. (Phys.org)—A pair of researches with the University of Texas has used a new method to infer historical human population size fluctuations based on Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) data. In their paper published in the journal Nature Genetics, the team describes how they applied a technique they call a stairway plot to SNP data to uncover human population fluctuations going back hundreds of thousands of years. Explore further New genetic evidence resolves origins of modern Japanese This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Nature Genetics Illustration of the multi-epoch model. Left, a coalescent tree with corresponding coalescent times. Right, an illustration of how the population size (width of each rectangle) changes over multiple epochs, with each epoch coinciding with a coalescent event. Credit: Nature Genetics (2015) doi:10.1038/ng.3254 © 2015 Phys.org More information: Exploring population size changes using SNP frequency spectra, Nature Genetics (2015) DOI: 10.1038/ng.3254AbstractInferring demographic history is an important task in population genetics. Many existing inference methods are based on predefined simplified population models, which are more suitable for hypothesis testing than exploratory analysis. We developed a novel model-flexible method called stairway plot, which infers changes in population size over time using SNP frequency spectra. This method is applicable for whole-genome sequences of hundreds of individuals. Using extensive simulation, we demonstrate the usefulness of the method for inferring demographic history, especially recent changes in population size. We apply the method to the whole-genome sequence data of 9 populations from the 1000 Genomes Project and show a pattern of fluctuations in human populations from 10,000 to 200,000 years ago.