Aston Villa was relegated for the first time since 1987 after a 1-0 loss against Manchester United on Saturday in the English Premier League.The only goal came in the 32nd minute with Marcus Rashford slotting home from Antonio Valencia’s cross.Although the Midlands club has been effectively relegated for some time, the result finally ends Villa’s ever-present status in the Premier League since its inception in 1992. Villa has now lost nine games in a row, and a highly uninspiring performance against Man United typified the disappointing performances that have wrecked its season.Manchester United remains fifth, provisionally one point behind rival Manchester City, which plays Chelsea later.
A lot was said about Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to tour Zimbabwe with a second-string team. Ajinkya Rahane was expected to lead the side had Dhoni opted out of the series. (Also read: When Makhaya Ntini almost hung himself after losing ODI series to India) The selectors, in fact, left it to Dhoni to decide but the Indian skipper did not want to miss out on any opportunity to get match practise in a season which is going to be packed with Tests. A few even went on to probe if the youngsters in the team would be able to express themselves well under Dhoni in Zimbabwe. (Also read: Mahendra Singh Dhoni ends 20-month wait for ODI series win) Notwithstanding the critics, Dhoni, like always, proved himself with results. Youngsters like Lokesh Rahul, Barinder Sran and Yuzvendra Chahal have gone out there and decimated Zimbabwe in the two ODIs. Dhoni ticked all boxes with the way he handled his young brigade on the field. (Also read: Dhoni defies logic by choosing Rayudu over Pandey at No. 3)Off the field also, the skipper seems to be keeping the mood light. In a photo posted by pacer Jaydev Unadkat, skipper Dhoni is seen having ‘a down-to-earth’ dinner with his teammates. Rahul, Karun Nair, Chahal, Manish Pandey and a few others are posing for a selfie clicked by Dhoni himself. A second-string India decimated Zimbabwe in the first two matches on Saturday and Monday to take an unbeatable lead in the three-ODI series. This also happens to be Dhoni’s first series victory in 20 months as captain.advertisementCalls to replace Dhoni with Virat Kohli in the shorter formats have been growing louder everyday. However, before leaving Indian shores for Zimbabwe, Dhoni reiterated that the BCCI would take the final call on who would lead India in ODIs and T20 Internationals.
New Delhi, Nov 18 (PTI) Hockey India today announced an 18-member Indian junior mens team for the Uttar Pradesh Junior World Cup scheduled to be held at Lucknow from December 8 to 18. The team includes dragflicker and defender Harmanpreet Singh, who has been nominated for the 2016 Rising Star of the Year award from the FIH. He was also part of the Indian team that participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Known for his abilities as a striker, Mandeep Singh too finds himself in the squad. He was part of Indias forwardline in the FIH Champions Trophy in London earlier this year where he rose to the occasion scoring three field goals in crucial matches. He will be joined in the forward line by Armaan Qureshi, Parvinder Singh, Gurjant Singh, Ajit Kumar Pandey and Simranjeet Singh. Defender and dragflicker Varun Kumar who scored the maximum goals in Indias successful campaign in Valencia will be joined by Vikramjit Singh and Gurinder Singh in the defence structure, while the midfield will be formed by Santa Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Manpreet, Sumit along with Harjeet Singh. Indias custodian in goal will be Vikas Dahiya who was also part of the Indian team at the Rio Olympics as a stand-by goalkeeper for PR Sreejesh. Krishan B Pathak will be the second goalkeeper for India. “The final combination has been formed keeping in mind the recent results. I believe this team combination is the best we have in junior hockey and the boys are ready both mentally and physically to do everything it takes to stand on the podium,” said Roelant Oltmans. “Though our goal is to win the gold medal, we will be taking it match-by-match and the best part is that this group knows how to keep their emotions in check,” he added. India will begin their campaign against Canada on December 8th and will face England on December 10th and play South Africa on December 12th as part of their Pool D league matches. The matches can be seen live on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD 4. Team: GOALKEEPERS: Vikas Dahiya, Krishan B Pathak DEFENDERS: Dipsan Tirkey, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Vikramjit Singh, Gurinder Singh. MIDFIELDERS: Harjeet Singh, Santa Singh, Nilakanta Sharma Manpreet, Sumit FORWARDS: Parvinder Singh, Gurjant Singh, Armaan Qureshi, Mandeep Singh, Ajit Kumar Pandey, Simranjeet Singh. PTI ATK ATKadvertisement
Philippe Coutinho Neymar and Suarez make Coutinho’s dream five-a-side team Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 02:30 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Philippe Coutinho Neymar Luis Suárez Serie A Liverpool PSG Barcelona Internazionale Ligue 1 Primera División Premier League The Liverpool playmaker has found space for former team-mates at Inter and Liverpool within his selection, along with a Brazil international colleague Philippe Coutinho has backed Neymar to be a future Ballon d’Or winner while selecting the Brazilian in his dream five-a-side team.The Liverpool playmaker has pieced together a side made up of those he has played alongside over the course of his career.Coutinho 11/10 to score at Stoke Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That is a serious talent pool from which to select, with Coutinho forced to leave himself out in order to include five iconic figures.He was able to find room for former colleagues at Anfield and Inter, while offering the most expensive player in world football an opportunity to lead the line.Coutinho believes fellow Brazilian Julio Cesar was “the best goalkeeper in the world” when he linked up with Inter back in 2008.He also considers World Cup winner Lucio, who “won everything at Inter”, to have been among the global elite when at the peak of his powers in Milan.There was also high praise for ex-Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard – a midfielder Coutinho admits he already considered to be an “idol” before the pair worked together in England.He told Sky Sports: “When I arrived it was a dream to play with a guy I used to watch in Brazil and play as on the PlayStation.“He’s the best midfielder I’ve ever played with. He was better than I thought he was [before I arrived].“He was an idol for me but when you see him training and in the dressing room it is even better.”Another former Reds colleague, Luis Suarez, is considered to be a “killer” in front of goal and the best striker Coutinho has played with.The final place in the 25-year-old’s side is filled by international team-mate Neymar, with the Paris Saint-Germain star expected to be named the best player on the planet at some stage in the near future.Pressed on whether the €222 million man will land the Ballon d’Or, Coutinho said: “Yes definitely, it’s coming… he’s the best technical player I have played with.“He’s very skilful, in training there will be five players around him them he’ll do one movement to get away.”Coutinho opted to name ex-Inter star Wesley Sneijder as his substitute and current Brazil boss Tite as his manager.
AUSTIN, TX – AUGUST 31: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns looks to pass in the third quarter against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)It appears the bye week came at the perfect time for the Texas Longhorns. Star quarterback Sam Ehlinger is dealing with an injury that has limited his participation in practice.Ehlinger is off to another excellent start for the Longhorns. Through four games he’s totaled 1,237 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and only one interceptions.The one downside for Ehlinger this season is that he’s taken a few too many hits due to his workload in the running game, which might be the reason for his current health status.According to Anwar Richardson of Rivals.com, Ehlinger is dealing with a rib injury. However, the Longhorns don’t expect it to affect his status for next week’s game. Texas will face West Virginia next Saturday.Texas QB Sam Ehlinger has been dealing with a minor rib injury and is being limited in practice during the bye week, according to sources close to the QB. Played against LSU, Rice and Oklahoma State with the injury. Not expected to miss next week’s game against West Virginia.— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) September 25, 2019There’s no question that Texas is very dependent on its quarterback. Even when star wideout Collin Johnson misses time, the offense runs smoothly because of Ehlinger.What makes Ehlinger so special is that he can contribute in a multitude of ways. He continues to improve as a passer, he makes a plethora of plays on the ground and the team seems to rally around him.Losing Ehlinger for any extent of time would be a brutal blow for Texas, but it sounds like he’ll be ready for the team’s next matchup.
zoom The International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P) stressed the June 24 Indian Court hearing for 35 detained crew members of the Seamen Guard Ohio protection patrol boat should serve as a call for action by the International Maritime Organization to set standards for security ships escorting commercial vessels through pirate-infested waters.The men were arrested by the Indian Coast Guard in October on weapons charges after their ship purportedly drifted out of international waters into domestic territory during at-sea refueling.“Piracy is a continuing threat to world mariners,” stresses Captain James Staples, MM&P’s Senior Advisor. “Multi-national naval flotillas cannot protect every vessel sailing the African-Atlantic, Asian-Pacific and Indian Oceans.”Staples explains, “The onus to ward-off pirates is reliant on privateers. These are professional soldiers, distained by many governments who know these ships are on protection details, yet, they overzealously enforce domestic gun laws because there are no international regulations that specifically address the role of these necessary armed forces.”The 170 member-countries of the United Nations’ IMO need to define international maritime security; regulate it and globalize the criteria in the same manner shipping companies adhere to procedures recognized by the International Organization for Standardization, according to Staples.The M/V Seamen Guard is owned by U.S.-based AdvanFort maritime security corporation. The crew members are 14 Estonians, 6 Britons, 3 Ukrainians and 12 Indians.Following five months of intense international media coverage, diplomatic inquiries and a 150,000 signature petition campaign imploring British Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene, 33 of the men were released on bail. They cannot leave India. They are partially confined in a Chennai hotel. They can leave the hotel but must check-in at a local police station in the morning and evening. The captain and executive officer remain imprisoned.The crew is charged with violating the Indian Arms Act because it did not receive written domestic authorization.A case under the Essential Commodities Act was also registered for procuring 1,500 liters of diesel through local agencies in an unauthorized manner. The diesel fuel operator was also arrested.“MM&P and professional mariners worldwide are alarmed by reports that the accused seamen have endured inhumane treatment in a maximum security penitentiary and that the court intentionally delayed due process,” says MM&P chief-of-staff Captain Klaus Luhta. “Traditionally, only a ship’s captain is arrested for a violation because he is ultimately responsible for obtaining proper documents. Throwing everyone aboard behind bars in rodent-infested, unsanitary prison cells is an outrage.”He emphasizes, “Increasingly, we are seeing the wrongful criminalization of mariners who, in many cases, are being played as pawns in a larger international chess game that pits the powers of nations ill-equipped to combat piracy against shipping companies determined to protect their people and cargo from attacks and hijackings.”According to a company news release, AdvanFort blames the ship’s insurers for the crews’ plight. “More than seven months after Seaman Guard Ohio sailors were detained in India, the crew is now getting the cold shoulder treatment from insurers Aon, Lodestar and Travelers as they stonewall the claims of the men who used to serve their country as soldiers. AdvanFort has a comprehensive insurance package worth more than $700,000 in premiums for the 35 men for the last two years.”The statement continues, “We hope the insurers can provide the support we need for the sake of the sailors who need food, shelter and medical help so that they can be back in the arms of their loved ones.”Even if the case is dismissed, the men may be prevented from leaving the country because of outstanding and unpaid fees and costs, including a hefty hotel bill – all of which the company contends should be paid by the insurance companies.MM&P, June 23, 2014
Nova Scotia farmers will welcome visitors on annual Open Farm Day, Sunday, Sept. 21. “This day provides a great opportunity for Nova Scotians to visit a local farm, talk to the farmer, and better understand the importance of supporting our agricultural community by selecting local food products,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. Nova Scotia farms generate more than $454 million in revenue each year. “Our agriculture sector provides consumers with safe, high quality food. Farmers also work hard to reduce their impact on the environment by participating in the environmental farm plan program,” said Mr. Taylor. “Open Farm Day is one way we can show support for the farmers who feed us all.” The province’s largest farm sectors are dairy, horticulture, poultry and eggs, and livestock. “Open Farm Day is a great day for families to visit their local farms and learn more about where our food comes from,” said Beth Densmore, co-chair of the Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Committee. “Each farm will offer visitors a different view of agriculture in Nova Scotia.” Last year, 40 farms and almost 10,000 visitors took part in the Open Farm Day activities. This year, 50 farms will participate in the event which is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Committee, and Sobeys Inc. A map and list of participating farms are available at Sobeys, Price Chopper and Foodland stores. Information is also available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/agri .
Muzaffarnagar (UP): Security has been beefed up with additional police deployment in Kawal and Malakpura villages in this district of Uttar Pradesh in view of the sixth death anniversary of two men who were killed in Kawal, following which communal riots had erupted in the district and adjoining areas. A “havan” would be organised in Malakpura to mark the death anniversary of the two men — Sachin and Gaurav — and a number of people, including Union minister Sanjeev Balyan, were expected to attend it, former block president Virender Singh told reporters here on Wednesday. Meanwhile, prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) have been clamped in Jansath tehsil of the district to maintain law and order. Three men — Sachin, Gaurav and Shahnawaz — were killed in a clash over a road accident in the district on August 27, 2013, triggering communal violence.
REYKJAVIK, Iceland – For those hoping for ever cheaper fares on long-haul flights, this month’s takeover of Icelandic airline Wow is not good news.The struggling airline, which specializes in ultra-cheap flights between North America and Europe, was taken over by Iceland’s flagship carrier, Icelandair, for just $18 million. Its rescue is a reality check for an industry hoping to apply the budget flying model to long-haul routes.And for now it means that passengers from, say, Washington will likely have to pay more than the $99 teaser rates previously offered for the six and half-hour trip to the Icelandic capital, which serves as a stopover to mainland Europe.“It simply costs more than $99 to fly between continents and Wow air has not found ways around it,” said Kristjan Sigurjonsson, editor of local travel news site Turisti.While Wow will continue as a separate brand for now, Sigurjonsson says it’s unclear whether Icelandair will have it continue offering such low fares in an attempt to compete with Norwegian Air, which is offering cheap flights at a loss to gain market share.But for now, the numbers don’t add up for budget long-haul flying.Part of the business model for low-cost flying across the Atlantic depends on getting cheaper airport slots, both by departing at odd hours and by flying to smaller cities in the United States. Wow flies to St Louis and Pittsburgh, for example. The low fares, in turn, mean planes are typically full.Wow flies across the Atlantic with single-aisle, narrow-body Airbus A321 jets. Being smaller than a widebody plane makes them easier to fill, an important consideration in keeping down costs per seat. They are also cheaper than two-aisle planes. Wow’s jets are relatively new, meaning they are more fuel-efficient than some competitors’ fleets.However, those savings have been squeezed in the past couple years as oil prices have risen. The U.S. benchmark for oil has risen 50 per cent from late 2016 to a peak of $75 in September this year, before easing back somewhat.For a budget airline like Wow, where margins are already tight, that means a direct hit to earnings. On top of that, wages have been rising sharply in Iceland, where its employees are based.Founded in 2012, the airline expanded fast to 37 destinations and reported up to 60 per cent annual growth in passenger numbers. Its revenue per passenger, however, has not kept up and fell by about 20 per cent in 2017, according to the last earnings report.About 70 per centper cent of Wow’s passengers travel between Europe and North America. Combined with Icelandair, the airlines will carry about 3.8 per cent of transatlantic passengers, according to analysts at Icelandair.Experts say that what budget airlines like Wow lack is the big source of money from transatlantic flying: business travellers. The New York-London route is the most lucrative in the world, thanks to the amount of business travelling done between the two financial hubs. British Airways takes in a reported $1 billion a year between those cities alone.Budget airlines have been trying to tap that market. Wow created a new business-class scheme and in a presentation to investors this year it predicted that would help it make a profit this quarter. Norwegian Air has also offered “Premium class without the premium price,” reportedly with modest success.But it remains to be seen whether companies booking trips will agree to pick budget airlines over established carriers that are often seen as more reliable because they have bigger fleets and deeper pockets.“The established airlines have loyalty programs that hold tight to the most lucrative clients,” said Skarphedinn Steinarsson, former CEO of low-cost carrier IcelandExpress and the director of the Icelandic Tourist Board. “It takes longer to win this group over than the typical bargain-hunter.”For now, it is the flagship carrier coming out on top.Wow founder and CEO Skuli Mogensen urged his staff Monday to “look at this as an opportunity to continue our journey now as a part of a much stronger group”.The charismatic boss, who has in the past mocked Icelandair as “outdated” and used his image to represent the airline, acknowledge defeat with much understatement: “It was not part of the original game plan.”
India and Sri Lanka today exchanged letters to construct 4000 houses in the Central and Uva Provinces under a community driven-model as the third phase of the Indian Housing Project in Sri Lanka.The letters were exchanged by Y.K. Sinha, High Commissioner of India and P. Thigambaram, Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development at the Ministry of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development. As per the agreement, 4000 houses will be constructed through the Estate Workers Housing Cooperative Societies (EWHCS). EWHCS in consultation with the beneficiaries will facilitate construction of houses. The High Commission of India would release payment of a total of SLR 950,000 per house in four tranches, linked to the physical progress, directly to the special bank account operated by the EWHCS. The beneficiaries will be selected through a transparent and norm-based process on the basis of clearly defined and objective criteria. The project will be implemented in close consultation with the Ministry of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure & Community Development and Plantation Human Development Trust. (Colombo Gazette) The Government of Sri Lanka has earmarked an area of 7 perches per family for 1134 houses and hence 1134 houses will be taken up for construction initially. Government of Sri Lanka is also undertaking steps to transfer the ownership of the land in the names of the beneficiaries.These 4000 houses to be constructed in the Central and Uva Provinces are a part of Government of India’s overall commitment to construct 50,000 houses in Sri Lanka. The services of four Implementing Agencies (UN-Habitat, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Habitat for Humanity and National Housing Development Authority) who have been providing necessary technical assistance and support under the second phase involving construction of 45,000 houses in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, will be utilised for the Indian Housing Project in the Central and Uva Provinces.
Macworld | iWorld, un salon pour les iFansFondé en 1985, Macworld | iWorld est l’événement mondial annuel pour ceux qui utilisent, créent et aiment les produits Apple. Vous pensez faire partie des iFans, vous n’achetez exclusivement que des produits de la marque Apple ou adaptés à la marque? Alors, ce salon est fait pour vous! À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le Macworld | iWorld présente une célébration unique de la technologie Apple y compris via l’art, la musique, des films. Grâce à un grand hall d’exposition, tous les produits et les services sont présents, offrant aux visiteurs un large éventail de compétences et d’intérêts.Rebaptisée Macworld | iWorld, l’édition 2012 ouvre la culture Apple aux iFans, en tentant de casser son côté professionnel. Cette année, on y trouvera un festival du film iPhone, une galerie d’art, des débats, des concerts. Les nouveaux produits et applications seront également disponibles.Le Macworld | iWorld s’est déroulé au Moscone Cener, à San Francisco, et a pris fin le 28 janvier.Retrouvez en images quelques nouveautés du Macworld | iWorld 2012, sur Maxisciences.Le 31 janvier 2012 à 17:32 • Maxime Lambert
WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Videos Articles Videos Articles Pinterest New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Google+ Now Playing Up Next Fansided.com has a new interview with WWE NXT Diva Charlotte about her career. Here are some excerpts:On her December 2014 WWE RAW appearance:“To be honest I don’t think about the match itself. I look at this being one of the first opportunities of many that I will have in the future. Just to have the opportunity to whether it was one minute or twenty minutes was great to highlight the future (NXT), and myself. Natty has been there for the biggest moments in my career. She was my very first dark match at NXT. She was my first NXT Special match where I won the women’s championship. These were very special moments and I don’t think it could have gone any better.”On Triple H wanting to give the WWE Divas more time:“Down in NXT, Triple H and the writers are very hands on as well as our coaches. They have a very good grasp of our characters. Speaking for the Divas we have earned their trust and respect and there’s leeway to experiment. The only reason we are given more time because we have delivered time and time again. You think of Bayley, Sasha Banks a year ago. I think Triple H really wants the divas to shine.”On the perception of WWE women’s wrestling by fans:“Hearing that is extremely frustrating because it will change. If they were able to play our matches on Raw it would be great to show that the women can work like men. I’m not saying the Divas on the roster now aren’t capable of doing that but the training in NXT has really helped us. I think over the years with the Divas searches and very little training makes it hard to make the division legitimate. I hope over my career that they don’t look at our matches as a ‘popcorn match.’ I truly believe we are paving the way for a great division.”Fansided.com: WWE NXT’s Charlotte: ‘I’m one of the best females in professional wrestling’Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Charlotte Flair Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Becky Lynch Twitter WhatsApp Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Now Playing Up Next WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Facebook WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Asuka, Becky Lynch, And Charlotte In Triple Threat Title Match Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next
Jerome Boateng may not have it easy to get back into the Germany team under Joachim Low, reckons Lothar MatthausThe Bayern Munich defender was left out of Germany’s upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures with Russia on Thursday and Netherlands four days later.Amid struggles for form and fitness this season, Boateng explained that the need for a break was behind his omission from the German squad.But Matthaus, who captained Germany to the 1990 World Cup title, suggests that Boateng’s days with the national side could be over.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“It could well be that this is a very long break for Jerome Boateng in the German national team, as long as Low is in charge there,” Matthaus told Sky.“I think that’s because of several factors. First, of course, the sporting achievements of the last few months.“I can well imagine that the national coach did not like that, that Jerome left injured after the 3-0 defeat in Holland last month, and then completed a full training session at FC Bayern on the day of the France match a few days later.”Boateng has made 11 appearances for Bayern in all competitions this season.
Tirupati: Protesting against the proposed move of the Central government to privatise Indian Railways, Andhra Pradesh Abhivrudhi Porata Samithi (AAPS) and other organisations will organise a huge dharna before Tirupati railway station on July 24. AAPS President N Raja Reddy and others have submitted a memorandum to Tirupati station manager K Rajendra Prasad on Monday to this effect. Raja Reddy said that Indian Railways is the fourth largest railway system in the world and fetching a revenue of Rs.2.5 lakh crores per annum. The Central government was conspiring to weaken this system by privatising it. AAPS district president Sk Md Rafi, State Advisor of Bahujana Welfare Association P Vinayak Reddy, Balija Association leader R Chandrasekhar, U Raghu, IS Khaja and others also spoke on the occasion.
Discussants at a Prothom Alo roundtable on 7 December 2017.Experts have suggested the extension of bank loan programmes by distributing digital cards among marginal farmers as an initiative to increase their earnings.They made the suggestion at a roundtable organised by the Bangla daily Prothom Alo at its office of Karwan Bazar in the capital on Thursday. Care Bangladesh supported the event moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum.Bank Asia in association with Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Care Bangladesh and USAID provides up to Tk 20,000 as loans through digital cards to marginal farmers.A farmer has to have 50 decimals land or two cows and a bull to avail the loan facility. The farmer with a digital card can purchase agriculture inputs through designated retailers.The experts said the farmers can take the loan at 9 per cent interest rate and can pay the loan at their convenience.Chief of party of USAID Agricultural Extension Project at Dhaka Ahsania Mission Bidyuth K Mahalder said around 1500 farmers have received digital cards and availed the loan facilities. Around 1500 farmers have also been registered for digital cards, he added. This bank loan has been introduced in three districts – Khulna, Faridpur and Bhola.Card user Khaleda Begum said she has to face various problems to get a loan and the interest rate was very high. After getting the digital card, I have increased the rice production and raw jute production too as I purchased seeds and fertiliser in time, she said.Agriculture goods retailer Md Shajahan said he had to sell agricultural implements on credit and there was a risk. Now I can sell the goods and receive payment by cards. The sale of agricultural goods has increased by over 40 per cent, he claimed.Chairman of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation and also economist Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said the disbursement of bank loans through the digital cards is an innovative idea.He said such an initiative has to be continued for maximum benefits from the innovative loan programme.Kholiquzzaman said, Only financing will not make the programme sustainable, and it requires training for proper use of the loan.Emphasing the marketing of agricultural products, he warned that the farmers may be affected if they do not get due prices of their produce.Planning commission senior secretary Shamsul Alam said, Undoubtedly it is a good initiative and I want its extension. The security of cards has to be maintained so that the farmers are not affected.President and managing director of Bank Asia Md Arfan Ali, director of Extreme Rural Poverty Programme of Care Bangladesh Anowarul Haq, project management specialist of USAID Mohammad Sayed Shibli, executive director of Dhaka Ahsania Mission M Ehsanur Rahman and executive director of Society Development Committee in Faridpur Kazi Ashraful Alam, among others, spoke at the roundtable.
Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesIt’s been six months since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Aug. 25, 2017. Over the course of the ensuing several days, the Greater Houston area saw unprecedented flooding that displaced thousands of residents and caused over billions in damages across the state.How has the recovery process fared in the past half-year? What policies have been considered regarding flood mitigation? Where does our city stand six months later?First, Houston Matters talks with Jim Blackburn of the Rice SSPEED Center to discuss the lessons learned about flooding in the region and what methods need to be taken going forward. Then, Susan McEldoon, general manager of KHOU Ch. 11 talks about the challenges her station has faced since flooding forced them to evacuate their former location along Allen Parkway. And, we hear some stories of the recovery process from our listeners, along with Jenna Armstrong, president of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Jenna Armstrong, and Joel Dinkin, executive director of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. Share
AP10ThingsToSee – Workers hang a banner depicting actress Ingrid Bergman on the Palais during preparations for the 68th international film festival in Cannes, southern France on Monday, May 11, 2015. The festival runs from May 13 to May 24. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Quick workouts for men “Yesterday, as I was walking up the red carpet with Mama enormous, I got up to (festival director) Thierry Fremaux, I said ‘Thierry, I don’t miss her anymore,’” Rossellini said Thursday. “Thirty years since she died, she’s so present. It’s wonderful.”–By Jill Lawless, http://Twitter.com/JillLawlessCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home CANNES, France (AP) — Isabella Rossellini says it’s a moving experience to see her late mother all over Cannes.The actress-director is the daughter of Swedish screen icon Ingrid Bergman, whose face adorns the official poster for the 68th annual festival. A giant version of the image towers over the famous red-carpeted steps of Cannes’ Palais des Festivals.Rossellini said she feels both honored and touched by the poster, and by a Cannes premiere for a documentary about Bergman, who died in 1982.