Employees oppose privatisation of ‘Assam Accord Refinery’

first_imgThe Numaligarh Refinery Employees’ Union on Wednesday wrote to Assam Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami seeking an Assembly resolution against the Centre’s bid to disinvest Numaligarh Refinery Limited via Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), its parent company.The union said privatising the refinery, referred to as NRL, would have been logical had it been a loss-making entity. “Since its establishment in 1993 till 2018-19 fiscal, NRL has paid more than Rs. 30,000 crore to the National and State exchequer, contributing immensely to the country’s growth,” the union’s general secretary Binod Gogoi said.In a memorandum to Mr. Goswami, the union sought an Assembly resolution against NRL’s privatisation. It also asked the Assam government to strive for merging NRL with the Indian Oil Corporation Limited by letting the petroleum major take over the refinery’s 61.65% share from BPCL.The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and other civic organisations have been protesting against the bid to privatise NRL, popularly called the Assam Accord Refinery. Setting up the refinery was among the clauses of the 1985 accord that ended a violent six-year agitation for ejecting illegal migrants from the State.“We don’t want some private company take over NRL which was built on the blood of 855 martyrs of the agitation and is thus high on sentimental value for the people of Assam,” AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath said.last_img read more

London Olympics: Janardhan Gehlot wears IOA secretary Randhir Singh’s card

first_imgThere is nothing unusual about this photo identity card, perfectly legal and valid for the London Olympics. But look at it closely and you will see Janardhan Gehlot, secretary of the Indian Kabaddi Federation, wearing the card of the secretary general of the Indian Olympic Association.At a time when there has been a huge uproar over one Madhura Nagendra spoiling the Indian march past at the opening ceremony, Gehlot has misrepresented his details to the LOCOG (London Organising Committee). Sources told Mail Today that as the IOA got only four cards for the Olympics, secretary general Randhir Singh has “given” his card to Gehlot. Randhir got accreditation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), where he is a member.If the National Olympic Committee (NOC) can misrepresent facts to an Olympic host, one wonders what’s wrong in Madhura getting a card for herself, though it did cause a huge scare. With the IOA elections due in October, it is clear Gehlot finds himself in favour with Randhir, as more than two factions will be battling it out. On Monday, when Gagan Narang was shooting in the air rifle final, Gehlot was wearing this card and it was photographed by this reporter. MAIL TODAY has learnt that Gehlot gets the “privileges” in London which a secretary general of an NOC is entitled to.last_img read more

Shahid Afridi concerned about future of Pakistan cricket

first_imgShahid Afridi is worried about the future of Pakistan cricket and wants PCB to focus on the basics and work more at the junior level. Afridi who had recently stepped down as Pakistan’s T20 skipper after the team’s poor performance at the Asia Cup and World Twenty20 said that at present there was no real talent at the domestic level.”The way I see it right now we don’t have that much real talent in the background. I can’t pinpoint any young player with certainty. I think the board needs to pay attention to school cricket and work at grassroot level,” he told Geo Super channel.The selection committee has also excluded the senior allrounder from the month-long training camp for the upcoming England tour, but said he had already informed the board about his non-availability.”I am just focussing on T20 cricket and I had informed the board about my commitment in English county cricket this summer. But I will obviously work hard on my form and fitness in order to make the Pakistan team,” Afridi said.Chief selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq also made it clear at a media conference that Afridi was not dropped and would be considered for future T20 matches but the selectors wanted to focus on young talent.Pakistan play just one T20 in England and two more against the West Indies in UAE in October. Afridi said he was not aware why Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal were dropped from the side.”I don’t know why they are dropped but if discipline is the reason than obviously they need to pay attention to this and work harder on their cricket. I also agree that there should be no compromise on discipline and it is time to give young players a chance,” he added.advertisementAfridi said he would support any move by the selectors to improve things in Pakistan cricket.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Spirited Afghanistan look to shed underdogs tag

first_img Total runs in each powerplay 842 runs in boundries ENG Bowled – 21 AFG LBW – 4 Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi are a spin-bowling unit the equal of any in the world and the latter is a genuine all-rounder with the second most runs for an Afghan in one-dayers.Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Shahzad and Asghar Afghan are their batting mainstays but in Hazratullah Zazai and Hashmatullah Shahidi they have promising young talents who might provide some fireworks.Whether that talent, under new leadership since last month, can cohere into a unit capable of taking on the more established nations in the game and reach their goal of a semi-final spot remains to be seen.Their first fixture against defending champions Australia in Bristol on June 1 should be a reasonable gauge of the progress they have made over the last four years.MAIDEN WINIn 2015, their World Cup debut, Afghanistan gave Sri Lanka a shock by dismissing both openers for a golden duck and recorded their maiden win against Scotland before being brought down to earth with a big bump by co-hosts Australia.advertisementDavid Warner scored 178 at the WACA as the Aussies racked up the biggest total in tournament history, 417 for six, for the biggest winning margin in World Cup history, 275 runs.That pretty much sealed Afghanistan’s exit but they have since beaten Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, played out a thrilling tie with a weakened India team and last year became the 12th test playing nation.Former West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons will guide them through this year’s tournament, having coached Ireland to wins over Pakistan, Bangladesh, England, West Indies and Zimbabwe at three World Cups.The Trinidadian is no stranger to board interference, having also previously coached Zimbabwe and West Indies in troubled times, but he is unlikely to have welcomed the surprise captaincy change effected last month.Gulbadin Naib replaced Asghar Afghan as skipper in a move that initially caused some public consternation from senior players.”I just have to get on with (making) sure the squad is preparing in the same way I wanted them to prepare barring the change,” Simmons told the Cricinfo website.”I am trying to make sure the captaincy change does not have an impact on our World Cup preparation.”Also Read | Unfancied Sri Lanka head to World Cup 2019 with hope for miracleAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Wives and family not allowed to travel with Pakistan playersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow AfghanistanFollow Australia Next 9 Matches Played SA WI Run Outs – 4 IND 4s-170 6s-27 SL 9 – Lost Reuters LondonMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 17:04 IST AFGHANISTAN (Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSAfghanistan won last year’s World Cup Qualifier tournament by beating West IndiesOf their 23 ODIs against other World Cup sides, Afghanistan have won only 7Afghanistan begin their World Cup campaign against Australia on June 1Afghanistan’s cricketers have long been heralded as a beacon of hope for a nation torn apart by conflict but they have earned the right to be taken more seriously than a mere human interest story at their second World Cup.Having won last year’s World Cup Qualifier tournament by beating West Indies in the final, the Afghans will arrive in England looking to make the transition from plucky underdogs to knockout round contenders.It will be a tough task, not least because they have very little experience of the conditions in the host nation, but there is no doubt there is plenty of talent in their squad. Caught – 54 BAN 0 – WON AUS World Cup 2019: Spirited Afghanistan look to shed underdogs tagAfghanistan enter World Cup 2019 with just one win in the quadrennial tournament, which was in their debut campaign in 2015 but that was the time when they lacked match-winners like Rashid Khan.advertisement Total 50’s/100’s 6/0 PAK STUMPED – 4 Team Profile 87 Total Wickets NZ 1831 Total runs scoredlast_img read more

COSCO and Port of Aden in Business Talks

first_img Print  Close My location zoom Captain Sami Saeed Farea, Port of Aden’s Chairman, has met with Mr. Wu Jinping, Director General of the Chinese International Shipping Line ‘COSCO’ – West Asia – regional offices. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定center_img Representatives of the two companies discussed the activity of the shipping line and possibility to transfer containers to and from the Port of Aden again.The two sides reviewed the services provided by the Port through Aden Container Terminal, and facilities that can be enjoyed by international shipping lines, as well as the willingness of the Port to receive container ships from those shipping lines, such as the Chinese line COSCO.They also reviewed the developments that will take place in the Port of Aden in the near future through the implementation of a project to develop Aden Container Terminal and the expansion of the harbor approach channel by the Chinese company CHEC, with the generous funding from the Chinese government.The Chinese line confirmed readiness to use the Port of Aden and expand the container business for the local market as well as the transit business. Port of Aden, March 24, 2014last_img read more

Cat Ferry Welcomes New Englanders

first_imgMore than 14,000 New Englanders experienced Nova Scotia culture and got a host of vacation ideas when they boarded the Cat ferry in Boston Harbour over the weekend. North America’s fastest car ferry was in Boston to host a floating trade show May 19-21. The event promoted tourism in Nova Scotia and the Cat’s new route from Portland, ME to Yarmouth. “We had a wonderful, warm reception in Boston with thousands of people visiting us on the Cat, talking to our tourism operators, and enjoying our entertainers,” said Kelliann Dean, deputy minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We also got some good New England media coverage to further spread the word about the unique experience of a Nova Scotia vacation.” Tourism operators demonstrated the professionalism of Nova Scotia’s tourism industry to potential tourists, as well as travel media and travel trade operators such as travel agencies and motorcoach companies. “This event was very well organized and presented, and gave us an opportunity to speak face to face with a great many potential tourists from the Boston area,” said Ken Petrie, manager of tour and travel marketing for Oak Island Resort and Spa. “I’ve never heard so many people saying they’re coming to Nova Scotia this year, so we’re pleased with that reaction.” Visitors to the Cat were treated to Nova Scotia entertainers, including some of the province’s best musicians. On Saturday evening, Bostonians tapped their toes as local musicians joined the Barra MacNeils, J.P. Cormier, Dave MacIsaac and Troy MacGillivray for a jam session on the dock. The Boston promotion was one of many consumer-focused initiatives in Nova Scotia’s marketing campaign. The campaign also includes promotions in Calgary earlier in May, the Milwaukee Celtic Festival, WI, in August, and numerous travel shows. The marketing campaign is based on the annual tourism plan, which is developed by the joint industry-government Tourism Partnership Council. The plan is based on extensive research and designed to expand the tourism industry in Nova Scotia. It is available at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc .last_img read more

Protestor grabs Indianorigin US presidential candidates mic

first_imgWashington DC: Indian-American Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris was interrupted on-stage by a protester who grabbed the microphone from her hand while she was answering a question on equal pay at an event in San Francisco. Approximately 10 minutes into her speech at MoveOn’s Big Ideas Forum on Saturday, Harris was asked about her proposal to address the gender pay gap by moderator Stephanie Valencia when she was approached by a tall man dressed in black and wearing a press badge who jumped on the stage, the CNN reported. Harris appeared puzzled but remained calm as the protester grabbed the mic from her hand, it said. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’While taking the microphone, the protester, identified as 24-year-old animal rights activist Aidan Cook, said he wanted her attention for a “much bigger idea” than the gender gap she had been speaking about. “We were protesting just a few minutes ago asking for your attention to a much bigger idea…,” Cook said, as the moderator tried to intervene. The 54-year-old Senator calmly walked away from the protester as the security staff and some other people, including Harris’ husband Douglas Emhoff, managed to remove the protestor, who was resisting to leave the stage, from the event. No charge was imposed on Cook for his action. After Cook’s removal, Harris returned to the stage and continued her speech. Meanwhile, MoveOn, the liberal advocacy group behind the event, have said they “severely regret” the security failing.last_img read more

Hong Kong reels from worst clashes in months as protesters battle police

first_imgHong Kong: Hong Kong was reeling Sunday from some of the worst clashes to rock the city in months after hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurled petrol bombs at police who fired tear gas and deployed water cannon, before making mass arrests inside train stations.Police had banned a planned demonstration in the financial hub on security grounds, but tens of thousands defied authorities Saturday to march through the city’s main highways for the 13th consecutive weekend. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe rally quickly descended into violent clashes with riot police which stretched into the early hours of Sunday, with officers pursuing protesters into metro stations and making mass arrests.Video footage captured by local media showed elite police charging and pepper spraying two couples cowering on the floor of a train compartment, with one man crying in anguish as he wrapped his arms around a friend.A small group of hardcore protesters surrounded the city’s parliament, unleashing a barrage of rocks and petrol bombs at riot police, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThick, black smoke swirled from a large fire started by masked demonstrators at a barricade on a major thoroughfare, close to Hong Kong police headquarters.Police dispersed crowds with water cannon as the night spiralled into a cat-and-mouse chase across the city, with police making numerous arrests.”With such escalating violence and progressively lethal weapons of protestors, the safety of police officers and other members of the public is seriously threatened,” police said in a statement. Police said officers fired two warning shots into the sky after being attacked by group of “violent protesters who attempted to once snatch police pistols”.Saturday marked the fifth anniversary of Beijing’s rejection of universal suffrage for Hong Kong that sparked the 79-day “Umbrella Movement” in 2014.”Peaceful protest doesn’t work,” 22-year-old demonstrator Stone told AFP, giving one name.As protesters streamed into a nearby metro, graffiti on a pillar inside the station read: “We shall never surrender.” The hospital authority said Sunday that 31 people were admitted with injuries following the clashes, including five who remain in a serious condition.Protesters were preparing to demonstrate again on Sunday, with plans to rally at a bus terminal outside the city’s airport, with disruption also expected at train stations enroute to the airport.Police on Friday rounded up several high profile pro-democracy activists and politicians in sweeping arrests condemned by rights groups.The months-long protests were sparked by an attempt by Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed government to pass a now-shelved bill which would have allowed extradition to China.But they have expanded into a wider pro-democracy push, bringing millions to the streets in peaceful marches but also groups of hardcore protesters clashing with police.Beijing’s state news agency Xinhua posted a video on Twitter late Saturday of armed Chinese riot police holding “anti-riot drills in Shenzhen”, a city which borders Hong Kong.Beijing has also unleashed a mix of intimidation, propaganda and economic muscle in an attempt to muzzle the movement, which it views as a direct challenge to its rule.At least five high-profile activists and three lawmakers were arrested on Friday in a sweep that rights groups said was taken directly from Beijing’s playbook.Two of the Umbrella Movement’s leaders, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow, were among those arrested, charged and bailed for “inciting others to take part in unauthorised assembly”.Police denied the sweep was timed specifically to weaken the weekend’s protests.More than 900 people have been arrested since June in connection with the protests.The European Union’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said the developments were “extremely worrying”, while US President Donald Trump said his economic pressure on China was forcing Beijing to take a more moderate line on Hong Kong.The weeks of violence have damaged Hong Kong’s reputation for stability and prosperity.last_img read more

Former student leader rises to top post with leftwing Quebec solidaire

first_imgMONTREAL – A former student leader who rose to prominence during Quebec’s 2012 student protests has been named an official spokesperson of the left-wing party Quebec solidaire.Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois was chosen as the party’s male spokesperson at a gathering today in Montreal.He is also the party’s candidate in a provincial byelection in the Montreal riding of Gouin on May 29.Quebec solidaire is sovereigntist and left-leaning party that has no leader but is represented by one male and one female spokesperson at a time.Manon Masse was chosen as the party’s female spokesperson.The party has two of 125 seats in Quebec’s legislature.last_img

Former employee challenging Fraser for mayors chair in Taylor

first_imgIncumbent councillors Betty Ponto, Brent Taillefer, and Dave Lueneberg have officially submitted re-election bids. The trio were all acclaimed in 2014 but will need to campaign in this year’s election after two other candidates officially submitted nomination papers.Sherry Davies and Michelle Turnbull will be looking to get elected to one of the four seats on Taylor Council.This year’s municipal election is taking place on October 20th, with advance voting days on the 10th and 17th. TAYLOR, B.C. – Voters will need to decide who will be the District of Taylor’s next mayor, and the race will be an interesting one.Incumbent mayor Rob Fraser will be looking to get re-elected to a second term in the upcoming election. Fraser served as a councillor in Taylor from 1994 to 2006 before being elected mayor in 2014 to succeed former mayor Fred Jarvis. Jarvis declined to run for re-election that year, after serving as the District’s mayor for 28 years.On Friday, Laura Prosko became the lone other candidate to file nomination papers in the mayoral race. Prosko was, until recently, the District’s Director of Community Services.last_img read more

Mussolini’s great-grandson plans to run for EU polls

first_imgRome: Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s great-grandson plans to run in next month’s European parliamentary elections on behalf of a minor far-right party, a newspaper reported Tuesday. Il Messaggero newspaper said Caio Giulio Cesare Mussolini, a 50-year-old former submariner, aimed to run as a candidate for the Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) party. “So many people want to put Mussolini on the ballot,” it quoted him as saying. Mussolini is the first cousin once removed of Alessandra Mussolini, the dead fascist leader’s granddaughter who has been an MEP since 2014. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBorn in Argentina, Mussolini has no previous political experience but “obviously I’ve breathed politics my whole life,” he told the daily. He described himself to Il Fatto Quotidiano as “a post-fascist who refers to those values in a non-ideological way”. He said he thought he was chosen as a candidate not for his family name but for his first names, the Italian form of “Gaius Julius Caesar”, as well as his sense of duty and international experience. If elected, he said he would “defend the national interest with all my actions and votes”, in line with the nationalist stance of Fratelli d’Italia. The party won 4.4 per cent of votes in last year’s Italian national election.last_img read more

Five arrested over Kelaniya shooting

Police spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody said that the police had also recovered a pistol, bullets, a motorbike and face masks believed to have been used for the crime. The police have arrested five people in connection with the assassination of  Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha member Hasitha Madawala.According to the police media unit, the arrest was made following investigations conducted by the Criminal Investigations Division (CID). The police also said that they had recovered a T81 weapon and bullets following arrest of the suspects. The suspects are residents of Kelaniya and Kiribathgoda. Madawala was assassinated on Saturday night outside his house by unidentified gunmen who were on a motorbike.

Appointment of 350 jail guards suspended by Minister

The Minister also stated that the second interview with regard to the recruitment of jail guards will be held again to fill the vacancies, as per the due procedure. (Colombo Gazette) The appointment of 350 jail guards have been suspended as per instructions of Minister of Prison Reforms, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, D.M. Swaminathan following complaints made to the Minister regarding corruption and bribery charges. Many persons including members of parliament have complained to the Minister in this regard. In this backdrop, Minister Swaminathan has issued instructions to carry out a proper investigation into the bribery allegations and to take action against such officials if they are found guilty.

Florida State defensive end Brian Burns declares for draft

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State defensive end Brian Burns has declared for the NFL draft.Burns announced his decision Monday on Twitter. He told Yahoo! Sports his time at Florida State was “some of the best years of my life” but also says he can’t pass up the opportunity to turn pro.The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Burns was named a first-team All-ACC pick has been projected by some draft analysts as a potential first-round selection.Burns had 23 career sacks, which places him in a tie for seventh on Florida State’s all-time sack list. He had 10 sacks in his junior season and also set career highs with 52 tackles and 15.5 tackles for loss. He was often one of Florida State’s most consistent players on a defence that struggled in the second half of the season as the Seminoles (5-7) missed out on a bowl game.Florida State coaches are still waiting on decisions from a small group of draft-eligible juniors, including quarterback Deondre Francois, linebacker Dontavious Jackson and cornerback Levonta Taylor.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

Ohio State mens basketball looking to replace Lovings production against struggling Rutgers

Freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate holds the ball as Michigan junior guard Caris LeVert defends during a Jan. 13 game at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 71-52.Credit: Kelly Roderick / Lantern photographerAfter having its three-game win streak snapped against Purdue on Wednesday, the Ohio State mens basketball team is trying to get back on track.The Buckeyes are set to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights for the first time as members of the Big Ten on Sunday night in Piscataway, N.J,. once again without sophomore forward Marc Loving.Loving, who was suspended and did not travel with the team to Purdue will not make the trip to Rutgers, although he is still practicing with the team, coach Thad Matta said.In addition, Matta said the suspension was handed down from the athletic department, rather than from him.With Loving out for the foreseeable future, Matta said the Buckeyes simply need to execute and dictate the pace of the game.“Honestly (I) haven’t made a ton of changes,” Matta said Saturday. “We haven’t done anything drastically different in terms of our offensive scheme or anything like that. We needed more push (against Purdue), we weren’t running the floor as hard as we should have been running the floor.”Since Loving was pulled from the starting lineup after a Jan. 17 loss to Iowa, freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate was inserted and lost his first game as a starter against the Boilermakers.Tate said with Loving out, his role doesn’t change, but it expands.“Now, I have to take more looks that I get. I think last game I took two three’s, wide open. I had good looks, they just didn’t fall,” Tate said Saturday. “I gotta continue to just keep shooting with confidence and hope they fall.”Despite still practicing with the team, Loving is set to miss his second straight game, something senior guard Shannon Scott said the Buckeyes are going to have to adjust to.“We just know that we have to just keep playing as a team and we have his support and he has our support as well so whenever we do get him back, we get him back and we’ll be a great team,” Scott said. “But right now, we gotta play without him.”Loving’s absence was noticeable in Wednesday’s loss to the Boilermakers as the Buckeyes shot just 4-of-15 from behind the arc, which has been Loving’s strength all season.Coming into that game against Purdue, Loving was the Big Ten’s leader in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 53.2 percent from long range.Now, without Loving, the Buckeyes are looking to get their spacing back and Matta said redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams could be the answer.“In the first half (of the Purdue game) Kam was just out there,” Matta said. “We talked at halftime and said, ‘Hey look, you’ve got to create, you’ve got to find opportunities to shoot the basketball.”Matta mentioned another freshman, forward Keita Bates-Diop, as someone who will need to pick up the slack with Loving out.“He (Bates-Diop) has been very good in practice the past couple days, and we are pushing him to just say, ‘Hey, you gotta take the bull by the horns and you gotta get out of the back seat and get into the front seat and make things happen,’” Matta said. “Hopefully he is another guy, along with Kam that can help stretch the defense.”The Scarlet Knights come into Sunday’s game having lost seven straight games, with their last win coming at home against then No. 4 Wisconsin, 67-62.Rutgers is led by senior guard Myles Mack who ranks 12th in the Big Ten in scoring with 14.5 points per game.The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights are set to tip off at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. read more

Investment in womens businesses falls as they suffer from unconscious bias report

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Investment in female-led businesses fell for the first time last year, figures from a Barclays study show.The data shows that while a record level of investment went into new businesses, companies with at least one female founder saw the total put into their businesses fall by £1m. This is the first time a drop has been reported since the data was first collected in 2011. The proportion of funds invested in businesses with at least one female founder has risen from four per cent in 2011 to 15 per cent in 2016, but fell back to nine per cent last year. Between 2016 and 2017, the amount of funding raised by male-led companies increased by 55 per cent, compared to a fall of 0.1 per cent for those with a female founder. The report, by women’s entrepreneurship group the Female Founders Forum, found that male investors are more negative about women who pitch to them and are more likely to dismiss their ideas. Women make up a very low proportion of angel investors and venture capitalists, the report said. One study by Harvard Business School found that if a business came with a female name, picture or voice, it reduced the odds of it receiving investment. Questions from investors to female entrepreneurs tend to focus on potential losses, while those posed to men focus on potential gains, research suggests.For example, a male entrepreneur might be asked “What major milestones are you targeting for this year?” while his female counterpart is more likely to hear “How predictable are your future cash flows?”One woman who was pitching an underwear business said a male investor who she was pitching to told her “sorry, we only invest in things we understand”. She said: “They invest in complex and intricate technology, but I lost him when I said ‘bra’.”Women are also more likely to start businesses in sectors such as retail and services, which male venture capitalists are less likely to be familiar with, the report said. Sophie Jarvis, head of the female founders forum, said:  “The evidence is unequivocal: there is a growing disparity in funding between male and female entrepreneurs. “There is significant evidence to support the fact that the funding gap is influenced to a large extent by unconscious biases from investors to the detriment of women.  “Solutions include increasing the number of women working for Venture Capital firms, the Government funding, experimenting and evaluating models of mentoring schemes and the media focusing on female entrepreneurs’ businesses, instead of their gender.”The Telegraph has launched a Women Mean Business campaign to encourage the growth of female-led businesses. The campaign, backed by 200 figures in British business and politics including Baroness Martha Lane Fox and Maria Miller MP, Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee, is calling on Government to redress the balance of investment in male and female entrepreneurs. The report also argues that there was a “pressing need” for more female role models in business, particularly to encourage more girls to go into the science and technology sectors. Many women are held back by lack of confidence, it says. Entrepreneur Jessica Wilkinson, founder of communications agency Petal & Co, said it was the biggest barrier to women starting their own businesses. “This is why it matters so much that we shout about success stories and create powerful networks which support women on their journey,” she said. last_img read more

4 national table tennis players heading to China for highlevel training

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Guyanese table tennis players pose with Chinese officialsFour of Guyana’s national table tennis team members – Natalie Cummings; Joel Alleyne; Nigel Bryan and Elsihaba Johnson – will depart Guyana today for China to participate in a one-month high-level training camp at the Hebei Zhengding Table tennis Training Centre.This critical high-level table tennis training programme, being offered to eight of Guyana’s national table tennis team, is facilitated through the support of the Government of the People’s Republic of China via its local embassy through current technical and diplomatic engagements with the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA); the Guyana Government and Foreign Affairs Ministry aimed at supporting and improving the performance and development of Guyana’s table tennis. This engagement signals the commencement and forms part of the many initiatives to be unfolded between China and Guyana aimed at improving Guyana’s table tennis prospects.The GTTA had selected Miguel Wong, Nicholas Romain, Kyle Edghill and Jamal Nicholas as the other members to benefit from this engagement; however, this group will be the first set undertaking the training program.The members attending the programme have made tremendous sacrifices for this engagement; they were under intense practice pressure over the last few months in preparation for this training programme in order to be ready to maximally benefit from this training engagement.The GTTA has recognised and identified that there was a critical need to reorient the culture and process of training in the psyche of our national team representatives at all levels and for them to commence training and play in high-yield competitive environments similar to international peers in order for them to bridge the gap and excel in regional and international competitions in the future.The Hebei Zhengding International Table Tennis Club has a repertoire of high-level and quality players and coaches. It is the centre for China’s national table tennis team and many international players, and has a tradition of producing world-class players at the junior and senior levelsWith Guyana scheduled to host the 2019 Caribbean Table Tennis championships and based on the International Table Tennis Federation assigning this competition, as the Pan American games qualification event to be used to select four teams from the Caribbean Region to participate in the 2019 Pan American Games – a key qualification event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Guyana have given great importance to the hosting of the Caribbean championships and our push to have our players benefit and prepare for these types of arrangements.The GTTA would like to extend appreciation to Chargé d’Affaires Chen Xillai; Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Cui Jianchun and Mrs Wang Qiuyi; Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; the Guyana Olympic Association; Guyana Power Producers and Distributors; Dominion Enterprises CEO Dwayne Munroe; the Guyana Revenue Authority and all who have assisted in making this venture a reality. read more

Government is satisfied without Vatican embassy

first_imgThe Ambassador travels to Rome regularly and I am satisfied that the current arrangement for Ireland’s representation at the Holy See is the most effective possible at the moment in light of the resource constraints faced by my department.“The arrangement ensures that contact with the Holy See is maintained at the highest possible diplomatic level,” he added.The Vatican Embassy was closed by the Government in November 2011 and is estimated to have saved the state €845,000.In response to criticism of the decision, the Government has said that it would be reviewed when Ireland’s financial circumstances improve. Gilmore repeated that this week and added that there was “no plan to re-establish a resident embassy to the Holy See in the immediate term.”Read: Gilmore opens door for Vatican to relax embassy requirements >Read: We’re not going to reverse Vatican embassy decision – Tánaiste >Read: Closure of Vatican embassy will not be reversed ‘in the immediate term’ > THE GOVERNMENT IS happy to continue without an Irish embassy in the Vatican for the moment according to Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore.An Tánaiste was facing questions from Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin during the week about whether the Government intends to re-establish a permanent representative in the Holy See.Gilmore told the Dáil during the week that at present the secretary general of his department acting was a non-resident Ambassador to the Holy See.last_img read more

A puppy has been sold in China for €14 million

first_imgA TIBETAN MASTIFF puppy has been sold in China for almost €1.4 million, in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever.A property developer paid 12 million yuan (€1.4 million) for the one-year-old golden-haired mastiff at a “luxury pet” fair Tuesday in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the Qianjiang Evening News reported.“They have lion’s blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs,” the dog’s breeder Zhang Gengyun was quoted as telling the paper, adding that another red-haired canine had sold for 6 million yuan.Enormous and sometimes ferocious, with round manes lending them a passing resemblance to lions, Tibetan mastiffs have become a prized status symbol among China’s wealthy, sending prices skyrocketing.The golden-haired animal was 80 centimetres tall, and weighed 90 kilograms (nearly 200 pounds), Zhang said, adding that he was sad to sell the animals. Neither was named in the report.“Pure Tibetan mastiffs are very rare, just like our nationally treasured pandas, so the prices are so high,” he said.One red mastiff named “Big Splash” reportedly sold for 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) in 2011, in the most expensive dog sale then recorded.The buyer at the Zhejiang expo was said to be a 56-year-old property developer from Qingdao who hopes to breed dogs himself, according to the report.The newspaper quoted the owner of a mastiff breeding website as saying that last year one animal sold for 27 million yuan at a fair in Beijing.But an industry insider surnamed Xu told the paper that the high prices may be the result of insider agreements among breeders to boost their dogs’ worth.“A lot of the sky-high priced deals are just breeders hyping each other up, and no money actually changes hands,” Xu said.Owners say the mastiffs, descendants of dogs used for hunting by nomadic tribes in central Asia and Tibet, are fiercely loyal and protective. © AFP, 2014Is there a camel on the loose in Tallaght?last_img read more