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first_imgThe Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan has introduced a 20% surcharge on liquor, the proceeds of which will be used for protection of cows in the State, an official said on Sunday. The State government notified that surcharge at the rate of 20% shall be levied and collected on the amount of tax or any sum in lieu of tax payable on the sale of foreign liquor, Indian made foreign liquor, country liquor and beer sold by dealers registered under the provisions of the Rajasthan Value Added Tax Act, 2003, with effect from July 23, 2018, an official order read. The surcharge imposed on liquor is meant for cow protection, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance and Taxation) Mukesh Kumar Sharma said. The State government had in April last year imposed a 10% surcharge on all non-judicial instruments for the protection of cows, thus making rent agreements, mortgage papers and lease agreements costlier. Official sources said the State government was also considering increasing the surcharge on non-judicial instruments to 20% from existing 10% for cow protection and propagation in addition to the liquor surcharge. Over 2,500 cow-shelters In the drought-affected areas of the State, there are 1,682 shelters with 5.86 lakh cows. There are a total 2,562 cow-shelters having nearly 8.58 lakh cows in Rajasthan. Officials said in the past two financial years, the Rajasthan government has earned approximately ₹895 crore from the 10% surcharge levied on stamp duty for conservation and propagation of cows and their progeny. Under the proposals for Cow Conservation and Propagation Fund Rules-2016, the State government provided ₹132.68 crore in the financial year 2016-17. The funds were provided for fodder and water to 1,160 cow-shelters. In 2017-2018, the State government spent Rs 123.07 crore on 1,603 cow-shelters. In 2015-16, before the surcharge was imposed, the State government spent ₹1.80 crore for nurturing 4,449 bovines.last_img read more


first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Turning over a new leaf in 2018, Calvin Abueva believes that Alaska’s disastrous run last year is already a thing of the past.“We already buried our losing streak in 2017,” Abueva said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “This 2018, it’s a new goal that we’re building this year,” said Abueva.The Aces are currently on a three-game winning run after a 97-83 victory over Ginebra on Sunday in a game where they surged ahead in the second half after trailing by nine in the first two quarters.“We lost our focus on our execution and on our defense in the first half. But in the second half, the coaches allowed us to settle down and think of the things we felt we needed to do with our defense and that’s how we got the victory,” said Abueva in Filipino.Abueva finished with nine points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks to back up Vic Manuel, who had 18 points, five boards, and two assists.“I’m just doing my role as a veteran of this team. I’m just trying to show what I can do and double my efforts,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Regular fixtures in the playoffs, the Aces plummeted in the standings in the 2016-17 season.Alaska suffered an early exit in the quarterfinals courtesy of eventual runner-up Ginebra in its bid for a third straight finals appearance in the Philippine Cup last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThings didn’t get better from there as the Aces figured in the bottom half of the standings in the import-laden conferences where they suffered a 13-game slide.But that was then, and after two losses to start the new season, 2018 was nothing but great for Alaska. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Key players’ absence, Tenorio’s struggles too much for Ginebra to hurdle Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Abueva, though, said that the Aces can’t get too ahead of themselves as they seek to keep their roll going.“We’re just thinking of sustaining this and prepare for Blackwater. I hope we can continue this and extend our winning streak,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more


first_imgPakistan kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the semifinals of the World Twenty20 tournament beating Australia by 32 runs in their final Super Eights tie at the R Premadasa Stadium here Tuesday. The Aussies, however, qualified for the last four on the basis of the net run rate.Put in to bat, Pakistan made 149/6 in their allotted 20 overs with young middle-order batsman Naser Jamshed (55) scoring his second half-century of the tournament — the first one (56) coming against New Zealand Sep 23.Wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal (32) provided good support to Jamshed after the Asian giants were 29/2 in the sixth over, when Imran Nazir (14) got caught by Aussie skipper George Bailey on the bowling of Shane Watson.Australia kept taking wickets at regular intervals which kept the Pakistani run rate in check, limiting them to a sub-150 score.All-rounder Abdul Razzaq (22) played a small cameo in the end to push the Pakistani score.Mitchell Starc starred with the ball clinching three wicket in his four overs, giving away only 20 runs.All-rounder Shane Watson, Pat Cummins and Xavier Doherty also chipped in with a wicket each.With 150 to chase at a run rate of 7.5 per over, Australia started poorly, losing both openers for eight. Man-in-form Watson and David Warner were both trapped in front of the wicket by the fifth over.Australia could never recover from there and lost wickets at regular intervals.The Pakistani spin trio of Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan and skipper Mohammed Hafeez wreaked havoc upon the Australian top order, together taking all seven wickets restricting Australia to 117/7.Michael Hussey (54 not out) was the only batsman who tried to propel the Aussie innings, but kept losing partners at regular intervals.With the win, Pakistan improved their head-to-head in T20Is against Australia to 7-4.For Pakistan to qualify for the semifinals, South Africa must beat India. If India win, then net run-rates will come into effect.Brief scores:Pakistan: 149 for 6 in 20 overs (Nasir Jamshed 55, Kamran Akmal 32; Mitchell Starc 3/20, Shane Watson 1/23).Squads:Australia: Shane Watson, David Warner, Mike Hussey, George Bailey (c), Cameron White, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Brad Hogg, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Xavier Doherty.Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (c), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Raza Hasan.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAs the Champions League opened with a series of one-sided games, Jose Mourinho was blunt. For the Manchester United manager, it wasn’t the Champions League at all.“For the Real Madrids, Barcelonas and Bayerns, the Champions League starts in February. Now is just the warming up,” Mourinho said after a routine win for his Manchester United team over Swiss club Basel. “Let’s qualify, let’s make the points to qualify for the knockout phase. When we do that, let’s enjoy playing against the big guys.”United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich all cruised to easy wins on Tuesday, scoring 17 goals between them and conceding none.Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Juventus was something of an exception, if only because the Italian team — last season’s defeated finalist — had been expected to put up more of a fight.In the event, Lionel Messi started another European campaign in imperious fashion with two goals against an injury-depleted Juventus side.___GROUP AManchester United’s players didn’t have to exert themselves too much to see off Swiss side Basel 3-0, as Romelu Lukaku scored his sixth goal in six United appearances.Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford’s goals completed the win for United.In a worrying sight for United fans and coach Mourinho, captain Paul Pogba hobbled off with a possible left hamstring injury.In Lisbon, Benfica let slip a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to CSKA Moscow, with substitute Timur Zhamaletdinov scoring the winning goal four minutes into his Champions League debut.___GROUP BTwo woefully uncompetitive games saw Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich post easy wins.PSG’s expensively assembled forward line of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani ran riot against Celtic in a 5-0 win, scoring four between them. A Celtic own goal ensured a night to forget for the Scottish champion.Bayern seemed rustier in its 3-0 win over Anderlecht, leading by just one goal at halftime despite Anderlecht having a man sent off in the 11th minute.The red card allowed Robert Lewandowski to score from the penalty spot, before Bayern wasted a string of opportunities. Thiago Alcantara and Joshua Kimmich added to the scoreline in the second half.___GROUP CDavide Zappacosta’s stunning long-distance goal from the right flank impressed the Stamford Bridge faithful, but Chelsea needed nothing special to thrash Azerbaijan’s Qarabag 6-0.A poor Qarabag defense also conceded goals from Michy Batshuayi, Pedro Rodriguez, Cesar Azpilicueta and Tiemoue Bakayoko. There was also an own goal by Maksim Medvedev.Atletico Madrid sees itself as a contender to win the Champions League, but poor finishing made it look well short of that standard in a 0-0 draw with Roma.___GROUP DLionel Messi started the new European season with yet another game-winning performance for Barcelona, while the Catalan club’s record signing Ousmane Dembele made his debut.Still, Barcelona’s three-goal winning margin against a weakened opponent was slight revenge for its loss to Juventus in last year’s quarterfinals.On Tuesday at the Camp Nou, Juventus was missing defender Giorgio Chiellini, forward Mario Mandzukic and midfielder Sami Khedira through injury, while Juan Cuadrado was suspended.Sporting Lisbon won 3-2 at Greek side Olympiakos, taking the lead after just 69 seconds through forward Seydou Doumbia, on loan from Roma.JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_img\R Moscow, Jun 18 (AP) The only black coach at this year’s World Cup says there is a need for more in soccer. “In European countries, in major clubs, you see lots of African players. Now we need African coaches for our continent to go ahead,” Senegal’s Aliou Cisse said through a translator today, a day ahead of his nation’s World Cup opener against Poland. The percentage of black players at this year’s tournament is far higher. Three of the other African nations at this year’s World Cup have foreign coaches who are white: Nigeria’s Gernot Rohr of Germany, Morocco’s Herve Renard of France and Egypt’s Hector Cuper of Argentina. Tunisia is coached by Nabil Maaloul, a white former midfielder for that nation’s team. Cisse was captain of Senegal when it reached the 2002 quarterfinals in the nation’s only previous World Cup appearance. “I am the only black coach in this World Cup. That is true,” Cisse said. “But really these are debates that disturb me. I think that football is a universal sport and that the color of your skin is of very little importance.” FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Cisse cited Florent Ibenge, the coach of Congo’s national team, as a sign of progress. “I think we have a new generation that is working, that is doing its utmost, and beyond being good players with a past of professional footballers,” Cisse said. “We are very good in our tactics, and we have the right to be part of the top international coaches.”advertisement Africa’s best performance at the World Cup has been to reach the quarterfinals, accomplished by Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010. “I have the certainty that one day an African team, an African country, will win the World Cup,” Cisse said. “It’s a bit more complicated in our countries. We have realities that are not there in other continents, but I think that the African continent is full of qualities. We are on the way, and I’m sure that Senegal, Nigeria or other African countries will be able win, just like Brazil, Germany or other European countries.” A lack of minority managers also has been documented at the club level. The Sports People’s Think Tank said in November there were just three minority managers among the 92 English professional clubs as of Sept. 1. (AP) AHAHlast_img read more


first_imgBrief scores – Vidarbha 208 (Faiz Fazal 75, Warrier 5/57) beat Kerala (106 & 91) by an innings and 11 runs to reach their second successive final. Umesh Yadav (5/31), Yash Thakur (4/28).Defending champions Vidarbha defeated Kerala by an innings and 11 runs at Wayanad to storm into the final of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy. Vidarbha had won the trophy for the first time in 2017-18 and now they have the chance to defend their title against the winner of the Karnataka vs Saurashtra semi-final.Umesh Yadav was the star for Vidarbha. The pacer picked 12 wickets in the match including 7 for 48 in the first innings.This was a sensational performance by Umesh Yadav, who played only Test in Australia. In Perth, Umesh returned figures of 2 for 139 and did not play the subsequent Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.Umesh Yadav 5 WICKETS! (10.5-2-31-5), Kerala 91/10 #VIDvKER @paytm #RanjiTrophy #SF1BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 25, 2019Back in India, Umesh Yadav was on fire for Vidarbha. In the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal against Uttarakhand, Umesh picked 4 for 90 in the first innings and 5 for 23 in the second as Vidarbha won by an innings and 115 runs.He was well supported by Rajneesh Gurbani who picked up three wickets as Kerala were bowled out for 106 in the first innings.Ranji Trophy Semifinals Day 2 Highlights: Vidarbha vs KeralaIn reply, Vidarbha posted 208 in their first innings thanks to a composed 75 by skipper Faiz Faizal. Wasim Jaffar scored 34 and became the first man in Ranji Trophy history to score over 1000 runs in two different seasons. He had scored 1260 runs for Mumbai back in 2008-09.advertisementSandeep Warrier picked up a five-wicket haul while Basil Thampi picked three wickets to keep Kerala in the match. But the batsmen disappointed again and find it tough to get going against Umesh Yadav again in the second innings.Vidarbha, armed with a 102-run first innings lead, turned on the heat in the second innings as Umesh Yadav and Yash Thakur ran through the Kerala line-up. Playing their first Ranji Trophy semi-final, Kerala rolled over in less than two days against a formidable opposition determined to defend the Ranji Trophy.Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara, Indian cricket’s marathon man, turns 31Also Read | Youngsters like Prithvi creating healthy competition in the team: DhawanAlso Read | Team India receives traditional Maori welcome in Mount Maunganui ahead of 2nd ODIlast_img read more


first_imgBayern München It’s a joke – Ancelotti rubbishes Chinese Super League rumours Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 23:11 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) CarloAncelotti - Cropped Bongarts Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti Bundesliga Bayern München v Anderlecht UEFA Champions League The Italian preferred to field serious questions on Bayern Munich’s Champions League match with Anderlecht after dismissing links of a mid-season chan Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has told reporters they were duped by Mario Basler’s claims that he will leave the Allianz Arena to coach in the Chinese Super League.Former Germany winger Basler, who won Bundesliga titles with Bayern in 1996-97 and 1998-99 during his playing days, caused a stir over the weekend when he told Sport1 that Ancelotti was bound for the CSL during the next mid-season break, having signed a pre-contract agreement.Bayern 13/2 for Champions League title Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 But, speaking at a pre-match news conference for Tuesday’s Champions league Group B opener against Anderlecht, Ancelotti dismissed Basler’s words as a joke.”I prefer to speak about serious things, but that’s a joke,” he said, cocking an eyebrow slightly higher than usual.”The problem is many people didn’t understand it was a joke. They took it seriously.” Bayern certainly have no room for tomfoolery against Anderlecht, having suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.Arturo Vidal misses out through suspension, left-backs David Alaba and Juan Bernat (both ankle) remain on the sidelines, while winger Franck Ribery featured as a late substitute in Hoffenheim but faces a late fitness test.”Ribery, I gave him a break against Hoffenheim because he was not 100 per cent,” Ancelotti added. “He had a problem on Friday and we have to check him.”last_img read more


first_imgThe Super Bowl is behind us and another NFL season has come to a close. Valentine’s Day is just over a week away, so it’s time to make up for all that time you spent rooting for your favorite team, drinking beer with your buddies and devote your full attention to that special someone in your life.Going out on Valentine’s Day can be a hassle though. Even those of us that are most prepared will often end up scrambling to get a good reservation at either a great new restaurant or even a reliable favorite. Sometimes, just staying in and having a romantic evening is the best call. And if you do that, you’re going to need the perfect spirit to set the right mood. That’s why you’re going to want to pick up a bottle of Vilarnau Brut—an excellent cava.For those of you that don’t know, cava is a sparking Spanish wine that is comparable to a champagne or prosecco. Cava literally means “cave” or “cellar” and the term was invented in the 1970’s so that Spanish winemakers could definitively distinguish their product from the French champagne—even though the Spanish have been making cavas (in the manner they are known today) since the 19th century.Vilarnau is a prestigious cava that was, until recently, only available to the select connoisseurs who knew of the vineyard. The first Vilarnau cava was made in 1949, but in 1982, the Gonzalez family (known for making sherry for more than two centuries) purchased the property and slowly expanded production to where it stands today.The Vilarnau Brut is comprised of 55% Macabeo, 40% Parellada, and 5% Xarel-lo grapes, which are the three distinguishing varieties of cava. The wine is a bright, pale yellow that brings to mind early morning sunshine in the country. It is aged for over twelve months and brings notes of apples to the nose. The taste is sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. You can drink a few glasses of the Vilnarau Brut without feeling any lingering stickiness on your teeth. In fact, you may even want to try it with a chocolate-covered strawberry or two—that is if you’ve brought some of those home for your special someone.Before we forget, the Vilarnau Brut is best served cold—between 43 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit (6-8 degrees Celsius). We know that its cold enough outside, but cuddling up with a crisp refreshing glass of cava could just be the perfect way for you to spend this Valentine’s Day. (Yes we are getting mushy on you, tis the season) World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 Editors’ Recommendations How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That last_img read more


Rabat – Secretary General of the Popular Movement (MP) Mohand Laenser said that the offer made by appointed Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane, is “acceptable in principle”.The offer made by Benkirane, based on the majority in force before the elections of 7 October 2016, “is acceptable in principle,” Laenser told MAP following consultations he held Wednesday in Rabat with Benkirane, adding that he will examine this proposal with the decision-making bodies of the party and the rest of allies.The MP Secretary General intends to begin discussions on the structure of the government over the next two days or early next week.The appointed Head of Government met, earlier in the day, with President of the National Rally of Independents (RNI), Aziz Akhannouch, as part of the ongoing consultations to form the government. Speaking to the press following his meeting, Akhannouch said that he would examine this offer with his partners: the Popular Movement (MP) and the Constitutional Union (UC), with a view to continuing these consultations “within the next two days”. read more


23 November 2009Israel continued to increase freedom of movement for Palestinians between most urban centres in the West Bank over the past six months, but access to land has not significantly improved, with 60 per cent of the area remaining largely off-limits for use and development, according to a new United Nations report released today. “The easing of Palestinian movement between urban centres is a welcome step,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its monthly update, noting that access still continues to be severely restricted to and from areas behind the barrier – which Israel says it is building to keep out suicide bombers and other attackers – including East Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley, as well as within the Israeli-controlled area of Hebron.“Further measures aimed at restoring Palestinian control over West Bank space are required in order to make progress towards the fulfilment of the above obligations,” it added, referring to Israel’s responsibility under international law for ensuring the humanitarian needs of people under its occupation, including the right to free movement, work, housing, health, education, and to freedom from discrimination.It called on Israel to take several initial steps, including revoking the permit regime associated with the barrier which is partially built on occupied Palestinian territory, opening up closed military zones and nature reserves for Palestinian use, lifting access restrictions to the Jordan Valley and within Hebron, and freezing all settlement activity.Among recent progress, the report cited the removal of two checkpoints and the shifting of four others, the relaxation of crossing procedures at most checkpoints to the east of the barrier, the extension of opening hours, and the performance of searches and documentation checking on a random basis only, as well as the removal of 46 earth mounds and roadblocks that prevented vehicular access to main routes from various communities.All this resulted in a significant reduction in travel time between the main urban centres, excluding East Jerusalem. But the barrier continues to be the single largest obstacle to Palestinian movement, with no improvement noted regarding access of Palestinians holding West Bank identity cards to areas isolated between it and the Green Line [the border before the 1967 war], including East Jerusalem. Moreover, although Israel issued additional permits and opened dozens of seasonal gates for the olive harvest season that started in October, productivity was hindered due to lack of access throughout the year. Israeli settlements remain the most important factor shaping the system of movement and access restrictions, including the barrier’s route, the report said. As of the end of October, there were a total of 578 closure obstacles inside the West Bank, including 69 permanently staffed checkpoints, 21 partially staffed checkpoints, and 488 un-staffed obstacles such as roadblocks, earth mounds, earth walls, road barriers and gates, and trenches.But the report noted that while the large majority of obstacles are un-staffed roadblocks and earth mounds, most are designed to channel Palestinian traffic into staffed checkpoints, making the latter a key component of the closure system. As a rule, fluctuations in the number of checkpoints provide only a partial indication, since the ability to move across a given point varies depending on the policy implemented there.Additionally, given that the checkpoints along the barrier allow limited access to areas that would be otherwise blocked, a decrease in the number of these checkpoints may indicate a deterioration, rather than an improvement, in freedom of movement, and vice versa. Equally important, the report stressed, is that the number of closure obstacles at a given time does not reflect other key dimensions such as the so-called Area C, covering 60 per cent of the West Bank, which remained largely off-limits for Palestinians.While the overwhelming majority of Palestinians reside in Areas A and B, Area C holds the land reserves necessary for the development of the main centres, a significant part of the agricultural and grazing land, and is critical for any large-scale infrastructure project. Any Palestinian construction in Area C, for housing, health, education, infrastructure, tourism or industry, is subject to an Israeli permit regime, and in practise Palestinians are prevented from obtaining such permits in most of Area C, which was registered in the past as state land and subsequently included within the jurisdictional areas of Israeli settlements. read more


The multi-day trawler named “Sinhale 4” was intercepted by a fast naval patrol craft attached to the Eastern Naval Command 16 nautical miles off Pigeon Island in Trincomalee. The navy said 42 males, 03 women and 08 children were onboard the boat and they are residents of Jaffna, Vavuniya, and Trincomalee. The navy arrested 53 people off Pigeon Island in Trincomalee today as they were heading to Australia by boat illegally.Among those arrested were 49 Tamils, 3 Muslims and a Sinhalese, the navy media unit said. The asylum seekers were escorted to the Trincomale Harbour to be handed over to the CID for further investigations.


A micro-credit system in Ecuador set up by the United Nations and a local foundation is fostering harmonious relations between Colombian refugees and the local population as the two groups work together to bring their small business dreams to fruition, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.The latest success story occurred today when the Integration for Progress shop – a collective business project that brought together 35 Colombian refugees and Ecuadorians in the capital city of Quito – opened its doors to the public with the help of the micro-credit system, the Community Credit Banks.“The Community Credit Banks make it possible for Ecuadorians and refugees to relate to each other,” said UNHCR Programme Assistant Angel Garcia. “By putting forward joint projects they realize they have the same needs, regardless of their nationality. Each group has to build a relationship of trust. It’s the only way they can gain support for their projects.”A joint venture of UNHCR and Fundacion Ambiente y Sociedad, a non-governmental organization (NGO), Community Credit Banks provides financial and emotional support for people like Jairo Martinez, a Colombian refugee who arrived in Ecuador two years ago. Today, Mr. Martinez stacked the shop’s shelves with rice, sugar and pasta while colleagues outside decorated the shop’s entrance with balloons and colorful garlands.“When you come to a new country, the question of how you are going to make a living is constantly on your mind,” he observed. “Any help is a blessing, but it is much, much better if you are given tools to build something through your own efforts.”The shop opened following 18 months of work by the nearly three dozen participants who received training from the FAS in accounting, administration and marketing. It is located in the poor and crowded Solanda neighbourhood, where large numbers of Colombians have settled in recent years. So far, the micro-credit system has provided funding for more than 100 projects, including small businesses that make and sell handicrafts, fast food and furniture. Like many participants, Mr. Martinez is hopeful about the future. “Right now, we are planning seven more projects, including a bakery and an internet café, but we want to wait and see how the shop goes first,” he said. read more


It wasn’t long ago that a career .265-ish hitter with some pop and a versatile glove was destined for cult status. (Think Ty Wigginton or Fernando Tatis.) And in a way, I suppose Ben Zobrist, whom the Kansas City Royals acquired Tuesday from the Oakland Athletics with an eye on Friday’s trade deadline, has achieved just that. But here’s the twist: The denomination that worships Zobrist most is the Church of Sabermetrics — coincidentally, a movement that has essentially taken over baseball in the past decade-plus. And that makes Zobrist a fascinating case study in how the right player with the right metrics at the right time can be elevated to stardom.There was little about Zobrist’s early career that suggested breakout potential. He didn’t make his major league debut until he was 25 years old, a good six years later than the Mike Trouts and Bryce Harpers of the world. Drafted out of college with the 184th overall pick in 2004, Zobrist hit well in the minors1His career minor-league OPS (on-base plus slugging) was .885. but was older than his peers at almost every stop along the way. He certainly never made any top prospect lists and did little to impress in his first two MLB seasons. And although he flashed signs of potential — an .844 OPS (on-base plus slugging) with good power — as a part-time player during the Tampa Bay Rays’ magical 2008 World Series run, Zobrist wasn’t a major league regular until the following season, at age 28.All he did that season was lead the American League in wins above replacement (WAR).2Among position players. Then, two years later, he did himself one better, leading the entire majors. Over the 2009-12 period, he topped all major league position-players in WAR. Before the 2013 season, you could have made a case — on the basis of sabermetric statistics, at least — that Zobrist’s name belonged on the list of candidates for Best Player In Baseball, perhaps even at the top.WAR is Zobrist’s best friend, its modular nature being well-suited to detecting the strengths of Zobrist’s well-rounded game. Given Zobrist’s versatility, it’s no surprise that he fares best in a holistic metric whose components range from batting3Which uses Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+), that most advanced creature in the evolution of hitting metrics, as its basis. to baserunning, double-play avoidance, fielding quality by position and — perhaps most importantly — positional scarcity.Zobrist played eight different positions — everything but pitcher and catcher — for the Rays in 2009 and was better than average at darn near all of them. His defense alone added something like 2 to 2½ wins above average to Tampa Bay’s ledger during his best years there. (Amazingly, there’s even an argument to be made that WAR underrated Zobrist, because his position-switching theoretically freed up extra roster spots for his team.)Baseball scouts traditionally quantify a player’s worth by grading his “tools” in five categories: hitting ability, power, running speed, fielding and arm strength. But we can give that toolbox a bit of a modern makeover, evaluating a player’s core skills (contact- and power-hitting, plate patience, speed and defense4Measured, respectively, by strikeout rate, isolated power, walk rate, speed score and defensive WAR.) by setting his rate statistics relative to the league on a scale where 100 is average and 15 points represents one standard deviation of performance. After we do that, Zobrist shows up as one of the only “five-tool” players in MLB’s post-World War II era:Traditional forms of evaluation don’t properly appreciate a player like Zobrist. Even in his most valuable years, he hit just .268 with about 20 home runs and 85 RBIs per season. But with the growth and mainstream acceptance of sabermetrics, Zobrist came along at the right time for his particular mix of skills to be both comprehended and acknowledged. read more


first_imgLa police rwandaise sauve un bébé gorille des mains de braconniersAprès avoir été enlevée à des braconniers au Rwanda au début du mois, une jeune gorille des montagnes est désormais saine et sauve à l’orphelinat du Parc National Virunga. Celle-ci reste néanmoins traumatisée d’avoir été séparée de sa mère, alors que ces gorilles sont une espèce en danger critique d’extinction.C’est une belle histoire que relate cette semaine le National Geographic. Il y a quelque temps, des braconniers ont tenté de faire passer clandestinement au Rwanda une jeune femelle gorille âgée de huit mois. Mais ceux-ci ont été interceptés par la police locale, récupérant le bébé qui avait probablement été capturé dans la région de Bukima en République Démocratique du Congo dans le cadre d’un vaste trafic animalier.  au Rwanda avant d’être arrêtés par la police locale. Le bébé, que les secouristes ont nommé Ihirwe, (Chance dans la langue rwandaise le Kinyarwanda) a probablement été capturée dans le cadre d’un trafic animalier. Comment l’animal a été capturé et si les membres de sa famille ont été tués, cela reste toujours inconnu, selon les responsables du parc. Selon les éléments de l’enquête, les braconniers congolais et rwandais ont gardé la primate durant six jours, la nourrissant de bananes et de sucre de canne, jusqu’à ce que la police rwandaise de la ville de Gisenvi les emprisonnent pour possession illégale de gorille. Contactés par les autorités, les vétérinaires du Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, se sont immédiatement rendus à la prison pour venir examiner le jeune animal. Jan Ramer, l’un des vétérinaires raconte dans un rapport : “Quand nous nous sommes entrés dans la prison, l’un des braconniers a éternué sur le bébé, qui était profondément endormi sur le lit”. Un incident qui a valu à la petite baptisée Ihirwe (“chance” dans la langue rwandaise) 30 jours passés en quarantaine, le temps que les vétérinaires s’assurent qu’elle était en bonne santé. Une jeune gorille traumatisée A l’issue de ce passage obligé, la jeune gorille a alors rejoint d’autres orphelins au centre de Senkwekwe qui fait partie du Virunga National Park. “Il y a actuellement quatre autres orphelins au centre, et le but est de les réhabiliter à un retour à la vie sauvage. Mais il est très difficile de prédire si ce sera un succès ou non”, a expliqué Matthew Lewis, membre du programme de conservation de l’espèce africaine du WWF. En attendant, c’est donc le personnel de l’orphelinat qui prend soin et qui joue avec lhirwe, alors que cet âge là, les bébés gorilles passent normalement le plus clair de leur temps avec leur mère. A ce propos, les responsables du parc soulignent justement que, s’ils savent à peu près où a été capturé l’animal, ils ignorent tout de la manière employée par les braconniers et ne savent pas si les membres de sa famille ont été tués comme c’est très souvent le cas.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocéros”S’il n’y avait personne de physiquement présent avec elle, elle se sentirait terrifiée. Elle a besoin de la présence d’un corps chaud. D’autant plus qu’elle semble traumatisée d’avoir été séparée de sa mère”, a précisé Matthew Lewis qui commente que l’histoire aurait très bien pu avoir une “fin vraiment sinistre”. “Nous sommes prudemment optimiste avec cette petite. Elle est tendue, mais elle accepte les gens et elle mange. Tous les bons signes pour un éventuel rétablissement”, a ajouté Jan Ramer.  Une espèce en danger  Les gorilles des montagnes sont aujourd’hui considérés comme une espèce en danger critique d’extinction par l’Union nationale pour la conservation de la nature. En effet, il n’y aurait plus que 786 gorilles en vie dans les montagnes de la République Démocratique du Congo, du Rwanda et de l’Ouganda, selon le WWF. Cependant, grâce à la chasse acharnée faite aux braconniers par les patrouilles, et grâce à la protection de leur habitat, les gorilles ont régulièrement des pics de renaissance. “Maintenant, il n’est plus l’heure d’être complaisant et de dire que nous avons eu de grand succès. Nous devons rester vigilant et au-dessus de ça”, conclut Matthew Lewis cité par le National Geographic.  Découvrez l’histoire de la petite gorille en images sur Maxisciences Le 26 août 2011 à 15:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgBoy Scouts from the Columbia Gorge and Fort Vancouver districts will collect new or gently used coats on Jan. 5 during their annual Christmas tree recycling event. The Scouts will visit neighborhoods in Vancouver, Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal starting at 9 a.m. Those who want their trees taken away are asked to place trees at the curb by 8 a.m. Jan. 5 with the stand, lights and ornaments removed. The Scouts will accept donations for recycling trees. The recommended donation is $10 a tree.The trees will be recycled and turned into wood chips, ensuring the trees won’t be dumped into landfills. The Scouts bring the trees to the city of Camas, McFarlane’s Bark, West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center, Clark Public Utilities, HD Fowler, Chuck’s Produce in Salmon Creek and Waste Connections. The organizations all donate time, equipment and services to the recycling process. While collecting trees, the Scouts will also collect new or gently used coats to donate to Friends of the Carpenter, where they will be cleaned and distributed. Those wishing to donate coats should place them on their porch and clearly mark that the jackets are for donation. For more information, contact David Cramblett at david@functionalchaos.net or 503-730-6201.last_img read more


first_imgThe new Rossoneri CEO Ivan Gazidis has arrived in Italy after ten years in the English Premier League with ArsenalIvan Gazidis spent ten years with Arsenal in the English Premier League as an executive.Now he has arrived in Italy to be the new AC Milan CEO.“It’s a great honor to have been chosen to lead AC Milan into a new era as its chief executive,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I’d like to assure the clubs millions of fans all over the world that I will work with my heart and soul to do the very best job that I can.”“To achieve what we all want for this great football club, the hard work will start now and it will require teamwork both on and off the pitch,” he added.“I’m extremely excited about the opportunities ahead, and although the journey will be challenging, I’m confident that together, we can bring AC Milan back to where it belongs. Forza Milan.”last_img read more


first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A high-priced heist was caught on camera in Miami Gardens.According to the surveillance video, a thief took several pieces of equipment from a mechanic’s shop, Monday morning, at 16355 N.W. 27th Ave.The video shows him walking in and out of the shop several times, taking something each time he left.Bianca Matos, the manager of Andy General Mechanic, said the thief took $5,000 worth of equipment. “I need my stuff because I cannot work,” said Matos. “I am not able to check the cars outside. Look, the lady has the engine light on, and I cannot check it. I cannot check it because I don’t have my scanner.”If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


first_imgShahid Kapoor in Kabir SinghTwitterIn a rare instance, a Hindi movie is in the top position at the Chennai box office. Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh has occupied the numero uno place by overpowering local and international movies in the capital city of Tamil Nadu.In the first weekend, Kabir Singh has grossed Rs 49.50 lakh from 111 shows at the Chennai box office, as per Behindwoods. It is considered to be an above average opening for a Shahid Kapoor movie in the capital city of Tamil Nadu. More importantly, it has become his biggest-opener of his career in the city.It is followed by children movie Thumbaa. The movie has collected Rs 27.37 lakh from 156 shows. With fairly positive reviews coming its way, the Tamil flick is expected to do well in the next couple of days.Hollywood movies like Toy Story 4 and Dhanush’s Pakkiri along with its English version, have earned Rs 23.20 lakh from 54 shows, and 21.94 lakh from 90 shows, respectively.Taapsee Pannu’s Game Over has entered the second weekend by raking in Rs 18.09 lakh from 69 shows. The 10-day total collection of the flick stands at Rs 94.92 lakh.Karthik Venugopalan’s Nenjamundu Nermaiyundu Odu Raja has made a collection of Rs 14.28 lakh from 90 shows. The 10-day total collection stands at Rs 83.03 lakh.Vijay Antony’s Kolaigaran has entered the third week by earning Rs 10.03 lakh from 60 shows in the weekend. The total collection of the flick stands at Rs 3.03 crore.last_img read more


first_imgGoogle Street ViewMore than 30 Houston parks, bayous and trails are now available for exploration via Google Maps Street View.Individuals around the world can virtually visit sections of White Oak Bayou Greenway, Hunting Bayou Greenway and Sims Bayou Greenway, MacGregor Park, Hermann Park and the Bill Coats Bridge, Memorial Park and Buffalo Bayou Park.The sites are among more than 80 Texas landmarks that have been captured through Street View Trekker imagery.  They will now be featured on Google Maps, the company announced Tuesday with representatives from the Texas Tourism office, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, Houston Parks Board and Visit El Paso.The Street View Trekker is Google’s newest Street View camera platform. The images are captured using a wearable backpack that features a camera system on top. Sharelast_img read more