Bitter rivals meet at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Saturday as the Netherlands host Germany in the UEFA Nations League.Ronald Koeman’s side will be eager to bounce back from the 2-1 defeat they suffered against France in their tournament opener, while Germany will be aiming to put more points on the board having drawn 0-0 with Les Bleus back in September.The Dutch have a friendly game against their near neighbours Belgium to come the following Tuesday, but there is no let-up for Joachim Low’s side, who must lock horns with Group 1 foes France once more. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Victory for Germany will set them up nicely heading into the crunch game against Didier Deschamps’ world champions in Paris and it would also pile the pressure on Koeman by pushing his team closer to relegation. Game Netherlands vs Germany Date Saturday, October 13 Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Univision Deportes fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Mix and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. The game can also be followed live on Goal here. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Mix Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Netherlands squad Goalkeepers Cillessen, Zoet, Bizot Defenders De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind, De Vrij, Ake, Van Aanholt, Hateboer, Dumfries Midfielders F. de Jong, Wijnaldum, Strootman, Van de Beek, De Roon, Vilhena, Rosario Forwards Promes, Depay, Babel, L. de Jong, Bergwijn, Danjuma There is no place for Lyon defender Kenny Tete, who is injured along with Terence Kongolo and Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Davy Propper has also been forced to withdraw after sustaining an injury while playing for Brighton.Roma’s Justin Kluivert, Brugge midfielder Ruud Vormer and Wolsfburg forward Wout Weghorst were cut from the provisional panel. PSV trio Denzel Dumfries, Pablo Rosario and Steven Bergwijn could potentially make their senior national team debuts.Potential Netherlands XI: Cillessen; De Ligt, Van Dijk, Dumfries, Blind; Wijnaldum, F. de Jong, Vilhena; Bergwijn, Depay, Babel. Position Germany squad Goalkeepers Neuer, Leno, Ter Stegen Defenders Kehrer, Hector, Ginter, Hummels, Schulz, Sule, Boateng Midfielders Gnabry, Draxler, Kroos, Brandt, Can, Kimmich, Sane, Rudy Forwards Werner, Muller, Uth Kevin Trapp and Leon Goretzka were named in the initial squad but have been replaced by Bernd Leno and Serge Gnabry respectively after sustaining injuries.Antonio Rudiger, Kai Havertz and Marco Reus were also expected to be involved in the game but all three have been forced to withdraw due to injuries.Schalke striker Mark Uth, who bagged 14 Bundesliga goals last season but has yet to score this term, could potentially win his first cap.Potential Germany XI: Neuer; Ginter, Boateng, Hummels, Kimmich; Kroos, Can, Draxler; Werner, Muller, Sane.Betting & Match Odds Visitors Germany are strong favourites to win at 23/20 according to bet365. The Netherlands’ chances of victory are rated 12/5 and a draw is deemed more likely than that at 11/4.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview As the Netherlands get ready to host Germany in the Nations League on Saturday they do so knowing that they have not managed to beat their bitter rivals in their previous five attempts.The last time the Oranje came out on top in a battle between the teams was November 2002, when goals from Patrick Kluivert, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Ruud van Nistelrooy were the difference in a 3-1 friendly victory. However, one must go back even further, to Euro 1992, for the last time the Dutch registered a competitive win against the Germans.As well as that, the Netherlands are currently at a low ebb having missed out on a place at both Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, so they come into the clash as serious underdogs, despite being at home. Nevertheless, Koeman remains positive about his side’s chances, pointing to the Germans’ own recent downturn in form.”In my opinion, it’s not a great period for the national team. We’re used to fighting for trophies. On the other hand, we still have players who play for big clubs,” the former Everton boss said ahead of the game.”We have enough quality but it’s not going to be an easy win for us against Germany. We have to play at our best against them, but I also think that Germany have known better times in football.”Four-time world champions Germany have indeed known better times and head coach Low is navigating uncomfortable terrain as he looks to steer the team through a period of transition. Shorn of stars such as Reus and Goretzka through injury, not to mention Mesut Ozil, the team is evolving, but it still features a lot of youthful talent.Despite the difficulties, Low’s men played out a hard-fought draw against world champions France last month and followed it up with a 2-1 win over Peru, so they will have no concerns ahead of the Amsterdam showdown.
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Mumbai, Jul 9 (PTI) He has coached several cricketers from the 1983 World Cup squad member Balwinder Singh Sandhu to the batting legend Sachin Tendulkar who have represented India at the international level. On the occasion of Guru Purnima today, the students fondly recalled the contribution of their mentor Ramakant Achrekar who they call Achrekar Sir.The octogenarian was felicitated today at a programme Guru Vandana organised by Deeplo Sports Club here in presence of his several students.Former India batsman Praveem Amre, who had scored a hundred on his debut, said he was under Achrekar Sir for 10 years.”There was no off-season with sir as we played with rubber ball during Monsoon. He has created good coaches along good players. In my opinion, sir was a Guru and there is a lot of difference between a Guru and a coach,” said Amre, who played 11 Tests for the country.Former India stumper and batsman Chandrakant Pandit recalled how “visionary” Achrekar sir made him change his school to pursue a career in cricket.Another ex-stumper Sameer Dighe remembered the role played by the veteran trainer in his career.”Pravin (Amre) used to keep wickets. But on sirs word for me, he left keeping when I was playing for Mithibai (College),” recalled Dighe, the present Mumbai Ranji coach.Balwinder Singh Sandhu recalled that he was initially an off spinner, but it was Achrekar who spotted his talent to bowl good “in-swing”.”Till that time, I did not know that the ball was called an in-swing,” Sandhu said sending a peal of laughter in audience. “It was sir who asked me to develop the in-swing,” he added.advertisementPandurang Salgoankar, who had played with Achrekar, narrated some instances, involving the latter as a wicket keeper.However, Sachin Tendulkar could not make it to the event as he was abroad.Another former India player Vinod Kambli arrived later and sought blessing of Achrekar.A citation was presented to Achrekar for his contribution to the game by the students amid chanting of hymns by the priests of the Sri Siddhivinayak Temple.It was also announced that the work on making a film on Achrekar was in progress and a teaser of the said movie was shown on the occasion. PTI NRB NSK
Wayne Rooney’s Everton homecoming ended in a 1-0 win over Slovak side Ruzomberok with the former Manchester United striker having a quiet return to Goodison Park in the Europa League, third qualifying round, first-leg on Thursday.The 31-year-old re-signed with his boyhood club earlier this month after enjoying 13 years with Manchester United and was, of course, given a warm welcome from the home supporters.But, playing in his old centre-forward role, the Liverpool-born Rooney was unable to truly threaten the Ruzomberok goal and only really became influential once he had moved out to the right flank.Rooney’s positional switch came after Everton manager Ronald Koeman brought on another new signing, Spaniard Sandro Ramirez, in the 61st minute.Ramirez, “a different kind of number nine to Wayne” according to Koeman, brought the sharpness, urgency and physical presence to the Everton attack that had been missing as Rooney floated in more of a free role.Within four minutes of the change, Everton took the lead when, from a corner, the ball was cleared to Leighton Baines, whose fierce drive took a deflection and beat Ruzomberok keeper Matus Macik.Koeman indicated that Ramirez, with another week of training under his belt, could start in Slovakia next Thursday and that could mean Rooney beginning in the wider role.On the limited evidence of his first outing that may well be the wisest choice given Rooney’s pace is now far from that of the teenager who made his name at Goodison.Asked for his views on Rooney’s first competitive game under his charge, Koeman said: “Good, positive. He worked very hard. A lot of positives after four weeks of pre-season.”advertisementWhile the Premier League team might have expected to have created a bigger advantage for next week’s second leg, Koeman said he was content with the result.”One-nil is not a bad result maybe everybody thought we would get a bigger result at home but everybody needs to realise that we are in just the fourth week of pre-season and not at 100 percent. In European football a 1-0 with a clean sheet is a good result,” he said.The Dutchman is hoping the Slovak side, who were well organised and played with a deep defence, will come out and attack more in the second leg.”They need to do more than they did tonight and maybe that makes a totally different game for us,” Koeman said.
(Eds: Updating with additional information)Photo: PTI12_5_2017_000168BNew Delhi, Dec 5 (PTI) From the streets of upmarket Srinagar, where she emerged as the face of angry women students throwing stones at security forces, it was a dream walk for football lover Afshan Ashiq through the corridors of North Block where she met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today.The 21-year-old Ashiq, captain of Jammu and Kashmirs all-woman football team which called on the minister, said she was pleasantly surprised to see how he wasted no time in redressing their grievances over the lack of sports-related infrastructure in the state.”When we told the home minister that Jammu and Kashmir lacks sports infrastructure, he immediately called up the Chief Minister (Mehbooba Mufti) and requested her to do the needful to help us,” Ashiq, who is from Srinagar, said.Ashiq, who defends the 24-foot-long and 8-foot-high goal post for her team, said the youth in Kashmir Valley was talented and all that they required was a platform.”The minister also told us that Rs 100 crore had already been sanctioned (under the Prime Ministers special package) for the state,” the captain of the CM?s-XI team told PTI.She agree that her life and career had made a remarkable U-turn since the days when her picture was splashed in the national media as a stone pelter.The same hands that threw stones at the forces now ward off many a hard kick as she guards the goalpost.”I don?t want to look back. My life has changed for ever. I want to be an achiever and do something to make the state and the nation proud,” said Ashiq, whose life story may soon be turned into a biopic now that a renowned Bollywood filmmaker is planning to make a film on her.advertisementDuring the 30-minute meeting with Singh, the team members conveyed to him that if proper infrastructure — such as training facilities — came up in Jammu and Kashmir, the youth could be motivated to hone their talents and bring laurels to the state, staying away from terrorism and other unlawful activities.Team manager Tsering Angmo said the sports infrastructure in the border areas was particularly poor and needed urgent attention so that young Kashmiris could be weaned away from illicit acts.”With proper infrastructure in place, the youth can take up sports to nourish their talents and no one can brainwash anyone. No one will join terrorism or indulge in stone pelting,” Angmo, who is from Ladakh, said.Ashiq and Angmo thanked Singh for listening to them and for speaking to the chief minister about their problems.Later, the home minister tweeted, “Met the young and energetic girls of JKs first ever Women Football Team. They are highly motivated and driven when it comes to football.”He also said they were examples for others to follow.”Playing the role of new age Gender Benders, these girls are setting an example for others to follow. I wish them success and a great future,” he tweeted. PTI ACB SKL BDS
Playing his first competitive match since March, Steve Smith scored a blazing 61 off 41 balls to play a key role in Toronto Nationals’ six-wicket win over Vancouver Knights in the opening game of the Global T20 Canada tournament on Thursday.Smith, who is serving a one-year ban handed to him following his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March, is looking to revive his career. Smith has apologised for his mistake.Toronto needed 25 runs to win from the final two overs and four from the last over. New Zealand’s Anton Devcich, who finished out the innings with captain Darren Sammy, led the Nationals with with an unbeaten 92.Sammy, who had 22, won the game with a six with four balls remaining, pushing the Toronto score to 231 for four. Three sixes in the penultimate over helped the Toronto cause.Smith was stumped by Chadwick Walton after missing a Fawad Ahmed delivery. Smith, who was almost caught on 27, hit one six and eight fours in compiling his 12th T20 half-century.”Honestly, when I’m out in the middle, everything else is a blur,” he said after the game. “I just concentrate on what I’m doing. It’s almost like my haven, I guess, if you want to call it that.”The Toronto Nationals team has been great. Everyone’s been really accepting.”Much of the pre-tournament attention had been on Smith, a star batsman who was disgraced in March for cheating in a test match in South Africa. David Warner, the former Aussie vice-captain also embroiled in the scandal, is at the Canadian event as a member of the Winnipeg Hawks and will see his first action on Friday.advertisementGreat start boys pic.twitter.com/bR6XwXNaULDaren Sammy (@darensammy88) June 29, 2018Both men have been banned for a year by Cricket Australia although they are allowed to play abroad. That ruling did not help them in the high-profile Indian Premier League, which cancelled their lucrative contracts.A Cricket Australia investigator found that Warner instructed Cameron Bancroft how to carry out the tampering with a piece of sandpaper during a break in play on the third day of the third cricket test against South Africa. Bancroft was banned for nine months.Smith, who as captain took responsibility for the cheating, was seen to have let both cricket and Australia down.”Look I’m not going to lie. It’s been a difficult time in my life, there’s no doubt about that,” he said Thursday. “But I’ve accepted my punishment, I’ve accepted what I’ve gone through. And I’m moving forward. Part of my sort of rehab is playing cricket as well. That’s what I love doing.”Thursday’s game was played in the tight – at-least cricket-wise – confines of the Maple Leaf Cricket Club just north of Toronto. The bleachers were largely empty when the first ball was bowled at 4 p.m. local time but the crowd grew later.Ball flew out of the ground, clearing trees and VIP tents under the late-afternoon sunshine after Sammy, the Toronto captain, won the toss and elected to put Vancouver into bat.West Indies opener Evin Lewis kept the Vancouver scoreboard ticking as the Knights compiled 227 runs for four wickets in their 20 overs.Lewis exited after an entertaining 96 when he skied a shot to Devcich in the 19th over. He hit 10 sixes and five fours off 55 balls.Andre Russell joined him, battering United Arab Emirates bowler Mohammad Naveed for four sixes and a four in the 17th over. The West Indies batsman finished at 54 not out.Smith was involved in the first out of the match, making the catch to dispatch West Indies star Chris Gayle after a 17-run, 12-ball innings that included two fours and one six.The tournament is a partnership between Cricket Canada and the Mercuri Group, an India-based media and talent management company.For Cricket Canada, it’s a chance to give national team players some high-level competition while earning revenue from its 25-year leasing agreement with Mercuri, which has also undertaken to help develop Canadian talent.Organizers recruited some marquee names to captain the squads in West Indies’ Sammy (Toronto), Gayle (Vancouver) and Dwayne Bravo (Winnipeg), Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga (Montreal) and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi (Edmonton). A Cricket West Indies B side fills out the six-team field.The event runs through July 15.(With inputs from AP)
Reilly Opelka blasted 43 aces on the way to winning his first ATP Tour title with a 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(7) victory over Canadian Brayden Schnur at the New York Open on Sunday.The 21-year-old American paved the way for the victory by successfully challenging what Schnur thought was an ace at 7-7 in the final tiebreak.Schnur’s shot was shown to be just out, so instead of having championship point the Canadian had a second serve, which he netted.Opelka then slammed in his 43rd ace of the match for the victory. He had the same number of aces in beating top seed John Isner in their semi-final on Saturday.”This is definitely what I’m most proud of,” Opelka told reporters. “I was tough mentally, especially losing a lot of first sets this week, and my first serve really helped me out. I was able to play clutch in those big moments.”43 aces later, Reilly Opelka defeats Brayden Schnur 6-1, 6-7(7), 7-6(7) for his first ATP Tour title!: @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/nyXOCgNWanATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) February 17, 2019Opelka easily won the opening set against Schnur but the Canadian rebounded in the second by saving two championship points in a tiebreak and claiming the set when Opelka double faulted.Schnur had never won an ATP Tour main draw match before this week, and won two qualifying matches just to get into the tournament.”It’s a dream come true for me. This week showed that I belong in these big tournaments and playing against the top guys,” Schnur said.advertisement”It’s unfortunate the way it ended because I left it all out there and did everything I could, but that’s how sports go sometimes.”Also Watch:
Nova Scotia youth will benefit from a $22.2 million investment that will upgrade and enhance Acadia University’s science complex. The joint investment was announced today, Sept. 14, by Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan and Treasury Board of Canada president Scott Brison, on behalf of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains. “We know that innovation, R&D, and entrepreneurship are a key to Nova Scotia’s success. This is another example of government creating opportunities for young Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Regan. “This project will give Acadia students access to modern, high-quality facilities that will prepare them for successful careers, and help build the skilled workforce we need to support good jobs and economic growth for today and tomorrow.” The enhanced science complex will promote intensified research and commercialization activities at Acadia. Of the $22.2 million total investment, $5.5 million will come from the province, $10.5 million from the federal government, and $6.2 million from the university and other donors. The funding will be used to renovate and upgrade Huggins Hall and Elliott Hall, and expand a link between the buildings into an innovation pavilion to support the complex’s research and commercialization capacity. The federal funding is allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund which helps modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improves the environmental sustainability of these facilities. “Investments like these in Atlantic Canada will support our world-class researchers and position Canada as a global leader in research excellence and innovation,” said Mr. Brison. “Through the Strategic Investment Fund, we are providing Canada’s students with the education and training they need to join a strong, healthy middle class.” “This investment addresses an important infrastructure need at Acadia, and will modernize laboratories that are more than 50 years old while significantly reducing our environmental footprint,” said Acadia University president and vice-chancellor Ray Ivany. “The Innovation Pavilion will provide new space for students and faculty who are actively engaged in research that is directly beneficial to Annapolis Valley sectors such as agriculture, green energy, and information technology. We are grateful for this investment that allows us to proceed immediately with a project that will strengthen one of the foundational elements of Acadia’s academic programming and increase our capacity to support Nova Scotia’s knowledge economy.”
The second edition of India International Hospitality Expo (IHE) will be the biggest hospitality expo event in South Asia till date with its astounding line up of trade discussions, conferences, gastronomic demonstrations, awards night and more.The 4-day exposition will be held from August 7 – 10, 2019 at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida Expressway. Rakesh Kumar, Chairman, India Expo Centre & Mart made an official announcement in the press conference about the event in Delhi NCR. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe event will witness biggest exposition spread over 28,000 sqm of exhibition space, and over 20,000 business visitors are expected at the expo. IHE 2019 promises to be bigger, better and grander by having speakers from across the world and MSME company owners from North East showcasing their work as part of Make in India initiative. Also a robust conference programme with top hospitality professionals as speakers, a series of Master classes by world-renowned chefs from India and abroad, wine sommelier training by a renowned Italian sommelier, a hospitality-inspired fashion show and an FSSAI conclave on Food Safety makes IHE’ 19 the most expansive hospitality platform with stimulating knowledge sessions and a great networking opportunity for its participants. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardHimachal Pradesh is the ‘Focus State’ at the expo with a number of events being organised by the Tourism Department of the Government of Himachal Pradesh and Himachal Tourism Development Corporation. Celebrity chef Manjit Gill will be presenting Himachali cuisine along with Chef Nand Lal Sharma of Himachal Tourism at three special occasions during the Expo. The event will also witness Celebrity Indonesian chef Gupta Sitorus, Kevindra Soemantri, Yuda Bustara and Primo Rizky. It will be a gala celebration of hospitality sector and the organisers will be giving away first IHE hospitality awards to more than 70 hospitality professionals from across India. IHE 2019 will act as an impactful platform for all the hospitality stakeholders to come, network and rub shoulders with the very best in the industry. Speaking about IHE 2019 Rakesh Kumar, Chairman, India Expo Centre & Mart says, “There was a need for this sort of an event in India’s burgeoning hospitality sector. We have tried to bring together every aspect which serves hospitality players under one roof, for a show which would meet every demand that the industry may have, from material goods to intellectual enlightenment.” Kumar further elaborated that large number of members of EPCH from Moradabad, Jaipur and Jodhpur are talking part in the IHE displaying products from handicrafts sector related to hospitality industry.
Marrakech – Over the last few weeks, large piles of unsightly rubbish have been accumulating in areas of Marrakech giving rise to concerns about public health in the extreme heat as trash collection is delayed while temperatures have soared into the 90s.Longs delays in trash collection are not normal in Marrakech, and the Moroccan authorities have made serious efforts to have regular rubbish collections. The problem seems to be due to a change of contractor from Techmed.Rubbish collection is a serious and difficult issue everywhere in the world. In London, private companies are now advertising trash removal services because local authorities are overwhelmed and bureaucratically stagnant. Urban trash, even with local landfills and incinerator plants, is a major challenge for most urban centers worldwide. One of the difficulties in managing trash is that it needs to be sorted.In Morocco, men with donkey carts, who rummage through the rubbish and remove recyclable materials, perform an important part in sorting the trash. However, the rubbish taken out of the bins typically is never put back in. Sometimes perhaps there are not enough bins.Individual citizens need to be responsible for how they dispose of their rubbish as well. Throwing it in plastic bags by the side of the street so that it builds into mounds of rubbish degrades the environment and is unsightly.Marrakech public buses have screens and show a jolly cartoon of a family who make it their mission to clean up trash in the streets and encourage drivers to service their vehicles so that the streets are not filled with fumes. They also clean up debris on the beaches.So the local administration in the red city is trying to raise the citizens’ awareness of the rubbish issue but it obviously is going to take time and effort. Plastic bags are a major cause of environmental pollution and are banned in many countries.Today new road sweepers are working in red and orange uniforms and new bins are being positioned on the streets so the mounds of rotting rubbish will hopefully soon be cleared up.
The UNMIT head and Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Timor-Leste, Atul Khare, said that the attacks of 11 February had threatened the country, and that he shared “the feelings of the entire community in welcoming the peaceful submission of Gastão Salsinha and his men. They must now face justice.”President José Ramos-Horta was shot and wounded by rebel soldiers in the attack on his home. He recently returned to Timor-Leste from Australia after recovering from his injuries.In today’s statement Mr. Khare praised the people of Timor-Leste “for the calm manner in which the events of these past months have been handled.” He said that the lessons learned should serve to strengthen the country’s security institutions, and urged all Timorese to work together toward a “peaceful, prosperous and stable nation, securely anchored in a culture of democracy, rule of law, and respect for human rights.” 29 April 2008The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) today welcomed the surrender of 12 armed fugitives wanted in connection with the assassination attempt on the President in February.
A 59-year-old school bus driver has been charged after police found an open container of liquor on board a school bus. Ontario Provincial Police say they were alerted by numerous community members about a local school bus driver who may be consuming alcoholic beverages while driving. Officers stopped the bus on a road in Tiny Township and had the driver take a roadside screening test.Michael Binseel had his license suspended for three days and was fined $198. He is also charged with driving a motor vehicle with an open container of liquor.Police say no one else was on the school bus when it was pulled over.
Mr. Guterres, 67, was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015. He will become the world’s top diplomat on 1 January 2017, and hold that post for the next five years.He was formally appointed by the General Assembly on 13 October in what was the culmination of an historic process Member States set in motion late last year: the selection of a new United Nations Secretary-General, traditionally decided behind closed-doors by a few powerful countries, for the first time in history, involved public discussions with each candidate campaigning for the Organization’s ninth chief.These so-called ‘informal briefings’ between the candidates, UN Member States and civil society representatives kicked off on 12 April, when the first three candidates presented their ‘vision statements’ and answered questions on how they would promote sustainable development, improve efforts to create peace, protect human rights, and deal with huge humanitarian catastrophes should they be selected to lead the Organization.In October, thanking the Assembly for appointing him as the next Secretary-General, Mr. Guterres said he was grateful to the Member States for their trust in him as well as for the transparent and open selection process they undertook.“I believe this process means that the true winner today is the credibility of the UN. And it also made very clear to me that, as Secretary-General, having been chosen by all Member States, I must be at the service of them all equally and with no agenda but the one enshrined in the UN Charter,” added.Tomorrow’s ceremony, at which Mr. Guterres will take the oath of office, will also see the 193-member General Assembly pay tribute to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his exceptional contribution to the work of the Organization over the past decade.On 12 December 2016, António Guterres will be sworn in as the next UN Secretary-General. In his vision for the post, Mr. Guterres – a former Prime Minister of Portugal and UN High Commissioner for Refugees – has said that the world body is uniquely placed to connect the dots to overcome global challenges and further strengthen the nexus between peace and security, sustainable development and human rights policies.
People on social media have been debating whether women should have to wear high heels and make-up at work, after a report by MPs found that businesses are leaving women in pain by enforcing discriminatory dress codes.While some say it is important to look smart, and that women in certain jobs should have to do so by wearing high heels and make-up, others say such a stance is discriminatory and point out that men don’t have to wear similarly restrictive clothing. Piers Morgan has been among those to weigh in on the report, which was commissioned after a London receptionist, Nicola Thorp, went to the press after being fired from a temporary job last year for not wearing high heels, which she said were painful.Her parliamentary petition on the issue gained more than 150,000 signatures.Morgan was accused of sexism by social media users after the daytime television host said he “likes women to wear high heels at work”.Here’s how social media has reacted to the news.Piers Morgan said he likes women to wear high heels at work No enforced dress code on @Commonswomequ-it’s just we all like red jackets except @jessphillips ! @FlickD @lucyallan pic.twitter.com/kiAG6QDXlU— Maria_Miller (@Maria_MillerMP) January 25, 2017 The Women and Equalities Select Committee weighed in My footwear today @LadybridgeHigh Strong Safe and Resilient project day. #dresscode #noheels pic.twitter.com/kXpchav8Ny— Julie Tweedale (@FpsJulie) January 25, 2017 What do you think? I like women wearing heels at work. Does that make me sexist?@GMB— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 25, 2017 Others have said they like their high heels Sarah Wood said they are a ‘dinosaur dress code’ Should women have to learn a new way to walk in order to work? Many have tweeted about the comfortable shoes they wear to work Are school uniforms for girls more uncomfortable? High heels are dinosaur dress code & ought to be extinct in modern workplace – thx @bbc5live for having me on this morning!— Sarah Wood (@sarahfwood) January 25, 2017 Heels at work…. pic.twitter.com/Vpy8T9oISp— Susanna Reid (@susannareid100) January 25, 2017 High heels aren’t suitable for every workplace As we’re on sexist dress codes, logical to talk about how much less comfortable girls’ school uniforms are than boys’. Especially shoes.— Sally Peck (@mathildeny) January 25, 2017 Does having to wear suit and tie in summer count as sexist dress code against men ? #dresscode— nick (@rednw100) January 25, 2017 This irritated many people onlineBecause anyone who has worn high heels for an extended period of time agrees they are painful. Men have pointed out they get quite warm in summer Petition to make @piersmorgan wear my heels all day and see how he likes it— Holly Wood (@hollydolly_) January 25, 2017 So lucky that my #dresscode allows me to wear trainers to the office. Why are men so obsessed with heels being ‘smart’?— Kara Godfrey (@KaraWillow) January 25, 2017 #dresscode #loveheels pic.twitter.com/9ibB5tF6xi— Katharine Michelle (@kathcott) January 25, 2017 High heels on these lovely birds @piersmorgan ? pic.twitter.com/3fBnYJxJAE— Nicolaj David Larsen (@NDLarsen) January 25, 2017 His co-host Susanna Reid shared a response she seemed to enjoy As an employer, you’re saying you prefer that women *learn a new way to walk* and be physically uncomfortable at work. /4 @piersmorgan @GMB— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) January 25, 2017 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.
On the day of the murder Mercer, then 16, was subject to an Asbo (anti-social behaviour order), imposed because he and some of his friends – including one referred to only as Boy K previously but who can now be named as Dean Kelly, 17 – had been terrorising staff at a local sports centre.At one stage they threatened to set fire to a security guard’s jacket and to “get a knife”.The previous year Mercer had been convicted of possessing a CS gas canister police had found in his home. Eight months after killing Rhys he was caught with cannabis and given a three-month conditional discharge.The scrawny killer, nicknamed Beaver, had joined the gang in his early teens, but was beginning to rise rapidly through the ranks. Local sources suggest the killer had played a prominent role in the attacks on Brady. However, police were never able to prove this was so.They learned only after his arrest that two months before Rhys’s murder he had ridden through Norris Green on a motorbike, waving a gun as he chased a group of Nogga Dogs.Mercer stuck to the gangsters’ code of silence when detectives arrested him, and in court, too, he refused to speak beyond entering his plea of not guilty.But beyond the bravado, he will never shake off the fear that gripped him the day a crucial witness refused point-blank to support his alibi. Police knew enough about him to realise he had the potential to become a major player, but until the murder he was just another young thug to keep an eye on. Show more Brady, 20, had been shot at twice before by his gangland rivals, but despite this had strayed onto their “turf” the day Rhys died. Teenage gunman Mercer was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court of the murder of schoolboy Rhys Jones, 11Credit:PA Officers used anti-social behaviour powers to stop him in the street no less than 80 times between the ages of 14 and 16. On 15 of these occasions he was with two Croccy Head leaders who were later jailed for the murder of a Nogga Dog.His main ally within the gang appears to have been Boy K, the pair of them generally referred to in MSN chatrooms as The Boys.Detectives are still unclear about Mercer’s motive for opening fire that day – not least because the killer has always refused to speak to them.However, the shooting is most likely to have been “a rite of passage”, in which Mercer seized the opportunity to “prove” himself to his fellow gangsters and the younger wannabes who hung around them.There was, though, a secondary motive: the long-standing personal grudge Mercer harboured against Wayne Brady, a prominent member of the rival Nogga Dogs gang.This went back to the days they shared at De La Salle Secondary School, but was compounded by the fact that Brady had been dating Vicki Smart, a model and one-time Miss England contestant, who lived near Mercer’s home in Croxteth.In Mercer’s mind Miss Smart, now 19, should have been out of bounds to a Nogga Dog, and it was well known among his gang that one day he was “gonna get” his rival. 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. The murderer of Rhys Jones, Sean Mercer, was a convict stopped more than 80 times on the street by police, and on an Asbo on the day he killed the 11-year-old.He had intended to shoot a rival gang member and, if he had succeeded, Mercer might have been propelled into the transient folklore of Liverpool’s notorious gang culture.Instead, one of three bullets he fired at two rival gangsters killed Rhys Jones and condemned Mercer himself to the level of notoriety that not even he could have imagined.He would say later that he saw “a kid go down”, but he didn’t care. All he cared about was saving his own skin. He and his gang tried to destroy the evidence against him, and they struck fear into the minds of those they involved in the cover-up. The shooting is most likely to have been ‘a rite of passage’, in which Mercer seized the opportunity to prove himself to his fellow gangsters
During Google I/O 2011, the company confirmed the then-Developer channel Chrome OS would ultimately be the version shipping in June on the first Chromebooks from Acer and Samsung. Now that I/O has wrapped and the June 15th launch date is rapidly approaching, the time had come for Google to push the release one step closer to RTM. Yesterday, the Chrome Releases blog announced that the beta channel had been bumped and was now utilizing the R12 code.A number of expected pre-release changes have been made to Chrome OS, with Google’s team devoting plenty of time to polishing up the user interface and making things look consistent. An improved file browser has been added, the internal Flash plug-in updated, and new power optimizations will help users squeeze a few more minutes of life out of their Chromebook batteries.AdChoices广告Chrome OS’ wireless connectivity features have also been tweaked, with some Verizon-specific activation issues being addressed and more trouble-free out-of-the-box Wi-Fi and 3G hook-ups. VPN support has also arrived — which will play an important role in Chrome OS adoption in the enterprise. The Google Talk plug-in now offers better voice and video performance, the Chrome OS update mechanism is running more smoothly, and retouched OSD indicators for screen brightness and network and update status have been introduced.But one change in particular will be particularly welcome for users of Google’s original Cr-48 Chromebook. The touchpad — which has frustrated users from the very beginning of the pilot program — has finally been addressed in the new update.More at Chrome Releases
Katherine Shafer’s sons hurtled into the Clark College child care facility on a recent Wednesday morning, eager to show their toys to the staff at the campus-within-a-campus.Shafer, 31, walked in behind 5-year-old Elijah and 3-year-old Aiden, a tired smile on her face.Wednesdays aren’t so bad for Shafer. Usually they’re filled with appointments, school work and classes in the evening. Of course, “not so bad” is relative when you’re a single mother of three young boys — 7-year-old Jeremiah is in grade school — pursuing a college degree.It’s parents like Shafer that Clark College is targeting with a $487,200 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The four-year Child Care Access Means Parents in School grant, or CCAMPIS, will cover the costs of child care for low-income college students. College officials estimate the grant could save enrolled families between $15 and $1,300 a month, depending on how much they’re currently paying.“It’s food. It’s new shoes. It’s clothes,” said Shafer of the money she’ll save due to the grant. She’s among the approximately 50 people to receive the funding.Child care in Washington and across the country is expensive and hard to find. According to Child Care Aware of Washington, the median cost of child care at center-based programs ranges from $888 to $1,235, depending on the child’s age. At family-based centers, that range drops to $650 to $758, but there are fewer licensed home care providers.
Oil gained on Friday while stocks on Wall Street closed lower even as major US and European stock indices posted their best month in at least four years, boosted in part by accommodative monetary policies in the euro zone and Japan.Oil prices rose after the US oil rig count fell for a ninth straight week, indicating potentially lower crude output in coming months in the face of a global supply glut.The dollar slipped after data showing US consumer spending in September recorded its smallest gain in eight months as personal income barely rose, suggesting some cooling in domestic demand after recent hefty increases.European shares closed slightly higher, with the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index.FTEU3 up 0.01% at 1,484.46, while the euro zone’s blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index .STOXX50E rose 0.14% to 3,418.23. The two indices posted their best monthly gains in more than six years.Financial stocks led the decline on Wall Street as falling prices accelerated at the close. Traders had focused on heavy sell orders posted for the close, said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O’Neil Securities in New York.The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI closed down 92.26 points, or 0.52%, to 17,663.54. The S&P 500 .SPX fell 10.05 points, or 0.48%, to 2,079.36 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC lost 20.53 points, or 0.4%, to 5,053.75.”The burning question on everybody’s lips is very simply, what is going to happen at the end of the year, are we going to get the Santa Claus rally?” said Andrew Wilkinson, chief market strategist at Interactive Brokers LLC in Greenwich, Connecticut.Investors have taken in stride indications that the US Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in December, and worries about slowing Chinese growth have subsided, he said.”There are no barbarians at the gate at this moment. Everything seems to have calmed, volatility has come down, people seem to comprehend what the Fed is about to do and they got a greater sense of how deep the Chinese problems are,” he said.The CBOE Volatility index .VIX fell 38.5% in October, its biggest monthly drop on record.Energy majors Exxon (XOM.N) and Chevron (CVX.N) reported better-than-expected results, helped by strong refining margins. Exxon rose 0.6 percent to $82.74 and Chevron was up 1.1 percent to $90.88. Chevron was the biggest boost to the Dow, and Exxon was the third-largest.US Treasuries prices rose, with benchmark yields retreating from one-month peaks as soft domestic and overseas data renewed traders’ focus on tepid global growth. Month-end buying boosted longer-dated Treasuries prices.Some investors added US bonds back to their holdings on expectations of further bond-buying stimulus from the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan to combat deflation.Brent, the global benchmark for oil, settled 76 cents higher at $49.56 a barrel. U.S. crude futures CLc1 rose 53 cents to settle at $46.59 a barrel.
“Howdy, Modi!” is what Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be greeted with when he reaches Houston, Texas, for his address to the Indian community next month. Houston is one of the biggest regions with Indian-American population in the US. There are five lakh people of Indian-origin in Texas.Modi’s speech will be the third major speech he will give in the US since he became the PM in 2014 and the first speech in the country after his re-election. He will give the speech on September 22 during his visit for the UN General Assembly session.PM Modi’s previous speeches at Madison Square Garden in 2014 and Silicon Valley in 2016 had seen at least 20,000 people and event planners are expecting no less for this event.For the event, the NGR stadium will most probably be used which can seat more than 70,000 people, NDTV reports. Organisers have already sent out invitations for registrations to become partners and also help provide free passes for the members.Along with PM Modi’s speech, there will also be a cultural programme which will be broadcast live. “This event is brought to you by the Texas India Forum (TIF), a not-for-profit organization that promotes cooperation between the United States and India, advancing shared values of democracy, inclusive development, and mutual respect,” the website reads.
Don’t dawdle.Jim “Griff” Griffith, author of The eBay Bibleand dean of eBay Education, says many new sellers feel overwhelmed at first. “A lot of new sellers spend too much time studying the site, and that’s a mistake, as you can easily get hung up on ‘paralysis by analysis,'” he says. Griff advises you to start small and slow, research the market on eBay, and then put one item up to get started. “If you do it methodically and slowly, you can list your first item in an hour or so and be up and running.”For more ideas on where to find product sources, visit our Sourcing Productsarea. Step 3: Manage the Auction ProcessThere are several types of eBay auctions. In a basic auction, you post your item with a starting price and wait for bidders to drive the price up until a closing time, which can be three, five, seven or 10 days later, when the auction ends. You are then obligated to sell to the highest bidder. 13 min read Legal and Tax Tips for eBay SellersWhen you sell on eBay, you’re subject to most all federal and state laws, taxes and rules that apply to retail businesses generally. Here are some tips to help you stay out of trouble on eBay:1. Set yourself up as a legal business.Get federal and state tax ID numbers for your business, as well as any licenses and permits your state requires for you to sell your merchandise. If you’re using a trade name, register it with your city, town or county clerk’s office as your state law requires.2. Register for your state’s sales taxes.If the winning bidder is a resident of your state, you’ll have to pay sales tax on the bid amount. Put the following statement on all eBay auction pages: “Residents of State X [your state] must add ___% sales tax to their winning bid.”3. Sell only legitimate merchandise.If a random street vendor offers you a shipment of “genuine Rolex watches,” watch out. Competing eBay sellers offering Rolex watches and Rolex itself can report you to eBay for selling illegal knockoffs, and eBay will cancel your auctions. Find out if the stuff you’re planning to buy is legitimate by visiting eBay’s Verified Rights Owner program.4. Resist the temptation to “shill.”If you (or a friend or relative) are ever tempted to bid against legitimate bidders in an attempt to drive up the price of your products (an illegal practice called “shilling”), think twice. Not only will eBay’s fraud department shut you down permanently if they catch you, but many state attorneys general are bringing criminal charges against flagrant offenders, with eBay’s cooperation. About Me:A free page that enables you to describe your business and any relevant information that would make buyers feel more comfortable buying from you. Register Now » Step 2: Find Stuff to SellThis can be the biggest challenge in setting up an eBay business. Keep these points in mind: You can also set a reserve price, which is a hidden minimum price that is the lowest amount you’re willing to accept. Buyers are not shown the reserve price, and if it is not met, you are not obligated to sell the item.If you have two or more identical items for sale, you can post them in the same auction by using a Dutch (or Multiple Item) Auction.If you don’t like auctions, eBay also has a “Buy It Now” feature that gives bidders the option to buy your item immediately for a set price. Or you can choose a fixed-price listing, which simply puts the item up for sale at a set price, with no bidding allowed.To sell on eBay, you’ll pay a listing fee to post your merchandise and a final value fee (a small percentage of the sale price) when the item sells. These fees change from time to time, so be sure to check the eBay site to make sure you can pay all the fees and still make a profit.A number of books offer advice on reducing the amount of time and effort necessary to create eBay auction pages, such as Marsha Collier’s eBay Timesaving Techniques For Dummies, Janelle Elms’ eBay Your Businessand Joseph T. Sinclair’s eBay Business the Smart Way. Entrepreneur magazine’s Startup Guide #1824, How to Start a Business on eBay, is available at www.smallbizbooks.com.Software can also help you streamline the auction management process. Listing programs, such as Turbo-Lister (available for free from eBay) and Zdrop, enable you to create multiple auction pages on your PC and upload them as a “batch” to eBay. Full-service auction-management programs like Auction-Helperand Zoovyhandle almost everything, from inventory management to label printing. May 1, 2005 Step 4: Provide Great Customer ServiceBuyers will ask you questions about your merchandise, and if you don’t respond promptly, they won’t bid. Top-notch service also means shipping your goods to the winning buyer within two to three days after the auction closes, or as soon as you receive payment.When an eBay auction is completed, the goods shipped and payment made, you and your buyer can comment on each other in eBay’s Feedback Forum. Buyers rely on the Feedback Forum to determine how reliable a seller is. But watch out: If buyers aren’t happy with your customer service or your merchandise, they will post negative or neutral feedback. Many buyers will not deal with a seller who has less than a specified number of positive feedback postings in the forum, or a seller who has too many negative feedback postings.Unfortunately, some customers will threaten to leave negative feedback if you don’t do what they want, even if they are being unreasonable. Most of the time, you’re best advised to meet their demands because “the customer is always right,” and because you want to avoid negative feedback on eBay at all costs.In cases where a buyer posts negative feedback that is inaccurate or unfair, eBay affords you a limited opportunity to respond to the negative posting and tell buyers your side of the story. In extreme cases, eBay’s SquareTrade service helps mediate disputes between eBay buyers and sellers. Step 5: Build a Brand on eBayOn eBay, sellers are offered a number of tools to help establish their brand identities, including: Customizing Tools:A number of features (accessible from your “My eBay” page) that enable you to make your pages stand out from others offering similar merchandise.Like any marketplace, eBay is constantly changing. “A lot of people get set in a comfort zone, especially if they have an initial rush of success,” says Griff. “If you get to the point that you really feel comfortable you know what you’re doing on eBay, I guarantee you there’s a brick flying at the side of your head at 80 miles an hour that you’re not seeing because you’re not looking in that direction.”You can expect pricing and demand on eBay to change over time. As more and more people start operating on eBay, competition will increase and prices may decline slightly. Still, keep in mind that eBay has reached only a small fraction of its potential worldwide market. And it will continue to grow even faster as internet access becomes more readily available world-wide. “EBay is the leader in internet auctions,” says Morphy. “It has such a strong hold on the market and such a huge following, you can’t beat it.” Learn how to pack and ship goods.Calculating shipping costs properly is also important. To help you with this, eBay, FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service all offer shipping calculators on their websites. Buyers really hate it if they think you’re gouging them on the shipping and handling fees. Pick the right product.Select something you’ll enjoy selling and that stands a good chance of making a profit. Avoid merchandise you know absolutely nothing about, that’s difficult to describe in a short paragraph, that won’t photograph well or that’s tricky to ship without damage. Sell related merchandise.”If you make it easy for people to buy something, they will want to buy more from you–and you have to have related merchandise in stock,” advises Cash. “So, for example, if you’re selling collectibles, you should also carry the display racks, books and other accessories those particular collectors will want to have.” Customer Service and Branding eBay Stores: A virtual storefront that puts all of your current auctions together in one place, so buyers can see everything you’re selling at a glance. You’ll pay a monthly fee based on the level of store services you want, plus additional fees for items listed and sold. Consider cost and sale price.”Buyers and sellers on eBay set the price–you don’t,” says Melissa Sands, 35, who started selling on eBay in 1999 to help her husband, a comic-book dealer, get rid of excess inventory. Today, Sands runs Sands-o-Time, an eBay store selling pottery, porcelain, glass, silver, costume jewelry and more with sales averaging $8,000 to $12,000 per month. Before you buy anything, find out what other similar items have sold for on eBay and ask yourself if there’s a good chance you will make money. This story appears in the May 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Other eBay vendors often buy tons of stuff in bulk lots, and there’s a lot of merchandise they just don’t want to sell. Let other sellers know you’re looking to buy certain categories of merchandise and will take excess inventory off their hands. Finding Items to SellAs eBay becomes more popular, it’s getting harder to find quality products to sell without bumping into other eBay entrepreneurs. Here are some product sourcing strategies your competitors might not have thought about (yet):Estate attorneys are deluged with requests from grieving relatives to help them “clean out Mom’s place” because they either can’t bear to do it or don’t have the time. Send a letter to the estate attorneys in your area (get a list from your local bar association), and tell them you specialize in online estate sales of any size. Editor’s note: Looking for our online exclusives? You can find our eBay Business Center hereand our free downloadable PDF, “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Doing Business Online,” here.Ten years after being formed in 1995, eBay has become the world’s leading online marketplace for all sorts of goods. At any given time, 29 million items are available worldwide on eBay, with more than 3.5 million new items added every day and $1,000 worth of merchandise sold every second. The online auction site has 135 million registered users in 32 international markets, and more than 430,000 people in the United States alone make a full- or part-time living on eBay.If you think eBay is just about bobblehead dolls and Pez dispensers, think again. While $2.2 billion worth of goods in collectibles were sold on eBay in 2004, antiques and collectibles ranked only No. 6 among eBay’s sales categories. The five highest were: automobiles and auto supplies ($11.1 billion); consumer electronics ($3.5 billion); computers ($3.0 billion); clothes and accessories ($2.9 billion); and books, movies and music ($2.4 billion).Real people are making big bucks on eBay–and thousands have even reached PowerSeller status by maintaining at least $1,000 per month in sales for three consecutive months. Case in point: Angie Cash, 37, a stay-at-home mom who started selling on eBay nearly six years ago because it was “something I could do and watch the kids at the same time.” Today, her Kennesaw, Georgia, company, Cashco1000 Inc., sells thousands of home-decoration and other items each month on eBay and expects to break $500,000 in sales on eBay this year.Even owners of existing businesses have found success on eBay by using it as an adjunct to their brick-and-mortar operations. Dan Morphy, 33, runs the Adamstown Antique Gallery, a 10,000-square-foot antiques mall in Denver, Pennsylvania. After a few successful eBay auctions, he started offering the antiques vendors who rent space in his gallery the opportunity to sell five items a month on eBay, at no charge other than out-of-pocket expenses. Within two years, Morphy not only had a full gallery of dealers, but was also listing 700 pieces a month and had exceeded $2.5 million in eBay sales.If you dream of building your own eBay business, it’s easier than you think. We’ve distilled what you need to know into five basic steps. Step 1: Register Your BusinessGetting set up as an eBay seller is a simple process that takes just a few minutes. You’ll be required to provide your name, address, e-mail and phone number, as well as a credit card number and your checking account information. This information is used to confirm your identity–which protects the integrity of eBay’s operation–and to collect auction fees.Since every eBay business is a retail business, you should also register your business with federal, state and local tax authorities and consider forming a corporation or an LLC to protect you against legal liability. (For more legal issues you should know about before you start, go here.)Most eBay sellers are also encouraged to open an account with PayPal, an online payment service owned by eBay that enables buyers to pay you by credit card or by debiting their checking accounts, without you having to obtain merchant card accounts. Find Stuff to Sell Cliff Ennico, best known as co-host of PBS TV series Money Hunt, is author of Small Business Survival Guide and a faculty member of eBay University, where he teaches the legal and tax aspects of starting an eBay business. Legal and Tax Tips for eBay Sellers Make sure you have enough storage space for your merchandise.Don’t start ordering pallets of large items if your basement or garage is small, or if your front door isn’t big enough to squeeze the crates through. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Take out an ad in your local newspaper and offer to take consignments of stuff to sell on eBay for a small upfront fee plus a percentage of each winning bid. Have your lawyer prepare a one-page consignment agreement for each new seller to sign. Keep in mind there’s growing competition in this field (including nationwide franchises such as iSold It and UPS-affiliated QwikDrop), and your state may require you to get an auctioneer’s license before you legally can take consignments.