Mustafizur Rahman’s selection for India tour in doubt amidst fitness concerns

first_imgMustafizur Rahman’s selection for India tour in doubt amidst fitness concernsBangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin has said that pacer Mustafizur Rahman will have to prove his match-fitness in the National Cricket League before being considered for selection for the upcoming tour of India. Press Trust of India DhakaOctober 17, 2019UPDATED: October 17, 2019 12:47 IST Mustafizur Rahman will have to prove his fitness for the upcoming tour to India (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSMustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Saifuddin are recovering from injuriesThe Bangladesh bowling attack has often been hamstrung due to injuries to their pacersMinhajul Abedin hopes that things will start changing for the better after a couple of yearsBangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin has expressed concerns over the fitness of the national team’s fast bowlers before the upcoming tour of India, a litmus test for a side seeking to climb the ladder in the Test arena.Abedin also said that pacer Mustafizur Rahman will have to prove his fitness in the upcoming National Cricket League match before the team departs for India.He was worried over the fitness of the national team’s pacers, given that the likes of Mustafizur, Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Saifuddin are recovering from injuries.”We were really concerned about our pace bowlers because right now, there are many players who are unavailable due to injury. If I make a list of ten players, then five of them will be on the injury list,” Abedin told reporters here.”Our pace bowlers are always criticized for their fitness levels. Now, however, the way we are prioritizing our fitness from the first-class level, I think we will get the results in two years,” he added.Mustafizur missed the first-phase game of the NCL, Bangladesh’s premier first-class event after he failed to fully recover from an ankle injury.”He (Mustafizur) will have to prove his fitness in the NCL game to be considered for the upcoming Test series against India,” Abedin said.”The physio had given us some guidelines. He was supposed to play from the very first match. However, because he has some minor problem with his ankle, he was not able to take the full load and therefore, was unable to play the first match (of the NCL),” he added.advertisementThe Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had stated that the national team players will have to take part in at least two editions of NCL as part of their preparation for the upcoming tour of India, scheduled in November, and comprising three T20Is followed by two Test matches.The team management has decided to utilize Mustafizur sparingly, focussing on his Test workload in the recent past.Mustafizur is expected to feature in the second phase of NCL, scheduled to begin on October 17, when he takes the field for Khulna Division against Rajshahi Division in their hometown.”He is in the recovery phase now. We have to assess how many overs he can bowl. I have been given a guideline that he cannot bowl more than 15 overs (per day) in the upcoming match and so we will consider that and subsequently assess his fitness during the four-day games” the chief selector said.He added that Mustafizur’s selection for Tests in India would be the team management’s call.”This is completely the decision of team management,” he said.”We don’t work in the field. There is fitness trainer, bowling coach, who will judge whether he can bowl in back-to-back matches and how many overs he can bowl.”Also Read | Birthday wishes to India’s greatest match-winner: Gautam Gambhir to Anil Kumble, who turns 49 todayAlso Read | Mitch Marsh likely to miss 1st Test vs Pakistan: Justin Langer told me I’m an idiotFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Mustafizur RahmanFollow India vs BangladeshFollow Taskin Ahmed Nextlast_img read more

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Education Ministry Fully Supports Centres of Excellence Programme

first_img Rev. Thwaites said he is pleased with the entrepreneurial aspect of the programme The Ministry fully supports the MBSF Centres of Excellence programme Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the Ministry fully supports the Mutual Building Societies Foundation’s (MBSF) Centres of Excellence programme, which has resulted in significant improvements in six non-traditional high schools.“On behalf of the Ministry of Education, I stand with pride and  awe at this slow but inexorable reversal of the inequalities of the past, when we are able to take those schools which have been disrespected….and place them in a position of excellence and of good outcomes,” the Minister said.Rev. Thwaites was addressing an Educational Leadership Symposium, organised by the MBSF at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in Kingston, on July 19.The Minister further commended the MBSF, which is a partnership between the Victoria Mutual Building Society and the Jamaica National Building Society, for its $100 million investment in the education sector.“What these people are doing is to take the power of their wealth to garner their intellectual capacities, drawing from all those who have been participating and investing and mobilizing social capital to an extreme extent among the participating schools,” he said.Rev. Thwaites said he is pleased with the entrepreneurial aspect of the programme, which provides students with the opportunity to start a profitable business with very little capital, citing “the verve and the spark in the eyes of those who took part in them and the obvious radiation of that into their behaviour, into their performance in schools and obviously, the multiplier effect in their future lives.”The symposium was designed to address key issues relating to data management and the school board systems; as well as transforming school culture, and positioning the principals as the Chief Executive Officer of the academic institution, among other important issues affecting leadership.It was also aimed to impart lessons learnt from the MBSF’s Centre of Excellence programme, which was carried out from 2008 to 2013, and sought to transform leadership and improve management performance in six non-traditional rural high schools.Providing an overview of the initiative, Programme Manager, MBSF, Dr. Renee Rattray, informed that over the past five years, the schools have made significant gains, noting that the number of students sitting and earning passes in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations have doubled.She further informed that all schools have reduced disciplinary infractions by an average of 69 per cent; and they have improved school culture by 80 per cent with more parents and students being confident in, and proud of their schools.The six high schools participating in the programme are McGrath High in St. Catherine; Mile Gully and Porus High in Manchester; Godfrey Stewart High in Westmoreland; Green Pond High in St. James; and Seaforth High in St. Thomas.Over the past five years, the Centres of Excellence programme focused on providing technical assistance to improve organisational efficiency in the schools through capacity building of principals, heads of departments and school Boards, to strengthen the teaching and learning environment.In addition to the emphasis on administration, the programme also stressed the role students should play in their own education; and it sought to develop their leadership abilities through entrepreneurship.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Video Chevron Sends 1st Wheatstone LNG Cargo to Japan

first_imgThe 2017-built LNG tanker Asia Venture set sail from Western Australia on October 31 carrying the first shipment of liquefied natural gas from the country’s Wheatstone Project, according to energy company Chevron Australia.The 82,637 dwt tanker is currently on its way to Tokyo, where it is scheduled to arrive on November 10, AIS data provided by Marine Traffic shows. The cargo will be delivered to one of Chevron’s foundation buyers, JERA for delivery into Japan.The Bahamas-flagged LNG tanker is one of six new state-of-the-art LNG carriers recently added to Chevron’s operated fleet.“The first shipment of LNG from the Wheatstone Project signifies our commitment to be a safe and reliable long-term supplier of cleaner-burning natural gas for our customers in the Asia-Pacific region,” Nigel Hearne, Chevron Australia Managing Director, said.The Wheatstone Project is located 12 kilometres west of Onslow in Western Australia. It is Australia’s first third-party natural gas hub “enabling future development of the vast natural gas resources offshore Western Australia,” Hearne added.At full capacity, the Wheatstone Project’s two train LNG facility is expected to contribute around six percent of the Asia Pacific region’s total future LNG production, delivering 8.9 MTPA of LNG for export to customers in Asia, according to the company.The Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG facility is a joint venture between Australian subsidiaries of Chevron, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC), Woodside Petroleum Limited, and Kyushu Electric Power Company, together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd, part owned by JERA.last_img read more

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Readers Picks of the Week

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Experts recommend five safe injection sites in Toronto Ottawa

first_imgAPTN National NewsA report from public health experts in Ontario calls for the creation of five safe injection sites in Ontario, similar to Insite in Vancouver.The report was written by Drs. Ahmed Bayoumi and Carol Strike, and primarily funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. It calls for three safe injection sites in Toronto and two in Ottawa, saying that the sites could prevent as many as 16 HIV infections and 95 hepatitis C infections combined.The Ontario Ministry of Health says it plans to review the report before making any decision.UPDATE: Ontario Minister of Health Deb Matthews has issued a statement saying that Ontario “has no plans to pursue supervised sites at this time”.last_img read more

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Health Canada confirms Fentanyl in pill seized on New Brunswick First Nation

first_imgThe Canadian PressHealth Canada has confirmed a pill seized on the Esgenoopetitj First Nation in New Brunswick contained fentanyl.RCMP say five Esgenoopetitj residents have been hospitalized since April 10 from suspected overdoses of the drug, a powerful synthetic opioid that has killed hundreds in western Canada but is relatively new to the East Coast.Police are continuing to investigate the April 11 death of a 35-year-old woman on the First Nation, saying an autopsy determined she died of an overdose, although they are still awaiting toxicology results.Her death has fuelled a growing movement on New Brunswick’s First Nations to banish drug dealers.Police say the seized pill is blue, about one centimetre in diameter and inscribed with “Percocet 5.”They say there was one other suspected overdose, but that person did not go to the hospital.In the case of one man, RCMP administered naloxone spray, which appeared to reverse the drug’s effects.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Monday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close FriNov. 506.90 506.90 503.20 505.00 506.70Jan. ’18 509.50 510.70 508.40 509.40 511.20March 513.70 514.10 511.00 512.20 514.50May 516.00 516.00 512.00 513.30 516.70July 517.40 517.40 512.50 514.10 517.20Nov. 484.90 484.90 478.60 480.20 483.20Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 481.00 484.00March 0.00 0.00 0.00 483.70 486.70May 0.00 0.00 0.00 483.70 486.70July 0.00 0.00 0.00 483.70 486.70Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 483.70 486.70Barley (Western): Open High Low Close FriOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Thunder Bay CW: $178.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $515.00 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $530.00 (November 2017) read more

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China and Sri Lanka discuss strengthening defence ties

China and Sri Lanka had talks today on expanding defence ties between both countries.China’s State Councilor and Defense Minister General Chang met President Maithripala Sirisena today and discussed ways both countries can work together. He also extended thanks for the Chinese government for the training opportunities which have been provided to Sri Lankan security forces for a long time. The President commended the assistance given to Sri Lanka by the Chinese government during the crucial period of war in the country. After wrapping up visit to Sri Lanka, Gen. Chang will visit Nepal upon invitation of Nepali Ministry of Defense. General Chang Wanquan said that a strong foundation has been built for the betterment of the economy, society and the people under the current President of Sri Lanka. He conveyed the congratulations by the President of China on this regard.General Wanquan further stated that China’s objective is to strengthen the long term relationship with Sri Lanka. He recalled that the diplomatic relations between China and Sri Lanka have a history of sixty years.At the invitation of Defence Ministry of Sri Lanka, General Chang Wanquan arrived in Sri Lanka last night to commence his visit to the South Asian country. Vice Admiral Su Zhiqian, deputy commander of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), is among the main entourage of Gen. Chang. (Colombo Gazette) The President who recalled the long term relationship between Sri Lanka and China, thanked General Chang for the support given by China for the independence and national security of Sri Lanka. He expressed his trust over China’s continues provision of required training for the security forces in Sri Lanka.President Sirisena stated that the two countries will sign several agreements. He said those agreements will not do any harm to the pride, independence and national security of Sri Lanka. read more

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Architect questions Saskatoons willynilly parameters for arena district

Gary Marvin’s 35-year-old vision of a Saskatoon arena located on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River may have evaporated. Saskatoon city hall administration said this week that the sites being considered for a downtown entertainment district are limited to those located within the Central Business District. The River Landing location favoured by Marvin is adjacent to the current Saskatoon Farmers’ Market building at the site of a former power plant in the Riversdale neighbourhood. It’s the same site that was proposed as a potential location for a replacement for the Saskatoon Arena, but soundly rejected by residents in a 1985 referendum. “For them to exclude that site because of someone’s willy-nilly definition of what downtown is doesn’t hold water in my mind,” Marvin, a Kelowna architect, said in a phone interview on Wednesday. Marvin was involved in the lobby group in the 1980s that tried to convince city hall and voters to build at the River Landing site in Riversdale, rather than the northwest site where SaskTel Centre was eventually built. Marvin moved from Saskatoon to Kelowna after the Riversdale location was rejected. He said the site still has attractive features, including that there is no longer a power plant to demolish and land to decontaminate. The city owns the land and the riverside location would make the convention centre, especially, more inviting, he has said. “It’s a no-brainer,” Marvin said, “but I’ve dealt with Saskatoon long enough to know that no-brainers don’t necessarily mean much to these guys.” The site is located outside the area where city hall appears to be looking. The city’s director of planning and development, Lesley Anderson, told a city council committee meeting on Monday that the city is negotiating with private property owners for “potential purchase” agreements. The Central Business District is bordered by Idylwyld Drive on the west, 25th Street on the north and by the river. Marvin’s proposed megaproject, which would include a new arena and convention centre and residential towers, would be built on a site west of Idylwyld. Potential sites for the entertainment district are expected to be revealed to the public for input on where a new arena and convention centre should be located. Anderson said in an email this week that the sites are located within the Central Business District as a result of direction from council in November 2018. However, none of the 10 motions related to the “downtown” arena/convention centre passed by council at that meeting makes reference to the Central Business District or boundaries. Randy Pshebylo, executive director of the Riversdale Business Improvement District, appeared at the November meeting to urge council to build the new facilities in or near Riversdale. Pshebylo could not be reached for comment. The StarPhoenix approached Anderson on Thursday for more clarity about the apparent exclusion of Riversdale. She said in an email that it would be “inappropriate” to comment further before a report is presented to council. “We’re continuing to evaluate potential site locations,” Anderson said. In addition to Riversdale, some have suggested the Central Industrial area north of 25th Street as a possible location for an arena district. Marvin said the process feels similar to decades ago when the site for the arena felt predetermined. “I smell something that’s not quite right in Saskatoon,” he said. ptank@postmedia.com twitter.com/thinktankSK Related City negotiating deals for downtown Saskatoon arena district Three decades later, architect touts same site for Saskatoon arena read more

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Following volcano eruption in DR of Congo UN reports no immediate threat

A preliminary assessment shows that the lava flows from the Nyamulagira volcano, which erupted yesterday, were heading towards the Viruga National Park, according to UN officials, who said there was “no immediate threat” to the local population and that no roads have been cut.Following a survey conducted overnight, a team of UN vulcanologists has been flown to the area by helicopter to get a better assessment of the situation.UN vulcanologists are also examining Mount Nyiragongo in Goma, which erupted in January, causing extensive damage and displacing some 300,000 people from their homes. read more

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Senseless violence seeks to destroy Iraqi unity UNESCO chief warns

Warning that “senseless violence” could destroy the unity of the Iraqi nation, the head of the United Nations body mandated to protect freedom of expression today deplored recent attacks that have left hundreds dead or injured in Baghdad and claimed the lives of a comedian and two journalists.“These devastating attacks create a climate of hate and sectarianism,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in his latest cry of alarm over the mounting toll, which has claimed at least 161 media workers in Iraq since the start of the United States-led war in March 2003, with 60 deaths this year alone, according to the International Federation of Journalists. “I am deeply distressed by the senseless violence unleashed to destroy the unity of the Iraqi nation,” he added. More than 200 people are estimated to have been killed in an assault on the mainly Shiite Sadr City neighbourhood last week while scores more died in ensuing attacks. Also killed were comedian Walid Hassan and journalists Luma Mohammad Reyad and Fadia Mohammed Abid. Mr Hassan, the star of a weekly programme “Caricatures” on Al Sharkiya television died as he tried to escape a kidnapping attempt in Baghdad. He made fun of the US army, Iraqi politicians, and both Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias. Ms. Reyad reported for the Al Dustoor newspaper and Ms Abid was a journalist for the daily newspaper Al-Masar in Mosul. “Mr Hassan, a comedian, was killed for exercising his freedom to speak his mind, which includes the freedom to use humour,” Mr. Matsuura said. “Ms. Reyad and Ms. Abid are the latest journalists in a roster of heroic victims, dedicated professionals killed in a wanton campaign of violence.” UNESCO has a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom, and Mr. Matsuura has issued frequent condemnations of the murder of journalists around the world. read more

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Ohio State baseball looks to rebound in 3game series at Maryland

OSU redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic (17) gets ready to swing during a game against Bethune-Cookman on April 2 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Edward Sutelan | For The LanternHumble pie does not taste good, but sometimes it’s necessary in order to get a dose of reality.Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals knows this all too well after his alma mater Kent State provided that slice of truthful decadence with an 8-3 thumping Tuesday evening. OSU (19-8-1, 2-1) had been riding a seven-game winning streak, and dating back to the March 15 win over UNLV, had won 12 of its last 13 games. But the throttling at the hands of the Golden Flashes provided a blinding reality check that Beals is using as a learning experience. “It wasn’t just (Tuesday’s starter) Ryan Feltner, we all got punched in the mouth yesterday,” Beals said. “So it’s good. The competitors that we are, it’s not all bad.”OSU hasn’t faced a Big Ten opponent on the road so far this season, and the nonconference loss to Kent State was its first matchup versus a road opponent with a winning record.Now, OSU, which is 4-4 on the road, is getting set to head to College Park, Maryland, for its first-ever road series with the recently added Big Ten rival Maryland Terrapins (14-15, 1-2). Last season, the Terps took two of three games at Bill Davis Stadium in May, sending OSU into a tailspin that it couldn’t steer out of. OSU co-captain and third baseman Nick Sergakis said the Buckeyes are looking for revenge against the Terrapins after they stole a series from the Buckeyes in Columbus.  “They came into our place and kind of handed it to us a little bit,” Sergakis said. “We wanna go out to their park and do the same thing to them. They’re a good team, we have not taken them lightly. It’s a big Big Ten series.” Beals noted that OSU is more experienced and more potent on offense, leading him to believe his guys will be ready for the battle when junior ace Tanner Tully takes the mound on Friday. Scouting MarylandMaryland enters the series as losers of three of its last four games, including a frustrating series loss to High Point at home. Maryland currently sits at 1-2 in the Big Ten after dropping two of three at Iowa, and the series this weekend against the Buckeyes will open a swing of conference games that make up nine of its next 10. The Terrapins lean heavily on underclassmen for production at the plate, as their top three hitters — sophomore infielder Kevin Biondic, freshman infielder Nick Dunn and freshman outfielder Marty Costes — have accounted for a combined 11 home runs, 56 RBIs and a .325 average. The Terrapin pitching staff sits in eighth place in the Big Ten with a 4.30 team ERA, but it’s loaded with top-notch talent. The pitching staff has been led by sophomore right-hander Taylor Bloom, who leads the team with a 4-2 record and a 2.36 ERA. Perhaps most impressively, Bloom leads the Terps with 8.5 strikeouts for each walk, which is tied for 16th in Division I. “Their starting pitchers are good,” Beals said. “We’ve gotta be able to be fastball ready and make sure we’re able to capitalize on the good pitches that we do get to hit, and then most importantly, we’ve gotta stay off their breaking balls. If we can stay away from the chases and hit the pitches we’re supposed to hit, I think we’ll be good.”Back on the right trackIn the latest release of the RPI standings by the NCAA, OSU came in at 149th place out of 300 teams, meaning OSU will have to turn up the heat for the rest of the conference season in order to boost its tournament résumé. Beals stressed the importance of getting back on the winning track against Maryland as a direct way to do that, as this series is the first of four consecutive Big Ten series for the Buckeyes. A big factor for OSU to get back to their winning ways is whether redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer will be able to shake off the hamstring pull that caused him to exit his last start against Bethune-Cookman after just 4.1 innings of work. “We’re going to bump him back to Sunday,” Beals said. “Right now we’re going to go Tully, (senior John) Havird and Niemeyer — just buying Adam another day. There’s still some soreness and tightness in that hamstring, we’re going to learn more about it today and tomorrow.”Junior catcher and co-captain Jalen Washington said the team will be ready to open its first series in Maryland and stressed the importance of getting on a roll in the conference. “Each Big Ten series is a big opportunity for us, so we just need to get out there and get ahead of it,” Washington said. “We don’t want to look back at the end of the season and worry about losing one to Maryland when we could have taken the series from them. Each opportunity is big for us.” The first pitch in College Park is set to be thrown out at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, while Saturday and Sunday’s games are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. read more

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Two in five Dublin dogowners arent cleaning up after their pet

first_imgDOG OWNERS SHOULD be making more of an effort to clean-up after their pet, according to a new litter survey carried out by Dublin City Council.66 per cent of those who live and work in the city believe it’s a problem.By comparison, three-fifths of people believe discarded cigarette butts are bringing down Dublin’s standard of cleanliness. 58 per cent have a problem with chewing gum thrown in the street, while 17 per cent said more should be done to tackle graffiti.It was also found that almost two in five dog owners don’t always clean up after their animal.According to the survey: 66 per cent think dog litter is a problem34 per cent have a dog49 per cent think the dog litter problem is getting worse10 per cent admit to rarely or never cleaning up after their dogThe release of the findings coincides with the launch of a council awareness campaign on the issue today.A statement from the council says that while it does enforce dog litter byelaws, “the extent and nature of the problem mean litter wardens can only be one part of the solution”.Dublin City Council currently has 20 litter wardens and 2 dog wardens. It says it has distributed around 400,000 free “pooper scooper” bags to help tackle the problem.According to Hugh Coughlan of Dublin City Council’s Waste Management Services: “Things can only improve when attitudes change. Our message is that not cleaning up after your dog is unacceptable and is a health hazard. Your dog is your responsibility so clean up after it”.Read: TD suggests introduction of aerosol levy to tackle graffitilast_img read more

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The Briefcase good numbers burnt bondholders and the ghosts of Irish banking

first_imgIt’s the Friday before the August Bank Holiday, and time for TheJournal.ie‘s round-up of the most important business, SME, and economic stories of the week.Read this, then for goodness sake LEAVE THE OFFICE.Need to knowRude health?It was a good week for the Irish economy, according to a few key indicators.On Wednesday morning we heard that the unemployment rate had dropped (again) to 11.5% in June.That’s a fall of 0.1%, and means that 382,800 of us are now unemployed, down 3,400 from the month before. The Central Bank Source: Eamon Farrell/Photocall IrelandThat news buttressed quarterly CSO figures which showed that the government deficit had fallen to 5.6% of GDP, down from 7.9% this time last year.Government revenue went up €736 million from the first quarter of 2013, to €14.6 billion in Q1 2014.And there was a pleasant surprise to start the week, when the Central Bank predicted, in its third-quarter bulletin, that the Irish economy would grow by 2.5% this year.Dame Street had previously predicted a 2% GDP growth, but better-than-expected export performance and a stabilising domestic demand led to an upward revision. An Argentinian protestor stands outside the presidential palace in Buenos Aires Source: Rodrigo Abd/AP/Press Association ImagesNice to knowAIB made a breakthrough in some style this week, reporting a €437 million pre-tax profit for the first half of 2014. That’s a €1.3 billion turnaround from their figures at the mid-point of 2013. Ex-Anglo executives Pat Whelan (L) and Willie McAteer (R) Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandNow you knowAfter recently announcing major plans for a “Dublin Canary Wharf“, Nama was back in the news this week for putting its first retail park portfolio on the market for a total of €110 million.Chartered accountants in Leinster are, on the whole, very happy campers. Their annual report pointed to rising salaries, increased hiring, and rocketing job security. But then, those wacky accountants are always getting excited about something or other.An influx of our British cousins to these shores in the last six months has contributed to a 10% boost in tourism numbers.Twitter had its investors grinning on Tuesday, after a very healthy second-quarter report boosted its share price by 30%. Meanwhile, Bank of Ireland had a funny old week. This morning they reported their first profit in five years, having turned a €395 million loss in the first half of 2013 into a €399 million profit this year. However, the announcement came as a slew of frustrated BoI customers awaited their Bank Holiday wages, delayed by a technical glitch. Awkward. Like the ghosts of banking’s (near) past, former Anglo executives Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer were in court this week. Judge Martin Nolan raised a few eyebrows by telling them “Enjoy your community service”, after handing out 240 hours each, instead of two-year jail terms for their illegal lending scheme. Source: TwitterIR/Twittercenter_img Q2’14 revenue: $312M; adj. EBITDA: $54M; non-GAAP net income: $15M. Key info: https://t.co/FFTAImEHmV #TWTRearnings pic.twitter.com/vXO22AHfc0— Twitter Investor Relations (@TwitterIR) July 29, 2014 The outboxAmazon followed eBay’s lead and announced its very own 3D printing store… Depositors at the liquidated Berehaven Credit Union started to get their money back… Samsung blamed their profit slump on increased smartphone competition…and last year 32,154 new .ie websites were registered in Ireland – most of them business-related.One for the road Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandThis could be the busiest weekend of the entire year for packing the car and heading to favourite summer spot on the island.In light of that, and after a few intriguing studies recently, we asked you whether it makes more financial sense to holiday abroad or in Ireland.The results of the poll so far are extremely revealing – check it out, and have your say here. Read: The Briefcase: a US President, the Budget and definitely not a housing bubble>The Briefcase: Plans for Dublin’s ‘Canary Wharf’, trips to Addis Ababa and Lidl’s pricey wine list> Argentina defaulted on its debts for the second time in 13 years. Finance Minister Axel Kicillof slammed US hedge fund “vultures” who insisted on full repayment after the last time the country burned the bondholders in 2001.last_img read more

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Facebook backs down in controversy over giving thirdparty apps user contact details

first_imgUsually when a controversy is brewing, Facebook just stays the course and rides it out, but their latest change to their privacy policy allowing third-party apps to slurp up your mailing address and phone number seems to have generated such massive revolt that Facebook is going so far as to make a very uncustomary policy reversal when it comes to the “feature.”Facebook first announced the new feature late last week in a post on its developer blog, but yesterday, Facebook changed course and said they would suspend the ability for third-party apps to pluck your phone number and address from your profile while they work on making it more transparent when people are granting an app access to their personal data.Given how frivolously people allow apps to harvest their Facebook data, I’m not sure how much Facebook can actually do here, but it is true that the problem with Facebook giving apps access to contact information is that it simply isn’t distinguished dramatically from the usual stream of Facebook requests, like publishing to your stream.My guess is this feature will be back. There’s just too much money in selling marketers phone numbers and contact addresses for Facebook to not implement the feature, and that’s fine. I just hope in the next incarnation, when an app wants your phone number, a few more alarms and bells go off.Read more at Facebook Privacylast_img read more

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Seattle braces for major snowfall

first_imgSEATTLE — Seattle, a city more accustomed to rain than snow, prepared for a potentially major snowstorm to hit Wednesday as the city’s mayor urged residents to stay off roads and school officials prepared for the worst.Snow has been falling steadily in various parts of Western Washington and Oregon since the weekend, but National Weather Service meteorologists said the biggest amounts could come on Wednesday.Forecasts issued Tuesday afternoon called for about 5 to 10 inches of snow in the Seattle metropolitan area with heavier amounts expected in communities along the Interstate 5 corridor south of Seattle and lesser amounts north of Seattle.“Wednesday is going to be a good day to stay at home,” said Brad Colman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle. “The road is going to be treacherous.”A shot of wintry weather arrived in Clark County late Tuesday, prompting a series of warnings ahead of what could be a messy morning travel conditions at high elevations.last_img read more

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Driver injured after crashing into truck on Fla Turnpike

first_imgPLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – A driver suffered a leg injury after, officials said, he rear-ended a tractor trailer on the Florida Turnpike in Plantation, Wednesday afternoon.The accident happened under the Sunrise Boulevard overpass.Authorities shut down three northbound lanes of the Turnpike. Traffic remains backed up for several miles, as travelers have only one lane to use.It is not known whether or not the driver was taken to the hospital.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Britain says Iran violated international law in Gulf urges release of seized

first_imgBritish vessel Stena ImperoReutersBritish Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has urged Iran to reverse its “illegal” seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf.Hunt said on Saturday it “raises very serious questions” about the security of British and international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, the BBC reported.It comes as Iran released new footage of the capture on Friday of the Stena Impero.Tehran said the vessel was “violating international maritime rules”.Speaking after a phone call with his Iranian counterpart, Hunt said Iran viewed this as a “tit-for-tat situation” following the detention of an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar.But he said “nothing could be further from the truth”.The Stena Impero’s owners said they wanted access at the port of Bandar Abbas to the 23 crew members, who they said are in good health.The Stena Impero was seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on Friday in a key shipping route in the Gulf.Footage emerged on Saturday appearing to show the moment the tanker was raided. It was released by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard-affiliated Fars news agency.It shows masked forces dropping down ropes onto the ship from a helicopter after it was surrounded by high-speed vessels.A Royal Navy frigate, HMS Montrose, was alerted and raced to intervene, as it did – successfully – with another British-flagged tanker just over a week ago.But this time it was too far away to stop the Stena Impero being seized – the tanker was already in Iranian waters.Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency said the tanker was captured after it collided with a fishing boat and failed to respond to calls from the smaller craft.But Hunt said it was seized in Omani waters in “clear contravention of international law” and then forced to sail into Iran.The Stena Impero’s Swedish owners, Stena Bulk, said it had been fully complying with regulations and had been in international waters at the time.It said the crew members, who are Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino, were in good health.A second British-owned Liberian-flagged tanker, the MV Mesdar, was also boarded by armed guards on the same day but was released.It came after Royal Marines helped seize Iranian tanker Grace 1 off Gibraltar earlier this month, because of evidence it was carrying oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.Iran described the incident as “piracy” but Hunt said the Grace 1 was detained legally in Gibraltarian waters “totally within the law”.On Saturday, the UK government ministers held an emergency meeting of Cobra and a senior Iranian diplomat was summoned to the Foreign Office in London.Afterwards, Hunt said MPs would be updated on Monday about what “further measures” the government would take, adding the threat level had been raised to the highest level of alert.”Our priority continues to be to find a way to de-escalate the situation,” he said.A UK government spokeswoman said earlier it had advised UK shipping to stay out of the area.last_img read more

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UN sec gen WB pres may visit Rohingya camps

first_imgUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends the annual Kultaranta Talks – debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Summer Residence Kultaranta in Naantali, Finland on 18 June 2018. Photo: ReutersUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim are likely to be here on a two-day visit on 1 July mainly to see the Rohingya situation in Cox’s Bazar district.They will also hold meetings with prime minister Sheikh Hasina and finance minister AMA Muhith if the visit takes place, a diplomatic source said on Monday.World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim. Photo: CollectedForeign ministry sources, however, said such visit is in discussion but could not give any specific date yet.The World Bank may provide Bangladesh with a grant worth around $200 million to help tackle the on-going Rohingya crisis, sources said.Some 700,000 Rohingya crossed the Bangladesh border from Myanmar’s Rakhine state since 25 August last year.last_img read more

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