Paytm Mall Receives $445 Million From SoftBank, Alibaba

first_imgPaytm Mall has raised $445 million (about Rs. 3,000 crore) from Japan’s SoftBank and Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, increasing its valuation to $1.9 billion (about Rs 12,300 crore).With the latest round of funding, Paytm Mall has gained unicorn startup status i.e. a privately held startup company with a current valuation of $1 billion or more.The $445 million will come in four tranches, according to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) filings quoted by Paytm. It will also lead to dilution of Alibaba and Alipay’s joint shares in Paytm Mall. Currently, they hold 57 per cent together, and it will go down to 46 per cent while SoftBank Vision Fund will hold 21 per cent.“This latest investment led by SoftBank and Alibaba reaffirms the strength of our business model, growth trajectory, execution capability and the potential of India’s massive O2O (online-to-offline) model in the retail space,” Amit Sinha, COO, Paytm Mall, told the Economic Times. “The funds will be deployed to empower the shopkeepers with technology, building superior logistics, strengthening the Paytm Mall brand and bringing an enriching experience to the customers.”SoftBank has invested $400 million in this round while Alibaba and Alipay have together invested $45 million. The first tranche of Rs. 357.5 crore has already come into Paytm Mall, reported Inc42. In 2017, SoftBank had invested $1.4 billion in Paytm.“The SoftBank Group is excited to continue supporting Paytm as it develops into one of the leading internet ecosystems in the country. We believe Paytm Mall’s offline-to-online operating model, combined with the strength of the Paytm ecosystem, is uniquely positioned to enable India’s 15 million offline retail shops to participate in India’s eCommerce boom,” said a SoftBank spokesperson, according to the Economic Times.Paytm Mall has replaced Snapdeal as the third largest player e-commerce company, behind Flipkart and Amazon India. Paytm Mall exited FY18 at a gross merchandise volume (GMV) run rate of $3 billion.Snapdeal might be selling its logistics arm to Future Group, the largest retailer in India, for about Rs 50 crore in an all-cash deal, the ET had reported in January 2018. “It will be a distress sale,” people aware of the deal were reported to have then said. Meanwhile, SoftBank and Ebay have written off their investment to Snapdeal. Related Itemsalibabapaytm mallSoftbanklast_img read more

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first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Tamaraws outplayed and outhustled the Eagles for long stretches last Sunday with former Ateneo players Arvin Tolentino and Hubert Cani doing some of the damage on both ends of the floor. FEU also got solid games from graduating player Ron Dennison and Richard Escoto.FEU coach Olsen Racela said it would take more than their performance last Sunday to overcome the Eagles in the decider.“It was our best game so far and we’re hoping that it happens in Game 2,” said Racela, a rookie coach in the UAAP.“Actually, I told the players that we’re peaking at the right time so we’re looking forward to the game on Wednesday.”The Tamaraws entered the Final Four with an even 7-7 record, but looked sharper on both ends of the floor against the Eagles, whose only other loss came against fierce rival La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “The tough games we went through in the elimination round helped us (against Ateneo),” said Racela.“But then again, it will be about defending Ateneo’s disciplined offense. We did that last Sunday, but it’s not going to be enough on Wednesday so we have to find more ways to beat them.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa New Pinoy boxing star Ancajas burns bright QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The Tamaraws forced a do-or-die encounter with an 80-67 dumping of the Eagles last Sunday in their initial Final Four meeting. But Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin remains confident enough that the Eagles can turn the tables on the Tamaraws in their rubber match.The Eagles won all but one of their 14 games in the elimination round, including two victories over the Tamaraws, an accomplishment that should give Ateneo a morale boost heading into their most important game of the season yet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have a successful season to fall back on in terms of looking for confidence,” said Baldwin.“So really, it’s about the coaching staff giving these players a message, something specific that they can look at and say, ‘Yes, we can do that.’ And go about doing it.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Far Eastern U seeks to complete a stunning reversal, while Ateneo hopes its impressive season won’t go for naught.The stage is set for a dogfight between the Blue Eagles and Tamaraws on Wednesday as they dispute the right to face defending champion La Salle in the best-of-three finals of UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

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Mani accuses BCCI of playing politics with Pakistan

first_imgFormer International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani has accused the Indian cricket board officials of using their financial clout to play politics with Pakistan.Former ICC president Ehsan Mani. AP”India has become cricket’s biggest commercial market in the last 15 years and unfortunately their present board is using this financial clout to play politics, particularly with Pakistan,” Mani said in an interview to Radio Deutsche Welle.Mani said that Pakistan losing the 2011 World Cup rights, the forced exclusion of Pakistani players from the IPL and Champions League and the continued refusal of the Indian cricket board (BCCI) to even play Pakistan at neutral venues, were some of the evident examples of India playing politics with Pakistan.”The present Indian board has isolated Pakistan in international cricket,” alleged Mani.He also pointed out that the move by the ICC to end the rotational policy system to nominate the President of the ICC, was because of India’s influence.Pakistan and Bangladesh boards are supposed to nominate their candidates for the ICC President’s post when Sharad Pawar steps down in 2014/15.”The Indians are behind this move because they don’t want a Pakistani heading the ICC and also want to increase their overall influence and control in the world body,” claimed Mani.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already opposed the proposals to end the rotation system and to make it mandatory for all member boards to amend their constitutions to ensure that their office bearers are elected and not through government interference.advertisementThe former ICC President, however, admitted that teh PCB itself was responsible for the existing situation and its continued isolation in world cricket.”The PCB, because of its wrong policies while dealing with other boards and its continued strife with its own players, has inflicted self damage. Gone are the days when PCB carried influence and say in the ICC matters,” he said.Mani said that great damage had been done to Pakistan cricket in the last two years because of the regular problems between the Board and the players.”These things have damaged Pakistan cricket to no end because PCB has had no visibly clear policies on many issues.”Mani, who is the only Pakistani to have held the highest position in the world governing body, said until there was a system of accountability in the PCB, nothing will change.Mani backed ICC’s move to make it mandatory for every member board to have elections and not have government interference in their matters.”This is a good and constructive move by the ICC and I think Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh boards stand to gain the most from it because these are the countries where government interference in cricket affairs is obvious.”He pointed out that even India had repeatedly said that they can’t play Pakistan in a bilateral series because their government had not given clearance.”This is a good development and the Pakistan board should not oppose it because in the long run it will be the Asian cricket boards that will benefit most from it,” he said.But the PCB has already issued a legal notice to the ICC over the proposed regulation, insisting that every country had to operate its cricket affairs in line with its particular system.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Cricket South Africa to review team’s poor show at World T20

first_imgCricket South Africa (CSA) has appointed a committee to conduct an independent review of the team’s recent poor performance at the ICC World Twenty 20 and the ICC Under-19 World Cup.”Our recent performances resulting in early exits for all our national teams at the ICC World T20 and the ICC U/19 CWC events is clearly not acceptable. This calls for us to conduct a clinical review into the national setup and performances of the various teams,” said CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.CSA independent director and chairperson of the Human Resources Committee, Dawn Mokhobo, will head the four-member panel.The other members of the panel are former Proteas player Adam Bacher, Francois Pienaar, a world-class international rugby player and the Springboks famous 1995 World Cup winning captain and Dr Ross Tucker, a renowned sports physiologist.”After performing below expectation at the recent ICC World T20, it would be right for us to undertake an objective and thorough review of our national teams’ setup and performances,” Lorgat said.”While we plan to do this as soon as practically possible, we do not intend to place a deadline on this important piece of work as we presently have capable people and contracts in place. We have time to do a thorough review before the board makes any decisions about the future.”This focused review of our national teams will add important information to the current review on our domestic cricket systems which is already underway,” Lorgat added.last_img read more

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More sophisticated bill in future for paternity leave: Maneka

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 26 (PTI)Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, who is facing criticism over the maternity bill and its “failure” to provide any relief to fathers-to-be, today said in future there could be a “more sophisticated” legislation to address these concerns.She also denied having said “paternity leave will be just a holiday” in an interview to a national daily.”I didnt actually say that. I said men already have sick leave. They need to use that when they have babies and then we will proceed on that,” Gandhi said.”I look forward to a time when there will be a joint responsibility by both parents. It is an ideal situation and we are working towards that. The first step in the pursuit of giving care to a new born child is the Maternity Bill and maybe the next step will be more sophisticated,” she said.Maternity Benefit Bill 2016 was passed in the Rajya Sabha earlier this month and is likely to be taken up in the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session.The bill proposes to extend maternity leave from the current 12 weeks to 26 weeks but has no mention for leave for fathers.Currently, there is no legislation mandating compulsory leave for fathers in private sector. Though men in government service ? biological as well as adoptive fathers ? can take 15 days of paid leave.Several MPs had pointed out this lacuna while the bill was taken up for discussion in Rajya Sabha. Independent MP Anu Agha, Congress Rajni Patil and NCPs Vandana Chavan had sought provisions for paternity leave in the bill.advertisement”The government should also address the hidden biases against working women…the father too is responsible for raising a child,” Rajni Patil had demanded.”Men leave childcare to their wives and glorify motherhood,” Agha had told the House. PTI JC NSD RT NSDlast_img read more

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Navy, Coast Guard personnel participate in Yoga Day in Mumbai

first_imgMumbai, Jun 21 (PTI) The flight deck of decommissioned aircraft carrier Viraat provided the perfect location for Yoga camp for personnel of the Western Naval Command here today.The personnel were joined by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command and Rear Admiral RB Pandit, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet.”Western Naval Command has always encouraged its officers and men to pursue and excel in sports, adventure and physical fitness,” a Defence spokesperson said.Over 10,000 personnel took part in Yoga camps organised by Western Naval Command, at various places including Karwar, Goa and units based at Gujarat and Naval Station Karanja, the spokesperson said.”Similar yog shivir were conducted by various units of the Army and the Air Force. Lieutenant General Vishwambhar Singh, General Officer Commanding Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa Area also participated with the officers and troops at the Colaba Military Station,” he said.”Yoga is practised on a daily basis onboard Navy ships and establishments and yoga coaching camps are regularly conducted at Navy Nagar,” he said.The International Yoga day was celebrated by Coast Guard officers and sailors at Mumbai and other cities on the West coast of India, a Coast Guard release said.”Coast Guard officers, sailors and their families participated in a one day Workshop on Yoga conducted at Coast Guard Regional Headquarters, Worli,” it said. PTI VT NRB BASlast_img read more

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Premier League: Chelsea suffer title bid blow with loss to West Ham United

first_imgWest Ham United put a fresh dent in Chelsea’s fading hopes of retaining the English title on Saturday when they beat the Premier League champions 1-0, thanks to a first goal for Marko Arnautovic since he joined West Ham in July.Arnautovic swapped passes with Manuel Lanzini on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area and curled a low shot beyond Thibaut Courtois in the sixth minute of the London derby at West Ham’s London Stadium.Chelsea struggled to break down a West Ham defence that looks much sturdier under new manager David Moyes, and the visitors were vulnerable on the break to the power of Arnautovic and Michail Antonio playing as a striker.The result left Chelsea 11 points behind runaway league leaders Manchester City and three behind second-placed Manchester United ahead of Sunday’s derby between the two Manchester clubs.STEVE MOUNIE DOUBLE HELPS HUDDERSFIELD TO 2-0 WIN OVER BRIGHTONHuddersfield Town forward Steve Mounie struck twice in the first half as his side coasted to a 2-0 Premier League win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.The Benin-born striker, who had not scored since netting a brace on the opening day of the season, ghosted in at the far post to bundle the ball home from Huddersfield’s first corner of the game in the 12th minute.Photo Credit: ReutersThe 23-year-old, who arrived at Huddersfield from French side Montpellier in July, made it two with a header just before halftime as Brighton failed to clear another set piece.With Brighton barely threatening in attack, Huddersfield continued to dominate after the break, but wasteful finishing prevented them from adding to their goal tally.advertisementSCOTT ARFIELD’S ICE COOL FINISH GIVES BURNLEY WIN OVER WATFORDScott Arfield’s goal on the stroke of halftime was enough to give seventh placed Burnley a 1-0 win over eighth placed Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.Pre-match snow made for wintry conditions at Turf Moor for the clash of two of the surprise packages of the season so far and it was Scottish-born Canadian international Arfield, in for the injured Robbie Brady, who rose to the occasion.Iceland winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s low cross was well collected by Arfield who beat his marker and delivered a slick finish to beat Huerelho Gomes in the 45th minute.Watford had been down to ten men from the 39th minute after Marvin Zeegelaar was shown a straight red for a wild challenge on Steven Defour. Burnley had two efforts disallowed for offside in the second half.last_img read more

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Germany vs Norway: Team news & TV

first_imgWC Qualification Europe Germany vs Norway: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 2 years ago 20:30 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mats Hummels Germany celebrate 01092017 Getty WC Qualification Europe Germany Germany v Norway Norway Joachim Low’s side may have their place at next year’s tournament in Russia confirmed, should the right blend of results occur Germany can potentially clinch qualification to the World Cup on Monday when they take on Norway in Stuttgart.The world champions kept their 100 per cent record in Group C intact on Friday thanks to Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels, whose 88th-minute header secured a 2-1 victory over Czech Republic in Prague.That win means that Joachim Low’s side are five points clear heading into the final three games and, depending on results elsewhere in the group, their place at next year’s tournament in Russia could be confirmed on Monday evening. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Game Germany vs Norway Date Monday, September 4 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Thomas Muller GermanyIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on the Sky Sports Red Button service and by stream via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Red Button Sky Go Viewers in the US can watch the game live on television on ESPN Deportes, as well as by online stream using Watch ESPN. US TV channel Online stream ESPN Deportes Watch ESPN SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Germany players Goalkeepers Trapp, Leno, Ter-Stegen Defenders Hector, Ginter, Henrichs, Rudiger, Sule, Kimmich, Hummels Midfielders Draxler, Goretzka, Can, Younes, Brandt, Rudy, Ozil, Kroos, Khedira Forwards Werner, Stindl, Gomez, Muller Manuel Neuer was not called up, despite being fit, with Low indicating an unwillingness to rush the Bayern Munich goalkeeper.Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi was also not part of the Germany panel, nor is Manchester City winger Leroy Sane. Serge Gnabry and Sami Khedira were part of the original line up, but they were forced to withdraw due to injury.Potential starting XI: Ter Stegen; Hummels, Hector, Ginter; Kimmich, Brandt, Ozil, Kroos; Muller, Stindl, Werner. Position Norway players Goalkeepers Jarstein, Grytebust, Hansen Defenders Aleesami, Skjelvik, Rosted, Valsvik, Nordtveit, Elabdellaoui, Svensson, Meling Midfielders Johansen, M. Elyounoussi, Trondsen, Berge, Linnes, Selnaes, Moller Daehli, Berget Forwards King, Sorloth, T. Elyounoussi, Maars Johnsen Norway came through their 2-0 win over Azerbaijan with no immediate injury concerns. Alexander Sorloth and Mats Moller Daehli were taken off towards the end of the game with a view to keeping them fresh for the Germany clash.A number of players in the Norway squad will be familiar with their German counterparts, with Havard Nordtveit and Rune Jarstein plying their trade in the Bundesliga.Potential starting XI: Jarstein; Skjelvik, Svensson, Aleesami, Nordtveit; Johansen, M. Elyounoussi, Daeli, Berge; King, Sorloth.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Joachim Low GermanyGermany are 2/15 favourites to win in Stuttgart, according to dabblebet, with Norway priced at 18/1 to beat the reigning world champions. A draw between the teams is considered a 7/1 bet.Click here to see the full list of markets available for the 2018 World Cup qualification game between Germany and Norway.GAME PREVIEW Ozil Germany celebrate 090117Germany may be on the verge of clinching qualification for the 2018 World Cup, but Joachim Low was far from happy with his side’s performance in their last game and he will be demanding a better showing at home against Norway.While they managed to make it seven wins out of seven, Low described his side’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic as “lucky” and criticised his players for their inability to hold on to possession in Prague, so an improvement is due, particularly as they look to secure their place in next year’s tournament in style.Indeed, considering that the Germany boss opted not to include a number of first-choice players in his panel for the current international cycle, those who got the nod instead will be determined to show they merit a long-term place in the team leading into the World Cup.Norway, meanwhile, must win if they are to retain any chance of reaching the competition, but their fate is ultimately out of their hands as they hope for complementary results elsewhere. Lars Lagerback’s side come into the game on the back of a win over Azerbaijan, but they are nine points behind second-place Northern Ireland with just three games left.last_img read more

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Iniesta is a master – Valverde

first_imgPrimera División ‘Iniesta is a master’ – Valverde purrs over Barca’s game-changer Dom Farrell 08:15 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) AndresIniesta - cropped Getty Images Primera División Barcelona Barcelona v Deportivo Alavés Deportivo Alavés Luis Suárez Lionel Messi Ernesto Valverde Philippe Coutinho was handed a full debut against Alaves, but it was left to the old master to salvage matters Ernesto Valverde has hailed Andres Iniesta’s enduring brilliance after helping Barcelona out of a tricky spot against Alaves.The runaway La Liga leaders were 18 minutes from a first top-flight defeat of the campaign after John Guidetti gave the struggling visitors a shock first-half lead at Camp Nou.But goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi turned the game on its head and secured a 2-1 win for Barca, restoring their 11-point advantage at the summit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player An impish dribble and delicate cross from Iniesta made the Uruguayan striker’s goal possible and Valverde was keen to pay tribute to the 33-year-old Spain great afterwards”The truth is that we have good players who play in the interior role, but Iniesta is a master at that,” said Barca’s coach after guiding his side to a record-equalling 21-game unbeaten start to the top-flight campaign. “I thought he could help us from there. It was important not to get too many of us in the Alaves box. It would have provoked counter-attacks.”For that we needed players who move well in space like Leo and him. It was an extraordinary move and the goal let us breathe.”Alaves saw late penalty appeals against Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti rejected and protested to the officials after full-time, although Valverde was quick to dismiss their complaints. “Apart from cutting off his hand, we couldn’t do anything,” he said, having seen Messi’s stunning free-kick seal maximum points six minutes from time. “I think it’s involuntary, but each one can see it from their point of view.”Sometimes the ball goes in and they don’t give it, other times this can happen.”They complained a lot about it. Umtiti told me it was not deliberate.”There are always controversies – sometimes they hurt you and sometimes they help you.”Philippe Coutinho began brightly on his full Barcelona debut, but was substituted after the hour as Valverde introduced striker Paco Alcacer to chase the game.”They [players] are not machines who can just go into a new factory and start to work immediately, but I saw him doing well, involved in the play, wanting the ball,” said Valverde when asked about the Brazil playmaker’s performance.”It’s another step. The other day he played 20 minutes and now a bit more. We will see him go in bit by bit.”last_img read more

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Mesut Ozil must show consistency to start regularly, says Unai Emery

first_img Next Reuters LondonMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 10:17 IST Mesut Ozil has started only 14 games in Premier League this season (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUnai Emery says Mesut Ozil must show consistency and desire to start games more regularlyOzil has started only 14 of Arsenal’s 28 Premier League games this seasonOzil is often sidelined due to injury or sickness, while Emery has also benched him in favour of other playersArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil must show consistency and desire to start games more regularly, manager Unai Emery said on Friday, refusing to comment on whether the playmaker would start at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.Ozil has started only 14 of Arsenal’s 28 Premier League games this season, often sidelined due to injury or sickness, while Emery has also benched him in favour of other players in some games.The 30-year-old German returned to the starting lineup to pull the strings in midfield in Wednesday’s 5-1 drubbing of Bournemouth and played the full 90 minutes, helping himself to a goal and assist.”The most important thing for me is if the player can be OK for tomorrow and has the desire to play. I think Mesut has this if we decided to play him tomorrow,” Emery told reporters on Friday ahead of the north London derby.”He (Ozil) has had injuries, including to his back, and has been sick. I’ve spoken with him and told (him) that when he can be consistent and is training, and has confidence to play matches, it is better for us.”We are doing a plan for a lot of matches and each match is different. Home and away, it depends on the position and how we are in each moment.”Arsenal have won five of their last six league matches and Emery knows victory for his side can bring them to within a point of third-placed Tottenham, who lost their last two matches.”Each match gives us the opportunity to win three points. There was a 10-point difference between Tottenham and us two weeks ago and now it is four points,” Emery added.advertisement”The big opportunity for us is to play with confidence in our moment. They have lost two matches but are having a very big season.”We must play with confidence but free our minds and do things with a focus on our game plan.”Also Watch:For 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Unai EmeryFollow Mesut OzilFollow ArsenalFollow Premier league Mesut Ozil must show consistency to start regularly, says Unai EmeryMesut Ozil has started only 14 of Arsenal’s 28 Premier League games this season, often sidelined due to injury or sickness, while Unai Emery has also benched him in favour of other players in some games.advertisementlast_img read more

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Fundy Region Receives Recreation Funding

first_imgNova Scotians will have more ways to stay fit and have fun, as the province invests $263,000 to improve and upgrade recreation facilities in the Fundy Region. Nine grants were announced today, July 24, under the Recreation Facility Development Program. Truro-Bible Hill MLA Lenore Zann made the announcement on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “The province remains committed to helping make lives better for Nova Scotians, and that commitment includes helping our families, children and youth to stay active and healthy,” said Ms. Zann. “To help us achieve a healthier Nova Scotia, I am pleased to announce that government is giving over $3.1 million toward 75 projects in organizations and recreation facilities across the province.” The grants will help to renovate facilities, develop and maintain walking trails, and build and upgrade various fields and buildings used for sport and recreation. For the Fundy Region, the grants were announced at Truro Tennis Club, which received $15,000 to construct two mini tennis courts to better teach children the sport. “We are so grateful to the Department of Health and Wellness for being supportive of our program Progressive Tennis that focuses on tennis for 10 and under,” said Ron Chisholm, president of the Truro Tennis Club. “This is a great opportunity for families to introduce their children as young as five years old to a sport they can play their entire life in a fun social atmosphere.” Recreation Facility Development grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Thrive! A plan for a healthier Nova Scotia sets out 34 main actions to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity, such as designing new after-school programs to target junior high students living in rural and remote communities, new programs to provide opportunities for free access to sport and recreation facilities, and supporting healthy food policy in public institutions, including sport and recreation settings. Learn more and take the pledge at thrive.novascotia.ca .last_img read more

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UP land dispute takes deadly turn shootout claims 9 lives

first_imgSonbhadra/Lucknow: A village head and his supporters allegedly opened fire on a rival group in a land dispute in Sonbhadra, killing nine people, including three women, and leaving 19 injured on Wednesday, police said.The land in the district’s Ghorawal area earlier belonged to an IAS officer and he had sold it to village head Yagya Dutt, who wanted to take its possession, Uttar Pradesh DGP O P Singh said. When Dutt reached the spot with his henchmen in 10 to 12 tractors, local villagers tried to stop them from taking over the land, police said. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayThose accompanying him then showered a volley of bullets on the villagers, killing nine of them. Police arrested Girijesh and Vimlesh, two nephews of the village head, and are trying to trace him as well. A house-to-house search is underway to nab those involved in the shootout, police said. “We have also alerted the Madhya Pradesh police and, if needed, action against the IAS officer will also be initiated,” the DGP said. Sonbhadra is the second largest district in Uttar Pradesh and is the only one in the country sharing its boundary with four other states – Madhya Pradesh, Chhattishgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar. The land dispute had been festering for some time and police said they had initiated the process of attaching the property.last_img read more

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Netanyahu opposes Iran talks after Trump moots meeting Rouhani

first_imgLOD (Israel): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged world powers on Thursday not to open a dialogue with Iran, after U.S. President Donald Trump said he may meet his Iranian counterpart to resolve a crisis over Tehran’s nuclear programme and sanctions against it. “This is not the time to hold talks with Iran. This is the time to increase the pressure on Iran,” Netanyahu told reporters at Ben Gurion Airport before boarding a flight to London. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USNetanyahu’s comments marked rare public discord between the right-wing Israeli leader and Trump on the Iranian nuclear issue. Netanyahu had previously counselled France against its own outreach to Iran. On Wednesday, Trump left the door open to a possible meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the upcoming U.N. General Assembly in New York, saying: “Anything’s possible. They would like to be able to solve their problem.” Tehran has rejected any negotiations with Washington unless Trump drops sanctions he imposed after withdrawing from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, an agreement Netanyahu also opposed. Iran has said that, starting on Friday, it would begin developing centrifuges to speed up the enrichment of uranium, which can produce fuel for power plants or for atomic bombs. The Iranians deny seeking the latter.last_img read more

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Exclusive Clay Aiken Talks Disabilities New Horizons And National Inclusion Project

first_imgClay Aiken will be honored at this weekend’s New Horizons Havana Nights Gala in Burbank, and talked with Look To The Stars about what the cause means to him.Congratulations on receiving the Celebrity Advocate Award from New Horizons! How will this honor continue to propel your advocacy for people with developmental disabilities?The Advocate Award highlights to an expanded audience the work that we have been doing at the National Inclusion Project. The inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all activities is the right thing to do and I appreciate their recognition of my involvement and the success we are achieving.You are a staunch supporter of people with developmental disabilities, you are also the founder of the National Inclusion Project. How was your passion for this cause born? During high school and college years I had the opportunity to work with summer camp programs at my local YMCA. As I worked with kids and could see the fun that they had and the friendships formed I noticed that we had a special camp for individuals with disabilities. I challenged this separation and asked why not include everyone together? The simple answer at the time was that we did not know how and that it would not work. I found the answers unacceptable and knew at that time I wanted to make a difference and include all kids. This experience was a key factor in my decision to major in special education.The National Inclusion Project’s initiative “Let’s All Play” is widely used across the nation. Congratulations on that! What makes this research based initiative unique? How is it changing lives and the perceptions of individuals with developmental disabilities?The uniqueness comes in the fact that we establish true partnership with organizations around the country. We don’t just write a check and we don’t just do a one-time training. We work closely with community organizations to give them the best possible resources so that they can successfully include individuals into their fantastic programs.We start with the mindset and beliefs that everyone can make a friend, everyone can participate, and everyone can be successful and then we equip professionals with best practices that make the implementation of those beliefs possible.The results have been overwhelmingly positive as entire organizations have seen their cultures change toward inclusion.You were once a special education teacher and you served on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. What are some legislative changes you’d like to see involving children and adults who have developmental disabilities?
ADA is celebrating 25 years this year. While being a landmark in legislation and setting the stage for some progress over the last several decades in this area, I think most understand that legislation can only go so far because you can’t force heart or culture change simply through a new law. I believe that we need to continue to educate leaders, teachers, parents, everyone about different abilities and how inclusion benefits society. Our “Let’s ALL Play” model has been implemented in over 120 programs across the country since 2008 and we see kids of all abilities participating and making friends.Viewers are starting to see an increase in the amount of people with developmental disabilities in television commercials, sitcoms, and on the big screens. What are your thoughts on this increased inclusion?It is overdue – all elements of media should reflect society and respect the value of individuals.What more can be done to decrease the gap between these individuals and the world?As society we owe everyone the opportunity to be included in life’s activities. Getting people off the sidelines, playing together, working together, we learn about differences and likeness. Participating together we will remove stigmas and friendships will be formed benefitting all for a lifetime. Together we are better!What should your fans and people in general understand about people with developmental disabilities?Take the opportunity to get to know someone with different abilities, your personal experience will be speak for itself. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to become friends and be a beacon for others.What keeps you motivated to be an avid supporter of not only people with developmental disabilities, but such a wide range of humanitarian causes?One of the most rewarding aspects of what we have been able to do at the National Inclusion Project is to open doors, to help provide opportunities for people of all abilities to be included. These experiences and the positive impact inspires myself and our entire team to work harder and try to do more.What advice do you have for your fans who want to support people with developmental disabilities or your fans who wish to become advocates/humanitarians?Many of my fans are already supporters and to them I extend my sincere appreciation. However, I would like to see all of the fans and their friends become supporters and advocates for inclusion. The National Inclusion Project’s mission is so much bigger and more important than just me and our team. We have made great strides but have only scratched the surface.To find out more about the New Horizons 2015 Gala, click hereCopyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Glenn Freys Charity Legacy

first_imgGlenn Frey – founding member of the Eagles – will be sorely missed in the worlds of music and philanthropy.The music of the Eagles is many things to many people, reminding some of their youth, and others of the canyons and deserts that make up the wild, untouched areas of America. And at the heart of it all was Glenn.“I’ve been helping kids — at-risk kids — for a long time,” he told The Desert Sun in 2010. “Thirty years. It seems like now times are even more troubled for young people.”The rock legend first became active in children’s charities in the 1990s, when he started hosting inner-city kids in Colorado each summer.Since then, Glenn was involved in a number of charity initiatives. He acted as honorary chairman for grand auctions for the Boys and Girls Club of Coachella Valley, and in 2010 headlined Celebrity Fight Night XVI. He also supported events to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation and the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.With the Eagles, Glenn supported a massive number of charities, and did everything from signing guitars for charities such as the Alzheimer’s Association to playing gigs for conservation initiatives like the Walden Woods Project.He was quick with a joke and didn’t suffer fools, but it was always the kids in need that drove him to give back.Thanks Glenn. There’s a hole in the world tonight.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Cong BJP acting against SPBSP alliance Mayawati

first_imgLucknow: BSP chief Mayawati Thursday accused the BJP and Congress of having a tacit understanding and unitedly working against the SP-BSP alliance. Congressmen think it is not a problem if BJP candidates win elections but SP-BSP alliance candidates should not win polls, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister alleged. “Like BJP, Congress has started talking absurd about the SP-BSP alliance. It is clear that both (Cong and BJP) have a tacit understanding and are contesting against our alliance unitedly,” Mayawati said here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Addressing an election rally in Barabanki on Wednesday, Congress President Rahul Gandi had alleged that control of Mayawati and Akhilesh was in hands of PM Narendra Modi. “In the past five years, did the SP or BSP take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi directly? Did you hear any statement from Mayawati or Mulayam Singh Yadav? See, I am not scared of Narendra Modi. I don’t care. If someone is scared, it is Narendra Modi. But the controller of Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav is in the hands of Narendra Modi,” Rahul had said.last_img read more

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Global fiscal stimulus funds could jumpstart world economy – UN report

The estimated $750 million – or some 1 per cent of current global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – could spur significant returns, including stimulating innovation and job growth, slashing greenhouse gas emissions and making strides towards curbing poverty. The 154-page “Global Green New Deal” report – written in consultation with experts from over two dozen UN and external organizations, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank – was released today as more than 100 Environment Ministers have converged in Nairobi, Kenya, for UNEP’s four-day Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, which began today. “Spent wisely and creatively [the stimulus funds] offer the chance to deal with the today”s immediate crises and begin focusing and framing a response to those on the horizon from future food shortages, natural resource scarcity, energy security and climate change,” said the agency’s Executive Director Achim Steiner. The new publication “represents an opportunity to accelerate towards innovation-led, low carbon, low waste Green Economy societies with decent employment prospects for many more millions of people,” he added. The Republic of Korea is putting nearly $40 billion – or 3 per cent of its GDP – towards its Green New Deal, which could generate almost 1 million new jobs, the report said. For its part, China is expected to spend close to $600 billion on a fiscal stimulus package, of which it will dedicate $140 billion – just under 2 per cent of its GDP – for green investments, adding to its $17 billion renewable energy sector which already employs some 1 million people. The United States will direct almost 1 per cent of its stimulus funds towards environmental restoration, making federal office buildings more energy-efficient, creating a smart power grid and other green measures. Also issued today at the Nairobi gathering was the UNEP Year Book 2009, which stresses the critical need for switching to a low-carbon green economy, spotlighting worrying trends, such as over 2 billion tonnes being generated worldwide annually and the number of cars on the road forecasted to double to 1.3 billion by 2050. But the Year Book also pointed out green progress being made, including the projected 30-40 per cent drop in emissions in the construction industry. 16 February 2009Investing one-third of the roughly $2.5 trillion planned stimulus funds in “greening” the global economy will give a large boost to efforts to lift the world out of recession, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released today. read more

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Marking World Habitat Day UN officials call for recharged urban planning

5 October 2009Mounting urban challenges – including climate change and unplanned development – highlight the need for revitalized and planning to meet the needs of city dwellers, top United Nations officials said today, marking World Habitat Day. Mounting urban challenges – including climate change and unplanned development – highlight the need for revitalized and planning to meet the needs of city dwellers, top United Nations officials said today, marking World Habitat Day.“Evidence from around the world suggests that governments at all levels are largely failing to address these challenges,” with hundreds of millions of city residents becoming ever more vulnerable to rising sea leaves and other climate-related hazards, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on his message for the Day.In both developing and developed countries, upmarket suburban areas and gated communities have increased in number while there has also been a simultaneous increase in slums, which he characterized as a “troubling trend.” This, the Secretary-General emphasized, has resulted in a growing divide between technologically advanced, well-serviced business sectors and areas experiencing declining industrial output.“Better, more equitable urban planning is essential,” he said. “New ideas from smart cities around the world are pointing the way toward sustainable urbanization.”Urban planning is central to achieving this goal, “but planning will work only where there is good urban governance and where the urban poor are brought into the decisions that affect their lives,” Mr. Ban stressed.For her part, Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), said that urban planning systems in many parts of the world have not adapted to the changing reality.“Indeed, they are often contributors to urban problems rather than tools for human and environmental improvement,” she said in a statement for the Day, whose theme this year is “Planning our Urban Future.”The blame for urban problems, however, cannot be placed solely on planners, likening that to “turning back the clock and going back in history to a time when no one could have foreseen the problems we now face,” Ms. Tibaijuka said.The private sector and individual citizens who often do not prioritize the public good in their actions, powerful economic interest, inadequate training and other factors have created conditions in which urban planning has not been successful.“In trying to correct these deficiencies, planning has opened itself to public participation and preference and to taking a more realistic view of the limits possible, while factoring in the resources likely to be available for implementation,” the UN-HABITAT head noted.A UN independent expert today said planning “with and for the poor” is crucial in the fight against climate change.“Disasters caused by extreme weather are not simply a result of natural events, but reflect also a failure of urban planning and development policies,” said Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, noting that some 1 billion people worldwide live in overcrowded conditions or in slums and other informal urban settlements, many of which are in areas prone to flooding or landslides.Cities without the necessary infrastructure, she pointed out, are more susceptible to climate-related disasters.“Land and housing for the poor should be placed in the center of urban planning in order to ensure the sustainability of cities,” Ms. Rolnik underscored. “Concerned communities need to be consulted and be allowed to participate in the decision-making process.”World Habitat Day will be celebrated around the globe with events such as a football match in Cameroon and a photo exhibition in Chile. read more

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