Gordhan congratulates new IMF head

first_img30 June 2011 South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has congratulated Christine Lagarde on her appointment as managing director of the International Monetary Fund, while calling for the body to give more say to emerging countries.“As the global economy continues to be plagued with persistent economic challenges, the role of the IMF has and will continue to become crucial to global co-ordination and crisis management,” Gordhan said in a statement on Wednesday.“I am confident that Ms Lagarde will be able to actively enhance that role even-handedly and effectively.”The French finance minister was named the first ever woman head of the IMF on Tuesday.The IMF should continue to focus on certain issues to “further strengthen its relevance and legitimacy among all member countries”, Gordhan said.This included transferring quota shared to emerging and developing countries to give them more weight in IMF decisions.He also called for a commitment that the next head of the IMF need not come from Europe.“Small countries should have appropriate voice. Since the global crisis, small countries have faced particular challenges that require greater attention from the IMF,” Gordhan said.He called for more diversity in IMF staff in terms of their nationality, gender, and academic and professional backgrounds and improved surveillance of important advanced economies.The IMF’s top job has been held by a European for 65 years.Sapalast_img read more

Columbia man accused of violent attacking his wife

first_imgA Columbia man is accused of violently attacking his wife.Mark Autenrieth was booked into Boone County Jail early Friday morning.Investigators say he forced his way into his wife’s home on Crestwood Court near Midway on Thursday. He does not have permission to be there. He then allegedly punched his wife in the face, slammed her against a door, and threw knives at her but missed.last_img

Napoli: ‘Not a punitive retreat’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Napoli have released a new statement, insisting “the training retreat was constructive and not punitive,” though players and Carlo Ancelotti don’t seem to agree. The club remains in chaos after the squad rebelled against orders to continue the training retreat at the Castelvolturno ground, known in Italy as a ‘ritiro.’ Napoli announced they would take legal action against the squad, which may well include docking their wages, but a new statement was released this evening. “With reference to the news stories that appeared today and over the last few days referring to the first team training retreat, the club is surprised at the way some media outlets erroneously qualified it as a ‘punitive retreat.’ “President De Laurentiis stated on Radio Kiss Kiss on November 4 in very clear and unequivocal fashion: “This is a constructive retreat and not a punitive one.” “A ritiro, an expression summing up the complex mode of training, destined to help the players rediscover their concentration and necessary motivation ahead of two important and delicate matches.” However, the memo doesn’t seem to have reached Ancelotti – who said in a press conference on Monday that he did not agree with the decision to impose a retreat – and the players, who rebelled. Sky Sport Italia suggested the anger also came from the fact President Aurelio De Laurentiis imposed the decision upon them with no warning or explanation.last_img read more

‘I wanted to do something different’

first_imgAnshu Jamsenpa, the only mother to have scaled mount Everest thrice, is ready for an encore.Her eyes have an impulsive spark that belies a calm exterior. Anshu Jamsenpa, 35, mountaineer extraordinaire and mother of two, is all set to attempt a double ascent of Mount Everest, breaking her previous record,Anshu Jamsenpa, the only mother to have scaled mount Everest thrice, is ready for an encore.Her eyes have an impulsive spark that belies a calm exterior. Anshu Jamsenpa, 35, mountaineer extraordinaire and mother of two, is all set to attempt a double ascent of Mount Everest, breaking her previous record of ten days. Her name may be unfamiliar and her lovely, dimpled visage even more, because that’s just the fate of non-mainstream sports achievers.She has been feted at official events and is one of the many nominees of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, but continues to be dogged by obscurity. Not that she minds it in the least, but if recognition helps the cause closest to her heart-the early commissioning of National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) – she’s game.Ironically, it was an Oil India Ltd poster claiming fame on her behalf that connected her with businessman CS Chalam of CCMPL. Inspired by Jamsenpa’s resilience, he furthered her cause by sponsoring the first tier of her ascent and tying up with crowd funding community Catapooolt. Jamsenpa’s was a classic case of an unsung hero that Catapooolt took up with a vengeance. Overnight, webpages professing admiration and support for her sprang up. The going looks good, but she still has some way to go till the entire amount of Rs 35.3 lakh is collected.Catapooolt Managing Director Satish Kataria says, “What we’ve done is broken up the entire journey into metres and people can fund each of these for Rs 399. Hers is a very inspiring story and this gives people the opportunity to feel like they are part of it.”advertisementFor Jamsenpa, it all started seven years ago when a group of climbers organised a rock-climbing session in Bomdila, the place she calls home. The picturesque town poisedon the upper reaches of Arunachal Pradesh has its fair share of adventure seekers and bird-watchers. It’s famed for orchids, bird sanctuaries and lush apple orchards.Undaunted by the forbidding rock face, Jamsenpa, then a mere slip of a girl with no prior mountaineering experience whatsoever, tried her hand at rappelling and finished with a flourish. Marvelling at her lithe athleticism, the trekking programme organisers beckoned her over. She was genuinely surprised when they told her she had a natural flair for climbing.That was when the seed of an outrageous idea was planted in her mind. Not completely trusting in her abilities but keen to attempt the impossible, she enrolled herself in a fifteen-day adventure session in Manipurfollowed by a beginner and advanced mountaineering course. Her husband, a leading tour operator in the area, could only admire her pluck.Jamsenpa’s stored every detail of her first climb, no matter how bittersweet or heart-wrenching in her memory – the biting wind, the parka she wore, the climber who collapsed right before her eyes even as they watched on helplessly. She narrates the mind-numbing experience, making constant references to her sherpa’s fortitude, though it was she who insisted that they push forward in foul weather. Most of the other climbers had made their way back to Base Camp 2 when she realised they were the only two to have covered considerable ground. At the sherpa’s suggestion that they turn back, she was overcome, feeling a lump as big as an icy boulder in her throat. In a moment, she had pulled herself together, resolute and clear-eyed, telling her sherpa, “it’s now or never”.They finished the final part of the ascent in a mere 45 minutes, a distance that takes even seasoned climbers two hours. On their way down, her sherpa said, ‘Anshu, based on your fitness and technical ability, I assure you that you can climb not once, but twice.’ She nodded noncommittally, but she’d already made up her mind and couldn’t wait to have another go. Her plan of doing it within a week was delayed owing to bureaucratic formalities, as was her spontaneous decision to join some climbers on a paragliding episode from the peak. This time she’s not taking any chances with paperwork.She wants to combat the easy obliviousness of people when it comes to the environment. “It’s not that they aren’t aware, it’s just that it’s more convenient to ignore the truth,” she says of her run-ins with fellow townspeople over littering. From rescue techniques to basic recycling practices, her love for adventure sports has lent her a deeper appreciation for the wilderness. It’s hard to inculcate such priorities, she agrees, but that won’t stop her from trying. Her daughters are now 14 and 10, old enough to understand the gravity of what their mother has undertaken. She admits candidly that the one thing she’s proud of is setting an example for them. She says her two favourite adventure sports are river rafting and paragliding and attributes her fitness to a dedicated yoga routine supplemented by power walking. The one sport she’s always been keen to take up is motor car racing. We can’t imagine a better sport to give her an adrenaline rush after the thrill of conquering Mount Everest.HOW TO SELECT THERIGHT MOUNTAINEERING COURSEPick a month-long course over a two week-long moduleThe two-week module offers only a combination of adventure courses and mountaineering basicsBe prepared for gruelling sessions to familiarise yourself with equipmentThe course includes pointers on basic weather predictionadvertisementTOP MOUNTAINEERING INSTITUTES IN INDIANehru Institute of Mountaineering, UttarkashiHimalayan MountaineeringInstitute, DarjeelingAtal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports, ManaliJawahar Institute ofMountaineering, PahalgamSGMI, Gangtoklast_img read more

IPL 2018, RCB vs SRH: RCB one step away from elimination

first_imgVirat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) face another must-win situation when they take on already-qualified table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Bangalore on Thursday.After registering successive victories over Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab, RCB are a rejuvenated unit while SRH have been the team to beat this season, having won nine matches out of 12.RCB are still languishing at the second last position on the table, while SRH are on top of the table with 18 points.RCB lost seven of their 12 matches so far but the recent turnaround have rekindled hopes of a possible shot at the play-offs albeit some other results also going their way.Kohli and ace South African batsman AB De Villiers are RCB’s key players as far as the batting in concerned.The pair have combined to pile up nearly half of RCB’s total runs this season but the side needs bigger contributions from the likes of Moeen Ali and Corey Anderson.Kohli has led from the front with 514 runs in 12 games.De Villiers (358 runs) is next to him, although he has played two games less than the Indian captain.RCB’s bowling is spearheaded by India pacer Umesh Yadav who has looked in inspired form this term.Umesh has delivered for the team, taking 17 wickets so far.Coming to the away side, SRH depend quite a lot on opener Shikhar Dhawan (369 runs) and skipper Kane Williamson (544 runs) for inspiration.Williamson has been a top leader since David Warner was ruled out of the IPL due to his role in the ball tampering incident.advertisementThe New Zealand captain would look to consolidate the team’s top spot and ensure a top-two finish at the end of the league stage.Apart from Dhawan and Williamson, Yusuf Pathan (186), Manish Pandey (189) and Shakib-Al-Hasan (166) have also chipped in at crunch situations for SRH.The former champions’ bowling has been their strength with the likes of Siddharth Kaul (13 wickets), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (8), Sandeep Sharma (8), leg-spinner Rashid Khan (13) and Shakib-Al-Hasan (12) adding a lot of variety to their arsenal.Teams:RCB: Virat Kohli (Captain), Quinton de Kock (WK), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel (WK), Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande, Tim Southee.SRH: Kane Williamson (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Siddharth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Tanmay Agarwal, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi, Chris Jordan.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

LeBron James FaceTime’d Carlos Hyde After His Dominant Performance vs. Minnesota

first_imgLeBron James cheers on the Ohio State football team.LeBron James Ohio StateCleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is a known Ohio State fan. Apparently, he also roots for Buckeyes alums at the next level, too.After former Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, now a San Francisco 49er, lit up the Minnesota Vikings for 168 yards and two touchdowns, James reached out via FaceTime to congratulate him. Via 49ers.com:In a recent sit-down interview, the San Francisco 49ers running back said that besides hearing from his mom, his favorite postgame call or text came from a certain NBA superstar.“I heard from LeBron James. Me and LeBron have the same trainer, David Alexander, down in Miami,” Hyde said. “After the game I FaceTime’d LeBron and my trainer. They were super hyped.”Here’s the move Hyde pulled that set social media on fire. It was very similar to what OSU wideout Braxton Miller did week one against Virginia Tech.pic.twitter.com/ixWnSqMZRe— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) September 15, 2015It’s been quite a week for the former Buckeye. What will he do for an encore?last_img read more


first_imgThe CW has finally announced its list of series renewals, and it’s a long one — though there are still a few question marks lingering around the fringes. Long story short: It’s a good time to be a superhero show.The network has confirmed the renewal of Arrow, Black Lightning, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale and Supernatural for next season. Non-genre renewals include Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Dynasty and Jane the Virgin. The network has yet to make a decision on The 100, iZombie, Life Sentence and Valor. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

The Latest China 18 trade surplus with US at record 323B

first_imgBEIJING — The Latest on China-U.S. trade and the tariffs battle between the two biggest economies (all times local):11:55 a.m.China’s politically sensitive trade surplus with the United States surged to a record $323.3 billion in 2018 as a tariff battle with Washington intensified.Customs data released Monday show exports rose 11.3 per cent to $478.4 billion despite President Donald Trump’s punitive tariffs in a fight over Chinese technology ambitions. Imports of American goods rose just 0.7 per cent over 2017. That reflects the impact of Beijing’s retaliatory tariffs and encouragement to importers to buy more from non-U.S. suppliers.However, the data show December exports to U.S. contracted 3.5 per cent compared with year ago as Trump tariff hikes hit.China’s global exports rose 7.1 per cent to $2.5 trillion, down from the 7.9 per cent rate reported earlier for 2017. Imports rose 12.9 per cent to $2.1 trillion, down from the previous year’s 15.9 per cent.The country’s global trade surplus was $352 billion.___10:30 a.m.China’s government reports 2018 exports rose 7.1 per cent as a trade battle with Washington intensified, while imports were up 12.9 per cent.Monday’s announcement comes as Beijing tries to reverse a decline in economic growth while facing a potential fall-off in American orders for Chinese goods following President Donald Trump’s tariff hikes in the fight over China’s technology ambitions.Chinese exporters also face pressure from cooling consumer demand in other global markets.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Modi charges Cong with ‘Tughlaq Road Chunav Ghotala’

first_imgKendukona (Assam): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday slammed the Congress for indulging in corruption and said a new scam “Tughlaq Road Chunav Ghotala” by it has come to the fore. In the new scam crores of rupees meant for nutrition of poor children and expectant mothers have been seized even even as old cases of corruption against it are still on, he told an rally here. The “naamdari parivar” (famed family) is engaged in corruption and has made it a way a life for which its members are now on bail, but they call the “chowkidar a chor”, he said. “There is a Tughlaq Road in Delhi and there is a bungalow there where a big leader lives. During the last few days, a game involving several crores of rupees is being played. Sack loads of currency notes are being recovered from those people who are connected with this bungalow,” he said. “This is the Tughlaq Road Chunav Ghotala and Congress indulges in corruption to win elections … If they do not loot, how will they fight elections ? Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has a bungalow in Tughlaq Road in the national capital and the homes of his former private secretary Praveen Kakkar in Indore and former advisor Rajendra Kumar Miglani in Delhi were raided by income tax officers on April 7 in connection with an alleged hawala (illegal transaction) case. “It is a sin to vote for such people,” Modi said adding Congress has compromised the security of the nation by demanding proof of attack on terrorist camps in Pakistan. Criticising the Congress for indulging in vote bank politics, Modi said had it wanted they could have solved the problems in Assam and Jammu and Kashmir after the 1971 Indo-Pak war. “But they kept the issues burning deliberately for their vested interests.” The Congress allowed infiltration to ensure that their vote bank remained intact. “But this chowkidar will ensure that infiltration is stopped to protect the interests of the people of Assam and North East … We will ensure Indo-Bangla border fencing is completed soon, that there are no names of foreigners in the National Register of Citizens and no genuine Indians are left out,” he added.last_img read more

Azam Khan has crossed his limits: Jaya Prada on remarks made against her

first_imgLucknow: Hitting out at senior SP leader Azam Khan for his derogatory remarks on her, BJP’s Rampur Lok Sabha seat candidate Jaya Prada, Monday said he has transgressed the ‘lakshman rekha’ and is no longer her brother. Khan, without taking names, on Sunday had said it took “you 17 years to understand her reality” but, “I could recognise it in 17 days that she wears a khaki underwear”. The BJP claimed that the comment was made against Prada, who is fighting the Lok Sabha polls against the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “(He has) crossed the lakshman rekhaa (his limits) this time. He is no longer a brother to me. I had considered him as my brother and tolerated everything, but now I cannot tolerate (this),” she told reporters in Rampur. The actor-turned-politician also said the people will give an answer as people respect women. “What is this man doing? Does he have the right to contest polls? I appeal to the Election Commission that he should not be allowed to contest the polls, he is not eligible to contest the polls,” she said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Khan had told a an election rally in Rampur, “… you got represented (by her) for 10 years.” “People of Rampur, people of Uttar Pradesh and people of India, it took you 17 years to understand her reality. But, I could recognise it in 17 days that she wears a khaki underwear, he had said. The video of Khan’s purported speech was also doing the rounds on various social media platform. Seeking an answer from SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Prada said, “I am asking Akihlesh, whether you will allow such a person to contest the polls. Shame. He (Khan) should be expelled.” Rampur goes to polls in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 23. Prada also cited a Sanskrit shloka and said that “a family in which women are revered or given due respect, that family is blessed with divine qualities, divine food and children, and a family in which women are not revered, all their work bears no result”. Taking note of news reports, the National Commission for Women Monday strongly condemned the “extremely derogatory” remarks made by SP leader Khan against Prada and issued a show cause notice to him.last_img read more