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first_img(From Left) Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh and Mahendra Singh DhoniCricket loves its heroes. Tendulkar, Dhoni, Sehwag. Warne, Kallis, Steyn. For the next few months, the game’s hero should be the Indian fan. Here come the world’s two biggest cricket attractions, right on top of each other. On February 19, commences the 10th cricket World Cup, somehow strung out to 49 games. Then on April 8, less than a week after the World Cup final, begins the first of the 74 games of the fourth Indian Premier League (IPL).In any other country, this would be too much of a good thing. In India, too much is barely enough. The games fixtured in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh notwithstanding, it will be Indian TV audiences that somehow make Canada vs Kenya and Ireland vs the Netherlands work as the tournament spends five weeks deciding whether West Indies or Bangladesh go through to the quarter-finals. Then they will swap their horizontal tricolours for the IPL replica gear of their favourite franchise and follow that all the way too.It’s a source of wonder. Forty years ago, India had issued fewer than a quarter of a million TV licences. Now there are sets in more than half the nation’s households, and they never shine more incessantly than for cricket. India is not just obsessed with cricket; it is, as Santosh Desai puts it in Mother Pious Lady, “obsessed with being obsessed”.For cricket elsewhere, that poses a growing dilemma. The World Cup is a misnomer. Cricket is not a global game (that is, followed in a majority of countries in ways not based chiefly on national identity), but a multinational one (dependent, like rugby, on an essentially fixed minority of countries) depending, as perhaps no other sport, on the latter-day financial heft of a single country.advertisementThe size and vitality of India’s economy has divided an ancient and widely-loved sport into two streams-the fixtures involving India, as competitor and consumer, and those not. The former are so staggeringly more lucrative that the latter have a diminishing relative existence.Every new cricket initiative worldwide involves trying to monetise Indian passion, whether it’s Australia’s mooted Big Bash League or New Zealand’s Cricket Holdings America LLC. Young cricketers hanker after the easy money of IPL: Australian domestic cricket stopped almost to a walk during the IPL auction as players hung on to every tweet and text message. Where once the objective might have been to become the next Ricky Ponting, now it is to be the next Dan Christian, made a millionaire overnight by the lightning strike of an offer from the Deccan Chargers.The Indian domination of the cricket world probably started more than 15 years ago, in the 1996 World Cup and when the Supreme Court liberalised India’s airwaves. The intrinsic qualities of cricket are coming to have less to do with this than Indian gross domestic product and gross political ambition. Ashis Nandy’s contention that cricket is an “Indian game accidentally discovered by the English” is vindicated not by culture but by capitalism, and the ballot box.It’s as simple as this. First, imagine you are a broadcaster or a manufacturer of consumer goods surveying the extraordinary cultural, ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity that is India. If you are a Samsung surveying the scene from Seoul or an LG Group from Yeouido-dong, how baffling it must seem? So many Gods. So many markets. How to span them all? Bollywood? Soap opera? Cricket outdoes them all, partly because it effortlessly enfolds elements of the other two-narrative, character and tamasha. No wonder, cricket attracts 85 per cent of the advertising monies lavished on sport in India.Imagine you are a politician. It’s easy, just abandon all your moral scruples. Think about the appeal to your constituents of a cricket-friendly face and a cricket-minded administration. What would an IPL franchise, a new cricket stadium or just hosting a ODI might be worth? What a way to evince your common touch, your affinity for vernacular culture.India outstrips cricket in rival nations because it has a lot more people who want to buy mobile phones and TVs. Also, its political and media elites are full of exuberant self-admiration.When the World Cup was last in India, the dominant administrative figures, such as Jagmohan Dalmiya and I.S. Bindra, had deep roots in the game. The administration of cricket in India in the last 15 years has been transformed by the presence of such political heavyweights as Arun Jaitley of Delhi, Rajeev Shukla of Uttar Pradesh, Narendra Modi of Gujarat, Anurag Thakur of Himachal Pradesh, Ranjib Biswal of Orissa, Dayanand Narvekar of Goa, Jyotiraditya Scindia of Madhya Pradesh, Ranbir Singh Mahendra of Haryana, Lalu Prasad Yadav of Bihar and just lately, Shashi Tharoor and K.V. Thomas in Kerala, although, perhaps above all, by Sharad Pawar, the “King of Maharastra”, patron of Lalit Modi, now poo-bah of the ICC.Cricket in India is not big only because of its fans’ unique passion, its players’ great skills, the game’s incomparable appeal, and it is certainly not because of the talent of its administration. It outstrips the game in rival nations because India has a lot more people who want to buy mobile phones and TVs while aspiring to white goods, and also because of the exuberant selfadmiration of India’s political and media elites.advertisementWhat does this mean for cricket? In the nearterm, this has meant great rewards for players, who have no objection to being told where to go and what to do, providing a king’s ransom is involved, and also improved access and better deals for fans, because they are now also consumers whose disposable rupee is suddenly worth hustling for.A pre-industrial game, however, does not make a natural fit with a late capitalist economy. At risk is its hold on any independent existence, as a game, as a cultural form, as an institution. Cricket has never been truly outside economics and politics in India, as has been argued by Ramachandra Guha in A Corner of a Foreign Field. It has been an heir to the fissures and tensions of race, cast, religion and nation.But within it has been preserved something spontaneous, romantic, transcendent and inspirational. Something beyond the market forces. In this latest incarnation, cricket is mainly an effective means of conveying goods to the market; in and of itself it is arguably of dwindling significance.This happens everywhere. This summer in Australia, watching the Ashes felt like visiting a shopping mall. There was something deliciously subversive about watching the team that had come to play win, and the team wheeled out to interrupt the ads get rock’n’rolled.But India’s playing is like the effect of any other two nations squared. Which is actually a diminution of cricket worldwide. One of the qualities of Indian fans has always been their global awareness. They were international followers of the game long before it was straightforward to be so. They would follow events in, say, Australia or the West Indies almost as closely as they followed their own favourites.The Game ChangersClick here to EnlargeAn irony of Indian cricket’s resistless rise is that the game is becoming less global, relatively speaking. While football and the Olympics have maintained their relentless onward march, Test cricket remains a small club; ODI cricket is a little larger. As Amit Gupta notes in Cricket and Globalisation: “There are no cricketers who have become global icons and advertising brand names in non-cricket-playing countries as David Beckham, Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan have done for their sports in countries like China.”China developing a taste for cricket might change the landscape. Cricket’s string-pullers would like that, because there are a lot more consumer markets to conquer there. But, really, who cares? They’re creaming it at the moment without having to look anywhere else. In the short-to-medium-term, the name of the game is exploiting a core market that is still growing.advertisementElsewhere, cricket is becoming subtly less local. When India visits Australia later this year, it will be transported in an Indian commercial bubble, with its home TV viewers in mind: even the hoardings at the grounds will be allocated to Indian brands. Series that don’t involve India, meanwhile, drift into the twilight of obscure pay-TV channels.The quasi-domestic Champions League is perhaps the most bizarre artefact of Indian hegemony, a tournament that even when it is not in India is all about that country. Last year’s installment in South Africa remains in the memory only because of its eeriness: bad cricket being played by ordinary cricketers in front of handfuls of spectators, gyrating cheerleaders and overexcited commentators simply because ESPN, frustrated at having failed to bid for the IPL, had forked out $1 billion.Here too can be seen most clearly the distinction between what the fans want and what the cricket-industrial complex wants them to want. That’s no way to treat heroes.Gideon Haigh is a Melbourne-based cricket historian and writer.last_img read more

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first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. WWE Monday Night Raw saw some surprising buildups before the upcoming Clash of Champions pay per view on September 15. While Bayley turned heel much to the surprise of the WWE Universe, The OC made a violent statement by ripping off the contract between Rollins and Strowman to trigger a brawl. The evening also saw Bray Wyatt issuing a major challenge, which seemed like the perfect buildup to his new character.Raw opened with a contract signing between Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship bout at Clash of Champions, which saw Styles, the United States champion, being joined by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in coming out to complain about being passed over for both the universal and tag team titles. The verbal tiff soon turned into a brawl and it was later revealed “Stone Cold” Steve Austin will moderate a second contract signing between Rollins and Strowman next week when WWE Raw returns to New York’s Madison Square Garden. The evening also saw Lynch doing an in-ring promo by calling out the “little blue-haired freak” Banks for being whiny. She went on to turn down Becky Lynch’s offer for a fighter by saying she doesn’t fight for free and will only do so for a paycheck, thus making their bout at Clash of Champions official. Later in the evening a match between Becky Lynch and Bayley against Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross ended in disqualification, after Banks made her way to ringside and altered the finish. Just as Becky Lynch appeared close to putting Bliss away, Banks hit her with a backstabber from behind. She then pulled out a steel chair and began to attack until Bayley grabbed it from behind. After a long staredown in which Bayley and Banks exchanged words under their breath, Bayley let out an evil smile and joined her in attacking Lynch with the chair as the show ended. Here’s what else happened on WWE Monday Night Raw:Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode defeated Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder via pinfall.Lacey Evans defeated Natalya via pinfall.King of the Ring quarterfinal: Baron Corbin defeated Cedric Alexander via pinfall.Viking Raiders defeated Tyler Hastings and Brian Thomas via pinfall.King of the Ring quarterfinal: Samoa Joe and Ricochet both advanced after a double pinfall.The Miz defeated Cesaro via pinfall.The evening also saw Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman def. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson via pinfall despite outside interference from Styles. Furthermore, the latest episode of Firefly Fun House saw Bray Wyatta challeneg Rollins and Strowman to a match at Hell in a Cell. bayleyBraun StrowmanBray WyattRAW First Published: September 3, 2019, 3:53 PM ISTlast_img read more

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first_imgFor the first time in their history, Bangladesh have reached the semi-finals of an ICC tournament.As England knocked out world champions Australia from the Champions Trophy last night winning the match by 40 runs (D/L method), Bangladesh progressed to the semi-finals with three points compared to Australia’s 2.Bangladesh had reached the quarter-finals when they eliminated England from the 2015 World Cup in Australia.Thanks to brilliant batting performances by Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah against New Zealand, Bangladesh chased down 266 runs to keep their hopes alive and needed Australia to lose to England.Australia had their first two matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh washed out and with just two points, they needed a win against England.Sixth-ranked Bangladesh advanced to the semi-finals with three points in Group A, one more than Australia. New Zealand had been knocked out of the tournament by Bangladesh on Friday as they finished with just one point from three games.The English will likely play either Pakistan or Sri Lanka, with Bangladesh set for a match against the winner of South Africa vs India at The Oval on Sunday.last_img read more

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first_imgJust when you thought that leaks and rumours of a Samsung phone would die out, at least for few months after the much-awaited Note 8 launch,  a new Samsung has been spotted online. This time it is the Galaxy J7+. And this again is expected to be a dual camera smartphone.The promotional images of the Samsung Galaxy J7+ have been spotted online in Thailand. According to the leaked images, the phone in question will come with dual camera including a 13MP f/1.7 primary sensor and  5MP f/1.9 secondary sensor. The two cameras are aligned vertically along with the LED flash.  The image also reveals that the dual camera will offer Live Focus portrait mode. Further, the phone could will come with a 16MP shooter with LED flash.The image also give us a peak into the specs of the phone like the device would sport a 5.5-inch full HD display and run on Android Nougat. The phone could flaunt a metal unibody design and be powered by 2.39GHz octa-core processor coupled with 4GB RAM. The phone is expected to  have 32GB internal storage that’s expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The new Galaxy J7+ will be backed by a 3,000mAh battery. Expect three colours of the phone-  Pink, Black and Gold.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launched with 6.3-inch edge-to-edge Infinity display, Bixby & dual 12MP camerasDesign wise, the image shows off a black colour device with thick bezels on the top and bottom. There are thin, almost no bezels on the side.  A physical home button is placed in the middle of the lower bezel and it is expected to also double as the fingerprint scanner. The Samsung Galaxy J7 + is also rumoured to come with Bixby support and facial recognition which were also seen in the recently launched Galaxy Note 8.  While the Note 8 is a high-end premium phone unveiled by the company, the J series is budget phone segment by Samsung including phones under Rs 20,000. However, no J-series phone until now have come with facial recognition or Bixby support and if these leaked images are to be trusted then the J7+ would be the first J series phone to come with these features. This also leads to another speculation that Samsung may not price this phone under Rs 20,000.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgSydney, Oct 25 (AFP) Cricket Australia reappointed its controversial chairman David Peever Thursday, before the release of two reviews prompted by a ball-tampering scandal that sullied the sport’s reputation during his tenure.Peever, a polarising figure criticised for his handling of a bitter 2017 pay dispute, is the one of the few senior executives left standing at the organisation after this year’s ball-tampering fiasco.The scandal involved Australian players using sandpaper to alter the flight of the ball in a Test match against South Africa last March.Coach Darren Lehmann quit in the wake of the uproar and then-captain Steve Smith, deputy David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft were banned from the game.Cricket Australia said Wednesday that team performance boss Pat Howard will step down next year.Meanwhile, outgoing Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland is being formally replaced on Thursday by insider Kevin Roberts — the lead negotiator during last year’s acrimonious pay talks.Peever’s re-election came as the governing body reported a return to profit, boosted by a massive six-year television and digital rights contract.Australian cricket’s governing body reported a surplus of Aus dollars 8.3 million (USD 5.9 million) for the year ending June 30, after incurring a deficit of Aus dollars 50.8 million in the previous 12 months.The two reviews into the state of the game commissioned post-South Africa — one focusing on the culture within Cricket Australia and the other into the team — will be released on Monday. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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first_imgStory Highlights Jamaicans in the agricultural sector are set to benefit from 20 short-term orientation programmes in Israel, which are aimed at exposing participants to advanced farming technologies and techniques. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, made the disclosure at the launch of Export Max III, at the Spanish Court Hotel on November 29.center_img Jamaicans in the agricultural sector are set to benefit from 20 short-term orientation programmes in Israel, which are aimed at exposing participants to advanced farming technologies and techniques.Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, made the disclosure at the launch of Export Max III, at the Spanish Court Hotel on November 29.“It is a three-week to one-month programme in Israel. It is good for our young people to go to Israel to learn the technology and see what they are doing and bring that back to Jamaica. We have to learn from others. We must tap into what they do to achieve wealth creation,” he said.He also informed of the granting of 10 one-year scholarships for young people, which will aid in the capacity building of the agricultural sector in Jamaica.Meanwhile, speaking on the Export Max III programme, Minister Shaw commended Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) for conceptualising the initiative.Export Max III is a three-year programme geared towards providing focused capacity-building, advocacy and market penetration support to 50 exporters and export-ready firms.He noted that this year’s programme will place emphasis on high-level business mentorship and coaching initiatives, geared towards improving productivity and competitiveness.“It is anticipated that at the end of the programme, participants would have achieved 50 per cent average growth in export sales over three years and entered at least one new export market,” he stated.“Programmes like this, which will help integrate our micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) into the global value chain are commendable. The development and adherence to international standards will allow them to better access foreign markets through the development of these kinds of initiatives,” Mr. Shaw added.The Export Max III programme is being implemented in partnership with the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (JMEA) and the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC)last_img read more

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first_imgNova Scotia’s seafood industry will get a major financial boost to support its competitiveness in a challenging global marketplace, the province announced today, Nov. 17. The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, in partnership with the Department of Economic Development, will invest $3.75 million in the seafood industry over the next three years. The funds will be provided through the Community Development Trust Fund, which was established to help communities and workers hard hit by economic challenges. Cost-shared funding will be used to diversify markets and develop new products, improve productivity and product quality and to meet consumer expectations about food sustainability. “Nova Scotia is Canada’s leading seafood exporting province and the industry provides thousands of jobs in our coastal communities; we want to keep it that way,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Ron Chisholm. “The government recognizes the importance of the seafood sector to the province and the need for an industry driven renewal process to meet the current challenges.” Seafood producers are facing many challenges such as a weakening U.S. economy, increased global competition, higher production costs and changing consumer expectations. Funding will be available to eligible applicants in three areas: Support is available to seafood processors, harvesters, industry groups and organizations, seafood businesses and co-operatives. “We want this program to provide lasting benefits for the industry and the province,” said Jamie Muir, acting Minister of Economic Development. “We are focusing on projects that will enhance economic growth and competitiveness while encouraging partnerships among participants in the seafood sector.” Information is available at www.gov.ns.ca/fish/marine/ssrp . More information on the Community Development Trust in Nova Scotia is available at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/cdtrust . diversifying into new export markets adopting new technology and processing techniques that enhance value and reduce costs seeking independent eco-certification of key fisheries and reducing the use of fossil fuels in seafood production last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Especially crafted secret sections or cavity inside a car or a truck is the new modus operandi used to conceal a consignment of drugs from the eyes of the investigators.Criminals are now widely using designer trucks which have secret chambers to hide the consignment of drugs. Only a solid intelligence network busts the plan of the drug cartel, else it passes naked eyes of unsuspecting cops of various states. When Crime branch DCP Ram Gopal Naik team stopped a truck coming from Andhra Pradesh it had information that the truck is loaded with 510 kilograms of marijuana. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticA closer look at the truck inside revealed a secret cavity which had 17 sacks of marijuana. The accused Sube Singh and Deepak were booked under NDPS Act. The same modus operandi was used by the accused caught by Special cell in Delhi.The heroin was also concealed in the similarly crafted cavity in a car’s rear seats. The cavity was so meticulously designed to go unnoticed by any investigator. However, human intelligence brought the accused to book. Earlier, in a similar modus operandi, South East Delhi police has arrested two narcotics smugglers identified as Rajkumar and Kanhaiya Lal and seized a Tata Container truck having a built in secret chamber and recovered 205.100 Kgs of Marijuana (Ganja). The secret chamber in the truck has an iron wall erected between the driver’s cabin and the container of the truck.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: CISF on Friday said that they nabbed a drunken driver with a car trying to enter forcibly at IGI Airport.CISF said that on July 26, CISF duty personnel deployed at main entrance check post of terminal-1D departure, IGI Airport noticed a suspicious vehicle coming towards the main entry point from the city side. On suspicion, the CISF personnel deployed at the entry point signalled the driver to stop the car, but the driver ignored the signal and forcefully rushed towards the departure terminal entry Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderroad. Immediately, the said CISF personnel flashed the message on the walkie-talkie. CISF Quick Reaction Team (QRT) acted swiftly and stopped the car before departure terminal 1-D. “The driver was detained and questioned. On enquiry, he disclosed his identity as Jatin Verma.” “He was under the heavy influence of alcohol. It also came to light that he was neither a passenger nor intended to drop or receive anyone at the airport and did not give any satisfactory reply for his such behaviour,” CISF said. The matter was informed to Delhi Police. On arrival of Delhi Police, the said driver along with his vehicle was handed over to Domestic Airport Police Station for further legal action in the matter. Delhi Police has registered a case under section 279, 186 & 353 of IPC in this regard.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The merit list of the Madhyamik examination 2019 has undergone an unprecedented change with the results of the review and scrutiny coming to the fore on Wednesday. The new merit list of the Madhyamik examination now has 64 candidates with ranks up to 11 instead of 10. The merit list of the examination that was announced by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) on May 21 had featured 51 candidates among ranks up to 10.The most significant change in the list came with Camelia Roy of Raiganj Coronation School securing one mark extra after review. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaCamelia had shared the third place along with Bratin Mondal of Santipur Municipal School with both securing 689 marks. However, with Camelia’s marks increasing by one, she stays at the third place with 690 while Bratin slips to the fourth spot. So, all those who had ranked after the duo, suffer a slide in their ranks. The first ranker had scored 694 while two students who ranked second had scored 691. The review and scrutiny results have further seen five new candidates entering into the merit list with an increase in their marks. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThese students had failed to make it to the merit list by a narrow margin and had applied for review and scrutiny. Around eight candidates have suffered a nominal dip in their marks, thereby altering their positions in the new list that was unveiled on Wednesday. President of WBBSE Kalyanmoy Ganguly said around 36,874 candidates had applied for review which is 3.51 percent of the total 10,50,397 candidates who sat for the examination this year. 2,703 students had applied for review out of which marks of 683 have changed. Marks of 912 students have changed out of 34,171 who had applied for scrutiny. “For the last few years, there have been some changes in the merit list after review and scrutiny. But this is perhaps for the first time in the history of the Secondary Board when so many alterations have happened,” a senior official of the Board said.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Asian and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist wrestler Bajrang Punia was on Friday nominated for the country’s highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, a year after he threatened to move court for not getting his due. His name was finalised by a 12-member selection committee on the opening day of a two-day meeting. The panel comprises the likes of Bhaichung Bhutia and M C Mary Kom among others and is headed by Justice (Retd) Mukundakam Sharma. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Bajrang has been nominated for the Khel Ratna award. His name was a unanimous choice,” a source close to the development said. The source also said that the panel may add another athlete for the top honours on Saturday besides finalising the names for the Arjuna and Dronacharya awards. Bajrang had threatened to move court after he was snubbed for the Khel Ratna award last year despite being a gold-medallist in both the Asian and CWG.last_img read more

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first_imgEDMONTON — Alberta’s premier plans to announce Sunday whether her government will impose industrywide oil production cuts in the Canadian province.The government said Saturday that Premier Rachel Notley will lay out the next steps to ensure Albertans get the best possible value for their energy resources.The premier has released an op-ed piece in which she says the province must act now to deal with a growing glut of oil that she blames on a lack of pipeline capacity. Notley writes that there are two competing ideas for short-term relief — either let the market sort itself out, risking possible job losses and business closures, or intervene and temporarily restrict production.Alberta has the world’s third-largest oil reserves and is the top source of foreign oil for the U.S.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgTunis — Tunisian lawmakers are to vote Saturday on adopting a long-delayed new constitution, seen as crucial to getting the democratic transition back on track more than three years after the revolution.“The vote will be held tomorrow, Saturday,” Mofdi Mssedi, spokesman for the speaker’s office, told AFP on Friday, a day after parliament completed its review of each article in the draft constitution.The time of the vote has yet to be determined, but the charter needs the approval of two-thirds of the 217 assembly members to be adopted. That would pave the way for the appointment of a caretaker cabinet of independents headed by premier designate Mehdi Jomaa, after the ruling Islamist party Ennahda agreed to hand power to a technocrat administration, under a deal to end months of political deadlock.Jomaa’s government will be tasked with leading the country to parliamentary and presidential elections, scheduled to take place later this year.“A plenary session will take place on Tuesday or Wednesday for a vote of confidence in this new government,” parliament speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar told Tunisian radio.Lawmakers completed their line-by-line scrutiny of the text late on Thursday after three weeks of heated debate and disagreement on a range of subjects, including the role of Islam, women’s rights, the independence of the judiciary and the president’s powersEnnahda’s veteran leader Rachid Ghannouchi hailed the draft charter as a “historic achievement” which he said would enable the establishment of the first democracy in the Arab world.“We are at an advanced stage of the (democratic) transition, all that remains is to officially adopt this historic document and fix the date of the next elections,” Ghannouchi said in a statement.“We should be proud of what has been achieved, and translate that into ending the interim period and making Tunisia the first Arab democracy.”‘Foundations of a modern state’Under the new constitution, executive power is divided between the prime minister, who will have the dominant role, and the president, who retains important prerogatives notably in defence and foreign affairs.Islam is not mentioned as a source of legislation, although it is recognised as the nation’s religion and the state is committed to “prohibiting any attacks on the sacred,” while freedom of conscience is guaranteed.Human rights are broadly enshrined in the text, although some rights groups have expressed concern that the relevant provisions are often vague.And the charter also upholds gender equality and the rights of women “without discrimination”, and commits the state to promoting equal representation in elected bodies, something unprecedented in the Arab world.“It is a progressive constitution, responding to the hopes of the revolution… and laying the foundations of a modern state,” said assembly speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar, while recognising that “there could be improvements.”If the constitution is approved on Saturday it would then be formally promulgated by President Moncef Marzouki, outgoing Islamist premier Ali Larayedh and Ben Jaafar, with the signing ceremony planned for Monday.But if it fails to achieve the necessary majority on either its first or second reading, the charter must be put to a referendum.The political parties have sought to avoid that outcome so that they can maintain the elections timetable and end the crisis gripping Tunisia since the assassination of two opposition MPs by suspected jihadists last year.The national assembly was elected in October 2011, nine months after the popular uprising that toppled strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and touched off the Arab Spring.But its mission to adopt a new constitution within one year was disrupted by bitter divisions between Ennahda and the secular opposition, coupled with jihadist violence and persistent social unrest.last_img read more

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The problem here, as you know Hewlett Packard Enterprise — Avaya and HPE have a long history of services and joint go-to-market. The two companies have common customers and competitors.Salesforce — It’s been expected for some time that Salesforce may become a contact center provider. It might seem more logical that Salesforce would acquire a CCaaS provider, but why should a cloud innovator pay a cloud premium? The combination could be complementary. Avaya could teach Salesforce about communications and contact center in exchange for lessons on becoming a cloud provider.Microsoft — It’s shocking that Microsoft doesn’t have a contact center play. It has UCaaS, CRM, calendaring, video, team collaboration, and more… but it will never own the enterprise communications stack without a contact center. Avaya OneCloud could be optimized for Azure. The endpoint hardware line could benefit Microsoft Teams users.Oracle — Here’s a company that knows how to acquire. Oracle acquired seven companies last year, and about 90 in the past 10 years. Related acquisitions that fit with Avaya include Acme Packet, Talari Networks, NetSuite (CRM), Micros Systems (hospitality), Responsys (email marketing), among many more.RingCentral — RingCentral has a market cap about six times greater than Avaya’s. It could acquire Avaya and build a migration path for customers that want cloud. The revenue premium for cloud makes a migration path well worth the cost of getting into a premises-based business. RingCentral actually just recently expanded its premises-based solutions, with its Persist product. RingCentral would also be able to bolster its contact center and video capabilities and have a differentiated line of endpoints. Tick, Tock, the Clock Is Running for Avaya Zeus Kerravala September 06, 2019 Lots of speculation surrounds Avaya’s future, but mum’s still the word on a final decision. Oracle makes some sense but that’s about it. HPE could work but they are a compute vendor first. HPE buying this would have the same odds as Dell. Microsoft has many partners on the endpoint side and seems content with that. if you could spin out the CC biz, that could interest MSFT. Salesforce makes zero sense – if they were going to get into the CC game, they would buy a cloud company. However, by doing that, they would alienate all their CC partners. SF best option is to remain friendly with all of them as the world now thinks SF first.Ring would get crucified by Wall St for buying Avaya. Owning an install base is no guarantee you flip them to cloud. Also, much of Avaya’s base is the biggest of big companies and those will likely do private cloud. IF Ring wanted to go down the path of building a private cloud offering a la Azure / Azure Stack, this might make sense but there is so much native UCaaS growth, why would they do this? The most obvious acquirer isn’t another vendor, it’s private equity that doesn’t mind taking on the $3B in debt AND pension liabilities Log in or register to post comments The problem is that Avaya is a much bigger fish than any of the companies Mitel has caught. Mitel has acquired companies of equal and smaller sizes with ease. These include Aastra, Prairie Fyre, Toshiba’s UC systems business, and ShoreTel. It literally swallowed them up and spit out the bones. That’s not going to work with Avaya. I like the potential of these combinations, but I don’t think any are actually very likely. That brings us back to Mitel, which deserves credit for bold thinking. On the other hand, maybe Avaya should remain independent. Its revenue declines and customer losses aren’t problematic if it results in a more nimble, enterprise communications-focused company. It got me wondering if there’s a better fit. If Avaya is truly undervalued, who should acquire it? Here’s my list: Following the receipt of “expressions of interest,” Avaya has engaged J.P. Morgan to assist in exploring alternatives intended to maximize shareholder value. This is likely to do with speculation that Mitel offered to acquire Avaya. Putting price aside, the reaction to the idea of the two companies combining was mixed. Log in or register to post comments Avaya Still on the Block, Resolution May Come Soon Beth Schultz August 14, 2019 As the company plugs away on cloud sales, CEO Jim Chirico looks to wrap up its review of strategic alternatives in the next 30 days. Mitel, Avaya Merger on Tap? Beth Schultz August 20, 2019 On the heels of word that Avaya is close to reaching acquisition deal, the focus turns to Mitel and a reported bid of $20 per share. Avaya Continues Mulling Next-Step Options Beth Schultz September 12, 2019 In a brief update, company said strategic alternative review process continues, gave no indication of new expectations for wrapping it up. Based on Mitel’s previous pattern, it would strip away redundancies, consolidate the portfolios, and eliminate most of Avaya’s managers. None of these would be simple with Avaya. Also, unlike previous acquisitions, Mitel would have to reposition itself as a small business to enterprise vendor, and that’s a tall order that few companies have accomplished. What do you think? question-mark_774.jpg Dave Michels is a contributing editor and analyst at TalkingPointz.Tags:News & ViewsAvayaMitelM&AUnified Communications & CollaborationAnalyst InsightCloud CommunicationsContact Center & Customer ExperienceIndustry NewsVendor Strategy Articles You Might Like See All in Unified Communications & Collaboration » Justifying Workspace Applications: Time to Up the Game Marty Parker September 10, 2019 Communication technology vendors and their value-adding partners must take the lead in defining business justifications for their collaboration and workspace applications. I find the combination both intriguing and concerning. Mitel certainly knows how to acquire businesses. That’s not a trivial credential as most companies are terrible at it. NEC has more or less given up at trying, and Avaya itself doesn’t have a stellar record. Some companies have a disciplined process that seems to work… Mitel, Cisco, Vonage, and West come to mind. Permalink Submitted by LawrenceB941 on Mon, 05/13/2019 – 16:43 Permalink Submitted by zkerravala on Fri, 05/10/2019 – 10:32 Comments Oracle makes some sense but Mitel has a history of chasing after undervalued companies. Avaya shareholders agreeing to sell to Mitel would feel a bit like the dog catching the car. Now what? The problem here, as you know Dave, is that Avaya’s whole portfolio is immensely complicated with multiple overlapping products in all dimensions (many from previous complex acquisitions). Capturing this checkerboard “base” is very difficult and not even Avaya has done a great job in migrating the long tail “base”. Why does anyone else want this headache? Versus just targeting the “base” directly with their own products, as Microsoft and Cisco have been doing aggressively now for a decade, even before the onrush of many new simpler and better integrated cloud alternatives. Log in or register to post comments read more

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The genocide trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Miloševic will resume on 14 July if a cardiologist agrees that he is healthy enough to conduct his own defence, a United Nations war crimes tribunal announced today.A day after three judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) adjourned the trial because of concerns over Mr. Miloševic’s heart condition, they ruled it can restart next week as “there is no evidence that the accused is not fit to stand trial.”But the judges, sitting in The Hague, added there is evidence that Mr. Miloševic’s health “is such that he may not be fit to continue to represent himself.”The ICTY said a court-appointed cardiologist with no previous connection to Mr. Miloševic must examine him and decide whether he is healthy enough to act as his own counsel and, if so, what impact that would have on the trial’s schedule.The trial will be adjourned between 21 July and 31 August in any case to allow Mr. Miloševic more time to prepare his defence. The prosecution concluded its case in February.The former Yugoslav President is facing charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and other war crimes for his role in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.The trial, which began in February 2002, has already lost 66 days because of Mr. Miloševic’s health problems.Meanwhile, Mitar Vasiljevic, a Bosnian Serb man convicted for his part in the deaths of five Muslim men in 1992, was today transferred to Austria to serve out the remainder of his 15-year jail term. Austria is one of 10 European countries which have signed deals to house criminals sentenced by the ICTY. read more

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first_imgNorthern Peru Copper Corp has signed a definitive agreement with China Minmetals Nonferrous Metals and Jiangxi Copper Co, under which those companies have agreed to make an offer to acquire all of Northern Peru’s outstanding shares for C$13.75 per share in cash. Northern Peru’s Board of Directors has unanimously determined that the offer is fair to its shareholders and is in the best interests of the company and its shareholders.    Ross Beaty, Chairman, said, “During 2007, Northern Peru has worked with its advisors to seek a major mining company to acquire and develop the Galeno copper/gold/molybdenum project into a large producing mine that will provide substantial benefits to the Peruvian economy. During that time 27 companies signed confidentiality agreements to review the technical information on Galeno.  Of those companies, 18 visited Galeno and completed comprehensive technical due diligence. Minmetals and Jiangxi presented us with the best offer to acquire NOC and we are happy to accept their offer.  Both are large companies with extensive experience in the copper sector, and are fully capable of developing Galeno into one of the world’s premier copper mining operations.  I support their offer to acquire our company and encourage all shareholders to do so as well.”   Minmetals and Jiangxi are committed to the efficient development of the Galeno Project. “The joint venture expects to continue with the first class work that has been conducted to date by the dedicated staff of Northern Peru Copper’s Peruvian subsidiary Lumina SAC,” said Huang Guoping, Vice President of Minmetals. Zha Kebing, Deputy Chief Engineer & Senior Engineer of Jiangxi added that “both companies are excited about this opportunity and hope to construct a world class mine.”   The Galeno project is located in the Yanacocha mining district of northern Peru, some 16 km east of the mining operations at Yanacocha, the largest gold mine in South America. In January 2007, an independent, NI 43-101 compliant prefeasibility study was completed on Galeno. Using a long term copper price of $1.35/lb and an 8% discount rate, the PFS showed that the project will generate an after tax net present value of $560 million and an IRR of 18.2%. Over the 20-year mine life, the project will produce approximately 144,000 t/y of copper in concentrate, averaging over 200,000 t/y in the first five years of the mine’s life.  The company is currently undertaking the feasibility study on the project which is expected to be completed in mid 2008.  At the same time, the company is continuing a three drill rig exploration program at the adjacent Hilorico gold/polymetallic zone.   The PFS indicates the Galeno mine will generate approximately 657 permanent jobs during its operating life and 3,600 jobs during the 2.5 year construction period.  The PFS indicates that the mine will generate, over its 20 year life, $1.4 billion in taxes, government royalties and employee profit sharing payments, as well as substantial economic benefits and stimulus to its local communities, its region and elsewhere throughout Peru.  Minmetals is one of the major subsidiaries of China Minmetals Corp (China Minmetals). China Minmetals, a state-owned corporation, is a diversified metals and mining company based in Beijing. China Minmetals is engaged in the production and trading of metals and minerals, including copper, aluminium, tungsten, tin, antimony, lead, zinc, iron and steel-related commodities. China Minmetals also engages in activities related to real estate development, finance, shipping and tendering. In 2006, China Minmetals had operations in 44 countries and revenue of approximately $18.9 billion.   Jiangxi, a public corporation existing under the laws of China, is an integrated producer of copper in China, with operations in mining, milling, smelting and processing.  Jiangxi also maintains exposure to sulphur, gold, silver, platinum, palladium, selenium, tellurium, rhenium and molybdenum.  Jiangxi is listed on the London, Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges.last_img read more

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first_img Short URL By Fora Staff Share18 Tweet Email3 Jun 17th 2018, 2:01 PM What Bulmers is doing to reverse its slipping Irish cider sales The drink is selling well in off-licences – but pubs are a challenge. 71 Comments http://jrnl.ie/4085653 Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The C&C group owns and distributes several other cider brands, like Wyder’s in the US and fruit-flavoured Hornsby’s cider, which was introduced to the Irish market but “didn’t necessarily stick”.“Hornsby’s worked OK in the off-trade, but it’s a slightly different cider than what the Irish consumer is used to,” Kelly said.“The Irish consumer is very much about apple cider. Flavoured cider is still very small here, it’s only about 5-6% of the total market. I think there’s probably newer innovations that we can do, but it’ll be an apple cider innovation in the existing family of Bulmers.”When asked whether C&C plans to test other foreign ciders in the Irish market, Kelly said the group’s UK-based Orchard Pig craft cider – which it acquired last year – is “something that we’ll look at for over here”.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie 27,066 Views THE DRINKS GIANT that owns Bulmers plans to reverse its slipping cider sales – by prompting publicans to lay off the ice.In an interview with Fora, Belinda Kelly, the Irish marketing director of publicly traded group C&C, said the cider is performing well in off-licences, but the pub trade is “where the challenges are”.Annual sales at C&C’s Irish operation took a hit last financial year, dipping 4.4% to about €312 million during the 12 months to the end of February 2018.The outfit’s operating profit also declined, dropping 6.7% to just over €40 million. Volume sales for the Bulmers brands fell by 6%.The company blamed the dip on increased competition from international rivals and the loss of several wholesale accounts.In pubs – where “the battle is on” – Bulmers pint bottles are performing well, but C&C is struggling when it comes to selling the drink on draught, Kelly said.In a bid to reverse the decline, C&C – which also owns or distributes several alcoholic and soft drinks brands like Tennent’s lager and Finches Sparking Orange – is concentrating its Irish marketing efforts on so-called ‘in-outlet’ campaigns.“We’re going back into the pubs and really trying to get our brand back onto the counter as well as in the fridge,” Kelly said. C&C’s Belinda Kelly Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandNaturally, Bulmers has less visibility in a fridge than on a counter top, which falls within punters’ “decision corridor” – marketing lingo for the last three feet before the bar.“It’s us and Orchards Thieves on draught,” Kelly said, referring to the cider brand launched by rival Heineken in 2015. “Some outlets will only want one cider (on tap). We’ve been going back in and trying to grow our distribution (in pubs).”C&C’s on-the-ground sales team is conducting a shoe-leather campaign to convince pub owners to sell the cider on draught as well as in pint bottles. They’ll be arguing a peculiar business case for why pub owners should add a Bulmers tap to their arsenal.“The bottle is always served over ice. It’s our iconic pack. Some people just don’t like Bulmers over ice, so the draught consumer can just have a draught without ice,” Kelly said.Although Bulmers accounts for about 50% of the Irish cider market, Heineken’s Orchard Thieves has taken a decent slice of the pie since its launch three years ago.According to 2017 data compiled by consumer insights group Kantar Worldpanel, the brand owns a near-15% share of the market, with its sales growing faster than the overall cider market. Bulmers’ sales, in contrast, are lagging behind the trend.EventsKelly has worked for the C&C Group for almost a decade and was appointed marketing director for the Republic and Northern Ireland two years ago.Prior to joining C&C, Kelly spent eight years at the Irish wing of US behemoth Coca-Cola, an experience that helped inspire the annual Bulmers Forbidden Fruit music festival, which has taken place in Dublin every June bank holiday weekend since 2011.“Coming from a background in Coca-Cola, experiential and events were a very big thing. We didn’t really have a music strategy (at C&C),” she said.We reached out to two different promoters to come up with a festival that would be our own. That’s where Forbidden Fruit came from.The beauty of events like Forbidden Fruit from a marketing perspective is that they create a year’s worth of social media fodder and other such ‘content’, Kelly said. Forbidden Fruit Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieThe company sponsors a number of music festivals, including next weekend’s Body & Soul in Co Westmeath.The bit that ties it all together is the Bulmers 100% Irish stage at each event, which serves as a showcase for up-and-coming artists – and a chance for C&C to push its brand.The campaign came out around the same time the group revamped its marketing message for Bulmers last year.The group spent €10 million on a campaign that saw it replace its long-running ‘time’ campaign with a more humorous marketing message that featured “sharp, witty observations of life in Ireland”, according to Kelly.“The ‘time’ campaign worked extremely well for us. But a lot of the time we were talking about how the product was made. The key of the campaign last year was bringing the product into people’s lives,” she said.New brandsThe Bulmers rejig coincided with the launch of Outcider, a more ‘youthful’ cider that rivals Heineken’s Orchard Thieves. Kelly was instrumental in bringing the drink to market.“Before Orchard Thieves came, Bulmers was always a brand that people loved,” she said.We got to be seen as slightly older when Orchard Thieves came in … We’d never done a sweet apple cider. That’s what Outcider was for; to capture that youthful market that’s looking for a sweeter cider. Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 6:30 PM Take me to Fora Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ielast_img read more

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first_imgOFF SUGARLOAF KEY, Fla. (WSVN) — A total of 34 Cuban migrants were intercepted at sea and sent back to Cuba.The migrants were stopped at sea during two separate incidents within the last week.This group of migrants does not include the Cubans that recently climbed a lighthouse in the Keys.They are being held on a Coast Guard cutter as a judge decides whether they will be able to stay in the States.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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first_imgThe Audit Bureau of Circulations’ board of directors has ruled to modify its definition of a digital magazine in the U.S. and Canada to accommodate new devices such as the Apple iPad.At a meeting held March 10-12 in Washington, DC, the board agreed on new standards that state a replica digital edition must include a print edition’s full editorial content and advertising, but no longer needs to be presented in a layout identical to the print version. Replica digital editions will continue to be included in a magazine’s circulation guarantee, or rate base.”The board’s decision to revise the definition really stems from the growing interest magazines are showing in e-reader and mobile devices,” Teresa Perry, SVP, publisher member audit and report processing services, wrote in an email to AD. “They want to ensure that ABC’s qualification and reporting guidelines are forward-looking and provide ample flexibility to take advantage of new devices like the iPad. The new guidelines allow ABC magazine members to design digital editions that are better suited for the specific distribution device, like the iPad, and provide additional features in the digital edition that enhance both the editorial and advertising content while still counting that circulation in rate base.” The board is also encouraging members that are planning to launch e-reader editions or mobile apps to seek evaluation from ABC. “The evaluation is an informal review of a publisher’s digital edition—whether that be a new version built for the iPad, an app developed for the iPhone or Blackberry, or one meant to be viewed on a computer,” according to Perry. “We don’t need to review a live production version of the edition; a demo or beta version is what we commonly look at. Based on ABC’s guidelines, our Publisher Relations department will render its opinion regarding how the edition would likely qualify (i.e., replica or nonreplica) and, therefore, how the publisher should report the copies when its claims are filed with ABC.”ABC confirmed that Condé Nast’s Wired is the first publication to seek review of its iPad version, which will qualify as a digital replica edition under the bureau’s new guidelines. GQ has already received ABC’s approval for its replica app, which has been available on the iPhone and iPod Touch since December.last_img read more

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