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The location of knee pain can help identify the problem. Pain on the front of the knee can be due to bursitis, arthritis, or softening of the patella cartilage as in chondromalacia patella. Pain on the sides of the knee is commonly related to injuries to the collateral ligaments, arthritis, or tears to the meniscuses. Pain in the back of the knee can be caused by arthritis or cysts, known as Baker?s cysts. Baker?s cysts are an accumulation of joint fluid (synovial fluid) that forms behind the knee. Overall knee pain can be due to bursitis, arthritis, tears in the ligaments, osteoarthritis of the joint, or infection.Instability, or giving way, is also another common knee problem. Instability is usually associated with damage or problems with the meniscuses, collateral ligaments, or patella tracking.Review Date:11/9/2012Reviewed By:A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang. Previouly reviewed by Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery (6/4/2011).
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)If you’re a college football fan or a fan of college sports, in general, it’s safe to say that you’ve probably heard someone refer to Ohio State as “THE Ohio State University”. Why is this? It’s not like we say “THE Florida State University” or “THE University Of North Carolina” or “THE” anything else for that matter. Some think that it’s just Buckeye fans being obnoxious, but there are actual reasons as to why fans of the scarlet and gray refer to the school in full fashion as “The Ohio State University”.The Ohio State University was initially known as Ohio Agricultural And Mechanical College.The University was renamed in 1878 because the board of trustees thought Ohio Agricultural And Mechanical College didn’t live up to the school’s prestige. The president of the university thought that the new name would further separate the institution from other schools in Ohio. Some also believe that the “THE” was added on to show other colleges in the state who the top dog was.While the school was renamed to The Ohio State University in 1878 it wasn’t until 1986 that the nickname became known by the masses.In 1986 the school rebranded itself by making a change to its logo.The motivation behind the new logo was for the school to shed the nickname of OSU. Obviously, there are other OSUs out there (Oklahoma State and Oregon State) and university officials wanted to avoid confusion. The “THE” (which was already in the official name of the school) was added to the logo to “reflect the national stature of the institution.”Amazing day at THE Ohio State University!Thank you @OSUCoachMeyer @OhioStateFB @CoachStudOL @markpantoni @WestonZernechel @ParisJohnsonJr #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/UO9By1VpjG— Geirean (@GeireanHatchett) July 26, 2018So to answer your question, no, Buckeye fans are not just being obnoxious. The Ohio State University is the correct and official name of the school. For those of you who think the name is a little pretentious, you’re not exactly wrong, but Buckeye fans and officials think that the university is prominent enough to carry such a name.
Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 08:56 IST HIGHLIGHTSByju secured a funding of $150 million earlier this month.The funding increased the valuation of Byju to $5.7 billion.The latest round of funding made Byju Raveendran India’s newest billionaire.Byju, the Banglore-based tutoring app, secured a funding of $150 million earlier this month. The deal raised the valuation of the company to $5.7 billion and making its chief executive officer Byju Raveendran India’s newest billionaire.For those of you who don’t know, Byju – The Learning App, which is the new official sponsor for the Indian cricket team, was launched by Raveendran, an engineer who started coaching classes for students back in 2006. Gradually, the popularity of his classes increased and soon Raveendran, who grew up in a village on India’s southern coast saw himself teaching thousands of students in sports stadiums and commuting between multiple cities on the weekends. This prompted Raveendran, who owns roughly 21 per cent in the company, to start an educational company called Think and Learn in 2011 wherein he offered online lesson to students. The success of his venture lead Raveendran to launch the main app in 2015.His business has grown exponentially since the launch of the app and today the app has more than 35 million subscriber over 2.4 million of which pay an annual fees ranging between Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000. This phenomenal growth enabled the company to become profitable by the end of March 2019, Bloomberg reported. This prompted the Raveendran to seek funding from long term investors, which ultimately lead him to secure the latest round of funding from Qatar Investement Authority.What was the ultimate confirmation of Byju vision was the interest of some of the biggest venture capitalist giants such as Naspers Ventures, Tencent Holding, Sequoia Capitals and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan in his app.advertisementThe company is now expected to post a revenue of $435 million in the year ending in 2020.Interestingly, the report about the company’s valuation concides with the announcement by Byju, that has been named after its founder and who along with his brother and his wife own 35 per cent stake in the company, coincides with the announcement that it will partner with Walt Disney Corporation that will enable him to launch his app in the US with popular charcters from The Lion King and Frozen in early 2020.”We are customizing Disney Byju’s to the American and British school curriculum…The characters have universal appeal,” Byju founder told the publication.ALSO READ: | Soon you will be able to use WhatsApp even when your smartphone is turned offALSO READ: | Apple admits its contractors regularly listen to small parts of Siri’s voice recordingsALSO READ: | Apple may launch two additional iPad models later this yearGet 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 byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow BYJUFollow Byju Raveendran Next 37-Year-old Byju CEO becomes India’s latest billionaireByju has partnered with Walt Disney Corporation to launch the app in the US with popular characters from The Lion King and Frozen in early 2020.advertisement
New Delhi: The Indian Railways which carries over 12 lakh passengers every day, aims to provide four lakh more berths for passengers every day from October when it will adopt the technology to generate power from the locomotives instead of the two power cars, railway officials said on Wednesday. A senior Railway Ministry official related to the development told IANS: “Currently there are one or two power cars attached to the train with diesel generators to supply electricity connection to run the air conditioning units, fans and lights in the train coaches.” Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The power cars are also called as End on Generation (EOG). The official said that from October onwards, the railways will introduce the new technology known as “Head on Generation” (HOG), which is currently used worldwide to generate power for the AC units, fans and lights in train coaches. The official said with the HOG technology, the power to provide electric supply to the AC units, fans, lights from the overhead power lines and then is distributed to train coaches. According to the railway ministry officials, by October 2019, over 5,000 coaches of the Indian Railways will operate on the new technology. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “By adopting the HOG technology we will make way for more coaches,” the official said, adding that it will also save Rs 6,000 crore in fuel bills annually,” said the official. He pointed out that a power car needs about 40 litres of diesel per hour per non-AC coach while an AC coach needs 65-70 litres of diesel per hour. The official also said the new system is eco-friendly as no air or noise pollution will be there and it will help in reducing carbon emissions by 700 MT per year per train. The official said by removing one power car from the train, the railways can add a passenger coach in the train thus increasing the number of berths in the train without increasing the train length. Giving the example of Rajdhani Express, the official said the Rajdhanis are currently hauled by a single locomotive with two diesel-powered generator cars at the rear to provide air conditioning and lighting within the train. “After carrying out extensive tests, we have decided to remove the power cars. Power, obtained from the overhead cables through the pantograph of the lead engine, will be converted for providing air conditioning and lighting. This will be done through what in technical parlance is known as a hotel load converter,” he said. “By doing so we can attach two more AC-3 tier coaches to the train,” he said. Rajdhani Express trains currently have 22 coaches with over 1,200 berths of various categories. “Once the power cars are removed, they will be replaced with two additional AC-3 tier coaches, adding 130 berths,” the official said. He said that once all LHB coaches are on this system, there will be an increase of more than four lakh berths everyday and thus additional revenue as well. The railways earlier this year tried to increase the speed and number of berths in Hazrat Nizamuddin-Mumbai Rajdhani Express by hauling it with two locomotives, one from front and the other at the rear. The official said the trial run was approved on Feb 7 by the Research Design and Standard Organisation (RDSO). The pilot project led to the saving of over 105 minutes of travel time between New Delhi and Mumbai as it covered the 1,543 km in about than 17 hours from the previous 19 hours. The official pointed out that the push-and-pull technology, being tried out, is successfully adopted globally. This not only increases a train’s hauling capacity but also reduces jerks when the brakes are applied as the load gets equally distributed through all the coaches,” the official said. A senior railway ministry official said the railways has last year experimented with twin-locomotives on the Rajdhani, with both engines in front. However, it was found that this did not make for a smooth ride.
Rabat – The head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has questioned whether Cameroon is ready to host Africa’s biggest football event next year.Ahmad Ahmad has questioned Cameroon’s ability to host in 2019.Ahmad Ahmad also opened the door of speculations that the location of the Africa Cup of Nations might be changed. “I am not sure Cameroon is ready to host the AFCON,” Ahmad told KweséESPN on Monday, August 27.He added that “there are many things which are still wanting and yet there is little time left.”In 2017, Ahmad had asked the African country to make more efforts to convince the confederation that they were able to host CAN 2019.Ahmad also said CAF now sends experts to inspect the host country selected as the host of the competition.CAF’s experts were sent in August 2017, but it is unclear what their decision has been.The experts, however, do not seem to be satisfied with what Cameroon has offered so far.“It would be dangerous to risk African players, especially the professionals plying their trade in Europe and other continents, to play under difficult conditions and facilities,” Ahmad said in his recent statement to KweséESPN.There were speculations that Morocco was interested in hosting the tournament. Head of Morocco’s Royal Football Federation (FRMF) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports both denied the rumors, emphasizing that Cameroon would host the tournament, and Morocco had not thought about replacing it.The CAF president also said in an interview with Cameroon outlet Camfoot published August 9 that the competition “will be held in Cameroon … until proven otherwise.” CAN 2019 will boast the participation of 24 national teams, up from the usual 16. For the qualifier games, Morocco will play against Malawi September 8 in Casablanca, Comoros on October 10, and Cameroon on November 17.Despite its difficulties preparing for the continental tournament, Cameroonian presidential candidate Joshua Osih wants his country to present its candidature as a potential host for the 2030 World Cup.
OTTAWA — Health Canada says it is changing its process for issuing cannabis licenses in a bid to reduce wait times and better use the agency’s resources.The Ottawa-based agency says new applicants for licences to cultivate, process or sell cannabis must now have a fully built site that meets the regulations when they submit their application.Prior to this, cannabis license applicants could submit an application with their plans and get approval before building.The agency says a “significant” amount of resources has been used to review applications from entities that are not ready to begin operations, contributing to wait times for “more mature applications” and “an inefficient allocation of resources.”Health Canada says over the past three years, more than 70 per cent of licensing applicants which passed its initial paper-based review have yet to submit the required evidence to demonstrate they have built a facility that meets the regulatory requirements.The change comes as cannabis retailers across the country continue to face supply challenges, more than six months after Canada legalized pot for recreational use.The Canadian Press
18 December 2008The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today called the fight against corruption one of the single most important issues for the future of the young democracy, and urged all of its citizens and its international partners to combat the scourge. “Every Afghan citizen and every international stakeholder must commit to fighting corruption,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Kai Eide, said during an event in Kabul that was attended by President Hamid Karzai and other senior members of the Government.“We must all demonstrate – every day and at all levels that we reject corruption. The example we all set will shape the future. It can restore trust. It can bring development. It can meet the most basic human needs. It can turn resignation into hope.“By loudly and stubbornly rejecting corruption, it is possible to remove an obstacle to the future that all Afghans want and deserve,” said Mr. Eide, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).The Special Representative emphasized that Afghanistan is not alone in facing this global scourge. “It can be seen in so many countries with weak institutions, countries in conflict or in post-conflict situations. And it can also be seen in the most developed Sates,” he pointed out.A survey earlier this year by Integrity Watch Afghanistan, the average Afghan household pays an estimated $100 in petty bribes every year – this in a nation where around 70 per cent of the population survives on less than $1 per day. In addition, in only three years, Afghanistan has dropped from 119th out of 159 in Transparency International’s corruption perception index to the fifth last in the world. “In the words of a recent World Bank report, corruption has become widespread – even pervasive,” noted Mr. Eide. He stressed how important fighting corruption is for a country like Afghanistan which is trying to promote peace and development. “We all know that corruption hurts the poor disproportionately by diverting funds intended for development. It means taking money away from the most needy, fuelling their frustration and anger. “It undermines the credibility of the State by damaging its ability to provide basic services. It undermines the building of much needed infrastructure and of strong institutions. It diminishes confidence in democracy. It undermines confidence in government and those who govern at every level of society. It keeps investors away instead of attracting them.“It is a matter of civic duty – and religious command – to contribute to the fight against corruption whenever and wherever we see it,” he stressed. Mr. Eide applauded the steps taken by Afghanistan so far to help it “turn the corner,” including ratifying the UN Convention Against Corruption, elaborating the Anti-Corruption and Administrative Reform strategy, and establishing the High Office of Oversight to coordinate national anti-corruption efforts.At the same time, he noted that real progress will require further efforts. “Only the first steps have been taken. More will be required – to ensure the confidence of Afghans in their future and the continued commitment of public opinion in donor countries.”
12 March 2010The United Nations today started to airlift urgent food aid for tens of thousands of people who have fled ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and are seeking refuge in neighbouring Republic of Congo (ROC). More than 120,000 Congolese have fled violent clashes in the DRC since October last year and crossed the river westwards into the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic (CAR), according to a news release issued by the World Food Programme (WFP).WFP has been distributing food to Congolese refugees since the end of November, providing assistance to more than 59,000 mainly women and children. Today’s airlift – from Pointe Noire to Impfondo in the Republic of Congo’s Likouala province – will allow the agency to replenish food stocks with 600 metric tons of maize, pulses and salt, enough to distribute emergency rations for two weeks to some 100,000 refugees.WFP has been moving food along a road corridor from the CAR, as well as dispatching hundreds of tons of relief supplies on barges along the Congo and Oubangui rivers from Brazzaville port. However, it had to contend with low water levels on the Oubangui and insecurity which have posed significant challenges to the operation.“Getting regular food supplies to such a remote area has been a major logistical challenge, and we had no other resort than to start airlifts from Pointe Noire to beef up our food stocks,” said Alix Loriston, WFP Representative in the Republic of Congo.Since 15 February, WFP has been flying humanitarian partners from Brazzaville to Impfondo, and airlifting supplies from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other agencies. Earlier this week, the UN and its partners launched an appeal for just under $60 million to help some 110,000 DRC refugees in the Republic of Congo, the vast majority of whom are women and children, as well as 58,000 host families for a six-month period.
He said that among them are 12 terrorists.The President, who is the Defence and Law and Order Minister, said that 13 safe houses used by the terror group have also been found. President Maithripala Sirisena says he had instructed the security forces to “destroy” the terrorists linked to the Easter Sunday attacks.Speaking in Parliament today the President said that the security forces have successfully contained the threat posed to Sri Lanka by the terrorist network. “I have told the security forces to destroy all those connected to this attack. Some might criticize me for making this statement but that is my opinion,” he said. The President said that 56 suspects linked to the April 21st attacks are now in custody. He also said that several explosives have also been seized and 41 bank accounts used by the terror network have been identified.The President also said that 15 vehicles used by the terror network have been taken into custody. (Colombo Gazette)
The United Nations Security Council today extended sanctions aimed at preventing Liberia from exporting rough diamonds, saying the situation in the West African country continues to pose a threat to international peace, but lifted the ban on the export of round logs and timber as it applauded the country’s new President for her efforts in managing the nation’s forests.Voting unanimously, the Council renewed for six months the sanctions that call on Member States to prevent the direct or indirect import of all rough diamonds from Liberia, regardless of whether such diamonds originated there, in order to allow the Government to set up an “effective Certificate of Origin” regime for such trade.Turning to the country’s forestry resources, the Council applauded the Government’s “commitment to transparent management” of the sector “for the benefit of Liberians” and also President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s recent announcement of a moratorium on timber exports and new concessions, pending the passage of appropriate forestry legislation.“The Security Council…decides not to renew the measure…that obligates Member States to prevent the import into their territories of all round log and timber products originating in Liberia,” the resolution states, adding that the 15 members also urge the “speedy adoption” of such forestry legislation. It will review this decision after 90 days.The Council also requested that Secretary-General Kofi Annan renew for an additional six months the mandate of the Panel of Experts that was appointed in July 2005 to assess the implementation and impact of the sanctions regime in Liberia.The Council first imposed wide-ranging sanctions on Liberia in May 2001 after receiving reports that the West African country’s natural resources were fuelling conflict in the region.
by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 19, 2017 9:45 am MDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email U.S. indexes finish lower ahead of Donald Trump inauguration, TSX ekes out gain TORONTO – Stock markets in New York registered losses Thursday as investor sentiment appeared to sober, a day ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average fell by 72.32 points to 19,732.40, wiping out the gains it has made this year and falling for the fifth day in a row. The S&P 500 dropped 8.2 points at 2,263.69 and the Nasdaq composite gave up 15.57 points at 5,540.08.“The big question for the market is, ‘What happens after inauguration day?’” said Andrew Pyle, a senior wealth adviser and portfolio manager at ScotiaMcLeod.“For now, ahead of this big day, investors are just taking money off the table on the concern that we could see the market extend a pullback.”The declines came as two reports were released that show the world’s largest economy is showing strength in its labour and housing markets.The U.S. Labor Department reported that the number of workers seeking unemployment claims fell last week to its lowest level in more than 43 years, a sign that corporate layoffs are subsiding. Another report showed that homebuilders broke ground on more new homes in December. Developers began work on the most new homes and apartments since 2007.Despite the strong economic indicators, stock markets still racked up losses amid the uncertainty surrounding the incoming U.S. president, explained Pyle.“There is a little bit of a reality check coming back into the markets which really wasn’t there in the weeks following the election,” he said from Peterborough, Ont.Stock markets, especially in the U.S., have been rallying since the billionaire businessman won the election in early November, interpreting his victory as a sign of lower taxes and less regulation on businesses.But Pyle said what was ultimately ignored during the “honeymoon period” was his support of increased tariffs and protectionist policies, particularly with China, which could mean drops in profits for big U.S. companies.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index squeezed out a gain of 11.96 points at 15,409.81, lifted by metals and industrials stocks.Shares in Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) rose nearly four per after chief executive Hunter Harrison announced late Wednesday he was leaving his post, effective immediately. It was reported that the 72-year-old is teaming up with an activist investor to target the Florida-based CSX railroad. Shares in CP Railway closed up $7.63 to $200.11 on the TSX.The Canadian dollar fell 0.31 of a cent at 75.11 cents US. The currency had lost more than a penny against the greenback on Wednesday following comments from Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz that the possibility of an interest rate cut “remains on the table.”In commodities, the February crude contract gained 29 cents at US$51.37 a barrel as Saudi Arabia’s energy minister says there’s a chance of another production cut from OPEC this year if prices don’t stay elevated. Oil prices are trading above US$50 a barrel, nearly double the level they were a year ago.The March crude contract, which was trading at a greater volume, added 23 cents at US$52.12 a barrel.The February gold contract fell $10.60 to US$1,201.50 an ounce, March copper contracts shed a cent at US$2.61 a pound while February natural gas contracts gained seven cents at US$3.37 per mmBtu.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.
Photo: Moa HaeggblomSecretary-General António Guterres and the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council in Backåkra, Sweden. Photo: Moa HaeggblomThe UN chief added that the closed-doors session in Sweden provided an opportunity for the Council to prove that it “can be effective when it is united.”“The problem is that in many aspects, we have not yet been able to have a united Security Council,” he added.Quoting former Secretary-General Hammarskjöld, Mr. Guterres said that “more than ever, the world is one world” and mankind does not have “the right” to allow new and old divides to cause so much suffering and pain.“To do the right thing is to overcome contradictions, to overcome differences and to understand that we all really must work for what is really one world,” he told reporters. That was the message on Saturday from Secretary-General António Guterres speaking to reporters in Sweden, where he is hosting a retreat for Council members in the home which belonged to his predecessor in the 1950s, Dag Hammarskjöld; an inspirational leader of the world body, who was tragically killed in a plane crash in what is now Zambia, in 1961.Following the recent alleged use of chemical weapons in the formerly-besieged Syrian city of Douma, and previous instances verified by the UN since the brutal conflict began, Mr. Guterres said that a way had to be found to end their use.“We cannot go on living with impunity in relation to what has been happening with weapons that should have disappeared from the face of the world,” he said.In response to a question on whether the 15-member Council had a roadmap for a solution to end the conflict now in its seventh year, the Secretary-General said that “everything” needed to be put on track, and there was “still a long way to go” to achieve unity.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$13.2B approved for old aged pension in 2019 – as $18.2B approved for Ministry of Social ProtectionDecember 14, 2018In “latest news”TIP: ‘Tier 1’ ranking proof of Government’s political will to fight- AllyJune 28, 2017In “latest news”77 alleged victims of human trafficking rescued for 2018- AllyJuly 28, 2018In “latest news” Social Protection Minister, Amna Ally (center) flanked by some of the family members who received supportThe Social Protection Ministry on Thursday handed over much needed relief items to several families who were left homeless and counting their losses following the Pike Street, Kitty fire on Wednesday last.The disastrous fire- of unknown origin- which destroyed some four houses in the area, left at least 30 persons including school aged children, out of a home.As a result, the heart wrenching incident attracted the attention of several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that have since chipped in to offer assistance.Today, as the Social Protection Ministry sought to make its contribution via it’s Minister, Amna Ally, it was noted that the onus is upon Government to lend support in situations of this nature.As such, the affected persons were given beds, stoves, mixed household essentials, food vouchers and cash.“You would recall last week, we had a major fire in Plaisance where there were 40 people homeless and we assisted. It is a very costly exercise but as a Government, we are caring and we believe that we must fall into these sorts of activities,” Ally told media operatives.At the handing over, INews spoke to a few of the beneficiaries of the items and they expressed gratitude while noting that they still had a long road to recovery.Clive Brown“I think the assistance that they give was good. We building from nothing, you understand. We had clothes items yesterday. It’s three of us but we got two beds. We go make out,” Clive Brown said.Marlon ThamanAnother victim, identified as Marlon Thaman noted that “whatever lil, I thankful for it by the grace of God ‘cause me motorbike wa I does ga drive me children to school, me lil business wa I does sell and get me daily living fuh me two children them, everything gone. So at least this here gon help do something.”This online publication also spoke to a displaced mother called “Angela” (only name given) who took the opportunity to plead with the public for assistance in rebuilding her home.Angela“I need help with rebuilding my home. I don’t have money. I don’t know if anybody can assist us. Is me and my three children. I really need this help. We don’t have anywhere to sleep. We’re stopping here and there and my daughters are stressed out and I don’t know what to do. I just need some help,” she said.
Scottish footballer and Celtic star Ryan Christie has heaped praises on his attacking teammates after their 3-0 win against Hearts in the semi-final of the Betfred Cup.Speaking to Celtic’s official club website after the victory, Christie praised teammates and hailed their attacking influence in the fixture.“Scott Sinclair was brilliant when he came on and he had a huge part to play. We found our attacking rhythm in the second half. Our wingers, James (Forrest) and Scott were fantastic in the second half. That makes the midfielders’ job easier with us just having to feed them in,” Christie said.Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“We’re delighted with the second-half performance and it’s great to have another cup final as well.”“Odsonne (Edouard) never got his goal today but going forward and some of his link-up play was brilliant. It’s easy for the likes of me to come in behind and keep feeding him in.”
Prime minister and ruling Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina waive to the crowd during a public gathering at capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan organised to celebrate UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s 7 March historic speech. Photo: Focus BanglaRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday called on the people to rise up so that “pro-Pakistani elements in the country” cannot distort history.“Those who were not born on this soil and who had no attachment with this country and this land, attempted to erase the name of father of the nation, and to erase his speech,” said Hasina while addressing a mammoth public gathering at capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan.Although the gathering was organised under the banner of Citizen Rally to celebrate UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s 7 March historic speech, the ruling AL wanted to show its strength ostensibly to counter its arch enemy BNP’s 12 November rally at the same venue.“Don’t those who attempted to erase the speech feel ashamed now when the UNESCO gives it recognition? I don’t know if they have any shame, because they are the ghosts of Pakistan’s occupation force.“Even though they live in independent Bangladesh, they always lick the feet of Pakistan. They are groups of Pakistani sycophants and so they want to distort history,” added Hasina.The prime minister thanked UNESCO for including Bangabandhu’s speech in the Memory of the World International Register.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and other participants stand in respect to the National anthem during a public gathering at capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan to celebrate UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s 7 March historic speech. Photo: BSSThe Memory of the World Register lists documentary heritage having world significance and outstanding universal value.Hasina went to say, “This isn’t a mere recognition… In fact, history itself takes revenge. History reveals the truth. Bangladesh has received that recognition today.“This recognition brings dignity and pride for the entire Bangladesh, all the liberation war martyrs, all the freedom fighters and the pro-liberation elements”“My only urge is: [rise up] so that the Pakistani ghosts, those who lick the feet of the Pakistani occupation force, and the sycophants, don’t get the scope to distort history anymore on this soil of Bangla. And people of the entire Bangladesh should rise to the challenge,” she added“We’ve proved that a country prospers when a pro-liberation-war force stays in power. The socio-economic condition of the people of this country improved considerably when the AL came to power some 21 years into liberation.The prime minister claimed that the country has developed the capacity to implement as much as 98 per cent of its national budget with its own resources.
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An international meeting to negotiate a solution to the Venezuelan crisis was set to open Thursday in Montevideo as President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó sparred over allowing humanitarian aid into the crisis-wracked country.The European Union, eight other European countries and five Latin American nations were scheduled to meet in the Uruguayan capital with the goal of creating conditions for a peaceful political process, according to a European diplomatic source.The initiative, originally launched by Mexico and Uruguay as a “neutral countries” conference on Venezuela, has evolved into a meeting of a “Contact Group” launched by the EU in late January, and joined by Costa Rica, Bolivia and Ecuador.On Wednesday, Maduro — having rejected an EU ultimatum on organizing snap presidential elections — welcomed the meeting and expressed support for “all steps and initiatives to facilitate dialogue.”But Guaidó, who on Jan. 23 declared himself Venezuela’s interim president and is now recognized by 40 countries, has strongly rejected any talks with the government, dismissing it as a way for Maduro to buy time.“The opposition … will not lend itself to any kind of false dialogue,” he reiterated Wednesday.Humanitarian aid blockedThe same day, Guaidó had warned the army of its responsibilities after soldiers blocked a key border bridge, sparking angry demands from the United States to allow desperately needed humanitarian aid to enter the country.Venezuela’s army had to choose between “a dictatorship that does not have an iota of humanity, or to side with the constitution” from which he takes his legitimacy, Guaidó said in an interview on Colombian radio.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Venezuela’s military was deliberately blocking the aid “under Maduro’s orders.” Washington has pledged $20 million in aid, while Canada has pledged $40 million and the EU $7.5 million.Maduro, who is supported by Russia, China, Turkey, Cuba and Iran, has refused all humanitarian aid shipments to Venezuela, which he says would open the way to allow a U.S. military invasion. The 56-year-old has repeatedly accused the United States of fomenting a coup.He dismissed the need for aid on Wednesday as a “political show.”“Imperialism does not help anyone in the world,” he told Russia Today.Divided viewsBut while tensions remained at a peak, participants in Thursday’s meeting intended to “find a way between” the positions of US President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and others, an EU source told AFP.It is “not easy”, added the source, whose delegation will be led by EU diplomacy chief Federica Mogherini.Even around the negotiating table, views are divided.On Wednesday, ahead of the meeting, Uruguay and Mexico — among the few Latin American countries that did not recognize Guaidó — proposed a dialogue without pre-conditions.“If we demand elections at this time, we impose conditions that make dialogue difficult,” Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said in a joint statement of the two governments.Meanwhile among the Europeans, France, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden are among the 21 out of 28 EU member states that officially support Guaidó. Italy has not done so.Mexico agreed to attend the meeting but did not wish to formally join the Contact Group.Above all, the EU diplomatic source told AFP the meeting was about agreeing on “working methods.”Meanwhile, 35-year-old National Assembly chief Guaidó has continued to ramp up pressure on the regime with a series of mass protests, the next of which is scheduled for February 12.His fledgling alternative administration will hold talks in Washington on February 14 on responding to “the largest hemispheric humanitarian crisis in modern history.”This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica, EU and Latam contact group on Venezuela will meet Thursday Who is Juan Guaidó Contact Group pushes for progress on Venezuela impasse Venezuela withdraws diplomatic credential from Costa Rican diplomat
Despite previous disavowals, the government is now open to proposals toward providing restitution to the depositors of now-defunct Laiki Bank who lost their uninsured savings when the bank went under in 2013, it emerged on Wednesday.In a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidential Palace, also attended by Finance minister Harris Georgiades, the association of former Laiki depositors (Sykala) presented “new proposals, as well as updated older ones”.Georgiades told reporters after the meeting that “the state, the president, and the government acknowledge that some of our fellow citizens have suffered a cost owing to errors and omissions of the past, primarily in the real economy, where businesses went bust and jobs were lost, but also in the banking sector, where depositors suffered losses”.“This fact is acknowledged, and I believe that at the same time the state’s difficulty in turning back time and undoing this damage, this cost our fellow citizens have suffered, should also be acknowledged,” Georgiades said.“Still, we have agreed to continue the dialogue.”As a result of decisions made by the Eurogroup in March 2013, Laiki Bank, then Cyprus’ second-largest lender, was shut down, with uninsured customer deposits – over €100,000 – seized and the bank’s assets taken under administration by the Central Bank of Cyprus.In his remarks, Sykala leader Adonis Papaconstantinou said that it was agreed that various proposals, both by the association and the finance minister, would be examined.“We will soon make our presentation to the president so that we can identify what can be done and what cannot be done to start finding solutions to existing problems,” he said.The government, Papaconstantinou conceded, “does not have a cheque-book from which it can start issuing cheques to depositors”.“But we believe there are solutions, which we will first present to the minister and then the president, and we hope they might be viewed positively,” he said.Asked whether the option of reimbursing Laiki depositors with shares in the co-operative network, the Sykala leader said it has been neither ruled out nor fleshed out in any detail.“It’s something that is in the minister’s notes,” he said.“But there is nothing definitive on this issue.”Following two taxpayer-funded recapitalisations of the co-ops since 2013, the network of lenders is now 99 per cent state-owned.Georgiades had hinted at the shares-for-deposits swap as a possible solution during discussion of the government budget at parliament last year.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Non-performing loans in the Cypriot banking system fell by €388.4m in September to €21.5bn compared to August mainly on reduced corporate delinquent loans, the Central Bank of Cyprus said.The amount of corporate loans classified as non-performing in September fell in September by €283.3m to €9.6bn mainly on a €194.9m reduction of bad loans of small and medium size enterprises (SME), the central bank said in a statement on its website on Tuesday. Household non-performing loans fell by €131.4m to €11.3bn. Those of other financial corporations rose by €28.2m to €482.5m and those of government bodies fell by €1.8m to €36.7m.According to the central bank, the amount of non-performing loans as well as their ratio which fell in September to 44.2 per cent, were the lowest since December 2014 when the current classification methodology of the European Banking Authority. The latter provides for a minimum 12-month probation period for a non-performing loan to be re-classified as performing was introduced.The amount of loans with more than 90 days in arrears was €16.5bn in September, down by €323.9m in September and that of restructured loans fell by €179.7m to €12.4bn, the central bank said. The amount of restructured loans being regularly serviced by borrowers fell by €114.4m last month to €8.7bn giving a cure ratio of 70.2 per cent.Cypriot banks increased their provisions for loan impairments in September by €35.3m to almost €10.1bn, the bank supervisor said.In September, total non-performing loans fell by €2.6bn compared to September 2016, the central bank said. Those of non-financial firms and households fell by €1.7bn and €1bn respectively.Since December 2014, total non-performing loans dropped by €5.9bn, mainly on a €4bn reduction in the case of firms and €1.3bn in the case of households, according to the central bank data.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola