Debate rages over ancient sculpture in TN village: is it Bahubali or not?

first_imgWhile the movie Bahubali caught the imagination of millions in the country, a village near here is debating if a sculpture identified days ago as over 1,000-year-old actually represented him.Bahubali was the son of Rishaba, the first of the 24 ‘Theerthankaras’ of the yore, according to Jainism.A bas-relief, a type of sculpture carved out of a hillock’s side portion is being worshipped all along by the local people as “Mottai Andavar,” a form of Lord Muruga at Kanakkuvelanpatti village about 30 km from here in western Tamil Nadu.“During our recent visit to this village, we found that the bas relief situated at an elevation of about 25-30 feet is actually that of a Jain Theerthankara dating back to 10th Century AD,” Archaeologist S. Ramachandran said.Sans any gestureStanding in a straight posture, the Theerthankara is without any symbolic gestures and such a position is called “Kayoth Sarga,” Mr. Ramachandran, who was formerly with the Tamil Nadu State Archaeology Department, told PTI.The Theerthankara’s bas relief is about eight feet in height, and he is flanked by “Yakshas” (attendants) on both sides, he said.According to the local people they are Valli and Devasena, symbolic divine consorts of Lord Muruga.Some archaeological enthusiasts, who too visited the bas-relief, opined that it could represent Bahubali.“Enthusiasts like Santharam pointing to features like the three-tier parasol above the bas relief opined that it was Bahubali, while Ramachandran, however, said it was a wrong inference,” Sugumarpoomalai, a resident and an archaeology enthusiast, said.Mr. Santharam said the bas relief “looks like Bahubali when you take a look at the three-tier parasol and his other images in a standing, meditative posture.”To villagers, he is ‘Mottai Andavar’Village chief, Muthu Ramaiah Vallal and Sugumarpoomalai told PTI: “Whatever may be their claims. For us, the deity is our Mottai Andavar and we reverentially worship him.” Mr. Sugumar said daily poojas were being held for ages adding annual festivals attract people from neighbouring villages as well.On claims that the bas-relief could be Bahubali, Mr. Ramachandran, who is also the co-founder of South Indian Social History Research Institute, said “only Theerthankaras have three parasol above their head as a mark of reverence and sanctity.” This bas relief of Theerathankara worshipped as Mottai Andavar is certainly not Bahubali and is only a Theerthankara, he added.Though Babubali was the son of Rishaba who enjoys an exalted Godly status in Jainism, he is still not a Theerthankara, the archaeologist said.Asked which Theerthankara the bas-relief represented, he said, “some features to identify a specific Theerthankara are missing in this bas relief making it difficult to identify.” To a question, Mr. Ramachandran said worshipping Theerthankara as Lord Muruga could have begun several centuries ago after Jain religion faded away from Tamil Nadu.“For the people, Mottai Andavar denotes Lord Muruga of the famed Palani hill temple which is also in the same Kongu region,” he said.Jainism thrived here 2 millennia agoThe Karur region (under which the village falls) had been a flourishing centre of Jainism as early as about 2000 years ago.Brahmi inscriptions dating back to 2nd Century AD threw light on the royal patronage from Chera kings for Jain monks, the archaeologist who is also an epigraphist said.Inscriptions say how rock beds on hillocks were chiselled for Jain monks to practice austerity and lead a secluded, pious life in places like modern day Pugalur in Kongu region, Mr. Ramachandran said.Against popular belief, Jain monks were also well-versed in music and and rock bed inscriptions (Circa, 4th Century AD) found at Arachalur in the the same Western Tamil Nadu region speaks volumes about it, he said.According to Jain tradition, the archaeologist said, Theerthankaras are regarded as holy gurus who top the five-tier hierarchy of preceptors (Pancha Parameshti).After being born as humans they attain ‘Moksha,’ through rigorous penance and such Theerthankaras are regarded as high as God by Jains.Yakshas are semi-divine in status in Jainism and they attained it through virtuous deeds.In bas-relief and statues of Theerthankaras, they stand near the top gurus as attendants.last_img read more

Pakistan PM Imran Khan shares past World Cup experiences with Sarfraz Ahmed’s men

first_imgPakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday shared his past experiences of playing at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup with its national team.The cricketer-turned-politician Khan had led Pakistan to their only World Cup win in 1992, where the team defeated England by 22 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).Khan met the men in green at his Bani Gala residence in Islamabad. Entire 17-member contingent along with the national selection committee, headed by Inzamamul Haq, head coach Mickey Arthur and rest of the team management were part of the meeting, Cricket Pakistan reported.Pakistan will leave for England on April 23 to play in a one-off T20I and five ODIs against England, beginning May 5.The team will then clash with Afghanistan and Bangladesh in the warm-ups before opening their World Cup campaign against West Indies on May 31 at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham.Also Read | 2019 World Cup: Mohammad Amir not named in Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan squadAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane seeks BCCI permission to play for HampshireAlso Seelast_img read more

Which Big 12 Teams Are Most Efficient in the Red Zone?

first_imgRecently we looked at how effective Oklahoma State has been on red-zone trips this year. I am using a stat I call PPR or “points per red-zone attempt”.The stat basically shows how good a team is at getting touchdowns (six points) instead of settling for field goals (three points) once they get into the red-zone.I thought it would be helpful to go a little more in-depth on the stat and in the spirit of context, compare the Cowboys to the rest of the Big 12. Here I compared this year’s Cowboys to previous OSU teams.Here are the current PPR rankings for the Big 12.b12pprIowa State is higher than I would have thought and Baylor and West Virginia are lower. Of course this is only part of the equation. We need to look at how many times each team gets to the red zone in order to use that effectiveness.Here are the red-zone attempts per game.b12rzaSo, while Iowa State is third in red-zone points per attempt, they make it to the red zone less than three times per game, better than only Kansas. Baylor hasn’t been the most efficient as far as touchdowns to field goals inside the 20-yard line, but they get there over five times per game, meaning more points.The Cowboys went a perfect three-for-three in the red zone last week against Kansas State and didn’t attempt a single field goal. They’ll need to continue that uptick in efficiency if they want to keep up with the remaining three offenses on their schedule.Check out my look at PPR numbers as they pertain to a grading Big 12 defenses.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Everton fined by UEFA over fan trouble

first_imgEverton Everton fined €30,000 over fan trouble against Lyon Jamie Smith 00:21 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Everton Getty Images Everton UEFA Europa League Everton v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique Lyonnais After a Toffees fan appeared to strike opposition goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, the Premier League side have been fined Everton have been fined €30,000 (£26,656) after crowd trouble during last month’s Europa League game against Lyon at Goodison Park.After Everton defender Ashley Williams clashed with Lyon’s Anthony Lopes, a fan in the Everton end – who was holding a child – appeared to strike the goalkeeper on the forehead.Everton confirmed they would ban the supporter involved in the incident, but a UEFA charge has led to the Premier League club being issued with a fine. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body confirmed on Wednesday that Everton have been ordered to pay €30,000 due to “aggressions by supporters against players”.A statement from Everton released at the time said: “Club officials have reviewed the footage of an incident that occurred in the 64th minute of the game against Olympique Lyonnais where supporters towards the front of the lower Gwladys Street End became involved in a confrontation between players.”We have identified one individual whom action will now be taken against. This will include a ban from attending future Everton fixtures and the club registering a formal complaint with Merseyside Police.”last_img read more

9 months agoSolskjaer’s smash-and-grab: Why this Man Utd manager has more than luck going for him

first_imgSolskjaer’s smash-and-grab: Why this Man Utd manager has more than luck going for himby Chris Beattie9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: A 1-0 win in London. At Tottenham. On paper it reads like a real smash-and-grab. And it was. But the way Manchester United nicked these three points was a complete 180 to the tale such a result would’ve demanded just a month ago…Jammy. Lucky. Yeah, Spurs fans can feel aggrieved today. Mauricio Pochettino, the home manager, had no complaints in the aftermath. They simply came up against an inspired goalkeeper. But David de Gea would also pull off such performances pre- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Spaniard was outstanding. Inspirational. But so was what he saw in front of him. As mentioned, this was a smash-and-grab. But it was done by a United on the front foot. In their best traditions. Spurs weren’t locked down. Their play wasn’t stifled. Strangled. It was the opposite. Pochettino’s greatest concern wasn’t breaking down a packed defence. It was the two forwards Solskjaer insisted stayed on the halfway line. No matter the pressure. No matter the time Spurs had in possession. United’s manager always had two attackers waiting to turn Tottenham’s defenders around.Six wins from six. With a bit of luck to help things along. But what’s wrong with being a lucky manager? Especially when it’s his initiative which is bringing this change of fortune.It’s not luck that Solskjaer has decided to go all in with Marcus Rashford as his prime – central – striker. It’s not luck that the Norwegian has realised the best way to win with this group of players is by backing their attacking strength. And it wasn’t luck that produced the winner – via Rashford – at Wembley on Sunday. The reaction of the manager and his staff a clear indicator that a week’s work in Dubai had just come off. Something which the matchwinner would later confirm.“We’ve done a lot of work in training on switching the play and little things like that,” Rashford revealed in the aftermath. “We’ve had a long week in training (in Dubai) and it’s been tough in training, but that’s the type of thing we’ve been working on. So for it to come out in a game is good for us as players and good for the staff as well.” Claims that Solskjaer is simply the beneficiary of player power – that they’re now performing because Jose Mourinho isn’t around – is insulting to the caretaker boss. When he and his staff review Sunday’s win, they’ll be confronted by the same problems as what Mourinho struggled with. A loose back four. An even looser midfield. By rights, Spurs should have taken the three points. But Solskjaer has made a difference. On the training pitch. In team selection. He’s giving this group of United players a tactical platform to go out and win. And as this column has already stated, it’s a platform over 11 years in the making. From the highs with Molde. To the lows with Cardiff City. And everything inbetween. These United players are the recipient of the decade long apprenticeship served by Solskjaer.They may get torn to shreds at the back. But United will always have a chance with De Gea between the posts and the pace they have up front. In the Mourinho era, we’d say the manager can’t trust his back four. But this is Solskjaer’s time, though the sentiment remains the same. He’s leaning on those players regarded as the best inside his squad. And they all happen to be attackers. It’s a cliche, but it’s working for this United manager: attack is the best form of defence.And suddenly this lot do have the makings of a great United team. And in the very best traditions of Sir Alex Ferguson. A great goalkeeper. Attacking, edge-of-your seat pace in attack. If Ed Woodward, United’s vice-chairman exec, can find his manager a new centre-half, they’ll be a step closer to completing the revival.From Gary Pallister. To Jaap Stam. And Rio Ferdinand. Sir Alex broke transfer record after transfer record to find the right centre-half to buttress the style of football he wanted to employ.Five years since the Scot’s retirement and Solskjaer is bringing back that approach. It might as well have been Fergie himself when the manager declared late Sunday afternoon: “We’ve got the best goalkeeper in the world. We’ve got blistering pace…”And now he just needs that centre-half. If Woodward is still hesitating this smash-and-grab should strengthen the manager’s case. Give him what he needs and Solskjaer is proving he can deliver. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Classic Tailoring from Read Wall

first_img The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties: Buy It Once, Have It Forever 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce Made in America is one of our favorite topics to cover. But sometimes brands tend to try too hard, too rugged, too waxed, too plaid. You get the picture. That is why we were excited to get to know Read Wall a little better. The D.C. based line has been around for only a couple of seasons and the founder is a whopping 26 years old. Clearly somebody wasn’t day dreaming in business class. He also has zero training in fashion, something we are seeing more of in menswear – people who have a passion and make it happen. We respect that.Read Wall is quite simply offering great, tailored and relatively affordable clothing (ya gotta pay more for something not made in China bro!).  No lumber jack story, no trip to Kathmandu or JFK references in sight. There is a well edited collection to shop – under 40 pieces actually, making the shopping experience less daunting and streamlined.Shirting is what Read is most well known for and the basis of his brand. There are ginghams, twills, chambrays and madras to name a few. No gimmicks, no trends, just quality shirts made in America with a little better cut than you may find from bigger name brands. As Read told us, “It’s very rare that a customer who purchases a shirt doesn’t come back and order more. Then again, they’ll generally pick up a pair of chinos or a tie to complement the look, too.”Like so many brands today, there is a socially conscious angle. For every item sold, Read Wall donates a book to a child in need through Books for Africa (because he has actually taught classes in Africa!).This summer look out for small, web-exclusive collections each month with limited edition products. And in the fall suiting will be rolling out. Read is working with the iconic Brooklyn tailoring factory, Martin Greenfield on some seriously great cuts. Nothing trendy mind you. All class. Editors’ Recommendations Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States last_img read more

Irving Oil may be next target in New Brunswick antifracking fight

first_imgAPTN National NewsTensions and passions continue on the front-line of a fracking protest in New Brunswick.The situation recently reached a new level after Elsiopogtog Cheif Aaron Sock issued an ultimatum to the company conducting shale gas exploration in the region. Sock told the company to leave.The deadline has come and gone and those manning the barricades are wondering what is happening next.APTN’s Ossie Michelin is on the front lines.last_img

RCMP sifted through 51000 of Bruce Carsons emails for 3 separate investigations

first_imgBy Kenneth Jackson and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe RCMP have obtained 51,000 of Bruce Carson’s emails which have been used in three separate investigations against the former senior aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, according to a second recently unsealed RCMP court document obtained by APTN National News.The emails were first uncovered during the RCMP’s initial investigation of Carson for alleged influence peddling that resulted in a charge on July 2012 and is scheduled for trial May 26. In that case, Carson allegedly used his influence to help an Ottawa water filtration company try and land lucrative deals with First Nations suffering from dirty water.Part of the Crown’s case will be based around Carson’s emails written between June 30, 2010 and March 17, 2011, according to a new RCMP search warrant application, otherwise known as an Information to Obtain, unsealed this week at the request of APTN National News.The RCMP is also currently conducting two additional illegal lobbying investigations against Carson.The ITO details how the RCMP seized more than 51,000 of Carson’s emails from the servers at the University of Calgary and the laptop computer he used at the Canada School of Energy and Environment (CSEE), which was linked to the university.Carson was the head of the CSEE at the time the RCMP launched an investigation of his activities. Once news surfaced of the investigation, the organization immediately transferred Carson’s laptop and his emails to its law firm, McCarthy Tetrault LLP.According to the ITO, filed on Oct. 27, 2011, the RCMP wanted to obtain three separate search warrants all targeting Carson’s electronic correspondence. The warrants targeted the University of Calgary’s servers which held Carson’s emails, the Calgary offices of the law firm of McCarthy Tetrault LLP, which held an electronic copy of Carson’s emails, and Calgary Archives Inc., which held Carson’s laptop in case inside the media vault.The RCMP wanted Carson’s laptop for forensic analysis in case he had tried to delete information.“I believe that the seizure and examination of the laptop computer used by Carson may provide evidence of the offence that may not be available through the email examination,” wrote Sgt. Jody Vale of the commercial crimes unit in Ottawa’s A Division, who filed the ITO.It now turns out when the RCMP seized all of Carson’s emails it also obtained evidence of other alleged crimes.But it would take the Office of Lobbying Commissioner to point them out to the RCMP, according to a separate ITO. The lobbying commissioner sent a letter of complaint to the RCMP on July 2012, as a result of their own investigating into Carson.According to the RCMP, Carson was lobbying illegally for the Energy Policy Institute of Canada and CSEE according to a different RCMP search warrant application. The RCMP is investigating his lobbying activities on behalf of both organizations. Carson co-founded EPIC and was director CSEE prior to March 17, 2011.This past November, the RCMP went to a judge to request a search warrant to seize emails already in the RCMP’s possession in Ottawa, known as A Division as part of their illegal lobbying investigation.“As part of this investigation I executed a search warrant, directed toward the peace officers of the A division integrated technological crime unit in order to gain access to electronic data … seized during a previous investigation in relation to Mr. Carson,” said Const. Marie-Josee Robert in her application for a production order to obtain Carson’s CIBC bank records filed on Nov. 21, 2013. “The execution of the said judicial authorization yielded important evidence supporting the charges listed in this information.”That “previous investigation” was triggered by APTN National News on March 16, 2011. That same day Harper directed his now chief of staff Ray Novak to call in the Mounties to investigate Carson based on information provided to the Prime Minister’s Office by APTN National News reporters.“These materials contain troubling details about recent actions and claims made by Mr. Bruce Carson,” wrote Novak to the RCMP at the time. “The materials we have seen may provide evidence of matters inquiring investigation by the RCMP.”APTN National News told the PMO’s former director of communications Dimitri Soudas earlier that week it had obtained emails written by Carson that showed he was allegedly trying to use his federal government contacts to help an Ottawa water filtration company, H20 Pros, sell First Nation communities  water filtration systems through government contracts. The company had a financial agreement with Carson’s then-fiancee.Carson told APTN during multiple interviews he was only helping the company because his fiancee Michele McPherson worked there. Carson had witnessed a contract where McPherson would receive a cut of the profits, but according to the RCMP she didn’t appear to be involved much in the efforts to obtain contracts on First Nations.McPherson was a former Ottawa escort and the RCMP was told she first met Carson as a “client” around February 2010, according to the ITO used by the RCMP to obtain his emails.Prior to the RCMP executing search warrants, they had received dozens of Carson’s emails from two sources – Nicolas Kaszap, a former owner of H20 Pros and Liz Brant, an employee with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation, where the company was trying to sell water filtration systems with the help of Carson.“I believe that Carson sent and received other emails that did not involve Kaszap and Brant, which will provide evidence of the offence,” wrote Vale. “I believe that Carson sent and received other emails that did not involve Kaszap and Brant, which will provide evidence of the offence.”Vale said Brian Heidecker, chair of CSEE during Carson’s time there, told her that when APTN’s story came out they transferred all Carson’s emails to the law office of McCarthy Tetrault in Calgary.Vale requested on Oct. 3, 2011, that they preserve all the data until a search warrant was obtained.Carson told APTN National News previously he thought he may be able to slip through a loophole in lobbying laws that allow people to “lobby” if it makes up less than 20 per cent of their work.“I guess my issue in this thing is that I don’t want to look like I’m an unregistered lobbyist in here because I’m not a lobbyist,” he said. “I really don’t want the lobbying commissioner sort of going crazy over my involvement in this.“Yeah, so this would be like one tenth of one per cent of my time so we’re all right,” he said.kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddressjbarrear@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Thesis defences — Nov 23

Danielle Sirianni Molnar — PhD in PsychologyDanielle Sirianni Molnar will present her thesis defence on Friday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. in Plaza 600F. The title of her thesis is “The Light and Dark Sides of Perfectionism: Implications for Health and Well-Being.” Examining committee members are: John Novak, chair; Fuschia Sirois, Bishop’s University, external examiner; Stan Sadava, supervisor; Brent Faught, internal examiner; Michael Ashton and Nancy DeCourville, committee members. All are welcome to attend.Amy Bowen — PhD in Biological SciencesAmy Bowen will present her thesis defence on Friday, Dec. 3 at 1:30 p.m. in WH 305. The thesis title is “Elucidation of Odour-potent Compounds and Sensory Profiles of Vidal blanc and Riesling Icewines from the Niagara Peninsula: Effect of Harvest Date and Crop Level.” Examining committee members are: Joffre Mercier, chair; Terry E. Acree, Cornell University, external examiner; Andrew Reynolds, supervisor; Martin Lemaire, internal examiner; Debbie Inglis and Douglas Bruce, committee members. All are welcome to attend.Frances Chandler — PhD in EducationFrances Chandler will present her thesis defence on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. in WH 147. The thesis title is “Leadership and its Impact on the Success of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Funded Collaborative Research Projects.” Examining committee members are: Marilyn Rose, chair; Ben Levin, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, external examiner; Michael Manley-Casimir, supervisor; Maureen Connolly, internal examiner; Renee Kuchapski and Hope Fennell, committee members. All are welcome to attend.Melissa Page — PhD in Biological SciencesMelissa Page, PhD student in Biological Sciences, will present her thesis defence on Friday, Dec. 17, at 9:30 a.m. in H 313. The thesis title is “Intracellular antioxidant and DNA repair enzymes as correlates of stress resistance and longevity in vertebrates.” Examining committee members are: Joffre Mercier, chair; David Rollo, McMaster University, external examiner; Jeffrey Stuart, supervisor; Brian Roy, internal examiner; Glenn Tattersall and Doug Bruce, committee members. All are welcome to attend.Diane Leon — Master of ArtsDiane Leon, MA student in Political Science, will present her thesis defence on Nov. 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Plaza 308. The title of the thesis is “Intellectual Property Rights and the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines: The Advocacy Role Assumed by Médecins Sans Frontières.” The committee members are Hevina Dashwood, advisor; Dan Madar, co-advisor and committee member; Terry Carroll, committee member; Jillian Kohler (University of Toronto), external examiner; (examination committee chair is TBA). All are welcome to attend.Cindy Sprong — Master of EducationCindy Spong will present her thesis defence on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Investigation of Motivation Strategies Used by School Teachers for Workplace Engagement.” External examiner: Frances Owen, CHYS, Brock University; supervisor: Coral Mitchell; committee members: Denise Armstrong and Xiaobin Li; chair of the examining committee: Susan Sydor. All are welcome to attend.Joel Mrak — MA in Sport ManagementJoel Mrak will defend his thesis on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in WC204B. Thesis Title: Managing volunteers in Canadian Community Sport Organizations. Supervisor: Joanne MacLean; advisory committee: Laura Cousens and Philip Sullivan; external examiner: Shannon Kerwin, University of Florida; chair: Kirsty Spence.Tymur Kirillov — MSc in ManagementMaster of Science in Management thesis defence for Tymur Kirillov, Faculty of Business, Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems, will be Friday, Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Taro Hall 230. The title of his thesis is “A Stochastic Dynamic Programming Approach for Pricing Options on Stock Index Futures.” His examining committee members are: Zisimos Koustas, chair; Don Chance, external examiner, Louisiana State University; Hatem Ben Ameur, supervisor; Mohamed Ayadi and Bob Welch. All are welcome. read more

UN sends funds and emergency teams to earthquakeravaged Iran

In New York, a spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on the international community to provide immediate backing for efforts to help victims of the massive disaster.“The United Nations Country Team in Tehran has sent two teams to the affected area,” Mr. Annan’s spokesman said. “In addition, a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team has been dispatched to help coordinate relief efforts.”The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is also providing Iran with an initial emergency grant of $90,000.Registering 6.3 on the Richter scale, the quake struck earlier today in and around the town of Bam, in Kerman province. OCHA said the city hospital had collapsed and the injured were being sent to Kerman. Telephone service and water and power supplies have been cut off, while some 60 per cent of the area’s houses were destroyed.The town is famous for its ancient citadel, Arg-e-Bam, which has been registered as a world heritage site by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). read more

A look at declining magazine circulation numbers for Rogers since 2010

A look at declining magazine circulation numbers for Rogers since 2010 by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 30, 2016 2:16 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 30, 2016 at 2:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The days of leafing through magazines in the doctor’s office are increasingly something from a bygone era. As print readership rates have fallen, so has print revenue.Rogers Media announced Friday it is scaling back its magazine business, citing declining subscription numbers and advertising.Here’s a look at the paid circulation figures for Maclean’s, Chatelaine and Today’s Parent, from 2010 until today, according to data provided by the Alliance for Audited Media:Maclean’s:2010: 349,7862011: 335,6322012: 316,7222013: 304,0592014: 282,8152015: 249,020Current: 225,963———Chatelaine:2010: 505,7602011: 540,3672012: 543,5462013: 533,6702014: 489,4962015: 429,616Current: 451,222———Today’s Parent:2010: 132,3302011: 138,5992012: 140,6432013: 141,1262014: 129,0122015: 109,031Current: 94,697 read more

Now is the time for implementation Ban urges session on integrating UN

“Now is the time for implementation,” the UN chief said at the opening of a three-day segment on promoting integration of the three pillars of sustainable development that began today in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at UN Headquarters in New York. “We now have a set of goals and targets that form the basis for a coherent, integrated and indivisible approach to eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development. We must pursue the goals with their complementarity and interlinkages in mind, and with the aim of breaking down silos and avoiding one-size-fits-all solutions,” Mr. Ban said. Noting that today’s meeting was the first such gathering since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development this past year, the Secretary-General said it also follows other landmark conferences and agreements on disaster risk reduction, financing for development, and climate change. “This Integration Segment focuses on the importance of implementation through policy innovation and integration. It is a reminder that we will have to be creative in linking the three dimensions of sustainable development,” Mr. Ban said, referring to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. In particular, the Secretary-General said that the financing requirements to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are “enormous,” stressing that mobilizing these resources will be a significant challenge, particularly at a time of continued economic uncertainty and financial constraints. For its part, the inaugural Forum on Financing for Development two weeks ago had sent a clear message that the full realization of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda remains “a matter of urgency,” the UN chief said. “We must strive to continually assess challenges of integration – whether they are policy and institutional questions, capacity or technological gaps or questions in programming and financing,” he said. Mr. Ban also emphasized that the UN system will do its “utmost to fully support” Member States in transitioning to a sustainable development path, including in setting priorities, planning, implementing and assessing progress. “We must ensure that actions at every level are concerted and coherent. In doing so, we have to work with all partners towards common country support objectives. Our aim to ‘deliver as one’ is finding broader translation in the way we work with all partners,” he said. Source: UN in collaboration with Project Everyone In addition, Mr. Ban stressed that it is also necessary to reposition the UN system in the new development setting, noting that the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review can provide relevant guidance in that regard. “The SDGs can only be reached through national ownership and local initiative,” Mr. Ban said. “Let us learn from each other’s experiences and innovations, so we can all grow closer to the dream of a ‘perfect country’, and, indeed, a better world,” he added. Also providing opening remarks today was Sven Jürgenson, ECOSOC Vice-President, who noted that the segment – which will focus on the themes of policy innovation and policy integration – comes at a “crucial” time in which world leaders have to turn the promises of the 2030 Agenda into reality. “In 2030, the people will not judge us by our ambition, but by what we have achieved. Implementation is the process that allows us to move from a promise made to a promise kept,” Mr. Jürgenson said. He also stressed that achieving the SDGs will require innovative solutions and concerted efforts across the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. “The integration segment can give guidance for forming policies that will enable us to turn the ambitious commitments made in the 2030 Agenda into tangible results for all people,” he said. Specifically, he noted that this year’s segment would provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to identify and discuss opportunities and challenges regarding innovative and integrated policy-making; offer policy recommendations to guide the implementation of the 2030 Agenda; and underline the role of ECOSOC to serve as a platform for dialogue and exchange of views on lessons learned in policy innovation and integration at all levels. Every year, ECOSOC convenes an integration segment for three days in May on the main theme of the Council. The outcome is a summary by the ECOSOC Vice-President highlighting the main policy recommendations arising from the discussions and providing guidance on integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development. read more

EHF CL 20142015 Group of Death with Veszprem RNL Vardar Celje and

Here are the groups for the VELUX EHF Champions League Preliminary Round:Group ATHW Kiel (GER)HC Metalurg (MKD)RK Zagreb (CRO)Naturhouse La Rioja (ESP)PSG HB (FRA)winner Qualification Group 1Group BFC Barcelona (ESP)KIF Kolding (DEN)Alingsas HK (SWE)Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)winner Qualification Group 3Group CMKB-MVM Veszprem (HUN)RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS)Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)HC Vardar (MKD)Montpellier AH (FRA)Group DKS Vive Targi Kielce (POL)Dunkerque Grand Littoral (FRA)Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI)Pick Szeged (HUN)Aalborg Handbold (DEN)winner Qualification Group 2Semi-final pairings of the VELUX EHF Champions League Qualification groups (6-7 September 2014):Group 1Brest Meshkov (BLR) vs Targos Bevo HC (NED)HC Vojvodina Novi Sad (SRB) vs Tatran Presov (SVK)Group 2HC Motor Zaporozhye (UKR) vs Junior Fasano (ITA)FC Porto (POR) vs Alpla HC Hard (AUT)Group 3HCM Constanta (ROU) vs Hubo Initia Hasselt (BEL)Haslum HK (NOR) vs Besiktas JK (TUR)Order of the right to host tournaments: Row 3*, Row 1, Row 4, Row 2* as Presov hosted the qualification group last year, their right passed automatically to Row 1 (Brest Meshkov)Playing dates of the group phase:Round 1: 24-28 September 2014Round 2: 1-5 October 2014Round 3: 8-12 October 2014Round 4: 15-19 October 2014Round 5: 12-16 November 2014Round 6: 19-23 November 2014Round 7: 26-30 November 2014Round 8: 3-6 December 2014Round 9: 11-15 February 2015Round 10: 18-22 February 2015 Velux EHF Champions League ← Previous Story Mariusz Jurkiewicz stays in Wisla Plock until the end of contract! Next Story → Women’s EHF CL 2014/2015: Lucky Larvik – Gyor with Viborg, Buducnost to face Vardar!! read more

EU blocks Aer Lingus takeover Ryanair says it will appeal

first_imgRYANAIR HAS SAID that it will appeal a decision by the European Commission to block its third proposed takeover of its fellow Irish airline, Aer Lingus, on competition grounds.The Commission ruled this morning that a merger of Ryanair with Aer Lingus would have harmed consumers by creating a monopoly or dominant position on 46 routes where the two airlines currently “compete vigorously” against each other.“This would have reduced choice and, most likely, would have led to price increases for consumers travelling on these routes,” the Commission said in a statement this morning.“During the investigation, Ryanair offered remedies. The Commission assessed them thoroughly and carried out several market tests. However the remedies proposed fell short of addressing the competition concerns raised by the Commission.”Ryanair’s package of what it said were “unprecedented and revolutionary remedies package” included a commitment from the airlines Flybe and International Airways Group (the holding company for British Airways) to takeover 46 crossover routes.But the Commission said that on all 46 routes Ryanair and Aer Lingus combined would have had “high market shares”.It claimed that on 28 routes the proposed merger would have created “an outright monopoly” and on a further 11 routes the only competitive constraint to the merged entity would have come from charter airlines, which it said were a “very different business model”.The Commission also said that its investigation “showed that there was no prospect that any new carrier would enter the Irish market after the merger, in particular by the creation of a base at the relevant Irish airports, and challenge the new entity on a sufficient scale”.‘Pander to the vested interests’The decision had been expected after Ryanair said last week that the Commission had told it that the latest offer and remedies package would be rejected over competition concerns. Ryanair restated its intention to appeal the decision today.In a statement the airline claimed that the blocking of its bid was a “political decision to pander to the vested interests of the Irish government” which is a minority 25 per cent shareholder in Aer Lingus.Ryanair said the decision “is not one that is based on a fair and reasonable application of EU competition rules or precedent airline merger approvals in Europe”.Spokesman Robin Kiely said: “At a time when airlines in Europe and further afield are merging to form bigger competition champions – witness American Airlines’ merger with US Airways last week and Emirates’ recent strategic joint-venture with Qantas – the EU Commission has yet again set back competition and choice in Europe while delaying much-needed consolidation.”This was Ryanair’s third takeover bid for Aer Lingus.It already owns 29.82 per cent of Aer Lingus but has failed in a number of bids to get a controlling share in the Irish airline which has rejected the approaches from one of its competitors.In a statement, Aer Lingus said it was Ryanair’s only significant competitor on the “vast majority of Irish air routes” and welcomed the decision of the European Commission.Chief executive Christoph Muller said in a statement: “Aer Lingus’ position from the outset has been that Ryanair’s offer should never have been made.“The series of inadequate remedy offers presented by Ryanair only underlines the view that Ryanair made its offer without any reasonable belief that it could obtain clearance. ”More: Ryanair loses bid for Aer LingusRead: Ryanair loses ECJ case on reimbursing costs for stranded passengerslast_img read more

Economist Group CEO to Step Down

first_imgThe Economist Group, the London-based publisher of the Economist magazine, announced today that Helen Alexander will step down from her position as CEO at the company’s annual general meeting on July 15.Alexander will be replaced by publisher and managing director Andrew Rashbass. Previously, Rashbass served as Economist Group CIO and managing director of Economist.com.Following her departure as CEO, Alexander will become an advisor to private equity group Bain Capital, according to the Economist Group. She also will continue as a non-executive director of the Rolls-Royce Group and energy company Centrica. Alexander joined the magazine in 1985 as marketing manager. From there, she moved on to international circulation and then served as managing director of the Economist Intelligence Unit until 1997 when she became CEO.last_img read more