Elise Christie ‘not naive any more’ as she targets Winter Olympics glory

first_imgShare on Pinterest Reuse this content Share via Email Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn “When I went into Sochi I was a naive, unexperienced skater but now I am the total opposite,” she told the Guardian. “I’ve got the experience, I’m not naive any more. And physically now I’m way above what I was then. I’m in the best years of my life.“I wasn’t capable of getting all three distances good then but I am now. And as a person, I am much more confident and just so much happier.”Much of that change in mindset comes from Christie’s brilliant gold performances in the 1,000m and 1500m at last year’s world championships, in which she won the overall title. In her mind, an Olympic medal in Pyeongchang would merely be the cherry on the cake.“It’s definitely not about redemption for Sochi,” she said. “I feel like that came at the worlds. To win all three events was the most incredible feeling. I don’t show many emotions, happiness-wise, but after that I was screaming with joy.”Could there be a similarly happy story in Pyeongchang? Christie has a strong chance in the 500m and is the favourite in the 1,000m. While she is an outsider in the 1500m behind Choi and Shim, who are expected to contest a Korean one-two, she believes she can be competitive over the longer distance, too.“My best distance is the 1,000m, the last event of the competition, which I quite like because I feel like I’m saving my best until last,” she said. “While I don’t race the 1500m very often, it’s always the exciting one because I’m like: ‘What’s going to happen?’“The 500m is just the fun one. I am really good at it but it is so unpredictable. It’s my favourite because you’re just trying to win that start and then go as fast as you can – racing, not thinking.”Having trained in South Korea and got to know the country well, Christie is not concerned about going into the lion’s den to face Choi and Shim. “It’s a massive challenge,” she said. “Especially if there’s the two of them in a race but instead of feeling worried I just see it as: ‘Well, they have to beat me.’ I think they’re just as scared of me as I am of them.”It would be one of the stories of the Games if Christie could put the pain of Sochi behind her. The disqualifications were bad enough but to make matters worse, she was also deluged with hateful tweets from South Korea, blaming her for Park Seung-hi taking only bronze. It was so bad Christie stayed off social media for two months.This time round she will not be looking at Twitter – restricting herself to the odd photo on Instagram.“I will be sending tweets to someone else to put up and not reading Twitter. But I will be on Instagram as it’s normally nice stuff. I feel there’s so many people in Britain that have my back and believe in me but if it went sour I would just delete it off my phone.”If she does secure an Olympic medal in Pyeongchang, how will she celebrate? “It would be such a dream to do that and it would just mean so much to me to share that moment to everyone who has helped me get through the last few years because only a few people know how tough it has been. But I’ll probably just cry.” Winter Olympics Share on Messenger Winter Olympics 2018 Team GB Topicscenter_img Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Winter Olympics: women’s long race to parity Share on WhatsApp Read more Elise Christie has insisted she will not buckle under the pressure of chasing three medals at these Winter Olympics – or when she goes head-to-head with South Korea’s Choi Min-jeong and Shim Suk-hee in front of their vociferous home fans.Christie, who is second favourite behind Choi for the 500m short track speed skating, which starts on Saturday morning, also rejected concerns that her nightmare in Sochi four years ago – when she was stripped of her 500m silver medal and disqualified in the 1500m and 1,000m – could still be playing on her mind. newslast_img read more

9 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso: Paqueta a huge signing

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso: Paqueta a huge signingby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has included Lucas Paqueta in his squad for their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria.The former Flamengo attacker is now in line to make his debut today.“He’s smart, wide away, a player with very clear characteristics,” said Gattuso. “He seems more European than Brazilian, as he combines quality with physical strength, sprays passes around and always wants the ball. “We’ve made a huge signing.” last_img read more

World Bank Country Strategy Being Extended

first_img Mrs. Satirova said this will provide additional resources that enable improved access to financing by micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs); generate youth employment and technical assistance for the agricultural and the energy sectors; and support for further strengthening of the social safety net. Jamaica’s World Bank Country Strategy, which focuses on strengthening the conditions that facilitate economic growth, is being extended for another two years.Country Manager for Jamaica, Galina Sotirova, says the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors is scheduled to meet on Friday, June 23, to review and update the Strategy, which was developed in 2013/14.This, she said, will enable the Bank to continue implementing the Strategy’s current portfolio of engagements utilising the remaining US$170 million of US$320 million in funding support.Mrs. Satirova said this will provide additional resources that enable improved access to financing by micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs); generate youth employment and technical assistance for the agricultural and the energy sectors; and support for further strengthening of the social safety net.She was speaking at a media briefing at the World Bank’s Jamaica office at the Courtleigh Corporate Centre in New Kingston, on June 21.Mrs. Sotirova explained that the review will look at Jamaica’s Strategy implementation, with proposed adjustments being made where necessary.She said the review document is expected to be prepared and submitted to the Government and other key stakeholders by early next week.Mrs. Sotirova noted that an assessment of Jamaica’s Strategy’s implementation over the past four years shows that the Government has recorded significant gains in key areas.Notable among these, she pointed out, are strengthening of fiscal and debt management; energy diversification; successes in early child and social protection development; and positive breakthroughs in rural economic development.“So, what we are seeing is that Jamaica has actually had a very commendable performance and has achieved important successes in many different areas. Some of the economic indicators are already showing positive trends and are pointing in the right direction, which is something that has not been seen for many, many years,” she said.Mrs. Sotirova noted that the assessment also shows the need for much more work to be done in public-sector transformation; improving MSMEs access to finance; and further strengthening of the economy’s and population’s resilience to disasters.She said in light of the fact that public-sector modernisation, strengthening climate and disaster resilience, among other conditions facilitating growth, remain some of the focal points for Jamaica’s development programme, “these are the areas which we will focus on going forward.” Story Highlights Jamaica’s World Bank Country Strategy, which focuses on strengthening the conditions that facilitate economic growth, is being extended for another two years. Jamaica’s World Bank Country Strategy, which focuses on strengthening the conditions that facilitate economic growth, is being extended for another two years. Country Manager for Jamaica, Galina Sotirova, says the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors is scheduled to meet on Friday, June 23, to review and update the Strategy, which was developed in 2013/14.last_img read more

Yahlive the Abu Dhabibased satellite joint ventu

first_imgYahlive, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite joint venture between SES and UAE satellite operator Yahsat, is the most popular satellite broadcast provider for Farsi-speaking viewers across the Middle East and south-west Asia, according to a report by Ipsos Connect.According to the research, Yahlive’s market share amongst Farsi speakers increased from 20% in 2014 to 34% last year. Among satellite users, Yahlive’s market share increased from 27% to 49% over the same period.The report found that Farsi-speaking DTH viewer numbers in Tajikistan exceeded two million in 2015, while viewer numbers of exclusive Farsi-based terrestrial networks in Afghanistan and the UAE reached 8.94 million. Combined, the total number of viewers of Farsi content over DTH Terrestrial Networks grew by approximately 50% between 2014 and 2015 from north of 26 million to 39 million.The research also found that Farsi-speaking DTH veiwers across the region grew by 75% from 16 million in 2014 tio 28 million in 2015.“Yahlive enjoys an impressive retention rate of 88% across Farsi-speaking communities who are found in multiple markets including Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, and the UAE. The show of loyalty for Yahlive programming is the highest in the industry, and this remarkable performance is directly linked to our efforts to deliver premium content that people want to watch time and again. The reliability of our broadcast also works in our favour with respect to winning followers as does our customer focus,” said Ammar Baranbo, chief operating officer of Yahlive.“For a community limited by the relatively small number of terrestrial Farsi language channels, satellite broadcasters pick up much of the responsibility for providing truly differentiated and compelling viewing content, and this is an area in which Yahlive has proven to be especially effective and highly successful.”last_img read more

New highdefinition miniature camera allows digital view inside veins and arteries

first_imgWe have combined our intravascular device experience with our knowledge of micro‑optics, systems engineering and AI, in conjunction with external manufacturing partners. The result is an economically viable, disposable camera system that is small enough to fit into the working channel of a typical vascular catheter.”Simon Karger, Cambridge Consultants. Oct 9 2018Breakthrough innovation specialist Cambridge Consultants today announced a watershed moment for intravascular surgery, with the demonstration of a single-use, high-definition miniature camera. Called ‘Leap’, the technology allows a digital view inside veins and arteries for the first time.Leap builds on the latest generation of sub-millimeter cameras, enabling surgeons to visualize parts of the anatomy that are currently inaccessible with today’s imaging techniques.With potential for even smaller cameras on the horizon, this highly miniaturized ‘chip-on-tip’ architecture features a 400 x 400 pixel image (0.16 megapixels) as a standard capability, an order of magnitude improvement over standard fiber-optic angioscopes.Chip-on-tip refers to the location of the imaging sensor at the distal end of the endoscope, in contrast to traditional fiber bundles which transmit light to large, external processing towers.In the future, Leap technology could be combined with Cambridge Consultants’ ‘super-resolution’ image processing to increase the resolution further to 1600 x 1600 pixels (2.6 megapixels).This state-of-the-art, proprietary technique harnesses deep learning to enhance low-resolution images without the blurring associated with traditional upscaling and will ultimately provide visualization for the most challenging cardiovascular surgery.Despite the ability to provide unique predictive information, current surgical endoscopes are not widely used in angioscopy due to poor flexibility, a limited field of view and low resolution.At 1.35 mm in diameter, the Leap early prototype is small and flexible enough for use in a procedure such as intracoronary angioscopy.Leap increases the information available to surgeons with new functionality, such as enabling tissue classification or direct imaging of non-standard vascular occlusions.Related StoriesNew system for precise navigation through the vascular systemTen-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns ‘without any real strong data’UT Dallas adds MILabs Hybrid OI/CT system to its innovative medical imaging solutionsMoving beyond the traditional endoscope, inspection with a Leap device could be paired with today’s leading technologies, such as IVUS (Intravascular Ultrasound) and OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography), enabling enhanced diagnostic techniques during surgery.Existing endoscopes also carry an elevated risk of infection and device damage due to inadequate sterilization between procedures.Leap overcomes a number of these barriers, being an inexpensive, single-use endoscope and can be operated from a standard computer, not relying on the availability of large and expensive operating room infrastructure.Due to the falling costs of chip-on-tip technology, the expense associated with traditional endoscope systems are set to significantly reduce. This is achieved with the introduction of an economical, reposable device, removing the need for sterilization and maintenance. “For the first time, Leap offers practical, direct visualization in the procedure room and a platform for integration of new configurations, sensor types and imaging modalities (such as spectroscopy). This can enable a new level of advanced imaging in intravascular procedures and an unparalleled surgical experience,” Simon added.Leap will be showcased at Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2018 in Singapore, October 9th to 10th, Stand 25. News-Medical will also be releasing a follow-up interview as part of our Insights from Industry series in a few weeks time. center_img Source:https://www.cambridgeconsultants.com/last_img read more

New research reveals consequences of workplace bullying

first_imgThe authors say the importance of emotions needs to be considered in HR and management intervention policies. Despite the evidence recognizing the relevance of emotions when dealing with workplace aggression, this is rarely incorporated into guidelines. In addition, it is essential to also promote behavioral regulation strategies to reduce moral disengagement, as well as negative compensating behavior, such as drinking more alcohol and taking more risks. Its role in allowing ‘otherwise good’ people to freely engage in conduct they would generally consider wrong is further confirmed in this study.”Dr Roberta Fida Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 17 2019New research reveals how frequently being the target of workplace bullying not only leads to health-related problems but can also cause victims to behave badly themselves.The study, led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) in collaboration with Uninettuno Telematic International University in Italy, found that in some cases this is characterized by a lack of problem solving and high avoidance coping strategies. For example, drinking alcohol when having a problem, experiencing very frequent negative emotions, such as anger, fear and sadness, and high work ‘moral disengagement’, which refers to the way individuals rationalize their actions and absolve themselves of responsibility for the consequences.Bullying is one of the major occupational stresses for employees and the effects can compromise their development and health, as well as interfere with the achievement of both personal and professional goals.It is usually differentiated as work-related and personal-related bullying. The former refers to bullying affecting workload – for example removing responsibility – and work processes, such as attacks on someone’s professional status. The latter refers to both indirect – for example exclusion and isolation – and direct negative behavior, such as physical abuse.While previous research has shown a link between being the target of bullying and behavioral problems, for the first time this study identified different configurations of victims by considering not only exposure to and types of bullying, but also health problems and bad behavior. The study also examined how these groups differ in terms of negative emotions experienced in relation to work, coping strategies, and moral disengagement.Published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, the study was led by Dr Roberta Fida, a senior lecturer in work psychology at UEA’s Norwich Business School. She said: Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyStudy: One in five university students affected by problematic smartphone useExcess grey matter in the brain can predict escalating drinking behavior in teensThe researchers asked 1019 Italian employees about their experiences of workplace bullying, counterproductive behavior and health symptoms. They were also asked about their coping strategies, negative emotions experienced at work and moral disengagement.Five groups were identified, one of which includes victims who are the target of work-related bullying and frequently exposed to personal-related bullying, who experience high health problems and misbehavior (4.4% of the sample).Another group experience work-related bullying but less frequent personal-related bullying, and show lower health problems and misbehavior (9.6%). Although they generally use problem-solving strategies, they tend to be overwhelmed by the negative emotions they experience and are not able to control them. They also have a tendency to morally disengage.A third group have limited exposure to work-related bullying and no exposure to personal-related bullying (22.3%). While not experiencing health-related problems they sometimes engage in counterproductive work behavior.A fourth group includes those who are not bullied, but have high health-related symptoms and some misbehavior (23.9%). The last group identified are not exposed to any bullying, have no health symptoms or behavioral problems (39.9%).Examination of the groups in relation to individual dimensions highlighted the pivotal role of negative emotions and emotional regulation, independently from exposure to workplace bullying. In more severe cases, moral disengagement and compensatory behavior play an equally important role, suggesting the weakening of individuals’ ability to regulate their behavior.center_img Overall, our results show the need to consider not only exposure to and types of bullying but also their associated consequences. In particular, the findings highlight that victimization is associated not only with health problems but also with a greater likelihood of not behaving in line with the expected social and organizational norms.The greater the intensity of bullying and the more the exposure to different types of bullying, the higher the likelihood of engaging in counterproductive workplace behavior. Furthermore, the results show that health-related symptoms are not always associated with experiences of bullying. Indeed, while those experiencing limited work-related bullying did not report health problems, those who were not bullied but misbehaved did.” Source:University of East Anglialast_img read more

Profits doubts in equal measure at Geneva Motor Show

© 2018 AFP Explore further Luxury carmakers will show off their wares at the Geneva Motor Show – but healthy profits cannot fully ease concerns over the future as the trend to electric and self-driving cars accelerates This year’s Geneva Motor Show comes at a curious time for an auto world enjoying record profits yet also gripped by doubt midway through the grand transition from diesel to electric and self-driving vehicles. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Profits, doubts in equal measure at Geneva Motor Show (2018, March 4) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-profits-equal-geneva-motor.html “Geneva really ought to have been a lovely salon,” says, with heavy irony, Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of German-based Center Automotive Research of a Europe’s first major car show of the year running from March 8 to 18.”The luxury car makers continue to present their new models and worldwide sales set new records in 2017. “But behind the glamour and the finery are plenty of worry wrinkles.”Number one overriding concern is the increasing slide in diesel sales, a blow for European constructors who had essentially sought to bet the house on diesel as they strove for years to cut CO2 emissions with the support of public authorities.The emissions cheating scandal, which blew up at Volkswagen in 2015, has heaped discredit on a technology criticised for belching out nitrogen oxide and harmful particulates.Major cities including Paris have announced their intention to ban diesel progressively while a top German court last month opened the way to banning older diesel cars from the streets on air quality grounds.Diesel’s fall from grace has pushed constructors to turn their attention to production of more-in-demand models running either on petrol, dubbed “dinosaur juice”, or else make the jump to electric or at least hybrid.Are future friends electric?The top global constructors have earmarked investments worth tens of billions of euros (dollars) over the past few years to accelerate their push to electric. Yet the commercial upshot of the strategy remains unclear.This year’s Show, the 88th edition, will see the unveiling of several new electric models and concepts at Tuesday and Wednesday’s media days, before opening its doors to the general public on Thursday.Among new potential star turns are Jaguar’s first all-electric model as it shows off the production version of its I-Pace, as well as Hyundai’s Kona, advertised as the world#s first fully electric subcompact SUV.Constructors also have to contend with the fact that where fuel engines are concerned, their greater emissions of CO2 will render a tough challenge compliance with future European norms.They will have to cut CO2 emissions to an average 95 grams per kilometre across the board by 2021 from 130 grams in 2015, or else face swingeing fines. Auto makers are bound to continue investing, furthermore, to ensure improved performance of their combustion engines as these still make up the bulk of sales. And yet they will prove progressively less of an earner as volumes inexorably fall off.Traditional constructors also have a wary eye on sector newcomers, led by those in the electric vanguard such as Tesla, as well as giants from the high-tech such as Apple or Google and would-be Chinese rivals all seeking their slice of a “smart car” cake.The future belongs to those whose vehicles enjoy ever more autonomy through increasing recourse to artificial intelligence and telecommunications.Such qualities are not the preserve of the traditional automobile constructor.Square the circleThe last few weeks have seen a slew of carmakers post record profits—but the question is the degree to which that will act as a springboard to paying for the switch to a new auto-tech world.Eric Kirstetter of the Roland Berger consultancy told AFP that, currently, some constructors are doing “very well,” yet their “future is very complicated”.They must “reduce costs in such as way as to make savings allowing them to achieve their R&D plans,” said Kirstetter, adding this will involve surmounting “a problem of squaring the financial circle.”That, he says, is “an equation extremely difficult to resolve in order to make the necessary investments to develop new generations of vehicles while continuing to invest massively in improving the combustion engine” in the shorter term.The task may be more readily surmountable for pioneers in the development of alternatives to diesel, including the Renault-Nissan alliance, with both leaders in the move towards electrification, while Toyota has the early jump on the hybrid market.However the future of a metamorphosing industry ultimately pans out, the 700,000 Salon visitors expected to descend on Geneva’s Palexpo in the coming days will be able to cast their eyes over some 900 vehicles.Monday will see the car of the year unveiled from seven finalists for the accolade.The contenders are the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi A8, BMW series 5, Citroen C3 Aircross, Kia Stinger, Seat Ibiza and Volvo XC40. 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When Concorde first took to the sky 50 years ago

first_imgJust the beginning”This first flight is not a conclusion,” Turcat told the hundreds of journalists after that first flight. “It is the beginning of our work.”It would take another seven years and 5,500 hours of test flying before Concorde was authorised to enter into commercial service in 1976 with flights operated by Air France and British Airways. And in the end commercial passenger services only lasted 27 years. The gas-guzzling “great white bird” was retired on both sides of the Channel in 2003, brought down by its high costs and a dwindling market, with a 2000 crash outside Paris—in which 113 people were killed—heralding its final demise. When the misty skies cleared over southern France on the afternoon of Sunday March 2, 1969, the green light was signalled for the highly anticipated first ever flight of the Concorde. French pilot Andre Turcat, who was at the controls for the first test flight of the Concorde, pictured here a few months later in June 1969, in the cockpit of the supersonic jet The supersonic jet the Concorde pictured in the sky above Toulouse in France during its inaugural test flight on March 2, 1969 Concorde: technical feat, financial fiasco The roar of the four powerful engines and the silhouette of the aircraft, like a bird of prey in the sky, halted traffic on a nearby highway as people across the region stopped to watch, an AFP report said. Sweating in the cockpitInside the cockpit it was tense. Three of the four air-conditioning systems had broken and the temperature rose quickly. “Under our helmets, we were soon sweating profusely,” Turcat recalled in his book “Concorde” (1977).When the wheels hit the tarmac for the landing, thick smoke rose from the tyres and a security parachute opened at the rear to brake the 112-tonne machine.The crowds along the runway broke into applause. The flight had lasted 27 minutes.The British test flight came weeks later, on April 9, with Brian Trubshaw taking off aboard the 002 prototype built in Britain.On October 1 Turcat would also take the jet through the sound barrier for the first time. Journalists had been alerted two days earlier that the test flight was imminent; the world had been waiting since the futuristic aircraft, with its pointed nose and triangular wings, was publicly presented in December 1967.Here is an account, drawn from AFP reports, of the momentous day in aviation history when the supersonic turbojet first took to the skies 50 years ago.’She flies!’Several hundred journalists and spectators were crowded near the runway of the airport at Toulouse, where prototype 001 of the Franco-British aircraft was constructed.With French test pilot Andre Turcat at the controls and the event aired live on television, the sleek white plane started off down the runway just after 3:30 pm.She picked up speed, eased off the runway and then powered into the sky, straight as an arrow.”She flies! Concorde flies at last!” exclaimed BBC commentator Raymond Baxter. AFP sent out a flash alert: “Concorde has taken off.”Concord or Concorde?It was a source of pride on both sides of the Channel: Britain and France had joined forces in 1962 to build an airliner capable of flying faster than the speed of sound. © 2019 AFP In fact Concorde’s maximum velocity was more than twice the speed of sound.The coalition of two governments and two aircraft makers—British Aircraft Corporation (now BAE Systems) and Sud-Aviation, a precursor to Airbus—had encountered a series of hurdles and differences.Even the aircraft’s name, which means “agreement” in both languages, was a sticking point: English-style “Concord” or “Concorde” in French?Britain’s technology minister Tony Benn settled the dispute in 1967, keeping the “e” for “excellence”, “England”, “Europe” and “Entente cordiale”, as he said.Proving the plane can flyFor Concorde’s maiden flight, Turcat manoeuvred just a simple loop above the Garonne river at reduced speed and with the plane’s landing gear out.The aim was not to break speed records but rather to “show the plane can fly” and “return to the ground”, he would later explain. Explore further Citation: When Concorde first took to the sky 50 years ago (2019, March 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-concorde-sky-years.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The Concorde, pictured here in 1971, had a number of distinctive visual features, including its triangular-shaped wings Pilot Andre Turcat pictured in France in 1969 at the controls of the Concorde, which he flew for its first test flight on March 2 that same yearlast_img read more

Jaganmohan Reddy sworn in AP CM

first_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL May 30, 2019 COMMENTS ‘Clean, transparent administration will be govt’s priority’ RELATED Jagan meets Modi; hints at chances of AP getting special category status grim Andhra Pradeshcenter_img YS Jaganmohan Reddy was sworn in Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium here on Thursday at a ceremony attended by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao and DMK leader MK Stalin as guests of honour.Governor ESL Narasimhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Reddy. Later, after the new Chief Minister saw off the Governor, Hindu, Muslim and Christian religious leaders blessed the Chief Minister.In his brief message, MK Stalin congratulated Jaganmohan Reddy and expressed the confidence that he would live up to his father’s (the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s) legacy.‘Historic occasion’Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao said it was a historic occasion for the people of the two Telugu States and also the Telugu-speaking people all over the world. He said Jaganmohan Reddy had proved his mettle over the past nine to ten years and he would provide clean and efficient administration in Andhra Pradesh. It would also usher in an era of cooperation, not confrontation, between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Rao said.He said the full utilisation of the Godavari waters was the first priority of the Jaganmohan Reddy government as well as the Telangana government. He said the Telangana people as well as the Telangana government would fully cooperate with the new government and extend all help, to the mutual benefit of both the Telugu States. He blessed Jaganmohan Reddy and expressed the hope that he would remain the Chief Minister for the next three to four terms.New CM’s promisesIn his response, the new Chief Minister thanked the guests – KCR and MK Stalin – for their kind words and expressed his gratitude to the people of Andhra Pradesh for giving him a massive mandate – 151 out of 175 Assembly seats and 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats. He promised that he would provide clean, corruption-free administration.Reddy appended his first signature on the file hiking the pension for the aged from the present ₹2,000 to ₹2,250 a month and said it would be gradually enhanced to ₹3,000 over the next few years. The enhanced pension will come into effect in June itself, he added.“The two-page manifesto issued by the YSR Congress Party is to me the Bhagavadgita, the Bible and the Koran. Every word of it will be honoured, I assure you,” he told the people.He said in every village, for every 50 houses, a ‘grama volunteer’ would be appointed with a salary of ₹5,000 a month. A village secretariat will be set up in each village, with jobs for ten local youths. These volunteers and secretariat employees will provide services to the rural people and all government schemes will be implemented through them at the village level.“When the Telugu Desam was in power, the Janmabhoomi committees used to play havoc in the villages and the entire administration was corrupt from top to bottom. I shall cleanse the whole system,” he said.Reddy said more than five lakh jobs would be created in the villages with these steps and a call centre would be set up with direct link to the Chief Minister’s office, to address complaints.Anti-corruption driveHe said all the suspicious contracts given by the TDP government would be reviewed and through the process of reverse tendering, the corruption of the TDP government would be exposed.A judicial commission will be set up with a sitting High Court judge to review all contracts awarded by the previous government. All suggestions made by the inquiry commission will be complied with.The new Chief Minister also issued a warning to “the yellow media in the State” — newspapers and TV channels partial to the Telugu Desam Party — that if they distort news and misrepresent the facts, defamation suits would be filed against them. He named the largest circulated Telugu daily, another prominent Telugu daily and a prominent Telugu TV channel and publicly warned them.Reddy said his government would live up to the expectations of the people and implement “Navaratnalu” (nine gems or nine promises made in the YSR Congress manifesto) in letter and spirit. Implementation of prohibition in three phases is one of the important promises made by the YSR Congress Party.Some Ministers from Telangana, the family members of YS Jaganmohan Reddy – his mother Vijayamma, wife Bharati, sister Sharmila, and his two daughters – witnessed the ceremony.Former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu did not attend the meet, though he was invited over the phone by Jaganmohan Reddy. It is learnt that he conveyed his greetings through a team of TDP leaders. YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy garlands a bust of his father YS Rajashekar Reddy. – (file photo)   –  PTI politics Jagan govt to probe Amaravati ‘land scams’ SHARE Published onlast_img read more

Gold declines as Treasury yields advance dollar pares losses

first_img Related News Related News Markets 10 Jul 2019 Asia cautious as everything rides on dovish Powell Business News 09 Jul 2019 China’s gold hoard swells Business News 10 Jul 2019 Gold slips as dollar strengthens ahead of Powell’s testimonycenter_img Exchange-traded funds backed by the precious metal have been rising, with holdings reaching 2,311.3 tonnes as of Wednesday, the most since 2013.The sell-off in gold could be short-lived with central banks signaling a dovish stance, analysts said. Even with stronger-than-expected US inflation data Thursday, traders are still pricing in a July rate cut by the Fed as a certainty.The price data was “probably not enough to change the mindset of the Fed given how long inflation has been quiescent,” Tai Wong, head of base and precious metals derivatives trading at BMO Capital Markets, said an email. “It will take more than one stronger print in inflation to even register for Fed policy makers.”In other precious metals, silver futures settled lower on the Comex. Palladium declined on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while platinum gained. — Bloomberg New York: Gold slipped as the dollar pared losses and yields on US Treasuries surged, damping the appeal of the metal because it doesn’t pay interest.Yields on 10-year Treasuries reached a one-month high after a key measure of US consumer prices rose more than forecast in June. The price report could complicate the Federal Reserve’s assessment of inflation as policy makers weigh an interest-rate cut as soon as this month.Gold “is sort of caught between cross-currents,” Ed Meir, an analyst at INTL FCStone Inc, said by phone. “The bearish influence is the fact that the dollar has come back from being weaker today to unchanged and also the fact that rates are going up in response to the higher inflation numbers we got. So higher rates, stronger dollar is bearish for gold.”Gold futures for August delivery fell 0.4% to US$1,406.70 an ounce on the Comex in New York, after rising as much as 1.2% earlier. An index of the dollar was down 0.1% after falling as much as 0.3%. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Sikkim remains cutoff for 2nd day as multiple landslides block NH31

first_imgSikkim remains cut-off for 2nd day as multiple landslides block NH-31The officials from General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) said significant sections of the hills have collapsed and blocked the highway at five locations between Setijhora and Kalijhora in West Bengal.advertisement Press Trust of India GangtokJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 21:52 IST In Sikkim, landslides have occurred near Rangpo and 32 Number on the highway, officials said. (Representational image: PTI)Sikkim remained cut-off from the rest of the country for the second day on Friday as multiple landslides triggered by heavy and continuous rainfall have blocked the arterial NH-31A, officials said.The officials from General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) said significant sections of the hills have collapsed and blocked the highway at five locations between Setijhora and Kalijhora in West Bengal.In Sikkim, landslides have occurred near Rangpo and 32 Number on the highway, they said, adding that the ongoing repair and restoration work is being hampered by heavy and continuous rains.The MeT Department has warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy falls over sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim.Also Read | Indian Army rescues over 2,500 stranded tourists in SikkimAlso Read | Floods affect 4 lakh in Assam, 10 dead across northeast as rains lash region Also Watch | In Depth: Decoding the link between floods and droughtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow SikkimFollow Landslide Nextlast_img read more