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GC Unveils Anti-corruption Assessment Report

first_imgA distinguished array of leaders from various integrity institutions, government representatives including ministries, legal entities, representatives of collaborating agencies, donor organizations converged at a local resort for a conference on the Validation of Findings for the Assessment of the 2006 National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS).Sponsored by the Governance Commission, and backed by support from the African Development Bank, the gathering listened to a presentation on the findings by Dr. John E. Harvey, an internationally-renowned consultant, backed by Dr. Alpha Sampson, both of the DAH Consulting, Inc.An oversight of the occasion was presented by Atty. Bornor M. Varmah, Program Manager, National Integrity Systems Mandate Area, who briefly outlined the aspects of the assessment.He said, “It represents a national plan of action for fighting corruption and consists of time bound specific actions to be undertaken by government and stakeholders…”Introducing the occasion, Commissioner Ruth Jappah of the NISM lauded Dr. Harvey for the report noting that the assessment calls for more interventions to fight corruption such as a whistle blower protection order, corrupt offenses and a corruption court.She said, “Budgets for the fight against corruption are not aligned with the scope of strategy. In other words, the fight is underfunded.”Quoting the report, Mrs. Jappah said, “Legislation constituting agencies and commissions have been written in isolation and without due diligence, resulting in conflicting roles and responsibilities.”The commissioner stressed, “We must move from finger-pointing to clasped hands; we must develop political and cultural mores which elevate the fight against corruption and we must provide a program which shows the way out of this dilemma and then lead the way.”In his presentation, Dr. Harvey stressed that sustainability plans and mechanisms need to be developed to support anti-corruption and the rule of law programs. “Anti-corruption enforcement, justice and security programs, once implemented, have been severely under-funded in their current configurations.”He said integrity institutions should be further assessed and strengthened to increase their capacity to effectively achieve their mandates. Planned reforms should include sustainability plan as current arrangements have resulted in deterioration of facilities and reversal of gains.He noted that anti-corruption planning has made considerable progress and some expected results have been accomplished but added that a number of areas have experienced poor performance as it relates to key outcomes such as “criminalizing and prosecuting corrupt cases.”The assessment, as revealed by Dr. Sampson from a survey conducted in the process, reported various areas of rampant corruption, for example, the Judiciary, 87 percent and Legislature, 92 percent, adding that any anti-corruption strategy must address the issue of bribery, which he said is the most frequent form of corruption.The report noted that 92 percent of those interviewed said they have witnessed corruption while 93 percent confessed they did not report the corrupt acts they experienced.He said by the very nature of our society, “Systems and process have been created to support bribery,” adding that this needs fixing.There was the general belief that corruption afflicts our society, that it is ingrained in every aspect of life in society and the need for vigorous enforcement of laws to reduce the incidence. “Everything we do there is an element of corruption,” one participant said.The program was moderated by Hon. James N. Verdier, Executive Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission who stressed the need for all integrity agencies to collaborate in the war against corruption. This collaboration should persist “so that we will not lose the fight against corruption,” he said. “We need to have more conversations to discuss corruption because it is pervasive.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man found dead in city hotel identified

first_imgSome three days after a lifeless body was found in a city hotel room, the elderly man was identified by a relative on Saturday morning.Dead is 74-year-old Michael Rajnauth, a vendor of Lot 548 Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara. He was identified by his son.A post-mortem examination is expected to be conducted on the man’s body to determine the cause of death. Rajnauth was found motionless in a room at the K&VC Hotel on South Road, Georgetown, on Wednesday, sometime around 13:30h.According to reports, the man had checked into the room on Tuesday, and paid to utilise it for one day. However, when the time expired at about noon the following day, the receptionist reportedly called the guest but there was no answer.Other staff members sought to knock on the man’s room door, but again, received no response. The hotel’s manager subsequently ordered staffers to enter the room.It was then that the elderly man was found clad in only a grey three-quarter pants, lying lifeless on the bed. A white substance, suspected to be poison was observed around the bed and on the floor, near the man.There were no signs of violence on the deceased’s body, Police said.His body was taken to the Lyken’s Funeral home.last_img read more

World Cup final 2014: These players to help Man City boast more WC winners?

first_img1 Argentina team before the semi-final win against the Netherlands This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the latest issue from the Apple newsstand and follow them on Twitter @SportmagukArgentina would love nothing more than to lift the trophy in the footballing temple of their bitterest foes. Here’s Sport’s guide to the South American’s 2014 World Cup final team.Sergio RomeroMonaco, 27 years old53 capsCame into the tournament on the back of a domestic season in which he made only three Ligue 1 appearances for Monaco. That was enough to see him given the inevitable epithet ‘dodgy’, but Argentina are yet to concede a goal in the knockout stages and Romero saved two Dutch penalties in the semi-final shootout. High on confidence, then, but will probably need to be.Pablo ZabaletaManchester City, 2942 caps Hasn’t been at his marauding best at this World Cup, and took a Dirk Kuyt shoulder full in the jaw in extra-time on Wednesday. Zabaleta is made of strong stuff, though, and will be ready for the likely challenge of facing up to Thomas Muller in Sunday’s final.Marcos RojoSporting CP, 2427 caps, 1 goalThe young left-back has outshone his more illustrious counterpart on the right in Brazil, breaking forward more regularly and looking surprisingly solid in defence. Scored against Nigeria, missed the quarter-final win over Belgium through suspension, but returned to some effect in the semi.Martin DemichelisManchester City, 3340 caps, 2 goalsNot renowned as a bastion of solidity at Manchester City, but the veteran centre-half has added experience and composure to the Argentina defence since being brought in to replace Federico Fernandez against Belgium. Like Samson in reverse, has seemingly improved for having his flowing locks chopped off – and likely to make the starting line-up in the Maracana.Ezequiel GarayZenit St Petersburg, 2724 capsUnderstated leader of Argentina’s surprisingly solid defence, Garay has tackled tough and – more crucially – intercepted swiftly and smartly at this World Cup. Also made a semi-final clearance when he was actually holding his boot in one hand. Bootiful stuff.Javier MascheranoBarcelona, 30104 caps, 3 goalsProbably the man of the match in the semi final (despite spending a small portion of the game unconscious), Mascherano is the engine of Argentina’s midfield. Will need to be at his busy best if he’s to get among Germany’s slick midfielders and disrupt their rapid passing game.Lucas BigliaLazio, 2825 caps Bustling, buck-toothed Biglia wasn’t in the starting line-up going into this World Cup, but the central midfielder impressed off the bench in the second round against Switzerland. He has started both matches since and while it’s his workrate that catches the eye, he’s also threaded through several neat passes in attack.Enzo PerezBenfica, 2810 caps, 1 goalIt’s Perez or Angel di Maria in midfield, with di Maria (at time of press) looking unlikely to be fit. The 2013-14 Portuguese league player of the season can match di Maria for dash and industry, even if Perez isn’t the equal of the Real Madrid man when it comes to goalscoring prowess.Ezequiel LavezziParis Saint-Germain, 2936 caps, 4 goalsAnother Argentine who wasn’t a first-choice selection at the start of the tournament but who’s grown into the team. A neat link-up man who was arguably Argentina’s best attacking option in the semi final (against little-to-no competition), his job will be to find the gaps in Germany’s defence.Lionel Messi (captain)Barcelona, 2792 caps, 42 goalsHas struggled to find either space or form in two games since setting up Angel di Maria’s late winner against Switzerland in the last 16, and will almost certainly find a certain Herr Schweinsteiger in his face at every turn on Sunday. But this is Lionel Messi, the Greatest Player in the World™. The script is written for him to have his say on the biggest stage of all, right?Gonzalo HiguainNapoli, 2642 caps, 21 goalsA mixed bag of a World Cup for the Napoli striker who finally looked to have found his scoring touch in the quarter final versus Belgium, but then frustrated against the Netherlands. Needs to offer better movement if he’s to get in behind Germany’s high-line defence. A lethal finisher at best, mind.The benchHe hasn’t looked fit since November, but that might not stop Sergio Aguero having an impact from the sidelines here. The strange rat-tail of Rodrigo Palacio can also be backed to appear if Argentina need to chase the game, with Boca Juniors midfielder Fernando Gago a likelier option if Alejandro Sabella wants to shut up shop.The 2014 World Cup final is live on talkSPORT at 8pm on Sunday 13 Julylast_img read more

HARTE APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF DONEGAL GATHERING STEERING GROUP

first_imgThe Gathering Ireland 2013 will host a series of Community Meetings in September 2012 throughout County Donegal.The meetings will be led and managed by the County Donegal Gathering Steering Group, which has recently appointed Paddy Harte as Chairman.The well-knwon Letterkenny-based executive worked as Senior Development Advisor with the International Fund for Ireland in County Donegal for over 20 years. The IFI is an example of the power of the Irish diaspora, working at the highest level for local people. He is currently a Lecturer in Leadership and Business Management at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT).Upon taking up his role as Chairman of the County Donegal Gathering 2013 Steering Group, Paddy commented “The Gathering 2013 is a unique and inspiring concept and I am honoured to be part of it. It’s a real chance for us to work together and showcase our county – from our breath-taking landscape to our vibrant tradition in arts, culture, sport and heritage.“Together, we need to reach out to our global diaspora and bring them home to a distinctive Donegal welcome. Together we will celebrate what makes us all so proud of our county. And once we get them here, we can remind them that “our hearts are like our mountains in the homes of Donegal.“We have never done anything on this scale before and I urge local people, community volunteers, sporting organisations, educational bodies and businesses to participate in any way they can. Ní neart go cur le cheile. “There will be community workshops throughout September in Letterkenny, Buncrana, Dungloe, Ballybofey and Donegal Town and if we all get involved, this will get The Gathering 2013 off to a great start”.Community meetings in Co. Donegal will start at 7pm sharp at the following locations:10th September 2012 – Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny18th September 2012 – Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana19th September 2012 – Maghery Resource Centre, Maghery, Dungloe 25th September 2012 – Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey26th September 2012 – Lough Eske Castle Solis Hotel, Donegal TownFurther information available at: www.donegalgathering.com and www.thegatheringireland.comHARTE APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF DONEGAL GATHERING STEERING GROUP was last modified: August 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal MeetingsThe Gatheringlast_img read more

Donegal Gardai warn people not to answer ’88’ calls

first_imgGardai in Donegal have warned phone-users of a scam operating across the county.They have advised people not to answer calls beginning with the prefix ’88’A spokesman explained that anyone who answers the call risks being charged considerable fees. Gardai in Donegal posted the following message on their Facebook page.“We have been alerted of scam callers from +88 numbers going on in Donegal at the moment.“+88 is Mobile Satellite Phone (Globalstar) prefix and if you call the number back you will be charged a lot of money €€€”Donegal Gardai warn people not to answer ’88’ calls was last modified: August 2nd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bogus callsdonegalGardailast_img read more

Why Warriors coach Steve Kerr is staying out of China-NBA debate

first_imgFor now, Warriors coach Steve Kerr is sticking to sports when it comes to commenting on Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.Kerr, arguably the most socially conscious coach in professional sports, hesitated Monday night to jump into the international debate created by Morey’s tweet about China that also compromised the NBA’s massive business interests in that country.When asked if he had a reaction to Morey’s tweet supporting Hong Kong protesters in their ongoing battle with the …last_img

USDA now accepting applications for the Conservation Activity Plan Initiative

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer technical and financial assistance to Ohio farmers, agricultural producers, and private forest landowners who want to better manage their agricultural and forest land resources. Having a plan is always the best place to start in any endeavor and the Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) Initiative will help to develop a systematic plan that details the best approach to address natural resource concerns on farms and private forest/woodlands.With CAP Initiative funding, landowners contract with a certified Technical Service Provider (TSP) to identify conservation practices needed to address their specific land use or natural resource need. A CAP could focus on a land use resource concern involving grazing land, forest land, or transitioning to an organic operation. A CAP could also address specific resource needs such as managing nutrients, on-farm energy improvements, or an air quality concern. For additional information on TSPs, visit the NRCS TSP website.Once a conservation activity plan is completed with a certified TSP, producers can then apply for NRCS financial assistance to implement the conservation practices identified in their CAP. All NRCS financial-assistance programs are offered in a continuous sign-up; however, to be considered for CAP funding in the first collection period for the 2018 fiscal year, applications must be received by Oct. 20, 2017.Applications for NRCS programs submitted by entities, such as agricultural producers applying as a corporation, must have a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number and an active SAM (System for Award Management) registration status when applying, a process that may take several weeks. Applications cannot be processed without this information. To learn more about technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit Get Started with NRCS or a local USDA Service Center.last_img read more

Brown recognized by OEFFA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At a gathering of more than 1,100 farmers and local food advocates, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) received the Food and Farm Champion Award from the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA). The announcement was made in Dayton on Friday, February 16 as part of OEFFA’s 39th annual conference, A Taste for Change.From left: OEFFA Executive Director Dr. Carol Goland, Senator Sherrod Brown, OEFFA Policy Program Coordinator Amalie LipstreuThe award recognizes Senator Brown’s commitment to sustainable agriculture and his leadership in making positive investments in local food systems, community economic development, and public health.“Senator Brown has consistently supported investments in local and regional food systems that contribute to farmer viability, create jobs, and improve public health,” said OEFFA’s Policy Program Coordinator Amalie Lipstreu, who presented the award. “Through his introduction of the Local Food and Regional Market Supply (FARMS) Act (S. 1947), we can fully develop the policies and programs that spur economic development in communities in Ohio and throughout the nation.”“Local farmers feed Ohio families and grow Ohio’s economy. I’m proud to work with partners like OEFFA to help connect family farms with their communities, grow their bottom lines, and create jobs across our state. It’s an honor to receive the Food and Farm Champion award,” said Senator Brown, who provided remarks to the conference’s 1,100 guests.Ohio is home to 24 local food councils, a state food policy network, and a growing number of farm to institution programs, food hubs, and direct to consumer outlets. Senator Brown’s farm bill advocacy efforts have supported more than 90 food system projects and resulted in more than $7 million dollars in investments in Ohio’s communities. For example, the Lake to River Food Cooperative established a food hub and a shared retail space, the Youngstown Online Market pick-up site, which helps farmers market their products through a shared online platform.Senator Brown serves on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, where he has been instrumental in strengthening the farm safety net and addressing childhood hunger.“OEFFA is pleased to recognize Senator Brown’s leadership and looks forward to continue working with him in the future,” Lipstreu said.last_img read more

Euro 2016 Final, Portugal vs France: As it happened

first_imgHello and welcom to our LIVE COVERAGE of the Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France at Stade de France, Paris. (FULL EURO COVERAGE | NEWS | PHOTOS)Right until the very end!#EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/Vo1L7FerBz UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016You don’t forget these moments, @selecaoportugal…#EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/jkouuMDuXx UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016The moment Portugal lifted the trophy!#EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/9XF5mMgb9v UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016?? Camera flashes, EVERYWHERE ??#EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/eRg088KZzh UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016The match-winner and the captain ???#EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/Iq3tEgS3nl UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 201603.02 IST: That’s it! Portugal are crowned champions. The celebrations! #EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/1HqhQcT7lx UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016Eder carries the ball across the pitch, shrugs off Koscielny and buries the ball into the bottom corner from 25 metres! #EURO2016 #PORFRA UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 201602.49 IST: GOAL! Eder scores in the Extra-Time and it’s Portugal who take a 1-0 lead in the 109th minute. 02.43 IST: First half of Extra-Time ends in stalemete Ronaldo was back to motivate the troops during the break.#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/XVAZgjOQLb UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016Spotted! The man who scored the last extra-time winner in a EURO final.#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/TIHLYJ6T7R UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 201602.34 IST: YELLOW CARD! Matuidi (France) booked in the 97th minute. Lloris playing his part as well ??????#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/D7LSBQQw0i UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 201602.28 IST: Extra-Time begins advertisementThe #EURO2016 final is going to extra time!#PORFRA pic.twitter.com/iBTzLvuugS UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 201602.23 IST: It’s 0-0 after 90 minutes. Match goes into Extra-Time. 02.19 IST: Additional three minutes added as injury time. 84 – CLOSE! A Sissoko piledriver from 25 metres is beaten away by Rui Patrcio. What a hit! #EURO2016 #PORFRA UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 201602.10 IST: 10 minutes to go and it’s still 0-0. 79 – CLOSE! Lloris to the rescue, palming away an over-hit Nani cross before claiming an extravagant overhead kick by Quaresma. #EURO2016 UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016Time for a change. #FRA Gignac ? Giroud#POR Eder ? Renato Sanches #EURO2016 #PORFRA UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 201675 – Coman the creator, playing in Giroud, who fires towards goal left-footed. Rui Patrcio is down well to parry. #EURO2016 #PORFRA UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 201666 – Adrien Silva makes way for #POR with Moutinho coming on. #EURO2016 #PORFRA UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 201665 – CHANCE! Griezmann is unmarked inside the box but can only head a lovely Coman cross over the bar. #EURO2016 #PORFRA UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 201657 – Coman comes on for France, replacing Payet. #EURO2016 #PORFRA UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016All eyes glued to the big screen in the Paris fan zone ???#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/vnX0PixL0f UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016The art of goalkeeping by Rui Patrcio ?????????#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/RTPUgyCs2R UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 201601.35 IST: Second half gets underway. 01.19 IST: Half-Time – Portugal 0-0 France.01.16 IST: Two minutes of additional time added. Sissoko bursts through the Portugal ranks – not for the first time ??#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/ULm70BO2SF UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016You are the best in the world brother. Fora @Cristiano. Raul Meireles (@OficialMeireles) July 10, 201601.04 IST: Cedric (Portugal) gets a yellow for foul on Payet in the 34th minute. Terrible to see Cris come off like that. Hope it’s nothing too bad ????? Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) July 10, 201600.56 IST: Ronaldo was back in action but not for too long. He is being stretchered off this time. His final is over. What a tragic end.00.48 IST: Ronaldo suffers another blow in the 17th minute. And it’s Payet again. He looks in massive pain as he walks off the field.Ronaldo received treatment after taking a knock to the knee. Good news for #POR – he’s back on. #EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/rGMLxgQK1Q UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 201600.40 IST: Cristiano Ronaldo is brought down by Dimitri Payet. He limps off the field. 00.38 IST: 7 minutes – France have dominated proceedings so far. This man knows a thing or two about EURO glory…#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/36I2tRBgHw UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 201600.31 IST: The match is underway. 00.24 IST: Players make their way to a packed Stade de France. Time for their national anthems 00.17 IST: Closing ceremony is underway. David Guetta and Zara Larsson perform00.10 IST: Players are out on the pitch for pre-match warm-up. #FRA unchanged for the #EURO2016 final#EURO2016 https://t.co/xlXydyFf59#PORFRA pic.twitter.com/z5P7ZAQneNadvertisement UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016Pepe and W. Carvalho return for #POR#EURO2016 https://t.co/xlXydyFf59 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/774EmsEZIA UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 201600.00 IST: Just half an hour to go for the kick-off. 23.58 IST: Didier Deschamps eyeing a double as a captain-coach. He won the title as France captain in 2000. 23.40 IST: STAT! Cristiano Ronaldo is just one goal away from becoming the all-time leading scorer at Euro. He’s currently level with Michel Platini on nine goals. The Stade de France is going to be rocking tonight! Are you #POR or #FRA?#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/LAXCB4lc9T UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016The teams are in! William Carvalho and Pepe are back for #POR, while #FRA are unchanged. #PORFRA #EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/DCuF7n9FLs UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016Les Bleus can count on some passionate support at the Stade de France tonight. #PORFRA #EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/ODz6HYbdYD UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016Portugal’s 8 goals at this EURO have come at a rate of 1.33 per game. #PORFRA #EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/swj6Oj6QLP UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016#FRA leave their hotel. Destination: #EURO2016 final!Follow #PORFRA: https://t.co/xlXydyFf59 pic.twitter.com/8d0cM7qqYP UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016Two hours to go! How are the nerves?#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/By8hqoPUUJ UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016Before tonight, how about #POR v #FRA at Table Football! Les Bleus came out on top in the Paris Fan Zone #EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/RTvfwViKVG UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016The trophy at the Stade de France. Who are you backing to win tonight? #PORFRA #EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/lamLvUhEXT UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016#FRA fans already in good voice! #EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/AjmAfBit2q UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016PREVIEWCristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann will meet for another title showdown when Portugal face France in the European Championship final on Sunday, just six weeks after they contested the Champions League final.Ronaldo was on the winning side with Real Madrid at the continental showpiece in Milan, with the Portugal captain scoring the decisive spot kick in a penalty shootout against Griezmann’s Atletico Madrid.This time, Ronaldo could be in for a disappointment.Not only will France have the host nation crowd behind them at the Stade de France, but Griezmann has been on sparkling form with a tournament-leading six goals – double the tally of Ronaldo, who has toiled and grumbled his way through Portugal’s stodgy campaign.Ronaldo is only one goal away from scoring a 10th European Championship goal and breaking Michel Platini’s 32-year record.But France’s pedigree in finals is far stronger than Portugal’s, particularly at home where the prize was collected at the 1984 European Championship and 1998 World Cup. The only time France have won silverware away from Paris was Euro 2000, while the sole final loss was on penalties to Italy at the 2006 World Cup.France have won their last 10 games against Portugal, whose last victory over the hosts came in 1975. And Fernando Santos, who began his reign 21 months ago with a loss to France in the Stade de France, has seen his team win only once inside 90 minutes at Euro 2016 – against Wales in the semifinals.advertisementlast_img read more

Any life lost in Kashmir is a loss for us as a nation, says PM Modi on Mann Ki Baat

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi today hosted the 23rd edition of his popular radio show Mann Ki Baat on All India Radio (AIR). The prime minister spoke on Kashmir unrest, Olympic medal winners, Dhyan Chand and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. Here are the highlights:- Any life lost in Kashmir, whether of a youth or of a security personnel, is a loss for us as a nation: PM- People who are putting innocent young boys forward to disrupt peace in Kashmir, one day they will have to answer to these boys: PM- Kashmir ke sambandh mein mera sabhi dalon se jitna interaction hua, usse ek baat jagrut hoti hai – ekta aur mamta, mool mantra mein rahi: PM- Legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand was a live example of sportsman spirit and patriotism: PM- Tomorrow (Monday) August 29 is legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand’s birth anniversary which is celebrated as national sports day. I pay him tributes and want you all to remember his contribution: PM- Great cricket player Don Bradman had said that Dhyan Chand scores goals like runs: PM- A 16-year-old girl launched a Satyagraha, gave up food, demanding a toilet in her home in Karnataka: PM- When this came to the knowledge of the village head, he arranged Rs 18K and got a toilet constructed in 7 days: PM- Bharat ki humesha humesha ye koshish rahi hai ki hamare padosiyon ke saath hamare sambandh gehre ho, sehej ho, jeevant ho: PM- Students of 1,700 schools wrote to their parents urging them to construct toilets in their homes, in Chhattisgarh: PM- Mother Teresa’s canonisation as saint to happen on September 4th. Her life was dedicated to work for the poor: PM- Why should we not go back to our tradition of using clay for making idols? It will help save the climate: PM- Lot of people are writing about Ganesh Chaturthi & Durga Puja vis-a-vis the environment showing their concern over pollution: PM- My handwriting is not that good. I have immense respect for people with good handwriting: PM- Mai Pullela Gopichand ji ko, unki tapasya ko, khel ke prati unke samarpan ko salute karta hoon: PM- Teachers are as important as mothers in our lives. They spend their lives caring for their students: PM- For me, 5th September is not only Teachers Day but a day of learning as well: PM- It is very good to know that our nation wants us to focus on extracurricular activities: PM- Dipa Karmakar stood at 4th position, kamaal kar diya: PM- We have to go a long way when it comes to focusing on Sports. Sports needs motivation and public is the best entity to do it: PM- We won Rio Olympics medals, our daughters proved themselves once again, that they are not less than anyone: PM- Kal Hockey ke jaadugar Dhyan Chand ji ki janmatithi hai, ye din rashtriya khel divas ke roop mein manaya jata hai: PMadvertisementALSO READ:Wish PM had mentioned Kashmir situation in Mann Ki Baat: Omar Mann ki Baat: Future is going to be technology driven, we need to embrace it, says PMlast_img read more