London Eye: Narang’s win eases pressure off Indian athletes

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2017/IMG5761.jpg" alt="first_img" />The air rifle shooting hall at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London had a fair sprinkling of Indians. Apart from coaches, competitors and a large media presence, there were fans who came in after purchasing tickets.To those not so conversant with shooting, this was billed as a battle between Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang. At one stage, the packed hall was choking and supporters of both Bindra and Narang were hoping that both would be in the final.In fact, it seemed possible at one stage before Bindra lost his rhythm. I was sitting next to one of the officials of an Indian private sports promoter and joked how Indian Olympic medallists never are able to reproduce the same form at the next Games.Take the cases of Leander Paes, Karnam Malleswari, RVS Rathore and now Bindra. After winning medals in Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing respectively, they have been unable to produce the same magic four years later.By the time Leander was competing in Sydney after his bronze medal effort in 1996, he had to give up singles in tennis.As for Malleswari, she had a “dead lift” in Athens after her Sydney bronze, prompting critics to say that she may have tanked for strange reasons.And as regards Rathore, he blew it up in Beijing, after his silver showing in Athens. In four years, he had actually become aloof and was not competing the same hard way as Olympic champions do.Rathore did try to get into the London Olympics as one quota place was being surrendered by the National Rifle Association of India but the fact remains he is past his prime.In London, for two days in a row, the question which I had to answer repeatedly was why India had still not won a medal.Now that Gagan Narang has opened the tally, we can expect the pressure to ease off. If someone like Bindra says he has been under pressure, you can well imagine what it takes to win a medal.Coming back to the shooting hall today, it was nice to see the arena packed. On Monday, the LOCOG said at some empty venues, tickets would be resold if they did not fill up.There is obviously some reason why this has happened because in London, everyone talks of wanting to buy tickets and there being none.One man who has been around and watched several Olympics as a shooting coach in India is Sunny Thomas. He is a man with limited technical skills and is lucky to have got the Dronacharya Award.As a manager, he does his role well. After Gagan Narang’s victory, “Sunny” was being chased for quotes. Even Narang was looking for Sunny Sir. “Arree, he has been praying hard for me, I have to think him,” said Narang just before the medal ceremony.At a time when athletes like Leander Paes talk of this being their sixth Olympics, Sunny has also been around for a long time.He knows his limitations and helps out the shooters whichever way he can. There was a funny incident in London today when a local TV reporter asked Sunny for his number.Like most of us here, he did not remember it and checked his cell phone book. Sure enough, Sunny China, Sunny Korea, Sunny Germany numbers were popping up in his phone!While he is not one of those who likes to collect sim cards as a hobby, by the time the reporter got Sunny’s London number, it was a nice wait. She was impressed Sunny travels so much.Others joked as to how Sunny has a thick passport and it could be worth photographing.Even as people joke with Sunny, he remains serious while doing his job. I am sure one day when I decide to write a book on Indian shooting, Sunny will be able to give me a lot of dope!advertisement<img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2017/IMG4604.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8208"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

World Cup Medal Will Boost Confidence Going Ahead: Elavenil Valarivan

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2047/IMG16263.jpg" alt="first_img" />Rio de Janeiro: Indian shooter Elavenil Valarivan on Thursday said her maiden senior World Cup medal will be a “great confidence booster” as she seeks to scale greater heights in coming years.The fast-rising Elavenil finished on top in the women’s 10m air rifle competition, pipping fancied compatriots Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil, in the ISSF Rifle-Pistol Stage 4 World Cup here. The 20-year-old is only the third Indian to achieve the feat after Anjali Bhagwat and current world number one Chandela.”I am happy and this win will give me great confidence going ahead into other national and international competitions,” said the youngster, who trains under Project Leap and is supported by Olympic Gold Quest.Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang has played a part in Elavenil’s progress and the shooter did not forget to thank him.”I am really thrilled with this achievement and want to thank my mentor Gagan sir, my coach Neha ma’am & my mental trainer Kirtika ma’am who have trained me so well and without their correct guidance, this would not have been possible.”Mentor Narang was equally proud saying “such performances were the real rewards”, adding that Elavenil made it “doubly special” as Gun For Glory celebrated the twin success.#NationalSportsDay gets sweeter. @elavalarivan wins her first senior World Cupon the day GNSPF’s efforts are recognised through the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar! Thanking the universe! @narendramodi @KirenRijiju @Media_SAI @RaninderSingh @OfficialNRAI pic.twitter.com/tw1Yv1X3bT— Gagan Narang (@gaGunNarang) August 28, 2019″Elavenil has made a beautiful transition from the junior level to the senior. We have worked very closely on her all these years and her success marks a special day for all of us at Gun For Glory. She is a smart shooter and has the capability to perform consistently,” said Gagan on his ward.In her debut year at the senior level, Elavenil shot 251.7 in the finals to help India extend their new-found dominance in the event, leaving behind Seonaid Mcintosh of Britain, who won silver with an effort of 250.6 on Wednesday.A student of English literature and one who loves to go on long drives, Elavenil is a junior World Cup gold-medallist besides being an Asian champion.It has been remarkable progress for the young shooter who held a gun for the first time as a 13-year-old in native Ahmedabad. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Anjum Moudgilapurvi chandelaElavenil Valarivangagan narang First Published: August 29, 2019, 6:10 PM IST<img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2047/IMG16242.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8199"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

Qatar Under Scanner for 2022 FIFA World Cup After Empty-stadium Show at World Athletics Championships

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2047/IMG10929.jpg" alt="first_img" />Doha: Despite triumphs on the track, Qatar has come under fire for its hosting of the World Athletics Championships with questions raised over Doha’s ability to deliver the football World Cup successfully in three years’ time.Perhaps the most stinging off-track criticism of the 10-day event which concludes Sunday was sparked by the spectacle of a near-empty stadium during the opening days, raising fears for attendances in 2022. “It’s a classic mega-event failing, believing that ‘if you build it, fans will come’,” said Simon Chadwick, professor of sports enterprise at Britain’s Salford University.Crowds at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and the 2004 Games in Athens also failed to meet organisers’ expectations despite ambitious stadium construction, he noted.International Association of Athletics Federations chief Sebastian Coe has come under fire for the dismal crowds that turned out in Doha to watch blue-riband events including the men’s and women’s 100 metres.”The crowd is an easier subject to talk about rather than some of the more insightful stuff around the events,” said Coe, who attacked what he viewed as negative media coverage.Spectator numbers improved as the week wore on after at least one large state-funded organisation offered staff free tickets for the Khalifa International Stadium.”It totally felt different, there was a lot of energy,” said former 1,500m world champion Jenny Simpson on Thursday after the American won her heat.’REASONS TO BE THERE’Despite Western diplomats warning Qatar would be “judged harshly” for missteps during the athletics, Chadwick said Doha would be unfazed by criticism of meagre crowds.The country instead sees the Championships and World Cup as a means of bolstering security, he said.”Even if nobody turned up to watch the athletics, it doesn’t matter. Qatar has mitigated the threats it faces by making itself visible, relevant and important,” said Chadwick.Qatar is embroiled in a bitter two-year dispute with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates which accuse Doha of backing Iran and radical Islamists.They have cut direct transport links, closed airspace to Qatari aircraft and restricted their citizens from visiting over the claims, which Doha denies.By hosting such events, Qatar “has a degree of protection against some of the threats,” Chadwick said, adding that the 2015 World Handball Championship and the 2016 cycling Road World Championships were also poorly attended.FIFA would now seek clarity about Doha’s ticketing strategy following the sight of a near-empty stadium on some days at the athletics, he added.”People want to know — is there going to be somewhere nice to stay, can they buy a beer?” Chadwick said.”What kind of event ecosystem are they constructing around that ticketing strategy? You’ve got to give people reasons to be there.”Qatar World Cup organisers declined to comment on the ticketing challenges at the athletiics but sought to head off fears around the World Cup, including alcohol prices in the conservative Gulf monarchy.Officials also sought to reassure LGBT fans their safety would be assured as they showed off rapidly evolving World Cup infrastructure to visiting media ahead of the athletics.’QATAR NO MORE’?Another recurring issue was the heat in the road races, with some competitors berating organisers for the sweltering temperatures and humidity during the marathons and race walks that were held outside the air-conditioned stadium.Canada’s Lyndsay Tessier, who placed ninth after 28 of her 68 rivals dropped out of the women’s marathon, told AFP it was “really scary and intimidating and daunting” seeing competitors collapse.But World Cup organisers insisted to visiting media that 2022 will not be dogged by high temperatures as it will be staged in the winter months and played in air-conditioned stadiums.Championships spectators faced grim traffic jams across Doha with many key roads and junctions undergoing construction, although competitors and VIPs received police escorts.Congestion surged when the Al-Sadd football team hosted Saudi outfit Al-Hilal at home on Tuesday, just minutes away from the Khalifa Stadium. It also highlighted that soccer is more popular than athletics among Qataris, despite the fact that thousands of locals packed the stadium to see home hero Mutaz Essa Barshim retain his high jump title on Friday.Pressure is also mounting on the authorities to open all 37 metro stations, of which only 13 are currently operational, by the promised New Year deadline.Chadwick said Qatar was “skating on thin ice” following the challenges of the World Championships.”They have to get the World Cup right otherwise, after 2022, there’s going to be a question about what happens next,” he said.”If sports governing bodies walk away saying ‘Qatar no more’, then that does expose Qatar again to geo-political vulnerability.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2022 fifa world cup2022 Qatar World CupathleticsDoha First Published: October 6, 2019, 3:56 PM IST<img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2061/IMG3875.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8196"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka out of Monte Carlo Masters

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b56.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2056/IMG9811.jpg" alt="first_img" />World number one Andy Murray was knocked out of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday as Spaniard Albert Ramos battled back from 4-0 down in the final set to win 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 and reach the quarter-finals on a day of upsets.Swiss third seed Stan Wawrinka, the 2015 French Open champion, was also sent packing when he lost to Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 6-4.Murray was playing only his second match since returning from a five-week layoff after an elbow injury. He was handed a first-round bye in the first European claycourt tournament of the season.”I’m disappointed to lose from the position that I was in. Being 4-0 up in the third, I haven’t lost many matches like that in my career,” Murray told a news conference.”He obviously started playing better towards the end of the set. I still had a bunch of chances. I guess both of us did, really. I should have been able to do enough to weather that storm a little bit and finish the match off.”The Scot won the opening set at the Monte Carlo Country Club in 48 minutes but his service was suspect and Ramos, ranked 24th in the world and the 15th seed, ripped through the second to go into the third with all to play for.He kept his head in the Monaco sunshine even after Murray, who ended up being broken seven times in a match with 13 service breaks, had romped to a 4-0 advantage with the loss of just three points.advertisementThe Spanish claycourt specialist won four games in a row, before Murray applied some late pressure, and was implacable as he won the next two with back-to-back breaks and served for the match.Murray saved one match point, when a Ramos backhand went wide, but misjudged a drop shot that landed in the net to hand Ramos a famous first victory over his top-ranked opponent.The Scot reached the semi-finals in Monaco last year and clearly needs more matches ahead of the French Open starting on May 28.Ramos will now play fifth-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic, who beat Tomas Berdych 6-2, 7-6, on Friday.Former world number ones Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic are in action later on Thursday.<img src="http://b56.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2056/IMG17696.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8170"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

Selection is not my job: Virat Kohli on Karun Nair omission

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a40.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2040/IMG7826.jpg" alt="first_img" />Virat Kohli said it was not his place to speak on selection matters after Karun Nair was controversially omitted from the two-Test series against West Indies starting October 4.Nair was part of the Indian squad on the away tours to South Africa and England and yet, all he did was warm the bench and impressed Shankar Basu, India’s trainer, with his fitness.Karun Nair is only the second Indian to have scored a triple century in Test cricket. Yet the Indian team management and selectors decided to pick just a one-Test old Hanuma Vihari ahead of Nair for the two-Test series against West Indies at home in October.READ – Virat Kohli looks at the future as India gear up for West Indies”Selectors have already spoken about it and it is not my place to say. There are selectors doing their job. You can conveniently merge everything and make it a circle where everyone is doing their job and not focusing on what people are saying on the outside,” Kohli said on the pre-match press conference at Rajkot.READ – India vs West Indies: Prithvi Shaw to debut in 1st Test as India announce 12-man team”If a person has spoken about it already, it should not be brought in here again. The chief selector has already spoken to the player of what I know. I don’t think I need to comment on that.READ – Haven’t got the opportunities I should have got after triple hundred: Karun Nairadvertisement”Selection is not my job. As a team we are doing what we are supposed to. Everyone should be aware of their respective jobs.”Captain @imVkohli looking on point on the eve of the 1st Test against West Indies #TeamIndia #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/JR65lonaacBCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 2018Virat Kohli also asserted that no joint decisions are taken and all stakeholders are aware of their respective jobs.READ – Harbhajan finding it hard to understand the parameters for selecting national team”People should also realise that it is not a joint thing everywhere. That is the confusion right now where people are combining everything and thinking everything is happening from one place which is not true,” said Kohli, dismissing the perception that captain and the rest of the team management have a significant say in selection matters.READ – Spoke to Karun Nair soon after India team selection for West Indies Tests: MSK PrasadAfter chief selector MSK Prasad clarified that Nair was spoken to at length over his omission, Harbhajan Singh slammed the logic behind dropping the Karnataka batsman.(With inputs from PTI)<img src="http://a40.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2040/IMG14388.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8137"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

BSc SPECIAL OFFER to “BSc Friends”

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c69.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2069/IMG415.jpg" alt="first_img" />This is to announce our ADDITIONAL 10% SPECIAL COUPON OFFER that we are making on all BSc Compression orders until the 18th December only.Visit our BSc Compression website on:  http://www.BSccompression.com.au This additional 10% discount is available on any order set for delivery by close of shipping 19th December 2008, and is our way of saying thank you.The additional discount will be calculated by typing the coupon code: BSc10XmasWe hope you will take advantage of this limited offer.We do look forward to 2009 with you and your support.Please note: No orders will be shipped from 20th December 2008 – 5th January 2009<img src="http://a41.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2041/IMG3437.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8105"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

Aly Raisman Tweets About Ohio State, Calls It “Disappointing”

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a25.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2025/IMG8411.jpg" alt="first_img" /><img width="775" height="465" src="https://thespun.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Aly-Raisman-775x465.png" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="A photo of Aly Raisman." 0="itemprop" 1="image" srcset="https://thespun.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Aly-Raisman-775x465.png 775w, https://thespun.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Aly-Raisman-380x228.png 380w" sizes="(max-width: 775px) 100vw, 775px" />Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman has been an outspoken member of the #MeToo movement. She has been upfront about the sexual abuse she endured at the hands of disgraced former Michigan State and US gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, testifying against Nassar in open court.Tonight, Raisman weighed in on the situation at Ohio State. Urban Meyer and AD Gene Smith were both suspended following an investigation into their handling of domestic abuse allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith.Meyer was docked three games–though he can return to the team for practices after Week 1–while Smith has been suspended for a couple of weeks. Many feel they deserved a stiffer punishment.Based off Raisman’s comment on Twitter, she would agree with that assessment.“Ohio State is another example of an organization that puts money, reputation and winning above safety,” she said. “So disappointing.”Ohio State is another example of an organization that puts money, reputation and winning above safety. So disappointing.— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) August 23, 2018Like anyone else, Raisman is entitled to her opinion on what happened at OSU and how it was handled.You shouldn’t be surprised that she shared it. She’s always willing to speak her mind and put herself out there.She probably won’t be the last person to voice her opinion on the matter either.<img src="http://c62.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2062/IMG7005.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8098"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

New Music Monday: Deradoorian

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://B46.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2046/IMG1401.jpg" alt="first_img" /> The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App For much of the first decade and a half of the 2000s Angel Deradoorian seemed perpetually to be the bridesmaid but never the bride. She was a longtime member of Dirty Projectors, performed with Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, and collaborated with artists like Björk, Matmos, The Roots, and Vampire Weekend without releasing a full album of her own. 2009 did see the release of her EP, Mind Raft, so to say that Deradoorian released nothing under her own name would be inaccurate. This year—this coming Friday, in fact—will change that fact. Deradoorian’s The Expanding Flower Planet will be available digitally and on CD and vinyl through anticon. on August 21.Fans of Dirty Projectors will find in the album a likemindedness to Dave Longstreth’s idiosyncratic pop experiments. The Expanding Flower Planet bubbles with psychedelic energy while Deradoorian’s vocals glide from high to low and back. Though their presence is not immediately apparent, noted influences on the record include Alice Coltrane, Can, Dorothy Ashby, and Terry Riley. Their place in Deradoorian’s music comes through on tracks like opener “A Beautiful Woman.” The song’s rhythm section propels it forward, giving it motion, all while allowing space for the vocals to weave their way into the listener’s ears.Deradoorian also cites ancient traditions for their influence on The Expanding Flower Planet. East Indian, Middle Eastern, and traditional Japanese music all fell into a cosmic alignment of sorts with Deradoorian’s own musical direction. Like the jazz and krautrock influences, the traditional influences are most audible in the rhythm section. The foreboding “Komodo,” The Expanding Flower Planet‘s third early-released track, features a powerful beat backing a serene melody.Though it has been six year since Angel Deradoorian’s last release under her own name, it is clear she has been anything but lazy. Sessions for what would become The Expanding Flower Planet began in Baltimore as far back as 2011. The album is proof that Deradoorian’s patience and selectiveness has paid off in full. Though her vocals’ sheer power and range put them front and center, they work gorgeously in conjunction with the album’s rhythms and melodies.The Expanding Flower Planet will be out August 21 via anticon. and is available for preorder on the label’s site, Amazon, and iTunes. The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now <img src="http://B46.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2046/IMG12988.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8086"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

2 held in double murder case

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c62.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2062/IMG1863.jpg" alt="first_img" />New Delhi: Delhi Police arrested two persons involved in the double murder case in North East Delhi’s Nand Nagri area. The investigating agency revealed that the murder was the result of old enmity reported a few years back. Police identified the accused as Lokesh (39) and Ankur Malik (25) both have criminal records. Police claimed that in the intervening night of 01-02 July, the team of North East district acting on secret information they were arrested. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsDeputy Commissioner of Police (North East) Atul Thakur said that on June 14, at around 12 pm, near Char Khamba Red Light, Nand Nagri, a firing incident was reported in which two persons in a car were killed by unknown assailants. Later, one of the deceased was identified as Khurvesh of Nand Nagri. “The CCTV footages of the area were collected and the accused were identified as Lokesh and Ankur,” said DCP North East.<img src="http://c62.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2062/IMG586.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8047"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a34.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2035/IMG4601.jpg" alt="first_img" />TORONTO – Ontario’s Opposition leader is stepping down amid allegations of sexual misconduct, dealing a severe blow to his party just months before the province heads to the polls.Patrick Brown announced the decision in a statement issued early Thursday morning, following a hastily-called news conference in which the Progressive Conservative leader “categorically” denied what he called “troubling allegations” about his conduct and his character.In the statement, Brown said that after consulting with caucus, friends and family, he decided to step down as leader but would stay on as a member of the provincial legislature to clear his name.He said “these allegations are false and have been difficult to hear” and that defeating Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne in the upcoming provincial election is “more important than one individual.”Brown’s political future as Ontario’s Opposition leader was thrown into turmoil Wednesday as the allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against him prompted calls for his resignation.In his late-night news conference, a visibly emotional Brown said he was made aware of the allegations hours earlier, but did not provide details on what those allegations were. He said he would defend himself in the court of law.“I can’t speculate on the motive of my accusers, I can only say that what they are saying is categorically untrue,” the 39-year-old politician said.CTV News reported that two women have come forward with graphic sexual misconduct allegations against Brown that date back to when the Opposition leader was a federal MP. The broadcaster did not name the women, who alleged the incidents happened at Brown’s home in Barrie, Ont., after they had been drinking in his presence. Brown was not drinking at the time, the women told CTV News.The report said one of the women, who is now 29, claimed she was still in high school when Brown allegedly asked her to perform oral sex on him.The other woman said she was a university student working in Brown’s constituency office when he sexually assaulted her at his home after an event she helped organize, CTV News reported. The woman said she did not report the alleged incident to authorities.CTV News said it had viewed records of correspondence between Brown and the women. None of the allegations have been proven in court.Politicians of all stripes were quick to weigh in, with the leader of Ontario’s New Democrats calling for Brown to step down.“I’m disgusted and disturbed by these sexual misconduct allegations,” Andrea Horwath said in a statement. “Patrick Brown must resign, immediately. He deserves his day in court, but no person can lead a political party in this province with allegations like these hanging over his head.”Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne praised the women who made the allegations, saying on Twitter that it is “a difficult and brave thing to do to come forward in the way these young women have done tonight.”Wynne said her government has made it clear that sexual assault and harassment are not to be tolerated but did not comment on Brown directly.Provincial and federal Conservatives also denounced sexual misconduct and harassment.“The allegations against the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives are extremely serious and should be investigated fully,” federal Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer said in a statement.Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod, a member of the Ontario legislature, said everyone “has the right to be free from unwelcome behaviour or advances.”Even before Brown’s decision to resign, speculation began swirling as to who might replace him as PC leader should he step down. MacLeod, Christine Elliott and Caroline Mulroney were mentioned as possible candidates to take on Wynne in June.Brown’s comments were also followed by a flurry of resignations from his top staff members, who said on Twitter they were stepping down over the leader’s handling of the situation.“Earlier today, all three of us became aware of allegations about Patrick Brown. After speaking with him, our advice was that he should resign as PC Party leader. He did not accept that advice,” his chief of staff, deputy campaign manager and campaign manager said in a joint statement.“Since our view is that this advice was in the best interest of the PC Party, we have therefore resigned our positions.”The party’s press secretary also announced he was leaving his post.Ontario PC deputy leaders Sylvia Jones and Steve Clark later issued a joint statement on the party’s website saying they “unanimously agree” that Brown cannot continue as leader. They said while Brown is entitled to due process, “he cannot lead us into an election.”Jones and Clark said the PC caucus would “immediately consult with party officials and members on best way to move forward.”Brown repeatedly denied the allegations against him and said he had instructed his lawyers to ensure that they are addressed in court.He noted that “it’s never OK” for anyone to feel they have been a victim of sexual harassment or feel threatened in any way.“I reject these accusation in the strongest possible terms,” Brown said. “This is not how I’m raised. This is not who I am.”He did not take questions from reporters and left immediately after making his statement.Brown has been leading in the polls as Ontario heads to a provincial election this summer.He was first elected as federal MP in 2006 as part of the Conservative government after serving as a Barrie city councillor. He was re-elected twice, once in 2008 and again in 2011.During his time in Ottawa, Brown served as a backbench MP in Stephen Harper’s government and has been frequently criticized by political opponents for voting in favour of reopening the abortion debate.He won the PC leadership in 2015, beating long-time Ontario legislator and favourite Christine Elliott.Since he has become party leader, Brown has attempted to broaden the appeal of his the party, going as far as to say social conservative issues were off-limits at the PC policy convention last fall.Brown says he is pro-choice and more recently has led Pride parade delegations.— With files from Shawn Jeffords and Alan Black<img src="http://b47.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2047/IMG4552.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8037"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

Descendants of Vimy Ridge oak trees live on in Canada and now

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b47.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2047/IMG16770.jpg" alt="first_img" />MONTREAL – In April 1917, a Canadian soldier standing on a war-ravaged battlefield in France pocketed a souvenir to send home: a handful of acorns from a downed oak tree at Vimy Ridge.Now, a century after the First World War ended, oaks descended from those acorns have begun growing at parks and cenotaphs across Canada. And the Vimy oaks have made the journey back to France, where they will grow in a new centennial park beside the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.The project is possible thanks to the late Lt. Leslie Miller, who gathered the acorns from the denuded site of the 1917 battle and planted them on his farm in Scarborough, Ont.They thrived in their new habitat, where 10 are still standing on land that now belongs to the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church.Ralph Coleman, a vice-president of the non-profit group Vimy Oaks Legacy, said the trees are a powerful symbol of the connections between Canada and France and of soldiers’ resilience.“There’s such symmetry to it,” he said of the oaks returning to France. “Out of death comes life and regeneration, and it comes full circle.“There were no oak trees left on Vimy Ridge, and now the oak trees that grew up in Canada descended from Vimy Ridge are sending their own descendants back.”The park in France, set to be to inaugurated Friday in advance of the centennial of the war’s end, will feature four concentric rings representing the four Canadian divisions that fought at Vimy. Shady pathways will offer a direct view of the neighbouring monument.The 1.6-hectare park was created by the Vimy Foundation, a charity that educates Canadians about the milestone battle.Coleman said the idea of sending back the trees began in the mid-2000s, when the founder of Vimy Oaks Legacy, Monty McDonald, travelled to the famous battlefield and realized that none of the original oak trees at Vimy had survived the intense shelling.McDonald had worked on Miller’s farm, and the Vimy veteran was like a grandfather to him.As Coleman tells it, McDonald thought: “Wow, wouldn’t it be a nice gesture to repatriate some oak trees back here from Canada and a nice gesture to my surrogate grandfather, Leslie Miller.”In 2015, cuttings were taken from the original trees in Scarborough and grafted onto roots at a nursery in Dundas, Ont., where they began to grow as new trees that could be flown to Vimy.The group had hoped to have the project ready for the 2017 centennial of the battle, but that fell through when an outbreak of a disease affecting oak trees led the French government to ban tree imports.Instead, McDonald gathered acorns from the original trees and flew them to France in 2016, where they have been growing in a nursery and will be transplanted to the park in time for the inauguration.Meanwhile, the saplings grown in Dundas are making their way across Canada, where over 800 have been ordered for planting at legions, parks, war monuments and private residences.Three are destined for a Montreal park dedicated to Vimy, where they’ll line the pathway leading up to a large stone cenotaph.City councillor Sterling Downey said the idea of using Vimy oaks came after a microburst swept through the park last year, destroying many of its mature trees.Downey, the son of a veteran, said the trees symbolize the ability of both humans and nature to overcome great adversity.“These trees are a nice living memorial to celebrate life after this atrocity, and as a reminder hopefully that this will never happen again,” he said.The gesture is appreciated by Della Robertson, a Sergeant at Arms of a local Royal Canadian Legion branch whose grandfather served at Vimy.Robertson, 54, was at the Montreal park in uniform Sunday as local politicians and citizens held a small remembrance ceremony organized by the legion.She said she likes the idea of having something to connect the past to the present at a time when fewer young people seem to feel personal links to Canada’s military history.“You need to work to keep that connection,” she said. “There are some schools that do ceremonies, but very little. There’s very little connecting (them) to 100 years ago.”<img src="http://a24.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2024/IMG18024.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8030"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

Eight Moroccan Artists Take Part in a Program in the US

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>Rabat – Eight of the best young Moroccan artists are participating in an artistic program in the United States co-organized by the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE) and the U.S. Embassy in Rabat.The program aims to teach the Moroccan artists about U.S. culture and contemporary art through the experience of American artists and their major role in the development of society.The Moroccan artists will also seize the opportunity to unleash their skills and show the American art specialists the potential of Moroccan art. They will also visit Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. The program includes eight creative artists: Marouane Sitti, Mohcine Ennou, Abderrahmane Doukkaneand, Amine Slimani, and plastic designers Fahd Bouksimi, Yasmina Ouahid, Rachid Ouhnni, and the painter Asmae Bennani.They were selected after a competition co-organized by MACECE and the US Embassy under the theme “I Have A Dream”.The artists’ photographs were taken in front of the US Capitol Building,  and Smithsonian Institution of American Art, and the National Portrait Gallery.Pictures credit: US Embassy Rabat<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7985"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

BlackBerry Ltd cuts more jobs shifts employees as John Chen pushes ahead

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>TORONTO — Another round of jobs cuts has been levelled on staff at BlackBerry Ltd. as it deals with weak smartphone sales and pushes ahead with a turnaround plan.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company declined on Tuesday to disclose how many employees were affected in the latest changes, but said that some were shifted to different roles while others were laid off.It says the move is part of a plan to reallocate certain resources to help grow its operations.BlackBerry Ltd replaces head of global sales with industry veteran from CiscoBlackBerry Ltd’s purchase of Android-related domain names sparks Android phone speculationBlackBerry Ltd investors growing weary as stock slips 4%BlackBerry has shed thousands of jobs since it began restructuring its operations under chief executive John Chen, who has focused on shifting the company’s priorities since he joined it in November 2013.A previous round of cuts happened earlier this year when it laid off an unspecified number of employees who made the hardware, software and applications for its phones.Last month, Chen said the company was “looking at every single function” within its operations in an effort to reduce costs.Many of those changes have been centered on outsourcing the company’s smartphone development and manufacturing.BlackBerry has faced an onslaught of competition from other phone manufacturers including Apple and Samsung who represent the majority of global device sales.The Canadian Press<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7954"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

UN rights office calls on EU to strengthen efforts to prevent repeat

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>The European Union (EU) should increase measures to prevent a repeat of yesterday’s incident in which a boat capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa killing dozens of African migrants, the United Nations human rights office said today.“We would like to ask the Italian authorities and the international community, especially the European Union, to strengthen their efforts to prevent a repeat of this situation. States should also ensure that they are honouring their commitments under international refugee law,” Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told reporters in Geneva.According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), of the estimated 500 passengers on the boat, believed to be Eritreans. The boat, which originated from Libya, caught fire half a mile from the coast. Media reports suggest there are still some 200 passengers that are unaccounted for.Mr. Colville welcomed efforts by the Italian authorities to address the issue in line with international human rights norms and respecting the dignity of all passengers. In particular, he noted the day of mourning declared by the Government and the minute of silence that will be held in all Italian schools today.“This is significant. It marks a very big and welcome change of attitude on the part of the Italian authorities,” he said.OHCHR also expressed concern about increasing rate of smuggling and trafficking of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean, and stressed the importance of the international community’s engagement on this issue.“[The incident] indicates the desperation of the people living in areas of Eritrea and also other countries, including Somalia, stricken by insecurity and conflict as well as the lack of enjoyment of basic economic, social and cultural rights,” Mr. Colville said.“It is critical that the international community engages further in improving the human rights situation on the ground, to address the root causes so that there is sufficient improvement that people will not feel the need to put their lives at risk by undertaking such dangerous journeys.”Mr. Colville added that the UN is ready to collaborate with national authorities on ending smuggling and trafficking of persons from Eritrea and Somalia, and offered his condolences to the families of those who drowned in the tragic incident.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7908"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

THW Kiel signs Wael Jallouz on threeyear deal

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>elwardtjallouzTHW Kielwael jallouz ← Previous Story Pavicevic withdraws, MHF seeks new general secretary Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2012: Spain and Montenegro in the Main Round! The promising young Tunisian player Wael Jallouz, will be joining THW Kiel next season. The 21-year old currently plays in Hammamet, and will be travelling to Kiel in Summer 2013. He has signed a three-year deal with the “Zebras”. This was confirmed by THW Kiel’s official website and their general manager Klaus Elwardt travelled to Tunisia to sign the official contract with the perspective Tunisian player.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7860"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

LG un téléviseur 55 pouces vendu en mai prochain

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a24.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2024/IMG1672.jpg" alt="first_img" />LG : un téléviseur 55 pouces vendu en mai prochainLe téléviseur OLED 55 pouces d’LG sera vendu en avance sur le planning prévisionnel et présenté lors du prochain festival de Cannes.Un porte parole du groupe LG Electronics a indiqué que le téléviseur OLED 55 pouces de la marque serait commercialisé au mois de mai prochain. Il était initialement annoncé pour le second semestre 2012 et les Jeux Olympiques de Londres 2012, mais il devrait s’inviter au festival de Cannes prévu entre le 16 et le 27 mai 2012. Il coûtera tout de même 9 millions de wons (6.000 euros).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La manœuvre n’est pas coutumière de la part d’LG et des fabricants d’objets hi-tech en général. Mais le téléviseur, connu sous le nom de code 55EM9600 pourra être acheté en mai prochain. Il proposera en outre un temps de réponse infime et un contraste de 100.000:1. Son épaisseur sera inférieure à 4mm, pour un poids de 7.5kg. Une des raisons qui peut expliquer cette annonce rapide de la part du fabricant est l’absence de technologie 3D. LG mise sur une profondeur de champ exceptionnelle et sur la technologie WOled (White Oled). Elle permet de doter chaque pixel de quatre diodes organiques blanches, la première sans filtre, la seconde avec un filtre bleu, les deux suivantes recouvertes de filtres verts et rouges.Le 29 mars 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambert<img src="http://b47.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2047/IMG15267.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7806"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

Majority of Americans agree Weed should be legal

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a42.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2042/IMG9142.jpg" alt="first_img" />Here is a short list of things that, according to Gallup, are less popular with Americans than the idea of legalizing pot:Congress. The U.S. Supreme Court. The president.In a sweeping cultural shift, comparable perhaps to Americans’ quickening support of same-sex marriage, a majority of Americans now favor legalizing marijuana use, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday. The survey showed that 58 percent of 1,028 respondents supported legalization, with 39 percent against.That’s a drop for the naysayers from just three years ago, when 50 percent of respondents opposed legalization — a number already riding a long plummet from a high of 73 percent in the 1990s.Gallup credited much of the surge to political independents, whose support for legalization jumped from 50 percent to 62 percent in less than a year.And what a year it has been for marijuana advocates: Last November, voters in Colorado and Washington easily passed ballot initiatives — 55 percent to 45 percent in each state — to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana. In Colorado, the legalization measure got more votes than President Barack Obama, who won the state.After the victory, advocates and politicians alike were unsure how federal law enforcement authorities would react to state laws that contradict federal laws that prohibit marijuana use and list it as a controlled substance.Those tensions eased after the Justice Department announced in August that federal officials would not interfere with voter-approved laws that legalized recreational marijuana use, as long as the state laws were strictly regulated.<img src="http://a42.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2042/IMG93.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7759"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

Cost of Milcon for Modernization New Beddowns at Marine Corps Bases Proves

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s31.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG750.jpg" alt="first_img" /> Dan Cohen AUTHOR The cost of construction projects needed to accommodate new aircraft and vehicles at a handful of Marine Corps bases is starting to add up. The defense authorization bill passed by the Senate last week includes $134 million to build new hangars and other infrastructure needed to support the first F-35 squadrons assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., reports Marine Corps Times. The measure authorizes $200 million in military construction funds for multiple projects at Camp Pendleton, Calif., including a maintenance facility to support replacement amphibious vehicles, a mess hall and a warehouse. Another high-cost initiative is readying Guam to house about 4,100 Marines moving from Okinawa. The Senate bill authorizes more than $340 million for joint Navy/Marine and Air Force projects on the island, including new ordnance storage, dining and housing facilities, and a machine gun range. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexia Lythos<img src="http://s16.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2016/IMG3408.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7728"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

North Slope oil companies ask lawmakers for stable tax laws

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s24.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2024/IMG15347.jpg" alt="first_img" />Rep. Geran Tarr and Rep. Andy Josephson, Anchorage Democrats and co-chairs of the House Resources committee hear testimony from oil and gas industry representatives on Wednesday Feb. 1, 2017 in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo: Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)A state House committee heard testimony Wednesday afternoon from the big three North Slope oil producers. ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and BP representatives gave several members of the House Resources Committee their perspectives on how the state’s oil tax structure is working.Listen nowAlaska’s current tax regime on the North Slope essentially takes 35 percent of the profit a company earns on a barrel of oil, but tax credits reduce the amount companies actually have to pay.While each company represents different finds in different areas of the North Slope with different profit margins, they had a similar message:“The need for Alaska to maintain a competitive fiscal regime that encourages critical, ongoing and long term investment is by far one of the most important issues you face,” ExxonMobil Tax Counsel Dan Seckers said. “We know it’s going to be tough for you and the entire legislature to deal with this issue.”Seckers and others told lawmakers that its current tax regime, the More Alaska Production Act (MAPA) is working.“Has MAPA made Alaska’s investment climate more competitive? Has it resulted in more simple, predictable production taxes? Has it been working as legislators had hoped? Has it lived up to its name? We believe, at ExxonMobil the answer to each and every one of those questions is yes,” Seckers said.Dan Seckers, Tax Counsel for ExxonMobil, testifies before a House Resources committee on Wednesday Feb. 1, 2017 in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney)The committee heard three hours of testimony.Lawmakers are gearing up for a tough session as they negotiate how the state will fill its multi-billion dollar budget hole. How the oil and gas industry should help fill that hole is a particularly complicated question.Kara Moriarty, President of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, told the committee that the tax credits are working to generate new development and investment. But she also reminded lawmakers that the state has changed its tax policies six times in the last decade.“How can we remain competitive when the state has constantly changing tax policies?” Moriarty asked.The industry representatives repeatedly told the state that they want a stable tax regime.The committee will also hear presentations from some of the state’s smaller oil companies as House lawmakers work toward introducing a bill that could again tweak the state’s tax structure.<img src="http://s23.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG6552.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7709"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>

Will Chinas US trade war loss be Indias gain Tirupur hosiers eye

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s40.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2040/IMG2609.jpg" alt="first_img" />Employees working in a garment factory in Tirupur, Tamil Nadu. Inquiries are pouring in from knitwear importers of the US amid tariff war uncertainties with China. ReutersThe textile town of Tirupur in Tamil Nadu is closely watching developments in Washington as officials of the US and China begin the round of trade talks on Friday on a contentious tariff regime. US President Donald Trump’s deadline for China to ease tariffs has elapsed and all that the US got was a letter from President Xi Jinping. The world is watching for Washington’s reaction as Trump has threatened to raise tariffs to 25 per cent from 10 per cent on $325 billion worth of consumer goods imports from China.Hosiery makers of the town near Coimbatore hope that the escalating trade tension between the US and China will help them raise Indian exports to Rs 30,000 crore. The exporters are getting huge inquiries from US importers who want to source material from alternative sources if trade with China is hit amid rising rhetoric and fear of retaliatory sanctions.Even if Trump defers the tariffs from Friday, there will always be the uncertainty in trade ties between the US and China until the lengthy process of a tariff deal is concluded. US businessmen would prefer to be on firmer ground, compelling them to turn to countries like India that have more steady trade relations with the US, reports say. US and Chinese national flags are seen on the motorcade of US Vice President Joe Biden during his meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao ahead of their meeting at the Zhongnanhai leaders’ compound in Beijing on August 19, 2011.ANDY WONG/AFP/Getty ImagesExports of knitwear products from Tirupur are likely to cross Rs 30,000 crore during this financial year from Rs 26,300 crore in 2018-19, an agency report said citing A Shaktivel, an exporter and chairman of India International Knit Fair. In April, the exports crossed Rs 4,400 crore which is seen as an encouraging sign, Shaktivel said. US buyers and manufacturers were approaching India for textile products, he said.Shaktivel thinks India can leverage its strength in raw materials, like cotton and man-made fiber, including polyester. He said exports to European countries could be doubled in three years if the long-pending demand for a free trade agreement with the European Union was met. Exporters have been demanding similar agreements with Canada and Australia to boost trade. Tirupur contributes about 90 per cent of Indian knitwear exports and hopes to double the trade with the timely conclusion of the free trade agreements. Shaktivel wants the government to speed up the dialogue process so that Indian exporters will be able to take advantage of the changing global situations.<img src="http://s40.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2040/IMG3242.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7689"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

Read More >>