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UN cash boost for Nepad

first_img4 February 2003Efforts to develop Africa received a boost on Tuesday when the United Nations Development Programme injected more than R29-million into the coffers of Africa’s recovery plan, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).The head of Nepad’s steering committee, Wiseman Nkuhlu, and UNDP representative John Ohiorhenuan, signed off the money in Midrand, near Johannesburg.The money will be used over the next 15 months to set up a Nepad advisory panel, put together a technical support facility, and build capacity within its steering committee to enhance its work.According to Ohiorhenuan, the aid was in recognition of the “brilliant” work done by the committee and the African leaders to popularise Nepad, which is aimed at pulling the continent out of its economic and social woes.The plan – also endorsed by developed nations, including the G8 and European Union – seeks to open massive investment opportunities for Africa in exchange for good governance, respect for human rights and the rule of law, aiming for rapid development and an annual economic growth rate of seven percent for the continent by 2015.Nepad also aims to build capacity in African agriculture, human resources, and information and communications technology, among other sectors.Ohiorhenuan said Nepad has the potential of turning around the continent’s developmental and economic misfortunes, as it is being taken “seriously” by the world’s nations, particularly by the African leaders who crafted it.The plan was devised by South African President and African Union chairman Thabo Mbeki, Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, Algerian leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Senegalese president Abdoulayi Wade.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Prepare for a Ram temple, says Adityanath

first_imgStirring the Ram Mandir pot once again, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday exhorted his supporters to start preparing for the construction of a temple in Ayodhya with the same zeal with which they celebrated Ram Leela.Delivering his annual Vijayadashami speech in Gorakhpur, Mr. Adityanath said: “Along with the grandeur of the Ram Leelas, we should all also start preparing to build a grand temple in the same way in which grand Ram Leelas have been organised in the form of the temple,” Mr. Adityanath said. He, however, did not explain or clarify his remark, which was delivered in a winding sentence in Hindi. “I would appeal to all of you that along with the Leelas (enactment of the life) of Bhagwan Shri Ram, we must also incorporate his values into our lives and propagate it in the society,” said Mr. Adityanath.The CM said without Lord Ram, the path of public welfare would not be complete and hoped that his “grand ideal character” would inspire everyone.Mr. Adityanath, who is also the head priest of the Gorakhnath temple, participated in the customary Vijay Shobha Yatra from the temple.last_img read more

Japan’s Kamegai faces Cotto in first world title bout

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Yoshihiro Kamegai of Japan v Jesus Soto-Karass of Mexico during the junior middleweights bout at The Forum on September 10, 2016 in Inglewood, California. Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images/AFPJapanese boxer Yoshihiro Kamegai has the chance to grab the world junior middleweight title left behind by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but blocking his path is former world champion Miguel Cotto.Promoters announced Wednesday that Kamegai will face Cotto on August 26 at Los Angeles for the vacant World Boxing Organization junior middleweight crown.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollutioncenter_img Mexican star Alvarez, who defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr earlier this month, dropped the 154-pound title as he moves up to the middleweight ranks for a megafight on September 16 against unbeaten Gennady Golovkin for the Kazak star’s three world titles.Vying to replace Alvarez at 154 pounds are Kamegai, in his first world title bout at age 34, and 36-year-old Puerto Rican Cotto, whose first world championship bout was in 2004.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I’m very excited to be back and showcase a high level fight for the fans,” Cotto said. “Kamegai is a great, tough fighter, but I will be ready for him and to capture the world title. I can’t wait to start training for this fight and get back in the ring.” MOST READ ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Tigresses lead BVR tournament Ilocos leg champs Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Cotto, 40-5 with 33 knockouts, has owned world titles at super lightweight, welterweight, super welterweight/junior middleweight and middleweight — the only Puerto Rican fighter to claim crowns in four different weight classes.“I fully understand who I’m going to be in the ring against, but Cotto’s record and history won’t matter once we are toe-to-toe,” Kamegai said. “I am looking forward to giving fans the kind of aggressive fight that they have seen from me before and having my arm raised in victory.”Kamegai, 27-3 with two drawn and 24 knockouts, is 3-2 with one drawn in his past six fights over the past three years, having stopped Mexico’s Jesus Soto Karass last September in his most recent bout.Cotto is 3-3 over the past five years, including a super welterweight title loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2012. His most recent bout was an unanimous decision loss to Alvarez in November 2015.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Indian cricket gets a refurbished team for West Indies

first_imgWith the refurbished Indian team having left for the West Indies last week, the focus of attention for cricket fans has already shifted to the Carribbean. But even though the recently-concluded Test series in Pakistan will best be given a quiet burial, it was obvious that the mauling the Indian,With the refurbished Indian team having left for the West Indies last week, the focus of attention for cricket fans has already shifted to the Carribbean. But even though the recently-concluded Test series in Pakistan will best be given a quiet burial, it was obvious that the mauling the Indian team received had taught some vital lessons.Former Indian cricket captain Bishan Singh Bedi was commissioned to cover the Pakistan series exclusively for India Today. In this, the last of his reports, he looks at the last two Tests at Lahore and Karachi and also the composition of the new team under its new leader, Kapil Dev. His report:With the Pakistan series decided overwhelmingly in favour lmran Inc before the teams went into the final two Tests, it was widely expected that some of the pressures would be lifted off the Indian tourists and they would come back with a vengeance, if only to salvage some of the lost pride.Kapil in action at Lahore: Career-best figuresLahore offered them a glorious opportunity to do so when, on a dampish track, the tourists had the pleasant choice of fielding first. The opportunity, as the record books show, was totally wasted. Once again sloppy fielding, especially in the slips, let the Indian bowling attack down and the man to profit the most was Mudassar Nazar.For sheer consistency, Mudassar matched the brilliance of Zaheer-and the sheer grit of Miandad. But I would still hesitate to bracket him among the greats of Pakistan cricket. Mudassar seems to inspire more confidence in the opposition than his own team. Like Chetan Chauhan, Mudassar has severe limitations and he manages to play well within them.advertisementHis biggest utility is as a team man. He is a dressing-room delight and very popular with his colleagues. But when he carried his bat through the innings to emulate his father Nazar Mohammed, he immediately became the toast of all Pakistan, if such a term can be applied to prohibition-bound Pakistan.Having won the toss and got the initial break, courtesy Kapil Dev, the Indians should really have gone for the kill. But sadly, this-vital ingredient for victory has been missing from the Indian psyche. Those familiar with the nuances of a drying wicket would have realised the importance of employing spinners as early as possible.Maninder Singh in the fourth Test: Under-bowledIndia’s Maninder Singh, taking over the role of senior spinner from Dilip Doshi, was given just one over before lunch on the opening day. As Imran Khan was quick to point out: “If we had fielded first, I would have thrown in the spinners after half an hour.”Dull Draw: Even though Kapil Dev came into his own at last, with career-best figures of 8 for 85, the home team reached the shores of safety through the sole determination of Mudassar. The best ball of the day was the one Kapil bowled to dismiss Zaheer caught behind.It was good to see the Haryana lad making amends but once again lack of a concentrated team effort negated whatever had been achieved. It is becoming boringly repetitious to say that the Indian fielding was atrocious but after the lessons of the previous Tests one would have expected some difference on the improvement chart.The game itself drifted into a dull draw with the weather taking its own toll. The only redeeming feature from the Indian point of view was Mohinder Amarnath underscoring once again the need for grit and determination at Test level. Off the field, the highlight was the lavish dinner hosted by the Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan (BCCP) where President Zia was in a generous mood.One can understand him rewarding the Pakistani heroes with handsome bonuses but he seems to have been rather undiplomatic in announcing an award of Rs 25,000 each for Gavaskar and Vishwanath, the former for completing 7,000 runs in Tests and the latter for creating a world record for continuous Test appearances.Mohinder on his way to third century at Karachi: True gritThe cash awards for the two Indians have not been taken kindly in some official quarters as well as by some members of the BCCP. No other government has acknowledged the performance of players from other countries with monetary benefits and the fact that Vishwanath’s final Test tour was hardly a memorable one did not help matters either.Karachi offered the Indians yet another opportunity to redeem themselves. They had nothing to lose and everything to gain while the home team had very little motivation left except going through the motions. In such meaningless circumstances, the viability of six-Test series came in for some heavy criticism from all sides.advertisementAs it turned out, the Indians decided to convert the final Test into a sort of trial for the West Indies which meant inflicting excruciating boredom on the hapless Karachi crowds. Even the statisticians must have derived little pleasure from adding the sixth Test into the record books. India took nearly two full days to score 393 for 8 before mercifully declaring. At no stage did the tourists show any sense of urgency of purposefulness regarding their objectives.Predictably, the Test faded out into a huge yawn. For a while, Pakistan looked like injecting some life into the game but their efforts were thwarted by a bunch of student unionists who decided to invade the field before tea on the fourth day. Pakistan at that stage were 420 for 6 and shaping well to pressurise the Indian batting on the final day.Mudassar Nazar: ConsistencyKarachi has, of course, a notorious reputation for such mini-riots. Nearly every touring team in the recent past has experienced match interruptions at the National Stadium. In this particular case, it was a demonstration against the arrest of some members of the student community.The Indian ambassador and the consul general in Karachi were actively concerned about the safety of the Indian team and their official vehicles came in for some stoning. But it was a farcical situation and was very soon brought under control. The Indian cricketers, however, were reluctant to take the field and quite rightly so. There was no concrete guarantee of safety given by the BCCP. But the locals felt cheated by the Indian refusal and the gossip columnist for the Pakistan Times sneeringly referred to the day’s play as “Shree 420 of Indians”, which incidentally was Pakistan’s score when the match was interrupted for the day.The game, however, resumed on the final day with Imran’s overnight declaration being more governed by his personal quest for the 40-wicket mark in the series which he, deservingly, eventually got. A scorching yorker which disposed of Gavaskar will satisfy Imran for a long time to come.Purely for the record, there were three unexciting centuries: Ravi Shastri reasserting himself in the makeshift opening spot, Mudassar Nazar completing his fourth hundred of the series and Mohinder Amarnath forcing the Pakistanis to help him get a farcical hundred, his third of the series, in the mandatory overs. But a hundred is a hundred in Test cricket and it earned Mohinder the “man of the series” award from the Indian side.Students invading the field at the Karachi Test: Notorious reputationThere was no doubt about Imran clinching the issue for the Pakistanis. His tremendous impact on the series as a whole cannot be more emphasised. Throughout, he was in total control of his mental and physical faculties.Success did not come to him on a platter. He worked extremely hard for it and in the bargain earned the respect and loyalty of his colleagues. Omar Qureishi summed up the Karachi Test very aptly when he said: “This Test will be eminently forgettable. Let it rest in peace in the record books. One must not speak ill of the dead.”advertisementSignificant Changes: Understandably, the Indian team was anxious to get back to Bombay. It was rather shabby of the BCCP that not a single official turned up to see the Indians off. Whether it was a petulant show of resentment against the type of cricket we played or just sheer callousness, it certainly was unforgivable.There was little time or inclination for post-mortems. It was gracefully acknowledged by the Indian manager and the Indian captain that “the better side won”. These two gentlemen were understandably sore with the “application and fitness” of some of the Indian players which really made the difference between the two teams. The Indians clearly played much below their ability.The team for the West Indies has already left and the changes are significant. Gavaskar has made way for Kapil Dev at the helm. It is casting no aspersions on Sunil’s ability as a captain. He has had a good run captaining the country 40 times and he has had his share of glory.(From left) Doshi, Vishwanath and Venkataraghavan: Significant changesBut during the Pakistan tour, it appeared that Sunil’s enthusiasm for the job was waning and it is possible that his own form suffered a bit as a result. This change should come as a relief for Sunil and his batting should flourish once again in the Carribbean.As an optimist, I am looking forward to the change at the top as a happy sign for Indian cricket. Sunil himself has been very generous in hailing Kapil’s elevation to captaincy and at the same time assuring him of his total support. Venkataraghavan too should lend a stable and balanced element to the fortunes of Indian cricket.It is sad to see Vishy and Doshi go but sentiments must not cloud sober judgement. The Indian board deserves special praise for sending an extra player instead of a second official. The conscientious Hanumant Singh as manager should be able to handle his end admirably. It is up to the team to do the same.last_img read more