IMF warning on commercial property must be heeded – Doherty

first_imgPearse Doherty TD has said an IMF report which warns that “close surveillance is needed to evaluate the early signals of a build-up of new imbalances in the commercial real estate markets” backs up Sinn Féin’s position on the taxation of funds involved in property deals and must be heeded.He pointed out that the last property crash was mainly a commercial property crash even more than it was a residential property crash.He has now called on government to increase stamp duty on commercial property and to remove the withholding of tax exemption for non-resident investors in funds. He said “I have been raising the issue of tax free fund structures, such as the ICAV and QIAIF, for foreign investors for some time now and am glad the minister is listening. He informed me yesterday that he is ‘aware that concerns have been raised about the use of funds in the Irish property market by international investors which may be eroding the Irish tax base’.“Minister Noonan also stated that officials from the Department and the Revenue Commissioners are examining the use of certain structures in the Irish property market and are preparing measures to ensure that the Irish tax base is protected. This IMF report should act as a shot in the arm to Michael Noonan and his officials.“The foreign money inflows through tax free fund structures, such as QIAIFs and ICAVs, are a cause for concern, given the risk from how intertwined they have become with our commercial property market and their potential to cash in on their investments and head elsewhere.“There is no doubt that the foreign money which has been buying up commercial property through tax free fund structures, has been pumping up the price of commercial property in recent years. “These speculators are presently intertwined with the commercial property market, in 2006 the proportion of foreign money as a proportion of office spend was 2%. This figure was over 67.8% for Dublin office spend in the first quarter of 2016. The risk is that if these tax free speculators who are chasing profits were to suddenly pull out the market could unravel.“The scale of turnover in commercial property due to these tax free foreign investors has been unbelievable. According to a report from property group Savills this year almost one million square metres of office space, was traded in Dublin between the start of 2013 and the end of the first quarter of 2016. This is equivalent to just over 25% of the entire office stock in Dublin.“The proportion of space traded in the central business district was even higher at 38%. Minister Noonan needs to immediately act so as to avoid a bubble in commercial property with history repeating itself to the detriment of the Irish public.“He should ensure that the withholding tax exemption for non-resident investors in funds is removed when dividends from the funds related to Irish source activities. Furthermore, he should increase the commercial stamp duty from 2% to 3%.”IMF warning on commercial property must be heeded – Doherty was last modified: October 1st, 2016 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)last_img read more

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IoT spending to reach $1.3 trillion by 2020 on hardware investment

first_imgFollow the Puck Related Posts Tags:#featured#hardware#IDC#IIoT#IoT#manufacturing#Services#top Donal Power Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img New research sees Internet of Things (IoT) spending growing by nearly 16% by 2020 driven by hardware investments, primarily by manufacturers.The Journal reported on the release of the “Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide” by International Data Corp.(IDC).The IDC report found that IoT spending will reach $1.29 trillion worldwide by 2020, representing a 15.6% compound annual growth rate between 2015 and 2020.See also: China IoT market worth over $120 billion by 2020As improvements in sensor technology continue, IDC sees much of IoT spending going towards hardware, which comprises the largest spending category throughout the forecast.IDC predicts hardware spending will reach nearly $400 billion by 2020. The bulk of hardware purchases will be comprised of modules and sensors that connect endpoints to networks.And while hardware spending will dominate spending over the next five years, it will be slower growing compared to other categories like services and software.“A fairly close relationship exists between high-growth IoT use cases in consumer product and service oriented verticals like retail, insurance, and healthcare,” said IDC’s Marcus Torchia. “As a whole, the IoT opportunity is a diverse developing marketplace for vendors and end users alike.”Researchers found that the manufacturing industry is expected to make the biggest IoT investment over the next five years. Meanwhile, retail, healthcare, insurance and consumer industries will chart the fastest IoT spending growth.“Cross-Industry IoT investments, which represent use cases common to all industries, such as connected vehicles and smart buildings, will rank among the top segments throughout the five-year forecast,” the report predicts.IoT investment will come from a lot of directionsTorchia says that that opportunities driving IoT investment will continue to be derived from diverse areas.“In some cases, these are greenfield opportunities with tremendous room to run,” he said. “In other verticals, like manufacturing and transportation, large market size and more moderate growth rate use cases characterize these verticals.”The IDC report follows earlier research that found that the number of IoT devices will increase by 200% to 46 billion units by 2021.Juniper Research concluded that the accelerating number of connected actuators, sensors and devices is being driven by the reduction in unit costs of the hardware. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

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Resource Discovery: It’s Perfectly Normal!

first_imgBy: Khushbu Patel Discussing the topic of sexual behavior with children can be challenging for adults. Children are curious creatures about many different topics such as their bodies and sex. One great resource we found, that is kid and teen friendly, is the book “It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health” by Robie Harris. This is an excellent book for children and teens on exploring sex, bodies, puberty, babies, and staying sexually healthy. It also helps create an opportunity for parents and professionals to discuss these topics with youth. To learn more about this book and author, click here.For more information on sexual behaviors in children, be sure to listen to our MFLN Anchored podcast episode, A Discussion with Dr. Gregory Leskin about Problematic Sexualized Behaviors in Children and Youth. This podcast episode explores the challenges with inappropriate sexual behaviors and provides resources for families and professionals to promote healthy sexuality.And also be sure to visit our Sexual Behavior in Children & Youth Series homepage, with plenty of programming coming up throughout the rest of 2019 and on into 2020!*Revised on 9/10/19 to reflect series title changeReferencesHarris, R. (2009). It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press. Retrieved from: post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Learn more about us at, and connect with us on Facebook, and on Twitter.  Subscribe to our Anchored. podcast series on iTunes and via our podcast page. Open Book with pages with Resource Discovery titlecenter_img Return to article. Long DescriptionPexels [Book by Caio, CC0]Children often display behaviors considered sexualized by the adults observing them. It is important for parents and professionals to understand the various factors constituting normal and concerning sexualized behavior. This will help keep children safe and flourishing throughout their childhood and youth.last_img read more

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Bihar Acute Encephalitis Syndrome death toll hits 113

first_imgAverting deaths in Muzaffarpur  One death was also reported from the neighbouring East Champaran district on June 18.A release by the State Health Department said 11 medical officers posted in Darbhanga, Supaul and Madhubani had been instructed to leave for Muzaffarpur immediately to help the local health authorities in tackling the outbreak.Three paediatricians posted in other districts have also been pressed into service, while 12 nurses have been directed to report to the the civil surgeon of Muzaffarpur.Also Read  Anguished by the deaths, a Muzaffarpur resident has filed a petition at a local court against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy Sushil Modi, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Minister of State Ashwini Choubey and State Health Minister Mangal Pandey.The resident, Mohd. Nasim, accused them of negligence, which has resulted in the high number of casualties. The chief judicial magistrate court has posted the matter for hearing on June 25.Mr. Kumar on June 18 visited the SKMCH hospital, where he faced protests by angry people over the deaths. Fresh deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) have been reported in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, taking the total number of casualties to 113. The deaths took place at the Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), where 20 fresh cases were brought since June 18 night. The number of children admitted to the hospital with AES are 372 since June 1, the district administration said.The SKMCH has reported 93 casualties so far and only 118 children have been discharged after treatment. The rest are undergoing treatment or referred to hospitals in the Patna in a critical condition, it said.In the Kejriwal hospital, two fresh cases of the AES were reported since June 18 night, taking the total number to 146 since June 1. The hospital has so far reported 19 casualties, though none of these took place in the past 24 hours.Also Read The Hindu Explains: How litchi toxin is causing the deaths of undernourished children in Muzaffarpurlast_img read more

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South Asia’s other Rahuls

first_imgIn June, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, accompanied his father, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, to a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Just last year, he was in the Oval Office as his father met US President Barack Obama. There aren’t many 22-year-olds who sit in on meetings at 10,In June, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, accompanied his father, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, to a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Just last year, he was in the Oval Office as his father met US President Barack Obama. There aren’t many 22-year-olds who sit in on meetings at 10 Downing Street and the White House. But such meetings are part of the political grooming of the third-generation successor to the Bhutto legacy. Even as Rahul Gandhi, 41, heir to the world’s only fifth-generation political dynasty grapples with the grime of Uttar Pradesh, second and third-generation political leaders are understanding the complexities of power in four of South Asia’s democracies.PakistanBilawal Bhutto ZardariPrep school to PM-in-waitingAre good leaders born or made? This young Pakistani scion was never given the chance to ponder the question. As a student at Dubai’s Rashid School for Boys in 2004, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had categorically stated that politics was not on his mind. “We will see. I would like to help the people of Pakistan, so I will decide when I complete my studies,” he said. Ultimately the choice was not his to make, as in the case of many others born to powerful political dynasties in the Indian subcontinent.The son of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto stepped in as leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) after her assassination in Rawalpindi on December 26, 2007. The shy, reticent 19-year-old modern history student from Christ Church College at Oxford University found himself in the midst of the biggest storm of his life. Not only did he have to deal with his mother’s brutal death, but also with the future of her political party.advertisementBILAWAL BHUTTO ZARDARI, 22 Chairman,Pakistan Peoples PartyGenealogy Son of Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari, Grandson of Zulfiqar Ali BhuttoInterests Taekwondo, cricket, horse riding, swimming, squash and target shootingOperates from Oxford University and Islamabad.Non-starter Launched an email address for direct contact with party workers but failed to make any tangible impactDream project Internet access for all in PakistanAt a press conference in central London, days after Benazir’s murder, his father Asif Ali Zardari presented him to the world media as Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, co-chair of the ppp and heir apparent of the country once he graduated from Oxford. Inserting the ‘Bhutto’ was a shrewd move by his father to wipe out his own corrupt “Mr 10 Per Cent” image and present a new, clean, pedigreed leader.The aim was to groom the grieving boy of December 2007, who simply said, “My mother always said democracy is the best revenge”, into an angry young man by the time he took over the reins of the party last year. In 2009, while addressing party workers in Islamabad, his hyperbole was clearly designed to tug at emotions that have the potential of being converted into sympathy votes. He screamed: “We have sacrificed my uncles, we have sacrificed my grandfather, we have sacrificed my mother. You want blood, I’ll give blood.” Never mind his clipped British accent and his apparent inexperience.According to Oxford University rules, which frown upon students being involved in mainstream politics until they earn their degree, he will be ready for active politics only by September. The next parliamentary polls are due in the country in 2013. Addressing a meeting of his party’s coordination committee on July 25, Zardari said Bilawal will return to Pakistan in September and contest elections in future from Lyari, a neighbourhood of Karachi. But Bilawal tweeted saying he will not contest the “next elections” in 2013.Far removed from his carefree college days of partying with friends, one whom he called ‘Boozie Suzie’ on Facebook, the young prime minister-in-waiting has been tipped to take up official party responsibilities in September with a visit to China. But it will take a lot more groundwork for this reluctant politician to be taken seriously.Sri LankaNamal RajapakshaContact sports to political contactsIn January 2010, Sri Lanka’s former army commander, Sarath Fonseka, lost an election bid to oust Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent president. An Internet chainmail ’10 reasons not to slit your wrists over the election result’ encouraged Fonseka supporters to “do creative things like undermining Namal Rajapaksa’s ascendancy to pass the time”.The eldest of President Rajapaksa’s three sons, Namal wasn’t even a member of parliament at the time. He was a domestic rugby player, though he didn’t play for the country. He gained a third class law degree from London’s City University and continues to study law in Colombo. Namal is not known for his erudition. His website claims he enjoys reading. He has yet to be pictured with his nose in a book. His attraction comes from a carefully nurtured boy-next-door demeanour. What he lacks in academic depth, he makes up for with skilful PR. Although sociable and unpretentious, Namal did not initially seem destined for greatness. For one, he was too young. And it was widely assumed that Basil, President Rajapaksa’s politically savvy younger brother, would succeed him.advertisementThen, in 2007, Namal staged his soft launch in mainstream politics with a press conference to promote a youth organisation that he started with his brother Yoshitha. It was called Tharunyata Hetak (A Tomorrow for Youth). Rather aptly, it helped forge young Namal’s future in politics. Donations supported projects such as scholarships, employment training and sports events. Each initiative also achieved a more insidious objective-enhancing Namal’s profile.Namal’s greatest assets, though, are his political legacy and the investment of a powerful father who believes firmly in birthright. His late grandfather, Don Alwin Rajapaksa, was an MP and a minister. His late grand uncle, Don Matthew Rajapaksa, was a state councillor in the 1930s. His uncle, Gotabaya, is the defence secretary in the present administration. Another uncle, Basil, is minister of economic development while a third, Chamal, is the speaker of Parliament. Many other relatives hold government positions through presidential patronage.NAMAL RAJAPAKSA, 24 Member of ParliamentGenealogy Son of President Mahinda RajapaksaFavourite ride Air Force helicopterOperates from Temple Trees, the president’s official home in ColomboNon-starter Luxury train from Colombo to Kattunayaka airport began at his suggestion. Wound up after a few months.Dream project Wants Lanka to host the 2018 Commonwealth GamesIn April 2010, Namal was nominated by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to contest the parliamentary election from Beliatta in Hambantota district. It was his father’s and grandfather’s constituency and he won with the largest percentage of preferential votes. Since then, the presidential progeny has been extensively, and expensively, promoted as successor to the head of state. He gets privileges new MPs can only dream of. State media fawn over his every move. He attends state functions and is invited as chief guest to inaugurate roads, government buildings, schools and bridges. He optimises these occasions to proclaim views about everything from governance and religion to education and, his personal favourite, youth empowerment. With a bureau at Temple Trees, the president’s official home, Namal uses vehicles from his father’s pool and travels by air force helicopter for trips out of the city. Government officials and ministers scramble to do his bidding and the president assigns him duties to enhance his public standing.Coincidentally, Hambantota is the site of a mega Chinese port project and a new international stadium which recently hosted two cricket World Cup matches. It will also soon have an international airport, as the government continues to lavish cash on the Rajapaksa constituency. As for Namal, unless a family feud shatters the grip of the ruling family on Sri Lankan politics, this young man will be the answer to an enduring dynasty.advertisementSajith PremadasaParty power to absolute controlWhatever else Sajith Premadasa might be admired for, it is not team playing. The son of Sri Lanka’s third president, Ranasinghe Premadasa-assassinated in 1993 by a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber-is impatient to take over the reins of the United National Party (UNP) and the country. He exudes confidence. In an August 2010 interview with an online newspaper, Sajith asserted that the reins of the UNP, of which he is co-deputy leader, aren’t enough. He aspires to govern the country.This self-assuredness might be what prompted the 44-year-old to challenge seasoned politician Ranil Wickremesinghe for leadership of the UNP. Twice prime minister of Sri Lanka, 62-year-old Wickremesinghe has been at the helm of the party since 1994, the year Sajith entered politics. But sections within the UNP were increasingly unhappy with Wickremesinghe, branding his style of inner-party governance as dictatorial. They were also sick of repeated electoral losses which they blamed on his aloofness towards grassroots membership. Sniffing around for alternative leadership, these disgruntled elements gradually settled on Sajith. He is, after all, son of a president who was much loved by the common man.So, while Sajith did not have the immediate backing of a rich, powerful, and surviving, head of state like Namal Rajapaksa, the dissidents in the UNP considered him a good candidate to send Wickremesinghe packing. The battle came to a head before local government polls in March 2011 when Sajith openly contested against Wickremesinghe and effectively split party loyalties in two. But after a charged factional tussle, the party’s governing body voted to retain Wickremesinghe as leader. But because of the split Sajith created, there are fireworks at every UNP working committee meeting now.”Sajith is a little impatient with others,” reflects a colleague of his late father, choosing his words cautiously. “He wants to be leader. Ranasinghe Premadasa had that too. He wanted to occupy the top slot and couldn’t stand competition at that level.” “I don’t tolerate incompetence,” Sajith counters. “I’m a team player as far as people who contribute meaningfully are concerned. I don’t waste time with people who have a detrimental impact on our country.”AJITH PREMADASA, 44 Co-Deputy Leader, UNPGenealogy son of Ranasinghe Premadasa, former president of Sri LankaInheritance of loss Joined politics in 1994, a year after his father was killedSignificant other Wife Jalani Premadasa runs a beauty salon in ColomboCan be spotted in public playing Electric guitarAnimal lover Wildlife photography and horse riding among favourite activitiesSajith has chosen to live in rural Hambantota, the bastion of the ruling Rajapaksa family. He does a lot of work in the villages through his grassroots organisation Janasuwaya. He is an arresting and persuasive speaker in both Sinhala and English, a distinct plus. He has performed exceptionally during the elections too. Sajith first entered politics in 2000, when he was elected to Parliament from Hambantota with 83 per cent of the UNP preferential votes. He won 89 per cent of the preferential votes in the 2010 election.Those who knew his father say Sajith shares with Premadasa the determination to “just get on with it”. He is decisive and unfazed by obstacles. If anything, he welcomes a good challenge. He can sing and plays several musical instruments. “I’m not great,” he confesses, “but I can hold my own.” Sajith was educated at Mill Hill School, London, where he played cricket and served as prefect. He graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in economics, politics and international relations. While he was pursuing a Masters in Public Management at the University of Maryland, Washington D.C. in 1993, his father was killed and young Sajith returned to Sri Lanka.For Sajith, the immediate challenge is reviving the party after the drubbing it received in the July 23 local council elections. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s United Freedom Alliance defeated the UNP in all the 39 Sinhala-majority regions.Sajith claims to “enjoy walking up to the wild elephant and holding its trunk”. When your party symbol is also an elephant, this takes on a whole new meaning.BangladeshSajeeb WazedIt Boy or Eternal Leader?It is difficult to predict when Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed aka ‘Joy’ will formally enter politics. The Virginia-based it professional holds no official position in the ruling Awami League, except a simple party membership and tag of ‘adviser’ to his mother Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, 63, who is also party chief. Perhaps it has to do with the vocal opposition of his wife, US-born Kristine Ann Overmire, who fears the violence hardwired into Bangladesh’s political history. Sajeeb’s grandfather was assassinated in a military putsch and his mother escaped death in 2004. The Wazeds hold dual nationality-Kristine became a Bangladeshi citizen after Hasina’s government brought in a special amendment.Dhaka-based political historian Muntassir Mamoon believes Sajeeb will not take over the party. Bangladeshi expatriate leaders say Sajeeb has put the brakes on his political appearances in Bangladesh after queries were raised on his assets and his meetings with US officials in 2009. He visited the country this July for the Digital Innovation Fair, afer a two-year gap-the last visit was in 2009, when he attended the funeral of his nuclear scientist father, Wazed Miah. In December 2009, a pro-opposition newspaper quoted documents alleging kickbacks from an American firm for a $52 million energy project. The charges have not been investigated by the government. Sajeeb then attracted flak for a factually flawed critique of Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus in newspapers and blogs after the chairman of Grameen Bank was dismissed from office. None of these allegations has stuck to Sajeeb but they have tarnished his reputation.SAJEEB WAZED, 40Special Adviser to Awami League president Sheikh HasinaGenealogy Son of Sheikh Hasina, grandson of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding leader of BangladeshLives in Virginia,USPolitical moment Lobbying US lawmakers to restore democracy in BangladeshDream project Digital Bangladesh, to link the country through fibre optic cableSajeeb boasts impressive academic credentials-schooled in St. Joseph’s, Nainital, and at the Kodaikanal International School in Tamil Nadu, he has a BSc in computer engineering from the University of Arlington, Texas, and a degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University. Awami League leaders whisper about how Sajeeb dislikes being fawned upon by party leaders and is openly uncomfortable with South Asia’s full-contact politics of being hugged and garlanded in public. The lax attitude to punctuality also irritates him.Sajeeb and Bangladeshi civil rights groups lobbied with US policy makers in Washington D.C. to ensure Bangladesh returned to democracy. The military is back in the barracks but secularism is a casualty. Under Sheikh Hasina, the 158 million Sunni-majority country is switching to an Islamic constitution, retaining Islam as state religion. Sheikh Hasina’s policies contradict Sajeeb’s vision of a secular nation. Writing on ‘Stemming the rise of Islamic extremism in Bangladesh’ in the Harvard International Review in November 2008, Sajeeb says the Awami League must implement certain changes to check Islamism if it hopes to secure long-lasting secularism and democracy. He wants Bangladesh to be the global leader for secular governance in a Muslim country.Where he has been able to convince his mother is on the need for the Digital Bangladesh project that aims to link the country using fibre optic cables. The project which hopes to bring in an it revolution, usher in accountability, transparency and good governance has now become part of the ruling party’s political agenda.Tareque RahmanLeader to prince in exileMonths after a landslide victory in the 2001 elections swept Begum Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to power, she anointed her son Tareque Rahman as senior vice- chairperson. The 36-year-old college dropout quickly emerged as the power behind the throne. Like his father and party founder, General Ziaur Rahman, who ruled Bangladesh between 1975 and 1982, Tareque steered the party towards Islamic chauvinism. During the 2001 election, he convinced his mother to ally with the right-wing Islamist parties for a majority. Moving like an adroit chess player, he quietly nominated nearly a 100 young Turks, who rose from student politics, to run for the 2001 elections. Khaleda Zia conceded a third of the government’s ministerial positions to Tareque’s legion. A day after the election verdict, the party unleashed a wave of terror against opposition party workers and minorities. It became the subject of international human rights investigations.Tareque’s home, Hawa Bhaban, in Dhaka’s diplomatic area, emerged as an alternative power centre. Political rivals termed it a centre of crime and corruption, and where a conspiracy to assassinate his mother’s political rival, Sheikh Hasina, was hatched in 2004. The young vice-chairman attended only a few meetings at the party headquarters. Party leaders and ministers instead came to hold parleys at his home. Nobody dared to question a man described as Bangladesh’s de facto political leader.TAREQUE RAHMAN, 45Senior Vice Chairman, BNPGenealogy Son of ex-president Ziaur Rahman and ex-prime minister Khaleda ZiaComeback kid Announced retirement from politics in September 2008. Unanimously elected BNP senior vicechairman in 2009.No early return Charged for 2004 conspiracy to assassinate Sheikh Hasina. Accused of money laundering.Then, a military-backed caretaker government took over Bangladesh in January 2007. Khaleda Zia, who months earlier had publicly denied she encouraged dynastic politics, was detained. Tareque was arrested for money laundering as well as graft and spent 18 months in prison in Dhaka. Members of his clique were either jailed or fled overseas. Tareque now lives in exile in the north London suburb of Edmonton where he went for treatment for his worsening physical condition. He suffered a broken spinal cord, reportedly caused by torture while in military detention. Despite the army opting for a back seat in the present government, the Zia scion is unlikely to return while Sheikh Hasina rules, for fear of persecution.Despite the corruption taint, Tareque’s popularity with bnp grassroots leaders and supporters is intact. Most political events in Dhaka and district towns sport three portraits: General Ziaur Rahman, Khaleda Zia and Tareque Rahman. Political scientist Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah says Bangladesh politics revolves around two families, which gave birth to two cults and two assassinated iconic leaders. The bnp suffered a crushing defeat in 2008, winning just 30 seats. The party has regrouped under Khaleda Zia but political observers say if her heir refuses to return, the party will disintegrate, an indication of the importance of dynastic politics in Bangladesh.NepalPrakash DahalRebel to public servantNepal politics has been dominated for the last few years by Big P-Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda, the fierce one, a top Maoist leader who led his party to power after a decade-long struggle. Now it has a Small P-Prakash Dahal, Prachanda’s son. The son is now rising over the Himalayan nation, amid allegations of corruption and nepotism.He is currently a member of the Newa state committee of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal, one of the 14 Maoist state committees. However, his influence over Prachanda is creating tensions within the Maoist party. Hardline Maoist leader Mohan Vaidya had come up with a document alleging a neo-feudal group has emerged within the party due to protection given by the party leadership to smugglers, illegal traders and the corrupt. Many of the allegations are against Prakash.PRAKASH DAHAL, 29Member, Newa state committee, UCPNGenealogy Son of top Maoist leader PrachandaMystery trip In May, he accompanied his father to Thailand amid media speculation that they were discussing the political situation with Chinese and Indian intelligence officersHigh life Has developed a taste for Blue Label whiskyDream project Plans to climb Mount Everest and hoist the Maoist flag therePrakash, 29, only son of Prachanda, was active in the party during the bloody struggle between 1996 and 2006 when a Maoist insurrection led to over 13,000 deaths. However, he rose to power when his father was appointed prime minister in 2008. He had to drop out of school in Kathmandu when he was in Class VII. During the ‘People’s War’, the name the Maoists have given to their decade-long battle against the government, security forces were looking for students with the Dahal surname. He completed his schooling in Jalandhar in India. He later became a powerful member of the prime minister’s office, taking charge of Prachanda’s appointments and often accompanying him during his foreign trips. While accompanying his father to Kathmandu University in 2009, he engaged in a drunken binge in the university premises. He had reportedly coaxed party members, journalists and even traffic policemen to join him. This led to red faces in the party leadership, which issued a no-drinking policy among its cadre and even led to comparisons with the drunken fits of the unpopular erstwhile crown prince Paras. His association with top telecom industrialist Ajay Sumargi has also drawn flak in the party. Though not politically active, he is seen as someone who can influence his powerful politician father.last_img read more

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Team USA among No. 1 seeds for FIBA World Cup in China

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FIBA announced the eight top seeds Tuesday, based on the latest world rankings that were updated following the end of qualifying for the World Cup. China got a No. 1 seed as the host nation. The other No. 1 seeds will be Spain, France, Serbia, Argentina, Lithuania and Greece.Each of those eight nations will lead a four-team pod when the World Cup begins Aug. 31.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe U.S. remains No. 1 in the world rankings, with Spain, France, Serbia, Argentina, Lithuania, Slovenia, Greece, Croatia and Russia rounding out the top 10.Neither Slovenia nor Croatia qualified for the World Cup. No. 51 Tunisia and No. 64 Ivory Coast were the lowest-ranked nations to earn a spot in the 32-team World Cup field. MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief The United States will have a No. 1 seed for the FIBA World Cup this summer in China.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Jordan Clarkson fuels Gilas Pilipinas’ #LetJordanPlay World Cup clamor ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The World Cup draw is March 16.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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Perth Scorchers beat Lahore, guide MSD’s Chennai into CLT20 semifinals

first_imgLahore Lions, needed a 46-run win against Perth, to push Chennai out of the contentionPerth Scorchers’ Mitchell Marsh not just stopped Lahore Lions from making it to the semifinals of the Champions League Twenty20 with a three-wicket win in their last group match here today but also paved the way for Chennai Super Kings’ entry into the last-four stage.Marsh scored an unbeaten 63 off just 38 balls with the help of seven boundaries and three sixes, besides putting up a crucial unbroken 68 runs with Brad Hogg (28 no; 19b 2X4 2X6)) to overhaul a modest target of 125 with six balls to spare at the Chinnaswamy stadium here. Earlier, the Scorchers had restricted the Pakistani side for a mere 124 for six in their allotted 20 overs and then reached 130 for seven in 19 overs.Had the Lahore Lions pulled off a victory by a margin of 46 runs against the Scorchers, they would have progressed to the semifinals by displacing Chennai Super Kings from second place in the Group A standings. Hogg hit Adnan Rosool for a six in the 14th over to knock Lahore out of the tournament, while sending CSK into the last-four stage.Kolkata Knight Riders were already through to the semifinals after topping Group A, having registered four victory in as many matches. The Lions needed to bundle out the Scorchers for 78 to make the semis but failed to contain their opponents. It was Scorchers bowlers who wreaked havoc as paceman Joel Paris (3/22) and Mitchell Marsh (2/12) shared five wickets between them.advertisementSaad Nasim top-scored for the Pakistani side with an unbeaten 69 off 55 balls, studded with five fours and a six. Put into bat, Lions lost three early wickets with just two runs on the board. Paris accounted for the wickets of the two openers in Nasir Jamshed (1) and Umar Siddiq (1), while Marsh saw off skipper Mohammad Hafeez (0) and Wahab Riaz (0) for a nought each to leave the Lions reeling at 11 for four.Nasim shared a 43-run fifth wicket stand with Umar Akmal (26) and then put on a solid 48 with Mohammad Saeed for the sixth wicket to bring the Pakistani outfit back on track and cross the 100-run mark.Meanwhile, play was interrupted for a brief while due to rain. Chasing a modest target, the Scorchers also did not have an ideal start as they lost seven wickets for just 62 runs on the board. The Scorchers kept losing wickets at regular interval with the top and middle order, barring opener Cameron Bancroft (22), failing to reach the double digit mark.At 62 for seven, the Lions had a realistic chance of bundling the Aussie unit out below 78 and advance to the next stage, but Marsh and Hogg combined to consolidate the innings and guide their team to a rather comfortable victory in the end. In the 19th over, Scorchers hit three sixes off Wahab Riaz — two by Hogg and one by Marsh — to wrap up the match quickly.For Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez was the pick of the bowlers with impressive figures of two for eight in his allotted four overs.last_img read more

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9 months agoWest Brom move for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburn

first_imgWest Brom move for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburnby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom are moving for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburn.The 19-year-old is the subject of interest from three Championship sides.Albion asked if they could take him as soon as they discovered freescoring Harvey Barnes was being recalled by Leicester City.But they aren’t alone with a host of other clubs keen for the teenager to sign with Wigan also said to be in the race. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Florida State President John Thrasher Releases Statement On FSU’s Decision To Dismiss QB De’Andre Johnson

first_imgFSU President releases statement n support of Jimbo Fisher's decision to dismiss De'Andre Johnson from the football team.FSU President Releases StatementFlorida State president John Thrasher has released a statement on the decision to dismiss Seminoles’ quarterback De’Andre Johnson after a video surfaced of the four-star freshman punching a woman in a Tallahassee bar last month. Thrasher says “there is no question in my mind” that Jimbo Fisher made the correct decision to dismiss Johnson. Here’s the full statement. Statement from #FSU president John Thrasher on decision to dismiss De’Andre Johnson.— Tom D’Angelo (@tomdangelo44) July 7, 2015Johnson, a true freshman, was ranked one of the top-15 quarterbacks in the 2015 class.last_img read more

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New AP Poll: Buckeyes Remain Unanimous No. 1

first_imgWeek two of the new AP poll.Week 2 AP Poll Lee Corso College GameDayTwitter/College GameDayThe Ohio State Buckeyes, after taking care of Virginia Tech on the road Monday night, are still the No. 1 ranked team in the country – in both the Coaches’ Poll and the AP Poll. The latter was just released.Alabama, previously ranked No. 3, has moved up to No. 2 after a dominating performance against Wisconsin. TCU, which struggled a bit with Minnesota, drops a spot to No. 3. The rest of the top ten is rounded out by Baylor, Michigan State, Auburn, Oregon, USC, Notre Dame and Georgia.Texas A&M, after a big win over Arizona State, debuts in the poll at No. 16. Utah and Mississippi State also entered the poll, at No. 24 and No. 25, respectively.1. Ohio State2. Alabama3. TCU4. Baylor5. Michigan State6. Auburn7. Oregon8. USC9. Notre Dame10. Georgia11. Florida State12. Clemson13. UCLA14. LSU15. Georgia Tech16. Texas A&M17. Ole Miss18. Arkansas19. Oklahoma20. Boise State21. Missouri22. Arizona23. Tennessee24. Utah25. Mississippi StateYou can check out last week’s rankings here.last_img read more

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