17 Sep

Emery on the competitive nature of the Premier League

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery is quickly adjusting to life in England and has discovered the demanding and challenging nature of the Premier League.Emery took over from Arsene Wenger in the summer and after a rocky start, has produced impressive results with Arsenal.His side travels to Bournemouth on Sunday, and Emery is expecting yet another tough, which he says is the norm in the English Premier League.“I think one of the characteristics of the Premier League is the fact every game is very demanding and you need to overcome that if you want to finish in the top four,” Emery told the club’s website.“In terms of the difficulty of the teams, it’s not just the top teams but all of the teams in the league are very difficult because they all have good players and I think that’s what makes the Premier League as far as I know the most competitive league around.“I think in comparison with the leagues in France and Spain, taking Spain for example, that was a league in which every team was very tricky and it made sure that you needed to know a lot about them.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It meant that your preparation had to be spot on and it meant that your instructions to the team throughout all 90 minutes had to be very good.“That was unlike France in a sense that PSG were so superior that the competitive aspect wasn’t so apparent, but it’s something I am rediscovering here in England and so in terms of my competitive level, I need that to be very high and I want to convey that to the players so that we get the best out of them.“In terms of Bournemouth, that’s been my focus ever since the end of the Wolves game, I know that we are going to have to play at a very high level in order to get the three points because Bournemouth are doing some great work, they have some fantastic players.“I think that most of all, they have that confidence at the moment which is making them a truly tough proposition.”last_img read more

31 Aug

Destination Brisbane

first_imgThe upcoming G-20 Heads of State meeting in Brisbane, Australia in mid-November is being convened when urgent policy actions from major economies, advanced and emerging, call for coordinated and focused approach to get the world economy out of the anemic recovery. Latest economic data from global financial institutions such as the World Bank, the IMF, OECD and the WTO do not inspire hope that economic growth can pick up pace and verve to allay the jittery nerves of policymakers, planners and political leaders who have a lot of stake in the faster and decisive recovery of the global economy. Also Read – Syrian army suspends ‘Aleppo fighting’There is a distinct lack of sustained demand to drive growth the world over that dodges every economy, though massive amounts of countercyclical steps in the form of injection of liquidity through monetary easing with attendant ultra low interest rates in rich countries and fiscal stimulus in emerging economies and tax concessions to stoke demand continue unabated for quite a long time since 2008 when the global financial crisis struck like a tsunami. Also Read – Alarming seismic activityIn fact, the G-20 was set up as a coordinated response by global community to the global financial crisis. That crisis underscored the inadequacies of the extant institutional arrangements such as the IMF, touted to be the lender of the last resort, when major financial crisis abruptly broke out in one major epicenter but spread its octopus-like tentacles to the rest of the universe through fast and fraught transmission effects. That is why post-crisis, leaders of G-20 including India at the highest level meet once a year regularly to take stock of the situation and evolve a coordinated policy response. So beginning in Washington in 2008, the G-20 conclave was held subsequently in London, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Seoul, Cannes(France), Los Cabos (Mexico) and St Petersburg every year and this year the G-20 leaders including India’s Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi will gather together for two days on November 15-16 in Brisbane, the capital city of picturesque Queensland, Australia. Canberra has already stated that building on the St. Petersburg summit, it is easier to structure leaders’ discussions around the key themes of promoting stronger economic growth and employment outcomes, making the global economy more resilient to deal with future shocks and to maintaining a tight focus on practical results that would lift growth, boost participation, create jobs and build resilience of the global economy. In preparing a ‘Brisbane Action Plan’, Australia has contended that these growth strategies would need to include ‘practical actions to improve productivity and competitiveness, strengthen investment in infrastructure, encourage trade, make it easier to do business and boost employment’. At September 2014 meeting of G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Cairns in which India’s Minister of State for Finance Mrs. Nirmala Sitaraman and RBI Governor Dr. Raghuram G. Rajan took part as the Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley was indisposed,  the leaders discussed the agenda of the G-20 summit. The IMF and OECD reckoned that the new growth strategies of G-20 members collectively would deliver two per cent increase in global GDP over five years. This would imply $2 trillion to the global economy and millions of new jobs.  The host has already made it amply clear that its priority for Brisbane Summit is to link development actions to growth, by creating the conditions for developing and emerging economies to attract infrastructure investment, by reinforcing tax systems and by improving access to financial services. Canberra promised that its Presidency of G-20 would make it a priority to complete financial reforms in four principal areas directly related to the causes of the crisis, viz., building the resilience of banks, helping prevent and managing the failure of globally important financial institutions, making derivative markets safer and improving oversight of the shadow banking sector. For India, this is a key issue as a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) with FSB members under the G-20 umbrella having committed to adopt the maintenance of financial stability. Hence it already sought IMF/World Bank to conduct their joint Financial Sector Assessment Programme (FSAP) a couple of years ago. The mission worked in concert with RBI, the Insurance Regulatory Authority of India (IRDA), the Stock Exchanges Board of India (SEBI) and the Ministry of Finance. One of the FSAP reports—Financial Stability Assessment Update—on India was published by IMF in 2013. In hailing the comprehensive review recognizing that the Indian banking system remained largely stable on account of tightly controlled regulatory and supervisory regime by RBI, the assessment found gaps and constraints in the implementation of regulatory and supervisory framework. It however hastened to note that RBI has been striving to address these gaps and even when the RBI lacks de jure independence, there has been no de facto interference from the government. But this is a refreshing and qualified plaudit from a neutral observer, though the country’s apex bank is now fighting a losing battle to keep its inflation-setting function unhampered from interference by the Finance Ministry!It was also agreed on measures to stabilize the global financial system by looking forward to the challenges and getting on with the job of implementing the priorities of the FSB.  There have also been some major initiatives to be delivered on in relation to the base erosion, profit shifting and international tax. In sum, as the leaders of the world’s most powerful 20 economies gather in Brisbane when at the end Turkey will assume the next year’s Presidency, there would be seamless continuity ‘in delivering our goals, in relation to the FSB priorities, in relation to the growth target of 2 per cent, in relation to the taxation initiatives and in relation to infrastructure and closer partnerships with the private sector’, according to Mr. Hockey.  In sum, as India’s Prime Minister Mr. Modi visits Down Under with a renewed remit to his growing popularity, the world awaits his interaction with global stalwarts in setting policy agenda and taking them up for implementation back home to crank up India’s economic growth, analysts say.last_img read more

31 Aug

Allwomen cop team to keep an eye on city streets

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police has introduced “The Winners”- a special all-women patrolling team to combat and prevent incidents of molestation and eve-teasing in the city.This is the first time in the history of Kolkata Police that such a special team has been set up to ensure safety and security of women.The women police will be patrolling different parts of the city on scooters and they will reach a spot soon after receiving information of any untoward incident. The team of “The Winners” initiated their journey from Lalbazar in presence of Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police and other senior police officers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAll the women police personnel had received their training for the past three months in the Police Training School (PTS). Most importantly, all the women police personnel will be having body-cams like traffic sergeants.The women police will be deployed at different parts of the city. They will be maintaining vigil while patrolling different areas. It will make the “public places safer for women”.The women police will be patrolling on scooters at different locations in different parts of the city. Patrolling in areas including Park Street, Esplanade, Rabindra Sadan crossing, Elgin Road, Gariahat, Shyambazar, Ultadanga and areas around Victoria Memorial Hall, will be carried out on a regular basis. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIt may be mentioned that the police have already taken several steps to check incidents of sexual harassment on women. Now, with introduction of “The Winners”, the rate of such incidents will go down further. The women police have been trained in such a way that they are capable of taking prompt action to save a woman from becoming a victim of sexual harassment. In case there is need of any more manpower to tackle a situation, the women police will be contacting the concerned police officers and subsequent steps will be taken.Earlier, it was found that women had to approach traffic sergeants and constables for any kind of help. Now, with introduction of “The Winners”, they can approach an on-duty woman officer and at the same time, will feel comfortable in sharing their problems.It may be recalled that during the training of women police personnel at Police Training School, Kumar had given necessary advice to ensure that they get prepared properly.last_img read more

31 Aug

Playing with acrylic

first_imgAcrylic canvas sheet paintings have come a long way since the 1940s, and the versatility of acrylics has won over many artists and collectors, increasing the number of masterfully-rendered acrylic paintings available in both abstract and representational styles. Young Artist Balu Chaudhari , born in Maharashtra and currently residing in Bhopal is currently exhibiting his this innovative  Acrylic  as medium paintings at Triveni Art Gallery in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition titled ‘Meandering Metamorphosis’ shows  the artist’s strong power of imagination and confidences. His obsession with details and his clear vision is shown through the paintings which will be displayed from November 23 to December 2. Balu Chaudhari says that when an art lover comes to view his paintings he hopes they take something away a spark of memory an emotion a thought because that’s what an artwork should do.The present work of Balu Chaudhari can be defined as a spirit of daring innovation. Driven by his yearning to express unknown invisible forms of nature, he in the last three years, has totally transformed his medium as well as his forms.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe has used dry thick base of color as a natural metaphor of frozen time and provided fluidity through the use of glass pieces in standing rows. Most recently, Balu has used more unconventional materials such as reverse painted acrylic sheets which are heated to create a frozen flow of physical reverberation. Balu Chaudhari’s work is characterised by technical facility, richness of color, and breadth of vision, he addresses subjects of profound universal significance, yet does so through personal metaphor and imagery.  Engagements with his  paintings is always a satisfying and enriching encounter.last_img read more