Agra put on 72-hour weather alert till Monday

first_imgThe weather office on Friday sounded a 72-hour alert till Monday here in Uttar Pradesh, Agra District Magistrate Gaurav Dayal said and issued a detailed advisory to manage any imminent disaster.This comes after a 132-kmph dust storm hit the city on the intervening night of Wednesday-Thursday, bringing heavy showers and hailstorm that killed 44 people and destroyed properties worth in crores. The doctors at the S.N. Medical College conducted the postmortem of 44 bodies who succumbed to injuries. The number of deaths were expected to rise.Agra witnessed two devastating storms in 20 days. More than 1,400 villages continue to remain without power supply, an official said. Trains were still running late. Historical buildings, including the Taj Mahal suffered extensive damages. Two wooden doors of the Taj minarets were damaged and several trees in the mausoleum were uprooted.Divisional Commissioner K. Ram Mohan Rao and Dayal visited the medical college hospital to review arrangements.A separate ward has been opened there and a dedicated team of doctors has been deputed. Mr. Rao told medical staff to provide prompt services and ensure there was no lack of medicines.Dayal along with Special Superintendent Amit Pathak and other senior officials visited several villages in Khairagarh. A team of officials were deputed to survey affected villages and evaluate loss of property and crop. The district magistrate has promised adequate compensation.last_img read more

Hope floats for women in politics

first_imgThe women’s wings of the three major political parties in Odisha have become more active since the State Assembly passed a resolution unanimously for providing 33% reservation for women in the Legislative Assemblies and Parliament on November 20 last year. Ahead of the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the State, the number of meetings and demonstrations by the women’s wings of the ruling Biju Janata Dal and Opposition Congress and BJP has also started multiplying after Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik took up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 4. Mr. Patnaik had urged Mr. Modi to initiate necessary steps for passing the Women’s Reservation Bill for reservation of one-third seats in Parliament and State Legislatures for women. “I assure full support of my government in providing women their rightful place in the decision-making process,” Mr. Patnaik wrote to Mr. Modi.The Chief Minister, who has been focussing on women’s empowerment, has not stopped there. Senior party leaders have been meeting top leaders of different parties across the country seeking their support for passage of the Bill in Parliament.Positive signs In fact, the three major parties have also strengthened their women’s wings in the recent months. While the BJD and the Congress have appointed new presidents in their women’s wings, the BJP has inducted some prominent women to add strength to its women’s wing. Such has become the political atmosphere that women leaders of these parties from far-off districts have started frequenting Bhubaneswar hoping to get party tickets. They are of the view that more women will be given tickets to contest the coming elections even if the Bill is not passed in Parliament. “This is a positive sign that more and more women are coming forward to actively participate in politics. Odisha has produced many women leaders, including former Chief Minister Nandini Satpathy, in the past and the current trend should be encouraged by different parties,” said political analyst Rabi Das. Buoyant by the developments with regard to women’s political participation, transgender rights activists too have become active in their work with the hope that they may also be given tickets by different parties. “Time has come for all parties to give tickets to transgender people to ensure their participation in the decision-making process,” said Meera Parida, chairman of the All Odisha Transgender Welfare Trust.last_img read more

Incheon Asian Games Day 1: India’s shooting, badminton teams shine, weightlifters off to disappointing start

first_imgJitu Rai celebrates with his coach Mohinder Lal after winning the gold in the 50m Pistol Men’s event at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range on Saturday. Photo: APIndia’s Jitu Rai on Saturday emerged champion in the men’s 50 metre pistol event to give the country its first gold medal from the 17th Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range while Indian badminton women’s team entered the quarterfinal after thrashing Macau 3-0 in their pre-quarterfinal tie at the Gyeyang Gymnasium.Jitu Rai’s gold was India’s second medal of the day from the shooting ranges. Shweta Chaudhry had won the bronze, the first medal for India from Incheon, in the 10m air pistol event earlier in the day.The World No. 5, who won the World Championship silver medal earlier this month to book the Olympic berth, shot a total of 186.2 in what was a rollercoaster final round. He had fired 559 in the qualification round to finish seventh and make the cut for the finals.The silver medal went to Vietnam’s Hoang Phuong Nguyen with a final score of 183.4 while China’s Wang Zhiwei settled for the bronze with a tally of 165.6.For the Indian Army shooter, 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, it was a bumpy ride to the gold medal. Starting at seventh place in the final round, he jumped to fourth and again dropped to sixth before making a tremendous recovery to clinch the gold medal.Among other Indians in fray, Om Prakash and Omkar Singh failed to qualify for the final round finishing 10th and 16th respectively. Om shot 555 while Omkar had a score of 551.advertisementThe Indian team comprising, Rai, Om and Omkar, finished fourth and missed the team bronze by five points. The team gold was won by Chinese trio Pang Wei, Pu Qifeng and Zhiwei with a total score of 1,692.In badminton, India’s singles stars Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu had comfortable victories while doubles pair of N. Sikky Reddy and Pradnya Gadre won convincingly in the third match of the tie.London Olympic 2012 bronze medallist Saina set the ball rolling for her team as she thrashed Wong kit Leng 21-6, 21-4. World No. 7 Saina, who came into the tournament, trained under Vimal Kumar at the Prakash Padukone Academy in Bangalore. She took 31 minutes to win the match over an inexperienced Kit Leng.Next up, double World Championships bronze medal winner and an in-form Sindhu completely dominated U Teng Lok 21-8, 21-9 to wrap up her match in 36 minutes.The doubles pair of Sikky-Pradnya defeated Zhibo Zhang-Rong Wang 21-16, 21-17. The Indian pair initially took time to adjust to get the momentum going in their favour and afterwards it was easy for them as they won in 45 minutes.Women’s team next plays a tough match against Thailand, who will be spearheaded by former world champion Ratchanok Intanon.The Indian men’s badminton team, however, lost to South Korea 0-3 in the pre-quarterfinals of the 17th Asian Games at the Gyeyang Gymnasium here on Saturday.Doubles pair of B. Sumeeth Reddy-Manu Attri, Kidambi Srikanth and recently-crowned Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, all lost their matches against the host nation.Srikanth, up against world No.7 Son Wan-ho, lost his match 14-21, 8-21 while the team of Reddy-Attri found the going hard against world No.1 pair of Yoo Yeon Seong-Lee Yong Dae, losing 12-21, 9-21 in an encounter which lasted just 35 minutes.The onus of keeping India in contention fell to world No.28 Kashyap, but the 28-year-old was stunned by world No.62 Lee Hyun Il.In weightlifting, India started their campaign on a dismal note as all three of them who took the field today finished in the bottom half of the table in their respective weight categories in both men’s and women’s divisions.In Women’s 48kg category, Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu — the gold and silver medallist of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games — came a cropper by finishing tenth and ninth respectively in a field of 13 weightlifters.Another Commonwealth gold medallist Sukhen Dey, meanwhile, finished a lowly 12th in men’s 56kg category out of 14 lifters. Placed in Group B of men’s 56kg, where six lifters competed, Sukhen ended at fifth place with a total of 242kg (106+136).Kazakhstan’s Margarita Yelisseyeva ran away with the gold in women’s 48kg category with an effort 194kg (88+106), while Sri Wahyuni Agustiani of Indonesia settled for a silver with a lift of 187kg (80+107) and Togoeva Mahliyo of Uzbekistan bagged a bronze with a total of 187 (81+106).In men’s 56kg, North Korea’s Om Yun Chol won the gold with a total of 298kg, which is now the new Asian Games record. He lifted 128kg in snatch before a world record 170kg effort in clean and jerk.Thach Kim Tua of Vietnam (total of 294kg) pocketed a silver and China’s Wu Jingbiao (288kg) finished with a bronze.advertisementIn Wushu, India’s Sanathoi Devi Yumnam reached quarterfinals after beating Mubarak Kamalova of Uzbekistan in Women’s Sanda -52kg. Ghosal Saurav defeated Alsaraj Ahmad Khaleel Ahmad of Jordan 11-2, 11-4, 11-3 to enter quarterfinals of Men’s Singles event.Dipika Pallikal defeated Jinyue Gu of China 11-6, 10-12, 11-6, 11-4 to enter quarterfinals of Women’s Singles event and Joshana Chinappa defeated South Korea’s Song Sunmi 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 to enter quarterfinals of Women’s Singles event.In volleyball, India defeated Hong Kong 23-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-21 in Men’s Preliminary Round – Group C match, and in basketball, India beat Palestine 89-49 in the Men’s Qualifying Round Group B Match.On Sunday, the events to take place are 10m Air Pistol Men’s Team Finals, Trap men’s Team Finals, Swimming, Water polo, Basketball, Cycling, football, gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Tennis, Shooting, Squash, Volleyball and Weightlifting.last_img read more

Premier League: Manchester City Goalkeeper Ederson to Miss Liverpool Clash

first_imgManchester: Manchester City suffered a huge blow ahead of Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash at Premier League leaders Liverpool with goalkeeper Ederson ruled out through injury.The Brazilian international came off at half-time during Wednesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw at Atalanta with a muscular problem. “He’s not able to play,” said City manager Pep Guardiola at his pre-match press conference.City ended that game in Milan with right-back Kyle Walker in goal after Ederson’s replacement Claudio Bravo was sent off 10 minutes from time for bringing down Josip Ilicic outside his box.Bravo endured an error-strewn first season in England back in 2016/17 when City finished third in the Premier League.The Chilean has been replaced by Ederson as Guardiola’s first-choice stopper over the past two seasons as City have won the league.However, Guardiola rejected suggestions that Bravo will be a liability at Anfield on Sunday.”We have another top ‘keeper,” added Guardiola.”You have to respect this guy. He is 34-years-old and has spent his whole career at the top level.”The first season he was struggling because he was new to the Premier League but the team was not at the top level.”All the problems were not down to Claudio but it is easy to point the finger.”City travel to Anfield on Sunday already six points behind Liverpool.Defeat by Jurgen Klopp’s team would leave City with a mountain to climb if they are to stop the Reds finally ending a 30-year wait to be champions of England again.Liverpool have lost only one of their last 50 Premier League games but while Guardiola is aware of the task that will await his side should they lose, he does not believe it will be definitive in the title race.”It never ends in November,” he added. “I know what happens if we lose and everyone is going to say it is over, but we still have a lot of games to play.”Experience in sport shows that you have to keep fighting until the end. That is what I want on Sunday and for the other games.”It will be more difficult when you see a team like Liverpool who lost once last season and is unbeaten this season.”So you can imagine that they are not going to lose many games but the season is long, and a lot of situations can happen.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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. EdersonEPLfootballliverpool First Published: November 8, 2019, 10:49 PM ISTlast_img read more

MEN: rugged COM Express type 10 module with Intel Apollo Lake-I

first_img Continue Reading Previous Mouser stocking Arduino MKR VIDOR 4000 development boardNext Kithara exhibits at VISION 2018 The CM50C is a low-power and space-saving Rugged COM Express module that was developed around the Intel Atom E3900 series of processors. Due to the low power consumption, the virtualization support of the processor and the safe board management controller, the robust module is a multifaceted solution for individual designs in harsh environments and safety-critical applications. The CM50C is compatible to COM Express Type 10 Pin-Out and conforms to the VITA 59 standard which specifies the mechanics to ensure reliable operation in harsh environmental conditions.Based on the Intel E3900 CPU series with a low power dissipation of 7-16 W, the CM50C provides not only a scalable performance up to 4 cores and integrated quality graphics, but also Intel VT-x virtualization support. This allows to run multiple applications on a single hardware platform, saving physical hardware and costs.The board management controller provides enhanced reliability, reduced downtime and is certifiable up to SIL 2. With the Trusted Platform Module and the secure/ measured booting features fast cryptographic execution is supported. The CM50C comes with a large variety of interfaces, including, e.g., Digital Display Interfaces, HD Audio, PCI Express and Gigabit Ethernet. This enables implementing many functions on a very small form factor.In accordance with the Rugged COM Express standard, the CM50C is embedded in a solid aluminum frame that protects the electronics from environmental influences such as humidity, dust, vibrations or EMC radiation and also enables operation in the extended temperature range from -40 to +85°C via Conduction Cooling. The processor’s 15 years long-term availability ensures an extended product life and future-safety for a wide range of applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Milik set for long lay-off after knee surgery

first_imgSerie A Napoli striker Milik set for long lay-off after knee surgery Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 20:18 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ArkadiuszMilik - cropped Getty Images Serie A Napoli SPAL v Napoli Napoli v Feyenoord UEFA Champions League The striker will again be sidelined for a large chunk of Napoli’s season after undergoing a knee operation Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik is set for an absence of around four months after undergoing knee surgery for the second time in as many seasons.The Poland international limped off after coming on as a substitute during the second half of Saturday’s 3-2 win at SPAL.Napoli 17/10 to win Serie A Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Milik moved to Naples from Ajax before the start of last season but was sidelined between October and February after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament while on international duty.The 23-year-old visited the Villa Stuart Clinic in Rome on Monday and Napoli released a statement confirming surgery was required.The statement read: “Professor [Pier Paolo] Mariani completed at the Villa Stuart [an operation on] the right knee of Arek Milik.”It was not an isolated but complex injury and the intervention was perfectly successful.”The knee has been reinforced and the striker will return in a similar time to that of the previous injury.”Milik has scored three times in seven appearances for club and country this season, while the weekend win preserved Napoli’s 100 per cent start to the Serie A campaign.last_img read more

England U17s vs Spain U17s: Team news & TV channel

first_imgEngland U17 England Under-17s vs Spain Under-17s: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Goal 19:54 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rhian Brewster England U17 Getty England U17 England U17 v Spain U17 Spain U17 U17 World Cup Premier League The Young Lions are hoping to secure a first ever world title at this level but face the side that have already upset them in a final this year For the second time this year, England and Spain go head-to-head in the final of an Under-17 international tournament.The Young Lions are out for revenge when they line up against La Roja in Saturday’s Under-17 World Cup final, having suffered a penalty shootout defeat to them in May’s U17 European Championship decider.Neither nation has taken the world title at this level, but both are in excellent form heading into the match in Kolkata. England have won five and drawn one of their matches, while a defeat to Brazil in the group stage is Spain’s only slip-up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game England Under-17s vs Spain Under-17s Date Saturday, October 28 Time 15:30 BST / 20:00 Local TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Rhian BrewsterIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BBC Two and Eurosport 1. UK TV channel Online stream BBC Two/Eurosport 1 BBC iPlayer/Eurosport player SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position England U17 players Goalkeepers Anderson, Brusik, Crellin Defenders Eyoma, Guehi, Gibson, Panzo, Latibeaudiere, Sessegnon Midfielders McEachran, Foden, Angel Gomes, Gibbs-White, Oakley-Boothe, Hudson-Odoi, Smith-Rowe, Kriby Forwards Loader, Brewster Steve Cooper has a bright squad to choose from heading into the final. Rhian Brewster has impressed with two hat-tricks so far and will lead the attack.The Young Lions have no suspensions or injuries to worry about.Potential XI: Anderson, Sessegnon, Latibeaudiere, Guehi, Panzo; McEachran, Oakley-Boothe, Foden, Gibbs-White, Hudson-Odoi; Brewster Position Spain U17 players Goalkeepers Fernandez, Vidal, Vacas Defenders Jaume, Miranda, Guillamon, Chust, Garcia, Perea, Gomez,  Midfielders Moha, Blanco, Torres, Gelabert, Gomez, Beitia, Garcia Forwards Abel Ruiz, Pedro Ruizm, Nacho Diaz Having already beaten England this year, Spain will be fairly confident heading into the final with a lively group of players.Abel Ruiz has been the key man, with Cesar Gelabert, Sergio Gomez and Felipe Torres all playing a big role with goals and assists.Potential XI: Fernandez; Morey, Guillamon, Chust, Miranda; Moha, Blanco, Torres, Gelabert, Gomez; Ruiz.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Spain Under 17s World CupSpain are 7/5 favourites with dabblebet, while England are 8/5 and a draw is available at 9/4.GAME PREVIEW Jose Sargent Joel Latibeaudiere USA England U-17A new Under-17 world champion will be declared on Saturday as two in-form teams clash at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in India.The competition’s top scorers England have netted 18 times over their six games in the tournament, three more than their opponents and were only held to a draw by Japan.Rhian Brewster has been the star of the tournament so far with seven goals, including hat-tricks against USA and Brazil after opening the scoring in a 3-2 win over Mexico.The Liverpool star is fighting for the Golden Boot prize but is just one ahead of Spain’s Abel Ruiz and Mali’s Lassana Ndiaye, playing in the third-place playoff against Brazil earlier in the day.There is much to play for in the repeat of the U17 Euros earlier this year. However, if history is to repeat itself and take the game into penalties, England will feel more confident this time having already beaten Japan in a shootout this month.It promises to be an exciting game in front of a sell-out crowd in Kolkata.last_img read more

‘When it all goes right’: Canada’s Alphonso Davies is living the dream

first_imgFootball Topics Twitter Reuse this content US sports MLS Facebook features Pinterest Tim Adams was working as a local journalist when he set up Free Footie, a program devoted to giving marginalized children – including a young Davies – affordable, organized sport. “It’s an example of what can happen when it all goes right for one kid,” Adams says.“But the challenge is that it needs to go right for 10,000 kids and not just in football but in life. Taking nothing away from his amazing talent and great mind and great composure but how exactly did the community line up behind Alphonso to make this happen? Who were the people who rallied around to make sure he got to where he is? And how do we multiply that by a hundred or by every Canadian city? Because I’m 100% convinced if we had a Free Footie in every single major market in Canada, we’d have an Alphonso Davies come out of every one. We’d have a full national team – men’s and women’s – of kids just like him. Because I’ve seen them.”Adams recommended Davies to Marco Bossio, a teacher at St Nicholas Catholic School and also the head of its soccer academy. “Our program is a nonprofit organization and we try to continue the mentality of Free Footie and make sure these athletes have a place to play,” he says.“They’re often so enthralled with soccer and they have so much fun that it maybe takes away from some of the more negative things going on in their lives. Alphonso and his family went through a lot and I can only imagine what that was like. His parents were often working around the clock so he had to look after his siblings. Between school and soccer and taking care of his family, he had a lot on his plate and a lot to deal with.” Inevitable comparisons have been made with Owen Hargreaves, who was born and raised in Calgary before he joined Bayern Share on Pinterest He joined the Whitecaps’ residency in 2015 and has already been capped at senior level by Canada. But, as much as his story has been celebrated in recent days, it’s worth wondering if his development signals a genuine shift in the Canadian soccer landscape or if he’s merely an exception, a perfect example of capturing lightning in a bottle.A refugee growing up to become a soccer superstar is a picture-perfect, warm and fuzzy example of modern, liberal, tolerant Canada. But is it a fair reflection of a new, well-rounded grassroots soccer strategy? Davies’ formative years as an immigrant kid in Edmonton owed much to the kindness of strangers, who, dazzled by his innate talent, persevered with him enough, intent on seeing him fulfil his promise. Share via Email There remain countless other young, talented immigrant children who slip through the cracks in Canada For Davies, he had a strong enough mentality to push through and a local support network to rely on. He spent three years at St. Nick’s before Bossio began to pester the Whitecaps. “I phoned them and put a bug in their ear,” he says. “They invited him out for his residency trial and they saw what I had seen.”But Davies is a rare breed. His is a remarkable success story but there remain countless other young, talented immigrant children who – for whatever reason – slip through the cracks in Canada. And without any support, it’s impossible for local volunteers and coaches to continue to reach out and persuade them to stick with soccer. “A kid lived across the street from me in affordable housing,” Adams says. “He came to Edmonton as a refugee from Afghanistan and I’d take him to play pick-up soccer. It was just two-on-two. Me and a 10-year-old against full-grown men. But he was just an incredible kid. So I took him to club trials. And they stuck him on the edge of the box and said, ‘Put it in the top corner’. And he’s a little kid and couldn’t do it so he got cut. But that kid had days on Alphonso. And I don’t know what happened him. He disappeared from my hands and disappeared from the soccer community. And I’m convinced he would’ve been a star as well. But he’s gone. And I know those kids exist all around Canada. We are the country that welcomes people. ‘Come here, we’ll give you an opportunity’. Now is the time to take kids out of the shadows and put them in the spotlight and give them a chance.”Bossio echoes that sentiment. He feels that Davies’ story is an opportunity for the country’s soccer administrators to get behind local initiatives, invest in them and ensure this isn’t just a one-off. “I think a lot of things may be going unnoticed,” he says.“So much good is happening and so many athletes are developing at a quick rate. Alphonso isn’t the only one we brought to Vancouver for trials or who secured a spot. I just want Canada Soccer to take notice and maybe support wherever they can and acknowledge the little guys – academies that they may not even know about. If they can offer some assistance, be that funding or otherwise, I think it can go a long way.” Davies spoke at the Fifa Congress last month on behalf of the United bid for the 2026 World Cup. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/APcenter_img Share on Facebook Last month, dozens of grey-haired men in dark suits congregated in a sprawling space at Moscow’s Expocentre for a five-hour Fifa Congress marathon. The big business was selecting the hosts of the 2026 World Cup and both bids were given a 15-minute presentation opportunity to make a final pitch to voters.The United bid, composing of the United States, Mexico and Canada, were up first. Their opening gambit came from a young man dressed in a bright red tracksuit top who strode confidently towards the microphone before detailing his personal story. He told the crowd that his parents had fled relentless violence in Liberia and that he had been born in a Ghanaian refugee camp.“It was a hard life,” he continued. “But when I was five years old, a country called Canada welcomed us in.” His braces belied the maturity and composure he showed. He spoke for less than a minute but the impact of his words was undeniable.It was Alphonso Davies, the Vancouver Whitecaps’ teenager who earlier this week signed with Bayern Munich for a record deal. A prodigy since making his Major League Soccer debut as a 15-year-old in July 2016, his journey is a modern fairy-tale. Victoria and Debeah Davies lived in the Liberian capital of Monrovia and had already survived one civil war when the bullets and bloodshed started up again. They had two choices: pick up a gun and try and protect themselves or escape. Canada “You’re going somewhere and you have to cross over bodies to go and find food,” Victoria said years later. “So the best thing to do was to just get out.” They spent years in the Buduburam refugee camp, an hour west of Accra, and where Alphonso was born in 2000. Providing him with enough food and water was difficult and although it was better than Monrovia, it was still displacement and uncertainty and anxiety.“Refugee life was like being put in a container and being locked up,” Victoria said. “There was no way to get out. And you can’t go far from the camp because anything can happen to you.” The family applied for resettlement in Canada and arrived to Windsor, Ontario in 2006. But, it was the following year when they settled in the Alberta city of Edmonton and began to build a new life. “When I look back – a refugee camp, no food, no clothes – and here we are today,” Victoria said. “Alphonso has everything that he needs. I’m proud of him.”Davies’ deal with Bayern has been covered widely in the Canadian media. And in MLS circles too, it’s seen as a seismic moment. It’s big money. It’s high-profile. For a change, the spotlight is not on a faded star arriving in the league. Instead, it’s focused on a homegrown talent being signed by one of the most iconic teams in the world and promised first-team opportunities. Things are seemingly a bit different now.Davies has certainly got the benefit of Canada’s domestic soccer structure substantially progressing in the last decade particularly. The country now boasts three MLS franchises, each with its own academy. Next spring, a domestic league is scheduled to launch with clubs operating from coast-to-coast. Young Canadian players have a clear route to the top. But it wasn’t always that way. In fact, the country has a difficult history regarding the development of elite young players. Vancouver Whitecaps Coastal elites: rating Major League Soccer’s best attacking trios Share on Messenger Read more Bayern Munich Since Davies’ transfer was confirmed, inevitable comparisons have been made with Owen Hargreaves, who was born and raised in Calgary before he joined Bayern as a 16-year-old in 1997. But, that move was facilitated by a local German coach – Thomas Niendorf – who had contacts within the club and arranged for Hargreaves to go on trial. There was no domestic residency program or state-of-the-art national camp nurturing the midfielder’s talent. There wasn’t even a professional team he could join in his own country.“We don’t have the facilities and we don’t have the coaches,” Hargreaves himself lamented during his time with Bayern. He declared for England and made his senior debut in 2001. Many Canadian soccer fans still aren’t over it.There was a similar pattern with Bournemouth’s Asmir Begovic, with whom Davies’ bears a lot of similarities. Born in Bosnia, Begovic was four when he and his family fled the war. They first found refuge in Germany before also relocating to Edmonton in 1999. And it was there that Begovic blossomed. But, like Hargreaves before him, there was nowhere to go domestically. As a teenager, he signed for Portsmouth and though he represented Canada at the Under-20 World Cup in 2007, a senior call-up remained elusive. So, he made himself available for the country of his birth and debuted for them in late-2009.“I just didn’t see the future being that great for Canadian soccer,” Begovic said in 2014. “I wasn’t sure if the people running it were the right people. People kept saying the right things but it never ended up happening. The words were there, the actions weren’t.” Davies has had a different experience. Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Wayne Rooney breaks nose and DC United duck with first MLS goal Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Heritage Strategy Task Force

first_imgVolunteers are needed to participate in a Heritage Strategy Task Force being organized by Voluntary Planning. The task force will conduct public consultations and research and make recommendations to government on a heritage strategy that will guide decision-making in the future. “Nova Scotia needs a long-term plan for its full range of heritage assets,” said Ron Smith, chair of Voluntary Planning’s board of directors. “This is a chance for Nova Scotians to tell us what they value about their heritage and what they would like to see protected.” The heritage strategy will reflect what Nova Scotians value most about heritage including the aspects of it they want to see celebrated and protected. Some of the things the task force may consider, for example, include: all types of archives; historic places and buildings; museums; human and natural heritage; and language and traditions. Public consultations are expected to begin in the fall. Individuals interested in becoming a part of the task force on heritage can forward an expression of interest by Wednesday, June 8 by mail to: Voluntary Planning Suite 600, Joseph Howe Building1690 Hollis St.Halifax, NS B3J 3J9 Expressions of interest can also be sent by fax to 902-424-0580 or by e-mail to . For more information on the Heritage Strategy Task Force call 902-424-5682, toll free at 1-866-858-5850 or visit the website at .last_img read more

China wants no progressive elements in any free trade deal with Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – China’s ambassador has firmly rejected a key pillar of the Trudeau government’s trade agenda, branding its attempts to entrench labour standards in a free trade pact as a non-starter for his country.Ambassador Lu Shaye said Tuesday that Canada’s “so-called” progressive trade agenda has no place in the free trade agreement the two countries have been pursuing in fits and starts for several years.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been unable to persuade China’s leaders to formally entrench labour, gender, environment and governance issues in the negotiating framework of the free trade talks.Trudeau spent four days in China in December but left without a formal commitment to moving the free trade talks past the exploratory phase into formal negotiations.Without elaborating, Lu said the two countries have reached “consensus on extensive issues, but (there) still remain some differences on the so-called progressive trade factors.”“For the Chinese side, we have stressed many times … we really want so-called, non-trade-related factors or issues to not be included in the negotiation of an FTA,” Lu said through an interpreter to a small gathering of journalists at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa.China is taking note of how Canada is pursuing the same agenda in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. But Lu said Canada’s insistence on pushing labour standards in the NAFTA talks with Mexico to raise wages would only lead to the shuttering of Mexican auto plants and lost jobs.“If the Mexico side accepts such kind of standards many of the factories have to close down and their workers have to be laid off,” he said.“So, for the negotiation of the FTA (between Canada and China), it is the national conditions that really matters.”There appears to be little forward momentum towards the start of formal negotiations between Beijing and Ottawa on a free trade pact.Joseph Pickerill, spokesman for International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, said Tuesday there was “nothing to report right now on trade talks,” but he noted there’s ongoing political engagement. He cited the recent visits to China by Champagne, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and this week’s trade mission of Heritage Minister Melanie Joly and representatives from 60 cultural industries.“This is one of the most complex but also potentially lucrative markets in the world and that requires a smarter, longer-term and more strategic approach to engagement with China,” said Pickerill.“As the minister often says, trade is over decades and this particular relationship, expanding economic engagement will take the time it takes to get it right for Canadians.”Despite the differences, Lu characterized relations between the two countries as warm and said China “definitely” had no deadline for starting formal negotiations. They have already gone through four rounds of exploratory talks.The envoy said starting a free trade negotiation with Canada would send a strong message to the world as it contends with the Trump administration’s “America First” protectionism.“If Canada and China start a negotiation of an FTA, it will send positive signals to the international community, that is: China and Canada all uphold the flag of supporting the free trade and economic globalization.”Lu also debunked any suggestion that Chinese President Xi Jinping was offering the U.S. concessions on Tuesday in their ongoing trade dispute.U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet that he was thankful for Xi’s “kind words on tariffs and automobile barriers … also, his enlightenment on intellectual property and technology transfers. We will make great progress together!”In a major economic policy speech, Xi said tariffs would be reduced on imported cars and said China would offer added measures towards intellectual property protection.But Lu said those measures had been previously announced in recent high-profile meetings, including the Communist party’s historic congress last fall where Xi laid the groundwork that led to him to recently being granted indefinite power, making him China’s most powerful leader in a generation.“China has reiterated on many occasions that we sincerely hope to resolve the China-U.S. trade frictions through dialogue and negotiation but at the current position now the U.S. takes an aggressive stance on this issue, I think it is not possible for us to have the negotiations,” said Lu.In the face of Trump’s protectionism, which has now escalated into the biggest trade dispute since the Second World War, Xi has sought to position China as the defender of the world’s rules-based global trading order — a view his envoy to Canada emphasized on Tuesday.“We can see that China has taken active measures to promote the economic globalization, to advance free trade and to uphold the authority of the multilateral trade regime,” Lu said.“These kinds of actions are fully different from that of the U.S. ‘America First’ initiatives and its measures.”last_img read more

US trade deficit widened to 501 billion in July

first_imgWASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit widened for the second straight month in July, reaching the highest level since February, as imports hit an all-time high. The deficit in goods with China and the European Union set records.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the deficit in goods and services — the difference between what America sells and what it buys from other countries — rose to $50.1 billion in July from $45.7 billion in June. Exports slipped 1 per cent to $211.1 billion. Imports increased 0.9 per cent to a record $261.2 billion on increased purchases of trucks and computers.The deficit rose despite efforts by President Donald Trump to bring it down by renegotiating trade agreements and imposing taxes on imports.The United States has already slapped tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in a dispute over Beijing’s aggressive efforts to challenge American technological dominance. It is taxing imported steel and aluminum and may target auto imports next, causing a rift with the EU. Trump also has threatened to exclude Canada from a revamped North American trade agreement.So far, the president’s aggressive policies have had little impact on the trade numbers. The goods deficit with China rose 10 per cent in July to a record $36.8 billion. The gap with the EU shot up 50 per cent to a record $17.6 billion and with Canada nearly 58 per cent to $3.1 billion. The July deficit with Mexico, though, plunged 25 per cent to $5.5 billion.So far this year, the trade deficit is up 7 per cent from January-July 2017.Trump views trade deficits as a sign of economic weakness, caused by bad trade deals and abusive behaviour by America’s trading partners.Mainstream economists blame persistent U.S. trade deficits on an economic reality that can’t be changed much by trade policy: Americans spend more than they produce, and imports fill the gap. The strong U.S. economy is also encouraging Americans to buy more foreign products.In July, the United States ran a deficit of $73.1 billion in goods such as cars and machinery, but recorded a surplus of more than $23 billon in services such as education and banking.last_img read more

Luis Van Gaal Aims to Win the Champions League With Manchester…

Rabat – Luis Van Gaal, Manchester United’s manager, said in a press conference on Tuesday that he aims to win the Premier League, as well as the Champions League titles with Manchester United by 2017 before he retires from management.The Dutch manager’s contract with the Red Devils is expected to end by June 2017.Van Gaal, who took over as Man United’s coach in 2014, said that his team has made progress this year in comparison to last year. “We have made progressions in maturity of the team and the balance of the team,” said Van Gaal.“We have improved when we have to compare with the team of last year and we need still time to improve because we have to improve to win the championship of the Premier League or a tournament like the Champions League.“We are still improving and I can see that every week,” he noted.Van Gaal said he hopes to win the Champions League by 2017, stressing that it is realistic goal for him.“I hope (to win the Champions League by 2017). That is realistic because I did it everywhere,” he added.Manchester United won the Champions League title three times. The first one was in 1968 when the title was called the European Cup. It was the first English club to win the most-coveted European trophy. It had to wait over three decades to win the second title against Bayern Munich in 1999 and almost another decade to snatch its third title in 2008.Ever since, Manchester United played two Champions League finals in 2009 and 2011, which it both lost to F.C. Barcelona. read more

Cineplex reports 14million Q2 profit down from 72 million a year ago

TORONTO — Shares of Cineplex Inc. (TSX:CGX) fell Wednesday after the company reported a drop in second-quarter profit compared with a year ago as fewer people filled its theatres.The stock fell as low as $41.50 before recovering some of the ground it lost. Cineplex was down $3.26 at $46.22 in morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The company said it earned $1.4 million or two cents per share in its latest quarter, down from a profit of $7.2 million or 12 cents per diluted share a year ago.Revenue improved to $364.1 million, up from $338.0 million in the same quarter last year.Cineplex chief executive Ellis Jacob says the overall growth in revenue was due primarily to higher amusement revenue from the company’s growth and diversification.Amusement revenue improved to $45.7 million compared with $24.6 million a year ago, boosted by the company’s acquisitions of Tricorp Amusements Inc. and SAW last year and Dandy Amusements International Inc. earlier this year.Meanwhile, box office revenue totalled $170.7 million, up from $166.7 million, while attendance slipped to 16.5 million compared with 16.9 million a year ago.Food service revenue grew to $101.4 million compared with $96.8 million, while media revenue fell to $36.6 million from $40.2 million in the same quarter last year.Box office revenue per patron improved to $10.36 compared with $9.89 a year ago, while concession revenue per patron grew to $6.03, up from $5.74.Cineplex has been working to diversify beyond movies.Last week, the company announced an exclusive partnership deal to open Topgolf entertainment complexes, which combine a driving range with other entertainment options across the country over the next several years.Cineplex is also looking to expand its Rec Room complexes, which include eateries, live entertainment and games, across Canada. read more

MR will support good policies of new Government

Sirisena succeeded Rajapaksa as leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party but has moved only belatedly to assert his control over the party and block his predecessor’s path back to power. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Tuesday he was unlikely to lead Sri Lanka’s next government as initial results from the general election gave a slight edge to the coalition government.“I will support good policies and oppose bad things,” the two-term president, who crushed a 26-year Tamil insurgency in 2009, told Reuters by telephone from his southern home of Hambantota. Sirisena backed the formation of a minority government led by the United National Party (UNP) after January’s election and called the early election in a bid to form a more broadly based administration joined by his own supporters in the SLFP.Initial results indicated that the UNP was likely to make gains and emerge as the largest single party, but would need outside support to form a viable government to run the Indian Ocean island of 20 million people. The 69-year-old nationalist ruled out joining a unity government that President Maithripala Sirisena, the figurehead of a broad reform coalition that toppled him at a presidential vote in January, wants to form. read more

Possibility of Ontario election looms as politicians return from Christmas break

Possibility of Ontario election looms as politicians return from Christmas break by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 17, 2014 11:08 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Ontario legislature resumes Tuesday with the prospect of a spring election looming and the minority Liberal government reeling after another two byelection losses last week.The main focus of the session will be the budget, expected in late March or early April, which will lead to the government’s defeat and automatically trigger an election if the Liberals can’t secure a third deal with the New Democrats to support it.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath talked tough after the party took Niagara Falls from the Liberals in a byelection last Thursday, saying voters sent a clear message that it was “time for a change.”Horwath was still complaining Friday about the Liberals not keeping promises in the last two budgets, accusing them of “spinning the numbers” instead of cutting car insurance rates and saying they still had not created a financial accountability office.But when pressed about the possibility of defeating the Liberals on the budget, Horwath said she doesn’t have “election fever” and will consult voters on whether they feel the Liberals have kept their word and can be trusted to do so again.“The other two leaders might talk about elections all the time and whether or not they want an election or they don’t, what I’m going to talk about is the priorities of Ontarians, making sure they are front and centre,” she said.“For me, the job is to get a sense of where Ontarians are, to listen to what they have to say, and spend this session making very clear what those priorities and goals are.”Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, breathing a big sigh of relief after the Tories held on to the suburban Toronto riding of Thornhill in Thursday’s other byelection, said voters had sent a “powerful message” that it’s time for a change.Hudak, who has been pushing for an election almost since the day the Progressive Conservatives lost the 2011 campaign, said his party captured the most votes in the seven byelections held since Wynne became Liberal leader a year ago, even though they won only two. The NDP won three and the Liberals won two.“People want change, and as we’ve seen in the byelections last Thursday and last summer, people want a change from the Liberals, who dropped to 20 per cent in Niagara Falls,” he said.“It’s the PC Party that got the most votes by far in those seven campaigns.”Premier Kathleen Wynne downplayed the importance of the Liberal losses _ calling the byelections “skirmishes” that allowed people to “vote with impunity” knowing it wouldn’t change anything in the legislature _ but said she knows voters want change.“There is an appetite among many people for change, and I understand that,” Wynne said Friday. “We’ve been in office for 10 years, but I’ve been the premier for a year, and I am the change that we are bringing to the province of Ontario, and that’s the conversation I’ll be having with the people in a general election.”However, Wynne made it clear she doesn’t intend to call an election, and will introduce a budget as planned.“We’re going to continue to do our work,” she said. “I don’t know when there will be an election. It is my job to make sure that we continue to implement our plan.”There are 20 government bills left over from the fall session of the legislature, many that the Liberals accuse the Opposition of blocking for partisan reasons, including one to give workers up to eight weeks unpaid leave to care for a sick family member.There is also legislation that would increase penalties for selling cigarettes to kids and broaden smoking bans in public places, and another bill to strengthen rules around unlicensed day cares that the Liberals are trying to get passed.The Tories are pushing Hudak’s private member’s bill that he says would create one million jobs over the next eight years, starting with a drop in the corporate tax rate, but it stands virtually no chance of getting passed into law.The return of MPPs from the two-month Christmas break also means a return of the committee hearings into the Liberals’ decisions to cancel two gas plants prior to the 2011 election at a cost of up to $1.1 billion.There is also an ongoing police investigation into deleted emails on the gas plant cancellations, and another police probe into irregular activities at the troubled Ornge air ambulance service. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne reacts as Lt.-Gov. David Onley delivers the throne speech at the Ontario Legislature in Toronto on Tuesday February 19, 2013. The Ontario legislature resumes Tuesday with the prospect of a spring election looming and the minority Liberal government reeling after another two byelection losses last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young read more

Incheon declared World Book Capital for 2015 by UN cultural agency

Incheon was chosen “on account of the quality of its programme and the impact it will have on improving good integration of all stakeholders in the promotion of books and reading, access to books and writing in all formats to the citizens of Incheon and the Korean Peninsula,” according to the selection committee, which met at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters on 16 July.UNESCO said in a news release that its Director-General, Irina Bokova, endorsed the committee’s decision and welcomed the number and quality of applications received for the title of World Book Capital 2015.Each year, UNESCO and the international organizations representing the three major sectors of the book industry – the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Booksellers Federation (IBF) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) – select the World Book Capital for a one-year period, effective 23 April. The committee attributes the title to a city which has committed itself to promote books and reading, and to highlight the vitality of literary creativity. The nomination does not imply any financial prize, but an exclusively symbolic acknowledgement of the best programme dedicated to books and reading.Incheon is the 15th city to be designated World Book Capital following Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Yerevan (2012), Bangkok (2013), and Port Harcourt (2014). read more

Burkina Faso with elections under way Ban calls on all parties to

On the occasion of the presidential and legislative elections which will mark the end of the transition period in Burkina Faso, Mr. Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, called on all national stakeholders to ensure that the polls are conducted in a peaceful and transparent manner that respects the will of the people of Burkina Faso.“He further calls on them to resolve disputes that may arise from the electoral process through established legal channels,” the statement continued, reiterating the commitment of the United Nations to support the efforts of the democratically-elected authorities of Burkina Faso to consolidate peace and stability and to advance democratic governance.This past October, on the margins of the UN General Assembly’s annual high-level segment, the Secretary-General met with Michel Kafando, the Transitional President of Burkina Faso, and expressed his sympathy for the lives lost and the many injured during the coup d’état that took place on 16 September 2015.According to a readout issued at the time, the Secretary-General also reiterated his call on all national stakeholders to act responsibly, exercise restraint and work in the best interests of the country, while reaffirming the UN’s commitment to supporting national efforts, including for the organization of the elections. Mr. Ban stressed that it would be essential to ensure the early holding of peaceful and credible presidential and legislative elections to allow for the swift return of constitutional order in Burkina Faso. read more

New SDG Advocates sign up for peace prosperity people and planet on

“We have the tools to answer the questions posed by climate change, environmental pressure, poverty and inequality”, said UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. “They lie in the great agreements of 2015 – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.”“But tools are no use if you don’t use them. So, today, and every day, my appeal is clear and simple. We need action, ambition and political will. More action, more ambition and more political will,” said the UN chief. The six new Advocates are:His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano (Federal Republic of Nigeria).Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Activist, Environment and Indigenous Rights (Republic of Chad).Dia Mirza, Actress and Film Producer, UN Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador for India (Republic of India).Edward Ndopu, Founder, Global Strategies on Inclusive Education (Republic of South Africa).Nadia Murad, Nobel Laureate, Chair and President, Nadia’s Initiative, UN Office on Drugs and Crime Goodwill Ambassador (Republic of Iraq).Marta Vieira da Silva, Footballer, Orlando Pride, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador (Federative Republic of Brazil). They are joining and overall group of 17, who are all committed to raising awareness, inspiring greater ambition, and pushing for faster action on the SDGs, which include the end of extreme hunger, poverty, and quality healthcare for all.The Advocates represent the universal character of the SDGs themselves, hailing from Governments, entertainment, academia, sport, business and activist organizations around the world.“By joining forces to achieve our goals, we can turn hope into reality – leaving no one behind,” said Co-Chair of the SDG Advocates group, Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway.“This is a time of great hope for the world. If we work smartly together and stay on course, we can raise millions out of poverty and significantly expand basic social services for many more by the 2030 end date of the SDGs,” added Co-Chair of the SDG Advocates and President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.   Mr. Guterres has appointed some members of the previous group of SDG Advocates as SDG Advocate Alumni and said on Thursday he was looking forward to their ongoing support and engagement. 2019 @SDGAdvocates announced Thurs to advance #SDGs. @almmura tells us why she’s a @UN Advocate: “I believe in gender equality, reducing inequalities, I fundamentally believe in inclusive security, and that the only way we can get ahead, is if we go together”.— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) May 9, 2019 read more

BBC hands stars £11m pay rise while cutting free TV licences for

The BBC increased its salary bill for presenters by £11 million last year, as Theresa May demanded to know how the corporation can justify such a rise while cutting off free television licences for the over-75s.The total wage bill for on-air roles was up by more than seven per cent to £158.6 million, and the BBC’s overall headcount increased by nearly 1,000.The number of presenters earning £150,000 or more increased from 64 to 75 in the last financial year, with the combined bill up from £19.8 milion to £21.8 million.Those elevated to the ’rich list’ included Zoe Ball and Sara Cox, the Radio 2 DJs, and Jermaine Jenas, the Match of the Day pundit and former footballer, as the BBC responded to previous criticism about the lack of women and BAME presenters among its high earners.Gary Lineker resisted calls to take a pay cut and maintained his salary of £1.75 million per year, making him the BBC’s highest-paid star for the second year running. His Match of the Day colleague, Alan Shearer, saw his pay rise. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the BBC “needs to explain why they increased on-air pay and total staffing costs whilst saying they can’t fund free TV licences for over-75s.“As the PM has made clear, taxpayers expect the BBC to use its substantial licence fee income in an appropriate way to ensure it delivers for UK audiences, which includes showing restraint on senior staff.”Asked whether the BBC should close the gender pay gap by docking the salaries of its male stars, the spokesman said: “The BBC does have a responsibility to lead the way in promoting workplace equality. There are several ways to progress towards equal pay and it is for the BBC to explain their course of action.”The figures were published in the BBC’s annual report, in which the director-general, Lord Hall of Birkenhead, devoted only one paragraph of a six-page essay to the decision to end the over-75s concession.At a press conference to launch the report, Lord Hall said: “Do I sympathise and empathise with those who are being asked to pay for this from next June? Of course we all do.” But he said the decision was necessary and would preserve BBC services.The BBC chairman, Sir David Clementi, dismissed the idea that the corporation should cut its wage bill and put the money towards licences for the over-75s.“The sums don’t add up,” he said. “The suggestion is a nonsense. It is clear from this report that even if we employed no stars paid more than £150,000 per annum that would save around £20m, a fraction of the £745m and rising we would need if we extended the concession to all.”The total bill for all BBC staff is £1,078 milllion, up from £1,019 million the previous year.The report also showed that 35 executives are paid £200,000 or more, up from 24 in the previous financial year. But Sir David insisted that the BBC does not overpay senior staff. “On management, there is absolutely no evidence we are paying our excellent people above the market [rate]. All the evidence is the reverse,” he said.The list of BBC management includes around a dozen people from the HR department, some of whom have received significant salary rises. Gillian Taylor, who as “director of reward” is responsible for strategy on pay and benefits, saw her own pay rise from £160,000-169,999 in 2017/18 to £200,000-£204,999 last year.Three women appear in the top 10 earners this year – Claudia Winkleman, Zoe Ball and Vanessa Feltz – but Jane Garvey, the Radio 4 Woman’s Hour presenter, suggested that the public might prefer to see male salaries cut.She told the Today programme: “These salaries are really eye-catching and frankly they are really eye-watering, I’m sure, to the majority of your listeners right now.”Despite the BBC’s stated commitment to ending the gender pay gap, only five women appear in the top 20 highest earners: Claudia Winkleman, Zoe Ball, Vanessa Feltz, Lauren Laverne and Gabby Logan.Lord Hall will be asked to explain the BBC’s approach to stars’ pay when he appears before the DCMS committee later this month.Damian Collins, the committee’s chairman, said: “I would have liked to have seen the overall talent bill frozen and it is up to the BBC how they distribute that money, but I don’t think there was a case for talent pay going up. “In trying to correct the imbalance in men and women’s pay they should have been looking to reduce the pay in top male earners and compensate women who have been underpaid.”A BBC spokesperson said: “Staff numbers are up not least because the Government gave us more money to expand the World Service – and we can’t do that without extra people. Beyond that, we have also spent more on our programmes – which is good for audiences – but we’ve still managed to reduce the proportion of our content budget that we spend on talent.”The average pay of those on the talent list is actually falling, and the cost of our top 10 highest earners is down by nearly 10% since last year.“Above all, it’s well known that the BBC pays less than people can earn at commercial broadcasters. The National Audit Office report said this recently. And when we ask audiences, 4 out of 5 people tell us they want the biggest and best names on the BBC.”A BBC spokesman said that the £11 million increase in on-air salaries actually represented a reduction, as it equates to 10 per cent of the programme budget – down from 11 per cent the previous year.As in previous years, the BBC is able to hide many of its highest salaries because they are paid via BBC Studios, which is exempt from the disclosures. The millions paid to actors in EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City are now secret, along with the salaries on Strictly Come Dancing and Antiques Roadshow.Top 10 earners (financial year 2018/19)1) Gary Lineker: £1,750,000 – £1,754,9992) Chris Evans: £1,250,000 – £1,254,9993) Graham Norton: £610,000 – £614,9994) Huw Edwards: £490,000 – £494,9995) Steve Wright: £465,000 – £469,9996) Alan Shearer: £440,000 – £444,9997) Andrew Marr: £390,000 – £394,9998) Claudia Winkleman | Zoe Ball: £370,000 – £374,99910) Vanessa Feltz | Jason Mohammad: £355,000 – £359,999New entriesAnnie Mac: £180,000 – £184,999Clara Amfo: £150,000 – £154,999 Jane Hill: £155,000 – £159,999Joanna Gosling: £150,000 – £159,999Louise Minchin: £205,000 – £209,999 Naga Munchetty: £190,000 – £194,999 Orla Guerin: £160,000 – £164,999Reeta Chakrabarti: £170,000 – £174,999Sara Cox: £235,000 – £239,999Zoe Ball: £370,000 – £374,999Adrian Chiles: £180,000 – £184,999Charlie Stayt: £190,000 – 194,999Clive Myrie: £200,000 – £204,999Dotun Adebayo: £150,000 – £154,999Jermaine Jenas: £210,000 – £214,999Nihal Arthanayake: £175,000 – £179,999Biggest risersJo Whiley: +£97,500Jason Mohammad: +£92,500Justin Webb: +£82,500Sarah Montague: +£77,500Fiona Bruce: +£72,999Lauren Laverne: +£72,500Sophie Raworth: +£62,500Gabby Logan: +£57,500Dan Walker: +£57,500Greg James: +£52,500 read more