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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wins 2017 Ibrahim Prize

first_imgFormer president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson SirleafThe 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership has been awarded to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced today following a meeting of its independent Prize Committee.In its citation, the Prize Committee praised her exceptional and transformative leadership, in the face of unprecedented and renewed challenges, to lead Liberia’s recovery following many years of devastating civil war.Salim Ahmed Salim, Chair, Ibrahim Prize Committee“Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took the helm of Liberia when it was completely destroyed by civil war and led a process of reconciliation that focussed on building a nation and its democratic institutions,” said Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, Chair of the Prize Committee, announcing the decision. “Throughout her two terms in office, she worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Liberia. Such a journey cannot be without some shortcomings and, today, Liberia continues to face many challenges. Nevertheless, during her twelve years in office, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf laid the foundations on which Liberia can now build.”Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became President of Liberia on 16 January 2006, after winning the 2005 national elections. She served her first term 2006-11 and was then successfully re-elected for a second term, serving in office 2012-17.Sirleaf is the fifth recipient of the Ibrahim Prize, which recognizes and celebrates excellence in African leadership. The Ibrahim Prize aims to distinguish leaders who, during their time in office, have developed their countries, strengthened democracy and human rights for the shared benefit of their people, and advanced sustainable development.Since 2006, Liberia was the only country out of 54 to improve in every category and sub-category of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance. This led Liberia to move up ten places in the Index’s overall ranking during this period.On hearing the outcome of the Prize Committee’s deliberations, Mo Ibrahim said:“I’m delighted that the Prize Committee has decided to make Ellen Johnson Sirleaf an Ibrahim Prize Laureate. In very difficult circumstances, she helped guide her nation towards a peaceful and democratic future, paving the way for her successor to follow. I am proud to see the first woman Ibrahim Laureate, and I hope Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will continue to inspire women in Africa and beyond.”Madam Johnson Sirleaf joins Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia (2014), Pedro Pires of Cabo Verde (2011), Festus Mogae of Botswana (2008) and Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique (2007) as an Ibrahim Prize Laureate. Nelson Mandela was made the inaugural Honorary Laureate in 2007.The Ibrahim Prize is a US$5 million award paid over ten years and US$200,000 annually for life thereafter. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation will consider granting a further US$200,000 per year for ten years towards public interest activities and good causes espoused by the Ibrahim Laureate.The candidates for the Ibrahim Prize are all former African executive heads of state or government who have left office during the last three calendar years, having been democratically elected and served their constitutionally mandated term.The Ibrahim Prize for African Leadership recognizes and celebrates African executive leaders who, under challenging circumstances, have developed their countries and strengthened democracy and human rights for the shared benefit of their people, paving the way for sustainable and equitable prosperity. It also highlights exceptional role models for the continent and ensures that the African continent continues to benefit from the experience and wisdom of exceptional leaders once they have left national office, by enabling them to continue in other public roles on the continent. The Prize is an award and a standard for excellence in leadership in Africa, and not a ‘first prize’, there is not necessarily a Laureate every year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minister admits to using public funds for elections campaign

first_imgFollowing concerns that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) was misusing state resources for political purposes, a senior Government Minister has admitted that indeed, taxpayers’ money is being used to fund its campaigning activities across the country.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanSecond Vice President and Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan was on a live radio programme, “Straight Up”, on Thursday evening, when he was asked about the APNU/AFC coalition’s preparation for the impending elections.In response, Ramjattam explained that the coalition had already started its campaign through the ministerial outreaches across the country.“We had started our campaign in a sense. We were outreaching in all the areas, even having Cabinet in different areas, having lots of meetings on the weekends especially and carrying our Government projects and programmes for the people to see it themselves and promoting our accomplishments. And that is what part of the campaigning was all about during that time because there was always this 50-50 chance that we’re gonna lose it and indeed, we lost it,” Ramjattan, the newly elected AFC leader, stated.Since February, the coalition Administration rolled out its “ministerial outreach” programme under the slogan of “bringing Government to the people”.Government had come under heavy criticism over these outreaches but insisted that they were initiatives aimed at meeting and listening to the concerns of members of the public.In fact, former Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had told reporters back in February that the outreaches are nothing but “normal Government business” in response to concerns that the coalition was campaigning with state funds.Harmon, who is now the Director General at the Ministry of the Presidency, had noted that “that is the way Government functions… It is important that Government always meet the people”.More recently, however, Harmon defended a move by his Administration to secure in excess of $300 million in supplementary funding from the National Assembly for ministerial outreaches across the country.At May 23, 2019, parliamentary sitting, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had presented Financial Paper 1 of 2019, totalling in excess of $7.9 billion. Of that amount, $800 million was approved for the Finance Ministry, part of which is for “increased activities such as ministerial outreaches”.Harmon had pointed out that the public needed to see and wanted to be in touch with the Government Ministers more.“So the outreaches by the Ministers was an approach to listen to persons and hear what they have to say and whether, in fact, what we’re doing is working and if, in fact, they need to give us addition advice. So these were some of the rationale behind the outreaches,” he contended.Since February, the APNU/AFC Administration has held similar exercises in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Nine (Upper Takatu-Essequibo), 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), and more recently, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Despite claims that these events are not politically motivated, the outreach held in the mining town of Bartica earlier this weekend attracted much criticisms and concerns after several senior Government officials, including Finance Minister Winston Jordan and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, spouted remarks about “war break”, “street protest” and “troubles” in a bid to push the conduct of house-to-house registration.However, this incident comes on the heels of a previous one whereby another Minister, during a hinterland outreach back in February, asked residents to vote for the coalition Government.Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, while addressing a small gathering at Tiger Pond village, located in the Karasabai District, South Pakaraimas, Region Nine, made it clear that he was there simply to garner votes.“You understand why it is important for us to come and convince you that you should vote for this coalition,” Minister Felix remarked.He added: “If I wanted to go to church, I’d go to church in Georgetown. I wouldn’t come here for Sunday school. While I wouldn’t mind worshipping with you, but I come here to ask for your vote, let’s understand that clearly. Vote coalition!”last_img read more

GP Teen Shot Saturday morning

first_imgA Grande Prairie Teen is in hospital following a shooting Saturday morning.The RCMP responded to a call at 2:30am with reports that someone had been shot.  Upon arrival, the RCMP discovered a 14-year-old male had been shot once.  He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.The RCMP say the victim was shot by a suspect that was on the outside of the building.  There is no suspect in custody and there is no information on the suspect.  The GP RCMP continue their investigation into this incident.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Everything looking up for Lakers after win

first_img“I told the players this afternoon that we have Mo on our side,” Jackson said, “and we have to stay with it, in more ways than one.” Are the Lakers back after their six-game losing streak? The answer might come tonight against the Utah Jazz, who are leading the Northwest Division with a 37-18 record. “You can’t forget about (the skid) because it’s so easy to happen,” Evans said. “You have to really stay focused and try and build this streak the other way because … teams are good in this league and they can take control in a minute’s notice.” The Lakers did just that at the start of the second quarter, turning what had been a four-point game into a 20-point rout. Once again Shammond Williams and Aaron McKie were the first guards off the bench, but Evans came through with the play of the game. Evans leaped to steal a pass by Sarunas Jasikevicius, then hit a shot that lived up to his Kobe Bryant-given nickname of “Lotto.” With Jasikevicius wrapping him up with both hands, Evans tossed in a layup while drawing the foul. OAKLAND – It was only two weeks ago in Cleveland that Lakers coach Phil Jackson offered a reminder that life in the NBA is nothing more than a six-month roller-coaster ride between winning and losing. His team was on the downward plunge that Sunday, ultimately bottoming out with a six-game losing streak. Now the question is if the Lakers are back on the upswing after their second cruise-control victory in 72 hours. They beat the Golden State Warriors 102-85 Sunday at Oracle Arena, building a 20-point lead in the second quarter and beating their division rival for the seventh time in seven games since Jackson’s return last season. They did it with Maurice Evans making his case to stay in the starting lineup, scoring a career-high 26 points, and with the Warriors making just 2 of 193-pointers and 9 of 21 free throws. Golden State came in averaging 105.8 points a game. “I think that’s what having good strength will allow you to do,” Evans said, “is still make a run at tough shots.” The next possession, Evans buried a 3-pointer to send the Warriors into a timeout down 44-28. “I definitely saw that they were on the brink of letting us take control of the game,” Evans said. “We were all talking about it on the sidelines. They were ready to wilt, and if we could just continue to put pressure on them, we could gain control of this game.” The Lakers are now 4-0 with Evans in the starting lineup. He made 8 of 13 shots and said afterward the biggest difference between starting and coming off the bench is as simple as being able to shake off a couple early misses. The Warriors never got closer than 13 points in the second half, however, and trailed by as many as 25 in the fourth quarter. Bryant shook off a blow to his left shoulder to finish with 26 points on 9-of-23 shooting. He served notice at the start of the second half, stealing an Al Harrington pass and taking it the other way for a three-point play. McKie sent most of the crowd to the exits in the fourth quarter when he drilled a 19-footer with seven minutes remaining. The Lakers fans who remained until the final horn crowded the first rows of seats to cheer Bryant as he ran off the court. “I think it’s a sign of support,” Bryant said. “I think, at least from what I see, from talking with fans and communicating with them on my Web site and so forth, is that they appreciate somebody that goes through adversity that bounces back. “I think that’s something that they relate to in terms of drawing inspiration from or whatever the case may be. That’s what I try to do. Even though you may fall down or get knocked down, the key is to get back up and keep on moving.” ross.siler@dailynews.com (818) 713-3610160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DUBLIN’S HURLING HEROICS CELEBRATED ON ARRANMORE!

first_imgIT’S 52 years since Dublin won a Leinster Hurling title.And one Dublin family who have made a special part of Donegal their home are celebrating by hoisting the Dubs flag outside their home.Of course the Killeens have a very special home – they run a hotel on Arranmore Island. And what a glorious evening to celebrate.Dublin won their first Leinster Senior Hurling title since 1961 with a brilliant display at Croke Park, defeating Galway by 2-25 to 2-13 in a thriller. DUBLIN’S HURLING HEROICS CELEBRATED ON ARRANMORE! was last modified: July 7th, 2013 by John2Share 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) Tags:DUBLIN’S HURLING HEROICS CELEBRATED ON ARRANMORE!last_img read more

Spurs boss Pochettino gives positive update on new stadium ahead of move

first_img 2 BEST OF “To wait maybe one or two months more, we need to have patience. We are so disappointed because we expect to play in 2018 and it should be ready for play before the end of the year, but that is not going to be possible and we need to wish and hope that in January or February we can move there and it will be a fantastic moment for everyone, the supporters, the players.“It will be a massive boost.”Spurs resume their ‘home’ campaign at the national stadium on Saturday when Chelsea make the trip across London for the tea-time kick-off.The Blues are unbeaten in the Premier League under Maurizio Sarri this season, though they are only a point above Spurs, but Pochettino has suggested their good form may be down to their lack of Champions League action.He said: “In the last 10 years I think Chelsea was so impressive with (Jose) Mourinho, (Antonio) Conte and they won titles. Of course they have an unbelievable squad. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Most Popular Football Stories Spurs have made Wembley their temporary home in the meantime Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful Tottenham Hotspur will move into their new stadium in January or February.Spurs‘ move to their new 62,000-seater home missed the originally scheduled August and September deadlines due to contractors missing deadlines and critical alarm system failures. Last month the club announced that they would stay at Wembley until at least the end of 2018. revealed The club are still unsure at this stage when they might get the go-ahead to return to the White Hart Lane site and have yet to announce any test dates, with an update expected at the beginning of December.The boss, who visited the stadium on Wednesday, is praying to move in by early 2019.He said: “I am not suffering for things that have not happened or with a situation that we have not faced because it is not in my hands.“Yesterday afternoon we were there, checking the facilities, the changing rooms and everything. We are so excited, we cannot wait to move there. We understand that it is a fantastic project for the future of the club that will be forever. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos scrap gameday cracker 2 LATEST Pochettino wants to be in the new stadium by January or February 2019 “They are doing very well with Sarri this season, still unbeaten. It’s true that first season with Conte they were not involved in the Europa League and the next season Chelsea struggled a little when they were in the Champions League.“This season they are competing in the Europa League again and it’s completely different for Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool or us because we’re competing in the Champions League. It’s a completely different competition.“I am not surprised (by their start) because Chelsea have an unbelievable squad and players. This summer they invested. They signed players, quality players and they added to the squad. But it’s normal, they have one point more than us. It’s not surprised me that they’re doing very well.”last_img read more

Whale of a Batty Tale on Sonar Evolution

first_imgHow did two animals completely different in size and ancestry, living in very different environments, arrive at the same complex sensing mechanism?Bats and whales are both mammals, but they could hardly be more different.  A press release from the University of Southern Denmark describes the extremes,Sperm whales weigh up to 50 tons, and the smallest bat barely reaches a gram. Nevertheless, the two species share the same success story: They both have developed the ability to use echolocation – a biological sonar – for hunting. Now Danish researchers show that the biosonar of toothed whales and bats share surprisingly many similarities – even though they live in very different environments and vary extremely in size.The article describes echolocation as “one of Nature’s extremely successful specializations,” then asks, “why have such different animals as whales and bats both developed the same technique?”  The answer cannot be relationship, because (according to the evolutionary scenario), their common ancestors diverged 200 million years ago. Both bats and whales “developed the ability” long after they split onto separate branches of the mammalian tree.And yet the sounds of a tiny bat and a huge whale are “surprisingly similar,” the researchers found.  Despite the former flying in air and the latter swimming in water, both use sounds in the 10-200 kHz range for echolocation.  In addition, they both employ a similar hunting strategy:In the last part of the hunting phase, when they approach their prey both toothed whales and bats emit a series of buzzing sounds: Weak and short sound pulses at very short intervals – similar to strobe lights. It is a very complex mechanism that scientists do not yet fully understand. The animals control very carefully when they emit sounds and when they listen for echoes – and they adjust this exactly to their own and the prey’s speed. If they emit the buzzing sounds too fast they do not have time to listen for the echoes. If they do it too slowly they risk hitting obstacles on the fly.There must be an explanation for the remarkable similarity of biosonar – which coordinates mouth, ears, brain and behavior – in such very different animals.  The press release, without hesitation, offered one up:The answer lies in convergent evolution – when almost identical features or developments happen in different species. Through evolution both bats and toothed whales have developed the same functional characteristics.What more needs to be said?  A bat is a bat and that’s that.  A whale is a whale and there’s our tale.Incidentally, European evolutionists publishing in Nature found pervasive “convergent evolution” in echolocating mammals all the way down to the genes.  The Editor’s Summary waffles between confidence and surprise:Convergent evolution, through which similar traits evolve in unrelated lineages, is a familiar demonstration of the power of natural selection. These traits are usually viewed as representing alternate evolutionary solutions involving different sets of genes, but that view is challenged by a study of echolocating mammals. Analysis of the genomic sequences in 22 echolocating species, including four new bat genomes, reveals that convergence is not a rare process restricted to a handful of loci but is widespread, continuously distributed and commonly driven by natural selection acting on a small number of sites per locus. Convergence is particularly strong in genes linked to hearing or deafness, but surprisingly, also to vision.The authors used the words “convergence” or “convergent” a shocking 122 times in their paper, ending with more surprise: “the importance of this mode of molecular evolutionary change is relatively underappreciated, and is under-exploited in seeking to understand the genetic basis of complex traits such as echolocation.”  If they are still seeking to understand it, it implies they do not understand it.Batty evolution:  Speaking of bats, five European evolutionists presumed to describe their evolutionary relationships.  Writing in Current Biology, they admitted in the first paragraph that “the exact evolutionary relationship of bats to their closest mammalian relatives is poorly understood due to their unique morphological features associated with flight, a lack of intermediate forms, and a poor fossil record.” This sounds very similar to what another international team declared in 2005 (1/28/05).By filling in those gaps with “phylogenetic analyses” (essentially, DNA comparisons), they drew up their tree diagrams showing where bats fit with other mammals, including humans.  Boasting about their achievement, they invoked “convergent evolution” again in a rather extraordinary manner:… this study provides the most concrete evidence to date toward resolving the long-standing debate regarding bat evolutionary history. Our results further emphasize the extraordinary phenotypic convergence seen across echolocating members of the two suborders, including the possible independent origin of laryngeal echolocation itself, a hypothesis supported by several studies of molecular evolution of sensory genes….They never did mention fossils again.  One thing creationist Dr. Duane Gish liked to point out in his hundreds of debates with evolutionists on college campuses is that the first fossil bat was 100% bat (2/16/08).So there’s your answer.  Take it or leave it.  Bats and whales “developed” these complex systems by “convergent evolution.”  How can evolutionists say such things with a straight face?  It’s because their faces are not straight.  The straitjackets they wear (100% DODO synthetic) contort their faces into crooked shapes that cause them to emit strange buzzes and squeaks as they try to say “Hail Darwin!”.  The squeaks bounce off the walls of the Darwin echo chamber in which they imprison themselves.  The sounds reinforce one another as they re-enter the ears, amplifying the illusions of understanding for which they hunt – a demonstration of convergent evillusion. 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Global Fifa fan parks for 2010

first_imgAn artist’s impression of Cape Town’s Grand Parade, where one of South Africa’s fan fests will be hosted during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: Fifa)With just months to go until South Africa hosts the world’s biggest football tournament, Fifa has launched a series of action-packed fan events that will connect lovers of the Beautiful Game everywhere.The Fifa Fan Fest – to be staged in the nine South African host cities as well as Berlin, London, Mexico City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Sydney – will enable football enthusiasts to watch free, live screenings of all 64 matches in a secure and festive environment.Official public viewing events were first launched by Fifa in 2006 during the World Cup in Germany. In June and July of that year more than 18-million fans gathered at 12 designated fan parks around Germany, electrifying the nation on a scale never seen before during such a tournament.Building on this, Fifa has decided to extend its fan parks to include the host country as well as a series of iconic locations across the world, spanning all three key time zones for a truly global experience.A first for football fans“The Fifa Fan Fest was an important part of the success of the 2006 World Cup and we believe that the 2010 fan fests, both in South Africa and in the other seven international venues, will bring an unprecedented experience to millions of football fans in South Africa and around the world,” said Fifa President Sepp Blatter.“The first International Fifa Fan Fest is another milestone in bringing the excitement of the World Cup to an even greater audience.”In South Africa the fan fests will be organised by the host cities, Fifa and the Local Organising Committee (LOC). Fifa and the respective cities will take responsibility for the international events. At each site there will be a top-quality giant screen, performance stage and sound and lighting equipment.And they won’t just be about football: in addition to the match broadcast, each event will offer all-day entertainment with a distinct local flavour, thereby exporting the thrill of the first African World Cup to destinations worldwide.“We are communicating with ambassadors in each city to ensure a South African atmosphere, complete with food, dancing and music,” said Fifa marketing director Thierry Weil.In South Africa this will offer lucrative opportunities for small businesses and informal traders, who will be encouraged to sell traditional cuisine and arts and crafts at the events. Local musicians, dancers and artists will also be given the chance to perform. But host city authorities will require these people to consult with them first before setting up at a venue.Media, transport and safetyDuring the German World Cup 80% of non-football stories came from the fan fest sites, and Fifa is working hard to ensure the same happens during 2010.All media organisations will therefore be free to broadcast and report from all public viewing events. South African and international fan fest cities may choose to have an on-site media accreditation system, but this will be a simple process and unrestrictive. More information on this and the facilities for journalists at the venues will be made available in 2010.In South Africa all fan fests will be fenced off and incorporated into the wider host city security plans. Both private security and police will be deployed inside and outside the venues, and full disaster management and medical facilities will be available. There will also be special access for disabled fans.“Transport arrangements will differ from venue to venue, but there will be a park-and-ride system and public transport options, so South Africans won’t have to bring their own cars,” said LOC CEO Danny Jordaan.Selection processFifa considered a number of factors when selecting the overseas fan fest cities. They were analysed according to their popularity as tourist destinations, experience in hosting major international sporting events and demographic make-up.Fifa felt it important to choose cities that have a diverse population that supports a variety of teams, ensuring lively crowds even if the home country gets knocked out.The South African venues were chosen for their crowd capacity and proximity to the official 2010 stadiums. Cape Town’s fan fest will be at the Grand Parade in the city’s CBD; St Georges Park, which is 5km from the stadium, will be Port Elizabeth’s venue; and scenic New Beach will be the site in Durban.Bloemfontein’s fan fest will be at Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre, which has a capacity for 20 000 people. Bergvlam High School will be Nelspruit’s facility as it’s only 5km from the stadium; Polokwane Cricket Club will be the venue in Polokwane; Rustenburg’s fan fest will be at Fields College School; while host city Pretoria/Tshwane’s venue is still to be confirmed.Johannesburg, which will host the World Cup’s opening and final matches at Soccer City, will have two sites: one at Elkah Stadium in Soweto – South Africa’s largest township home to 1-million people; and one at InnesFree Park in the commercial hub of Sandton.last_img read more

Why Will They Say No?

first_imgOne of the most important areas for you to explore with your prospective client is what will cause them to say “no” to working with you.You may not want to explore these areas. It’s uncomfortable for you, and it can make your prospect uncomfortable. You don’t want to explore the areas where you, your company, or your solution have some challenges as far as your prospect is concerned. Your prospective client may not want to tell you outright that they can’t, don’t want to, or won’t be able to say “yes.” They might not want to embarrass you.They have something they “must have.” You can’t meet that need. They mention it but don’t make a big deal out of it. You both move on and talk about the areas where you do fit.The problem for you as a salesperson is that those things that prevent your dream client from saying “yes” didn’t go away. They are going to carry those concerns into their internal meetings, where they discuss you and your solution. Your prospects are also likely to talk about the things they need that you can’t provide when they speak with your competitors.Problems don’t age well, and neither do unresolved concerns.The best thing you can do is uncover the areas that are going to cause your dream client to give you a “no,” and see what you can do to mitigate those issues. Mitigation isn’t easy. If you had what they wanted, you’d be winning the deal. But you sell prospective clients, and you sell your company, as long as what your prospect wants isn’t something that should have disqualified them in the first place.You may need your manager’s help. You may need your operations team’s help. You may even need your leadership’s help. If you are going to win, you are going to have to find a way to flip what gets you a “no” to something that gets you a “yes.” It may not be a perfect solution. It just needs to be a solution your dream client can agree to. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Patna University must compete among 10 best public varsities to get ₹ 10,000 cr. central grant, says Modi

first_imgShatrughan, Yashwant, Lalu absentProminent alumni of the university, local BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha; former Union Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad were conspicuously absent from the function.However, while welcoming Mr. Modi to the university, Mr. Shatrughan Sinha tweeted on Saturday “…even I got an invitation, alas very late and with a very short notice…delayed by the more loyal than the King’s people involved in the affair”. So, though “Muhabbat Karne waale kam na honge…Teri mehfil mein lekin hum na honge’… my best wishes”, he tweeted again.However, other prominent alumni of the varsity, Union Ministers Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ashwani Choubey and Upendra Kushwaha, were present on the dais with the Prime Minister, Governor Satya Pal Malik, Mr. Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi.In bad shapeEstablished on October 1, 1917, Patna University, was once known as the “Oxford of The East”. But with the passage of time, al its past glory diminished and today it suffers from lack of teachers, staff, infrastructure and fund. “Its in pathetic situation today”, Mr. Shatrughan Sinha had said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Patna University (PU) should compete among the 10 best public universities of the country to get a grant of ₹ 10,000 crore from the central government and become a fully autonomous institution.The Prime Minister was speaking at the university’s centenary celebration function in Patna.Earlier, amid a thunderous applause of the students, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar urged Mr. Modi to grant central university status to the university .Mr. Modi said, “India is nowhere among top 500 universities of the world…my government has put up a challenge to 10 private and 10 public universities to fulfil some criterions fixed by the government to get ₹ 10,000 crore grant in five years and become a fully autonomous institution…Patna University too should take up the challenge and compete for it…it will go beyond its demand for a status of a central university. Patna University should also connect with its glorious list of alumna to regain its past glory…it happens everywhere.”Calls for innovationAddressing the gathering of students, former students, staff and teachers, the Prime Minister also laid emphasis on prioritising “innovation” in universities for the country’s development.“I appeal to the Patna University to be innovative for the problems of your surrounding and compete for start-ups…India has no dearth of talent as it has vast lot of young people”, he said.After the function, the Prime Minister left for Mokama, 100 km from Patna to launch several development projects worth of over ₹ 3,700 crore.PM @narendramodi visiting the Bihar Museum in Patna pic.twitter.com/QfvEKiPlWY— PIB India (@PIB_India) October 14, 2017last_img read more