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Landslide, floods from monsoon rains kill at least 41 in India, Nepal

first_imgTopics : In the western Indian state of Gujarat, 14 people have died in the last two days in various incidents related to heavy rains and flooding, said officials at the State Emergency Response Centre.Rains in Gujarat are 10% higher than the long-period average, according to the local government. The state’s desert area of Kutch received rainfall that was 3-1/2 times higher than the average.More heavy to very heavy rains are expected in several parts of the state over the next two days, according to the India Meteorological Department.In Odisha state to the east, floods have killed at least 17 people in the past week, displaced thousands and affected more than half a million people, officials said. A landslide and floods caused by heavy rains have killed at least 41 people in Nepal and India in the past week, officials said on Monday, as the annual monsoon season enters its final stretch after claiming hundreds of lives in South Asia.Ten people, including four children, were killed after a landslide buried five houses in remote west Nepal on Sunday, a Home Ministry official said.At least 269 people have died in mostly mountainous Nepal this year in landslides and floods, while another 76 people are missing. The monsoon season that began around June in South Asia ends in September.center_img Hundreds have died in the northeastern state of Assam and neighboring Bangladesh this monsoon.last_img read more

Trustees must ‘sing from same hymn sheet’ on codes of conduct

first_imgTrustees and pension fund managers have been urged to ensure they are “singing from the same hymn sheet” and draw up codes of conduct governing the receipt of gifts and how to handle placement agent fees.Howard Sherman, head of corporate governance product development at MSCI, told the current issue of IPE there was the temptation for asset managers “to do whatever it takes” to win clients.He said it was therefore important for pension trustees and management staff to know whether gifts needed to be disclosed to ensure decisions were “based on merit”.Barry Mack, partner and head of governance at Hymans Robertson, agreed with Sherman’s assessment and called for a code of conduct be drawn up for each fund. “There may already be a tacit consensus as to what constitutes appropriate behaviour, but, until something is written down, pension fund staff may actually not be all singing from the same hymn sheet,” he said.“If you’re invited to something you couldn’t afford yourself, there is clearly a risk of undue influence. Therefore, you probably shouldn’t accept it.”However, the Hymans Robertson partner added that there would be different levels of affordability depending on the pay grade of the affected employee, meaning this would need to be taken into account.Their comments come in the wake of a number of governance scandals across Europe, including most recently the resignation of Keva managing director Merja Ailus.In the wake of her resignation last year, the Finnish government published details of a new law for disclosure of potential conflicts of interest.Problems have also occurred in other countries, including in Switzerland.Michael Valentine, investment consultant at Towers Watson in Zurich, said it made sense for pension funds to check whenever there was uncertainty that their current protection was “adequate”.For more on codes of conduct, see the current issue of IPE magazinelast_img read more

#GUSA2020: GIJ record first victory after 2-1 win over GIMPA

first_imgGhana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) has recorded its first win in the ongoing Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games after 2-1 victory over Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).Photo Credit: Osei Bernard EsarIn a game dubbed “Match of the debutants”, it was GIJ who came up top with a solid second-half performance.Nii Adjei gave GIJ the lead in the second half to get their fans excited.Ghana Institute of Journalism doubled their advantage via beautifully taken free kick by the captain of the side, Hussein Abdul Ganiyu.The midfielder lobbed the ball beyond the defensive block and straight beyond the GIMPA goalkeeper who had no chance of parring the ball wide.A goalkeeping error made GIMPA pull one back in the last 10 minutes of the game.The win gives Ghana Institute of Journalism 5 points from five games and they are 7th on the league standings in the 2020 GUSA Games.GIJ will next play the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) on Tuesday, 14th January 2020 and GIMPA will face the same opponent on Monday, 13th January 2020.Images from the game:The Rectors of GIMPA (Left) and GIJ (Right) – Photo Credit: Osei Bernard EsarPhoto Credit: Osei Bernard EsarPhoto Credit: Osei Bernard EsarPhoto Credit: Osei Bernard EsarPhoto Credit: Osei Bernard EsarPhoto Credit: Osei Bernard EsarPhoto Credit: Osei Bernard EsarPhoto Credit: Osei Bernard Esarlast_img read more

Stanley Cup Final 2019: SN Q&A with New Jersey Devils 2003 Game 7 hero Mike Rupp

first_imgYou have an opportunity to do something really special and, but what happens when the other team goes up in the game? And what are you going to do now to wrestle that back into your favor? So that’s going to be the biggest thing, but I think whoever can get that mentality of this is this scenario that you’ve wanted since you’re a little kid, look at it that way as opposed to, what if? You can’t have that kind of mindset.SN: Is all the pressure all on Boston?MR: Yeah it is. This team had the third best record in the National Hockey League this year, so they should be here. St. Louis wasn’t supposed to be here. They weren’t supposed to be in the playoffs… they obviously have something to lose [too], but the pressure is definitely on Boston. Sporting News sat down with the 10-year NHL veteran, who is in Boston as part of NHL Network’s Game 7 coverage, to reminisce about his own Stanley Cup Final glory and what the Bruins and Blues are facing Wednesday night.(Editor’s note: The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.)STANLEY CUP FINAL 2019: Boston on cusp of city’s third championship title in eight monthsSporting News: You walk into the arena for Game 7. What’s going through your head, everyone’s heads, leading into that game?Mike Rupp: It’s kind of funny, I always say that it’s probably one of the more relaxed games I ever had prior but I give that credit to the veteran guys that were joking around. The fact that I think sometimes you’re in those situations, and I was a rookie, you don’t know how to react; but we had guys that throughout the season, maybe if it was game 21 or game 82 or Stanley Cup Final Game 7, they joke. If they were joking around and keeping it light-hearted in November, they’re doing it in June.So that was big for me because I’m just sitting back waiting to see how people are going to respond and I think that that was big, just take it as another game.SN: Calm leading up to the game, but what was it getting onto the ice for warm-ups, the game itself with the home crowd? Were there any nerves?MR: I felt abnormally calm before the game but I was very nervous until I got my first shift because it was probably three shifts into the game until I got my first shift so you just want to get that first shift over with and get out there. Once you get through that, it seems to just kind of flow a little bit more but I just remember that over the course of the game I know we’re up 3-0 in the third [and] maybe there’s seven minutes left in the game and the way that the Devils played back then, a 3-0 lead with Marty Brodeur in net, that’s pretty secure and you don’t feel like it is. You’re doing the math there you just trying to figure out okay, man, can’t let him get one there’s still time, there’s still time. . . . That’s probably the most nervous was looking at the scoreboard and those last six, seven minutes just going by so slow seemed like an eternity.  (Getty Images) BOSTON — Wednesday night a new Stanley Cup Champion will be crowned; whether it is the Boston Bruins or the St. Louis Blues is still to be determined, but the contest marks the 17th time a Game 7 will be needed to decide who will lift Lord Stanley’s Cup.Current NHL Network analyst Mike Rupp knows all about playing — and scoring — in a deciding Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final. The 2003 Stanley Cup champion netted the game-winning goal in the New Jersey Devils 3-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks. (Getty Images) SN: You had three points in the game (goal, two assists). Hate to use the word pinnacle, but was that the greatest moment of your career?MR: Certainly, it really set the bar high. Then you sitting there thinking . . . well, these guys now have one in ’95, 2000 they won, 2001 they lost in the finals and then 2003. So in eight years time won three Cups, went to the finals four times. So I’m thinking if I just stay here, I mean, I’m going to play in probably three, four or five finals. Yeah. doesn’t work that way.I think it really just made you hungry the rest of your career and it the thing for me is once you taste it early on, you don’t want anything else like you don’t. You don’t care about anything else but getting back there.SN: What was it like lifting the Stanley Cup?MR: I didn’t know the proper protocol because I was a rookie and I only played the last four games. I’m not going to be the guy that’s gonna jump in front of the picture and lay in front of the Cup or go get the Cup right from Marty; I was just waiting for someone eventually, hopefully, just thinking I just hope they remember me.I ended up getting it. It was awesome. I mean, I don’t know you have certain images in your head of guys lifting the Cup that you saw when you’re a kid and now I get to do it.GAME 7: Cassidy says Bruins have ‘lots’ in the tank for final showdownSN: What is your take for Wednesday night?MR: The biggest thing I think… is the first goal? How are you going to respond if the other team scores?… I think that we had a really good mindset and I was always told it not to look at what’s at stake, but what’s the opportunity that it is, and that’s a really different mindset when you’re going into it because I wasn’t scared to try things. SN: Take us through the goal, your first-ever playoff goal that was the game-winning and Stanley Cup-clinching goal.MR: I didn’t play until the finals in the playoffs. So when I came in Joe Nieuwendyk was out with an injury. So I got put in his place. So I was put into a really good situation. Jamie Langenbrunner, Jeff Friesen, that line was making up one of the best lines in the playoffs.So I remember in that game, we were buzzing, and it was just trying to get down in the corner with the puck and winning the battle and get it out to the defenseman. It was Colin White I ended up passing the puck out to and he took the first shot and it got blocked and went to Scott Niedermeyer — and he’s one of the best in the league with getting shots through. So I just remember my job and get the puck from the corner to the D and then bust my way in front of the net. The puck just came and got a deflection on it and just barely thread the needle going through the [Ducks goaltender Jean-Sébastien] Giguere’s legs and that was it was pretty awesome.SN: What was going through your head after?MR: I think it was like, well that just happened.MORE: Blues ready to fix postseason power-play woesSN: Was it everything you thought of as a little kid, scoring that game-winning goal in a Game 7?MR: I’d be playing with Wayne [Gretzky] with the Oilers and doing those things. It is really weird because it kind of just brings you back, you’re a little kid in that situation. You play through it all your head 100 million times and now it’s just oh, my gosh, I actually am going to have the puck on my stick in this game now that I’ve dreamt about my whole life. So I think just being excited about it is the biggest thing and yeah, it’s more than what I thought it would have been. SN: And you weren’t even sure you were going to play in the game.MR: The rumor was that Nieuwendyk might try to play in Game 7, which in turn, I thought that I’d be back out because he’d go back into his spot. So I didn’t know. I never really got confirmation to the day of that I was going to play and it was pretty much because Nieuwendyk came in and he spoke to the team and had tears in his eyes was upset because he wasn’t going to have this opportunity with us; but he gave us a great you know a speech help us and we started kind of looking at doing it for Nieuwie and that’s when I knew I was in so and I’m like all right here we go.last_img read more