Australia: it was a mistake to award India Commonwealth Games



India should never have been awarded the Commonwealth Games, Australia's Olympic chief John Coates said today as New Delhi scrambled to fix problems that have caused athletes to withdraw. Mr Coates said it was obvious that the venues in the Indian capital were not ready for the Games, which are set to begin in nine days. "The Games shouldn't have been awarded to New Delhi, in hindsight," Australian Olympic Committee president Mr Coates told reporters in Sydney. "I think the problem is the Commonwealth Games Federation is under-resourced. It doesn't have the ability... to monitor the progress of cities in the way that the Olympic committee does." Mr Coates said that the International Olympic Committee already had contracts in place with 2012 host London and 2016 city Rio de Janeiro that set deadlines for the construction of venues and facilities. Host cities were also required to host test events one year before, he said. "If that had been the case here then certainly something would have been done a lot sooner because obviously the venues are not ready," Mr Coates said. "You can't ever cut any slack when your focus should be on the best conditions for the athletes," he added. New Delhi is preparing to host thousands of athletes for the Games, which begin on October 3 amid high-profile withdrawals from athletes and as several national teams delay their arrival in India. Mr Coates wished the Indian officials well, saying he hoped the games would be a success and refused to comment on whether Australia or other teams should withdraw from the showcase competition. He said he understood why Commonwealth Games officials would have wanted to award the event to the second most populous nation on Earth and a dynamic economic success story as it attempts to spread the influence of the Games. "Certainly the Commonwealth Games for its future needs to move away from just the old countries - Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Britain taking turns. But the problem is, they (India) weren't ready." * AFP

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Student Of The Year 2

Director: Punit Malhotra

Stars: Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria, Ananya Pandey, Aditya Seal 

1.5 stars

TV: World Cup Qualifier 2018 matches will be aired on on OSN Sports HD Cricket channel

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Southampton 0

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Price: Sessions range from free entry to Dh125 tickets, with the exception of special events.

Hot Tip: If waiting for your book to be signed looks like it will be timeconsuming, ask the festival’s bookstore if they have pre-signed copies of the book you’re looking for. They should have a bunch from some of the festival’s biggest guest authors.

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Date started: March 2016

Founder: Hasib Khan

Based: Dubai

Employees: 40

Amount raised (to date): $3.25m – $750,000 seed funding in 2017 and a Seed+ round of $2.5m last year. Raised $1.3m from Eureeca investors in January 2021 as part of a Series A round with a $5m target.

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Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Nick Frost, Lena Headey, Florence Pugh, Thomas Whilley, Tori Ellen Ross, Jack Lowden, Olivia Bernstone, Elroy Powell        

Four stars

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Badla

Rating: 2.5/5

Produced by: Red Chillies, Azure Entertainment 

Director: Sujoy Ghosh

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Amrita Singh, Tony Luke

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1921

1888

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Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
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Barcelona v Liverpool, Wednesday, 11pm (UAE).

Second leg

Liverpool v Barcelona, Tuesday, May 7, 11pm

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Pages: 300

Publisher: Scotland Street Press

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December 14- 17
6pm, Opening ceremony, followed by:
Bengal Tigers v Kerala Kings 
Maratha Arabians v Pakhtoons
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Werner 9', Sane 19'

Netherlands 2

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Your rights as an employee

The government has taken an increasingly tough line against companies that fail to pay employees on time. Three years ago, the Cabinet passed a decree allowing the government to halt the granting of work permits to companies with wage backlogs.

The new measures passed by the Cabinet in 2016 were an update to the Wage Protection System, which is in place to track whether a company pays its employees on time or not.

If wages are 10 days late, the new measures kick in and the company is alerted it is in breach of labour rules. If wages remain unpaid for a total of 16 days, the authorities can cancel work permits, effectively shutting off operations. Fines of up to Dh5,000 per unpaid employee follow after 60 days.

Despite those measures, late payments remain an issue, particularly in the construction sector. Smaller contractors, such as electrical, plumbing and fit-out businesses, often blame the bigger companies that hire them for wages being late.

The authorities have urged employees to report their companies at the labour ministry or Tawafuq service centres — there are 15 in Abu Dhabi.


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