Peaceful polling in crucial Jokihat seat

first_imgWith 53% turnout and amid tight security, the Assembly by-poll in Jokihat passed off peacefully on Monday. Barring four booths where voters boycotted the poll over local issues, no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the constituency.With deployment of police and paramilitary forces at all 331 polling booths, the district administration ensured free and fair election in the constituency. At booth nos 215, 215(A), 216 and 216(A) under Mahalgaon police station limits, people did not vote, demanding construction of road and bridges damaged in their area during floods last year. The by-poll was necessitated after the sitting MLA Sarfaraj Alam vacated the seat to contest the Araria Lok Sabha by-poll. The Lok Sabha seat fell vacant after the death of Mr. Alam’s father and RJD MP Mohd Taslimuddin. Earlier, Mohd Taslimuddin had represented the Jokihat Assembly seat five times while his second son Sarfaraj Alam had bagged the seat four times.The ruling party JD(U) fielded former village head Murshid Alam while the Opposition put up Shahnawaj Alam, younger brother of Sarfaraj Alam in the constituency.Independent MP from Madhepura, Pappu Yadav’s party Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) fielded Ghousul Azam for the seat. 9 candidates in frayA total of nine candidates were in the fray but the main contest was between the RJD and JD(U).Nearly 70% of the voters in the constituency are from the minority community. Among the rest Hindu voters from the OBC (Other Backward Class) Mandal and Yadav castes are dominant. Banking on its traditional M-Y (Muslims and Yadav) voters and his family’s political legacy, the RJD candidate Shahnawaj Alam appeared confident of winning the seat while, the JD(U) candidate, despite his criminal past, is banking on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s development agenda to bag the seat. The result will be out on May 31. Leader of the Opposition and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav alleged that Mr. Nitish Kumar was “playing all dirty tricks to influence the elections but still will face defeat.”53% in TharaliOver 53% polling was recorded in the bypolls to the Tharali Assembly seat in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. By the end of the day, 53.43% voters had cast their votes, District Information Officer in charge of the election control room, G.S. Bisht, said. Though largely peaceful, the bypoll was boycotted at Devsari village in the Dewal area by voters to protest against their demand for a road not being fulfilled, he said. Polling for the reserved (SC) seat went at a slow pace initially. Only 26 per cent voters had cast their votes by 1 PM. However, it picked up a little late in the afternoon with 40.5 poll percentage recorded by 3 PM, Bisht said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

London Olympics: Soumyajit Ghosh’s loss ends Indian challenge in table tennis

first_imgSoumyajit Ghosh put up a spirited effort against higher ranked Kim Hyok Bong of North Korea before going down in the men’s singles second round at the Olympics table tennis event on Sunday. His loss ended India’s challenge in the competition. World No. 206 Ghosh gave a tough fight to his 77th-ranked opponent before losing 11-9, 6-11, 5-11, 9-11, 7-11.The 19-year-old gave a good account of himself in his Olympic debut. He had entered the second round beating Brazil’s Gustavo Tsuboi, a player ranked more than 100 places above him.”The aim was to play freely and enjoy my first Olympic experience. I am glad I was able to beat a higher-ranked player(Gustavo). Kim was beatable too but I could not raise my level like yesterday,” Ghosh told IANS.Ankita Das, India’s lone representative in the women’s singles, exited the tournament after losing her first round match against Spaniard Sara Ramirez on Saturday.last_img read more

Govt asks Cong to reconsider stance on GST, cautions about

first_imgjudicial intervention New Delhi, May 11 (PTI) In a fresh appeal to Congress, the government today asked it to reconsider its stance on GST, particularly with regard to its insistence on judge-headed dispute resolution panel, saying it will be a “misadventure” of handing over taxation powers to judiciary which “step by step, brick by brick” is encroaching upon the legislature. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sought to reach out to Congress in the Rajya Sabha after the main opposition party said it was ready to give full support to GST provided its three key recommendations are accepted by the government. Replying to a debate on the Finance Bill, Jaitley said, “For heavens sake, I beseech you in the interest of Indian democracy not to go on this misadventure (judge-headed panel)…With the manner in which encroachment of legislative and executive authority by Indias judiciary is taking place, probably financial power and budget making is the last power that you have left. Taxation is the only power which states have.” He added, “It would be wholly misconceived for any political party to say let us hand over the taxation power to judiciary. That is your (Congress) proposal.” Jaitley, who is also the Leader of the House, asked the Congress to “reconsider” its stance on GST which has been stuck in the Rajya Sabha for long due to resistance by the main opposition party. Conceding that the Goods and Service Tax (GST) constitutional amendment bill was originally conceived by the UPA, he said he will be holding talks again with the Congress leaders so that the bill could be taken up in the Monsoon session. MORE PTI SKC BKS NKD CS AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

1st ODI: Adil Rashid and Alex Hales lead England rout of Ireland

first_imgAdil Rashid and Alex Hales shone as England crushed Ireland by seven wickets with 30 overs to spare in the first one-day international in Bristol on Friday.Leg-spinner Rashid took five wickets to help bowl Ireland out for 126 before Hales struck 55 off 39 balls to lead England to their easy target.It was the gentlest of starts to the summer for England, who are hosting the Champions Trophy in June before test series against South Africa and West Indies.Ireland chose to bat after winning the toss and Ed Joyce and Paul Stirling shared an opening stand of 40. They advanced to 81 for two before a dramatic collapse where they lost their last eight wickets for 45 runs. Rashid completed figures of 5-27, his first five-wicket haul in one-day internationals.Jason Roy fell for a duck in the first over of the England reply but Hales smashed 10 fours and Joe Root made a fluent unbeaten 49 to guide his team home.The second and final match of the series is at Lord’s on Sunday.last_img read more

A champion out of the blue

first_imgSiddharth Vishwakarma was a brute force to deal with at the centre court of DLTA in New Delhi on Saturday. The underdog, ranked 1195 in the world, surpassed World No.358 and top seed Arjun Kadhe 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 in a gruelling battle in the men’s singles final of the Fenesta Open.Siddharth, who looked confident with his forehand and backhand from the word go, took a 2-0 lead over his higher-ranked rival in no time.Tournament-favourite Arjun, who made plenty of unforced errors in a span of 20 mins, gave away the set 6-2 without any fightback.Interestingly, Arjun, who normally has a strong backhand, couldn’t execute his two-handed backhand to perfection throughout the set.However, the top seed was in no mood to give up and came back in a different avatar in the second set.Arjun, who previously lost two final at the same competition, took his counterpart by surprise and soon took a 3-0 lead before. The Pune boy gained the much-needed momentum as left-handed Siddharth looked incapable of dealing with his massive forehands.But just when crowd thought Arjun will runaway with the set, Siddharth got hold over his nerve and used his big serve to perfection to churn out first game point in the set and then soon broke his competitor, followed by another game to make it even at 3-3.A special moment came in the game when Arjun left his opponent shell-shocked with an unbelievable shot on the volley.Siddharth sliced a drop shot which moved away from Arjun after falling on his court, but the seven-time ITF futures event winner was swift enough to smash the ball back to Siddharth, who didn’t for a moment what just happened and soon applauded his colleague with a clap.advertisement”It was an unthinkable shot by Arjun. I don’t know if it’s right to applaud your opponent but I couldn’t stop myself from clapping after what he did,” said the newly-crowned champion.The duo was soon involved in multiple long rallies where every game, irrespective of the server, saw numerous deuces and break point opportunities until the set was decided 7-6 (2) in Arjun’s favour.Siddharth, however, restored his dominance by breaking his counterpart early in the third set to take a decisive lead.Arjun’s backhand, which looked fine in the second set, again seemed off the mark as he suffered to deal with the natural angle created by southpaw and eventually lost the set and the match 6-3 as Siddharth sealed the game in style by breaking the serve.Arjun admitted he was good in patches and struggled to build on the momentums he had.Women’s final between second-seed Mahak Jain and giant killer Natasha Palha saw a pale final where Mahak finished the game off in a jiffy 6-0, 6-2.Mahak’s backhand’ strength was in sync with her forehand as she overpowers her Goan opponent, whose backhand was lacking in power and accuracy.In the under-18 boys’ events, top seed Siddhant Banthia took the title with a straight-set win of 7-6 (0), 6-2 over third-seed Calvin Golmei.While the girls’ event saw a confident Humera Shaik slam her counterpart Rashmikaa Bamadipaty 6-2, 6-4.last_img read more

Dipa likely to start training for Produnova after Doha World Cup: Coach

first_imgAce Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar is likely to restart her training for the gravity-defying Produnova vault after next month’s Doha World Cup, her mentor and coach Bisheshwar Nandi said.Dipa had vaulted her way to glory after her audacious display in Produnova at the 2016 Rio Olympics but she was forced to dump the ‘vault of death’ routine following a career-threatening knee injury in 2017.But the Indian is likely to be back to her favourite vault after her participation at the Baku World Cup (March 1417) and Doha World Cup (March 2023).”Produnova needs 3-4 months of continuous training which has not been possible because of the regular qualifying competitions. I have that in mind, and possibly after returning from Doha she will once again work on Prudonova,” Nandi told PTI.”We have to find a way to get the time to do that. It is a very hard vault and she has already gone through injuries and surgeries, so it becomes risk, so we haven’t done that yet.”Dipa had to undergo surgery in April last year and missed the Asian Championship, World Championship in Canada last year and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.She returned to action by claiming a gold at the World Challenge Cup in Turkey in July last year but a strained knee saw her miss the vault final in Jakarta Asian Games, before she pulled out of the team event as well.Last November, Dipa started her qualifying bid for the Tokyo Olympics by winning a bronze at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany.advertisementDipa had scored an average of 14.316 on her two vaults at Germany and Nandi said the Indian’s preparation for the upcoming events are spot on.”Dipa is back to her best. I am making another attempt for Dipa’s qualification. There will be no lack of effort from us,” Nandi said.”The points of all the vaults have been reduced now in the new system. For example Produnova had 7.00 points but now it is 6.40, similarly all vaults have been reduce, but I believe her average score in this new system is fine.”It is still around 14.34 and we are trying to improve it little bit more. This is the plan for the next two events. With this score she will be able to fight for the gold.”Talking about her bid to Olympic qualification, Nandi said: “Qualifying for the Olympics through these World Cups is very tough. If she can win gold in next 3-4 events, we will get a confirmation of her qualification.”Everyone will be going for the gold and from these competitions, one gymnast will be selected from each of the apparatus for the Olympics, so it is very tough.”Being India’s best bet in gymnastics, Dipa is receiving support from all quarters. physio Sajjad Ahmed Mir, who was with her at the Rio Olympics, now cater to her needs day in and day out at the Agartala centre, thanks to GoSports foundation.TATA Steel too have recently come on board to sponsor a foam pit at Tripura to help her with training.Nandi also thanked Sports Authority of India (SAI), Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI), Govt of Tripura and TATA Steel for all the support.There will be no Indian participation at the Melbourne World Cup which is scheduled to be held from February 21-24.”The Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI) follows a policy wherein the gymnasts have to request for participation at any International event and based on which registration is done by the Federation. We did not receive any request for the World Cup in Melbourne,” said Riyaz Bhati, Vice President, GFI.”We have recieved request from Dipa Karmakar for participation in World Cup at Baku, Azerbaijan and Doha, Qatar in March 2019 along with her Coach Bishweshwar Nandi and they have been duly registered.”Also Watch:last_img read more

CVC bid to invest in Six Nations may lead to conflict of interest: lawyer

first_imgCrucially, there is opposition from within the Six Nations to promotion and relegation, which is a fundamental part of World Rugby’s proposal. In addition, leading players have voiced their opposition on welfare grounds while the French and English clubs have threatened legal action on the basis it contravenes the global calendar agreed at a meeting in San Francisco in 2017.However, CVC’s offer to the Six Nations – and its timing – has been perceived in some quarters as an attempt to eventually hijack the Nations Championship. World Rugby has previously dismissed the possibility of private investment and it is believed to have lined up a broadcaster for its global league which would generate up to £7m in revenues for all nations involved. Effectively, World Rugby does not believe it needs private investment but CVC’s latest bid considerably weakens the governing body’s hand at the negotiating table on Thursday.Bailey believes CVC’s offer to the Six Nations could result in a broadcasting deal with a tech giant such as Amazon. “I suspect this is a longer-term broadcast play,” he said. “Their idea would be real global growth to try and make as much money as they can and keep 30% of the profit. That could mean less rugby on terrestrial TV.”The southern hemisphere nations are believed to be in favour of World Rugby’s proposal and will be desperate for the Six Nations to join them on Thursday. They do not have the bargaining power of the Six Nations but a boycott of the autumn internationals – New Zealand’s trip to Twickenham in November generated well in excess of £10m for the Rugby Football Union – has been mooted as a nuclear option. “The northern hemisphere nations have got to be mindful, even with their Project Light, that they depend on New Zealand, South Africa and Australia showing up to play,” Bailey said. Thank you for your feedback. Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Show Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Six Nations … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby unioncenter_img Topics Hide Was this helpful? Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Since you’re here… CVC Capital Partners’ bid to invest in the Six Nations – which would appear to kill off World Rugby’s proposed global league – could lead to a conflict of interest, according to a leading sports lawyer.CVC’s offer for 30% of the Six Nations for around £500m comes only three months after it bought 27% of Premiership Rugby for £230m. It also comes on the eve of World Rugby’s emergency meeting on Thursday where attempts will be made to salvage the governing body’s proposed Nations Championship.Having acquired the commercial arm of Premiership Rugby, it is expected CVC would look to do the same with the Six Nations. But the private equity firm may leave itself open to challenge, depending on the nature of its proposed investment.“If they are just providing funds and are simply there as a bank, then no,” said Darren Bailey, part of the sports law team at Charles Russell Speechlys and previously the first legal director of the then International Rugby Board. “However, if they have the ability to influence, to make assessments on scheduling [of fixtures] which impacts on both competitions, then I could see an argument.”World Rugby’s proposal of a 12-team tournament is expected to be rejected on Thursday amid opposition from within the Six Nations, even before CVC’s bid was tabled. The Six Nations instead favour “Project Light” – a proposal to pool TV rights from the championship and autumn internationals – which they believe can generate more revenue than the Nations Championship. The Six Nations also insist CVC’s offer has not been accepted at this stage and is not the only one on the table. 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‘Our women are on starvation wages’ – Ex-USWNT calls for investment

first_imgThe USWNT will lose its status as the best team in the world if the “starvation wages” in their domestic league are not addressed, according to former Women’s World Cup-winning coach Anson Dorrance. USA won a fourth Women’s World Cup title in Lyon on Sunday, retaining the trophy with a 2-0 victory over Netherlands after knocking out European heavyweights France and England in the previous two rounds.Megan Rapinoe, the tournament’s Golden Boot and Golden Ball winner, once again spoke about the disparity in prize money between the women’s and men’s finals afterwards, with the USWNT players taking home $4 million (£3.2m) compared to the $38m (£30.4m) France accrued for winning the men’s World Cup in Russia last year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare There is also a huge gap between the top domestic leagues in America, where the minimum and maximum salaries for this NWSL season are $16,538 (£13,240) and $46,200 (£36,989) respectively, compared to the minimum in MLS of $56,250 (£45,036) and the maximum, which will be paid to LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of $7.2m (£5.8m).Each of the 23 players in Jill Ellis’ World Cup-winning squad ply their trade in NWSL – though their salaries are subsidised by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and include payments for their international feats – and former USWNT coach Dorrance wants greater investment at the professional level.Dorrance, who led the USWNT to their maiden World Cup triumph in 1991 and coached the likes of Crystal Dunn and Tobin Heath at the collegiate level in his current role at North Carolina, told Omnisport: “An entry-level professional is paid $16,500 a year in the NWSL. That’s starvation wages. Megan Rapinoe Women's World Cup 2019“I would love to see more and more women start to make the sort of money we’re seeing on the men’s side.”While the USWNT were able to see off the challenge of the Europeans this time, the other seven World Cup quarter-finalists all came from the continent and the balance of power may have shifted by 2023.There has been increased investment in the women’s game in Europe in recent years, major clubs like Lyon, Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester City all significantly backing their women’s teams.”We’re going to be in trouble if we don’t create a league that competes with what the Europeans are doing now,” added Shannon Higgins-Cirovski, who was a key member of the World Cup-winning team in 1991.”Hats off to us at this point, [but] I’m hoping we can create something from this momentum and make it so we don’t have to worry about that.”Rapinoe said after USWNT’s win on Sunday that FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who had revealed plans to double the prize money for the next Women’s World Cup, wants to speak to her about the financial matters after fans chanted “equal pay” at the final.There will also be conversations between USSF and Ellis’ players over the pay gap between USA’s men’s and women’s teams, with the newly crowned World Cup winners having instigated legal action against the federation earlier this year for alleged gender discrimination over earnings and working conditions.USWNT World Cup 2019 Alex MorganDorrance wants to see equality, but also greater transparency over the revenue generated by the two teams given reports suggest the women bring in more than their male counterparts.”[The USFF should] have a very transparent set of accounting books to show exactly what happens,” Dorrance added.”This is how many people watched this Women’s World Cup game in the United States, here were the sponsorship dollars and here’s how we’re going to reward our women that have just won the event. I would love for that to become clearer.”In terms of per diem, there should be no difference, those should be the same, then your rewards should be based on what you make.”I don’t think all of a sudden these women should be paid the amount of money Christian Pulisic is paid [by Chelsea] because of the crowd he’s played in front of at Borussia Dortmund and what he will play in front of at Chelsea.”But I would love for it to be transparent and for them to be paid what they’re worth.”last_img read more

Health Ministry Developing New Primary Care Model

first_img The Ministry of Health and Wellness is developing a new Primary Care Model that will address the inadequate integration and standardisation of primary and secondary health services delivery within all four health regions. The Primary Care Model establishes three levels of health centres – community, district and comprehensive – and defines the scope of services that will be provided in each. Story Highlights This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 7. The Ministry of Health and Wellness is developing a new Primary Care Model that will address the inadequate integration and standardisation of primary and secondary health services delivery within all four health regions.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 7.The Primary Care Model establishes three levels of health centres – community, district and comprehensive – and defines the scope of services that will be provided in each.“Phase one will see the redesignation of 127 health centres into the three named categories and the expansion of services islandwide,” Dr. Tufton said.He noted that there are plans, too, to increase the number of doctors in primary care.“The expansion of the Senior House Officer programme is being investigated to retain the additional physicians for an additional year, post internship. This would ensure that we would be able to add an additional 100 doctors to primary healthcare,” Dr. Tufton noted.Primary care or care through clinics and community health centres is the first point of contact with citizens seeking medical care.Based on the existing structure, 52 per cent of existing primary care facilities provide treatment or curative services, and only 18 per cent offer this service daily.last_img read more


first_imgDo I need to bathe my guinea pig? No. Guinea pigs are quite capable of cleaning themselves and taking care of their hygiene. In fact, taking a bath could be stressful. They are not natural swimmers and are prone to cold. So, taking a bath could lead to serious diseases. Your guinea pig has natural body oils which get stripped when they take a bath, leaving them susceptible to parasites infestation. You should not give your guinea pigs a bath if they are very dirty and need to be cleaned up, if your guinea pig recently had a parasite infestation and you need to clean out the dead parasites, if he/she has a dirty rump because of bladder infection or diarrhoea. If you must give your guinea pig a bath, make sure of the following details: Also Read – Feel what you fear The water is not too cold The room in which you are giving your guinea pig a bath is not too cold Do not use a deep washing bowl and ensure the water is not higher than your guinea pig’s height After the bath immediately dry your guinea pig with a towel or flannels by gently rubbing or patting down in the direction of the fur. My guinea pig is eating its droppings. Is this normal? This is very normal and healthy. Even though humans might find this action abnormal and dirty, your guinea pig eats his/her own droppings to completely absorb the nutrients in the food. Guinea pigs have two types of food – dark solid droppings and soft squishy droppings called caecals or cecotropes. Caecals are lighter in colour with a green or yellowish tint to them. Plant material is difficult to digest in one go therefore, many nutrients don’t get absorbed in the intestine and pass out of the body as faecal matter. Like a cow chews the cud, a guinea pig eating its caecals is a similar process. The food is first consumed and broken down by bacteria in the intestines of the guinea pig. This result in partial absorption of the nutrients in the food, the guinea pig will then consume the caecal again to thoroughly absorb the nutrients. Therefore, ensure that your guinea pig gets an adequate balanced diet to keep him/her healthy. Also Read – Homecoming My guinea pig seems to be shivering. Is something wrong? Generally guinea pigs shiver because of fear. If there are any animals in the vicinity of your guinea pig or if he/she is in a new environment then he/she could be experiencing fear. Make him/her comfortable, spend time with him/her and ensure that no animals in the vicinity are scaring your pig. Another cause of shivering is if your pet is cold. Guinea pigs can’t handle cold well. Even if it feels warm to you, it might not be warm enough for your guinea pig. Ensure that there is no wind or drafts near your guinea pig’s cage and that it is sufficiently warm and cosy. Guinea pigs are prone to pneumonia and respiratory infections so if you notice any abnormal shivering with other symptoms, immediately consult a vet. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to read more

Resource stocks weigh on Toronto market US markets reverse earlier gains

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index lost ground on Tuesday as U.S. stocks finished off a roller-coaster day of trading in the red.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 72.93 points to 16,298.88, in a largely broad-based decline led by the influential energy and materials sectors.South of the border, losses by industrial and technology companies pulled U.S. stocks lower, erasing an early gain that sent the Dow Jones industrial average surging to 26,000 points for the first time.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 10.33 points to 25,792.86. The S&P 500 index gave back 9.82 points to 2,776.42 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 37.37 points to 7,223.69 — with both indices also reversing earlier gains.“There’s bound to be some profit taking given that the rise in the U.S. has become exponential since late last year and coming into this year,” said Luc de la Durantaye, managing director of CIBC Management.“It’s an expensive market and there’s a lot of expectations built in, and sobriety is kicking in a bit.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.52 cents US, up 0.02 of a U.S. cent, ahead of the Bank of Canada’s interest rate announcement Wednesday.All eyes will be on the central bank as it decides whether or not to raise the trend-setting interest rate for a third time since last summer.“I think the bank is economically bent and will raise rates tomorrow, but I think they could very well have a bit of a dovish tone,” said de la Durantaye.On the Canadian corporate front, shares of Nutrien Ltd. (TSX:NTR) were down 54 cents, or 0.81 per cent, to $65.96 after the fertilizer giant said it plans to sell all of its holdings in Israel Chemicals Ltd. in a secondary share offering for an expected US$700 million. The sale comes as one of the requirements set out by global regulators for Potash Corp. and Agrium Inc. to merge to become Nutrien.Meanwhile, struggling Yellow Pages Ltd. (TSX:Y) saw its stock rise six cents, or 0.73 per cent, to $8.27 following the Montreal-based company’s announcement that it has cut another 500 jobs across the country.In commodities news, the February crude contract was down 57 cents to US$63.73 per barrel and the February natural gas contract gave back seven cents to US$3.13 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$2.20 to US$1,337.10 an ounce and the March copper contract was unchanged at US$3.22 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Ranveer trolls himself with toilet cleaner meme

first_imgMumbai: Ranveer Singh knows how to laugh at himself. The actor, who is popular for his wacky fashion choices, played along with social media trollers and shared a meme comparing his clothing to a toilet cleaner. Known as Bollywood’s livewire star, Ranveer on Thursday took to his Instagram stories to post a meme making fun of his dressing sense. It shows various versions of toilet cleaner bottles Harpic. His red and blue tracksuit perfectly matched the red and blue bottle of the cleaner. Alongside the meme, Ranveer wrote: “These Harpic bottles look lit as f***.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka He added a GIF in which Ranveer is seen pointing out a finger and laughing away. This is not the first time Ranveer has trolled himself. A couple of months ago, he had shared another meme on his dressing sense. It showed how his fashion choices change from quirky to classy when he steps out with his actress-wife Deepika Padukone. On the work front, Ranveer is currently prepping to portray the role of former Indian cricket team captain Kapil Dev in his upcoming film “’83”. Presented by Reliance Entertainment and directed by Kabir Khan, the film about India’s 1983 cricket World Cup victory will release on April 10, 2020.last_img read more

Alstom Siemens seek to calm EU concerns over rail merger

BERLIN — France’s Alstom says that it and Germany’s Siemens have offered new concessions in an effort to overcome European authorities’ concerns about the planned merger of their train-building operations.A European Union decision on whether to allow the deal to go ahead is expected soon. The two countries’ governments favour what they view as the creation of a European champion, but Brussels has concerns about competition in Europe.Alstom said in a statement Monday that the two companies “have decided to further modify the remedies” to address the concerns raised. It said “this package preserves the industrial and economic value of the deal” but cautioned that there’s “no certainty” it will satisfy the EU.Alstom is best-known for France’s TGV and Siemens for Germany’s ICE high-speed trains.The Associated Press read more

Gazette issued appointing commission to probe SriLankan Mihin

06 Consigning and appointing of sub agents, brokers and consultants, companies, individuals or entity to supply goods, services or any other function Accordingly, the new Commission will look into the following irregularities in the relevant companies. Retired Supreme Court Judge Anil Gunarathna, Court of Appeal Judge Gamini Rohan Amarasekara, Retired High Court Judge Piyasena Ranasinghe, Retired Deputy Auditor General Mallawa Arachchige Don  Anthony Harald, the Director General of the Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Monitoring Board Mrs.Wasantha Jayaseeli Kapugama have been appointed as the members of the Commission. 07 Opening, maintenance and suspension of networks and offices in other countries08 The interactions between SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering and Mihin Lanka.09 Human Resource Management including selection, appointment, remuneration, promotions, transfers, employee restructuring and retirement of the Board of Directors, CEOs, Chairman and other senior management. The gazette notification was issued today appointing a Presidential Commission to investigate allegations involving SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka.President Maithripala Sirisena had signed the gazette notification yesterday. 03 The reasons for the termination of the agreement entered between the SriLankan Airlines and Emirates Airlines, which is the international Airlines Company of the U.A.E. and its complex results,04 Entering, extending and termination of agreements to purchase of aircrafts and other assets, selling, leasing, selling and re- renting, conveyance, exchange, releasing and   disposal.05 Purchase, hire, lease, charter, sale, and transfer of aircraft or any assets valued more than Rs 50 million. 10 Financial reporting, compliance with relevant accounting and auditing standards, and financial and operational performance and standards. 01 monetary allocations, loans, shares, investments and other finances from the Treasury, Central Bank, People’s Bank, Bank of Ceylon or any other financial institution.02  The establishment, operation and cessation of Mihin Lanka (Pvt) Ltd , read more

The Latest ASU wins heavyweight division MGM Main Event

LAS VEGAS — The Latest on the MGM Main Event (all times local):10:30 p.m.Luguentz Dort scored 33 points and Arizona State beat Utah State 87-82 on Wednesday night to win the heavyweight bracket of the MGM Main Event.Dort’s tally placed him third in program history for single-game scoring by a freshman, behind Mario Bennett (35 in 1992) and Jahii Carson (34 in 2013).The Sun Devils (5-0) used a balance of perimeter shooting and points in the paint to overcome a seven-point deficit early in the first half, while Dort led the charge in the second half, scoring 19 in the final 20 minutes.Taeshon Cherry added 15 points for the Sun Devils, while Remy Martin added 13 and Kimani Lawrence chipped in with 10.Arizona State has won 18 consecutive non-conference games during the regular season.Utah State (5-1) was led by Sam Merrill and Dwayne Brown Jr., who scored 27 and 14, respectively.___7:30 p.m.Quinndary Weatherspoon and Tyson Carter each scored 12 points to lead No. 15 Mississippi State to a 61-57 victory over Saint Mary’s on Wednesday night in the consolation game of the MGM Main Event’s heavyweight division.Saint Mary’s took a 50-48 lead with 6:15 left, but the Bulldogs went on a 6-0 run, culminated by Aric Holman’s powerful slam dunk.The Bulldogs (4-1) got nine points and 11 rebounds from Holman, while Lamar Peters added 10. Mississippi State, which matched its season percentage from the free-throw line by hitting 80 per cent, also got 20 points from its reserves.Mississippi State avenged its first loss of the season on Monday, when Arizona State won 72-67.Jordan Ford scored 23 points for the Gaels (3-2), and Malik Fitts added 10 points and nine rebounds.Mississippi State closed the first half on a 29-10 run to erase an 11-point deficit and take a 35-27 lead.The Associated Press read more

WorleyParsons announces business reorganisation

first_imgProfessional services company WorleyParsons is reorganising its business as part of an in-depth review of operations. Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wood said the review was aimed at better positioning the company for future earnings growth by improving delivery and offering a more competitive value proposition for customers. “With the reorganisation we are aligning the business to market conditions. It will simplify the corporate structure, reduce overhead costs and enable our staff to deliver greater customer satisfaction. The reorganisation is expected to improve major project performance, deliver sustainable growth in earnings and enhance returns to shareholders. “We are refocusing the business on what we have been known for in the past – an intense focus on our customers and project delivery, and enhancing value for our shareholders. “The reorganisation is not only a structural change, it is also about cultural change to improve the way we do business and allow our staff to support our customers in being successful,” Wood said.WorleyParsons will reorganize into three business lines – Services, Major Projects, and Improve – to provide better customer focus and delivery. It will also reduce the level of corporate overheads to establish a more competitive cost structure for business lines.Under the changed structure, Services will continue to provide a high quality service offering, including consulting, delivery and Improve, with local offices focused on winning and delivering services to local customers and the local operations of our regional and global customers. Services represents approximately 70% of current aggregated revenue.Major Projects and Improve will each address the specialist needs of their customers, with appropriate delivery and support models.Major Projects will be responsible for winning and leading the execution of large or complex projects wherever they are in the world supported by dedicated major project execution centres.Improve will be responsible for the leadership and execution of nominated long term operational and asset management contracts, as well as winning new contracts. All other operational and asset management contracts will be managed by Services.Each business line will have full accountability and responsibility for customer satisfaction, generating sustainable earnings and providing a satisfactory level of return on capital invested. In addition, each business line will be responsible for providing and sourcing the optimal level of operational support required.With the majority of support now provided in the individual business lines, our group functions at the corporate level will be streamlined. This will result in a lean corporate office, with responsibility for strategy and improved capital allocation, in addition to usual governance activities.The company will continue to nurture new business ventures, deliver on merger and acquisition opportunities and better manage investments and improvements within the business lines through the new Development group.last_img read more

The government has just made a rake of promises about special needs

first_img Share120 Tweet Email2 The government has just made a rake of promises about special needs education Teachers union the INTO said that the “jury was out” on the new resource model. Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 2:09 PM Jan 18th 2017, 2:09 PM Image: Sam Boal/ By Sean Murray 10,816 Views center_img Minister Richard Bruton at the launch of the new model at Marino College in Dublin today. Image: Sam Boal/ Short URL 20 Comments Minister Richard Bruton at the launch of the new model at Marino College in Dublin today. THE MINISTER FOR Education Richard Bruton has announced that the new model for allocating special education teaching resources for schools will be introduced in September.Bruton said that the new model “will deliver better outcomes for children with special educational needs”, and that it will eliminate “unfairnesses and other problems which exist in the current model”.Teachers union the INTO said, however, that the “jury was out” on this new model and that, previously, “resources didn’t match the rhetoric” when it came to ensuring services and resources were provided in this area.Under the new system, an additional 900 teaching posts will be created while up to 1,000 schools will receive additional resources.The Department of Education said that the new Resource Allocation Model will ensure that:Barriers to accessing resources will be removed, and children who need support will get it immediately rather than waiting for diagnosis.These resources will be linked with genuine need, and children will not be unnecessarily labelled in order to access resources.Schools will be able to allocate resources based on a child’s individual needs rather than for a particular diagnosis.Children with special needs will be properly integrated into the school.This new method for allocating resources for special education came from a series of recommendations made by the National Council for Special Education.The decision to implement the model came after a pilot scheme was conducted in 47 schools.Bruton said that €18 million of additional funding would support the new teaching positions.He added: “Indeed, the €1.5 billion which the Government spends on this area overall, demonstrates our commitment to this crucial area. That is one fifth of the total education budget”.Under the model, while 1,000 schools will receive more resources, the remaining schools have been guaranteed that their allocations for special education will not be lower than the amount they received in 2016/17 for the next two years.The INTO fears that this guarantee is just a way to postpone cuts to funding in the area in future.A statement from the union said: “It remains to be seen if the new model is simply a method of postponing resource cuts for two years.”While the INTO welcomed the greater autonomy being offered to schools and the single allocation for special education teaching resources that the model offers, the union is sceptical on other aspects of the scheme.“Previous models promised that schools would be frontloaded with resources to provide supports immediately to those pupils who needed it without delay,” their statement said. “This did not prove to be the case in many instances.The current claim remains to be proven and will be closely monitored.The model was also welcomed by the National Parents Council who said the new system will set a “more level playing field for all children” and that it will “remove the need to label children to access necessary learning supports”.Read: Schools to be required to publish all complaints made against themRead: Government must stop discrimination in funding for new schools, say teachers Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mummies and 1000 statues found in search of 3500yearold tomb

first_img Share Tweet Email3 By AFP Image: SIPA USA/PA Images EGYPTIAN ARCHAEOLOGISTS HAVE unearthed several mummies, colourful wooden sarcophagi and more than 1,000 funerary statues in a 3,500-year-old tomb near the city of Luxor hailed as an “important discovery”.Antiquities officials had initially said six mummies along with partial remains were discovered near the southern city, but said they had later identified two more mummies.“There are 10 coffins and eight mummies. The excavation is ongoing,” Mostafa Waziri, the head of the archeological mission, told AFP.The 18th Dynasty tomb, discovered in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near the famed Valley of the Kings, belonged to a nobleman named Userhat who worked as the city judge, the ministry said in a statement.It was opened to add more mummies during the 21st Dynasty, about 3,000 years ago, to protect them during a period when tomb-robbing was common, said Waziri, the head of the archaeological mission, at the site.“It was a surprise how much was being displayed inside” the tomb, Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany told reporters outside the tomb.“We found a large number of Ushabti (small carved figurines), more than 1,000 of them,” Enany said.“This is an important discovery,” he said.Ushabti figurines were often placed with the deceased in ancient Egyptian tombs to help with responsibilities in the afterlife.Inside the tomb, archaeologists wearing white masks and latex gloves inspected the sarcophagi, which were covered with intricate drawings in red, blue, black, green, and yellow, and featured the carved faces of the dead.The coffins were mainly well-preserved, though some had deteriorated and broken over the years.Mummy The Valley of The Kings Source: DPA/PA ImagesArcheologists were also examining a mummy wrapped in linen which was inside one of the coffins.White, orange, green, and patterned pots were also found in the tombs.“It is a T-shaped tomb (which) consists of an open court leading into a rectangular hall, a corridor and an inner chamber,” the ministry said in a statement.A nine-metre shaft inside the tomb held the Ushabti figurines, as well as “wooden masks and a handle of a sarcophagus lid,” the ministry said.Another room in the tomb was also discovered, though it has not yet been completely excavated, it said.Nevine el-Aref, the spokeswoman for the antiquities ministry, said “there is evidence and traces that new mummies could be discovered in the future.”- © AFP, 2017Read: Remains of 3,700-year-old pyramid discovered in Egypt 27 Comments Short URL Image: SIPA USA/PA Images 23,451 Views Mummies and 1,000 statues found in search of 3,500-year-old tomb “This is an important discovery.” Apr 18th 2017, 2:41 PM Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 2:41 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Uefa hit FAI with €10000 fine over tennis ball protest

first_img Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud Short URL Darren Randolph removes tennis balls from the pitch. Image: James Crombie/INPHO Apr 26th 2019, 5:48 PM 33 Comments By Gavin Cooney Share Tweet Email 13,731 Views Darren Randolph removes tennis balls from the pitch. Image: James Crombie/INPHO THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION of Ireland have been fined €10,000 by Uefa over last month’s tennis ball protest at the Aviva Stadium. The Euro 2020 qualifier against Georgia on 26 March was interrupted in the 33rd minute as some fans threw tennis balls onto the Aviva pitch in protest at the FAI. It was staged following prior revelations that then-CEO John Delaney had given the FAI a €100,000 bridging loan in April 2017 and had his €3,600-per-month rent paid for by the FAI during a period of time in which some staff suffered pay cuts. In the aftermath of the qualifier win against Gibraltar the previous Saturday it was announced that Delaney had assumed a new role, entitled Executive Vice-President, following a review conducted by Jonathan Hall Associates. Uefa’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body today confirmed that they have fined the FAI €10,000 for the “throwing of objects” onto the pitch. There has been considerable upheaval in Irish football since the protest, with John Delaney stepping aside from his role pending an FAI investigation. Honorary treasurer Eddie Murray and Honorary Secretary Michael Cody have resigned, with the rest of the Board intending to step down at the AGM in July. The crisis-hit Association have had their State funding withheld by Sport Ireland for failing to disclose fully the details of the 2017 loan, are subject to an investigation by the Office for the Director of Corporate Enforcement, and are also engaged in reviews by Grant Thornton and Mazars – the latter extensive and set to look into issues including credit card spending and third-party transactions. When asked earlier this week whether further protests would be a consequence of this upheaval, Irish manager Mick McCarthy responded by making reference to the initial tennis ball protest. “Has that not already had its consequences, that one? Was that what the protest was about? It would appear to me that the consequences are that things are changing.”Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Andy Dunne to get stuck into last weekend’s Champions Cup semi-finals.: Friday 26 Apr 2019, 5:48 PM Uefa hit FAI with €10,000 fine over tennis ball protest The European governing body’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body were watching events at Lansdowne Road last month. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Protected disclosure made by David Taylor essentially a work of fiction lawyers

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Leah Farrell via No Comments Share6 Tweet Email David Taylor Image: Leah Farrell via David Taylor center_img 13,599 Views By Gerard Cunningham Jun 28th 2018, 3:57 PM Updated Jun 28th 2018, 6:50 PM THE PROTECTED DISCLOSURE made by former garda press officer Superintendent David Taylor “is essentially a work of fiction”, lawyers for An Garda Síochana have told the Disclosures Tribunal.Shane Murphy SC was speaking during his closing submission to the tribunal, which is examining allegations from Taylor that he was directed to brief negatively against garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.Former commissioner Martin Callinan denies giving any such direction, and his then deputy Nóirín O’Sullivan denies she was aware of such a direction.“There is no substantiated evidence that Mr Callinan or Ms O’Sullivan instructed or directed any such effort on Superintendent Taylor’s part to malign Sergeant McCabe, or that either were aware of any such effort,” Murphy told Justice Peter Charlton, the tribunal chairman.Murphy said that Superintendent Taylor’s 2016 protected disclosure was “essentially a work of fiction”, and the chairman should find that the allegations that Superintendent Taylor was directed to negatively brief against Sergeant McCabe were untrue.“We say that such a finding, if made, will serve the public interest in establishing how a mere allegation can become the received truth at enormous cost to the individuals involved and at enormous cost to our society,” Murphy said.“It will also serve the public interest in at least partially addressing the substantial harm to the reputation and professional standing of former commissioner Callinan and former commissioner O’Sullivan,” Murphy said.Murphy said that the tribunal had shown the ease with which allegations of misconduct could gain public traction, but a different picture emerged when they were tested in evidence under oath.“What has emerged from the evidence is a very different picture to what was contained in the allegations in the protected disclosure,” Murphy said.Murphy said that Superintendent Taylor’s credibility was “effectively shattered”.Counsel said that the existence of a rumour in 2014 did not of itself ground an inference that it must have been spread in a deliberate way by Superintendent Taylor, and some journalists said they heard rumours as early as 2011 before Superintendent Taylor became press officer.Murphy said that Superintendent Taylor was upset, angry and bitter at being moved from his role in the garda press office.‘Unworthy of trust’Meanwhile, a barrister representing RTÉ told the Disclosures Tribunal that Superintendent Taylor’s account of his dealings with journalists was “unworthy of trust”.Journalists John Burke and Paul Reynolds had reputations built up over decades, and there was “simply no evidence to support adverse findings against them”, Sean Gillane SC said on behalf of RTÉ.Both journalists deny allegations made by Taylor that he negatively briefed them about McCabe.Gillane said nobody had pointed to a syllable of Burke’s journalism to suggest he was party to any alleged smear campaign of McCabe, and reports by Reynolds about McCabe were “a textbook example of journalism at work”.Gillane said that email records showed that there were extensive editorial discussions before broadcast about the contents of news reports Reynolds made on a leaked copy of the findings of the O’Higgins Commission of investigation.The O’Higgins Commission looked at complaints made by McCabe about policing in the Cavan-Monaghan district. Gillane submitted that there was no evidence of any external interference or briefings in relation to the reports from Garda HQ.Gillane also said there was no reason why journalist Philip Boucher-Hayes would make up an encounter with former commissioner Martin Callinan. The journalist said that before a Crimeline programme in December 2013, Callinan told him McCabe had done “the worst kind of things”.Counsel said that Boucher-Hayes had volunteered his evidence after the chairman called on anyone with information to come forward, and had reported to colleagues what Callinan had told him shortly after the event occurred.Pattern of behaviourEarlier, Darren Lehane BL said that the meeting between Boucher Hayes and Callinan was relevant to his client, John McGuinness TD, as it showed a pattern of behaviour.Lehane said the tribunal chairman was entitled to consider the evidence of other witnesses about encounters they had with Callinan on 24 January 2014. In particular, Lehane referred to a brief meeting between Callinan and comptroller and auditor general Seamus McCarthy.McGuinness told the tribunal that on 23 January 2014 after a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting, Callinan told him McCabe “fiddles with kids”.McGuinness said that at a meeting in a Dublin hotel car park the following day, Callinan also said that there were investigations into abuse allegations against McCabe.Lehane said that the fact that similar remarks were reported by Seamus McCarthy, the comptroller and auditor general, showed a pattern of behaviour by Callinan.Callinan was “desperate” to stop McCabe before appearing at the PAC, Lehane said. He submitted his client, McGuinness’s, evidence was supported by a near-contemporaneous note he made after the meeting, and by similar accounts of meetings given by other witnesses.The barrister said that Callinan’s claims that two witnesses would raise the same issue in an identical manner, that he would would respond in a near identical manner, and never make a record of those “unusual” conversations anywhere were not credible.Lehane said his other client, journalist Ann Harris, was subjected to attacks on her character and threatened with defamation proceedings and suggestions she was motivated by bitterness or a grudge.Michael O’Higgins SC, on behalf of David Taylor, said that of 12 journalists his client had nominated who would support his evidence, 10had “confirmed in stark terms they did not receive any such briefings, and two of the journalists weren’t willing to comment”.Taylor claims that he was directed to negatively brief journalists about McCabe by Commissioner Callinan, and that his deputy Nóirín O’Sullivan was aware of the direction. Both former commissioners deny the allegations.O’Higgins said that it was either “an incredible coincidence” or there was something to Taylor’s evidence, as it matched closely the evidence of other witnesses about what they alleged Callinan said to them.“If he was a fantasist who just wanted to throw a spanner in the works, he was a very fortunate fantasist and he was a very lucky spanner thrower,” O’Higgins said.O’Higgins said that the tribunal could conclude that Taylor and Callinan “were working in tandem, rather than separately and in ignorance of each other”.He said that Taylor did “bear an animus” to O’Sullivan, and had incorrectly believed she was a driving force behind his arrest and attempts to discredit him during an investigation into garda leaks.O’Higgins said that Taylor’s evidence was capable of being believed, and it was up to the chairman to decide if it should be believed.Submissions continue tomorrow with Murphy, followed by barristers for Independent News & Media and Sergeant McCabe. Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 6:50 PM Protected disclosure made by David Taylor ‘essentially a work of fiction’, lawyers for gardaí tell Tribunal Shane Murphy SC was speaking during his closing submission to the Disclosures Tribunal.last_img read more