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Dismissing speculation of his defection to the Shiv Sena ahead of the Assembly polls as “baseless”, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal on Friday said he would continue to remain by the side of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. “How many times should I say that I am with the NCP, am working with the party and will continue to remain with Pawar saaheb… All this phoney talk of my proposed defection to the Sena has originated in the media, who claim to have knowledge that I will be switching alliances to the Sena from certain ‘sources’… I wonder who these sources are?” Mr. Bhujbal said ahead of the NCP’s core committee meeting in the city to discuss pre-poll strategy.He said the very fact that he was present at such an important party meeting ought to put a stop to rumours.Speaking to a television channel, Mr. Bhujbal said it was not his fault that speculation about his alleged exit refused to die down, but that of the media’s, which kept stoking the fumes of rumour.The last couple of months have witnessed an exodus of leaders and legislators from the NCP and Congress to the BJP and Sena. Rumours that Mr. Bhujbal was planning a return to his political alma mater, the Sena, gained some credence when he remained absent for NCP MP Supriya Sule’s ‘Samwad Yatra’ in Nashik. Ms. Sule had maintained that Mr. Bhujbal was with the party.According to the political grapevine, while ordinary Sena workers wished Mr. Bhujbal — once a dyed-in-wool Shiv Sainik for more than 20 years — to be inducted into the party, the top leadership led by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was resolutely opposed to his entry.Meanwhile, the NCP’s core committee meet at the city’s Baramati Hostel, presided by Mr. Pawar, saw the top party leadership in attendance, including State president Jayant Patil, Mumbai unit chief Nawab Malik, senior leader Ajit Pawar and Ms. Sule. Terming Congress leader Harshavardhan Patil’s bitterness towards the NCP over the Indapur Assembly seat “unfortunate”, Mr. Patil said a decision over the seat was to be taken following a discussion between Mr. Pawar and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Delhi.
LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The loss relegated the Philippine side to the bronze medal game in a rematch against Homenetmen, a team it beat in the elimination round, 96-89.Mighty Sports may have lost but it went down swinging despite facing a seemingly insurmountable lead in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Mighty Sports’ Juan Gomez de Liano tries to score against a Lebanese defender during their match Friday in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Patrick CastilloMighty Sports Philippines dropped out of title contention after falling short on its comeback against many-time champion Al Riyadi of Lebanon, 84-89, in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship.It was Mighty Sports’ first loss of the tournament after entering the knockout semifinals stage with a 5-0 record and it couldn’t have come at a worse moment.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ “I like the way we fought back,” said coach Charles Tiu said after the game. “You have to appreciate the effort of the guys. Medyo naunahan lang kami sa start, We couldn’t defend their ball screens. Their shooters were hot.”With Al Riyadi firing on all cylinders, Mighty Sports found itself trailing by as much as 23, 65-42, with 7:35 remaining in the third quarter. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Staying perfect Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations And that’s when Justin Brownlee teamed up with Jeremiah Gray to spark Mighty’s rally.Brownlee led the team with 24 points while Gray added 17 off the bench. Randolph Morris had 21 points, including two free throws that pulled Mighty Sports within five, 84-89, with 43.7 ticks to go.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte
Two Chinese fighter jets made an “unsafe” interception of a US spy plane in the disputed South China Sea, the Pentagon said today as tensions between the two countries escalated over the strategically crucial waterway.The “unsafe” 50 feet distanceThe “unsafe” interception of a United States EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft was carried out by two Chinese J-11 tactical aircraft, which the Pentagon said was on an international airspace over South China Sea.Chinese jets came within 50 feet of the American aircraft at one point, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement.”We have made progress reducing risk between our operational forces and those of the Peoples Republic of China by improved dialogue at multiple levels under the bilateral Confidence Building Measures and the Military Maritime Consultative Agreement,” Davis said.”Over the past year, we have seen improvements in PRC (Peoples Republic of China) actions, flying in a safe and professional manner. We are addressing the issue through the appropriate diplomatic and military channels,” he said.The interception comes days after General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held a video tele conference with Chinese Peoples Liberation Armys Chief of the Joint Staff Department General Fang Fenghui on efforts to reduce tensions in South China Sea.Conflicted pastTensions between China and the US are high in the South China Sea, a vital shipping route believed to be home to vast energy deposits.China claims almost all of South China Sea which is disputed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. Beijing has been building islets in the disputed region into artificial islands with military facilities including radar systems and airstrips.advertisementThe US has been dispatching its warships into the waters claimed by China to assert freedom of navigation.America, which is embarked on a foreign policy “pivot” towards Asia, fears China is seeking to impose military controls over the entire region.China opposes such action by the US, alleging that American intervention threatens its sovereignty and security, and also endangers the safety of people, besides harming regional peace and stability.
Prabhas, who is currently shooting for SS Rajamouli’s epic fantasy drama Baahubali: The Conclusion, is likely to play a cameo in Suirya’s Singam 3, the third part of the Singam franchise.According to Indiaglitz, Prabhas will be seen in Khaki in the film. Also, it is said that the news is kept under wraps and will be a surprise for the fans of both the stars.ALSO READ: Ranveer Singh heaps praise on Suriya, says he’s THE original SingamALSO READ:After Rajinikanth’s Kabali, Sivakarthikeyan’s Remo to release in JapanDirected by Hari, the film will mark the return of Suriya donning Khaki and will see him on an international mission this time.Popular television actor Thakur Anoop Singh, has been roped in to play the antagonist, while Shruti Haasan and Anushka Shetty are playing the leading ladies.The film has music by Harris Jayaraj and slated to release worldwide on December 16 as a Christmas treat.Meanwhile, Suriya has a bundle of projects lined up. He has signed his next titled Thaana Serntha Koottam with director Vignesh Shivan.According to Kollywood grapevine, Suriya has also signed a film with director Raju Murugan, who is basking in the success of Joker.
New Delhi, Jun 16 (PTI) The Delhi Development Authority has planned to hold mega yoga sessions at three big venues across the national capital as part of the International Yoga Day (IYD) celebrations on June 21.The major events would be held at District Park, Sector- 11, Dwarka, Swarn Jayanti Park, Rohini and Yamuna Sports Complex in east Delhi, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) said today.The programme will be organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Ayush, the DDA said.”At Dwarka, the yoga session would be organised in partnership with Patanjali Yoga Samiti, at Rohini with Art of Living and at Yamuna Complex in association with Vivekanand Yogashram Hospital,” a senior official said.The sessions would be held from 5.30 AM to 8.00 AM.In addition, sessions would also be held at several other places, including all sports complexes of DDA, Millennium Park at Indraprastha, Sarai Kalen Khan, Deer Park at Hauz Khas, Maharaja Surajmal Park, District Park, Tughlakabad Extension, among other venues.The main International Yoga Day programme would be held in Lucknow this year, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to participate along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. PTI KND KIS
The French football League (LFP) has suspended its goal-line technology system after a series of errors, including two in League Cup recently.The goal-line technology, GoalControl, used by the French League made a major blunder in a League Cup match of Paris Saint-Germain and the decision has been taken thereafter.The decision will be applicable to all the competitions and leagues that come under LFP, including the top-flight Ligue 1 and the League Cup.ALSO WATCHLFP said in a statement that GoalControl had been warned last month after some errors in the earlier stage of the season.With the recent errors, LFP took the decision to suspend the technology.”… the GLT experienced two serious malfunctions in the Amiens-PSG match… and a second incident in Angers-Montpellier where the GLT wrongly caused the referee’s watch to vibrate,” ESPN quoted LFP director general Didier Quillot as saying.”These two irregularities are unacceptable, especially as they occur just after we put GoalControl on notice.”The suspension by LFP is temporary and their statement added that an adminitrative council will meet next week to decide further action regarding GoalControl.The first blunder was caused by GoalControl during League Cup’s match between PSG and Amiens, where the technology did not alert the referees for PSG’s second goal and Video Assistant Referee (VAR) instead awarded the goal.During Angers v Montpellier, the referee’s watch was vibrated incorrectly by the technology even though there was no goal and thereafter, the referee decided to discard the use of technology completely in the second half.advertisementGoalControl has been used in France since 2015. The Premier League uses the Hawk-Eye system since 2013-14, which has largely been controversy free.There has been a lot of infusion of technology in football lately considering its extensive usage in other sports of the world.VAR has especially been pushed by all corners and have begun to be used in various league and competitions.Even during the League Cup match between Arsenal and Chelsea on Wednesday, VAR was used and two important penalty decisions were taken through the help of the technology.Also, with major errors by referees in the La Liga sparking controversies, it is expected that the Spanish League will introduce VAR next season.(With inputs from Reuters)
Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Nov. 16 to check at least three visiting NFL teams’ medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players’ claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs.There were no arrests, Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Rusty Payne said. The San Francisco 49ers’ staff was checked at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, after they played the New York Giants.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ staff was checked at Baltimore-Washington International airport after playing the Redskins. The Seattle Seahawks, who played at Kansas City, confirmed via the team’s Twitter account that they were spot-checked as well.“DEA agents are currently interviewing NFL team doctors in several locations as part of an ongoing investigation into potential violations of the (Controlled Substances Act),” Payne said.The spot checks were done by investigators from the federal DEA. They did not target specific teams, but were done to measure whether visiting NFL clubs were generally in compliance with federal law.Agents requested documentation from visiting teams’ medical staffs for any controlled substances in their possession, and for proof that doctors could practice medicine in the home team’s state.“Our teams cooperated with the DEA today and we have no information to indicate that irregularities were found,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email.The nationwide probe is being directed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York — where the NFL is headquartered — but involves several U.S. attorney’s offices.The investigation was sparked by a lawsuit filed in May on behalf of former NFL players going back to 1968. The number of plaintiffs has grown to more than 1,200, including dozens who played as recently as 2012.Any violations of federal drug laws from 2009 forward could also become the subject of a criminal investigation because they would not be subject to the five-year statute of limitations.“This is an unprecedented raid on a professional sports league,” said Steve Silverman, one of the attorneys for the former players. “I trust the evidence reviewed and validated leading up to this action was substantial and compelling.”Federal prosecutors have conducted interviews in at least three cities over the past three weeks, spending two days in Los Angeles in late October meeting with a half-dozen former players — including at least two who were named plaintiffs in the painkillers lawsuit, according to multiple people with direct knowledge of the meetings who spoke on the condition of anonymity because prosecutors told them not to comment on the meetings.The lawsuit alleges the NFL and its teams, physicians and trainers acted without regard for players’ health, withholding information about injuries while at the same time handing out prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Percocet, and anti-inflammatories such as Toradol, to mask pain and minimize lost playing time.The players contend some teams filled out prescriptions in players’ names without their knowledge or consent, then dispensed those drugs — according to one plaintiff’s lawyer — “like candy at Halloween,” along with combining them in “cocktails.”Several former players interviewed by The Associated Press described the line of teammates waiting to get injections on game day often spilling out from the training room. Others recounted flights home from games where trainers walked down the aisle and players held up a number of fingers to indicate how many pills they wanted.The controlled substance act says only doctors and nurse practitioners can dispense prescription drugs, and only in states where they are licensed.The act also lays out stringent requirements for acquiring, labeling, storing and transporting drugs. Trainers who are not licensed would be in violation of the law simply by carrying a controlled substance.The former players have reported a range of debilitating effects, from chronic muscle and bone ailments to permanent nerve and organ damage to addiction. They contend those health problems came from drug use, but many of the conditions haven’t been definitively linked to painkillers.The lawsuit is currently being heard in the northern district of California, where presiding judge William Alsup said he wants to hear the NFL Players Association’s position on the case before deciding on the league’s motion to dismiss.The NFL maintained that it’s not responsible for the medical decisions of its 32 teams. League attorneys also argued the issue should be addressed by the union, which negotiated a collective bargaining agreement that covers player health.The DEA investigation comes during a turbulent time for the NFL.The league is still weathering criticism over its treatment of several players accused of domestic violence and just wrapped up an arbitration hearing involving Ravens running back Ray Rice, who is contesting the length of his suspension. The league has hired former FBI director Robert Mueller III to investigate its handling of the Rice case.The NFL is also trying to finalize a $765 million class-action settlement reached in August 2013 over complaints by thousands of former players that the NFL concealed the risk of concussions.(JIM LITKE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS — Panathinaikos beat Greek league leader Olympiakos 1-0 Sunday but second-placed Panionios failed to take advantage.Marcus Berg scored in the 15th minute for Panathinaikos with a blistering volley from just outside the area. Berg had put Victor Klonaridis in a close-range scoring position but Olympiakos goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino blocked the shot and Berg smashed in the rebound.Despite losing to its fiercest rival, Olympiakos kept its six-point lead with only five rounds to play after Panionios lost 1-0 at third-placed PAOK with a last-gasp goal.Click image to see the videoPanionios had a player ejected in the 77th and PAOK’s Dimitris Pelkas was also sent off after he scored in the fourth minute of injury time for gesturing towards Panionios’ bench.Olympiakos has 54 points, Panionios 48, PAOK 46 and Panathinaikos 45.Also Sunday, Levadiakos drew 2-2 at Xanthi and Giannena drew 1-1 at Asteras.Photo/ Eurokinissi Sports) Photos/ Eurokinissi Sports)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Serbia captain Aleksandar Kolarov curled home a superb free-kick as they got their World Cup Group E campaign up and running with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday.With Costa Rica proving a tough nut to crack, Kolarov stepped up to bury a 25-metre effort from wide on the right, lighting up an otherwise tight game in the southern Russian city of Samara.Serbia had dominated against a Costa Rica side who had rarely threatened after a bright start, but chances were thin on the ground until Kolarov made the breakthrough in the 56th minute.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEWith Brazil heavy favourites to win the group, which also features Switzerland, the victory delivered a potentially vital three points for Serbia and left Costa Rica in a precarious position.After a furious start in which Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic had a header scooped off the line and Costa Rica’s Giancarlo Gonzalez failed to convert two headed chances, the match settled into a more predictable pattern.Serbia bossed the ball as their enterprising midfield, fusing the experience of Manchester United enforcer Nemanja Matic and the raw talent of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, got on top.The Lazio playmaker was Serbia’s most creative influence, although his blushes were spared by the linesman’s flag when he fluffed a first-half chance after racing through on goal.That would have been easily forgotten, however, had he converted an outrageous overhead kick moments before the break that forced a brilliant save from Keylor Navas.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP, SERBIA VS COSTA RICA: HIGHLIGHTSadvertisementThe bullish Mitrovic spearheaded the Serbia attack and was a menace to Costa Rica with his battering ram approach, but when a fantastic chance fell his way early in the second half, his tame sidefoot finish was easily saved by Navas.It mattered little, however, as the deadlock was broken when Kolarov produced his moment of magic, curling his free kick left-footed over the wall and past the despairing dive of Navas.There were few chances in the closing stages with Costa Rica substitute Joel Campbell, a mainstay of their run to the quarters four years ago, taking too long to get a shot away when he appeared to be through.Serbian appeals for a penalty were waved away when Mitrovic went down in the box but their disappointment lasted only until the final whistle.(With Reuters inputs)
JDT start as clear favourites to end Melaka’s run in the Malaysia Cup Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 09:30 14/9/2017 Johor Southern Tigers Melaka United must aim for at least a home draw against JDT to ensure the quarterfinal return leg still remain as a contest It’s crunch time in the 2017 Malaysia Cup as the competition enters the knockout stage on Friday and it starts with Melaka United facing up against Super League champions, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT).Among the four match-up in the quarterfinal stage, the greatest disparity between the two competing teams is undoubtedly this clash between Melaka and JDT. One has been crowned the league champions with matches to spare while another is still fighting for their lives to stay in the top division. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Melaka has had a change of fortunes since Eduardo Almeida was appointed the new head coach in July, replacing the outgoing Eric Williams. The improvements have seen Melaka won four of their last eight matches that Almeida has been in charge, compared to the five in 21 games prior to that.Having struggled to find the back of the net in the early part of the season, Almeida seemed to have found a working formula going forward. 21 goals in those eight matches sees their average goals per game move up to 2.6 goals during his reign.Mid season transfer signings in Marco Simic and Felipe De Souza have chipped in with the goals as the likes fellow new signing in Norhakim Isa seemed to bedded in nicely in central midfield to provide support to arguably Melaka’s player of the season in Jeon Woo-Young.Almeida have an injury-free squad at the moment but will have to decide if recent returnees in Khair Jones, Nicholas Swirad and Jasmin Mecinovic are fit enough to play a part.For JDT, two defeats blighted their perfect record in the run of their last eight matches. All the other six matches have ended up with wins for the Southern Tigers, with an amazing 24 goals scored in that period. The two defeats came at the hands of Selangor, with both losses accrued during their visit to Selayang Stadium. Ulisses Morais has at least managed to right some of the mistakes against Selangor when they finally defeated the Red Giants last Saturday – their first in four attempts this season.Morais too has a fully fit squad to rely on, apart from the suspended Farizal Marlias and the recuperating Marcos Antonio. The Portuguese has used mixed teams in the earlier group stage but with the retention of the league title completed, may well opt to unleashed his preferred XI against Melaka.Safiq Rahim and Afiq Fazail only started from the bench against Selangor but both could come back in the starting line-up with the foreign trio of Gabriel Guerra, Gonzalo Cabrera and Mohammed Ghaddar spearheading the strikeforce.JDT have had the upper hand in the two matches that they have played each other this season and will rightfully go into this match as the clear favourites to advance to the semi-final. Melaka will be hoping that they could salvage some form of advantage from the home first leg before what is likely to be a baptism of fire next weekend when Larkin host the second leg. read more
Didier Deschamps Deschamps to sue Cantona for defamation over Benzema and Ben Arfa comments Dom Farrell 23:57 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images France Karim Benzema European Championship The Man Utd legend’s remarks on Deschamps’ handling of Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa have led to the France coach filing for defamation France head coach Didier Deschamps has filed a complaint for defamation against Manchester United great Eric Cantona.Cantona gave an interview to the Guardian newspaper in the UK in May 2016 where he questioned Deschamps’ handling of Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa.Benzema was barred from France’s Euro 2016 plans when he was implicated in an attempted extortion targeting his one-time international team-mate Matthieu Valbuena. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player France’s Court of Cassation, the country’s highest appeals court, annulled the validity of the investigation into Benzema’s alleged involvement in the blackmail plot in July and he has been available for international selection since Euro 2016.Deschamps has opted against recalling the Real Madrid star, while Ben Arfa – currently out of favour at Paris Saint-Germain – won the last of his 15 France caps against England in November 2015.Speaking to RMC, Deschamps lawyer Carlo Alberto Brusa confirmed his client would take legal recourse on account of Cantona’s claims that Benzema and Ben Arfa had been treated differently on account of their ethnicity.”When we are treated as racist and we are not, we want justice,” Brusa said.”That means that certain remarks have to be sanctioned by criminal justice, that means that defamation should be retained.”Brusa also suggested Cantona’s remarks had proved needlessly inflammatory on a national level.”The context was extremely heavy and there was an almost national and public debate to know if Mr Deschamps was racist or not,” he said.”It is something that can have catastrophic consequences, although Mr Deschamps is extremely strong and has been to face the situation.”Deschamps retained his post with France after an extra-time defeat to Portugal in the final of Euro 2016 and led the team to qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
Chelsea ace Hazard: Messi is best ever. I regret my Barcelona performanceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Eden Hazard says Barcelona star Leo Messi stands alone as the best player in the world.Hazard insists Messi is superior to be he and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo.”Not a chance. There is only one that is the best ever. It’s him, Lionel Messi,” Hazard told HLN.”The two games against Barcelona were not my best memories from 2018. “I was happy to play against Barcelona and Messi, but I did not deliver.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
A venture capitalist, a digital media entrepreneur, a corporate lawyer, a university president and a senior financial executive are the newest additions to Innovacorp’s board of directors. The new appointments are: “It’s quite a lineup we have on our board. We have marvellous representation from private industry, the public sector and academia, and many members have been or are entrepreneurs,” said Jacquelyn Thayer Scott, Innovacorp board chair. “I’m eager to have the five new members help guide Innovacorp’s strategy.” “As an investor, I’ve been getting to know what’s happening in this region’s startup scene over the last few years,” said Mr. Grammer. “It’s an exciting time for the startup community here and organizations like Innovacorp play a critical role in building on the momentum. “I hope to help Innovacorp further improve its impact on technology innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization in Nova Scotia.” For bios of the new board members and information on the rest of Innovacorp’s board, go to www.innovacorp.ca/team/board-of-directors . Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization and works to find, fund and foster innovative Nova Scotia startups. Target industries include information technology, life sciences, clean technology and oceans technology. Early stage investment is at the core of Innovacorp’s business model, but it also provides hands-on business advisory services, tailored to meet the unique and evolving needs of each of the promising companies in its portfolio. It also gives entrepreneurs access to world-class incubation facilities and an international network of expert advisors. Jeff Grammer, partner at Rho Canada Ventures Rodney F. Burgar, president and CEO of Accelerator Inc. Kirsten Tomilson, president and CEO of Fourth Monkey Media Richard Florizone, president of Dalhousie University William (Bill) Gullage, president of W. R. Gullage Consulting Inc.
Kolkata: The state Health and Family Welfare department has bagged the Skoch award (Governance Gold category), for its ‘waiting hut’ project for pregnant women. The award was conferred at a function in New Delhi on Thursday.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted in this connection on Friday: “I am very happy and proud to share a wonderful development. Bangla’s Health and Family Welfare Department has won the Skoch Award (Governance Gold category) for its project on waiting huts for pregnant women. This honour was conferred in New Delhi on August 29. Congratulations to the department and its personnel for the achievement.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe further tweeted: “Our government has won several Skoch Awards in the past, including the Skill Gold award for our Utkarsh Bangla project earlier this year. In fact, Bangla won the highest number of Skoch awards for good performances in various areas in 2018.” ‘Waiting hut’ is a unique intervention in which pregnant women from inaccessible and remote areas of Bengal are accommodated 7-10 days before delivery in waiting huts, which are situated in the vicinity of the delivery points. The women are provided with free medicines, diets, diagnostics and referral services. Twelve such huts are operational in the Sunderbans and other far flung areas. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDespite being the fourth most populous state in the country, Bengal has managed to bring down its Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) from 141/1,00,000 live births to 101/1,00,000 live births and has raised the institutional delivery considerably from 88% to 98%. The waiting hut initiative is consistently contributing towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3. Bengal is the only state in the country where free services are given to the patients in state-run healthcare establishments, from the Block Primary Health Centres to the district hospitals and six hospitals in Kolkata. It may be mentioned that heart and kidney transplantations, which cost lakhs of rupees in private healthcare establishments, are done free of cost here. Organ donation has taken the form of a movement in Bengal. The waiting huts have increased the confidence of pregnant women living in the far-flung areas, in institutional delivery. In case of complicated pregnancies, the huts are providing exceptional service. The Health and Family Welfare department will set up six more waiting huts in near future.
APTN National NewsThe province of Ontario is appealing a ruling that ordered a new trial for a First Nation man charged with murder.Last year, an Ontario court ruled that Clifford Kokopenace should get a new trial because he was not tried by a jury of his peers.Lawyers with the province say that doesn’t matter.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Seniors living in Northern British Columbia will start to receive increased community-based seniors’ services.Through Northern Health, the Ministry of Health is funding $100,000 grants to an initial group of three organizations.According to Northern Health, this funding is part of a provincial initiative to help seniors maintain meaningful social connections through a series of community projects to support healthy aging in place and improve opportunities for social connection. One of the three organizations to receive funding is the Dawson Creek Society for Community Living, which received $100,000 to improve access to healthy food and social connection for seniors, and is currently conducting focus groups with and planning a survey for local seniors on these topics.The Province is also providing funding to several community organizations in B.C. sothey can provide better transportation for seniors, such as the NH Connections service.
By Daniela CastroNew York – Real Madrid President Florentino Perez banned Cristiano Ronaldo from traveling to Morocco due to his poor performance on the pitch, according to El Español.Perez asked the Portuguese football star to stop his weekly trips to Morocco. Four days a week, from Monday to Thursday, at around 3:00pm after each day’s morning training session, Ronaldo fled from Madrid to Marrakech, Morocco’s main tourist city. Ronaldo travels to Morocco in his private jet, valued at 19 million euros, and returns the same night.The regular trips to visit his friend Badr Hari, a Moroccan-Dutch kickboxer, may have come to an end if he wants to stay on the “merengue” team. Some outlets have speculated that Hari could be Ronaldo’s partner.Perez allegedly asked his friend Mohammed VI, the king of Morocco, to let him know when Ronaldo visits the African country, according to Sport.According to the 2015 Goal Rich List, an annual chart of the world’s wealthiest active players, Ronaldo is the richest footballer in the world, with a personal fortune worth 210 million euros.
LONGUEUIL, Que. — Pratt & Whitney Canada is spending $275-million over five years to create a research and development centre that will create 90 jobs and include work on the aircraft engine maker’s next-generation motor.Three new production lines will be devoted to making key components of its PurePower engine, which recently powered the first flight of Bombardier’s new CSeries jet.The company says the engine is known for its energy efficiency, fewer emissions and noise reduction.The Quebec government says it’s contributing $19-million of the $275-million toward modernizing the plant in Longueuil, just south of Montreal.The government also says the overall investment will keep 166 jobs already in Quebec at the Pratt & Whitney plant.The Canadian Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2013 6:02 am MDT BOE governor: Interest rates to remain at 0.5 per cent until unemployment falls below 7 per cent LONDON – The Bank of England’s new Gov. Mark Carney sought to spur Britain’s sluggish recovery Wednesday when he said the central bank will not consider raising its record low interest rate until unemployment falls below 7 per cent.In a significant change of policy for the Bank of England, Carney outlined the bank’s “forward guidance” in one of the most closely watched press conferences by the U.K.’s monetary authority.With the current UK unemployment rate at 7.8 per cent, the economy would need to create about 750,000 new jobs — something the bank feels won’t happen until 2016 — before the benchmark interest rate is increased from the current 0.5 per cent.Unveiling a tool he first used as governor of the Bank of Canada, Carney said it was “exactly the time,” to give such forward guidance — stressing that this was a critical moment for policymakers because the U.K’s economy was still performing below par.“It is the weakest recovery on record,” he said and deadpanned that “records go back 100 years.”The bank joins the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank in providing guidance on its interest rate policies. Carney’s policy has also been attributed in helping stimulate spending and economic growth in Canada.The new governor used simple language to put over his ideas to the public, suggesting that if people know interest rates will remain low they will be more likely to borrow and thereby help stimulate the economy.The 48-year-old Carney, who took charge on July 1, stressed that unemployment falling to 7 per cent would not automatically trigger an increase in interest rates but would be a “way station” to reassess bank policy.The bank chief also said there were several “knockouts” that would mean abandoning the forward guidance and the link between rates and unemployment. These include the bank’s watchdog, the financial policy committee, deciding that monetary policy poses a threat to financial stability or if two-year forecasts show inflation rising 0.5 percentage points or more above its target of 2.0 per cent.Alistair Cotton, a senior analyst at Currencies Direct, said that the message was “bullish” and designed to boost confidence.“By tying policy to unemployment, which is a clearly measured and very visible economic variable, the bank is making a communication statement allowing the average man in the street or business owner a much more visible and transparent measure of the bank’s thinking,” he said in a statement.“Everyone can understand the unemployment rate, less so for other variables like tying policy to nominal or real GDP.”The bank chose employment, rather than output, as the best indicator for interest rates because the current level of low productivity in the U.K. indicates there is slack in the economy. This means that production can rise before employers need to hire more workers.Carney said policymakers stand ready to stimulate the economy further. The bank has pumped 375 billion pounds into the economy since January 2009 with a bond-buying program meant to revive national fortunes — and said it has no plans to scale back its efforts while unemployment remains above 7 per cent.Saying that “a renewed recovery is now underway” but that the UK economy has not yet reached “escape velocity,” Carney also downgraded inflation forecasts by saying the bank does not expect inflation to rise above 3 per cent this year.Carney is the first foreigner to head the 319-year-old bank and was hired by the UK Treasury chief George Osborne to find more ways to inject confidence into the markets and get Britain moving.The U.K. economy is still smaller than it was before it fell into the deepest recession since World War II. Britain’s economy, Europe’s third-biggest behind Germany and France, is about 3.3 per cent smaller than at its peak in the first three months of 2008.However, there are signs of gathering momentum in the British economy. Gross domestic product expanded by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter, double the growth rate in the previous three months. Every major indicator — services, agriculture, manufacturing and construction — contributed to the quarterly rise.Carney is credited with keeping money flowing through the Canadian economy during the economic crisis by acting quickly in cutting interest rates to record lows, working with Canadian bankers to sustain lending and, critically, letting the public know rates would remain low.But what he really brought to the table wasn’t just that he had good policies — he sold them to the public in a way that can be explained at the local pub.“It’s about the man being able to look down the camera and deliver his message to households,” said Paul Kavanagh, senior market strategist for Killik & Co.