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first_imgSabzar Ahmad Bhat killing: Internet services suspended in Kashmir, stone pelting in some areasWithin 24 hours of lifting a ban placed on internet services in the Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir government has restricted websites yet again. The move follows the killing of Sabzar Ahmad Bhat in an encounter in Tral.Rahane confident India ready for ICC Champions TrophyDefending champions India will start their Champions Trophy campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4 at Edgbaston.Sachin A Billion Dreams box-office collection: The sports docudrama does well on FridaySachin A Billion Dreams had a splendid box-office opening on Friday. Meanwhile, Hindi Medium is still going strong at the box office unlike Half Girlfriend. Sri Lanka appeals to UN to help after landslides, floods kill over 100, displace 2,900Rain-triggered landslide and floods in Sri Lanka have claimed up to 100 lives, leaving scores injured and over 99 missing. The Indian government has offered assistance in rescue and relief operation, with three Navy ships dispatched for help.last_img read more


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first_imgIndia head into the Asia Cup 2018 without Virat Kohli but the Men in Blue are still the favourites to lift the trophy their talismanic batsman.One of the main reasons behind India being considered as the favourites in this six-team event is Rohit Sharma.The Mumbai batsman will not only lead the batting lineup but will also get the opportunity to lead the team in the absence of regular skipper Kohli, who has been rested from the tournament which starts from September 15.MS Dhoni’s chance to answer critics after average England seriesBut India shouldn’t have anything to worry about as Rohit has proved to be a brilliant captain in the past.Out of the 12 limited-overs matches that Rohit has led, India has lost just 2 matches so far – 1 T20I and 1 ODI.Pant ideal replacement for Dhoni after 2019 World Cup, feels Virender SehwagEarlier this year in March, Rohit led India in the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka which was a T20I tri-series played between Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.India just lost the first game against the hosts but then went on to beat Sri Lanka once and Bangladesh thrice, including the thrilling final in which Dinesh Karthik played that memorable knock of 29 not out off 8 balls, to lift the trophy in the absence of Kohli.#HeroNidahasTrophy pic.twitter.com/IQmf6s40YGSri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) March 18, 2018Asia Cup 2018: Will Virat Kohli’s absence hurt India’s chances?Before that Rohit led India against Sri Lanka last year in the three ODIs and three T20I series at home in December.advertisementIndia just lost the first ODI against the visitors but then went on to beat them in the next five games – 2 ODIs and 3 T20Is – to emerge victorious and clinch both the series.Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and 7 other Team India members depart early for Asia CupRohit has been a terrific captain at Mumbai Indians over the years and is the second skipper after MS Dhoni to bag three Indian Premier League titles.His record as India captain is also highly impressive mainly because his average goes up over 108 whenever he has got the opportunity to be in charge of the national team in the blue jersey.As captain Rohit has played 3 ODIs and scored 217 runs including a 208 not out which came against Sri Lanka in the above mentioned series.In T20Is, Rohit has led the team 9 times and won 8 games scoring 346 runs at an impressive average of 38.44 with two fifties and a highest score of 118.The stats and records are certainly in Rohit’s favour heading into the Asia Cup now and with experienced heads in MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik in the team, India’s campaign looks in safe hands in Kohli’s absence.last_img read more


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first_imgPakistan cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed has hit back at former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, saying the later had personally targetted him over the much-talked-about controversy surrounding his racist taunt in South Africa.Soon after returning from South Africa, Sarfraz said he has accepted his mistake and thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for handling the case.Sarfraz Ahmed was handed a four-match ban after his racist slur against South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during an ODI last Tuesday. He will miss the ongoing ODI series and the upcoming T20I series of Pakistan’s tour of South Africa as the PCB had asked him to return home from the Rainbow Nation.Sarfraz had said: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” [Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What (prayer) have you got her to say for you today?]”Shoaib Akhtar had reportedly said Sarfraz Ahmed had gotten off easily while responding to his four-match ban. Before the ICC had come up with the sanction, Akhtar said: “This [Sarfaz incident] is not acceptable as a Pakistani. In my opinion he [Sarfraz] did this in the heat of the moment. I think he should apologize publically.””He [Shoaib Akhtar] is attacking me personally not criticising, Sarfraz was quoted as saying by Geo News.”I accepted my mistake and received the punishment. I want to thank Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for handling this case and fulfilling requirements,” he added.”I will improve myself and my performance in the future and I thank my supporters for their backing.”advertisementSarfraz must explain himself to Media & public regarding his comments to batsman.. pic.twitter.com/Ocx74ry4IW Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 23, 2019Meanwhile, Sarfraz is targetting a return to competitive cricket in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), starting February 14 in the United Arab Emirates. In his absence, Shoaiib Malik will lead the team in South Africa.”I don’t see anything in it [Shoaib Malik’s recall] as I was playing cricket for the last five months. I will rest and then play Pakistan Super League.”Notably, Sarfraz had come up with a public apology on social media after facing a severe backlash from the cricket fraternity. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar had also criticised the comments made by Sarfraz against Phehlukwayo.Sarfraz also posted a photo of himself with Phehlukwayo and revealed he had personally apologised to the South Africa all-rounder. He also claimed that Phehlukwayo had accepted his apology.Also Read | Pakistan Cricket Board disappointed with Sarfraz Ahmed’s ICC ban over racial slurAlso Read | MS Dhoni spotted at nets after missing out third ODI vs New ZealandAlso Read | India most successful ODI team since 2015 ICC World Cup: Tracing Team India’s journeyAlso See:last_img read more


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first_imgAB de Villiers on Monday was ruled out of the remainder of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) fourth edition, including the matches in Pakistan scheduled to be held from March 9 in Karachi.The Lahore Qalandars, whom de Villiers represented, confirmed the former South African batsman will miss the matches in Pakistan due to a back injury he picked up during the team’s match against Quetta Gladiators on February 23. De Villiers had signed up to play seven matches in the United Arab Emirates leg of the tournament and two in Pakistan.Notably, de Villiers had played two matches even after the back injury but the batting superstar confirmed doctors have advised him rest.”It’s disappointing news for Lahore Qalandars management and its fans that AB de Villiers will not be able to make it for Pakistan’s leg of PSL, Sameen Rana, Lahore Qalandars’ manager said in a statement.”Any update on replacement, if any, will be communicated in due course,” he added.De Villiers had played seven matches for the Qalandars in the 2019 season and smashed 218 runs, including a half-century, at 54.50. The Royal Challengers Bangalore star had earlier expressed interest in playing in Pakistan for the Qalandars.Very disappointed: De VilliersDe Villiers expressed his disappointment at not being able to play in Pakistan but insisted that he would be returning to play the PSL, and hopefully, do his bit to help the “return of international cricket to the country” next season.”I am very disappointed that I will not be able to play in front of the passionate Pakistani cricket fans. I saw my doctor who has advised complete rest for two weeks and, unfortunately, that rules me out of the games in Karachi,” de Villiers said.advertisement”I hope to be a part of the PSL next year and very much hope to play my part in the return of international cricket to the country. I am backing Lahore Qalandars to go all the way and win the trophy this year.”Also Read | Ashwin, Jadeja have always done well for India, Chahal and I haven’t ousted anyone: KuldeepAlso Read | Not worried about stats vs England, hoping for a better show in 2nd T20I: MandhanaAlso Read | Team India gears up for 2nd ODI vs Australia with gruelling practice session in NagpurAlso See:last_img read more



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first_img Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share via Email … 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. Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Cycling Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Read more news Vuelta a España Topics Dylan Groenewegen wins again on Tour of Britain as Trentin retakes lead The race leader, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), missed the decisive split, along with Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), Miguel Ángel López (Astana) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), which allowed Quintana to move up to second overall.The Movistar rider finished five minutes and 29 seconds ahead of the quartet, while it was also a good day for Gilbert’s teammate James Knox as the 23-year-old Briton broke into the top 10. The Colombian now sits two minutes and 24 seconds back, with two of his favoured mountain stages still to come as the race nears its conclusion.The Vuelta continues on Thursday with the 177.5km stage from Comunidad de Madrid to Becerril de la Sierra. Philippe Gilbert won stage 17 at the Vuelta a España from Aranda de Duero to Guadalajara on Wednesday as Nairo Quintana rode himself back into overall contention.The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider from Belgium needed all of the 219.6km route to claim victory, just getting the better of Sam Bennett in the finishing straight. Gilbert benefited from having his teammates nearby after crosswinds had caused huge splits in the peloton, enabling him and his team to control the stage. Reuse this contentlast_img read more


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first_imgTransfers Mourinho uses fruit metaphor to dismiss Man City’s Sanchez excuse Jamie Smith 07:47 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(20) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Chelsea Getty Images Transfers Manchester United José Mourinho A. Sánchez Guardiola Manchester City Premier League The withdrawal by Pep Guaridola’s side from the pursuit of the Chilean was not down to money, according to the Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho has hinted Manchester City pulled out of trying to sign Alexis Sanchez as they thought he would opt for Manchester United instead.City had made Sanchez a top target in the August transfer window, missing out on a £60million deal for the forward when Arsenal failed to bring in Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as a replacement.Although City looked in pole position to sign Sanchez when the window reopened in January, they pulled out, reportedly citing financial concerns over the proposed cost of the transfer, with the Chilean in the last six months of his Arsenal contract and set to become a free agent at the end of the season. 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 United subsequently swooped to land Sanchez in a swap-deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move the other way to the Emirates Stadium, the Old Trafford club reportedly paying the former Barcelona man up to £500,000 a week for the duration of his four-and-a-half-year contract.But Mourinho – who extended his United deal to 2020 on Thursday – indicated he does not believe City’s insistence that money was the major factor in them pulling out of the race for Sanchez’s signature.”Alexis reminds me a little bit of the metaphor – when you see the tree with amazing oranges at the top of the tree but cannot get there,” Mourinho told reporters.”You say, ‘Oh, I got the lower ones because I don’t like the ones at the top’.”But you do like the ones at the top. They’re so nice, so orange, so round, so full of juice. But you can’t get there.”So you say, ‘I don’t want to go there’ or ‘I didn’t like it, I prefer the other ones’. It reminds me of that story.”Jose’s new deal runs until at least 2020 – plenty of time for more scenes like this… pic.twitter.com/g77vVJwobs — Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 25, 2018 United were able to offer Sanchez a huge financial package having avoided paying any transfer fee to sign the forward, who hit 60 Premier League goals for Arsenal, but Mourinho again said he does not think money was the major reason for Sanchez’s decision to join the club.”I know that if other clubs did not get him it’s not a problem of money, for sure,” Mourinho added. “That’s not a problem of money.”You go and analyse the numbers and Manchester City spent more money than us, Chelsea spent more money than us, I think even Everton spent more money than us. We have to put things in perspective.”How much would Sanchez cost in a normal transfer, as a player with two or three years left on his contract? We look to the numbers now and I would say roughly between £100million and £150million. So you go to the numbers that the club didn’t pay on the transfer.”You go to the numbers the club pays in salaries, which are obviously higher than others, but you put things in perspective. Alexis could have gone everywhere. He had lots of choices. He decided to come here and you have to ask him why.”I know he has a big passion for football. But we work also, for money. That’s the same for every one of us. I know he wanted to play in a different club [to Arsenal], for his reasons, and obviously he wanted to be paid according to his quality.”Mourinho’s side take on Yeovil Town in the FA Cup on Friday.last_img read more


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first_imgAn end zone view of a Rutgers vs. Minnesota game/MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 22: Emmit Carpenter #38 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers kicks the game winning field goal against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the fourth quarter of the game on October 22, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Golden Gophers defeated the Scarlet Knights 34-32. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)The Minnesota Golden Gophers are opening their 2018 college football season at home tonight. The Gophers are taking on New Mexico State.Minnesota, though, will be wearing its away white uniforms. This is not by choice.New Mexico State currently only has one set of uniforms – its home ones – because the away jerseys haven’t been shipped to them yet.Seriously.#Gophers will open season tomorrow at home in white jerseys to accommodate New Mexico State, as the Aggies white road uniforms have not arrived yet.▶️ https://t.co/O8nBtZ5RPR pic.twitter.com/2p00U9HVDN— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) August 29, 2018Minnesota explained more:Minnesota unveiled its new H.Y.P.R.R. Elite uniforms earlier this year and will debut them on Thursday.However, because of an equipment issue with New Mexico State, the Gophers will be wearing their new white uniforms instead of a traditional dark jersey at home. New Mexico State’s white uniforms have not arrived yet, so their only option for the game is a dark uniform. Minnesota has agreed to wear a white uniform on Thursday and the Big Ten has approved this one-time change as well.The white uniforms look decent, at least.Minnesota and New Mexico State are set to kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. The game will be on BTN.last_img read more


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first_imgMinister of Education, Rev. The Hon. Ronald Thwaites, says developing a wellrounded workforce,capable of fulfilling the demands of the global job market,is critical to nation building. To this end, he says one of the Ministry’s priority undertakings will be training persons with the requisite skills that will empower them to thrive in the 21st Century workforce/labour market. “One of our main goals is to articulate our educational and training systems toward measured and measurable workforce needs in the society,” he said. The Minister was speaking at the opening of the Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica’s (HRMAJ) conference, at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel on November  21. Rev.  Thwaites emphasised that  the creation of a ‘workforce needs projection’ is also paramount in identifying the jobs that will be needed in the future. He said this  venture will have to be a collaborative approach, and urged members of the HRMAJ to partner with the Government in identifying these areas. The Minister  pointed out that billions are spent on education each year, so the nation’s future leaders should be trained in areas deemed critical. Citing the importance of technical and vocational skills,  Rev. Thwaites said the local and international job markets are demanding persons with such training. He added  that there should be a balance between academic competences and technical and vocational skills. On another matter, the Minister underscored the need for students to be fluent in English Language, adding that this is critical for the country’s progress. “It is a reproach that a university has to have English classes. By the time you get to university, you are supposed to be adept in English, and there shouldn’t have to be any make up sessions in Mathematics either,” Rev. Thwaites said. He  said that  the intention of the Ministry is “to do it right the first time…to make sure that we do not continue to waste the probably $20 billion per year that we spend on education system, on remedial work, rather than on exceptional advanced work, which is what Jamaica really needs in order to be a leader in the global workplace.” Meanwhile,  President, HRMAJ, Michael McAnuff-Jones, suggested that there needs to be the development of a bilingual labour force as well as the development of incentives to retain jobs in the island. “As HRMAJ, we stand ready to share our experience with the Government on how we can tackle the threats to job preservation and job growth,” he added. The conference, which is slated to end on November 23, is being held under the theme: ‘Engage People: Gain Phenomenal Success’. It presents attendees with a diverse set of activities that will enrich their experience and provide useful leadership, people centric and innovative strategies for application on the job. The HRMAJ, formerly the Jamaica Association of Training and Development (JATAD), began in 1978 when a small group of training and development practitioners decided to form an association dedicated to the training and improvement of such professionals and practitionerslast_img read more


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first_imgThe Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is carrying out a registration exercise to determine the number of persons living with disabilities in the island.The process, which started in February, will continue until July of this year, Executive Director of the JCPD, Christine Hendricks, tells JIS News.She said the objective is to have accurate data regarding persons with disabilities so that effective planning can be undertaken and provisions made to meet their needs.Ms. Hendricks informed that although the Council has been registering persons with disabilities since its inception in 1973, it does not have an accurate figure as to the number of Jamaicans with a disability.There are approximately 12,000 persons on the JCPD’s register. Nearly 2,000 persons have been newly registered or re-entered into the database since February.Encouraging persons to sign up, the Executive Director said that once persons are registered with the Council, then the body guarantees that throughout each stage of development, their individual needs will be met.“First of all, it is very important to register because if the Government does not know that you exist, it is difficult to plan for you,” she noted.The registration exercise involves house-to-house calls and visits to institutions and communities that cater to persons with disabilities.“It’s not as widespread as the census because we wouldn’t have as many persons but we’re trying to capture the bulk as much as possible through the different locations and agencies,” she said.Ms. Hendricks noted that the council will also stage several public education campaigns to inform the wider public of the initiative.“We will be having campaigns both in the print and electronic media to ensure that the word gets out there. Of course, we are targeting also, the various agencies that serve persons with disabilities,” the Executive Director said.She added that the council will also be staging health fairs in all parishes, as part of efforts to register more persons.“We will be having at least two health fairs in each parish to see if we can gather persons at central points…it will be announced in short order as to where persons can come,” she said.Ms. Hendricks informed that even though the official registration will end in July, the process is ongoing.“People with disabilities are always being born, persons are always acquiring disabilities so the process … will continue as long as the council exists,” she added.The JCPD, a programme of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, caters to Jamaicans with various challenges, such as visual and hearing impairments, intellectual disabilities, speech impediment, autism, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia, hemiplegia and multiple disabilities.For additional information, persons may contact the JCPD at 968-8373.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more


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first_imgzoom Monaco-based tanker owner Scorpio Tankers has found work for two of its LR2 product tanker newbuildings delivered this month from South Korean shipyards.STI Lombard was delivered from Daehan Shipbuilding under the previously announced bareboat charter-in agreement for USD 10,000 per day. Upon delivery, the vessel began a voyage for 45 days at approximately USD 45,000 per day.STI Kingsway was delivered from Sungdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, immediately starting a voyage for 46 days at approximately USD 45,000 per day.Scorpio Tankers in August purchased 1,716,155 of its common shares in the open market at an average price of USD 10.48 per share, as part of its USD 250 million securities repurchase program authorized back in May.The company currently has USD 227.6 million remaining under its securities buyback program.last_img read more


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first_imgGreek dry bulk ship owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Geneva-based SwissMarine Services for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels.Under the deal, the company’s 177,729 dwt m/v Houston would be hired at a gross charter rate of USD 19,000 per day for a period of nine to eleven months.Diana Shipping informed that the charter is expected to start on May 9, 2018.This employment is to generate around USD 4.85 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.The 2009-built dry bulk vessel Houston is currently chartered to the company at a gross charter rate of USD 10,000 per day.last_img


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first_imgThe Bluenose II, Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, will carry a piece of every Canadian province and territory when it sets sail again after its extensive restoration. A table built with materials from across the country was dedicated at Province House today, July 26, by the Council of the Federation which held the summer meeting of Canada’s premiers in Nova Scotia. It will be permanently installed on the Bluenose II. “Much like the Council of the Federation, the table represents the sum of many individual parts, our country’s diversity, and our collective strength,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “The table will serve as a beautiful symbol of the contribution each province and territory makes to our great country. Like the Bluenose itself, it is a true Canadian legacy.” The council often gives a special item as a legacy to the province hosting the summer meeting. It reflects the premiers’ leadership, deliberations, commitment, and work to improve the lives of Canadians. Building materials for the table include: red spruce from Nova Scotia red oak from Prince Edward Island spruce from Newfoundland and Labrador sugar maple from New Brunswick black walnut from Ontario spruce from Quebec white spruce from Manitoba white birch from Saskatchewan Lodgepole pine from Alberta Douglas fir from British Columbia granite from Nunavut a piece of four billion-year-old Acaster Gneiss rock from the Northwest Territories a gold nugget from the Yukon The table was built by Colin O’Toole of Covey Island Boatworks, one of the three companies restoring the Bluenose II in Lunenburg.last_img read more


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first_imgKolkata: In a stern warning to defectors who have joined BJP after the Lok Sabha elections, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee made it clear that the party has no place for those who make money from government funds disbursed for people-friendly schemes. She reiterated that those shifting to other parties after siphoning money will not be spared and will also face corruption probe.”We are not bothered about a few corrupt and greedy leaders who are switching to some other party. They have joined the BJP as they were afraid they might face consequences for their activities,” Banerjee said while addressing a meeting with councillors of municipal corporations and municipalities across the state. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaBanerjee asserted that she wants to restructure her party ahead of the 2021 state Assembly elections and appealed to those who are dilly-dallying on whether to shift to the saffron party, to do so immediately. “One person will leave and 500 more will be inducted in his or her place. We will replace corrupt and greedy workers with dedicated cadres,” she reiterated. She instructed state Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim to enquire into practices where some civic body councillors have converted government properties to the name of their family members. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”Law will take its own course if somebody is found to have acquired government property through unfair means,” Banerjee said. She made it clear that the party will give election tickets only after reviewing the work of the councillors. “A party representative who works for the people will never lose an election. Some councillors are more keen on promoting activities rather than rendering services to people. Individual tickets will be handed over to councillors by the party on the basis of their work performance. The party will not give ticket to anyone who does not perform,” Banerjee said. The same formula will also be adopted while handing over tickets to candidates for the Panchayat polls. The tickets will not be handed over through district leadership. She made it clear that the party will close its doors permanently for defectors and will allow only those old leaders who have shifted due to some misunderstanding or miscommunication, to come back. She admitted that her party’s leadership had made a few mistakes while dealing with old-timers and loyalists and assured that the lapses would be taken care of. Referring to legislator Sunil Singh, who joined the BJP on Monday, Banerjee said it was a misjudgment on the part of TMC to have given him a ticket for Noapara Assembly bypoll last year, overlooking the candidature of Manju Basu, wife of slain TMC leader Bikash Basu. “It is time for us to learn from our mistakes and prepare ourselves for the next elections,” she added. Banerjee also advised the councillors to kick off work according to their respective action plans for prevention of dengue. She urged to give special emphasis on North 24-Parganas and some pockets in Hooghly, where there have been dengue cases. She also brought out a set of instructions in the form of a letter to the councillors after the meeting.last_img read more


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first_imgOTTAWA – Parliamentary budget officer Jean-Denis Frechette’s latest report on the Liberal government’s infrastructure spending program highlights further delays in the spending plan. Here are some key numbers from the report:$186.7 billion: Value of federal infrastructure spending over 12 years$14.4 billion: Value of spending under the first phase of the infrastructure program32: Federal organizations responsible for Phase 1 of infrastructure spending10,052: Projects identified by the PBO report, which qualified the total by saying it is not a full inventory of Phase 1 projects$7.2 billion: Value of those projects, about half of the total planned spending8,800: Projects approved in fiscal year 2016-171,300: Projects approved in fiscal year 2017-181,667: Approved projects that to do not have a federal contribution identified6,000: Projects with identifiable start dates1,300: Projects that are scheduled to begin after 20180.1: Per cent increase in GDP in each of the two fiscal years covered in the report11,100: Maximum estimated number of jobs federal infrastructure spending has created between April 2017 and March 2018last_img read more


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LONDON — Police say they have arrested more than 100 people after climate change protesters blocked major bridges and intersections in central London, bringing traffic to a standstill.The group Extinction Rebellion is organizing a week of civil disobedience against what it says is the failure to tackle the causes of climate change.On Monday, demonstrators blocked sites including Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames, the busy Oxford Circus intersection and Parliament Square, and vandalized the headquarters of oil company Shell.After hours of disruption, police ordered the group to confine protests to Marble Arch, beside Hyde Park. Scores of demonstrators who refused to move were arrested — 113 by Tuesday morning.Extinction Rebellion said “over 100 brave rebels” had been arrested. It said protests would continue.The Associated Press read more


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ALY BAILEYMA student, Applied Health Sciences2014 Three Minute Thesis finalistSupervisor: Professor Kim GammageTitle: “The Body That You Love – Stories of the Injured But Not Broken”*****It takes a second or two before you realize just what you’re looking at when you see Aly Bailey’s Three Minutes Thesis (3MT) presentation slide.It’s a dramatic mid-air photograph of a person in a wheelchair BASE jumping. The shot was taken in the early seconds of the jump, parachute not yet open, and a spectacular panoramic view of land far below.Bailey chose the dramatic photo to illustrate her 2014 3MT presentation: “The Body That You Love – Stories of the Injured But Not Broken.” On the slide, she highlights a message about body image that reads: “accepting your body for what it is and focusing on your abilities, not your disabilities.”For her master’s research, Bailey conducted a study that involved interviewing people with spinal cord injuries to better understand their experience and their attitudes about appearance, health and function of the body.“My research focuses on exploring the positive experiences of the body,” Bailey said during her presentation at the 3MT finals in April. “Although several of my participants disclosed facing many adversities after their injury, they also persevered to pursue their passion, whether it is the job they love or a hobby that brings meaning to their life such as this participant here.“One fascinating conclusion in my study is that many of the same body image characteristics that are discussed by my participants are the same ones that are discussed by able-body individuals. The most important being accepting and appreciating the body for what it can do.”The 3MT contest is a university-wide competition open to master’s (thesis and research project) and doctoral students in all Brock’s graduate programs. The contest challenges students to talk about their research and why it matters in a way that will inform and captivate people outside of their disciplines. It is held each year in conjunction with Brock’s annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference.Plans for the 2015 3MT contest are underway. More details will be announced in the fall term. For now, graduate students can find out what the contest involves by visiting Brock’s 3MT website. read more


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Assault charges against Saskatchewan Rivers MLA Nadine Wilson will be dealt with through mediation instead of criminal court, her lawyer says.Wilson’s lawyer, Mark Brayford, appeared in Saskatoon provincial court on Thursday. He said the sensitive nature of the case meant it was best kept out of a public forum.“There are some disputes that just, with common sense and basic humanity, don’t belong in a criminal courtroom,” Brayford said.Wilson stepped down from her role as provincial secretary after she was charged, but remains a member of the provincial government caucus. Saskatoon police have said the two charges are connected to the same alleged incident in Saskatoon on March 21, 2019.On that day, Wilson was going to visit her father, who has since died — it was the last time she was able to see him, Brayford said. She got in a dispute with her stepmother and stepbrother about whether an ambulance should be called for him, which led to the incident, he said.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Wilson was arrested July 25 in Prince Albert after turning herself in to Prince Albert police.She was first elected to represent Saskatchewan Rivers in 2007 and was reelected in 2011 and 2016.She has served as legislative secretary to the minister responsible for immigration, deputy caucus chair, and as chair of the legislature’s standing committee on private bills.Prior to being elected as a Saskatchewan Party MLA, she was twice elected reeve of the rural municipality of Paddockwood.The case is scheduled to return to court Oct. 7.amshort@postmedia.comRelated Sask. Party MLA Nadine Wilson charged with assault, steps down as provincial secretary read more


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first_imgThe reason we didn’t alert him in the afternoon was because Nikki was in hospital having a blood transfusion. None of us thought he was going to end up unfortunately deadVictoria Powles Mr Kyriacou claims Ms Powles sent a ‘reassurance’ picture of Neville to them an hour after he first went missing at 10am and only told them he had disappeared nine hours later.Mr Kyriacou, from Birmingham, who stayed by his daughter’s side as she underwent treatment, took the case to the county court in Burnley and was awarded £1,000.The father, 54, said: “When I got the phone call telling me Neville had died the whole hospital could hear me cry. Mr Kyriacou said they had owned sixth generation pug Neville, named after Harry Potter character Neville Longbottom, since he was a puppy.The former car sprayer said: “I took it to the court as we were so devastated. It wasn’t about the money – it was justice for Neville.”I brought him up and he was with me all the time. Sophoullis Kyriacou with Neville Neville was found dead at the side of the road “The following evening at 7pm the phone rang and straight away I knew it was about Neville. He’d been missing since 10am and they still couldn’t find him.”I was so angry – to only tell us after nine hours is sick. We will never know the truth about what happened to him.”I just hope he died instantly, it’s horrible to think about it.”Mr Kyriacou said that he and daughter missed him terribly.He said: “I miss hearing his feet on the laminate flooring and having him curl up on the bed next to me.”He was a member of the family and now there’s just an emptiness.”Ms Powles, who was looking after Neville when he escaped, was ordered to pay £1,000 by Deputy District Judge McAteer at Burnley County Court on Oct 25.She said: “The reason we didn’t alert him in the afternoon was because Nikki was in hospital .”None of us thought he was going to end up unfortunately dead. We thought he would be somewhere in the garden and be back with us – he would be fine.”We didn’t want to stress her out any more than we needed to – we didn’t want to make the situation worse.”I’ve never been in this situation, there’s no rule book for it.”[I’ve had] no experience with this – it’s the first time [it’s happened], we did what instincts tell you to do. That was our main concern.”Mr Kyriacou said that Ms Powles penned a handwritten letter of apology to him after the incident.A spokesperson at Preston County Court confirmed that no appeal has been lodged with the circuit judge. Neville disappeared on February 3 A dog-sitter was forced to pay a friend £1,000 after his pet pug was run over as she looked after it, a court heard. Victoria Powles was looking after the dog, called Neville, whilst Sophoullis Kyriacou took his daughter Nikki for a hospital appointment.But four days later the five-year-old animal was found dead at the side of the M65. “We sobbed our hearts out when we picked him up and I couldn’t face digging his grave in our garden, I was too upset, so a neighbour dug it for me.”We were stood in the front garden crying our eyes out and even our neighbour was tearing up.”It’s been months now but I can’t go past where the incident happened and there are times I think about it and my eyes fill up.”center_img Neville was found dead at the side of the roadCredit:Mercury Press and Media Ltd Neville was left with Victoria PowlesCredit:Mercury Press and Media Ltd “Being a carer for my late wife was hard work, but if you were having a bad day he could make you feel good.”For such a small dog he had such a big character – he became my best buddy.”Nikki underwent treatment at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on January 31 this year.The pair had considered putting Neville in kennels but when Ms Powles said she could look after him they thought he would be in safe hands.They claim that despite the pug going missing at 10am on Feb 3 they received a daily picture at 11.15am and only received a phone call at 7pm informing them he had disappeared.However Ms Powles claims that the dog did not go missing at 10am and that it was slightly later in the day, after she had sent the daily picture of Neville.Mr Kyriacou said: “We asked her to send daily pictures of him. Two days after we dropped him off we got a picture where he looked so sad.”We thought he was just missing us and that we’d make it up to him when we got back. Our main concern was his safety. Neville was left with Victoria Powles Neville disappeared on February 3Credit:Mercury Press and Media Ltd Sophoullis Kyriacou with NevilleCredit: Mercury Press and Media Ltd Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Ministry of Defence said “a number” were serving members of the British Army. File picture of an anti-mosque demonstration in Bolton in November 2016. National Action became the first extreme right-wing group to be banned in Britain in DecemberCredit:Joel Goodman/LNP National Action became first extreme right-wing group to be banned under terrorism laws in December 2016.The proscription meant that being a member of or inviting support for the organisation is a criminal offence carrying a sentence of up to ten years’ imprisonment.How the ‘racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic group’ targets young peopleAn entry for National Action in the official list of proscribed groups says it is a “racist neo-Nazi group” that was established in 2013 and has branches across the UK which “conduct provocative street demonstrations and stunts aimed at intimidating local communities”. The document adds that the group is “virulently racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic”.Its activities and propaganda materials are particularly aimed at recruiting young people, according to the list.What the Home Secretary has said about National ActionAnnouncing the move to ban National Action, Home Secretary Amber Rudd described the group as a”racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organisation”. She said:”As Home Secretary, I am clear that the safety and security of our families, communities and country comes first.”So today I am taking action to proscribe the neo-Nazi group National Action.”This will mean that being a member of, or inviting support for, this organisation will be a criminal offence. “National Action is a racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organisation which stirs up hatred, glorifies violence and promotes a vile ideology, and I will not stand for it.”It has absolutely no place in a Britain that works for everyone.”How National Action endorsed the murder of Labour MP Jo CoxAfter the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in June 2016, National Action endorsed her killing.The group posted a message, which read: “Our thoughts go out to Thomas Mair #Britain-First #JoCoxMP’ and, ‘Don’t let this man’s sacrifice go in vain. #JoCox would have filled Yorkshire with more subhumans.”Thomas Mair was jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering the politician. Jo Cox was murdered by far-Right fanatic Thomas Mair, right, in June 2016Credit:PA File picture of an anti-mosque demonstration in Bolton in November 2016. National Action became first extreme right-wing group to be banned under in Britain in December Jo Cox and Thomas Mair The phrase “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain”, which was said by Mair in court, appears alongside the listing for National Action’s website on Google.In the wake of Mair’s conviction, warnings emerged that the terror threat from the extreme Right could be growing. How many members have been arrested?Police said 22 suspected members or associates of National Action were arrested in 2016. It is unknown how many people have been arrested in 2017.On September 5, West Midlands Police said that four alleged members of National Action had been arrested on suspicion of preparing for acts of terror.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more